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Local News Archives for 2023-08

Coffeyville Bike Share Program Joining KANcycle


A change is coming to the Coffeyville bike share program. Organizer Sam Kudrick says they are going to be partnering with KANcycle.


Coffeyville is the first city in the southeast Kansas area to join KANcycle. Kudrick says they offer yearly memberships.  There are two locations for these bikes in Coffeyville. One is downtown by the Chamber of Commerce Building and the other is on the Coffeyville Community College Campus near the Student Union.

Miami Town Hall Meeting on Crime

 Concerned citizens in Ottawa County get a chance to be heard.

 Officials from both the Republican and Democratic parties will be on hand next Thursday for a Town Hall meeting to discuss crime in Ottawa County. All law enforcement agencies have been invited as well as District Attorney Doug Pewitt. All residents are invited to attend. Those with questions should email them prior to the meeting to The Town Hall will begin at 7pm Thursday at the Civic Center in Miami.

Elder Abuse Arrest in Dewey

 A Dewey woman is being charged elder abuse, neglect, and exploitation contrary to Oklahoma State Statute.

 Ashley Hamblin appeared yesterday in Washington County Court on those alleged charges from 2022. According to an affidavit, a welfare check was done in December 2022 on the alleged victim which resulted in the discovery of the following: The victim had health issues, communication problems, mobility, and dexterity issues due to a past stroke.

The allegation of exploitation was substantiated according in the police report, which states that Hamblin had checks written to her from the victim over the past two years that totaled more than $17,000. There were also signs of neglect of the victim due to appearing “filthy and malnourished.” Affidavit also states that Hamblin and her husband were living in the victim’s home under their name.

The victim was moved out of the home and into protective custody after it appeared that the victim had not been cared The victim would suffer another stroke at the hospital in December.

Hamblin was given a court date of September 8th and her bond was set at $25,000.

Crawford County Injury Car Accident

 A Crawford County car accident injures two people.

 The accident occurred just after 3pm yesterday (Wednesday) afternoon on U-S 69 at milepost 45.2 southbound or the intersection of U-S 69 and west South Street in Arma. A 2012 Chevy Silverado driven by 66 year old David J. Marrone of Frontenac, was traveling east on west South Street when it failed to yield the right of way and was struck by a 1991 Dodge Dynasty driven by 25 year old Emmah M. Dikeman of Fort Scott. Both Marrone and Dikeman were transported to Via Christi with suspected minor injuries, while a passenger in Marrone's vehicle, 70 year old Ruth L. Fleeman of Garland was uninjured.

Injury Crash Near Thayer

 A one vehicle crash near Thayer injures an Independence man.

 At around 3:30 yesterday afternoon, a 2015 Toyota Camry driven by 30 year old Luciano R. Duran-Espino of Independence, was traveling north bound on Douglas Road about 3 miles south of Thayer when the vehicle veered to the left side of the roadway and struck a bridge coming to rest in the southbound ditch. Duran-Espino was taken to Wesley Medical Center with a suspected serious injury. No other details are available at this time.

Street Closure in Caney

 The city of Caney announces a local street closure.

 Due to a water leak, North State Street is closed between First and Taylor in Caney until further notice. Residents are advised to drive with caution and find an alternative route.

Kansas Hunting Regulations and Hunting Atlas Released

 News releases from the state should be of interest to hunters.

 The state of Kansas releases the 2023-2024 Kansas Hunting and Furharvesting Regulations Summary and 2023-2024 Kansas Hunting Atlas. The hunting regulations summary includes common rules, methods of take, season dates, bag and possession limits, as well as a list of game wardens by county, and more. The hunting atlas includes maps of all publicly accessible hunting land in Kansas, to include Walk-in Hunting Access areas, state and federal public wildlife areas, and more. To access electronic versions of the Hunting Regulations or Hunting Atlas, visit or download the Go Outdoors KS mobile app. To request a copy by mail by call 620-672-5911

Trash Pickup Delays in Fredonia


If you live in Fredonia and are wondering why your trash wasn't picked up yesterday, you're not alone.


According to the city, the trash truck broke down in the middle of yesterday's route. City crews are working on repairs and expect to have them finished today. Residents with Wednesday and Thursday trash pickups may notice delays, but crews will be working to catch up today.

Submit Your Questions for the Coffeyville Forums


The Coffeyville Legislative Forum for the Coffeyville City Commission and the USD 445 Board of Education is coming up next month. Chamber of Commerce Director Candi Westbrook says the commission forum is on September 19th and the school board is on September 21st.


Westbrook says they will not take questions from the audience during the forums.  Both forums start at 6:00pm. You can email questions to Westbrook at, send them on Facebook messenger, on the contact page of the chamber website or bring them by the chamber office.

Wilson County Raising Employee Wages for 2024


Wilson County employees are seeing a pay increase in the 2024 fiscal year.


The county commissioners approved a proposed increase for employees in the Sheriff's Department, County Corrections, Administration, 911 Dispatch, and Department Heads.


Reasoning for the pay increase is a combination of increase in the county budget for the 2024 fiscal year, as well as emphasizing rewarding county employees with years of service.


Additionally at this week's County Commission meeting, Patty Ann Sanborn spoke regarding an upcoming conference in Independence that will cover housing needs. The conference is being put together by the SEK Incorporated Housing Coalition and will be on November 14th and 15th.


Cost to attend is $60 and Lieutenant Governor David Toland will be a guest speaker.

Water Leak Forces Closure Of Caney Street


 A water leak forces the closure of a Caney city street.

 City officials say North State Street will be closed between First and Taylor until further notice while city crews work to repair the leak.

 Stay tuned to the Mighty 690 KGGF for the latest updates on the repair. Updates will also be given on the city of Caney website and Facebook page.

Baby Chimpanzee Born at Wichita Zoo

 And now for your daily dose of cuteness …

 The Sedgwick County Zoo in Wichita welcomes a baby chimpanzee born on August 20. The baby is named Alizeti, which means “sunflower” in Swahili. Alizeti was born healthy but was later removed from the rest of the chimpanzee troop after zoo keepers observed her mother was not exhibiting maternal behavior. This life-saving step was taken to ensure the newborn animal has the best chance to survive. The baby chimp will be cared for until she is old enough and strong enough to be returned to the troop to be raised by a foster mother and the rest of her chimpanzee family.

Boil Water Advisory Rescinded for Montgomery County Rural Water District

 The Kansas Department of Health and Environment has rescinded a boil water advisory for the Montgomery County Rural Water District 2C-A public water supply system located in Montgomery County.

 The advisory was issued because of a loss of pressure in the system. Laboratory testing samples collected from the Montgomery County Rural Water District 2C-A indicate no evidence of bacteriological contamination. That and all other conditions that placed the system at risk of contamination are deemed by KDHE officials to be resolved.

Friday Deadline for Kan Okla Sale

 The Kan Okla 100 Mile sale is coming up on September 8 and 9.

 That means the deadline for people who want to get their free permit for the sale is quickly approaching. Independence Chamber President Lisa Wilson says you have until this Friday to stop by the Chamber and sign up.

Wilson says it's important to sign up at the Chamber in order to be in compliance with city ordinances.

The Chamber offices are located at 616 north Penn in Independence

Exercise Course Offered in Independence

 There's a new opportunity for older residents to get fit in Independence.

 Kansas State Research and Extension is offering an 8-week exercise course for older residents starting September 12. The hour long class meets twice a week and will focus on strength training. Research shows this type of activity can help improve balance, strengthen muscles, control weight, improve flexibility, reduce stress, strengthen bones, and reduce the risk of heart disease. The course will feature warm-up stretching exercises, weight training with or without wrist and ankles weights, and cool down. When the course ends, attendees can continue the exercises in the comfort of their own homes. The course meets Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10 to 11 am at the Wildcat Research and Extension office at 410 North Peter Pan Road in Independence. The course runs from September 12 through November 2 and the cost is $20. Make checks payable to Wildcat Extension District. Registration deadline is September 8. Questions?  Call Debbie at (620)-331-2690 or email

Corn Crop Struggling in Parts of Midwest


This year's corn crop has struggled in many central states.


That's according to USDA Meteorologist Brad Rippey, who says as much as 1/5th of the corn crop in several states including Kansas is rated in poor condition.


Other Midwestern states not doing well include Nebraska and Minnesota. The ongoing drought has made a major impact on several crops.

USD 445 Receive Grant to Help with Specialty Crops


The Kansas Department of Agriculture receives over $328,000 through the Specialty Crop Block Grant Program.


Funds for the program are presented by the U.S. Department of Agriculture to enhance the competitiveness of specialty crops. According to the USDA, specialty crops are defined as fruits, vegetables, tree nuts, dried fruits, horticulture and nursery crops, including floriculture. Through a competitive application process, KDA has selected recipients to further utilize the funds.


One of those recipients includes the Montgomery County Farm of the Future. Coffeyville Public Schools will increase their students’ knowledge of specialty crop production by placing an indoor farm classroom at the high school. Students will learn agriculture, plant science, nutrition, business marketing, and food preparation skills. This classroom will be managed by high school students and will produce leafy green vegetables to be served in their district’s cafeterias.

Single Vehicle Crash Leaves One Dead and Two Seriously Injured


One is dead after a single-vehicle crash in Osage County.


The fatality collision happened at the Lake and Wells Road intersection about two miles west and a mile south of Skiatook. The 2002 Ford F150 pickup, driven by 37-year-old Jesus Valderrama, departed the roadway to the right, came back onto the roadway, overcorrected to the left and rolled two and half times coming to rest on its top. Valderramam, who was not wearing his seat belt, was ejected 25 feet from the vehicle.


He was transported by Skiatook EMS to St. John’s Hospital in Tulsa with head, arm, internal and external injuries and is listed in critical condition. There were three passengers in the vehicle. 27-year-old Raul Azuaje was pronounced dead at the scene by the Oklahoma State Medical Examiner. 36-year-old Richard Ovalles was transported by Skiatook EMS to St. John’s Hospital in Tulsa and was treated and released.  37-year-old Jhony Arnaldi was transported by Country Corner EMS to St. John’s Hospital in Tulsa with head and arm injuries and was admitted in serious condition.


One Dead and One Injured in Four Vehicle Crash


One is dead and another injured after a four-vehicle crash in Kay County.


The fatality collision happened Sunday on Interstate 35 northbound at mile marker 221, in Blackwell, Oklahoma. A 2014 Toyota Tundra, driven by 44-year-old Byron Richmond, was traveling southbound in the northbound lane for an unknown reason. The Tundra collided head-on with a 2021 Ford F-350, driven by 23-year-old Earl Hayden York. This caused a 2022 Chevy Silverado, driven by 54-year-old David Boisvert, to impact the F-350 on the passenger side. A 1997 Lincoln Town Car, driven by 47-year-old Jose Hernandez swerved to avoid hitting the other vehicles causing him to hit a cable barrier.


Richmond was pronounced dead at the scene by the Oklahoma State Medical Examiner. York was transported by Medi-flight and admitted in critical condition with head and internal injuries. Both Boisvert and Hernandez were not injured. According to the report by the Oklahoma Highway Patrol trooper Richmond may have been under the influence of alcohol.  

Blue Moon Viewing This Week

 The old saying for something that rarely happens is “Once in a blue moon,” so for those who want to do something not-so-often, tomorrow is the day.

 Tomorrow night will be the last Super Blue Moon until January 2037. Ron Mallory of Kansas Astronomical Observers says it is a fairly rare phenomenonThe full moon will be visible tonight through Friday and will be at its peak tomorrow night. Mallory says you don't need fancy equipment to enjoy the sight. The planet Saturn will also be visible to the upper right of the Moon and will follow a path around it during the night.

Hot Temperatures Make for Warm Working Conditions in Nowata

 Hot temperatures a week ago made for warm working conditions this past week at the Nowata County Courthouse.

 Employees at the courthouse asked for explanations on the heat at this week’s Nowata County Commissioner’s meeting. According to the commissioners, it got up to 88 degrees indoors in many of the offices during last week’s heat wave. Commissioner Troy Friddle says the current air conditioner cannot keep up with that type of heat, leaving workers with few options. A few workers at the courthouse voiced concerns about possible heat stroke because of conditions.

Customer Service at Coffeyville City Hall Closed This Morning

 Residents in Coffeyville needing customer service from City Hall will have to wait until this afternoon.

 The City of Coffeyville announces their Customer Service Department at City Hall will be closed today between 8am and 1pm. The reason for the closure is staff training. The department will reopen this afternoon.

Internet Access Varied for Farmers


While a recent report says Kansas farms are ahead of the national average when it comes to computer access, the ways producers get online is varied.


USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service Statistician Tony Dorn says cellular Internet is the most popular across the nation.


According to NASS, 85% of Kansas farms had access to computers in 2023. This is well above the national average of 69%.

Soybean Condition Improves, Near Average


Soybeans in the area are doing better than this time last year.


That's according to K-State Research and Extension Crop Agent James Coover, who says recent rains have helped.


The latest USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service report shows soybean condition in Kansas at 11% very poor, 19% poor, 33% fair, 31% good and 6% excellent. Soybeans in Oklahoma are rated slightly better, with 39% reported fair and 51% excellent.


Corn in Kansas listed as mature is 59%, ahead of the state average of 20%. Sorghum headed in Oklahoma is behind the average, while progress is ahead of last year in Kansas at 84% but still near the average of 88%.

Coffeyville Fire Leaves Two in Critical Condition

 Two people are injured in a Coffeyville apartment fire.

 Just before 1pm on Monday, fire crews were dispatched to 705 Hibbard in coffeyville for a Building Fire. While En-route crews were updated via dispatch, that a victim had jumped from a 2nd-story window. Fire crews arrived on scene to heavy smoke showing from the 2nd story apartment and began a search. Witnesses told firefighters that more victims remained inside the apartment. Fire crews entered the apartment and located a female patient inside a bedroom. The two victims were treated at the scene by Coffeyville Regional Medical Center EMS and taken to the hospital. They were later life flighted to Tulsa in critical condition. Off-duty Firefighters, South Coffeyville, Dearing, and Coffeyville Resources Fire Departments responded. Coffeyville Police Department, Coffeyville Light & Power and CRMC EMS also assisted. The cause of the fire is currently being investigated by the Kansas State Fire Marshals Office and the Coffeyville Police Department.

Spreading Fentanyl Awareness


The drug Fentanyl continues to become a more common drug in the area. Community Health Center Vice President of Behavioral Health and Addiction Services Eric Thomason says Fentanyl is a synthetic drug made in a lab.


Thomason says a number of the counties in the area are considered high intensity drug trafficking areas according to the Office of National Drug Control.  Fentanyl has been found in marijuana and methamphetamine, but Thomason says in most cases the people who are consuming the drug don't realize it.


Crews Respond to Fire at Coffeyville Apartment Complex


The Coffeyville Fire Department and Coffeyville EMS respond to an apartment fire.


Crews responded to a fire at the Coffeyville Village apartments in the 700 block of Hibbard shortly before 1:00pm today. At least one adult was injured and transported to a local hospital for treatment. Property Manager Heather Cowdin says fire crews got everyone out of the apartment.


The cause of the fire is under investigation. No other information is available at this time.

Governor Kelly Announces Panel for Regional Psychiatric Hospital in South Central Kansas

 The increasing need for psychiatric care among Americans prompts Kansas Governor Laura Kelly to take action.

 Kelly has issued an executive order to establish the South Central Regional Psychiatric Hospital Advisory Panel.  The 14-member panel is tasked with gathering public input and making recommendations on the operation, location, and workforce development needs of the proposed 50-bed psychiatric hospital in south central and south eastern Kansas. The panel will examine how a state hospital would fit into existing or planned services in the region and identify existing resources, gaps in services, and opportunities to improve access to mental health services. Kansas currently operates state psychiatric hospitals in Osawatomie in northeast Kansas and Larned in western Kansas. A regional hospital in south central Kansas will address the shortage of in-patient mental health beds in this part of the state and allow patients to remain closer to home and family while receiving care. It will also lessen jail overcrowding by shortening the wait time for inmates pending evaluations or treatment. The advisory panel will provide an interim report to the Governor and the Sedgwick County Commission by January 15 with a final report due in June.


USDA Commodities Distribution Happens Tomorrow

 The U-S Department of Agriculture Commodities Distribution announces a date change.

 The distribution date is tomorrow/today from 10am until noon at 2301 Main Street in Parsons. Commodities will be disbursed on a first-come, first-served basis. A valid drivers license or I-D and a current utility bill with correct address must be given at the time of pick up.

Kansas Turnpike Authority Announces Video Contest for Kansas Teens

 The Kansas Turnpike Authority is looking for creative Kansas teens to help the Put the Breaks on Fatalities.

 According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, motor vehicle crashes are a leading cause of death for U.S. teens. To help shine the spotlight on this, KTA launched a young driver safety campaign as school resumes that includes a video contest Teens can submit videos between six and sixty seconds in length that promote fatality prevention using themes such as distracted driving, speeding, seat belt use or other topics of driver safety. Prizes will be given for the top three winners based on creativity, the clarity of the safety message, and the overall quality of work. The 1st place winning video will receive a $500 Amazon gift card. Submissions will be accepted starting on September 5th. For a complete list of rules and prizes, see the KTA website.

Cherokee National Holiday This Weekend


The Cherokee Nation is holding a big celebration this weekend.


The 71st annual Cherokee National Holiday is coming up this Friday through Sunday in Tahlequah. According to the Nation, the event typically draws more than 100,000 visitors from across the country and features cultural activities as well as some new events. For the first time, the tribe will present a two-day bluegrass and folk-themed concert at One Fire Field on Friday and Saturday from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Concertgoers are encouraged to bring a lawn chair or blanket to enjoy the music.


Other events include longtime favorites, like traditional games, sporting events such as softball, stickball, 3-on-3 basketball, horseshoe pitching tournament, golf, the Holiday Veterans 5K and Fun Run, as well as cornhole and fishing tournaments and much more. The Inter-Tribal Powwow, which brings in many visitors every year, will return on Friday and Saturday at the Cherokee Nation Cultural Grounds, where dancers will go head-to-head in competition for top honors and over $35,000 in prize money.  A full schedule is available here.

Saturday Morning Accident in Joplin Kills One, Injures One


 A one vehicle accident Saturday morning in south Joplin kills the driver and injures the passenger.

 Captain William Davis of the Joplin Police Department says the accident took place just after 11:00 Saturday morning, on eastbound I-44 and Main Street, near Mercy Hospital. Witnesses say the 2016 Lamborghini Huracan Spyder, driven by 32-year-old Ryan Malone of Springdale, Arkansas, was traveling at a high rate of speed and went off the south side of the road. The vehicle then traveled under the I-44 guardrail, began overturning, crossed the I-44 Main Street eastbound on-ramp and came to a stop in the deep ravine near the Mercy Hospital Emergency Room.

 The driver was pronounced deceased on scene, while an unidentified adult female passenger was transported to Mercy Hospital with moderate injuries.

 Joplin Police and Fire and Newton County Ambulance responded, along with assistance from Mercy Security.

The investigation is ongoing by the Joplin Police Department Major Crash Team.

Two Injured in Crash Near Chanute


Two are injured in a single-vehicle accident west of Chanute.


According to the Kansas Highway Patrol, 19-year-old Chance Hansen of El Dorado was driving a 2014 Dodge Dart eastbound on 2000 Road Friday night. Around 7:20, the car left the road, traveled through a fence, rolled and came to rest on its wheels. Hansen was taken to Neosho Memorial Regional Medical Center with a suspected minor injury, while the passenger, 17-year-old Isabelle O'Brien of Chanute, was taken to Labette Health with a suspected serious injury. Hansen was wearing his seatbelt while O'Brien was not.

Weekend Fire Damages Baxter Springs Church


 Multiple fire departments respond to a fire at a Baxter Springs church over the weekend.

 The call came into Baxter Springs 911 around 4:30 Saturday afternoon about a fire at Fellowship Baptist Church. Crews quickly contained the fire, only staying on scene later in the evening to contain flare ups.

 There were no injuries. Fire crews from Baxter Springs, Galena, Columbus, and Quapaw responded.

