Arrest made in Medicap break-in
An arrest was made after a break-in at Medicap Pharmacy in Chanute Tuesday.
Officers responded to a call around 11:39 p.m. from witnesses observing an individual breaking a glass and entering the pharmacy on 1720 S. Santa Fe.
Witnesses observed the individual exiting the store after a few minutes and followed him a short distance down the road on foot.
A few minutes later officers were able to take Ryan Galt, 36, of Chanute into custody. G...
Trees struggle after warm winter, drought
Trees in Chanute may be a casualty of the hot summer and drought.
“Citywide we expect a significantly larger number of trees that will need to be removed as compared to a normal season,” said Chanute Parks Superintendent Dan McMillan.
McMillan usually does an inventory of street trees in late spring, and makes a list of those that have died and need to be removed. About 30 street trees were removed last year, and...
City’s website offers viewing, paying utility bills
Would you like to know how much electricity you consumed over the past two years? Are you interested in comparing your natural gas usage on a month-by-month basis over the past two years? Would you like to know when payments were received without looking at your check register?
The City of Chanute has just launched a new service allowing viewing and paying utility bills online. Signing up through the city’s websi...
Water fights, Sunday nights and cats’ rights
Chanute City Commissioners met Monday night in a marathon three-hour session. They addressed modifying Stage 2 water use restrictions for a car wash owner, allowed for Sunday sales of liquor within the city limits and added cats to the current leash law. All that and more, plus passing the city’s 2013 budget.
Early in the meeting, South Town Car Wash owner Cody Mummert asked commissioners to modify the water ban ...
Thayer man killed by tractor at Nebraska State Fair
A 75-year-old Thayer man was killed when his antique tractor rolled on top of him at the Nebraska State Fair, the Associated Press reported.
The Nebraska State Patrol said Charley DeWeese was trying to load his 1936 John Deere tractor onto a trailer when the accident happened Sunday morning.
Deweese fell off the tractor and was pinned beneath it after the tractor’s right rear tire slipped off the ramp, the report said.
State Patrol Lt. Dennis...
Ash Grove worker injured in dump truck mishap
Ash Grove employee Bill Brown was injured on Tuesday when his 90-ton Komatsu dump truck backed over the edge of a sloped limestone pile.
Company spokesperson Jackie Clark said the accident happened at midday near the plant’s primary crusher. Brown was transported via helicopter to Joplin Freeman hospital for “assessment by medical personnel as a precaution,” said Clark. The hospital said Brown was in stable condition late Tuesday afternoon.
Smith trial ends with plea bargain
More than two years since his arrest and after hearing testimony from only two witnesses, the rape case against Nicholas Smith, St. Paul, has been resolved. Judge David W. Rogers, Fredonia, quietly thanked the jurors for their service then discharged them just after 2:30 p.m. Tuesday afternoon.
The State of Kansas filed the single charge against Smith August 3, 2010, in Neosho County District Court alleging he un...
Knox speaks on southeast Asia mission trip
John Knox has taken his faith across the world and back. He spoke at Monday Night’s Kiwanis Club meeting about his experiences on a mission trip in China and southeast Asia.
Knox is the son of State Representative Forrest Knox, Altoona, who is now running for State Senator.
Knox said he had felt for some time before his trip that God was calling him to go on missions in China.
“I feel that being a missionary isn...
Erie’s water conservation plan working
ERIE — The City of Erie has reported water conservation is working.
Stage 2 (Water Warning) of the water conservation plan is still in effect. The goal of Stage 2 is to reduce peak demands by 20 percent and reduce overall weekly consumption by 10 percent. Consumption from 8-2-12 through 8-8-12 was 1,500,000 gallons; 8-9-12 through 8-15-12 was 963,000 gallons; 8-16-12 through 8-22-12 806,000.
The council also:
• Authorized reimbursement of $...
22-year-old injured in cycle accident
Casey Jasper, 22, of Chanute, was injured in a motorcycle accident on the North overpass Monday night.
Chanute Police, Fire Department and EMS were dispatched at approximately 9:43 p.m.
The motorcycle was the only vehicle involved. The accident is still under investigation at this time.
