County approves burn ban
ERIE -- Neosho County commissioners met in regular session Friday and adopted a resolution proclaiming a burn ban throughout Neosho County, effective immediately. Captain Adam Bennett from the Neosho County sheriff’s office brought a request for the ban from the Chanute Fire Department. Bennett also had a list of surrounding counties that have already adopted burn bans, as well as a copy of Governor Sam Brownba...
GALESBURG — “Hot time in the old town,” the 2012 Galesburg Days celebration, is this weekend.
Festivities start with a 5K and one mile cemetery run Saturday morning. Registration starts at The Store at 6:50 a.m. Run begins at 7:15 a.m. Medals will be awarded to top three finishers in each age group. Entry forms are available from Nate Clevenger, who can be reached by phone at (620) 724-5385.
There will also be breakfast at the Methodist Chu...
Nine minor fire calls on the Fourth; Allen County passes burn ban order
The Chanute Fire Department responded to nine fireworks-related calls July 4 and one the morning of July 5.
No injuries were reported, though calls continued through the official Chanute fireworks display at Santa Fe Lake.
The official display went off without any problems, fire department officials said.
In Allen County, commissioners passed a burn ban for unincorporated areas that will go in effect today.
While burning will be banned star...
Downtown area businesses work through construction project roadblocks
As the Lincoln and Main renovation progresses, downtown area businesses are finding innovative methods to keep business on par during the summer season.
Marcia Lickteig, owner of Jody’s Attic, 113 East Main, says although there have been setbacks since the project began in early June, the inconvenience is something Main Street businesses will have to cope with.
“We’re going to have to weather this construction s...
Correctional facility ministry team at Big Creek Chapel
Brothers in Blue Reentry Minimum Ministry Team from Lansing Correctional Facility, will be hosted by Big Creek Chapel on Sunday. There will be fellowship and a question and answer session at 6 p.m. followed by a 7 p.m. service led by the Brothers and Blue ministry team.
Big Creek Chanute is located north of K-39 Highway at Lyon Road and 230th Road.
WildBlue BBQ is smokin’ in Burlington
BURLINGTON – The 8th annual WildBlue BBQ will bring world...
Book about Johnsons on Kansas Notable list
TOPEKA — State Librarian Joanne Budler announced the selections for the Kansas Notable Book List for 2012. The best 15 books published in 2011 by Kansas authors or about Kansas include fiction, nonfiction, adult and young adult books.
“After much consideration, we are very excited to release the 2012 Kansas Notable Books List,” said State Librarian Budler. “These titles are sure to inspire, enrich and entertain readers beyond our state, and w...
Governor updates drought order for counties¬†
TOPEKA – Drought conditions continue to intensify for Kansas which led Governor Sam Brownback to update the Drought Declaration for Kansas counties with an Executive Order 12-08. The update includes all 105 counties either in an emergency, warning or watch status.
“Dry, windy and above normal temperatures in Kansas have led to a Drought Emergency declaration for 36 counties,” Governor Brownback said. “Below normal precipitation patterns are n...
413 school board elects new officers
At the July regular meeting on Monday, the USD 413 School Board elected officers and appointed positions for the upcoming year
Ross Hendrickson was elected president of the school board and finished conducting the meeting.
The previous president, Kelly Thomen, was then elected vice president
Larry Taylor continued as the delegate to the ANW special education coop and Sean Bowman continued as alternate. Bowman was als...
Chanute Veterans Memorial groundbreaking July 4
The Chanute Area Veterans Memorial will break ground on Independence Day.
The groundbreaking ceremony will be 7 p.m. July 4 at Santa Fe Park, just east of the ball fields.
Laurie Kerns, Chanute Area Veterans Memorial fundraising chairperson and Legion auxiliary unit 170 first vice president, said the project has been in the works for at least 16 months.
“We’ve had great community support from businesses as well as individuals.”
A color g...
There is no price on human life
I have watched the steady decline of Main Street buildings for years. I have gone into many of the retail stores and smelled the mold, seen the buckets placed under the leaking ceilings, and wondered why the retailers allowed their stores to be in this type of atmosphere. It wasn’t until becoming involved with Main Street Inc. and now the City Commission that I understand. The problem is not with the retailers struggling to make a living it i...
