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UPDATE: Arrests Made in Homicide in Bartlesville Over the Weekend


Bartlesville police have arrested three people in a man's shooting death. They are 18-year-old Tyler Leo Thomison, 20-year-old Thomas Wayne Alexander, and an unnamed 17-year-old male.


According to Bartlesville police, at around 3:00 AM a 54 year old man was shot and killed while confronting people who were breaking into cars on Tuxedo Boulevard and Martin Lane. There were three suspects that the victim was trying to confront when he was shot. Bartlesville police are now asking any homeowners in town to check their home surveillance systems to see if they have video of the suspects checking car doors before 3:00 AM on Sunday. According to Bartlesville Police Captain Jay Hastings, investigators are continuing to work the case by following leads and reviewing some video that has already been recovered.


No video surveillance evidence will be released to the public at this time, and the identity of the victim is not being released..BPD asks that any information be reported to the police at 918-338-4001 we will have more information as it is available.





Independence Drug Take Back



A secured way to dispose of your unneeded prescription medicines is at a drug drop off location. Independence Police Chief Jerry Harrison, says it's important you do so to keep our kids and communities dafer and tells KGGF news where to do so. Harrison says they have found a location to put their drug take back box. It will be located in the temporary city hall building at 811 west Laurel. Harrison says any prescription medication, vitamins or even pet medication are excepted but there is a few items you cannot leave. He says no sharp items, no clinical medications, and no aerosol cans or inhalers.


Buddy Barrow Show


Some very special people got a special experience in Coffeyville last night. The annual Buddy Barrow Show, part of the Inter-State Fair and Rodeo, took place. Youth from 4-H and FFA programs that had showed their barrow, were paired up with people with special needs, to show the barrow as part of a showmanship contest. About thirty special needs people participated, and a grand champion and reserve champion were determined. Randy Lee won grand champion and Charles Landrum was reserve champion.


Both men live in Independence and both have participated in the Buddy Barrow Show several times.


Tax Increase At The County


The county will also ask property owners for more money for Fiscal Year 2019. The Montgomery County Commission approved a budget that calls for the mill levy to move from 49 to 51.7 mills. The vote was 2-1.


In other business, commissioners agreed to move forward with the county's Neighborhood Revitalization Plan, which will provide a tax credit to rural residents making improvements on their property.

Driver's License Office Reopens In Indy


Montgomery County once again has a location for residents needing to get or renew their Kansas driver's license or state issued identification. The Kansas Department of Revenue has set up a temporary location at 811 West Laurel, inside the former Mercy Hospital Building.


Plans are for the driver's license office to operate there until a permanent location is found.


Tax Increase Upcoming For Coffeyville Residents


The Coffeyville City Commission holds its annual budget hearing ahead of approving the Fiscal Year 2019 city budget. The city's mill levy will move from 46-point 97 to just over 53 mills. Commissioner Jim Taylor, junior, says it was necessary.


In other business, commissioner approved installation of two switches for the electric utility and approved a local training area license agreement with the Kansas National Guard.

New Principal For Caney's Lincoln Memorial Elementary


The former principal at Roosevelt Middle School steps out of retirement. Alice Morris has been named the interim principal at Lincoln Memorial Elementary School in Caney. Morris takes over following the resignation of Ken Eckelberry.


In other business, the USD 436 Board of Education also approved the budget for the upcoming school year. A 4.8 mill hike has been added, following approval of last year's bond issue.

Driving Through Flood Waters




Recent flooding takes its toll on our community as well as taking a couple of lives from this past week. We spoke with Chief of the I.P.D. Jerry Harrison as he says even his truck get stuck sometimes and tells KGGF news what to do when your call stall in a flood, leave the vehicle and reach higher grounds. Harrison states it only takes 12” of standing water to sweep your tires from your car, and you never really know how deep the puddle is. Harrison also stresses more HELP from citizens then DOCUMENTING. When someone needs help, call the police, put the phone down and assist. Harrison stresses to the public to listen to the warnings and stay off the roads during these weather events. Your actions and sometimes impatience may pull an emergency worker away from a much more serious event then your car stuck in a rainstorm.



Oklahoma Girl Double Grand Champion in Sheep Show


Makenzie Floyd is a big winner. The Miami, Oklahoma girl won grand champion for the market sheep show and champion of the junior sheep showmanship contest at the Inter-State Fair and Rodeo. 13 year old Floyd has been showing for the past three years at the Inter-State Fair and Rodeo, the Craig County fair and the Tulsa State Fair.





Sheep Show Results, Inter-State Fair, Coffeyville, Kansas

August 15, 2018


Market Show Results

Grand Champion Market: Makenzie Floyd, Miami, Okla.

Reserve Champion Market: Carter Nash, Parsons, Kan. 



Grand Champion:  Makenzie Floyd, Miami, Okla.

Reserve Champion:  Carter Nash, Parsons, Kan.



Grand Champion:  Miranda Mayfield, Welch, Okla.

Reserve Champion:  Olivia McGuire, Welch, Okla.


