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Labette County Commissioner Kinzie Recalled

Voters in Labette County have recalled County Commissioner Brian Kinzie.  Unofficial results of a special election held Tuesday to recall were 59% YES to recall Kinzie and 41% NO votes to retain Kinzie in office.  There were 831 YES votes to recall and 580 NO votes to not recall Kinzie.  Tuesday’s vote may have implications on the future of wind energy in the County as the petition to hold the recall election was based on alleged meetings Kinzie had in regard to negotiating with RWE to put windmills in Labette County.

Ballots will be canvassed by the Labette County Commission next Monday, December 13th to determine the official results.

Federal Court Blocks Vaccine Mandate for Federal Contractors

 

A federal court has blocked a third vaccination mandate imposed by the Biden administration.

 

The U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Georgia today granted a motion by Kansas and other plaintiffs to place a temporary injunction on the “Federal Contractor” vaccine mandate. Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt goes into detail on what was in that mandate.

 

The court found that the executive order “goes far beyond addressing administrative and management issues to promote efficiency and economy in procurement and contracting, and instead, in application, works as a regulation of public health, which is not authorized under the Procurement Act.”

 

In addition to this ruling, a new state law enacted last month requires all employers, both public and private sector, to accommodate employee requests for relief from COVID-19 vaccine requirements on medical or religious grounds.

Statewide Virtual Job Fair Starts Tomorrow

 

If you are in the market for a job, KANSASWORKS is hosting a statewide virtual job fair. The event begins at 8 am on Wednesday and ends at 5 pm Thursday. This event allows job seekers the opportunity to meet virtually with multiple businesses. Candidates will be able to upload their resumes to their Virtual Job Fair account as well as live chat and conduct interviews through any digital device such as a computer, tablet, or mobile phone.

 

Those wishing to take part in this week’s virtual job fair must register. Job seekers can find open positions listed on the registration page and are encouraged to dress professionally, as employers may request to engage in a video interview during the virtual job fair.

 

Any individual with a disability may request accommodations by contacting their nearest workforce center at 877-509-6757 prior to the event. You can find a link to the registration page here.

State Senator Peck to Continue Listening Tour Through SEK

State Senator Virgil Peck will be continuing his listening tour through southeast Kansas that he began last week.  Peck will be making stops in Montgomery and Neosho counties this Thursday.  Peck says the purpose is to hear the concerns of constituents.

 

He adds that it’s also important to keep voters informed.

 

Peck will be at the Independence Historical Museum Thursday morning at 8:30, Cardinal Drug in Chanute at 10:30, the Brickhaus in Erie at noon and wind up at the Coffeyville Area Chamber of Commerce office at 4pm.

Labette County Commissioner Recall Election Tuesday

Voters in Labette County will be going to the polls Tuesday to decide the future of County Commissioner Brian Kinzie.  In what could also be a referendum on the future of wind energy in the County voters will face just one question on the ballot, that is to whether to retain Kinzie as a Labette County Commissioner.  A NO vote on the ballot will keep Kinzie in office, while a YERS vote will recall Kinzie from the position.  KGGF will be reporting the results of Tuesday’s election after the polls close at 7pm.

Protecting Yourself from Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

 

As the weather cools, the use of heaters of different types will be used which could raise the chances of carbon monoxide in the home.

 

Colorless and odorless, carbon monoxide is a toxic gas that claims the lives of more than 500 Americans each year. Carbon monoxide is produced from burning materials that contain carbon, like gasoline or propane. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says you can protect your family and prevent carbon monoxide poisoning by taking a few simple steps.

 

The CDC also says that if you feel dizzy, nauseous, or lightheaded, seek immediate medical attention.

 

For more safety tips on how to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning, visit cdc.gov/co.

 

Weekend Hit and Run in Crawford County

 

 

A weekend hit and run leaves one man injured.

 

26-year-old, Jesse Lockskin was eastbound on West Quincy on his bicycle. A currently unknown person driving a silver van was also eastbound on West Quincy, when they collided with Lockskin, then fled the scene.

