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KGGF Auction!

The KGGF KUSN KQQF Annual Auction is this morning, viewing times start at 9am, auction starts at 10am,
at Independence Community College - West Campus in Independence, KS. 

The bidding will stop at 80% of the retail price.
However, many items won't even get to the full 80%....
you may pay 40-50-or 60% of retail.  It's an set the get the bargains! 
There will be free prizes too.


Find a listing of auction items HERE 

Mistaken Identity Leaves Kansas Man Buried By Wrong Family


Truth can be stranger than fiction. A Parsons family is reeling after learning their son and brother died in California. Diane Keaton says her mother was contacted by the Orange County Coroner's Officer and notified of 54-year-old John Dickens' death. She says her mother was also told her brother had been buried.  It was then that the family learned Dickens was buried by the family of Frank Kerrigan, Junior, another homeless man. Who held a funeral for Dickens believing he was their son, until they received a phone call from him after the funeral. For now, the Parsons family is waiting for Dickens' remains to be returned.


Both families are suing the Orange County Coroner's Office.



***KOAM contributed to this story


Guilty Plea In Caney Murder


A 17-year-old from Caney enters a guilty plead after reaching an agreement with prosecutors.  Stevan Ranes was charged with first-degree murder in the February death of Brock Sanders (pictured).  The Caney man was missing for a time before his remains were found under a sofa.  Ranes has pleaded guilty to second degree intentional murder.  KGGF News has contacted the family of Brock Sanders.  They say they cannot comment until after Ranes is sentenced.


Sentencing is set for September 14th.





Heat Warning In Effect Through Saturday


That heat advisory gets elevated to a heat warning. It is now in effect until 8 o'clock Saturday night. KGGF and News On 6 Meteorogist Stacia Knight says we are in for several rough days.  Knight says if you're working outside or in a hot factory, right now you should take a break to cool off every 20-minutes. If you can rest in an air-conditioned area that is best.


She says out-door pets also need some extra attention. She says make sure they have shade and plenty of fresh water.  

Budget Hearing Set For County


It seems like taxes increase every year for Montgomery County property owners. District 1 Montgomery County Commissioner Ryan York says this year we should be staying around 50.4 mills.  The budget hearing for the proposed budget for 2018 will be held on August 14th.


It will begin at 9:30 in the Commission Meeting Room in Independence.

FCC Chair Ajit Pai Reappointment


Senator Pat Roberts he takes a lot of pride in the reappointment of Ajit Pai to the Federal Communications Commission. Roberts says when he first nominated the Parsons native, he spoke of his background in the private sector and government.  During his time on the FCC, Pai has traveled the country highlighting challenges and opportunities for rural consumers who lack sufficient access to broadband.


Roberts says Chairman Pai is a fearless advocate who understands rural Americans’ communications challenges.


Court Activity Today For 3 Accused In Bomb Plot


Three Kansas men, accused in a bomb plot, face a court hearing today. The status conference is for Curtis Allen, Patrick Stein and Gavin Wright. The three men from southwest Kansas allegedly planned to detonate bombs at some Garden City apartments. The complexes are home to a number of Somali refugees.


The conference will be before U.S. District Judge Eric Melgren.

Traffic Safety Weekend July 21-23

This weekend law enforcement from Cherokee County along with law enforcement from other states will be increasing patrol to ensure traffic safety. Sheriff David Groves says he wants all of the residents to be able to travel safely and this weekend will be an effort to do that.


Officers will be cracking down on speeding, drunk driving, driving without a seat belt, and erratic driving. Sheriff Groves says it isn't about writing tickets but making the roadways safer.


Other states participating in this safety weekend initiative are Iowa, Nebraska, Arkansas, Missouri, and Oklahoma.


Heat Advisory In Effect Through Friday


The National Weather Service issues a heat advisory. It will remain in effect until 8 o'clock Friday evening. Actual temperatures will be near 100-degrees, putting heat indices up to 104-degrees in the afternoon and early evening hours. You're advised to limit outdoor activities to early morning or evening hours. Physician Assistant Heath Welten says be on the lookout for the signs of heat exhaustion.  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 the vehicles.  Temperatures inside can turn deadly very quickly.  

Monster Trucks Heading To Fair & Radio


Monster trucks are on their way to the Inter-State Fair next month. On Sunday, August 13, the top drivers in the Monster Truck Show, sanctioned by the Monster Truck Racing League, will be dropping the hammer at the Walter Johnson Park. The big trucks with big wheels will entertain fans with freestyle, racing, and quad wars during the grandstand show. A meet and greet session will be held prior to the show, with an autograph session after the show. Both are free and open to the public. Gates open at 6:30 pm. The show begins at 7:30 pm.


