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  • Chamber Announces Youth Leadership Camp

     

    The Coffeyville Area Chamber of Commerce is seeking high school or college age students for a unique five day experience where they will gain competitive insights and access to the tools needed to get a seven year head start on their future career.

     

    Students will learn the formula for studying less and getting better grades, the secret to beating out the competition, the three biggest career decisions and much more. The opportunity will take place at KU in Lawrence July 13th – July 17th.

     

    Student Tuition for the Coffeyville Area Chamber of Commerce members is just $300/student while the normal tuition for non chamber members is $1,497/student.

     

    There are great leadership opportunities for high school and college students as the Chamber has two scholarships available. Contact the Chamber for more information at 620-251-2550 or go online to coffeyvillechamber.org.

  • Derek Schmidt Issues Statement on Dismissal of Court Funding Lawsuit

     

    Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt has issued a statement on the Kansas Supreme Court's decision dismissing Frederick, et al. v. The Kansas Legislature which is a lawsuit asking the court to order increased funding for the judicial branch of the Kansas state government. 

     

    "Today's dismissal of this lawsuit is in the best interests of the citizens of Kansas, who expect the different branches of their state government to work cooperatively, exercise restraint and respect the proper role of the other branches. The court should no more decide the size of its own budget than the Legislature should decide the constitutionality of the law it enacts. I commend both the court and the Legislature for their respectful and restrained handling of this matter."

     

    For more information, visit the Attorney General's website. 

  • Neodesha Students to Participate in Community Clean Up

     

    The student body of Neodesha High School will conduct a general clean up of the community on April 8th for any interested individual or business.

     

    There is no cost to the individual or business as this is a free service provided by the student body. Projects the student can do include raking leaves, picking up limbs planting flowers, washing windows and more. Due to liability issues, no project can include the use of ladders or power tools.

     

    Any individual or business interested in participating in this project are asked to contact Principal Nathan West at 620-205-8303. The deadline to sign up is April 1st.

  • Non-Profit Applications Due January 31st

     

    The Parsons Area Community Foundation have announced that applications for projects serving communities within a 25-mile radius of Parsons can be submitted online through January 31st.

     

    Organizations that are allowed to apply are schools, government entities, and 501(C)(3) nonprofits. The PACF Board considers all applications for full or partial funding, makes final decisions and formally announces grantee winners each April. Total granting dollars include endowed unrestricted or field of interest funds administered by the PACF board, as well as funds designated by donors to benefit a specific charity.

     

    Last year, the PACF was proud to award just over$230,000 to 34 projects across the Parsons area.

  • Chautauqua County Meeting for 1-21

     

    The Chautauqua County Commission met once again on Tuesday for its regularly scheduled meeting. On this week's agenda, Mark McCall updated the board on the roads and bridges throughout the county. Commissioner Rodney Shaw asked McCall to look into Road 22, referring to it as one of the "worst roads he's ever seen."

     

    Crystal Wade from the HR also spoke with the commission, detailing the latest KWORC inspection and also passing along a couple of travel requests for upcoming trips. The board also tabled a motion to delay a 3 percent raise for elected officials, with Commissioner Parker Massey wanting to ensure that all departments across the county had budgeted to account for the raise.

     

    Also attending the meeting was Steve Wilkenson of the South Central Kansas Economic Development District. He spoke to the board about several programs his organization offers for low-income residents, including weatherization and housing rehabilitation. Wilkenson also spoke about the possibilities regarding renovations for businesses and getting buildings set up to code. 

     

    The board will meet once again on the last working day of the month, set for next Friday, January 31. Meetings are always open to the public and are held on the second floor of the Chautauqua County Courthouse.

  • Pair Wanted On Several Counts

     

    The Pittsburg Police Department is searching for two people wanted on several counts and one of them is considered to be armed and dangerous.

     

    28-year old William T. Patton threatened to harm a woman with a gun and held her against her will on December 31st. A week later on January 8th, Patton was located in Woodson County driving a stolen vehicle from Pittsburg. It’s believed he also stole several handguns along with 21-year-old Kaitlyn McMurry. This past Sunday, Patton and McMurry were again spotted at 8th and Locust Streets in Pittsburg, but Patton again was able to escape before he could be apprehended by the police.

