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Local News Archives for 2019-02

Caney Grad Finishes Marine Training


 

A 2015 Caney Valley graduate has completed his Advanced Infantry Marine Course. Corporal Ryley Dollar Richardson has served a tour on the USS San Diego and is currently serving his fourth year in the Marine Corp. He a member of the 0311 infantry and is stationed in Camp Pendelton.

 

Corporal Richardson is the son of KGGF's Amy Dollar.

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Beer Garden Request for Coffeyville's 150th Birthday Party


 

At the Coffeyville City Commission meeting Tuesday, the committee for Coffeyville's 150th Anniversary requested that an ordinance be put on the agenda for the city to have a beer garden at the 150th Birthday Celebration on June 1. The Chamber director, Candi Westbrook, said that most of Downtown will be blocked off with security from the Montgomery County Sheriff. Commissioners are placing the request for this ordinance onto the next agenda, so a decision will be made at the upcoming commission meeting, Tuesday, Mar. 12. If approved, the beer garden would include beer and wine, located in the Commercial Bank parking lot during concerts after 5pm following free food and birthday cake. Coffeyville's 150th birthday party will be an all-day event.

 

The City encourages people to attend their meetings and welcomes public comments. They meet on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of every month, 6:30pm on the 2nd floor of the Municipal Building, 102 W. 7th St.

 

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Parks Board Expands in Coffeyville


 

The Coffeyville City Commission approved two new members to the Parks Board Tuesday. Lisa Brookover and Marcus Kastler will begin serving their 4-year terms immediately through Jan. 1, 2023. Brookover was on the Planning Commission but decided the Parks Board is a better fit. She said in the past a lot of civics organizations supported the Parks, and she believes they will be ready to support again and would like to help make that happen. Kastler told commissioners he thinks a “reset button” is necessary and would like to help Coffeyville create a safe, recreational place for kids and adults to exercise.

 

Mayor Paul Bauer requested from the new members and Parks Board as a whole for “actionable items” and “to go a little deeper” with a long-term plan. Mayor Bauer enthusiastically accepted an invitation to meet with Kastler and other board members to discuss funding and plans moving forward. The last Parks report presented to the Commissioners was in 2014 and is available on the City website.

 

For anyone interested in helping improve Coffeyville's Parks & Recreation, there is one more board position open. For more information, contact City Clerk Cindy Price at 620-251-6108. The City website is coffeyville.com.

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Coffeyville Street Drags Request Use of Airport


 

The Coffeyville City Commission discussed opening a section of the airport for the Coffeyville Street Drags which are held this year Apr. 27 and Sept. 28 . Leaders of Coffeyville Street Drags are asking for a paved or asphalt road to hold their events this year instead of the gravel road used for their drag races last year. Commissioners are concerned about the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) stipulations on the matter.

 

Commissioner Chris Williams assured them the City supports Coffeyville Street Drags, and City Manager Mark Hall suggests they submit an application to the FAA to see if they will approve the use of one of the airport hangars for this year's street drag. Finally, Mayor Paul Bauer gave Coffeyville Street Drags a thumbs up as long as FAA approves.

 

 

The city commission concluded with plans to provide Coffeyville Street Drags with an FAA application for use of Coffeyville Municipal Airport. The FAA might not have to shut down the aiport. KGGF will provide an update with more on this.

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SBA Wichita Taking Applications Until March 1st for Free Emerging Leaders Program


 

The Small Business Administration Wichita District Office has a deadline of this Friday to submit applications for a program called SBA's Emerging Leaders. It is a seven month program designed for business owners to create a three-year strategic growth action plan for their firms. The curriculum of the program is based on StreetWise MBA developed by Interise and Boston University. Emerging Leaders is for existing businesses over three years old, with annual revenues between $250,000 and $10 million.

 

Business owners or chief executives interested in developing a strategic growth plan for their business should apply for this program scheduled to begin in April 2019. Each member of the class will develop a 3 to 5 year growth action plan for their business. While this program is offered at no financial cost, each participant must invest the time attend all 13 sessions to complete the program. Apply online at interise.org/sbaemergingleaders or call 316-269-6616. Again, the deadline to apply is this Friday, Mar. 1.

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9th Street Fresh Welcomes Sponsors for Fencing Supplies


 

Coffeyville's 9th Street Fresh community gardens is needing help with fencing. Terry Vernon, the project manager, says they have all they need for tilling when the weather allows, but he says the one thing they could use help with is fencing supplies.

 

To contribute fencing supplies to Coffeyville's 9th Street Fresh, call or text Terry Vernon at 918-330-0413. And for families, teachers, students, or anyone who would like to get involved in this project for Coffeyville's Reawakening, contact Terry. 

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Kansas Rep. Estes Supports Presidential Emergency Declaration


 

Out of Washington, Congressman Ron Estes (R-Kansas) released the following statement after voting against a resolution today in the U.S. House to oppose a national emergency declaration issued by President Donald Trump:

 

“Just as every president since Jimmy Carter has done, President Trump is rightfully exercising his ability to declare a national emergency to protect our border. The crisis on the southern border impacts every corner of our country through crime, human trafficking, drugs and a basic disregard for the rule of law."

Rep. Estes continued, "Rather than President Trump needing to declare an emergency to protect our country, Congress, led by Speaker Nancy Pelosi, should have done its job to provide increased border security. However, I support the president’s actions to address this crisis and will continue working with President Trump and Congress to further secure the border and fulfill our promises to the American people."

 

Ron Estes is a 5th generation Kansan and represents Kansas’ 4th Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives. He serves on the House Committee on Ways and Means.

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Prophesy & Miracles in Coffeyville


 

Don't miss Coffeyville's next Outpouring of the Holy Spirit event March 3rd and 4th and every first Sunday and Monday throughout the year. Have you heard about the prophecy of Coffeyville? According to Pastor Gary Close of Word of Faith Church, Pastor Kenneth Copeland prophesied over 30 years ago that Coffeyville would have an “Outpouring of the Holy Spirit”. Well, as of January, six churches have joined together for a monthly sermon series called the “Outpouring of the Holy Spirit” held the first Sunday of every month in 2019. Pastor Close says this is a miracle in itself.

 

People are talking about the miracle healings that have happened at the January and February events. The Outpouring leaders include Pastor Randy & Debbie DePriest of First Assembly of God, Pastor James & Cheryl Feltner of Emmanuel Chapel in South Coffeyville, Bishop Darren & Jess Brown of Lewark Church of God, Purley & Gary Wilson of St. Johns Church of Faith, Pastor Melvin Simpson of Church of God in Christ, and Pastor Gary & Diane Close of Word of Faith Church. More churches are welcome.