 The investigation is ongoing.

Two School Zones Become One In Caney

 With school back in session across the area, lower speed limits in school zones are being enforced.

 Beginning this year, the two school zones on Highway 75 in Caney have been merged into one longer school zone. Caney Police Chief Ike Dye says the merging decision was not under the city's control, due to Highway 75 being a state controlled roadway.

 Dye says the longer school zone will eliminate any confusion about where the lower speed limits begin and end. He adds that safety of the children plays a big factor in the decision.

 A link to the school zone map is available below. 


Water Repairs in Parsons on Monday

 Parsons city water crews will be replacing a water valve in the Rosewood Addition in Parsons on Monday.

 As a result of that repair most residents in the Rosewood Addition will be without water from 7am until 2pm Monday. The city hopes to have the water service restored as quickly as possible and appreciates residents' patience while the work is underway.

Independence City Commission Approves Constitution Week in September

 The Daughters of the American Revolution are encouraging citizens to learn more about the Constitution.

 Michelle Corn of the D-A-R asked the Independence City Commission to declare the week of September 17th through the 23rd “Constitution Week.”  The Independence commissioners say its a great idea and approved the measure by a unanimous vote. Other business before the commission included approval of a building grant for a new coffee shop on east Main. They also heard from a citizen who was requesting information from the city.

High School Football Jamboree Tonight in Independence

 It's that time of year … time for high school football.

 Several area teams are gearing up for the new season in Independence tonight. Field Kindley, Independence, and Caney Valley high schools will take part in a joint scrimmage. Independence Mayor Louis Ysusi says it's a great chance to come out and support your team while helping a good cause.

The Football Jamboree begins tonight with Independence and Field Kindley followed by Field Kindley and Caney, then Independence and Caney. Kick off is 7:30pm at Shulthis Stadium in Independence.

Governor's Drought Decree Won't Change Indy Water Watch

 The severe heat and dry weather conditions have many area cities dealing with water emergencies.

 Governor Laura Kelly has also issued a new executive order declaring a drought emergency for 55 counties in the state including Chautauqua, Labette, Montgomery, and Neosho counties. At last night's city commission meeting in Independence, City Engineer John Garris discussed the new declaration with the commissioner. Garris says the new order does not change the current water watch in effect for Independence. Garris says local water use has risen slightly during the water watch, but that the rise is due to the dry condition. Residents do not need to report others for their water usage.

Moonlight Madness Tonight in Parsons

 It's Moonlight Madness tonight in downtown Parsons.

 There will be food, music, and lots family fun and games for the kids plus a chance for revelers to get some great deals from their favorite Parsons merchants. Moonlight Madness runs from 7 to 11pm tonight on Main Street between 17th and Central; and on 18th Street between Main and Broadway in downtown Parsons.

Sausage Fest Happens This Saturday in Fredonia

It's a celebration of all things sausage.

Sausage Fest 2023 kicks off tomorrow in downtown Fredonia. The 5K Weiner Walk at TAG gets things going at 8am. Evening activities include a cornhole tournament at 5pm, Haute Dawg Runway Show at 6:30, a hot dog eating contest at 7, Wiener Weway at 7:30, Quest for the Gilded Banger at 7:30, the Mr. Hotlink Pageant at 8, Hurtin' for a Squirtin' at 8:30, and Chorizo Challenge Arm Wrestling Tournament at 9pm. The Meat and Greet Beer Garden and Bratwurst Boutique is open from 5pm to midnight. There will also be a live D-J, wiener wagon rides, and food vendors. Please remeber that only alcohol purchased at the Fredonia Sausage Fest Beer Garden may be consumed at the festival and no alcohol is permitted outside the boundaries taped off on the downtown square. Failure to follow these rules will result in ticketing and fines. To sign up for events, email

Two Injured in Crash North of Independence


Two are injured after a crash north of Independence.


According to the Kansas Highway Patrol, 25-year-old Braden Bales of Parsons was driving a 2022 Dodge Charger northbound on U.S. 75. and rear-ended a 2010 GMC Acadia driven by 55-year-old Michelle Magner of Neodesha as she was attempting to turn left. Both were taken to an area hospital with suspected minor injuries, and both were wearing their seatbelts.


Crews Respond to Coffeyville House Fire

 Coffeyville fire fighters respond to a house fire in the city.

 Yesterday at approximately 2:45pm fire crews were called for smoke in a residence in the 1300 block of West 3rd street. Upon arrival of the First-Engine they upgraded the response to a working fire. Off-duty personnel, along with fire crews from Dearing, Liberty and Coffeyville Resources were also called for assistance. The fire was located in the basement of the residence and was extinguished by fire personnel. The cause was determined to be from spray foam insulation heating up during the application of the foam. Coffeyville Regional Medical Center EMS provided rehab to Fire personnel. The Coffeyville Police Department provided scene control and were assisted by Code enforcement.

Missing Child From Indiana Found Safe in Commerce

 A missing child from Indiana is recovered safe in Commerce, Oklahoma.

 On August 18, The Oklahoma Highway Patrol received information of an Endangered Missing Advisory and that a suspect vehicle was located in Commerce. O-H-P troopers and the Commerce Oklahoma Police Department arrived at that location and recovered the child safely. The OSBI Child Abuse Response Team conducted interviews and collected evidence from the scene. 29-year-old Jonathan Eliezer Miranda Juarez was arrested on charges of First-Degree Rape, Possession of Child Pornography, and Harboring a Juvenile Runaway. A federal hold was also placed on Juarez, pending additional charges. He was booked into the Ottawa County Jail.

Multi-Vehicle Crash East of Independence

Several people are injured in a multi-vehicle crash east of Independence.


According to the Kansas Highway Patrol, the crash happened around 6:20 last night on U.S. 160 eastbound at the intersection of 4900 Road. Three separate vehicles were headed eastbound. Sixty-one-year-old William Martin of Cherryvale was driving a 1972 Ford F250 and attempted to make a left-hand turn. A 2015 Ford F150 driven by 27-year-old Reid Hugo of Cherryvale then struck a 2019 Hyundai Elantra driven by 59-year-old Lee Maley of Altamont, which struck Martin's F250. Maley's Elantra then continued into the westbound lane and struck a 2008 Chevy Tahoe driven by 72-year-old Adah Creek of Cherryvale. Martin and Hugo had no apparent injury while Maley was taken to Coffeyville Regional Medical Center with a suspected serious injury. Creek was taken to a Joplin hospital with a suspected serious injury. Three children riding in the Tahoe with Creek all received suspected minor injuries. Hugo and Maley were both wearing their seatbelts while all others involved in the crash were not.

OswegoFest Armband Presale

 Residents of southeast Kansas are looking forward to fall for the cooler weather but also for the fun fall festivals in the area.

 OswegoFest is coming up October 12th through the 15th at the Labette County Fairgrounds in Oswego. Event organizer Kami Ryan says there are many fun, family-friendly activities to enjoy, including the carnival. Armbands for the carnival are currently available for purchase in a variety of location. Armbands are $25 during the presale and only a limited number are available at that price. They will be more expensive at the gate. Other events at OswegoFest include bullriding, mutton busting, and food and craft vendors.

Some Relief From the Heat Expected This Weekend

 The excessive heat continues today across the tri-state region with some relief expected this weekend.

 Excessive heat warnings remain in effect until 10pm tonight for southeast Kansas and southwest Missouri. Northeast Oklahoma is under an excessive heat warning today from 11am until 8pm. Highs today are expected around 103 with a heat index around 110. Tomorrow, however, expect area highs in the mid 90s with a good chance of afternoon showers and thunderstorms. Highs on Sunday are expected to be in the low to mid 80s.

Mum Fundraiser for Best Family Scholarship


The Best Family is hosting their annual mum sale to benefit their scholarship with the Coffeyville Regional Medical Center Foundation.


Mums will be sold from the CRMC North Parking Lot on September 13th and 14th from 8:00am to 7:00pm or until they are all gone. Mums are $15 each, preorder is not required. The Best Family Scholarship was created by the children of Jerry and Norma Best in memory of their father and to honor their mother.


The family has worked together at a variety of fundraisers to enhance their scholarship fund.  In 2020 the family was able to endow their scholarship fund so that the Best Family Scholarship will continue for years to come. This scholarship has been awarded since 2015 and more than 25 recipients have been assisted, many over multiple years to complete their educational goals.


Improvement Coming to Polk Park


Improvements are coming to Polk Park in Fredonia thanks to a donation from Blue Cross and Blue Shield. City Administrator Wes Young says the $50,000 donation is part of the Pathways to a Healthy Kansas initiative.


Young says the Stay Strong Live Long Wilson County Coalition sent surveys to the nearby residents of Polk Park.  Young says the city will add just over $5,000 from their parks budget to help with improvement to the park, including new playground equipment.

Caney Awarded Pocket Park Grant

 The city of Caney has been awarded a grant to establish a pocket park, across from City Hall in the downtown area.

 According to the city, property developed into the pocket park must be a part of the land bank. City officials are asking that all residents complete the survey, so they can get a better idea on what is wanted or needed at this pocket park.

 A link to the survey can be found here.

Coffeyville Movie Night Postponed Due to Hot Weather

 As the heat wave continues to scorch the Midwest, some area events have been canceled or postponed.

 Among the activities postponed due to the hot weather is the Coffeyville Movie Night set for this Saturday. Midland Theater Board member Wyatt Starnes says the goal is to make sure everyone can stay safe and healthy. Starnes says the movie night will be rescheduled when the weather cools. Independence has also rescheduled their movie night to a later date.

Osage County Cold Cases Possibly Linked to BTK Killer

 A pair of unsolved murders may be linked to the BTK serial killer.

 The Osage County Sheriff's Office conducted a search of the property of where Dennis Rader, otherwise known as the B-T-K Killer used to live in Park City, Kansas, on Tuesday. The search revealed that investigators believe Rader is the prime suspect in an Osage County cold case regarding Cynthia Dawn Kinney from 1976 and the death of 22-year old Shawna Beth Garber from 1990, a crime committed in Missouri. 

Osage County Undersheriff Gary Upton said Rader's journal entries indicated that he was out of the Wichita area when Kinney went missing and he explains in further detail why he thinks Rader was involved in the Kinney case, who disappeared from the Pawhuska laundromat.

On Tuesday, investigators found “items of interest,” but Upton said they did not find bones, or bodily remains. This is an ongoing investigation.

Bartlesville Woman Arrested for Trafficking Found With Drugs in Jail

 Bartlesville police make a drug arrest after a traffic stop.

 A Bartlesville woman was arrested early Tuesday morning on the charges of trafficking controlled dangerous substances (CDS), possession of CDS with intent, unlawful possession of paraphernalia, and possession of contraband in jail. Taylor Eldridge was pulled over for erratic driving near the Caney River Bridge on Tuesday. Officers discovered that Eldridge had an active warrant, then placed her under arrest. Before towing the vehicle, officers searched the vehicle and found Eldridge’s bag which contained multiple narcotics. Inside the bag, police located a crystal and liquid form of Methamphetamine. Police also discovered a white cylinder container with two pills inside and another form of a white powdery substance that was found to be Fentanyl. After arriving to the jail, Eldridge informed officers that she had drugs hidden on her body. Police would recover more Fentanyl from her person. Eldridge was given a bond of $50,000 and her next court date is set for Friday.

More Weather Cancellations

 Due to the excessive heat across the region, the following events have been canceled, postponed, or rescheduled:

 Independence Community College football game against Iowa Central this Saturday: kick off time has been changed to 10am at Shulthis Stadium in Independence

The Coffeyville tree dump will be closed today thru Sunday

The Free Movie Night planned for Saturday evening in Independence has been postponed and rescheduled for September 30th

The Coffeyville Movie Night set for this Saturday has also been postponed. It will be rescheduled at a later date.

The Football Jamboree between, Independence High School, Field Kindley High School and Caney Valley High School has changed its kick-off time. It will now begin at 7:30pm tomorrow night at Shulthis Stadium in Independence.

For weather cancellations and postponements, stay tuned to KGGF.

Excessive Heat Continues Through Friday

 The heat continues but their is relief on the horizon.

 The high temperatures will stay with us into the weekend as excessive heat warnings remain in effect until 10pm Friday for southeast Kansas and southwest Missouri. Northeastern Oklahoma is under an excessive heat warning from 11am until 8pm today and tomorrow. The heat is expected to break over the weekend with Sunday highs expected in the mid 80s and the possibility of rain and thunderstorms next week. While the heat holds, remember to take precautions to stay safe from the heat. Reschedule outdoor activities to early morning or evening if possible, drink plenty of water, stay in the shade when possible, and know the signs of heat exhaustion: dizziness, nausea, and heavy sweating. Heat Exhaustion can lead to heat stroke which can be deadly.

Mistakes Discovered in Neodesha Rate Hearing


A mistake has been discovered in how the revenue neutral rate hearing was conducted in Neodesha.


City Administrator Ed Truelove says the rate hearing conducted earlier this month did not fall within the correct window.


In additon, Truelove says there have been errors discovered from past years including the application of the mill gathering at the county level, and they've been working with their auditor and Wilson County Clerk Kayla Bush to uncover the errors.


Notice of the hearing will be republished and held on September 13th.

September JOM and Title VI Meetings


The meetings of the Johnson-O'Malley and the Title VI Indian Education Parent Committee are coming up the first week of September.


The meetings will be on Wednesday, September 6th in the Field Kindley High School Library. The JOM meeting is at 6:00pm, followed by the Title VI parent meeting at 6:30pm. The mission of Indian Education is to support the efforts of local educational agencies, Indian tribes and organizations, and other entities to meet the unique education and culturally related academic needs of American Indians.


One of the most important components of both JOM and Title VI Programs is parent involvement. To serve on either parent committee, a person must be the parent or guardian of a Title VI or JOM verified child. School board members, school administrators, school employees, and Cherokee Nation personnel with signature authority over Title VI contracts or any of their spouses are not eligible to serve.  

Local Masons Donate to Hawaii Relief


A local organization is making a big donation to Hawaii relief efforts.


Members of Keystone Lodge 102 in Coffeyville are donating $10,000 towards relief for Maui and Lahaina residents. Lodge Member and Kansas Masonic Foundation Trustee Tim Russell says they normally try and keep money raised in the community, but felt the the money was needed the 50th state.


Russell says the masons raise a lot of money, especially at the state level and they've been able to fund some state-of-the-art project to benefit Kansas communities.


The lodge is active with meeting twice a month at 2001 Woodland Avenue in Coffeyville.

More Record High Temperatures

 As the heat wave continues to roast the Midwest, more record record high temperatures are tied or broken.

 Across Kansas yesterday, both Russell and Wichita tied their all time highs, while Salina broke their record high for August 22nd previously set in 1918. Yesterday's high in Salina was 108. In southeast Kansas, Chanute, unofficially, saw its third highest heat index ever at 126. Chanute's highest heat index was set in 1981 at 133. The heat is expected to continue through Friday.

Area Cancellations and Schedule Changes Due to Weather

There are afew area schedule changes due to the heat for high school and college athletics.

 Miami High School has rescheduled this Friday's football game against Dewey to September 15th due to the excessive heat. The high school softball team will not play at the Pryor Festival this weekend due to the weather.

The South Coffeyville High School football game against Welch slated for this week has pushed back kick off time to 8pm this Friday.

The Independence Community College football game against Iowa Central Community College set for this Saturday has changed kick-off time due to the heat. The game will now begin at 10am Saturday at Shulthis Stadium in Independence. 

The Coffeyville tree dump will also be closed Thursday, August 24, through Sunday, August 27, due to the hot weather.

Registration Open for Cattle Symposium


Registration is now open for an event that may be of interest to ranchers.


The 2023 U.S. CattleTrace Symposium will be held November 14th through 15th at the American Royal Center in Kansas City. Organizers say the event allows attendees the opportunity to learn more about current animal disease traceability response tools and how a voluntary contact-tracing tool can enhance responses to future animal diseases. There is no cost to attend but registration is needed for an accurate meal count. A link for more information is available here.


The Excessive Heat Continues Through Friday

 Excessive heat continues across the listening area today with high temperatures in the triples digits once again with little to no chance for rain until Saturday.

 The high today in Coffeyville is 102 with a heat index of 108. The excessive heat warning for southeast Kansas and southwest Missouri has been extended through 10pm on Friday night. The excessive heat warning for north east Oklahoma is in effect from 11am until 8pm tonight. For those who must be outside, take precautions to stay safe from the heat, which includes drinking plenty of water, wearing loose-fitting clothes, and staying in the shade when possible. Limit outdoor activities or move them to early morning or evening if possible. Be aware of the symptoms of heat exhaustion and heat stroke, including dizziness, nausea, confusion, and loss of consciousness.

Coffeyville Approves Budget, Establishes Director Public Safety Position


The Coffeyville City Commission votes to establish a Director of Public Safety Services position. City Manager Mark Hall says this is a position that was at one time established in the city.


Despite some questioning by a citizen of the need for this position, the commission voted unanimously to establish it. Police Chief Kwin Bromley will serve in this role in addition to being the chief of police.


In other business, the commission approved the 2023-2024 budget and voted to exceed the revenue neutral rate. The commission also heard from several citizens in regard to being overcharged on their utility bills.  

Registration for Kan Okla Map Due Aug 31st


The 16th Annual Kan Okla 100 Mile Highway Sale is coming up in September. The deadline to get on the map for the sale is Thursday, August 31st. Coffeyville Tourism Director Amy Dollar says registration is five dollars in Coffeyville.


Independence Chamber of Commerce Director Lisa Wilson says permits are free and can be picked up at the chamber.  The Kan Okla sale is on Friday, September 8th and Saturday, September 9th. It will feature Coffeyville, Independence, Caney, Bartlesville, Nowata and all the towns and areas in between.

Flock Cameras Proving Beneficial For Caney PD


 As the use of FLOCK cameras increase nationwide, the Caney Police Department triples the number of cameras around town under their control.

 The Caney City Council approved the purchase of two new cameras and a five year contract for all cameras during last night's meeting. FLOCK cameras help law enforcement by providing picture evidence like license plates and vehicle characteristics, but not people or faces. Chief Ike Dye says the cameras will help law enforcement agencies locally and regionally.

 Dye says only a certain amount of police personnel have access to the camera's information.

 The initial costs for the cameras and five year contract is just under $9,000, with an annual cost of $7,500 for the remaining four years.

2024 Fiscal Year Budget Set In Caney


 The budget for fiscal year 2024 is set for the city of Caney.

 City Administrator Kelley Zellner says city leaders wanted to stay at the revenue neutral rate, especially with increases taking place in utilities. He says staying in revenue neutral helps property owners in Caney.

 Zellner says the city continues to move toward a single source water system, and information given in the next meeting will show why moving away from the current water structure system is necessary.

 Due to the Labor Day holiday, Caney's next City Council meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, September 5th.

Parsons Police Mourn Loss of K9 Officer

 The Parsons Police Department is reeling following the loss of their beloved K9 officer Karim.

 On Monday, after working a 12-hour night shift with Officer Devin Wisdom, K9 Karim was put in his kennel, and tended to as usual. Karim was checked on during the day, and after waking, Officer Wisdom found Karim unresponsive and deceased. Karim was a 4-year-old Belgium Malinois and was trained in tracking and narcotics detection. Karim was an instrumental member of the department and the inaugural member of the Parsons K9 Program. He has worked closely with the department since 2021. Karim will be sent to Kansas State University School of Veterinarian Medicine for a full autopsy to determine the cause of his passing. The Parsons Police Department will conduct a joint investigation with the Labette County Sheriff's Department to better understand the details of the incident. Details about Karim's memorial and internment will be released after the autopsy results are returned.

Registration for Yona Julian Fun Run

 Register today to make sure to get a shirt.

 The 16th Annual Yona Strong Fun Run is coming up on September 9th, at Riverside Park in Independence.  Those who register today will be guaranteed a t-shirt, which can be picked up on race day. Those who register after tomorrow cannot be guaranteed a shirt. The cost for the race and shirt is $15. To register, visit the website

ICC Welcomes New Veterans Group to Campus

Independence Community College has a new student group on campus.


