As we await a decision from Independence Community College regarding the situation between Head Football Coach Jason Brown and a German born player, the player Alexandros Alexiou tells KGGF News he came over here to play football.
Alexiou says he thought the Coach Brown he saw on Last Chance U was just an act but quickly found out that wasn't the case. He says after finding out he was getting close to being kicked off the team he looked for an explanation.
Alexiou says for now he is off the team but he does get to keep his scholarship which Coach Brown threatened to take.
Both ICC Athletic Director and President have not returned phone calls or made a comment to us here at KGGF but President Dan Barwick did send a statement to KOAM saying that "Independence Community College does not condone the language Coach Brown used in his message. He has spoken with Coach Brown about his message to the student, and Coach Brown fully understands that his language was not appropriate. The college is investigating the matter and will have no further statement at this time."
**UPDATE 9:50 Friday 2-22-2019**
ICC President Daniel Barwick has released a statement regarding the situation: "The Independence Community College Board of Trustees has met to discuss the situation and offer their input regarding the recent controversy regarding a football coach’s texts to a student. There are a number of elements the college must consider in this case, and we expect resolution within a few days. Until that time, the college has no further comment on this personnel matter."
*photo courtesy of Alexiou's Facebook*
The Independence Community College Board of Trustees adjourns without action or comment after meeting for over three hours in executive session Thursday night. An HR professional was present at the meeting. The executive session was called to discuss personnel issues late Thursday morning. Thursday's executive session by the ICC Board of Trustees followed the release of a profanity laced series of text messages from ICC head football coach Jason Brown to a Pirate player. The texts also told the player that he (Brown) was the player’s Hitler. The player is German born.
KGGF will update this story as more information becomes available.
ICC Coach Brown To German Student: I'm Your New Hitler
A 47-year-old man dies after being struck by an SUV while riding a bike across a highway near Galena. The Kansas Highway Patrol says David Furry of Galena died after the wreck last night west of town. Troopers report the 50-year-old Georgia woman who was driving the Jeep was not hurt.
She was westbound on K-66 when the collision occurred.
Sixteen counties throughout Kansas are to receive a combined total of about $4.5 million to improve safety on rural roads across the state as part of the Kansas Department of Transportation’s High Risk Rural Roads (HRRR) program. Counties submitted applications for the program from November 2018 to the end of January, and county projects were selected in early February for year 2021. Projects are either “systemic” or “site specific”. Systemic projects get 100 percent funded, while site specific are 90 percent federally funded with the county contributing 10 percent to the project cost.
Montgomery County is one of the 16 counties selected, and it will be site-specific, awarded $463,000 to construct a continuous two-way center left lane on CR 3900 south of Independence. Chautauqua County is a systemic project awarded $441,000 to upgrade signing of all major collectors west of K-99. Cowley County is also systemic, awarded $356,000 to upgrade signing of all gravel major collectors. For more information, contact Michael Stringer at 785-296-3861 or email@example.com.
The Independence Board of Trustees will hold an executive session in a special called meeting tonight at 6:00pm. The meeting is for a discussion of a personnel issue. The meeting comes on the heels of a series of text messages released between Independence Football Coach Jason Brown and German born player Alexandros Alexiou.
We will provide an update following the meeting.
An Independence Community College student from Germany shares a fiery text exchange between himself and Head Football Coach Jason Brown on social media. Montgomery County Chronicle Editor Andy Taylor broke the story in this week’s edition. In the post, seen below edited for language, Coach Brown texted Alexandros Alexiou (Alex-ee-oh) that he should come see him and he had 17 disciplinary points of 25. When Alexiou inquired why he had 17 points, the coach said he told the player to quit being disobedient. In the exchange, Brown referred to the player as a German (expletive) and told him he, the coach, was his new Hitler. Later in the exchange, Coach Brown texted that Alexiou was off the team and the coach was pulling his (expletive) scholarship.
You can read the full story in the Montgomery County Chronicle. KGGF News will also be following this story with updates.
If you didn't make it to the first comedy show in Coffeyville for 2019, you might not want to miss the next monthly show of “Walk In and Show Out” on Mar. 2. By purchasing tickets, you are supporting the prevention of child sexual abuse. Comedian Velly Vel tells us more.
The Mar. 2nd comedy show is “Praise & Worship: A Night of Family Entertainment”. Doors open at 5:30 and the show starts at 6:00 Saturday evening at the Coffeyville Recreation Commission, 508 Park. St. Get your tickets at the Chamber of Commerce of Mario's Barber & Beauty in Downtown Coffeyville.
Coffeyville's Reawakening and it's 9th Street Fresh Community Gardens might be collaborating with USD 445's Nutrition Department to bring fresh, local, and organic food to K-12 students. Pamela Lane, the district's Nutrition Director shares with us.