Cross Bred

Grand Champion:  Carter Nash, Parsons, Kan.

Reserve Champion:   Dillon McNickle, Mound Valley, Kan. 



Grand Champion:  Colby Goins, Vinita, Okla. 

Reserve Champion:  Peyton Ayres, Vinita, Okla.


All other breeds

Grand Champion:  Dexter Small, Neodesha, Kan. 

Reserve Champion:  Makenzie Floyd, Miami, Okla.


Breeding Show Results

Wether Dam

Grand Champion:  Dexter Small, Neodesha, Kan. 

Reserve Champion:  Ava George, Oswego, Kan.


Registered Ewe

Grand Champion: Carter Nash, Parsons, Kan.

Reserve Champion: Dillon McNickle, Mound Valley, Kan.





Senior showmanship:

1. Dillon McNickle, Mound Valley, Kan.

2. Dexter Small, Neodesha, Kan.

3. Jagger Fox, Caney, Kan.

4. Dakota Pease, Chetopa, Kan.

5. Andrea Blum, Copan, Okla.


Junior showmanship:

1. Makenzie Floyd, Miami, Okla.

2. Ava George, Oswego, Kan.

3. Carter Nash, Parsons, Kan.

4. Darla Fesmire, Barlett, Kan.

5. Olivia Kaiser, Independence, Kan.


Brazilian Cowboy Wins Bull Riding


Joao Agusto scored 84.5 points on his first ride, then 85 points on his second ride. Each rider competing in the LJ Jenkins bull riding got to ride two bulls. In the first round, six riders made qualified rides and in the second round, three made qualified rides. Agusto was the only cowboy among the 28 competitors to cover both bulls, winning the event with a combined score of 169.5.


Conn Wins Fair Spelling Bee


Some familiar names on the winner's list in this year's Inter-State Fair and Rodeo's Senior Spelling Bee. First place honors go to Mary Conn of Cherryvale. Long-time CCC instructor Johnie Greenfield, of South Coffeyville, took second place. Third place honors went to Caney's Marthena Draper.





From left to right:

2018 Miss Inter-State Fair Queen Emily Swiger,  Mary Conn,  Johnie Greenfield, Marthena Draper, and

2018 Miss Inter-State Fair Princess Emery Keene



Shoe Donation Center in Independence



Summer is coming to an end as USD 446 is now fully in session. With the school year comes buying the kids news, shirts, pants and especially shoes. Independence Chamber of Commerce director Lisa Wilson says they have shoe donation. Wilson also wanted to stress your extra attention to the roads as USD 446 is back in session. She also noted the shoe distribution center this weekend at the Wesley Center. From 1 to 3 this Saturday families can donate or for families that are in need can use the center for shoes for their kids for the upcoming school year.With school back in session we usher in a new set a fall activities but also wraps up a lot of what Independence had to offer in the summer. Lisa Wilson from the Chamber of commerce says its your last chance to cruise Indy. Also a great way to network and surround yourself with many other professionals is about to start up. The leadership Independence program returns to Indy,  but Lisa Wilson from the chamber says you need to apply quickly as the cut off date is this weekend.


Elk City Father and Son Identified as Fatalities from Last Night's Flooding


A father and son from rural Elk City are dead from last night’s flash flooding in northern Montgomery County.  72 year old Dennis Clark Catron Sr and 39 year old Dennis Clark Catron Jr. were killed when their vehicle was swept off the road.  The incident occurred between Independence and Elk City at County Roads 2950 and 5400.  Earlier this morning authorities were searching for a possible third victim of the flooding after and abandoned vehicle was found on it’s side in a ditch but that individual has now been located safe at home.  In addition to the two deaths the Independence Fire Department made an estimated 40 to 50 water rescues in low lying areas of the city and the Independence Civic Center was set up as a temporary shelter.  The Civic Center shelter has since been closed as water levels receded.  The Independence Fired Department also responded to structure fire last night that is believed to have been caused by lightning. 


The National Weather Service reports that 7 to 12 inches of rain fell in the northern part of the county last night.


Two Fatalities, One Missing in Montgomery County from Flash Flooding


Two fatalities are now reported and a third person is being searched for in Montgomery County following flash flooding caused by last night’s torrential rainfall in the northern part of the county.  Two male bodies, a father and son, were found in a vehicle near the Elk City reservoir.  Meanwhile authorities are still looking for a third person in Independence.  A car was found in a flooded area with the windows rolled down but no one inside.  Further information is expected to be released by the Montgomery County Sheriff later today.  In addition to the fatalities the Independence Fire Department responded to an estimated 40 to 50 water rescues.  They also responded to a structure fire that is believed to have been started by lightning. 7 to 12 inches of rain fell in the northern part of the county last night.


Inter-State Fair and Rodeo Livestock Shows Underway


Check-ins have taken place for all livestock exhibits for the Inter-State Fair and Rodeo. Livestock Show Chairman Lori Rexwinkle says while some exhibits have already gotten underway there are still plenty of activities to come.


