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IPD Officer Conduct Continues to Earn Trust in the Community


The last week there has been a microscope on police officers and their conduct. Independence Police Chief Jerry Harrison, during First Friday, shared his thoughts on what happened in Minneapolis last week.


Harrison says when he first arrived in Independence he noticed a special and unique bond between the police force and the people of the city.  Harrison says they have several things in place to help keep the positive relationship they have with the community including the Police Chief's Advisory Committee.


Community Wellness Conversations Set for June 16th and 24th


Some counties in southeast Kansas consistently receive some of the lowest health rankings in the state, which threatens the health and wellness of residents in the community.


Make your voice heard and provide input during Community Wellness Conversations on Tuesday, June 16th and Wednesday, June 24th at 6:30 PM.


Those involved would like to know how the Coronavirus has affected your health, what barriers to health have been noticed in your community, and how they can preserve and improve the health of Montgomery and Labette county residents.


To participate, register online or call K-State Research and Extension at 620-724-8233.

CCC Quack Clash Duck Race Re-Scheduled to July


The 2020 Quack Clash Duck Race, hosted by Coffeyville Community College, has been rescheduled to July 11.


The Quack Clash is an annual fundraiser put on by CCC at Walter Johnson Park. The proceeds going to support its various athletic, activity and academic programs. Participants buy rubber ducks to race down a body of water through several heats, with top performing ducks moving forward to a final championship race. The winning duck and its owner win a $1500 grand prize.


Other non-cash prizes will be drawn through a raffle, and each attendant at the event will receive a free ticket. Ducks for this year's event can be purchased by following this link.

U.S. 69 Resurfacing Project Begins Today


The Kansas Department of Transportation expects to begin a resurfacing project on U.S. 69 between Columbus and Crestline on today.


The work includes a surface recycle and ultrathin asphalt bonded surfacing. Flaggers and a pilot car will direct one-lane traffic through the work zone during daylight hours; expect delays of 15 minutes or less. The resurfacing project should be finished in one month, weather permitting.


KDOT awarded the $1.3 million construction contract to Bettis Asphalt & Construction, Inc., of Topeka.

Peaceful Protest in Coffeyville in Support of BLM


Around 200 people chant “Black Lives Matter” as they gathered in peaceful protest in support of the BLM movement in the Nellis Hall parking lot in Coffeyville. Justin Cartwright, a teacher at FKHS, says this was put on by the youth of Coffeyville and he came to support them.


Cartwright says there were some people worried about the protest but he says they stayed peaceful. At one point the group gathered in a circle with fists in the air and remained silent for 8 minutes and 46 seconds, which is the amount of time the officer's knee was on George Floyd's neck.

Indy Commission Discusses Special Use Sales Tax


A special sales tax that was approved in 2012 in Independence is set to expire in October 2022. Mayor Leonhard Caflisch says the commissioners met to review how the sales tax had been used and looking at having it renewed again by bringing it to a vote of the people.


The commission will determine the language that is used on the ballot, and will work closely with the bond council to prepare a resolution announcing the election date. The commission must adopt a resolution announcing its intention to include the question on the November ballot 90 days prior to the election.

Two Democrats and Two Republicans Join Incumbent Watkins as Candidates


With the deadline to file for Kansas's Second Congressional District passing candidates now look towards the August 4th Primary. Incumbent Representative Steve Watkins says there are two democratic candidates and three republican candidates including himself.


Watkins says one of the stories of this race is the response to COVID-19, but says the deeper issue is that socialism is rising.  Watkins is apart of three committees, education and labor, foreign affairs and veteran affairs. He says all three are very important to him as he has personal ties to each one.

K-31 Resurfacing Project to Start Next Week


Motorists should expect delays on a large stretch of K-31 next week due to roadwork.


The Kansas Department of Transportation expects to begin a mill and overlay project on K-31 in Anderson, Linn and Bourbon counties on Monday, weather permitting.


The road work starts at the south K-31/U.S. 59 junction and continues east and south to the K-31/K-65 junction. Flaggers and a pilot car will direct one-lane traffic through the work zone during daylight hours. The road work should be finished in one month, weather permitting.


KDOT awarded the construction contract of $1.9 million to Bettis Asphalt & Construction, Inc., of Topeka.

