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  • Nanny's Soul Food Truck in Coffeyville

     

    A new food truck is in Coffeyville. Have you tried Nanny's Soul Food yet? Owner, Jemil Martin, recently servied fried chicken, baked beans, polish sausage, fish and good old fashioned side dishes.

     

    Head over to Nanny's Soul Food Truck today. After all, June is actually National Soul Food Month! He's located behind Daylight Donuts in Coffeyville. Daylight Donuts is at 909 W. 11th St, and you'll find Mr. Martin serving “soul food” behind the donut shop.

     

    (Food in photo is not from Nanny's Soul Food.)

  • Bartlesville Man Arrested for Kidnapping

     

    A Bartlesville man who allegedly kidnapped another man at knife-point appeared at the Washington County Courthouse on Friday. Gilbert Rusell Campus was arraigned on a felony count of kidnapping. Campus allegedly forced George Besseris into a vehicle while wielding a knife.

     

    Besseris claims he was dropped off in Rogers, Arkansas. According to a release from the Bartlesville Police Department, Campus was the arrested in Idabel, Oklahoma.

     

    An affidavit alleges that Campus arrived at an apartment on the 300 block of Chickashaw Avenue. The victim and two females were in the residence. Campus believed that one of the females had an intimate relationship with Besseris. He forced all three individuals into a back bedroom, and it is alleged he threatened to kill Besseris before forcing him into the vehicle.

     

    Bond was set at $100,000. Campus is due back in court on June 21 for felony charges.

  • Nowata Twin Boys Locked in Kennel

     

    A Nowata man is now out of jail after getting arrested for locking two six-year-old boys in a dog kennel. Tulsa's ABC News Channel 8 reports Nowata police reports that City of Nowata Police Chief Mike McElhaney said the two boys were still in the kennel when he arrived, and the man told officers the boys were in there as a punishment.

     

    The owner of Kid Kountry Day Care where the boys attend, has allowed the man to stay at her home because she believes he's innocent, but police said the man admitted to the alleged abuse, telling officers he told the boys they would be staying outside in the kennel all night.

     

    Nowata police found out about the incident from the boys 11-year-old sister who was hiding in the bathroom when she called the police.

     

    The man posted a $50,000 bond and faces charges of child abuse.

  • Saturday Only Meat and Produce Sale

     

    Don't miss the Father's Day Meat Sale at Nichol's Trading Post in Parsons and Hitching Post in Coffeyville. They've been busy stocking the shelves with new items daily and the freezers are full.

     

    They brought in more produce from the auction, and for today only you can get zucchini, yellow squash, and cucumbers on sale for just 32-cents each or two for 60-cents. A case of 32 is $6.50 saving even more.

     

    The Parsons store is at 3830 Main St. and the Coffeyville store is at 131 W. 8th St.

  • Scammers At Work In Coffeyville

     

    Con artists will go to any length for what to them is free money. KGGF’s Debra Woodall reports technology makes it easier. The Coffeyville Police Department has recently received complaints of thefts by deception made through different Coffeyville  businesses. Police indicate an email is sent to the employer from a false employee email account requesting changes to their direct deposit settings, defrauding the employee of their wages.

     

    Investigators say there is a a way the boss can protect employees’ money.   CPD recommends businesses make sure any direct deposit changes be verified in person first, especially if the change request is made electronically.

  • Caney To Get New Pool

    The City of Caney will be getting it’s new swimming pool.  The City announced today that it has officially received word that they will receive a 1 million dollar grant from the state for construction of the new pool.  Additional funds needed to build the pool will come from the recent voter approval of a sales tax modification. 

     

  • Montgomery County Commission to Look at Coffeyville's Recent Ordinance Prohibiting Tobacco Use at City Parks

    The Montgomery County Commission will hear a report on the recently passed ordinance in Coffeyville prohibiting tobacco use in the city’s parks when they meet on Monday.  In other business commissioners will receive the 2020 budget for Class LTD and updates from Trisha Purdon on the Montgomery County Action Council and Public Works Coordinator Jim Wright.  They will also meet in executive session to discuss the job status of non-elected personnel.

