Treasurer’s office to be closed to vehicle business May 1-7
ERIE — The Neosho County Treasurer’s office will be closed to vehicle business from May 1 through 7 while the state converts to a new system for titling and registering vehicles.
Charla Sands, county treasurer, said the Kansas Department of Revenue is putting into place a new DMV system that replaces three aging mainframe systems used for driver licensing, motor vehicle titling and registration, and inventory management with a single, modern ...
County, city clash over Ash Grove appraisal
ERIE -- A war of words has erupted between Neosho County and the City of Chanute following the city commission meeting Monday and Friday’s county commission meeting.
In a public release issued by the Neosho County Commission Friday morning, commissioners state that they plan to abide by the appraisal of Hadco International and its tax assessment of Ash Grove Cement Company. The appraisal, which was $107 million...
Expo: Aging with Attitude
First Baptist Church and the Kansas State Cooperative Extension Service hosted the Aging with Attitude Regional Expo Friday at FBC’s Good News Center.
The day-long event featured a variety of seminars dealing with issues that aging populations face on an everyday basis.
Sessions included information on home fire safety and fall prevention, the Medicaid application process, volunteer opportunities and benefits f...
Ex-Thayer city clerk faces federal charges
Former Thayer City Clerk Laura Whittley has been charged in U.S. District Court.
On Oct. 17, 2011, Whittley was charged with 110 misdemeanors and felonies based on her alleged misuse of Thayer city money.
After filing the charges, the Neosho County Sheriff’s Office and the Neosho County Attorney’s Office presented the case to the United States Attorney for federal public corruption charges.
Whittley was charged April 25 with one count of b...
Team in place to assist sexual assault victims
SANE and SART may not mean anything right off hand, but the acronyms are crucial for child and adult victims of sexual assault.
The 2012 Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM) campaign in April encourages communities and individuals to join the conversation on how to connect and respect one another in order to prevent sexual violence.
The Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner is SANE and the Sexual Assault Response Team is SART.
The initial responders...
Former Tribune photographer Hall of Fame honoree at MSSU
Mike Gullett, a former Tribune photographer, was one of two media professionals honored by the Regional Media Hall of Fame at Missouri Southern State University, Joplin, Mo., at an awards dinner on Thursday, April 19.
Gullett, photojournalist and professor at Missouri Southern State University and Pittsburg State University, and President/CEO of the Missouri Broadcasters Association, Don Hicks, were this year’s honorees.
Erie to increase number of downtown banners
ERIE — The city of Erie will double the amount of banners for new street light poles on Main Street.
The Erie City Council previously approved paying a portion of the cost for 22 banners for the street light poles, with the Chamber of Commerce paying a portion and soliciting sponsorship for the remaining cost. The chamber has already obtained sponsorship for the 22 banners and has started taking sponsors for an additional 22 banners.
County jobless rate slightly up
The Kansas unemployment rate recorded a slight uptick in March, despite eight of the state’s major industries showing job increases over the month.
According to the Kansas Department of Labor report for March, the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 6.2 percent, a decline from 6.8 percent a year ago but a slight increase from 6.1 percent in February. The not seasonally adjusted unemployment rate in Kansas was 6.6 percent, down from 7.1 ...
Erie community garden gets $4,800 grant
Twenty four community garden projects from around Kansas have been chosen as inaugural grant recipients through the Kansas Community Gardens Project, a joint initiative of the Kansas Health Foundation and K-State Research and Extension.
In all, more than $100,000 in grant funds will be distributed this year, the first year of this three-year initiative.
“Community gardens have the potential to do everything from providing food to ...
Neosho County Sheriff offering program to help women protect against sexual assault
Neosho County Sheriff’s office has a new program to help young women defend against sexual assault.
Deter and Defend started Tuesday night with a class at Neosho County Community College.
The program is a four-hour class, with about half the class devoted to classroom instruction and information, and half devoted to self-defense training.
The second class will be held 6 p.m. May 21 at Neosho County Community College, in Stoltz Hall room 7. ...
Attitude is everything
We’re not going to talk about longitudinal or latitudinal, mainly because spelling them is the extent of my knowledge. BUT… let’s talk about attitudinal.
