sales tax, annexation
Harold Campbell Tribune Reporter Chanute leaders have brought up the idea of trying again for a quarter-cent sales tax, this time to go toward parks and economic development. In November 2008, Chanute voters passed a quarter-cent sales tax to build a new pool at a cost of up to $4 million. The margin was 1,802 to 1,465, or 55.17 percent to 44.83 percent. The tax is to sunset in 10 years. However, voters in the same election turned down a...
NoCo man sentenced to five years in Stark
post office arson
WICHITA — Jon Michael Beth, 20, Stark, has been sentenced on Wednesday to 60 months in federal prison for setting fire to the post office in Stark. He also was ordered to pay $17,341 in restitution.
Beth was indicted in federal court in October 2008 for breaking into his hometown post office in summer 2008 and setting it on fire. The U.S. Attorney’s Office charged him with one count of breaking into a U.S. post office, one count of stealing ...
Presentation explores prehistoric artifacts
FREDONIA — Wilson County Historical Society will host “Pieces of the Past: Kansas History and Prehistory reflected in Artifacts, a presentation and discussion by Donald J. Blakeslee on Saturday, May 1 at 7 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church sanctuary in Fredonia. Those attending are invited to bring local artifacts and Blakeslee will discuss them as time allows. Blakeslee is a professor of Anthropology at Wichita State University wh...
Bad luck turns to good in
Parsons woman’s $5,000 win
TOPEKA – Wendy Bush of Parsons turned her bad luck into good luck TuesdAY when she claimed a $5,000 cash prize playing a $5 Super Red Hot Crossword instant scratch ticket. Bush won her prize by revealing two Black words and four Red words on her ticket.
“I’ve really had bad luck the past few months,” said Bush. “My dog ran away Sunday and my car was totaled earlier this year. That’s just a couple of things that have gone wrong.”
Jenkins has GOP challenger in 2nd District
TOPEKA (AP) — A Republican state lawmaker is challenging Kansas Congresswoman Lynn Jenkins in the 2nd Congressional District. Sen. Dennis Pyle, of Hiawatha, announced his run in the Aug. 2 primary on Tuesday. Pyle says Republicans deserve a nominee who is truly conservative, although he was not more specific about why he thinks Jenkins is not conservative enough. Jenkins’ campaign manager noted that last year, the first-term congresswoman...
413 superintendent receives distinguished service award
Connie Woodard Special to the Tribune Chanute’s Superintendent of Public Schools is to be recognized this week for outstanding service and achievement in his educational career. Steve Parsons will receive the Clyde U. Phillips Distinguished Service Award at a 7 p.m. ceremony on Thursday in McCray Hall at Pittsburg State University. The annual awards ceremony is hosted by PSU’s College of Education. Parsons’ career is characterized by his...
St. Paul senior winner of $1,000 Ford/FFA scholarship
Trenton Jarboe, a 2010 graduate of St. Paul High School, has been awarded a $1,000 scholarship by Merle Kelly Ford, Inc., Chanute, and Ford Motor Company. Jarboe’s parents are Roger and Deborah Jarboe of St. Paul. He plans to study Parks & Recreation Studies at Labette Community College. The Built Ford Tough Trucks FFA Scholarship Program is designed to recognize FFA Members’ talents and accomplishments while encouraging future academic...
Pool named Maring Aquatic Center; fees set
Harold Campbell Tribune Reporter The new aquatic center now has both a name and a fee structure as a result of action the Chanute City Commission took at its regular meeting Monday night. The commission first voted to name the center the Maring Aquatic Center in honor of Norma and Keith Maring. “It’s a no-brainer,” Commissioner Randy Galemore said about naming the aquatic center after the Marings. The Marings operated the former public...
Maher appointed to Erie City Council
ERIE — Steve Maher has been appointed to the Erie City Council to replace Councilmember Chris Harris, who submitted his resignation, the council voted at its regular meeting Monday night. The council Monday also approved a $700 donation to the American Legion to go toward the Old Soldiers and Sailors Reunion, approved .0426 fuel adjustment to be added to the May utility billing, tabled a decision concerning an energy consulting agreement wi...