 

Lockskin was taken to Ascension Via Christi with a possible injury. Lockskin was not wearing a helmet and did not have reflective devices on his bicycle.

 

Multiple Traffic Stops in Parsons Lead to Several Arrests

 

 

K-9 Karim and his handler Corporal Kyle Shields have seized close to 30 grams of various drugs during traffic stops.

 

Parsons PD Sergeant Brice Dickens made a traffic stop on a 1997 Chevy Blazer in the 2100 block of Crawford. Karim indicated on the vehicle leading to a search that found illegal narcotics in the vehicle. Then days later, Sergeant Dickens again made a traffic stop leading to an arrest. This time he stopped a 2011 Ford Edge in the 1500 block of Crawford. K-9 Karim indicated on this vehicle as well, the following search found syringes, one of them was "loaded" with a clear liquid. Additionally, they located suspected marijuana, a plastic baggie with a white crystal-like substance and a digital scale, were also seized. Officers arrested Trinity Dawn Pratt, 45 of Parsons, and Morgan Leigh Wilkins, 27 of Parsons, along with Emari Taylor

 

Parsons Police are requesting charges by the Labette County Attorney's Office for possession of controlled substances, possession of marijuana, possession of paraphernalia, and sale/distribution of certain stimulants on all three individuals arrested.

Pet Found Dead in Back Yard in Parsons

 

A dog was found dead by decapitation by its owner on Friday afternoon.

 

Parsons Police received a call from one of their staff reporting that their dog had been killed in the 1400 block of South 14th Street. Parsons Police Sergeant Waylon Kepley responded to the house.

 

It was reported that a three-month-old puppy, was let outside in the fenced back yard at approximately 7 am and at approximately 2 pm the owner found the black puppy lying in the yard with its head severed. Officers determined that the puppy had its head sliced off with a sharpened blade at another location and then the suspects returned the body to the backyard.

 

This crime of cruelty to an animal is a felony for knowingly and maliciously killing an animal. Additionally, charges for criminal trespass would also be added. Police believe this was a targeted attack of a law enforcement officer's home and the Department is offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to the capture and conviction of the suspect(s) in this case.

 

If anyone has any further information on this incident, contact the Parsons Police Department at 620-421-7060 or call the Tip Line at 620-421-7057.

 

Large Crowds for Coffeyville Christmas Parade

 

Large crowds took advantage of the unseasonably warm weather to turn out for the Coffeyville Christmas Parade Friday night.  The parade, which featured almost 80 entries wound through downtown Coffeyville along Eighth, Walnut, and Ninth Streets.

 

Many in the crowd remain ed downtown after the parade to take advantage of the opening night of Christmas on the Plaza.  The parade was broadcast live on KQQF 98.9FM and online with video at kggfradio.com and the KGGF, KUSN, KQQF Facebook page.  The parade can continue to be viewed online and on the link below.  

 

 

KBI Death Investigation in Galena Kansas

 

 

The Kansas Bureau of Investigation and the Galena Police Department are conducting a death investigation.

 

Galena PD was dispatched to a residence after a subject reported that he had located a deceased person. Officers arrived 801 E. 11th St. in Galena, there they found a deceased male inside the house. The man was identifed as ,68-year-old Jerrod L. Brewer. It was not clear how Brewer died, and the KBI has been asked to help with the investigation. The investigation is ongoing.

Nude Man Attacks Parsons Police

 

A man has been arrested after attacking Parsons Police Department officers in the nude.

 

Officers with the Parsons Police Department were called to the 1400 block of Grand Avenue for a 911 call regarding a potential case of domestic battery. At the scene was 30-year-old Dustin Almond, who began cursing at officers using sexist and racist language while in the nude. After being arrested, Almond became combative, attacking officers while being put in the patrol car and even charging the cell door in an attempt to fight and escape.

 

No serious injuries were reported by the officers. Almond refused all offers of medical assistance.

 

The police are requesting the Labette County Attorney's Office to file charges of domestic battery and three counts of felony battery of a law enforcement officer.

