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Local News Archives for 2019-05

Music and Activities for Coffeyville's 150th Birthday Celebration


 

 

Coffeyville is rockin' and rollin' as it gears up for tomorrow's big day – the City's 150th birthday celebration. It's a full day of fun downtown, with activities for the whole family, and if you don't have the music line up yet, here it is. Click the blue links for the musician's Facebook Page for more about them and hear their music!

 

 

Candi Westbrook from the Chamber of Commerce tells us what happens if it's raining. 

 

Listen to Candi at KGGF studios LIVE about the event - she mentions a few other things not listed on the schedule.

 

Get updates at Coffeyville's 150th Facebook page with the latest updates.

 

Activities:

 

  • The day begins early at 7:00 with a biscuits and gravy breakfast at the First Baptist Church, and the breakfast ends at 10:30.
  • The 8am Triathalon and 9am Bark For Life events have been postponed for another day.
  • From 10-4 is an Art Show in the Downtown Mall.
  • On stage at 11:00 is a Native American Dance performance.
  • 12-6pm visit many vendor information tables
  • 12-2pm Live Remote 98.1 KUSN
  • 1-4pm Kids games and Wagon Tours
  • At 11:00 and 3:00 there are Corn Hole Tournaments on 9th St. by the Yoke Bar & Grill.
  • At 11:00 and 2:00 is a Saloon Dinner Theater ($10 per person) at Miss Kate's Mercantile at 818 Walnut St.
  • At 4:00 is the free dinner, and birthday cake for 800 people starts at 5:00.
  • The beer garden opens at 6 and closes at 10 when the day's celebration ends, in downtown anyway.

 

Event Flyer:

POSTPONED:  Triathalon and Bark For Life are being scheduled for another day.

 

 

 

 

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Flood Update for Verdigris River 7:50 AM Fri.


 

Great news about the flood warning for the Verdigris River at Independence. The National Weather Service canceled the warning as of about 8:00 this morning. The warning for the Verdigris at Coffeyville continues until Saturday evening. The river in both Coffeyville and Independence are continuing to recede through Monday morning.

 

At about 1:00 this morning the river at Independence was at 31.2, just over one foot above their 30 foot flood stage, and is projected to be under it at a level of 25 feet tomorrow morning. The level in Coffeyville was 20.7 feet, about two feet above the 18 foot flood stage, but to be under flood stage tomorrow/Saturday morning.

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Repairs Being Made at Pittsburg State Following Storm


 

Repairs have begun on the Pittsburg State campus following a storm a couple of weeks ago.

 

Progress has been made on Grubbs Hall, which is home to the departments of Communication and English & Modern Languages. The building has been stabilized following leaks that infiltrated classrooms and offices after the roof peeled back during the May 20 storm. Equipment and office supplies have been moved out of the building, and the air conditioning system is functioning once again.

 

In addition, minor repairs have begun on the Heckert-Wells building and the Garfield Weede building. Crews have also started clean-up on the 16 trees that fell during the storm as well.

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June Safe Sitter Class at CRMC


 

Coffeyville Regional Medical Center is offering a Safe Sitter class in June. The summer session will be held Saturday, June 8th from 9:30am until 4:30pm, located in the 4th Floor Conference Center at CRMC. If you are interested in the June session, please register by Thursday, June 6th and pay at time of registration. Please bring a sack lunch as the class will go into the lunch hour. The cost of the program is $35, and registration is required.

 

Limited space available, if you would like to get your child registered please call 620-252-2201 or email Ashley Tatman.

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Bark For Life Postponed


 

The Relay for Life Bark for Life event that was scheduled for this Saturday morning as part of the Coffeyville 150th Birthday Celebration has been postponed. 

 

The event will be rescheduled for sometime in September.

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Republicans in Kansas Override Veto Against KPERS


 

Republican legislators in Kansas have successfully overridden Gov. Kelly's vetoes of several spending items in the next state budget that include an extra payment to the state's public pension system.

 

The GOP-controlled House voted 86 yes and 30 no to override all of Kelly's budget vetoes at once. Likewise, in the Republican-controlled Senate, the vote was 27 yes to 11 no.

 

The largest item Kelly vetoed was an extra $51 million-dollar payment to the Kansas Public Employees Retirement System or KPERS which funds county and city employee pensions.

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Flood Warning While River Levels Decrease


 

The National Weather Service issued a flood warning at 10:00 this morning for Montgomery and Wilson Counties affected by the Verdigris River. 
The warning is in effect until 10am tomorrow/Friday morning. Local law enforcement reported flooding in multiple locations throughout the county 
following heavy rainfall from last week when the area got at least three inches of  rain. 

The Verdigris River at Independence was at 36.8 feet at 8:00 this morning, that's almost seven feet above flood stage of 30 feet, but because the levels 
continue to recede, projections for the river at Independence shows it will be down almost another ten feet at about 27 feet Sunday.  

In Coffeyville, the Verdigris is below flood stage at 21.6 feet recorded at 6:00 this morning, and it's to be at about 11 feet Sunday, and that's 
seven feet below it's flood stage. 

      

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KDOT Geometric Improvement Project in Coffeyville


 

New traffic signs were installed yesterday in Coffeyville at 11th and Willow in preparation for the Kansas Department of Transportation Geometric Improvement project which consists of adding left turn lanes and widening turning radiuses at the intersection.

 

As the project is underway, the speed limit is reduced and traffic narrowed to two lanes until complete.

 

(Photo Courtesy of Cindy Price)

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OKC's Devon Energy Sells Assets in Canada


 

Oklahoma City-based oil and gas company, Devon Energy, says it is selling nearly all of its assets in Canada to Canadian Natural Resources for $2.8 billion. Included in the S&P 500, Devon put its Canadian assets up for sale in February in a plan to focus on growth from wells drilled in the U.S. shale fields.

 

The deal is expected to close June 27th. Devon's exit from Canada follows recent asset sale there by foreign companies including Arkansas-based Murphy Oil and Houston-based ConocoPhillips.

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May's Sales Tax Report for City of Independence


 

The May sales tax amount for Independence is the second highest dollar amount for May in the past ten years. The receipts for the month increased 2.2 percent, and sales tax receipts increased 3.7 percent for the first five months this year.

 

The budgeted sales tax for this year, taking into account the first five months, would project at over $2 million, and that's about $75,000 over last year's. The City is 5.1 percent over current budget.

 

For more details on monthly tax reports for Independence, go to the city website at independenceks.gov and enter “tax” in the search field.

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Children's Musical Theater Camp in Bartlesville


 

Children’s Musical Theater in Bartlesville will present a childhood favorite in June. Disney’s Frozen Junior Camp starts Monday, June 10th until Friday, June 28th from 9am to 4pm. At the end of June, children have the opportunity to rehearse and prepare for the Children's Musical Theater presentation of Frozen. Performances are scheduled for Friday, June 28th and Saturday, June 29th . Your child would play as a Frozen character on those dates at 2:00pm and 7:00pm.

 

Registration is now open for Frozen Jr. Camp for children ages 6 through 13, and you can sign up online at CMTonStage.com. For more information, call 918-336-0558.

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Arrests for Counterfeit Money and Drugs in Cherokee County


 

Cherokee County Sheriff Investigators executed a search warrant early Tuesday morning at a rural Riverton home on Southeast 60th St resulting from an investigation into counterfeiting money and illegal drug use. Two suspects include 34 year-old Gregory James Matlock and 35-year-old Cassandra Lyn Hazen.

 

The two were transported to the Cherokee County Jail on allegations of Counterfeiting Money, Criminal Use of A Weapon, Possession of Methamphetamine, Possession of Marijuana, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Matlock's bond has been set at $12,000.00, while Hazen, who also had a charge of violating probation, has a higher bond of $13,116.00.

 

Cherokee County Sheriff David Groves said they know of at least two Cherokee County retail stores where fraudulent money from this residence is suspected of being passed as legitimate bills. The sheriff's office is asking store owners and managers to regularly train new employees, to remind all employees how to detect counterfeit bills, and why it's so important.

 

 

 

 

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FEMA's New Flood Insurance Rate Maps


 

 

At Coffeyville's regular city commission meeting Tuesday, the main item on the agenda for discussion, which was scheduled before the May flood occurred, was the city's flood plain regulations. Engineering Superintendent Thomas Osborn told commissioners that FEMA created new flood insurance rate maps for all of Montgomery County using the same study they did back in 1976.

 

Osborn said the latest elevation data now uses a lidar (“LIGH-dar”) laser flown from a plane that scans the ground. The lidar system can also be used on drones. Commissioners approved the ordinance.

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Thanks to Volunteers During Flood


 

City officials from around the region thank the many volunteers who assisted during the recent flood disaster. Many generous and compassionate people showed up and offered helping hands to people struggling in the flood. And a special thanks to the Kansas National Guard and the Army Corps of Engineers.

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Sen. Moran Introduces Military Maternity Leave Legislation


 

Senator Jerry Moran yesterday introduced legislation to support military mothers by making certain that women serving in the National Guard and Reserve can take maternity leave without worrying about how it will affect their creditable military service. The Mothers of Military Service (MOMS) Leave Act would allow for women to receive pay and points toward retirement while out on maternity leave.

 

The Department of Defense had previously established policies in 2016 allowing for 12 weeks of fully-paid maternity leave following pregnancy and childbirth, but women serving in the National Guard and Reserve can lose out on credit for military service while out on leave under the current laws.

 

Moran's legislation would allow women on maternity leave to receive 12 pay periods toward retirement after pregnancy and childbirth. It is estimated this bill will assist 150,000 women currently serving in the National Guard and Reserve.

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Veto Override of Kansas Budget Items Including KPERS


 

Republican legislators in Kansas have successfully overridden Gov. Kelly's vetoes of several spending items in the next state budget that include her veto of an extra payment to the state's public pension system.

 

The GOP-controlled House voted 86 yes and 30 no to override all of Kelly's budget vetoes at once. Likewise, in the Republican-controlled Senate, the vote was 27 yes to 11 no.

 

The largest item Kelly vetoed was an extra $51 million-dollar payment to the Kansas Public Employees Retirement System or KPERS which funds county and city employee pensions.

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Minor Flood Warning for Wilson and Montgomery Counties


 

The National Weather Service issued a minor flood warning at 3:00 this morning for the Verdigris River at Independence affecting Montgomery
and Wilson Counties, and also at Coffeyville affecting Montgomery County. For Independence, it continues until tomorrow/Friday afternoon, for 
the river at 2:30am this morning was at 37.5 feet in Independence which has a flood stage of 30 feet. 

However, the good news is the river will continue  to fall to below flood stage by early Friday morning. They forecast the river at Independence 
to be at 29 feet Friday morning, 25.9 feet Saturday morning, and 24.3 feet Sunday morning. The Verdigris at both Coffeyville and Independence 
continue to recede.

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City of Independence Asking for Mosquito Help


 

Due to recent flooding, the city of Independence is asking its residents to assist with removing standing water in an effort to control the mosquito population. Mosquitoes typically lay eggs in areas surrounding water. Areas of concern include:

 

  • Puddles and wet spots in the lawn
  • Wall voids filled with water
  • Areas that accumlate mud
  • Outbuildings and their contents
  • Inside debris left on or near property
  • Garbage bins and items left inside them
  • Flooded vehicles
  • Containers used to clean
  • Storage bins and lids

 

The city is requesting residents to turn over, empty out, or throw away items that can contain standing water at least once a week.

 

 

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Last Update for Flood 2019


 

According to the latest update from City of Coffeyville officials the Verdigris river level is 22.7 feet and continues to recede. Personnel are continuing to monitor the levee. The Red Cross shelter at First Southern Baptist Church is closing today. Atmos has begun turning the gas back on for the businesses and residences in the evacuated area. Buckeye from 1st to Stark, Woodland from Cline to Buckeye and the intersection at 12th & Cedar are all still closed.

 

The Emergency Operations Center, which was established at City Hall for this event, was closed this morning. 

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Pioneer Days Rescheduled to Mid-June


 

Pioneer Days in Caney has been rescheduled because of water issues. The new dates fall on the weekend of June 14th, 15th, and the auction is Sunday the 16th. Tammie Vannoster with the Caney Valley Antique Power Association said there will be a many activities and presentations on how to do things the old way.

 

Entertainment for the kids, including a kiddie tractor pull and more. Their free Bean Feed is Friday night with free beans, conrbread, and ice cream.

 

Vannoster said this is the first time in 27 years they've had to reschedule the show because of the flooding.

 

Pioneer Days is three and a half miles north of Caney on Hwy 75.

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Shelter from Tornado Destruction in Lawrence KS


 

The American Red Cross is opening a shelter in Lawrence, Kansas, following a tornado that touched down in the area last night, Tuesday. The shelter opened at 9:30pm Tuesday. It's located at the Douglas County Fairgrounds Building 21 at 2120 Harper Street in Lawrence.

 

Individuals and families displaced from their home are urged to go there. Red Cross volunteers will be on hand to provide a safe place to stay and sleep, hot meals and referrals to community services.

 

Those in the area of the tornado can let their loved ones know of their well-being by registering on the Safe and Well website safeandwell.org or call 1-800-REDCROSS to register themselves and their families.

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Unsuccessful Veto Override of Tax Relief Plan


 

With many legislators on vacation or unable to make it to Topeka today due to weather conditions, House Republicans were six votes short of getting the necessary two-thirds majority votes to override Gov. Kelly's veto of HB 2033 which would provide tax relief to Kansas citizens. After The official vote for the override was 78 yes to 39 no.

 

Representative Doug Blex for Montgomery County said this means taxes will increase. But Gov. Kelly said Kansas will have $606 million in the bank at the end of the next fiscal year and said she vetoed non-essential spending to prepare the state for unexpected emergencies.

 

Republicans say they have a better chance of overriding her veto of paying $51 million to the Kansas Public Employees Retirement System or KPERS which funds county and city employee pensions. While the Senate tried to assemble to discuss the override of the KPERS veto, they had to clear the galleries of disruptive spectators about noon today.

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Kansas GOP Leaders Focus on Override of Gov. Kelly Vetoes


 

The GOP-controlled Kansas legislature is preparing today to override Gov. Kelly's veto of tax relief, but legislators are concerned if they will have enough votes to override her veto that would result in state taxes increasing.

 

Representative Doug Blex for Montgomery County said the vote was originally 83 in favor of overriding Kelly's veto, and 41 were originally against it. He said the House meets today to reconsider the override. They say a failure to override means citizens will pay more taxes.

 

Overriding a veto takes a two-thirds majority in both the House and Senate. In the House, that’s 84 votes, which is also the number of Republican lawmakers. In the Senate, it’s 27 votes out of 28 Republican senators.

 

Senator Richard Hilderbrand for Cherokee County doubts it will happen on the Senate side. It looks like too many of our legislators are out due to weather, road issues, or vacation.

 

Gov. Kelly said her veto means the state will have $606 million in the bank at the end of the next fiscal year, and said her veto was in part to prevent some non-essential spending to prepare for unexpected emergencies.

 

Republicans say there's a better chance to override her veto of making a $51 million payment to the Kansas Public Employees Retirement System or KPERS fund for county and city employee pensions.

 

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President Trump Signs Emergency Declaration for Kansas


 

President Donald Trump made a declaration late last night allowing FEMA to provide emergency aid to assist in state and local efforts to areas affected by flooding beginning earlier this month.

 

Eighteen Kansas counties fell under the declaration, including Anderson, Butler, Chautauqua, Cherokee, Coffey, Cowley, Crawford, Elk, Franklin, Greenwood, Harvey, Montgomery, Neosho, Osage, Reno, Sumner, Wilson, and Woodson counties.

 

FEMA is authorized to provide assistance to save lives or protect property and public health and safety in the affected areas, and may lessen or avert any continued threats that may arise.

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Disposing of Flood Soaked Grains or Forage


 

 

Know the difference! Wendy Powell with the K-State Extension office stresses you know the difference between water soaked grains or forages that can be salvaged, versus flood soaked that will need to be disposed of. K-State Extension agent Wendy Powell says if your material is soaked in flood waters from a river, it is most likely contaminated and explains how to properly dispose of. Compositing is one method of disposing the soaked forage, you could perform land application or burning the material is always an option just be a respectful and careful burner.

 

Powell did say if it was only ponded water affecting your material you may be in the clear. She stresses time is of the essence and you must attempt to dry as quick as possible to avoid molds and other bacteria.

 

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OK State AG Sues Big Pharma for Opioid Epidemic


 

A historic trial started in Oklahoma today, and will be the first major test in the nation to find out if a state can make a pharmaceutical company pay for the opioid epidemic. Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter haswon major settlements from two drug companies already including $270 million from Purdue Pharma, the maker of OxyContin, and another $85 million from Teva Pharmaceuticals, one of the biggest makers of generic drugs. The two companies settled, but would not admit any wrongdoing.

 

Hunter is now going after Johnson & Johnson, claiming they act like a drug "kingpin" and has created a public nuisance costing Oklahoma billions of dollars and destroyed thousands of lives. The trial is set to begin today in Norman, OK, and the case will be decided by a Cleveland County judge, not a jury.

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Verdigris Receding in Coffeyville


 

The Verdigris River near the City of Coffeyville is slowly starting to recede.

KGGF's own John Leonard gives us an update.

 

It got dangerously close as the river crested at 25.8-feet.

The National Guard and volunteers reinforced the levee with sand bags

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Status of Kansas Red Cross Shelters


 

The American Red Cross has shelters open in Kansas to assist those displaced fdue to flooding. Those shelters include Coffeyville's First Southern Baptist Church which is open one more night, Independence's Memorial Hall which is about to close after serving lunch today, Burlington's First Baptist Church is open, and Neodesha's City Civic Center is open.

 

Others are on standby to open if needed, including First Coventant Church in Salina, Erie High School, Chapman Elementary, Emmanuel Church in Abilene, and Oskaloosa Public Schools.

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Gov. Kelly Requests Federal Disaster Relief From President Trump


 

Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly is seeking a federal disaster declaration, citing severe weather and flooding that continue to ravage the state. Kelly announced the request to President Donald Trump yesterday on Memorial Day, and Gov. Mike Parson of Missouri made the same request for his state.

 

Kelly is seeking federal money to help pay for shelter management, water rescues, human services support and other needs. Forty-nine of the 105 counties in Kansas are part of a state of disaster declaration. More rain in recent days is keeping river and lake levels extraordinarily high.

 

(AP Photo Courtesy of John Hanna)

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Water Treatment Plant Status in Coffeyville


 

Coffeyville's water treatment plant is functioning normally and will not be shut down unless the river level reaches 27 or more feet. City Clerk Cindy Price tells us more. Click to listen!

 

She also said there has been a lot of sightseers out and she said they should not be driving around barricades. Cindy asks that citizens respect the barricades that are there for our safety.

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Hazardous Weather for SEK Counties


 

The hazardous weather outlook for Southeast Kansas remains the same as of 5:00 this morning from the National Weather Service. 
Severe storms, damaging wind gusts, very large hail the size of a tennis ball, and tornadoes are all possible this afternoon and evening
 for the following counties including Russell-Lincoln-Barton-Ellsworth-Saline-Rice-McPherson-Marion-Chase-Reno-Harvey-Butler-
Greenwood-Woodson-Allen-Kingman-Sedgwick-Harper-Sumner-Cowley-Elk-Wilson-Neosho-Chautauqua-Montgomery-and Labette. 

Widespread river flooding, some of which is significant continues across much of the region. 
Be prepared for highway closures, especially across southeast Kansas.

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Elk City Lake Photos - 12 PM


 

The following are a couple of photos by KGGF's John Leonard, taken at Elk City Lake outside Independence around 12:10 this afternoon.

 

 

 

 

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Coffeyville Levee Photos - 11 AM


 

The following are three photos taken at the Verdigris River levee in Coffeyville on Highway 166, taken around 11 a.m. this morning.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Walmart in Coffeyville Open For Business


 

 

Walmart in Coffeyville is re-opening the store at 10:30 a.m.with limited operations as their associates care for the needs of their families and are able to make it to the store. They mentioned they understand the needs of our community. Impacts will include online grocery pickup, deli, bakery, and pharmacy.

 

 

The store will close tonight at 10 p.m. as a precautionary measure to ensure the safety of our associates and customers. Walmart plans to open at 7:00 a.m Wednesday morning with plans to be operating 24 hours once again. Any stipulations will be due to the severe weather predictions for this evening as well as water levels rising.

 

 

*Photo Credit: Ashley George Productions*

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Singer, Haylie Bagwell, at GOP's Free Indy Picnic


 

 

A local singer from Coffeyville is a special guest at this Friday's picnic hosted by the Montgomery County Republican Party. The County GOP Chairman, Virgil Peck, says they know she travels and is highly sought after, so they are so pleased to have Haylie Bagwell sing at the free picnic. He tells us more about the entertainment.

 

And Chairman Peck describes this opportunity to talk to our legislators. Click here to listen.

 

The picnic is catered by Big G's of Caney, and is NOT a fundraising event. It's absolutely free thanks to state and federal leaders sponsoring it, including US Congressman Steve Watkins, Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt, State Treasurer Jake LaTurner and Insurance Commissioner Vicki Schmidt.

 

It starts at 6:30pm and endsa bout 8:00 Friday night. It's held at the Stich Shelter House by the fountain in Independence

 

For more information, contact Virgil Peck at 620-879-2334.

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Independence Road Closures 8:00am Tues.


 

KGGF's John Leonard gives us a report from Independence this morning where he said there was some minor flooding. 

 

He reminds us that we cannot go straight through on 10th St. because the area by the railroad tracks at Ball Field is under water. Click here to hear about detours and other closures.

