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Amy Coney Barrett, one of the United States Supreme Court’s most conservative justices, just opened the door for conferences and colleges across the country to be aggressive in implementing COVID-19 vaccine mandates.

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After hearing from two local health care officials, the Labette County Commission, acting as the board of health, urged everyone in the county to get vaccinated and wear masks when in public.

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ST. PAUL — Nestled in the corner of a barn that houses a family’s fleet of tractors and a combine is a makeshift weight room. Lacking any bells and whistles, a single weight bench and limited equipment has produced Gennie Vitt, a 16-year-old in rural St. Paul who has become the best youth po…

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INDEPENDENCE — Two years removed from a second place finish at the SEK League Tennis Championships, Zach Spriggs of Parsons finally fulfilled a destiny as the senior star won the league’s singles title on Thursday in Independence.

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ALTAMONT — The girls side of the Labette County sports equation has dominated this season. The volleyball and girls basketball teams both earned SEK League titles and berths to the KSHSAA Class 4A State Tournament.

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COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa — A top 15 finish with two All-Americans is what the Labette Cardinals wrestling program brought back from the NJCAA national tournament, held on Wednesday and Thursday.

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Bryson Dennis, the electric scoring sophomore shooting guard for the Labette Cardinals, was named the KJCCC’s Most Valuable Player for the 2021 season.

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ALTAMONT — Track and field season got underway at the Labette County Invitational on Thursday in Altamont. It served as the first meet for most teams in attendance since the 2019 season after the 2020 season was canceled amid the initial outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Already eliminated from a repeat of the Kansas Jayhawk Conference title, the No. 7 Labette Cardinals went cold late in a 64-58 loss to the No. 1 Johnson County Cavaliers on Wednesday night. The game also served as the regular season finale. 

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FORT SCOTT — No. 8 Labette dominated Fort Scott 97-51 on Wednesday night as the Cardinals remained undefeated on the season after playing its third game since a team-wide quarantine put their campaign on pause.

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The Labette Cardinals women’s basketball team, still ranked No. 1 in the country, has gone into a team-wide quarantine after multiple players tested positive for COVID-19.

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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.