City crews remove limbs from power lines after ice storm.
Ice hung heavy on power lines during recent ice storm.
SBHS senior Brian Farney heads to the basket against Norwich.
Lady Chieftain senior Anna Perez goes up for two points vs Norwich.
South Barber junior Idallis Shaffer (41) goes up for an easy two points.
SBHS junior Kobe Carey (21) and sophomore Cole Coggins (25) bring the ball down the court.
Senior Bailey Roberts (10) is surrounded by Norwich players as she puts up a shot in the lane.
U.S. Senator Jerry Moran (center) visited Kiowa District Hospital last Wednesday, Jan. 25, to visit with board members, staff and other civic leaders that were present to welcome him to Kiowa.
SBHS Homecoming Queen Madison Polson
SBHB Cheerleaders perform at halftime.
GIRLS: South Barber 34 Cunningham 32
BOYS: South Barber 82 Cunningham 18
Girls now 17-3 Boys now 16-4
By REX ZIMMERMAN
South Barber will host the Stafford Trojans on Friday evening, February 3, for the annual Homecoming game. Junior varsity contests begin at 4:00 p.m. followed by the varsity girls and boys contests.
A pep rally has been scheduled for 3:00 p.m. Friday at the high school. The Homecoming Queen crowning will take place at halftime of the boys varsity game.
Three seniors have been selected to serve as Homecoming Queen Candidates:
ANNA PEREZ is the daughter of Rudy and Nicole Perez and has earned her bronze, silver and gold honor pins. She is secretary of FFA, National Honor Society and the Senior Class and Stuco treasurer. She is also president of Turner Youth Foundation and a member of the United Methodist Youth Group.
Her classes this year include Comp 2, culinary, government, English IV, yearbook, and anatomy and physiology
Anna has also been named to the All-State Volleyball Team this year and has earned all-league honors in volleyball and basketball. She does work study at Lanman Funeral Home in Kiowa and plans to attend the University of Central Oklahoma in Edmond after graduation and majoring in forensic and mortuary science.
MADISON POLSON is the daughter of Brandi and Clark Thom and David Polson.
She is senior class treasurer and has been active in basketball, volleyball and FFA during her four years at South Barber. She is also a member of the United Methodist Youth Group.
Madison is an honor roll student and classes include band and yearbook. She plans to attend Eric Fisher Cosmetology School in Wichita after graduation.
SABRINA HUGHBANKS is the daughter of Kyle and Trina Hughbanks and is a member of National Honor Society. Classes this year include band, Agra business, government, English IV, trig/pre calculus, speech, vocal, and career and communications.
She is president of FFA, choir treasurer and also participates in forensics, tennis, track and basketball and the Wichita Impact softball team in the summer. She has been a member of the state FFA choir, medaled at state tennis this year, and a member of the South Barber state basketball and track teams. She was also USSSA all-state softball pitcher last summer.
Sabrina has signed to play college softball next year for Central Methodist University.
HOMECOMING attendants are, from the freshman class, Makenzie Watts and Trevor Rooks, sophomores Savannah Hughbanks and Hernan Carbajo, and juniors Idallis Shaffer and David Belohlavek. The queen candidates will be escorted by seniors members of the basketball team.
Kindergarten helpers are Lane Clover, son of Nathan Clover and Hilary Erickson; Taisen Ricke, son of Cassidy and Tyler Ricke; Breckyn Hiltner, daughter of Tyler and Erin Hiltner; and Saige Schurter, daughter of Anna and Zeb Schurter.
By NITA BIRDWELL
It is now 2017, and the time has come for a decision. First of all, an article came out in the Kiowa News last fall, regarding the Kiowa Senior Center. In response to that article, we received a letter from Marilyn McBrayer Perkins from Texas. Her parents were involved and held offices here at the Center. And now they are gone, in fact most of the people that were involved are gone.
Marilyn asked if our “problem” was due to lack of things to do? She offered an idea, called “The Prayer Shawl”, and would send information about that, if we were interested. Thanks Marilyn, for your concern and your suggestion.
The problem is lack of people interested in our Kiowa Senior Center. By that, I need to insert here, there are a number of groups that meet here. I already have one group booked for the entire year. What we really need is people to take part in the meetings, lunches, etc.
And that means we need new officers. January is the month that New Officers take office. The retiring officers have held offices for five single year terms. This does not mean that you need to be here every day from 1 to 3 p.m. That would be nice, but not everyone has that kind of time.
