Watch where you step! Snakes also taking advantage of spring climate
Most folks do not give a second thought that area wildlife are also soaking up the pleasant temperatures and sunny skies.
And it is usually the critters not seen that pose the greatest threat.
As southeast Kansas emerged from one of the mildest winters on record, area snake populations have been active, including the venomous variety.
According to The Kansas School Naturalist, an online research publication of ...
Review under way on Ash Grove assessment
ERIE -- Neosho County Appraiser David Thornton reported to commissioners Friday, via teleconference, that he has the Ash Grove tax assessment and is currently conducting a review process before presenting the appraisal to commissioners next week.
Thornton received the hard copy assessment in the mail Wednesday from Hadco International, the Texas-based firm that appraised the Chanute cement plant, a process tha...
NCCC reorganizes operations, bookstore
At Thursday’s meeting of the Neosho County Board of Trustees, the board:
• Accepted the resignations of Tom Havron, track and field coach, Christina Robertson, cheer dance assistant coach, Jesse Keppen, coordinator of residence and student life, Andrew Towne, assistant coordinator of residence and student life,
• Hired Joyce Quick as the receptionist/data clerk in Chanute,
• Accepted request for early retirement incentive for Ann Neff, inter...
Recreation Commission introduces new director
At a meet and greet event at the Chanute Recreation Center Thursday night, the Chanute Recreation Commission formerly introduced its new director.¬†
Mark Schoemel, formerly with St. Louis County Parks, was hired in February and started Feb. 20.
Gary Herron, chairman of the recreation commission board, introduced Schoemel.
“Mark has a lot of experience in recreation in a lot of towns and he’s going to bring that exp...
Chanute student among those receiving awards to study in Russia
LAWRENCE -- Three students taking courses in the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures at the University of Kansas will be spending part of their summer in Russia after winning prestigious national awards.
The federal Critical Languages Scholarship (CLS) Program selected KU graduate students Aric Toler, Chanute, and Alexander Melin, Garden City, as national winners for an all-expenses-paid Russian-language program. The program is hig...
CHS students place in PSU math competition
Chanute High School students placed in several events at Pittsburg State University’s 44th annual math contest on Tuesday, April 10.
Ted Angleton placed second and Jared Coltharp placed third in graphing.
Marissa Haynes placed fifth and Allie Johnston placed sixth in algebraic word problems.
Bailey Herzberg placed fifth in geometry. Brittney Dyke placed third in trigonometry. Jack Martin placed sixth in analytic geometry....
Results favorable in trip to Mayo Clinic
Fix Faron is still in operation and Faron Morales is still seeing a host of doctors.
The 38-year-old Chanute resident, at the end of March, revisited Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., to undergo further testing.
Morales has had a heart condition nearly his entire life. He was born a blue baby, a layman’s term used to describe newborns with heart defects, and at the age of 2 1/2 in 1976, he had transposition of the gr...
St. Patrick’s sponsoring film at Roxy 4
St. Patrick Catholic Church is sponsoring a Christian film at the Roxy 4 theater this weekend.
“October Baby” will play at the Roxy 4 Theatre today, Saturday and Sunday.
St. Patrick Catholic Church youth director Zack Williams said the church is sponsoring the film in order to spread its message.
“We wanted to get a Christian values film into Chanute,” he said.
The film stars Rachel Hendrix in her film debut as a 19-year-old college fresh...
Osa writes about Snowball, a baby gorilla
Editor’s note: This is the final of two parts of Martin and Osa Johnson on safari.
As they traveled in British North Borneo and East and Central Africa, Martin and Osa Johnson adopted several wild animals as pets. These animals often traveled with them on safari and on their trips back to the United States.¬† For Osa, these animals were like the children she never had. She wrote children’s books about them and their adventures. One of her ...
Stub’s Market returning to Erie
ERIE -- Erie residents have gone for nearly a month and a half without a local grocer but a familiar name will soon take over the former G&W Foods on West State Street.
Plans are in the works to open Stub’s Market in about two weeks, according to part owner Shirlene Mahurin, who, along with fellow owner and husband David “Stub” Mahurin own another store in their hometown of Moran.
Following a 2009 flood that dam...
