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Coffeyville Man Will Serve Time For Ordering A Bomb Online


A Coffeyville man who tried to buy an explosive on the internet was sentenced Friday to two years in federal prison. 19-year-old Carlos Francisco Martin of Coffeyville pleaded guilty to one count of attempting to obtain an explosive with intent to destroy property. In his plea, he admitted he ordered an explosive from an internet site where users seek to remain anonymous and purchases are paid for in bitcoins. Investigators tracked Martin’s purchases on the internet site, which included more than $4,000 worth of illegal drugs such as MDMA, commonly known as ecstasy.


In his plea, Martin admitted he tried to buy the explosive for the purpose of intimidating a rival drug dealer.


CCC Volleyball In Title Game


Sweet Victory! The Red Raven Volleyball Team takes on Parkland of Illinois in national tourney play. The Ravens won the first match 26-24. Parkland fell in the 2nd game 25-8. Parkland claims victory in Game 3 25-22. Set 4 goes to Parkland 25-22. The Ravens stopped the defending national champs in the 5th set with the final score 15-8. The Ravens will play for the National Title against Number 1 Ranked Owens of Ohio.


Play begins at 4:30 this afternoon.


CPD Still Recruiting Officers


The Coffeyville Police Department continues to recruit new officers. Police Chief Kwin Bromley says the interviewing process has been underway and some new recruits are in training.  Chief Bromley says police departments nation-wide are having a tough time recruiting new officers. He says Coffeyville is no exception.


However, a number of officers are getting close to retiring meaning more new recruits are needed.

Sheriff's Office Dealing With Spike In Burglaries


In recent weeks, Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office has seen a dramatic spike in residential burglaries. Sheriff Robert Dierks has ordered his Deputies and Investigators to focus on the incidents and arrest the suspects. Yesterday, investigators executed a search warrant at a house in Dearing. Deputies recovered a number of recently stolen fire arms. Four people at the address on Lemon Street were arrested on outstanding warrants and other charges. Sheriff Dierks tells KGGF News, resident need to lock their homes and use deadbolts when possible. Also, make sure valuables, including jewelry and firearms are hidden and secured.


He says his office is open 24-hours and if you see something that doesn't seem right call. The number is 620-330-1000.


CCC Volleyball Advances At Nationals


After falling down 2-0 in the first two games the Red Ravens force a game four winning 25-23 in game 3. They won the next two against Pasco Hernando of Florida to advance to the next round – winning Game 5 15-8.


They play Parkland this evening at 5:30.

Altercation Causes Delay During Basketball Game


Fighting in the stands creates a brief delay in the action at the Independence Community College and Coffeyville Community College basketball game. Some members of the ICC football team were removed from the building. ICC Athletic Director Tammie Geldenhuys told KGGF News at the game that the situation was just a couple of kids getting mouthy with each other. CCC Sports Information Director Stephen McNett says he was trying to separate the students when a student from Independence hit him in the face.


Officers with the Montgomery County Sheriff's Office and Kansas Highway Patrol were outside the fieldhouse after the altercation to deter any further scuffles.


Cinnamon Roll Fundraiser For Saddle Club


The Caney Saddle Club is going to have a Cinnamon Roll Booth at the Caney Christmas Parade, December 7th, at 4th & Main Street across from Caney City Hall. Homemade cinnamon rolls will be for sale for $2.50, hot chocolate and coffee also available during the fundraiser. The club is accepting pre-orders to reserve cinnamon rolls.


You can call 620-252-8174 or 620-252-5727 to reserve your cinnamon rolls.

Expect Higher Prices At The Pump


The Thanksgiving travel weekend will likely mean higher fuel prices. Motorists in Kansas are already paying more for gasoline this fall, compared to recent years. While the average price of gas in Kansas is 23 percent higher than one year ago, when the statewide average was $1.95.


“Many cities across Kansas are seeing gas prices 20 percent to 30 percent higher, when compared to the same time in 2016,” said Jennifer Haugh, AAA Kansas spokeswoman. “Gasoline supply has been limited by strong demand this October and November, keeping the price at the pumps higher. As Kansans prepare to travel for Thanksgiving dinner with friends and family, they will need to budget a bit more for gas this year. We’re still in pretty good shape nationally, though, as Kansas has the 12th lowest state gas price average in the United States this week.”


According to AAA Kansas, this week’s Kansas gas price extremes are:

HIGH: Hill City (Graham County) – $2.78

LOW: Waverly (Coffey County) – $2.21


IPD Chief Harrison Reminds Residents To Be Vigilant


From the follow-up file, the Independence Police Department says it has been discovered that more items were allegedly taken by two people jailed on various drug charges after one tried to cash a stolen check. Chief Jerry Harrison tells KGGF News the victim noticed more items were missing from their home. After looking at photos from when a search warrant was executed at the home of the suspects, officers were able to locate the items. Investigators believe the suspects could be connected to other burglaries.

Chief Harrison reminds residents to be vigilant and contact police if they see anything unusual.


Coffeyville Match Day Today


Match Day in Coffeyville. There are $40,000 available to match donations to any of the 20 organizations that are taking part. This money is available thanks to a partnership between the Coffeyville Community Foundation, the Bernard and Effie Jo Wade Family Foundation and the Pratt Family Charitable Fund. Coffeyville Community Foundation's Janie Devore Gillis says there are other ways for the organizations to get money donated to them today as well.  There will also be a donor's name drawn every hour and $50 will be given to the organization of that person's choosing. The organizations available to donate to include Senior Services, Leadership Coffeyville, Keep It Local Fund and many others.


Donations can be done in person at the Perkins building until 5:30pm or online at until midnight.

New City Commissioner Appointed In Coffeyville


A new commissioner joins the Coffeyville City Commission last night. The board voted to appoint Justin Doane to serve the unexpired term of Justin Martin. Doane was the first highest vote getter in last week's election. The board in the past has accepted applications for vacancies before making an appointment.


In other action, the board approved a real estate contract for Montgomery County to purchase the property at 601 S. Walnut and 606 S. Union.


There was also approval of a re-signaling project for SKO Railroad and the Kansas Department of Transportation.




