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Done Deal

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on March 5, 2015

OTTAWA–It’s a done deal.  The Ottawa City Commission approved 5-0 moving the election date to September 1 on the Sales Tax Renewal Proposal.  It was originally scheduled to be voted on in June, but was judged to be too close to the April Ottawa School Bond Election.

Wednesday, Mar. 4, 11:45 pm

Net Neutrality

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on March 5, 2015

OTTAWA —  A local internet provider is crying foul over the move to make the internet subject to the F-C-C’s “Title Two” Regulation Rules. VYVE Broadband serves Ottawa and Franklin County Residents with Internet, phone, and video services and it disagrees with F-C-C’s reclassification of the Internet as a public utility. VYVE Senior Vice President of Residential Services, Vin Zachariah says now that the Government is providing oversight of the Internet, the customer stands to lose quite a bit.

The FCC claims that Title II regulation is the only way to ensure net neutrality, the concept that Internet service providers and governments should treat all data on the Internet equally, regardless of user, content, site or technological platform.

Wednesday, March 4, 6:20 p.m.

OU’s Carrier announces retirement

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on March 4, 2015

OTTAWA — Andy Carrier, the winningest basketball coach in Ottawa University history, has announced he’ll retire as OU’s men’s head coach after 25 years. Carrier’s teams chalked up 328 career victories, five NAIA Division II National Tournament appearances, one NAIA District 10 Championship, three KCAC championships and three KCAC yournament championships. “I am very grateful to Ottawa University for the opportunity to coach the men’s basketball team the past 25 years,” Carrier said. “It has been an honor and a privilege. I am so thankful to all current and former players, as well as current and former assistants. They have been the heart and soul of a basketball program I know we are all very proud of in so many ways.” OU administrators are discussing a variety of options that will allow Carrier to continue to serve at OU in an administrative and faculty role. In addition to coaching basketball, Carrier served as OU’s director of enrollment, athletic director, and dean of student affairs for four.  He was inducted into the Braves Athletic Hall of Fame in 2011. At the conclusion of the season, Carrier learned that his team was awarded the inaugural KCAC Men’s Basketball Champions of Character Team Award.  Aaron Siebenthall, Carrier’s assistant, will succeed him. Siebenthall has been an assistant with OU for nine years, where he has  served as the recruiting coordinator for the men’s team all nine years of his tenure.  He is also a professor in OU’s school of education.

Wednesday, March 4, 8 a.m.; updated, 1 p.m.

Sudden snow storm causes near-blizzard conditions in some areas

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on March 4, 2015

GARNETT — Anderson County USD 365 has cancelled school for today because of near-blizzard conditions in parts of the Garnett area. The combination of heavy snow and high winds are causing near-whiteout conditions in some isolated areas in east-central and southern Kansas this morning, said Scott Whitmore, National Weather Service forecaster at Topeka. Despite the unexpectedly heavy snow and the wide swath across most of the southern and western part of the state, he said the snow should end as quickly as it came and in some cases were already starting to slow.

Wednesday, March 4, 6:30 a.m.

School board primary election ends with one tie

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on March 4, 2015

OTTAWA — Tuesday’s primary election didn’t entirely resolve the matter. In the case of the West Franklin school board at-large Position 7, there was a dead-heat for who would be the second person on the April general election ballot. In West Franklin, Rusty Ecord was the top vote-getter with 175 votes and will be on the April general election ballot.  However, for the other spot on the April ballot, Sherry Fritz-Harris and Bruce Rockhold tied with 111 votes each. The tie will settled at the final vote canvass by county commissioners, which will be Monday morning, Franklin County Clerk Janet Paddock said.  There are a few provisional votes to be decided by commissioners, she said.  If that doesn’t break the tie, commissioners will follow state law, which calls for a coin flip to decide the race, she said.  Of the other candidates in the race, Gene Hirt had 85 votes and Perrie Swank had 47. In the Central Heights school board Position 1 race, Lorri Cotter and Patty Medina were the two top vote-getters. Cotter had 27 votes and Medina 20.  Of the other candidates in the race, Nikki Peine had 6 votes and Jerry Lynn Haynes had 2.

