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The Coffeyville Fire Department fought two significant structure fires last weekend, one at 7th and Pine and another on Penn Street.   more
Northeast High School social studies teacher Adam Smith invited local emergency responders to his classroom this week. Arma Fire Lt. Clayton Bammer and Ken Yoacum, training coordinator and deputy coroner from Crawford County EMS, gave presentations Wednesday and Thursday on emergency service careers and what is required to pursue those careers.  more
Chuck Smith faces last minute challenger
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Jordan Metcalf only filed his candidacy for the Kansas House of Representatives Third District seat early last week. With the general election only a little more than a week away, Metcalf admits his write-in campaign to defeat incumbent Republican Chuck Smith will be an uphill battle.  more
Not your average fairy tale
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Pitt State Theatre will present the comedic musical “Once Upon a Mattress” this weekend at the Bicknell Family Center for the Arts.   more
Trunk or Treatment
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After not having it since 2019, Crawford County Mental Health Center (CCMHC) is bringing back its Trunk or Treatment event, which will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 29 inside Meadowbrook Mall.   more
Boil water advisory issued in Galena
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KDHE has issued a boil water advisory for a portion of the City of Galena public water supply system located in Cherokee County. The area affected is all homes north of Windsor Street in Galena.  more
City commissioners heard Tuesday from Crista Cunningham, president of the Pittsburg ArtWalk Association, about why the city needs such a district. Cunningham said downtown Pittsburg in recent years has become the “heart of art” as the number public murals and artists visiting the area has increased. more
Alchemy Ink owner JP Harness and Pittsburg Area Chamber of Commerce members cut the ribbon for the new tattoo and piercing business in the Meadowbrook Mall in Pittsburg on Wednesday. Harness moved his business from Liberal, Kansas after his wife accepted a job in Pittsburg. Harness said he is looking forward to building his clientele in the area. more
Commission kerfuffle 
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Tuesday’s Pittsburg City Commission meeting got a bit heated toward the end as commissioners clashed over proper parliamentary procedure. more
‘The Ways We Get By’
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Author Joe Dornich from Riverside, California, gave a special reading on Tuesday evening at Pittsburg State University as part of the English department’s Visiting Writers Series. He read from his book of short stories called “The Ways We Get By.” Dornich said most of these stories revolved around certain types of jobs, and that he personally performed most of the jobs in his stories. more
Haunted History
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After the excitement of Homecoming last week, the Pittsburg State University Gorilla Activities Board (GAB) scheduled a few Halloween-themed events, starting with Haunted History on Tuesday evening.   more
In early November, KDOT expects to begin a pavement repair project on a 500-foot section of K-7 at Girard. K-7 will be closed to traffic north of K-47. A state route detour will be signed on K-47, U.S. 69 and K-39.  more
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
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