The Union Pacific’s No. 4014, known as “Big Boy” departed Coffeyville shortly before 8:30 Sunday morning to begin it’s journey through Kansas this week. Big Boy arrived in Coffeyville Saturday evening to crowds of a couple of thousand people. Sunday morning thousands gathered again at the Union Pacific’s railroad yard as well as crossings on Read Street, Buckeye and Overlook.
After making several brief stops across the state today Big Boy is expected to arrive at Kansas City’s Union Station at about 6:30 this evening where it will remain on display until Tuesday morning when it departs on the rest of it’s tour through Kansas before arriving in Colorado next Saturday.
Built in 1941, Big Boy weighs 1.2 million tons and is the largest steam locomotive in the world. Big Boy was retired from service in 1961 and has been recently restored. The giant locomotive’s trip across the country is part of the Union Pacific Railroad’s 150th anniversary.
The Union Pacific’s historic Big Boy No. 4014 steam locomotive arrived in Coffeyville Saturday night to crowds in excess of 1,500 people. Big Boy left Van Buren, Arkansas this morning making several stops in Oklahoma before arriving in Coffeyville to spend the night. Big Boy is scheduled to depart Coffeyville Sunday morning to make 19 more stops across the state before heading to Colorado.
Big Boy, built in 1941 is the world’s largest steam locomotive engine weighing in at 1.2 million pounds. The restored Big Boy is on a cross country tour in celebration of the Union Pacific’s 150th anniversary.
Kansans now can access a public listing of door-to-door peddlers who have been prohibited by court order from doing business in the state Attorney General Derek Schmidt says the Kansas Legislature passed a law in 2016 making it a crime for a person to violate a court order prohibiting that person from engaging in door-to-door sales. The attorney general’s office for the first time is publishing on its consumer protection website a list of those individuals and businesses banned from door-to-door sales in Kansas. The list contains 25 peddlers banned in Kansas.
It will be updated as new peddlers are banned or if peddlers are removed from the list. Each entry also contains a link to the court order that banned the door-to-door peddler from Kansas. The list is now available at InYourCornerKansas.org.
The Caney Valley Historical Society & Museum will be a holding a community meeting on November 16th at 10am to begin making plans for the 150th birthday of Caney, which will be celebrated in May of 2021.
Everyone is welcome to attend and citizens are invited to bring ideas on how the city should celebrate. There will also be discuss ideas for events, advertising, souvenirs and more.
If you cannot attend but would still like to participate, you can email ideas & comments to Caney2021party@gmail.com, and they will be shared at this meeting.
The First Baptist Church of Sedan is hosting the 2nd annual Chautauqua County Angel Tree Run this Saturday at noon in conjunction with Operation Christmas Child.
This event not only helps provide gifts to children in the area, but children all around the world. Everyone is asked to meet at the Bartlesville Walmart pick an angel, shop for you angel and then group ride to Sedan to deliver the presents.
For those who wish to shop locally you are asked to meet at the Chautauqua County Courthouse at 10:30 to pick an angel and them meet back at the First Baptist Church at 2:30 for a chili feed and dessert.
USD 445 principal named Principal of the Year. Field Kindley High School Principal Travis Stalford has been named Kansas Association of Secondary School Principals Area High School Principal of the Year.
Stalford is in his 5th year as principal at Field Kindley.
The seventh annual Match Day in Coffeyville brings in over $60,000 to 21 organizations in the area. Match Day saw 269 gifts totaling $61,727.18, with the $40,000 in matching funds courtesy of the Coffeyville Area Community Foundation, Bernard and Effie Jo Wade Family Foundation and the Pratt Charitable Family Fund that brings the total to $101,727.18. Match Day donations have had a total impact of $676,489, that's seven days of donations across the last seven years.
The Midland Theater Foundation received the most money donated to them at just under $10,000 and Boys and Girls Club saw the most donations at 38 gifts. The Coffeyville Area Community Foundation is very thankful for everyone who donated.
