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Local News Archives for 2019-12

Free Rides on New Year's Eve

 

VFW Post 1186 out of Independence will be offering free rides to anyone needing a sober ride home from a drinking establishment tonight.

 

Rides will be offered between the hours of 10:00pm to 3:00am and rides must be with in a 3 mile radius of Independence.

 

To request a ride, call 620-331-6010.

City of Coffeyville Police Officer Openings

 

 The City of Coffeyville is seeking qualified individuals to fill open Police Officer positions.

 

Non-certified applicants starting annual base salary is just under $36,000 with certified applicants annual base salary from $39,229 to $42,557 dependent on experience. There is also a sign-on bonus of $3000 for current certified candidates upon meeting program criteria.

 

Minimum requirements are high school diploma or GED, 21 years of age, good driving record. Preferred qualifications are Kansas Certified Law Enforcement Officer or equivalent from another state, must reside within State of Kansas and within 25 miles of 7th & Walnut in Coffeyville and be able to respond within 40 minutes of call within six months of hire date.

 

Apply online at www.hrepartners.com. 

Coffeyville City Commission Meets One Final Time in 2019

 

The Coffeyville City Commission met one final time in 2019 with plenty of recap and much to look forward to in 2020.

 

The meeting began with the consent agenda with approval of multiple Appropriation Ordinance's and also a resolution to authorize the execution of a quitclaim deed to the Coffeyville Historical Society (Audio).

 

On the regular agenda items, there was a special presentation from the City Commission to the Community Clean-up Litter Grant Program with a presentation of checks to Edge Ministry Center and FKHS Key Club (Audio).

 

Mayor Paul Bauer recognizes those involved with the project (Audio)

 

Also on the regular agenda items was a public hearing for the 2019 Amended Budget but the public didn't participate. There was also a resolution to authorize the certification of the 2019 budget amendment for the Economic Development Fund and CID Sales Tax Fund of the City of Coffeyville, for the total expenditures of over $311,000 which was approved by the Commission. 

 

New Resolution's were approved across the board including a Resolution to authorize the execution of an extension to the Pole Attachment Agreement with Cox Communications with the extension lasting until December of 2020. Another Resolution approved was to authorize the issuance of a purchase order to Kansas Eastern Region Insurance Trust for workers compensation insurance coverage for the City of Coffeyville to be effective January 1st, 2020 through December 31st, 2020.

 

There was also discussion and action taken to approve the 2020 cereal malt beverage licenses (Audio).

 

City Manager Mark Hall gave his report that included information regarding the old amazon building which was purchased by Phoenix Investors and leased to Array Technologies (Audio).

 

One of the more detailed discussions of the meeting included the construction along 11th street. There have been citizens in Coffeyville who have voiced their frustration with the city about the delays with the construction.

 

Mayor Paul Bauer wants to remind everyone that this is a state project with the Kansas Department of Transportation, not a city run project (Audio).

 

After public comments involving bulky trash pick up there were a few words said by the Commissioners and the final meeting of 2019 was adjourned. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Car Chase Ends in Arrest

 

The Kansas Highway Patrol was led on a car chase Monday afternoon through Montgomery and Labette Counties. At about 4 p.m, KHP troopers initiated a car chase with 2019 Silver Ford hatchback just east of Coffeyville. Crossing over into Labette County, the driver of the Ford was able to maneuver around two sets of spike strips around Altamont.

 

However, a third set of spikes were able to stop the driver just west of Oswego. Once the vehicle was stopped, two occupants were removed from the vehicle. Arrested was 21-year old James Allen of Kansas City, Missouri. He was arrested for attempting to elude, Possession of a controlled substance, and criminal possession of a firearm. The passenger in the vehicle was identified as 21-year old Jessica Myers of Coffeyville. She was later released.

 

Also involved in the chase were the Montgomery and Labette Sheriffs' Departments, as well as the Oswego and Altamont Police Departments.

 

 

After-School Fun Days at the Coffeyville Library

 

Starting in January, the Coffeyville Public Library will be starting a new program for kids needing to do something after school. Every Tuesday, kids under 11 years old are welcome to come to the library at 4 p.m. for a different activity each week.

 

As of now, the schedule looks like this for the month of January:

1st Tuesday: Kids Krafts

2nd Tuesday: Family Movie Day

3rd Tuesday: Leap Into Science

4th Tuesday: Game Day

Still Time for Applications to Indy Tree Board

 

There is still a couple of weeks left to apply to be a member of the City of Independence's Tree Board. Applications must be received before January 17, either at the City Manager's office at 811 W. Laurel Street or emailed to KellyP@independence.gov.

 

According to the city website, the purpose of the board is to honor the city's rich history of enjoying and preserving local natural resources. They provide for the public by providing for the development of a community forestry plan, which aims to enhance the beauty of the community.

Guitar Fabrication Class at ICC

 

The Fab Lab at Independence Community College will be offering a guitar fabrication class, starting on January 15 and running through May 15. Classes will be offered every Wednesday from 5:30 and 8:30, and offers those interested an opportunity to make their own ready-to-play guitar.

 

Participants will learn basic woodworking and wood finishing techniques, how electric guitars work, how guitar components are made, and of course how guitars are assembled and intonated.

 

More information and registration details are available at this link.

January Recognized As Stalking Awareness Month in Kansas

 

Governor Laura Kelly has signed a proclamation declaring January to be "Stalking Awareness Month" in the state of Kansas. Gov. Kelly stated the month will be dedicated to raising awareness and educating residents about resources available in the state. According to data from the Kansas Coalition against Sexual and Domestic Violence, over 1,600 Kansans reached out for victim services in 2018 due to stalking incidents.

 

The coalition's website contains resources for those going through crisis. The website also lists several local service areas available to Kansas, including locations in Cowley, Crawford, and Allan Counties.

Community State Bank Kicks Off CFA's Chili Bowl with Donation

 

Playoff football is here for the NFL which means the Coffeyville Friends of Animals Chili Bowl is starting soon. Community State Bank kicked off donations this year with a $1,000 check. If you want to get some chili for your party for the big game tickets will go on sale starting Friday and can be purchased at Community State Bank, Coffeyville Chamber of Commerce, Liebert Brothers and Kansas Secured Title until January 28th. Tickets are $7 a piece or 3 for $20 and each ticket is good for one quart of chili. The chili can be picked up at Community State Bank on Saturday, February 1st from 1:00pm to 3:00pm.

 

If you have any questions or want to donate to Paws for the Cause you can contact Stacia Stewart at (620)249-9298.

CRMC Foundation Receives Gift from Thompson Brothers

 

The relationship between the Thompson Family, Thompson Brothers Welding and Supply, and Coffeyville Regional Medical Center is a strong one. Both have a long standing commitment to the people and industry of the Coffeyville community. CRMC has celebrated 70 years of service this year while Thompson Brothers enjoyed their 70th Anniversary in 2018.

 

The CRMC Foundation appreciates the $10,000 donation in support of their "Imagine the Future in Focus" campaign which provides upgrades to CRMC Medical Imaging including Interventional Radiology services, Fluoroscopy, and 3-D Mammography.

Montgomery County Commission Meeting for December 30th

 

The Montgomery County Commissioners met for one final time in 2019 with plenty of items on the agenda.

 

The meeting began with discussion regarding the approval of minutes, approval of the agenda and approval of invoices.

 

Zoning Administrator for Environmental Health Matt Debo was in attendance for a short amount of time discussing bids for a new vehicle (Full Audio). Some of the discussion involved the amount of bids that were sent out during Christmas week regarding the purchase of a new vehicle for the department and that only one of those bids returned back.

 

Debo describes the new vehicle that they are looking to purchase.

 

After discussion with the commissioners, they decided to send out the bids again and they will plan on reevaluating the situation in the coming weeks.

 

Maintenance Supervisor Jeff Phelps was on hand for a brief period of time to discuss an upcoming project at the courthouse involving the concrete steps on the south, north and east sides of the building (Full Audio).

 

The concrete steps on the south, east and north sides of the building will have some work done on them in the near future so at times it would alter the entrance into the building and once the project got underway it could take around a month or a little bit longer to finish.

 

Phelps also mentioned that they are still waiting on Westar to get back with them regarding the electrical source on the courthouse so they can begin working on another project.

 

The heavy discussion for the meeting on Monday took place when County Counselor Paul Kritz went in front of the commissioners to discuss budget issues. The wage discussion for county attorney's working cases for individuals who are in need of court appointed attorney's. There was discussion for particular individuals and also that will affect the budget in 2020.

 

Krtiz says it would be a challenge if someone has issues with their pay.

 

Kritz adds that this situation is common for smaller communities.

 

The agenda is subject to change and all meetings are open to the public.

 

 

Oklahoma High School Students Named to Advisory Council

 

Oklahoma State Superintendent of Public Instruction Joy Hofmeister today announced that 104 Oklahoma high school students, including students from northeast Oklahoma, have been named to her 2020 Student Advisory Council.

 

This is the fifth straight year that the group of students has convened to assist and provide insight to Hofmeister and the Oklahoma State Department of Education. Dominant themes voiced by last year’s Student Advisory Council were the importance of personal financial literacy, increased awareness of student mental health needs, and how trauma affects chronic absenteeism and student success.

 

Students from northeast Oklahoma include those from Bartlesville, Owasso and Oologah-Talala among others.

Coffeyville Native Selected to Kansas Music Hall of Fame

 

A Coffeyville native has been named as one of the 2020 inductees into the Kansas Music Hall of Fame.  Donnie Miller will be inducted in ceremonies at Liberty Hall in Lawrence on May 2nd.  Miller says his selection is quite an honor...

 

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Miller told KGGF News that his career in music actually began at a very young age in Coffeyville…

 

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In addition to his selection as a Hall of Fame member Miller was also named a recipient of the Bill Lee Award.  Miller is one of only 3 who have ever received that award presented by the Kansas Music Hall of Fame to recognize significant impact to music.

 

Miller, who currently resides in Nashville will be back in Coffeyville for a special performance at The Yoke in downtown Coffeyville on January 31st.

 

 

 

Coffeyville Chamber Holding Annual Dinner in 2020

 

The Coffeyville Area Chamber of Commerce is bringing back the '20s in 2020 with its annual dinner, set for January 24th at the Shrine Barn. There'll be dinner, games and prizes, awards and the chamber's year end report for 2019. Social hour will begin at 5 p.m, with dinner to follow at 6.

 

The chamber has also invited a special guest speaker, Curtis Sneden from the Greater Topeka Partnership. You can register for the event at the chamber's website, or by calling 620-251-2550.

Pair Arrested On Drug Charges

 

Last week, officers with the Chanute Police Department conducted a traffic stop in Chanute.

 

During the traffic stop, Chanute Police Department K9 was deployed on the vehicle. Subsequently, 28-year old Alana Rae Lyn Snyder of Eureka was arrested for possession of methamphetamine, possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia. 38-year old Justin Daniel Willard of Fredonia was arrested on similar charges including unlawful vehicle registration. They were both transported to the Neosho County Jail without incident.

 

Upon completion, reports will be forwarded to the Neosho County Attorneys Office for review and consideration of charges being filed.

