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County sets up contract for lawn care
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GIRARD, Kan. — With the help of County Counselor Jim Emerson, the Crawford County Commission laid out a formal contract for lawn service on Tuesday for the half-dozen sites around the county, …

Farm to Market to Community 
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MCCUNE, Kan. — McCune Farm to Market run by Cherie and Kevin Schenker are building a community of possibilities and positivity in rural Southeast Kansas. Having grown up in the area, the couple …

Area Events
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Wednesday, February 21   GPL Teen Time   The Girard Public Library will be hosting a teen night for grades 6th through 12th from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. every Wednesday. Attendees will …

Club Notes
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Wednesday, February 21   Blanket Brigade    Join the Blanket Brigade in making quilts for those in need. The Brigade meets every Wednesday, except the first Wednesday of the …

Pittsburg DAR honors veteran nurse
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PITTSBURG, Kan. — The Oceanus Hopkins Chapter of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution (NSDAR) in Pittsburg celebrated the 125th anniversary of the DAR Hospital …

Exercise program goes on the road for rural seniors
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GIRARD, Kan. — An exercise program for seniors is proving popular in Girard, Arma and Frontenac. Certified Instructor Jessica Jones leads SilverSneakers classes in all three towns for citizens …

Ducks Unlimited banquet scheduled for Saturday
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PITTSBURG, Kan. — Ducks Unlimited's Pittsburg chapter is getting ready to host its much-anticipated Annual Dinner Banquet and Auction for an evening of fellowship, conservation, and …

2024 Biz Expo to be held at Pittsburg’s Meadowbrook Mall
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PITTSBURG, Kan. — The Pittsburg Area Chamber of Commerce will host the 2024 Biz Expo on Friday, February 23rd and Saturday, February 24th at the Meadowbrook Mall in Pittsburg. The event will …

MHM continues its focus on weddings
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FRANKLIN, Kan. — This quarter, the Miners’ Hall Museum at 701 S. Broadway in Franklin is celebrating the wedding day and everything involved with preparing for that day, including …
Looking Back
From Our History

Pittsburg passes leash law amid debate
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Excerpted stories in Crawford County newspaper archives 100 Years Ago Feb. 20, 1924 The tourist committee of the Girard Chamber of Commerce recommended that the city cater to the …
From Our History

Chamber of Commerce discontinues WinterFest of Lights
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Excerpted stories in Crawford County newspaper archives 100 Years Ago Feb. 17-19, 1924 “Kansas has the big idea for a road building program" says A. H. French, who returned …
Okie in Exile

Arduino and Nicodemus
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When we are making big changes in our lives we ask ourselves, am I doing the right thing? After we’ve made the big changes in our lives and it’s too late to go back, we ask ourselves, …
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Altering my game plan
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“I’m not over the hill … but I am past the point of no return.” — Frank and Ernest by Bob Thaves Brother John called on Monday concerned that, in our conversation …
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WASHINGTON, DC / ACCESSWIRE / February 21, 2024 / AGS Health, a leading provider of tech-enabled revenue cycle management (RCM) solutions and a strategic growth partner to healthcare providers across …
Kansas's largest privately owned broadband provider launches mobile solution via exclusive partnershipMILTONVALE, Kan., Feb. 20, 2024 /PRNewswire/ -- Twin Valley, the largest independently owned …
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Trial to determine if Texas school's punishment of a Black student over his hair violates new law

A trial is set to be held to determine if a Black high school student in Texas can continue being punished by his district for refusing to change his hairstyle. The student, Darryl George, and his …

California lawmakers say reparations bills, which exclude widespread payments, are a starting point California's Legislative Black Caucus is pushing for lawmakers to pass a package of more than a dozen reparations proposals. The proposals include banning forced prison labor and paying Black …
Alabama seeks to carry out second execution using controversial nitrogen gas method Alabama is seeking to put a second inmate to death using nitrogen gas, a move that comes a month after the state carried out the first execution using the controversial new method. Alabama Attorney …
Old European satellite plunges harmlessly through the atmosphere over the Pacific An old Earth-observing satellite has fallen out of orbit and harmlessly burned up. The European Space Agency says its satellite broke apart over the Pacific on Wednesday, halfway between Hawaii and …
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Frontenac wins shootout against Bishop Ward