Employees of the city of Independence will be receiving a nice bonus as part of the holiday season. The city commission on Thursday approved authorizing awarding $100 in Main Street Bucks to each city employee. The three-member commission were in agreement that giving the certificates rather than last year's cash bonus will help encourage local shopping. Main Street Bucks can be used at over 70 stores in the Independence area, and with the city coming under budget, commissioners saw no issues with raising it above the recommended $75 amount.
The total cost to the city for these certificates will equal just under $12,000.
The Independence City Commission has accepted a request from VFW Post 1186 to place a state of Remington, a dog, near 1916 City Hall. Remington has served as a mascot for the Independence Fire Department for years. The commission approved the project with the knowledge that they would receive a full plan before proceeding. Commission member Leonhard Caflisch said he believes all statues in the city should tell a story, and as a result, he'd like to see a plaque telling the story of Remington as part of that plan.
With approval in place, the VFW will now begin fundraising with any excess funds being donated to the Fire/EMS Department for fire safety. The American Legion Post 139 and Mossy Kennel also partnered with the VFW in coming up with the request.
AAA Kansas and the AAA Kansas Traffic Safety Fund presented Matthew Vail, a member of the 2020 Erie High School senior class, with one of two AAA Kansas Traffic Safety Advocate scholarships, during the Kansas Teen Traffic Safety Conference, Nov. 7 in Topeka. Vail and Maddie Lohmeyer of Hays High School were selected as $1,000 scholarship winners from nearly 35 applicants from high schools around Kansas. Public Affairs Manager
Shawn Steward says AAA Kansas congratulates Matthew for being a leader and role model in highlighting and sharing traffic safety measures for his peers. Vails involvement with the Seatbelts Are for Everyone program and efforts to take important safety messages to the elementary school students in his community stood out as he was selected for this scholarship.
The Coffeyville Historical Society have announced that they will be taking bids on the building that housed the Dalton Defenders Museum from 1961 until October 2019 until 4 pm on December 4, 2019. Kris Crane from the CHS explains the reasoning for selling the old building.
To obtain a Request for Proposal, contact Crane at email@example.com and she can e-mail one to you.
The Sedan city council met on Wednesday afternoon and discussed whether to replace 87 street signs in Sedan, at a cost of about $100/each, or to accept FFA teacher John Wells’ offer to have his students repaint the street signs that already exist.
Council President Brett Dickens made a motion to have Wells’ class repaint one street sign so the council can see how it turns out. In order to do so, the City will purchase 1 lb of reflective pebbles, 1 sandblaster, and 2 gallons of paint. Council Member Crystal Wade seconded the motion and the motion carried.
Elk Falls 24th annual Outhouse Tour takes place November 22nd and 23rd. One of the most unusual events you’ll ever experience presenting over 20 creatively designed outhouses for visitors to vote on. Elk Falls will also host a craft fair and quilt show during the festival. Elk Falls Pottery will be having their 40th annual open house.
Live bluegrass music and a vintage camper show will be featured on Saturday, November 23rd. There will be local food, food trucks and homemade apple dumplings for sale. Two days of humor, good food and great people.
Over the last few weeks Elk County Sheriff’s Deputies have been conducting an investigation in the Longton area.
Several tips from the area led law enforcement to approximately four thousand dollars in stolen property along with one warrant arrest, drugs and drug paraphernalia charges. This one case has cleared up several theft reports that been taken over the last few months.
The case will be turned over to the County Attorney for prosecution and further arrests are anticipated in the future
The Coffeyville Community College Lady Raven Volleyball team will be traveling to West Virginia, next Tuesday, Nov. 19th, at 8:00am.
The team is requesting if the public could donate water, gatorade, juice boxes, snacks, fruit for the trip. If you are interested in helping out the Lady Ravens as they compete for their 3rd straight title, drop off donations at the CCC Foundation building with Kim Blaes.
All items should be dropped off by 5:00pm on Monday, Nov. 18th. The Lady Ravens will face off against Montgomery in the opening round of the NJCAA Tournament at 10am on Thursday, November 26th.
Employees of Coffeyville Resources Refining & Marketing have donated $1,870 to the 1st grade teachers at Community Elementary School. The money will go toward Scholastic books in the hopes that each student would be able to receive a book purchased throughout the year.