Coffeyville New Year's Trash Schedule

 

The City of Coffeyville have announced that Republic drivers and staff will be celebrating the New Year holiday with their families.

 

Due to trash not being picked up on January 1st, the trash schedule has been adjusted. Trash that is usually picked up on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday will all be pushed back a day to Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

 

For more information, contact the City of Coffeyville at 620-252-6108.

Crawford County Events for January 2020

 

The New Year's Clash: Open to all ages, xWe Entertainment and the Kansas Wrestling Alliance partner for the New Year's Clash at 8:00 PM on Saturday, January 4th at Kansas Crossing Casino.

 

Albers Marine Fishing and Hunting Show: Scheduled for January 25 and 26, the Albers Marine Fishing & Hunting Show is at Pittsburg's Memorial Auditorium. Includes kids casting contest, boats on display, vendors, and more. Hours for Saturday, January 25, are 9:00 AM to 7:00 PM; and, for Sunday, January 26, they are from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM: the event is free to attend. Other events include the Best of Broadway coming to Pittsburg, Music of the Little Balkans plus live music all throughout the month at Kansas Crossing Casino. 

 

More information can be found online at visitcrawfordcounty.com. 

 

 

Independence Sales Tax Report for December 2019

 

The final sales tax receipts for the 12-month reporting period of FY2019 are $2,023,851, which is up 3.5%, or $68,762 over the total reported 2018 of $1,955,089.

 

Sales tax budgeted for FY2019, came in at $92,751 over the budgeted amount of $1,931,100; this is 4.8% higher than the budget.

 

December receipts totaled $159,474, which is a decrease of $7,225 from December 2018, or down 4.3%.

 

The compensation use sales tax portion made up 11.7% of the $159,474 total for December.

 

For the FY2019, the compensating use sales tax made up 11.3%, or $227,929, of the $2,023,834 total sales tax revenue.

 

NOTE: The "receipts" reported from the state of Kansas to the City for any given month are from sales generated two months prior. Fior example, the December receipts shown in this report were from sales in October 2019.

Suspect Facing Human Trafficking Charges in Cherokee County

 

A man from Tulsa has been arrested on human trafficking charges in Cherokee County after an incident on Thursday night.

 

Cherokee County Sheriff’s Investigators were made aware that a 23 year-old woman who had been reported missing from Coweta, Oklahoma since December 6th could've been in the area. Detectives located the woman at an area Gentlemen’s Club, where she had been reportedly driven by a Tulsa man who had physically beat her, forced her to dance for money which he took and had been preventing her from leaving or contacting her family.

 

Gary Ballard, 29, of Tulsa, is being held in the Cherokee County Jail on allegations of Aggravated Human Trafficking and Aggravated Kidnapping. His bond has been set at $200,000.00. According to Cherokee County Sheriff David Groves, Ballard has had a violent history, including a prior conviction for a shooting with intent to kill in Oklahoma.

 

Groves said this incident proves the need for resources available to get out of dangerous, violent, or abusive relationships.

UPDATE: Two Arrested in Connection to Death of Melinda Sprague Corona

 

UPDATE as of 10:30 AM Friday: Wichita Police say they have arrested two people in connection to the death of 41-year-old and former Coffeyville resident Melinda Sprague Corona.

 

39-year old Ahmad Bey and 34-year old Vanessa Waner were each booked early Friday morning on a first degree murder charge.

 

Corona's vehicle was found Thursday in Wichita with her body inside the vehicle. Bey was on parole for a second degree murder conviction out of Crawford County in 1999.

 

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Ahmad Khaasanouva Bey, the man accused of killing former Coffeyville resident Melinda Sprague Corona, has been arrested in Wichita.

 

Bey was booked Friday morning at 4:52 AM on a count of first degree murder. He's being held at the Sedgwick County Jail as of this report also on an A&D hold which means that he doesn't have an option to be released on bail.

 

Bey had only been out of prison for approximately six months after a 20 year prison sentence for murder.

 

41-year-old Corona had been missing since Monday, December 23rd.

City of Oswego Looking for Water Plant Operator

 

The City of Oswego is accepting applications for the position of Water Plant Operator/ Public Works Employee.

 

The regular work schedule requires working every weekend (Saturday though Wednesday) and some early morning hours. A Class I Certified Operator license is preferred or certification must be obtained after a year. Candidates must be able to obtain Class II certification.

 

An application and a complete job description may be found on the city’s website or may be picked up at the City Office or by calling 620-795-4433.

KHP Releases Christmas Holiday Activity Report

 

The Kansas Highway Patrol has released its Christmas Holiday Activity report for 2019. According to the data, both the number of speed citations and speed warnings drastically fell this year, from 1,000 and 956 in 2018, to just 232 and 346 in 2019. The KHP also provided 282 motorists with assistance.

 

The reporting period ran from 6 p.m. on Christmas Eve to midnight on Christmas day. In addition, the KHP worked no fatal crashes this year.

Why KDOT Uses Beet Juice and How it Works

 

When the Kansas Department of Transportation treat highways for ice, motorists might notice darker trails on the pavement instead of the usual white trails left by brine.

 

It's beet juice. The properties of beet juice, when mixed with brine, allow the melting agent to be effective at lower temperatures. Beet juice mixed with brine can help control ice when it's as cold as around zero degrees.

 

Beet juice also allows brine and salt to adhere to pavement longer.

 

On bridges, beet juice bonds to the salt crystals in brine and helps the brine stick to a bridge deck longer.

 

The Kansas Department of Transportation began experimenting with the beet juice it uses now during the winter of 2015 in Northwestern Kansas. Since then, KDOT has made beet juice available at more than 20 locations across the state of Kansas.

 

String of Car Burglaries in Chanute

 

The Chanute Police Department have have said they have received reports of a string car burglaries from earlier this week.

 

The burglaries were reported in the 400 block of South Lafayette to the 300 block of North Lafayette. Police have asked if you have cameras on your residence in this stretch of road, please contact the Chanute Police Department at 620-431-5768 and ask to speak with an officer.

 

The Chanute Police Department would also like to remind everyone to not leave valuable items such as purses, wallets, currency, firearms, anything someone may consider of any value in your vehicles, especially unlocked or in plain view where some one can see it.

Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over

 

Law enforcement agencies around Kansas will be participating in a campaign targeted toward combating drinking and driving in the state. The "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" campaign officially kicked off yesterday and will continue through the start of January 2020, with the Kansas Department of Transportation and several law agencies throughout the state participating.

 

The week after Christmas and the period around New Year's Day sees the most crashes in which one or more drivers are impaired by the use of alcohol, according to KDOT data. 250-300 drivers across the state are expected to be arrested for DUIs during the week following Christmas. 

First Trial in Drive-by Shooting

 

Bond has been set for $750,000 for the Coffeyville man accused of first-degree murder and attempted first-degree murder. 18 year old Benjamin Mason allegedly shot and killed 19 year old Kimberly Meeks and fired shots at Benjamin Whitaker during a drive by shooting in Independence on December 14th. If Mason is convicted of first-degree murder it could result in 25 years to life with no possibility of parole.

 

There was no attorney present for Mason who says his parents are intending to hire one for him. The next hearing is set for January 14th.

Road Work Starting at 8th and Lewark

 

More construction starting in Coffeyville. According to the City of Coffeyville's Facebook page roadwork began at the intersection of 8th Street and Lewark this afternoon and is expected to continue into next week.

 

The city ask that you avoid the intersection until it reopens.

Wichita Police Need Help Finding Missing Woman

 

A former Coffeyville women has gone missing in Wichita. 41 year old Melinda Sprague Corona went missing on Monday, December 23rd. She drives a 2017 black Ford Focus with license plate 500 MGR that is also missing. She is 5'5” and weighs 300 pounds with brown hair and green eyes.

 

If you have any information regarding her disappearance or if you know here whereabouts call the Wichita Police Department at (316)268-4407 or (316)268-4111.

 

Drive to Provide Former Foster Care Children With Gifts

 

A Kansas state agency peformed some great deeds this holiday season. The Kansas Department for Children and Families provided 229 children who had aged out of the state's foster care system with gifts raised from its annual drive.

 

The drive, conducted by the DCF, raised about $4,000 in money and gift cards. The DCF also provided wish lists.

 

The department works with about 750 young adults from foster care, ages 18 through 26, to provide support to help them be self-reliant adults. DCF officials said many of them go without traditional holiday celebrations and gifts from loved ones, and the agency’s goal is to remind them they are not alone.

 

The annual drive started in Manhattan in 2006, eventually spreading to the rest of the state.

Two Arrested After Traffic Stop In Chanute

 

Two men were arrested in Chanute during a traffic stop for multiple drug charges.

 

On Monday, officers with the Chanute Police Department conducted a traffic stop. During the traffic stop, Chanute Police Department, K9 Azul, was deployed on the vehicle and discovered methamphetamine, marijuana and mushrooms. 40-year old Calvin Lee McGinnis of Chanute was arrested for possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine within 1000 feet of school, possession with intent to distribute marijuana within 1000 feet of a school, possession of a hallucinogen (mushrooms), transporting an open container and driving while suspended.

 

Also arrested was 19-year old Michael Brandon Kunz for possession of methamphetamine with intent to sell within 1000 feet of a school, possession of marijuana with intent to sell within 1000 feet of a school, possession of a hallucinogen (mushrooms), transporting open container.

 

Reports will be forwarded to the Neosho County Attorney’s Office for review and consideration of charges being filed.

Kansas Expanding Program to Reduce Wait at DMV

 

Soon, a trip to the DMV could be easier than ever before. Kansas is allowing some residents to schedule appointments ahead of time to skip the wait commonly associated with the office. The "Q-Flow" program uses a website to allow people to make appointments up to 30 days in advance. After early testing, state officials have said the wait time is less than 15 minutes for 95% of those who had made an appointment.

 

The expanded program was unveiled just in time for the holidays. Offices such as the DMV and others often see increased activity while schools are out.

 

While the expanded program has not reached Montgomery County yet, it is still available in cities such as Lawrence and Wichita at this time.

Adjusted New Year's Day Hours in Independence

The City of Independence have released adjusted hours for City Hall, sanitation and recycling for the New Year's holiday week.

 

City Hall will be open from 8AM to noon on Tuesday, December 31st, closed on New Year's day and reopen with normal business hours from 8AM to 5PM on Thursday, January 2nd, 2020.

 

Sanitation services will operate as normal on Tuesday and Thursday but will be closed on New Year's Day.

 

Recycling will be available from 11AM to 1PM on Tuesday and from 8AM to 12PM on Saturday January 4th.

 

For more information, contact the city of Independence at (620) 332-2500.

Rollover Accident in Sedan

 

A driver escaped with only minor injuries after a rollover accident in Sedan on Christmas morning.

 

Shortly before 11am, emergency crews responded to a single vehicle rollover accident in the 300 block of east Main Street. The driver was pinned for a short time and quickly extricated by the City of Sedan Fire Department.

 

The single occupant had minor injuries and refused medical care at the scene.

Parsons Announces Contest For 150th Anniversary Logo

 

The Parsons Sesquicentennial Committee has announced that a contest will be held to choose the logo for the 150th Celebration of the founding of Parsons.

