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 By Yvonne Miller    Local    April 1, 2020

Burlington School following Governor's State of Emergency

When President Terry Graham called the Burlington Board of Education meeting to order, all members were present, including Aaron Smith, April Kisling, T.J. Rockenbach and Robert Hill. This was the regular monthly meeting March 23. Also attending...

 By Yvonne Miller    Local    April 1, 2020

Schubert-Akin wins Sportswomen of Colorado "Inspirational" award

Those who knew Jennifer Schubert-Akin as she grew up in Burlington remember her as a talented pianist and valedictorian of the BHS Class of 1975. They would probably have never dreamed that they'd...

 By Yvonne Miller    Local    April 1, 2020

Kiowa City Council approves disaster declaration, stay-at-home order by county and state

Kiowa's City Council held an emergency meeting Sunday evening in the new city hall chambers. Two members were present via Zoom online: Brian Hill and B.J. Duvall. Mayor Bill Watson called the meeting to order with all other members present: R.L. Simp...

 By Yvonne Miller    Local    March 25, 2020

Burlington School teachers and administrators preparing for distance teaching and learning

When speaking to Burlington School Superintendent Dr. Stacey Croft Monday afternoon the message from the capitol and Oklahoma Department of Education were evolving regarding COVID-19 and what the pandemic means to the future of the school. She knew...

 By Yvonne Miller    Local    March 25, 2020

Hardtner Health Coalition doing their first-ever online auction fundraiser

You've been to those auctions in Kiowa where you bid on Yvonne Harbaugh's too-die-for Peach Cuts or Almond Roca. How about one of Karen Watts' pies that are second to none? Well, you have a chance to bid on those favorites and so much more in an...

 By Yvonne Miller    Local    March 25, 2020

South Barber administrators, teachers and staff feverishly making a plan to educate students online

The coronavirus (COVID-19) that originated in China has caused a pandemic around the globe – and the United States is not immune. The nation is more or less shut down, causing economic upheaval with a cratering stock market, layoffs, droves of smal...

 By Yvonne Miller    Local    March 25, 2020

St. Patrick's Pizza Party brings a pot of gold for Kansas Honor Flight

The Sunday before St. Patrick's Day was a fun one in Hardtner, Kansas. The restaurant Yur Place buzzed with excitement as members of the Kansas Honor Flight became pizza makers in an assembly-line...

 By Yvonne Miller    Local    March 25, 2020

South Barber School to continue pick-up breakfast and lunch for students

Despite the forced closure of Kansas schools due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, South Barber School USD255 will continue to serve FREE breakfast and lunch for students Monday-Friday for the...

 By Yvonne Miller    Local    March 18, 2020

Hardtner Health Coalition to hold first-ever on-line auction fundraiser

You've been to those auctions in Kiowa where you bid on Yvonne Harbaugh's too-die-for Peach Cuts or Almond Roca. How about one of Karen Watts' pies that are second to none? Well, you have a chance to bid on those favorites and so much more in an... Full story

 By Yvonne Miller    Local    March 18, 2020

Kiowa City Hall closed to public as precaution of COVID-19

Monday evening around 9:30, Kiowa (Kansas) City Administrator Rusty Varnado posted on the city's website the following announcement, “Until further notice, the city offices will be closed to the public. We will continue to take utility payments ove... Full story


Area hospitals react to COVID-19 with variety of measures

Across northwest Oklahoma and south central Kansas, hospitals are doing their best to prepare for COVID-19. Fairview Regional Medical Center Roger Knak, CEO of Fairview Regional Medical Center, doesn't beat about the bush. He can't afford to; he and... Full story

 By Yvonne Miller    Local    March 11, 2020

Order your pizza for Sunday, benefits Kansas Honor Flight for Veterans

If you love the tender and fluffy with just the right crunch pizza crusts made at the Value Added Products (VAP) plant in Alva, don't miss your chance to sink your teeth into a slice Sunday... Full story

 By Yvonne Miller    Local    March 11, 2020

Greg Thurman Harvesting inducted into U.S. Harvester's Hall of Fame

With 44 years in the custom harvesting business, Greg Thurman said that what he paid for his first combine in 1974 ($23,000 with header) would not even pay for the tires (est. $3,000 each) on one of... Full story

 By Yvonne Miller    Local    March 5, 2020

Nescatunga Arts Festival to offer Sugar Show for the first time

A fine artist spends hours, days, weeks and beyond perfecting their masterpiece. Cake decorating is certainly a version of fine art and will be recognized as such at the Nescatunga Arts Festival in Al... Full story

 By Yvonne Miller    Local    March 4, 2020

Assistant Principal Scheck praises ReadyGen Literacy Program for improvements at elementary

"We are excited and thankful for the program," South Barber Elementary Assistant Principal and fourth-grade teacher Kaynette Scheck told the board of education at their February meeting. She... Full story

 By Yvonne Miller    Local    March 4, 2020

KDH moving forward with new therapy addition

The Kiowa District Hospital Board of Directors met for their regular monthly meeting Feb. 25. Board President Pat Myers called the meeting to order. Board members present were Miranda Allen (via telephone), Chantae Simpson, Jeff Miller and Jim...


Second annual 'Syd's Pizza' fundraiser for Kansas Honor Flight

If the weather is nice Sunday, March 15, you like delicious pizza, and even more you like to show your respect and support for U.S. veterans, drop by Hardtner, Kansas. You'll see lots of red, white and blue, veterans with motorcycle groups, veterans...


Old wooden railroad bridge blazes like an inferno Saturday

Billowing black smoke and flames could be seen for miles from northeast of Kiowa, Kansas, late Saturday afternoon. Kiowa Fire Chief Roger Robison said for an unknown reason the old wooden bridge...


Principal Bart re-employed at Burlington School

As Burlington School Board President Terry Graham called the February meeting to order Monday morning, all members were present including: T.J. Rockenbach, April Kisling, Aaron Smith and Robert Hill. Also attending were: Superintendent Dr. Stacey...


Briggs Jewell is regional champion in Knights of Columbus Free Throw Contest

He swooshed in 22 of 25 free throws this weekend to become the Regional Champion of the Knights of Columbus Free Throw Contest in Garden Plain, Kansas. He is Briggs Jewell, a 14-year-old eighth...


Kiowa Council hears update on waterline project

Kiowa's City Council sat in their new chambers that are nearing completion for their regular monthly meeting Feb. 10. This is in the building directly to the east of the city office that was the...


South Barber Homecoming Coronation happens Thursday night

Finally the three senior girls nominated for the 2020 South Barber Basketball Homecoming Queen will find out who wears the crown. Postponed from Jan. 17 due to weather, the coronation is this Thursday night, Feb. 20. The Chieftains and Lady...


Kiowa plans brief power outage early Thursday morning

If you are on electricity through Kiowa, Kansas, and you feel the power go out about 5:30 a.m. Thursday, do not be alarmed. The City of Kiowa plans a brief outage while they convert the town to the generator. City Administrator Rusty Varnado said...


South Barber School Board learns FEMA grant for multi-purpose room is approved

South Barber's Board of Education met for their regular monthly meeting Monday night. All members attended the February gathering as president Mark Pollock called the meeting to order including:...


South Barber seniors Lyons and Rooks sign with Bethel College for football scholarships

South Barber seniors Zane Lyons and Trevor Rooks were teammates as Chieftains with a career record of 36-7, according to their coach Matt Cantrell. Now the two will start their collegiate educational...


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