Schools present music programs
Music will abound in the next week as the vocal and instrumental students from Chanute Public Schools present their winter programs for the public.
Bringing in the season are the instrumental students from Royster Middle School and Chanute High School who will present a combined concert on Monday, Dec. 5, under the direction of James Kelso. The concert begins at 7 p.m. in the CHS Auditorium.
Performing that night is the Royster Sixth Grade Ba...
Galesburg anti bullying program finds success
GALESBURG — Once seen by some as a right of passage in school, bullying has escalated to a monumental problem worldwide with the severity of the problem expanding through bullies’ use of technology.
Long gone are the days when a student could escape from bullying at school to the security of his or her home.
“A lot of this bullying happening now happens through texting and Facebook. It used to be you got away from...
Renovation of Murray Hill in progress
The Midwest Housing Equity Group, Inc. (MHEG), along with the Foutch Brothers, LLC announced this fall the acquisition of Murray Hill Senior Apartments, LP in Chanute from Silver Lion Development Co.
The 24-unit senior development involves the renovation of historic Murray Hill Elementary School at 400 West 3rd.
Renovation efforts hit a snag two years ago.
According to a 2009 article in the Tribune, following ...
Brill responds to dismissal
Chanute Police Officer Robert Brill was fired Nov. 11 from the police department for undisclosed reasons.
Because Brill’s job was a non-elected position, city officials are not able to comment on the details of his dismissal. City Manager J.D. Lester said only that the city “employs a practice of progressive discipline.”
Brill told the Tribune he moved to Chanute from Wichita midway through his junior year of ...
Officials investigate Parsons home invasions
PARSONS — A rural Parsons couple were tied up and robbed in their home Monday night by three armed intruders.
The couple, Kenneth and Doris Stice, were unharmed but gave up an undisclosed amount of cash and jewelry to the intruders. This is the second home invasion in eight days in the same rural area.
The Stices called 911 at 8:53 p.m. Monday to report the robbery. No arrests have been made.
The first home invasion was reported a...
Historic Waller home to be open for tours
While aesthetic touches are still in the works, Chanute’s historic Waller home, a 1904 neoclassic mansion on South Highland, will be open for a public tour from 1-5 p.m. on Saturday as the first of two public tours slated for December.
Saturday will benefit Castaways Animal Shelter and Sanctuary and the next Saturday the open house will benefit Chanute Art Gallery.
Owner Carol Roberts began restoration efforts ...
Commissioners amend refuse rate ordinance
Chanute City Commissioners approved an amendment to the refuse rate ordinance for a $.75 increase for customers inside the city limits at Monday’s regular meeting. In addition, customers residing outside the city will see a rate increase of one and a half times the city rate increase.
Commissioners have reviewed refuse budgets in previous work sessions. Commissioners noted budgets and expenditures of the utilit...
Authorities seek info on fugitive
The Kansas Attorney General and the Allen County Sheriff’s Office are seeking information to assist in locating Garrett Grimm Cleaver.
Cleaver, Colony, faces involuntary manslaughter while driving under the influence charges stemming from a fatal traffic accident in 2009 in Neosho County, in which a New Jersey man died. The accident was on U.S. 169 Highway just north of the 35th Street exit at Chanute.¬†
In the latest incident,...
Chanute Christmas parade on Thursday
Main Street will be adorned with extra lights on Thursday during the Parade of Lights that will start at 7 p.m.
The parade will start on the Central Park Pavilion and travel east on Main to Katy Park.
Mayor Jim Chappell will be at the park to officially light up Christmas Lane on Main.
All floats in the parade must have lights on them. There will be three prizes given for the best floats: a $100 first prize and two $50 second prizes.
No charges tied to school evacuations
No charges are being filed in the incident Nov. 16 when the Chanute Police Department responded to a report of a bomb being inside a school. The Chanute PD reported last week that a suspect was apprehended.
“Nothing in the report I received would substantiate filing any criminal charges on anyone regarding this incident,” said County Attorney Melissa Dugan.¬†
“Certainly a bomb threat is a crime,” Dugan said. “I would not charact...
Local home-operated businesses on the rise
Nothing quite tops anything homemade, whether it’s a home-cooked meal, a homemade sweater, homemade ice cream, a homegrown garden or a homegrown bargain.
Eleven local, home-based businesses will be advertising their bargains to the public on Dec. 1 as part of a home-operated vendor event at 5 p.m. at the New Chicago Room on East Main.
For 65 years, Tupperware has been housed in millions of American kitchen cabi...
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.
As in ...
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 ...