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Labette County Extends Disaster Declaration

 

Even though there are no restrictions on the county the Labette County Commission still needed to extended their disaster declaration. Emergency Management Director Charlie Morse says this is so they can receive federal funding.

 

Morse says he's heard a lot from the public on reopening the county and the press release posted on their Facebook page has around 20,000 views.  The commissioners unanimously approved the new disaster declaration which went in to affect immediately.

 

The commission will not meet for their regularly scheduled meeting on June 1st their next meeting will be June 8th at 9:00am.

Scam Reported Involving Drug, Violent and Sex Offenders

 

The Montgomery County Sheriff's Office is reporting that registered drug, violent, and sex offenders are receiving calls from a Deputy by the name of Bradley Cooper with the Sheriff's Office stating that you need to pay for fingerprints and DNA.

 

The Sheriff's Office wants the public to know that there is no officer by that name within the agency.

 

Be advised that this is a scam and you are advised not to give them money, gift cards or game cards if requested to do so.

 

If you have any questions you can contact the registration office at 620-330-1066 or if you have already spoke to that individual and gave them anything, contact the Sheriff's office and file a report.

Late Fees Waived for Concealed Carry Renewals Through October 1st

 

Residents in Kansas seeking to renew their concealed carry handgun licenses but are unable to meet the ordinary requirements because of limitations imposed because of Covid-19 will have late fees waived and be accommodated by new procedures.

 

Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt made the announcement on Friday.

 

The modifications and accommodations will be in effect until October 1st, or until otherwise modified by the Attorney General.

 

Schmidt is making similar accommodations and waiver of late fees for private detectives and bail enforcement agents licensed by his office.

 

More details can be found on the Attorney General's website.

Pittsburg State to Reopen Outdoor Facilities on Monday

 

Pittsburg State University is beginning the process of reopening its facilities to the public, starting with its outdoor facilities on Monday.

 

Carnie Smith Stadium, soccer fields, outdoor basketball courts, intramural softball fields and sand volleyball courts are set to open back up. Baseball and softball fields will be available for reservations.

 

Most other facilities will remain closed as it prepares for a broad reopening of its facilities later on this summer.

 

PSU will continue to monitor the situation and make adjustments if needed.

 

Montgomery County Will Continue to Follow Governor's Phased Out Plan

 

Montgomery County is going to continue to follow Governor Laura Kelly's Ad Astra plan. The decision was made on Thursday morning as the Montgomery County Commissioners met in a special session to discuss the county plans. Emergency Management Director, Rick Whitson made the recommendation to the county commissioner's. 

 

Montgomery County has not seen a positive Covid-19 case in over three weeks and the only current active case was scheduled to come off of quarantine on Thursday.

 

Whitson says at the end of the day its about the safety and well-being of the citizens in the county. 

 

The Montgomery County Courthouse will open for full normal operations on Monday but the jail will remain closed to visitors until at least June 22nd.

 

The Emergency Disaster Declaration was also extended another 60 days. The county is currently in the middle of Phase two of the plan with Phase three set to go into effect on June 8th. June 22nd is the set date for the end of phase three.

 

Detailed information regarding Phase two and what will change come Phase three can be found here.

Gas Prices Jump From Last Month

 

After dropping to a low of $1.76 in April, the national gas price average is pennies away from hitting the $2/gallon mark.

 

The national average is $1.96, which is eight cents higher than a week ago, 19 cents more than last month, but still a significant 90 cents cheaper than the end of May 2019, according to the latest numbers from GasBuddy.com.

 

In Kansas, prices have climbed up to $1.67 which is up 2 cents since last week and is nearly 19 cents higher than last month. Montgomery and Chautauqua counties are currently level with the state average, while Labette County came in slightly higher than the state average at $1.69 a gallon.

 

Across the border in Oklahoma the state average is $1.63. Washington and Nowata counties came in slightly under the state average at $1.61 and $1.58 a gallon, respectively.