ICC's new chapter of Student Veterans of America held its first meeting of the new school year last week. Club Advisor Leah Delamarter says the purpose of the club is to raise campus awareness of veterans issues and military culture. 


The club has elected their first slate of officers at their first meeting. Delamarter says these students are excited about the new program. The ICC chapter of SVA is currently working on some fundraising activities as well as creating a free leave-a-book, take-a-book library on campus and one in downtown Independence.


[Pictured l to r: Quinton Mason (president), Audrey Cranford (treasurer), Shane Sanders (secretary), and Leah Delamarter (sponsor)]

Field Kindley High School Hosts Soccer Jamboree


Area soccer players give fans a season preview tonight at Veterans Stadium in Coffeyville.


Field Kindley High School hosts the Soccer Jamboree tonight at 7pm. The Nado will scrimmage with teams from Independence, Fort Scott, and Parsons. Admission is water or sports drinks for the team to use this season.

Interstate Fair and Rodeo Lost and Found


The Interstate Fair and Rodeo is over for another year, but some attendees may have left more at the fairgrounds than intended. 


The Coffeyville Chamber of Commerce announces the Interstate Fair and Rodeo Lost and Found. They have wallets with I-Ds, cell phones, and keys. For anyone who lost something at the fair, call the Chamber to inquire about and identify lost items. Call 620-251-2550 Monday through Friday between 9am and 5pm.

Weather Cancellations for South Coffeyville

 The extreme heat is causing some schedule changes in the area.

 The South Coffeyville School District announces cancellations and postponements due to the excessive heat. The softball game against Foyil scheduled for today is canceled. The start time for this Friday's football game against Welch has been pushed back. Friday's kick-off will now happen at 8pm.

Montgomery County Seeks Bids to Expand Sycamore Fire Station

 Rural firefighters in Sycamore may soon have more room to move.

 At yesterday's meeting, the Montgomery County Commission gave their approval for the county to seek bids to build an addition to the rural fire department in Sycamore. Emergency Manager Rick Whitson says the fire department could use the extra room.

The commission approved the measure to begin seeking bids by a unanimous vote. Other business approved by the commission includes approval of a work force grant for the county health department and a summary of road construction projects by the department of public works.

Parsons Traffic Light Problems

 The city of Parsons is having some issues with traffic lights.

 The lights at the intersection of 16th and Main in Parsons are currently out of order. The city has ordered new lights and anticipates the lights will be fixed in two to three weeks. The lights at that intersection will run on a timer until that time.

Heat Records Tied and Broken Across Kansas and Oklahoma

 The record temperatures continue to scorch Oklahoma and Kansas.

 According to the Miami Mesomet, yesterday was a record-breaking day as the city of Miami broke the all-time high heat index for all of Oklahoma with a recorded heat index of 126.19. This broke the record of 126.0 set in Pauls Valley on July 13th of this year. In Kansas, Russell tied a record of 103 set in 2001, Salina tied their record of 108 set in 1922, and Wichita broke their record of 105 set in 1986 with a temperature of 106. In south east Kansas, Chanute tied its 1912 record of 104. As the heat wave continues, more records could be broken.

Rural Hospitals and Medicaid

An April story from Fact Finder suggests that 50% of rural hospitals nationwide are in danger of closing. Kansas Governor Laura Kelly says something that might help keep rural hopsitals from closing in to expand Medicaid in the state. However, State Representative Virgil Peck says medicaid expansion would help rural hospitals a little, but it is not the answer to keep those hospitals from closing.

Peck says that while Medicaid expansion will bring money into the state, it will also add to the federal deficit. Kansas is one of 10 states that has not expanded Medicaid.

Montgomery County Commission Approves Health Department Grant

The Montgomery County Commission approves a new grant for the county health department. At yesterday's meeting, commissioners gave the okay to a workforce grant of more than $140,000 for the Montgomery County Health Department. Health Department representative Brandee Hanna-Kirk says the grant will help the department increase their response for community needs.

The commission approved the grant by a unanimous vote. Other business before the commission at yesterday's meeting included approval to seek bids for an addition to the Sycamore Rural Fire Station and an increase in pay for correctional officers at the Montgomery County Jail.


Parsons Traffic Light Problems

 The city of Parsons is having some issues with traffic lights.

 The lights at the intersection of 16th and Main in Parsons are currently out of order. The city has ordered new lights and anticipates the lights will be fixed in two to three weeks. The lights at that intersection will run on a timer until that time.

Milk Production in KS Down


Milk production and number of head in Kansas is down slightly this summer.


According to the USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service, milk production in Kansas during July totaled 340 million pounds, which is down 2% from July of 2022. The average number of milk cows was 171,000 head, 3,000 head less than July 2022. Milk production per cow averaged 1,990 pounds.

Miami Breaks All-time Heat Index Record in Oklahoma

 The record temperatures continue to scorch northeast Oklahoma.

 According to the Miami Mesomet, yesterday was a record-breaking day as the city of Miami broke the all-time high heat index for all of Oklahoma with a recorded heat index of 126.19. This broke the record of 126.0 set in Pauls Valley on July 13th of this year. As the heat wave continues, more records could be broken.

Excessive Heat Warnings Continue for Tuesday

 There is little relief from the heat expected until the end of the week.

 The excessive heat warnings continue again today as high temperatures across the four state area will reach triple digits once more. Today's forecast high in Coffeyville is 101 with a possible heat index of 113. Excessive heat warnings are in effect today for northeast Oklahoma from 11am until 8pm. For south east Kansas and south west Missouri, the excessive heat warning is in effect until 10pm on Thursday night. Take extra precautions if you work or spend time outside. Drink plenty of water even if you are not thirsty. When possible, reschedule strenuous activities to early morning or evening. Know the signs and symptoms of heat exhaustion and heat stroke, which includes dizziness, nausea, confusion, hot dry skin, and loss of consciousness. If you suspect someone is having a heat stroke, call 911.

One Man Dead After Single Vehicle Crash


A Salina, Oklahoma man dies after a single vehicle crash in Mayes County.


The fatality collision happened Saturday after 6:00pm on Kenwood Road about four miles east of Salina. A 2011 Dodge Ram 3500, driven by 27-year-old Bailey Ables, was westbound on Kenwood Road when it went off the road to the left for an unknown reason. The Ram struck a guardrail, overturned a half time and struck a tree.


Ables was extracted by the Salina Fire Department after being pinned for almost two hours. He was pronounced dead at the scene by MESTA EMS.


One Injured After Being Hit by Train


A Wagoner man is injured after being hit by a train in Mayes County.


The injury collision happened late last week about two miles south of Maize, Oklahoma. A 2001 Dodge Ram, driven by 70-year-old Stephen Atchley, was eastbound crossing the train tracks. A Union Pacific Railroad train was northbound, including three engines and seven cars. The Ram failed to yield and was struck by the train.


Atchley was transported by Survival Group life flight to St. John’s Hospital in Tulsa. He was admitted in guarded condition with head and internal injuries. No one on the train was injured.

Nowata Cops and Kids Postponed

 Cops And Kids in Nowata is postponed due to weather.

 The Nowata Police Department announces the 4th annual Cops And Kids planned for tonight has been postponed until October due to excessive heat. Moving the event to a time when weather is expected to be cooler will make for a better time for all participants. The event allows local kids to meet and interact with local law officers and have the chance to get an up-close look at police cars and equipment. Again, the Nowata Cops And Kids set for tonight has been postponed until October.

Independence Rec Sign Up Deadline

 Kids in Independence who want to play football, volleyball, or soccer this fall have until this Thursday to sign up.

 First through sixth graders can sign up for flag football and third through sixth graders can register for tackle football. Soccer registration is open for kids from Pre-K through 8th grade and volleyball is available for third through sixth graders. To register, call 620-331-0260 or stop by the Ash Center at 1501 North 10th street in Independence.

K-State Ag Students Wanted for Exchange Program

 K-State ag students have a chance for a scholarship and some international travel.

 Kansas State University is looking for current undergraduates in agriculture for the 2023 Taiwan Agricultural Youth Exchange Program. Applicants will represent Kansas in a week-long international exchange program in Taiwan from November 17–25, 2023. Up to six K-State undergraduate students will be selected to tour agricultural facilities and businesses in Taiwan to learn more about Taiwanese agriculture and culture. The K-State College of Agriculture will also award a $1,000 scholarship to each student selected to participate in the program. The program is coordinated by the Kansas Department of Agriculture with the support of Kansas State University’s College of Agriculture and the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Denver under a bilateral exchange program between K-State and National Chung Hsing University.

Highway Construction Near Chanute

 Drivers on U-S 169 near Chanute should drive with caution.

 The Kansas Department of Transportation is repairing damaged girders on the 21st Street bridge over U.S. 169 at Chanute. Northbound traffic on U.S. 169 is restricted to the inside lane on the four-lane section, with a 55 mph speed limit. K-DOT estimates that the work should be finished in about three weeks and advises drivers to proceed with care.

South Coffeyville "Cops And Kids" Postponed Due to Heat

 Cops And Kids is postponed due to weather.

 The South Coffeyville Police Department announces the 4th annual Cops And Kids planned for this Thursday has been postponed until October 10 due to excessive heat. Moving the event to a time when weather is expected to be cooler will make for a bettwe time for all participants. The event allows local kids to meet and interact with local law police officers and have the chance to get an up-close look at police cars and equipment. Again, the South Coffeyville Cops And Kids set for Thursday has been postponed until October.

Montgomery County Commissioners Approve Pay Increase for Jail Staff

 The Montgomery County Commission approves a pay increase for corrections officers at the Montgomery County Jail.

 At today's commission meeting, Director of Human Resources Ben Brubaker says Montgomery County needed to pay increase to attract more applicants.

Brubaker adds that staffing shortages in the jail have caused difficulties that can be eased by the pay increase. The jail also plans to offer more training to improve officer performance and safety. The Commission approved the increase from $15 to $17 per hour by a 2-0. Commissioner Mike Cordray is traveling and did not attend the meeting.

Boil Order for Weir Rescinded


The Kansas Department of Health and Environment rescinds the boil water advisory for the City of Weir.


The advisory was issued because of a loss of pressure. Failure to maintain adequate pressure may result in a loss of chlorine residuals and bacterial contamination. Laboratory testing samples collected from the City of Weir indicate no evidence of bacteriological contamination and all other conditions that placed the system at risk of contamination are deemed by KDHE officials to be resolved.


Public water suppliers in Kansas take all measures necessary to notify customers quickly after a system failure or shutdown. Regardless of whether the supplier or KDHE announces a boil water advisory, KDHE will issue the rescind order following testing at a certified laboratory.

Weekend Shooting In Joplin Injures One


 The Joplin Police Department's search for a shooter continues today after a weekend shooting in downtown Joplin.

 Just after 1:00 yesterday morning, Joplin patrol officers heard and reported to a gunshot in the area of 5th and Joplin. They found a man with a wound to the chest after a shooting outside the XO Nightclub.

 Officers stabilized the man until fire and EMS arrived, then began the search for the suspect. The victim was transported to a local hospital, underwent surgery, and is listed in stable condition.

 The search continues for the suspect. No names have been released. Anyone with any information about the incident or the shooter is asked to call local law enforcement.

Saturday Demo Derby Results


Another Inter-State Fair and Rodeo is in the books.


The demo derby wrapped up Saturday, and crowds turned out despite the hot temperatures. Saturday was the second night of the demo derby, with Charles Billman taking first place in semi-stock, followed by Darin Schweer in second, Kyle Mansfield in third, Michael Maxton in fourth and Cody Harris and Maddog Levi Beechner finishing up in fifth place. In the stock category, Ken Dixon and Maddog Levi Beechner took first, Dakota Pease took second and Tyler Kizzire placed third.

Galena Man Dies in Hit-and-Run


A Galena man is dead after a hit-and-run.


According to the Kansas Highway Patrol, just before midnight late Saturday night, 60-year-old Gary Laturner of Galena was walking on the shoulder of K-66 when he was hit by a 2017 Ford Raptor. Laturner was pronounced dead at the scene and taken to a local mortuary. Nothing else is known about the driver of the Raptor and efforts to locate the individual continue.

Record High Temp Set, Area Prepares for Continued Heat Wave


A record high temperature is set in Coffeyville over the weekend.


On Sunday a temperature of 107 degrees was measured at the Coffeyville airport, breaking the old record of 103 set in 2001.  The heat wave will continue until at least Thursday for the area. Coffeyville could see a heat index near 113, while the tri-state area could see up to 117. Excessive heat warnings are in effect now until Thursday at 10 p.m. for southeast Kansas and southwest Missouri, and northeast Oklahoma and southwest Arkansas are also included in excessive heat warnings for the next two days. The Kansas and Oklahoma animal comfort indices are well into heat danger for the next three days, and the Southwest Power Pool anticipates high energy demands today and tomorrow. The Coffeyville Municipal Light and Power steam plant has been up and running since yesterday morning to help with the additional demand.

South Coffeyville "Cops and Kids" Coming Up on Thursday

 It's kids, first responders, and fun this week in South Coffeyville.

 The South Coffeyville Police Department announces the 4th annual Cops And Kids coming up this Thursday. The events allows local kids to meet and interact with local law police officers in a fun environment. Kids will also have the chance to get an up-close look at police cars and equipment. There will be free hot dogs, inflatables, a live D-J, prize giveaways, free sno cones, and more. Cops And Kids happens this Thursday evening from 5 to 7pm at the South Coffeyville School Football Field.

Excessive Heat Warning Through Midweek


The cool temperatures that started the week are now just a memory.


Today will be a very hot one, with an excessive heat warning in effect in effect for the for states. For southeast Kansas, the warning starts today at noon and will continue until Wednesday at 10 p.m. Oklahoma and Missouri will also be included in the warning this weekend. The heat index could climb as high as 114 for the Coffeyville area. The National Weather Service reminds anyone outside to take frequent breaks, seek shade and drink plenty of water.

Friday Demo Derby Results


It was a loud and smokey night yesterday at the grandstand during the demo derby at the Inter-State Fair and Rodeo.


Night one of the demo derby is in the books, and several drivers walked away with some cash.  Tom Anderson took first place in the compact division winning $5,000, Denton Shook took 2nd, Maddog Kegan Bates came in 3rd, Kaleb Hansen took 4th and Brenda Daniels got 5th. The minivans also took to the arena last night, with Mr. Crazy taking 1st place, Logan Anderson in 2nd and Maddog Trevor Raida taking 3rd place.


Night two of the demo derby starts tonight at 6 p.m. and includes a power wheels derby. Gates open at 5 and seats are expected to fill up fast.

Bartlesville Man Dead After Crash in Kay County


A Bartlesville man is dead after a two vehicle crash in Kay County.


The fatality collision happened just after 9:00am on State Highway 11 and Acker Hill Road, in the city limits of Kaw City. The driver of the 2002 Harley Davidson motorcycle, 54-year-old Rodney Ramsey, was transported by Ponca City EMS to Alliance Health in Ponca City. He was pronounced dead by hospital staff from injuries sustained in the collision.


The driver of the 2014 GMC Sierra pickup, 60-year-old Ernest Rennie, of Kaw City, was transported by a private vehicle to Alliance Health. He was treated and released. The cause of the accident is under investigation.


KBI Looking for Info in 30 Year Old Missing Person Case


The Kansas Bureau of Investigation and the Crawford County Sheriff’s Office renew their request for any information in a 1993 disappearance case.


Ginger May Hudson, who was 33 years old at the time, went missing from Pittsburg on August 19, 1993. This Saturday will mark 30 years since she disappeared. Hudson was last seen by a neighbor around 3:30pm outside her mobile home in Pittsburg. When Hudson’s boyfriend arrived home around 7:30pm, she was gone but all of her belongings had been left behind.


Hudson is a white female, who was 5 foot 4 inches tall and weighed around 150 pounds. She had auburn hair, hazel eyes and a surgical scar on the inside of her bottom lip. Hudson was last known wearing a white, sleeveless shirt and dark-colored shorts. She would be 63 years old. Foul play is suspected in her disappearance. Anyone who knows even the smallest detail related to the case should call the KBI at 1-800-KS-CRIME, or the Crawford County Sheriff’s Office at 620-724-8274.


Remains Found in Nowata County Identified


Human remains found in Nowata County are identified as a Bartlesville man who has been missing for more than a year. 


The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation says DNA tests confirm the remains are 21-year-old Devin Viles, who was reported missing in July 2022. He was last seen in Tulsa with 34-year-old Brock Anthony Edward Thompson of Nowata, who has been charged with first-degree murder.  OSBI agents were called in August 2022 by Bartlesville police to assist in investigating Viles’ suspicious disappearance. During the investigation, OSBI found human remains in Nowata County.


DNA tests completed yesterday confirmed the identification of Viles.  Thompson, the suspect, is currently in the Oklahoma Department of Corrections for trafficking in illegal drugs. He was charged with Viles’ murder in January 2023 based on other evidence and is currently awaiting trial in Nowata County.

Parsons to Paint New Street Lines This Weekend

 Some minor traffic disruptions will happen in Parsons this weekend.

 The Parsons Public Information Office says City Crews will be painting street lines on Main Street from 16th to Central this Sunday. The work will occur from 5:30 am to 10:00 am. Church services should not be affected by the work, but drivers are advised to find an alternate route.

Interstate Fair and Rodeo – Friday Events

 The Interstate Fair and Rodeo continues today at Walter Johnson Park in Coffeyville.

 Today's schedule will see the fair side of events winding down as non-sale livestock will be released between 8am and 11am. In the livestock arena, the Livestock Judging Contest takes place at 9am and the Junior Market Livestock Sale happens at 4:30pm. At the grandstand, the Demolition Derby takes the stage for its first night of competition. Gates open at 6pm and the action begins at 7. The carnival midway will be open from 6pm until midnight.

More Kansas Farmers Have Computer Access


Kansas farmers are ahead of the national average when it comes to computer access.


According to the USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service, 85% of Kansas farms had access to computers in 2023. This is well above the national average of 69%. Nationwide, smartphone usage is more common than laptop or desktop use, with 82% of farms having smartphone access. In Kansas, 92% of farms had internet access, up 1% from the last time this data was collected in 2021.

ICC 24 Hour Plays Set For Tomorrow Night

 Area high school students will put their acting talents on display tomorrow night at Independence Community College.

 24 Hours Plays return to the William Inge Theater on the ICC campus for the 21st time. The 10 minute plays are written, cast, and performed all in a 24 hour period. Director of Theater Performance Paul Molnar says all of that work is just the first step. The real test is performing the plays in front of an audience. Performances begin at 7pm tomorrow night at the William Inge Theater and admission is free.

Nowata Cops & Kids Celebration

 It's a chance for kids to meet local first responders and have fun at the same time.

 The Nowata Police Department together with the Nowata Sheriff's Department and Nowata Fire and E-M-S announces the 4th Annual Cops And Kids coming up on Monday. The event will allow kids to meet and interact with local police officers in a fun environment. Kids will also have the chance to get an up-close look at police cars and equipment. There will be free hot dogs, inflatables, a live D-J, prize give-aways, free sno cones, and more. Cops and Kids happens Monday evening from 5 to 7pm at Jack Gordon Park – South Park in Nowata.

Final PRCA Rodeo Results


The final results are out now that the PRCA rodeo has wrapped up at the Inter-State Fair and Rodeo.


Riley O'Rourke was named all-around cowboy earning just over $2,300 from tie-down roping and steer roping. Rhett Robbins rode last night and took first overall in bareback riding with a score of 80. In steer wrestling, last night Jake Johnson tied Lance Volker's Wednesday time of 4.8 seconds. Steve Orth and Casey Hicks took first in team roping at 5.2 seconds. Colt Gordon and John Allen tied in saddle bronc riding with a score of 82. In tie-down roping, Roan Hudson took first with 8.7 seconds. On the barrel racing front, Suzanne Brooks came out ahead with 17.42 seconds. In steer roping for two head, Cole Patterson took top place with 21.9 seconds. Finally, Kase Hitt earned the top spot for bull riding with a score of 87.5. The total payoff for this year's rodeo was $53,455.  A link to the final results is available here.