School Board Updated On Mercury 7 Redesign


The USD 445 Board of Education hears from the principals during last night's meeting. The updates focused on the Mercury 7 Redesign Program Coffeyville Public Schools was selected to be a part of. Community Elementary Principal Jennifer Bright says teacher buy-in has been positive.  Each school is developing action plans to meet goals academically, socially and emotionally.


In other board action, members voted to hire two ESOL Assistants, a child nutrition employee and Leslie Herkelman for Parents as Teachers.

Two Arrested On Drug Charges During Fraud Investigation


Independence Police Officers take a call at a bank last week as a man was attempting to cash a stolen check. The owner of the checks was arthe bank reporting the checks stolen at the time the man attempted to cash one of the checks. The man gave a fake ID to the officers at the scene, claiming a person he had worked for wrote him the check and he did not know it was

stolen. Officers later found the man at his home. There was a brief struggle before he was arrested. Evidence of illegal activity was seen in plain view during the arrest so the residence was

sealed and guarded pending a search warrant. Officers searched the suspect’s vehicle and residence and recovered stolen property connecting the suspect to at least three burglaries, an attempted

burglary, and a car burglary. Casey D. Cameron was arrested for aggravated endangering of a child, possession of a narcotic or stimulant, possession of a hallucinogenic drug, possession of drug paraphernalia, forgery, interference with a law enforcement officer, criminal use of weapons, possession of stolen property, and identity theft.


A second person at the home, Alisha Crawford was also arrested.


Three Killed In Crash On U.S. 169


Three women die in a two vehicle crash involving a deer yesterday. It happened on U.S. 169, four miles south of Iola. The Kansas Highway Patrol reports that 20-year-old Ashley Nicole Walters of Warrensburg, Missouri was northbound on the roadway when a deer entered from the east ditch, striking her car. The driver of a mini-van was southbound, struck the deer, ending up in the southbound ditch. 33-year-old Sherry Laraine Bingham of Chanute and two passengers, 32-year-old Ciara Joan Edwards of Chanute and 37-year-old Samatha Rnee McMillan were killed.


The wreck happened around 5:30 last night. Walters was not injured.

Chemical Release Planned Near Stateline


The U.S. Department of Homeland Security plans to conduct chemical and biological tests near the stateline between Kansas and Oklahoma.  Plans to conduct chemical and biological tests just south of Arkansas City.  The test will include a low level release of inert chemical and biological materials at the former Chilocco Indian School.  The first release will be in January.  The second is set for June.  The school is located in Oklahoma, 6 miles south of Ark City.


The department says the test is to determine how protected people would be when staying inside if biological agents are used in a terror attack.





The News On 6 contributed to this story

Fugitive Sought By Cherokee County


The Cherokee County Sheriff's Office seeks the public's help is locating a fugitive. 36-year-old Charles Jerry Tucker, III, is wanted for felony probation violation, aggravated assault and criminal threat. His last known address was in Galena. He's described at 5'9, 185 pounds with brown hair and hazel eyes.


Anyone with information on his whereabouts can contact the Cherokee County Sheriff's Office at 620-429-3992.

Deer Causing Wrecks In CQ CO


A reminder for all drivers in southeast Kansas. The deer are out. On Friday night, the Chautauqua County Sheriff's Office worked two accidents involving deer. The first was a car versus deer crash on US Highway 166. The second was a roll-over wreck on Bronco Road.


Deputies advise all drivers to slow down and watch the ditches for deer.


Ice Skating Set For Bartlesville


The Bartlesville Chamber of Commerce offers ice skating this holiday season. Between November 29th and December 19th , families have the opportunity to sign up for ice skating lessons as part of the Christmas In The Ville Celebration. Bartlesville Chamber of Commerce's Kenzie Froebe says private parties can be held on the ice.

Classes will be instructed by a professional figure skater, and children will have the opportunity to take part in a recital on December 21. Lessons are available to all ages.

Eucha Man Killed In Crash


A 73-year-old Eucha, Oklahoma, man dies in a single vehicle crash in Delaware County. The Oklahoma Highway Patrol reports 73-year-old George Arredondo died in the wreck just north of Jay yesterday afternoon. The investigating trooper reports the man was westbound on State Highway 127 when he left the roadway, going airborne for 80-feed before striking the side of a hill.


He was thrown 50-feet from the point of impact.

Understanding How Trauma Affects Child Development


Trauma takes a toll-- especially in the development of children. Roosevelt Middle School Principal Jeffrey Pegues this week attended a national trauma informed conference to gain insight into how bad situations can create learning obstacles.


Pegues says they are finding the tools they use to help those children are also useful for all students. The two-day conference was in St. Louis.

Beef Check-Off Vote Falls Short

The Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food, and Forestry announced the refundable Oklahoma Beef Checkoff referendum failed with 2,506 no votes and 1,998 yes votes.  
Rancher and President of the Oklahoma Cattlemen's Association, Weston Givens says he faces challenges every day as a rancher.  He goes on to say unfortunately, those daily challenges are nothing compared to the growing challenges that the beef industry faces such as: aggressive anti-meat activist groups trying to remove beef from the menu and misleading claims about food safety and animal care.  
Givens calls it disheartening that the Oklahoma Beef Checkoff was defeated, but he is still proud of the strong collaborative effort of the Vote Yes Coalition and our grassroots campaign.
Oklahoma Cattlemen's Association Executive Vice President, Michael Kelsey says the association ran a good campaign that worked hard to reach out and educate beef producers, but ultimately it was defeated by the same out-of-state activists that defeated State Question 777 last fall.

Utility Bill Scam Calls


It appears there is a new scam. Electrical utility customers are receiving phone calls from someone claiming to be with Westar Energy demanding payment for past due accounts. The problem, they're calling people who are not customers of Westar. The purported scammers advise if they do not receive payment within 45 minutes, a truck will be sent to turn off the power.


Do not fall for it. Just hang up the phone.

Cherryvale Man Dies In Crash


A crash north of Liberty results in death for a Cherryvale man. The Kansas Highway Patrol says 38-year-old Anthony DeWayne Ellis was a passenger in the car. The wreck happened around 8:30 last night on County Road 5125, or about three miles north of Liberty.  The KHP says a 2008 BMW driven by 44-year-old Johnny Lee Jones Jr., of Cherryvale left the roadway at a high rate of speed and ended up in a ditch, where the vehicle went through a dozen fence posts.  Ellis died at the scene.

