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City of Kiowa water project well over half finished; unexpected news

When the Kiowa City Council opened their October meeting they were in for a few surprises. Councilmember Jason Thayer told his fellow councilmen he might not be there for the next meeting. In fact, he might be moving 1,500 miles away. “Just a...

 

New school museum to be open during Kiowa's Fall Fest Sunday

This Sunday is not only Halloween, but it's Kiowa's Fall Fest from 2 to 5 p.m. There's all kinds of fun games, pumpkin carving and decorating contests, and Halloween costume contests. A highlight is...

 

South Barber Board has good audit, hires asst. basketball coaches, talk capital improvements

Julie Johnson has been South Barber USD 255's Board Clerk/Business Manager for over 20 years. The board's agenda for their October 12 meeting included Johnson's retirement effective October 1, 2022. B...

 

With 26 years experience in Wichita, Kiowa's new city clerk likes slower pace of small town

Kiowa's new city clerk Sheila Smith has been on the job a little over two weeks since Sept. 20. “I love it. People are so friendly and my work crew is great,” Smith said of City Administrator Sam Demel and utility clerk Lynette Callison. A...

 

Kiowa's CROP Hunger Walk raises just over $1000 – still accepting donations

Did you know that in third world countries the average distance a woman walks for water daily is 3.7 miles? That distance is significant for the annual national CROP Hunger Walk. In October...

 

South Barber Counselor Kersten secures SCCF Grant

South Barber K-12 counselor Kathie Kersten applied for and received a grant from the South Central Community Foundation in the amount of $398. With the grant money Kersten said she'll purchase three...

 

After four feet of rushing water destroys basement, Helfrich pleads with council to fix drainage problem

"It's been a problem for years," longtime Kiowa resident and businesswoman Deborah Helfrich told the Kiowa City Council at their October Monday night. "I've talked to so many city administrators about...

 
 By Yvonne Miller    Local    October 6, 2021

KDH board meets new daycare director, applies for more Covid funds, sees more cases

The Kiowa District Hospital is gearing up for their annual Health Fair on Oct. 22, 7:30 to 10:30 a.m. The theme is “Boo to the Flu – October 22.” The health fair and much more was discussed at the KDH Sept. 28 meeting of the board of directors...

 
 By Yvonne Miller    Local    October 6, 2021

Scenes from the Medicine Lodge Peace Treaty Pageant

Thanks to Bruce Montgomery Photography for allowing us to share some of his beautiful photos from the 2021 Medicine Lodge Peace Treaty Pageant. Montgomery is a pastor and photographer in Medicine...

 
 By Yvonne Miller    Local    October 6, 2021

South Barber's daycare director and assistant offer loving care

"Kids are my passion, my world," Director of South Barber's new Daycare Terri Burke said. The daycare is in the school's new multi-purpose room/storm shelter paid for primarily with FEMA money. The...

 

Burlington School Board awaits more info on protested taxes

Burlington Board of Education President Terry Graham called the regular monthly meeting to order Sept. 20. Members present included Robert Hill, T.J. Rockenbach and Aaron Smith. April Kisling was absent. Also attending were Superintendent Kevin...

 

Family Dollar/Dollar Tree hybrid store opening this week in Kiowa

Kiowa, Kansas, has a new shopping option. The Family Dollar/Dollar Tree hybrid store is opening Thursday, Sept. 30. It's located at the north end of Kiowa, Kansas, along KS-2, just north of Hardtner...

 

Kiowa City Council approves budget

At Kiowa's City Council September meeting they approved their 2022 tax budget. The mill rate is 46.380. This is anticipated to raise $255,000 tax revenue. The council did not approve a resolution to get the RNR (revenue neutral rate). The motion died...

 

Kiowa City Council approves budget

At Kiowa's September city council meeting, the council approved their 2022 tax budget. The mill rate is 46.380. This is anticipated to raise $255,000 tax revenue. The council did not approve a resolution to get the RNR (revenue neutral rate). The...

 

Local Medicine Lodge folks share their thoughts about the Peace Treaty Pageant; it's generational

"It's important to remember our history so we can learn from it and move forward. We work hard to try to tell our history correctly," 40-year Medicine Lodge Peace Treaty board member Steve Bryan...

 

Kiowa Labor Day 5K overall division winners announced

Temperatures in the 60s greeted the runners and walkers in Kiowa's 36th Annual Labor Day 5K Race. Race co-chairman Melissa Rector said 255 registered for the race and 196 finished. As reported in the Newsgram last week through pictures, the winning...

 

South Barber enrollment increases, coaches hired, banner unveiled for state forensics champs

As the South Barber School Board met for their August meeting Monday night, Superintendent Dr. Mylo Miller happily announced that enrollment is increased over last year. Enrollment is at 224 compared...

 

Medicine Lodge Peace Treaty Festival and Pageant to be Sept. 24-26

The Medicine Lodge Peace Treaty is much more than a festival: it's a tradition that pays homage to the land and the people who have claimed Medicine Lodge, Kansas, as their own throughout the...

 

City of Kiowa has new city clerk

At a special meeting, Kiowa's City Council hired a new city clerk. She is Sheila Smith, who is moving to Kiowa from Wichita, Kansas. City Administrator Sam Demel said Smith has “lots of experience.” Smith has worked for the Sedgwick County Court...

 

Ott dies in one-vehicle accident

Stewart Ott, 30 of Kiowa, died in a single vehicle rollover Friday morning, according to Kansas Highway Patrol Charley Brattain. Ott's friends reported to the Newsgram that he was on his way to work early. A call came to the Barber County Sheriff's...

 

Former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks at Steamboat Institute Freedom Conference

Many of our readers may remember reading about 1975 Burlington High School graduate Jennifer Schubert-Akin. She is sister to Yvonne Miller who wrote this article. She and her husband Rick reside in...

 

Spend the day in Burlington Saturday; it's alumni reunion time

“We are the Elks, the mighty, mighty Elks!” You might hear that familiar song and cheer as you visit Burlington Saturday. It's Burlington's Alumni Reunion with all the action happening Saturday, Sept. 4. Start the day with a 1.5 mile fun run...

 

Thompson Golf Outing hits a hole-in-one

The Monty Thompson Continuing Education Foundation's (MTCEF) 12th Annual Golf Outing was like hitting a hole-in-one for the amount raised and the number of golfers. The outing raised a record-setting...

 

Thompson Golf Outing hits a hole-in-one

The Monty Thompson Continuing Education Foundation's (MTCEF) 12th Annual Golf Outing was like hitting a hole-in-one for the amount raised and the number of golfers. The outing raised a record-setting "over $12,000," according to event organizer Mike...

 

RawHyde Golf Tournament raises over $10,000 for student scholarships

After the recent 6th Annual RawHyde Golf Tournament Bayli Hyde said, "It's one of the best days of my year." Her father Robert Hyde died in an auto accident in 2013. Robert's friends started a golf...

 

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