COVID-19 vaccine, boosters available at CHC/SEK  

Community Health Center of Southeast Kansas, 403 Woodland Hills Blvd.


There’s still time to get vaccinated before holiday travel  


With the holiday travel and gathering season upon us, coupled with the winter season of colds, flu and other respiratory infections, Community Health Center of Southeast Kansas (CHC/SEK) would like to remind the public that having the added protection of a COVID-19 booster is vitally important. 

COVID-19 vaccine boosters are now available at most CHC/SEK locations and are recommended for all adults 18 years and older if it has been 6 months since their last Moderna or Pfizer vaccine or 2 months since the Janssen (Johnson & Johnson) vaccine. 

The recent emergence of the Omicron variant (B.1.1.529) further emphasizes the importance of vaccination, boosters, and prevention efforts needed to protect against COVID-19 and its variants.   

The CDC is urging the 47 million adults who are not yet vaccinated to get vaccinated as soon as possible and to vaccinate the children and teens in their families as well because strong immunity will likely prevent serious illness.

There is never any out-of-pocket expense for any COVID-19 vaccine recipient at CHC/SEK. Vaccination remains the best way to protect yourself, reduce the spread of the virus and help prevent new variants from emerging.  


To speed the process and to prevent vaccine waste, (open vials have a short shelf life) the clinic encourages those wishing vaccinations to schedule an appointment through the CHC/SEK website, www.chcsek.orgAfter submitting the request, a vaccine scheduler will call to confirm an appointment. Additionally, CHC/SEK will continue to offer vaccines at Walk-In Care visits and Primary Care visits.  

Lake Fort Scott Advisory Board Meets Dec. 9

The Lake Fort Scott Advisory Board will meet on Thursday, December 9, 2021 at 7:00 p.m. at the City Hall Commission meeting room at 123 S. Main Street, Fort Scott, Kansas. This meeting is open to the public.

The meeting will be available on the City’s YouTube channel.

FS Street Advisory Board meets Dec. 9

The Street Advisory Board will meet on Thursday, December 9, 2021 at 4:00 p.m. at the City Commission Meeting Room at 123 S. Main Street. This meeting is open to the public.

This meeting will be made available via the City’s you tube channel at City of Fort Scott.

CASA Christmas Dec. 10

“Change a Child’s Story”
This year’s Bourbon County CASA Christmas Celebration will be held on
Friday, December 10th, 2021 from 7-9pm
*RSVP by December 3rd
Click here to RSVP by email.
Mail your selected giving level to:
Bourbon County CASA
PO Box 146
Fort Scott, KS 66701
Contact CASA Director Christa Horn with any questions or for more information at 620-215-2769.
Click on picture below to view the invite in a larger format.

Storytime At Hedgehog INK This Saturday

Make sure you remember to bring your kiddos to
Storytime at Hedgehog.INK
Saturday, December 4th, 1:30-2:30pm
Decorating a cookie, visiting Santa, and listening to a story will sure to be a fun time!
Thank you to our Chamber Booster Members for their support!

AD: FSCC Community Read Discussion Today, Dec. 1 at 2:30 p.m.

You are invited to the Campus & Community Common Read Discussion Event to be held on Wednesday, Dec. 1 at 2:30 p.m. in the Fort Scott Community College Library in Bailey Hall, 2108 S. Horton.

This event is brought to the students, staff, and local community of Fort Scott Community College by a Humanities Kansas grant which offered opportunities to discuss two books, A Choice of Weapons by Gordon Parks and The Other Wes Moore by Wes Moore.

Both are books related to culture and diversity.

The event is scheduled to be approximately 30-45 minutes long.
Description of event:
  • The FSCC Campus and Community Read is a semester-long book club that first read and discussed Gordon Parks’ A Choice of Weapons.  This reading ended with guest speakers during the Gordon Parks Celebration.  Topics discussed were culture and diversity topics faced by Gordon Parks.
  • The second book read and discussed was The Other Wes Moore by Wes Moore.  Dr. Jason Kegler spoke about culture and diversity related to the book as well as his experiences in southeast Kansas.

A wrap-up and discussions of future community read events will happen.

FS City Special Meeting Dec. 7

There will be a Special Meeting of the Fort Scott City Commission held at 12:00 p.m. on Tuesday, December 7th, 2021. It is anticipated the Commission will adjourn into Executive Session at this time.

This meeting will be held at the Landmark National Bank building on the 2nd floor, at 200 S. Main Street. This meeting is open to the public, but the Executive Session is not.

Chamber Coffee hosted by Fort Scott National Historic Site on Dec. 2

The Fort Scott Area Chamber of Commerce invites members and guests to a Chamber Coffee this Thursday, December 2nd at 8 a.m. hosted by Fort Scott National Historic Site, located at 1 Old Fort Blvd.

