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Local News Archives for 2019-08

Fredonia Holding Fall Clean-Up


The City of Fredonia is holding a Fall clean-up from September 6th through September 15th. During this time, residents are encouraged to set out unwanted appliances, furniture, scrap metal, limbs and leaves, trash, and recyclables for the city to remove at no extra expense. No items that are placed outside after 7 a.m. after September 16 will be picked up. The city will also not pick up unused tires.


City provided dumpsters and dump trucks are also available to residents at no charge, but only during this clean-up week. Tires will also not be picked up, but can be taken to the Wilson County landfill. For more information, click here.

Cville Ducks Unlimited Banquet


Duck hunting fans get ready for the 2019 Ducks Unlimited Banquet in Coffeyville. Chamber Director Candi Westbrook says it is coming up next weekend.


There will be raffles for 36 different guns, a great dinner and more.

Indy Man Receives Two Life Terms


An Independence man was sentenced to two life terms in state prison following convictions of rape and aggravated indecent liberties with minors, according to the Montgomery County Chronicle. Judge Jeffrey Gettler says 20 year old Linndon Scott Demoss will not only serve two life terms in state prison but will not be eligible for parole for at least 50 years. Demoss will be 70 before he is a candidate for release. If Demoss is released from prison, he will be a registered sex offender and be required to undergo electronic monitoring and post-release supervision for the rest of his life.


County Attorney Larry Markle says he believes this is a proper sentence for these cases. He also says he appreciates the work of Detectives Chris Williams and Chad Dunham for their investigation into the case.

KDOT Calls for Transportation Alternatives Program Projects


The Kansas Department of Transportation is announcing a call for projects for the 2021 Transportation Alternatives Program. KDOT’s TA Program provides funding for a variety of alternative transportation projects. These include the construction of pedestrian and bicycle facilities and infrastructure for non-driver access to public transportation, projects that enhance safety and mobility for pedestrians, bicyclists and transit riders, projects that improve scenic or environmental assets in the state, Safe Routes to School projects and more.


An estimated $7 million in federal funds are anticipated to be available to award.

Last Independence Farmers Market This Weekend


The last Independence Farmer's market this year will be held this Saturday. It'll be held in downtown Independence at the corner of Penn and Myrtle from 7:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Independence Chamber of Commerce Director Lisa Wilson says events like these would not be possible without the contributions of others.



The Farmers Markets were held from May and have gone through the entire month of August. For more information, contact Carolyn Torrance at 620-331-7831.

USD 445 Budget No Increase in Mill Levy


The USD 445 Board meets last night with the main item on the agenda a public hearing for the budget. Coffeyville Resident Max Williams,who was the only member of the public to speak during the hearing, voiced his concerns.


Assistant Superintendent Michael Speer says one of the reasons for the higher projected budget compared to last year is an increase in state aid.  Speers says the budget is a projection and it gives them the authority to spend the money it doesn't mean they will spend all the money budgeted. The board voted to approve the budget.

"Celebration of Flight" Coming to SEK


Interested in aviation? The EAA Chapter #980 will be holding a "Celebration of Flight" from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on September 14th. The event will be held at the Independence Airport. There'll be fun, food, flying and aviation career opportunities. The event is child-friendly, and will feature experimental aircraft, antique airplanes, kids activities, flight simulators and more. There will also be an opportunity to learn about aviation careers and the path to becoming a pilot.


In addition to the day's activities, there'll be free airplane rides for kids 8-17 years old. You can register your child for a flight here.



CCC Program 100% Pass Rate


The accomplishments continue for the Coffeyville Community College Medical Programs. The 2018-2019 CCC Medical Assisting Class have all passed the National Healthcare Association Certified Clinical Medical Assistant Exam.


This means that the CCC Medical Assisting Program has a 100% pass rate for the 2018-2019 school year.

Kan-Oklahoma 100+ Mile Highway Sale Coming Soon


We're only a couple weeks away from the 12th annual Kan-Okla 100+ Mile Highway Sale, being held September 13th and 14th at numerous locations between the two states. Over 30 antique stores are taking part, and are located along Kansas highways 75, 169, and 166, as well as Oklahoma highways 75, 169 and 60. 


The event will take place rain or shine. There's still space available for all individuals wishing to sell. For more information, call 918-214-2443, visit their website here, or email

Indy August Sales Tax Reports


Almost $6,000 increase in sales tax revenue in Independence for August 2019 compared to August 2018. This revenue comes from the one percent sales tax that was levied for city purposes. August receipts totaled $80,142, which is an increase of $5,801 from August 2018. Sales tax receipts are up 3.8 percent for the first eight months of 2019, totaling $1,353,424, which is up $49,004 compared to the first eight months total in 2018.


After eight months the city has collected 70.1% of the budgeted amount.

Gift Card Scams Newest Way to Get Your Money


A new angle on the gift card scam has popped up. Scammers are posing as religious leaders in the community asking for contributions to their charitable efforts in the form of a gift card. Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt says typically this scam comes in by email.


Schmidt says if you've made this type of donation you need to contact the gift card company and report it immediately. For more information on protecting yourself from scams visit

Three Oklahomans Arrested in Kansas with Stolen Property


Nearly $290,000 in stolen property recovered late last week. The Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office and County Attorney along with officers from Montgomery County and Oklahoma were on the scene throughout the weekend. The property recovered is associated with five thefts from Chautauqua County and many more from Montgomery County and numerous jurisdictions throughout Oklahoma.


