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UPDATE: Interior Work Continues At Coffeyville City Hall


 

The renovation project continues at Coffeyville City Hall. Much of the exterior work has been completed. Crews are busy re-configuring the floor plan on each level inside the building. Decker Construction has cut through the west side of City Hall between the 2nd and 3rd floors where an emergency exit staircase will be placed.

 

There are currently two doorways on the 3rd floor that will be removed to make way for a single door, three-feet wide.


Slow Cooker Safety Tips


 

Between work, classes, band practice, and games; finding time to prepare and eat dinner can be difficult. Nutrition Specialist at Kansas State University, Sandy Procter, says slow cookers can make life easier, but you want to make sure you're not using frozen meat.  Procter also advises that if you have an older crockpot, you should test it to make sure it reaches the correct temperature. She says add two quarts of water and heat on low for 8 hours.

 

She says after 2-to-3 hours the temp should be 140-degrees. It should reach 185-degrees after 8 hours.


Girard Bank Pledges To PSU Project


 

Girard National Bank steps up to help Pittsburg State University finance an expansion of the Kelce School of Business. The bank has pledged $300,000 for the project. The expansion and renovation work should support outreach activities in business and economic development. The Kelce College of Business formed in 1977.

 

It is now among the world's top 5% of business schools, according to the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business.


Drivers Reminded To Obey Peter Pan Road Detours


 

With road construction in Independence detours have been created. There have been special detours that are for emergency personnel only. Police Chief Jerry Harrison wants drivers to know that these are of limits to them.  Chief Harrison says there are several areas to Labette Health that are marked with no thru traffic signs or no thru truck signs and they need all drivers to avoid those routes.

 

Officers with the Independence Police Department have been patrolling the area and ticketing violators.

 


Banned Book Week To Be Observed


 

A book will be shredded at the Coffeyville Public Library next week. Program Director Rachel Rose says this will be done to celebrate Banned Books Week.  Rose says that you can guess what book you think they'll shred and at the end of next week all correct guesses will win a prize.  Also, next week will be the Mystery at the Library on September 30th.  Rose says tickets are still available the characters you can dress up as are limited.

 

Tickets are $25 a person or $40 a couple. Rose says there will be hors d'oeuvres and a money bar. All proceeds will go toward upgrading the community room.


Chanute Cement Plant To Get New Owner


 

An agreement has been made to sell Ashgrove Cement to an Irish based company. Dublin based CHR has agreed to purchase the family owned company for $3.5 billion. Ashgrove, based in Overland Park operates eight cement plants in the U.S. including one in Chanute. The transaction has been unanimously approved by the board of directors and is expected to close this year or early in 2018.

 

Ashgrove Cement is the 6th largest cement producer in the U.S.

 


New Fire Truck Arrives In Coffeyville


 

It's big.  It's red.  And, it has lots of bright lights.  A new fire truck rolls into Coffeyville.  Fire Chief Bob Roesky says the truck is designed specifically for the Coffeyville Fire Department.  Chief Roesky says some of the differences include moving air bags and extinguishers in the fender wells and they added a dry hopper on top where they store their absorbent.  He says this new truck should last the department from 15-to-20 years as long as it passes pump-testing.  The department has a ladder truck that is 20-years-old and a pumper truck that is 20-years-old.  

 

This new truck will replace the truck that is their first-responder.  That truck is 31-years-old.

 

 


Busy Times At Coffeyville Boys & Girls Club


 

The Coffeyville Boys and Girls Club has a new afternoon school program for younger kids. Director Griff Walker says its called the BG Tots.  Walker says he likes this program because it's a partner ship with the school district.  Meanwhile, Walker already has the holidays on his mind.  The Shop with a Cop program is coming up in December. Director Griff Walker says he really encourages individuals to learn more about Shop with a Cop.

 

Walker says it takes a lot of support to make that happen.  They hope to raise $10,000 so 200 kids can go shopping.


Health Fair This Weekend In Caney


 

It's a chance to get yourself checked out. The Caney Community Betterment Group hosts a health fair this Saturday. Organizer Kim Bright says they will offer a variety of health screeningsBright says most of the health screenings are free. She says there will also be information provided on preparing disaster kits, disposing of medications safely, and aroma therapy demonstrations. The health fair will be at the Caney Recreation Center.

 

The event opens at 11 a.m. on Saturday and continues until 2 p.m.  The screenings are free, but the betterment group will be serving lunch as a fundraiser.

 

 

 


Chanute Search Warrant Leads To 3 Arrests


 

Three Chanute residents land in jail after police serve a search warrant. The Chanute Police Department searched the home at 16 South Gretchen for illegal narcotics. Deedra Bright was arrested for possession of a stimulant, paraphernailia, interference with law enforcement, and endangering a child. Courtney Richards and Joshua Beisley were booked on a complaints of drug possession and possession of paraphernalia.

