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Local News Archives for 2021-06

Hauntings: A Summer Seance


Tickets for “Hauntings: A Summer Seance at the Brown Mansion” go on sale next week, July 7th, at the Coffeyville Chamber, the Brown Mansion, the Dalton Museum and online. Organizer Pete Walterscheid says this show is broken up into three parts.


Walterscheid says the show is a recreation of a nineteenth-century Victorian seance, but this is for entertainment purposes only.  The show will be August 5th, 6th and 7th with two showings each night at 7:00pm and 9:00pm. This is a fundraiser for the Brown Mansion. Drinks and hors d'oeuvres will be provided. This is not intended for younger children.

Livestock Water Requirements


Providing adequate water to livestock is critical for animal health and production. Livestock water requirements are affected by many factors depending on the species. K-State Livestock Production Agent Wendie Powell gives an example of the difference between dairy cattle and beef cattle.


Livestock that are provided low-quality water will have reduced water and feed intake, resulting in reduced production and possible dehydration. Powell says to look for these signs and symptoms of dehydration in livestock which can be fatal.


For more information about this topic, you can contact Powell at the K-State Extension office in Altamont at (620) 784-5337.

Over 50,000 Gallons of Water Used in Mattress Factory Fire


The Coffeyville Fire Department was the first department on the scene to assist the Edna Fire Department with the fire at the Edna Mattress Factory. Fire Chief Billy Cockman, who took over as the incident commander, says by the time they arrived the building was fully engulfed.


Chief Cockman says it was a real team effort between all the different fire departments on the scene and the volunteers that came to help.  Chief Cockman says a building like this will burn and smolder for around a day or two. He says at least 50,000 gallons of water was used on the fire. The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

Scammers Claim To Represent Law Enforcement, Threaten Arrest


The Cherokee County Sheriff's Office has recently been made aware of scammers contacting area residents, posing as law enforcement officials. Cherokee County Sheriff David Groves says this scam has occurred across the country at various times over the past several years.


The way the scam works is thieves claiming to be law enforcement will contact citizens saying they have unpaid fines and failure to immediately provide payment over the phone will result in their arrest.


Anyone who receives such a call should remember a couple of things. First, thieves may 'spoof' a phone number so it actually looks like it's coming from a local law enforcement agency. Second, members of the Sheriff's Office do not collect fines for traffic infractions or criminal acts and would not contact residents by phone demanding immediate payment for anything.


As with any time you receive a phone call from an unknown person, if they are asking for your personal information, immediately hang up.


Two People Killed in Crawford County Crash


Two people are dead following a two-vehicle crash Tuesday morning in Crawford County.


According to the Kansas Highway Patrol, just before 7:30 am Tuesday morning, 63-year-old George W. Danley of Mapleton was driving a Toyota Tacoma northbound on U.S. Highway 69 about 12 miles south of Fort Scott when he crossed the center line and struck a southbound Ford F350 head-on driven by 50-year-old David E. Ross of Fort Scott. Both Danley and Ross were pronounced dead at the scene. Neither driver was wearing a seatbelt.


A 13-year-old male passenger in the Toyota was reported to have no injuries.

New K9 Joins Montgomery County Sheriffs Department


The Montgomery County Sheriff’s office has a new member on their force. Sgt. Jeremy Hunsucker recently traveled to Southern Coast K9 in Florida and completed selection testing on numerous K9’s, selecting a Belgian Malinois and German Shepherd mix, named Hector. The K9 passed all health requirements and remained at the training facility, receiving specific training requested by the sheriff’s office.


Hector is a two-year-old male imported from Europe. He is currently being trained in narcotics detection and patrol techniques to assist departments in locating suspects in tracking, building and area searches, article recovery and apprehension. Once fully trained, he will be certified through the Kansas Police Dog Association. Sheriff Ron Wade says he would like to thank the businesses and individuals who donated to the K9 program, making this possibility a reality.

Kansas Wheat Harvest is Slow Going


The latest crop report shows the Kansas winter wheat harvest is running slower than usual for this time of year.


About 41% of the state’s wheat has been cut which is behind both the 44% at this time last year and the 48% five-year average. The report reflects crop conditions as of Sunday and comes amid recent rains that have kept many combines out of fields.


It was also reported that 83% of the wheat had already matured. It rated the condition of the crop still in the ground as 12% excellent, 50% good, 25% fair, and 13% as poor or very poor.


Planting for soybeans and sorghum show that each are seeded at 95% and 94%, respectively. The state’s corn crop is also mostly in good shape with just 6% rated as poor or very poor.

Enforcement Campaign On 4th of July Weekend


Kansas law enforcement officials are joining other states in a national effort to crack down on impaired driving during the Fourth of July holiday by participating in the safety campaign, “If You Feel Different, You Drive Different.” The campaign’s goal is to deter impaired driving and reduce alcohol and drug-related motor vehicle crashes and fatalities.


On average, more than 415 traffic crashes occur over the Fourth of July weekend in Kansas each year. This is attributed to increased traffic and impaired drivers. Kansas officials will be focused on keeping impaired drivers off the road to keep everyone safe.


Officials urge those who do plan to drink to plan ahead before celebrating. Designate a driver in advance who has not consumed alcohol or used marijuana or other illegal drugs. You also can contact a ride-sharing service or have alternative arrangements for lodging.

Multiple Crews Respond to Fire in Edna


At around 9:40am this morning the call came in for a report of a fire at the Edna Mattress Factory in Edna. Labette County Emergency Management Director Charlie Morse says there was personnel on the scene within three to five minutes.


Morse says at this time they do not know what caused the fire but do believe everyone was able to get out safely. The building is a complete loss, but they did stop the spread of the fire to other buildings.  More information will be made available as soon as we have that.

UPDATE: Edna Mattress Factory Fire


Firefighters were called to the Edna Mattress Factory on Tuesday morning in response to a blaze. KGGF's Matt Jordan reported live at the scene.


The fire started at around 9:40 this morning. Again, no injuries are being reported at this time. Further updates are coming as soon as they are available.

Chanute Man Arrested On Multiple Charges


A 32-year-old man was arrested over the weekend on numerous charges.


Chanute Police Department officers were dispatched to the area of the 600 block of North Steuben for a report of a disturbance. Upon arrival, the officers made contact with the individuals involved in the disturbance. Officers learned that the man had an active protection order against him. While officers were in the process of placing him in handcuffs, the suspect tried to swing at one of the officers at the scene, causing the officer to deploy his taser.


Dustin Earl Bond-Salisbury was then arrested for violation of a protective order, aggravated burglary, criminal damage to property, lewd and lascivious behavior, and interference with law enforcement. He was taken to the Neosho Memorial Regional Medical Center for medical evaluation. Afterward, he was transported to the Neosho County Jail without incident.

Edna Mattress Factory Fire


The Edna Mattress Factory is on fire.


According to Labette County Sheriff Darren Eichinger, the building is a complete loss. They are currently working to keep the fire under control so it doesn't spread to the buildings next to it. Traffic is blocked off around the fire.

Montgomery County Courthouse Closed for 4th of July Holiday


The Montgomery County Courthhouse will be closed on Monday, July 5th for the 4th of July holiday.


Although Independence Day falls on a Sunday this year, the office will still close for Monday. The Coffeyville Tag Office will be closed as well. The Independence Tag Office remains closed due to ongoing staffing issues.


The next meeting of the Montgomery County Commission will be on Tuesday, July 6th.