KDHE Investigates Possible Bacterial Outbreak

 KDHE investigates a possible bacterial outbreak in Anderson County.

 The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) and the Southeast Kansas Multi-County Health Department are in the preliminary stages of investigating individuals ill with campylobacteriosis  possibly associated with Trade Winds Bar and Grill in Garnett, Kansas. Anyone who visited Trade Winds Bar and Grill between July 14, 2023 and August 9, 2023 and later experienced symptoms of diarrhea, abdominal pain, nausea, or vomiting, is encouraged to report their symptoms to KDHE.

Campylobacteriosis infections are associated with eating raw or undercooked poultry or from contamination of other foods by these items. This illness does not usually spread from one person to another but can when an infected person does not wash their hands with soap and water appropriately after using the restroom or before preparing food. Symptoms usually start within two to five days after exposure and most people recover without specific treatment.

 KDHE and SEKMCHD are working with the Kansas Department of Agriculture (KDA) to ensure proper food safety practices are in place at the restaurant. K-D-A inspectors completed an investigation on 8/15 and provided compliance assistance to the business. Those who visited the Trade Winds Bar and Grill and experienced symptoms can report them to KDHE through this website or by calling (785) 448-6559 in Anderson County or 877-427-7317 outside of Anderson County.

Topeka Correctional Facility Residents Injured in Crash

 Nine people including eight residents of the Topeka Correctional Facility are injured in an early morning crash.

 The crash occurred around 1am yesterday morning when the bus carrying the residents turned onto highway 169 and collided with a semi-truck. The TCF residents had just finished their 3 to 11 pm shift at the Russell Stover plant in Iola and were returning to Topeka when the crash occurred. The bus driver was seriously injured and transported to a Kansas City area hospital.

Eight residents were injured including 3 with bone fractures. All eight are expected to recover. Thirteen other residents on the bus reported no injuries and were transported back to the worksite. As a precautionary measure, they were sent to a local hospital for assessment. The Kansas Department of Corrections continues to work with law enforcement to determine the cause of the accident. The Topeka Correctional Facility is the only correctional facility for female adults operated by the KDOC.

Second Fatality Accident in Two Days at Same Location


Two are dead after a two vehicle crash in Rogers County. The fatality collision happened just after 10:00am on Highway 28A at S 4230 Rd about three miles east of Foyil.


The driver of the 2005 Honda Pilot, 78-year-old Corwin Miller, and passenger, 68-year-old Carolyn Moore, both of Inola were both pronounced dead at the scene by medical personnel. The driver of the 2002 Chevy Tahoe, 52-year-old Synthia Hoffman, of Chelsea, was transported by Air Evac to St. Francis Hospital in Tulsa. She was admitted in critical condition with head, internal and external injuries. The cause of the crash is under investigation.


This is the second fatality crash in two days worked by the Oklahoma Highway Patrol at his location.

Nado Boosters Hosting Tailgates for Soccer and Football


The Nado Booster Club is hosting two tailgates next week for soccer and football. Booster President Jessica Herring says the soccer tailgate is on Tuesday with the football tailgate on Friday.


Herring says the tailgates will start one hour before the jamborees, so soccer starts at 5:00pm and football will start at 6:00pm.  The soccer tailgate will be at Veteran Memorial Stadium in Coffeyville and the football tailgate will be at Emmot Field in Independence.

Special City Commission Meeting in Independence

 The Independence City Commission holds a special meeting on the budget.

 Commissioners covered several issues at yesterday's special meeting, but the 2024 budget garnered the most discussion. Among topics was concern residents' concern that higher home value assessments will lead to higher taxes. Commissioner Tim Emert says that's not necessarily the case.

Other topics before the commission yesterday included the approval to waive rummage sale permit fees for the upcoming Kan-Okla sale and the removal of a trailer house on north 10th street. The Commission will meet to discuss the revenue neutral rate and for a public hearing on the budget on September 14th at the Civic Center in Independence.

Wednesday PRCA Rodeo Results


The first night of the PRCA Rodeo at the Inter-State Fair and Rodeo is in the books.


Bareback riding started the night, and Gauge McBride took first with 75 points. In steer wrestling, no one got close to beating Lance Volker's 4.8 seconds. In team roping Casey Hicks and Steve Orth took first with 5.2 seconds, closely followed by Wheston Jones and Lane Reeves at 5.5. In saddle bronc riding, John Allen took first at 82 points. In tie-down roping, Riley O'Rourke and Denton Oestmann tied at 8.8 seconds each. Suzanne Brooks led in barrel racing at 17.42 seconds. Riely O'Rourke led again in steer roping with 10.1 seconds in the first round. Chet Herren led the second round at 9.1 seconds, and Cole Patterson took first with 21.9 seconds on two head. Kase Hitt took first in last night's bull riding with a score of 87.5 points. Last night's total payoff was $50,995. Day two of the rodeo starts tonight at 7:30 with a theme of patriot night.  A link to the all the results is available here.


Good News for Fredonia City Budget

 The city of Fredonia is in good financial shape.

 At last night's city commission meeting representative of the CPA firm Jared, Gilmore, and Phillips of Chanute, reported to the commission that the city was in solid financial shape. Fredonia Mayor Allen Miller says keeping close tabs on finances means good things for the city. The accounting firm did recommend the commission reconcile their bank statements at the end of each month to ensure they don't make mistakes regarding the amount of money they are dealing with. Other business before the commission approval for an end-of-summer pool party for residents on September 5th and approval to close the airport for the Endless Foot Drag fly-in that happens near the end of next month.

Cold War Missile Section Comes Through Coffeyville


A piece of America's largest nuclear missile came through Coffeyville yesterday.


Owner GT Hill purchased the missile section from a Wichita scrap yard yesterday and explains what the part is.


Eighteen Titan II missile silos were built around Tucson, Arizona, Little Rock, Arkansas and Wichita, Kansas and operated from the early 1960s until the 1980s. These silos housed the largest nuclear warheads the U.S. ever built. Hill owns one of the sites in Arkansas that he's turned into an event center and destination for overnight stays. Hill was recently one of 100 worldwide winners awarded $100,000 to build another unique Airbnb, and says this missile part is critical to the authenticity of the project.


The replica missile will be built to the original scale at 103 feet long and 10 feet in diameter. Hill hopes to have the project completed early next year. More information about the project and Titan Ranch is available here.  A link to videos on the progress can be found here.


Photo from Titan Missile Museum in Tucson, AZ showing how the reentry vehicle would look like while in service.

Interstate Fair and Rodeo – Thursday Events

 The Interstate Fair and Rodeo continues today at Walter Johnson Park in Coffeyville.

 The cattle step into the show ring today beginning at 9am with the Market Steer Show in the livestock arena. The Junior Heifer Show is next in the livestock arena at 1pm to be followed by the Bucket Calf Interview at 2pm. The Bucket Calf Show finishes up the day at 6pm in the livestock arena. Tonight is the second night of PRCA Rodeo in the grandstand. Gates open at 6pm and the action begins at 7:30. The band Outlaws Reloaded will perform following the rodeo. The carnival midway will be open from 6pm to 11pm.

Weir Placed Under Boil Order


The Kansas Department of Health and Environment issues a boil water advisory for the City of Weir in Cherokee County.


Customers should boil water for one minute prior to drinking or food preparation or use bottled water. Dispose of ice cubes and do not use ice from a household automatic icemaker. If your tap water appears dirty, flush the water lines by letting the water run until it clears. Disinfect dishes and other food contact surfaces by immersion for at least one minute in clean tap water that contains one teaspoon of unscented household bleach per gallon of water. Water used for bathing does not generally need to be boiled. Supervision of children is necessary while bathing so that water is not ingested.


The advisory took effect today and will remain in effect until the conditions that placed the system at risk of bacterial contamination are resolved. KDHE officials issued the advisory because of a line break resulting in a loss of pressure in the system. Failure to maintain adequate pressure may result in a loss of chlorine residuals and bacterial contamination.

You Drink You Drive You Lose Campaign Starts Saturday


The You Drink. You Drive. You Lose. enforcement campaign starts this weekend. This campaign is designed to remove impaired drivers from roadways and keep the traveling public safe. This will start on Saturday and run through Labor Day, which is Monday, September 4th. All law enforcement agencies in the surrounding areas will be partnering during this campaign.


Someone is killed every 52 minutes in the United States from a drunk driving-related crash. Impaired drivers are not only more likely to crash, but that crash is much more likely to cause serious injury or death. During the enforcement campaign, motorists can expect an increased presence of law enforcement on primary and secondary roads and increased enforcement of impaired driving and other traffic laws.

Traffic Stop Leads to Drug Arrest in Labette County


One is arrested on drug charges during a traffic stop in Labette County.


Earlier this week, Labette County Sheriff deputies conducted a traffic stop at 19000 and Brown Road. The driver was identified as Robyn Bennett, the passenger as 26-year-old Justin Steele and a juvenile in the back seat. During the stop, K9 Benny did a walk around of the car and indicated the presence of drugs on the passenger side of the vehicle.


Deputies found marijuana, drug paraphernalia and around half an ounce of methamphetamine. Steele was placed under arrest for possession of methamphetamine, marijuana and drug paraphernalia and endangering a child. Bennett was cited and released.

Mail Carrier from Adair Dies in Single Vehicle Crash


A USPS mail carrier dies in a single-vehicle crash in Rogers County.


The fatality collision happened sometime between 4:30pm yesterday and 9:30am this morning on Highway 28A about three miles east of Foyil. A 1993 Subaru Legacy driven by 32-year-old Landry Skocdopole, of Adair, was traveling westbound on Highway 28A. The Subaru went off the roadway overcorrected, hit the guardrail and rolled an undermined number of times before coming to rest in a creek.


Skocdopole was found at 9:22am this morning. He had been pinned for an unknown amount of time before being rescued by the Chelsea Fire Department using the Jaws of Life. Skocdopole was pronounced dead at the scene by Pafford EMS due to injuries sustained in the collision. The cause of the crash in under investigation.

Coffeyville To Host Legislative Forum

 The Coffeyville Chamber is looking for input from citizens.

 Coffeyville Chamber of Commerce will host a legislative forum for the city commission, USD 445 and Coffeyville Community College Board of trustees next month. Chamber President Candi Westbrook says they are looking for public input for the forum. Questions can be submitted via email or by sending a message to the Chamber's Facebook page or simply drop them off at the Chamber offices at 807 south Walnut Street in Coffeyville

Wilson County Clerk Office Short Handed


The Wilson County Clerk's office will be operating understaffed for the next few months.


County Clerk Kayla Busch was informed last week of an employee's two week notice, with the decision to return to school the reason. The county is entering tax season and is also in the middle of election season as well.


Busch says she'd prefer to wait to hire a replacement in the office.


The commissioners supported Busch's decision to delay the hiring process.


Additional items of business at this week's meeting was an offer from Emmanuel Mennonite Youth to pick up trash on Harper Road, which the commissioners approved. The meeting concluded with an executive session regarding non-elected personnel.

School Zone Changes in Caney

 Students in Caney head back to class tomorrow.

 With that in mind the Caney Police Department would like to remind drivers that the school zones in the city have changed. There is now only one school zone in Caney that stretches from Rose Street to 2nd Ave. on McGee Street or Highway 75. Crossing lights and special signs on the existing speed limit signs have been added to help remind drivers to drive with caution.

Lane Closing on North Penn in Independence

 Road crews in Independence will be working on North Penn Avenue today and tomorrow.

 The crew will be removing a large tree in the 700 block of North Penn and traffic will be restricted to two lanes between 8am and 4pm. Drivers are urged to use caution in the area or find an alternate route.

Interstate Fair and Rodeo – Wednesday Events

 The Interstate Fair and Rodeo continues today at Walter Johnson Park in Coffeyville.

 Today's events include the rabbit show at 8am in the livestock arena, the sheep show at 9am in the livestock arena, the poultry show at 1pm in the Ron Stevenson building, and the goat show at 4pm in the livestock arena.

The parade happens at 4pm in downtown Coffeyville.

Evening events kick off with the Kiddie Pedal Pull at 5:30pm on Hargis Drive and the Bean and Watermelon Feed in Walter Johnson Park at 5:30pm. 4-H exhibits can be picked up from the Recreation Center exhibits building between 7:30pm and 8:30pm. At the grandstand, it's PRCA Rodeo at 7:30pm, gates open at 6pm. During the rodeo, ISFR Miss, Princess, and Little Miss coronation will occur.

Online Type 2 Diabetes Course from K-State

 Kansas State Research and Extension is offering a self-led online course for those with Type 2 diabetes called Dining with Diabetes.

 The course will help diabetics, pre-diabetics, and family and caregivers of diabetics learn strategies to manage the disease through menu planning, carbohydrate counting, physical activity, portion control and label reading. Type 2 diabetes is the most common form of diabetes and affects more than 37 million Americans. The course begins on September 11 and the cost is $25. Enrollment is available online.

Parsons Rec Commission Announces Youth Soccer Sign Ups

 The Parsons Recreation Commission announces sign ups for the fall season of Kiwanis Youth Co-Ed Soccer.

 The league is open to kids from kindergarten through 8th grade and games will be played on Saturdays from October 7th through November 4th. Sign up deadline is Monday, August 28th. The cost is $25. for more information, contact the Parsons Recreation Commission at 620-421-7077.

Oswego City Clerk Earns Distinction

 The Oswego City Clerk earns a new designation.

 Oswego City Clerk Jennifer Hine has earned the designation of Certified Municipal Clerk. In order to earn the new designation, Hine demonstrated her experience in her municipality and attended extensive education program. The goal of the CMC program is to prepare municipal clerks to meet the demands of their complex role in the city government and to enhance their overall job performance. The C-M-C program has been helping city clerks excel since 1970. Hine was recognized for her efforts at Oswego's August city council meeting.


Parsons Officer Receives Award

 Traffic safety is a priority for the Parsons Police Department and the state of Kansas recognizes that commitment.

 The Kansas Department of Transportation awards Parsons Patrol Lieutenant Kyle Wiford with the 2022 Community Traffic Safety Award for the Parsons Police Department. Lieutenant Wiford says the hard work and dedication of his fellow officers in Traffic Safety made the award possible. The P-P-D thanked K-DOT and Drive Safe Kansas for their support.

Improvements Announced for KU Stadium


Big changes are coming to some of KU's athletic facilities.


The University of Kansas will begin renovations to Memorial Stadium and the Anderson Family Football Complex at the end of the football season. The construction will be completed before the 2025 season and represents the first steps toward a new multi-use district on the edge of campus.  School officials say most of the $300 million required for the stadium and upgrades to Allen Fieldhouse will come from private sources. About $165 million has already been secured in gifts and commitments. Future renovations will complete the stadium and result in multi-use spaces such as restaurants, office space and lodging areas.

ISFR Parade Tomorrow


The annual Inter-State Fair & Rodeo parade is tomorrow. The parade will start at 4:00pm at the intersection of 8th and Spruce Street.


The parade route will go east on 8th Street from Spruce Street to Walnut Street. The parade will turn south on Walnut Street and then west on 9th Street from Walnut Street. Finishing at the intersection of 9th Street and Willow.

Drivers Should Be Cautious With Students Back on Roads


The summer has come to and end as many students return back to school this week. AAA Kansas Shawn Steward says drivers need to be aware of kids who are walking, riding bicycles, driving or riding the bus to school.


Steward says drivers need to be mindful around school buses and obey their stop signs.  Steward says to be aware of the time of day you’re on the road and how that coincides with the school day. More school-age pedestrians are killed from 7:00am to 8:00am and from 3:00pm to 4:00pm than any other hours of the day.


Street Repair in Neodesha

 Drivers in Neodesha should be advised of street repairs on the west side of town.

 City crews are repairing storm water damage at the intersection of 11th and Grant streets today. Those traveling through this area on 11th street near Saint Ignatius Catholic Church should use caution until the repairs are complete.

Parsons Summer Musical

 The city of Parsons becomes River City this weekend.

 The Parsons Municipal Auditorium welcomes the Music Man the the stage this Friday and Saturday as the third annual summer musical. Performances are at 6pm on Friday and at 2pm and 6pm on Saturday. Regular tickets are $5 and allow for entry 15 minutes before show time. Early entry tickets are $9 and allow for entry 30 minutes before curtain. No photos or video recording is allowed during performances.

Caney Approves Two Water Projects in Special Session


 With water loss rates between 41 and 43-percent, the Caney City Council looks to lower that number significantly through two major projects.

 In a special session last night, the Caney City Council authorized the replacement of a line on Maple Street that feeds the east and south end of town; a line city officials say is in poor shape. City Administrator Kelley Zellner explains the process of line replacement....

 Zellner says the pipe bursting requires less digging and is more efficient than previous methods.

 In other business, the city of Caney continues to move toward a single water source. Zellner says working with the city of Coffeyville is the best option for water for Caney, even more cost effective and efficient than the current water treatment plant.

 Zellner says he is grateful for Coffeyville officials willingness to work on an agreement supplying water to the town. He plans to attend the Coffeyville City Commission meeting a week from today to share plans and ideas for the project.

Cherryvale School Board Discusses Budget

 The USD 447 Cherryvale-Thayer School Board met Monday evening to discuss issues for the upcoming school year.

 Among topics of discussion was the current mill levy. District Superintendent Travis Githens says the district did reduce the mill, if only by a small amount. Among other topics discussed by the school board were student enrollment numbers for the upcoming year, building maintenance, and new lights for the baseball and softball fields.

USD 446 Gears Up for New School Year


The USD 446 school board is taking steps to prepare for the new school year beginning this week.


The board approved the 2023-2024 Budget Publication that was issued by the Kansas State Department of Education. The budget must be used by all unified school districts, and determines a consistent tax levy for districts.


USD 446 also announced the employment of 43 individuals to the district, including staff for the Kids Crew program, a new athletic secretary at Independence Middle School, and a new Head Boys Swim Coach at Independence High School.


Additional items of business at this month's school board meeting was an update on fall sports schedules and the first day of school from Superintendent Jason McAfee, as well as executive sessions regarding negotiations and personnel.


The USD 446 Board meets on the second Monday of each month at 7 p.m. in the Community Room of Independence High School.

The Interstate Fair and Rodeo Continues With Livestock Shows and Bull Riding

 The Interstate Fair and Rodeo continues today at Walter Johnson Park in Coffeyville.

 Today's event and activities include PRCA Rodeo slack at 8am, the swine show at 8am in the livestock arena, and the bred and owned heifer and prospect steer show at 6pm. The carnival midway opens this evening at 6pm and is open until 11pm. At the grandstand, it's L.J. Jenkins Bull Riding at 7:30pm, gates open at 6.

Improvements at South Coffeyville Schools


More updates are coming to South Coffeyville Public Schools.


At its meeting last night, the school board voted to accept a bit from Musco Lighting for new lights at the football stadium. The total cost will be $164,500, to be paid through a lease-purchase agreement with Welch State Bank. Superintendent Daryl Pruter says the new lights will be a big improvement.


In other business, the board approved a $10,000 raise for Pruter, hired Tia Lamb as a school nurse, secretary, and part-time instructor and raised the price of school lunches from $3.15 to $3.25 for students and from $4.84 to $5 for adults. Pruter also shared updates on classroom improvements and board members toured the office space that was repaired after this summer's flood.


USD 445 Budget Hearing Set for Sept 11


The USD 445 Board of Education sets their date for the revenue neutral rate and budget hearing for 2023-2024. Assistant Superintendent Micheal Speer says the hearing will be at the September board meeting on Monday, September 11th.


Speer says after the hearing the board will take action and vote on both the revenue neutral rate and the budget for the upcoming year.  The board does intend to exceed the revenue neutral rate for 2023-2024. In other business, the board approved the resignations of nine employees, including Head Softball Coach David Pitts.

