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Old-Fashioned Christmas celebration in Medicine Lodge Sunday evening

Take time out during this bustling holiday season to enjoy a few hours of an "Old Fashioned Christmas" celebration in Medicine Lodge at the Heritage Center this Sunday evening starting at 6:30. The ev...

 

South Barber School Board names coach, weight room supervisor, accepts teacher resignation

The December meeting of the South Barber Board of Education marked the last meeting for outgoing board members Mariah Doherty and Melissa Simpson. Neither woman opted to file again for their open...

 

South Barber Elementary School Winter Concert

This Christmas Program is Fun! The students along with help from their teachers, vocal director Cathy Cox and accompanist Nikki Brattin put on a wonderful Winter Concert....

 

Keith Rathgeber retires after lifetime of fixing things – from vehicles to schools

Chances are if you lived in the Kiowa, Kansas, area in the last 40 years, Keith Rathgeber probably fixed your vehicle if you hit a deer or had other bad luck. He worked at D&W Automotive 38 years and...

 

KDH to pursue USDA loan to help fund PT/Behavioral Health addition

The Kiowa District Hospital Board of Directors held their monthly meeting Tuesday, Nov. 19. President Pat Myers called the meeting to order with the following members present: Jim Parker, Chantae Simpson and Miranda Allen. Jeff Miller was absent. Oth...

 

CHIEFTAINS SEASON ENDS IN A CLOSE ONE, COACH CANTRELL COMMENTS

– Friday night the South Barber Chieftains football team ended their season with a hard-fought loss of 20-28 to Osborne as they went for the Sectional title. Coach Matt Cantrell said, "I've never...

 

Clare Pollock wins the local VFW `Voice of Democracy' essay contest

Clare Pollock, a sophomore at South Barber High School, is the local winner of the Kiowa, Kansas, VFW Post 5982 and Auxiliary Voice of Democracy essay contest. This is a nationwide contest with the...

 

Kiowa Council drastically scales back city building project as advised by new administrator

The City of Kiowa's new administrator Rusty Varnado took his seat at the city council monthly meeting for the first time at the November meeting. With the change in Daylight Saving Time the meetings changed from 8 p.m. to 7 p.m. However, the 7 p.m....

 

Jessica Jahay wins Kiowa's VFW Patriot's Pen essay contest

This year 12 of the eighth-grade students at South Barber Middle School wrote an essay for the local VFW Patriot's Pen contest. Retired English teacher Melva Armbruster judged and selected the essay...

 

Kiowas Veterans Day Service

I PLEDGE ALLEGIANCE TO THE FLAG OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA – Veterans stand to recite the Pledge of Allegiance to the flag they defended during their service in the U.S. Armed Forces. This was...

 

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....

 

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...

 

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