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Future governor is speaker at Eggs & Issues

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on September 11, 2017

OTTAWA — The man who will be the next governor will be the speaker at the Ottawa Area Chamber of Commerce’s Eggs & Issues breakfast at 8-9:30 a.m. Wednesday in the Ransom Memorial Hospital conference rooms. rColyer will move up whenever Gov. Sam Brownback is confirmed as President Trump’s special ambassador for religious affairs. “We’ll get the first bite of the apple so to speak,” said John Coen, chamber president. Time will be set aside for a question-and-answer session, he said. Tickets are $10 and are available at the chamber office. Those interested in attending should RSVP to the chamber office as soon as possible as seating is limited, he said.
Monday, Sept. 11, 3 p.m.

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Ottawa city commissioners split over housing grant

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on September 11, 2017

OTTAWA — The issue of moderate income housing took up most of the time during a two-hour meeting of the Ottawa City Commission Wednesday night. At issue were two different housing developers who wanted the city commission’s support for applying for a $400,000 state grant. The grant would help build new housing for middle-income tenants. A debate of sorts broke out when one developer, Fairway Vista Project, noted the company’s rental rates would be around a $100 a month. The competing developer, Prairie Fire Development Group, took issue with the rates. That company would offer rents from $595 a month to $895 per month. During subsequent discussion, commissioners Mike Skidmore and Blake Jorgensen expressed support for Fairway Vista because the company’s proposed development would have more housing units. However, commissioners Sara Caylor and Emily Graves supported Prairie Fire because of their cheaper rates. That left the commission deadlocked. Commissioner Eric Crowley, a contractor, abstained because he does business with Prairie Fire. After a long discussion interrupted by a 10-minute break, Jorgensen changed his mind and agreed to support Prairie Fire for the housing grant. The commission voted 3-1, Skidmore dissenting, to support both developers, but they indicated to state housing authorities they prefer that Prairie Fire get the grant. The housing development would be near Lincoln Elementary School.
Thursday, Sept. 7, 7 p.m.

Concrete truck overturns in Princeton

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on September 11, 2017

PRINCETON — Jeff Kelly, 62, Allen; was driving a cement truck south on U.S. 59 when he tried to turn left onto John Brown Road in Princeton Saturday morning. The load of concrete shifted and his truck turned over, the Franklin County Sheriff’s Department said. Kelly was taken to Ransom Memorial Hospital in Ottawa for treatment of injuries he received in the crash, the sheriff’s office said. No information was available on the extent of his injuries.
Monday, Sept. 11, 3 p.m.

More than 500 tractors at Power of the Past show

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on September 11, 2017

OTTAWA — More than 500 tractors were on display this past weekend for the Power of the Past Antique Tractor and Gas Engine Show. The show was a huge success, said Power of the Past president David Reeves. “It was great,” he said. “We had a check of a good crowd.” The show, which included the national Allis-Chalmers meet called “Gathering of the Orange” drew tractors from across the country, from as far as Montana to Georgia, he said. More than 4,500 people attended the show. “We were really happy.” Reeves thanked all the local individuals, groups and businesses that helped with the show. Next year, the show features Case tractors.
Monday, Sept. 11, 3 p.m.

Pedestrian who was killed near Lawrence identified

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on September 11, 2017

LAWRENCE – A 75-year-old pedestrian killed early Saturday morning while he was walking along K-10 near Lawrence has been identified as Douglas Petty, 74, Leawood. Petty was killed shortly before 5 a.m. On sept. 9, 2017, after he was struck by a vehicle while he was walking on the highway, just west of County Road 1057. It’s unknown why he was on K-10, said Kristen Channel, Douglas County Sheriff’s Department. The driver of the vehicle that struck the man stayed at the scene after the collision, she said.
Monday, Sept. 11, 3 p.m.

Firefighters mark 9-11

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on September 11, 2017

OTTAWA — This morning at 8:15, as they have every year on 9-11, Ottawa firefighters held a brief memorial by the flagpole in front of the main fire station on Second Street to their fellow firefighters and other victims of the infamous terror attacks. The annual ceremony includes a firefighting tradition, the “three five,” said Chief Tim Matthias. The firefighters ring a bell five times for three times to signify a death in the fire service. “It doesn’t take but a few minutes, a little moment of silence and a bit of reflection and we go about our day,” Matthias said. A piece of the World Trade Centers, an rusty I-beam, has on permanent display in the lobby of the fire station for about 10 years, with photos of aftermath of the attack.
Monday, Sept. 11, 3 p.m.