The Chamber Coffee will be in the park’s theater on the second floor of the Infantry Barracks just west, to the left, of the Visitor Center.

Coffee, juice, and light refreshments will be provided by The Friends of Fort Scott.

This year will be the 40th annual Candlelight Tour. The tour centers around peace on the frontier with five stops around the site.

The entire tour is outside this year, so they encourage visitors to dress for the weather.

Also, a reminder that masks are required in all federal buildings and anywhere social distancing cannot be maintained.

The only exception will be at the Chamber Coffee event while people are eating and drinking.

Contact the Chamber of Commerce at (620) 223-3566 for more information.

Emergency Water Assistance Program Starts Today

$9 million available to qualifying Kansas households

Kansans may apply for the program beginning Dec. 1

TOPEKA – Kansas households adversely impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic may benefit from a new program to help restore or prevent disconnection of drinking water and wastewater services.

The Kansas Department for Children and Families (DCF) is the administrating agency for the Emergency Water Assistance Program (EWAP), a new temporary federal program authorized by the American Rescue Plan of 2021 and the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021.

“The program’s sole focus is to restore or prevent disconnection of water to Kansas households,” DCF Secretary Laura Howard said. “Kansas was awarded $9 million to support hardworking Kansas households who have gotten behind on their water bills because of the pandemic.”

Once the funding is exhausted, the program will end. Households may apply only once for the program and it is separate from other DCF assistance programs such as the Low-Income Energy Assistance Program (LIEAP).

Applications for EWAP will be available on Dec. 1. Kansans are encouraged to visit for information about qualifying and applying for the program. They may also contact their local DCF Service Center, Office Locator Map – Services (

An EWAP qualifying Kansas household:

  • Currently disconnected from drinking water and/or wastewater services or have received a disconnection notice.
  • At least one adult household member must be responsible for drinking water and/or wastewater costs incurred at the primary residence payable to either the landlord or to the water utility vendor.
  • At least one household member must be a US citizen or meet the lawful residency requirements.
  • Combined gross income equal to or less than 150% of Federal Poverty Level (FPL).

An important partner for the successful distribution of the funding are water utilities companies in Kansas.

“Public water utility partnership is vital to the success of the water assistance program,” said Howard. “DCF is required to pay the public water utility provider, not the household. The sooner the utility company is in the system, the faster payment will be made on behalf of the household by DCF.”

Water partners are asked to submit a signed water vendor agreement and tax documents that can be found on


 Madison Completes Third Year at Institute for Organization Management

Lindsay Madison, submitted photo.

A Leadership Training Program Produced by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation

— Institute for Organization Management, the professional development program of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation, is pleased to announce that Lindsay Madison, President & CEO, of the Fort Scott Area Chamber of Commerce, has recently completed her third year at Institute for Organization Management, a four-year nonprofit leadership training program at Athens, Georgia.

Third Year Group at the Institute for Organization Management. Submitted photo.

Institute graduates are recognized across the country as leaders in their industries and organizations,” said Raymond P. Towle, IOM, CAE, the U.S. Chamber Foundation’s vice president of Institute for Organization Management. “These individuals have the knowledge, skills, and dedication necessary to achieve professional and organizational success in the dynamic association and chamber industries.”

Since its commencement in 1921, the Institute program has been educating tens of thousands of association, chamber, and other nonprofit leaders on how to build stronger organizations, better serve their members and become strong business advocates. Institute’s curriculum consists of four weeklong sessions at four different university locations throughout the country. Through a combination of required courses and electives in areas such as leadership, advocacy, marketing, finance, and membership, Institute participants are able to enhance their own organizational management skills and add new fuel to their organizations, making them run more efficiently and effectively.

Institute for Organization Management is the professional development program of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation. It is the premier nonprofit professional development program for association and chamber professionals, fostering individual growth through interactive learning and networking opportunities.

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation (USCCF) is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit affiliate of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce dedicated to strengthening America’s long-term competitiveness. We educate the public on the conditions necessary for businesses and communities to thrive, how business positively impacts communities and emerging issues and creative solutions that will shape the future.           @IOMeducates

Mary Bell (Isabel) Tallman

Mary Bell (Isabel) Tallman, 93, formerly of Fort Scott, passed away November 24, 2021, at her home in Scottsdale,

Arizona. She was born April 9, 1928, in St. Paul, Kansas. She married Harry “Charles” Tallman October 13, 1946, in Fort Scott, Kansas and he preceded her in death February 10, 1991.

She is survived by a daughter, Nancy Ann Burns of Scottsdale, Arizona, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.

In addition to her husband, she was also preceded in death by her parents, and a daughter, Mary Kathleen Laven.

Rev. Ken Ansel will conduct graveside services at 1:00 p.m. Thursday, December 2, 2021, at the Evergreen Cemetery under the direction of the Konantz-Cheney Funeral Home. Condolences may be submitted to the online guestbook at

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