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GREAT PLAINS OIL PROPERTY TO BE AUCTIONED OFF MONDAY, AUGUST 15

| Priscilla Waggoner | News
After a period of several years where the future of the property was unknown, the decision has been made by Kiowa County Growers, Inc to put up for auction the Great Plains Oil Company property.  The auction, conducted by Civis and Johnson Auction Service, is slated for Monday, August 15 at 1pm with an opportunity to preview the property on Friday, August 5 from 4pm to 6pm.

Bear Sighting Near Eads

| Kayla Murdock | News
On Sunday, July 25, residents of Eads were shocked by a rare sighting of a black bear 4 miles west of town.  Social media exploded when Artie Lane posted a video of the bear trotting through the prairie, with the Bartlett grain tower visible in the background. 

American Dream Growing Distant in Kiowa County

| Priscilla Waggoner | News
As more than a few people might agree, trying to get a house built in Kiowa County can make pursuing the “American Dream” feel more like a nightmare.  Without a doubt, there are clear benefits to building in the county, not the least of which are lower land prices and less restrictive building codes.  But once prospective home builders actually begin the process of trying to get a new home construction loan, they can find themselves facing obstacles and restrictions that can be difficult, if not impossible, to work around.

Wheaties

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The men with the Holland Harvesting, Inc. crew, also known as “Wheaties”, have just finished breakfast and are waiting for the go ahead from company owners, Rob and Sue Holland, who will signal when it’s time to leave for the fields.

LOVE’s is in the Air

| Priscilla Waggoner | News
     After months of preparation and working behind the scenes with the mayor’s office, it seems that the landscape on the north side of Eads is about to change in a very significant way.  Love’s is coming to Eads, and construction is set to begin in the spring, perhaps as early as March, with late summer slated for completion. One thing is known for certain: it will be no small arrival.

Murdock Project Receives Funds, Recognition from Govenor

| Priscilla Waggoner | News
     Kiowa County Commissioner Cindy McLoud was in Denver last week attending a conference titled “Saving Places” and sponsored by Colorado Preservation Incorporated.  While there, McLoud received a check on behalf of the county for $170,171.00 awarded by the Colorado State Historical Fund.  The funds are earmarked for completing the last phase of restoring the exterior of the Murdock Building, located on Maine Street in Eads. 

Scam Alert

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     The Kiowa County Sheriff’s Department reports having received numerous complaints of individuals attempting to “scam” residents of Kiowa County into sending them money. Although other scenarios may be used, the most common complaints involve people on Facebook receiving messages from individuals posing as friends--even writing from what looks like their friends’ Facebook pages—inviting them to participate in special deals where, if they send a money order for several thousand dollars to an address, they’ll receive 100 times that amount in return.

Broncos Win Superbowl - Bronco Super Fans in Eads

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     Peyton Manning just completed his 18th year in the NFL and if it was his last, he went out in a big way. The 39-year-old Bronco quarterback is the oldest to ever play in a Super Bowl.

The End of the Rialto

| Priscilla Waggoner | News
     Rialto.  It’s a name that has graced the fronts of hotels from Venice to Victoria, Barcelona to Warsaw, and, for a time, a hotel in Eads. Aside from referencing an ancient island in Venice, the word itself means “a place of trade or exchange, a theater district”.  It’s difficult to believe that such a worldly, almost timeless name would be attached to the modest two story building on Maine Street. But what The Rialto is now is not what it once was when graceful porches looked down on the street below, and its halls were filled with the conversations of oil men and cowboys, lawyers and teachers and a variety of travelers caught by dust storms or snow storms or both. 

Commissioners Rank Economic Development Top Priority, Recognize Challenges

| Priscilla Waggoner | News
     For several years, there was a consensus among Kiowa County Commissioners that economic development is best left to the private sector.  Decisions were guided by the principle that the role of county government is to reduce spending and free market principles should determine the local economy.  

The End of an Era for Artists of the Plains

| Priscilla Waggoner | News
     For the past 15 years, people traveling on Highway 287 north of Eads have passed the turquoise and yellow building on the east side of the road with a wooden, unassuming sign that reads Artists of the Plains.  The name itself conjures up images of iconic scenes depicting windswept prairies, farmhouses, barns and windmills against broad blue skies captured on a canvas or through a photographer’s lens.

Stakeholders Urged to Build on Good News

| Priscilla Waggoner | News
     As a person walks down Maine Street in “Eads, America”, he will see a scene that is repeated in hundreds of small towns across the country. A once prosperous business district with stores, cafes and places of entertainment has become diminished over the years.  Now, a handful of established, well run businesses are the only anchors holding Maine Street in place as the rest of the buildings stand dilapidated beyond repair, vacant or are used for personal storage.  More and more, this is a picture of small towns facing real challenges. 

A Letter from the Publisher

| Betsy Barnett | News
     I’ve always believed newspapers play a crucial role in society. Whether it’s a publication with millions of readers or a periodical with a thousand readers in a sparsely populated county, the function is the same:  to serve the community, to provide the public with information that is unbiased and without agenda, to challenge people to examine their opinions and the opinions of others toward a greater understanding of who we are, and to support a healthy economy because a community cannot prosper in the absence of a dynamic marketplace.
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