There are many 50+ yr. old people (men and women) in Kiowa that could be coming to the Kiowa Senior Center, however, some have grandchildren or great grandchildren that are involved in sports, or music at school. I don’t blame them at all, if I were lucky enough to have grandchildren in school here in Kiowa, I’d be there along with them.
Some people are still working, and that is understandable. Some people are caretakers for their parents or spouses. In those cases, I can understand your not being able to come to the Center. We do have some new interested people coming, but they already hold offices in two, three or more organizations, and just can’t take on any thing else. I totally understand that.
The Kiowa Senior Center is not like a hospital, or manor. We are a group of people that are still able to get out, go and do, we do not set around with long faces. We visit and laugh, do puzzles, quilt, color, or just visit, eat snacks and drink coffee.
Come on people of Kiowa, if you don’t want to see the Kiowa Senior Center close, then jump on board and let’s get this train moving. This building is a historical building – remember it used to be “Eric’s” or the “Dutchman’s”, across from Kiowa High School. Many of us remember the skating rink in the back. We also remember the delicious food every day at noon. Special Memories. Let’s not allow this place to close. It would be a shame to let this organization close the doors, due to the lack of interested people.
I will say this, we appreciate every organization that meets here; Young Homemakers, General Store, morning exercise group, family reunions, birthday parties, jewelry parties, etc., this is just an example of groups that utilize our building.
We don’t want to close the doors on you, because we can’t find officers to run the Kiowa Senior Center. All we need are people to be willing to take an office, i.e., President, Vice President, and Secretary. Kim Blevins is our Treasurer, and we thank her for continuing with that responsibility. Thank You for your time and attention given to this matter!
Jan 17 – Business Meeting @ 2 p.m
Jan 19 – Third Thursday Lunch @ 12 noon – We’ll supply the soup and crackers. You may bring a salad, condiments or favorite dessert.
By REX ZIMMERMAN
A Kiowa couple were injured and a Wichita man died as a result of a two-vehicle collision New Year’s Day a few miles west of Anthony.
According to the Kansas Highway Patrol accident report, Dean Mark Melton, 29, of Wichita was westbound on K-2 highway in a 2013 Ford Fusion when for an unknown reason the vehicle went left of center and struck a 2008 Buick Enclave driven by Cynthia J. Archuleta, 60, of Kiowa, which was eastbound.
The accident happened at 10:05 a.m. about 12 miles west of Anthony.
Melton was taken to Anthony Hospital where he was pronounced dead. Cindy Archuleta received serious injuries and was transported to Via Christi Medical Center in Wichita. Her husband, Danny Archuleta, 63, was taken to Anthony Hospital with less serious injuries.
According to the KHP, Melton was not wearing a seatbelt, while the Archuletas were wearing safety restraints.
By REX ZIMMERMAN
An “Old Fashioned” Christmas? Well, that’s the way it seemed on Christmas Day as the town spent around 13 hours or so without electric power.
A line of thunderstorms and very strong straight line winds roared through town just after the noon knocking out power to Kiowa after several power poles were flattened on the main power line south of town.
Local crews were quickly on the scene and at least two other utility crews were summoned to help as the work continued into the night. Power came back on to much of the town shortly after 1:00 a.m.
On the bright side, temperatures on Christmas Day hovered just under 60 degrees allowing kids and adults alike to get out and enjoy the nice weather.
The storm also left more damage. The roofs at Bogner, Inc. at 4th and Main and The Corner Stop at 7th and Main were heavily damaged by the winds, and there were numerous limbs down throughout the community.
During the power line repairs, City Administrator Lou Leone tried to keep citizens up to date on what was going on with his Facebook posts throughout the evening.
It’s that giving time of year, and the First State Bank Labor Day 5K Run made two donations of $1,000 each to the Friends of Kiowa District Hospital and Manor Foundation and the Kiowa Fire Department last week. Pictured (left to right) are Justin Binder of The First State Bank, 5K Run director Melissa Rector, Judy Schrock from the Hospital and Manor foundation, and Roger Robison from the fire department.
The South Barber Lady Chieftains are now 5-1 after taking 2nd place in the NWOSU Prep Classic last weekend at Alva, and Tuesday night’s win at South Haven. The Chieftain boys, meanwhile, are now 3-3 after winning the consolation bracket at the NWOSU tournament and defeating South Haven on Tuesday night.