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Linn County Firefighter Josh Haynes passed away on Wednesday afternoon after collapsing while fighting a fire at Carpenter Chiropractic late Monday night, June 20.

Haynes, who was airlifted to KU Medical Center on Monday night, began his career as a volunteer firefighter at the age of 18, and gave 17-plus years to Pleasanton and the surrounding communities as a firefighter.

“Josh was in kindergarten my first year teaching,” said USD 344 Superintendent and fellow volunteer firefighter Travis Laver in a facebook post.

“Over the past several years I would watch Josh grow into a great young man and father,” he added. “Josh was always ready to do anything for anyone and was always the fireman that you knew would be on nearly every call.”

NEWS

Blue Mound Independence Day celebration this Saturday

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  The City of Blue Mound will hold their annual Independence Day celebration this coming Saturday, July 2. The event will kick off at 7 a.m. with registration for the 5K Race which begins at 7:30 a.m. followed by the 1 mile Fun Run at 8:30 a.m. The event organizers... [More]

Suspect arrested in pharmacy robbery

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Makes first appearance in court   Following the robbery of the Silver Creek Pharmacy in La Cygne on Wednesday, June 22, law enforcement officers from across the county worked together to track down the suspect. Robert Woody III was arrested in Pleasanton  later... [More]

Pleasanton postmaster retiring

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Pleasanton Postmaster Mark Willard will be officially retiring on Thursday, June 30, at the close of business. Willard began his career with the United States Postal Service in May 1995 as a carrier and clerk at the Girard, Kan. post office. From there he moved to Walnut,... [More]

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SPORTS

Michelle Haupt named head softball coach at Prairie View

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Prairie View High School has announced Michelle Haupt as the head coach of the softball program, pending Board of Education approval. Coach Haupt has served as the assistant softball coach at Prairie View since 2019, head coach at West Franklin High School for two seasons and... [More]

KSHSAA announces new weight classes for the 2022-23 wrestling season

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KSHSAA implemented new NFHS wrestling weight classes during their June executive board meeting.  The decision to implement new weight classes was due partly because some of the border States such as Missouri, Oklahoma, Nebraska and Iowa implemented weight class changes... [More]

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COMMUNITY

Holler presented with award for leatherworking

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In the sixth grade, at the age of 12, Cole Holler took a class on leather working and found something he loved. Now 16, Cole was recently named the winner of the Ann Stohlman Youth Award in leatherworking at the Rocky Mountain Leather Trade Show in Sheridan, Wyo. “My... [More]

Regina’s Rescues plans outreach program

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Regina’s Rescues of Parker is putting an outreach program to aid pet owners into place for Pleasanton and Parker. “Basically, people are struggling and I know dog food is expensive,” said Regina McClellan who owns and operates Regina’s Rescues. “With... [More]

Change is in the wind for Pleasanton church

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Pleasanton’s Assembly of God Church said their goodbyes to Pastor Cary Coffey and his family on Sunday, June 12, as he preached his last sermon for a church that has been his family for six years. Pastor Coffey and his family came to Pleasanton in June of 2016 and at... [More]

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