KOFO Local News

Moran in Pomona

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on June 20, 2018

Pomona- U.S. Senator Jerry Moran will visit Pomona as part of his Kansas Listening Tour on Friday. Area residents are encouraged to attend and share feedback with Senator Moran on the critical issues facing Kansas and the nation. The issues Senator. Moran focuses on and the work he does in Washington, D.C., are largely based on the conversations he has with Kansans during these town hall meetings.

Throughout his time in congress, Senator. Moran has made it a priority to stay connected to the people he represents despite the distance between Capitol Hill and Kansas. Since his election to the U.S. Senate, Senator. Moran has continued to hold townhalls in each of Kansas’ 105 counties. Since then, Congressman Moran traveled to each of the 69 counties during his annual “Big First Listening Tour.


Onward Ottawa-Legacy Square

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on June 20, 2018

OTTAWA- Onward Ottawa invited the community to the Bottle House Tuesday afternoon to participate in the kickoff event to announce the name and location of the new downtown event space. “Legacy Square” will be located at the intersection of First and Walnut streets in Ottawa. The Flint Hills Nature Trail intersects with the Prairie Spirit Trail at the northeast corner and together the two trails border the new Legacy Square.

Lonnie King, Onward Ottawa honorary co-chair, chairman and CEO of Image Resource Group, a local employer and parent company to Fashion Incorporated, donated the covered pavilion over the parking area and the covered pavilions in the green space.

King announced the name of the new downtown development initiative to be… Legacy Square.

He says Ottawa has been good to him and his family, and employees. They saw this as a great opportunity to give back to the community. They wanted to create a legacy, that the entire community could join in and leave their legacy as well.
It is anticipated Legacy Square will begin construction in 2018 and be completed in 2019. Onward Ottawa will continue to work with city, county and state officials to improve quality of life and attract new business to Franklin County while also working closely with existing companies to make Ottawa and Franklin County an attractive place to live and work.

3 Die in Garnett Crash

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on June 20, 2018

GARNETT- An accident north of Garnett has claimed three lives. Three vehicles were involved in the crash about a mile north of K-31 on 59 highway about 5 yesterday afternoon.

According to the Kansas Highway Patrol a 2010 Mustang driven by 56-year-old Richard Money of Richmond was traveling north on 59. For an unknown reason, his vehicle crossed the center line into the southbound lane and struck a 1999 Oldsmobile driven by 57-year-old Shawn Gill of Garnett head-on. A third vehicle driven by 68-year-old Darla Thacker of Garnett then struck both of the first two.

Money, Gill, and a passenger in Gil’s car, 27-year-old Maxarthur Scott of Garnett all died as a result of the crash.

Thacker was taken to Anderson County Hospital for treatment of injuries. Here passenger, 39-year-old Albert Thacker, also of Garnett, was not injured
It’s been a tough week for Garnett. Monday, 44 year old Timothy Winterringer of Garnett was killed in an accident on 169 highway.


Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on June 19, 2018

OTTAWA- Ottawa will have a fireworks show to celebrate the Fourth of July…just not on the fourth. The City of Ottawa announced they have engaged Steve Donohoo, a very experienced shooter that carries all the necessary training and insurance to put on a show.
The City stresses that they have never been the owner or operator of the fireworks display in any capacity. It has always been privately run and the City of Ottawa has contributed a small portion of funds each year for the display and the rest has been raised by private parties.
The fireworks show this year will be on July 1st. The City realizes that this celebration is important to our community and will continue to see if there are person(s)/groups interested in leading this annual event.
According to multiple Facebook postings, more than one group is already working on donations for this year’s event and organizing the show for next year. Kofo will keep you posted as details become available.

Ottawa River Plaza

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on June 15, 2018

OTTAWA- The Onward Ottawa River Plaza Project will have a public unveiling of the project Tuesday at The Bottle House from 5 to 7. The River Plaza Project has been a community effort to revitalize the downtown area.

Initially, the project was going to be done in phases over several years. A massive fundraising effort has taken place over the past several months to fund the 4 million dollar project.

Ottawa Chamber of Commerce President John Coen, who says that has changed because in part of a donation of an area family. He says the project can now be done all together and construction will begin next Fall and be done in less than a year.

Details of the project, along with donors will be revealed Tuesday at The Bottle House. Kansas Governor Jeff Colyer will be on hand for a ceremonial signing of a bill adding the Flint Hills Trail to the Kansas State Park Department. Other local officials and state officials will be on hand as well. The public is invited to attend and see what the project involves.

Butterfly Arts and Music

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on June 15, 2018

OTTAWA- Ottawa Main Street is gearing up for the 2nd annual Butterfly Arts and Music Festival. The event will feature fine artist showing off their wares and demonstrating their artistic talents and a wide variety of musical talent, food vendors and other activities for kids and adults.

Ottawa Main Street Director Linnie Giacin says there will be artists of all kinds and bands representing many kinds of music.

There will be a display of William Howe original paintings at the Silver Leaf Gallery at 129 South Main. Howe was a world famous butterfly expert and world renowned artist and illustrator from Ottawa. It is his work that has inspired the Butterfly Project that will see large butterfly murals painted on buildings around Ottawa.

The Butterfly Arts and Music Festival will be on the south courthouse lawn Saturday morning from 19 to 4.


Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on June 15, 2018

OTTAWA- An open house and ribbon cutting for the old historic post office at 2nd and hickory will be held tonight (Friday) from 5 to 7. renovation of the building has been going on for months and many people are wondering what it will look like. Ottawa Area Chamber of Commerce president John Coen says the developers have kept as much of the original design as possible. The event center will be upstairs and an old style speak easy bar has been constructed in the basement.
Many local vendors will be on hand tonight with samples of their products and Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach will speak at the ribbon cutting.

Storm Cleanup

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on June 13, 2018

Ottawa- Due to the storm Monday night, the Ottawa Public Works Department has announced it will have a limb pickup. Starting Monday the 18th, crews will pick up limbs from private yards at curbside. Reminder: to make collection easier and to limit possible damage to yards, please stack the limbs parallel and close to the street curb. Collections cannot be made in alleys due to space limitations. The city is also has a free collection site for citizens to haul their own brush or limbs at the intersection of North Cherry and Enterprise Road. A sign is posted at the dump site area.

Horse Owners in Court

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on June 13, 2018

Ottawa- A Franklin County couple facing felony animal cruelty charges was in court Monday. James and Glenna stokes had several dozen horses seized by authorities on April 18….authorities allege the horses were in poor health and not properly cared for. At a hearing in Franklin County District Court, a motions hearing was set for July 16th on a motion by the state to transfer ownership of the horses from the stokes to other caregivers. The state was also directed to cooperate with the defense in allowing an independent veterinarian to examine the horses. A series of other hearings is also set for later this year, with a 5 day jury scheduled for November 5th through the 9th.

Harvest Driving

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on June 13, 2018

Topeka- It’s a busy time for farmers in Kansas, with harvest underway and hay season in full swing. The Kansas Highway Patrol would like to remind motorists to use caution and patience when traveling around farm trucks, tractors, combines and other implements.
Kansas Highway Patrol Public Information Officer Lieutenant Adam Winters says farm vehicles can enter and exit the roadways at any given time and he urges people to be aware. He also reminds people that just because a farm vehicle pulls to the right of the road, that does not always mean they are giving extra space for passing, it could mean they are going to take a wide left hand turn.
in 2017, statewide, there were 118 crashes involving farm equipment resulting in three deaths and 41 injuries. So far this year there have already been 23 crashes with nine people injured.