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.


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.


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.

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.




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.


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”.

(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




Voters in Barber County and all of Kansas will head to the polls on Tuesday, August 7, for the state’s Primary Election. Polls will be open from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Voters in Kiowa, Hardtner, Hazelton and surrounding rural areas will cast ballots at the Kiowa Community Building. Voters in Medicine Lodge, Sharon, Sun City and remaining areas of Barber County will vote at Barber County Courthouse Annex in Medicine Lodge.

Commissioner, State Rep Races

A seat on the Barber County Commission is up for election from District 1, which includes most of the City of Medicine Lodge and areas east. Incumbent Steve Garten and Mike Roe, both from Medicine Lodge, are running for the seat as Republicans.

The winner will face no opposition in the November 6 General Election.

Kyle D. Hoffman, Republican from Coldwater, is running unopposed for re-election to the Kansas House of Representatives from the 116th District. He will also face no competition in November from a Democratic candidate.

U.S. Representative

Kansas 4th District Congressman Ron Estes will face competition for his seat in the U.S. House of Representatives from another Ron Estes on the Republican ticket, while Laura Lombard and James A. Thompson are running on the Democratic ticket.

Many Running for State Offices

The race for Kansas Governor has a host of candidates. On the Republican side are candidates Jim Barnett, Jeff Colyer, Kris Kobach, Patrick Kucera, Tyler Ruzich, Ken Selzer and Joseph Tulera Jr., while Democrats running are Arden Anderson, Jack Bergeson, Carl Brewer, Laura Kelly and Joshua Svaty.

Republicans running for Secretary of State are Randy Duncan, Keith Esau, Craig McCullah, Scott Schwab and Dennis Taylor, and the winner will face Democrat Brian McClendon.

Derek Schmidt is running to keep his office of Attorney General on the Republican ticket and will face Sarah G. Swain, a Democrat, in November.

Republican Jake LaTurner and Democrat Marci Francisco are competing for the office of State Treasurer, while Vicki Schmidt and Clark Shultz are on the Republican ticket for Commissioner of Insurance and will face Democrat Nathaniel McLaughlin in the November General Election.

Township Clerks and Precinct Committeemen and Committeewomen will also be selected for all townships in Barber County. Most do not have candidates that have filed for those seats with the exception of Medicine Lodge Township (Richard Wortman, clerk), Moore Township (Shawn Simpson, clerk), Sun City Township (J. Paul Cox, clerk), Medicine Lodge One (Melvin E. Thompson and Carol A. Thompson, committeeman and committeewoman), and Medicine Lodge Three (Steve Garten and Amy Sill, committeeman and committeewoman.

Kiowa voters voted 157-38 to keep term limits for the elected offices of Mayor and City Council in a special election on Tuesday.

The Kiowa City Council passed an ordinance earlier this year to eliminate term limits, but a public petition forced the ordinance to a vote in which voters rejected the ordinance. The city will now revert back to the previous ordinance that has been in effect for several years limiting elected officials to a maximum of two consecutive terms in office.

MEDICINE LODGE- Barber County Sheriff Lonnie Small was the subject of a Petition for Damages lawsuit filed last week in Barber County District Court. The suit was filed by attorneys for Kristina Myers, on behalf of herself and three minor children.

The charges stem from an incident on October 6, 2017 when the sheriff and deputies responded to a call in Sun City in which witnesses state that Steven P. Myers had threatened patrons at Buster’s bar with a shotgun. Officers later found Myers, who the suit claims had returned home, put away his shotgun, and had taken his dog for a walk.

After being ordered out of a shed, the lawsuit states that Myers was standing in the middle of the back yard with his arms at his side, unarmed, and receiving conflicting orders from deputies. A few seconds later, Undersheriff Virgil “Dusty” Brewer shot Myers in the chest with a “less-lethal” bean bag round from a 12 gauge shotgun from an estimated 6-8 feet away, resulting in Myers’ death. A large portion of the incident was recorded on officer body cameras and had earlier been released to the courts and the public.

Under the “wrongful death” portion of the lawsuit, the filing states that:

Count I – Wrongful Death (K.S.A. § 60-1901 et seq.)

64. Without a reporting party, Defendant Sheriff Small and his employees did not have probable cause to arrest Steven Myers.

65. Even if the arrest of Steven Myers had been justified, Defendant Sheriff Small and his employees owed Steven Myers a duty to use only reasonable force, if any force was necessary at all, to effect his arrest.

66. Undersheriff Brewer breached that duty when, while acting within the scope of his employment, he shot and killed Steven Myers under circumstances where no reasonable officer would have done so.

67. Defendant Sheriff Small breached the duty owed to Steven Myers by failing to use appropriate force to affect his arrest, namely, deploying the K-9 if necessary rather than his Undersheriff armed with a 12-gauge shotgun.

68. Defendant Sheriff Small breached the duty owed to Steven Myers by failing to adequately train and supervise Defendant Undersheriff Brewer in the appropriate use of beanbag shotgun rounds, which failure proximately led to Steven Myers’s death.

69. Defendant Small knew or should have known that Undersheriff Brewer was not adequately familiar with the Policies and Procedures of the Barber County Sheriff’s Office, and that Undersheriff Brewer was not adequately trained or certified in the appropriate usage of beanbag shotgun rounds.

70. Defendant Small knew or should have known that, during the subject call on October 6, 2017, Undersheriff Brewer armed himself with a weapon and ammunition not procured by or owned by the Barber County Sheriff’s Office and failed to wear and activate his body camera, in violation of the Barber County Sheriff’s Office Policies and Procedures.

71. Defendant Small’s actions and omissions herein were done while acting within the scope of his employment.

72. Defendant Sheriff Small, by his actions and omissions alleged herein, proximately caused the death of Steven P. Myers.

73. Defendant’s conduct was with reckless or callous indifference to the consequences.

The lawsuit states the plaintiffs have suffered damages due to the death of their husband and father for, but not limited to:

a. Mental anguish, suffering, or bereavement;

b. loss of society, companionship, comfort, or protection;

c. loss of marital care, attention, advice, or counsel;

d. loss of parental care, training, guidance, or education; and

e. reasonable funeral expenses for the deceased.

Plaintiffs pray for relief against Defendant Lonnie Small as follows:

1. For general and non-economic damages in a sum to be determined at trial;

2. For special damages, including but not limited to lost income and Wentling damages, in a sum to be determined at trial;

3. For reasonable funeral and burial expenses;

4. For punitive and exemplary damages in amounts to be determined at trial;

5. For costs and interest as allowed by law;

6. And for such other relief as the Court deems just and proper.

Plaintiffs hereby demand trial by jury on all claims so triable.

Undersheriff Brewer is currently the defendant in a lawsuit in federal court over the shooting death of Steven Myers, but Sheriff Small was released from that lawsuit with the judge allowing that the sheriff could face legal action in state court. Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt is also currently investigating whether a criminal act took place regarding Myers’ death.