 

Pastor Close says he witnesses miraculous healings several times a week, in and outside of church. This Sunday, Mar. 3 is the next Outpouring event at Emmanuel Chapel, 312 Broadway in South Coffeyville. Every monthly Outpouring starts at 6:00pm. The revival continues Monday 6:00pm. For more information, contact Diane Close of Word of Faith Church at 620-515-5757.

 

The prophesy referred to is posted in the sanctuary of Word of Faith Church in Coffeyville. Pastor Gary Close tells it to us on KGGF air waves, and reminds us of the Bible scripture, John 14:12 - Jesus said: Very truly I tell you, whoever believes in me will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father. And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it.”

 

Also, in the Jan. 12, 2019 edition of The Coffeyville Journal, a Letter to the Editor from Pastor Purley Wilson was published including the same prophesy. The following is an excerpt from Purley's letter:

 

"...A close friend of mine was at the Kenneth Copeland Convention over 30 years ago in Kansas City, MO, and she heard these words that are documented:  'Coffeyville, Coffeyville! Like the days of the Topeka Revival and the Azusa Street Revival, so shall the same outpouring of the Holy Spirit fall upon Coffeyville, Kansas. Watch! For the City of Coffeyville will e known for its great outpouring just as in the days of the Azusa Street outpouring."

Then Kenneth Copeland stopped and said, 'I don't even know where Coffeyville is, but brother, look out! Keep your eyes on that city and keep your spiritual ears open. Great wonders are going to take place there first.' This report was given by John and Abby  Stone who were there at Kansas City. Kay Smith Seidel was at the convention in Denver, CO when Kenneth Copeland spoke the same thing. Also, Oral Roberts, while flying over  Coffeyville said, 'Right there a mighty move of the Holy Spirit will take place."

 

Stay tuned to KGGF for more on the Outpouring sermon series and the prophesy of Coffeyville, KS.

 

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Sen. Moran (R-Kan) on Born-Alive Abortion: "Our Society is not of the ancient Romans or Aztecs."


 

From Washington: Just released Tuesday, U.S. Senator Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) spoke on the Senate floor regarding legislation he cosponsored and voted in favor of, the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act, that the Senate failed to advance. Despite receiving bipartisan support, the legislation failed to receive the 60 votes needed to break the Democratic filibuster. The final roll call vote was 53-44.

 

Sen. Moran said, I am astonished we’re debating whether it’s appropriate to leave born children to die. It's infanticide,” he said. The Congressional Budget Office estimates more than 10,000 babies are aborted each year after 20 weeks of conception. Furthermore, science proves an unborn child can feel pain inside the womb.

 

Sen. Moran continued, Our society is not one of the ancient Romans or the Aztecs. We don’t sacrifice our children to please an unknown god. In the progress of human history, principles of the Enlightenment—also known as the Age of Reason—declared self-evident truths that all humans are created equal and endowed with the unalienable right to life. Though undoubtedly, we have our flaws, these Enlightenment principles enshrined in our founding documents remain true to who we are as a nation and society. We recoil when we hear of children who are harmed in any manner. Yet today we’re faced with a reality where the ability to terminate an unborn child’s life when it is viable outside of the womb is something that is not only tolerated, but passionately defended by many on the Left.”

 

Watch Sen. Moran's full remarks here in support of the Born Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act.

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Coffeyville City Commission Approves Mar. 9 as Buddy Poppy Day to Support Veterans


Coffeyville's City Commission met Feb. 26, and Mayor Paul Bauer led the commission to approve March 9 as Buddy Poppy Day to recognize and support Veterans of Foreign Wars. Mayor Bauer gave his official announcement at the meeting with a VFW representative. 

 

Support veterans by getting your Buddy Poppy to wear on March 9th, Coffeyville's Buddy Poppy Day. Drop by the VFW at 1714 W. 8th St. in Coffeyville or call 620-251-5120.

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Structure Fire on 7th in Coffeyville - Another Reminder to Get Your Free Smoke Detector


 

The Coffeyville Fire Department responded to a structure fire just before 8am Tuesday. Upon arrival, smoke was coming from the rear of the house and firefighters conducted a primary search unaware if the house was occupied or not. Along with off duty fire personnel and the South Coffeyville Fire Department, they got the fire under control in 15 minutes.

 

The cause was electrical and is under investigation by the Coffeyville Fire Department and Coffeyville Police. Damages are at about $10,000. The owner is Leonard Howard and the resident of the home is Shannon Phillips. Thankfully, nobody was in the house and no injuries reported.

 

Fire Chief Bob Roesky continues to remind everyone to call their local fire department for a free smoke detector and installation.

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Coffeyville's City Commission and New State of the City


 

Coffeyville's City Manager Mark Hall invites the public to attend city commission meetings. Hall has been the city manager for just four months, but hit the ground running. Like so many, he loves Coffeyville, and he sparked the phrase “Coffeyville Strong”. Now with 150th Anniversary of Coffeyville and Coffeyville's Reawakening, it's perfect timing for Coffeyville's first State of the City address which will soon be announced.

 

As the City Manager, Mark Hall is responsible for appointing and removing department heads, making recommendations to the City Commission on all matters concerning the welfare of the City, making sure all laws and ordinances of the City are enforced, and submitting the annual budget to the City Commissioners. 

 

Coffeyville's City Commission meets every 2nd and 4th Tuesday at 6:30pm on the 2nd floor of the City Municipal Building, Downtown at 102 W. 7th St. For a copy of the agenda or any questions, call City Clerk Cindy Price at 620-252-6108.

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OK Masons Give $1M to FFA Students


The Masonic Charity Foundation along with Masonic Lodges across Oklahoma have given the first $1,000,000 endowment to the Oklahoma FFA Foundation. Masonic Lodges in Oklahoma recognize how the FFA trains its student members and is devoted to its future. Holly Blakely, the executive director of the OK FFA Foundation sees the greatest similarities between the Masonic Fraternity of OK and what the FFA instills in students is servant leadership, community service, and the priority of giving to others.

 

The Masonic Charity Foundation of OK executive director, John Logan, says their outreach is not limited to a specific region, but to any student in a public school whose community hosted a Masonic Lodge. He said the ideals of leadership, self-reliance, and integrity taught in the FFA program are values the Masons recognize as the foundations for a successful life. Many people don't realize the FFA was actually started by Masonic members.

 

To contribute to the Masonic fund, checks can be made payable to Oklahoma FFA Foundation with note of “Masonic trust”, mailed to 1500 W. 7th Ave., Stillwater, OK 74074.

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Genesis Food Pantry Commodities


Genesis of Coffeyville will be distributing Commodities to eligible residents of Coffeyville and the surrounding area on Wednesday, Mar. 6th from 1:00-2:00pm at the Genesis office located 1312 W. 8th St. in Coffeyville. You will need photo ID and proof of address. For questions, call Genesis at 620-351-2004.