KDOT to Repair Verdigris River Bridge on U.S. 54

 

Motorists driving on U.S. 54 just west of the Greenwood-Woodson county line should plan for extra time for their trip as the Kansas Department of Transportation will begin a project to repair a section of the U.S. 54 bridge over the Verdigris River on Monday, June 1st.

 

The work zone will remain open to two-way traffic, with a reduced speed limit. The project is expected to be completed in one month, weather permitting. Drivers should obey the warning signs and slow down in the work zone.

 

PCI Roads LLC of St. Michael, Minnesota was awarded the construction contract at a cost of $97,000.

Fatal Crash South of South Coffeyville

 

The Oklahoma Highway Patrol, just south of South Coffeyville was on the scene of a fatal crash Thursday morning that was blocking both lanes of traffic on U.S.-169 just north of Oklahoma Union in Nowata County. 

 

Northbound traffic was being diverted to Oklahoma State Highway 10 West. KGGF will provide more details as soon as they become available. 

Curbside Hours Adjusted at Coffeyville Public Library

 

The Coffeyville Public Library has adjusted their curbside hours to Monday through Thursday from 1:00 PM to 6:00 PM and Friday from 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM.

 

You can place all return items in the outside drop box. They want to continue to thank the public for their continued patience and cooperation.

 

The summer reading program is set to start up soon with both physical and digital sign-ups for summer reading programs. You can find more information on their website, Facebook page or you can contact the library at 620-251-1370.

Back to Business as Normal in Labette County

 

The Labette County Commissioners met in special meeting to discuss their plan for reopening the county. Emergency Management Director Charlie Morse says the county will not put any restrictions in place.

 

Morse says the county hasn't had a new case in almost a month and all of the cases they had have all fully recovered.  The Labette County Commissioners will meet for their end of the month meeting where they will extend the county's disaster declaration indefinitely.

Latest COVID-19 Numbers in Kansas

 

The latest COVID-19 numbers in the state of Kansas have been release by the Kansas Department of health. According to the KDHE, there are now 9,337 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Kansas with 822 hospitalizations, 205 deaths and over 75,000 negative cases.

 

Cases in Southeastern Kansas have remained unchanged. Labette County has 22, Montgomery County 19, Cherokee County 9, Crawford County 6, Chautauqua County 4, Neosho County 2, Wilson County 1, and Elk County remains at 0.

 

Bounce Back Coffeyville Begins on Monday

 

As the threat of the Coronavirus still looms and counties begin to apply restrictions regarding the virus going forward, Coffeyville continues to find ways to support local businesses during these hard times.

 

For every $50 transaction you spend at a local store, you will receive $10 back in what is called “Bounce Back Bucks.”

 

Executive Director of the Coffeyville Chamber of Commerce, Candi Westbrook says they are similar to Chamber Bucks but you will have plenty of places to choose from to used those bounce back bucks. 

 

The way to redeem your bounce back bucks are to take your receipt into the Chamber and they will give you your certificate.

 

Westbrook says the main focus was the small businesses heavily impacted by Covid-19. 

 

Bounce Back Coffeyville is set to begin on Monday, June 1st. For more information you can call the Chamber at 620-251-2550 or visit their website.

Parsons Police Investigate Drive by Shooting

 

Parsons Police are asking for the public's help to identify the vehicle involved in a drive by shooting.

 

Officers were called to a residence in the 3000 block of Crawford for reported bullet holes in a house. Upon investigation, Officers found what they believe to be several .22 caliber bullet holes in the house and one in a vehicle and three shell casings were recovered from the surrounding area.

 

The victims stated that they were home at the time of the shooting, but no one was injured, and they did not hear the shots.

 

There has been no reported motive for the attack and officers suspect the shooter may have shot at the wrong house.