 

All three were booked into the Neosho County Jail. Two young children in the home were released to relatives.


AG Schmidt Investigates Makers Of Opioids


 

Kansas joins a multi-state investigation into the companies that manufacture and distribute prescription opioid drugs. Attorney General Derek Schmidt says he doesn't typically discuss ongoing probes, but because of the nature of prescription drug abuse and heightened public scrutiny, he and other attorneys general feel it is imporant to make the public aware of the investigation. Nationwide, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention  estimates opioid overdoses kill 91 Americans every day.

 

According to the Kansas Department of Health and Environment, pharmaceutical opioids are a leading cause of drug poisoning deaths in Kansas.

 


Simple Simon's Pizza To Open Soon


 

The owner of Coffeyville's Simple Simon's restaurant expects they are within two weeks of opening. Dean Crawford says they spent a little more time getting the building ready than they expected, but now they are ready for inspections.  Simple Simon's is located on 11th Street next to Harold Mann's State Farm Agency. Crawford says they've hired about half of the 30 employees they'll need.

 

Those employees will be able to do some training at Crawford's restaurant in Nowata before the Coffeyville store opens.

 


Independence Adds A New Ambulance


 

A new ambulance is on the streets of Independence. The city has accepted delivery of a 2016 Ford E450 ambulance with a remounted patient compartment box. Prior to the box being remounted on the new chassis; the exterior was stripped and repainted, all wiring was inspected and new emergency lights and flooring were installed.

 

The city estimates $60,000 was saved by remounting the box versus purchasing a new box with the chassis. The cost of the ambulance and remounted box was slightly less than $125,000.


Pittsburg Settles Lawsuit Filed By Former Officer


The City of Pittsburg has been able to settle a lawsuit filed by a former police officer. Tommy Leftwich was seeking over a million dollars for what he alleged was a wrongful termination by the Pittsburg city manager and police chief for being a whistle blower. The city's insurance company settled the case out of court for $400-thousand-dollars. Half of those funds will go to the attorney who represented Leftwich.

The city manager says it's important to note that since the insurance company decided to settle this case out of court, there was no fact finding session.


NEO Adding Honors Program


NEO A&M Community College plans to launch an honors program in the spring. The college is looking for program applicants now. NEO says the 20 top applicants will receive scholarships, be given early enrollment, travel opportunities and discounts in the campus book store. Assistant Director of the program, Keely Adams, says the curriculum is rigorous with students working in small groups.

Applications for the Honors program are due September 30th. Current students, transfers and incoming freshman can apply online at the NEO website.


Commissioner Martin Resigns From Board


 

Coffeyville City Commissioner Justin Martin calls it quits. He has sent an email to Mayor Paul Bauer resigning his seat on the Coffeyville City Commission effective immediately. Martin's term runs through January of 2020. Martin was appointed to fill an unexpired term in August of 2014. He was elected to a four year term in 2015.

 

It will be up to commissioners to determine their plans for filling the vacancy. When a vacancy occurs, the commissioners elect a person to fill the unexpired term, usually after an application process.

 


Teen In Custody For Theft & Drug Charges


 

A break-in of a storage building at a rural Riverton home lands a 17-year-old in custody. The Cherokee County Sheriff's Office says deputies were called Friday morning after a number of items were taken from the building, including a chainsaw, bicycle, and wiring. The suspects also tried unsuccessfully to steal a motorcycle. Investigators found a 17-year-old boy in possession of the stolen items and suspected methamphetamine. In addition to the items taken from the home near Riverton, investigators also recovered mail that appeared to be stolen from area residents.

 

Sheriff David Groves says the 17-year-old was transported to the Southeast Kansas Juvenile Detention Facility.


More Jobs Could Be Coming To Montgomery County


 

The jobs picture for Montgomery County could be getting ready to change. Montgomery County Action Council Executive Director Trish Purdon tells county commissioners she expects a big announcement next month on a new employer and five other companies are still looking to locate in the county.

 

Purdon says that if the county was able to land those five companies, which she admits is a long shot, it could mean over a billion dollars in capital investment and 57-hundred new jobs.


Labette Health Looks To Extend Peter Pan Road


 

The Kansas Department of Transportation and City of Independence work together to expand Peter Pan Road. Labette Health's Executive Director Brian Williams thinks it would be a good idea to extend the road passed the Labette Health Independence Clinic. He says his organization would help the city and county with the expense. His request was already made to Independence leaders.

 

County Commissioners feel the extension would be a good investment and is willing to provide $150,000 to the project. Commissioner Ryan York does want the project to follow an open bid process.


Kudos To Kelly


 

Representative Jim Kelly receives the Intergovernmental Leadership Award at the League of Kansas Municipalities Annual Conference this week. This honor goes to an individual who supports cooperation between and among the various levels of government. Recipients of this award have demonstrated in both word and deed an understanding that public servants at all levels serve the same citizens and should work together to provide the best service possible.

