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KANOKLA Coyote Challenge Returns This Weekend


The 8th Annual KANOKLA Coyote Challenge takes place this weekend after being rescheduled from earlier in the month. The challenge is a coyote hunt benefiting the Caney Fire Department.  Hunters may register beginning at 5:30 Friday evening at the Antique Tractor Club off US 75 north of Caney.  The entry fee is $200 per team, for up to three hunters. The pot has a 70% payout.  Hunting hours are from sunrise to sunset on Saturday. Check-in will be at 7:30 Saturday evening at the tractor club. 


Preregistraion is possible by calling MaryAnn at 620-870-0999 or Robert at 918-440-4438 (after 3 pm).  




Hogsett Receives Independence Chamber Award

Independence City Commissioner, Gary Hogsett received the Independence Chamber of Commerce Wanda Mayo Award at last night’s Annual Meeting and Banquet.  About 300 Independence and area business people attended the banquet at Memorial Hall.  Outgoing Chairman of the Board, Matt Sutherland spoke to the gathering about this past year while the incoming Chairman, Chris Moore took a look at the coming year.


Parsons will be holding their Annual Chamber Banquet this coming Saturday while Coffeyville’s is coming up next Thursday evening.


2x2 Valentines Day



Attention couples and Valentine's Day lovers. Eclectix Art Gallery in Independence will be having a fun event coming up on Saturday February 2nd starting at 2 PM. Director of the Gallery Tamisha Sewell explains the 2X2 Valentines Day Event. Where individuals or couples can go and purchase a wide variety of 2x2 paintings for 5 dollars and even purchase an Easel for an additional 1 dollar. Paintings featuring Valentines Day themes, constellations, sunflowers and much more you can also purchase gift certificates from the shop, which are also good for credit towards their courses they carry. For more information on the 2x2 Valentines Day event or for their courses Sewell says head to their Facebook page under the events tab. She says everyone is always welcome to the shop located at 311 N. Penn in Independence and encourages you attend the 2x2 Valentines Day event on the 2nd of February.


CPD Adds A New Officer


There’s a new face on the thin blue line in Coffeyville. Officer Emily Relph was sworn into service and received her badge at this week’s Coffeyville City Commission meeting. Emily’s mother, Sue Relph, had the honor of pinning the badge on her daughter.  


The commission also also presented service awards to 13 employees. In total, they have a combined 190 years of service. 

Two Dead in Labette County Crash

Two people are dead as the result of a two vehicle accident Monday on Highway 400 near Parsons.  Killed were 21 year old Joli S. Huto of Mound Valley and 62 year old Charles J. Wass of Parsons.  According to Highway Patrol reports the accident occurred 2 miles east of Parsons when for an unknown reason Hutto’s vehicle which was traveling west on Highway 400 crossed the centerline and struck Wass’s east bound pick up head on.


Potential for Winter Weather in Afternoon and Evening


The National Weather Service has updated the forecast from last night as the system has slowed down and will now be producing some winter weather across Central Kansas. The front should push through Southeastern Kansas this afternoon with rain and drizzle along with strong north winds at 25 to 40 mph. Late afternoon wind chills will be in the 20's. The NWS is having a hard time determining how far the freezing drizzle and snow will make it and will be expanding the advisories this afternoon as the storm slowly moves through Kansas. They believe much of the precipitation will fall as rain through the early evening but there is a chance for it to switch to freezing drizzle and it won't take much to make our roads slippery and dangerous this evening. The time frame for our area will be after 1 p.m. probably in the 2-3 p.m. time frame through early evening.


Temperatures for tomorrow will stay cool with another front on Thursday and Saturday keeping us in the cold.