The Monster Truck Show replaces the tractor pull. A scheduling conflict is preventing this year's tractor pull.


County Votes To Change Bid Deadline


The Montgomery County Commission votes to change its process for handling bids on projects. The request came from County Clerk Charlotte Scott Schmidt.  The issue came up after the 4th of July when some bids missed the deadline, but were given consideration due to the holiday. Previously, bids were due at 10 a.m. Scott says that was a problem because not all bids are sent to the county's post office box and if they are delivered by a mail carrier, it is never clear what time the letters will arrive.


Commissioners voted 3-0 to add the resolution to the bid process.

Fab Lab Hosts Patent Seminar


If you have a million dollar idea but don't know what that next step is, Jim Correll at ICC's Fab Lab says they're hosting a workshop. Assistant Director of the Rocky Mountain U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Mark Radtke will be at the Fab Lab tomorrow afternoon beginning at 1 o'clock. Correll says he will discuss patents and trademarks. Correll says its important to patent your intellectual property.  The seminar is free but RSVP's are appreciated.


If you have any questions you can call 620-332-5618.

Miami PD To Add K-9

There will soon be a new member on the police force in Miami, Oklahoma. The police department has received an anonymous gift of $20,000 which will used to add a canine officer. Police Chief Thomas Anderson says the dog will be multi-purpose, but narcotics is one of the biggest issues they deal with.

Anderson says it has been 10-years since they've had a K-9 officer on staff.




***KOAM contributed to this story

Two Arrested In Chanute


A 26-year-old Chanute man goes to jail after a traffic stop. Wesley Wade Wilson was pulled over by Chanute Police near Main and Lincoln. He was arrested on complaints of driving while suspended, defective tail lamp, no liability insurance, possession of drug paraphernalia, and distribution of methamphetamine and marijuana.   The day before Wilson's arrest at the same location, Chanute Police arrested 44-year-old Connie Odom.


She was taken in on complaints for possession of methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia.


New Cabin Planned At Little House On The Prairie Museum


There are hopes for a new cabin at the Kansas childhood homesite of Laura Ingalls Wilder. The Little House on the Prairie Museum is working to raise funds to rebuild the cabin that opened on the site in 1977. After 40-years, time and weather have taken a toll on the replica of the original cabin built by Charles Ingalls. The family made their home near Independence for nearly two years. Carrie Ingalls was born at the site.


The museum is owned by broadcast journalist Bill Kurtis and his sister, Jean Schodorf.  The two would also like to add a barn to the museum.

Moran Will Not Support BCRA


“We should not put our stamp of approval on bad policy.” That from Senator Jerry Moran of Kansas regarding the Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017. After much deliberation, the Manhattan Republican says he cannot support the measure. Coffeyville Regional Medical Center CEO Mark Woodring appreciates Moran's leadership.    Moran says he is still committed to repealing the Affordable Care Act, but the BRCA resulted from a closed-door process that fails to do that.


He says we need to start fresh with an open process to provide greater personal choice and protection for pre-existing conditions.


Governor On Water Tour


Kansas Governor Sam Brownback holds water tour today. He will be highlighting new data about the life of the Ogallala Aquifer. The governor will also discuss progress being made through water conservation and management activities. The governor also wants to hear from those who have seen the impact of water conservation at the farm level and how it has affected the regional economy.


Brownback will visit the Hoxie Feedyard and American Implement in Garden City.

Labette County Commission Hears Budget Requests


The Labette County Commissioners meet and the main topic of discussion is budgets. Two of the items on the agenda were presentations for 2018 budgets for Class LTD and Labette Center for Mental Health Services. Executive Director Matt Atteberry presented the budget for LCMHS.


Atteberry says they are effective and are very good stewards of the money they receive. He says he is proud of how efficient his staff has been.

Montgomery County Board Of Commissioners Meets


Representatives from the Kansas Department of Transportation attend this week's Montgomery County Commission meeting. KDOT's Wayne Gudmonson updated commissioners on various projects around the county, including work on a rail crossing near Big Hill.  He said some projects around Independence will soon be going out for bids. 


Gudmonson added that this year the Kansas Legislature appropriated $400-million for the department.

COP Plans Layoffs

ConocoPhillips is apparently poised for a round of layoffs.  No numbers are being discussed officially but a company spokesman based in Bartlesville says some jobs in Bartlesville are being impacted by the asset sales which were announced earlier this year.   The company announced its quarterly dividend on Wednesday and as the end of March it listed a total of approximately 13,100 employees company wide. 
ConocoPhillips has a long history in Bartlesville and according to a spokeman, it remains committed to the local community.

