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Police Warns of Scam Calls


 

The Coffeyville Police Dispatch was flooded Wednesday with calls with reports from local citizens about a social security scam. Multiple people in Coffeyville were getting calls from someone claiming to be from the “Social Security Office” asking residents for their personal information.

 

CPD reminded citizens to never give any of your personal information out over the phone to someone you don’t know. The numbers the scammers were calling from were 800-848-8423 and 844-306-4480. If you receive a call from one of these numbers, simply do not answer the call.

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Free Dental Care Offered to Veterans


 

TMC Lakewood Dental Services will provide FREE dental care to veterans on Friday, November 8, 2019. Appointments are required and will be based on availability.

 

Services will include exam and cleaning, exam and extraction or exam and up to two fillings. Simple denture repair can also be done.

 

Call 816-404-6885 to schedule an appointment and please identify the Smiles for Veterans Program when you call. Your veterans ID and a current driver’s license is required to check in.

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Downtown Independence to Host Trunk or Treat


 

The Annual Trunk-or-Treat in downtown Independence will be on on Thursday, October 31 from 6:00 pm. - 7:30 pm. Lisa Wilson from the Independence Chamber of Commerce explains why this event is so popular.

 

If you are interested in providing a decorated trunk or carnival game for this event, call 620-331-1890.

 

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Urban Wildlife Damage Control Forum to be Held in Chanute


 

K-State Research and Extension will host an Urban Wildlife Damage Control forum on Wednesday, October 30th from 6pm to 8pm at the Chanute Auditorium Alliance room. Wildlife Specialist Charlie Lee will talk about wild animals that become a nuisance, destructive or menacing and how to deal with those animals.

 

This event is free to attend. For more information call Southwind Extension District-Erie office, 620-244-3826.

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Four County Receives Grant from Tower Foundation


 

Seven organizations have been awarded grants from the Tower Foundation totaling $72,383 to support suicide prevention and mental health services in Kansas. Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt says the Tower Mental Health Foundation of Kansas was created as a result of an agreement between the attorney general’s office and the Menninger Foundation in 2007.

 

The attorney general is the sole member of the Foundation, which is staffed by the office of the attorney general. The Foundation’s board of directors is composed of nine Kansans with a keen interest in mental health issues.

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Community Bond Information Meeting Soon


 

Those seeking information on the USD 445 School Bond Project will have an opportunity to do so at an upcoming event. On October 30th, residents can drop by the Field Kindley High School Gym from 6 to 8 p.m. and visit various booths with information about different areas of the project. Those areas include construction, design, cost, need, and impact.

 

The Bond Election will be held on November 5th. There will be two questions on the ballot, with the second question only applicable if the first passes. For more information about the questions on the ballot, click here.

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Cherokee County Sheriff Warns of Roaming Deer


 

The Cherokee County Sheriff's Office is warning motorists of deer on the move this time of year. Sheriff David Groves said last year saw an increase in the amount of car crashes involving deer, from 187 in 2017 to 204 in 2018.

 

Groves also said dawn and dusk were the most common times for these types of crashes, and offered a list of safety tips. You can find those tips below.

 

  • Scan road ditches. If you see a deer, slow down and continue with caution.
  • Drive with your high beams on if there is no oncoming traffic.
  • Do not take evasive action to avoid a deer.  Generally, it's better and safer to hit the animal than swerve to miss it.
  • Deer typically travel in groups. If you see one, expect others.
  • If you strike a deer, pull all the way off the roadway, activate your emergency flashers, stay in the vehicle, and contact your local law enforcement agency.
  • Always buckle up.

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Scare Up Some Fun With The Night of Fright


 

The 2019 Night of Fright will begin this weekend at Cedar Bluff Camp. Activities included in this year's event include an indoor kid's area from 6PM-7PM and the Spook Trail will open up at 7PM. Chuck McFate from the Night of Fright explains how the Spook Trail works.

 

The Night of Fright will be open on October 18th, 19th, 25th and 26th.

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Clean Up Coffeyville Scheduled For Next Week


 

The “Clean Up Coffeyville” clean up week is scheduled to start next Monday, October 21st according the city of Coffeyville.

 

The tree dump will be open extended hours for city residents to dispose of bulky trash. Items accepted for the clean up are furniture, appliances, TVs and residential building materials. Items not accepted will be be things such as tires, hazardous waste, prescription drugs, contractor building material and household trash.