 

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Reserve Your Red Ravens Bus Seat


Red Ravens are playing this Sunday, Mar. 3. in Wichita. If you'd like a ride, reserve your seat on a bus by 5:00pm tomorrow/Wed, Feb. 27. They have 29 bus seats left and the cost for a bus ticket is $20 per person, not inluding game ticket and food. Buses will load at the Gilmer K. Nellis Gymnasium parking lot at 2:45pm Sunday, and buses leave by 3:00pm. Game is at 7:00pm Sunday. You will have to reserve your spot on the bus by calling Jana Kastler at 620-252-7360 or email Jana at kastler.jana@coffeyville.edu.

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DUI Patrol in Coffeyville


The Coffeyville Police Department will have a DUI Saturation Patrol Friday, Mar. 8th between 11pm and 3am. Police will be looking for impaired drivers due to alcohol or drugs. The Impaired Driving Saturation Patrol is part of the Impaired Driving Deterrance Program coordinated by the Kansas Department of Transportation. Please remember to drive safely and designate a driver if drinking alcohol.

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Mardi Gras in Coffeyville


Mardi Gras in Coffeyville is Saturday, Mar. 2.  It is a charity auction and dinner sponsored by the Coffeyville Rotary Club. The Mardi Gras event starts at 5:30 at the Shrine Barn, 106 E. 7th St. in Coffeyville. For more information, call 620-251-2550.

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Three Stops in Labette County for AG Tour


 

A Talking “Ag” Tour will be held this Thursday, February 28, in Labette County.  Area AG producers are invited to meet Ryan Flickner, Senior Director of Kansas Farm Bureau’s Advocacy Division.  Flickner will share updates on state and federal issues impacting agriculture and answer questions from the producers.  Stops will be made at the Bartlett Co-op in Edna at 8am, The Corner Store in Altamont at 9:30am, and at Stockyards Plaza in Parsons at 11am. 

 

The event is open to the public and Labette County Farm Bureau is hosting the tour.

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Changes to School Zones in Indy


 

The Independence Police Department announces changes to the school zone on 10th Street near the high school and Riley School. The changes come because of a request of USD 446 to extend school zones to protect students at the newly reopened Riley School. Research indicates that longer school zones lead to more speeding in a school zone. Therefore the lengthy school zone was broken into two parts. The north school zone is between 1922 N. 10th and Hackberry on 10th Street. The south school zone is between 1616 N. 10th to Hickory on 10th Street. There are signs in place indicating the school zone speeds are enforced from 7:30 am until 4:00 pm. Officers have been asked to rely on warnings until the flashing signs can be removed and the public can adjust to the change.

 

Speed fines are doubled in school zones. The speed limit in the school zones is 20 mph. Chief Jerry Harrison says “Our goal isn’t to write tickets but if students can’t get to school safely we will.”

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Suspected Arson in Independence


 

The Independence Police Department and the State Fire Marshal are investigating a house fire on the 500 block of W. Chestnut. At around 7:00pm on Sunday dispatch received a 911 report of a house fire. Police arrived to find the house fully involved. Independence Fire-EMS arrived to fight the fire. The home is unoccupied.

 

An arson dog assisted personnel at the scene and evidence was recovered. The investigation is ongoing and no further information is available.

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RV Fire Near Tyro


 

An RV caught fire around 2:40 Monday afternoon in Montgomery County three miles east of Tyro, Kansas. Montgomery County Sheriff Bobby Dirks was on the scene helping the Coffeyville Fire Department and rural fire department put out the vehicle engulfed in flames.  Dierks said that all occupants made it safely out of the vehicle. 

 

We will have more on this story when the Montgomery County Sheriff's Office or the Coffeyville Fire Department provides more information

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ICC Coach Resigns


 

Independence Community College Football Head Coach Jason Brown resigns. In a tweet late last night Coach Brown released a two page letter (seen below) with his resignation. In the first page he announces the decision along with a list of his accomplishments at ICC. In the second page he thanks the community and school for the support he has received but says due to recent circumstances, it would be nearly impossible to stay at ICC. He blames the Montgomery County Chronicle for diminishing his ability to do his job successfully.

 

ICC President Daniel Barwick has this to say on the matter: “This has been a painful episode for the entire campus and community, and its conclusion allows us to fully focus on the students we serve. As a college, we should be defined by the outstanding educational quality and value we create for our students, and we believe we can move past this together with our community, faculty, staff and student body. The college has no further comment on this matter.”

 

 

 

**Photo courtesy of Twitter @INDYHEADCOACH1**

 

 

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Montgomery County Commission Meets This Morning


 

The Montgomery County Board of Commissioners should tackle several items when they meet this morning.  On this week’s agenda, there will be a discussion of bids for a new vehicle for the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office. There will be a short presentation by Matt Godinez regarding the SEK Regional Planning Commission.  Environmental Health/Zoning Administrator Scott Barnhart will discuss the reappointment of planning commission members.  And, among the other business, an executive session is scheduled with Montgomery County Counselor Paul Kritz and Appraiser Diana Carter.

 

The meeting will called to order at 9 am.  


Free Dental Clinic Planned For SEK


 

 

Help could be on the way for many Kansas families that cannot afford regular dental services.  The Kansas Dental Association’s Mission of Mercy free dental clinic will open on April 26, 2019. This year, the clinic will be in the Robert W. Plaster Center at Pittsburg State University.  The clinic will continue on April 27th.  Doors open at 4:30 am both days. Services are first come first serve.   Breakfast and lunch will be provided to patients. 

 

Since its creation more than a decade ago, KMOM has treated nearly 300-thousand patients.  You can learn more on their website.  

 

 


ICC Player Speaks on Coach Brown Situation


 

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*

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ICC Board of Trustees Takes No Action


 

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

 


Bicyclist Dies In Highway Crash


 

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. 


Counties Funded for Roadway Projects


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 michael.stringer@ks.gov.

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ICC Board of Trustees Executive Session


 

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.

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ICC Coach Brown To German Student: I'm Your New Hitler


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. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Comedy Club in Coffeyville Preventing Child Sexual Abuse


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.

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USD 445 Collaboration with 9th Street Fresh for Organic Student Meals


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.

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Police Departments To Receive Federal Dollars For Upgrades


 

 

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 Remains Found in Neosho County Identified


 

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.   

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Potential Ban on Firearm Assessories


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.

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Coffeyville Author Says Body of Christ is a Living Organism


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.

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Update On Weekend Fire In Coffeyville


 

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.  

 


MG CO Sheriff Provides Details On Deadly Crash


 

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.    


