The Coffeyville Public library is at it again. We spoke with Katie Hill from the library as she says next weekend they will set up an escape room for you and your friends and family to try. Needing to complete various challenges in order to escape the room, Hill says it’s a lot of fun and a big team building experience. Hill says it will take place in there community room and still have over a dozen time slots available but you need to register soon as there filling up fast. Hill says there are no age guidelines to be apart but would suggest groups not to get over 8 people. She also says for the kids, some slime might be involved. The Library’s escape room returns next weekend. Both the 29th and 30th of June and is all day, for more information she says to visit their Facebook page.
The cooler temperatures this week are a favor for those at the Montgomery County Judicial Center. County Maintenance Supervisor Jeff Phelps says there has been a failure with half of the compressors that cool the building the houses the court rooms, Sheriff's Office and jail. The compressors from Carrier are en route now, but they're coming from New York. The price tag for the repairs will be close to $50,000.
Phelps says the unit is only 6 years old and shouldn't be having so many issues.
Students will pay a bit more to attend Pittsburg State University in the fall. The Kansas Board of Regents approve an increase in tuition that will mean in-state undergraduate students will pay an additional $73. PSU President Steve Scott says it is the smallest increase in 19 years. He says their goal is to ensure Pitt State is one of the most affordable schools in the nation.
The 2.6 percent increase brings the total tuition cost for full-time, in-state undergrads to $2,847.
An interim Chief of Police has been named for the Parsons Police Department. City Manager Debbie Lamb has moved assistant Chief of Police Dennis Dodd into the role while a search is conducted to replace Chief Jason Sharp. He has resigned to accept a position with Labette Community College. Dodd has served with the Parsons PD since 2006. He was promoted to assistant chief in 2016.
The process for hiring the next chief includes a panel comprised of the city manager, city attorney, city human resources director and two law enforcement individuals from outside the Parsons Police Department.
A very odd year in weather for crop growers. With late freezes and surging dry spells, some of the states crop production has been lower than expected worrying wheat producers. Jeri Geren from the K-State extension district tells us how our region is shaping up for the wheat harvest. She says not to many fields left to be harvested and numbers are fair as bushels per acre ranging in the mid 40’s to 50’s She also says our side of the states wheat crop isn’t having to the deal with too much disease either due to the weather. Giving us higher wheat numbers than most regions in western Kansas. Geren states to never wish bad upon your neighbor, but the struggling wheat markets on the western side of the state sway our markets way higher. Making our wheat crop right around average, even after a worry filled start.
An investigation into drug activity and recent break-ins at businesses leads to a search of a Coffeyville home. Police Chief Kwin Bromley spoke with KGGF News at the scene at 1005 West 10th Street. Bromley says those five will be taken into custody for questioning.
It is believed the residence may be tied to others around town being used by the group that has been referred to as the BMX Bandits.
The Coffeyville Fire Department receives a donation from Atmos Energy. The gas utility has donated $2,000 donation to the department for the purchase of gas monitoring equipment. The funds will enable Coffeyville Fire to have two fire trucks with the ability to monitor for natural gas.
Atmos Energy Operations Supervisor Eddie Rodgers presented the donation to Coffeyville Fire Chief Bob Roesky.
The City of Caney looks to make some upgrades to the council chambers. Mayor Thomas Burk says the technology is out of date and new monitors are needed for power-point presentations. City Administrator Fred Gress says the upgrade should help councilors and residents understand the need for certain projects.
The mayor is also making appointments to a park advisory board that will develop an action plan for improvements to the parks and pool in Caney.
The Caney Police Department receives the Platinum Safety Award from AAA-Kansas. Caney Police Chief Ron Wade says they appreciate all the citizens who take part in their safety programs. He says those efforts are key to a lack of fatality crashes in Caney for over five years. Wade also says seatbelt use has increased to nearly 90% among drivers and passengers.
Wade says, while his department gets the award, all the congratulations should go to the drivers in Caney who keep the streets safe.
Keeping our kids safe is always a parents highest priority. Keeping them safe always comes with a set of challenges especially online. Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt says, finally, they have implemented a task force for online safety. Schmidt says that numbers of child trafficking crimes have been on the rise here in Kansas. He wanted to ease your worry by believing those numbers correlate with the rise of awareness of what's going on as well. Encouraging your undivided attention to this topic. This idea being implemented has been in the works for now 5 years. Schmidt says the task force will work with local police departments to help fight against crimes over the internet against children.