 

The committee will accept entries until March 1st at which time the committee will choose the winning logo and announce the winner of a $500 prize. The logo will be used on all marketing and collateral material used during the planned yearlong celebration.

 

Entries may be e-mailed to lcruz@parsonsks.com or delivered on a jump drive or artistic platform to the second floor of the Parsons Municipal Building, attention Laura Cruz. If you are interested or would like more information please contact Jim Zaleski at 620-421-7030.

Traffic Stop Leads to Arrest

 

On December 20th, Elk County Sheriff Deputies conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle for a traffic violation.

 

During the course of the traffic stop, Deputies used a K-9 for a open air sniff around the outside of the vehicle. One person was taken into custody and arrested for felony possession of drug paraphernalia and no proof of insurance.

 

The case will be turned over to the County Attorney's office for prosecution.

Coffeyville Man Dies After Vehicle Crash on Monday Night

 

24-year old Robert Scott Jackson, of Coffeyville, has died following a vehicle chase with police officers on Monday night.

 

The wreck occurred around 11:30 PM Monday on 4550 Road which is located about four miles north of Coffeyville.

 

According to the Kansas Highway Patrol, Jackson was driving a 2008 Dodge Ram 2500 at a “high rate of speed” during the chase north of Coffeyville in Montgomery County.

 

Jackson lost control after 4550 road went from pavement to gravel and he entered the east ditch and struck multiple trees.

 

There is no indication what started the chase or why Jackson ran from pursuing officers. Jackson was pronounced dead on Tuesday morning. 

 

Eight People Injured In Montgomery County Wreck

 

Eight people were injured Sunday morning in a 2-vehicle crash on U.S. Highway 75, according to the Montgomery County Sheriff's Department.

 

The crash occurred at approximately 9:30 on U.S. 75 at CR 5400. 36-year old Lisa Wood of Neodesha and 7 juveniles were transported from the scene by EMS. Wood and four juveniles were transported to Independence ER while the other 3 juveniles with taken to Wilson County Medical Center in Neodesha.

 

62-year old Ronald Hale was driving a 2011 white Ford van north on U.S. Highway 75 and attempted to make a left hand turn onto CR 5400. According to Hale, he did not see Wood's 2018 blue Kia traveling south on Highway 75 due to the thick fog. Wood's vehicle struck the passenger's side of the van which ended up in the ditch and while Wood's car came to rest in the middle of the highway. One passenger was ejected from the van and landed in a ditch.

 

Hale was issued a citation for failing to yield while turning left.

Coffeyville's Former Amazon Building Has New Owners

 

The former Amazon Building in Coffeyville’s Industrial Park has been acquired by a Wisconsin based commercial real estate firm.   Phoenix Investors, headquartered in Milwaukee announced this morning that it has acquired the nearly 900,000 square foot facility.

 

Phoenix Investors is a national commercial real estate company that specializes in the revitalization of former manufacturing plants.  The Executive Director of the Montgomery County Action Council, Trisha Purdon says that after 5 years of marketing the facility they are pleased to welcome Phoenix to the community.

 

Phoenix will begin operating the facility immediately and has leased the building to Array Technologies who will store components and equipment used to build solar energy equipment.  

Notice of Fraudulent Callers

The Lebette Assistance Center is alerting everybody after they received a call with the number 866-276-0270 and the caller stating they were from EVERGY (formerly Westar) and their utilities would be disconnected in the next 30 minutes.

 

After calling the number back, they received an answering machine that does sound legitimate. However, this is NOT a legitimate phone number for Evergy and they will give a 24 hour notice prior to disconnecting your electricity.

 

Residents are asked to be careful in giving any information to callers you have not verified.

Anonymous Donor Wipes Out School Lunch Debt

 

The Coffeyville School District is has expressed gratitude after two anonymous donors paid off students' lunch debt.

 

In a Facebook post last Wednesday, the district said that “All negative meal accounts are being paid off thanks to a couple of anonymous elves. We can't thank you enough for your generous donations.”

 

The district did not say how many accounts were paid off or how much money was donated.

Elk County Resident Arrested on Multiple Charges

 

Last week, the Elk County Deputies along with Howard Police Department did a knock & talk at a house in the Howard area.

 

During the course of the encounter one person was taken into custody and arrested on one count of felony possession of narcotics, one count of possession of drug paraphernalia, an out of county active warrant, and six counts of child endangerment.

 

The case will be turned over to the County Attorney office for prosecution.

Crawford County Upcoming Events

 

The Crawford County Convention and Visitors Bureau wants to remind residents in the surrounding area of the latest upcoming events. 

 

Friday, December 27th - Johnnie Zibert Polka Band (Barto's Idle Hour at 7:30 PM) 

 

Friday, December 27th - Paralandra (Rock) (Kansas Crossing Casino at 8:00 PM) 

 

Saturday, December 28th - Cotton (Barto's Idle Hour at 7:30 PM) 

 

Saturday, December 28th - Paralandra (Rock) (Kansas Crossing Casino at 8:00 PM) 

 

Tuesday, December 31st - MEMBERS ONLY - NYE 2020 (80's Rock Tribute) (Kansas Crossing Casino at 8:00 PM) 

 

Thursday, January 2nd - "Music of the Little Balkans" exhibit opens at Miners Hall Museum (10:00 AM) 

 

The full calendar view is available here

CRMC Announces Satellite Clinic

 

Coffeyville Regional Medical Center announces the addition of a satellite Orthopedic Services clinic located inside Wilson Medical Center Specialty Clinic that will open in January. CRMC CEO Brian Lawrence says CRMC and Wilson Medical Center have a long history of working together for the health of the communities. This collaboration to provide Orthopedic Services is a great example of how “together” they can meet the need of the patients.

 

Board Certified Orthopedic Surgeon Dr. Rusty Allison and PA John Line will begin seeing patients at the Wilson Medical satellite clinic on January 10. The clinic is located at the Wilson Medical Center Specialty Clinic in Neodesha. To schedule an appointment call 620-252-1639.

Parsons Man Waives Hearing

 

A 31-year old Parsons man waived his right to a preliminary hearing Thursday on charges alleging kidnapping and robbery.

 

Garyl Allen is charged in Labette County District Court with aggravated kidnapping, aggravated robbery, possession of cocaine, aggravated battery, criminal possession of a firearm and theft of a firearm.

 

Last August, Parsons police were called to Mendota Creek Apartments in the early morning hours for a possible hostage situation. When police arrived, Allen allegedly ran to a nearby tree line before complying with an officer’s order to come out. Police found a black semi-automatic pistol in the tree line and a propane torch in the apartment that allegedly was used on the victim. Officers also found cocaine and a stolen handgun in Allen’s car.

Highway 166 Bridge Reopens

 

A bigger and better U.S. 166 bridge over the Arkansas River opened at Arkansas City on Thursday.
 

It replaces a bridge built in 1937 that was 20 feet narrower than the new bridge, which is 44 feet wide including shoulders. The new bridge also will be able to handle oversize loads better. Work on the bridge began November 29th, 2018 at a cost of just over $6.3 million.

 

During the project, crews had to work around repeated flooding on and near the river, starting in December 2018 and then again in May of 2019.

Planning Commission and Three Board Applications Due in January

 

The City of Independence wants to remind residents in the Independence and surrounding area that applications for the Planning Commission and Tree Board are due by January 17th, 2020.

 

Applicants for the Planning Commission must live in the city limits of Independence while applicants for the Tree Board do not have to live within the city limits to apply.

 

Applications online at independenceks.gov.

Former Caney City Clerk Pleads Guilty

 

Former Caney City Clerk, 70-year old Carole Sue Coker, was sentenced on Thursday in a federal courtroom in Wichita for embezzling thousands of dollars that were paid to the City of Caney for utilities and other bills.

 

Coker pleaded guilty back in October to one count of mail fraud and she must also pay back $150,000. She was sentenced to three years of federal probation. 

 

In her plea deal, Coker admitted to stealing part of check and cash payments that people made to the City of Caney for water and other utilities then concealing thefts by not entering all of the payments in the city's accounting system.

 

Coker was the City Clerk in Caney for nearly 40 years before she retired in 2013.

Neosho County Sheriff's Office Looking For Detention Officers

 

The Neosho County Sheriff's Office is looking for a couple of detention officers. Starting wage is $14.50 per hour with an increase of 5 percent once the applicant has completed his/her probationary period. These will likely be night shift positions. No experience is necessary, and on-the-job training is provided. 

 

Applicants must be at least 18 years of age, have a high school diploma or GED, a valid driver's license, and must be able to pass a background check.

Treasurer LaTurner Praises Passage of USMCA Deal

 

In response to the announcement that the House voted to pass the USMCA deal introduced by President Trump over a year ago, Kansas State Treasurer Jake LaTurner issued the following statement. 

 

"I am pleased to see that after a year of stalling and wasting time on investigations the U.S. House of Representatives has finally passed President Trump's USMCA Trade Deal. This is a great victory for Kansas farmers, ranchers and manufacturers who will reap the benefits of fairer trade. Another great promise kept by our President." 

Robo Call Legislation Passes Senate

 

The U.S. Senate unanimously passes the Telephone Robocall Abuse Criminal Enforcement and Deterrence Act, which is legislation to curb illegal robocalls and caller-ID spoofing.  The legislation previously was passed by the U.S. House of Representatives with near unanimous support. It now heads to President Donald Trump for signature into law. Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt says he has long advocated for this legislation as an important part of a meaningful solution to the explosion in unwanted robocalls.

 

The new legislation requires voice service providers to participate in a call authentication framework to help block unwanted calls. The framework is being established by federal agencies, with the urging of state attorneys general, and the TRACED Act would make it mandatory.

CRMC Foundation Receives Gift from Community State Bank

 

This gift is part of the Kansas Community Service Tax Credit program which is available through December 31 or until all tax credits are sold. The Community Service Tax Credit program provides a 70% tax credit to donors. The CRMC Foundation was awarded $250,000 in tax credits in support of the hospital's expansion of services in Medical Imaging which include 3D Mammography, Fluoroscopy, and Interventional Radiology.

 

For more information please contact the CRMC Foundation Office at 620-252-1674 or foundation@crmcinc.org.

City Theatre of Independence Holding Playwriting Workshop

 

Have an interest in writing your own play? City Theatre of Indepdence is holding a playwriting workshop that is open to all. The two-hour workshop will be held by Exit Laughing author Paul Elliot, an accomplished actor and director who has been involved with over 60 television shows and over 50 theatrical plays. There will be two segments to the workshop: first, a discussion on how to begin a proper script, and second, a staged reading of two to three pages of scripts provided by workshop attendees. Critical discussion will follow.

 

The cost is $35 per participant, and will be held from 3 p.m. through 5 p.m. on January 11 of next year. Space is limited, so sign up quickly if interested.

KDOT Requesting Comments on STIP Amendment

 

The Kansas Department of Transportation is requesting comments on an amendment to the FFY 2020-2023 Statewide Transportation Improvement Program (STIP) document.

 

The STIP is a project specific publication that lists all KDOT administered projects, regardless of funding source, and includes projects for counties and cities as well as projects on the State Highway System.

