The Coffeyville Community College Red Ravens Volleyball Team does it again. They have garnered the 2018 NJCAA DII Championship. The Ravens defeated #2 Ranked Parkland of Illinois in three sets (25-18; 25-18; 25-16). That allowed the Ravens a sweep.
CCC Volleyball Coach Delice Downing was named the NJCAA DII 2018 Coach of the Tournament.
The team is expected to arrive in Coffeyville at 1 o’clock Sunday afternoon. The public is invited to welcome the champs home in the Hall of Champions inside Nellis West. Announcements will follow in the gymnasium.
***Photo by Jeff Leiker
Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt thinks the Kansas Legislature should repeal the authority of the secretary of state to prosecute criminal cases of voter fraud.
Schmidt, with the support of Secretary of State-elect Scott Schwab, announced proposed legislation to repeal the secretary of state’s prosecution authority but leave authority with the attorney general and with local county and district attorneys.
“With the change in leadership in the secretary of state’s office, particularly since the new secretary will not be an attorney, it appears the time is right for a more traditional approach to enforcing the state’s criminal laws against voter fraud,” Schmidt said. “The secretary of state would remain responsible for detecting cases of potential fraud and referring them for criminal investigation and, if appropriate, prosecution by the attorney general or local prosecutors.”
The attorney general’s office now has a Fraud and Abuse Litigation Division, created in 2016, that has capacity to handle the relatively small number of voter fraud prosecutions.
Schwab said he supports Schmidt’s recommendation that the authority to prosecute criminal cases be vested with the attorney general, not with the secretary of state.
An investigation continues into an incident at Casey’s on Cline Road. Coffeyville Police Sergeant Randall is needing some assistance in identifying two men who were involved. Police think they may be driving a silver, two-door car with a temporary 60-day tag. The suspect vehicle may also have some front end damage.
If you have any information on these individuals please call 620-252-6160.
Play continues tomorrow (Saturday) for the Coffeyville Community College Red Raven Volleyball Team. After defeating Kirkwood-Iowa 3-0 in the semifinals, the team advances to the NJCAA DII Championship. The #1 Ranked Ravens will meet #2 Ranked Parkland-Illinois at the Charleston Civic Center in Charleston, West Virginia. Parkland defeated Johnson County Community College 3-0 in their match-up today. Last season, the Ravens defeated #1 Ranked Owens-Ohio to bring the title home.
Gametime is 4:30 pm.
An early morning arrest for law enforcement around Cherokee County. Just after 7 o’clock, a suspect was discovered trying to break into a shop just outside of Riverton. Cherokee County Sheriff’s Deputies arrived, as the owner chased the suspect into a nearby wooded area. A perimeter was quickly set up by Deputies, Kansas Highway Patrol, Quapaw Tribal Marshal’s Office, Baxter Springs Police Department and Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks. After a hour-long search, 20-year-old Hunter Green was arrested.
“At this point, the investigation has led us to believe, in addition to the location the suspect was chased from, he was also involved in the burglary of another nearby property earlier this morning,” stated Cherokee County Sheriff David Groves.
Green is being held in the Cherokee County Jail on $14,500.00 bond on allegations of two counts of burglary, two counts of theft, two counts of criminal trespass and one count of criminal damage to property.
Independence Police officers were dispatched to the 100 block of E. Oak for a suspicious package. A caller reported to police a package was left on the front porch. As the caller described the contents of the package to the officers they became concerned it could be some sort of improvised explosive. IPD Arson Investigator Derek Bryant arrived and requested the Kansas Highway Patrol Bomb Squad. Upon examination it was determined the package contained the contents of several disassembled incendiary and ignition devices contained in what was originally a large fireworks box that had been disassembled, not ignited.
Police are still seeking persons of interest in the case although no charges are expected at this time.
A K9 unit has been added to the Independence Police Department. Chief Jerry Harrison says they are going to help them crack down on drug crime but there are other areas they can help with as well.
Chief Harrison says there were several officers, community members and other area law enforcement offices who wanted IPD to add a K9 unit.
Space heaters are a popular way to provide heat to a home. Coffeyville Fire Chief Bob Roesky says there's a chance they could overload the circuit and blow a fuse.
Chief Roesky says you want to make sure you don't cover those heaters or get any clothing or paper to close because it can catch things on fire.
A fun activity for everyone is coming to the Coffeyville public Library next Monday. Rachel Rose with the library explains that they are having a course on the process of making butter The Coffeyville Public library is teaming up with 4H to put on a butter making course this next Monday November 19th at 4PM. Rachel Rose with the library explains you’ll be learning much more than just the process of making the butter, but also on how and why it is necessary .Rose says the event is free of charge you just need to contact the library to notify how many people will be attending with you. To notify visit their facebook page and message them directly or call the library at 620- 251-1370.
