Children’s book promotes southeast Kansas through eyes of terrier
A trip to Nashville a year or so ago gave Humboldt writer Jackie Witherspoon the idea for a children’s book.
“My husband, Gary, was attending meetings so I had lots of time to shop,” she says, with a laugh.
“Many of the stores I went into were selling a book about a bear that becomes lost in Nashville. While finding his way home, the bear discovers interesting places to see in Tennessee,” Witherspoon said.
“The second I flipped through the b...
County sales tax will fund river bridge completion
ERIE — The Neosho Board of Commissioners were told Friday the Shaw River Bridge project will be covered within the $15,000,000 maximum amount voters approved to pay for the costs of improvements to 160th Road and Elk Road with the imposition of a one-half cent county-wide sales tax.
Road & Bridge Director Charles Morse said it was not originally thought to be enough money to fund the Shaw River Bridge, but the following cost saving measures a...
Cable ONE expects to lose two channels effective Dec. 31
Chanute cable subscribers will lose two channels in January, but the local Cable ONE manager is confident the company can avoid losing two Pittsburg/Joplin network affiliates.
Cable ONE notified the city of Parsons recently that the company is in negotiations with three broadcasters for retransmission consent.
The following changes affect both Parsons and Chanute customers. The contracts with the three broadcasters, KOAM (channel 7), KFJX (c...
NCCC approves design-build contract for softball field
At Thursday’s meeting of the NCCC Board of Trustees, a design-build contract was approved for the new softball field and awarded that contract to Loyd Builders of Ottawa. President Brian Inbody said the contract is for $405,000 and is being paid by donations, included a $50,000 donation from the Chanute Recreation Commission, student fee accounts, and the general fund.
“I am very excited,” Inbody said. “We should break ground March 1st, weath...
AG discusses suit against EPA during Chanute visit
Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt met with city administrators on Friday as part of a series of visits to seven counties in southeast and south central Kansas.
Schmidt’s Chanute visit included meetings with community leaders at the Memorial Building.
“It was a wonderful and refreshing opportunity to visit and have a one-on-one conversation with Attorney General Schmidt,” said City Manager J.D. Lester. “It ...
Intake officer jailed on sexting accusations
ERIE — A Labette County juvenile intake officer has been arrested and is awaiting charges for sending sexually explicit text messages to a 17-year-old Neosho County female.
Charles Ellsworth, 33, Parsons, was arrested Monday evening at the sheriff’s office in Erie and is being held without bond at the Neosho County Jail, according to Sheriff James Keath.
The sheriff’s office was contacted Monday evening with a ...
Royster students to present one-act in Memorial Auditorium
USD 413 public relations
In recent weeks, 16 Royster Middle School students have been gathering in the band room for 30 minutes every day to work on character development.
The students are rehearsing for a one-act play to be performed Thursday, Dec. 15, at 1 p.m. in Memorial Auditorium. Though the play is primarily for the student body, the public is welcome to attend. There is no admission charge.
To be performed is the comedy...
CHS students teach tech tools to teachers
USD 413 public relations
On two different Tuesdays in November, Chanute High School teachers learned some new technology tools they can use in the classroom. The lessons took place at the same time and place. Different were the instructors – a sophomore and senior at CHS.
Tech Tuesdays are a 45-minute time slot after school where teachers can improve their technology skills. A different topic is presented each week. Teachers ca...
CHS receives Challenge Award from statewide task force
USD 413 public relations
So much is said in the news about testing, accountability and student achievement that the words are almost as common as google and texting. With all the emphasis on student achievement, it is worth noting when a school is recognized for its efforts despite all the obstacles and challenges put in its path.
Chanute High School has been notified that it is one of 60 schools in Kansas to receive a Certifi...
Humboldt Senior Housing accepts first tenants
HUMBOLDT — Construction finished about a month ahead of schedule for Humboldt’s brand new residential care facility. Bob and Bonnie Coldwell were informed last week that they fulfilled all the income requirements for leasing one of the 12 newly completed senior housing units at N. 6th and Oak St. just west of the Arrowwood Care Facility.
The Coldwells completed their move last Sunday from their former home on S...