 

The dump will be open from Monday October 21st to Friday October 25th from 10AM to 6PM, Saturday, October 26th from 8AM to 6PM and Sunday October 27th from 12PM to 4PM.

 

For more information call 252-6006 or 252-6108.

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CCC Alumni Give Support to Renovations


 

A couple Coffeyville Community College alumni are adding their support to the Dick Foster Complex renovations. Carl and Mary Ice have agreed to make a substantial contribution to the project. 

 

During his time at CCC, Carl Ice was the recipient of the Pete Pelzer-Outstanding Offensive Lineman Award while playing for the Red Ravens in 1974 and '75 seasons. In 2012, the 1975 CCC football team was inducted into the CCC Hall of Fame. Coffeyville Community College recognized Ice in 2016 as a CCC Distinguished Alum. While attending CCC, Mary Ice was a flag twirler during the 1975 season and attended every football game, both home and away, including the Wool Bowl.

 

Carl Ice was appointed to his current position of president and chief executive officer for BNSF Railway on January 1, 2014. Mary Ice actively volunteers her time with many organizations and serves on a variety of boards. Currently, she is a member of the board of directors of the Symphony in the Flint Hills and the Kansas Nature Conservancy.

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PSU English Department Hosting Literary Crawl


 

Looking to get an early start on Halloween festivities? The Pittsburg State University English Department will host a Halloween-themed literary crawl in Downtown Pittsburg on October 24.  

 

The literary crawl will feature poetry and fiction readings by PSU faculty, students, and writers from the community.  

 

The event will kick off with a reading at TOAST, 401 N. Broadway Suite D, at 5:30 p.m. Readings then will move from location to location, including T.J. Lelands,  Eclectic Soul Studio and Root Coffeehouse until 7:45 p.m.  

 

The event is free, requires no registration, and is open to the public. 

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268 Kansas Crime Victims to Receive Support


 

The Kansas Crime Victims Compensation Board awarded financial assistance to 268 victims of violent crime at its October meeting, Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt said.

 

Awards were made in 134 new cases. Additional expenses were paid in 134 previously submitted cases. The awards totaled $212,996.10.

 

The Division of Crime Victims Compensation in Schmidt’s office administers the Crime Victims Compensation program, which was established in 1978 to help victims of violent crime pay for their unexpected expenses such as medical treatment, mental health counseling, lost wages, dependent support and funeral expenses.

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Coffeyville Board of Education Meeting Tonight


 

The Coffeyville USD 445 Board of Education will have its latest meeting tonight. Several miscellaneous reports are on the agenda for this week, as well as board actions to approve the superintendent's recommendations for employment.

 

The meeting will be held starting at 6 p.m. and will take place at the central office at 615 Ellis Street. 

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CPD Asks For Help With Vehicle Burglaries


 

The Coffeyville Police Department is asking for help in solving a flurry of vehicle burglaries occuring on the west side of Coffeyville. The burglaries have occurred in the area between Catalpa and Centennial and also 1st to Fairway. 

 

The CPD is asking anyone with a surveillance camera to check the footage and notify them of anything suspicious activity.

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Dan Goddard Would Like To See Combined Suicide Prevention Agency


With Kansas being in the top 20 of suicides in the country, Senator Dan Goddard was asked recently asked about what kind of bill he would like to see come up during the the next legislative session.

 

 

Goddard said that the idea came up during a recent meeting with KDADS talking about suicide prevention among veterans and their families.

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Bark For Life on Saturday


 

The American Cancer Society of Montgomery County is holding their Bark for Life event this Saturday, October 12th. It'll be an event celebrating canines as caregivers, with several different activities planned. There will be a doggie parade, games and contests, dog-related vendors, a non-profit rescue, pictures with pets, and concessions. 

 

Registration is still possible and can be completed by visiting this link

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Kansas Governor Visits the SEK


 

Farm Bureau hosted the Kansas governor on a tour around parts of Southeast Kansas. Governor Laura Kelly along with the Kansas Secretary of Agriculture Mike Beam and three local farmers were a part of a luncheon and panel discussion today at the Liberty United Methodist Church. Governor Kelly talked about the importance of Agriculture and this area of Kansas.

