Meal train carries comfort, sustenance
A “meal train” is coming through Chanute every day, that is if volunteers continue to show support for local resident Kathy Bercaw.
One of Bercaw’s daughters, Elizabeth Miller of Overland Park, started the online meal train Sept. 11.
“I have used meal train through my church in Overland Park for reasons such as this,” Elizabeth said. “I think it is nice because you can see what everybody else is bringing and it kee...
Main Street project to be completed presently
Chanute residents will be breathing easier after this week when road crews are expected to complete work on the Main Street and Lincoln project.
Chanute Utilities Director Larry Gates said he anticipates all asphalt overlay work near the intersection to be completed by week’s end, with city crews finishing up the stripe and paint during late-evening hours when traffic is minimal.
Gates also said the city’s short-...
Bollig joins teammates on sidelines at Ottawa game
OTTAWA — When the Ottawa University Braves ran on to the field for their showdown with St. Mary’s on Saturday, former Chanute quarterback Matt Bollig was able to join his teammates. He rolled into the stadium in a wheelchair, and was able to spend the game on the sidelines, watching Ottawa earn its first win of the season 50-42.
The team made Bollig a wooden axe that was handed to him right before the game started,...
Stolen antique toy trucks sold at local store
Antique Tonka brand toy trucks and other items stolen in a burglary in rural Chanute July 17 were sold at Kennedy’s attic late last month.
This is the second time this year the house, belonging to a couple living in Wichita, has been burglarized. Some property was recovered from the first burglary earlier this year, and charges were filed.
Certain of the stolen items including at least one of the Tonka trucks were sold August 24 at Kennedy’...
The Bridges of Neosho County – Part 3 of 3
Old bridges, tough choices
When I was young, my father would occasionally drive us over the Austin Bridge. Tires would slap hard against the bridge’s wooden deck, setting up a unique syncopating sound.
At 10 years of age, it seemed certain this would be a death ride with the bridge giving out, plunging us into the shallow Neosho River below. It never did.
Today, the old Austin Bridge has been relocated to Chanut...
USA Tractor Cruise begins, ends in Erie
ERIE — The American Legion Post #102 of Erie will hold its 2nd Annual Beantown USA Tractor Cruise today.
This event will be a 45-mile parade of tractors and drivers through southeast Kansas. Its purpose is to support Erie Post 102 Local American Legion programs such as Girls State, Boys State, Oratorical Contest, Old Soldiers & Sailors Reunion, etc. Post 102 would also like to donate a portion of the profits toward the construction of the Cha...
Women’s Night Out ready to set sail
NEODESHA — Do you want to know the latest fall fashions, learn how to wear pearls 10 different ways, or just see beautiful jewelry? Then you do not want to miss Women’s Night Out “Wellness Cruise” Fashion Show. The S.S. Wilson is set to sail at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 19, with a theme of “Wellness Cruise” at the Neodesha Civic Center, 1407 N. Eighth. Book your cruise now by purchasing a $10 ticket at Wilson Medical Center, Porter Drug, Get...
County meeting draws crowd
ERIE – Neosho County Commissioners earned their pay on Friday as smartphone-recording, tax-abating, sign-waving and lawyer-talking citizens filed into the small commission room to air a variety of concerns. The 10-seat, cinder-block office was full to capacity twice during the three-hour meeting.
Where to start?
CUSD 101 Erie School Superintendent John Wyrick was back with smartphone in hand, recording commissione...
September NCCC board of trustees meeting
The Neosho County Community College Board of Trustees Thursday recognized two retired employees, Brenda Rowe and Ann Neff, with the award of Emeritus Employee.
Rowe, who left the college in February had been with NCCC for 32 years in a variety of roles ending with director of human resources.
Neff worked for NCCC for 15 years, also working many different jobs in that time and ending with international student coordinator. Emeritus employees r...
‘Back to Church Sunday’ on Sept. 16
“Back To Church Sunday,” part of a national movement of churches across America, will be held at Chanute Church of the Nazarene, 14th and Plummer in Chanute at 10:45 am, Sunday, Sept. 16. Everyone is welcome to attend.
“Back To Church Sunday” seeks to connect with people who once attended church, but don’t any more — and invite them to return for a special Sunday.
“No matter how long you have been away from church, you can always come back,” ...
