County commission extends burn ban
ERIE — Due to continued drought conditions, the county-wide burn ban has been extended for another week by the Neosho County commissioners.
At Friday’s weekly meeting, Communications Captain Byron Shultz asked the commissioners to extend the burn ban. And he got his wish, by an unanimous vote, as the burn ban was extended.
The majority of Friday’s meeting was spent working on and discussing a proposed budget for 2...
Peck gets sendoff before honor flight to DC
The American Legion Post 170 gave a high-powered sendoff to Humboldt painter and U.S. Navy Veteran Harvey Peck Thursday.
Peck, 86, will be going on an Honor Flight to Washington DC on Tuesday.
The sendoff ceremony, which is very similar to the ceremony for soldiers going overseas for the first time, was performed by the American Legion Riders. He had a motorcycle escort to the meeting at the Legion Post.
Rider George Cu...
Wilson demonstrates fingerprinting at library
Children at the Chanute Public Library got to learn some Crime Scene Investigation Wednesday.
Will Wilson, of Elsmore, brother of Chanute children’s librarian Kandi Wilson, demonstrated fingerprinting to 20 children at the library.
Wilson served in the Air Force for 22 years.
When he retired in 2010, he was a military police instructor teaching crime scene investigation to 390 students at Fort Leonard Wood, Mo.
Wilson taught people from a...
NCCC releases new logo
Neosho County Community College has released a redesign of its mascot logo, the panther.
The current mascot, known as “shadow panther,” for the heavy shadow that falls over the approaching panther, is currently being phased out with clearances of branded merchandise at the NCCC bookstore.
“We’ve changed the panther about once every 15 years,” NCCC President Brian Inbody said. “Shadow panther has had his useful days.”
Historic ‘Halloween House’ being brought back to life
When Roger and Carolyn Dutro gaze upon the unique house they recently purchased they can’t help but smile.
“Sometimes I like to just stand back and look at it,” Roger said. “I can’t believe we ended up with it.”
The attention-grabbing house located at 708 S. Evergreen in Chanute is referred to as the Porter House and has also been called the “Halloween House” due to its yellow, orange and green color scheme. The c...
Water Safety Night Saturday at Maring Aquatic Center
Imagine you’re at the community pool and suddenly panic breaks out. A child has been pulled from the water and he or she is unconscious and not breathing.
What do you do? What happens next?
Those questions will be answered on Saturday when a Water Safety Night will be held at Maring Aquatic Center in Chanute.
The event, held to promote water safety and awareness, is free to the public and will run from 5-9 p.m.
Candidates speak out at forum
Jason Peake and Joshua Vail
Local politicians squared off on Tuesday night at a candidate forum at Chanute’s Memorial Auditorium.
The event was sponsored by the Chanute Area Chamber of Commerce and Office of Tourism.
These races will be decided in the August 7 primary election as all candidates are from the Republican party.
Senate: District 15
The Kansas Senate race for District 15 pits Dwayne Umbarger (R-Thayer) against ...
Advance voting available in county
Advance voting in Neosho County has been in effect a week, starting Wednesday, July 18.
If a person wants to vote an advanced ballot in Neosho County there are a few ways to do so, said Randal Neely, Neosho County clerk/election official.
An application for an Advanced Ballot by Mail application form, AV1M, is available from the Neosho County Election office in Erie, or can be downloaded from the Kansas Secretary of State website at www.sos.k...
CES takes steps to enhance student safety
In an effort to help further insure student safety, Chanute Elementary School and the USD 413 Transportation Department will be adjusting end-of-day procedures for bus students. At enrollment, parents of students riding busses home from school will be required to identify an end-of-day drop-off location. Students will be dropped off at that location each day. If, for some reason, the routine needs to change, parents may call the school prior ...
Vallier directs NCCC
summer theater class
Neosho County Community College’s Lifetime Learning Center has been sending people to musical theater in Wichita for about 30 years.
This year, Chanute High School choir director Russ Vallier has been taking area senior citizens to see shows in Wichita throughout the summer.
The Saturday bus trips are preceded by presentation and discussion of the play that they are about to see.
The shows so far have been “Fiddler on the Roof” June 16, “9 ...