Local Newspaper Editor Sounds Off Over Raid on Kansas Newspaper


A police raid on a small town Kansas newspaper is blowing up into a national story.   The offices of the Marion County Record as well as the home of its Owner and Publisher Eric Meyer were raided by police this past Friday.   Computers, servers and even the personal phones of employees were confiscated in the raid.  Local editor of the Montgomery County Chronicle, Andy Taylor says the newspaper was just trying to do its job.


The situation stems from a complaint by the owner of a local restaurant saying the newspaper had invaded her privacy and illegally obtained damaging information about her.  Taylor says there is a legal process in place to obtain a warrant on a newspaper and the raid was a first amendment violation.


Taylor, who also served as a past president of the Kansas Press Association says the organization is very concerned about the possible implications of the raid.


Meyer blames the death of his mother the day after the raid on the stress caused by the raid.  Marion County is located north of Wichita

The 116th Interstate Fair and Rodeo is Underway


The 116th Interstate Fair and Rodeo is underway at Walter Johnson Park in Coffeyville. A big part of the fair is the livestock and indoor exhibits by 4-H and FFA members. John Williams of Skiatook, OK, says his 6-year-old daughter Paisley is learning how to show her calf at the fair.


Both Paisley and her older sister are showing cattle at the fair. Paisley says being with her calf is the best part.  4-Hers and FFA members will be showing cattle, sheep, goats, pigs, chickens, geese and rabbits at the fair.


The grandstand events will start tomorrow night with L-J Jenkins Bull Riding and PRCA Rodeo on Wednesday and Thursday. The Demolition Derby rounds out the weekend on Friday and Saturday nights.

One Dead in Three Vehicle Crash in Rogers County


One is dead after a three vehicle accident in Rogers County.  The fatality collision happened this weekend on Highway 66 almost a mile north of Claremore. The incident involved a 2018 Honda CRV, a 2005 Ford F150 and a 2005 Dodge Ram.


The driver of the CRV, 42-year-old Mercy Ogalo, of Jenks, was pronounced dead at the scene due to her injuries sustained in the crash. She had a 10-year-old passenger, also from Jenks, who was transported by Pafford EMS to Saint Francis Hospital in Tulsa, and admitted in fair condition with internal and leg injuries. The driver of the F150, 38-year-old Lisa Aycock, of Claremore, was transported by Pafford EMS to Claremore Regional Hospital. She was treated and released with head, internal, external, arm and leg injuries. The driver of the Ram, 67-year-old Albert Short, of Chelsea, was transported by personal vehicle to an unknown hospital with internal head and leg injuries. The cause of the crash is under investigation. 

Free Public Transportation Coming to Labette County


General public transportation is coming to Labette County. The transportation comes from SEK-CAP, who offers transportation in Cherokee and Crawford County as well. Director of Transportation Scott Christiansen says at least 24-hour notice is recommended to request a ride.


Transportation will be provided anywhere in the county and can be given for doctor's visits, trips to Walmart or to community events. There are no restrictions as long as it is during their route run times. Christiansen says they offer this service at no cost.


The Kansas Department of Transportation provides 70% of the funding with the other 30% coming from matching funds. The Labette County Commission voted to provide $4,826 of the $9,826 needed, with the remaining $5,000 coming from LHEAT through a grant. More information about what days and times the routes will be running will be made in the next couple of weeks.

The Coffeyville Regional Medical Center Foundation Announces Scholarship Winners


The Coffeyville Regional Medical Center Foundation names four Field Kindley High School graduates as winners of the Best Family Scholarship.


The winners are Luciana Alonzo, Rachelle Goddard, Kylie Speer, and Tieraney Thornburg. The Best Family Scholarship was created by the children of Jerry and Norma Best in memory of their father and to honor their mother. The intent of the scholarship is to provide financial assistance to students in the area who have been accepted into an accredited health-related program. All donations to the Best Family Scholarship are generated by fundraisers held by the family.

Montgomery County May Consider Rezoning

 Montgomery County Commission may consider county wide rezoning.

 At today's commission meeting, Commissioner Robert Bever announced a letter from the Montgomery County Planning Commission regarding possible rezoning. Bever says the county doesn't currently have many rules for incoming businesses. He adds that the county should consider following state guidelines and possibly adding to them.


Mount Sunflower Travel Advisory

 A travel advisory for those planning a late summer getaway to a famous Kansas landmark.

 Mount Sunflower, the state's highest peak located in the north west part of the state, has posted this statement on their Facebook page:

       We regret to have to do this, but the entrance to Mount Sunflower is closed due to our cattle. Because the cattle guard filled with silt during the heavy rains, the cows can now walk over it and enjoy the neighbor's corn. You are still welcome to walk in, if you can brave the barbed wire fence and weeds. We'll keep you updated.

Those planning to climb the highest peak in Kansas should take appropriate precautions.

Stage 2 Water Warning for Coffeyville

 The City of Coffeyville is now under a Stage 2 Water Warning.

 The city commission approved the resolution at last week's meeting and the water warning went into effect over the weekend. The City of Coffeyville has a water purchase contract with the state of Kansas for three hundred million gallons of water from Elk City Reservoir. So far, Coffeyville has used about ninety three million gallons of that water. The purpose of the Stage 2 water warning is to reduce peak demand for water by 20 percent and overall weekly usage by 10 percent. Residents can do their part by limiting outdoor water use to morning and late evening hours, only refilling swimming pools once a week after sunset, and generally taking steps to use less water, such as shorter showers and not leaving the faucet running when brushing teeth. The city will monitor water usage levels and keep the public informed on the situation.

New Drive thru Hours for Coffeyville City Hall

 Coffeyville residents will now be able to drive-thru when doing business with the city.

 Starting to day, City Hall Customer Service Drive through will be open from 8am until 5pm.

Vehicle / Pedestrian Accident Kills Pedestrian


 A vehicle / pedestrian accident yesterday afternoon takes the life of the pedestrian.

 The call came into 9-1-1 just after 1:30, reporting the vehicle versus pedestrian crash near I-44 and Main Street in Joplin. Joplin emergency officials responding found the pedestrian deceased from injuries sustained in the crash.

 Preliminary details show a vehicle driving westbound on I-44 when 23-year-old Cory Fitzjohn of Joplin attempted to cross I-44 near Main and was struck by the vehicle. The driver of the vehicle was not injured.

 Next of kin has been notified. The investigation by the Joplin Police Department Major Crash Team is ongoing.

Chautauqua County Canvass Primary Election


Chautauqua County commissioners canvass the votes from the August 1st primary election.


The county saw a 28% voter turnout, with a total of 195 ballots cast. There were four provisional ballots due to voters moving within the county, however the commissioners approved all four.


Bryan Blankinship and Jack Warren received the top two vote totals for Sedan city mayor, and will advance to the General Election.


Additional items of business at this week's meeting was the approval of a paint estimate from Hired Hands regarding painting and repairing damage to walls in the County Courthouse. The projected time of completion is two to three weeks.

Fair and Rodeo Gets Underway


Activity continues to increase at Walter Johnson Park as day two of the Interstate Fair and Rodeo Begins.


Today will start off with 4-H exhibit and animal check-in during the morning. Exhibits will be judged this afternoon. A bake sale will take place at 6 p.m. and the fitting contest will be tonight at 6:30 in the livestock arena. The LJ Jenkins Bull Riding will take place tomorrow evening, with more rodeo events on Wednesday and Thursday. The demolition derby will be on Friday and Saturday. A full list of today's activities can be found below:


  • 9 – 10:30 am — 4H Exhibits Check-In

  • 9 – 11 am — Consultative Foods Judging
    Exhibits Building (Recreation Center)

  • 8 am – 12 pm — Rabbit and Poultry Check-In
    Ron Stevenson Building

  • 8 – 10 am — Swine Weigh-In/Check-In
    Livestock Arena

  • 10 – 11 am — Bucket Calf Check-In
    Stall Barns

  • 10 am – 12 pm — Market Steer and Commercial Heifer Weigh-In
    Livestock Arena

  • 10 am – 12 pm — Breeding Beef Check-In
    Stall Barns

  • 1:00 pm — Market Broiler Weigh-In
    Ron Stevenson Building

  • 1 – 5 pm — Exhibits Judging
    Exhibits Building (Recreation Center)

  • 3 – 4 pm — Goat Weigh-In/Check-In
    Livestock Arena

  • 4 – 5 pm — Sheep Weigh-In/Check-In
    Livestock Arena

  • 6:00 pm — Bake Sale
    Exhibits Building (Recreation Center)

  • 6:30 pm — Fitting Contest
    Livestock Arena



Back to Campus for CCC, ICC


Classes begin today for both Coffeyville and Independence Community College.


Students moved into the dorms all weekend, and in Coffeyville, several area organizations helped with the process. On Friday, volunteers from St. Paul's Lutheran Church helped students load and move their items into the residence halls. Members of Tyro Christian Church organized the efforts on Saturday and Sunday. Several other area churches including Westside Christian Church and Coffeyville First Church of the Nazarene set up activities and gave away free food as part of “A Taste of Coffeyville” during Ready Raven Weekend.

Flood Warning for parts of SEK


***** Update Monday 5:30 a.m. *****


A flood warning remains in effect until 9 a.m. for Neosho and Wilson counties.  Between 2 and 4 inches of rain have fallen in the area.  Locations impacted include Parsons, Chanute, Neodesha, Fredonia, Erie, St. Paul, Thayer, Altoona, Buffalo, Galesburg, Benedict, Stark, New Albany, Earlton, Coyville, Chanute Airport, Lake Parsons, South Mound and Buxton.


***** Update 10 p.m. *****


* Severe Thunderstorm Warning for...

Southern Craig County in northeastern Oklahoma...

Northeastern Rogers County in northeastern Oklahoma...

Northwestern Delaware County in northeastern Oklahoma...

Ottawa County in northeastern Oklahoma...

Southeastern Nowata County in northeastern Oklahoma...

* Until 1045 PM CDT.

* Locations in or near the path include...

Miami...                          Vinita...

Grove...                          Chelsea...

Fairland...                       Afton...

Bernice...                        Bluejacket...

Wyandotte...                      New Alluwe...

Bernice State Park...             White Oak...

Narcissa...                       Ottawa...

Peoria...                         Pyramid Corners...

Twin Bridges State Park...


***** Update 9 p.m. *****


Severe stroms continue to be possible across the four-state area.  Now though 11 p.m., storms producing 1-inch hail and 60 mph wind gusts are possible. 


A severe thunderstorm watch has been issued for the following counties in northeast Oklahoma:


ADAIR                 CRAIG                 CREEK

DELAWARE              MAYES                 NOWATA

OSAGE                 OTTAWA                PAWNEE

ROGERS                TULSA                 WAGONER




In addition, a flood warning has been issued for the following counties: Allen, Neosho, Wilson and Woodson counties.  The warning will be in effect through midnight.


At 802 PM CDT, Doppler radar indicated heavy rain due to thunderstorms. Flooding is ongoing or expected to begin shortly in the warned area. Between 2 and 3 inches of rain have fallen along the Woodson and Wilson county line.  Additional  rainfall amounts of 1 to 2 inches are possible in the warned area.


- Some locations that will experience flooding include...

Parsons, Chanute, Iola, Neodesha, Fredonia, Humboldt, Yates

Center, Erie, St. Paul, La Harpe, Gas, Moran, Thayer,

Altoona, Toronto, Buffalo, Neosho Falls, Galesburg, Savonburg

and Elsmore.


***** Update 7:15 p.m. *****


The following counties are under a severe thunderstorm watch until 11 p.m.  Stay alert for changing weather conditions:


ALLEN                ANDERSON            BARBER
BARTON               BUTLER              CHASE
CHAUTAUQUA           CLARK               COFFEY
COMANCHE             COWLEY              DICKINSON
EDWARDS              ELK                 ELLSWORTH
FRANKLIN             GREENWOOD           HARPER
HARVEY               KINGMAN             KIOWA
LABETTE              LINCOLN             LYON
MARION               MCPHERSON           MONTGOMERY
MORRIS               NEOSHO              OSAGE
PAWNEE               PRATT               RENO
RICE                 RUSSELL             SALINE
SEDGWICK             STAFFORD            SUMNER
WILSON               WOODSON


***** Sunday Morning Update 9:30 a.m. *****


The likelihood of severe weather for the four-state area has increased. 


Much of eastern Kansas, western Missouri, extreme northeast Oklahoma and northern Arkansas are now in an enhanced risk of seeing severe weather.  Coffeyville and Independence are on the edge, but still included in this risk area.  Storms are possible from late afternoon through midnight, with the most likely timing being between 10 p.m. and 1 a.m. for southeast Kansas and northeast Oklahoma.  Potential hazards include Damaging winds of 70 mph and 1-2 inch hail.  Significant hail of 2.5-3 inches will be possible with isolated storms in southeast KS, and a tornado can’t be ruled out.  Torrential rainfall will also be possible.  KGGF will provide severe weather coverage if needed.  To have multiple ways to stay informed on severe weather, sign up for KGGF text alerts for the county you live in here.



***** Original Story *****


Severe weather is possible again this weekend.


A round of rain has already moved through southeast Kansas and northeast Oklahoma this morning, prompting a flood warning for Allen, Neosho, Wilson and Woodson Counties.  Flooding of rivers, creeks, streams, and other low-lying and flood-prone locations is imminent or occurring. Low-water crossings are inundated with water and may not be passable.  Some locations impacted include Chanute, Humboldt, Buffalo, Benedict, Earlton, Chanute Airport, Petrolia and Rose.  The warning will be in effect until 2 p.m.


Severe storms are possible today and tomorrow.  The better chance for storms will be on Sunday, with 65 mph winds, ping pong-ball size hail, and heavy rainfall possible.  Timing both days will be afternoon through overnight hours.  KGGF will provide severe weather coverage if needed.  Check back here for updates throughout the weekend.


Severe Weather risk for Sunday:

Resident at Hutchinson Correctional Facility Dies


A resident at the Hutchinson Correctional Facility resident dies.


Yesterday, 36-year-old Matthew Rutter was found in his cell experiencing medical distress, causing staff to initiate life-saving measures. He was pronounced dead by emergency medical services personnel. The cause of death is pending the results of an independent autopsy. When a resident dies in the custody of the KDOC, the death is under investigation by the KDOC and the Kansas Bureau of Investigation. The investigation is currently ongoing.


Rutter was serving a sentence for convictions in Wyandotte and Johnson County on two counts of aggravated burglary and fleeing or attempting to elude a law enforcement officer.

College Students Should Be Proactive Protecting Their Stuff


As college students get to ready to head back to school or college for the first time it's important to keep their stuff protected. AAA Kansas Shawn Steward says some items might be covered by a parent's home insurance.


Steward says students should take an inventory of all the items they bring with them to college.  Steward says when it comes to the vehicle it's important to know where a nearby trusted repair facility is and to keep an emergency kit in the car.

Boil Water Advisory Rescinded for McCune


The Kansas Department of Health and Environment rescinds the boil water advisory for the City of McCune.


The advisory was issued because of a loss of pressure in the system. Failure to maintain adequate pressure may result in a loss of chlorine residuals and bacterial contamination. Laboratory testing samples collected from the City of McCune indicate no evidence of bacteriological contamination and all other conditions that placed the system at risk of contamination are deemed by KDHE officials to be resolved.


Public water suppliers in Kansas take all measures necessary to notify customers quickly after a system failure or shutdown. Regardless of whether it’s the supplier or KDHE that announces a boil water advisory, KDHE will issue the rescind order following testing at a certified laboratory.

Boys and Girls Club of Coffeyville Needs Football Players


The Boys and Girls Club of Coffeyville needs eleven more players.  The first practice for the football team is coming up on Monday evening from 6 to 8pm at Ise Field in Coffeyville.  Field Kindley High School Head Football Coach Deonta Wade says getting kids started early is how they build success for the future.


Players who sign up before Monday will get a sixty dollar discount on fees. Interested parents can sign up their 5th or 6th grader by emailing Griffin Walker at  Forms can be found here 

Galena Man Arrested for Shooting Neighbor's Home


A Galena man is arrested after firing multiple shots into a neighbor's home.


At 7:45pm Wednesday evening, Galena Police officers were notified of a gun being fired in the area of 820 Bellevue Street. Upon arrival, officers found a man at the back of the residence holding a shotgun and staring out the kitchen window. Officers ordered the subject to drop the weapon and he complied with the commands. Once the subject was secured, officers found the neighboring residence had multiple shots through the window, door, and siding. No one was home at the time of the shots being fired.


The subject was identified as 50-year-old Brian M. Smith. He is facing charges of attempted aggravated battery with a deadly weapon. This is an ongoing investigation and additional charges may be submitted. 

Automatic Bill Pay Now Available in Caney

 Residents of Caney will now be able to pay their bills automatically.

 The city of Caney announces that automatic bill payments are now available through Direct Payments. The cost is ten cents per month to have your utility payment taken directly from your bank account. Those interested in using automatic payment can cal the city hall in Caney at 620-879-2722 to set it up.

Parsons Church Hosts Back to School Bash

 It's time to celebrate the end of summer and a return to the classroom.

 Students in Parsons can enjoy The Back to School Bash tomorrow hosted by the Remnant Church. Youngsters can enjoy dinner as well as free games, waterslides, inflatables, and snacks. There will also be give-aways of clothing and school supplies. Kids must be present to win. That's tomorrow from 5 to 7pm at the Remnant Church 310 Main street in Parsons.

Independence City Commission To Consider E-V Chargers Downtown

 The Independence City Commission is set to begin considering proposals to install two chargers for electric vehicles in a downtown parking lot. Main Street Economic Vitality Committee member Lori Kelly proposed the issue at last night's meeting. Kelly says the chargers would be part of an effort to increase interest in the downtown area. The Commission approved a measure that would allow the city to consider proposals for the potential installation and to look into possible grant money to cover the costs. The chargers would be located in the parking lot at 6th and Laurel in Independence. Other business passed by the commission included an additional construction costs to complete the renovation of city hall, the decision to design a renovation of a downtown parking lot, and to repair three intersections in town.

Parsons Police Department's K9 Officer to get donation of body armor

 A Parsons police dog gets a new piece of equipment 

 Parsons Police Department’s K-9 Morgan will receive a bullet and stab protective vest thanks to a donation from non-profit organization Vested Interest in K-9s. Vested Interest in K9s, was established in 2009 and their goal is to provide bullet and stab protective vests as well as other types of assistance to dogs of law enforcement across the country. K9 Morgan’s vest will be embroidered with the phrase “Born to Love-Trained to Serve-Loyal Always”. There is an estimated thirty thousand (30,000) law enforcement dogs throughout the United States.

Fredonia Old Iron Days Seeks Cowboy Poets and Artists

 The city of Fredonia is getting ready for the 25th Annual Wilson County Old Iron Days Festival.

 The celebration gives attendees the chance to step back in time and experience the old iron of the past. This year's festival will also include a Cowboy Poetry and Musician Campfire Jam session.  Award-winning cowboy poet and event coordinator Mary Powell says several well-known poets will be in attendence. Powell adds that they are still looking for any local cowboy poets and artists to join in so they can exhibit their work. Old Iron Days takes Place September 27th thru 30th in Fredonia. Powell says cowboy artists of any skill level and experience are invited to take part by contacting her at 785-420-0472

Sedan Police Conduct Active Shooter Drill

 Sedan law enforcement conducts an important training exercise.

 The Sedan Police Department,the Chautauqua County Sheriff's Office and Chautauqua County Emergency Management, participated in a joint training event yesterday. The training is part of an ongoing effort to prepare for emergency events while ensuring potential responses are planned for and practiced. Yesterday's training focused on the initial response to an active threat at the school. The focus of the drill was movement in teams, communication, threat assessment and clearing. To see photos of the exercise, visit the Sedan Police Department Facebook page.

Free Women's Self-Defense Class to be Offered in Neodesha

 The Neodesha Police Department has teamed up with the Wilson County Medical Center and Get Fit 24/7 to offer a free self-defense class for women.

 The class will be held on Saturday, September 9th, from nine until noon at North Lawn Elementary School in Neodesha. To sign up, call 620-325-3031 or email Be sure to include your first and last name and a valid email address.