 

The Independence Republican represents the 11th District, which includes Coffeyville.


Teen Draws 15-Plus For Caney Killing


 

The 17-year-old Caney teen convicted in the February murder of Brock Sanders learns his fate. Stevan Ranes was setenced to 186 months in prison for the 2nd degree murder conviction in the death of Sanders. Ranes offered no explanation for his actions at his sentencing hearning. Judge Jeffrey Gettler sentenced Ranes to the maximum penalty, noting he told repeated lies to law enforcement in the days following the killing which led many to believe Sanders was missing. The judge noted Ranes will be age 32 by the time he is released from prison.

 

Gettler also ordered Ranes to pay the court about $3,000 in various legal and attorney fees following his release from prison. 

 

 

(photo from Facebook)


Coffeyville Crew Returning From Hurricane Zone


 

 

The Coffeyville Municipal Power and Light crew members who responded to a mutual assist call to Florida are on their way home. The crew of Bruce Koehn, Jarod Ward and Wyatt Cosair spent close to a week working on replacing poles and power lines to help return electricity to the thousands of Florida residents impacted by Hurricane Irma.

 

There is still more work to do in the recovery following the hurricane.


Congressional Gold Medal A Go For Dole


 

It is now official. Former Kansas Senator Bob Dole will receive the Congressional Gold Medal. Senator Pat Roberts introduced the bill in the U.S. Senate.  President Donald Trump has now signed the bill. The measure was introduced in the lower chamber by 2nd District Congresswoman Lynn Jenkins. The date for the award presentation has not been announced, but Senator Pat Roberts says it will be in the near future.

 

Dole was first elected to the U.S House in 1960. He won election to the Senate in 1968, where he served until 1996 when he was the Republican nominee for president.

 

 


Busy City Commission Meeting


 

The Coffeyville City Commission moves through a full agenda at this week's meeting. Commissioners have asked that an ordinance be drafted regarding residency requirements for city employees. Those working for the city would be allowed to live within a 25-mile radius with a 40-minute response time. Department heads would be required to live within the USD 445 School District and the city manager would have to live within the city limits. In other business, Eric Jensen was appointed to the Planning Commission;a lease agreement with the Coffeyville Area Chamber of Commerce for the Perkins Building was approved; there was an agreement to purchase office furniture for the Emergency Services Building from Midwest Office Supply, and Muller Construction will demolish the former Wal Mart building at 8th and Sunflower.

 

The votes were all 4-0. Commissioner Justin Martin was absent from the meeting.

 


Reminder From Coffeyville Code Enforcement


 

The City of Coffeyville Office of Code Enforcement reminds residents that all single and two-family homes in Coffeyville have an automatic bulky item trash pick-up day once a month. The day allows households to dispose of furniture, TV's and other unwanted items.Bulky trash days are on Mondays. If your regular trash is picked up on Monday, bulky trash day is the first Monday. If your regular trash day is Tuesday, you're bulky trash pickup is on the second Monday. If Regular trash is picked up on Wednesday that means the bulky trash will be picked up on the third Monday. If your regular trash is collected on Thursday or Friday, the bulky trash day is the fourth Monday. If you need a special pick up, call 1-800-627-1717.

 

No hazardous waste or tires can be picked up. Please do not set items at the curb more than 24 hours prior to bulky pickup day.


CQ CO Sheriff's Office Takes Part In Training


 

The Chautauqua County Sheriff's Office sends four deputies to a vehicle combatives course. Sheriff Richard Newby says the training is especially important for smaller departments.  The training focused on different scenarios for officers who may be dealing with a violent suspect while in their patrol car. Sheriff Newby says it is good for officers to understand how to shoot through a windshield if necessary and how to best protect themselves and others.

 

He says half of his full and part-time staff were able to take part in the course.

 


Coffeyville School Board Discusses Goals & Outcomes


 

The USD 445 Board of Education meets this week in Coffeyville. Superintendent Dr. Craig Correll says at each of the board meetings they either discuss one of the five outcomes of the Kansans Kan initiative or one of the three specific board goals.  He says they received an update on kindergarten readiness and he is pleased with the direction things are moving.

 

Correll says he feels like the Kansans Kan initiative is going very well.

 

 


Remembering Gilmer Nellis


 

Hundreds gather inside Nellis Hall today to pay their final respects to Gilmer Nellis. The former director of business services for Coffeyville Community College was born on May 17th, 1923. He died on September 8th. His memorial service was officiated by Reverend Nicole Schwartz-Eck of Coffeyville's First United Methodist Church. Eulogies were offered by Robert and Kirk Nellis.

 

Memorials are suggested to the Gilmer K. Nellis Scholarship Fund at Coffeyville Community College.


