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The Woodson County Sheriff's Office posted on its Facebook page today that Benjamin Whitaker, wanted for crimes in Labette and Montgomery counties, was captured in Yates Center Thursday morning.

Parsons police on Sunday arrested a Parsons woman and are looking for a Parsons man for allegedly breaking into an occupied house.

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Parsons police are investigating a theft from an ATM at Labette Bank, 3129 Main, early Wednesday morning.

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Kansas is moving into Phase 2 of its vaccine distribution plan starting Thursday, but questions remain about how distribution will be handled and how much vaccine will be available locally in the short term. Federal vaccine supplies remain in short supply, state officials said.

The Parsons USD 503 Board of Education discussed and took action regarding the facilities plan that a team has been developing for around three years.

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The Parsons Public Library will be renovated soon to include a new room just for teenagers.

OSWEGO — Labette County commissioners on Tuesday hired two city of Parsons employees as independent contractors to finish managing the county’s COVID-19 relief program and complete paperwork related to it.

ARCADIA — A person of interest is in jail in the investigation into the discovery of a dead body last week in Arcadia. The Kansas Bureau of Investigation and the Crawford County Sheriff’s Office released an update Tuesday on the suspicious death.

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Labette’s volleyball program has faced the longest layoff of any sport in the school due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The last time the Cardinals took the floor was Oct. 30, 2019.

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Facing a drastic cut in revenue caused by the pandemic and inspired by a local football coach, the director of the Parsons Recreation Commission is raffling off 25 sports memorabilia items from his personal collection.

Parsons city commissioners are expected to make a few decisions during a Tuesday meeting regarding the ongoing 16th Street improvement project.

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The annual Katy Days festival will not take place on Memorial Day weekend again this year, but instead of it being canceled as it was in 2020, it will be moved to late summer or fall.

The Labette Assistance Center will distribute U.S. Department of Agriculture food commodities from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday at the former Sunshine convenience store, 2301 Main, in Parsons.

A Parsons man, sentenced by a judge in 2017 to a shorter prison term than the plea deal called for, will have to serve about two years more after an appellate court called his 2017 sentence an error and ordered him to be resentenced.

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A vision that began in 1992 as a Pathway to the Future for Labette Community College is nearing its culmination with the LCC Foundation announcing Thursday night that the fundraising goal of $5,729,900 to renovate and expand its athletic complex has been reached.

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One of the most gut-wrenching sports-related costs of the COVID-19 pandemic was paid by the Labette Cardinals women’s basketball team. At the onset of the pandemic last March, fresh off winning a KJCCC title, the Cardinals’ trip to the NJCAA Division II National Tournament was canceled.

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During a special meeting Tuesday evening, the Parsons USD 503 Board of Education voted on how learning would proceed for the second semester.

ALTAMONT — The Labette County USD 506 Board of Education met Monday evening to reflect on the successes and challenges of the 2020-21 school year at its midway point.

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Labette Health is working to decrease higher than normal infant mortality rates in and around Labette County through its new Baby Box Initiative that will begin in the near future.

A jury trial is scheduled in May for a Parsons man facing charges that could send him to prison for a minimum of 25 years upon conviction.

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With only two days left to raise $20,000 to meet the Mabee Grant challenge to receive $500,000, the Labette Community College Pathways to the Future Capital Campaign is asking for people’s help.

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The Labette County Commission, acting as the board of health, discussed the pandemic more than other topic during the annual meeting with the Labette County Health Department on Monday afternoon.

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CHERRYVALE — Law enforcement on Monday were still looking for the suspect in a shooting that happened Friday afternoon in Cherryvale.

OSWEGO —  Tiffany N. Jakee, accused of striking and killing her boyfriend with her car in April, was rescheduled for jury trial during her arraignment Monday in Labette County District Court.

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OSWEGO — Labette County commissioners on Monday discussed setting up work sessions or just visiting on normal meeting days to discuss the wind farm issue and the recommendations from a panel charged with researching wind energy.

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CHERRYVALE — A Cherryvale man received a gunshot wound to the left side of his face Friday. Cherryvale police were looking for a tan Lincoln with Labette County tags.

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As a youth, once a week Jimm Ites and his family left their farm and went to town to do their shopping. 

A Parsons man took advantage of long delays in his criminal case to get the help he needed that ended up convincing a Labette County judge to give him probation rather than prison on Friday.

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The Labette Community College Foundation’s Pathways to the Future Capital Campaign is down to the wire on its fundraising to renovate and expand the college’s athletic facilities to meet the needs of students and better serve the community.

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Labette Health was one of five locations in Kansas to receive the Pfizer vaccine for regional distribution earlier this month and again on Tuesday night, hospital trustees heard Thursday.

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For nearly 10 months, residents in skilled nursing facilities have been separated physically from family and community due to safety measures implemented to protect them from contracting the coronavirus, but progress is being made to end that isolation soon.

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OSWEGO — Labette County Sheriff Darren Eichinger said Wednesday that most of the positive cases of COVID-19 in the county jail are now considered recovered.

A Parsons man received a 13-month prison term on Wednesday for breaking into three vehicles in July 2019.

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The city of Parsons likely will continue offering face masks for free to local businesses this year, but the marketing campaign to encourage compliance with the mask mandate is probably over.

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ERIE — For nearly a century and a half, free public libraries in Kansas have served to enrich the lives of people through access to books, newspapers, magazines and other information.

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Tom Shaw will serve as mayor for the remainder of 2021 after being appointed to the position on Monday evening.

A reward offered to locate the remains of Karol Marlene Sullens, who disappeared Aug. 31, 1991, has increased to $20,000, according to Cherokee County Sheriff David Groves.

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While closed to visitors during the winter months, the Parsons Arboretum’s education center offerings continue to be expanded.