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Nowata Man Wanted


A wanted subject in Nowata is believed to be dangerous. The subject is Eric Anthony Whitney and after attempting to run over a South Coffeyville Police Officer this morning the police are looking for him.  Whitney has warrants out of Oklahoma for numerous drug offenses and when South Coffeyville made contact with him, an arrest was attempted and a struggle ensued. Whitney got back in to his vehicle and attempted to flee. The South Coffeyville Officer who was attempting to arrest him still had ahold of him as he fled. The Officers arm was caught, however he is okay. A pursuit then ensued. Whitney fled from the scene driving through yards and on sidewalks at a high rate of speed. His vehicle became inoperable, which required him to flee on foot. Whitney was last seen in Coffeyville, KS. However, he does live in Delaware, OK.


Whitney is facing additional Felony charges out of South Coffeyville. If spotted, please contact 911 immediately. Do not approach or make contact with him yourself.


C.C.C. Spring Enrollment On The Horizon



We sat down with C.C.C’s Yvonne Hull on notable dates upcoming for the community college. With now Homecoming behind us, and mid-way through October it’s time to start looking into Spring Courses. November the 5th is when Spring Enrollment will open up for the college. Whether your looking to knock out some Gen Ed classes or start a career CCC has a handful of helpful individuals to get you there. A good first step to getting enrolled is to apply and get your financial aid squared away.If you have any questions about your financial aid, Hull did mention an easy question line email they have set up. You can send all your questions to



U.S.D 445 Adds Some Tech To The Grade Some



U.S.D 445 is always doing there best to keep up with the times and make sure our students have the equipment they need. Asst. Superintendent of Technology with the district James Elliot says this last year they added a handful of computers. Elliot says the district within the last year has added 300 laptops to the grade school, as he says the students have reacted well the the upgrade. Not only are they teaching them use of the device but also safe streaming while online as they block certain cities with the district buildings. Elliot discussed on how the district continues to grow with the times and invest into current technology. Elliot says whether you like it or not that's the way the times are going and we need to teach our children about it. Elliot notes their goal is to make sure each student that comes through their doors does not step back in time, but is supported with the technological tools that are available now.



Man Injured In Fall Off Cliff


A Dennis man suffers multiple injuries in a fall off a cliff.  Montgomery County Sheriff Bobby Dierks says 49-year-old Howard Walker, Junior, was out along River Road when he lost his footing, and fell 300 feet.  Walker was transported to Coffeyville Regional Medical Center for treatment.  


Sheriff Dierks says Walker sustained broken ribs and other injuries in the fall. 

UPDATE: One Dead Three Hurt In 5 Vehicle Crash


A five-vehicle crash near Caney leaves one dead and sends three others to the hospital. The Kansas Highway Patrol says the wreck occurred in the east bound lanes of U-S 166 when 17-year-old Jalen Kristopher Bush went left of center and struck the second vehicle head-on. A third vehicle struck Bush's vehicle. The forth vehicle then tried to avoid striking that car, but struck Bush's vehicle and then the fifth vehicle that was stopped on the westbound shoulder.


Bush, 76-year-old Linda Coots, and 81-year-old Geraldine Wilson Jay were transported for medical treatment. 79-year-old Edgar Coots died from injuries sustained in the crash.

Jobs Could Be Headed To Bartlesville


ABB Inc. plans to hire approximately 90 people at the Bartlesville.  The company says as part of its continuing review of the business,  its intent to consolidate analytic manufacturing at our Lewisburg, WV location into factories in Bartlesville, OK and Quebec, Canada.  A final decision is contingent on negotiations with our employee union.  Those talks are currently under way. 


The factory closing will impact approximately 130 workers at the Lewisburg location.

Mushroom Operation Lands 3 In Jail


Independence Police Officers dispatched to a crash make a surprise discovery while looking for the owner of a car. It happened in the 600 block of Washington. A parked car was hit. Officers were knocking on doors looking for the owner when they observed drug paraphernalia in plain view. A search warrant was obtained and officers seized alcohol, marijuana, suspected psychedelic mushrooms, and firearms.


Tanner Strange, Clayton Williams, and Michael Cavallaro all from Independence were arrested on complaints of cultivating a controlled substance, distribution of hallucinogenics, possession of drug paraphernalia, and possession of alcohol by a minor for all three men.


Multiple Vehicle Crash Near Kopco


A multile vehicle crash on US 166 by Kopco. Possibly as many as five vehicles involved. A number of injuries have been reported and possibly a fatality.  The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office has now been joined by the Kansas Highway Patrol.  


