Steps taken to improve local truancy cases
USD 413 and the Neosho County District Court have begun working on improving how truancy is handled between the school district and district court.
Neosho County Attorney Melissa Dugan said truancy cases are filed as soon as the county attorney’s office receives a report from the high school, but there have been problems with truancy reporting.
Allen County Attorney Wade Bowie, who serves as the assistant county ...
Roads, economic development and Ash Grove highlight joint meeting
Chanute city commissioners and Neosho County commissioners gathered for a 45-minute joint session during the city commission’s regular meeting Monday.
The session was for discussion purposes only and no action was taken.
The first topic of discussion dealt with funding issues regarding road maintenance and renovation work of Plummer Avenue and old highway 169.
The current sales tax for county equipment use on r...
Local archers compete in Hays meet
On March 31, 18 local youth archers attended a meet in Hays.
Archers shoot three rounds of five arrows at two different distances of 10 and 15 meters. A perfect score would be 300. This sport is broken by grade divisions, 4th-6th grade, 7th -8th grade and 9th -12th grade.
More than 250 archers competed in this meet with the top five in each division qualifying for nationals in Kentucky.
“Although we were a little low on our scores to qualify ...
Poverty simulation event planned at CES
The Southeast Kansas Community Action Program and Neosho County Agency Resource Team are bringing a poverty simulation to Chanute.
The event will he held from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, April 24 at the Chanute Elementary Cafeteria.
Participants role-play members of families who live below the poverty line, and go through a simulated month of trying to make ends meet with a limited amount of income and resources. Participants are assigned certa...
Martin and Osa Johnson on safari¬†
Osa describes experience with animals
The story of Martin and Osa Johnson is one of adventure, courage, and love.¬†Photographers, explorers, naturalists, and authors, Martin and Osa Johnson studied the wildlife and peoples of East and Central Africa, the South Pacific Islands, and British North Borneo.¬†They explored then unknown lands and brought back knowledge of civilizations thousands of miles away through their films, writings, and lectu...
Downtown Action Team in Humboldt
begins bandstand renovation
HUMBOLDT — Beginning this weekend, Humboldt’s Downtown Action Team will start its work on renovating the bandstand in Humboldt’s City Square Park.
The DAT discussed its current and future plans at a press conference Monday morning held at Stacy Cakes, a new bakery on the Humboldt Square.¬†
The bandstand was first constructed in 1907 to celebrate the 50-year anniversary of the founding of Humboldt in 1857.¬†
Erie elementary students tend to greenhouse
ERIE — Seed-starting trays filled with green sprouts and young, hearty vegetable plants and flowers line the floor of the greenhouse beside the former Erie High School vocational building.
“The high school built the greenhouse, but I don’t know when. I know they got a grant to build it, but it has sat empty for a long time,” said Erie Elementary fourth-grade teacher Lisa Maher.
“The fourth-grade stude...
Big Brothers Big Sisters receives donation from Emprise Bank
Emprise Bank has wrapped its annual United Way fundraising campaign with this year’s funding benefitting Big Brother Big Sisters of Allen and Neosho counties.
“There were many successes from this year’s campaign,” said Emprise Branch Manager and BBBS Chanute board member Carolyn Olson. “Emprise employee efforts resulted in raising a total of $143,150 for various charities company-wide.”
Chanute, Iola, Humboldt...
Project 17 Spring Summit set for April 13
IOLA — Project 17, the Southeast Kansas regionalization initiative, will be holding its spring 2012 regional summit Friday, April 13 from 9-11:30 a.m. at the St. John’s Parish Hall in Iola.
Project 17 is a regionalization initiative named after the 17 counties traditionally considered southeast Kansas. It emerged from a joint effort of the four southeast Kansas senators: Pat Apple, Jeff King, Bob Marshall and Dwayne Umbarger. The foundation o...
NCCC to host intergenerational baseball game on April 21
Grab the peanuts and Cracker Jacks and mark those calendars for the annual intergenerational baseball game Saturday, April 21 at 1 p.m. at NCCC’s Hudson Field.
Admission to the annual event is free of charge as the Panthers take on Cowley College.
Pregame activities begin at 12:30 with free concessions, autographed baseballs from the NCCC baseball team, face painting, the presentation of the colors from members ...
