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  • Scare Up Some Fun With The Night of Fright


    The 2019 Night of Fright will begin this weekend at Cedar Bluff Camp. Activities included in this year's event include an indoor kid's area from 6PM-7PM and the Spook Trail will open up at 7PM. Chuck McFate from the Night of Fright explains how the Spook Trail works.


    The Night of Fright will be open on October 18th, 19th, 25th and 26th.

  • Clean Up Coffeyville Scheduled For Next Week


    The “Clean Up Coffeyville” clean up week is scheduled to start next Monday, October 21st according the city of Coffeyville.


    The tree dump will be open extended hours for city residents to dispose of bulky trash. Items accepted for the clean up are furniture, appliances, TVs and residential building materials. Items not accepted will be be things such as tires, hazardous waste, prescription drugs, contractor building material and household trash.


    The dump will be open from Monday October 21st to Friday October 25th from 10AM to 6PM, Saturday, October 26th from 8AM to 6PM and Sunday October 27th from 12PM to 4PM.


    For more information call 252-6006 or 252-6108.

  • CCC Alumni Give Support to Renovations


    A couple Coffeyville Community College alumni are adding their support to the Dick Foster Complex renovations. Carl and Mary Ice have agreed to make a substantial contribution to the project. 


    During his time at CCC, Carl Ice was the recipient of the Pete Pelzer-Outstanding Offensive Lineman Award while playing for the Red Ravens in 1974 and '75 seasons. In 2012, the 1975 CCC football team was inducted into the CCC Hall of Fame. Coffeyville Community College recognized Ice in 2016 as a CCC Distinguished Alum. While attending CCC, Mary Ice was a flag twirler during the 1975 season and attended every football game, both home and away, including the Wool Bowl.


    Carl Ice was appointed to his current position of president and chief executive officer for BNSF Railway on January 1, 2014. Mary Ice actively volunteers her time with many organizations and serves on a variety of boards. Currently, she is a member of the board of directors of the Symphony in the Flint Hills and the Kansas Nature Conservancy.

  • PSU English Department Hosting Literary Crawl


    Looking to get an early start on Halloween festivities? The Pittsburg State University English Department will host a Halloween-themed literary crawl in Downtown Pittsburg on October 24.  


    The literary crawl will feature poetry and fiction readings by PSU faculty, students, and writers from the community.  


    The event will kick off with a reading at TOAST, 401 N. Broadway Suite D, at 5:30 p.m. Readings then will move from location to location, including T.J. Lelands,  Eclectic Soul Studio and Root Coffeehouse until 7:45 p.m.  


    The event is free, requires no registration, and is open to the public. 

  • 268 Kansas Crime Victims to Receive Support


    The Kansas Crime Victims Compensation Board awarded financial assistance to 268 victims of violent crime at its October meeting, Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt said.


    Awards were made in 134 new cases. Additional expenses were paid in 134 previously submitted cases. The awards totaled $212,996.10.


    The Division of Crime Victims Compensation in Schmidt’s office administers the Crime Victims Compensation program, which was established in 1978 to help victims of violent crime pay for their unexpected expenses such as medical treatment, mental health counseling, lost wages, dependent support and funeral expenses.

  • Coffeyville Board of Education Meeting Tonight


    The Coffeyville USD 445 Board of Education will have its latest meeting tonight. Several miscellaneous reports are on the agenda for this week, as well as board actions to approve the superintendent's recommendations for employment.


    The meeting will be held starting at 6 p.m. and will take place at the central office at 615 Ellis Street. 

  • CPD Asks For Help With Vehicle Burglaries


    The Coffeyville Police Department is asking for help in solving a flurry of vehicle burglaries occuring on the west side of Coffeyville. The burglaries have occurred in the area between Catalpa and Centennial and also 1st to Fairway. 


    The CPD is asking anyone with a surveillance camera to check the footage and notify them of anything suspicious activity.

