Near head-on collision results in one fatality, hospitalization

FRANKLIN COUNTY—At approximately 6:35 a.m. April 16, deputies with the Franklin County sheriff’s office responded to the 1300 block of K-68 Highway, in reference to a motor vehicle crash. Injuries were reported.

Troy Lewis, 44, Ottawa, was traveling westbound on K-68 Highway in a Jeep Grand Cherokee. The jeep drifted into the eastbound lane and collided nearly head-on with an eastbound Ford F-150 pickup.

Lewis was pronounced dead at the scene. Lewis was a 1987 graduate of Marais des Cygnes Valley High School.

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U.S. 75 ramps to close at Carbondale

CARBONDALE—The 137th Street bridge over U.S. 75, which connects to Main Street in Carbondale, will be restricted to one 12-foot lane each direction for asphalt pavement approach replacement work from between April 15-22.

The southbound entrance ramp and northbound exit ramp will be closed beginning April 12. Then southbound exit ramp and northbound entrance ramp will be closed when work is completed on the other ramps. All ramps are scheduled to reopen April 22 or 23.

Officer's resignation elaborated, accepted

MELVERN—The Melvern City Council concluded its Monday meeting by accepting the resignation of Melvern City Police Officer Steve McDonald, who had submitted a letter to the city March 10.

“I do not want to resign,” McDonald told the council. “That was never in the cards. If you don’t have the respect and backing of the people you’re working for, it’s hard to do your job. After what happened at the last meeting…”

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Lane restriction, ramp closure on Carbondale overpass

Expect delays, lane restrictions and ramp closures on eastbound and westbound 137th St. bridge over U.S. 75 east of Carbondale. The lanes will be restricted to one 12-foot lane each direction for asphalt pavement approach replacement work, around the clock, April 10-18. This work is part of the U.S. Hwy. 75 resurfacing project in Osage County.

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USD 421 discusses bond, funding with community

LYNDON—At a special meeting March 25, the USD 421 Lyndon Board of Education met to educate the public about the bond issue, set to appear on the May 6 ballot.

Before the ballot, however, the board has work cut out for them. The first of three special meetings to share information and answer questions regarding the building project and bond election concluded March 25.

Schools struggle with assessment testing system

OSAGE COUNTY—School districts throughout the county have faced difficulties administering state assessment tests this year.

The Kansas Assessment Program is overseen by the Kansas State Department of Education, testing subjects such as math, science and reading. A new version of testing this year was developed by the Center for Educational Testing and Evaluation (CETE) located at the University of Kansas.

“Most issues weren’t CETE issues,” said Troy Hutton, Osage City USD 420 superintendent. “They were getting cyber attacked.”

Osage County jailer fired following gun incident

TOPEKA—An Osage County Sheriff’s Department jailer terminated this week allegedly pulled a gun during an incident involving two Topeka teenagers in February.

The Osage County Commission accepted the termination of Francis Kent at its March 31 meeting. According to Osage County Sheriff Laurie Dunn, Kent was fired by the department on March 27. Dunn declined to discuss the incident further, citing protection of non-elected personnel.

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