Teams gear up all year for annual Relay event
Marilynn Rutledge Tribune Reporter Neosho County Relay for Life is just around the corner and teams have been working for nearly a year to raise money for the cause. A wide variety of fundraisers have been held, with teams beginning new traditions and continuing longtime activities to meet goals set for this season. The overnight Relay for Life will be held at Neosho County Community College from Friday beginning at 6 p.m. through Saturday ...
Lil’ Toledo hosts Women on Target
Marilynn Rutledge Tribune Reporter Lil’ Toledo Lodge hosted the eighth annual Women on Target: Shooting Skills for Women on Saturday, bringing in women to learn more about firearm safety and skills in a more comfortable atmosphere than that of a Hunter Education or shooting course. The program is a National Rifle Association-funded event through the Women on Target program held by the Kansas Wildlife Conservation Association and is a Region...
Long commitment to community ends
Warren Hampton Fitch served in many ways, in the military, and in his 64 years as a member of the community
He died at age 89 on Friday at Neosho Memorial Regional Medical Center.
After graduating from Waverly High School in 1940, on August 14, 1941, he entered the United States Marine Corps (USMC). Coincidentally, World War II ended on August 14, 1945 on VJ Day (Victory in Japan) and his son Warren, Jr., was born that same day....
Thayer council member
serves city from Kuwait
One member of the Thayer City Council has to wake up at 4 a.m. for the meetings. Sgt. William Vining is in the Army National Guard and is currently serving overseas in Kuwait.
He works in operations and he said that his job allows him to take part in the city council meetings back home, which with the time difference are typically very early in the morning in Kuwait. For Sgt. Vining, it is a way to stay connect...
Youth, elderly share planting project
Marilynn Rutledge Tribune Reporter Heritage Healthcare residents helped plant the seed of gardening for children from Brighter Beginnings Daycare on Thursday. As a part of an intergenerational program with the Chanute Community Foundation, Heritage residents assisted the daycare children in planting vegetables in the community garden on South Ashby. The project was set up as a way for children to work with the residents on various projects...
Reality TV shows hit home — Chanute connections to Top Shot and The Deadliest Catch
Plenty of reality shows have flooded the airwaves and at least two have a Chanute connection.
The upcoming Season 3 of Top Shot on the History Channel will include Chris Collins in the 16-member cast.
Collins, who resides in Owasso, Okla., is a former U.S. Marine and firearms instructor.
“The more pressure I’m under, the better I shoot,” Collins said on the Top Shot website.
The chosen 16 will compete in a series of ...
Original museum part of Safari’s 50th fete
Marilynn Rutledge Tribune Reporter Looking for red carpet treatment? Then planning on attending the Martin and Osa Johnson Safari Museum gala on June 11 in celebration of the museum’s 50th anniversary. The whole day will be an event for the museum, starting with an open house and a re-dedication ceremony during the day before the gala in the evening. Members of the community are invited to tour the museum as well as hear stories from one of...
Sen. Roberts pays visit to Ash Grove
Kathleen Carney Tribune Reporter Senator Pat Roberts. R-Kan., visited the Ash Grove cement plant in Chanute Thursday morning in order to see the grounds and field questions from the employees. “I appreciate what you all do, working hard to give us a product that is absolutely valuable to our infrastructure and progress of this country. Thank you for the work you do,” Sen. Roberts said. He toured the ground and briefly talked about the nati...
Summer, Tropical Sno popular mix
Marilynn Rutledge Tribune Reporter Every summer, Tropical Sno opens its booth in the Chanute Square off of Santa Fe. And every summer, new flavor creations, bizarre colors and names, and the summer weather has people flocking to the location for their favorite sno cone treat. For the past four years, Tropical Sno has been owned by Chris and Tara Bilby. The Bilbys run the business, hiring around two to three employees and working behind the ...
Thayer Amateur Hour kicks off Saturday
THAYER — The Thayer Amateur Hour will be starting its 76th year on Saturday at 7 p.m. in the park, West on Neosho. The event will continue each Saturday until Labor Day. On Saturday free hot dogs and drinks will be provided by the Thayer Booster Club and the First State Bank of Thayer. When the amateur hour was first started, the younger kids who sang were given a free ice cream cone at the drug store. The tradition has been brought back w...