  • Dan Goddard Would Like To See Combined Suicide Prevention Agency

    With Kansas being in the top 20 of suicides in the country, Senator Dan Goddard was asked recently asked about what kind of bill he would like to see come up during the the next legislative session.



    Goddard said that the idea came up during a recent meeting with KDADS talking about suicide prevention among veterans and their families.

  • Bark For Life on Saturday


    The American Cancer Society of Montgomery County is holding their Bark for Life event this Saturday, October 12th. It'll be an event celebrating canines as caregivers, with several different activities planned. There will be a doggie parade, games and contests, dog-related vendors, a non-profit rescue, pictures with pets, and concessions. 


    Registration is still possible and can be completed by visiting this link

  • Kansas Governor Visits the SEK


    Farm Bureau hosted the Kansas governor on a tour around parts of Southeast Kansas. Governor Laura Kelly along with the Kansas Secretary of Agriculture Mike Beam and three local farmers were a part of a luncheon and panel discussion today at the Liberty United Methodist Church. Governor Kelly talked about the importance of Agriculture and this area of Kansas.


    Governor Kelly started her morning off in Independence before attending the luncheon and then following the panel discussion went and toured a couple of local farms.

  • Spay and Neuter Van Headed Back to Coffeyville


    Becky Barnhart of the the Coffeyville Friends of Animals is looking to inform the public of an event if you are looking to have your pet spayed or neutered.


    Barnhart also says that your animal cannot be over 40 lbs and must be caged. The cost of getting your animal spayed or neutered is $40.

  • Spookyvale Trunk or Treat Set For October 31st




    The City of Cherryvale and the Cherryvale Police Department are hosting a Spookyvale Trunk Or Treat on October 31st on East Main Street in Cherryvale.  The cost of setting up a trunk or booth is $5 and all proceeds go the Logan Park New Playground Equipment Fund. Set up will begin at 5pm while the event will kick off at 6pm and run to 8pm.


    There will be awards for Scariest, People's Choice, and Most Creative booths! If you have any question contact Miranda Reid at City Hall for more details at 620-336-2776



  • Coffeyville and Cherryvale PD Receive Grants


    The Coffeyville Police Department and the Cherryvale Police Department have been awarded grants for equipment upgrades. Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt says Coffeyville PD will receive $44,990 to update suspect transport safety gear, in-car video camera systems and evidence collection equipment and Cherryvale PD will receive $45,306 to purchase computer hardware and equipment. Schmidt says one of the keys to keeping the communities safe in the 21st Century is making sure law enforcement officers have 21st Century technology. These grants will provide opportunities for local authorities to make these upgrades.


    The grants are part of the Federal Edward J. Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant Program and was awarded by the Kansas Criminal Justice Coordinating Council.


  • USD446 Superintendent Says School Threats Not Credible


    Rumors of threats made at Independence High School caused concern among some students and parents. Those rumors prompted USD 446 Superintendent Rusty Arnold to send a robo-call to parents this afternoon.


    Arnold went on to say in the call that the district promotes respect and inclusion for all, to proactively address school safety.

  • Cherryvale Announces Festival Scheduled for November


    The City of Cherryvale announced that it is hosting the 2019 Cherryvale Fall Festival to help raise funds for new playground equipment at Logan Park.


    The festival will feature food and craft vendors all day and will kick off the day with a 5K run and walk. There will be a Chili Cook Off, Pumpkin Carving Contest, a Petting Zoo hosted by the Cherryvale 4-H Club, Live Music, and a beer garden hosted by Cherryvale Chamber of Commerce. All Proceeds will go to purchase new playground equipment at Logan Park. 


    For more information, contact the Cherryvale City Hall at 620-336-2776.

  • Brown Mansion Announces Candlelit Tour Dates


    The Brown Mansion announced that there will be 150 trees on display in honor of Coffeyville's 150th anniversary for the Candlelit Tours this year. The Brown Mansion Candlelit Tours are scheduled from 5:30pm to 8pm on Dec 11th, Dec 15th, Dec 18th and Dec 21st through Dec 23th. Tour prices will remain at $5 per person and entertainment will be available each night of the Candlelit Tours.


