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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.

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. 

Pittsburg Launch takes a victory lap 

 In their last week of high school, the eight Pittsburg High School seniors who have been involved in Pittsburg Launch met with city and school board leaders to showcase their projects that benefit the community. 

Upcoming Four State Farm Show to close section of South Homer  

Starting at 8 a.m. Monday, May 16, through the close of the business day on Tuesday, May 26, the section of South Homer Street between East McPherson Drive and East Ford Ave will be closed for activities related to the Four State Farm Show.

Nuclear medicine tech now PACS administrator at Ascension Via Christi Pittsburg 

Ann Ogle, who began her career with Ascension Via Christi in Pittsburg 18 years ago as a nuclear medicine tech, is the newly named administrator of its Picture Archiving and Communication System, or PACS. 

Crawford County, Pittsburg look to upgrade 911 systems 

In a special work session Friday, county commissioners and 911 dispatchers from the Crawford County Sheriff’s Office and the City of Pittsburg heard a presentation about a new 911 system being introduced throughout the State of Kansas.  

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. 

Pittsburg PD 50 years ago, part 9

There seems to be a high level of interest (and memory) when it comes to the old-time Pittsburg Police Department, so hopefully readers will appreciate a broader view of policing as it existed 50 years ago.

Rotary Rocks Out Hunger

Every non-profit organization generally has a specific place or group on which they focus when it comes to charity work and fundraising. The Lord’s Diner, which provides nutritious meals to those in need, has become the primary focus for the Pittsburg Noon Rotary Club.

Snuggle away the stress

It’s finals week at Pittsburg State University, and in order to help relieve stress, Sigma Saves and the SEK Humane Society teamed up to serve the students a dose of adorable by bringing three dogs to the Oval on campus to allow everyone a chance to receive dog snuggles.  
Looking Back

Hopes jumped that Pittsburg would be selected as the site for a veterans’ hospital

Excerpted stories in Crawford County newspaper archives

In 1946, President Truman seized control of the nation’s railroads

Today is Tuesday, May 17, the 137th day of 2022. There are 228 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 …
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.
Louise G Hopkins
Louise G Hopkins, age 73, of Liberal, Missouri passed away Friday, May 13, 2022, at Via Christi Hospital in Pittsburg, Kansas.
Kathleen Ann Spicer-Owsley
Kathleen Ann Spicer-Owsley, 76, of Pittsburg, passed away Wednesday, May 4, 2022, at her home. 
Peggy L. Oglesby
Peggy L. Oglesby, 75 of Pittsburg, Kansas died Thursday, May 5, 2022 at the Via Christi Village in Pittsburg. 
Judy Kay Jonas
Judy Kay Jonas, 68, of Franklin, Kansas died Wednesday, May 4, 2022 at her home.  
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 …
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.
Abortion is set to tear the country apart
Think about it this way: If Justice Samuel Alito gets his way and the Trumpist Supreme Court majority voids Roe v. Wade, many states will be forced to begin criminal investigations of women who …
The shifting language of abortion
For about a half-second after the leak of the Supreme Court draft opinion in the case that may throw out Roe v. Wade, people who support Roe dropped the talking points and told the truth.
Autobiography of Laurence Paul Wilson, part 1
The following is an excerpt from “FROM POVERTY TO PRESTIGE, the Autobiography of Laurence Paul Wilson."
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. 

Pittsburg Beautiful announces May winners

Pittsburg Beautiful is proud to announce the winners for May.