U.S. Senator Jerry Moran (center) visited Kiowa District Hospital Jan. 25, to visit with board members, staff and other civic leaders that were present to welcome him to Kiowa.

Thanks to our SBHS Cheerleaders!

Trae Rathgeber (22) drive the ball down court vs St. Francis at State. Also pictured is David Belohlavek (42).

Chieftain senior Grant Cantrell (20) drives the lane against St. Francis defender Taylor Rogers at the 1A Div. I State Tournament last week at Hays.

 

Calf Auction March 29 for Wildfire Relief

Cherokee Sales Co., in Cherokee, Oklahoma., will host a rollover calf auction for wildfire relief. Mike and Deb Koppitz along with the South Barber FFA, have donated a heifer to auction off, and the heifer will sell on Wednesday, March 29 at 11 a.m. Proceeds will go to the KLF Wildfire Relief Fund.. If you can not make it to the auction, and you would like to donate. checks can be dropped off or mailed to the First State Bank in Kiowa, or to Cherokee sales company in Cherokee.

 

County Under Burn Ban

Barber County Commissioners have issued an Emergency Proclamation declaring a burn ban in Barber County. The burn ban is effective for seven days (Mar. 20 thru March 26) and may be extended for additional seven day periods by action of the County Commissioners if needed.

Chieftains at State Basketball!

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Grassfire Sets New Record for Destruction

Kansas has set a new record, one it never hoped to see and never hopes to surpass.

As of March 8, more than 502,000 acres have burned in Clark County (351,000-400,000 acres) and Comanche County (approximately 151,000 acres), making it the most widespread single fire on record for the state. For comparison, the Anderson Creek fire of 2016 burned some 312,427 acres in Barber and Comanche Counties.

Since March 4, large grassfires have been reported in 23 counties, consuming more than 650,000 acres in all and the figure is still climbing. Although most of the fires have been contained, fires are still burning in Clark, Comanche, Ellis, Reno and Rooks Counties.

Governor Sam Brownback declared a state of disaster emergency at 7:21 p.m. March 5 to expedite state emergency response assistance to affected counties. The Kansas Division of Emergency Management activated the State Emergency Operations Center in Topeka and has staffed it 24/7 to coordinate state response operations.

Chieftains Win Sub-state, Head to State

KIOWA- The host and top-seed South Barber Chieftains rallied in the second half to defeat Norwich 42-39 Saturday night to win the 1A, Div. I Sub-state Tournament. The Chieftains, now 19-4 on the season, will play St. Francis (21-2) on Thursday, March 9, in quarterfinal round action at Gross Memorial Coliseum on the campus of Fort Hays State University. Tipoff is scheduled for 4:45 p.m. with the winner advancing to the semifinals on Friday. See below for 1A, Div. I boys and girls brackets.

Photos from SBHS Play “Game of Tiaras”

"King" David Belohlavek and Noah Howerter

“King” David Belohlavek and Noah Howerter

Neal Gugelmeyer and Kobe Carey

Neal Gugelmeyer and Kobe Carey

Hernan Carbakp amd Haylie Drake

Hernan Carbakp amd Haylie Drake

Veterans Affairs Mobile Van to Visit Kiowa March 8

The Kansas Commission on Veterans Affairs Office (KCVAO) Mobile Operations will be located at the Centennial Park parking lot on Wednesday, March 8th, 2017 from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM to provide information and free assistance to veterans and family members.

Veteran services representatives will help navigate the many resources and benefits available. Such benefits might include service connected disability compensation, improved pension with aid and attendance, death pensions, VA health care options, education benefits, vocational rehabilitation and much more.

Please contact us at (785) 220-5183 for any further questions.