    In addition, the Brown Mansion received a $2,000.00 grant from the Coffeyville Area Community Foundation for Candlelight Tours this holiday season.

  • KDOT Hosting Informational Session in Sedan


    KDOT representatives will be hosting an open house in Sedan next Wednesday to provide information about proposed improvements to the K-99 Corridor in Chatauqua County. From 5:30 to 7 p.m, the public is welcome to come to the Sedan Jr/Sr High Cafeteria to view maps and offer questions and comments to the KDOT representatives. 


    For more information or accomodation requests, contact Priscilla Petersen at or  620-902-6433.

  • Final Movie Night at the Midland


    Be sure to make your way to downtown Coffeyville this Friday night for the final movie night at the Midland Theater this year! In honor of Halloween, the Midland will be showing the movie Hocus Pocus. Costumes are encouraged, and awards will be given out for Best Witch, Best Zombie, and Best Overall Costume.


    The movie is free and popcorn will be provided. Other activities and attractions include a balloon animal artist, pumpkin Tic-Tac-Toe, a pumpkin carving contest, witch's broom races, a 50/50 raffle, and more. Activities begin at 7 p.m.

  • Independence City Commission Meeting Tomorrow


    The Independence City Commission will meet again in regular session on Thursday, October 10th. On this meeting's agenda includes appointments to the new Economic Development Advisory Board, and an item to consider an ordinance adding an ex-officio member representing Main Street to the the new board. Other items for the commission include the authorization of the sale of lots located on the south side of the 800-900 blocks of Myrtle Street, and an update on 223 W. Main Street.


    As always, the meeting will begin at 5:30 p.m. at the Veteran's Room in Memorial Hall.

  • New Head of Consumer Protection Appointed


    A new head of the Kansas Consumer Protection Division has been appointed. Attorney General Derek Schmidt announced that Lawrence attorney Kathryn Carter has been named the new deputy attorney general for the Consumer Protection and Antitrust Division. Carter succeeds Jim Welch, who retired in September after leading the consumer protection division from 2011 to 2019. Carter has been with the attorney general’s office for seven years, and has served as an assistant attorney general in the consumer protection division for the past three years.


    Before joining the attorney general’s office, Carter served as a district magistrate judge for the 12th Judicial District in Cloud County for 17 years and worked in private practice. Carter is a graduate of Wichita Southeast High School, the University of Kansas and the University of Kansas School of Law.

  • Free Flu Shot Event Planned in Independence on Saturday

    With flu season right around the corner, Independence Chamber of Commerce Director Lisa Wilson tells us about an event to help keep ourselves protected this Saturday.


    Although the shots are free, a donation of canned or non-perishable foods for the local food basket is suggested.

  • Presentation Explores William Allen White's Resistance Against the KKK


    Parsons Public Library will host “William Allen White and the KKK in Kansas," a presentation and discussion by Beverly Olson Buller on Monday, November 4, at 6:30 pm. in the library multi-purpose room.


    During his 1924 Kansas Gubernatorial campaign, William Allen White sought to drive the Ku Klux Klan out of Kansas.


    Buller is an author, educator, and the chair of the William Allen White Children’s Book Awards selection committee in Emporia. Her book, From Emporia: The Story of William Allen White, was named a 2008 notable Kansas Book.


    Members of the community are invited to attend the free program, which will take place at the Parsons library located at 311 South 17th St. For more information, contact the library at 620-421-5920.

  • FKHS Principal Wins KASSP Award


    An area principal has been recognized by the Kansas Association of Secondary School Principals. Travis Stalford, the lead principal at Field Kindley High School in Coffeyville, has been named by the KASSP as the Area II Principal of the Year. 


    Stalford returned to Coffeyville in 2013, and became the lead principal of the high school after serving two years as the assistant principal.

