Canola fields are in full bloom in south Barber County.

SBHS senior Spencer Kimmell competed May 12 at State Tennis.

SBHS senior Grant Cantrell competed May 12 at State Tennis.

Congratulations 2017 SBHS Seniors!


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


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


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



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.


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.

Labor Day 5K Run Makes Donations

It’s that giving time of year, and the First State Bank Labor Day 5K Run made two donations of $1,000 each to the Friends of Kiowa District Hospital and Manor Foundation and the Kiowa Fire Department last week. Pictured (left to right) are Justin Binder of The First State Bank, 5K Run director Melissa Rector, Judy Schrock from the Hospital and Manor foundation, and Roger Robison from the fire department.


Lady Chieftains 2nd


The South Barber Lady Chieftains are now 5-1 after taking 2nd place in the NWOSU Prep Classic last weekend at Alva, and Tuesday night’s win at South Haven. The Chieftain boys, meanwhile, are now 3-3 after winning the consolation bracket at the NWOSU tournament and defeating South Haven on Tuesday night.

Hometown Grocery Meeting Minutes


The annual meeting of the Hometown Market was held on Monday, November 28, 2016 in the South Barber High School auditorium.  President, Mike Miller, called the meeting to order at 7:04 p.m.  He welcomed everyone to the meeting and informed them that this was the 73rd year of the Kiowa Cooperative Association.

Secretary, Melissa Rector, read the notice of the meeting, as well as, the minutes from 2015.  Chris Tharp moved to accept the minutes as read.  Deb Helfrich seconded.  The minutes stood approved as read.

Amanda Helfrich reviewed the financial statement for the year.  She indicated that even though sales were down the store still had net earnings of approximately $67,500.  Amanda also shared that the board had elected to pay out 100% of the dividends for the year.

Next, elections to the board were held as Candi Davis and Melissa Rector’s terms were up.  Bill Watson nominated Candi and Melissa to serve again, Jeff Miller seconded.  Dee Coggins moved that nominations cease.  Candi and Melissa will serve another term.  Mike informed the assembly that Mark Johnson had resigned from the board and that Trent Humphrey had agreed to serve in his place.  Pam Green nominated Trent to finish serving the rest of Mark Johnson’s term.  Franklin Wright seconded.

Manager, Alice Wright, then gave her report.  She started by thanking Carl and Amanda for all of their work and the patrons for their support.  She then introduced and thanked her employees.  Alice explained the transfer of cooperatives from Affiliated Foods to AWG.  She is focused on replacing the outside lights and expanding the kitchen area in the future.

Mike Miller asked for old business.  There was none.  He then asked for new business, there was none.

The entertainment for the night was a mini vocal concert by SBHS alumni and NWOSU music major, Naicee Guglemeyer.  It was beautiful!

Door Prizes consisted of fruit baskets, candy dishes, and gift cards to the store and were distributed throughout the night and the winners were Marla Talbott, Helen Beisel, Virginia Dixon, Jeff Miller, Darrell Hunt, Christina Duvall, Terry Wolf, Melissa Simpson, Judy Schrock, Kayla Pavlu, Luda Andersen, Ronnie Dominick, and Buddy Liggenstoffer.

Fred Gillig moved that we adjourn, Dee Coggins seconded.  Motion passed.  Meeting was adjourned at 7:42 p.m.

Angel Trees at Local Banks

Angels and Golden Angels will once again be placed on the Christmas Trees at both banks in Kiowa – The First State Bank and Peoples Bank – beginning Monday, Nov. 28.

Please let one of the tellers know the number on the angel that you select. Wrapped gifts need to be returned to the banks by Wednesday, Dec. 14.

There will also be Gold Stars on the Angel Tree this year! Those interested in Gold Stars will provide a senior in our community with a Mobile Meals sponsorship. Suggested donation amounts will be posted on the Stars, but any donation is appreciated. Please visit the Angel Tree and pick up a Gold Star for further details.

Thank you for helping support this project and for providing a blessing for others this holiday season.


City Asks for Help with LMI Survey

Dear Citizens of Kiowa,

The City of Kiowa is requesting your assistance in completing the Low-to-Moderate Income (LMI) survey. The purpose of the survey is to determine the City’s eligibility for State and Federal funding for needed improvements to public facilities and services. Each form has been assigned a number to assure that all data collected will be kept confidential.

Again, the purpose of the survey is to help determine funding mechanisms, such as grants and low-interest federal loans, for projects that are in great need of improvements. Examples of projects in need of repairs include the water line along TriCity Road, wastewater lagoons, and stormwater drainage.

The completed forms should be returned to the City Office at 618 Main Street, Kiowa, KS 67070. All completed forms will receive a one-time credit of $5.00 towards the next City utility bill.

Your assistance in this matter is greatly appreciated. If you have questions regarding the survey, please call the City Office during normal working hours, at 620-825-4127 or email me at

Thank you,

Lou Leone, City Administrator