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Pittsburg has a long history of industrial activity, and with that has come a legacy of contaminated properties. Coal mining, smelting, and many other industrial processes were not regulated until … more
Doniphan County and Troy, Kansas
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I wonder how many reading this column can claim to have been born and raised in Kansas and perhaps even lived in Kansas all your life?  I know I have.  But then I have a question for … more
Right place, right time
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Sometimes it’s being in the right place at the right time. Maybe it’s simply knowing the right people. Or others will say, it’s pure luck. Whatever the case, … more
'The Dance'
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God’s talking to us all the time, from many directions. Occasionally we are listening and hear Him from an unexpected direction, like Garth Brooks, for example: And now, I'm glad I didn't … more
These least brothers of mine
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Amen, I say to you, whatever you did for one of these least brothers of mine, you did for me. — Matthew 25:40 I received lots of comments from about last week’s column on being down … more
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As I move forward into a new phase of my life, I began looking back on my 26-year career as a Special Education teacher. So much has changed in education since starting my career in 1997. I still … more
MIAA Network passes go on sale
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Passes for the MIAA Network are available for purchase beginning on Thursday. All MIAA football, women’s soccer, volleyball, men’s basketball, women’s basketball, baseball and … more
Brinkerhoff loved the Kansas Balkans 
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As Little Balkans Days are around the corner, I thought it would be fitting to reflect on F.W. Brinkerhoff, the man responsible for the quote my wife, Linda, uses in her “Army of Amazons” … more
A community of collaboration
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When our family was considering relocating to Pittsburg from Fort Smith, Arkansas, in 2006, I had the opportunity to take a community tour with Lynda Wilkinson, who had served in several leadership … more
No visible cracks
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A major crack appeared in a roller coaster's support beam last month. The tallest roller coaster in North America was shut down after a dad watched his kids ride it and noticed a cracked support … more
Gen Con
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Last week my husband and I celebrated 25 years of the marriage journey. We decided to treat ourselves to GenCon in Indianapolis, Indiana.  GenCon is a name that has been with the gaming … more
Familiar voice returns to Chiefs Network
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Kansas City’s NFL preseason opener on Sunday afternoon at New Orleans brings excitement throughout Chiefs Kingdom. With the Royals struggling through another losing season, football season … more
Math, boxes, knots, and true love
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When we are teaching a complicated subject, we break the subject down into bite-sized pieces so that the student can digest it. This is especially true in mathematics. The whole is incredibly … more
There’s got to be a better way
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As I write this it’s early Wednesday morning and there’s a storm coming in — flashes of lightning and gentle rumbles of thunder rolling around and ricocheting through my back yard … more
Division II organizes football alliance
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One four-team bracket in the second round of the 2022 NCAA Division II football playoffs grabbed nationwide attention. In Super Region 3, the second-round games matched nationally No. 4-ranked … more
Happy book lovers day!
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I’m not sure who declared Aug. 9 as Book Lovers Day, but why not celebrate reading and literature? And shouldn’t it be celebrated it every day?   Come to the library to get one of … more
Public vs. private sector
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In my career, I have worked in both the private and public sector, and there are some fundamental differences. Understanding the differences can help coordinate their strengths to make our community … more
Aging gracefully?
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My friend and I like to discuss which celebrities are aging well and who are not. Paul Rudd still looks like a young lad in his 30s, but is 54 years old.  Jennifer Aniston — Rachel of … more
If these walls could talk
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A couple weeks back I wrote about the nineteen-step aerobics program I was forced into when our downstairs toilet gave out, which got me musing about aging and the possibility of getting an elevator … more
Life and living and science fiction
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It is all about life and living. That’s the beginning, the middle, and the end of it. That all became clearer to me when I began thinking about writing a science fiction novel. I’ve … more
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