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Saving Hope

Sat, 07/14/2018 - 06:37
Children too, can have mental health issues.According to the Kansas Department of Health and Environment seven children aged five to 14 and 71 children and young adults aged 15-to-24 died of suicide in 2016 in Kansas — the last year for which numbers were available.The same year, for children aged five to 14 years, suicide was the third-leading cause of death and is the second leading cause of death for [...]

Judge sets $250k bond in arson case

Wed, 07/11/2018 - 14:58
McCUNE — A woman suspected of a string of arsons in McCune has been formally charged with six counts of residential arson and one count of aggravated arson. According to a release from the Crawford County Sheriff’s Office, on Monday, investigators from the Kansas State Fire marshal’s Office and CRSO arrested Sherry L. Kerby, 46, of McCune, on one count of arson of a dwelling. On Wednesday, Kerby [...]

Speech, debate students have success at nationals

Wed, 07/11/2018 - 10:08
PITTSBURG — After days and nights of practice, the Pittsburg High School speech and debate students’ hard work paid off. The students left Pittsburg in mid-June to go to the National Speech and Debate Association National Tournament in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. “I would say this was the best showing at nationals we’ve ever had collectively,” PHS Debate and Forensics Advisor [...]

Youth help community through volunteer work

Tue, 07/10/2018 - 16:18
PITTSBURG — Catholic youth will be serving their neighbors in southeast Kansas for the next two weeks. The youth and their team leaders are part of Prayer and Action which is a group which takes “in-country” mission trips. It is made up of high school students and team leaders — including a few seminary students. “It was important to have it here because it [...]

PATRICK's PEOPLE — Bev and Gail help children make memories at library

Tue, 07/10/2018 - 16:16
PITTSBURG — The curtains raised and the crowd of tots got quiet for a puppet show. With wiggles all wiggled out, their listening ears on and their lips “quieted,” the story of “Slurping Beauty” began, with the puppets bringing the characters to real life on Tuesday at Pittsburg Public Library. “I think reading has been summer tradition at libraries from the beginning, [...]

Two suspects lead Pitt PD on chases

Mon, 07/09/2018 - 11:56
PITTSBURG — A Pittsburg man was apprehended after attempting to elude the police over the weekend. At approximately 12:54 p.m., Sunday, the Pittsburg Police Department were dispatched to JC Penney’s department store at Meadowbrook Mall in reference to shoplifting. According to a release, upon arrival officers saw the suspect fleeing the scene in a silver Ford Taurus. [...]

Moving Forward: Colonial Fox a large part of downtown renaissance

Sat, 07/07/2018 - 22:00
A great community, deserves a great downtown.This was the mission of the Colonial Fox Theater Foundation board in 2007 and it still holds true today, CFTF Executive Director Vonnie Corsini said."What we started saying in 2007 is a great community deserves a great downtown," she said. "We feel just as strongly about that statement and what is very exciting to us is that we see that the downtown is beginning to show its greatness and it’s beginning to emerge. [...]

KSSART encourages pet kits for disasters

Thu, 07/05/2018 - 14:31
PITTSBURG — The Kansas State Animal Response Team recommends pet owners create a special bag for pets in case of a natural disaster. KSSART provides care and assistance after natural or manmade disasters — including training for volunteers to teach them the skills they need for rescuing a wide range of animals — from cats to horses. The disaster responders do not self-deploy, but are deployed by the county emergency [...]

Pittsburg Piano Festival back for second year

Thu, 07/05/2018 - 14:26
PITTSBURG — Internationally known artists and student performers from across the United States will debut a large repertoire of music from Sergei Rachmaninoff to Chopin.Last year, no one knew what to expect during last year’s Pittsburg Piano Festival and Competition, Treble Clef Club Festival Director Janis Saket said.Despite the uncertainty, the event was a great success, Saket said, guest [...]

CHC SEK wins auction for pirate playground equipment

Tue, 07/03/2018 - 12:41
PITTSBURG — Children will soon set sail on a pirate ship outside of Community Health Center of Southeast Kansas. Figuratively speaking of course. The Southeast Kansas Career and Technical Education Center construction trades class creates a large-scale project every year. This year, the students build a pirate ship and put it up for auction to replace the cost of materials [...]