Jones and 31-year-old Andrea D. Vandergriff, were transported to a Tulsa hospital. 18-year-old Kyle Farley of McPherson was not hurt in the crash.


Beef May Be A Good Choice For Holiday Meals


With this year’s holiday season, beef producers and market analysts are curious as to what role beef will play on the dinner tables. K-State Livestock Economist Glynn Tonsor  says especially in comparison to protein sources such as pork and poultry.


Tonsor says he thinks this is occurring because households are busier and therefore don't have the time to switch meal plans like they once did.

Chautauqua County Election Results

Preliminary Results From Balloting in Chautauqua County
Unified School District No 285
Position 4, 5, 6                          Tom Everett            94
                                                  Trey Clapp              107    
                                                  Stephen Dale          25
                                                  Dwight Call              63
Unified School District No 286
District 1 Position 4                  Rodney M. Dickens 190
District 2 Position 5                   Crystal Wade          62
                                                Jaime Morris           143
District 3 Position 6                   Heath Joslin            163
City of Sedan
Council – Three Seats               Crystal Wade          49
                                                  Lee Coate               64
                                                  JaimeMorris           88
City of Cedar Vale
Mayor                                        Faith E. Sanders     57
Council – Two Seats                   Jack E. Zimmerman, Sr.    16
                                                  Denton Holt             65
                                                  Brian L. Corbett       32
                                                  Trishadee Haden     24
City of Chautauqua 
Mayor                                        Charles F. McMillan 11     
Council – Five Seats                     Bobbie Green          12
                                                  Frank Green           13
                                                  Pauline Roberts       10
                                                  Mike Pinard             9
                                                  Rachel Loftin           8
City of Niotaze
Mayor                                         David Deal Jr.         12
5 Council seats                           J.P. Clark                12
                                                  Patsy C. Clark         12
                                                  Cole Crain               11
                                                  John Rosson           12
                                                  Dustin Artherton      12                                     
City of Elgin
Mayor                                         Joesph Freisburg    20
5 Council seats                           Lacy Kay Barham    18
                                                  Pam D. Watson       15
                                                  Angela Crowder      14
                                                  Michael D. Hutchinson       13
                                                  Linda Kent              13
City of Peru               
Mayor                                        Greg Joslin   16
Council – Five Seats                    Donna Wolfe 21                                  
                                                  Jack Myers   19
                                                  Paul W. Marshall     15
                                                  Bill Sweaney  24     
                                                  Heath Joslin  13
Rolling Prairie Extension District, 2 members 
                                                 DeanWolfe   153
                                                 Chelsy Champlin     220
                                                 Sherry Miller 154    

Voters Have Their Say


Voters make their choices.  KGGF News had extensive election coverage after the polls closed.  KGGF's John Leonard reports from the Montgomery County Courthouse that the Coffeyville City Commission posts will go to Chris Williams, Paul Bauer and AnnMarie Vannoster.  Jerry Hamm, Robert Roeskey and Darrel Harbaugh were re-elected to the Coffeyville Public Schools Board of Education. The  USD 436 Board of Education had one contested seat, Ron Wade was the winner.  USD 446 in Independence voters select Samuel Blackard, David Torbett and Lori Wesselowski.  Montgomery County vote totals are listed below.


KGGF's Matt Jordan reports from Labette County that there were three city commissioner spots open in Parsons, Chetopa, and Oswego. Your winners in Parsons were Peter Cook, Jeff Perez and Tom Shaw. It was a close race in Oswego as William Farris received 123 votes, Trenton Franklin 106, David Newby 104 and Scott Grassl received 98. It was an uncontested race in Chetopa as Gary Bryant, Betsy Koontz and Carthen Nash will all receive spots on that council. For the USD 405 Recreation Mill Levy there were 64 yes votes to 59 no votes. 



City of Caney




Tom C. Burk Jr.






Sara Shively



Council Member – Ward 1



Dan Johnston



Council Member – Ward 2



No Candidate



Council Member – Ward 3



Lori Patterson



Council Member – Ward 4



Keith B. Rogers




City of Cherryvale

Council Member – Ward 1 Postition 1



Rick Valverde




Council Member – Ward 2 Position 1



Gary Brooks


Debra L. Leedy




City of Coffeyville

Commissioners (3)



Darren Alexander


Paul Bauer


Justin Doane


Jim Falkner


Pam Jones


Ann Marie Vannoster


Gary D. Victory


Christopher V. Williams




City of Dearing




Randy C. Haymaker



Council Member (5)



Ray B. Beard


Terri Bishop


Kenneth W. Campbell


Michael Clark


Philip K. Helt




City of Elk City




James B. Jordan



Council Members (5)



Eric Bennett


John Bruce


Jessica V. Johnson


Mandi K. Johnson


Nicholas Morse




City of Havana




No Candidate


Due to write in entries, please contact the Clerk’s office on Thursday 11/9/17 for the final results


Council Members (5)



Irvaleen Gartrell


Karla E. Watson


No Candidate


No Candidate


No Candidate


Due to write in entries, please contact the Clerk’s office on Thursday 11/9/17 for the final results



City of Independence

Commissioners (2)



Leonhard Caflisch


Frank J. Crebase


Dean Hayse


Harry Karl Johnson


Anthony “Tony” D. Royse


Louis H. Ysusi




City of Liberty




Paul Hawley



Council Members (5)



Tanya King


W. Scott Lasco


Jim Tallman


No Candidate


No Candidate


Due to write in entries, please contact the Clerk’s office on Thursday 11/9/17 for the final results



City of Tyro




No Candidate


Due to write in entries, please contact the Clerk’s office on Thursday 11/9/17 for the final results


Council Members (5)



Wayne E. Blakemore


Judy Buchholz


Jeffery L. Finney


Lucille McConnell


No Candidate


Due to write in entries, please contact the Clerk’s office on Thursday 11/9/17 for the final results



Coffeyville Community College

Board of Trustees (3)



David Baldwin


Becky L. Barnhart


Robert York




Independence Community College

Board of Trustees (3)



Hoite C. Caston


Norman Chambers


Val DeFever


Cynthia E. Sherwood




USD 436

District A Position 1



Shawn Ritter


Ron J. Wade


District A Position 2



Mark Artherton


District B Position 3



Melissa J. McIntosh


This district is drawn from more than one county.  This represents Montgomery County’s totals only.



