Youngberg celebrates 95 years at billiards table
Mabel Youngberg has stayed ahead of the 8-ball as her reputation as a skilled pool player and card shark were honored at her 95th birthday celebration Thursday at the Chanute Senior Center.
“I started playing pool in 1987 and have stuck with it since,” Youngberg said.
“After my second husband passed away, I started coming to the senior center, which has been one of the best decisions I’ve made because that’s w...
Nothing located, no suspect in bomb threat
On Wednesday, the Chanute Police Department responded to a call of a bomb being inside a school.
“Not knowing which school, we responded to all the schools within our community,” said Detective Raymond Hale, public information officer. “Police personnel along with Chanute firefighters worked with school officials to resolve this issue in a quick and timely manner, with nothing located of interest.”
Reports said a threat was hear...
Leaders gauge economic development for SEK
IOLA — Southeast Kansas leaders met Thursday to discuss economic development in the region.
The meeting, which was held in St. John’s Parish Hall in Iola, was attended by around 250.
Kansas Governor Sam Brownback said that for the SEK area to improve, measurable numbers are needed.
“What’s the data point where we are now, and how are we going to change that number?” he said.
Brownback said he wants an objective ...
413 schools evacuated late afternoon
Chanute USD 413 Superintendent James Hardy alerted parents late Wednesday afternoon that schools had been evacuated because “there may have been a threat of a bomb.”
The text message said around 4:15 p.m., the Chanute Police Department recommended all attendance centers be evacuated.
All buildings were evacuated, searched and cleared.
Hardy also said school on Thursday would resume as normal.
The Chanute Police Department said it would provid...
Erie school to host concert this evening
ERIE — Erie High School’s Personalized Learning Program students and staff are excited to be hosting a free concert with New York songwriter Cora Rose at 7 tonight in the EHS auditorium.
With what is described as a tender and full melodic style, Rose is a fresh talent emerging from amidst the new wave of acoustic artists. Rose’s concert at EHS is free to the public. A Wisconsin native, Rose began writing and performing at a very young age, de...
Vacant Humboldt city hall proposed as incubator
HUMBOLDT — The old city hall here has been vacant for a year and City Administrator Larry Tucker thinks it would make a good incubator for a fledgling business.
He proposed to the City Council Monday evening that the building, containing about 5,000 square feet at 701 Bridge St., be offered rent-free for a year including free or reduced-priced utilities.
Council members seized the idea and a committee, yet to be appointed by Ma...
Erie signs dispatch agreement
ERIE — Neosho County will continue providing emergency dispatching services to the city of Erie in 2012 at the same rate the city paid this year.
The Erie City Council on Monday evening approved the annual radio dispatching agreement with the Neosho County 911 Dispatch Center and the city. The dispatch center will provide dispatching and paging service for the Erie fire and police departments and after-hours utility department calls within th...
31-day Share-a-Thon raises $17,925.00 for FireEscape
D.J. Dangerfield is a free man after being holed up at the studios of KFEX-FM for 31 days as the 2011 FireEscape Share-a-Thon came to an end on Tuesday.
Dangerfield remained at the radio station for 10 hours a day from Oct. 16 to Nov. 15 providing nonstop Christian programming, interviews and fundraising events as part of the Share-a-Thon goal of $25 donations from 500 people and $25 pledges each month from 130...
Commissioners approve additions to city parks
Following discussion with Public Safety Director Sam Budreau, Chanute City Commissioners designated the city police range and the Hikes and Bikes trail as city parks at Monday’s regular meeting.
The police range designation will allow restricted and supervised access by the public and use of the range as a firearms recreational park. Commissioners tabled further discussion on setting a fee structure for use of ...
Retired city employee locates 1880 coins with metal detector
Three 1889 British North Borneo Company one-cent pieces and an 1890s Queen Victoria Penny were located by local treasure hunter Larry Rowe.
Rowe, a retired city employee, located the coins with his metal detector in the yard of Charley Bowers on South Evergreen.
“I began the hobby several years before I retired, but I wanted to stay active,” Rowe said.
“I guess you could call it gold fever. I enjoy old coins b...
VanHouden marks 30 years at Ashley Clinic
The Greek playwright Sophocles noted that a wise doctor does not mutter incantations over a sore that needs the knife.
