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Porsha tells in detail about her near-death experience with a rare disease

A healthy, talented 18 year-old, Porsha Binning is an example of how quickly your life can be threatened and forever changed. About a month ago she noticed tingling in her hands and feet – enough to see a chiropractor to determine if she had a pinc...

 

NOWAK Construction Inc. wins bid for Kiowa Water Line Replacement Project

The major water line replacement project for the City of Kiowa, Kansas will begin in February. Sam Johnson, engineer with BG Consultants (which oversees the project) in Manhattan, announced it in his presentation to Kiowa's City Council at their...

 

KDH new addition is on schedule

Walking into the new therapy and wellness addition at Kiowa District Healthcare (KDH) finds of hub of activity in a hard hat area. The new physical therapy gym area will be over 2,000 square feet....

 

Maintenance job awarded at Burlington School

Joe Granados was hired as a maintenance person at Burlington School. This was at a special meeting Thursday, Jan. 7. All board members were present: Terry Graham, T.J. Rockenbach, April Kisling, Aaron Smith and Robert Hill. Superintendent Dr. Stacy...

 

New Barber County Sheriff LeClair to focus on narcotics problem and officer training

Following the constitution, protecting the people, tackling the serious narcotics problem in this area, and giving deputies the training they need, are top priorities listed by the new Barber County,...

 

South Barber renews Superintendent Miller's contract

Dr. Mylo Miller will continue to be superintendent of South Barber School through the 2022-23 school year. The SB Board of Education approved his contract at their January 2021 meeting Monday night....

 

Kiowa City Clerk Brewer abruptly resigns

Kiowa City Clerk Trish Brewer unexpectedly submitted her resignation to City Administrator Sam Demel on Dec. 22. Demel said she gave two weeks notice and her last day was Jan. 4. Brewer told the new administrator she took a job elsewhere but would...

 
 By Yvonne Miller    Local    January 6, 2021

Kiowa Hospital Board holds final meeting of 2020

The Covid-19 pandemic consumed our lives in 2020. Before the new year rang in and as champagne corks popped, vaccines to combat the virus had already started being administered, thanks to President Trump's warp speed project for drug companies to...

 
 By Yvonne Miller    Local    January 6, 2021

Two baby Binders come six weeks early

It was an extra-special early Christmas present (well, actually two presents) for Justin and Taylor Binder of Kiowa, Kansas. They were blessed on Dec. 22 with twins who weren't supposed to arrive for six more weeks. When Taylor told Justin that... Full story

 

City of Kiowa purchases electric truck, sees small savings in electricity

At a special meeting last week, the bid was awarded for Kiowa's major waterline replacement project, as reported in the Newsgram. Nowak Construction Company of Goddard, Kansas, submitted the lowest responsible bid in the amount of $6,249,365....

 

South Barber student achievements

With so many awards and programs being held online in this Covid world, the following are some recent achievements of South Barber USD 255 students: Earning 2020 8 Man All-District 6 honors are: • Senior Emilio Perez – 1st Team All-District...

 

Burlington Superintendent Dr. Croft resigns; search begins

Burlington's Board of Education unanimously approved the resignation of Dr. Stacey Croft as superintendent effective June 30, 2021. This action was taken at the board's Dec. 14 meeting with President Terry Graham calling the meeting to order....

 

Kiowa City Council gives Christmas bonuses and salary adjustments

Kiowa's city council met for its regular monthly meeting Dec. 14. Mayor Bill Watson called the meeting to order with the flag salute and prayer by Councilmember R.L. Simpson. All members attended:...

 

Nowak Construction awarded bid for Kiowa's major water improvement project

Kiowa's city council met Monday night in a special meeting to award a bid for the major waterline replacement project. BG Consultant Engineer Sam Johnson attended the meeting. Johnson has worked with the City of Kiowa on this project since the...

 

KSHSAA now allows 'parents only' as spectators to school's winter activities through Jan. 28

At South Barber's December Board of Education meeting Monday night grade 7-12 Principal Brent Shaffer updated the board on the spectator situation at basketball games and other extra-curricular activities with the COVID-19 pandemic. Shaffer is the...

 

Winter stipends appreciated, hirings, taking precautions to `keep doors open'

As the South Barber Board of Education December meeting opened Monday night, Superintendent Dr. Mylo Miller thanked the board for their “unified approach” and “flexibility to keep our doors open.” “Our board always keeps academics...

 

Bids to be open for Kiowa's $8 million waterline replacement project

Kiowa's major $8 million waterline replacement project is about to get started. At a special meeting Dec. 7, the council didn't have a quorum, but could receive and discuss information. The council was told they had between 18 and 20 contractors...

 

Porsha is slowly improving

You may have seen an article in the Newsgran last week about "Praying for Porsha." That's Porsha Binning, an active senior girl at South Barber High School, who was hit like a ton of bricks with mono...

 

Kiowa's new city administrator, Sam Demel, shares his story

Raised on a farm east of Hoisington, Kansas, Sam Demel is familiar with rural Kansas. His life travels have taken him to South Africa while in the Peace Corps and a tour around Europe. However he earn...

 

Praying for Porsha

Porsha Binning, an 18-year-old senior at South Barber High School, came down with a serious health issue and was taken to the Kiowa District Hospital ER Saturday morning. By Sunday morning the Barber...

 

Free movie: `The Grinch' 2018; vendor show, Christmas Cash drawing, lighted parade

For December the weather prediction for Saturday looks quite mild. Go find some holiday cheer at Christmas in Kiowa. A variety of fun is happening from 1 to 4 p.m. downtown. The Lighted Christmas Para...

 

Kiowa Hospital Foundation receives $330,000 from Ben Steinmetz Foundation

The somewhat new Benjamin Steinmetz Charitable Foundation presented $330,000 to the Friends of the Kiowa Hospital and Manor Foundation recently. This was announced at the November meeting of the Kiowa...

 

KDH construction going well, insurance costs increase, Steinmetz gift announced

Kiowa District Hospital held their monthly meeting Nov. 24 with all members present: President Pat Myers, Chantae Simpson, Jim Parker and Jeff Miller (via phone) along with CEO/CFO Janell Goodno. Also present were Business Office Manager Tara Girty,...

 

KSHSAA ruling means `no spectators' for events December 1 – January 28

COVID-19 is continuously playing havoc with American's lives and school extracurricular activities are no exception. The Kansas High School Activities Association (KSHSAA) Board of Directors met Nov. 24 with all 78 members attending in a virtual...

 

Demel to begin as Kiowa's City Administrator Dec. 14

Kiowa's City Council held a special meeting Monday night and immediately entered executive session. After moving back in to open session, they took action. The meeting took under 30 minutes. Mayor Bill Watson said he appointed Sam Demel as the new...

 

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