413 board has concerns about school
At Wednesday’s meeting of the USD 413 Board of Education, members expressed serious concerns about how a recent “bomb threat” was handled. Police evacuated all schools late in the afternoon on a school day. A suspect was apprehended, but no charges were filed by the county attorney. The suspect was not a student.
It was decided that the fact the individual who made the threat was not charged was a serious matter and the board ...
Fugitives caught in robbery scheme
PARSONS — A fugitive task force in Johnson County, which included federal agencies, arrested two Parsons men Monday for warrants alleging their involvement in recent home invasions in rural Labette County.
On Tuesday afternoon, officers from the Labette County Sheriff’s Department and the Parsons Police Department returned the two men to Parsons from the Kansas City area.
Brady T. Downing, also known as Brady Gage, 19, Parsons, an...
Official search called off for missing man
Wilson County Sheriff Office personnel, along with search and rescue outfits from around the region, have called off the official search of missing 44-year-old Kennon Landry of Neodesha, although volunteers are still at the scene, according to a release issued Tuesday by the sheriff’s department.
More than 250 people were part of a massive search and rescue effort of Landry who was reported missing on Friday, Dec. 2 when his wrecked truck wa...
Partial lunar eclipse on horizon
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Waking up early on a Saturday morning can be hard, especially if you like to sleep in on the weekends. But if willing to set the alarm for an early wake up you might be rewarded by being able to watch a partial lunar eclipse. The western United States will be the favored place to watch this eclipse, but even people living in the Midwest will be able to enjoy at least part of this celestial event. And this migh...
List of charges faced after arrest of fugitive
As reported Tuesday, Garrett Cleaver, 26, Colony, sought by local law enforcement after allegedly threatening a Humboldt police officer with an assault rifle before leading police on a chase through Allen County two weeks ago, has been arrested in Missouri.
Cleaver was arrested by U.S. Marshals Service officers without incident Monday afternoon at a north Springfield, Mo., hotel.
The Iola Register reported law enforcement there was acting on ...
K-Staters making bowl travel plans
MANHATTAN – The K-State Alumni Association is offering multiple travel options to Arlington, Texas for the Wildcats’ trip to the 2012 AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic on Friday, Jan. 6.
“We are very proud of Coach Snyder, his staff and the team for their outstanding season, and we are excited to again offer the official university travel packages for the AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic,” said Amy Button Renz, president and CEO of the Alumni Association. “Th...
Food Bank draws community support
More than 100 volunteers were on hand to assist with Monday’s food bank at the old high school gym.
Debi Kreutzman, Wichita public relations director for the Kansas Mobile Food Pantry, said Monday’s event dovetailed an earlier food bank in Chanute held in late August. “This is in response to our late summer food drive,” Kreutzman said. “We hope entering the Christmas season that this mobile pantry will complim...
Two funny ladies take Fire-Escape stage Sunday night
Benefit performance is open to the public
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Local residents who enjoyed an evening with comedian Ron McGehee last fall have an opportunity to hear the other side of the story.
McGehee’s wife, standup comic and author Kerri Pomarolli, will be in Chanute Sunday night to entertain residents along with special guest Kristin Weber in “a night with two funny ladies.”
Like the comedy night with Ron McGehee, Ker...
Cleaver nabbed in Springfield motel
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – A Springfield television station reported Alfred C. Lomax, the United States Marshal for the Western District of Missouri, has announced the arrest of fugitive Garrett G. Cleaver.
On Monday investigators with the U.S. Marshals-Southern Missouri Fugitive Task Force located and arrested the fugitive in Springfield. Cleaver, 26, was charged in Allen County with two counts of Aggravated Assault on a Law Enforcement Officer, Poss...
Neodesha resident missing since late Friday
Wilson County law enforcement officials are continuing their search for a missing Neodesha man. Kennon Landry, 44, was last seen Friday, Dec. 2, at around 10 p.m. returning from a friend’s home, family members said.
Landry’s wrecked truck was located on 1300 Road near Ottawa Road near Altoona but no sign of Landry was found. Following an extensive canine ground search that yielded no clues, Wilson County Sheriff’s Office personn...