Life-Flight has landed near Caney Valley High School to transport some of the injured.  


Montgomery County Clerk Encourages Voters


The November General Election approaches. Montgomery County Clerk Charlotte Scott Schmidt says residents really need to make an effort to cast their ballots.



Schmidt says for those who may be unable to make it to the polls on election day, advance balloting begins on October 17th. It is already possible for you to request your ballot.  October 16th is the deadline to register to vote.

Shooting Death Under Investigation


The victim has been identified in an early morning homicide that is under investigation in Independence. Police Chief Jerry Harrison tells KGGF News that the victim is 38 year old Ricky Martin. Officers were called out just after 2 a.m. for a report of shots fired. When officers arrived at the location in southeast Independence, they found the victim who had been killed by a single gun-shot wound.


Anyone with information about the case is asked to call the Indy PD at 332-1700.

Average Payment Enrollment Underway


The City of Coffeyville is accepting applications for the Average Monthly Payment Plan. Finance Director Stephanie Richardson says its an option to make it easier for customers to budget utility expenses.


Sign up for the program is only available during the month of October. You must be an account holder with 12-months historyto qualify. Complete details are online at the city's website.

Former Bank Employee Sentenced In Theft


A Coffeyville woman receives 60 days in federal prison for stealing $150,000 from a customer at a bank where she worked, U.S. Attorney Stephen McAllister said. In addition, she was ordered to pay full restitution.  61-year-old Phyllis Lanning pleaded guilty to one count of mail fraud. She admitted that while she worked for Condon National Bank she created and mailed falsified documents in order to conceal the fact she stole $150,000 from a customer’s account. She diverted legitimate monthly statements to a postal address in Bartlesville, Okla., that she controlled. She prepared counterfeit statements and mailed them to the owner of the account.


The theft was discovered after the owner of the account died and family members took control of the account.




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Former Caney Clerk Indicted


The former Caney City Clerk faces an indictment for an embezzlement scheme. 69-year-old Carole Sue Coker of Missouri is charged with mail fraud and bank fraud. She is charged with stealing more than 36-thousand-dollars and covering up the crime with check for cash scheme. Coker was the city clerk for 40-years before her retirement.


U.S. Attorney Stephen McAllister says she embezzled a portion of cash payment by recording only a portion of checks made out to the city to make the city's books appear to balance.


Kansas 4 H'ers Place 3rd Nationally



Talking with K-State extension offices Jacob Weber as he just returned from the 4 H national convention in St. Louis with good news!. The team representing the state of Kansas combined their individuals finishes and places 3rd nationally. Weber was very proud of the team and coach Beason. The 4 individuals on that 3rd place team were Ashley Chandler, Chloe Jones, Teya Maxon and Kelsi Shepalski. Both Weber and K State extensions Keith Martin say this is nothing new for the state of Kansas as our 4 H ers are versed on a national level. All 4 finished within the top 15 as they powered they way to a ribbon. Weber congratulates coach Kristina Beason on a great finish and thanks the parents for getting the kids to the event safely.


New City Manager For Coffeyville


The Coffeyville City Commission votes to hire a a new city manager.  Members voted unanimously to extend the position to Mark Hall. He will begin his new duties on October 15th. 


Hall formerly served as the city manager in Liberal.  His employment contract there was terminated in January.  

Nowata County Shooting Under Investigation


The investigation continues into a Nowata County shooting.   Sheriff Kenny Freeman says the shooting that took place over the weekend. and involved a juvenile.“This is a horrible tragedy and my heart goes out to the family. As a father, I cannot imagine a deeper hurt, as of now this is still an open investigation and I cannot comment further," said Freeman.


Sheriff Freeman says no charges have been filed at this time. 


Coffeyville Moves Towards City Manager Selection

Coffeyville may take another step tonight toward naming a permanent city manager.  The city commission will meet in executive session at 6:00 to discuss non-elected personnel.  Michael Shook has been serving as the city’s interim city manager since Kendal Francis resigned that post in March.


Tornado Sirens Sound in Coffeyville

Tornado sirens sounded across Coffeyville over the lunch hour today as the National Weather Service issued a Tornado Warning for the area.  The weather agency reported a possible tornado on radar east of Liberty.  The system quickly moved off to the east prompting a severe thunderstorm warning for Labette County.  The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Department says there were no reports of damage around the Liberty area.


