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KC Renfest Opens Santa Clause at Knights of Lights

If you’re looking to avoid the crowds shopping Black Friday the Kansas City Renaissance Festival in Bonner Springs, Kansas is offering a special this Friday when their Santa Claus Knights of Lights Extravaganza kicks off.  Ticket for this Friday are on sale buy one get one free and get one free using the promo code: BLACKRIDAY and are available on-line at  The Knights of Lights will continue on specific nights through December 27th.   

Youth Basketball Registrations Underway


If you are looking to get your children active during the winter season, the Coffeyville Recreation Commission is currently accepting sign-ups for youth basketball.


The Director of Recreation of CRC David Rains gives the details on who can sign up and how much time you have left to register.


Rains also lets us know the number of ways you can sign up.


A link to the registration page can be found here.


Options For Defrosting A Turkey


Thanksgiving is upon us and we all look forward to having that delicious turkey on our table for the big feast. Thawing out your turkey takes at least 4 to 5 days in the refrigerator depending on the size of your turkey. However, if you have forgotten to thaw out your turkey, you still have an option.


Diversified Agriculture and Natural Resource Agent at Kansas State University Adaven Scronce explains how that can be done.


For full instructions on thawing a turkey using both methods is shown below.



Montgomery County Automatically Opts in to Gov's Order at Midnight


Montgomery County will automatically opt into Governor Laura Kelly's Executive Order 20-68, regarding masks, at midnight tonight. Emergency Management Director Rick Whitson says they had opted into the governor's previous order.


Both Whitson and Health Department Director Carolyn Muller recommended opting into the new order, but the public who attended the meeting spoke in support of opting out. Commissioner Fred Brown made the motion to opt-in, Larry McManus did not second the motion and Robert Bever was not in attendance so the motion failed. With the motion failing the county automatically opts in at midnight.


Further discussion will take place at the next regularly scheduled county commission meeting.

New Playground at North Park Almost Complete


Kids in Coffeyville will soon have a new playground to enjoy. The City of Coffevyille is estimating that the construction of the new equipment at North Park is about 85 percent and will be completed soon.


For safety, the city is requesting that you do not use the playground until work is fully completed.

A Different Look at Thanksgiving


Like so many events since the pandemic began, Thanksgiving might be a little different this year. With some people taking the recommendation to limit in-person gatherings, Thanksgiving Day meals could feature less food or more leftovers. K-State Research and Extension Nutrition Specialist Sandy Procter says finding a smaller turkey might be difficult.


Proctor says if you can’t find a small turkey the leftovers can be used in a variety of ways following Thanksgiving. Plus, she thinks a bigger bird is going to be a bargain this year.  Proctor says if you are buying fewer ingredients and food this year you could use that many you saved to purchase items to donate to a food pantry.

Winter Sports To Start December 1st With No Fans

The Kansas State High School Activities Association Board of Directors voted in favor of winter sports starting December 1st.


Competitions including basketball, swimming, bowling, diving, wrestling and scholastic events will be held from December 1st through Decmeber 22nd. A moratorium will occur from December 23rd through January 7th with play resuming January 8th.


No fans will be allowed to attend from December 1st to January 28th. An amendment to allow two spectators per participant failed to pass.

Chetopa Student Named November Ag Student of the Month


Arvest Bank and KGGF have selected a Chetopa FFA student as the Ag Student of the Month for November. Amber Ross, who has been apart of agriculture here whole life, says she hopes to one day take over the family business.


Ross, who is the president of her FFA chapter, says if you are someone who is curious about FFA you should give it a try.  Outside of being involved in the family business, Ross shows livestock, judges both livestock and horses and competes in other contests like speech and food science.


Congratulations Amber Ross on being named the November Arvest Bank and KGGF Ag Student of the Month.

Remote Schedule Announced for USD 445


USD 445 – Coffeyville has announced their remote schedule when schools resume on November 30th after Thanksgiving Break.


Roosevelt Middle School and Field Kindley High School will share the same schedule with the 1st through 3rd hours and the SCOPE period occurring on Monday and Thursday starting at 9:00 am. Hours 4 through 7 will be on Tuesday and Friday also starting at 9:00 am. There will be a SCOPE period on Wednesday starting at 11:00 am.