Streaming Meetings Online


The pandemic pushed some city commissions, school boards and county commissions to start streaming their meetings on Youtube, Facebook or other streaming platforms. Labette County Citizen Dave Oas says he would like to see the Labette County Commission start streaming their meetings.


There are a few area counties that stream their meetings. Neosho County and Chautauqua County both stream theirs, but Chautauqua doesn't save the meeting to be viewed later. Montgomery County doesn't stream their meetings.

Do's and Don'ts for a Safe Fourth of July


With the 4th of July just around the corner, fireworks stands are popping up in the city of Coffeyville. Fireworks can be sold and discharged starting July 1st through July 5th (due to July 4th falling on a Sunday) within the hours of 8 a.m. to midnight. However, Coffeyville Fire Department's Shon Price says there are some limitations on where they can be shot off.


Price says fireworks shouldn't be thrown or shot at any animal, person, or vehicle. He says most of the injuries they see are burns.  Make sure you have a bucket of water and a water hose connected to an outdoor faucet ready and to douse the fireworks in water after you are finished.


For more information on the firework policy for Coffeyville or your city, contact your city hall.

Class LTD Makes Request for 2022 Budget


The Montgomery County Commission heard and received a budget request from CLASS, Ltd. at its latest meeting Monday.


President/CEO Scott Thompson spoke before the commission and requested that at they at least receive the same level of funding, $48,000, that they have had for the last four budget cycles. Thompson said he would like the commission to keep them in mind as a target for a potential budget increase.


Thompson said CLASS has been given more in the past, as early as 2016, when they received $94,000. Any assistance received, Thompson said, would help the company hire and retain more employees.


The majority of CLASS funding comes from the state. It maintains five offices, including Coffeyville and Independence. Other offices include Pittsburg, Columbus and Parsons.

Fallen U.S. Soldier Honored in Nowata


The life of a fallen United States soldier was honored Friday evening in Nowata.


Joseph Braig was brought home on Friday evening. Braig passed away on Saturday, June 5, at the age of 29.


Family and friends were in attendance as a procession made its way through Main Street. The Oklahoma Highway Patrol, Nowata County Sheriff's Office, the Nowata Police Department and a motorcade led that procession as taps was played. Services for Braig are currently pending with Stumpff Funeral Home and Crematory.

KDOT Patching Concrete on U.S. 400 in Wilson County


Motorists who drive on U.S. 400 in Wilson County will need to give themselves a few extra minutes as the Kansas Department of Transportation has started a concrete patching project.


The project area begins at the Greenwood-Wilson county line and continues southeast to K-47 at Fredonia. Work zone traffic is reduced to one lane with signals. Expect delays of 15 minutes or less. Weather permitting, the road work should be finished by the end of July.


KDOT reminds drivers to obey the signs and signals and to slow down.


Harvest Safety in Kansas


Harvest season is underway in Kansas and the Kansas Highway Patrol would like to remind motorists to use more caution and patience when traveling around farm trucks, tractors, combines, and other implements. Here are a few tips to keep in mind when sharing roads with farmers.


Don’t assume the farmer knows you’re there. Most operators of farm equipment regularly check for vehicles behind them, however, most of their time must be spent looking ahead to stay on the road and watch for oncoming traffic.


Pass with extreme caution. Don’t pass unless you can see clearly ahead of both your vehicle and the farm equipment you are passing.


Be patient. Don’t assume that a farmer can move aside to let you pass.


Finally, pay attention. When you are not focused solely on the road, you increase your chances of a collision, especially if you should come upon a slow-moving farm vehicle.

Midland Movie Night Postponed

Due to impending bad weather the Midland Movie Night has been postponed to next Friday.


Coffeyville Reawakening's Denise York says that the wind and the potential for weather moving in was the cause for the postponement.


Everything will be pushed back to next Friday, July 2nd. The city band will play under the Midland Theater starting at 8:00pm and there will be other fun contests going on as well.


Stars Wars: A New Hope will start as soon as it gets dark enough for the movie to be seen on the screen.

Dangers & Treatment of Blue-Green Algae


A wet spring and a dry, hot summer is the perfect recipe for blue-green algae on both lakes and ponds. This is not only dangerous to humans but more so to pets and livestock. KDHE Bureau of Water Director Tom Stiles says the algae generates toxins.


Stiles says if your pet does come in contact with the algae to get them to a veterinarian immediately. If you do have blue-green algae in your ponds, Stiles says there are ways to treat it.  Stiles says if you need more information about blue-green algae you can visit the KDHE website.

A Non-Traditional Ag Student


Arvest Bank and KGGF have chosen the Fredonia FFA President as the June Ag Student of the Month. Fredonia FFA Advisor Carrie Blaes explains why she nominated Erin Frenk.


Frenk says as someone without a traditional Ag background she has learned to lean on other members of her officer team.  Frenk says the job interview contest is what sparked her interest in FFA but her favorite has become Ag Sales. The Ag Sales team placed at the state contests and Frenk finished 8th in job interview.


Delaware Tribe Makes Donation to City of Caney


The City of Caney and the Caney Police/EMS department has received a sizable donation from the Delaware Trible of Indians.


The money will be used to purchase and install a new telephone recording system in the dispatch center. This project was identified by Police Chief Kevin Kitterman last year as a "high priority."


The new recording system will pick up audio from radio traffic, as well as telephone calls made to the dispatch center.



Adult Bake-Off Proceeds to Benefit Cascarano Family


The 20th Annual Cherryvale Youth Fair Adult Bake-off is Friday, July 9th. The entries are due at Logan Park in Cherryvale at noon and the silent auction will be from 2:00pm until 8:00pm. Organizer Sharon Blaes says proceeds from the silent auction will go to Carrie Cascarano.


Blaes says if you can't attend or participate in the bake-off there are other ways you can help out.  Blaes says anyone who is 18 or older can participate. There are six categories, which include a dozen cookies, dozen decorated cookies, decorated cake, cake, pie or bread.

Legislative Update in Independence Next Week


If you are wanting to listen and ask questions of your elected officials, the Independence Chamber of Commerce will be hosting a Legislative Update at Memorial Hall on Wednesday, June 30th at 5:30 pm.


Independence Chamber of Commerce Director Lisa Wilson tells us who will be speaking and what will be discussed.


For more information on this event, you can contact the Independence Chamber at 620-331-1890.


CCC Cafeteria Being Remodeled


The Coffeyville Community College cafeteria will soon have a new look.


Several additions will be made to the cafeteria, including a convienience store area and a grill. Chartwells Dining & Catering, which partners with the college, had previously done a smaller remodeling of the cafeteria in 2020. CCC's Yvonne Hull said there's a way for those eager to see the finished result early.


The cafeteria is currently closed for the remodeling, with students eating meals at Nellis Hall instead.



Stolen Scooter Found, Leads to Drug Arrest


Deputies recover a missing scooter that leads to a drug arrest. Earlier this week, the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office received a call of a Moped sitting in the Independence Eggberts parking lot. The moped matched the description of a one that had been reported stolen earlier in the month.


After responding to the Eggberts, deputies contacted the driver of the scooter who was identified as 25-year-old Peter Hawkins of Independence. Deputies searched the scooter and located marijuana, methamphetamine, and scales. Hawkins initially resisted arrest, but deputies were able to safely gain control and place him in custody. Deputies also found brass knuckles on Hawkins. Charges are recommended for Hawkins of possession of methamphetamine, possession of stolen property, criminal carry of weapons and interference with a law enforcement officer. The owner of the scooter was notified that it had been recovered.


