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The COVID-19 vaccine is still trickling into Labette County and is being directed to those age 65 and older and into schools.

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One of the three programs that had its season abruptly cut short by the COVID-19 pandemic’s onset last spring, the Labette Cardinals baseball team is geared up to return to action in 2021.

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OSWEGO — Labette County Health Department will receive 300 doses of the Moderna vaccine for administration next week, but the department already has a waiting list of 800 names wanting the vaccine.

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Parsons police are investigating an armed robbery that occurred around 7 p.m. Friday at AuBurn Pharmacy inside King Cash Saver, 2020 Main.

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The Labette County Health Department has filled all the current appointment slots for Labette County residents age 65 and over to receive one of the initial 300 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine it has received.

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While the COVID-19 pandemic has changed the optics of every team’s season at Labette, the wrestling program’s campaign underwent some of the most drastic changes.

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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.

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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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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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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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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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The number of coronavirus cases increased by four to 37 in the Labette County Jail after last week’s testing. Two jailers have had the virus but no more jailers tested positive for the virus last week.

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Parents around Kansas, in the words of one mom who spoke during the KSHSAA Appeal Board meeting last week, mobilized to get back into high school gyms after the association restricted attendance at winter sports.

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CHETOPA — Bouncing back from a season-opening loss to Galena, the St. Paul Indians girls downed sister district rival Chetopa 57-36.

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Parsons Vikings head coach Anthony Houk has spent years priming his roster for Friday’s season-opener — the first game in four years without Dariq Williams or DaQuan Johnson suiting up.

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A fresh crop of Parsons Vikings girls players got thrown to the fire in Friday night’s season-opening 81-32 loss to the Girard Trojans.

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Not wanting to opt out of Gov. Laura Kelly’s mask mandate but also not wanting to follow it, the Labette County Commission created its own order on Monday.

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The pandemic will force basketball and wrestling seasons to be delayed until mid-January, according to the latest Kansas State High School Activities Association proposal.

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A new round of inspections at local businesses to determine if they are following the city’s mask ordinance will include warnings and citations against employees, and customers if needed, Police Chief Robert Spinks said.

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Kansas has, by and large but certainly with exceptions, gotten through fall sports amid the COVID-19 pandemic. That accomplishment is the result of meticulous planning and extensive guidelines from the Kansas State High School Activities Association that was executed by school districts.