Enrollment Numbers Up At USD 445


The preliminary numbers are in. It looks like enrollment has grown for the second year in a row at Coffeyville Public Schools. Assistant Superintendent Michael Speer says they pay close attention to the youngest students.



The USD 445 Board of Education also approved the hiring of several new staff members and received updates on the school redesign efforts at Field Kindley High and Roosevelt Middle Schools.

U.S.D. 447 District Wide Tours Tonight



We sat down Superintendent of USD 447 schools Shelly Kiblinger as well as a member of the revamping committee Sarah Jones on how they all put the bond together. Jones mentions they aimed to keep it good for the taxpayer and especially good for the student. The bond asks for just over 12 million dollars for improvements district wide, which depending on your property rounds out to be about 80 dollars per month increase. Most of the money will be headed towards lincoln Central Elementary School but you are urged to see the issues first hand before voting which you can tonight with a district wide open house with tours at 5 and a panel discussion available at 630 PM at Lincoln Central.




Possible Tornado Damage In Osage County


A possible tornado causes damage last night in Fairfax, Oklahoma. That's in Osage County. There have been reports of some minor injuries, but no deaths from the storm. Clean-up continues for the town. The American Red Cross is meeting with those impacted.


A survey team from the National Weather Service will also be on-site today.


Group Working To Improve Life In Caney


Small towns across Kansas struggle to remain relevant. In Caney, some residents are getting involved with a program developed by a Kansas State University professor to build up the town.


Trina Reed says the Caney Community Betterment Group is made up of volunteers with the goal of supporting local businesses and community events-- like the Celebration Caney event over the weekend.


Dalton Defenders Museum To Move Into Old Condon Bank



After a fun weekend, the 2018 Dalton Defenders Days is now behind us. Though more exciting news does come from the museum.  Kris Crane with the Dalton museum says by this time next year most of the contents of the Dalton museum will be elsewhere.  Community State Bank, owners of the Condon Bank building in downtown Coffeyville donated the building to the Dalton Museum. Crane says they need to do some demolition and remodeling to the newly acquired bank which they will need volunteer help if you are interested. Crane says they hope to have all the artifacts moved over by winter so they can have a grand opening and celebration by next year's Defenders Days. She stressed the old building will be kept, just the majority of the artifacts will be moved into the old Condon bank as Crane also previewed a special plan they have with the vault inside the bank as they look to showcase the guns used inside the safe.


70 Years With Thompson Brothers


They have called Coffeyville home since 1948. Thompson Brothers Welding and Industrial Supply celebrates 70-years of business with an open house today. As the 3rd generation involved in the business, Ryan Thompson says there is a secret to their success.



A lot of vendors and demonstrations on site today for the celebration, which continues until 2 p.m.  KGGF's Sam Speck hosts Openline live on location from their store on 8th Street.

Columbus Area Man Jailed On Drug & Stalking Complaints


A Columbus area man goes to jail after the Cherokee County Sheriff's Office searches his home. Sheriff David Groves says 43-year-old Glenn Jones, II, faces complaints of aggravated intimidation of a witness, possession of methamphetamine, marijuana and drug paraphernalia, criminal possession of a firearm and criminal stalking.


Jones bond was set at $21,000.

Cherryvale Museum Seeks More Funding


The Historical Cherryvale Museum looks for an increase in funding from the Montgomery County Commission. Board Secretary Mike Wood says their annual budget now is $3,800 with just over $2,600 allocated by the county.




The museum hosts 350 visitors each year. They have exhibits on actress Vivian Vance, silent film actress Louise Brooks, the Bender Family and others.  The Cherryvale request comes shortly after a similar request from Caney's Historical Society.

Man Charged In Tainted Drink Case


Serving a tainted drink to an Allen County Deputy leaves a McDonald's employee in hot water. The Allen County Attorney files a charge of aggravated battery of a law enforcement officer against 22-year-old Trevor Hockaday. He was working at the McDonald's in Iola last month when he is accused of spiking the deputy's drink with a peroxide-based cleaner.


The owner of the restaurant says they are working closely with the authorities.

Coffeyville Business Celebrates 70 Years


For 70-years, those needing welding and industrial supplies have turned to Thompson Brothers of Coffeyville. Ryan Thompson is a third generation member of the business and says while they have seen growth, it is also important for them to give back to students.  Thompson says they are also committed to supporting economic development efforts through their involvement with the Montgomery County Action Council and the City of Coffeyville.


Thompson Brothers will have an open-house for students on Thursday and the public on Friday.

