It's going to be another hot one. The National Weather Service has issued a heat advisory in effect until 8 p.m. Heat index values could top 109-degrees across southern Kansas. That creates a very real health threat for residents who are outside or work in un-air conditioned environments. You're advised to drink plenty of cool water and take frequent breaks in the shade or under the AC. If you feel overcome by the heat, you may need to call 911.
Conditions like the ones we are seeing today come with an increased risk of heat exhaustion and heat stroke.
The Library Director for the City of Caney is relieved of her duties. The library board taking that action this week. City Administrator Fred Gress says Chris Bannon had been on administrative leave during an audit of library finances. The irregularities found – according to the audit report – included late payment of payroll taxes to the Internal Revenue Service, misuse of the library's credit card, and violation of the state's budget law may having expenditures in excess of general fund revenues.
Library Assistant Jennifer Rosson will be overseeing library operations in the interim.
We're heading into the danger zone. Montgomery County is under a heat advisory until 8 o'clock this evening. Heat indices could exceed 108-degrees across southern Kansas. The excessive heat puts those who work outside or in non-air conditioned environments at risk of heat exhaustion and heat stroke. You're advised to put off strenuous activities if possible. Otherwise, boost your water consumption and take frequent breaks to cool down. Keep in mind, temperatures inside vehicles can turn deadly very quickly.
Never leave you children or pets in your car. Check on your neighbors and relatives.
Progress is made into the investigation of a fire at one of the oldest businesses in Miami. Miami Police have arrested a 29-year-old man in connection with the fire that was set at Anders Shoes earlier this month. The store was reportedly burglarized twice before the arson fire. The store is owned by 103-year-old Dena Ander.
The suspect faces complaints of burglary, possession of methamphetamine, marijuana and paraphernalia, concealing stolen property and arson.
As the City of Coffeyville prepares for it huge milestone next year they Chamber of Commerce has already started planning the party. Director Candi Westbrook says they need a couple of things to help make everything great.
Westbrook says they've kicked things off with a logo contest so all those creative people get out there and start designing.
There are other options. As a task force gets to work to try to understand and reduce the number of suicides especially among teens. Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt says leaders in education, mental health, law enforcement and public safety leaders have already started meeting.
Schmidt says these leaders have partnered with Tower Mental Health Foundation.
The Primary Election Cycle heads into the home-stretch. The Kansas Primary Election will be on Tuesday, August 7th. Montgomery County Clerk Charlotte Scott Schmidt says early voting begins today and you can request a ballot by mail.
You may vote in the County Clerk's Office during regular business hours. They have voting booths set up for your privacy.
The former Coffeyville City Manager heads west. Kendal Francis has been named the City Administrator for Great Bend, Kansas. The city council there approved his appointment on a vote of 8-0 this week. Francis resigned his job in Coffeyville last March. His contract expires the end of August.
He should begin work in Great Bend within two weeks.
The planned closure of the former ARCO Building in Independence has tenants looking for new space to occupy. Community Corrections Juvenile Services Director Duane Powell says they are looking at locations throughout the county, including the basement of Coffeyville's City Hall.
The owner of the building sent a letter to those working out of the building on Friday informing them they would have 30-days to move out.
As you head out to the lake this summer you want to be on the lookout for snakes, especially copperheads. Fall River Lake Park Manager Kim Jones says if you do happen to get bitten to call 911 immediately.
Jones says to watch out for high populated areas like rock banks and piles of debris.
Having to replace four starters can be tough for any basketball coach. Coffeyville Community College Assistant Women's Coach Anita Walker says she's confident about the players returning and the new recruits coming in. Head Coach Stephen Harrell will be in his third year as head coach and this will be Coach Walker's second.
They both look to improve upon last year where they lost in the second round of the Region 6 tournament.
The Community Health Center of Southeast Kansas opens in a new location today. The new clinic is located at 2051 N. State Street in Iola. A grand opening celebration was held yesterday at the facility.
CHC-SEK offers medical, dental, and behavioral health services at 11 different locations across southeast Kansas.
In just over a month we will have very critical elections statewide and nationally as we vote in returning or new representatives and governor for the state of Kansas. We spoke with senator Dan Goddard as he can’t stress enough how important your vote is. Goddard also says notionally we will be voting in a 2nd district congress member and notes that the education funding dispute is at the top of the list next legislative session, as it did not pass the supreme court for adequate funding.
