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Local - July 22, 2024

COFFEE: Barber County United invites the public to join them in Network Coffees at 10am each month on the third Tuesday in Kiowa and the third Thursday in Medicine Lodge. Locations will be published as soon as they become available.

VOTING CHANGE: Elections in Kiowa will now be held permanently at the Barber County Ambulance Building. It will be the same 6 precincts, Aetna, Elwood, Hazelton, Kiowa East, Kiowa West, and Moore. This includes the Primary, General, BOE, special voting and any election the county has.

DECREASED SPEED LIMIT: The speed limit will be decreased for the section of Well Road between the north Medicine Lodge City Limits to 0.6 miles north. Travel at a maximum speed of 30 mph.

Barber County Health Department Monthly Schedule
Tuesday am -Wic Clinic/or by appointment
Tuesday pm- Footcare
Every 2nd week on Friday Footcare in Kiowa
Family Planning Clinic- once a month (day varies)
Covid vaccine offered by appointment
Allergy Clinic offered by appointment
Love and Logic parenting class -by appointment only
Presumptive Eligibility for KanCare- by appointment only
Immunizations by appointment only
Pre-school and kindergarten physicals
Flu shot Clinic -starting each Oct.

MEETING: All Veterans Organization will meet the second Thursday of every month at 7 p.m. at the Legion Hall.

COMMUNITY CARRY-IN DINNER for seniors age 50 and over at Isabel Senior Center. Every third Thursday at 6:00 p.m. Come join us.

NOTICE: To obtain a burn permit in Medicine Lodge, go to the City Office before burning. There is no charge and it is good for 30 days. Also, please remember to call the Sheriff’s Office and let them know the address.

Notice to citizens of Medicine Lodge: Concerning the legal use of golf carts and ATVs (sometimes called side by sides) on city streets: ONLY licensed adults may operate these vehicles, when the vehicle is properly insured and has the appropriate license plate registered with the city.

MEETINGS: Sharon Fellowship Alcoholics Anonymous Meeting Tuesday evenings 7pm at the Senior Center in the People's Bank building 106 Broadway St Sharon, KS 67138. Contact Randy C 620-930-8207.

NOTICE: Help and hope for family and friends of alcoholics. Join us at Al-Anon (adults) at 7 and Alateen (youth) at 6 in the basement of the Kiowa St. John’s Catholic Church rectory (house on corner of Main and 10th). For questions or possible transportation, please call (620) 899-3268 or email

SUNFLOWER SUMMER: Staff members at the Stockade can help families sign up to participate in Sunflower Summer. Stop by and be amazed with all the Kansas venues just waiting to share their treasures with your families this summer!

NOTICE: If your house is within the ML city limits and needs a new 9-1-1 number, please contact the Stampede 4-H Club for a FREE set! Our club is providing free house numbers as a community service for emergency preparedness. Hardware is provided, and you can attach them or we can. Give us a call at 620-886-2244.

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Barber County
Fair happenings

