Everyone remembers Pearl from the Midland Theatre. Whether you heard stories of her or actually handed her your ticket, Pearl will always be known in this area. This May 19th, we celebrate her 100th birthday here in Coffeyville with a block party. Right around the theatre there will be food, entertainment, activities for kids and an auction being held all while celebrating Pearl’s 100th. Candi Westbrook the executive director of the Coffeyville Chamber of Commerce says it will be great fun, and a special sighting is in store for the event as well. Mark your calendars! This May 19th we celebrate Pearl’s 100th Birthday at the Midland Theatre.
While many still live with daily reminders, for some of us it seems hard to believe today is the 23rd Anniversary of the Oklahoma City bombing. A memorial service will be observed at the Oklahoma City National Memorial, including a tribute to Reverend Billy Graham. Admission into the Oklahoma City National Memorial and Museum will be free of charge for the day. The museum is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
There were 168 people killed when the Timothy McVeigh truck bomb exploded on April 19, 1995.
Be on the look out if you are the owner of an older model pick up. There has been three trucks stolen in the past week in the area. The first was stolen in Bartlesville on 4-13 it is a teal 1972 Chevy C-10. If you have any information on this vehicle you can contact Crime Stoppers 918-336-2593.
The other two trucks were stolen in the Coffeyville area. One was a yellow truck stolen on 4-14 and the second a baby blue truck stolen on 4-16. If anyone has any information about these trucks, please contact Coffeyville Police Department 620-252-6160 or your local Law Enforcement. Pictures of all three trucks can bee seen on our website kggfradio.com.
The William Inge Theater Festival is coming up the second week of May. Interim Artistic Director Eric Rutherford says the festival has quite the history.
Rutherford says the festival will be May 9th through the 12th and this year they will be honoring Carlyle Brown. You can buy tickets at the box office call (620) 332-5648.
The population over age 65 continues to grow as more and more baby boomers retire. With a larger senior population comes more instances of elder abuse. Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt wants to start work now to address that. This week he's hosting a Presidential Summit on Elder Abuse for the National Association of Attorneys General.
The meetings in Manhattan are allowing states to compare notes and look for best practices for combating the abuse.
With severe weather season all but here, do you know what to do in the event of an emergency? We spoke with meterologist Stacia Knight on the upcoming season and she stressed having a plan in place before the storm hits takes some of the worry. She says if you don't have a basement staying in the most central area of your home will give you the most protection. In a bathroom, a closet or a crawl space is what she recomended just to put as many walls in between you and the outside of your house. Going into the day of a storm it's also to stay up to date with the surrounding watches and warnings and also knowing the difference. A watch means the atmospheric conditions are possible for severe weather and a warning means those conditions currently exist. Staying up to date with those notifications will keep you ahead of the storm and safer in the long run. Staying calm, staying up to date with the storm, and having a plan in place will keep you ahead of this storm season.
There's a new drop box for unused or expired medicine has been set up in Coffeyville. City Commissioner and Four County Mental Health Regional Opioid Project Nurse Justin Doane says the drop box will be available 24/7.
Doane says all prescription medications, patches and ointments as well as over the counter medications, vitamins and pet medications can be placed in the box. He says items not accepted include needles, inhalers, thermometers, aerosol cans and ointments, lotions or liquids.
The Montgomery County Register of Deeds seeks some pay hikes for her department. Register Marilyn Calhoun asked the county commission yesterday to provide the necessary funds to pay for raises for employees in her office. She says they're being paid under the state average. Typically, it is up to the official to determine raises out of their existing budget.
Commissioners decided to table the matter for another week to further consider how to handle Calhoun's request.
The Coffeyville Police Department investigates the theft of plants. Approximately $600 worth of tomato plants, flowers and vegetable plants were taken overnight from the Orschlens Farm Store on 11th Street in Coffeyville.
Anyone with information on the thefts should contact the Coffeyville Police at 620-252-6160.