Islands of Hawaii offer diverse climate
When in Hawaii, on the Island of Hawaii, we learned a few interesting statistics. This island is known for its gentle trade winds, warm climate, sunny skies and its volcanoes. It is called the “Orchid Isle.” There are only two seasons: summer and winter. Summer is May-September and winter is October-April. The average winter temperature of the islands is about 80 degrees with temperatures about 75 degrees F. at night. Winds blow from the no...
Cello quartet to perform here on Saturday evening
Classical music, as well as ragtime and jazz will emit from The Rastrelli Cello Quartet in their appearance Saturday at Chanute Memorial Auditorium. The 7 p.m. concert is part of the Chanute Entertainment Series. The four fabulous Russian cellists who live in Germany and who formed their ensemble in 2003, are in the midst of their second tour in the mid section of the United States. In the fall of 2007 they made their tour debut here, playi...
Humboldt receives loan, grant for city hall
Tribune Staff The City of Humboldt has been selected to receive a $200,000 loan and $70,000 grant from USDA Rural Development to go toward construction work at the new city hall building, USDA Rural Development State Director Patty Clark said Tuesday. Humboldt is one of the communities awarded funding through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. Funding is contingent upon the recipient meeting the conditions of the agreement. “We’...
Street painting meant to attract Google
Tribune Staff In another event aimed at drawing attention to Chanute’s bid to become a location for Google’s experimental ultra-high-speed fiber system, the city plans to begin painting a drawing of Google Earth at the intersection of Main and Lincoln Sunday, May 2. City Manager J.D. Lester said the sign would be 30 feet across and painted on the street surface. On the Mac version of Google Earth, Chanute lies at the exact center of the gl...
Mrs. Kansas crown returns to Chanute
Samantha Reinecke has brought back the Mrs. Kansas title to Chanute. And a former Mrs. Kansas, Chanute resident Gina Carlson, played a part in it.
Reinecke was actually crowned Mrs. Kansas in Oklahoma, at Guthrie, on April 17. The Mrs. Kansas Pageant took place in conjunction with the 2010 Mrs. Oklahoma pageant at the Guthrie Scottish Rite Theater.
“It was a great experience,” Reinecke said. “I was grateful my famil...
Suspect previously led Allen County deputies on chase
Officials in Neosho County are still awaiting details on Garrett Cleaver, who was picked up last Thursday in Joplin, Mo., after leading police on a three-hour chase.
Cleaver, 25, Colony, is wanted for manslaughter in Neosho County stemming from a fatal traffic accident on Oct. 9, 2009. Cleaver allegedly crossed the center line and collided head-on with another vehicle. The accident took the life of 51-year-old Joseph Bagnato of ...
Perbeck resigns as
USD 503 superintendent
Colleen Surridge Parsons Sun PARSONS — Just days after the regular meeting of the Parsons USD 503 Board of Education, and acceptance of some staff resignations, the board was called into an unanticipated special meeting Thursday night to accept yet another resignation — this one from Superintendent Deborah Perbeck, Ph.D. The board accepted Perbeck’s resignation as superintendent of schools effective June 30. “I’ve been here eight years a...
hits electric pole
Tribune Staff Neosho County Sheriff’s officers responded to an injury accident at 8:41 a.m. Saturday at the intersection of 70th and Ness Roads. According to the accident report, Sonya Harrison, 23, Parsons, was traveling eastbound on 70th Road in her 1998 Pontiac when she lost control of her vehicle. Harrison went into the north ditch and collided with the Ness Road embankment before doing a barrel role, hitting an electric pole and comin...
Art Gallery lists exhibit winners
Chanute Art Gallery, sponsor of the annual Neosho Valley Spring Art Exhibit, has announced the winners. An open house was held on April 4. Brad Wilkerson, art instructor at Neosho County Community College, judged the entries. Twenty-two ribbons were awarded, with Best of Show going to Emily Corbett, Iola, for a charcoal entitled, “Unloved.” The exhibit of 58 works of art will be on view through the month at 17 N. Lincoln. Hours are 11-4 Mo...
Pool discussions to dominate Monday city meeting
Tribune Staff Harold Campbell Tribune Reporter Aquatic center matters will highlight discussion at the next Chanute City Commission meeting at 7 p.m. Monday. The commission is scheduled to consider a proposed joint agreement with the Chanute Recreation Commission for rental of the city-owned Chanute Recreation Center and city-owned ballfields as well as consider a proposal to name the aquatic center after Norma and Keith Maring and a pro...