     

    If you believe you may have seen either William Patton or Kaitlyn McMurry you can call the Pittsburg Police Department at 620-231-1700.

  • Wintry Weather Approaches

     

    The National Weather in Wichita is advising residents of central and eastern Kansas of potential wintry weather overnight into Wednesday morning.

     

    This system doesn't look like it will produce a significant amount of snowfall, but could it still have some minor impacts on roads. The NWS is expecting 1”-2” of slushy, wet snow but if temperatures end up colder than expected, the area could receive up to 4” of snow. The NWS suggests to allow extra time for travel on Wednesday morning.

  • Alert: Red Cross Urgently Needs Donors

     

    The American Red Cross is in urgent need of donors, especially Type-O. The Red Cross has less than a three-day supply of Type-O blood available for patient emergencies and medical treatments.

     

    Just 7% of the U.S. Population has Type-O negative blood, however it can be transfused to patients with any blood type and its what hospital staff will reach for during emergencies when their isn't time to determine a patient's blood type.

     

    Donors of all blood types, especially O-positive and O-negative, are urged to make an appointment by using the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting RedCrossBlood.org or by calling 1-800-Red-Cross.

     

    Notable Donation Opportunities:

     

    Allen County

    Iola: Feb. 3rd (10:00 AM – 4:00 PM) at Allen County Community College, 1801 N. Cottonwood

     

    Cherokee County

    Weir: Jan. 28th (12:30 PM – 6:30 PM) at Senior Citizens Building, Lincoln and Forest

     

    Cowley County

    Arkansas City: Jan. 30th (10:00 AM – 4:00 PM) at Cowley County Community College, 225 S. 2nd / Feb. 12th (8:30 AM – 2:00 PM) at Arkansas City High School, 1200 W. Radio Lane

     

    Crawford County

    Girard: Feb. 11th (11:30 AM – 5:30 PM) at St. Michael's Catholic Church, 106 S. Western

     

    Montgomery County

    Coffeyville: Feb. 12th (10:00 AM – 2:00 PM) at Coffeyville Community College, 11th and Willow

    Independence: Feb. 13th (11:00 AM – 5:15 PM) at Independence Civic Center, Penn and Locust

     

    Neosho County

    Chanute: Jan. 22nd (12:30 PM – 6:30 PM) at First Baptist Church, 118 N. Forest / Jan. 23rd (8:00 AM – 1:00 PM) at First Baptist Church, 118 N. Forest

    Erie: Feb. 12th (2:00 PM – 7:00 PM) at American Legion, 321 S. Main St.

     

    Wilson County

    Neodesha: Feb. 10th (12:45 PM – 6:45 PM) at Church of the Nazarene, 812 N. 7th

     

     

  • Ribbon Cutting Set for Moo Do Martial Arts Academy

     

    The Coffeyville Chamber of Commerce wants to invite the public to join them for the Grand Opening Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for the Moo Do Martial Arts Academy.

     

    The event will take place at their location at 118 W. 8th Street on Monday, Feb. 3rd and the festivities will begin at 10:00 AM. Contact the Coffeyville Chamber of Commerce for more information at 620-251-2550 or go online to coffeyvillechamber.org.

  • Tips for Super Bowl Travel

     

    With the Kansas City Chiefs, for the first time in 50 years, clinching their spot to compete for the NFL championship on February 2nd in Miami, there’s a lot of demand across Chiefs Kingdom for fans wanting to be there in person. Flexibility will be key for those booking travel at the last minute. Triple A Kansas has some tips to help you as you prepare to make that trip.

     

    Making your travel plans with a travel agent is a good idea, especially to try and avoid any potential scams. Use your credit card when purchasing to give yourself a good way to have money returned if you need to cancel or dispute a charge. Read hotel and airline policies carefully so you understand what cancellation policies entail. Call the air, train or bus company you will use to get there personally. Leaving your reservations and hard earned dollars up to an emailed confirmation number can be risky. Do the same with hotel reservations. Try to talk to a live person who can confirm what you’ve just paid for.