ISFR Fun Pass One Day Sale Begins Friday


As the 114th Annual Inter-State Fair Rodeo returns in full this year, fans can buy their fun pass at a low, low rate. Coffeyville Chamber of Commerce Director Candi Westbrook explains how much fun passes are and how you can get them.


Fun Passes are good for admittance to each night of the five nights of grandstand entertainment which includes bull riding, two nights of rodeo, monster trucks, and the demolition derby to round out the week's entertainment.


The fair will be in town from August 8th-14th.

Gas Prices Leveling Out, Nearly $1 Higher Than Last Year

While increasing gasoline stock levels have helped to keep gas prices mostly stable across Kansas, prices are still considerably higher than just one year ago.


Montgomery County residents are paying the most for a regular gallon of gas in southeast Kansas at $2.88 which is higher than the state average of $2.83. Labette County is only one cent behind at $2.87 while Chautauqua County is right at the state average.


Gas prices in Oklahoma are lower across the board with the state average sitting at $2.77. Gas in Washington County is at $2.84 while Nowata County is at $2.69 which is the third cheapest in the state and second cheapest in northeast Oklahoma.


The national gas price average is $3.07 which is four cents more than a month ago and 93 cents more than at this same time last year.

Corgi Races Benefit Area Animal Shelter


If your corgi has a need for speed, consider entering it in the Chautauqua County 2021 Corgi Races.


All corgis and corgi mixes are eligible to compete. The races will be held at the Sedan rodeo arena before the start of the county rodeo itself. Check-in starts at 5:45 pm, with the races officially starting at 6. There is a $10 cost for each corgi entered. All the money raised during the event will be donated to the Chautauqua County Animal Shelter.


The deadline to sign up is July 21st. Contact info needed to sign up can found on the event's Facebook page.

Arrest Made After Deputy Spots Stolen Vehicle


A Montgomery County Sheriff Deputy was patrolling rural Dearing when he observed a White 2005 Pontiac Prix. The vehicle had been reported stolen earlier this month. The deputy had information that the possible suspect could be armed with a handgun. After conducting a felony traffic stop, the deputy was able to take the driver and passenger into custody without any incident.


The driver was identified as Phillip Oyler of Independence and the passenger as Sherri Wallace of Independence. Oyler was transported to the Montgomery County Department of Corrections, Wallace was released from custody and the vehicle was returned to its owner. Oyler has recommended charges of aggravated domestic battery, aggravated assault and theft of a motor vehicle.


Watch Out for Counterfeit Money


The improvement of and access to good technology has caused the printing of counterfeit money to become more common. The City of Independence had 54 counterfeit cases in 2020 and has 21 so far in 2021. Police Chief Jerry Harrison says it's best to be proactive and make sure the business is trained to spot fake money.


Chief Harrison says if you are handed counterfeit money try to keep the bill and get as much information about the person as possible.  Chief Harrison says if you can safely stall the person and keep them at the store while the police are called and have time to arrive.

Indy City Commission Continuing to Work on 1916 City Hall Project


The Independence City Commission will consider a couple of propsals and schematics regarding the 1916 City Hall Project when it meets in session this Thursday.


The city has been working with TreanorHL to ensure that the renovated building meets all life safety and building codes. The commission will view the latest schematics, with city staff recommending approval of them.


Following that, the commission will consider waterproofing and ventilation proposals for the building. This is being done in an attempt to solve continuing water issues that plague the basement of city hall. TreanorHL and McCownGordon are working on this proposal. Neither the schematics or proposals are available for viewing online at the moment, but will be made available as soon as the city is able to do so.


The commission will meet this Thursday at Memorial Hall, starting at 5:30 pm.

Pursuit and Narcotics Arrest in Pittsburg


Two Pittsburg men have been arrested after leading police on a chase throughout Crawford County.


During a routine patrol, Pittsburg Police officers spotted a red 1997 Jeep Wrangler that was believed to be associated with the theft of a Caterpillar Skid-steer. The officer attempted to initiate a traffic stop when the vehicle began to flee. After repeated attempts to stop the vehicle, a Crawford County Deputy used stop sticks to end the chase.


The driver of the vehicle was identified as 24-year-old William F. Johns II and the passenger was identified as 30-year-old Zachary R. Winemiller. A search of the vehicle turned up 65 grams of methamphetamine intended for distribution.


Johns was arrested for possession of methamphetamine, attempting to elude law enforcement, and theft and possession of stolen property. Winemiller was arrested for possession of methamphetamine, interference with law enforcement, possession of drug paraphernalia, and violations of parole through the Kansas Department of Corrections. Winemiller was arrested last week for his involvement with a reported shooting incident and subsequent pursuit.

Stolen Car Recovered, Couple Arrested


Stolen property was recovered at a Baxter Springs home Saturday morning and two suspects were taken into custody after Cherokee County Sheriff's Deputies discovered a stolen vehicle being hid in the garage.


Sheriff's Deputies obtained information late this week as part of an unrelated investigation, which led them to the Baxter Springs home, where the car, reported stolen from Carthage, Missouri, was recovered.


Arrested at the scene were 33-year-old William Monson and 40-year-old Nicolette Clouse, who are both being held on allegations of felony possessing stolen property.

Caney Man Arrested for Fighting


A Caney man is arrested after being involved in two fights over the weekend. Around 1:30pm Saturday, Caney Police Officers were dispatched to the 300 block of E. 6th St. for a fight in progress.


Upon arrival, officers interviewed the individuals at the home and learned that 29-year-old Arron J. Walker had been involved in the altercation. Officers were unable to locate Walker at that time. About an hour and a half later, officers received another fight-in-progress call at 1st and Bradley St. Upon arrival, officers located Walker and arrested him for disorderly conduct from the previous fight.

Longtime KGGF On-Air Guest Passes Away


All of us with the KGGF family are sad to report the passing of retired Kansas State Extension Horticulturalist, Jacob Weber.  Weber provided many area listeners with gardening advice for years on KGGF’s “Greenside Up” program on Wednesday mornings.


Weber retired from the program and his position with the Extension office in 2019.  He battled cancer for the past year before passing this past Friday.  We offer sincere condolences to the Weber family.

Teenager Arrested for Domestic Disturbance


A 19-year-old is arrested in Caney after assaulting his girlfriend. Earlier this weekend, Caney Police Officers were dispatched to a domestic disturbance at the Garden Walk Apartments. A male and female, who were in a dating relationship, had been involved in the dispute.


The victim told officers that her boyfriend, Shane Wade Jr., had choked her, hit her in the head and broke her cell phone during the argument. Physical injuries to the victim supported her story. Wade had left the scene, prior to officer's arrival. Officers were able to contact Wade and he agreed to come to the police department. After an interview with officers, Wade was placed under arrest. He was transported to the Montgomery County Jail and charged with of aggravated domestic battery, aggravated kidnapping and criminal damage to property.

Labette County Employees to Receive $2,500


Extra money courtesy of the America Rescue Act is set to be given out to county employees in Labette. Originally the money was broken up into three different amounts, but Commissioner Cole Proehl says they decided to change that.


Proehl says in order to be eligible for the payments you had to be employed during the pandemic and still be employed when the compensation is approved by the federal government, which at the moment is July 10th.

Big Hill Lake Swim Beach Closed


The Kansas Department of Health and Environment, in conjunction with the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks, and Tourism, issued a Blue-Green Algae Watch for Big Hill Lake due to the presence of blue-green algae detected in the lake. Due to this advisory, the swim beach at Big Hill Lake is now closed as a precaution.


