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Local News Archives for 2020-03

Labette County Declares State of Emergency After First Positive Test

 

With the first confirmed case of Coronavirus in Labette County, the county commission on recommendation from the Emergency Management Director Charlie Morse declared a state of emergency. Commissioner Doug Allen made the motion.

 

The first case, who was identified as a 61 year old man, has been quarantining himself since the first moment he began to feel sick. Health Department Director Lisa Stivers and Emergency Management Director Charlie Morse have tips to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.  There have been 428 positive tests and 4,996 negative tests in the state of Kansas.

Love Independence Food Drive

 

Lisa Wilson with the Independence Chamber of Commerce joined us on Tuesday morning to talk about a variety of topics including the Love Independence Food Drive.

 

 

Food can be dropped off at the Chamber of Commerce but to keep with social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic, the food drive is working a little different this year.

 

 

Wilson also explains what kind of items are especially needed.

 

 

If you have any questions about this food drive, you are encouraged to call the Indy Chamber at 620-331-1890.

Moran Urges HHS To Provide Assistance

 

This week, U.S. Senator Jerry Moran joined 40 of his Senate colleagues to urge Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar to provide immediate assistance to rural hospitals and clinics by using resources included in the recently passed Phase III relief effort to sustain rural health providers.

 

The 41 Senators and 81 U.S. Representatives in a letter to Azar said that “rural hospitals across the country have only days left of cash on hand which is money needed for payroll and supplies. Congress has provided the funding and flexibility and now it is up to the administration to respond with rapid action to sustain rural providers.”

 

The United States Senate passed the CARES Act, which will provide $2 trillion in economic aid to individuals, businesses and health care systems impacted by the coronavirus public health emergency. The House voted to approve the Senate’s bill last Friday, with President Trump signing it into law soon thereafter.

PSU Facilities to Remain Closed Until at Least April 19th

 

In accordance with the stay-at-home order issued for the state, the facilities at Pittsburg State University will remain closed until at least April 19th.

 

PSU began online coursework on Monday for current students but facilites will remain closed until April 19th.

 

The closure of academic labs will remain in place for the rest of the semester. The Office of Admission, Office of Student Financial Assistance and Registrar's Office have made changes to remotely serve its students.

 

The Office of Admission will be available through real time chats and they can provide virtual tours and help online. The Office of Student Financial Aid Assistance is also available through real time chats and by phone at 620-235-4240.

 

More information online at pittstate.edu.

First Positive Case Labette County

 

Labette County health officials have confirmed the first positive Coronavirus case in the county. The patient has only been identified as a 61 year old man who is recovering at this time. The Labette County Health Department is working to identify and contact who may have come in contact with the individual and they will monitor them for symptoms. Health Department Administrator Lisa Stivers says social distancing and staying home are extremely important in slowing the spread of COVID-19.

 

The Labette County Commissioners meet this afternoon at 1:00pm and Emergency Management Director Charlie Morse says he will recommend that they make a disaster declaration.

Covid-19 Update to Stream from Indy on Friday Morning

 

There will be a Covid-19 Coronavirus Update from the City of Independence that will stream on Friday, April 3rd beginning at 8:00 AM on the City of Independence Facebook page.

 

Speakers include Michelle McGuirk, General Surgeon with the Coffeyville Regional Medical Center, Trisha Purdon from the Montgomery County Action Council and also Becky Mitchell, the Director of Labette Health at the Independence Healthcare Facility.

 

Public Safety Director for the City of Independence David Cowan and Emergency Management Director for Montgomery County Rick Whitson will be in attendance.

 

Visit independenceks.gov for more information or call 332-2500.

Kansas AG Warns of Stimulus Package Scams

 

President Donald Trump signed into law the CARES Act and with the comes some financial assistance to people during this crisis. Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt says this has opened up a new opportunity for scammers.

 

Schmidt says the checks will take about three weeks to be sent out.  If you’ve been contacted by a scammer impersonating the federal government asking for information relating to the stimulus payment or any other COVID-19 scam, file a complaint with the Consumer Protection Division online at ag.ks.gov.

First Case of Coronavirus Confirmed in Chautauqua County

 

The Chautauqua County Health Department has announced that it has confirmed the first case of the coronavirus in the county. Testing sent to the Kansas Department of Health and Environment confirmed the positive case. The county is currently investigating the case and getting in contact with close contacts of the invidual and those who might have been in close contact. No further information about the patient will be released due to privacy laws. 

 

Health Department administrator Misti Byers is continuing to urge residents of Chautauqua County to frequently wash their hands with soap and warm water, as well as stay home except for essential activities.

Current COVID-19 Count

 

The number of positive tests for COVID-19 continue to rise in southeast Kansas.

 

As of Monday morning, there are 12 cases testing positive for the virus in southeast Kansas including 4 in Montgomery County. Elsewhere in this corner of the state, there are 5 in Crawford County, 2 in Cherokee County and 1 in Neosho County.

 

The latest number of cases statewide reported by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment is now at 368.

Apparent Murder Suicide in Rural Galena

 

Two men in Galena were pronounced dead on Sunday after an apparent murder-suicide.

 

At around 3:30 p.m., emergency personnel were dispatched to a rural Galena home for a reported shooting. Upon law enforcement’s arrival, they discovered 50 year old Danny Allen Pennock and 77 year-old Danny Wayne Pennock deceased inside the home.

 

Both men were involved in a verbal altercation when Danny Allen Pennock retrieved a firearm, shot and killed his father, before then shooting and killing himself according to Cherokee County Sheriff David Groves.

 

Two women, who also reside at the home, were not injured during the shooting.

 

CRMC Visitation Prohibited Thru April 19th

 

Visitors will be prohibited at all CRMC locations including the hospital and clinic settings effective Monday thru April 19th.

 

No visitors or support person can accompany a patient with an appointment at CRMC which includes outpatient services, lab work and medical imaging.

 

Exceptions to this policy can be in certain scenarios. One healthy visitor that passes the screening may be allowed for: 

 

- Pediatric patients in the ED or inpatient units, or needing care in the clinic. 

- A Geriatric or special needs patient that requires assistance. 

- Hospice and palliative care patients. 

- The discharge of an inpatient. 

- Patients in the Women's Health Unit for labor and delivery and/or post-partum care. 

 

CRMC is also closing its storm shelter to the public during the Coronavirus state of emergency due to public health concerns.

 

Other storm shelters in Coffeyville include: Community Elementary School, Field Kindley High School, First Church of God and St. Paul's Lutheran Church. 

Two New Cases of COVID-19 Discovered

The Montgomery County Health Department has announced there are two new cases of COVID-19 in Montgomery County. This brings the county total to three cases.

 

These cases involve two individuals with a travel history. MCHD is working to identify any close contacts of the individuals and those exposed will be contacted as soon as possible. These contacts will be monitored for fever and respiratory symptoms.

 

MCHD recommends that all residents and members of the community to do everything they can to 'stay safe, stay at home following Governor Kelly's executive order announced on Saturday.

RWD 2C: Boil Water Order Lifted

 

The boil water order for Consolidated Rural Water District 2C has been lifted.

 

The order was issued Friday for what used to be the number seven district, which is located west of Coffeyville and South of Dearing.

First Case of COVID-19 identified in Montgomery County

 

The Montgomery Country Health Department announced that the first case of COVID-19 was located in Montgomery County on Saturday.

 

The MCHD was notified by a local healthcare provider of the positive case. The case involves man over the age of 60. The MCHD is working to identify any close contacts of the individual and those who were exposed will be contacted as soon as possible. No further information about the patient was released acting in accordance with patient privacy laws.

 

The MCHD strongly recommends that all residents and members of the community do everything they can to “stay safe and stay at home” following Governor Kelly's Executive Order announced at around noon on Saturday.

Labette Health Administration Taking Paycuts

 

Labette Health’s administration team has agreed to reduce its pay indefinitely and donate paid time off to the hospital as a way to free up cash so the hospital can better respond to the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

Hospital CEO Brian Williams estimates that the salary reduction would provide an annual savings of $345,000. The money will be used to pay staff, allowing them to better respond to the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

The hospital also has converted its diabetes center into a fever center, where potential cases can be checked. Due to the outbreak, the hospital has seen almost a 50% decrease in patients.

 

Kansas Stay At Home Order: Update

Kansas Governor Laura Kelly has issued a statewide stay at home order.  The Governor made the announcement during a press conference Saturday morning.

 

The Governor said the order will take effect.

 

The order, which takes effect Monday at Midnight will continue at least until April 19th.  There are some exceptions to the stay at home mandate including:  obtaining food or medicine, traveling to and from work for businesses or organizations deemed essential under the state’s Essential Function Framework, or caring for children or a vulnerable person at another location.

 

The Governor says people can engage in outdoor activity as long as they observe a safe distance of 6 feet and keep in groups of less than 10 people

Sen. Moran Announces Grants For Kansas Clinics

 

Kansas Senator Jerry Moran announced $1.9 million in Health and Human Services Grants to support Kansas clinics, community centers and the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) to combat the spread of COVID-19.

 

Community Health Center of Southeast Kansas was one of the groups to receive some of that money, receiving $102,000. CHC/SEK CEO Krista Postai said that money has been spent on supplies, and that the money was sorely needed to keep up with the amount of patients they see.

 

Postai said that the clinic is working to keep patients with the potential to be carrying COVID-19 are being segregated from those that might just need minor attention.

 

Sen. Moran said in his statement that the grants are timely relief to those clinics that are working their hardest to keep communities safe.

Unemployment Spikes in Kansas

 

As national figures released yesterday indicated, the spread of COVID-19 is taking its toll on the economy. Kansas is no exception.  During a press conference this afternoon, Kansas Department of Labor Secretary Delia Garcia said the state is seeing a big spike in unemployment filings.

 

Garcia said the number of unemployment claims went from 1.820 last week to 23,925 this week.

 

In an effort to slow the spread of the virus it’s recommended that anyone needing to file for unemployment benefits do so on-line at www.getkansasbenefits.gov.

Independence City Commission Receives Coronavirus Update

 

Much like many other towns and cities across the state, the coronavirus pandemic was the main topic of discussion for the Independence City Commission at its meeting on Thursday. All three members of the commission were in attendance as Director of Safety David Cowan detailed information that could help prevent the spread of the virus in Independence. Cowan said that as of this moment, the city is well-equipped to handle the situation.

 

Cowan said there are no confirmed cases in Montgomery County, but with tests still pending, that could change. The commission will meet again in two weeks, with the possibility of special meetings as necessities arise.

Boil Advisory in Effect for Former District 7

 

A boil water order has been issued for the consolidated rural water district 2C. This boil order is only for what used to be the number seven district, which is located west of Coffeyville and South of Dearing.

 

Chairman of the Water District Judy Driver says this boil water advisory is in affect until further notice.

