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Patrick's People — Blindness no barrier for Foshag

Tue, 01/23/2018 - 16:14
PITTSBURG — Ellen Foshag doesn’t let her sight and hearing loss slow her down. She has been diagnosed with Usher Syndrome Type II, characterized by progressive loss of vision and hearing. Ellen is completely blind and has a cochlear implant, which allows her some hearing. When Ellen was around three years old her parents realized she couldn’t hear very well. [...]

Traffic safety solutions gets the go-ahead

Tue, 01/23/2018 - 16:06
PITTSBURG — Soon, crossing the street will be a bit safer for Pittsburg High School students. Solutions, short and long-term, have been found to improve the safety and traffic issues near Pittsburg High School at 4th Street (Highway 126) and Free Kings Highway. In October, USD 250 Superintendent Destry Brown discussed options with both the City of Pittsburg and the Kansas Department of Transportation. [...]

Block 22 edges closer to taking tenants

Tue, 01/23/2018 - 15:11
PITTSBURG — Block 22 is scheduled to open this year, and Pittsburg State University is working toward taking student/resident applications.Block 22 is expected to open for residents to move in August 2018. Pitt State recently launched a Block 22 housing web page, which includes information from floor plans to expected range for rent.“It’s exciting to now have this new place where students can go to learn about living at Block 22,” PSU Director of [...]

OUR HISTORY: The La Forte Legacy

Mon, 01/22/2018 - 15:05
This story, shared by Robert La Forte (who went on to earn a PhD in history and become a professor and archivist after leaving Frontenac) was printed in my “True Stories” column in 2003. It has been gathered, with other mining stories, in a collection edited by Debbie Ossana Close. The book, “Coal Mining Days,” is available at the Miners Hall Museum.Most of my male relatives older than I worked in the coal fields of Crawford County beginning in the [...]

Dean shares economic expertise with one of world’s largest cities

Mon, 01/22/2018 - 14:03
PITTSBURG — Not all teachers vacationed to a cozy cabin or went to a resort during this past winter break. One in particular, Pittsburg State University Kelce College of Business Dean Paul Grimes, traveled thousands of miles during his break, but not for ultimate relaxation or a family reunion. He traveled to one of the world’s largest cities, Jakarta, Indonesia, located on the [...]

A number of Kansas lawmakers also hold other elected offices

Sat, 01/20/2018 - 22:00
Francis Awerkamp is a man of titles this month.He began the year as mayor of St. Marys, but that stint ended during January and he became City Commissioner Awerkamp.And the Republican also is state representative for the 61st House District in the Kansas Legislature.At least 16 members of the Legislature recently held or currently hold a second elective office. That group includes Speaker of the House Ron Ryckman Jr., R, whose term on the Olathe City Council ended this [...]

Community marches to support women

Sat, 01/20/2018 - 16:38
PITTSBURG — On Saturday, hundreds of people marched down the sidewalks on Broadway Street in support of victims of sexual assault, the LGBTQ community and women’s rights.The Southeast Kansas chapter of the National Organization for Women hosted the event. The theme for this year’s march was “#metoo” a movement which, according to the the “Me Too Movement” website, was [...]

Brown takes over for SEK Catholic Charities

Thu, 01/18/2018 - 16:05
PITTSBURG — Casey Brown has been selected as the new director of Southeast Kansas Services for Catholic Charities.As director, Brown’s role will be to prevent homelessness in Southeast Kansas by assisting children and families to maintain stable housing.Brown and his staff will utilize individual case management to help families with rent, utilities, transportation and prescriptions. The services help families stay housed, working and healthy. Financial literacy, [...]

Former coach awarded ‘Local Hero Award’

Wed, 01/17/2018 - 14:28
MISSION — Less than a year since he moved to work at his dream job in Mission, Special Olympics Kansas President and CEO John Lair received a “Local Hero Award.” Lair is a Pittsburg native and former volunteer Special Olympics coach who coached the New Hope Bulldogs in Pittsburg. “I truly enjoyed my time in Pittsburg,” he said. “It was a big change to come up here, but [...]

Educators learn about leadership, technology

Wed, 01/17/2018 - 13:36
PITTSBURG —  Wednesday, educators from Kansas, Arkansas, Missouri and Oklahoma visited Pittsburg State University for an annual two-day leadership forum. This year’s theme was focused on leadership and using technology in the classroom, for both administrators and teachers. PSU Educational Technology in the Department of Teaching & Leadership Assistant Professor Michelle Hudiburg said the event [...]

