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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.

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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.