Mandatory ten-digit dialing begins Sunday in area codes 785 and 620 

TOPEKA – Kansans that live in area codes 785 or 620 will be required to use 10-digit dialing when making local calls beginning on Sunday, October 24. At that time, local calls dialed with only seven digits will not go through, and a recording will inform you that your call cannot be completed as dialed.  This change, while it may take some time to get used to, will make it easier for persons in crisis to reach the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.

Last July, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) approved 988 as the new abbreviated number for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. As a result, any area code that uses the 988 prefix in telephone numbers is mandated to adopt 10-digit dialing.  That includes Kansas area codes 785 and 620, which cover the majority of the state. In total, 82 area codes in 36 states will make the change.

The FCC initiated a practice period in April allowing both 7-digit and 10-digit dialing to help callers adjust to the change. On Sunday, 10-digit local calling becomes mandatory with the exception of any three digit abbreviated numbers available in the community, such as 911. Callers will still dial 1 + the area code and telephone number for all long distance calls.

With the switch to 10-digit dialing about to take effect, residents are encouraged to make sure any services with automatic dialing equipment, such as life safety systems, medical monitoring devices, security systems and fire alarms, mobile phone contact lists and call forwarding settings are reprogrammed if needed.

Beginning July 16, 2022, callers can reach the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline by calling 988. Until then, callers will continue to dial 1-800-273-8255 (TALK).

More information about the change to 10-digit dialing is included in a flyer titled “Ten things to know about 10-digit dialing” which is available on the Kansas Corporation Commission’s website at

Chamber Coffee at Sleep Inn on Oct. 21

Join us for this week’s
Chamber Coffee hosted by
Sleep Inn & Suites
Thursday, October 21st
8 am
302 E. Wall St.
Fort Scott, Kansas
Let’s celebrate with
Managing Partner Bill Michaud & staff
on their 7th anniversary of providing
award-winning hospitality!
Click herefor Sleep Inn & Suites website.
Click hereto visit their Facebook page.
Contact the Fort Scott Area Chamber of Commerce for more information at 620-223-3566 or
10/28 ~ Chamber Coffee hosted by Trinity Lutheran Church
11/4 ~ Chamber Coffee hosted by VFW
11/4 ~ Chamber After-hours Event hosted by the Fort Scott Area Community Foundation at Landmark National Bank
11/11 ~ No Coffee… Veterans Day
11/18 ~ Chamber Coffee hosted by FS Compassionate Ministries
11/25 ~ No Coffee…Thanksgiving Holiday
12/2 ~ Chamber Coffee hosted by Fort Scott National Historic Site
12/9 ~ Chamber Coffee hosted by Sunshine Boutique
12/16 ~ Chamber Coffee hosted by City of Fort Scott
12/23 ~ No Coffee…Christmas Holiday
12/30 ~ No Coffee…New Year’s Holiday

DAR Honored By The City of Fort Scott

Members of the Fort Scott Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution.  Front row: Martha Scott, Terri Townsend, Bernice Hill, Nolene Whiteside. Back row: Dee Ann Davis, Barbara Ritter – Regent, Brenda Collinge and Peggy Cummings. Submitted photo.

On Tuesday, October 19, 2021, Mayor Josh Jones of the City of Fort Scott, issued a Mayoral Proclamation honoring the Molly Foster Berry Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, on their 110th anniversary.

The original Fort Scott group was organized on October 19, 1910. Those  members who attended the city commission meeting are pictured here outside city hall after the proclamation was received.


Submitted by Martha Scott

FSHS Presents the New Musical “Ranked”


The Fort Scott High School Performing Arts Department presents the new musical “Ranked” by Kyle Holmes and David Taylor Gomes.


Performances are Nov. 9 and 11 at 7 p.m. and Nov. 13 at 2 and 7 p.m. at the FSHS Auditorium, 1005 S. Main. Over fifty FSHS students are involved in the acting, singing, dancing, and technical aspects of the show.


“Ranked” presents a dystopian high school where the theme, “Buy your grades. Buy your future. But what happens when the rest of the world finds out?” comes to the surface. describes the plot this way: “Lily is Above the Average, barely. Soon the giant, and very public, academic leaderboards will update everyone’s class rank, and for another day, everyone will know their place. If you fall Below the Average – say goodbye to college, and pretty much everything else… In the face of an intense and perverse culture of performance, Lily must find her place in the status quo as she watches friends and enemies alike destroy themselves and each other to score their way to the top. When an impossible lie is discovered, the fate of these students’ futures hangs in the balance.”