 

The approval of the STIP amendment requires a public comment period, which concludes on January 1st, 2020. To make comments on the amendment, contact KDOT's Division of Program and Project Management at 785-296-2252.

 

This information is available in alternative accessible formats. To obtain an alternative format, contact the KDOT Office of Public Affairs at 785-296-3585.

 

The list of projects being amended to the STIP can be viewed at http://www.ksdot.org/bureaus/burProgProjMgmt/stip/stip.asp

 

AG Schmidt Statement On Federal Appeals Court Ruling

 

A federal appeals court ruled Wednesday that the individual mandate in the Affordable Care Act, better known as Obamacare, is unconstitutional. But it sent the case back to the trial judge for another look at whether the entire law is invalid or if some parts can survive.

 

Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt said that “today's ruling is confirmation that the power and scope of the federal government are not unlimited. The appeals court sent the case back to the district court to more thoroughly assess whether other parts of the ACA can survive despite the unconstitutional mandate. This further judicial review will take time".

 

The decision came in Texas et. al. v. United States, a lawsuit filed in 2018 by several states, including Kansas, arguing that Congress exceeded its constitutional authority in ordering citizens to purchase insurance policies.

Drug Bust in Elk County

 

An unnamed man in Elk County has been arrested on numerous drug charges.

 

On December 14th, Elk County Emergency communication received a phone call of a suspicious vehicle. Sheriff Deputy was dispatched to the call. During the investigation the suspect was arrested on several charges and was booked in to the Elk County Sheriff's Office on possession of methamphetamine, possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, felon in possession of a firearm, and possession with the intent to distribute.

 

This case will be sent to the Elk County Attorney Officer for prosecution

Offer from TLC Nursery & Outdoor Living

 

As a fellow Chamber member, TLC Nursery & Outdoor Living would like to showcase a particular service of theirs that is very popular in Coffeyville that might be a benefit to you and your business. That service is their turf fertilization and weed control program.

 

They currently are providing turf services for over 226 acres of turf grass. They guarantee same day pricing, next day service and promise to assign a technician to your lawn that is both friendly and knowledgeable.

 

They offer turf programs for home owners, businesses, parks, collegiate and city rec fields, government and industrial settings as well.

 

TLC Nursery and Outdoor Living has been a Chamber member since 2011.

 

You can reach a member of their turf team at: 

TLC Nursery and Outdoor Living

1000 South 10th Street 

Independence KS

620-331-8301

AAA Warns Against Distracted Driving

 

AAA is warning motorists that the advanced vehicle technologies designed to help keep them safe could be posing an unexpected risk over time. A new AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety study finds that drivers can become too reliant on the technology after becoming comfortable with it, leading them to multi-task and engage in other distracted driving behaviors.

 

The study results found drivers who owned vehicles equipped with advanced driver assistance systems were almost twice as likely to take their eyes off the road and be less engaged when using those technologies. Technology such as lane-keeping assistance and adaptive cruise control, are meant to assist, not replace, the driver. Regardless of trust or comfort in a system, AAA warns drivers to remain alert and attentive to the roadway at all times.

Cherryvale Holiday Trash Schedule

 

The City of Cherryvale have announced that Republic drivers and staff will be celebrating Christmas and New Year with their families.

 

Due to trash not being picked up on those days, the trash schedule has been adjusted for the upcoming holiday season. Trash that is usually picked up on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday will all be pushed back a day to Thursday, Friday and Saturday during the week of Christmas.

 

The same schedule applies for New Year's week.

Kansas in the Top 20 Most Dangerous States for Young Drivers

 

Safety.com has analyzed data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to determine the most dangerous states for young drivers (ages 15-20). This is in recognition of National Teen Driver Safety Week that took place in October.

 

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration data provides a look at the percentage of state traffic fatalities involving young drivers.

 

In Kansas, 13.7% of serious vehicle crashes where a fatality occurred involved young drivers. When factoring in that 8.35% of the population of Kansas was between ages 15-20, this places the state in the top 20 most dangerous states for young drivers.

 

Oklahoma sits outside the top 10 at #11. The top five most dangerous states for young drivers are Rhode Island, Iowa, New Hampshire, Mississippi and Missouri.

Sendoff Luncheon Scheduled for Jan. 10th

 

The Pittsburg Area Chamber of Commerce Legislative Sendoff Luncheon is scheduled for Friday, January 10th, with the 2020 Kansas Legislative Session right around the corner.

 

The event will take place at the Wilkinson Alumni Center at Pittsburg State University and will be held from 12:00 to 1:00 PM.

 

The Luncheon is an opportunity for legislators to share thoughts heading into the session while also receiving feedback from area business leaders.

 

Kansas Senators Richard Hilderbrand and Caryn Tyson, along with Kansas Representatives Monica Murnan, Ken Collins and Richard Proehl are scheduled to attend.

 

Cost to attend is $10 and tickets are available online at pittsburgareachamber.com and the event is sponsored by Pittsburg State University.

Reminder: There is still time to donate blood

 

There is still time to give a gift and donate blood this holiday season. The American Red Cross is urging eligible donors to give the gift of life to help ensure patients don't have to worry about the availability of blood this winter. All types of blood are needed, especially type-O.

 

Holiday travel and severe winter weather often lead to a decline in blood donations. For those who give blood between December 19th and January 5th will receive a long-sleeved Red Cross T-Shirt, while supplies last.

 

To schedule an appointment to donate, download the free Red Cross Blood Donor App on your mobile device, visit RedCrossBlood.org or call 1-800-RED-CROSS.

Cherryvale Man Pleads Guilty To Sexually Exploiting Children

 

A Cherryvale man has admitted to offering marijuana and money to young girls in exhange for child pornography.

 

On Tuesday, 21-year old Austin Ballew pleaded guilty to five counts of sexually exploiting a child and three counts of sex trafficking. Seven other charges against Ballew were dismissed in exchange for his plea bargain.

 

Prosecutors said Ballew used a fake Facebook account posing as a teenager and offered teenage girls in southeast Kansas marijuana and money for sexually explict photos and videos.  He also threatened to make the videos public if the girls stopped cooperating.

 

His sentencing is set for March 23rd and he faces between 15 to 25 years in a federal prison.

Moonlight Shopping This Thursday

 

If you are still searching for those last minute gifts for that special someone on your list, Independence Main Street wants you to join them for their final holiday event of the year.

 

This Thursday will be Moonlight Shopping for guys (and girls) looking to pick up that last minute gift. Lisa Wilson from the Independence Chamber of Commerce provides the details and a special gift being handed out.

 

Messenger Furniture is located in Downtown Independence at 211 North Pennsylvania. For more information on this event, contact Independence Main Street at (620) 331-2300.

Evergy Grants Award to PSU Nature Reach

 

A $10,000 grant award by Evergy to PSU Nature Reach will fund a pilot program designed to bridge the gap between two existing programs offered to area youth.

 

The pilot program, Kindergarten Day Camp, will be held at the PSU Nature Reserve operated by Nature Reach, and will begin in Summer 2020. It will have the capacity to serve 30 children each session. Currently, Nature Reach Director Delia Lister offers a Pre-K Summer Reading Program in the Nature Reach room on campus, incorporating live animals housed there with children’s literature. She also offers summer day camps at the Nature Reserve for first through third graders. Both programs have been extremely popular since their inception and routinely fill up.

 

The funding also will help support daily Nature Reach operations and programming and in 30 communities, primarily in Southeast Kansas, but also in Southwest Missouri and Northeast Oklahoma.

Pictures with Santa & The Grinch

 

The Coffeyville Chamber of Commerce wants to remind the community that there will be an opportunity to take pictures with Santa and The Grinch on Monday, December 23rd from 3:00 to 5:00 PM at Ford Wulf Bruns Chapel. 

 

Fun for the whole family with cookies and punch provided. 

 

Chamber Reminder: Don't forget, the Chamber Community Guides will be coming out in January. These are also used in relocation packets and recruitment materials. They are looking great and they can't wait to share them with the community. 

Lunch and Learn This Thursday

 

This Coffeyville Chamber of Commerce will host its next Lunch and Learn this Thursday, December 19th from 11:30am – 1:30pm.

 

City Manager Mark Hall will be on hand with the latest projects and happenings in Coffeyville. The Chamber will also give an update on new projects & events, the scoop on the Annual Dinner and news on the economic homefront. The Chamber will also share your ideas & stories as they begin to put together their 2020 goals.

 

This training is free for Chamber members and $20 for non-members.

Arrest Made in Drive-By Shooting

 

An arrest has been made in the drive-by shooting death that occurred in Independence Saturday. Yesterday afternoon 18 year-old Benjamin J. Mason was arrested at his residence in Coffeyville for first-degree murder and then booked into the Montgomery County Jail. Mason is expected to appear in Montgomery County District Court tomorrow. The Montgomery County Attorney is expected to prosecute the case and the investigation is still ongoing.

 

Harrison says he appreciates the help of the Montgomery County Sheriff's Office and the Kansas Bureau of Investigation.

 

Montgomery County Commission Meeting for December 16th

 

The Montgomery County Commissioners met on Monday with plenty of items on the agenda that included an Executive Session, Public Works, Emergency Management and Tourism. 

 

The meeting began with County Clerk Charlotte Scott Schmidt calling an Executive Session for the job status for non elected personnel. The Executive Session took around 15 minutes with no action taken by the Commission. 

 

After the Executive Session, Public Works Coordinator Jim Wright along with Maintenance Supervisor Jeff Phelps provided an update to the Commissioners. Wright first discusses the petition for the road vacation in Caney as they wanted to forgo that as they wanted to adopt a new petition with some revisions to it (AUDIO). The Commission discussed and made sure that everyone was on the same page regarding the petition, whether it was being revised or completely renewed (AUDIO). After discussion the Commissioners approved for the new petition. 

 

Maintanence Supervisor Jeff Phelps provided an update to the Commisioners regarding a project coming up involving an estimate for redoing the electric plumbing throughout the courthouse. There would be a chance that the Courthouse would have to be shutdown in order to get this project done but hopefully it wouldn't be no more than two days max, according to Phelps. Another issue that he brought up was the heater that is down at the hazardous waste and that was something they were looking to replace (AUDIO)

 

Montgomery County Emergency Management Manager Rick Whitson and Lee Miller provided updates on upcoming equipment purchases including new lanterns for the surrounding fire stations among other purchases. 

 

Independence Chamber of Commerce Director Lisa Wilson and Tourism Coordinator Michelle McCormick provided a tourism update to the Commissioners regarding Conferences and Meetings that took place in 2019 and what is ahead for tourism in 2020. They also discussed the Bronze Statue Tours and talked about finding better ways to promote upcoming events and activities in the Independence area. 

 

The agenda is always subject to change and all meetings are open to the public. 

 

 

 

 

Winter Solstice Observatory Night Scheduled for Saturday Night

 

The Greenbush Astrophysical Observatory in Pittsburg will be holding its monthly observatory night this Saturday, December 20th at 7pm with a presentation by resident astronomy guru Josh Cochran, followed by a viewing of the night sky using the research-grade telescope. Smaller telescopes, binoculars, and iPads loaded with astronomy apps are also available for visitors to enjoy.

