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KBI investigates homicide in Coffeyville

The KBI, Coffeyville Police Department, and Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office are conducting a homicide investigation after a man was allegedly shot and killed inside a Coffeyville home.  

SEK Library System meets with Frontenac City Council 

Sharon Moreland, director of the Southeast Kansas Library System, appeared before the Frontenac City Council on Monday to answer questions and offer advice on how to set up and administer the proposed city library. She has been a library consultant or director for 20 years. 

City council is backed-up in Frontenac 

Disgruntled citizens packed the Frontenac City Council meeting on Monday evening following heavy rains from recent storms that have overburdened the city’s sewer system, backing up rain and waste water into residents’ basements. 

Local clergy discuss Roe v. Wade 

The Pittsburg Ministerial Alliance met last Wednesday at Grace United Methodist Church in Pittsburg. After conducting their normal business, the clergy listened to a presentation by Father Jerome Spexarth of Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church concerning the possible overturning of Roe vs. Wade. 

Two arrested for drugs, sawed-off shotgun

Two people were arrested and a variety of narcotics and a sawed-off shotgun seized during an overnight traffic stop last week in rural Cherokee County. 

TJ Leland’s to host 10th Anniversary Celebration

To commemorate the 10th anniversary of local pub TJ Leland's, owners John Kutz and Terri Steele-Kutz will host a street fair celebration Saturday, May 28. 

SEK landmarks receive development grants 

Gov. Laura Kelly announced Monday the 11 recipients of this year’s Kansas Tourism Attraction Development Grants, including some in Southeast Kansas.

One woman killed, another injured in shooting incident

A Pittsburg man allegedly shot two women, killing one and injuring another on Friday. 

PCMS breaks ground on new renovations 

Faculty, staff, students, and the USD 250 school board gathered with parents and community members on the front steps of Pittsburg Community Middle School for a ground-breaking ceremony Monday, launching a summer of much needed restorations to the iconic building. 

Pittsburg pro-choice rally planned for Sunday

A rally, “Vote No on August 2,” will be held at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, May 15, starting at Pritchett Pavilion.

Oswego cattle trader ordered to pay nearly $270K, banned for life for violations

The U.S. District Court for the District of Kansas announced this week that it has ordered John Rife of Oswego, Kansas, to pay almost $270,000 for violations of federal livestock laws as well as entering a lifetime ban against him. 
Looking Back

A. & B. Mining Company of Okmulgee, Okla., was placed in the hands of receivers

Excerpted stories in Crawford County newspaper archives

In 1863, the Siege of Vicksburg began during the Civil War

Today is Wednesday, May 18, the 138th day of 2022. There are 227 days left in the year. 

Man charged in shooting deaths of two Kansas teenagers

A 24-year-old Kansas City man is jailed on charges of killing two Kansas teenagers. Police said Patrick Howard is charged with two counts of second-degree murder in the Feb. 18 deaths of Samuel Guess …

A Kansas man has been found guilty of capital murder in the 2018 killing of his pregnant girlfriend. Johnson County prosecutors say a jury convicted 31-year-old Devonte Dominique Wash on Monday for …
The tornado that damaged more than more than 1,000 buildings in south-central Kansas generated winds up to 165 mph and carved a path of destruction nearly 13 miles long. The National Weather Service …

Western cities map snow by air to refine water forecasting

Drought-prone cities in the U.S. West are mapping snow by air to refine their water forecasts. It's one way water managers are adjusting as climate change disrupts weather patterns and makes …

