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HAATS’ ‘Vampyre’ premieres this weekend

By Joey May

On Oct. 4-5-6, HAATS will present ‘The Vampyre A ‘Penny Dreadful’ Stage Thriller in Two Acts’ at the Brown County Historical Society’s Memorial Auditorium, 611 Utah St. Production times are at 7 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 4 and Saturday, Oct. 5 and a 2 p.m. matinee on Sunday, Oct. 6. Tickets are and available at the door, for $5 for students K-12 and adults are $10. Cast members pictured from left: Cass Kreie, Nate Haislip, Lord Ruthven (laying across back of couch), Jenna Madere, Cody Coppe, Abby Allen, Raven Stroud, Mae Nichols and Alex Allen. Not pictured: Logan Carpenter, Karin Moorhous and Nathan Stroud.


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It's the spooky season in Hiawatha

The spooky season is upon Hiawatha and this week’s installation of the ghosts and bat lights is just the first glimpse!

Last year, the City of Hiawatha surprised its residents and visitors with new additions to the old fashioned lamp posts downtown.

Visitors traveling downtown along Oregon might have noticed a few bats and ghosts taking up residence on those lamp posts. The ghosts were lit white and the bats are red.

City Administrator Mike Nichols told the Hiawatha World this was a well-kept secret from most of his staff and, of course, the residents and the city was able to make the purchase due to the new Christmas lights coming in under budget.

Since Hiawatha is known as the “Halloween Town,” city officials thought it was appropriate to have to proper lighting for the month of October!

On Tuesday, city crews were seen taking advantage of the last warm day of the week, installing the lights on the lamp posts for the month.

It’s Spooky Season in Hiawatha, so enjoy the lights and all of the other activities planned to celebrate the 105th Halloween Frolic!


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Hiawatha Community Hospital continues to investigate respiratory illnesses

Hiawatha Community Hospital announced Wednesday it is continuing to investigate the increase in number of patients sick with pneumonia-like illness with the Brown County Health Department and the Kansas Department of Health and Environment.

CEO John Broberg confirmed that at this time, 61 people have been diagnosed with lower-respiratory infections, including pneumonia and bronchitis. Ill people were tested for many viruses and bacteria, and two types were found: rhinovirus and Mycoplasma pneumoniae.

Rhinovirus is caused by a virus and is the most common cause of the common cold. Symptoms of rhinovirus are usually minor, including sneezing, sore throat, coughing, and sometimes a fever. Most people feel better within 7 to 10 days, but some people, especially those with weakened immune systems or asthma, may become sicker and get bronchitis or pneumonia. People can get sick with rhinovirus year-round but is more common in the fall and spring.

Mycoplasma pneumoniae is a type of bacteria that can cause different kinds of illnesses but people most often get sick with bronchitis and pneumonia. The time it takes between breathing in the bacteria and having symptoms can be between 1 and 4 weeks. Symptoms appear and get worse over a period of weeks, and usually include sore throat, being tired, fever, headache, and a slowly worsening cough that can last for weeks or months. Pneumonia caused by M. pneumoniae is usually mild, but more serious pneumonia can develop. M. pneumoniae infection is most common in young adults and school-aged children. Infections are commonly spread among families and people who attend or work in crowded settings, like a school. Illness from M. pneumoniae can occur at any time during the year but may happen more often in summer and early fall.

Rhinovirus and M. pneumoniae are spread person to person when ill people cough, sneeze, or expose others to their saliva and mucus; for example, shaking hands with someone and touching your eyes, mouth, or nose, or sharing water bottles among a sports team. The best way to prevent the spread of germs, including rhinovirus and Mycoplasma pneumoniae is to:

Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. After using the tissue, throw it in the trash and wash your hands.

Cough or sneeze into your sleeve at the elbow if you do not have a tissue. Do not cough into your hands.

Wash your hands often with soap and water. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub.

Do not touch your eyes, nose, and mouth.

Clean and disinfect surfaces and objects that may have germs on them.

Stay away from others who are sick or when you are sick.

If you have a fever, please stay home until you have been fever-free for 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medicine. If you have a fever of 100.4 or greater for 3 days with a cough, please see your medical provider.


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Doniphan County case now a homicide following victim’s death

DONIPHAN COUNTY — The Kansas Bureau of Investigation confirmed Monday that the man injured Sunday, Sept. 22 during a fight at a party in Doniphan County has died from his injuries.

