Independence man bound for federal prison following conviction

WICHITA,  Kan. – A Montgomery County man has been sentenced to 262 months in federal prison for marijuana trafficking, U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom said today.


Rashon T. Johnson, age 37, of Independence pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to distribute marijuana, three counts of attempted possession with intent to distribute marijuana, three counts of traveling in interstate commerce in furtherance of drug trafficking, one count of unlawful use of a telephone in furtherance of drug trafficking and one count of money laundering.

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Coffeyville man arrested on burglary charges

The Coffeyville Police Department is investigating a series of crimes which has led to the arrest of Joseph Dewayne Gingery, age 19, of Coffeyville.


Gingery is alleged to have stolen a vehicle from 713 S. Union on May 22. He is further alleged to have broken into and burglarized the Dr. Jerry Hamm Early Childhood Learning Center, 201 S. Walnut Street, on May 31. Gingery fled from officers but was soon apprehended after a short foot pursuit on June 3.

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Pit bull mauls 2-day-old infant in Coffeyville

BREAKING NEWS: The Coffeyville Police Department is reporting that a 2-day-old infant was mauled by a pit bull that belonged to the infant’s family.

Police chief Anthony Celeste said the incident happened at 1807 S. Walnut on Thursday, May 23. At this home, officers discovered that infant sustained injuries that Celeste described as “life threatening.” The infant was taken to Coffeyville Regional Medical Center and later flown to Wesley Medical Center in Wichita.

Celeste said the pit bull was euthanized at the request of the infant’s family. A rabies test will be conducted on the dog’s remains.

A grandmother of the infant said one of the infant’s legs was severed at the shin.  Members of the Coffeyville Police Department are on scene (at 4 p.m., Thursday) to scour the yard in search for the leg.

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BREAKING NEWS: Cherry Blossom Festival postponed

CHERRYVALE — Inclement weather has forced the postponement of the Cherry Blossom Festival in Cherryvale. See the message from the Cherryvale Chamber of Commerce below:

We regret to announce that due to the inclement weather, all Cherry Blossom Festival activites have been rescheduled for Saturday, September 7th, 2013. Participants in the 5k may choose pick up their shirt at the Logan Park building today until 6pm or tomorrow 5:30am-9:30am. All other shirts will be held until Sept. 7. Registratons for the 5k and “So You Think You Can Sing” competitions will be held until then, also. We apologizewill for any inconveniences this may cause. Please share!!

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Six arrested on probation violations; search yields drug, endangered children

Six Montgomery County residents were arrested Wednesday, April17, following an investigation into possible probation violations.


Sheriff Robert Dierks said local officers, in conjunction with probation authorities, received information that several people on probation were allegedly violating their probation conditions at a residence in northern rural Montgomery County area.

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General election results for Montgomery County

Winners named in USD 447 board election


The USD 447 Board of Education results are complete with the final tally including the votes from Montgomery, Neosho and Wilson counties.

The top three winners were Robert John (342 votes), Gina Booe (270 votes) and John Robert Potthast (233 votes).

Other candidates in the race included Mark Torkelson (212 votes), Michael Griffin (200 votes), andRoy Griffin (171 votes).


City of Caney elects new mayor


The City of Caney has a new mayor following the victory of Carol McClure over incumbent mayor Dale McBride on Tuesday.


McClure received 186 votes while McBride received 149 votes.


McClure will assume the oath of office at the Caney City Council meeting on April 15.


In other Caney City Council elections, Ward 3 councilor Casey Eytcheson will retain his seat after defeating a challenge by Amber Toth. Eytcheson received 49 votes while Toth received 35 votes.


Chad Bradford will represent ward 4 after earning a clear majority of votes. Bradford received 63 votes while challengers David Carey earned 33 votes and Zoe Wahl received 7 votes.


Dan Johnston was unopposed in his race for ward 1 councilor.


The race for ward 2 was decided by write-in vote. Bill Sims received the most votes with seven. Joe Taylor, a ward 2 councilor who chose not to seek re-election, received six votes.


Caflisch, Meier are top vote recipients in Independence


Leonhard Caflisch and Fred D. Meier were the winners in the Independence City Commission races in Tuesday’s general election.


Caflisch received 699 votes while Meier garnered 641 votes. Ned Stichman had the third-most votes at 588 while Phillip Chappuie received 371 votes.


