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NJCAA Moves Most Fall Sports to Spring

 

The NJCAA Board of Regents has voted to move a majority of competition to the spring semester. The most recent plan of action shifts all close-contact fall sports to the spring semester.  These sports include football, men's and women's soccer, and court volleyball. The NJCAA cross country championships for all three divisions and half marathon championships will remain as their originally scheduled dates in the fall as well as Division III women's tennis.

 

All winter sports competition will begin in January with a majority of championship seasons moved from March to April. These sports include men's and women's basketball, wrestling, and swimming and diving. Men's and women's bowling and men's and women's indoor track and field will be held at the beginning of March.

 

Spring sports competition remains intact with minor adjustments to dates. These sports include baseball, softball, beach volleyball, men's and women's golf, men's and women's lacrosse, track and field, and men's and women's tennis. Championship dates are subject to change based on championship facility availability.


Kansas has had it’s worst week-long spike of coronavirus cases since the pandemic began.  Another 1,447 cases over the last three days has brought the total to over 20,000.  The KDHE said today that 20,058 cases have been reported since early March.  The department also said that four additional COVID-19 related deaths bring the that total to 284. 


Two Injured in Crash Near Parsons

 

Two men were injured in a crash around 6:00pm Friday evening about two miles east of Parsons.

 

According to the Kansas Highway Patrol, 46-year old, Basilio Mejia-Gonzalez was driving a 2002 Chevy Suburban eastbound on U.S. Highway 400 when an unknown vehicle that was traveling westbound went left of center which caused the Suburban to over-correct into the west bound lanes. Mejia-Gonzalez over-corrected again entering the eastbound lanes and traveling into the ditch which caused the Suburban to roll.

 

Mejia-Gonzalez and his passenger 43-year old Luis Santos-Mora, both sustained suspected minor injuries and were transported to Labette Health. Both men were wearing their seat belts.


Drugs continue to be a major problem in Montgomery County according to both candidates running for sheriff. 


Speaking during the Montgomery County Republican Forum this weekend the primary candidates both agreed the County’s drug problem is a major issue.  Incumbent Sheriff Ron Wade said that drugs are the root cause for a host of other issues.

 

Challenger Chris Williams added that the sheriff needs to put fear into drug dealers.

 

Who ever wins the primary on August 4th will be running unopposed for sheriff in the November general election. 


Field Kindley High School Graduation Set

 

Seniors from Field Kindley High School will finally get the graduation that they have been waiting for.

 

Principal Travis Stalford made the announcement last week including the date and location scheduled and guidelines that families will need to follow.

 

Stalford went on to say that the practice for the graduation will take place the day before.

 

Students are asked to check their e-mails for a detailed description of the events on July 17th and 18th. A hard copy was also sent out in the mail for those that could not access their e-mail.


Oswego Sees Substantial Storm Damage

 

Labette County saw some damage with the storms that rolled through the county this weekend with the City of Oswego seeing the most of it. The county commission approved a disaster declaration presented by Emergency Management Director Charlie Morse, who says when it comes to the cleanup the city will be coming by to pick up some of the debris.

 

Morse says as of right now there where four homes that were a complete loss but he believes there could be around 10 to 11. He says thankfully there were no injuries reported. If you have any questions you can reach emergency management at (620)421-4350.


Watch Out for Roofing Scams

 

With the storm damage can come the risk of being scammed by contractors wanting to fix any damage to your roof. Emergency Management Director Charlie Morse says don't pay any contractor upfront.

 

Morse says you can check to see if your contractor is registered with the attorney general at the AG's website inyourcornerkansas.org.


Montgomery County Officials Renew COVID-19 Disaster Declaration

 

The Montgomery County Commission has renewed the county's COVID-19 disaster declaration for another 60 days. The declaration was originally passed back in March at the outset of the outbreak. Emergency Management Director Rick Whitson said the declaration must be renewed every so often

 

Whitson said at the time of his last update there have 65 total cases in Montgomery County, with 24 currently active. The decision to renew the declaration passed 3-0, with no commissioner dissenting.


School Officials Urge Oklahomans to Wear Masks After Death of Child

 

A state official is urging Oklahomans to do their part to contain the spread of COVID-19 following the death of a school-age child from the virus. State Superintendent of Public Instruction Joy Hofmeister said in a press release Sunday that for the safest opening of schools this fall, all Oklahomans must take decisive actions to mitigate the spread of the virus.

 

The child's passing is the first COVID-19-related death of a school-aged child in the state of Oklahoma. Hofmeister said wearing a mask is a "small sacrifice for the sake of literally saving lives." She also acknowledged that some parents might find distance learning to be preferrable, and commended districts that are providing those options.


