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 By Yvonne Miller    Local    July 1, 2020

Patriot Guard and Lil' Firecrackers to give veterans salute at Hardtner's Fourth of July Parade

When the Patriot Guard Motorcycles from Medicine Lodge roar into Hardtner, Kansas, on the Fourth of July with their American Flags blowin' in the wind, a wave of patriotism could well flood your...

 
 By Yvonne Miller    Local    July 1, 2020

KDH has good financial report, new clinic director, ready for bids on therapy/wellness addition

At the Tuesday, June 23, regular meeting of the Kiowa (Kansas) District Hospital (KDH) Board of Directors, they covered a full agenda. All members were present in the clinic lobby as President Pat Myers called the meeting to order, including Jim...

 
 By Yvonne Miller    Local    June 24, 2020

A FEMA-approved and 75 percent funded building to keep you safe and serve multiple purposes

The mood was upbeat on a beautiful June morning in Kiowa, Kansas. With ceremonial hard hats and shovels, some of South Barber's board of education members and Superintendent Dr. Mylo Miller stood on...

 
 By Yvonne Miller    Local    June 24, 2020

Over 1,500 acres burn in what started as a wheat-field fire

Sixteen fire departments from Oklahoma and Kansas responded to a harvest field blaze that ravaged 1,527 acres in winds that gusted to 40 miles per hour, Amorita-Byron Fire and Rescue Chief Brad Rieger...

 
 By Yvonne Miller    Local    June 24, 2020

Fireworks, parade and more at Hardtner's Fourth of July celebration

It's been a heck of a year so far, so celebrating living in America – the land of the free and home of the brave – will take on an even deeper meaning and reason to light your sparkler. When Hardtner's $10,000 worth of fireworks explode over the...

 
 By Yvonne Miller    Local    June 24, 2020

Oklahoma Lt. Gov. Matt Pinnell visits Sen. Pederson at Burlington

Last Thursday morning a small group of Burlington residents gathered at the town's Purple Pride Park. They came to visit with Oklahoma Lt. Gov. Matt Pinnell who came to Burlington to see Sen. Roland P...

 
 By Yvonne Miller    Local    June 17, 2020

KDH moving closer to new therapy and wellness addition, welcomes Dr. Bliss

Dr. Kirk Bliss, DO, began practicing at the Kiowa District Hospital and Rural Health Clinic in late May and is reportedly keeping busy. “We have a great provider team,” CEO Janell Goodno said. The KDH Board of Directors met for their monthly...

 
 By Yvonne Miller    Local    June 17, 2020

Kiowa City Council searching for new administrator, hears comments about AAHN's Place, has new firetruck

The June 8 meeting of Kiowa's City Council was the last for City Administrator Rusty Varnado. See the separate story in the Newsgram today telling about Varnado's departure and his appreciation to the city. Mayor Bill Watson presided over the...

 
 By Yvonne Miller    Local    June 17, 2020

Kiowa's outgoing city administrator thanks council

At the June meeting of Kiowa's City Council, outgoing City Administrator Rusty Varnado expressed his appreciation to the council "for allowing me to serve Kiowa." After a military career in the U.S.... Full story

 
 By Yvonne Miller    Local    June 17, 2020

Hardtner will have 4th of July fireworks and celebration

“Hardtner will have Fourth of July fireworks and a celebration,” Syd Sterling said. “Instead of protesting and rioting we are celebrating that we live in this great country and have `Freedom, Family and Fireworks!'” That incidentally is the...

 
 By Yvonne Miller    Local    June 17, 2020

Wheat field fire northeast of Burlington burns nearly 80 acres

Saturday afternoon about 3:30 p.m., Burlington's Fire Department received a call about a wheat field fire at County Road 600 and Osage Road. That location is two miles east and six miles north of... Full story

 
 By Yvonne Miller    Local    June 17, 2020

The 2020 Wheat Harvest in Newsgram reading area `fast, furious and great'

The year 2020 has been turbulent and depressing, and caused sheer madness in the U.S., thanks to the horrendous coronavirus pandemic that came from China. The entire nation's economy was severely damaged, especially with recent protests that turned... Full story

 
 By Yvonne Miller    Local    June 10, 2020

AAHN's Place foster care coming to Kiowa gets mixed reviews

When AAHN's Place (foster care) owner Derrick Prichard addressed Kiowa's City Council at their May meeting about opening a foster care boys home in Kiowa, there were mixed reviews. The Kiowa community is known for embracing projects involving youth....

