Pioneer black filmmaker honored by arts council
The Barton County Arts Council was paying tribute this weekend to a filmmaker who died in obscurity despite his contributions to the industry.
Today is the 50th anniversary of the death of Oscar Micheaux, a black pioneer in filmmaking. In 1919, Micheaux was the first black to produce a feature film, "Within Our Gates." In 1948, he was the first black to produce a film, "The Betrayal," that opened in white theaters. He has a star on Hollywood's Walk of Fame.
Micheaux died in 1951, and had no tombstone until 1988.
Fatal fire at condo started by cigarette
A woman died early Friday in a fire at a condominium. It was Olathe's first fatal fire since March 1997.
The victim, whose name had not been released, was dead at the scene. The Olathe fire marshal's office said the fire was caused by a cigarette.
A neighbor, Debbi Scott, awakened shortly after 5 a.m., said she pounded on the door of the woman's condo, but got no response.
Bank founded in 1907 undergoes first robbery
A bank in the west-central Kansas town of Hanston was robbed Friday for the first time since it opened in 1907.
Officials were looking for the suspect Friday. They say the suspect robbed the Hanston State Bank shortly after 10 a.m. The Kansas Bureau of Investigation, the Highway Patrol and Hogeman County officials have been investigating the case.
Construction crews rupture gas line
Traffic on Interstate 135 was routed through Newton on Friday after construction crews ruptured a gas line.
The Kansas Highway Patrol closed the interstate in both directions about 9:15 a.m., patrol spokesman Duane Schrag said.
Officials say F-16 crash caused by engine failure
The crash of an Oklahoma Air National Guard F-16 fighter jet last year in southeast Kansas was caused by engine failure, Air Force investigators determined.
The plane went down Oct. 12 in Cowley County, east of Atlanta. The pilot, who ejected from the aircraft before it crashed, had only minor injuries.
Air Force officials said the engine failed because of a breakdown of the No. 3 bearing assembly, which caused the engine to seize.
The pilot was on a training mission when the engine lost power and shut down. The pilot, unable to restart the engine, ejected from the jet.