By Tammy McCain Lonker
The Gyp Hill Premiere
The Barber County Extension Office, 4-H and FFA participants and those submitting Open Class projects are gearing up for the annual county fair activities at the end of this week. The fair will be held July 25-28, 2024. This marks the 103rd year that the fair has been held in Barber County.
Barber County Fair early events began on July 17 with the “Shopping in Style” judging. According to Barber County Extension Agent Robin Eubank-Callis, “Members modeled clothes they had purchased and answered questions about wardrobe planning and budgeting.”
On Friday, July 19th, the perishable foods contest was held. Items that are made by 4-Hers include everything from lasagna to homemade ice cream. Awards were announced following the public fashion review, which was held the same evening.
Saturday, July 20th, members from 4-H and FFA participated in the horse show, which was held in Hardtner. Members of both organizations showed their horses in halter classes and riding classes. Members also competed in showmanship in order to earn their way into the Round Robin Showmanship, which will be held Sunday, July 28th at 10am. “Members also compete for high points awards for doing the best in the most classes,” Eubank-Callis said.
Beginning on Thursday, July 25th, all other judging will take place. “Everyone takes their best cookies, cakes, pies, paintings, quilts, and crafts to Hardtner for a jam-packed weekend,” Eubank-Callis stated.
Also on Thursday, the 25th, the futurity show will be held. To qualify for the futurity, the steers and heifers that are entered into the show must be Barber County born and raised. Also on Thursday, the annual hamburger feed will begin at 6:00 pm. near the livestock arena and the futurity show will begin at 7:00 pm. “As a convenience, the 4-H Building and Open Class building will be open and taking in exhibits between 6:00 and 8:00 pm,” Eubank-Callis shared. “This is an optional time for those that cannot come on Friday morning.”
On Friday, the 4-H and open class buildings open at 7:30 am in order for people to enter their exhibits. 4-H exhibit judging begins at 9:00 am and open class judging begins at 1:00 pm.
The sheep show will be held Friday afternoon at 3:00 pm., followed by the goat show at 4:00 pm. The final event to be judged on Friday is the rabbit and poultry Show at 5:00 pm. The KPRA Rodeo begins at 8:00 at the rodeo arena inside the fairgrounds.
Saturday, the swine show will begin at 8am in the livestock arena. The bucket calf show will start at 11:00 am, followed at 11:30 by the 4-H, FFA and open class beef show. The pet show will begin at 3:00 pm and will be followed by the kids’ pedal tractor pull at 4:30 P.M. The Rodeo begins at 8:00 pm and is followed by Rick Huckaby Concert.
The order of Saturday’s events has been changed to different times than they had been held in previous years. “The Fair Board made this change with the hope that families will come to the Pedal Tractor Pull at 4:30 pm, stay to have dinner with one of the many options and stay for the Rodeo,” Eubank-Callis stated.
Sunday will be the final day of the Barber County Fair. County Fair Church begins at 9:00 am. The Round Robin Showmanship will be held at 10:00 am. “This is where the Champion Junior and Senior Showmen from the Horse, Beef, Sheep, Goat and Swine show compete to see who can do the best overall showing of all of the animals,” Eubank-Callis shared.
Sunday afternoon includes a Watermelon Feed Sponsored by Barber County Farm Bureau. At 1:45 pm, the Fair Board will present their scholarship and a few special awards. The Premium Sale for 4-H and FFA members will begin at 2:00 pm.
The Merchants’ Building is host to businesses from inside and outside of the county desiring to share their products/information. The Merchant building will be open on Friday from 2-8 pm and Saturday 10 am to 8 pm.
“Nam and Pops will have their inflatables and fun games available for the young and young at heart on Friday from 4PM - 10 pm and Saturday 2-10 pm,” Eubank-Callis said.
In addition to the traditional premium sale, the Fair Board is hosting a silent auction, which is new this year. 4-H and FFA members, who are not part of the premium sale, are only allowed to sell one item. “These members may select a food, arts & craft, photograph, woodworking or sewing entry to enter into the silent auction,” Eubank-Callis explained. “The money raised through the Silent Auction will go directly to the 4-H or FFA member, like the Premium Auction. The Fair Board is trying this option as a way to allow the community to support all members of 4-H and FFA.”

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Church Directory
Holy Rosary Catholic Church 
300 Curry Lane
Mass 6 p.m. Saturday.

Community Bible Fellowship
Isabel Road & Curry Lane
Worship at 9:30 a.m. Teaching at 11 a.m.
Teaching Elder - Dwain Richert  886-9805

First Baptist Church
900 Guffey Street
Sunday School 9:45 a.m. Worship 11 a.m.
Sun. Evening Service 7: p.m.
KREJ Radio Hour - 9 a.m. Sundays
Wed. 7:00 p.m.

First Assembly of God
701 N. Iliff
Rev. Rodney M. Worsham
Sun: Sunday School  9:30
Morning Service 10:30
Children’s Church 10:30
Evening Service 6:00
Wed Night Bible Study/Kids Activities/Revived Youth: 7:00

Southern Baptist Mission
Sunday School 9:45 a.m.
Morning Worship 10:30 a.m.
Youth Group 6 p.m. & Evening Service 7 p.m.

St. Mark Episcopal Church
Second and Walnut
Morning Worship, 9 a.m.
Wednesday night Bible Study
 7:00 p.m.

St. John's Lutheran Church
Nashville, KS
Sunday School 9:45  a.m.
Worship  Service 8:30 a.m.
886-3397 or 246-5220

Sun City Baptist Church
Sunday School 10:00 a.m.
Worship Service 11:00 a.m.
Sunday night & Wednesday evening
Service 7:00 p.m.

First Christian Church
300 South Main
Sunday School 9:30 a.m.
Worship Service 10:30 a.m.
Pastor Tom Walters 886-3743

First United Presbyterian Church
201 North Walnut
Worship Service, 9 a.m.
Contact: LeAnn Colborn

Trinity Lutheran Church
Guffey and ElDorado
Sunday School 9:45  a.m.
Worship  8:30 a.m.
886-3397 or 246-5220

United Methodist Church
Second and Walnut
Worship Service 8:30 a.m. & 10:30 a.m.
Sunday School 9:30 a.m.