New restaurant to open in Yates Center
YATES CENTER The Wrangler Ranch restaurant is expected to open soon at the site of the former Feedbunk restaurant, The Yates Center News reported. Owners are Isaiah Macias and his wife, Morgan Macias, along with Gerardo Gonzalez. All are from Iola, though the Maciases recently moved back from Wichita and Gonzalez currently lives in Iola. The group also owns El Jimador Mexican restaurants in Iola and Garnett. They plan to offer Mexican dishes as well as Feedbunks staples of hamburgers and sandwiches. They are targeting a Sept. 5 opening but said that is subject to change.
Highway work planned in Allen, Neosho counties
CHANUTE A planned reconstruction of about 13.3 miles of U.S. 169 between Allen County and near Earlton could be about two years away, according to The Chanute Tribune. The plan is to tear out and rebuild the highway similar to a project now under construction between Iola and Humboldt. Some were concerned about heavy traffic on alternate detours, such as Elk Road along the former U.S. 169, that has an 8-ton limit. Its likely the road would face cement truck traffic from nearby Ash Grove and Monarch cement companies.
Fredonia faces electric rate hike
FREDONIA An electricity consultant told Fredonias city commission it faces a significant rate hike for purchasing power through Westar, according to the Wilson County Citizen. The current contract expires Dec. 31 and the new contract raises the price from $1,500 a month to $2,300 a month. Commissioners said they wanted to study the issue before signing the contract.