PHS Theatre back from Internationals

Tue, 07/03/2018 - 12:38
PITTSBURG — PHS theatre, band and stagecraft, just came back from internationals, and have the community to thank, they said.  In November, Greg Shaw’s Music Rep Theatre class, Cooper Neil’s Jazz Band class, along with Chuck Boyle’s stagecraft class began working on “Urinetown,” a satirical comedy set in a future where a massive water shortage has hit the world resulting in the townsfolk having to [...]

Girard National Bank celebrates century mark with new name, special book

Mon, 07/02/2018 - 15:20
GIRARD — Girard is known for printing “Little Blue Books,” and The Appeal to Reason, along with being the first airplane factory in the Midwest. Girard National Bank is also part of Girard’s history. It was opened February 25, 1918 by a group of 116 local farmers, ranchers and minors — the original stockholders. Over the years, the bank helped [...]

Finding Hope

Sun, 07/01/2018 - 07:03
PITTSBURG — Each year almost 45,000 Americans commit suicide.For each suicide, there are 25 attempts — over 1 million people tried to take their own lives. This does not count the number of people who are battling with mental health and are thinking about suicide. According to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, Kansas; suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in Kansas, the second [...]

Bicyclists clean playground

Wed, 06/27/2018 - 14:57
PITTSBURG — With a ton of sunscreen in tow, the Bike across the US for MS bicyclists made their way to Pittsburg on Tuesday. On Wednesday — on their rest day — they helped clean up Katherine’s Playground at Schlanger Park, an all inclusive playground for all ages and abilities. “On behalf of Everybody Plays, we would like to thank the Bike for US for MS for taking [...]

Patrick's People — Endicott honors fallen friend's family with fundraiser

Wed, 06/27/2018 - 08:35
PITTSBURG — A local veteran found a way to help families of fallen soldiers. United States Marine Corps veterans sergeants Chris Endicott and Justin Baughman met years ago when they were stationed in North Carolina. Both had a tour in Iraq together.   "We became friends immediately, his mom and my wife and everybody say we are just alike," Endicott said. "He was my best friend, we talked all [...]

Students learn what it takes to be a first responder

Tue, 06/26/2018 - 15:18
PITTSBURG — From safely taking someone out of a wrecked car to what goes on inside an EMS truck, local students now have an idea what it takes to be a first responder. Through a program called Pittsburg High School Leadership Academy, students found out what happens when first responders go on call. Pittsburg Community Schools educators PHS Assistant Principal Chris Garzone, Inclusion Resource Jill Stanley and [...]

Pittsburg revamps bicycle unit

Mon, 06/25/2018 - 15:43
PITTSBURG — Pittsburg Police officers will be taking a different approach to patrolling downtown Pittsburg. The Bike Patrol Unit has been around since the 1990s, but recently was revamped after many changes in the city, Bicycle Unit Coordinator and Patrol Sgt.Travis Bowman said. In the past, people may have seen the police patrol on bikes at 4th of July Celebration and Little Balkans Days. The city plans to [...]

Kansas Supreme Court rules school funding inadequate

Mon, 06/25/2018 - 14:47
TOPEKA — The Kansas Supreme Court Monday ruled for the third time in two years that the state's spending on public schools is inadequate despite an increase approved earlier this year, but gave the state another year to come up with more funding.The high court rejected arguments from the state that a new law phasing in a $548 million increase in funding over five years is enough to provide a "suitable" education for [...]

An Act of Kindness — Community pulls together to help Gale with treatment expenses

Sat, 06/23/2018 - 09:35
After learning about Gale Goff’s story, one Pittsburg resident wanted to find a way to help.After watching a viral video on the internet about a community pooling together to help a family struggling with the effects of cancer, Lori Wilks said she wanted to do the same for Gale."I couldn’t stop thinking about her," she said. "I wanted to gather as many people as I could and do that for her."The family in the video was sitting in a restaurant [...]

‘Image of Divine Mercy” — purpose behind ‘Jesus’ sign explained

Fri, 06/22/2018 - 13:57
PITTSBURG — In Highland Park Cemetery stands a symbol of mercy and compassion.It was placed there by a handful of people who would like to share, the “Image of Divine Mercy” and the mercy and compassion which it symbolizes in Sept. 2017. “The picture is a universal symbol,” Pittsburg resident Joanne Wenzl said. “When people see the image, it is a visible reminder of [...]

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