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Musical, ‘Footloose’ brings new perspective for parents, teachers

Wed, 02/13/2019 - 14:22
PITTSBURG — Pittsburg High School Theatre’s production of “Footloose” gives parents and teachers a new perspective. The toe tapping, 80s-themed musical will feature 18 adult cast members comprised of teachers, a realtor, a church secretary, a school secretary, a retired paralegal, a banker, two graduate student and a media relations director. Three of the adults in the cast have children who also are part of the show and two of those adults are reprising [...]

Seasons of love — Local couple celebrates 78 years of love

Wed, 02/13/2019 - 14:00
PITTSBURG — On Valentine’s Day, love will be in the air and hopefully will it will be as everlasting as Paul and Elvina “Viney” Shields’ marriage. One month and two days from Thursday, Paul and Viney will celebrate 78 years of marriage. Paul showed up to Viney’s doorstep to take her sister out on a date. Her sister, however, already had a date and so Paul asked Viney.Their first date was to the community dance. “I called [...]

Pittsburg wreck injures two

Wed, 02/13/2019 - 13:53
PITTSBURG — Two vehicles were involved in a head-on collision on 4th St. in the vicinity of Pittsburg High School shortly after 5 p.m. on Feb. 12. Devin Graff of Pittsburg, traveling westbound, crossed the center line and struck a vehicle driven by Carley Burger of Webb City, Mo., according to Pittsburg police. Both drivers sustained injuries and were transported to the Via Christi Emergency Room for treatment. Both vehicles were towed from the scene of the accident. An investigation [...]

Fundraiser for local volunteer firefighter set for Friday

Tue, 02/12/2019 - 13:30
FRONTENAC — The Frontenac Fire Department is hosting a fundraiser for volunteer firefighter Larry Lee who is currently battling cancer. In 2017, Lee was diagnosed with Myelofibrosis, a form of leukemia inside the bone marrow. He travels every six months to the MD Cancer Center in Texas. Soon he will be back to the cancer center, where he will be scheduled for a bone marrow transplant. To help with expenses the fire department is hosting a chili feed to benefit Lee [...]

Pasta for a cause — Habitat for Humanity spaghetti feed set for Thursday

Tue, 02/12/2019 - 13:28
PITTSBURG — People can share the love on Valentine’s Day by purchasing pasta for a cause. Coincidentally, the Habitat for Humanity spaghetti feed will be on Valentine’s Day. The spaghetti feed will raise funds for Habitat for Humanity, a non profit housing organization which helps build approximately one house a year in Crawford County. The dream of becoming homeowners is made possible because partnered families are able to enter into a mortgage with [...]

Area residents question trail plan

Tue, 02/12/2019 - 13:27
GIRARD — Several area residents showed up at Tuesday’s meeting of the Crawford County Commission to voice their concerns about a plan to turn an unused railway into a trail. The commission approved an initial step towards creating the trail, which was proposed by Live Well Crawford County and the Active Transportation Advisory Board, in coordination with Watco Companies, last month.Crawford County resident Mark Scales said he had not seen any specific plan detailing [...]

Polar Plunge and Strut on track to goal

Mon, 02/11/2019 - 13:28
PITTSBURG — On Saturday, local Polar Plungers made a splash raising over $20,000 so far for Special Olympics Kansas. The exact amount raised will be announced at a later date as more donations are being processed. The Special Olympics Polar Plunge and Strut is part of the Law Enforcement Torch Run event which benefits Special Olympics. The fundraiser helps with the cost of equipment, cost of competitions, healthy athlete programs, meal costs, healthy activities and other [...]

Morning Sun welcomes new reporter

Mon, 02/11/2019 - 12:51
PITTSBURG — The Morning Sun is pleased to announce the addition of Jonathan Riley to the editorial staff.Prior to his arrival in Pittsburg, Riley, originally of Oakland, California, held various positions in the news business. These have included working as a contributing writer to Massachusetts alternative newspaper DigBoston, a statehouse correspondent for two daily newspapers, also in Massachusetts, a general assignment reporter for a small town weekly paper in Southern [...]

Local organization connects foster families

Sat, 02/09/2019 - 11:32
Fostering children can be tough.Fostering Connections, founded by Frontenac resident Lacy Nickelson, was created to help these families connect through special events, such as bowling nights, moms coffees and crafting events to give foster families an opportunity to come together to share their experiences. Nickelson had visited and hosted many parties as a Mary Kay director, where she met women and families who were fostering children.  "We have caring, loving families [...]

Cold winter weather to continue

Thu, 02/07/2019 - 15:13
According to the National Weather Service of Springfield, Missouri, the cold and "wintery" weather may continue throughout the rest of the week. On Wednesday, there was an ice storm in the southeast Kansas area. According to National Weather Service of Springfield, Missouri, Meteorologist and Hydrologist Megan Terry, the area accumulated between one fourth to half an inch of ice. A foggy mist began in the early morning and by evening there was light freezing rain, according to the [...]