     

    Commissioners will meet in the lower level o/f the Judicial Center in Independence Monday morning at 9:00.  

  • Farm Bureau Law Means Cost Sharing for Health Coverage

     

    The Farm Bureau Bill which is now officially Kansas law, is allowing current and future members health coverage as an alternative to Obamacare. Our local Farm Bureau agent in Coffeyville, Heath Higbie, tells us what to expect.

     

     

    Agent Higbie said anyone in Kansas may become a member, and the cost for an entire household is only $50 (children under the age of 23 are included). It is actually not "insurance" but is like a cooperative, cost sharing program. It will not cover pre-existing conditions, but it WILL cover conditions that are NOT pre-existing.

     

    KGGF will keep you posted as updates as the Kansas Farm Bureau is structuring the rates and details. Members will be able to apply for participation in the coverage as we get closer to November, coinciding with renewals for The Affordable Care Act.

     

    January 1st of 2020 will be the effective date of coverage. If you'd like more information or to apply for membership, call your local Farm Bureau agent, such as Coffeyville's Heath Higbie whose number is 620-251-6597 or drop by 113 W. 7th St.

  • Today and Tomorrow! Big Veterans Health Services Fair

     

    The VFW in Independence is hosting a Health and Services Fair for veterans and their families who are coming from all over the State of Kansas. The event started at 9:00 this morning (Friday, June 14) and ends 4:00 this afternoon, but it's going again tomorrow (Saturday, June 15) from 9:00 to 4:00 as well.

     

    It's at Memorial Hall in Independence, and the VFW Quartermaster, Donnie Collier, said they expect about 1,000 veterans to show up. Click here to listen to Donnie on the airwaves tell us what is happening for vets today and tomorrow in Indy.

     

    Grab yourself some donuts in the morning, anddon't miss lunch – They are BBQ-ing using their amazing Freedom Smoker barbecue pit (Donnie said, “You just gotta see this thing!").

     

    If you have questions, call Donnie at 620-515-6222.

  • Essential Stop Vendor Sidewalk Sale

     

    The Essential Stop in Coffeyville is having a Sidewalk Sale today with multiple vendors. A wide variety of merchandise is for sale featuring Tattered Threads Apparel for babies and children, Custom T-shirt’s is there, Vintage Glass, and Lularoe Leggings and Apparel.

     

    Proceeds go to the St Paul’s Episcopal Ladies missionary fund. The Sidewalk Sale started at 7:00 this morning goes all day until 7:00 this evening, and again tomorrow, Saturday, from 7:00 in the morning to 4:00 in the afternoon. The Essential Stop is located at 806 E. 8th St. behind Aaron's Rent to Own.

  • City of Independence Looking for Code Enforcement Officer

     

    The City of Independence yesterday posted a job application online for a code enforcement officer. Roles of the job include conducting inspections and investigations concerning violations of local and state laws, particularly those of the environmental variety. The officer will also determine the presence of health hazards and nuisance violations.

     

    Potential job seekers can apply online, or in person at KansasWorks, 317 N. Penn in Independence. The application will remain on the city's website until the position is filled. You can find it and other listings, including an open position for a patrol officer, here.

  • Collision Near 8th and Beech

     

    It appears there has been a collision between a car and a motorcycle near 8th Street and Beech Street in Coffeyville.  The Coffeyville Police Department and Fire Department are on the scene.  CPD is encouraging people to avoid that area for the time being.

     

    We will have more updates as we get them.

  • Free Summer Celebration and Fireworks

     

    Don't miss the largest fireworks show in the area. Mark your calendars for July 13 for a completely free event all day long. The fireworks show starts about 9:45, getting close to 10:00 that night. It will be put on by Kirk and Segra Stephens and the Foggy Bottom Boys.