Authorities say an Alabama inmate had a “special relationship” with the jail official authorities believe assisted his escape. The Lauderdale County Sheriff’s Office said in a Tuesday news …
For veteran anti-abortion activists, the leaked U.S. Supreme Court document reads like a detailed dream come true, spelling out a potential ruling allowing states to ban abortion. Yet even as they …
On a dusty field on the east side of Mexico’s sprawling capital, some 500 Ukrainian refugees are waiting in large tents under a searing sun for the United States government to tell them they can …
Climate change and habitat loss from big agriculture are combining to swat down global insect populations, with each problem making the other worse, a new study finds. 
KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Russia assaulted cities and towns along a boo- merang-shaped front hun- dreds of miles long and poured more troops into Ukraine on Tuesday in a potentially pivotal battle …
Earl Robert “Bob” Slapar
Earl Robert “Bob” Slapar passed away unexpectedly on May 14, 2022, at Spring Hill, Kansas.  
Pauline M. Davidson
Pauline M. Davidson, 93, of Liberal, Missouri, formerly of Arcadia, Kansas died at 8:50 p.m. Monday, May 16, 2022 at her home.
Lois I. Towery
Lois I. Towery, age 81 of Frontenac, Kansas passed away at 4 a.m. on Tuesday, May 17, 2022 after a long battle with cancer.
Jakalene “Jake” A. Chancey
Jakalene “Jake” A. Chancey, 90, of Pittsburg, passed away at 11:12 a.m., Wednesday, May 11, 2022 at the Joplin Gardens in Joplin, Missouri. 
Catherine Ann Butler-Brown
Catherine Ann Butler-Brown 61, of Cherokee, Kansas died 7:30 a.m. Wednesday May 11, 2022 at the Via Christi Hospital in Pittsburg, Kansas following an illness.
Local sports

Lions sweep Panthers

The St. Mary’s Colgan softball team fell in both games against Baxter Springs on Tuesday at Cheryl Stice Park.The Panthers recorded five hits in a 7-3 loss in the opener. Colgan fell behind …

English returns home, signs with PSU

Following a journey that led him to multiple experiences at the collegiate level, former Pittsburg High School standout Marque English decided to return home and play basketball at Pittsburg State.


As the green leaves blossom on the trees, the town of Arma has seen a talented young athlete blossom before its very eyes. Shelby Underwood is putting up numbers that are astronomical on the …
A two-run home run from Jackson Turnbull and a strong pitching performance from Cooper Hayden helped Pittsburg capture a 4-3 win over Carl Junction on Friday at Pittsburg State's Al Ortolani Field.
ARMA, Kan. — Northeast’s Shelby Underwood did it all Friday night as the Vikings completed two run-rule victories over Southeast 16-1 and 14-4 in a Three Rivers League softball …
GIRARD, Kan. — Girard baseball picked up a pair of wins in dramatic fashion over the Baxter Springs Lions on Thursday night. Girard junior Trevor Amershek hit a two-out, walk-off single in …
Both Pittsburg track and field teams captured third place at the Columbus Invitational on Tuesday.     The Purple Dragon boys finished in third place with a score of 82, only five …
A very green (and greedy) salad
Tabbouleh is a bulgur salad; in fact, it's also a very green salad.
Check out these new books!
FICTION: Chef’s Kiss by TJ Alexander; Homewreckers by Mary Kay Andrews; People Next Door by Keri Beevis; Probably Ruby by Lisa Bird-Wilson; Book of Night by Holly Black; Lioness by Chris …
You weren’t that good at Frogger
I loved playing Frogger on my Atari 5200. Frogger was an arcade game where the player directs the frog at the bottom of the screen between opposing lanes of traffic without getting ran over.
The beam in your eye
This column is overtly religious, so if you are turned off by that, I suggest you go to the political cartoon. 
That special purchase you had forgotten all about
Maybe you are like me and you purchase something for someone who will get it as a special gift at a later date and then you forget all about it until you are cleaning a shelf or closet and surprise! There is that special purchase you had forgotten all about.
Photos from the Pittsburg ArtWalk on Friday, April 29, 2022.
Photos from the Midwest Regional Ballet's recent performance of Shakespeare's “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.”
Bourbon, Cherokee and Crawford in southeast Kansas will be the showcase counties for the Big Kansas Road Trip, May 5-8. 
The end of the 2021-22 school year is quickly approaching, but before it’s over Pittsburg State University still has several upcoming concert events planned. 

Retired volunteer makes the most of her time

Retired for 20 years from her job as an administrative assistant at First United Methodist Church in Pittsburg, Leann Webb has not slowed down much.