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Katie Sawyer, Republican candidate for lieutenant governor and running mate of Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt, made a visit to Southeast Kansas on Tuesday, including a stop in Pittsburg to meet Dr. Dan Shipp, president of Pittsburg State University, where Sawyer earned her bachelor’s degree in 2006.  more
The Community Foundation of Southeast Kansas has announced that the Rita J. Bicknell Women’s Health Fund (WHF) awarded a total of $50,992 in grants to women’s health initiatives in 2022.   more
Red Cross seeks volunteers in SEK 
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Deb Brinegar, a community volunteer leader for the Red Cross, appeared before the Crawford County Commission to ask for more Red Cross volunteers to work in the area.  more
The Indian Student Association at PSU will once again share their culture with the campus and community with Diwali Night, an annual festival that will be held starting at 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 29. more
County considers creating a new road crew 
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At Tuesday’s Crawford County Commission meeting, Commissioner Bruce Blair put forward the idea of creating a full-time, two-man crew to perform preventative maintenance on county roads to extend their lifespan and reduce the long-term costs of repairs.   more
Gov. Laura Kelly on Tuesday announced more than $22 million in grants to law enforcement organizations and sexual assault crisis centers that support crime victims and survivors, including over $430,000 for Crawford County organizations.   more
Students learn from local designers
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Pittsburg State University interior design students had the opportunity to learn a different avenue toward achieving their career goals from local designers and owners of the White Elephant Emporium Stephanie Beitzinger Watts and Danielle Beitzinger on Monday evening.   more
USD 250 begins strategic planning 
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The USD 250 school board began discussions on the district’s five-year strategic plan on Monday night. Board members have developed an overall outline in which to plug in various goals and priorities according to category, but still remain flexible enough to add, exchange, switch, or reorder those priorities as the need arises.  more
Tickets are on sale now for “Big Fish,” being produced by Pittsburg High School’s Music Rep Theatre class, with the help of students in jazz band and stagecraft classes, Nov. 10 to 12, in the PHS Auditorium.  more
Just in time for spooky season, Pittsburg Ballet will present The Sleeping Beauty this weekend.   more
The nomination for the 2023 Time Dealer of the Year award of Jay Hatfield — whose vehicle dealerships include locations in Frontenac, Columbus, Chanute, and Joplin — was announced this week by Time.  more
PSU Homecoming Parade 
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An area man died following an accident over the weekend when he was pinned against a pickup truck by a driverless tractor, according to the Kansas Highway Patrol.  more
Michael Harry awarded a Quilt of Valor
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Gov. Kelly Zooms into Chatters 
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Scheduled to make a local appearance during Pittsburg State homecoming on Saturday, Gov. Laura Kelly was delayed in Topeka due to high winds across the state. But that did not deter her supporters who gathered at Chatters Bar and Grill for a luncheon with the governor in a private bar reminiscent of a 1920s speak-easy.  more
lake Benson, president of the Pittsburg Area Chamber of Commerce, marked the end of a nine-month restoration project with a ribbon cutting ceremony Monday at the welcome center in Pittsburg. more
Good deed follows dinner
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For former Parsons resident Ronald Hicks, Pichler’s Chicken Annies is his favorite place to eat in the whole world. So, when he mistakenly gave his waitress $550 for a tip, he was grateful when she and the restaurant’s manager chased after him to return his money.   more
Game warden’s job completed by new partner
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According to him, Kansas Game Warden Austin Sievert has the perfect job. After all, he gets to hang out outdoors all day long and play with his dog.  more
K-3 resurfacing work to begin next week
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The week of Oct. 24, KDOT plans to start a resurfacing project on highway K-3 between K-31, near Blue Mound in Linn County, and U.S. 54, near Bronson in Bourbon County.  more
Next week's Chamber Coffee will feature an exciting twist: a pumpkin decorating contest sponsored by Ascension Via Christi, which is hosting the Chamber Coffee in coordination with the Pittsburg Area Chamber of Commerce.  more
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