Jason W. Pantle, 42, of Cummings, died Saturday, Sept. 28, at the University of Kansas Medical Center where he was being treated for head injuries following the altercation.

Three men were arrested on Sept. 25 by KBI agents in connection to the case. Arrested were Scott A. Vandeloo, 44, of Atchison, Brian A. Spillman Jr., 22, of Atchison and Matthew C. Scherer, 30, of Atchison.

All three were arrested on charges of aggravated battery, but those charges are expected to be amended due to Pantle’s death.

The three were charged in connection to a case, where authorities were called to the scene of a confrontation at a party at 159 Monument Rd. in Doniphan County on Sunday, Sept. 22. During the overnight party, Pantle received serious head injuries during an altercation with other party attendees. He was transported by a family member to a residence in the 1600 block of Jayhawk Dr., in Atchison, where police and EMS were called around 4:20 a.m. Sunday morning. He was transported by EMS to a local Atchison hospital and later transferred to a Kansas City area hospital.

Assisting in these arrests were the Atchison Police Department, the Doniphan County Sheriff’s Office, the Kansas Highway Patrol, the Missouri State Highway Patrol, and the Platte County Sheriff’s Office. The Doniphan County Attorney is expected to prosecute the case.


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The Season of the Witch is here!

The “The Season of the Witch” is here as Hiawatha prepares to celebrate its 105 Halloween Frolic!

The Hiawatha Chamber and Visitors Bureau — along with organizations such as Hiawatha Parks and Recreation, Brown County Historical Society and the Hiawatha Area Arts and Theatre Society — have a variety of fun-filled spooky activities set to fill your month with plenty of choices for activities.

With the first events kicking off this weekend, organizers with the Chamber and other participating organizations are excited at everything that’s offered for this year.

HAATS’ production of “The Vampyre, a ‘Penny Dreadful’ Stage Thriller in Two Acts” premiers Friday with shows at 7 o’clock that night, Saturday and 2 p.m. on Sunday at the Memorial Auditorium in downtown Hiawatha.

In addition, the Hiawatha Chamber and Visitors Bureau has a plethora of events scheduled — including historic and spooky Cemetery Tours, scheduled for Oct. 19 in conjunction with the Brown County Historical Society. These tours will leave from the Ag Museum on the hour on the Historical Society trolley and progress to Mt. Hope and Hiawatha Cemeteries. Prepare to learn a little bit about Hiawatha’s historic and beloved citizens from many moons past and enjoy a little bit of Halloween fun as the evening tour will be lit by only lanterns and hopefully a little moonlight.

Not recommended for really young — as the evening hours might be a little more spooky for some and the content might not be as interesting — these tours will provide a glimpse into Hiawatha’s past.

Don’t miss out — tickets are available for $15 each — with a portion of the proceeds benefiting the Hiawatha Cemetery District. Tickets WILL NOT be available at the door — please call the Chamber in advance to order. Cemetery Tours will only be Oct. 19 in the evening — a previously announced date of Oct. 12 in the afternoon has been cancelled due to scheduling conflicts.

In addition, another new adventure offered by the HCVB is Paranormal Night at the Museum — held in conjunction with the Brown County Historical Society at their downtown museum. Two paranormal specialists will provide a presentation and tours of the museum — telling in their own words if they feel any sort of connection to the building, occupants, or artifacts from years past. Not recommended for anyone under the age of 17, the Night at the Museum is proposed to be a fun — yet spooky — Halloween event that incorporates the historic past of our beloved hometown. Ticket prices are $45 for individuals or two for $80 and include a catered dinner by Bibber BBQ.

Chamber Administrator Sarah Kleopfer said tickets are limited to the first 50 and are on sale currently, so she recommended reserving your spot now.

In addition, HCVB is adding a Scavenger Haunt on Saturday, Oct. 26 where teams can search for missing skeleton parts hidden all over town to win a prize!

Get your photography skills sharpened up to enter photographs for the HCVB’s first Horror Photo Contest and mark your calendars for the Chamber’s Open House — on the Oct. 29 trick-or-treat night. Stop by for some ghoulish treats and vote on your favorite Horror Photo.

“Season of the Witch” T-shirts are also available for purchase with the winning logo designed by Kate Miller and Andy Runer.

Contact the HCVB for information on any of these events, to ask about other Halloween events going on in town or to order a Season of the Witch T-shirt. Call the Chamber at 742-7136 or email hiawathachamber@rainbowtel.net.