 

Governor Kelly started her morning off in Independence before attending the luncheon and then following the panel discussion went and toured a couple of local farms.

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Spay and Neuter Van Headed Back to Coffeyville


 

Becky Barnhart of the the Coffeyville Friends of Animals is looking to inform the public of an event if you are looking to have your pet spayed or neutered.

 

Barnhart also says that your animal cannot be over 40 lbs and must be caged. The cost of getting your animal spayed or neutered is $40.

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Spookyvale Trunk or Treat Set For October 31st


 

 

 

The City of Cherryvale and the Cherryvale Police Department are hosting a Spookyvale Trunk Or Treat on October 31st on East Main Street in Cherryvale.  The cost of setting up a trunk or booth is $5 and all proceeds go the Logan Park New Playground Equipment Fund. Set up will begin at 5pm while the event will kick off at 6pm and run to 8pm.

 

There will be awards for Scariest, People's Choice, and Most Creative booths! If you have any question contact Miranda Reid at City Hall for more details at 620-336-2776

 

 

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Coffeyville and Cherryvale PD Receive Grants


 

The Coffeyville Police Department and the Cherryvale Police Department have been awarded grants for equipment upgrades. Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt says Coffeyville PD will receive $44,990 to update suspect transport safety gear, in-car video camera systems and evidence collection equipment and Cherryvale PD will receive $45,306 to purchase computer hardware and equipment. Schmidt says one of the keys to keeping the communities safe in the 21st Century is making sure law enforcement officers have 21st Century technology. These grants will provide opportunities for local authorities to make these upgrades.

 

The grants are part of the Federal Edward J. Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant Program and was awarded by the Kansas Criminal Justice Coordinating Council.

 

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USD446 Superintendent Says School Threats Not Credible


 

Rumors of threats made at Independence High School caused concern among some students and parents. Those rumors prompted USD 446 Superintendent Rusty Arnold to send a robo-call to parents this afternoon.

 

Arnold went on to say in the call that the district promotes respect and inclusion for all, to proactively address school safety.

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Cherryvale Announces Festival Scheduled for November


 

The City of Cherryvale announced that it is hosting the 2019 Cherryvale Fall Festival to help raise funds for new playground equipment at Logan Park.

 

The festival will feature food and craft vendors all day and will kick off the day with a 5K run and walk. There will be a Chili Cook Off, Pumpkin Carving Contest, a Petting Zoo hosted by the Cherryvale 4-H Club, Live Music, and a beer garden hosted by Cherryvale Chamber of Commerce. All Proceeds will go to purchase new playground equipment at Logan Park. 

 

For more information, contact the Cherryvale City Hall at 620-336-2776.

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Brown Mansion Announces Candlelit Tour Dates


 

The Brown Mansion announced that there will be 150 trees on display in honor of Coffeyville's 150th anniversary for the Candlelit Tours this year. The Brown Mansion Candlelit Tours are scheduled from 5:30pm to 8pm on Dec 11th, Dec 15th, Dec 18th and Dec 21st through Dec 23th. Tour prices will remain at $5 per person and entertainment will be available each night of the Candlelit Tours.

 

In addition, the Brown Mansion received a $2,000.00 grant from the Coffeyville Area Community Foundation for Candlelight Tours this holiday season.

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KDOT Hosting Informational Session in Sedan


 

KDOT representatives will be hosting an open house in Sedan next Wednesday to provide information about proposed improvements to the K-99 Corridor in Chatauqua County. From 5:30 to 7 p.m, the public is welcome to come to the Sedan Jr/Sr High Cafeteria to view maps and offer questions and comments to the KDOT representatives. 

 

For more information or accomodation requests, contact Priscilla Petersen at priscilla.petersen@ks.gov or  620-902-6433.

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Final Movie Night at the Midland


 

Be sure to make your way to downtown Coffeyville this Friday night for the final movie night at the Midland Theater this year! In honor of Halloween, the Midland will be showing the movie Hocus Pocus. Costumes are encouraged, and awards will be given out for Best Witch, Best Zombie, and Best Overall Costume.

 

The movie is free and popcorn will be provided. Other activities and attractions include a balloon animal artist, pumpkin Tic-Tac-Toe, a pumpkin carving contest, witch's broom races, a 50/50 raffle, and more. Activities begin at 7 p.m.

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