Kansas Lieutenant Governor Lynn Rogers will be coming to visit Montgomery County tomorrow as a part of his Rural Prosperty Listening Tour. Montgomery County Action Council Executive Director Trisha Purdon says she is honored to be selected as a cohost for this event.
Purdon says they plan to tour different businesses, facilities, schools and neighborhoods here in the county.
The City of Coffeyville Commission will have its regularly scheduled meeting on Tuesday. The agenda includes two items under new business, including an application from James Littleford to serve on the Montgomery County Juvenile Corrections Board. There will also be a report from the city manager.
There will be an opportunity for the public to speak on items not listed on the agenda. The meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m. at City Hall, 102 W. 7th Street in Coffeyville.
More than 16 million dollars recovered for Kansas consumers and taxpayers last year by the attorney general’s Consumer Protection Division. AG Derek Schmidt says that brings the total recovery during his time as a attorney general to 225 million dollars which is the most in state history.
Schmidt says for more information on how to protect yourself from scams or to file a complaint visit inyourcornerkansas.org.
The Independence Police Department is celebrating a couple of promotions. Chief Jerry Harrison says both officers have been with a IPD for several years and he is grateful for their service to the community.
Harrison says that new Policing Coordinator Dustin Stafford’s main focus will be to develop programs that strengthen the relationship between citizens and officers.
The heat is on! With summer heat in full effect Becky Barnhardt with Coffeyville Friends of Animals wanted to remind our listeners of some tips for your pets. She says dog houses may not be as “cool” as you think. Most dog house don’t have good circulation making the heat worse. Having a good shade tree or source of shade is best for you animals
Barnhardt says if you do have to keep your animal outside for the day, to set up a small pool with water, or freeze their water and allow it to melt through day giving them a freshwater source, She also says to forgive some animals who start to dig more often as they are just trying to cool down.
A Little Free Library! The Coffeyville Public Library’s, Rachel Rose explained they recently installed a Little Free Library out at Leclere Park here in Coffeyville and explained their inspiration. They hope that individuals who don’t make the effort to come into the Library, will grow their literary skills and reading skills as well as having the ability to share a great read with others.
Rose says if you haven’t been out to it yet its located on the northern area of Leclere Park along the trail. Rose encourages you to take a book and leave a book and also says people have been so excited about the north trail location at Leclere park that they hope to add another little free library in South Coffeyville, Dearing or other surrounding areas.
The Sedan Police Department took to Facebook Thursday to warn of a potential scam involving fake Social Security calls. As a part of the attempted scam, the caller will tell the potential victim that their social security number has been suspended. Sometimes, the caller may even use the real SSA number.
As with most phone scams, callers will often target the elderly. If you know anyone who may be susceptible to such a scam, share with them the following information:
1. Social Security numbers do not get suspended.
2. You don’t have to verify your number to anyone who calls out of the blue. And your bank accounts are not about to be seized.
3. SSA will never call to threaten your benefits or tell you to wire money, send cash, or put money on gift cards. Anyone who tells you to do those things is a scammer.
4. Never give any part of your Social Security number, bank account or credit card number to anyone who contacts you.
5. If you’re worried about what the caller says, hang up and call 1-800-772-1213 to speak to the real SSA. Even if the wait time is long, confirm with the real SSA before responding to one of these calls.
If you do continue to receive attempted scam calls, you can file a complaint with the FTC by going to their complaints homepage.
The cause of a fire at Coffeyville’s Family Dollar Thursday evening is under investigation. Fire Captain Rex Reardon of the Coffeyville Fire Department says the cause of the fire is undetermined at this time. All Coffeyville units and off-duty fire personnel responded to fight the blaze along with firefighters from South Coffeyville. Traffic on 11th Street was down to one lane in each direction during the 5:00pm hour as fire fighters worked to extinguish the fire. Reardon says the fire was confined to the west end of the store however, extensive smoke and water damage was visible throughout the building. No damage estimates are available at this time.