During the watch status, KDHE recommends that signage should be posted at all public access locations, avoid areas of algae accumulation, and swimming, wading, skiing, and jet skiing are discouraged.


Pet owners should be aware that animals swimming in or drinking water affected by a harmful algal bloom or eat dried algae along the shore may become seriously ill or die.


KDHE investigates publicly accessible bodies of water for blue-green algae when the agency receives reports of potential algae blooms in Kansas lakes. Based on credible field observation and sampling results, KDHE reports on potentially harmful conditions.



Indy Tag Office Temporarily Closed Starting Today


Due to a shortage of staff, the Independence tag office will be temporarily closed starting today. County treasurer Nancy Clubine first informed the county commission of the closing at its meeting a few weeks ago.


The treasurer's office will remain open in Independence, and will be staffed by one member who can process tag renewals, lien releases and issue handicapped placards.


The Coffeyville tag office is still open, with office hours from 9 am to 4 pm. No title transactions may be processed after 3 pm, but no appointments are needed. All services are offered in Coffeyville. The office is located at 128 W. 8th Street.

Riverton Man Facing Burglary Charges


A rural Cherokee County man was taken into custody on Friday after Sheriff's Detectives obtained a warrant for his arrest. The warrant was issued as part of an investigation into the May 23rd burglary of a barn in rural Riverton, where suspects attempted to steal a trailer and equipment.


On Friday, 24-year-old Jacob Huffman of Riverton was arrested and booked into the Cherokee County Jail on allegations of Burglary and Theft. A second suspect, 20-year-old Theodore "Tee" Lane, was arrested on May 29th on similar charges for his alleged involvement in the same incident.

Republican Ice Cream Social Tonight


The Montgomery County Republicans are hosting an ice cream social tonight from 5:30pm to7:00pm. The social is at the 4-H Building at Riverside Park in Independence.


Senator Virgil Peck, Representatives Richard Proehl and Doug Blex and Congressman Jake Laturner are scheduled to be in attendance. You can hear about what's going on in Topeka, what local republicans are doing in the county and find out about upcoming openings on school boards and city commissions.

Rep. Kelly Discusses Stimulus Money and Jobs


Coffeyville and several other cities within Montgomery County are set to receive stimulus money as part of the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 that was signed into law by President Joe Biden earlier this year. Representative Jim Kelly gives us a breakdown of how much money each community will receive and how it can be used.


Rep. Kelly also talked about some activity going on at the Independence Industrial Park.


Kelly said these kinds of announcements are a positive thing as it will add jobs as the area comes out of the pandemic.

Stolen Vehicle Returned to Owner


Deputies locate a missing vehicle that was reported stolen earlier this week. Montgomery County Sheriff Deputies were dispatched to the area of County Road 5100 and 1600 in rural Coffeyville for a report of a stolen vehicle. Upon arriving at the scene, deputies confirmed that it was the 2021 Subaru Forester that was reported stolen from the Coffeyville Walmart.


Deputies assisted the Coffeyville Police Department in recovering the vehicle and notifying the owner. Sheriff Ron Wade said he is thankful for the citizen who observed a vehicle that appeared out of place and called it in, because of that assertiveness they were able to locate and return a vehicle to the owner.

Woman Arrested for Aggravated Battery


A Chanute woman has been arrested on two counts of aggravated battery.


Chanute Police Department officers responded to the Neosho Memorial Regional Medical Center for a report of an out-of-control patient that was threatening medical staff. Upon arrival, officers spoke with the individual as they were yelling and refusing to calm down. Officers tried to calm the individual but were unsuccessful. During the investigation, officers arrested 42-year-old Virginia L. Goodman for two counts of aggravated battery on a law enforcement officer.


She was transported to the Neosho County Jail without incident.

Routine Traffic Stop Leads to Drug Arrest in Indy


A traffic stop in Independence leads to a drug arrest. A Montgomery County Sheriff's Detective pulled over a red Chevrolet pickup at 10th and Laurel. The truck had no visible brake lights or turn signal due to smoke-covered brake lights and a large amount of dust. The drive was identified as Jerry Lowry Jr, of Neodesha.


Deputies observed drug paraphernalia inside the truck and after a search of the vehicle deputies located a large amount of methamphetamine and more drug paraphernalia. Lowry was taken into custody and transported to the department of corrections. He is being charged with intent to distribute, possession of drug paraphernalia, improper use of turn signal and driving while suspended.


Sheriff Ron Wade said if any citizens have information on illegal narcotics activity anywhere in the county you can contact the sheriff's office at (620)330-1000 or Facebook messenger.

Midland Theater Kicks Off Movie Series Next Week


Next Friday marks the beginning of the Midland Theater's summer movie series.


Each month will feature the outdoor showing of a free movie, held at 8th and Elm in downtown Coffeyville. Coffeyville Reawakening's Denise York says they want to thank the sponsors who help make these movies happen.  Activities, games, and contests will precede each movie, which is expected to begin after sunset between 8:30pm and 9:00pm. The series will run through mid-October. A full list of movies can be seen below.


Friday, June 25th: Star Wars: A New Hope

Friday, July 16th: Toy Story

Friday, August 20th: Frozen

Friday, September 24th: A League of Their Own

Friday, October 15th: Superman (1977)

Limb Pick Up from Latest Storm in Pittsburg


The City of Pittsburg has announced that the burn site gates will be open from 8 am to 2 pm to residents after many reports of downed limbs from last Friday's storm.


If you are unable or need assistance with transporting limbs to the burn site location, please submit a request for pick up through the SeeClickFix application. When submitting the request, please enter the pick-up address, select the “TREES” category and choose “Storm Related Limb Pick Up”. City crews will monitor the list and work to consolidate pick-up.


If you are unable to utilize the SeeClickFix application, please contact the Parks & Recreation Department at (620) 231-8310.


No Tuition Increase at Pitt State


Pittsburg State University announces that there will be no tuition increase for the upcoming academic year. In 2020, the tuition increased by $83 for each semester and there was no tuition increase in 2019. Full-time in-state undergraduate tuition will remain at $2,918 per semester.


Pitt State already has flat-rate tuition, which means full-time students may enroll in additional credit hours without paying additional tuition. Pitt State’s Gorilla Advantage program will expand in Fall 2021, which enables non-Kansas undergraduate students to pay the equivalent of in-state tuition. The new plan includes 31 states.  A map of the states included can be found below.


Aquatic Weeds Control


With warmer weather and increased sunshine, it creates the perfect environment for aquatic weeds to really grow very quickly and cause types of problems in ponds. K-State Ag and Natural Resources Agent Adaven Scronce says there are two points to keep in mind when considering aquatic weed control.


Scronce says there are three main options for pond weed control.


Scronce says not all aquatic weeds are bad as they provide vegetation for fish and wildlife. But when they become too abundant, some control is necessary.

Watch Out for Scams While Traveling this Summer


Travel-related scams can see an increase during the summer months as more and more people begin to travel. Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt says it could be more pronounced this year with more people traveling.


Schmidt says if anyone has trouble with a travel-related scam they can file a complaint with the attorney general's office at He says they will be glad to take a look and see if they can help you.

"Explore Coffeyville" App Launched


Visit Coffeyville has launched a new mobile application aimed at helping people explore all that the city has to offer.


The app, appropriately known as "Explore Coffeyville," provides tours that are intended to help guide users through the city's numerous places of interest. Work is still being done on the app, with the release being labeled as "Phase 1." Coffeyville Chamber of Commerce Director Candi Westbrook said more phases are to come.