 

This event coincides with the Winter Solstice, which marks the darkest and shortest day of the year in our hemisphere. Come learn about how and why our seasons change and how that is related to the patterns of stars in the sky.

 

For more information, call 620-724-6281.

CPD Requesting Help With Counterfeit Bills Case

 

The Coffeyville Police Department is requesting help from the public in locating a person of interest. The person of interest might possibly be involved with passing counterfeit bills throughout the city of Coffeyville. If you know or have any information about the person who is pictured alongside this story, contact the CPD either on Facebook or call dispatch at 620-252-6160. You may remain anonymous if you please.

 

The CPD has identified two types of fake bills being passed in the city. Some are copied bills, others are "motion picture use" bills. Cashiers should remain vigilant and take an extra second or two to inspect money they believe might be counterfeit.

Crime Victims to Receive Support

 

The Kansas Crime Victims Compensation Board awarded financial assistance to 264 victims of violent crime at its December meeting, according to Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt.

 

Awards were made in 126 new cases while additional expenses were paid in 138 previously submitted cases. The awards exceeded more than $250,000.

 

A portion of assessed court costs and fines, inmate wages, parole fees and restitution paid by convicted offenders provide funding to the program.

 

For more information about the Crime Victims Compensation Program, call 785-296-2359 or visit the attorney general's website.

Coffeyville Woman ID's As Victim of Fatal Independence Drive-By Shooting

A Coffeyville woman has been identified as the victim of Saturday’s fatal drive-by shooting in Independence.  19 year old Kimberly D. Meeks was pronounced dead at the scene of the shooting near the former Sonic at Laurel and Main, according to the Montgomery County Chronicle.

 

Two people of interest are being sought in connection with the shooting.  Meeks and an unidentified male were walking in the vicinity of W Laurel and Main when shots were fired from an unidentified vehicle.

 

The investigation is ongoing and anyone with any information is asked to call 1-800-KS-Crime or the Independence Police Department.

BREAKING NEWS: Fatal Drive by Shooting Reported in Independence

 

Independence police are being joined by the KBI in gathering information in what police calls a fatal drive by shooting on West Laurel Street on Saturday night. 

 

One person is dead in the shooting which occured near the former Sonic Drive-In. The identity of the victim cannot be released until the next of kin are identified, according to Police Chief Jerry Harrison. 

 

Two persons of interest are being sought in the shooting, and a vehicle belonging to one of the suspects has been impounded. The names of the suspects will not be released because of the early nature of the investigation, according to Harrison. 

 

The KBI Special Crimes Unit was deployed to Independence to assist local police with the investigation. The area where the shooting took place was cut off to the public. Harrison emphasized that the investigation was still early and they were trying to understand if there was any relationship or connection between the suspects and the victim. 

Winter Weather Expected To Move In

 

Winter weather looks to move into the region Sunday morning in the form of freezing drizzle/snow mix expected through much of Sunday for areas south of Highway 50 which includes the Wichita area.  

 

Snow chances look to increase late Sunday night into Monday morning for parts of south central KS into the Flint Hills.

 

Coffeyville and the surrounding area can expect less than an inch of snow and a light glazing of ice from .01-.02 inches.
 
Hazardous travel be expected across most of the area from Sunday morning on.

Cullins Admits to Foul Language and Unprofessional Conduct

Montgomery County District Judge F. William Cullins admits that he cursed in conversations with staff and attorneys and was sometimes unprofessional in his conduct.  However, he denies he was abusive towards court staff or direct vulgar and sexist terms at female workers.  Cullins testified Friday in the fourth day of testimony before a state panel looking into complaints by court staff and attorneys. 

 

Holiday Trash Schedule Released

 

The City of Parsons have released their trash pick up schedule for the Christmas and New Years.

 

If you are scheduled to have your trash picked up on Wednesday December 25th, your pick up day will be on Monday December 23rd. Also, Wednesday pick up for January 1st with be picked up on December 30th. There will be no bulk trash pick up on Monday December 23rd or 30th and the tree dump will be closed on December 21st and 28th.

 

For more information on this schedule, contact Parsons City Hall at (620) 421-7020.

Community National Bank and Trust Joins Group of Anchor Supporters for Small Business

 

NetWork Kansas has announced that Community National Bank and Trust has made a commitment to be an Anchor Supporter of NetWork Kansas in an effort to provide small businesses with additional suppport.

 

Banks can now utilize up to $100,000 in credits annually as Anchor Supporters are banks making a significant contribution through participation in the Entrepreneurship Tax Credit.

 

Community National Bank and Trust is headquartered in Chanute with branches in Coffeyville and Independence among others across the state.

 

Banks interested in participating in the tax credit program can call 877-521-8600 and ask for Steve Radley or Erik Pederson to make a commitment or to learn more information.

Indy City Commission Authorizes Bonds

 

The Independence City Commission has authorized the issuance of $1.2 million in Taxable Industrial Revenue Bonds Series 2019 to Textron Aviation Inc. The bonds are intended to be used for facility and equipment upgrades. As part of the deal, the city is under no obligation for any of the bonds, which were requested by Textron Aviation. The improvements will be approved for a ten-year ad valorem property tax abatement, beginning January 1st of next year and running through 2030.

 

The decision made by the commission authorizes the mayor and city clerk to execute and deliver all documents related to the issuance of the bonds.

Second Round of Chamber Bucks Winners Announced

 

Six winners from six different businesses here in Coffeyville for round two of the Christmas Chamber Bucks giveaway. Chamber Director Candi Westbrook was back in studio to announce the winners.

 

Winners can pick up their Chamber Bucks from the business they won it at starting tomorrow afternoon. Next week will be the third and final week for the drawings.

Christmas Lights in Coffeyville

 

If you are looking for a place to see some Christmas lights this Holiday season look no further than right here in Coffeyville. Candy Cane Lane's Candice says they are located 1 block north of 1st street and 1 block west of Willow in the 200 block of Evergreen.

 

Candice says you can also drop off letters for Santa anytime in the special mailbox located in front of 207 Evergreen marked Letters for Santa. Make sure to leave a return address on your letter so Santa can reply.

 

Santa Paws Scheduled at CRC

 

The Coffeyville Recreational Commission and the Coffeyville Friends of Animals are teaming up for an exciting event.

 

Santa Paws will be happening at the Bobby Clemons Rec Center located at 508 Park. Becky Barnhart with CFA discusses the details of the event including the place and time.

 

There is no fee to have the pictures taken but they are requesting a donation.

 

All pictures will be posted on the CRC Facebook page after the event for free downloading.

 

Watkins Signs Conference Report on National Defense Authorization Act

 

Congressman Steve Watkins signed the Conference Report on Monday on the FY20 National Defense Authorization Act that passed the full House on Wednesday.

 

The NDAA establishes policy and authorizes funding for the nation’s defense. Congressman Watkins was selected by House Republican Leadership to serve as the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee conference for the NDAA Conference Committee. The Conference Committee is tasked with resolving differences between the House and Senate versions of the NDAA and providing an agreement to both chambers in the form of a conference report.

 

If the full House and Senate each agree to the conference report, the NDAA is sent to the President to be signed into law.

BBB Alert: Beware of Puppy Scams this Holiday Season

 

The Better Business Bureau is advising people to be aware of puppy scams this holiday season. If you are shopping online for a pet, watch out for scams.

 

Complaints continue to pour into the Better Business Bureau's Scam Tracker as fake pet and puppy scams are on the rise.

 

A BBB study found that many of the ads found online are scams, and anyone looking online for a pet is extremely likely to encounter one. Reports have increased 39% since 2017 when the BBB first alerted consumers of this scam.

 

In the last three years, nearly 16,000 complaints have been reported to the Better Business Bureau.


 

Year

Estimated complaints and scams pertain to pet fraud

2017

4,664

2018

6,007

2019 (Jan-Nov)

5,879

2019 (projected)

6,466

 

Tips to protect yourself from pet scams:

  • Never send money via Western Union and Moneygram to people or companies you don't know or trust.

  • Do an internet search for the picture of the pet you are considering.

  • Research prices for the breed you are interested in adopting or purchasing.

  • Check out the website.

  • Find out what other consumers are saying.

  • If you have been a victim or see a puppy scam, report it to the Better Business Bureau Scam Tracker.

 

 

Kansas AG Receives National Honor

 

Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt has been recognized as the nation’s Outstanding Attorney General for 2019. Schmidt was presented with the prestigious Kelley-Wyman Award, which is the top honor bestowed by the National Association of Attorneys General. Schmidt is recognized for his leadership both in Kansas and nationally in combating elder abuse and human trafficking, strengthening the professionalism of the office of attorney general, and promoting civil discourse and bipartisan cooperation.

 

 

Schmidt says he is greatly honored to receive this recognition from his colleagues nationwide and he is honored every day to be able to serve the citizens of Kansas. Schmidt was nominated for the award by Idaho Attorney General Lawrence Wasden and Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller.

AAA Honors KHP Trooper

 

AAA Kansas has honored Kansas Highway Patrol Master Trooper John Lawson as the state’s first Drug Recognition Expert of the Year. As a part of this award, the AAA Kansas Traffic Safety Fund sponsored and provided funding for Master Trooper Lawson to attend the 2019 International Association of Chiefs of Police National Drug and Alcohol Impaired Driving Conference in Anaheim, California in August.

 

Master Trooper Lawson was nominated by his supervisor, Lt. Josh Biera, who says that since Lawson became a certified DRE in 2017, he has excelled with his hard work, large number of DRE evaluations and DUI arrests, as well as his commitment to perform evaluations when called.

Moran Speaks on USMCA

 

U.S. Senator from Kansas releases a statement on the agreement reached between the White House and Congress regarding the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement. Senator Jerry Moran says he has long advocated for movement on USMCA, and he applauds the White House and Congress for reaching an agreement and advancing this deal.

 

Moran says that Canada and Mexico are Kansas’ top two export markets, and over the last two years, he has heard directly from Kansans how vital a modern trade deal like USMCA would be for farmers, ranchers and manufacturers.

Short-Term Project Announced By KDOT

 

KDOT has started a short-term project to patch concrete pavement on northbound I-35 at the Tequa Creek Bridge this week, weather permitting.

 

The bridge is located one mile north of the Osage-Franklin county line. Northbound traffic will be reduced to one lane at the work zone. Slow down and drive with care in the affected area.

City of Coffeyville Commission Meeting for December 10th

 

The Coffeyville City Commission met on Tuesday night as they get set to wrap up a successful 2019 and transition into the new year of 2020.

 

Executive Director of the Montgomery County Action Council, Trisha Purdon was in attendance to provide a quarterly update. Purdon mentions the current active projects that MCAC is working on which include US-169, 13 small business projects, one new retail prospect, five current recruitment prospects, four business retention/expansion projects and site certification.

 

Purdon adds that MCAC helped provide new jobs in 2019. 

 

Purdon mentions some of the current projects in Montgomery County. 

 

Purdon talks about the new businesses that were created in 2019. 