Girard Student places first in Poetry Out Loud contest

Thu, 02/07/2019 - 10:14
GIRARD — Girard High School student Noah Sandford received first place in the Southeast Kansas Region 4 Poetry Out Loud high school poetry recitation contest. The event was on Feb. 2 at Chanute Memorial Auditorium with contestants from Ft. Scott High School, St. Martin’s Academy in Fort Scott and Girard. According to a release from Poetry Out Loud, Noah placed first in the event, which qualifies him to perform at the Poetry Out Loud state competition on March 2, in [...]

Forever Flowers set to open Friday

Thu, 02/07/2019 - 10:10
ARMA — Friday is the big reveal of what businessman Larry Black has hidden behind the windows of his Arma storefront. What used to be Arma’s Drug Store, located at 504 E. Washington in Arma, is now a floral shop called Forever Flowers. There will be an open house of the store from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. Now inside are “forever floral arrangements” which are comprised of silk Hydrangeas, Orchids, Lilies and over 100 more flower options [...]

PATRICK'S PEOPLE — Jannette Allai helps students connect with mentors

Wed, 02/06/2019 - 13:38
GIRARD — Jannette Allai may have retired in 2001 after 32 years teaching at R.V. Haderlein Elementary school in Girard, but she’s not out of the building. In 2003, she was substituting for the Girard School district when she was asked to continue on as part of the national program, Helping One Student To Succeed. Rather than continuing the program, Allai agreed to continue a mentorship program similar to HOSTS to meet her district’s needs. She calls it the [...]

Schools take action after threats

Wed, 02/06/2019 - 12:08
On Wednesday, the Girard School District went on a lockdown after a threat was made toward the district.According to a release from the Girard Police Department, at approximately 7:45 a.m. students of the Girard School District reported to school officials that a threat was received by a communication device that an individual was coming to the school to shoot it up.Following protocol, USD 248 went into lockdown while GPD and Crawford County Sheriff's Office were notified [...]

SEK-CAP accepting applications for Homeless Housing Program

Tue, 02/05/2019 - 13:52
GIRARD — People who are homeless or about to become homeless have an opportunity to receive Tenant Based Rental Assistance through the Southeast Kansas Community Action Program. SEK-CAP will begin accepting applications for the Tenant Based Rental Assistance (TBRA) program at 8:30 a.m. on Feb. 14 and will continue to accept them until grant funding has been obligated, a release from SEK-CAP said.  This program is available for a limited time only.To qualify for [...]

PSU students share schematic design

Tue, 02/05/2019 - 13:45
PITTSBURG — Pittsburg State University students shared schematic designs for a potential warehouse turned activity center with local a businessman on Monday at the Kansas Technology Center. Local Businessman Larry Fields purchased the Pittcraft Printing warehouse and is considering creating a family center. When he thought of how he was going to lay everything out, one of the first groups he thought of were PSU students in Denise Bertoncino’s Interior Design course in the [...]

PSU students share the importance of diversity

Mon, 02/04/2019 - 13:46
PITTSBURG— “We are a box of crayons, each of us unique, but when we get together the picture is complete.” On Monday, Pittsburg State University Black Student Association members La’Sha Thomas, Omar Brantley, DeMarcus Edwards and Hispanics of Today members Jesse Magaña and Marisela Resendiz visited George Nettels Elementary School third graders. The lesson plan: diversity. Only allowed to use one crayon, Thomas told third grade students to make [...]

From Cub to ‘Eagle Scout’ — Scouts from local troops achieve highest honor

Sat, 02/02/2019 - 10:41
Local Scouts serve the community through projects while working their way toward being an Eagle Scout. After a successful community project and completing an application to bring before a review board, scouts can achieve the honor of “Eagle Scout.” The application includes the scouts’ involvement in the group over the years and a statement on their life ambitions and goals.With that in mind, several scouts in troops across southeast Kansas each took [...]

Gala results are in — Mount Carmel Foundation Gala most successful to date

Thu, 01/31/2019 - 10:44
PITTSBURG — The Mount Carmel Foundation reports that last week’s Emerald Anniversary Gala was the “best gala yet,” raising $114,000 for Ascension Via Christi Hospital. The foundation had a full house with 400 guests and 32 underwriters this year. “We are very excited and very grateful for the people who made it happen,” Mount Carmel Foundation Executive Director Johnna Norton said. “We will definitely put the funds to good use for [...]

Emergency shelter closed indefinitely — Safety, training issues force closure

Thu, 01/31/2019 - 10:41
PITTSBURG — On Tuesday evening and early Wednesday morning the temperature dropped to approximately 10 degrees and lower, and there was a dust of snow across Pittsburg and the surrounding area. When this type of severe weather occurs, The Door Fellowship Christian Church has in the past opened its doors to people who are homeless through its Code Blue emergency shelter. After an incident at the end of November, the church has decided to close the shelter indefinitely leaving the [...]