It could be another year before Tyson announces if a processing plant will be constructed in Coffeyville. Montgomery County Action Council's Trisha Purdon says a group from Coffeyville recently visited Tyson in Springdale, Arkansas. She says they learned more about the start up process.
Once an announcement is made, should Tyson located in Coffeyville, it would take about a little over two years to construct the plant.
An investigation is underway in Chanute after an elderly resident walked into his home and was confronted by an intruder. Chanute Police are investigating the incident which occurred on South Rutter Street. The suspect is described as having a dark complexion and shaggy hair. He may have been driving a white, four-door truck. A reward of $1,000 is being offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person committing the crime. Anyone with information may call the Chanute Police Department at 620-431-5244.
During this time patrols have increased in the area around the neighborhood where the incident took place.
The Independence Corporate Office building, formerly known as the Arco Building, will close its doors on Sunday, Aug. 12. Bulding Owner Tim Janak notified all tenants via a letter of the building's closure. The loss of the Department of Children and Families office this week triggered Janak's decision to close the building. Janak says "With the loss of DCF from the Arco Building, it is clear that it is no longer financially and logistically viable to keep the Arco Building open and operating,".
Janak's letter to the tenants served as a 30-day notice of the building's closure.
Erie pays tribute to old soldiers and sailors this weekend. It is the oldest, continuous Old Soldiers and Sailors Reunion in its 144th year. Senator Dan Goddard will be attending tonight's free bean feed.
There will also be a concert on Main Street tonight with food, a beer garden, craft show and fireworks. A parade steps off Saturday morning at 10. The reunion also features a baby contest, 5-K Run, and an antique engine and car show.
A Former Kansas Highway Patrol Trooper receives 9 months in prison for violating a person's civil rights through the use of excessive force. James Carson, who was employed with the Montgomery County Department of Corrections and Labette County Sheriff’s Department, pleaded guilty to one count of violating civil rights in his capacity as a law enforcement officer. In his plea, he admitted he used unreasonable force against a man he arrested. Carson conducted a lawful arrest and then transported the man to the Labette County Jail, where at least five other law enforcement officials were present. As Carson removed the man from the patrol vehicle and escorted him into the booking area, the suspect’s hands were cuffed behind his back. Without warning, Carson kicked the legs out from underneath the arrested suspected, causing the suspect to fall onto his back onto the floor. Carson admitted in court that he used force against the suspect for the purpose of punishment and not for a legitimate law enforcement purpose.
As part of the plea agreement, Carson agreed to surrender his law enforcement credentials and never again accept any employment related to law enforcement.
We remain under a heat advisory until 8 pm. It's a good idea to limit outdoor activities and stay hydrated. Coffeyville Friends of Animals Becky Barnhart says our pets also need a little extra consideration. She says extra food and fresh water are needed if your pets are outside.
Barnhart says make sure they have some shade and a kiddie pool can be a great way for dogs to cool off.
A roadwork task force was formed awhile back to tackle unfinished roadwork around the state of Kansas and a couple here in Montgomery County. KDOT’s Wayne Gudmundson spoke to the Independence commissioners as he needs to know if the 160-169 project is still a priority. The commissioners approved the measure as they say, due to the high number of fatalities something needs to be done. Gudmundson said the design is an overpass and is optimistic that we will receive the funding to do so. Just as Coffeyville and Montgomery County commissioners, Independence approved the measure. Gudmundson says why would we be receiving the go ahead on the planning of right aways and utility relocation if they weren’t seeming to make it a priority Gudmundson wanted to stress again that this approval does not mean we get the funding. It just acknowledges Independences approval of the roadwork. All 3 commissioners are adamant about fixing a very dangerous intersection.
A Coffeyville teenager who was pulled from the water at the Coffeyville Aquatic Center on the 4th of July has died. 18 year old Juan Manuel Donis-Francisco passed away at a Tulsa hospital where he had been on life support since being life flighted from CRMC on the afternoon of July 4th. Donis-Francisco was a 2018 graduate of Field Kindley High School. An account has been set up at Community State Bank to
help the family with funeral expenses.