March Ag Student of the Month Announced

 

We have our first Oklahoma winner of the Arvest Bank Ag Student of the Month. Oklahoma Union FFA President Delaney Pippin is the March recipient of the award. One of the aspects looked at for this award is leadership and Pippin has some great advice for future members of FFA.

 

Even with schools in both Kansas and Oklahoma switching to distance learning we will continue to recognize more Ag Students of the Month for the rest of the school year and through the summer.

Chanute Man Arrested on Multiple Counts of Theft, Burglary

 

A 37-year old Chanute man has been arrested after going on a crime spree earlier this week.

 

Officers with the Chanute Police Department responded to several garage and car burglaries in the area of Ronda Lane East to Kansas Street and Main Street south to Third. Several people in this area reported their garages and/or vehicles were entered into and their belongs had been rummaged through and some items were taken. A person was able to share a home video of an individual that appeared on their front porch. The video assisted law enforcement in the investigation.

 

The next day, Chanute officers arrested Brandon W. Yohe for two counts of aggravated burglary , five counts burglary of a vehicle, one count of burglary of a dwelling, one count burglary of a non-dwelling, six counts of theft and two counts of criminal damage to property. The Police Department also recovered several items that have yet to be claimed.

 

Anyone who had items taken from their property are advised to call central dispatch at (620) 431-5768 and ask to speak with an officer.

Dr. Joe Meier Provides Local Insight on Covid-19

 

Dr. Joe Meier from Wilson Medical Center in Neodesha joined KGGF on Friday morning to give a local physician's perspective on how the community has been effected by the Coronavirus outbreak.

 

As a medical professional, what have these times been like for you and your colleagues?

 

What's the difference between quarantine and isolation?

 

What have been the most commonly asked questions to you during these times from community members?

 

Is there a possibility of Covid-19 circulating back around a second time sometime during the winter?

 

How have you been advising people who have called and said that they are showing symptoms of the virus?

 

What's the supply of gear and masks been like for Wilson Medical Center?

 

Do you think a stay at home order is Necessary for Montgomery County?

 

What would be your public service announcement be to the community?

 

Wilson Medical Center has offices in Neodesha, Cherryvale and Independence. To hear the full interview with Dr. Joe Meier, click here.

3D Masks To Be Produced Locally

 

A joint project between John Deere Coffeyville Works, the ICC Fab Lab and Coffeyville Regional Medical Center is looking to help with the shortage of N95 masks that the hospital needs in abundant supply for COVID-19. The collaboration is about 3D printing reusable masks as substitutes for the N95 masks. The Director of the ICC Fab Lab Jim Correll explains how he first found out about printing 3D reusable masks.

 

A sample of the masks have been delivered to CRMC where they will be tested. Correll went on to say that if this is successful he would like to incorporate customization into the masks.

 

Coffeyville Regional Medical Center CEO Brian Lawrence also joined us on the phone and said he is amazed at community groups such as the Fab Lab helping the medical community at a time when it is really needed.

 

Correll closed out by wanting to thank John Deere for helping them undertake this new innovation.

 

You can listen to the entire interview with Correll and Lawrence on our website at K-G-G-F Radio.com

Crawford County Mental Health Center Making Adjustments

 

In response to COVID-19, the Crawford County Mental Health Center is implementing changes to keep clients and employees safe. Currently, the CCMHC will remain open while adhering to social distancing recommendations.

 

Effective Monday, lobbies will be closed to the public, with the exception of scheduled in-house e-visits. If it is determined that an in-person appointment is necessary, face-to-face services can be offered in a limited capacity, following COVID-19 safety precautions. Telephone and video appointments will be offered as well. All psychosocial services, including Children’s services in the Challenger Program and Discovery Therapeutic Pre-school have been suspended. Residential facilities, Addiction Treatment Center and Women’s Reintegration, will be limited to one client per residential bedroom suite and no visitors will be allowed on the premise.

 

For more information, call (620) 231-5130.

Gas Prices Down Dramatically in Kansas and Oklahoma

 

Gas prices in Kansas and across the country have come crashing down within the past month due to oil prices taking a plunge because of Coronavirus.

 

The national average is down just over 40 cents from last month and currently stands at $2.05 a gallon. It is also a drop of nearly 10 cents from last week. In Kansas, prices have also dropped about 40 cents in the past month and the state average sits at $1.82.

 

Both Montgomery and Labette County came in at $1.90 a gallon which is 8 cents higher than the state average but 35 cents lower than last month. Chautauqua and Elk counties are level with the state average.

 

Oklahoma has checked in with the least expensive gas in the country with an average gallon of gasoline costing $1.60. Gas in Washington and Nowata counties came in just over the average at $1.62 and $1.61 a gallon, respectively.

Filing For Unemployment

 

With national unemployment figures released this morning showing record unemployment filings due to COVID-19 it’s expected that filings will grow in southeast Kansas as well.         

 

Melissa Johnson with Kansas Works in Independence explains how to file in Montgomery County.

 

 

The process can be daunting, especial for first time filers but Johnson said there is help.

 

 

State unemployment figures lag behind the national numbers.  Unemployment figured for February in Kansas are expected to be released tomorrow.   

Kansas DCF Warns of SNAP Scammers During Virus Outbreak

 

The Kansas Department for Children and Families is warning participants of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) to be on the lookout for scams trying to take advantage of the current COVID-19 situation. These scams attempt to steal personal information such as social security numbers, bank information or a participant's SNAP EBT or PIN number.

 

In one example of a scam targeting SNAP participants, a website asked those participants for their personal and bank account information to qualify for coronavirus-related monetary assistance.

 

If SNAP participants in Kansas are unsure if a request for information is legitimate, contact your local DCF service center.

Local Businesses Providing Positive Vibes During Tough Times

 

The Coronavirus outbreak has caused plenty of concern in our area but at the same time, there are still some positive things going on with some of our businesses in the community.

 

Candi Westbrook with the Coffeyville Chamber mentions Kim Jones Photography is doing something for the community.

 

Westbrook mentions that Green Acres had a customer buy a bunch of carnations and had them delivered to all of the assisted living residents. Bandits and Bling Antiques are doing special gift bags that can be delivered and you can call them for more information.

 

Westbrook praises that supporting our local businesses are vital during these times.

 

You can contact Candi at the Chamber if you have any questions at 251-2550.

Gov. Kelly Approves Budget, Sets Aside Millions for Virus Response

 

Kansas Governor Laura Kelly has signed Senate Bill 66, officially approving the state budget bill for Fiscal Years 2020 and 2021. She issued no line item vetoes.

 

Kelly applauded legislators' efforts, but did warn against adding unnecessary spending when the legislature meets for its wrap up session in April. However, Kelly also applauded the state government for its work in approving $65 million for coronavirus response efforts across the state.

 

The state legislature spent over $100 million more from the State General Fund than Kelly had recommended back in January, with another $100 million in potential enhancements delayed until the omnibus budget. This total excludes coronavirus-related expenses. The governor, entering her second year as Kansas' governor, mentioned these unexpected pandemic costs as a reason for cutting back spending come April's meeting.

Nowata C-Store Shut Down Due To Positive COVID-19 Test

 

A Nowata gas station has reportedly shut down temporarily after an employee tested positive for COVID-19. Love’s 636 on Highway 169 in Nowata released a statement on its company website. Here is an excerpt:

 

“This is our first confirmed case as a company. The safety of our employees and customers is our top priority, and we have hired a professional cleaning team to disinfect the store during the closure.”

 

The company has directed other employees to contact their healthcare provider and to self-quarantine for 14 days. The public will be notified upon the store re-opening. 


On Monday, Nowata County Emergency Management Director Laurie Summers stated there were pending cases of COVID-19 in the county. The

Oklahoma State Department of Health still does not list any confirmed cases in Nowata County.

 

No information has been released about the person who tested positive.

 

Teddy Bear Scavenger Hunt

 

Going on bear hunt in Coffeyville. Two local moms, in a matter of a few days, have put together a teddy bear scavenger hunt throughout town. Organizer Allyson Simpson says she has seen other towns do this and thought it would provide a much needed distraction.

 

Organizer Chantelle Johnson says kids and their families are encouraged to get out and look for bears or other stuffed animals in windows around town and keep track of how many they find.  Simpson and Johnson say if you want to participate to just put a teddy bear in your window. You can find the event on Facebook under Teddy Bear Scavenger Hunt!

Oklahoma Schools to Transition to Distance Learning

 

The Oklahoma State Board of Education unanimously approved an order that implements a Distance Learning Plan to complete the remainder of the school year for students without reopening school buildings. The approval comes as numbers grow for positive COVID-19 cases in the state. Beginning April 6, districts will be expected to provide distance learning for the rest of the school year. District leaders will also provide assurances to the Oklahoma State Department of Education of a Distance Learning Plan and ensure services continue for English learners and special education students.

 

OSDE will provide distance learning frameworks and resources on its website. In addition, the agency is exploring how federal assistance could help digital connectivity for some districts. In partnership with OSDE, OETA will broadcast instructional daytime programming for the state’s PreK-12 students.

Westbrook Hits On Several Topics

 

Even though there was no CNN this week, Candi Westbrook visited KGGF to give updates on businesses adjusting to the way they do business and changing hours due to the COVID-19 outbreak spreading across the country. Westbrook said that even though there have been no confirmed cases in Coffeyville and Montgomery County, there could be a reason why.

 

Even with the possibility of COVID-19 in the area, Westbrook says there are ways to practice social distancing while still getting outdoors.

 

Westbrook also wanted to remind everybody about the Facebook page Coffeyville Responds.

 

You can listen to the full interview here. If you would like contact Westbrook, call (620) 251-2550.

Gov. Kelly Announces Two New Executive Orders

 

Kansas Governor Laura Kelly made two more executive orders on Tuesday, further extending efforts to combat the spread of the COVID-19 virus. Executive Order 20-14 further prohibits mass gatherings of 10 or more people, down from the previous order preventing gatherings of 50 or more. All exemptions from the previous order still apply, including area storm shelters and religious gatherings. The new order supersedes any less restrictive order made by any other local health department, but those that are more restrictive are unaffected.

 

Executive Order 20-15 establishes the Kansas Essential Function Framework (KEFF) for further COVID-19 response efforts. KEFF is intended as a framework to assist in identifying and continuing functions deemed as "essential" through focusing on four critical areas. Similarly to EO20-14, this order supersedes any local "stay home" order that fails to exempt essential functions that are defined by KEFF.

Parsons Man Arrested on Drug Charges, Theft

 

A Parsons man has been arrested on drug and theft charges.

 

Parsons police were called to take a burglary report at a storage unit just south of Pizzo’s Restaurant. After reviewing video of the incident, a suspect vehicle matching the one in the video was located at a residence in the 100 block of North 14th. A search warrant was applied for and granted for the residence. During the search, the damaged lock from the storage unit was discovered along with burglars’ tools and the reported stolen items. Methamphetamine, marijuana and paraphernalia were also located inside the residence.