Structure Fire in Caney

 

The Caney Police Department is investigating a house fire that occurred Saturday evening. Officers arrived at the intersection of Fifth Avenue and Hooker Street to ensure no one was inside the structure.

 

Caney Fire Department units arrived shortly afterward and extinguished the fire quickly. Reserve officers with the police department secured the scene until a State Fire Marshal Investigator arrived. Officers worked closely with this investigator late Saturday.

 

It is undetermined at this time whether the fire was accidental or intentional with unknown motives. If anyone has information regarding events that may be related or may have transpired prior to the fire, contact the Caney Police Department at 620-879-2141. Callers may remain anonymous.


GOP Candidates Come to Coffeyville

 

The Montgomery County Republican Party hosted a candidate forum for many area races Friday night.   

 

Candidates running for local and state offices were invited to attend, including candidates for Montgomery County Sheriff Ron Wade and candidate Chris Williams. Montgomery County Commission District 2 Candidate Eugune "Nick" McCollum attended but Commissioner Larry McManus was unable to attend. State Senator Dan Goddard and challenger, former State Rep Virgil Peck addressed the crowd for District 15. US Senate Candidates hoping to secure the GOP Nomination for retiring Senator Pat Roberts seat in Coffeyville last night included businessman Bob Hamilton, former Kansas Secretary of State and Gubernatorial Candidate Kris Kobach and Retired Chiefs player and businessman Dave Lindstrom.  Roger Marshall who represents the Kansas 1st District declined his invitation to the Montgomery County Event according to GOP officials.  US Representative from Kansas 2nd District Steve Watkins, State Treasurer Jake LaTurner and Dennis Taylor challengers for the seat also spoke with attendees.

 

Watch the entire forum below or on the KGGF Facebook Page.

  • US Senate Race (15 Minutes into Video): Bob Hamilton, Kris Kobach and Dave Lindstrom
  • Kansas 2nd District Race (44 Minutes into Video): Rep Steve Watkins and Jake LaTurner
  • State Senate District 15 (1 Hour 15 minutes): Senator Dan Goddard and Virgil Peck
  • Montgomery County Sheriff (1 hour 18 minutes): Sheriff Ron Wade and Chris Williams
  • County Commissioner - District 2 (1 hour 35 minutes): Eugene "Nick" McCollam
  • County Commissioner - District 3 (1 hour 45 minutes): Mike Cordray and Gene Tucker

 


Statement from City of Independence Regarding Positive Case

 

After being informed of a City of Independence employee’s positive test for COVID-19, the County Health Department was contacted immediately and determined that any risk to the public would be considered very low. The employee worked for a day and a half this week before becoming ill and going home. The employee sought health care and was tested for COVID-19 and did not return to work.

 

There was interaction between the employee and the public while at work. However, all City employees, including the person in question, have been instructed to follow the governor’s recommended guidelines for wearing masks and distancing from other individuals. Any community members who visited City Hall on Wednesday or Thursday this week and are concerned about possible exposure should contact the Montgomery County Health Department at (620) 331-4300.


Tri County Tech to Receive $1M in CARES Act Funds

 

Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt announces a $1 million grant through the CARES Act Governor's Emergency Education Relief fund will go to Tri County Tech of Bartlesville to launch its Skills to Rebuild initiative in partnership with several local employers. Tri County Tech's CEO and Superintendent Lindel Fields says they have looked at the community and they know what the need is.

 

Tri County Tech’s Skills to Rebuild initiative will provide accelerated programs to train 375 individuals to immediately enter well-paying jobs that are in high demand in the region. The CARES Act grant will allow for Tri County Tech to make these programs tuition free for students who complete the programs.


Independence City Hall Closed After Positive COVID-19 Test

 

Independence City Hall is shutting down to the public due to a positive COVID-19 test of a city employee. Utility bill payments may be made over the phone at 1-844-215-7377, online at independenceks.gov, or dropped off at the two drop box locations at either 811 W Laurel Street or 120 N 6th Street. The city is working on establishing a phone line for utility services that should be available sometime next week.

 

For other city services, use the Citizen Request Tracker.  The city thanks you for your patience and apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused.


Gas Prices Hold Steady Nationally, Up in Kansas

 

 

 

The national average for a gallon of regular gasoline has held steady at $2.18, which is one cent higher than a week ago. According to AAA, in Kansas prices have climbed up to $1.98 which is up 2 cents since last week.

 

Montgomery County is currently sitting at $2.00 a gallon, while Labette County is three cents lower at $1.97 a gallon. Chautauqua County has the lowest prices in southeast Kansas with $1.92 a gallon.

 

Across the border in Oklahoma, the state average is $1.90. Washington and Nowata counties both came in under the state average at $1.83 a gallon.