C.C.C. Weekend of Champions



Mark your calendars Coffeyville and C.C.C. alumni! Many know the annual fall time induction into the Community College Hall of Fame, though Yvonne Hull with C.C.C. explains they’ve got another one planned for Saturday February 2nd on campus in the Student Union. Yvonne Hull explains its another induction for some of the past greats through CCC. Many Championship teams, coaches and others will be inducted as Hull explains to register to email or call Jana Kastler at 620-252-7360 or at The cost is 15 dollars per person or 25 for a couple, and reservations are due buy this Friday January 25th. The event will take place on Saturday February 25th on the C.C.C. campus in the Student Union starting at 2PM.


Caney Water Leak Found and Fixed


The Kansas Crime Victims Compensation Board



The Kansas Crime Victims Compensation Board recently awarded just over 225,000 dollars to the victims of violent crimes in their January meeting. Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt explains the staggering amount of cases they see annually. The Board recently awarded 274 victims just over 225,000 dollars to those in need after violent crimes, in their January meeting. Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt explains this program is one he especially likes. Schmidt explains one of the best parts, is no tax dollars go into compensating these victims. The program is funded by a portion of the court costs and fines, inmate wages, parole fees and restitution paid by convicted offenders. Schmidt says unfortunately they see about 2 to 300 cases for this program per month though is glad something like this is in place.


Red Ravens Win; Head Coach Jay Herkelman Wins 622


In part 2 of the double header against Allen County Community College, it wasn’t just any game the Red Ravens men’s basketball team. This was a potential record-breaking win for their great head coach Jay Herkelman to pass Francis Flax from Brown Mackie, to be the winningest head coach in Region 6 history. Herkelman is already the holder of the most wins in school history at Coffeyville, the top win holder in the Jayhawk Conference, and looked to get to 622 wins to pass Flax last night.


In what was an explosive display of offense, the Red Ravens did not disappoint in this battle. Hosting an Allen County team who is right in the middle of the Eastern standings at 4-4 and 12 and 5 on the year overall. The Red Devils are known to score with their ability to drive the basketball, but Coffeyville’s offense was just too much. Shooting 66% from the floor, 64% from behind the arc and got 16 points off the bench in the first half. The first half was led the way by Marvin Johnson with 18 points, Tevin Brewer with 15 points, and Keon Queen with 10 who also had 9 rebounds in the first half flirting with a double-double. At the half C.C.C had a very comfortable lead 63 to 34, but still had work to do to get their coach this win. The second half started rather slow paced, both teams struggling to score though Coffeyville’s lead made it easy for them to get back into a grove again. An exciting 2nd half was another offensive display with Alley Oops, Big Dunks and getting players off the bench involved, this became a very easy win in the end for Coffeyville as they beat Allen County 105 to 71. Johnson finished with 28 points, 7 assists and 3 rebounds, while Keon Queen finished with his double-double at 13 points and 11 rebounds. Coffeyville finishes at 58% from the floor and 55% from three as they notch the big number 622 for head coach Jay Herkelman.


After the victory, the school had a ceremony gifting Jay Herkelamn with a plaque, that signifies him as the NJCAA Region 6 winningest head coach off all time. In an emotional speech coach Herk says, “This team, this town. It means a lot to me, and there is much more to come, especially with this group of guys.” A 24-year career that started at C.C.C back in 1995 has gotten Jay Herkelman this well-deserved plaque passing Francis Flax with now 622 wins, which took Flax his entire 23-year career to get. Herkelman is well on his way to 694 which would put him in the top 25 winningest head coaches in the entire NJCAA, though with his speech last night. Coach is more focused on bringing a national championship to Coffeyville.


C.C.C. travels to Independence on Wednesday for a Montgomery County Showdown with a tough Pirates team with a later tip off around 8 PM. We will cover this game on your home the Red Ravens FM 98.1 KUSN, pre-game starting after the ladies’ game. You can find their full re-cap VS. Allen County under the sports tab here on


Woman Killed In Apparent Pursuit Crash


An Oklahoma woman dies in a  Montgomery County wreck while being pursued by Chautauqua County Sheriff’s deputes.  The Kansas Highway Patrol reports 29-year-old Carla D. Tewell, of Broken Arrow, was eastbound on U-S 166 across the overpass over U-S 75, north of Caney when she failed to negotiate a curve, went through a guardrail, down an embankment. Tewell’s car rolled four times before coming to rest in a field. 