The Nowata County Sheriff's Office issues a Silver Alert for 77 year-old John Daniels of Delaware. The alert indicates Daniels is under medical treatment and was last seen at his home at about 5:30 Sunday evening near the intersection of County Roads 18 and 411. Daniels is considered to be in imminent danger of serious bodily injury or death due to a disability. Authorities say he is under guardianship and unable to handle his own affairs.
Daniels may be in a 96 Chevy truck with a GMC front grill. He was traveling with a white and tan dog. If you have seen Daniels you are asked to call the Nowata County Sheriff's Office.
An auction for a good cause. The Coffeyville Community College Scholarship auction returns this cinco de mayo at Nellis Hall. Sally Presson the director of the event, tells us to get involved you need to call her at 620-252-7070 and reserve your spot. Presson says they have gained more items to bid for including, the “Kansas City” package which has Royals Tickets with a parking pass and tickets to the zoo, a personal massage and a 100 dollar gift card to Joe’s of Kansas City. A few more items on a very large list include a John Deere pedal car for kids jewelry sets from Eilsey’s fine jewelry and a fully refurbished golf cart..A huge list full of great items to bid for giving the possibilty of huge gains as Presson also mentioned the auction is strictly for student scholarship funding. It does not go towards specific clubs or faciclties, but goes directly towards the funding for the student making this a very useful event.
The Coffeyville Police Department confirms the body of a man reported missing over the weekend was found. Corey Barnes of Texas was working in Coffeyville. The police tell KGGF News Barnes was located Monday afternoon near the Verdigris River Bridge on US166/US169. Investigators say immediate family has been notified.
A cause of death has not been released.
A new U.S. District Court Judge for Kansas gets the nod of approval from the United States Senate. Senator Jerry Moran of Kansas says our state will be served by a highly-qualified and well-respected legal mind. John Broomes will serve as a District Judge on the U.S. District Court for Kansas. He graduated first in his class at Washburn University School of Law.
Broomes of Wichita also served as a Lieutenant in the United States Navy Submarine Force, where he earned the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal and three Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medals
If it is not yours, you shouldn't take it. But, someone in Chautauqua County apparently didn't get the memo. The Sheriff's Office says that around April 2nd, a FedEx box was stolen from a driveway near Road 30 and Bronco Road. The box contained $2,500 worth of assorted knives. Sheriff Richard Newby says the owner of the box is offering a reward in the case.
Anyone who has information that could help convict the person responsible should contact the Chautauqua County Sheriff's Office at 620-725-3108.
A fire ignited at the Trinity Church in Nowata on Friday morning around 11. The Nowata Fire Department responded to the fire, and had to call in other crews to help assist.
Nowata Fire Dispatch says that there were 13 other fire crews working to control the fire, and the building is a total loss. No cause of the fire has been determined yet. However, there are no injuries reported at this time.
Blame it on Friday the 13th, maybe. Big G's Burgers and More in Caney has a drive-thru, but someone tried to drive in, literally. Owner Deb Gulick says someone hit the northside of the building damaging the wall. No injuries were reported.
The owners are evaluating how extensive the damage is today before they can determine when they'll re-open.
A fire has been reported at the Trinity Church in Nowata. At this time, Nowate Fire Department has confirmed that there is a fire, and they are on the scene working on the fire.
Nowata Fire Dispatch says that there are 13 other fire crews working to control this fire, and the building is a total loss. However, there are no injuries reported at this time. No cause of the fire has been determined yet.
We will have more information for you as it becomes available.
A funeral with full firefighter honors is set to begin at 2 o'clock. Lt. Derek Messner of the Coffeyville Fire Department will be remembered at the Tyro Christian Church. Inurnment will follow at the Lutheran Cemetery. The 44-year-old Messner died in 2-vehicle crash west of Coffeyville on Sunday.
Garry Bush of Caney was also killed in the wreck. His wife, Jana Bush, remains hospitalized.
Some of Coffeyville's youngest minds will soon be heading into the classroom full-time. Community Elementary School Principal Jennifer Bright says not all the students come in with the same previous experience. She says any child turning 5 before August 31st of this year may enroll.
