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Rather than writing citations, Parsons Police Chief Robert Spinks hopes community responsibility and individuals leading by example will be enough for most people to abide by a new face mask ordinance that will begin Thursday.

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OSWEGO — Labette County commissioners on Monday voted 2-1 to opt out of following Gov. Laura Kelly’s executive order on wearing face masks in public.

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People in Parsons will have to begin wearing face masks within buildings accessible to the public and at many other work places in about two weeks.

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Local business owners could be fined beginning next week for allowing unmasked customers into their buildings if a proposed ordinance is approved.

The Kansas State Activities Association will release its first set of plans for fall sports and activities on or around July 17, KSHSAA Executive Director Bill Faflick said in an online press conference on Wednesday.

The NJCAA and Kansas Jayhawk Conference announced that sports, for now at least, will go on for the 2020-21 season. Now, coaches at Labette are gearing up for some radical changes to their seasons in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

CHERRYAVLE — The Cherryvale school district, USD 447, is on the path to reopening its facilities one day after shutting them down after a positive case of COVID-19 came from an individual who participated in the summer weights program.

The number of COVID-19 cases in Labette County may have nearly doubled over the weekend as an outbreak at Chetopa Manor was announced.

UPDATE: The original version of this story indicated that a student-athlete at Cherryvale High School tested positive for COVID-19 based on an initial press release. Further reporting has revealed that it is unclear whether it was a student or staff member that tested positive. 

Country music icon Garth Brooks will be performing on screens in 300 drive-in venues across the United States at 9:30 p.m. Saturday, June 27, including two screens set up north of Edna. Tickets go on sale at 11 a.m. Friday through Ticketmaster (https://www.universe.com/events/encore-live-pre…

ALTAMONT — Two Professional Disc Golf Association sanctioned tournaments, one at Idle Lake in Altamont and one in Parsons, took place on Saturday and Sunday respectively. The two tournaments represented some of the first competitive sporting events in Labette County in the wake of the COVID-…

Crawford County health officials on Wednesday confirmed a new positive case of COVID-19, bringing the total case count to 14. The individual is cooperating with health officials and is isolated per public health guidelines. Health Department staff are conducting a case investigation to quara…

The Wildcat Extension District will co-host two community conversations with SHIFT Labette County, Live Healthy Montgomery County and Grow Labette concerning community wellness. Both conversations will be online and registration is required.

OSWEGO — Labette County commissioners on Monday discussed how $331,000 in grant and local funds will be distributed in the coming months to businesses struggling through the COVID-19 pandemic.