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South Barber hosts Central Christian for Basketball Homecoming Friday

Friday night, February 10, the South Barber Chieftains celebrate their basketball homecoming. One of three senior women will wear the crown at a coronation during halftime of the boys game where the...

 

Manor full, overall stats for 2022 increase from 2021

Kiowa District Hospital Board of Directors President Pat Myers called the regular January meeting to order in the Kirkpatrick Conference Room with three other members present including Marcia Cantrell, Jeff Miller and Jim Parker. Chantae Simpson was...

 

Burlington School Board has brief special meeting

Burlington's School Board met for a special meeting Feb. 24 that lasted about 15 minutes. The purpose of the meeting was to approve an addendum for Gayle McNett who is the school counselor. She recently earned her master's degree in counseling....

 

From Model Ts to space ships

Take one look at the birthday girl VernaLee Lawson's beautiful, almost wrinkle-free skin, and you'd never guess she turned 97 this month on Jan. 11. Kiowa's Senior Citizen Center was full of...

 

Burlington Superintendent talks reduction in costs for construction of new gym/cafeteria

Burlington Schools Superintendent Brent Rousey and the board are determined to get the cost of their building project for a new gym/family fitness center and cafeteria reduced from even the lowest bid that was submitted. That bid was from Lambert...

 
 By Yvonne Miller    Local    January 4, 2023

Austin Swonger wins local, district and State of Kansas VFW Patriot's Pen contest

It all started in the 8th grade classroom of South Barber teacher Danielle Jewell. Austin Swonger was one of her students who wrote an essay for the local VFW Patriot's Pen contest. Austin probably...

 
 By Yvonne Miller    Local    January 4, 2023

KDH and Manor still battling Covid, new employees, insurance increase, staff openings

On Dec. 28, the Kiowa District Hospital Board of Directors met for their final meeting of the year with Vice-President Jeff Miller calling the meeting to order due to the absence of president Pat Myers. Board member Chantae Simpson was also absent....

 

"Miss Neff" and brother Bob's 100 year old wagon restored by Burlington Lion's Club

If that heirloom of a wagon could just tell stories of the "olden days." The now "getting older generation" in the Burlington area will remember "Miss Neff" as their beloved teacher, some say "a...

 

Kiowa City Council increases sewer rates, city employee pay raises

All but one councilmember was present when Kiowa Mayor Bill Watson opened the December city council meeting with the Pledge of Allegiance and a prayer. Janet Robison was sick. Members attending were: B.J. Duvall, Brian Hill, Jason Thayer and Tom...

 

Kiowa's Hometown Market receives two grants to fund new coolers

Shop at Hometown Market in Kiowa, Kansas, and in January or February you will see a new meat cooler and a new deli cooler. You'll find some healthier options as well. Last week Hometown Market received a $30,302.25 grant from Blue Cross Blue Shield...

 

South Barber elementary students visit Santa's House at the North Pole

All bundled up, South Barber Elementary students walked from their school to the corner lot at 7th and Main Street where they found Santa's House in the "North Pole." Kiowa's Chamber of Commerce...

 

Burlington Co-op and O.K. Grain Cooperative in Kiowa to merge in April 2023

It's official. After a joint meeting of the Burlington Co-op stockholders and also the O.K. Grain Cooperative stockholders in Kiowa, Kansas, the two entities are merging as of April 1, 2023. Based on...

 

Burlington School approves stipends, bids on construction project to be opened early December

Although it's Thanksgiving week and there's no school for break, the Christmas season is upon us as Burlington School plans their Christmas Program and Tree Lighting for Thursday, Dec. 15 at 6:30 p.m. The true gift to the school from district...

 

Kiowa's VFW and American Legion auxiliaries send care packages to deployed local veterans

Nothing brings a warm, fuzzy feeling to deployed soldiers, especially during the holidays, than a care package from home. Kiowa's Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) and American Legion auxiliary groups...

 

Kiowa City Council waterline project waiting on parts

All members of Kiowa's City Council attended their Nov. 14 meeting, including Mayor Bill Watson and councilpersons – President Brian Hill, Tom Wells, B.J. Duvall, Jason Thayer and Janet Robison....

 

Swonger Makes a Pledge to Veterans

Each year Kiowa's local VFW Auxiliary promotes South Barber student's participation in the national Patriot's Pen essay contest. Teacher Danielle Jewell has eighth graders write an essay based on the...

 

Bryan purchases lot at 7th and Main in Kiowa for Electric Vehicle Charging Station

By mid-2023, Kiowa, Kansas will have an electric vehicle charging station. Kiowa's City Council held a special meeting last week to hear Jeff Bryan of Bryan Chevrolet unveil his idea. He told the council that GM contacted him about putting an...

 

AHS Ladybugs cross-country team places 5th at State

Oklahoma's State 3A Cross Country Meet brought success for Alva High School's team as they placed fifth overall. Sophomore Lakin Gaddy had personal success as well. She took fourth place overall,... Full story

 

Burlington's Veterans Day Program features decorated Navy Nurse Corps retired CAPT

Burlington School plans a Veterans Day Program, Friday, Nov. 11 and invites the public. The auditorium doors open at 9:30 a.m., when a slide show begins. This will be touching to watch as it features folks from the Burlington area who are past and...

 

Kiowa's Fall Fest Halloween Costume and Pumpkin Decorating Winners

Weather-wise, Kiowa's Fall Fest temperatures were perfect. Kids of all ages with original Halloween costumes, like witches, and the latest trends filled the sidewalks ready to have the winners...

 

Family of Wes Smith donates life-sized buffaloes to Alva's Cherokee Strip Museum in his memory

When you drive by Alva's Cherokee Strip Museum and see two life-sized buffaloes "out to pasture" in the yard anchored in cement think of Alva couple Wes and Beth Smith. Anyone who knew Wes would...

 

May the best chef win

Sunday brought a glorious fall day for Kiowa's Fall Fest. The aroma of smoked meat wafting down Main Street made it even better. The Chamber of Commerce thanked all who entered the meat cook-off....

 

Burlington School's building bond project moving along

The formalities of a building bond issue are being finalized for Burlington School's project. Burlington's Board of Education called a public meeting for this Thursday, Oct. 27, at 7 p.m., in the school's auditorium to update everyone on the status o...

 

Kiowa's Fall Fest is Sunday, prepare for Halloween and pumpkin contests, fun games, shopping

Who can believe it's already Halloween? That means it's time for Kiowa's Fall Fest where you see witches, goblins and cute little characters scurrying up and down Main Street. The fun begins this...

 

'Let Your Spirit Shine' winners for South Barber Homecoming Parade and downtown poles

It was a beautiful day for South Barber's 2022 Football Homecoming Parade last Friday afternoon. The theme was "Let Your Spirit Shine." The "Best Theme Award" went to the senior class with a shiny...

 

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