 

Purdon goes on to mention that enhancing quality of life is a big key for the Montgomery County Action Council. Some other talking points during the meeting was the 2020 work plan (AUDIO). Also mentioned was that the budget for this year was going to provide a surplus which would be rolled into 2020 which would be used to help receive new grants.

 

Candi Westbrook, Executive Director of the Coffeyville Chamber of Commerce, was also in attendance to provide an update with the Chamber. Westbrook provided plenty of details about the Chamber for 2019 but one of the key points was that membership was basically an all time high which helps with keeping businesses local.

 

Westbrook talks about the upcoming chamber board meeting and that quality of life is towards the top of the list.  

 

Westbrook adds that one of the big highlights of 2019 was updating their website. 

 

During the meeting there were public hearings regarding water utility, water supply loan funds, wastewater utility among others (Full Audio). 

 

New Business

 

  1. Approve Planning Commission applications for Jeff McCloud and Max Williams (Full Audio)

  2. Resolution R-19-80 – A resolution to approve a lease agreement for the abandoned concrete apron at the north end of the airport T-hangers (Full Audio)

  3. Resolution R-19-81 – A resolution approving and authorizing the execution of the January 1, 2019 through December 31, 2019 City of Coffeyville Memorandum of agreement with the International Association of Firefighters, Local #265 (IAFF) (Full Audio)

  4. City Manager's Report (Full Audio)

The commissioners concluded the meeting by wishing everyone a safe and happy holiday season as the next scheduled meeting wouldn't take place until after Christmas. 

 

 

Brown Mansion Candlelight Tours Begin Wednesday

 

The Brown Mansion Candlelight tours begin Wednesday starting at 5:30 PM.

 

The Mansion was able surpass their goal of 150 trees decorated through the home this year. Tickets for the Candlelight Tours are $5 per person and are sold at the door and entertainment will also be provided.

 

The self-guided tours are scheduled for the following dates:

 

Wednesday, December 11

Sunday, December 15

Wednesday, December 18

Saturday, December 21

Sunday, December 22

Monday, December 23

 

Times for all tours are 5:30pm to 8:00pm.

Wreath-Laying Ceremony on Saturday

 

As part of the nationally observed Wreaths Across America Day each December, a brief ceremony will be held at 1:00 PM on Saturday, Dec. 14, at the Pittsburg State University Veterans Memorial.

 

The mission of the annual day, to “Remember, Honor and Teach” is carried out by coordinating wreath-laying ceremonies at Arlington National Cemetery, as well as at more than 1,400 additional locations in all 50 states, at sea, and abroad. The ceremony will be under the direction of PSU ROTC and will last approximately 15 minutes. Cadet Jonathan Gonzalez will serve as the emcee, and Lt. Col. Charles Costello, professor of military science, will offer remarks.

 

To conclude the ceremony, former service members will place wreaths on stands by memorial seals that represent each branch of service.

Mill Rate Trends Discussed at Coffeyville School Board

 

The Coffeyville United School District #445 Board of Education met for their regular meeting on Monday night at the Education Center. Mill rate trends was the most discussed topic of the evening and Andy Taylor was in attendance to provide the board a better understanding of those mill rate trends.

 

Taylor gives an example of how the mill rate trends have changed in recent years.

 

Taylor provided the school board with information regarding the mill rate trends for Coffeyville City Property Owners with figures and total precent change between the years 2011 and 2019, which is 15.9%. 

 

There were plenty of other topics on the agenda outside of the mill rate trends. There was information presented regarding graduation and post-secondary education. It was great timing considering it was scheduled to be on the agenda and Craig Correll wanted to give his congratulations to those who were presenting the information to the school board. 

 

Four years ago, the Kansas State Board of Education launched its new vision for education. They've identified key outcomes that Kansans say they value including social-emotional growth, kindergarten readiness, individual plan of study, civic engagement, high school graduation and post-secondary success. USD #445 Coffeyville was presented the Commissione's Award Honors for the 2019-2020 school year. 

 

Another topic of discussion during the school board meeting was the board action to approve the Superintendent's recommendation for supplemental position's. Edward Ray Rutherford as FKHS assistant baseball coach, Jamie Thompson as FKHS assistant boys swimming coach, Corey Turner and Thomas Mackiewicz as FKHS assistant wrestling coaches. The board approved 6-0. 

 

The next regularly scheduled meeting will take place on January 13th, 2020 inside the Education Center. 

 

 

Band and Choir Concert in Pittsburg

 

The Pittsburg High School band and choir will perform in the 9th Annual Vespers Concert on Saturday, December 14th at 7:00pm which brings together instrumental and vocal musicians in one memorable evening of performances.

 

The concert will be produced at the Pittsburgh Memorial Auditorium under the direction of Band Director Cooper Neil and Choir Director Susan Laushman.

 

Admission to the concert is free as a gift to the community.

Christmas Concert In Coffeyville

 

Come continue the holiday spirit with some Christmas music! There'll be another Christmas concert this Sunday at the First Presbyterian Church in Coffeyville, starring Markel Porter, the Vocal Music Director at Coffeyville Community College.

 

Donations will be accepted during the concert, with proceeds heading toward a trip to Vienna, Austria with the Pitt State Choir next March. There will also be a silent auction of Christmas ornaments. The concert begins at 3 p.m.

Independence City Commission Agenda For Thursday

 

The Independence City Commission will once again meet this Thursday for its regularly scheduled meeting. On this week's agenda includes a public hearing to consider the condemnation of 301 Cement Street, a hearing adjourned from last November. The commission will also consider authorizing the issuance of $1.2 million in taxable industrial revenue bonds, Series 2019, for Textron Aviation Inc.

 

As always, the commission will meet at 5:30 p.m. at the Veterans Room inside Memorial Hall. The meeting is open to the public, and a full agenda for the meeting can be found here.

Legislatures Attend Labette Commission Meeting

 

The Labette County Commissioners meet with members of the legislature during their regularly scheduled commission meeting. Representative Rich Proehl and Senator Dan Goddard were present to listen to the commissioners and members of the elected personnel in the county discuss their legislative priorities.

 

The topics discussed include the property tax lid, next generation 911, bridges, mental health and the jails. The commissioners support repealing the property-tax lid, they support eliminating the cap on the 911 tax or having a more reasonable rate to support growth, they would like to be able to have the ability to more consistently improve bridges and they support limiting incarceration of the mentally ill and support the effort for accessible treatment to address mental illness.

KU Researcher Charges with Theft

 

A researcher at the University of Kansas has been charged with two counts of theft and four related criminal charges. Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt says 37 year old Liuqi Gu of Lawrence, was charged in Douglas County District Court with one felony count of theft in excess of $100,000, theft between $25,000 and $100,000, unlawful acts concerning computers, making false information and one misdemeanor count of official misconduct and failure to pay state sales tax.

 

The complaint alleges from November 2016 to October 2018, Gu falsely represented that purchases he made from Thermo-Fisher Scientific were for the use of the University of Kansas in order to receive discounts from the company for his personal benefit or the benefit of another. It also alleges Gu used confidential information acquired in the course of his employment with the University of Kansas in order to avoid paying sales tax totaling between $25,000 and $100,000 on those purchases.

Montgomery County Commission Meeting for December 9th

 

The Montgomery County Commissioners met on Monday for their weekly meeting in the lower level of the Judicial Center in Independence. With plenty on the agenda, the commissioners got right into session after the approval of the agenda and approval of minutes. 

 

There was a public hearing regarding the annexation of land for Rural Water District #9. 

 

Carl Gorton spoke on the matter. 

 

County Clerk Charlotte Scott Schmidt adds that the petition has been signed. 

 

After limited minutes of discussion the call for vote was given by Larry McManus and all of the commissioners approved. 

 

The meeting continued with Rural Fire Coordinator Rick Whitson and he starts off by saying that they have sent some tanks out for bids in the surrounding area. The commission and Whitson transitioned into discussion on the Rural Fire budget for the fourth quarter and also upcoming information for 2020. Whitson provided numbers to the commissioners. There has also been plenty of discussion with Whitson and the commissioners in recent weeks regarding volunteer firefighters, compensation and how it should be distributed to those involved. 

 

Whitson would like to provide a few more dollars to those who volunteer and have that distributed at the end of the year. 

 

Public Works Coordinator Jim Wright was also in attendance to discuss the petition for road vacation in Jefferson with a request road viewing date to be set which was approved by the planning board. Also in discussion was a petition for road vacation in Caney. 

 

Wright also went into detail about expiring positions on the planning board. 

 

Also during the meeting was discussion of the appointment of the Parker Township Treasurer. 

 

The Board of County Commissioners for Montgomery County meeting every Monday morning at 9:00 AM in the lower level of the Judicial Center in Independence. NOTE: The agenda is subject to change and all meetings are open to the public.

 

Parsons Appoints New Fire Chief

 

The City of Parsons has appointed Kenny Ward as its new Fire Chief.

 

Ward comes to Parsons with more than 30 years of experience including time as the Fire Chief and Emergency Management Director of the City of Greenville’s Fire Department and also as the Fire Chief of the City of Altus Fire -Rescue Department. Ward most recently resided in Sand Springs, Oklahoma where he was the Environmental Health and Safety Director for two Midwest construction companies over the past several years. He has also served in several fire training instructor roles including OSHA Outreach instructor and an instructor at Firefighter Level I and II, Oklahoma Fire Service Training.

 

Current Fire Chief Jay Hawk will retire effective December 23, 2019.

PCMS To Perform Disney's Alice In Wonderland Jr.

 

Pittsburg Community Middle School will be performing Disney’s Alice in Wonderland Jr. at Memorial Auditorium and Convention Center on Thursday. December 12 at 7:00pm.

 

The zany 60-minute musical, designed for middle school-aged performers, is based on the 1951 Disney film and the novels by Lewis Carroll. The cast includes 42 students led by Kimberly Arzoian and Janette Mauk. Disney’s Alice in Wonderland Jr. is presented through special arrangement with and all materials are provided by Music Theatre International.

 

For information on purchasing tickets, please visit the Pittsburg Community Middle School front office.

City of Independence Conducting Disaster Drill This Wednesday

 

The City of Independence will be conducting a disaster drill, designed to be an active shooter situation, this Wednesday at ICC West Campus on West Main Street. The drill will take place at 1:30 p.m, and is designed to test the response of emergency services and the emergency response plan for the city.

 

The drill is being performed with assistance from Independence Fire-EMS & Police, Independence Labette Health, Labette Health, Montgomery Emergency Management, Independence Community College  and the Montgomery County Sheriff's office. No citizens will be allowed into the ICC West Campus during the drill, but there will be precautions taken to ensure the safety of residents, including proper signage and security.

Oklahoma Public School Enrollment Exceeds 700K For First Time

 

For the first time, public school enrollment in the state of Oklahoma has crossed 700,000 students. According to official statistics released by the Oklahoma State Department of Education, 703,650 students were enrolled in some sort of public education for the 2019-2020 school year, an increase of over 5,000 students from last year. Oklahoma City and Tulsa, as expected, continue to be the most populous school districts.

 

Demographically, the new statistics show little change. Just over half of the state’s students were Hispanic, American Indian, black, Asian/Pacific Islander, native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander, or members of two or more races, while 48% of students were white.

