Southwind Extension District hires youth development agent
Jennifer Murphy is the new K-State Research and Extension 4-H youth development agent for Southwind Extension in Erie.
Murphy earned her Bachelor’s degre in family and consumer sciences from Pittsburg State University. While in college, she worked as a children’s aid for two different mental health centers.
Within the past year, worked as a 4-H program assistant in Kansas State University’s Wildcat Extension District in Girard. Murphy replaced...
Status hearing set for Shields
Brian Shields had his first appearance in Neosho County District Court on Tuesday, facing a felony murder charge among others.
Linus Thuston, Neosho County attorney, reported Shields appeared by video before magistrate judge Leo Gensweider shortly after arriving at the Neosho County Jail at about 2:30 p.m. Shields appeared on the first degree (felony) murder and aggravated burglary charge as well as separate cases of possession with intent to ...
CCA excels at arts festival
On Friday, April 12, the Chanute Christian Academy Junior High and High School traveled to Kansas City, Mo., to participate in the Blue Ridge Fine Arts and Crafts Festival.
Two students, junior Amanda Hancock and 8th grader Alicia Boan, performed vocal solos where Hancock received a I rating and Boan received a II rating. Seventh grader Rayanne McKinsey sent in a craft that received a I rating, along with 7th grader...
Luther to exhibit senior art show at Bethany College
LINDSBORG — Bethany College senior artist Grace Luther from Buffalo will exhibit her senior art show, “Inside Out,” at Mingenback Art Center on campus from April 25 to 30.
A reception will be held on Sunday, April 28, from 2 to 4 p.m. with a gallery talk by the artist at 2:30 p.m. The exhibition and reception are free and open to the public
This exhibition consists of drawings made with primarily soft pastel to create vibrant images. Through ...
Mother celebrates arrest, daughter’s 37th birthday
Throughout the weekend, flowers and stuffed animals accumulated at the makeshift memorial of Cristy Thomas-Wiles, who would have celebrated her 37th birthday Saturday.
Instead of celebrating her daughter’s birthday, Sandra Smedley Barker spent much of Saturday with Wiles’ son, Zebadiah Campbell, who competed at the Pittsburg State University ratings competition playing solo in a piano recital and playing percussio...
County audit reveals $27,000 accounting error
ERIE — Friday morning’s Neosho County Commission meeting included a disappointing audit report. Auditor Rodney Burns of Shlotterbeck & Burns requested that Neosho County immediately hire a full-time payroll clerk after he discovered numerous accounting errors.
Burns recommended the county hire a well-trained, full-time payroll clerk and not rely so much on the online payroll accounting system, Paychex, after sever...
Iola man, 59, diesin fatality accident
A fatality accident killing an Iola man occurred at about 3:42 p
Iola man, 59, diesin fatality accident
A fatality accident killing an Iola man occurred at about 3:42 p.m. Saturday at K-7 and 590th Avenue, about three miles south of Girard.
Richard Sigg, Jr., 59, of Iola was westbound on 590th Avenue, driving a 1963 Studebaker and approaching K-7. Shawn Adam Garbin, 39, of Girard was northbound on K-7 driving a 1999 Dodge Dakota and approaching 590th Avenue. Sigg failed to stop at the sign and his vehicle ...
KVC awarded State contract, plans to move, expand
KVC Behavioral Health Care has been awarded contracts for Reintegration, Foster Care and Adoption and Family Preservation services by the Kansas Department for Children and Families.
These contracts, effective July 1, cover essentially the eastern third of the state by area and include Chanute and southeast Kansas.
“Since 1996, Kansas has been one of only a few states that privatize the majority of their child wel...
Musicians primed for performances Monday and Tuesday at CHS
Chanute High School musicians will be in fine form for their public performances next week after receiving their results from the regional music festival at Pittsburg on Thursday.
The two varsity ensembles, men and women, received I ratings from the judges, as well as the Chanute High School Chorale, and eight soloists. With the exception of the Chorale, the I ratings mean the students will perform again for judges next Saturday, at the stat...
Mel’s Southside Tavern: New and improved
Mel’s Southside Tavern at 9 S. Santa Fe continues to see new renovations and upgrades since reopening in January.
Owner Melissa Bartholomew said they will probably be continuing to update various parts of the restaurant and bar over the next six months.