Students across the four state area ready to get back to the books

 Students in Independence were celebrating a return to the classroom at last night's Indy Goes Back to School celebration at Riverside Park in Independence.

 As students prepare to be back in class, residents should also be aware of kids traveling to and from school. Coffeyville Chamber of Commerce President Candi Westbrook says drivers should be conscious of student safety when driving. Independence and Neodesha begin classes on Wednesday; Coffeyville, Parsons, Caney, and Sedan return to school on Thursday, and Cherryvale goes back on Friday. Students in Fredonia are back in class on August 23rd.

Heat Advisory in Effect for Today

 The excessive heat returns to the four state area.

 The National Weather Service in Wichita issues another heat advisory beginning at noon and lasting until 8pm for northeast Oklahoma and southwest Missouri and 9pm for southeast Kansas. Highs today will near 100 degrees with the heat index topping out between 105 and 110. Residents who work outside are advised to take extra precautions, wear light, loose-fitting clothing, drink plenty of water, and reschedule outdoor activities to the morning or evening hours to avoid the heat.


Independence Commission Approves Plan to Renovate Parking Lot

 The city of Independence prepares to rebuild a downtown parking lot.

 At the Independence City Commission meeting last night, commissioners discussed plans to renovate the parking lot at the corner of 6th and Myrtle streets downtown. City Engineer John Garris says one of the reasons for the proposed six hundred thousand dollar project is to bring the lot up to modern standards. Mayor Louis Ysusi says it might be a close call to get the project to come in under the six hundred thousand dollar budget. The plan to rebuild the parking lot moves on to the stage of planning after passing by a 2 to 1 vote.

Cherokee Nation Cabinet Nominees Announced


Changes to the Cherokee Nation Chief's Cabinet are being announced.


Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Chuck Hoskin Jr. and Deputy Principal Chief Bryan Warner announced the changes earlier this week to the tribe’s cabinet and administration staff and a nomination of a new Supreme Court justice. Hoskin’s second-term cabinet, if confirmed by the Council of the Cherokee Nation later this month, will consist of four women and four men leading various departments across the tribes’ workforce of 4,700 government employees. The nominees will go before the Council of the Cherokee Nation on August 31 for consideration. Hoskin also announced the appointment of Tina Glory-Jordan to the Cherokee Nation Supreme Court to fill a seat opened by the resignation of Lee Paden, as well as the departure of Cherokee Nation Attorney General Sara Hill from the post she has held since Hoskin took office in August 2019. A full list of the second-term nominations is available here:


Hoskin / Warner Second-Term Nominations

  • Chad Harsha, Attorney General
  • Shella Bowlin, Secretary of State
  • Christina Justice, Secretary of Natural Resources
  • S. Joe Crittenden, Secretary of Veterans Affairs (reappointment)
  • Janees Taylor, Treasurer (reappointment)
  • Kim Teehee, Delegate to Congress (reappointment)
  • Shannon Buhl, Marshal (not yet subject to renomination)
  • Tina Glory-Jordan, Cherokee Nation Supreme Court

One Injured in ATV Crash in Chelsea


A single vehicle crash in Rogers County leaves one injured and may have involved alcohol.


The Injury collision happened just before 7:00am on North South Road 4200, five miles west of Chelsea. A 2004 Honda ATV, driven by 55-year-old Kevin Stienbarger, was traveling southbound and for unknown reason struck a tree. Steinbarger was ejected around three to five feet from the ATV.


He was transported by Air Evac to St. John Hospital in Tulsa and admitted in fair condition with head and internal injuries. The Oklahoma Highway Patrol trooper who investigated the incident noted the smell of alcohol on the driver.

Volunteers Needed to Help with CCC Move-In Day


Area churches are helping Coffeyville Community College students with their move-in day. Organizer Donna Chambers says it's important to welcome the new and returning students by helping them.


Move-in day for CCC is tomorrow, Saturday and Sunday. Chambers says they are looking for volunteers for tomorrow and Saturday. Volunteers can show up anytime from 9:00am to 5:00pm. You don't need to call ahead if you plan to help but Chambers can be reached at (918)808-2018. Josh Davis from Tyro Christian Church is organizing volunteers for Saturday his number is (620)515-4521.


Caney Boil Order Advisory Lifted


 The Kansas Department of Health and Environment has rescinded the boil water advisory for the city of Caney.

 The advisory was issued because of a line break resulting from the loss of pressure in the system. Failure to maintain adequate pressure may result in a loss of chlorine residuals and bacterial contamination.

 Laboratory testing samples collected from the city of Caney have been deemed by the KDHE to be resolved.

 The KDHE will be the only organization that rescinds boil orders or advisories, following testing at a certified laboratory.

Fire Departments Respond to Rural Farm Fire


Three fire departments respond to a rural structure fire on a farm in Montgomery County.


Montgomery County Rural Fire Department Sycamore Division responded to Springer Farms for a structure fire. Upon arriving on scene firefighters found smoke coming from the attic of one of the pig barns. Montgomery County Rural Fire Department Independence Division and Independence Fire & EMS responded for mutual aid.


Firefighters quickly extinguished the fire with minimal damage. The fire was caused by an electric line igniting the insulation.


Teenager Passes Away After Being Struck by Lighting


A teenage girl dies from her injuries after being struck by lightning at a water park in Mayes County.


According to the Grand River Dam Authority Police, the girl passed away yesterday. She was one of four girls who were in the water at about 10:45am Saturday morning when lightning struck at Blue Hole Park, injuring them all.  GRDA has not released the names, ages or hometown of the girls.  According to Bartlesville Radio, multiple sources outside of the GRDA confirm the four girls are from Bartlesville.


GRDA Police say two of the girls were taken by ambulance to a Tulsa hospital and the other two girls were transported to a Pryor hospital in personal vehicles. Police say the other three girls have since been released.  Out of respect for the families, no other information will be made available at this time.

KanDrive Makes Change to Web Address


A slight change has been made to the KanDrive web address.


KanDrive has updated its URL to Instead of ending with .org, the domain extension is now .gov. There are no other changes to the website. Anyone who forgets and types in the old web address will automatically be redirected to the KanDrive website. The address will also be updated soon in Google and other search engines.


Whether by desktop, mobile or tablet, more than 1.64 million KanDrive web sessions in 2022 provided users with information that is updated 24/7 on highway maintenance and construction activities, winter highway conditions, flooded roadways, incidents and crashes affecting traffic and closed highways. A commercial vehicle mode also provides information for truck drivers. Changing KanDrive’s web address is part of an overall update to KDOT websites to help increase security and be consistent with government addresses.


Area Health Provider Receives Grant

 Community Health Center of Southeast Kansas receives an Early Childhood Development grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration.

 Programs funded through the HRSA support people with low incomes, people with HIV, pregnant people, children, parents, rural communities, transplant patients, and the health workforce. HRSA recently announced the awarding of $30 million to 151 health centers, including CHC/SEK, for the expansion of early childhood development programs. CHC/SEK received the maximum award of $200,000. The Community Health Center provides quality health care to everyone regardless of their ability to pay and serves more than 50,000 children and adults in Crawford, Cherokee, Labette, Linn, Montgomery, Allen and Bourbon counties, and Ottawa County in Oklahoma.

Coffeyville Pool Changes Closing Date

 The effects of extreme heat and water shortage issues continue to ripple across the four state area.

 The Big Hill Splash Aquatic Center in Coffeyville announces a new closing date due to the recent water warning issued by the Coffeyville City Commission. The pool will remain open through next weekend, including the Back to School All Day Dollar swim this Sunday from 1pm to 7pm. The pool will also be closed next Thursday and Friday. And, in an effort to save water, the Aquatic Center will close for the season on Sunday, August 20th.

PWWSD #20 Remains Under Stage 3 Water Emergency

 Customers of Public Wholesale Water Supply District #20 remain under a Stage 3 Water Emergency.

 PWWSD #20 says the cooler temperatures and a little rainfall combined with the conservation efforts of customers have helped, but the emergency remains. Quivira Lake is down another quarter of an inch, so PWWSD reminds customers to continue their efforts at saving water. The Stage 3 Emergency affects the cities of Cedarvale, Chataqua, Grenola, Peru, Sedan, Moline, and Longton. Also included are Rural Water District 1 in Elk County, Chataqua County Rural Water Districts 1-2-3-and 4, and Montgomery County Rural Water District 1-C.

Caney Water Solution a Long Process


 The move to join a consolidated water district continues in the city of Caney.

 City leaders call the movement of the project bureaucratic speed, but say steps are taking place for the eventual replacement of the water treatment facility. City Administrator Kelley Zellner says he understands the frustration the pace of the project is bringing, but adds that this is normal when multiple agencies work on this type of town altering project.

 Zellner says history has brought to light the inadequacies of the current water system and water plant, and it's showing how valuable water really is to communities, not just in Caney, but in all of Southeast Kansas.

 Zellner says the move to the consolidated water district will alleviate any current water problems the city has, supply wise, and will help the town as it continues to work on infrastructure and housing improvements for future growth.

Neodesha Commission Approves Mill Levy Increase


Property taxes in Neodesha are set to go up slightly.


The Neodesha City Commission has approved a resolution to exceed the revenue neutral rate. At yesterday's meeting, a public hearing was held regarding budgets, and City Administrator Ed Truelove says a recent decrease in the mill levy may be due to the recent EMS tax.


Truelove says he hasn't been able to schedule a meeting with the county yet to discuss this in detail. Neodesha Mayor Devin Johnson says they have to increase the mill levy just to avoid losing ground.


In other business, the commission approved the 2024 budget and ordinances related to zoning, traffic and public offenses in addition to dealing with several dangerous structures.

Update: Tornado Watch Issued

***** Update 5:30 p.m. *****


A tornado watch has been for the area including Cherokee County in southeast Kansas. 

The following counties are included in northest Oklahoma: ADAIR, CRAIG, DELAWARE,MAYES, NOWATA, OTTAWA, ROGERS and WAGONER.

The watch will be in effect until 10 p.m. tonight.  Coffeyville and Independence are not included in the watch.



* The severe thunderstorm warning for Nowata county has been cancelled.



***** Update 10:45 a.m. *****


Storms are expected between 5 and 9 p.m. tonight for southeast Kansas and northeast Oklahoma.  The highest threat for tornadoes will be south of I-44 in southern Missouri extending into northern Arkansas.


***** Original Story *****


After storms move out this morning, another round of severe weather is possible for the four states.


The greatest risk will be in southern Missouri and northern Arkansas south of I-44. Hail up to ping pong ball size, damaging wind gusts and frequent lightning are all possible, and an isolated tornado cannot be ruled out. Southeast Kansas and northeast Oklahoma are on the western edge of the threat, being in the “slight” risk category as opposed to the “enhanced” risk area. Storms are expected late this afternoon and evening. KGGF will provide severe weather coverage if it's needed.


Caney Gears Up for Back to School


USD 436 is getting ready for school to start back up next week.


Caney Jr High's Back to School night is Tuesday from 6:00pm to 8:00pm. Lincoln Elementary's Meet the Teacher Night for first through 6th grades is next Wednesday August 16th from 5:30pm until 6:30pm.


Caney's first day of school is next Thursday, August 17th for first through 12th grade. Pre-K and & Kindergarten start on Wednesday, August 23rd.

24-Hour Plays Return for 21st Year


The 24-hour plays return to Independence Community College for the 21st time. Director of Theater Performance Paul Molnar says what makes these plays unique is that everything is done in 24 hours.


Each 10-minute play will feature a cast of area high school students. Molnar says in these performances the audience plays just as an important role.  The performance is free to attend and will be Saturday, August 19th at 7:00pm at the William Inge Theater.

Wilson County Canvass Neodesha Primary


The Wilson County Commissioners canvass the primary results of the Neodesha city commission election.


County Clerk Kayla Busch reports that 214 ballots were cast on August 1st, as well as two provisional ballots, which were deemed invalid by the commission.


Additionally, four different neighborhood revitalization projects have been approved in the county. First Step Builders will oversee the projects, with each one being located at Heritage Estates in Neodesha.


Other items of business at this week's commission meeting were the approval of a proposal from CFS Engineers regarding a project on Ness Bridge, as well as an executive session regarding personnel.

CPD Seeking Parrish on Felony Warrant


The Coffeyville Police Department is looking for a man on a felony warrant.


33-year-old Parrish Wilson is about 5'10" tall and weighs about 200lbs. His warrant is for aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer, fleeing and eluding, criminal threat, battery and criminal restraint. More felony charges have been submitted and CPD is awaiting additional warrants for his arrest.


Parrish is known to be violent when confronted and should not be approached. If anyone has any information on where Parrish may be hiding, contact CPD or call 911. A photo of Parrish can be seen in the online version of this story at


Boil Order for Galena Rescinded


The Kansas Department of Health and Environment rescinds a boil water advisory for the City of Galena. The advisory was issued because of a line break resulting in a loss of pressure in the system.? Failure to maintain adequate pressure may result in a loss of chlorine residuals and bacterial contamination.?


Public water suppliers in Kansas take all measures necessary to notify customers quickly after a system failure or shutdown. Regardless of whether it’s the supplier or KDHE that announces a boil water advisory, KDHE will issue the rescind order following testing at a certified laboratory. Laboratory testing samples collected from the City of Galena indicate no evidence of bacteriological contamination and all other conditions that placed the system at risk of contamination are deemed by KDHE officials to be resolved.

Three Teens Injured in Crash in Mayes County


Four are injured in a two-vehicle crash involving three teenagers in Mayes County. The injury collision happened just after 11:00pm on Highway 412 about half a mile West of Chouteau. A 1995 GMC pickup, driven by a 17-year-old, made a left hand turn into the path of a 1998 Ford pickup. The Ford, driven by 29-year-old Andrew Thompson, struck the GMC, which rolled one-half time coming to rest on its top.


The driver of the GMC was transported by MESTA to Saint Francis Hospital in Tulsa and admitted in guarded condition with unknown injuries. There were two passengers in the GMC a 15-year-old female and a 14-year-old male. The 15-year-old was transported by Air Evac to Saint Francis Hospital in Tulsa and admitted in guarded condition with unknown injuries. The 14-year-old was transported by MESTA to Saint Francis Hospital in Tulsa and was also admitted in guarded condition with unknown injuries. Thompson was transported by Air Evac to Saint John Hospital in Tulsa and admitted in guarded condition with unknown injuries. Seat belts were in use by all occupants in both vehicles.  

Chetopa Woman Arrested on Drug Charges in Parsons


A Chetopa woman is arrested in Parsons on multiple drug-related charges.


Early this morning, a Parsons Police officer pulled over a vehicle on the on-ramp junction of Highway 59 and Hwy 400. During the stop, the officer searched the vehicle finding drugs and drug paraphernalia. 50-year-old Jennifer Lee Williams was taken into custody and transported to the Parsons Police Department.


Williams has recommended charges of possession of drug paraphernalia, hallucinogenic drugs, and stimulants, distribution of stimulants, interference with law enforcement, trafficking contraband into a corrections facility and several traffic-related violations.

Lake Levels Stabilize in Sedan

 Lake levels are holding steady for the city of Sedan.

 Cooler temperatures, a little rainfall, and the continuing conservation efforts by residents have been paying off. City leaders say residents should keep up their efforts to save water and reminds water users that dish-washing accounts for about two percent of indoor water use but even small efforts help save water. Using a dish-washing machine is more water efficient compared to hand washing. While an automatic dishwasher uses about 9 to 12 gallons of water, hand washing dishes can consume up to 20 gallons. Sedan remains under a Stage 3 Water Emergency

Free Fans From Salvation Army

 Coffeyville area residents in need of some relief from the heat will have some help.

 Montgomery County Salvation Army Coordinator Joe Brooks says they have received some Vornado fans to give to anyone who needs one. Brooks says the fans will be given out on a first come, first served basis. For anyone needing a fan, contact the Salvation Army at 620-251-2686 or Joe Brooks at 620-870-9261.

Back to School Reminders for Drivers

 It's back to school time across the four state area.

 Parsons USD 503 wants to remind residents about a few important things as area kids head back to class. First, drivers should be cautious, especially at street corners and crosswalks as neighborhood children begin walking to and from school. Drivers are also reminded that stopping for school buses that have engaged their flashing lights and extended their stop signs is mandated by law. The Kansas Department of Education says failure to stop for a school bus can result in a fine and court costs of more than four hundred dollars. For driver and student safety, please be aware of school zones and children in or near them. Students in Independence and Neodesha begin classes next Wednesday, while students in Coffeyville, Parsons, Caney and Sedan go back to school next Thursday, and Cherryvale returns a week from Friday. Students in Fredonia are back to school on August 23rd.

Miami Power Outage

 Crews in Miami respond quickly after morning storms.

 Early morning storms in the four state area cause a power outage in the city of Miami, OK. City crews responded to a power outage on the north west side of the city. Power was restored at around 7:30am.

Downtown Awnings On Ninth Street in Coffeyille to Come Down

The downtown awnings along 9th Street in downtown Coffeyville are coming down.  Coffeyville City Commissioners last night unanimously approved a plan to remove the awnings on the south side of 9th Street.  In addition to the awnings removal the plan also includes removal of the green spaces and replacing them with stamped concrete and artificial greenery and providing financial assistance to building owners to improve their facades after the awnings are removed.


A large contingent of citizens spoke on both sides of the issue at last night’s Commission meeting.  One of the concerns expressed were the repair of vacant buildings along the corridor.  City Manager Mark Hall said there are plans to ensure compliance with code including legal.. 


Hall said removal of the awnings will begin after October 31st after Dalton Defender Days and Brewfest are over.

K-State President Diagnosed with Cancer


Kansas State University's president is sharing his cancer diagnosis with the public.


In a letter sent to the K-State community yesterday, President Richard Linton said that he's been diagnosed with throat and tongue cancer, which will require him to pursue daily treatments in Kansas City at the KU Cancer Center. Linton says he plans to stay engaged with the university but recognized he won't be able to be present in his usual capacity. Linton came to K-State in February of 2022.

Flood Warning for Part of SEK

***** Update 10 a.m. *****

The flood warnings have been cancelled by the National Weather Service.


A flood warning has been issued for several counties in southeast Kansas.


The warning is in effect until 1 p.m. for eastern Butler, southern Greenwood and northern Elk County, plus Allen, Neosho, Wilson and Woodson Counties until 2:45 p.m. Rain this morning has prompted flooding of rivers, creeks, streams and other low-lying areas. Some locations impacted include Howard, Severy, Fall River, Beaumont, Fall River State Park, Parsons, Chanute, Iola, Neodesha, Fredonia, Thayer and Altoona. The National Weather Service reminds drivers not to go into flooded areas or around barricades. Any observed flooding should also be reported to local emergency services so it can be passed along to the weather service.


City of Coffeyville Issues Water Warning


Coffeyville residents are being asked to conserve water.  The Coffeyville City Commission voted to approve a water warning for the city.  Director of Water Services Steve Smith says their goal is to drop water usage in the city by 20% during a warning.


Smith says the area is well below the 40-year average for rainfall when looking at the last year.


In other business, new Commissioner Pam Jones was sworn in to fill the remainder of Justin Doane's term.  Bob York was appointed and voted in as vice mayor by the rest of the commission.

Boy's and Girl's Club Holding Football Camp


The Coffeyville Boy's and Girl's Club is holding a football game for fifth and sixth-grade students. The camp is tomorrow from 6:00pm to 8:00pm at Ise Field. Field Kindley High School Football Coach Deonta Wade says the camp is all about teaching kids about the game of football.


The camp is free to attend and the BGC will supply all the gear for the season except cleats and a mouthpiece. Wade says at the end of the day it's about getting more kids to participate in sports. Wade says some of the other area teams include Independence, Parsons and Pittsburg. A link to sign up for the football team can be found here.

Royalty Returns to Interstate Fair and Rodeo


Coffeyville’s Interstate Fair and Rodeo is just days away. 


The 116th Fair and Rodeo begins this Sunday and continues through next Saturday, August 18th.  Fair Association Vice President Justin Rexwinkle says the popular Royalty is returning to this year’s Fair with a Barbecue Sunday afternoon.