Couple still digging out of Joplin’s rubble
Kathleen Carney Tribune Reporter The deadly EF 5 tornado that hit Joplin on May 22 came only one week after Frank and Bernita Schul moved there from Chanute. Frank, 72, and Bernita, 68, dug their way out of their new home that night, and managed to make it to safety with only minor scratches and bruises. But the Schuls lost everything. “The sirens went off once and then they shut down,” said Frank. “They went off again, and I told my wife ...
Quenton’s fundraiser nets $1,500 plus
The fundraiser for Joplin’s tornado victims instigated by six-year-old Quenton Deaver of Chanute totaled $1,500 in cash along with other purchased goods and donated items. Once Joplin put a halt to accepting clothing, Quenton’s mother, Kristina Deaver, and volunteers rounded up the piles of clothes and organized a clothing sale at Central Park Pavilion Thursday and Friday. With the help of donations from Chanute residents, Deaver reported sh...
Historical Society executive director offers explanation of Certified Local Government
Tribune staff In a correspondence with City Commissioner Martha McCoy, Executive Director for the Kansas State Historical Society Jennie Chinn recently attempted to clear up some of the concerns that residents and commissioners alike have voiced in regard to creating a Certified Local Government with the intention to eventually outline a historic district downtown. Much of the concern stems from the creation of a 500 foot environs zone when ...
USDA Rural Development to recognize Diebolt
LaHARPE — USDA Rural Development State Director Patty Clark will recognize key partners that promote the Agency’s housing programs, including Diebolt Lumber & Supply, LaHarpe, at 4:30 p.m. today. National Homeownership Month highlights USDA Rural Development’s success in providing homeownership opportunities to rural Americans. National Homeownership Month is observed each June to raise awareness about the vital role homeownership plays in...
Chanute native dots film,
television screen as extra
Kathleen Carney Tribune Reporter Former Chanute resident Aimee Kennedy has worked on several feature films and television shows, brushing shoulders with some big names. She may not have starring roles in the films and on TV, but she is having a lot of fun being “part of the scenery,” as she described it, being an extra. She has been a part of Stranger Than Fiction, The Break Up, Resurrection Mary (an indie film), Fred Claus, Flags of Our F...
Neosho moves toward reopening vacated road
ERIE — Neosho County commissioners took a step toward reopening a vacated road at the request of several landowners. During the commission’s April 22 meeting, Chris N. Schwartz, Petrie Schwartz, Christian Schwartz, Jacob Schwartz, Samuel Schwartz, Chris J.R. Schwartz and Kyle Heater of Frontier Farm Credit requested that the county reopen 10th Road west of Irving toward Harper. The commission told the Schwartzes that when the road was vacated...
Tri-Valley charity golf tournament June 18
The 2011 Advanced Systems Homes charity golf tournament to benefit the Friends of Tri-Valley Foundation will be held Saturday, June 18 at Quarry Stone Golf Course in Chanute. “Advanced Systems Homes is again proud to sponsor this year’s Tri-Valley golf tournament,” states Darin Luebbering of Advanced Systems Homes. “Tri-Valley is a great asset to southeast Kansas and we are glad to help them with this fundraiser.Tri-Valley is a great organiza...
Chanute Task Force members assist in search and rescue
Kathleen Carney Tribune Reporter A total of nine members of the Chanute Fire and Police Departments and two Emergency Medical Service workers from Neosho Memorial Regional Medical Center responded to the devastation that took place in Joplin on Sunday evening. Cpt. Matt Miller, Lt. Vince Eagle, Lt. Pete Keating, firefighter Kyle McCue, firefighter Chad Small, and Lt. Dale Dowry were the responders from the fire department. Cpt. Kirk Steve...
Memorial Day service on Monday
The Avenue of Flags Memorial Day service is planned at 10 a.m. in Memorial Park Cemetery on 14th Street. The Chanute High School Select Ensemble will sing the national anthem. The Honor Guard will be made up of American Legion and VFW members and the Legion Riders and Sons of the American Legion will be in attendance. Capt. Jonathan Johnson, chaplain of the 891st, will be speaker. “We would like to invite the public to attend,” said Wendell...
Veteran and five brothers served in World War II
Kathleen Carney Tribune Reporter 83-year-old World War II veteran Roy Adams will spend this Memorial Day like he has spent most others in recent years, remembering his five brothers, all of whom fought in WWII. He will start the day at the Urbana cemetery placing flags on the graves of his family members, and then he will put them on every grave in the cemetery. He plans on attending Avenue of Flags at Memorial Park Cemetery in Chanute as ...