Archives for August 2014

Parsons Restroom Rescue

Embarrassing perhaps, but a man and his son were trapped in the restroom at a Parsons park for about an hour earlier this week. A city of Parsons worker had to remove a damaged door on the restroom at Forest Park Tuesday afternoon .  public Works Director Darrell Moyer said vandals apparently had damaged the door and the deadbolt got stuck when the man closed the door to use the facilities. Moyer said the deadbolt had been bent and was wedged in place when slid into the lock position. Someone nearby called the city, and Chris Moore had to remove the door to let the man and boy ou. Neither the man or the boy required medical attention.

Garnett Teen Dies In Thursday Crash

A 19-year old Garnett woman died yesterday afternoon in a crash on US 59 in Franklin county. Highway patrol troopers are unsure why Casey Butterfield’s Saturn swerved into the oncoming lane and hit another car head-on. The crash happened about 12:15pm yesterday at mile marker 124. The southbound Ford Taurus could not get stopped in time to avoid hitting Butterfield and crushing the front of the car. She was pronounced dead at the scene. The Taurus driver, 19-year old Allison Shultz and her infant son Braxton were taken by ambulance to Ransom Memorial hospital for treatment of minor injuries.

Primary Turnout Was Lower Than Predicted

Kansas officials say about 20 percent of the state’s 1.74 million registered voters took part in this month’s primary elections. Secretary of State Kris Kobach chairs the three-member State Board of Canvassers, which certified the results of the Aug. 5 primaries yesterday. Nearly 351,000 ballots were cast. Kobach had predicted 22 percent turnout. The 20 percent participation was the lowest for a Kansas primary election since 2006, when it was 18 percent. Turnout in the last primary in a non-presidential election year in 2010 was 25 percent. Logan County in western Kansas had the highest turnout, at 40 percent. The lowest turnout, less than 12 percent, was in Labette County in southeast Kansas. Allen county saw a turnout of 23.6%

Allen Co Sheriff’s Office To Conduct CCH Class

The Saturday after Labor Day will bring an opportunity for those wanting to obtain a concealed carry handgun permit to get the required training. Saturday, September 6 the Allen County Sheriff’s Office will host a Concealed Carry Handgun class…presuming they get five people interested in taking it. Pre-registration is required, using a form available on the sheriff’s website. Once it’s filled out, you’ll need to take the form to the Allen County Sheriff’s Office or email it to Detective Anthony Maness or Deputy Jeremy Troester .If you have any questions about the class, contact Maness or Troester by phone or email. The class takes the full day and is held in the lower level of the Allen COunty Courthouse.

Raise On The Way For ACRH Staff

While the past year has been an exciting and challenging one for the staff of Allen County Regional Hospital, it’s also been gratifying for many to get into the new facility. But all of the hustle and bustle this time last year got in the way of consideration of any cost of living raises for hospital staff. The Register reports trustees made up for it this week, approving a 3-percent across-the-beard hike effective Oct. 12. Because of the chaos of moving to a new hospital and the time needed to adjust and figure out expenses, the hospital has not given employees a raise since June 2012. Trustees noted an increased turnover rate among hospital employees and there was concern that the lack of raises was largely responsible.

ACCF Turns Over ACRH Fundraising To Trustees

While the efforts to get private funds supporting Allen County Regional Hospital has been successful the community group that’s been doing the bulk of the fundraising has decided its time to put their efforts in a different direction. Members of the Allen County Community Foundation discussed the future of fundraising with hospital trustees Tuesday evening. Director Susan Michael told the board fundraising efforts for Allen County Regional Hospital need to be taken over by another group to allow the foundation to pursue other projects. There’s also a staffing issue, Michael said….while the ACCF will continue to help in a support role, taking the lead on organizing events and meeting with donors has become too much of a strain for their limited staff.

Procedural Error Nixes EMS Notice Vote

Due to a procedural error, the Iola City Council’s action to give the county notice it planned to end the EMS contract in January never was completed. Now the council, far from unanimous on the item, have decided to let the measure with the error fall by the wayside and to continue financial negotiations with the county without a sword hanging over everyone’s head. What was the error? When the council approved sending the notice, no one made the motion needed to gain approval for Mayor Joel Wycoff to sign it. Yes, approving a measure and getting the letter signed takes separate actions…it’s one of the intricacies board members at all levels of city, county and school districts are taught as part of their initial training. But what’s the bottom line? Day-by-day, city and county continuing to discuss how to pay for the service that’s leaving Iola short $379-thousand dollars on this year’s budget.

Rest Area To Reopen Today

Officials with KDOT expect to reopen the safety rest area at the junction of U.S. 169 and U.S. 400 today. The rest area spent yesterday without water. While the rest area is closed the entrances continue to be barricaded and there will be no access to the parking areas or the facilities.

Iolan Killed In ATV Crash

A 23-year old Iola man died this weekend following a four-wheeler accident south of town. Sheriff Bryan Murphy said Kyle Swope was riding the all-terrain vehicle shortly after midnight SUnday when it apparently flipped. Swope reportedly was ejected from the vehicle. He was the only passenger.  Swope, a 2010 Iola High School graduate, was transported to Allen County Regional Hospital, where he was pronounced dead. Murphy said an autopsy was planned. Service arrangements have been announced:  Funeral services for Kyle Swope will be held 10:30 a.m., Thursday at the First Christian Church in Iola. A visitation will be from 5:30 until 7:30 tomorrow evening at the Waugh-Yokum & Friskel Memorial Chapel.

How Will Iola Schools Be Paid For?

Voters considering whether to approve a bond issue to finance building a new elementary school and new high school on the north edge of Iola would actually be approving only one leg of a three-legged stool of financing for the project. They’ll also have to approve the second leg, a quarter-cent sales tax. Together, those local funds make up just under half the money needed to build the schools. The other 51 percent comes from the state, according to the Register. The district’s property tax levy would go up an estimated 7 mills. That’s not the full picture, though, because the state lowered local property tax rates by 10 mills when Legislators approved increases in the Local Option Budget this spring. A 2-mill planned increase in the capital improvement levy for USD 257 would be rescinded if the bond issue passes, according to Superintendent Jack Koehn.