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 By Yvonne Miller    Local    July 17, 2019

BG Consultants Engineer Johnson updates Kiowa City Council on several projects

At the July regular meeting of the Kiowa City Council, BG Consultants Engineer Sam Johnson gave updates on several projects. BG is contracted with the city to do Kiowa's major water line replacement, their city hall building renovation project and... Full story

 By Yvonne Miller    Local    July 17, 2019

Administrator leaves and 2020 budget `discrepancies' questioned at Kiowa City Council

As expected, the first Kiowa City Council meeting just days after former City Administrator Lou Leone's moving van left town did not run without a few glitches. There were several questions: such as who would people answer to or ask questions of for... Full story

 By Yvonne Miller    Local    July 17, 2019

Burlington School Board hires third grade teacher, summer maintenance ongoing

Burlington School Board President Terry Graham called the July meeting to order with all board members present: April Kisling, T.J. Rockenbach, Aaron Smith and Robert Hill. Superintendent Dr. Stacey Croft, Principal Tim Bart, and Minutes Clerk Tamre... Full story

 By Yvonne Miller    Local    July 10, 2019

South Barber Board has presentation on new bleachers, personnel changes, reorganizes for new year

South Barber USD255 held their July meeting Monday night with two members absent: Melissa Simpson and Ryan Molz. All others were present when President Mark Pollock called the meeting to order including: Bryan Quick, Deb Helfrich, Mariah Doherty and...

 By Yvonne Miller    Local    July 10, 2019

KDH hires community coordinator, is in the black year-to-date

The Kiowa District Hospital Board had a fairly light agenda for their regular June meeting at the end of the month, finishing their regular meeting in 45 minutes. President Pat Myers called the...

 By Yvonne Miller    Local    July 10, 2019

Hardtner's Lil Firecracker explosive winners

Dressed in patriotic red, white and blue, there was a world of cuteness in the Hardtner 4th of July Lil Firecracker contest. The children selected as Lil Firecracker winners were: 0-24 Months Tinley... Full story

 By Yvonne Miller    Local    July 10, 2019

Secretary of Agriculture Arthur visits Sen. Pederson's wheat field at Burlington

Oklahoma Sen. Roland Pederson is best known in the Burlington area as a longtime wheat farmer and stockman. He and his wife Terry raised their now adult daughters on the family farm about five miles... Full story

 By Yvonne Miller    Local    July 3, 2019

Burlington School Board hires counselor, buys property, gives stipend, accepts resignation

Burlington's Board of Education met for their regular monthly meeting June 20. Then they held a special meeting Monday morning, July 1. The results of both meetings are included in this story. President Terry Graham called the June meeting to order...

 By Yvonne Miller    Local    July 3, 2019

Freedom Gates Boys Ranch fundraiser July 13 at Medicine Lodge

Eat a free hamburger, buy yourself an auction item and help a troubled teenage boy's life be transformed. This is at the Freedom Gates Boys Ranch annual Hamburger Feed and Live Auction in Medicine Lodge Saturday July 13. The event is at the Barber... Full story

 By Yvonne Miller    Local    July 3, 2019

Hardtner's Fourth of July Veterans Service will feature Vietnam veteran Bob Drake

Although Hardtner, Kansas, is the epitome of rural America, the small town has a Fourth of July celebration bursting with as much American pride as you see exploding over large bodies of water in the Macy's and Boston fireworks shows. “Be proud to... Full story

 By Yvonne Miller    Local    June 26, 2019

Kiowa Council takes steps for a strategic plan, has bid dates for city hall remodel

Kiowa's City Council held a special 7 a.m. meeting June 21 with all members present. The council again heard revised plans for the city office remodel/renovation project. Mayor Bill Watson said the main changes presented at this meeting include a...

 By Yvonne Miller    Local    June 26, 2019

Burlington School Board hires two principals

All members of the Burlington Board of Education were present when President Terry Graham called a special meeting of the board together June 13. Those members are: April Kisling, T.J. Rockenbach, Aaron Smith and Robert Hill. Superintendent Dr. Stace...