When my granddaughter was two years old, her mom said she was attitudinal. Hmmmm…just wait a few years, that ain’t noth’in! Amen?
Attitudes are something we all have. Some are good, some are bad. Nevertheless, whether intentional or not, we share our attitude with others on a daily basis. At...
Altoona-Midway Middle School and High School to share mascot, colors
At its April 9 regular meeting, the Altoona-Midway USD 387 school board voted to have the same mascot and school colors for Altoona-Midway Highs School and Altoona-Midway Middle School. Both mascots will be the Jets and the colors will be blue and gold.
The board voted to finance an energy improvement project with a lease-purchase agreement over eight years with a down-payment of $100,000.
The new security system at the combined middle scho...
Simulation shows life dealing with poverty
Here are the numbers: 16.4 percent of the people in Neosho County – and 23.7 percent of the children – live below the poverty line.
That statistic comes from the Southeast Kansas Community Action Program’s current community needs assessment.¬†
SEK-CAP, together with the Neosho County Agency Resource Team, held a poverty simulation at the Chanute Elementary School cafeteria Tuesday night to raise awareness and understanding ...
CHS vocalists head to state competition
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For more than 50 of the CHS students on the risers Monday night, their vocal performance at the spring concert was one more step towards working toward a I rating at the KSHSAA 4A music contest on Saturday.
Three small ensembles and four soloists earned audition slots at state after receiving I ratings at the regional festival at Pittsburg State University last week. Members of the CHS women’s ensemble...
‘Blooming Bags’ raises nearly a grand for garden project
Heritage Health Care received some welcome funding for its garden development project during the Blooming Bags Auction held April 14.
The auction itself raised about $700 with an additional $250 raised through sales of T-shirts that promoted the event.
Pittsburg State University student Shelly Smith developed the idea of an auction to help Heritage fund the creation of raised-bed flower and garden areas for res...
Altoona-Midway USD 387
Third Nine Weeks Honor Roll
Brianna Allen, Brendan Bartlett, Vivian Borgelt, Bailey Coffey, Blaine Collins, Karissa Cook, Kaylene Dorsey, Justice Gile, Ava Hufford, Brylea Johnson, Heather Lane, Colton Mayhew, Jacob Meigs, Cate Nembhard, Lane Poeverlein, Summer Raymond, Kailey Sprague, Bella Tarlton, Alexis Walker, Kody Webb
Kenzie Beisly, Gracyn Bracken, Camron Carlson, Gavin Fiene, Charisma Hightower, Dayton Kinzle, Har...
Kansas Food Bank mobile pantry coming to Chanute Friday
The Kansas Food Bank mobile pantry is coming back to Chanute Friday.
The mobile pantry will be at the Chanute Recreation Center at 400 S. Highland, in the parking lot next to the new swimming pool, from 9 to 11 a.m. on Friday, April 27.
A partnership with Kansas Food Bank, the Chanute Community Foundation and the FireEscape Coffeehouse, the mobile pantry is available to anyone in need of food.
Tribune wins multiple awards at KPA conference
The Chanute Tribune truly is an award-winning newspaper.
The annual Kansas Press Association’s Awards of Excellence were presented Saturday, April 21 at the KPA conference in Overland Park. The Tribune won three first place awards: two for advertising and one for writing.
In the category “Best Hardware Ad,” the Tribune swept the contest, taking 1st, 2nd and 3rd places, all for Cleaver Farm and Home ads. The ad for Earl’s Lock an...
Main Street Restaurant working to correct health-inspection issues
Following back-to-back visits by the Kansas Department of Agriculture last week, Chanute’s Main Street Restaurant has found itself in the middle of several noncompliance issues relating to licensing and sanitation.
“We are fully aware of these issues and are making every attempt to correct them,” said manager Jamal Hamza. “The state has notified us that they have received our operating fee and we were able to m...
Chard reaches 24 gallons as blood donor
Leroy Chard hit a big milestone at the last Red Cross Blood Drive, reaching 24 gallons. He began donating blood as a teenager 53 years ago and has missed very few drives since that first time. A teenage friend of his met with a terrible accident one evening and was taken to the hospital. LeRoy, along with several other friends were at the hospital but he was unable to donate blood to him because then he didn’t know his blood type. He learned ...