Opinion: President’s budget affects local programs

Five hundred leaders, including representatives of East Central Kansas Economic Opportunity Corporation (ECKAN) were gathered in Washington when news hit that President Trump’s budget would strike core community programs that have broad bipartisan support across the United States. Richard Jackson, Chief Executive Officer of ECKAN, responded by stating the following:

Carbondale man injured in three-vehicle accident

Emergency personnel responded to an injury accident at 6:40 a.m. March 22 on U.S. 75 Highway and 189th Street, where a van collided with a semi trailer and a third vehicle.

According to the Kansas Highway Patrol, a 1999 Dodge 3500 Ram Van, driven by Michael C. Finton, 47, Carbondale, was traveling southbound and struck the back of a 2013 Kenworth semi truck and trailer, driven by Joshua Paul Riggles, 22, Mayetta, which had stopped to turn on to 189th Street.

Burn ban extended for March 22

The Osage County Emergency Management Department has continued the burn ban into March 22, due to a high fire danger and strong winds. All permits are suspended, and no outside burning is allowed.

The county-wide ban is in effect for 24 hours, and may be extended.

Early morning house fire under investigation

CARBONDALE — Emergency personnel responded to an early morning house fire March 21 in the 16100 block of S. Berryton Road in rural Osage County.

“At 4:26 a.m., the Osage County Sheriff’s Office was notified of a house fire at 16129 S. Berryton Road,” said a press release from the Osage County Sheriff’s Office. “The fire is being investigated by Osage County Sheriff’s Office and the Kansas State Fire Marshal. At this time the fire origin has been undetermined.”

Today, March 21, another 'No Burn Day'

From the Osage County Emergency Management office:

ALL BURN PERMITS ARE SUSPENDED FOR TODAY MAR 21, 2017 “THIS IS A NO BURN DAY” NO OUTSIDE BURNING ALLOWED

OSAGE-308 AM CDT TUE MAR 21 2017

...VERY HIGH FIRE DANGER TODAY...

THE RANGELAND FIRE DANGER INDEX WILL BE IN THE VERY HIGH CATEGORY THIS AFTERNOON.

VERY HIGH FIRE DANGER MEANS...FIRE CONTROL WILL BE VERY DIFFICULT AND REQUIRE EXTENDED EFFORT. OUTDOOR BURNING IS NOT RECOMMENDED.

Ernestine “Erni” J. Muzzy

February 1, 1928 – February 27, 2017

GOTHENBURG, Neb. — Ernestine “Erni” J. Muzzy, age 89, formerly of Lawrence, died February 27, 2017 at Gothenburg, Nebraska.

Ella Loraine Bishop McNabb

July 24, 1924 — March, 18, 2017

TOPEKA — Ella Loraine Bishop McNabb passed away on Saturday, March 18, 2017 in Topeka. She was born in Coley’s Point, Newfoundland, Canada, July 24, 1924 the daughter of Isaac and Belle Bishop. On February 16, 1951, she was married to US Navy Chief Petty Officer, Lawrence Lester McNabb (originally of Melvern) in Norfolk, VA.

Ongoing drainage issues discussed in Scranton

SCRANTON — The Scranton City Council continued discussion of drainage issues with residents during its March 7 regular meeting.

Ladonna Lee, resident, attended the Feb. 21 meeting of the council, requesting the city address damage to her property, which she alleged took place during the water project. Council members and city staff were to meet Lee at her residence on Dogwood Avenue in the west part of the city.

USD 421 begins interviews for new superintendent

LYNDON — The USD 421 Board of Education held a special meeting March 7. No action was taken during the executive session; however, the board did narrow down the candidates for the superintendent position that will be vacant after June 30. Cheryl Cook, superintendent, had submitted her resignation during the Oct. 12, 2016, board meeting, which the board accepted.

Program considered for Burlingame brick restoration

BURLINGAME — Wesley Colson, Burlingame city superintendent, talked about the Kansas Department of Transportation’s (KDOT) City Connecting Link Improvement Program (CCLIP) for Burlingame’s brick roads at the March 7 Burlingame City Council meeting. CCLIP provides funds up to $300,000 for surface preservation, $1 million for pavement restoration and $1 million for geometric improvement. Applications for CCLIP are due March 17.

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