The National Weather Service in Wichita issues a heat advisory, which is in effect from 1 pm this afternoon to 8 pm Friday. Heat index values around 105 degrees are expected during the afternoon and early evening hours today and Friday. Exposure to the heat without a way to cool down, could lead to heat cramps, heat exhaustion, and possibly heat stroke. You're advised to take extra precautions if you work or spend time outside. When possible, reschedule strenuous activities to early morning or evening. Try to schedule frequent rest breaks in shaded or air conditioned environments, drink plenty of fluids and stay in an air conditioned room if possible.
It is also a good idea to check up on relatives and neighbors. Temperatures within vehicles can become lethal in a few minutes. Never leave children or pets in vehicles.
Young Professionals of Independence Summer Speaker Series is coming up for the month of July. Director of the Chamber of Commerce Lisa Wilson says the President of Commercial Bank Chuck Goad will be the speaker.
Wilson says the event will be at Big Cheese Pizza on Tuesday July 17th. Networking will start at 11:30, lunch at 11:45 and the speaker will start at noon.
Recycling continues to grow in Independence. Director of the Chamber of Commerce Lisa Wilson wants to remind everyone that they've added the Tuesday recycling on top of they recycling done on the first Saturday of every month.
Wilson says the drop offs are very easy you just pull up to the recycling center and someone comes out and unloads your vehicle for you.
The 30th Annual Independence Chamber Golf Classic is this Saturday. Director of the Chamber of Commerce Lisa Wilson says the best thing about their tournament is everyone is a winner.
Wilson says the weather should be good for the classic and they will be down around noon.
If you've never experienced a fair before Wildcat Extension District's Julie Traxson says the Cherryvale Youth Fair is a good one to go to.
Traxson says the fair is already underway and will run until Saturday. Events include a livestock show, an adult baking competition and much more. Proceeds from the baking competition auction will go to the Levi Clubine Medical Fund and the Andrew Metcalf Memorial Fund.
What's it going to cost me and what is my money going to? Those are the two questions USD 445 Superintendent Craig Correll say most voters have when deciding on a bond issue.
Correll says he was hoping their was going to be a sales tax question to go along with this bond to lessen the burden on home owners, but the Coffeyville City Commission voted not to allow it.
Keeping our tax dollars within our city limits is vital to the growth of Coffeyville, with population on the rise we need to continue to attract new businesses. Candi westbrook with the Coffeyville Chamber of Commerce stresses to spend your money here now to attract the shops you really may really prefer later. Westbrook also believes the presence of new businesses and local competition is not always a bad thing. It can motivate some businesses that may have been complacent for a while thus further bettering our economy. She stresses in order to gain more of the shops you prefer, we need to sustain and treat our existing businesses well. She says we all have our favorite stores and shops in a different town or want to save a few bucks but if you can, keep your money in our town, and shop locally.
A Coffeyville Police Officer finds himself on the wrong side of the law. Coffeyville Police were called to a home on South Highland last night regarding a domestic disturbance. Officers on the scene requested support from the Montgomery County Sheriff's Office when they realized the suspect was Officer Jason Davis. Deputies arrested him on a complaint of domestic battery.
Davis who has worked as a police officer in Coffeyville since 2006 is on unpaid administrative leave while the investigation is underway.
The Arkansas City Police Department needs help identifying four people. The four were involved in an incident at Wal-Mart in Ark City at the end of June. Police would like to put some names with each individual. Anyone with information may contact Officer Horinek at 620-441-4444.
You may also call CrimeStoppers at 620-442-7777.
The Blood Drive returns to Coffeyville next week on Tuesday and Wednesday at the First Baptist Church.We spoke with Jan Hale with the American Red Cross as she gives us some tips on how to get more information and make your donation go a little quicker by getting a rapid pass.To get a rapid pass she says you can visit their website redcross.org or download the app. The drive on Tuesday it goes from 11:45 to 6:00 PM, and on Wednesday from 8:30 AM to 12:30. She stresses the importance of donating and to double up on your water intake before you do so. Something so important yet so easily overlooked is the gift of giving blood. Hale can’t stress enough how important it is to donate blood. She says you don’t realize it until someone directly involved with you needs it, but there is always someone, somewhere that needs your help with the use of your blood.
A Coffeyville woman pleaded guilty to stealing $150,000 from a customer at a bank where she worked, U.S. Attorney Stephen McAllister said.