  • Humanities Concert on Tuesday


    Matt Watroba will perform at the Coffeyville Community College Spencer/Rounds Performing Arts Theatre at 10:30 AM. on Tuesday, October 8th, as part of the CCC Humanities Project. Senior Director of College Relations, Marketing and Recruiting Yvonne Hull explains what the Humanities Project is and what Watroba will be performing.


    The performance is free and open to the public.

  • Public Works Meets with County Commission

    The Montgomery County Commissioners meet for their regularly scheduled meeting with two items on the agenda. Public Works Coordinator Jim Wright and the commissioners discussed several projects including two bridge projects. County Treasurer Nancy Clubine asked the commission to cover over $8,000 shortfall in the budget, which the commission unanimously approved.


    Commission meetings are held every Monday at 9:00am in the lower level of the Judicial Center and are open to the public.

  • Coffeyville Walk the Block Happening This Wednesday


    The Coffeyville Walk the Block Project will launch with a “shoelace cutting” and a 2 ½ mile walk on Wednesday, October 9th at 5PM, at the Downtown Plaza kiosk. The community is invited to attend and participate in the Walk along the newly marked sidewalk path by two gardens and parks.


    Walk the Block is funded through a 2019 AARP Community Challenge Grant utilizing a newly resurfaced and undiscovered sidewalk on 9th Street and transforming it into a 2½ mile fitness tour. The marked sidewalk path was made possible by the AARP grant and support of the City of Coffeyville, Coffeyville’s Reawakening, Coffeyville Area Community Foundation, numerous business and community volunteers.


    Additional information is available at Coffeyville’s Reawakening Headquarters, 1115 W. 9th Street.

  • Coffeyville City Commission Meeting Preview


    Coffeyville City Commissioners will find out if local sales tax collections are trending up as they are in Independence when they meet in regular session tomorrow night. In addition to the sales tax report, Commissioners will also hold a public hearing for a Community Development Block Grant for sidewalks at 10th and Camden as well as Gillam Street and consider resolutions involving CDBG grants for 2020.


    In new business, commissioners will consider a resolution to approve a business loan application for HC Hardware and award a construction contract to Jeff graham Construction for Phase 2 of the 10th Street project. 


    Commissioners will meet tomorrow night at 6:30 in the Commission Room of City Hall.

  • PALS Holding Magic and Comedy Show


    Mark your calendars now for a "mystical, magical, and comical" night presented by the Proud Animal Lovers Shelter (PALS) in Parsons. It'll be held on November 2, 2019 at the Wesley United Methodist Church. The show will feature magic by Pete Walterscheid and comedy by Jonathan Wilhoft.


    Tickets are $30 per person and can be purchased by calling 620-421-0445 or by getting in touch with PALS board members.

  • Rice Draws Crowd of Over 1,000 at PSU Speech


    More than 1,000 interested visitors made their way down to Pittsburg State University last week to take part in a "fireside chat" with former Secretary of State and National Security Advisor Condoleezza Rice. 


    Rice was the third speaker in the H. Lee Scott Speaker Series, created in 2015 as the result of a $2.079 million gift made by PSU alum and former Walmart CEO Lee Scott and his wife, Linda. Former President Bill Clinton came to campus in 2015, Mitt Romney came to campus in 2017.  


    Rice discussed a wide variety of topics, including her childhood, her stances on intercollegiate athletics and the impeachment proceedings. She also talked about her recently published book.


    The mission of the H. Lee Scott Speaker Series is to deepen the level of discourse, enrich the university experience, and elevate the university’s reputation by examining American life from the perspective of nationally prominent leaders and innovators. 

  • Charges Dropped Against Suspended Sheriff


    Criminal charges against suspended Montgomery County Sheriff Bobby Dierks have been dropped, at least for now. According to the Montgomery County Chronicle the charges can be refiled by the special prosecutor and a civil ouster proceeding to be discussed on October 11th. Court records indicate that the special prosecutor has dismissed the criminal charges. The special prosecutor was Todd Hiatt who was removed from the case and now Stephen Maxell has been appointed the new special prosecutor.


    KGGF reached out to the County Attorney's Office but they had no comment.

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