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  • Cherokee County Makes Arrest

     

    Cherokee County Sheriff’s Investigators executed a search warrant at 6555 Southeast Wyandotte Road in Crestline on Thursday afternoon as part of an investigation into an alleged armed assault that had occurred last week.

     

    During the course of the search, detectives would discover a suspected methamphetamine lab, cultivated marijuana, drug paraphernalia, methamphetamine, firearms and a stolen vehicle.

     

    In a press release released later on Thursday, the Cherokee County Sheriff's Office announced that 58 year-old Joseph Palmer was arrested at the scene.

     

    Palmer was transported to the Cherokee County Jail where he is being held without bond on allegations of Manufacturing Methamphetamine, Cultivation of Marijuana, Possession of Marijuana with Intent to Distribute, Criminal Use of a Firearm, Aggravated Battery, Aggravated Assault, Felony Possession of Stolen Property, Possession of Methamphetamine, Possession of Marijuana and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

     

    The Kansas Bureau of Investigation assisted Cherokee County Investigators in processing the scene.

  • Bark For Life Event Scheduled

     

    Cancer survivors, volunteers, and members of the community are invited to help celebrate the many contributions of their canine caregivers at this year's Bark For Life event. This year's celebration will be held on October 12th and will take place at Walter Johnson Park in Coffeyville. There is a registration fee to participate: One person and one dog for $20, one person and two dogs for $25, and one person and no dogs for $10. 

     

    The event will run from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 that morning, and will have games and dog-related vendors.  More information leading up to the day can be found on the event's Facebook page.

  • Names Released in Fatal Wreck

     

    The names of the two temporary city workers involved in yesterday's one-vehicle truck accident east of Independence have been released. 

     

    Pronounced dead at the scene of the wreck was Taylor Lee Edwards, age 20. A second employee, Marty Ray Edwards, age 52, was also injured in the same accident and was taken to a medical facility for care. His condition is still unknown at this time.

     

    In its crash report, the Kansas Highway Patrol said that the driver's side tire blew out. The vehicle then moved into the west bound lane and then into the ditch. The vehicle then rolled over several times on its passenger side before coming to rest on all four tires.

     

    Both passengers in the vehicle were ejected during the crash.

  • Indy City Employee Dies in One Vehicle Accident

     

    The City of Independence confirms the death of a temporary city worker in a one-vehicle truck accident east of Independence today. Interim City Manager Kelly Passauer says the truck was traveling east on Highway 160 to the county landfill when it left the roadway shortly after noon today. Two workers, both temporary employees in the city’s Sanitation Department, were traveling in the vehicle. The second employee was also injured in the accident and was transported to a medical facility for care. His condition is unknown at this time.

     

    Passauer says at this time, the cause of the accident is uncertain, but she and her fellow city leaders will work in full cooperation with law enforcement to thoroughly investigate the incident.

  • Chamber to Purchase New Christmas Lights for Downtown

     

    The City of Coffeyville approved phase two of the downtown lighting project at the city commission meeting. Chamber of Commerce Director Candi Westbrook says it couldn't be better timing, because the chamber has been raising money to buy new Christmas lights for downtown.

     

    Westbrook says the money used for the downtown light project isn't coming from tax money, it's coming from a special savings program they had with the electrical department.

  • Nado Homecoming Week Next Week

     

    Next week is Homecoming Week for Field Kindley High School. One of the highlights for the week is the Homecoming Parade and Public Relations Director Halie O'Connor says the parade will be on Wednesday.

     

    The Nado take on Labette County High School for the Homecoming game and all homecoming king and queen candidate interviews can be heard on Star 98.9 KQQF throughout next week.

  • Montgomery County Department Chief Passes Away

     

    The Montgomery County Zoning and Environmental Health Director passes away unexpectedly this morning. According to the Montgomery County Chronicle, Scott Barnhart died early this morning from a heart attack. An announcement will be forthcoming concerning funeral plans and courthouse hours during the funeral.

     

    Next Monday's County Commission Meeting on September 16 has been canceled.

     

  • Independence Accepting Bids on Livestock Catch Pens

     

    The City of Independence is accepting bids for livestock catch pens and fencing. Specifications can be viewed at the Independence city website or the city clerk's office. Bids will be received at the office of the city clerk at 811 W. Laurel St. no later than 2 p.m. on September 19.

     

    Bids must be enclosed in a sealed envelope plainly marked on the outside “Livestock Catch Pens/Fencing Bid”. If the bid is mailed, original envelope shall be enclosed in a separate envelope addressed to the City Clerk, also plainly marked on the outside. Fax bids will not be accepted.

     

    Bids will be presented to the Independence City Commission at their next regular meeting for their formal action.