Phyllis Lanning, 61, Coffeyville, Kan., pleaded guilty to one count of mail fraud. She admitted that while she worked for Condon National Bank in Coffeyville, Kan., she created and mailed falsified documents in order to conceal the fact she stole $150,000 from a customer’s account. She diverted legitimate monthly statements to a postal box in Bartlesville, Okla., that she controlled. She prepared counterfeit statements and mailed them to the owner of the account. The theft was discovered after the owner of the account died and family members took control of the account.
Sentencing is set for September 24. She faces a penalty of up to 20 years in federal prison and a fine up to $250,000.
The Independence Driver’s License Office will be closed for the rest of the day. The closure is the result of climate control issues that continue to plague the former Arco Building. Wait time without the air conditioning can be up to an hour and a half. The office will reopen once the issue is fixed.
There is a location for for license renewal at the Chautauqua County Courthouse in Sedan.
Coffeyville has been trying to figure out who is behind the group known as the BMX Bandits. Believed to be the ones behind the recent break ins around town, we spoke with C.P.D Police Chief Kwin Bromley on the matter as he says they have made a few arrests. Even with the arrests being made, Chief Bromley highly recommends you go and get your business a security camera or system. Keep your business or residence well lit, and always have the C.P.D be the first call as their average response time is within one minute. Bromley says sometimes it’s as simple as investing in a light around your business to help them solve these crimes. Bromley also states everyone is innocent until proven guilty, but since the arrests have been made there have been no breaks ins around town.
A single vehicle crash results in the death of a Pryor, Oklahoma, man. The Oklahoma Highway Patrol says 24-year-old Wesley Shane Bowline was eastbound on Kenwood Road, east of Salina, when he failed to negotiate a curve, rolled his car and struck a tree.
The trooper who responded to the crash detected an odor of alcohol.
Kansas Representative Doug Blex says he is pleased that the Kansas State Department of Education may be listening. The Independence Republican is pleased that the school redesign program doesn't just focus on prepping students for university. Blex says there are some really good jobs that need people with the right skills.
He says allowing students to go from classroom to work will be positive for everyone.
Coffeyville turns out for the Summer Celebration. Hundreds of families spent time at Walter Johnson Park for the Summer Celebration. The day included lots of fun activities for all ages, a car show, music by Retro Rockerz and Backroads Band, and the homemade ice cream from Dearing Christian Church. The fireworks display that capped the evening lasted for around 30-minutes.
Organizer Gail Smith says he and the others who put on the event each year appreciate all the support they get from local businesses and the community. Smith is promising an even bigger fireworks show next year.
It is not something you want to catch you off guard. The Chautauqua County Sheriff's Office reports a rattle snake was recently found in Sedan. The rattler was in the 400 block of South Chautauqua. The reptile was relocated to live another day. The sheriff's office shared the photograph of the snake which can hide fairly easily in grass.
However, the presence of the venomous snake reminds everyone to be mindful of where they step and what they're hearing when outdoors.
Recent news from Coffeyville Community College saw allegations of sexual assault in a males dorm room. Coffeyville Police Department is looking into the matter as Chief Kwin Bromley says they are cooperating to the fullest. Anyone with information on this incident is asked to call CPD at 620-252-6160 or Detective Kastler at 620-252-6145. Those wishing to remain anonymous may provide information to the Crime Tip Hotline at 620-252-6133. Other ongoing investigations include a an aggravated assault charge to an individual who fired a weapon during an argument. Police Chief Kwin Bromley says they were able to question and charge the individuals with the help of a facebook video. Bromley says the cameras made it easy to identify a few individuals but stresses cooperation. As another arrest was made later on the matter, as an individual was charged with a felony level obstruction of a police investigation. Bromley says they were thankful that no other damage or weapons were used in the incident. He also notes that it may seem like common sense, but firing a weapon into the air can still potentially cause serious damage as it still needs to fall.
The Coffeyville Summer Celebration, an all day event at Walter Johnson Park, gets underway this morning. It wraps up with a spectacular fireworks display.
Activities get underway early as the Farmers’ Market opens at 7 a.m. The market vendors will be set up just a little south of their normal Saturday location. Also at 7 a.m. is registration for the fun, lK and 5K runs. The car show begins at 8 a.m., the kiddie car cruise at 1 p.m., music by Backroads Band and Retro Rockerz starts at 6, and the fireworks at 9:45 p.m. In addition there will be lots of vendors, concessions and activities set up in the park all day.
