Obituary of Marjorie Foster

Marjorie Mae Foster, age 98, died Thursday, January 23, 2020, at the Medical Lodge in Fort Scott, Kansas. She was born September 14, 1921, in Fort Scott the daughter of Frank and Ruby (Gump) Phillips.  She married Melvin “Boots” Foster November 2, 1940, in Nevada, Missouri. He preceded her in death on February 13, 2007. Before retiring, Marjorie was secretary and bookkeeper for Boots Foster Floor Covering Service.

Marjorie was a long-time member of the First Christian Church of Fort Scott. In her younger years she loved playing golf with her husband and good friends.  She was active in the Ladies Golf Association of Fort Scott and Mound City.

Survivors include a daughter, Helen Kay Heffernan and husband Don, of Hebron, Kentucky, and a son, Melvin Foster and wife Susan, of Fort Scott. Marjorie had three grandchildren: Steven Heffernan and wife Jane of Hebron, Kentucky, Heather Foster of Webb City, Missouri, and Matt Foster and wife Mary of Manhattan, Kansas. She had seven great-grandchildren, three great-great grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.

In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents, three brothers, and three sisters.

Rev. Reed Hartford will conduct graveside services 2:00 p.m. Tuesday, January 28, 2020, at Evergreen Cemetery.

Visitation for family and friends will be from 12:45 p.m. to 1:45 p.m. at Konantz Cheney Funeral Home before leaving for the cemetery. 

Memorials may be made to the Activities Fund at Fort Scott Medicalodge and may be left in care of the Konantz Cheney Funeral Home, 15 W. Wall, Fort Scott, Kansas, 66701. Condolences may be submitted to the online guest book at

Jackie Sellers: Senior Services and Taxi, Too

Jackie Sellers sits in her office at the Bourbon County Senior Citizens Center, 26 N. Main.

Jackie Sellers is the site manager for the Bourbon County Senior Citizens Center, 26 N. Main. The center is the hub of many services that are provided to seniors in the community.


Her jobs entail food distribution for Meals On Wheels, a Kansas Food Bank Senior Food Program, food commodities distribution and a monthly potluck for people with disabilities in the community.


Another venture, housed at the site, is providing public transportation service to the community.




Sellers coordinates rides for Old Fort Transportation, a local taxi service.


The hours for Old Fort Transportation are 6 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday. To secure a ride call 223-0750.


She said there are five employees that drive the vans that are part of the transportation fleet.


“We provide 900-1,000 rides a month,” she said. Rides to go to a job, or the doctor or shopping. “It’s been a busy year, we are looking good.”


“We will provide out of town runs,” Sellers said. “We do have drivers for that, with 24 hours notice.”


Old Fort Transportation has even occasionally provided rides home from the emergency room when people are dismissed after hours.


Sellers was co-host of the Jan. 16 Fort Scott Chamber of Commerce Coffee with Fort Scott Compassion Ministries, who have an office in the center.


At the coffee, Fort Scott City Manager Dave Martin told Sellers that he appreciates her for keeping the taxi service going.




The Southeast Kansas Area Agency on Aging Senior Nutrition Program, also known as Meals on Wheels, is delivered through the Bourbon County Senior Citizens, with Sellers coordinating.


Sellers provides drivers for 54 senior citizens who receive home delivery of a hot meal.


Four people receive frozen meals through the program, she said.


“If you are on the route of the driver coming from Pittsburg, you get hot meals,” Sellers said. “If you are not on the route, you get frozen meals.”


“Volunteers dish up the food and deliver the meals,” she said.


Once a month, Sellers also coordinates food commodities distribution.


“It is income-based,” she said. “They come in once a month on the fourth Thursday to 26 N. Main. They can come on that day and we can sign them up.”


“We serve about 120 households a month,” Sellers said.


In addition, about 78 people receive a box of food from the Kansas Food Bank’s Senior Food Program, she said. This distribution is the fourth Friday of each month.


“Come in and pick up an application, mail it to Wichita,” she said. “If the application is in at the beginning of the month, they can get the box that month.”


Included in the box: meat, vegetables, fruit, shelf-milk, cereal, juice, a loaf of cheese.


“This is income-based and age-based,” Sellers said. “You have to be 60 years plus.”


There is also a potluck on the second Friday in partnership with Resource Center for Independent Living, for those with disabilities.

“If you know someone who could use help, they can help,” she said.


