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U.S. 400 Railway Crossing Closing For Repairs in Cherokee



    In Cherokee next week the BNSF railway will close and repair its crossing east of the U.S. 400/K-7 junction. The road work will begin at 6 a.m. Monday, Oct. 25, and continue through Thursday, Oct. 28. U.S. 400 will be closed to traffic at the work zone. Traffic will detour on K-7, K-103, and U.S. 69.


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Halloween Harvest Event in Pittsburg



The Pittsburg Farmers Market will be hosting an event during the last market day of the season.


The Halloween Harvest Event will take place on Saturday, October 30. The vendors will set up at 8:00 am and the activities will begin at 9:00 am. Kids are highly encouraged to show up in their Halloween costumes and trick or treat at the vendor booths, there will also be a kids costume contest held at the event. Vendors are invited to dress in costume and deck out their booths with festive decorations. Prizes will be awarded to market vendors for best costumes, decorations, and setup.


To register as a vendor, contact the Pittsburg Parks & Recreation Department at (620) 231-8310.


Watch for Deer on Roadways During Fall Season


Around this time each year deer activity increases as more and more deer are on the move due to what is known as the rut. While this time is great for deer hunters it can be a bad time for drivers as there is generally an increase in deer-related crashes during this time of the year.


In an effort to help reduce the likelihood of a crash, Cherokee County Sheriff David Groves has some tips to help drivers. Be extra alert near water sources and wooded areas, use bright lights when possible, reduce speed, especially in areas known to be common habitats for deer, scan the ditches and remember if you see one deer, there are likely others close, pay particular attention during dusk and dawn, which are times when deer are more on the move, buckle up and reduce distractions while driving.

Coffeyville PD Receives Grant from AG-Led Council


Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt has announced the awarding of a grant to the Coffeyville Police Department.


The grant is part of the Federal Edward J. Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant Program. CPD will receive $2,672, and will be using those funds to upgrade crime scene lighting systems. That will better allow the department to respond in situations that require negotiations and investigations.


Schmidt said the the grant will help the department carry out its mission throuh the application of "21st century technology." The grant is awarded by the Kansas Criminal Justice Coordinating Council. Schmidt serves as the chair of that council.

CFA Holding an Adoption Special and Looking for Volunteers


The Coffeyville Friends of Animals are running a special this month on cats and are looking for volunteers.


CFA's Brad Gray says tells us about this month's special.


Gray also said they are looking for volunteers to help out where they can.


The CFA is open Tuesday - Sunday from 2 pm - 4 pm and you can contact them at 620-252-6060.


Recycling Event in Bartlesville This Saturday


Bartlesville residents will have the opportunity to discard items they wish to recycle this weekend.


Replenysh, a recycling company based out of Orange County, California, is visiting Bartlesville for a launch event this Saturday at Lee Lake. Company spokesperson Ryon Hart said it's a great opportunity for residents to get rid of items they no longer need.


Hart said Replenysh is different from other recycling centers.


Saturday's event begins at 10 AM. For a full list of items that will be accepted, visit Replenysh's website here.

Sales Tax Previously Used for CES


With the ½ cent sales tax extension vote coming up next month in Coffeyville, some citizens want to know what the sales tax has been used for in the past. City Manager Mark Hall says it was used with a mill levy to help build Community Elementary School.


The sales tax if extended will be for a ten-year period and tax will be used for improvements downtown and to the city's parks. The vote will be on the ballot of the November 2nd elections.

Independence Trunk or Treat Just Around the Corner


As soon as Neewollah wraps up in Independence, it will be time for Truck or Treat in the downtown area the next night.


With hundreds of kids expected in the downtown area, Independence Chamber of Commerce Director Lisa Wilson says they need plenty of trunks.


To register for a parking spot in downtown, contact the Chamber at 620-331-1890.

Third Straight Week of No New COVID Cases at PSU


Pittsburg State University reports no new COVID-19 cases for the third straight week. Fifteen symptomatic students were tested for COVID-19 at the Bryant Student Health Center between October 13th and 19th, with zero positives. Currently, no students are in isolation and in the same period, no faculty or staff members reported an infection. 