PSU Commencement planned for Friday

 

More than 450 students are expected to participate in PSU's Fall Commencement on Friday, December 13th. There will be one for graduates in the College of Arts and Sciences and Kelce College of Business at 5:00 PM and there will also be one for graduates in the College of Education and College of Technology at 8:00 PM.

 

Both ceremonies will be held in the John Lance Arena of the Garfield Weede Physical Educational Building which is located at 1701 S. Homer.

 

Faculty and administration will participate. Families and friends are encouraged to take part along their graduates in the ringing of the Centennial Bell at the southwest corner of Axe Library. The bell will be available for ringing from 8:00 AM to 10:00 PM on Friday.

 

Also on Friday, the department of Military Science will hold a commissioning ceremony for three ROTC cadets at 10:00 AM in the Dotty Miller Theatre in the Bicknell Family Center for the Arts which is located at 1711 S. Homer.

 

For more information about parking, handicapped accessibility, and other details visit https://www.pittstate.edu/registrar/commencement.html

SAVE THE DATE: Spring Into Health Fair

 

Save the date for the Spring Into Health Fair on March 27th, 2020 from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM at the Homer Cole Community Center in Pittsburg. This event is hosted by AARP Chapter #646 of Crawford County, Audio Reader and the SEK Library System's Talking Book Program.

 

The Pittsburg Lions Club will be checking vision. An FCCLA class from USD 387 at Altoona/Midway will be on hand to help seniors with their cell phones. Also representatives of MASA Medical Transport Solutions will be available to talk about air services provided to hospitals in emergency situations.

 

Booth space is still available for interested businesses and organizations. Applications to participate will be accepted until February 28th, 2020. There is a $30 registration fee. You can contact Melissa Frantz at 620-365-5136 for more information or to sign up.

 

Admission is free and open to the public. There will be refreshments as well as door prizes given on an hourly basis.

Spoofing Call Scam Happening

The Coffeyville Police Department have announced they have recently been advised that someone is “spoofing" the Police Department phone number for a scam.

 

The callers are telling people that an investigation is leading to a warrant for their arrest. They are telling people to purchase prepaid Visa cards to send or they will be arrested. They are also giving names that are the same or similar to officers that citizens are familiar with in Coffeyville.

 

The CPD wants to remind everyone that they will not call you and tell you to purchase anything to keep from getting a warrant. The only way to keep from getting a warrant is to pay your fines, show up for court or don’t break the law.  

 

If you have any questions, feel free to contact Officer Moley, who is investigating this scam case.

Coffeyville Christmas Parade Draws Crowds

Perhaps the largest Christmas Parade in Coffeyville’s history brought equally large crowds out for the festivities Friday night.  Although temperatures were a bit cool compared to the last week they remained in the 40’s throughout the parade and were not cold enough to freeze the crowds spirit. 

 

Before the start of the parade children were offered the chance to have cookies with Santa at the Perkins Building on Coffeyville’s downtown plaza.  The parade began at 6:00 Friday evening and after nearly 110 entries passed by wound up around 7:00.

Michael Ehling Named Executive Administrator

 

The Crawford County Commissioners has announced the appointment of Michael Ehling as the new Executive Administrator for the Crawford County Mental Health Center.

 

Ehling has over 30 years of experience and served as the Mental Health Director prior to his appointment. He has a Master of Science in Clinical Psychology from Pittsburg State University and holds two licenses from the Kansas Behavioral Sciences Regulatory Board.

 

Ehling takes over administrative duties from Richard Pfeiffer who has servied as the Executive Administrator for nearly 40 years.

 

Crawford County Mental Health Center has been serving the mental health needs of Crawford County since 1961. For more information, contact Michael Ehling at mehling@cmhccc.org or 620-230-9742.

Median Repair Work To Reduce U.S. 54 Access in La Harpe

 

The median strip and both inside lanes along a half-mile stretch of U.S. 54 at the west city limits of La Harpe will be closed to traffic starting Monday, Dec. 9, weather permitting.

 

This will reduce traffic to one lane in each direction on this section of highway. The closure is necessary for repair work on the median and the highway is scheduled to be re-opened on Thursday, Dec. 12.

 

Westbound U.S. 54 traffic wanting to travel south on Monroe Street in La Harpe will need to continue west to the crossover at 2400th Street and turn back eastbound on U.S 54 to be able to turn south on Monroe.

 

Please use extra caution in the work zone area.

Kansas Highway Patrol Reports Thanksgiving Holiday Activity

 

The Kansas Highway Patrol has released its activity report for the Thanksgiving holiday weekend. From 6 p.m. on November 27 through midnight on December 1st, the KHP worked two non-DUI related crashes with five non-DUI related fatalities.

 

DUI arrests have increased once again, up to 19 this year compared to 16 last year and 12 in 2017. Speeding citations did see a big drop, however, from 1,195 in 2018 to just 874 this year. You can see a full list of data released by the KHP here.

First Round of Christmas Bucks Winners Announced

 

It's that time of the year again to start giving away Christmas Bucks in Coffeyville. Chamber of Commerce Director Candi Westbrook was in studio yesterday evening to announce the winners.

 

$100 winners are Jerry Wilson from the Sunflower Soda Shop, B. McCoach from The Yoke Bar and Grill, Harry Bates from Leibert Brothers, Pat Holeman from Jan L's and Emmitt Smith from Fractory Connection.  The winner of the $500 is Kay Willard from Leibert Brothers.

 

 

Winners can pick up their Christmas Bucks at the location where they won them from starting this afternoon. Congrats to all the winners and the next drawing will be next Thursday.

New Program Teaching Students Action Civics

 

Homelessness, hungry children, gun violence and pollution are just a few of the issues Oklahoma students are tackling through a social studies program called Generation Citizen. Executive Director of Oklahoma's Generation Citizen Amy Curran says the whole mission is to ensure every student across the country receives at least one semester of high-quality action civics before they graduate.

 

Next week, more than 180 students will attend Generation Citizen’s Fall Civics Day at Oklahoma City Community College to share their semester-long work on local issues.

Agronomy Night Scheduled for Dec. 17th

 

Independence Community College – West Campus will host the 2019 K-State Research and Extension Wildcat District Agronomy Night on Dec. 17th from 5:45 pm to 8:00 pm.

 

This year, K-State canola breeder Mike Stamm will speak about the opportunities and challenges of bringing canola to southeast Kansas. After that, James Coover, Wildcat’s crop production agent, will give a brief presentation on soil fertility and results around the Independence area.

 

Independence Community College – West Campus is located at 2615 West Main Street. The event is free and dinner will be provided.

Coffeyville Commodities Distribution for December

 

Genesis of Coffeyville will be distributing government commodities to eligible residents of Coffeyville and the surrounding area on Friday, December 20th from 3:30 PM to 5:30 PM at the genesis office, located at 1312 West 8th Street in Coffeyville.

 

Please remember to have a photo ID and proof of address. If you live in Independence, please go there to receive your commodities.

Christmas Tree Transportation Safety

 

It's that time of year when many Kansans set out in search of the perfect real Christmas tree, then haphazardly 'tie one on' – a dangerous practice for those who don't know the ropes. Ensuring safety while transporting the tree should be at the top of this year’s Christmas to-do list. AAA Kansas suggests taking the following steps when transporting your tree.

 

Use the right vehicle, bring the proper tools, protect the tree and your vehicle, point the trunk towards the front, tie it down and give it the tug test. AAA also suggest to take the back roads, if possible.

 

In Kansas, there are about 150 “unsecured load crashes” each year, resulting in an average of one or two fatalities. In 2017 in Kansas, there were more than 350 crashes attributed to road debris or obstruction.

IPD Searching for Shooting Suspect

 

The Independence Police Department is looking for a suspect involved in a shooting. Saturday at 12:50pm IPD was called to the 1400 Block of N. 8th for a report of gunshots. The investigation indicated the suspect knew the victim and was specifically targeting the victim. No one was injured in the incident. The suspect is still at large and police are asking for your help in locating him. The suspect’s name is James “YG” Jones, he is 5’11”, weighs 130lbs and is 26 years old. Jones is considered armed and dangerous and should not be approached.

 

If you believe you see Jones or are aware of where he may be located call IPD at 620-332-1700.

ICC Theater To Present "The Glass Menagerie"

 

The Independence Community College Theater Department will be debut their newest production begin on Friday. Independence Chamber of Commerce Director Lisa Wilson explains the details about their latest production.

 

The shows will be staged at the William Inge Theater on the campus of ICC.

Explosion in Indy Believed to be Accidental

 

Last night at 5:07pm Independence Police were called to the 100 Block of W. Main for a report of an explosion. The caller reported the front windows of the building blew out and there was water running under a garage door. Independence Fire-EMS determined the explosion resulted from a malfunctioning air compressor.

 

There was one employee in a different part of the business when the explosion occurred and no injuries were reported. Police inspected the scene and believe the explosion was accidental.

CRMC Hosting Shoe Drive for Relay for Life

 

The Coffeyville Region Medical Center Relay for Life Team is hosting a shoe drive through January 25. If you have any gently worn, used or new shoes that you need to get rid of CRMC will gladly take your shoes for their shoe drive. You can stop by the Tatman Cancer Center and bring your shoes in for those in need.

 

If you have any questions please contact Director of Cancer Services Vicky Portwood at vportwood@crmcinc.org or 620-252-1606.

Coffeyville Parade Set For Friday Night

 

The annual Coffeyville Parade lineup and route was released on Tuesday by the Coffeyville Chamber of Commerce.

 

The parade will be begin at the intersection of 8th Street and Spruce and head east on 8th before turning south at Walnut and heading back west on 9th Street. The end of the parade will be at the intersection of 9th Street and Willow. The lineup begins at 5:30 and the parade commences at 6pm.

 

If you would like a hard copy of the parade route, you can pick one up at the Chamber office at 807 Walnut Street.

 

CCC Fall Sports Banquet Scheduled for Tuesday

 

The Coffeyville Community College Fall Sports Banquet is scheduled for Tuesday, December 10th beginning at 6:00 PM in the CCC cafeteria.

 

If you are planning to attend, please RSVP as soon as possible by emailing Athletic Administrative Assistant Jana Kastler at kastler.jana@coffeyville.edu or by calling 620-252-7029.

 

Cost is $15 per person or $25 for a couple. A reminder to enter in the foyer area off the main parking lot and you can pay at the door with cash or check. (They will not accept cards)

Holiday Market in Parsons this Weekend

 

The Parsons Chamber of Commerce invites you to attend the Holiday Market, being held this Saturday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Sullivan Building. Vendors will be in attendance with their handmade items, goods, and gifts.

 

Also provided will be to-go chili, soup, and cinnamon rolls, as well as family photos and photos with Santa provided by an on-scene photographer. The Sullivan Building can be found at 1707 Main Street in Parsons.

Coffee, News and Networking Cancelled for Wednesday

 

Due to an unexpected situation, Factory Connection will not be able to host Coffee, News and Networking on Wednesday night.

 

The next CNN will be on December 11th at the Boys and Girls Club at 502 S. Walnut.

