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KDH finances in the black at end of July

The Kiowa District Hospital personnel are putting the final touches on their 6th Annual Jeans and Gems fundraising dinner and auction this Saturday night, Sept. 21. The event is at Kiowa's Community Building starting at 5:30 p.m. With the theme... Full story


Kiowa City Hall renovation bond bid approved

The Kiowa City Council held their monthly meeting Sept. 9. All members were present as Mayor Bill Watson opened the meeting with the Flag Salute and had Councilmember R.L. Simpson give a prayer. Present were councilmembers Russ Molz, Brent Shaffer,... Full story


Kiowa's Labor Day 5K has 287 finishers on hot, humid morning

"It was hot and miserable," Kiowa's Labor Day 5K Race Founder Kent McBrayer said of the conditions for the 35th annual event. Of the 336 who signed up to enter the race just 287 finished, McBrayer... Full story


South Barber to pave parking lot and access road, accepts resignation and hires replacement

South Barber's Board of Education met Monday night for their September meeting that lasted well under one hour. All members were present except Bryan Quick. President Mark Pollock called the meeting to order with members at the table including: Mike... Full story


KDH Jeans and Gems `Small Town Saturday Night' Sept. 21

Wow! Do you want premium tickets to the Miranda Lambert concert and spending money or tickets to a Kansas City Chiefs game with lots of fan memorabilia? Maybe you'd like to take a 30-minute small plane ride to see an aerial view of your home and... Full story


South Barber in process to get a multi-purpose/safe room

South Barber Superintendent Dr. Mylo Miller said the school's Letter of Intent for a multi-purpose safe room facility in the amount of $314,688 was awarded. The superintendent thanked Mike Loreg, Barber County Emergency Management director, for...


Kiowa's `third officer' Chad Hacker resigns, bond financing approved at special meeting

Kiowa's city council conducted a public budget hearing and a special meeting in under one hour last Thursday evening, Aug. 29. All members were present except Brian Hill, who was gone as he and his wife Tammy have a new baby boy named Wyatt....


Luis and Bailey Chavez: Top male and female runners of Kiowa's Labor Day 5K Race

On Labor Day the 5K Race in Kiowa, Kansas, celebrated 35 years. Former Alvan Luis Chavez celebrated winning the race for the fourth consecutive year Monday. The overall winner, Chavez finished with a...


A '57 Classic

"It was a junker when I got it," Richard Schmidt of Sharon, Kansas, said. "There was rust, it was painted black, there was no interior, no wheels." Schmidt said he bought the vehicle from Steve Eck...

 By Yvonne Miller    Local    August 28, 2019

Burlington School Board changes maintenance positions, signs contracts

Burlington Public Schools started for the 2019-20 school year with enrollment of 129 students, 62 boys, 67 girls. On Aug. 19, Board President Terry Graham called the monthly meeting to order with all members present: Robert Hill, April Kisling, T.J....

 By Yvonne Miller    Local    August 28, 2019

NASA Administrator Bridenstine tells of goal to plant American flag on Mars, praises President Trump

Oklahoma's own Jim Bridenstine was nominated by President Donald Trump, confirmed by the U.S. Senate and sworn in as NASA's 13th administrator April 23, 2018. He was the closing speaker at the 11th... Full story

 By Yvonne Miller    Local    August 28, 2019

At age 93,Verna Lee Lawson has Kiowa Labor Day memories from about 1940

"I graduated from the eighth grade in Hardtner (Kansas) in 1940, " Kiowa woman Verna Lee Lawson said. "I can still remember playing the baritone in the Hardtner School Band. We played in Kiowa's Park... Full story

 By Yvonne Miller    Local    August 21, 2019

10th Annual Monty Thompson Foundation Golf Outing `best ever'

Aug. 3 was a typical hot summer day, but equally as hot was the enthusiasm to raise money for the Monty Thompson Continuing Education Foundation. The Anthony Golf Course was the setting for the 10th A... Full story

