Archives for May 2015

Flood Warning Status

Flooding continues along the Neosho River south of Iola. The river crested at Iola Sunday night and went below flood stage last evening.

As of 9:30 last night, the river stage was 26.6 feet at Chanute and 31.1 feet at Erie, both with the water still rising. Minor flooding is expected to continue along the Neosho River in those areas. River levels should fall at Erie and Chanute through the afternoon hours today, after the crest is reached this morning.

The Verdigris River near Altoona and the Pottawatomie River at Garnett are expected to fall below flood stage this morning.

Futher downriver, the Flood Warning continues for the Neosho near Parsons through Thursday morning, with crest expected at 25.5 feet this morning. Moderate flooding is occuring near Parsons. The water will be slower to recede near Parson, with the river above flood stage through Thursday morning.

Chanute Needs Help Putting Up Flags For Memorial Day

Chanute is looking for volunteers to put up flags for Memorial Day. The Avenue of Flags this year should be the most complete that it’s been in a long time if the weather cooperates. The flags will go along Memorial Park Cemetery and Katy Street. There are 987 flags that need to be placed. If you want to help, show up at the cemetery Monday morning at 7am. They will also need help taking the flags down at 3:00 on Monday. Call Desiree Kepley at 620-431-8561 for more information.

Man from Dennis, KS, murdered. Two People From Scammon Arrested

Authorities say a man from the Labette County town of Dennis was murdered Friday… and now authorities have jailed two people from neighboring Scammon, in Cherokee County. On Friday, the body of 59 year-old Robin Fought was found inside a burning car along Belleview Road, about a mile east of K-7 highway. Local authorities called in the KBI, who ruled Fought’s death a homicide fairly quickly. Deputies aren’t saying what led them to arrest 18 year-old Dakota Cunningham and 36 year-old Crystal Galloway., but they were found and arrested in Ottowa County, Oklahoma on Saturday. They remain jailed there on a 100-thousand dollar bond, each, while they await extradition back to Kansas.

Allen County Connectors

Allen County Connectors, a newly launched program initiated by Thrive Allen County and funded by the REACH Healthcare Foundation, has established a single helpline by which the community can access the majority of its emergency and non-emergency resources. By dialing 228-5110 during normal business hours, you can get in touch with a member of the group’s core volunteer staff — known as “connectors.”

That person will apply their comprehensive knowledge of the area’s service agencies and the ability to connect the caller to the agency that best addresses the need at that moment. There are at least 100 service agencies that help Allen county residents…but often in time of need someone will contact a group which not only isn’t able to help them, but may not know what the approriate agency or organization to assist is. The number again is 228-51-10.

CodeRED Verification Calls Start Next Week

Starting next week, you may receive a call from the system that provides Allen county residents with warning information concerning weather and other emergency situaitons. It’s called Code Red, and Allen County Emergency Management Coordinator Pam Sanders says evey once in awhile they run through the numbers in the database that have been tried for previous alert calls but have never answered the phone. That means it’s very important that you answer the phone this time around, to keep your number in the system.

If you don’t get a call, Sanders says, then your number has already been verified by having answered in a previous notificaiton. You don’t need to do a thing in that case.

If you have not signed up for CodeRED or CodeRED Weather Warning please visit the city of Iola or Allen County website to sign up. Mobile and wired phone numbers can be registered.

Altoona Boy Hit by Car

The Kansas Highway Patrol reports a 4-year old Altoona boy was hit by a car Saturday. According to an online report, Bently Beckwith was taken to Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City after being hit as he ran across Quincy Street about 9:30 Saturday morning. The driver of a northbouns Prius, 57-year old Michael Holiday of Nedoesha, was unable to stop in time.

US 59 Work Starts Wednesday

Work is set to start Wednesday to replace the bridge over Pottawatomie Creek on U.S. 59 in Anderson County. The bridge is located three miles north of the north K-31 junction at Garnett. The new bridge, which will have a 44-foot roadway, is being reconstructed on an offset highway alignment west of the existing bridge. Traffic will continue to use the existing bridge and should not be significantly affected during most of the project activity. Construction work should take about a year.

Neosho County Road Work Starts Tuesday

The resurfacing project scheduled on K-47 in Neosho County will get under way this week. The 4½-mile project will start at St. Paul and continue west to the U.S. 59 south junction. The work consists of a 1-inch mill and 1-inch asphalt overlay. Flaggers and a pilot car will guide one-lane traffic through the work zone, with delays of 15 minutes or less expected during daylight hours. Weather permitting, the road work should be completed by Friday.

St. John’s recognizes Iola High seniors

Iola High School seniors yesterday received their due during baccalauerate services at St. John’s Catholic Church.

Fr. John Miller told the 25 students that they would emerge as spiritual leaders while entering adulthood.

Preparations continue for discussion of bill to help The Woodlands

The Kansas Senate soon debates legislation that could revive a Kansas City dog and horse racing park with slot machines.

A 2007 law allowed slot machines at dog and horse tracks, but it said the state would claim 40 percent of the net machine revenues.

This bill would lower the state’s share to 22 percent for The Woodlands.