Minor tornado damage reported in central area
Russell Thunderstorms moving through central and northern Kansas spawned several tornadoes Sunday evening, weather and law enforcement officials said, but there were no immediate reports of injuries or major damage.
The Russell County Sheriff's Department reported that an unknown number of tornadoes touched down there, causing damage to trees, power lines and outbuildings.
Four tornadoes touched down in Rooks County, emergency dispatcher Donna Schreiner said, including a paired set of twisters one of them a half mile wide 12 miles south of Plainville. There were no immediate reports of damage, she said.
The National Weather Service said that around 7:45 p.m. a trained spotter reported a brief tornado touchdown two miles northeast of Wilson in Ellsworth County.
In Smith County, authorities said a funnel cloud was reported near the Nebraska line.
Elderly recipients honored for service
Three Lawrence women were honored this month by the Kaw Valley Chapter of the Old Women's League.
The recipients were Betty Jo Charlton, a former legislator; Tensie Oldfather, a philanthropist for mental health, children and environmental issues; and Rowena Pine, chaplain of Presbyterian Manor.
Each received the league's Wonderful Older Women award.