KOFO Local News

Brown on road work

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on January 16, 2019

Should Franklin County buy its’ own chip and seal equipment to do roadwork? County officials seem to be somewhat divided on the issue. County Administrator Derek Brown says it might be best to keep contracting it out.

Brown says hiring extra employees might prove to be more expensive than continuing to contract the work out. Franklin county chairperson Rick Howard has been a strong supporter of the county getting its’ own chip and seal equipment… The commission is expected to consider the issue next week.

Doctor Ryan Cobbs on Pre-K

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on January 16, 2019

The possibility of early childhood education for Ottawa children is closer to reality. School Superintendent Doctor Ryan Cobbs says the state plans to sponsor educational opportunities for young children.

Cobbs says the need for early childhood education is urgently needed and programs will be developed in Ottawa schools as soon as possible… Possibly within the next one to two years.

Hole in One

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on January 15, 2019

There is nothing quite like taking the family to play mini golf. But what if you could create your own holes? You have the chance, tonight, at the Ottawa Library. Tonight Tuesday January 8th is family night at the library and youth services librarian Cyndi Brewer says tonight is golf night.

The fun starts tonight at 6. And don’t forget, the library is also hosting meat and eat this afternoon after school from 3:30 to 4:30. Kids are welcome to come in and hang out and grab a free meal.

Kelly Inauguration

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on January 15, 2019

Democrat Laura Kelly was inaugurated as Kansas’s 48th Governor shortly before noon yesterday. In her inaugural speech, Kelly called for an end to the partisan divisions in the statehouse. Kelly, known for working across the aisle, called on officials from both parties to put the needs of Kansans ahead of politics.

The conservative Republicans that control the legislature says they are willing to work with Kelly but are determined to hold the line on spending. Kelly’s first budget is expected to include an increase in public school funding and money to expand medicaid coverage to more low income and disabled Kansans.

Crews praised

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on January 15, 2019

Ottawa saw it’s heaviest snow fall in quite some time over the weekend. And as its progressed, the heavy wet snow caused limbs to snap and power lines to snap with them. City utility crews worked very hard to get power restored as quickly as possible. City manager Richard Nienstedt encourages people to be patient and let them do their work.

He adds that people need to have a contingency plan for the next storm, which could be coming in this weekend. Know where you can go to stay warm if your power does go out and have plenty of extra clothes and blankets on hand if you do decide to at home.

Wingert on social clubs

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on January 15, 2019

The issue of student social clubs at Ottawa Middle School came up again at the regular school board meeting. At the last board meeting, several parents had complained about student social clubs meeting during school hours, especially LGBT clubs. Some parents had asked about faith-based clubs… which superintendent Doctor Ryan Cobbs says… according to an opinion by the school board’s attorney….. Has to be kept out of school during normal hours to preserve separation of church and state. Board member Harold Wingert says it amounts to discrimination.

Ottawa Middle School Principal Charley Stoltenberg says he’s gathering input from all parties before deciding how to proceed with student clubs.

Wyndee Lee on economic incentives

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on January 15, 2019

The Ottawa City Commission continues discussing what approaching to take if a company wants to move into town… But the new company ends up competing with a company already here. That’s the one thing commissioners want to avoid, and to that end are studying a variety of policy statements. At the city commission study session, community director Wyndee Lee read one possible policy.

The city commission plans to continue studying the matter for a few more weeks.

Dr. Cobbs on Social Clubs

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on January 15, 2019

The issue of student social clubs at Ottawa Middle School once again occupied a portion of the Ottawa school board meeting. During the December board meeting, several parents and other patrons had complained about allowing clubs during school time, especially LGBT clubs. School Superintendent Doctor Ryan Cobbs noted he had asked for a legal opinion on what kinds of clubs can be allowed.

Middle school Principal Charley Stoltenberg says he is getting input from all parties before deciding how to proceed with student social clubs.

Warren on icy driving

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on January 11, 2019

Since the KOFO listening area is already under a winter weather advisory… and some forecaster says it could be upgraded to a warning… now is a good time to review some basic safety driving tips. Chris Warren is a meteorologist with the weather channel… he says the freezing point can be dangerous.

Warren says if the back of your vehicle starts to skid, let off the gas pedal and steer in the direction you want your front wheels to go.

Harris on Government Shutdown

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on January 10, 2019

The Franklin County Conservation District has been coping with the partial government shutdown… but it may be approaching a crucial corner. District manager Kerri Harris updated the Franklin County Commission.

Harris says the conservation members will be kept up to date on the government shutdown situation.