  • Students Plan Formal Event For Black History Month and MLK Jr.

     

    In conjunction with Pittsburg State University’s Office of Student Diversity, the Black Student Association will once again host a formal event to celebrate civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in recognition of Black History Month in Feburary.

     

    The MLK Jr. Ball will be held from 7 to 9:30 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 1, in the Overman Student Center Crimson and Gold Ballroom. Dress will be formal. The event will include refreshments, a DJ and dance, a photo booth, speeches, and performances.

     

    Admission is free.

  • Library Revamping Book Club

     

    The Coffeyville Public Library will be revamping their monthly book discussion club into a relaxed weekly program called the “Bring Your Own Book Book Club”.

     

    Starting on February 13th and every Thursday after that at 4pm, teens and adults are encouraged to come to the library's Genealogy Room, enjoy some coffee or tea, and share what they are currently reading, something they've read recently or something they have read in the past.

     

    For more information on this event, contact the library at (620) 251-1370 or visit their Facebook page at Coffeyville Public Library.

  • City of Iola Hiring

     

    The City of Iola is accepting applications for a full time Assistant Code Officer.

     

    The position performs a variety of routine clerical, administrative and technical work, and is responsible for routine city wide inspections. Wages starts at $14.15 per hour, plus benefits. Applications are available online at www.cityofiola.com or at the City Clerk’s Office in City Hall.

     

    Please submit applications to HR in the City Clerk’s Office or via email to hrdirector@cityofiola.com by January 28 at noon.

  • Sen. Moran Applauds Senate Passage of USMCA

     

    U.S. Senator Jerry Moran has applauded the Senate's passage of the United States, Mexico, Canada Agreement.

     

    Earlier this month, Moran urged Mitch McConnell and Chuck Schumer to bring the USMCA to the Senate floor for a vote as soon as it passed out of the appropriate Senate Committees. Moran voted both the Senate Appropriations and Commerce Committees to pass the USMCA, moving it to the full Senate for a vote.

     

    The House of Representatives passed the USMCA in December and the trade agreement will now go the President's desk for signing. Mexico has ratified the agreement and Canada is expected to consider the USMCA in the near future.

  • LCC Cardinal Citation Nominations Sought

     

    Labette Community College Foundation is seeking nominations for the Cardinal Citation Award recipient for 2020.

     

    This prestigious annual award is presented to an individual jointly by the college and the LCC Alumni Association at Commencement in May. Nomination forms may be picked up in the Alumni office, the Parsons campus or can be found online at www.labette.edu. Nominees must have an association with the college but do not have to be a graduate nor have attended the college. The nominee must be living and have made outstanding contributions to their profession, community, state, or country during a lifetime of service.

     

    Nomination forms must be turned in by February 10th.

  • Six Names Announced for CCC Hall of Fame

     

    The Coffeyville Community College Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will be February 22nd. This year those inductees include Steve Gomez for golf, former CCC Basketball Coach Jack Hartman, Michelle Heimerman for track, Current CCC Basketball Coach, Jay Herkelman, Jeremy Hull for track and Angela Lackey for women's basketball.

     

    Basketball games for that evening are CCC vs. Butler with the women playing at 5:00 and the men to follow. Introductions of the 2020 Hall of Fame inductees will be at halftime of the men's game. Congratulations to the 2020 inductees.

  • First Stage of Road Work Nears Completion in Parsons

     

    The City of Parsons is nearing completion of the first stage of a 3-part project to reconstruct Morgan Avenue between 13th and 16th Street.

     

    Work started with the area between 15th and 16th Streets, and will be moving on to the next block within the next month. New water lines are also being placed throughout the 3 blocks, as well as new sewer lines between 14th and 15th Streets. The city said that this project has been

    broken up in to 3 stages of construction to minimize the inconvenience of residents in the area.

     

    Late Summer of 2020 is the target for completion.