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Free Picnic Sponsored by State and Federal Leaders


 

This Friday the 31st the public is welcome to a free social picnic hosted by the Montgomery County Republican Party and catered by Big G's of Caney. County GOP Chairman, Virgil Peck, says it will last about 90 minutes giving people enough time to personally visit with their elected officials and candidates running for office. Peck tells us more about the entertainment (click to hear).

 

Peck said this is a great opportunity to let legislators and candidates running for office know what issues are important to you. He added that Montgomery County is a big player when it comes to Republican politics. The free event is sponsored by US Congressman Steve Watkins, Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt, State Treasurer Jake LaTurner and Insurance Commissioner Vicki Schmidt.

 

For more information, contact Virgil Peck at 620-879-2334.

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Red Cross Shelters Open in Kansas


 

The American Red Cross has three shelters open in Kansas to assist those who have been displaced from their homes due to flooding. The shelters are located at:

  • First Baptist Church, 1101 N. 4th Street, Burlington, Kansas

  • Independence Memorial Hall, 410 Pennsylvania Ave., Independence, Kansas (pets ARE allowed)

  • Neodesha City Civic Center, 1407 N. 8th Street, Neodesha, Kansas

 

Six additional shelter locations are on standby and prepared to open if needed at:

 

  • First Southern Baptist, 2701 W 8th Street, Coffeyville, Kansas (pets ARE allowed)

  • First Covenant Church, 2625 E. Magnolia Road, Salina, Kansas (unknown if pets allowed)

  • Erie High School 1400 N. Main Street, Erie, Kansas (unknown if pets allowed)

  • Chapman Elementary School, 500 Irish Dr., Chapman, Kansas (unknown if pets allowed)

  • Emmanuel Church, 1300 N. Vine, Abilene, Kansas (unknown if pets allowed)

  • Oskaloosa Public Schools-USD 341, 404 Park Street, Oskaloosa, Kansas (unknown if pets allowed)

 

The Red Cross is working closely with local emergency management officials to coordinate relief services. Anyone who has been displaced from their home can contact their local county Emergency Management for updated shelter information in their area.

 

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Coffeyville Flood Update - 9:00 AM


 

The water level of the Verdigris River in Coffeyville is continuing to recede, now down to 24.9 feet and moving downwards as of 9:00 a.m. this morning. But with the potential for heavy rain later in the day, the City of Coffeyville is continuing to monitor the weather.

 

In addition, due to the potential weather, the City of Coffeyville's shelter will remain open for one more night. However, people may return to their homes at this time. The curfew has also been lifted.

 

Highway 166 and 169 in, out and through Coffeyville is open, but Buckeye from 1st to Stark is closed as well as Woodland from Cline to Buckeye.

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The Verdigris in Coffeyville Continues Steady Decline


 

The most recent update from the City of Coffeyville as of 5:00 this morning the Verdigris River has dropped to 25.3 feet, which is down from 25.8 feet at 8:30 last night. 

 

Highways and roads are starting to be reopened as well all throughout the area.  You can dial 511 to check roads openings.

 

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River Levels Dropping Slightly


 

As of 1:30 this morning the Verdigris River in Coffeyville has dropped to 25.6 feet, which is down .2 feet since 8:30 Monday night.  The levee height is 26 feet, but it does appear sandbags were added to the top of the levee by the national guard and volunteers.  Also according to the City of Coffeyville Facebook page KDOT has reopened the highway.  There is still a CPD enfored curfew in the evacuted areas until dawn.

 

Stay tuned on air and online for more updates.

 

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National Guard Work on Levee


 

As of midnight the reported water level for the Verdigris River in Coffeyville was 25.7.  The expected level is 26.5.  The National Guard and volunteers were adding sandbags to the levee to help reinforce it.  26 feet is what will eclipse the levee.  Highway 166/169 from the east entrance to Coffeyville to 11th & Patterson is closed. There is a curfew in place in the evacuated area until dawn.  CPD is strictly enforcing the curfew. Do not drive around or through barricades.

 

Stay tuned online or over the air for continued updates.

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Police Urge Spectators to Stay Away from Levee in Coffeyville


The water level of the Verdigris River in Coffeyville is continuing to rise.  Here is a photo of the water at the levee at 7:30pm this evening.  Police are urging spectators to stay away from the levee as it can be dangerous.  If you try to stop you vehicle near the levee you will be turned away by Police.

 

Current projections point to water flowing over the levee around midnight tonight.

 

 

 

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Independence Flood Update


 

 

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has notified Montgomery County Emergency Management that water is being released from Fall River Reservoir and Toronto Reservoir with the potential for flooding, which will likely affect the cities of Coffeyville and Independence, all low lying areas and surrounding farmlands by May 27.

Conditions are being closely monitored by Montgomery County Emergency Management, Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office and Montgomery County Officials. Montgomery County Deputies and Montgomery County Rural Firefighters are going door to door to check on rural residents in affected flood areas. Please call 620-330-1000 if immediate assistance is needed.  

Additional Flooding Safety Information:

  •     
    Avoid     flood water. Do not drive, swim, walk or play near flood water. Turn     around, don’t drown.     
        

  • If     told to evacuate, do so immediately. Never drive around barricades.     Local responders use them to safely direct traffic out of flooded     areas.
        

  • Depending     on where you are and the impact and the warning time of flooding, go     to the safe location that you have previously identified.
        

  • Listen     to EAS, NOAA Weather Radio, or local alerting systems for current     emergency information and instructions.
        

  • Gather     supplies in case you have to leave immediately or if services are     cut off. Keep in mind each person’s specific needs, including     medication.     
        

  • Don’t     forget the needs of pets.     
        

  • Obtain     extra batteries and charging devices for phones and other critical     equipment.
        

  • Keep     important documents in a waterproof container. Create     password-protected digital copies.
        

  • Protect     your property. Move valuables to higher levels. Declutter drains and     gutters. Install check valves. Consider a sump pump with a battery.
        

  • For     more information about preparing for flood response, visit:     https://www.ready.gov/floods
        

  • If     you were affected by the 2007 flood, please evacuate immediately.
        

  • If     you have family and friends that do not have social media, please     check on them frequently.
     

Residents in these areas are urged to take necessary precautions and be prepared to evacuate, if necessary. Gather supplies for each person’s specific needs and don’t forget your family pets. Shelters are provided in Coffeyville and Independence:

 

Coffeyville – First Southern Baptist Church – Pets allowed

        Boys and Girls Club – Pets allowed

Independence – Memorial Hall – Pets Allowed

 

Shelters are allowing animals. Do not leave animals confined in potentially areas that will be or already are flooding.

To access information on road closures go to kandrive.org. The Kansas Department of Transportation is monitoring road closures.

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Coffeyville Flood Update: 5:30 PM


 

 

The current river level reported at 5:30 PM  is at 25.7 feet and is continuing to rise. The National Weather Service has revised the prediction again, and the latest prediction is the river will reach 26.5 feet at midnight or sooner.  The height of the levee is 26 feet.

 

If you have not evacuated, please do so now.  A dusk to dawn curfew has been authorized by the City Commission.  The Coffeyville Police Department will be strictly enforcing the curfew.  Do not drive around or through barricades.

 

Road Closures in Coffeyville: 

The outside southbound lane on Highway 166/169 has been closed.  

Other road closures:
•    Buckeye between 1st & Stark
•    Woodland between Buckeye & Cline
•    East 8th Street east of the levee
•    Stark at River Road
•    Eldridge Street east of Buckeye 

 

Monitor the City of Coffeyville’s website – www.coffeyville.com – and Facebook page for updates and turn around, don’t drown.

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Neosho River Affecting Cherokee and Labettte Counties


 

Flood Statement

National Weather Service Wichita KS

840 AM CDT Mon May 27 2019

 

...The flood warning continues for the following river in Kansas...

 

  Neosho River at Iola affecting Allen County.

 

  Neosho River near Chanute affecting Allen and Neosho Counties.

 

  Neosho River near Erie affecting Neosho County.

 

  Neosho River near Parsons affecting Labette and Neosho Counties.

 

  Neosho River at Oswego affecting Cherokee and Labette Counties.

 

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

 

Do not drive into flooded areas or go around barricades. Nearly two

feet of water will carry most vehicles away. Turn around don`t drown.

 

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The Flood Warning continues for

  The Neosho River near Parsons.

* Until further notice.

* At 8:01 AM Monday the stage was 28.7 feet.

* Flood stage is 21.0 feet.

* Moderate flooding is occurring and Moderate flooding is forecast.

* Forecast...The river will continue rising to near 28.9 feet by earlyTuesday morning then begin falling.

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Montgomery County Flood Announcement 9:45am Monday


 

MONTGOMERY COUNTY PRESS RELEASE

 

May 27, 2019 – 9:45 am

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has notified Montgomery County Emergency Management that water is being released from Fall River Reservoir and Toronto Reservoir with the potential for flooding, which will likely affect the cities of Coffeyville and Independence, all low lying areas and surrounding farmlands by May 27.

 

Residents in these areas are urged to take necessary precautions and be prepared to evacuate, if necessary. Gather supplies for each person’s specific needs and don’t forget your family pets. Shelters are provided in Coffeyville and Independence:

 

Coffeyville – First Southern Baptist Church

Independence – Memorial Hall

Shelters are allowing animals. Do not leave animals confined in potentially areas that will be or already are flooding.

To access information on road closures go to kandrive.org. The Kansas Department of Transportation is monitoring road closures.

 

Additional Flooding Safety Information:

  • Avoid flood water. Do not drive, swim, walk or play near flood water. Turn around, don’t drown.

  • If told to evacuate, do so immediately. Never drive around barricades. Local responders use them to safely direct traffic out of flooded areas.

  • Depending on where you are and the impact and the warning time of flooding, go to the safe location that you have previously identified.

  • Listen to EAS, NOAA Weather Radio, or local alerting systems for current emergency information and instructions.

  • Gather supplies in case you have to leave immediately or if services are cut off. Keep in mind each person’s specific needs, including medication.

  • Don’t forget the needs of pets.

  • Obtain extra batteries and charging devices for phones and other critical equipment.

  • Keep important documents in a waterproof container. Create password-protected digital copies.

  • Protect your property. Move valuables to higher levels. Declutter drains and gutters. Install check valves. Consider a sump pump with a battery.

  • For more information about preparing for flood response, visit: https://www.ready.gov/floods

 

Conditions are being monitored by Montgomery County Emergency Management, Montgomery County Sheriff’s Department and Montgomery County Officials: 

 

Charlotte Scott Schmidt

Montgomery County Clerk/Public Information Officer cassschmidt@mgcountyks.org

620-331-9210

Emergency Management Office

620-330-1260

Montgomery County Sheriff

620-330-1000

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Coffeyville Flood Update 2pm Mon. - Road Closures and Evacuations


 

 

 

 

Along with an evacuation in place since 5:45am this morning Monday, road closures as of 2pm include the following:

 

  • Highway 166/169 east of Coffeyville
  • Buckeye between 1st & Stark
  • Woodland between Buckeye & Cline
  • East 8th Street east of the levee
  • Stark at River Road
  • Eldridge Street east of Buckeye
  • Buckeye from 1st to Woodland and Woodland is closed from Buckeye to Stark.
  • Currently, Hwy 166 is open through Coffeyville.

 

Click here to see the 5:45am alert about the evacuation. 

 

Monitor the City of Coffeyville’s website – www.coffeyville.com – and Facebook page for these updates - and turn around, don’t drown!

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Independence Flood Evacuation Since Sunday Night


 

Evacuations are happening now in Independence since last night Sunday and in Coffeyville since early this morning Monday. The National Weather Service has released a new river forecast for the Verdigris River in Independence - forecasted to crest at 45.0 feet on Monday morning. The Montgomery County Chronicle reports the river continues to show its power, for the flow has exceeded the anticipated crest level.

 

As of 6am today, the river gauge in Independence was at 45.23 feet, surpassing the forecasted crest. The river has experienced a dramatic rise on Sunday due to unprecedented release of water from Toronto and Fall River reservoirs.

 

The City of Independence said at least 50 local homes could be inundated with water. Evacuations are ongoing. At 47 feet, the river level will cause inundation of the City’s water treatment plant, and water levels will cross Penn Avenue underneath the railroad overpass and possibly flow across Hwy 160 east of Independence and on Hwy 75 north of the Elk River bridge. During the 2007 flood, the maximum height of the river was at 52.4 feet.

 

Street closures include Penn Ave. at the railroad overpass, at Park Blvd. water has reached Westminster Place to the south, and South 10th St. is closed. Detour signs are in place on Poplar St.

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Coffeyville Update 5:45am Monday Includes Evacuation of Flood Prone Areas


 

Alert from the City of Coffeyville:

 

FLOOD UPDATE –  5:45 a.m.


Evacuation Instituted

 

The current river level is 23.1 feet, and has been rising steadily overnight. According to the latest information from the National Weather Service, the river in Coffeyville is expected to be at 25 feet Tuesday morning.  The Coffeyville Police and Fire Departments have begun notifying businesses and citizens in the flood prone areas (similar to levels experienced in 2007).  

 

The City is instituting an evacuation for those in the flood areas.  All citizens and businesses evacuating the flood areas are to report to the Red Cross office at 128 W. 8th.  A shelter is being established at the First Southern Baptist Church and animals will be allowed.

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Independence Flood Update 11:35pm Sunday


 

FLOOD UPDATE FOR INDEPENDENCE (11:35 p.m., Sunday) 

 

RIVER NOW EXCEEDS PREVIOUS FORECAST CREST LEVEL

 

The Montgomery County Chronicle reports...

 

We just checked the Verdigris River forecast for Independence. It appears the National Weather Services issues a forecast every six hours. Readings at the river gauge are taken every five minutes. Knowing those details, it's important to realize that the forecasts take into consideration information at a given moment in time. Factors can change between the time that every six-hour forecasts are made.

 

The river forecast that was made mid-evening Sunday anticipated a crest of the Verdigris River at 44.1 feet by 8 a.m., Monday. However, the flow of water in the river now exceeds what the forecast anticipated. At 11 p.m., the river gauge measured 44.41 feet, meaning the river has now exceeded the anticipated crest level.

 

The National Weather Service forecast will release a new river forecast early Monday with an updated crest height. The volume of water along the Verdigris River in Independence is tremendous. The river has risen almost nine feet in a 24-hour span, primarily due to unprecedented releases of water from Fall River and Toronto reservoirs on Friday and Saturday.

 

As a result, flooding is now occurring in some residential areas of Independence.

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Independence Emergency Update 9:15pm Sunday 5-26


 

From City of Independence:

 

May 26, 2019 – 9:15 PM EMERGENCY UPDATE

 

The National Weather Service has issued a Flood Warning for Independence, Kansas.  The Verdigris River is predicted to rise to near 44 feet by 7 AM Monday, May 27, 2019.  The Verdigris River was at 43.23’ at 8 PM today and had risen over 8’ since 1 AM this morning.

 

A river height of 44’ at the Verdigris River Bridge gauge will cause flooding of the following locations in Independence:

  • North Park Blvd between Cottonwood and Parkhurst (including the baseball field complex)

  • South Pennsylvania Ave between Cedar and the South City limits

  • South 8th, 9th and 10th Street between Birch and the South City Limits

  • Cement Street between Coffeyville Avenue and the South City Limits

  • South 1st, 2nd, Park Blvd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 11th, 12th, 13th and 14th near the South City Limits

  • North Penn Avenue between Sycamore and Parkhurst

  • East Sycamore Street between 5th Street and Park Blvd
     

If actual rainfall amounts are greater or more concentrated than predicted upstream, river levels could rise quickly above the predicted amounts.  We continue to encourage residents and business owners to complete preparations to protect their interests in case the river rises above predictions. 

Memorial Hall is open tonight as an temporary shelter.

 

Citizens should be weather aware and follow warnings from local officials:

  • Do not drive, swim, walk or play near flood water. Turn around, don’t drown.  Never drive around barricades. Local responders use them to safely direct traffic out of flooded areas.

  • If told to evacuate, do so immediately. Gather supplies in case you have to leave immediately or if services are cut off. Keep in mind each person’s specific needs, including medication. Don’t forget the needs of pets.

  • Depending on where you are and the impact and the warning time of flooding, go to the safe location that you have previously identified.
     

For a list of emergency supplies to gather and other information visit this page:  http://www.independenceks.gov/342/Emergency-Management
 

To track the river levels forecasted visit this link:  https://water.weather.gov/ahps2/hydrograph.php?wfo=ict&gage=idpk1&hydro_type=2
 

The City of Independence will continue to monitor the situation closely and will update as conditions change. Citizens can monitor the City webpage and Facebook page for updates and in the event flooding occurs the City will use our Civic Ready Alert system. You can sign up for Civic Ready Alerts at this link:  https://independence-ks-area.regroup.com/signup

 

David Cowan, Emergency Preparedness Director

DavidC@IndependenceKs.gov

620-332-2528

 

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Coffeyville Flood Update 8:30pm Sunday


 

City of Coffeyville Notice as of 8:30pm Sunday 5-26:

 

The current river level is 20.7 feet.  According to the latest information from the National Weather Service the river in Coffeyville is expected to crest at 25.1 feet Monday evening.  The river level in Independence had a significant rise this afternoon, and the City of Coffeyville is closely monitoring this.   

 

Citizens and businesses in flood prone areas (similar to levels experienced in 2007) should have an evacuation plan ready in the event an evacuation becomes necessary in Coffeyville.  If evacuation is required, emergency personnel will make contact with citizens and businesses and shelters will be established.

 

The Water Treatment Plant is running as normal and has ramped up production.  There are no plans to shut the plant down, however, it would be necessary if the river level reaches 27 feet.

 

There are currently no street or road closures in the city limits.  East 8th Street past the levee is closed as is Sunflower north of the refinery.  Due to flooding in surrounding areas, highways may be impacted.  If you are traveling, call 511 for latest conditions.

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Questions About Coffeyville Refinery Operations During Flood


 

Due to the projected flood in Coffeyville, people are wondering if the oil refinery, CVR Energy or Coffeyville Resources, might potentially shut down operations. Montgomery County Emergency Director, Rick Whitson spoke with CVR Energy's Public Information Officer, based out of Houston, Texas, and Rick said it sounds like they will continue operations, that there will not be a shut down of the local refinery.

 

And according to an experienced source, the refinery has been preparing for years, building their own levee-type construction on the east side of their facilities to prevent a similar '07 flood catastrophe. We are waiting for a response on whether the flooding of the other areas besides their east side will impact their shipping and receiving.

 

We are asking if the train and trucks transporting to and from the refinery will be delayed due to the flooded area, and how it will affect their normal operations, if at all. 

 

(Photo taken before the flood and oil spill of 2007 - Courtesy of Coffeyville Resources)

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Osage County's Outlet Park at Melvern Lake Dam Closed


 

Osage County's Outlet Park at Melvern Lake Dam is closed as of 10pm Saturday due being within 3 feet of the uncontrolled spillway. Lake elevations have been rising due to projected rainfall and existing wet conditions. As of Saturday, the lake's flood pool was at 78 percent occupied, leaving minimal space to store additional flood waters.

 

Projections indicated Melvern Lake would rise to 1,055 feet on Sunday the 26th. An additional two more feet, at 1,057 feet elevation, water would flow uncontrollably through the spillway and directly and immediately impact Outlet Park. Releases of water will be operated through the outlet works as allowed. If flood storage is maxed out, exceeding its capabilities, uncontrolled flows may begin out of the emergency spillway. Releases from the outlet works has the potential to affect the campground and facilities.

 

If you're on or near the water, wear a life jacket and be vigilant of the safety risks associated with high water such as floating debris or obstructions covered by high water which can create dangerous boating conditions. For more information, contact the Public Affairs Office at 816-389-3486.

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Nowata Power Plant Operations Flood Update


 

The Nowata Water Plant was in operation as of Sunday morning. Nowata County Emergency Manager Laurie Summers said the system is full and safe for use, but Nowata officials ask that you preserve as much water as you can.

 

Flooding had previously caused the water plant to close because water was reported to have reached the electrical panels. Summers said if water touched the electrical panels, the water plant would be closed indefinitely.

 

Emergency Management has requested water resources from the State. The city is preserving water for an emergency and are not giving out water bottles while the water is on. If the plant closes again, an order to boil water will be issued.

 

Because more rain is on the way, city officials are not sure how long the plant will operate at normal capacity.

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Coffeyville Verdigris Update 9:30am Sunday


 

The current river level is 20.4 feet. The city is continually monitoring the river level, and current projections indicate the river will crest at 25.5 feet Monday evening.  The height of the levee is 26 feet. Sand and bags are available at the Youth Activities Center for those in the flood prone area. The Corps of Engineers and city crews are monitoring the levee and performing sandbagging operations as needed.
 

The Water Treatment Plant has ramped up and is producing additional water.  Citizens are encouraged to fill jugs in advance to have water available.
 

Unless conditions warrant, the next update will be released at approximately 4pm Sunday.

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Coffeyville Residents Should Conserve


 

Coffeyville residents are being encouraged to conserve water. City Clerk Cindy Price says they want people prepared for the worst-case scenario. As of 8:20 Saturday night, the Verdigris River level is 20.6 feet.  Current projections indicate the river will crest at 25.5 feet Monday evening.  The height of the levee is 26 feet. Meanwhile, the Water Treatment Plant is ramping up to produce additional water, and citizens are encouraged to fill jugs in advance to have water available.

 

Unless conditions warrant, the next update from city hall will be released at approximately 9 a.m. Sunday.


