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Firefighter friday
02/07/2020

Firefighter friday

It's Firefighter Friday!! Let's meet...

Assistant Chief, 903 DaKota Wixon

Dakota has been a Firefighter for 14 years, he joined BSFD in 2006.

DaKota says when he is not in his fire helmet and gear or working at Shape Technologies he enjoys spending time with his wife Kaitlyn and their two kids, running off to Branson for mini vacations or just hanging out at home.

Between working his normal job and being a Firefighter it is easy to see a lot of time can be missed with the family. DaKota's wife Kaitlyn is President of the Baxter Fire Auxiliary, so a lot of time is spent at the station. DaKota said "..When I get the chance, I make sure I get to spend all my time with them that I can. It might be playing with hot wheels, building with legos, painting with my daughter or just staying home and watch movies together as a family."

We asked DaKota What does it take to be a firefighter?

"Turning in an application, that’s where it all starts."

DaKota explained once you have the determination to do that, the rest falls into place. "It takes time, and a lot of it. You will miss family events and sleep but the reward of helping others when they are, at that time, at their worst moment can be and is more rewarding..."

DaKota also explained "It takes drive to continually train so you can be better equipped to take on all challenges that you are called to or encounter. It takes dedication to go to calls and training when you just worked 8 or more hours at your regular job and you are tired or have a long list of honey do’s."

If DaKota could win a Olympic Medal for anything he said it would be for "Building Lego’s".

"The last few years I have come to be pretty good at spending hours helping to build fire trucks, fire stations, and helicopters just to watch them get dropped and broken, then asked to rebuild them back again without the instructions and pieces missing."

Thank you DaKota for striving for excellence and your family's dedication to our community.

02/05/2020
Baxter Springs Chamber of Commerce

Baxter Springs Chamber of Commerce

Our February board meeting that was scheduled for today has been postponed due to inclement weather. We will post the rescheduled date and time when it is set! Everyone stay safe!

02/05/2020
City of Baxter Springs

Trash service will not run today

Trash service will not run today due to the weather, trash pickup will run a day behind.

02/05/2020

Lincoln elementary school pictures are rescheduled for monday

02/05/2020

BAXTER SCHOOLS CLOSED WEDNESDAY FEBRUARY 5TH FOR WEATHER

Pit Bull Ban was revised to be harsher
02/05/2020
Cherokee County updates its pit bull ban

Pit Bull Ban was revised to be harsher

COLUMBUS, Kan. — After deliberating for weeks on a pit bull ban that has been in place in the county since 1992, the Cherokee County Commission recently upheld the ban,

Trash Service price increase for Baxter springs residents and new phone numbers for city departments.
02/05/2020

Trash Service price increase for Baxter springs residents and new phone numbers for city departments.

Please drive safe in the upcoming weather
02/04/2020

Please drive safe in the upcoming weather

Remember as rain turns into a wintery mix, if your wipers are on, so should your headlights.

Spirit week at central school!!!!
02/03/2020

Spirit week at central school!!!!

Singing valentines available
02/03/2020

Singing valentines available

The Lion Pride Band is selling Singing Valentines for $15. Order yours today and have a song sung to your Valentine on February 14th.

Click the link to order: https://forms.gle/3s8k5MW7VWW8LJZK7

They got jokes. But seriously don't do it!!!
02/02/2020

They got jokes. But seriously don't do it!!!

Just kidding.... there’s no snacks. All the more reason to have a #DesignatedDriver

02/02/2020
Cherokee County Sheriff's Office - Kansas

Enjoy the game. Have a designated driver

Starting to think about your plans for the Super Bowl? Don’t forget to include a designated driver if you’re going to be drinking! 🏈

Volunteering opportunity.
02/01/2020

Volunteering opportunity.

🚨🚨We want you on the Fire Auxiliary! 🚨🚨

If your interested in volunteering for BSFD Fire Comment below!

We will reach out with information on how you can join!

Meet Art Mallory
01/31/2020

Meet Art Mallory

FIREFIGHTER FRIDAY!! Introducing....

Deputy Chief, Firefighter 902, Art Mallory

Art started Firefighting in 1976. A total of 44 YEARS with our Baxter Springs Fire Department!

Art's grandfather served on BSFD in 1965, followed by his father, making Art a 3rd generation Firefighter for BSFD. In his 44 years of service he has been in an assistant Chief position since 1985.

We asked Art what it takes to be a fireman and without missing a beat Art said "an excellent wife". It was very clear Mrs. Mallory offered Art her full support and was there when and wherever she was needed.

".... I was the resident fireman for 18 years, when I had to leave to go out on a call, no matter what time it was she had to answer the phone. Not just for fire calls but the Police Dept. calls as well and that was without any kind of training, she just did it."

Something you may not know about Art is that:

He became certified EMS in 1991
He graduated the Police Acadamy in 1994
And certified in Fire 1 AND Fire 2 in 1997.

Art said there were many times as the resident Firefighter he would have to run calls with the Police Department.

