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Seeking black pepper and cottage cheese
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My wife and I have been seeking black pepper, pimienta negra in Spanish. It’s been a hard thing. We’ve been able to find the pepper corn easily enough, but pre-ground black pepper is rather elusive. Fear not, we have found it, but it has been a challenge. more
US Highway 69 proposed route
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I am writing in opposition to the plan to expand US 69 Highway in Crawford County via the Western Route. more
The undeniable value of this newspaper
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Were it left to me to decide if we should have a government without newspapers, or newspapers without a government, I should not hesitate a moment to prefer the latter. — Thomas Jefferson … more
It all started with Bobo
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Former Frontenac resident and KSC graduate, Ben George, is back with an intriguing story about hard work, college, and how a neighbor’s dog named Bobo serendipitously impacted his fate. — … more
June is Dairy Month
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As I look at the calendar I realize “June, National Dairy Month” is with us once again. This month brings back some special memories associated with milk. Probably the memory farthest … more
Fake market drama
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"I am 35, may I know how young are you? I hope we can have a nice chat." The private message came from a Twitter account with a profile picture showing a beautiful young woman. I immediately knew it … more
All Together Now
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What’s “All Together Now”—a Beatles song, an ideal to strive for, or the theme of our Summer Reading Program?   Trick question—it’s all three!   And … more
In the last few articles, I’ve discussed the importance of cities and how important it is that people get engaged with the growth that is happening in Pittsburg. In the next articles, I will talk about what growth looks like and what it means, the sources of this growth, and how to keep it going.  more
What do you recycle?
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The Southeast Kansas Recycling Center basically takes all recyclables except plastic bags. more
A 'thank you' to our sponsors
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Women Helping Women: A Fairy Godmothers’ Fund’s Spring Brunch and Silent Auction was a success. The location was wonderful, the brunch excellent, and attendees were generous in their bidding and donations.  Many thanks to all who attended. more
When we, a group of local businesspeople, decided to purchase the Morning Sun in the summer of 2021, we knew this wasn’t going to be an easy journey, but one that is worthwhile for our community to bring back local news written by local writers because we believe communities still need reliable local newspapers. more
Mental Health Awareness
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May has been Mental Health Awareness Month. If you are on social media at all, you have seen the memes about "Check on your strong friends" and "Be kind." My cynical Gen X nature gets a little tired of the lip service given to mental health in this country. Are we really doing these things? more
Fire in the closet, Part 3
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Here’s the conclusion of the three-part story by former Pittsburg resident, Jim Gore, about a mysterious fire in the family home at 1805 South Broadway, in Pittsburg. — J.T.K. more
Social media
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As promised, this week’s column is on the types of social media. more
How does your garden grow?
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My grandparents were masters when it came to gardening. The back half of their spacious backyard overflowed with vegetable plants — lettuce, beans, potatoes, okra, cucumbers, onions, tomatoes, and a gooseberry plant or two (which I gave a wide berth because of the sticker-y branches and I didn’t care for the fruit. Still don’t). My grandmother then canned or froze all that produce, as well as fruit they picked from the orchard in Parker, which then fed them the rest of the year. Some years they rented a garden plot elsewhere in town so they could grow even more produce. They had the greenest of thumbs and we got to reap the fruits — and vegetables — of their labor. more
Better than feared
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"I accidentally shaved your head." My young barber was supposed to use scissors on my head and a #5 razor on the sides. Immediately after I sat down, he grabbed the razor and ran it down the middle … more
Effecting change at the neighborhood level
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In my last article I talked about how the growth in Pittsburg will lead to significant changes and it is important to look for ways to participate in defining Pittsburg’s future. There are many ways to engage through city advisory boards, committees, or initiatives, but one of the most direct ways to impact where you live is in your own neighborhood. I’m sure there are aspects of your block that you would like to see improved - maybe there is an empty house that is in disrepair, street signs that need replaced, or maybe you’d like to have a neighborhood cleanup or block party. Whatever you’d like to see, they are more likely to happen if the people in the neighborhood work together. more
Debt Ceiling: The US has a spending problem
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He said, "I have almost $120,000 in credit card debt, and my wife doesn't know about all of it." It was back in my banker days, and this doctor came to me hoping I would give him a loan to pay off … more
Niceness: A lost art?
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If you follow the news much at all, you might think that people are at odds with each other. It sure seems that way. Newscasts often end with segments that showcase stories of friends, neighbors, or … more
In my previous article I talked about how the relationship between cities and their citizens is immediate and essential, and how beneficial it is to have necessary services delivered by qualified … more
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