Rexwinkle says other events include the buddy barrow show at 6:30pm on Thursday and the 4H and FFA livestock judging contest on Friday.


Animal Seizures Increasing in Montgomery County


When it comes to the Montgomery County Environmental Health Department there are many areas involved. From zoning to ADA compliance to waste water management. Director Scott Barnhart says in recent years animal welfare has become a larger part of the job.


Barnhart says it isn't as simple as writing a ticket. They have to seize the animal and then care for it until it can be adopted.


Guitar Fabrication Course Comes To I.C.C.



A new course coming to the I.C.C Fab Lab introduces individuals to the building and mechanics behind electric guitars. We spoke with Tim Haynes from the Fab Lab as he says the course isn’t just for guitars lovers. Haynes says it's a great hands on course for anyone in the community and it is not limited to I.C.C students. He says it teaches you patience, the ability to accept your work, and the satisfaction of being able to play it afterwards he says, is priceless. The new course comes to the Fablab starting next Tuesday August 20th and the guitar kits cost 195 dollars along with the registration fee costing 165 dollars. To register Haynes says head online to



Vote Canvassing Starts Today



A confusing dilemma has arisen in the primary election as we still find ourselves without a republican nominee. Andy Taylor spoke with us on the matter as he goes in to detail the canvassing process that starts today. Canvassing involves every court house here in Kansas making sure every vote is legitimate and that the numbers add up. That process starts today and takes a one week time. Taylor says with that short of gap, we may be looking at a recount. After all those votes are canvassed they are passed along to the 3 person state canvassing board which both candidates are apart. Leaving Derek Schmidt the other party, in the middle of what has now become a very long process. Andy Taylor explains why the canvassing of the votes is such a confusing situation and it may take till the end of the month.


Students Head Back To Class Today At USD 445


Some parents have been looking forward to this day since the start of summer. It is the first day of classes at Coffeyville Public Schools. Police Chief Kwin Bromley says we all need to be aware.


Chief Bromley says drivers should also expect strict enforcement around the school zones where there are reduced speeds.

New Officer Joins Coffeyville Police Department


There is a new set of boots along the thin blue line in Coffeyville. Michael Purvis graduated from the Kansas Law Enforcement Training Center (KLETC). He completed 14 weeks of tough training including physical agility, learning the Kansas laws in the classroom, Emergency Vehicle Operations (EVOC), Handgun qualifications, became a certified operator of the Intoxilizer 9000 machine, and learned what OC (pepper spray) felt like first hand. This week, he continues his Field Training Officer program.


Purvis is from Hays. He relocated to Coffeyville to join CPD. 


(photo: Danny Grigg and Michael Purvis)

New Lieutenant Named At Coffeyville Police Department


Coffeyville City Hall announces a promotion for the police department. Cody Rexwinkle has been moved up to the position of lieutenant.


Rexwinkle has been with the Coffeyville Police Department since September of 2006.

Layoffs Underway At Phillips 66


Numerous reports over the past couple days that Phillips 66 has another round of layoffs happening in Bartlesville and Houston, Phillips 66 CEO Greg Garland was in Bartlesville late last month. One of his topics of discussion was about workforce reductions. Garland said reductions are planned over the next few years across the world.

Phillips 66 employs about 2,000 people in Bartlesville and 14,000 worldwide.

Coffeyville Flushing Water Distribution System


The City of Coffeyville Water Department is flushing of the water distribution system.  This flushing is recommended by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment to remove any naturally occurring bacterial growth and buildup in the lines and help maintain the required chlorine levels throughout the system.  The free chlorine burn is underway.  During the flushing project, customers may notice low water pressure, murky water, poor taste and/or a stronger chlorine odor.  


The flushing began north of First Street and spread systematically across town and is expected to take approximately four weeks to complete.



Man Lands In Jail After Two State Chase


Cherokee County authorities find themselves in a pursuit while trying to arrest a man with warrants. Sheriff David Groves says deputies were trying to locate a man near Weir, but the person they wanted wasn't home. The man there gave the deputy a fictitious name, but that was a person who also had warrants. That suspect tried to flee, leading deputies into Missouri. That's where 45-year-old William Ray Clinton of Pittsburg was captured. He had warrants from Crawford County on various drug possession and distribution complaints.


Clinton will now also face charges of aggravated assault on law enforcement, interference with law enforcement, reckless driving, fleeing from the law and driving on a revoked license.

Kids And Cops



New South Coffeyville Police officer Theresa Parrish, has been assigned to be the student resource officer for the upcoming school year. She says she wants to spread a message of comfortability between kids and cops and says parents need to also watch how they speak about the police. She says sometimes she hears some pretty horrible things regarding officers and urges that sort of talk away from children as they soak up everything they hear.Officer Parrish also spoke highly of a new program they put on that allows kids to follow officers. An opportunity to open kids eyes to a possible career path as well as further grow the relationship between kids and cops. Creating a safe vision about officers to kids is vital so they feel comfortable around them and go to them in a time of need.



