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Biking Across Kansas coming to SEK

Registration for the 49th annual Biking Across Kansas tour opens Sunday, Jan. 29, which is, fittingly, Kansas Day. The riders will pedal the highways and byways from June 10 to 17, on a route that will bring them through Southeast Kansas. 

Mirza Shrine installs new potentate

Jan. 18 marked a new chapter in the history of Mirza Shrine with the installation of Mark Stapleton as its 115th potentate. “Illustrious Sir Stapleton, Oswego, was ‘fezzed’ by First Lady Vicky during the installation ceremony held at the conclusion of the temple’s Annual Meeting,” Mirza Shrine said in a press release. 

Author donates books to Safehouse

Rebeccah Silence, author of “Coming Back to Life: A Roadmap to Healing from Pain to Create the Life You Want,” and her publisher Health Communications Inc. (HCI) recently donated copies of the book to Pittsburg’s Safehouse Crisis Center. 

Woman of Distinction: Katie Falk

From the time she was a young girl growing up in Frontenac, Ascension Via Christi Hospitalist and 2023 Pittsburg Area Chamber of Commerce Woman of Distinction Dr. Katie Falk always had a curious mind. She said she was constantly asking her parents questions and always furthering it with “but why?” 

Citizens get pampered

Quadrupling the number of attendees from the previous event, Harry Hynes Memorial Hospice held its second Foot Care Clinic at the Homer Cole Center on Wednesday afternoon.  

Officials discuss updates to Imagine Pittsburg plan

Representatives from Imagine Pittsburg updated the city commission Tuesday evening on the progress of the next stage of Imagine Pittsburg (IP), a civic initiative originally known as Imagine Pittsburg 2030 (IP 2030) that began in 2010 to plan and implement economic and infrastructure improvements in Pittsburg.
Looking Back

In 1973, the Vietnam peace accords were signed in Paris

Today is Friday, Jan. 27, the 27th day of 2022. There are 338 days left in the year. 

A Japanese garden for Lincoln Park was under consideration

Excerpted stories in Crawford County newspaper archives
My hat’s off to Pawprints on the Heartland
I would like to pay tribute to a local veterinarian and make a suggestion that might be helpful to our county. Born here, but left in 1968, I returned in 2006. Dr. Laura Morland of Girard already seemed legendary providing low-cost neutering for pets and operating her own business since 1974.
‘He’s Trump without the craziness’
As the old adage puts it: Be careful what you wish for.  Democrats have been watching Donald Trump's unraveling influence with undisguised glee.
The never-ending war on Brett Kavanaugh
Brett Kavanaugh was sworn in as a justice of the Supreme Court more than four years ago, on Oct. 6, 2018. His oath followed perhaps the ugliest Supreme Court Senate confirmation process in history — and that, given the previous examples of Robert Bork and Clarence Thomas, is saying something.
Newly released video shows the husband of former U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi fighting for control of a hammer with his assailant during an attack in the couple’s San Francisco home last year. …
Social media users shared a range of false claims this week. Here are the facts: Flavor enhancers added to food products do not contain aborted fetal tissue. Changes to Federal Aviation …

A timeline of events in Tyre Nichols arrest, death

A timeline of events in the Tyre Nichols case, which sparked state and federal investigations into police brutality and led to murder and other charges against the five officers involved in his …

