Major governing bodies considering waiver restricting guns in buildings
County Attorney Thuston calls the bill unfunded mandate
Jimmy Potts and Joshua Vail
Neosho County’s major governing bodies will each decide whether to seek an exemption to House Bill 2055, which allows conceal and carry permit holders to bring guns into government buildings.
During Friday’s County Commission meeting, commissioners went into an executive session to discuss the potential security measures made necessary after...
Download ebooks through Kansas State Library
Chanute Public Library patrons can borrow ebooks through the Kansas State Library system using the 3M Cloud Library.
The first step is to get a Kansas State Library Card, which can be issued by the Chanute Public Library. Once a patron has a card with a card number, the second step is to download the 3M cloud library software.
To access the software for a Windows or Mac laptop or desktop computer, visit http://www.kslib.i...
CCA junior visiting Australia through 4-H exchange program
Chanute Christian Academy junior and active 4-H member Ben Yarnell will spend a month in Australia this summer.
Yarnell is going through the International 4-H Youth Exchange program, He will be staying with a host family in Table Top, New South Wales, Australia. New South Wales is a state of Australia, in some ways analogous to Kansas’ relation to the United States.
Yarnell’s host family has a sheep farm, and Ya...
Grants to city make downtown building renovations, neighborhood sidewalks possible
Jimmy Potts and Joshua Vail
Nearly $500,000 in state and federal grants could bring more development to downtown Chanute and walking paths for Chanute’s children, elderly and ill.
A $250,000 Kansas Department of Transportation (KDoT) grant would fund construction of sidewalks along Plummer Avenue for area schools, rest homes and Neosho Memorial Regional Medical Center and one-third of a $600,000 Environmental Protection Age...
Churches sending supplies to tornado victims
Chanute residents did not waste time in responding to the needs of residents in Moore, Okla.
Less than four days removed from a category F5 tornado that leveled entire subdivisions within Moore, a suburb of Oklahoma City, the Chanute First Christian Church and the Zion Lutheran Church of Chanute will combine their efforts in providing much needed supplies to the tornado ravaged town.
Mary Hutson, a Neosho County C...
Essay contest tells history of Royster
Chanute Historical Society sponsored a contest for the Royster Middle School students. It was an essay contest on the topic of the history of Royster.¬†The essay could contain photos, drawings and paintings and more than one author. The Chanute Historical Society provided a panel of judges, one from the historical society and two from the Chanute Area Retired School Personnel. The first, second and third place winners were announced at the Ro...
City of Erie appoints new superintendent
ERIE — The Erie City Council promoted a longtime city worker to city superintendent during a special meeting Monday evening.
The council voted 3-2 during its May 13 meeting to not reappoint City Superintendent Bruce Vogts to his position. The council must appoint a person to the superintendent position, along with several other positions, each year. Vogts was the only city employee not reappointed to his position.
On Monday, the council voted...
‘Special’ teachers retiring after long service to USD 413
Two ANW Coop special education teachers who have worked extensively in USD 413 are retiring this year.
Nadine Peters started teaching in 1979. She started in Kingman, teaching third grade, then taught living skills to students with disabilities in Paola for four years at Lake Mary Center, a private school.
When Peters and her husband moved to Chanute, she started working out of a St. Patricks’s Catholic Church bu...
Valedictorian, salutatorian named at St. Paul High School
ST. PAUL — Carly Newberry is the valedictorian for the graduating class of 2013 at St. Paul High School. Carly is the daughter of Chad and Kim Newberry, and is the granddaughter of Dalton and Shirley Newberry, and Charles VanLeeuwen and the late Jane VanLeeuwen. Carly has been admitted to Pittsburg State University’s Honors College, where she will be studying Chemistry with plans to continue on to Pharmacy School.
Carly maintained a perfect 4...
Chanute third graders practice bike safety
Chanute Elementary third graders received some bicycle safety instruction and got to practice basic bike skills at the school Wednesday.
The Bike Safety Rodeo is organized by Jennifer Dietsch, State Farm Insurance agent in Chanute. She has run the rodeo for the third grade for several years.
“We teach the bike safety and we talk about being watchful in the road,” she said.
Students got to practice straight line ...