Independence Man Arrested in Coffeyville


At approximately 8am this morning the Coffeyville Police Department, Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office, Independence Police Department and the Kansas Bureau of Investigation served at search warrant at 1005 West 9th Street in Coffeyville. 37 year old Joshua Blex of Independence was arrested with recommended charges of possession of stolen property, possession of methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia. During the search officers recovered silver flatware and antique trophies from a recent Coffeyville residential burglary in addition to illegal narcotics and drug paraphernalia.


The investigation is ongoing and CPD is asking anyone with information on this incident to call Detective Jason Kastler at 620-252-6160. Those wishing to remain anonymous may provide information to the Crime Tip Hotline at 620-252-6133.



County Commission Approves Purchase Of Cell Phone Repeater


An effort is underway to improve cell phone coverage at the Montgomery County Judicial Center. Currently, service is unavailable in the basement due to a failure of the cell phone repeater. Computer Department Director Jason Clubine wants to buy a new one.  The price tag for the cell phone repeater will be just under $1400.


The Montgomery County Commission gave the purchase the green light.

4H Contests Next Weekend



Although 4H Fairs are wrapping up 4H activities keep going strong with a set of state contests next weekend. We spoke with 4H agent from the K-State extension district Cherry Nelson as she tells KGGF news all the details. Livestock and meats judging contests take place next weekend as well as a quizbowl and skillathon. Nelson says they got a great group of kids who are all ready for a busy weekend. She notes all the activities will take place in the Stanley Stout Center and the animal science buildings at Kansas State. She encourages your attendance as she is always truly impressed on the performance of these kids, as this year they take more than 25 to the K-State campus.


One Dies In Bourbon County Wreck


A deadly crash shuts down a Kansas highway for several hours. The Kansas Highway Patrol says one person died in the three-vehicle crash in Bourbon County. Investigators say a car driven by Hunter Kovacic of Stark City crossed the center line, side-swiped one vehicle and hit another head-on. Kovacic died at the scene.


Highway 69 was closed while authorities investigated the crash.


Neodesha Man Sentenced In Murder Case


A Wilson County man receives a sentence of more than 19 years in prison for murder. 37-year-old

DeJay Lynn Schlegel, of Neodesha, pleaded no contest in May to one count of reckless murder in the second degree, one count of arson, one count of interference with law enforcement and one count of theft. Judge David W. Rogers sentenced Schlegel to 238 months in the Kansas Department of Corrections. The crimes occurred in December 2016 in connection with the death of Michael Elam.


The case was investigated by the Kansas Bureau of Investigation and the Neodesha Police Department. 

Fund Setup for Warner Family



Many of us feeling much sorrow after the events that took place over the weekend. Losing  members of our community in the tragic plane crash outside Ponca City leaves many of us looking to help. Montgomery County emergency management director Rick Whitson feels the same but has taken the next step and has set up a GoFundMe account for the grieving Warner family. Whitson has known the Warners and the others for many years and has been greatly impacted by the tragedy and encourages any support for the family. Whitson tells KGGF news that his Facebook page provides the link to the account, and from their the donations can climb on and on. Warner is survived by his daughter, wife and baby to be, as Whitson says he done feeling helpless. Setting up a GoFundMe account and providing the link on his Facebook page as he can’t stress the weight of your donation for a family in need.



Some Races Too Close To Call


Some races are just too close to call. In the race for the Governor's Office on the Republican side, Governor Jeff Colyer and Secretary of State Kris Kobach are in a dead heat, each with 41% of the vote. On the Democratic side, Laura Kelly has 51% of the ballots cast. Scott Schwab has claimed 31% of the vote in the Republican primary for Secretary of State. And, Vicki Schmidt has a narrow victory in the race for Insurance Commissioner on the Republican side.


In the GOP Race for 2nd District Congressional Race, Steve Watkins appears the winner of that crowded primary with 26% of the vote.


Montgomery County Primary Results


Results are in for the races that were closer to home here in Montgomery County. In House District 12 Incumbent Doug Blex receives 79% of the votes beating Brad Hall who received 21%. In House District 11 Jim Kelly wins over John Lowrance. Kelly received 76% while Lowrance was at 24%. Ryan York chose not to seek reelection and in a three man winner take all Robert Bever, 44% of the votes, beats Leon Rau, 35%, and Jack Reddick, 21%.


U.S. Senator Moran Urges Caution on Trade Issues While in Coffeyville

U.S. Senator Jerry Moran urged caution by President Trump in dealing with foreign trade issues while speaking in Coffeyville today.  The Senator said tariffs, NAFTA and other foreign trade issues could have a negative impact on agriculture and manufacturing in Kansas.  Senator Moran spoke at the noon meeting of the Coffeyville Rotary Club in the Student Union on the campus of Coffeyville Community College.  The Senator also touched on numerous other issues including economic development, community college and technical school education, healthcare and veterans issues as well as fielded questions from the audience.  


Primary Election Day In Kansas


The polls are open until 7 p.m. for the Kansas Primary Election.  There are contested races for the Democratic and Republican nominations for governor.  A number of contested Kansas House seats.  A winner take-all three-way Republican race is underway for a seat on the Montgomery County Commission.