Schmidt and Other Attorneys General Stress Protection of Rural Broadband Access During Pandemic

 

Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt has joined 38 other state and territory attorneys general in sending a letter to Congress urging to protect rural broadband access as a part of COVID-19 relief legislation. The letter asks Congress to provide funding to state and local governments, as well as the U.S. Federal Communication Commission (FCC) to address disparities in access to home internet connectivity.

 

Schmidt said protecting internet connectivity is especially important in a time when many are using the service to participate in medicine, schooling, and work from home or elsewhere.

 

Schmidt and the other attorneys general are urging Congress to provide funding that is dedicated to ensuring that all students and medical patients, especially senior citizens who are at risk, have adequate internet-enabled technology to participate equally in online learning and telemedicine. They are also seeking increased funding to the FCC Universal Service Fund, which provides vital funding to rural and low-income populations, healthcare providers and educators with the goal of bridging the digital divide.

Indy City Commission Agenda for 5-28

 

Several special meetings will be scheduled this week as the Independence City Commission meets for its regular session on Thursday. 

 

The commission will set dates for meetings regarding three topics, including expanding the sale of cereal malt beverage and alcoholic liquor to Sundays. Dates will also be set for a meeting regarding the renewal of the special use sales tax and the discussion of Phase II of the 1916 City Hall renovations.

 

The Independence Public Library will present its budget for 2020, and the commission will consider a resolution modifying the residential dumpster program.

 

Potential attendees are still encouraged to participate in the meeting either through Facebook Live or by conference call. The meeting will begin at 5:30 pm.

City Manager Mark Hall Addressed Gov. Laura Kelly's County by County Plan at City Commission Meeting Tuesday Night

 

Coffeyville City Manager Mark Hall addressed Kansas Governor Laura Kelly's press conference from Tuesday giving authorities to counties across the state going forward regarding the Covid-19 pandemic.

 

The comments were made at Tuesday night's City Commission Meeting.

 

Hall says they will wait to see what the county puts in place. 

 

Hall mentioned that they have a plan in place to accommodate court and still remain open and says they'll have to take it step by step going forward. 

 

A link to watch Tuesday night's Coffeyville City Commission Meeting can be found here.

Governor Laura Kelly Returns Control to County Officials Regarding Covid-19

 

 

 

Kansas Governor Laura Kelly has vetoed House Bill 2054, which would limit the emergency powers she has during the Coronavirus Pandemic.

 

Kelly says the bill would have long lasting consequences on the state. 

 

Kelly is removing the statewide stay at home order and giving control to each county in the state starting on Wednesday. The Ad Astra plan will still be given as guidance but ultimately it will be up to counties to set their own emergency declaration.

 

Kelly says issuing a new emergency declaration is necessary to help protect Kansas citizens from economic disaster and potential Covid-19 case surges. The new declaration is set to end at Midnight on June 19th.

 

Kelly says without the declaration, critical FEMA funding and other assistance will expire. 

 

Kelly adds that it will also help health officials and emergency personnel across the state coordinate going forward. With the declaration expiring on June 19th, Kelly is calling back Legislators back for a session to extend the deadline.

 

 

Rep. Steve Watkins Files for Re-Election

 

Representative Steve Watkins announced Tuesday he has filed to run for re-election in Kansas' 2nd Congressional District.

 

Watkins, who grew up in Topeka and is a U.S. Army veteran, reflected on the past two years since his initial election to the spot in 2018. In a statement, he again expressed the need for Kansans to unite behind an "outsider" candidate and spoke against career politicians. Watkins also said that if re-elected, he would continue to push the agenda of current U.S. President Donald Trump.

 

Watkins' most prominent opponent in seeking the Republican nomination for the district is current State Treasurer Jake LaTurner.

New Parsons Police Department Website

 

The Parsons Police Department has recently launched a new and updated website for its citizens to access the police department and some of its services.

 

Some of the new website's features include filling out a citizen comment online, applying for a job, or submitting a crime tip. You can also sign up for alerts that the police department puts out such as traffic related problems, new press releases and information such as Amber Alerts or Silver Alerts. These alerts can be delivered via text message or email.