The Director of Community Corrections for Montgomery County announces plans to retire. Kurtis Simmons says he has been employed with the department for 34-years. He has selected three members of the corrections board to make a recommendation to county commissioners for his replacement.
Simmons says his retirement will be effective September 1st. His last day will be August 24th.
A summer STEM class put on by the ICC Fablab from July 16th through August 3rd is coming to the ICC West Campus. A course for girls in grades 6th through 8th emphasizing Science, Technology, Engineering and Math in very hands on activities. Joanne Smith with the Fablab says with a sizable grant from verizon the girls will be exposed to alot of great technology and may get to keep some of their own. Smith also says for parents that don’t have transportation they will provide transportation to the classes if needed. A course emphasizing in a lot of hands on activities, but Smith says that's not all they’ll be doing as they will also have a weekly field trip. Smith says they still have room and to register by calling 620-330-3006. The classes are no cost and they take place from July 16 through the 3rd of August at the ICC west campus. Classes go from 9-4 and Smith says girls with great attendance will receive something special at the end.
18-year-old Juan Manuel Donis-Francisco has been flown from Coffeyville Regional Medical Center after a near drowning incident at the Aquatic Center this afternoon. The victim was unresponsive when pulled from the pool, and lifeguards immediately began performing CPR. The victim was transported to CRMC by EMS personnel.
The Aquatic Center was closed following the incident and police officers are conducting an investigation. Danielle Bromley, pool manager, stated the guards performed exactly as trained and began resuscitation efforts quickly. “We had a pool patron who helped with the CPR, and we are particularly appreciative of her assistance.”
Many Kansans are among those getting away for the holiday. AAA-Kansas expects us to be a part of over 3-million-people in our region taking trips through July 8th. The travel group says that's a 4 percent increase from last year and the largest number of travelers since 2007. Most Kansans are taking road trips, despite gasoline prices being about 60-cents higher than one year ago. Many are traveling to Branson, Colorado, Kansas City, Oklahoma City and Dallas.
The travel group has also been booking flights to Vegas, Orlando, Alaska and Cancun.
A single car crash leaves one person dead. The Oklahoma Highway Patrol reports that 73-year-old Dorothy Morland of Rose was eastbound on Scenic State Highway 412, just west of Rose. For an unknown reason, she departed the right side of the roadway, overcorrected to left of center and then overcorrected to the right, causing her to lose control of her car. She was ejected after it overturned two times.
She died at a Pryor hospital.
It is something many have wanted for Coffeyville for a long time. A paved walking-biking trail will soon be constructed. The Coffeyville Community Enhancement Foundation agrees to award a contract to Jeff Graham Construction. The City's Thomas Osborn says a Brownsfield Clean-Up Grant will cover the cost of the trail, making it a bit longer than originally planned.
The grant was for $160,000. The bids for construction all came in at $100,000 which has allowed the extension of the trail around the former Sherwin Williams facility.
The CCC summer theater program is a great way for kids ages 5-18 to show off their love for theater and be apart of their local community college. First year Director Ryan Mahannon says he loves this program and thinks it’s a great first step to getting CCC’s theater back to what it was. The summer theater program at Coffeyville Community College has their next event coming up on the 6th of July. Director Ryan Mahannon says, next up is the Addams family performance and explains how to attend. Just like last time the event is free of charge but due to the amount of people last performance they have started reserving tickets for general admission seating for the event. For more information Mahannon says to head to the CCC website. He says the spring performance of Beauty and the Beast was so big it was challenge getting so many people through, so the ticketing should help efficiency.
A number events planned for the Summer Celebration in Coffeyville this weekend. Organizer Gail Smith says the best part about the event is its free.
Smith says to make all this possible they do need volunteers so if you are interested in helping out contact him, Andy Duncan or Mike Bradley.
The Humboldt Chief of Police is out of jail after being arrested. Brian Dillow appeared in court on charges of domestic battery and criminal damage to property. Allen County authorities say Dillow was released on his own recognizance.
The police chief was arrested last week after deputies were called to his home in Humboldt.
Wal-Mart donates dozens of fire extinguishers to Montgomery County. Emergency Management Director Rick Whitson says, in exchange, he has provided a fire extinguisher safety class for the store's employees. Meanwhile, there are many things that can happen in a community that could create chaos. Whitson says, in such an event, weather or violence, the state can offer support.