Grandstand events begin next Tuesday with the L.J. Jenkins Bull Riding, there’ll be two nights of PRCA Rodeo on Wednesday and Thursday and two nights of one of the largest Demolition Derbys in the area on Friday and Saturday nights   

Indy Goes Back to School Happens Thursday Night

 Residents of Independence are set to celebrate.

 Thursday night night is the annual Indy Goes Back to School Celebration. Chamber of Commerce President Lisa Wilson says there will be lots of activities for the whole family. Students can also get a free backpack of school supplies collected by Stuff the Bus. Backpacks will be available on a first come, first served basis. Other activities will include games, free entertainment, exhibits, prizes and giveaways, and activities for the entire family. All students, parents, staff, and community members are invited to attend.

New Exercise Group Begins in Fredonia

 Residents of Fredonia looking to stretch their legs have a new option.

 The Walk With Ease program from Kansas State Research and Extension Wildcat District will meet every Monday, Wednesday and Friday beginning this week. This is a beginners walking group that includes health education, stretching, strengthening exercises, and motivational strategies. The group meets from 10 to 11 am at the First National Bank in Fredonia 4-H Learning Center located at 10392 Jade Road in Fredonia. The program is free due to a grant from the Area Agency on Aging.

Head Injury Presentation for USD 446 Athletes


Independence High School is having a presentation to protect and inform athletes from potential head injuries.


A video focusing on concussions in sports, including how to diagnose and treat them, will be shown in the IHS Auditorium tomorrow night beginning at 6 p.m.


High school athletes in the USD 446 district are required to attend. Fall sports practices begin next week for tennis, soccer, volleyball, football, and golf.


For questions or information regarding the presentation, contact the High School at 620-332-1815 or by visiting 1301 North 10th Street in Independence.

PWWSD #20 Remains in Water Emergency

 Despite the weekend rain and cooler temperatures, local communities still face a water emergency.

 Customers of Public Wholesale Water District #20 remain in a Stage 3 water emergency and are urged to continue conservation efforts. Twenty-five percent of everyday water usage happens in the kitchen and laundry room. Water saving measures in the kitchen include using as little water as possible when cooking, removing frozen food for use earlier to allow it to thaw without water, and covering pots and pans while cooking. PWWSD #20 serves the communites of Sedan, Longton, Cedarvale, Chataqua, Peru, Granola, Chataqua County, and Montgomery County Rural Water District #5.

Parsons Youth Golf Tournament

 Young golfers will be shooting for par this weekend in Parsons.

 The Katy Golf Club is sponsoring the Junior Golf Boys and Girls Parsons city Championship this Saturday. There are five different age categories for youth between the ages of 6 and 15. The nine-hole tournament starts at 8am in Saturday. To register, call 620-421-4532

Parsons Ice Cream Contest

 Who makes the best homemade ice cream in Parsons?

 That question will be answered this Saturday at the Parsons Homemade Ice Cream contest. The event happens from 1 to 3 pm at the First Christian Church, 1500 south 29th street in Parsons and benefits Donna's Pet Food Pantry

Boil Water Advisories for McCune and Galena

 Boil water advisories are in effect for two cities in southeast Kansas.

 The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) has issued a boil water advisory for the City of McCune in Crawford County. A boil water advisory also remains in effect for the city of Galena. Residents should boil water for one minute prior to drinking or food preparation or use bottled water. Dispose of ice cubes from trays and automatic ice makers, and disinfect dishes and surfaces used in food preparation. Water is safe for bathing as long as it is not ingested.

City of Caney Given Clean Financial Bill of Health


 The city of Caney's financial records for 2022 are accurate.

 During last night's meeting, the council heard from Neil Phillips and Emily Franks from the CPA firm Jarred, Gilmore, and Phillips with a presentation concerning the 2022 audit. The results showed all monies were accounted for. City Administrator Kelley Zellner says when working with city finances, he doesn't like the “rob Peter to pay Paul mentality”, but likes to work in straight lines.

 Zellner says it's important for cities to have goals of financial health, which is the main reason Caney is not just looking one year into the future when budgets are set, but setting goals for departments and city services as much as five years into the future.

 In other business during last night's meeting, the council discussed water line replacement for Maple Street, and discussed a zoning variance for property at the intersection of 3rd and Ridgeway Streets.

Another Round of Rain Possible


Another round of rain is on the way for the four states.


The National Weather Service says rain chances will start after 1 a.m. tomorrow morning for eastern Kansas and continue through tomorrow night. Severe weather is also possible for the area, but the better chance overnight will be in central and northwest Kansas. Damaging wind gusts of 60 to 80 mph are possible in addition to dime to quarter-size hail and heavy rainfall. Storm timing for Montgomery county is expected after 7 tomorrow morning, and KGGF will provide severe weather coverage as needed.

Fiber Internet Under Consideration in Cherryvale


Cherryvale residents may eventually have easy access to high-speed fiber internet.


At its meeting last night, the Cherryvale City Council heard a proposal from KwiKom Business Development Manager John Terry regarding making fiber optic internet available to residents in Cherryvale. Terry says the $2 million project would require a $200,000 investment on the city's part and provide a few different speed and price options to residents.


Terry says the projects could be completed within six to eight months. Council members will continue their review of the proposal and no action was taken at last night's meeting. In other business, the council approved closing part of Main Street on Friday from 3 to 8 p.m. for the library's End of Summer Reading Block Party and also approved the removal of a tree from a public nuisance property. The council will have a special meeting next Monday at 6 p.m. to discuss budget items.

Four Injured in Single Vehicle Accident Near Miami


Four are injured in a single-vehicle crash in Ottawa County.


The injury collision happened yesterday at around 12:30 on I-44 near mile marker 322 nine miles east of Miami. A 2015 Lexus RX, driven by 72-year-old Ann Gno, was traveling westbound. The Lexus departed the roadway to the right for an unknown reason, struck a culvert, and rolled over two and half times before coming to rest on the passenger side. Gno was transported by Integris EMS to Mercy Hospital in Joplin. She was treated and released.


There were three passengers in the vehicle. 81-year-old Hue Trieu was transported by Quapaw Nation EMS to Freeman Hospital and admitted in critical condition with head and internal injuries. 77-year-old Mihn-Lap Le was transported by Integris EMS to Freeman Hospital and admitted in critical condition with a head injury. 72-year-old Hoa Huynh was transported by Quapaw EMS to Freeman Hospital and admitted with head and internal injuries.

One Dead and One Injured in Four Vehicle Crash


One is dead and another is injured in a four-vehicle crash involving three semis in Craig County.


The fatality collision happened early Friday morning at around 1:00am on the Will Rogers Turnpike at mile marker 288. A 2020 Freightliner Cascadia, driven by 31-year-old Jerome Bienvenu, was traveling westbound on Will Rogers Turnpike and departed the roadway right entering a private parking lot. Bienvenu then ramped over a curb and left around 90 feet of skid marks before striking a 20218 Freightliner Cascadia, driven by 30-year-old Kamaldeep Singh, in the rear. Bienvenu continued traveling west and struck a 2016 Peterbilt Tractor, driven by 55-year-old Rafael Rojas, in the front passenger side and then struck a 2019 Dodge Ram 2500, driven by 40-year-old Levi Gerrish, before stopping.


Bienvenu was pronounced dead at the scene by Mercy EMS due to injuries sustained in the collision. Singh was transported by Mercy EMS to St. Francis Hospital in Vinita. He was treated and released. Both Rojas and Gerrish were not injured.

Boil Water Advisory Remains in Effect

 Boil water advisories remain in effect for two cities in southeast Kansas.

 The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) has issued a boil water advisory for the City of Caney due to possible contamination caused by a major water leak. The leak has been repaired but the boil water advisory remains in effect until further notice. The City of Galena is also under a boil water advisory for the Empire Neighborhood North of Eveningstar Road. Residents should boil water for at least one minute before drinking it or using it for food preparation, or use bottled water instead. Dispose of any ice cubes and disinfect dishes and other food contact surfaces by immersion for at least one minute in clean tap water that contains one teaspoon of unscented household bleach per gallon of water. The water is safe for bathing as long as it is not ingested.

New Tag Office Hours in Montgomery County

 There will be a new schedule at the Montgomery County Tag office.

 County treasurer Nancy Clubine says the tag office will soon have new hours due to staffing and training issues. Thursday and Friday, the tag office will be closed from noon until 1pm. The office will be closed during those times again on August 14-17. Beginning on August 18, the tag office will be open from 9am until 4pm. Clubine made the announcement at the Montgomery County Commission meeting.

Boil Advisory for Part of Galena


A boil water advisory is issued for the City of Galena. The Kansas Department of Health and Environment issued the boil water advisory for a portion of the City of Galena public water supply system.


This advisory applies to customers in the Empire Neighborhood North of Eveningstar Road. Customers should observe the following precautions until further notice boil water for one minute prior to drinking or food preparation or use bottled water, dispose of ice cubes and do not use ice from a household automatic ice maker, if your tap water appears dirty, flush the water lines by letting the water run until it clears and disinfect dishes and other food contact surfaces.


The advisory took effect on August 5th and will remain in effect until the conditions that placed the system at risk are resolved. KDHE officials issued the advisory because of a line break resulting in a loss of pressure in the system.

Peter Pan Road to Open Next Week

 Good news for drivers in Independence.

 Montgomery County Public Works Coordinator Jim Wright says the construction on Peter Pan Road should be completed by next week. Speaking at the Montgomery County Commission meeting, Wright says Montgomery County is also finishing several other projects in the area.

Police Investigating Homicide In McCune


 A shooting in McCune, Kansas this morning leads tho the arrest of the victim's grandfather.

 Crawford County Sheriff Danny Smith says the incident took place just before 1:00 at 709 5th Street. The caller, later found out to be the victim's sister, told police that her grandfather had just shot her brother. Deputies found 28-year-old Ian Fox of Lexington outside the residence with a gunshot wound. Life saving measures were attempted, but Ian did not survive.

 70-year-old John Fox of McCune was arrested and taken to the Crawford County Jail.

 No other information is being released at this time. The victim is being transported to Kansas City for autopsy.

 The investigation is ongoing.

Leadership Independence Deadline Approaching


The deadline for Leadership Independence is approaching quickly.


The program is a service of the Independence Chamber of Commerce. Chamber President Lisa Wilson says it is a great opportunity to improve leadership skills.


The first 20 applicants will be accepted into this year's program. Wilson says it will span over the next eight months.


Tuition is $350 and the application deadline is August 14th.


For more information, or to receive the application, visit

Four Girls Injured By Lightning While Swimming


 Four juvenile girls swimming over the weekend at a creek in Northeast Oklahoma were struck by lightning.

 The Grand River Dam Authority Police Department says the incident took place around 10:45 Saturday morning at Blue Hole Park, located between Kenwood and Salina. GRDA spokesman Justin Alberty says two of the girls were taken to a Tulsa hospital, with the other two taken to a Pryor hospital.

 No word has been given on the condition of the girls. The investigation is ongoing.

Chautauqua County Receives Rural Bridge Proposal


Chautauqua County has received a proposal regarding the total weight that can be supported on rural bridges.


Currently, the rural bridges are unable to support 90-ton trailers that would potentially move through the county. Commissioner Parker Massey says that trailers that large usually have important cargo.


The county commissioners also approved the Kansas Down Payment Agreement, which is similar to what Montgomery County agreed to earlier this year.


Additional items of business at the County Commission meeting were the accepting of a bid to address a transmission failure on a 2009 Motor Grader, as well as the clearance of tree damage at both Cowboy and 22nd, and 26th and Dalton.

Tyson Foods Closing Noel Plant


 Tyson Foods is closing four chicken processing plants, including one in Southwest Missouri.

 The company announced this morning of the closing of plants in North Little Rock, Arkansas, Corydon, Indiana, and Dexter and Noel, Missouri. Production will shift to other facilities and operations will be halted by the end of the second quarter of next year.

 The closings are a part of a cost cutting measure which include the closing of corporate offices in Chicago and South Dakota and the additional closing of plants in Arkansas and Virginia. The announcement comes after fiscal third-quarter losses of $417-million dollars.

 Shares of Tyson dropped sharply before the market's open this morning.

Part of U.S. 69 Now a "Safety Corridor"


Drivers on U.S. 69 in Crawford County will be seeing a new type of road sign.


The Kansas Department of Transportation has installed yellow “Safety Corridor – Increased Law Enforcement” signage. These warning signs bring attention to heightened law enforcement efforts as part of a Safety Corridor Pilot Program launched this summer. The Safety Corridor Pilot Program is a five-year initiative aimed at reducing fatal and serious injury crashes on four selected highway corridors in Kansas. The U.S. 69 Safety Corridor extends from the U.S. 400 junction north through Frontenac and Pittsburg to the U.S. 160 junction. Crash reports indicate 98 total crashes occurred along the U.S. 69 corridor route over a five-year time frame, including 4 fatalities and 19 serious injuries. The Safety Corridor Pilot Program will run until 2028.


Power Plant Has Longest Run in 5 Years


The Coffeyville Municipal Light and Power steam plant has completed its longest run in five years.

That's the sound of operators disconnecting the plant from the grid and slowly shutting down the large turbine. The plant in town with the large smokestack houses the last of Coffeyville's working steam turbine and generator, and Electric Generation Superintendent Tony Lawson says the plant provided an average of 16 megawatts of power into the grid from July 29th through last Friday.  The plant's use was requested by Grand River Dam Authority during last week's high energy needs.  Coffeyville's new power plant near the airport was online as well and is used on a much more regular basis.  A full feature on the past, present and future of Coffeyville Municipal Light and Power is coming to KGGF later this year.

Oklahoma Gets Bulk of Rain from Last Nights Storms


Severe storms moved through southcentral Kansas and northeast Oklahoma overnight.


Southeast Kansas had a few brief warnings in the early-morning hours as storms wound down. 


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New timing information has been released from the National Weather Service.  


Tonight's storms are expected to reach southeast Kansas and northeast Oklahoma even later than originally forecast.  Timing for Elk and Chautauqua county is likely between 11 p.m. and 2 a.m.  Timing for Montgomery and Wilson Counties including Coffeyville and Independence could be between 1 and 4 a.m. tomorrow morning.  Storms are likely to occur, but their intensity is in question as of now.  




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Another round of severe storms are possible tonight.  All of southeast Kansas and northeast Oklahoma in included in the "enhanced" risk for severe weather.  Main hazards for southeast Kansas include wind gusts up to 70 mph and heavy rain.  Timing of the storm will likely be after midnight for southeast Kansas.  The National Weather Service now predicts the Coffeyville area could see storms after 1 a.m.  KGGF will provide severe weather coverage as needed.  You can sign up for KGGF text alerts to stay informed when severe weather strikes here.


Morning Storm Damage in Coffeyville, Rainfall Totals


***** Update 5 p.m. *****


Coffeyville Municipal Light and Power is providing an update on today's outages.  


Crews have been out since 8 this morning working out outages caused by storm damage.  Several larger outages have been restored, but crews continue to work at numerous locations across town to repair service disrupted by downed limbs and broken poles.


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Cleanup is underway after a thunderstorms moved through the Coffeyville area this morning.


Tree damage ranging from minor to major has been observed across town.  A large tree fell over in Walter Johnson Park near the horseshoe area, and a tree was reported down across the street near Willow and 3rd.  Several power outages are being reported on the west side of town.  Power line damage caused by a tree has been reported on west 8th street near the intersection of 166.  Here's a look at rainfall totals for the area:


* KGGF Studios: 0.97"

* Indian Village: 1.50"
* Nowata Mesonet Station: 0.68"

* Sedan Mesonet Station: 0.70"

* Copan Mesonet Station: 0.66"

* Edna: 2.40"

* Parsons Mesonet Station: 3.64"

* Cherokee Mesonet Station: 4.02"


Severe weather is possible again tonight. Details HERE.


JFIT Make Fenyanyl Bust in Pittsburg


The Joint Fentanyl Impact Team joins the Crawford County Sheriff’s Office, Pittsburg Police Department and the Bourbon County Sheriff’s Office in making a large Fentanyl seizure.


The investigation into suspicious activity led authorities to execute a search warrant on Wednesday in Pittsburg. During the search, law enforcement uncovered an estimated 5,000 counterfeit Oxycodone pills, commonly referred to as dirty 30s. The pills are suspected to contain Fentanyl and weighed approximately six pounds. Also seized was a large amount of cash, and numerous firearms and ammunition.


39-year-old Horace Wright and 43-year-old Amanda Lee, both of Pittsburg, were arrested for possession of opiates, opium, marijuana, methamphetamine and paraphernalia for the sale of drugs, criminal possession of a firearm and aggravated child endangerment.

Caney Water Leak Fixed; Boil Order Still in Effect


Repairs have been made to the water leak in Caney.


In a statement made on the city's website and in text alerts sent to residents, city officials say the leak at 6th & High has been repaired.  Because of the break resulting in a loss of pressure in the system, a boil water advisory has been issued for the City of Caney. Residents should boil water for one minute prior to drinking or food preparation or use bottled water.  Also, dispose of ice cubes and do not use ice from a household automatic ice maker. If your tap water appears dirty, flush the water lines by letting the water run until it clears. Disinfect dishes and other food contact surfaces by immersion for at least one minute in clean tap water that contains one teaspoon of unscented household bleach per gallon of water.


According to the KDHE, failure to maintain adequate pressure may result in a loss of chlorine residuals and cause bacterial contamination.  The boil water advisory will remain in effect until the conditions that placed the system at risk are resolved.

Parsons Woman Arrested for 7th Time this Year


A Parsons woman is arrested for the seventh time this year.


A Parsons Police officer pulled over a vehicle that was driving erratically and committed several traffic infractions. The driver was identified as 30-year-old Kristen Mattox-Graham. Due to her actions, the PPD officer believed Mattox-Graham was under the influence. After completing a field sobriety test, she was placed under arrest for suspicion of a DUI.


Mattox-Graham resisted the arrest striking the officer in the face. Even after being transported to jail, she continued to be combative with officers, kicking at them. She faces charges of driving under the influence, reckless driving, battery on a law enforcement officer, Interference with law enforcement, failure to produce liability insurance and failure to signal. So far in 2023, Mattox-Graham has been arrested on January 28th, March 7th, April 17th, April 20th, June 6th, July 14th, and now July 31st.  

Chetopa Man Back in Custody


A Chetopa man is back in custody.


Around 7:30am this morning, Cherokee County Sheriff's Deputies and Officers with the Baxter Springs Police Department searched a Baxter Springs hotel room after receiving information the fugitive they were looking for was there. 51-year-old Ernest Wayne Moore Jr was located hiding behind a shower curtain, was apprehended and transported to the Cherokee County Jail where he is being held without bond. In December,


Moore pled guilty to burglary, three counts of theft, criminal damage to property and driving in violation of Kansas vehicle registration laws. He was in custody at the time of his plea but was ordered to be released until his sentencing in March. Moore failed to appear in court and had been sought by law enforcement since. 

Major Water Leak Affecting Caney Residents; Boil Water Advisory Issued


 A major water leak in Caney causes an outage in parts of the town.

 In a statement made on the city's website and in text alerts sent to residents, city officials say the leak at 6th & High is being repaired, but residents can expect lower water pressure to loss of water conditions until the leak is fixed.

 Because of the break resulting in a loss of pressure in the system, a boil water advisory has been issued for the city of Caney. Residents should boil water for one minute prior to drinking or food preparation or use bottled water. Also, dispose of ice cubes and do not use ice from a household automatic ice maker. If your tap water appears dirty, flush the water lines by letting the water run until it clears. Disinfect dishes and other food contact surfaces by immersion for at least one minute in clean tap water that contains one teaspoon of unscented household bleach per gallon of water.

 According to the KDHE, failure to maintain adequate pressure may result in a loss of chlorine residuals and cause bacterial contamination.

 The boil water advisory will remain in effect until the conditions that placed the system at risk are resolved.

Coffeyville Community College Named Best Community College


The Red Ravens receive a rave rating. names Coffeyville Community College the top-ranked community college in Kansas.  CCC earned 99.363 on the Intelligent Score, which measures categories including academic influence, online programs, and overall college performance.