 By Yvonne Miller    Local    August 21, 2019

Kiowa to host 80th Labor Day celebration – Cake Walk turns 50 years old, 35 years for 5K Run

Labor Day is a federal government holiday for people to rest from their labors, but the majority of people in Kiowa, Kansas, usually don't get much rest that weekend. As they have since 1939, Kiowa's... Full story

 By Yvonne Miller    Local    August 21, 2019

Kiowa Council approves resolution to start bond process for city hall renovation

Last week the Newsgram reported on part of the five-hour Aug. 12 meeting of the Kiowa City Council. Trying to reach an agreement for a proposed 2020 tax budget dominated most of the meeting and was covered in that first story. A divided council... Full story

 By Yvonne Miller    Local    August 14, 2019

Kiowa Council holds five-hour marathon meeting

It appeared to be an impasse for several hours, but near 1 a.m., as nerves were frazzled, hands massaged foreheads, eyes were rubbed – the three “no” votes became two and the Kiowa City Council approved a proposed 2020 budget to be published.... Full story

 By Yvonne Miller    Local    August 14, 2019

South Barber approves proposed budget and new bleachers for the gymnasium

South Barber's Board of Education met Monday night for their regular August meeting with vice-president Bryan Quick calling the meeting to order in the absence of president Mark Pollock. All other members were present including: Melissa Simpson, Ryan...

 By Yvonne Miller    Sports    August 7, 2019

Triton Swim League wraps up season

The Triton Swim League recently ended their competitive season in south central Kansas. The Medicine Lodge team of swimmers came out victorious for the fourth consecutive year. Anthony's swimmers... Full story

 By Yvonne Miller    Local    August 7, 2019

Koe Wetzel to headline Southwest Country Fest Aug. 24 at Woods County Fairgrounds

Are you ready to get comfortable in your lounge chair and listen to some Red Dirt Country Music? Maybe you want to jump up and sing along with every fiber of your body. Whatever you feel, know that the Southwest Country Fest is coming to the Woods... Full story

 By Yvonne Miller    Local    July 31, 2019

Kiowa Hospital July meeting: hospital and manor in the black year-to-date

The Kiowa District Hospital Board of Directors met for their regular July meeting last Thursday evening. President Pat Myers called the meeting to order with all members present: Jim Parker, Chantae Simpson, Miranda Allen and Jeff Miller. KDH CEO...

 By Yvonne Miller    Local    July 31, 2019

Burlington School Board approves bid on bus barn, hires daycare staff, accepts resignation

Burlington Board of Education President Terry Graham called a special meeting of the board to order the morning of July 26. All members attended, including April Kisling, Aaron Smith, T.J. Rockenbach and Robert Hill. Superintendent Dr. Stacey Croft...

 By Yvonne Miller    Local    July 31, 2019

Barber County Rodeo holds first Princess contest

The Barber County Rodeo at Hardtner Kansas held their first Princess and Junior Princess contest last weekend. The 2019 BCRR Princess is Miss Axi Payne, daughter of Katelyn Parmelee. Axi is 12 years...

 By Yvonne Miller    Local    July 24, 2019

Vietnam Veteran Bob Drake said he has `no regrets'

Kiowa man Bob Drake, who is a Vietnam veteran, was the featured speaker for the Fourth of July community service in Hardtner, Kansas, at the United Methodist Church. The sanctuary was filled with...

 By Yvonne Miller    Local    July 24, 2019

Notice of award bid approved for Kiowa City Hall/Police Department Renovation

Kiowa's City Council is one step closer to starting construction of the City Hall/Police Department Renovation project that's been discussed for over a year. At a special meeting Monday night, Sam Johnson, an engineer with BG Consultants who is contr...

 By Yvonne Miller    Local    July 24, 2019

Leone left a budgetary mess for Kiowa City Council

“We can't publish this budget because it's wrong,” Kiowa City Councilmember Brian Hill said in frustration as discussion of the city's proposed 2020 budget culminated. This was at a special meeting of the Kiowa City Council Monday night. The...


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