Caney Christmas Parade

 

A large crowd was on hand last night for the Caney Christmas parade.

 

With temperatures in the mid-to-low 50s, it was perfect weather to hold the event. In all, 67 different entries participated in the parade. That included churches, service vehicles, local politicians, and much more.

 

You can view the parade in its entirety below. Also, make sure to tune in to tonight's Coffeyville Christmas parade. You can either listen in on Sonshine 98.9, KQQF, listen online at kggfradio.com, or catch it on Facebook Live on the KGGF/KUSN/KQQF Facebook page.

 

 

 

Porch Pirate Arrested in Parsons

 

A Parsons woman has been arrested on numerous charges including theft and burglary.

 

On Monday, Parsons Police took a report for a theft of delivered goods off a porch. There was a video of the suspect that was posted on social media. Officers also gathered video from several sources throughout a thorough neighborhood canvass.

 

The next day, Parsons Police Officer Rory Johnson was called to the 2700 block of Gabriel for a report of a possible break-in of an unoccupied house. Officers searched the residence and located 33-year-old Rachel Lynn Ashley in the house. The owner of the residence said that no one was allowed inside. Ashley was arrested without incident.

 

This investigation led to Ashley being positively identified as the suspect in the theft that had been on social media. Officers made the connection and charges are being filed for that case as well. Ashley is being charged with Criminal Trespass, Theft, and Burglary.

Help Being Offered for County Senior Citizens

 

The Montgomery County Clerk’s office has announced that they will be available to assist in processing the Homestead or Safe Senior Property Tax Refund for Low-Income Seniors starting on Monday, January 17, 2022.

 

For the Homestead refund, you must be a homeowner and pay the property taxes to qualify. Renting does not qualify.

 

For the Food Sales Tax Credit, you must file a Federal Income tax return before calculating the food sales tax credit. If you do not file a federal income tax return then you do not qualify for the food sales tax credit.

 

The Clerk’s Office will be available to assist applicants Monday thru Friday from 9 am to 4 pm. The Deadline for processing the returns will be April 15, 2022.

 

 

Below is the information that you will need to bring with you:

 

SRS                                                    Food Stamp payments for all of 2021

                                                           Cash Assistant payments for all of 2021

 

Social Security (1099)                     Benefit Verification form that includes your “Date of Disability Onset” (if

                                                           receiving disability payments)

                                                           Income letter for all of 2021

                                                           1099 (Interest and Income)

 

Children                                              Birthdates

                                                            Social Security numbers

 

Homeowners                                      Statement for 2021 Property Taxes-Applicants names must be on the Deed.

 

Income                                                All income for any household member over the age of 18

For 2021. – If you file a Federal or State income tax return you must have your tax preparer complete your homestead as well. County Clerk’s office will no longer be able to calculate the homestead on citizens who file a Federal and/or State income tax.

 

The county will not be able to process your claims unless all necessary paperwork is brought in at the time of preparing your claim. If you have any questions, you can contact the County Clerk’s office at (620) 330-1200.

Caney Police Officers Receive Life Saving Awards

 

Two Caney police officers have received awards for their efforts to help a man who has been stabbed in early November.

 

Caney Police Officers Joe Elliott and Jesse Cross responded to a passed out at a residence in east Caney. Upon arrival at the call, the officers found a man who had been cut with a knife during an altercation with another person. Officers immediately administered first aid measures to stop/slow the bleeding until an ambulance could arrive on the scene to provide advanced life support measures.

 

Officer Cross and Officer Elliott received their Life-Saving Awards at the Caney City Council Meeting on November 29th.

Kansas Department of Health and Enviroment Begin Omicron Variant Monitoring

 

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment has started Omicron variant monitoring in the state. The Department started preparation on Monday to track cases of the new variant once they are identified in the state. Currently, there are no cases of the Omicron variant of COVID-19 in the state.

 

As this is a new variant, it is still unknown how transmissible or contagious the variant is. It is also unclear how quickly it will spread, however, with over 64% of the eligible population fully vaccinated, Kansas is more prepared for Omicron than previous variants.