USD 445

At – Large (4)



Jerry L. Hamm


Darrel Harbaugh


LaKisha Johnson


Robert Roesky




USD 446

At – Large (3)



Samuel E. Blackard


Jay Jones


David L. Torbett


Lori Wesselowski


This district is drawn from more than one county.  This represents Montgomery County’s totals only.



USD 447

At – Large (3)



Kevin Christmas


Kevin D. Crain


Mark Ellis


Robert John


This district is drawn from more than one county.  This represents Montgomery County’s totals only.



Extension District

Wildcat Extension District #14 (2)



David Gordon


Janet Rau


Chuck Voelker




Voters Casting Ballots Today


It is Election Day across Kansas. Voters are casting ballots primarily on municipal and school board candidates and issues. Our news team will be providing results as they become available after the polls close at 7 p.m. We plan to have results from the courthouses in Montgomery, Labette, Neosho, Wilson, Elk, Chautauqua, and Greenwood Counties.


If you have questions about where you should cast your ballot, you can contact your county clerk for the county you reside in.

Training Offered On Dealing With Opioid Death Cases


More than 100 Kansas law enforcement officers and prosecutors receive training on issues surrounding the investigation and prosecution of death cases resulting from opioid overdoses. More than 50 agencies were represented at the Kansas Bureau of Investigation Forensic Science Center in Topeka. Attorney General Derek Schmidt sponsored the training. He says the training was an opportunity for Kansas law enforcement to learn from other states already hit hard by the opioid overdose crisis.


Last year, Kansas recorded just over 100 opioid overdose deaths.

Market Place Health Coverage Help Available


The open enrollment period is underway for those looking for coverage from the Health Insurance Market Place. The Community Health Clinic of Southeast Kansas is offering free assistance. But, CHC's Bob Burk says you do not have a lot of time.  Burk says you can explore options on your own at, but know the Marketplace Enrollment website will be down for maintenance every Sunday from midnight to noon.


In-person help is available at all eight CHC-SEK Clinics in Coffeyville, Independence, Baxter Springs, Pittsburg, Iola, Columbus, and Parsons.

Final Approval Given To Settle Wilson County Jail Lawsuit


The settlement of a lawsuit against the Wilson County Sheriff gets the final approval from a federal judge in Wichita. Sheriff Pete Figgins was sued over the jail's policy of only allowing inmates to send and receive post cards. U.S. District Judge Julie Robinson approved the agreement and consent decree allowing inmates receive mail in envelopes. Under the terms of the agreement, the sheriff will also pay $10,000 in litigation costs.


The American Civil Liberties Union of Kansas and the Social Justice Law Collective sued Sheriff Figgins claiming the post card policy violated the free speech and due process of prisoners and those people who write them.

Your Vote Matters. Election Tomorrow


Tomorrow is election day across Kansas. The 2017 vote primarily deals with municipal and school district positions. KGGF News will be live after the polls close at 7 p.m. The full news team will be on-hand to provide returns as they become available from Montgomery County, Labette County, Chautauqua County, and Greenwood, Elk, Neosho, and Wilson Counties.


Tune in and hear your vote matter.

ESB Closer To Completion


The Coffeyville Police and Fire Departments get ready to move into their new home. A Sally Port for the Coffeyville Police Department was one thing Chief Kwin Bromley wanted to have added to the new emergency services building. He says this will make things safer for everyone.  Chief Bromley says it was expensive but it will definitely be worth it.


The ESB and renovations at Coffeyville City Hall are being financed with a voter approved sales tax.

Former Raven Finding Success As A Tiger


For football fans watching the nationally televised Tulsa versus Memphis game, a familiar face was behind center Friday night for the 20th ranked Memphis Tigers. The Tigers were in Tulsa to take on the Hurricane. Riley Ferguson was the record-setting Q-B for the Coffeyville Community College Red Ravens, who threw for over 2,900 yards and 35 touchdowns during his lone season at CCC in 2015. He says he has fond memories.


Ferguson's not done setting records. The quarterback passed for 471 yards against Houston a few weeks back. He has already tied the Memphis single game record with seven passing touchdowns. He says CCC's coaches got him ready for the move to Division 1.


In a one on one locker-room interview with KGGF Sports, Ferguson says CCC didn't just prepare him for the grid-iron, but also the classroom.


Academics are important to Ferguson. He's a finalist for the William V. Campbell Trophy, considered to be the academic Heisman. While he's setting records on the field, he has also compiled a 3.21 GPA. It's worth noting, at least three NFL teams had scouts at the TU-Memphis game.


Ferguson led the Tigers to a 41-14 victory over the Hurricane.

CQ CO Sheriff: Be Cautious Of Invitations


A resident of Chautauqua County recently received an invitation to join “The Society.” The invite included a 12-page letter detailing the so-called secret organization of the world's most powerful and famous people. The invitation doesn't request any money, but it appears books are offered for purchase to those who accept the invitation.


The Chautauqua County Sheriff's Office advises residents to always be cautious when you receive unsolicited offers.