The Coffeyville Community College Volleyball team continues with a strong showing in the NJCAA National Tournament. The Ravens advance to the semifinals today with a 3-0 win over Northeast Nebraska. The tournament is underway in Charleston, West Virginia. The CCC team is defending last year’s championship.
The team is coached by Delice Downing.
As the 2018 Coffeyville Area Community Foundation’s annual Match Day continues it appears the success of the event will continue. By late this afternoon a total of $61,000 had been raised for 22 community organizations. The Foundation, along with the Bernard and Effie Jo Wade Family Fund and Pratt Family Charitable Fund is matching all donations up to $40.000. The Perkins Building on Coffeyville’s Downtown Plaza will remain open until 5:30 this evening for in person giving. If you can’t make it in person you can still donate on-line until midnight tonight at www.givematchgrow.com
The Coffeyville Community College Red Raven Volleyball Team advances to the Quarterfinals this evening. They defeated Mercyhurst, Pennsylvania, to move on to the next round.
Play will begin at 6:30pm.
Tuesday afternoon the Chautauqua County Sheriff Deputies went to an apartment in Cedar Vale to serve a felony arrest warrant. The wanted suspect barricaded himself in a room; as deputies made entry into the room the suspect attempted to attack the officers with a large knife. Multiple tasers and one round were fired by deputies. The suspect dropped the knife and after resisting officers was taken into custody. None of the officers involved were injured. The suspect was treated for minor injuries and placed in the Chautauqua County Jail.
The case will be presented to the County Attorney for possible charges.
A blood drive being held in Coffeyville at the beginning of next week. Coffeyville Red Cross's Judy Hiner says the need for donations is very high right now.
Hiner says the drives will take place on Monday from 11:45am to 6:00pm and on Tuesday from 8:30am to 12:30pm at the First Baptist church here in Coffeyville.
One of the most important days of the year in Coffeyville, it's Match Day. There is $40,000 available in Match Funds from The Coffeyville Area Community Foundation along with the Bernard and Ellie Jo Wade Family Foundation and the Pratt Family Charitable Fund. There are 22 different foundations that can be donated to. Match Day started at 7:00 this morning and will go until 5:30 tonight. Donations can be made at the Perkins building or online at givematchgrow.com.
A full list of all foundations that can recieve donations is also on the website.
Even though colder temperatures are here, K- State extension districts Jacob Weber says you may have to worry about the sun damaging your trees more than the cold. Weber says most fruit trees, newly planted or trees with thin bark, you should cover their trunk for the winter to avoid what is known “southwest disease.” Weber explains due to our environment without any other form of shade certain trees in the winter are exposed to heavy sun exposure on the southwest side of the tree. That promotes growth in the bark which usually later that night is frozen over which damages those areas. Weber says that you can purchase a “Tree Wrap” from a local garden store or nursery. He says you can also use thin cardboard or just something to shade the trees trunk from too much sunlight.
He advises to not wrap it around the tree too tight either to avoid damage.
A Joplin man gets booked into the Cherokee County Jail. Sheriff David Groves says 30-year-old Adam Wiles was arrested in Baxter Springs. The investigation into Wiles began in September when deputies responded to a rural address where the owner caught someone burglarizing his barn. He confronted the suspect who brandished a handgun. The homeowner fired his shotgun, hitting the suspect with birdshot as he ran into a wooded area. Sheriff Groves says during a. Search of Wiles’ home stolen property was recovered. He faces charges of aggravated assault and burglary. His bond is set at over $11 ,000.
Wiles also faces arrest warrants from Newton County, Missouri.
A soldier from Sedan returns home for the final time. PFC Jacob Casebolt’s body is expected to arrive in Tulsa just before 4 o’clock tomorrow. The SEK. Blue Star Mothers President Becky Wheatley is coordinating with Oklahoma Patriot Guard to provide an escort. Casebolt had recently returned from a year-long deployment in South Korea. He died at Fort Hood, Texas, where he was involved in a single vehicle roll-over accident last week. He was a passenger in a HUMVEE.
A memorial service is set for 11 am Saturday in the Sedan High School Auditorium. PFC Casebolt will be buried with full military honors at Sunnyside Cemetery in Caney.
The Elk County Sheriff’s Office gets an assist from McConnell Air Force Base yesterday. Deputies were called to a rural part of the county to investigate some possible old military shells. Once they confirmed the devices were explosives, they set up a perimeter around the scene and called McConnell Air Force Explosive Ordnance Disposal Unit that responded to the scene. McConnell Air Force Explosive Ordnance Disposal Unit was able to remove the ordnances without incident and disposed of them.
The sheriff’s office says there was never any danger to Elk County residents
A chance to win a $1,000 and many more fun activities at Independence's Holiday Open House. Director of the Chamber of Commerce Lisa Wilson says it's all about the experience.
