Local art studio spreads the love with one-of-a-kind butter dishes

PITTSBURG, Kan. – ArtForms in Pittsburg today hosted a class today that will soon bring style to the kitchen.

During the class, eight participants created butter dishes with different designs and embellishments.

The event lasted from 1-4 P.M. and cost $45 dollars a person.

Click here to see more about future events.


Coffeyville police seek Cincinnati Reds fans for significant theft

COFFEYVILLE, Kan. – Two Cincinnati Reds fans are on the loose after committing what police say was a ‘significant theft’.

According to Coffeyville Police Officers, the department needs help identifying the two suspects in the pictures above.

Officers say the suspects were involved in a significant theft from Walmart in Coffeyville on July 31st.

According to the press release, the couple was last seen leaving the parking lot in a gray Hyundai Elantra.

CPD is asking residents and Kansas City Royals fans alike to contact its office here if they have any information on the suspected fanatics.

UPDATE: Details are emerging that indicate the superfans may indeed not favor the Reds, but in fact the Coffeyville Ravens. We reached out to the suspect to confirm where his baseball allegiance lies but received no comment.

This is a developing story.


Arma V-J Homecoming kicks off for 76th year

ARMA, Kan. – Arma residents and the 4-State community today continued a long-standing tradition with its Victory over Japan Homecoming celebration.

When Arma WWII Veterans returned home, the town threw a community-wide party.

Now, the party eventuated into an annual festival celebration over 75 years later featuring:

  • Arts & Crafts
  • Motorcycle show & competition
  • Veteran’s parade
  • Carnival & rides
  • Tractor Pull

Officials say the event is also home to the largest Mud Volleyball tournament in the state.

The event runs until August 14.

Click here to read more.


Parsons High School Teacher allegedly has inappropriate relationship with student

PARSONS, Kans.- A high school biology teacher is accused of harassing a student at Parson’s high school.

The student alleged the teacher teased her and encourages other students to take part, sending inappropriate text messages, and inappropriate touching. The harassment started in February and continued til the student transferred schools in May. 

The student’s parents found the inappropriate text messages and reported them to the superintendent. The school conducted a Title IX investigation and put the alleged teacher on administrative leave after the last day of school. The Parents are still waiting on the conclusion of the Title IX investigation. 

The parents are upset with USD 503’s lack of urgency regarding the harassment. “Did nothing to him. Nothing. And she’s the one who’s having to change schools. He continued to teach. She had to go to a different class. There have been no repercussions to him whatsoever. we are just tired of the process,” said the parents.

Stress from the alleged teacher’s harassment killed the student’s passion for playing golf. “I haven’t played golf since state, can’t do it,” said the student.

Parsons’ Superintendent, Lori A. Ray, declined to comment. 


News to Know: Kansas man convicted of performing illegal autopsies, and new cameras for McDonald County Schools

WABAUNSEE COUNTY, Kan. – A Kansas man convicted of performing illegal autopsies is been permanently banned from doing business in the state and ordered to pay more than $700,000 in restitution and fines. 42-year-old Shawn Parcells who lived in Leawood and Topeka, was convicted in November for three felonies and three misdemeanors related to providing illegal autopsies in Wabaunsee County. He also pleaded guilty in may to one federal wire fraud charge related to the autopsies. The Wabaunsee county crimes took place in 2014 and 2015. His sentencing is set for September. Read more about the KCTV5 investigation here.

LAMAR, Mo. – Barton County Memorial Park in Lamar is in the process of adding new veteran monuments. Three of the seven monuments have been installed so far. They are not only for area veterans, but a tribute to veterans all over the world. Joe Davis, president of the Barton County Memorial Park board says, the idea of making the monuments triangle shaped was a unique one.

PINEVILLE, Mo. – With the new school year starting, the McDonald County School leaders make sure they put the safety of students first by updating the camera security systems. The new cameras will give better and more clear locations and allow school leaders to better monitor inside and outside the schools. The district will install around 350 cameras which includes all buildings.

CARTHAGE, Mo. – Saint Ann’s Catholic school in Carthage partners with Notre Dame University to enhance its bilingual education program. The program focuses on teaching preschoolers how to write and speak in English and Spanish. With the Hispanic community increasing within Carthage, Saint Ann’s wants them to keep their roots while growing.

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PSU announces interim band director for upcoming school year

PITTSBURG, Kan. – Pittsburg State University today announced Assistant Professor Andrew Chybowski is ready to hit the field and serve as the school’s interim band director.

With 160 music and non-music majors set to arrive on campus this weekend to begin Pride of the Plains Marching Band Camp next week, Chybowski says he’s bringing with him a love for marching band.

“I’m looking forward to being part of the legendary game day atmosphere at Pitt State, getting a chance to reach a whole new audience beyond the concert hall, but mostly I am looking forward to working with the phenomenal students who make up the Pride of the Plains,” he said.

Chybowski has served as a member of the Music Department faculty since 2017. He conducts the PSU Wind Ensemble and teaches music education courses and conducting at the undergraduate and graduate levels.