Area Flooding Update: 9pm Saturday, May 25


Currently we are tracking on radar heavy thunderstorms out to the west.  These storms are approaching the Wichita area and north and southwest to just west of Lawton, Oklahoma.  Currently they are on a track to pass west and north of our immediate area, but we’ll continue to follow these storms and keep you updated.

 

The National Weather Service is projecting river levels throughout southeast Kansas to crest tomorrow and Monday.  In Coffeyville the Verdigris is projected to crest at 25.5 feet, Monday evening.  The height of the levee is 26 feet.  The city preparing for a worst case scenerio is ramping up the water treatment plant to produce additional water.  Residents are encouraged to fill jugs in advance to have water available should the situation warrant.   

 

In northern parts of Nowata County there were several water rescues today of people from homes in South Coffeyville and Lenapah.  And a car rescue on Highway 10 east of the Verdigris River Bridge.  The Red Cross has set up a shelter at the Nowata County Fair Building in Nowata.  Residents of Nowata are encouraged to conserve fresh water as the pumps at the water plant are not operating as the electrical panels are under water.

 

Highway 169 in Nowata County between Watova and Talala is closed due to flooding, as is Highway 10 between Lenapah and Welch.  Highway 123 in Washington County between Bartlesville and Dewey is closed as well as several streets in Bartlesville, primarily in the northwest part of the city.

 

Again, we are tracking a large line of heavy thunderstorms out to the west and we will keep you updated.

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Flooding Update - 6pm Saturday , May 26


A number of water rescues have taken place in South Coffeyville and Lenapah due to citizens being trapped in their homes by flood waters.  Nowata County Emergency management director Laurie Summers says the South Coffeyville water rescue team has been actively rescuing citizens.  In addition to the home rescues The Lenapah and Delaware Fire Departments also engaged in a vehicle rescue on Highway 10 east of the Verdigris River Bridge.

 

The City of Nowata’s water treatment plant has also been shut down and residents are being urged to conserve fresh water.  The plant’s electrical panels are under water and can not operate.  And Highway 169 between Watova and Talala remains closed due to flooding and Highway 10 between Lenapah and Welch is closed. The American Red Cross has set up an emergency shelter at the Nowata County Fair Building.  Sandbags are also being passed out at that location.

 

Meanwhile, both the cities of Coffeyville and Independence have made disaster declarations.  Thos declarations will allow the cities to request assistance from the state. 

 

The Verdigris River at Coffeyville is currently at 20.8 feet and is expected to crest at 25.5 feet by 5pm tomorrow.  The top of the levee is just 1 foot above that level at 26.5 feet.  Inn Independence the Verdigris is now at at 34.8 feet with a crest of 43.3 feet projected by 5pm Sunday.  The City of Independence has already closed the Pine Street access to the city dam.

 

Elsewhere the Neosho River in Oswego is already at a major flood stage of 25/75 feet and is expected to rise to 26.2 feet by 5pm tomorrow..  The Fall River at Fredonia is also at a major flood stage level at 27.56 feet and projected to reach 33.4 feet by 7:00 tonight.

 

Flooding issues continue to impact other southeast Kansas and northeast Oklahoma communities.  Greenwood County Emergency Management officials have requested all residents below the Fall River Dam to evacuate.  A shelter for those residents of Greenwood County has been set up in Eureka.

 

In Bartlesville a number of area streets are closed to flooding in the far northwest section of the city as well as Highway 123 between Bartlesville and Dewey.

 

Also, as we check the radar there is a large area of heavy thunderstorms extending from Garden City, Kansas to Lubbock, Texas.  These storms are moving to the northeast and under their current track will move through the Wichita to Kansas City areas later tonight.  However, if these storms shift to a more easterly track that could create even bigger problems for our area.  We’ll continue to watch these storms and should the situation warrant we’ll keep you updated.

 

 

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Emergency Shelter Being Setup in Nowata County


 

Active water rescues are taking place throughout the northern part of Nowata County. The communities of South Coffeyville and Lenapah have seen the greatest effects of the floods this week. Nowata County Emergency management director Laurie Summers says the South Coffeyville water rescue team has been retrieving citizens trapped in their homes.  The Lenapah and Delaware Fire Department’s also engaged in a vehicle rescue on Highway 10 east of the Verdigris River Bridge.

 

The American Red Cross is currently setting up an emergency shelter at the Nowata County Fair building. Summers says the shelter will cater to the needs of the citizens. The county is also passing out sandbags at the fair building location. Although flood waters are not yet in the City of Nowata Summers says that area is still at risk.

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Area Flood Update


 

The City of Independence joins the City of Coffeyville in making disaster declarations for the cities due to the flooding situation.  The disaster declarations will allow the cities to request assistance from the state. 

 

City and county officials were alerted by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers this morning about the release of water from area lakes that feed into the Verdigris River.   The National Weather Service in Wichita has projected that the Verdigris in Independence will reach 44.2 feet by Monday afternoon and 25.5 feet in Coffeyville by Tuesday.  The City of Coffeyville said in a release earlier today that the top of the levee is 26.5 feet.  The City of Independence has closed the Pine Street access to the city dam.

 

Flooding issues continue to impact other southeast Kansas and northeast Oklahoma communities.  Greenwood County Emergency Management officials have requested all residents below the Fall River Dam to evacuate.  A shelter for those residents of Greenwood County has been set up in Eureka.

 

In Bartlesville a number of area streets are closed to flooding in the far northwest section of the city.

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Nowata Takes Down Treatment Plant


 

Nowata has shut down its water plant. The move follows a loss of electricity and high water levels. The treatment plant will not be back in service until water levels recede. Meanwhile, US 169

between Watova and Talala is closed due to flooding. Also closed in Nowata County are SH-10 east of US-169 near Lenapah and SH-28 remains closed between US-60 and US-169. During the flooding of 1986, helicopters were used to bring medical assistance to those impacted by flood waters. It’s unclear if that will happen this time.

 

Plans to set up a Red Cross Shelter in the City of Nowata are being worked out. 

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Area Flooding Update


The Coffeyville City Commission met at 1:00 this afternoon to approve a disaster declaration for the city due to the flooding situation.  The Independence City Commission is scheduled to meet at 2:00 for the same reason.  The disaster declarations will allow the cities to request assistance from the state. 

 

City and county officials were alerted by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers this morning about the release of water from area lakes that feed into the Verdigris River.   The National Weather Service in Wichita has projected that the Verdigris in Independence will reach 44.2 feet by Monday afternoon and 25.5 feet in Coffeyville by Tuesday.  The City of Coffeyville said in a release earlier today that the tiop of the levee is 26.5 feet.

 

Meanwhile, flooding issues continue to impact other southeast Kansas and northeast Oklahoma communities.  Greenwood County Emergency Management officials have requested all residents below the Fall River Dam to evacuate.  A shelter for those residents of Greenwood County has been set up in Eureka.

 

In Nowata County Highway 169 between Watova and Talala is closed due to flooding.  Nowata County’s Emergency Manager, Laurie Summers says there have been a number of reports of area residents being stranded and they continue to make rescues.  She said they are currently working to set up a Red Cross Shelter in Nowata.

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Special Meeting for Indy Commission


 

The Independence City Commission will meet at 2:00pm this afternoon at Temporary City Hall 811 W Laurel to make a disaster declaration due to the flooding situation. The disaster declaration will allow for various resources from the State of Kansas to be made available to Independence.  The meeting will be held in the Leadership Conference Room. The declaration will be made after city and county officials were alerted by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers about the release of water from area lakes that feed into the Verdigris River.

 

The previous projection today estimated the river to rise to 44.2’ at the USGS Verdigris River Gage, however, this has been updated to rise to 47’ by Monday based on current conditions and information.  A level of 49’ at the USGS Verdigris River Gage will affect the water treatment plant.  Currently, the water treatment plant is fully operational.

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IMPORTANT PUBLIC NOTICE – 9:00 a.m.  City of Coffeyville


IMPORTANT PUBLIC NOTICE – 9:00 a.m.  City of Coffeyville

 

The National Weather Service has notified the Montgomery County Emergency Management that record levels of water being released upstream from Fall River, Toronto and Elk City Reservoirs will potentially impact Coffeyville. The river level is currently 20.9 feet, however, it is expected to rise to 25 feet by Monday based on current conditions and information.

 

At 25 feet the river level will cause flooding of farmlands as water flows over the east bank.  Flood waters may begin to impact the area around Wood Street which is located in the far southeast section of Coffeyville.  The top of the levee is 26.5 feet.

 

Citizens and businesses need to take whatever precautions they feel necessary and be prepared to evacuate if needed.

 

Sand and bags will be available in the parking lot of the Youth Activities Center at 502 S. Walnut. 

 

Monitor the City of Coffeyville’s website – www.coffeyville.com – and Facebook page for official updates.

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SEK Disaster Declarations from Gov. Kelly


 

Yesterday, May 24th, Kansas Governor Laura Kelly added additional counties to a state disaster declaration. More than 40 counties have been included in the state disaster declaration, which was originally signed on May 9th following widespread flooding.

 

Southeast Kansas Counties currently included in the declaration are: Anderson, Chautauqua, Cherokee, Coffey, Crawford, Elk, Franklin, Greenwood, Lyon, Montgomery, Neosho, Osage and Wilson.

 

The declaration authorizes the use of state resources and personnel to assist with response and recovery operations in affected counties that meet certain criteria. The state declaration may be further amended to include any additional counties that experience flooding.

 

Please contact Barbara Anderson with the Kansas Department of Commerce (KDOC) if you have damage to any city or county municipal buildings, water or sewer treatment facilities. Barbara's contact information is (620) 717-5713 or barbara.anderson@ks.gov. 

 

In the same manner, please contact Craig VanWey with KDOC if you have any manufacturing or industry damage. Craig's contact information is (785) 633-8407 or craig.vanwey@ks.gov. Craig and Barbara will do what they can to see if there are any resources available that might possibly help.

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Saturday 9 AM Update For Cville Residents



The National Weather Service notifies the Montgomery County Emergency Management that record levels of water being released upstream from Fall River, Toronto and Elk City Reservoirs will potentially impact Coffeyville.  The river level is expected to rise to 25 feet by Monday.  That level is will cause flooding of farmlands as water flows over the east bank.  Flood waters may begin to impact Wood Street which is located in the far southeast section of Coffeyville. Residents  and businesses need to take whatever precautions necessary and be prepared to evacuate.  Sand and bags will be available in the parking lot of the Youth Activities Center at 502 S. Walnut.      

 

Monitor the City of Coffeyville’s website for official updates.


Sand Bags Available for Flooding in Coffeyville


 

The National Weather Service has notified the Montgomery County Emergency Management that record levels of water being released upstream from Fall River, Toronto and Elk City Reservoirs will potentially impact Coffeyville.

 

river level is currently 20.9 feet, however, it is expected to rise to 25 feet by Monday based on current conditions and information. The top of the levee is 26.5 feet.

 

At 25 feet the river level will cause flooding of farmlands as water flows over the east bank. Flood waters may begin to impact the area around Wood Street which is located in the far southeast section of Coffeyville.

 

Citizens and businesses need to take whatever precautions they feel necessary and be prepared to evacuate if needed. Sand and bags will be available in the parking lot of the Youth Activities Center at 502 S. Walnut. 

 

You may monitor the City of Coffeyville’s Facebook page or website at coffeyville.com and also KGGF's Facebook page or website at kggfradio.com.

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Memorial Day Weekend Activities in Coffeyville


 

The following activities are happening in Coffeyville this weekend:

Farmer’s Market Saturday at Walter Johnson Park from 7-11am. 

Aquatic Center opening day is Saturday from 1-7pm.  

Cowley County Swine Show Saturday & Sunday at Walter Johnson Park Livestock Show Arena. Note: this show was scheduled to take place in Winfield, however, due to recent flooding in their fairgrounds, the Coffeyville facilities are being used. 

Avenue of Flags on Memorial Day at the Fairview & Restlawn Cemeteries

Memorial Day Ceremony & City Band Concert Monday the 27th at Fairview Cemetery at 10am.

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Severe Weather Alerts Include Evacuations for Eureka


 

ALERT: Greenwood County, Eureka Evacuation

 

Severe weather alert. The Montgomery County Emergency Director, Rick Whitson, spoke with the hydrologist in Wichita that makes the river crest projections, the Corp of engineers and the hydrologist in Tulsa that responsible for the entire Verdigris River basin. Fall River and Toronto are releasing over 50,000 cubic feet of water per second from their dams. It is estimated another 4-5,000 cubic feet of water will be going over the uncontrolled spillway at Elk City. By this afternoon we will see a massive rise in the river levels. Greenwood and Wilson county are already evacuating residents. 

 

From the National Weather Service as of midnight last night:

 

GREENWOOD COUNTY EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT IS REQUESTING ALL RESIDENTS BELOW FALL RIVER DAM TO EVACUATE IMMEDIATELY. A SHELTER HAS BEEN  SET UP IN EUREKA AT JEFFERSON STREET BAPTIST CHURCH, LOCATED AT  300 S. JEFFERSON STREET.  RECORD LEVELS OF WATER ARE BEING RELEASED OUT OF FALL RIVER RESERVOIR THAT WILL CAUSE WIDESPREAD FLOODING. 

 

There's a Flash Flood Watch issued by National Weather Service about 3:30 this morning. 

Additional thunderstorms expected late this afternoon through tonight for:

Greenwood-Woodson-Allen-Elk-Wilson-Chautauqua-
Including the cities of Eureka, Madison, Yates Center, Iola, Humboldt, 
Howard, Moline, Longton, Grenola, Neodesha, Fredonia, Sedan, and Cedar Vale.


FLASH FLOOD WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT THROUGH SUNDAY MORNING

The Flash Flood Watch continues for a portion of Southeast Kansas, including the following areas:
Allen, Chautauqua, Elk, Greenwood, Wilson, and Woodson through tonight. 
Additional thunderstorms are expected late this afternoon through tonight across the region. 
High rainfall rates and associated flash flooding will be possible with any of this activity.


MORE COUNTIES:

The National Weather Service has issued a Flash Flood Watch this morning that remains in effect through tomorrow/Sunday morning for the following counties: 
Barton-Ellsworth-Neosho-Montgomery-Labette- This includes the cities of Great Bend, Ellsworth, Wilson, Chanute,Coffeyville, Independence, and Parsons. 

Additional thunderstorms expected late this afternoon through tonight, and the Flash Flood Watch continues for portions of Central Kansas 
and Southeast Kansas, including the following areas, in Central Kansas, Barton and Ellsworth. In Southeast Kansas: Labette, Montgomery, and Neosho counties.

 

 

A CITY OF COFFEYVILLE Weather update - 8:30pm Friday 5/24:

 

• Verdigris River level at 8:00 p.m. – 21.3 feet

• All city streets are now open.

• Montgomery County has closed East 8th Street from the levee east to CR 5300 due to the condition of the road. Access to Walter Johnson Park and the campground remains open.

• This will be last update on this weather event unless conditions change requiring reactivating notifications.

 

COFFEYVILLE UPDATE - Just in for 8:30am, May 25:
          We heard from the Montgomery County Emergency Director, Rick Whitson, at 8:30am. He said it's not quite as bad for Coffeyville. 
Army Corps of Engineers say this information is not based on any potential rainfall coming, but what we have now. Rick Whitson said we can expect 
the Verdigris River in Coffeyville to be at 25' by Monday and 26' by Wednesday. Unless more rain falls, water should not go over the levee. He said 
they are now drafting press releases for Montgomery County including Coffeyville and Independence. 
          Rick points out that water going over the top of levee is very different from a levee breaching. When a levee breaches, the levee fails and lets tons
 of water out. In contrast, if water just goes over the top, it's a much slower process. 
          Keep in mind there is no prediction yet that this is going to happen, he said. To quote Rick about the weather, 
“It's a changing animal and things can change very rapidly.” He assures us this is much better information for Coffeyville. Rick is waiting on an update 
for the Verdigris at Independence, so we will hear from him again soon, along with press releases on the way so stay tuned to KGGF, the Mighty 690 AM, 
and you may find updates on kggfradio.com and our Facebook page.

 

PERRY, Kan.-  To ensure dam safety, the Kansas City District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers may begin flood water evacuation from Perry Lake 
in Kansas beginning Saturday, May 25, 2019 if forecasted heavy rains this weekend fill the reservoirs remaining storage capacity.  If conditions force 
releases, Perry Lake will slowly begin ramping up water releases through the outlet works. Based on forecasted rains, it is expected releases could be 
in up to 20,000 cubic feet per second. If additional rain beyond forecast occurs, it could result in water passing through the spillway. The volume of any
releases would be dependent on the inflows into the reservoir. 

As conditions change, the Corps of Engineers will continue to monitor and assess the need for releases from additional reservoirs. There is a potential for
 releases from Tuttle Creek Dam in Manhattan, Kan. starting Monday, May 27, through the outlet works known as "the tubes". "Protecting lives is our 
number one priority," said Col. Doug Guttormsen, Kansas City District Commander. "We've been holding a lot of water behind our dams. However, 
as localized rainfall continues and the flood storage capacity fills up, our team individually assesses each reservoir situation in our region to determine if, 
when and the amount of water to release. We understand the impact throughout the region that high is having on people and communities. We are 
committed to providing timely and accurate information throughout this flooding event."

The public should monitor National Weather Service forecasts and follow the direction of local authorities and emergency managers. As pools at 
Corps lakes rise, additional personnel including park rangers, maintenance personnel, and engineers from the Kansas City District Office routinely 
inspect the dam, the spillway, the outlet, and other important structures. These inspections are part of our procedure as lake levels rise to ensure public 
safety and continued performance of the dam. All dams are structurally sound and are preforming as designed. The Kansas City District would like to 
remind the public to wear a lifejacket while on or near the water. Be vigilant of the safety risks associated with high water such as floating debris or 
obstructions covered by high water which can create dangerous boating conditions. Expect the unexpected and be prepared. Do not drive or walk into
 flood waters on the road. Any time you come to a flooded road please turn around, don't drown! Never enter standing or moving water to cross a 
road. For more information, please contact the Public Affairs Office at (816) 389-3486. 

 

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SEK Businesses Could See Relief After Flood Damage


 

More than 40 counties are apart of Governor Laura Kelly's disaster declaration. Southeast Kansas Counties included are Anderson, Chautauqua, Cherokee, Coffey, Crawford, Elk, Franklin, Greenwood, Lyon, Montgomery, Neosho, Osage and Wilson. Montgomery County Action Council's Trisha Purdon says this is good news for businesses.

 

Purdon says for businesses to contact the SEK Department of Commerce representative if there has been any weather damage to your business.

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Click It and Drive Safely this Memorial Day Weekend


 

We're now heading into Memorial Day weekend! Two reminders: The Click It or Ticket campaign will be in full force as law enforcement agencies across Kansas are taking a no-excuses to saving lives. Tickets will be issued if any adults or children in your vehicle are not wearing their seat belts.

 

Also, AAA says drivers will experience the greatest amount of traffic congestion today in the late afternoon as commuters leave work and mix with holiday travelers on the roads. An additional 1.5 millin more people will take to the nationals roads, rails, and runways compared with last year.

 

Drive safely, and wear that seat belt!

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State Now Reviewing USD 445 School Bond


 

Coffeyville Public Schools USD 445 board of directors voted Monday to move forward with the bond election. 
Yesterday, Superintendent Dr. Craig Correll had a conference call with the Kansas State Department of Education Facilities Committee which approved it.
Correll tells us what's next - click to listen to him on the airwaves!

Correll said many community members want to preserve the two historical buildings, Field Kindley High School and Roosevelt Middle School. 
Some may think those buildings are too far gone, but Correll tells us what the structural engineers have determined.

So now we wait to hear if the state approves, and if it does, we'll be hearing a lot more about the details of the upgrades and remodeling in the near future
leading up to the Novemer election. Click here for a one-minute audio of Correll describing what is planned for improvements and upgrades.

Also, you may CLICK HERE to link to a prio May article where you can hear more from the Design Engineer, 
Roosevelt Middle School Counselor, and Board President Darrel Harbaugh who talks about the TAX IMPACT of the bond.

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Mayfest Kickoff Concert Relocated


 

Due to the weather the Caney Mayfest Kickoff Concert has been relocated to the Black Saddle Saloon.

 

Nothing else has changed the doors will open at 5:00pm and all ages are welcome.

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Flash Flooding for Montgomery, Chautaqua, and Elk Counties


 

The National Weather Service issued a flash flood warning at 9:47am for 
Southern Elk, Montgomery, Chautaqua, and Southern Elk Counties until 12:45 today. 

Doppler radar indicated thunderstorms producing heavy rain across the areas. One to two inches of rain is expected over a short amount of time. 
Flash flooding is expected to have already begun in at least parts of the following areas: 

Coffeyville, Independence, Cherryvale, Caney, Sedan, Cedar Vale, Dearing, 
Moline, Longton, Elk City, Tyro, Grenola, Peru, Liberty, Chautauqua, Elk Falls, Havana, Elgin, Bolton, and Sycamore.

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Drone Locates Man in Flood for 10 Hours


 

A drone helped rescue a Montgomery County man who was stranded in his vehicle for about ten hours near the Verdigris Riveron Wednesday. Robert Harriman of rural Cherryvale was rescued by a boat a half-mile from the road by the Neodesha Fire Department. They were assisted by the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks.

 

Harriman was removed from his vehicle and treated by Independence EMS and transported to an area hospital. Video footage from the drone owned by Micah Songer of Neodesha shows the vehicle nearly engulfed in the flood waters, more than halfway up the front windshield, showing very little space left inside. The drone pinpointed his location which was relayed to rescuers.

 

Richard George, interim sheriff of Montgomery County Sheriff's Department reminds all drivers to NOT DRIVE through flooded roadways.

