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Good enough never is. 

A decade or so back, when the newspaper industry thought it could stay ahead of that whole Interwebs wave that was just starting to build momentum, a favorite slogan among my peers went something like this:  Good enough is good enough. 

Temperance in Crawford County, Kansas, part 3

Kansas’ new prohibitory law, adopted in November 1880 and taking effect on May 1, 1882, still needed enforcement legislation. Several enforcement bills were quickly introduced in the legislature, and meanwhile (as noted in part 2) selling liquor for medicinal purposes as allowed under the law quickly became the largest loophole, with physicians prescribing intoxicating liquor for a wide range of illnesses.

St. Mary’s senior speaks for the trees

After receiving encouragement from her biology teacher, Donna Maus, to enter, St. Mary’s Colgan senior Meg Norman was awarded first place in the Kansas Association of Conservation Districts (KACD) annual speech competition on Monday. 

Christmas festivities in Frontenac

The holiday season is approaching quickly, and to help its citizens feel the Christmas spirit, the City of Frontenac will light up its downtown with a special ceremony featuring Santa and Mrs. Clause on Sunday evening.

The Red Cross needs you! 

Over the next month, The American Red Cross will be deploying its mobile blood drive units and making stops in several locations in Crawford County including Pittsburg, Girard, and Frontenac, to try to combat the blood crisis.

Camp Now and Then

November is National Adoption Month  

National Adoption Month is held every November to celebrate families who have grown through adoption, and to bring awareness to the need for more adoptive families to care for the large number of children in the foster care system.  

Senior food box program to begin in Frontenac 

The Kansas Food Bank and Sacred Heart Community Food Pantry in Frontenac are introducing a USDA program to help provide monthly food boxes to low-income seniors.  The Commodity Supplemental Food Program will be available in Frontenac to persons age 60 and above who qualify by meeting income requirements.  Distribution will start in January. 

Meet the new chief in town 

Initially appointed as the interim fire chief in September, after Chief Dennis O’Reily announced his retirement, Taylor Cerne (pronounced Chur-nee) officially became chief on Monday, Nov. 14.  A 17-year veteran of the Pittsburg Fire Department, Cerne began his fire career at the age of 20 while working at a grain elevator in Labette County when his boss asked him to volunteer with the Hackberry-Bartlett Fire Department in 2001.

'Making Spirits Bright'

Drink up! Last Friday, the Miners Hall Museum hosted a sold-out fundraiser called "Making Spirits Bright" at which the participants learned how to make craft cocktails. The event also featured …
@ the Library

That's Thanksgiving!

Growing up, I did not associate Thanksgiving with books and reading.
Looking Back

A river runs through it 

My favorite reference librarian sent me a marvelous poem by Alberto Rios on Thanksgiving, saying it speaks directly to her feelings about the holiday.   I found it so profound that I forwarded it to friends and family and read it aloud at the O’Nelio family gathering on the farm in Dunkirk. 

The Trianon Ballroom of Croweburg burned to the ground

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 …
This week's garage sales

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 …
Helen LoRee Knoll 
Helen LoRee Knoll of Frontenac, Kansas, died in the early morning of November 19, 2022, at the age of 98.   Helen was born on April 10, 1924, to James T. and Ada Davenport Fowler in Arcadia, Kansas, one of seven brothers and seven sisters in the Fowler clan.  
Dolores Belle Hoheisel
Dolores Belle Hoheisel, age 91, passed away at 10:59 p.m., Monday, Nov. 21, 2022, at Mercy Hospital, Fort Smith, Arkansas, following an illness.
Theresa Shipman
Theresa Shipman, 70, of Columbus, died Saturday, Nov. 19, 2022, at the Medicalodge in Columbus following a long illness.
Brandy (Stroup) Melloy
Brandy (Stroup) Melloy, 43, of Basehor, Kansas, formerly of Erie, died at 5:20 a.m., Sunday, Nov. 20, 2022, at her home.
William "Bill" J. LaForge
William "Bill" J. LaForge, age 84, of Independence, Kansas, passed away Saturday, Nov. 19, 2022, at the Medicalodges in Independence, Kansas.
Local sports

Ferris State holds off Gorillas 17-14 in region semifinals

BIG RAPIDS, Mich. -- In a defensive battle, Eddie Jewett kicked a 20-yard field goal with 9:47 remaining as No. 5 Ferris State held on to beat No. 4 Pittsburg State 17-14 in a Division II Super Region Three semifinal game Saturday afternoon before 2,132 fans at Top Taggart Stadium.

GHS FCCLA program honors outstanding alumni

GIRARD, Kan. — Crowder College head baseball coach Travis Lallemand is this year's recipient of the Girard High School's Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) Outstanding …

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 …
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 …
Step Out of Your Comfort Zone
Conversations and investments in relationships can go a long way. Our polarized and social media culture fights against these incredibly human things, but we can fight …
Chile verde can utilize turkey leftovers — or not!
This is not a leftover turkey recipe, but do not fret. While this recipe focuses on pork, the beauty of a chile verde is that you can use the recipe as a template and substitute in your favorite meat for the pork.
Stocks rise first
I’m not a fan of synchronized swimming. If my wife makes me watch it, I only look for the mess-ups. I prefer seeing the girl get kicked in the face more than the perfect routine. The stock market and the economy wouldn’t be very good synchronized swimmers.  
Mortise and tenon, blood and sweat
Thanksgiving Day is coming soon. The blood of the turkey has no doubt already been shed. The cans of cranberry sauce are sitting in the pantry waiting for their wobbly contents to be shaken free. Fried onions, mushroom soup, and green beans wait to be combined into a casserole. 
Park Place, Boardwalk, and Pittsburg
Sharing stories is how connections are made. Friendships are forged. Communities are built — and strengthened over time. Once upon a time, sharing stories was how village elders taught the next generation. And not just how to hunt, build or grow veggies the kids wouldn’t eat anyway.  
Musical offerings planned at Pittsburg State University in coming weeks will help ring in the holiday season.
Several musical opportunities open to the campus and the community are coming up in November at PSU. Four events are free, while three are ticketed.  
Tickets are on sale now for “Big Fish,” being produced by Pittsburg High School’s Music Rep Theatre class, with the help of students in jazz band and stagecraft classes, Nov. 10 to 12, in the PHS Auditorium. 
The Indian Student Association at PSU will once again share their culture with the campus and community with Diwali Night, an annual festival that will be held starting at 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 29.

French cookie demo at CCHM 

The French cookie is a tradition around the holidays in southeast Kansas and memories of French cookie traditions and recipes were shared at the Crawford County Historical Museums event on Monday.