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New Nichols Trading Post Bigger and Better


 

The Nichol's Trading Post in Parsons is relocating and they are having a moving sale this week. The new store in Parsons is scheduled to open July 1st. They will be staying local in the City of Parsons at 314 Main St.

 

John and Sherrie Nichols say the new location is “bigger and better”. The moving sale is happening all this week: Monday and Tuesday, everything is 10% off, Wednesday 15% off, Thursday 20% off, and then Friday and Saturday is 25% off.

 

Saturday is their auction when they say all meat will be selling fast.

 

Nichol's Trading Post is currently at 3830 Main St, and as of July 1st their new location is 314 Main St.

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Love Offering for Nowata County Sheriff's Office


 

The Nowata County Sheriff’s Office is thanking the First Church of God for a “Love Offering” from youth attending a Vacation Bible Study yesterday (Sunday, June 23). The kids chose to donate the money to the county sheriff's office, presented yesterday during their VBS program.

 

Undersheriff Jason McClain accepted the donation on behalf of his office. They say the money is the first money collected to save for the stop sticks and body cams their deputies desperately need to assist in doing their jobs to the best of their ability for the citizens of Nowata County. They wrote, “The outpouring of kindness to assist our Sheriffs Office is amazing from the people of the County.”

 

(Photo courtesy of Nowata County Sheriff's Office)

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Two Arrested in Pittsburg County


 

Pittsburg County Sheriff's Office arrested a shooter who had the intention to kill. Andrew Scott Luna, 21 years old of Canadian, was arrested for the shooting that occurred June 14th at a rural mobile home park. Luna was booked into the Pittsburg County Jail and remains there on an $85,000 bond.

 

Related to that, Jerry Ray Luna, Jr was arrested for Harboring a Fugitive, assisting in a felony, domestic assault and battery by strangulation, and domestic assault and battery with a dangerous weapon.

 

The county recognizes Trooper Garrett Gray and Trooper Austin Mass for the two arrests.

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Montgomery County Commission Meeting


 

The Montgomery County Commissioners had their regular meeting this morning. A highlight was the presence of a leader from Four County Mental Health, Greg Hennen, a practicing psychology doctor who works at Four County in Independence. Hennen spoke to commissioners about the rate of suicides in the county being of concern, particulary having three in one week. He said $9,500-10,000 is spent per person every year in the United States, and while our country spends 2-3x more money than other nations, we have less of a health outcome. Hennen pointed out that other nations spend more on social services, leading to a better quality of life. He requested commissioners to approve any amount from the mill levy, or property tax, to be determined.

 

Other items discussed included land for Coffeyville's Summer Celebration for July 13th. All commissioners approved the property at East 8th and 1800 for the event, and it will be asphalted shortly.

 

Money was approved to be debited from the Noxious Weed Fund to pay the lowest bidder, Van Deist Supply of Lindsborg, Kansas, for chemicals or herbicide.

 

A citizen petition was discussed regarding properties bought for alleyways, roads, and streets.

 

Emergency Management Director, Rick Whitson, informed of bids received to work on roof repairs and painting.

 

County Appraiser, Dianna Carter, was back from last week to follow up on the commercial project of combining same-owner properties for data efficiency, requesting to move forward with Equitable Solutions, Inc. Commissioners approved and will sign off at a future meeting.

 

County Clerk Charlotte Schmidt let commissioners know the Tobacco Free Parks Policy in Coffeyville is the only one possible for the county, all approved.

 

Finally, this Friday the 28th is the closing on the sale of Coffeyville's old Red Cross building to the county. It will be the new Tag office. The county already paid $10,000 and today they approved a $30,000 payment for Friday's closing.

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City of Coffeyville Commission Meeting Tomorrow


 

The Coffeyville City Commission will meet tomorrow for its regularly scheduled gathering. Items on the agenda include a presentation to award the AAA Silver Award to the Coffeyville Police Department, and the swearing in of two CPD officers. Also on the agenda is an audit report for 2018.

 

The meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m. at City Hall. A full copy of the agenda can be viewed here.

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Verdigris on the Rise Again


 

The Verdigris River at Coffeyville is on the rise again. Between 1:00 and 11:00 yesterday morning, 2.32 inches of rain was recorded at the Water Treatment Plant. Significant rainfall has also occurred north of Coffeyville, and the National Weather Service issued a river flood warning for the Verdigris beginning today/Monday. At 1pm yesterday, the river level was 6 feet and rising. The National Weather Service indicates the river will rise to 18.3 feet today. This is an improvement as earlier today it was expected to rise to 21.5 feet. City crews will continue monitoring the levee which can hold up to 26.5 feet.