Live election coverage will be provided after the polls close on the Mighty 690 KGGF.



C.C.C Community Courses



Coffeyville Community College is always looking for more ways to serve our community. Including providing community courses throughout the next few months.  The month of August is the start up of schools in our area. Lots of new and returning students will be around as C.C.C. fall semester starts August 15th. Yvonne Hull with Coffeyville C.C. explains the college even offers short term courses for the community members. The courses Hull had mentioned are a social media walk through with Kenzie Williams, as well as Drawing 101 with Mike DeRosa. Hull also mentioned a make and take essential oils class as says for more information Hull says to call Jenny Phillips at the main campus office.


National Night Out Against Crime


Coffeyville observes the National Night Out Against Crime. Police Chief Kwin Bromley says the event will be at Pfister Park.  Bromley says the “Beer Goggles” will be out for people to understand how alcohol can affect your ability to operate a motor vehicle.


He says there will be a number of other displays and a lot of information about how you can prevent crime in your neighborhood.

Completing Renovations At CCC's Weinberg Hall


The future should look a bit brighter at Coffeyville Community College. Vice President For Operations and Finances Jeff Morris says upgrades at Weinberg Hall are wrapping up. The over 2.point-5-million dollar package of upgrades including new lighting.


Faculty and Staff are moving back into their offices in Weinberg Hall this week. They will have a new HVAC system and the sinking structure has been leveled.


Keeping Tabs On Kansas Campaigns



Do you ever wonder exactly what your senators or representatives are up to? Or who they support? Republican Doug Blex says to the public, if your truly curious and want to further educate yourself, that information is found online. An easy way to check who exactly your representatives or endorsed by and what they voted for is by checking Representative Doug Blex tells KGGF news a little about the Kansas ethics commission. Blex says he personally along with many others tries to be as open as possible regarding what it is they have voted for. Again that website to check is and representative Blex highly encourages it! With important elections coming up in the near future this is another great way to figure out truly what your supporting when voting for individual.


5 Independence Residents Identified as Dead in Ponca City Plane Crash Saturday

The victims of a plane crash near Ponca City late Saturday morning are being identified as from Independence residents.  The Montgomery County Chronicle is reporting the victims as Tim Valentine, Bill Warner of rural Independence, his son Nick Warner of rural Independence, and two of Nick's sons.  The five were believed to be returning to Independence from a fly-in breakfast at the Ponca City Airport.   The plane crashed in a soybean field near Ponca City around 11:00 Saturday morning killing all on board. The Oklahoma Highway Patrol and National Transportation Safety Board will not officially release the names of the victims until after the preliminary investigation is completed. The NTSB has said that a preliminary investigation could take more than one week.


Small Kansas Plane Crashes in Northeast Oklahoma



A fiery plane crash in Oklahoma claims at least five lives of people with ties to Independence. The plane, registered out of Independence,  crashed into a field near Ponca City.  Reserve Deputy Larry Burtner tells Ponca City Now that there were no survivors.   It is believed there were three adult and two children on on board.  Kay County Sheriff’s investigators are securing the scene until the Federal Aviation Administration and NTSB arrive. The FAA’s Lynn Lunsford tells  KGGF News the single-engine Extra EA400 crashed under unknown circumstances just before noon shortly after taking off from Ponca City Regional Airport in Ponca City. The aircraft was destroyed by a post-crash fire. That aircraft has seating for six. 


No information has been released regarding the identities of those on board.  However, the Independence Rural Fire Department says a Sycamore firefighter was one of the victims in the following post on social media:



With immense sadness we have lost one of our own from our Montgomery County Rural Fire family. Earlier today Sycamore Firefighter Nicholas Warner, 2 of his sons, his dad Bill, and friend Tim Valentine passed away in an aircraft accident outside of Ponca City Oklahoma.  
Our deepest Sympathies go to Brenda, Kaylee, Lisa, Jessica and their entire families and dear friends.
We will post service details when they become available.


**photo courtesy of the News On 6**

First Responders Course Set For This Week In Sedan


A class is set for this Wednesday in Sedan to improve communication between first responders. Inter-operability Communications Specialist Adam Chriss will discuss the enhanced 800 MHz communication system being used by first responders, the Kansas Highway Patrol and other emergency response agencies to allow seamless communication.


The class will begin at 5:30 at the Senior Citizen Building at 124 East Main Street in Sedan.

Familes Left Homeless After Apartment Fire

An early morning apartment fire leaves four families homeless in Independence. The three alarm fire at the Garden Walk Apartments on North 10th Street was discovered just after 4 a.m. Saturday. Four units were gutted by the blaze that appears to have started in a stairwell. Other units sustained smoke and water damage. Assistance came from Neodesha Fire-EMS Ladder truck and Independence Rural Fire. Interior crews were also able to rescue two dogs.

No injuries were reported. It is unclear what sparked the fire.

