NCCC board assigns positions for new year
At the July regular meeting Thursday, the Neosho County Community College Board of Trustees conducted yearly board reorganization
Every July, the trustees assign specific duties to themselves and others for the next year.¬†
The trustees elected David Peter for another term as chair with Kevin Berthot returning as vice chair. Sandi Solander was named the treasurer and Denise Gilmore the board clerk.¬†
College President Brian Inbody was named...
County buys two Dodge pickups
ERIE —At their regular weekly meeting July 13, the Neosho County board of commissioners tabled several decisions as Chairman Nick Galemore was not present.
Mike Schoenhofer acted as chairman in Galemore’s absence, following a motion by Hugo Spieker.
The commission received a request for 350 tons of rock from Thayer Cemetery district 11 for roads in a new section. That decision was tabled for next week’s meeting.
County Appraiser David Thorn...
Chamber announces two candidate forums
The Chanute Area Chamber of Commerce & Office of Tourism will hold two candidate forums prior to the upcoming elections.
The first will be held 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 R...
Bryant’s Furniture, est. 1958, modernizes with new website
Bryant’s Furniture, a longtime Chanute family business, can now be found online.
The website, http://bryantsfurnitureonline.com, allows customers to purchase furniture online and access to more products than are in the store. The site went live April 14 and is currently receiving 200 unique visitors per day.
B.E. Bryant started Bryant’s Furniture in Chanute Nov. 15, 1958. Their first building was at 20 N. Central...
Tri-Valley winners pick up camper
When Tulsa resident Natalie Ray heard the message on her voicemail a couple of weeks ago telling her that she had won a camper and a truck in the Tri-Valley donation drawing that she entered, she immediately thought it was a joke.
“I thought my Mom was getting somebody to play a joke on me,” Ray said.
Ray entered the raffle on the advice of her mother, an avid RV enthusiast who read about it in Trailer Life Magazine. ...
Registration deadline Tuesday for primary
Voters wanting to participate in the Aug. 7 election have until Tuesday to register to vote or change their party affiliation.¬†
Republicans dominate the races. The State House race, for example, has a Republican-only slate of Ed Bideau of Chanute, and Judy Brigham and Bud Sifers of Iola.¬†
In the Senate, Dwayne Umbarger, Thayer, and Jeff King, Independence, are both incumbent Republicans vying for the new district seat. Those races will be d...
Library presents science lesson
Things were a little nutty Thursday at the Chanute Public Library.
Children were entertained and educated by the Nutty Professor.
Jean Winters, a library assistant at Pittsburg State University, demonstrated science principles including gas laws, electrical conductivity and chemical reactions using various “magic tricks” with the help of volunteers from the audience.
“I call myself the Nutty Professor because I like to have fu...
Uncle’s military service researched
In the spirit of the Fourth of July Chanute resident Brenda Williams researched her uncle’s service in World War II.
Though he died in 1977, Williams remembers Finnis Oakley Reed, a longtime resident of Chanute, as a gentle man.
“He moved away later but as a kid we always wanted to go to their house and they always were at ours,” she said. “He was always a happy go lucky person.”
Finnis Oakley Reed, a resident ...
Chanute’s library busiest in June
The circulation total is up from last year in the Southeast Kansas Library system, which includes the Chanute Public Library.
Of the 23 libraries that have been in the Consortium since January 2011, 16 have seen an increase in circulation measured from January to the end of June.
The public libraries of Chanute, Edna, Erie, Fredonia, Hamilton, Howard and Parker saw a slight decrease.
However, the Chanute Public ...
Erie event will conclude with young bullriders
For the last three nights, the 139th annual Old Sailors and Soldiers Reunion has featured barrel races and the American Legion IPRA World Championship Rodeo. Tonight, there will be a barbecue and a kids’ game night. On Friday, there will be a free bean feed, a country music concert featuring LiveWire, and a fireworks display.
Then, on Saturday, there will be a 7 a.m. fun run and a 10:30 a.m. parade through Erie, a ...
Counterfeit bills passed in Chanute
Counterfeit bills have started to appear in Chanute.
The police department has taken several reports from both businesses and individuals in the area of counterfeit currency being passed, in different dollar denominations.
The first reported incident of counterfeit money being passed in Chanute was June 18.
The police said the next incident was July 6, and incidents continue. Bills from $1 to $20 in value have been passed at ...
Neosho County Republicans sponsor candidate forums
The Neosho County Republican Party is sponsoring candidate forums for Republican candidates running in the August primary. All Republicans, Republican candidates and independent voters interested in joining the Republican party are invited.
“We will begin by explaining the newly formed districts in Neosho County, their boundaries, the upcoming primary election and provide a large map for viewing,” said Patricia Houser, county chair. Voter reg...
Entries sought for second Journey through the Jungle
The second Chanute Journey through the Jungle sprint triathlon will be Saturday, August 18.
A triathlon is an athletic event where athletes compete in three different activities in immediate succession. Typically, the activities are swimming, cycling and running. Chanute’s triathlon will be a 200-meter swim, 13-mile bicycle
course and a 5K run.
Tim Fairchild was a key organizer of last year’s event.
“It worked out real well. The part...
Crews battle extreme heat to work on new field
Work is scheduled to wrap up in mid-August at the new Neosho County Community College softball field at 10th and Allen.
Work crews are looking forward to completing the project in the midst of extreme heat and dry conditions.
“You stay as hydrated as much as you can and wherever you find a place in the shade to work in, you take advantage of it,” said Dee Jay Schletel, pavement laborer with R&S Construction, Neo...
TV-5 celebrates two years on air
The Chanute Channel TV-5 celebrated two years on the air on Friday. Owner and operator Chris C. Conklin said he recalls “nay-sayers” saying the TV studio wouldn’t last six months in a small town.
“It seems like yesterday when Mike Sutcliffe and I were coordinating all the efforts to bring local TV broadcasting to Chanute,” Conklin said. TV-5 went on the air July 6, 2010 with limited local programming and slowly incr...
County approves burn ban
ERIE -- Neosho County commissioners met in regular session Friday and adopted a resolution proclaiming a burn ban throughout Neosho County, effective immediately. Captain Adam Bennett from the Neosho County sheriff’s office brought a request for the ban from the Chanute Fire Department. Bennett also had a list of surrounding counties that have already adopted burn bans, as well as a copy of Governor Sam Brownba...
GALESBURG — “Hot time in the old town,” the 2012 Galesburg Days celebration, is this weekend.
Festivities start with a 5K and one mile cemetery run Saturday morning. Registration starts at The Store at 6:50 a.m. Run begins at 7:15 a.m. Medals will be awarded to top three finishers in each age group. Entry forms are available from Nate Clevenger, who can be reached by phone at (620) 724-5385.
There will also be breakfast at the Methodist Chu...
Nine minor fire calls on the Fourth; Allen County passes burn ban order
The Chanute Fire Department responded to nine fireworks-related calls July 4 and one the morning of July 5.
No injuries were reported, though calls continued through the official Chanute fireworks display at Santa Fe Lake.
The official display went off without any problems, fire department officials said.
In Allen County, commissioners passed a burn ban for unincorporated areas that will go in effect today.
While burning will be banned star...
Downtown area businesses work through construction project roadblocks
As the Lincoln and Main renovation progresses, downtown area businesses are finding innovative methods to keep business on par during the summer season.
Marcia Lickteig, owner of Jody’s Attic, 113 East Main, says although there have been setbacks since the project began in early June, the inconvenience is something Main Street businesses will have to cope with.
“We’re going to have to weather this construction s...