Anna Perez plays good defense at Sub-state Tournament.

Crop Walk raised over $1,300 to fight hunger.

Grant Cantrell (15) takes off for a gain in Regional football action last Friday.

South Barber Lady Chieftains take 4th at State Volleyball

Neal Gugelmeyer looks for the first down marker as he picks up yardage during last Saturday\'s Regional football playoffs at Sharon Springs.


Angel Trees at Local Banks

Angels and Golden Angels will once again be placed on the Christmas Trees at both banks in Kiowa – The First State Bank and Peoples Bank – beginning Monday, Nov. 28.

Please let one of the tellers know the number on the angel that you select. Wrapped gifts need to be returned to the banks by Wednesday, Dec. 14.

There will also be Gold Stars on the Angel Tree this year! Those interested in Gold Stars will provide a senior in our community with a Mobile Meals sponsorship. Suggested donation amounts will be posted on the Stars, but any donation is appreciated. Please visit the Angel Tree and pick up a Gold Star for further details.

Thank you for helping support this project and for providing a blessing for others this holiday season.


City Asks for Help with LMI Survey

Dear Citizens of Kiowa,

The City of Kiowa is requesting your assistance in completing the Low-to-Moderate Income (LMI) survey. The purpose of the survey is to determine the City’s eligibility for State and Federal funding for needed improvements to public facilities and services. Each form has been assigned a number to assure that all data collected will be kept confidential.

Again, the purpose of the survey is to help determine funding mechanisms, such as grants and low-interest federal loans, for projects that are in great need of improvements. Examples of projects in need of repairs include the water line along TriCity Road, wastewater lagoons, and stormwater drainage.

The completed forms should be returned to the City Office at 618 Main Street, Kiowa, KS 67070. All completed forms will receive a one-time credit of $5.00 towards the next City utility bill.

Your assistance in this matter is greatly appreciated. If you have questions regarding the survey, please call the City Office during normal working hours, at 620-825-4127 or email me at

Thank you,

Lou Leone, City Administrator


Barber County Election Totals (unofficial)


Clinton/Kaine 281

Trump/Pence 1822

Johnson/Weld 78

Stein/Baraka 28


Jerry Moran 1808

Patrick Wiesner 272

Robert D. Garrard 112

U.S. HOUSE of REP.- 4th District

Michael Pompeo 1436

Daniel B. Giroux 173

Miranda Allen 560

Gorden J. Bakken

KANSAS SENATE 32- 32nd District

Larry W. Alley 1660

Don Shimkus 440

KANSAS HOUSE of REP.-116th District

Kyle D. Hoffman 1599

Jolene E. Roitman 551


Jim McNiece 1756


Carol Beier-Pos. 1 Y-881 N-1208

Dan Biles-Pos. 2 Y-865 N-1196

Lawton R. Nuss-Pos. 3 Y-857 N-1198

Marla Luckert-Pos. 5 Y-867 N-1184

Caleb Stegall-Pos. 7 Y-1376 N-698


William R. Mott Y-1258 N-615


Right to Hunt & Fish Y-1884 N-226


Paul Harbaugh 752


Bill Smith 617


Debbie Wesley 2931


Sheri J. Weeks 2014


Betty Jo Swayden 2069


Gaten Wood 1873


Lonnie Small 1853

Elwood Twp. Trustee– Bill Cundiff 85

Elwood Twp. Treasurer– Lee A. Sternberger 85

Hazelton Twp. Trustee– Mick Gillig 70

Hazelton Twp. Treasurer– Gina Stewart 61

Kiowa Twp. Trustee– Garrett Lohmann 419

Kiowa Twp. Treasurer– Brent Diel 424



Chieftains End Season 9-2

The South Barber Chieftains lost a tough 28-0 battle at Sharon Springs-Wallace County Saturday afternoon to end the football season at 9-2. See story in this week’s print edition.