Manhole Replaced


 

Employees from the Public Works Water Distribution and Wastewater Collection Department are replacing a sewer manhole on Grant between 5th & 6th Street today. The previous manhole had deteriorated and begun to cave in causing the replacement.

 


Road Closure A Problem For Some In County


 

Peter Pan Road from Main Street in Independence to the west is closed temporarily and that's creating some problems for those living on the detour. County resident Brad Hall would like the county to help improve what could be a dangerous situation.  He asks that the sheriff's office provide some speed patrols to remind drivers to slow down. He says many drivers are also running the stop sign.

 

Hall would also like for the county to treat the road surface to help control dust if that's possible.


Caney Voters Approve Sales Tax For Water Improvements


 

Voters in Caney this week give the go-ahead to continuing a one cent sales tax. Overall, 459 ballots were returned to Montgomery County Clerk Charlotte Scott Schmidt in the mail-in election. The vote count was 394 in favor of continuing the tax with 65 voting no. The one cent tax, approved originally to help finance the water treatment plant, was set to expire. The extension will leverage funds to improve the City of Caney's Water system from the treatment plant to the tower and through distribution.

City Administrator Fred Gress tells KGGF News the tax generates approximately $140,000 each year.


Dining With Diabetes Class Offered


 

K-State Research and Extension is offering Dining with Diabetes, a national extension program designed to boost the health and wellness of Kansans with Type 2 diabetes and help educate their family members, caregivers and others who support them. Program Instructor Barbra Ames says many people can benefit from this class.

 

Classes are scheduled to begin September 26, 2017 and continue on October 10, October 24, and November 7, 2017 from 4:30 to 6:30 PM, with the follow-up session on February 20, 2018.


Funeral This Morning For Gilmer Nellis


 

The Coffeyville community pauses today to pay respects to the memory of Gilmer Keith Nellis. The former director of business services at Coffeyville Community College died Friday. He was 94. Nellis grew up in Winfield, Kansas, and graduated from Southwestern College, after serving in the Army during World War II. His career at Coffeyville Junior College, began in 1955 when he was hired to teach Accounting and Economics. He retired in 1989, but then served two terms on CCC's Board of Trustees.

 

Funeral Services are at 10 o'clock this morning in Nellis Hall at Coffeyville Community College.


ICC Football Ranked


 

Independence Community College’s football team attained a place in the top 20 in this week’s NJCAA national polls. ICC, which was previously unranked, claimed the 15th spot in the top 20 polls following last Saturday’s 27-23 win over Garden City, the defending NJCAA national champion.

 

Garden City was ranked third entering last Saturday’s game they dropped to 11th in this week’s polls. Dodge City, another Jayhawk Conference foe, was ranked 19th in this week’s poll. All three teams are 2-1.

 


Emergency Services Building Progress


 

Progress is being made at the Police & Fire Emergency Services Building. Crossland Construction is working on the curb cut at the building on 11th street. West bound traffic will be restricted to one lane for the next two weeks.


Utilities Update from Florida


 

Progress is being made in restoring power in Florida. A report from Kansas Municipal Utilities yesterday morning said the number of outages has decreased from 6.5 million to 5 million. In Orlando where Bruce Koehn (Kane), Jarod Ward and Wyatt Corsair are, the number has decreased from 145,000 to 87,000.


Cherryvale Community Center Now Alcohol Free


 

The Cherryvale City Council accepted the recommendation of City Administrator Brooke Carroll to prohibit the serving of alcohol at the Community Center. Carroll says it was a decision based off of liability.

 

 

Carroll says they already prohibited alcohol at all other city facilities.


Advanced Education Strategic Plan for USD 446


 

USD 446 has set into motion their Advanced Education Strategic Plan for five years. Superintendent Rusty Arnold says that schools have to do this as a part of their accreditation process.

 

Arnold says this process gives the schools an opportunity to talk about all those things that you want to do in your district and the direction you want it to go and then you can start putting things into action.


KSU and OSU Create Weather Guide


 

Fresh, updated weather information is vital to agricultural producers. Recognizing that, Kansas State University and Oklahoma State University teamed up to create a guide for producers to use in navigating the on-line resources of the National Weather Service. This new publication is entitled “National Weather Service Forecasts: Serving Agriculture”. K-State Environmental Quality Specialist Peter Tomlinson tells more about what it covers.


Coffeyville Street Signs Removal


 

A review of street signs in East Coffeyville has been completed, and the Public Service Department will begin removing the following signs next Monday:
• 5th & Ash – 2 yield signs
• 7th & Ash – 2 stop signs
• 9th & Davis – 2 stop signs
• 10th & Davis – 2 stop signs
• 9th & Ellsworth – 2 stop signs
• 10th & Ellsworth – two yield signs; these will be replaced with stop signs.
• 9th & Pine – 1 stop sign
• 10th & Pine – 1 stop sign and do not enter sign; a dead end sign will be installed
• 6th & Linden – 2 stop sign
• Sparks Avenue north of 1st – all stop signs

Stop signs will be placed at the intersection of 10th & Sunflower.

