KOFO Local News

Powerful storms cut power; fell trees, power lines

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on July 17, 2017

OTTAWA – Powerful storms rolled through Ottawa and the surrounding area Friday evening. Winds blew down tree limbs, and uprooted a few trees, and interrupting power. Two large trees knocked down power lines and poles, which interrupted service on two circuits on the north and south sides, causing lights to flicker and in some areas, cuttting electricity for a few hours, said Dennis Tharp, city director of utilities. “Whenever we have that much damage, it takes some time,” Tharp said. A couple of smaller outages were dealt with more quickly, he said. Crews from the Ottawa public works department will collect tree limbs from the storms, and placed at curbside. Crews will begin pick up on Aug. 1st and continue until complete. To make collection easier and safer, the city asks people to stack limbs parallel and close to the street curb. Collections will not be made from alleys because of space constraints. The city also has a free collection site for citizens to haul their own brush and limbs, at the intersection of North Cherry and Enterprise Road. Look for the sign posted on the dump site.
Monday, July 17, 4 p.m.

Two killed in head-on crash this morning on K-68

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on July 17, 2017

PAOLA – Two people were killed in a head-on crash on K-68 this morning north of Somerset in Miami County. Samuel Deal, 42, Archie, Mo., was driving a small SUV west on K-68 near Block Road when his vehicle crossed the center-line and hit an east-bound car driven by Tiffany Maimer, 24, Paola, head-on, the Kansas Highway Patrol said. Both drivers were killed in the crash. Both drivers were taken to Frontier Forensics for autopsies, the highway patrol said. Neither was wearing a seat belt, the highway patrol said. The highway was blocked most of the morning because of the crash.
Monday, July 17, 4 p.m.

Old Depot Museum admission to increase

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on July 1, 2017

OTTAWA — The Old Depot Museum’s admission rates will increase for the first in 18 years on Saturday. Admission for adults will increase $2 to $5. Admission for students will increase $1 to $2. The museum is introducing a senior citizen rate of $4. Preschoolers and franklin county historical society members will continue to be admitted for free. The increase will make it possible for the Franklin County Historical Society to continue to offer unique and educational programs which are often free, as well as occasional free admission days, historical society executive director Deborah Barker said. The museum tried to hold on to those prices for as long as possible, she said. In September, the Free Second Sundays will become Franklin County Free Days. Any resident of Franklin County can visit the Old Depot Museum free of charge on the second Sunday of each month. Second Sundays will remain free to all visitors in July and August.
Friday, June 30, 10 p.m.

Hospital expansion project racing along in backstretch

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on July 1, 2017

OTTAWA — The emergency department building project at Ransom Memorial Hospital is in the backstretch. The project will largely be completed about 90 days and on scheduled, said hospital CEO Matt Heyn. The project will update and more than double the size of the r-m-h emergency department. Once the ER staff moves into the new section, Heyn said the hospital will start working on certifying the emergency department at a higher classification level.
Friday, June 30, 10 p.m.

City meetings for Monday afternoon cancelled

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on July 1, 2017

OTTAWA — The Ottawa City Commission has cancelled a special meeting and the regular study session originally scheduled for Monday afternoon.
Friday, June 30, 10 p.m.

Bank strippers letting facade fall

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on July 1, 2017

OTTAWA — Workers have started ripping off the front of Kansas State Bank, 236 N. Main St. As part of the bank’s 100th anniversary, the façade will be taken off to expose and rehabilitate the bank’s original building front, bank vice president Blake Jorgensen said. The original façade was covered up in the 1960s when the drive-through facility was added to the bank, he said. The original façade includes classic bank columns. Jorgensen said it’s not known how long the project will last because no one knows the condition of the original building front. While construction is under way, the front doors on the east side of the bank will be closed except for emergencies, and customers will be re-routed to the other doors.
Friday, June 30, 10 p.m.

City considers memorial gardens for cremations

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on July 1, 2017

OTTAWA — A new way to deal with death may be on the way for Ottawa cemeteries. During budget discussions, city public works director Michael Haeffele asked commissioners for $10,000 for a study on creating a memorial garden at Highland Cemetery for bodies that are cremated. Commissioners took note of the increase in cremations and expressed interest in the idea.
Friday, June 30, 10 p.m.

Missouri motorist killed in crash north of Ottawa

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on July 1, 2017

OTTAWA — A person from Missouri was killed as a result of a one-vehicle crash north of Ottawa early Wednesday morning. Deputies responded to a report and found a vehicle overturned in the ditch along U.S. 59 below the Old Highway 59 flyover, Franklin County Sheriff Jeff Richards. The victim, who was dead at the scene, had been thrown out of the vehicle. Richards said the identification of the victim was being withheld at this time.
Friday, June 30, 10 p.m.

Democratic legislator to resign post

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on July 1, 2017

LAWRENCE — Democrat state representative John Wilson said he’ll resign for family and work reasons. He’ll formally submit his resignation in August or September, he said. Wilson, Lawrence, said he wants to spend more time with his family and his work for a non-profit group dealing with childhood obesity. Wilson is from the 10th House District, which includes Baldwin City, southern Douglas County and southwestern Lawrence. He has been in the legislature for five years. Democratic precinct committee members in the 10th District will pick his successor.
Friday, June 30, 10 p.m.

Colorado banking company buys Peoples Bank

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on July 1, 2017

OTTAWA — A Colorado-based bank will buy the Peoples Bank holding company. Officials of National Bank Holdings Corporation of Greenwood Village, Colo., and Peoples Bank announced the $143 million deal Wednesday. The purchase will add to the National Bank Holdings’ presence in the Colorado Front Range and the greater Kansas City region, NBH CEO Tim Laney said. “In addition, we believe Peoples brings us one of the strongest retail mortgage banking platforms based within a community bank,” Laney said.. “We expect this transaction will be strongly accretive and will accelerate NBH’s trajectory toward our financial targets,” Peoples, which originated in Ottawa, has banks in the Kansas City area, in Colorado and in New Mexico. “We are very pleased to be joining NBH,´ said Wint Winter Jr., Chairman and CEO of Peoples. “Our family has built Peoples over the past five decades with a focus on caring for our customers, employees and the communities we serve. We found those same values at NBH and are proud to partner with the NBH family.” NBH’s banks in Kansas are known as Bank Midwest. The transaction adds approximately $865 million of assets, $483 million of loans held for investment and $719 million of deposits to the expanded company. The board of directors for both companies have approved the deal and Peoples stockholders have also given their approval. Under the terms of the agreement, Peoples shareholders will receive approximately $36.3 million of cash consideration and approximately 3.4 million shares of NBHh common stock, subject to certain adjustments. The deal must be approved by federal regulators but is expected to close by the end of the year.
Friday, June 30, 10 p.m.