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Sophia Zetmeir, a former Parsonian, has pledged an additional $50,000 to support the next phase in Labette Community College Foundation’s Pathways to the Future Capital Campaign.

Parsons USD 503 is having the gym floor at Parsons High School stripped of all surface coatings, taking it down to the wood, and then having it recoated.

Despite the pandemic, the valuation of local construction projects in August still outpaced the total in the same month last year.

A Labette County judge on Friday agreed to reduce a prison sentence and then change that sentence to probation for a woman convicted of conspiracy to make methamphetamine.

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On Friday afternoon, the Kansas Fugitive Apprehension Task Force (KFATF), Kansas City Division, arrested Bryant Lamont Smith, 33, in Parsons.

OSWEGO — A gas pipeline company provided safety information to the Local Emergency Planning Committee for Labette County on Thursday.

Preliminary estimates reported by the Kansas Department of Labor and the Bureau of Labor Statistics show a seasonally adjusted unemployment rate of 6.9% in August. This was a decrease from 7.2% in July and an increase from 3.1% in August 2019.

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Community Health Center of Southeast Kansas, Parsons, is offering a three-day drive-thru flu shot clinic in the parking lot at 1509 Main St. now through Saturday. There is no out-of-pocket cost for participants.

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After going through a recent surgery, Terry Gossard thought he would have to hire someone to harvest his corn, but friends and neighbors had another idea.

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OSWEGO — Alexis Spencer, a Mound Valley Grade School seventh-grader, breezed to victory in the Labette County Spelling Bee Wednesday.

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The Labette Community College Foundation is the recipient of an anonymous $200,000 donation to support the Pathways to the Future Athletic Complex capital campaign.

A fire possibly caused by incense left burning in a bedroom caused up to $7,000 to a home and its contents Tuesday afternoon.

INDEPENDENCE — An Altamont man died from injuries suffered in a motorcycle wreck near the U.S. 169-U.S.160 junction east of Independence on Saturday evening.

ALTAMONT — Labette County commissioners reviewed county Public Works operations and needs and toured the county’s rock quarry on Monday morning.

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At least three city commissioners were still undecided Thursday about whether to let a mask mandate expire on Oct. 1.

The Great Plains Industrial Park may borrow up to $150,000 from a city fund to pay its share of a road project.

The Kansas Fire Marshal’s Office is investigating the cause of a Wednesday house fire in Parsons.

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Parsons police arrested a juvenile Thursday afternoon on suspicion of attempted first-degree murder for allegedly firing multiple gunshots at a man in a car.

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Players from the Parsons Vikings football program are making their voices heard after facing an adversity felt too often.

ALTAMONT — The Labette County Farm Bureau annual meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at Altamont City Park, 620 Wabash. Members are asked to bring lawn chairs.

At its regular meeting last week, the Labette Community College Board of Trustees approved the purchase of bipolar ionization devices at a cost not to exceed $170,000.

Parsons Presbyterian Manor’s COVID-19 outbreak is closed, according to the Labette County Health Department. With no new cases identified at the Manor since Aug. 16, two full incubation periods have passed with no new positive cases of COVID-19.

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Kansas Sen. Barbara Bollier visited with a gathering of more than 80 Democrats and Republicans at Forest Park on Tuesday evening.

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Labette County Commissioner Doug Allen, who represents the 3rd District, announced Tuesday night that he was resigning effective Nov. 6. By that date he will have served four years on the commission.

An employee of a self-storage business in north Parsons saw an apparent burglary in progress Monday morning and called police. The call and the subsequent investigation led to two arrests and the recovery of stolen property.

ALTAMONT — The Labette County USD 506 Board of Education approved pay increases for classified staff and building administrators Monday during its regular monthly meeting.

The first in-person preliminary hearing was to take place Monday afternoon in Labette County District Court. 

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OSWEGO — The Oswego USD 504 Board of Education heard Monday the district is down to 21 remote learners districtwide.

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ERIE — The owners of a grocery store will get another look at a proposed contract for the sale of their business to the city of Erie.

CHERRYVALE — The Cherryvale-Thayer USD 447 Board of Education heard more information on gating criteria, which is information that helps districts decide when moving to remote learning is necessary.

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OSWEGO — Labette County commissioners are looking at sharing with Great Plains Industrial Park a portion of increased fees collected in the future from overweight trucks carrying wind turbine parts.

John and Bonnie Latzer, lifelong Parsonians, have pledged $100,000 to support the next phase in Labette Community College Foundation’s Pathways to the Future Capital Campaign. The gift will help the college renovate and expand the athletic facilities to meet the needs of students and better …

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Harry Hynes Memorial Hospice Chaplain Wayne Mason has announced after 15 years he is retiring.

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As Wayne Gilmore crossed the finish line of his virtual Boston Marathon on Saturday surrounded by cheering fans from the Parsons community, there was one person that the local optometrist had to speak to.

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A portion of newly updated rail system at Great Plains Industrial Park will have to be replaced again following a derailment in August.

McCUNE — The Kansas Bureau of Investigation has yet to attach an identity to the human remains found Aug. 10 northeast of McCune.