The Kindergarten Round-Up at Community Elementary will be on April 27th at 10 a.m. or 5 p.m. Parents may select the time that best fits their schedule.
A new sign is in place marking some Coffeyville history. The Public Service Department of the City of Coffeyville has installed a new tourist information sign at Elmwood Cemetery. The sign was provided by the Coffeyville Convention & Visitors Bureau.
The new sign shows some of the historic grave locations as well as historical information about Elmwood Cemetery.
Three Galena residents are arrested this week after a search warrant is executed at a residence. The Galena Police Department worked with the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office during the search. Investigators found suspected methamphetamine, marijuana and drug paraphernalia at the residence.
David A. Arnhart and Dakota B. Wittenmyer are being held on a $7,000.00 bond. Mandy D. Marez is being held on a $5,500.00 bond. All three were booked into the Cherokee County Jail.
Traffic congestion this evening near Lenapah. Witnesses report a semi is on its side on the Highway 10 turn-off to Lenapah from U-S Highway 169. Emergency responders were on the scene.
Drivers are urged to find an alternate route.
Only so much tragedy training can prepare you for what the Coffeyville Fire Department is feeling this week. After losing one of their own, Derek Messner, to a fatal car wreck earlier in the week. We checked in with the department as Fire Captain Pete Caresio as he says his team is doing well. He also states his team is trained to deal with these types situations, but hardly had any words to describe coming up to see it's one of his fellow fire fighters. Being one of the ones on the first response that night, Captain Caresio says it was one of his worst nightmares coming true. Captain says after some mourning as a family his department is ready for work and hasn't missed a step but says, “Derek will always be with us.” Services for Derek are this Friday in Tyro, at 2 pm.
A 19-year-old man remains jailed in Cherokee County after the FBI contacted the Cherokee County Sheriff's Office regarding a possible school threat. The Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the sheriff's office reviewed online content allegedly posted by Colton Rodger Speer. Law enforcement implemented their school emergency plans until Speer was taken into custody. He was taken into custody at his rural Cherokee County home.
He was booked on a complaint of aggravated criminal threat.
The National Weather Service in Wichita has issued a Red Flag Warning for extreme grassland fire danger, which is in effect from 1 PM til 8 PM today. Tomorrow, Thursday the 12th also has a burn ban in effect into the evening around 8 pm; Extreme grassland fire danger is most certainly in the forecast. With southern winds up to 20 to 30 mph the next few days, and gusts up over 40 mph, and relative humidity getting as low as 28 percent the National weather service has put Montgomery County and many others in south eastern Kansas in a red flag warning. A red flag warning means that critical fire weather conditions are either occurring now, or will shortly. A combination of strong winds, low relative humidity and warm temperatures can contribute to extreme fire behavior. Please notify your local Fire Department if you see a wildfire developing.
Spring is in the air! The Riverside Park in Independence has it's “opening day” this Saturday with plenty of activities to be involved with. Director of the Independence Chamber of commerce Lisa Wilson tells us some things you'll see include a free pancake breakfast featuring “Chris Cakes,” a professional pancake making and flipping group. A putt putt tournament at the newly improved course, starting at 9:30, and the rest o the activities to fall in between 11 and 3. Those other activities include train rides, face painting, a free petting zoo and food vendors will also be in attendance. Lisa Wilson says it's not only something the community looks forward to, but other citizens do travel from other towns to be apart of the park opening. The Riverside Park opening is from 11 to 3 this Saturday on north 5th street, in Independence.
Laura Ingalls Wilder’s little house on the prairie is about to get a scheduled makeover. In 1977, the current Ingalls cabin was re-created and built near Independence at the height of the popularity of the TV series “Little House on the Prairie.” But four decades of Kansas storms and wind have taken their toll. The cabin is leaning and its logs are deteriorating and for safety reasons, its interior is no longer open to the public. The two siblings who own the land are planning to change that, Bill Kurtis and Jean Schodorf want to build a new cabin and a barn like the Ingalls family had in 1869. The cabin is scheduled to be built in October and November, after the tourist season winds down. So far, $30,000 has been raised to rebuild the cabin, but nearly $20,000 more is needed to help pay skilled craftsmen. This has become a high priority to the siblings as they know more than 20,000 people from around the world visit the cabin site each year, and is a footnote in Kansas history.