Woman Arrested In Child Abuse Case


A 25-year-old Columbus woman lands in the Cherokee County Jail following the investigation into the abuse of two children under the age of five. Sheriff David Groves says the investigation began in March. The children had been physically abused to the extent one was transported to Children's Mercy Hospital in Kansas City.


Samantha Weaver was arrested on a $50,000 bond and faces charges of aggravated battery, felony child abuse and felony child endangerment.

New Driver At CFD


The City of Coffeyville announces a promotion at the Coffeyville Fire Department. Firefighter Matt Dixon, a Coffeyville native, has advanced to driver for the CFD. Dixon joined the department in December of 2014.


He previously worked in Independence.

Snake Missing From Safari Zoological Park


A 10-foot Albino Boa Constrictor has disappeared from Safari Zoological Park in Caney.  Montgomery County Sheriff Bobby Dierks tells KGGF News the snake has been missing for a month.  Zoo owner Tom Harvey told the Sheriff someone may have stolen the reptile.  Sheriff Dierks says they were just made aware of the situation today when they contacted the owner.  


Anyone who may see the snake or may have information about it should contact the zoo or the Montgomery County Sheriff ‘s Office at 620-330-1000.  

Police Officer Honored At First Friday


An Independence Police Officer receives recognition at the Indy Chamber's First Friday Event. Officer Charlie Benedict received the 2017 Silver Award for Valor from the Kansas Chiefs of Police Association. The honor was presented by Representative Jim Kelly and Police Chief Jerry Harrison.


There were also updates on Independence schools, the local real estate market, summer interns at Textron and the ICC football program.


Coffeyville Crime Rates At Ten Year Low



Summertime brings hotter temperatures and higher crime numbers. We spoke with Chief of the CPD Kwin Bromley on the matter as he says, even with recent crime activity, our crime rates are actually at a ten year low. Police Chief Kwin Bromley spoke with us on the matter as he says he got a sneak preview of the improving numbers. Bromley says at our height of our crime rates we were around 87 crimes per 1000 people. Now after 2017 we saw that number drop down to 52 per 1000. Bromley did say when he started as chief he wanted to fill up the jail frequently with criminals. Wanted to give props to his department for the enforcement, as well as the public as he believes we are all doing a better job protecting our valuables.


SEK Ranks High in Senior Quality of Life Study

Southeast Kansas ranked high in a new study for quality of life for senior citizens.  Five southeast Kansas cities ranked in the top 10 in the state for seniors, according to a study released by SmartAssets, a financial technology company.  Independence was ranked 2nd in the state while Parsons ranked 4th, Chanute 5th, Coffeyville 7th and Fort Scott 8th.  Abilene captured the top spot for seniors according to the study.  The research factored taxes, doctor’s offices, recreation centers and retirement centers per 1,000 people.


Ribbon Cutting At Re-Opened Phelps Hog Heaven


New hours and new menu items at the newly re-opened Phelps Hog Heaven.  They're open from 11:00am to 3:00pm Monday through Friday and Onwer Rick Phelps says they are always trying to update and do different things when it comes to the menu.


Phelps says every second and fourth Friday will be steak night.  He says they'll have their regular menu on those nights as well but also some more higher priced items.

County Commission Candidates Attend Forum


Two of the three candidates in the Republican Primary race for Montgomery County Commission District 1 take part in a forum hosted by KGGF Radio. When asked how tax burdens might be lifted, Leon Rau would like to look at duplicate services from different levels of government.   Robert Bever deals with a multi-million dollar budget for road and bridge projects at the county and says a lot of the decision has to be made by what voters view as priority.


There is no Democratic challenger for the general election, so whoever wins the primary on Tuesday will likely be the one to take the seat being vacated by Ryan York.

Former Sheriff Wants Resignation of Current Sheriff


Monday mornings Nowata County Commissioners meeting had to be moved due to the number of citizens in attendance. Former Sheriff James Hallet says he was there speaking on behalf of the citizens of Nowata County.


Hallet says he would like Sheriff Kenny Freeman to either resign or for the commissioners to take action.


Pool Tournament to Benefit Caney Assistant Police Chief


Black Saddle Saloon in Caney to host a benefit pool tournament. Caney Police Officer Zach Ellison says proceeds from the tournament will go to Assistant Police Chief Ron Rooks.


Ellison says the tournament will be Saturday, August 4th at 7:00pm and the entry fee is $25. The tournament winner will take home half of the winnings with the other half going to Rooks.


The Hydration Challenge!



The hydration challenge is a new friendly competition set up by CRMC and the chamber of commerce here in Coffeyville. An easy way to keep up and track your daily water intake. Director of the Chamber Candi Westbrook says it’s open to anyone and if you sign up quick you’ll receive something extra. First 50 applicants will receive a water bottle and westbrook says if you do well enough in the challenge some awards will be given out at the end. Westbrook also states it’s a very easy way to train yourself to continually drink water daily especially in the hotter months. To sign up call or visit the chamber of commerce here in coffeyville and they will give you a sheet to keep track of your intake.