Three suspects were arrested. Raymond Lane of Bristow Oklahoma for burglary, interference with a law enforcement officer, possession of a controlled substance, theft and criminal possession of firearm by a convicted felon, Terry Mensch of Bartlesville, Oklahoma for theft, burglary and possession of stolen property and Whitney Cook also of Bartlesville for theft and possession of stolen property.

PSU Music Department Announces Solo & Chamber Music Series


The Pittsburg State Department of Music late last week announced its 2019-2020 Solo and Chamber Music season, featuring performers from around the world. All performances will be held on Friday evenings, with tickets free to PSU students. Tickets are also now on sale for faculty, staff and the general public.


Tickets can be purchased at the PSU Ticket office in the Garfield Weede Building, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, online, or at the door based on availability. A schedule of performances can be seen below.




Washington Cornett and Sackbutt Ensemble 

Sept. 27, 2019 


Saxophonist Otis Murphy 

Oct. 18, 2019 


Third Coast Percussion 

Nov. 22, 2019 


Calmus Vocal Ensemble 

Jan. 24, 2020 



Friday, March 13, 2020 


Alon Goldstein, piano 

April 3, 2020 

MCAC Facility Tours for Potential Businesses


Montgomery County Action Council continues to work to bring businesses to the county. Executive Director Trisha Purdon says she has tours of their open facilities lined up.


Purdon says one of the businesses that they have a lead on will be visiting the county shortly and it came from the meeting she attended in Washington DC as a part of the Select USA Conference.

Rep. Estes Praises Japan Deal


Congressman Ron Estes has released a statement regarding a trade agreement between Japan and the United States that was announced yesterday. Estes said he believes farmers and ranchers in Kansas will benefit greatly from the agreement, and that it would open up the Japanese market for American beef, pork, dairy, and ethanol.


Estes represents Kansas' 4th Congressional District in the House of Representatives.

County Commission Meets Tomorrow


The Montgomery County Commissioners will meet tomorrow morning for their regularly scheduled commission meeting, which would normally be held on a Monday. First item up on the agenda is a hearing on the 2020 budget. The other two items on the agenda include an executive session with County Treasurer Nancy Clubine and a planning and zoning discussion with Environmental Health and Zoning Administrator Scott Barnhart.


County Commission meetings are open to the public and they start at 9:00am in the Lower Level of Judicial Center.

Business Merger in Coffeyville


Three Coffeyville businesses have merged into one. Nado Alley and Get Right Graphics will move forward as Designs Unlimited. A partnership between Justin and Miranda Rexwinkle and Blake and Kylie Davis have combined those businesses to better serve the Coffeyville Area. Designs Unlimited will now offer screen printing, signs, embroidery, promotional products and printing services.


Kylie Davis says together they have a topnotch staff and they are ready to combine all of their talents to better serve the customers.

Neewollah Names Professional Music Headliner

Neewollah has announced the professional music headliners for this year’s festival.  Generalissimo Anne Bertie says that country music artist Chase Bryant will perform at this year’s festival on Saturday night, October 26th at Memorial Hall in Independence.  Bryant has had two songs on Billboards Top 10 charts with his hit singles “Take It On Back” and “Little Bit of You.”


Online ticket sales for Chase Bryant will open September 9th and will also be available by phone and at Neewollah Headquarters beginning October 5th.

Garden Club in the Ville


Have a green thumb? Coffeyville's Reawakening is looking at starting a garden club. They are looking for anyone in the community who enjoys nature and wants to make a difference in the community.


If you are interested in joining the club there will be a meeting tomorrow morning at 9:00am at the Coffeyville Reawakening Building at 115th West 9th. They encourage your involvement.

Agreement in Place to Help Fight Robo Calls


Twelve of the nation’s largest telecommunications companies have agreed to adopt a set of principles that will help state attorneys general protect Americans from illegal robocalls. Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt says one of the most frequent topics that comes up as he travels across Kansas is the explosion in unwanted and often illegal robocalls and how can they be stopped. He says any meaningful solution must be a two-pronged approach involving both technology and law enforcement.


The agreement, signed by Schmidt, attorneys general from the 49 other states and the District of Columbia, as well as representatives from the 12 telecom companies, outline a set of eight principles to fight illegal robocalls through both prevention and enforcement efforts.

Watch Out for Roofing Scams


Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt is urging residents in Montgomery County to use caution to avoid scams by transient contractors following recent severe weather. Schmidt says after storm damage, the instinct is to clean up and make repairs as quickly as possible. When considering roofing work on a home or business, it is important that consumers make sure their roofing contractor is properly registered before signing any contract or having any work done. Consumers should request a copy of their roofer’s registration certificate and then should check the AG's consumer protection website to confirm that the registration remains active.


The online directory of registrations is available at


Two Taken Into Custody in Incident Resulting In Lockdown of Caney Schools


Two people were taken into custody yesterday in an incident in Caney that resulted in the  lockdown of Caney Schools, several intersections being blocked and an evacuation of residents in the area of the 100 block of North Fawn.


Caney Police received information that a residence at 108 N.  Fawn contained possible explosives and explosive making materials.  Due to the nature of the incident assistance was provided by the ATF, KHP Bomb Squad and Montgomery County.  During a sweep of the residence officers found explosive making devices and components along with illegal narcotics and drug paraphernalia. 


Taken into custody were 47 year old Seth Thomas and 28 year old Toni Dean, both of whom were transported to the Montgomery County Jail where they are being held facing numerous charges pending upon completion of the investigation.

Neewollah On Independence City Commission Agenda


It may still be August, but not too early to think Neewollah.  Independence City Commissioners will consider a resolution setting the dates for Neewollah as October 18th thru 26th when they meet in regular session tomorow evening.  In other business commissioners will make 4 – 3 year appointments and 3 – 2 years appointments to the economic advisory board.  Commissioners will also consider setting the dates for public hearings for condemnation of numerous structures. 