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Warning for Osage and Pawnee Counties


 

The National Weather Service has issued a Flash Flood Warning for Northern Osage County in northeastern Oklahoma and Western Pawnee County in northeastern Oklahoma until 11:30 this morning. Doppler radar indicates thunderstorms producing heavy rain moving into these areas. A quick one to two inches of rain is possible, which could lead to flash flooding on already saturated soils.

 

Some locations that may experience flooding include Pawhuska, Pawnee, Fairfax, Shidler, Ralston, Burbank, Elgin, Skedee, Grainola, Foraker, Bigheart, Pearsonia, Sunset Lake, Sooner Lake, Southern Kaw Lake, Webb City, Wah Sha She State Park, and Apperson. Stay tuned with us here at the Mighty 690 AM for more weather updates.

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Lynch Charged with First-Degree Murder


 

45-year-old Shawn Lynch, accused of murdering 28-year-old Kolton Edwards last Friday night, appeared at the Washington County Courthouse on Wednesday where he was charged murder in the first degree with deliberate intent. Lynch appeared before judge Kyra Franks through teleconference at the Washington County Jail. The State of Oklahoma set bond at $950,000 over the weekend. According to an affidavit, Edwards and Lynch were roommates at a residence on Sooner Park Road.

 

Lynch stated that Edwards had loaned him some money for groceries, but it's believed he gambled it away at a casino. When he returned, Lynch stated that Edwards was very angry and holding a metal baseball bat. Lynch then shot Edwards two times. Lynch claimed the first shot missed, but the second shot hit Edwards in the chest. A female and a male then allegedly arrived to pick up Edwards and transport him to the Jane Phillips Medical Center and then  to Tulsa by ambulance where he died a short time later. Lynch is due back in court on Friday, June 7th at 9am.

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CVR Energy Sells Subsidiary, Potential Company Sale


 

CVR Energy, the oil refinery and nitrogen fertilizer plant in Coffeyville announced it is looking at “potential strategic alternatives” including a potential sale of the company. According to a press release, CVR Energy intends to “evaluate alternatives in combination with its ongoing focus on accomplishing its strategic objectives, prudently managing costs and operating its businesses safely and reliably”.

 

While the company has not sold, one of its subsidiaries was sold to Plains All American Pipeline, their 1.5-million barrell crude oil terminal in Cushing, OK for $36 million. CVR Energy notes it will not discuss or disclose further developments unless a specific transaction or event requires them to do so.

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Update on Verdrigris at Coffeyville


 

The Verdigris River at Coffeyville is at 22.4 feet as of 6:00 this morning. That number is down 8 inches since 9pm last night. The following streets in Coffeyville remain closed: Buckeye from 1st to Stark, Woodland from Cline to Buckeye, and the Intersection of 12th and Cedar.

 

Also, the levee is fine and has NOT been breached.  The levee pumps are being continuously monitored by city crews, and the Water Treatment Plant is operating normally.

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New IPD Officer Sworn In


 

The newest addition to the Independence Police Department was sworn in at the City Commission meeting yesterday evening. Richard Sherley, who has been working for the city since 2013 and the police department since 2016, took the oath in front of both those in attendance at the meeting and the three city commissioners. Sherley is a husband and father, and received his pin from his wife, Jade.

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Saying Goodbye To A Steaklover's Favorite


 

It’s been a regional favorite for decades, offering dinner, drinks, and dancing. But, the owners of South Coffeyville’s Southern Supper Club announce they’re closing. They’ve hosted cowboys, country music stars, and friends. After a long run of sending out steaks, lobsters, and chops, Bill and Marilyn Folk have decided to retire.  

 

The Folks hope customers will keep their memories of the Southern Supper Club close to their hearts. If you were hoping for one more prime rib dinner, it’s too late. They turned off the grill last weekend. 

 


River Levels Begin To Drop


As for now the threat of additional flooding in southeast Kansas and northeast Oklahoma is subsiding as river levels throughout the area are now dropping.  Although levels are declining it’s projected that levels in most areas of the Verdigris, Neosho and Caney Rivers won’t get below flood stage until early next week.  River levels are projected by the National Weather Service to continue dropping, however there is a slight threat of rain through Saturday night.    

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Missing Children's Day is Reminder for Safety Plan


 

National Missing Children’s Day is observed this Saturday, and is observed every year on the 25th of May since first designated by President Ronald Reagan in 1983, over 20 years ago. Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt is reminding Kansas parents to talk to their children about ways to stay safe. Schmidt said communication is key to ensuring our children have the tools they need to stay safe.

 

He urges parents to put a safety plan in place and take time to review it with your kids on a regular basis. It's also a good idea to keep identifying information on your children wherever they go in case they go missing. An identifying kit can include fingerprints, height, weight, and a current photo can help a lot to quickly locate a missing child. Here is an example of how to make your own Child ID Kit.

 

Currently, 74 children are missing in Kansas. To see the list, go to missingkids.org/search. In the search box under“Missing From,” select Kansas and then submit.

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Deadline This Sunday for Coffeyville's Revitalization Survey


 

The deadline to get your survey turned in for Coffeyville's Downtown Revitalization has extended to this Sunday the 26th.

 

Leaders said because the online surveys are automatically tallied, they extended it another two days. Many people who have submitted surveys have taken time to write ideas and suggestions in the spaces given, and they are so inspired by what they're reading.

 

Take the easy, online survey by clicking on this link where's it's at Survey Monkey.

 

It's also on the Coffeyville's Reawakening Facebook page.

 

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Coffeyville's Verdigris Level Decreasing Today


 

A flood warning continues for the Verdigris River at Coffeyville, but while the flood stage starts at 18 feet, the National Weather Service reports the river will continue rising to near 24.0 feet by early afternoon today due to heavy rains in the region, the level will begin falling again through this afternoon. City of Coffeyville authorities told KGGF this is not an emergency, and assures us that after the river rises to 24 feet around noon, the river will indeed be falling through the afternoon.

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Alert for Labette and Neosho Counties


 

The National Weather Service has issued a Flash Flood Warning for Labette and Neosho Counties until 10:30 this morning. At 6:30 this morning, the doppler radar indicated thunderstorms producing heavy rain across the two counties, and estimated up to two inches of rain have already fallen in some areas overnight.

 

Some locations that will experience flooding include Parsons, Chanute, Erie, Altamont, St. Paul, Thayer, Mound Valley, Galesburg, Labette, Stark, Earlton, Lake Parsons, Parsons Tri City Airport, Dennis, Big Hill Lake, Chanute Airport and South Mound.

 

Check out our Facebook page for more weather updates.

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Levee Updates for Kansas


 

With river levels rising along rivers and creeks, the US Corps of Engineers estimates that about 50 levees will be overtopped. Earlier rounds of flooding caused dozens of levee breaches. The latest deluge closed highways in 17 Kansas counties and more than 330 roads in Missouri.

 

However, the The City of Coffeyville announced the levee has not been breached. They had heard numerous concerns and questions about it, but they report the levee is fine with the river level at 22.7 feet reported near midnight, and crews continue to monitor the levee pumps. Coffeyville authorities say the levee has remaining capacity to hold more water.

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Flash Flood Warnings


 

We have the following flash flood warnings for Southeast Kansas:

Fredonia until 10am.

Sedan until 10:30am.

Wellington from 10am today until 7am Saturday

A Flash Flood Watch is in effect for all of Southeast Kansas as well as Butler and Cowley counties until 10 AM this morning. 

In addition, another Flash Flood Watch has been issued across central and south central Kansas from mid-morning throughout tonight.

Flood warning continues for the Arkansas River for the following areas: 

at Derby affecting Sedgwick County
near Mulvane affecting Sedgwick and Sumner Counties
at Hutchinson affecting Reno County
at Oxford affecting Sumner County
and at Arkansas City affecting Cowley County

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Lockeland Visiting KUSN Tomorrow


 

There'll be another in-studio performance tomorrow as the country band Lockeland stops by the KUSN studios in Coffeyville prior to their appearance at the Caney Mayfest. The trio released their debut single "Till the Cows Come Home" back in March of this year and plan to release an EP later in 2019.

 

Although the band operates out of Nashville, the band also has some SEK flavor to it. Kyndon Oakes, a member of the trio, is originally from Independence. The other two members, Mark Vikingstad and Michael Boris, are from New York.

 

The interview is scheduled for 9:10 a.m. tomorrow on 98.1 KUSN, with Lockeland answering questions about their music and giving a brief performance. The Caney Mayfest will run Friday and Saturday, with the festival open 3 to 8 on Friday and 7:30 to 8 on Saturday. In addition to the music, there will be vendors, crafts, games, and a Fun Run among other activities.

 

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Rep. Estes Requests Vote for Born Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act


 

News out of Washington as Ron Estes appeared before Congress yesterday to request a vote on the Born Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act.

The request was denied, with Democrats forming the majority of those who opposed the vote.

 

The Born Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act requires health care practitioners to give the same care to an infant who has survived a botched abortion as they would to any other newborn. In April, Rep. Estes signed a discharge petition seeking to force a vote on the bill once 218 Members sign on to it. Currently, the petition has 200 signatures.

 

In a statement made yesterday, Estes said the American people deserved to know where the members of Congress stood on protecting life and infants that have survived a botched abortion and promised to continue calling on House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to allow the vote.

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No Injuries Reported In CK-CO


 

Cherokee County Sheriff David Groves reports no injuries associated with the storms that moved through his county last night. Also, there are no reports of power outages in Cherokee County. In checking the path of the storm, deputies have found only one building, a shop, that had roof damage.  

 

As expected, Sheriff Groves says there are trees down and possible  flooding on some county roads. 

 

 

*** Photo from Galena Fire Department 


Light Fixtures Installed in Downtown Coffeyville


 

The beautification of Coffeyville continues with the installation of some new light fixtures. Fifteen new fixtures were installed with Coffeyville Municipal Light & Power crews performing the work. The addition of the fixtures is just phase one of the project, with future plans including the complete replacement of the remaining downtown fixtures.

 

Photos of the new light fixtures can be viewed on the city's Facebook page.

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Severe Thunderstorm Warning Until 8 PM


The National Weather Service in Wichita posts a severe thunderstorm warning for much of southeast Kansas for Southeast Montgomery County, Labette County, and Neosho County. Ping pong size hail and 60 mph winds are possible for the warned area.  Coffeyville has seen periods of heavy rain,  cloud to ground lightning.  Hail has been reported north of town. 

 

Tune to the Mighty 690 KGGF for continuing coverage. 


UPDATE: John Redmond Reservoir Gates Open


 

The John Redmond Reservoir gates have been opened and as of 5:00 this evening they are letting out around 23,000 cubic feet of water per second, which is up from the 10,000 to 12,000 they were letting out earlier. According to Labette County Emergency Manager Charlie Morse sometime around midnight they plan to up the amount to 30,000.

 

Morse says he doesn't see this affecting any towns. He says they are going to control it so it might to right to the edge of town but not cause any flooding in the town. There is room in the flood control pool for the reservoir so more rain won't have too much of an affect.

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NEW UPDATE: Flash Flooding Possible in Indy


 

An update to the The National Weather Service issuing a Flood Warning for Independence. The Verdigris is predicted to rise to near 42.2 feet by this 6:00pm this evening. The river is expected to fall below flood stage, which is 30 feet sometime next week. A river height of 42.2 feet will cause flooding of the following locations in Independence North Park Blvd between Cottonwood and Parkhurst including the baseball field complex, South Penn Ave between Cedar and the South City limits South 8th, 9th and 10th Street between Birch and the South City Limits, Cement Street between Coffeyville

Avenue and the South City Limits and South 1st, 2nd, Park Blvd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 11th, 12th, 13th and 14th near the South City Limits.

 

Due to the rising Verdigris river, the City of Independence has closed the Pine Street access to the City Dam.

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John Redmond Reservoir Gates to be Opened


 

According to Labette County Commissioner Lonnie Addis a Coffey County Commissioner called him to inform him they intended to open up the gates at John Redmond Reservoir due to the amount of rain fall they've seen.  Addis informed him it wasn't exactly dry in their area as well. The Coffey County Commissioner referred to it as a 100 year flood stage.

 

Addis says even if the rains cease, at least along the Neosho they are going to be seeing a lot more water.

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Addie Weil Talks with KGGF on Rodeo Competition


 

15 year old Addie Weil, who is the daughter of the Red Raven Rodeo Coach and a freshman at Labette High School, recently competed for a chance to go to the WCRA Titletown Stampede in Green Bay. Weil says she needed to finish top four in each pool to advance.

 

Weil says right before the run she's focused on the calf and nothing else.  She competes June 1st and with a first place finish will add $50,000 to the $6,800 she's already won.

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VBS Events Near You


 

Several churches in the area are having Vacation Bible Schools this summer. Coming up next week after Memorial Day, from Tuesday, May 28th until Friday the 31st, Tyro Christian Church is having their ROCKS event. It's from 9am to noon at the church, 301 Market St. in Tyro. To register, go online to tyrochristian.org and click on Register Now at bottom of page.

 

Also, the Coffeyville First United Methodist Church in conjunction with Edna United Methodist Church are hosting a Vacation Bible School in July – the theme is “To Mars and Beyond”. It's from July 10th through 12th from 9am to 12pm. For more information or to register, go online to coffeyvillefirstumc.org to this blog page.

 

Another in Coffeyville is at St. Paul's Lutheran, 506 W. 9th St. Their "Miraculous Mission" VBS is happening July 29th thru August 2nd (Monday thru Fiday, 9am to noon. Go here to register.

 

Still another in Coffeyville is at Bible Baptist Church, 701 W. 4th St. Register on this page.

 

Indepence has a few. One is at Blue Hills Baptish Church, 1805 North Blue Mills Rd. "Power Up, Raise Your Game" is July 22nd thru the 26th (Mon-Fri), 6:30-8:00pm. Register here.

 

If you're up for traveling to Kansas City, there are over 40 vacation bible schools in the month of June alone, not to mention July and August. Click on this link for that list.

 

If you know of any other VBS events near us, please leave a comment!

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CANCELLED! 2019 Kansas Airstrip Attack


 

 

Due to the recent rains and the forecast for continued inclement weather for this weekend, the Shift S3ctor organization has canceled plans for its 2019 Kansas Airstrip Attack. Races were scheduled this Saturday and Sunday at the Independence Municipal Airport, the company states it will reimburse anyone who has purchased tickets for the event.


 

Event organizers and City of Independence leaders are discussing options for rescheduling the races later this year. More information will be provided when it becomes available.

 

 

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Independence City Hall Closed For Memorial Day


 

With Memorial Day coming up next Monday, the Independence City Hall will be closing its doors for the day in observance of the holiday. In addition, there will be no sanitation services on that day. However, there will be sanitation services on Saturday, May 25th over the weekend.

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State Sales Tax Coming To Online Merchants


 

 

New taxes to vendors online. Speaking with Republican Representative Jim Kelly, he gave us notes on the final few weeks of the session. Stating after an original tax plan was vetoed by governor Kelly, they came up with a hopeful revision. Included in the bill is a state sales tax to online merchants, after not having to pay state sales tax for sometime, online merchants will now have to provide that tax in their price. Representative Kelly thinks this part of the new tax plan is positive for the economy and the business owner downtown. He stated some individuals will go into local businesses, ask about a product seeming interested, which prompts the owner to order that product. Great service right? Some will just go home and order that product online after receiving great service, but found a better price. Kelly is hopeful this will discourage that.

Many major online based corporations have had to collect state sales tax if they reside inside state lines. But if they do not and their affiliated merchant does, they, for a long time did not have to include sales tax. Driving sales away from the community and the state.

 

A struggle for some local businesses with some online merchants getting to surpass state tax, is going to end.

 

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Much More Than The Sweetheart Of The Rodeo


 

An Edna teen-ager is out to make sure calves know her name. The Labette High School freshmen, 15-year-old Addie Weil, recently competed and advanced out of the preliminary competition by placing third in the 2nd Round with a 2.20 second run. In the Progressive Round, the breakaway roper finished third in her pool of contestants with a 2.75 second run. In the Final Round, Weil won second with a time of 2.54.  Her total winnings for the rodeo were over 68-hundred-dollars.   The final round finish qualified her for the Green Bay stampede.  Weil will next compete on June 1st in the WCRA  Titletown Stampede – a One-Day $1-milliion-dollar Major Rodeo.  

 

Weil is the daughter of Johnny and Stacey Weil. Her father is the rodeo coach for Coffeyville Community College. 

 

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Water Level Update for Coffeyville


 

Between 6:00am and 2:00pm today the Water Treatment Plant reported an additional 1.78 inches of rain for a total of 6.11 inches since 6:00am yesterday. City crews are monitoring the levee gates and pumps every two hours. The river level is around 3:30 this afternoon was at 21.0 feet and is expected to crest at 24.5 inches tomorrow evening. Flooding of low lying areas is occurring and farmland will flood once it reaches the crest.

 

Eighth Street is open at the Sycamore Creek Bridge. Buckeye and Overlook south of Highway 166 and CR3900 between Highway 166 and Dearing remain closed.

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Morning Fire on 6th Street in Coffeyville


 

The Coffeyville Fire Department responded to a structure fire at 3808 W. Sixth Street at 9:00 this morning. When firefighters arrived, heavy smoke was visible. The structure, owned by Juan Fransisco, was occupied at the time of the fire; however, everyone safely evacuated. The South Coffeyville Fire Department and off-duty fire personnel were called for assistance. The fire was contained to a back bedroom and was under control in approximately 10 minutes, but the entire house received heavy smoke damage.

 

Damage to the structure is estimated at $25,000 and $6,000 to contents. The cause of the fire has not yet been determined and is under investigation by the Coffeyville Fire Department. There were no injuries reported.

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Shellebrate at Rolling Hills Zoo this Weekend


 

World Turtle Day is this Thursday the 23rd, and the Rolling Hills Zoo in Salina, Kansas will be "SHELLabrating" this Saturday the 25th with turtle activities starting at 10:00 that morning and a special Turtle Keeper Encounter is at 11:30am.  

 

The ornate box turtle is the state reptile of Kansas, and seven Kansas zoos are working together to evaluate its population across the state. The zoo says turtles are the most threatened group of vertebrates worldwide.

 

The project will be supervised by trained staff from seven state zoos accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. It will also include a citizen science component to engage the public in hands-on science. The three-year project will be the first viable ornate box turtle population study ever conducted in Kansas. Data collected will be shared with the Kansas Department of Wildlife Parks and Tourism and used to guide future decisions for ornate box turtles at both the state and national level.

 

The Rolling Hills Zoo is located in Salina, Kansas. Get ticket information at rollinghillszoo.org.

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CRMC Short Survey to Uncover Issues and Quality


 

 

Coffeyville Regional Medical Center (CRMC) has created a Community Health Needs Assessment for years 2019 to 2021. A short online survey has been created to uncover any current community health issues and evaluate the quality of health delivery services for the region. Participation is voluntary and confidential. To take the online survey, go to the CRMC's Facebook page. Deadline is June 21st.

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ALERT: Water Shortage, Please Conserve


 

 

Update as of May 30th: The water shortage is no longer an issue and they are no longer rationing water.

 

 

Mike Edington from the Elk City Water Board called KGGF at 12:45pm today to announce a water shortage due to the flood. He said the #9 Water Board that supplies Elk City and North Fredonia is having a water shortage because of the flooding river, and #23 cannot supply the water needed. Click to listen to him speak with details.

 

Mike will be calling back when there is no longer a water shortage issue. In the meantime, he's asking everyone in the Elk City and North Fredonia area to conserve water. If you have questions, contact Elk City City Hall at 620-627-2483.

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Aquatic Center Hours and After Hours


 

The Coffeyville Aquatic Center opens Saturday, May 25, for the 2019 swim season.  Admission prices are $3 for ages 3 and up and ages two and under are FREE.  Punch cards can be purchased for $25 at City Hall and the Aquatic Center.  These are good for ten swims. 

 

Hours are 1-7 p.m. daily except for dollar nights which is every Monday in the months of June and July, from 5-8pm. A party room can be reserved for birthdays, or the entire pool may be reserved for after-hour parties.

 

Contact the Aquatic Center at 620-252-6041 for details, and follow both the City of Coffeyville and Aquatic Center Facebook pages.

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New State Budget Includes Funding to Fight Cybercrimes


 

The newly-enacted Kansas state budget will significantly strengthen the capacity of the Kansas Bureau of Investigation to fight cybercrimes, Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt and KBI Director Kirk Thompson said in a press release yesterday.

 

Next year's budget includes $1 million in dedicated funding for specially-trained personnel to focus on computer-based crimes and other cybercrimes against Kansans. The KBI will be able to assign six new agents, an agent supervisor, and a crime analyst to a new unit dedicated to responding against major cyber threats in the state.

 

Losses reported by victims of cybercrimes in Kansas have grown to more than $17 million in 2018 from $3.9 million in 2015, according to the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center annual report, which tracks reports from victims of Internet crimes.

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SEK Businesses Recognized by State


 

The month of June is Business Appreciation Month. The Kansas Department has announced several Merit Award Winners. Several of our local businesses are receiving that recognition including South Kansas Oklahoma Railroad, Forte Products, G&W Foods, and Caney Drug.

 

The Governor's Award of Excellence is the top award given to a business by the state of Kansas, and of the four finalists, our local Morningstar Care Homes of Fredonia is on that list. The winner will be announced at the Team Kansas Awards Banquet June 4 at the Kansas State University Alumni Center in Manhattan, Kansas.