PSU Unit Puts Focus On Innovation

You might call it “gorilla” innovation. Pittsburg State University looks to better coordinate and implement economic development and innovation strategies The university has created a new unit called University Strategic Initiatives. The unit houses Enterprise PSU, which was the Center for Innovation and Business Develoment, the Kansas Polymer Research Center and government advocacy activities.

The new unit will help the university better leverage its strengths in the areas of economic development and innovation strategies, says Chief Strategy Officer Shawn Naccarato.

“Over the past couple of years, Pittsburg State has enjoyed tremendous success in using innovative strategies to support both the university and the surrounding region through economic development efforts,” Naccarato said. “By creating the University Strategic Initiatives unit, Pittsburg State has placed itself in a strong position to continue to build upon that success and have an even greater impact in our area.”

CRMC Joins Cancer Alliance


For families facing cancer, the benefits will be many. That from Coffeyville Regional Medical Center CEO Dr. Mark Woodring CRMC is the newest member of the Midwest Cancer Alliance. Woodring says the designation brings programs for cancer prevention, early detection and care programs closer to home.  Woodring says CRMC will be a clinical research partner, which will give patients access to clinical trials without having to travel long distances for those options.


CRMC is one of 21 MCA members across Kansas and Missouri.

Independence & Coffeyville Police Seek Man In Thefts


The Independence Police Department and Coffeyville PD are looking for a suspect who is also wanted for questioning in thefts from the Wal-Mart stores in Coffeyville and Independence. The man has apparently been using credit cards illegally to make purchases, some over $1,000. It is believed the suspect may be driving a blue Jeep Liberty. 


Anyone who recognizes the man can contact the Coffeyville Police at 620-252-6160 or Independence Police at 620-332-1700.



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Suspect & Driver Sought In Wal-Mart Theft


The Coffeyville Police Department needs help in solving a theft case from Wal-Mart. The large theft took place around 7:30 last night. Investigators says one suspect went into the store and then left in a light-colored car, possibly a Buick, driven by another white male with glasses.


Anyone with information about the case is asked to contact Coffeyville PD at 620-252-6160.  


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Storm Damages Trusses At ESB Construction Site


Progress is slowed down today at the police and fire Emergency Services Building. The storm took down the trusses on the equipment bay area this morning. Coffeyville City Manager Kendal Francis tells KGGF News that the damage happened before 5:30.  He says it is not exactly clear what caused the problem, but Crossland Construction has already ordered new trusses and is clearing the debris.  Francis says the city and Crossland both have insurance and one of the policies should cover the damage without any additional tax money being spent.  


He says the damage could slow the project, but he notes, Crossland was ahead of schedule so there shouldn't be a big impact on meeting the timeline.



**photo by Kendal Francis

Some Coffeyville Residents Alarmed By Utility Bills


Utility customers of the City of Coffeyville could see utility bills that are much higher than expected. City Manager Kendal Francis says there was a problem with the meter readings the city received.  Francis says that employee was terminated. And, now that actual readings have been taken, the city has found numerous cases where customers were under-billed for usage.


He says the city will work with customers to pay the previous balances. And, he is sincerely sorry for what happened.   

Heat Advisory In Effect Today


Montgomery County faces a heat advisory today. The advisory will be in effect until 8 p.m. Temperatures in the mid to upper 90s will combine with high humidity likely giving us heat indices in the range of 105-to-108 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.

School Redesign Application Approved


USD 445 plans to apply to be part of a School Redesign Project through the Kansas Department of Education. Many of the requirements for the program have already been implemented through Kansans Can. Field Kindley High School Principal Travis Stalford says the changes could help students start a career path at vo-tech or college.  The schools are looking for additional mentoring, social and emotional growth and life skills that are key to maintaining employment. The board of education has agreed to move forward with the redesign application.


If approved, Coffeyville would be one of seven districts statewide taking part in the project.

Caney Valley Board of Ed Approves Increases


Teachers in the Caney Valley School District will be making more money. The USD 436 Board of Education approves an agreement reached with the teachers' association that would increase the annual base salary to just over 38-thousand-dollars. Also, the district will pay 592-dollars per month for teachers on the district's health insurance. Expenses above that amount will have to come from the employee.


Lunch fees approved will be $2.20 at the grade school, $2.40 at the Junior and Senior High and $3.65 for adults.   