A two vehicle crash leaves two dead and a passenger injured. Yesterday about three miles west of Coffeyville two pickup trucks collided head on. 44 year old Derek Messner, a member of the Coffeyville Fire Department, was driving east bound on Highway 166 when he went left of center and collided with 57 year old Garry Bush who was driving west bound. Bush had a passenger in his truck, 55 year old Jana Bush, who was transported to Mercy Medical Hospital in Joplin. Both drivers were dead at the scene. The crash is being investigated by the Kansas Highway Patrol.
April 17th the Paw Prints van will be in Coffeyville for you to get your pets spayed or neutered. Coffeyville Friends of Animal's Becky Barnhart says you need to make an appointment ahead of time.
Barnhart says they will be at different places around town throughout they day and when you call and schedule your appointment they will tell you what location they will be.
A breath of fresh air for Red Raven fans and the head football coach Aaron Flores. After receiving a double lung transplant, he is now out and walking around on his own power and is looking great. We got the full update from Red Raven Athletic Administrative Assistant Janna Kastler as she says the rehab and breathing training has begun and will continue for the next 3 to 4 months. Though the process is a long road ahead Kastler, says Flores and his family are very happy with the progression made thus far. There is also a Facebook page you can visit to message and check in with coach Flo, called “Coach Flo is Getting New Lungs.” Kastler also says he would like us to spread his thanks to everyone who has sent messages, prayers, and thoughts to him his and family through this process.
Customer Appreciation Day at the Bartlett Co-Op until 2:00pm today. Lots of deals to take advantage of, 10% of store merchandise, animal health care products, pet foods, BCA branded feeds and more. There are pre-pay deals on custom application and seed treatments as well as deals on Altoz mowers, hitch installs, trucks beds and much more. Also, 5% off bagged mineral and pasture chemicals.
It's not just deals today there is also plenty of entertainment. Camel rides, baking contest, egg drop, antique tractor display, rope making, barrel rides, and live music. There's free food and plenty of other freebies at all the booths.
The Coffeyville Police Department completes an investigation into a January shooting. Chief Kwin Bromley says an arrest has been made. Bromley says more charges could be filed against Fullard, including a count of robbery.
24-year-old Lester Gregory Fullard of Coffeyville remains in the Montgomery County Jail.
Montgomery County Commissioners continue work on a neighborhood revitalization plan that could be implemented county-wide. The program would require a minimum investment of $10-thousand in new construction. York notes the school districts, cities, and community colleges have to agree with the plan.
The commission would like to have it begin July 1st.
Four people end up in the Neosho County Jail after the Chanute Police Department shows up at a motel looking for a suspect facing a warrant.
Officers responded to the Skyline Motel late Monday night and found Levi McClenning who was wanted. He was also in possession of methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia when he was taken into custody. TJ Mishler was arrested on a warrant. Daniel Berthot arrested for obstruction, possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia and distribution of meth. Brianna Larue was also arrested for distribution of meth and paraphernalia.
Students walking out in support of their teachers. Around 40 Oklahoma Union High School students were lined up along Highway 169 advocating for school funding. Walkout Organizer and Senior Austin Lafferty says it's not just about teacher pay.
Lafferty says he plans on continuing the walk out until something is changed.
There were rumors that any student who participated in the walkout would be suspended, but the students and superintendent both said those are not true. Superintendent Kevin Stacy says the students will just be counted as absent.
A downed pole is creating a power outage for South Coffeyville. Crews are working to get the electrical service restored.
It is not yet known how long it will take to get everyone affected back online.