Phase 2 will be the addition of tours for the Coffeyville Aviation Heritage Museum and the Midland Theater. The app can be downloaded by simply visiting the app store and searching for Explore Coffeyville.

Stay Cool this Summer, Avoid Heat Exhaustion


With the official start of summer just a few days away, high temperatures have already started approaching 100 degrees in both Kansas and Oklahoma. Whether you are working or playing outside, Dr. Brett Gray says there are some precautions to take if you are going to be outside for an extended period of time.


Dr. Gray says if you are spending a lot of time outside this summer be on the lookout for signs of heat exhaustion.  Dr. Gray says it's good to take breaks often to cool down outside and it is better to do so in the shade rather than going inside.

Scavenger Hunt in Cherryvale


The Cherryvale Historical Museum is wanting to know how observant you are of Cherryvale as they are putting on a scavenger hunt. The hunt will have 15 pictures of Cherryvale business logos or building details and a place to put your answers at the bottom of the page.


A copy of the scavenger hunt can be picked up at the Cherryvale Library, the Cherryvale Museum or you can find a copy of it here. The completed hunt sheet with your contact information will need to be submitted to the Cherryvale Museum by Thursday, July 1st.


If several people answer all 15 questions correctly, a drawing will be held, to determine the grand prize winner. The winner of the scavenger hunt drawing will be announced at the Saturday, July 3rd unveiling of the buried 50-year time capsule on the grounds of the museum.

Shots Fired & Pursuit in Pittsburg


One man was arrested and another remains free after a police chase in Pittsburg Monday evening.


Pittsburg Police Department officers were called to the intersection of 10th St. and Michigan Street regarding a report of shots being fired at pedestrians. Upon arrival, officers learned that a white Chevy Impala had pulled up next to two people who were walking on 10th Street during which the occupants of the vehicle shot at the pedestrians. The Impala fled the area and was followed by witnesses to follow report its location.


Officers encountered the vehicle and a pursuit ensued. After a chase that crossed into Missouri, the Impala eventually wrecked, at which point the driver and passenger fled the vehicle on foot. Cherokee County Deputies deployed their K-9 and the driver of the Impala, 30-year-old Zachary Winemiller of Pittsburg was located and was taken into custody.


The passenger from the Impala was not located, and their identity is unknown at this time.


Salary Increases Approved for USD 445


The USD 445 Board of Education voted to make some changes to staff salary at their June meeting. Superintendent Dr. Craig Correll says classified staff will see a $.50 to $.61 increase.


Assistant Superintendent Michael Speer says they've recently had employees that have left for other jobs.  Other salary increases approved by the board include support staff, directors and administrators. All salary increases were approved by the board with a unanimous vote.

Labette County Employees to Receive COVID Relief Bonus


Extra money is coming to county employees in Labette thanks to some COVID relief funding. Commissioner Cole Proehl says they were able to use some of the America Rescue Act funds to give a bonus as a thank you for working through the pandemic.


Commissioner Proehl says the only ones excluded from this were the three county commissioners. This bonus comes just one week after all the department heads met with the commissioners to discuss ways to improve employee recruitment and retention.


Vehicle Recovered Shortly After Being Stolen


A car that was stolen over the weekend was recovered in less than 15 minutes after it was reported.


Pittsburg Police Department officers were dispatched to a residence in the 1100 block of South Elm Street for a stolen vehicle report. The victim reported he witnessed a white female with long white hair get into his 2021 Nissan Altima and drive away. The victim had a video doorbell system, which showed the female approach the door of the residence. The female then took the house and vehicle keys, which had been left in the exterior lock of the door. Officers were able to identify the suspect as 55-year-old Tammy Sue Wells of Pittsburg.


Just 13 minutes later, an officer observed the vehicle driving north on Broadway, and a traffic stop was conducted in which Wells was taken into custody without incident. It was found that Wells had taken the vehicle through the McDonald’s drive-thru, and purchased breakfast before being apprehended.


Wells was arrested for felony theft and was transported to the jail at the Crawford County Sheriff’s Office for booking.

Lt. Governor David Toland To Visit Independence This Evening


The lieutenant governor of Kansas will be making a stop in Montgomery County this evening. David Toland will be attending a social put on by the Montgomery County Democratic Party at Riverside Park. The social will be at the Stich Shelter House, with free hot dogs being served. Tonight's event will start at 6:00 pm.


Toland is a 7th generation Kansan from Allen County. The public is invited to attend tonight’s event.

Two Men Arrested on Drug Charges, Fleeing


Two men were arrested early Monday morning on a variety of charges.


The Parsons Police Department received a call about a suspicious vehicle that had been parked behind a tree at the baseball fields off of Wing. When officers arrived, they were able to identify the occupants as 26-year-old Tyler Dwaine Vickrey of Parsons, and 25-year-old Trenton Daniel Holzrichter of Fredonia.


Vickrey became spooked and sped off in the vehicle initiating a pursuit. After a lengthy chase, Vickrey and Holzrichter were apprehended by pursuing officers. During a search of the vehicle, officers located illegal narcotics and drug paraphernalia. The officers also found property in the vehicle that is leading to further investigations for possible thefts.


Vickrey faces numerous charges including Fleeing and various drug and traffic charges. Holzrichter is being charged with Possession of Marijuana. The duo was transported to the Parsons Police Department to be held until their first appearance in front of a Labette County Judge.


This is not the first run-in with law enforcement for Vickrey. He was currently out on bond after he was arrested by Parsons Police on March 31st for an outstanding warrant and Possession and Distribution of a Controlled Substance. He was also arrested last year after an explosive device was discovered in his car.

Montgomery County Closing Out COVID Disaster Declaration


Sixteen months after the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, Montgomery County is ending its disaster declaration.


Director of Emergency Management Rick Whitson said the county has largely been following the path of the state as a whole during the coure of the pandemic. With the state about to close its own declaration, he said it was time to do so as well.


Whitson noted that they could always request more assistance if the need arises in the future. Previously, the disaster declaration had been extended "until rescinded."

Columbus Man Dies in Weekend Crash


A Columbus man has died in an accident on Sunday in Parsons.


According to the Kansas Highway Patrol, a 2015 Chevy Malibu driven by a 15-year-old female was southbound on U.S. 59 and Corning Avenue when it struck a southbound 2009 Harley Davidson motorcycle driven 52-year-old Phillip Andrew Moore in the right lane causing his bike to tip over and slide on its side before coming to a stop. Moore was pronounced dead at the scene.


The female driver and her two 10-year-old occupants were properly restrained and not injured. Moore was not wearing a helmet.

Road Construction Work Begins Today in Pittsburg


Construction crews will begin work on the Georgia Street Channel / Culvert Project today in Pittsburg.


The project is located along Georgia Street and work will include removal of the existing culvert, storm sewer, storm sewer structures, new roadway base and pavement, and sidewalk. Full closure of the street will occur during the construction of the project.


Heck & Wicker, Inc., of Parsons, Kansas, will begin construction at the south end of the project to avoid disruption of the 4th of July events scheduled in Lincoln Park for July 3rd and July 4th. The contractor will have 120 calendar days to complete this project; therefore, closure is expected over the next couple of months.


Advanced notification signs will be in place during construction. Motorists are encouraged to seek alternate routes when possible.

Coffeyville Man Arrested After Standoff


A Coffeyville man was arrested early Saturday morning after a standoff with the Coffeyville Police Department.


