Chanute native to be featured on Raccoon Nation on PBS
An internationally-recognized raccoon and coyote expert – who happens to be a Chanute native – is again part of a television documentary.
Dr. Stanley Gehrt, Associate Professor and Wildlife Extension Specialist at The Ohio State University, will be featured on Raccoon Nation, a nature documentary produced by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation airing tonight at 7 p.m. on KTWU Channel 11.
His studies on raccoon...
RGB Men bring smiles to Pitt State¬†students
Pitt State public relations
Three anonymous students are bringing smiles to pedestrians on the Pittsburg State University campus.
They call themselves the RGB Men for the red, green and blue “morph” suits they wear. They do not speak, but write positive messages on sticky notes that they give to the students they meet.
In an e-mail (remember they don’t speak), they wrote that they came up with the idea by watching the faces of students as the...
New storefront offers army surplus
There is now an army surplus store on Main Street in Chanute.
Tough guys, located at 116 E Main St., was opened Jan. 26 by Shane Cox and his daughter Jolene.
Cox said his store is specialized army surplus.
“Instead of buying pallets at a time at government sales, it’s all handpicked,” he said, “stuff that I myself would be interested in.”
Cox said they stocked cold weather gear since they opened in January, but...
Improvements made at Santa Fe softball complex
Renovation work is under way at Diamond 6 of the Santa Fe softball complex in south Chanute.
A backstop re-port, along with brand new dugouts and sections for portable bleachers, and new fencing around the diamond parameter are included in the renovation effort.
A new drainage system and a new red clay infield have also been installed, said City Manager J.D. Lester.
Around $45,000 is being put into the project,...
NMRMC implements enhanced employee wellness program
Employees at Neosho Memorial Regional Medical Center are witnessing some expansions to the hospital’s current wellness program.
The program’s enhancement is an effort to keep employees’ insurance premiums at a minimum and improve utilization of information provided to hospital staff, according to NMRMC Communication Officer Patricia Morris.
“As part of the wellness program, our hospital has offered employees fr...
Seven people facing charges for regional crime spree
PARSONS — Earlier this week, detectives from the Parsons Police Department began following up on information which led to the discovery of suspects and evidence involved in a regional crime spree throughout Labette, Neosho, Crawford, Cherokee, Wilson and Allen counties.
While names are not being released due to complexity of the multi-jurisdictional investigations, officers said that seven people, four from Chanute and three formerly of Parso...
Inertia adds Kraze Boutique
Inertia Health and Fitness in Chanute is moving into new territory.
Owners Flint and Kiley Allen opened Kraze Boutique, a clothing store, in the Inertia Fitness building at 2816 S. Santa Fe Avenue.
Kiley Allen said that the name brand clothes that Kraze carries aren’t very accessible in Chanute.
“We (Chanute) don’t have a lot of the higher end clothes that women are traveling to get,” she said.
Kiley Allen sai...
State presents county transition plan
At Friday’s meeting of the Neosho County Board of Commissioners, Road and Bridge Director Charles Morse presented the commissioners the State of Kansas’ transition plan for the Local Environmental Protection Program (LEPP). The State prepared the plan in the event no funding is provided for the program in SFY 2013. At this time, funding is absent for the LEPP in both the State Water Plan and the State General Fund. The intent of the Transitio...
Earth Team presents two awards
The Earth Team is the volunteer workforce of the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS).
“NRCS in Kansas is proud of the dedicated volunteers who have committed their time and talents to conserving and protecting soil, water, and wildlife in their communities across the state,” said State Conservationist Eric Banks.
“Volunteers play a vital role in achieving our conservation goals. We have seen a significant increase in our conservati...
Burress Banker Award winner
Burress Farms, Inc. is the recipient of the 2011 Neosho County Conservation Banker Award, sponsored by the Kansas Bankers Association. The 70th annual Neosho County Conservation District meeting is Monday night at the Erie American Legion, beginning at 6:30 p.m.