The Verdigris River in Independence will go through a dramatic rise. The river, which now stands at about 11 feet, will rise to 36.3' at the east river bridge gauge by midnight tonight. This will cause the following areas to flooded and will be closed due to high water: North Park Blvd, South Cement Street at CIty limits, South 2nd Street at CIty limits?, and South Pennsylvania Ave at City limits?, and South 10th Street at City limits. After the crest, the river will fall quickly to its normal level, barring any additional rainfall. Motorists are advised to not drive into high water or around barricades.

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Caney Fire Chief Resigns


The city of Caney’s Fire Chief has resigned.  City Administrator Fred Gress says that Chief Robert Jones submitted his resignation last night.  Gress says that even though the Caney Fire Department is comprised of volunteers they are considered city employees therefore Jones’s resignation will still need to be accepted by the City Council.  The next Council meeting is not scheduled until the end of July so Gress says it’s possible a special meeting may be called before then.  Meanwhile, Gress says he’s heard that the fire department has called a meeting for tonight but that he has not been invited.

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Juneteenth 2019 Marks 156 Years of Emancipation


 

This week marked the 154th Anniversary of Juneteenth in America, and OK Sen. James Lankford said it's important for the nation to remember it. Juneteenth refers to the date slavery was abolished in the southern states.

 

Sen. Lankford acknowledged the anniversary on the Senate Floor where he said the Emancipation Proclamation was signed by Abraham Lincoln January 1st of 1863, but that it took two years for multiple areas of the south to know about the liberation of the slaves.

 

Due to communication barriers, it took a year longer for the word to reach Oklahoma, on June 14th, 1866. June 19th is the date it was officially recognized, so it's that day every year we call "Juneteenth" or Emancipation Day.

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FEMA Assistance Update


 

Nowata, Osage and Washington counties have all been approved to get disaster assistance from FEMA. Once they get in touch with applicants, it is important to have the proper documentation including address, social security number, condition of damaged home, insurance information if available, phone number, and directions to the property.

 

It's also important to provide banking information to FEMA because disaster assistance funds can be sent directly to a bank account. After registering with FEMA, a registration number is provided. That number needs to be saved for reference when contacting FEMA.

 

To register for disaster assistance, call 1-800-621-3362 or go online to disasterassistance.gov

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Osage County Woman Found Dead in Skiatook


 

An Osage County woman last seen leaving the Owasso Walmart has been found dead. After searching on land, in the water and by drone, kayakers found the body of Laura Pace whose car had been found near North 52nd West Ave. by the Hominy Creek Bridge.


Pace's body was found three to four miles downstream from the bridge near a creek in Skiatook. Pace had worked at the Owasso Walmart for more than 20 years. The medical examiner's office is working to determine the cause of death.

 

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Neodesha Police Chase a Harley Across Counties


 

The Neodesha Police Department were in a high speed chase with a Harley Davidson motorcycle. Officers attempted to make a traffic stop on a 2008 Harley Davidson for traffic violations in the 300 block of Mill. The vehicle failed to stop for the officer and a pursuit began, leaving city limits into the southeast area of Wilson County driving at a high rate of speed. The motorcycle tried going through a ditch on 5700 rd south of 6200 road in Montgomery County, but the driver laid the motorcycle on its side.

 

The pursuing officer tased the suspect and took him into custody without injury. The suspect was identified as 36-year-old Matthew Williams of Neodesha. Williams was found in possession of Methamphetamines and drug paraphernalia at the time of his arrest. He was taken to Wilson County jail and charged with flee and elude, reckless driving, no proof of insurance, no tag, basic speed, possession of Methamphetamine, possession of drug paraphernalia, and no motorcycle drivers license.

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Wanted Fugitive in Cherokee County


 

A “Wanted Fugitive” in Cherokee County: Harvey William Baker, 45, of Columbus is described as 5’10, 270 pounds, brown hair, blue eyes. Please contact the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office at 620-429-3992 with info as to his whereabouts.

 

You can also submit information by texting 888777. The Cherokee County Sheriff's Office says to type “tip cherokee” in the text message, along with the information you wish to provide.

 

You may also call 620-429-3992.