K-47 Rail Crossing to Close For Repairs


The BNSF Railway plans to close and repair its crossing on K-47 at Girard starting today.


Traffic will follow the signed detour on K-7, K-126, U.S. 69 and K-47 during the closure. Since a width restriction of 10 feet is in effect on a section of K-126, trucks with wide loads should use U.S. 400 instead.


The closure is scheduled to last until Monday.

Newton Man Arrested on Various Drug Charges


A Newton man was arrested yesterday morning on a variety of drug charges.


At around 11:30, Chanute police responded to the area of the 500 block of West First Street for a report of an individual slumped over in his vehicle. Upon officers arrival, they made contact with an adult male that appeared to be sleeping in his car. During the investigation, police K9 was deployed. During the search of the vehicle, officers located items commonly associated with illegal drugs.


43-year-old Daniel Keith Brill was arrested on the charges of possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was transported to the Neosho County Jail without incident.

Genesis to Distribute Disaster/Emergency Food Boxes


Genesis in Coffeyville is set to distribute disaster and emergency food boxes starting on Monday from 9:00 AM to 11:30 AM at their location at 1312 W. 8th street.


They will continue to distribute the boxes each morning until they are all gone.


No identification or proof of income or residence required and anyone who needs food can go get a box.


For more information call Genesis at 620-251-3004.

Montgomery County Back Down to 19 Confirmed Cases


According to the most recent information from the Kansas Department of Health, there is 10,170 confirmed cases on COVID-19 in the state, with 890 hospitalizations, 222 deaths and almost 98,000 negative tests. Montgomery County has gone back down to 19 confirmed cases from 20, which was reported Monday by the KDHE.


Testing rates continue to stay steady while the number of new positive cases decreases. Through the first three days of June there have been 4,698 test with 140 of those testing positive a positive percent of 2.98%. Montgomery Count has tested 854 people with 19 positive cases at a positive percent of 2.2% and Labette County has tested 729 people with 22 positive cases at a positive percent of 3%.

CRC Looking for Volunteer Coaches


The Coffeyville Recreation Commission is looking for coaches. They are looking for two coaches for blastball, 3-4 clinic coaches for peewee baseball ages 7-8 and 2-3 clinic coaches for farm baseball ages 9-10. If they can't find volunteer coaches they will not be able to offer those sports for those kids. If you are interested please contact Program Supervisor Shelli Stanley at (620)251-5910.


CRC will also be opening up Bobby Clemons Recreation Center on Monday with a limit of 45 people. Open Gym will take place from 1:00pm-3:00pm Monday-Friday, pickleball will take place Tuesday and Thursdays 10:00am-12:00pm and Fridays 9:00am-11:00am. They are working on a plan to reopen the Field Kindley indoor pool for fitness club and water exercise.

Boil Water Advisory for McCune


The Kansas Department of Health and Environment has issued a boil water advisory for the City of McCune due to a loss of pressure.


If customers should observe dirty tap water, flush the water lines by letting the water run until it clears. 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. Water used for bathing does not generally need to be boiled.


For more information, contact the water system or KDHE at 785-296-5514.

U.S. 160 Rail Crossing to Close For Repairs


U.S. 160 in southwest Elk County will be close beginning next Tuesday as the South Kansas & Oklahoma Railroad plans to close and repair its crossing approximately two miles west of Grenola.


During this closure, traffic will follow the signed detour on K-99, U.S. 166, K-15 and U.S. 160.


The work is expected to finish Monday, June 15, weather permitting.

Neosho County Jail Allowing Visitations By Appointment


Starting Saturday, the Neosho County jail will once again allow visitations to inmates by apponintment only. Due to the state lifting most restrictions in regards to the COVID-19 outbreak, appointments will be allowed for designated times on Saturdays and Sundays.


Inmates are allowed one 30 minute visit per weekend. The Neosho County Sheriff's Office asks that you please continue to maintain recommended guidelines for social distancing while in the public lobby.


If you have an immediate family member in custody and would like to make an appointment, call 620-244-3884.

Coffeyville Bounce Back Bucks Campaign In Progress


The Coffeyville Bounce Back Bucks program is midway through the first week of it’s campaign.  The program, sponsored by the Coffeyville Chamber and Equity Bank rewards consumers for shopping locally.  The program gives $10 in Coffeyville Bounce Back Bucks for every $50 they spend at a participating Coffeyville retailer up to $250. 