Wilson says there will also be a parade after the Holiday Open House. The open house is from 1-5 and the parade will start at 5:30 this Sunday November 18th.
As we inch closer to the holidays, Coffeyville City Clerk Cindy Price wanted to remind listeners, with the holidays comes closures around the city. Price reminds everyone that on Thanksgiving and the following Friday the city will be closed. Trash will not run on that Thursday, and city buildings will be closed, but trash will run both Friday and Saturday to catch up. Price encourages any questions, trash disposing, or any city payments be taken care of before the holiday and enjoy Thanksgiving. In other news many properties were reviewed to be demolished on last night commission agenda. City Clerk Cindy Price says many citizens believe that all buildings up for demo. Are owned by the city. When sometimes it is owned by a third party who was given the chance to rehabilitate the property when assessed the court form. If no action is taken, it will be put up for review for demolition. Potentially greatly improving the property, many of the locations in last night’s meeting, where found with asbestos. If those buildings owned by a third party are demolished, they would be billed for the charges.
With the recent temperature drop and snow you need to make sure you have your car ready for the winter. Triple A Kansas's Shawn Steward says there's really two things that stand out as far as maintenance items. He says you should make sure that the battery cables and connections are free of corrosion. Steward adds you need to make sure you have the right type of coolant and wiper fluid.
Steward says preperation goes beyond car maintence as you should have a winter emergency road kit in your car as well.
Grapefruits, oranges and apples being sold for a fundraiser to benefit Fab Lab ICC. Director Jim Correll says this is a fundraiser they took over last year from the Independence Lion Club.
Correll says a case of grapefruits is $24.95, case of oranges $26.95, half oranges and half grapefruits $27.95 and a trio that adds apples $36.95. The deadline to order and prepay is this Friday November 16th and the fruit can be picked up from December 10th until December 22nd.
You may see a familiar face on TV this holiday season. Independence Community College assistant theater professor, Dr. Page Petrucka will appear in the classic holiday romance movie “Jingle Belle”. Petrucka will be playing the role of Sandra in the movie scheduled to air the Sunday after Thanksgiving, November 25th on the Lifetime Network.
The public is invited to attend a pre-movie wine and cheese reception, including a meet and greet with Dr. Petrucka at 6pm, followed by the movie at 7 in the William Inge Theater on the ICC campus.
We saw our first significant snowfall yesterday forcing some schools in our area to close. Superintendent of USD 445 Dr. Craig Correll says Coffeyville was not closed yesterday, but tells KGGF news the criteria they go through in determining a snow day. If there is rainfall than significant snowfall after the freeze, that is usually the most dangerous time for buses to be en route. Correll says in the event of a school closure they will send out a text message, notify us here at KGGF radio and post it on their Facebook page. Correl urges you to register your phone number to receive those texts, and to make sure you info. Is up to date with the school secretary. To update your info. or register for the text updates Correll urges you contact the schools secretary.
Newly elected Nowata Count Sheriff Terry Barnett took the oath of office Friday afternoon. Nowata County Judge Carl Gibson administered the oath in front of a courtroom filled with friends of the new administration. Barnett says the transition to the staff she intends to work with will start officially next week. Barnett said Tuesday after the votes were counted that she intends to focus on training for her department and she reiterated that intent on Friday. There was a large contingent of law enforcement at the ceremony that began at 5:01 Friday afternoon. Some people were part of the sheriff's department but others were there from other departments. Barnett won election by earning more than 83 percent of the vote.
Eighteen structures in Coffeyville could be soon demolished and another rehabilitated. These are items that the Coffeyville City Commission will be discussing in their regularly scheduled meeting tonight. The commissioners will be asked to approve a contract to demolish 18 dilapidated structures in town as well as approve a loan application for the Distressed Housing Reinvestment Program for Properties in the Ville Properties in the Ville is owned by Peggy Steele, who has already completed the renovation of five houses and nearing completion of two more along the 9 Street corridor. Steele has now bought an 8th home along 9th Street and is applying for a loan through the program to renovate that house,
Tomorrow’s Commission meeting gets underway at 6:30 in City Hall.
We sat down with Richard Vann with Word of Faith Church on an inspirational project they are working towards to help kids in need. To raise money Vann says they’ve organized a comedy show for this weekend. Leon the Jokester will be performing at the Comedy Night & Pasta Dinner put on by Word of Faith Church. The event is this Saturday starting at 6 PM at the church at 2707 S Walnut. Tickets cost 20 dollars as organizer Richard Vann explains the proceeds are going to a special cause. They have been awarded a few buildings that they need to get moved over to our area to help further service the children in a better space. The food will be delicious and the show will be hilarious as Leon is performing his Walk by Faith, Not by Sight Tour. Vann says to call 918-902-2987 for tickets and encourages everyone to attend. He says you will be inspired to pass along a helping hand yourself as well as contributing to getting those building to our area.
