KOFO Local News

OU receives $1.25 million gift for dining facility

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on April 24, 2014

OTTAWA — Ottawa University has received a gift of $1.25 million from Sodexo, which operates the university’s food services, for OU’s new dining commons. The new facility will house a state-of-the-art industrial kitchen, food-court-style food service, restaurant-style seating, and an outdoor dining area. There will also be an adjacent concession facility located towards Peoples Bank Field. The new dining commons is part of the Gibson Student Center, now under construction. The gift demonstrates the company’s commitment to OU and is an investment in quality food service, Sodexo general manager Christine Krin said. The new dining facility is scheduled to be completed in August, in time for students’ return for the fall semester. Demolition of Mowbray Union will begin following commencement on May 10. Construction on the new Gangwish Library will begin after that, with a scheduled completion date of August 2015.
Thursday, April 24, 10 a.m.

Some phone service to 911 dispatch center is out

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on April 24, 2014

OTTAWA — Some phone service to the Franklin County 911 emergency dispatch center has been experiencing problems since late Wednesday night, Sheriff Jeff Richards said. Non-emergency calls to the 911 center from land-line phone aren’t getting through, he said. However, emergency 911 land-line calls are working properly, Richards said. The 911 center appears to be receiving non-emergency calls from mobile phones, he said. The problem has continued into the morning. The sheriff’s department said the problem appears to be affecting other customers in the city as well. AT&T has been contacted but it’s unknown when full service will be restored.
Thursday, April 24, 9 a.m.

New Price Chopper to open in Ottawa Thursday morning

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on April 23, 2014

OTTAWA — The new Ottawa Price Chopper grocery store will open Thursday morning at 8. After the Queen family of Paola bought the Ottawa Country Mart, it was closed this past weekend for remodelling and new décor, signs, carts, scales and deli equipment. Store hours will be the same: 7 a.m-10 p.m., seven days a week. “Our family is committed to serving the Ottawa community,” said Barry Queen, owner of Queen’s Price Choppers. “We’ll do this by offering high quality products in a friendly atmosphere that focuses on customer service.” The Price Chopper will come with several new food and deli options. During the transition, Price Chopper hired every one of the Country Mart employees, and plans to add 20 to 25 more employees. With the added services and staff, the Queen family is exploring whether to expand the existing facility or move to a new location, but nothing is confirmed at this time.
Wednesday, April 23, 4 p.m.

The sale discount can’t be beat

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on April 23, 2014

GARNETT — It’s sale where shoppers can’t beat the discount. The Care2Share free sale and clothing giveaway will be 8 a.m.-noon Saturday at the Garnett Church of the Nazarene. Clothing and shoes will be available, as well as 10 free bags of groceries, free coffee, juice and doughnuts; and face painting, balloon animals and a craft table for kids.
Wednesday, April 23, 4 p.m.

Shakespeare born 450 years ago today

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on April 23, 2014

LAWRENCE — Today is the 450th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s birth and this year, many scholars are revisiting the Bard’s works and what he has to offer modern man. One of those, Kansas University English professor Geraldo Sousa, has been researching the political themes in Shakespeare’s plays. Shakespeare lived at a time in which England was as bitterly divided as modern American society, he said.
Sousa recently published an essay that looked at immigration and global trade issues represented in ”The Merchant of Venice.” Although the play echoed the anti-immigrant and anti-Jewish feelings of Elizabethan England, Shakespeare presented the perspectives of immigrants and the Jewish merchant Shylock in a sympathetic manner, he said. Shakespeare often sought a way for opposite sides to come together and reach agreement and reconciliation and often expressed sympathy for social justice and the under-privileged, he said. He said he has no doubt that Shakespeare would be sympathetic to the plight of the transnational migrant. “For Shakespeare, opening a door to friends and strangers,” Sousa said, “is a powerful symbol of hospitality, of acceptance, of reaching out. Shakespeare would show that borders are always permeable, that you just cannot separate humanity that way. If you do that, if you just erect barriers, build border fences, you just keep trying to separate core from periphery, haves from the have-nots, instead of working together for mutual benefit.”
Wednesday, April 23, 4 p.m.

Anderson County Historical Society to hear about long-time club

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on April 23, 2014

GARNETT — The Anderson County Historical Society’s May potluck dinner meeting will be held at the museum in Garnett 6:30 p.m. Thursday, May 1. The Hiatt Club will provide the program and have a birthday party celebrating the 100th anniversary of the organization of the club in 1914. The public is welcome. Bring a covered dish and table settings.
Wednesday, April 23, 4 p.m.

GOP names Louisburg woman to state senate seat

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on April 23, 2014

LOUISBURG — A Louisburg woman has been named to serve at least a few days of the term of former state senator Pat Apple. Republican Party officials elected Molly Baumgardner to the 37th Senate District seat, vacated after Apple resigned when he was appointed to the Kansas Corporation Commission. Baumgardner pulled more votes than Charlotte O’Hara, who challenged Apple in the Republican primary election in 2012. Baumgardner will serve in the cleanup session next week. However, because two years are left on the unexpired term, Baumgardner must face district voters in this fall’s elections. She is a former teacher, and former official and trustee at Johnson County Community College. The 37th senate district encompasses northern Miami County and southern Johnson County.
Wednesday, April 24, 4 p.m.

Deadly, fast-moving swine disease decimating hog herds; pushing pork prices

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on April 23, 2014

TOPEKA — A deadly, fast-moving virus is killing many of the nation’s young pigs. Porcine epidemic diarrhea virus, known by its initials PEDV, is now at epidemic status in in several Great Plains and Midwestern states, including Kansas. Because much of the hog industry has been concentrated into mostly giant food companies, the virus has spread rapidly across the county. Veterinarians say the mortality rate for young piglets that catch the disease is nearly 100 percent. Since PEDV got into the U.S. from China a year ago, it has killed six million hogs or about 7 percent of the nation’s hog herds. It’s the biggest drop in production in more than 30 years. U.S. agriculture secretary Tom Vilsack said that current USDA livestock disaster programs aren’t really geared to the types of losses hog producers are suffering from the virus. Any changes to the program will be up to Congress, he said. Although the virus apparently causes no threat to food or humans, it does threaten food prices. Pork prices have gone up 10 percent since the virus got into the U.S. and prices are predicted to increase by at least another 10 percent this year.
Wednesday, April 23, 4 p.m.

Small plane makes emergency landing in near New Century

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on April 23, 2014

ANTIOCH — A single-engine airplane made an emergency landing in Miami County about five miles south of New Century Airport Tuesday afternoon. The plane was discovered near Antioch west of Gardner Road on 223rd Street. The pilot reported mechanical problems but was able to land the plane safely. The pilot received minor injuries.
Wednesday, April 23, 4 p.m.

Barton County commissioner killed in crop duster crash

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on April 23, 2014

GARFIELD — Barton County Commissioner Don Cates was killed Tuesday afternoon in a crop duster plane crash in Pawnee County. Cates, 67, was flying an Ag Tractor when the plane hit a power line near Garfield southwest of Larned, the Kansas Highway Patrol said. The plane went over a row of trees and nose-dived into a ditch, striking a row of hay bales and stopping in the middle of a rural road.
Wednesday, April 23, 4 p.m.

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