Winter 2019: How SEK Was Shaped by Rail

In this the 150th anniversary of the Transcontinental Railroad, guest writer Andra Stefanoni explores the impact of rail on Southeast Kansas’ past and how developers are breathing new life into old area depots and the rail lines that once criss-crossed the state. Want to keep reading about rail in...

Fall 2019: Beautifully Orchestrated

Raúl Munguia likens his job to that of a magician. When the spotlight is hot, a paying audience is in their seats and his wand is primed and ready, it’s time for a show. “It’s the job of the conductor to manage the magic on stage,” said Munguia, the...

Magnolia Blossom Inn

Jenny Sands Revitz Soper always wanted to live in a big house. That was pretty much the entire premise for the adventure she has undertaken in the last year. It began in July 2018, during a visit to Independence to clear out the home of her late parents, Bud...

Summer 2019: “Polka Party” Sneak Peek!

Polka Party Polka tradition lives on through Johnnie Zibert Band & Big Brutus’ Polka Fest On a late summer evening each year, Johnnie Joe Zibert lugs his 30-pound accordion beneath the towering shadow of Big Brutus – and he puts on a show. His fingers flying, Johnnie plays dozens...

Summer 2019: “Space Monkey” Sneak Peek!

Space Monkey Independence celebrates its own Miss Able, who blazed the trail for human space travel when she was launched to space 60 years ago Mickey Mantle made history in 1949 when he hit his first professional home run at Independence’s Shulthis Stadium. His ball soared over the stadium...

Spring 2019: “Fried Chicken Paradise” Sneak Peek!

Fried Chicken ParadiseFried chicken has been famous in Crawford County for decades. Here’s why. In the wee hours of a cold January morning, Donna Lipoglav stood over a fryer at Chicken Annie’s, cooking up some – you guessed it – chicken. A KOAM/Fox14 anchor was on his way to...

Spring 2019: “Off the Beaten Path” Sneak Peek!

Off the Beaten PathBike culture grows as SEK promotes cycling Randy Rasa has found a new hobby: dropping by the trailhead for the Lehigh Portland Trails just to peek at the cars in the parking lot. Their license plates hail from all over – from every county in the...

Winter 2018: “The Lord’s Diner” Sneak Peek!

The Lord’s Diner Free meals served to the hungry in Pittsburg, 365 days a year, no exceptions From night to night, The Lord’s Diner never looks the same. The food is always different. The guests, too. Even the volunteers are constantly rotating. The important stuff, though? That will never...

Winter 2018: “A Bolder Humboldt” Sneak Peek!

A Bolder Humboldt Group dreams big and gets to work in Humboldt In a town of fewer than 2,000 people, there’s a revolution happening. The proof is found on the downtown square. An abandoned building, formerly a jewelry store, has been transformed into a luxury candy shop with shiny...

Fall 2018: “Discover Cato” Sneak Peek!

Discover Cato SEK ghost town comes to life in a big way during annual Fall Tour It’s been more than 60 years since the one-room Cato School conducted official classroom business. But come one weekend each fall, when more than 600 students descend upon the ghost town of Cato,...