 

If you have any questions or want to find out more information, call 620-251-2550 or go online to Coffeyvillechamber.org. 

"Pink Out" Helps Support CRMC Cancer Foundation

 

The Field Kindley High School Student Council presents a check to the CRMC Foundation. The student council sold "pink out" shirts during the month of October to raise awareness for breast cancer. Students and fans were encouraged to wear their shirts to the designated "Pink Out" games for soccer, volleyball, and football.

 

The proceeds from their fundraiser were donated to CRMC's Foundation to benefit CRMC Cancer programs.

CFD, SCFD, DFD and Coffeyville Resources Team Up on Multiple Fires

 

The Coffeyville Fire Department has responded to three fires in the past week. Early Sunday morning, CFD responded to a residential fire at 102 South Elm that was quickly extinguished. They were assisted in their efforts by personnel from South Coffeyville Fire Department.

 

Last week on Wednesday at 10:18am they answered a call regarding a structure fire at 1408 W. 7th Street. Coffeyville Fire Department was assisted by SCFD, Dearing and Coffeyville Resources to douse the massive blaze and then last Tuesday they assisted South Coffeyville with a large fire in the county. Dearing and Coffeyville Resources assisted in that fire as well.

 

Electricity To Be Temporarily Turned Off

 

Parts of South Coffeyville will have their electricity temporarily shut off on Wednesday morning.

 

Areas between 7th and 8th Streets, on the West side of Willow and East side of Shawnee Streets will be shut off on Wednesday at approximately 9:00am for utility pole replacement. The power is expected to be out between 4 to 6 hours.

 

For more information on this outage, you can contact the Town of South Coffeyville at (918) 255-6513.

National Missing Children's Day Poster Contest

 

The Kansas Bureau of Investigation and Attorney General Derek Schmidt have announced the National Missing Children's Day Poster Contest as they are now accepting entries.

 

All Kansas fifth grade students from public, private, or home schools are invited to create and submit a piece of artwork that represents the contest theme of “Bringing Our Missing Children Home.”

 

The artwork must be original, handcrafted, 8 ½ x 14 inches and contain the words “Bringing Our Missing Children Home.”

 

The statewide winner will have a chance to visit the Kansas Capitol and meet the Governor, the Attorney General and KBI Director. The winner's poster will also represent the state in the national contest with an opportunity to win a trip to Washington D.C. in May of 2020.

 

Entries must be received by January 31st, 2020. Complete rules and application forms are available at https://bit.ly/2P4CVfg.

What's Happening in December

 

Here is what's happening in Coffeyville for the month of December. 

 

12/4 (5:00 PM) CSB Holiday Open House @ Community State Bank 

12/6 (6:00 PM) Coffeyville Christmas Parade in Downtown 
12/8 (1:00-4:00 PM) Christmas Open House/Donation Drive @ Coffeyville Friends of Animals 
12/8 (3:00 PM) CCC Choir and Band Christmas Concert @ Spencer/Rounds Theater
12/10 (7:00-8:00 PM) FKHS Band Concert @ High School Auditorium 
12/10 (6:30 PM) City Commission Meeting in City Commission Meeting Room 

12/10 (4:00-5:15 PM) Kid Krafts @ Coffeyville Public Library 

12/11 (5:30 PM) Candlelit Tours @ Brown Mansion 
12/11 (6:00 PM) Leadership Coffeyville Graduation @ Sleep Inn 
12/12 (7:00-8:00 PM) RMS Vocal/Instrumental Concert @ Benefiel Auditorium 
12/15 (5:30 PM) Candlelit Tours @ Brown Mansion 
12/16 (7:00-8:00 PM) FKHS Choir Concert @ High School Auditorium 
12/18 (5:30 PM) Candlelit Tours @ Brown Mansion 
12/19 (12:00 PM) City Update at Chamber Lunch @ Chamber - Perkins Building 
12/20 (6:00 PM) Ladies Night Out @ Coffeyville Public Library 
12/21 (5:30 PM) Candlelit Tours @ Brown Mansion 
12/22 (5:30 PM) Candlelit Tours @ Brown Mansion 
12/23 (5:30 PM) Candlelit Tours @ Brown Mansion 

 

For more detailed information on most events, check out the Chamber Calendar! 

City Hall Site Visit Scheduled in Independence

 

The City of Independence has scheduled a site visit of 1916 City Hall on December 9th. The site visit will begin at 11:15am at 120 North 6th Street starting on the south side of the building. The site visit is free and open to the public.

 

Please note this is a construction zone and the site is not ADA accessible. For more information on this site visit, call (620) 332-2500.

Future Art Teachers on Display

 

Pittsburg State University seniors planning to become art teachers are hosting an exhibit of their own work in preparation of future opportunities in helping students with their own art.

The exhibit is on display now until December 9th from 8 AM to 9 PM in Porter Hall's second floor gallery. Art majors Shea Dalton, Jessica Davisson, Madison Fleming, Reyna Gabriel and Jaelina Jones will all be on display.

A closing reception is free and open to the public and it will be held on Saturday, December 7th, in the gallery from 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM.

Suspicious Death Being Investigated in Caney

 

No arrests have been made as an investigation is ongoing in Caney. Sunday the Caney Police Department received information of a possible unattended death located at 311 S. State St in Caney. When Officers arrived on scene, they observed a female deceased inside the residence, laying on the floor with suspicious trauma, no name has been released at this time. Due to the suspicious circumstances the Kansas Bureau of Investigation and the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office were contacted to assist in the investigation. The deceased was transported for an autopsy and the scene has been secured until the cause of death is determined.

 

Chief Ron Wade asks that you show the family respect and privacy as they deal with the loss of their love one. Chief Wade would also like to thank the KBI and Montgomery County Sheriff Department for their assistance.

How Kansas, Oklahoma Compare in Holiday Crime Rate

 

The Holiday season is a time for friends and family to spend together and spread Christmas cheer. It's also a time for criminals to take advantage with the increase in shopping and cash flow for most consumers.

 

Alarms.org has released its Holiday Crime Report that details the states most (and least) affected by crime during the holiday season.

The report contains variables to calculate a crime score in an attempt to advise homeowners of the potential incidents that tend to occur more during the ladder end of the year.

 

Kansas is ranked 27th while Oklahoma and Missouri are ranked 25th and 29th respectively.

 

The five worst states from holiday crime are Florida, New Mexico, Louisiana, Texas and Utah. The five states that deal with the least amount of holiday crime are Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, North Dakota and New Jersey.

 

Full Detailed Information: https://www.alarms.org/holiday-crime-rankings-by-state/

Logo Design Contest For Caney's 150th Birthday

 

The Caney Valley Historical Society & Museum will be a holding a logo design contest for the 150th birthday of Caney, which will be celebrated in May of 2021.

 

The person whose design is chosen will receive a $150 cash prize. The winner will be selected by citizen's vote at the January 11th planning meeting at 10am in the Sandstone Event Center.

 

You can submit your entry to Caney2021party@gmail.com.

5th Anniversary Celebration at the Bicknell Center

 

The Bicknell Center will turn five this academic year and is rolling out the red carpet to celebrate this Tuesday at 7:30pm.

 

The SEK Symphony will perform holiday favorites and a review of Broadway musicals. Also featured in this free concert will be PSU faculty baritone Patrick Howle, mezzo-soprano Lisa Gerstenkorn and a special friend of the symphony, soprano Rebecca Ensor. The PSU Opera Theater students will perform as well as the J3 Band, Bells of the Balkan and this year's special guest, the Pittsburg High School Choir directed by Susan Laushman. A reception with birthday cake will follow in the lobby.

 

The concert is free and open to the public.

Independence Native and Legendary Jim Halsey Honored Saturday Night

 

(Story From Tom Davis)

 

Legendary entertainment representative Jim Halsey was honored in his hometown of Independence, KS Saturday night just ahead of the Oak Ridge Boys Down Home Country Christmas Show at Memorial Hall.

 

It was a very special moment Saturday night when Halsey, 89, received a plaque that states Memorial Hall is now named after him. The plaque was presented to him by the Oak Ridge Boys—the Country Music and Gospel Music Hall of Fame quartet that he represents to this day. 

 

Halsey grew up in Independence, Kansas, a town of 10,000 people where his family owned the Halsey Brothers Department Store. He absorbed the basic rules of retail early on: "Everyone worked hard to please customers, finding good merchandise and giving value at a fair price," he writes in his 2010 book, Starmaker: How to Make It in the Music Business.

 

At 10, he went door-to-door as a salesman, pushing Dolly Dozits or pot scrubbers that he describes as "a small tool full of metal strips coiled tighter than Little Orphan Annie's hair." After selling out his entire inventory, he realized he'd overcharged by 5 cents apiece and set out the next day to correct his mistake; to his surprise, the customers not only weren't mad, they bought even more.

 

"The satisfied customer is the reason you stay in business," he says. "And that's what I'm still doing today with The Oak Ridge Boys."

These are just some of the acts Halsey has represented as a manager or, for much of his career, an agent: '50s star Hank Thompson was the first, then dozens of others, like Wanda Jackson, George Jones, Merle Haggard, Jerry Lee Lewis, Willie Nelson and James Brown. The Godfather of Soul insisted he call him "Mr. Brown" and reciprocated with "Mr. Halsey." In the mid-'50s, he paid a star he'd never heard of, Elvis Presley, $1,800 to open six shows for Thompson.

 

Halsey was instrumental in helping revive the Neewollah Festival that has run for over 60 years in downtown Independence, Kansas. The famous nine day Halloween themed festival features live theatrical productions, concerts, three different parades, 5K/10K fun runs, pageants, a carnival, a chili cook off, vendors, food and more.

 

The first Neewollah celebration actually dates all the way back to 1919 as an effort to provide positive activities for kids of all ages in place of the typical Halloween pranks that occurred in the community. In the beginning the events centered on parades of decorated cars and carriages during the morning, afternoon, and night on October 31.

 

In 1981 HBO produced a music special from Neewollah - also organized by Jim Halsey, Sherman Halsey, and directed by award winner Marty Calliner - starring Roy Clark, Merle Haggard, Ronnie Milsap, Johnny Lee, Charlie Rich and Lacy J Dalton. Other stars that have headlined the festival over the years have been Don Williams, Mel Tillis, BJ Thomas, Roy Clark, Oak Ridge Boys, Reba McEntire, Ray Price, and The Bellamy Brothers.

 

Early Christmas Parades in Cherokee County

 

Get the holidays started off right with some early Christmas parades in Cherokee County! Several parades will be held throughout the county this week. Things kicked off with a parade in Scammon on Sunday, but there'll be four more parades this week. Columbus will hold its parade on Wednesday at 4 p.m, while Riverton, Baxter Springs, and Galena will hold parades on Saturday at noon, 2, and 4 p.m. respectively.

Blood Donation Opportunities During the Holidays

 

Between now and Christmas, more than one million units of blood could be transfused in the United States. Individuals are urged to give a lifesaving gift during the holidays by making an appointment to donate and help the American Red Cross. Those with type-O blood are urged to donate.

 

Set aside some time and make an appointment by downloading the free Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting RedCrossBlood.org or by calling 1-800-Red-Cross.

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