Following is a full list of “Season of the Witch” activities sponsored by the HCVB and other organizations in Hiawatha.

Dates to remember:

Oct. 4-5-6 – HAATS production of “The Vampyre” - Oct. 4-5 at 7pm and 2 p.m. Oct. 6

Saturday, Oct. 5 – HP&R Glo Run - 8 p.m. Start and finish at Noble Park.

Saturday, Oct. 12 – HP&R Pumpkin Palooza - from 11-12:30 at Fisher Center.

Sunday, Oct. 13 – HP&R’s The Great Pumpkin 5K Relay — at 2 p.m. Fisher Center/Walking Trail.

Saturday, Oct. 19 – HCVB and BCHS Spirits Awaken History Cemetery Tours - Chili Cookoff at 5 p.m. — sponsored by Historical Society and HCVB with tours 6-10 p.m. — starting at Ag Museum. Trolley and wagon rides with lanterns to both cemeteries. Ticket prices $15. ADVANCE TICKETS ONLY! (A previously announced date of Oct. 12 has been cancelled due to a scheduling conflict).

Saturday, Oct. 26 – HCVB Scavenger Haunt at 2 p.m. — teams of 5 people for $10 each team. Search the town for missing skeleton parts to win a prize!

Saturday, Oct. 26 – Miss Bella’s Costume Contest - from 9 a.m.-noon. at Miss Bella’s Pet Attire and Accessories.

Sunday, Oct. 27 – HP&R Terror on the Trail - 6:30-7:30 Family Friendly; 7:30-10 p.m. Super Spooky along the Haunted Walking Trail. Buy tickets that night or advance express passes at the Fisher Center.

Sunday, Oct. 27 – Paranormal Night at the Museum – dinner with 2 paranormal specialists 5-8 p.m., with a sit-down dinner at Downtown Museum, followed by presentation and tours. Advance tickets only! Tickets $45 each or 2/for $80 – only 50 available.

Monday, Oct. 28 – Horror Photo Contest - Viewing and voting of Horror Contest photos at HCVB office, 801 Oregon St., from 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

Tuesday, Oct. 29 – Community Trick-or-Treating

Tuesday, Oct. 29 – HCVB Open House 4-8 p.m. - dress up, cookies and punch, treats for kids – view and vote on Horror Contest photos and Haunted House entries at the Chamber office, 801 Oregon St., Hiawatha.

Wednesday, Oct. 30 – Community Trick-or-Treating

Wednesday, Oct. 30 – Hiawatha Parks and Rec Trunk or Treat - from 5:30-7 p.m. At the Fisher Center parking lot.

Thursday, Oct. 31 – Halloween Frolic with the following activities:

Miss Mary’s Children Costume contest – at Brown County Historical Society Memorial Auditorium with registration at noon and contest at 1 p.m. For infants through 6th grade and family groups.

Business Costume Contest – sponsored by GNBank/Connie Mathewson

Afternoon Parade – Registration and line-up starts at 1 p.m. At Sixth and Utah on corner of courthouse square with parade at 3 p.m. Judging begins at 1:30 p.m.

Business Trick-or-Treating – from 3:30-5 p.m. Downtown. Rainbow provides map.

Frolic activities around the square – from 3:30-5 p.m. – games, vendors, food and more.

Evening Parade Lineup/Registration – starts at 4 p.m. At Morrill and Iowa Streets with judging at 5 p.m. Around Red Hawk Drive and in school lot.

Hiawatha High School Marching Band – performs at 5:45 p.m. In 600 block of Oregon Street.

Queen Crowning – At 6 p.m. On north side of courthouse square.

Evening Grand Parade – 7 p.m. with line-up starting at high school.

Other activities:

Golden Jacks: find them at local businesses or the Chamber office to place ideas for next year’s theme.

Horror Photo Contest: Starts Oct. 1 – digitally enhanced and traditional – with entries accepted Oct. 14-25 and voting the week after, winner announced Halloween. Printed photos available for viewing and voting on Monday, Oct. 28 from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. HCVB office and at open house on Oct. 29 from 4-8 p.m.

House Decorating Contest: Starts Oct. 1 through Oct. 31. Entry forms available on Facebook page and must be registered by Oct. 25. Winners get trophy and announced during parade.

Grand Marshal: Community voting until Oct. 9 on this year’s Grand Marshal.

Window Painting Contest: Local youth will be painting downtown business windows for this year’s Halloween Frolic.