Winter 2017: “Black Gold” Sneak Peek!

Black Gold 1892 Neodesha oil discovery changes Southeast Kansas forever The Mid-Continent Oil Field has historically been one of the largest producers of oil in the United States. It consists of hundreds of oil fields, spans six states and at one time was responsible for generating more than half...

Winter 2017: “Art is Ageless” Sneak Peek!

Art is Ageless Art competition for seniors emphasizes creativity and encouragement Aggie Keesling, 89, has taken up painting just in the last several years. She’s teaching herself, experimenting with colors, learning from trial and error. She even paints over old canvases multiple times so she doesn’t have to drive...

Fall 2017: “Hidden Gem” Sneak Peek!

Hidden Gem Mined Land Wildlife Area boasts premier hunting and fishing – and unique history You’ve never experienced a Kansas wildlife area quite like this one. Spread over 47 different tracts of land, the Mined Land Wildlife Area encompasses nearly 15,000 acres throughout Cherokee, Crawford and Labette counties. But...

Fall 2017: “House on a Hill” Sneak Peek!

House on a Hill Peek inside the historic Brown Mansion in Coffeyville A four-story, 111-year-old mansion is bound to have its haunted tales. The Brown Mansion in Coffeyville boasts plenty of them. “It’s a big old giant house,” says Kris Crane, president of the Coffeyville Historical Society. “And there...

Summer 2017: “Who is the Catfish Capital?” Sneak Peek!

Who is the Catfish Capital? Burlington or Chetopa? We’re breaking down these Southeast Kansas towns’ long-running catfish-catching rivalry “My God, it’s gone!” Fifty-one years ago, Burlington’s beloved Catfish Capital of the World trophy had been stolen on Mayor Charles S. Foster’s watch, and he wasn’t happy. According to a...

Spring 2017: “Little House, Big Story” Sneak Peek!

Little House, Big Story Visit Laura Ingalls Wilder’s former home near Independence In its seven open months each year, the Little House on the Prairie Museum welcomes 20,000 visitors. Some are locals. Many are families. A good number are “bonnetheads” – superfans of author Laura Ingalls Wilder and her...

Spring 2017: “Thriving” Sneak Peek!

Thriving Thrive Allen County makes big strides for Southeast Kansas You don’t have to search hard to see the impact Thrive Allen County has had in Iola. There’s the new Allen County Regional Hospital, the soon-to-be-constructed grocery store in the heart of town, the bike sharrows painted in the...

Winter 2016: “Dine & Dream” Sneak Peek!

Dine & Dream Traditional B&B meets reservation-only fine dining at the Smittle House Ena Smittle likes to say that she has the most fun job she could possibly have in Columbus, Kansas. You can’t argue with that.  At Smittle House Bed & Breakfast, Ena and her husband, John, have...

Winter 2016: “Candy Craze” Sneak Peek!

Candy Craze Iola attracts multiple candy companies over the years, including Sifers Valomilk Next time you spot Valomilk, that vintage chocolate-coated treat with a runny marshmallow center, make sure you thank Iola.  Valomilk’s creator, Sifers Candy Company, originated in Iola and was based there for several decades before moving...