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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.

Kiowa Senior Center Facing Tough Decisions With Fewer Folks Attending

By NITA BIRDWELL

It is now 2017, and the time has come for a decision. First of all, an article came out in the Kiowa News last fall, regarding the Kiowa Senior Center. In response to that article, we received a letter from Marilyn McBrayer Perkins from Texas. Her parents were involved and held offices here at the Center. And now they are gone, in fact most of the people that were involved are gone.

Marilyn asked if our “problem” was due to lack of things to do? She offered an idea, called “The Prayer Shawl”, and would send information about that, if we were interested. Thanks Marilyn, for your concern and your suggestion.

The problem is lack of people interested in our Kiowa Senior Center. By that, I need to insert here, there are a number of groups that meet here. I already have one group booked for the entire year. What we really need is people to take part in the meetings, lunches, etc.

And that means we need new officers. January is the month that New Officers take office. The retiring officers have held offices for five single year terms. This does not mean that you need to be here every day from 1 to 3 p.m. That would be nice, but not everyone has that kind of time.

There are many 50+ yr. old people (men and women) in Kiowa that could be coming to the Kiowa Senior Center, however, some have grandchildren or great grandchildren that are involved in sports, or music at school. I don’t blame them at all, if I were lucky enough to have grandchildren in school here in Kiowa, I’d be there along with them.

Some people are still working, and that is understandable. Some people are caretakers for their parents or spouses. In those cases, I can understand your not being able to come to the Center. We do have some new interested people coming, but they already hold offices in two, three or more organizations, and just can’t take on any thing else. I totally understand that.

The Kiowa Senior Center is not like a hospital, or manor. We are a group of people that are still able to get out, go and do, we do not set around with long faces. We visit and laugh, do puzzles, quilt, color, or just visit, eat snacks and drink coffee.

Come on people of Kiowa, if you don’t want to see the Kiowa Senior Center close, then jump on board and let’s get this train moving. This building is a historical building – remember it used to be “Eric’s” or the “Dutchman’s”, across from Kiowa High School. Many of us remember the skating rink in the back. We also remember the delicious food every day at noon. Special Memories. Let’s not allow this place to close. It would be a shame to let this organization close the doors, due to the lack of interested people.

I will say this, we appreciate every organization that meets here; Young Homemakers, General Store, morning exercise group, family reunions, birthday parties, jewelry parties, etc., this is just an example of groups that utilize our building.

We don’t want to close the doors on you, because we can’t find officers to run the Kiowa Senior Center. All we need are people to be willing to take an office, i.e., President, Vice President, and Secretary. Kim Blevins is our Treasurer, and we thank her for continuing with that responsibility. Thank You for your time and attention given to this matter!

Jan 17 – Business Meeting @ 2 p.m

Jan 19 – Third Thursday Lunch @ 12 noon – We’ll supply the soup and crackers. You may bring a salad, condiments or favorite dessert.

Kiowa Couple Injured, Wichita Man Killed in K-2 Accident Sunday

 

By REX ZIMMERMAN

A Kiowa couple were injured and a Wichita man died as a result of a two-vehicle collision New Year’s Day a few miles west of Anthony.

According to the Kansas Highway Patrol accident report, Dean Mark Melton, 29, of Wichita was westbound on K-2 highway in a 2013 Ford Fusion when for an unknown reason the vehicle went left of center and struck a 2008 Buick Enclave driven by Cynthia J. Archuleta, 60, of Kiowa, which was eastbound.

The accident happened at 10:05 a.m. about 12 miles west of Anthony.

Melton was taken to Anthony Hospital where he was pronounced dead. Cindy Archuleta received serious injuries and was transported to Via Christi Medical Center in Wichita. Her husband, Danny Archuleta, 63, was taken to Anthony Hospital with less serious injuries.

According to the KHP, Melton was not wearing a seatbelt, while the Archuletas were wearing safety restraints.

Kiowa Enjoys “Old Fashioned” Christmas with No Electricity

City administrator Lou Leone took this pictures of power pole damage.

City administrator Lou Leone took this pictures of power pole damage.

By REX ZIMMERMAN

An “Old Fashioned” Christmas? Well, that’s the way it seemed on Christmas Day as the town spent around 13 hours or so without electric power.

A line of thunderstorms and very strong straight line winds roared through town just after the noon knocking out power to Kiowa after several power poles were flattened on the main power line south of town.

Local crews were quickly on the scene and at least two other utility crews were summoned to help as the work continued into the night. Power came back on to much of the town shortly after 1:00 a.m.

On the bright side, temperatures on Christmas Day hovered just under 60 degrees allowing kids and adults alike to get out and enjoy the nice weather.

The storm also left more damage. The roofs at Bogner, Inc. at 4th and Main and The Corner Stop at 7th and Main were heavily damaged by the winds, and there were numerous limbs down throughout the community.

During the power line repairs, City Administrator Lou Leone tried to keep citizens up to date on what was going on with his Facebook posts throughout the evening.