Noxious weed season. It’s that time of year where noxious weeds start growing rampant through ditches and pastures. James Coover with the K-State Extension office explained they are hosting a course on managing these weeds. The course will take place Thursday August 8th from 5:30 PM to 9 PM at the Southeast Research & Extension Center at 25092 Ness Rd. in Parsons. There will be several speakers including Ed Fields on controlling Noxious Weeds, Jamie Buamgardner on new weed technologies, Paul Kear as well as Scotty Ohnoutka. Dinner will be provided that night as Coover says you will need to call 620 784 5391 and register.
For the next few days, extra precautions are recommended as an excessive heat warning remains in effect for much of the SEK area. Temperatures are expected to reach the high 90s or triple-digits as a heat wave passes through the area.
To keep yourself safe from the heat, avoid excessive time outdoors. If you must head outside, make sure to apply sunscreen early and often. Drink plenty of water, and never leave pets or children inside a car. In addition, stay away from sugar-based drinks or alcohol.
It's expected to be cooler next week, with temperatures potentially dropping to the low-to-mid 80s.
Netflix's Last Chance U: Indy Part 2 is set to makes its debut on Netflix tomorrow. Coming off a Kansas Jayhawk Conference Championship in 2017 the Pirates were confident heading into the 2018 season. The Last Chance U crew will follow a drastic drop off as the ICC football team goes 2-8 in the 2018 season.
Allegedly the Netflix camera crew returened after the text message incident between now former Head Coach Jason Brown and the German football player Alexandros Alexiou. With Coach Brown gone from the Pirates and facing his own legal issues the conclusion of ICC's run on Last Chance U could be one to watch.
Hops around town! It’s the Brew Festival with many breweries, wineries and distilleries heading downtown Coffeyville in October as Chamber of Commerce Director Candi Westbrook mentioned, there still looking for sponsors to be involved in the great downtown event. If your interested in sponsoring Hops Around Town your encouraged to call the chamber at 620-251-2550.
Westbrook mentioned it will take place on Saturday October 12th on 9th street in downtown Coffeyville. There will be tastings from over 10 breweries, wineries and distilleries. A corn hole tournament will take place and other events down on 9th street. They encourage you to bring your lawn chairs as the different breweries and wineries will be there from 2 to 6 PM, but they encourage you to hang out all day.
A chance to learn the ins and outs of football. Ladies Football 101 at the Coffeyville Community College is coming up August 8th. Chamber of Commerce Director Candi Westbrook says she's been a couple of times and encourages you to attend.
Westbrook says the cost is $65 registration will start at 5:30 that night with the event starting at 6:00. If you have any questions or want to make reservations you can contact Jana Kastler.
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Pittsburg State is inviting alumni of the PSU Student Government Association back to campus for a celebration of the 100th anniversary of SGA. The reunion will kick off Thursday evening, Oct. 17, at Carnie Smith Stadium. On that next Friday morning, President Steve Scott will host breakfast, followed by campus tours of the newest buildings and much more. Alumni may ride in the Homecoming parade on Saturday Oct. 19, followed by an open house at the SGA Office in the Overman Student Center and a reunion photo. The weekend will conclude with a reunion tailgate in Gorilla Village followed by the football game in Carnie Smith Stadium.
SGA Alumni Reunion attendees will receive a t-shirt, and a limited-edition anniversary lapel pin. To register, contact PSU Alumni & Constituent Relations at 620-235-4758 or visit pittstate.edu/alumni.
Coffeyville Regional Medical Center welcomes two new doctors to town. Dr. Richard Brown for Internal Medicine and Dr. Rusty Allison for Orthopedic Surgery. Dr. Brown comes to CRMC most recently from Horton Community Hospital and Medical Clinic in Horton, Kansas, where he also served as the Chief of Staff. He has many years of extensive experience in both a clinic and hospital setting. Dr. Allison comes to CRMC from Russellville, Arkansas. He received his medical degree from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. His specialties include hip, knee, shoulder surgeries and replacements, hand surgeries, and sports medicine.
Both doctors are excited to be apart of CRMC and are ready to see patients.
Free Football! Independence Chamber Director Lisa Wilson says a youth football clinic is coming to Independence this weekend. It will be this Saturday put on by the I.C.C. Pirates football team and there new Head Coach Kiyoshi Harris. Wilson says this a free event for kids of all ages, making it a great affordable way to introduce kids to the game, learn new skills as well as to meet some College Football players and coaches.