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Caney Businessman Offers Help


 

A lightning strike during recent weeks cost a Caney woman her home. Neighbors, on 5th Street, reported hearing a loud boom before the ensuing fire. North Star Metal Works Owner Shane Vernon listed a wooded swing for sale on social media.He wanted all proceeds to benefit Sallie Bausch, who lost everything. 

 

The swing was was scooped up within a couple of hours. 

 

 

 


OK Amends Duties of Attorney General


 

Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt and Senator Julie Daniels amended Title 74 which includes the duties and responsibilities of the Attorney General. Sen. Daniels said it's their opinion that when the AG sues on behalf of the people of Oklahoma and wins the lawsuit or settles out, that money must be paid back to the State, specifically put into the State Treasury so the legislative branch can fulfill its duties.

 

Sen. Daniels said the settlement agreement with Purdue Pharma regarding the opioid crisis was troubling because money was never received into the state treasury, seemingly because the attorney general believed it was not necessary because "they negotiated the settlement and the judge signed off on it".

 

Now the amended Title 74 states that if the attorney general settles, compromises, or disposes of any action in court on behalf of the people, those dollars must be spent in the State Treasury immediately.

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Law Enforcement Preparing to Arrest High Drivers


 

 Don't think you won't get arrested for driving high. Kansas law enforcement and justice systems gear up to make more arrests for this DUI offense. A new AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety survey reveals that nearly 70 percent of Americans think it’s unlikely a driver will get caught.

 

An estimated 14.8 million Americans report driving within one hour after using, and the most impairing effects of marijuana are within the first one to four hours. Studies indicate drivers high on marijuana are up to twice as likely to be involved in a crash.

 

Training programs such as Advanced Roadside Impaired Driving Enforcement (ARIDE) and the Drug Evaluation and Classification (DEC)

were developed around the country to more effectively recognize drug-impaired driving, and law enforcement is getting more sophisticated in their methods for identifying marijuana-impaired drivers .

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Relay For Life Friday: New Spot, New Team, New Ring and More


 

The Relay for Life annual event is back. It's Friday, June 21st, and event leader, Conley Cornell, wants people to know the new location is the field behind Field Kindley High School in Coffeyville. Click to listen to Cornell on the airwaves.

 

And Windsor Place is providing transportation from all around town. Cornell said if you need a ride, look for the Windsor Place van, wave at them, and they'll pick you up, and even take you back to your vehicle. 

 

Doors open at 5:30. KGGF's John Leonard will be MC-ing until 11pm, with professional DJ Chase Brake of CG Entertainment taking over at 11. Cornell said you don't want to miss the auctions starting at 5:30. She said the two items you do NOT have to be there to win is the custom-made ring by Cantrell's Fine Jewelry valued over $2,300, and a hand-made, patriotic quilt. Go to the Relay's Facebook page here to see videos of all the auction items, very impressive!

 

They have a brand new team this year that has started across the nation called #Gold Together, and it's the only one set up for funds to go towards childhood cancer. Click to hear more from Cornell about the leaders of this team and how it got started.

 

Doors open at 5:30 when the silent auction starts. It kicks off with a parade at 6:00. A free dinner is served from 6-7 for survivor and guest before the survivor lap/walk begins. 

 

Lighting ceremony is at 9:30, food concessions by donation, the band Outlaw Soul, corn-hole games, kids activities, and more. Click to hear about them.

 

It's all-nighter ending at 6:00 in the morning!

 

 

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Leadership Coffeyville


 

 

Attention Leaders! Leadership Coffeyville makes its 2019 return as this course emphasizes in growing many leadership skills. Chamber Director Candi Wesbrook explained what to expect as it’s course designed to not only teach individuals a better understanding of their leadership skills but also how to apply them to everyday experiences.

Westbrook says you will also experience presentations and speakers from businesses around town, giving you a better knowledge of Coffeyville. They are taking registrations now, you can stop by the chamber at 807 S. Walnut or for more information you can call 620-251-2550.

 

 

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Area Colleges Not Raising Tuition for 2019-2020 School Year


 

At least two Kansas colleges won't be raising their tuition rates next year. Pittsburg State University and Wichita State University both announced yesterday that there would be no tuition cost increases for the 2019-2020 school year.

 

Wichita State modified their request to the Kansas Board of Regents to hold all tuition rates flat for the 19-20 school year. There are still 17 fees left unchanged in their proposal, including charges made by special programs and colleges, and laboratory fees. The 0.0% increase in tuition will be the lowest rate of change for WSU since 1989.