KSU Experts Discuss Chicken Plant Impacts

Recent news that Tyson Foods, Inc., is interested in building a $320 million poultry complex in Kansas is bringing a range of reactions from community members where the plant might be located. Two Kansas State University extension specialists answered questions about what such a complex might mean for a community and surrounding area.
Tyson and the Kansas Department of Agriculture on Sept. 6 announced that Tyson would build a $320 million poultry complex near Tonganoxie in Leavenworth County. The complex was expected to employ about 1,600 people and contract with farmers and ranchers in the area to raise chickens. Tyson said the payroll and payments to farmers from the new operation, along with its purchase of grain and utilities, were expected to generate a direct annual economic benefit to the state of Kansas of $150 million. Community backlash in Leavenworth County after the announcement, however, has Tyson looking for other locations. Sites in Cloud, Montgomery and Sedgwick counties are now under consideration.
K-State Research and Extension poultry specialist Scott Beyer wants to make people aware of modern poultry production practices at farms that typically contract with a major processor such as Tyson. He and extension agricultural economist Dan O’Brien answered commonly asked questions recently:  
What about odor from poultry waste? How is that controlled when raising many birds?
Beyer: Waste from poultry falls onto bedding, such as pine shavings and sometimes straw. Because poultry houses have high ventilation rates, the waste dries and the lack of water stabilizes it. This prevents decomposition, minimizes odors and keeps flies from using the waste to reproduce. Upon cleanout, the dry waste is piled and composted in a facility where it reaches a high temperature to destroy microorganisms, very much like any home composting bin. Poultry growers never use water or lagoons that are associated with the waste of other farm animals. This prevents the growth of odor-causing microorganisms.  
How would this affect the water supply and quality in the region?
Beyer: An actual poultry farm doesn't use much water. A bird consumes about a quart of water for every pound of feed consumed which is far less than the average irrigation pivot. All poultry farms operate under a nutrient management plan. This requires analysis of the nutrients, like nitrogen and phosphorus, in the compost. The composted litter is then spread on farm fields, based on the soil nutrient content and the needs of the plants grown on the farm. In most cases, supplemental chemical fertilizers are still required because some nutrients are not high enough in the litter to adequately feed the plants. So, any litter used simply offsets some of the chemical fertilizers used by farmers to grow soybeans, corn and sorghum. In the end, no additional nutrients are used by anyone, and the total amounts of nutrients remains the same before chickens came to the area. In fact, with the organic content, and with micronutrients in the litter, plants actually grow better with litter compared to crops grown with only the major chemical fertilizers. In some ways, you can consider compost to be essentially recycled corn and soybeans (that were fed to chickens) to grow the next crop.
Can you describe, in general terms, modern poultry production? Are the chickens raised in a controlled atmosphere? 
Beyer: Broiler chicks need heat for a few days, then the temperature is dropped to reach their most comfortable temperature at around 75 degrees. The houses are long and narrow so that air can flow easily through the building. Most people don't know that birds don't sweat, so it's important to move the air so that as they breathe, the air can remove respired moisture which allows them to cool. The buildings will have solid sidewalls, and it will be difficult to even know if there are any birds in the house. Air is moved by exhaust fans which pull air through an evaporative cooling system during warm weather. Because the litter must be kept dry, the airflow not only cools the birds, but it also removes the moisture from the litter and building, which prevents odors. Many people think the birds are crowded but what they are observing is the gregarious nature of birds. No matter how much space you give them, birds want to flock together, so they will all end up in one place in a barn anyway. They are never in cages so the birds can move about wherever they want in the entire building.
The buildings are 100 percent computer controlled, and sometimes through apps on a phone, managers can use cameras to check the birds. You can literally go to a Friday night ball game and check your birds over your smart phone. I consider a typical broiler farm to be a part-time job, with a few full-time days here and there. Most poultry growers also are teachers, grow crops, run cattle, etc.   
What economic impact might a complex like the proposed Tyson plant have on a community or region?
O’Brien: There are always pros and cons when considering a business of this size coming into a community, but for grain growers and some agri-businesses in the region, the impact is a net positive. It's very possible that this processing plant will have a positive effect on the regional grain demand for livestock feed, and regional grain prices. In addition, a business of that size has the potential to provide additional local employment and retail business volume, increase agricultural land values in the area as a result of higher grain prices, add to the local tax base to help fund local government services, and to increase home real estate values because of increased residential housing demand.
What types of employees will be required for this enterprise?
Beyer: An integrated farming operation of this size will require employees with a wide range of skills. The contract farms will hire family help, while providing on-farm employment growing the birds or producing hatching eggs. There will be USDA inspectors, quality-control personnel, and people working in food safety. Besides the independent, family-owned farms, there will need to be flock supervisors who travel to all the farms in an area and check the birds. There will be construction jobs for the grow-out buildings. The automated equipment and robotic processors typical on these farms will need people skilled in technical abilities. More than likely, there will be at least one outfit that will open an office in the area to sell commercial equipment and parts for poultry houses. Because the houses are heated mostly by propane, gas companies will need to hire additional crews to deliver gas. The job base will require high-school grads, tech-school grads, university degrees and probably advanced degrees in areas like management and veterinary care. There will be specialized jobs in grain handling and feed manufacturing. And don't forget all the IT and accounting people required in payroll. There aren't many enterprises that will offer jobs with the breadth of skills and educational levels than integrated poultry production.   
What else do you think people should know?
Beyer: People don't realize that the farms needed to supply birds could be spread sparsely over several counties. These houses won't make noise, nor will they have any lagoons that produce odors so it’s likely that most people who see one won't even know it's full of birds. And for those more interested in the breeding operations, some growers will have hens and roosters naturally producing hatching eggs that will be moved to a hatchery where things are so automated that the chicks are even vaccinated while still in the egg. The broilers for meat are then scheduled for processing at market weight and they will be moved via a truck to a plant where the truck will move right into an area for unloading. There are no holding pens for birds around poultry plants and, besides an occasional truck moving birds, most folks won't even know if birds are being processed.

Bicknell Wants State of Kansas To Pay Him Back


Pizza magnate Gene Bicknell files a lawsuit against the State of Kansas. The former Pittsburg resident is fighting an audit of taxes he paid between 2005 and 2008. The audit claimed Bicknell owed over $42-million for the sale of his company NPC International, he was the largest franchise holder of Pizza Huts. Bicknell claims he was a resident of Florida at the time of the sale.


He is asking that Kansas pay him the money back, plus interest, totaling just over $48-million.

Groundbreaking Held For Eisenhower Memorial


The ground-breaking ceremony is held this week for a planned memorial to President Dwight D. Eisenhower. Kansas Senator Pat Roberts has been a part of the team working to make the memorial a reality. He says the American president from Abilene, Kansas, is still relevant.  The memorial will be constructed on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. Organizers hope to have the Eisenhower memorial ready by the 75th anniversary of D-Day.


