Relay For Life Event Saturday

The Relay for Life Fishing for a Cure Tournament and Bark for Life events are planned Saturday at Santa Fe Park in Chanute. The fishing tournament is 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Two fishing classes for adults (one bass, one catfish). $15 entry fee. $5 extra for entry in the “biggest fish” contest. Two fishing classes for kids (14 and younger) from 9 a.m.-noon ($5). Kids under 12 must be accompanied by an adult. All fishing and boating regulations must be followed. The Bark For Life event is a mini event for dogs. Dog adoptions will also be available, and all doggies will receive a free gift.

In Or Out?

Is she in or out? For the moment, Peggy Mast is out of the District 76 House Race, according to the Register. The lead-up to this fall’s elections is almost more exciting than the election itself, with Bill Otto becoming an Independent so he can get on the ballot by petition, and Mast, the incumbent, dropping out because Jeff Freeman got in the race. But she re-filed in October, so he dropped out. Then he rejoined the race the end of February and Mast has dropped out of the race a second time. Teresa Briggs of Reading is the Democrat candidate for District 76.

Meanwhile, Otto says name-collecting is going well. He has to get 577 names on a petition to file as an independent. He was bumped from the district 9 seat in the last reapportionment by hard-line conservatives in the legislature.

USD 257 Delays Bond Election

Cloud or silver lining? Iola USSD 257 school board members see the recently-passed school finance bill as both — but in regards to the bond issue they decided in March to put before voters this summer, it appears to be more silver lining. That’s because they now have the opportunity to explore methods other than property tax to cover the costs of a bond project to build and update schools. The black cloud side of the picture: the new school finance regs take away a state funding match that would have added 1.2-million dollars to the available money for the project. On MOnday, the board unanimously decided to rescind the resolution they passed in March. This gives the board more time to explore their options. One possible method to pay for a bond would be a city sales tax. That’s the route taken recently in Liberal.

Former Bank Employee Admits Embezzling $180,000

An Erie woman who has admitted she embezzled more than $180,000 from a Neosho county bank will be sentenced for her crime in July. U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom says Sherrie Landell pleaded guilty yesterday. In her plea, she admitted that from September 2007 to May of last year she embezzled from Exchange State Bank. Landell worked in the bank’s branch in St. Paul. Money she stole included interest due on certificates of deposit. The shortage was discovered during a bank regulatory exam and subsequent audit by an independent accounting firm last year.

Mobile Food Pantry In Chanute Soon

The Kansas Food Bank will bring its mobile food pantry to southeast Kansas next week. They will set up at the Chanute Recreation Commission Gym on May 2nd.
Kansas Food Bank community relations manager Debi Kreutzman tells the Register the pantry is for anyone who is in need of food assistance, but it is limited to one person per household. Typically the mobile pantry helps 400 households in one visit. The pantry is not limited to just people in Neosho County. People from other communities are more than welcome to attend, according to Kreutzman. Everyone that goes through the line will get the same items. Usually there will be items like meat, potatoes, bread and bottled beverages. The mobile pantry will start at 9 a.m. and last until 11 a.m.

Drug Takeback Day Saturday

Law enforcement officers across the state will be collecting unused medications for safe disposal this Saturday. Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt said the collection events are part of a nationwide effort to safely dispose of leftover medications to prevent accidental or intentional misuse. Since the program began in 2010, the semi-annual event has collected more than 22 tons of medications in Kansas alone. Medications will be accepted at drop-off sites across the state from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday.


SAFE BASE honored the Allen County Animal Rescue Facility during its blue plate special dinner Wednesday night. During the week students in the after school program and their families collected donations for animals in red bins for the shelter. Items donations ranged from trash bags to dog treats.  Red Barn Veterinary Clinic and SAFE BASE donated two gift certificates for a free spay or neuter for either a dog or a cat.  The next blue plate special dinner will be May 8 at the Baby Barnyard in Iola Riverside Park. The group will be celebrating the Baby Barnyard’s 75th anniversary.

Chain Reaciton Crash Hurts Two

Two people were hurt yesterday afternoon in what were technically two crashes, but which would better be called a chain reaction. It happened just after 4pm on K-47 outside Erie. Denise Shanks was eastbound in a semi and drifted off the side of the road. As she tried to get the semi back on the road she crossed a field access driveway, which set the truck into a roll. The truck came to a stop east of the field access on its driver’s side. Shanks was taken to Labette Health for treatment. A second semi encountered the crash scene, and before the driver could get the truck stopped he hit part of the first semi that was still sticking into the road, spinning the disabled semi around and hitting a person who was helping Shanks. Troopers identify the person as 25-year old Jonathan Martin of Erie. He was taken to Neosho Memorial Regional Hospital.

Neosho County Crashes

A pair crash in Neosho county yesterday sent a Chanute man to the hospital. Troopers say it happened about 9:40am on US 169 just south of Thayer when, for an unknown reason, Douglas Miller of Chanute swerved out of the southbound lane and into the northbound ditch. The pickup he was driving continued almost half a mile in the ditch before coming to a stop. Miller was taken to the hospital in Coffeyville for treatment of apparently minor injuries.

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