KOFO Local News

Candidates’ Forum

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on July 23, 2014

OTTAWA–There was a good turnout for the Candidates Forum at Ottawa Municipal Auditorium.  Candidates for offices ranging from County Commission to the U.S. Senate turned out to offer their views to voters.

Tuesday, Jul. 22, 11:45 pm

GOP candidates at center stage for tonight’s candidates forum

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on July 22, 2014

OTTAWA — The candidates forum held by the Ottawa Area Chamber of Commerce’s Legislative Action Committee will be tonight at 6:30 at Ottawa Municipal Auditorium. There are three major local races for the August primary election, all involving Republicans. Sheriff Jeff Richards, who was appointed to the position to fill a vacancy, is being challenged by Mike Reed. County Commissioner Don sSottlemire is being challenged by retired Wellsville principal Randall Renoud. Because no Democrat filed in those two races, the winners will take all. State Rep. Blaine Finch of the 59th House District is being challenged by Bob Fluke, the head of the Franklin County Republican Party. The winner will face Democrat Scott Barnhart.
Tuesday, July 22, 3 p.m.

Limb pickup extended because amount of debris

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on July 22, 2014

OTTAWA — Ottawa public works department crews are picking up fallen limbs and broken branches from private yards. Crews are only making only one pass through the city. However, the city said the pickup is taking longer than expected because crews are finding so much debris from the recent windstorm. The city said if your debris has not been collected by Aug. 4, call the public works department. The city is also allowing citizens to haul their own brush and limbs to the salt storage shed building location at the intersection of North Cherry and Enterprise Road in the industrial park for free. A sign will be posted at the dump site area.
Tuesday, July 22, 3 p.m.

Dump truck crushes man making repairs

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on July 22, 2014

OLATHE — A 36-year-old man was severely injured while trying to repair a dump truck at the Lone Elm Quarry Monday morning. The Olathe Police Department said it appears that the man, who wasn’t identified by police, was doing some mechanical work underneath the truck when it was moved. The victim was taken to an area hospital in critical condition.
Tuesday, July 22, 3 p.m.

Wichita boy, 7, injured in truck accident

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on July 22, 2014

BURLINGTON — A 7-year-old Wichita boy was taken to Coffey County Hospital in Burlington after a semi-truck tipped over Monday night south of Wolf Lake. James Noonan, 34, Wichita, was driving a semi-truck east on 11th Road about three miles east of Burlington when his truck and trailer flipped over on their sides while he was going around a turn, the Kansas Highway Patrol said. The boy, Tucker Noonan, was a passenger and was injured when the truck tipped. The elder Noonan and two other children riding in the truck weren’t injured. They were all wearing seat belts, the highway patrol said.
Tuesday, July 22, 3 p.m.

Street and sidewalk ramp work under way

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on July 22, 2014

OTTAWA — Contractors have started patching some city streets and building new sidewalk ramps. The city said crews will patch North Cherry Street between Powhattan and Blackhawk, and Willow street between Ninth and 14 streets. Crews will alert residents in each block as work proceeds. Crews will also build sidewalk ramps on Ash Street between Second and 10th, Cedar Street between 8th and 15th, Walnut between Fifth and Seventh, willow street between Seventh and 14th , Wilson between Birch and Cedar, and North Cherry Street between Powhattan and Blackhawk. The city said the work should be done by Oct. 15.
Tuesday, July 22, 3 p.m.

Winfield woman sentenced in Osage County for Medicaid fraud

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on July 22, 2014

LYNDON — A Winfield woman was sentenced Monday for Medicaid fraud in Osage County. Sherry Benson, 41, was ordered to repay nearly $5,400 to the Kansas Medicaid program after pleading no contest to fraud charges, Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt said. Benson was sentenced to 12 months of probation. Benson was employed as a personal care attendant and billed the Medicaid program two years ago for more than 400 hours of services she didn’t provide, Schmidt said. He said the person Benson claimed to be caring for was behind bars in Oklahoma during the time she billed for the services.
Tuesday, July 22, 3 p.m.

KU study: Practice makes perfect, especially for second languages

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on July 22, 2014

LAWRENCE — Practice makes perfect, even when it comes to learning a second language. Most experts say that people have to learn second languages before they reach puberty to learn those languages as perfectly as native speakers. However, a study by researchers at Kansas University indicates that’s not always the case. Using brain imaging, the trio of KU researchers examined how the brain processes a second language. They found that in some cases, the brain patterns of adults who learn second languages are the same as native speakers. The research by Robert Fiorentino, Alison Gabriele and José Alemán Bañón, was published this month in the journal “Second Language Research.” They tested 26 English-speakers who learned Spanish when they were teens or older but used Spanish on a daily basis and had spent an average of a year and a half in a Spanish-speaking country. The test results were compared with 24 people who grew up in Spanish-speaking countries and stayed in their home countries until they were at least 17.
Tuesday, July 22, 3 p.m.

ECKAN taking applications for school supplies

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on July 22, 2014

OTTAWA — ECKAN will take applications for school supplies from now until July 31. Applications must be made at ECKAN offices at the Don Woodward Community Center Monday-Friday, from 8 to noon and 1 to 5. Applicants must meet the federal poverty income guidelines. Proof of income is required. School supplies will be distributed to households 1-5 p.m. Aug. 8 at ECKAN’s Woodward Center offices, ECKAN said.
Tuesday, July 22, 3 p.m.

Case involving fire, explosions to be back in court

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on July 22, 2014

OTTAWA — An Ottawa man will be back in court in connection with an explosion and fire in a house in the 900 block of North Oak in Ottawa in late May. Jason Graves has been charged with arson and two counts of possession of explosives. He will be back in court July 28. He remains in jail.
Tuesday, July 22, 3 p.m.

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