  • Corgi Races This Weekend

     

    Got a corgi that likes to run? You might be interested in entering it in this weekend's Corgi Races at the Kansas City Renaissance Fair! Races will be held on both Saturday and Sunday, September 14 and September 15th.

     

    To enter your corgi in the race, simply show up at the Joust Field by 2:30 to register and prepare for the races, which will start at 3. The event is part of the Fair's Pet Fest, where dogs may enter the fair at half price for this weekend only.

  • Cherokee Nation Holding Community Meeting & Dinner

     

    South Coffeyville will play host to a Cherokee Nation community meeting and dinner next week. It'll be held on Thursday, September 19 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Cherokee Nation Building in South Coffeyville. The event will be hosted by District 11 Councilor Victoria Vazquez, with specials guests in Principal Chief Chuck Hoskin Jr. and Deputy Principal Chief Bryan Warner.

     

    There'll be food, fun, fellowship, and door prizes. For more information, contact Vazquez at 918-323-2980.

  • Tickets Available for Red Raven Repertory Season Opener

     

    Just one month remains until the season opener for the Red Raven Repertory Theatre's season opener, and you can get your free tickets now! This season, the theatre will feature the Kansas premiere production of The Humans by Stephen Karam. Directed by Ryan P. Mahannah, the story follows a family spending Thanksgiving together and the eerie events that surround them.

     

    Performances will be held October 11-12 at 7 p.m. and October 13th at 2 p.m. Due to dark subject matter, the play is recommended for audiences 13 years and older. Click here for the link to get your free tickets now.

  • Sen. Moran Announces 2019 Service Academy Selection Board

     

    U.S. Senator Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) today announced members of his 2019 Service Academy Selection Board. The 20-member board will review applications and interview candidates who are applying for admission to U.S. Service Academies.

     

    Moran said nominated Kansas students to attend service academies was "one of the greatest responsibilities" he has as a United States Senator. 

     

    Applications will be reviewed and selected applicants will be interviewed by the selection board on Saturday, September 21 at the Cosmosphere in Hutchinson. The U.S. Service Academies include the U.S. Military Academy, U.S. Naval Academy, U.S. Air Force Academy and U.S. Merchant Marine Academy.

     

     

     

    Members of the 2019 Service Academy Selection Board include:

     

    • Lt. Col. (RET) Bob Brock of Topeka – Director of Aviation, Kansas Department of Transportation, U.S. Air Force veteran;
    • Myca Bunch of Garden City – President, Garden City Area Chamber of Commerce, U.S. Air Force veteran;
    • LTC (Ret) Larry Burks, Sr., of Wichita – Director, Military and Veteran Services, Wichita State University, U.S. Army veteran;
    • Dennis Butler of Manhattan – Director, Riley County Police Department;
    • COL John Cluck of Wathena – Mayor, City of Wathena, Vice Commander, 139th Airlift Wing, Missouri Air National Guard;
    • Ardith Dunn, Ph.D., of Satanta – Retired high school mathematics/computer instructor, K-12 superintendent, mother of U.S. Air Force Academy graduate;
    • Michael Farris, M.D., of Altamont – Emergency Physician, Freeman Neosho Hospital, Served in the U.S. Air Force Reserves;
    • Sue Givens of El Dorado – Field Specialist, Kansas Association of School Boards, Retired K-12 superintendent;
    • Robin Jackson, Ph.D., of Hutchinson – Central Christian College Professor of Science and Mathematics;
    • Cheryl Kerns of Overland Park – Blue Valley West High School teacher, mother of U.S. Military Academy graduate;
    • Brian Kessens of Overland Park – Tortoise Capital managing director, U.S. Military Academy graduate;
    • Katrina Lewison of Manhattan – USD 383 Board of Education Member, Purple Heart recipient, U.S. Military Academy graduate;
    • Jayne Humphrey Pearce of Wallace – Wallace County Visitors Bureau Marketing and Tourism Director, U.S. Air Force veteran, mother of U.S. Air Force Academy graduate;
    • Rachael Pitchford of Dodge City – Assistant Principal, Comanche Middle School, U.S. Marine Corps veteran;
    • Sean Ritchie of Wichita – Cargill North American Operations Lead, U.S. Merchant Marine Academy graduate;
    • Halley Roberson of Oberlin – City Administrator, City of Oberlin, U.S. Army veteran;
    • Mike Souder of Prairie Village – Dean of Continuing Education, Johnson County Community College, U.S. Military Academy graduate;
    • Sam Turner of Leawood – Retired Shawnee Mission Medical Center CEO, Vietnam War veteran, U.S. Army veteran;
    • Ron Whitney of Emporia – American Legion member, Veterans of Foreign Wars member, U.S. Army veteran;
    • Beth Wilson of Girard – Business education teacher, Girard High School, mother of U.S. Naval Academy Midshipman.