In the hand of local surgeon Dr. Charles VanHouden, the knife has saved and restored the lives of multiple southeast Kansas patients dating back to VanHouden’s arrival at the Ashley Clinic in 1981 at the tender age of 29.
VanHouden, a Neodesha native, is no stranger to the academics or the prac...
NCCC Board approves personnel changes
In a shortened meeting due to an open house for the Rowland Hall on Thursday night, the Neosho County Board of Trustees:
• Heard reports from Sandi Solander on the financial health of the college.
In the consent agenda, the board:
• Accepted the resignation of Susan Beddo as assistant financial aid director/Ottawa effective Nov. 30. Susan will be starting a new life as a pastry chef.
• Approved Heather Daniels’ transfer to be the new payroll...
Razing of North Evergreen location produces memory lane
The razing of The Tribune building at 15 N. Evergreen brought up some melancholy memories.
I lived just eight blocks from the office, which was just seven streets down and one over.
I can’t tell you how many times that I was supposed to run an errand, but would find myself at work or home directly — it was so automatic. In late 1973 the building was renovated because The Tribune was converting from hot type to an of...
County Commission business:
ERIE — The Neosho County Board of Trustees met on Thursday due to the Veterans Day holiday. Commissioners:
• Heard a report from George Finical, inspection personnel with Cook, Flatt & Strobel Engineers, P.A., (CFS) reported to the commissioners on Phase IV of the 160th (Shaw)-Elk Road Improvement Project.
• Were told by Road & Bridge Director Charles Morse he presented an agreement with the Kansas Department of Transportation (KDOT). It was ...
Fehr grand marshal for Veterans Day Parade
David Fehr, longtime resident of Chanute, has been named the 2011 Grand Marshal for the Chanute Veterans Parade, scheduled 11 a.m. today from Katy Park to Lafayette Street.
Fehr was chosen because he has dedicated his entire working career to our military service, said Nancy Brooks, parade chair. “You might call him a Lifer or a Career man,” she said.
“In my military career I have seen so many changes to the military, and I think the changes ...
Humboldt’s Hudson foster care award
TFI Family Services, Inc. presented the Heather award to Matthew Z. Hudson, 25, Humboldt, on Nov. 3 at the Governor’s Conference for the Prevention of Childhood Abuse and Neglect.
The award is given to recognize remarkable achievements and continued positive impact in foster care. It is named for Heather Coulter, of Chanute, a former TFI family support worker who was killed by a teenage drunk driver in 2002. Her parents, Dick and Mary Ruth ...
Two arrested in Allen County firearms theft
Two arrested in Allen County firearms theft
The Allen County Sheriff’s Office, along with Iola Police Department, Anderson County Sheriff’s Office, KBI, and the Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, & Explosives made two arrests this week in the firearms theft of an area gun dealer.
A tip to the Allen County Crime Stoppers Hotline was instrumental in helping to solve the case.
Search warrants were served in Iola and Anderson County. ...
CHS presents ‘The Drowsy Chaperone’
USD 413 public relations
This year’s high school musical is unfamiliar to most, but the range of humor from slapstick to puns makes for an entertaining evening.
Chanute High School drama and music departments will perform “The Drowsy Chaperone” this weekend in the CHS auditorium. Show times are 7 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday.
“It’s definitely a lot of fun. As much fun as we’re having on stage putting it together, I’m sure t...
First Methodist to host noted author
Dr. Leonard Sweet will be coming to First United Methodist Church of Chanute (Parsons District) Saturday through Monday. Sweet is the author of more than 100 hundred articles, 60 published sermons and 30 books. In 2006, Sweet was voted “One of the 50 Most Influential Christians in America.”¬†
Sweet earned his Master of Divinity degree form Colgate Rochester Divinity School and his Ph.D. from the University of Rochester. He has held distinguis...
Classes resume at Humboldt High after bomb threat
HUMBOLDT — Classes resumed as usual on Wednesday at Humboldt High School after the school was evacuated for the final three hours of the school day Tuesday after school officials found a written bomb threat.
The threat turned out to be a false alarm. A Kansas Highway Patrol bomb squad based out of Emporia, with bomb-detecting dogs, was brought to the school and found no evidence of bombs or bomb-making materials.
The building was reopened to...