Welcome Back Students & Teachers!

Welcome Back Students & Teachers!

First day of school is Thursday, August 24th!

Beautiful scene just southwest of Kiowa on Stateline Road.

South Barber area had a very good wheat harvest!

Cole Coggins took 3rd at State in the 300 meter hurdles.

 

Optimistic Outlook for South Central Telephone as Expansion Plans Continue, Upgrades Planned

By REX ZIMMERMAN

South Central Telephone Assn. held its 2017 annual meeting on Friday, April 28, at the Kiowa Community Building. A capacity crowd enjoyed a delicious meal catered by Raykie’s Catering of Medicine Lodge and heard a report of the past year’s activities.

Mike VanCampen, president of the board of directors, welcomed everyone to the meeting and dinner and handled the election of officers. Paul Harbaugh was unopposed for re-elected as director from the Kiowa exchange with 108 votes, and Kenneth Dohm was re-elected as director from the Lake City/Sun City exchange by an 18-14 vote count over Lori Johnson.

Other directors are Brent Garvie from Burlington/Byron exchange, Jesse Blasi from Iuka, Ronnie Patterson from Hazelton, and Dan Hrencher from Sharon.

The financial report for the association showed that even through difficult periods, the association has remained strong financially with equity about five times the amount of debt. The bottom line “net margin” showed a total for 2016 of $482,918.00, an increase of over $20,000 from 2015.

General Manager Kelly Johnson said in his report that uncertainty in the industry, especially at the federal level, has finally cleared allowing the company to forecast revenues with more certainty. This will allow the company to continue expansion projects in the Harper and Anthony areas while streamlining expenses and “focusing on what our customers need”.

Johnson reported on a new service, URTech, which is provided by local employees and will give customers more and better support. He also said that work on upgrades on electronic hardware on the outside of customer’s residences and businesses in the Kiowa and Burlington exchanges will begin very shortly and should be completed by Fall.

Johnson also reminded all SCTelcom customers that the battery backup which was installed in their homes and businesses with the fiber optics system several years ago needs a new battery every three or four years. The batteries can be picked up at any SCTelcom office at no charge.

“All in all, things are going pretty well,” Johnson concluded.

Scholarships were next awarded to seniors living in SCTelcom exchanges. Students receiving the honors were Kacee Hostetler, Spencer Kimmell, Bailey Roberts and Emily Rugg from South Barber High School, Kayley Geesling from Fairfield High School, Kendra England from Medicine Lodge High School and Jonathan Armbruster from Burlington High School.

Several door prizes and gift certificates were given away to conclude the meeting.

Chieftains at State Basketball!

State intro

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.