Executive Director of the Coffeyville Chamber of Commerce, Candi Westbrook provides an example of how you can participate.

Westbrook says it's about the small businesses in our area and doing everything we can to keep them open.


Those Coffeyville Bounce Back Bucks can then be spent like cash at that store or any other participating retailer by August 31st.  The Bounce Back Bucks promotion will end June 30th or until the funds run out.


There are over 20 participating retailers in the Coffeyville Bounce Backs program including:  Bandits and Bling Antiques, Cantrell’s  Fine Jewelry, Carter Automotive Warehouse, Coffeyville Feed and Farm, Coffeyville Gold and Silver, Coffeyville Tire and Auto, Derailed Commodity, Dollar Tire, Factory Connection, Green Acres Florist, Isham’s True Value Hardware, Jan L’s Flowers, Gifts and Interiors, Lanning’s Downtown Grill, Liebert Brothers Electric, Maple Street Meat Market, McClellan’s Appliances, Miss Kate’s Mercantile, Mom & Pop  Nutrition, Natural Food Center, Nichol’s Hitching Post, Simply Southern Boutique, Sunflower Soda Fountain and the Yoke Bar and Grill.

Moran Announces $4 Million in Grants for Kansas Law Enforcement


U.S. Senator Jerry Moran announced on Tuesday that Kansas will receive $4 million in grants from the Department of Justice's COPS Hiring Program for 15 law enforcement departments across the state which includes a couple of departments in the southeast Kansas area.


The Cherryvale and Arkansas City police departments will each receive $125,000 while the Bourbon County sheriff's office will receive over $118,000.


The Kansas City police department will receive over $1.3 million and the Wichita police department will receive $875,000.


Moran says the grants will help Kansas communities hire additional officers to make certain that the departments are properly staffed to meet the needs of their communities.


Other police departments across Kansas receiving these grants include Atchison, Bonner Springs, Cheney, Gardner, Goodland, Hesston, Hiawatha, Pratt, Wabaunsee and Wellsville.

Safely Prepare Food on the Grill this Summer


Warmer weather and summertime approaching means more food being prepared on the grill. K-State Research and Extension Food Safety Specialist Karen Blakeslee says to use a food thermometer to make sure your food is fully cooked and to make things simple there are three numbers to remember.


Blakeslee says a variety of food thermometers are available and they all work a little differently, so she suggests buying one that best suits your style of grilling.  Blakeslee says to prepare several ice chests to keep food cold and to separate items. Keep beverages in one chest, ready-to-eat foods in another and raw meats in a third.

Kansas to Appeal Voter Fraud Decision


Kansas will ask the U.S. Supreme Court to review the decision of a federal appeals court that struck down the Kansas statute requiring first-time voters to provide documentary proof of their citizenship as part of the voter registration process.


Attorney General Derek Schmidt says he has consulted with Secretary of State Scott Schwab and the two agree the April 29th decision should be appealed. Schmidt says voting is only for citizens, and this Kansas law is designed to confirm the citizenship of those registering to vote. After reviewing the appeals court’s decision, they have concluded there is a reasonable basis for appeal.

Scheduled Power Outages for Labette County on Wednesday

Parts of Labette County will experience a scheduled power outage on Wednesday.  


The outage is expected to last less than 15 minutes beginning at 7:00 am in order for crews to switch the electrical source to a power supplier to safely make repairs inside the Altamont Substation.  


The source of power will be switched back to normal operations Friday at 9:00 am.


Section of K-31 to Close For Pipe Replacement Project


If you travel along K-31 in Linn County, you will need to find an alternate route as the Kansas Department of Transportation will close a section of K-31 to replace two crossroad pipes on beginning next Monday, weather permitting.


K-31 will be closed approximately three miles east of Blue Mound, between Flint and Gorman roads.


The closure will start after 8 a.m. and remain in effect until late Monday.

Summer Activity Sign-Ups Are Available Through the Independence Recreation Commission


The Independence Recreation Commission is up and running again and sign-ups are underway for multiple activities this summer.


Sign-ups are available now for baseball and softball, tennis lessons and swimming lessons.


Executive Director of the Independence Chamber of Commerce, Lisa Wilson says there are multiple ways you can get your children signed up for these summer activities.


