CHS students study Chinese in two-week program
Chanute High School students are finishing a two-week course in Chinese this week with a trip to the University of Kansas.
The StarTalk program, from The University of Kansas Confucius Institute, is designed to give beginners a jump start in the Chinese language.
Students are taught using various methods by instructors at the Confucius Institute through an online video chat.
The class meets every weekday from 8:30 a.m. t...
Factory Connection fashion
announces Chanute location
Factory Connection has announced a new location in Chanute.
Factory Connection offers a wide selection of fashion forward clothes in Junior, Misses, Plus Size, Young Men’s/Men’s, Accessories and Shoes for that fashion conscious individual, who wants the latest styles and trends.
Factory Connection advertises between 25 and 70 percent off department store prices on name brand clothes.
The new location will open around the middle of July, at ...
Dads and babies
The best birthday present was when my oldest daughter arrived on my 26th birthday. I will never forget holding her at two o’clock in the morning and I swear she looked right into my eyes. Doctors say that is impossible but I know better. I bonded with her.
I remember the first of many diapers. My gag reflex was in full operation. The strongest, strangest smells come from the most beautiful babies.
Babies come ready to bond. Bond now because t...
AT&T expands Aspire program that benefitted Erie High School
TOPEKA — As access to skilled workers becomes increasingly vital to the U.S. economy, AT&T* has launched a quarter-billion-dollar campaign to help more students graduate from high school ready for careers and college, and to ensure the country is better prepared to meet global competition.
AT&T held an event Tuesday in Topeka with Gov. Sam Brownback to discuss the latest 5-year, $250 million nationwide commitment the company has made to its A...
Taco Tuesday returning next week
The long wait will end on Tuesday, June 19, as Taco John’s will reopen its Chanute location at 1503 South Santa Fe. Two VIP events, by invitation only, are planned for Monday, June 18 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
A fire in December 2011 forced the Chanute operation to close its doors for a seven-month period.
“The VIP will serve as a dry run and will allow us to put all the pressure on the e...
Prairie Peddlers Flea Market to hold grand opening Saturday
Prairie Peddlers Flea Market, 24 West Main, will hold its grand opening on Saturday, June 16 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Hot dogs and refreshments will be served, said owner Royce Mueller.
“We’ll also hold drawings for in-store coupons and merchandise,” Mueller said, adding that selected items will be marked half-price.
Mueller and co-owner Barbara Bogle opened Prairie Peddlers in mid-April.
The store features anti...
City accepts 2011 audit
Chanute city commissioners approved the adoption of the 2011 audit at their regular meeting Monday. The audit was presented at the May 29 meeting by the public accounting firm of Jarred, Gilmore and Phillips. State statute requires municipalities with receipts or bonds in excess of $275,000 to have an annual audit prepared.
In other business, commissioners accepted the 2013 tourism budget.
Per an agreement bet...
Bunch plans retirement, Jones taking
Dr. Scotty Bunch is making plans to retire after 30 years at Alphacare Chiropractic and Rehabilitation Center.
Alphacare does chiropractic, rehabilitation, and nutrition. They have patients from a large portion of southeast Kansas.
Bunch graduated from the National College of Chiropractic in Lombard, Ill., in December of 1982. He came to Chanute in February of 1983 and opened the practice in April of that year. H...
Haire opens working museum for Civil War Days
HUMBOLDT — Patrick Haire’s cabinet making business at 118 8th street in Humboldt was open for tours on Sunday during Humboldt’s Civil War Days.
Haire uses woodworking equipment from the Civil War era to create custom furniture and cabinets. The shop is a “working museum.”
“I’ve got pieces going back to 1865 and some as ‘modern’ as about 1910,” he said.
Haire gave tours of his business to show the way that woodworking was done in that time ...
Professor Farquar show at Humboldt for first time
HUMBOLDT — Professor Farquar’s Great American Medicine Show came to Humboldt’s Civil War Days for the first time this weekend.
Professor Farquar and Polecat Annie, husband and wife Sanford and Mary Kay Lee, perform in about 10 states a year, recreating an 1860s medicine show.
“We’ve played all over the great state of Kansas,” Mary Kay Lee said, “All the way to the Colorado border and back.”
The medicine show was...
Love in the face of death
Pam and Kenny Woods, Chanute, know firsthand the bittersweet blend of love and death.