413 board has concerns about school
At Wednesday’s meeting of the USD 413 Board of Education, members expressed serious concerns about how a recent “bomb threat” was handled. Police evacuated all schools late in the afternoon on a school day. A suspect was apprehended, but no charges were filed by the county attorney. The suspect was not a student.
It was decided that the fact the individual who made the threat was not charged was a serious matter and the board ...
Fugitives caught in robbery scheme
PARSONS — A fugitive task force in Johnson County, which included federal agencies, arrested two Parsons men Monday for warrants alleging their involvement in recent home invasions in rural Labette County.
On Tuesday afternoon, officers from the Labette County Sheriff’s Department and the Parsons Police Department returned the two men to Parsons from the Kansas City area.
Brady T. Downing, also known as Brady Gage, 19, Parsons, an...
Official search called off for missing man
Wilson County Sheriff Office personnel, along with search and rescue outfits from around the region, have called off the official search of missing 44-year-old Kennon Landry of Neodesha, although volunteers are still at the scene, according to a release issued Tuesday by the sheriff’s department.
More than 250 people were part of a massive search and rescue effort of Landry who was reported missing on Friday, Dec. 2 when his wrecked truck wa...
Partial lunar eclipse on horizon
Special to the Tribune
Waking up early on a Saturday morning can be hard, especially if you like to sleep in on the weekends. But if willing to set the alarm for an early wake up you might be rewarded by being able to watch a partial lunar eclipse. The western United States will be the favored place to watch this eclipse, but even people living in the Midwest will be able to enjoy at least part of this celestial event. And this migh...
List of charges faced after arrest of fugitive
As reported Tuesday, Garrett Cleaver, 26, Colony, sought by local law enforcement after allegedly threatening a Humboldt police officer with an assault rifle before leading police on a chase through Allen County two weeks ago, has been arrested in Missouri.
Cleaver was arrested by U.S. Marshals Service officers without incident Monday afternoon at a north Springfield, Mo., hotel.
The Iola Register reported law enforcement there was acting on ...
K-Staters making bowl travel plans
MANHATTAN – The K-State Alumni Association is offering multiple travel options to Arlington, Texas for the Wildcats’ trip to the 2012 AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic on Friday, Jan. 6.
“We are very proud of Coach Snyder, his staff and the team for their outstanding season, and we are excited to again offer the official university travel packages for the AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic,” said Amy Button Renz, president and CEO of the Alumni Association. “Th...
Food Bank draws community support
More than 100 volunteers were on hand to assist with Monday’s food bank at the old high school gym.
Debi Kreutzman, Wichita public relations director for the Kansas Mobile Food Pantry, said Monday’s event dovetailed an earlier food bank in Chanute held in late August. “This is in response to our late summer food drive,” Kreutzman said. “We hope entering the Christmas season that this mobile pantry will complim...
Two funny ladies take Fire-Escape stage Sunday night
Benefit performance is open to the public
Special to the Tribune
Local residents who enjoyed an evening with comedian Ron McGehee last fall have an opportunity to hear the other side of the story.
McGehee’s wife, standup comic and author Kerri Pomarolli, will be in Chanute Sunday night to entertain residents along with special guest Kristin Weber in “a night with two funny ladies.”
Like the comedy night with Ron McGehee, Ker...
Cleaver nabbed in Springfield motel
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – A Springfield television station reported Alfred C. Lomax, the United States Marshal for the Western District of Missouri, has announced the arrest of fugitive Garrett G. Cleaver.
On Monday investigators with the U.S. Marshals-Southern Missouri Fugitive Task Force located and arrested the fugitive in Springfield. Cleaver, 26, was charged in Allen County with two counts of Aggravated Assault on a Law Enforcement Officer, Poss...
Neodesha resident missing since late Friday
Wilson County law enforcement officials are continuing their search for a missing Neodesha man. Kennon Landry, 44, was last seen Friday, Dec. 2, at around 10 p.m. returning from a friend’s home, family members said.
Landry’s wrecked truck was located on 1300 Road near Ottawa Road near Altoona but no sign of Landry was found. Following an extensive canine ground search that yielded no clues, Wilson County Sheriff’s Office personn...