Local police officer receives Silver Award at Hutchinson
Chanute police officer Terence Hartwick was recognized by the state last week for outstanding service and protection to the community.
At the Kansas Joint Law Enforcement Conference in Hutchinson, Hartwick and 22 other officers from around the state received the Silver Award of Valor, which recognizes meritorious actions.
During the early morning hours of July 12, 2011, Hartwick was on routine patrol in Chanute ...
Whittley schedules change of plea hearing
Former Thayer City Clerk Laura Whittley has scheduled a change of plea hearing for May 21 in U.S. District Court in Wichita.
She is charged with one count of bank fraud and one count of money laundering and pled not guilty to both charges in her initial appearance on May 4.
The purpose of a change of plea hearing is typically to change a plea of not guilty to guilty. Scheduling the hearing does not itself constitute a change of plea; Whittl...
MaKayla LaRue named district star farmer
Erie FFA member and Erie High School senior MaKayla LaRue has been named District Star Farmer of the Southeast FFA District.
“District Star Farmer is an award given to a FFA member who has an outstanding SAE or Supervised Agricultural Experience in production agriculture and demonstrates active involvement within the FFA organization,” LaRue said.
LaRue said the SAE requires filling out and maintaining a record book. This...
County hires Topeka lobbyist
ERIE -- Neosho County commissioners met in a last-minute meeting Saturday and approved the hiring of Stuart Little of Little Government Relations, LLC of Topeka to represent the county during the current debate in the House and Senate concerning trade fixture legislation.
Substitute Senate Bill 59, which looks to clarify machinery and equipment property tax exemptions for large commercial properties, was killed...
Area students graduate from Washburn
TOPEKA — Washburn University’s commencement ceremonies were Saturday, May 12. Graduation candidates include December 2011 School of Law, spring 2012 and summer 2012 graduates.
Graduates include from Chanute, Stacia Gericke, Bachelor of Arts, Kinesiology, Cum Laude; Matthew Hudson, Juris Doctor, Law; Patricia Kluin, Juris Doctor, Law.
At Washburn University, more than 7,300 students and 1,000 faculty and staff are involved in more than 200 un...
Collectors gather for third annual Kustom Konvention
Amplifier collectors from around the nation are in Chanute this weekend for the third annual Kustom Konvention.
This year’s event is at the Quarry Stone Golf Club Ballroom, the second time Quarry Stone has hosted the convention. Last year’s show was held at Central Park Pavilion.
The show features amplifiers and other equipment manufactured by Kustom in the late 1960s to the mid 1970s at its factory in Chanute.
“One of the thing...
NCCC conducts monthly business
Under new business on Thursday night, the Neosho County Board of Trustees took the following actions:
• Removed the Coordinator of International Students position and replaced with the new Director of International Student Services. A few items were changed on the job description including making it clear that the position assists the Ottawa campus in international student services provided there.¬†Sarah Cadwallader was named the new Director...
County receives update on employee health insurance
ERIE -- Neosho County commissioners and representatives from Bukaty Companies met together at Friday’s regular commission meeting for a quarterly report on the county’s employee health insurance plan.
Phil Drescher, account executive with Bukaty, said the county is about $50,000 under the claims he estimated having at this point. Drescher said county employees are using generic drugs 83 percent of the time, whi...
Reception honors SEK-RSVP volunteers
The SEK-RSVP honored volunteers for meeting critical needs in the community during Senior Corp week May 7-11.
More than 50 volunteers joined together at Central Park Pavilion for a reception entitled “Never Too Old to Play or Volunteer.”
John Green, SEK-Area Aging on Aging executive director acknowledged the important role the volunteers have in meeting critical needs in the community.
Dr. Zack Miller from Midwest Hearing shared information ...
USD 413 bus driver enjoys the drive
John Montgomery hasn’t been able to let go of his bus driving job and the children he hauls around.
He has been driving buses for USD 413 for a total of 11 years and technically retired three years ago, but still comes back for the kids. He especially enjoys driving the students to athletic events.
Montgomery was born and raised in the Chanute area, as was his wife. His father was a police officer and occasional sheriff.
KPP purchases ownership share of Dogwood Energy facility
Erie has joined 20 other cities in financing an acquisition transaction between Kansas Power Pool and Dogwood Energy, LLC.