 


USD 445 Honors First Responders


 

First responders from the Coffeyville Police and Fire Departments, CRMC EMS, Dearing and Liberty Fire Departments and the Highway Patrol were treated to a Hometown Heroes Parade at Community Elementary School Monday morning. Students lined the corridors and displayed pictures they had made while the first responders walked the halls.


CCC Defeats Butler Fight Follows


 

The Coffeyville Community College Red Ravens move to 1-2 on the season with a win over Butler County Community College at Veterans Memorial Stadium.  The final score in the tight game was 35 - 32.  After the game ended, the teams were shaking hands and an altercation broke out with the Grizzles on the Ravens' sideline.  

 

Members of of the Eagle Security team were trying to break up the fight when one of the guards was hit by a Butler player.  It appears the guard was knocked out.  He was transported to Coffeyville Regional Medical Center by ambulance.  A number of officers from the Coffeyville Police Department responded to the scene and were looking into the matter.  

 

Meanwhile in Independence, the ICC Pirates defeated Garden City 27 - 23.  The Broncbusters were ranked 3rd in the nation going into the game at Emmot Field.  

 


Coffeyville Woman Dies In Single Vehicle Crash


 

One woman dies and two others are injured in a single vehicle crash in Montgomery County.   The Kansas Highway Patrol reports 64--year-old Linda Sue Bruce was westbound on U.S. 160 one mile east of Independence when she drifted right onto the gravel shoulder, overcorrected steering, drove across the highway, entered south ditch and overturned unknown number of times, collided with the fence and came to rest on the passenger side facing south.  Bruce died at the scene.  

 

Passenger 58-year-old Betty Ann Colgan of Coffeyville was transported to a Tulsa hospital.  A second passenger, 60-year-old Charles Thomas McCabe was taken to Labette Health's Independence Clinic.  

 

 


Coffeyville Loses A Local Legend


 

There is word today that Coffeyville's Gilmer K. Nellis has died.  Nellis, a 1949 graduate of Southwestern College in Winfield, Kansas, began his career at Coffeyville Community College in 1955.  Nellis retired 34 years later as the director of business services in 1989.  CCC's Men's Basketball Coach Jay Herkelman tells KGGF News it is a sad day for Raven Nation.  

 

"We have lost an icon.  Since my hiring at Coffeyville Community College in March of 1995, Gilmer Nellis has been a tremendous supporter of me, my family, and our basketball program," said Herkelman. 

 

Nellis was always ready to back the Ravens.  

 

"Gilmer has been a constant fixture at any type of Raven event. He would always show up with a smile on his face, proudly wearing his Red and White," added Herkelman.  "I take great pride in going to work everyday in Gilmer K. Nellis Hall.  Gilmer will be missed."

 

Following his retirement, he served two terms on the CCC Board of Trustees.  

 

 

 

 


Kansas Crews Ready Response To Hurricane Irma


 

Utility crews from Coffeyville and seven other Kansas communities head to Florida. Coffeyville Municipal Light and Power received a request for mutual aid from the Orlando Municipal Commission. A total of 14 bucket trucks and support trucks left Coffeyville yesterday evening. Electric Utilities Deputy Director Michael Shook says Coffeyville crews have responded following tornadoes and ice storms, but Irma is their first hurricane.

 

Coffeyville will be represented by linemen Wyatt Corsair, Bruce Koehn, and Jarod Ward. Shook says the mutual aid agreements are key to quick response and recovery efforts.


Chief Bromley: Zero Tolerance For School Zone Speeders


 

The school year is in full swing and that brings a reminder from the Coffeyville Police Department. Chief Kwin Bromley says his officers will be writing tickets for those who speed through school zones or block crosswalks. He also reminds drivers not to obstruct residential driveways.  Chief Bromley also encourages parents to make sure their kids know to walk on the sidewalks and follow traffic laws if they ride bikes.

 

He says it is also a good idea to talk with children about “stranger danger.”


IT Contractor Arrested On Peeping Tom Complaint


 

A hidden camera found under a desk at local dentist’s office led to the arrest of a Bartlesville man. Gregory Williams appeared at the Washington County Courthouse on Wednesday facing a peeping tom charge.  According to an affidavit, a female employee had located a web camera that was hidden under her desk. The camera and computer were then seized by police who later learned that Williams had been contracted to work on the IT system in the office. The images taken from the camera show the female employee sitting down at her desk. The owner of the practice as well as all of the employees had no knowledge that any cameras were installed.

Williams is scheduled to appear in court next on September 8. His bond was set at $50,000. 


