EPA, KDHE report county’s cancer rate within state’s statistical range
Harold Campbell Tribune Reporter Neosho County has a higher incidence of asthma among young people than the state average, but the county’s rates for cancers and infertility all fall within the statistical range for the state, according to a report given Thursday evening by federal Environmental Protection Agency and Kansas Department of Health and Environment officials at Neosho County Community College. “We don’t know the reason (for t...
Clean air director: Any hazardous waste burning too much
Harold Campbell Tribune Reporter For Neil Carman, any hazardous waste burning is too much. Carman, clean air director for the Sierra Club Lone Star Chapter based in Austin, Texas, was contacted several months ago by the Chanute Environmental Rights Group to study the environmental impacts of the local Ash Grove Cement Co. plant. After 30 years of environmental work, first as a regulator with the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality...
Erie makes plans to improve city park
ERIE — The Erie City Council took action on Monday evening to allow the city to apply for a grant to upgrade the city park. During its regular meeting, the council voted to allow contractors without liability or worker’s compensation insurance to volunteer labor or donate materials to city projects. However, the policy remains that any contractor hired to perform work for the city and is paid compensation must provide proof of liability and...
Ash Grove proud of compliance record
Harold Campbell Tribune Reporter The Chanute Environmental Rights Group website links to articles about mercury emissions from Ash Grove Cement Co.’s cement plant in Durkee, Ore., but Ash Grove officials say a number of differences exist between the Oregon and the Chanute plants. “The most important difference between the two plants is that the limestone at our Durkee plant contains unusually high amounts of mercury, on the order of 100 ...
Financial transaction tax bill sans co-sponsors; kiss of death?
Harold Campbell Tribune Reporter Internet websites and blogs have been full of talk lately about a House bill introduced by a Democratic congressman from Pennsylvania that would add a 1 percent tax on all financial transactions. Introduced by Rep. Chaka Fattah, D-Pa., the bill, HR 4646, is called the Debt Free America Act. Fattah’s bill seeks to eliminate the national debt, repeal the individual income tax and add a new 1 percent tax on a...
Packed Central Park addresses Chanute’s health
Ash Grove, community supporters show up in force Harold Campbell Tribune Reporter Wednesday marked the 129th anniversary of the Shootout at the OK Corral in Tombstone, Ariz. It was also the day when three Kansas City-area lawyers rode into Chanute for a meeting at the Central Park Pavilion to discuss health concerns in the community but instead were met by a crowd of local townsfolk intent on supporting Ash Grove Cement Co. against alle...
Humboldt woman dies on Plummer Road
A Humboldt woman was killed Tuesday afternoon in a one-vehicle accident on Plummer one mile south of the U.S. 169 interchange, the Kansas Highway Patrol reported.
According to the KHP, Donna C. Holinsworth, 59, was driving a 1997 Ford sport utility vehicle north on Plummer about 4:35 p.m. Tuesday when for an unknown reason she lost control of the vehicle. The vehicle then went off the right side of the road and began to spin be...
$25,000 grant to help restore historical downtown buildings
Tribune staff Community National Bank and Trust has been awarded a $25,000 economic development grant to restore historical buildings in the downtown area. Now Chanute business owners on Main Street need to apply for funding. The requirements call for a Main Street member in good standing and the business owner’s building must be in the classified downtown business district. Sharon Stirewalt, executive director of Main Street, said “the ...
— Kiwanis Spook Parade, 6:30 p
Today, Oct. 29
— Kiwanis Spook Parade, 6:30 p.m., Main Street.
Saturday, Oct. 30
— Stark United Methodist Church Fall Festival, 6 to 8 p.m. Chili Cook-off and Pie Contest, Un-scary Costume Parade, games and prizes and hay ride.
— Chanute Historical Museum, 0 E. Elm, open 1 to 4 p.m.
— Haunted Farm, dark till midnight, 730 Illinois Road, 1 mile north of Humboldt then 2 miles west. Free hot dogs and soda, while supplies last. Freewill donation....
Gubernatorial candidate up to the task
Stu Butcher Tribune editor Tom Holland, Democratic candidate for governor, has been hot on the campaign trail the last few weeks. “I can sleep after November 2nd,” he quipped, during a stop at the Tribune on Thursday. Holland said one of the keystones of his campaign is an economic development plan, which includes quality job growth, continuing investments in education and technical work force training. He said voters have warmed up to...
