Monthly Archives: December 2015

Chieftains, Lady Chiefs Both 5-2 Heading into Christmas Break


South Barber’s basketball teams both picked up a pair of wins last week to head into the holiday break with 5-2 records.

The Lady Chieftains topped South Haven 56-28 and Argonia 56-26, while the boys rolled over South Haven 67-35 then nipped Argonia 60-55.

Both teams are back in action Tuesday, January 5, at home against South Central.

Pressure Defense

Lady Chieftain coach Steve Roberts and his team used outstanding defense to jump out to a 34-17 halftime lead over South Haven on their way to a 28 point win.

Madison Polson had a double-double with 22 points and 11 rebounds to lead the attack with Bailey Roberts adding 9 points and Morgan Polson 6 points, 7 rebounds and 6 steals. Nicole Blick also scored 6 points to go with 5 rebounds and 4 assists, and Idallis Shaffer had 6 points. Sabrina Hughbanks with 5 and Anna Perez with 2 points rounded out the scoring.

It was much the same Friday night against Argonia as the Lady Chiefs jumped on top 19-3 after the first quarter and used a 17-4 third quarter run to post the 30 point win.

Idallis Shaffer was a force inside as she knocked down 17 points and grabbed 5 rebounds, while also in double figures were Bailey Roberts with 14 points and Madison Polson with 12 points and 7 rebounds. Nicole Blick added 7 points, 6 assists and 6 steals while scoring 2 points each were Sabrina Hughbanks, Morgan Polson and Anna Perez. Also playing were Kaleigh Velasquez, ReAnna Dunlap, Savannah Hughbanks, Bryn Rathgeber and Taylor Pollock.

Boys Make Runs

Coach Jeff Lantz and his Chieftains found themselves tied at 9-all Tuesday night against South Haven, but went on a 22-4 run in the second quarter for a 31-13 halftime lead on their way to a 22 point win.

Senior Trenton Jahay scored 14 points and pulled down 10 rebounds for a double-double with Spencer Kimmell adding 11 points and 9 boards, and Grant Cantrell 11 points and a team high 5 assists. Cole Coggins added 9 points and 6 rebounds, Trae Rathgeber 7 points, Neal Gugelmeyer 6, and Brian Farney 5 points and 4 rebounds. Brent Grismer rounded out the scoring with 4 points.

Last Friday night’s contest with Argonia was much different as the Chieftains fell behind to a hot shooting Red Raider team and found themselves down 33-22 at halftime.

South Barber trailed most of the second half – until they went on their run in the final minutes of the game.

A basket by Grant Cantrell tied the game at 51-all with three minutes left to play, and two buckets by Neal Gugelmeyer – one of them a 3-pointer, gave the Chieftains a 56-53 lead in the final two minutes.

Spencer Kimmell nailed a 2-pointer with 30 seconds left then Trae Rathgeber sank two free throws with just 11 seconds left to pull out the 60-55 win. South Barber outscored Argonia 20-8 in the final quarter of play.

Grant Cantrell led three players in double figures with 19 points along with 6 assists. Spencer Kimmell was right behind with 15 points and 9 rebounds, and Neal Gugelmeyer added 13 points and 7 rebounds. Cole Coggins had a good game with 9 points and 6 rebounds and Trae Rathgeber ended the contest with 4 points and 4 rebounds.

Thanks to You, Blood Drive Was a Success!


his holiday season has much more meaning for many people who need blood transfusions, thanks to community blood drive donors and volunteer workers who participated in the Kiowa Community Blood Drive on December 11, 2015. On behalf of the patients whose lives are changed by your recent donation, we thank you.

A total of 35 people came to give blood. 8 donors were deferred, 2 did not get to give a full unit, and 1 donated double red cells. A total of 26 much appreciated productive units were donated this time, which meant we were 5 units short of our goal that was set for this drive.

Volunteers who took the time to help others by donating blood were Christina Duvall, Gary Jacobs, Katie Kirkpatrick, Trayce Lohmann, Aneta Bonham, Pam Cox, Raymond Randall, Josie Miranda, Bev Anderson, Shawn Johnson, Keith Fink, Jim Greenwood, Dan Lukins, Karen Watts, Marlene Kruckenberg, Dwayne Kruckenberg, Jim Jacobs, Glenna Reif, Judy Schrock, Karen Lambert, Norma Jacobs, Chris Tharp, Max McGee, Debbie Leech, Cody Jackson, Charles Meitl, Larry Kaufman, Ron Allenbach, Holly Drake, Marilyn Mizner, Avis Johnson, Randy Blunk, Jeanette Sciara, Krista Pollock, and Christina Kaumans.

