OTTAWA — The Ottawa school board has set aside more than $100,000 for three years to pay Ottawa school administrators for the extra work involved for managing the various projects under the school bond program. Ottawa Supt. Jeanne Stroh, assistant superintendent Dr. Ryan Cobbs, and Josh Robinson are probably in for some extra pay for managing the various projects. The district is building the new Sunflower Elementary School at 19th and Eisenhower and major rebuilds at the high school and other work. The board also plans smaller amounts of extra compensation for board clerk Teri George for handling the bond issue budget. Board member Bill Allegre expressed some worry during a recent meeting that the public may think the extra payments as a frivolous use of public funds. Because of the adminstrators’ work “… I think we’ve saved as much money as we’re offering here,” Allegre said. The school board is expected to make a decision on the payment amounts at next Monday night’s meeting.
Tuesday, Dec. 6, 10 a.m.
WELLSVILLE — A 24-year-old Wellsville man was taken to Ransom Memorial Hospital in Ottawa after he was injured in an early Saturday morning injury. Perry Shearer was driving south in the 3900 block of Wyoming Road south of Wellsville when he lost control of his car and left the road. the Franklin County Sheriff’s office said. His car struck a fence and a utility pole. The sheriff’s office said Perry left the scene on foot and was later found nearby. Perry was taken to RMH for his injuries from the crash. The sheriff’s office said a report will be forwarded to the county attorney’s office.
Tuesday, Dec. 6, 10 a.m.
OTTAWA — The county motor vehicle tag office is closed all day today so county maintenance staff can clean an outbreak of mold in the Franklin County Courthouse. Various offices have been closed as the mold cleanup continues. County officials say the mold outbreak was pinpointed to the courthouse’s new geothermal heating and air-conditioning system. A specialty firm has been hired to remove the rest of the mold.
Tuesday, Dec. 6, 8 a.m.
WICHITA — The Kansas Bureau of Investigation has cancelled the Amber Alert for a Wichita mother and her three young children after they were taken from their home at gunpoint at about 3. Melissa Gifford, 36; Madison and Aiden Ruiz, both 8; and Grayson Gifford, 2, who were taken at gunpoint by a man and a woman, have been found safe. Two suspects were arrested at a hotel and Wichita news media say a woman and three children were escorted from the hotel into a police vehicle. It wasn’t immediately known what the relationship was between the kidnappers and the family.
Tuesday, Dec. 6, 6 a.m.; updated, 6:30 a.m.; updated, 8:30 a.m.
OTTAWA — A Topeka asphalt company seeks to build an asphalt and concrete plant at the eastern edge of Ottawa. Bettis Asphalt and Concrete seeks to rezone nearly 13 acres southwest of the I-35 and 15th Street interchange to I-2, which is a heavy industrial category, and a special use permit for the proposed plant. The site is sandwiched between I-35 and the P.A. Paul truck-trailer leasing lot and is across the street from a quarry, which is also zoned I-2. Bettis doesn’t own the site but would buy the site if the rezoning and special use permit is approved. In a filing with the Franklin County planning department, Bettis said the company has received paving contracts in Franklin County. In addition, the company “has had multiple inquiries and requests from local contractors and businesses in the surrounding areas regarding the need for high quality and affordable asphalt.” An asphalt plant was previously at the site, the company said. The company uses a process that would contain almost all of the dust and soot inside the site, said Cole Andersen, Bettis environmental, health and safety manager. No office would be at the site. Besides the plant, there wouild be stockpiled materials such as sand, recycled asphalt millings and liquid asphalt to produce hot-mix asphalt. The county planning commission has scheduled a public hearing for 6:30 p.m. Dec. 15 in the commission meeting room at the county annex in Ottawa. The planners’ recommendation would then go to the county commission.
The company said it has plants at Topeka, Tecumseh, Leavenworth, Emporia and Piedmont in south central Kansas. Two years ago, Bettis withdrew an application for a plant just outside Edgerton in southwestern Johnson County in the face of fierce public opposition.
Monday, Dec. 5, 6 a.m.
RANTOUL — A Rantoul was man was killed Saturday night in a one-vehicle crash southwest of Rantoul Saturday night. Ernesto Zamora, 34, was driving a 2003 Ford F-150 east in the 4200 block of John Brown Road when his pickup went off the right side of the road, the Franklin County Sheriff’s Department said. Zamora over-corrected when he tried to get back onto the roadway, but but the pickup went across both lanes and went down an embankment on the left side of the road and overturned, the sheriff’s office said. He was thrown out. He was dead at the scene.
Tuesday, Nov. 22, 10 a.m.
PITTSBURG — The Kansas Bureau of Investigation and the Linn County Sheriff’s office said that two bodies were found late Tuesday night buried on a rural property west of Pittsburg. The bodies recovered are believed to be Pleasanton residents, Betty Mcnabb, 87, and Kenneth Mcnabb, 65, who have been missing from their Linn County home since late Saturday night. Autopsies and official identification are pending, the KBI said. David Mcnabb, 30, Pittsburg; was charged Monday for second-degree murder, criminal desecration of a body, and interference with a law enforcement officer in connection with their disappearance. He is their relative. The agencies who assisted with the investigation include the Crawford County Sheriff’s office, the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks, the Overland Park Police Department Dive Team, the Missouri Search and Rescue K-9 Unit, and the Kansas Highway Patrol.
Thursday, Nov. 17, 9 a.m.
OTTAWA — The Register of Deed’s Office will be closed this afternoon beginning at noon while county maintenance staff clean that office for mold. The closing is part of a series of closings while crews clean up an outbreak of mold at the Franklin County Courthouse. Other closings scheduled include the treasurer’s office Tuesday afternoon and the motor vehicle office the afternoon of Dec. 6. The county will consider hiring a specialist company to finish the mold cleanup.
Thursday, Nov. 17, 9 a.m.
PLEASANTON — A Pittsburg man was arrested Monday in connection with the deaths of two of his relatives who lived in Linn County, the Kansas Bureau of Investigation and the Linn County Sheriff’s office said. David Mcnabb, 31, Pittsburg; was charged with second-degree murder, criminal desecration of a body, and interference with a law enforcement officer in connection with the deaths of Betty Mcnabb, 87, and her son, Kenneth Mcnabb, 65, both rural Pleasanton. David Mcnabb is the nephew of Kenneth Mcnabb, the KBI said. The Mcnabbs were reported as missing Friday night from their home at 16310 E. 1650 Rd. near Pleasanton by relatives.
Tuesday, Nov. 15, 8 a.m.
OTTAWA –A 25-year-old Rantoul man was killed Monday morning when his pickup collided with an SUV on K-68 two miles east of Ottawa. William Scott Hankins, Rantoul, was killed in the fiery wreck, the Kansas Highway Patrol said. Damon Stroud, 21, Lawrence, was driving a 2004 Ford Explorer east on K-68 when he drifted across the center-line and into the west-bound lane, the highway patrol said. Hankins was driving west and tried to avoid Stroud’s SUV by going into the east-bound lane. Stroud suddenly turned back into the east-bound lane, hitting Hankins’ truck head on, the highway patrol said. Stroud was injured and was taken to Ransom Memorial Hospital. His condition was immediately available. Hankins wasn’t wearing a seat belt, the highway patrol said. It wasn’t known if Stroud was wearing a seat belt.
Tuesday, Nov. 15, 8 a.m.