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 The city of Parsons hired Kenny Ward as fire chief and he will be replacing the retiring Jay Hawks. Ward began duties Tuesday.

The Beachner family donated $125,000 to support the next phase in Labette Community College Foundation’s Pathways to the Future Capital Campaign.

The Duke Mason Band will perform at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Parsons Municipal Auditorium. The concert is free, but donations will be accepted for the annual “Shop with a Cop” fundraiser for the Parsons Police Department. Police raise money locally in order to buy gifts for youth in need in th…

A Parsons woman pleaded no contest to two burglary charges on Monday.

A Parsons woman was found guilty of forgery, theft and possession of methamphetamine in Labette County District Court on Monday.

A twist in the plan for 2020 pay raises pushed the Parsons City Commission to delay a decision until more information is received.

OSWEGO — Labette County commissioners on Monday set the advisory committee that will look into wind farm regulations and also gave the facilitator some direction on getting the group started.

A Parsons woman pleaded no contest to two burglary charges on Monday.

A Parsons woman was found guilty of forgery, theft and possession of methamphetamine in Labette County District Court on Monday.

A Chetopa woman asked for probation or a shorter prison term and a judge gave her a break, but he still sentenced her to prison for more than four years.

In the summer, commissioners budgeted for pay raises for city of Parsons employees for 2020, but now they must decide on the structure of the increases.

Stella Wells family gave access to her scrapbook to provide information about her life and activities to community members who were dedicated to continuing her work.

A Parsons man received a shorter prison term than he could have on Tuesday and he was allowed to stay home over the Thanksgiving holiday before reporting to jail.

Parsons Public Library will host a series of merry activities in December for all ages, including holiday tea, a visit from Santa Claus, a teen winter party and much more. 

Parsons Good Samaritan Society residents looked on and smiled as kindergarten students sang, clapped and wiggled, acting out the motions to the Thanksgiving songs they performed Tuesday morning during a short visit to the center.

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The Stella Wells Christmas Basket Program will accept applications for baskets from 9 a.m. to noon Monday and Tuesday and from 9 a.m. until the limit is met on Wednesday, Dec. 4.

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Wave Wireless, which provides wireless internet service in Labette County, will expand its network next year and bring fiber optic broadband internet service to 1,390 rural Labette County homes. The service will offer up to gigabit speeds.

Patrick Doyle’s family gathered at the cafeteria table, their turkey dinners before them, and quickly the conversation was flowing and the family was laughing together.

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Parsons will try again for a $25 million grant that would make vast improvements to North 16th Street on the north edge of town.

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A wireless company this week received approval to develop the infrastructure in Parsons needed for the fifth generation of cellular technology.

Preliminary estimates reported by the Kansas Department of Labor and Bureau of Labor Statistics show a seasonally adjusted state unemployment rate of 3.1% in October.

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City leaders want to give the public a chance to comment on an ordinance that would allow people to carry alcoholic beverages from business to business during special events downtown.

OSWEGO — Artist Sara Lytle welcomed enthusiasts and fans to her art gallery, Abolish Blandness, with a red door theme Tuesday night in Oswego. The gallery opened Oct. 26.

ALTAMONT — At November’s regular meeting of the Labette County USD 506 Board of Education, Superintendent John Wyrick presented an overview of the area high school graduation rates. 

A Parsons man caught with nearly 2 pounds of crystal methamphetamine and about $2,000 cash will stand trial on drug distribution charges.

OSWEGO — Labette County commissioners haven’t reached consensus on how to form a board that will review wind farm issues and report to them with recommendations.

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OSWEGO — The Labette County Commission, acting as the Board of Canvassers, counted 29 provisional ballots Monday while reviewing balloting from the Nov. 5 general election.

Parsons police on Thursday evening recovered a stolen vehicle and arrested a Texas woman on drug charges and for possession of stolen property.

The 11th Judicial District Nominating Commission will interview candidates to replace retiring District Judge Jeffry L. Jack on Jan. 10.

Parsons police investigating a robbery learned about another crime and arrested a Mississippi parolee. They are seeking another person in connection with the robbery.

Labette Community College trustees accepted the resignation from the dean of enrollment management at Thursday’s meeting in the college’s Student Union.

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There’s no date set, but PureLife Nutrition & Well-Being should reopen in its new location soon.

The valuation of construction projects in Parsons in October topped that of last year’s, but the year-to-date total still lags far behind that of 2018.

ALTAMONT — Senior Clara Rucker is the first student at Labette County High School to get to participate in Women in Health Care: The Next Generation.