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Coffeyville Chamber of Commerce Membership Discount

 

In addition to the news that Coffeyville Area Chamber of Commerce now offering insurance for businesses, the Chamber is encouraging more businesses to join with a special offer for the rest of the year. Chamber Director Candi Westbrook fills us in with the details.

 

To apply for membership or to find out more information, call 620-251-2550 or visit the Chamber online here.

Adoption Event to Be Held on Friday

 

The Coffeyville Friends of Animals in conjunction with the Animal Clinic of Southeast Kansas are holding an adoption event and donation drive this Friday from 10 am – 4 pm. Brad Gray of CFA says that there will be free food and lots of giveaways.

 

The adoption event will be held at the Animal Clinic of SEK which is located at 413 West 11th Street right across from Coffeyville Community College. For more information, you can contact the CFA at 620-252-9046.

Oklahoma Author Wins Award

 

An Oklahoma author has won an award in a children's book contest for up-and-coming authors. Bartlesville Author Joseph Lupton took first place in the E-book category of Collection of Short Stories in the 2021 Purple Dragon Fly Awards.

 

Lupton's book is titled “Joseph 3-in-1 Superhero Ultimate Prequel Collection”.  Lupton said this book is just one of a series of books he's written, but it was the only one he entered. In the future, he'd like to enter all his books. There are currently 6 books in the series, which are all available in E-book format, and he is almost ready to publish the 7th book. 

Tickets Still Available for Hauntings at the Brown Mansion

 

Tickets are still on sale for “Hauntings: A Summer Seance at the Brown Mansion”. There are two showings each night starting tonight. Coffeyville Historical Society's Amy Dollar says one of the showings is already sold out.

 

Tickets can be purchased at the Brown Mansion, the Coffeyville Chamber and the Dalton Museum. The show is a fundraiser for the Brown Mansion and is for strictly entertainment purposes only.

Snack Smart

 

According to a Harvard School of Public Health study, one-third of Americans say they snack at least once a day. Some snack for an energy boost or for their diet, but boredom might be the most common reason. Nutrition Specialist Sandy Procter says eating because you're bored can lead to mindless eating.

 

Proctor says to make it more convenient to snack healthy use small Ziploc bags to store snacks, which can also help to prevent eating too much during snack-time. 

Late Summer Cattle Fly Control

 

Cattle herds on summer pasture are currently experiencing a second peak of fly activity, which can affect their performance. K-State Veterinary Entomologist Cassandra Olds says they suggest rotating chemicals every year.

 

Olds says switching ear tags now might be impractical, but other treatment approaches can be helpful as long as you use chemicals from the same class.  Olds says you want to make sure you tag both ears so both sides of your cattle are exposed to the insecticide.

Nado Card Football Fundraiser

 

The Field Kindley High School football team is selling NADO cards for $10.00 each. The cards have discounts for businesses in both Coffeyville and Bartlesville. Some of those discounts include $5 off food purchase of at least $25 at the Yoke, $10.99 large pizza at Pizza Hut and free Queso with purchase of 2 meals at El Charro. 

 

This is a fundraiser to help support the football team.  If you would like a card you can contact Coach Deonta Wade or the FKHS Athletic Department. They can be picked up at FKHS during the day Monday through Friday until 3:30pm.

 

Brewfest Hops Around Town Tickets on Sale

 

Tickets for the Coffeyville Chamber of Commerce's 2nd Annual Brewfest Hops Around are now on sale. Brewfest is scheduled for Saturday, October 9th from 2 pm – 6 pm in downtown Coffeyville. Coffeyville Chamber of Commerce Director Candi Westbrook says that there will be plenty to do at Brewfest.

 

Tickets are $25 per person or $40 for a couple. After September 24th, prices go up to $30 per person or $50 for a couple. Tickets can be purchased at the Chamber or online at coffeyvillechamber.com.

 

KGGF Wins Two KAB Awards

 

For the third consecutive year, KGGF 690AM in Coffeyville has been named the best severe weather coverage in Kansas for medium market radio stations. The award was announced by the Kansas Association of Broadcasters. Station General Manager John Leonard says the award recognizes the commitment KGGF has made to bring listeners in the area the information they need in a timely manner.

 

In addition, KGGF News Director Matt Jordan took second place in the KAB's spot news category for coverage of the Edna Mattress Factory fire in June of this year. Both awards will be accepted during the KAB's annual convention in Wichita in October.

