Seeing numerous Bradford Pear trees in full bloom today is a welcome sign that spring may finally be on its way!
The Buffalo seniors met Tuesday, March 5 for their monthly luncheon and business meeting. Thirteen members and two guests enjoyed a delicious roast beef dinner. We sang happy birthday to Amy Corbin and Charlie Heidner.
The business meeting was presided over by President Sue Robinson. Old business discussed:
**Pat, Dee and Judy Joyc...
County estimates mill levy if Legislature passes bill
At Friday’s meeting of the Neosho County Board of Commissioners, CHAIRMAN Nicholas Galemore reported he had County Appraiser David Thornton run some numbers on how much Neosho County’s mill levy would increase if Senate Bill 317/House Bill 2501 pending in the 2012 Kansas Legislature would pass.
The commissioners spoke to Thornton on speakerphone. It was estimated passage of this bill would reduce the county’s total assessed commercial valuat...
Contract awarded for Student Union renovation at NCCC
The NCCC Board of Trustees Thursday awarded the Student Union/Gymnasium Restrooms/Fire Suppression Design/Build contract to Loyd Builders of Ottawa.This contract for $345,084 completely renovates the men’s and women’s restroom in the Student Union and the bathrooms in the gym locker rooms. It also installs a sprinkler system in the gym to bring the facility up to the latest fire codes which, in turn, allows for “away” bleachers on the mezzani...
CHS teacher to participate in science research program
A Chanute High School science teacher has been accepted into a research program funded by the National Science Foundation
Brian Gahagan, who primarily teaches biology at Chanute High School, will be participating in Research Experiences for Teachers: Shaping Inquiry from Feedstock-to-Tailpipe, a partnership between the University of Kansas and the Southeast Kansas Educational Service Center-Greenbush. He will be p...
K-State’s ‘Walk Kansas for Kids’ family-friendly move toward health
Kansas State Extension
MANHATTAN – There’s no need for more wishful thinking. Children who’ve enjoyed tagging along with parents in K-State’s Walk Kansas program can now participate in Walk Kansas for Kids.
The program is modeled after K-State’s adult fitness challenge, with added age-appropriate goals, said Tanda Kidd, K-State Research and Extension nutrition and physical activity specialist who has developed resources for the program.
Tax bills debated from both sides
Kansas bills would decrease taxes for businesses, increase for homeowners
This is the last of a two-part series on the impact of these bills on Neosho County.
While officials around the state await action on two bills in the Kansas Legislature, the overall effect on Neosho County taxpayers is unknown at this time. But House Bill 2501 and Senate Bill 317 may not make it out of committee during this session.
Court of Appeals to be in session in Yates Center, Iola
A three-judge panel of the Kansas Court of Appeals will travel to Iola and Yates Center Monday and Tuesday to speak to high schools and then hear oral arguments in eight appeals and consider the merits of 10 others that will be submitted on the briefs without argument.
Judges Karen Arnold-Burger, Thomas E. Malone, and Stephen D. Hill will speak to students at Iola High School and Yates Center High Schools on Monday and then be in session at t...
Testimony to taxation committees:
Testimony was given Feb. 1 to the House Taxation and Senate Assessment and Taxation Committees. Randy Pryor, plant manager at Ash Grove Cement in Chanute, testified (in part) as follows:
“Thank you for the opportunity to speak in favor of SB 317, which we consider to be an important clarification to the Kansas tax code. Our company, the Kansas and Chanute chambers, of which we are a member, and the business community support this bill because...
March 17 Chanute activities celebrate St. Patrick’s Day
Chanute’s downtown will be wearing green on St. Patrick’s Day.
The 6th annual St. Patrick’s Day Celebration will start next Saturday at 8 a.m.
There will be a Blarney Breakfast at the Masonic Temple sponsored by Cedar Lodge #103 and Main Street Chanute, Inc. Breakfast will be served from 8 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. The cost will be $5 for adults and $3 for children 12 and younger.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Neosho ...
Officials meet in Erie for discussion on tax bills, Ash Grove tax assessment
This is the first of a two-story series on the impact of these bills on Neosho County
Two bills that aim to change the way in which business equipment is taxed are seemingly at a stand-still in Topeka. Meanwhile, Chanute’s Ash Grove Cement and Neosho County are awaiting the completion of the manufacturer’s recent tax appraisal by an out-of-state firm.
County and Chanute commissioners, county and city of Chanute of...