Isolation numbers can differ between reporting agencies due to students being tested elsewhere and then later reporting as PSU students via the Crawford County Health Department. Quarantine numbers are managed solely by the Crawford County Health Department. Numbers change daily. 

First Fatality Accident of the Year in Independence


A Coffeyville woman was the victim of a fatal car accident in Independence. IPD identified 73-year-old Martha Hargis as the victim. At around 1:18pm in the afternoon on Friday, October 8, officers were dispatched to Park and Main for an injury accident involving an SUV and a hatchback car.


The passenger in the hatchback, Hargis, died the following day due to complications from injuries sustained in the crash. The investigation revealed that the SUV was traveling south on Park Boulevard, stopped for the stop sign, then failed to yield to the hatchback as it traveled east on Main. This is the first fatality accident in Independence for 2021.

First Annual Coach Flores Tailgate Party


The first annual Coach Flores Tailgate Party will be this Saturday as the Coffeyville Community College Red Ravens host Garden City. Director of College Relations Yvonne Hull says activities will start around 2:00pm.


Hull says they are also honoring the National Championship basketball team this Saturday as they receive their national championship rings during halftime of the football game.


Rollover Accident in Parsons


Parsons Police Officers were dispatched to a rollover crash in a residential area of town on Monday.


Two vehicles were involved in the collision, which occurred in the 200 block of North 29th. Both vehicles had significant damage done to them. One party was taken to Labette Health via ambulance to treat injuries sustained in the crash.


The serious nature of the accident has sparked an ongoing investigation into what caused the crash, with speed possibly being a primary factor. Speed surveys are currently being conducted in areas of town that see a significant number of accidents or speeding complaints.


Photo credit: KSN-TV/Joplin

Tennessee Man Charged With Murder


A Tennessee man has been charged with murder after a woman was shot to death in Pittsburg.


Just before 6:30 pm Saturday, a caller reported finding her apartment door open and found 18-year old Jase Delitch, of Pittsburg lying on the floor. Police and EMS responded and pronounced Delich dead at the scene.


After reviewing surveillance footage in the area and speaking with witnesses, they identified 23-year old Bri’yon Baker, of Mount Boswell, Tennessee as the suspect. Baker was located early Sunday after he was spotted by police in northeast Pittsburg. After questioning Baker, he was arrested for second-degree murder and is being held at the Crawford County Jail on a $1 million bond.


Economic Impact of Soybean Crushing


The increase in the use of soybean oil and the potential for an increase in renewable diesel bring a positive economic impact from bringing a soybean crushing facility to the area.  Agricultural Economist Dr. Dan O'Brien says it will increase competition but there is more to the story than just filling a gap with this plant.


Dr. O'Brien says this is going to create competition for how soybeans are used, whether they are exported or crushed.  It was announced last week that Bartlett, a Savage Company, would be bringing a soybean crushing facility to Montgomery County. This facility is a $325 million project that will bring 50 jobs to the area.


Dropped Bag of Meth Leads to Arrest


A dropped bag of meth has lead to an arrest.


A Parsons police officer was at the Sonic Drive-In on Tuesday when he was notified of a potential drug case. An employee showed the officer a baggie with a substance that resembled methamphetamines. After a field-testing kit was used, it was deteremined that it was, in fact, meth.


After reviewing video surveillance and working with Sonic management, officers arrested 38-year-old Nathanial Phillip Willey of Parsons on suspicion of possession of a controlled substance and interference with law enforcement. He was taken to the Parsons Police Department and charges are being sent to the Labette County Attorney's Office.

K9 Reveals Drugs and Stolen Gun


A Parsons man has been arrested on various drug and gun charges. Parsons Police Corporal Kyle Shields and K9 Karim conducted a traffic stop on a white Nissan Armada that had defective equipment. The driver, 30-year-old Danny Joe Cash Jr was found to have a pending Municipal Complaint. While waiting for the court paperwork, Corporal Shields deployed his K9 partner Karim to conduct a sniff of the vehicle. Karim gave a positive indication, and a search of the vehicle was conducted.


