Humboldt back to back State journalism champs
Humboldt High School’s journalism students received their 16th sweepstakes state championship at the Kansas Scholastic Press Association’s State competition at the University of Kansas on Saturday. This latest championship gives Humboldt the state title for four out of the last five years.
HHS journalists entered 26 entries in the competition and placed with 14.
“I am so proud of my staff for producing a newspaper professional enough to achi...
1985 CHS grad leads Olathe students to BattleBots championship
Olathe Northwest High School teacher Keith Manbeck has fostered a passion for robotics and in the process, he led his tech students to the National BattleBots Competition Championship in Miami, Fla. in April.
Manbeck, a 1985 Chanute High School and 1987 NCCC graduate, is a computer-aided drafting and robotics instructor at Olathe North.
Manbeck’s students took first place in the 120-pound bot division with thei...
Dr. Hardy embraces ‘students first’ motto
Dr. Jim Hardy has changed the face of USD 413.
Hardy took over as USD 413 Superintendent in July of 2011. He soon became a fixture at the schools, eating lunch at the cafeterias, poking his head into classrooms and attending school events.
Chanute Elementary Librarian Janea Lawrence said Hardy has worked hard to be involved in the schools of the district.
“Our district motto is ‘students first,’” she said. “I thin...
Rector brings ‘new visions’ to Grace church
The Reverend Joyce Holmes is no stranger to the ministry field in Kansas. Born in Detroit, Mich,, and raised and educated in Florida and Tennessee, Holmes has been involved in ministry programs throughout central and southeast Kansas.
Holmes has served as rector at Grace Episcopal Church in Chanute since December 2011 and is the first seminary-trained, ordained woman in the Episcopal Diocese of Kansas.
Decade of change beginning for NCCC
The last year has been a year of big change for Neosho County Community College.
President Brian Inbody said the college is excited about how well things are going.
“Of course there’s areas of the college that need to improve, and we’re focusing on those,” he said. “We’re constantly gathering data from various sources, student surveys, employee surveys and national databases, all designed to help us find areas that we ne...
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
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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...