Like many relationships, the Woods have tasted bounty and hardship since their first meeting 46 years ago.
“Our story is one of love and fate. I believe in both,” said Pam who is a native of Washington State. “I met Kenny, the love of my life, in 1966 in my home state. His family is originally from Kansas but his father was i...
renovation honors 50th anniversary
Dave and Alice Robinson of Chanute celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary last weekend and were honored with the renovation of the tandem bicycle that they have owned for more than two generations.
“My sister and I grew up riding that bicycle,” said daughter Amy Hendrickson. “It had been in storage for over 20 years and my sister and I snuck it out of their storage unit and decided to give it a makeover.”
Main and Lincoln construction to begin
On Sunday, June 10 by approximately 11 p.m., city crews will begin to close the intersection of Main/LIncoln from old Santa Fe to the first alley east of Main and Lincoln and Elm and Lincoln, south to First and Lincoln.
Traffic will be rerouted around the construction site. Traffic has been temporarily changed to two-way traffic on the first block of South Santa Fe with parking prohibited to allow for the flow of traffic around the constructi...
Music in the Park concert Saturday
Salty Dog is the featured band at the first Music in the Park concert of 2012. The concert will be held this Saturday, June 9, at the Fiesta Grounds at Santa Fe Park beginning at 6:30 p.m.
BooBoo’s Concessions will be on site with curly fries, funnel cakes and more for sale. There is no entry fee and coolers are allowed. Some picnic table seating will be available, but attendees are encouraged to bring their own lawn chairs.
The Past Blasters...
11th triennial Civil War Days this weekend in Humboldt
HUMBOLDT — The clock will be turned back, way back, at Humboldt’s Camp Hunter Park this weekend.
The 11th Triennial Humboldt Civil War Days will be held Friday, Saturday and Sunday in Humboldt
The festivities start this evening at 7 p.m. with a Civil War Dance at the Humboldt Elementary School multipurpose room.
Professional prefector Robert Thomas will guide authentic era dances with music performed by the Camp Hunter String Band — Cara, Ro...
Lincoln, Main intersection project to begin Monday
The Lincoln and Main Street intersection renovation project is set to begin Monday, June 11, with the rerouting of traffic and the closure of certain sections of streets in and around the downtown area. However, businesses will still be open during the entire duration.
Portions of Main Street and Lincoln will be closed during construction. Traffic will be detoured to North Highland from East 1st to East Elm. Com...
Part of 7th Street to be closed for gala
The City of Chanute has announced that 7th Street will be closed from South Westview Drive to Country Club Road on Saturday, June 9, from 5 p.m. to midnight.
The Martin and Osa Johnson Safari Museum will be holding its annual Gala Safari fundraiser at 627 S. Westview Drive. Traffic will be re-routed in this area as a safety precaution.
Webb reunion Sunday at Central Park
The 78th Webb family reunion will be held on Sunday, June 10 at the ...
Former NASA employee, Chanute native witnesses shuttle replica transfer
A mock-up of the Space Shuttle, known as Explorer, recently completed a journey of more than 1,200 miles from Cape Canaveral to the Johnson Space Center. Former NASA employee and Chanute resident Ken Lassmann was able to experience the end of the six-day voyage.
Lassmann, a 1976 graduate of Chanute High School and 17-year employee at NASA, witnessed the arrival of Explorer as it made its trek from Galveston Bay ...
Umbarger files for Kansas Senate
Kansas Sen. Dwayne Umbarger, a Thayer Republican, on Friday filed for re-election to the 14th District seat in the Kansas Senate. Umbarger has represented the southeast Kansas district since 1997.
“Kansas is on the right track compared to the mess that’s going on in other states and Washington, D.C.,” said Umbarger. “In the Senate, I have worked hard to keep us on track and protect the things that matter most to Southeast Kansas — our jobs, o...
General Public Transportation ending June 30
Tri-Valley Developmental Services has been providing General Public Transportation to the City of Chanute for more than 25 years, but due to budgetary cuts, that service will be ending on June 30.
Last year Tri-Valley discontinued its Non-Emergency Medical Transportation due to a change in reimbursement rates and the addition of a transportation broker.
“This was a very difficult decision to make and it will mainly have an impact on those who...