Blood drive honoring Diskin huge success
ST. PAUL — The blood drive honoring Verl Diskin, former blood drive coordinator for the St. Paul / Erie blood drive was held Tuesday, Feb. 28 in St. Paul. Diskin had received his 13-gallon pin and had donated his 106th pint of blood in December 2011.
There were 93 people who came to donate blood in memory of Verl. Of those 93 donors, 86 productive pints of blood were collected making this the second most productive drive in the history of St...
Local band releases single
Local band A Cold Trip Nowhere has released a single on online music stores and plans to release its first EP by mid-to-late April.¬†
Christian Nichols, the main songwriter for A Cold Trip Nowhere, said the band started after the breakup of a previous band he was involved with in 2009.¬†
But the music came long before that.
“I was raised in the studio,” he said. “My dad’s a producer.”¬†
Nichols didn’t start playing...
Sen. Umbarger again faces ethics complaint
State Sen. Dwayne Umbarger, a Thayer Republican, may face an ethics investigation again involving unproven 2008 allegations.
The state ethics commission investigated the allegations in 2008 and dismissed the complaint that alleged Umbarger used campaign money to make numerous personal purchases. Umbarger said there was nothing to the complaint then and nothing is new now. Umbarger had reimbursed his campaign fund $4,702 in 2008 in more than a...
Severe Weather Awareness Week begins Monday
Kansas will bring attention to the importance of being ready for weather-related damage and disasters with Severe Weather Awareness Week March 12-16.
Weather disasters are caused by many types of severe weather and affect a surprisingly large number of people. Each year, Americans cope with an average of 10,000 severe thunderstorms, 5,000 floods and 1,000 tornadoes.
In Kansas, 2011 produced 68 tornadoes, plus a range of other extreme weather ...
SEK Republicans to vote in caucus at Parsons Saturday
PARSONS — Plans are being finalized for Saturday’s Republican Caucus at the Parsons Municipal Auditorium, 112 S. 17th.
The caucus will include Republicans from five counties: Labette, Cherokee, Neosho, Wilson and Allen. Registered Republicans will be able to cast a ballot for their favorite GOP candidate for president: Mitt Romney, Rick Santorum, Newt Gingrich or Ron Paul.
The doors open at 8:30 a.m. and the caucus begins at 10 a....
Johnsons’ photographic exhibition to premiere in Czech Republic
A photographic exhibition of the pioneering documentary films made by Chanute’s own Martin and Osa Johnson will premiere March 15 in the Czech Republic.
The exhibition, Martin and Osa Johnson: the Origin of Cinematic Africa, will open at the American Center of the U.S. Embassy in Prague and is designed to travel around Czech centers at foreign embassies, including those in New York and Los Angeles.¬†
The exhibition, which features 26 photos f...
Contract approved for Royster HVAC system
The USD 413 School Board finalized the deal for the HVAC system at Royster Middle School at Monday’s meeting.
The school board voted to approve a contract with Kansas Trane with the budgeted cost of $1,286,672.
Brett Miller, business development with Kansas Trane, said he expects the final cost to be somewhat lower.
School board member Ross Henrickson asked about how much local subcontractors will be used.
NWS to conduct spotter class in Thayer
With the official start of tornado season less than a month away, National Weather Service personnel are traveling across the state to conduct spotter training seminars.
An NWS spotter training class will be held on Tuesday, April 10 at 6:30 p.m. at the Thayer Public School, 300 W. Wilson. The class is part of an effort by the Weather Service to educate law enforcement, emergency responders and citizens on sev...
Country crooners to perform CES concert
The music of such legendary cowboy singers as Gene Autry, Roy Rogers and the Sons of the Pioneers will be coming to Chanute on Sunday, March 11 at the Chanute Memorial Auditorium at 2:30 p.m. in the form of the number one cowboy group in the country Riders in the Sky. Their award winning performance here is sponsored by the Chanute Entertainment Series as part of the 2011-2012 concert season.
With 28-plus years and more than 5,000 performance...
Injuries in three separate deer accidents
An injury accident involving a deer occurred around 7:25 p.m. Friday, 3 miles west of Chanute on K-39.
The Kansas Highway patrol reports that Brian C. Dillow, 36, police chief of Humboldt, was westbound on K-39, driving a 2008 Ford Crown Victoria, when three deer entered the road. Dillow was unable to avoid and struck one of the deer.
Dillow and his passenger, Jeffery Lynn Collins, 36, Chanute, were injured and taken to Neosho Memorial Regi...