Whitson says it will give everyone an opportunity to learn how to share responsibilities and see what support is available. The scenario planned for the day will be a tornado response.
The City of Coffeyville announces some schedule changes due to the Independence Day holiday. City Clerk Cindy Price says all offices will be closed on Wednesday.
Also, there will be no residential trash service on the 4th. Price says Wednesday's route will run on Thursday. Thursday's on Friday. And, they'll catch up with Friday's collection on Saturday.
A pedestrian is killed in Ottawa County, Oklahoma. The Oklahoma Highway Patrol reports that 37-year-old Michael Logan suffered massive injuries in the incident. The Wyandotte man was reportedly struck by a truck while standing in the southbound lane of Oklahoma Highway 10. The crash occurred around eleven o'clock Friday evening. The driver of the pickup that struck him was 80-year old Ida Hashbarger of Wyandotte.
The Oklahoma Highway Patrol is looking into why Logan was in the roadway.
Vaude in the Ville is back! A variety show taking place at the CCC theatre featuring local performers all while fundraising the Midland Theatre. Vaude In The Ville Returns to Coffeyville this July 6th and one of the event organizers Lisa Sheck says this year they have one of their best lineup of performers. Tickets are 25 dollars and are available at the chamber, public library or at the door. Sheck also wanted to note the after party will be held at the liberty Center at Sleep Inn and suites. The event is July 6th again at the Spencer Rounds Theatre. Sheck encourages everyone to come support local talent and the Midland Theatre as they hope to one day host the event in the historic downtown Theater.
Montgomery County is under a heat advisory. The advisory will be in effect 7 p.m. Saturday. Temperatures in the 90s will combine with high humidity likely giving us heat indices up to 105-degrees. To avoid heat-related illness, you should wear light-weight clothing, drink plenty of water and take frequent breaks if you are working outside or in an non-air-conditioned environment. Rest in the shade or in an air-conditioned area if possible.
Do not leave children or pets in vehicles where temperatures can increase to deadly levels quickly.
The Coffeyville Police Department responded to the vicinity of 500 E. 2nd yesterday evening for a shots fired call. Upon arrival, officers learned that a handgun was fired into the air during a disturbance. Officers have identified the subjects involved in the incident, however, the subjects directly involved with the handgun fled the area before officers arrived and has not been located. Officers also learned the incident was video recorded and posted online. Criminal prosecution will be recommended for the suspects involved in the incident.
CPD is asking anyone with information on this incident or the suspects to call Sergeant Stephine Randall at 620-252-6160. Those wishing to remain anonymous may provide information to the Crime Tip Hotline at 620-252-6133.
Coffeyville Police Lieutenant Mike Bradley hangs up his badge. Bradley retires after 26 years with the City of Coffeyville. Bradley was first was hired as a temporary employee at the power plant in April of 1992. He moved to the Coffeyville Police Department in October of 1994. He was promoted to lieutenant in January of 2002.
Bradley is one of the organizers of Coffeyville's Summer Celebration.
Whether it’s type 1 or type 2 diabetes, everyone is somehow affected by the disease. Barbara Ames from the wildcat extension district says there hosting classes on how to cook correctly while living with diabetes. Those classes start on July 12th, and go to July 19th, august 9th and finally August 16th. Physical activity and nutrition are vital to managing your diabetes as Ames says the class is a great start to learning how to manage your carb and other nutrients intake. All while surrounded by other people who are affected by the disease giving you the opportunity to learn from others who are living with diabetes. Class cost is $25, and registration is due by Thursday July 5th and do it quick as space is limited. To register Ames says to call their Independence office at 620-331-2690 or email her at bames.ksu.edu.
Coffeyville City Commissioners vote against a plan to ask residents to extend a sales tax to benefit Coffeyville Public Schools. Superintendent Dr. Craig Correll and Commissioner Chris Williams discussed how the sales tax could ease the burden on property taxes. Williams and the other commissioners present said they support USD 445's plan to upgrade safety and other aspects of their facilities, but they will not allow voters to consider a sales tax as part of the funding plan.
Commissioner Jim Taylor was not at the meeting.
Oklahoma voters had their say yesterday at the polls. In, Nowata County, voters said yes to an Enhanced 911 tax. The E-911 proposition passed with 73 percent of the vote 2029 to 748. Burke LaRue defeated incumbent commissioner Curtis Barnes for the District 1 commissioner's seat. Larue says he is up to the challenge. LaRue garnered 74 percent of the Democrat vote.