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Independence City Commission Meeting Thursday


 

The Independence City Commission will meet again for its regularly scheduled meeting on Thursday, May 23 at Memorial Hall. Aside from the common consent agenda, there will be a presentation to swear in new IPD Officer Richard Sherley and a public hearing to consider the condemnation of the property at 208 N. 17th Street.

 

In addition, items for commission action include:

  • Consider an agreement with Rainbow Fireworks, Inc. for the 2019 4th of July Firework Show.

  • Consider authorizing the Mayor to sign a contract with Heckert Construction to overlay residential street locations as recommended by staff.

  • Consider approving and agreement between the City of Independence and TranSystems for the 2019 mill and overlay ADA sidewalk and ramps.

  • Consider proceeding with demolition of 606 Fountain.

  • Consider authorizing the removal of 106-108 East Chestnut Street.

 

The meeting will begin at 5:30 p.m. in the Veterans Room at Memorial Hall, and the meeting is available to the public. A full copy of the agenda can be viewed here.

 

 

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Severe Weather and Roads Affected for Tues. May 21


 

 

We have a severe weather news update provided Monday night about 7:00pm from Montgomery County's Emergency Management Director, Rick Whitson.

 

Rick told us this morning (Tuesday, May 21st)  that the Verdigris River at Independence was at 35.25' early this morning about 7:00am and is projected to crest at 42.4'. He assures us that even at 42' it "isn't really a big deal". He said Coffeyville was at 15.2' this morning and projected to hit 24.9' which is a worse scenario for Coffeyville than for Independence at this point.

 

Rick also tells about the flash flooding. He was on the phone with the Independence City Emergency Manager, David Cowan (“cow-in”) and also has information from the Corps of Engineers about lakes and dams.

 

Rick said “it was 20 feet highter in the 2007 flood”, and that “38' feet should not affect anything except a few impassable roads”. And he knows it's a cliché everyone's heard a thousand times, but reminds everyone “turn around, don't drown, don't drive through water because you don't know what's under it”.

 

 

STREETS AFFECTED BY HIGH WATER

 

As of 9:20am - Streets in Montgomery County (south end):

 

- S. 10th St. or Road 3900 is closed south of Dearing

- S. Buckeye in Coffeyville is closed (south of 14th St.)

- CR 1300 north of CR 1600 after the curve

- CR 1600 east of CR 3900 at low water bridge

- CR 2000 between Hibbard adn Woodland

- CR 3900 south of Dearing

- Sunflower Rd. north of railroad tracks

- CR 3420 from 169 Hwy to Liberty city limits

 

As of 9:20am - Streets in Montgomery County (north end):

 

- 17th and Fruitland

- CR 5150 between 5400 and 5600

- CR 3300 between 6200 adn 6400

- CR 3900 and Grant St.

- CR 4600 between Peterpan Rd. and CR 3325

- Penn Ave. south of CR 4200

- CR 5100 north side of Drum Creek

- CR 4175 north of 160 Hwy.

 

In Labette County:

 

- The sheriff's office is reporting all major raods are open. However, there may be some issues on low lying secondary roads. 

 

In Chautauqua County:

 

- Low water bridges may be causing area motorists issues this morning.

- Hwy 160 between Hwys 99 and 75 are closed this morning.

 

 

SCHOOL CLOSINGS:

 

USD 282 West Elk - closed

USD 285 Cedar Vale - delayed 2 hours, starts at 10:00

USD 439 Sedgewick - closed

USD 444 Little River - delayed 2 hours, starts at 10:00 - no morning Pre-K and NO breakfast served

 

 

BUSINESS CLOSURES AND MEETINGS RESCHEDULED:

 

- Kansas Aviation Museum closed

- Caney City Council meeting is tonight at 6:00pm at Caney City Hall (rescheduled from last evening)

 

 

 

 

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High Water Road Closings


Flash flooding has been causing issues for motorists across southeast kansas and northeast Oklahoma since last night.  High water continues to be a problem this morning.  Highway 160 between Highways 99 and 75 are closed this morning.  In Montgomery County South 10th Street, or County Road 3900 is closed south of Dearing.  In Labette County the sheriff's office is reporting allo major roads are open however, there may be some issues on secondary roads and in Chautauqua County low water bridges may be causing area motorists problems this morning.

 

Last night in Nowata Highway 169 at Highway 160 was closed however the sheriff's department reports the intersection is open this morning.

 

Officials say water levels continue to rise and fall with additional rain and additional road closings are possible. 

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Raven Cowboy Headed To Nationals


 

A Coffeyville Community College athlete prepares to pack his hat and spurs.  Raven’s Chance Merrill is on his way to the College National Finals Rodeo in Casper, Wyoming, June 9th-15th. Merrill finished third in bareback riding in the Central Plains Region of the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association.  The top three finishers qualify to ride.  In Casper, he will compete against approximately 30 bronc riders from across the nation.  At the final seven regional rodeos, The cowboy won five rounds and finished top three in the average six times. 

 

Merrill was the only bareback rider in the Central Plains to make a qualified ride in all 12 rounds this spring.  


Medicaid Fraud Case: Woman with Supposed Personal Care Attendant


 

An investigation by Attorney General Derek Schmidt's Medicaid Fraud and Abuse Division reveals a Medicaid fraud case by a Junction City woman who has been ordered to repay more than $3,800 to the Kansas Medicaid Program after pleading guilty last week to charges.

 

Terry Sherrick, age 50, was ordered by District Judge Jeff Elder of Pottawatomie County District Court to repay $3,870.31 to the Kansas Medicaid Program. Sherrick repeatedly checked her personal care attendant into the Medicaid electronic billing system, Authenticare, using her phone, claiming the personal care attendant was providing home based services, but was actually clocked in for other employers. The pay was placed into a joint checking account accessible to Sherrick and the supposed personal care attendant.

 

Assistant Attorney General Alma Heckler of Schmidt’s office prosecuted the case, and Judge Elder sentenced Sherrick to one felony count of making a false claim to the Medicaid program, one felony count of theft and one felony count of unlawful acts concerning computers, plus 12 months of probation with an underlying sentence of eight months in the Kansas Department of Corrections.  

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Murder Suspect in Washington County Court


 

A Bartlesville man suspected of fatally shooting his roommate is expected to appear in court for murder. Bartlesville Police Department Captain Jay Hastings said 45-year-old Shawn Lynch was arrested on a first-degree murder complaint following the fatal shooting of 29-year-old Kolton Joshua Edwards reported Friday night about 10:15.

 

Authorities say Lynch is expected to appear today in Washington County District Court.

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KGGF's Potter Family Honored for Making a Difference


 

A family near and dear to us here at KGGF-KUSN-KQQF was honored Saturday night at the Bartlesville Community Foundation during its annual Legacy Hall of Fame Gala. One of several honored was our very own Potter family for making a difference in the community. The Potter family roots go way back to the land rush.

 

Kevin and Dorea Potter came to Bartlesville from Illinois in 1997 after purchasing KWON and KYFM radio in Bartlesville. One of their three sons, Kaleb Potter, is co-owner of our station located in Coffeyville. Kevin Potter accepted the honor Saturday night, pointing out that God brought his family to Bartlesville.

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Rape and Sodomy Charges on Man Found in Livestock Barn


 

A Coffeyville man was arrested Friday for rape and aggravated criminal sodomy. The report was made Thursday night against David Lee Hudnall, 47, but officers were unable to locate him.

 

Captain Danny Grigg of the Coffeyville Police Department told KGGF that the incident happened in a private home Friday, and an anonymous tip came in Friday that lead officers to Walter Johnson Park where he was found hiding in one of the livestock barns.

 

The investigation is ongoing and additional charges are anticipated. 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. 

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Rep. Estes Praises Removal of Steel and Aluminum Tariffs


 

An agreement to remove all tariffs from steel and aluminum products moving between the United States, Canada and Mexico has drawn praise from Kansas Representative Ron Estes. In a statement released Friday, Estes called the act a "significant milestone" toward achieving free and open trade between the three countries. In that statement, Estes also said the agreement provides another reason to push toward the passage of the United States-Canada-Mexico Free Trade Agreement (USMCA).

 

Estes serves on the U.S. House Ways and Means Committee, which oversees trade. He is also part of the the whip team to ensure passage of the USMCA in the House.

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Heavy Rainfall Expected For Next Couple Of Days


 

After a rainy Saturday and a brief break on Sunday, the next couple of days will bring more storms toward central and eastern Kansas. The National Weather Service in Wichita is calling for several inches of rain across Monday afternoon and continuing through Tuesday. Though Montgomery County and much of southeastern Kansas is expected to miss the heaviest portion of the storm, rainfall amounts of 2-3 inches are still predicted. You can view a full version of the NWS forecast here.

 

In case of severe weather, stay tuned to 690AM KGGF for continual weather coverage.

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A Number Of Graduates Earn Diplomas


 

The weekend sees a number of high school seniors take their next steps toward the future.  Field Kindley High School graduated 116 students and LINC Students. The number was the second highest graduating class in southeast Kansas, behind Pittsburg.  The valedictorian, Jacob Mund, and salutatorian,  Adam Rutherford, delivered addresses. 

 

Caney Valley High School also held its graduation ceremony on Saturday evening.  Independence High School unleashes the 2019 Bulldogs on Sunday afternoon. Tyro Community Christian School graduated three seniors Friday evening. 

 

 

***image by Kim Jones Photography 


Judge Cullins' Behavior Under Review By State


 

A judge finds himself in the hot seat.  The Montgomery County Chronicle reports 14th District Judge F. William Cullins is under investigation on allegations of impropriety and misconduct. The probe comes after a number of complaints were filed with the Kansas Commission of Judicial Qualifications. The complaints center on Cullins’ temperament and behavior.  The allegations come  from former court staff and local attorneys who have complained about Cullins’ persistent use of curse words outside the courtroom and within the confines of the court offices and his general demeanor toward litigants and their attorneys in his court. In response to those allegations, Cullins denies most, but admits to using salty language in conversations with court staff. Cullins’ attorney, Chris Joseph of Topeka, says the complaints come from digruntled individuals and are without merit.  

 

Cullins was to appear at a Topeka hearing last Wednesday. The commission will decide if the matter will advance the case to disposition. 

 

 

 

 

***Attribution to Editor Andy Taylor of the Montgomery County Chronicle 
 
 


Earthquake Felt in Montgomery County


 

 

A magnitude 4.4 earthquake shook much of Kansas and Oklahoma late Friday afternoon, leaving people to share their stories about the unusual shaking. The earthquake was centered near Medford, Okla., in north central Oklahoma, at a depth of five miles. A survey of social media traffic indicates that residents in all towns of Montgomery County felt the brief earthquake. The United States Geological Survey’s survey intensity map shows residents as far north as Overland Park, Kan., and as far as south as Wichita Falls, Texas, felt this earthquake. While mild tremors have been felt in recent years in southeast Kansas, Friday’s earthquake had a more violent motion, with many people feeling their offices and homes shaking for a few seconds.

 

*Credit: Montgomery County Chronicle*

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Man Arrested for First Degree Murder in Bartlesville.


 

 

The Bartlesville Police Department responded to a shooting incident in the 700 block of S.E. Sooner Park. Captain Jay Hastings said the call came in around 10:16 pm Friday night May 17th. The victim was transported to the local hospital by a private vehicle, which after the victim was transported to a Tulsa hospital and died a short time later.

Police began interviewing witnesses to the shooting and determined it occurred inside the residence. All parties involved knew each other and were living in the home. Captain Hastings said detectives served a search warrant upon the home and recovered several items of evidence. The suspect was taken into custody later in the night after agreeing to come in and talk about what had happened. 45-year-old Shawn Saejin Lynch was arrested for First Degree Murder.


 

The victim’s name is not being released pending notification of next of kin.

 

 

*Credit: Garret Giles Bartlesville radio*

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Not The Usual Drive-Thru Customer


 

Employees at Caney’s Big G’s Burgers And So Much More barely had the doors open when their first customers arrived today (Friday).  Nothing unusual there, but Big G’s Debra Sanders says it was unusual to be met by horses trying to look in the drive-thru window. 

 

“We often have dogs in cars wanting ice cream, but not horses,” says Sanders. 

 

It was was the last day of school for Caney Valley, so Brooke Thompson and a friend decided to go for a ride. 

 

Big G’s says they serve customers no matter what they drive or ride. 

 

 

*****Photo by Steve Bronnenberg


School Bond Tax Impact Discussed at Public Meetings for USD 445


 

USD 445 Coffeyville Public Schools held their public informational meetings last evening and this morning. Roosevelt Middle School Counselor, Jennifer Foraker, tells us what we'd see if this bond issue passes.
 

And Superintendent Dr. Correll tells us about the two options on the proposed ballot, Option/Question 1 ($19.8M) and Option/Question 2 ($3.8M). Correl explained that Option 1 would increase a homeowner's property tax for a $75,000 home by $6.83 per month, and if Option 2 passes along with the 1st, it would be an additional $1.44 per month. However, note that if the 1st does not pass, the 2nd is automatically cancelled.

 

School Board President, Darrel Harbaugh, really wants more clarity about these taxes. Click both blue links to hear him express the importance of taxes to make improvements. He mentions "good" and "bad" taxes, and in this audio, he goes into more detail on how USD 445 compares with other districts on fiscal responsibility and taxes.

 

The architectural firm, Insight Design Studio, was also there - We hear from Jacob Cox who tells us how this bond issue compares with last year's and what it includes. Click here to listen to him.

 

 

 

Click the following link to open and view the document/chart showing tax impact on homeowners according to the value of their homes:  http://kggfradio.com/assets/files/USD%20445%20bond%20meeting%20chart.pdf

 

Dr. Correll presented a chart showing the tax impact on homeowners. See that at the above link, and in the graph below, you can see how the school district's taxes compare with other entities such as Coffeyville Community College, City of Coffeyville, Montgomery County, State of Kansas, and others. As shown in far right column, USD 445 "mill tax levy" has gone DOWN 1.188 (so is negative) whereas City of Coffeyville has gone UP 10 points in the last eight years (to see all eight years in the chart, go to THIS PAGE found at city's website. More on what these "mill tax levies" mean soon!

 

 

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Dangerous Mexican National Sentenced to Life in Prison for Montgomery County Convictions


 

The Kansas Supreme Court upheld the convictions of Mexican national Alejandro Garcia-Garcia's convictions in Montgomery County District Court last week for attempted capital murder, kidnapping, burglary, and interference with law enforcement. Garcia-Garcia’s Kansas crimes arose from a high-speed car chase that began in Oklahoma in May 2015.

 

It ended with a shootout with law enforcement outside a rural Liberty home. Garcia-Garcia then broke into that home, where he staved off law enforcement officers until they used teargas to daze him and apprehend him. He was sentenced to life in prison with no possibility of parole for 31 years.

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Sen. Moran Honors the Anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education


 

Several Kansans are honoring the 65th Anniversary of the Supreme Court decision in Brown v. Board of Education. Earlier this week, Senator Jerry Moran joined the Kansas delegation in introducing a resolution recognizing the anniversary and its importance to the state and the country.

 

Moran says the legacy is one that requires all Americans to uphold that all men and women are created equal. He asks every American to commit to racial justice and equal opportunity.

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Fab Lab Applications Now Being Accepted


 

 

ICC's Jim Correll says applications are now being accepted for the Fab Lab ICC’s STEM program for middle school girls. The program includes a three-week intensive summer-camp experience for 100 girls from middle schools across southeast Kansas. The camp is scheduled July 15-August 2, Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the ICC campus. Participants will experience courses in augmented and virtual reality, coding, 3D design, and entrepreneurship. The camp includes field trips, guest speakers and a final project assignment incorporating the the problem-solving skills. With grant funding provided by the Verizon Foundation, the entire camp experience is free, but application is required at www.fablabicc.org. As part of the application process, prospective campers are asked to submit a short paragraph explaining why they would like to participate in camp. transportation will be available via several area bus stops in southeast Kansas. Girls meeting camp attendance criteria will receive a free Verizon tablet as a take-home gift, among other perks and camp souvenirs.

 

The Verizon Innovative Learning program is a tremendous opportunity for us to engage and inspire our area youth,” said Jim Correll, director of Independence Community College’s Fab Lab ICC. “We look forward to providing our campers with exposure to innovation on many levels and piquing their interest in STEM-related entrepreneurial pursuits.”

 

More information on the summer camp is available by contacting camp director Joanne Smith at fabcreativeservices@gmail.com, (620) 330-3006.

 

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Board Openings For City of Coffeyville


 

The Coffeyville Board of Commissioners is accepting applications for several City Boards. The deadline to receive and submit an application is 5 p.m. on June 5th. The commissioners will then review all received applications and make appointments at the June 11 meeting. Prospective board members must attend the June 11 meeting to be appointed. Posted below is information for the openings currently available:

 

CITY PLANNING COMMISSION – This seven-member board has two positions available to fill unexpired terms.  Applicants must be residents of the City of Coffeyville.  This Board meets the first Tuesday of each month at 5:30 p.m.

 

MONTGOMERY COUNTY COMMUNITY CORRECTIONS – There are three open positions for two-year terms on the Montgomery County Community Corrections Board serving to January 1, 2021.  Meetings for this board are called by the County.  There are no residency requirements stated.

 

MONTGOMERY COUNTY JUVENILE CORRECTIONS BOARD – This Board has three, three-year terms available serving to June 30, 2022.  Meetings for this board are called by the County.   There are no residency requirements stated.

 

Applications for board appointments can be picked up in the City Clerk's office at City Hall, 102 W. 7th St. Applications can also be downloaded on the city's website, www.coffeyville.com. More information can also be obtained by calling the City Clerk's office at 252-6108 or emailing cprice@coffeyville.com.

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Road Closed Near Community Elementary Tomorrow Morning


 

A heads up for those who will be in the area of Sherwin Williams Park tomorrow morning.

 

4th Street between Gump and Lewark will be closed tomorrow from 8:00am until noon as Thompson Brothers relocates equipment from 4th Street to Cline.

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CFA Low Adoption Fees


 

An abundance of dogs and cats available for adoption at the Coffeyville Friends of Animal Shelter.  CFA's Becky Barnhardt says right now they have really low adoption fees.

 

Barnhardt says for those who are already animal owners to make sure they have a cool place as the days get hotter and hotter.

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Landslide Opposition to USD 286 School Bond


 

Chautauqua County USD 286 bond election results are 168 yes and 645 no. About 50 percent of voters turned out for this election last week with 838 ballots cast, and 25 provisional ballots will be determined during canvassing of the votes. The outcome of the election was determined by the landslide opposition to the bond issue.

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Allen County Considering 911 Services for Chanute


 

The City of Chanute is in limbo with their 911 emergency system. Will they stay with Neosho County or go with Allen County? They've been unhappy with Neosho County services which is $180,000 with annual increases but no improvements.

 

Allen County 911 Communications Director Angela Murphy said it would cost about $167,000 annually to absorb Chanute into the Allen County system, and Chanute would have the extra cost of hiring three more licensed employees. Murphy recommends Chanute pay $200-250,000 per year for Allen County services, but Allen county commissioners are hesitant to act without more communication with Neosho county and City of Chanute together. Neosho county commission is not fully staffed after the resignation of David Bideau, and Murphy said Chanute city officials told her they are not willing to re-engage in talks with Neosho county and would look elsewhere if unable to join Allen County's services.

 

Allen County commissioner Bill King pointed out that the need for protection such as a 3 to 5-year agreement for the project because the Chanute city manager position is a revolving door and questions if city manager Jeff Cantrell will be in the position next year, and a new manager could pull out and go back to Neosho County services.

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Student Caught Selling Candy Bars to Attend STEM Program


 

A 6th grade student with a goal of being an orthodontist was nominated by her math teacher for the National Youth Leadership Forum in Dallas, Texas. Coffeyville Elementary student, Lizandra Ortega, was seen by her teacher, Karlas Moore, selling candy bars to raise the money to attend the STEM program, so Moore found Lizandra a $500 scholarship.

 

Lizandra said she was inspired by Mrs. Moore's class and is now a math and science buff. Thanks to Moore, she will be at the National Youth Leadership Forum held July 6th through the 11th at the University of Texas-Dallas.

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Cherryvale Museum the Focus of KSU Guidance


 

Cherryvale Museum will be receiving guidance and advice from four Kansas University graduate students this summer. The students will work with the city's historical society to provide advice on archival methods, marketing, and historical presentations for the museum.

 

While the KSU grads will be consulting museums in other Kansas communities including Junction City, Abilene, Ellsworth, and Wilson among others, Cherryvale will be the focus of the KSU team.

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Tornado Assistance Between Osage and Kay Counties Reciprocated


 

Osage County Emergency Manager Jerry Roberts and his team extended a helping hand to the residents of Kay County last week when an EF-1 tornado struck downtown Newkirk, OK. Roberts said it was an even bigger challenge because I-35 was closed along that area due to flooding. Roberts and his team were in the Newkirk area for the better part of a day doing what they could.

 

Roberts said when the Fairfax tornado hit Osage County last year, emergency personnel from Kay County helped in the recovery process.

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Coffeyville Commissioners Agree to Contracts


 

Poppy Day is now officially May 25th in Coffeyville as commissioners presented a proclamation to representatives of the American Legion Auxiliary at Tuesday's commission meeting.

 

Commissioners also approved an Economic Development Rider Service Agreement with GRDA, authorized the redemption and payment of taxable industrial revenue bonds for Harmon Properties (or Best Western Hotel).

 

Also, they approved a 2019-2020 agreement with the Montgomery County Action Council, as well as a contract with Muller Construction for the clean up of five demolition sites. Plus, a contract with G & G Dozer for demolition of 12 structures was approved, and an addendum to the water purchase contract with RWD #14.