Jackie Sellers, site manager at Bourbon County Senior Citizens center, places a quart of milk in a cooler to deliver with Meals on Wheels lunches.

FSCC’s New Head Football Coach: Carson Hunter

Entering his first year as head coach, Carson Hunter is clear about the program’s purpose:


Recruit, Develop, and Lead Faithful, Honest and Fearless Leaders to best represent Fort Scott values.


In the always competitive Jayhawk conference, Hunter’s efforts aim to rebuild the program’s foundation and eventually further Fort Scott’s storied history. Hunter and his staff are attacking the challenge with a new school approach based on old school values  With an adaptable blue-print, Hunter runs a value-based program built on things the Sunflower state has always stood – hard-work, humility, and toughness. Meanwhile, Hunter’s coaching staff and roster strive to lead in attitude and action as they maximize their influence.


Hunter’s model is based on assembling capable coaches and players who will strive to be of great character, serve the people and families of the Fort Scott community, and best represent Fort Scott and the region at large.  In the classroom, program members will timely graduate, maintain great attendance to meet – and eventually exceed – campus’ academic standards. Finally, on the field, Hunter’s student-athletes will love practice, preparation and competition. With every opportunity, they will pridefully compete at their highest level to play a simple, fast, and hard-nosed football.


The program’s expectations are simple – Love your team, love Fort Scott, and love the game. Do your job, Be your best. And, most importantly, Believe. In time, meeting these expectations will result in a program the entire Fort Scott community can be proud of and a team that can consistently play great football.


Hunter’s unique experience has prepared him to lead the Greyhounds to do exactly that.


Murray State University


  • Served four years at Murray State University as an Assistant Coach and Coordinator

  • Coordinated Program Recruiting efforts to sign consecutive Top-40 Classes

  • Coached Quarterbacks, Receivers, Runningbacks, and Outside Linebackers,

  • Coordinated Conference Leading and Nationally Ranked Special Team units

  • Assisted in Run-Game planning to set school rushing record of 449 YDS vers EIU (2018)

  • Recruited, Coached, and Developed: NFL Draft/Signees Quincy Williams (OLB) and Jordon Gandy (WR); All-Americans Alec Long (SAF), Malik Honeycutt (WR/RET) and Steve Dawson (P); 2018 All OVC Newcomer Shuler Bentley (QB).



  • Served three years as a high school coach throughout West Tennessee

  • Maintained an overall winning record, graduated every player he coached, and helped develop twenty one total college football players

  • Selected annually as a Defensive Coordinator or Position coach in the West-Tennessee All-Star Game (2013, 2014) and the Auto-Zone Liberty Bowl Memphis-Metro All-Star Game (2015)



  • Prior to beginning his coaching career, worked in Nashville as a corporate defense attorney

  • Three-Year University of Memphis Lettermen as Linebacker and Special Teamer (2002-2006)

  • Helped his team end a 30-year bowl drought, achieve rankings in the AP Top 25, and secure then program-defining wins over ranked Ole Miss, Louisville, and Cincinnati teams

  • 2007 graduate of Memphis with degrees in English Literature and Interpersonal Communications

  • 2010 graduate of The University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law

  • Husband to his best-friend Alex and Father to his four children; Liam, Izzy, Naomi, and Macy

  • Admitted and outspoken imperfect-but-devout Believer

    • Admitted and outspoken imperfect-but-devout Believer


FSCC Trustees Meet Jan. 27

The Board of Trustees of Fort Scott Community College will meet in regular session on Monday, January 27, 2020. The meeting will be held in the Heritage Room at Fort Scott Community College.
5:00 p.m. Dinner in the Heritage Room at 5:00 p.m. followed by regular board meeting at 5:30 p.m.

THE AGENDA is below with page in agenda packet noted.
5:30 ROLL CALL, 3
A. Comments from the Chair, 4
B. Migrant Grant Programs Update, 4

1) Attached are the minutes of the Regular Board Meeting conducted on December 16, 2019.
Attached are the Treasurer’s Report and the Bills and Claims Report.


1) Additions

a) Carson Hunter, Assistant Football Coach, effective January 1
b) Michael Reynolds, Assistant Football Coach, effective January 1
c) Brant Newman, Assistant Football Coach, effective January 20
d) Lee “Harris” Bivin, Assistant Football Coach, effective January 20
e) Cam Robinson, Assistant Football Coach, effective January 22
f) Tasha Fox, Financial Aid/Scholarship Coordinator, effective February 10.

