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A teenager accused of robbing Pete’s at 32nd and Main this week made a first appearance in court late Friday afternoon.

OSWEGO — Labette County commissioners on Friday extended for 14 days a disaster declaration based on the frigid temperatures the area experienced last week.

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A Parsons man released from jail a week ago on his own recognizance after pleading to two felonies is back in custody on suspicion of aggravated robbery.

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The mask mandate in Parsons will continue at least well into May.

COLUMBUS — Cherokee County authorities began searching area strip pits Tuesday night for two Joplin men after their families reported they didn’t return home after a day of fishing.

An attorney is exploring defense options for a client accused of molesting and sodomizing children.

OSWEGO — In March, the Oswego USD 504 Board of Education will consider which grade levels will attend school at the junior high.

A preliminary hearing has been rescheduled for a former high school librarian and coach charged in Labette County District Court with two counts of aggravated endangering a child.

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment has rescinded a boil water advisory for Neosho County Rural Water District No. 4.

The Parsons USD 503 Board of Education Thursday discussed how students could make up the three snow days this week.

Plumbers in Parsons for a limited time can get a license without taking the standardized test usually required.

Fire heavily damaged a Parsons home on Monday afternoon. No injuries were reported to firefighters or occupants of the home in Orchard Park.

Parsons Public Library will host “Wichita’s Dockum Drugstore Sit-In,” a Black History Month presentation and discussion by Prisca Barnes, at 6:30 p.m. Monday in the main area of the library. 

The Labette County Commission will hear from Labette County residents next week about their concerns or support for a proposed wind farm.

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ALTAMONT — Altamont city officials announced Wednesday night that it appears the city is coming out of the woods with its energy emergency as far as rolling blackouts and the potential discontinuance of natural gas supplies that would require resident evacuations.

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Bowen Pharmacy announced Thursday the purchase of the Parsons AuBurn Pharmacy customer files.

A Fredonia woman who should have gone to prison on drug and endangerment convictions instead received probation because of strides she’s made in her addiction recovery.

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An Oswego man currently facing aggravated robbery charges has been arrested on multiple warrants and is a person of interest in Monday’s robbery of Dollar General in Parsons.

The Labette Assistance Center will distribute U.S. Department of Agriculture food commodities from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 25, at the former Sunshine convenience store, 2301 Main.

OSWEGO — Labette County commissioners on Tuesday agreed to keep three county buildings closed on Wednesday to continue to conserve electricity because of extreme cold in the Midwest.

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ALTAMONT — Altamont city officials were between pessimistic and guardedly optimistic Monday night about the potential for natural gas supplies to be cut off to Altamont residents in the next few days.

The city of Chetopa will receive $600,000 in a grant to help with sewer line rehabilitation.

Parsons police are continuing to investigate Monday’s armed robbery at Dollar General, 2612 Main, but have yet to arrest a suspect.

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Residents in Parsons and surrounding cities are being asked to conserve gas and electric, and emergency notice was issued stating the potential for Altamont residents to lose access to natural gas completely.

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City of Parsons utility customers began regaining water pressure Monday afternoon following a break in a line at the old water plant.

OSWEGO — Labette County-owned buildings in Parsons and Oswego will be closed through Tuesday because of the possibility of rolling blackouts.

Two rural fire departments provided the Parsons State Hospital and Training Center and Labette Health with needed water so boiler systems can heat facilities. Water pressure fell in Parsons after a leak at the old water treatment plant.

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At 9:09 a.m. Monday a white man wearing blue pants, a tan coat and armed with a black handgun robbed Dollar General, 2612 Main.

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ERIE — “Heroes Work Here” signs have been seen at health care facilities everywhere since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

The city’s mask mandate likely will be extended for a few more months.

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Parsons Sun sports editor Sean Frye is this year’s recipient of a the Oscar Stauffer Award for Sportswriter of the Year.

From Kansas Department of TransportationTOPEKA - Weather forecasts show bitterly cold temperatures and several inches of snow are expected in areas across the state from today to Monday night. The Kansas Department of Transportation encourages the public to limit travel because these conditi…

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A Parsons man died from a single gunshot wound to the chest early Thursday morning, and Parsons police have arrested Malcolm M. Odom, 29, for the crime.

A Neodesha man made a first appearance on Wednesday on charges related to a 23-hour standoff with Parsons police.