An auction coming up at Coffeyville Community College. Organizer Sally Presson says the purpose is to raise scholarship dollars for the students. She says if you want to designate a specific scholarship that your money goes to you can do that otherwise it goes into the general scholarship fund.
The auction will be May 5th and tickets are $25.
South Coffeyville teachers are pulling for public support. Some are lining Highway 169 pushing for increased funding for Oklahoma schools. High school teachers along the highway today joined tens of thousands of teachers across the Sooner State rallying at the capitol yesterday.
Today the district’s elementary teachers are in Oklahoma City pushing for more funding.
The Montgomery County Appraiser will soon begin a pictometry flyover of the county. The collection of images should help the appraiser see what's being built in the county in between 5-year physical reviews. Commissioner Ryan York says they won't just be looking for new construction.
The program will begin in 2019.
The total cost for the pictometry will be just over 28-thousand-dollars which the county will pay over a three year period.
A number of burglaries and equipment/trailer/vehicle thefts have been reported in the southwest portion of Butler County and the northwest portion of Cowley County. Both sheriff’s offices are working diligently to identify the thieves. Some arrests have been made, but authorities believe there are more suspects still unidentified. The Cowley County Sheriff's Office reminds residents they can help prevent thefts with some simple steps: Make sure you have the serial numbers to your equipment/trailers or any other valuables you own. Take photos of your items. Lock your equipment. And, finally, put up cameras.
If you have any information regarding any of the crimes you can contact the Cowley County Sheriff at 620.221.5445
A hand up not a hand out. That's the way Home Sweet Home helps people get into housing and back on their feet. Director Chris Mitchell says their are a number of ways you can help them help others.
Mitchell says if you can't donate money or supplies they'll always take your time. He says they have houses that need fixing and other work to be done.
The Montgomery County Sheriff's Office is staying busy. Sheriff Bobby Dierks says seasonal activities are getting underway for the bad guys.
The sheriff says while warmer weather is a factor, many of the suspects arrested earlier are also being released from jail and returning to their usual activities.
Sheriff Dierks says if you see any suspicious vehicles in your area or people who do not belong, you should call his office. He says residents need to keep their homes locked and outbuildings secured.
Bartlesville police spent Sunday night processing the scene of a shooting in the 200 block of Northwest Rogers. According to police Captain Jay Hastings, officers were called to the scene just before 8 o’clock.
Upon arrival, police spoke to the homeowner who had came by to check on a vacant home he owns. The homeowner told police the home had been broken into several times recently. The man said he found a man hiding inside the attic and confronted him about what he was doing inside the home. At some point the homeowner fired a shot striking the man once.
Bartlesville Ambulance took the suspect to Jane Phillips Medical Center. He was later taken to a Tulsa Hospital with non life-threatening injuries.
In the case of a partial pasture burn, managers need to consider that cattle will tend to intensively graze the burned areas over the unburned grass. K-State Pasture Management Specialist Walt Fick says making a contingency grazing plan may be in order.
Fick says patch burn grazing allows you to rotate grazing without a fence but changing the areas you burn each year. He says plans will vary depending on what part of the state you are in and how much of your pasture burns.
His parents call him Boone. But, you may want to just call him sir. Boone Debo was born at Coffeyville Regional Medical Center tipping the scale at 14 pounds and 2 ounces. CRMC's Melissa Summer says his due date was to be April 1st. While he is the biggest baby born in Montgomery County, he is second on the state's list. He missed that record by about 2 ounces.
His parents are Matthew and Savannah Debo.
Keep your eyes out, the city of Caney has formed a neighborhood watch. This gives the local police department extra set of eyes and ears around the area. Caney Police Chief Ron Wade expresses good energy and urgency by the members from the first few meetings. Do you know what to do to report an incident as neighborhood watch? Police Chief Ron Wade tells us some things you'll learn in the meetings include how to report the incident to the police, what to say, and how to direct them correctly. Hoping to see a significant drop off in theft and other crimes throughout the area, Wade is optimistic about the new neighborhood watch with the spring season being upon us.
