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 By Yvonne Miller    Local    May 5, 2021

Gugelmeyer earns ACT Scholar recognition

Scoring a 32 or higher on the ACT (American College Test) earned Nora Gugelmeyer recognition as an ACT Scholar. She is a senior at South Barber USD 255 and will graduate as the Class of 2021...

 
 By Yvonne Miller    Local    May 5, 2021

Cindy Molz Yandell celebrated and remembered with park bench

It was a beautiful spring morning last Saturday in Kiowa, Kansas, as the family, friends and classmates of Cindy Molz Yandell gathered to dedicate a bench in her memory at Progress Park. Yandell died...

 
 By Yvonne Miller    Local    May 5, 2021

South Barber duo Binning and Erickson are state forensics champions

“It's been a good 10-plus years since we (South Barber) had a state forensics champ,” teacher and forensic coach Meagan Henry said. South Barber senior Porsha Binning and junior Ruston Erikson are the state champions in Improvised Duet Acting...

 
 By Yvonne Miller    Local    May 5, 2021

Kiowa's Community Garden is truly a `community' project

Students and teachers at school, extension groups, other groups, families and individuals are all volunteering to make Kiowa's Community Garden a bountiful buffet of fresh produce for the entire...

 
 By Yvonne Miller    Local    May 5, 2021

Kiowa Council considers partial solar power, enforcement on trash pickup violation

All members attended the special meeting of the Kiowa City Council last week, including Mayor Bill Watson, B.J. Duvall, Brian Hill, R.L. Simpson, Jason Thayer and Tom Wells. City Administrator Sam Demel and City Clerk Cady Tucker also sat at the...

 
 By Yvonne Miller    Local    April 28, 2021

Burlington School Board hires coach, buys property, opposes equalization funding

When Burlington School Board President Terry Graham called the regular monthly meeting to order April 19, all members were present, including Robert Hill, April Kisling, T.J. Rockenbach and Aaron Smith. Retiring Superintendent Dr. Stacey Croft and he...

 
 By Yvonne Miller    Local    April 21, 2021

Parade Marshall, jockey, rope man, altruistic, people person, entrepreneur

If you've ever met Buddy Williams, you'll most likely never forget him. Known as the "Rope Man" across the country, Williams has never met a stranger among the hundreds, probably thousands of people...

 
 By Yvonne Miller    Local    April 21, 2021

Decorate your golf cart with western theme for Kiowa's Pioneer Days Parade Saturday

Sounds like the weather could be beautiful this weekend for Kiowa's Annual Pioneer Days. Canceled last year because of the Covid pandemic, the fun weekend is a welcome return to normalcy. Bev Miller...

 
 By Yvonne Miller    Local    April 14, 2021

South Barber Board talks summer school, daycare, hires, resignation

What a difference a year makes. At South Barber's April Board of Education meeting Monday night, Superintendent Dr. Mylo Miller and Grade 7-12 Principal Brent Shaffer told about plans for the prom that is Saturday night. Last year there was no prom b...

 
 By Yvonne Miller    Local    April 14, 2021

South Barber Board talks summer school, daycare, hires, resignation

What a difference a year makes. At South Barber's April Board of Education meeting Monday night, Superintendent Dr. Mylo Miller and Grade 7-12 Principal Brent Shaffer told about plans for the prom that is Saturday night. Last year there was no prom b...

 
 By Yvonne Miller    Local    April 14, 2021

Kiowa District Hospital Board meets in new addition conference room for the first time

A spacious conference room (about 500 square feet) in the new therapy and wellness addition at the Kiowa District Hospital is now the home for the board of directors meetings. The board held their March 30 meeting there for the first time. President...

 
 By Yvonne Miller    Local    April 14, 2021

Retiring Kiowa Postmaster Smith recalls her 30 years of service

When Cara Smith started with the U.S Postal Service as a mail carrier she walked about nine miles per day. Now 30 years later she is about to retire as a 17-year postmaster of the Kiowa, Kansas Post...

 
 By Yvonne Miller    Local    April 7, 2021

Burlington FFA Work Auction raises $17,000

An estimated 130 people attended Burlington School's FFA Work Auction and potluck meal held last week at the city hall and fire station. FFA Chapter Advisor Wyatt Shaw said they raised about $17,000...

