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Labette Health Forgives April Patient Payments


To assist in easing the economic strain in the surrounding community, Labette Health will be forgiving April patient payments in all of its clinics and hospital. All patients will see their April payment written-off, meaning it will not be required to be paid. Labette Health asks that all patients do return to their regularly scheduled payment plan in May. Accounts on auto-draft will not have the payment come out of their account this month.


SBA Paycheck Protection Loan Program Snarled


Businesses that went to their local bank to begin applying for the SBA loan which is part of the SBA's stimulus package have found the  process in a state of disarray.  Mike Ewy, President of Community State Bank in Coffeyville and Vice-Chair of the Kansas Bankers Association says there are technical glitches with the system.


Ewy said many banks had problems accessing the system.


According to the Kansas Bankers Association banks did not receive guidelines until late Thursday and many of the banks are unable to access the system.  Ewy says the people he’s talked to believe the system should be functional early this coming week.  According to the KBA there are nearly 40,000 loan applications in the system’s que.


Two Die from Coronavirus in Montgomery County


The Montgomery County Health Department is reporting two deaths of county residents from COVID-19. The individuals had underlying health conditions and were hospitalized in a hospital out-of-state at their times of passing. Montgomery County Health Department Administrator our condolence goes out to family and friends.


The Health Department strongly urges the public to continue to take appropriate precautions. Everyone needs to practice good hygiene, stay informed, practice social distancing and limit in-person interactions. If you are experiencing symptoms such as cough, fever or other respiratory problems, call your healthcare provider or an urgent care clinic first to determine if testing is needed. If symptoms are mild, do not go to the emergency room.


Romans Chevy Buick and KGGF Recognize Food Deliverers


One of the many issues that has arisen during the changes that have been brought on by the Coronavirus is the need for meals for students who are now out of school. Roman's Chevrolet Buick and KGGF want to recognize two of the many people who have stepped up to deliver and make sure these kids have lunches and breakfast. Our next Romans Chevy Buick and KGGF Hometown Heroes are Donna Gee and Ann Bryan, who have devoted their time to deliver food and insure that kids from the Caney Valley School District have lunches and breakfast. Thank you Donna and Ann for assisting in this time of need.


If you have someone you'd like to nominate for hometown hero just click the link.


Conversation with Doug Blex

Representative Doug Blex called into KGGF on Friday morning and talked about a number of different things but led off with a surprising revenue report.


Also on the table was the fact that state has started tracking residents by using their cellphones.


You can listen to entire conversation with Representative Blex on K-G-G-F



Latest Covid-19 Numbers in Kansas


The latest Covid-19 numbers for the state of Kansas are up to 620 positive cases with 17 reported deaths and nearly 6,500 negative results. 


The numbers were updated as of 11:00 AM on Friday morning. Montgomery County has six positive cases with the first reported case last weekend. 


Crawford and Cherokee counties have four and five positive results respectively. 


Chautauqua now has two reported positive results while Labette and Neosho counties each currently have one positive result each. Elk and Wilson counties have yet to report a positive case. 




Labette Health Adding Beds To Deal With Covid-19

Labette Health has announced that they are increasing their number of beds to help deal with the Covid-19 crisis.  Director of the Labette Health Care Center in Independence, Becky Mitchell says they are increasing the number of beds across their facilities.


Mitchell says that 160 beds will be added.


Mitchell said the additional beds will be in both Independence and Parsons.


30 beds will be added in Independence and tshe rest in Parsons.


Michell spoke at Friday morning's Independence First Friday event.    


CRMC's Medical Chief Says Covid Peak A Few Weeks Away

As the number of Covid cases are continuing to climb in Montgomery County, the Medical Director at Coffeyville Regional Medical Center, Dr. Michelle McGuirk says the peak number of cases is still expected to be a few weeks away.


McGuirk says the number of virus cases is expected to peak around April 24th.