Comedy Show "Praise and Worship" March 2nd in Coffeyville


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.

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Drag Races Revving Up In Independence


 

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


Probe Ongoing Into CQ County Murder


 

 

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.

 

 

 


Indy Man Jailed On Drug Complaints


 

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.


UPDATE: Suspect Named in Shooting Victim in Chautauqua County


 

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.

 

 

**UPDATE**

 

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.

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Presidents Day 2019


 

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. 

 

 


One Hurt In Coffeyville Blaze


 

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.  
 


Independence Family Rescued From Fire


 

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. 


Winter Weather Advisory Posted


 

 

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.

 

 

Affected Counties 
Greenwood
Woodson
Allen
Elk
Wilson
Neosho
Chautauqua
Montgomery
Labette

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Coffeyville's Reawakening: City Leaders Meet Again


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.

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Coffeyville's Reawakening: Sponsor a Custom Bench from J. Ferg Gallery


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

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Coffeyville Friends of Animals Winter Tips


 

 

The Coffeyville Friends of Animals Chili Bowl was a huge success as Brad Gray at the shelter passed his gratitude to everyone involved. He did want to note with an abundance cats at the shelter they could use a little help to house them all, needing some kitty litter if any are interested in donating to the shelter. He really wanted to urge drivers on these cold mornings to bang on their hood, as cats like to burrow themselves in the engine bay to keep warm  A simple smack on the hood should alert the animal and keep them safe. He also warns of the beginning of Coyote breeding season, stating if available they will go after your pet and hopes you take the steps to keep them safe.

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Friday 2-15-19 School Closings


 

School Closings Friday 2-15-19

 

Neodesha

Oklahoma Union

Nowata

Dewey

Bartlesville

Sedan

 

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Trio Arrested In Cherokee County Drug Bust


 

A Saint Valentines’s Day drug raid lands three people in jail.  Cherokee County Sheriff David Groves tells KGGF News that his deputies and Baxter Springs Police have been investigating possible drug activity at a Baxter Springs residence.  This morning,  they served a search warrant.   Sheriff Groves says his detectives reportedly found narcotics, paraphernalia consistent with illegal drug sales and firearms, including a handgun previously reported stolen in Missouri.  Arrested were 22-year-old Malachi Bain and 19-year-old Leslie Dobbs, both of the home.  They are each being held in the Cherokee County Jail without bond on allegations of Possessing Marijuana with Intent to Distribute within 1,000 feet of a School, Felony Possession of Controlled Substances, Criminal Use of a Firearm, Felony Possession of Stolen Property, Possession of Marijuana and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.  Also arrested was 20-year-old Rayden Emilio Mestas of Columbus.  He is being held in lieu of $3,000.00 bond on allegations of Possessing Marijuana and Drug Paraphernalia.

 

Sheriff Groves says illegal drug sales of any kind are inherently dangerous and he appreciates his detectives’ efforts to keep kids in that neighborhood safe.


K-State Research and Extension Advises 9th Street Fresh Community Garden


Jacob Weber from K-State Research and Extension (Wildcat District) office has advice for Coffeyville's 9th Street Fresh community garden initiative that is now being kicked off for planting by St. Patrick's Day. The new community garden initiative is called 9th Street Fresh. It kicked off in early February, just days after Coffeyville's Reawakening became official at the Coffeyville City Commission meeting in late January. Ron Olson and Peggy Steele are providing one of their vacant lots for Coffeyville residents to plant food. The first 20 residents to sign up get a free plot of land. Also, there will be guidelines for residents to purchase their own organic seed, fertilizer, and pesticide.

 

Jacob Weber from K-State Research and Extension Wildcat District advises 9th Street Fresh to look info fertility management and soil testing before tilling and planting starts. Weber also has recommendation for growing the food organically without harmful pesticides and fertilizers. The project manager is Terry Vernon who said his gardening background includes only organic.

 

Update! They have a total of 24 plots, and 16 plots are still available. 9th Street Fresh is also looking for business sponsors who would be recognized at the entrance of the community garden where a sitting area will be with a bench and a rose garden. To sponsor, volunteer, or reserve your free garden plot, call Terry at 918-330-0413. The K-State Research and Extension, Independence office, can be reached at 620-331-2690.

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SEK Hospital Shuts Down


 

A Labette County hospital closes its doors.   The Oswego Community Hospital announcing on Facebook today that services are no longer available at the hospital, Oswego Community Clinic, and Chetopa Community Clinic.   The statement added:  “It has been an honor and privilege to provide services to and care for our friends and neighbors in our surrounding communities.”  Labette Health is reportedly working with city leaders in Oswego to ensure the continuation of medical care for the community.  Labette Health intends to open  a temporary clinic facility with plans establish a permanent clinic; including x-ray, lab, and therapy. 

 

The location of the new clinic in Oswego has not yet been announced.  

 

 


10th Street Improvement Project in Coffeyville


The Coffeyville City Commission awarded a construction contract to Jeff Graham Construction for the 10th Street Community Development Block Grant Roadway Improvement Project for roadway replacement of 10th Street running from Camden to Gillam. The project consists of milling and asphalt overlay, new driveway entrances, curbs and gutters, handicap sidewalk ramps, and concrete replacement at various 10th Street intersections.

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Caney and Coffeyville Unite for 911 Calls


Coffeyville City Commissioners unanimously approved and executed a memorandum of agreement with the City of Caney to answer 911 calls. Coffeyville Police Department will answer 911 calls for Caney and rural southwest Montgomery County and transfer them to a designated phone number provided by Caney police. The daily average of calls is three per day. Coffeyville Police Department will provide emergency medical and fire dispatch for critical incidents. The agreement does not include wireless calls until the wireless providers provide handset location information with call set-up.

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Life-Saving Awards for Coffeyville Firefighters


 

At this week’s Coffeyville City Commission meeting, firefighters were recognized with life-saving awards for their heroic action this past December when they saved lives during the fire on Willow St. Rex Reardon said the men were hesitant to receive this award because unfortunately one person died in the fire and another after hospitalization. However, one life was indeed saved. Chief Bob Roesky said it's important to recognize the firefighters and pointed out again how important it is for homes to have smoke detectors. He is asking everyone to call their local fire department to have one installed for free. Since the Willow St. fire, several free installations have been made.

 

To schedule your free smoke detector installation, call your local fire department. The Coffeyville Fire Dept phone is 620-252-6148.


Coffeyville's Reawakening is Waking People Up


People are waking up with Coffeyville's Reawakening. Residents, city natives, and leaders who have a heart for Coffeyville have been uniting for what's called a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to improve the city. One of Coffeyville's natives, Bill Pratt, a world-renowned New York attorney who loves Coffeyville, where he grew up and still has a home, talks about how important it is to get involved. People may contact Janie Gillis at Coffeyville Area Community Foundation at 620-251-4769 for more information and connections to various revitalization projects.

