KDHE implements changes for child care licensing
Post-hearing changes have been completed to proposed new and amended regulations for licensed day care homes, group day care centers, child care centers and preschools, according to an announcement this week by the KDHE’s Child Care Licensing program.
The Kansas Legislature passed significant changes to the Child Care Act in 2010. The changes, known as Lexie’s Law, increased protection for children in child car...
Southeast Kansas Republicans plan caucus
PARSONS — Labette County is teaming up with four other southeast Kansas counties to have a Republican presidential caucus in March at the Parsons Municipal Auditorium.
The Labette County GOP discussed details of the caucus Monday night at Parsons Public Library.
The Southeast Kansas Regional GOP 2012 Caucus will start at 10 a.m. Saturday, March 10, for all registered Republicans in Labette, Neosho, Cherokee, Allen and Wilson count...
A come and go reception open to family and friends is planned Saturday, Jan. 28, for the 40th anniversary of Gary and Nyla Bongiorni, 23568 K-47 Highway, Thayer, KS 66776.
The couple were married Jan. 24, 1972.
The event from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Family Life Center at Thayer Christian Church will be hosted by their daughter Carrie Carter and family. The couple request no gifts.
Armstrong to speak about missionary experiences
Lisa Armstrong, a Chanute native, has been a missionary to Honduras off and on for 13 years.
She started 13 years ago, after hurricane Mitch, and worked in a refugee camp. Armstrong said she had felt the call to work in Honduras for some time before that.
“After seeing the devastation from the hurricane, I decided it was time to make a more permanent move,” she said.
Armstrong spent two years working in and near th...
Whittley’s prelim scheduled May 7-11
Whittley’s prelim scheduled May 7-11
The preliminary hearing for Laura Whittley, the former Thayer city clerk, was scheduled for May 7, 8, 10 and 11, at 9 a.m. each day, at a status hearing on Tuesday.
Also, travel restrictions formerly requiring Whittley to remain in Neosho or Labette counties have been lifted. Whittley is now only required to remain in the state of Kansas.
Whittley originally faced 124 charges related to misuse of city fund...
No follow up call required
It seems more and more, the words “follow up” crops into conversations.
Here are a few scenarios: The woman goes shopping and sees something she needs but they do not have enough in stock.
The sales person tells her he will check on it and get back with her right away.
She goes home and waits…and waits.
No call comes.
She decides way too much time has elapsed so she has to follow up with a call to the store.
She reminds the sales person ...
City approves contract with Mira Tech
Steve Orr to manage Safari Golf Course
Chanute City Commissioners authorized City Manager J.D. Lester to sign a contract with Mira Tech Corporation for the construction and installation of equipment for the compliance of EPA’s RICE rules at Monday’s regular meeting.
The final rule published by the EPA on March 3, 2010 entitled National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants (NESHAP) for stationary Rec...
Boeing presents excellence award to HBD/Thermoid
HBD/Thermoid, Inc., Chanute, is the proud recipient of a 2011 Boeing Performance Excellence Award. The Boeing Company issues the award annually to recognize suppliers who have achieved superior performance. HBD/Thermoid, Inc. maintained a Silver composite performance rating for each month of the 12-month performance rating period, from Oct. 1, 2010, to Sept. 30, 2011.
HBD/Thermoid, Inc. is one of only 407 suppliers to receive the Silver Level...
Erie council approves .50 cent raise for city workers
ERIE — At Monday’s meeting of the Erie City Council, the council authorized Fire Chief Jeff Bohrer to proceed with repairs on the fire department pumper truck to be done by Maxfire at an estimated cost of $4,105.
In other business, the council:
• Authorized a $100 donation to help with the $500 fee for an e-waste collection set for May 1, sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce and the County Extension Office.
• Approved paying the 2012 membersh...
Bell to serve as liaison for Salina Regional
SALINA — Journal Editor and Publisher Tom Bell is leaving his post at the Journal after 13 years to accept a newly created position as executive director of governmental and public relations at Salina Regional Health Center.
Bell , 57, said he looks forward to helping inform lawmakers and the public about what is happening at the hospital.
“I love Salina, and I love what the hospital is doing,” Bell said. “When you help the hos...
