KOFO Local News

Tinsley Update

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on November 16, 2018

The mother of a 4-year-old boy taken from Ottawa in early October is in police custody.  40-year-old Trina Tinsley was arrested after she returned to the United States from Mexico, where she had taken 4-year-old Jax Tinsley after his father had reported him missing when a school official called and asked when he would return to school on October 9th.  Assistant Police Chief Adam Weingartner on Tinsley:

Thanks to fast work by the Ottawa Police, the KBI, and the FBI Jax was found and returned to Ottawa on October 25th.

Mental Beds

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on November 16, 2018

If Kansas does not find ways to improve its services for people with mental illness, the state will likely need to double the number of beds in its mental hospitals.  Kansas News Service, Madeline Fox has more:

A state task force has started a new study to see if 300 beds are still needed, but Campbell says she does not expect much change.

Anderson County Gymnastics Studio

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on November 16, 2018

A new business in Garnett is taking off but it took a while to get on track.  Katie Yoder has opened All Star Gymnastics at 511 Oak.  She is no stranger to the gymnastics world.  She grew up in the sport and moved to cheerleading in high school earning a cheer scholarship to Peru State University.  However, an injury dashed that opportunity and so she put her focus on coaching.

She says it took nearly 8 months to find a suitable building and after some major modifications to the building, she was ready to open last month.  Yoder teaches “Artistic” gymnastics, the same style as the Olympics with vaults, uneven bars, balance beam, and floor exercise, and she takes on kids ranging from the very young up to 18 years old.  She says that her plan is to field a competitive team of local gymnasts for the 2019-2020 season.  If you or your child are interested in learning more about the gymnastics program, stop by All-Star Gymnastics.

Franklin County Development Council Open

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on November 16, 2018

The Franklin County Development Council is looking for a new director.  Council President Lisa Johnson confirmed that Johnathan Roberts is no longer with the FDC. She adds that they will be discussing the process of filling the position at a strategic planning meeting soon.

Prepare for Deer Season

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on November 16, 2018

The deer season is upon us and the deer are on the move.  With this comes the annual rush of deer-vehicle accidents.  Franklin County has seen over 60 such accidents in the past 6 weeks and the state of Kansas has done over 10 thousand vehicle accidents last year resulting in over 600 injuries and 7 deaths.

The Kansas Highway Patrol encourages drivers not to swerve to avoid a collision as swerving can lead to overcorrecting and causing a worse accident.  Also, if you do hit a deer and are uninjured, move your car from the roadway and don’t worry about the animal.   Let law enforcement officers move it.  Realize that deer are on the move most from dusk to dawn.

Planner Appointments

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on November 15, 2018

Appointments to the Franklin County Planning Commission, or the lack of them, came up again at the regular meeting of the Franklin County Commission.  Gene Hirt of Lyndon was again before the commission, and then an answer was provided by County Administrator Derek Brown.

Hirt has been pressing the county commission for weeks to act on appointments to the planning commission.

Ottawa Arby’s

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on November 15, 2018

Want a new restaurant in town? Wait about 4 months and you’ll have one.  That’s the message from officials with the company who plans to build a new Arby’s in South Ottawa.  Andy Benning is a franchiser with U.S. Beef, the parent company of Arby’s, and he was at a groundbreaking yesterday.  He says he’s been trying to locate an Arby’s in Ottawa for some time.

Benning says the new Arby’s will employ around 50 people, mostly part-timers.

Township Tie

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on November 15, 2018

The canvassing of ballots from last week’s election by the Franklin County Commission went without a hitch, but there was one interesting twist.  County Clerk Janet Paddock says it involved a township race.

Paddock says overall there were no surprises or changed in the election as a result of the canvas.

Water Discoveries

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on November 15, 2018

The installation of new water lines in Downtown Ottawa is also turning into a historic expedition of sorts.  Ottawa Utilities Director Dennis Tharp says a lot of old infrastructures are being uncovered.

Tharp says some old railroad ties have also turned up, probably dating from the 1950’s or older.  Tharp says overall the waterline project is running slightly ahead of schedule.

Taking Road Repair Into Our Own Hands

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on November 15, 2018

At least one Franklin County Commissioner wants the county to own more equipment so it can do its own road work.  Rick Howard says he wants to discuss the topic at a future meeting.

Howard says it might be better for the county to own its own chip and seal equipment so roads can be repaired earlier in the year.