 

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AK-47 Gunman Caught on Camera in Coffeyville


The Coffeyville Police Department has been receiving a lot of calls about a Facebook posting where a man crossed through Superintendent Craig Correll's backyard with a gun, specifically the most widely used assault rifle in the world, an AK-47. Coffeyville's police chief, Kwin Bromley reassures the public they are on top of this one. Bromley said they are erring on the side of caution that the gun is real and not one used in paint ball. Bromley explained they have seen only a picture of the gun. Perhaps it's a toy gun like the one used in paint ball, but from what they have gathered so far, the gun could be a real AK-47. The individual has been identified but but the police do not want to make the name public yet. They have reason to believe this incident is related to another one across town.

 

Chief Bromley pointed out that this camera system was a tremendous help. He said they are inexpensive and encourages everyone to have one. Not only will the added security safeguard one's property and give peace of mind, but in the event something does happen, one would have instant evidence to identify the perpetrator. If anyone has information on the AK-47 gunman, contact Coffeyville Police Department at 620-252-6160.

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USD 445 Audit Report


USD 445's districts auditor, Neil Phillips of Jared, Gilmore & Phillips, presented the 2018 Audit Report at last night's monthly Board of Education meeting. Phillips reported the audit had no problems and the district is in complete compliance with state budget laws, and it actually ended the year 3-cents under budget. The Food program was the major department tested this year. Next year it will the Title I department.

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USD 445 Board Meeting: Summit Learning Program


Monday night the USD 445 school board met for their monthly meeting, this time held at the Board of Education office with an annual update on the district's new online Summit Learning Program implemented at the beginning of this school year at Field Kindley High School for 9th grade students and teachers. The Summit Learning presentation drew close to 30 guests. Field Kindley High School Principal Stalford showed how the online system works while students and teachers provided live, candid feedback. The all-A honor roll students agreed they are being challenged. Their concerns include feeling overwhelmed with the workload, frustration on waiting for teacher feedback required before moving on in the program, and difficulty balancing the new academic workload with extra-curricular and personal time. Teachers at the meeting said they are learning how to supplement the online curriculum and differentiate learning in the classroom for students who perform with a more hands-on approach. Some parents wonder how this program will affect their kids' preparation for college. Board members and administration asking the students and teachers many questions throughout the meeting which went over two hours. Administration is open to reducing what is called “focus areas” in the program so to decrease student workload. The most positive is how students are gaining many cognitive skills, learning how to set and reach goals, meet project deadlines, and how to balance academia with extra-curricular and personal goals.

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Road Safety Projects in Montgomery County


Montgomery County is focusing on making roads safer. Many of the busy intersections need more lighting so drivers turning off gravel roads onto the highways can better see what is coming and where they are going. County Clerk, Charlotte Schmidt, explained that the county now has 27 already-lighted intersections but many years ago there were many more. Besides adding more lighted intersections on the busy roads, county commissioners are looking at a different kind of lighting, and also adding solar panels to save money. Also, the county would like to paint the many culverts yellow and replace the many smaller ones. No action was taken.

 

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Winter Weather Expected this Weekend


 

The National Weather service has issued a Winter Storm Advisory for Central and Southeast Kansas for tomorrow from 6:00am to 6:00pm. A strong cold will push through Kansas tonight and will drop temperatures into teens and upper 20’s for high tomorrow morning. The NWS believes precipitation will start between 8:00am and 10:00am tomorrow and lasting through the day. The SEK will see more favorable mix of snow, sleet and freezing rain. Light accumulation is expected making for travel problems.

 

Saturday night into Sunday another system will move through with a slight risk of freezing rain and snow. Little to no accumulation is expected with this system.

 

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F.K.H.S. Theater Brings You Legally Blonde Jr.


 

 

Field Kindley High School has an incredible theater program that Superintendent Dr. Craig Correll says will impress everyone. Talking up the students ability on stage as well as their instructor as his ability to get more and more kids involved. Correll explained to us that Theater Instructor Brian Walrod has continued to impress him and many others throughout the school with his ability to expose kids that for a long time didn’t have a theater option here in Coffeyville. Correll says he is so happy to see the amount of news names he sees on the performers list that stray away from the traditional football and other athletics that we see week in week out. Giving those kids their outlet, and ability to express their creativity is why this program is as good as it is. Correll says they have a showing of Legally Blonde Jr. through the weekend starting tomorrow at 7 PM. They will perform at 7PM Saturday as well than at 2 on Sunday. It cost 3 dollars for students and for adults its 5.

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Parsons Middle School Award Winning Program


 

 

 

Parsons Middle School Technology & Engineering Program and it’s instructor Trevor Maiseroulle just won the prestigious program excellence award, which is given out by the International Tech Engineering Educators Association. Teaching a wide variety of technological fields has its challenges though Maiseroulle takes it to heart. The Parson's Program covers everything from robotics, woodworking and even 3d printing and Maiserolle says it’s well worth it. Not only does the program begin to put career ideas into students head, it also teaches them real world solutions. With so many hands on projects, you won’t find any bored student in the program.

 

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Independence Recycling Changes


 

 


Speaking with the Independence Chamber Director Lisa Wilson, she is always encouraging residence of Independence to make the easy choice to recycle. The city itself, makes that easier with a few ways to dispose of those items each month.Wilson says along with every Tuesday you can also drop them on the first Saturday of the month at the sanitation yard. Located at 21st and Maple in Independence. You need to be a resident as she explains along with the plastics they also dispose of paper, aluminum cans and electronics. Wilson says they have partnered with a new company to help them dispose of their plastics. With that, they ask that you separate your plastic bottles according to the number on it. They accept plastic types 1, being the cloudy milk jugs, and type 2 being transparent bottles, even colored ones. If you have any questions contact the chamber at 620-331-1890

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Summit Learning Program At F.K.H.S.


 

 

U.S.D. 445 had their annual meeting last night as Superintendent Dr. Craig Correll explained they updated the board on their newly implemented Summit Learning Program. A program that was apart of the redesign project around U.S.D. 445, Dr. Correll says is online supplement to the courses students are already taking at the high school level. Correll says not only does it help them prepare for the next level, but also helps them through the courses they currently take. Adapting to each individual ability to either go further through the curriculum or keep them at a level they don't get overwhelmed with. Correll says the reaction from teachers and students is fairly good as they continue to adapt into the new program. Correll explains this program will take some getting used to but should benefit each student on down the line. For any information or questions regarding the new program you are welcome to contact the district at 620-252-6400

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Coffeyville Community Guides


 

 

The Community Guides have been released! Speaking with Coffeyville Chamber director Candi Westbrook, she is happy to announce the release of the 2019 Community guides and explains to our listeners the benefits. Westbrook explains the guides are convenient to use and contain contact information of the many reputable businesses that are apart of the chamber. As well as information on the city, its schools and healthcare. Westbrook gives one final shout out to the winners and attendees at the annual Chamber Dinner! She says the 2019 Community guides are available for free at the chamber building, and it's not just limited to members.