Coffeyville Regional Medical Center adds a new tool for the operating room. It's high tech camera to be used during laparoscopic surgeries. CRMC General Surgeon, Dr. Michelle McGuirk is using the Stryker 1588 AIM Platform camera, which is designed with five distinct advanced imaging modalities that allow surgeons to see more and do more during surgery.
The new technology offers nine surgical specialties to optimize color and lighting settings.
Time to think about spring cleaning. K-State's Karen Blakeslee says do not forget to clean up the kitchen. Once you complete the cabinet clean-out, she says it's time to clean the refrigerator, oven, and especially the microwave. The warmer weather also means we start preparing some meals outdoors.
However, before putting the burgers and vegetables on the grill, Blakeslee says you'll want to make sure it’s clean. She says it's also a good idea to invest in a meat thermometer.
Tri-County Tech will receive $1,350 in grant funds to support its robotics team. The grant is one of 26 funded by Public Service Company of Oklahoma this year. The AEP FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) robotics grants initiative is a company-wide program to support pre-kindergarten through 12th grade student education with an emphasis on Science, Technology, Engineering and Math.
PSO Community Affairs Manager for Bartlesville, Michael Gordon, says PSO is aware of the critical need for strong STEM education.
New lungs, new man. Coffeyville Community College football coach Aaron Flores is almost three weeks removed from a double lung transplant. He is able to walk a mile a day and got to take his first post surgery shower yesterday. He is out of the hospital and into an apartment as he starts pulmonary rehab. For updates on Coach Flores you can visit the Facebook page “Coach Flo is getting New Lungs!”.
The Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Department receives a call that a residence on Road 10 had a one-week old, white Charolais calf stolen. If anyone has any information about the theft or the recent acquisition of a Charolais calf, they are urged to contact the sheriff’s office. Any information may help solve this crime and others like it.
Sheriff Newby reminds all residents to be aware of any vehicles driving around that don’t belong. If there is someone driving around on a road seldom traveled, the Sheriff wants to know. “You are our eyes and ears when it comes to catching cattle thieves. Always remember, if they will steal from your neighbor, they will steal from you as well,” said Sheriff Richard Newby.
CPD Participates in Child Abduction Response Training. The Coffeyville Police Department was one of 35 law enforcement agencies throughout the area who participated in training to respond to child abductions or mysterious disappearances of a child. All 35 agencies involved with the training will dedicate personnel to serve as Joint Child Abduction Rapid Deployment Team members and will be able to provide assistance to neighboring jurisdictions during an actual investigation. The training consisted both of classroom training by the FBI’s National Child Abduction Rapid Deployment Team and Behavioral Analysis Unit on topics such as an overview of child sex offenders, information on the behavior of child abductors, guidance on false allegations of abductions and case management. Police Chief Kwin Bromley stated, “This training was very valuable to our department,” Captain Danny Grigg and Detective Lucas Vargas also attended the training held at Butler County Community College.
Want an easy investment that benefits your local community as well? With the new federal opportunity zone program being put in to place, southeastern Kansas has these options. Trisha Purdon the executive director of the Montgomery County action council, said they got the green light for 3 of 4 of their proposed zones, including Caney, Cherryvale, and the city proper portion of Coffeyville. With these new zones, investment companies can invest into local projects and offset their capital gains, making it easier to put money back into other local projects benefiting the investor and the local communities. A project that Kansas Governor Jeff Colyer had yet to hear about, but after consideration and approval from the Kansas Department of Commerce those 3 zones are now apart of the program.
Nothing like beautifying your community all while doing the same to yourself; over in Independence they have created a fun way to clean up your city all while exercising. Bulldog pride is a walking group created in efforts to clean up the streets of trash throughout Independence, and get yourself physically active with friends and family. Lisa Wilson the director of the Chamber of Commerce in Independence says the group is just that, an excuse to get out on a Saturday morning, meet new friends and help beautify your community. The group meets every Saturday at 9 am for the hour long walk at Bulldog Station in Independence on main street. Great way to get the family out, easy way to clean up the community and is completely free. All you need is a trash bag and a great attitude to help your community.