CCC excels in all categories, showcasing its commitment to providing quality education to its students. The school also ranks second on the Intelligent Best Colleges rankings and second for Best Online programs.

Boys and Girls Club Football Try Outs


Young football players in Coffeyville are looking forward to the next round of tryouts.


 The Boys and Girls Club of Southeast Kansas will hold round two of tryouts for the competitive tackle football team. Fifth and sixth graders who are interested and eligible for the second round will have their chance next Wednesday from 6 to 9pm at Ise Field at 110 West 8th Street in Coffeyville.


For more information, contact the Boys and Girls Club in Coffeyville.

National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day

 Cookie lovers, rejoice!

 Today is National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day and that means bakers all across the country are celebrating one of America's favorite cookies. Local baker Casey Adolph, owner of Casey's Creations Bakery and Deli in Independence says she's ready for the chocolate chip cookie's big day. the chocolate chip cookies along with the frosted sugar cookies are among her top sellers. Adolph says the great thing about cookies is that there's always something for everyone because everybody has their personal favorite. For those looking for a good excuse to enjoy a cookie and a glass of ice cold milk, today is the day.



Southwest Power Pool Declares Advisory; Public Action Not Needed


The regional power transmission organization for the central U.S. is declaring a power grid advisory.


The Southwest Power Pool serves the central U.S. and coordinates generation and power grid operations for the central U.S. including the four-state region. The Conservative Operations Advisory will be in effect today from 11 a.m. until 9 p.m. The advisory does not require the public to conserve energy. The advisory is being declared due to continued high power load forecasts due to extreme heat and low wind forecasts. This advisory is mainly to inform power plant operators that greater commitment of their resources may be required. According to Coffeyville Municipal Light and Power Electric Generation Superintendent Tony Lawson, both of Coffeyville's power plants have been online since Saturday to help with the extra load.


Slight Break in Heat, Severe Storms Possible


Excessive heat warnings continue today, with a slight break in the heat on the horizon.


Warnings go into effect at 11 a.m. for Oklahoma, 1 p.m. for southeast Kansas, and southwest Missouri. Heat advisories are in place for the rest of the four states.


Severe storms are possible tomorrow for all of Kansas and western Missouri. According to the Storm Prediction Center, the main threat will be damaging wind gusts and up to quarter-size hail. The best chance for rain and thunderstorms for the Coffeyville area will be late tomorrow night, although thunderstorm chances are possible starting tonight. The heat is expected to subside some on Sunday, with a high around 90 expected for Coffeyville.


Vaude in the Ville this Weekend


Vaude in the Ville returns to Coffeyville this weekend.


The event starts at 7:00pm on Saturday and it is at a new location this year at the Roosevelt Middle School auditorium. Midland Theater Board Member Wyatt Starnes says this will be a great show with a variety of different performers.


Starnes says tickets are still on sale and are $30 each. Included in the price of the tickets is the after party and Board Member Maddison Bowman says you do not want to miss it.  All the proceeds from Vaude in the Ville will go to support the Midland Theater.

Caney PD Receives Body Cameras Grant


 The Caney Police Department receives a grant for the upgrade of their body worn cameras and system.

 Caney Police Chief Ike Dye says the new cameras will help with accountability and safety within the department, but priority number one is transparency with the community.

 Dye says the body worn cameras are becoming as important as a police officers weapon while on duty, adding that the new cameras and cloud based operating system will keep files from being deleted and will have improved storage capacity, saving the department funding on extra storage space. He says the job of a law enforcement officer has changed since he started, because of the availability of technology.

 Grant awards totalling over seven-million dollars were made to 265 small, rural, and tribal law enforcement agencies across 44 states. Dye thanks City Clerk Amber Dean and former Police Chief Kevin Kitterman for their efforts for the grant.

OK Kids Day in Elk City State Park this Weekend


A special event is taking place at Elk City State Park this weekend.


The OK Kids Day is on Saturday from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Entrance to the park will be free, courtesy of the Elk City State Park Friends Group.


Chamber of Commerce President Lisa Wilson says there will be plenty of fun activities available.


The Montgomery County Health Department will also be present this weekend, giving out bike helmets and life jackets to kids.


For more information or to ask questions, contact the state park office at 620-331-6295 or Christina Farris at 620-926-2040.

Summer Events Ending in Independence


Multiple summer events are coming to an end in Independence.


The month of August brings the final two All-Wheels Nights and Cruising Indy, beginning this Friday night. The second All-Wheels Night of the month, on August 11th, will also be kids night.


Chamber of Commerce President Lisa Wilson says there will be special activities for the kids.


August 13th is the final day to swim at the Riverside Beach Family Aquatic Center. Wilson says this is because of the upcoming lack of life guards available.


The Mid-Continent Band will perform their final concert of the summer on August 8th. The band performs at the shell amphitheater of Riverside Park, but will move to the William Inge Theater at Independence Community College if heat is extreme.

Boil Water Advisory for Columbus

 Residents of Columbus should boil their water until further notice.

 The Kansas Department of Health and Environment has issued a boil water advisory for the City of Columbus public water supply due to possible bacterial contamination. Residents should boil their water for one minute before drinking it or using it in food or use bottled water instead. You should also dispose of ice from trays and automatic ice makers. The water is safe for bathing.

Nowata Schools Prepare for Upcoming School Year

 It's time for enrollment for Nowata students.

 Students in Nowata are preparing to go back to school and the Nowata School District wants to make enrollment go as smoothly as possible. Coming up next Wednesday, all three school buildings in Nowata will have computers set up in their main offices for parents who have not yet completed online enrollment for their students. Parents may use the computers from 9 to 3 on Wednesday. The district reminds parents that you must be enrolled to guarantee your student has a schedule or classroom placement.

Parsons Police Add Charges to Arrested Couple

 A couple arrested in Parsons face added charges.

 Parsons police add charges to a couple arrested earlier this week. James and Staci Hayes were previously charged with Criminal Possession of a Weapon by a Felon, Criminal use of a Weapon, Distribution of Certain Stimulants, Interference with Law Enforcement (Concealing Evidence), Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Possession of Certain Stimulants, and Littering. James Hayes faces additional charges of Reckless Driving, Driving While Suspended and Speeding. James Hayes is free on bond while Staci Hayes remains in the Labette County Jail.

South Coffeyville Fire Chief Wins Award

 South Coffeyville Fire Chief Jim Wilson is the Kansas Paramedic of the Year.

 South Coffeyville Fire chief Jim Wilson is the State of Kansas Paramedic of the Year as awarded by the Kansas EMS Association. Chief Wilson joins an elite crew of award winners from across the state who will be honored by the Kansas EMS Association at their annual “honoring Our Own” banquet coming up on August 12th.

City of Sedan Remains in Water Emergency

 The City of Sedan gets limited relief from the water emergency.

 The lake intake pumps at the Quivira Lake in Sedan have been shortened which has given the city of Sedan some slight relief in their current water emergency. The situation remains critical as the intake structure has only another 36 inches before a catastrophic failure occurs. Public Wholesale Water Supply District #20 and Chautauqua County Emergency Management are working toward a backup emergency system should that happen, but without substantial amount of rainfall to replenish our water source, Sedan will remain in a Stage 3 Water Emergency. Residents should continue take extreme water conservation measures and follow the recommendations set forth in the Stage 3. For daily updates and water conservation tips, visit the City of Sedan or the PWWSD #20 Facebook pages.

Caney Police Department Receives Grant

 The Caney Police Department Receives Award Grant

 The Caney Police Department will Receive the Bureau of Justice Assistance Award for Body-Worn Cameras to Small, Rural, and Tribal Law Enforcement Agencies. Caney police chief Ike Dye says the grant will help the Caney police purchase advanced equipment and improve their storage capacity. Dye says this will help the police force improve their accountability and safety as well as improving their transparency with the community.

Fredonia Animal Shelter Grand Opening


An event will take place today that may be of interest to animal lovers.


The Fredonia Animal Shelter grand opening is today. Many improvements have taken place at what was previously known as the Animal Pound. City Administrator Wesley Young says older wood and mesh pens have been replaced with sturdy metal pens during the past year, and city staff have worked on the projects themselves, saving the city from having to contract projects to outside companies. All are welcome at the grand opening tonight at 6:30 at 1312 ½ N 2nd Street in Fredonia, just behind the recycling center.

IPD Moves Back to Historic City Hall


Part of the Independence Police Department completed a major move this week.


IPD Dispatch has relocated to the 1916 City Hall at 120 North 6th Street. Walk-ins are now available at the new location. Independence Police Chief Jerry Harrison says citizens are now able to come to the south entrance of the new location to speak with a dispatcher in person. Dispatchers are still available over the phone at the non-emergency number, which is 620-332-1700. If you have an emergency, Harrison says always call 911.

Neodesha Library to Close for Repairs


The Public Library in Neodesha will be closed for most of the month of August for repairs.


According to staff at the W. A. Rankin Memorial Library, roof repairs are scheduled between this Saturday and Friday, August 25th. Dumpsters will be placed on the side and front of the building tomorrow, so parking at the library will be limited. The building will remain open tomorrow for normal services. Books checked out today or tomorrow can be returned on the 26th without penalty since the book drop will be inaccessible during construction. Anyone with questions can call the library at 620-325-3275.

Nebraska Man to Visit Every Kansas Town


A Nebraskan is currently on a journey to visit every incorporated town in Kansas by the end of the year.  Wandermore Publishing's Seth Varner says the first state he accomplished this in was his home state during COVID.


Varner, who visited Coffeyville during his last round of town visits, says he is always impressed with the history of these towns.  Varner has visited 406 of the 627 incorporated towns in Kansas and he plans to be done with the remaining 221 towns by late October to early November.


Here are links to donate to Varner's adventure and to sign-up for a reminder for when the Kansas guidebook is published.


You can listen to the full interview with Varner here.

Graffiti Cleaned Up, Parks Back Open


Coffeyville parks are looking good again after city crews clean up the graffiti.


The caution tape has been removed at Little Pfister Park and the shelter house at Walter Johnson Park. Graffiti has been removed and both areas are back open to the public. Public Service crews spent time cleaning up the graffiti after the parks were vandalized over the weekend.


The city thanks the businesses who donated supplies, Ace Hardware, Four State Maintenance and Sherwin Williams.

Excessive Heat Continues

 The excessive heat wave across the four state area is expected to continue through tomorrow.

 The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration in Wichita says the extreme heat conditions we've been experiencing should continue through tomorrow. If you are outside, the N-O-A-A wants you to know the warning signs of heat exhaustion which include dizziness, thirst, heavy sweating, nausea, and weakness. Signs of the more severe heat stroke include confusion, dizziness, and becoming unconscious. If you experience heat exhaustion, you should move to a cooler area, loosen your clothing, and sip cool water. Heat exhaustion can lead to heat stroke, so if your symptoms do not improve, you should seek medical attention. Heat stroke can be deadly, so if you suspect someone my be suffering heat stroke, call 9-1-1. Then move the person to a cooler area, loosen their clothing and remove extra layers, and cool them with water or ice.

Deer / Motorcycle Accident Injures Rider


 A motorcycle / deer accident yesterday morning in McDonald County seriously injures the rider.

 According to the Missouri Highway Patrol, the accident took place just before 7:00 on Highway E, five miles south of Powell. 22-year-old Brendan Jensen of Apollo Beach, Florida was riding his Honda motorcycle when he struck a deer in the roadway.

 Jensen, who was wearing a helmet, was transported to Northwest Medical Center in Bentonville, Arkansas, with serious injuries.

Wendy's Coming to Coffeyville


The city of Coffeyville will soon have a new location to eat at.


Early construction is under way on 11th Street for a new Wendy's location. The site is at the corner intersection of 11th and Elm, between the McDonald's and the Best Western Hotel.


Coffeyville Chamber of Commerce President Candi Westbrook says the Wendy's will be a drive-thru location.


Historically, building construction takes less time than a full remodeling. Westbrook says more information should be known soon regarding the timeline.


There is currently no timetable or completion date known at this time.

Independence Police Move Into Old City Hall

 The Independence Police Department is on the move.

 The Independence Police Department has announced via their Facebook page that they are moving back into the 1916 City Hall building today. Due to the move, there may be some disruptions to their non-emergency phone lines. If you need to contact the Independence police and experience problems, try calling 620-332-2503 or 620-331-1482. The emergency lines will NOT experience problems, so if you have an emergency, you should call 9-1-1.

Cherokee County Boil Water Rescinded

 The Kansas Department of Health and Environment has rescinded a boil water advisory for the Cherokee County.

 The Kansas Department of Health and Environment has rescinded a boil water advisory for the Cherokee County Rural Water District 9 in Cherokee County. The original advisory was issued due to an equipment malfunction. Water testing has determined that the water is safe and residents no longer need to boil their water.

Parsons Sales Tax Passes

 Voters in Parsons approve the extension of the public safety sales tax.

 Only six hundred and thirty eight votes were cast in the special election, but voters overwhelming agreed to keep the tax in place by a margin of 5 to 1. The vote allows the city of Parsons to ensure the police and fire departments are well maintained and fully staffed among other public safety issues.

Independence Issues Water Watch

 Dry weather and extreme heat prompts Independence to issue a “water watch.”

 The city of Independence has joined the State of Kansas in issuing a water watch for Elk City Reservoir. City engineer John Garris says the purpose of the water watch is to encourage citizens to take voluntary steps to conserve water. Garris says some of the steps you can take include taking shorter showers, washing only full loads of laundry and dishes, limiting vehicle washing and not letting faucets run unnecessarily. Citizens are encouraged to report any water leaks by calling 620-332-2507. The City will keep the public updated as drought and water supply conditions change . Citizens are also encouraged to follow the City’s Facebook page for more tips on water conservation.

Shoal Creek Drowning Victim Identified


 The Joplin Police Department releases the identity of a man found deceased last Friday in Shoal Creek.

 50-year-old Stephen Allen of Joplin was pronounced dead at the scene. The Joplin Police Department and multiple water rescue teams responded just after 2:00 Friday afternoon to a van that drove into Shoal Creek near Glendale Road and South Jackson Avenue.

 Officials are still waiting for the results of the autopsy before they determine the cause of Allen’s death.

 The investigation is ongoing.

Hottest Day of the Year Possible Today


Today could be the hottest day of the summer so far.


Excessive heat warnings are in effect for most of southern Kansas and northern Oklahoma plus the extreme western counties in Missouri. Heat index values near 112 are possible today. Warnings start at noon for Kansas and 11 a.m. for Oklahoma and will be in effect until 9 p.m. A high temperature of 103 is expected for Coffeyville with a heat index up to 110 possible. Heat advisories remain in effect for the rest of the four-state area. Yesterday's high in Coffeyville was 103 while Independence made it to 101.

Update: Hit and Run Suspect Found

Update: The Kansas Highway Patrol has successfully located the vehicle and driver from this fatal collision and is thanking citizens for their assistance.


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The Kansas Highway Patrol is looking for witnesses to a hit-and-run fatality collision in Cherokee County.


The accident happened Saturday at around 11:30pm on eastbound Highway 66 at milepost 2.9, on the western edge of the City of Galena. The collision involved a pedestrian and a 2017-2018 Ford Raptor truck. The truck is believed to be light in color or maroon/red.


If anyone has information regarding the vehicle involved in this collision, contact Master Trooper Nick Reddy at (620)431-2100.

Neodesha Primary Election Results


The field of candidates has been narrowed down for Neodesha City Commissioner.


The unofficial election results are in from the Wilson County Clerk's Office, and Duane Banzet and Chris Jabben will advance to the general election. Banzet earned 148 votes while Jabben got 130. Coming in behind the top two vote-earners, Ron Cashman received 82 votes while Chanda Shelton got 77 votes. The winner of the November election will fill the seat originally occupied by Tom Nichol, who resigned earlier this year to move to Wichita. Nichol's unexpired term is currently being filled by Emily Vail-Keller.

Two Arrested After Fleeing from PPD Officers


Two are arrested in Parsons after fleeing from police.


Early this morning, a Parson Police officer pulled over a GMC Yukon. During the stop, an officer witnessed the passenger, Staci Lee Hayes, concealing a bag with a white substance inside. When the officer asked Hayes to step out of the vehicle the driver, James Darwin Hayes, fled the scene. Officers pursued the vehicle and watched items being thrown out of it. The vehicle finally pulled over and both were arrested. Officers recovered over 44 grams of narcotics, a pistol and over $4,500.


Both James and Stacie Hayes are facing charges of criminal possession of a weapon by a felon, criminal use of a weapon, distribution of certain stimulants, interference with law enforcement, possession of drug paraphernalia and certain stimulants and littering. James is also facing charges of reckless driving, driving while suspended and speeding.


Parsons Man Arrested for Second Time in Eight Days


A Parsons man is arrested for the second time in just over a week.


Early this morning, a Parsons Police K9 Officer conducted a traffic stop. Another officer arrived on the scene taking over the stop while the K9 officer deployed K9 Karim to check the vehicle. After Karim hit on the car, officers searched the vehicle and found methamphetamine and paraphernalia. The driver, 44-year-old William Earl Troester Jr was arrested in connection with the items found. This is Troester's second arrest in 8 days.


On July 24th, he was arrested for possession and distribution of drugs. He was charged and given a $25,000 cash surety bond. The Parsons Police Department will again be requesting charges for Troester that include possession of a stimulant and drug paraphernalia, interference with law enforcement, and failure to stop.

Boil Water Advisory for Butler County


The Kansas Department of Health and Environment has issued a boil water advisory for the Butler County Rural Water District 3 including the city of Cassoday Butler County.  


Residents should boil water for at least one minute before drinking the water, using it for food preparation, or use bottled water instead until further notice. You should also dispose of any ice cubes from trays or automatic ice makers. The water is safe for bathing. The order was issued due to possible contamination due to a loss of pressure during a valve replacement.

Yellow Corp Shuts Down Kansas Operations


 The upcoming bankruptcy of a major transportation company leads to the closing of their operations in Kansas.

 Employees of Yellow Trucking Company were notified last Friday of the shut down of four plants in Kansas, including two locations in Topeka, one in Salina, and one in Baxter Springs.

 No bankruptcy paperwork has been filed as of yesterday, but workers in Baxter Springs were seen removing personal belongings and tools from the building.

 TeamCare health insurance coverage for laid off union workers is in effect until Saturday at midnight.

 Yellow's bankruptcy comes three years after receiving $700 million in pandemic-era loans from the federal government.

National Night Out Tonight


A number of local communities are celebrating National Night Out tonight. This event is about strengthening the relationship between residents of a community and the area law enforcement.


In Coffeyville, National Night Out is from 5:30pm to 8:00pm at Big Hill Splash. There will be free swimming, a bounce house, music and games. Fredonia's event starts at 6:00pm and will go until 8:00pm at the Fredonia Swimming Pool. There will be free swimming, hot dogs, chips and door prizes. Neodesha's National Night Out starts at 5:00pm and will go until 8:00pm at the Neodesha Splash Zone. There will be an obstacle course, photo booth, face painting and a bounce house.


Heat Today, Very Slight T-Storm Chance


Heat continues today with a chance of storms possible.


All of southeast Kansas and several counties in southwest Missouri and northeast Oklahoma including Osage and Washington Counties are under an excessive heat warning again today. The rest of the four-state area will be under a heat advisory. The warning starts at noon for Kansas and 11 a.m. for Oklahoma and will continue until 9 p.m. A heat index of 105 to 108 is expected. In addition, the latest from the Storm Prediction Center shows a chance of thunderstorms between 5 and 10 p.m. tonight. The four-state area is outside of even the marginal risk, so if storms develop they are not likely to be severe.

Corn Nearly Finished Growing in SEK


Corn in southeast Kansas is nearly finished growing.


That's according to K-State Research and Extension Crop Agent James Coover, who says yields will vary across the area.


Corn silking in southeast Kansas is 96 percent, ahead of the state average of 82 percent. Corn condition across the state is rated 6% very poor, 12% poor, 32% fair, 40% good and 10% excellent.

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