Third annual Toys for Tots birthday party held
Tristyn Stanislaus served as host for her third annual Toys for Tots birthday party on Friday, Nov. 18, with a dance at the Central Park Pavilion.
For her third annual Toys for Tots party, Tristyn switched it up a bit and added friend Reagan Dillow, whose birthday is also in November, to co-host the event. Tristyn said she thought it would be fun and also give someone else the chance to be a part of giving back to the local community.
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Castaways plans Holiday Home Tour
It all began with a dream to better house unwanted animals and find them permanent homes. That dream becomes ever closer to reality thanks to an upcoming holiday home tour.
Castaways Animal Shelter & Sanctuary was organized in 2004 by a group of local volunteers interested in the welfare of animals. The intention from the beginning has been to build a no-kill animal shelter that would also provide adoption and spay and neuter services.
Main Street hands out awards, names new board
Main Street Chanute’s annual meeting on Nov. 18 saw changes to the board along with recognizing volunteers.
New board members are Andrew Reed from Cardinal Drug, Linda Petterson from Emprise Bank, Brenda Flowers from Threadworks1, and Josh Woolley from Total Tech.
Sharon Stirewalt was honored for 15 years of service to Main Street before her retirement in June.
The Tribune’s publisher, Shanna Guiot, received this year’s Carter Ward Award.
County discusses health insurance
ERIE — The Neosho County Board of Commissioners met Wednesday due to the Thanksgiving holiday. The commissioners:
— Heard a report from George Finical, inspection personnel with Cook, Flatt & Strobel Engineers, P.A., (CFS) on Phase IV of the 160th (Shaw)-Elk Road Improvement Project.
— Discussed with the employees about health insurance proposals: County Clerk Randal E. Neely, Road & Bridge Director Charles Morse, Health Department Administ...
Fugitive remains at large
As of late Thursday, Garrett Cleaver, 26, Colony, had not been apprehended.
Cleaver, of Colony, led Humboldt and Allen County officers on an eight-mile car chase Monday afternoon after an incident in Humboldt, during which he fled from a vehicle with an assault rifle following a traffic stop.
Minutes later, after he allegedly threatened a Humboldt officer, Cleaver returned to the car and sped out of town.
The car crashed near Iowa Road and 20...
Armed driver in chase eludes Allen County officers
Rural Colony suspect considered dangerous
A suspect who led Humboldt and Allen County officers on an eight-mile chase late Monday afternoon before crashing his vehicle remained at large on Tuesday. He has been identified as Garrett Grimm Cleaver, 26, 6-1 and 180 pounds, of rural Colony.
“He is armed with an assault-type rifle and should be considered dangerous,” Allen County Sheriff Tom Williams told the Iola Register.
A car stop around 3:30 ...
Royster principal named exemplary by peers
USD 413 public relations
Brad Miner says his job is easy at Royster Middle School because he has a good staff that makes him look good.
This month, an organization of his peers named Miner an exemplary principal for 2011-2012. The Kansas Association of Middle School Principals also named Mike Wolgast of Pioneer Trail in Olathe, and Pat Reinhardt of Hoisington, exemplary principals, and David Reiser, Great Band, the Middle Scho...
Suspect found in school bomb threat
Suspect located in school bomb threat
Local authorities have located a suspect in last week’s school bomb threat that resulted in a district-wide evacuation of campuses.
The name of the suspect was not disclosed by law enforcement and a police department investigation is ongoing, according to a release issued Tuesday afternoon.
According to the release, upon completion of the investigation, the suspect could face charges of criminal threat an...
County 14th in environmental quality study
Statewide county health rankings for 2011 list Neosho County 14th out of 98 Kansas counties for physical environmental quality, according to an annual report by the University of Wisconsin’s Population Health Institute.
The report ranks Kansas counties according to their summary measures of health outcomes and health measures.
The air quality factor incorporates two elements used by the EPA and the Center for ...
Gallery displays Dewey’s paintings
HUMBOLDT — Local painter Wes Dewey now has works on permanent display.
Works of Art gallery, located at 103 S. 9th, displays many of Dewey’s paintings.
Dewey has been painting for most of his life, but painting professionally for about 28 years. Most of his work is wildlife.
“Wildlife has always been my chief subject. I do landscapes, more and more landscapes all the time,” he said.