Schmidt wants the public to stay aware of those threats and to work closely with your local law enforcement, and be aware of what your children are doing over the internet.
It appears the interchange project at US 160/US 169 is back on. Wayne Gudmanson with the Kansas Department of Transportation tells Montgomery County Commissioners that they are taking some preliminary steps. Gudmanson says the project to four-lane Highway 75 south of Caney to the Oklahoma stateline has not been re-approved.
KDOT will return the local government-federal exchange program to 90-cents on the dollar. It was reduced to 75-cents per dollar last year.
All girls basketball camp is underway at Nellis Hall. Coffeyville Community College Assistant Women's Basketball Coach and Camp Organizer Anita Walker says this is more than just teaching the girls how to play basketball.
The camp goes through Thursday from 8:00am-12:00pm everday. Walker says if you can't make it for the whole camp or stay for all four hours just come and spend whatever time you can.
Need to get some general education classes out of the way this summer? Coffeyville Community College has got you covered. CCC’s Yvonne Hull says, session 1 of summer classes is wrapping up with session 2 right around the corner. Session starts up early July and will be provided as internet courses. So students will not be on campus, Hull did want to remind students attending now, that even with the campus closed on Friday’s, they still need to attend the class.Hull also noted that Nursing School registration is due on June 28th and to contact Heather Pollitt out of the technical campus for more information. Hul spoke great words of Pollit and the Nursing program and urges you to get more information if you're serious about a nursing career. Hull really wanted to emphasize the summer session programs though. Saying even if your attending another school, you can be apart of these courses. Knock out your Gen Ed. courses with smaller class sizes and set yourself up for the future.
More good news for Coffeyville Public Schools. The results are in and, overall, most students saw improvement from fall to spring. Roosevelt Middle School Principal Jeff Pegues says we're seeing good growth.
Pegues says they are doing a better job of breaking down the data from the testing to target the areas that need additional work.
Now that we fall in between legislative sessions, not to much news coming from Topeka. We did speak with representative Jim Kelly on our May revenues as he says things are looking pretty good. Kelly who we might note, finished with a 100% voting record this past session. Did want to also note that these estimates may not continue to rise at the rate they have been, but right now, things are looking promising
Stating we’re up 101 million on our May estimates and are also over a billion dollars above our estimates from the previous year. He did want to highlight the only real concern speaking numbers was our sales tax revenues were about 725,000 dollars below estimates.He noted that it could be from a lag of that information coming in, or sales may truly be down throughout the state.
Two Wyandotte County deputies die in the line of duty. 36-year-old Patrick Rohrer and 44-year-old Theresa King were overpowered by an inmate that was being transported to the courthouse in Kansas City, Kansas. Both deputies were shot. Rohrer died yesterday. King died this morning after undergoing surgery.
The Coffeyville Police Department has issued a statement saying their hearts are heavy for the Rohrer and King families and all those with the Wyandotte County Sheriff’s Office.
A Bartlesville woman lands in jail after attacking her husband’s vehicle with a machete. Summer Nickles faces a charge of aggravated assault and battery. According to an affidavit, Nickles became upset with her husband. She pulled out a machete from her minivan and began damaging his car. She discarded the weapon after the handle broke off. She also reportedly threw a butane torch at her husband. When officers arrived on the scene they found the broken machete laying on the ground near the damaged vehicle.
Bond was set at $500.
The Montgomery County Board of Commissioners gets a visit from the director of Four County Mental Health. Greg Hennen shared some of the treatment numbers from 4 County, as he asked for financial support. Hennen's budget request was for $270,000.
In other business, commissioners heard a report from Public Works Director Robert Bever and approved the CTE Contract with Labette Community College. Plans to create a county-wide neighborhood revitalization project were also stalled due to legal concerns.
We were all curious and now we have the answers. KGGF’s Sam Speck spoke with republican gubernatorial candidate Jim Barnett on why he is choosing his wife, Rosie Hansen, as his running mate. He wanted someone who has served this country well with international affairs stating those relationships are great for growth. Going outside the norm and hiring someone that never imagined be in a political chair, is a new idea that Barnett thinks will work well. Barnett also stated his excitement for the public republican forum going on tomorrow in Parsons. Encouraging others to come and get truly informed on who you are voting for, and ask the questions you want answered. That forum is at 6 pm in the Parsons Municipal Auditorium and will be broadcasted in its entirety on 690 am KGGF.
