Advanced ballots can be cast until 7 p.m., Monday

Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach has announced that county clerk’s offices in 24 Kansas counties — including Montgomery County — will remain open until 7 p.m., tonight (Monday) to assure voters in Tuesday’s election a chance to vote by early ballot. Kobach made the decision to extend advanced balloting because of the approaching winter storm that is expected on Monday evening and Tuesday.

 

Ballots may be cast at the Montgomery County Clerk’s Office in Independence.  Call (620) 330-1200 for more details.

 

Voters in the cities of Caney and Independence as well as USD 447-Cherryvale-Thayer will have a primary election on Tuesday, Feb. 26.  See the Feb. 21 edition of the Montgomery County Chronicle for a rundown of candidates in the election.

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Drive-by shooting in Coffeyville leads to attempted murder charge

COFFEYVILLE — Å Coffeyville woman was arrested late Sunday evening on a charge of attempted murder following a drive-by shooting earlier in the evening.

 

Anthony Celeste, Coffeyville police chief, said Rachel Mcbeath, age 20, was arrested at 504 E. Sixth for attempted murder. The investigation is ongoing, Celeste said.

 

Celeste said a drive-by shooting occurred at 202 N. Grant earlier in the evening. At least one shot was fired at several people, and one person received minor injuries from broken glass.

 

Celeste said the police department was requesting that anyone with information regarding this case to contact Detective Chad Newby at 620-252-6145 or Detective Lucas Vargas at 620-252-6010. Individuals wishing to remain anonymous may provide information to the Crime Tip Hotline at 620-252-6133.

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USD 436 BOE votes unanimously to grant contract extensions to principals

All three USD 436 principals were granted an additional year to their existing contracts based upon a unanimous vote of the USD 436 Board of Education on Monday.

 

The board members voted to give an additional one-year contract to Bill Ellis, high school principal, Ron Oyler, junior high principal and Caney Valley Charter School principal, and Tony Blackwell, elementary principal. Their current contracts, which were set to expire on June 30, 2014, will now expire on June 30, 2015. Board members casting support for the contract extensions were Mark Artherton, Jason Crowe, David Deal, John Harmon, Colby Matthews and Darlene Sanders.

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Clarification needed regarding USD 436 principals’ contracts

Information contained in a story on page A1 of this week’s Montgomery County Chronicle regarding the contract extension for USD 436 principals needs clarification.

 

The story reported that the vote to extend the contracts for USD 436 principals was denied by a 2-3 vote.  That is an error.  The vote was 3-2 to accept the contract extensions.

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Coffeyville Resources to pay $2.3 million to settle violations of Clean Water Act

COFFEYVILLE — Coffeyville Resources Refining & Marketing has agreed to pay a $556,244 civil penalty to settle alleged violations of the Clean Water Act at its facility in Coffeyville, the Environmental Protection Agency announced on Tuesday.

 

In addition to paying the penalty, CRRM will pay $1,746,256 for reimbursement of federal response costs associated with the cleanup of the Verdigris River following a 2007 flood and oil spill.

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Big pay day for Montgomery County couple

 

TOPEKA, KAN. – It’s a big jackpot and the husband and wife from Montgomery County who won it have big plans for their newfound wealth!

 

The winners, who asked the Lottery not to disclose their identities, won $1,065,106 by capturing last night’s Super Kansas Cash jackpot.

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Rural Liberty man dies in single-vehicle wreck

INDEPENDENCE — A rural Liberty man died in a single-vehicle roller accident southeast of Independence on Sunday morning.

 

Sheriff Robert Dierks said Jonathan Couch of rural Liberty was killed when his 2002 Chevrolet crossed the center of county road 4576 and 4000, slid sideways into a ditch, rolled several times and caught fire. Couch was ejected from the vehicle and pronounced dead at the scene.

 

Couch was the lone occupant of the vehicle.

 

The wreckage was discovered by another motorist at about 8:30 a.m., Sunday.

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January death notices

The following are death notices with information about the deceased person’s funeral service and memorial contributions.  Detailed obituary information is printed in the Montgomery County Chronicle at the request of the family.  The cost for printing the full obituary is $20.  All death notices are free.

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Remembering Patti Page and her connection to Coffeyville

BY ANDY TAYLOR

chronicle@taylornews.org

 

The death of music legend Patti Page on Jan. 1 reverberated in Coffeyville where the Oklahoma-born singer was once considered “almost a hometown gal.”

 

Page, who was born Clara Ann Fowler in Claremore, Okla., broke into music stardom after assuming the fictional persona Patti Page, who was a singer on early-day radio programs sponsored by the Page Milk Company. That company had its headquarters in Coffeyville as well as a plant in Tulsa. Little did Jim Page, the Page Milk Company president who lived in Coffeyville, know that Fowler and her crystalline vocals would soon find their way to a music label, where the alliterative “Patti Page” had a better phonetic ring to it than “Clara Fowler.”

 

“The way the story goes is that Clara was singing as the Patti Page on the radio shows sponsored by the Page Milk Company,” recalls Walter Page, the late Jim Page’s son, who now resides in Springdale, Ark. “So, when Mercury Records signed Clara to a contract, she wanted to continue to use the name Patti Page. She asked my dad for permission to use the name, and he said yes.”

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Coffeyville native to enter film at Sundance Film Festival

BY ANDY TAYLOR

chronicle@taylornews.org

 

A Coffeyville native will be taking his recently released film to the prestigious Sundance Film Festival next week in Park City, Utah.

 

Spencer Gillis, a Field Kindley High School graduate now living in New Jersey, will debut his 17-minute short film “Gun”  at the festival in hopes of being declared the overall winner, which the coveted “Grand Jury Prize” will hang on the film as a must-see for cinema watchers.

 

“Gun” is one of 18 films entered in the short film competition.

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