As our nation prepares to honor those who answer the call of duty, KGGF News has received word an area soldier has died. Private First Class Jacob Casebolt had recently returned from a year-long deployment in South Korea. He died at Fort Hood, Texas, where he was involved in a single vehicle roll-over accident.
Casebolt was a passenger in a HUMVEE.
The Nowata County Sheriff’s office is investigating the shooting death of a 16-year-old girl. A Nowata County sheriff’s deputy responded to a call about a shooting incident in the Rabbit Run Road area outside of Nowata early last month.
When the deputy arrived on the scene he located the 16-year old female with an apparent gunshot injury. EMS rushed the girl to the hospital where she later died from her injuries.
No other information is available at this time as the matter is still under investigation.
USD 445 continues to go through the Kansans Can School Redesign Project. One aspect is helping students prepare for the future. Roosevelt Middle School Principal Jeff Pegues says there's more than just teaching the students academically.
Pegues says the staff district wide bought in to the redesign from the start.
Not the kind of record you want to set as Oklahoma and Kansas have seen record number of flu cases the last two years. MedExpress Urgent Care's Dr. David Vester says along with the flu shot there are other steps to take.
Dr. Vester says limiting contact with people if you do have the flu is important because it can spread very quickly.
Coffeyville’s Holiday Shopping Open House event is this Sunday as businesses all around our town will be included, Director of the Chamber Candi Westbrook says it’s a good mix of stores. Simply Southern, Eisley’s Fine Jewelry, and Liebert Bros. are just a few of the names involved in the Open House. Westbrook says around 20 businesses are involved and encourages you do some of your holiday shopping locally. Westbrook says when you shop at one of these stores you receive a card containing a map of all the other stories included in the open house. Every place you go to will stamp that card which increases your chance in winning the grand prize at the end.The Open house event is this Sunday, if you contact the chamber they will get you a list of all the stores involved. Director of The Chamber Candi Westbrook can’t stress the benefits of shopping local for the holiday season, especially this weekend in particular, as you might walk away a winner.
A water survey gets underway in Caney. City Administrator Fred Gress says the state has requested the survey to determine how many homes have lead or copper pipe in them.
Gress says residents are being mailed a four question survey. He says it is OK if you do not know the answers, you can simply respond that you don't know. Once completed, the surveys should be returned to Caney City Hall.
Red Ravens aren't stressing over final exams just yet, but they are thinking about the spring semester. Coffeyville Community College's Yvonne Hull says enrollment has just begun and they have room for more students.
CCC offers a number of certificate programs and associate degree options. Technical programs are offered in Coffeyville and Columbus. Hull encourages you to register for classes as soon as possible so you get the course you want at the time that works for you.
The Kansas Bureau of Investigation releases the 2017 Kansas Domestic Violence, Stalking and Rape Report. The report compiles data on domestic violence, rape, stalking, sodomy, and sexual battery incidents reported to the KBI by state and local law enforcement across Kansas. The analysis found that domestic violence incidents decreased 1.3 percent. Domestic violence homicides, however, saw a 21.6% increase. There were 38 homicides relating to domestic violence last year, that is the most in 20 years.
Occurrences of rape increased by just over 8%. The statistics show that 80% of the victims knew their attacker.
Voters have their say in yesterday's election. The preliminary results are coming in for a number of hotly contested offices. In Kansas, Democrat Laura Kelly wins the governor's race against Republican Secretary of State Kris Kobach. Kobach had been heavily backed by President Donald Trump. In Oklahoma, Republican Kevin Stitt, a political newcomer, defeats Democrat Drew Edmondson for the governor's seat. In Congressional races, Democrat Sharice Davids defeats incumbent Republican Kevin Yoder for the 3rd District of Kansas. The Kansas 2nd District seat will go to Republican Steve Watkins who bested Democrat Paul Davis. In Oklahoma, the 5th Congressional District seat will be occupied by Kendra Horn who unseated Republican Steve Russell.
It appears the bond question for USD 447 Cherryvale-Thayer Public Schools will go down in defeat.
The complete list of results for balloting from Montgomery County.
Nowata County will soon have a new sheriff. Terry Sue Barnett wins the office by a landslide. Barnett defeated incumbent sheriff Kenny Freeman as she earned over 83% of the vote. Barnett has lived in Nowata County since 2015. She has an extensive background in law enforcement having served over 24 years as a member of the Tulsa Police Department. Barnett says her goal is to enforce the law for all citizens of Nowata County.
Barnett’s term will officially begin in January 2019.
