NCCC, PSU sign construction, welding articulation agreement
Neosho County Community College welding and construction students will now have greater opportunities to receive a bachelor’s degree.
NCCC and Pittsburg State University signed an articulation agreement for an Associate in Applied Science in welding or construction from NCCC to easily transfer to a Bachelor’s in Applied Science program at PSU.
In order for students to be eligible to benefit from the agreement, they must g...
Parsons police seek suspect in vehicle shooting
PARSONS — Parsons police are investigating a shooting that occurred after 5 a.m. Wednesday at 23rd and Stevens.
The vehicle was occupied by three male adults and two female adults. There were no reported injuries. The shooting was reported in a 911 call by one of the five people in the car that was shot at.
Parsons Police Officers are asking for help in locating a man charged in Labette County District Court with criminal discharge of a fire...
Royster named finalist for state award
USD 413 public relations
Royster Middle School has been notified that it was named one of five finalists for the Kansas Middle School of the Year. The Finalist Award will be presented next week at the Kansas Association of Middle School Administrators spring conference at Topeka.
Principal Brad Miner said he’s pleased with his school’s improvement since last year when Royster was recognized, but not as this level.
“This year we...
Frontenac man sentenced for manufacturing meth
GIRARD – A Frontenac man has been sentenced to eight years in the Kansas Department of Corrections for manufacturing methamphetamine, Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt said Thursday.
Raymond Kenneth Kusel Jr, 52, was sentenced in Crawford County District Court to 96 months in prison by Judge Janice Russell.
The case was prosecuted by Assistant Attorney General Steve Wilhoft, Southeast Kansas Drug Prosecutor from Schmidt’s office. The Fro...
Royster choir tour precedes end of year concert
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The Vocal Plus students from Royster Middle School are primed for their upcoming spring concert next week. The group “toured” Chanute all day Tuesday, stopping to sing to students and residents at Guest Home Estates, St. Patrick’s School, Heritage Healthcare, Chanute Elementary and Royster Middle School and Chanute High School.
The tour is “an end of the year celebration of music,” said Royster vocal di...
School’s garden produce on salad bar
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A garden planted by some Royster Middle School students added some color to the school’s salad bar last week.
Several groups of Royster students have been learning more about gardening during a Rocket Time class sponsored by school science teacher Barbara Busenbarrick.
Last week the middle school students harvested two kinds of leaf lettuce and radishes which were added the next day to the school’s sala...
Do you suffer from burnout?
More is expected in the workplace than ever before.
A man went to the ring-leader of a circus looking for a job. ”What can you do?” the Circus manager asked.¬†The applicant said, “Just watch.”
The applicant jumped up and began to fly.
He flew to the top of the big tent, circled high around the tent, did some loop de loops and landed in front of the ring master.
“Well what do you think?”
The manager said, “Is that all you can: do bird imitati...
St. Paul third-graders bring history to life
ST. PAUL — St. Paul Elementary School third-graders, directed by their teacher, Twila Wagner, enjoyed being able to contribute to the preservation of local history last week, portraying historical figures as in a wax museum.
The students interviewed family members and community people to obtain their information, arranged it in a report, created a poster, made a timeline, memorized a speech and dressed for the occasion.
On the eve of the even...
Main Street receives national accreditation
Main Street Chanute, Inc. has been designated as an accredited National Main Street Program for meeting the commercial district revitalization performance standards set by the National Trust Main Street Center.
The National Trust Main Street Center is part of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Accredited Main Street Programs are announced annually. Accredited programs have built strong revitalization organizations and demonstrate t...
Circus of the Kids event rare opportunity for RMS students
Two weeks ago, the gymnasium at Royster Middle School was just that, a gymnasium; now it has transformed into a circus Big Top. But that’s not the most noticeable transformation that has taken place. Students at the school have been transformed into true circus performers who fly on the trapeze, juggle and even eat fire.
The practices have been grueling. Some days, kids practiced for three hours or more. The week...
Erie High to present ‘The Secret of Cell Block 7’
ERIE — You’ve been sent to jail so prepare to be “booked” by a singing Marsha Clark wannabe.
