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Nate Houston Named Kiowa Police Chief

Kiowa welcomed a new Police Chief this week as Nate Houston has been selected by the mayor and city council to head the local department.

Chief Houston, 35, was born and raised in Harper, KS and is a 2002 graduate of Chaparral High School. He attended the University of Kansas for one year before coming back to Harper County and taking a position with the Anthony Police Department, where he also worked part-time for the Harper County Sheriff’s Department.

He went to work for the Harper Police Dept. in 2012 and has served as a sergeant in the department the past three years. Chief Houston has taken supervising and administration classes during his time at Harper along with crime scene and detective courses.

“I love the small town environment,” he said, adding that his goal is to earn the confidence of the public so they won’t hesitate to call him when there is a problem. A search for another full-time officer is already underway, and the new chief said he plans to use Michael Simpson as a reserve officer, a position he has served in the past few years.

Chief Houston is single and has a daughter, Greinley, who will turn 7 years old in October.

 

Peace Treaty Pageant This Weekend in Medicine Lodge

Thousands are planning trips to the south-central Kansas town of Medicine Lodge later this month to witness the Medicine Lodge Peace Treaty Pageant.

The full scale reenactment encompasses 300 years of history leading up to the great Peace Council of 1867 between the US Government and the five tribes of the Great Plains.

Set in a natural amphitheater overlooking the panoramic backdrop of the Gypsum Hills and the Kansas sky, the pageant commemorates the diverse cultures of the discoverers, explorers, and settlers mixed with the native peoples of the Central Plains. This remarkable undertaking by the hundreds of volunteers and livestock from Medicine Lodge and the surrounding area only takes place every few years.

Experience history on the red bricks of Main Street as the community transforms into a frontier town, with parades and the Medicine Lodge historical night show featuring gun slinging cowboys, bank robbers, can-can dancers and hatchet-wielding Carry Nation. Entertainment can be found in all forms during the weekend: street dances featuring Lucky People and the Mike Love Band, craft fairs, food vendors and unique shops around town. Enjoy the day while listening to live music on the downtown stage, take a wagon ride and let the kids expend some energy at the inflatables.

Be sure to head to the Powwow Pavilion in the city park to watch the annual intertribal powwow. Spectators have opportunities to glance into the history of Native Americans, glimpse a centuries-old tradition and gaze upon the beauty of their regalia while listening to the rhythmic beat of their drums and voices lifted in song.

Food vendors will be on site with the always-popular Indian tacos and fry bread. A wide selection of Native items including jewelry, wooden crafts, blankets and rugs will be available. Bring a lawn chair and enjoy the experience.

Explore a colorful era of western history with the trappers and traders at the Mountain Man Encampment. The Stockade Museum is again planning several special guest events including a blacksmith, book signings, pony rides and demonstrations in the Carry Nation Home. Don’t miss the 30th Annual Kansas Championship Ranch Rodeo and its Cowboy Trappings and Trade Show.

Come be a part of history in this thrilling weekend in Medicine Lodge. Additional information and tickets can be found at peacetreaty.org .

Medicine Lodge Indian Peace Treaty Association, PO Box 194, Medicine Lodge, Kansas 67104, 620-886-9815• office@peacetreaty.org

 

Savannah Hughbanks Crowned Homecoming Queen

South Barber senior Savannah Hughbanks was crowned Football Homecoming Queen Friday night in front of a large Chieftain crowd.

South Barber Celebrates Homecoming Friday Night

Haylie Drake, Savannah Hughbanks and Destiny Lyons

South Barber High School will holds its annual Homecoming Celebration this Friday, Sept. 14. The Parade will begin at 2:30 p.m. down Main Street followed by a pep rally at the corner of 5th and Main. The crowning of the Homecoming Queen will be held at 6:30 p.m. followed by the football game between South Barber and Central Christian at 7:00 p.m.

Three seniors have been selected to serve this year as Homecoming Queen candidates.

HAYLIE DRAKE is the daughter of Nathan and Robin Drake. She participates in FCCLA, is class vice president and Student Council treasurer. She is also a cheerleader and Turner Youth Group president.

Haylie is a member of the National Honor Society and has received her bronze and silver honor pins. She enjoys playing with her dogs and “hanging out” with her family and binge watching “Friends” on Netflix.

After graduation, she plans to attend a community college to receive a business degree and hopes to become a florist.