Frontenac’s Jayden Houghton stiff arms a player from Bishop Ward during Friday night’s game in Frontenac.
FRONTENAC, Kan. — In a game filled with big plays and a combined 68 points, the Frontenac Raiders simply made more big plays in every phase of the game Friday night than the visiting Kansas …

Colgan girls vie for unbeaten regular season
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The St. Mary’s Colgan and Girard girls start a high school doubleheader Tuesday night at Ted R. Taylor Gymnasium that will decide the CNC League champion. The Panthers enter 19-0 overall …

Colgan, Girard boys clash for CNC title
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The St. Mary’s Colgan and Girard boys will play for the CNC League title Tuesday night at Ted R. Taylor Gymnasium in the second half of games that determine league champions. The Panthers …

Pittsburg boys roll over Riverton
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RIVERTON, Kan. — The Pittsburg boys scored the first eight points and led 15-3 after one quarter on their way to a 74-41 win Monday night against the Riverton Rams. Mason English led the …

Pittsburg girls earn victory behind 19-0 scoring run
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Things were started to look dire Tuesday night for the Pittsburg girls in their Southeast Kansas League game at home against Chanute. The Dragons fell behind 25-16 early in the third quarter, as …
Regional Sports
Colby Rogers scores 19, sparks Wichita State past Tulsa 79-63

Led by Colby Rogers' 19 points, the Wichita State Shockers defeated the Tulsa Golden Hurricane 79-63

No. 10 Kansas State rallies to beat No. 22 West Virginia 73-64 MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) — Ayoka Lee scored 34 points and No. 10 Kansas State rallied to beat No. 22 West Virginia 73-64 in overtime Wednesday night. Lee scored the opening basket of overtime which …
Edwards scores 20, No. 24 Baylor women turn back Kansas 69-61 Dre’una Edwards scored 20 points and No. 24 Baylor defeated Kansas 69-61  reaching 20 wins for the 24th-straight season. The Bears had a 65-50 lead when Edwards scored inside with 4:43 to play …
National sports

Tyrell Ward's last-second shot lifts LSU over No. 17 Kentucky 75-74

LSU students, including LSU women's basketball forward Angel Reese, left, rush the court after LSU forward Tyrell Ward (15) hit the game-winning shot against Kentucky in an NCAA college basketball game in Baton Rouge, La., Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2024. (AP Photo/Matthew Hinton)

Tyrell Ward capped a 17-point performance with a short floater as time expired, and LSU pulled out a second straight comeback victory over a ranked team with a 75-74 victory over No. 17 Kentucky. …

Auston Matthews scored his 50th goal of the season Wednesday night in the Toronto Maple Leafs star’s hometown return, becoming the fastest NHL player to reach that mark in 28 years. Playing his …

Lionel Messi gets an assist, Inter Miami opens MLS season with 2-0 win over Real Salt Lake

Inter Miami forward Lionel Messi takes a free kick during the first half of the team's MLS soccer match against Real Salt Lake, Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2024, in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

Lionel Messi had an assist and Inter Miami opened the Major League Soccer season with a 2-0 win over Real Salt Lake on Wednesday night. It was the first match of MLS' 29th season. Robert Taylor and …

Charlie Woods is taking the first step toward trying to play on the PGA Tour. The 15-year-old son of Tiger Woods is in the pre-qualifier Thursday for the Cognizant Classic. Roughly the leading 25 …

Pittsburgh Penguins loaded up for one last run. Mired in the standings, time may already be up

Pittsburgh Penguins head coach Mike Sullivan, left, stands behind his bench during the first period of an NHL hockey game against the New York Islanders in Pittsburgh, Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2024. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

The struggling Pittsburgh Penguins may be sellers at the trade deadline for the first time in decades. Pittsburgh currently sits near the bottom of the Eastern Conference standings with two weeks to …

The Chicago Bears have hired Jennifer King as the first female assistant coach in franchise history. She will be an offensive assistant working with running backs. Coach Matt Eberflus filled out his …
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The Dirty Mule Celebrates Under a Neon Moon 
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PITTSBURG, Kan.-- The Dirty Mule celebrated boot scootin’ boogie nights and dancing under a neon moon Saturday night for its fourth anniversary party of being open. The local honkey tonk filled …
Stock Market Insights