In the statewide race for Oklahoma governor, an August 28th run-off will determine which Republican will face Democrat Drew Edmondson. Former Oklahoma City Mayor Mick Cornett received the most ballots. Tulsa businessman Kevin Stitt finished in a close second place.
Voters also approved a ballot proposition allowing the medicinal use of marijuana.
Severe weather moves across southeast Kansas yesterday. Around 7:30 last night, a tornado struck Eureka in nearby Greenwood County. There are reports that five people were hurt, at least one critically, in that storm. Clean-up and recovery are underway. Westar's Gina Penzig says they have all hands on deck. The American Red Cross has set up a shelter at the Methodist Church. Governor Jeff Colyer has declared a state of emergency.
This is the second tornado to strike Eureka in three years.
**KVOE Radio contributed to this story
With the summer heat, comes the peak season for electrical use. Interim City Manager Michael Shook says our generators provide over 50 megawatts which is plenty to provide for our town, but for reassurance he also says the steam plant provides some power. Shook says not only do our new sites have enough power to provide to the city but our steam plant also produces an additional 30 megawatts giving us more than enough energy to provide for our hot season. Shook says our new generators start within 7-10 minutes providing 56 megawatts which is more than enough to provide for peak season. Shook says with our 3 generator plants working hard with the extra juice from the steam plant, he is not worried about Coffeyville running out of power during the hot season.
The Coffeyville Police Department was called to the Coffeyville Community College men’s dormitory at 902 Beech early Sunday morning for a report of sexual assault. On duty officers were assisted by CPD investigators in executing several search warrants for DNA evidence and cellular phone records. CCC Director of College Relations Yvonne Hull says the college is doing their own investigation and cooperating with CPD.
Anyone with information on this incident is asked to call CPD at 620-252-6160 or Detective Kastler at 620-252-6145. Those wishing to remain anonymous may provide information to the Crime Tip Hotline at 620-252-6133.
It is not enough. The Kansas Supreme Court rules that spending on public schools remains inadequate despite an increase approved earlier this year. Justices are giving lawmakers another year to boost funding. The high court rejecting arguments from the state that a new law phasing in a $548 million increase in funding over five years is enough to provide a "suitable" education for every child.
The court has delayed its mandate until June 30, 2019, or until further order of the court.
It is Primary Election Day in Oklahoma. Nowata County voters have several different voting locations available for balloting. Voters making their picks for several state offices including Governor and Lt. Governor. Congressional offices and state representatives. SQ 788 regarding the use of medical marijuana will be the only state question on the ballot.
County issues include a contested democratic race for District 1 County Commissioner and a proposition for establishing a landline fee for E911 services. Sample ballots can be found here. Polls are open until 7 p.m.
List of Nowata County Polling Sites:
On again. The Montgomery County Commission may have found a work-around for a county neighborhood revitalization program. But, it will not be county-wide. Commissions to stay within the legal frame-work of the program would have to exclude municipalities. Commissioner Ryan York says it would also have a different name. York would still like to have the program begin on July 1st; although, the county commission will not meet until July 2nd. Meanwhile, county department heads have started outlining their budget proposals for 2019.
In other business, commissioners agreed to the shredding of records from the County Clerk's Office, approved the pictometry agreement with the City of Independence and approved the re-appointment of Shelly Kiblinger, Kwin Bromley, Becky Dye, Jeff Gettler and Daylene Walls to the Juvenile Corrections Advisory Board.
Friday, April 13th, turned into a rough day for Big G's Burgers and More in Caney. Owner Deb Gulick says a truck rolled across the street from a convenience store and crashed into the building. Big G's has been closed ever since. Gulick says they will re-open.
Work is getting underway this week. Guilick says they should re-open by August 1st.
Two search warrants served by the Coffeyville Police Department on June 20th result in two men being taken into custody. The first executed at 1005 W. 10th. Taken into custody was 32 year old Justin Carpenter with the recommended charges of possession of methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia. The second executed at 901 Harding, Apt 2. Two individuals were detained and questioned. Taken into custody was 45 year old William “Billy” McGinnis with the recommended charges of possession of methamphetamine, possession of controlled prescription narcotics with intent to distribute, possession of a firearm as a convicted felon, possession of stolen property and possession of drug paraphernalia. Tobacco products and four pairs of sunglasses that were connected to some recent burglaries at K&S Oil and Brown Shoe Fit in Coffeyville were recovered.