SAVANNAH HUGHBANKS is the daughter of Kyle and Trina Hughbanks. She serves this year at President of the National Honor Society and FCCLA and is vice-president of the Student Council and FFA.

Savannah also participates in volleyball, basketball, track and vocal music and is a cheerleader.

She has received her Kansas State FFA degree and was a Girls State representative. She has also received academic excellence awards, is Kansas Hugh O’Brien Youth Leadership representative and has medaled at State in tennis, track and went to State in basketball. She was also a USSSA All-State softball pitcher in Kansas and Missouri.

Her hobbies include watching movies and reading, and she plans to attend the University of Central Oklahoma next year majoring in Psychology and Forensic Science.

DESTINY LYONS is the daughter of Chad Lyons and Monique Arrington and is active in Drama, Yearbook, Forensics and is a member of the Grace Bible Fellowship Youth Group.

Destiny enjoys reading, writing, drawing and working with her friends at the Sideline. After graduation, she plans to attend the Hays Academy of Hair Design.

Serving as escorts for the queen candidates will be senior football players Cole Coggins, Neal Gugelmeyer and Nick Malone.

Attendants

Serving as attendants from the junior class will be Maria Pedroso and Kutter Jewell, while sophomore class attendants are Chloe Blunk and Kade Wright. Freshman class attendants will be Grace Cantrell and Nick Leone.

Kindergarten helpers that will carry the queen’s crown, robe and signed football will be Annyston Courson, daughter of Brett and Heidi Courson; Channing Humphrey, daughter of Trent and Abby Humphrey; Liam Brattin, son of Joey and Rae Brattin’ and Marlin Gebers, son of David and Jessica Gebers.

 

Friday Night Football: South Barber 50 Fairfield 0

AG Derek Schmidt Files Involuntary Manslaughter Charge Against Barber County Undersheriff

MEDICINE LODGE − (September 5, 2018) − A Barber County man has been charged with involuntary manslaughter, Attorney General Derek Schmidt said.

Schmidt today filed the criminal charge against Virgil “Dusty” Brewer, 60, in connection with the death of Steven Myers near Sun City in October 2017. Brewer is the undersheriff of Barber County. The charge is one count of involuntary manslaughter. Bond has been set at $15,000, and a condition of bond is that Brewer not engage in law enforcement activity.

Brewer is scheduled for a first appearance September 7 at 11 a.m. in Barber County District Court.

Criminal charges are merely accusations. Individuals are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

Any public comments on the prosecution of Brewer are governed by the Kansas Rules of Professional Conduct Rule 3.6, Trial Publicity, and Rule 3.8, Special Responsibilities of a Prosecutor. All media requests or inquiries should be directed to the Office of the Attorney General, 120 S.W. 10th, 2nd Floor, Topeka, Kansas 66612, (785) 296-6115.

No additional information is available at this time.

A copy of the complaint is available at http://bit.ly/2PFMksb.

Senior Citizens Can Get Into Games for FREE!

Are you 65 years of age or older? Do you love Chieftains sports? The South Barber School District wants you to come to their home games, and they want you to come for free. Above, Keith and Janie Rathgeber show off their Golden Tickets they picked up at the USD Central Office, presented to them by Superintendent Dr. Mylo Miller, right. If you are a senior citizen, just drop by the USD Office downtown, sign up, and receive your own Golden Ticket for free admittance to all South Barber home football and basketball games this season.

 

Enjoy Labor Day Weekend in Kiowa!

By KIOWA CHAMBER

of COMMERCE

The Kiowa Chamber of Commerce welcomes everyone to the 79th Annual Labor Day Celebration this weekend! The tradition started in 1939 and has only gotten better and better during the years.

This year, the fun begins Saturday, Sept. 1, with garage sales. A listing of all the garage sales is expected to be available at various locations around town.

Later in the morning the Duck Soup Invitational Softball Tournament gets underway. Grab your lawn chairs and enjoy the softball competition.

Also on Sept. 1, the 6th annual Cowboy Triathlon will be held at Perschbacher Arena, located just northeast of town. Action begins at 10 a.m. and competition will include shooting five skeets, hitting five golf balls in the arena, and roping five steers.

Come to enter or just to watch. For more information call Ryan at 620-213-2439 or Brena at 620-213-2440.

Sunday, Sept. 2, the Kiowa Classic Car will be held at Progress Park. For more information contact Clint Stewart at 620-213-1834 or April Stewart at 620-825-6252. There will be door prizes, games and concessions all day, along with great music. Plaques will be awarded to the top cars, trucks and semi’s. Registration to enter a vehicle is $15.00, and there is free admission for the public. Gates open at 8:00 a.m.