Two motorcyclists killed in separate crashes

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on September 11, 2017

GARNETT – Two area motorcyclists were killed this weekend in two separate crashes. A motorcyclist was killed late Saturday night when he was hit by an SUV northeast of Garnett. Rebecca Brown, 42, Garnett; was driving a 2006 Lincoln Navigator west on 2000 Road but failed to stop at the stop sign at U.S. 169, the Kansas Highway Patrol said. She hit a 2011 Harley Davidson motorcycle driven by Flint Macklin, 42, Kincaid who was going north on U.S. 169. He was thrown from the bike onto the south-bound lane, the highway patrol said. Her SUV ended west of the intersection. She was injured and taken to Research Medical Center, Kansas City, Mo. She wasn’t wearing a seat belt, the highway patrol said. A passenger in her vehicle, Matson Wright, 12, Garnett; wasn’t injured. He was wearing a seat belt. In the second fatal crash involving a motorcyclist, a Carbondale motorcyclist was killed Friday evening in Topeka. Shawn Campbell, 23, was riding his motorcycle in the 4600 block of SW Gage Boulevard when he went off the road for an unknown reason and hit a tree, the Shawnee County Sheriff’s Department said. He was pronounced dead at Stormont Vail Hospital in Topeka.
Monday, Sept. 11, 3 p.m.

County OKs controversial plan by Ottawa Co-op to expand LeLoup facility

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on September 8, 2017

OTTAWA — It took three separate votes and a marathon meeting, but Franklin County commissioners finally agreed Wednesday to allow the Ottawa Co-op to add two large grain storage bunkers at its LeLoup facility at Texas and Reno roads. The needs to add the bunkers for the upcoming fall harvest, said attorney Blaine Finch, who represented the co-op at the meeting. Without the bunkers, the co-op would have to pay to store grain, mostly corn, at storage facilities in Johnson County, he said. However, neighbors objected to the proposal. The expansion at the facility would nearly triple heavy truck traffic in their area, create clouds of dust and strain rural bridges, said Ted Stoneking, who represented his neighbors before the commission. On a split 3-2 vote, commissioners voted to table the proposal two weeks to allow commissioners and county officials time to consider additional conditions. Commissioners Roy Dunn, a co-op member, and Rick Howard, objected to the delay and pressed for a vote. Other commissioners agreed to a vote and decided to un-table it. At the suggestion of county administrator Derek Brown, they moved the matter to the end of the meeting, while Brown quickly worked out the additional conditions with co-op officials and commissioners granted a special use permit. The extra conditions included a more extensive plan for dust control and for the co-op to encourage truck drivers not to drive over-weight trucks over bridges in the area. Neighbors weren’t happy but said it was the best they could expect.
Thursday, Sept. 7, 7 p.m.

Volunteers clean up and repair flood damage at Miami County fairgrounds

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on September 8, 2017

PAOLA — Volunteers have been working long hours to get the Miami County Fairgrounds cleaned up and rebuilt after flooding devastated the complex two weeks ago. So far, 94 volunteers donated 647 hours of time to assist in the restoration. “Although not done, tremendous progress has been made cleaning up, said Marias des Cygnes Extension District 4-H agent Karla Hightower said. “We got some buildings and facilities cleaned but haven’t cleaned the livestock barns yet.” The flooding occurred after over 8 inches of rain fell in the Paola area Aug. 22. The resulting flood resulted in the need to completely gut three buildings and get rid of walls, insulation and years’ worth of equipment and materials, she said. The Miami County Fair has established an account at First Option Bank to help with the cost of repairing the buildings and replacing items lost.
Thursday, Sept. 7, 7 p.m.

New industrial park said to have a strong draw

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on September 8, 2017

OTTAWA — The new Proximity Park, being developed by the city of Ottawa and Franklin County south of Ottawa, is attracting attention, county economic development director James Oltman said. He told Franklin County commissioners Wednesday that he’s been working with eight potential businesses interested in moving to Ottawa. Those companies are interested in the new industrial park. Both the city and county have planned to begin building the “infrastructure” – utilities and improved roads beginning this fall.
Thursday, Sept. 7, 7 p.m.