New downtown business adds fabric to lives
Marilynn Rutledge Tribune Reporter Main Street’s newest business, Threadworks1, 313 E. Main, has thus far been a huge success in Chanute, with quilters, sewers and crafters flocking to the new location for their large variety of fabrics, sewing notions and lots of other creative options. “It’s been very nice, well received. Everyone has been very nice to work with,” owner Brenda Flowers said. Brenda and her husband, Del Flowers, have oper...
Rent-A-Center matches BBBS donations
Kathleen Carney Tribune Reporter In a fundraising incentive that began on March 25 Rent-A-Center employees are encouraging customers to support children facing adversity by donating a dollar in exchange for a colorful paper egg to display in the store to recognize their donation to Big Brothers Big Sisters. The program runs until April 23 and Rent-A-Center matches individual donations dollar for dollar up to $100,000. The annual event has r...
CHS students to clean up city for Ecology Day
Kathleen Carney Tribune Reporter Chanute High School students will clean up the city on Wednesday, April 6 for Ecology Day, otherwise known as Earth Day. Teachers and students will scour Chanute, picking up trash and taking it to the landfill in the morning. “We have different routes for each teacher, and they go out all over town and pick up all the trash in town,” said Stugo Advisor Karen Graham. “We just try and clean up the town.” Eco...
NCCC Student Senate sponsors Cystic Fibrosis Walk
Marilynn Rutledge Tribune Reporter Members of the Neosho County Community College Student Senate have been working hard the past few months to prepare for a Cystic Fibrosis Walk to be held on May 7. The walk, or Great Strides, as it is referred to by the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, is a nationwide effort to bring awareness to cystic fibrosis and raise money toward treatment and care options for patients. Cystic fibrosis is a genetic diseas...
College students trek to Safari Museum
Kathleen Carney Tribune Reporter The Neosho County Community College History Club sponsored an educational trip to the Martin and Osa Johnson Safari Museum Tuesday night. Around 25 students were in attendance to learn about Martin and Osa Johnson. Many had no idea such adventurers hailed from Chanute. Curator Jacquelyn Borgeson was on hand for a personal tour with plenty of details about the Johnsons’ lives and adventures. Scattered throu...
Local caregivers banking on federal dollars
Kathleen Carney Tribune Reporter A potential pay raise looms on the horizon for caregivers at Tri-Valley Developmental Services. Due to funding cuts in social services they have not received a raise in more than three years and currently they make between $8.05 and $8.61 an hour. Senate Bill 210, which could provide Kansas with federal funds, passed through the Senate last week with a 39-0 vote. After going through a joint effort between th...
Sisters studying in Georgia win design competition
Marilynn Rutledge Tribune Reporter SCAD [Savannah College of Art and Design] students and Chanute natives Kaleigh and Kourtney Wilson had a lot to celebrate last week when it was announced that their uniform designs had been chosen to be used by schools in Sierra Leone. The sisters got involved with designing the uniforms through a contest their school held, with first prize being a trip to Turkey to visit Orta Blu, the company that held t...
City OKs flow monitoring study of sewer system
Kathleen Carney Tribune Reporter City Commissioners decided Monday night to hire a company to do a flow monitoring study on the inflow and infiltration of Chanute’s sewer systems in order to pinpoint the source of the city’s excess waste water flow. “Right now we are pumping about twice as much waste water as what we should,” said Director of Utilities Larry Gates. Average flow rates per capita in Chanute range between 200 gallons per capi...
NCCC opens new campus in Ottawa
Neosho County Community College’s Ottawa campus moved into the brand new facility last week during spring break, and it opened for students on Monday.
Due in part to a $2 million federal grant and much hard work and diligent planning the new, spacious campus is up and running for students as scheduled.
“I couldn’t be happier! I actually never had a doubt that we would open on time,” said Project Manager and Vi...
Health Department readies for Meltdown kickoff
Marilynn Rutledge Tribune Reporter The Neosho County Health Department has set the kickoff for the county Meltdown program to begin Saturday, April 19. The kickoff will begin at 9 a.m. and continue until noon with a variety of activities happening while attendees record their beginning blood pressure. weight and measurements they will hope to better during the 10-week program. “You’ll come in, starting out, and get your weight, blood press...
