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 By Yvonne Miller    Local    May 20, 2020

AAHN'S Place wants to convert old Guest Lodge motel into a boys home

The Kiowa City Council had a full agenda at their May 11 regular meeting. However, they got all their business conducted in under an hour. All members were present when Mayor Bill Watson called the meeting to order: President R.L. Simpson, B.J.... Full story

 By Yvonne Miller    Local    May 13, 2020

Kiowa District Hospital receives federal stimulus money and funds from KHA during COVID-19

The regular monthly meeting of the Kiowa District Hospital Board of Directors was held April 28 with members in their homes via Zoom online meeting software. All members were present as President Pat Myers called the meeting to order including: Jeff...

 By Yvonne Miller    Local    May 13, 2020

Hey government, please stop trying to run our lives

The people of America DO NOT NEED ANOTHER STIMULUS PACKAGE! Americans need to go back to work and get our economy thriving again as President Trump had it before the nasty COVID-19 pandemic that originated in China. By staying at or very close to...

 By Yvonne Miller    Local    May 13, 2020

South Barber School Board hires teacher/coach, talks why graduation was not held Saturday

South Barber's Board of Education met for the monthly May meeting Monday night in the high school library for the second consecutive month so they could easily social distance (sit six feet apart) at...

 By Yvonne Miller    Local    May 7, 2020

Luscious green wheat blowing in the wind in Newsgram reading area

Drive down the highway in northwest Oklahoma and south central Kansas and you'll see fields of pretty green wheat blowing in the wind with potential to be a good crop. Now if Mother Nature will... Full story

 By Yvonne Miller    Local    May 6, 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 on a grass lawn north of the school. This change is due to the COVID-19 pandemic...

 By Yvonne Miller    Local    May 6, 2020

Moms talk challenges of teaching their elementary kids due to COVID-19

In this unprecedented time with the COVID-19 pandemic, Americans' way of life as we know it has been drastically different the past two months. One of the biggest changes is that school buildings are closed in the nationwide effort to stop spread of...

 By Yvonne Miller    Local    May 6, 2020

Nescatunga Arts Festival postponed until Aug. 8

That ugly COVID-19 pandemic keeps rearing its ugly head. This time it's messing with the Nescatunga Arts Festival. The headline says the festival is postponed until Aug. 8. You're thinking – an outdoor festival in August – no way! Everyone will h...

 By Yvonne Miller    Local    May 6, 2020

Outdoor South Barber graduation Saturday afternoon with social distancing

This coming Saturday, May 9, at 2 p.m., South Barber High School in Kiowa, Kansas, will set school history with a non-traditional graduation. This is a culmination of a year that has wrecked the...

 By Yvonne Miller    Local    April 29, 2020

Burlington seniors all put `missing friends' at the top of their list with no school

A nasty virus that originated in China has caused havoc across the globe with a pandemic. Known as the Coronavirus, COVID-19, the threatening virus has closed down the U.S. Economy and way of life as Americans know it as people have stayed-at-home...

 By Yvonne Miller    Local    April 29, 2020

New hours at Kiowa City Hall

Starting Monday, May 4, Kiowa's City Office will be open from 7:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday....

 By Yvonne Miller    Local    April 29, 2020

Burlington School Board rehires certified personnel and elects officers

Nearly 25 visitors attended the Burlington Public School Board of Education meeting the evening of April 20. Board President Terry Graham called the meeting to order with all but one member present including: Robert Hill, April Kisling and Aaron Smit...

 By Yvonne Miller    Local    April 22, 2020

Jerry Holt retires after 58 years in education, 40 of those at South Barber

"It was lots of work and lots of satisfaction," Jerry Holt said of his 58-year teaching career. Forty of those years were at South Barber High School in Kiowa, Kansas. Earning his education degree at...

 By Yvonne Miller    Local    April 22, 2020

Kiowa City Council extends the Stay-at-Home Order to coincide with Kansas Governor

At a special meeting Sunday evening Kiowa's City Council voted to extend the Stay-at-Home order until May 11, the date of the next regular council meeting. City Administrator Rusty Varnado said if...

 By Yvonne Miller    Local    April 22, 2020

Seniors discuss how COVID-19 capsized the end of their senior year

“You know how grandparents have told kids they had to walk to school in the snow both ways? This will be the story we tell our kids and grandkids,” South Barber senior Takira Blick said. She was, of course, referring to the Class of 2020 who had...

 By Yvonne Miller    Local    April 22, 2020

South Barber plans outdoor graduation in COVID-19 world

With some creativity, South Barber School USD#255 has overcome the dilemma of depriving their 2020 high school graduates of a graduation ceremony, despite restrictions with COVID-19. The SB Class of 2020 will have a Graduation Ceremony and Parade...

 By Yvonne Miller    Local    April 15, 2020

An Anonymous Act of Kindness during pandemic

During this unprecedented time of uncertainty, and in many cases financial hardships, depression and feelings of isolation with the COVID-19 pandemic, thankfully you hear uplifting stories. Despite the bad, there is so much good that happens in...

 By Yvonne Miller    Local    April 15, 2020

`Hardly a dry eye' at Kiowa Manor's honk parade

On one of the beautiful days last week, residents of Kiowa's Manor got to soak up the sunshine and love expressed to them by family and friends who drove by in the alley in a honk parade. There's...

 By Yvonne Miller    Local    April 15, 2020

Planned power outage in Kiowa early Wednesday morning

Kiowa, Kansas, utility customers should plan on a total blackout of power early Wednesday morning from 5 to 7. City administrator Rusty Varnado announced that at the city council April meeting Monday night. City Superintendent John Duvall said the...

 By Yvonne Miller    Local    April 15, 2020

Here comes Peter Cottontail

Last weekend wasn't the traditional Easter everyone is accustomed to in Kiowa, Kansas, or anywhere for that matter. That nasty COVID-19 pandemic has played havoc with everyone across the nation ...

 By Yvonne Miller    Local    April 15, 2020

South Barber School Board bans student cellphones, Holt retires after 58 years

The South Barber Board of Education met for their regular April meeting Monday evening in the library at the high school. President Mark Pollock called the meeting to order as each member sat at one of the individual tall tables to follow social...

 By Yvonne Miller    Local    April 15, 2020

Burlington School Superintendent says of distance learning `we've got a really good start'

Last week Burlington Public School began their distance learning (Continuous Learning Plan). This is with students at home and teachers giving instruction online and/or through learning packets. Due to COVID-19, schools across America are closed ...

 By Yvonne Miller    Local    April 8, 2020

City of Kiowa stimulating local economy with `Kiowa Bucks'

“It's about economic preservation,” Kiowa City Manager Rusty Varnado said. He was referring to a move the city council made at a special meeting the morning of March 26. This is in response to the COVID-19 pandemic that is taking a financial toll...

 By Yvonne Miller    Local    April 8, 2020

Hey Kiowa kids! Watch for the Easter Bunny in a golf cart throwing candy to you Saturday

That nasty coronavirus, COVID-19, has temporarily shutdown the country and is trying to ruin traditional Easter activities. Kiowa's Chamber of Commerce members have brainstormed how to still make it fun for children and respect the social distancing...

 By Yvonne Miller    Local    April 8, 2020

New sign at SB Elementary is thanks to Jarrett Koblitz – "Mr. Christmas"

A newly updated lighted sign stands in front of the South Barber Elementary, "Home of the Lil' Chiefs," in Kiowa, Kansas. What makes this sign extra special is a placard on it that says "Donated by...


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