On Saturday, April 29, from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.. the Kiowa Police Department, Barber County EMS and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will give the public its 13th opportunity in 7 years to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs. Bring your pills for disposal to the Kiowa Police Department at 1210 Main Street. The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.

Last October, Americans turned in 366 tons (over 730,000 pounds) of prescription drugs at almost 5,200 sites operated by the DEA and more than 4,000 of its state and local law enforcement partners. Overall, in its 12 previous Take Back events, DEA and its partners have taken in over 7.1 million pounds—more than 3,500 tons—of pills.

This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs. Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet. In addition, Americans are now advised that their usual methods for disposing of unused medicines—flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash—both pose potential safety and health hazards.

For more information about the disposal of prescription drugs or about the April 29 Take Back Day event, go to the DEA website or call the Kiowa Police Department at 620-825-4124

 

Northwestern Oklahoma State University’s Computer Science program will show off its new robotics lab during a public dedication and open house on Friday, April 28, from 1-3 p.m. The new lab is located in Room 116 of Shockley Hall.

A brief program will occur at 1:30 p.m.

Separate gifts from Bill and Billie Buckles, and Dr. Charles and Jane Tucker, all of Alva, provided funding for the department to develop both a design lab and build lab in Shockley Hall. Students will have access to high-end computers, as well as various equipment and tools to learn how to design, program and build robots.

Computer science students will be able to take various courses in programming and introductory robotics.

In addition, the robotics lab will be utilized for a variety of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) outreach programs through Northwestern, as well as various computer science club programs and activities.

The William R. and Billie Dean Buckles Endowed STEM Initiative for Computer Science will increase and enhance STEM educational opportunities available to students and faculty, as well as the public of northwest Oklahoma.

The Dr. Charles and Jane Tucker Computer Science Lectureship will support the computer science faculty, staff and students by providing funding for travel and training.

To learn more about these new areas within the Computer Science program, please contact Evan Vaverka, instructor of computer science, at (580) 327-8587 or epvaverka@nwosu.edu or Mark Bagley, instructor of computer science, at (580) 327-8604 or mabagley@nwosu.edu.

 

State intro

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.

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.

"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

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 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

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.

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.