Lawrence Talks About New Physicians, Purdon Reveals Housing Findings

 

Coffeyville Regional Medical Center CEO Brian Lawrence and the Director of Rural Prosperity for Kansas Trisha Purdon spoke at this month's Business Over Breakfast in downtown Coffeyville.

 

According to Coffeyville Area Chamber of Commerce Director Candi Westbrook, Lawrence talked about two new physicians coming to Coffeyville.

 

Purdon talked about the initial findings of a big housing study done all across Kansas.

 

To listen to the entire interview with Westbrook, you can find it here.

Parsons Annual Christmas Parade Returns With a Change

 

 

The annual Parsons Christmas Parade is set to return with one small change.

 

This Thursday, December 2nd, the Parsons parade will return, however starting this year, the parade route between Central and 17th street will have no parking. The decision was made by city staff to keep the parking off the two-block stretch for pedestrian safety. City officials heeded the warnings of citizens and parade planners and in the interest of public safety, will close the two-block section of on-street parking. There are still parking lots around the parade route as well as street-side parking around the downtown area.

 

Coyotes Population Increasing, Prevention Tactics

 

A common predator that causes a lot of damage to livestock and chickens in Kansas is the coyote.

 

When looking at the abundance trends, the population of coyotes has increased. K-State Diversified Agriculture and Natural Resource Agent Adaven Scronce says that the population has increased three-fold since the fur market crashed in the late 1980s.

 

While coyotes are omnivores, they do damage to farmers and ranchers as they kill livestock and poultry. While some methods are lethal, Scronce says there are many non-lethal methods to prevent coyote damage.

 

For more information about coyotes, contact Scronce at 620-331-2690.

Possibility of Wind Turbines in Labette Continues

 

The Labette County Commission met in executive session with a potential attorney to represent the county for negotiations either for or against the possibility of wind turbines. Commissioner Cole Proehl says if they were to vote no on this project their options to stop it are very limited.

 

The original proposal by RWE was made available for the public to view. Commissioner Proehl says negotiations with RWE shouldn't be a quick process.

 

The recall election for Commissioner Brian Kinzie is scheduled for Tuesday, December 7th. Voters will need to either vote yes to recall or no to keep him in office.

ICC Hosting Concert This Weekend

 

The ICC Fine Arts Department is hosting another concert this Sunday at 6:00 pm that will include a special guest.

 

Independence Chamber of Commerce Director Lisa Wilson provides the details of this concert.

 

Admission to the concert is free. For more information, contact the Chamber at 620-331-1890.

Knoll to Read From Newest Book at Pitt State

 

A Pittsburg State University alumnus will return to the school for a book reading Sunday afternoon. J.T. Knoll will read from his new book of poetry, Counterpart. The reading will take place in the basement level of PSU’s Axe Library at 2 p.m.

 

Knoll is a founding member of White Buffalo and an award-winning columnist for the Morning Sun. His previous book of poetry, Ghost Sign — co-authored with fellow PSU alumni Al Ortolani, Adam Jameson, and Melissa Fite Johnson — was selected as a Kansas Notable Book for 2017.

 

Other titles by Knoll include the column collections Paperboy and Where the Pavement Ends; audio recordings of poetry, songs, and stories called True Stories and Fetch Crazy; and a live recording of boyhood memories called The Republic of Frontenac.

 

Knoll’s book will be available for purchase at a reception following the reading. Admission to the book reading is free.

Four Arrested over Two Days in Caney

 

It was a busy Thanksgiving weekend in Caney as four are arrested after routine traffic stops.

 

On Friday, the Caney Police Department arrested two Californians. 61-year-old Daniel Billingsly, Valley Springs, California, was arrested for possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia and Sabrina Campbell, Sacramento, California, was arrested for speeding, transport of an open container and possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia.

 

On Saturday, 29-year-old Trenton Buhler, Skiatook, Oklahoma was arrested for vehicle equipment violation, driving under the influence and driving with an open container. 32-year-old Nicholas Raffety, Witchita, was arrested for possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia.

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