McGuirk, who is also a member of Montgomery County’s Covid-19 Task Force, added that there is a reason to stay positive.


She added that there is an end in sight so there is reason to stay positive.


McGuirk spoke Friday morning during a facebook live feed of the Independence Chamber’s First Friday event which was closed to the public.      


Crawford Co. Mental Health Continuing to Provide Services


Crawford County Mental Health currently have their lobbies closed to the public but they want to remind the community that they are providing services via telephone and tele-video.


They have set aside designated rooms at their facilities where clients will have access to smart devices so they can participate in tele-video services if they don't have access at home.


If you would like to make an appointment, they advise you to tell reception if you would rather do telephone or tele-video. Clients will be directed by reception what they would need to do next.


Clients will be screened prior to entering the facilities. You can find out more information by visiting their website at


To make an appointment or for more information: 


Children's Services 620-232-3228

Adult & Outpatient A&D Services 620-231-5130

Addiction Services 620-724-8806


Romans Chevy Buick and KGGF Recognize former City Clerk


Romans Chevrolet Buick and KGGF want to recognize their first hometown hero, Cindy Price of Coffeyville. Price has sewn and donated 50 masks to the Coffeyville Regional Medical Center and is currently working on more for the local nursing home. Price used her talent as a seamstress and put her other projects on hold to help out in this time of need. Thank you Cindy Price for donating your time and effort during this time.


If you have someone you'd like to nominate for the Romans Chevy Buick and KGGF Hometown Hero just head click the link.


Fishin' and Social Distancin'


A local country musician spent some time social distancing on the riverbank and brought in a huge haul of fish. Fisherman Bryan Knowles says he's enjoyed the extra time he's had to fish and if you are wanting some tips he can't give away all his secrets.


Knowles says he can't give the exact location but he does most of his fishing on the Elk River. As far as what he's going to do with the fish he says he's got plans for them.  As far as the music goes Knowles says he is working on an album and is ready to get back into the live music scene once this all comes to an end.


U.S. 400 Rail Crossing To Close For Repairs


The South Kansas & Oklahoma Railroad (SKOL) will close and replace the tracks at the crossing on U.S. 400 in Montgomery County on Monday, April 6, weather permitting.


The SKOL crossing is two miles west of the U.S. 400/U.S. 169 junction. The crossing will be closed to through traffic starting around 8 a.m. Monday and continuing through Friday, April 10. Traffic will follow the signed detour on U.S. 400, U.S. 169 and K-47 during the closure.



Department of Commerce Launches COVID Jobs Website


The Kansas Department of Commerce unveiled a new website designed to connect job seekers with businesses looking to fill positions during the COVID-19 outbreak. The website, which can be visited here, allows employers from essential industries to offer COVID-related jobs to qualified workers. 


The website will operate at no cost to either employers or job seekers. Secretary of Commerce David Toland said demand and opportunity in several critical industries, such as food and grocery, shipping, and healthcare led to the creation of the site.


6.6 million Americans filed initial unemployment claims last week. In Kansas, Governor Laura Kelly issued an executive order doubling unemployment benefits to soften the blow caused by the COVID-19 outbreak.


Peck Files to Run for State Senate


Former State Representative and current Chairman of the Montgomery County Republican Party, Virgil Peck, announced Thursday morning on KGGF that he has filed the necessary paperwork with the Kansas Secretary of State as a candidate for the State Senate – District 15 which includes most of Montgomery and Labette Counties and all of Neosho County.


Peck, who describes himself as a small government, low tax, pro-life, constitutional conservative, says District 15 needs a strong, aggressive voice representing them in Topeka.


“Something we currently do not have”. Peck adds, “I'm confident when republican voters learn the voting record, conduct and lack of action of the current senator, they will understand the need for change.”