A free chlorine burn gets underway for the water supply in the City of Caney. The treatment will be used to clear wells, water lines and the water tower of normally-occurring bacterial growth. The intense chlorine burn will be monitored to make sure chlorine levels maintain state standards and do not pose a threat to public health. The process can take up to 30-days.
Anyone with questions may contact Caney City Hall at 620-879-2772.
Summer time means grilling season, and you may be the master chef but don’t let your eyes deceive you. Barbara Ames with the Wildcat extension district says to always use a thermometer to assure that your meats are done. Don’t just look and think that the color itself means the meat is cook completely. Always measure in the thickest part of the meat and Ames says there are 3 major temperatures to remember. For poultry its 165 degrees, beef is 160 and for steaks and chops it’s 145. Ames also stated when you have finished cooking your meats to immediately serve them and to not let them sitting out for more than a few hours. If your outside in the hot summer sun that time the food are exposed shouldn’t be more than an hour. Cook your meats at the correct temperatures, serve them immediately and store them correctly to avoid getting you and your loved ones sick.
Could that glass of water make you sick? There are water concerns in Blackwell, Oklahoma, just 90 miles from Coffeyville. The city has sent a letter to residents indicating Blackwell's water supply exceeds Department of Environmental Quality limits for pollutants and carcinogens. The letter, obtained by KJRH, indicates people could experience liver, kidney and nervous system issues and may have increased risks of developing cancer. The city manager says the contaminants have built up in the pipes and the pipes need to be replaced.
One resident says the water comes out of the tap with a muddy, orange color and it is damaging appliances, too.
Lots of activities for the kids and families during the summer in Independence. Director of the Chamber of Commerce Lisa Wilson says the Riverside Beach Family Aquatic Center has a family night. Wilson says the swim is from 5-7 on Thursday and Friday evenings.
There's also a teen movie night to go along with the rest of the movie nights they will have throughout the summer. Wilson says they will also have a lot of activities going on during the movie nights as well.
The Kansas State Board of education gets an update from USD 445 regarding school redesign. Superintendent Craig Correll says they are the only district that chose to redesign as a district.
Correll says the programs do look different at each school. He says they want to make sure students have that career exploration opportunity and to know what careers are available right here in Coffeyville.
Coming up this weekend is the 2018 Republican Governors Forum. Where all 5 of the republican candidates will give two minute answer to pressing questions. Former state representative Virgil Peck tells KGGF News the 2 big reasons their hosting the event was to create transparency to the public and to show off Montgomery County to our governors. Organizer Peck says even if they don’t answer specific questions to hang around and ask yourself. Peck says he is very excited for the event as it will truly allow the public to learn who they're voting for and stay well informed. The forum will be held at the Parsons Municipal Auditorium at 6:00 pm this Saturday. Free for the public to attend and is encouraged! If you can't make it to Parsons it will broadcasted in its entirety right here on KGGF.
Some residents around Coffeyville may not be aware of it, but they didn't have water for a time overnight. There were a couple of water main breaks. City crews were out in the early morning hours addressing the problems.
Some streets around 4th and Central may have appeared flooded this morning, where crews opened fire hydrants to take pressure off the system while they made repairs.
AAA Kansas recognizes the Coffeyville Police Department for its efforts to maintain traffic safety for all residents. AAA's Shawn Steward was at the city commission meeting to make the presentation to Chief Kwin Bromley.
Two new police officers were also sworn in during the meeting: Officers Russell White and Nick Bilby. The City Commission also approved the purchase of a new SUV for the Coffeyville Police Department.
The superintendent of Coffeyville Public Schools visits city hall. Dr. Craig Correll addressed the Coffeyville City Commission, asking them to consider extending a sales tax to help finance improvements, primarily at Roosevelt Middle School and Field Kindley High School. The commission will determine if residents are allowed to vote on the sales tax to be including in the finance package to help offset some of the costs from property taxes.
In other business, a loan application was approved from the Distressed Housing Reinvestment Program for another Peggy Steele property on 9th Street. A grant was also approved to provide an incentive to Thompson Brothers Welding and Industrial Supply for a sewer lift station at their new location.