PSU student organizes auction for Heritage residents’ gardens
Heritage Health Care along with Pitt State student Shelly Smith are working together to hold a blooming bag auction Saturday, April 14 beginning at 2 p.m. at Heritage’s Chanute facility at 1630 West Second Street.
Smith came up with the idea of an auction to raise funds for a gardening and landscape project for residents at the Heritage facility.
“The auction will include items such as scented warmers, crafts a...
Steps taken to improve local truancy cases
USD 413 and the Neosho County District Court have begun working on improving how truancy is handled between the school district and district court.
Neosho County Attorney Melissa Dugan said truancy cases are filed as soon as the county attorney’s office receives a report from the high school, but there have been problems with truancy reporting.
Allen County Attorney Wade Bowie, who serves as the assistant county ...
Roads, economic development and Ash Grove highlight joint meeting
Chanute city commissioners and Neosho County commissioners gathered for a 45-minute joint session during the city commission’s regular meeting Monday.
The session was for discussion purposes only and no action was taken.
The first topic of discussion dealt with funding issues regarding road maintenance and renovation work of Plummer Avenue and old highway 169.
The current sales tax for county equipment use on r...
Local archers compete in Hays meet
On March 31, 18 local youth archers attended a meet in Hays.
Archers shoot three rounds of five arrows at two different distances of 10 and 15 meters. A perfect score would be 300. This sport is broken by grade divisions, 4th-6th grade, 7th -8th grade and 9th -12th grade.
More than 250 archers competed in this meet with the top five in each division qualifying for nationals in Kentucky.
“Although we were a little low on our scores to qualify ...
Poverty simulation event planned at CES
The Southeast Kansas Community Action Program and Neosho County Agency Resource Team are bringing a poverty simulation to Chanute.
The event will he held from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, April 24 at the Chanute Elementary Cafeteria.
Participants role-play members of families who live below the poverty line, and go through a simulated month of trying to make ends meet with a limited amount of income and resources. Participants are assigned certa...
Martin and Osa Johnson on safari¬†
Osa describes experience with animals
The story of Martin and Osa Johnson is one of adventure, courage, and love.¬†Photographers, explorers, naturalists, and authors, Martin and Osa Johnson studied the wildlife and peoples of East and Central Africa, the South Pacific Islands, and British North Borneo.¬†They explored then unknown lands and brought back knowledge of civilizations thousands of miles away through their films, writings, and lectu...
Downtown Action Team in Humboldt
begins bandstand renovation
HUMBOLDT — Beginning this weekend, Humboldt’s Downtown Action Team will start its work on renovating the bandstand in Humboldt’s City Square Park.
The DAT discussed its current and future plans at a press conference Monday morning held at Stacy Cakes, a new bakery on the Humboldt Square.¬†
The bandstand was first constructed in 1907 to celebrate the 50-year anniversary of the founding of Humboldt in 1857.¬†
Erie elementary students tend to greenhouse
ERIE — Seed-starting trays filled with green sprouts and young, hearty vegetable plants and flowers line the floor of the greenhouse beside the former Erie High School vocational building.
“The high school built the greenhouse, but I don’t know when. I know they got a grant to build it, but it has sat empty for a long time,” said Erie Elementary fourth-grade teacher Lisa Maher.
“The fourth-grade stude...
Big Brothers Big Sisters receives donation from Emprise Bank
Emprise Bank has wrapped its annual United Way fundraising campaign with this year’s funding benefitting Big Brother Big Sisters of Allen and Neosho counties.
“There were many successes from this year’s campaign,” said Emprise Branch Manager and BBBS Chanute board member Carolyn Olson. “Emprise employee efforts resulted in raising a total of $143,150 for various charities company-wide.”
Chanute, Iola, Humboldt...
Project 17 Spring Summit set for April 13
IOLA — Project 17, the Southeast Kansas regionalization initiative, will be holding its spring 2012 regional summit Friday, April 13 from 9-11:30 a.m. at the St. John’s Parish Hall in Iola.
Project 17 is a regionalization initiative named after the 17 counties traditionally considered southeast Kansas. It emerged from a joint effort of the four southeast Kansas senators: Pat Apple, Jeff King, Bob Marshall and Dwayne Umbarger. The foundation o...