The KHP report indicates the crash happened around 4 pm yesterday (Friday).  

IPD Fundraisers for K9 Program


The Independence Police Department is holding a best beard contest to help raise money for their K9 program. Police Chief Jerry Harrison says you can vote for the best beard by donating at a number of businesses in Independence.


Chief Harrison says he really appreciates all the support from the local businesses and the community.  He says you can also go into Kirk Wright State Farm and they'll donate $10 for every auto or fire qoute.  


M.L.K Community Celebration



Many of us will be enjoying a long weekend in the remembrance of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day. The Independence Chamber of commerce's Kathy Shepard explains they are hosting a celebration in the name Dr. King coming up on Sunday starting with a free soup luncheon. A free program for everyone starting at 2PM with a free soup luncheon, a program will follow at 3PM featuring music, games, and speakers honoring Dr. King, as well as crowning the winner of the Food Fight which was a community food drive between the students and citizens of Independence. Shepard says they will also award a citizen with the Spirit of Unity award. For an individual who is committed to service around the community. Shepard says the event is free of charge and encourages everyone to come check out the speakers, presentations and music that will be in the program. Taking place in the Independence High School Performing Arts Center with the lunch at 2 and the event right after at 3PM.


Chiefs Fans Ready For Big Game


Sunday’s forecast for Arrowhead looks like another frigid day for football fans. Temperatures will stay below freezing as the Kansas City Chiefs host the New England Patriots in the NFL’s AFC Championship.  Kick-off is set for 5:40 Sunday evening and the Chiefs Kingdom will be out in full-force. Parking passes can be purchased in advance from the Chiefs for $50. Gameday passes at the toll gates will cost $60. AAA-Kansas advises for fans staying overnight, accommodations could be difficult to get. Many hotels are booked and others have limited availability. With the threat of winter weather affecting roads, AAA-Kansas also recommends that drivers pack a winter emergency kit to keep in their vehicles. The kit should include items such as a fully charged cell phone, cell phone charger, snow brush, de-icer, shovel, kitty litter or other material for traction, bright triangle or reflector, first aid kit, flash light, jumper cables, tool kit, blankets and warm clothing, drinking water and snacks.


For those looking to avoid some of those issues, you can listen to the game on The Mighty 690 KGGF. There will be pre-game coverage ahead of the 5:40 pm kick-off. 

Winter Blast On Its Way


The temperatures prepare to tumble below freezing tomorrow.  The forecast calls for lows in the 20s through much of next week.  That means some additional precautions will be needed.  While most people have already made the milk, bread, and toilet paper run, don’t forget to check on your neighbors who may need assistance as the bone-chilling temps set in.  Also, if you have pets you should bring them inside if possible.  If not, make sure they have extra food and water and a warmer place to shelter.  AAA-Kansas also reminds residents to make the effort to prevent frozen or burst pipes which can result not only in discomfort, but also in expensive repairs.  


The insurance division of AAA offers some tips.  


Preventing Frozen Pipes:


  • Make sure everyone in your family knows where the water shut-off valve is and how it works.
  • Insulate pipes in your home's crawl spaces and attic, even if you live in an area where freezing temperatures are unlikely.
  • Seal gaps around pipes that allow cold air inside. You also should look for air leaks around electrical wiring, clothes dryer vents and pipes. Use caulk or insulation to keep the cold out.
  • Disconnect garden hoses. If possible, use an indoor valve to shut off and drain water from pipes leading to outside faucets. This reduces the chance that pipes inside the house will freeze.
  • If a freeze is expected, consider allowing warm water to drip slightly overnight, preferably from a faucet on an outside wall. Even a slight trickle may keep your pipes from freezing.
  • When there is the possibility of a freeze, don’t turn down the thermostat at bedtime. Instead, maintain the same setting day and night. Drops in temperature, which are more common overnight, could freeze your pipes.
  • Open cabinet doors. This will allow heat to reach uninsulated pipes located under sinks.
  • AAA Travel agents report that this is a busy time for travelers looking for good deals or trips to warmer places. If you’re going on vacation or leaving your home for an extended period of time, consider maintaining minimal heat to prevent freezing.