The fallout from the shooting of a teacher by a first-grader in Virginia has prompted a staff shakeup in the Newport News school district. In addition to the firing of  Superintendent Gary Parker …
Fierce battles in eastern Ukraine have thrown a new spotlight on a private Russian military group led by a rogue millionaire with longtime links to Russia’s President Vladimir Putin. The Wagner …
Human Rights Watch says it has obtained a database leaked from the government of El Salvador that corroborates massive due process violations, severe prison overcrowding and deaths in custody under …
The foreign ministers of France and the Netherlands paid an official visit to Romania on Friday where they visited a NATO battlegroup, and later signed an agreement to strengthen ties between the …
Spain's National Court says it has charged a 74-year-old retired man with terrorism for allegedly sending six letters containing explosive material to Spain’s prime minister and the U.S. and …
Roberta Jean Coomes
Roberta Jean Coomes, 84, of Frontenac, died at 8:10 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2023, at her home. She was born Aug. 20, 1938, in Parsons, Kansas, the daughter of Ben and Marie (Purdon) Witty. On …
Wilma Jean Smardo
Wilma Jean Smardo, 94, of Frontenac, passed away at 7:40 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2023, at Via Christi Hospital. Additional information and arrangements will be announced by the Brenner Mortuary, …
Claron Mark Cole
Claron Mark Cole, age 79, of Shenandoah, Iowa, passed away at his home on Monday afternoon, Jan. 23, 2023. Claron Mark Cole was born on May 5, 1943, in Garnett, Kansas, the son of Claron Glenn and …
Aimee Marie Bennett
Aimee Marie Bennett, 44, of Girard, died at 5:30 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2023, at the Girard Medical Center.  Aimee was born Jan. 2, 1979, in Pittsburg, the daughter of Gary and Kim Swart …
Melissa Dawn Ivy-McCall (Baumgardner)
Melissa Dawn Ivy-McCall (Baumgardner), 40, of Pittsburg, passed away on Wednesday, Oct. 18, at Via Christi Hospital after a brave battle with cancer. Melissa was born in Pittsburg to James and …
Local sports

Kill, New Mexico State celebrate 7-6 season

Not many college football teams get too excited about a 7-6 season. But that's not the case at New Mexico State.

CATCHING UP WITH .... Joel Kafka

During his time with the Pittsburg Purple Dragons from 2016-2019, Joel Kafka carved out a banner career.   After his high school graduation, Kafka, a multiple all-state honoree in both …

Girard native Anthony Crespino enjoys first season at TCU

Since birth, Girard native and Texas Christian University's associate athletics director for football Anthony Crespino has had a close relationship with football. Anthony is the son of the late …
Growing up in El Dorado, Trip Baker was a three-sport athlete with aspirations of playing collegiate baseball, but was unable to find the right scholarship. Now, the Pittsburg State University freshman has a new way to stay active, by playing cornhole.  
After making a career harassing quarterbacks in the Southeast Kansas League, Pittsburg High School alum Trevor Kent parlayed his high school success to become a valuable cog of a fearsome Northwestern defensive line for four seasons.
Some touchdowns are more special than others. Just ask Buffalo Bills wide receiver John Brown. Brown, former All-American at Pittsburg State, made a diving catch for a 42-yard touchdown during …
Imagine the discussion that coaches Willie Fritz and Sam Pittman could have at a future Pittsburg State football reunion.
Every month the Treble Clef Club of Pittsburg holds a meeting at which members feature a musical performance, and for January’s event the club decided to invite the community to view the movie “Hamilton” at the Bicknell Family Center for the Arts on Monday afternoon. 
Next month, local dads will have the chance to take their daughters on a whirlwind world tour, courtesy of the City of Pittsburg. On Thursday, the Pittsburg Park and Recreation Department announced its 13th annual Dad & Daughter Date Night will be held on Saturday, Feb. 18, at Memorial Auditorium.
Pittsburg State University is inviting the public to attend a free event in February celebrating the life and legacy of Dr. Eva Jessye, a Southeast Kansas native and Artist in Residence at PSU from 1978 to 1981. 
The classic production H.M.S. Pinafore; or, The Lass That Loved a Sailor, by the renowned theatrical duo W. S. Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan, will be coming to Pittsburg State University in early 2023. 

January is for slow-cooking

It's a slow-cooking time of year, which calls for a meal like this: an aromatic pot of braised short ribs, blanketed in a richly fortified sauce, exuding warmth and comfort.