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County making financial progress

Despite the continued rancor in county government, there is at least one thing elected officials and staff in Kiowa can agree on: Elbert County's overall financial position has improved significantly over the past four years. At a meeting of the …
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Freedom, safety steer helmet debate

Brahm Bechtold rides a Harley-Davidson cruiser, a bike he says is made for taking it easy and enjoying the scenery. He and his wife and passenger, Dagmar, say new motorcyclists should wear helmets, but they feel safe without them because they …
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‘I caught a Pikachu in her kitchen’

Clark Wilson, 12, was at summer camp in Massachusetts earlier this month when the new app, Pokémon Go, was released for iPhone and Android. “All the camp counselors were talking about it as soon as it came out,” Wilson said. Though the …
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    • A picture-perfect night

      As wishes go, Dick Eason’s would probably not rank very high, but what it lacked in scale, it made up for with effectiveness. His wish, a little rain early in the afternoon to cool things off and clear by 8 p.m., was exactly what happened for …

    • County OKs building of cell tower near Simla

      The Elbert County Board of County Commissioners granted Bridger Wireless Inc. a special-use permit for the construction of a cellular tower along with associated equipment buildings on a 68-acre parcel near the town of Simla at a regularly scheduled …

    • Street fair continues local tradition

      Inspired by a similar event that took place in 1910, the Town of Kiowa renewed the tradition of a town street fair in 2009, and along the way, a few events have been added that were most likely not conceived of in the first decades of the …

    • HIV-positive surgery tech pleads guilty in drug theft

      A surgery technician pleaded guilty to taking fentanyl, an opiate more powerful than morphine, from Swedish Medical Center — a crime that raised concerns that hundreds of patients might have been exposed to HIV. Rocky Allen, a former Navy medic …

    • Elbert County shifts into high gear for week

      In the days leading up to the July 4 holiday and in the week to follow, Elbert County residents will have plenty to do as summer gears up with events across the county. Independence Day celebrations begin in Elizabeth on July 2, the Saturday …

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