Recovering from Frozen Pipes:


  • If you turn on your faucets and nothing comes out, your pipes are likely frozen. Don’t wait for them to burst. Take measures to thaw them immediately, or call a plumber for assistance.
  • You may be able to use a hair dryer to thaw a frozen pipe. Begin by warming the section of pipe closest to the faucet, then work your way out toward the coldest part of the pipe.
  • Never use a hair dryer or any electrical appliances in areas of standing water. You could be electrocuted.
  • Never try to thaw a pipe with a torch or other open flame. It could cause a fire.
  • If your water pipes have already burst, turn off the water at the main shutoff valve in the house, leave the water faucets turned on, and call a plumber.
  • Mop up spills. You do not want the water to do more damage than it already has.
  • Call your insurance company claims department as soon as you can. An insurance adjuster does not need to see the spill before you take action. However, the adjuster will want to inspect any damaged items.
  • Make temporary repairs and take other steps to protect your property from further damage. Remove any carpet or furniture that can be further damaged from seepage.


One Dies In Wreck North Of Caney


A deadly accident yesterday evening north of Caney.  The Kansas Highway Patrol reports the wreck, involving a farm tractor and a pickup truck, happened around 6 o’clock.  Investigators say 67-year-old Kenneth Sullivan of Havana was driving the westbound tractor when he was rear-ended by 78-year-old Ronald Rogers of Cedar Vale.  Sullivan died from his injuries.  Rogers was transported to the hospital with serious injuries. 


The accident was on U-S 166, near the interchange with Highway 75.  


Kansas Congressman Elected to House Ways and Means Committee

Kansas Congressman Ron Estes was elected today by the House Republican Steering Committee to serve on the House Committee on Ways and Means. Rep. Estes will be the only Member of Congress from Kansas to serve on the committee in the 116th Congress.


The influential Committee on Ways and Means is the oldest committee in the US Congress and is responsible for writing tax policy and has jurisdiction over trade, Social Security and health care.


Ron Estes represents Kansas’ 4th congressional district in the U.S. House of Representatives.


Independence Man Killed in Single Vehicle Accident

An Independence man is dead following a single vehicle accident yesterday on 10th Street Road just south of Independence.  74 year old Steven Tate was pronounced dead at the scene after the accident was discovered by a Montgomery County Sheriff’s Deputy shortly before 2pm.  The cause of the accident is unknown at this time and is under investigation.


A Deputy noticed a vehicle off the road on 10th Street just south of 58 Road that had struck a tree.  The deputy discovered a single occupant trapped in the wreckage. And quickly dispatched Independence EMS and Independence Rural Fire Department.  Once EMS arrived it was determined the occupant had not survived the impact. 


U.S.D. 445 Athletics & Activities Mission



Youth participation! That's a huge goal for Activities & Athletics director of USD 445 Zach Johnson as he aims to get kids exposed to the language and similar drills to what they’ll see at the next level at grades K through 6. Johnson explained more improvements they look to make this semester saying that they hope to improve their community involvement as well, getting parents involved making the experience more special and possible with booster clubs. Whether its theater,forensics, or the core sports they are hoping to get more kids involved through the district. Johnson is a firm believer in the connection of extra curricular activities with better attendance and test scores in the classroom and hopes to expose more kids to all they have to offer around USD 445.