Area firefighters battled a blaze Tuesday morning at Yocham’s Custom Leather east of Bartlesville on U. S. 60. Arson Investigator for the City of Bartlesville, Bill Hollander says crews were called out at about 8:30.
According to Hollander, no one was inside the store at the time of the blaze.
When questioned about the loss, Hollander talked about the structure when he said about a third would be a total loss.
Yocham’s daughter, Rikki Sybothan goes on to say about all of the houseware items in the store are lost.
Finally, Sybothan says Yocham’s will survive. People are stepping forward to help the family business. OKM Music has announced that a portion of the ticket sales from Friday night’s Woolaroc concert will go to support the Yochams. You can buy your tickets online at OKM Music dot org or by calling 918-336-9900.
Severe storms move across southeast Kansas overnight. Some Coffeyville residents were greeted by a lack of electricity and a lot of debris this morning. Interim City Manager Michael Shook says his first lineman was called out shortly after 4 a.m. to start restoring power. Shook says there were over 100 addresses left without service by the storms.
Residents around Caney tell KGGF News they received 4-to-6 inches of rain from the storm system.
Fire crews do battle with a blaze at a popular western wear store. The fire was discovered just before 9 o'clock at Bartlesville's Yocham's Western Wear on U. S. 60. Flames appeared to reach 50 to 60 feet high.
U.S. 60 was closed near the location and traffic was detoured onto county roads as firefighters worked on the blaze.
A line of severe thunderstorms move through the area this morning. A number of addresses have lost electrical service, including KGGF Radio. The high winds have resulted in a number of trash cans in the streets of Coffeyville. There is also a lot of tree debris around town.
Drivers are are advised to be aware of any limbs that could be blocking their path.
An Enid woman sustains injuries in an accident south of Shidler. The Oklahoma Highway Patrol reports 55 year-old Jimmie Miller was driving a Honda Shadow southbound on State Highway 18 when her vehicle failed to negotiate a curve to the right. She went of the roadway to the left and into a ditch.
Miller was hospitalized with arm injuries in Ponca City.
Sedan Police, joined by the Chautauqua County Sheriff's Office, serve a search warrant in the 300 block of East Bradley on Friday night. The search led to the arrest of two men on various drug and theft charges. The home contained a number of tools and other items believed stolen. Once the investigation has concluded, the Sedan Police Department will return the stolen property to its rightful owners.
However, police note, many times thefts are unreported and that makes it difficult to return the items or file charges against those who stole them.
Summer time means a rise in temperature, a rise in crimes and a rise in the number of kids running around our roads. Police Chief Kwin Bromley says at this time of year, you need to pay more attention behind the wheel. Bromley also advises motorists as well parents who may have set up basketball hoops in the street or by the curb, to bring those into your driveway if possible and avoid any unnecessary accidents. Bromley also wanted to note on with the rise in temperatures to always remember about your pet. Never leave without water for them and avoid leaving them in cars. Coffeyville has a tether law as well, meaning if you are going to leave your dog at home to not keep them tethered, in the sun or without any water. If you questions about these guidelines he encourages people to call the stations animal control officer for more information.With the amount of break-ins on the rise, speaking with Bromley, he gave us some tips he has to use to keep your business safer, even if you already have a security system. Bromley strongly believes the vandals are testing businesses and their security systems, so be aware and as Bromley stated contact them first as their average response time is within a minute or two of being dispatched.
The leading Republican candidates for Kansas Governor will be converging in southeast Kansas next Saturday for a candidates forum. Governor Jeff Colyer, Secretary of State Kris Kobach, State Insurance Commissioner Ken Selzer, Dr. Jim Barnett and Patrick Kucera have all confirmed their attendance at the event which will be held at the Parsons Municipal Auditorium. The forum is being organized Republican Party county chairs Don Alexander or Neosho, Marsha Wallace of Crawford, Mike Howeter of Labette and Virgil Peck of Montgomery County . The forum is free for the public to attend and begins at 6pm next Saturday.
If you cannot attend the forum in person it will be broadcast live and in it’s entirety on KGGF690am.
Potter says all items will at least be 20% off and becasue it's an auction you set the prices so it could be more. Doors open at 9:00am and the auction will begin at 10:00am.