2) Separations

a) Debra Wood, Accounting Clerk, effective December 31, 2019
b) Valentino Coleman, Assistant Football Coach, effective December 31, 2019
c) Jared Walters, Assistant Baseball Coach, effective January 3
d) Kale Pick, Head Football Coach, effective January 15
e) Kaitlyn Doherty, Nursing Administrative Assistant, effective January 31
f) Matt Glades, Director of Admissions, effective January 31
g) Taylyn Barkley, Assistant Volleyball Coach, effective January 31
h) Lindsey Hill, Head Volleyball Coach, date pending

3) Transfers
a) Carson Hunter, from Assistant Football Coach to Head Football Coach, effective January 17
b) Larry Amer, from Adjunct Instructor to Design and Art Production
Specialist, effective January 27

RECOMMENDATION: It is recommended that the Consent Agenda items be approved as

A. Approval of Agenda, 5
B. Approval of Minutes of previous Regular Board Meeting conducted on December 16,
2019, 6
C. Approval of Treasurer’s Report, Bills, and Claims, 7
D. Approval of Personnel Actions, 5
A. Consideration of 2020-2021 Calendar, 51
B. Approval of Disposal of Property – Semi Truck and Trailers, 53
C. Discussion of Board Technology Training, 54
D. Discussion of Board Graduation Attendance, 54
A. Administrative Updates, 56

• January 27, 2020: Board Meeting
• February 17, 2020: Board Meeting
• March 16, 2020: Board Meeting
• March 23, – 27, 2020: Spring Break – Campus Closed
• April 3, 2020: Aggie Day
• April 10, 2020: Good Friday – Campus Closed
• April 20, 2020: Board Meeting
• May 11 – 14, 2020: Final Exams
• May 15, 2020: Graduation
• May 18, 2020: Board Meeting
• May 25, 2020: Memorial Day – Campus Closed
• June 15, 2020: Board Meeting

FSCC’s vision for the future is to support “Students First, Community Always” through a central focus on teaching and learning; advancing strong, innovative programs and
departments; maximizing and leveraging opportunities; initiating efficient and effective processes; and developing the region’s workforce.



FSCC Trustees Minutes of Dec. 16

Minutes of the Board of Trustees Training
December 16, 2019
PRESENT: Jim Fewins, Bernita Hill (by phone), Dana McKenney, Robert Nelson,Alysia Johnston, President, Juley McDaniel, Board Clerk, faculty, staff, and community members.

Acting Chairman Robert Nelson called the meeting to order at 5:32 pm. The meeting was opened with the Pledge of Allegiance.

AUDIT REPORT: Terry Sercer of Diehl, Banwart, Bolton CPAs, PA reviewed the results of the audit of FSCC
and FSCC Endowment. He provided an unqualified and unmodified opinion of both sets of financials, which is the
highest level of audit opinion. He added that FSCC has had the same unqualified and unmodified opinion for many
years’ audits. He stated the audit revealed no areas of non-compliance with state statute or federal requirements.

CONSENT AGENDA: A motion was made by Hill, seconded by Fewins, and carried by unanimous vote to
approve the consent agenda and addendum provided.

A. A motion was made by Fewins, seconded by McKenney, and carried by unanimous vote to approve the
purchase of the customized Tri-State HEP database from Apricot – Social Solutions.
B. A motion was made by McKenney, seconded by Fewins, and carried by unanimous vote to approve the
Emeritus Staff Policy as presented.
C. A motion was made by Fewins, seconded by McKenney, and carried by unanimous vote to appoint Bill
Meyer to fulfill his late wife Liz Meyer’s term on the FSCC Board.

A. ADMINISTRATIVE UPDATES: The Board reviewed and heard reports from Miami County Campus,
Student Services, Finance and Operations, and the President.
President Johnston recognized outgoing Board members Bernita Hill and Dana McKenney by presenting them with
a plaque. She added that she has appreciated their dedication, vision, and guidance over their term(s).

ADJOURNMENT: There being no further business to come before the Trustees, a motion to adjourn was made at
6:45 p.m. by Fewins, seconded by McKenney, and carried by unanimous vote.