On April 25, KPP and Dogwood announced the successful completion of an acquisition transaction whereby KPP purchased a 7 percent ownership interest totaling 40 megawatts in the Dogwood Energy Facility, a combined cycle natural gas-fired power plant located in Pleasant Hill, Mo.
The facility b...
All three fugitives caught in Neosho County manhunt
The chase for a Parsons man ended at approximately 9:40 p.m. Wednesday night.
Douglas Dwayne Heiskell, 30, was taken into custody near K-47 Highway and Wallace Road in Neosho County. He was taken into custody without incident.
On Wednesday at approximately 2:45 p.m., the Neosho County Sheriff’s Office joined a Parsons Police Department pursuit that had entered into southern Neosho County.
Neosho County deputies were informed that it was bel...
CHS commencement Sunday in gymnasium
The Chanute High School Class of 2012 will cross the platform Sunday afternoon to receive high school diplomas. The commencement ceremony will begin at 2 p.m. in the high school gymnasium. Doors will open at 1 p.m.
The graduating seniors will proceed into the gymnasium as the CHS Band plays “Pomp and Circumstance,” by Edward Elgar. The band will also perform The Star Bangled Banner and the CHS Select Ensemble will sing “I Hope You Dance,” arr...
2012 valedictorian, salutatorian named at St. Paul High School
Bryce M. Carlson has been named valedictorian for the graduating class of 2012 at St. Paul High School. Bryce is the son of Dawn and Brian Carlson and the grandson of Jim and Lois Carlson and Barbara Byrd. Carlson is enrolled for the fall semester at Neosho County Community College where he will begin studies for an eventual career in digital game design.
While in high school, Carlson completed the Kansas Board of Regents State Scholars’ Cur...
Former resident injured in motorcycle mishap
Jake Mitchell, a former resident of Chanute and a 2008 graduate from Chanute High School, was involved in a motorcycle accident on May 2, 2012 on his way to Vatterott College in Joplin. Mitchell was traveling west on Seventh Street by Toys R Us in Joplin when a 2002 Malibu driven by a 22 year-old from Carl Junction failed to yield.
Jake is the son of Terry and Paula Mitchell, also former residents of Chanute. Mitchell was unresponsive at the ...
Two CHS students receive PostRock scholarships
PostRock Energy Corp. awarded two Chanute High School seniors with a $500 scholarship for their exceptional work experience, community and school leadership positions, volunteer service and extra-curricular activities. Chandler Rae Boone and Ethan John Golay were presented the scholarships on April 30.
Boone plans to attend the University of Kansas in the fall and major in nursing with a specialization in neo-natal care. She is graduating wit...
CHS and KU grad gears up for Peace Corps assignment
Since his sophomore year at the University of Kansas, Adam Erickson knew he wanted to join the Peace Corps.
A 2008 graduate of Chanute High School, Erickson will be graduated from KU this weekend with a Bachelor of Arts in English. But his journey won’t stop in Lawrence. He will depart for Mongolia at the end of this month and begin more than two years worth of adventure with the Peace Corps as part of the Teac...
KBI investigating misconduct by jailer
On April 30, Neosho County Sheriff Jim Keath received a complaint of alleged misconduct by a Neosho County detention officer.
“Investigators were immediately assigned to conduct a preliminary inquiry which revealed some evidence of possible misconduct isolated to one detention officer,” he said.
Keath immediately contacted the Kansas Bureau of Investigation.
“The inquiry was turned over to the KBI to complete a thorough, unbiased and comp...
NCCC lists 2012 graduates
Graduation for Neosho County Community College is Friday, May 11 at 7 p.m. in Chanute’s Memorial Auditorium.
Candidates for Associate degrees:
Associate of Arts
Skyller A. Chambers, Emma C. Kettler *, Derek A. Livingston, Paul H. Ornelas, Brittany N. Rhodes *, Shaina D. Rose, Miranda J. Scott *, Timothy R. Tarkelly, Devonta M. Thomas, Peter D. Wolken # *
Associate of Applied
St. Paul school closed for day due to fire on roof
By Colleen Surridge
ST. PAUL — USD 505 Superintendent Mark LaTurner canceled school at St. Paul Wednesday following an early morning report of a fire at the school.
LaTurner said the Neosho County Sheriff’s Department discovered the fire just prior to 2 a.m.
“We did have a fire. It stayed at the very southwest corner of the high school above our band and music classroom, and they were able to contain the fire damage to only the ro...