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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

 By Yvonne Miller    Local    October 2, 2019

KDH Board ends current contract with Cohesive Healthcare

All members of the Kiowa District Hospital Board of Directors were present as President Pat Myers called the regular monthly meeting to order Sept. 24. They are: Jeff Miller, Chantae Simpson, Jim... Full story

 By Yvonne Miller    Local    October 2, 2019

Kiowa City Council interviewing administrator candidates

Last Thursday morning Kiowa's City Council met for a special meeting. The city had to republish the proposed 2020 budget due to a typo. No members of the public appeared to comment on the budget so the hearing was closed. Council re-adopted the...


Suspected heart attack blamed for chain reaction wreck on Kiowa's Main Street Sunday night

On Sunday night in Kiowa, Kansas, cars are parked along Main Street as the Chief Theater is showing a movie on the north side. Directly across the street to the south is Dovie's Bar with vehicles parked along Main Street. Kiowa Police Chief Nate Hous...


Burlington School Board meets, accredited with no deficiencies

Burlington School Board President Terry Graham called their Sept. 17 regular 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,...


Medical emergency blamed for wreck in Kiowa at 1 a.m. Sunday

Emergency personnel were called to the scene of a wreck at 8th Street and the old hospital building. This was near 1 a.m. Sunday morning. Barber County Sheriff's Deputy Chad Hacker said an elderly gentleman, Mr. Ashbaker, was behind the wheel of a...


South Barber Football Homecoming Friday Night

This Friday evening one of three senior women will be crowned the 2019 Football Homecoming Queen at South Barber High School in Kiowa, Kansas. The coronation ceremony begins at 6:30 p.m. before the... Full story


KDH finances in the black at end of July

The Kiowa District Hospital personnel are putting the final touches on their 6th Annual Jeans and Gems fundraising dinner and auction this Saturday night, Sept. 21. The event is at Kiowa's Community Building starting at 5:30 p.m. With the theme... Full story


Kiowa City Hall renovation bond bid approved

The Kiowa City Council held their monthly meeting Sept. 9. All members were present as Mayor Bill Watson opened the meeting with the Flag Salute and had Councilmember R.L. Simpson give a prayer. Present were councilmembers Russ Molz, Brent Shaffer,... Full story


Kiowa's Labor Day 5K has 287 finishers on hot, humid morning

"It was hot and miserable," Kiowa's Labor Day 5K Race Founder Kent McBrayer said of the conditions for the 35th annual event. Of the 336 who signed up to enter the race just 287 finished, McBrayer... Full story


South Barber to pave parking lot and access road, accepts resignation and hires replacement

South Barber's Board of Education met Monday night for their September meeting that lasted well under one hour. All members were present except Bryan Quick. President Mark Pollock called the meeting to order with members at the table including: Mike... Full story


KDH Jeans and Gems `Small Town Saturday Night' Sept. 21

Wow! Do you want premium tickets to the Miranda Lambert concert and spending money or tickets to a Kansas City Chiefs game with lots of fan memorabilia? Maybe you'd like to take a 30-minute small plane ride to see an aerial view of your home and... Full story


South Barber in process to get a multi-purpose/safe room

South Barber Superintendent Dr. Mylo Miller said the school's Letter of Intent for a multi-purpose safe room facility in the amount of $314,688 was awarded. The superintendent thanked Mike Loreg, Barber County Emergency Management director, for...


Kiowa's `third officer' Chad Hacker resigns, bond financing approved at special meeting

Kiowa's city council conducted a public budget hearing and a special meeting in under one hour last Thursday evening, Aug. 29. All members were present except Brian Hill, who was gone as he and his wife Tammy have a new baby boy named Wyatt....


Luis and Bailey Chavez: Top male and female runners of Kiowa's Labor Day 5K Race

On Labor Day the 5K Race in Kiowa, Kansas, celebrated 35 years. Former Alvan Luis Chavez celebrated winning the race for the fourth consecutive year Monday. The overall winner, Chavez finished with a...


A '57 Classic

"It was a junker when I got it," Richard Schmidt of Sharon, Kansas, said. "There was rust, it was painted black, there was no interior, no wheels." Schmidt said he bought the vehicle from Steve Eck...

 By Yvonne Miller    Local    August 28, 2019

Burlington School Board changes maintenance positions, signs contracts

Burlington Public Schools started for the 2019-20 school year with enrollment of 129 students, 62 boys, 67 girls. On Aug. 19, Board President Terry Graham called the monthly meeting to order with all members present: Robert Hill, April Kisling, T.J....

 By Yvonne Miller    Local    August 28, 2019

NASA Administrator Bridenstine tells of goal to plant American flag on Mars, praises President Trump

Oklahoma's own Jim Bridenstine was nominated by President Donald Trump, confirmed by the U.S. Senate and sworn in as NASA's 13th administrator April 23, 2018. He was the closing speaker at the 11th... Full story

 By Yvonne Miller    Local    August 28, 2019

At age 93,Verna Lee Lawson has Kiowa Labor Day memories from about 1940

"I graduated from the eighth grade in Hardtner (Kansas) in 1940, " Kiowa woman Verna Lee Lawson said. "I can still remember playing the baritone in the Hardtner School Band. We played in Kiowa's Park... Full story


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