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...
Parsons suspect eludes officers after chase
A chase through Labette and Neosho counties Wednesday afternoon sought Douglas Dewayne Heiskell, 30, Parsons, who was suspected of firing from three to six gunshots from a handgun at an occupied vehicle at 5:11 a.m. last Wednesday in Parsons.
Neosho County Sheriff Jim Keath reported a chase started at mid-afternoon in Parsons and led to 130th and Wallace Road in Neosho County where the vehicle was stopped.
A female occupant was c...
Legislation prompts county special meeting
ERIE -- Neosho County commissioners held a special meeting Tuesday to discuss the introduction by the House Tax Committee of Substitute Senate Bill 59.
The committee passed out the bill last Thursday and is scheduled to head to the full House for debate this week.
The legislation looks to broaden machinery and equipment property tax exemptions for large commercial properties.
According to language in the bill...
School board approves curriculum changes
At its regular meeting Monday, May 7, the USD 413 school board approved several items for next year that had been presented at the April meeting.
The board approved the purchase of the “Treasures” K-5 reading curriculum from McGraw-Hill. That curriculum was previously presented to the board by Chanute Elementary Administrator Gary Wheeler at the April meeting, and was available for review to teachers, board members and the...
USD 413 sees six teachers retire this year
168 years of instruction committed to Chanute students
Linda Ashley has been teaching in Chanute for 40 years. Before starting in Chanute, she taught second grade at Sacred Heart School in Leavenworth. She taught 25 years of third grade and 11 years in fourth grade at Murray Hill School, and taught fourth grade the last four years at Chanute Elementary.
Ashley received her Bachelor’s of Science in Education from the Unive...
Three-year-old returned to parents
Chanute Police responded to a report Tuesday around 10:33 a.m. of an infant child wandering on the 900 block of W. 7th Street in Chanute
When officers arrived they found a girl, approximately three years old, who said her name was Haley. She did not know where she lived and said that her mom was sleeping.
Officers started canvassing the neighborhood trying to locate the child’s parents.
A broadcast was sent out over the local cable network ...
Chanute journalism takes second at State
Chanute High School continued to garner success at the Kansas Scholastic Press Association State Contest.
The contest took place Saturday at the University of Kansas in Lawrence. CHS placed second overall in the 4A division, with 16 students competing.
Dustin Fox, adviser for the Comet, Chanute High School’s student paper, said his expectations were not as high as last year due to several seniors graduating who had ...
Two-year-old hit, killed in pasture
A two-year-old from Labette City was killed Saturday when he was hit by a 2000 GMC in a pasture one mile south of Oswego.
According to the Kansas Highway Patrol, Christy Renee Dunnic, 30, Oswego, was driving through a pasture at 6:57 p.m. and the toddler, Clayton James, was walking in the pasture. For an unknown reason, the driver was unable to see the pedestrian and ran over the pedestrian.
There were three passengers in the bed of the truck...