 

Two Ballot Items Pass By Large Margins

 

Two items on the ballots in Labette and Cherokee counties were soundly passed in Tuesday night's election.

 

In Labette County, Chetopa residents were asked if they would like to adopt a 0.5% retailers' sales tax for parks and street maintenance and improvements. The question passed with nearly 82% of the vote. The tax will go into effect on January 1st and run for 5 years.

 

In Columbus, USD 493 was looking to issue bonds of just under $14.7 million. Those bonds would pay for improvements to the Central Campus Facility, as well as improvements to the 7th-grade wing at the existing high school building, and fund additional improvements as needed. That question passed with 72% of the vote.

Officers Stop Potential Suicide

 

Montgomery County Sheriff Deputies and Coffeyville Police Officers stop a potential suicide. Sheriff Deputies were notified by CPD of a male subject along a riverbank southeast of town, who was armed and considered suicidal. The subject was located near Old Parker Bridge and identified as Timothy Meyer of Bartlesville.

 

Deputies spoke with Meyer until a sheriff’s office negotiator arrived on scene. During negations, Meyers would occasionally point the firearm at deputies before he eventually tossed it into the river. Officers were able to place Meyer into custody without further incident. After being inspected by EMS, he was transported to the department of corrections and booked for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon on a law enforcement officer. Sheriff Ron Wade said he is very thankful for the combined teamwork in locating and safely taking Meyer into custody without incident.

Pitt State Announces New COVID Mitigation Measures

 

Pittsburg State University has announced measures to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19 during the current spike caused by the delta variant. Going forward, all faculty, staff, students, and visitors will be required to wear masks while indoors regardless of vaccination status. Masks are not required if alone or in public spaces where social distancing is possible. The policy will be reviewed every two weeks.

 

The university has encouraged and continues to encourage faculty, staff, and students to get vaccines, which are free and available on campus. For students who will live on campus, prior to moving in the Office of University Housing has asked that they either submit proof of vaccination, show that they have had the virus since March 2020 or had a negative test within 72 hours of arrival, or they will be required to take a COVID test when they arrive for Move-In Day.

 

Sports Sign-ups Underway at IRC

 

The Independence Recreation Commission has announced that sign-ups for multiple sports are currently underway.

 

Independence Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Lisa Wilson explains what sports are available to sign up for and the cost for each sport.

 

You can register by going to the Ash Youth Center at 1501 North 10th Street, calling 620-331-0260, or online at indyrec.com. The registration deadline is August 12th.

Riverton Man Arrested for Burglary

 

Cherokee County Deputies have arrested a Riverton man. The arrest comes as a part of an investigation into a residential burglary, which occurred over the past couple of weeks. 

 

26-year-old Tyler Garner is currently being held in the Cherokee County Jail on allegations of burglary, theft and criminal damage to property. During the course of the investigation, Deputies recovered some of the stolen property, which included firearms and electronics.

K-3 Section Closed Wednesday and Thursday

 

This week the Kansas Department of Transportation plans to close a section of K-3 in Bourbon County to replace crossroad pipes.

 

K-3 will be closed between the Crawford - Bourbon county line and Birch Road on Wednesday and Thursday, Aug. 4-5. The closure will be in effect from 7:15 am until 6 pm on both days.

 

Traffic should use alternate routes.

Car Crashes Through Front Window of Coffeyville Salon

 

An elderly woman drives a car through the front of a salon in Coffeyville. The driver of the car meant to hit the brake but instead hit the gas driving through the front window of Studio Blue on 11th Street. Owner Jordyn Blaes says she was the closest one to the incident.

 

Blaes says the car's front end hit the reception desk and took out one of the nail tables. The driver and passenger of the vehicle as well as everyone inside the salon were all fine, no injuries were reported.

 

K9 Recognized by State Police Dog Association

 

A local K9 officer and his partner are recognized as the K9 team of the week. The Kansas Police Dog Association has recognized the team of Montgomery County Sheriff Sargent Jeremy Hunsucker and K9 Hector.

 

Sgt Hunsucker started his law enforcement career with the sheriff’s office in March 2009 and became a K9 handler in 2010. K9 Hector is a two-year-old Belgian Malinois and German Shepard mix, imported from Europe. Hector is currently certified in narcotics detection through KPDA and is being trained in patrol work.

CCC Classes Start Next Week, Debuts New Tik Tok

 

The first week of August is underway which means that the beginning of classes at Coffeyville Community College is afoot. Even though classes start next week, Student Services Senior Director Yvonne Hull says there is still plenty of time to get enrolled.