In your holding cell, you will meet four zany women who are awaiting trial for murder.
As the plot unfolds so do the motives. Who killed Roger Mills? Could it be his pretentious sister, a co-worker who thinks she is Elvis, that sweet little girl next door, or his massage therapist who happens to deal drugs on the side?
Come join Erie High School’s dr...
Home damaged from fire early Sunday
There was a house fire in Chanute at 5:23 a.m. Sunday morning at 1021 S. Central, the home of Darren and Sara Larkin.
Darren Larkin was the only family member at home and was not injured. The cause and origin of the fire are still under investigation.
The family has found a house and their home was insured, family members said. An account has been set up at the Bank of Commerce for donations.
The local fire department said the investigation ...
First constructed cabin sent to Greenbush
The Southeast Kansas Education Service Center-Greenbush on Monday received the first of four constructed cabins as part of its camp and retreat center project.
Two of the four cabins were constructed at Chanute High School’s on-campus Technology Facility in collaboration with Neosho County Community College.
The other two cabins are near completion at Fort Scott Community College.
Greenbush partnered with bot...
German filmmaker visits Safari Museum
The Safari Film Festival on Saturday had a visitor from Germany with a very specific reason for coming to Chanute.
Detlev Konnerth, a filmmaker with Agenda Media, visited the Martin and Osa Johnson Safari Museum as part of his work on a documentary featuring the famous couple.¬† ¬†
Konnerth said Agenda Media produces documentaries on various subjects.
“Generally I’m doing documentaries of all kinds, everything, war...
Alzheimer’s considered ‘scary’ disease
While attending the state convention for the National Association of Retired Federal Employees (NARFE) in Salina,¬†I heard an interesting report on a disease that is striking more and more people. In fact, when a survey was conducted asking “what disease do you fear most?” the number one answer was Alzheimer’s. The following information was shared by the Kansas NARFE Chairman for Alzheimer’s, Janice Neuschafer.
The causes of Alzheimer’s disea...
Treasurer’s office to be closed to vehicle business May 1-7
ERIE — The Neosho County Treasurer’s office will be closed to vehicle business from May 1 through 7 while the state converts to a new system for titling and registering vehicles.
Charla Sands, county treasurer, said the Kansas Department of Revenue is putting into place a new DMV system that replaces three aging mainframe systems used for driver licensing, motor vehicle titling and registration, and inventory management with a single, modern ...
County, city clash over Ash Grove appraisal
ERIE -- A war of words has erupted between Neosho County and the City of Chanute following the city commission meeting Monday and Friday’s county commission meeting.
In a public release issued by the Neosho County Commission Friday morning, commissioners state that they plan to abide by the appraisal of Hadco International and its tax assessment of Ash Grove Cement Company. The appraisal, which was $107 million...
Expo: Aging with Attitude
First Baptist Church and the Kansas State Cooperative Extension Service hosted the Aging with Attitude Regional Expo Friday at FBC’s Good News Center.
The day-long event featured a variety of seminars dealing with issues that aging populations face on an everyday basis.
Sessions included information on home fire safety and fall prevention, the Medicaid application process, volunteer opportunities and benefits f...
Ex-Thayer city clerk faces federal charges
Former Thayer City Clerk Laura Whittley has been charged in U.S. District Court.
On Oct. 17, 2011, Whittley was charged with 110 misdemeanors and felonies based on her alleged misuse of Thayer city money.
After filing the charges, the Neosho County Sheriff’s Office and the Neosho County Attorney’s Office presented the case to the United States Attorney for federal public corruption charges.
Whittley was charged April 25 with one count of b...
Team in place to assist sexual assault victims
SANE and SART may not mean anything right off hand, but the acronyms are crucial for child and adult victims of sexual assault.
The 2012 Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM) campaign in April encourages communities and individuals to join the conversation on how to connect and respect one another in order to prevent sexual violence.
The Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner is SANE and the Sexual Assault Response Team is SART.
The initial responders...