USD 445 is looking at a federal grant called Farm to School. About $7.5 million will be released in 2019 and 2020 to bring local food into more school meal programs, integrate agricultural education into classrooms, and cultivate and expand school gardens throughout the United States. For more about Farm to School, go to usda.gov/farmtoschool. And for a free spot to grow organic food, call the 9th Street Fresh project manager, Terry Vernon, at 918-330-0413.
The Cherryvale Police Department and the Coffeyville Police Department receive grants to support public safety programs. Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt says the grants are part of the Federal Edward J. Byrne Memorial Justice Grant Program.
- Cherryvale Police Department will receive $89,436 to purchase body-worn police cameras.
- Coffeyville Police Department will receive $62,655 to update its recording systems from analog to digital to enhance audio and video evidence capabilities.
The grants are awarded by the Kansas Criminal Justice Coordinating Council. General Schmidt, an Independence native, serves as the chair of the council.
Human skeletal remains that were found in a rural area of Neosho County last August have been identified as those of a missing Chanute woman. The Kansas Bureau of Investigation has identified the remains of Marissa M. Craft. The 39 year old Craft went missing from her mobile home in Chanute in December of 2017 after leaving with 3 men in white, Dodge Pickup truck. Craft’s remains were found by a farmer last August in a field near Ford Road and 50th Road in Neosho County. The investigation into her death is continuing and anyone with any information is urged to contact the Neosho County Sheriff’s Office or the KBI at 1-800-KS-CRIME.
Do you think firearm assessories are protected by the Second Amendment of the U.S. Constitution? Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt believes it extends beyond a firearm to include some of types of firearm assessories. Schmidt led a group of eight state attorneys general Tuesday, Feb. 19 in filing a legal brief asking the U.S. Supreme Court to hear an appeal and reverse a recent ruling by the Tenth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, which held that firearm accessories are not protected. Schmidt says Kansas citizens recently and overwhelmingly voted to amend the Kansas Constitution to reaffirm that an individual “has the right to keep and bear arms for the defense of self, family, home and state, for lawful hunting and recreational use, and for any other lawful purpose, and also the right to “hunt... by the use of traditional methods”. Schmidt said the Tenth Circuit's unsupported conclusion threatens citizens' right to enjoy these time-honored pursuits, and he pointed out that the decision is so sweeping that Congress could ban all ammunition. He said this cannot be correct. Kansas is joined by Arkansas, Idaho, Louisiana, Montana, South Carolina, Texas, and Utah.
Dr. Ron Bryce is a Coffeyville native, born and raised, and a graduate from Field Kindley High School. Dr. Bryce is also author of a recently published book, Fingerprint of God: The Church as a Living Body. He is excited about Coffeyville's Reawakening, the city's revitalization initiative, along with the new revival that began in January called “Outpouring of the Holy Spirit” led by area churches and pastors. As a medical doctor, he says these events exemplify how the Body of Christ can effectively work like the human body or organism instead of an organization or business.
Get your copy of Dr. Bryce's book, Fingerprint of God, on Amazon or at www.fingerprintofgodbook.com. You may also order by phone at 972-248-9500.
The cause of Saturday’s fire on East 1st Street is now known. Fire investigators have determined the cause of the blaze was electrical in nature. The woman injured in the fire was transferred from Coffeyville Regional Medical Center to Tulsa’s Hillcrest Medical Center which is home to the Alexander Burn Center. The fire was reported shortly before 5 pm.
Damage to the home and contents is estimated at $30,000.
It serves as a reminder of how dangerous slick roadways can be. Montgomery County Sheriff Bobby Dierks says his deputies were dispatched to a single vehicle crash in the area of CR3300, near Cessna, last week. Investigators arrived to find a pickup truck on its side. A woman was lying nearby. Sheriff Dierks says 26-year-old Aubrey Lynn Hancock did not survive.
The sheriff says the weather and road conditions were likely contributing factors in the crash Friday evening.
Have you heard of Coffeyville's new comedy club, “Walk In and Show Out”? On the first Saturday of every month, comedians travel to Coffeyville to entertain. However, soon the club will be auditioning for local talent. Griffin Walker of Coffeyville's Boys & Girls Club tells us more. On Saturday, Mar. 2, their “Praise and Worship” Christian comedy show will be at the Coffeyville Recreation Commission at 508 Park St. Doors open at 5:30, the show starts at 6pm. Tickets are available at Mario's Barber & Beauty and the Chamber of Commerce - $10 in advance and $15 at the door. For more information, or for details about auditioning for an upcoming local talent show, contact Griffin Walker at 620-515-0526.
The Independence City Commission throws down the green flag on drag races at the Independence Airport. Commissioners approve a request from Airport Manager Cody Shamblin and Ryan Fischer of SHIFT-S3CTOR to have the races in May. SHIFT-S3CTOR specializes in a half mile drag airport runway races. Fisher says the group views Independence as a central vicinity for regular competitors and attendees from Kansas City, Oklahoma City, Wichita and Tulsa. Fisher already received approval from airport management to conduct the drag races, which will include professional drivers in Lamborghinis and amateurs in modified rides.