 

 


Sedan to Discuss Funding of the Police Department

 

A Town Hall will be held in Sedan next week to discuss the funding of the police department. Chief Kirk Richardson says the city had been employing two sheriff deputies part time as officers which had saved the city some money.

 

Richardson says, according to city council, the police department budget had been reduced over the last few years because they didn't need as much.  Richardson says the Town Hall will be next Wednesday, July 15th at 6:30. He encourages the citizens of Sedan to come out and share their opinions on the matter.


Indy Receives Fund to Help with Maple Street

 

The City of Independence will receive a nearly $1.6 million award from the Kansas Department of Transportation to assist with improvements to a stretch of Maple Street from 17th Street west to Peter Pan Road. Interim City Manager Kelly Passauer says the funding is part of KDOT’s Cost Share Program, which supports transportation-related projects and requires a percentage of matching investment by the local entity.

 

The proposed Maple Street project is estimated to cost $2,635,452 with KDOT providing $1,594,089 and the City matching at $1,041,363. Passauer says this section of Maple Street is currently narrow and plagued by ruts, failing pavement and immediate deep ditches and requires nearly constant repair. The next step in the process is selection of a project consultant and after surveying, project design and bid letting, construction is anticipated to take approximately one year, from August 2021 to August 2022.


Nebraska Man Arrested For Battery, More

 

A Nebraska man was caught in his hometown after police said he hid in a woman's vehicle in Arkansas City and attacked her. Arkansas City Police said it happened Monday afternoon.

 

Police said they were initially dispatched for a report of a disturbance in a vehicle near Arkansas City High School. A citizen later called, saying an injured 27-year-old woman was near 252nd and 51st Roads. They said her vehicle had been taken by the attacker.

 

Arkansas City police identified the attacker as 35-year-old Loengrys Castellanos-Mesa. An arrest warrant was issued for Castellanos-Mesa on suspicion of aggravated battery, aggravated burglary of a motor vehicle, aggravated kidnapping, aggravated robbery, battery-domestic violence, criminal threat, stalking and theft.

 

The suspect was apprehended after a stand off early Wednesday by police in Grand Island, Nebraska after an officer spotted him at his home.

 


Chanute Man Arrested After Release From Hospital

 

Authorities have arrested a Chanute man who was shot by two sheriff’s deputies at a campground in Neosho Falls following an altercation.

 

The Kansas Bureau of Investigation said in a news release that 41-year-old Edward Bridges was taken into custody Tuesday after he was released from the University of Kansas Medical Center.

 

Bridges has been booked into the Allen County Jail. He is charged in neighboring Woodson County with aggravated assault, possession of a narcotic drug, criminal possession of a firearm, possession of stolen property, criminal carrying of a weapon and possession of marijuana.


CRC's Recreation Center Requiring Masks

 

The Bobby Clemons Recreation Center in Coffeyville is requiring facemasks or other face coverings to be worn while in the building. The Coffeyville Recreation Commission clarified in a Facebook post that the building is a city building and thus subject to the decision made by the city of Coffeyville earlier this week. 

 

Due to the difficulty of social distancing while playing basketball, open gym and basketball rentals are closed until further notice. Pickleball will still be allowed, but a mask must be worn if you are unwilling or unable to keep at least 6 feet of social distancing.


Kansas Man Arrested in Nowata County

 

A Kansas man was arrested in Nowata County on various drug charges.

 

According to the Nowata County Sheriff's Office, Deputy Walton conducted a traffic stop on Highway 169 near County Road 19 for a vehicle driving off of the roadway. Before 42-year old Byron Anderson came to a stop, he began throwing items out of the window. During this traffic stop, 116 grams of a substance suspected to be methamphetamine, 77 pills suspected to be ecstasy, and 4 grams of a substance suspected to be cocaine was found.

 

Anderson is being charged in district court for two counts of trafficking illegal drugs and possession with intent to distribute.


Independence Man Arrested in Nowata County

An Independence man remains in custody in Nowata County.  26 year old Hank Florio of Independence was arrested by the Nowata County Sheriff’s Office after he was reported to be running around the Town of Wann with a gun.  According to the sherrif’s  department when law enforcement arrived Florio ran away from a stolen vehicle wearing only his underwear. Florio was able to flee from law enforcement for about three hours before being arrested after he got out of a manure pond.

 

The gun Florio had in his possession was stolen from a residential burglary in Independence. Florio was arrested for possession of a stolen vehicle, possession of a stolen firearm, and burglary. Florio was arrested with the help of the South Coffeyville Police Department and Oklahoma Highway Patrol and the Washington County Sheriff’s Office also assisted in the search.