Cawthon general manager at HBD/Thermoid
HBD Industries, Inc
Cawthon general manager at HBD/Thermoid
HBD Industries, Inc. has announced the promotion of David D. Cawthon to the position of general manager at the HBD/Thermoid, Inc., Chanute, Manufacturing Plant. HBD/Thermoid, Inc. is a subsidiary of HBD Industries, Inc., one of the largest industrial product suppliers in North America.
“We are very pleased to promote David D. Cawthon to general manager for the Chanute Operations of HBD/Thermoid, Inc.,’...
Blue Comet pep rally on Wednesday
Blue Comet pride will take over Main Street on Wednesday evening.
A pep rally is scheduled beginning at 5:30 p.m. in the area of Cardinal Drug downtown.
Activities will include face-painting by the Chanute High School cheerleaders at Merle Norman, the fire truck and ambulance for the kids to see, and a cake walk and bake sale in the Google Earth emblem area.
Proceeds will go to the Booster Club that provides meals on road trips for the Comet...
Lightning strike darkens most of Chanute Saturday night
Lightning was responsible for Saturday night’s power outage that left most of Chanute residents without electricity.
Utilities Director Larry Gates said distribution lines on Plummer Avenue took a direct hit. The lightning strike knocked power out for approximately one hour.
“The circuits opened at 8:38 p.m. and took out three breakers,” Gates said. “The majority of users south of Cherry Street were affected.”
Crews were able to reset the bre...
One home lost, five others threatened in Wilson Co. blaze
FREDONIA — Only a short time after Wilson County Rural Fire Units had responded to a reported grass fire in another part of the county, Wilson County Dispatch was notified at 2:30 p.m. on Thursday that hay bales and a field were on fire along 400 Highway at Lane Road south of Fredonia.¬†Dry and breezy conditions, with winds 17-20 miles per hour, gusting to 29 mph, caused the fire to quickly spread north, crossing 47 Highway and 5 county roads...
Thayer Homecoming begins Thursday
THAYER – The 101st annual Thayer Homecoming will begin Thursday, Aug. 30, with crowning of the Watermelon Queen at 6:30 p.m.
This will be followed by the Free Watermelon Feed, Seed Spitting Contest and an auction of the foods which had been entered in the Home Economics contests, all at the band shell at the north end of the park.
A horse shodeo will begin at 7 p.m. in the arena at the south end of the park.
Friday’s events include a baby con...
County approves 2013 budget
ERIE – At Friday’s meeting of the Neosho County Board of Commissioners, no public comment was received before publishing the 2013 budget of $12,431,236 with an estimated mill levy of 53.641, .766 more than the 2012 levy. The vote was 2-0 in favor, with Commissioner Mike Schoenhofer absent.
The adopted budget is based on a total valuation of $139,471,398 and represents an overall increase from last year of $15,946...
WATER WOES: Reserves running low
Editor’s note: This is the last of a three-part series on current water woes facing Chanute and the eastern part of the state.
Wednesday’s meeting with state officials clarified trigger points for a Stage 3 Water Emergency. For now, it appears Chanute will remain in a Stage 2 Water Alert unless significant upstream rain alleviates the shortfall.
Kansas Water Commissioner Katie Tietsort said her office was “dustin...
Wilson County grassfire torches 1,272 acres
FREDONIA — On Friday Wilson County Rural firefighters continued to watch the area burned in Thursday’s grass fire to put out any flare-ups. It has now been reported that a trailer home on Lane Road was destroyed Thursday evening in addition to several outbuildings.
According to Emergency Manager Terry Lyons, the preliminary damage report shows that about 1,272 acres were burned in the fire. Two firefighters were treated on scene for heat and ...
WATER WOES— How water gets to Chanute
Editor’s note: This is the second of a three-part series on current water woes facing Chanute and the eastern part of the state.
Chanute needs water, and quite a lot of it. Last year the city’s residents used 439 million gallons. That’s an average of about 1.2 million gallons every day or 50,000 gallons an hour, every hour, day and night, 365 days a year. And every last drop of it came from the Neosho River. Cha...