Lady Chieftains 4th at State Volleyball

Lady Chieftains with 4th place medals

Lady Chieftains with 4th place medals


There were plenty of tears to go around for everyone Saturday afternoon as the South Barber Lady Chieftains had just lost their 3rd place match with defending state champion Goessel at the 1A, Div. I State Volleyball Championships in Hays.

Sad, yes, but when this team looks back on what they have accomplished, they can feel pretty proud. Finishing fourth at State ain’t too bad. Neither are a 36-6 season record and some nice medals to show for it.

Additional honors were seniors Bailey Roberts and Anna Perez being named to the 12-member All-State Tournament Team. – Bailey as a setter and Anna as libero. Other seniors playing their final match as Lady Chieftains were Madison Polson and Emily Rugg.

This was just the second Lady Chieftain team ever to make it to State, the first being the 1998 team that was undefeated during the regular season but didn’t make it to Saturday’s finals.

This South Barber team did make it to the championship round after going 2-1 in Friday’s pool play to finish second to Goessel.

The Lady Chiefs, seeded 3rd, opened play against 6th seed Lebo and used good serving by Emily Rugg and Anna Perez, and kills by Madison Polson and juniors Idallis Shaffer and Kaleigh Velasquez to pull out to an early lead in the first set. Lebo battled back, but down the stretch more good serving by Bailey Roberts and sophomore Bryn Rathgeber kept South Barber out in front and they went on to win 25-20. In the second set, the Lady Chieftains got more good play from Madison Polson and outstanding defense from Rathgeber and Perez to pull away to a 25-15 win to take the match.

South Barber next faced 7th seed Dighton and managed to pull away late in both sets to win 25-21, 25-20 to guarantee their place in Saturday’s championship round.

In Friday’s final match, the Lady Chiefs played once beaten Goessel. They played well, but had trouble with the Bluebird hitters to fall 20-25 in the first set and 17-25 in the second.

Saturday’s first semifinal match pitted South Barber against 5th seed Hanover, which had been on a roll ever since handing Centralia its first loss of the season in the opening round.

South Barber got five quick points from Morgan Polson to lead 11-4, but Hanover battled back and managed to win the first set 20-25. The Lady Chiefs fell behind early in the second set and just couldn’t catch up as Hanover took the set and match by a 16-25 score.

Saturday’s third place battle saw South Barber face the hard-hitting Goessel ladies once more, and the Bluebird’s size at the net was again a factor. Coach Steve Roberts saw his team battle their hearts out, but Goessel won the first set 10-25 then took the second by a 17-25 score to give the Lady Chieftains the 4th place medals.


Area Voters Head to Polls Nov. 8


Voters in Barber County and across the nation head to the polls next Tuesday, November 8, to select candidates for President, Congress, Kansas Legislature and local county offices.

And while the Barber County offices were pretty much decided in the August primary election, that’s not the case for state and national races and all voters are urged to excercise their right and fill out their ballot on election day.

Voters in the southern part of the county, including Kiowa, Hardtner and Hazelton, will vote at the Kiowa Community Building, while voters in the Medicine Lodge, Sun City, Sharon and Isabel areas will cast ballots at the new Courthouse Annex in Medicine Lodge,

Polls will be open from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. on election day.

Early voting began the middle of October at the Barber County Clerk’s office in Medicine Lodge and will continue through November 7.

No Races County Offices

After last August’s primary election, there are no contested races for Barber County offices. Running unopposed in November are Paul Harbaugh for County Commissioner from District 2, Bill Smith form County Commissioner from District 3, Debbie Wesley for County Clerk, Sheri J. Weeks for County Treasurer, Betty Jo Swayden for Register of Deeds, Gaten Wood for County Attorney, and Lonnie Small for Sheriff.

Township offices throughout the county are also up for election. Some will have candidates on the ballot while others do not have any filings for the trustee and treasurer positions.