At approximately 5:30 am, while on patrol, a Coffeyville officer recognized a subject who had a felony warrant. When officers attempted to make contact with the subject, he fled on foot into the apartment complex courtyard at 403 W. 9th where he barricaded himself on a balcony and threatened to shoot anyone that approached him. The apartment complex was evacuated by officers and the complex manager. Deputies from the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office were called in to assist and a crisis negotiator was called to the scene.


After approximately two hours of negotiation, 42-year old Adamma Meyer surrendered and was taken into custody without incident. Meyer faces charges of aggravated criminal threat, possession of methamphetamine, possession of drug paraphernalia, and interference with law enforcement. Meyer also had multiple warrants from several jurisdictions.

Cherryvale and Labette County Receive Cost Share Grants




The City of Cherryvale and Labette County have each have received a 2021 KDOT Cost-Share Grant.


Cherryvale received a $472,000 grant that will provide funding to do major road work and repairs throughout the city. Some of those projects include the tear-out and widening of Willow and the tear-out, widening, and overhaul of the Main and Maple intersection.


Labette County also received a Cost Share Grant totaling just over $1.1 million that will help replace Pumpkin Creek Bridge which is considered functionally obsolete. The bridge is located on 8000 Road west of Angola.


Cost Share is a component of Governor Laura Kelly's 10-year, bipartisan Eisenhower Legacy Transportation Program. Cost Share is designed to help both rural and urban areas advance transportation projects to improve safety; support job retention and growth; relieve congestion and improve access and mobility.



Effort to Save Gregg Theater Moving Along Nicely


With the help of donations from the public, efforts to save the Gregg Theater in Sedan are progressing smoothly.


According to the theater's most recent Facebook post, recent donations are have left them almost able to pay for repairs on the broken projector. In addition to that crucial project, other potential repairs are being identified and listed as part of a "cleaning day" checklist, allowing for a better picture of what exactly needs to be done.


Those working closely with the theater have looked into more avenues to assist with this required upkeep, including grants or inclusion on the historical registry.

Remains of Fallen Soldier Returning to Coffeyville for Burial


The remains of a fallen soldier killed in action during the Korean War are being returned to Coffeyville for burial.


PFC Bill Freemont Hobbs, of South Coffeyville, was listed as MIA in November of 1950 near Chosin Reservoir in North Korea when the heavy mortar ammunition truck he was driving was bombed.


In 2018, after President Donald Trump met with North Korea Chairman Kim Jong-un, an agreement was made that 55 boxes of American remains would be returned to the U.S.


Subsequent DNA testing identified the remains of Hobbs after being missing for 68 years. Funeral services for Hobbs will be conducted on June 26th at 11 am at the Memorial Patio at Fairview Cemetery in Coffeyville.

Two Arrested for Shoplifting in Caney


Two Oklahomans are arrested in Caney for shoplifting. Yesterday, the Caney Dollar General located on South 75 Highway reported shoplifting to the Caney Police Department. Officers were able to view video footage of the suspects and the vehicle they were driving. Both suspects were observed placing numerous items in a large bag before they walked out of the store without paying.


At around 7:00am this morning, a Caney PD officer saw the suspect vehicle driving north on 75 Highway. After stopping the vehicle, the officer identified the driver as 34-year-old Jimmy Wayne Eutsler and the passenger as 19-year-old Halie Shambles both from Dewey, Oklahoma. Both were identified as the two suspects in the video footage and were arrested. Eutsler was charged with theft/shoplifting, driving while suspended and no liability insurance and Shambles was charged with theft/shoplifting.

K-103 To Be Resurfaced


The Kansas Department of Transportation expects to begin a resurfacing project on K-103 starting next week.


The project area covers the entire route, starting at the K-7 junction and continuing east to U.S. 69. Project activity includes a mill and overlay. Flaggers and a pilot car will guide one-lane traffic through the work zone; expect delays of 15 minutes or less on days when the project is active.


KDOT awarded the nearly $720,000 construction contract to Apac-Central, Inc., of Fayetteville, Arkansas. Weather permitting, the project should be finished later this month.


Montgomery County Sheriff's Office Sponsoring Free Training


The Montgomery County Sheriff's Office is teaming up with the Montgomery County Emergency Preparedness department for a free training opportunity.


The training will include a presentation compiled by the director of emergency management for Stillwater, Oklahoma. In 2015, then 25-year-old Adacia Chambers drove her vehicle into several barriers, eventually careening into a crowd that had gathered for that year's homecoming parade. The crash killed 4 and injured 46.


The two-hour presentation will be held at Memorial Hall in Independence on June 15th, starting at noon.

Three City Employees Injured in Single Vehicle Accident


A City of Independence Sanitation Department truck was involved in a single-vehicle rollover accident east of Independence while on their way to the county landfill. The three employees in the truck have all been transported to Labette Health’s Independence Emergency Room for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries.


Assistant City Manager David Cowan said the top-of-mind concern at this time is the well-being of the team members who were involved in the accident. The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Department is investigating the incident, and the city will conduct a full review as well.


Butt Crack Bandit Identified


A connection has been made in the Taco Mayo burglary in Parsons to the bank robbery in Independence. Paul Gordon, who was arrested for the armed robbery, was found to have personal connections to a Taco Mayo employee. Gordon was wearing an ankle monitor, and records show that he was at both businesses when the crimes were committed.


The employee involved with the burglary was identified as Kailee McClelland, who was arrested for interference with law enforcement. Both Gordon and McClelland gave false statements to the investigators about the Taco Mayo burglary. Gordon is being charged with burglary and theft. After surveillance photos of the burglary were released, Gordon was given the name “Butt Crack Bandit” by social media users.

Street Repairs Underway in Independence


Milling and repaving work has begun on a section of West Main Street in Independence from approximately the location of the Super 8 Motel west to the Independence city limits.


Motorists should expect delays when traveling in this area, as flag operators will manage the traffic flow.


Crews will be at work on the project from 7 am to 7 pm Monday through Saturday, and the project is expected to be complete by July 1, depending on weather conditions.

Push Begins to Save Gregg Theatre


A sudden closing of the Gregg Theatre in Sedan has prompted some members of the community to step in and help save it.


The Facebook group "Save the Gregg" is encouraging those in to send donations to a local bank in the community, indicating in the memo line that the money should be used to save the volunteer, non-profit theater. According to group admins, the theater should be saved as the space has been used for more than just movies, and will continue to be used in the same ways in the future.


Last week, the Gregg Theatre announced it was closing after unexpected repair costs left them unable to operate. The estimated costs came in at just over $8,000.

U.S. 54 Resurfacing Project Starts Next Week


The Kansas Department of Transportation expects to begin work on a U.S. 54 resurfacing project the week of June 14th.


The project starts at the Allen-Bourbon county line and continues east through Bourbon County to end at Fort Scott. Project activity includes a surface recycle and ultra-thin bonded asphalt overlay.


KDOT awarded the $2.8 million construction contract to Apac-Central, Fayetteville, Ark. Flaggers and a pilot car will direct one-lane traffic through the work zone; expect delays of 15 minutes or less on days when the project is active.


The road work should be completed by late August, weather permitting.

Distrust and KOMA Violation Reasons for Recall


A three-person recall petition committee and a group of petition sponsors are circulating a petition to have Labette County District 2 Commissioner Brian Kinzie removed from office. Committee Member Brad Owens says he has lost trust in the commissioner.


Owens says he opposes wind energy because he has seen firsthand the negative health and psychological effects windmills can have.  To sign the petition you need to be a registered voter in district two and the signatures on the petition are an open record. The committee has 90 days to collect 1,202 signatures and Commissioner Kinzie or any other “aggrieved party” has 30 to challenge the recall effort.