Children of all ages and skill levels are encouraged to attend. Starting this Saturday with registration at 8 and the camp going from 9-11. To pre-register you can contact Brittany Thotnton at ICC by calling 816-785-7125, or email at email@example.com
If you're planning on applying to the Independence Planning Commission, there's not much time left! Applications are due by August 1st, 2019. Applicants must live within city limits to be considered. The application can be found by visiting the city website, or by clicking here.
Patrons of the Coffeyville School District may be faced with a tax increase if a dispute between the school district and City of Coffeyville is not worked out soon. The Board of Education met in a special session today to discuss a recent letter to the district by Coffeyville City Manager Mark Hall saying the city would no longer make payments to the school district from excess electric utility funds under an agreement made in 2002.
Under that agreement the city pledged funds to the school district to meet financial obligations under a school bond election in 2002. Superintendent, Dr. Craig Correll says the elimination of the payments by the city leaves the school district short on it’s budget. The agreement was considered innovative at the time for it’s cooperation between the city and school district to relieve the burden on taxpayers.
In his letter to the school district City Manager Mark Hall said “no could have predicted how different things would look today, than they did 17 years ago” when the agreement was executed. The letter went on to say “the City’s margin on electric revenues continues to be constricted while costs increase; the City has limited ability to increase rates.” Hall could not be reached for comment this afternoon.
The school board moved to executive session today to discuss their options.
A Facebook user has created an event set for September 20th titled “Storm Area 51, They Can't Stop Us All”. The event which has become national talk and somewhat of a joke has over 2 million people either interested in or marked as going. KGGF listeners share their opinion on the matter.
The Air Force did come out with a statement saying the military stands ready, but no other comments have been made. As far as the majority of KGGF listeners none are prepared to storm Area 51.
Kansas Governor Laura Kelly dropped a policy, that was started back in May, that allowed several thousand Kansas adults to receive food assistance after failing to meet work requirements. Attornery General Derek Schmidt, who fought Governor Kelly on this policy, says this is an example of enforcing the law the way its written.
Schmidt says they adopted a firm line that says if you aren't working then you aren't getting anymore then the three months, however he says you if are working you continue to get the benefits.
The Raven Review! A great way to reflect on the previous year that Coffeyville Community College had as Director of Student Relations Yvonne Hull explains its available for order! The review contains academic achievements from many students and groups as well as the many great athletic achievements from 2019. Hull says if your interested in the review to call her on campus at 620-252-7095.
She also wanted to remind everyone that on August 13th is the start of the Fall Semester, meaning there is still time to enroll as well to expect some new faces in our community.
The Coffeyville Recreation Commission is now accepting registrations for its 2019 men's softball league. Registration opened up Friday and will be open until August 9th. Games will be played on Friday evenings at LeClere Park, and will consist of 10 games.
A $50 deposit will be required at time of registration. However, the total team fee will cost $260 per team, and is due by August 22nd. Rosters may contain up to 15 players.
For more information, contact the CRC office at 620-251-5910 or click here.
There'll be a special meeting for the Independence City Commission on Tuesday, as the city begins its search for a new city manager. There'll be a general discussion as the city starts moving forward, and other related topics will be discussed as well. Last week, previous city manager Craig Whitehead was announced as having resigned his position. The meeting will start at 9:00 a.m. and will be held in the Veterans Room at Memorial Hall.
Friday, Montgomery County Deputies were advised of a vehicle pursuit coming to Kansas on Highway 75. Before deputies could arrive the vehicle went through Caney and crashed into a ditch at US 75 and US 166 at the four way stop north of Caney. Oklahoma Highway Patrol and the Caney Police had the two suspects in custody when deputies arrived. The suspects are identified as 28 year old Prentise Norwood and 26 year old Arrington Jennings both from Coffeyville. Norwood was arrested on various traffic charges as well as a warrant out of Montgomery County and Jennings was also arrested on a Montgomery County Warrant.
No one was injured during the incident.