County Commission Special Meeting Jan. 24


Bourbon County Commission Room

1st Floor, County Courthouse

210 S. National Avenue

Fort Scott, KS 66701


Date: January 24, 2020

1st District-Lynne Oharah Minutes: Approved: _______________

2nd District-Jeff Fischer Corrected: _______________

3rd District-Nick Ruhl Adjourned at: _______________

County Clerk-Kendell Mason

10:00 Executive Session – Confidential data relating to financial affairs or trade secrets of corporations, partnerships, trusts and individual proprietorships

Local 5th-Grade Students Perform with Award-Winning Educator

From left: Lanie Jackson, Icysis Reeder, Michaela Morrell, Karlee Hereford, Jackson Montgomery, Lillian Jackson, Madi Davis, and Javon Steadman.Submitted photo.

Frontenac hosted the Southeast Kansas Music Educator’s Association Elementary Honor Choir on Saturday,
January 18, 2020.

Jason Sickel, 2017 Kansas Teacher of the Year, was the clinician for the 141-person choir.

Fifth-graders Lanie Jackson, Lillian Jackson, Jackson Montgomery, Icysis Reeder, Madi Davis, Karlee Hereford, Michaela Morrell, and Javon Steadman were nominated by Eugene Ware Elementary Music Educator MJ Harper to perform.

Students worked outside of class during the fall semester to prepare and memorize four pieces of music.


During the afternoon concert, Mary Jo Harper was awarded Outstanding Elementary Music Educator for Southeast Kansas Music Educators Association.

Mary Jo Harper. Submitted photo.

Contact: MJ Harper, 620-719-6633,

Mobile KansasWorks Center

Governor Kelly unveils new KANSASWORKS Mobile Workforce Center


Topeka, Kan. – Governor Laura Kelly today joined Secretary of Commerce David Toland and KANSASWORKS Vice-Chair Carol Perry in unveiling the newest member of the KANSASWORKS Mobile Workforce Center fleet.


“Delivering effective workforce services to Kansas residents is a priority of my administration,” Governor Kelly said. “While there is a broad network of brick-and-mortar Workforce Centers across the state, not all Kansans can easily access those services. This Mobile Workforce Center will deliver those same quality services to individuals who might not otherwise have an opportunity to access them.”


The Mobile Workforce Center allows KANSASWORKS to provide workforce services in regions of the state that lack permanent Workforce Centers or face unusually high demand for workforce assistance. It includes six internet-ready computer stations to assist job seekers and employers, as well as an interactive SMART Board™ for presentations inside the center and a state-of-the-art audio visual system to support presentations outside the center.


In 2019, Mobile Workforce Centers were present at more than 60 job fairs and nearly 30 different community events. They were also dispatched as mobile response units to assist Kansans and Nebraskans impacted by tornadoes and flooding.


“Developing and retaining a strong pipeline of talent is key to the health and sustainability of Kansas’ economy,” Secretary Toland said. “KANSASWORKS plays an integral role in connecting job seekers to businesses, and the new Mobile Workforce Center will extend our reach into areas we may not have reached before.”


“One of our goals as a State Board is to increase accessibility to residents in rural Kansas communities, and I’m excited that we’re able to deploy a new tool to help us achieve that goal,” KANSASWORKS Board Chair David Harwood said. “The Mobile Workforce Center is staffed and equipped with the latest technology to enable our customers to receive the same levels of service they would experience in a physical Workforce Center.”


KANSASWORKS is the state’s public workforce system and provides a number of employment services such as assistance with job searches, resume writing and skills assessments to Kansas residents at no charge. They provide services through a network of 26 Workforce Centers across the state, Mobile Workforce Centers and online at

For more information or to request a Mobile Workforce Center in your area, visit


Downtown Meet and Greet Jan. 28

Quarterly Downtown Meet & Greet Scheduled for January 28

The Fort Scott Area Chamber of Commerce the Quarterly Downtown Meet & Greet will be held Tuesday, January 28th from 8:30-9:30 a.m. at Papa Don’s Pizza, 10 N. Main Street.

These informal, quarterly meetings are hosted by the Chamber for downtown business owners, representatives and community members to network and share ideas on events, promotions and anything related to downtown. Coffee, juice and light refreshments will be served.

Our Quarterly Downtown Meetings will be held on that first Tuesday of the quarter.

Please join us Tuesday, January 28th, 2020 for the Quarterly Downtown Meet & Greet. Contact the Chamber at 620-223-3566 with any questions.

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