Two people have been arrested by the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Department in connection with the burglary of an Independence convenience store. 48 year old Donnie Caldwell and 52 year old Carol Correia, both of Independence remain in the custody at the County Jail in connection with a burglary and theft of the Jumpstart Convenience Store at South 10th Street and College Road in Independence. The two were arrested by the Sheriff’s Department acting on a tip from the Independence Police Department after executing a search warrant at a residence located at 924 E. Cottonwood in Independence. During the search officers recovered property from the burglary as well narcotics including marijuana, methamphetamines and drug paraphernalia. The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office is recommending charges of burglary, theft, criminal damage to property and multiple drug offences.
Sheriff Bobby Dierks praised the Independence Police Department for their assistance.
Tuesday at 5:37 p.m., Montgomery County Sheriff’s Deputies were dispatched to 3479 W Main in Independence, to a report of a telephone pole down in the roadway on Highway 75. Upon arrival at the scene, deputies found a 2007 Buick Lucerne, driven by Elizabeth Herion, of Independence, had left the roadway, struck the pole causing the pole to break. Electrical power was lost to the residence at 3479 W Main.
There were no injuries reported, and the driver of the vehicle was cited for failure to maintain single lane of traffic.
Issues growing between the Nowata County Sheriff's Office and the Nowata Fire Department. This stems from an incident where the Sheriff's Office called in a Bartlesville ambulance for a wreck on Highway 60 in Nowata. Fire Chief Stephen Parmenter says the Sheriff has also made comments that have upset some firefighters.
Undersheriff Chris Sitsler says it was just simply miscommunication. When asked about the incident Sheriff Kenny Freeman says he isn't sure why it happened, but says they do have a lot of new people working dispatch.
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The Boys & Girls Club always has activities scheduled. Director of the Coffeyville Chamber of Commerce Candi Westbrook tells KGGF news every Monday over the summer they have started something new for the kids. Next Monday starts the High 5 Club at the Coffeyville Boys & Girls Club. Bringing in new groups from around the community to reassure and high 5 the kids for using some of their summertime to learn. Westbrook also stated that the Boys & Girls club has changed their phone line, you can reach them now at (620)-252-6470. Running out of activities for your kids over the summer? Candi Westbrook also told us some of the activities coming up for the public library as they always seem to have things going on as well.
Kansas Secretary of State and Republican Gubernatorial candidate, Kris Kobach will be swinging through Montgomery County tomorrow. Kobach is scheduled to tour the new Coffeyville Emergency Services Center at 10am, followed by stops at Coffeyville Regional Medical Center and the Coffeyville Community College Technical Campus. Following his stops in Coffeyville he will then head to Independence where he will visit Independence Community College and possibly a few other visits as time allows.
A Coffeyville man was arrested in Bartlesville after being witnessed smashing car windows with an axe. Aundre Nuckols has been arraigned in Washington County Court on charges of assault with a deadly weapon, possession of a controlled dangerous substance, damage to property, and armed robbery.
According to an affidavit, Nuckols became upset after he lost a necklace. Nuckols then found an axe in the parking lot and began smashing car windows. A female and her infant child were in one the cars when Nuckols hit the driver side window with the axe.
The woman got out of the car to confront Nuckols about putting her child in danger. Nuckols then pushed the woman against the car in a violent manor and then took the woman’s car keys when she was trying to flee the area.
When officers arrived on the scene they found the axe in a nearby trash can. They also witnessed Nuckols attempt to discard a small baggie containing methamphetamine.
The incident occurred on South Sante Fe Avenue in Bartlesville and was caught on video.
Bond was set at $25,000. Nuckols is set to appear in court next on June 22.
With summer here and the weather warmer and nicer more people are using their bikes for transportation. Coffeyville Police Chief Kwin Bromley says both people on bikes and driving a vehicle to be on the lookout for each other especially at night.
Bromley says bikers should also remember to obey traffic rules such as stopping at stop signs and stoplights and driving on the appropriate sides of the road.
Birdhouses & Beer? A new take on arts and crafts coming to the Independence Historical Museum this Friday. Lisa Wilson from the Independence Chamber of Commerce explains for 20 dollars you’ll build your birdhouse and enjoy beer. Wilson says the beer will be provided by, the same distributing company who provided the beer tasting for Zoo Brew just a few weeks back. So as you build your Arts & crafts you’ll enjoy some great craft beer. Wilson said it’s from 7 to 9 this Friday at the Independence Historical Museum and you must register by the end of the day by calling 620-331-3515.
