Commissioners approve Hi-Lo abatement
Hi-Lo Industries’ application for tax abatement will move forward after the Chanute City Commission Monday night unanimously gave its approval.
The abatement application will now go to the Kansas Court of Tax Appeals, who will review the application and determine its eligibility based on article 11, section 13 of the Constitution of the State of Kansas.
Despite unanimously passing through the commission, only thre...
Hawaiian tradition comes to Santa Fe Lake
Chanute residents can indulge in a Hawaiian tradition with Flatwater, Fitness and Fun offering paddleboard lessons and rentals at Santa Fe Lake on June 1.
Although usually privy to barbeque, baseball and softball games, and other outdoor affairs, the park will host an activity once practiced by ancient, Peloponnesian farmers, performed professionally on rough ocean and river water around the world.
“It is a lot li...
Dalton Noakes: My time at CHS will be something I’ll never forget
Dalton Noakes is the salutatorian for the Chanute High School Class of 2013. He had the second highest ACT score out of those students with a 4.0 GPA this school year.
“Growing up, even in middle school, I had always wanted to be the valedictorian or the salutatorian,” he said. “I’ve always liked learning.”
Noakes said school and excelling at standardized tests has come pretty easily to him.
Noakes has been invo...
Erie High receives grant for recycling
ERIE — Having earned the title of being the first Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Gold-certified school, Erie High Charter School administration, staff and students feel an obligation to lead by example.
“Our school has been designed as a green school and has received a lot of awards and recognition for the design of our school, but we realized we did not have a good opportunity for our school, or fo...
Valedictorian motivated by perfectionism
Madison Wendt’s goal was reached as valedictorian for the Chanute High School Class of 2013.
The valedictorian is a student with the highest ACT score out of those with a 4.0 GPA.
“I had all As through elementary and middle school,” she said. “I wasn’t really satisfied with having less than an A because I’m a perfectionist.”
Wendt said the perfectionism can be both positive and negative, but it motivated her to...
Rec Commission looks to toss wrestling team
The Chanute Recreation Commission hopes parting ways with the current occupant of its multipurpose room will provide more practice options for its year-round activities.
Although wrestling mats still line the floor of the CRC’s Multipurpose Room, the lease for the building, just south of the Maring Aquatic Center at Fifth and Highland, recently expired and CRC officials now look to repurpose it.
“We can use that t...
Tri-Valley attends rally in Topeka
Rain clouds could not prevent more than 1,000 advocates for the developmentally disabled from attending the annual Push Day Rally in Topeka to support people with intellectual disabilities (I/DD), including more than 30 from Tri-Valley Developmental Services.
Many of those gathered Wednesday wrote messages on a 65-foot canvass banner addressed to Republican Gov. Sam Brownback. They argue that folding services for the developmentally disabled ...
EHS students help businesses with social networking
ERIE — While many schools can’t embrace the use of social media in education, Erie’s Personalized Learning Program students are using it daily, not only as an educational tool, but also to promote businesses in their community, including their own.
Like many businesses, D’Angelo’s Pizzeria was listed on Facebook. The generic page, with a generic restaurant logo of a white fork and knife against a blue background, ...
NCCC issues academic awards
Neosho County Community College held its academic awards ceremony Tuesday evening.
Among other awards and recognition, department heads gave awards for outstanding graduates in their departments. Requirements for outstanding graduates include high GPAs and department-specific accomplishments.
Accounting: Minh Mac and Chelsea Keal
Art: Todd Reid
Athletics Female: Haylee Merrill
Athletics Male: Josh Merrill
Business: Chance Sinclair
Two charged after April 29 search
Kyle Scott Eustice, 25, and Tracy Lynn Winterhalter, 22, both of 514 N. Evergreen, Chanute, were charged with drug felonies and other felonies following an April 29 search of the residence revealed drugs and at least one firearm.
Both Eustice and Winterhalter were charged with possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, a severity level 3 drug felony carrying 14-51 months in prison, depending on criminal ...