  • Free Tickets Available for PSU Concert

     

    Free tickets are now available for a concert by The Falconaires, the U.S. Air Force Academy Band, to be performed at the Bicknell Family Center for the Arts at Pittsburg State University.  

     

    The Falconaires pride themselves on playing America's only indigenous musical genre in jazz, and go coast-to-coast providing free concerts to the public.

     

    Tickets may be picked up at the Bicknell Center, the PSU Ticket Office, the Overman Student Center Help Desk, McCray Hall Music Office, the Pittsburg American Legion, newspaper offices in Pittsburg, Parsons, Fort Scott, Girard, and Galena, the Pittsburg Public Library, the Pittsburg Post Office, the Baxter Springs Library, the Eisler Brothers Old Riverton Store, the Columbus Post Office, and the Knights of Columbus in Pittsburg. 

  • CVR Energy Schedules Community Siren Alarm Test

     

    CVR Energy, CVR Partners and their subsidiaries will conduct a community siren alarm test on September 25th at 10 a.m. At the same time, a plant emergency response training will be conducted. The test will be conducted only if weather conditions allow for it, and if severe weather is likely, the test will be postponed.

     

    Employees of the company will be stationed throughout the community to evaluate the broadcast quality of the sirens.

  • Coffeyville Feed and Farm Supply Celebrating 25 Years

     

    Coffeyville Feed and Farm Supply is celebrating 25 years in business with a customer appreciation celebration. It'll be a two-day affair, with the celebration running from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. this Friday and 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday.

     

    On the first day of the celebration, there'll be exclusive specials, vendors, lunch, door prizes, and a vacation give-away. The next day, customers will be treated to a block party, bounce houses, a petting zoo, wagon rides and an FFA/4-H Chilli Cook-Off Fundraiser. 

     

    More details can be found at Coffeyville Feed and Farm Supply's Facebook page. 

  • CPD Looking For Suspect Involved in Casey's Theft

     

    The Coffeyville Police Department is asking for the public’s assistance in identifying person of interest for theft that occurred at Casey's in Coffeyville this week. If you have any information regarding the theft, CPD asks you to please contact Officer Michael Purvis at (620) 252-6160 or message CPD on Facebook. As always, you can remain anonymous.

     

    The full picture can be found on the CPD Facebook page.

  • Pitt State ROTC Remebers 9-11

     

    Pittsburg State University’s Military Science Department and ROTC will conduct a remembrance for 9-11 today near Carnie Smith Stadium. Between the stadium and Axe Library, cadets plan on firing the ROTC cannon twice once at 8:46am when the first of the two World Trade Center towers was hit, and once at 9:03am when the second tower was hit. Also beginning at 8:46am, the group will begin doing pushups on the section of track that extends outside of the stadium. They will continue until they have completed 2,977 pushups one for each person killed on Sept. 11, 2001.

     

    The group is under the direction of Captain Bryce Johnson, assistant professor of military science.

  • Coffeyville Downtown Movie Night

     

    Don't let a full moon and Friday the 13th keep you away from Coffeyville's downtown movie night. This Friday the Midland Theater Foundation presents Hook. They encourage you to come in your pajamas as activities get started at around 7:00. Activities include a bounce house, walk the plank, pajama parade, yard games and pictures with Hook, Tinker Bell and Tick-Tock the Croc.

     

    The movie will start around 8:30-8:45 and it is sponsored by Community State Bank.

  • Texas Company Fined Violating No-Call Act

     

    A Texas company has been ordered to pay $10,000 in penalties and fees for violating the No-Call Act.  Touchstone Communications of Hurst, Texas, agreed to a consent judgment ordering it to pay $10,000. Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt says they continue to vigorously pursue violations of the Kansas No-Call Act. He says Kansans who have signed up for the Do-Not-Call list have an expectation that their privacy will be respected and they will enforce the law against those telemarketers who violate it.

     

    Kansans who wish to register for the national Do-Not-Call list, or to report an alleged violation of the No-Call Act, should visit the Attorney General’s website at InYourCornerKansas.org.

  • John Deere Lays Off Employees

     

    About 50 people have been laid off at John Deere Coffeyville Works.  According to sources the layoffs were based on slower plant production.  The lay-offs are hoped to be temorary with all the laid off employees put on a recall list meaning they would be the first called back when production pics up.

     

    KGGF reached out to John Deere but there was no one available for comment.

  • Kansas Joins Google Investigation

     

    Kansas is part of a multistate investigation of tech giant Google’s business practices in accordance with state and federal antitrust laws. Attorney General Derek Schmidt says his office is one of 50 state and territory attorneys general participating in the joint investigation into whether Google’s overarching control of online advertising markets and search traffic may have led to anticompetitive behavior that harms consumers.