 
 By Yvonne Miller    Local    June 10, 2020

South Barber to hold groundbreaking ceremony for all-purpose building at elementary

South Barber USD255 Board of Education conducted business in well under one hour Monday night. All members attended as they again met in the high school library sitting at the tall, round individual tables for social distancing. President Mark...

 
 By Yvonne Miller    Local    June 3, 2020

Barber County Candidate Filings for Fall Election

June 1 was the filing deadline for the 2020 election. The Primary Election is August 4 and the General Election is November 3. Barber County Election Deputy Amy Sill provided the following list of candidates who filed by this Monday, June 1 for...

 
 By Yvonne Miller    Local    June 3, 2020

`Best audit' for KDH; board members Walz-Allen and Simpson retain seats at annual meeting

In this world that still adheres to COVID-19 restrictions (though they're getting less stringent), the Kiowa District Hospital held their annual meeting in the lobby of the KDH Rural Health Clinic Tuesday, May 26. Board members and others...

 
 By Yvonne Miller    Local    June 3, 2020

Bradshaw returns to Burlington as surprise graduation speaker

It ended up being a beautiful evening for an outdoor graduation with Burlington High School's six seniors walking across the stage – especially since they weren't sure this spring if they could...

 
 By Yvonne Miller    Local    June 3, 2020

Burlington reemploys staff and approves school calendar for 2020-21 school year

Burlington School Board President Terry Graham called the May meeting to order with the following members present: Robert Hill, April Kisling and Aaron Smith. T. J. Rockenbach was absent. Superintendent Dr. Stacey Croft was also present as was...

 
 By Yvonne Miller    Local    June 3, 2020

About 60 people attend town hall meeting in Kiowa over AAHN's Place coming to town

On Monday evening, approximately 60 people attended a town hall meeting at Kiowa's Community Building. South Barber USD255 Superintendent Dr. Mylo Miller had called the meeting after Derrick Prichard,...

 
 By Yvonne Miller    Local    May 27, 2020

A non-traditional graduation South Barber's Class of 2020 will never forget

"To quote the Grateful Dead from the song "Truckin'," 'what a long strange trip it's been' these last two months," Grade 7-12 Principal Brent Shaffer told the South Barber Class of 2020 graduates and...

 
 By Yvonne Miller    Local    May 27, 2020

Kiowa City Manager Varnado submits resignation

Kiowa City Administrator Rusty Varnado confirmed to the Newsgram that he did submit his letter of resignation to the council. He said he'll leave Kiowa after the June 8 meeting. Varnado said he is taking the city administrator position in Ellsworth,...

 
 By Yvonne Miller    Local    May 27, 2020

Former Kiowa City Administrator Leone removed with two others from Wisconsin job

Lou Leone became administrator for the City of Kiowa (Kansas) in November 2015 and left in July 2019. He reportedly took the job as city administrator in New London, Wisconsin, at the time. It came to the Newsgram's attention a few days ago that Leon...

 
 By Yvonne Miller    Local    May 20, 2020

Third-generation Kiowa man Rory Reed to retire from KDH after 17 years

Rory Reed graduated with the Class of 1973, the last class to graduate from Kiowa High School. He's also a third-generation Kiowan – the son of Jim (and the late Joan) Reed; and grandson of the...

 
 By Yvonne Miller    Local    May 20, 2020

Sisters-in-law Alyce and Ruth Ferrell, both turning 90 this month, were classmates at Driftwood

It's a small world for sure. What are the odds that a girl raised in Wyoming and another girl raised in Driftwood, Oklahoma, would be graduates together at Driftwood High School; become...

 
 By Yvonne Miller    Local    May 20, 2020

Burlington High School plans outdoor graduation Friday, May 22

The Burlington Class of 2020 plans their graduation for Friday, May 22, at 7 p.m. For the first time in anyone's memory, the BHS commencement will be held outside. Tuesday Principal Bart said they are just not sure of the exact outdoor location. Orig...

 

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