Art has worn many hats, EMS, Police, he has worked for the Sheriff's Office, Firefighter and Emergency Managment. He has assisted 7 different Chiefs and has trained more Firefighter's than he can count.

We asked Art if he could win an Olympic medal for anything what would it be?

".....picking up rocks" now this needs some explanation..

Art and Mrs. Mallory became part owner of some land in OK. They purchased a bush hog to knock down trees but along with the bushhogging there were rocks. Lots and lots of rocks, some as big as bowling balls. Art cleared and still continues to clear the land of these rocks. Art says this, like being a Firefighter took a lot of perserverance.

His advice for present and future Firefighters is to work on personal safety. ".....You'll find out real quick if you like it or not. If you like it, you'll love it and you will do it forever".

We are so proud to call you one of our own Art! Thank you for all you have done and continue to do in our community!

01/31/2020
Quapaw Public Schools

Quapaw parent teacher conferences

Parent-Teacher Conferences
All Grades
Tuesday and Thursday
4:00-7:00pm

Parent/Teacher Conferences will be held at the MS/HS next Tuesday and Thursday from 4pm - 7pm. All parents who attend MS/HS conferences will be entered into a drawing for prizes from various area merchants. Winners of the prizes will be notified on Friday, February 7th.

01/31/2020
Baxter Springs Police Department

No court tomorrow

Municipal Court Cancellation

Baxter Springs City Court is cancelled tomorrow, January 31st due to the flu epidemic facing our community. With schools closed, staff infected and stuffing everyone into a small space in our court room, we made the decision to keep the spread of this serious illness to a minimum. Anyone having a court date for January 31st, 2020 will be notified by mail of their new appearance date. Be sure to notify the Judicial Assistant next week if your address is not current at 620-856-3825. Unfortunately she is off this week with the flu.

City hall to close early for system upgrade
01/30/2020

City hall to close early for system upgrade

City Hall will only be open until 3:00 pm today because we must close down our system for software updates. We will resume our regular business hours of 8:00 am - 4:30 pm on Friday the 31st. If you need to make a payment, please use our drop box. If you have an urgent water problem, please contact the police department at 620-856-2112 and they will alert public works. We apologize for any inconvenience and thank you for your patience!

Silver alert please share
01/30/2020

Silver alert please share

UPDATE- Wilma Patterson was located in Guymon, Oklahoma, and is now safe. Thank you for your assistance during the statewide silver alert.

EARLIER *PLEASE SHARE* The Gardner Police Department requested that the Kansas Bureau of Investigation (KBI) issue a statewide Silver Alert for a missing Gardner woman.

The whereabouts of Wilma J. Patterson, 82, are unknown, and the public’s assistance is requested to help locate her.

Patterson has Alzheimer’s and was last seen yesterday, Jan. 28, at 802 S. Poplar St. in Gardner, Kan. Her credit card was last used at a gas station in Meade, Kan. on Jan. 29 at approximately 9 a.m. She is driving a Red Kia Forte, with Kansas plates, VDH 319. Patterson is 5 ft. 3 in. tall and weighs around 130 lbs. She has grey hair and brown eyes.

Authorities believe she may be traveling in Southwest Kansas, or may have made it outside the state to Oklahoma, Colorado, New Mexico, or Texas.

If you see Patterson or her vehicle, or have information about her whereabouts, please immediately call 911, or contact the Gardner Police Department at (913) 782-0720.

Baxter Springs Police department has new vehicle graphics
01/29/2020

Baxter Springs Police department has new vehicle graphics

New Graphics Package for our Patrol vehicles installed by Qualls Signs and Designs

01/28/2020
Quapaw Public Schools

Quapaw school closes because of illness

SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT
Quapaw Public Schools has been hit hard this week with several students and staff members being diagnosed with the flu. Because of the high rate of illness, Quapaw Public Schools will be closed on Wednesday, January 29 and Thursday, January 30. There will be no activities on Wednesday or Thursday. There will be HS Basketball Practice on Thursday afternoon. All buildings will be closed so custodial staff can sanitize the facilities. School will resume on Friday, January 31.

Utility billing job open at the city of Baxter Springs
01/28/2020

Utility billing job open at the city of Baxter Springs

NOW HIRING - UTILITY CLERK

The City of Baxter Springs is seeking to fill the position of a Utility Clerk, under the supervision of the City Clerk, Mayor and Council. This position is responsible for customer service, processing utility payments, data entry, creating service orders, maintaining various city records, and other general office duties. This employee should possess excellent organizational, communication and public relation skills. Resumes will be accepted in addition to but not in lieu of a complete city application. Interested candidates can apply and pick up a detailed job description at City Hall, 1011 Military Avenue, PO Box 577, Baxter Springs, KS. 66713. The City of Baxter Springs is an Equal Opportunity Employer. (EOE)

STARTING RATE $14.50

01/27/2020
Baxter Springs Lion's Club

Baxter springs police chief to be special speaker

Special Speaker tonight will be Baxter Springs Chief of Police Russ Harper at the regular meeting of the Baxter Springs Lions Club this evening Jan. 27 at 6 p.m. at our building 137 W. 14th in Baxter Springs. Everyone is welcome to attend.