 

The police department will be continuing to develop more additions to the website in the future.

 

For more information, contact the Parsons PD at (620) 421-7060.

Three Arrested in Parsons on Charges of Meth Possession

 

An early morning traffic stop in Parsons led to several arrests for methamphetamine-related charges. Deputies from the Labette County Sheriff's Office conducted the stop around 1:30 am Tuesday at 14th and Main Streets in Parsons. During the stop, the deputies found several items related to the creation of methamphetamines, as well as methamphetamine itself and other paraphernalia.

 

Individuals arrested at the scene include 36-year-old James Altendorf, 24-year-old Hunter Beachner and 39-year-old Shanda McKay. They are all being held at the Labette County Jail on charges of manufacturing a controlled substance, possession of methamphetamine and posession of paraphernalia. Beacher was also arrested on an existing domestic battery warrant.

Coffeyville Together Initiative Has Generated Roughly $43,000 for Local Community Support

 

The Coffeyville Together Initiative has been going on for the last four weeks and will continue moving forward to help those in need effected by Covid-19.

 

Coffeyville Area Community Foundation Executive Director Janie Devore-Gillis says the sole purpose of the initiative is to support the community during the Covid-19 pandemic. 

 

Gillis adds that it's an easy process if you want to purchase a gift card to help put the cause. 

 

The money is supporting local non-profits such as Genesis, the Salvation Army and Midwest Pregnancy Center.

 

The latest information shared was nearly 500 gift cards had been purchased which totaled more than $21,000 which means roughly close to $43,000 has been generated for community help since the program began.

 

More information can be found on their website or you can call 620-251-4769.

Coffeyville Reawakening Submits Grant for Pocket Park

 

A Union Pacific Grant has been submitted by Coffeyville Reawakening for a Pocket Park involving the parking lot across from the Midland.

 

There was some confusion about what exactly is being utilized in that area and Reawakening's Denise York says they will not be taking up parking spots but they will be looking to designate that area. 

 

A Pocket Park is defined as a small outdoor space, most often located in an urban area surrounded by commercial buildings or houses on small lots with few places for people to gather, relax, or to enjoy the outdoors.

 

The grants will be awarded in August with the winners announced in September.

Kansas Now over 9.000 Cases

 

According to the Kansas Department of Health, there are now 9,218 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Kansas with 800 hospitalizations, 188 deaths and over 72,000 negative cases.

 

Cases in Southeastern Kansas have remained unchanged. Labette County has 22, Montgomery County 19, Cherokee County 9, Crawford County 6, Chautauqua County 4, Neosho County 2, Wilson County 1, and Elk County remains at 0.

Kansas Nursing Homes Impacted by Covid-19 to Receive Relief from CARES Act

 

U.S. Senator Jerry Moran announced Friday that the Department of Health and Human Services is going to be distributing over $63 million to Kansas Skilled Nursing Facilities to help aid the effects of Covid-19.

 

Each Skilled Nursing Facility will receive a fixed distribution of $50,000, plus $2,500 per bed. All certified Skilled Nursing Facilities with six or more certified beds are eligible for this distribution.

 

Nursing home recipients must attest that they will only use relief fund payments for permissible purposes. This funding was provided through the CARES Act.

CRC Resumes Sign-ups, Opens Recreation Areas

 

With the State of Kansas moving to Phase 2 of the Governors Re-opening Plan, CRC opened their lobby for baseball/softball sign-ups starting Friday. Sign-ups will continue until May 29th. New out-of-district participants for youth baseball and softball will not be accepted, however, if out-of-district participants have participated in the CRC’s youth baseball/softball program within the past 2 years, they will be eligible for sign-up.

 

Batting cages, all city playgrounds, baseball/softball fields, basketball courts and the skate park opened on Friday.

 

However, the CRC facility will not be open for open gym, gatherings, rentals or pickleball at this time.

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