The seat is currently occupied by Dan Goddard, a Parsons Republican. Peck, who lost to Goddard by 171 votes in the low-voter August 2016 primary, said that for many years Senate District 15 had an actively engaged senator, Jeff King or Derek Schmidt, working for them in the State Capitol, but says, “That does not describe our current Senator.” Peck reports, “In his four years as a Senator, Goddard did not introduce/author even one piece of legislation, he merely occupied the seat.”


Peck says as a member of the Kansas House, he authored numerous pieces of legislation, with several becoming law. He added, “I've proven I can get things done.”


Peck said, “The residents of Senate District 15 want and deserve an aggressive, engaged Senator, one who will represent their interests and is not beholden to deep-pocketed special interests groups.” He points out that, since being elected in 2016, Goddard's campaign finance reports show he has taken over $35,000 in contributions from lobbyists, while only receiving one $500 contribution from someone living in Senate District 15.


As it relates to the campaign, Peck says, “I look forward to the opportunity to visit with many voters over the next several months about issues important to them. I'm not a perfect person. Like everyone else, I've made mistakes. But my campaign will focus on the issues as I compare and contrast the political differences between me and my opponent. I want voters to make an informed choice.”


Peck, a 60-year-old insurance agent, says 42 years ago he married his high school sweetheart, Tamara, and it was “one of the best things I've ever done.” The couple have three children and six grandchildren. He says, “My faith guides me, my wife, three children and six grandchildren inspire me.”


Voters can learn more about Peck on his website at or Facebook at Virgil Peck for State Senate.

To hear the full interview from Peck with KGGF, click here. 





Watch Out for Counterfeit Money in Caney


Officers with the Caney Police Department have seized two counterfeit $20 bills over the past week. Caney PD wants to notify the local business owners and their employees as well as the citizens to watch for counterfeit money during commercial and/or personal transactions.  Caney PD recommends using a counterfeit detector pen if possible. If you do not have access to one, there are a few red flags to look for that include blurry boarders, authentic bills will have red and blue thread woven in and out of the note and authentic bills will have a watermark that will be visible when held up to the light. 


Here's a link with more ways to identify counterfeit notes and what to do if you encounter one.


Photos courtesy of the Caney Police Department


Grocery Shopping Assistance Available in Indy


For those in Independence that have trouble getting out to get groceries during the COVID-19 pandemic, two groups are stepping up to help out.



Grocery orders will be taken by phone will be delivered the day after they are placed while pharmacy orders will be delivered the same day, contingent upon medication availability.


U.S. 75 Resurfacing to Start Monday


The Kansas Department of Transportation plans to begin a project to mill and overlay a seven-mile section of U.S. 75 in Montgomery County on Monday, April 6.


The project starts at the north city limits of Independence and continues north to the east U.S. 75/U.S. 400 junction. Flaggers and a pilot car will direct one-lane traffic through the work zone. Expect delays of 15 minutes or less during daylight hours. The road work should be finished in one month, weather permitting.


The cost of construction is $1.4 million.


Boil Water Advisory for Caney Heights Development


The Kansas Department of Health and Environment has issued a boil water advisory for the Caney Heights Development in the City of Caney. The advisory is not related to the COVID-19 pandemic.


  • If your tap water appears dirty, flush the line water lines by letting the water run until it clears.


  • Boil water for one minute prior to drinking or food preparation or use bottled water.


  • Dispose of ice cubes and do not use ice from a household automatic ice-maker.


  • Disinfect dishes and other food contact surfaces.


  • Water used for bathing does not generally need to be boiled but is not to be ingested. Persons with cuts or severe rashes may wish to consult their physicians.


The advisory took effect on April 1st and will remain in effect until the conditions that place the system at risk of bacterial contamination are resolved.


Positive Labette Corona Case Works at Refinery


The first positive Coronavirus case from Labette County is an employee at the Coffeyville Refinery. According to a source at the refinery and a Facebook post from the wife, the patient began to feel sick with a headache and fever on March 19th. He went to the doctor the following day and was tested for COVID-19. With the exception to the trip to the doctors office the patient has not been out of the house and has been self quarantining. The positive test result came on March 30th ten days after being tested.