Chybowski says during the second home game, the marching band will play a tribute to the late Doug Whitten.

“I’m extremely excited and humbled to serve as interim director of the Pride of the Plains this semester while we conduct a national search for a long-term director,” Chybowski said. “I am in no way a replacement for Doug but will do everything I can to honor his legacy and that of all the outstanding members of the Pride of the Plains, past and present.”

Click here to learn more.


Learn more about the ABCD’s of Medicare

Tara Solomon-Smith from the K-State Extension office and Melanie Smith from the Southeast Kansas Area Agency on Aging sat down with KOAM’s Chris Warner to help simplify the rules on Medicare, including not just who is eligible, but when. Here’s the information you need to learn the ABCD’s of Medicare:

  • ABCD’s of Medicare
  • No cost but must RSVP
  • August 31st @ 6 p.m.
  • Southeast Research and Extension Center – 25092 Ness Road, Parsons, KS

You’ll learn more about:

  • Medicare eligibility
  • Enrollment
  • Medicare parts A,B,C and D
  • Medigap and Medicare,
  • Advantage plans

For more information call 620-378-2167

You can contact Tara Solomon-Smith at tsolomon@ksu.edu or you can contact Melanie Smith @ 620-212-8054

Click here to find out more about the K-State Extension office.

Click here to find out more about the Southeast Kansas Area on Aging.



News to Know: Driver identified in Jasper County fatal crash, and malfunctioning thumb drives skew election results

JASPER COUNTY, Mo. – A tractor trailer accident in Jasper county takes the life of the driver. At about 1:00pm Tuesday afternoon authorities responded to reports of a serious crash on Baseline Boulevard near Civil War Road. 64-year old Mark Tidwell was driving a 1988 Freightliner pulling a lime spreader west on Baseline Boulevard when his vehicle went off the right side of the road and overturned. The driver was ejected from his vehicle. Authorities pronounced Tidwell dead at the scene. The Jasper County Coroner claimed the body and next of kin was notified. Find more crash details here.

COLUMBUS, Kan. – The Cherokee County Clerk announces a mistake with a county election. County Clerk Rebecca Brassart discovered the thumb drives containing the voting data for District 1 County Commissioner malfunctioned. Officials say the drives improperly switched votes cast for incumbent Myra Frazier and attributed them to the challenger Lance Nichols. Brassart says the drives worked properly during testing.

JOPLIN, Mo. – On Tuesday Jasper County Clerk Charlie Davis spoke about last week’s primary election. Davis spoke to the Joplin’s Kiwanis Club. It was the first public discussion about the system procedures, problems, and solutions pertaining to the August 2nd election. Turnout and future elections procedurals were also discussed.

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Recreational cannabis will appear on Missouri’s ballot this November. If voters decide to legalize recreational cannabis, Missouri will become the 20th state to legalize and tax the drug. However — some people believe Missouri should keep cannabis for medical use only. Click here for more details on the marijuana measure.

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Thumb drive malfunction leads to post-audit of election ballots cast in Cherokee County

CHEROKEE COUNTY, Kan.- The Cherokee County Clerk released a statement saying voting data for a recent county election malfunctioned leading to a post-audit of election ballots cast.

County Clerk Rebecca Brassart discovered the thumb drive containing voting data improperly switched votes.

Officials say the drives worked properly during testing, however, the malfunction was detected after the voting process.

“Unfortunately there was no way to know the testing didn’t show inaccuracies, putting them in the ECM didn’t show it. Unfortunately, there was just no way for us to know without doing that post-audit, which I believe is why the secretary of state’s office put that in play, said Rebecca Brassart, Cherokee County Clerk. “It became in play in January of 20-nineteen and so it’s something fairly new but it’s to ensure the integrity of elections”.

Officials say Lockwood Elections is responsible for programming the thumb drive.

The clerk’s office said they will continue the certification of results next Monday.


Produce agreement may lead to more fresh food in your local food panty

CRAWFORD COUNTY, Kan. – The U.S. Department of Agriculture last week announced its new Local Food Purchase Assistance Cooperative Agreement Program (LFPA).

The LFPA allows food banks to purchase and distribute locally grown food from underserved producers to Kansas residents.

“USDA is excited to partner with Kansas to promote economic opportunities for farmers and producers and to increase access to locally sourced, fresh, healthy, and nutritious food in underserved communities,” said Under Secretary Moffitt. “The Local Food Purchase Cooperative Agreement Program will improve food and agricultural supply-chain resiliency and increase local food consumption around the country.”

The Kansas Department of Agriculture (KDA) will purchase and distribute $2.5 million worth of Kansas-grown foods to Kansans in underserved rural and urban communities across the state.

“Once the Kansas food bank gets the supply or the produce from the local farmers, they are going to share and fill up their local pantries,” said David Gillen, Director of the Beacon Food Pantry.

Kansas Food Bank Directors say they are waiting to see how the new agreement affects orders from local food banks.

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