Among the things that have changed since Bartholomew and husband, Earl Bartholomew, took over the building in December include removing the old bar and putting i...
New commissioner to be seated on Monday
The Chanute City Commission will welcome its newest commissioner, Tim Erickson, and say goodbye to outgoing Mayor Jim Chappell during Monday’s 7 p.m. meeting, which features an agenda item that could affect budgets for the next 10 years.
Erickson joins the commission following a first place finish in the April 2 election after receiving 610 votes, which surpassed incumbents Tim Egner (523), Martha McCoy (522) and...
CRDA, City tight-lipped on new and expanding businesses
Chanute could gain hundreds of new jobs with rumors beginning to gain traction of area business expansion and new businesses set to relocate to the city.
Speculation of new and expanding business began during the April 8 Chanute City Commission meeting when Chanute City Manager J.D. Lester hinted at new revenue prospects while giving his city manager’s report.
“There are a number of things Murray [McGee] is workin...
Legion attempting to get Veterans Memorial project over the hump
As most people are aware, the American Legion Riders have taken on the construction of the Chanute Area Veterans Memorial, said George Culbertson, commander, Borestler – May American Legion Post 170.
A committee was formed to oversee the design and construction of this project.
The focus was, number one, to build an everlasting memorial to the brave men and women who have served this great country both past and future, protecting the many fr...
Annual 413 Art Exhibit features kindergarten to award-winning
USD 413 public relations
More than 400 works of art from drawings to ceramics, paintings and three-dimensional pieces will be among the work exhibited next week during Chanute Public Schools district-wide art fair. Work from each grade level, from kindergarten through middle school and high school will be on display in the commons area of Chanute High School.
This exhibit will also give the public an opportunity to see the high ...
Pipeline project in its infancy
Stacks of oil pipes near train tracks running along Steuben Avenue mark the initial development of a 600-mile oil pipeline, which cuts through northwest Neosho County.
The $2.8 billion Enbridge-Flanagan Pipeline project seeks to run a 36-inch, crude-oil pipeline from Cushing, Okla. to Flanagan, Ill., and parallel to the already operational Spearhead Pipeline.
Once operational, the Endbridge-Flanagan Pipe would inc...
Support for schools doesn’t have to mean dollars and cents
413 Public Relations
In these challenging economic times, parents and the local community can still support their students’ schools without donating a dime. One of the most successful fundraisers for Chanute Elementary and Royster Middle Schools involves just a little bit of time.
The Parent Teacher Organization at CES collects General Mills box tops for education, Best Choice labels and grocery receipts from G& W Foods. At Roy...
Governor signs drug test law for aid recipients
Staff and wire reports
Gov. Sam Brownback said Tuesday that a new law requiring applicants for a welfare program to submit to drug testing was a step toward ending a scourge on the state and break the cycle of poverty.
The Republican governor signed the bill during Statehouse ceremony, saying that the state had an obligation to help residents break their addictions and improve their lives through treatment and jobs training.
“Drug addiction i...
April Sexual Assault Awareness Month
April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month and Hope Unlimited and Neosho Memorial Regional Medical Center are promoting awareness of SANE/SART. (Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner/Sexual Assault Response Team).
Teal ribbons have been wrapped around trees in the community. These ribbons represent victims of sexual assault in Neosho and surrounding counties.
SANE/SART is a community-based, coordinated response to child and adult victims of sexual assa...
Shields apprehended in St. Joseph, Mo.
A tip received by the Chanute Police Department led to a high-speed chase that ended with the arrest of accused murderer Brian Shields in St. Joseph, Mo.
The nearly three-month search for Shields ended Tuesday when he was ejected from the vehicle he crashed in an attempt to avoid stop-sticks placed in the roadway by Missouri Highway Patrol.
Shields remains hospitalized, but local law enforcement has not released in...
DeGeer awarded Alabama beef foundation scholarship
The Alabama Beef Cattle Improvement Foundation (BCIF) awarded a graduate fellowship and two undergraduate scholarships to three outstanding young people at the Alabama Beef Cattle Improvement Association annual meeting and awards program held in conjunction with the 70th annual Alabama Cattlemen’s Association Convention in Birmingham on March 23.
The 2013 Alabama BCIF Graduate Fellowship was awarded to Staci DeGeer, a doctoral student in me...