Independence Police Get Creative to Catch a Suspect

If you reside on or near a route from the 600 block of Riley over to Sycamore and 10th in Independence you might want to check your cars for missing items. Independence Police Officers arrested Jeffrey Seeley while he was attempting to break-in to a car. Chief Jerry Harrison says this isn't the first time they've dealt with a problem like this.


Chief Harrison says the police officers got creative to catch Seely. Officer Lupardus and Sergeant Taylor responded to the call. Chief Jerry Harrison says he appreciates the extra effort and creativeness the officers showed in catching the suspect. 

Coffeyville City Commissioners Receive Audit Report


The Coffeyville City Commission receives its Fiscal Year 2017 audit during last night's meeting. The audit was handled by the firm of Jarred, Gillmore and Phillips. Phil Jarred says there were no major issues found.  In other business, the commission voted to execute an agreement with Retail Strategies to help bring new businesses to town. They also green-lighted the first reading of an ordinance to change municipal court costs. The commission delayed action on changes to the city's procurement policies.  Members also took action to remove Bo Rupert from the Montgomery County Juvenile Community Corrections Board.


The meeting was followed by budget work session.

Hundreds Of Gatorades Donated In Caney


The Caney community steps up to help the kids give back. One of the projects during the Caney City Library's Summer Reading Program was a Gatorade drive to benefit the Caney Fire Department. When the drive wrapped up, Library Director Chris Bannon says over 320-bottles of Gatorade and 4-large containers of powder were donated.


The firefighters and Caney Police will use the beverages to stay hydrated when they are on the scene of an emergency.

Ochelata Man Killed In Crash West Of Edna


One person dies in a two vehicle crash on U.S. Highway 166 yesterday afternoon. The Kansas Highway Patrol says 82-year-old Burl Speer was westbound just west of Edna when the collision occurred. The trooper investigating the wreck says Speer was attempting to make a U-turn when he was struck by 50-year-old Bobbi Maine of Caney. She was eastbound on the roadway. Speer, of Ochelata, died of his injuries.  Maine and her two passengers were transported to Coffeyville Regional Medical Center for treatment of their injuries.


The wreck forced the closure of U.S. Highway 166 in the area for several hours yesterday afternoon.




CPD K-9 Officer Ziva Back Home


Coffeyville Police K-9 Officer Ziva returns home after passing away in late June from an illness. Ziva was given a police escort across Oklahoma and then up US 169 to the Kansas state line. A number of county sheriff's offices took part in the escort. Ziva arrived in Coffeyville at around 3:10 pm.


Coffeyville Police Chief Kwin Bromley says Ziva will lie in repose at the Coffeyville Police Department until her service within the next couple of weeks.  

Indy Search Warrant Lands Two In Jail


Two agencies team up to issue arrests. The Independence Police and the Montgomery County Sheriff's Emergency Response team arrested Tracy Lidell and Charessa Franklin this morning for their involvement in drug activity occurring at 900 block and West Locust. Methamphetimine and marijuana were found at the residence as well as scales and other items used in the distribution of drugs.


Officers found a small child, who was given to a parent who did not live in the residence.


K-9 Officer Ziva Returns Home


Coffeyville Police K-9 Officer Ziva returns home today. The police dog died in late June after becoming ill. Police Chief Kwin Bromley tells KGGF News that she will be given a police escort across Oklahoma and then up U.S. 169 to the Kansas stateline. A number of county sheriff's offices are taking part in the escort. There are plans for a short ceremony to be held along the route in Owasso. The procession is expected to arrive in Coffeyville between 2:30 and 3 this afternoon.


Chief Bromley says Ziva will lie in repose at the Coffeyville Police Department until her service within the next couple of weeks.

Explosion At Bixby Air Force Recruiting Center

Federal authorities have confirmed an explosive device was set off outside an Air Force recruiting center.  Bixby police say the blast was reported around 10:30 Monday night.  FBI Agent Jessi Rice says the recruiting office was closed at the time of the explosion and no one was injured. The extent of the damage is not yet known.
Investigators with the FBI and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives are at the scene. Rice says the Tulsa police bomb squad was the first to respond.  No arrests have been made. ATF Special Agent Meredith Davis says the blast is being investigated as a possible act of domestic terrorism.
**photo courtesy News On 6

Emergency Management Director Provides Update To Commissioners


The Montgomery County Board of Commissioners gets an update from the new Director of Emergency Management. Rick Whitson's been on the job about three months and says during that time he's been going through files and vehicles. He suggests the county sell an ambulance that has been used as a mobile command center.  He says the vehicle has not been well-maintained.  Whitson says there are other Mobile Command Centers the county could borrow if needed.