Thank you to all our loyal volunteers and businesses who are always willing to help with the blood drive. Marlene Kruckenberg helped with advance publicity. Local volunteers who called donors to schedule appointments were Pam Cox, Corrine Rose, Anita Patterson, Roxie Blunk, and Judy Schrock. Registrars were Anita Patterson, Marcia Michel, Norma Jacobs, and Barbara Stevens. Donor escorts were Dee Coggins, Pat Noble, and Cindy Archuleta. Canteen workers were Lou Stone and Bob Hays. Shirley Nelson, Pat Noble, and Roxie Blunk joined Lou and Judy in supplying cookies. Hometown Market furnished meat for the homemade sloppy joes, and The General Store donated the food and supplies not covered by the American Red Cross.

Bob Hays, Craig Ragan, Marlene Kruckenberg, and Judy Schrock helped set up tables and chairs and unload the truck at noon. Bob Hays, Craig Ragan, and John Albright helped store the tables and chairs when the blood drive was finished.

Thank you to Rex Zimmerman at Kiowa News, KPAK, KREJ, and KQZQ Radio for publicity support, Dwayne Kruckenberg for putting out the street sign, Randy Blunk for returning the sign stand in the evening, and City of Kiowa for use of the Community Building.

The next Kiowa Community blood drive will be Friday, February 12, 2016, at the Community Building, 2-6 pm. Contact American Red Cross at 1-800-RED-CROSS or to schedule an appointment yourself. “Give Something that Means Something” every time you make a blood donation. You literally give a gift that can help save lives.

City Council Talks Electricity, Approves Christmas Certificates for Employees


he Kiowa City Council approved Christmas gift certificates for employees, renewed service agreements, and took care of several other items of business at its December meeting Monday night.

Council members present were Tom Wells, R.L. Simpson, Russ Molz and Brian Hill, along with Mayor Brandon Farney.

Budget Amendments OK’d

In opening action, the council held a public hearing for the budget amendments published recently in The Kiowa News. The amended budgets in both the Water and Sewer Funds were necessary due to a large water main break last August and additional work at the city lagoons. The budget amendments increases the Water Fund by $59.015 and the Sewer Fund by $21,961.

There were no comments from the public, and council voted to approved the budget amendments as published.

KMEA Appointment

After approval of the previous and current agenda, bills for payment, and expenses for City Administrator Lou Leone for his recent attendance at the Kansas Assn. of City Manager’s conference, council took action in relation to the change of electricity suppliers at the first of the year.

Each member city of the Kansas Municipal Energy Agency (KMEA) is required to appoint a representative to the board of directors, which review and vote on activities of KMEA, and in particular the EMP3 group Kiowa has joined to secure electricity beginning the first of the year.

Council voted to approved the city administrator as the first director, City Clerk Marlo Rugg as the second director, and Mayor Farney as the alternate director.

Council also voted to approved an amendment to the EMPS agreement, which strengthens portions of the original agreement and provides member cities with an “out” clause which can be activated after three years. Mayor Farney was authorized to sign the agreement.

In final action concerning the new electric supplier, council voted to give Mayor Farney authorization to sign Resolution 191, Amendment 20, which provides full membership status to the City of Kiowa as a member city within the EMPS group.

Service Agreements

Council next discussed service agreement contracts for Data Technologies and Sonic Equipment Company. Data Tech provides software licensing and support for the software used by the city for billing and report purposes. Cost of the service for 2016 is $4,549.07, an increase of $132.50 over the current year.

Sonic Equipment Company provides preventive maintenance and assistance to the movie theater. Cost for the renewal is $600, an increase of $240 over the current year. The city was on the company’s “silver plan” last year, which is no longer offered. The “gold plan” the city is being offered provides for one additional visit a year.

The movie theater building and equipment are owned by the city taxpayers while the business end of the theater is run by a private businessman.

