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Campus, community mourn loss of Overman

Mon, 12/10/2018 - 14:43
PITTSBURG — A Pitt State Gorilla since 1936, Jack H. Overman embodied what Once a Gorilla Always Gorilla means.The long-time Gorilla fan, alum, leader and local legend, died Saturday at the age of 100.“Jack Overman represents everything that's good about Pittsburg State … his passion for Gorilla athletics, his commitment to individual students, and his enduring love for the institution,”  PSU President Steve Scott said in a release. “His [...]

Paterni receives Kaye Lynne Webb Influential Woman in Business Award

Sat, 12/08/2018 - 11:59
PITTSBURG — President of Pitsco Education Lisa Paterni receives the Kaye Lynne Webb Influential Woman in Business Award. During the 2018 Women in Business Breakfast, presented by the Pittsburg Area Chamber of Commerce, Freeman Health System and Watco Companies, the Influential Woman in Business Award and the Women of Distinction were recognized on Friday. Friend and former co-worker Robbin Mussa introduced Paterni to the crowd. “I had the opportunity to work [...]

PATRICK'S PEOPLE — Bowen's set to retire after decades of dedication to Christmas Tree tradition

Sat, 12/08/2018 - 11:50
PITTSBURG — A decades-old Christmas tradition will come to an end this year. Over the years, many families have visited the Bowen’s Christmas Tree Farm to pick out the perfect Christmas tree.This December will be bittersweet, the ending of the Bowens’ 35-year journey selling Christmas Trees.“We’re going to miss it,” Karen Bowen said. “It’s bittersweet and in some respects it’s been very sad and we’ve seen a [...]

Nativity scene walk-through set for Friday and Saturday

Wed, 12/05/2018 - 13:12
PITTSBURG — Over 300 nativity scenes will be on display at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, in Pittsburg, on Friday and Saturday. The nativity festival — which includes live music, apple cider and cookies —  will open at 5 p.m. through 9 p.m. on Friday and 11 a.m. through 8 p.m. on Saturday at 1507 South Rouse.  This event is free to the public. There will also be a room where children can make crafts and play. Families can also take a [...]

Business under review at council meeting

Wed, 12/05/2018 - 13:07
ARMA —  After moving to a residential area, a local business’ Conditional Use permit will be sent back to Planning and Zoning for reevaluation and clarification of details.M&M Tactical’s business permit was discussed during the City of Arma council meeting on Monday. Owned by Mitch and Misty Huddleston, the business opened a storefront in May in downtown Arma. The store offered gun sales, full service gunsmithing and customization. Mitch Huddleston is [...]

Winter storm warnings rare last few years

Wed, 12/05/2018 - 13:06
A winter storm warning hasn’t been called for the Southeast Kansas area for nearly four years. It was January of 2015 when the area last had a winter storm warning from the National Weather Service in Springfield, Missouri. “In order to put out a winter storm there must be a snow accumulation of 6 inches or greater or  a combination of snow or sleet that would be impactful,” National Weather Service Meteorologist Doug Cramer said. “It just goes to [...]

Safe Routes to School project complete

Tue, 12/04/2018 - 13:50
PITTSBURG — The City of Pittsburg and Pittsburg Community Schools celebrated the new and improved walking trails on Tuesday. The sidewalks were made possible through the Safe Routes to School program which encourages active transportation, such as walking or riding bikes, particularly to school.The Safe Routes to School project began in June which resulted in a six-foot walkway along Homer Street from Centennial Drive to George Nettels, a 10-foot trail along Broadway Street [...]

Mt. Carmel Auxiliary collects presents for foster children

Tue, 12/04/2018 - 13:46
PITTSBURG — Children in foster care may have a brighter Christmas with the help of donations from the Mt. Carmel Auxiliary. The Auxiliary is hosting a toy drive for area children in foster care until Dec. 10. People may drop off toys and gift cards for children — newborns to teens — at the Via Christi Gift Shop.  Most foster care children leave home with only a few bags leaving many belongings behind, Director of Volunteer Services Susan Barrett said. The [...]

Holiday Express comes to town Friday

Tue, 12/04/2018 - 13:43
PITTSBURG — All aboard! Kansas City Southern Railroad’s Holiday Express will chug into Pittsburg on Friday as part of its annual Christmas tour.Starting at 4 p.m. on Friday, families can make their way to the intersection of Elm and Monroe Streets to explore the festively-lit Holiday Express. The engine will be pulling a gingerbread boxcar, the elves’ workshop, a reindeer stable, a little red caboose, and Rudy, a flatcar with the most precious Christmas cargo of [...]

County approves funding for County Corrections insurance

Tue, 12/04/2018 - 13:38
GIRARD — After several meetings, the Crawford County Commission has arrived at a temporary solution to help County Corrections provide full-family insurance for its employees. A day shy of deadline, the county approved a motion to absorb $80 of each County Corrections employee’s single premium per month to help defray health insurance costs. For employees paying for the full-family plan, the county will absorb the same amount off the employee share of the premium. The [...]