One Injured In Wreck Near Cherryvale


An Independence man is taken to the hospital following a crash on U-S 169 near Cherryvale's Main Street. The Kansas Highway Patrol reports 81-year-old Jerry Plumley was westbound on Main and failed to yield to the north-bound semi on U-S 169.  The two vehicles collided.   Plumley was transported to a Joplin hospital.


The driver of the semi, 57-year-old Steven Blunkall, of Missouri, was not injured.

Candidate Forum This Evening In Independence


Decision 2018! Republican voters in Montgomery County Commission District 1 will likely select the next county commissioner. There is a three-way, winner take all race in that primary. This evening at 6 p.m., KGGF News hosts a candidate forum at Independence Memorial Hall. You're invited to attend in person or tune in for live coverage on the Mighty 690 KGGF. The candidates are Robert Bever, Leon Rau and Jack Reddick.


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I.C.C's Pirate Pantry



The Pirate Pantry. A great way to support your area college students by providing a few extra items of food or necessities for the week.We spoke with ICC’s Brittany Thornton on how they supply so much food and supplies for all the students Food and toilet paper should be the last thing a college student is worried about especially during test times. That's the mission of a program over at ICC to help improve the care of their students by supplying food and other necessities As Thornton had mentioned the fundraising allowed them supply the pantry full of food and other items. Though she does want the public, to keep their ears open for food drives popping up around to further support the Pirate Pantry.


Last Day For Discounted Fair & Rodeo Tickets


The Interstate Fair & Rodeo is on its way! The Fair Board's Katie Allen says if you haven't purchased a fun pass yet: today might be your day.  The schedule has been changed up a bit this year. There carnival and food vendors will be set up for the entire run. The grandstand events begin with the Freestyle Motorcross, LJ Jenkins Bullriding, two nights of PRCA Rodeo and the events wrap with the Demolition Derby on the final night.


Fun Passes are available online at or you may buy them at the Coffeyville Chamber of Commerce.  Today is the final day tickets are $30.  Tomorrow the price increases to $40.


Online Learning Options At CCC


The online learning program at Coffeyville Community College continues to see growth. Director Brad Webber says they are completing the summer session now, with two sessions on the way for the fall semester.


Webber says you can take care of most of the enrollment in online courses without ever stepping on campus, unless you need to take placement exams or purchase books.

Fire Fighter Treated For Heat Exhaustion


A Coffeyville firefighter requires medical treatment after battling a blaze on Saturday. The fire department was called to the 800 block of West 2nd Street for a fire in an unoccupied house. Off-duty firefighters and South Coffeyville Fire also responded. The fire was out within a half-hour, but one Coffeyville fireman did suffer heat exhaustion.


He was treated and released from Coffeyville Regional Medical Center.

Gasoline Prices On The Uptick


Kansas sees some of the biggest jumps in the price at the pump. The average price for a gallon of gasoline increased 4 cents over the past week, tied for the fifth largest increase in America. Today’s Kansas average is $2.68, which is 51 cents higher than one year ago.


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

HIGH: Howard (Elk County) – $2.90

LOW: Montezuma (Gray County) – $2.43

Storm Assessment Underway In Washington County

Bartlesville received just short of an inch of rainfall during the storm that moved through the area yesterday afternoon.  Melissa Priter at Washington County Emergency Management reports the storm took the roof off of the football locker room at Caney Valley Schools in Ramona.  She says crews are out doing a storm assesment.
Pritner says there are plenty of power outages
The storm moved relatively quickly through the area but there were many areas of localized flooding.

Drug Store Will Be Affected By Power Outage


An important reminder for those who use the drug store in Caney. Caney Drug will be dealing with a planned electric outage due to system maintenance by Westar tomorrow. The outage is expected to last from 10 o'clock in the morning until 2 pm. During that time frame, Caney Drug will be unable to fill any prescriptions. If you are due for a refill, you might want to get it today or plan on waiting until tomorrow after 2.


You may call Caney Drug if you have any questions.

Coffeyville Restaurant Closes


Coffeyville loses an eatery. The owner of Kansas Buffet Company notified local managers yesterday that when they closed at 8 o'clock last night they would not be re-opening. The restaurant employed around 30 people who are now out of jobs. A member of the local management team tells KGGF News they were blind-sided by the decision.


The restaurant was formerly a Sirloin Stockade, but the name change came after a reported dispute between the franchise owner of a number of locations and the corporate offices.

City Of Coffeyville Gets Clean Audit


The Coffeyville City Commission sets a public hearing for the Fiscal Year 2019 Budget for August 14th. Meanwhile, the Fiscal Year 2017 Audit gets a clean report from the auditors.



Lead Auditor Meta  Titel of Jarred Gilmore and Phillips provided the report. The public hearing on the 14th will begin at 6:30 p.m.

Highway Task Force To Meet in Topeka



The Highway task force is a group we’ve been talking about a lot in recent news. A group designed to tackle unfinished projects from every KDOT district. Representative Rich Proell and member of the task force says their initial meeting is coming up the beginning of August. The organizational meeting in Topeka on the 6th, the they will circulate the state in every KDOT district for public meetings. Proell encourages attendance and if interested they will have a meeting in Pittsburg on October the 4th. Unfinished roadwork is the main goal of the highway task force that has been set up for our state. Representative Rich Proell these public meetings will be to discuss issues not only for road work but all types of transportation as well.