 

46-year old Billy Gene Sutton was arrested on suspicion of burglary, possession of a controlled substance, interference with law enforcement, theft possession of drug paraphernalia and criminal damage to property.

Oklahoma State School Board Special Meeting

 

The Oklahoma State Board of Education will hold a special meeting tomorrow morning at 9:30am, to consider numerous waivers including school building closure for the rest of the school year and district implementation of continuous learning during the Coronavirus pandemic. A live stream of the meeting will be available on OSDE's Facebook page.

 

The public is encouraged to watch the meeting via live stream.

Montgomery County Homestead Filing Deadline Extended

 

 

Due to the COVID-19 Virus the Homestead filing deadline has been extended to October 15, 2020. With this extended time, the Montgomery County Clerk’s staff will not be assisting the public with filing their homesteads until the Courthouse has reopened to the public. If you have any questions please call the County Clerk’s Office at (620)-330-1200 between 8:30 A.M. to 5:00 P.M. Monday through Friday.

 

Staff will be available to answer any questions.

 

A Dewey Man with COVID-19 Shares His Story

 

A self-employed farmer west of Dewey said he has tested positive for the Coronavirus.

 

A fever, cough and a headache – these are symptoms Randy White, a 53-year-old man, had before he tested positive for COVID-19 at the Ascension St. John Jane Phillips Medical Center in Bartlesville. He said he could not walk into the hospital like a normal human being could before worries over the virus increased.

 

According to White, nurses and doctors were covered in protective gear. He said everything felt surreal and that it was as if he was living through a zombie apocalypse.

 

The fever for White got serious about two weeks ago. The next week is when it was decided that he needed to see a doctor.

Once the doctor was contacted, it was recommended that White visit Urgent Care. When White saw the price for Urgent Care, he decided to stay home instead and wait for an appointment. Eventually an appointment was setup and he was able to be tested for COVID-19 on Friday. The results came in on Sunday. White ended up being the second person who tested positive for the Coronavirus in Washington County.

A Q-tip was used during the test at the hospital. White said that it was shoved as far up his nostril as it could go. He added that his partner has not been tested.

 

When White was tested, the hospital told him they ran out of tests. That is why his partner could not be tested. Both have the virus, however, because they share the same symptoms.

 

White said they have had to come up with a contingency plan to help them prepare for the worst. He said they have had to ask themselves who is going the tough questions. And who is going to take care of the farm? Who is going to take care of the dogs? What are we going to do? These are some of the questions White is asking. He said he never thought he would be asking these questions at this point in his life as he faces a serious illness.

 

Not being able to see his 70-year-old mother and his 80-year-old mother-in-law has worried White too. White said he is cut off from them during this time off of isolation. He said they normally would go grocery shopping for them because they need help with their groceries. And with the shelves in most stores locally being empty, they need help now more than ever.

 

Luckily, White and his partner have people to help them during their quarantine on their farm. White said he hopes they are not a burden to them, and that they stay out of harm’s way during this worldwide pandemic that has hit a little bit closer to home in northeast Oklahoma.

The fever that White and his partner have experience have lasted for 15-days. He said there symptoms are mild, but they have suffered from dry coughs and soar chests. Breathing is particularly difficult, they have soar throats, and they have headaches that can be terrible one day and fine the next.

 

White says he has traveled only to Kansas City, Joplin and Tulsa lately. He asks that you to stay home no matter what until this blows over. In the meantime, he will heed his own advice, and stay away with the hope that he will feel better soon.

Indy Responds Facebook Page

 

With so much information spread out about the COVID-19 virus, it maybe hard to try and keep up with it all.

 

To help you find all the information in one spot, a Facebook page has been launched called Indy Responds. Indy Responds is a collaboration of City of Independence, the Montgomery County Action Council, the Independence Chamber of Commerce, and Main Street Independence. Lisa Wilson from the Independence Chamber discusses what will be published on this page.

 

Wilson goes on to say that they will look to push information on the page in a hour by hour basis to post things that would be very beneficial for the public to know.

 

You can find the facebook page here.

Indy City Commission Agenda for 3-24

 

The latest Independence City Commission agenda has been posted online in time for its next meeting this Thursday. The rather small agenda will see the commission take action on a potential conditional use permit for a daycare on Mulberry Street, as well as a request for a 15-minute parking space on N. Penn Avenue and the condemnation of a building on Edison Street. The commission will also receive a report on the continuing COVID-19 outbreak.

 

Memorial Hall will be open to the public during the meeting, but virtual participation is encouraged instead and will also be subject to social distancing. The meeting will start at 5:30 p.m.

Website Launched to Provide Resources During Covid-19

 

A new website has been launched in the state to provide information and resources on a wide range of topics. The website is kansastogether.com.

 

Director of the Independence Chamber of Commerce Lisa Wilson explains what information you can find on the website.

 

It will continue to update new information as it becomes available and it's a good source for information during the time of the Coronavirus outbreak.

 

Kansas Together is a Kansas Coronavirus Resource Center and it can also be found online on social media at Facebook.com/KansasTogether.

 

COVID-19 Updates Labette County Commission

 

More updates come to the Labette County Commissioners from the Department of Health and Emergency Management. Director of Emergency Management Charlie Morse gave on update on the cases around the state but says the numbers are changing fast.

 

Commissioner Doug Allen says he appreciates the way the Labette County staff and community are handling the situation.  The Labette County Commission will meet for their next regularly scheduled meeting at the end of the month on March 31st at 1:00pm, but Commissioner Lonnie Addis says there is a possibility of more special meetings.

Possible Coronavirus Case in Nowata County

 

The COVID-19 virus has possibly made its way into Nowata County. Emergency Management Director Laurie Summers alerted the public at during Nowata County Commission meeting.

 

 

Summers says there are currently no confirmed cases in the county. There are 81 positive tests in Oklahoma. The Oklahoma State Department of Health is working on setting up drive-thru testing clinics in each county. The commissioners authorized an emergency declaration, which will allow for the county to be reimbursed for administrative costs and emergency supplies pertaining to COVID-19.

KDOT Announces Approved February Letting Bids

 

The Kansas Department of Transportation have announces approved bids for state highway construction and maintenance projects in Kansas. The special letting of the February projects took place March 10 in Topeka. Included in this letting were projects in Montgomery and Cherokee counties.

 

In Montgomery County, the intersection County Road 3900 and County Road-3400 will have the grade improved and resurfaced at a cost of just under $830,000.

 

In Cherokee County, the Burlington Northern and Santa Fe railroad crossing will have the grade and surfacing improved at SE 20th Street and SW Brush Creek Road at a cost of just over $100,000.

Crawford County Confirms First Two Cases

 

This morning Crawford County Health officials have confirmed the first two cases of COVID-19 in the county.  The first patient, who is being identified as a child under the age of 5, is currently isolated and has not been hospitalized.  The second patient, who is being identified as an adult female under the age of 60, she is also currently isolated and has not been hospitalized.  Since receiving confirmation, Crawford County Health Department Officials have been in contact with the patient and are diligently working to identify any recent close contacts either patient has had and those who may have been exposed will be contacted as soon as possible. 

 

Anyone experiencing symptoms of a fever greater than 100 degrees, a cough and shortness of breath are encouraged to call their medical provider.

COVID-19 Update for Coffeyville with the Chamber's Candi Westbrook

 

There have been a lot of questions regarding policies and guidelines for Coffeyville and southeast Kansas as the Coronavirus pandemic continues its handle around the world. 

 

Candi Westbrook with the Coffeyville Chamber of Commerce provides the community with up to date information regarding Covid-19 and how that has been affecting businesses and the surrounding area. 

 

Westbrook says there are no confirmed cases in Montgomery County but that could eventually change. 

 

More businesses in Coffeyville have either altered their hours or have adjusted services to help practice social distancing. Westbrook mentions a few of those businesses but also tells the community to stay up to date with Facebook pages or by calling to find out more information specifically. 

 

Most businesses remain open for goods and services but they might be doing things a little differently so its a good idea to check before heading out of the house. 

 

If the Covid-19 virus has affected your employment, Westbrook says there are things you can do to help during this time. 

 

 

Labette Center Changes Guidelines for Appointments

 

The Labette Center for Mental Health have announced that they will be making changes to how appointments take place to help contain the spread of COVID-19.

 

Effective on March 23rd at 1:00pm, all non-crisis appointments will be conducted through telephone and televideo, including therapy and case management services. Medical appointments will continue as normal, but the situation will be evaluated on a continual basis. All group programs will be cancelled, including peer support, alcohol and drug use groups. Access to the Labette Center’s facilities will also be limited to the public.

 

These guidelines will be in effect through April 6th, at which time we will re-evaluate the situation to determine what the safety needs are at that time. If you have any questions about the changes in these policies, you can contact the center at 620-421-4881.

K-State Research & Extension Continues to Limit Face to Face Interaction

 

The K-State Research and Extension Wildcat District will continue to limit face to face interactions through May 16th.

 

Last week, the staff had been canceling, postponing or moving to online platforms to help combat the spread of the COVID-19 Coronavirus.

 

All staff and agents are working remotely and they will continue to provide research based resources and programming during this time.

 

Office phones are forwarded to individual staff members and public requests will be answered by phone, email or by making an appointment.

 

Girard Office: 620-724-8233

Altamont Office: 620-784-5337

Fredonia Office: 620-378-2167

Independence Office: 620-331-2690

 

Email: wildcatext@ksu.edu

Playground/Recreation Equipment Closed in Coffeyville

 

The City of Coffeyville has closed the use of City playground and/or recreation equipment to the public effective immediately to help minimize the spread of the Coronavirus.

 

City parks will remain open and residents can enjoy the fields, trails and other amenities, but not playground and/or recreation equipment.

 

The City of Coffeyville reminds parents and children to practice social distancing and proper hygiene.

 

Maintenance team members will be taping off playgrounds starting with the most popular parks effective immediately and posting signage at each site to alert the community that the playgrounds are closed.

2nd Confirmed COVID-19 Case in Washington County

 

The second positive case of the COVID-19 Coronavirus has been confirmed in Washington County as of Sunday. 

 

Results continue to arrive from the public-private partnership with Diagnostic Laboratory of Oklahoma, who have received more than 300 tests for the state. 

 

A male in his 50's from Pawnee is confirmed to have died from the Coronavirus in Oklahoma, bringing the total deaths in the state to two. 

 

The Oklahoma State Department of Health continues to support guidelines from the CDC relating to social distancing and personal hygiene. If you develop symptoms such as a fever, shortness of breath or cough, please contact your medical professional or call the COVID-19 call center at 877-215-8336 or 211 for assistance. 

IHS Announces Schedule for Personal Property Pickup

 

Independence High School have announced that students and individuals will be able to pick up student personal property during the following scheduled times beginning on Tuesday until Friday with each grade level having separate days.

