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  • Independence City Hall Closed For Memorial Day

     

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

  • State Sales Tax Coming To Online Merchants

     

     

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

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

     

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

     

  • Much More Than The Sweetheart Of The Rodeo

     

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

     

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

     

  • Water Level Update for Coffeyville

     

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

     

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

  • Morning Fire on 6th Street in Coffeyville

     

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

     

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

  • UPDATE: Flash Flooding Possible in Indy

     

    The National Weather Service has issued a Flood Warning for Independence.  The Verdigris is predicted to rise to near 42.4 feet by tomorrow morning. The river is expected to fall below flood stage, which is 30 feet sometime Thursday morning.  A river height of 42.4 feet will cause flooding of the following locations in Independence North Park Blvd between Cottonwood and Parkhurst including the baseball field complex, South Penn Ave between Cedar and the South City limits South 8th, 9th and 10th Street between Birch and the South City Limits, Cement Street between Coffeyville Avenue and the South City Limits and South 1st, 2nd, Park Blvd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 11th, 12th, 13th and 14th near the South City Limits.

     

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

     

  • Shellebrate at Rolling Hills Zoo this Weekend

     

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

     

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

     

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

     

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

  • CRMC Short Survey to Uncover Issues and Quality

     

     

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

  • ALERT: Water Shortage, Please Conserve

     

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

     

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

  • Aquatic Center Opening and Lifeguard Certification Opportunity

     

    The Coffeyville Aquatic Center opens Saturday, May 25, for the 2019 swim season.  Admission prices are $3 for ages 3 and up and ages two and under are FREE.  Punch cards can be purchased for $25 at City Hall and the Aquatic Center.  These are good for ten swims. Hours are 1-7 p.m. daily except for dollar nights which is every Monday in the months of June and July, from 5-8pm. A party room can be reserved for birthdays, or the entire pool may be reserved for after-hour parties. Contact the Aquatic Center at 620-252-6041 for details, and follow both the City of Coffeyville and Aquatic Center Facebook pages.

     

    And have you thought about being a lifeguard? To become a certified lifeguard for the Aquatic Center, contact Ann Marie at Liebert Brothers, 620-251-0299. The City of Coffeyville will pay for the certification to work for them. Returning lifeguards contact human resources at 620-252-6121. It's not just for teenagers, and it's a great way to make an extra $2,000-$2,500.

  • New State Budget Includes Funding to Fight Cybercrimes

     

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

     

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

     

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

  • SEK Businesses Recognized by State

     

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

     

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

  • Independence City Commission Meeting Thursday

     

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

     

    In addition, items for commission action include:

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

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

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

    • Consider proceeding with demolition of 606 Fountain.

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

     

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

     

     

  • Severe Weather and Roads Affected for Tues. May 21

     

     

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

     

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

     

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

     

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

     

     

    STREETS AFFECTED BY HIGH WATER

     

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

     

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

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

    - CR 1300 north of CR 1600 after the curve

    - CR 1600 east of CR 3900 at low water bridge

    - CR 2000 between Hibbard adn Woodland

    - CR 3900 south of Dearing

    - Sunflower Rd. north of railroad tracks

    - CR 3420 from 169 Hwy to Liberty city limits

     

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

     

    - 17th and Fruitland

    - CR 5150 between 5400 and 5600

    - CR 3300 between 6200 adn 6400

    - CR 3900 and Grant St.

    - CR 4600 between Peterpan Rd. and CR 3325

    - Penn Ave. south of CR 4200

    - CR 5100 north side of Drum Creek

    - CR 4175 north of 160 Hwy.

     

    In Labette County:

     

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

     

    In Chautauqua County:

     

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

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

     

     

    SCHOOL CLOSINGS:

     

    USD 282 West Elk - closed

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

    USD 439 Sedgewick - closed

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

     

     

    BUSINESS CLOSURES AND MEETINGS RESCHEDULED:

     

    - Kansas Aviation Museum closed

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

     

     

     

     

  • High Water Road Closings

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

     

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

     

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

  • Raven Cowboy Headed To Nationals

     

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

     

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

  • Medicaid Fraud Case: Woman with Supposed Personal Care Attendant

     

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

     

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

     

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

  • Murder Suspect in Washington County Court

     

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

     

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

  • KGGF's Potter Family Honored for Making a Difference

     

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

     

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

  • Rape and Sodomy Charges on Man Found in Livestock Barn

     

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

     

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

     

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

  • Rep. Estes Praises Removal of Steel and Aluminum Tariffs

     

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

     

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

  • Heavy Rainfall Expected For Next Couple Of Days

     

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

     

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

  • A Number Of Graduates Earn Diplomas

     

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

     

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

     

     

    ***image by Kim Jones Photography 

  • Judge Cullins' Behavior Under Review By State

     

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

     

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

     

     

     

     

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

  • Earthquake Felt in Montgomery County

     

     

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

     

    *Credit: Montgomery County Chronicle*

  • Man Arrested for First Degree Murder in Bartlesville.

     

     

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

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


     

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

     

     

    *Credit: Garret Giles Bartlesville radio*

  • Not The Usual Drive-Thru Customer

     

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

     

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

     

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

     

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

     

     

    *****Photo by Steve Bronnenberg

  • School Bond Tax Impact Discussed at Public Meetings for USD 445

     

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

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

     

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

     

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

     

     

     

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

     

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

     

     

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

     

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

     

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

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

     

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

     

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

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