New USS Wichita Joins Fleet


Kansas Congressman Ron Estes takes time to honor the commissioning of the USS Wichita on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives.  The USS Wichita, the U.S. Navy’s newest Freedom-class Littoral Combat Ship, was commissioned over the weekend in Mayport, Florida. Estes says as

the third USS Wichita in U.S. Naval history, the ship will carry on a proud legacy of representing Kansas’ largest city around the globe.

The 387-foot-long ship can travel at speeds up to 40  knots and support near-shore or open-ocean missions.

Entrepreneurship Workshop Begins Soon At FABLAB


Individuals considering starting their own businesses, already in business or just looking for new approaches to problem-solving are invited to enroll in the next “Entrepreneurial Mindset” class at Fab Lab ICC. The weekly class will run January 23 through April 10 and will meet each Wednesday from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.  Course homework involves viewing an average of one hour of video content weekly and reading a weekly chapter in “Who Owns the Ice House?” featuring the story of successful entrepreneur Clifton Taulbert. Class sessions will include discussion of the video content and visits from area entrepreneurs. The course is open to adults of all ages and is offered for college credit for traditional and as a non-creditcourse for non-traditional students. Facilitator Jim Correll explained the class revolves around eight life lessons: Choice, opportunity, action, knowledge, wealth, brand, community and persistence.  


 Registration is available online at


Noted Pianist To Perform At Pitt State



The 2018-2019 Season of the Pittsburg State University Solo and Chamber Music Series continues with a performance by renowned pianist Behzod Abduraivmov.  The concert will be at 7:30 pm on Friday in the Sharon Kay Dean Recital Hall in McCray Hall at the corner of E. Lindburg and S. Locust. Recent seasons have seen Abduraimov work with leading orchestras worldwide including the Los Angeles Philharmonic and London Symphony Orchestra.  


Full-time PSU students may receive a free ticket. Tickets for the general public may be purchased at the PSU Ticket Office Room 137 of the Garfield Weede Building. or at the door prior to the performance.  





Inauguration Day In Kansas


Today is the day.  Governor Jeff Colyer prepares to hand the keys to the Governor’s Office over to Governor-elect Laura Kelly The Topeka Democrat becomes the 48th Governor of Kansas.  She and Lynn Rogers, who will serve as Lt Governor, will take their oaths of office at 11 am on the south lawn of the statehouse.  The Inaugural Ball will be held this evening at the Kansas ExpoCentre.  Premium tables for the event were $10,000.  Kelly and her husband, Dr. Ted Daughety, spent part of last week moving into Cedar Crest. 


Meanwhile in Oklahoma, Republican Kevin Stitt is set to become Oklahoma’s 28th Governor.  The Tulsa businessman will be sworn into office at 11:30 on the south side of the Oklahoma Capitol.  Republican Matt Pinnell will serve as Lt. Governor.  

Kansas AG Makes Appointments to Staff


Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt names new appointments to his senior leadership staff in the attorney general’s office. C.J. Grover has joined the office as public information officer. Jennifer Montgomery, who previously served as public information officer, will transition to a new role as public affairs director. John Milburn will serve as executive officer, assisting in the operations of the office. Denise Coatney will serve as Schmidt’s executive assistant and scheduler. Karla Werth has joined the office as director of administrative operations, where she will also oversee Schmidt’s constituent services.


Schmidt will be sworn in for his third term as attorney general on January 14, when he will become the second-longest serving attorney general in Kansas history.



Thompson to Replace Carroll as ICC Strategic Planning Cordinator


Independence Community College has appointed Mike Thompson to the volunteer position of Strategic Planning Coordinator. Thompson replaces Brooke Carroll, who moved from the Independence area to take employment in Wichita. In his role as ICC Strategic Planning Coordinator, Thompson will work collaboratively with several committees, including the Strategic Planning Process Committee, which is responsible for outlining the steps of the process, and the Strategic Planning Gap Analysis Committee, which will prioritize issues for deeper study by other work groups.


Originally from Independence and an Independence Community College alumnus, Thompson comes to the role with a 44-year career in the financial services industry.


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