Advance voting available in county
Advance voting in Neosho County has been in effect a week, starting Wednesday, July 18.
If a person wants to vote an advanced ballot in Neosho County there are a few ways to do so, said Randal Neely, Neosho County clerk/election official.
An application for an Advanced Ballot by Mail application form, AV1M, is available from the Neosho County Election office in Erie, or can be downloaded from the Kansas Secretary of State website at www.sos.k...
CES takes steps to enhance student safety
In an effort to help further insure student safety, Chanute Elementary School and the USD 413 Transportation Department will be adjusting end-of-day procedures for bus students. At enrollment, parents of students riding busses home from school will be required to identify an end-of-day drop-off location. Students will be dropped off at that location each day. If, for some reason, the routine needs to change, parents may call the school prior ...
Vallier directs NCCC
summer theater class
Neosho County Community College’s Lifetime Learning Center has been sending people to musical theater in Wichita for about 30 years.
This year, Chanute High School choir director Russ Vallier has been taking area senior citizens to see shows in Wichita throughout the summer.
The Saturday bus trips are preceded by presentation and discussion of the play that they are about to see.
The shows so far have been “Fiddler on the Roof” June 16, “9 ...
Music in the Park finishes up its summer August 11
Music in the Park, a program put on by the Parks Advisory Board, started four years ago in Chanute. This summer, local groups performed for free in Santa Fe Park every second Saturday.
David Orr, who was on the original committee, is also involved in one of the bands that has performed several times at the park, The Past Blasters.
Orr is on the keyboard, with Greg “Doc” Hockett on guitar, Bo Guitierrez on bass and Hockett’s son, Aaron Hocket...
Rhodes brings puppets to life
Kathleen Rhodes learned how to make puppets from reading books from the Chanute Public Library.
Tuesday, she performed a marionette play with her mother, Amy, and younger brother Paul to a packed¬† room full of children at the library.
Rhodes, 21, who lives in the Buffalo area, became interested in puppets about two years ago.
“We started watching the Muppet show and I wanted to learn how to make a hand puppet,” she said. “...
Coffeyville woman rolls car after blowout
Melinda Ann Carr, 54, of Coffeyville, was northbound on U.S. 169 Highway at 8 p.m. July 19, about a mile east of Humboldt, when her tire blew out, causing her vehicle to enter the east ditch, the Kansas Highway Patrol reported. The vehicle rolled twice and came to rest on the driver’s side facing west.
Carr sustained possible injuries, but the KHP did not report that she was taken to a hospital. Carr was wearing a safety restraint.
New power transmission group could be in Chanute’s future
The City of Chanute may be able to not only save money, but also generate new revenue at the same time if a new transmission service group for electric utilities is formed.
Chanute City Manager J.D. Lester and Director of Utilities Larry Gates presented an informational proposal and slideshow to the city commission on Monday night in regards to this new group.
Lester stressed that it’s still early in the process a...
Main Street begins Construction Cash
A new promotional program in downtown Chanute will benefit businesses and shoppers alike.
The program is called Construction Cash, and is similar to the Spend It In Chanute program.
The new program’s goal is to increase shopping downtown during the current construction project at Main and Lincoln. Simply put, many of the businesses downtown have been inconvenienced by the construction.
The Construction Cash progra...
Santa Fe Park may get new restrooms
Santa Fe Park offers a little bit of everything.
Of course, fishing and boating options are plentiful at the park, which stretches nearly 250 acres.
There’s playground equipment for the little ones, and there’s picnic tables and shelters, too.
There are ball fields, a sand volleyball court and at times, a farmers market is close by.
Now, a new bathroom facility could be coming soon to Santa Fe Park.
Asphalt overlay approved to dress up downtown
An asphalt overlay will now put the finishing touches on the Main and Lincoln street renovation project in downtown Chanute.
A bid proposal for the asphalt overlay project was unanimously approved on Monday night at the regular meeting of the Chanute City Commission.
“This will make the whole area nice and finished,” City Manager J.D. Lester stated.
The commissioners awarded a bid to Se-Kan Asphalt for the street...
New sign hung for 20-year-old acupuncture business
HUMBOLDT — Humboldt resident Paul Finney hung a new sign at his acupuncture clinic Friday.
