Babcock one of World War II’s ‘ordinary heroes’
When Chanute resident Warren Babcock talks about World War II, he says, “I’m no hero.”
His wife, Willa, begs to differ.
“He’s our family hero,” she said.
“I’ve heard bragging, when I know different,” he said, “and I don’t want it done to me.”
Seriously, he should be considered a hero by his community and nation for 20 months of service overseas in England.
Babcock’s service has been documented in family projects an...
A walk down memory lane
My family and I moved to Chanute 25 years ago when I was called as pastor of First Baptist Church. As the truck was being unloaded the local radio station announced, “The new Baptist pastor is moving into Chanute…Right now! You can see them moving in this very moment at 212 N Forest.” I wondered why there was so much traffic on Forest Street! Good memories. Do you remember?: TV antennas and only having channel 7 and 12? If you stayed up ...
— 2010 Veterans Parade, 11 a
Today, Nov. 11 — 2010 Veterans Parade, 11 a.m., Katy Park to Lafayette Street. — Neosho Memorial invites veterans to receive a complimentary lunch at the hospital’s BEST Caf√©. Come by anytime from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. and mention to the cashier that you’re a veteran. — VFW Bingo, 6:30 p.m. 1654 W. Main. Friday, Nov. 12 — Chanute Senior Citizens, noon, Central Park Pavilion. — Community CPR — adult, infant and child, 5:30 to 9:30 p.m., Ameri...
Soldier describes life in Afghanistan
Stu Butcher Tribune editor Today’s technology makes contact with active soldiers better, but nothing compares to having them home instead of places like Forward Operating Base Sharana, located in the Paktika Province of Eastern Afghanistan. Sgt. Scottie Love, Chanute, serving with the National Guard Reserve, is a carpenter NCO (Noncommission Officer) at Sharana, where many if not most of the construction projects and training goes on in A...
Home decorating store rebuilding nest
The Feathered Nest moves to Main Street storefront Kathleen Carney Tribune writer Home decorating store The Feathered Nest may have only moved a few blocks to Main Street, but it was a huge move for the future success of the business. The store was located on Santa Fe, and owner Debi Huffman decided to make the move to Main Street after two years of being hidden by road construction at her old location. “We were closed off for two year...
Legion Riders set in motion veterans memorial at park
Harold Campbell Tribune Reporter A memorial to honor veterans of all wars is being planned by the American Legion Riders Post 170 in Santa Fe Park just north of 35th Street and the RV park. “We’re confident we can raise the money,” Mike Hansen, an American Legion Riders member, told the Chanute City Commission at its regular meeting Monday night. Hansen said the Riders plan to raise $200,000 for the memorial, which will feature a black ...
Veterans Day Parade 11 a.m. Thursday
Tribune Staff The annual Veterans Day parade down Main Street is scheduled for 11 a.m. Thursday, Gene Brooks of the Veterans Committee said. For the first time, the parade will honor a Vietnam veteran, Dan Thompson of Chanute, as this year’s grand marshal. “Historically, too little has been done to honor the Vietnam vets for their sacrifices, particularly since many were drafted and had no choice but to serve,” Brooks said. Brooks expla...
Emergency personnel deal with overnight incident
Individual with possible overdose taken to NMRMC Harold Campbell Tribune Reporter Chanute police officers and other emergency personnel spent much of Monday night and early Tuesday morning responding to a report of a possible overdose involving a distraught male in the 1200 block of South Henry. No injuries were reported in the incident. “I want to commend everyone that there was a lot of common sense and composure,” Director of Public...
Chanute accepts Take Charge Energy Challenge
Harold Campbell Tribune Reporter Chanute will be taking part in a challenge to reduce energy use in the city as a result of action taken Monday night by the Chanute City Commission. The commission voted to accept the Take Charge Energy Challenge sponsored by the Kansas Energy Office and the Climate and Energy Project. “I think we’ve proven with Google what we can accomplish when we work together,” Commissioner Phil Chaney said. Last ye...
Vehicle identified as ‘point of interest’ when shots fired
Tribune Staff Chanute police have found empty bullet casings and has identified a vehicle as a “point of interest” in its investigation of shots fired Thursday night in the neighborhood of 900 S. Santa Fe, Director of Public Safety Sam Budreau said. “I view this incident as a serious breach of safety not only for this neighborhood, but for the community as well,” Budreau said Monday. Budreau said the responding officer secured four empty...
