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Boil-water advisory is over

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on November 9, 2017

OTTAWA — After getting test results from the Kansas Dept. of Health and Environment this morning, the city has lifted the boil-water advisory. Drink up. Or is that get hydrated?
Thursday, Nov. 9, 10 a.m.

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Ottawa boil-water advisory to be in effect until at least 8 a.m. Thursday

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on November 8, 2017

OTTAWA — The city says the boil-water advisory won’t be lifted until at least after 8 a.m. Thursday. The city has sent water samples to the Kansas Dept. of Health and Environment for testing and is awaiting the results, but won’t receive an update until after 8 in the morning. According to a post on the city’s Facebook page, Wednesday’s incident occurred when compressed air being used for maintenance on the high school’s irrigation system entered the distribution system which prompted the precautionary boil advisory at the recommendation of the KDHE. In issuing the advisory, the city there is no reason to believe there is any contamination and all chlorine residual tests that have done since the incident have indicated the water is safe. However, the city and the KDHE stress that because public safety is their prime objective, they ask people to follow the guidelines outlined in the boil advisory. That includes boiling water for one minute prior to drinking or food preparation, or use bottled water. Dispose of ice cubes and do not use ice from a household automatic icemaker. Dish washing, laundry and bathing should not pose a threat.
Wednesday, Nov. 8, 5 p.m.

Overbrook killed when car goes off road

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on November 8, 2017

OVERBROOK — A 40-year-old Overbrook man was killed early Tuesday morning when his Jaguar went off the road near Overbrook. Donald Bryant was driving north in the 14000 block of Shawnee Heights Road when his 1997 Jaguar XK8 went off the right side of the road shortly after 3 a.m. for an unknown reason, the Kansas Highway Patrol said. The car flipped over on its roof. He was wearing a seatbelt.
Wednesday, Nov. 8, 5 p.m.

City issues boil-water advisory

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on November 7, 2017

OTTAWA — Ottawa has been placed under a water-boil advisory this afternoon because of air getting into the system earlier today. The Kansas Dept. of Health and Environment advised the city to issue the advisory, said Ottawa utilities director Dennis Tharp. “We are currently doing testing to make sure there are no foreign particles in the water but until we’ve done we cannot verify that,” Tharp said. How long the boil-water advisory continues is still unknown, he said. “This should not last a long time but we do have to go through a testing process with KDHE which will require some time.” Tharp asks the public for vigilance and if necessary to boil their water and for patience until the testing is done. KOFO will have as soon as they are available.
Tuesday, Nov. 7, 4 p.m.

City casts its fate to wind again

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on November 3, 2017

OTTAWA – Once again, the city of Ottawa will cast part of its fate to the wind – wind power. City utilities director Dennis Tharp successfully urged commissioners to buy wind power from the Buckeye Wind Farm being built near Hays. The cost of wind power at the moment is very low and now is the time to lock in prices before the price of electrictiy goes up, as it will, Tharp said. “Offer on the prices is absolutely as good as we can ask for,” Tharp said. The city could buy 5 to 10 megawatts of power from the wind farm. The city has an existing agreement to buy power from the new Marshall County Wind Farm in north-central Kansas. Tharp said he’s been trying to broaden the city’s sources of power with an eye to expanded demand once the new Proximity Park industrial site fully develops. The city is also looking at replacing its aging Stag steam-powered generator at the city power plant, he said.
Friday, Nov. 3, 8:30 a.m.

Marine featured in Burns’ PBS ‘Vietnam War’ documentary at Baker

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on November 3, 2017

BALDWIN CITY — Baldwin City resident and veterans’ activist John Musgrave will present a program at Baker University in which he’ll talk about his experiences as a Marine during the Vietnam War. Musgrave, a former Baker student, was featured in Ken Burns’ PBS documentary “The Vietnam War.” His program “John Musgrave: Poet, Storyteller, Vietnam War veteran” will be 4-5:30 p.m. Nov. 19, at Rice Auditorium. He’ll take questions from the audience. The Baker speech choir will read Musgrave’s poetry.
Friday, Nov. 3, 8:30 a.m.

Hospital to install new sign at county annex for pediatric clinic

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on November 3, 2017

OTTAWA — It’s a sign of Ransom Memorial Hospital’s growing expansion. The hospital got the OK from county commissioners to put up a new sign for its new pediatric care clinic at the county annex. The hospital, which will install the new sign on the southern edge of the annex building where the entrance of the clinic is, will pay to move the county’s sign more to the center of the building. However, because it will take a few weeks to build the sign, the hospital would like to put up a banner announcing the new clinic, said RMH’s Doug Rich. Commissioners agreed.
Friday, Nov. 3, 8:30 a.m.

WWI railroading subject of library talk

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on November 3, 2017

BALDWIN CITY — Among the draftees for World War I, American railroads. Railroad expert and author Rudy Daniels will discuss how the railroads were mobilized to move massive numbers of troops, ammunition and equipment across the country for the war effort. Daniels’ talk will be 6:30 p.m. Monday at the Baldwin City Library. His most recent book deals with World War I railroading. He’s also a member of the Midland Railway, the excursion railroad based in Baldwin City and run by a volunteer group. The Midland Railway also provides the trains for the Prairie Belle Dinner Train, which is also based in Baldwin City.
Friday, Nov. 3, 8:30 a.m.

Cold weather rule in effect

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on November 3, 2017

TOPEKA — The cold weather rule, designed to help Kansans who are behind on their utility payments avoid disconnection during the winter months, went into effect Wednesday and and will remain in effect through March 31. The cold weather rule prevents or limits utility companies from disconnecting a customer’s natural gas or electric service during periods of extreme cold. Utility companies are prohibited from disconnecting a customer’s service when temperatures are forecast to be at or below 35 degrees over a 24-hour period. In addition, the rule requires utility companies to offer a 12-month payment plan to allow consumers to maintain or re-establish utility service. Any residential customer with a past due balance will qualify for payment arrangements under the rule. However, it is the customer’s responsibility to contact the gas or electric company to make those arrangements.
Friday, Nov. 3, 8:30 a.m.

Visitors center to get facelift

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on November 3, 2017

OTTAWA — The visitors information center on K-68 in eastern Ottawa will soon get a facelift. County tourism director Susan Rader asked Franklin County commissioners to consider a list of repair and maintenance projects at the center, which the county owns. The center is looking worn and in a business in which first impressions are important, it’s essential to make it more presentable looking for visitors, she said. County administrator Derek Brown drafted a list of items including exterior cleaning and paint, which will begin immediately as weather permits; roof repairs, landscaping, carpet cleaning and weatherizing the building.
Friday, Nov. 3, 8:30 a.m.