Earth Team presents two awards
The Earth Team is the volunteer workforce of the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS).
“NRCS in Kansas is proud of the dedicated volunteers who have committed their time and talents to conserving and protecting soil, water, and wildlife in their communities across the state,” said State Conservationist Eric Banks.
“Volunteers play a vital role in achieving our conservation goals. We have seen a significant increase in our conservati...
Burress Banker Award winner
Burress Farms, Inc. is the recipient of the 2011 Neosho County Conservation Banker Award, sponsored by the Kansas Bankers Association. The 70th annual Neosho County Conservation District meeting is Monday night at the Erie American Legion, beginning at 6:30 p.m.
The original farm is located southwest of K-47 Highway and U.S. 59 intersection. Tom Burress managed the farm properties from 1954 through 2008. Then Ginny (Burress) Wommack became th...
Low boy trailer gets stuck on tracks; gas pipe break near Thayer
The Erie-Thayer area was a popular place for emergency vehicles on Thursday afternoon.
A semi-tractor pulling a low boy trailer was stuck at a railroad crossing outside of Erie Thursday afternoon, according to Neosho County Sheriff Jim Keath.
The county-owned rig bottomed out on the high level asphalt crossing on 80th Road, halfway between Queen and Pratt Roads.
Sheriff’s office personnel were immediately sent...
Williams announces plans to retire from House
State’s plans are to dissolve 8th District
Kansas State Representative Jerry Williams, D-Chanute, has announced that he will not be seeking re-election in 2012.
Williams, who represents Kansas House District 8, stated that after 12 years as state representative, he is ready to retire from public service.
Williams’ retirement announcement coincides with the state’s proposed restructuring of the Hou...
JC Penney changes shopping experience
Big changes are coming to JC Penney in Chanute and across the nation.¬†
Don Sheely, the new general manager of the JC Penney story in Chanute, said the main goal of the changes is to simplify and excite the shopping experience for customers.¬†
“The customer that is loyal to Penney’s is good for business,” he said. “This excites me because all it does is try to build and foster good will.”
Sheely started as manager ...
2-2-22 birthday celebrated for 90th time
Pauline Warner has shuffled different jobs over four different states in her 90 years of life but her roots began in southeast Kansas. And she’s had an easy birthday to remember, 2-2-22.
“I wished that I could have planned that, but it was all up to mother nature,” Warner said.
She entered the world on that day just outside Chanute to her parents Aaron and Anna Kepley. Her father was a farmer and worked in const...
When feelings are hurt
All of us have had them.
Sometimes offenses are intentional, sometimes not.
But pity the person who lets hurt feelings disrupt their life.
The old saying “hurt people hurt people” is true.
People who lash out often do so out of their own pain. Ninety percent of how people react to you is about them, not you. Well maybe not 90 percent but you get the idea.
Hurt feelings can carry grudges for a generation.¬†
I’ve seen people ...
Bennett receives SRS Shining Star award
Chanute SRS human resource assistant MIssy Bennett has been named the 2012 recipient of the SRS Shining Star award for exemplary service to clients. The award was handed out during a luncheon at the SRS Learning Center.
Bennett has been with SRS for nearly 14 years.
The person who nomin ated Bennett for the award said, “Missy has an endlessly positive attitude, even in the midst of stressful and hectic days. S...
Attorney pulls out of Labette home invasion case
PARSONS — A Parsons man testified Friday about how his stepfather planned two home invasions, enlisting his and his friends’ help to allegedly commit the crimes.
Brady T. Downing, 19, was the first witness Friday morning in the preliminary hearing of Kenneth F. Riley, 46. Riley is charged in Labette County District Court with two counts of aiding and abetting kidnapping, two counts of aiding and abetting aggravated burglary, aidin...
Humboldt man arrested on ‘sexting’ charges
IOLA — Scott L. Bedell, 19, Humboldt, was arrested Friday night outside the Iola High School homecoming dance for what Master Deputy Daren Kellerman, the arresting officer, described as sexting crimes, the Iola Register reported.