Tickets are 20 dollars a piece and must be 21 years old.
Firefighters are on the scene of a fire at Cherryvale's City Hall. The City of Cherryvale and Cherryvale Rural Fire Departments have both been called in to fight the blaze. The cause of the fire is not lknown at this time and no damage estimates are available.
KGGF will update you on this story as information becomes available
The Cherokee Nation’s Secretary of State, Chuck Hoskins, Jr. made a stop in Coffeyville today, speaking at the noon meeting of the Coffeyville Rotary Club. Hoskins spoke on the economic impact the Cherokee Nation has across the region. He stressed that what’s good for the Cherokee Nation is good for the communities they’re in.
Hoskins says the Cherokee Nation has a total economic impact of over $2 billion across the region, including, jobs, infrastructure, education and healthcare.
Cherokee National Treasure bow maker Richard Fields will be giving a presentation this evening in South Coffeyville at 6 pm. Join Richard, tribal leaders and community leaders at the Cherokee Community building at 215 Oklahoma Street in South Town.
A meal will be served and all are welcome to learn more about the Cherokee culture.
Yesterday at about 1:48 pm the Independence Police Department was dispatched to the 700 block of Cherry Street for a report of shots fired. The incident originated as an ongoing dispute between the parties. Victims allege the suspects unlawfully entered the victim’s home while carrying a baseball bat. The victim felt threatened and made verbal threats. The suspects fled and returned with a firearm. It is believed that a suspect then fired rounds into the ground and one in the vicinity of the victim. No injuries were reported.
29 year old Melinda Joseph of Independence was arrested for aggravated assault and burglary. 38 year old Paul Joseph of Moline, Kansas, was arrested for aggravated assault, burglary, endangering a child, and criminal discharge of a firearm at an occupied dwelling. A juvenile male, also of Moline, Kansas, was taken into custody for burglary and aggravated assault. A firearm and shell casings were seized as evidence.
A 2017 silver/gray Ford Focus, with the license plate number 921GPZ, has been stolen from a residence in Caney sometime yesterday between midnight and 6:00 A.M.
If you see this vehicle or have any information about its whereabouts please contact the Caney Police Department at (620)879-2141.
Break-ins but not burglaries. With the recent break-ins at local shops in Coffeyville not resulting in anything being stolen Chief Kwin Bromley says they're investigating what the motive or purpose of these could be.
Bromley says if you have any information on any past break-ins or see anything happen in the future to contact CPD at (620)252-6160.
Coffeyville native selected to Kansas State FFA Office. 2017 Field Kindley High School graduate Kristin Isle was elected as Kansas FFA Treasurer at the 90th Kansas FFA Convention on Friday. Isle represents the first Coffeyville FFA Chapter member in more than 70 years to serve as a state officer. Isle recently completed her freshman year at Kansas State University.
In other news from the convention Caney Valley High School FFA team wins first place in an agriscience plant contest. The team of Kloie Kegg and Cassidy Anderson won first place in plant systems and will represent Kansas at at national competition in October.
The Quack Clash is here! The Coffeyville Community College duck race taking place this Saturday at Memorial Stadium, one of the event organizers Robert Wood explains he hopes The Quack Clash is something that returns every year. Ducks coast ten dollars but the event is no cost to you, and you can purchase as many ducks as you’d like. All taking place at memorial stadium this Saturday from 4 to 8 pm.coming up this weekend that is another great way to be apart of the community while benefiting C.C.C. Wood also says all of the proceeds will directly benefit CCC. Either into the general education fund or any program or scholarship of your choice. The police and fire departments will be there supporting and selling food.
A suspect is in custody this evening after reports of shots fired in Independence this afternoon. Police responded to reports of shots fired this afternoon in the 700 block of East Cherry Street. There were no reports of any injuries. No details of the incident or information about the suspect is available at this time.