Independence City Commissioners will meet at 5:30 tomorrow evening in the Veterans Room of Memorial Hall.

Midland Theater Looking For Classic/New Cars to Cruise


The next outdoor movie night in Coffeyville is this Friday, and with the movie of the night being "Grease," the Midland Theater is looking for classic and new cars to join them for a quick cruise. From 7-8 p.m., those with classic or new cars are invited to cruise downtown and then park in front of the Midland at 8 to stay for the movie if they'd like.




The movie will start after sundown at 8th and Elm.




Photo Credit:  Self Drive Vehicle Hire,


Caney Valley Schools Put In Soft Lockdown


Caney Valley Kansas Schools were under a soft lock down at both schools as the city looked into a situation on Tuesday afternoon

Sergeant Natalie Rees with the Caney Police Department said students were safe and accounted during the hour long lockdown.Under the soft lock down, students were not allowed to leave the school and no one was permitted inside the building. However, the students were free to roam around the schools. The Caney Police Department made the call to have the schools conduct the soft lock down to keep students in once central location.


The Caney Valley Schools Facebook Page said all students were safe and accounted for during the incident. Bus routes were delayed by 45 minutes.

Coffeyville Man Identified As Drowning Victim


The man who drowned during a police pursuit by a South Coffeyville police officer last Friday has been identified.  The Kansas Bureau of Investigation has identified the man as 32 year old Caleb M. O’Donnell of Coffeyville.  O’Donnell drowned in the Verdigris River after wrecking the reported stolen ATV he was driving. 


The KBI is investigating the incident and no further information is being released at this time.


You Drink, You Drive. You Lose.


Citizens are warned that until Labor Day the Coffeyville Police Department will join almost 190 other local and state police agencies across Kansas in a crackdown aimed at removing drunk and other drugged drivers from the roadways. According to KDOT, alcohol and other drugs are implicated in 40% of the crash deaths on Kansas roads. Over the past five years the average proportion of fatality crashes attributable to such impairments was 23%, or almost one-fourth of all fatality crashes.


The agency also reports that crashes involving at least one impaired driver are likely to be more severe than are other crashes.


KBI Investigates Drowning of Man Being Pursued By South Coffeyville Police


The Kansas Bureau of Investigation is conducting an investigation into the drowning death of a man Friday afternoon while being pursued by a South Coffeyville Police officer.  According to the Montgomery County Chronicle the man being pursued while driving an ATV that was reportedly stolen from the Interstate Fair and Rodeo in Coffeyville on Thursday. 


The ATV was headed south on Highway 169 toward the Oklahoma border.  The South Coffeyville officer began pursuit at a distance when the ATV saw the ATV turn on East 500 Road, through a field toward the Verdigris River.  When the officer caught up he discovered the ATV had crashed into a tree and the man struggling in the river. The Coffeyville Police Department and Fire Department and Montgomery County Sheriff’s Department responded to the scene but were unsuccessful in their attempts throwing a rope trying to rescue the man who was pronounced dead at the scene.


The man has not yet been positively identified but is reported to be a white male in his 20’s.

MCAC Works to Keep Business in Coffeyville


A change in ownership to the business Parmac in Coffeyville. With talk of a possible relocation to the east coast, Montgomery County Action Council's Trisha Purdon spoke to the county commission for approval to offer Parmac a grant to show them they needed to stay in Coffeyville.


The commission approved the request for MCAC. In other business the commission approved a bid for maintenance on and to replace county mowing equipment.


LCHS Grad Receives JAB Scholarship


A Labette County High School graduate has won a scholarship through the Inter-State Fair. As part of the Junior Advisory Board, Brittany Monroe from Edna is the recipient of the 2019 JAB scholarship. In high school, Monroe was football manager for four years, baseball manager for three years, and involved in K Club, Letterman’s Club, FFA, Math Club, Art Club, Health Careers, and was a member of the National Honor Society. She was on the honor roll all four years of her high school career. Monroe was on the JAB for three years.


As a member of the JAB for the Inter-State Fair, she, along with the other nine members, volunteered her time at monthly meetings, gave input to the fair board, and helped at the event by selling programs, making sure sponsor VIP food and beverage needs were taken care of, and helping with the annual spring livestock show. She recommends JAB membership to others.

KGGF Partner With Area Businesses at Junior Livestock Sale


KGGF Radio along with sister station KRIG partnered with area businesses at the Junior Livestock Sale at this year’s Interstate Fair and Rodeo.  KGGF was involved in the premium purchase of a Crossbred Junior Market Steer raised by Keaton Gillman of Miami, Oklahoma…a Crossbred Junior Market Barrow raised by Deziree Lee of Coffeyville….a Hampshire Junior Market Lamb raised by Andrea Blum of Copan and a Junior Market Goat raised by Larimee Bruce from Caney.


Thanks to all the entrants in this year’s show events at the Interstate Fair and Rodeo.

Mud Slinging Action at Interstate Fair and Rodeo


The 110th Interstate Fair and Rodeo in Coffeyville came to a close last night.  Although heavy rains earlier on Saturday threatened to spoil the event strong crowds came out to witness the annual demolition derby.  Although the arena field was a muddy, mess spectators were not disappointed by the action.  Strong crowds also filled the carnival midway and the concessions areas at the Fairgrounds in Walter Johnson Park. 


No final numbers on this year’s attendance are available at this time.