Erie High hands out awards to seniors
ERIE — A variety of scholarships were claimed by Erie High School seniors on Friday, May 3 at the annual awards program. Colleges announcing scholarships include the following:
Neosho County Community College: Cassie Beach; Leslie Burch; Leesha Cyr; Paige Emmerling; Morriah Hoagland; Yegor Rowan-Pashchenko; Dana Titmus-Houghton; Jordan Titmus-Houghton; and Samantha Wade. Those recognized by the Talent Search and Upward Bound programs we...
Items being collected for delivery to Moore
Collectionscenters have been established in Chanute for assisting tornado victims in Moore, Okla.
On Monday afternoon, the Oklahoma City area was struck by a massive tornado. Countless families have been affected by the storm. First Christian Church, Neosho Memorial Regional Medical Center Foundation and JCPenney have partnered to be drop off points for the following requested items.
Items needed include: Bottled water, Gatorade, wipes, diape...
Neosho Memorial approves high-tech equipment
More innovative medical procedures could follow
Neosho Memorial Regional Medical Center (NMRMC) could become a beta site for emerging medical advancements after signing a telemedicine agreement.
The hospital Board of Trustees unanimously approved signing the agreement with HealthOne, who will provide assistance in diagnosing Neosho County stroke victims from its facility in Denver, Colo.
Dennis Franks, NMRMC chief...
Mother, daughter braved tornado at doctor’s office
A trip to the doctor’s office Monday afternoon turned into a nightmare for a mother and daughter with Chanute ties after a tornado ripped through their town of Moore, Okla., a community of 56,000 people near Oklahoma City.
Ron and Glodine Clements, rural Chanute, spoke to their granddaughter Jenny Thompson about the experience on Tuesday morning.
She and her nine-year-old daughter Laila had been waiting at the docto...
Thayer relatives donate hair to Locks of Love
Three generations of Thayer residents had their hair cut for Locks of Love on Friday.
Kim Schultz, daughter KyAnne Phillips and granddaughter Kimbre Phillips got their hair cut by Mary Lee York, a local hairdresser in Thayer.
Locks of Love is a non-profit organization that provides hairpieces to financially disadvantaged children who have lost hair due to medical problems
York sends hair donations from her clie...
35 participate in Elks Lodge fishing derby
The Elks Lodge 806 held its kids fishing derby at Elks Lake Saturday.
A total of 35 children participated in the derby in three age groups. There were three prizes for each group, one prize each for the biggest, smallest and most fish.
In the 0-5 age group winners were Peyton Drake, 5, with the biggest fish, Caleb Measles, 5, with the smallest fish, and Christian Bertie, 4, with the most fish.
In the 6-10 age group was Zachary Ulrich, 9, wit...
Parsons announces Music in the Park schedule
PARSONS — No matter what your favorite type of music might be, the lineup of talented entertainers for the 2013 Music in the Park concert series is sure to please. The City of Parsons is proud to present this free weekly concert series, located at the Seaton Family Pavilion in Forest Park at 13th and Broadway.
The concert series kicks off on Thursday, May 30 with a performance of Kansas City’s best classic rock band, The Crayons. The Crayons ...
Area couple help children thrive
Editor’s note: May is National Foster Care Month and TFI Family Services would like to thank foster families for making a difference in the life of a child, and encourage other families to consider becoming a foster family to a child in need.
TFI Family Services, Inc.
Joe and Glenda Johnson of Humboldt have provided a safe place for many local children as TFI Family Services, Inc. (TFI) foster paren...
County subject to increased healthcare costs in 2014
ERIE — Phil Drescher, account executive with the Bukaty Companies, presented the quarterly report on the county’s health insurance plan at the Neosho County Commission weekly meeting Friday.
Drescher reported there has been a much greater use of care providers that are in the county plan’s network over the same time last year, which Drescher said is a good thing, and a significant increase in Emergency Room utili...
Crossing guards keep students safe and sound
James Fitzer waves to every car that passes his crossing at the old Murray Hill School.
“I guess it’s my faith that kind of leads me to do that, uplift everybody,” he said. “If I can get a smile out of them then I’ve done something.”
Fitzer is a retiree and a member of New Life United Brethren church. He has been a Chanute crossing guard for the last five years.
The guards are city employees who report to Public S...