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The Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office announced Wednesday that John Wesley Potter, 34, of Riverton, has been sentenced to 30 months in prison in Cherokee County District Court.  more
Crawford County Mental Health Center’s governing board announced Tuesday that it has established an advisory board “to incorporate meaningful participation of clients, family members, advocates, and passionate community members.” The advisory board was created as part of a $4 million CCBHC grant through the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).   more
All Aboard!
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Despite the fog and rain, over 250 area first graders and teachers from Pittsburg Community Schools and Saint Mary’s-Colgan met Santa Claus and a pair of his elves for a ride on his private train on Tuesday morning. The annual event is made possible by Watco Industries’ Southern Kansas and Oklahoma Railroad (SKOL) and volunteers from Heart of the Heartlands.  more
Frontenac council discusses infrastructure 
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Monday night’s Frontenac City Council meeting concentrated on upcoming and ongoing infrastructure projects. In his report to the council, City Administrator John Zafuta said the city’s finances are in good shape as revenues are up and expenses are down, leaving the city with an additional $1 million in revenue for the year.   more
PHS to host Breakfast with Santa
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As a special treat for children, Pittsburg High School Theatre students will be hosting Breakfast with Santa at 9 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 10, at Pittsburg High School, 1978 E. 4th St. The event is free and open to the public with no tickets or reservations required.  more
Two firefighters hurt in Tuesday fire
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A house fire on Locust Street left two firefighters with minor injuries Tuesday, and resulted in a pet casualty, but human occupants of the residence were unharmed.  more
Larry Dustin Flowers, 39, of Webb City, Missouri, was recently sentenced in Cherokee County District Court to more than four years in prison for two cases involving fleeing from law enforcement, the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office announced Tuesday.  more
Two people were killed and two seriously injured in two separate vehicle collisions Monday in Crawford and Cherokee counties, according to the Kansas Highway Patrol.  more
A Missouri woman was arrested over the weekend after a contractor caught her allegedly attempting to steal property from the Cherokee County Rural Water District.  more
A big check for mini golf 
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Pittsburg Parks and Recreation Director Toby Book was presented a check for $10,000 by the staff of Riggs Chiropractic on Friday evening. The funds are to be used for the construction of a new miniature golf course at Four Oaks in Lincoln Park as part of a match amount required for additional grant funding.   more
State of the City 
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Following a similar format to that of the last two years, since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, Pittsburg Mayor Cheryl Brooks presented the 2022 State of the City address virtually on Monday in a video posted to the city’s Youtube channel.  more
Kiwanis flip flapjacks for funds
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On Saturday, members of the Pittsburg Kiwanis Club served the community in a different way, as they brought back their annual Pancake Day fundraiser for the first time since 2019.   more
PHS to host holiday concert
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On Wednesday, the Pittsburg High School Music Department will present “Vespers for Kids,” a concert geared towards families and children, starting at 7 p.m. at Memorial Auditorium.  more
The Kansas Bureau of Investigation, Allen County Sheriff’s Office, and Neosho County Sheriff’s Office are investigating a homicide after a man was found dead Saturday evening in Chanute, according to the KBI.  more
A Parsons man has been sentenced to more than 28 years in prison for conspiracy to commit sexual exploitation of a child in a case involving production of child pornography, the Department of Justice has announced.  more
Chamber honors women in business
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For the past 17 years, the Pittsburg Area Chamber of Commerce has empowered women by recognizing influential females of the community through its annual Women in Business Breakfast and Women of Distinction calendar. more
Kansas of the 1890s would be the wettest in a generation, with the Balkans providing one of the best examples of how statewide liquor prohibition simply would not succeed. more
County seeks solutions to dry out courthouse
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Crawford County Commissioners on Friday heard a proposal from RenoDry USA to address water damage in the basement of the county courthouse. The century-old building has a few cracks in its foundation, and when coupled with recent heavy rains, puddles of standing water are left in the basement. The years have taken a toll, and the building’s structural integrity is suffering the long-term effects of its age.  more
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