The new musical was conceived by Granite Bay High School in 2018 and debuted just weeks after the College Admission Scandal took the nation by storm.

“‘Ranked’ offers students the opportunity to shed light on the pressure placed on them to perform to the point of perfection, despite the inequities they may face in society,” Theatre Director Angie Bin said. “This musical has given the students significant buy-in as a way to share the stressors that many of them face.”

The production is also directed by Music Director Whitley Chesney, Choreographer and Assistant Music Director Mary Jo Harper, and Technical Director Alex Chesney.

“This is my first time as a music director for a musical. It’s wonderful to learn with these students. I enjoy working with students that aren’t in choir, as I never see them outside of rehearsal,” said Whitley Chesney. “‘Ranked’ has been a great show for students to experience real world issues. We have been able to have several conversations about how things in the show can relate to our lives. It has been cool to see how the students take their own experiences and incorporate them into their acting choices.”

Lily is portrayed by junior Courtney Shelton. Other lead actors include juniors Ella McElroy and Israel Carreno, senior Ashlynn Bagnall, and sophomores Casey Gomez and Lexi Hill.

Tickets are $8 for adults and $6 for those under 18 and are available at or at the door. Parental guidance is suggested and seating is limited. Doors open 30 minutes prior to showtime.

FS Land Bank Meets Oct. 20

The Land Bank meeting will be held on Wednesday, October 20th, 2021 at 4:00 p.m. at City Hall in the City Commission meeting room. There will be a majority of City Commissioners present, but no City Commission business will be conducted.

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

Obituary of Lois Swope

Lois LaVerne Swope

Lois LaVerne Swope, age 92, a former resident of Frontenac, Kansas and more recently of Ft. Scott, Kansas, passed away early Tuesday, October 19, 2021, at the home of her daughter in Ft. Scott. She was born May 26, 1929, in Detroit, Michigan, the daughter of Cledies Dray and Ellen Cummings Dray. Lois graduated from the Pittsburg High School with the Class of 1947. She married Eddie L. Swope on June 12, 1949, at Pittsburg. Lois had worked for seventeen years at the Parsons Ammunition Plant. She was a life-long Methodist. She was a past member of the American Legion Auxiliary of Frontenac. She loved to play bingo.

Survivors include her son, Kevin K. Swope and wife, Trish, of Thomasville, Georgia and her daughter, Landia Antonetti and husband, Paul, of Ft. Scott; four grandchildren, Laurie Antonetti of Bartlesville, Oklahoma, Alison Nelson (Jason), of St. Louis, Missouri, Samantha Peterson (Matt), of Thomasville, Georgia and Andrew Swope, of Tallahassee, Florida and six great-grandchildren, Conner Antonetti, Sophia and Seraph Nelson and Isaac, Ivy and Isla Swope. Also surviving are two sisters, Louise and Nancy.

Lois was preceded in death by her husband, Eddie, on July 22, 1996. She was also preceded in death by her sister, Ruby Chubb.

Private burial will take place in the U. S. National Cemetery in Ft. Scott, Kansas. Memorials are suggested to Care to Share and may be left in care of the Cheney Witt Chapel, 201 S. Main, P.O. Box 347, Ft. Scott, KS 66701. Words of remembrance may be submitted to the online guestbook at

Election Candidate Forum Oct. 20

Memorial Hall at Third and National Avenue.
Wednesday, October 20th, 2021
Election Candidate Forum
USD-234 School Board
Fort Scott Community College Board of Trustees
City of Fort Scott Commission
Community members are invited to an
Election Candidate Forum
hosted by the Fort Scott Area Chamber of Commerce.
The event will take place
Wednesday, October 20th
Memorial Hall Auditorium, 1 E. 3rd St.
Doors open at 5:30 p.m. for a meet & greet with the candidates and the forum will begin at 6 p.m.
The following races/candidates have been invited to the forum:
~ USD-234 School Board, candidates include Position 4: David Stewart; Position 5: Garold Billionis, Casey Bolden, and Mike Miles (write-in); Position 6: Tracy King, Brian Allen, and Joshua Query.
~ Fort Scott City Commission, candidates include Michael Hoyt, Josh Jones, Ann Rawlins, Tim Van Hoecke, Judy Warren, Matthew Wells, and Willa Wilson.
~ FSCC Board of Trustees, candidates include John Bartelsmeyer, James Fewins, Bryan Holt, Bill Meyer, and Kevin Wagner
The general public is invited and encouraged to attend this Election Candidate Forum on Wednesday, October 20th.
Candidates should RSVP to the Chamber prior to the forum by e-mailing
or by calling 620-223-3566

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