Progress continues

Overman turns dirt on namesake’s expansion | Marcus Clem editor in chief | Many recent Pittsburg State construction projects started with a ceremonial groundbreaking, except these events mostly “broke ground” indoors on the John Lance Arena’s wooden gym floor. Finally, for the centerpiece student life destination on campus, the weather cooperated. On Wednesday, April 30, a groundbreaking was held outdoors on the planned construction site of the Jack H. Overman Student Center expansion. The radical renovation, scheduled to be finished in 12 to 14 months, will launch the building into the 21st century, university officials say. It first opened its doors in 1951 and saw additions in 1963 and 1995; interior renovations to the food…

‘It hit and left’

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30 seconds were enough to ruin 100 homes in Baxter Springs | Val Vita reporter | Do you live here?” “Not anymore,” said Stan Wyczynski, looking at his destroyed house after the tornado hit Baxter Springs on Sunday, April 27. When the sirens sounded at 5:45 p.m., he and his sister didn’t even have time to get in the basement. “I just put my sister in the closet and got in there, too,” said Wyczynski. “All the windows blew away, as well as the entire roof. We felt the wind coming down inside the house. It only lasted 10 seconds. It hit and left.” When the EF-2 tornado that raged for 30 seconds lifted, a…