If you have any further information about any of the recent burglaries in Coffeyville call the crime tip line at (620) 252-6133 or Detective Jason Kastler at (620) 252-6160.
The Highway Task force, a group focused on tackling unfinished road work around the state of Kansas and a few here in our region. 23 road construction projects were pushed back last year and a few were here in Montgomery County. Representative Rich Proell says they are planning meetings in Chanute and would urge people to attend to discuss all their roadway concerns. Proell is meeting with Senator McGinn next week to determine the times of the meetings and will in total have 8 meetings around the state. Proell says he’s excited about the task force and urges people to attend the meetings to further discuss regional concerns, give their ideas on existing projects and bring to light roadway projects that may not be known of yet. The obvious projects such as Highway 169 are being addressed but Proell states that the only way of knowing where work needs to be done is if it is brought to light.
It's dusty and dangerous. Rural Caney residents ask the Montgomery County Commission to improve County Road 1700. The formerly paved road was turned to gravel more than 30-years ago. Resident Kenny Durst says it needs to be returned to a hard surface. The road runs north from Highway 166 toward Havana Lake. Durst and residents Karen Schultheiss and Sandra Friedline would like to see a mile and half stretch paved.
The cost has been estimated at $46,000.
The Coffeyville Public library is at it again. We spoke with Katie Hill from the library as she says next weekend they will set up an escape room for you and your friends and family to try. Needing to complete various challenges in order to escape the room, Hill says it’s a lot of fun and a big team building experience. Hill says it will take place in there community room and still have over a dozen time slots available but you need to register soon as there filling up fast. Hill says there are no age guidelines to be apart but would suggest groups not to get over 8 people. She also says for the kids, some slime might be involved. The Library’s escape room returns next weekend. Both the 29th and 30th of June and is all day, for more information she says to visit their Facebook page.
The cooler temperatures this week are a favor for those at the Montgomery County Judicial Center. County Maintenance Supervisor Jeff Phelps says there has been a failure with half of the compressors that cool the building the houses the court rooms, Sheriff's Office and jail. The compressors from Carrier are en route now, but they're coming from New York. The price tag for the repairs will be close to $50,000.
Phelps says the unit is only 6 years old and shouldn't be having so many issues.
Students will pay a bit more to attend Pittsburg State University in the fall. The Kansas Board of Regents approve an increase in tuition that will mean in-state undergraduate students will pay an additional $73. PSU President Steve Scott says it is the smallest increase in 19 years. He says their goal is to ensure Pitt State is one of the most affordable schools in the nation.
The 2.6 percent increase brings the total tuition cost for full-time, in-state undergrads to $2,847.
An interim Chief of Police has been named for the Parsons Police Department. City Manager Debbie Lamb has moved assistant Chief of Police Dennis Dodd into the role while a search is conducted to replace Chief Jason Sharp. He has resigned to accept a position with Labette Community College. Dodd has served with the Parsons PD since 2006. He was promoted to assistant chief in 2016.
The process for hiring the next chief includes a panel comprised of the city manager, city attorney, city human resources director and two law enforcement individuals from outside the Parsons Police Department.
A very odd year in weather for crop growers. With late freezes and surging dry spells, some of the states crop production has been lower than expected worrying wheat producers. Jeri Geren from the K-State extension district tells us how our region is shaping up for the wheat harvest. She says not to many fields left to be harvested and numbers are fair as bushels per acre ranging in the mid 40’s to 50’s She also says our side of the states wheat crop isn’t having to the deal with too much disease either due to the weather. Giving us higher wheat numbers than most regions in western Kansas. Geren states to never wish bad upon your neighbor, but the struggling wheat markets on the western side of the state sway our markets way higher. Making our wheat crop right around average, even after a worry filled start.
An investigation into drug activity and recent break-ins at businesses leads to a search of a Coffeyville home. Police Chief Kwin Bromley spoke with KGGF News at the scene at 1005 West 10th Street. Bromley says those five will be taken into custody for questioning.
It is believed the residence may be tied to others around town being used by the group that has been referred to as the BMX Bandits.