Commissioners also heard from Scott Thompson with Class LTD regarding a budget request. Class has asked the county for $5,000 to help support the services it offers to the developmentally disabled.


Columbus Woman Celebrates 103rd Birthday


A Columbus woman celebrates her 103rd birthday over the weekend. Alice Williams was joined by 50 family members and friends as she marked the occasion. Her granddaughters credit her long life with never drinking or smoking-- and eating whatever she wants. In her honor, 103 purple balloons were released.


Happy Birthday, Alice. Here's to many more.




**KOAM contributed to this story

Bartlesville K-Mart To Close


After escaping several closings, K-Mart in Bartlesville is officially listed to close. The Sears Holdings store is one of 43 that was announced Friday afternoon to close. The Bartlesville location had held on as more than 300 other Sears and K-Mart stores had closed across the nation.

The other Oklahoma based store to close in this round is the store in Shawnee. Two Tulsa locations are also to close. One was announced in January, the other in June.

As of now, these 43 stores are scheduled to close in October.

Coffeyville's 2nd Summer Celebration


The Coffeyville Summer Celebration fills Walter Johnson Park over the weekend. Those attending saw a lot of cool rides in the car show. Best of Show honors went to Nick and Connie Bowker of Arkansas City. The couple worked together for five years to restore their 1938 Chevrolet. Kids enjoyed water inflatables. And, the dunk tank appeared to be very popular. A free concert was held just before the fireworks.


Organizers say 15,000 shells sent colorful displays into the night sky.  




*photo City of Coffeyvlle

Two Move Up At Caney Fire & Rescue


Caney Fire and Rescue announces the promotion of two veterans of the department. Chief Jones says 20-year veteran Nick Wood has been named Assistant Chief. Nick Windsor moves up to Captain. 

The two join the leadership of the department which includes: Chief Jones, Captain Davidson, Captain Van Dyne, and Captain Sanders.

Missing Muskogee Man Found In Independence


A missing Muskogee man turns up safely in Independence over the weekend. Police in South Coffeyville located 53-year-old Timothy Duane Shafer. He disappeared after leaving the Cherokee Casino on Thursday.


Investigators say he was driving a 2016 Hyundai Accent when he went missing.


Moran: Nuclear Plant Cyberattacks Concerning


Senator Jerry Moran says reports of cyberattacks targeting nuclear power plants across the country, including Wolf Creek Nuclear Operating Corporation, are concerning.  The power plant is located in Burlington, Kansas, just 90 minutes north of Coffeyville.  


The Kansas Republican says energy companies must be safeguarded. 


"Our nation’s energy companies fuel the American economy and must be protected from bad actors trying to disrupt our energy sector networks. I am working with the appropriate authorities to learn more about the cyberattacks at Wolf Creek and ways in which our federal government can work more closely with the private sector to protect our critical infrastructure systems from cyberattacks," said Moran.


Moran says these threats pose a serious threat to national security. 

KHP Troopers Make Hard Landing In Helicopter


Two Kansas Highway Patrol Troopers are released from the hospital following an early morning hard-landing in Topeka. KHP Lt. Adam Winters tells KGGF News the chopper was on a return flight from Douglas County around 12:30 this morning. As they were landing, the tail rotor struck a hangar and dropped the helicopter 20 feet.


Captain Gregory Kyser was transported by EMS to a Topeka hospital. His passenger, Trooper Ryan Nolte, was taken by private vehicle. Both were treated and released.

Five Arrested During Break-In At Home


Burglars show no shame. Coffeyville Police Chief Kwin Bromley tells KGGF News the bad guys are always looking for opportunities, some they find in the death notices.  Officers responded to a call of a burglary in progress and located five people inside a home where the owner was deceased.  The five were taken into custody.  Investigators call that type of break-in a swarm.  The suspects rush as a group to clear out as many items as they can in the shortest amount of time possible.  Chief Bromley says residents need to keep their homes and cars locked to avoid giving criminals a chance.


He says if you see any suspect activity in your neighborhood you should call the police so they can check it out.

Sobriety Checkpoint This Weekend In Montgomery County


A sobriety checkpoint gets underway today in Montgomery County. The Kansas Highway Patrol and Montgomery County Sheriff's Office will be set up on U.S. 160, west of Independence. Their goal is to reduce the number of accident rates by identifying impaired drivers.


It is estimated that 16,000 people die each year in alcohol-related collisions.   

