KOFO Local News

ORC Upsurge

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on October 28, 2014

OTTAWA–Despite some controversy over fees for the Goppert Building, the Ottawa Recreation Commission has reported a sharp upsurge in people using ORC programs.  ORC Director Tommy Sink told the City Commission that back in 2005, over 13,000 people used the ORC.  In 2013, over 100,000 people participated in ORC programs.

Monday, Oct. 27, 10:45 pm

Long-time utilities director resigns

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on October 27, 2014

OTTAWA — Jim Bradley, the city’s long-time utilities director resigned today. His last day will be Dec. 5th. Bradley has worked for the city for 23 years. His tenure includes improvements in the city’s water, sewer and electrical departments.
Monday, Oct. 27, 3 p.m.

Death of Ottawa infant under investigation

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on October 27, 2014

OTTAWA — A 2-month old Ottawa infant died after emergency personnel were called to a residence in the 200 block of East Wilson Street Sunday morning for a call about a child not breathing. EMS paramedic performed life-saving measures and raced the infant to Ransom Memorial Hospital, Ottawa police said. The child died at the hospital. The Franklin County coroner has requested an autopsy to determine a cause and manner of death. Detectives with the Ottawa Police Department have conducted a preliminary investigation and there is no determination about the cause and manner of death. The parents of the victim are fully cooperating with the investigation, police said. Detectives will continue the investigation and await autopsy results.
Monday, Oct. 27, 1 p.m.

Ottawa man jailed in connection with shooting

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on October 27, 2014

OTTAWA — A 44-year-old Ottawa man has been booked into the Franklin County jail in connection with a shooting in the 800 block of South Sycamore Street Sunday morning. Clarence Greenfield was booked for aggravated battery and unlawful discharge of a firearm after Curtis Brown, 38, Ottawa, showed up at Ransom Memorial Hospital with gunshot wounds to his hand and neck, Ottawa police said. Greenfield is being held pending charges. Brown was treated and released from the hospital. Brown and Greenfield are acquaintances and neither are fully cooperating with investigators, police said. No further information, other than the investigation is ongoing, was immediately available, police said.
Monday, Oct. 27, 1 p.m.

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.

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