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Rice sentenced to 54 months in prison

Nichole Rice, 37, of Emporia was sentenced Friday afternoon to 54 months in prison on charges stemming from a November burglary of the Flinthills Mall.On May 2, Rice pleaded no contest to single felony counts of attempted aggravated battery of a law enforcement officer and distribution of methamphet

EMPORIA GAZETTE.COM - 2018-06-23 14:00:00

Couch reaches plea agreement in kidnapping case

Alexander Couch, 17, of Emporia reached a plea agreement Thursday afternoon in Lyon County District Court regarding his involvement in a November kidnapping and beating of a 16-year-old male.Couch pleaded no contest to and was subsequently found guilty on charges of aggravated battery and attempted

EMPORIA GAZETTE.COM - 2018-06-23 13:00:00

Emporia teen charged in kidnap, beating incident enters plea agreement

Couch is one of six defendants charged in the case, stemming from allegations made by a then-16-year-old male that he was kidnapped and subsequently beaten twice, including once at the so-called Rocky Ford or Bird Bridge. At least one co-defendant has already been sentenced. Samuel Garcia, 18 was se


Rasmussen ready for final bow

This will be Rick Rasmussen’s last year working with Emporia State University’s summer theater program.The Seattle resident has worked with the university’s theater program as a sceneographer for the past 25 years. Rasmussen flies to Kansas every summer to join the program for the month or so it’s i

EMPORIA GAZETTE.COM - 2018-06-23 14:15:00

Gas leak near Emporia's Bunge facility under investigation

Firefighters and Kansas Gas personnel walk the 400 block of East to determine the significance of an apparent natural gas leak Saturday evening.Chuck Samples/KVOE NewsResidents near Emporia’s Bunge crush facility were briefly evacuated after an apparent natural gas leak Saturday.Emporia Fire respond

KVOE.COM - 2018-06-23 00:00:00

EFD responding to gas leak on East Street

File photoAt approximately 6:09 p.m. Saturday evening, scanner traffic indicated reports of a significant gas leak near the 400 block of East Street.Employees from the Kansas Gas Service believe the leak is centered around the 415 East St. residence. At this time, the KGS and Emporia Fire Department

EMPORIA GAZETTE.COM - 2018-06-23 23:12:00

Never Let Go receives record-setting donation from Dirty Kanza

After Sandy Knight’s son died of cancer at age 13, she found a way to turn her grief into a greater good for the community and other parents like her.Thus, Never Let Go was born.The charity donates money to young cancer patients and their families at a time when money may be tight and they have othe

EMPORIA GAZETTE.COM - 2018-06-23 13:45:00

ESU theatre offers 'Odd Couple'

“The Odd Couple,” a comedy by Neil Simon, is the next offering from Emporia State University’s 64th season of Summer Theatre.Set in the 1960s, Oscar Madison (Harriel Mack) is a slob who has recently taken in a down-on-his-luck friend, Felix Unger (Lucas Coble), who has separated from his wife.Felix’

EMPORIA GAZETTE.COM - 2018-06-23 13:30:00

Sunday liquor sales to hit ballot in August

The issue of Sunday liquor sales in Emporia will be on the ballot in August, thanks to a petition arguing against a move to legalize Sunday sales within the city.The petition, which had the requisite 5 percent of signatures needed to force the vote, was turned into the Lyon County Clerk’s Office on


'A very elite group'

A week of events honoring some of the nation’s best educators concluded Friday evening as the 2018 National Teachers Hall of Fame class was officially inducted at a public ceremony in Emporia State’s Webb Hall.“This is a very elite group,” ESU Teachers College Dean Ken Weaver said. “We only induct f

EMPORIA GAZETTE.COM - 2018-06-23 15:15:00

Heisman Trophy winner Billy Sims visits Emporia

Heisman Trophy winner Billy Sims (left) met with fans and restaurant patrons during a stop at the Billy Sims BBQ restaurant, 737 West Sixth, on Friday.Chuck Samples/KVOE News

KVOE.COM - 2018-06-23 00:00:00

'Odd Couple' opens Wednesday

The second production of the summer season is Neil Simon’s time-honored work “The Odd Couple,” directed by ESU Alumna Fran Opheim. This classic comedy opens as a group of the guys assemble for cards in the apartment of divorced Oscar Madison. And if the mess is any indication, it's no wonder that hi

EMPORIA GAZETTE.COM - 2018-06-22 15:00:00

Separate pleas entered in drug case

An Emporia couple arrested in a May narcotics investigation waived their rights to a preliminary hearing and entered separate pleas Wednesday morning in Lyon County District Court.On May 1, law enforcement officers seized more than 50 marijuana plants from the home of William and Octavia Ellis at 14


Settlement reached for two people accused of buying rigged lottery tickets in Emporia, Overland Park

Attorney General Derek Schmidt had filed suit against Eddie Tipton, Amy Demoney and Christopher McCoulskey, alleging Tipton -- at one time a computer security official with the Multi-State Lottery Association -- had manipulated the multi-state lottery software system and purchased rigged lottery tic


'Through' a quick, gritty read

“When I Am Through With You” by Stephanie Kuehn, Dutton Books, 2017, $17.99.Ben Gibson is many things, but he’s not sorry and he’s not a liar.He will tell you exactly about what happened on what started as a simple school camping trip in the mountains. About who lived and who died. About who killed

EMPORIA GAZETTE.COM - 2018-06-22 15:00:00

No injuries, damage caused by downed line

The Emporia Fire Department was called to 217 E. Randolph Ave. at 10:44 p.m. for a power line down in a driveway. Upon arrival, firefighters found a tree limb had broken off, fallen across a power line and pulled it to the ground. There was no arcing or sparking or emergency at the time.


Overheated spatula triggers fire call

Courtesy logoEmporia fire crews dealt with a small fire early Saturday.Firefighters were called out just after midnight to 1019 Sylvan for a stove fire, although the homeowner had the fire out by the time crews arrived. Battalion Chief Rich Gould says a spatula got hot on the stove's heating element

KVOE.COM - 2018-06-23 00:00:00

Emporia man charged with flee and elude to appear in court Thursday

Andrew ReisenLyon County Corrections courtesy photoAn Emporia man charged with leading law enforcement on three separate pursuits last month will be in Lyon County District Court Thursday.Andrew Reisen will appear before Judge Douglas Jones at 1:30 p.m. for an attorney review hearing. A pretrial con


Camso reveals remanufacturing line to public

Camso is breathing fresh life into old treads and wheels with its newest process — remanufacturing, which it began offering in March.Company officials said during a plant tour Thursday in Emporia that by the end of the year, they hope to have everything they need in place in its remanufacturing plan

EMPORIA GAZETTE.COM - 2018-06-22 14:45:00

Emporia couple accused of pot-growing operation enter separate pleas

Lyon County Attorney Marc Goodman tells KVOE News that Octavia Ellis, 35, entered a no contest plea and was subsequently found guilty of aggravated child endangerment at her hearing Wednesday. She was then released from custody and will appear for sentencing Aug. 3.