CMLP To Help With Hurricane Response


 

Utility crews from Coffeyville and seven other communities head to Florida. Coffeyville Municipal Light and Power received a request for mutual aid from the Orlando Municipal Commission. In all, 14 bucket trucks and some support trucks will head out from Kansas. Coffeyville is sending two bucket trucks and three linemen: Wyatt Corsair, Bruce Koehn and Jarod Ward.

 

The Coffeyville utility provided support after Ice Storm Anthony and the Greensburg tornado. This is the first time they've been asked to respond after a hurricane.


Leiker Discusses Raven Coaching Change


 

It's been ten years since Coffeyville Community College Athletic Director Jeff Leiker has been on the sideline as a head coach. With Coach Aaron Flores awaiting a double-lung transplant Coach Leiker is stepping back out onto the field. He says the game has change in the time he's been away.  AD Leiker says he and Coach Flores will be flip-flopping roles until Flores's health will allow him to return to coaching.

 

Leiker says everyone wants to keep Coach Flores as healthy as possible while he awaits the call for the transplant.  When that call comes in, Flores will have just four hours to get to Denver where he will go directly into pre-op.

 

 

 

***Flores pictured

 

 


Take Me Home Program Launched


 

The Independence Police Department has started a program to help officers get people with cognitive disorders back home. Chief Jerry Harrison says this is designed specifically to help people who have a hard time communicating where they live.  Chief Harrison says the information will include what the disability is, where they are treated and three to five emergency contact numbers. He says the information is completely private and only the police department has access to it.

 

Forms are available at Independence Police Headquarters.


Bartlesville Man Faces Charges For Meth And Hit & Run


 

A Bartlesville man stood before a judge at the Washington County Courthouse on Wednesday. Thomas Prater is facing a multitude of charges including evading, leaving the scene of an accident where an injury occurred, and possession of methamphetamine as well as other charges.  According to an affidavit, Prater crashed his vehicle in the front yard of a residence just off highway 75 in Dewey. Prater then left the scene on foot leaving a female unconscious in the passenger’s seat. Prater was later found in the attic of a nearby home.

Upon searching Prater’s vehicle, the officer found a substance that later was determined to be methamphetamine weighing 3.6 grams. The officer also found a homemade device that carried the odor of burnt marijuana.

Prater is schedule to appear in court on Sept. 29 with his bond set at $50,000. 


Hurricane Harvey: Reaching Out To Montgomery County Texas


 

From one Montgomery County to another. The Caney Volunteer Fire Department in conjunction with USD 436 Caney Valley Public Schools is offering help following Hurricane Harvey to the New Caney Independent School District in Montgomery County Texas. Students are collecting baby formula, gasoline cards, cleaning supplies, granola bars, school supplies and clothing for those impacted by Harvey. Donated items can be dropped off at USD 436 in Caney, USD 445 in Coffeyville, USD 446 in Independence and USD 447 Cherryvale-Thayer Public Schools.

 

Donations are being accepted by the school districts at home football games from this Friday through the end of the month.


Update: Final Inspection Set For New Fire Engine


 

The Coffeyville Fire Department moves closer to bringing its new fire truck home. Fire personnel will visit Snyder, Nebraska, next week to perform the final inspection of Engine 3. The truck is a to 2017 Spartan Metrostar made by Smeal Fire Trucks. The new engine will replace one that is nearly 30-years-old.

 

Engine 3 should be hitting the streets of Coffeyville by the end of the month. 


Surface Seal Work Continues Today


 

More surface seal work happens around Coffeyville today. Crews will be working in the following areas:

 

• Inglewood – from 1st to 6th Street.

• 2nd, 6th and 7th Streets – from Cheyenne east to end of each street

• Midland – from Centennial to Tyler and from Overlook to Warwick

• Windsor – from Norwood to Parkway

• Ohio – from 4th Street south to end of street

 

Drivers should expect some lane closures as a result of the work.


Shooting At Oklahoma Wal-Mart


 

The investigation continues into a shooting that left one man injured at a Wal-Mart in Broken Arrow. Garrett Estes lives near the store at Lynn Lane and Albany. He says he shops there every day.  Broken Arrow Police say the victim suffered critical injuries when he was shot in the back.

 

The shooting happened as many shoppers were going into the store after work. Police evacuated the Wal-Mart as precaution.

 

 

 

**The News On 6 contributed to this story


Temporary Coaching Change For Red Ravens


 

Coffeyville Community College announces a coaching change for the Red Raven Football team. CCC President Linda Moley says Athletic Director Jeff Leiker will be moved temporarily into the role of Head Football Coach. Coach Aaron Flores will continue to support the football program and will assist the Athletic Directors Office for all CCC athletic programs.  Flores is awaiting a double-lung transplant.

 

Prior to becoming Athletic Director, Leiker coached Red Raven football for seven years. Leiker was inducted into the NJCAA Football of Fame in 2010. 

 

 


UPDATE: Roosevelt Trail Now Reopened


 

Roosevelt Trail has reopened to the public. The surface seal on Stark has been completed which allowed Roosevelt Trail to reopen for walkers.