Chanute small-community model of ultra-high-speed communications
Harold Campbell Tribune Reporter With the clock ticking down closer to Google’s expected decision about where it will construct an ultra-high-speed fiber optics system, interest remains high in Chanute’s bid, Rebecca Wood, city finance director, said this week. “It would sound pie-in-the-sky, but our current fiber assets along with Google data prove that we are strongly in the running,” she said. “I have worked with many great teams on ...
Robinson repeats as Elks Soccer Shoot state champion
Elijah Robinson, Chanute, won for the second year in a row the boys under 8 division at the Elks State Soccer Shoot competition in El Dorado on Saturday, Oct. 16. Elijah now advances to the Mid-America championship where he will compete against seven other state champions from Colorado, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Texas, and Minnesota. “The weather held up, and the shooters were ready,” said Kansas Elks Association Soccer Chairm...
Houser was fired by county, but capabilities debated
Harold Campbell Tribune Reporter In response to a number of Ask the Tribune questions and letters to the editor, opponents and supporters of Republican 1st District Neosho County Commission Patricia Houser are debating her work record in the county road and bridge department and engineer’s offices. Former Neosho County Road and Bridge Director Larry Dillinger, rural Parsons, said Houser worked as a secretary in his office, but he let her...
City locks in low natural gas prices
Harold Campbell Tribune Reporter Chanute natural gas customers could get some relief on their heating bills this winter after city officials were able to lock in the lowest natural gas storage costs Chanute has had in about six years, Larry Gates, city utilities director, said Wednesday. “This is something I’m really thrilled with,” Gates said. “We feel very good about our winter costs this year.” Gates said he was able to purchase 165,...
Disc golf proving popular pastime
Stu Butcher Tribune editor Disc golf is growing on some Chanute residents. In the spring, Isaac Klugh organized building a 9-hole course at Highland Park as an Eagle Scout project. And some enthusiasts are glad he did. “I want to thank him,” said Steve Tunnell, Chanute resident. “I have been throwing there since it was first installed. I have met a half dozen other throwers since then and have made some good friends.” The group is hopi...
Johnsons on 8 Wonders of Kansas People list
INMAN — After six weeks of voting, the Kansas Sampler Foundation announced the results of the 8 Wonders of Kansas People contest, and Martin and Osa Johnson were in the top eight. The top 8 vote getters, in alphabetical order, are: • Amelia Earhart was the first woman aviatrix to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean. She set many other aviation records but disappeared in a record-setting attempt around the equator in 1937. 1897-1937. Atchis...
One Sunday afternoon a little girl was intently drawing and coloring on a large piece of paper. Dad asked her what she was doing. She replied that she was drawing a picture of God. “But nobody knows what God looks like”, dad said. “They will when I get done!” she answered. What is your picture of God? What is your image of God? Our heart’s picture of God determines what kind of relationship we can have with Him. It affects our morals, our ...
Ash Grove performs better than government testing standards
Tribune Staff The Ash Grove Cement Company’s Chanute cement manufacturing plant has submitted a notice of compliance that Ash Grove officials say demonstrates the company’s success in outperforming U.S. and Kansas environment testing standards for the Hazardous Waste Combustor National Emissions Standard for Hazardous Air Pollutants. “We are pleased to submit today Ash Grove’s compliance notice to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency...
Three St. Paul residents arrested in meth bust
Tribune Staff Three persons were arrested on drug-related charges Friday after a search warrant was conducted on a residence at 809 Main in St. Paul, the Neosho County Sheriff’s Office reported Tuesday. Sheriff Jim Keath said a working methamphetamine lab and well as a small quantity of methamphetamine were seized during the raid. Arrested were Clayton E. Mateer, 43, Debra Mateer, 47, and Tinesha N. McPherson, 29, all of 809 N. Main in S...
— Chanute bloodmobile, 9 a
Today, Oct. 27 — Chanute bloodmobile, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Church of the Nazarene, 14th and Plummer. Thursday, Oct. 28 — Birthday dinner at Senior Citizen Center, noon, 1717 W. Main. — TOPS KS 779, weigh-in 5 p.m., meeting, 5:30, 521 W. 14th, Hampton Apartments community room. Call 431-1196 for information. — CHS football at Girard, 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 30 — Stark United Methodist Church Fall Festival, 6 to 8 p.m. Chili Cook-off and Pi...