The Ash Center is open for adult lap swimmers from 6:00 AM to 1:00 PM. The rest of the facility will remain closed besides for office hours and registrations from 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM.


Call 620-331-0260 for more information or you can visit their website.

Baxter Springs Man Arrested on Theft Charge


A Baxter Springs man has been taken into custody for his alleged role in the May 12th theft of a camper trailer from a rural Riverton area.


As a result of their investigation, Cherokee County Sheriff Detectives obtained an arrest warrant for 32-year-old Nathan L. Clark.


Clark, who is facing felony theft charges, was apprehended on in Newton County, Missouri, where he is being held pending extradition back to Kansas.

Chautauqua County Commission Votes to Reopen With No Restrictions


Chautauqua County is once again open, with no restrictions or regulations due to the COVID-19 outbreak. The county commission voted 3-0 last Friday to reopen the county after Sedan Mayor Jack Warren asked if there would be any continued restrictions.


Chautauqua County has seen four positive cases since the KDHE began releasing numbers, with 73 negative tests. Counties have been able to decide their own paths since Governor Laura Kelly allowed them to do so last week.


The latest Covid-19 numbers from the Kansas Department of Health now shows more than 10,000 confirmed cases statewide with two new confirmed cases in southeast Kansas.


Montgomery and Cherokee counties each added a new cases according to the KDHE with Montgomery going from 19 to 20 and Cherokee from nine to 10.


Total cases statewide are at 10,011 with 862 hospitalizations and now 217 deaths related to the virus. Negative results have surpassed 93,000.


A more detailed outlook for Kansas' numbers from the KDHE can be found here.

Sunflower State Games Still a Go in July


Registration is now open for the 31st Annual Sunflower State Games. The 2020 games will take place July 10-19 in Topeka and will feature over 40 different competitions for all ages and skill levels. Highlighting the 2020 Games will be the addition of two new sports, E-Sports and a Big Bass Fishing Tournament. Baker University as the new university partner and the host of E-Sports. The format will be two person team competing in Rocket League. Big Bass Fishing will be held at Melvern Lake and hosted by Flint Hills Bass Association. 36 different sports will be featured in 2020 including archery, disc golf, slow-pitch softball and many more.


In regards Covid-19 the Sunflower State Games staff and Board of Directors are actively working with the venues, partners, medical team, and all pertinent personnel in evaluating each of the sports and are continually monitoring the situation and staying up-to-date with state and federal recommendations for hosting events.


Teen Crashes Increase During 100 Deadliest Days


In Kansas, 117 people were killed in crashes involving teen drivers in the past ten years during the “100 Deadliest Days,” the period between Memorial Day and Labor Day. Nationwide, more than 8,300 people died in teen-related summertime crashes from 2008 to 2018. Due to their inexperience, teen drivers are at a higher risk of crashes. According to the new AAA Foundation Traffic Safety Culture Index, about 72% of teen drivers aged 16-18 admitted to having engaged in at least one of the following risky behaviors in the past 30 days, speeding, texting, running a red-light, aggressive driving, drowsy driving and driving without a seatbelt.


The combination of schools closed, activities curtailed, summer jobs canceled, and COVID-19 restrictions being lifted, could prove deadly as teens take to the road this summer. AAA recommends that now is a good time for parents to both model safe driving behaviors and help ensure their teens practice them too.


Crawford County Sheriff's Office Lobby Limited Reopening


The Crawford County Sheriff's Office have announced that their lobby has reopened and people will be allowed in on a limited basis.


Staff will be screening visitors in the foyer before they are allowed to enter the building. When you enter the foyer, please dial the extension for the service that you are there for and a staff member will give you directions from there. Delays are to be expected, depending on the service that you are there for especially for visitation.


Only one video visitation kiosk will be on during this time and up to 3 family members will be allowed in the visitation room at a time.


For more information about these new policies, call 620-724-8274.

Galena Woman Arrested for Car Theft


A Galena woman was quickly apprehended for allegedly stealing a vehicle.


Cherokee County Sheriff's Deputies were contacted after a woman reportedly stole a Chevy passenger car from the Quick Shop Convenience Store in Columbus.


Less than 10 minutes later, deputies quickly located the vehicle and got it stopped northwest of Columbus.


30-year old Samantha Sigman was arrested and transported to the Cherokee County Jail on allegations of Felony Theft and Driving While Suspended.

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