Two Pedestrians Die After Being Hit By Car

Two pedestrians die after being hit by a car yesterday in Galena. Police say 24-year-old Shelby Colon, of Galena, was driving south on Main Street, near 18th, when she struck 66-year-old Charles Burkybile, Jr, and 86-year-old Glen Roosa. Investigators say the incident happened just after 7 a.m. Burkybile died at the scene. Roosa died after being transported to a Joplin hospital.

The Cherokee County Sheriff's Office is assisting with the investigation.

Job Fair Planned For SP Foundry


Expansion of a Texas-based company supports the local economy. A job fair hosted by the Cherokee Nation will help fill positions at SP Foundry. The fair will be held at the Native American Fellowship Community Center in South Coffeyville. Cherokee Nation's Secretary of State, Chuck Hoskin Jr. says this is a growth opportunity.  The company hopes to bring nearly two hundred more jobs to South Coffeyville with its expansion over the next months.


Star Pipeline Products purchased Jencast last year.

Avoiding Bed Bugs


The summer travel season could mean you encounter some unwanted roommates. Wildcat Extension Agent Jacob Weber says there is a long history between bedbugs and humans. They may have adapted to us better than we have to them.  Weber says the bad news is the bedbugs are very persistent and once they are established, it is very difficult to get rid of them. He says a professional exterminator is often needed.


He advises that when you travel, make sure not to leave luggage on the floor and keep clothing hung up.

United Rentals of Coffeyville Hiring


United Rentals of Coffeyville is hiring.  They're looking for an ambitious professional who can build relationships and provide outstanding customer service.  United Rentals has an opening for a key customer contact and consultant, responsible for recommending customer solutions, selling and fulfilling orders for equipment and services.  You’ll multi-task, learn plenty and build your ability to drive sales and branch growth.  United Rentals is an equal opportunity employer of women, minorities protected veterans and individuals with disabilities. 


Applications are being taken on-line.





Repairs Continue At Cherryvale's City Hall


Exterior repairs for Cherryvale's City Hall mark a first step. City Administrator Brooke Carroll says brick work and painting are underway. The work will hopefully seal the exterior that has damaged the interior.  She says the city council hasn't yet approved the interior repairs.


The current work, being paid for out of the capital improvement fund is costing $24,000.


Historic Landon House For Sale


A home listing for Independence could give you a chance to own a piece of Kansas history. The Alf Landon home is on the market. The Independence Historical Museum and Art Center owns the home, which was moved to 300 S. 8th Street from it's original location at the corner of 9th and Maple. Alf Landon served as the governor of Kansas. And, in 1936, he was the Republican candidate for President of the United States. He was defeated by Democrat Franklin D. Roosevelt. Landon's daughter, Nancy Landon Kassebaum Baker, represented Kansas in the U.S. Senate between 1978 and 1997. The home is listed at $95,000.


Much of the first floor has been restored, but the listing indicates more work is needed on the second and third floors.



Topeka Opens Evel Knievel Museum

An Evel Knievel Museum has opened in Topeka, Kansas. The museum is thirteen thousand square feet and two stories. Museum Planner Joanne Morrell says you can walk through the museum yourself or you can schedule a tour. She says there are plenty of exhibits to explore.


The museum is open Tuesday through Friday from 10:00 to 6:00 and Saturday from 9:00 to 5:00. The cost of admission for adults is twenty dollars, students eight to sixteen is ten dollars, and kids seven and under are free. Morrell says certain exhibits have additional costs, but they do offer discounts and group rates.


You may be asking yourself why Topeka, Kansas as the location for the new Evel Knievel Museum. Morrell says this is a really popular question and a lot of people don't realize that Topeka is actually the perfect place. She says it is the only Evel Knievel museum in the entire world.


The Story of Nip Vann

Eighty years ago this week a trial for a movie actor turned murderer took place in Coffeyville. Nip Vann after accidentally killing Caney Marshal John McInroy panicked and fled the scene and was pursued from 1913 to 1937.


Montgomery County Chronicle Editor Andy Taylor, who is writing a book about Nip Vann, says Vann was pursued by McInroy's cousin Bert Ziegenfuss. Taylor says Vann used his friends and his acting skills to keep hidden from Zigenfuss.


After 24 years of running Vann was caught and stood trial. Taylor says Vann was very sick at the time of the trial and was coughing up blood during his testimony. The courtroom had to be modified so that Vann could be brought in on a cot.

Cultural Exchange Students

If you have ever thought about hosting an exchange student Local Coordinator Brian Rothgeb wants you to consider CIEE. Rothgeb says the process to become a host isn't hard.


