Archives for June 2014

Small Truck Rules

Starting tomorrow small commercial will be exempt from most of the safety regulations larger haulers have to follow. It’s a year-long experiment, approved by overwhelming majorities in the Kansas legislature at the urging of owners of landscaping, masonry and home-building businesses and trade groups. They argued that smaller trucks shouldn’t face the same regulations as over-the-road semis. But some state officials have misgivings. The exemption will apply to trucks if their manufacturers specify that their weights when loaded are 26,000 pounds or less. Operators will avoid limits on hours they can be driven and requirements for tires, safety hitches, trailer braking systems or emergency equipment

US 54 Pavement Testing

Today through Thursday, KDOT will run tests of pavement strength on U.S. 54 through Woodson and Greenwood counties. Testing will begin at the Woodson-Allen county line this morning and continue west on U.S. 54 over the next four days, ending at the Greenwood-Butler county line. The testing crew uses a falling weight deflectometer, a device equipped with a series of weights that checks the strength of asphalt pavement. KDOT conducts FWD tests every year on different sections of the state highway system. A pilot car will guide one-lane traffic through each testing zone, with delays of 15 minutes or less expected.

Barnett Obit

Services are planned for Christina Marie (Bennett) Walden, age 32, of Iola, who died Thursday. A Memorial services for Christy Bennett Walden will be at 7p.m. Wednesday at the Colony City Hall Community Room. Waugh-Yokum & Friskel Memorial Chapel of Iola is handling arrangements.

One Hurt In Anderson County Crash

A rain-slick road is blamed for a single-vehicle accident Saturday in Anderson county that sent one person to the hospital. KHP troopers say Brian Baker, from Pennsylvania, was a passenger in the semi driven by Terry Jones of Omaha, Nebraska. Jones was driving on Highway 59 about five miles south of Garnet Saturday morning when he hit a lsikc spot in the road. The semi slid off the road into an embankment, coming to rest upright on all four wheels. Jones was uninjured, but Baker was taken by ambulance to Anderson County Hospital to be examined. He was asleep in the trucks sleeper when the crash occurred.

PRIDE Award

Iolan Kara Godfrey has been honored for her volunteer work. Godfrey, a member of the Iola Community Involvement Task Force/PRIDE Committee, received a Community Partner Award from the Kansas PRIDE program. The award was presented June 14 at Day of PRIDE activities in Humboldt. Community Partner awards are presented annually to recognize individuals, organizations or groups who have contributed in significant ways to their local groups’ efforts. Godfrey’s work as the CITF’s secretary/treasurer, grant writer, history sleuth and more was cited in her nominating letter. Godfrey, who is Iola’s administrative assistant, helped with research for historical markers placed around Iola’s courthouse square. Her latest project is taking a role in bringing a disc golf course to Iola.

Health Dept

Moving day isn’t far away for the Southeast Kansas Multi-County Health Department. Administrator DeeDee Martin says she is she was excited about moving next door to the Iola Fire Department. The new location will provide more exam rooms and parking, as well as handicap accessibility for clients. Martin tells the Register she is most looking forward to having the ability to serve clients without having to work around the stairs at the old location in the 200 block of South Jefferson Avenue.  The move means a four-day or so interruption of services, probably the week of July 14th or 21st. As that date gets closer, Martin said she will announce the firm move date on the department’s web and Facebook pages.

DUI Checkpoint Planned In Allen County

The Kansas Highway Patrol, Iola Police Department, and Allen County Sheriff’s Office are planning to conduct a sobriety checkpoint during the last week of June in Allen County. A sobriety checkpoint is intended to remove impaired drivers. “The purpose of these checkpoints,” according to a Highway Patrol spokesperson, “is not to harass motorists, but to decrease crashes through awareness and enforcement.” These checkpoints are aimed at reducing the high crash rates by identifying impaired drivers. The goal of this checkpoint is to encourage compliance with the alcohol-related statutes of this state by removing the drivers who are under the influence of alcohol and drugs.

Lyon County Pipeline Bursts

State health officials yesterday visited the site of natural gas pipeline eruption south of Emporia, where crops and trees have withered since a dark, oily plume burst from the line while crews were trying to perform maintenance. Shrubs, crops, trees and houses near Olpe were covered in a mist of the substance, which the Kansas Department of Health and Environment told The Associated Press was natural gas condensate, a mix of natural gas and hydrocarbons. Since then, leaves on trees have begun to wither and soybeans have died. The accident happened Thursday along a Panhandle Eastern pipeline. Residents reported seeing the plume burst from the line and spread across nearby fields and yards. Vicki Granado, spokeswoman for Energy Transfer, which owns Panhandle Eastern, didn’t know how much product was released.

Anderson County Woman Sentenced In Drug, Murder Case

The U-S Attorney’s office says an Anderson County woman was sentenced yesterday to more than 13 years in federal prison for her role in a drug trafficking conspiracy that ended in a killing. 24-year old Tracy Rockers of  Greeley, pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine. In her plea, she admitted she was present Dec. 17, 2010, at a home in Eudora, when traffickers killed Gregory Price for failing to pay drug debts and disposed of his body by hiding it in a refrigerator. , U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom says the arrest of the conspirators came following the discovery of Price’s body stuffed in a refrigerator near De Soto in 2012.

Cut Road And Bridge, Neosho County Attorney Says

As Neosho county commissioners work through their budget for next year, the County Attorney says they need to lead by example and make significant cuts to the road and bridge fund. County Attorney Linus Thuston recommended at the most recent commision meeting the 2015 budget, which is based on this year’s valuations, be set at the levels they’d have been set at before House Bill 2643 passed and cement manufacturing equipment became personal property.

Except Neosho County Road and Bridge, he said. The Chanute Tribune reports Thuston told commissioners before making cuts to all departments, cuts need to be made to the Road and Bridge budget. He reportely went on to say asking the rest of the county departments to find places to cut is hypocritical when the one budget the commissioners control, road and bridge, has the highest budget in the county.