Monthly Archives: October 2017

Lady Chieftains Bow Out at State Volleyball, End Season With 28-11 Record

Council Hears About “Big Kansas Road Trip”, Recognizes Employees at October Meeting


The Kiowa City Council recognized long time employees and heard a report from the Chamber of Commerce about upcoming events in town at its monthly meeting on October 9. Council members present were Bill Watson, R.L. Simpson, Russ Molz, Brian Hill, Tom Wells and Mayor Brandon Farney.

In opening action, council approved the agenda, previous minutes and bills for payment. Related to bills, City Administrator Lou Leone said that a few of the cities that provided power utility help for Kiowa after the severe windstorms did not charge for labor, just for their expenses, and council thanks them.

Mr. Leone also said that the city budget overall is 4.8% below budget heading into the final months of the year.

Big Kansas Road Trip

Kiowa Chamber of Commerce co-presidents Janet Robison and Cindy Archuleta next visited with council to inform them that Kiowa and Barber County will be featured along with Comanche and Kiowa Counties next spring as part of the first “Big Kansas Road Trip”. The event is replacing the former Kansas Sampler Festival and meetings have been held in Wilmore, KS, which local chamber members have attended.

The idea is to get people “hooked on exploring Kansas” and there is lots to explore in the three counties that will begin the tour. Dates are set for May 3-6, 2018 and the hope is that a large number of folks will come to Barber County, including Kiowa,

“It’s a great way to show our town off,” said Mrs. Robison, and she hoped the whole town would get involved, including Hardtner and Hazelton as well. She said they have been working with Medicine Lodge on a list of events and activities for the event and will keep council informed.

Council was also provided information on the Fall Fest planned for Sunday, October 29, from 2-5 p.m. and the chamber requested that 6th Street just east of the First State Bank be closed so that activities could be held there.

Mrs. Robison also praised the city employees for their efforts in getting the town cleaned up after the storms so that the Labor Day Celebration could be held.

12 Street Boundaries

The city has had problems with drainage in the east part of town ever since the railroad tracks that ran adjacent to 12th Street were abandoned and the tracks pulled. The city has now had 12th Street surveyed to set the exact boundaries of the street so that work can begin to help solve the drainage problem.

The survey also revealed that there is property along the east side of the street that can be claimed by property owners adjacent to it. At present, it is not claimed and is not on the tax rolls.

The city administrator said property owners along the street would be notified of the additional property, but they would have to go through the process of claiming it themselves.

Employees Recognized

Council recognized three employees who have worked the longest for the city in a special ceremony. Shon Webster has worked for the city for 23 years and is presently city mechanic and Refuse Coordinator. Gary Johnson is a 22 year employee and serves as City Superintendent. Ron McKitrick has worked 10 years for the city as general laborer and assistant to Shon in the refuse department.

In other action, council:

  • Heard from Jenny Egging, an engineer with EBH & Associates out of Pratt as she introduced the company and told of the many engineering services her company can provide.
  • Decided not to have a trash pickup day this fall due to the large work load the city crew has already had this year.
  • Discussed the city’s responsibilities on the Recreation Commission with the city administrator to study the issue further and report back next month.
  • Passed Resolution No. 284 to help conclude the USDA Rural Development grant the city has applied for.
  • Gave approval for the city administrator to donate 80 hours of his sick/leave time to another employee who is out on medical leave a little longer than planned.
  • Thanked the Methodist Youth for painting parking lines and curbing on Main Street.

For the Administrator’s Report, see last week’s newspaper.

Taylor Pollock Earns Trip to State Tennis

Taylor Pollock

South Barber junior Taylor Pollock took 6th place in singles play on Saturday, October 7, to earn a trip to this weekend’s 3-2-1A State Tennis Championships in Prairie Village, KS.

Taylor, daughter of Mark and Krista Pollock, will take an 18-12 record to State, which will be played at the Harmon Park Tennis Complex in Prairie Village. The meet is hosted by Kansas City Christian High School.

In opening play at Regional, Taylor defeated Graves of Cimarron by set scores of 6-3, 6-1. She next faces Sydney Roe of Kingman, who ended up taking second place, and fell by scores of 6-4, 6-1.

She next faced Friesen from Meade HS and won an exciting match as she dropped the first set 4-6 but roared back to win the next to sets by scores of 6-4, 6-3. That put her in the match for 5th place against Jacki Endicott of Ashland. She lost the match 6-1, 6-1 but still earned a trip to State with her 6th place finish.

South Barber’s other singles player, Savannah Hughbanks, lost in the first round of play to Osborne of Kiowa County by scores of 6-3, 7-5.

Sabrina Bellar of Conway Springs won the Regional singles title.

In doubles play, the doubles team of sophomores Takira Blick and Malayna McKitrick came into the tournament seeded 10th and lost their opening match to Hawley/Moffitt of Cimarron in a close match by set scores of 7-6 (7-5 tiebreaker), 2-6, 10-8.

The other Lady Chieftain doubles team of freshma Allie Hoch and junior Haylie Drake had the tough task of facing the top-seeded team of Wolke/Koester of Conway Springs in their opening match and lost 6-0, 6-0. The Conway Springs team went on to take first place.

South Barber is coached by Katie Hughes.

Team scoring was led by Conway Springs with 25 followed by Kingman with 10, Meade 7, Chaparral 6, Ashland 4, Cimarron 3, South Barber 2 and Kiowa County 1 point.


SBHS Homecoming Royalty

Royalty pictured above (left to right) are sophomores Zane Lyons and Adrienne Allison, juniors Fernando Alvarez Fernandez and Ines Jakob, seniors Slater Blick and Kaleigh Velasquez, seniors Joe Bowden and Queen Idallis Shaffer, and freshmen Tyler Schupbach and Sterling Rector.
Kindergarten helpers pictured in front (left to right) are Bradley Cropp, Jancey Goodno, Declan Quick, and Janda Goodno.

Homecoming Queen Idallis Shaffer