Independence Children's Summer Theatre Season Opens Friday


June has arrived and that means that the Independence Children's Summer Theatre programs are just around the corner.


This year's programs feature two musicals and a play. Independence Chamber of Commerce Director Lisa Wilson fills us in on what programs are being put on by the ICST.


More information on the ICST and how you can volunteer to help can be found in the online version of this story at

Man Arrested for Burglary, Drug Possession


A 40-year-old Chanute man has been arrested on several charges including burglary.


Chanute Police Department Officers responded to the area of the 1700 block of South Central for an individual that had got into a vehicle and took some items. An individual saw the man get into the vehicle and chased him north and west of the residence. During the investigation, officers were able to positively identify the alleged suspect.


The next day, Officers arrested 40-year-old Jerome T. Henderson. While preparing him for transport, officers located items associated with illegal narcotics in his possession. Henderson was arrested for burglary of a vehicle, theft, possession of methamphetamine, and possession of drug paraphernalia.


He was transported to the Neosho County Jail without incident.

Group of Citizens want Labette County Commissioner Out of Office


Tensions over wind energy continue to rise as a group of Labette County citizens want a county commissioner removed from office. A recall petition for District Two Commissioner Brain Kinzie is being circulated to obtain signatures. Commissioner Kinzie says they are trying to get him out of office for someone who will agree with Commissioner Addis and vote no.


Commissioner Kinzie says he hasn't made a decision on wind energy and if any of his constituents would like to discuss the matter with him the door is always open.  There was some discussion on the best way to contact the commissioner. He says he would prefer in-person or over the phone as he might not always answer emails.

Saturation Patrol Leads to Stolen Property Arrest


A weekend saturation patrol in Caney leads to an arrest for a stolen trailer. Montgomery County Sheriff Ron Wade says during the joint patrol, officers observed a trailer that had been reported stolen earlier in the week. A search warrant was executed on the residence, and officers located several stolen guns, TVs, a trailer, a welder, and other assorted hand tools.


Officers arrested 34-year-old Christopher Louis Love and transported him to the Montgomery County Department of Corrections, where he was booked into jail for burglary and theft. Also during the patrol, officers made 49 contacts, seven K-9 alerts, searched eight vehicles, issued 14 citations, and seized marijuana, four THC cartridges, and paraphernalia.

Independence Tag Office Closing Temporarily


The Independence Tag Office will be closed starting June 21st due to low staffing numbers. Several staff members have resigned in 2021, and with the few employees remaining spread thin, County Treasurer Nancy Clubine said she had no choice but to close the office. 


There will be one employee remaining in Independence for those who simply need to renew their tags. However, Clubine said any non-renewal business must now go to the Coffeyville Tag Office.


The office will reopen once more staffers are hired. Clubine suggested increasing the salaries of remaining employees until more are found, but was met by indecision by the Montgomery County Commission. The commission will be discussing how to best handle the issue at a work session on June 16th.

Plans for Coffeyville Summer Celebration


The 2021 edition of the Coffeyville Summer Celebration is coming soon. The festivities are currently scheduled for July 10th at Walter Johnson Park. Event organizer Mike Bradley says plenty of events are scheduled for the day.


Also featured will be the CCC Quack Clash and the largest fireworks show in the southeast Kansas area. More information about the Coffeyville Summer Celebration can be found here.

Montgomery County Commission Approves Bid, New Stop Sign


The Montgomery County Commission has approved a bid for corrugated metal pipe, albeit at a much higher price than they paid last year.


The three-piece commission approved the bid from Fensco, Inc. out of Jenks, Oklahoma. The price, which was the lowest bid, came in at $47,977. Other bids came from companies out of Hutchinson, Salina, and Jefferson City, Missouri.


Public Works Coordinator Jim Wright supplied the commission with numbers outlining the price increase of metal pipe from November 2020 to June 2021. In some cases, the price has increased over 85%. Wright said the companies do not expect that price to drop back down to previous levels until 2022, if ever, for a number of reasons.


In other business, the commission approved the placement of a stop sign at County Road 3950 and 5400. The stop sign will be placed on 3950, while 5400 will remain open.

Fish Salvage Order Issued for Lake Tanko


A fish salvage order has been isssued for Lake Tanko in Cherryvale.


The order, posted on Friday, came in response to a recent renovation project. Until further notice, all fish may be removed by any means necessary. This does not include firearms and explosives, electrical means, or chemical means.


All length and creel limits have been removed, and the limit of rods allowed to an angler has also been removed.

One Killed and Another Injured in Crawford County Crash


One man has been killed and and another seriously injured in a highway crash Friday in Crawford County.


According to the Kansas Highway Patrol, a Ford Fusion driven by 66-year Michael Semones of Pittsburg was headed southbound on U.S. Highway 69 when he crossed the center line and hit a semi-truck head-on driven by 68-year-old John Lowe of Shawnee. Semones died in the crash while Lowe suffered serious injuries and was transported to Overland Park Medical Center.


Seatbelts were in use in both vehicles.

K-7 Replacement Needed in Girard


A major overhaul will take place on Highway K-7 through Girard.


The city announced on a Facebook post that the damage caused to the highway was a result of frost heave due to Winter Storm Uri. City officials contacted the Kansas Department of Transportation to inquire about natural disaster funding as the damage cannot be repaired by a simple overlay. The entire base will need to be excavated and replaced at an estimated cost of $450,000.


KDOT sent geologists to investigate the damage and determined the City would be eligible for funding which will cover 100% of the cost. KDOT and Girard have worked together to address traffic issues and engineer a comprehensive fix.


KDOT has indicated that they anticipate a June/July start date for the repairs.

4-H Project Exhibits


County fairs are fast approaching, and 4-H project exhibits are a standard feature of fair activities. K-State 4-H and youth development specialist Amy Sollock shares what a 4-H project is about and the different projects they may choose to exhibit.


Sollock explains more about the 4-H project process itself, and how the county fair exhibits tie into that project experience.


As 4-Hers get the opportunity to present their hard work, they may have had a helping hand along the way.


For more information on the 4-H Youth Project, you can contact Sollock at 785-259-2256.

6th Annual Auction Tomorrow


Join us for the 6th Annual KGGF KUSN KQQF auction tomorrow at the Coffeyville Recreation Center. The doors will open up at 8:00am, the bidding starts at 9:00am and will go until all the items are sold.


All items are brand new and are guaranteed 20% off but the savings could be even more. Registration for a biding number is free, so even if you don't plan on bidding you can register for a chance to win door prizes. Items up for auction include a grill, a yearling Brangus, a queen-size mattress set and so much more.

Downtown Pittsburg Celebrates 3rd Annual 620 Day


The Downtown Advisory Board is gearing up to host its 3rd Annual 620 Day Celebration on June 20th from Noon to 7 pm. The DAB plans to shut down Broadway from 4th Street to 6th Street to accommodate event activities.


Live music, local vendors, and food trucks are just a few of the exciting offerings this event has planned. The DAB is currently seeking local vendors and businesses to sign up to participate.


If you or someone you know makes or sells goods they are welcome to register for no fee. Food vendors are required to submit a $50 deposit that will be given back to them when they arrive at the event. More information, as well as the form to register, can be found here.

Domestic Fight Leads to Early Morning Chase


Parsons Police officers are on the hunt for a suspect who got away after an early morning disturbance call.


