Joey Herndon, charged with five felony counts including aggravated assault and aggravated endangering of a child, pleaded not guilty at his arraignment Wednesday.

Herndon is charged with two counts of aggravated assault, two counts of criminal discharge of a firearm and one count of aggravated endangering of a child

The charges stem from a March 2013 incident where Herndon allegedly shot at a vehicle driven by Wanda Fry of Chanute while her son was in the back seat and friend Tracy Waller was in the passenger seat.

Herndon’s arrangement was scheduled after the court found probable cause in his preliminary hearing in December.

The case was continued to 9:30 a.m. on March 5.

 Tri-Valley receives grant from the

Kansas DD Council 

Tri-Valley Developmental Services received notification it had been awarded a $7,500 grant from the Kansas DD Council to implement Project Search. The funds will be used to provide technical as well as practical training to the employees of Tri-Valley.“We were excited when we received word of the upcoming grant,” said Tim Cunningham, executive director. “With all of the statewide funding cuts, we needed something to jump start our supported employment program and this grant will do just that.”  

 Project Search began in Cincinnati Ohio in 1996 at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center and has since spread across the United States, including Kansas. Project Search is a one-year internship program for persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities. It is targeted towards persons whose goal is integrated and competitive employment. The program takes place in a healthcare, government or business setting where total immersion in the workplace facilitates the teaching and learning process as well as the acquisition of employability and marketable work skills. People participate in three internships to explore a variety of career paths.  The person works with a team that includes their family, a job coach and Vocational Rehabilitation Services to create an employment goal and support the person during this important transition into the workforce.

“The grant has made it possible for us to refocus our services, while at the same time prepare our clients for the future,” said Cunningham.

Ungles attends veterinary convention

Patricia Ungles, DVM, Chanute, attended the 122nd Missouri Veterinary Medical Association Convention Jan. 31-Feb. 2 at Tan-Tor-A Resort, Osage Beach, Mo.

She attended an extensive continuing education program, with more than 20 speakers on an array of specialized topics, which was developed to enhance the veterinarian’s knowledge and skill to better serve clients.

Ungles is a veterinarian with West Cherry Animal Hospital, 707 W. Cherry.

Workshop on financial, estate topics for farmers 

A program originally scheduled Nov. 24 is planned 6 to 9 p.m. Monday, Feb. 24 at the Neosho County Courthouse, 100 S. Main, Erie. (Dinner included).

A host of experts who will cover financial and estate planning topics specifically geared toward farm families.

Shon Robben and Arthur Green will discuss estate planning issues, business entities and other legal considerations. Doug Wiley, The Trust Company, will discuss charitable gifts and planned giving strategies.

Workshops are provided for Farm Bureau members of Kansas. RSVPs are required. Call Vickie Hoover (785) 587-6614 or email

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