KOFO Local News

Brown on Onward Ottawa

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on August 20, 2018

Officials from the Onward Ottawa Project went before the Franklin County Commission this morning to make a presentation and a request for money.  County Administrator Derek Brown says he wishes the officials had shown up some time ago.

County Commissioner discussed making a donation in the area of 100 to 125 thousand dollars spread out over 5 years.  More discussion and a possible decision may come at their Wednesday meeting.

Franklin County Crash

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on August 20, 2018

A Williamsburg woman was injured in an accident this past weekend.  According to the Franklin County Sheriff’s Department, 57-year-old Lori Clifton was traveling westbound in the 200 block of John Brown Road in a Ford Ranger when she left the roadway for unknown reasons and struck a fence post.  She was transported to Ransom Memorial Hospital for possible injuries.

Rural Water Boil Advisory

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on August 20, 2018

The Department of Health and Environment has issued a boils water advisory for the 12 Purchasing Systems of Public Wholesale Water Supply District No. 12. This includes the city of Lebo, the city of Quenemo, Coffey Co. Rwd No. 3, the city of Lyndon, the city of Waverly, Osage Co. Rwd No. 4, the city if Melvern, the city of Williamsburg, Osage Co. Rwd No. 6, the city of Pamona, Anderson Co. Rwd No. 4, and Melvern Reservoir Arrow Rock.

Customers need to boil water for one minute prior to drinking or food preparation.  Bottled water is suggested.  Dispose of ice cubes in automatic ice makers.  Water used for bathing does not need to be boiled, however, monitor small children to make sure that they do not ingest the water.  KOFO will keep you advised on updates as they become available.

Paola Man Charged

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on August 17, 2018

A Paola man has been charged in connection with a stabbing that led to the death of a Kansas City man.  57-year-old Voncento Lucasta, also known as Morgan Speakman, was arrested Monday in Kansas City after an investigation by Shawnee Police and the Kansas City Metro Squad.  He has been charged with premeditated first-degree murder in the death of 57-year-old David Paterno who was stabbed to death and discovered by police August 8th in Shawnee.  His next court appearance is August 23rd.  The Kansas City Star reports Lucasta has a lengthy criminal record, spending time in prison in Kansas and Missouri, including a 15-year sentence for armed robbery in 2001.   Lucasta appeared in Johnson County Court yesterday afternoon.  His bond has been set at 2 million dollars.

Stadler on Tourism

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on August 16, 2018

The Franklin County Convention and Visitors Bureau is expanding its outreach in marketing Franklin County.  Lee Stadler does various media work for the county,  he says the coming year has a lot of exciting possibilities.

The County Commission approved paying Stadler 12 thousand dollars for his marketing work for the coming year.

Wenyika on New OU People

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on August 16, 2018

Dozens of new health care professionals and educators were introduced during a welcome luncheon yesterday at the Sunflower Elementary School.  New Ottawa University President Doctor Reggies Wenyika make one introduction.

The luncheon is sponsored by the Ottawa Area Chamber of Commerce.

Lee on Proximity Standars

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on August 16, 2018

The city of Ottawa continues to develop construction standards for the development of Proximity Park.  Community Development Director Wyndee Lee says it’s all about protecting a huge investment.

The zoning ordinance had been recommended for approval by the Ottawa Planning Commission.

Leach on Bridge

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on August 16, 2018

A Rantoul resident yesterday went before the Franklin County Commission to highlight some infrastructure problems near his town.  Chet Leach says one bridge needs immediate attention.

County officials say they will immediately check on problem structures.

Cobbs on Instruction Expenses

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on August 16, 2018

It is budget approval time for local government entities, and that includes the Ottawa School District.  During a recent budget hearing, Cobbs gave some details about expenses for instruction.

Cobbs says figuring out a school budget is complicated, for this year, the detailed budget was around 80 pages.

Air Grad

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on August 16, 2018

An Ottawa man has graduated from basic military training.  The United States Air Force announced that Airman Brayden Bell has completed an intensive eight-week program that included training in military discipline, air force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principals and skills.  He also earned four credits toward an Associate for an applied science degree through the community college of the Air Force.  Bell is the son of Carla Thompson of Ottawa.  He is a 2016 graduate of Ottawa High School.