KOFO Local News

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.

Winter Harvest

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on June 13, 2018

A new government report shows the winter wheat harvest has begun in Kansas amid poor prospects for much of this season’s crop. The National Agricultural Statistics Service reported Monday that 2 percent of the wheat in the state has been cut. About 29 percent of the wheat in Kansas is now mature. The agency pegged 47 percent of the crop as poor to very poor condition, while 37 percent rated as fair. About 15 percent is in good and 1 percent in excellent shape. Much of the wheat ready for harvest is in south central Kansas where 64 percent has matured. Southeastern Kansas is close behind at 61 percent maturity. But wheat is also rapidly ripening in central Kansas as well with 42 percent of the crop at maturity.

West Franklin Bond Issue

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on June 13, 2018

Ottawa- There are many happy people in the West Franklin school district this morning. The 13 million dollar bond issue was approved by voters in the district by a narrow margin, 431 YES to 380 NO. The bond will provide security and safety upgrades at all the districts facilities which include Pomona, Appanoose, and Williamsburg.
Officials in the West Franklin district say the passage of the bond project will benefit the student of the district for years to come and provide much needed security and safety measures for the district.
Only 24 percent of the districts registered voters actually voted in Tuesday’s election.

Airport Taxiway Lights

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on June 5, 2018

Some dark runways at Ottawa Municipal Airport are about to see the lights. Ottawa Public Works director Michael Haeffele says the taxiway will be upgraded. He said it was one of the top projects from the airport capital improvement plan. Pending approval from the FFA, the project is scheduled for this year. Bids for the lighting came in under estimates engineers gave them. Total cost of the lighting will be nearly 300 thousand dollars with the city matching just over 29 thousand dollars
The measure is expected to be approved at the regular Ottawa City Commission Wednesday night.

Miami County Stop Signs

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on June 5, 2018

Miami County-There will soon be more speed limit signs on gravel roads in Miami County. According to the Miami County Republic, Miami County road and bridge director J.R. McMahon says many zones in the county have already received the signs. Crews are getting ready to put up signs south of Louisburg and south east of Paola. Speed limit signs will be either 35, 40, or 45 miles per hour.
According to Kansas law, gravel roads have a speed limit of 55 miles per hour but counties have the option to reduce those speeds. Miami County was one of only a few counties that did not have speed limit signs on gravel roads.
County officials began researching the issue by conducting speed studies at a variety of different gravel road locations throughout the county. Most of the studies revealed that, even with a speed limit of 55 mph, motorists routinely drive between 35 mph and 45 mph on gravel roads.
According to The Republic, most of the new signs that will be installed in the next four regions will be 35 mph, but there are a few exceptions. A stretch of Rockville Road from 359th Street to 303rd Street will be 40 mph, and a stretch of Mission Belleview Road from 359th Street to Kansas Highway 68 will be 45 mph.