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Proposal to overhaul tourism efforts draws ire from tourism board, public

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on March 25, 2015

OTTAWA – Some Franklin County commissioners have questioned the effectiveness of the Franklin Convention and Visitors Bureau, as well as the group’s finances. That prompted an angry response Monday from members of the tourism board, which oversees the bureau and its employees, and members of the public. The county has a contract with the Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) to conduct tourism efforts and operate the visitor’s center on K-68 on the eastern edge of Ottawa. Commission Chair Colt Waymire has offered one proposal that would scrap the existing independent board and replace it with an advisory board, as well as have the county directly disburse money from the tourism fund, which is financed by a special sales tax, on motel beds. At the request of commissioners, county administrator Jon Holmes did a study of the CVB, its finances and conducted a special focus group looking at the group and tourism. Holmes said he had some concerns including the independent status of the board, how money is awarded to tourism-related groups, the effectiveness of the group’s tourism efforts as well as the declining numbers of visitors who stop at the visitors’ centers. However, members of the tourism board and members of the public defended the CVB and accused the commission of trying to grab power and money. Commissioner Roy Dunn, who is the county’s representative on the tourism board, also defended the CVB. They also accused Holmes and commissioners of trying to cut them out of deliberations concerning tourism. Waymire said he was surprised by the hostile reaction to the commission’s review. “There are a lot of people who are mad at me,” Waymire said. “… I didn’t write this to do that … this conservcation hasn’t been a pretty one.” However, it’s the job of the commissioners to oversee how public money is spent and to look at the most efficient ways to do things, he said.

Wednesday, March 25, 2 p.m.

Rec commission question to be highlighted at candidates forum

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on March 25, 2015

OSAWATOMIE — A candidates’ forum for Osawatomie spring elections will be tonight at 6 in the Osawatomie High School auditorium. There are two contested races, plus a question on setting up a recreation commission covering the Osawatomie school district.  Candidates for the Ward 1, city council seat, are Matt Fields, Ted Hunter and Rick McKinney. Candidates for the at-large Position 7 Osawatomie school board seat are Richard Fisher, Jr.; and Kristal Powell. There will also be representatives from the school district and the city to explain and answer questions about the proposed recreation commission.

Wednesday, March 25, 2 p.m.

Trail birthday celebration in Garnett tonight

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on March 25, 2015

GARNETT — The 19th annual trail celebration dinner hosted by the Friends of the Prairie Spirit Trail will be tonight at 6 at the community building in Garnett’s North Lake Park.  The “birthday bash” begins with a silent auction at 6, followed by a buffett meal at 6:30.  Items for this year’s auction include two 18-hole rounds of golf, dinner theater tickets, oil changes, a one-night Jacuzzi suite stay at the Garnett Inn and Suites, portable barbecue grill with tools and two 20-pound propane bottle refills, home décor, outdoor items as well as gift cards and certificates from area merchants, restaurants and the Garnett Recreation Center.  Proceeds from the silent auction are the primary funds for the Friends trail enhancement projects. Guest speakers will give updates on trail projects and upcoming Friends activities. The celebration is open to the public. Tickets are $10 and can be bought at the door.

Wednesday, March 25, 2 p.m.

Candidate Forum

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on March 25, 2015

OTTAWA–If the Ottawa City Commission Candidate Forum was any guide, the Ottawa School Bond should easily pass.  All candidates at the forum say they support the Bond, although some expressed shock at the price tag when it first came out.

Tuesday, Mar. 25, 10:45 pm

Slavemaster serial killer back in court today

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on March 24, 2015

TOPEKA — The Kansas Supreme Court was scheduled today to consider the appeal of a man considered as the first Internet serial killer. The high court agreed to hold a hearing today on the appeal by John Robinson, who called himself the Slavemaster as he trolled for victims on the Internet. Robinson seeks to overturn his convictions for the killings of two young women. He was sentenced to death 10 years ago for the murders of Suzette Trouten, 27, Newport, Mich.; and Izabela Lewicka, 21, West Lafayette, Ind. The two women were found stuffed into barrels on his Linn County farm near Lacygne. He received a life sentence in for the murder of a third woman, whose body was never found. Since he was sentenced, he has been held at the El Dorado prison. He also received life in prison in Missouri after pleading guilty to five other murders.

Tuesday, March 24, 3 p.m.

Garnett man injured when car hits his truck

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on March 24, 2015

OTTAWA — A 67-year-old Garnett man was taken to Ransom Memorial Hospital in Ottawa late Monday night after his truck was hit by a car west of Ottawa. Mark Landie, 31, Kansas City, Mo., was driving east in the 1400 block of K-68 when he hit a truck, driven by Marvin Olson, Garnett, the Franklin County Sheriff’s Department said. Olson had stopped at the railroad tracks. Landie wasn’t injured.
Tuesday, March 24, 3 p.m.

High-speed chase ends in field, hospital

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on March 24, 2015

OTTAWA — A 31-year-old Lawrence man was taken to Ransom Memorial Hospital Thursday afternoon after a high-speed pursuit that started in Douglas County ended up in a farm field near the intersection of Stafford and Kentucky roads northwest of Ottawa. Sean Shehan was driving his motorcycle was going west on Stafford Road and left the road while trying to make a curve, the Kansas Highway Patrol said. His motorcycle went into a ditch and went airborne, throwing Shehan. Franklin county sheriff Jeff Richards said his deputies joined the chase when Shehan crossed the county line. During the chase in Franklin County, Shehan reached speeds exceeding 140 miles an hour in the rain, he said. “It was a situation where he needed to be stopped,” Richards said. “… It could have ended a lot worse.” Shehan was wearing a helmet when he was pitched from the motorcycle.
Tuesday, March 24, 3 p.m.

Candidates forum tonight in Ottawa

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on March 24, 2015

OTTAWA — The Ottawa city and school board candidates forum is tonight at 6:30 at the Ottawa Municipal Auditorium. The school board candidates forum begins first. Candidates will give statements on why they’re running and what they hope to do if they’re elected and then field questions from the audience. All seven school board candidates has said they’ll attend, and four of the five city candidates have said they’ll attend, the Ottawa Area Chamber of Commerce said. School board candidates are Randy Elder, Brian Kane, Brittani Potter, Susan Ward, David White, Harold Wingert and Norman Wooge. Voters will pick four. Candidates for the Ottawa City Commission are Sara Caylor, Shawn Dickinson, Sharon Geiss, Richard Oglesby and Richard Warren. Warren has not said he’ll attend. Voters will pick three.

Tuesday, March 24, 3 p.m.

Paying Bills In Comfort

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on March 24, 2015

OTTAWA–The Ottawa City Commission is considering installing a covered kiosk at the drop box at City Hall.  Officials say customers could pay bills with cash and other methods, increasing their convenience.

Monday, Mar. 23, 10:45 pm

Shrinking Programs

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on March 17, 2015

OTTAWA–The smaller the events at Ottawa Municipal Auditorium, the more profitable.  That’s the findings of a consultant hired to study the facility.  Corrine Bannon says events that cost under $5000 are profitable almost all the time.

Monday, Mar. 16, 8:15 pm

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