     

    It will be a full day including a huge car show, poker run, 5k run, food and merchandise vendors, kiddie car show and cruise, water slide, a DJ during the day, Backroads Band and Retro Rockerz that evening, and fireworks to end the day. There will be lots of giveaways, cash and merchandise. Everything is free except for vendor sales.

     

    This is one day you don't want to miss out on, so bring your lawn chairs and spend the day at Walter Johnson Park in Coffeyville on Saturday, July 13th. Get updates on the Facebook page, Coffeyville Summer Celebration.

  • Rep. Estes on Medicare For All

     

    U.S. Congressman Ron Estes (R-Kansas) condemned Medicare for All in Washington today. At a U.S. House Ways and Means Committee hearing titled 'Pathways to Universal Health Coverage', Estes condemned it and similar proposals that would expand government-run health care and negatively impact rural critical access hospitals.

     

    He said the health care industry has been thrown into chaos for about a decade with rising costs and no more choice for care. He said it should not be a one-size-fits-all, government-run health care system which would double taxes, hurt rural hospitals, destroy the Hyde Amendment and eliminate private and employer group health plans for 158 million Americans.

     

    Estes believes a free market system that has more affordable options is what is needed – to allow individuals to choose the plan that works best for them.

     

    The video of Estes on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives can be seen by clicking HERE.

     

    Footage of Estes' exchange with Galen Institute President Grace-Marie Turner about the impact slashing this reimbursement rate would have on critical access hospitals, click HERE.

     

     

  • Kidsfest FREE for Ages 11 and Under

     

    Get ready for this year's Kidsfest at the Woolaroc Museum and Wildlife Preserve in Bartlesville - the last weekend in June. Now going for about 30 years, it has quickly grown into a tradition for families. Kids of all ages can enjoy inflatable toys, games, crafts, pony rides, train rides, and traveling magicians. A number of craft booths will be on the grounds as well.

     

    Doors open Friday the 29th at 10:00 in the morning and it goes through Saturday the 30th with doors closing at 5:00pm. There is NO “extra” cost for these tickets. Train rides and food will cost extra, but not the tickets. The regular adult admission is $12, Seniors $10, and it's FREE for Children 11 and under and Members of Woolaroc.

  • Haz-Mat Training Will Close City Street

     

    City of Coffeyville has announced a Haz-Mat Training Exercise scheduled for Wednesday, June 19th beginning at 7pm, at the intersection of 8th & Patterson. Traffic will be closed on Patterson from 4th to 9th St. beginning at 6pm until about 11pm Wednesday night.

     

    Multiple emergency response units will participate in the simulated accident including the Coffeyville Fire and Police Departments, EMS and CVR. An emergency operations center will be set up at the Emergency Services Building during this training exercise.

  • CFA Can Recycle Already a Success

     

    Bags and bags of cans have already been dropped of at the Coffeyville Friends of Animals recycling bin. CFA's Becky Barnhardt says they set a goal to fill it by the end of the week and it was already filled yesterday.

     

    Barnhardt says the new challenge is to see if it can be filled again by the end of the week. The bin is setup in Coffeyville Feed and Farm's parking lot on 8th Street.

  • Merrill Continues Run In Casper, WY

     

    One might say it’s the cowboy way. Coffeyville Community College cowboy, Chance Merrill, has moved up to 2nd Place in the nation after an 80 point ride. With 231  points on three rides, Merrill has qualified fo the Championship Round on Saturday night at the College National Finals Rodeo, continuing in Casper. 

     

    Chance is a bareback bronc competitor. The rodeo team is coached by Johnny Weil.  

  • No Smoking in Coffeyville Parks

     

     

    Smoking in public parks? The City of Coffeyville commission approved on Tuesday a voluntary compliance with the public to stop smoking in public places or parks where posted. City Manager Mark Hall explains they had their eyes opened by a great presentation from the Boy’s N Girls Resist Club. With nearly 80% of Kansas that DON’T smoke, there is still an alarming statistics to the effects of 2nd hand smoke. Signs will be posted in public parks throughout the town hoping to discourage people from smoking near.