National, State Contests

There are plenty of offices up for grabs at the state and national level on November 8, including the contest for President of the United States between the Republican ticket of Donald Trump and Mike Pence and Democratic candidates Hillary R. Clinton and Timothy M. Kaine. But there are other candidates for the office that could pull votes from both the major party tickets – Libertarian Gary Johnson and Bill Weld and Independent Jill Stein and Ajamu Baraka.

The race for U.S. Senate finds incumbent Jerry Moran (R) facing Libertarian Robert D. Garrard and Democrat Patrick Weisner.

Wichita Republican Michael Pompeo will face competition for the U.S. House of Representatives from the 4th District from a local candidate, Miranda Allen of Kiowa, who is running as an Independent. Also on the tickets is Democrat Daniel B. Giroux and Libertarian Gorden J. Bakken.

The Kansas Senate 32nd District race finds Larry W. Alley (R) of Winfield facing Don Shimkus (D) of Oxford, while in the Kansas House of Representatives 116th District, incumbent Kyle D. Hoffman (R) of Coldwater faces competition from Jolene E. Roitman (D) of Wellington.

On the ballot will also be candidates for the Kansas Supreme Court, Court of Appeals and District Court.

Hughbanks Sisters Team Up for Trip to State Tennis

Sabrina (left) and Savannah Hughbanks

Sabrina (left) and Savannah Hughbanks


The South Barber Lady Chieftain doubles team of Sabrina and Savannah Hughbanks went 3-1 at last weekend’s 3-2-1A Regional Tennis Tournament to finish in third place overall and earn a trip to this weekend’s State Tennis Championships in Wichita.

Sabrina, a senior, and Savannah, a sophomore, will take a 24-7 record to State, which will be played Friday and Saturday, October 14-15, at the Riverside Tennis Complex, 551 Nims Street, in Wichita.

The doubles duo opened play with a win over Martin/Dale of South Central in straight sets by scores of 6-1, 6-0. Next, they faced LeClear/Howard of Minneola and won handily by scores of 6-1, 6-0.

In semifinal play, the Hughbanks faced May/Osner of Conway Springs and won the first set 6-4. Conway Springs won the next set 7-6 after a 7-3 tiebreaker, and the final set also went to a tiebreaker with Conway Springs again getting the 7-6 win with the 7-3 tiebreaker win.

That put South Barber in the third place match, where they rolled over Fox/Kellenberger of Ashland 6-1, 6-3.

Koch/Eberkamp of Conway Springs took top honors in doubles followed by May/Osner in second.

The second South Barber doubles team of Kathnee Martin and Takira Blick lost their opening match 6-0, 7-6 after narrowly losing a 7-2 tiebreaker in the second set.

In singles competition, Sabrina Bellar of Conway Springs won top honors followed by Sydney Roe of Kingman and Maggie Mathes of Chaparral.

Taylor Pollock was knocked out of singles play by Roth of Kingman by set scores of 6-2, 6-2. South Barber’s other singles entry, Malayna McKitrick, fell in her first match 6-0, 6-0 to Endicott of Ashland.

South Barber Homecoming Royalty

Bailey Roberts was crowned South Barber Homecoming Queen during festivities Friday evening before the start of the Chieftain-Attica/Argonia football game. Homecoming royalty pictured above (left to right) are Nick Malone, Taylor Pollock, Spencer Kimmell, Madison Polson, Grant Cantrell, Queen Bailey Roberts, Brian Farney, Sabrina Hughbanks, Slater Blick, Glenna Williams, Cody Thayer and Desiree Doherty. Kindargarten attendants in front are Lynnon Humphrey, Cambridge Rector, Callen Corr and Cooper Courson.

Bailey Roberts was crowned South Barber Homecoming Queen during festivities Friday evening before the start of the Chieftain-Attica/Argonia football game. Homecoming royalty pictured above (left to right) are Nick Malone, Taylor Pollock, Spencer Kimmell, Madison Polson, Grant Cantrell, Queen Bailey Roberts, Brian Farney, Sabrina Hughbanks, Slater Blick, Glenna Williams, Cody Thayer and Desiree Doherty. Kindargarten attendants in front are Lynnon Humphrey, Cambridge Rector, Callen Corr and Cooper Courson.

