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Underbudget

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on February 9, 2016

OTTAWA–The new elementary school to be built near 19th and Eisenhower will cost a little under $14,000,000.  That price tag was announced at the Ottawa School Board meeting.  The project came in at several million dollars underbudget.

Monday, Feb. 8 10 pm

Author to discuss ‘O-Town Reads’ book Tuesday

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on February 8, 2016

OTTAWA — The author whose book is the subject of the “O-Town Reads” community event will visit Ottawa Tuesday night.  Ottawans have been reading Sharon Draper’s book ‘”Out of My Mind” about a girl with a disability.  “Eleven-year-old Melody has a photographic memory, she’s the smartest kid in her whole school – but no one knows it,” Draper said.  “If only she could speak up, but she can’t she can’t talk.  She can’t walk.  She can’t write.  She discovers something that will allow her to speak for the first time ever.  At last, Melody has a voice but not everyone around her is ready to hear it.”  Draper, who said she’ll answer questions and have an informal conversation with the public, will be at the Gangwish Library on Ottawa University campus at 7 p.m. Tuesday.  The public, including all ages, is welcome.  Light refreshments will be available.  Follow the O-Town Reads signs at OU to park and enter into the building.

Monday, Feb. 8, 4 p.m.

New Garnett city commissioner to be sworn in

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on February 8, 2016

GARNETT — The newest member of the Garnett City Commission is expected to be sworn in on Tuesday night.  Judy Cole has been selected by commissioners Greg Gwin and Gordon Blackie out of four applicants to fill the unexpired term of Preston Peine, who recently moved out of state.  Cole has been the principal of Prairie Creek Elementary School in the Spring Hill district for 12 years.  Cole began her teaching career in Garnett.

Monday, Feb. 8, 4 p.m.

Fire destroys Welda hay barn

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on February 8, 2016

WELDA – A fire destroyed a barn full of hay Sunday night in Anderson County at  U.S. 169 and 700 Road south of welda.  The barn and its contents were a total loss.  When firefighters were dispatched just before 6:30 p.m., the barn was reportedly engulfed in flames.

Monday, Feb. 8, 4 p.m.

New planner joins city

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on February 8, 2016

OTTAWA — Sarah Anzicek is the new planner in the Ottawa CommunityDevelopment Department.  Anzicek has worked as a planner for the engineering consultant firms of Gould Evans Associates, of Kansas City; Shafer, Kline and Warren, Lenexa; and for Kansas City, Mo.  She also worked as grant writer and development coordinator for the Women’s Employment Network, of Kansas City.  Anzicek’s planning experience in both the public and private sectors will make her a good addition to the department, said Wynndee Lee, community development directors.  Anzicek will be responsible for zoning review for permits and site plan review coordination, as well as many other development planning processes.  She received a certificate from the American Institute of Certified Planners in 2012.

Monday, Feb. 8, 4 p.m.

Ottawa driver injured in crash with semi

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on February 8, 2016

GARDNER — A 21-year-old Ottawa man was injured when a semi-truck pulled in front of him on I-35 in Johnson County Friday afternoon.  Ronald Christian III, Ottawa; was driving south on I-35 near 167th Street south of Olathe, the Kansas Highway Patrol said.  A semi-truck driven by 36-year-old Pedro Arellanes, 36, El Paso, Texas, was illegally stopped on the right shoulder of south-bound  I-35, the highway patrol said.  Arellanes re-entered the right lane and pulled in front of Christian’s SUV.  Christian tried to swerve to avoid the collision, but hit the trailer, the highway patrol said. His SUV went through the median, across the north-bound lanes of I-35 and came to rest in the right ditch of north-bound I-35.  He was taken to Overland Park Regional Medical Center.  The trucker and a passenger in his truck weren’t injured.

Monday, Feb. 8, 4 p.m.

Pilot walks away from airplane mishap

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on February 8, 2016

OSAGE CITY — A Mankato pilot walked away after his plane had an mishap at the Osage City Municipal Airport Thursday afternoon.   Brenden Wirth, 38, was trying to land a single-engine fixed-wing Piper.   However, just as he was touching down, a wind gust blew his plane off the runway and into a field, the Kansas Highway Patrol said.

Monday, Feb. 8, 4 p.m.

Miami County papers merged into one

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on February 8, 2016

PAOLA — The publisher that owns Miami County’s three newspapers has closed the Osawatomie Graphic and the Louisburg Herald and merged all operations into the Miami County Republic, Paola.  All three papers were owned by NPG Newspapers, St. Joseph, Mo. Osawatomie and Louisburg news will be incorporated into the Republic, the publisher said.  The company said subscribers of the two papers will receive subscriptions to the Republic or if they already subscribe, have their Republic subscriptions extended.  The Louisburg Herald began publishing in 1876.  The Osawatomie Graphic was founded 1888.

Monday, Feb. 8, 4 p.m.

Fire causes $30,000 damage to Ottawa house

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on February 8, 2016

OTTAWA – A fire caused an estimated $30,000 damage to the home and contents of an Ottawa home Wednesday night.  The fire at 630 S. Hickory Street last night was discovered by a passerby, said Ottawa Fire Chief Jeff Carner.  The occupant was not home at the time of the incident, he said.  The fire started on the exterior of the home and spread upward and entered into the attic, he said.  The cause of the fire is still under investigation at this time, Carner said, although Ottawa police said the cause may be of suspicious origins. There were no injuries as a result of the incident.  Tthe American Red Cross responded to assist the occupant with his temporary needs, Carner said.

Monday, Feb. 8, 4 p.m.

Final Words

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on February 4, 2016

OTTAWA–February 3 was the last day for Ottawa City Commissioner Shawn Dickinson.  Dickinson says his family is the most important thing, and he felt unable to spend the time necessary to do a proper job as commissioner.

Wed. Feb. 3, 9:30 pm

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