If you are worried about the financial impact it might have on you and your family. Rothgeb says the only requirements are a bed and food any additional expenses are up to the hosts. Rothgeb says all host families differ but there are no restrictions on how much you spend or what you provide for the student.

Livestock Disease Traceability Plans


Tracking diseases among livestock seems to become more important almost daily. USDA's Neil Hammerschmidt says an effort is underway to standardize the US traceability system to make it easier for producers and marketers.  He adds there also needs to be some improvements made to electronic identification.


He says manufacturers could help by developing compatible technology.

Thayer Woman Injured In Wreck


One person is injured in a two vehicle crash yesterday just north of Thayer. The Kansas Highway Patrol says 45-year-old Amy Darlene Vining, of Thayer, was northbound on US 169 when she apparently crossed the center line and collided with 51-year-old Tony Lewis Jameson, of Oologah, who was southbound. KHP says Vining was transported to a Wichita hospital.


Jameson was not injured in the wreck.

Getting Fireworks Ready


If you are looking for a place to make your Independence Day firework show special Shundale Hayward says Jigg's Fireworks in Coffeyville is the place to go. He says they have items for children and adults, for day or night fireworks, and for any budget.


Hayward says their most expensive item is their Kit which has a little bit of everything and their most popular item is the keg.


Hayward says a lot of work goes into getting ready for this holiday but that its worth it.

Jeremiah McKenzie Arrested


Montgomery County Sheriff Bobby Dierks reports that Jeremiah James McKenzie is in custody.  McKenzie was the lone suspect on the June Top 10 Most Wanted Criminals List. The sheriff's office says McKenzie is wanted in multiple jurisdictions for a variety of different offenses including: attempting to flee and elude, theft, and possession of stolen property.



He was captured in Chanute.  




Baxter Springs Voters To Consider Sales Tax Hike

Shopping in Baxter Springs may soon cost an extra penny per dollar. A tax increase is under consideration. The current tax rate is .09 on every dollar. If voters approve the penny increase expected to be on the November ballot, it would be .10 on each dollar with two of the pennies going to the city. The money would be used, in part, to fund a new police and fire station. City officials say the building has electrical issues and is not ADA compliant.

Baxter Springs Mayor Randall Trease estimates the increased tax would provide $500,000.

New Indy ER To Open Tomorrow


A new emergency room opens in Independence tomorrow. Labette Health's Independence Healthcare Center emergency room is set to open at 7 o'clock tomorrow morning. Former Coffeyville Regional Medical Center Emergency Department physician, Dr. Melinda Allen will serve as medical director.

The health center is located at 510 North Peter Pan Road, near Wal-Mart.  A ribbon cutting for the new facility will likely be in August.

Food Safety Tips For The 4th


Lakes, parks and yards will be full of people gathering to celebrate Independence Day. Wildcat Extension District Food Safety Agent Barbara Ames says if you're planning a barbeque, you can make sure food-borne illness isn't on your guest list by using a thermometer.  She says you cannot tell if meat has been cooked to the appropriate temperature by looking.


Ames adds to never use the plate that carried raw meat to carry cooked meat. She says by doing so you'll avoid cross-contamination.  She also reminds you to keep cold foods cold in the fridge or in an ice chest.  She says items, like potato salad, should never be out for more than two hours, total.

Dealing With Agro-Terrorism Threats


Taking on the threat of agro-terrorism.  That's the goal of a new measure introduced by Senator Pat Roberts of Kansas. He notes Kansas is already leading the way, but more must be done.  Roberts says the U-S Department of Agriculture and the Department of Homeland Security play equally important roles when it comes to protecting the food supply.


He says, in addition to health impacts, a deadly pathogen among livestock or plants would cause irreparable damage to the US economy.


Crop Safety Nets

K-State agricultural economists recently surveyed over 1400 Kansas farmers. Specifically asking which program they chose as their safety net option. K-State farm management economist Mykel Taylor says the findings of this survey will be instructive as the new farm bill discussions take shape.


Taylor says that going into the 2014 farm bill farming was very profitable. A farm safety net was in people's minds but it wasn't as important because they didn't need it at that time. Things have changed quickly in the last three years and these safety nets make a big difference.


The two safety net programs that Kansans primarily picked between were Art County and PLC.  

Firework Safety

Fireworks go on sale tomorrow through July 4th and can be shot off between 8:00 am and midnight.

Coffeyville Fire Chief Bob Roesky wants everyone to remember to be safe. Some safety tips include wearing eye protection, having water handy, and store your fireworks in a cool, dry area.