Attendance for all days is mandatory and appointments with instructors may be requested outside of the learning schedule. Fall Finals for FKHS will be December 17th and 18th from 8:10 am to 3:10 pm each day.


Remote learning will run until the end of finals and on January 6th through 8th. On-site learning will begin on January 11th.


Turkey Day Safety Tips


As Thanksgiving quickly approaches, Caney Fire and Rescue reminds you of ways you can stay safe when preparing your turkey for your family this holiday.


Cold glass cookware should never be put in the oven and hot glass cookware should never be put in cold water or in the fridge.


Frozen turkeys should never be fried. When a frozen turkey is dropped into hot oil, the ice begins to turn to steam. The rapidly expanding steam causes the oil to boil over. If you are going to deep fry a turkey, make sure it's fully thawed in your fridge before you fry it. Make sure your oil is not overfilled in your pot, and make sure that the oil is no hotter than 350 degrees. When dropping the turkey in, make sure you turn the flame off and lower it into the oil slowly.

Number of COVID Cases in Montgomery County Reaches 1,000


The number of current and past COVID-19 cases in Montgomery County has gone into the thousands.


According to the Kansas Department of Health and Environment's latest results, there are 1,026 current and past coronavirus cases, which is up from 942 last week.


Statewide, there have been 7,526 new cases, 46 new deaths, and 95 new hospitalizations since their last results from November 20th.

Disturbance Call Leads to Discovery of Drugs


A Chanute woman was arrested over the weekend on charges related to drug possession and child endangerment.


Chanute PD was sent to the 1500 block of West Main for a report of a disturbance. Upon their arrival, officers were informed about drugs being inside the residence. Officers applied for a search warrant and items associated with illegal drugs were discovered and seized as evidence.


39-year-old Daisy Lucill Cummings was arrested for possession of methamphetamine, endangering a child, possession of marijuana, and possession of drug paraphernalia. The two teenagers in the home were taken into police protective custody and were placed outside the home.


Cummings was transported to the Neosho County Jail without incident.

Secretary of State Warns Business of Misleading Business Mailing


Kansas Secretary of State Scott Schwab is warning new business entities of a misleading mailing being sent from the "KS Certificate Service." The mailing tells the business that they may possibly need a Certificate of Good Standing.


Schwab said the Secretary of State's office will never use a third party to contact businesses and will always get in touch directly if needed. He also confirmed that similar mailings have been sent out in other states. Businesses are encouraged to reach out to the Secretary of State's office if they receive any suspicious letters or solicitations that appear to be sent on the behalf of Schwab's office.

Three COVID Cases at USD 446


There have been three more positive cases of COVID-19 at USD 446-Independence.


One case comes from a student at the Riley Early Learning Center, one is from a staff member at Eisenhower Elementary School and one is from a student at Independence High School.


All areas that those people occupied over the last several days are closed off to be thoroughly disinfected. Those who were listed as close contacts have been notified.


Those that tested positive will not be allowed to return to school for 14 days, but the students will have access to remote learning.

Two Arrested for Meth and Marijuana in Caney


Two men were arrested for drugs and other charges during a traffic stop in Caney. Earlier this weekend, while making a traffic stop at 4th Avenue and Highway 75 an officer with the Caney Police Department discovered the driver was driving without liability insurance. The occupants of the vehicle were identified as 65 year old Daniel Albert Holeman of Coffeyville and 65 year old Donny Ray Sumner of Independence.


While conducting his investigation the officer discovered both marijuana and methamphetamine in the vehicle and then upon arrest discovered methamphetamine on both men. The men were transported to the Montgomery County Jail, where Sumner is charged with possession of methamphetamine and marijuana, no liability insurance and driving under the influence. Holeman is charged with possession of methamphetamine and marijuana.

Labette Commish Passes Resolution Regarding Masks


A lengthy discussion took place regarding masks at the Labette County Commission meeting between all three commissioners and the County Attorney. Commissioner Cole Proehl says rather than opting in or out of the governor's order they passed their own resolution.


Proehl says they wanted to support the recommendation of wearing masks but did not want there to be a punishment for not wearing one.  The resolution passed on a two to one vote. Despite it not being a unanimous decision all three commissioners did voice their support of masks.  Full version of the resolution can be found here.