Dedication Of New Coffeyville Mural


A dedication of Coffeyville’s new downtown mural was conducted last night.  Denise York with Coffeyville’s Reawakening thanked the crowd for attending along with Security First Title who provided the building canvas, Taylor Crane and Rigging for equipment, Paul Kritz for legal work, the Coffeyville’s Reawakening committee and artist Mike DeRosa.  DeRosa spoke about the vision for the mural.

He added the mural was the largest project he’s every worked on.


The mural is one of the early projects completed as part of Coffeyville’s Reawakening.     

ISFR Swine Show Results


A Field Kindley High School sophmore walks away with the Grand Champion Market Barrow at this year's Inter-State Fair. 15 year old Deziree Lee showed a 286 pound cross-bred barrow to take home a purple ribbon and a buckle. Lee who is heavily involved at FKHS is in FFA, on the dance team and is on the honor roll. Lee also showed a second barrow earlier in the day and chose not to show her gilt when she came up lame. Reserve champion was Brenden Anderson from Caney. Judge for the swine shows was Jim Coakley and sponsor of the shows is Blue Moose Outdoor Portables.


Swine Show Results

Market Barrow

Grand Champion: Deziree Lee, Coffeyville, Kan. 

Reserve grand champion: Brenden Anderson, Caney, Kan.


AOB (All other breeds)

Champion: Lily Anderson, Caney

Reserve champion: Cooper Robbins, Lenapah, Okla.



Champion: Sawyer Richardson, Vinita

Reserve champion: Cameron Vail, Altamont, Kan.



Champion: Conner Langworthy, Lenapah, Okla.

Reserve champion: McKinzie McAffrey, Welch, Okla.



Champion: Brenden Anderson, Caney, Kan.

Reserve champion: Sawyer Richardson, Vinita, Okla.



Champion: Kade Burgess, Miami, Okla.

Reserve champion: Cameron Vail, Altamont, Kan.



Champion: Zoe Dixon, Vinita, Okla.

Reserve champion: Kade Burgess, Miami, Okla



Champion: Deziree Lee, Coffeyville, Kan.

Reserve champion: Delaney Pippin, South Coffeyville, Okla.


Breeding Stock

Grand Champion gilt: Lily Anderson, Caney, Kan.

Reserve champion gilt: Kinley Langworthy, Lenapah, Okla.


Champion commercial gilt: Lily Anderson, Caney, Kan.

Reserve champion commercial gilt: McKinzie McAffrey, Welch, Okla.


Champion Berkshire gilt: Kinley Langworthy, Lenapah, Okla.

Reserve champion Berkshire gilt: Tripp Tatum, Wann, Okla.


Champion Chester gilt: Gracey Tignaneli, Delaware, Okla.


Champion Hampshire gilt: Tripp Tatum, Wann, Okla.

Reserve champion Hampshire gilt: Morgan Hanigan, Oswego, Kan.


Champion Poland China gilt: Kelsey Wall, Bluejacket, Okla.


Champion Spotted Poland China gilt: Brittney Monroe, Edna, Kan.

Reserve champion Spotted Poland China gilt: Keaton Gillman, Miami, Okla. 


Champion Overall Purebred gilt: Kinley Langworthy, Lenepah, Okla.

Reserve champion overall purebred gilt: Maddie Gillman, Miami, Okla. 




Senior showmanship:

1.Cord Dodson, Liberty, Kan.

2.Brenden Anderson, Caney, Kan.

3.Maddie Gillman, Welch, Okla.

4.Delaney Pippin, So. Coffeyville, Kan.

5.Keaton Gillman, Miami, Okla.


Junior showmanship:

1.Lilly Anderson, Caney, Kan.

2.Kade Burgess, Miami, Okla.

3.Kinley Langworthy, Lenepah, Okla.

4.Parker Midgett, Liberty, Kan.

5.Colton Moss, Bluejacket, Okla.

ISFR Junior Heifer Show Results


The results from the Inter-State Fair Junior Heifer Show are in. This year's Supreme Heifer, a lim-flex, was shown by 15 year old Trace Falkenstien from Bartlett. This is the fourth year he's shown at the Inter-State Fair and he began his career with a Hereford bucket calf. Reserve Supreme Heifer went to Brenley Grigsby. The junior heifer show was sponsored by Community State Bank. The judge of the shows was Head of Livestock Judging at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Blaine French.



Junior Heifer Show Results, August 13, 2019


Supreme Heifer: Trace Falkenstien

Reserve Supreme Heifer: Brenley Grigsby


Champion Angus: Brenley Grisby

Reserve Champion Angus: Brody Grigsby


Champion Chi: Darla Fesmire

Reserve Champion Chi: Dexter Small


Champion Charolais: Darla Fesmire


Champion Gelbvieh: Kyle Chapman

Reserve Champion Gelbvieh: KeatonGilman


Champion Hereford: Emma Pool

Reserve Champion Hereford: Emma Pool


Champion Limousin: Trace Falkenstien

Reserve Champion Limousin: Seth Johnson


Champion Maine Anjou: Abby Emberson

Reserve Champion Maine Anjou: Wyatt Goode


Champion Red Angus: Landry Layton

Reserve Champion Red Angus: Clint Harrington


Champion Shorthorn: Olivia Gillette

Reserve Champion Shorthorn: Oakley Carter


Champion Simmental: Paige Atkisson

Reserve Champion Simmental: Gavin Grigsby


Champion Commercial Heifer: Brenley Grigsby

Reserve Champion Commercial Heifer: Brody Grigsby

Co-Ed Softball Tournament Next Saturday


The Coffeyville Community College softball team is looking for a few more teams to complete their co-ed slow pitch softball tournament field for next Saturday, August 24th. The entry cost is $200 per team and the tournament will consist of 50 minute games. Girls will hit girls' balls, and there will be 3 home runs allowed per team.