The popular Burnout will be held 2:00 p.m. at the corner of 8th and Miller.

When you get done seeing all the neat cars, you can watch volleyball at the court in the park. The Shriners will have a concession stand on Sunday.

Monday, Sept. 3, will start with the First State Bank Labor Day 5K Run beginning at 8:00 a.m. In addition to the 5K, it also includes a Fun Run and Kid’s Kuarter. This race is always a favorite for both runners and fans, so show up early and participate or cheer on the runners.

Activities at Progress Park begin early as the Kiowa Historical Society will be selling homemade cinnamon rolls and coffee. Cakewalk and Bingo begin around 11:00 a.m. If you would like to donate a cake just bring it that morning to the Chamber booth.

Our famous “Beaners” will have the beans and all the fixin’s ready at noon for the Free Bean Feed. Food booths will include the Congregational Church, Methodist Church, St. John’s Catholic Church and Barber County Shriners.

After you eat, try your luck at the Horseshoe Pitching Contest starting at 1:00 p.m. Other activities include the 3-point Basketball Contest at 1:30 p.m., Hay Scramble at 2:00 p.m., Closest to the Pin Golf Contest at 2:30 p.m., and if it’s a warm afternoon, the fire truck will spray down anyone who wants to get cooled off at 2:30 p.m.

There will also be inflatables for the kids to enjoy all day, and at the end of Monday’s activities there will be a Gospel Concert.

It will be a busy weekend, and the Chamber extends a big Thank You to everyone who volunteers to help with the event.

Larry McCarty Recognized for Over 50 Years as Barber

By REX ZIMMERMAN

Ask Larry McCarty, and there’s nothing more satisfying than cutting hair and visiting with good friends and customers.

Larry was recognized last week by the Kansas Board of Barbering in Topeka for over 50 years of being a licensed barber. Nearly all of those years have been serving his customers in Kiowa.

The best part of the job, he said, are “all the good people” he comes into contact on a daily basis. As Kiowa’s only traditional barber shop, complete with an iconic rotating barber pole outside the door, he treasures his regular customers while noting the loss of some of his long time customers over the past few years.

Larry began cutting hair in 1962 after graduating from barber school in Wichita. He first took a job in Liberal, but after marrying his wife, Joyce, in June of that year moved to Hardtner and set up shop in the old hotel.

He began work in Kiowa in 1967 when he joined another local barber, John Myers, as his shop. He soon moved to his present location at 627 Main Street, where he has worked for the past 40 years.

Along with his barbering, Larry is a former city councilman and was a major force in the local Lions Club which helped support the upkeep of the Scout Hut as well as complete community projects such as the flag pole at Progress Park and the entrance sign and memorial brick walkway, also at the park.

Larry is always optimistic, which fits the barbering business perfectly. But he noted that there was a time that things weren’t going so well – that was during the popularity of the Beatles, when he said over half the barbers went out of business as the trend for long hair on men became popular.

Those trends have changed over the years, and he said business has come back over time. And the good news for his loyal customers is that he doesn’t plan to retire any time soon, although he might “slow down a bit”. That’s good news for those wanting their hair clipped while keeping up on the latest “news of the day”.

Barber County Primary Election Results

(Unofficial)   35% VOTER TURNOUT

Barber County Commissioner – District 1

Mike Roe (R)  176

Steve Garten (R)   121

Governor/Lt. Governor

DEOMOCRAT  Kelly/Rogers 46  –  Brewer/Morrow 44  –  Svaty/Lewison 19  –  Andersen/Cowsert 5  –  Bergeson/Cline 5

REPUBLICAN  Kobach/Hartman 363  –  Colyer/Mann 344  –  Selzer/Sanderson 55  –  Kucera/Reitz 4  –  Tutera/Clemente 2  –  Ruzich/Scavuzzo 1

U.S Representative – 4th District

REPUBLICAN  Rep. Ron Estes 691  –  Ron M. Estes 78

DEMOCRAT  Laura Lombard 63  –  James A. Thompson 53

Secretary of State

REPUBLICAN  Scott Schwab 213  –  Randy Duncan 186  –  Keith Esau 172  –  Dennis Taylor 91  –  Craig McCullah 74

Commissioner of Insurance

REPUBLICAN   Clark Schultz 387  –  Vicki Schmidt 367