Finney opened his Humboldt office at 714 Bridge Street office in 1992, five years after starting his practice in Wichita in 1987.
Finney currently operates two clinics, one in Humboldt and one in Prairie Village, Kan.
“Patients come to me from every kind of problem, from bronchitis and asthma to numb feet or toes,” he said.
Downtown offers food, drink, music, cars and bargains on Main Friday night
The 10th annual Cruisin’ 4 Bargains is planned Friday night, July 27 from 6 to 9 p.m. on East Main Street.
“It is fashioned after a Friday night of yester-year,” said Phyllis Neff, director of Main Street Chanute. “Downtown stores, east and west of the Main and Lincoln Street construction, will be open till 9 p.m. with many specials.”
Down the middle of East Main Street will be the Show & Shine Car Show that will feature classic cars from the...
Umbarger moving ahead in life
Going-away party planned for 28th
Kurt Umbarger’s life was altered forever in early December of 2010.
A 25-foot fall left the Chanute native paralyzed, ripping away many of the things most take for granted each day.
Since then, Umbarger has had many ups and downs. But now, after some recent progress, Umbarger is preparing to take the next step in his life.
The son of Ron and Sylvia Umbarger will have a going aw...
County road work projects
ERIE — Among the many items discussed at Friday morning’s meeting, Neosho County commissioners heard updates of numerous road work projects.
For starters, the chip and seal work that has been completed on a stretch of Katy Road and 49th Road outside of Chanute. In his report to the commissioners, Road and Bridge Director Charles Morse said the project has been successfully completed. The chip and seal work begins ...
Butcher Block: Carving project 24 years in the making
Russ Aikins still gets choked up when he talks about his recently-completed wood carving of Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount.
Maybe it’s because he just let go of a labor of love that was 24 years in the making.
A native of the Chanute area, he graduated from Erie High School in 1959. His father, Dean, still lives in Chanute.
In 1983, Aikins, now of Plano, Texas, saw a painting during a mission trip to Nashville, Tenn., and was struck with inspira...
Primary Republican candidate profiles:
The Chanute Area Chamber of Commerce & Office of Tourism is sponsoring a candidate forum Tuesday, July 24, at 6 p.m. in the Memorial Auditorium for candidates for the Kansas Senate race for District 15, the Kansas House of Representatives race for District 9 and the race for Neosho County Attorney.
These races will be decided in the August primary election as all candidates are from the Republican party.
Questions may be submitted to the Cham...
Erie will soon be bustling
with county fair activities
Being president of the Neosho County Fair Board isn’t just a title.
Erie’s Steve Oliver, a longtime board member but first year president, said less than a week out from the Neosho County Fair has been “pretty hectic.”
“The biggest concern is what have we forgotten,” Oliver said on Thursday.
The Fair in Erie opens Saturday with the Demolition Derby at 7 p.m. Check-in day is Wednesday, July 25, then the barbecue and ...
Lamb to show his
pigs at county fair
Jacob Lamb, 11, Parsons, is in his third year involved in Neosho County 4-H, and might need a trailer to haul all of his entries to this year’s Fair in Erie.
Jacob is the son of Ron and Kim Lamb.
“We’re an active 4-H family,” Kim Lamb said. “I serve on the fair board.”
Lamb, junior secretary in the Lucky 13 4-H Club, is taking several entries to the Neosho County Fair.
For food items, he is taking a Mexican corn salad an...
Chanute alum Bollig injured in weightlifting accident
A former standout on the Chanute High School football team was injured Wednesday morning in an accident that quickly changed the course of his life.
Matt Bollig, who was an all-state quarterback and a free-safety for the Comets football team in 2010, reportedly severed his spine on Wednesday in a weightlifting accident at Ottawa University.
University officials declined to comment on the incident at this time, but...
Erie operates under Stage 1 (Water Watch)
ERIE — Due to lack of rainfall and the low flows, the Cottonwood and Neosho River Assurance District #3 has put its members on notice that releases from Assurance storages are necessary.¬†
This action follows the Governor’s declaration placing the Assurance District’s three reservoirs and their drainage areas under drought warnings.
As a member of the Cottonwood and Neosho Rivers Assurance District, the City of Erie has been notified to begin...