Those interested can visit the CCC Softball Facebook page for more information.

ISFR Tractor Pull Results


The motors roared and the smoke poured out over the grandstands at Walter Johnson Park for the first night of entertainment at the 111th annual Inter-State Fair and Rodeo in Coffeyville. It was tractor pull night as fans got to watch three classes pro stock, modified and two-wheel drive. The winners of the each class are Steve Bailey from Odessa, Missouri in pro stock class with his tractor “Rut Cutter”, Wayne Longnecker from Cambridge, Iowa in modified with his tractor “River Rat” and Jake Miller of Whitewright, Texas in two wheel drive with his tractor “Bad Decisions”.


Grandstand entertainment tonight is the LJ Jenkins Bull Riding, followed by two nights of PRCA pro rodeo tomorrow and Friday and then the demo derby wraps up fair week on August 17.


Results, Outlaw Tractor Pull – August 13, 2019

Inter-State Fair and Rodeo, Coffeyville, Kansas


Pro Stock Tractors

1. Steve Bailey, Odessa, Mo. “Rut Cutter”  337 feet.

2. Clint Melling, Nordheim, Texas “Bulletproof Buck” 328.93 feet

3. Grey Porter, Mercer, Mo. “Gang Green” 327.28 feet

4. Dave Yarick, Rich Hill, Mo. “Dirtslinging  Deere” 321.29 feet

5. Jim Brackett, Richland, Mo. “Hillbilly X-Press” 304.13 feet

6. CodyYarick, Rich Hill, Mo. “Gone” 303.41 feet


Modified Tractors

1. Wayne Longnecker, Cambridge, Iowa “River Rat” 321.94 feet

2. Donald Nelson, Cat Springs, Texas “Twisted Whip” 317.29 feet

3. Cameron Neaves, Meadoo, Texas “Cotton Candy” 316.17 feet

4. Donald Nelson, Cat Springs, Texas “Texas Bullwhip” 306.45 feet. 


Two wheel drive

1. Jake Miller, Whitewright, Texas “Bad Decisions” 309.99 feet

2. Robert Zajicek, Columbus, Texas “Gun Smoke” 298.77 feet

3. Donald Nelson, Cat Springs, Texas “”Lil’ Whip” 275.21 feet

4. Scott Wilms, Beatrice, Neb. “Inheritance” 272.12 feet

5. Donald Nelson, Cat Springs, Texas “Bull Whip Motorsports” 267.30 feet

6. Dustin Corliss, Cat Springs, Texas “Run and Tell It” 261.56 feet

7. Cole Zajicek, Columbus, Texas “Texas Two Step” 253.55 feet

8. Scott Jensen, Dell Rapids, S.D. “American Ethanol” 251.19 feet.

Independence Receiving Bids for Water Tower Renovation


The City of Independence is receiving proposals to contract for interior and exterior renovations on the airport's water tower. Bids were first accepted starting in late July, and will continue to be accepted through 2 p.m. on August 15th.


The city is also requesting quotes for striping work at 1300 N. 5th Street to the end of the stadium, and will accept quotes until August 16th.

Help End Summer Blood Shortage


With many regular donors delaying giving to take final summer vacations and prepare for school, the American Red Cross has an emergency need for blood and platelet donations to help end a summer blood shortage. While thousands of donors have rolled up a sleeve this summer, blood and platelet donations aren’t keeping pace with patient needs. More donations are urgently needed to replenish the blood supply and be prepared for patient emergencies.


Make an appointment to donate blood now by downloading the free Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting or calling 1-800-Red Cross.

Another Great Bake Sale During ISFR


The next generation of bakers got to show off their stuff during the bake sale at the 111th annual Inter-State Fair in Coffeyville. Ninety-seven items in three categories, 4-H, open class and educational, were up for auction during the bake sale, with young people doing much of the mixing, baking and decorating. Some of the items sold include chocolate chip cookies for $115, banana nut bread for $110 and a carrot cake for $245. Last year’s bake sale brought in $8,995. The auctioneers for this year’s bake sale were Marty Hill and Dale Baker.


The 111th annual Inter-State Fair and Rodeo kicks off tonight with the Outlaw Tractor Pull.

Day Out of School to Reward Students for School Participation


Overall student participation at the high school level can be low. It can be a very small number of students who show up to the majority of events. Field Kindley High School Senior Halle Herkelman presented to the USD 445 School Board her idea to improve participation.


Herkelman, who is the daughter of Coffeyville Community College Men's Basketball Coach Jay Herkelman, says she's worked on this plan since last December and then presented it first to Dr. Craig Correll, then the teachers and finally the school board who gave their approval.

Young Copan Cowboy to Compete at ISFR


A 2018 Copan High School graduate will compete in this year's Interstate Fair and Rodeo. 19 year old Dawson Appleton is a tie-down roper who will compete on Thursday, August 15. Appleton competed in junior and high school rodeo before attending Northeastern Oklahoma A&M in Miami this past year. He competes in both the tie-down and team roping in college, but will not team rope at Coffeyville.  He’s competed at a handful of rodeos in the Prairie Circuit, just getting himself acclimated to professional competition. Appleton says he's trying to get his feet in the water, to see what it’s like, and to see if it’s what he wants to do.


He will limit his professional competition until he finishes his ag-business degree in college.