Patrick's People: Not Just Horsing Around — Taylor D’Amico lives her dream

Tue, 01/16/2018 - 16:18
FRONTENAC — Little did the D’Amico’s know after the first time Taylor D’Amico took a ride on a pony that she would be all about horses for the rest of her life. Family friends, Jerry and Mary Frazier, asked if Taylor would like to come over and ride a pony when she was about six years old. “I always asked to go out to ride and then I wanted to show,” she said. [...]

USD 250 — Board ready for applications

Tue, 01/16/2018 - 14:36
PITTSBURG — After input from faculty, staff, students and community Pittsburg USD 250 is ready to start sending out applications in search for the district’s next superintendent. Applications are now open for 30 days.In the last few weeks the district and firm held focus groups and sent out surveys for stakeholders to share their opinion to help gauge what the public is looking for in the next [...]

Cold temperatures will keep snow around

Mon, 01/15/2018 - 11:52
PITTSBURG — Snow is likely done falling from the sky, but what is already here isn’t going anywhere.According to the National Weather Service in Springfield, Missouri, the three to four inches of snow which fell Monday will likely hang around, largely because of very cold temperatures settling in on the area. Temperatures are expected to remain below freezing through Wednesday night.“The chances for snow are diminishing right now [Monday] as this band moves [...]

OUR HISTORY: The H.R. Brown Grocery Store

Mon, 01/15/2018 - 11:52
Who can name all the mom and pop grocery stores that were in Pittsburg? Just ask Gloria Oertle. She will tell you there was a grocery store on every third corner, and then be able to give you the name, address and background of at least five within a couple of minutes.Before the time of self-service, customers would approach the grocery counter, hand their list to the clerk, he would then select the items for the customer, bag everything and that was the trip to the grocery store. The [...]

Humane Society gears up for Super Bowl bash

Mon, 01/15/2018 - 11:52
PITTSBURG — The Southeast Kansas Humane Society is gearing up for a Super Bowl Sunday tradition.Each year, the SEK Humane Society hosts a chili dinner on Super Bowl Sunday as a fundraiser for its shelter. The 41st annual dinner will take place 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, February 4 in the lower level of Memorial Auditorium.In conjunction with the dinner, the SEK Humane Society will also have a country store with items from the public and The Doggie Bag in Pittsburg. Any [...]

PSU celebrates MLK with ball

Mon, 01/15/2018 - 08:50
PITTSBURG — Civil rights leader, Martin Luther King Jr. will be celebrated with a formal ball, a first time event open to Pittsburg State University students, faculty, staff, and the community.The Martin Luther King Jr. Ball will be from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. on Saturday in the Crimson and Gold Ballroom at the Overman Student Center. Admission is free. “We wanted to do something here at PittState to [...]

Lifetime subscriber turns 100

Sat, 01/13/2018 - 13:35
PITTSBURG — A lifetime Morning Sun subscriber Helen Pinamonti-Klinkon turned 100 Saturday.Her eyes may not work quite like they used to, but she still opens her subscription and reads them cover to cover every day.Aside from reading local news, her favorite part of the paper has always been the puzzles and horoscopes, which she reads daily to see what her day is going to be like.Klinkon said the newspaper was always in her home, part of her daily life from the [...]

Nature reach welcomes new veterinarian

Fri, 01/12/2018 - 13:10
PITTSBURG — Pittsburg State University welcomes a new veterinarian for Nature Reach this week.Nature Reach has had the same veterinarian since opening in 1985.Broadway Animal Hospital Owner and Veterinarian Heather Wallace will now be serving the program. “We have been here for about a year and we have really enjoyed Pittsburg,” Wallace said. “We are [...]

Women of Distinction — Beezley speaks for community

Thu, 01/11/2018 - 13:53
GIRARD — Sara Beezley always wanted to be a lawyer.As the youngest of six children she used the power of persuasion to get her to through to her siblings. “The only way to get get my way was to convince them,” she said. Her dream came true and now she is entering her 39th year as an attorney at Beezley Law Firm. [...]

City manager blog to help ‘transparency’

Thu, 01/11/2018 - 13:52
PITTSBURG — Pittsburg residents have a new way to keep up on the doings at the City of Pittsburg.The city has created a blog to share city news and updates with the community.On Tuesday, Pittsburg City Manager Daron Hall put up the first post on the city’s accomplishments and projects the city has planned for 2018. The blog serves as another information platform for [...]

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