Archives for October 2013

Highway Patrol Warns About Deer

The kansas highway patrol is making sure people know what to do before and after hitting a deer, after a recent rash of deer-related accidents that resulted in three deaths. On Sunday, two people were hit and killed in central kansas when they got out of vehicles that had collided with deer… and a northwest kansas man had died when he swerved to avoid hitting a deer. The patrol says it’s better to hit a deer than to swerve, which can lead to overcorrecting and going off the road. The patrol also says drivers of vehicles disabled by collisions or otherwise should do their best to get their vehicles off the road onto the site. It’s also better to stay inside the vehicle until help gets there… but anyone who has to get out of the vehicle should keep hazard lights on and be aware of other traffic.

Iola Schools Apply To Trial New Tests

New tests could be coming to some Iola classrooms, as district officials explore the possibility of replacing the current state-mandated testing. Angie Linn, the district’s curriculum director, told the school board this week about a testing program called Smarter Balance that could possibly replace standardized testing. It is aligned with the Common Core curriculum. Smart Balance will ask schools within Kansas to pilot the test before it is released. Linn said USD 257 has signed up in hopes to be one of the districts that will pilot the new testing style. Smarter Balance will choose which schools and classrooms in the district will take the test. The Register reports this could mean a class in Jefferson Elementary could pilot the test or a class at Lincoln Elementary could be chosen. The district won’t know if they have been chosen until next month.

Chanute Delays Collection Of Tioga Loans

After two deadlocked votes, the Chanute City Commission approved a six-month deferment of collection efforts for two delinquent revolving loans issued to the Tioga Suites. Commissioners twice tied 2-2 on whether to approve the refinance and consolidation until hearing a suggestion by City Attorney David Brake. He proposed the measure where the commission would accept the proposed payments, but defer collection on them.

Some Iola Streets To Get Sharrows

Moving one step closer toward a “bicycle friendly” city, Iola council members have approved the painting of sharrows on designated streets in the city limits. Sharrows are painted markers on streets that alert motorists and pedestrians to bicyclists. In Iola’s case, there will be an image of a cyclist, along with a series of arrows designating the flow of traffic.

The Register reports Thrive Allen County’s  David Toland has been working with city officials and administrators to map out exactly where the sharrows will be painted. The sharrows will be painted along Washington Avenue from Lincoln Avenue south to Vine Street. The sharrows will also run on West Street west to meet up with the Prairie Spirit Trail and on Vine Street west to meet up with the Southwind Trail.

Workforce Summit Deadline Is Friday

People who want to attend January’s Kansas Workforce Summit for a reduced rate have until Friday to sign up. The summit will be held Jan. 22 and 23 at the Capitol Plaza Hotel in Topeka. Cost for those who register by Friday is $189 per person. That rises to $209 through Jan. 10, and to $259 after Jan. 10. Topics on the tentative agenda for the summit include local workforce investment boards, work readiness programs for middle school students, how businesses need to prepare for new concealed carry laws and increasing the number of people with disabilities who are employed.

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KDOT Installing Solar Lights

Two intersections in southeast kansas are getting solar-powered pavement lights, as part of an effort between the kansas department of transportation and pittsburg state university. KOAM TV says it’s part of a pilot program… the state says the 600 solar-powered LED pavement lights will glow white or yellow, so that drivers can tell the difference between the interchanges. The partnership with PSU gives students and faulty the chance to be a part of new research. Chris Pross of the state department of transportation says the project costs about 100-thousand-dollars and will be done in about two weeks.

Two Vehicles Wreck In Neosho County

Two people were taken to hospitals after a two-vehicle wreck in Neosho County on Thursday afternoon. It happened at about 3 p.m., northbound on U-S 169, one mile south of K-39. The kansas state highway patrol says 79-year-old Marvin Groff of Jay, Oklahoma was driving a Toyota UXS southbound in the northbound lane… 55-year-old Deborah Young of Lawrence, Kansas, was driving a Ford Taurus northbound… Groff’s vehicle hit the Taurus in the northbound outside lane. Groff was not wearing a seat belt… he was taken to neosho memorial regional hospital… then was flown to saint john’s hospital in tulsa. Young was wearing a seat belt… she was flown to freeman west hospital in joplin, missouri.

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