Chanute couple’s online Vegas wedding big hit
Stu Butcher Tribune Editor Local newlywed couple Cindy Robertson and Ken Morrison have made it full circle, with the help of the Internet. They met online 11 years ago in a chat room called the Palace, where his digital avatar image was Kermit the Frog and her’s Glenda the Good Witch of the North. “It just clicked,” Cindy said. “He had such a great sense of humor.” Cindy, a Chanute native, was residing in Kansas City, Kan., and Ken was ...
Knox named to environment committee
Tribune Staff State Rep. Forrest Knox, R-Altoona, has been named vice chairman of the National Conference of State Legislatures’ Environment Committee. Massachusetts state Sen. and NCSL President Richard T. Moore made the appointment. “I am honored to represent the interests of state legislatures in the continuing debate over the changing state-federal relationship,” Knox said about his new appointment. The Environment Committee is one ...
Humboldt man dies in head-on collision
Tribune Staff A 54-year-old Humboldt man was killed early Monday morning in a head-on collision with a semi on U.S. 169 at the bridge over U.S. 54 just east of Iola, the Kansas Highway Patrol reported. Larry D. Ridge was killed shortly before 4 a.m. Monday when his 2005 Ford Focus passenger car was traveling south on U.S. 169, and he crossed the center line into the path of a northbound semi driven by Robert D. Keal, 57, Cherryvale. Keal...
Humboldt considers downtown streetscape plans
Harold Campbell Tribune Reporter HUMBOLDT -- Downtown Humboldt could be getting a makeover. About 20 local business owners and government leaders met Thursday night with Carisa McMullen, owner of an Olathe landscape architecture firm, to discuss possibilities for a streetscape project that Humboldt officials hope will beautify downtown and attract more visitors and businesses to the center of the city. “We are looking at concepts that r...
Hardcover Mysteries has Chanute connection
Stu Butcher Tribune editor ID. Investigation Discovery will present Hardcover Mysteries - Sara Paretsky on Monday night at 9. Seven years ago, Carmin Ross was found stabbed to death in her Lawrence home. This case, with ex-husband and Kansas State University English professor Thomas Murray the suspect, captured novelist Paretsky’s attention because of how investigators methodically unraveled the suspect’s carefully crafted story. Murray ...
Style show kicks off International Week
Throughout the nation, celebrations honoring International Education Week will be occurring the second week in November. President Clinton initiated the event and each succeeding president has continued the tradition. At Neosho County Community College, the week’s celebrations will be kicked off with an International Style Show on Sunday featuring traditional clothing from Belarus, China, Democratic Republic of Congo, Iran, Japan, Kazakhsta...
Chanute artist wins Louisiana stamp competition
Wes Dewey of Chanute took home first place in the 2011 Louisiana Waterfowl Conservation Stamp Competition sponsored by the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF). The contest determines the image to be used on the LDWF hunting permit commonly known as the Louisiana Duck Stamp. Dewey unanimously beat out 14 other competitors and was recognized at the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission’s Nov. 4 meeting as the 2011 winn...
Railroad crossing discussion continues
Harold Campbell Tribune Reporter ERIE — Continued discussion of the 150th Road railroad crossing east of the new Erie High School and canvassing Tuesday’s election results highlighted Friday’s Neosho County Commission meeting. County Engineer William Cook told commissioners he talked with Mitch Sothers with the Kansas Department of Transportation, and he had no problem with the county’s new plan to close the Queen Road crossing instead o...
Shots shake up neighborhood
Stu Butcher Tribune Editor Mark Ford was in his bedroom at 114 E. 9th Thursday night when he heard four repetitive loud noises. “I was watching C.S.I., of all things,” he said. He then realized he had a crime scene investigation of his own. “There were five kids (ages 16 to 20) out back sitting around a little fire. I thought maybe they were goofing around with fireworks.” That wasn’t the case. Four empty .40-caliber casings were found ...
City expected to take energy challenge
Tribune Staff Adopting a resolution to accept the Take Charge Energy Challenge to reduce energy use in the city will be one of the items the Chanute City Commission discusses at its next meeting at 7 p.m. Monday. The challenge is a joint effort of the Kansas Energy Office and the Climate and Energy Project to reduce energy usage in the state. Last year, CEP partnered with several utilities, including municipalities, co-ops and investor-o...