Eisenhower's Presidential Library is located in Abilene.

FFA Students Score At Nationals


It's a good showing for Labette County High School's FFA Chapter at Nationals in Indianapolis. Three teams competed in ag issues, ag communications and parliamentary procedure. Instructor Kyle Zwhalen says they had a lot of outside support.


The Ag Communications team finished 5th in the nation. The Ag Issues Team finished in the top 15.   

Animal Disease Outbreak Response Training Held



Training sessions to increase community awareness on how to respond to animal disease outbreaks have been underway at the National Agricultural Bio-security Center at Kansas State University. Director Ken Burton says the sessions are hands-on with equipment and lots of discussion.


The programming is targeted to more than just agriculture professionals--- branching out to first responders, veterinarians and local agencies. 

Boil Advisory Lifted For RWD 2-C


A boil water advisory has been in effect for some rural water customers. Montgomery County Rural Water District 2-C lost water pressure Monday night during a main break. All customers of Rural Water District 2-C north of Highway 166 and east of County Road 3900 were under that boil order. Approximately a thousand water customers were affected. The boil water notice has been lifted customers can go back to using their water normally.

Schools Closed Today In Cherryvale


Classes are called off today in Cherryvale. Principal Scott Lambdin tells KGGF News that a water line break is forcing them to cancel school at the Cherryvale Middle and High School and Lincoln Central Elementary. He says the cancellation only applies to the Cherryvale schools.


Thayer schools are in session.

In Oklahoma: Keep To The Right


A new law takes effect today in Oklahoma. It requires motorists on multi-lane highways to drive in the right lane, keeping the left lane clear for those passing. Oklahoma Highway Patrol Trooper Dwight Durant says certain traffic situations provide some exceptions.  Durant says the highway patrol had no say in the law, they are only tasked with enforcing it.


He recommends talking with your legislators if you want to know why the law was written.


CCC Quiz Bowl Team Wins Competition


The CCC Academic Challenge team traveled to Neosho County Community College to compete in their first quiz bowl of the 2017 season. The team comprised of four members, Karl Wittenburg, Isaiah Evensvold, Dylon Villines, and Hannah Chrisman, outscored their opponents by a combined score of 1,980 to 330. The closest match of the day was Round 1 against Johnson County A with a score of 340 to 140.  


Quiz Bowl is a competitive, academic, interscholastic activity that includes questions ranging from current events, sports, and popular culture. The next tournament for CCC will on December 2nd at Cowley Community College in Arkansas City, Kansas.


Oklahoma Beef Check Off Vote


Oklahoma beef producers and cattleman can vote today to increase the check off fee at time of sale from one dollar to two dollars. Former Extension Agent and Beef Producer Will Cubbage says they extra can be refunded but it will be used to help educate people on beef production.


Cubbage says you can vote at your extension office during standard business hours.

Boil Advisory Posted For RWD 2-C


An overnight water main break leads to a boil water advisory for some customers of Montgomery County Rural Water District 2-C. The break created a loss of water pressure in the system. Customers of Rural Water District 2-C north of Highway 166 and east of County Road 3900 are under a boil water advisory until further notice.


It is estimated as many as a thousand customers of that water district could be affected.

Thefts Investigated In Sedan



Heads up in the Sedan-area.  The Chautauqua County Sheriff's Office and Sedan Police Department investigate some thefts. The sheriff's office reports the thefts happned near West Cherokee Street in Sedan. A red go-cart was taken. Also, a heat and air unit was taken from an alleyway.


Anyone with information on the thefts is urged to contact the sheriff's office or Sedan PD.

Nowata County Commission Talks Budget & Ballots


The Nowata County Commissioners discusses budget concerns and items on the ballot for the upcoming election during Monday’s regularly scheduled meeting  The brief agenda covered an anonymous donation to the sheriff’s office, an appointment of a new part-time jailer and the approval of the schedule for the county in 2018.

The bulk of the meeting was spent discussing county budget issues. Commissioner Curtis Barnes wanted to encourage voters to approve the renewal of a one-cent tax that has been in effect for ten years. The tax is essential for the funding of road and bridges in Nowata County.

Barnes explains how important the tax is.

The tax will be on the ballot during the upcoming elections on November 14.


Pay Raise Approved For County Employees


Montgomery County employees will get a raise. Commissioner Ryan York says, when you look at other counties in our area, our wages fall short.  The item was further discussed at Monday's Board of Commissioners meeting.  The panel voted to increase wages for elected officials, not themselves, and other employees.  Typically, employees will receive a 3.5% increase in addition to an end of year check for 3.5% of their salary.


The increases should go into effect during the first 2018 pay period which falls on December 26th of this year.

More Progress At Emergency Services Building


The future home of the Coffeyville Police and Fire Departments moves closer to completion. Crossland Construction crews are painting, installing carpet tiles in offices, tiling the bathrooms and sealing concrete floors inside the Emergency Services Building. Concrete sidewalks have been poured on the east side, and work is underway on the north side for the concrete to be poured in front of the fire truck bays.


The City of Coffeyville's IT Manager Chris Felix has been installing cable for the access door from the police booking room to the sally port.

Busy Weekend For Indy Police


The weekend proves quite busy for Independence police. Chief Jerry Harrison says on Friday they received a report of an armed robbery. The suspect was also wanted in connection with a shooting in Neodesha. He was located in the 100 block of West Locust. Rodney Flanigan led officers on a brief chase through the Neewollah carinival before they arrested him. At the same time, another man jumped from a second story window and fled toward officers. He threw down a knife as he was confronted by officers.


Then, on Saturday morning during the Neewollah Grand Parade, officers were called to investigate a stabbing that happened Thursday evening on South 13th Street. The suspect, identified as Charity Blackburn, barricaded herself in a house. She surrendered after three hours and was arrested.

Injured Officer Returns Home


A Baxter Springs Police Officer burned over 30 percent of his body returns home. Patrolman Jimmy Hamilton was released from a Springfield burn unit after a little over a month. Hamilton's wife, Trina Dawn, says they're thankful for the community's support.  Hamilton and other officers were responding to a disturbance call in September when the suspect tossed fuel on them and ignited it killing a woman.