 

Seniors will be on Tuesday, Juniors on Wednesday, Sophomores on Thursday and Freshman on Friday. Times for pick up will be from 1pm to 6pm each day. You are asked to arrive at the circle drive to pick up your property.

 

A staff member will greet you, retrieve and deliver your property to your car.  If someone other than an IHS student arrives to pick up property then that individual will be required to show ID. Property will only be given to individuals listed on the student's Infinite Campus account.  Once the property has been delivered to your vehicle you will sign off that you have received the property along with a time and date of delivery.

 

If you have questions, please call the IHS main number at 620-332-1815.

Kansas Governor Kelly Announces Three Economic Relief Initiatives For Business

 

Kansas Governor Laura Kelly announced three initiatives this afternoon designed to aid businesses in the state adversely affected by the coronavirus.  Commerce Secretary David Tolan spoke during today’s statehouse press conference about SBA low interest loans of up to $2 millipon will become available.

 

The SBA loans would be available to businesses in every county in the state as soon as an SBA declaration is approved which is expected before Monday.  The other two programs announced today by the Governor is a rapid loan program that would streamline the process for local businesses to get community funds and a Hospitality Industry Emergency Relief Fund for an industry that’s been especially hard hit by COVID-19.

Time Sensitive Filings to be Processed by Appointment Only

 

The Montgomery County Clerk, Charlotte Schmidt would like to remind citizens in the county that due to the closing of the Court House to the public through April 6th that the following time sensitive filings will still be processed by appointment only.

 

Homestead or Safe Senior Property Tax Refund with the current deadline of April 15th.

 

2020 Election Candidate Filings with the current deadline of June 1st at noon.

 

It's necessary for you to call the Montgomery County Clerk's office at 620-330-1200 to schedule your appointment. If you need to register to vote or to make changes to your voter registration, give them a call and they will mail you the necessary forms.

USD 445 Creates FAQ Page For Parents

 

USD 445 Coffeyville Public Schools is assisting parents with questions about their child's educational future with an FAQ page on its website. Questions asked frequently during the COVID-19 outbreak have been posted and answered, and can be seen by visiting the "Continuous Learning" tab on the school district's website.

 

In addition, a new email account has been created for parents to ask questions not covered by the new page. That can be reached by emailing closure.questions@cvilleschools.com. The district is asking for patience as the staff continues to create a learning delivery system.

Coffeyville Recreation Commission COVID-19 Update

 

The Coffeyville Recreation Commission board met on Thursday to discuss how the commission should continue to operate in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

As of now, the CRC office has been closed indefinitely to the public. CRC staff will monitor emails, voicemails and their Facebook page to return requests for service as soon as possible. Other decisions made include the following:

 

  • Spring soccer, flag football and tumbling are canceled. Those who have registered will receive credit towards future programs.
  • The FKHS indoor pool will remain closed.
  • Buddy Bowling and all Easter activities have been canceled.
  • No decision has been made about the Youth Fishing/Buddy Derby as of yet.
  • The taking of registrations for future programs has stopped. The status of summer programming is unknown at this time.
  • The Daddy/Daughter Ball is still being postponed at this time, with plans to hopefully reschedule the event once the pandemic is under control.

 

The CRC board will reconvene once again on March 30th to further discuss the pandemic and operations.

ICC Closing Campus and Dorms Until Mid-May

 

Independence Community College will be shutting down its campus and dormitories until at least the middle of May. Starting March 30th, ICC will be closing its campus, ICC West, and all dorm rooms until at least May 15th. The decision comes in response to CDC and Kansas State Health Department guidelines regarding the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

 

With campus officially closed, all ICC classes will move to online only. Officials once again are reminding others that this is still just a preventative measure, and not "due to a direct threat or concern." All activites, such as Fine Arts performances and spring sports have already been cancelled or postponed.

 

ICC officials continue to meet daily to coordinate a proper response to developments. 

Storm Shelters Remaining Open Despite COVID-19 Outbreak

 

With spring comes an onslaught of severe weather, and despite bans on mass gatherings across the state of Kansas, storm shelters will remain open to help those in need.

 

Governor Laura Kelly made the executive order on Tuesday to prohibit all mass gatherings of 50 or more people to help decrease the spread of the COVID-19 virus. However, also included in that order were several exceptions to help maintain order in the state. One of those exemptions is listed as "any building being used as part of a government or community response to a natural disaster." This would include storm shelters in Montgomery County and the surrounding areas.

 

The governor and the Kansas Department of Health and Environment still advise the preservation of social distancing in small groups or in basic day-to-day life. To view the full executive order and a full list of exemptions, follow this link.

Washington County Sees First COVID-19 Case

 

Washington County has its first confirmed case of COVID-19, According to the Oklahoma State Department of Health. 44 cases have been reported over 14 different counties within the state.

 

No details about the person who tested positive have been released. Earlier today it was reported that the first COVID-19 related death in Oklahoma occurred.

 

More details to come.

Hofmeister Requesting Waiver to Suspend State Testing for School Year

 

Oklahoma State Superintendent of Public Instruction Joy Hofmeister announced today that the State Department of Education plans to pursue a federal waiver to suspend statewide student assessments for the 2019-20 school year.

 

Hofmeister said the reasoning for this movement is to help teachers move their focus from assessment to essential services, including child nutrition and planning the education of children through alternative delivery methods.

 

The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) requires each state to administer academic assessments in English language arts, mathematics and science in grades 3-8 as well as once in high school. The U.S. Department of Education has previously indicated it would consider waiver requests from states with widespread closures related to the spread of COVID-19. 

Coffeyville Public Library Update

 

The Coffeyville Public Library will be closed until further notice to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.

 

The Library will not be collecting fines or late fees for books that are already checked out during the time that the Library is closed.

 

Library staff members are currently working from home as they are working on projects and answering questions online through social media.

 

They are encouraging people interested in the Library to sign up for their E-Card and they can find out more information through the Library's Facebook Page. That is a great source for E-books and Audio Books and it works great for all ages.

 

Contacting the Library through their Facebook page is a good way to stay up to date on the latest information regarding the Coffeyville Public Library.

 

To listen to an interview with Library Director Lee Ann Eggers click here.

Pitt State to Close Facilities: Remote Work to Begin Monday

 

Pittsburg State University facilities will close for the next two weeks starting on Monday, March 23rd with the concern of the spread of COVID-19.

 

During this time, staff members who are able to work remotely, as determined by their supervisor will do so. There will still be a small number of employees who will be required to work on campus.

 

The faculty continues to work to transition into online course work after suspending face to face classes. The plan is to resume online course work on March 30th.

 

For more information you can check out their website at pittstate.edu.

2020 Census Update

 

On March 12th, households around the country started receiving their invitation in the mail to complete their Census.

 

As of Wednesday, in support to help slow the spread of the Coronavirus, 2020 Census field operations will be suspended for two weeks until April 1st.

 

The Census Bureau is taking the step to help protect the citizens, employees and everyone going through the hiring process for temporary Census taker positions.

 

You can find out more information by clicking here. 

Labette County to Limit Access to County Buildings

 

The Labette County Commission held a special meeting to discuss what county buildings would be open to the public. After discussion between commissioners and recommendation from Dr. Sonya Culver, Commissioner Doug Allen made a motion to limit access to the county buildings.

 

Director of Emergency Management Charlie Morse says the protocol they've put in place is to help keep the exposure of the virus down to not only county employees but to the public as well.  Morse says at this time Labette County has not declared this a disaster, and there have been no confirmed positive cases in the county. The commission will meet again at 1:00pm on March 31st to reassess the situation.

Montgomery County Closes Courthouse

 

In a continued effort to help reduce the impact of the Coronavirus, the Montgomery County Courthouse will be closed for business to the public through April 6th. County office staff members and department heads will continue to be working and calls will be received. The county has many services that can be done online or over the phone. The county website is mgcountyks.org.

 

The judicial building will be open but visitation to the department of corrections has been suspended until further notice.

 

County Commissioners - (620)330-1111

County Clerk/Election Office - (620)330-1200

County Treasurer - (620)330-1100

Register of Deeds - (620)330-1140

County Appraiser - (620)330-1050

Environmental Health/Zoning - (620)330-1190

Post Office to Provide Optional Delivery Methods

 

The United States Postal Service is temporarily going to provide alternative methods for delivery to places such as nursing homes, schools, hospitals, etc. in the Coffeyville area.

 

This is to protect the individuals involved with these establishments as well as staff members to continue to help combat the spread of the Coronavirus.

 

They have established two alternative methods of delivery. One option would be to set up a mail receptacle outside of the building where the mail would be dropped off. The second option would be to have the Post Office hold your mail and then have it picked up by a designated staff member.

 

If you are using the option of the outside mail receptacle and you're expecting an over-sized package than you will receive a left notice slip and then your package will be available for pick up at the Post Office.

 

The change to the delivery methods are temporary until the Coronavirus is no longer an issue. You can contact the Coffeyville Post Office if you have any questions at 620-251-4570. 

Governor Closes All Kansas Schools for Rest of School Year

 

Kansas Governor Laura Kelly has announced that all schools, K-12 in the state of Kansas will be closed through the end of the current school year.  The closing of all the state’s schools include private schools.

 

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Kelly said that all school building across the state must be closed for the rest of the current school year for the purpose of general student and staff attendance.  Shoe added that learning will continue for Kansas students.  A 25-member task force comprised of many of the state’s top educators is continuing to develop plans for continuous learning.

 

Essential staff members, as determined by local school district officials will assess and prepare of facilities maintenance.  Whiles schools are closed administrative offices and support facilities may remain open as needed.

 

Once buildings are thoroughly sanitized they will be able to be reopened for small groups of school personnel to implement a plan for continuous learning.

 

More details of this story will be forthcoming as they become available.

Indy to Close all City Buildings

 

Due to concerns over the spread of COVID-19, the City of Independence will be closing all city buildings to non-city employees until further notice. At this time the open areas of the park and zoo will remain open, and one restroom located on the southwest portion of the playground will remain open and will be cleaned several times throughout the day. The city will reopen Memorial Hall for public meetings but will encourage participation virtually and will practice social distancing as much as possible.

 

During this time, staff will be working and available by phone or email. All events scheduled at city buildings will be canceled through April 17, which that date may be extended if needed. Prepayments and deposits for reservations will be refunded within thirty days. Utility bill payments may be made over the phone, online or dropped off at the two drop box locations.

Sedan FFA President Receives Ag Student of the Month Honor

 

A Sedan senior is honored with the Arvest Bank Ag Student of the Month. Sedan FFA Chapter President Nile Osburn, who is the February recipient, says he joined FFA his sophomore year and quickly got involved becoming the vice president by his junior year.

 

Osburn says being a part of FFA means being a leader, and he does to his best to always be an example. If you want to nominate a student for the Arvest Bank Ag Student of the month you can do so by clicking here.