Ash Grove presence at meeting with EPA
Nearly three dozen Ash Grove employees showed up Friday donning the now-familiar “Real Families, Kansas Jobs” t-shirts, carrying American flags and signs in the bitter cold. They were at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Region 7 offices in downtown Kansas City, Kan., to protest the closed-door meeting of the EPA administrator and a handful of Chanute residents who have concerns regarding Ash Grove Cement’s operations. As with all pr...
A relative in the White House
Dean Dillard was casually reading a newspaper when he came across some familiar names.
Moments later, Dillard came to a realization — he’s related to Barack Obama.
A longtime Chanute resident and retired Neosho County Community College professor, Dillard confirmed to the Tribune this week that he is related to the current President of the United States. Dillard is a second cousin, once removed, from Obama.
Pawz Fest Castaways benefit on April 2
Marilynn Rutledge Tribune Reporter In an effort to begin building a safe haven for animals, those working toward the Castaways Animal Shelter and Sanctuary in Chanute have devoted much time and effort in the past five years to setting up booths, garage sales and holding fundraisers. During 2010, volunteers raised a total of $7,846.98 to put toward their savings of more than $120,000 for the new location. But in order to become a fully funct...
Partner in Progress announced by Chamber
Shanna Guiot Tribune Bob Harwood, DVM, was announced Thursday as the Chanute Chamber of Commerce Partner in Progress. More than 50 people attended the State of the City luncheon and Partner in Progress award presentation in the New Chicago Room. The award is usually presented at the Chamber of Commerce’s annual meeting, but due to scheduling conflicts, the honoree was unable to attend that gathering. It is tradition to keep the identity of ...
Historic tax credits can revitalize downtown
Stu Butcher Tribune editor Main Street Chanute is taking steps to support downtown revitalization by obtaining historic tax credits — income tax reductions provided by federal and state government as an incentive to preserve historic structures. “Chanute and you can benefit from historic tax credits,” said Ken Matney, Main Street president. Besides tax dollar savings, examples are job creation and enticement for new business. The easiest ...
Republican Party executive visits SEK
Tribune staff Ashley McMillan is looking for a few good men and women. She is a recruiter, but as executive director of the Kansas Republican Party She’s looking for possible political candidates. McMillan, hosted by Mary Alice Lair, paid a visit to Neosho County on Wednesday. She also planned stops in Neodesha and Yates Center. McMillan previously served five years in the Washington, D.C. office of Sen. Pat Roberts (R-Kan.) Working i...
Fire Department to install smoke, carbon monoxide detectors
John Gamble, battalion chief for the Chanute Fire Department, has announced a smoke detector and carbon monoxide detector project. Local firefighters will come to the home and install smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors free of charge This local program is possible from a grant through the Kansas Fire Injury Prevention Project. An informed sample of program homes found 1,164 lives have potentially been saved. Program staff have e...
Arson suspect appears in court
Delana Capps, who was arrested on suspicion of setting fire to the Rendezvous Club, 11 N. Evergreen. on Feb. 7, had her first hearing on Tuesday, March 22. The originally scheduled video arraignment for Feb. 16 had been rescheduled.
After being charged with one count of aggravated arson in February, Capps bonded out of Neosho County Jail by posting bond of $150,000.
The 26-year-old Chanute woman arrived at the hearing in Erie a...
Creative writing elective for Royster students
Marilynn Rutledge Tribune Reporter Royster Middle School creative writing students were on stage Thursday afternoon, as each of them shared stories they had written to parents, grandparents, peers and other visitors. The class, comprised of seventh and eighth grade students, has been taught for the past five years by Carrie LaRue. Because the class is taught as an elective, it is a choice. In the last five years it has evolved from 12 stu...
Sisters, 7 and 4, sing for CWC
Marilynn Rutledge Tribune Reporter At the Christian Women’s Club brunch Thursday morning they were treated to two very talented guest singers for the music portion of the morning. The performers, Olivia Daugharthy, 7, and her younger sister, Eva, 4, were well-received by attendees as they sang their duet, He’s Still Working On Me. While this was Eva’s first performance, Olivia has sang in the past at church and school, and the two girls ...