Coffeyville Refinery has implemented multiple protective measures to insure the safety of its workers.


Recognizing Hometown Heroes


Romans Chevrolet Buick and KGGF want to recognize doctors, nurses, medical workers, EMTs, police, firefighter, essential retail and food service workers, caregivers, sanitation workers and others who are serving us during this unique time. These are the people who do not have the option of working from home, and you can help Romans Chevrolet Buick and KGGF to thank them.


All you have to do is snap their picture, go to, and click on the Hometown Heroes link under the “Community” tab. Simply say who they are and what they do, and they will be recognized.


Chamber Update with Candi Westbrook


Candi Westbrook with the Coffeyville Chamber of Commerce joined KGGF on Wednesday morning to update the community on the latest news from the Chamber.


Virtual CNN is on the way and right now they are getting information from businesses and they are going to use all of their social platforms to get the word out on what businesses are doing during these times. 


Westbrook also updates on what some local restaurants are doing to help the community with food service. (AUDIO)


Coffeyville Community College has cancelled the Endowed Scholorship Auction and they plan on having it bigger and better in 2021. 


There is a project going on called "Adopt a healthcare hero". A group of women in town are making sure that healthcare workers in town get different types of cream for their hands and feet. You can donate $25 or you can send in lotions and hand sanitizers to help out. For audio and information, click here. 


To hear the full interview with Candi Westbrook, click here. 




Parsons Police Receive Updated Technology


In recent weeks, the Parsons Police Department has been able to make much needed updates to the computers in their patrol cars. This was a part of a large-scale project that was initiated by Parsons Police Chief Robert Spinks to keep up with the technology trend in policing nationwide.


Making investments in technology have helped to keep the department up to date with the advances in law enforcement. Parsons Police Department can now share criminal information with these Sheriff’s office in Labette County, Bourbon County, Cherokee County, and police departments in Frontenac, Fort Scott, Galena, and Garnett.


The Parsons Police Department is also currently working on a new website for the public to use which will allow citizens the ability to sign up for police alerts, crime prevention messages and emergency management information. Its launch is coming in just a few short weeks.



Flexible Funding Announced to Help Fight Covid-19


Congressman Steve Watkins has announced immediate, flexible funding to fight Covid-19.


This award is a result from the passage of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act which is Phase III of the Coronavirus Relief Bill.


Watkins spoke on the house floor in support of the issue. (AUDIO) 


The Department of Housing and Urban Development awarded Kansas' 2nd Congressional District $1.75 million in community development block grants which allows flexible funding for a wide variety of services to address Covid-19 impacts to the community. 


Coffeyville Electric Utility Recognized at National Level


Coffeyville Municipal Light & Power has been recognized on a national scale. The American Public Power Association, which represents 2,000 non-for-profit, community-owned electric utilities, recognized Municipal Light & Power for achieving exceptional electric reliability in 2019.


The Association helps the utilities that work with them through their subscription-based tracking service. They compare the numbers gathered through that service to numbers recorded by the U.S. Energy Information Administration for all types of electric utilities.


Mike Shook, the Director of Electric Services for Coffeyville, said receiving the recognition is a testament to the hard work of his staff. 


Coffeyville’s System Average Interruption Duration Index averages out to be about 3.83 minutes. That figure is calculated by dividing the sum of all customer minutes of interruption by the specified time frame by the average number of customers served during that period.


Limited Access for Labette County Facilities


Until April 30th, all Labette County government facilities will have limited access to help limit the spread of the COVID-19 virus. According to commissioner Lonie Addis, this decision to do so is based off of the president's recommendation, and that things could open up again sooner if things change.


The county recently confirmed its first coronavirus case, and declared a state of emergency on Tuesday.


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