KOFO Local News

Cowboy Days

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on August 25, 2015

OTTAWA–The city of Ottawa will be turned into a cowtown on Saturday, September 5th as “Cowboy Days” is celebrated.  Officials say events will include a cattle drive down main street, and free cowboy movies at the Plaza Cinema.

Monday, Aug. 24, 10 pm

ATV crash kills one boy, injures two

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on August 24, 2015

READING — One Reading boy is dead and two were injured as a result of an ATV accident Saturday evening near Miller.  Garrett Fager, 11, was driving a Polaris Ranger ATV west on Lyon County Road 360 about three miles north of Miller when he lost control and vehicle came to rest on the driver’s side.  His passenger, nine-year-old Ryan Lane, was taken to Stormont Vail Medical Center, Topeka, where he died.  Garrett Fager and another passenger, Logun Fager, 9,  were injured but there was no record of  them taken to a hospital.

Monday, Aug. 24, 4 p.m.

Change of Venue?

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on August 21, 2015

OTTAWA–Franklin County District Judge Eric Godderz will decide in a few weeks whether Kyle Flack will get his trial moved out of the county.  Defense Attorneys say Flack cannot get a fair trial due to adverse publicity.  Flack is charged with killing 4 people near Richter over two years ago.

Thursday, Aug. 20, 9:30 pm

Three to be inducted to OHS Wall of Honor

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on August 20, 2015

OTTAWA — Air executive Larry Larkin, business franchise owner Carolyn Sue Thompson Stees, and the late Larry Wright, who was a former county attorney; will be inducted to the Ottawa High School Wall of Honor this year.  Larkin, Class of 1952, served 21 years in the Marine Corps as an aviation officer and helicopter pilot. He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross for action in the Republic of Vietnam, 1968.  After he retired, he managed Flagstaff Pulliam Airport, where he was named Arizona’s Airport Executive of the Year, 1992-93.  Under his leadership, Flagstaff Pulliam Airport was named Arizona’s Airport of the Year, 1996. He is active as a volunteer and operations leader for the Coconino County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue Unit in Flagstaff, Arizona.   He was selected as the State of Arizona’s Search and Rescue Volunteer of the Year, 2014. He is married to the former Margaret Pahlman, OHS Class of 1955.  Stees, Class of 1959, and her husband Tom, his sister and her husband became the first franchisees for St. Louis-Panera bread.  Their franchise includes bakery cafes in Missouri, Oklahoma, Arkansas and Arizona.  After diagnosis and treatment for breast cancer in the early l980’s, Stees’s passion has centered on breast cancer awareness and treatment.  The Panera Pink Ribbon Bagel project which she started in 2001 has a national scope each October. Sue has received the Susan G. Komen “You Make a Difference” Award.  Wright, Class of 1959, served in the Central Intelligence Agency’s clandestine service and served in covert operations around the world for 25 years.  Due to the classified nature of his job, little is known of his missions. In 2008, Wright was posthumously awarded the Donovan Award for the United States of America National Clandestine Service of the Central Intelligence Agency, the highest honor for a member of the clandestine service.  He spoke seven languages and held pilot, scuba, and amateur radio licenses, and parachuted and rapelled from planes and helicopters.  He was elected Franklin County attorney for two terms from 1992 to 2000.  They will be honored at the banquet on Sept. 17 in the OHS Cyclone Room.  Tickets are $15.  Tickets may be bought from the high school office through Sept. 10.

Thursday, Aug. 20, 10 a.m.

At least one win for someone from OU as Braves take on Kentucky

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on August 20, 2015

OTTAWA — This won’t be a win for the Ottawa University men’s basketball team.  The Braves will take on national powerhouse University of Kentucky in an exhibition game on Nov. 2 at historic Rupp Arena in Lexington, Ky.  If there’s a winner from OU in this game, that will be Kentucky athletic director Mitch Barnhart, a 1981 OU graduate.  He was recognized as the Under Armour AD of the year, and Kentucky plans to recognize him and his special award during the OU game.  Barnhart  has been at the helm of the Wildcat athletics department since 2002.  He returned to the Ottawa campus in 2012 as a featured speaker during Adventures in Faith.  “This is a tremendous opportunity for our program to play the highest winning Division I program in the history of men’s basketball,” said OU head basketball coach Aaron Siebenthall.  “Playing against Kentucky in Rupp Arena will be a once-in-a-lifetime experience for our players and coaches. We are truly honored.”  “It is sure to be an experience that our players, student body, alumni and faculty and staff will never forget,” OU president Kevin Eichner said.  “We are grateful to Mitch and his staff for recognizing the contribution of his alma mater in this way and, in turn, we are proud to join in honoring one of our very successful alums in this way.”  A limited number of tickets will be available to OU fans through the Office of Advancement at a date to be announced soon. To be added to the waiting list for the opportunity to buy tickets, contact Susan Trendel at (785) 248-2331 or susan.trendel@ottawa.edu.

Thursday, Aug. 20, 10 a.m.

Three kids in critical condition following Lyndon crash

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on August 20, 2015

LYNDON — Three Lyndon kids are in critical condition as a result of a single-vehicle crash in Osage County Wednesday morning. Roger Lane, 16, was driving on Morrill Road when his car struck a tree just south of 245th Road northwest of Lyndon, Osage County Sheriff Laurie Dunn said.  He taken by helicopter to a Topeka hospital.  He was wearing a seat belt, Dunn said.  A passenger, 15-year-old Brandon Lane, 15, was injured and was flown to Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City. He wasn’t wearing a seatbelt.  Another passenger, A.J. Lane, 1, was thrown from the car.  He was taken to Topeka, and then transferred to Children’s Mercy Hospital.  Dunn said A.J. was improperly restrained.

Thursday, Aug. 20, 10 a.m.

Water to be turned off for construction project

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on August 20, 2015

OTTAWA — Water to part of southern Ottawa will be shut off today as contractors work to establish water service to the new Price Chopper site at 19th and Princeton.  A letter from a contractor to neighbors who would be affected said water in the area will be shut off today for about six hours until approximately 4 p.m.

Thursday, Aug. 20, 10 a.m.

Fire causes $20,000 in damage; three flee flames

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on August 19, 2015

OTTAWA — Three people fled an early morning fire at the 1229 S. Cedar.  They escaped without injury, Fire Chief Jeff Carner said.  The fire started in the kitchen area of the home and was contained to the immediate area, he said. The fire was reported shortly after 1 a.m. The fire was caused by an electrical problem, he said.  The fire caused an estimated in $20,000 damage to the house and contents, Carner said.  The American Red Cross responded to the scene to help the occupants with their temporary needs until repairs can be made.

Wednesday, Aug. 19, 4 p.m.

Trail death ruled a suicide

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on August 19, 2015

OTTAWA — An autopsy indicates that the death of 57-year-old Jerry Jackson, Ottawa, was a suicide.  The investigation of Jackson’s death is closed unless toxicology tests indicate otherwise, Ottawa police Capt. Adam Weingartner said.  Jackson was found hanging from a tree along the Prairie Spirit Trail in Kanza Park early Monday morning by two walkers.

Wednesday, Aug. 19, 4 p.m.

Public Restrooms

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on August 18, 2015

OTTAWA–It seems that a frequent request heard by City Hall is more public restrooms.  Right now Forest Park is the only facility with a restroom.  City officials are considering building one at Kanza Park.

Monday, Aug. 17, 8 pm


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