Vilas alumni meet for reunion
The Vilas Rural High School Alumni held their annual reunion at the High Prairie United Methodist Church on April 28. Sharon Reaves welcomed the alumni and guests. The alumni recalled what they remembered about attending Vilas Rural High School. A slideshow of Vilas activities and sports was shown and Vilas memorabilia and pictures were on display.
Classes honored were 1928-1933-1938-1943-1948-1953. Attending from the Class of 1943 was Dale ...
High students in Wilson County compete in art exhibit
The winners of the annual Fredonia Arts Council Wilson County High School Art Exhibit and competition have been selected with student art on exhibit at the Stone House Gallery, 320 N. 7th Street, through Friday, May 10. The Gallery is open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Students from Altoona-Midway, Fredonia and Neodesha high schools entered artwork in five different categories including Drawing, Sculpture, Painting, Ceramics a...
Humboldt High earns journalism three-peat
Humboldt High School’s journalism students received their 17th sweepstakes state championship at the Kansas Scholastic Press Association’s State competition at the University of Kansas May 4. This latest championship gives them the state title three years in a row and for five out of the last six years.
HHS journalists entered 27 entries in the 3A/4A competition and placed with 12 of them.
“This is a young group of journalists that work ext...
PSU releases list of spring grads
PITTSBURG — More than 850 students are expected to participate in Pittsburg State University’s spring commencement exercises on Friday and Saturday. Commencement exercises will be held in the Garfield Weede physical education building on the PSU campus.
The College of Arts and Sciences and the College of Business’ ceremonies will take place Friday evening. The College of Technology and the College of Education’s ceremonies will take place Sat...
Retirements to change face
of Royster Middle School
It’s hard to imagine how many students have passed through the classrooms of the six teachers who are retiring from USD 413 this year. Four of the retirees are from Royster Middle School.
Julie Aikins is retiring from teaching English Language Arts at Royster Middle School after 32 years.
Aikins received her bachelor of science degree from Southwest Missouri State University, now Missouri State University, and her Master of Arts degree from U...
Travel Buddies return for CCA reunion
Some furry friends of the first and second grade students at Chanute Christian Academy traveled around the world this past school year from Minnesota to Florida, Australia to Japan. They returned home in time for a reunion in April to share about their travel adventures.
The Travel Buddies began their trek in November and had a goal of visiting as many host friends as possible over several months.
As they traveled, the Travel Buddies carried...
Museum grant application complicates possible move
An application for a state grant stalled the Martin and Osa Johnson Safari Museum Board of Trustees’ search for a larger building.
The search for a new location to house the Martin and Osa Safari Museum hit a snag as board members learned they must wait until after June 1 before hearing the outcome of a grant application for improvements at its current location.
In March, the Chanute City Commission approved apply...
$1,000 Built Ford Tough-FFA Scholarship awarded to St. Paul student
Carly Newberry, a 2013 graduate of St. Paul High School FFA, has been awarded a $1,000 scholarship by Merle Kelly Ford, Inc. and Ford Motor Company. Newberry’s parents are Chad Newberry and Kimberly Newberry. She plans to study biochemistry at Pittsburg State University.
The Built Ford Tough- FFA Scholarship Program is designed to recognize FFA members’ talents and accomplishments while encouraging their future academic achievements.
K-State team including Stich of Chanute improves placing at SAE Baja Competition
Engineering Students from Kansas State University competed for the 16th year at the annual Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) Baja Car Competition held on April 18-21 on The Shipley Farm and Hyder-Burks Agricultural Pavilion at Tennessee Tech University of Cookesville, Tenn.
KSU’s Baja team competed against universities from as far afield as South Korea, India, the United Arab Emirates, along with colleges from California to New York and ...
USD 413 School Board approves purchases
At the USD 413 Board of Education May regular meeting Monday, the board approved purchases of two school buses, middle school technology curriculum and related equipment and band instruments.
USD 413 is in need of several new vehicles. Support Operations Director Charlie McKinney reported that the current special needs bus is full, with three new students potentially coming in next year, one with a nurse.