Commission axes rural fire coordinator position

INDEPENDENCE — Citing budget constraints, Montgomery County commissioners voted unanimously Monday to eliminate the position of coordinator of the Montgomery County Rural Fire District #1.


The holder of that position was Mark McCleary, whose position ended upon passage of the commission’s vote.


The Montgomery County Rural Fire District #1 comprises all of Montgomery County except for Louisburg Township. The rural fire district’s mill levy is assessed on all properties that are not within the city limits of Independence, Cherryvale, Coffeyville and Caney. Each of those four towns has their own city fire service.


For more details of this story, read about it in the Aug. 16 edition of the Montgomery County Chronicle.



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Unofficial election results from Montgomery County


State Sen. Jeff King of Independence was the clear favorite in Montgomery County for the Republican nomination for the 15th Senate District. King had 3087 votes compared to Umbarger’s 1535 votes. Those votes will be added to the tallies from Labette and Neosho counties to determine the overall winner. Stay tuned for details.




Virgil Peck, Jr., of Tyro defeats Jack Kopfman of Caney for the Republican nomination to the Kansas House of Representatives, 12th District.  In the 12th District area of Montgomery County, Peck had 1086 votes compared to Kopfman’s 370 votes.  In the district, Peck received 2363 votes (67 percent) compared to Kopfman’s 1140 votes (37 percent).  Peck will now face Democrat Party opponent Tina Bumgarner in November.



Sheriff Robert Dierks defeats Mark McCleary for the Republican nomination for Montgomery County sheriff. Dierks received 3442 votes (73 percent) compared to McCleary’s 1223 votes (27 percent).





Gary House wins the Republican nomination for the 14th Judicial District seat, defeating Kim King of Independence. House earned 3852 votes (68 percent) in Montgomery and Chautauqua counties while King received 1810 votes (32 percent) of the vote in both counties.




Montgomery County Commissioner Larry McManus narrowly defeats Jason Moore of Caney for the Republican nomination for the county commission, 2nd district. McManus received 987 votes (50.4 percent) compared to Moore’s 968 votes (49.6 percent). Provisional ballots will be counted at next Monday’s vote canvass, which may alter the outcome.

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August death notices

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Registered sex offender remains on rural fire department roster

A registered sexual offender who was suspended from duty as a member of the Havana division of the Montgomery County Rural Fire Department has been allowed to return to the fire department, county commissioners were told Monday.


Mark McCleary, rural fire district coordinator, told county commissioners on Monday that he suspended the registered offender after learning of the firefighter’s violations several months ago. However, McCleary said the rural fire district’s governing body discussed the suspension at a recent meeting in Dearing. After conferring about the matter in executive session, which is closed to the public and press, the board unanimously agreed to reinstate the sexual offender at the discretion of the Havana division chief. The offender will work as a dispatcher and will not be dealing with the public, he said.

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Five arrested in Coffeyville liquor store robbery

Five Coffeyville people were arrested Monday, Aug. 6, following an attempted burglary of the C&K Liquor at 1418 S. Walnut shortly after midnight.

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U.S. 169 road project to begin; delays expected

On Monday, Aug. 6, the Kansas Department of Transportation (KDOT) expects to begin a resurfacing project on 17 miles of U.S. 169 in Montgomery County. The south six-mile section of the project starts at County Road 3000, just north of Coffeyville and the plant, and continues north to the concrete pavement at the U.S. 169/160 junction. The north 11-mile section starts at the north end of the U.S. 169/160 concrete pavement and continues north to the Montgomery-Labette county line.

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Labette Avenue Area Deaths – July

For more information, see the current issue of the Labette Avenue. To locate previously posted death notices, enter the decedent’s last name in the archive search. Labette Avenue publishes death notices free of charge. Paid obituaries ($20) are printed in their entirety in the Labette Avenue and online at Continue reading

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Coffeyville police make arrests in robbery of K&S Oil

UPDATE: The Coffeyville Police Department has arrested Leonard E. Green Jr., age 19, of Coffeyville, in connection with the aggravated robbery which occurred on July 19 at K&S Oil, 1610 W. Eighth.


In addition to this arrest, a 17 year old juvenile suspect has been detained and police are seeking a third identified suspect for questioning. The juvenile is from Coffeyville.



Police chief Tony Celeste said the Coffeyville Police Department appreciates the public for their assistance with this investigation.

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July death notices

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1 dead, 2 other injured in collision near Niotaze

Coffeyville woman killed, 2 from Sedan

injured in road mishap near Niotaze


NIOTAZE — A 34-year-old Coffeyville woman was killed and two Sedan men were injured in a one-vehicle mishap southeast of Niotaze late Saturday night.

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