KDHE: No Positive Coronavirus Tests in Southeast Kansas

 

There are no positive test cases of Coronavirus in Southeast Kansas.  That’s the word this afternoon from the Kansas Department of Health and Environment.  In figures released by the KDHE today there are currently 15 confirmed positive test results for the virus in the state and 382 negative test results.  Secretary of the KDHE Dr. Lee Norman says there are still some delays in getting positive test results.

 

Most of the 15 confirmed positive cases are in northeast Kansas in Johnson and Wyandotte Counties while Ford County in northwest Kansas has 3 confirmed positive test cases.

No CNN or Lunch and Learn

 

Amid growing concerns about the spread of the COVID-19 virus, the Coffeyville Chamber of Commerce has canceled a couple of events. There will be no CNN on Wednesday, and the COVID-19 Lunch and Learn scheduled for Thursday has also been canceled.

 

The Chamber's Candi Westbrook will still visit with KGGF on Wednesday to provide updates on the current situation.

AG Derek Schmidt Addresses Price Gouging Law due to COVID-19

 

Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt joined KGGF Tuesday morning to discuss COVID-19 and how that's currently affecting the state.

 

According to Schmidt, a state price gouging law that prohibits profiteering by raising prices on items consumers find necessary because of the Coronavirus outbreak is now in effect statewide.

 

Schmidt also mentions that during times like this are when some people try to take advantage of others.

 

Examples of goods and services that are in effect with this law include, but are not limited to are food items, sanitary and cleaning supplies, emergency and medical supplies, lodging, and any other property or service for which consumer demand may increase in response to the virus.

 

The law will remain in effect until April 11th, or until the disaster declaration is lifted, whichever is later.

 

Anyone with information regarding a potential price gouging violation should file a complaint with the Attorney General's Consumer Protection Division online at www.InYourCornerKansas.org or by calling 800-432-2310.

Oklahoma Schools Closed Thru April 6th

 

All public schools in Oklahoma are set to close down until April 6th in an effort to shield everyone from the spread of the Coronavirus. 

 

The Oklahoma State Board of Education voted to approve the school closures during a meeting yesterday. 

 

The announcement came with support from state schools Superintendent Joy Hofmeister and Governor Kevin Stitt. 

Library Closed Rest of Week

 

The Coffeyville Public Library will be closed for the remainder of the week. Library Director Lee Ann Eggers says all fines and fees due this week will be waived until they reopen, and all online resources are still available.

 

Eggers says they aren't sure if they will be closed longer than just this week they will make that decision on Monday, March 23rd.

 

CCC Suspends Face To Face Classes for On-Line

In response to COVID-19 Coffeyville Community College is making all classes available on-linem  The decision was made by the College Administration  team today to allow students who want to leave the campus to do so and still complete their course work.  CCC’s Yvonne Hull says the change is in response to the Coronavirus and gives students an option.

 

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The converted on-line classes will begin tomorrow     (today)     and will resume a normal schedule on March 30th following spring break. 

Labette County Commission Receives COVID-19 Update

 

There have been 11 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Kansas, 8 of which were in Johnson County. Labette County Emergency Management Director Charlie Morse says 6 people have been tested in the county, all were negative and there aren't any confirmed cases in Southeastern Kansas.

 

The commissioners have made plans to meet with Morse once a week for at least the next six weeks as more information comes out regarding this virus. Morse says that county emergency personnel meet tomorrow and there will also be daily press releases to keep citizens informed.

 

Lt. Detective Williams to Run for Sheriff

 

A former Coffeyville City Commissioner and current Montgomery County Lieutenant Detective is running for Sheriff. Lt Detective Chris Williams says he's served in law enforcement for 25 years starting out as a patrol officer in 1995.

 

Willams, who served on the Coffeyville City Commission for 7 years, says his time on the commission gives him an advantage as a candidate for sheriff.  Williams has chosen Chad Dunham to serve as treasurer for his campaign. He joins current Sheriff Ron Wade as a candidate.

CCC Student Union Re-opened

 

Staff and students returned to the Coffeyville Community College Student Union this afternoon after being vacated this morning due to a gas leak. 

 

The leak was discovered in a hot water heater in the building and after the gas company gave the all clear staff and students were able to return. 

Montgomery County Commission Meeting for March 16th

 

The Montgomery County Commissioners met for their weekly meeting on Monday in Independence with a wide range of topics on the agenda. 

 

The Commissioners opened the meeting as usual with the approval of the agenda, minutes and invoices for the week. There was a representative in attendance from the AWOL Humane Society in Independence to discuss increasing the amount of support in the budget with one of the main factors being that they have had the same budget since 1992. (FULL AUDIO)

 

Public Works Coordinator Jim Wright provided his weekly report with information regarding Tucker Corner and how the bid is out and there could be construction in about 45 days beginning on that project. Wright provided a project programming request that needed to be signed by all of the Commissioners. He also made a change with employee status as a member from road and bridge was moving to a new job inside the noxious weed department. (FULL AUDIO)

 

County Health Director Carolyn Muller stopped by for just a brief minute as she was in need of signatures for grant applications. 

 

Towards the end of the meeting there was a public hearing regarding Prosperiti Builders as they continue to prepare and work towards getting their business set up at their new location at the old Southwire building near the Industrial Park. 

 

The Montgomery County Commissioners meet every Monday morning at 9:00 AM in the lower level of the Judicial Center in Independence. The agenda is always subject to change and their meetings are open to the public. 

CCC Student Union Vacated Due to Gas Leak

 

The Coffeyville Community College Student union has been vacated due to a gas leak.  The leak has been isolated to a hot water heater.  Staff, strudents and the public will be readmitted once the gas company gives the all clear.

Kansas State Price-Gouging Law Now in Effect

 

A Kansas price-gouging law that prohibits profiteering by raising prices on items consumers find necessary because of the COVID-19 virus outbreak is now in effect statewide, Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt announced today.

 

Schmidt said the law is rarely invoked, but is designed to prevent opportunistic greed from "overcoming" the public need for virus-response products and services.

 

The law generally prohibits unjustifiably raising prices for goods and services for which consumer demand is likely to increase because of the virus outbreak. A price increase is presumed unjustified if it exceeds by 25 percent or more the price at which the goods or services were available on March 11 or the price for which the same goods or services are available from other sellers in the trade area. 

 

Examples of consumer goods and services governed by the anti-profiteering law include, but are not limited to, food items, sanitary and cleaning supplies such as hand sanitizer and disinfecting wipes, emergency supplies, medical supplies and services, lodging, and any other property or service for which consumer demand may increase in response to the virus outbreak. The law carries a penalty of up to $10,000 per violation.

CCC Remaining Open At This Time

 

Coffeyville Community College will keep its campus open, but will cancel all activities in response to concerns about the coronavirus (COVID-19). The decision comes alongside the choices of several other schools to close following a recommendation to do so by the Kansas State Department of Education, but CCC's Yvonne Hull said they made their decision after consulation with other state departments.

 

Classes will be held for the week of March 16-20, with Spring Break coming up the following week. Hull said efforts have been stepped up to keep CCC as clean and safe as possible

 

Despite classes being held, activities at CCC have all been cancelled, including Red Ravens spring sports. CCC has said that the current situation is a fluid one and that changes may be made. We will continue to provide updates as we get them.

Independence City Hall Closing to Public

 

Due to concerns over the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19), the city of Independence will be closing City Hall to the public and all non-City employees until further notice.

 

Staff and city employees will still work during the shutdown and can be reached by phone or email. Utility payments can be made over the phone at 844-215-7377, online at the city's website, or dropped off at the city's two dropbox locations at 811 W Laurel Street or 120 N. 6th Street.

 

For more information, check out the full release by the city here.

Lunch and Learn this Thursday on Coronavirus

 

The Lunch and Learn that is scheduled for this Thursday, March 19th will talk about the Coronavirus. 

 

Candi Westbrook with the Coffeyville Chamber of Commerce joined KGGF last week to provide the listeners with her weekly Chamber update which included her Chamber minute for the week and she wanted to let the listeners know about the Lunch and Learn coming up this Thursday. 

 

Westbrook adds that they will also update businesses on what they need to do and how they need to be prepared for the situation regarding the Coronavirus. 

 

Westbrook says you can contact her at the Chamber and she will get you set up for the Lunch and Learn this week. 

 

You can hear Candi Westbrook every Wednesday morning on KGGF at 9:10 as she provides her weekly Chamber update to the listeners of Coffeyville and the surrounding area. 

 

 

 

 

No School for Coffeyville, Caney Valley and Cherryvale

 

On recommendation from the Kansas State Department of Education, school will be closed this week for USD 445-Coffeyville Public Schools, USD 447-Cherryvale-Thayer Public Schools and USD-436 Caney Valley. USD 445 Superintendent Dr. Craig Correll says that Kansas Education Commissioner Dr. Randy Watson had a conference call with superintendents and recommended that schools take this week off.

 

Those three schools all have a planned spring break coming up March 23rd through March 27th.  USD 446-Independence Public Schools is already on spring break and Superintendent Rusty Arnold says they will reassess either Wednesday or Thursday when they get new information to see if they will take additional time off.

Two Independence Men Arrested on Theft and Drug Charges

 

Two independence men are facing burglary and drug charges after an investigation by the  Montgomery County Sheriff’s Department.  Thadeous D Valentine has been arrested on charges of burglary, theft, and possession of drug paraphernalia and methamphetamines and David W, Seeley arrested for possession of marijuana.

 

The two were arrested after an investigation began following a report of a burglary and theft from a barn in Liberty on Tuesday.  Sheriff detectives developed a suspect the next day.  The two suspects remain in the custody of the Montgomery County Department of Corrections.

KDOT to Start Work on K-99 Improvements

 

The Kansas Department of Transportation plans to start a project to make improvements on the K-99 corridor in Chautauqua County starting next week, weather permitting.

 

Project activity includes installing reflective delineators along 14 miles of K-99, from Sedan north to the Chautauqua-Elk county line; and improving the slopes at the intersection of K-99 and Quivira Road.

 

A pilot car and flaggers will guide one-lane traffic through the work zone as the delineators are placed along the highway. Expect delays of 15 minutes or less during daylight hours.

 

The project is expected to be completed in one month, weather permitting.

KSHSAA Cancels Remainder of State Basketball Tournaments

 

The Kansas State High School Activities Association announced on Thursday night that they would be cancelling the remainder of the state basketball tournaments around the state after the quarterfinal match-ups. 

 

KSHSAA will continue to monitor the situation moving forward and provide any updates if necessary. 

 

From the official KSHSAA Twitter Account: "After the conclusion of the quarterfinal round, the 2020 KSHSAA State Basketball Tournament will be cancelled. Given the escalating concerns regarding COVID-19, the best decision for the safety of the student-athletes and spectators was the cancel the remainder of this championship tournament. The KSHSAA regrets the lost opportunity for teams and players that have worked to achieve their goals." 

