Archives for April 2016

Chanute 2nd in Kansas affordability

A study of housing affordability in Kansas lists Chanute as the second most affordable community, and Parsons as the most affordable in the state.
Chanute moved up from 11th in last year’s study on the website Smartasset. The study ranked communities on an affordability index that combined median income, average closing costs, annual property tax, annual homeowner insurance, and average annual mortgage payment.
The study only provided details of the top 10 communities, so Iola’s score was not released. Independence ranked fifth and Coffeyville was seventh. The scores were based on total cost over five years for every city with a population greater than 5,000, as a proportion of median household income.

Jerry R. Gleason obit

Former Iolan Jerry R. Gleason died Friday, April 22, in Aurora, Colorado.
A graveside funeral service for Jerry R. Gleason is planned for 2 p.m. on May 20 at Mount Olivet Cemtetery in Golden, Colorado
Memorials are suggested to The Denver Hospice.

Suspects charged with Cook murder

Two suspects have been charged with the murder of a man whose disappearance resulted in a countywide manhunt.
The body of 33-year-old Iolan Shawn Cook was discovered northwest of town on the banks of the Neosho river.
Allen County Attorney Jerry Hathaway announced this morning that first-degree murder charges were filed against Iolan Amber Boeken and Joshua Knapp of Bourbon County. Cook was last seen by relatives on March 13. He lived with his aunt, Becky Reaves, in the 400 block of South Kentucky Street.
He was reported missing March 17. Iola police, Allen County sheriff’s deputies and the Kansas Bureau of Investigation executed search warrants in Iola and Gas.
Boeken and Knapp were arrested on unrelated charges in March, but Knapp was considered a person of interest in the Cook homicide.

Thursday obits

Iola native Sharon Ann Miller, passed away Sunday at the age of 74. A Funeral Mass for Sharon Ann Miller will be at 10:30 a.m Friday at Holy Angels Catholic Church in Garnett. Sharon’s family will greet friends. A Rosary will be at 7 p.m. tonight at the church.

Barbara Sue (Thacker) Culbertson passed away on Monday at her Iola home. She was 68. Graveside services for Barbara Sue (Thacker) Culbertson will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Highland Cemetery in Iola. The family will greet friends following services at the First Christian Church, 1608 Oregon Rd.

Tempers high at Allen County Commissioners meeting

Temperatures ran high at the Allen County Commissioners meeting Tuesday morning.
Commissioner Tom Williams accused his colleagues of excessively supporting what he termed is a disgruntled employee, and called for the person’s firing.
Williams said someone on the countywide ambulance service was seeking a vote of no confidence against ambulance director Ryan Sell. He alleges the person contacted commissioners Jerry Daniels and Jim Talkington.
Fire Chief Tim Thyer said he was looking into the matter.
A letter from Terry Call, who has done ambulance billings, both when the county ran the service and now the city, generally praised the joint operation.

Barbara Sue Culbertson obit

Barbara Sue (Thacker) Culbertson, age 68, of Iola, Kansas, passed away on Monday, April 25 at her home.
Graveside services for Barbara Sue (Thacker) Culbertson will be held at 2:00 p.m., on Friday at Highland Cemetery in Iola, Kansas. The family will greet friends following services at the First Christian Church, 1608 Oregon Rd, in Iola. Memorial contributions can be made to Wings of Warriors or Colony Christian Church

Tornado watch in effect Tuesday ecening

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HAS ISSUED A TORNADO WATCH IN EFFECT UNTIL 9 PM CDT THIS EVENING FOR 24 COUNTIES IN KANSAS. This tornado alert includes Iola. Stay indoors if at all possible, and stay tuned for up-to-the-minute alerts from the National Weather Service Center in Wichita.

Judge Saxton retires, Council makes appointments

Judge Thomas Saxton’s retirement was announced on April 19 in a letter to the Iola City Council
Saxton has been district magistrate judge and Iola Municipal Court judge for the past 27 years. The council members reluctantly accepted his resignation.
Meanwhile, Council members removed the interim designation from Gregg Hutton’s title as code enforcement officer. Hutton replaces outgoing Shonda Jefferis.
In other business, the Council appointed Alana Kinzle to the city’s tree board and reappointed Jessica Maness to the library board. Kinzle was appointed to the library board as well.

Funeral for Sharon Ann Miller

Funeral services have been announced for Sharon Ann Miller, age 74, of Garnett, Kansas, passed away on Sunday, April 24, 2016.
Funeral Mass for Sharon Ann Miller will be held at 10:30 AM, Friday, April 29, 2016, at Holy Angels Catholic Church, Garnett, Kansas. Sharon’s family will greet friends following the funeral mass at St. Rose School. A Rosary will be held at 7:00 PM, Thursday evening at the Church

K-39 bridge replacement a go, Iola plans probably not

Neosho County officials have been assured that the K-39 bridge replacement project will go on, despite cuts by the Kansas Department of Transportation.
County Commission Chairman David Bideau said Friday that he and Road and Bridge Director Mike Brown attended a KDOT meeting Thursday about plans to postpone 25 projects.
But Bideau said a proposal to reconstruct US-169 from Earlton to Iola could be put on hold. He said the highway will still receive maintenance repairs.