Hamilton likely faces another 18-months of recovery.



**KOAM contributed to this story

Man Arrested After Threatening Posts On Social Media


The Montgomery County Sheriff's Office conducts an investigation into cyber-bullying that lands one person in jail. 25-year-old Dylan Alexander Smith was arrested after making racially charged posts on Topix against Queen Neelah. Sheriff's Detective Chad Dunham says people need to be mindful when on social media.   


He says often on those sites people feel they are anonymous and their comments cannot be traced back to them. Detective Dunham says there is always a digital footprint left behind.

Rec Director Reminds Parents Of Cancellation Website


The Coffeyville Recreation Center has activities going on year round and anytime weather can get in the way of that. Director David Rains says there's a website called that can notify parents when activities get canceled.  


Rains says he urges parents to use this tool. He says it is the easiest way to be notified when a game gets rained out.

Sheriff's Office Reminds Keyboard Warriors They're Not Anonymous


The Montgomery County Sheriff's Office conducts an investigation into cyber-bullying that lands one person in jail. Sheriff's Detective Chad Dunham says, while he cannot discuss the specifics of the case, people need to be mindful when on social media.   He says often on those sites people feel they are anonymous and their comments cannot be traced back to them.


Detective Dunham says there is always a digital footprint left behind.

Storm Drain Reminder For Coffeyville


Only rain down the drain. That reminder from the City of Coffeyville's  Stormwater Department. Storm drains are not to be used dispose of grass clippings, leaves, liquids or solid waste as they end up in the drains which flow untreated into the Verdigris River. Leaves and grass contribute to algae growth which uses up oxygen in the water and can kill fish and other aquatic wildlife. The stormwater department, with assistance from the electric department, has been busy cleaning out the storm drains.   Coffeyville has more than 800 of them.


The EPA conducted an audit recently of  stormwater activities and were concerned about the amount of grass in our streets from mowing. 

Subject Sought For Questioning


The investigation continues into the theft of a vehicle. The Coffeyville Police Department has released a surveillance photograph of the possible suspect. He is wanted for questioning in reference to a vehicle theft. The truck is a pewter colored 2001 Chevy Silverado.


Anyone with information is urged to call the police at 620-252-6160.

Sex Offender Arrested After Allegedly Following Boy Home

A convicted child sex offender lands in jail after he allegedly followed a 10-year-old boy home from a bus stop. 34-year-old Dustin Shane Stalder reportedly asked the boy if he could come into his house. The Kansas Bureau of Investigation's Public Offender Registry shows that Stalder was convicted in 2007 for the attempted sexual assault of a Nebraska child. The Kansas Department of Corrections lists him as a parole absconder.

He was arrested this week in Wellington.

County Seeks To Relocate Health Department In Coffeyville


The Montgomery County Board of Commissioners makes an offer on a building be sold by the City of Coffeyville. County Commissioner Fred Brown says they would like to move the county health department from its current spot on Walnut into the structure at 600 Union.  The current location of the health department is not ADA compliant. The Montgomery County Health Department also needs additional space.  Brown says they would want to keep the Senior Services Activity Center in its current location.


The Coffeyville City Commission seems is open to the proposal and will consider the offer at a future meeting.


Cherryvale Man Jailed After Making Threat


Cherryvale Police request help from the Montgomery County Sheriff's Office after a man barricades himself inside a house yesterday. Police were trying to arrest James Pickett on a failure to appear warrant when he barricaded himself inside his home and threatened to harm any officers that attempted to arrest him. Sheriff's deputies, Coffeyville Police and Cherryvale officers set up a perimeter. The Sheriff's Emergency Response Team was able to negotiate with Pickett and get him to come out peacefully.


He was taken into custody. Pickett could be charged with making a criminal threat.

Revitalization Programs Discussed At County Meeting


Independence Assistant City Manager Kelly Passauer meets with the Montgomery County Commission to discuss neighborhood revitalization. Commissioner Ryan York wants the whole county to get on board.  York says the county is waiting until after the city elections in November in Independence and Coffeyville to present their plans to those cities.


York says revitalizing the county will encourage growth.

Kansan Inducted Into National 4-H Hall Of Fame


A Dover, Kansas, native is honored with induction into the National 4-H Hall of Fame. Jim Bassett says 4-H has always been important to him. Even when his career as an executive with Cargill took him abroad, Bassett always reconnected with 4-H when he returned home.


In retirement, Bassett continues to champion 4-H in Kansas, particularly when it comes to promoting adult volunteerism in support of the program.  He says there are 10,000 adult volunteers in Kansas working with the youth of 4-H.




(courtesy photo)

Legacy Program Recognizes PSU Alums


The new Legacy Program by the College of Technology aims to recognize alumni like Frontenac High School teacher Eric Gudde while also recruiting future Gorillas. COT Technology and Engineering Education faculty have been visiting technology alumni who are now teaching in public high schools to present them each with a wooden plaque recognizing their status as PSU alumni.


The plaques are produced by PSU wood tech students and engraved by students in the university’s TEECA club. So far, 14 other educators have also been recognized.

Pumpkin Contest Underway At Library


The pumpkins are taking over Coffeyville Public Library. Director Katie Hill says they're holding a pumpkin decorating contest this month for kids 12 and under. There is one rule:   no carving.  All of the pumpkins will be on display at the library until the winner is announced on October 31st.


The winner will receive a jack-o-lantern full of candy.



Wreck Closes U.S. 75 For A Time


The Oklahoma Highway Patrol closed the southbound lanes of U. S. 75 for a total of one hour 33 minutes this morning due to an injury accident.  Traffic was routed onto the shoulder but it was a significant delay for those headed to work south of Bartlesville. 


The OHP re-opened the highway at 6:20 a.m.

Dr. Virgil Horn's Funeral Set For Saturday


Former Coffeyville Mayor Dr. Virgil Horn died last week. He was a minister, educator and community leader. Many have posted memorials on his social media page honoring his presence in their lives. Horn had been battling an illness for some time. He is survived by his wife, Paulette.


Dr. Horn's funeral is set for 11 o'clock Saturday morning at the Coffeyville First Baptist Church.