The Independence Veterans Day of Honor Parade is next Wednesday as Chamber Director Lisa Wilson says the parade kicks of at 2PM with a flyover. A long day of activities to show your appreciation and a community bean feed you can take part in whether you were in the parade or not. For a full schedule of events you can head to their website at www.indkschamber.org. Wilson also mentioned they are needing some volunteers to help prepare the town for their 4th of 5 parades in 24 days over in Independence. Wilson mentioned many businesses around town starting christmas specials a little earlier this year to urge you to shop locally after the Christmas Parade but again are needing help for the Veterans Parade, volunteers in Independence as Director Lisa Wilson says they need some help to lay sod around the new statue on Penn and Chestnut. Not an overly difficult job bu twill need around 15 individuals to put in a few hours of their time to prepare for the parade.
The polls are open. You have until 7 o'clock this evening to cast your ballot, unless you haven't already done so. Advance balloting has been quite active this election cycle. Kansans are selecting a new slate of state-wide leaders and members of Congress in some very hot race. The same is underway in Oklahoma. The main local issue on the ballot is a bond question for Cherryvale-Thayer Public Schools. In Nowata County, a new sheriff could be elected. Our coverage will span from the national picture with Fox News, to statewide coverage from Topeka and Oklahoma City. We'll have a reporter in Nowata County. We will be keeping close tabs on the counts at the Montgomery County Clerk's Office.
Tune in after the polls close to Hear Your Vote Count on the Mighty 690 KGGF. Election coverage a service of Taylor Crane and Rigging and Community State Bank.
Improving our school safety and training in the event of an active shooter is something the state of Kansas takes seriously. Granting over 5 million last year in enhancing schools around the state, but not all the money went into teacher training, some districts also focused on the well being of the student. Providing buddy benches and other anti bullying tactics. Blex did mention that districts for the upcoming year have requested more than 13 million dollars in enhancements. Meaning legislature will need to address the matter in the upcoming session as Blex is hopeful we continue improving the safety in our schools. He also did mention the regulations regarding certain safety measures did need to be revised. As in some cases fire code constricts with certain active shooter precautions, which at some points could create a more dangerous situation.
The Nowata County Commissioners met on Monday morning. At the forefront of the discussion was a tort claim filed by the Riley family regarding damages to their property stemming from storm damage and debris from the district three barn.
The Riley’s claim that they were not informed that insurance ruled the incident as an act of God. District three commissioner Bud Frost defended that he went about protocol. The Riley’s claim that they still have debris from the incident on their property.
The commissioners approved a detention services agreement with Sequoyah Enterprises for juveniles at $26 per day. A detention transportation reimbursement claim was also approved.
The Nowata County Commissioners will meet again on Tuesday, November 12.
Highway 400 will be receiving some pavement patching in Wilson County. The Kansas Department of Transportation has announced that the highway will be receiving some patch work from the Wilson-Greenwood County line east to the K-47 junction. The bid
for the 12 miles of road work has been let to the R.A. Knapp Construction Company of Lenexa for just over one million dollars.
Kansas has returns to Central Standard Time over the weekend. With the time changes, it is a good time to remember to check those batteries in your smoke alarms. Stats show that three of five home fire deaths occur in homes without or non-working alarms. Coffeyville Firefighters remind you to Change Your Clock, Change Your Batteries. Also test your alarms to make sure they are working effectively. And, remember detectors need to be replaced every 10-years.
A few other fall safety tips include: checking your furnace, exercising caution with space heaters and lit candles, check fireplace vents and screens, and make sure your have a working fire extinguisher.
From the KGGF Follow-up File, a corporate policy change has meant a major retailer can no longer donate damaged bags of dog food to the Coffeyville Friends of Animal Shelter. CFA's Becky Barnhart felt concern when she heard about the change. Would they be able to feed all the animals at the shelter? But, the community has stepped in to make sure no dogs or cats have to suffer hunger pains. She says the Nitrogen Plant at Coffeyville Resources sent over a pallet of dog food and others are donating, too.
She says their needs will be ongoing. If you'd like to help, you can drop off donations at the shelter or call CFA at 620-252-60-60.
Three Coffeyville residents go to jail after Coffeyville Police serve a search warrant at a residence in 1500 block of West 7th. Those booked inlude: 61-year-old Tina Riley; 35-year-old Monzeal Gardner; and 36-year-old Cleondas Shoate. They were taken into custody on Tuesday, October 30th.
The Coffeyville Police Department executed the search warrant for stolen property during a recent residential burglary. In addition to stolen property, officers discovered marijuana, methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia. Riley and Gardner were charged with possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. Shoate was arrested for outstanding warrants.
Officers will be seeking charges on additional subjects related to this investigation. Anyone with information about this incident should contact Patrolman Jake York at 620-252-6160. Individuals wishing to remain anonymous may provide information to the Crime Tip Hotline at 620-252-6133.
