Archive for Friday, December 1, 2000

State briefs

December 1, 2000



Fire slows production at Goodyear plant

Production slowed at the Goodyear Tire and Rubber Co. plant because of a fire that destroyed two electrical substations.

No one was injured. Damage was estimated at $350,000.

All workers had returned to their jobs by late Wednesday afternoon, company spokeswoman Angela Jacobson said.

Officials said production was at near-normal levels Thursday. However, the plant probably won't be operating at 100 percent production until the substations are replaced at the end of the year.

The fire occurred Tuesday in the northeast part of the plant. Officials haven't pinpointed a cause but were investigating the possibility of an electrical surge in one of the substations.


Group wins suit to force ADA compliant curbs

City officials have reached a settlement with a nonprofit group about an alleged Americans with Disabilities Act violation.

Officials with the Southeast Kansas Independent Living Resource Center recently approved the settlement.

Parsons officials denied any violations, but agreed to make the curb cuts compliant with ADA. The settlement requires the city to make 135 cuts during the next three years at $1,000 per cut. The city also will pay the Resource Center's legal fees.

Independence, Kan.

Flames destroy city's oldest ongoing business

A fire in downtown Independence destroyed the city's longest continuously operating business and damaged three other buildings.

A few firefighters sustained minor cuts and scrapes in the fire Tuesday night, officials said. Otherwise, no one was injured.

Fire Chief Dale Rail said the preliminary damage estimate is $250,000, but he expects the figure to rise.

The 129-year-old Tribune Printing building was destroyed in the fire.

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