Dewey said the last couple ...
International photographic collection donated to museum
The Martin and Osa Johnson Safari Museum¬Æ has received an unprecedented collection of more than 2,000 photographs and personal archives of Elizabeth Main Le Blond (1861-1934). Le Blond was an author and mountain climber who is often referred to as the world’s first female filmmaker. Le Blond was climbing mountains in Victorian skirts and shooting her extraordinary photographs of stunningly scenic glacial landscapes before legendary nature ar...
Parsons woman removed from meeting seated in chair
PARSONS — Parsons Police Chief John Keele, with the assistance of two other men, carried a Parsons woman out of a city commission work session on Thursday.
Keele removed Vetta “Bunny” Stewart from the meeting at the direction of Commissioner Greg York, who as president of the board of commissioners was running Thursday’s work session in the absence of Mayor Tom Shaw.
Stewart had raised her hand to speak near the end of a discussio...
Knox family celebrates adoption month with four siblings
Margaret Elizabeth Sangster said it best. “There’s nothing so pleasant as coming home.”
So it was for four young brothers recently as Justus-14, Javn-8, Jaron-7 and Joseph-5 were officially adopted into the Knox family last Wednesday at a hearing held at the Hudson District Court in Chanute.
It could not have been more fitting for the four boys or Kansas State Representative Forrest and Renee Knox. Wednesday’s ...
Ash Grove plant subject of NPR report
Chanute and the Ash Grove Cement Company made national news last week, but not in a good way. The plant was the subject of a Nov. 10 article about pollution released by National Public Radio and two other websites.
The NPR report, which is the third of a four-part series, focused on EPA regulations that are alleged to give cement kilns permission to pollute the environment by lowering standards compared to othe...
Parsons jury finds motorcyclist at fault
PARSONS — A jury deliberated for less than an hour Thursday afternoon before finding a young Parsons man primarily at fault for the motorcycle wreck that killed him.
Mike and Belinda Cornell, the parents of Chris Cornell, filed the civil suit in Labette County District Court against Kathryn C. Songer, Altoona, whose trailer Cornell ran into on his motorcycle on 2009.
Initial police reports said the accident happened about noon on ...
County introduces two speed limit resolutions
ERIE — At Friday’s meeting of the Neosho County Board of Commissioners, speed limits were introduced for two areas.
Resolution No. R-11-U establishes the speed limit on a portion of 130th Road beginning at the intersection with Harper Road, extending to the west 1,000 feet; and a portion of Harper Road beginning at the intersection with 130th Road, extending to the south 2,000 feet; and includes Second, Commercial, Fourth, Fifth, Sixth, and...
Youngberg celebrates 95 years at billiards table
Mabel Youngberg has stayed ahead of the 8-ball as her reputation as a skilled pool player and card shark were honored at her 95th birthday celebration Thursday at the Chanute Senior Center.
“I started playing pool in 1987 and have stuck with it since,” Youngberg said.
“After my second husband passed away, I started coming to the senior center, which has been one of the best decisions I’ve made because that’s w...
Nothing located, no suspect in bomb threat
On Wednesday, the Chanute Police Department responded to a call of a bomb being inside a school.
“Not knowing which school, we responded to all the schools within our community,” said Detective Raymond Hale, public information officer. “Police personnel along with Chanute firefighters worked with school officials to resolve this issue in a quick and timely manner, with nothing located of interest.”
Reports said a threat was hear...
Leaders gauge economic development for SEK
IOLA — Southeast Kansas leaders met Thursday to discuss economic development in the region.
The meeting, which was held in St. John’s Parish Hall in Iola, was attended by around 250.
Kansas Governor Sam Brownback said that for the SEK area to improve, measurable numbers are needed.
“What’s the data point where we are now, and how are we going to change that number?” he said.
Brownback said he wants an objective ...
413 schools evacuated late afternoon
Chanute USD 413 Superintendent James Hardy alerted parents late Wednesday afternoon that schools had been evacuated because “there may have been a threat of a bomb.”
The text message said around 4:15 p.m., the Chanute Police Department recommended all attendance centers be evacuated.
All buildings were evacuated, searched and cleared.
Hardy also said school on Thursday would resume as normal.
The Chanute Police Department said it would provid...