 

Several other high school sports organziations have cancelled or suspended events over the past few days. 

Kansas AG Warns of Coronavirus Scams

 

The Kansas Attorney General is urging consumers to use caution against scams involving COVID-19. AG Derek Schmidt says in any unsettled times, whether it be the aftermath of a devastating storm or in this case the spread of a new virus, there are those who choose to take advantage of the public’s apprehension and uncertainty. Kansans should be on alert for scams related to the COVID-19 virus, more commonly known as the coronavirus. These scams could include bogus products advertised as coronavirus prevention measures or treatments as well as bogus charities purporting to raise money for coronavirus research or to support coronavirus patients. Schmidt says his office has received reports of these sorts of scams circulating in Kansas.

 

Any Kansans who have problems with scams may file a complaint with the attorney general’s Consumer Protection Division at www.InYourCornerKansas.org or call (800) 432-2310 for more information.

Wade Files For Election

 

Current Montgomery County Sheriff Ron Wade, who was appointed Sheriff in January, announced his plans to run for a full 4-year term in the upcoming election.

 

Wade replaced former Sheriff Bobby Dierks after he was accused of interfering with a law enforcement officer and intimidation of a witness in 2018 to stop the arrest of a girlfriend.

 

Wade started his career in Law Enforcement back in 1989 at the Caney Police Department. He then joined the Montgomery County Sheriff's office in 1995 where he served 14 years before going back to the Caney Police Department and where he was promoted to Chief of Police in 2016.

2020 KWON Cooking Extravaganza Postponed until Sept. 1st

 

The KWON 2020 Cooking Extravaganza has been postponed until Tuesday, September 1st due to health advisories from the CDC concerning the COVID-19 Coronavirus.

 

The annual Cooking Extravaganza brings together celebrity chefs at the Bartlesville Community Center for a stage show complete with vendor booths, VIP taste testing and much more.

 

For those who have already purchased tickets, just hold on to them as they will be good for the show in September. Those with tickets not able to attend on the new date, refunds will be available at the radio station in Bartlesville prior to August 1st when tickets for the new date will be available.

 

All of the radio stations in Bartlesville are working hard to keep the public informed with the latest breaking news on the COVID-19 Coronavirus advisories and how it impacts the local communities.

ICC Closing/Extending Spring Break for Students due to COVID-19

 

Independence Community College is closing its campus at 5:00 PM on Thursday, March 12th and they will be extending spring break for an additional week as they continue to closely monitor the Coronavirus pandemic that continues to disrupt the United States and beyond.

 

Students, staff and faculty are encouraged to remain in their personal homes and not return to campus until March 30th.

 

The current plan is to resume normal operations on Monday, March 30th beginning at 8:00 AM.

 

ICC wants to advise the community that this is only a precautionary measure as no students, staff or faculty members have been confirmed to have contacted the virus, nor showing any symptoms of the virus.

 

ICC will continue to vigilantly monitor and respond appropriately to the situation as it progresses. Indycc.edu will continue to be the source of information during this time.

Trump Addresses the Nation Regarding Coronavirus

 

With the growing concern regarding COVID-19, also know as the Coronavirus, President Donald Trump addressed the nation from the Oval Office last night. President Trump opened the address by saying they are doing what they can to protect the American people.

 

President Trump did suspended all travel from Europe to the United States for the next 30 days, which will go into affect Friday at midnight. He did says the rules could be adjusted and their would be certain exemptions.

 

 

Full President Trump Address

President Trump to Address Nation

 

Due to the ongoing concerns regarding the Coronavirus President Donald Trump will be making an address to the nation about the outbreak that is now a pandemic. You can hear this address live on KGGF 690AM at 8:00pm tonight.

 

Trump's address will come hours after the World Health Organization formally declared the coronavirus outbreak a pandemic as the global death toll rose above 4,300 and confirmed cases in the U.S. crept past 1,000, according to Johns Hopkins.

 

 

*Photo Courtesy of Donald Trump's Facebook*

Pitt State Choirs to Present Concert on Sunday

 

The Choirs of Pittsburg State University will present their annual spring concert on Sunday at 3 p.m. in the Sharon Kay Dean Recital Hall in McCray Hall.

 

It will include a variety of works for diverse choral ensembles sung by The University Choir, PSU Tour Choir, and PSU Chorale will be under the direction of Susan Marchant. Instrumentalists will include Ann Knipschild on oboe, and organists Peter Frost and Devon Turner. Graduate assistant Alex Chesney will direct the Chorale in a work by Philip Lawson. The concert will feature a composition by PSU music student Brock Willard. This event is free and open to the public.

 

For more information, contact the PSU Department of Music at 620-235-4466.

First Aid/CPR Certification Course Offered in Independence

 

Those interested in becoming certified in First Aid or CPR might be interested in a course being offered in Independence. The class will be held on Saturday, April 18th from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Memorial Hall, and will cost $50 per person. That cost must be paid by noon on April 15th at the city clerk's office in Independence. Payment is required to complete enrollment, but Independence residents who live within city limits will receive a $10 discount.

 

To preregister, follow this link. Act fast, class size is limited.

Coffeyville City Commission Highlighted by 2019 Service Awards

 

The Coffeyville City Commission had their first meeting in March on Tuesday night with plenty of highlights and recognition for the 2019 Service Awards to those who have served the city of Coffeyville for a number of years. 

 

Human Resource Director Allison Pryor announced all of the receipients for the 2019 Service Awards. 

 

Also during the meeting, Chief of Police Kwin Bromley swore in Police Captain Darin Daily. 

 

Other items on the regular agenda included recognition and thank you's to the First Southern Baptist Church in Dearing for a $4500 donation to the Coffeyville Police Department Fill a Cruiser Event. There was also an announcement of the Kansas Department of Transportation Alternative Grants for the Rails to Trails and Safe Routes to Schools in Coffeyville. 

 

Old business included the applications to serve on the Coffeyville Recreation Commission Board for both Lisa Collins and Allen Gillis. 

 

New business went through several ordinances and one included purchasing playground equipment for North Park. Also, there was a presentation of the Gold AAA Kansas Traffic Safety Award to the Coffeyville Police Department. 

 

That was followed by the City Manager's report. Towards the end of the meeting there were building permit reports for January and February plus crime statistics from Coffeyville Police for February. 

 

The Coffeyville City Commission meets every 2nd and 4th Tuesday of each month and those meetings are open to the public. Visit the city website at Coffeyville.com to find out more information. 

Nominations Open for Governor's Awards for Business Excellence

 

 

Nominations are now being accepted for the prestigious 2020 Governor’s Awards for Business Excellence, which honors businesses across the state. In past years, the state has presented the Governor’s Award to one outstanding Kansas business. This year, in addition to Business of the Year, the state also will present awards for Outstanding New Business, Outstanding Veteran-owned Business and Family Friendly Business. Regional awards also will be presented in the Manufacturing and Distribution, Healthcare and Nonprofit, Business Services and Retail sectors.

 

Nominations for the Governor’s Awards for Business Excellence are reviewed and scored by a committee of Kansas businesses and economic development professionals. Businesses may be nominated by an individual or organization, and nominators may submit multiple companies for consideration. Self-nominations also are accepted. The nomination deadline is April 3, 2020

Nowata Man Sentenced To 5 Years for Burglary, Possession

 

A Nowata man was sentenced to 5 years in connection with burglary and possession of stolen property.

 

29-year-old Jeremiah Grady was arrested for possession of guns stolen from a residential burglary that occurred northeast of Nowata in early February of 2020. A search warrant was served at a residence in Nowata and six of the ten guns were recovered and Grady was arrested. Grady later admitted to burglarizing the residence and stealing the guns. Grady also stated he traded two guns for methamphetamine and threw two guns into a pond. Grady entered a guilty plea and has been sentenced to five years in prison.

 

This is not the first run in with the law for Grady. He was arrested in 2015 for felony second-degree burglary and knowingly concealing stolen stolen property.

 

Wilson County Commission Approves Purchase

 

The Wilson County Commission convened for their regularly schedule meeting recently and heard a request from Wilson County Sheriff Pete Figgins.

 

Figgins presented estimates for two new 2019 Dodge trucks in the amount of $32,500. These will replace the two 2014 Chevy Tahoes with 160,000 & 170,000 miles. One vehicle would be purchased from the Public Safety Fund, and the other would come out of the Sheriff’s budget.

 

District 2 Commissioner Andrew Miller made a motion to approve the purchase of the two 2019 Dodge 1500 patrol trucks as presented. District 1 Commissioner Jerry Scott seconded the motion, and the motion carried.

U.S. 169 Road Work in Anderson County to Begin

 

KDOT will begin a project to reconstruct and rehabilitate 7½ miles of U.S. 169 in Anderson County beginning this week.

 

Project activity includes the complete reconstruction of U.S. 169 from Welda north to the junction with U.S. 59; and shoulder widening and replacement of the pavement from the U.S. 59 junction north to the roundabout south of Garnett. The project will also improve the vertical alignment of U.S. 169 to provide more opportunities to safely pass slow-moving vehicles.

 

During early phases, traffic will be reduced to one lane controlled by signals at work zones north of U.S. 59. Expect delays of 15 minutes or less. Later this spring, KDOT plans to close U.S. 169 between Welda and U.S. 59. When the highway is closed, traffic will be placed on a state route detour using U.S. 54 and U.S. 59. The date of this closure has yet to be announced.

 

The project should be finished by early 2021.

USD 445 Board Approves New Bleachers

 

USD 445 School Board, during their regularly scheduled monthly meeting, approves the bid from Heartland Seating for bleacher replacement in the basketball gym at Field Kindley High School. Assistant Superintendent Michael Speer says they are the original bleachers from when the gym was built in the 1970s.

 

Speer says there are also some safety concerns with the railings both leading up the bleachers and between the bleachers and mezzanine. The new bleachers would also allow access from the gym floor all the way up to the mezzanine. The bid was for just over $168k and was voted 7-0 in approval by the board members.

Coronavirus: Things to Know

 

COVID-19, also known as the Coronavirus, has been the popular topic of conversation and has caused some panic for a few months now. There hasn't been any reported cases of the virus in Southeast Kansas, but Labette County Health Department Director Lisa Stivers says they're prepared for whatever happens.

 

Stivers says a lot of the process runs through the Kansas Department of Health. She says they have the test kits and they decide if someone should be tested or not. Dr. Sonya Culver says this is very similar to the flu.  Culver says comparing it to outbreaks like SARS and MERS, which were also forms of corona virus, the main difference is how far its spread

 

The biggest ways to help prevent the spread is to make sure you are washing your hands thoroughly and avoid touching your face. If you do feel sick they say to call before coming in and they'll go over your symptoms, this is to help prevent the spread of the virus.

 

Medicare Scam Calls

 

The Labette County Sheriff's Office would like to inform the public about a scam going around regarding Medicare.