The original farm is located southwest of K-47 Highway and U.S. 59 intersection. Tom Burress managed the farm properties from 1954 through 2008. Then Ginny (Burress) Wommack became th...
Low boy trailer gets stuck on tracks; gas pipe break near Thayer
The Erie-Thayer area was a popular place for emergency vehicles on Thursday afternoon.
A semi-tractor pulling a low boy trailer was stuck at a railroad crossing outside of Erie Thursday afternoon, according to Neosho County Sheriff Jim Keath.
The county-owned rig bottomed out on the high level asphalt crossing on 80th Road, halfway between Queen and Pratt Roads.
Sheriff’s office personnel were immediately sent...
Williams announces plans to retire from House
State’s plans are to dissolve 8th District
Kansas State Representative Jerry Williams, D-Chanute, has announced that he will not be seeking re-election in 2012.
Williams, who represents Kansas House District 8, stated that after 12 years as state representative, he is ready to retire from public service.
Williams’ retirement announcement coincides with the state’s proposed restructuring of the Hou...
JC Penney changes shopping experience
Big changes are coming to JC Penney in Chanute and across the nation.¬†
Don Sheely, the new general manager of the JC Penney story in Chanute, said the main goal of the changes is to simplify and excite the shopping experience for customers.¬†
“The customer that is loyal to Penney’s is good for business,” he said. “This excites me because all it does is try to build and foster good will.”
Sheely started as manager ...
2-2-22 birthday celebrated for 90th time
Pauline Warner has shuffled different jobs over four different states in her 90 years of life but her roots began in southeast Kansas. And she’s had an easy birthday to remember, 2-2-22.
“I wished that I could have planned that, but it was all up to mother nature,” Warner said.
She entered the world on that day just outside Chanute to her parents Aaron and Anna Kepley. Her father was a farmer and worked in const...
When feelings are hurt
All of us have had them.
Sometimes offenses are intentional, sometimes not.
But pity the person who lets hurt feelings disrupt their life.
The old saying “hurt people hurt people” is true.
People who lash out often do so out of their own pain. Ninety percent of how people react to you is about them, not you. Well maybe not 90 percent but you get the idea.
Hurt feelings can carry grudges for a generation.¬†
I’ve seen people ...
Bennett receives SRS Shining Star award
Chanute SRS human resource assistant MIssy Bennett has been named the 2012 recipient of the SRS Shining Star award for exemplary service to clients. The award was handed out during a luncheon at the SRS Learning Center.
Bennett has been with SRS for nearly 14 years.
The person who nomin ated Bennett for the award said, “Missy has an endlessly positive attitude, even in the midst of stressful and hectic days. S...
Attorney pulls out of Labette home invasion case
PARSONS — A Parsons man testified Friday about how his stepfather planned two home invasions, enlisting his and his friends’ help to allegedly commit the crimes.
Brady T. Downing, 19, was the first witness Friday morning in the preliminary hearing of Kenneth F. Riley, 46. Riley is charged in Labette County District Court with two counts of aiding and abetting kidnapping, two counts of aiding and abetting aggravated burglary, aidin...
Humboldt man arrested on ‘sexting’ charges
IOLA — Scott L. Bedell, 19, Humboldt, was arrested Friday night outside the Iola High School homecoming dance for what Master Deputy Daren Kellerman, the arresting officer, described as sexting crimes, the Iola Register reported.
A 13-year-old boy was taken into custody as well.
The alleged crimes came to the attention of Allen County officers from reports made by adults who saw “troubling” images on cell phones, said Sheriff Tom Williams.
Sleeping Heroes project ready for student participation
Following John Jackson’s Friday trip to Topeka for the formal introduction of the Sleeping Heroes project, the Chanute Civil War enthusiast is ready to spread the word to local and area classrooms about the implementation of similar projects into history and social studies curricula.
“I have tons of information that will help guide students in their research of local history revolving around the Civil War,” Jac...