Enrollment Numbers Up For CCC


Despite a downward trend among enrollment numbers across the state's community colleges, Coffeyville's sees growth. The Kansas Board of Regents released the numbers for fall semester enrollment at all public technical schools, community colleges and four-year institutions. Those numbers show CCC posting the largest enrollment increase of any of the Regents' institutions at 10.41 percent, with 1,451 students.


The report also shows that Independence Community College posted an enrollment decrease of 3.63 percent, down to 633 students.



Mercy To Close Fort Scott Hospital


More constriction in the health care industry in southeast Kansas. Mercy Health System announces it will close the hospital in Fort Scott by the end of the year. Mercy has served Fort Scott since 1886. The hospital is reportedly working with Community Health Centers of Southeast Kansas to continue physician service for the Fort Scott area. The health system cites declining patient numbers and shrinking re-reimbursements as reasons for the closure.


Mercy closed its Independence hospital in 2015.

Jail Employee Arrested


An employee of the Linn County Jail has been booked into the jail. The Kansas Bureau of Investigation reports 48-year-old John O. Carr was arrested following an investigation into an alleged July incident. He was arrested on a complaint of sexual battery, a class A misdemeanor.


Carr was arrested at the Linn County Sheriff's Office in Mound City.

C.C.C Homecoming Next Week



We sat down with CCC’s Yvonne Hull yesterday as she wanted to remind everyone starting next week the on 8th is homecoming week for the Red Ravens. CCC has a long list of activities for the students to take part in as well as the Letterman hall of fame presentation. Hull also noted the distinguished alumni luncheon on the 12th that you can attend that will need to register for by contacting Sally Presson in the foundation office at 620 252 7070, as well as the Letterman Hall Of Fame Induction on Saturday which you can reserve your spot by calling Jana Kastler at 620 252 7360. For more information and full list of homecoming activities visit their website at



Track Replacement Slated For Veterans Memorial Stadium


The track at Veterans Memorial Stadium needs to be replaced. The track was built in 2001 and had a lifespan of 10-years. Coffeyville's Deputy Director of Public Works, Jim Bradshaw, says they did a surface seal in 2012 which extended the life of the track. It's estimated the cost of replacement will be nearly $300,000.



The Coffeyville City Commission has agreed to award the contract for the work to Hellas Construction from Texas. The bid process was handled by Greenbush, which will also audit the contract.

General Surgeon Joins CRMC


There's a new doctor in town. Dr. Arron Russell joins the staff at Coffeyville Regional Medical Center. He completed medical school at the University of Texas in Houston in 2013. Dr. Russell will be performing general surgery procedures such as gallbladder removals, appendectomies, hernia repairs, and upper/lower endoscopy procedures.


Dr. Russell has three children ages 12, 9 and 5.

Man Dies In Single Vehicle Crash


An early morning crash takes the life of a man from the Columbus area. Cherokee County Sheriff David Groves says emergency crews responded yesterday to a single vehicle crash. It happened east of Baxter Springs, off of Highway 166. Groves says 42-year-old Gabriel Gaither Gillmore was westbound when he crossed the centerline, went into a ditch, struck a culvert and rolled his pick-up.


He died from injuries sustained in the wreck.

School Bond To Be Decided By Cherryvale Voters



A Bond question comes forth for the residence of USD 447 in Cherryvale and Thayer. Superintendent Shelly Kiblinger says they seek just over 12 million dollars. Kiblinger says most of that 12 million will be heading towards rebuilding the elementary school, as well as enhancing the technical shops within the high school, and complying with ADA regulations all through out the district. Depending on the value of your home Kiblinger stressed the yearly tax increased would only be around 60 to 80 dollars. If you'd like to see these issues around the district yourself, Kiblinger mentioned a district wide open house, where every district building will be open for tours on October 9th from 5 to 8 PM.


Sheriff Breaks Down Numbers From Recent Drug Sweep


A dozen suspects land in jail following a combined drug sweep by the KBI, Independence Police, Coffeyville Police and Montgomery County Sheriff's Office. Sheriff Bobby Dierks says a lot of work goes into those enforcement efforts.




Dierks says his investigators logged 172 additional man-hours and spent $1,700 on drug buys.