Back to School Drive Safe


As summer draws to a close, the next couple of weeks are when most Kansas students return back to schools across the state.  AAA Kansas warns drivers to be especially vigilant for pedestrians before, during and after-school hours.  Nearly one-third of all child pedestrian fatalities in the United States occur between 3:00pm and 7:00pm.   Through its annual “School’s Open, Drive Carefully” public awareness campaign, AAA aims to help reduce child pedestrian fatalities and injuries. 


According to the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, a pedestrian struck by a vehicle traveling 25 miles per hour is nearly two-thirds less likely to be killed as compared to a pedestrian struck by a vehicle traveling just ten mph faster.

Museum to Host Art Exhibit


The Historical Cherryvale Museum will host an art exhibit on Sunday, August 18th, from 1:00pm to 4:00pm. Several Cherryvale artists have been invited to display up to four of their works for the afternoon. Artists whose works will be represented include Anke Dotson, Leonard Wren, Carl Brothers, Leonard Wood, Sheila Minnich, Tom Porter, Don Richardson, David Frizell, and Casey Lickteig. Mr. Lickteig is the art instructor at Cherryvale Middle and High School, and some of his student work may be included. The exhibition will be held in the gymnasium at Cherryvale’s Presbyterian Church, located at 211 South Montgomery Street. The Museum, just a block away at 215 East 4th, will also be open Sunday afternoon.


The public is invited. Admission is free, although donations are welcome.

Texas Company Banned From Kansas


A Texas company has been temporarily banned by court order from doing business in Kansas for failure to respond to an outstanding subpoena. Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt says Student Loan Relief of Dallas, Texas, has been temporarily banned from doing business in Kansas. District Judge Theresa Watson entered an order last week in Shawnee County District Court prohibiting the company from engaging in consumer transactions in Kansas until the court finds it is in compliance with the subpoena.


During the course of the attorney general’s investigation into consumer complaints about the company’s business practices, Student Loan Relief failed to respond to an investigative subpoena in violation of Kansas law. If proven, allegations in the complaints against the company would constitute violations of the Kansas Consumer Protection Act.

Over 250 Violent Crime Victims Receive Assistance


The Kansas Crime Victims Compensation Board awarded financial assistance to 263 victims of violent crime at its August meeting. Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt says awards were made in 121 new cases. Additional expenses were paid in 142 previously submitted cases. The awards totaled $259,706.47. The Division of Crime Victims Compensation in 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.


Awards are limited to a maximum total amount of $25,000. A portion of assessed court costs and fines, inmate wages, parole fees and restitution paid by convicted offenders provides funding to the program.

One Thing Leads to Another


There’s a cause and a consequence for everything.


You can see it in cow herds just before and after calving, says Allison Meyer, animal scientist at the University of Missouri.   


The 5.5% of calf deaths in the United States that occur prior to weaning add up to losses of at least $670 million per year, plenty of economic incentive to find answers. Meyer studies what cows eat in the perinatal period from last trimester to the first three weeks post-calving, and the transfer of nutrients from cow to calf.


“We're particularly interested in how many nutrients are getting to the calf,” she says. “Then, how that affects its growth and development—and ultimately its long-term health, reproductive efficiency and carcass quality.”


Causes for a shift in nourishment available to the calf begin with dietary balance and intake for the cow. How is the forage quality? Is she being supplemented to meet requirements? Is she a heifer that’s still growing or a cow with high lactation potential? Is there heat or cold stress effecting her energy intake or needs?


“When the calf is a fetus, the cow  provides all nutrients through the uterus and placenta,” Meyer says. “Certainly she has to consume the nutrients, digest them, then absorb them and transfer those to the calf. But once the calf is born, it is relying on the cow or the first-calf heifer to make colostrum and milk.”


The calf, in turn, has to be vigorous enough to get the colostrum or milk and have a good enough gastrointestinal (GI) tract or gut to digest and absorb the nutrients and use them.


“We know calves that don't consume as much colostrum and get sick early in life are less likely to grade Choice and less likely to have a high weaning weight,” Meyer says. “It needs colostrum really early” and can only use available nutrients if the gut can digest and absorb those so the calf can “stay warm, finish development and grow up.”

We ask a lot of the newborn calf GI tract, she says.


“The gut is trying to deal with all the pathogens that are coming in from the outside, so it's important to make sure it's developed appropriately,” Meyer says, explaining why calves need colostrum to create passive immunity. 


Newborn calves have few nutrient stores, relying on nutrients from the cow to ensure their vigor, development and production. That starts before birth, she says: “From the post-weaning period until the calving period, we need to make sure cows are maintaining or gaining body condition.”


Cutting back to where females lose weight risks creating runts that can’t fully express their genetics.


“We want calves to match their genetic potential as a fetus because the growth and development they’re doing then is setting them up for everything they will do after birth,” Meyer says.


“We don’t want to decrease fetal growth or decrease birth weight by restricting or taking feed away from a cow or heifer while she's pregnant,” she says. “If we want to decrease birth weight because we’re worried about dystocia, we really need to make sure we do that genetically. We want the genetics of the calf to tell it how much to grow as a fetus.”


Feeding pregnant cows appropriately leads to their calves’ independent health. 


“Our goal is for calves to be born alive,” Meyer notes. “How we keep them alive is to make sure they get the nutrients they need before they are born, and then continue to get the nutrients they need after they are born.”


In a lifetime of causes and consequences, she says, “It’s important to focus on the pre-weaning calf, because regardless of what type of beef producer we have, whether they're trying to produce the next national champion bull or just calves to take to the sale barn at weaning, how many live to weaning and how ready they are for the next phase of their life matters to everybody.”

