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When attempting to cultivate growth in a region like Southeast Kansas, the deck is not stacked in our favor. The size of our market, the available workforce, our demographics and other factors place us in a comparatively weak competitive position as a business site. more
May I have this dance?
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“Dance is the hidden language of the soul.” — Martha Graham A week after coming out of Covid quarantine, not only did my energy return, I nearly danced myself off the planet. … more
Of time machines and airplanes
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I am in Paraguay teaching Elementary Statistics. Hop into a time machine and go back almost 40 years. It would be 1984 or 1985.   My father was still alive. He only had a couple of years … more
The New to Use Shop sells re-purposed books, toys, household items, garage tools, and furniture. The materials dropped off at the tunnel are sorted, placed in gaylords/cardboard boxes, baled, and later shipped. more
When is enough going to be enough?
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When is enough going to be enough? When will state and federal legislatures decide that the lives of its citizens, including innocent children, are more important than an amendment ratified way back in 1791? more
College classes and creative bartending
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This excerpt from the autobiography of former Arma native Frank Jeler Jr., tells of his return to college at KSTC and some creative bartending at the Country Club. —  J.T.K . In … more
Center stage
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What’s your special talent? Perhaps it’s playing the harmonica or ukulele or both. Maybe it’s a knack for telling humorous stories, or you spend your weekends practicing Renaissance madrigals on your recorder. I have no doubt many of you have special gifts that you tend to hide under a bushel or else share with only a few friends. more
100 market days
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On the first snap in the first practice, our scrawny 10-year-old sacked the coach's quarterback son. The coach chewed out the OL. On the second snap, our son sacks the coach's son again. This time the coach chews out his son and says he needs to get rid of the football sooner. Our son wanted to play wide receiver, but the coaches put their sons in the premier positions, but our boy was starting the year out strong, just like stocks this year. more
How economic development works
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Pittsburg has grown over the last eight years, both in population and in economic activity. More than $600 million dollars has been spent on industry, infrastructure, medical, housing, entertainment, retail, and education – with about 93 percent coming from private investment. How does this kind of growth come about? more
Brass rubbings
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Back in the mid 1980s, I was secretary of the National Association of Extension Home Economists. Our president, June Taylor was from North Carolina. When her presidential term was up, she … more
Social media detox
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Last night, I decided to deactivate my Facebook for one week. I have already had messages wondering where I went as friends were trying to tag me on posts. My brain has just been overloaded lately. I … more
Seeking black pepper and cottage cheese
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My wife and I have been seeking black pepper, pimienta negra in Spanish. It’s been a hard thing. We’ve been able to find the pepper corn easily enough, but pre-ground black pepper is rather elusive. Fear not, we have found it, but it has been a challenge. more
US Highway 69 proposed route
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I am writing in opposition to the plan to expand US 69 Highway in Crawford County via the Western Route. more
The undeniable value of this newspaper
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Were it left to me to decide if we should have a government without newspapers, or newspapers without a government, I should not hesitate a moment to prefer the latter. — Thomas Jefferson … more
It all started with Bobo
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Former Frontenac resident and KSC graduate, Ben George, is back with an intriguing story about hard work, college, and how a neighbor’s dog named Bobo serendipitously impacted his fate. — … more
June is Dairy Month
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As I look at the calendar I realize “June, National Dairy Month” is with us once again. This month brings back some special memories associated with milk. Probably the memory farthest … more
Fake market drama
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"I am 35, may I know how young are you? I hope we can have a nice chat." The private message came from a Twitter account with a profile picture showing a beautiful young woman. I immediately knew it … more
All Together Now
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What’s “All Together Now”—a Beatles song, an ideal to strive for, or the theme of our Summer Reading Program?   Trick question—it’s all three!   And … more
In the last few articles, I’ve discussed the importance of cities and how important it is that people get engaged with the growth that is happening in Pittsburg. In the next articles, I will talk about what growth looks like and what it means, the sources of this growth, and how to keep it going.  more
What do you recycle?
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The Southeast Kansas Recycling Center basically takes all recyclables except plastic bags. more
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