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Neewollah Names Professional Music Headliner

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


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


Agreement in Place to Help Fight Robo Calls


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


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


Garden Club in the Ville


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


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


Watch Out for Roofing Scams


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


The online directory of registrations is available at



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

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


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


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


Neewollah On Independence City Commission Agenda

It may still be August, but not too early to think Neewollah.  Independence City Commissioners will consider a resolution setting the dates for Neewollah as October 18th thru 26th when they meet in regular session tomorow evening.  In other business commissioners will make 4 – 3 year appointments and 3 – 2 years appointments to the economic advisory board.  Commissioners will also consider setting the dates for public hearings for condemnation of numerous structures.  Independence City Commissioners will meet at 5:30 tomorrow evening in the Veterans Room of Memorial Hall.


Midland Theater Looking For Classic/New Cars to Cruise


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


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


Caney Valley Schools Put In Soft Lockdown

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

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


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


Coffeyville Man Identified As Drowning Victim

The man who drowned during a police pursuit by a South Coffeyville police officer last Friday has been identified.  The Kansas Bureau of Investigation has identified the man as 32 year old Caleb M. O’Donnell of Coffeyville.  O’Donnell drowned in the Verdigris River after wrecking the reported stolen ATV he was driving.  The KBI is investigating the incident and no further information is being released at this time.



You Drink, You Drive. You Lose.


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


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



KBI Investigates Drowning of Man Being Pursued By South Coffeyville Police

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


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


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


MCAC Works to Keep Business in Coffeyville


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


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



LCHS Grad Receives JAB Scholarship


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


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


KGGF Partner With Area Businesses at Junior Livestock Sale

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


Mud Slinging Action at Interstate Fair and Rodeo

The 110th Interstate Fair and Rodeo in Coffeyville came to a close last night.  Although heavy rains earlier on Saturday threatened to spoil the event strong crowds came out to witness the annual demolition derby.  Although the arena field was a muddy, mess spectators were not disappointed by the action.  Strong crowds also filled the carnival midway and the concessions areas at the Fairgrounds in Walter Johnson Park.  No final numbers on this year’s attendance are available at this time.


Dedication Of New Coffeyville Mural

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

He added the mural was the largest project he’s every worked on.  The mural is one of the early projects completed as part of Coffeyville’s Reawakening.     


Co-Ed Softball Tournament Next Saturday


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


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


ISFR Swine Show Results


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


Swine Show Results

Market Barrow

Grand Champion: Deziree Lee, Coffeyville, Kan. 

Reserve grand champion: Brenden Anderson, Caney, Kan.


AOB (All other breeds)

Champion: Lily Anderson, Caney

Reserve champion: Cooper Robbins, Lenapah, Okla.



Champion: Sawyer Richardson, Vinita

Reserve champion: Cameron Vail, Altamont, Kan.



Champion: Conner Langworthy, Lenapah, Okla.

Reserve champion: McKinzie McAffrey, Welch, Okla.



Champion: Brenden Anderson, Caney, Kan.

Reserve champion: Sawyer Richardson, Vinita, Okla.



Champion: Kade Burgess, Miami, Okla.

Reserve champion: Cameron Vail, Altamont, Kan.



Champion: Zoe Dixon, Vinita, Okla.

Reserve champion: Kade Burgess, Miami, Okla



Champion: Deziree Lee, Coffeyville, Kan.

Reserve champion: Delaney Pippin, South Coffeyville, Okla.


Breeding Stock

Grand Champion gilt: Lily Anderson, Caney, Kan.

Reserve champion gilt: Kinley Langworthy, Lenapah, Okla.


Champion commercial gilt: Lily Anderson, Caney, Kan.

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


Champion Berkshire gilt: Kinley Langworthy, Lenapah, Okla.

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


Champion Chester gilt: Gracey Tignaneli, Delaware, Okla.


Champion Hampshire gilt: Tripp Tatum, Wann, Okla.

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


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


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

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


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

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




Senior showmanship:

1.Cord Dodson, Liberty, Kan.

2.Brenden Anderson, Caney, Kan.

3.Maddie Gillman, Welch, Okla.

4.Delaney Pippin, So. Coffeyville, Kan.

5.Keaton Gillman, Miami, Okla.


Junior showmanship:

1.Lilly Anderson, Caney, Kan.

2.Kade Burgess, Miami, Okla.

3.Kinley Langworthy, Lenepah, Okla.

4.Parker Midgett, Liberty, Kan.

5.Colton Moss, Bluejacket, Okla.


ISFR Junior Heifer Show Results


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



Junior Heifer Show Results, August 13, 2019


Supreme Heifer: Trace Falkenstien

Reserve Supreme Heifer: Brenley Grigsby


Champion Angus: Brenley Grisby

Reserve Champion Angus: Brody Grigsby


Champion Chi: Darla Fesmire

Reserve Champion Chi: Dexter Small


Champion Charolais: Darla Fesmire


Champion Gelbvieh: Kyle Chapman

Reserve Champion Gelbvieh: KeatonGilman


Champion Hereford: Emma Pool

Reserve Champion Hereford: Emma Pool


Champion Limousin: Trace Falkenstien

Reserve Champion Limousin: Seth Johnson


Champion Maine Anjou: Abby Emberson

Reserve Champion Maine Anjou: Wyatt Goode


Champion Red Angus: Landry Layton

Reserve Champion Red Angus: Clint Harrington


Champion Shorthorn: Olivia Gillette

Reserve Champion Shorthorn: Oakley Carter


Champion Simmental: Paige Atkisson

Reserve Champion Simmental: Gavin Grigsby


Champion Commercial Heifer: Brenley Grigsby

Reserve Champion Commercial Heifer: Brody Grigsby


ISFR Tractor Pull Results


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


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


Results, Outlaw Tractor Pull – August 13, 2019

Inter-State Fair and Rodeo, Coffeyville, Kansas


Pro Stock Tractors

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

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

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

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

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

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


Modified Tractors

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

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

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

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


Two wheel drive

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Independence Receiving Bids for Water Tower Renovation


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


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


Help End Summer Blood Shortage


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


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


Day Out of School to Reward Students for School Participation


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


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


Another Great Bake Sale During ISFR


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


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


Young Copan Cowboy to Compete at ISFR


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


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


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