County on hold until April 11 on appraisal
ERIE -- Neosho County commissioners will have to wait another five days before the county receives the final tax appraisal on Ash Grove Cement, said county appraiser David Thornton during Thursday’s regular meeting.
“We’ll have the appraisal from Hadco in hand, guaranteed next Wednesday (April 11),” Thornton told the commission. Thornton added that the appraisal could possibly be delivered to him electronically...
State to furlough court workers
The Thirty-First Judicial District courts in Allen, Neosho, Wilson and Woodson counties as well as other district court offices across the state, will be closed for five Fridays starting in April and ending in June.
The furlough days (court clerks and other state court workers will be on unpaid leave these days) are set for April 13 and 27, May 11 and 25 and June 8.
The scheduled court closings are necessary because of the Legislature’s failu...
Egg Hunt at Elks Lake rescheduled
The Chanute Elks Lodge 806 Easter Egg Hunt Saturday has been rescheduled for Sunday, April 15 at 1:30 p.m. at the Chanute Elks Lake (north of Chanute). There will be more than 6,000 plastic eggs to find.
Children up to 5th grade are invited to participate.
Gov. Brownback on hand for Spirit ribbon cutting
A new 55,000-square-foot manufacturing facility owned by Spirit AeroSystems Inc. formally opened Thursday in Chanute. Governor Sam Brownback and Commerce Secretary Pat George joined company leaders, workers and other special guests at a ribbon cutting and grand opening ceremony.
“This facility represents a great accomplishment for Spirit AeroSystems, Chanute, and Kansas,” Gov. Brownback said.
“It brings to bear some of the best assets that Ka...
Area trucker in Dallas during tornado
Staff and wire reports
Stunning video from Dallas showed big-rig trailers tossed into the air and spiraling like footballs on Tuesday. An area trucker was a first-hand witness.
Van Ward, a truck driver from Independence, was coming back to the Schneider National Terminal at I-20 and Bonnieview Road outside of Dallas from a re-certification training drive as the tornado was approaching the terminal.
“We could see the tornado coming from the s...
Angleton serves on national student council advisory board
Royster Middle School 8th grader Jenny Angleton is a leader in her school, and for the last two years she has been working with student leaders at the national level as well.
Angleton, along with Royster administrator Lori Kiblinger, will finish terms on the National Association of Student Councils Advisory Council in June.
Angleton has the honor of being the only middle school student in the nation to have a sea...
USD 413 briefs
Chanute Elementary opens doors for Kindergarten Roundup
Parents and their soon-to-be kindergartners will have an opportunity to visit Chanute Elementary School on two different dates this month.
Kindergarten Roundup will be held on April 17 and 26. Parents and their children should arrive at the school by 6 p.m.
Parents will hear about classroom curriculum, necessary immunizations and records they need to have to enroll their child in school ...
Beyond spry: Age an asset for fitness enthusiast
Kansas State Extension
MANHATTAN – Don’t let Marge Neely’s small stature -- just five feet early in the morning and after a good stretch – or age fool you.
At 92, when many of her contemporaries have slowed down, she’s recruiting participants for Walk Kansas, said Sharolyn Jackson, state coordinator for the annual K-State Research and Extension fitness challenge.
The eight-week statewide fitness effort encourages teams of six to compile mile...
Forensics is not CSI: Eighth graders prepare for high school enrollment
USD 413 public relations
It’s spring in Chanute Public Schools. That means the school counselors are gearing up to enroll more than 600 students who will be attending high school this fall. At the same time, the middle school counselors are putting in extra hours to ensure that Royster eighth graders are ready for that move to high school.
“The first year as freshmen is rough. Kids make a lot of mistakes they wouldn’t make if ...
Peer group issues discipline at Royster
USD 413 public relations
Assistant Principal Lori Kiblinger was ready to try something different.
Counselor Bruce Turner came up with a possible plan and now a group of students is prepared to issue consequences when their peers break the rules at Royster Middle School.
Cameron Dietsch, Brooks Hartman, Madi Rollins, Savannah Hastings, Jenny Angleton and Kenton Allen are now sitting on a Peer Review Board at the middle school. T...