Westar Energy Foundation awards Nature Reach $10,000

Mon, 12/03/2018 - 14:13
PITTSBURG — The program which has connected area children with wildlife received a $10,000 grant award from Westar Energy Foundation on Monday. The Nature Reach serves over 4,000 children a year in communities in Southeast Kansas, Northeast Oklahoma and Southwest Missouri. Since 1985, the Nature Reach has “committed to providing natural history and environmental education outreach programming to school and community groups,” a release said. “Its annual [...]

All aboard the Christmas Express!

Mon, 12/03/2018 - 14:12
PITTSBURG — Area first graders — in pajamas — took a special trip in the Watco Christmas Express on Monday.  The annual event was hosted by Watco Company’s All Aboard Foundation, which began approximately three years ago. "We wanted to give every kids at the school a train ride," All Aboard Foundation President Brad Snow said. The students — from USD 250,, Frontenac and St. Mary’s Colgan — watched the movie “Polar [...]

Small businesses encouraged to take cyber security class

Mon, 12/03/2018 - 14:07
PITTSBURG —  The Kansas Small Business Development Center is hosting a workshop to help small businesses avoid a cyber security breach.As part of their entrepreneurial education series, the workshop, entitled Cyber Security, will be presented from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Dec. 11 at the Kansas Polymer Research Center at 1204 Research Rd, Pittsburg. To register for the class people may contact Mindy Lee at mindy.lee@pittstate.edu. The class is free and is open to all [...]

Pancake Day

Sat, 12/01/2018 - 09:53
PITTSBURG — Fresh warm pancakes and sausage were served for the 70th time by Pittsburg  Kiwanis on Saturday at Memorial Auditorium. For decades, Pancake Day has filled the community’s bellies, all the while raising funds to support children and communities. This is their biggest fundraiser of the year, which helps Kiwanis support organizations such as Children’s Advocacy Center, Family Resource Center, Habitat for Humanity and many other services in the area. [...]

Avalon Hospice hosts decorating contest to provide presents for patients

Fri, 11/30/2018 - 16:04
Avalon Hospice is hosting a mini Christmas tree decorating contest to help purchase gifts for patients. The community is encouraged to visit local participating business to “vote” on mini Christmas trees decorated specially for the event. There are no ballot votes, each $1 collected will count as a single vote.  The funds raised will go to help make this holiday season special, whether the patient is in an assisted living or skilled nursing facility.  The [...]

Work session discusses horse operation

Fri, 11/30/2018 - 15:54
GIRARD — The Crawford County Commission hosted a work session on Tuesday to discuss a horse rescue operation located in a largely residential area on E 20th St. in Pittsburg.Tensions ran high as Rich Rhuems, a resident near the horse rescue operation owned by Dani Menghini and Jennifer Girth, addressed the commission regarding what Rhuems said are inappropriate conditions for horses, as well as excessive trash on the property.“If you can’t leave it better than [...]

First National Bank of Girard and GNBank merge

Wed, 11/28/2018 - 13:49
GIRARD — Two of Girard’s most historic institutions plan to merge in 2019.An agreement has been reached for First National Bank of Girard to merge into GNBank (formerly Girard National Bank), pending regulatory and shareholder approval. The merger will be conducted as a cash transaction and is expected to close in Spring of 2019.“This agreement is good for our community, our customers and our employees,” Jerome Beezley, First National Bank Chairman, said. [...]

Mandy’s Place brings southern cuisine to Pittsburg

Wed, 11/28/2018 - 13:48
PITTSBURG — Want some southern cooking? Take a trip down south — South Broadway that is — and visit Mandy’s Place. Mandy’s Place, located at 206 S. Broadway, in Pittsburg, serves red beans and rice, jambalaya, shrimp creole and more. The restaurant is open 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday. The restaurant is the lifelong dream of Pittsburg resident Mandy Duncan. She opened Mandy’s Place at the end of September.Duncan said it has [...]

Mayor Johnson resigns, leaving vacancy on Pittsburg City Commission

Wed, 11/28/2018 - 13:46
PITTSBURG —  Pittsburg Mayor Jeremy Johnson has resigned his position on the Pittsburg City Commission, following his election to the Crawford County commission. Johnson’s resignation is effective Dec. 21. “I’ve enjoyed serving with him,” Pittsburg City Manager Daron Hall said. “He’s a great advocate for the city, has a ton of energy, is easy to work with and has been extremely supportive to the staff, which I can't say [...]

People encouraged to donate blood, volunteer for Red Cross

Wed, 11/28/2018 - 13:30
PITTSBURG — On “Giving Tuesday” people gave blood and volunteered for the Red Cross. The Monday and Tuesday blood drive at Countryside Christian Church exceeded the goal for both days with 54 and 45 units of blood donated respectively. Pittsburg drives collected 638 units of blood this year, which is 21 units more than 2017. This figure does not include the drives hosted by Pittsburg State University, City of Pittsburg employees, Pitsco, the Pittsburg Area [...]

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