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Kansas Crossing Casino hosts ‘Rock to Bach’

An orchestra is often associated with symphony halls and black tie-events and can take music to the next level.  The Kansas Crossing Casino, the Southeast Kansas (SEK) Symphony, and local rock bands, J3 and The Momma’s Boyz, came together to present Rock to Bach, March 29th and 30th, at The Corral located inside the casino. The …

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County commissioners move ahead with plans for bike trails

Crawford County officials are moving forward with an initiative to include several walking and biking trails in Crawford County.   County commissioners from Allen, Bourbon, and Crawford counties met together Feb. 12, 2019, in Fort Scott, Kansas, to unveil the “ABC Trails Active Transportation Plan.” The ABC Trails Plan is a cooperative project between Allen, Bourbon, and Crawford counties, aimed …

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Pitt State partners with community to bring awareness on human trafficking

While the world of international human trafficking has become more well known, many people remain unaware that it isn’t just an international problem.  January is National Human Trafficking Awareness month. In response, the Safe-House Crisis Center in Pittsburg partnered with Students for Violence Prevention (SVP), along with various other student and community organizations, to …

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SEK Humane Society hosts chili feed fundraiser

Local community members attended the 43rd Annual Southeast Kansas (SEK) Humane Society Chili Feed Dinner on Feb. 3.  The event was held at Memorial Auditorium & Convention Center. The chili feed marked the beginning of the fundraising year for the non-profit organization.   The event offered three kinds of chili, an …

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Women march for empowerment

In January 2017, one day after Donald Trump took office, millions of women in cities throughout the United States took to streets and parks in protest of the inauguration of the president, and on Saturday, Jan. 19, people in Southeast Kansas gathered together for the 2019 Women’s March.  The protest’s message includes criticism of the Trump administration’s policies regarding women and minorities, his plan to build a wall on …

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Pittsburg City Council considering public electric utility

Pittsburg’s city officials have taken a comprehensive and deliberate approach to bring the community into the future and promote economic growth through the use of public utilities.  On Jan. 8, city commissioners moved closer to that goal as they approved recommendations to conduct an in-depth analysis into the option of public power.    Public …

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Pitt State student creates program for youth with disabilities

Joshua Edwards, senior in social work wants to revolutionize how we look at the world.  Edwards has created Outliers Unlimited, a program geared toward informing people about youth with disabilities.  He believes people who stand out can accomplish and represent great ideals.  Edwards holds these issues close to heart because he has had to overcome …

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College Republicans reforms on campus

PSU College Republicans Organization (CRO) held their first meeting Wednesday, Sept. 20, at 6:30 p.m. at the Frisco Event Center, 210 E. Fourth St., Pittsburg. The CRO held the meeting jointly with the Crawford County Republican Party.   Republican candidate, Terry Calloway, said is important for the new CRO to be …

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Pittsburg man goes out of his way to help homeless

What started as a simple act of kindness Thursday, Sept. 13, ended with a presentation of gifts and thanks for Brandon Stephenson. Stephenson, Pittsburg resident and Taco Bell employee, worked a normal front-counter shift Thursday when a local homeless man walked into the restaurant, changing both their lives from there …

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Local firefighters honor fallen

Five firefighters from Pittsburg traveled to Wichita, Saturday, September 8, to take part in the 2018 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb.   Local firefighters Terry Powell, Matt Stringer, Jacob Silvers, Brian Main, and fire marshal Tom Vacca took part in the climb to honor 343 first responders who lost their lives during …

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