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4th of July Festivities Across Kiowa County

| Raina Lucero | News
As the sun rose over the vast plains of Kiowa County, communities came alive with the spirit of Independence Day, celebrating traditions old and new. From Eads to Sheridan Lake and Haswell, residents gathered to commemorate this special day with a blend of festivities that highlighted unity and community pride.

Crow-Luther Cultural Events Center’s Summer Children’s Theater Delights Community with "The Wizard of Oz"

| Raina Lucero | News
In a brilliant showcase of community spirit and youthful talent, the Crow Luther Cultural Events Center’s third annual summer children’s theater transported audiences to the magical Land of Oz with their enchanting rendition of The Wizard of Oz.

Thunder Stadium Project Progressing Quickly

| Barbara Crimond, reprinted from The Prowers Journal | News
Andy Fahrmeier with Hutton Construction was on hand Monday, June 10, to show RE-2 School Board members and Lamar residents the progress they have made on construction of the new Lamar Thunder Stadium. Located behind Lamar High School off 14th St, the area has undergone major changes since the March 18th, 2024 groundbreaking.

Applicants for Kiowa County Court Judgeship Announced

| Administrator | News
The Fifteenth Judicial District Nominating Commission, on July 8, 2024, announced three people have applied for nomination to the office of Kiowa County judge.

Eads School District Receives $630,000 for Electric Buses and Charging Stations

| Betsy Barnett | News
The Eads School District was recently informed they will be the recipient of up to $630,000 in grants and rebates through the Clean Energy Air Act that will allow the school district to purchase two new electric buses and install two charging stations near the school district’s bus barn.

We’re off to See the Wizard—"The [Wonderful] Wizard of Oz"

| Betsy Barnett | News
Crow-Luther Cultural Events Center (CLCEC) is proud to bring a summer children’s theater event to the community of Eads and surrounding areas for the third year in a row with the production of the Wizard Of Oz that will be performed by local children at the Plains Theater in Eads on Friday, July 5 in two big performances at 4:00 pm and 5:30 pm.

Otero County Sheriff’s Department Makes Statement on Body Found in Arkansas River

| Betsy Barnett | News
It had been nearly a week since a 19-year-old La Junta man identified as Devlin Cambeul jumped into the Arkansas River at La Junta, Colorado in what is now understood to be an attempt to save a friend that was struggling in the swift and deep waters of the river. This despite not being able to swim himself, according to news reports.

Apparent Murder-Suicide in La Junta: Four Victims Identified

| Raina Lucero | News
Last week, the Colorado Bureau of Investigation (CBI) and the La Junta Police Department announced an investigation into an apparent murder-suicide at a home on Smithland Avenue in La Junta, Colorado.

15th Judicial District Announces Kiowa County Court Vacancy

| Administrator | News
The Fifteenth Judicial District Nominating Commission will meet on July 22, 2024, at the Kiowa County Combined Court (1305 Goff St., Eads, CO 81036) to interview and select nominees for appointment by the governor to the office of county judge for Kiowa County. The vacancy will be created by the retirement of the Honorable Gary W.

Prominent Member of Nearby Community Arrested for Internet Sexual Exploitation of a Child

| Raina Lucero | News
In a methodical operation to protect children from online predators, the Kiowa County Sheriff’s Office successfully arrested Ernest “Chad” Hart, a resident of Lamar, Colorado on May 8, 2024. The arrest follows an extensive undercover investigation targeting individuals exploiting the anonymity of certain messaging applications to prey on minors.

Cactus Corner Duplexes in Eads Approaching Completion—for Real This Time

| Betsy Barnett | News
After an outrageous amount of time the three duplexes located at Cactus Corner in Eads, just to the west of the Prairie Pines Assisted Living facility, now have the potential for all three duplexes be completed by late summer or early fall.

Rattlesnake Bite: Tips on What to Do from a Cheyenne County Family Who Went Through It

| Betsy Barnett | News
Ashley Mitchek is a Cheyenne County mother of two active children. In early August 2020 her son Mavrick, who was going into the fifth grade in a few weeks, was bit by a rattlesnake on the hand while he was mowing round the fence line. It was towards evening when it happened.

Kit Carson Man’s Investigation of Death Held up by CBI Crime Lab

| Betsy Barnett | News
In January 2024 local ranch hand Rusty Paintin died in a still undefined incident at his home in Wild Horse. At the time a great deal of speculation spread like a wildfire across the region with numerous uncorroborated stories concerning Paintin’s cause of death and the details surrounding the death.

Phillip Lieurance Extradited to Kiowa County, Will Face Charges in Murder of 2 Emporia Women Bond Set at $1 Million

| Raina Lucero | News
Phillip Lieurance appeared before the Kiowa County District Court via Webex from the Prowers County Jail on June 6, 2024. This hearing marks a critical step in a case that has garnered substantial attention due to the serious nature of the charges and the complex legal journey involved.

Flag Day Celebrated June 14

| Rayetta J. Addy | News
Flag Day is June 14 and celebrates the adoption of the American flag, the official symbol for the United States: our Stars and Stripes. This day was first recognized by Congress on June 14, 1777, and became known as Flag Day.

Local Sculpture and Western Writer Bill Bunting Presents New Artwork

| Betsy Barnett | News
Bill Bunting has lived in Baca County on the plains of southeastern Colorado for many years and is well-known for his particular brand of art. First, each week in the Kiowa County Independent Bunting entertains readers with his down-home cowboy poetry that is usually a good story and a good lesson all in one.