CFD Assists with Two Flood Rescues


The Coffeyville Fire Department was dispatched to Brown Rd and 1000 in Labette County yesterday morning, on a mutual aid request from the Edna Fire Department for a water rescue. Coffeyville Fire responded with a three man boat crew and rescued a female motorist who was stranded in high water. Crews successfully rescued her from the roof of her car without any injuries. Also yesterday morning CFD responded to a mutual aid request from Cherryvale Rural Fire to assist a resident in evacuating from their home after high water had risen into it.


CFD wants you to remember, when it comes to high water, turn around, don't drown.

ISFR Royalty Candidates


Seven girls will compete for Coffeyville’s Inter-State Fair royalty titles. Cassidy Bronson from Chelsea, Oklahoma and Nell Kreder from Ramona, Oklahoma are running for the title of Inter-State Fair Queen. Myranda Kistler from Claremore, Oklahoma, Chesnee McGovern from Nowata, Oklahoma and Laray Taylor also from Nowata will compete for Inter-State Fair Princess. For Inter-State Fair Little Miss Oaklee Edmisten from Nowata and Crosslyn Mooney from Welch, Oklahoma will be in the running.


The pageant will be held on August 11 and consists of four parts horsemanship, speech, personal interview, and modeling. The speech, modeling and interview will be held August 11 at 2:00pm at the Coffeyville Recreation Center. The horsemanship component takes place on August 11 at 5:00pm at Bent E Quarter Horses Arena in Coffeyville. Both events are free and open to the public.

Localized Flash Flooding in Montgomery County


The Montgomery County Sheriff's Office is experiencing localized flash flooding throughout the area due to the heavy rain. As always, do not drive into high water. If you do run into standing water, turn around, don't drown!

Mural Dedication Ceremony Next Wednesday


Coffeyville's Reawakening is inviting the community to a mural dedication next Wednesday. The Mural Dedication Ceremony, held on August 14th between 8th and Elm Streets, will be a short affair to thank the mural's painter, Mark DeRosa, and others for their hard work and dedication in making "this vision for downtown Coffeyville possible." The event will begin at 5:30 p.m.

CPD Warns of Fake Money


There have been quite a few counterfeit bills being passed in Coffeyville recently. The police department have taken 28 reports this year of counterfeit money, and a good percentage of those cases pulled have been in the last two weeks. These bills appear to be “washed” money meaning the ink is removed off of a $1 bill and then reprinted to be a $20 or a $50. CPD has been getting all different dollar amounts $10 and up and warn businesses to be on the lookout for them. These are much better quality counterfeits than they have seen in years past.


If you suspect the bill may be a fake, hold it up to the light. All newer bills $5 and up should have the face image on the right side of the bill and may also have a security strip on the left side.

ISFR Parade Route Change


A change in the parade route for this years Interstate Fair and Rodeo. So that parade participants don’t have to cross busy streets, this year’s parade, slated for Thursday, August 15, will start at 8th and Spruce. Chairman of the Parade for the Montgomery County Fair Association Miranda Rine says the fair and rodeo parade will follow the same route as the Christmas parade. New this year are the traveling trophies and three categories for parade entrants. Traveling trophies will be awarded to first place finishers in each of three categories equine, commercial and non-profit. Second place finishers in each category will receive a certificate.


Parade entries are due August 9. Entry forms can be found online at

KDOT Bids Approved for SEK HWY Construction


The Kansas Department of Transportation announces approved bids for state highway construction and maintenance projects in Kansas. Two of the approved bids were here in Southeast Kansas.


In Crawford County the K-47 and Ozark Street intersection in Girard will see some intersection improvement with Mission Construction Company in St Paul being selected with a bid of $328,266.51. In Labette County U.S. 59 and U.S. 160 junction will also see intersection upgrades with Laforge & Budd Construction Company in Parsons getting the bid at $3,083,218.92.

12th Annual Blake's Triathlon


The 12th annual Blake's Triathlon is this Saturday starting at 8:00am at Riverside Park in Independence. Chamber of Commerce Director Lisa Wilson says this is put on by Blake Bertie's family to honor her and help raise awareness and funding to help fight childhood cancer.


Wilson says for more information you can call (620)330-1500 or go to the website You can also pick up a triathlon application at the Ash Youth Center.


Results from Parsons Commission Primary


An election was held to narrow down the ten candidates for the Parsons City Commission. After yesterday's primary these six candidates will be moving on to the November general election. The incumbent Kevin Cruse who had 363 votes, Leland Crooks 317 votes, Eric Strait 287 votes, Verlyn Bolinger 282 votes, Jonna Gabbert 206 votes and Sontana Johnson 135 votes. The four candidates who will not be moving on are Ryan Robertson with 124 votes, Braden Lett 90 votes, Brady Magner 88 votes and Jeffrey Stammer 60 votes.


730 ballots were counted in the election.

Injury Accident in Coffeyville


One person received minor injuries in a two vehicle accident in Coffeyville this afternoon   (Tuesday afternoon).  The accident at the intersection of 11th and Elm Streets occurred at about 2:00.  Police at the scene say that a male driver of one of the vehicles was transported to CRMC for a minor arm injury.  Police say he was using a seat belt at the time of the accident. 


The cause of the accident is still under investigation.  

Phone Issues at CCC


You aren't being ignored. Coffeyville Community College is having issues with their phones and Director of College Relation Yvonne Hull says she apologizes to anyone who has been trying to reach them.


Hull says right now the best way to contact someone at CCC is through their email or you can reach out via one of the social media pages.