Roosevelt Trail Closed Today


 

Street sealing and surfacing work continues today. Crews are working in the area of Stark Avenue and Coronado. As a result, Roosevelt Trail is closed to the public all day. Due to the work being done along Stark, the City of Coffeyville Public Works vehicles will be using the trail to access the city barn.

 

The trail should reopen tomorrow.


SEK Blue Star Moms Hold Brisket Dinner For Bargain Hunters


 

The Kan-Okla 100 Mile Sale kicks off on Friday. The sale runs along U.S. Highways 75, 169 and 166 in southeast Kansas and along U.S. 75, Highway 169 and Highway 60 in northeast Oklahoma. The Southeast Kansas Blue Star Mothers encourage you to stop by the Caney Recreation Center on Friday and Saturday for their annual smoked brisket dinner and bargain hunting.  President Becky Wheatley says all proceeds from the sale and dinners will go to help send care packages to deployed military members from southeast Kansas.

 

Brisket Dinners and Hot Dog meals will be available starting at 10:30 a.m. on Friday and Saturday.

 

 


Mail In Ballots Out In Caney


 

Residents in the City of Caney now have their ballots in hand. City Administrator Fred Gress says for the first time, Caney is using a mail-in ballot to let voters decide if they will extend a sales tax for water system improvements.  The sales tax, originally approved for the water treatment plant, was set to sunset, so if voters extend the measure, they will not be adding a new tax. Gress says ballots have to arrive back at the Montgomery County Clerks Office by noon on September 12th. Any questions about the ballot may be directed to Clerk Charlotte Scott Schmidt.

 

Gress says the tax generates about $140,000 each year.


Regulation Guide Available From K-State


 

 

There is a new resource for Kansas agriculture producers. The “Environmental Regulation Guide for Rural Kansans” is now available and contains the names and contact information for agencies relating to agriculture and natural resource regulations.  KSU Environmental Quality Specialist Peter Tomlinson says the guide provides information for state and federal regulations. Tomlinson says the guide is divided into five areas: agricultural chemicals, livestock, fish and wildlife, waste management, air, land and water regulations, oil and gas development and water wells.

 

The guide is available online.


Senator Moran Visits Afghanistan


 

Senator Jerry Moran returns home after spending Labor Day weekend overseas. The Kansas Republican visited with the men and women serving in Afghanistan. The trip was Moran's fourth visit to Afghanistan as a member of Congress. Senator Moran says the goal of the trip was to spend some time with those who carry out difficult missions to protect our freedoms.

Senator Moran says there are 21 terrorist organizations concentrated in Afghanistan, and Al Qaeda and ISIS still want to kill Americans. He says he was honored to spend some time with America's selfless warriors.


 


Street Sealing Continues In Coffeyville


 

Contract crews continue the street sealing effort around Coffeyville this week. Today, crews are working along the following streets:

 

• Inglewood – from 1st to 6th Street
• 2nd, 6th and 7th Streets – from Cheyenne east to end of street
• Midland - from Centennial to Tyler and Overlook to Warwick
• Windsor – from Norwood to Parkway
• Ohio – from 4th Street south to end of street

 

In 2013, the City Commission approved a five-year street improvement plan utilizing two one-half cent sales taxes dedicated to transportation projects. Seventy percent of the funding collected from that sales tax is used for street preservation.


Door-to-Door Scam Reminder For Cherryvale Residents


 

The Cherryvale Police Department advises residents of a scam at work in the community. An individual was going door-to-door under the guise of selling Direct-TV. Police Chief Perry Lambert says that seller did not have a license to be selling door-to-door. City and county permits are required for such businesses. Chief Lambert says if a resident has a question about someone knocking on their door, they can contact the Cherryvale Police at 620-336-2400.

 

Anyone with questions about permits may call Cherryvale City Hall at 620-336-2776.


Remembering PSU's Jim AuBuchon


 

Pittsburg State University is mourning the death of Brig. Gen. James "Jim" AuBuchon, a retired longtime PSU administrator, who died Friday, Sept. 1, 2017, at the University of Kansas Medical Center. He was 77.  For nearly 40 years, AuBuchon played a significant role in both the expansion of the campus and in university programming. He also played a key role in the growth of Pittsburg as a community leader, and in military service. 

 

As a keynote speaker at the Apple Day 2006 convocation, AuBuchon told students and other guests that he owed everything he accomplished "to the time he spent at PSU."

 

A service honoring his life tentatively is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 16, at the PSU Veterans Memorial. 

 

He graduated from PSU in 1963 with a bachelor's degree and a commission as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army. After a tour of duty that included a year in Vietnam, he returned to PSU to join the staff as the assistant director of the Overman Student Center. He completed a master's degree at PSU in 1969 and a Ph.D. from Kansas State in 1978.