A boil water advisory posted for Caney residents is lifted. The Kansas Department of Health and Environment put the advisory in effect on Sunday. KDHE took the action after a large water main break drain the City of Caney water system. Crews were able to get the repairs completed to return service. The boil advisory was in place to ascertain no bacteria was able to contaminate the supply.
During during the advisory, some restaurants had to close. The schools were open, offering bottled water.
The City of Coffeyville has a lot of activities coming up for the holidays. One of the those is the Red Raven Christmas, which Director of the Chamber of Commerce Candi Westbrook says is coming up November 16th.
Westbrook says the play they are putting on this year will be The Charlie Brown Christmas.
Becky Barnhart with the Coffeyville Friends of Animals tells KGGF news a special Pitt State student has selected the shelter for her business class project. As part of the project the individual has set up donation boxes around town designated for the shelter. If you see animal shelter donations boxes around town they are for the shelter as Barnhardt explains where you might find one. The locations of those boxes to donate are at Equity Bank, Coffeyville Pharmacy and Dr. Holman’s Offices. She can’t thank the community enough for the donations already made and can’t wait to see the impact of this students work.
We sat down with Sargeant Rocky Yell with the Coffeyville Police Department on the upcoming holiday season. He wanted to remind everyone the season will bring an increase in traffic on our roadways, advising to always buckle up and avoid a disaster over the special time of the year. Yell advises with an increase in traffic, comes more opportunities for road rage, especially after stressful holiday shopping. Road rage will be more apparent as he urges you ignore the individual and call the police if you need. Always wear your seat belt and know how your getting home this holiday season, have a plan B and by all means do not drink and drive. Yell also said there will be a few saturation patrols around the holiday season to keep our roads safer during the holidays. Buckle Up, avoid road rage, and enjoy your holiday safely.
Lots of corn dog lovers in Southeastern Kansas. Yesterday was $.50 corn dog day at Sonic and the location here in Coffeyville was trying to break the record for most sold. Unfortunately they didn't break the record but the finished second nationally with 6,297 corn dogs sold. In first place was Pittsburg, Kansas with 6,745 corn dogs sold.
It was the second straight year that Coffeyville finished second nationally.
The Independence Driver's License Office finds a permanent home. They have moved to 404 N 14th St and will open up there on Monday. Division of Vehicles Director David Harper says they’re looking forward to providing a better experience. They are open Monday through Friday from 8:00am to 4:45pm.
The new office comes alongside other improvements to driver’s license services, including an option to skip the office and renew using the iKan app or at iKan.ks.gov. Customers seeking a Real ID will need to visit the office and should use the document checklist to make sure they have everything needed.
We sat down with K-State extension agents Jacob Weber and Jerri Geren as they wanted to remind everyone now is a good time to test your soil around the pasture or garden. Mentioning when gathering your soil, to grab from over 10 different areas within the property. Giving you a wide range of testing samples to give you the full results of your pasture or garden. Jerri Geren says to keep your testing on a consistent schedule by only testing in either the fall or the spring and not mixing the two. It’s very easy to throw on too many chemicals around your land and getting your soil tested is the best way to monitor your levels. Geren wanted to remind everyone the offices rent out probes, and help with spring and fall soil testing. For information call their Altamont office at 620–784–5337.
A job fair in Coffeyville at the Rec Center from 1:00pm until 5:00pm. Kansas Works Laci Bohr says they've teamed up with Southeast Kansas Works, Northeast Oklahoma Works, Coffeyville Chamber of Commerce and the Montgomery County Action Council.
Bohr says there will also be opportunities for apprenticeship programs and there will be food trucks set up and chances to win some prizes.
Candy is one of everyone's favorite parts of Halloween. Doctor of Veterinarian Medicine Stan McBride says you'll want to keep candy away from the four legged members of the family.
McBride says when it comes to chocolate dark chocolate is more dangerous than milk chocolate or white chocolate.
The Coffeyville Board of Commissioners are accepting applications for persons interested in serving on the City Planning Commission and CRMC Board of Trustees. The deadline to receive applications is 5:00pm Wednesday, December 5th. All applications will be reviewed by the Commissioners and appointments made at the December 11th meeting. Applicants must attend the meeting to be appointed. Applications for board appointments may be picked up in the City Clerk’s Office. In addition, applications are available on the city's website. For further information, please contact the City Clerk’s Office at 252-6108.
CITY PLANNING COMMISSION – This seven-member board has two position available for three-year terms serving to January 1, 2023. One position is for a resident of the City of Coffeyville, and the second is for an individual who lives outside of but within three miles of the city limits. This Board meets the first Tuesday of each month at 5:30 p.m.