Plans have been set for at least four of the Republican Kansas Gubernatorial candidates to appear at a forum in southeast Kansas. Current Governor Jeff Colyer, and Republican challengers Kris Kobach, Ken Selzer and Jim Barnett will all be appearing at the forum at the Parsons Municipal Auditorium Saturday evening, June16th. The forum is open to the public and begins at 6pm. The forum is being hosted by the Southeast Kansas Republican Committees and will be broadcast live on KGGF, 690am.
A 16 year old Winfield boy was injured Sunday evening when he was struck on his bicycle by an SUV. Christian Evans was taken to Wesley Medical Center in Wichita after he swerved in front of an SUV northbound on 101st Road and 132nd Road in Cowley County a little after 8 Sunday evening. No citations were issued to the 53 year old Winfield man who was driving the SUV.
With the legislative session wrapped up we talked with representative Doug Blex. As we spoke he looked back and gave us a recap of the amount of bills that went through this past session. Noting over 200 bills were reviewed and some may not seem as significant but truly are to someone. Blex noted the amount of bills ads up due to the many bills that wouldn’t affect things like tax dollars directly, seeming almost unnecessary but wanted to highlight they do have importance. Showing the integrity and transparency of our representatives. Blex finished with a 97 percent voting record as he is a good example of how we can easily overlook our legislative workers as they look at every single bill, even the ones that you didn’t know affected you. Some small bills Blex had noted on included a new noxious weed bill, new license plates for the state, and a new state rock, mineral and gem.
Will it be yes or no? As of right now, it's not clear. But, Coffeyville is still in the running for a Tyson Chicken Processing Plant. Montgomery County Action Council's Trisha Purdon says while corporate talks continue, there is also a need for community conversation. One is set for next Monday.
The next meeting will begin at 5:30 on June 11th in the Coffeyville Community College Cafeteria. Since space is limited, those wishing to attend are asked to register by June 7th.
Registration is available online at actioncouncil.com
Independence Police continue to investigate after a pedestrian was struck by a truck pulling a trailer yesterday. Two people were crossing at 12th and Main, near Braum's, when one of the two was struck. That person was transported from the scene by ambulance. The second person stopped before stepping into the path of the vehicle.
Police Chief Jerry Harrison says the accident happened just before 11 a.m. yesterday.
Always prepared, that's what you should be in the event of severe weather. Montgomery County Emergency Management Director Rick Whitson says if you need to be ready in case you need to leave your house.
Whitson says you can find everything you need to know about being prepared and watching for severe weather at mocountyksem.wordpress.com.
Nicotine is highly addictive. That makes giving up smoking and other tobacco products difficult. Montgomery Wellness Coalition's Marci Roberts says our rate of smokers outpaces state numbers. Nearly 22% of Montgomery County residents smoke. The state average is 17%. Roberts says free Nicotine Replacement Therapy is available to help kick the habit.
She says you can ask your doctor, call 1-800-Quit-Now or visit the website: KSQuit.org
A Coffeyville man faces charges in Washington County, Oklahoma, for a jewelry store robbery last November. According to the affidavit, Demario Collins asked to see a wedding set from inside a display case. Once the set was out, Collins grabbed the set and ran from the store. The estimated value of the set was over $9,000. The entirety of the crime was caught on surveillance video.
Collins' bond is set at $25,000. His next court appearance is set for June 22.
Summer Celebration is making its return! The 3rd edition of the event is coming back to Walter Johnson Park this July 7th. One of the organizers Coffeyville Police Ltn. Mike Bradley explains their inspiration started with just a car show and has grown into what it has today. A free car show, great music, vendors, giveaways, live entertainment, and a huge firework show is what you can expect at the Summer Celebration. All great items for the adults but event organizer and Ltn. Bradley explains they encourage little ones to bring their rides as well. All of the organizers would like to thank the community for all of their overwhelming support as they continue you to keep all admissions completely free to you! Even vendors are encouraged to apply to be apart of the event. Car show in the morning and fireworks expected to start around 10 pm, all taking place on July 7th over in Walter Johnson Park.
Local store owners might want to beef up their security. There has been a string of break-ins at stores in Coffeyville that are being investigated by the police department. Blu Boots Manager Corrissa Ammerman says luckily nothing was stolen from them.
Ammerman says Blu Boots has been hit twice, once three weeks ago and then again over Memorial Day Weekend. She says all local stores are keeping each other in the loop to help each other out.