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Remembering Brown V. Board Of Education


 

This week, 2nd District Congressman Steve Watkins joined with Senator Pat Roberts to offer  bipartisan resolutions in both Capitol Hill Chambers, to recognize the 65th anniversary of the landmark Brown v. Board of Education Supreme Court decision ending segregation in Kansas and across the United States.

 

“It is important to recognize the contributions of Kansans like Oliver and Linda Brown and their fight to ensure there is equal justice for all Americans,” said Senator Roberts.  

 

Congressman Watkins, who represents Coffeyville in DC,  added:  “At the age of just nine-years-old, Linda Brown’s courage remains an example of the best our nation has to offer. In 1954, in the face of decades of legalized discrimination, Linda Brown and her family emerged victorious at the Supreme Court.”

 

The US Supreme Court’s decision found that separate, but equal simply was not.  The Brown Family of Topeka was represented by then future Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall. The resolutions had the support of the entire Kansas federal delegation.  


Kansas Suing Drug Company Over Unlawful Marketing


 

The state of Kansas today filed a lawsuit against drug company Purdue Pharma alleging unlawful marketing practices surrounding its opioid products. The lawsuit, filed today in Shawnee County District Court, seeks civil penalties and injunctive relief under the Kansas Consumer Protection Act. It alleges that Purdue repeatedly made false and deceptive claims that its opioid products were safe and suitable for a wide range of pain patients and that Purdue failed to support its claims with adequate medical research.

 

Some of the false claims included as part of the lawsuit include:

  • Its opioid products posed a low risk of addiction.
  • Symptoms of addiction were in fact only “pseudoaddiction” indicating the need for more opioids.
  • Long-term opioid use improved patients’ quality of life and function.
  • Opioids were suitable for vulnerable groups such as elderly patients and veterans.

 

Kansas is not the only state to file a lawsuit against Purdue. Four other states filed their own lawsuits today, the result of a months-long investigation into opioid manufacturers and distributors.

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Buckle Up For the Upcoming Holiday


 

 

Click it Or Ticket. Law enforcement agencies across Kansas will be taking a no-excuses to saving lives around this upcoming  Memorial Day weekend. Tickets will be issued to unbuckled occupants as a harsh reminder of the importance of seatbelt use at all times. Any adult not wearing their seat belt could be issued a $30 traffic citation. More than 50 percent of traffic fatalities in Kansas in 2017 were unrestrained. Many of these individuals could have survived the car crash if they had only worn their seat belt. “The Click it. Or ticket. campaign isn’t about issuing citations, it’s about saving lives,” said Technical Trooper Ben Gardner, of the Kansas Highway Patrol “Too many people die in motor vehicle crashes who could have survived if they had only buckled up.” The Click It. Or Ticket. campaign runs May 20 through June 2.

 

It is prohibited to drive or ride as a passenger in a motor vehicle without wearing a seat belt for a good reason. In 2017, 53 percent of the 316 deaths from automobile crashes in Kansas were not buckled. Pick-up truck drivers, young adults and males are among some of the worst offenders and most at-risk. “Frustratingly, there are still people out there who do not take that extra second to buckle up,” said Chris Bortz, KDOT Traffic Safety Program Manager. “Any adult not wearing their seat belt could be issued a $30 traffic citation. Make a better decision and buckle up, every trip, every time.” In 2018, the Kansas observed seat belt usage was 84 percent, below the national average of 90 percent, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.  Education coupled with enforcement can raise this rate and ultimately save lives.

 

*CLICK OR TICKET*

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Memorial Day Travel Info. & Tips


 

 

Stay safe next Holiday Weekend! 43 million Americans will start their summers with a Memorial Day weekend getaway. This long holiday weekend, will see the second-highest travel volume on record since AAA began tracking in 2000. An additional 1.5 million more people will take to the nation’s roads, rails and runways compared with last year, a 3.6% increase. Despite a rising national gas price average that is inching closer to the $3 per gallon mark, the vast majority of holiday travelers will drive to their destinations. For the 37.6 million Americans traveling by automobile, AAA predicts drivers will experience the greatest amount of congestion on Thursday, May 24 and Friday, May 25 in the late afternoon as commuters leave work early and mix with holiday travelers. Several major U.S. metros could experience double the travel times compared to a normal trip, while areas like New York and Washington, D.C., could see three times the delay.

 

By the numbers: 2019 Memorial Day holiday travel forecast

  • Automobiles: The vast majority of travelers – 37.6 million – will hit the road, the most on record for the holiday and 3.5% more than last year.

  • Planes: 3.25 million people will take to the skies, 4.8% more than last year, second only to 2005.

  • Trains, Buses and Cruise Ships: Travel across these sectors will increase by 3.8% to 1.9 million passengers.

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2019 Kansas Airstrip Attack


 

 

 

Lambos, Ferraris, and other fast cars sound fun right? Shift S3ctor in partnership with revvolution.com is having their first annual Kansas event right here in the S.E.K. where you may get to see those super cars and others, and some will exceed speeds of 210 MPH. Shift S3ctor Representative Jason Huang gave KGGF news the preview of the ticket prices. If you order right now from kansasairstripattack.com it will be 20 dollars per day or 30 dollars for both. If you choose to pay at the door it will cost 25 at the gate.

 

The event takes place Saturday May 25th and Sunday May 26th at the Independence Municipal Airport and will start up at 8AM. This is the first to ever to come to Kansas so you don’t miss out on an entertaining afternoon with everyone in the family. For more information head online to kansasairstripattack.com

 

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Rep. Estes Supports Second Amendment Supreme Court Case


 

Congressman Ron Estes yesterday announced his support for the Second Amendment as an important court case rolls on. Estes has signed on to an amicus curiae brief supporting the U.S. Supreme Court case New York State Rifle & Pistol Association Inc. v. City of New York. The case, brought by the NYSRPA, challenges New York City’s law banning the transportation of firearms by city residents to any location outside city limits.

 

The case is the first Second Amendment case heard by the nation's highest court in over a decade. Estes is one of over 100 members to have signed onto the amicus brief supporting the case.

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Mural Project Begins in Downtown Coffeyville


 

Another mural project is underway in downtown Coffeyville. As part of Coffeyville's Reawakening, the west side of the Security 1st Title building across from the Midland Theater will be adorned with an extensive mural covering the city's history. The mural will begin on the north end of the building and continue all the way to the south end. Michael DeRosa, a fine arts instructor at Coffeyville Community College, began prep work on the wall yesterday and will continue to prep for the next few days.

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Teachers Get a Raise at USD 445


 

Teachers working for USD 445, Coffeyville Public Schools, are getting a pay raise. Superintendent Dr. Craig Correll shares the good news (click to hear him on the airwaves tell us about it). That's indeed great news for our teachers who can look forward to another $2,000 added to their annual salary starting next school year.

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Sign Language Classes at Field Kindley


 

A sign language class will be available at Coffeyville's Field Kindley High School. Superintendent Dr. Craig Correll said some students requested the class last year, and the district has been working on it since then. Click here to hear him talk about it.

 

The sign language class is composed of two, separate online courses. Dr. Correll said they talked with students and parents up front about the cost which is $483 per course, so if a student took the second level course, the cost is another $483. Dual college credit might also be available. Here's Correll speaking about that as well.

 

For more information, call Coffeyville Public Schools at 620-252-6400.

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Free Friday Banquet Commemorating Local Legend & Legacy


 

A film producer will be introduced by City Manager Mark Hall at a special event this Friday at Coffeyville's Country Club – for the 100th Anniversary Commemoration Banquet honoring the life of a local legend and legacy, Verna May (Hall) Linzey. The host, chaplain and retired Major Jim Linzey of the Military Bible Association, tells us more. 

 

He said Coffeyville is dear to his heart and plans to share his vision for revitalizing Coffeyville at Friday's banquet. Click here to hear a little about his plans before he shares all about it Friday.

 

Social hour begins at 5:30 with a complimentary non-alcoholic bar, and the dinner begins at 6:30 at Coffeyville's Country Club, 1322 Inglewood Ave. A few spots are left and it's free to the public, but you need to call to make your reservation. Call Jim at 760-855-3905.

 

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Weekend Might Bring More Storms to SEK


 

The month of May continues to bring storm after storm to southeastern Kansas as another weather pattern will threaten the area this weekend. A large storm is expected to develop over the western part of the state around Friday evening before sliding east toward south central and southeastern Kansas by Saturday morning.

 

Strong winds, hail, and potentially flooding rain is possible, with the highest chances for such weather occuring on Saturday, Monday and Tuesday, and Sunday potentially providing a brief respite. In case of severe weather, stay tuned to KGGF at 690 AM for continual weather updates and 24/7 severe weather coverage.

 

 

 

 

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Kansas Senate Unanimously Rejects Appeals Court Nominee


 

The Kansas Senate unanimously voted against a nominee for the Court of Appeals yesterday, citing tweets directed toward the president and other Republicans. The senate voted 38-0 to reject Labette County District Judge Jeffry Jack, who in 2017 had made several tweets toward President Donald Trump and other high-profile Republicans. Many of the tweets contained vulgar language.

 

With the result of yesterday's vote in place, Governor Laura Kelly became the first Kansas governor to have an appeals court nominee rejected. Kelly herself had campaigned for senators to reject Jack after the state Supreme Court ruled in March that she could not withdraw her nomination.

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Caney Native Completes Program


 

A graduate of Caney Valley High School is among 16 Oklahoma technology center student services employees recently graduating from the Oklahoma Department of CareerTech’s Student Services Endorsement Program.  The program Tiffany Bruce completed is designed to equip student services employees with a foundation in the philosophy, knowledge, and skills that are unique to Oklahoma’s CareerTech System.

 

Bruce is employed by Tri County Technology Center in Bartlesville.  

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Fab Lab and Green Bush Continue Partnership for Summer Boot Camps


 

Fab Lab ICC has been doing Summer Boot Camps since 2014 but within the last two years they have partnered with Green Bush. Director Jim Correll says they have some great camps planned for this summer.

 

Correll says this is for grades third through twelfth. Community Solutions takes place June 17-20, Design It, Build It, Take It Home has two session June 3-6 and July 8-11 and the Robotics Camps are June 10-13 and June 24-27.

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Looking Back At Legislative Session


 

Kansas Governor Laura Kelly reflects on the legislative session, her first as chief executive.  The Topeka Democrat says significant progress has been made to rebuild Kansas. She cites increased public school funding, the steps taken to repair the foster care system, and the start of the process to reduce transfers from the “Bank of KDOT.”  That’s the money from the highway transportation program moved to other projects.  

 

The highway fund is one of Kansas’ most important job-creating tools, according to Governer Kelly. 


William Inge Festival Kicks Off Next Week


 

Just one week remains until the 38th annual William Inge Theater Festival, taking place May 22nd through May 25th at the campus of Independence Community College. Several events are planned and plenty of honorees have been announced for the festival. One such honoree is Octavio Solis, who will be receiving the 2019 Distinguished Achievement in the American Theater Award.

 

Other events planned for the week include several workshops and a book reading featuring Solis. The event will kickoff on the 22nd with a community viewing of the movie Coco in the Community National Bank parking lot. The movie will begin at 7 p.m.

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Attorney General Announces Supreme Court Decision


 

The U.S. Supreme Court overturned an almost 40-year old ruling yesterday, declaring that states cannot be sued in the court of other states without its consent. The court decided to overrule the 1979 case Nevada v. Hall, which allowed for out-of-state lawsuits. Kansas and 43 other states had previously filed an amicus brief to the court urging for a reversal of the decision.

 

Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt said the decision is a victory for state sovereignty, and will allow for the state to further protect itself. A full copy of the court's decision can be viewed here.

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Big Grant for Kansas' Largest Airport


 

A $6.6 million grant will go towards repairing and improving Kansas' largest commercial airport. The U.S. Department of Transportation awarded the grant to Wichita Dwight D. Eisenhower National Airport. U.S.

 

Congressman Ron Estes of Kansas says the grant is great news for our region and state because Eisenhower airport is critical for our region’s transportation needs, connectivity and overall economy, and this grant will make sure Eisenhower is viable for many years.

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USD 445 Meeting: School Bond Facility Upgrades


 

School bond requirements and facility upgrades on the table for Coffeyville Public Schools, USD 445. Yesterday evening was the monthly school board meeting. Superintendent Dr. Craig Correll encourages you to attend an informational meeting this week, open to the public (Click the blue link to hear him on the airwaves).

 

You have a choice to attend either Thursday evening or Friday morning. Thursday the 16th starts at 6:00pm at the Food Service Center behind Roosevelt Middle School, and Friday the 17th starts at 8:00am at the Board of Education Office on S. Ellis St. For more information, call the board office at 620-252-6400.

 

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This Week: Caney Drug Awareness Meeting


 

This Thursday,  May 16, the Caney Neighbhorhood Watch Program and Caney Police Department are hosting an informational meeting on drug awareness in the Caney City Council room. Police Chief Ron Wade is encouraging all residents to attend and especially urges parents to take the time and learn the signs and symptoms of children misusing prescription or illicit drugs.

 

Chief Wade says the symptoms look like normal teenager or young adult behavior, and it's important to figure out the difference. If you attend, use the east door of the Caney City Hall.

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Cherryvale Approves Removing Contaminated Soil


 

City of Cherryvale ordinances are being modified to prepare for the removal of lead-contaminated soils throughout multiple residential properties. City councilors approved modifying four existing ordinances to help landowners comply with the permitting process and dispose of the contaminated soils which stem from past smelting activities in the 1890's and 1970's.

 

U.S. Steel and Citigroup will remove the soil and replace with fresh soil, all paid for by those companies.

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Indy High School Choir's Final Performance of the Year


 

Independence High School is having their last choir concert of the year tomorrow, Wednesday the 15th in their Performing Arts Center. Admission is free.

 

Led by Ericka Smith, the concert will include the works by Z. Randall Stroope, Joseph Martin, Dan Forrest, and Eric Whitacre. Both traditional and familiar tunes such as “Defying Gravity” from Wicked, “The Lion Sleeps Tonight” by the Tokens, and the 2003 pop hit “You Raise Me Up”.

 

Graduating seniors will be recognized there as well.

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Have Type O Blood? - Donate in Coffeyville This Week


Calling all healthy people, especially those with Type O blood – You are encouraged to donate your blood this week in Coffeyville. Only 7% of the U.S. population has type O-negative blood which can be transfused to patients with any blood type.

 

Right now the Red Cross has less than a two-day supply of type O blood for emergency rooms. As a thank you, with a valid email address, you can get a $5 Amazon gift card emailed to you.

 

Coffeyville's blood drive is this Thursday and Friday, the 16th the 17th at First Baptist Church, 304 W. 9th St. Download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App to make an appointment or get more details. Or visit redcrossblood.org or call 800-RED CROSS (that's 800-733-2767).

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KDOT Recognized at AUVSI Awards


 

The Kansas Department of Transportation's Aviation Division was recognized by the Association for Unmanned Vehicles Systems International (AUVSI) at the organization's XCELLENCE Awards on April 30. KDOT received second place in the Operations & Safety Organization category for its UAS Safety Risk Management Program.

 

The program seeks to implement advanced UAS (Unmanned Aircraft Systems) operations statewide for more than 25 industry partners, and also implements UAS Standard Operating Procedures, training and safety management systems to promote aviation safety. KDOT had the program reviewed by the FAA and will continue to update the program to fit current UAS safety standards.

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CRMC Foundation Accepting Applications for Scholarship


 

The mission of the CRMC Foundation is to support Coffeyville Regional Medical Center as it provides the highest quality healthcare to patients and families. One way the Foundation supports CRMC is by assisting students who are interested in pursuing or advancing their education in a healthcare field. Applications are currently being accepted for the Best Family Medical Scholarship and the Han Family Endowment for Healthcare Education.

 

Students who are interested in applying for a scholarship through the CRMC Foundation may download an application on the hospital’s website or contact Director of the Foundation Cari Redden via email or call 620-252-1674. Completed applications must be received by the Foundation by July 26th.

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White Oak Grad Finishes Air Force Basic


 

U.S. Air Force Reserve Airman 1st Class Jessica K. Dear graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas. The airman completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills. Airmen who complete basic training also earn four credits toward an associate in applied science degree through the Community College of the Air Force.

 

Dear is the daughter of Ronnie and Melissa Powell of Vinita, Oklahoma. She is the granddaughter of Gwendolyn and Bob Giles of Big Cabin, Oklahoma, and Arline and Lloyd Powell of Vinita, Oklahoma. She is the wife of Seth Dear of Big Cabin. The airman is a 2007 graduate of White Oak Public School in Vinita.

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Gun Found at Bartlesville School


 

A concerned parent alerted staff at Bartlesville's Madison Middle School of a missing gun at home that a student might have taken to school this morning. BPD states that a Student Resource Officer responded to the call at 9:26am. Executive Director of Communications Granger Meador says they are grateful for the parents that alerted BPS as soon as they discovered the missing gun from home.

 

Meador says this is a perfect example of BPS's on-going goal to minimize distractions during the school day while keeping everyone as safe as possible. Staff located the student, searched the student's backpack, and then retraced the student's steps at school finding the weapon in a restroom hidden above a ceiling tile.

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Fallen K9 Honored in D.C.


 

The Nowata Police Department remembered a fallen K9 at the National Law Enforcement Memorial in Washington D.C. over the weekend.

 

K9 officer Smokey died in the line of duty last year. A memorial service was held earlier last September to mourn the loss of Smokey. All together, 36 K9s lost their lives in the line of duty in 2018.

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Arrest Warrant Issued for Goode


 

The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office is looking for 23 year-old Tristan Goode. An arrest warrant has been obtained for Goode for burglary. There are also additional felony warrants from another county. Goode should be considered armed and dangerous.

 

If you have information on his whereabouts please call 620-330-1000 or your local law enforcement agency.

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CPD Honors National Police Week


 

This week is National Police Week. In recognition of this week, the Coffeyville Police Department's flag at the Emergency Service Building has been lowered and all sworn officers are wearing the mourning band on their badge throughout the week.

 

May 15 is Peace Officers’ Memorial Day, and all flags will be flown at half staff.

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Kansas Among Several States Involved With Drug Lawsuit


 

The state of Kansas has joined 42 other states and Puerto Rico in a lawsuit against 20 of the nation's largest generic drug manufacturers, Attorney General Derek Schmidt announced today. The lawsuit claims the companies conspired to artificially inflate and manipulate prices, while reducing competition and restraining trade on more than 100 different generic drugs.

 

The lawsuit was filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Connecticut and, according to Schmidt, seeks to recover damages, civil penalties and actions by the court to restore competition to the generic drug market. The complaint is the second multistate lawsuit filed during an ever-expanding investigation into generic drug price fixing. The first lawsuit, filed in 2016 in Pennsylvania, is still pending.

 

A full copy of the complaint can be viewed here.

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Multiple Items Approved for Public Works


 

The Montgomery County Commissioners met this morning and Public Works had several items on the agenda. 13 bids were requested for the 2019 Asphalt Project but only one bid was recieved and it was awarded to Heckert Construction.  The commission approved the purchase of a tractor with boom mower from O’Malley Equipment and awarded the job of the radio tower removal from the courthouse to Taylor Crane and Rigging. 

 

In other business the commissioners were given a demonstration on ADA compliant election equipment. 

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MG CO Board Of Commissioners To Meet


 

The Montgomery County Commission meets Monday morning in the lower level of the Judicial Center at 9 o’clock. The agenda includes a report from Public Works Coordinator  Jim Wright. E S & S will meet with commissioners to demonstrate some election equipment.  County Treasurer Nancy Clubine will meet with the board in executive session. 

 

There will also be time for comments from the public. 

 

 

 

 

 


Escapee Caught In Yates Center


 

The last of three men who escaped from the Woodson County jail lands back behind bars late this week.  After receiving a tip authorities arrested Jordan Stout Just after 8 o’clock in the morning. A spokeperson from the Woodson County Sheriff's Department says Stout was apparently returning the pickup truck he had used to escape. Stout is from Yates Center.

 

At the time of his escape he had been jailed on charges of criminal threat and a trespass related to a domestic issue.


Injury Collision Near Thayer


 

Kansas Highway Patrol troopers spent a portion of Friday afternoon investigating a crash between a car and a four-wheeler. Troopers report the wreck happened three miles north of Thayer, near 120th Road and Chase Road. Investigators say 54-year-old Mark Garretson was traveling eastbound on 120th Road and 61-year-old Daniel Joe Roecker was traveling southbound on Chase Road. Roecker passed through the intersection as Garretson struck the rear of the four-wheeler.

 

Roecker was transported to Neosho Memorial Hospital for treatment of his injuries. Garretson was not hurt. 

 

 

 

 


Graduation Day For Blue Devils


 

Sedan High School holds its commencement ceremony this morning.  Mark Stewart, a Sedan native and 1987 graduate of SHS, served as the keynote speaker.  Stewart served many years as a Big 12 officiant, he is now in his second year with the National Football League.  He shared with students that, in life, you will make mistakes, but you don’t have to make the same mistake twice.

 

He reminded students to try for what they want.  However, know that if it doesn’t work, you need to get up an try something else.  

 

 

 


Hunt Continues For SEK Suspect


 

The Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office continues the search for a fugitive.  Investigators say 31-year-old Christina Louise Sigmon, of Pittsburg, Kansas, is described as 5’02, 120 pounds, blonde hair, green eyes. She is wanted on Felony Controlled Substance related charges. If you are aware of Sigmon’s whereabouts  contact the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office at 620-429-3992 or 620-848-3000.

 

You can also submit information by texting 888777.  There you can type “tip cherokee” in  the message field followed by whatever information you can provide.