     

     

    With voluntary compliance there is no fee, fines or charges assessed but they are asking if you could, to avoid smoking in those areas. Hall is optimistic the public will comply and hopes this will help in the efforts to cut back 2nd hand smoke intake.

     

  • CRMC Receives 3D Mammography Accreditation

     

    Coffeyville Regional Medical Center has been awarded a three-year term of accreditation in 3D mammography as the result of a recent review by the American College of Radiology (ACR). Mammography is a specific type of imaging test that uses a low-dose X-ray system to examine breasts. A mammography exam, called a mammogram, is used to aid in the early detection and diagnosis of breast diseases in women. The ACR gold seal of accreditation represents the highest level of image quality and patient safety.

     

    CRMC is the only hospital in the region to be accredited by The Joint Commission which is the most respected and recognized accreditation body in healthcare.

  • Kansas Leaders Vote to Stop Vaping in Public Schools

     

    Kansas leaders are serious about stopping vaping in public schools as usage soars. With a unanimous vote yesterday, the Kansas State Board of Education, launch an anti-vaping campaign for what they say is a public health epidemic.

     

    Local school boards are looking at amending student codes of conduct and district disciplinary policies to outline penalties for students caught vaping. The state board also agreed to formalize and expand an emergency task force to decrease the demand for the sweet-flavored alternative to smoking.

     

    Kansas State Department of Education commissioner Randy Watson said the fact that about half of students in Kansas high schools are involved in vaping justifies an aggressive statewide response.

  • CBD Products Sold at Kansas Kroger and Dillons Stores

     

    Kroger grocery stores in Kansas will be selling CBD products. The company announced yesterday they will be selling CBD topical products, including lotions, creams, balms, and oils infused with hemp-derived cannabidiol, to be in 945 Kroger stores across 17 states, including Kansas and nearby Arkansas and Missouri.

     

    Dillons Corporate Affairs' Sheila Lowrie said the products are expected to hit Wichita area Dillons stores next week. Lowrie explained that CBD is a naturally-occurring and non-intoxicating compound with promising benefits permitted within federal and state regulations, and their suppliers have been reviewed for quality and safety. Because the FDA does not allow stores to add CBD to food or sell it as a dietary supplement, product sales are limited to beauty and skin-care.

     

    They will be sold in select larger and medium-sized stores, even includes Pickup orders, and they'll also be sold through Vitacost.com and Ship.Kroger.com. All 17 states include Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Missouri, Nevada, Oregon, South Carolina, Tennessee, West Virginia, Washington, Wisconsin and Wyoming.

  • USD 445 Project Underway Near CES

     

    Work is underway on the Safe Routes to School sidewalk project around Coffeyville's Community Elementary School.  The City was awarded a grant from the Kansas Department of Transportation Alternatives Program to design and construct the first phase of the project.  

     

    Initially, the main walks will be constructed as well as connecting to the current sidewalk system east of Buckeye. Future sidewalk projects will branch off the main walks. All newly constructed sidewalks will be ADA compliant with ramps at the street and non-grade drives.  

     

    RFB Construction is the contractor.

  • New Recycle Bin in Coffeyville for Aluminum Cans

     

    The Coffeyville Friends of Animals were gifted with an aluminum can recycle bin built by anonymous donor who hauled it from Wichita. For your convenience, it's located at the Coffeyville Feed Store on 8th St.

     

    The animal shelter asks everyone to collect your aluminum cans and throw them into this bin to “help the lost and unwanted furbabies without spending extra money”. They are asking everyone to please BAG your cans before dropping them into the bin.

  • This Saturday Concert at Indy's New Meadowlark Lounge

     

    Get up close an personal with singer-songwriters this Saturday evening at the newly formed Meadowlark Lounge in Independence for their very first event with singer-songwriters, including Martin Metzger of Independence originally from Nashville and Daytona Beach, Cody Johnson of Cherryvale, Stacie LuPardus and Chris Mitchell both of Independence.