Jobs, that's been one of the biggest driving forces for the people supporting Tyson coming to Montgomery County. Former Coffeyville City Commissioner and Tyson Opposer Justin Martin says he's not buying that argument.
Martin says if you haver questions about why he doesn't support Tyson you can email him at firstname.lastname@example.org. There is also a “No Tyson in Montgomery County” Facebook page that you can find information on.
Tax time is a prime opportunity for scam artists to strike. Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt says they aren't only targeting those who have to pay taxes.
Schmidt says if you do need to buy something or you want to donate part of your return to charity reach out to them don't let someone contact you.
Texas charges land a Kansas chief of police in jail. Allen County Sheriff Bryan Murphy says LaHarpe Police Chief Ashley Wright and her husband, David, are in custody over a theft charge from Rule, Texas. David Wright is the former police chief of the community. The warrant was for David. Ashley was arrested for refusing to let deputies carryout the arrest warrant against her husband. David was terminated at Rule Police Chief in October of 2015 over an improper investigation into an alleged assault on his daughter in school. He refused to turn in his badge and ID which lead to the theft charges.
He's also charged in Allen County for impersonating an officer when he allegedly acted on his wife's behalf.
***KOAM contributed to this story
This is the time of year when prescribed burning happens around Kansas. The practice helps preserve native grasslands. But, recently, concerns have been raised about the impact on air quality. KSU's Zifei Liu has been researching the make up and movement of the smoke.
He advises pasture managers to use a specially-designed on-line tool as a guideline for burning with minimal impact on air quality. It can be found at www.ksfire.org.
The Independence City Commission meets tomorrow evening. One of the items on the agenda includes the 2016 Fiscal Audit Report. The report was prepared by Yerkes & Michels of Independence. The audit, which was included in this week's board packet, found some areas of concern in the oversight of city funds. The report found eight areas where there appeared to be a lack of in-house controls. A corrective action plan has reportedly been signed by City Manager Craig Whitehead and City Clerk Michael Borovetz.
Further details will be discussed at Thursday's meeting. KGGF's Sam Speck will be covering.
Coffeyville Community College Head Football Coach Aaron Flores continues to show improvement following a double lung transplant. Flores underwent the procedure in Omaha, where he remains hospitalized. He is expected to have a test today that will determine if he can start eating and drinking. Two of four chest tubes have been removed. Flores has been up and walking around without what had become his signature cough. Coach Flores was diagnosed several years ago with an illness that causes fibrosis of the lungs.
A Go Fund Me account has been established for the Flores family.
Lawmakers continue to wade through a report from consultants on what it could cost to improve Kansas schools. Representative Jim Kelly says he is hopeful that one of the spending scenarios will satisfy the Kansas Supreme Court mandate. The report indicates the state would need to add from $421-million to an additional $2-billion annually to the $4-billion currently allocated.
The goal would be to boost the high school graduation rate to 95% within the next four years.
A 50-year-old Galena man lands in jail. Galena Police arrested 50-year-old Steven Thomason last night for a municipal failure to appear warrant. During the arrest, evidence was found which lead to a search warrant for the residence where Thomason was located. During the search, over 7 grams of methamphetamine were seized along with drug paraphernalia.
Thomason was booked into the Cherokee County Jail on additional complaints of felony posession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernaila.
With it officially being springtime in the state of Kansas, it is also time to be on the look out for spring severe weather. Montgomery County Emergency Management Director Rick Whitson says people can come out to an event put on by the director of the National Weather Service in Wichita.
The event is called Fury on the Plains and will be at 6:30 pm at the Ron Stevens Building by the fair grounds. He says it is open to the public and is free of charge.