 

The potential scammers are saying that your doctor has prescribed medications for you and all they need to fill the medication is your Medicare number. If you use a local pharmacy, they will have all your insurance information, and no need to call you asking for it.

 

If you receive one of these calls simply hang up on the caller. If you have any other questions, call your pharmacist or doctor to verify before giving out that information.

 

Gas Prices Down For the State, Up in Montgomery County

 

Kansas continues to be in the top 10 of cheapest gas in the nation, according to GasBuddy.com.

 

While the national average is currently stands at $2.35 a gallon, an average gallon of regular gasoline in the state comes in at just over 20 cents cheaper at $2.12. That is just nearly 8 cents lower than last week's average and down 4 cents from last month.

 

Montgomery County came in at $2.25 a gallon which is 13 cents higher than the state average. Lebette County checked in at 12 cents over the state average at $2.24 a gallon while Chautauqua and Elk counties are level with the state average of $2.12.

 

Across the border in Oklahoma, an average gallon of gasoline is $2.01 with gas in Washington and Nowata counties coming in under the average at $1.86 and $1.92 a gallon, respectively.

Chautauqua County Commission Meeting for 3-9

 

The Chautauqua Board of County Commissioners met on Monday for its regularly scheduled meeting. As with all meetings, the first item on the agenda was an update of the county's roads and bridges from Mark McCall. He mentioned the good weather last week and how the potential for plenty of rain this week could cause complications in getting work done.

 

Misti Byers also attended the meeting to give the commission a brief report from the Health Department. Afterwards, the commission had a discussion on an agreement with Sedan Floral for a property tax exemption. Commissioner Parker Massey said there's a difference between performing the inspection and determining compliance

 

The board will meet next week, March 16, at the Chautauqua County courthouse starting at 8:30 am.

 

 

Montgomery County Commission Meeting for March 9th

 

The Montgomery County Commissioners met for their weekly meeting on Monday morning in Independence. They opened the meeting with approval of the agenda, minutes and invoices for the week. Computer Department Director Jason Clubine opened the meeting discussing RVI and AS 400 Maintenance Renewals. (FULL AUDIO)

 

Public Works Coordinator Jim Wright made his weekly appearance with a light list on his agenda that included receiving permission to advertise for two upcoming employment opportunities for Road and Bridge. Wright also requested permission to solicit bids for their 2020 Asphalt, Chip and Seal, and oil. Wright provided details regarding reimbursement for a damaged pick up that will be replenished with a new pick up plus he provided details on the 2019 year end report for public Works. (FULL AUDIO)

 

Reminder, the agenda is always subject to change and all meetings are open to the public. The Montgomery County Commissioners meet every Monday morning at 9:00 AM in the lower level of the Judicial Center in Independence.

 

 

Pittsburg Man Arrested for Drug Possession

 

A Pittsburg man was arrested over the weekend on multiple drug charges including possession of methamphetamine.

 

Officers with the Chanute Police Department conducted a traffic stop and during the stop, Chanute K9 was deployed. During the search of the vehicle, officer located items associated with illegal drugs. 26-year old Steven Ray Early was arrested for possession of methamphetamine and marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was transported to the Neosho County Jail without incident.

 

The investigation is still ongoing at this time.

Saturday Winners Announced at Interstate Farm and Home Show

Lisa Connor of Coffeyvile was the $500 prize winner on Sturday at the Interstate Farm and Home Show. 

 

Other prize winners from Sturday included:

 

Taste of Home Cookbook from KWON Cooking Extravaganza

Wheelicious Cookbook from KWON Cooking Extravaganza to Beth Anderson

 

Plant Holder from DC Juntiques Charlotte Robinson

 

Checkers in a Jar from Prairie Cottage in Pawhuska – Starla Garnett & Larry Rash

 

Welcome Sign from Lucas Metal Works to Sam Altstadt

 

Ball Cap from Southeast Kansas Woodstove to John Pierce

 

Ball Cap from Amsoil to Bill Davis

 

Ball Cap and Pipe Marker from Go Bob Pipe & Steel to Tom Phillips, John Johnson, and Clayton Tunison

 

1 Dozen Bar Variety Cupcakes from The Cupcake Bar & Bakery to Gene Lewman

 

Gift Bag full of Goodies from Green Acres to David Scott

 

A Copy of Before the Dew from Dale Lewis-Author to Mark McCall

 

Boot Buddie from Shellbean Creations to Barby Brown

 

Spot Remover from Advantage Carpet Care to Markel Porter & Annette Baughman

 

Canvas Print from Half-Pint Mini Hooves to Connie Merritt

 

Welcome Garden Turtle from Bartlesville Assisted Living to Kay White

 

Thanks to all who attended as well as all the vendors who participated in the 2020 Interstate Farm and home Show!

Inter-State Farm and Home Show Successful First Day

 

Day one of the Inter-State Farm and Home Show was a big hit with a great turn out at Nellis Hall on the campus of Coffeyville Community College. KGGF 690 AM and KRIG 104.9 FM and Bartlett Co-op Association partnered with more than 120 vendors from Northeast Oklahoma and Southeast Kansas bringing together both the residential and agricultural world.

 

Door Prize Winners from Friday’s Drawing Include:

  • Cap & Pipe Marker from Go Bob Pipe & Supply - Larry Schenk

  • Welcome Sign from Lucas Metal Works – Stacia Spears

  • Checkers in a Jar from Prairie Cottage Pawhuska – Kennedy Lamp

  • Southern Kansas Woodstove Mug to Anneliese Beyl

  • Bartlesville Symphony Orhestra We Are Music – Tammy Kuhn & Joe Selby

  • Gloves & Koozie from Go Bob Pipe & Supply – Cassie Gerler

  • 1 Dozen Bar Variety Cupcakes from The Cupcake Bar & Bakery – Kathy Collins

  • Family 4 Pack to Clay Cooper Country Express & Grand Country Music Hall Comedy Jamboree in Branson, MO – Dean Robertson

  • Family 4 Pack to Crayola Experience & Arbuckle Wilderness-Curtis Patten & Nancy Garton

  • Family 4 Pack to Kansas City Zoo – Keelan Barker

  • Family 4 Pack to Clay Cooper Hot Rods & High Heels – David Foraker

  • Family 4 Pack to Great Passion Play & Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge in Eureka Springs, AR – Laurie Coursey

  • Family 4 Pack to Clay Cooper Country Express & Grand Country Music Hall New South Gospel – Ziara Davis

  • Family 4 Pack to Grand Country Music Hall Down Home Country & Clay Cooper Hot Rods & High Heels – David Helgason

  • $500 Cash from KGGF 690 – James Uncapher

 

 

Day two will begin Saturday Morning at 8:30 am at Nellis Hall on the Coffeyville Community College and ending at 4pm. Whether you are looking for the latest agricultural products and equipment, landscaping and general remodeling, or home décor, lifestyle services, or tasty treats this show is a must! Many vendors will have cash and carry items which can be purchased during the show.

 

KGGF 690, KGGF 104.1, KUSN 98.1, KWON 1400/93.3, KYFM 100.1 and KRIG 104.9 will be broadcasting live from the Inter-State Farm & Home Show. Meet local radio personalities, plus Charles Moll and Charles Miller from Tech Talk, Larry Glass from Green Country Gardener, Ron Hays from Radio Oklahoma Network and KGGF Farm Director.

 

There will be many more door prizes and giveaways from local vendors including one more $500 cash prizes, tickets to Branson shows, St. Louis Cardinals, Crayola Experience in Dallas, TX …..add any more prizes…

Sen. Moran Releases Statement on Additional Funding to Fight Coronavirus

 

U.S. Senator Jerry Moran of Kansas released a statement on the Senate's vote to pass a supplemental funding package to protect against the Coronavirus.

Moran met with Secretary of the Kansas Department of Health and Environment and Environmental Doctor Lee Norman to discuss how the state can be engaged in helping combat the virus.

 

Moran also met with Secretary of the Army Ryan McCarthy and Chief of Staff of the Army General James McConville to learn more about preventative measures the Army is taking to protect Fort Riley soldiers who are serving near infected areas in South Korea.

 

The Senate passed an $8.3 billion supplemental funding package to supply test kits, quarantine locations, additional medical staff, and further research. Kansas will receive $6 million to help in the state's efforts to protect against the virus. 

 

Click here to see full statement from Sen. Moran. 

Missing Children Poster Contest Winner

 

A fifth grade student from Stout Elementary School in Topeka has been chosen as the winner of the 2020 Missing Children’s Poster Contest. Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt and KBI Director Kirk Thompson announced that Josiah Mdoe as the winner of the state contest during an all-school assembly at Stout Elementary. Mdoe’s poster was chosen among 54 entries to the contest. His entry was recently submitted to the National Missing Children’s Poster Contest sponsored by the U.S. Department of Justice, and will represent the state of Kansas in the national competition.

 

Mdoe, his family and teacher have all been invited to visit the Kansas Capitol and meet the governor, the attorney general, and the KBI director for Missing Children’s Day events.

 

 

4th Annual Farm and Home Show this Weekend

 

Warm weather expected for the fourth annual Inster-State Farm and Home Show presented by KGGF, KRIG and the Bartlett Co-op. It's a two day event taking place at Nellis Hall in Coffeyville, and Organizer Tina Romine says there are over 100 vendors.

 

 

Doors open tomorrow from 1:00pm until 7:00pm and Saturday from 8:00am until 4:30pm. Free admission and free parking.

Be Prepared in Case of Severe Weather

 

Spring arrives March 19th, and with it comes an increased risk for severe weather. Kansas State University Climatologist Mary Knapp says everyone needs to have a severe weather plan.

 

Knapp also suggests making an emergency kit for your designated storm shelter. The kit should include things such as flashlights, extra batteries, medications, food and water and a weather radio. Stay tuned to KGGF during all severe weather to stay up to date.

AGs Fight for No Call Act

 

Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt along with a bipartisan coalition of 32 other state attorneys general, filed a brief in the U.S. Supreme Court arguing that the ban on robocalls in the federal Telephone Consumer Protection Act and a narrow exemption within the statute constitute a valid, content-neutral regulation of free speech under the First Amendment. The case comes before the Supreme Court after a ruling by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit striking down a narrow TCPA exemption for calls to collect debt backed by the federal government as an impermissible content-based discrimination under the First Amendment, while leaving in place the remainder of the law.

 

The respondents in the case, the American Association of Political Consultants argue that the narrow exemption is invalid and therefore the entire law should be struck down as unconstitutional. The attorneys general argue even if the Court finds the exemption invalid, the 4th Circuit’s decision to sever the provision from the overall statute was correct and the TCPA is plainly capable of functioning without it.

 

Georgia Business Banned from Kansas

 

A Georgia machinery supplier has been permanently banned from doing business in Kansas and ordered to refund nearly $13,000 to a Kansas consumer after being found in violation of Kansas consumer protection laws. Attorney General Derek Schmidt says Marvin Wood, of Dahlonega, Georgia, who did business as MWA Machine. Wood was ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $12,780 to a Kansas consumer, as well as pay a civil penalty and reimburse the attorney general’s office for the cost of its investigation.