ICC Hires New Marketing Director


 

Independence Community College President Daniel Barwick has announced the hiring of Cordell Jordan as the Marketing Director for ICC. Jordan has significant experience in marketing, communications and strategic planning, particularly in the field of education. Jordan is an ICC alumnus with family roots in southeast Kansas. In addition to his associate degree from ICC, Cordell also holds a degree in journalism from the University of Kansas, a degree in marketing from the University of Central Oklahoma and a master’s in business administration from Oklahoma Christian University. 

 

Most recently, Jordan served as the executive director of marketing and public relations at Oklahoma City Community College. Prior to arriving at OCCC, Cordell served as communications manager at Oklahoma City Public schools. He also had a distinguished career working in both radio and television news.

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O'Malley Equipment Soon To Have New Owners


 

A long time area business is expected to soon be under new ownership. O’Malley Equipment, the John Deere dealer in Independence has entered into an agreement with Prairieland Partners, LLC to acquire the Independence dealership pending John Deere approval. The acquisition is expected to be finalized next month. O’Malley Equipment has been in business in Independence for 47 years and CEO Mike O’Malley says they have known and worked with Prairieland for a longtime and it will be a good fit.

 

Once the acquisition is complete PrairieLand will employ over 400 people and have John Deere market responsibilities in 48 counties throughout Kansas and Oklahoma. The acquisition is expected to be finalized in June of 2019.

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OK State of Emergency List of Counties


 

In Oklahoma, 14 counties have been added to Gov. Kevin Stitt's State of Emergency executive order because they were impacted by the latest round of severe weather that began Tuesday, April 30th. Those counties include: Alfalfa, Beckham, Caddo, Custer, Dewey, Greer, Kay, Kingfisher, Kiowa, Jackson, Noble, Roger Mills, Washita and Woods.

 

Now 66 counties fall under Gov. Stitt’s State of Emergency declaration. The counties of Nowata, Osage and Washington fall on the "long list". Under the executive order, state agencies can make emergency purchases and acquisitions needed to expedite the delivery of resources to local jurisdictions. The declaration also marks a first step toward seeking federal assistance if necessary.

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Concealed Handguns and Constitutional Rights


 

Kansas travelers are deprived of their Second Amendment rights by extreme restrictions by other states on the recognition of out-of-state concealed carry licenses, according to Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt last week to he 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. Kansas concealed carry permits are recognized by 40 states, but permits are not allowed in 10 other states including Illinois which has a statute prohibiting residents of 45 states from carrying firearms.

 

AG Schmidt and 15 other state attorneys general asked the full circuit court to reconsider a recent ruling by a three-judge panel upholding the Illinois statute. They said Americans do not lose their constitutional rights when they cross state lines because the Second Amendment right belongs to all Americans extending to self-defense outside the home. But for residents of 45 states including Kansas, that stops at the Illinois border.

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Kids and Others Share about CES Career Day


 

 

USD 445's Community Elementary in Coffeyville had their Career Day event today/Friday, May 10th. Fourteen companies were set up outside for Kindergarden through 3rd grade students to visit and learn about potential careers. School Counselor Amy Ford, Vice Principal Tim Heflin, and 3rd Grade Teacher Jeremy Bruington tell us about it.
 

A few of those showcasing to students included a member of the Farm Bureau, Heartland Coach Limousine, John Deere, Mercy Hospital Joplin, First Student, Kansas State Troopers, Coffeyville Public Works, and Coffeyvill's Police, Fire, and EMS. Click here to hear from of a few of them who presented to the students 

 

Three adoreable kiddos tell us what they enjoyed most. Click here to listen to them on the airwaves!

 

 

Thanks to all of you who made this happen for our kids. 

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Independence City Commission Adopts Floodplain Ordinance


The Independence City Commission unanimously approved the adoption of a revised floodplain map and ordinance at its regular meeting Thursday. Ordinance #4297 requires buildings constructed within the 100-year flood zone to be at least 2 feet above the base flood elevation level. Through adopting the ordinance, the City of Independence will move closer to obtaining lower premiums for residents living in the floodplain through eligibility in the FEMA Flood Insurance Program.

 

Don Cushing, the floodplain manager for the city, said the ordinance will mirror similar regulations adopted in the rest of Montgomery County. The commission's approval also ensures every town in the county has the same floodplain regulations. The ordinance will be posted online for public viewing.

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Food Drive Saturday For USPS


 

The blue bag reminders should be showing up in your mailbox.  It is time again for the National Association of Letter Carriers annual drive to Stamp Out Hunger.  Customers are asked to place non-perishable food items in the bag or another bag or box. Any canned goods, pastas, soups, and proteins such as canned chicken or tuna are welcomed. Items in glass are discouraged. 

 

Postal customers can place the unexpired items by their mailboxes on Saturday, May 11th. The USPS will arrange pick up. 


State of Emergency Issued for Kansas Counties


 

Kansas Governor Laura Kelly has declared a state of emergency for the following counties. Barber, Chase, Clark, Cowley, Geary, Greenwood, Harvey, Marion, Meade, Neosho, Osage, Ottawa, Reno, Rice and Sumner. Additional counties may be added later.

 

According to Emergency Management Director Rick Whitson Montgomery County is currently not expected to experience any significant flooding. Whitson sasy he is coordinating efforts with the Corps of Engineers in Toronto, Fall River and Elk City, the National Weather Service and the Kansas Division of Emergency Management and will post any threats with as much notice as possible.

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Public Service Recognition Week


 

Public Service Recognition Week is taking place this week.  Created in 1985, this week was established to honor all men and women who work for the public.  The City of Coffeyville has 150 employees represented in the various departments including electric, finance, fire, IT, police and public works.

 

Thank you to all the employees for their expertise, willingness and dedication to serving the Coffeyville citizens.

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Full Schedule in Coffeyville this Saturday


 

A busy Saturday in store for the City of Coffeyville with several different actives planned. Chamber of Commerce Director Candi Westbrook says there could be a number of visitors in town.

 

Westbrook encourages the people of Coffeyville and business owners to put a smile on their face this Saturday, because you never know when you can turn a one time visit into multiple.

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Elk City High Alumni Banquet


 

Elk City High School's Annual Alumni Banquet is scheduled for May 25th at the Independence High School cafeteria at 10th and Oak Streets. All former Elk City School students, employees, and their family and friends are encouraged to drop by for an evening of food, fun, and entertainment.

 

The evening starts at 5:30 for a social gathering with appetizers. Dinner will be served at 6:30 with entertainment provided by Moccasin Bend. A minimum of $20.00 per person donation will be excepted at the door.

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NFL and Ravens CCC Alumni Speaks to Graduates


 

Coffeyville Community College has another special speaker for this year's graduation held this Saturday, May 11th. Akin Ayodele (“Oh DELL”) played in the 1998 season for the Coffeyville Red Ravens when he was named second team NJCAA All-American defensive end, and selected first team All-Jayhawk Conference, holding his place as second on the Ravens all-time season tackles with 33.

 

He went on to the NFL, played with the Jacksonville Jaguars, Dallas Cowboys, Miami Dolphins, and Buffalo Bills. He graduated from Purdue University with a Liberal Arts degree focusing on Psychology & Law in Society with a minor in Organizational Leadership, and through the NFL Business Program, took courses at Harvard Business School, and has an MBA from George Washington University.

 

As a philanthropist and serial entrepreneur, he co-founded The Dream Builders Foundation & Eagle Rock Wealth Management, and now invests in film production, restaurants, event hosting, real estate, technologies, distribution chain, and private equity.

 

You can hear Ayodele's address to this year's graduates this Saturday, 10:00am at CCC's Nellis Hall.

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Indy Student Actor Awarded at State Level


 

A student actor from Independence has been recognized at the state level. Justin Turner is a junior at Independence High School where he was in the spring musical “West Side Story” in the role as Tony.

 

He earned Outstanding Lead Actor in a Kansas high school play for the 2018-19 school year, presented at the Music Theatre of Wichita's Jester Awards Ceremony, along with a $2,500 scholarship. Congratulations, Justin!

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Nowata Inmate Charged for Escaping Jail


 

The Nowata inmate who escaped jail Monday night was arraigned Thursday morning at the Nowata County Courthouse. 24-year-old Caleb Epple was charged with one count of felony for escaping. Judge Carl Gibson set Epple’s bond at $125,000. Epple allegedly walked out the jail's back door which was left unlocked, and he was out of custody for approximately 40 hours before being tracked down in Nowata Wednesday afternoon just a few blocks away.

 

Sheriff Mirta Hallett said breaking and entering while eluding police could be additional charges, but the State of Oklahoma did not proceed with that. Epple has other felonies pending including assault and battery of a police officer, burglary in the first degree, and burglary in the second degree. Epple expressed interest in representing himself, but Judge Gibson plans to appoint counsel from the Oklahoma Indigent Defense System. He's due back in court next week on the 15th.

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Train Derailed in Southeast Kansas


 

Due to heavy rains Monday night, a train derailed in Wilson County near the City of Roper near Hwy 39 and Ness Rd. It included several tankers carrying Argon gas which was released as a precautionary measure. Other cars were loaded with freight on the southbound Union Pacific train.

 

At least seven cars were derailed due to the rail bed being apparently washed out by rain storms. Officials say a total of 19 rail cars were involved, none carrying hazardous materials, and no one was injured.

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Ribbon Cutting and Grand Opening Specials at Nichol's Hitching Post


 

Nichol's Hitching Post Discount Grocery Store in Coffeyville will be having it's Red Ribbon Cutting Event this Friday at 9:30am, and their Grand Opening is Saturday, May 11th from 9am-7pm. The entire store will be 10% off on Saturday only, including all meat specials. Speaking of, they are currently stocked with Sugardale whole hams for Mother's Day, so get yours while supplies last.

 

All specials are extended to the Parsons store, Nichols Trading Post. Anyone who shops at either store on Thursday, Friday or Saturday, will receive a ticket for giveaways. Gift certificates and updates will be posted on their Facebook page. KGGF will be there from 10-12 for a live cast.

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Prayerfully Protesting Kansas Supreme Court in Topeka


 

Kansans For Life, the state's pro-life advocacy group, is in Topeka today (May 9th) from 11-12 noon for a "prayerful protest" in opposition to the Kansas Supreme Court's ruling they say removed the ability of Kansas legislators to continue to legislate on the abortion issue. They say that decision threatens to overturn all the pro-life laws on the books, and will stop any in the future if the Kansas Constitution is not amended.

 

Their protest will be on the sidewalk bordering 10th Ave. on the North side of the street, the South side of the capitol facing the Kansas Supreme Court Building. For more information, go online to kfl.org where you can sign a petition about amending the Constitution. They also have a new KFL YouTube channel.

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Nowata Inmate Back in Custody


 

The inmate who escaped from the Nowata jail Monday night after a door was left unlocked has been captured. Caleb Epple was apprehended around 1:40 this afternoon. Nowata County Sheriff Mirta Hallett confirmed that Epple was arrested in the City of Nowata.

 

Reports claim Epple was found only a few blocks from the jail. Sheriff Hallett says this mistake by the jail will lead to more extensive training.

 

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Senior Citizen Meal Site Planned for Indy


 

Independence city commissioners are considering a former ambulance station to be used as a senior citizen meal site. The Southeast Kansas Area Agency on Aging (SEKAAA) and the local Community Mission for Improved Housing (CMIH) have both requested to acquire the former EMS building at 225 E. Main which is owned by the the city which maintains it by paying $2,000 per year in utilities.

 

No action was taken but it will be voted on at an upcoming meeting. City Atttorney, Jeff Chubb is developing a proposed contract for no rent or lease payments from the organizations, but they would be responsible for utility payments.

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Update: Nowata County Jailer Says She Did Perform...


 

Former Nowata County Jailer, Cody Lowen, was arrested and charged with first-degree forcible sodomy and rape by instrumentation. Undersheriff Jason McClain said that the sheriff’s office called in the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation, with special agent Brandon Lane conducting the investigation.

 

According to an affidavit, after Lowen and another officer began the booking process for a female arrested on an outstanding warrant the evening of April 28, the victim was left alone in the cell with no other jailers or female inmates when Lowen came to the cell by himself to talk with the victim who claims she felt coerced to perform oral sex on Lowen and was afraid to scream for help thinking other officers might do the same. She also said she felt something bad would happen if she did not perform oral sex. Lowen was on one side of the cell door while the victim was in the cell.  Lowen also made an attempt to penetrate the victim but she pulled away.

 

Investigators spoke with Lowen after the incident occurred, and he stated the victim did indeed perform oral sex on him. Undersheriff McClain said Lowen was terminated once the incident was discovered. Lowen was held in Washington County before posting a $25,000 bond.

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Robbery Homicide Suspected Near Skiatook


 

The Osage County Sheriff’s Office is asking for help from the public in regards to the death of 51-year old Tracy Thomason who was found by family members in the living room of his house on Ranchland Rd. west of Skiatook last Wednesday. Thomason lived alone. Reports from The News on 6 show it appears as though Thomason died from blunt force trauma to the head.

 

Osage County Sheriff Eddie Virden says the official cause of death will be determined by the medical examiner’s office. Authorities believe robbery may have played a role in the homicide, as Virden says Thomason was saving money for medical equipment. As a result, he may have had a large sum of money at his house. The Sheriff’s Office asks anyone with information to call 918-287-3131. Callers can remain anonymous. 

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Aquatic Center Opening Soon


 

Not long until the Aquatic Center opens in Coffeyville. City crews are working to "summerize" the pool and get it ready for opening day which is Saturday, May 25th. Punch cards can be purchased at City Hall in the customer service or city clerk offices. These are $25 and are good for 10 swims – that's a $5 savings – and hey, those punch cards make great gifts, too.

 

For details on hours and rules, go the city's website coffeyville.com and click on the Living & Visiting tab.

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Water Treatment Plant Under Renovation


 

The renovation of Coffeyville's Water Treatment Plant has begun. It has a total of 6 filter beds, but the subfloor of No. 2 blew out several years ago leaving it inoperable. While the existing five beds have been adequate for the city's water demand, customer demand has increased in recent years, so the city says it's now necessary to have all six beds working to treat water.

 

BRB Contractors is the project contractor. They are removing all the filter material with 5-gallon buckets, a rope, and a pulley, because they're not able to fit any equipment in the bed. Soon all six city water filters will be up and running.

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Kansas AG Catches Scamming Company


 

A Kansas company has agreed to pay $40,000 in penalties and fees to resolve allegations it violated the Kansas Consumer Protection Act. Central RV, Inc., of Ottawa, agreed to a consent judgment pproved by Judge Eric Godderz in Franklin County District Court. Additional civil penalties of $131,000 were suspended on the condition they remain in compliance.

 

Attorney General Derek Schmidt's Consumer Protection Division began investigating Central RV in August 2016 following allegations the company was selling salvage recreational vehicles without properly disclosing their salvage status as required by law. Central RV was also alleged to be selling recreational vehicles “with all faults” and excluding the implied warranty.

 

You may obtain a copy of the consent judgment by clicking here, as well as a link recommended by the attorney general to tips on staying safe from scams by clicking here: Prevent Scams!

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Free Youth Football Clinic at ICC


 

Independence Community College is offering a free youth football clinic for all ages. It's Saturday, May 25th from 8-11am. The football clinic will be at the new multi-purpose practice field on the ICC campus.

 

Registration is from 8-9am, and the clinic from 9-11am. For more about it, contact Eric Figurski at 620-332-5608 or email him at efigurski@indycc.edu

 

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Invitation to ICC Football Scrimmage with New Head Coach


 

Area football fans are invited to Shulthis Stadium at Independence Community College this Friday evening from 6-8pm for the Spring Football Scrimmage. New Pirate recruits and returning players will match up against each other under the direction of new head football coach Kiyoshi Harris and his crew. The scrimmage event is free and open to the public.

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Grant Announced for Midland Theater Revitalization Project


 

A $90,000 Heritage Trust Fund Grant has been awarded by the Kansas Historical Society to Coffeyville's Midland Theater Foundation for the revitalization of... The Midland Theater! Darrell Harbaugh, the board's Vice President, is excited to share the news. Click the blue link to hear him talk about what the grant will cover and how it will not affect our taxes.
 

Harbaugh said they applied last November it was announced last Saturday, May 4th, that they are to receive the maximum 80/20 matching grant which will be paid after the work is complete, so it will be a reimbursement of $90,000. Harbaugh believes the work could be under way by end of summer. Anyone interested in donating to The Midland can go online to historicmidlandtheater.com. Click here for the Donation Page.

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Update on Area Flood Warnings


 

The flood warning issued for most of Southeast Kansas continues as both the Verdigris and Neosho rivers are expected to continue rising through tomorrow/Thursday morning. The Neosho River is projected to cause moderate flooding in Erie, Parsons, and Oswego when the river crests at about 10:00 tomorrow morning anywhere from 2 to 5 feet above flood stage. The Verdigris in Independence and Coffeyville is expected to reach right at or slightly below flood stage tomorrow morning.

 

And yesterday there was some confusion over the forecasted crest of the Verdigris in Independence. Chance Hayes with the National Weather Service in Wichita explains how the numbers can fluctuate a lot throughout the day.


 

You can keep up to date by going to kggfradio.com and clicking on the News tab to see interactive maps for the river and lake levels in our area. Click here for the River Levels page, and click here for the Lake Levels page.

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Upcoming ICC Graduates at 94th Annual Ceremony


 

Independence Community College will conduct its 94th annual graduation ceremony this Saturday, May 11th starting 10am at Memorial Hall. This year, 88 graduates will be presented Associate of Arts (AA), Associate of General Studies (AGS), Associate of Applied Science (AAS) and Associate of Science (AS) degrees, and honor students will be recognized.


 

Co-valedictorians of the 2019 graduating class are Dusty Brownewell, a Theatre Arts major from Mound Valley, and Michael Toothman, a Computer Science Education major from Cherryvale. The 2019 Outstanding Alumnus and keynote speaker will be John Michael “Mike” Thompson, who attended ICC in 1967-68 before transferring to the University of Kansas and later pursuing a 45-year career in financial management.


 

A presentation for the Dr. Richard M. Taylor Student Inspiration Award will recognize students who have achieved outstanding academic excellence, participated in extra-curricular activities, and served as an inspiration to others. Students who maintained a 4.0 through all semesters at ICC will be honored with the Ralph Pearson Award.

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Safety Key In Flash Flooding Situations


 

With continued rain and flooding, the Kansas Department of Transportation and Kansas Highway Patrol act to keep motorists safe.  Trooper Rick Wingate reminds drivers to have headlights and wipers on during their drive. Also, he says they should never drive into high water. It is impossible to tell how deep water is or how fast it is moving. 

 

Pay attention to Road Closed signs.  Turn Around. Don’t Drown.  


SEK Under Flood Warning...Confusion Over River Levels at Independence


The National Weather Service has issued a flood warning for most of southeast Kansas including Montgomery and surrounding counties.  But there seems to be some confusion concerning forecasted river levels at the Verdigris River in Independence. 

 

Earlier this afternoon a press release was issued by the Independence Emergency Management Director David Cowan stating that the river level at Independence was projected 37.9 feet by Wednesday evening.  Flood stage at Independence is 30 feet.  The statement said that at 37.9 feet there would be flooding in some areas of Independence.  However a service hydrologist at the National Weather Service in Wichita, Janet Salazar says the river in Independence will actually crest more than 7 feet less at 30.3 feet.

 

In Coffeyville, Public Works Director Chuck Shively says the Verdigris is forecasted to crest at 18 feet which would cause only mild flooding of some farmland outside city limits.  The 18 feet stated by Shively is the same forecasted by the National Weather Service.

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Flood Warning for SEK...Independence Sends Warning to Public


FLOOD WARNING FOR ALL SOU,THEAST KANSAS.

 

The National Weather Service has issued a Flood Warning for Independence, Kansas. The

Verdigris will rise to near 37.9 feet by Wednesday evening. The river will fall below flood

stage (30 feet) by Thursday evening.

 

A river height of 37.9’ will cause flooding of the following locations in Independence:

 

• 800 blk of North Park Blvd by the baseball field complex

• South Pennsylvania Ave at the City limits

 

Due to the rising Verdigris river, the City of Independence will be closing the Pine Street

access to the City Dam.

 

Another round of strong to severe thunderstorms is possible again later today through

tonight and again Wednesday. These storms are producing very heavy rainfall and the risk

for flash flooding to occur in the City of Independence. Citizens should be weather aware,

avoid driving in high water and be prepared to evacuate if needed.

 

The City of Independence will continue to monitor the situation closely and will update as

conditions change.

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Kansas Broadband Affected by Federal Legislation


 

Kansas is one of the most extreme examples of innaccurate broadband availability for both fixed and mobile services. U.S. Senator Jerry Moran and U.S. Representative Ron Estes are two of six federal lawmakers encouraging the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to address the accuracy of data they collect because that data is used to determine where billions of dollars are allocated for broadband.

 

The legislators are pointing out to FCC Chairman Ajit Pai, a Parsons native, that due to the way data is being collected, rural communities are particularly threatened by the current collection policy, and could cause Kansas communities to be denied eligibility to participate in federal programs, even there is critical need.

 

In a letter to the FCC Chairman, they ask to effectively allocate federal resources to unserved and underserved communities, urging the FCC to take immediate action to improve the granularity and accuracy of broadband availability maps, especially as new broadband funding initiatives like the Rural Digital Opportunity Fund are rolled out.


May 7th Performance - HILLBILLY Weddin'


 

Get ready to laugh your boots off. Tuesday, May 7th is the showing of a “HILLBILLY Weddin' by the Caney Valley High School Playmakers at the high school auditorium (Kansas USD 436). 