 By Yvonne Miller    Local    June 26, 2019

Burlington wheat field fire damage lessened thanks to good neighbors and volunteer firefighters

It's hard to imagine writing about a wheat field fire when record amounts of rain have fallen in the Burlington area leading to and during the 2019 wheat harvest. However, Mother Nature brought a...

 By Yvonne Miller    Local    June 26, 2019

Lightning strike causes explosion and fire at Chieftain Oil holding tank site

A trucker hauling cattle just north of Alva on U.S. Highway 281 early Sunday morning said he saw a huge fireball and smoke toward Kiowa, Kansas. Turns out, that trucker's route took him right by the e... Full story

 By Yvonne Miller    Local    June 26, 2019

Wheat harvest about half finished; some yields in the 60s and 70s; fightin' the mud

It's June 25, 2019, and wheat cutting in the Oklahoma Newsgram reading area is reportedly only at least halfway finished while just across the border, Kansas is just behind with about 35 to 40... Full story

 By Yvonne Miller    Local    June 19, 2019

There are some 'excellent yields' out there, but rain keeps halting the 2019 wheat harvest

Just when combines try to get in fields of now amber waves of grain to cut what appears to be a high yielding wheat crop, Mother Nature again opens the clouds for another few inches of rain. Talking to elevator operators in the Newsgram reading area...

 By Yvonne Miller    Local    June 19, 2019

Lambert's pickup lands in flooded Little Mule Creek

Saturday at 4 a.m., Kiowa man Nathan Lambert, 29, had a single vehicle wreck that landed him and his pickup in the flooded Little Mule Creek along K2 Highway two miles west of Kiowa. Kansas Highway...

 By Yvonne Miller    Local    June 12, 2019

KDH hires architect firm to build Behavioral Health/Wellness Addition

At the May meeting, the Kiowa District Hospital board of directors elected to keep their officers the same: President Pat Myers, Vice President Jeff Miller, Secretary Jim Parker, Treasurer Chantae Simpson and Director Miranda Allen. Others attending...

 By Yvonne Miller    Local    June 12, 2019

Many personnel changes at South Barber USD255

The South Barber Board of Education met for their June meeting Monday evening with a full agenda highlighted with many personnel changes. Board President Mark Pollock called the meeting to order with all members present including: Mike Miller, Ryan...

 By Yvonne Miller    Local    June 12, 2019

A mission trip for Mennonite Youth – an answer to prayer for Freedom Gates Boys Ranch

"What a great time of fellowship and hard work," Freedom Gates Boys Ranch (FGBR) President Michael Simpson said. He was referring to the first week of June when youth from the Cedar Crest Mennonite...

 By Yvonne Miller    Local    June 5, 2019

Kiowa City Administrator Leone Resigns

Kiowa Mayor Bill Watson confirmed that City Administrator Lou Leone submitted his letter of resignation to the council last week. He's served in that position since 2015. Watson said Leone's resignation was “unexpected” by council. The mayor...

 By Yvonne Miller    Local    June 5, 2019

KDH Annual Meeting shows manor improvements by some $300,000

It must be an indication that business is running smoothly when the number of board members and hospital personnel far exceed the small handful of district patrons attending an annual meeting. That was the case at the Kiowa District Hospital Annual M...

 By Yvonne Miller    Local    June 5, 2019

Burlington School re-opens bidding for bus barn, rehires support personnel

Burlington's Board of Education met for their May meeting with President Terry Graham calling the meeting to order. All members attended including: T.J. Rockenbach (who arrived about 30 minutes late), April Kisling, Aaron Smith and Robert Hill....

 By Yvonne Miller    Local    June 5, 2019

Rain's role in 2019 area wheat harvest – a doubled-edged sword

It's June 4 and not a blade of wheat in the Newsgram reading area has been cut. Those blades were not even remotely close to being amber waves of grain until the last few days. For about the last...

 By Yvonne Miller    Local    May 29, 2019

Freedom Gates Boys Ranch expanding in Hazelton

If you drive by or through the tiny town of Hazelton, Kansas, starting this weekend and see lots of activity at the former school building – it's a good thing. The Freedom Gates Boys Ranch is...


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