SBHS Homecoming Friday Features Parade, Queen Crowning, Football Game

QUEEN CANDIDATES: Bailey Roberts, Madison Polson and Sabrina Hughbanks

QUEEN CANDIDATES: Bailey Roberts, Madison Polson and Sabrina Hughbanks


South Barber High School celebrates Homecoming this Friday, September 23, as the Attica/Argonia Titans come to town. The annual Parade down Main Street will be held at 2:30 p.m. with a pep rally immediately following at 5th and Main. The crowning of the Homecoming Queen will take place at 6:30 p.m. followed by the football game at 7:00 p.m.

Three seniors have been nominated to serve as queen candidates this year: Bailey Roberts, Madison Polson and Sabrina Hughbanks.

BAILEY ROBERTS is the daughter of Steve and Kay Roberts. At South Barber, she participates in volleyball, basketball, FFA, vocal and yearbook. She is president of Student Council and National Honor Society. She is also active in the St. John’s Youth Group and United Methodist Youth Group.

She has been named to the all-league volleyball and basketball teams, superintendent’s and principal’s honor rolls and was honorable mention all-state last season in basketball.

Bailey’s classes include Culinary, Government, English, Calculus, Accounting, Vocal and Yearbook. She plans to attend Kansas State University next year majoring in accounting.

MADISON POLSON is the daughter ofn Brandi Thom and Dave Polson. She is active in volleyball, basketball, FFA, United Methodist Youth Group and is senior class treasurer.

She has been named to the honor roll and has been named to the all-league volleyball and basketball teams.

Madison’s classes this year include Band, Ag Business, Government, English and Yearbook. She plans to attend Fort Hays State next year and study radiology and sonography.

SABRINA HUGHBANKS is the daughter of Kyle and Trina Hughbanks. She participates in track and field, basketball, tennis and plays softball in the summer. She is president of FCCLA and FFA treasurer.

She has been a member of the Chieftain basketball team that has played at State the past two years, participated in the state track and field meet two years, and has served as captain of the tennis team for two years. She was also an all-state pitcher in softball.

Sabrina’s classes include Band, Ag Business, Government, English IV, Pre-Calculus/Trig, Speech, Vocal and Career Communications. After graduation, she plans to play softball at a four-year university and major in pre-med.


Freshman attendants are Desiree Doherty escorted by Cody Thayer; sophomore attendants are Taylor Pollock escorted by Nick Malone; junior attendants are Glenna Williams escorted by Slater Blick.

Kindergarten helpers are Lynnon Humphrey, daughter of Trent and Abby Humphrey; Cambridge Rector, daughter of Tim and Melissa Rector; Callen Corr, son of Larry and Amanda Corr; and Cooper Courson, son of Brett and Heidi Courson.

Last year’s homecoming queen, Ana Wilhelm, plans to be back for Homecoming to help conduct the crowning ceremony.

Pratt Man Found Guilty of Attempted Murder of a Law Enforcement Officer

PRATT – (September 20, 2016) – A Pratt man was convicted yesterday of attempted murder in the second degree of a law enforcement officer, Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt said.

Bradley Grant Verstraete, 46, was found guilty yesterday by a Pratt County jury of attempted murder in the second degree of Pratt Police Officer Kenneth Wright. Verstraete also was found guilty of aggravated assault of a law enforcement officer concerning Pratt Police Sergeant James Ferbert. Judge Francis E. Meisenheimer presided over the trial. Sentencing is scheduled for November 14 in Pratt County District Court.

The crimes were committed in January 2015. The charges stemmed from an investigation by the Kansas Bureau of Investigation. Deputy Attorney General Victor Braden and Assistant Attorney General Steve Wilhoft from Schmidt’s office prosecuted the case.