The employees shared their memories of getting Scholastic books and rememberd the kids who were not able to do so. Those memories led to the decision to raise the money and make the donation.
Six years and over half a million dollars raised to support local organizations. There is $40,000 available to match for Match Day courtesy of Coffeyville Area Community Foundation, Bernard and Effie Jo Wade Family Foundation and the Pratt Charitable Family Fund. Organizer Janie DeVore Gillis says there are 21 organizations that this money will help support.
Online giving begins at midnight on Thursday and will go until 11:59 that night. You can also donate in person from 7:00am until 5:30pm at the Perkins Building.
We’ve entered into what a Kansas State University professor of food nutrition calls the season of feasting. The season, which started with Halloween, doesn’t end until Super Bowl Sunday. During this four month period, Food Nutrition Specialist Tanda Kidd says it’s easy to eat too many foods that are high in fat, sugar and sodium.
Kidd says people should eat until they are satisfied, not until they are stuffed. Unfortunately, She says there’s often a fine line between eating just enough to satisfy your hunger and eating way too much.
The Parsons Chamber of Commerce have announced that the Veterans Day parade that was postponed on Monday has been rescheduled for Saturday, November 16th at 9am in Downtown Parsons.
The parade will begin at the intersection of Central and Stevens and head south. The block of 1800 Stevens will be closed during the time for parade line-up.
The parade was postponed due to the extreme weather that blew into the area early Monday morning.
St. Andrews Church in Independence will be holding their annual holiday market this Saturday from 8am to 1pm. Independence Chamber of Commerce Director Lisa Wilson explains what will be happening at this event.
Wilson went on to say that St. Andrews will also be serving chicken and noodles from 11am until 1pm. St. Andrews is located at 420 East Myrtle in Independence and you call 620-331-1789 for more information.
Coffeyville's Match Day 2019 is coming up this Thursday, giving you an opportunity to do something positive for the community! Stop by the Perkins Building from 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and make a donation to any of the 21 participating organizations. Due to a partnership between the Coffeyville Area Community Foundation, the Bernard and Effie Jo Wade Foundation and the Pratt Family Charitable Fund, all donations will receive a match this year.
If you can't stop by in person, you can give online at www.givematchgrow.com. For more information, visit that website, call 620-251-4769, or find the Coffeyville Area Community Foundation on Facebook.
The Coffeyville Historical Society announced the dates for this year's Christmas Candlelight Tours. Kris Crane with the Coffeyville Historical Society explains in addition to announcing the dates they are doing something special this year at the mansion.
Dates are December 11th, 15th, 18th, 21st, 22nd, and 23rd and live entertainment will be provided. Self-guided tours begin at 5:30pm and admission is $5.00 per person, ages 5 and up. All proceeds go towards the maintenance and upkeep of the Historic Brown Mansion.
The Sedan Chamber of Commerce wants the public to join in on some Christmas fun on December 14th for the Christmas Sweater 5K race.
The 5K registration will begin at 9am with the walk/run starting 10am but if you pre-register before November 27th, you will be guaranteed a race shirt. You can pre-register by following this link to do the easy step by step form.
All proceeds will go to the Chautauqua County Fair Board.
The Independence City Commission will meet in regular session on Thursday. Other than the consent agenda, the current agenda includes a potential agreement with KDOT for some pavement replacement work. Also included in that agreement would be curb and gutter, sidewalk and pavement markings on US-160 from 200 feet east of US-75 to the 8th Street Intersection.
In addition, commissioners will discuss bids received for the purchase of two sanitation trucks for the city. A full copy of the agenda can be viewed here. The meeting will begin at 5:30 p.m. in the Veterans Room at Memorial Hall.
The Nowata County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the community to be on the lookout for a man or men posing as tree trimmers as part of a robbery scheme in Delaware. The person or persons of interest will be wearing hard hats and safety jackets stating they need in your house to assist the social security office. Once inside, the perpetrators will then proceed to rob their victim.
The individual or individuals should be considered dangerous. The NCSO asks that you do not let them into your house and call their office immediately if you notice anything suspicious.