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Pittsburg places drive-through kiosk at city hall

Pittsburg city officials met Tuesday, February 9, 2021 for the regularly scheduled City Commissioners meeting, held the second and fourth Tuesday of each month at the Beard-Shanks Law Enforcement Center, 201 N. Pine St., Pittsburg.   Commissioner Larry Fields took off his commissioner-hat to participate in the public input period of the meeting …

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Extreme temperatures prompt local volunteers to open temporary shelters

On Monday, February 15, a temporary warming shelter was established at Lincoln Center, 710 W. 9th St., next to the Pittsburg Aquatic Center. Headed by Joseph Shane Adcock, the Progressive Lateral Aid Network (PLAN) of Pittsburg coordinated the effort in collaboration with the City of Pittsburg. Adcock, Pittsburg State University …

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Downtown Pittsburg gets a facelift

In their efforts to enrich the downtown environment and boost the local economy, the Pittsburg Downtown Advisory Board (DAB) approved funds for local artist and Pittsburg State University alumna Jenna Spencer to paint four new murals on downtown businesses. Spencer will start the projects this spring.   “I was approached by the …

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Pittsburg State University and Pittsburg work together for economic growth

The last year presented numerous economic challenges for communities throughout the country as COVID-19 restrictions stifled businesses. Unemployment rates spiked when businesses closed their doors and laid off employees. Pittsburg has been able to overcome many of those challenges because of a unique partnership the City shares with Pittsburg State …

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Kansas Polymer Research Center receives $1.6 million federal grant

A $1.6 million grant was awarded to the Kansas Polymer Research Center by the U.S. Department of Commerce. The federal grant will provide instrumentation and equipment to the National Institute for Materials Advancement (NIMA), at Pittsburg State University Tyler Research Center, 1204 research Rd, Pittsburg.   The Kansas Polymer Research Center (KPRC) is a …

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Pittsburg City Commission meets to address economic development.

Pittsburg city officials met Tuesday, January 26, 2021 for the regularly scheduled City Commissioners meeting, held at the Beard-Shanks Law Enforcement Center. On the agenda were many items aimed toward the economic development of the city. Pittsburg has multiple projects in the works to attract more residents and retailers to the area.   …

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Nominations open for small business of the year award

The Pittsburg Area Chamber of Commerce is officially taking nominations for the 2021 Small Business of the Year Award. The winner will be announced at a banquet on May 20th, 2021. The Small Business of the Year for 2020 was awarded to Riggs Chiropractic, Drs. Kayla and Tyler Riggs.   Julie Reams, Membership …

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PSU students usher in the holiday season making toys for tots

The Kansas Technology Center (KTC) resembled Santa’s workshop last Wednesday as members of the university’s Society of Architectural Woodworkers (SAW) spent the evening putting the finishing touches on about 200 little wooden toy trucks.   Each Christmas, the Crawford County chapter of Toys for Tots supports the Salvation Army & Wesley House distribution with toys for community children. In 2019 the program distributed 2,177 toys to …

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SEK Humane Society partners with PSU to host first Pitt State Pet Day

Pittsburg State students gathered with some furry friends from the Southeast Kansas Humane Society to socialize and de-stress during Pitt State Pet Day. Staff from the humane society brought along shelter dogs Blue, Tanner, Zappa, and Arabella to join in their first campus adoption event that took place in the Oval of the PSU campus, Thursday, Nov. 5.  “About a month ago we did a volunteer class at Pitt State…to talk about the Humane …

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Pittsburg, Kansas officials celebrate Pitsco Idea Shop

Kansas Governor Laura Kelly joined local leaders and students to race dragster cars and celebrate the grand opening of the Pitsco Idea Shop.   The celebration that marked the completion of Pittsburg’s Block 22 project featured speeches from Governor Kelly, Secretary of Commerce David Toland, CEO of Kansas Manufacturing Solutions Tiffany Stovall, Pittsburg State University president Steve Scott, Mayor Dawn McNay, and the Founder and CEO of Pitsco Education Harvey Dean.    Located in downtown Pittsburg, the Pitsco Idea Shop features state-of-the-art technology and …

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