  • Winter Weather Possible For Region

     

    The National Weather Service in Wichita is warning the public about the possibility of wintry weather that will impact the region this evening through tomorrow morning.

     

    A mixed bag of light snow, sleet, and ice accumulations are likely especially in areas just north and west of Coffeyville. Hazardous travel is likely. The timeline for this particular winter event begin late Thursday night into Friday morning.

  • Art Exploration Workshop Starting in Pittsburg

     

    ArtForms Gallery in Pittsburg will be hosting a series of free art workshops called Art Exploration.

     

    Beginning on January 21st, Gallery artist Pat Glick will explore different types of art techniques from 1pm – 3pm every Tuesday afternoon. Different types of creative arts will be shown and discussed for each workshop. You also can bring along a piece of art you are working on. There will also be opportunities to participate in community activities and charities.

     

    Art Exploration is free and you can call ArtForms Gallery for more information at 620-240-0165.

  • Clean Indoor Air Act Proposed

     

    Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt has recommended that state law regulates smoking tobacco in public places should also cover indoor vaping.

     

    Schmidt will request introduction of legislation to add use of e-cigarettes to the definition of smoking that is regulated by the Clean Indoor Air Act.

     

    Schmidt notes that medical professionals suggest secondhand vape particles are harmful to people who inhale them.

     

    As of October, at least 19 states and two territories prohibit use of e-cigarettes in places that are designated 100% smoke free. But in Kansas, the Clean Indoor Air Act as currently written only applies to combustible tobacco, not to e-cigarettes.

  • Montgomery County Sheriff's Office Hiring

     

    The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office and Department of Corrections have announced it has an immediate opening for a Secretary/Records Clerk.

     

    This is a full-time position with duties divided between the two departments. Applicants needs to be proficient in Microsoft Office, able to learn Jail and Records Management Systems, and bookkeeping programs. An Associate’s degree in a related field is preferred but not mandatory and a minimum of a high school diploma or GED is required. Applications will be accepted until position is filled.

     

    To apply for this position visit Kansasworks.com.

  • AG Announces Agreement with PayPal

     

    An agreement reached with PayPals’s nonprofit charitable arm will ensure donors receive adequate information and disclosures when making charitable contributions through the company’s online fundraising platform. Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt, along with a bipartisan coalition of attorneys general from 21 other states and the District of Columbia, reached the agreement that allows donors to contribute funds electronically to PayPal Charitable Giving Fund and then select a charity that will ultimately receive the benefit of their contribution.

     

    PPGF has also agreed to provide regulators with future data to ensure the organization is complying with its obligations under the agreement.

  • German Vocal Ensemble To Perform At Pitt State

     

    The Pittsburg State Department of Music is pleased to present the Calmus Vocal Ensemble, a group of five noted musicians from Leipzig, who will perform at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 24, in the Sharon Kay Dean Recital Hall in McCray Hall at Pittsburg State University.

     

    Founded in 1999 in Germany, the a cappella quintet embodies the rich choral tradition of its hometown of Leipzig. The group’s members are all graduates of Leipzig‘s renowned St. Thomas Church Choir School. The ensemble covers a range of music, from renaissance and baroque, all the way to contemporary choral repertoire, as well as pop songs and jazz numbers.

     

    For tickets contact the PSU Department of Music at 620-235-4466.

  • Jon Schallert to Lead SEK Workshop

     

    Area business leaders in Southeast Kansas will have an opportunity to learn new strategies for marketing and growth during a March workshop that will feature business development consultant Jon Schallert.

     

    The workshop is called “New Rules for Business Success” and it will be held on March 11th from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM and March 12th from 8:00 AM to 2:30 PM. It will take place in Independence at the Independence Civic Center.

     

    The two day workshop will talk about cost-effective marketing strategies and tactics designed to be implemented to attract and convert customers. Elizabeth Collins, the President of WebCom Resources, will be there and have a specific workshop offering the latest advice on social media marketing.

    The cost is $125 per person for the two day workshop with a discount of $85 for the second person from a specific business.

     

    Your registration will include breakfast and lunch for both days as well as take home materials and registration can be done online at www.fablabicc.org.