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Coffeyville Board Of Ed Meets Tonight


 

 

The Coffeyville Public Schools Board of Education meets this evening.  The meeting of the USD 445 board will begin at 6 pm at the Klotz Education Center.  The agenda is a lean one, but that may not mean a short meeting. Board members will hear an audit report from Jared, Gilmore & Phillips CPA for Fiscal Year 2018.  Superintendent Dr. Craig Correll will ask the board to support a joint statement for Montgomery County schools:  United for Our Future. The board will also be asked to approve moving the next meeting to March 18th. 

 

Curriculum Director Lora Stalford will brief members on the Summit Learning Presentation. 

 

  


Kansas Celebrity Hall Of Fame Issues Call For Guitar Pickers



The Kansas Celebrity Hall of Fame looks for guitar players to be a part of its first ever Guitar Extravaganza:  a guitar concert, guitar performance competition, and guitar exhibits.   Event Director Mike Flood says the event fits well with the Jim Halsey Archives exhibit, featuring many autographed guitars from celebrity artists such as Eric Clapton, Glen Campbell, AC-DC, The Oak Ridge Boys, Led Zeppelin, and The Rolling Stones. Guitar players who would like to play in the competition should contact Flood at (620) 330-0675. In addition to the guitar event, a song writers workshop is being planned for the afternoon. The event will be at the Kansas Celebrity Hall of Fame, located at ICC West campus on West Main, on March 30th at 8 pm in Independence. Admission to the Guitar Extravaganza is $10.  Tickets may be purchased in advance at the Independence Historical Museum during the week or by phone at (620) 331-3515.  The Kansas Celebrity Hall of Fame will be open all day and viewing the exhibits is free. The event is a benefit to improve the exhibits of Kansas celebrities. 

 

The museum is open 10 am to 4 pm Tuesday through Saturday. 


PSU's Business School Earns Accreditation



Kelce College of Business faculty, staff, and students at Pittsburg State University celebrate the recent accreditation by the AACSB — the premier accreditation body in business higher education.  The honor comes on the 20th anniversary of the KCOB earning its first accreditation.  The process, which is done every five years on a continuous cycle,  dives into the curriculum, faculty credentials, operations, efficiency, and best practices of the college.  KCOB has added a new online Master of Business Administration degree, targeted toward mid-career professionals living off campus,who don’t have the opportunity to attend school in Pittsburg. 

 

The business school’s faculty and staff also produce a quarterly report, the Pittsburg Micropolitan Economic Report.  It is used by city and business leaders for economic development and tourism planning.  

 

 


Kiwanis Club Sets Pancake Feed For Saturday


 

The Coffeyville Kiwanis Club holds its Annual Pancake Day this weekend. All-you-can pancakes, sausage, and drinks will be served from 7 am to 11 am at Coffeyville’s First Baptist Church, near 9th and Elm, on Saturday, February 16th.  Advance tickets are $4 for adults and $3 for children. Tickets are available from any Kiwanis member, including Jeff Leiker, Jana Kastler, and Ryan McCune.  They may be contacted at Coffeyville Community College by calling 620-251-7700.  Tickets will also be available at the door for $5.  

 

All the the proceeds go to support youth programs in Coffeyville.  


MCAC Training for Realtors and Business Owners Feb.19-20


 

Montgomery County Action Council (MCAC) executive director, Tricia Purdon, announced two meetings in February pertaining to economic developments for Southeast Kansas which includes an upcoming lunch training for realtors and also a breakfast the next morning for business owners and entrepreneurs.

 

Real estate professionals can attend the lunch training by MCAC leaders on Tuesday, Feb. 19. The next morning, business owners and entrepreneurs are all welcome to the Muffins to Mainstreet Breakfast on Wednesday, Feb. 20.

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Cherokee Nation Tribal Chief Candidates 2019: Team Hoskin & Warner


 

Cherokee Nation candidates for Chief and Deputy Chief recently spoke to the community. Team Hoskin includes Chuck Hoskin, Jr. and Bryan Warner. Chief candidate Hoskin says what's most important in the community is family. Deputy chief candidate Warner adds the importance of making sure people in the community know they are not forgotten.

 

Executive power in the Cherokee Nation is with Chief and Deputy Chief. With more than 315,000 citizens and nearly 9,000 employees, the Cherokee Nation is one of the largest employers in northeastern Oklahoma. A recent economic impact report showed Cherokee Nation has a $1.2 billion impact on the area. To learn more about Team Hoskin, go to hoskinwarner.com (spell out). For more about the Cherokee Nation, go online to cherokee.org.

 

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Roller Dome in Coffeyville passes 1-year anniversary


 

Roller Dome Skating Rink in Coffeyville just had their one-year anniversary. And now with Coffeyville's 150th Anniversary and Coffeyville's Reawakening, owners Jim and Kristin Horner are enthusiastic about their second year as more people are attracted to Coffeyville. Kristin shares about her hope for the future and Jim says more about helping the community.

 

Roller Dome helps fills the need for recreation in Coffeyville and are happy about their relationship with the school district and other organizations and businesses. To schedule an event or party, contact Kristin or Jim at 620-251-2990.

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Arson related fire in Coffeyville


 

Ten people or four families were displaced from their homes due to a fire at 405 Elm St on Jan. 31. Between State Fire Marshall's office investigation and efforts of Coffeyville Police and Fire Departments, it was determined the cause of the fire is arson. They are looking into leads, but nothing yet confirmed. Fire Chief Bob Roesky tells us more. Roesky asked that anyone with information about the arson call Coffeyville Police Department at 620-252-6160.

 

Furthermore, the multi-family building did indeed have smoke alarms which alerted the four families, and very likely saved their lives. All 10 people escaped. The Red Cross of Southeast Kansas responded in the wee hours of that morning on Jan. 31. Two of the 10 homeless victims of the fire stayed at Sleep Inn and others made plans with family.

 

Roesky asks anyone with information about the arson, please call Coffeyville Police Department at 620-252-6160.

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Medical cannabis bill in Kansas for veterans


 

Three Kansas lawmakers have introduced bills legalizing the use of medical marijuana for pain management and other established health conditions. Sen. Tom Holland (D) along with Reps. Jim Karleskint and Cindy Holscher announced the two bills at a news conference on Thursday. They say the legislation provides a highly controlled yet transparent framework for allowing Kansans safe and legal access to medical cannabis.