Music in the Park finishes up its summer August 11
Music in the Park, a program put on by the Parks Advisory Board, started four years ago in Chanute. This summer, local groups performed for free in Santa Fe Park every second Saturday.
David Orr, who was on the original committee, is also involved in one of the bands that has performed several times at the park, The Past Blasters.
Orr is on the keyboard, with Greg “Doc” Hockett on guitar, Bo Guitierrez on bass and Hockett’s son, Aaron Hocket...
Rhodes brings puppets to life
Kathleen Rhodes learned how to make puppets from reading books from the Chanute Public Library.
Tuesday, she performed a marionette play with her mother, Amy, and younger brother Paul to a packed¬† room full of children at the library.
Rhodes, 21, who lives in the Buffalo area, became interested in puppets about two years ago.
“We started watching the Muppet show and I wanted to learn how to make a hand puppet,” she said. “...
Coffeyville woman rolls car after blowout
Melinda Ann Carr, 54, of Coffeyville, was northbound on U.S. 169 Highway at 8 p.m. July 19, about a mile east of Humboldt, when her tire blew out, causing her vehicle to enter the east ditch, the Kansas Highway Patrol reported. The vehicle rolled twice and came to rest on the driver’s side facing west.
Carr sustained possible injuries, but the KHP did not report that she was taken to a hospital. Carr was wearing a safety restraint.
New power transmission group could be in Chanute’s future
The City of Chanute may be able to not only save money, but also generate new revenue at the same time if a new transmission service group for electric utilities is formed.
Chanute City Manager J.D. Lester and Director of Utilities Larry Gates presented an informational proposal and slideshow to the city commission on Monday night in regards to this new group.
Lester stressed that it’s still early in the process a...
Main Street begins Construction Cash
A new promotional program in downtown Chanute will benefit businesses and shoppers alike.
The program is called Construction Cash, and is similar to the Spend It In Chanute program.
The new program’s goal is to increase shopping downtown during the current construction project at Main and Lincoln. Simply put, many of the businesses downtown have been inconvenienced by the construction.
The Construction Cash progra...
Santa Fe Park may get new restrooms
Santa Fe Park offers a little bit of everything.
Of course, fishing and boating options are plentiful at the park, which stretches nearly 250 acres.
There’s playground equipment for the little ones, and there’s picnic tables and shelters, too.
There are ball fields, a sand volleyball court and at times, a farmers market is close by.
Now, a new bathroom facility could be coming soon to Santa Fe Park.
Asphalt overlay approved to dress up downtown
An asphalt overlay will now put the finishing touches on the Main and Lincoln street renovation project in downtown Chanute.
A bid proposal for the asphalt overlay project was unanimously approved on Monday night at the regular meeting of the Chanute City Commission.
“This will make the whole area nice and finished,” City Manager J.D. Lester stated.
The commissioners awarded a bid to Se-Kan Asphalt for the street...
New sign hung for 20-year-old acupuncture business
HUMBOLDT — Humboldt resident Paul Finney hung a new sign at his acupuncture clinic Friday.
Finney opened his Humboldt office at 714 Bridge Street office in 1992, five years after starting his practice in Wichita in 1987.
Finney currently operates two clinics, one in Humboldt and one in Prairie Village, Kan.
“Patients come to me from every kind of problem, from bronchitis and asthma to numb feet or toes,” he said.
Downtown offers food, drink, music, cars and bargains on Main Friday night
The 10th annual Cruisin’ 4 Bargains is planned Friday night, July 27 from 6 to 9 p.m. on East Main Street.
“It is fashioned after a Friday night of yester-year,” said Phyllis Neff, director of Main Street Chanute. “Downtown stores, east and west of the Main and Lincoln Street construction, will be open till 9 p.m. with many specials.”
Down the middle of East Main Street will be the Show & Shine Car Show that will feature classic cars from the...
Umbarger moving ahead in life
Going-away party planned for 28th
Kurt Umbarger’s life was altered forever in early December of 2010.
A 25-foot fall left the Chanute native paralyzed, ripping away many of the things most take for granted each day.
Since then, Umbarger has had many ups and downs. But now, after some recent progress, Umbarger is preparing to take the next step in his life.
The son of Ron and Sylvia Umbarger will have a going aw...