Dalton Defenders Days Returns Next Week



Dalton Defender days is back! Starting up next weekend in the downtown area of Coffeyville is a list of fun things to do and be apart of. as well as spectate the reenactment. A member of the reenactment Dave Brown tells us Friday night is packed with activities vendors opening up at 4 PM and of course the reenactment at 6 PM. Brown says the activities pickup on Saturday into full swing starting early morning at 9 AM with the vendors opening up. Brown says their Facebook page Dalton Defenders Days has a long list of all the Saturday activities but noted the reenactment will take place at 11 AM, 3 PM and also 5 PM in the downtown plaza. Live music, long list of various vendors, a car show and many more fun activities is something you and the family can be apart of next weekend at Dalton Defenders Days here in Coffeyville.


Touch a Truck This Saturday


After weather postponed the original date for Touch a Truck it is back and will take place Saturday from 9:00am until 12:00pm at the Coffeyville Recreation Commission parking lot at Walter Johnson Park. CRC's Chirstine Lay says this will be a good event and is their first annual.


Lay says the event is free and is for kids of all ages.


Coffeyville Business Operator Arrested


A Coffeyville business owner faces child sex abuse charges. 69-year-old Virgil Marion Patchett was arrested by Coffeyville Police late last week. He faces a charge of aggravated indecent liberties with a child. The operator of Patchett Glass and Construction was booked into the Montgomery County Jail on a $100,000 bond.


Montgomery County Sheriff Bobby Dierks tells KGGF News Patchett is out of the jail for medical treatment following a cancer diagnosis.


Salvation Army Prepares For Holidays


The Coffeyville Salvation Army prepares for the upcoming holiday season. They will soon be accepting applications for their angel program. Chamber Director Candi Westbrook says they are also looking for bell ringers.  The money raised through the kettle campaign stays in the local area.


Westbrook says the long-time coordinator of the bell ringers has retired, so they are also looking for someone to help with that.


Coffeyville Street Drags



This Saturday the 29th the Coffeyville Street Drags has its Fall Races out at the industrial park. Gates open at 10 AM and races begin at 1 that afternoon. Organizer Trey Maxon tells KGGF news there will be plenty to enjoy including various vendors and other things for you and the family to enjoy. Now Tech Registration starts at 9 AM that morning and the general public gates open at 10. 10 dollars for general admission tickets and discount prices for children 10 and under. For more information you can head to their website


Young Professionals Group Growing In Indy


Making friends and networking to grow your career. The Young Professionals of Independence are always looking to add new members. Independence Chamber Director Lisa Wilson says most find YPI to be a lot of fun.  She says the group also gets involved in a number of civic projects.


Right now, they are improving the basketball courts on Park Boulevard.

Siren Test Today


Coffeyville Resources Refining & Marketing and the Fertilizer Facility plan to run their annual test this morning. The test is part of the emergency action plan to notify the community in case there is a hazardous material release. The warning sirens will be activated at 10 am. Typically, there would be a a digital voice message describing what action should be taken by residents.


Plans call for a plant evacuation and a drill for the emergency response team The warning sirens are located west of Linden Street between 4th and 5th Streets and at First and Maple.

City May Be Closer To Naming City Manager


The City of Coffeyville may be closer to naming a city manager. Mayor Paul Bauer says two candidates have recently been interviewed.  Coffeyville City Commissioners met in executive session last night, likely to discuss which candidate they would select. Michael Shook has been serving as interim city manager.


Former City Manager Kendal Francis resigned in March. He is now the city administrator for Great Bend.

UPDATE: Auction Open On Former Amazon Warehouse


Ten-X Commercial is hopeful someone is ready to bid. An on-line auction opens today and continues through Thursday on the former Amazon building. Montgomery County Action Council's Trisha Purdon says a potential buyer, if they didn't need all the space, could make some rental income on the deal.


She says there has been interest in the warehouse expressed by a couple of companies in the Kansas City area and some international firms, as well.


View the auction listing here.


Scouting For Food



Scouting for food, a week long effort to collect non-perishable foods put on by the Caney Boy Scouts. From September 30th through the 7th of October they will be collecting food items. The Scouts will also be out at the Dollar General on the final day of the drive on October 7th. To be apart of the youth collecting visit anytime between 1 and 5PM that Sunday and bring your food items! If you can’t make it, there is drop boxes all over town as well as they provide a pick up service by simply calling Roy at 620 - 688 - 17 - 27.


Update From Highway Task Force



The Highway Task Force had their meeting in the Southeast corner of Kansas over in Pittsburg recently as representative Jim Kelly says, some of the projects in our area may be getting recognized as high priority due to the fatalities, and high truck traffic. Kelly says the 169 coalition was united this time around, as they outlined a few projects in our area that may be listed as high priority. Including adding shoulders to 169 near Welda and Garnet as well as the 160-169 interchange outside of Independence. The high fatality areas of 160 and 169 are receiving the most attention and may be put on the high priority list later on. Kelly says the 169 coalition was very united during the meeting and is optimistic. Another item on the list was to come up with a design to improve the flow of traffic on highway 169 through Thayer and Coffeyville.