According to Rep. Karleskint, who is also a Vietnam Veteran, high rates of PTSD in Veterans have been found who report cannabis treatment reduces anxiety, limits or stops nightmares, and fights insomnia. Rep. Holscher said the legalization of medical cannabis is something Kansans have pushed to have access to, and over 70% of state citizens are in favor.

 

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Comedy Club in Cville packs the house


 

A new comedy show recently kicked off in Coffeyville. Spearheaded by two community leaders, Griffin Walker of Boys of Girls Club of Southeast Kansas and Mario Shobe of Mario's Barber & Beauty, the monthly “Walk In and Show Out” comedy club will be on the first Saturday of the month from here on out at Coffeyville's Sleep Inn on 11th St.

Three comedians were hired to entertain the audience. Right after the show, Mario Shobe said it was a sell-out crowd with a diversity of guests. Griffin Walker agrees the turnout was great with over 150 people in the audience, and also shares his thoughts on how the monthly show improves Coffeyville . Three comedians were hired for “raw comedy” entertainment. Walker said the next show will be clean and kinks will be worked out. They plan to have both cowboy-western and Christian-religious comedians on stage for the next event. Also, Walk In and Show Out will soon include local talent right out of Coffeyville, so they will be announcing auditions soon.The monthly comedy show will have its next event on Saturday, Mar. 2.

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Tyson coming, motivates responsible poultry production


 

Tyson continues to be on the horizon for big business in Montgomery County. Since 2017, MCAC has been working diligently to get the county ready for Tyson. Director Tricia Purdon shares more.

Purdon said neighboring states and counties with poultry production have had problems due to not having the necessary statutes, programs and policies in place to protect the farmers, water quality, and our neighborhoods. Once the current “strategic planning process” is complete, Montgomery County will be eligible for USDA financing to continue bigger projects that will establish Tyson and our county as a responsible poultry producer.

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Amazon complex has new ownership


 

People have been wondering what is going to come of the old Amazon building in Coffeyville. Tricia Purdon from MCAC announced the building complex has new ownership.

Purdon explained that by having several businesses in the old Amazon location instead of one mammoth company will increase our county's economic strength and stability.

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USD 445 visits Topeka for House Bill 44


 

Out of Topeka – USD445 school board members attended the legislative session on House Bill 44 to secure funding for K-12 schools. School Board Vice President, Bob Roesky, shares more with us. 

Because the legislative session was so crowded with people who wanted to speak, another session is scheduled next week on Tuesday, Feb. 12. If approved as legislation, House Bill 44 will provide more dollars per student in school districts across Kansas.

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MCAC to market SEK globally


MCAC continues to work with the Kansas Department of Agriculture on a marketing plan to be used to promote Montgomery County and Southeast Kansas for new business. KDA travels all over the world meeting businesses. MCAC's Tricia Purdon tells us more about it. 
KDA will market Montgomery County internationally to bring in new business. They look at natural resources, workforce, and financial strengths to target industries best suited for the area.

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School Closing Continue For Friday


 

***Updated 10:00 pm

 

The winter weather advisory continues for Southeast Kansas into Friday including Montgomery, Chautauqua, Wilson, Neosho, and Labette counties.   Low temperatures and below freezing wind chills have caused many area schools to cancel classes for Friday. We will continue to update you via our website and Facebook page as well as on air on 690AM. 

 

 

  • ABC Coffeyville Christian Preschool & Child Care
  • Caney Valley USD 436
  • Cherryvale-Thayer
  • Coffeyville
  • Independence
  • Labette County - USD 506
  • Neodesha
  • Independence Community College 
  • Sedan
  • Altoona Midway
  • Labette Community College 
  • Parsons
  • Fredonia
  • Tyro Christian School

 


Schools Closing for Thursday Due To Winter Weather


 

A winter weather advisory has been issued for all of Southeast Kansas including Montgomery, Chautaqua, Wilson, Neosho and Labaette Counties. Freezing drizzle and rain are expected with ice and accumulations of a few hundreths of an inch to one-quarter of an inch. Many schools in the area have already canceled classes for tomorrow and in addition to school closings the Montgomery County Court House will be closed as well. We will continue to update you via our website and Facebook page as well as on air on 690AM.

 

 

Thursday 2-6-19 Schools Closed

 

Coffeyville

Cherryvale-Thayer

Iola

Independence

Indy Bible School

Caney

Fredonia

Neodesha

Sedan

Yates Center

Chanute

Labette County - USD 506

Independence Community College

Coffeyville Community College

Oklahoma Union


C.C.C. To Offer ESports Program


 

 

The Coffeyville Community College approved the hiring of Gary Tucker during its January Board meeting; thus approving the addition of Esports to the program lineup offered at CCC.Esports is a cutting-edge competitive activity allowing students to compete locally, regionally, and nationally via online gaming. Students may compete as a team or as an individual. A gaming lab will allow students the opportunity to develop their skills and participate in various competitions.

 

A tuition and loan of books scholarship is available for those who qualify for the program. Those interested in applying for a Esports scholarship should complete the application at www.coffeyville.edu. For more information, contact Gary Tucker, Esports Coach, at tucker.gary@coffeyville.edu.     

 

“We believe this new initiative aligns well with our Information Systems Technology program; It affords the student an opportunity to understand the equipment they are utilizing for competition and capitalize on its strengths.” said, Yvonne Hull, Sr. Director of College Relations, Marketing and Recruitment.

 

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Schools Close Due to Slick Roads


 

With below freezing temperatures and rain overnight and into the morning it has created slick conditions on the roads. There are few schools that have decided to close school for the day due to road conditions. As of right now Neodesha School District and Cherryvale-Thayer School District are close.  We will keep you updated if anymore schools decide to close for the day. UPDATE: Sedan, Cedar Vale, Fredonia, Iola, West Elk and Longton have been added to the list of schools closed for the day.

 

 

Schools Closed

 

Neodesha

Cherryvale-Thayer

Sedan

Cedar Vale

Fredonia

Iola

West Elk

Longton

Erie

Chanute

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KBI Urges Kansas To Report Clergy Abuse


 

The Kansas Bureau of Investigation (KBI), after a request from Attorney General Derek Schmidt, opens an investigation into reports of sexual abuse perpetrated by clergy of the four Catholic dioceses of Kansas, and asks all victims to report clergy abuse to the KBI.  An internal task force of six special agents has been organized to conduct an investigation into abuse reports from the public, including accounts from anyone who has been victimized by members of the clergy, including church employees, church volunteers, or any others in positions of authority within the church, and complete a review of church documents.  The task force will work with prosecutors and law enforcement to determine if any sexual abuse incidents should be considered for prosecution.