     

    Past investigations of Google uncovered violations ranging from advertising illegal drugs in the United States to antitrust actions brought by the European Commission. None of these previous investigations, however, fully addresses the source of Google’s sustained market power and its ability to protect and maintain that power.

  • ICC Adds to Staff

     

    Independence Community College continues to assemble its administrative team as the college enters a new era of growth and development. ICC welcomes Dr. Mark Allen as the vice president for academic affairs.  With the background of being an administrator, college instructor, curriculum chair, faculty sponsor, grant writer and facilities manager, Allen has a diverse resume. 

     

    He has held faculty and administrative positions at Coffeyville Community College, Rogers State University, Northwestern Oklahoma State University and Michigan State University throughout his career.  ICC continues to position capable leadership to implement and begin the execution of the new, five-year strategic plan.

  • Celebrate National Chamber Week

     

    This week is National Chamber of Commerce Week. The Coffeyville Chamber is encouraging you to share your stories on social media with how the chamber has helped you. They also encourage you to show your support to the hardworking staff by dropping by and saying hi or leaving them a note. Also, show support to all the businesses that are apart of the chamber of commerce.

     

    This week all chamber members can go by the chamber of commerce building for a free ICEE.

  • Multiple Executive Sessions During County Commission Meeting

     

    Four executive sessions taking place during the Montgomery County Commission meeting. The first was with the County Sheriff's Office and Public Works, then with just Public Works, followed by an executive session with the Montgomery County Action Council and finally with Emergency Management Director Rick Whitson. No commission action was taken following any of the executive sessions.

     

    In other business the commission heard from the Sheriff's Department regarding the purchase of a new transport van, they received an update from Boys and Girls Club Griff Walker and Ashley Tatman on plans to grow the program and Zoning Administrator Scott Barnhart along with Community State Banks Mike Ewy and Jeff Stewart gave a review of the preliminary plat of the Cedar Brook Subdivision.

     

  • Expanding Medicaid in Kansas

     

    A push to expand Medicaid in the state of Kansas. Representative Doug Blex says the committee on Medicaid issues has met a few times over the summer to discuss expansion.

     

    Blex says there will be a price tag when it comes to expanding Medicaid. He says it could vary but estimates have it around $50-$60 million.

  • Celebration of Flight This Weekend

     

    Kansas Aviation plans to open their facility for tours from 9:00am to 1:30pm this weekend to coincide with the SEK Celebration of Flight Fly-in. The tours will be approximately 20 minutes in length and will provide an oversight of the steps taken to repair and overhaul engine accessories. They will also incorporate some of the history of Kansas aviation and what services the company provides for customers around the world.

     

    Also, as a part of the Celebration of Flight there will be all kinds of aircraft flown in by pilots from a five-state area. There will be static displays of American Kodiak, Cessna, and other aircraft, and forums for pilots and the public to be held at Kansas Aviation. Crafts, pedal planes, tours, and lots of fun things to do for the whole family.

  • PSU to Paint Town Red

     

    Pittsburg will once again be decked out in crimson and gold this week as the community and the campus participate in Paint the Town Red leading up to Pittsburg State University’s first home football game this Saturday.  This year’s theme is Gus’ Excellent Adventure. The annual event is a collaboration between the Pittsburg Area Chamber of Commerce and PSU Office of Alumni & Constituent Relations.  Decorating officially gets underway tomorrow and continues until Thursday morning. 

     

    On Thursday, judges will make the rounds on campus to determine a winning office or department. Friday, judges will make the rounds at businesses throughout Pittsburg. Community Favorite voting will take place online from noon Thursday through 11:00am Friday. 

  • US-169 Shut Down After Derailment

     

    US-169 (Walnut Street) shut down late Friday night after a train derailment. Officers headed out to the scene to direct traffic toward Buckeye Street and the Read Street Underpass while South Coffeyville police helped shut down US-169 at the state line. Updates will be added on kggfradio.com as they become available.

     

    As of 11:00 p.m. Friday night, the train has not yet been cleared away. Union Pacific equipment has been called, but it will still take a couple of hours for the derailment to be fixed.

  • LaTurner Talks Importance of SEK

     

    Kansas Treasurer Jake LaTurner announced his decision to run for the Second Congressional District earlier this week. He talked with KGGF yesterday mentioning how important Southeast Kansas is to him.

     

    LaTurner launched his campaign with what he calls his Contract with Kansas, which outlines seven conservative principles that he says he believes to his core.

     

  • Dalton Defenders Days Next Month

     

    An extra special Dalton Defenders Days this year as the City of Coffeyville continues to celebrate their 150th. Chamber of Commerce Director Candi Westbrook says they are trying to continue to celebrate everything big this year.

     

    Dalton Defenders Days are less than a month away as everything will take place that first weekend of October.

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