The event is scheduled for May 25 and 26.
For more information check out https://shift-s3ctor.com
The investigation continues into a deadly shooting near Peru. The Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office is being assisted by the Kansas Bureau of Investigation. The shooting happened just after 6 o’clock Sunday evening. Investigators say 46-year-old Joe Corman was found with a gunshot wound. He was transported to Sedan’s hospital, but did not survive. Approximately an hour after the shooting, deputies identified 43-year-old Travis W. Dickson as a suspect. He was arrested at his home in Niotaze.
He has been booked into the Chautauqua County Jail on complaints of driving under the influence and first degree murder.
An Independence man lands in the Montgomery County Department of Corrections following an investigation by Independence Police, the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office and agents from the Kansas Bureau of Investigation. A search warrant was served at a home in the 700 block of S. 16th Street. Independence Police Chief Jerry Harrison says 41-year-old Keayon Hadley was arrested for criminal possession of a firearm by a felon, possessing a weapon and controlled substances, possession of a hallucinogenic drug, possession of an opiate or stimulant, possession of a stolen firearm, possession of drug paraphernalia, and three counts of distribution of an opiate or stimulant. Authorities indicate the gun was stolen from Coffeyville.
Hadley is being held in the Montgomery County Department of Corrections pending a court appearance.
An investigation is on going in Chautauqua County. Yesterday the Sheriff's office responded to a 911 call reporting a shooting on road 26 in the county. Deputies responded along with Sedan EMS and discovered a gunshot victim that was transported to Sedan City Hospital, where the victim was pronounced as deceased. Deputies located and arrested a subject a short time later.
The Kansas Bureau of Investigation was called for assistance.
The suspect is 43-year-old Travis W. Dickson of Niotaze, Kansas. He was booked in the Chautauqua County Jail Sunday for driving under the influence. On Monday, a first-degree murder charge was filed against Dickson.
Today marks the annual observance of Presidents Day across much of the United States. The official name of the holiday is Washington’s Birthday. However, it has been observed as Presidents Day since the mid-1980s. All federal offices will be closed. There will be no mail delivery by the US Postal Service. There will be no trading on Wall Street. The Montgomery County Courthouse and Coffeyville Tag Office will be closed. A number of banks and other financial services firms will be closed. Coffeyville Public Schools will be out of session while teachers have a professional day.
Kansas is one of nine states that does not officially observe the holiday.
A woman sustains burns when her home catches fire. The blaze was discovered just before 5 o’clock this (Saturday) evening. Coffeyville firefighters could see smoke and flames from two sides of the home in the 100 block of East 1st Street when they arrived. Crews had the fire under control within 10 minutes. The woman inside the home was taken to Coffeyville Regional Medical Center for treatment of her injuries. Damage to the home and contents is estimated at $30,000.
The cause of the fire is undetermined, but it appears to be accidental.
The sounds of burning awake residents of a second floor apartment in Independence. They looked out and saw flames, but the front door was too hot for them to touch. They called 911 and were told to move back from the door as far as they could. Independence Police arrived, advised by dispatchers the family was trapped inside. Sergeant Dustin Taylor and Officer Daniel Bowers worked together to kick the door in, fight the fire enough to make entry, and then escort the couple along with their child out of the apartment.
Independence Fire Chief Shawn Wallis says the blaze, in the 400 block of 10th Street, appears to have been sparked by unattended smoking materials.
The National Weather Service in Wichita has issues a winter weather advisory in effect from 3PM this afternoon to 3 AM tomorrow morning. A mix of very light snow, light sleet and light freezing drizzle is expected. Light ice accumulations possible effecting portions of southeast Kansas . A Winter Weather Advisory means that periods of snow, sleet or freezing drizzle will cause travel difficulties. Expect slippery roads and limited visibilities, and use caution while driving. The latest road conditions for the state you are calling from can be obtained by calling 5 1 1.
Coffeyville's City Manager, Mark Hall, informs us that leaders of Coffeyville's Reawakening will be back to City Hall to have their second official meeting with the City.
Their first meeting with Coffeyville's Reawakening was Jan. 31 when all city commissioners agreed to be on board to do all possible to champion what leaders say is a “once-in-a-lifetime opportunity”. Less than 48 hours later, that Saturday morning, City Manager Mark Hall and Electric Utility Director Mike Shook were photographed cleaning up trash and cigarette butts from the streets of Downtown Coffeyville.
As a contribution to Coffeyville's Reawakening efforts, Joe Ferguson's J. Ferg Gallery, a downtown Coffeyville custom furniture store donated a hand-made wooden bench now installed on 8th St. If you are an individual or business interested in sponsoring a J. Ferg natural edge lumber bench to help beautify Downtown Coffeyville for Coffeyville's Reawakening, or for the rose garden entrance to the new 9th Street Fresh community garden, call Joe Ferguson at 620-252-0690 or drop by the J. Ferg Gallery at 118 West 9th St. in Coffeyville