City Hall Renovation Update


Crews continue to race the clock to wrap up the renovations at Coffeyville's City Hall by year's end. Decker Construction has been overseeing the work. Sheetrock crews are working on the south side of the building. They are finishing up the walls in the City Commission Room. More work also continues at the Emergency Services Building, which will soon be home to the Coffeyville Fire and Police Departments.


Both projects were funded by a voter-approved sales tax.

Friday Night Lights Round-Up


The Golden Tornado travels to Independence for action on the grid-iron.  Field Kindley shuts out Independence with a final score of 60-0.


In other scores from the area:


Caney Valley defeats Neodesha                     47-7


Sedan moves past Madison/Hamilton            28-6


Cherryvale shuts out Riverton                        42-0


Frontenac defeats Columbus                          20-8


Yates Center squeaks around Uniontown      24-22


Galena defeats Southeast                                57-7


Labette County shuts out Chanute                 36-0


Parsons defeats Baxter Springs                     24-21


Fredonia falls to Elk Valley                           30-26


District Attorney Urges Nowata Voters To Say No

District Attorney Kevin Buchanan and Nowata County Sheriff Sandy Hadley are asking Nowata County voters to reject a sales tax vote next month.  Buchanan is circulating a letter explaining why they want a “no” vote.  
The D-A’s letter asks voters to decide if having patrol deputies in Nowata County is important to them.  Buchanan says county commissioners have asked for tax money for road funds that they control and simply meet the constitutional requirement to fund the jail but provide little or no money for deputies to patrol the county or respond to emergency calls.
According to the letter the use of sales taxes to partially fund the sheriff’s office is practiced in many counties in the state.  It says the sales tax proposal is critical because once it is passed it can’t be changed for years and no additional proposals can be brought forward for consideration.
We have a copy of the district attorney’s letter to the citizens of Nowata County.


Library Holding Book Sale This Weekend


Now is the chance to take home and keep one of your favorite books from the Coffeyville Public Library. Director Katie Hill says the book sale is underway.  Hill says the books are titles that have been removed from their collection to make room for new publications. She says others have been donated by patrons to help the library raise money.


The sale is between 9 and 5 daily through Saturday.

Coffeyville A Finalist For Poultry Plant

Tyson Foods selects Montgomery County as one of three finalists in Kansas for the location of a new, state-of-the-art poultry processing plant. Montgomery County, specifically the city of Coffeyville, is among several communities vying for the project in the second round.
“While this is an encouraging step, it is still early in the final site selection process,” Montgomery County Action Council Executive Director Trisha Purdon said. “This notification allows us to now have open communication with our area residents, business and community leaders to discuss the impact this business would have in our county. We want to thoughtfully consider every perspective and gather questions from our communities as we progress through this process.” 
The proposed poultry plant is anticipated to create approximately 1,600 jobs at various wage levels, and additional economic impact expected from the establishment of multiple chicken growing operations throughout the region. Tyson has described the project as a technologically advanced facility incorporating a significant amount of automation and the highest industry standards for environmental safety and nutritionally safe poultry production.
“Based on our history of agriculture-based business in the Coffeyville area and throughout the county, we believe we have all the right components to support this type of industry,”  Coffeyville City Manager Kendal Francis said. “Over the next few weeks, we will have the opportunity to learn a great deal more about what is involved in bringing Tyson to our community.” 


KGGF Honored By Kansas Association Of Broadcasters


KGGF News feels compelled to brag just a little. Station Manager John Leonard and Debra Woodall spent the first part of the week in Manhattan where we were honored by the Kansas Association of Broadcasters. John Leonard's coverage of the Aerosol Plant Explosion garnered second place in the Spot News Category. And, the Voice of the Wildcats, Wyatt Thompson, announced the other award.


KGGF is proud to have our work recognized by our peers and proud to serve our community.

Fake $50s In Coffeyville


Some funny money gets circulated around town. Over the last few days, Coffeyville Police say multiple counterfeit $50 bills all with the same serial number have been passed in Coffeyville. Investigators have identified two possible suspects in the case. The possible suspects have been seen driving a maroon and silver Chevy pickup with Kansas tags. The vehicle is wanted out of Wichita. Businesses are advised to be extra cautious about accepting any $50 bills.


Anyone with information is asked contact the Coffeyville Police Department at 252-6160.

One Dead, Two Injured In Oklahoma Crash

One person is dead and two are in the hospital after a Tuesday afternoon accident 6 miles west of Vera in Washington County.  The Oklahoma Highway Patrol reports a Chevy Silverado driven by 27 year-old Elvin Medina of Tulsa was southbound on State Highway 11 at about 4:15 Tuesday afternoon and was passing a car. He lost control and hit a northbound car in the driver's side door.  Medina's vehicle turned over at least one have time and came to rest on its top.
Skiatook EMS took Medina to St. John Hospital in Tulsa where he was admitted in stable condition with head, arm, leg, and internal injuries.  It took the Skiatook Fire Department 2 hours 25 minutes to extricate the driver of the second vehicle.  He died at the scene as a result of massive injuries sustained in the collision. His remains were taken to the medical examiner's office in Tulsa.  A passenger in the car, 43 year-old Bradley Stout of Tulsa was also pinned in the car for an hour and 27 minutes.  Life Flight Air-Ambulance took him to St. John in Tulsa where he was admitted in critical condition with head injuries.
**photo courtest of The News On 6

Corn & Soybean Study Underway


Agronomists at Kansas State say it is useful information for farmers who grow soybeans and corn. Crop Specialist Ignacio Ciampitti is among those studying dry-down times for the crops.


He says soybeans tend to dry down more quickly.


He says understanding the role timing plays in cutting can reflect onto grain quality and the economics of harvest.   

Second Commissioner Candidate Forum


The second of two commissioner candidate forums was held at Widsor Place Event Center last night. Candidates in attendance include two current commissioners Paul Bauer and Chris Williams, two former commissioners Pam Jones and Jim Falkner, and two new hopefuls Justin Doane and Ann Marie Vannonster. Today is the last day to register for the November 7th election. 


The forum could be heard on KGGF the Mighty 690 and each canidites closing statements can be heard here.

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