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Linn County News

Published May 10, 2023


Sharon Kay Ala, age 79, of La Cygne, Kan., passed away at her home on May 1, 2023, surrounded by family. Sharon was born the daughter of Verne “Shorty” Ray and Ruth Bernice (Gilmore) Ross on May 1, 1944, at Blue Mound, Kan. She married Leon “Butch” Snow on April 18, 1964, to this union two daughters were born, Angela Johnson (Tom) and Tina Stillians (Toby). Butch and Sharon were married for thirty years when he preceded her in death in 1994. Sharon then married Gary Ala on June 23, 2001, in Fort Scott, Kan.

She worked at Stainbrook’s store in La Cygne for thirty-two years. Sharon enjoyed gardening, cooking, helping with the 4-H when her girls were involved, spoiling her grandchildren, spending time with her family and she also had an extensive collection of owls. She was also preceded in death by her parents. 

Sharon is survived by her daughters; three brothers, Gary, Jerry and Vernon Ross; two stepsons, Stephen Patterson and Terry Ala; three stepdaughters, Cindy Kruh, Toni Miller and Julie Hatfield; three grandchildren, Jake, Tyler and Taylor; one great-granddaughter, Sophee; ten additional step-grandchildren; and eight additional step-great-grandchildren. 

Funeral Service will be held at 10 a.m., Saturday, May 6, 2023, at the Schneider Funeral Home and Crematory, La Cygne Chapel. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m., Friday, May 5, 2023, at the Schneider Funeral Home and Crematory, La Cygne Chapel. Burial will be at the New Lancaster Cemetery. Memorials may be made to New Lancaster United Methodist Women and may be sent in care of the funeral home to:  Schneider Funeral Home P.O. Box 304 La Cygne, Kansas 66040. Online condolences may be left at


Ann Johnson ~ 09-14-1943 to 05-16-2024


Linn County News Published May 22, 2024   Ann Johnson, age 80, Pleasanton, Kansas passed away Thursday, May 16, 2024. She was born on Sept. 14, 1943, in Fort Scott, Kan., the daughter of Raymond and Vada Daniels Casida. She graduated from Blue Mound High School and... [More]

David Howard McNabb, Ph.D. ~ 06-04-1947 to 05-11-2024


Linn County News Published May 15, 2024   David Howard McNabb, 76, passed away May 11, 2024 at home in Edmonton, Alberta Canada. The son of a farmer, Dave was born June 4, 1947, to Henry and Alice (Jackson) McNabb at Pleasanton. Education and research were always... [More]

Marci Ann Betts ~ 08-06-1973 to 05-09-2024


Linn County News Published May 15, 2024   Marci Ann Betts, age 50, Pleasanton, Kan., passed away Thursday, May 9, 2024. She was born on Aug. 6, 1973, in Kansas City, Mo. Marci loved her grandkids and enjoyed spending time with them. She enjoyed being outdoors. She... [More]

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Commissioners hear from landowners, representatives on Hell’s Bend Bridge grant


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Executive sessions dominate commissioners meeting


Several resulting from commissioners’ issues with road department   This week’s meeting of the Linn County Commissioners was dominated by lengthy executive sessions; two, near the beginning were for legal advice from County Counselor Mark Hagen. The third... [More]

La Cygne sets permanent sewer project bonds


Separate action adopts bond-related charter ordinance   Authorization providing for permanent issuance of general obligation bonds for the $6.261 million sewer rehabilitation project was unanimously approved at last Wednesday’s regular La Cygne council meeting.... [More]

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Jayhawk Linn track qualifies 20 for State


The Jayhawk Linn track team traveled to Erie on May 17 to compete in the Erie 2A Regional track meet. The Hawks did very well as 20 individual athletes qualified for the State track meet in Wichita on May 24-25. The boys as a team placed third at the meet with 66 points while... [More]

Prairie View track sends 13 to State


The Prairie View track team traveled to Fredonia on May 17 for the Fredonia 3A Regional track meet.  The meet decided who makes the 3A State track meet in Wichita on May 24-25 and the Buffalos did very well as a total of 13 athletes will compete at the State track meet.... [More]

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