Fireworks vendors line S. Santa Fe
South Santa Fe is a popular spot for firework vendors as Fourth of July activities kick into high gear this week.
“This is a major thoroughfare in Chanute so whether you’re selling fireworks or any other product, you want to set up operations where there tends to be the most traffic,” said Derek Liggett of TNT Fireworks. “This is our fifth year to sell fireworks in Chanute. We opened for business on Sunday and w...
‘Independents’ Day: Why shopping Downtown Chanute supports community
Executive Director, Main Street Chanute, Inc.
In the United States, July is associated with America’s independence, a time when we honor and remember those who fought for and served our country and the freedoms we sometimes take for granted.
But July is also a time to reflect on the importance of economic democracy and community determination by celebrating our locally-owned independent businesses. We have reason to celebrate ...
Local band director takes part in PSU recording for movie
For one day, the bright lights of Hollywood shone on current and former members of Pittsburg State University’s Pride of the Plains Marching Band. Among the alumni was Justin Robinson of Chanute. He is the K-12 music teacher for Southern Coffey County school district, LeRoy-Gridley.
The musicians came together Wednesday in the midst of summer to rehearse and record music for a major Hollywood film, starring Will Far...
County commissioners review proposed 2013 budgets
rs met in regular session Friday and reviewed a list of proposed budgets from various county departments.
Commissioners asked county department heads to submit two proposed 2013 budget amounts. The commission requested proposed budgets without raises and proposed budgets with three percent raises.
Road and Bridge Director Charles Morse presented his proposed 2013 solid waste budget for $141,786 without rais...
Taylor wraps up national welding competition
Brandon Taylor, a 2012 graduate of Chanute High School, returned from the 48th annual SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference Wednesday wrapping up his two-year high school welding career.
Taylor represented Kansas at the national competition held June 23-27 in Kansas City’s Bartle Hall.
The yearly conference showcases the skills of career and technical education students from around the nation.
Kansas Legislature amends state liquor laws
The state legislature has amended Kansas alcohol regulations which will considerably relax existing laws governing the sale of alcoholic beverages. The news came in a recent memo this week by Department of Revenue Director Doug Jorgensen.
According to the four-page memo, the 2012 Legislature passed Senate Substitute Bill 2689 for House Bill 2689 which amends the liquor control act, the club and drinking establi...
SEK-CAP expands transportation services in Neosho County
The Southeast Kansas Community Action Program (SEK-CAP) plans to expand its existing General Public Transportation service in Neosho County. Steve Lohr, executive director, said, “Tri-Valley asked us to consider offering expanded services when they decided to discontinue one of their routes in Chanute effective June 30. We were happy to help and agreed to accept transfer of their bus, if KDOT agrees.”
“We were averaging 15 peop...
Fourth sales begin Sunday, display at park Wednesday
The 4th of July is just around the corner and while it can be a great time to celebrate our nation’s independence, the Chanute Fire Department reminds residents of a few safety considerations.
Tim Riggs, lieutenant and public information officer, provided these tips:
• Always read and follow label instructions.
• Make sure your outdoor area is safe for firework use.
• Always purchase fireworks from a reliable, legitimate source.
• Never give f...
Murray Hill senior housing plans opening in July, holds open house
The former Murray Hill Elementary School is now the Murray Hill Senior Apartment Homes, and provides affordable housing for those 55 and older.
Foutch Brothers property management is planning to open the property at 400 W. 3rd July 15, but that is a target date and not set in stone.
There will be 24 apartments, eight with one bedroom and 16 with two.
Murray Hill will also have a community room, internet cafe, wa...
City launches new website
Three weeks since it was launched, the City of Chanute’s new, official website, www.chanute.org, is being fine-tuned with several interactive features like emergency alerts, updated department links, and live video streaming of the Lincoln and Main intersection renovation.
“About a year ago, we started receiving requests for proposals from several different firms who specialize in developing websites for municip...