Severe storm season is upon us, and taking the right safety precautions is always a top priority. The city of Independence has recently changed their emergency alert system, moving away from the previous Nixel program to an easier, more tech savvy system. Registering for the new system is as easy as visiting the city website at independenceks.gov, finding the banner across the top and filling it out there. If you have any questions on the registration process you can also call (620) 332-2500. Lisa Wilson of the Independence Chamber is happy with the new approach as the new system has texting or email options alerting you in the event of a severe storm, giving you an extra edge up on mother nature. Independence also has 4 public shelters scattered through it's city, the Civic Center, Independence High School Gym(no pets), Montgomery County judicial center basement, and finally the temporary city hall otherwise known as Building D. Even with your own storm shelters, Wilson urges to register just in case your shelter is buried in debris, they can still find you.
There's a scam alert from the Chanute Police Department. The department reports a caller, using the name Timothy Churchill, has been calling people claiming to be with an extended car warranty company. He is using the number from Neosho Regional Medical Center. The number shows up on your caller ID as a call from the hospital. Police indicate the alleged scammers are also using other names and numbers.
The Chanute Police Department reminds residents to be cautious about giving any information to anyone over the phone or by mail.
New regulations will be in place after a poultry bill gets through the Kansas House and Senate. Representative Jim Kelly says there hadn't been anything in place before. Kelly says now they have framework in place in case Tyson or any other poultry producer does come into Kansas.
Governor Jeff Colyer will need to approve the measure.
Walk Kansas, the eight-week K-State Research and Extension health initiative encouraging people to be physically active, has started and will continue through the 12th of May. State coordinator of Walk Kansas, Sharolyn Jackson, says that while the challenges are the same, but the “virtual” trails, that were inspired from the Eight Wonders of Kansas Guidebook, have been updated. Walk Kansas teams choose one of three goals. The first challenge, the activity goal, is 480 miles, the second challenge covers 768 miles and the third is 1,152 miles. Regardless of which challenge they choose, Jackson says each team member must do at least 10-minutes of continuous moderate-to-vigorous physical activity for those minutes to count Walk Kansas. You can find out more about Walk Kansas by going to walkkansas.org or by contacting your county or district Extension office. The official dates for Walk Kansas are March 18th-May 12th. However, those dates could be different for your county.
The Coffeyville Public Library has some fun planned for Spring Break. Director Katie Hill says there will be four days of activities.
Hill says on the movie night they will be showing Space Jam and on the craft day they will be making dream catchers.
Crisis Training is important for police officers especially when it comes to helping those with mental health issues. Independence Police Chief Jerry Harrison says his department is taking steps to help with that.
Harrison says they are going to do whatever they can to help those who struggle with mental health in Independence.
A multiple vehicle crash snarls traffic along 11th Street between Willow and Elm yesterday. A car was hit in the back by a semi and pushed into the oncoming traffic lane where another truck hit the car.
It happened in front of McDonald's during the noon-hour yesterday.
A healthy workforce is a productive workforce. But, many small businesses struggle to provide any medical benefits for their employees.
Coffeyville Chamber of Commerce Director Candi Westbrook says they're teaming up with CRMC to help address that through some health
screenings. The lab work is $25. If a company has more than 20 employees the screening can be done on-site. Otherwise, screenings will be
done at the Sleep Inn on April 5th between 7:30 and 9:30 a.m.
Employees can register at 252-2550.
The investigation into the death of 70-year-old Larry Beemus continues. Beemus was found last week near the railroad tracks at 1705 W. 11th Street. Preliminary results of the autopsy have been received, and no foul play is suspected. The Coffeyville Police Department has determined Beemus moved to Coffeyville around August of 2017. He was a veteran and suffered from dementia. Police have been unable to locate any family members.
If anyone has information about Bermus or who may know a family member, are asked to contact Detective Sergeant Lucas Vargas at 620-252-6010.
The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office asks the public to be on the lookout for someone who is setting fires in the county. Conditions remain dry with high winds and low humidity putting us in a dangerous fire situation. Sheriff Bobby Dierks tells KGGF News they believe the suspect is driving a black pickup with a black camper top. Anyone who sees the vehicle or suspicious activity should call the sheriff’s office at 620-330-1000.
Montgomery County remains under a burn ban until further notice.