New Home For Collection Of Antique Cars


Five antique cars move back into the sunlight. The cars from the 1920s and 30s have spent the past 20-years in Richard Wilton's barn. He's now selling them and admits it isn't easy letting them go.  The cars valued at up to $30,000 are being bought by business partners Dave Lucas and Gary Peters.


Wilton bought the cars from his stepfather, but says he is now moving to Kansas City to be closer to family.  



KOAM contributed to this story

Sirloin Is Out. Kansas Buffet Company Is In


Coffeyville is still home to a buffet, but don't call it Sirloin Stockade. The Kelly Restaurant Group has opted to no longer franchise with Stockade Companies for its 13 restaurants. Owner Michael Kelly says the move should allow them to offer higher quality products and new menu options. In Coffeyville, the restaurant is now operating as The Kansas Buffet Company. Kelly's Montana Mike's Restaurants are now Kansas Bar & Grill.


Kelly says the management teams and employees will remain the same. However, customers will be seeing many renovations over the next several months.

USD 445 Wraps Up Fiscal Year


Coffeyville Public Schools wraps up its budget year today. Assistant Superintendent Michael Speer says there were times this winter when it was unclear if there would be enough funding to meet the district's obligations. He thinks the coming year will be better.  The state is still awaiting a decision from the Kansas Supreme Court.


Speer says that, at least for now, school districts do not have to worry about furloughing workers or shuttering buildings.



Cobalt Boats To Be Bought By Malibu


A definitive agreement has been reached for Malibu Boats of Tennessee to purchase Cobalt Boats for $130-million. Cobalt is a privately held manufacturer of sterndrive and outboard boats, headquartered in Neodesha. The closing date on the proposed buy-out is pending on the amount of working capital and the outcome of litigation between Cobalt and Sea Ray Boats. No specific plans have been revealed regarding the Neodesha assembly plant, but Malibu says it will maintain a visible presence in the community.


Over the previous 12 months, ending in March, Cobalt generated $140-million in net sales. Cobalt was founded in 1968.  


More can be read about the deal at

SEK Highway Patrol Trooper Indicted


A federal grand jury indicts a Former Kansas Highway Patrol trooper with violating an individual’s civil rights by using excessive force. The indictment alleges that Trooper James Carson of Independence used excessive force, amounting to punishment of an individual identifed by the initials of R. T. The incident reportedly happened in Labette County. If convicted on the civil rights charge, the 43-year-old Carson faces a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.


The investigation has been handled by the Kansas Bureau of Investigation and the FBI.  The U.S. Attorney's Office has not released any details about what transpired during the incident.

Airman Completes Basic Training


An Altoona Midway High School graduate completes basic military training with the United States Air Force in San Antonio. Airman Lawrence F. Wrestler has graduated from the eight week program focused on military discipline, fitness and basic warfare skills. Wrestler is the son of Debbra L. and Glenn W. Wrestler. He is married to Kendra J. Wrestler. His family lives in Chanute.


Wrestler graduated from Altoona Midway in 2010.

Grass and Weeds No Higher Than 12 Inches in Coffeyville

With the summer heating up it's important to remember to keep your yard mowed. City ordinance for grass and weeds states that all grass and weeds need to be kept under twelve inches, this includes mowing and weed eating. Code Enforcement Officer Tammy Dixon says if your yard doesn't comply to the ordnance you have ten days to get it taken car of.


Dixon says once you've received a letter saying your yard doesn't comply that is your only warning for that mowing season. If at some point your yard doesn't comply later in that same mowing season you will not get a warning instead someone will be sent out to mow your grass and you will be charged.

WOTUS Rule Withdrawal Process Has Begun


The Environmental Protection Agency announced that it has begun the process of withdrawing the unlawful “Waters of the United States” (WOTUS) Rule. Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt applauds the efforts.


The WOTUS rule would have extended the EPA and Army Corps of Engineers’ reach into small waterways and ponds on Kansas farms. The rule would have had significant consequences for homeowners and farmers.


Schmidt and other state attorney generals have urged the Trump administration to rescind the WOTUS Rule. States, including Kansas, have been challenging the legality.

CFD Gets Grain Rescue Equipment


The Coffeyville Fire Department received a grant for grain rescue equipment from Frontier Farm Credit. Fire Chief Bob Roesky says the equipment consists of panels, rescue rope, and hardhats which can be used in grain emergencies to safely remove individuals who have fallen in a bin.


With the addition to new equipment came the need for new training. Roesky says they learned a lot about the differences in the type of grain they could encounter. Felts Farm in Liberty provided the truck to train the firefighters.

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