 

Wood failed to respond to a lawsuit filed by the attorney general’s office in December 2019. Schmidt has accused Wood of accepting payment from a Kansas consumer for machinery but failing to deliver the product or a refund to the consumer when it was not delivered.

Chamber Minute Update with Candi Westbrook

 

Candi Westbrook with the Coffeyville Chamber of Commerce joined KGGF on Wednesday morning to provide the weekly Chamber Minute Update to the community. 

 

Some of the topics mentioned involve the next after hours event and also the monthly lunch and learn later in March that will update the community on the Coronavirus. 

 

Click HERE to listen to the Chamber Minute with Candi Westbrook. 

 

You can always contact the Chamber of Commerce in Coffeyville if you have any questions or concerns at 620-251-2550. 

USD 445 Releases Update on Coronavirus Concerns

 

USD 445 Coffeyville Public Schools has released an update on health concerns regarding the Coronavirus. The school district has been working closely with the Kansas Department of Health and the district's health clinics to appropriately prepare for any possibility.

 

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as well as the KDHE have both provided updates claiming the United States is still at low risk for a coronavirus outbreak. Travel warning areas include China, Iran, Italy, Japan and South Korea. Currently, there are no confirmed cases in Kansas, but one person has tested negative and there is one person of interest whose testing is still pending.

 

Currently, the best way to protect yourself from all respiratory germs is to avoid close contact with those who are sick and washing your hands every time you eat or go to the bathroom. The school district and appropriate agencies will continue to monitor the situation and provide updates as necessary.

March is Problem Gambling Awareness Month

 

Crawford County Mental Health and the Southeast Kansas Problem Gambling Task Force is co-hosting an event with Pittsburg State University's Prevention and Wellness Campus Activities Center to help raise awareness for Problem Gambling Awareness Month.

 

March is Problem Gambling Awareness Month and the event is titled, “Confessions of a Video Game Addict”, and the presenter will be Cam Adair. The event will take place on Monday, March 16th from 4:00 to 6:00 PM in the Miller Theater of the Bicknell Family Center in Pittsburg.

 

The event is free but registration is required. The link to register is listed below and for more information, call Diane Potts at 620-231-5130 ext. 119.

 

Link to register: https://camadair_gamingaddiction.eventbrite.com

 

 

2020 Kansas Heritage Series Continues

 

The 2020 Kansas Heritage Series continues this month at the Wilson County Old Iron Club in Fredonia.

 

This month's speaker is muralist Dave Loewenstein who will explore the artists, meaning, and stories behind the state's rich collection of public murals. From the iconic John Steuart Curry murals in the Kansas Statehouse to the post office murals of the New Deal and the many murals done by townspeople across the state. Loewenstein will also explore history through a new lens and examines the organizational and technical efforts that go into capturing a community's story in public art.

 

This is event begins at 2pm on March 22nd and admission and free and open to the public.

 

Man Arrested on Traffic and Drug Charges

 

A Chanute man was arrested early Tuesday morning on multiple traffic and drug charges.

 

Officers with the Chanute Police Department attempted to stop a 2010 Chevrolet Malibu driven by 20-year old Javen R. Stubbs, in south Chanute. Stubbs refused to stop the vehicle, and officers discontinued following the vehicle just outside the city limits. During the investigation, officers were able to identify the driver of the vehicle. Later that same evening, officers located the same vehicle and driver once again in the Chanute city limits.

 

Stubbs was arrested and transported to the Neosho County Jail on charges of felony fleeing and eluding, reckless driving, driving without a license, disobeying stop signs, speeding, along with other traffic violations. After obtaining a search warrant, Chanute Police K9 was deployed and after the search was completed, charges of possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia were added.

 

The 2010 Chevrolet Malibu was seized pending forfeiture action.

Important Information Regarding the Montgomery Co. Neighborhood Revitalization Plan

 

The County Clerk's office would like to remind all Real Estate Property Owners in the unincorporated area of Montgomery County of the Neighborhood Revitalization Plan.

 

The participating taxing entities include; USD #445, USD #447, Coffeyville Community College, and Montgomery County.

 

The plan is intended to promote the revitalization and development of Montgomery County by stimulating new construction and the rehabilitation, conservation or redevelopment of the area in order to protect the public health, safety and/or welfare of the residents of the County by offering certain incentives, which includes tax rebates for improvements to designated structures in the approved plan area.

 

Important Information:

 

  • Each improvement requires a minimum investment of $10,000 and shall also reflect a minimum of a $10,000 or 100% increase valuation for residential, commercial/industrial and agriculture classifications. Cost estimates of the proposed investment must be submitted with the application.

  • The applicant shall be the deeded owner of the property listed on the application.

 

Applications are available in the County Clerk's office. Applications shall be submitted to the County Clerk's office with a non-refundable $200 application fee, made payable to Montgomery County. If you have any questions, contact County Clerk Charlotte Scott Schmidt at 620-330-1200.

 

Assistance Available for Homestead or Safe Senior Property Tax Refund

 

The Montgomery County Clerk's office would like to notify all citizens of Montgomery County that their staff will be available to assist in processing the Homestead or Safe Senior Property Tax Refund for low income seniors.

 

Renting doesn't qualify for the Homestead refund. You must be a homeowner and pay the property taxes to qualify.

 

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 don't qualify for the food sales tax credit.

 

This began in mid January and the deadline for processing the returns is Wednesday, April 15th.

 

The Clerk's office is available for assistance Monday thru Friday from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM.

 

They will not be able to process your claims unless all the necessary paperwork is brought in at the time of preparing your claim. If you have any questions or need to know what paperwork to bring, you can contact the County Clerk's office at 620-330-1200.

Hofmeister Requests Intervention to Restore $1 Million to Rural Schools

 

In response to recent changes by the U.S. Department of Education to the Rural and Low-Income Schools program, State Superintendent of Public Instruction Joy Hofmeister is requesting that the state’s congressional delegation intercede on behalf of Oklahoma schools. In her letter to Oklahoma’s U.S. senators and representatives, Hofmeister says the loss of approximately $1.04 million in RLIS funds will adversely affect many rural school districts and likely force the reduction of services to their students.

 

She says they must do everything in their power to ensure the change in policy is reversed as abruptly as it was enacted, which is why she is asking the members of Oklahoma’s congressional delegation to intervene on behalf of the rural schools.

Severe Weather Week in Kansas

 

For several states throughout the United States, this week (March 2-6) marks Severe Weather Awareness week. The National Weather Service out of Topeka is encouraging all residents to review their severe weather plans, and practice emergency situations as if they were real. In addition, the National Weather Service in Topeka will conduct a Tornado Drill at 10 a.m. Tuesday. Everyone is encouraged to participate in the drill by practicing seeking secure, safe shelter from a tornado.

 

Kansas encounters several forms of severe weather throughout the year, including tornadoes, damaging winds, hail and flooding. 

Chautauqua County Commission Meeting for 3-2

 

It was a quick turnaround for the Chatauqua County Commission, which held its weekly meeting Monday morning. Mark McCall first gave the commission his update on the roads and bridges in the county, and noted the good weather this week will help get more work done. The commission then took care of some department business, with Richard Hambleton, Jeremy Hendren and Misti Byers presenting a plan to make room and prevent overcrowding at the first-floor vault. 

 

Finally, Melissa Terrill of the solid waste department talked before the commission and gave some reports on the total trash fees owed to the county. Terrill suggested a preferred way to allieviate some of the delinquencies. The commission will continue discussion on the issue next week.

 

The commission will meet once again next Monday at the Chautauqua County Courthouse. The meeting will begin at 8:30 am.

120 New Jobs Coming to Former Southwire Building in Coffeyville

 

A manufacturer of single and multi-family residential buildings will be bringing 120 new jobs to the former Southwire building in Coffeyville.  Trisha Purdon of the Montgomery County Action Council introduced Javier Garcia, the Director of Manufacturing for Prosperiti Builders and Titus Williams, the President of Prosperiti Partners during this mornings Montgomery County Commission meeting.

 

The Springfield, Missouri company plans to be operational by the end of the year bringing what Purdon says are 120 jobs with an average wage above the median wage for the county.  Garcia said they will be hiring people with a variety of skill sets.  He also cited infrastructure, access to transportation and access to a labor force as their reasons for choosing Coffeyville and Montgomery County.

 

Purdon said a public hearing will be conducted March 16 for the purpose of issuing industrial revenue bonds to provide incentives to the company.  Prosperiti will then begin renovations to the facility, an access road and railroad improvements made with the company being fully operational by the end of the year.

CPD Warns to Watch Out for Motorcycles

 

The Coffeyville Police Department warns that as the weather warms up, the motorcycle traffic increases. CPD says in a post on their Facebook that they were dispatched to a motorcycle and truck accident. The rider was alright and was wearing a helmet, but they says not all of them that they work, even here in the city limits are that lucky. They warn to please be aware of the presence of motorcycles a they are not as big and not as easy to spot.

 

They finish the post with a simple reminder “look twice and save a life”

More Than 70 Bands To Perform in Pittsburg on Friday

 

The 46th Annual PSU Jazz Festival is planned for Friday and is expected to draw hundreds of high school and middle schools students in 72 high school and middle school bands from across the Four State Area.

 

Started in 1974 by Professor of Music Russell Jones with just 14 bands, the festival has evolved into what is believed to be the biggest one-day jazz festival in the Midwest. The bands’ 30-minute concerts, which are judged, will occur both at the Bicknell Family Center for the Arts on campus and Memorial Auditorium in downtown Pittsburg, starting at 8 am. and running until 5:45 pm.

 

Those performances are open to the public at no charge, but because they’re judged, attendees shouldn’t open the doors during the performances and should limit distractions. The festival will culminate in a public concert featuring the Tom Kubis Big Band at 7:30 pm. at Memorial Auditorium. Opening the concert will be the PSU Jazz Ensemble. Tickets for the concert may be purchased at 620-235-4796 or visit pittstate.edu/tickets.

Chanute Man Arrested on Multiple Warrants, Drug Charges

 

A Chanute man was arrested on Saturday afternoon on multiple arrest warrants.

 

Officers with the Chanute Police Department attempted to stop 36-year old Chavis Dwaine Potts who was on a bicycle and had a couple arrest warrants out of Neosho County. Potts refused to stop and took off. After a short ride, he left the bicycle and took off on foot. Persons that were in the area came out and directed the officers to where the individual was at in the 500 block of North Evergreen. Potts was taken into custody without further incident.

 

He was transported to the Neosho County Jail on two warrants, along with possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine, possession with intent to distribute marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia and interference with a law enforcement officer. Approximately $190.00 was also seized pending forfeiture action.

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