 

Students can get IDs at no charge up until August 26th and bookstores are currently open as well for the fall season.

 

Hull also said that the college has also created a Tik Tok account.

 

A link to the Red Raven Tik Tok page can be found here.

Delta Variant of COVID Dominant in Montgomery County

 

Montgomery County is nearing triple-digit COVID numbers once again.

 

Health Department Director Carolyn Muller reported that the county currently has 87 positive cases as of Monday, the majority of which are of the Delta variant. Those who test positive for the faster-spreading variant are recommended to quarantine for 14 days. However, it is sometimes not known what variant of COVID a patient has until several days into the quarantine process. Muller said she personally recommends that those who test positive use the "modified" quarantine procedure instead.

 

The CDC is recommending those that cannot socially distance wear a mask in indoor settings, whether vaccinated or not. However, the KDHE has not yet made the same recommendation.

Ballot Issues on Tab in Cherokee and Labette County

 

Voters in Columbus and Chetopa will be heading to the polls Tuesday to vote on a bond issue and a tax question.

 

In Columbus, citizens will vote on if they will allow USD 493 Columbus to issue bonds for just over $14.7 million. If approved, those bonds would pay for improvements to the Central Campus Facility, as well as improvements to the 7th-grade wing at the existing high school building, and fund additional improvements as needed.

 

Chetopa voters will decide whether or not to approve a Retailers’ Sales Tax of ½% to be used for parks and street maintenance. If approved, the tax would run for five years beginning on January 1st.

IPD Warns of Scams

 

The Independence Police Department has received several reports of a variety of scams in recent weeks and are warning citizens not to participate.

 

Citizens are reporting a scam where the caller impersonates an IRS agent and claims to have a warrant for the person’s arrest. The scammer demands you pay money over the phone or you'll be arrested. In another recent scam the scammer texts victims and attempts to exchange sensitive photos and then pressures them to purchase gift cards and text them the card information. In the third recent scam, the scammer sends the target a counterfeit check for $2,600 and instructs the victim to purchase four gift cards for $500 and to keep the $600. The victim is instructed to text the gift card information to the scammer.

 

Chief Jerry Harrison says these scams seem to circulate on a regular basis, unfortunately, several scams are occurring at the same time. Police warn citizens they will not accept payments for warrants over the phone and not to share sensitive photos. If you receive an unsolicited check in the mail it is likely fraud. Do not cash the check or provide the gift card information to anyone.

State Population Up, SEK Numbers Plummet

 

The preliminary numbers of the U.S. Census have been released and while the overall population of Kansas rose by just over 60,000, the population in Southeast Kansas has dropped dramatically with three counties in the top 10 of population loss.

 

According to State Senator Virgil Peck, Montgomery County and Labette County both lost a sizable portion of their population.

 

The other SEK county that was in the top 10 is Cherokee County which lost just over 1,600 which equated a 7.7% loss. Wilson County lost 884, Neosho lost 505 and Chautauqua lost 419.

 

Peck said that due to Johnson and Sedgwick counties each gaining 58,000 and 18,000 people respectively, it means that rural Kansans will have less representation.

 

Peck said each senate district is going to have about 73,000 people with the new population numbers. Redistricting committees will meet at 14 locations around the state including Chanute and Pittsburg at a date to be determined.

 

The entire interview Sen. Peck can be found here.

Kansas Fugitive Arrested in Oklahoma

 

A fugitive from Kansas is arrested in Oklahoma. The Nowata County Sheriff’s Office Emergency Response Team assisted the South Coffeyville Police Department with the arrest of a fugitive from Montgomery County.

 

45-year-old Jason Homer, of Coffeyville, was arrested during the overnight hours yesterday in South Coffeyville. Homer was booked into the Nowata County Jail on a Montgomery County warrant. He is charged with two counts of rape, two counts of aggravated criminal sodomy and two counts of aggravated kidnapping.

Inter-State Fair and Rodeo Coming Up Soon

 

August is upon us, and that means the return of the Inter-State Fair and Rodeo. Coffeyville Chamber of Commerce Director Candi Westbrook said that those wishing to get the Fun Pass for the event should do so in the next couple of days.

 

Westbrook said the best way to get tickets for the various events would be to purchase them online. The Inter-State Fair and Rodeo runs all week from August 8th to the 14th. Aside from the aforementioned fair and rodeo, the week also features monster trucks and a demolition derby.

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