COFFEYVILLE REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER BOARD OF TRUSTEES – This seven-member board has two positions available for three-year terms serving to January 1, 2022. Applicants must be residents of the City of Coffeyville. The Board of Trustees meets the last Wednesday of every odd-numbered month at 4 p.m.
Crawford County Sheriff's Deputies arrest a Pittsburg man accused of ramming a stolen car into another man's vehicle and then shooting at him. The incident happened on Monday. Deputies responded to rural Pittsburg after a Frontenac resident reported that a man shot at him. According to the man, the altercation began in Frontenac, where 44-year-old Tony Corbitt rammed his vehicle and shot at him before driving away. The man was uninjured. Authorities say the Chevrolet Corbitt was driving when they pulled him over had front end damage and was reported stolen. Deputies say they didn't find a weapon in the vehicle and the investigation is still ongoing.
Corbitt was arrested on three warrants for probation violation, theft and aggravated assault.
Halloween is today, which means multiple opportunities to snag some candy. Director of the Coffeyville Chamber of Commerce Candi Westbrook says there will be several places in the area doing Trunk-or-Treat.
Westbrook says if you have anymore locations that will be hosting a trunk-or-treat or need anymore information about one to call the chamber at 251-2550.
The Independence Trunk or Treat begins tonight at 6PM on Penn avenue in downtown area. Director of the Chamber of Commerce Lisa Wilson encourages your attendance as she says it’s always a great memory making event for the whole family. She mentioned many characters, costumes and mascots in attendance to take pictures with, including McGruff the Crime Dog and Fire Pup, Minions, the I.C.C Pirates and I.H.S Bulldog. Wilson advises participants to enter Penn avenue from either Laurel, Myrtle or by Anne Maes. She says there is no particular line, wants everyone to attend to show off your costumes, have fun and load up on candy. The event will feature 60 trunks stocked full of candy, starting with the firetruck horn at 6PM until 7:30 this evening.
A Cherokee Nation District 11 meeting will be this evening at 6:00pm at the Cherokee Community Building, 215 Oklahoma street, in South Coffeyville. Doors will open 5 :00pm. It is hosted by the Deputy Speaker of the Cherokee Nation Tribal Councilor Victoria Mitchell Vazquez. Special Guest Principal Chief Bill John Baker.
Free dinner but a donated side dish welcome and free flu shots. Come and learn about Cherokee Nation programs and services.
Effective January 1, 2019, Coffeyville Community College will be increasing its tuition and fees from $72 per credit hour to $85 per credit hour for local and in-state residents. Out of area rates will be adjusted accordingly. CCC will remain the lowest per credit hour institution in the state according to the rates displayed on each institutions individual websites.
The Board of Trustees have made a conscious effort to be good stewards of the institutions resources and reduce the tax burden of stakeholders. Implementation of this increase will address both of these initiatives.
On average, children are more than twice as likely to be hit by a car and killed on Halloween than on any other day of the year. Independence Police Chief Jerry Harrison says there are precautions parents can take to help protect their kids.
Harrison says kids under the age of 12 should be accompanied by an adult and he also encourages kids to go out in groups.
Cherryvale City Administrator Brooke Carroll has been appointed to lead the Independence Community College's upcoming strategic planning process as their current plan will end this year. Carroll will help start a five-year strategic plan for ICC working together with planning committees and focus groups.
Carroll says as an ICC alumnus herself she is pleased to have this opportunity to serve the college and the Independence community through this important process.
C.R.M.C has welcomed in a new pediatrician to their great team of doctors. Whitney Cline has worked for many years on the health of children down in Tulsa. Happy to be apart of C.R.M.C. Cline says she is ready for your appointments and brings in some specific training having worked within the NICU for many years.Whitney Cline has been helping kids for many years and says she’s excited to start and is impressed with what C.R.M.C has to offer in and outside the general pediatric side. Including an incredible 3D mammogram as she took the time to remind women to get tested at least once a year. Turning her focus onto general pediatrics, Cline is open to take appointments for you and your family, she also wanted to remind Independence residence of their office located at 122 W Myrtle street, in which she can see patients at as well.
To contact C.R.M.C call 620-688-6566.
After winning the state championship in May the Caney Valley FFA Poultry Judging team headed to the National FFA Convention in Indianapolis to compete. With three members of the team placing in the top 30 individually it was good enough to finish sixth in the nation. Emma Pool finished 14th, Kaygan Shull 20th, Tiffany Egan 27th and Venus McMahan placed in the silver division.
The placing earns them an all-expense paid trip to Atlanta in February and Pool $400 for finishing in the top 15.
There are several reasons for the changes being made to the Kansas License plate. Representative Rich Proehl says it being a cheaper option is just one of them.
Proehl also encourages you to get a Ktag for turnpike travel as they can be used in Oklahoma and Texas and soon Colorado.