Illegal narcotics packaged for individual sale, digital scale, syringes, along with a semi-automatic Taurus handgun were all found in the vehicle. The handgun was later found to be stolen out of Labette County.


Cash was arrested with requested charges for Sale and Distribution of Certain Stimulants, Possession of a Controlled Substance, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Possession of Stolen Property, Criminal Possession of a Firearm by a Felon, Defective Tail Lamps, and No Liability Insurance.

Night of Fright Spook Trail Returns for 4th Year


The 4th Annual Night of Fright Spook Trial will begin this weekend at Cedar Bluff Camp. The Spook Trail will begin at 7:30 pm and will run until 11:00 pm.


Chuck McFate from the Cedar Bluff Camp explains how the Spook Trail works.


McFate also said there will be concessions on hand serving coffee, hot chocolate, water, soda, and chips.


The Night of Fright Spook Trail will be open on October 22nd, 23rd, 29th, and 30th, and the cost to enter is $8.00 per person.

Seward Sheriff's Office Investigating Former Tourism Director


The Seward County Sheriff's office has opened up an investigation into the case involving the former Coffeyville tourism director. According to the Liberal Police Department, the information was reported to the sheriff's office on Sunday night, with the police department passing the investigation over to them. Seward County Undersheriff Ryan Roar says his office is looking into this incident.


30-year-old Zach French was caught on video by MotorCity Justice allegedly trying to pick up a 15-year-old girl in Liberal last weekend. French was in the area attending a tourism conference. KGGF will provide more information as it becomes available.



Coffeyville Recreation Commission Offering Basketball Clinic


The Coffeyville Recreation Commission will offer a basketball clinic through next month.


The clinic is for players in 3rd through 6th grade, and features Ronnie Davis and Magic basketball. Coach Davis and his team of coaches will coach the players in basketball fundamentals such as ball handling, shooting, and defense.


Sessions will be held once a week for three weeks from 5 PM to 7 PM. The dates are November 7th, 14th, and 21st.


Spots are limited to 40 participants. A consent form must be turned in to secure your child's spot. Consent forms can be found at the Bobby Clemons Recreation Center.

College and Career Fair at FKHS


Field Kindley High School is hosting a College and Career Fair today.


KGGF and 25 other area employers, colleges and industry representatives are set up at the high school. The career fair will continue through the noon hour.


Inmate Arrested on Second Degree Murder Charge


The KBI is currently investigating the death of an inmate at the Crawford County Jail.


Corrections officers at the jail were alerted to an injured inmate. They located Dante M. Martinez, 20, of Pittsburg. Martinez was suffering from multiple injuries and was transported to Girard Medical Center. It was discovered via video surveillance that 25-year-old Gavin P. Wood, of Arma, had attacked Martinez causing his injuries. Martinez was later pronounced deceased from his injuries and Wood was arrested on a second-degree murder charge.

Fatality Crash in Crawford County



A crash in Crawford County has left one man dead.


Vehicle One was southbound on Highway 69, and Vehicle Two was northbound on Highway 69. Vehicle One drifted into the center lane, both vehicles attempted evasive maneuvers then collided in the center of the roadway. The driver of Vehicle One, 61-year-old Jeffery Leroy did not survive the crash. Both people in Vehicle Two survived with little to no injury.


Jeffery Leroy was the only person not wearing a seatbelt.

Former Coffeyville Tourism Director Under Scrutiny


The former Tourism Director for Coffeyville has found himself under fire after an internet story broke alleging that he attempted to lure a 15-year-old girl to his hotel room while at a state tourism convention in Liberal this weekend. 


The video, which appeared on the Facebook page of MotorCity Justice depicts 30-year-old Zach French allegedly trying to meet an underage girl over the weekend.  According to sources, the Liberal Police Department is investigating the incident. 

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