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Murder suspect released, charges dropped 

All charges against Dominik Short, a suspect in the May 13 fatal shooting of his mother, Stephanie Short, and the shooting of Velma Cubie, have been dropped by order of Judge Lori Bolton Fleming. A second suspect, James Hamilton, is still facing charges. 

CCMHC gets an upgrade  

Michael Ehling, executive administrator for the Crawford County Mental Health Center (CCMHC), appeared before the Crawford County Commission on Friday to deliver good news.

PSU to host ‘Rumble in the Jungle’ event for high school students

On Oct. 8, the Pittsburg State University Office of Admission will host Rumble in the Jungle, an open-house event designed for high school students with college on their mind. 

Riverton man sentenced to over 8 years for multiple cases

37-year-old Adam C. Evans of Riverton was sentenced Thursday in Cherokee County District Court to 104 months in prison. 

Local businessman turns 90

Retired local businessman Richard Wood will celebrate his 90th birthday next weekend. 

Pittsburg Beautiful announces October winners

Pittsburg Beautiful is pleased to announce its October awards.

Man dies after being hit by truck while working near Independence

An Independence man who worked for a trash hauling company was reportedly killed while collecting a trash bin when he was struck by a pickup truck on West Oak Street just west of Independence on Thursday morning. 

Chamber gets Toasted

From left, Jacob Anselmi, Roger Horton and Sydney Anselmi listen as Heather Horton talks about the history of her restaurant, Toast, during the Pittsburg Area Chamber of Commerce After Hours event on Thursday. The Hortons hosted the event to invite members to celebrate the restaurant’s 3-year anniversary. Prizes including a t-shirt, gift card, stickers, and buttons were raffled to attendees.

U.S. 75 bridge survey starts next week

The Kansas Department of Transportation plans to start a field survey at two bridges on U.S. 75 in Wilson County the week of Oct. 3.

One for the Road

As part of his first-ever headline tour, One for the Road, singer/songwriter Larry Fleet will be coming to Pittsburg and performing at Kansas Crossing Casino on Saturday, Oct. 15. 

Nominations open for Women of Distinction

In preparation for the release of its 2023 Community Calendar, the Pittsburg Area Chamber of Commerce has announced that it is now accepting nominations for the 2023 Women of Distinction. 
Looking Back

O.J. Simpson was released from prison after serving nine years for a botched hotel room heist

Today is Saturday, Oct. 1, the 274th day of 2022. There are 91 days left in the year. 

Sheriff Gould ordered deputies to arrest all persons found under the influence of liquor

Excerpted stories in Crawford County newspaper archives

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 …

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 …
Col. (Ret.) Charley Marino Jr. (Chas)
Col. (Ret.) Charley Marino Jr. passed away on Sept. 22, 2022.
Heidi Sue (Alexander) Boyles
Heidi Sue (Alexander) Boyles, 63, of Frontenac, passed away peacefully surrounded by her children on Friday, Sept. 30, 2022, after a long illness.
James "Jim" Wood
James "Jim" Wood, born Oct. 17, 1939, passed away on Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2022.
Edward Leroy Nutt
Edward Leroy Nutt, 71, of Mindenmines, Missouri, passed away in Pittsburg on Sept. 24, 2022.
Claudine Rae (Bayless) Burris
Claudine Rae (Bayless) Burris was born on Dec. 5, 1933, in Parsons, Kansas, to Pearl (Mackey) and Claude Bayless. She passed away in Stockton, Missouri.
Local sports

No. 10 Gorillas dominate Missouri Southern 38-9

Quarterback Chad Dodson accounted for four touchdowns as No. 10 Pittsburg State rolled past Missouri Southern 38-9 Saturday afternoon in the Miners' Bowl before an announced crowd of 8,298 at Carnie Smith Stadium.

Frontenac girls win Columbus Invitational

The Frontenac girls and boys cross country teams took first and second, respectively, at the Columbus Invitational at Brush Creek Golf & Grill in Columbus on Tuesday. The girls finished first …

Trojans finish third at Countryside Invitational

The Girard High School girls golf team finished third at the Countryside Invitational hosted by Baxter Springs on Monday afternoon. The Trojans finished the nine-hole tournament with a team score …
CHEROKEE, Kan. — The Southeast High School volleyball team swept Altoona-Midway and Pleasanton at home on Tuesday. It was also Senior Night for the Lancers’ two seniors, Malia Vinson and …
Numerous Pittsburg businesses and other organizations, just a few of which are shown here, participated in this year’s Paint the Town Red decorating contest.
Pickleball has become one of the fastest-growing sports in the United States. According to a study by the Sports & Fitness Industry Association, sports participation has nearly doubled in the …
On August 24, 2019 I covered my first NFL game where the Kansas City Chiefs lost a pre-season game 27-17 to the San Fransisco 49ers, the team they would end up beating in the Super Bowl 5 ½ months later.  And it was also the moment I had the opportunity to meet Len Dawson.  
MyPlate your meal
Do you have a favorite go-to meal? If so, does this meal include all the MyPlate food groups? An even better question might first be, what are the five MyPlate food groups?  
Dealing with anxiety, jim-jams and heebie-jeebies
A panel of medical experts recently recommended for the first time that doctors screen all adult patients under 65 for anxiety.  
In midterm politics, historical analogies work — until they don’t
If history is any guide, Democrats do not have a chance — not even a small a chance — of keeping control of the House in the midterm elections. But the question is: Is history any guide?  
The crime issue returns
This New York Times headline captures an important inflection point in the current political campaign: "G.O.P. Redoubles Efforts to Tie Democrats to High Crime Rates." 
Community invitation to special session in Parsons
On behalf of the Kansas Supreme Court, I am pleased to invite the people in communities near Parsons to join the court for a special session Monday evening, Oct. 3.  
A new session of the Pittsburg Parks & Recreation Department’s Senior Bingo has begun, with several events coming up over the next few months.  
After bringing back the Pittsburg ArtWalk as an in-person event this spring for the first time since 2019, ArtWalk organizers are gearing up for their fall event, set for Sept. 23. 
On Sept. 9, the Black Oak Ensemble will perform at PSU as part of the Solo & Chamber Music Series in the Department of Music.
Photos from the 37th annual Little Balkans Days Celebration in Pittsburg, Kansas, held from Aug. 29 to Sept. 4, 2022.

Pittsburg’s ArtWalk, ‘bigger and better than ever’

The Pittsburg community came together this weekend in celebration and promotion of local fine arts at the town’s semiannual ArtWalk.

  • Fall ArtWalk returns

    The Pittsburg ArtWalk returned to downtown on Friday for its first full-scale fall event since the start …


    Writer finds solace in words

    The poems are a little dark, the fiction even darker. And it’s not just the author’s interest in true …


    Henri Freyburger

    In the year 58 BC, the Roman Empire established the first vineyards in what is today the city of Colmar, …