Former resident to become state chaplain
Chaplain (Lt. Col.) David Jenkins, former pastor of First Christian Church in Chanute, will become the state chaplain for the Kansas National Guard at a transfer of authority ceremony at 2 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 8 at Nickell Armory, Room 115, 2722 SW Topeka Blvd., Topeka.
During the ceremony, Chaplain (Col.) Donald Davidson will hand over the Kansas National Guard’s Chaplain Corps to Jenkins. Davidson is retiring from the military, having served ...
USD 413 Board hears cost of HVAC at Royster
At the USD 413 school board regular meeting on Tuesday, Dwayne Baughn of Integrated Consulting Engineers, Inc. presented his recommendations for upgrading the HVAC (heating and cooling systems) of Royster Middle School.
Integrated Consulting Engineers was previously hired by the board to do an analysis of the HVAC systems at Royster Middle School.
Baughn said that the HVAC systems that run most of the building a...
Slane’s legacy includes giving to Chanute
Bill Slane was 95 when he passed on Dec. 18, and he was an ambassador for the Chanute community many of those years.
“I traveled with Bill and Dorothy to a large area of Kansas,” said friend Jim Whaley. “My take on Bill, first of all, he never met a stranger. He would talk to anybody about historical events and he would tell them about Chanute and what it had to offer.”
Bill enjoyed eyeing the map to find places a f...
KSAAP melt-pour tower comes down
PARSONS — Seventy years after the Kansas Army Ammunition Plant (KSAAP) was built in 1941, in the United States support of World War II effort in Europe, the first of the TNT melt-pour towers is down.
The tower’s demolition is part of the remediation process that is preparing the site for a new life as a “mega-site” industrial park. Gator Demolition, Joplin, Mo., was the contractor bringing down the three-story tower of Building 905 on Monday....
Ghost Hunt Jan. 13 at Safari Museum
Bag a ghost at the Martin and Osa Johnson Safari Museum in Chanute during a special paranormal investigation Friday, Jan. 13 from 8 pm until 2 am.
Ghost activity at the museum includes the entities of a woman and a train conductor as well as the sounds of ghostly music and footsteps.
“Staff have seen a woman’s figure near the front entrance, and we actually photographed a ghostly woman’s face,” explains Museum Director Jacquelyn Borgeson, “...
Vehicle rollover victim expected to make a full recovery, children released from hospital
A 27 year-old Chanute woman is expected to make a full recovery following injuries sustained in a one-vehicle rollover on Katy Road Thursday afternoon. Aaron Vanatta and her two children, six-year-old son Jaden and six-month-old daughter Aliah were injured when their southbound vehicle overturned near a ditch.
Aaron was airlifted to Wesley Hospital in Wichita while Jaden and Aliah were taken by ambulance to Neosho Memorial Regional Medical Ce...
Locals reveal 2012 resolutions
For most folks, New Year’s resolutions come and go. Some remain the same each year while other goals shift focus.
According to Wikipedia, a New Year’s resolution is a commitment that an individual makes to one or more lasting goals, projects or the reforming of a habit.
“You hit a goal, you achieve a goal. You keep a resolution,” says Gretchen Rubin, author of the best-seller The Happiness Project.
A New Year’...
County amends 2011 budget
ERIE — At Friday’s meeting of the Neosho County Board of Commissioners a public hearing was held on amending the county’s 2011 budget. The amendment would increase the Noxious Weed fund from $68,500 to $72,485, increase the Appraiser’s fund from $261,000 to $278,183, and increase the Special Alcohol Program fund from $4,840 to $7,602. The money for these additional amounts is already in these funds, but the budgets for the funds need increase...
Emprise Bank’s annual Adopt a Child program another successful project
A total of 156 local children were reached during this year’s Adopt a Child program sponsored by Emprise Bank of Chanute.
The annual holiday event involved signing up families and distributing Christmas gifts to children in need, according to event organizer Sheryl Dick.
“Several classes from Royster Middle School¬†are involved as well. Royster students adopted a total of 40 children this year which is amazing,” Dick said.¬†
“They put on man...
Erie continues Westar contract negotiations
ERIE — The city of Erie continues to try to renegotiate a contract with Westar Energy for the Erie Energy Center.