A very eventful time of year for the city of Independence, with Neewalloh wrapping up, they now shift their focus to the Veterans Day of Honor. Director of the Independence Chamber of Commerce Lisa Wilson says the event is coming up in early November. The event will have a veterans breakfast at Riverside Park followed by a veterans Walk of Honor. From their it will start the Family 5k Fun Run/ Walk. Cost will be 20 dollars, for veterans it is 10 dollars with registration beginning that morning. The Veterans Day of Honor celebration in Independence will be on Saturday November 10th. Lisa Wilson with the Chamber explains it will be a very meaningful day, with plenty of things to take part in.Wilson also mentioned they have brought back their Veterans Day T Shirts available to purchase. Those proceeds will go towards supplying the town with more brackets to support the banners displayed for the holiday, as Wilson says they plan to extend those down West Main.
A boil water advisory is now in effect for water customers of the City of Caney. The advisory was posted this afternoon by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment. It will remain in effect until the conditions which place the system at risk of contamination are deemed by KDHE officials to be adequately resolved.
Customers should observe the following precautions until further notice:
- 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 icemaker.
- Disinfect dishes and other food contact surfaces by immersion for at least one minute in clean tap water that contains one teaspoon of unscented household bleach per gallon of water.
- Water used for bathing does not generally need to be boiled. Supervision of children is necessary while bathing so that water is not ingested. Persons with cuts or severe rashes may wish to consult their physicians.
- If your tap water appears dirty, flush the water lines by letting the water run until it clears.
Water is flowing back into the water system in Caney. City Manager Fred Gress tells KGGF News that residents need to continue conservation efforts, noting it will take about four hours for the system to get back to capacity.
Meanwhile, crews are working on a couple of electronic components at the water plant that are creating some issues.
Caney residents are being asked to conserve water. City Manager Fred Gress tells KGGF News that city crews have been dealing with a major water leak since about 4:30 this morning. The leak has drained much of the town’s water supply. Valves have been shut down throughout the system as the city works to repair the leak.
All water customers of Caney should limit usage. Gress indicates there will be noticeable low water pressure.
The 10th Annual Cops N’ Rodders Car Show takes place this Saturday starting at 8AM in the morning in the Autozone parking lot in Independence across from Memorial Hall. One of the founders of the event Truman Kolb says, the U.S. Honor Flag will be in attendance. The Honor Network was founded on the conviction that every person who is committed in service to our communities and country deserves the support of every single American, and that an increase in American patriotism is vital in keeping our great nation united. You can come and see the flag and learn about itss journey during the Car Show. The portion of the proceeds will go towards the US honor Flag as well as Kolb had mentioned they wanted to try and set up a community fund for the area. The event is free of charge, there will be door prizes, a raffle giveaway and concessions, and if your early enough can drive in the parade.
Select Red Raven sports games will now be available to be watched through an on-line, live streamed video service. The service is being made possible through a partnership between Coffeyville Community Collage and KGGF, KUSN and KQQF Radio.
The service will be available for Red Raven home games in football, basketball, volleyball and soccer. Those who wish to watch the Red Ravens on-line, along with play-by-play audio will be able to do so by going to kggfradio.com and clicking on the Sports tab near the top of the home page. Then in the drop down menu that opens select CCC TV.
The live stream service will begin with tonight's CCC-Garden City football game at 7:00pm.
Kansans who need a photo ID before the November 6th election can visit any driver’s license office, jump to the front of the line, and get one for free. The Kansas Department of Revenue says that to ensure the ID is free, residents should specifically state they need it for voting. The cost for ID cards normally is $22. Director of Vehicles David Harper says this service is always available and it’s important for us to remind voters that it’s an option ahead of the November 6th general election.
Cops N’ Rodders returns for their 10th annual car show this weekend in Independence. It will take place in the Auto Zone parking lot this Saturday as Kyle Hand with the Montgomery County Sheriff's office says it’s free of charge. Registration kicks off around 8 AM and if you're their early enough you have the option to drive your car in the Grand Parade. Cops N’ Rodders will also have a raffle give away, door prizes and concessions and have a few great ideas for what to do with the proceeds made. The proceeds made are going towards the U.S. Honor flag, and community fund, which may supply families with Turkeys for Thanksgiving or that are just in need. The event is free, everyone is welcome as registration gets started at 8 AM.
Columbus residents are asked to consider what their health is worth. A bond question will be on the November ballot to help finance a multi-million-dollar wellness center. Columbus Recreation Commission's Liz Simpson says the area ranks poorly on health statistics. The center would offer a walking track, gym and fitness programs.
She says a million-dollars of the price tag would come from private donations. The remaining $2.4 million would come from the bond.
***KOAM contributed to this story