National Night Out Tonight


Tonight is the night for the 7th annual National Night Out. Join the Coffeyville Police Department and Fire Department at the Aquatic Center tonight from 5:30pm until 8:00pm. There will be free swimming, music, bouncy house, a mock jail cell, cotton candy and much more.


National Night Out is an event to encourage community in the city and a great way to meet police officers and firefighters.

New Faces at CCC


With one week until classes start back up at Coffeyville Community College, Director of College Relations Yvonne Hull says students are going to be seeing some new faces around campus.


Hull says she's excited for the semester to get started. If you haven't enrolled yet there is still time but the dorms are full so they've had to create a wait list.


IPD Thankful for Support to K9 Program


The Independence Police Department sends out thanks for everyone who has supported the IPD canine program, especially Tracy Oakes. Harrison met with Oaks last fall and explained that IPD planned to have the canine team on the street in the middle of 2020. She offered to fund the dog if it would help start the program sooner. Harrison says without Oaks they would probably have had to delay the program. The canine program has been funded nearly entirely by donations. With the support IPD has raised over $30,000.


Harrison added that IPD is not done yet. He says they need the community’s continued support to provide for food and equipment for Pax over the long term.

Iowa Rodeo Clown To Entertain At Inter-State Rodeo


An Iowa rodeo clown will entertain crowds during the Inter-State Fair and Rodeo on August 15th and 16th. Allan Dessel will be bringing his own unique brand of comedy to the fair, with acts such as the Dance Evolution, a study of nearly 90 years of dance.


Dessel got his start in rodeo as a teenager while helping local rodeos behind the scenes. In his younger days, he was a bullfighter, but slowly transitioned to his current status as a rodeo clown throughout the years. His first rodeo as a clown was in 2007, and he's been doing it ever since.


Rodeo tickets for this year's Inter-State Fair and Rodeo are $15. Fun passes, which allow for entry to all five nights of grandstand entertainment, are $45.


To purchase tickets, or for more information on the week's events, click here.




(Photo courtesy of Howard Sears Photography)

KDOT Holding Local Consult Meetings


Throughout the month of August, the Kansas Department of Transportation will be holding Local Consult meethings throughout the state. The date for Southeast Kansas has been set for August 21, and will be held in Independence's Memorial Hall from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. A link to an invitation from Kansas Governor Laura Kelly can be found by clicking here.

Police Officers Needed in Coffeyville



The City of Coffeyville is looking to hire more police officers. The city is authorized to maintain 27 police officers, and duties include patrolling, responding to general service calls, as well as performing technical and administrative aspects of the job among other things. Applicants will need to pass a physical agility test and a written test. For more information, those interested can click here.

Cooking for a Cure Raises $2,200


Over $2,000 raised this weekend for a family and their child fighting cancer. With about three weeks of preparation the first annual Cooking for a Cure was put together to raise money for 9 year old Cooper Stout as he fights brain cancer. Organizer Brett Trotter says he wants to thank everyone that came out and helped as they raised $2,200.


They are planning to put this event on next year and Trotter says he's issuing a challenge to raise over $5,000 at next years event.

Protect Your Stuff When you Head to College


The transition from high school graduate to new college student is an exciting milestone, and moving away from home is part of the process for many. AAA Kansas reminds college students and their parents of important steps before heading off to school. According to Consumer Reports, dorm rooms can be a hot spot for thieves. Two roommates could have $6,000 or more worth of electronics alone including laptops, tablets, smartphones and gaming systems as well as other items of value in their small living space.


To help best protect yourself or your child AAA Kansas has some tips and information, if you live in a dorm, some personal possessions may be covered under your parents’ homeowners or renters insurance policies, if you live off-campus, purchase renters insurance, leave valuables at home, create a dorm inventory and safeguard your items from theft.

Keep An Eye Out For Suspicious Activity in Montgomery County


Due to a dramatic increase in residential thefts of trailers and other equipment in rural areas of the county, the Montgomery County Sheriff's Office is requesting the public assistance in keeping an eye out for suspicious activity in your neighborhood. In a press release sent out on Thursday, the sheriff's office asked the public to report any unusual or suspicious activity in their neighborhood by calling their dispatch center at 620-330-1000. By dialing that number, an officer will respond and investigate.

Coffeyville Museum Relocating in Downtown


Moving on up. The Dalton Museum is relocating to downtown Coffeyville. Historical Society's Kris Crane says they are grateful for Mike Ewy and Community State Bank for donating the building and for all the volunteer help they've gotten from the community.


Crane says that while the move in August and September admission into the mission is half off and they look to be fully moved into the Old Condon Bank by early October.

Coffeyville Curfew Reminder


The Coffeyville Police Department would like to remind parents of the curfew hours for minors. There have been having quite a few violations of this ordinance lately and CPD would like to get it resolved. This is nothing new and has been in effect since June 1994. The City of Coffeyville curfew is from 11:00pm to 6:00am every weeknight and 12:01am to 6:00am on Friday and Saturday nights.


The curfew ordinance on minors has been posted on the CPD Facebook page. They appreciate your cooperation in this matter.

Purchase Your Ticket for "Vaude in the Ville"


There's still time to purchase your tickets for the 4th annual "Vaude in the Ville" variety show! The event will be held next Saturday, August 10th, and features acts reminiscent of the days of vaudeville variety shows. Comedian, vocalist, and Coffeyville native Linsay Goldapp will be the hostess for the evening. Other local acts will perform that night, including musicians, comedians, dancers, and more.


Tickets are $25 each and will benefit the Midland Theatre & Event Center. Those interested can purchase a ticket at the Coffeyville Area Chamber of Commerce or the Coffeyville Reawakening headquarters.

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