During a regular meeting on Monday evening, the Erie City Council approved payment of $2,637 to Rubenstein & Pitts for special legal counsel for contract negotiations with Westar.
During a special meeting in August, Westar representatives told the council the company will continue honoring the terms of a contract with the city to ...
CNB promotes Daniels to VP
Community National Bank & Trust has announced that Debby Daniels was promoted to Vice President. Daniels has been with Community National Bank & Trust for more than 14 years. Daniels manages an array of responsibilities as supervisor of all tellers and receptionist activities at the main bank, including deposit operations.
“The bank greatly appreciates her talents, hard work and long-time dedication to the bank,” said Diane Myers, VP/BSA of...
Firefighters give coats to kids
The Chanute Firefighters Association, Local 64, is making sure that kids have coats for the winter.
Chad Small, a Chanute firefighter, did a photo shoot for a firefighter calendar for the Kansas Firefighter Museum in Wichita last year. There was a coat drive put on by the firefighters in Wichita and Small brought some of the surplus back to Chanute.
“This year our union took it on as our pet project,” he said
Parents of slain woman retire organization
Mother of victim in 1993 a Chanute native
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LEAWOOD — The parents of a Pittsburg State University to advocate for crime victims.
Stephanie Schmidt was kidnapped and slain just before her 20th birthday in 1993 by Donald Ray Gideon, a convicted felon who worked with her at a restaurant. He was convicted of her murder and is serving a life sentence.
KSHB-TV reports Gene and Peggy Schmidt are retiring the organization “Speak O...
Erie teacher to help review science standards
Virginia Wolken, a physics teacher at Erie High School, has been selected to be part of the Kansas Committee to review the national Next Generation Science Standards.
Kansas was selected to be one of 20 states taking part in the review this past July. The Kansas Committee has 62 members, including Wolken and other science teachers, Kansas politicians and industry leaders.
The Framework for the Standards was released by the National Research ...
Legislators eye ‘jobs first’ initiative
Democrats in the Kansas Legislature are proposing a set of bills to bring jobs to Kansas.
Senate Democratic Leader Anthony Hensley, Topeka, and House Democratic Leader Paul Davis, Lawrence, along with members of the House and Senate Democratic caucuses, announced Dec. 20 the “Kansas Jobs First” plan that includes 14 bills to be introduced during the 2012 Legislative session.
Of particular interest to southeast K...
Police respond to self-inflicted wound
The Chanute police reported at mid-day on Tuesday that the department sometime had responded to a self-inflicted wound. They said they were releasing this information to dispel rumors, however, no other information was released, pending an official statement that has not yet been received by The Tribune.
Next hearing for Whittley on Jan. 24
Laura Whittley, the former Thayer City Clerk, did not have a status hearing on Tuesday at 9:30 a.m. as ...
Library mural depicts history of Neosho Co.
Local history enthusiasts searching for a visual history of Neosho County won’t have far to look.
Neosho Community College’s Chapman Library houses a historical mural depicting major highlights of the history of the county.
Researched and painted by Winfield artist Marjorie Hall Bicker in 1998, the 95-foot by 9.5 foot mural winds around the wall above the library’s reading area.
“This is one of the best linear ...
Thirteenth annual candle lighting in St. Paul
ST. PAUL — For the 13th year, a candle lighting will be held the day after Christmas on Monday at 6:30 p.m. at the St. Francis Catholic Church in St. Paul.
The candle lighting is the Wagner family’s way to give back to the community an event that can dedicate memories to those lost in a joyful, religious setting, no matter what denomination.
“It is meaningful to us because there were so many people who showed their sympathy and ways of caring...
City ends relationship with Fry Technology
After investing nearly $300,000, the City of Chanute has pulled out of an agreement that leaves the city with little to show for its money.
Following 18 months with little progress, the city has officially terminated its working relationship with Fry Environmental Technology (FET) and its president, John Fry.
Fry was to head a tire reclamation project in an agreement approved by the city commission in July 201...
Urbana residents request return of four-way stop
ERIE — County commissioners heard requests Thursday from Urbana residents to replace a four-way stop intersection.
Everett and Joy Underwood, Urbana, asked why they changed the four-way stop intersection to a two-way stop intersection. Underwood said there are children who ride their bicycles and people who walk and ride their horses on that road so he wants it changed back to a four-way stop. The commissioners agreed to have Road & Bridge Di...