No Municipal Court Today In Chanute


The Chanute Municipal Court office will be closed today. The Chanute Police Department reports phone lines will be open, but they will not be able to accept any payments. The Municipal Court in Chanute plans to reopen for normal business on tomorrow.


If you have questions, you may call 620-431-5244.


Ark City Police Officer Honored


The Kansas Juvenile Officers Association honors a southeast Kansas police officer. Arkansas City Master Police Officer Chase Hobart has been named the 2018 School Resource Officer of the Year. The award was presented in Manhattan. Officer Hobart was recognized for his dedication to the youth of Ark City and passion for keeping schools safe.


His peer group also celebrated his commitment to community through programs like Coffee with a Cop, Neighborhood Watch and Popsicle Patrol.


Kansas Auto Tag Makeover


Kansas license plates are getting a new look. The Kansas Department of Revenue says the new tags for your vehicle will be flat without raised letters or numbers. The new plates will be sent to the address where your vehicle is registered. The Kansas Department of Revenue says there are a couple of things to keep in mind. First, you do not have to get a new plate unless your current one is lost, damaged or stolen or you have purchased a vehicle without a tag to transfer. Second, if you're getting a new tag, hold onto your registration sticker until the new plate arrives.


Distribution will begin on August 15th.

Caney Valley Historical Society Receives Gift


The Caney Valley Historical Society receives a sizeable donation from a bank foundation. The Arvest Foundation made a $3,500 contribution to the Historical Society and Museum. Those funds will be used to make necessary building updates and help the historical society continue to fulfill its mission.


The Arvest Foundation seeks to focus its charitable efforts on education, economic development and enhancing the quality of life in communities where Arvest operates.



(pictured is Sandy Burns, Dale McBride and Nicole Parker)

Nowata Pair Arrested For Child Neglect & Drugs


Nowata authorities arrest a couple for child neglect and child endangerment. Police say they found the couple’s young children living in a home full of dead mice and trash. Police were reportedly called to a disturbance at the home of Jason Jones, Jr. and Ashley Abel when they discovered the situation. When officers arrived, Abel was erratic and appeared to be under the influence of a narcotic. According to officers, Abel allowed officers into the apartment after she said that she didn't know if her children were okay. She later admitted to using and selling drugs.


Her two and four-year-old were found breathing, but unresponsive. The children were taken to a Tulsa hospital where they tested positive for the presence of narcotics. They are expected to survive.

Staying Current with CRC


Staying up to date on all things going on with the Coffeyville Recreation Commission especially when it comes to weather alerts. Director of Recreation David Rains says it's just five easy steps when signing up at


Rains says there are other ways to stay up to date like coming by CRC and checking out their Facebook page.


Wilson County Fair Continues Today




The Wilson County Fair in Fredonia continues today beginning with livestock weigh ins, judging later in the afternoon all wrapped up with rodeo tonight at 8pm. 4 H’s Cherry Nelson KGGF News this weekend is jam packed with activities. Today includes all the weigh ins and judging of poultry and dairy cattle all wrapped up with the rodeo at 8. 4Hs Cherry Nelson says the fair is an easy way to support our area kids, and is just simply a lot of fun. Nelson reminds everyone as well the fair goes until sunday and has a jam packed weekend ahead. Hog show at 8 am Saturday morning, beef show at 5 and the rodeo again kicks off at 8 pm tomorrow night.  Nelson highly encourages your attendance to the Wilson County Fair or any others through our area. It’s great was to see all the projects the kids have been working all year to show off. It’s also just a great night to spend with friends and family.



Two Jailed In Burglary And Arson Near Columbus


Two men land in jail after a home is burglarized and hay bales are set on fire. It happened Tuesday night, south of Columbus. Cherokee County Sheriff David Groves says 41-year-old Brian Wells, of Galena, was arrested on a complaints of arson, burglary, criminal damage to property and possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia. The second suspect arrested has been identified at 38-year-old Ronny Piercefield of Galena.


The Galena Police Department arrested Piercefield in another arson-related case in March.



**Wells pictured left

Why Teens Kill



Why teens kill. A training course set up by the Montgomery County Sheriff's office to further educate individuals on spotting mental health issues and reporting them before any tragedy. We talked with Montgomery County Sheriff Bobby Dierks on an issue that continues to be a problem in our country, and in our area. Friday August 3rd, from 9am-4pm Dierks has Author Phil Chalmers in to talk about, why teens kill. Author Phil Chalmers has interviewed over 200 killers ranging all ages. Providing insight to signs you may have never realized, he’ll give training techniques on School Safety and proactive measures, warning signs, prevention and much more. The event is free of charge and Sheriff Dierks wants to see as many people as he can their. Takes place August 3rd from 9am-4pm in the Memorial Hall Auditorium in Independence.


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