  • 199 Crime Victims To Receive Support

     

    The Kansas Crime Victims Compensation Board last week awarded financial assistance to 199 victims of violent crime at its January meeting.

    Nearly $156,000 in awards were made in 92 new cases while additional expenses were paid in 107 previously submitted cases.

     

    The Division of Crime Victims Compensation in Attorney General Derek Schmidt’s office administers the Crime Victims Compensation program, which was established in 1978 to help victims of violent crime pay for their unexpected expenses such as medical treatment, mental health counseling, lost wages, dependent support and funeral expenses.

     

    The state’s three-member Crime Victims Compensation Board determines claims that are eligible for payment and how much money will be awarded to each claimant. A portion of assessed court costs and fines, inmate wages, parole fees and restitution paid by convicted offenders provides funding to the program.

     

  • Monday Recognized as Amber Alert Awareness Day

     

    Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt and KBI Director Kirk Thompson remind the people of Kansas to stay vigilant when the public's assistance is needed to help locate missing children. The reminder comes after Monday was recognized as National Amber Alert Awareness Day. 

     

    Since 1996, the national program has successfully brought 977 children home safely. In Kansas, 50 children have been returned home safely since 2002. 

     

    When an alert is issued, the media are notified to begin broadcasting the details of the missing child and suspect. 

     

    More information can be found online on the Attorney General's website. 

  • New Board Members Sworn in for USD 445

     

    A new year and four new board members for USD 445. New board members include Gail Misch, Karen Rittenhouse, Jason Barnett and LaKisha Johnson. Assistant Superintendent Michael Speer swore in the new members for their first meeting of the new year.

     

    In other business the board approved the resignation of four employees including CES Lead Principal Jennifer Bright. They also received updates on all the new things being offered with athletics and activities from Athletic Director Zach Johnson including the new Nado Live Youtube Channel.

  • Commissioner Addis Talks About the New Year

     

    A new year with a similar focus in Labette County. Commission Chairman Lonie Addis says the focus remains on taxes.

     

    Addis says they begin working on their budget around July and they always try to cut back as much as they can. Addis is the only one of the three commissioners not up for reelection. Commissioner Doug Allen and Commissioner Fred Vail haven't made an announcement regarding running for reelection.

  • GOP Sets Date to Choose New Sheriff

     

    Montgomery County Republican Chairman, Virgil Peck, has set a date for a Convention of Montgomery County Republicans to determine the person who will succeed recently ousted Sheriff Bobby Dierks.

     

    It is required by State Law to call a Convention “within 21 days of receipt of notice that a vacancy has occurred”. The set date is Thursday, January 23rd and by law has sent an official notice to each Republican Precinct Committeeman and Committeewoman eligible to vote for the replacement.

     

    This will be held in the lower level of Four County Mental Health Center in Independence which is located at 3751 W. Main, and be called to order at 7:00 PM.

     

    The Convention will be a public meeting although it's not required to do so.

     

    As it relates to voting, Kansas law requires the “election shall be by secret paper ballot and the person elected shall be the one who receives the majority of all votes cast”.

     

    After the Convention has made the selection, the Chair is responsible to execute a certificate stating the name of the person who has been elected to fill the vacancy to the Governor. The Governor will then have one week after receiving the certificate to appoint the person to be the New Montgomery County Sheriff.

     

    You can listen to the entire interview with Peck here.

  • Chatauqua County Commission Reorganizes

     

    The Chautauqua County Commission met once again this Monday, taking care of several items on the agenda and reorganizing for the new year. Parker Massey was unanimously selected as the chairman of the board, nominated by commissioner Jack Carpenter and seconded by Rodney Shaw. The board also selected the Prairie Star as the official newspaper of the county. Mark McCall provided another update on roads and bridges throughout the county.

     

    After an executive session involving the continued annual review of employees, the board received a report from Sue Kill and passed a resolution to change the names on all signature cards from Shaw to Massey to reflect the changing of the chairman. Also passed was a resolution to remain a member of the Cedar Vale Chamber of Commerce.

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