 

If you, or someone you know, has been the victim of sexual abuse committed by a member of the clergy, report the incident to the KBI by calling 1-800-KS-CRIME, or by email to:  ClergyAbuse@kbi.ks.gov.  The KBI asks victims to report all incidents of abuse, no matter how long ago they occurred, even if they were previously reported to law enforcement. 


New Kansas Map Released


 

You may love your GPS, but the Kansas Department of Transportation has your hard-copy backup. The new 2019-2020 Kansas Official State Transportation Map is now available.  The map, published by the Kansas Department of Transportation, highlights numerous tourist and scenic locations, including state parks and lakes, as well as the recreation areas across the state.  City/county indexes and a distance map allow motorists to pick the best route to their destination. Visitor resources, helpful phone numbers/websites and locations of museums and hospitals are also provided.  And, the maps feature inset maps of Kansas City, Wichita, Topeka and 13 other cities.

 

Maps can be found at various travel information center and attractions across the state. They can also be requested on the KDOT website


Man Jailed For Wife's Death


 

An arrest comes after a southeast Kansas murder.  The Crawford County Sheriff’s Office responded around noon yesterday to the scene at a home along Highway 69.  The caller told dispatchers her granddaughter,  37-year-old Brandy Delmarco, had been assaulted by her husband, 32-year-old Jeremy Delmarco. Investigators found the victim outside the home upon arrival.   Brandy and her grandmother had both been stabbed. Brandy died from her injuries. Jeremy Delmarco, who had cut himself, ignored commands from deputies as they tried to take him into custody. A struggle resulted in which the suspect’s dog also attacked the deputy. 

 

Delmarco was booked into jail after he was treated at a hospital.  He faces two complaints of second degree attempted murder and second degree murder. 

 

 

 

 


Februaury C.C.C Community Courses


 

 

Good news Valentines Day lovers, Coffeyville Community College is always looking to provide more and more courses for community members. Speaking with Director of College relations Yvonne Hull, she says next week they have a cookie decorating course held at the Oak Room of the Student Union on Tuesday February 12th . Hull states through the month of February, they will hold a couple of community courses. Including a Painting 101 course. Instructed by the art Instructor Michael Derosa, they will meet every Tuesday starting tonight from 6 PM to 8 PM in the Orscheln Hall. To register for either course Hull says to contact Jenni Philips at 620-251-7700 extension 2166.

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9th Street Fresh


 

On Saturday, the Coffeyville community was invited to the first 9th Street Fresh meeting to discuss the new Community Gardens Cooperative Initiative spearheaded by Ron Olson and Peggy Steele. Olson, a North Dakota farmer, and his wife, Peggy Steele, a Coffeyville native who started a 9th Street revitalization project about two years ago in 2017, have one vacant lot they are using for a community garden. Of the 23 locals who attended the community meeting, including city manager, Mark Hall, 14 people signed up to use a portion of the lot to grow a garden. Each garden plot measures about 9' x 18' and is provided at no cost other than sweat equity of tending their own garden. Besides sweat equity, residents are responsible for purchasing their own seed and fertilizer. The project manager is Terry Vernon who lives nearby the new community garden cooperative. One future gardener asked if they will be using only organic seed and fertilizers due to health problems caused from many pesticides. Vernon assured the audience the gardens will be organic.

 

Olson, Steele, and Vernon – along with the new resident gardeners –are preparing the land to be ready for planting seed by St. Patrick's Day.

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Rep. Blex Talks Kansas Budget


 

Almost a month in to the new Kansas Legislative session and a popular topic has been the state budget. Representative Doug Blex says the more conservative side would like to start paying off debts before funding new things.

 

Blex says with a Republican Legislature and a Democratic Governor there is going to be some difference in opinion.

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Kansans Encouraged To Take Drone Survey


 

The Sunflower State has a rich aviation history and continues to look toward the future. The Kansas Department of Transportation is one of 10 leaders to take part in a national unmanned aircraft scenarios survey to drive operations of the Kansas UAS  Integration Pilot Program.  Kansans of all ages and backgrounds are asked to take part in the 10-question online survey.  K-DOT hopes the poll will provide insight into the public’s familiarity and opinion of drone use.   The Kansas team is focused on efforts in Long Line Linear Infrastructure Inspection like highways, railroad, energy distribution lines, and  Precision Agriculture. IPP partners include state universities, Kansas UAS joint task force members and industry leaders. 

 

The survey is available until February 28th.  

 

 

 

Click on the link to take the survey . 

 


Three Arrested After Shot Fired in Indy


 

On Wednesday Independence Police heard gunfire north of 12th and Laurel. As officers searched for the source reports indicated the shots came from the 600 block of W. Hickory. Officers arrived at the residence but the occupants refused to come to the door. Officers sought a search warrant and once a search warrant was obtained officers located marijuana, methamphetamine, drug paraphernalia, one handgun, two shotguns, and two rifles inside the residence. All the firearms were loaded. Officers located two spent shotgun rounds. 23 year-old Katie Clarkson and 30 year-old Robert Sherley were arrested for interference with a police officer and conspiracy to unlawfully discharge a firearm in the city. 23 year-old Brian Eytcheson was arrested for conspiracy to unlawfully discharge a firearm in the city, battery on a law enforcement officer, possession of a stimulant drug, possession of a hallucinogenic drug, possession of drug paraphernalia, interference with a police officer, disorderly conduct, criminal use of weapons, and criminal possession of a firearm by a felon.

 

All three are being held in the Montgomery County Department of Corrections pending a court appearance.

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Bryan Knowles Live!


 

 

Are you looking for a fun evening enjoying local music? Bryan Knowles, a Kansas born musician and songwriter, says he loves playing down here in the SEK. He has several shows coming up in the area as Knowles also said he is happy to announce he will perform here in Coffeyville for the 150th celebration. He says more information will be released but expect to hear Bryan Knowles Live here in Coffeyville come June. Knowles says his next show comes up next weekend February 9th in Edna. Right off the highway at Beans N’ BBQ Knowles will be performing live to celebrate the owners birthday and invites everyone to join.

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KGGF Named Business of the Year


 

A packed house at last nights Coffeyville Chamber of Commerce Dinner with about 350 people in attendance. There were games, prizes and awards handed out. We here at KGGF were honored to be named Business of the Year and appreciate everyone who nominated and support us. Other winners include Industry of the Year ACME Foundry, Small Business of the Year The Yoke Bar and Grill, Citizen of the Year Richard Voss and Woman of the Year Delice Downing.

 

A year in review was provided by outgoing Chairman Dillon Oder and a look ahead provided by new Chairwoman Krystan Koehn.

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