Caney Man Found Dead at Home


A 42-year man was found dead in his garage over the weekend.


The Caney Police Department received a call about an unattended death in the 200 block of North Spring Street in Caney. Upon arrival, an officer found a deceased male in the garage of the home.


After a joint investigation by Montgomery County Coroner’s Office and Caney PD, it was determined that Matthew McIntosh of Caney had committed suicide in the garage.


There was no evidence of foul play discovered during the investigation and members of the family were the ones who discovered the deceased.


Kansas State Board of Canvassers to Certify Election Results


The Kansas State Board of Canvassers will meet soon to certify the results of the 2020 General Election. The board, which consists of Governor Laura Kelly, Secretary of State Scott Schwab and Attorney General Derek Schmidt, will meet Monday, November 30 to certify the results of the state's election.


The certification will begin at 2 pm at Memorial Hall in Topeka. As a state, Kansas voters chose Republican incumbent Donald Trump to receive its six electoral votes, and also chose Republican Roger Marshall to become one of its two senators. 

Independence Endorses Gov. Laura Kelly's Statewide Mask Order


The City of Independence has endorsed Kansas Governor Laura Kelly's statewide mask mandate that was established on November 17th.


Executive Order No. 20-68 requires citizens of Kansas to wear masks when in public. It also requires businesses to post conspicuous signs at their entrances saying that all employees and customers must wear masks while in the building.


The Montgomery County Commission will meet to discuss countywide mask requirements at their weekly meeting which was moved to Wednesday morning at 8 a.m.

Wanted Female Suspect in Craig County


The Big Cabin Police Department is looking for a female who they believe might have been involved in a recent burglary.


The female appears to be in her 20's and is seen with sunglasses, ripped jeans and a black hoodie. A picture of her can be found in the online version of this story at


Officer Eric Bridges of the BCPD in Oklahoma said that if you are aware of who the suspect is, that you contact him at 918-783-5911.

Montgomery County Clerk's Office Closed Due to Illness


The Montgomery County Clerk's Office has been closed due to an illness to an unknown amount of employees.


It's not known what the illness is or how many people at the clerk's office are sick. Those who have the unknown illness have also not been identified. It is also unknown when the district clerk's office will be back open.


The office is closed effective immediately.

Man Injured in Montgomery County Crash


A man was injured in a three-vehicle wreck in Montgomery County over the weekend.


According to the Kansas Highway Patrol, a 2015 Mercedes Sprinter driven by Bradley Smith of Parsons was eastbound on County Road 6000 when he failed to yield at a stop sign at the intersection with U.S. Highway 169 and was hit by a 2000 Peterbilt driven by Kevin King of Bristow, Oklahoma that was headed northbound on U.S. 169. The wreck caused Smith's vehicle to hit a 2015 Dodge Ram driven by Patrick Conway of Sycamore who was facing westbound on County Road 6000 at the stop sign.


Smith was taken to Labette Health in Parsons for suspected minor injuries. King and Conway sustained no injuries and safety restraints were in use in all vehicles at the time of the crash.

Independence Woman Arrested on DUI Charges in Caney


A woman from Independence was arrested in Caney for driving under the influence over the weekend.


The 35-year-old woman, who was identified as Kimberly Marie Best, was weaving towards oncoming southbound traffic on Highway 75.


After investigation and a sobriety test, it was confirmed that Best had been under the influence of drugs or alcohol and had a child in the vehicle.


Best was arrested and transported to the Montgomery County Jail on counts of driving under the influence and felony child endangerment.

Name the Park Contest in Neodesha


The City of Neodesha is holding a contest to rename the area known as "City Pond".


Neodesha is working with the Active Transportation Advisory Board and community members to cultivate this area into a family-friendly green space with plans of a walking trail, picnic shelters, a fishing dock and more.


The contest is open to anyone. Entries are due December 7th and the winner will be announced in January.

Wilson County COVID-19 Numbers


According to the latest COVID-19 numbers from the Wilson County Health Department, the number of positive cases in the county has gone up again.


There are 242 total positive cases in which is up 16 since the last update but active cases decreased by 1 to 55 cases. Hospitalizations and deaths remained at 13 and four cases, respectively.


There were 2,565 negative tests while 189 have recovered. The next update from the Wilson County Health Department will come out later this afternoon.



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