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Counties receive grant to study public health co-op

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on October 12, 2017

OTTAWA — Franklin County and three other counties (Osage, Coffey and Wabaunsee) in a proposed public health cooperative have received a $20,000 grant to study the proposal. County health director Midge Ransom told county commissioners Wednesday that the next step is to form a citizens’ committee to consider how to coordinate and share some basic public health services.
Thursday, Oct. 12, 2 p.m.

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Ladies Night Out is Friday

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on October 12, 2017

OTTAWA — The 12th annual Ladies Might Out is Friday. Nearly 30 Ottawa businesses will have something special to offer, new products, refreshments and more. Participants will not only get to enjoy some shopping but also a scavenger hunt to 20 different businesses and a chance to win chamber currency. Two shuttle buses will take shoppers and hunters to opposite sides of the city, said Ottawa Memorial Auditorium director Tiffany Evans. Ladies Night Out starts and ends at the auditorium, she said. Registration is at the OMA basement. Landslide, a Fleetwood Mac tribute band, will perform at OMA starting at 8:30 p.m., she said. Food and drink will be available at the concert, and free rides home will be available to those who might party a little too hard.
Thursday, Oct. 12, 2 p.m.

Ottawa teachers, staff receive pay raises

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on October 12, 2017

OTTAWA — Teachers in the Ottawa school district are getting a raise. The school board decided that licensed teaching staff will receive a 3.5 percent increase in base salary for the 2017-18 school year. That will bring the starting salary for new entry-level teachers to slightly below $39,000, said assistant superintendent Dr. Ryan Cobbs. Most aides, paras, custodians and other classified staff and 50-cent raise. This was the largest percentage increase in salary since the state’s financial crisis began several years ago, Cobbs said. He added that the district wanted to make sure they gave back to the staff who have stuck with them and done work above and beyond their contracts.
Thursday, Oct. 12, 2 p.m.

City seeks loan for Proximity Park utilities

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on October 12, 2017

OTTAWA — Ottawa city commissioners formally took the first step Monday in requesting a special U.S. Dept. of Agriculture loan of nearly $9 million to help provide utilities to the new Proximity Park industrial site south of Ottawa. Both the city and Franklin County are jointly developing the site, with most development work to begin next spring.
Thursday, Oct. 12, 2 p.m.

No cause listed for pipeline explosion

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on October 12, 2017

WELDA — It’s been more than two weeks since the pipeline explosion near Welda that lit up the early morning sky for miles. Southern Star Central Gas has not released any information about the cause of the explosion despite repeated news inquiries, the Anderson County Review reported. The blast sent a fountain of high-pressure flame into the sky Sept. 22. Emergency workers evacuated several houses in the area before the fire was brought under control. No injuries were reported.
Thursday, Oct. 12, 2 p.m.

Central Heights to induct first Ring of Honor

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on October 12, 2017

CENTRAL HEIGHTS — Central Heights School will celebrate the first group of inductees the Ring of Honor Friday. The first inductees will include the school board members who had the foresight to put the newly-consolidatate district into one building between Richmond, Rantoul, Lane and Princeton, said Supt. Brian Spencer. Those are Hobart Betz, Victor Montague, George Snow, Raymond Wagner, and Ardyce Wilson. Other inductees include Bob Redeker, a teacher in the district prior to and after the consolidation; Bob Erisman, teacher and principal in the district at the time; and Leo “Bud” Laird, Jr., who as superintendent, teacher, principal and board member.
Thursday, Oct. 12, 2 p.m.

Judge: Part of lawsuit in Jennings shooting death won’t be dismissed

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on October 9, 2017

KANSAS CITY — A federal judge has refused to dismiss a civil rights lawsuit against the city of Ottawa and some law officers in the shooting death of an 18-year-old Ottawa man in August 2014. However, Judge Daniel Crabtree agreed to dismiss that part of the lawsuit filed by the family of Joseph Jennings against the Franklin County Commission and other officers. Crabtree ruled there was enough evidence to allow the lawsuit to proceed against the officers who shot Jennings in the Orscheln’s parking lot. He also allowed the suit against the city to continue on claims Ottawa didn’t provide officers training for dealing with people with mental crises. He dropped the suit against county commissioners, saying the responsibility for training rested more with the sheriff. He dropped the suit against officers who didn’t fire at Jennings, saying they didn’t have a reasonable chance of preventing his death. Both sides appealed to the 10th District of the U.S. Court of Appeals in Denver. Those appeals have been docketed but no hearing has been scheduled.
Monday, Oct. 9, 4 p.m.

Wall of Honor banquet Thursday

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on October 9, 2017

OTTAWA — The Ottawa High School Wall of Honor banquet and induction ceremony will be Thursday. Tickets for the event are on sale now for $20 now through Thursday at the high school office. This year’s nominees are city chief finance officer Scott Bird, naval officer and community volunteer Vernon Hay, and Bernice “Bud” Humphrey, who died while he was a prisoner of war during World War II. Nominees for the wall of honor must have graduated at least 10 years prior to nomination and have demonstrated excellence in their careers or in the community.
Monday, Oct. 9, 4 p.m.

Miami County tax sale set for Nov. 2

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on October 9, 2017

PAOLA — About 24 properties will be auctioned during Miami County’s delinquent tax sale Nov. 2. Delinquent properties include residential, commercial and farm tracts. All of the properties have four to five years of unpaid taxes through 2016.
Monday, Oct. 9, 4 p.m.

Scheduling hearing set for Ottawa man charged with capital murder

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on October 9, 2017

OLATHE — A 24-year-old Ottawa man charged with capital murder and rape will be back in Johnson County District Court Thursday. The hearing for Korrey Rinke is expected to establish a schedule leading up to his trial. He is charged with raping and murdering Julianna Pappas, 46, Overland Park in August 2016. Police said he killed her during a date.
Monday, Oct. 9, 4 p.m.