Cases of COVID-19 Spike in Montgomery County

The number of positive COVID-19 cases has spiked in Montgomery County according to the latest figures released this afternoon.

 

According to the KDHE the number of cases in Montgomery County has increased to 53, up 12 from Monday.  Elsewhere in southeast Kansas Crawford County also saw an increase since Monday, now with 294 cases.  Labette County remains the same at 64 cases, Neosho County remains at 34 positive cases, Chautauqua County is up 1 at 5 cases and Wilson County remains at 4 cases.

 

Statewide the number of positive cases in Kansas is at 17,618 with 282 deaths.  In Oklahoma there are currently 17, 220 confirmed cases with 404 deaths.

 

 

 

 

 

 


One Injured in Labette County Crash

 

A Mound Valley girl was injured in a single vehicle crash around 1:00pm yesterday in Labette County.

 

According to the Kansas Highway Patrol, 15-year old Alexis Sharp was driving a 2000 Ford truck eastbound on U.S. Highway 160 and when she went off of the roadway to the right. When she attempted to get back on the road, she over-corrected and went off the roadway to the left.

 

Sharp was transported to Labette Health with a suspected minor injury. Sharp's seat belt was in use.


Man and Woman Arrested On Multiple Drug Counts

 

A man and woman were arrested in Chanute Monday evening on multiple drug charges.

 

Chanute police initiated a traffic stop in the area of the 100 block of East 19th street. During the traffic stop, Chanute Police Department K9 discovered methamphetamine in the car.

 

Both 41-year old James William Joseph Waggoner of Chanute and 35-year old Tonya Lynn Beisly of Neodesha were arrested for possession of methamphetamine w/ intent to distribute, possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia. Waggoner picked up extra charges of driving with a suspended license and operating a vehicle with an expired tag.

 

They both were transported to the Neosho County Jail without incident.


Coffeyville City Buildings to Require Masks

 

The City of Coffeyville have announced that in response to Governor Laura Kelly's executive order and to be consistent with the Montgomery County Health Department, all city buildings in Coffeyville will require individuals to wear masks or other face coverings.

 

Visitors will be required to wear a mask or cloth face covering that covers the nose and mouth when the are inside a city building and are asked to practice social distancing.

 

For any questions about this new policy, you can contact the city at 620-252-6108.


Latest Kansas COVID-19 Numbers

The statewide figure for positive COVID-19 cases in Kansas now stands just short of 17,000.  The latest figures released by the KDHE today show 16,901 positive cases.  Here in southeast Kansas Crawford County leads the count with 278 positive cases.  Labette has 64 followed by Montgomery County with 41.  Neosho County has 35 positive cases while Chautauqua and Wilson Counties each report 4 cases.  


Chautauqua County Recommends But Will Not Require Masks

 

Citizens of Chautauqua County are strongly encouraged to wear masks in compliance with Governor Laura Kelly's executive order last week. However, the county has also announced that it will not enforce the order, leaving it as just a suggestion.

 

Chautauqua County Medical Director Dr. James McDermott and the Chautauqua County Health Department have both suggested and encouraged the continued use of masks and social distancing to slow the spread of COVID-19. 

 

Citizens furthermore are still encouraged to restrict all non-essential travel, practice good hygeine and only interact with those in their immediate family.


CCC Names New Director of Theatre

 

Coffeyville Community College Fine Arts has named Lisa Fischel its new Director of Theatre.

 

Fischel specializes in teaching Acting and Voice and Movement, and is on track to certify in Lessac vocal training. She graduated with a BA in Stage and Screen Acting from the University of Nevada - Las Vegas and earned an MFA from the University of Southern Mississippi in Theatre Performance.

 

According to a bio put out by CCC, Fischel's mission in life and the arts is to make a positive impact and inspire those around her to tap into their potential and make it a reality. She will start with the school next week.


Parsons To Require Masks in Businesses

 

The Parsons City Commission on Monday night voted unanimously to approve an ordinance to requiring people in Parsons to wear face masks inside businesses beginning in two weeks.

 

Businesses are required to post a sign at the entrance stating that masks are required and employees will be required to wear a mask. Business owners will also have the ability to remove a customer from their business. If the customer doesn’t comply, the person could be charged with criminal trespassing.

 

Individuals inside businesses without a mask are subject to a warning for the first offense and a $15 fine for the second offense. A third offense would result in a $50 fine plus $90 in court costs. The commissioners will also spend up to $10,000 on face masks that will be given to businesses to give to customers who do not have their own mask.

 

The city commission included a 14 day grace period, where there won’t be any enforcement, so that residents and business owners can get used to the change. The ordinance will be in effect until October 1st, unless the city commission shortens or extends it.


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