REPORT: Vehicle Spotted In Verdigris River


UPDATE:   Investigators have confirmed there wasn’t anyone inside the vehicle.  It is believed the vehicle may have been abandoned several days ago.  



Traffic is being impacted on U-S 169 coming into Coffeyville. The police department and CRMC Ambulance crews are on the scene after there were reports of a vehicle in the water.  


At this time, it is unclear if anyone is inside the car.  




Historical Society Seeks Funding Increase


The Caney Valley Historical Society asks the Montgomery County Commission to consider increasing its funding. Historical Society President Dale McBride says the museum has made a number of changes to be more fiscally fit.  As part of the restructuring, the museum would like to county to double its contribution from just over $2,600 to $5,300. Commissioners agreed to consider the request.


The panel also approved the purchase of 42-hot shield masks for rural firefighters to use when battling grass fires.

Auction Set For Warehouse At Industrial Park


Time to try again. Ten-X Commercial prepares to auction off the former Amazon building. The starting bid will be $2-million for the over 877-thousand square foot industrial facility. The auction pamphlet says the warehouse has 25-40 foot ceilings and 76 docks.


The auction will be conducted on-line tomorrow through the Thursday.

Remembering A Slain Lawman


Thousands gather in Wichita to remember a Sedgwick County deputy killed in the line of duty. Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt was among those attending. He tells KGGF News too many officers are dying doing their job.  41-year-old Robert Kunze had been with the Sedgwick County Sheriff's Office since 2006.


Sheriff Jeff Easter says others could have died if the mortally wounded deputy hadn't killed 29-year-old Robert Greeson.

Fast Food Worker Arrested Accused Of Serving Tainted Drink


A McDonald's employee lands in jail after allegedly serving an Allen County Deputy a tainted drink. Investigators says the deputy was in the McDonald's in Iola when he picked up his food and drink from the drive-thru. A short time later, the deputy developed flu-like symptoms. The 22-year-old employee is accused of putting a peroxide-based cleaner in the deputy's drink.


KOAM reports the suspect has been booked into the Allen County Jail for aggravated battery against a law enforcement officer.


Statement from Iola McDonald's owner Glen Nichols:


“In our restaurants, nothing is more important to us than the safety and well-being of our customers. We are very disappointed by the allegations made regarding the behavior of one of our former crew members. This kind of behavior goes against our food safety standards and is not tolerated. Our organization will take all appropriate measures to gather facts and will work closely with authorities in their investigation.”

Banned Books Week Observed At Library


Next week the Coffeyville Public Library turns a spotlight on banned books. The library's Rachel Rose says the idea is to get people to think about the importance of having access to books of all types.  Rose notes some may be surprised to learn that one of the top 10 banned books this year was To Kill A Mockingbird.


Rose says they have a display in place to have patrons consider how far they would go to protect their favorite works of literature.  She also notes that if you do not agree with a book's content, you do not have to read it.

Giving The Gift Of Bullet Resistant Vests


The reserve officers in Baxter Springs receive what could be life-saving gifts from the Joplin Police Department. JPD donated a number of bullet resistant vests for the Baxter Springs Police reserve officers to use. The reserve officers in Baxter Springs receive their funding exclusively through donations and fundraisers.


The gift of the vests will significantly improve safety for those reserve officers.


Caney Native Moves Up On Airport Board


A former Caney resident and Oklahoma Highway Patrolman moves into a new position. Eddie Rose has been named chairman of the Grove Municipal Airport Managing Authority. Rose has been serving as a vice-chairman of the authority.


He replaces Berwin Kock. His term expired at the end of August.

Hot Dogs N' History



A fun event is coming up this weekend in downtown Coffeyville to benefit the Midland Theater. Director of the Coffeyville Chamber of Commerce Candy Westbrook says it’s the return of the Hot Dogs N’ History. Westbrook says the event is put on by the Daylight Defenders Club as they continue to circulate around town hoping to benefit particular funds and businesses. Westbrook says the event is open to anyone and encourages your attendance. The event is this Sunday from 1 PM to 4 PM, as they will be handing out Hot dogs, giving history lessons on one the more historic buildings in our area, and as Westbrook has mentioned giving tours of the Theater all while benefiting The Midland Theater.