Preparing Your Church for a Recession: Key Steps 
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A recession is coming. That is because there is always a recession up ahead. The next recession, whenever that might be, will be the most anticipated in history because everyone thinks it should be …

Events bring in visitors and their dollars
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PITTSBURG, Kan. — In a couple of weeks, USD 250 will host the Kansas 5A Regional Wrestling tournament. More than 200 wrestlers from 18 different 5A schools from across the East side of the …

Club Notes
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Saturday, January 27   Audio-Reader Pittsburg   Audio-Reader Pittsburg meets from 2 to 4 p.m., Monday thru Friday at the Homer Cole Center to read to the visually impaired and …
World
Albania is expected to approve a deal with Italy to process thousands of migrants' claims for asylum

Albania’s Parliament votes Thursday on a deal with Italy to hold thousands of migrants rescued at sea by the Italian authorities while their asylum applications are processed. Under the five-year …

Desperate for soldiers, Ukraine weighs unpopular plan to expand the draft When the Russian army invaded two years ago, Ukrainian men zealously rushed to recruitment centers to enlist, ready to die in defense of their nation. Today, with Russia in control of roughly …
AP PHOTOS: War-themed murals in Kyiv honor Ukraine's fallen soldiers KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Set against the blue and yellow of Ukraine’s flag, the vast image of a masked fighter holding a grey-and-white cat towers over a street on the side of an apartment block in …
Obituaries
Donald Scales
Donald Earl Scales, 81, of Girard, KS died at 12:10 a.m. Sunday, February 18, 2024, at the Kansas City Hospice House in Kansas City, MO following a long battle with cancer.
Betty L. Peak
Betty L. Peak, 76, of Neosho, Missouri, formerly of Girard, died at 2:08 p.m., Wednesday, February 7, 2024 in Mercy Hospital in Joplin. Betty was born August 12, 1947 in Girard, a daughter of …
Charlotte R. Cook
Our dear mother, Charlotte R. Cook, Pittsburg, KS sadly passed away on February 14, 2024, at the age of 83 in Pittsburg, Kansas
Tony V. Malnar
Tony V. Malnar, 69 of Girard, KS died February 9, 2024 at his home following a long illness.
Gabriel Murdock
Gabriel Christian (Gabe) Murdock passed from this life on February 8, 2024 at his apartment in Pittsburg, Kansas.
City Life

Father weighs revealing partner’s health status
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DEAR ABBY: I am a gay man who came out late in life. I have three grown, married children and five grandchildren. They are my world, and we are all very close. I've had one partner. My family readily …

  • Area Events
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    Tuesday, February 20   Arma American Legion Bingo   Every Tuesday the Arma …

  • Estate Planning #2
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    Last week I started a series of articles over the next couple of months on planning for our senior …

  • Disease prognosis doesn’t dampen enjoyment of life
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    DEAR ABBY: I was recently diagnosed with a progressive disease for which there is no cure. It will …

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Trojan Tribune
Super Kids Day
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Fifth grader Cord Crystal high jumps Friday, May 12 during the RVH Super Kids Day. Students ranging from pre-k to fifth grade had the opportunity to play various games facilitated by high school …
League Track
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GHS senior Adam Shireman runs the 200m preliminary during the league track meet at Girard High School Thursday, May 11. The boys team won the league meet with a total of 209 points and the girls team …
Paraeducator Spotlight: Susan Jameson
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GHS alumna Susan Jameson, who will be retiring at the end of the 2022-23 school year, has been in the education field for 38 years and has been a special education (SPED) teacher, preschool teacher and a GHS paraeducator most of her career.
GHS graduates attend senior awards
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Eighty-three GHS graduates attended the Senior Awards Assembly Friday, May 12, at 8 a.m. in John E. Shireman Auditorium.
4-Cut-SEK Honors-CP
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GMS Paraprofessional DeNene Flaherty is honored with a 15 Years of Service award Wednesday, May 3 during the SEK Interlocal #637 Staff Recognition Celebration. GMS special education instructors and …
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