The Bridges of Neosho County Part 2 of 3
How a bridge collapse in Minnesota affected Neosho County
On August 1, 2007, a major bridge in Minneapolis suddenly collapsed during evening commute time. This bridge was opened in 1967 and carried 140,000 vehicles over the Mississippi River every day. The collapse resulted in 13 deaths and 145 injuries.
Since 2001, annual inspections had noted cracks and deficiencies. A federal “sufficiency scale” had rated the ...
Mobile food pantry in Chanute on Sept. 21
Mobile food pantry in Chanute on Sept. 21
A Kansas Food Bank mobile food pantry is coming back to Chanute from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Friday, Sept. 21 at the Chanute Recreation Commission, 400 S. Highland.
Those needing food are asked to bring their own container for the food and will be asked to provide address and number of people in their household.
Volunteers are needed to help distribute food. Those interested in volunteering should contact...
‘American Restoration’ to feature Edna bank sign
EDNA — March through June 2011, the History Channel’s “American Restoration” was ranked No. 5 on the list of Basic Cable’s Top 10 New Primetime Series, with 2.9 million viewers tuning in, according to Entertainment Weekly.
One of those faithful fans is Rhonda Baker of Edna, who lives about 1,300 miles from “American Restoration” star Rick Dale’s business in Las Vegas.
Edna is a small, quiet town on the southern ed...
The Bridges of Neosho County– Part 1 of 3
When looking at Charlie Morse’s big map of Neosho County, a few things jump out. For starters, somebody was very busy with a blue pencil. There are thousands of little blue squiggly lines on virtually every square inch of the map.
Some blue lines are short and barely visible; some are much wider and meander through the entire county.
The second thing that jumps out is just how obsessed someone was with making st...
Three ways grandparents encourage grandkids
Our two-year-old grandson was having a great time playing hide and “seek-the-music” with his mom. Nancy and I were having fun watching. ¬†Finally our daughter, Stacie, said to Abe, “Let’s play hide and seek later after grandma and Pop have gone home.”
With that Abe took grandma’s finger, escorted her to her purse, and then to the front door. He was sending us home so he could continue his game!
We went home. We laughed and laughed. What a gre...
Erie native reflects on Southern’s ‘72 title
Forty years ago Missouri Southern State University won a national title in football.
Bill Ruble of Erie was there — every step of the way.
Ruble was a freshman offensive tackle that year for the Lions, who won the NAIA Division II national title in 1972.
The championship team was recognized at half-time of Saturday’s game in Joplin when the Lions hosted Northeastern State.
It was a nice reunion overall, Ruble said.
RSVP volunteers discuss voting with CHS students
The RSVP (Retired Senior Volunteer Program) has joined with Chanute High School on a Grandparents’ Week Project.
RSVP volunteers led by Patty Allen shared with students in two different sessions of David Cadwallader’s government class Wednesday morning.
The objective of the project was to have high school students and older adults discuss and share knowledge about voting history, voting experiences and the importa...
Shaw Bridge completion moved to mid-December, opening expected mid-January
After meeting at the Shaw Bridge on Wednesday morning, Neosho County personnel learned the span would not be completed by November’s end. Instead, completion is now estimated around mid-December.
For the past month, Inspector George Finicil has been holding the new estimate close to his vest during the weekly County Commission meetings. “It’s gonna be close,” he said last week when Commissioner Hugo Spieker presse...
FireEscape to begin annual Share-A-Thon
Special to the Tribune
The annual fundraising event for the FireEscape Coffeehouse in Chanute will make itself heard Thursday on KFEX Radio and from the coffeehouse stage when the bands Rapture Ruckus, House of Heroes and Corey Lamb start playing at 6:30 p.m.
The 2012 Share-A-Thon for the non-denominational Christian coffeehouse is held annually to support its ministry focused on youth in Chanute and southeast Kansas. Since 1998...
Deadline to register for election is Oct. 17
In case political ads have not yet reached your world, they soon will. National, state and local elections are slated for Tuesday, Nov. 6. Neosho County Clerk Randal Neely is reminding residents they have until Oct. 17 to register or to change their address.
Neely said there are many convenient ways to register as follows:
• In person at the Neosho County Clerk’s office in Erie
• By downloading the form at the Kansas Secretary of State websit...