 

Pittsburg State also announced their full-time in-state tuition would remain at its current rate of $2,847 per semester. PSU President Steve Scott credited the state legislature's recent reinvestment into higher education with the decision to keep tuition costs at their current rate.

 

In addition, the University’s Gorilla Advantage program will grow in fall 2020 from its existing portions of Arkansas, Oklahoma, and Missouri to include every county in those states.

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Park Clean-Up Day Scheduled


 

There'll be a good chance to help beautify Coffeyville later this month. The City of Coffeyville Park Advisory Board has officially scheduled a Park Clean-Up Day for next Saturday, June 29. Volunteers are requested to help with projects at North Park, Harmon Park and Walter Johnson Park. Those interested in helping out with the projects should meet in the City Hall north parking lot at 9 a.m, where individual projects will be assigned.

 

For those interested, the board is requesting all volunteers to bring tools, rakes, brooms and gloves.

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Drowning Prevention During Summertime Swimming


 

According to the CDC drownings are the leading cause of death among children ages 1-4. Kstate Research and Extension's Kylie Ludwig says 3 children die everyday because of drowning.

 

Ludwig says it's important to teach kids how to swim and life jackets are also very important.  Swim lessons are taught in Coffeyville, Caney, Parsons and many other places in the area.

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Your Chance to be Rodeo Royalty


 

The Inter-State Fair and Rodeo is in search of a few good women. Rodeo queens and princesses, that is. The 111st annual Inter-State Fair and Rodeo in Coffeyville is accepting pageant applications for queen, princess, and little miss through July 15. Queen candidates must be between the ages of 14 and 26, Princess candidates must be from seven to 13, and Little Miss contestants must be ages 6 and under. The young ladies will compete in several categories including horsemanship, speech, modeling and interview. Royalty is crowned during the rodeo on August 15. Entry forms and more information can be found on the Fair and Rodeo’s website.

 

This year’s Fair and Rodeo takes place August 13-17 at Walter Johnson Park in Coffeyville.

 

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Hopeful End to Education Litigation


 

 

Hopeful end to education lidigation! Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt is hopeful  last week’s Kansas Supreme Court school-finance decision in Gannon v. State will hold up as he described the lengthy process. It took seven rounds of arguments at the Kansas Supreme Court and legislative responses to each prior decision, last week the Court unanimously ruled the Kansas school finance system complies with the requirements of the state constitution. Schmidt is relieved this litigation has ended and should not recur as long as the Legislature and governor fulfill their promises, though the court did hold the jurisdiction. Schmidt wants focus to be more on education policy then actual lidigation and at the end of the phase-in period, Kansas taxpayers will be spending – and public schools will be receiving – roughly $1 billion more each year than when this began.

 

With this lawsuit now behind us, Schmidt says it’s time for a thoughtful conversation about whether this process we have witnessed over the past decade is really how Kansans want school finance decisions to be made.

 

 

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City of Independence Warns of Flooded Roads


 

Due to last night's storms, the City of Independence is warning those living in the city to be careful in avoiding flooded roads this morning. Currently, 10th Street near the ballfields has its southbound lanes closed due to high water. However, other roads may be flooded without signage. Turn around, don't drown!

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Sen. Moran Introduces Bill to "Level the Playing Field" For Clean Energy


 

United States Senator Jerry Moran introduced bipartisan legislation alongside another U.S. Senator, Chris Coons (D-Del.), intending to give investors involved with clean energy projects access to an old decades-old corporate structure with tax advantages.

 

Currently, the advantages provided by the structure are only extended to those investing in fossil-fuel based energy projects. The Financing Our Energy Future Act will seek to modify the federal tax code and "unleash" private capital by allowing energy-generation and renewable fuel companies to form master limited partnerships, which combine the funding advantages of corporations and the tax advantages of partnerships.

 

A companion bill was introduced in the House by Rep. Ron Estes (KS-04) and Mike Thompson (CA-05).

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Fireworks Reminder from CPD


 

A fireworks reminder from the Coffeyville Police Department as firework stands start to go up in the area. Fireworks in the city limits of Coffeyville can only be discharged and sold July 1st through July 4th from 8:00am until midnight. Bottle rockets of any sort are prohibited. There are also several locations that you cannot discharge any fireworks including public streets, alleys, parks and the business district. These ordinances are nothing new and have been in effect for years. Each year CPD gets questions from those who are caught violating these ordinances. Violations of this ordinance can result in a costly citation so please save your firework displays.

 

CPD thanks you for your cooperation in this matter.

 

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