     

    Director Mike Flood said the event will be similar to the way it's done at the world renowned "Bluebird Cafe" in Nashville. A country dinner is served at 6:00pm. and the show starts at 7:00pm. This concert benefits the Independence Historical Museum & Art Center which still has tickets available for $25, but they told us this morning they are going fast. Drop by the museum for your tickets at 123 N. 8th St. or call the museum at 620-331-3515.

     

    Sponsors include Independence Pharmacy, Mr. Reid's Workshop, 4 Leaf Entertainment, Midwest Real Estate, Ane Mae's Coffee & Sandwich House, Down Home Family Restaurant and the Independence Chamber of Commerce.

     

    Also, they are looking for songwriters interested in future events such as the next potentially on August 17th . Songwriters may call Mike Flood at 620-330-0675.

  • CCC Cowboy Busting To The Top At CNFR

     

    He’s chalking up points. Coffeyville Community College cowboy, Chance Merrill, sits 4th in the nation after two rounds.  As of this morning, Merrill is four points out of 1st Place. He’s riding broncs in the the College National Finals Rodeo (CNFR) in Casper, Wyoming.

     

    The competition continues though June 15th. The rodeo team is coached by Johnny Weil.  

  • Independence City Commission Agenda Set For Thursday

     

    The Independence City Commission will meet again on Thursday for its regularly scheduled meeting. This week's agenda includes a couple of presentations from Montgomery County Emergency Preparedness Director Rick Whitson and TranSystems of the Whiskey Creek Hydrology Study.

     

    Following approval of the common consent agenda, the commission will initiate discussion on six items, including a decision to award electrical work to repair the Wald Lift Station.

     

    In addition, there will be a discussion on placing a question on the November 2019 ballot regarding whether to expand the commision from three to five, and whether they should be at-large or through districts.

     

    A copy of the agenda can be found here. The meeting will start at 5:30 p.m. in the Veterans Room at Memorial Hall.

     

  • Mental Health Foundation Announces Grant Opportunity

     

    Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt and the Tower Mental Health Foundation yesterday announced their intention to accept grant applications for projects and activites that support mental health services in the state of Kansas.

     

    Individual grants will vary, but the total amount given by the state will equal $65,000. Applications are due by August 2, 2019 and can be found here. This year's focus criteria for the grants was chosen to be programs and projects that actively promote mental health services for youth aged 0-24 years old. The foundation is looking for projects that involve broad community engagement, and can be reproduced throughout the rest of the state.

     

    The Tower Mental Health Foundation of Kansas was created as a result of an agreement between the attorney general’s office and the Menninger Foundation in 2007. It offers support to organizations that provide mental health services in Kansas.

  • 2020 William Inge Theater Festival Honoree

     

     

    The William Inge Theater Festival has named their honoree for 2020. Lynn Nottage, a two-time winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, is the Playwright Honoree of the 39th William Inge Theater Festival. The Festival takes place May 20-23, 2020, at the William Inge Center for the Arts in Independence. Nottage will accept the Distinguished Achievement in the American Theater Award and join the roster of acclaimed writers who have attended the Festival including Arthur Miller, August Wilson, Wendy Wasserstein, Stephen Sondheim, and Paula Vogel. Nottage, a screenwriter as well as playwright, is the first woman in history to win two Pulitzers for Drama.

     

    The Inge Festival is the Official Theater Festival of Kansas, as designated by the state legislature.

  • CCC Gets CACF Grant For Children's Theater

     

    The Coffeyville Area Community Foundation awarded a $1300 grant to Coffeyville Community College theater director Ryan Mahannah yesterday afternoon. The money will go toward costs of the department's latest production, Disney's Frozen Jr., and will be used to purchase rights to the script and the rights to record the production among other things.

     

    CCC will hold its production of Frozen Jr. next month, running from July 25 to the 28th.

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