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Party’s over; Christmas tree drop-off at Orlis Cox

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on January 4, 2018

OTTAWA — The city of Ottawa has designated the asphalt parking lot to the east at the Orlis Cox baseball complex as the drop-off site for live Christmas trees. The trees must be stripped of decorations and free of plastic before being dropped off. The city encourages people to take the trees as far northeast as possible in the lot. City crews will remove all trees beginning Tuesday, Jan. 16. Please drop off trees prior to that date.
Thursday, Jan. 4, 11 a.m.

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Air compressor, chain saws recovered

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on January 4, 2018

OLATHE — The regional anti-theft cooperative TRACE said the Johnson County Sheriff’s Department has collared someone with a black standing Campbell Hausfeld air compressor and two Echo chainsaws in cases. TRACE said if the items were stolen, they were likely taken from Franklin, Miami, Johnson or Douglas counties. If you are missing such items, contact Johnson County sheriff’s detective Brett Wilson at 913-715-5561. TRACE recommends that you regularly check your equipment. Often officers will stop people with property that may be stolen, but farmers or property owners don’t check their barns or sheds for days or weeks, which delays investigations.
Thursday, Jan. 4, 11 a.m.

Wellsville player named to Shrine Bowl team

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on January 4, 2018

WELLSVILLE — Anthony Geist, a senior at Wellsville High School, has been selected to play in the 45th annual Kansas Shrine Bowl next summer. Geist was selected to the East team in an announcement this week by the Kansas Shrine Bowl office. Geist said he is surprised but plans to represent Wellsville the best he can. He joins more than 60 football players from across Kansas on the Shrine Bowl team. Geist is the third player from Franklin County to be selected to the Shrine Bowl team in recent years. Ottawa’s Drew Bones was selected last year and Wellsville’s Brett Osbern in 2015. The Shrine Bowl game is July 28 at Pittsburg State University.
Thursday, Jan. 4, 11 a.m.

Classes may resume at Central Heights Friday

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on January 4, 2018

CENTRAL HEIGHTS – School officials were hoping that classes at Central Heights would resume Friday. The school remained today for the third straight day because of the cold weather. Two issues forced the closures, said Central Heights Supt. Brian Spencer. A power outage Sunday evening shut off the circulation pumps on the heating system, causing some pipes and equipment to freeze, he said. That has been resolved, he said. However, drinking water from some locations in the buildings had a blue tint, he said. Testing revealed the source of the coloring is because of an elevated level of copper. The KDHE believes that there may be some connection between the heating system failure and the water contamination, he said.
Water tests taken Tuesday afternoon after restoring the heating system to working order and flushing the water pipes showed normal readings for copper, he said. However, more water testing had to be done least eight hours after flushing the lines. More samples were collected Wednesday afternoon and sent to a lab. Depending on the test results, school may be back in session Friday, he said.
Thursday, Jan. 4, 11 a.m.

Dark cloud of intense cold brings silver skates

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on January 2, 2018

OTTAWA — Ice skating in Forest Park is back. The city parks crew flooded the area west of the horseshoe pit in to create an outdoor ice skating rink. The deepest part of the area flooded is approximately 12 inches deep. With the subzero temperatures over the weekend the water has now frozen and is safe for the public to use for ice skating. “Evidently, they used to do that in that part of the park,” said city public works director Michael Haeffele. “The last several years, we’ haven’t had enough cold temperatures. With the recent cold snap it was only right that we do it.” The rink is temporary and will be used as long as the weather keeps the ice frozen. The rink will close when the ice is no longer safe, he said. This may only last a few days, but it’s an excellent addition to park and outdoor recreation activities, he said.
Tuesday, Jan. 2, 4 p.m.

Health department: Get flu shots before flu gets you

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on January 2, 2018

OTTAWA — Cases of the flu are starting to pick up in Kansas, and it’s just a matter of time before more cases are seen in the Franklin County area. Many people are putting off getting a flu shot but Franklin County Health Department director Midge Ransom said now’s the time. “I know it’s been on the news a lot that the vaccine isn’t as effective as we’d like it to be,” Ransom said. “But remember, the vaccine helps prevents disease.” This year’s flu shots would be most effect if the strain is the same as last year, “which we think it is,” she said. It’s very important for those 65 and older and very young children to get the shot, because they are most vulnerable, she said.
Tuesday, Jan. 2, 4 p.m.

Mayor named to national cities’ advocacy committee

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on January 2, 2018

OTTAWA – Ottawa Mayor Sara Caylor has been named to the Community and Economic Development Committee of the National League of Cities. The committee helps draft federal policies regarding issues such as housing, economic development, land use, recreation and parks, historic preservation and international competitiveness to be used by NLC lobbyists when talking to members of Congress. Members of the committee will also help talk to congressional and administration officials. With the city and county developing Proximity Park, Caylor said the national economic perspective that comes from being on the committee will be valuable. “I look forward to the opportunity to represent as well as advocate for the city of Ottawa and other cities in our area,” she said.
Tuesday, Jan. 2, 4 p.m.

New cultural event to focus on Ireland

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on January 2, 2018

OTTAWA — A son of the “Auld Sod” will talk about life on the ground in Ireland for Ottawa’s first-ever Cultural Breakfast Feb. 1. Ottawa University graduate student and assistant golf coach Eadaoin Cronin, Bantry Bay, Cork, Ireland; will give a presentation and help celebrate Irish life for the breakfast. The Cultural Breakfast will be 7:30 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 1, at the Ottawa Memorial Auditorium. The event is being hosted by the memorial auditorium, city of Ottawa and Ottawa University. Tickets are $10 and available at OMA or through the website http://www.ottawamemorialauditorium.com.
Tuesday, Jan. 2, 4 p.m.

County to offer CPR, first aid classes

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on January 2, 2018

OTTAWA — The Franklin County Health Department is holding CPR classes.
Assistant county health director Robert Walker is now offering CPR, as well as first aid classes. “We want to see as many people in the community get updated with CPR,” said health director Midge Ransom. It’s great to see that high school students are now required beginning next school year to be certified in CPR to graduate, because studies show that students who have the training save lives, she said. The classes are on request and cost $30.
Tuesday, Jan. 2, 4 p.m.

Osage City man killed when pickup rolls over

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on January 2, 2018

TOPEKA — An Osage City man was killed Friday afternoon when his pickup rolled over several times on U.S. 75 south of Topeka. Harold Poertner, 73, was driving north on U.S. 75 when his pickup went off the road to the right and dropped into the ditch, the Kansas Highway Patrol said. He turned left to get back on the road but over-corrected, putting the truck into a spin, the highway patrol said. The truck slid sideways across the north-bound lanes and into the median, where it rolled over several times across the south-bound lanes and into the west ditch. The highway patrol said he wasn’t wearing a seatbelt.
Tuesday, Jan. 2, 4 p.m.