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As Wayne Gilmore crossed the finish line of his virtual Boston Marathon on Saturday surrounded by cheering fans from the Parsons community, there was one person that the local optometrist had to speak to.

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The Parsons City Commission is taking a wait-and-see approach on whether to extend a mask mandate or let it expire on Oct. 1.

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Two schools have reported cases of COVID-19 among students and teachers within the first week of school starting, causing them to test the reopening response plans they have in place.

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The Parsons Police Department has issued only one citation for violation of the city’s mask ordinance, but more business inspections will be made.

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In a season-opening tournament that marked the first sporting event for Parsons High School since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Parsons Vikings girls tennis team tied for third in a four-team tournament it hosted on Friday at Forest Park.

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CHERRYVALE — Aimee Strickland took over a Cherryvale Chargers volleyball team midway through last fall’s season that was starved for continuity and leadership.

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Jane Posch, one of the most decorated and accomplished coaches in Parsons High School history, is retiring from her position as the head tennis coach as well as her teaching post.

A former Parsons man jailed in Jasper County, Missouri, and wanted in California had his bond revoked this month in Labette County for a pending criminal case. He faces drug trafficking charges in each of the three jurisdictions.

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Five student-athletes at Labette Community College tested positive for COVID-19 after the school conducted testing on every athlete — approximately 140 — who arrived onto campus for the fall semester.

Five residents and three employees at Parsons Presbyterian Manor have tested positive for COVID-19 in the past four days, according to a release from Presbyterian Manors of Mid-America.

Lee Ann Spencer, the longtime coordinator for Labette Assistance Center, has tendered her resignation after 13 years of service with the food bank. 

The Kansas Department of Transportation plans to begin a field survey on Tuesday for a proposed improvement that would add passing lanes to both sides of U.S. 400 in Cherokee County.