Officers were called to the 2300 block of Grand early Friday morning for a reported domestic fight. The suspect was identified as 19-year-old William Tyrone Andre Phillips, who left the scene in a Ford F150. Officers attempted to stop the vehicle, but Phillips sped away and initiated a chase. The chase lasted for several blocks before officers lost the suspect in the "dusty and dark" roads.


Charges are being sent to the Labette County Attornery for Aggravated Domestic Battery along with Fleeing and Attempting to Elude Officers, among other crimes. This continues to be an ongoing investigation.

Pittsburg Festival of the Arts Planned for June

The annual tradition of a weeklong series of concerts and arts events continues this summer with the Pittsburg Festival of the Arts, planned for June 13-19 in venues at Pittsburg State University and Block22 in Downtown Pittsburg.  


While last year’s festival had to be presented in virtual format throughout the summer, this year’s festival will once again be in person. 


A collaboration by the PSU Department of Music and the Bicknell Family Center for the Arts, the week will include:  

  • A mix of outdoor and indoor concerts featuring jazz, brass, Latin, country, classic rock, gospel, bluegrass, and chamber music 

  • An art exhibit grand opening and reception, and an artist painting in tandem with a concert 

  • Outdoor lunchtime concerts 

  • Two classic movie screenings on the jumbo screen in the Bicknell Center 


More information on this year's festival can be found here.



Lenexa Man Arrested in Chanute


A Lenexa man has been arrested on various drug charges.


Chanute Police Department Officers were sent to check out an unoccupied vehicle in Santa Fe Park. During the time, Chanute PD K9 searched around the vehicle and sensed the presence of illegal narcotics. Officers applied for and were granted a search warrant for the vehicle. During the search, officers located drugs and drug-related items.


As officers were finishing up with the search, the owner of the vehicle came back to the car. Officers conducted an interview and then arrested 51-year-old Derek Benjamin Leon Riley for possession of methamphetamine, possession of marijuana, and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was transported to the Neosho County Jail without incident.

SEK Regional Planning Seminar in Fredonia


The City of Fredonia and the Southeast Kansas Regional Planning Commission are putting on a seminar customized for Southeast Kansas communities and counties on June 22. The seminar will be from 8:30am to 3:30pm and will be held at the Fredonia High School commons. Complimentary lunch will be provided.


Citymark will conduct the training program led by Founder Howard McHenry and President Pete Goltra. Registration is $20 and the link to register can be found here


Inter-State Fair and Rodeo Dates Announced, Fun Pass Sale


The 2021 Inter-State Fair and Rodeo will be in Walter Johnson Park from August 8th – 14th.


In addition to the carnival and parade returning for this year's edition of the ISFR, all grandstand events will return including the PRCA Pro Rodeo, the All-Star Monster Trucks, and the Demolition Derby. Coffeyville Chamber of Commerce Director Candi Westbrook tells us how we can get into those grandstand events for one low price.


The One-Day Sale will be on June 25th and can be purchased at


The schedule of all events can be found here.


Hay Harvest Affects on Cattle Feed


No one knows for sure what cattle feed costs for next winter will be, but there’s a chance they could be on the rise. K-State Beef Cattle Nutritionist Dale Blasi says a way to keep those costs in check is deciding when to harvest hay this summer.

Blasi says his previous research shows that the later prairie hay is put up, the higher the eventual cattle feeding costs rise.  Blasi says producers need to make every effort to harvest hay in a timely manner.

Police Searching for Man and Stolen Vehicle


Caney Police are looking for a man who bought a car with a bad check.


Jamie Ochoa of Arkansas City filed a stolen vehicle report with the Caney Police Department. Ochoa reported that the vehicle had been posted on Facebook for sale. A person by the name of Chris Phillips showed interest in the vehicle that was advertised for sale. The two parties agreed on a price for the car and met in Caney.


Phillips paid Ochoa with a check for $13,000 for a 2010 Mitsubishi Lancer with the Kansas personalized Tag PNCHEVO. The check which Phillips paid for the vehicle was no good and Ochoa reported the car stolen to Caney Police Department. Both the victim and Caney PD were able to determine that Chris Phillips' true identity is Anthony Carpenter of Bartlesville. The vehicle and Carpenter have not been located at this time.


If you see this car or Carpenter, contact Caney PD at (620) 879-2141. A picture of Carpenter and the car can be found below.




Gregg Theater Announces Sudden Closing


The Gregg Theater in Sedan is closing down after recent costs have left them unable to operate.


The volunteer, non-profit movie theater announced via Facebook that equipment failures have left them with an estimated repair cost of $8,620 that they "do not have, or expect to have." With that in mind, the theater said it has no choice but to close.


Numerous citizens and organizations in Chautauqua County have expressed interest in helping, but as of now, nothing is set in stone.

KGGF Auction This Weekend


The 6th Annual KGGF Auction is this weekend at the Coffeyville Recreation Center. The doors open at 8:00am and the bidding will start at 9:00am. Organizer Tina Romine says if you like saving money this is the place to shop.


Romine says some of the items up for bid include a grill, chainsaw, power washer, and numerous gift certificates to numerous businesses and restaurants.  A full list of items as well as pictures of the items can be found here.

Free Fishing in Kansas This Weekend


All residents and visitors in the state of Kansas may fish for free this weekend.


According to the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism, anyone may fish on June 5th and June 6th without the need of a valid fishing license. However, all public lands, equipment, length and reel restrictions still apply and must be followed.


June 12th and June 13th, similarly, are free fishing days in Missouri. Places to fish in Coffeyville include the Verdigris River and LaClere Lake.



Tickets Still Available for Movie Premiere


This weekend only, you can catch the local premiere of the film Death Alley right here in Coffeyville.


The film is based on the true story of the Dalton Gang and their quest to become the West's most notorious outlaws. Tickets are $10 a person, and can be purchased either with this link or in person at the Coffeyville Chamber of Commerce. Showings are to be held on Friday and Saturday at 7 pm, and on Sunday at 2 pm.


The film's director and producer Nicholas Barton will be present at all three showings to answer questions prior to the film's premiere. Before the Saturday and Sunday showings, you can join the local 2nd Kansas Reenactors organization for some preshow entertainment.


You can watch the trailer for the movie here. This weekend's event is hosted by the Midland Theater Foundation and Coffeyville's Reawakening.

Man and Woman Injured in Weekend Crash


A man and woman were injured over the weekend after a wreck that occurred in Wilson County.


According to the Kansas Highway Patrol, a 1998 Pontiac Grand Am was southbound on Lane Road south of 300 Road just west of Neodesha. The vehicle left the roadway to the right for an unknown reason, vaulted over the creek bed, struck a tree, and rotated landing on the front two wheels.


The occupants of the vehicle, 29-year-old Antonio Padilla and 18-year-old Thaleana Hill, both of Fredonia, were transported to Wesley Medical Center with serious injuries. Neither Padilla nor Hill were wearing a seatbelt and it is unknown at the time who was driving the vehicle.


Man Taken in for Mental Health Intervention


A 31-year-old man was taken into custody after a recent incident in Pittsburg.


Pittsburg Police were dispatched to 506 N. Pine Street to investigate a report of a man standing on the fire escape of the business with, what the caller described as, an incendiary device. Officers arrived on the scene and made contact with the man who was standing on the top platform of the fire escape of the building. The man refused to come down to speak with officers and had a gas can, which had a paper towel protruding from the pour spout. Officers immediately evacuated the area and negotiators began efforts to talk the man into coming down from the platform.


After approximately one hour of negotiations, the man came down the fire escape without incident and was taken into custody. He was transported to the police department, where he underwent a mental health evaluation.

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