Wednesday, March 4, 5:30 a.m.; updated 1 p.m.

OU grad and church turnaround artist is Norwood Jones speaker

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on March 3, 2015

OTTAWA — A pastor who is a church turnaround artist is Ottawa University’s Norwood L. Jones speaker. The Rev. Richard “Dick” Sipe, Ottawa University alumni and former OU staffer, helped three congregations transition from a traditional to a contemporary worship style and lead them to become more diverse — socially, economically and culturally. Each of the churches experienced significant growth, both spiritually and in attendance. Sipe will speak 7:30 p.m. Wednesday on “Are You a Promise?” at OU’s Fredrikson Chapel. His second speech, “The Answer Lies in Starbucks,” will be 11 a.m. at Fredrikson Chapel. Both speeches are free and open to the public.

Tuesday, March 3, 4 p.m.

Wall of Honor nominations being accepted

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on March 3, 2015

OTTAWA — Nominations are being accepted for the next group of additions to the Ottawa High School Wall of Honor.  Nominees must have graduated at least 10 years prior to nomination and have demonstrated excellence in their careers and community.  Up to three graduates are named annually. It’s the highest honor that can be awarded to OHS graduates, said Ryan Cobbs, high school principal. The Wall of Honor was created in the spring of 1997 as part of the OHS Renaissance program created by OHS math teacher, Gary Kuntz.  The Wall currently includes 45 graduates. Inductees will meet with students as well as be honored at the Cyclones’ fall homecoming. The deadline for nominations, which can be downloaded from the high school Web site or from the office, is April 15.    For further information call Candie Campbell, OHS Wall of Honor Coordinator at 229-8020, ext. 2116.

Tuesday, March 3, 4 p.m.

Youth in Action resumes meetings

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on March 3, 2015

OTTAWA — The Youth in Action program resumes this month. The first meeting is 1-2 p.m. Wednesday at the ECKAN central office, 1320 S. Ash St. Meetings are the first and third Wednesday of each month. The program seeks to get students from sixth through 12th grades involved in community volunteer projects. In the past, that has included making and distributing rain barrels, building the Konza Park rain garden, painting historic street markers and putting on senior socials. For information, call Lindsey Fincham at ECKAN at 242-7450, ext. 7205.

Tuesday, March 3, 4 p.m.

Wellsville Historical Society wins $90,000 state grant

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on March 3, 2015

WELLSVILLE — The Wellsville Historical Society has received a $90,000 grant from the Kansas Historical Society’s Heritage Trust Fund to restore a historic Wellsville building as a museum and headquarters for the society. The society bought the former Wellsville Bank building, 418 Main St., a year and a half ago and began raising funds to restore the building but needed additional funding to complete the project. The bank was built in 1884, and was the first brick building and bank in Wellsville, the historical society’s Janet Broers said. The building is on the National Register of Historic Places. The process of restoring the building was developed by an architectural engineer and is expected to take about four years, Broers said. The completed project will be good not only for Wellsville but for all of Franklin County. The Wellsville museum would be the sixth in the county and would join the Old Depot Museum and the Plaza Theater Movie Museum, both of Ottawa; the Richmond Community Museum, the Williamsburg Community Museum, and the Appanoose Area Museum. The Wellsville Historical Society is now in an office suite at Layton Real Estate, Wellsville.

Tuesday, March 3, 4 p.m.

 

Chanute boy killed in wintry accident near Welda

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on March 3, 2015

WELDA — A 5-year-old Chanute boy was killed near Welda in central Anderson County as a result of a two-vehicle accident caused by weather conditions Saturday afternoon. Judith Wright, 52, Chanute; was driving north on U.S. 169 about a half-mile north of Welda and lost control in the snow and slid into the south-bound lane and was struck by a semi-truck driven by Jesse Holden, Jr., 52, Norman, Okla., the Kansas Highway Patrol said. One of Wright’s passengers Drake Walls, 5, died at Anderson County Hospital, Garnett. Wright and another passenger, Hailey Wright, 25, Chanute; were injured and taken to Anderson County Hospital. Holden wasn’t injured. They were all wearing seat belts.
Tuesday, March 3, 4 p.m.

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