KOFO Local News

These falcons to fly over, not roll along, county roads

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on October 21, 2014

OTTAWA — If the Franklin County commissioners give their OK, these falcons won’t be rolling on county roads but flying above them. Baker University biology professor Scott Kimball has asked the county permission to install approximately 15 nesting boxes, 18 inches tall, by 15 inches wide, to 10 inches deep, to the back of county road signs along lesser-traveled roads. The boxes would house pairs of American Kestrels and their chicks. The effort would be part of a biology field project for Baker students, he said. Kestrels have been declining in numbers in the U.S. and the nesting boxes replicate the cavities in trees usually favored by the pint-sized raptors, he said. Kestrels are among the smallest falcons and are the size of large bluejays. The idea has been tried elsewhere with great success and appear to have stabilized kestrels’ populations, he said. Because of the males’ red heads and bodies and blue wings, they’re popular among bird watchers, he said. Although they might scream and circle if humans approach boxes with chickes, the kestrels aren’t aggressive towards humans, he said. In fact, they’re good neighbors, eating insects, rodents and smaller birds. Commissioners said they would consider the idea.
Tuesday, Oct. 21, 6 p.m.

Trails tourism seminar set in Ottawa

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on October 21, 2014

OTTAWA — How area businesses and communities can benefit from the Flint Hills Trail will be the focus of a meeting Thursday morning in Ottawa. The meeting, which will be 10 a.m.-noon in the main auditorium at the Neosho County Community College campus at Ottawa, is designed to help businesses and communities attract visitors, boost local economies and beef up sales, said Ron Kaufman, of the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism. The meeting is open to the public.
Tuesday, Oct. 21, 6 p.m.

Study: Don’t cut number of county road districts

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on October 21, 2014

OTTAWA — An engineering consultant says Franklin County should not cut the number of road grader districts. A few years ago, county commissioners cut the number of road districts from 10 to nine and commissioned the study on whether the number of districts could be cut to eight to save money. However, the study by Norman Bowers said that since cutting the districts, Franklin County blade operators have been spread thin. Bowers said that compared to similar counties, Franklin County grader operators maintain more miles of road and put more hours on their machines. Commission chair Steve Harris said the study will end talk about cutting more grader districts. Commissioners will also look at other recommendations by Bowers.
Tuesday, Oct. 21, 6 p.m.

Appanoose schools vandalized

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on October 21, 2014

APPANOOSE — Vandals damaged Appanoose Elementary School sometime before Monday morning. The Franklin County Sheriff’s Department said several windows were broken. Landscaping done by 4-H students was also damaged. The damage was estimated at more than $1,000. There was no school Monday because of teachers in-service. In addition, windows in the back of the old school, which is now the Appanoose Historical Museum, were also broken.
Tuesday, Oct. 21, 6 p.m.

Ottawa team invited to national play conference

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on October 21, 2014

OTTAWA — A delegation from ottawa has been invited to take part in the second annual Kaboom Playful City USA leaders summit in Chicago beginning Thursday. The Ottawa team will showcase its Playful Cities projects, including the Forest Park playground. The summit will discuss how community-organized play can improve public health as well as help deal with problems such as crime, obesity, stress, and poverty. The summit will also highlight how playability provides a competitive advantage to attract and retain families The team from Ottawa includes Mayor Linda Reed, Fonda Rose, Doug Reinert, Tommy Sink and Wynndee Lee.
Tuesday, Oct. 21, 6 p.m.

Legislative candidates forum in Paola Wednesday

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on October 21, 2014

PAOLA — A candidates forum for Miami County legislative candidates will be 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Paola Community Center. Candidates will give brief introductions and then the public will be able to submit written questions to the candidates. The forum will highlight three Kansas House races in districts covering Miami County. In each, a Republican incumbent is being challenged by a Democrat: In Dist. 26, Republican Larry Campbell faces Democrat Cheron Tiffany. Both are from Olathe. In Dist. 6, Republican Jene Vickrey, Louisburg, faces Democrat Christy Levings, Osawatomie. In Dist. 5, Republican Kevin Jones, Wellsville, faces Democrat Cleon Rickel, Garnett. Miami County Newspapers and the Paola Chamber of Commerce will host the forum. Blake Heid of First Option Bank, will be the moderator.
Tuesday, Oct. 21, 6 p.m.

Ottawa ‘Royals’ parody goes viral

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on October 21, 2014

OTTAWA — The four daughters of Ken and Shelly Frank, Ottawa, have performed and recorded their own au capella parody of pop singer Lourdes’ hit song “Royals” and put it on YouTube, where it’s gone viral. Lourdes said her song was inspired in part by the baseball Royals. Daughter Lindsey Frank said their takeoff of Lourdes’ song was inspired entirely by the baseball Royals, and their World Series appearance against the San Franciso Giants, beginning tonight. Father Ken Frank is a serious Royals fan and helped write the lyrics of the takeoff, she said.
Tuesday, Oct. 21, 6 p.m.

Federal judge to hear request to end Kansas same-sex marriage ban

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on October 21, 2014

KANSAS CITY, Kan. – U.S. District Judge Daniel Crabtree will hear arguments Friday over whether he should order kansas to allow same-sex marriages. Voters approved a constitutional amendment 10 years ago that bans same-sex marriages and domestic civil unions. However, the American Civil Liberties Union seeks a temporary injunction against that constitutional ban and seeks to bring Kansas into line with a 10th circuit federal court of appeals ruling that applies to other states in the 10th circuit. When those states appealed, the U.S. Supreme Court refused to intervene, which requires those states to follow the appeals court order to end their bans against same-sex marriages. Gov. Sam Brownback and Attorney General Derek Schmidt say they’ll defend the state’s ban.
Tuesday, Oct. 21, 6 p.m.

Advance voting now under way

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on October 21, 2014

OTTAWA — Advance voting in franklin County is under way. County Clerk Janet Paddock said VOTERS can drop by her office any day up to noon of Monday, Nov. 3. However, she says if voter needs to request an advance ballot by mail, that should be done by this week to ensure the ballot reaches her office by the deadline.
Tuesday, Oct. 21, 6 p.m.

Expansion of county bus service hours sought

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on October 21, 2014

OTTAWA — Joann Fluke, Ottawa, an activist on disability issues, has asked Franklin County commissioners to expand the number of hours that general transportation buses run each day. Buses run Monday through Friday until 2:30 p.m., which poses problems for many people with disabilities, as well as others, who have regular work hours. The buses, which are large vans with wheelchair lifts, are given to the county’s general transportation agency, because of grants from the Kansas Department of Transportation. However, KDOT also bought the vans for other local agencies, Fluke said. She said many of those agencies are willing to offer their buses to help the county expand service hours. She said that’s what happened when lawrence expanded its bus hours.
Tuesday, Oct. 21, 6 p.m.

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