A 13-year-old boy was taken into custody as well.
The alleged crimes came to the attention of Allen County officers from reports made by adults who saw “troubling” images on cell phones, said Sheriff Tom Williams.
Sleeping Heroes project ready for student participation
Following John Jackson’s Friday trip to Topeka for the formal introduction of the Sleeping Heroes project, the Chanute Civil War enthusiast is ready to spread the word to local and area classrooms about the implementation of similar projects into history and social studies curricula.
“I have tons of information that will help guide students in their research of local history revolving around the Civil War,” Jac...
Johnson Partner in Progress recipient
A near capacity audience was on hand Monday evening for the Chanute Area Chamber of Commerce and Office of Tourism’s annual meeting hosted by Que Bella.
Outgoing Chamber President Justin Sager was honored for his term by incoming president Ross Hendrickson.
This year’s Partner in Progress Award was presented to Jonathan Johnson. The award is always kept a secret until the night of the presentation.
Operation Soupline in business on Thursday
Operation Soupline has a number it’s shooting for — 800. That’s not monies raised, it’s the number of pies needed to feed the masses.
On Thursday, pie chairman Martha McCoy is planning on 800 10-inch pies flying through the door of the Masonic Temple by way of pie catchers, in the person of NCCC baseball players.
The boys man the street corner of Elm and Highland Streets beginning at 5:30 a.m. to grab the pies from ...
County appraises Ash Grove facilities
ERIE — At Friday’s meeting of the Neosho County Board of Commissioners, it was approved that GIS Specialist, Beloit, for $11,650, provide topology fixes (gaps and slivers), geo-referencing CAD, and spatial adjustments (realignment) to the county’s GIS information before they place it on the county’s web site (www.neoshocountyks.org).
David Thornton, appraiser, estimated they would have GIS Supervisor Holly Mathews moved to the old reapprais...
Museum features Gems of the Collection display
There’s extra bling through March at the Martin and Johnson Safari Museum as a featured jewelry exhibit is currently on display.
Gems of the Collection is a special exhibition that features a selection of jewelry from the museum’s collections that span from primitive to fine arts and from significantly ceremonial to commercial.
With some exceptions, such as medical alert bracelets or military dog tags, jewelery...
Rollover reported in Allen County
A crash occurred around 6 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 26 at 3000 Road and Hawaii in Allen County.
Rachel Brook Bowers, 24, Iola, was northbound on 3000 Road. She came up to a curve too fast, entered the left ditch, lost control and rolled her 2000 Chevrolet.
Neither Bowers nor her passenger, Corbin D. Bowers, 3, were seriously injured. Both were taken to Allen County Hospital and released.
Neodesha man celebrates KDOT anniversary
The Kansas Departm...
Art show features CHS instructor’s collection
IOLA — Rick Bushnell may be one of the area’s most respected art instructors, but he is also an extensive collector of fine art. The Chanute High School teacher is sharing some of the pieces from his private collection in an exhibit at the Bowlus Fine Arts Center in Iola. The show will run through March 10. Gallery hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and during special events.
Bushnell has been teachin...
Chanute vocalists make state choirs
USD 413 public relations
If the increased number of students being chosen for all-state choirs is a trend in Chanute Public Schools, it is a good trend to report.
Three years ago two students made it into the all-state middle level choir, last year three and this year four, said Royster vocal music teacher Lance Burnett.
“We see a trend going here and that’s exciting. I feel like it reflects the commitment to excellence the tea...
Tri-Valley hands out annual awards
Clients, families, friends and employees from Tri-Valley Developmental Services met in Chanute on Wednesday for the 4th annual Awards Ceremony.
“Award nomination forms went out to all staff and clients in early November with many being returned, making the selection difficult this year,” said Anna Methvin, public relations director.
The 2012 theme was “Key to Success.” “Everyone has dreams and wants to be successful, but what are the keys to ...