Mobile food pantry giveaway on Monday
Another mobile food pantry organized by the FireEscape Coffee House, the Chanute Community Foundation and the Kansas Food Bank is planned for Monday.
The pantry will be open from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday, Dec. 5, at the Ralph Miller Gym at 400 S. Highland.
FireEscape Coffee House program director Gaylen Lawrence said the previous mobile pantry in September came with enough food for 500 people, and gave food to 450.
“It’s really set up the sam...
Joplin’s Williams deals with aftermath of May tornado
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JOPLIN, Mo. — Before he could worry about what drills to run and what plays to perfect, and before he could even attempt to assess his team’s strengths and weaknesses, Jeff Williams had something more pressing to figure out -- where his team would actually practice.
The Chanute native and third year head coach of the Joplin High School boys basketball team has been forced to compromise and change plans quick...
Phase IV of 160th (Shaw)-Elk Road project complete
ERIE — The Neosho County Board of Commissioners were told Friday by George Finical, inspection personnel with Cook, Flatt & Strobel Engineers, P.A., (CFS) Phase IV of the 160th (Shaw)-Elk Road Improvement Project road would be turned over to the county after Friday. La Forge & Budd Construction Co., Inc. finished this project four and one-half weeks ahead of schedule, Finical said. The commissioners thanked George for the work he did for them...
Schools present music programs
Music will abound in the next week as the vocal and instrumental students from Chanute Public Schools present their winter programs for the public.
Bringing in the season are the instrumental students from Royster Middle School and Chanute High School who will present a combined concert on Monday, Dec. 5, under the direction of James Kelso. The concert begins at 7 p.m. in the CHS Auditorium.
Performing that night is the Royster Sixth Grade Ba...
Galesburg anti bullying program finds success
GALESBURG — Once seen by some as a right of passage in school, bullying has escalated to a monumental problem worldwide with the severity of the problem expanding through bullies’ use of technology.
Long gone are the days when a student could escape from bullying at school to the security of his or her home.
“A lot of this bullying happening now happens through texting and Facebook. It used to be you got away from...
Renovation of Murray Hill in progress
The Midwest Housing Equity Group, Inc. (MHEG), along with the Foutch Brothers, LLC announced this fall the acquisition of Murray Hill Senior Apartments, LP in Chanute from Silver Lion Development Co.
The 24-unit senior development involves the renovation of historic Murray Hill Elementary School at 400 West 3rd.
Renovation efforts hit a snag two years ago.
According to a 2009 article in the Tribune, following ...
Brill responds to dismissal
Chanute Police Officer Robert Brill was fired Nov. 11 from the police department for undisclosed reasons.
Because Brill’s job was a non-elected position, city officials are not able to comment on the details of his dismissal. City Manager J.D. Lester said only that the city “employs a practice of progressive discipline.”
Brill told the Tribune he moved to Chanute from Wichita midway through his junior year of ...
Officials investigate Parsons home invasions
PARSONS — A rural Parsons couple were tied up and robbed in their home Monday night by three armed intruders.
The couple, Kenneth and Doris Stice, were unharmed but gave up an undisclosed amount of cash and jewelry to the intruders. This is the second home invasion in eight days in the same rural area.
The Stices called 911 at 8:53 p.m. Monday to report the robbery. No arrests have been made.
The first home invasion was reported a...
Historic Waller home to be open for tours
While aesthetic touches are still in the works, Chanute’s historic Waller home, a 1904 neoclassic mansion on South Highland, will be open for a public tour from 1-5 p.m. on Saturday as the first of two public tours slated for December.
Saturday will benefit Castaways Animal Shelter and Sanctuary and the next Saturday the open house will benefit Chanute Art Gallery.
Owner Carol Roberts began restoration efforts ...
Commissioners amend refuse rate ordinance
Chanute City Commissioners approved an amendment to the refuse rate ordinance for a $.75 increase for customers inside the city limits at Monday’s regular meeting. In addition, customers residing outside the city will see a rate increase of one and a half times the city rate increase.
Commissioners have reviewed refuse budgets in previous work sessions. Commissioners noted budgets and expenditures of the utilit...