A.G's Office Continues Fight Against Elder Abuse




The Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt and his office has continued their efforts to end abuse of the elderly. He went before a subcommittee in an attempt to make non-institutional medicaid abuse easier to prosecute. He says the increase in abuse numbers comes with the increase in population in the age group.  He says in non-institutional cases its very difficult to prosecute abuse, and after speaking to the committee Schmidt says things are looking bright. If enacted the legislation would allow the AG’s office to investigate and prosecute, as well as broaden their ability to screen complaints or reports alleging potential abuse or neglect of medicaid beneficiaries.



Two Arrested In Tractor Theft


Two men face felony charges following their arrests over the weekend. Cherokee County Sheriff David Groves tells KGGF News that a Bobcat Tractor valued at over $30,000 was stolen in Galena. 45-year-old Carroll Flowers of Galena and 48-year-old Jerry Joe Smith of Broken Arrow were arrested after a resident reported seeing the two trying to hide the tractor near some railroad tracks.


Both men were booked on a complaint of felony theft with a $15,000 bond.


Work Continues On Coffeyville's Walking/Biking Trail


Work continues on the Brownsfield Trail Project. Thomas Osborn with the City of Coffeyville says the weather has created some delays for Jeff Graham Construction.  The walking/biking trail is being constructed in the area of the former Sherwin Williams Plant. It will feature a paved surface, 10 feet wide.


A Brownsfield Clean-Up Grant is covering the cost of the construction of the trail.


Deputy Killed In The Line Of Duty


Law enforcement officers across Kansas mourn the death of one of their own. Sedgwick County Deputy Robert Kunze  and another deputy were responding to a suspicious person call yesterday. Sheriff Jeff Easter says the deputy leaves behind a wife and child.  Easter says Kunze patted down the suspect and found a 40-caliber handgun. The suspect was being cuffed when the two scuffled and the deputy's weapon was discharged.


The suspect died at the scene. Kunze died at a Wichita hospital.

Senator Moran Discusses Trade Policies


US Senator Jerry Moran makes a stop in Columbus over the weekend as a part of his 105 county listening tour. Part of his focus was on addressing the concerns of farmers who says the trade war is hurting crop prices.


Moran says the president really needs to wrap up his NAFTA work because Mexico and Canada are the biggest buyers of Kansas goods and products.

Man's Door Kicked In. Shots Fired In Home


Independence Police continue to investigate a shooting inside an Independence home. It happened on Thursday in the 700 block of East Main. The victim says three suspects kicked in his front door and fired two shots inside his home. Officers recoverved shell casings and a bullet from the scene. The suspects fled from the seen on foot. Chief Jerry Harrison says investigators recovered drugs from the victim's home. Montgomery County Sheriff's Deputies located three juveniles later in the day, and they were arrested in connection to the case.


In all four have now been arrested, but two other suspects are being sought.

Indian Summer Festival In Bartlesville


The two-day Oklahoma Indian Summer Festival will take place this weekend in downtown Bartlesville at the Community Center.

The festival promises to entertain those of all ages with several different activities. This festival allows the Cherokee Nation to share its culture with the Bartlesville Community in a distinctive way. Cherokee Nation Secretary of State Chuck Hoskin Jr. talks about what makes this festival unique.

The children’s show begins at 10 a.m. on Saturday featuring a children’s art show for all kids through 12th grade. A youth powwow will be held Saturday afternoon as well. Food and art vendors will be present as well.

Hoskin Jr. will serve as the honorary chair for the event. As a proud member of the Cherokee Nation Hoskin Jr. is very excited to interact with the people of the Bartlesville community.

A full schedule of events can be found here.

CE Redesign Update


The Mercury 7 School Redesign effort continues at Coffeyville's Community Elementary. Principal Jennifer Bright says part of the focus is letting students know that even though they are small they can make a big difference.


Bright says the younger students are working on projects to improve their community, older students are focused on bettering the state, their nation, and the world.

Equity Donates To Fab Lab



The Independence Community College Fab Lab is getting major local support for their new expansion. As Jim Correll from the Fab Lab explains they received a more then generous donation from Equity Bank to help make improvements to the facilities. Equity Bank has generously granted the Fab Lab 25 thousand dollars over 5 years to help with the expansion of new facilities. The Fab Lab has named one of the new rooms in the building as the Equity Bank Digital Design Studio. Jim Correll can’t thank the branch enough for their support, as both truly believe in investing into entrepreneurship all while keeping the money local will do nothing but benefit them and businesses all around the community.