Edwards wins write-in campaign; sales tax question OKd


Don Edwards will remain on the Coffeyvile City Commission after winning a write-in candidacy in Tuesday’s general election.


Edwards received 330 write-in votes while commissioner Pam Jones received 285 write-in votes. Caleb Gibbs earned 178 write-in votes.


Edwards will serve on the commission along with two newcomers: Marcus Kastler and Christopher Williams. Williams received 559 votes while Kastler received 358 votes.


Williams and Kastler will serve four-year terms while Edwards will serve a two-year term.


The city sales tax question was approved by an overwhelming majority.  Yes votes were 603 votes while No votes received 303 votes.





Wilson, Artherton win contested races for USD 436 board 


The USD 436 (Caney Valley) Board of Education will have three new members.


Rick Wilson of Tyro won election to the at-large board position, which had been held board member Colby Matthews.


The results from Tuesday’s general election — not counting provisional ballots, which will be counted next Monday — showed Wilson with 181 votes while Blair Millemon received 177 votes. Matthews received 125 votes.



In the other contested USD 436 board race, Mark Artherton was retained as a board member for a four-year term. Artherton won the race for district A, position 2 with 319 total votes. Trina Reed received 109 votes while Rick Pell earned 75 votes.


Sarah Bahr won election in uncontested race for district A, position 1 as did Zach Ellison for district A position 4.  Both Bahr and Ellison are newcomers to the board.


Veteran board member Darlene Sanders won re-election in uncontested race for district B, position 3.  She received 418 total votes.



Paul Price defeated in USD 445 BOE race

Final results for USD 445 Board of Education show Darrel Harbaugh with 860 votes, Robert R. Roeskey with 803 votes and Jerry Hamm with 644 votes.  Harbaugh, Roesky and Hamm will assume their position on the USD 445 Board of Education in July.



Incumbent board member Paul Price was defeated in the race after picking up 481 votes.



Torbett, Wesselowski, Chubb win USD 446 BOE race

One member of the USD 446 (Independence) Board of Education was defeated in Tuesday’s general election.


Incumbent board member Dan Bryant did not finish among the top three in the vote tally. David Torbett received the most votes with 930 while board member Lori Wesselowski picked up 900 votes. Board member Jeffrey Chubb was re-elected with 804 votes.

Scott Hines earned 568 votes. Bryant finished in fifth place with 444 votes.


ICC, CCC trustee winners named 

The top three winners in the Independence Community College trustee race were Val DeFever (1,301 votes), Norman Chambers (957 votes) and David Wallis (787).  Tom Tyler received 733 votes while Brent Biegel picked up 346 votes.


DeFever, Chambers and Wallis will assume their oaths of office in July.


At Coffeyville Community College, the top three vote recipients in the CCC trustee race were incumbents Becky Medley (1,103 votes) and David Baldwin (979 votes) while newcomer Robert York came in third place (826 vote).  Dickie Rolls did not earn election after coming in fourth place with 680 votes.



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Police chief, public works director delegated to coordinate Caney projects


CANEY — Mayor Dale McBride confirmed Friday that he has delegated Rick Pell, police chief, and J.R. Secondine, public works director, to handle some administrative duties dealing with city projects due to the absence of a city administrator.


McBride said the idea to bring Pell and Secondine into positions of administrative authority was entirely his idea. He said he made those decisions based on the limited funds in city coffers and using existing manpower within the City of Caney.

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Sheriff investigates shooting in rural Cherryvale

CHERRYVALE — The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Department is investigating a shooting that occurred in rural Cherryvale on Tuesday evening, March 26.


The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Department says a pickup truck occupied by John Wesley and Tomi Lee Enloe was stopped at county road 4400 and 5700 when a northbound pickup on county road 5700 passed in front of the stopped pickup. When the northbound vehicle passed, at least one gunshot was fired at Enloe’s pickup. The bullet traveled through the pickup truck and struck John Enloe in the chest.

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EDITORIAL: Just a farm kid . . .



While attending a job fair last week where Taylor Newspapers manned a booth, I met lots of job seekers.


Some brought resumes. Others just moseyed by, picked up the free stuff on our table and asked a few questions.


But one young woman created a memory for me.

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Final results from USD 447 Board of Education primary election

Results from the USD 447 Board of Education are now final.  The top six vote recipients in the primary election will advance to the April 2 general election.  Those top vote recipients were Robert John, Gina Booe, Roy Griffin, John Potthast, Mark Torkelson and Michael Griffin.

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