KOFO Local News

Flooding causes West Franklin schools to be closed; woman rescued from top of car

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on August 22, 2017

All schools in West Franklin USD 287 and Wellsville USD 289 are closed today because of extensive localized flooding. Heavy rains have caused flash-flooding across the area. At about 6 this morning, water rescue teams rescued someone standing of top of a flooded car near Marshall and Nevada roads east of Ottawa. A woman was rescued without injury. At the same time, Wellsville firefighters were summoned to check on a submerged vehicle. The rescues are among several going on in the area as heavy rains have caused extensive flash-flooding. Louisburg firefighters were also checking on another submerged vehicle along U.S. 69 south of 363rd Street.
Tuesday, Aug. 22, 6 a.m.; updated 6:30am

Red Cross blood drive in Ottawa

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on August 8, 2017

OTTAWA – The Franklin County chapter of the Red Cross will host a blood drive noon-6 p.m. Wednesday at Celebration Hall at the fairgrounds. The Red Cross will give a $5 Target gift card to everyone who donates blood Wednesday, said Joe Rich, one of the organizers. “The need for blood is an emergency situation,” he said. You can schedule an appointment through the Red Cross’s website or walk-in.
Tuesday, Aug. 8, 3 p.m.

Louisburg motorcyclist killed in crash with truck

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on August 8, 2017

SPRING HILL — A 20-year-old Louisburg man was killed Sunday afternoon when his motorcycle struck a truck east of Spring Hill. Jack Greene III, Louisburg; was riding his Suzuki motorcycle west on Lackman Road and Ronald Claar, 62, Spring Hill, was driving a Ford F250 truck east on Lackman, the Kansas Highway Patrol said. Claar made a left turn onto 223rd Road in front of Greene and Greene hit the truck, the highway patrol said. The highway patrol said it is continuing to investigate the crash.
Tuesday, Aug. 8, 3 p.m.

Seven charged with murder in ATV death of woman near Paola

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on July 28, 2017

PAOLA — Seven people have been charged in Miami County District Court in the ATV death of a Baldwin City woman. Nichole Razo, 21, Parker; was charged with murder in the first degree in the commission of a felony, with the alternative of murder in the second degree, said Miami County Attorney Elizabeth Sweeney-Reeder. Razo’s bond has been set at $1 million. She has been accused of using an ATV to run over 23-year-old Heather Briggs in an isolated area a few miles west of Paola. Sweeney-Reeder said six other people have been charged with felony murder in her death: Curtis Cooley, 29, Osawatomie; Seth Herron, 25, Paola; April Lunsford, 36, Paola; Michael Pearce 27, Osawatomie; David Rhoades, 24, Osawatomie; and Kevin Stevens, 29 Osawatomie. Bond for each has been set at $1 million. The underlying felony in all of the cases is distribution of methamphetamines, Sweeney-Reeder said.
Friday, July 28, 9 a.m.

Powerful storms cut power; fell trees, power lines

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on July 17, 2017

OTTAWA – Powerful storms rolled through Ottawa and the surrounding area Friday evening. Winds blew down tree limbs, and uprooted a few trees, and interrupting power. Two large trees knocked down power lines and poles, which interrupted service on two circuits on the north and south sides, causing lights to flicker and in some areas, cuttting electricity for a few hours, said Dennis Tharp, city director of utilities. “Whenever we have that much damage, it takes some time,” Tharp said. A couple of smaller outages were dealt with more quickly, he said. Crews from the Ottawa public works department will collect tree limbs from the storms, and placed at curbside. Crews will begin pick up on Aug. 1st and continue until complete. To make collection easier and safer, the city asks people to stack limbs parallel and close to the street curb. Collections will not be made from alleys because of space constraints. The city also has a free collection site for citizens to haul their own brush and limbs, at the intersection of North Cherry and Enterprise Road. Look for the sign posted on the dump site.
Monday, July 17, 4 p.m.

Two killed in head-on crash this morning on K-68

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on July 17, 2017

PAOLA – Two people were killed in a head-on crash on K-68 this morning north of Somerset in Miami County. Samuel Deal, 42, Archie, Mo., was driving a small SUV west on K-68 near Block Road when his vehicle crossed the center-line and hit an east-bound car driven by Tiffany Maimer, 24, Paola, head-on, the Kansas Highway Patrol said. Both drivers were killed in the crash. Both drivers were taken to Frontier Forensics for autopsies, the highway patrol said. Neither was wearing a seat belt, the highway patrol said. The highway was blocked most of the morning because of the crash.
Monday, July 17, 4 p.m.

Old Depot Museum admission to increase

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on July 1, 2017

OTTAWA — The Old Depot Museum’s admission rates will increase for the first in 18 years on Saturday. Admission for adults will increase $2 to $5. Admission for students will increase $1 to $2. The museum is introducing a senior citizen rate of $4. Preschoolers and franklin county historical society members will continue to be admitted for free. The increase will make it possible for the Franklin County Historical Society to continue to offer unique and educational programs which are often free, as well as occasional free admission days, historical society executive director Deborah Barker said. The museum tried to hold on to those prices for as long as possible, she said. In September, the Free Second Sundays will become Franklin County Free Days. Any resident of Franklin County can visit the Old Depot Museum free of charge on the second Sunday of each month. Second Sundays will remain free to all visitors in July and August.
Friday, June 30, 10 p.m.

Hospital expansion project racing along in backstretch

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on July 1, 2017

OTTAWA — The emergency department building project at Ransom Memorial Hospital is in the backstretch. The project will largely be completed about 90 days and on scheduled, said hospital CEO Matt Heyn. The project will update and more than double the size of the r-m-h emergency department. Once the ER staff moves into the new section, Heyn said the hospital will start working on certifying the emergency department at a higher classification level.
Friday, June 30, 10 p.m.

City meetings for Monday afternoon cancelled

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on July 1, 2017

OTTAWA — The Ottawa City Commission has cancelled a special meeting and the regular study session originally scheduled for Monday afternoon.
Friday, June 30, 10 p.m.

Bank strippers letting facade fall

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on July 1, 2017

OTTAWA — Workers have started ripping off the front of Kansas State Bank, 236 N. Main St. As part of the bank’s 100th anniversary, the façade will be taken off to expose and rehabilitate the bank’s original building front, bank vice president Blake Jorgensen said. The original façade was covered up in the 1960s when the drive-through facility was added to the bank, he said. The original façade includes classic bank columns. Jorgensen said it’s not known how long the project will last because no one knows the condition of the original building front. While construction is under way, the front doors on the east side of the bank will be closed except for emergencies, and customers will be re-routed to the other doors.
Friday, June 30, 10 p.m.