 
 By Yvonne Miller    Local    April 7, 2021

Burlington extends early administrative contract to incoming superintendent

Burlington's Board of Education held a brief special meeting in March. The item of business regarded the newly hired superintendent Kevin Brown who is to start this summer with the retirement of Dr. Stacey Croft, effective at the end of June. The...

 
 By Yvonne Miller    Local    April 7, 2021

Kiowa City Council talks water rate structure increase to help pay for new waterlines

As crews start replacing nearly 100-year-old waterlines in Kiowa, Kansas, the city council is taking care of adjusting the water rates structure to help pay for the project. The $6.2 million project replaces not only the lines in town but also pipe...

 
 By Yvonne Miller    Local    April 2, 2021

BHS alum and Oregon woman involved in head-on collision near Burlington Monday night

Going “left of center” is listed as the cause of a head-on collision about three miles east of Burlington, Monday evening at 8:03 p.m. Oklahoma Highway Patrol Trooper Brock Morgan responded to the crash on State Highway 8 near county road 2600....

 
 By Yvonne Miller    Local    March 31, 2021

BHS alum and Oregon woman involved in head-on collision near Burlington Monday night

Going “left of center” is listed as the cause of a head-on collision about three miles east of Burlington, Monday evening at 8:03 p.m. Oklahoma Highway Patrol Trooper Brock Morgan responded to the crash on State Highway 8 near County Road 2600....

 
 By Yvonne Miller    Local    March 31, 2021

Burlington extends early administrative contract to incoming superintendent

Burlington's Board of Education held a brief special meeting in March. The item of business regarded the newly hired superintendent Kevin Brown who is to start this summer with the retirement of Dr. Stacey Croft, effective at the end of June. The...

 
 By Yvonne Miller    Local    March 31, 2021

Fire Chief Rieger honored, earns financial gift for Amorita/Byron Fire and Rescue

Amorita/Byron Fire and Rescue Chief Brad Rieger had a nice surprise recently. He received the Enable Midstream Safety Partner Award through the OKC Thunder. This meant he'll receive a Thunder prize...

 
 By Yvonne Miller    Local    March 31, 2021

SB Drama Class to present a murder/mystery April 10 and 11

Usually the South Barber Drama Class brings the public a play performance that has everyone dying laughing. Not this time; the audience will be dying to know who the killer is. Director Meagan Henry...

 
 By Yvonne Miller    Local    March 24, 2021

Kiowa a `Tree City USA' for 25 consecutive years

Since the Kiowa Tree Board was appointed by the mayor in 1996, they've planted 210 trees/bushes throughout the community. That's about $8,700 worth. A few members of Kiowa's Tree Board attended Kiowa's City Council March meeting to make their annual...

 
 By Yvonne Miller    Local    March 24, 2021

Kiowa's waterline replacement project to begin when Mother Nature allows

People living in Kiowa, Kansas, or those passing through have probably noticed organized, tall piles of bright blue pipe stacked in several places around town. That is PBC (polyvinyl chloride) pipe that is going to replace Kiowa's antiquated water sy...

 
 By Yvonne Miller    Local    March 24, 2021

Autism Awareness Walk in Kiowa Easter weekend, Saturday morning at Progress Park

Start your Easter weekend off with some fun outdoor entertainment, yummy food and help bring awareness to a not-so-familiar disorder, autism. Come to Progress Park in Kiowa, Kansas, the morning of Saturday, April 3, from 9 to noon. The Autism...

 
 By Yvonne Miller    Local    March 24, 2021

Pedersen re-employed as elementary principal at Burlington School

The Burlington Public School Board held a special meeting earlier in March to consider employment of several educators. After executive sessions, the board took several actions. They re-employed Stan Pedersen as elementary principal for the...

 
 By Yvonne Miller    Local    March 17, 2021

Rodeo kids at South Barber celebrate their winter season accomplishments

These kids know "the cowboy way" because they live it. From the time they were in diapers many of them watched their parents, grandparents, siblings and family friends in the rodeo arena headin' and...

 

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