Humboldt man pinned by dump truck in Iola
An injury crash involving a pedestrian and a dump truck occurred in Iola on Friday.
Richard A. Carr, 61, Moran, was backing up the dump truck he was driving around 1:30 p.m. at 1720 N. State in Iola.
Larry Gene Castel, 51, Humboldt, was behind the dump truck, and became pinned between the truck and a salt spreader.
Castel was taken to Allen County Hospital for disabling injuries.
Shaw River bridge project meeting moved to Erie
The KDOT Shaw ...
Familiar face at NCCC to retire
Brenda Rowe, director of human resources at NCCC, will be retiring after 32 years at the end of January
“I’m excited and I think I’m ready for a career change,” Rowe said. “I’ve only had one other job, when I was in high school.”
Rowe said retiring is part of the plan for both she and her husband.
“We both had made it our goal when we reached our retirement points that we would both retire fairly young and move on ...
Local woman tells of area’s first camper/trailer
The year was 1969 when Rueben Willis broke ground for NuWa Industries’ first camper/trailer manufacturing company in Chanute.
Willis is also credited with the building and design of the first camper in the area.
“My first husband and I and the kids got the first camper built by my father in the 1960s” said Willis’ daughter Kathleen McGaugh Terflinger.
“I moved down to McCune in 1971 and still had the camper a...
County Commission reviews Micro-Loan quarterly report
ERIE — At Friday’s meeting of the Neosho County Board of Commissioners, County Treasurer Charla Sands reported RLR News, St. Paul, has made the final payment on its Micro-Loan. Special Counsel Chance Martin, with Hines Law Firm in Erie, was present concerning a Micro-Loan recipient that is delinquent on payments but has indicated he plans to pay the loan off by Feb. 1. Mike Schoenhofer moved and was approved to authorize Chairman Nicholas Gal...
CRDA completes first year of operation
Next step is to hire director
The Chanute Regional Development Authority has wrapped up its first year of operation and according to Chairman Steve Parsons, elements are nearly in place for hiring a full-time director.
“The first year has been more of an organizational period as we form our committees and subcommittees,” Parsons said. “Now that we have the financial resources, we look to make a formal announcem...
Moran tours Greenbush as part of SEK swing
U.S. Senator Jerry Moran continued his visit of southeast Kansas on Wednesday with a visit to the Greenbush Southeast Kansas Education Service Center. Moran had a previous stop at Fort Scott during the day for a Rotary Club luncheon.
The Greenbush visit focused on a walking tour of the Abernathy Science Education Center.
“The center features a 3-D digital immersion theatre and planetarium, bio science laborator...
Labette County investigates shooting
CHERRYVALE — The Labette County Sheriff’s Department is investigating a shooting at Big Hill Lake Tuesday afternoon.
Labette County Sheriff Robert Sims said the department received a report at 4:52 p.m. Tuesday of a person with a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the face. The man was reportedly at a campsite at Big Hill.
Deputies and medical personnel arrived and found a man suffering from a gunshot wound to the face.
Ricky A. Bigley, 51, Che...
Thirty plus years of service at NMRMC ends with retirement
Deanne Schoenberger has always had a heart to serve others. It was the medical field she chose as an avenue to express her desire to help alleviate human suffering, a career which spanned nearly half a century and has touched multiple lives of folks living in Chanute.
Schoenberger, a registered nurse, closed the book on her career this week and was honored for her 31 years of service at Neosho Memorial Regional ...
City approved for CDBG grant
A $360,428 Community Development Block Grant has been awarded by Gov. Sam Brownback for a water improvement project in the Ronda Lane area in Chanute.
The grant will cover about 50 percent of the total cost of the project, according to City Manager J.D. Lester.
“There are several buildings and homes in this area on septic systems and there is also an old lift station which needs upgrading,” said Lester.
Chanute prepares for Ralph Miller Classic
The eight-team Ralph Miller Classic tournament, named after a Hall-of-Fame basketball coach who was a native of Chanute, will bring three days of high school hoops excitement to the gymnasium of Chanute High School. The event, which starts Thursday at 3 p.m., will feature some of the top high school teams from Kansas, as well as the basketball team from Joplin High School in Missouri.
This will be the 40th year ...