With the effects of COVID-19 leaching onto both our residents’ health and paycheck, it is more important now than ever to shop locally for your hunting and fishing gear.

Luckily, you can purchase some of that gear directly from the makers, and many manufacturers of sporting goods reside right here in the Sunflower State.

Trophy Bass Company, based out of Overland Park, is one of the state’s most successful fishing lure retailers and sponsors anglers from the youth and high school circuit all the way to the pros.

Lenexa native Casey Scanlon, a pro angler on the FLW Tour and guide on Lake of the Ozarks, co-owns the company alongside fellow Kansas native Travis Perret and promotes the company’s products during tournaments. Perret, who also fishes competitively, said the pairing was meant to be.

“I’ve been fishing bass tournaments for the last 15 years or so,” Perrett said. “I met

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Heather Crowley has always had a passion for food.

Whipping up meals or baking sweet treats offered opportunities growing up for her to bond with her parents. Her dad “could throw anything together,” she said, and her mom loved to bake.

After escaping an abusive relationship that had caused Crowley to lose some of herself and the things she enjoys, food brought her home.

“I was very much in the arts scene and doing all of that stuff. Food gave me an outlet to create masterpieces,” she said. “I found my creative skill. I was able to hone that into baking cakes.”

In 2012, Crowley completed Washburn Tech’s culinary arts program. And in 2014, she began showcasing some of her culinary creations on Facebook.

“But never really saw it as something,” she said. “It was just kind of a hobby.”

That started to change a couple years ago after Crowley

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A coalition of some of the state’s most powerful business groups is asking KDHE to reverse its decision to make the locations of COVID-19 outbreaks public, which began Wednesday.

KDHE officials and Gov. Laura Kelly announced the move last week, saying residents needed more information and transparency in light of rising case counts throughout the state.

Under the policy, specifics will be provided if there are five or more active cases associated with a given location. The names of private businesses won’t be disclosed unless there are 20 or more cases tied to it.

Two locations in Topeka are sites of active clusters, according to the data published on the KDHE website.

One, the Kansas Neurological Institute, reports eight cases stemming from an August outbreak. The facility has been grappling with cases since at least June.

The other cluster site is at a Reser’s Fine Foods plant in east Topeka,

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HAVILAND — Lela’s Bakery & Coffeehouse, owned by Madi Schneider, opened for a special preview event Monday in Haviland.

The purpose of this event was to get people in the door to try some baked goods that will be for sale, get to know the new owner and see all of the renovations to the building.

“I wasn’t sure what to expect going into tonight, but I was hopeful that there would be a good turnout, and I was pleasantly surprised,” Schneider said. “It was so encouraging to see how excited people are about what’s going on at Lela’s.”

Schneider baked all day to make eight dozen cookies, 60 cinnamon rolls and two dozen miniature loaves of banana bread for guests at the event, and by 8 p.m., there were only a few cookies left. Some of the baked goods were vegan, dairy-free or gluten-free to ensure there was something

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When Joe Pilsi first got a letter from the Kansas Department of Labor, he figured it was routine.

“I was thinking it was going to be workplace stuff they do every so often, making sure you have your equal opportunity stuff up by the time clock — what they always do,” Pilsi said. “That’s what I was expecting it to be, which would be instant trash.”

But instead, the letter was to confirm Pilsi’s unemployment benefits claim, something which has happened to scores of Kansans statewide as more residents find themselves out of work due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The problem is Pilsi, who is the sole full-time employee at the chiropractic firm he runs in Marysville, didn’t apply for any such benefits.

A day later, he got another letter addressed to him as an employer about what appeared to be a fraudulent benefits claim.

After repeated calls to KDOL

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