Great work by the KHP 33 pounds of meth seized
01/26/2020

Great work by the KHP 33 pounds of meth seized

Early this morning the Kansas Highway Patrol made a large seizure of Meth and other drugs near our City. BSPD and BSFD hosted there visit and assisted in cutting open the secret panels where the drugs were hidden. A big thanks to the Highway Patrol for making the big busts. Ended up with 33 pounds of meth

01/26/2020
BSLL-Baxter Springs Little League

Annual little league meeting

The Little League Annual meeting will be Sunday, January 26th at 3:00 in Central School cafeteria. The meeting will consist of a look back at last year, planning for the upcoming season and election of board members.

Server problem closes the Ritz this week end
01/25/2020

Server problem closes the Ritz this week end

Spread the word, The Ritz is closed this weekend due to a server problem. See y’all next week!

Baxter Springs Fire Auxiliary
01/24/2020

Baxter Springs Fire Auxiliary

FIREFIGHTER FRIDAY! INTRODUCING......

Fire Chief, 901, Gunnar Wixon

Gunnar joined BSFD in September 1998 and has been actively involved for 22 years.

Gunnar has held the ranks of Dept. Secretary, Captain, Asst. Chief and now Chief. He became Fire Chief in 2011. His wife, Randi is an active member of the Baxter Springs Fire Auxiliary. He enjoys camping, hunting, and fishing with Randi and their four kids.

When Gunnar is not wearing a fire helmet he spends his other time being the IT Director for CFI and Transport America.

We asked Gunnar if he could win an Olympic medal for anything, what would it be? He said,

"Wrestling. I started wrestling at a young age of 5 in Columbus and loved everything about the sport as it taught me so much about disciplining myself and pushing myself. It fit this role perfect as a firefighter."

When asked what it takes to be a firefighter Gunnar said:

"It takes a lot commitment from you and your family. It takes a lot of courage and self discipline the older you get to stay in shape to be ready for any situation. Firefighting is a team effort and support comes from your brothers and sisters in the service and from your family at home. My dad was a firefighter when I was kid which is why I am a firefighter today. It gets in your blood and stays. I thank God everyday for allowing me to help support my community this way!"

Thank you Gunnar! We are greatful for your leadership and proud to call you Chief!

01/21/2020
Baxter Springs Police Department

Baxter PD contracts all dispatch to County

The Baxter Springs Police Department has contracted to have all dispatch services controlled by the Cherokee County Sheriff. Baxter was the last community to join forces. This move is cost effective but mainly it allows for our officers and citizens to be served by dispatchers that are highly trained professionals. Since we no longer dispatch officers, we will have a office administrator available Monday through Friday from 8:00 am until 4:00 pm. The Chief, Detectives and Patrol Officers are available during these times for walk in reports. After 4:00 pm, simply call 620-856-2112 and the CKSO will dispatch us to your location or we can meet at the station. The Judicial Assistant is available during the same hours M-F, 8am to 4pm or call 620-856-3825.

To call the Police Admin to get copies of reports etc, the number is 620-856-2146. It will take some time to adjust but remember 911 is always the emergency number for Police, Fire or Ambulance. This move was made to bring our City into compliance with every other City in Cherokee County and we expect this to be beneficial to all involved.

Emergency - 911
To Report a Crime - 620-856-2112
To Speak with an Officer - 620-856-2112
To get copies of reports - 620-856-2146

Applications being accepted for All Tribes Scholarship
01/18/2020

Applications being accepted for All Tribes Scholarship

Fugitive Friday
01/17/2020

Fugitive Friday

#Wanted #FugitiveFriday Carl Michael Lewis Jr.,of Quapaw, Oklahoma. Lewis is wanted on drug distribution related charges. Lewis is 5’5, 240 pounds, brown hair and hazel eyes. Please contact the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office at 620-429-3992 with info as to his whereabouts. You can also submit information by texting 888777. Just type ‘tip cherokee’ followed by whatever information you wish to provide.

Phone Scams Continue
01/17/2020

Phone Scams Continue

Residents continue to receive calls from thieves, posing as representatives of Sweepstakes, according to Cherokee County Sheriff David Groves.

"We continue to encourage everyone to be cautious about answering phone calls from unknown numbers because often times those calls are from thieves who are attempting to trick the person answering the phone into providing vital banking information, birth dates and social security numbers or money itself," stated Sheriff Groves.

"Recently I spoke with a resident, who fortunately was vigilant and immediately recognized the call as a scam, but reported the caller told her she won a sizable prize from a Sweepstakes since she shops at Wal-Mart and Walgreen's. The thief wanted her to go to Wal-Mart and send a Wal-Mart to Wal-Mart money transaction to cover the taxes and once it was received, she would get the prize money and vehicle she supposedly won. Again, fortunately she recognized the call as an attempt to steal money from her, but we want to take this opportunity to remind residents to be vigilant and not hesitate to hang up immediately on anyone who calls unsolicited and requests personal information or money," concluded Sheriff Groves.

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