Council voted to approved renewal of both service agreements.

Municipal Judge Salary Set

Council next voted to approved an ordinance which fixes the salary of the Municipal Judge at $300 per month, beginning with the month of November, 2015. Richard Befort was appointed as the new Municipal Judge last month following the resignation of Jon Von Achen.

Council also approved a change in Charter Ordinance No. 15 to Charter Ordinance No. 16, to keep the ordinances in proper sequence.

Christmas Considerations

Council voted again to give $50 gift cards to city employees to use at any local business. The cards would be for 13 volunteer firefighters, 10 city employees and the city treasurer.

Council also approved giving city employees the Thursday off before Christmas and New Year’s as a paid holiday, making for a four-day weekend holiday.

CMB Licenses Approved

In other yearly business, council voted to approve cereal malt beverage (CMB) licenses for The Sideline and Corner Stop.

Title Change

City administrator Lou Leone requested that the title of Gary Johnson be changed from “street superintendent” to “city superintendent” and to have the street, water, sewer, refuse and electric departments report to him first and then he will report to the city administrator. City departments currently report to Johnson anyway, but it was felt the title chance would improve the communication and accountability of each department. Council unanimously agreed and voted to approved the title change.

Final Notes

In final action, council voted to extend the consulting contract with Greg Wright from EMG for 2016 at a reduced rate of $425 per month, compared to $1,000 a month the city has been paying. The city would receive 4 hours of consulting a month, instead of the 10 hours a month in the previous contract, but it was felt that his expert advice would be helpful as the city fully implements its new electric provider over the next year. Council approved the mayor to sign the contract agreement.

In his administrator’s report, Mr. Leone reported on several meetings he has attended since taking over his new job, including meeting with county commissioners concerning the County Landfill hours. He said an agreement was reached to dump as usual as long as he notifies the landfill if he is running late.

He also reported on a meeting with Greg Wright concerning the new electric provider and also with Colin Whitely from Alfalfa Electric Cooperative, who assisted in clarifying the electric lines at the new Kiowa District Hospital, which would still be under AEC coverage. The city administrator said Mr. Whitely mentioned that AEC is open to working out an agreement to allow the hospital to join KMEA along with the rest of the city electric service.

Also discussed was the transmission line north from Burlington to the Kiowa substation, which the City of Kiowa paid to construct in the 1980’s then turned over the AEC for maintenance purposes. The city administrator will look for documentation of what the city actually paid for before further discussions with AEC on that transmission line.

Mr. Leone also said he was made aware that the city should receive a check from AEC for $7,600 in credits which were due Kiowa over the past couple of years.

Advertising is underway for a new electric lineman for the city, but in the meantime Mr. Leone said he has opened discussions with the City of Anthony to provide services on a part-time basis until a new lineman is hired and up to speed. It was reported that two applications have already been received and it was hoped that interviews could begin the first week in January.

Police Chief Steven Johnson also informed council that his department will conduct an “active shooter” class on December 21 at the high school. With all the happenings in the world today, he said it was “better to be prepared than not.” In addition to Kiowa officers, also invited are the Barber County Sheriff’s Dept., Medicine Lodge Police Dept. and the police chief from Attica – all the departments that would most likely respond in the event of a real situation.

Chieftains, Lady Chiefs Open With Wins

The South Barber Lady Chieftains opened their season Friday night with a 45-29 win at Caldwell, while the Chieftain boys won a 46-45 thriller over Caldwell in their contest. Next games are Tuesday, Dec. 8, at Burlington, OK and then the teams head to the NWOSU Prep Classic Dec. 10-12 in Alva, OK.

Giving Back…

Officers from the Barber County Sheriff’s Dept., Kiowa and Medicine Lodge Police Departments and Barber County Attorney’s Office spent Monday, November 23, delivering turkey dinners to 30 families in Barber County as part of their effort to give back to the communities they serve. Pictured above (left to right) are Sheriff Justin Rugg, Undersheriff Lonnie Small, MLPD Sgt. Cameron Quick, BASO Sgt. Alex Gentry, KPD Chief Steve Johnson, County Attorney Gaten Wood, MLPD Chief Nick Krug, and KPD Officer Warren Howerter. Other activities are planned, including a Fun Day at local grade schools on December 17.       Kiowa News photo