 

"Pa Belsnickle has seven problems – his seven unmarried daughters! Pa decides to take his shotgun off the wall as a simple method of finding the necessary husbands..."

 

The general public is welcome at the 6:30pm show, and admission is only $1 (one dollar) per person. Junior High students will be attending at 9:15 in the morning and high school students at 2pm.

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City of Caney Clean Up Week


 

Residents of Caney can get rid of unwanted junk and items during the Caney City Clean-up Week that starts this Saturday the 11th. The C&D Landfill is closed Sunday the 12th, but open again Monday the 13th through the 18th which is the following Saturday. Hours are from 8am to 6pm on all days.

 

It's completely free to dispose of appliances, furniture, miscellaneous lumber, brush, scrap metal, tree limbs, and your leaves and grass clippings. You must haul items yourself and show the gate attendant a City of Caney water bill. Regular trash pickup continues curbside. Call City Hall for more information at 620-879-2772.

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Fatal 4-Wheeler Crash


 

 

Yesterday the Montgomery County Sheriff's Deputies were called into the Labette Health emergency room to respond to an individual who had been taken by a personal vehicle after crashing on a 4-wheeler. 29 year old Jacob M. Morse has died as a result of the his injuries in the incident after witnesses say his 4 wheeler crashed into a tree. The accident took place on the northern side of the State Lake as deputies investigated the site as well as the 4 wheeler involved.

 

If anymore information is released we will update this story as the Montgomery County Sheriff's office stresses you give privacy towards the family giving them time to grieve the loss of a loved one.

 

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Bucket Truck Donated to CCC


 

Coffeyville Community College was donated a bucket truck from the Oklahoma Electric Cooperative based out of Norman, OK. It will benefit the Electrical Lineman Program which is a partnership between CCC, the City of Coffeyville, and Pratt Community College.

 

The bucket truck is valued at $9,000, has 230,000 miles, but only 13,400 engine hours, and is to be delivered in just a few short weeks.

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Property Taxes Due This Week


 

Montgomery County property taxes are due this Friday, May 10th for the second half of the 2018 real estate, personal property, 16/20M truck, gas, oil, and watercraft.

 

Those property taxes are payable to the County Treasurer's Office at the Montgomery County Courthouse, Independence or drop by the Coffeyville Auto Tag Office at 807 Maple, or pay by mail if postmarked by May 10th. For more information, contact the County Treasurer at 620-330-1100.

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Coffeyville's Farmer's Market Begins


 

Coffeyville's Farmer's Market is open Tuesdays and Saturdays in Walter Johnson Park, 401 Hargis Dr. from May through October. On Tuesdays, vendors set up north of the playground from 4-7pm, and on Saturdays 7-11am across from the Recreation Center.

 

Consumers can be confident that the Farmer's Market follows the Kansas Department of Agriculture regulations, and vendors are responsible for remitting their Kansas sales tax. Guidelines are available at the city's website, coffeyville.com or call 620-252-6100.

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First Time Felon Gets Maximum Sentence


 

After a 6-month investigation by Independence, Coffeyville, and Montgomery County sheriff's office, a local woman has been sentenced to 13 years in prison for multiple counts of methamphetamine distribution and the use of a communication device to sell and distribute narcotics.

 

Last week, Judge Jeffrey Gossard sentenced Karrie Wilson, age 44, of Independence for distributing narcotics in Coffeyville on March 13th and 15th. While her court appointed attorney, Gary House, appealed for leniency because it is her first felony and has "the best record" for first felony, the prosecuting attorney Larry Markle asked Judge Gossard for the maximum sentencing for each charge and have them run consecutively instead of the defense's alternative of probation with drug treatment or a reduced sentence of just 3 years. 

 

Karrie spent several weeks in jail since the arrest happened. She said she asked God for forgiveness and asked the same of the court. Montgomery County Chronicle reports that the court is choosing to make her an example, noting that she was arrogant with the undercover agent she sold drugs to in Coffeyville, that she was so brazen to do so in broad daylight, plus the fact she used her daughter to help distribute.  Judge Gossard said in this case he has no reason to depart from the prison sentencing guidelines.

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Coffeyville Celebrates 150th - There's No Place Like Home!


 

“There's no place like home. There's no place like home.” For Coffeyville's 150th anniversary year-long celebration, one way people are gathering together to celebrate is with a Community Movie Night, featuring The Wizard of Oz.

 

It's this Friday night, May 10th starting at 6:00 and ends at 9:00. in the parking lot at 200 W. 8th street – that's across the street from the post office and The Midland Theater. This Community Movie Night is sponsored by The Midland Theater.and Field Kindley High School Student Council.

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No Medicaid Expansion This Year


 

No action taken on Medicaid Expansion, not this year. The Kansas legislature adjourned early Sunday morning without passing a plan to expand Medicaid as Gov. Laura Kelly wanted. Lawmakers approved an $18.4 billion budget which had been blocked by Democrats and moderate Republicans wanting to pass an expansion plan, but the moderates relented causing the effort to collapse.

 

So Kansas taxpayers will not be affected by Medicaid Expansion unless it passes next year. The Senate might be reconvening May 14th to consider a nomination to the Kansas Court of Appeals. Both House and Senate plan to return May 29th for the formal ceremony that officially marks the end of the Legislature’s annual session. The new fiscal year begins July 1st.

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Music Students from Field Kindley High Recognized at State


 

Field Kindley High School students are recognized with several superior ratings at the class 4A state solo and small ensemble music contests in Larned, Kansas. Trumpet soloist, Abigail Smith, earned a “1” rating and vocal soloists Zailene Alobaidi and Eli Bell both earned “1” ratings as well.

 

The Soundwave ensemble also got the best rating. Members include Zailene Alobaidi, Eli Bell, Cheryl Bilby, Mercedes Colbert, Sydney Coons, Drew Cormier, Makayle Green, McKaulie Kulwicki, Alek McGinnis, Ethan Nodine, Abigail Smith, Jarrett Witwer, and Lacey Yates.

 

The woodwind trio earned an excellent rating of “2” - including Jessica Davis, Amy Turner, and Julia Wright. The Soundwave Men and Soundwave Women ensembles also received the excellent rating. Congratulations!

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WANTED: Inmate from Nowata County Jail


 

An inmate escaped from Nowata County jail last night around 8pm. The Nowata County Sheriff’s Office is asking for help to find 24-year-old Caleb Epple who is believed to be in the area around the jail.

 

Epple was arrested on April 22nd and charged with burglary in the first degree and assault and battery with a dangerous weapon. Epple had been in custody on a $50,000 bond.

 

If you have any information, call the Nowata County Sheriff’s Department at 918-273-2287. Crimestoppers is also offering a reward for information leading to his arrest, and you can call them at 918-336-2583.

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Former Nowata Jailer Accused in Rape of Inmate


 

 

A former Nowata County Jailer is being accused of sexually assaulting an inmate. 30-year-old Cody Lowen is being charged with first-degree forcible sodomy and rape by instrumentation, according to the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation. Nowata County Undersheriff Jason McClain says that Lowen was terminated on April 30 when the incident was discovered.

 

Sheriff Mirta Hallett then asked the OSBI for assistance on May 2. An OSBI investigation is ongoing. Lowen was briefly held in custody in Washington County before posting a $25,000 bond.

 

 

 

 

*Credit: Max Gross BVille Radio*

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Drug Take Back Collects Over 13,000 Pounds


 

 

According to a report from the federal Drug Enforcement Administration, Kansas law enforcement officers collected 13,638 pounds of medicines at 116 locations throughout the state during last Saturday's National Drug Take Back Day. Kansans safely disposed of nearly seven tons of unused and unwanted medicines during last Take-Back Day as we have now safely destroyed a total of 176,796 pounds of medications in the 17 collection days that have been held since 2010. Law enforcement agencies turn the drugs they collect over to the DEA, which safely destroys the medications. Unused prescriptions can be turned in year-round at many local law enforcement locations as well as a limited number of other locations. Kansans should contact their local sheriff’s office or police department for more information. 

Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt said today. “Safe storage and proper disposal are the keys to preventing the accidental or intentional misuse of prescription medications,” Schmidt said. “Kansans continue to recognize the importance of safely disposing of their unused medicines during these semi-annual Drug Take-Back events. I appreciate the leadership of the DEA and local law enforcement agencies in providing this service for Kansans.”

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Independence Tire Dump


 

 

As part of its ongoing community beautification effort, the City of Independence will offer city residents several opportunities for free tire collection this spring. Tires will be collected at the City Sanitation Yard, 21st & Maple, as follows:

  • Saturday, May 4, 8 a.m. to 12 noon

  • Every Tuesday in May, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

  • Saturday, June 1, 8 a.m. to 12 noon

 

 

For more information on the city’s beautification program and tire collection, please contact City Hall at (620) 332-2500.

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Independence Man Killed in Single Vehicle Accident


An Independence man is dead and his wife hospitalized after a single vehicle accident Thursday near Tyro.  Joseph Pomeroy was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident north of Tyro at County Roads 2400 and 2700 at about 8:30 Thursday evening. 

 

The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Department along with the Caney and Tyro Rural Fire Departments and Caney and Coffeyville EMS all responded.  Upon arrival officers found a 2004 Buick Century had been northbound and ran off the right side of the road, went into a creek and struck the embankment. 

 

Joseph Pomeroy’s wife, Deloris was transported by EMS to Coffeyville Regional Medical Center and later life flighted to St. John’s in Tulsa.  Her condition is unknown at this time.

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Swim Lessons at Coffeyville Aquatic Center


 

The Coffeyville Aquatic Center opens in less than 3 weeks, and they'll have swim lessons by the Red Cross starting June 10th through the 21st, Monday through Friday.

 

You may sign up at City Hall Tuesday, May 28th from 4-6pm in the lobby. Swim lessons are for ages 5 and up. Cost is $25. For more information, call and leave a message for Ann Marie at 620-515-1184.

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Kansas AG Stopping Sex Trafficking Advertising


 

Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt is urging an appeals court to uphold a federal law giving prosecutors greater authority to take legal action against websites that host sex-trafficking advertisements.

 

Along with 20 other state attorneys general, he argued the Court should reject a First Amendment free speech challenge to the legislation titled, Allow States and Victims to Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act (FOSTA).

 

FOSTA was signed into law by President Trump last year. It amended the Communications Decency Act to prevent websites from claiming immunity from criminal and civil actions for hosting sex-trafficking ads.

 

Several websites have already been shut down or forced to stop accepting them.

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Crime Victim Grants Through Kansas AG Office


 

May is the month to get your grant applications in to the Kansas Attorney General's office. Derek Schmidt announced Wednesday five grant programs for the purpose of serving victims of crime that organizations across Kansas may apply for such as:

 

- Human Trafficking Victim Assistance Fund

- Child Abuse and Neglect Fund

- Crime Victims Assistance Fund

- State Protection from Abuse Fund

- Child Exchange and Visitation Center Program.

 

Application postmark dates range from May 21st to May 29th. Application forms and details on the process are online at ag.ks.gov/grants.

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Cville Police and Fire Part of Youth Events


 

The City of Coffeyville fire and police will be a part of a couple of events involving our kids this Saturday and Tuesday. Fire Captain Rex Reardon shares with us. Click the blue link to hear Rex on the airwaves!

 

This Saturday's OK Kids Health Safety Fair is at Field Kindley High School's gymnasium from 9am to noon. Then on Tuesday they'll be at Community Elementary to show students fire and police vehicles and equipment.

 

(Courtesty Photo 2017 of Captain Rex Reardon with CES students)

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Sen. Moran on NASA Improving Economy


 

U.S. Senator Jerry Moran of Kansas, yesterday questioned NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine on NASA’s Fiscal Year 2020 appropriations request, travel to the Moon and Mars, and overall priorities during his subcommittee’s hearing. Moran said that in his home state of Kansas there is a rick aviation history which continues to thrive. And Wichita, Kansas is celebrating over 100 years of history in aviation, where a quarter-million aircraft is produced in the city, more than any other city around the world.

 

Moran said NASA's experimental aircraft and research efforts are helping integrate unmanned aircraft into the nation’s airspace. These efforts hold the potential to further grow our economy.

 

Moran said Kansas astronaut Nick Hague is currently stationed on board the International Space Station and recognized him for persevering through last October’s launch that didn’t go as planned, forcing him to make an emergency landing, but successfully made it to the International Space Station in March. Kansas astronaut Nick Hague completed the first spacewalk of his career.

 

 

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Sen. Moran on Transporting Livestock Safely


 

U.S. Senator Jerry Moran joined a bipartisan group of senators in introducing the Transporting Livestock Across America Safely Act to give American agriculture the flexibility it needs to safely transport livestock and bring much-needed relief from burdensome trucking regulations.

 

In his home state of Kansas, the economy depends upon the ability of farmers and ranchers to sell the goods they produce across the state, nation and world. He said this provides a long-term solution to give livestock haulers flexibility to get safely to their destinations without causing unnecessary stress to the animals.

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Churches in Coffeyville Praying for Reawakening


 

Pastor Doug Mund of Grace Fellowship Church in Coffeyville was one of 13 church clergy who attended the recent Coffee with the Clergy event at Coffeyville's Reawakening headquarters (115 W. 9th St). He tells it's important for the churches to be involved and how they can be effective in this Reawakening. Click here to listen to Doug on KGGF airwaves.

 

 

Pastor Mund is optimistic and says this movement is an answer to prayers for hope, renewal, and restoration of Coffeyville. And today for National Day of Prayer, he is asking people to join him in praying this prayer (click to listen to what he prayed over the radio).

 

Thank you, Pastor Doug, for praying with us - for our community's wisdom, revelation, and enlightenment.

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Kansas Involved in National Day of Prayer


 

The Kansas Director of National Day of Prayer, Donna Lippholdt, tells us about our nation's rich history of prayer, specifically with our Founding Fathers. Click here to listen to her tell us about Benjamin Franklin and George Washington.

 

 

Lippholdt said she gave Governor Laura Kelly the National Day of Prayer Proclamation to sign, and Kelly along with governors from every state have sent their proclamations affirming this day to President Trump. Many state leaders are in Topeka today organizing prayer events and activities (listen for more about what they do). 

 

To find a prayer gathering place near you or to get involved, go online to nationaldayofprayer.org. For more about this special day, click HERE. And for 2019, there are four priorities for prayer. Read more about it.

 

The following image is of the State of Kansas National Proclamation by the Governor that Gov. Kelly signed.

 

 

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Grants for Crime Victims Through AG Office


 

May is the month to get your grant applications in to the Kansas Attorney General's office. Derek Schmidt announced Wednesday five grant programs for the purpose of serving victims of crime that organizations across Kansas may apply for such as Human Trafficking Victim Assistance Fund, Child Abuse and Neglect, Crime Victims Assistance Fund, State Protection from Abuse Fund, and Child Exchange and Visitation Center Program.

 

Application postmark dates range from May 21st to May 29th. Application forms and details on the process are online at ag.ks.gov/grants.

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Aggie Day's At C.C.C


 

Aggie Days was a total success! The Coffeyville Community College welcomed over 200 students from 13 schools for Aggie Days. Students participated in entomology, food science, vet science, and farm and ranch management C.D.E.’s on the main campus. Scott Hammer also facilitated a welding contest at the CCC Welding Technology Center. CCC Ag Instructor Katie Allen said, “It was a great day and everything ran smoothly.” She also said they received numerous positive comments from FFA advisors about the quality of their event.

 

Those receiving awards by category are as follows:

 

Ag Business Junior Division Individual

1. Aidan Yoho, Yates Center

2. Cadence Wheeler, LCHS

3. Alec Berthot, Yates Center

4. Ryan Hilcerbrand

 

Ag Business Junior Division Team

1. Yates Center

2. LCHS

 

Ag Business Senior Division Individual

1. Maci Gerken, Paola

2. Ale Wright, Paola

3. Aaron Maxwell, Paola

4. Elizabeth Scott, Southeast

5. Molly Kane, Paola

 

Ag Business Senior Division Team

1. Paola

2. Southeast

3. Yates Center

 

Entomology Junior Division Individual

1. Emma Brown, LCHS

2. Kylie Sanders, LCHS

3. Ashlynn Smith. LCHS

4. Noah Simmons, LCHS

5. Anna Westerman, Yates Center

 

Entomology Junior Division Team

1. LCHS Team A

2. LCHS Team B

3. Yates Center

 

Entomology Senior Division Individual

1. Baylee Dewitt, LCHS

2. Grady Allen, LCHS

3. Cara DeTar, LCHS

4. Claire Carnahan, LCHS

5. Bethany Byrd, LCHS

 

Entomology Senior Division Team

1. LCHS Team A

2. Caney

3. Erie

 

Food Science Junior Division Indivudual

1. Bradie Johnson, LCHS

2. Laura Newkirk, Yates Center

3. Hannah Jones, Yates Center

4. Maddie Kramer, Erie

5. Hailey Norton, Erie

 

Food Science Junior Division Team

1. Yates Center

2. Erie

3. LCHS

 

Food Science Senior Division Individual

1. Hannah Dahl, Marmaton Valley

2. Jackson Russell, LCHS

3. Ryla Armbruster, Paola

4. Anthony Bottini, Marmaton Valley

5. Luke Elkinton, Paola

 

Food Science Senior Division Team

1. Paola

2. LCHS

3. Marmaton Valley

 

Vet Science Junior Division Individual

1. Aidan Yoho, Yates Center

2. Cadence Wheeler, LCHS

3. Hannah VanCleave, Erie

4. Payne Dakota, LCHS

5. Addison VanCleave, Erie

 

Vet Science Junior Division Team

1. LCHS

2. Erie

3. Yates Center

 

Vet Science Senior Division Individual

1. Jackson Russell, LCHS

2. Courtney Strickler, Caney

3. Lexi Baughman, LCHS

4. Hannah Graybill, LCHS

5. Emily Swiger, Coffeyville

 

Vet Science Senior Division Team

1. LCHS

2. Caney

3. Eureka

 

Welding

1. Bryanna Dewitt, LCHS

2. Jordan Billesback, Paola

3. Gage Harding, Erie

4. Parker Boring, LCHS

5. Jaden Trimble, Caney

 

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Food Pantries Throughout Independence


 

 

Leadership Independence will be having their graduation coming up this weekend. Though before they finished, Lisa Wilson with the Chamber of Commerce mentioned a very special project they did for citizens around Independence. Leadership Independence has put food pantries all over town as a project in connection with Love Independence saying the idea of leave what you can, and take what you need.  Those food pantries can be found in three locations around town. Near the library, at Truth Tabernacle as well as Crystalbrook Church.

 

Wilson also mentioned that their younger members in Leadership Independence have implemented the same idea of food pantries, but in a discrete way within the walls of the High School. Potentially helping many of their classmates in need.

 

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Salvation Army's Three Trails Summer Camp


 

Three Trails Camp is a four-day kids summer camp hosted by Salvation Army. It's this June in Kansas City. Salvation Army's Montgomery County Coordinator, Joe Brooks, tells us what's included. Joe says transportation, all meals, snacks, lodging, crafts, nature walk, various activities, and a camp T-shirt are all included - for only $20 per child. Hear what Joe has to say by clicking on this link.

 

It's for ages 8-12. A bus will pick up kids on Tuesday the 25th and transport them back to Coffeyville Friday the 28th. The deadline to apply is next Saturday, May 11th. Scholarships are also available. To apply or ask questions, drop by the Salvation Army at 12th and Walnut in Coffeyville, or call 620-251-2686.

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Buy, Sell, Network at the Kansas Suppliers Conference


 

The Kansas Suppliers Conference is coming in June. This matchmaker event provides a forum for small businesses to meet face-to-face with buying representatives from large primes and corporations in agriculture, aerospace, construction, and other sectors; along with federal, state and local government agencies.

 

Buyers, this is your chance to find a new supply source or diversify your supply chain. Suppliers, this is your chance to pitch your business and make connections. Break-out sessions will cover relevant business topics.

 

It's June 11th from 7:30am to 3:30pm at the Textron Aviation Activity Center, 9710 East Central Ave. in Wichita. Tickets are $20 including lunch and refreshments. To register, call the Small Business Admnistration at 316-269-6616. 

 

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This Weekend: Four State Farm Show


 

The 45th annual Four State Farm Show starts this Friday and goes through Sunday. The show is on a 300-acre farm just south of Pittsburg. You'll see farm equipment in action and see agricultural goods and services from many exhibitors. Demonstrations include drones, well drilling, and XTVs.

 

It's Friday and Saturday 8-4, and Sunday 8-3 (a sunrise church service starts at 7:00) at 7688 NE 171. For information about the show or to register as an exhibitor, go online to fourstatefarmshow.com or call the sponsor, Farm Talk Newspaper, at 800-356-8255. These details are on our KGGF website, kggfradio.com.

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AG Schmidt Fights for the Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act


 

Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt is urging an appeals court to uphold a federal law giving prosecutors greater authority to take legal action against websites that host sex-trafficking advertisements. Along with 20 other state attorneys general, last week Schmidt filed a legal brief in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit arguing the Court should reject a First Amendment free speech challenge, and should allow states and victims to do exactly what the title of the law states - to "fight online sex trafficking".

 

The Fight Online Sex Trafficking" Act (FOSTA) was signed into law by President Donald Trump last year. It amended the Communications Decency Act to prevent websites from claiming immunity from criminal and civil actions for hosting sex-trafficking advertisements. Several websites have been shut down or forced to stop accepting ads. Schmidt says efforts to invalidate this law would remove a crucial tool in the battle to end modern-day slavery and bring traffickers to justice.

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