 

South Barber School Play Friday & Sunday

South Barber High School Drama Class will present its spring play this Friday and Sunday in the high school auditorium. Friday’s performance will begin at 7:00 p.m. and Sunday’s presentation will start at 2:00 p.m. Cost is $5.00 per person, but students can get in free with the donation of a box of facial tissues. This year’s play is “Game of Tiaras” a one-act parody of the HBO hit “Game of Thrones”. SBHS instructor and play director Meagan Henry gives a short synopsis: “When the aging king of a Magical Kingdom (England) decides to split his empire between his three daughters, Cinderella, Belle, and the Snow Queen (who in no way resembles a copyrighted character), terrible tragedy ensues. Terrible, hilarious tragedy. Combining the gut-wrenching plot twists of Game of Thrones and the soul-numbing despair of Shakespearean tragedy, this adaptation of King Lear will leave you dying with laughter as the body count mounts. When you play the Game of Tiaras, you win or you die.” Cast members pictured above are (left to right) Back Row: Bailey Roberts, Neal Gugelmeyer, Kobe Carey, Taylor Pollock, Haylie Drake, Hernan Carbajo, Kathleen Martin, Brandon Baysinger, Emily Rugg, Destiny Lyon, Madison Polson. Front row: Karlissa Little, Noah Howerter, David Belohlavek, Isaac Doherty, Dakota Vickers. Not pictured: Andraia McKitrick.SBHS photo

South Barber High School Drama Class will present its spring play this Friday and Sunday in the high school auditorium. Friday’s performance will begin at 7:00 p.m. and Sunday’s presentation will start at 2:00 p.m. Cost is $5.00 per person, but students can get in free with the donation of a box of facial tissues. This year’s play is “Game of Tiaras” a one-act parody of the HBO hit “Game of Thrones”. SBHS instructor and play director Meagan Henry gives a short synopsis: “When the aging king of a Magical Kingdom (England) decides to split his empire between his three daughters, Cinderella, Belle, and the Snow Queen (who in no way resembles a copyrighted character), terrible tragedy ensues. Terrible, hilarious tragedy. Combining the gut-wrenching plot twists of Game of Thrones and the soul-numbing despair of Shakespearean tragedy, this adaptation of King Lear will leave you dying with laughter as the body count mounts. When you play the Game of Tiaras, you win or you die.” Cast members pictured above are (left to right) Back Row: Bailey Roberts, Neal Gugelmeyer, Kobe Carey, Taylor Pollock, Haylie Drake, Hernan Carbajo, Kathleen Martin, Brandon Baysinger, Emily Rugg, Destiny Lyon, Madison Polson. Front row: Karlissa Little, Noah Howerter, David Belohlavek, Isaac Doherty, Dakota Vickers. Not pictured: Andraia McKitrick.SBHS photo

South Barber Homecoming Royalty

Homecoming Royalty pictured above (left to right) girls seated with escorts standing in back: sophomores Savannah Hughbanks and Hernan Carbajo, juniors Idallis Shaffer and David Belohlavek, senior candidate Sabrina Hughbanks and Spencer Kimmell, queen Madison Polson and Brian Farney, senior candidate Anna Perez and Gavin Doherty, freshmen Makenzie Watts and Trevor Rooks. Kindergarten helpers seated in front are Lane Clover, Taisen Ricke, Saige Schurter and Breckyn Hiltner.

Homecoming Royalty pictured above (left to right) girls seated with escorts standing in back: sophomores Savannah Hughbanks and Hernan Carbajo, juniors Idallis Shaffer and David Belohlavek, senior candidate Sabrina Hughbanks and Spencer Kimmell, queen Madison Polson and Brian Farney, senior candidate Anna Perez and Gavin Doherty, freshmen Makenzie Watts and Trevor Rooks.
Kindergarten helpers seated in front are Lane Clover, Taisen Ricke, Saige Schurter and Breckyn Hiltner.

South Barber Celebrates Homecoming Friday

Queen Candidates (L-R) Sabrina Hughbanks, Anna Perez and Madison Polson

Queen Candidates (L-R) Sabrina Hughbanks, Anna Perez and Madison Polson

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.