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TWO OF "THE GREATEST GENERATION" HONORED AT KIOWA'S VETERAN'S DAY PROGRAM

– Local Veteran's Day programs used to have an abundance of World War II veterans. Now in 2019 so many of those heroes have died that not too many of those strong men and women are around to honor....

 

NEW CITY ADMINISTRATOR HONORED FOR HIS MILITARY SERVICE

After a 16-year career in the U.S. Army, Rusty Varnado retired as an artillery officer. He recently arrived in Kiowa as the new City of Kiowa Administrator. Varnado was one of the men and women...

 

`THIS IS A GREAT COUNTRY'

`THIS IS A GREAT COUNTRY' – The girls are cuter than the flag is patriotic in red, white and blue. They are part of the K-4th grade choir directed by Cathy Cox, who impressed the crowd with their...

 

Kiowa Police Chief Houston returns to Harper County, Kansas, as sergeant/detective

At the November meeting of Kiowa's City Council Monday night, Police Chief Nate Houston submitted his letter of resignation. He explained in open session that he didn't apply for another position. However, he couldn't turn down an offer from the...

 

South Barber to start After School Supper Program, coach named, full-time cook selected

The board table was loaded at the November meeting of the South Barber (USD 255) Board of Education Monday night. All members were present when President Mark Pollock called the meeting to order including: Melissa Simpson, Ryan Molz, Mike Miller,...

 

Brewer jury trial has new venue for May 2020

Former Barber County Undersheriff Virgil “Dusty” Brewer, charged with involuntary manslaughter, is scheduled for jury trial to start May 4, 2020, in Wyandotte County, Kansas (the Kansas City area). This is according to a spokesperson in the...

 

Kiowa Hospital Board and Cohesive business almost finished

Last month the Kiowa District Hospital Board unanimously voted to end the current contract with Cohesive Healthcare (management and consulting company) effective March 31, 2020, and to begin discussions with them for a new relationship. At the Oct.... Full story

 

Seat up for election on Burlington School Board

Burlington School Board President Terry Graham called the October meeting to order with all members present including: Robert Hill, April Kisling, T.J. Rockenbach and Aaron Smith. Also present were: Superintendent Dr. Stacey Croft, Principal Tim...

 

Kansas municipal election Tuesday, Nov. 5

Kansas voters go to the polls for a municipal election Tuesday, Nov. 5. In Kiowa, five men filed to fill three seats on the city council. They are: BJ Duvall, Brian Hill, Russ Molz, Perry Sciara and Kevin Wise. The Newsgram had the candidates answer...

 

Kristi Molz and Cindy Molz Yandell critically injured in pedestrian/Jeep accident on Kauai, Hawaii

Friday, Oct. 25, word quickly spread in Kiowa, Kansas, that Kristi Molz of Kiowa and her sister-in-law Cindy Molz Yandell of the Dallas, Texas, area were both critically injured in a pedestrian/Jeep accident on the Hawaiian island of Kauai. An articl...

 

Kiowa City Council hires new city administrator

Kiowa's city council held four special executive session meetings Oct. 15–21 in their search for a new city administrator. At the end of their meeting Monday night (Oct. 21), upon return to open session, the council extended an offer to candidate...

 

Kiowa's new City Administrator Rusty Varnado is a veteran

Visiting with Kiowa's new city administrator Rusty Varnado in his office finds a veteran who comes with 16 years in the U.S. Army as an artillery officer. He retired from his military service in...

 

Perfect weather predicted for Kiowa's Fall Fest and Meat Cookoff Sunday

Halloween costume, pumpkin painting and carving contests, games • 'Addams Family' movie at 3 p.m. • Variety of vendors and downtown stores open • Caricature drawings by Michael Granados It's all...

 

Ooooohhhh, Frankenstein is asleep in Medicine Lodge

Come all you princesses, wicked and good witches, Incredibles, Wonder Women, creepy characters, action figures, zombies, Trump look-a-likes, whatever your imagination allows – head to the Heritage...

 

South Barber band is gifted funds for a needed baritone saxophone

If you attended the South Barber Jr/Sr High School Spring Concert, you may remember lots of laughter as longtime band director Jill Daughhetee literally had her shoe sort of explode and fall off in pieces. With her typical humor, Daughhetee shared th...

 

Kiowa City Council hires new city administrator

Kiowa's City Council held four special executive session meetings Oct. 15–21 in their search for a new city administrator. At the end of their meeting Monday night, upon return to open session, the council extended an offer to candidate Rusty...

 

Estimate of needs approved by Burlington School Board

Burlington's Board of Education held a 20-minute special board meeting Sept. 30. The purpose was to approve the 2019-2020 Estimate of Needs to be sent to the excise board for certification. All but one board member was present including Terry...

 

South Barber FFA sells 29 members at work auction

New ag teacher and FFA Advisor Tommy Hutson gave South Barber's FFA Work Auction a facelift of sorts. Monday night over 60 members of the community dined on pork loin, brisket, calf fries and all the... Full story

 

South Barber Board approves safe room contract

South Barber's Board of Education met for their regular October meeting Monday night. President Mark Pollock called the meeting to order with the following members present: Melissa Simpson, Bryan Quick, Deb Helfrich and Mariah Doherty. Ryan Molz and... Full story

 

CROP Hunger Walk celebrates 50 years of helping others survive

Sunday afternoon an estimated 30 walkers and three dogs formed the CROP Hunger Walk in Kiowa. Kansas. It was a picture-perfect fall day for the walk. The group started on Main Street and meandered... Full story

 
 By Yvonne Miller    Local    October 9, 2019

Sunday afternoon wreck results in power outage for Kiowa and Burlington

Sunday afternoon about 4:10, a single vehicle accident occurred 1 mile northeast of Kiowa, Kansas, on KS-2 at mile post 13.5. The crash resulted in a temporary power outage for the towns of Kiowa and Burlington. KHP Trooper Charley Brattin worked the...

 
 By Yvonne Miller    Local    October 9, 2019

Follow the smoke to Kiowa's Fall Fest Sunday, Oct. 27

Save the date of Sunday, Oct. 27, for a fun afternoon of old-fashioned fall activities, reminiscent of a Thomas Kinkade painting. Starting at 2 p.m., you'll want to be downtown and see kids of all ages playing a variety of games. Try to guess what...

 
 By Yvonne Miller    Local    October 9, 2019

South Barber to resurface high school parking lot next week

South Barber's School Board held an early morning special meeting Tuesday. The purpose was to address the high school parking lot resurfacing project. The board approved the quote of $32,356 for the project. The company is in Kiowa as they do...

 
 By Yvonne Miller    Local    October 9, 2019

Excessive moisture doesn't dampen Medicine Lodge Halloweenish mood

Heritage Players director Matt Thom says “Greetings to all you Spooky Specters, Spirits and Goblins! “Once again, it's time for those spooky, ookey, kookey and weirdly wonderful folks at The Barber County Heritage Center at Medicine Lodge to... Full story

 
 By Yvonne Miller    Local    October 9, 2019

Slain Principal McGee honored 35 years later in Goddard, Kansas

On January 21, 1985, Goddard (Kansas) Junior High Principal Jim McGee was shot and killed by a 14-year-old student who entered the school with a M-1A semi-automatic rifle. Raised in Kiowa, Kansas,... Full story

 

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