KOFO Local News

Fall harvest wrapping up

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on December 8, 2017

OTTAWA — The fall harvest is in the back stretch, with farmers hurrying to finish up the last of their soybeans and whatever corn remains. Normally, it’s a good soybean harvest in Franklin County if yields reach 35 to 40 bushels an acre but some producers have reported yields of 70 bushels, said Darren Hibdon, Frontier Extension District agriculture and natural resources agent. The corn harvest has also been much better than average, he said. However, prices for beans and corn have not, and most grain farmers will barely break even. Soybeans and corn are the top cash grains for area farmers. Although wheat is considered the top grain for Kansas, that’s not the case in Franklin County, he said. Because of weather conditions and price estimates, wheat acreage in the county was at a near-record low this year, he said. If anything, wheat acreage will be even lower next year, he said.
Friday, Dec. 8, 4 p.m.

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City water supply said to be good for near future

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on December 8, 2017

OTTAWA — Even with an expected increase in demand because of Proximity Park, the new industrial park being built by the city and county southeast of Ottawa, Ottawa should have enough water to meet the city’s needs for the near future. The city has sufficient water assurance rights in upstream Pomona and Melvern lakes and the city water plant is running at 40 percent of its designed maximum capacity, said assistant city utilities director David Buehler, who attended a special meeting dealing with the future of the Marais des Cygnes River ecosystem and area water supplies held Wednesday in Paola by the Kansas Water Office and the Marais des Cygnes River Advisory Committee. If future city commissions opt to expand the existing plant, the city’s water supply should be sufficient, he said. One concern is the amount of silt and soil flowing into the lakes fed by river. The state hopes to push action now to prevent the need to dredge later, such as is happening now at John Redmond Reservoir and Lake Perry. Ottawa officials are monitoring Melvern Lake and especially Pomona Lake. Because the land around Melvern Lake is mostly grass and pasture land with little soil runoff caused by agricultural and other activities, sedimentation isn’t much of an issue, he said. Areas around Pomona Lake are more heavily farmed and sedimentation has cut approximately 14 percent of the lake’s storage capacity, especially on western-most edges of the lake fed by Dragoon Creek. Most cities, water districts and individuals in eastern Kansas get their water from surface water such as lakes and streams rather than from underground water.
Friday, Dec. 8, 4 p.m.

OHS students win healthy food grants

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OTTAWA — Entrepreneurship students at Ottawa High School have received three $1,000 grants from the Dairy Farmers of America to promote healthy food habits among students. One project is to encourage local farmers to grow and sell their produce to Ottawa schools’ lunch program, said Dane Hart, OHS senior. Other projects include making and selling healthy snacks by the high school’s culinary class and to be sold at OHS at mid-morning, and classes to teach students and their families how to create healthy meals on tight budgets.
Friday, Dec. 8, 4 p.m.

Ground-breaking for Ottawa teen park

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OTTAWA – Ottawa city officials have held a groundbreaking ceremony for the new teen park along the Prairie Spirit Trail between 15th and 17th streets. The skatepark ramps and features at the Don Woodward Community Center were moved to the new teen park last week. Relocating the skate park amenities was part of the first phase. That also will include three basketball courts and a zip line. The second phase includes a pump track, an above-ground looped system with slopes and banks for bicycles, skateboarding and skating. A local task force continues to raise money for the park and fund-raising has been ongoing since the beginning of the 2016. Friday, Dec. 8, 4 p.m.

Final step readied for county tax sale

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on December 8, 2017

OTTAWA — Franklin County commissioners have take a final step for a property tax sale. They approved a resolution Wednesday to file the documents allowing the county to sell properties to pay off delinquent taxes. The paperwork, which was done by a consultant, should be filed in district court next week, according to county administrator Derek Brown: There was a last-minute flurry of payments as property owners paid their delinquent taxes, he said.
Friday, Dec. 8, 4 p.m.

Garnett city meetings go on-line

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GARNETT — The Garnett City Commission has started televised live-streaming its regular meetings. The live-streaming and recorded broadcasts will be on the city’s Facebook page. The broadcasts should make it easier for more people to follow city proceedings, said city manager Christopher Weiner. He said he tried similar live-streams OF Girard City Council meetings while he was Girard city administrator. Those broadcasts averaged 20 to 25 viewers, he said.
Friday, Dec. 8, 4 p.m.

Groups continue working on boosting local food networks

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OTTAWA — Project 17, Lake Region RC&D and two other regional groups have received a nearly $100,000 federal grant to spur production of local food. One priority is building a network of local food growers to meet the growing demand of area restaurants and stores for local produce, said Heather Morgan, Project 17 executive director. That includes money and expertise in creating and developing local food networks and preventing food waste. She said because of the grant, small producers can have free use of Kansas State University’s commercial kitchen and chef at Olathe for production or to develop new products.
Friday, Dec. 8, 4 p.m.

Sentence is 12 years for jail attack

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MOUND CITY — A 55-year-old Linn County man will get nearly 12 years in prison for attacking a law enforcement officer while he was in jail in August. The attorney general’s office said John Teters was sentenced after he pleaded guilty to aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and battery on a law enforcement officer. The statement didn’t describe the attack nor did it say if the officer, John Carr, was injured.
Friday, Dec. 8, 4 p.m.

Not quite a castle

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OTTAWA — Ottawa police say when an officer tried to pull over 31-year-old Thomas Martin of Ottawa in the 900 block of Bennett Road for having an expired tag Sunday night, he jumped out of vehicle and dashed into a house. The home wasn’t his castle and he was booked into jail for interference with a law enforcement officer, driving while suspended and for a Douglas County arrest warrant.
Friday, Dec. 8, 4 p.m.

Lawrence man to get two years for Ottawa home invasion

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OTTAWA — A Lawrence man who pleaded guilty in a home invasion and police chase that occurred a year ago in eastern Ottawa will do at least two years in prison. District Judge Douglas Wittman sentenced Donivan Perryman to 26 months in prison for burglary and interference with a law enforcement officer. Perryman faces an additional sentence in Douglas County and Wittman said that will be added to the Franklin county sentence. Perryman was originally charged with 15 counts but agreed to a plea deal. Perryman and Jacob Kennedy of Ottawa were charged in the incident, which occurred last December. Before he was sentenced, Perryman said he had gone to the home to collect some of his possessions and had been invited into the home when Kennedy pulled out a gun. Perryman said he didn’t know that Kennedy had a gun. Earlier this year, Kennedy was sentenced to 34 months in prison.
Friday, Dec. 8, 1 p.m.