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Resignation Accepted

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on September 3, 2015

OTTAWA—They didn’t really want to do it, but the rest of the City Commission accepted the resignation of Commissioner Sharon Geiss.  Geiss is leaving to manage a Bed and Breakfast near Wellsville.

Wed. Sept. 2, 9:30 pm

Ottawa Sales Tax

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on September 1, 2015

OTTAWA VOTERS HAVE OVERWHELMINGLY APPROVED A CITY SALES TAX PROPOSAL

THE MAIL BALLOT VOTES WERE COUNTED THIS AFTERNOON AND 1,886 VOTERS SAID YES AND 771 VOTED NO. THE YES VOTES WON 71 PERCENT TO 29 PERCENT.

THE CITY’S EXISTING HALF-CENT SALES TAX WILL BE EXTENDED FOR ANOTHER 10 YEARS AND ADD A NEW HALF-CENT FOR ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT PURPOSES GOES INTO EFFECT JULY 1 NEXT YEAR.

OTTAWA CITY FINANCE DIRECTOR SCOTT BIRD SAYS THE VOTE IS IMPORTANT FOR THE COMMUNITY’S FUTURE:

SCOTT BIRD

OTTAWA MAYOR MIKE SKIDMORE SAYS HE WAS PLEASED BY THE WINNING MARGIN:

MIKE SKIDMORE

BLAKE JORGENSEN WAS A MEMBER OF THE COMMUNITY GROUP THAT URGED VOTERS TO APPROVE THE SALES TAX PROPOSAL:

BLAKE JORGENSEN

9/1/15 5pm

Deadline for voting in city sales tax election is noon

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on September 1, 2015

OTTAWA — The deadline to return mail ballots on the city’s sales tax proposal is noon today.  If you want your ballot to count, Franklin County Clerk Janet Paddock said you’ll have to bring it to her office this morning.  She said the turnout wasn’t as good as she hoped.  As of Monday afternoon, 2,700 ballots had been returned, not quite half of the 7,200 ballots originally mailed by her office to Ottawa city voters. “Not looking like we’ll make that 50-percent mark but still a better than normal turnout,” she said.  The proposal would extend the city’s half-cent sales tax and add another half-cent for economic development purposes.  The ballots will be counted this afternoon, she said.

Tuesday, Sept. 1, 6 a.m.

Ottawa City Commissioner Resigns

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on September 1, 2015

OTTAWA–It’s only been a few months since elections were held for the Ottawa City Commission, but now another seat has opened up.  Commissioner Sharon Geiss is resigning to manage a Bed and Breakfast near Wellsville.

Monday, Aug. 31, 9:30 pm

Osawatomie teen remains hospitalized after stabbing

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on August 31, 2015

OSAWATOMIE — Miami County detectives continue an incident in which a 17-year-old Osawatomie teen was stabbed last week. The teen was stabbed during an altercation in John Brown Park and was taken to Miami County Medical Center, Paola, where he continues to recover. A 15-year-old suspect from Osawatomie is being held in connection with the incident. Because of another incident at the park Wednesday night, more than 20 people saw the stabbing, authorities said. Detectives from the Miami County Sheriff’s Dept. and Paola police helped Osawatomie officers investigate. Lawerence police also sent a police canine to help search for the weapon. A knife believed to be used the stabbing was found along U.S. 169 just north of the Main Street interchange at Osawatomie.
Monday, Aug. 31, 11 a.m.

OU basketball team at top nationally for academics

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on August 31, 2015

OTTAWA — Ottawa University men’s basketball team was ranked first in NAIA Division I and Division II for the last season. The Braves team had the recorded the best team academic record in the nation. The Braves earned the top ranking after posting a team GPA of 3.48. OU’s Adam Hasty, Zach Brown and Riley Falk earned Daktronic Scholar Athlete honors. The honor was a result of the culture of academics and hard work that retired OU coach Andy Carrier fostered over his 25 years at the helm of the basketball program, said new OU head men’s basketball coach Aaron Siebenthall. Siebenthall said his goal and commitment is to continue to foster that culture.
Monday, Aug. 31, 11 a.m.

Garnett lake take off blue-green algae warning list

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on August 31, 2015

GARNETT — Crystal Lake, the city lake on the south edge of Garnett, has reopened. Tests by the Kansas Dept. of Health and Environment confirm the lake is now free of blue-green algae, also known as cyanobacteria, Garnett city manager Joyce Martin said. The lake was closed earlier this month after tests indicated the dangerous blue-green algae was found in some coves near the city’s water treatment plant. The threat didn’t affect drinking water because the water plant draws water from a pipeline from the Cedar Valley Reservoir west of the city. Ending the warning for the Garnett lake leaves seven lakes across the state under blue-green algae warnings. The other in the area is the Melvern Lake Outlet Pond in Osage County.
Monday, Aug. 31, 11 a.m.

Thefts reported to sheriff’s office

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on August 25, 2015

OTTAWA — The Franklin County Sheriff’s office received reports of thefts this weekend.  The sheriff’s office received a report from a 59 year-old Pomona man that someone stole a custom metal sign from his property in the 600 block of Jackson Road south of Pomona. The loss was valued at $250.  A  63-year-old Ottawa man reported the theft of a trailer, tools, and a lawnmower from his property in the  2500 block of Idaho Road south of Richter.  The loss was estimated at $620.

Tuesday, Aug. 25, 6 a.m.

Sheriff’s department investigates vandalism reports

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on August 25, 2015

OTTAWA — The Franklin County Sheriff’s office received reports of vandalism this weekend.  The sheriff’s office received a report that mailboxes were thrown through two windows of the closed cafe at 2456 Rock Creek Rd. just southwest of Ottawa.  The damage was estimated at $2,000.  A 29-year-old Ottawa man reported a broken window at Camp Chippewa, 2573 Idaho Rd.  Damage was estimated at $250.  A 49-year-old Pomona man reported damage to his yard in the 1000 block of  K-68 just east of Pomona as a result of someone pulling donuts in the yard with a vehicle. After further investigation by deputies, Gyula Demeter, 57, Pomona, was booked into the Franklin County jail on suspicion of reckless driving and DUI.

Tuesday, Aug. 25, 6 a.m.

I-35 bridge over 15th Street one lane for repairs

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on August 25, 2015

OTTAWA — Kansas Dept. of Transportation maintenance crews have started deck patching and repairs on the north-bound lanes of the I-35 bridge over 15th Street at Ottawa.  North-bound traffic is one lane at the bridge with a width restriction of 12 feet.  The work is expected to be finished late next month, weather permitting.

Tuesday, Aug. 25, 6 a.m.

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