Archives for March 2015

Veteran’s Cremains Among Itemes Stolen from Woodson Coutny Home

An odd, and distressing, theft from a Woodson county home has deputies asking for public help in the case. The residential burglary happened sometime between February 26th and March 4th, according to a release frrm the Sheriff’s office. Among the items taken was a black plastic container about 8 inches by 6 inches by 4 inches. That container is a temporary urn containing the ashes of a U.S Military Veteran. Detective Doug Smoot did not identify the veteran, but the sheriff’s office is asking for the person who took the ashes not to destroy them or the container, and to contact the sheriff’s office — anonymously if necessary, by calling CrimeStoppers at 800-222-TIPS. Their goal at this point is just to have the person’s remains returned so they can be handled in accordance with his wishes.

Woodson County Wreck Injures Two

A crash Friday afternoon five miles west of Yates Center injured a Toronto pair. Troopers say the eastbound Cheyy S10 pickup was driven by Shirl Jones. She tried to pass another vehicle and the truck broke down in mid-maneuver. She lost control after hitting the brakes, sending the pickup into the north ditch of Highway 54. She was taken to Wichita with serious injuries, while her passenger, Matthew Jones, was taken to the hospital in Greenwood County to be checked for possible injuries.

Fitzmaurice Obit

Services set for Donald Fitzmaurice, age 79, of Mont Ida, who passed away on Monday. Funeral services for Don Fitzmaurice will be held tomorrow at 10:00 am at the Mont Ida Church of the Brethren, burial following in the Mont Ida Cemetery. Family will greet friends at the Feuerborn Family Funeral Service Chapel in Garnett from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. this evening.

USD 258 Candidate Forum

Here’s an opportunity for you to meet your school board candidates for Humbodlt USD 258. A Board of Education candidate forum is set this Thursday at 7:00pm in the Humboldt High School Auditorium hosted by the Humboldt National Education Association.

K-3 Bridge Work Starts Monday, Detour Adds 30 Minutes

K-DOT plans to start work Monday on a project to replace the bridge over Hinton Creek on K-3 in Bourbon County. The bridge is about three miles north of the west K-3/K-39 junction. KDOT will replace the bridge and adjoining pavement on the existing highway alignment. Improvements include widened shoulders on the bridge and aggregate ditch lining south of the structure.

The contractor is planning to close K-3 at the work zone early next week. The work zone will remain closed to traffic until the new bridge is completed in late fall. The signed detour uses US 54 from K-3 at Uniontown to Moran, Highway 59 from Moran to K-39, and K-39 back to the K-3 junction. It will add about 30 minutes to the trip.

Tips for Safe Burning Offered

What local firefighters are experiencing is being repeated across Kansas. The Office of the State Fire Marshal has some tips for helping farmers and ranchers to have safe and successful prescribed burns of their fields and pastures.

In addition to verifying it is currently legal to burn in your county, notify neighbors as a courtesy prior to burning. Even if there is not a burn ban, postpone the burn if you are unsure of the fuel and weather conditions. Have adequate resources and equipment available to prevent escaped fires. And do not burn to the ends of the field. Setting boundaries, “back burning” and keeping the fire off of fence rows will prevent out-of-control burns.

KU Funding Measure Advances; University Opposed to Changes

The full Senate Ways and Means Committee yesterday endorsed a budget plan that would shift $9.4 million over two years from Kansas University’s main campus in Lawrence to the Wichita campus of the medical school. KU officials say that move would be harmful to the university overall.

The bill also cuts funding for the Kansas Geological Survey, located on the KU campus in Lawrence, at a time when that agency is being asked to invest more resources into studying the causes of earthquakes in south-central Kansas.

It also shifts millions of dollars in student financial aid money from public universities to independent, private colleges, a move that the Kansas Board of Regents says will result in about 1,050 fewer students receiving that form of need-based financial aid.

New Chanute Manager Starts Work

Chanute’s new City Manager, Jeff Cantrell was sworn in earlier this week. He will make a salary of 122-thousand dollars a year, replacing Sam Budreau, who was working as interim city manager until Cantrell actually started. Budreau is running for a city commission seat.

Chanute BOE Opposes Moving Local Elections to Fall

The Chanute school board has approved a formal resolution opposing the proposal in the legislature to move city and school elections to the fall of even numbered years. Many local school districts oppose the move because they say it would take attention away from local issues. Plus, it would require the elections to become partisan, alienating some people from running. Proponents say money could be saved by consolidating, because turnout is usually always fairly low at the city and school elections. For instance, turnout was about 10 percent just this past Tuesday in Shawnee County, while Johnson County had a voter turnout of less than 6 percent of registered voters.

Fredonia Man Hurt in Monday Crash

A Fredonia man was injured yesterday when he lost control on a county road northeast of his home town. Troopers say 22-year old Logan Vaughn was eastbound on county road 1400 shortly after 10:30am when he lost control, dropping off the right side of the road. In his effort to regain control, Vaughn crossed the road and went off into the north ditch and hit a tree. He was taken by ambulance to Fredonia Hospital. Troopers say he was not wearing a seat belt.