 

In 2006, AuBuchon and his wife, Cathy, moved to Overland Park to be closer to family. Survivors include Cathy, their daughter, Laurel Shelton and her children, their son, Aaron, and his wife Sandy, and their children. 

 

 


Scam Alert From CPD


 

The Coffeyville Police Department issues a scam alert. The department says there are a number of scams working in the community right now. One is a standard scam seen recently. A resident received a call from a man claiming to be her grandson in need of bail money. The money was to be sent via Western Union to a location out of state. Then, she began getting urgent calls from someone claiming to be a bondsman that said he would lose his job if she didn't send the funds immediately. Now, the second scam. The court clerk also says someone is calling residents telling them a warrant has been issued for their arrest and if they do not immediately make a phone payment with a credit or debit card they will be taken to jail immediately. The court clerk says they will not call you to ask for money. The police will offer you a free ride if there is, in fact, a warrant out for your arrest.

The third scam involves calls that appear to be coming from "Coffeyville PD" asking for donations. The Police Department does not and will not call seeking donations of any kind.


 


Ravens Stumble Pirates Win


 

From the gridiron in community college football action on Saturday.  The Coffeyville Community College Red Ravens fall to Ellsworth-Iowa. The final score was 30-to-16 at Veterans Memorial Stadium. The Ravens are off to an 0 - 2 start. CCC hosts Butler County on Saturday. Meanwhile, the Pirates at ICC topple Fort Scott Community College 30-to-16. Independence Community College now 1 - 1 on the season.

 

Garden City visits Indy on Saturday.


Take the Station With You


 

You can now take the Mighty 690 with you anywhere you go! If you go to kggfradio.com and look under the listen live tab you'll find links to listen to KGGF AM or any of our other sister stations 98.1 KUSN, 98.9 KQQF or 104.1 KGGF FM. You can also download the Tunein app and search any of those call letters and listen to us there. Catch all Ravens and Nado games or listen to your favorite music anytime and anywhere you want.


Peter Pan Road to Close


 

Peter Pan Road will be closed to all traffic beginning September 5th and will remain closed until the end of December from US 75/US160 to the City Limits North. This closure is to allow the reconstruction of the road which will include installation of new storm sewer, curb and gutter and three lanes of concrete pavement. Limited access will be available from Oak south to the New Labette County Medical Center. Emergency access to the medical center will be available through the Hugo’s parking lot.


Operation Private Eyes


 

Independence Police hopes the community will provide leads and help close cases by providing officers with privately owned surveillance footage. Police Chief Jerry Harrison says this could help them solve crimes faster.

 

Chief Harrison says the police department will never be as successful as they can be without the communities support.


Bartlesville's Wal-Mart Benefits Adminsitration Center to Close


The Wal-Mart Benefits Administration Center in Bartlesville will be closing it’s doors.  The company will be moving about 130 salaried jobs from Bartlesville to Rogers, Arkansas as of the end of October.  Director of Communications Anne Hathaway says Wal-Mart will close the benefit administration center.  Bartlesville employees will be offered other jobs within the Wal-Mart system.  The company says it plans to host a career fair soon.


Volunteers and Donations Needed for Hurricane Harvey


The Southcentral and Southeastern Kansas Chapters of the American Red Cross is send help to the victims of Hurricane Harvey. So far 60 volunteers have been deployed but Coffeyville's American Red Cross's Mary Jo Chastain says they still need more.

 

Chastain says if you can't volunteer you can always donate money to support. Ways to donate include texting Harvey to 90999, going to redcross.org and clicking the donate now button or drop off your donation at the Red Cross Office at 128 W 8th St here in Coffeyville.

 


Crop Insurance Cap


 

Soon, lawmakers on Capitol Hill will accelerate their discussions of the 2018 Farm Bill. Several proposals pertaining to the crop insurance program have already been floated. Among them, a farmer participation cap on the program, based on a producer’s adjusted gross income. K-State Agricultural Economist Mykel Taylor recently analyzed the ramifications of these eligibility limits on crop insurance.

 


Montgomery County Booming for New Business


 

New Businesses coming to Montgomery County. Action Council's Executive Director Trisha Purdon says that there are two new businesses coming to the county and one business is expanding.

 

Purdon says the county is booming for new small businesses.


CCC Football Season Tickets Ready for Pickup


 

For those who have not picked up your football season tickets they are ready and at the Coffeyville Community College Foundation Office. The first home game is this Saturday at 1:00pm. If you are interested in purchasing a season ticket or reserve tickets the ticket prices are as follows reserve seating $8 for adults and children, general admission for adults is $4, general admission is $2 for students kindergarten through college and reserve season tickets are $60 per person. If you can't make it or the Red Ravens are on the road you can listen to all football games on our sister station 98.1 KUSN or on the website at kggfradio.com under the listen live tab.

 


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