Tax Money Will Be Heading To Hotel Developer


A Community Improvement District put in place by the Coffeyville City Commission will soon start forwarding tax dollars to a hotel developer. Coffeyville's Finance Director Stephanie Richardson says the city will be able to cover some of its costs.


The CID was established to reimburse the owner of the Holiday Inn Express a portion of the funds spent on construction of the hotel.


Preparing For Spooktacular



Although we find ourselves just halfway through September the Coffeyville Chamber of Commerce is preparing for Spooktacular! Director of the Chamber Candi Westbrook says it's a trick or treat like event where the kids go collecting their treats from business to business in the downtown area. Spooktacular takes place on October 22nd as Westbrook encourages more business to be involved as well as the ones who are, to put their own unique Halloween twist to your trick or treat setup. Plenty of time to prepare but Westbrook encourages your attendance and your participation with the Halloween Spooktacular event.


Police Look To Upgrade Recording System


When the Coffeyville Police Department relocated, they lost some of the capabilities of the recording system for dispatch and radio traffic. Captain Danny Grigg says the technology is eight-years-old and it is time to upgrade the necessary system.  The price tag for the new system is $20,000.


The Coffeyville City Commission has agreed to allow the police department apply for a Justice Assistance Grant that would cover the entire cost.  The final vote was 4-0.   Commissioner Justin Doane was absent from the meeting.


Fugitive Captured In Cherokee County


A 30-year-old Quapaw man lands in the Cherokee County Jail. Jason Upton was arrested in Baxter Springs on Monday. A felony arrest warrant had been issued for him. Upton faces charges of rape and aggravated burglary for an incident last month, near Galena. The Cherokee County Sheriff's Office worked with the U-S Marshal's Service to capture Upton.

“We appreciate the tips and cooperation received from the public as well as our law enforcement partners in bringing this suspected dangerous fugitive into custody,” said Cherokee County Sheriff David Groves.


445 Board Of Education Hears From SEK CHC


More students at Coffeyville Public Schools look to the Southeast Kansas Community Health Clinic for care. The clinic's Ashley Hooper says there has been a lot of growth in the usage of the clinics within the district. She says it is having an impact.


She says the clinics make it easier for students and parents to access medical attention. And, for those with chronic health problems, they spend less time out of class.

New Hires At CPD


Three new officers will soon be patrolling the streets of Coffeyville. Police Chief Kwin Bromley says they will be off to the academy in November. In March, they'll begin their local field training.


Chief Bromley says more candidates are being interviewed for the remaining three positions they need to fill.  The City of Coffeyville has eased residency requirements and added incentives to encourage individuals to apply for open jobs on the force.


Red Cross Blood Drive In Coffeyville This Week


The American Red Cross hosts blood drives in Coffeyville this week. Spokeswoman Jan Hale says they really need help meeting the demands of hospitals.  Hale says you have three opportunities to give on Wednesday from 9-2 at Coffeyville Community College. Thursday from 11-45 to 6 pm at the First Baptist Church on 9th Street. And, at the church again on Friday morning from 8:30 to 12:30.


You may make an appointment to donate by calling 1-800-Red-Cross or online at .


August Revenue Is Up



We sat down with republican representative Doug Blex last week as he spoke upon some lighter notes coming out of Topeka. The numbers are in and the month of August showed higher revenues. Blex says the economy being in the shape it is as well as the increase of state income tax in 2017 are some reasons for the increase but the numbers continue to look positive as he says August numbers were almost 8 million dollars more than our previous year. Blex says September is always usually a month that is higher than expectations, as self employed individuals will make their yearly tax payments. Blex says the increase is always a good thing as we approach November, where we start to look towards the following year. Though 8 million isn’t an excessive amount to the Kansas Government, at least tee numbers are up.


Search Continues For 3 Involved in Drug Probe



The Coffeyville Police Department furthering their fight against the distribution of illegal drugs. They teamed up with the KBI, Montgomery County Sheriff and other local law enforcement offices on alleged drug distribution between 5 individuals. Chief of the CPD Kwin Bromley says they have made a couple arrests, yet a few still remain outstanding and asks for your help to locate them. The individuals that still remain outstanding from the investigation are, Chris Bridgeman of Independence, Grant Kinser and Carey Walker both of Coffeyville. If you have any information on their whereabouts again Bromley urges you contact your local police department. He states that eliminating the larger scale drug crimes it will ultimately lessen the total amount of crime generally involved in drug use and distribution.


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