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Kiowa County National Bank, Valley National Bank Change Name to GN-Bank

| Priscilla Waggoner | News
As most people are probably aware of by now, Kiowa County National Bank has officially changed its name to GN Bank, a change that is being made by the entirety of Kansas based Girard National Bank.  Girard National is the parent bank of Kiowa County National Bank and, including GN-BANK in Eads, serves 14 wonderful communities in locations throughout Kansas and Southeastern Colorado. 

Eads School Board Gets Updates on Summer Projects

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The regularly scheduled June meeting for the Eads School Board was held on June 25th with a light agenda on tap.  The board heard a report from Superintendent Glenn Smith concerning the work being done over the summer in preparation for the 2018-2019 school year.  Smith reminded the board that the first day of school is scheduled for Wednesday, August 8th, with the teachers are expected back to work on Monday, the 6th. 

Cheyenne Leader Honored

| Jeff C. Campbell | News
As a good sign he was watching, a few tears fell from the heavens blessing the Sunday June 24 memorial services. The day couldn’t have been more beautiful with sunlight warming the afternoon as a few hundred Northern Cheyenne tribal members, family and friends gathered to remember a good man.

2018 Farm Bill Shaping Up To Be Tough Row to Hoe

| Priscilla Waggoner | News
Any relief farmers may have felt at the passage out of the House version of the 2018 Farm Bill was very short lived as the Senate passed a different version of their own. Passed by a sweeping 86-11 vote, the Senate bill was largely viewed as a bi-partisan effort to quickly deliver some much needed certainty and support to farmers who are confronting low commodity prices and a myriad of other issues, not the least of which is a rising rate of suicide. 

Eads School District Proposes Sweeping Solutions for Security

| Betsy Barnett | News
Sparked by recent school shootings including the Valentine Day incident in Parkland, Florida and the recent shooting in Santa Fe, Texas, the Eads School District leadership has been having numerous discussions over the last few months about changes that can be made to the security plan in all buildings on the school campus.  They feel there are areas where they can enhance the protection for the school staff and children on a given daily basis.  Throughout these discussions, many points of view have been expressed from staff members and administration, alike.  The Accountability Committee has taken in the main discussion points.  In response to this input, Accountability formed a security committee that was assigned the work of collecting information and, based on the input received, make recommendations to the school board.

The Unspoken Risk

| Priscilla Waggoner | News
Sometimes, the most difficult and painful subjects need to be addressed head on. Failure to do so can result in loss of life occurring in such a way that the lives of others are altered forever. Yet, we still  hesitate to bring up the subject, perhaps out of some understandable but misguided fear that the words alone might result in our greatest nightmare becoming a reality.  Nonetheless, difficult as it is and truly frightening as it may be, there comes a time when a light needs to shine in those darkest corners where the fear often resides.

Letter to the Editor: June 20, 2018 Cindy McLoud

| Cindy McLoud | Letters to the Editor
Dear Editor,

I believe that one of my duties as a commissioner is to share information with the people of Kiowa County whenever I think they might find it useful. So, I’m writing to this publication in hopes that you will allow me to clear up a little confusion about how special districts work and what state mandates involve. 

KCHD Welcomes New Director of Physical Therapy

| Priscilla Waggoner | News
As most people have probably heard by now, Dr. Tim Richardt, KCHD’s Director of Physical Therapy for the past few years, recently left his position and moved to Boston to be closer to his fiancé.  However, true to form, Tim left neither the hospital nor his patients high and dry as he recommended Dennis Bartha, another Doctor of Physical Therapy, to take his place.  Tim met Dennis in college when they were both pursuing their advanced degree in Denver. 

What We Learned at SE RPD: Strike While the Iron is Hot

| Priscilla Waggoner | News
Last Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, Lamar was a bit busier than usual as more than 250 funders and grant seekers gathered together for the 3 day Southeastern Colorado Rural Philanthropy Days (RPD) conference. 

Union Gray Will Rock the Maine Street Bash

| Betsy Barnett | News
Eads, CO—The Crow-Luther Cultural Events Center announced today they have booked the southern rock band Union Gray to be the headliner at the Maine Street Bash to be held on the last Saturday in July---July 28th.  Also, on the stage during the festival will be new recording artist Rhett Uhland and his band, and a series of local performers who are full of talent and organized by Jamie Crockett.  In addition, festival promoters are hoping to have live feeds from local radio stations during the day.

The Lesson of Amache: Never Again.

| Priscilla Waggoner | News
When John Hopper decided in 1993 to do an extra-curricular project with his high school students, he had no idea that it would turn into something that would bring enormous significance to thousands of people whose personal and painful history had been—and still continues to be—largely ignored. At the same time, that’s often how it happens with people who become involved in something larger than themselves.  What begins as an idea soon becomes a project that, in rare cases, becomes a mission. 

And that’s exactly the word to describe what John Hopper and various highly gifted students have accomplished over the last 25 years:  a mission to acknowledge what needs to be acknowledged and to create some “small” measure of justice out of an injustice that is almost unimaginable. It’s a sure bet that John Hopper, a thoughtful but blunt and clearly intelligent man, would not describe what he’s done in such lofty terms.  It’s an equally sure bet that others would not describe it as anything else.

May 2018 Arrest Report from the Kiowa County Sheriff's Department

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Bobby, We Hardly Knew Ye

| Priscilla Waggoner | News
Fifty Years After

Preschool Classrooms Move Back to Eads Elementary

| Betsy Barnett | News
The Eads School Board met in regular session on Tuesday evening with a number of items of business up for consideration including a report by BOCES Executive Director Loraine Saffer, fulfillment of an employment position, and updates on security plans being made by the district.  The board was also given information on the proposed move of the Preschool back to the elementary building.

Eagle Nation Sends 8 Seniors on their way

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According to Betsy Barnett, Eads High School Principal who retires at the end of the school year, this year’s crop of seniors was the smallest class in school history, but a class with one of the largest hearts and percentage of participation.  This would soon become obvious to the nearly 350 people attending the Eads graduation ceremony on Saturday afternoon.

Chamber Seeks Nominations for Citizen, Volunteer Awards

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The Eads Chamber of Commerce is now accepting nominations for the annual Citizen of the Year and Volunteer of the Year awards. Nominations may be anonymous, but must be in written form.

The nomination letters must be returned no later than May 25, 2018 to Eads Chamber of Commerce, PO Box 163, Eads, CO  81036. 

The presentation of the awards will take place during the Kiowa County Economic Development Foundation (KCEDF) annual dinner meeting that will be held later this spring at a date and time to be announced later.  

For more information please call 719-688-9859 or 719-438-2200.