Empowering girls to build a better future. 100 spots to fill for the Summer STEM Program for 6th to 8th grade girls. Organizer Joanne Smith says they are just over half way there. Smith says they want the girls to have the right tools to pursue all the opportunities available in science, technology, engineering and math fields.
She says this will be in conjuction with the FABLAB but will be located at ICC West and they girsl will learn several things from design thinking to 3D printing.
A Florida company will pay $10,000 in penalties and fees for violating the No-Call Act. National Auto Protection Corp. agreed to a consent judgment ordering it to pay fees and civil penalties. The judgment was approved last week by Judge Franklin R. Theis in Shawnee County District Court. In addition, National Auto Protection Corp was enjoined from further violations of the Kansas No-Call Act and the Kansas Consumer Protection Act.
The Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Division began investigating National Auto Protection Corp in 2016 after receiving complaints from Kansas consumers about receiving unsolicited telemarketing calls.
On Monday, a new Fraternity and Sorority Life Coordinator is set to begin work at Pittsburg State University. Anna Stark will serve more than 500 students active in fraternities and sororities. The position has been unfilled since November 2017, with a graduate assistant covering some duties this spring and the remainder having been taken on by Eva Sager, the associate director of Campus Activities.
Stark, a native of Oklahoma, completed her master's degree at Arkansas Tech University. She earned a bachelor's degree in psychology from Drury University in Springfield, Missouri.
It could be an affordable means for earning your wings-- if you're lucky. Miami Police Chief Thomas Anderson says they are raffling a Cessna. Thomas says a family donated the aircraft to help the city raise matching funds for airport improvements. The $50 raffle ticket includes 10 hours of training which is what most people need to get a solo license. Ross Aviation is fully restoring the Cessna 172.
Ticket sales are expected to begin tomorrow. The drawing will be held once 4,000 tickets are sold. Buy tickets here.
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The unofficial start to summer being here means new things around the city of Coffeyville. Director of the Chamber of Commerce Candi Westbrook says the Yoke Bar & Grill have something new coming.
As they are kind of changing things up for the summer, they will print a new menu and ad a few items. Including more barbeque items and lighter items such as salads and wraps. Summertime in Coffeyville always mean to mark you calendars for August as the Interstate Fair & Rodeo returns.Westbrook also explains an Artisan Market gets its start up this weekend in downtown by the Lannings parking lot. Featuring local metal workers, jewelry makers, and all sorts of other artists and are still looking for vendors to attend.
U.S. Air Force Airman Dalton Sawyer, from Baxter Springs, graduates from basic military training at San Antonio, Texas. Sawyer completed an eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills. Sawyer is the son Max Sawyer Jr. of Baxter Springs.
He is a 2017 graduate of Baxter Springs High School.
The Pittsburg Police Department and Cherokee County Sheriff's Office work to investigate some construction equipment theft from Pittsburg. The value of the equipment was estimated at $30,000. Sheriff's deputies set up surveillance on a property near Sherwin where the equipment was located. 48-year-old Thomas Prater, of Columbus, was arrested on suspicion of possessing stolen property. It is a felony level complaint.
Prater was released after posting $5,000 bond.
It is not just about recruiting industry. Montgomery County Action Council's Trisha Purdon says additional stores and restaurants are an important piece of the puzzle, especially to bringing in larger-scale employers. Purdon is just back from the annual retail conference in Las Vegas, NV.
She was promoting Montgomery County and the 100-thousand residents who live within a 45-minute radius as potential customers.
It’s auction time! The 3rd annual KGGF Auction returns to Coffeyville this June. KGGF auction organizer Dorea Potter explains why this auction is a win win for everyone involved and why the KGGF auction continues to return. Buying items from a huge list of local businesses and businesses surrounding including the Grand Country Music Hall in Branson. The auction will be held at the CRC Gym this year starting at 10am on June 9th. Potter also says all items being auctioned off will not go over 80% original price potentially saving the buyer big bucks. The auction will start at 10 am with no cost to you for the bidding numbers. You can obtain your number, browse great locally bought items and even win great prizes at the door at the 2018 KGGF auction this June at the Coffeyville Recreation Commission at Walter Johnson Park.
A Transportation Task Force being put together in the State of Kansas. Representative Rich Proehl says in the next 35-40 days they should have that committee all set.
Representative Proehl says there will be a wide variety of people on the task force including himself.