Single Dove, But Not Alone by Carolyn Tucker

Carolyn Tucker. Submitted photo.

Keys to the Kingdom

By Carolyn Tucker

Single Dove, but not Alone

One day shortly after my husband Jimmy died, I looked out the kitchen window and saw one dove. I waited for its mate to fly in, but it never did. And I thought, “I’m that dove.” Every once in awhile I see her. There’s a difference between lone and lonesome. The definition of lone: solitary or single. Lonesome: lonely, or unhappy at being alone. I believe the awesome Creator God uses all sorts of things, especially nature, to speak to us if we‘ll sit still and be quiet. This gentle bird was healthy, beautiful, and going about her daily routine. For whatever reason, her mate was gone and she was simply carrying on.

One evening the Lord spoke to my heart and said, “You’re not the only single woman in the world.” That was a true fact and a vital revelation for me. I needed that God-moment of understanding which was a double-decker packed with courage and resolve.

God’s Word is the believer’s instruction manual for everyday living. Knowing and embracing the truth found in these pages can change your life if you’ll jump on the bandwagon with God. The following four scriptures are powerful promises and reminders of what to believe and act on if you’re flying solo:

And David was greatly distressed; for the people spake of stoning him, because the soul of all the people was grieved, every man for his sons and for his daughters: but David encouraged himself in the Lord his God“ (1 Samuel 30:6 KJV). As David pulled himself up by his bootstraps, he asked God to encourage him. God will not fly the coop when you’re in the middle of a challenging situation. He‘s always available to provide you with support, confidence, and hope…just ask Him in faith.

Jesus is speaking to His disciples and says, “I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Comforter (Counselor, Helper, Intercessor, Advocate, Strengthener, and Standby), that He may remain with you forever…for He lives with you [constantly] and will be in you” (John 14:16,17b AMP). Believers may have to get in front of the mirror, look themselves in the eyes and say, “I am never alone because the Holy Spirit lives in me and that‘s as close as it gets.”

“…God has said, ‘I will never fail you. I will never abandon you.’ So we can say with confidence, ‘The Lord is my helper, so I will have no fear‘” (Hebrews 13:5,6 NLT). No matter what the situation looks like or how you feel, you are never alone. You can depend on God to keep His Word. When the winds of adversity have come and gone, you can keep gliding because Jesus remains with you.

May you be made strong with all the strength that comes from His glorious power, so that you may be able to endure everything with patience. And with joy give thanks to the Father, who has made you fit to have your share of what God has reserved for His people in the kingdom of light” (Colossians 1:11 GNT). Believe God has made you strong through His mighty power, then you can act on your faith and joyfully fly through life’s storms with thanksgiving.

The Key: There are no solo flights in God’s Kingdom.

Obituary of William Ziegler

William Charles Ziegler, age 78, resident of Ft. Scott, KS, died Friday, July 23, 2021, at his home. He was born April 16, 1943, in Girard, KS, the son of John and Mary Zupancic Ziegler. He married Joyce Taylor on August 12, 1967, in Ft. Scott. She preceded him in death on October 27, 2018.

Bill worked for the Frisco/Burlington Northern Railroad until retirement.

He served in the United States Air Force.

Bill enjoyed fishing, yard work, time with friends, and driving around town checking on family.

He loved spending time with family, always looking for helpful projects to complete. Bill loved life and his devoted wife Joyce.

Survivors include a daughter, Lisa Ziegler, Ft. Scott; a son Dennis Ziegler and wife Lisa, Ft. Scott; a sister, Marie Schettler and husband Leo, Plano, TX; a step-sister, Donna Doti, Terre Haute, IN; 4 grandchildren, Tristen Ziegler, Peyton Ziegler, Nakesha Young, and Keagen Young; 2 great-grandchildren, Kynden Miller and Kaesyn Johnson; and several nieces and nephews.

Besides his wife Joyce, he was preceded in death by a sister, Mary Ann Thomure; a brother, John Ziegler; a step-sister, Margaret Evens; and his parents.

Kenny Blake will conduct funeral services at 10:00 Tuesday, July 27th, at the Cheney Witt Chapel.

Burial will follow in the Marmaton Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 5:00 to 7:00 Monday evening at the Cheney Witt Chapel.

Memorials are suggested to Care to Share and may be left in care of the Cheney Witt Chapel, PO Box 347, 201 S. Main St., Ft. Scott, KS 66701. Words of remembrance may be submitted to the online guestbook at

Invisible by Gregg Motley

Gregg Motley. President of the Bourbon County Economic Development Council. Submitted photo.


According to the Congressional Budget Office, the Social Security Trust Fund runs out of reserves in 2030. In 2031, unless the law changes, the government can only pay out the Social Security tax collected during that budget year.

Unfunded state pensions for public employees are a problem nationwide, totaling 1.28 trillion dollars. The three states in the worst position? Illinois, New Jersey, and Kentucky, all of which have less than 40% of their future pension liabilities funded. Kansas ranks 29th, at 67% funded.

Who knows what the deferred maintenance totals in our nation’s roads, bridges, sewers, water lines, storm sewers, airports, parks, etc.? We know that in Bourbon County and our incorporated towns alone, the number is well over $100 million.

About 25 years ago, I served on the Johnson County Infrastructure Advisory Committee. We heard testimony after testimony from public works directors from around the region as to the necessity of maintaining systems. It costs five times as much to repair as to maintain, was the common theme. After much analysis, we recommended to the commission a fully-funded maintenance plan with the allocated tax revenue, which was promptly ignored. The county commission voted to spend 100% of the prescribed tax receipts on a new pet project that was important to the public. Budgeted for maintenance? Zero.

Why is this happening? Why did we not have the foresight to set up a self-funded system for Social Security and state pensions that would need no future contributions at some point in time? Why have we not budgeted for infrastructure maintenance, preferring to pay five times more for repairs?

My view? These investments are invisible. There is no political capital in having reserves in the bank, or underground improvements maintained. It is easier to get elected when politicians “rob Peter, to pay Paul.” There is no political penalty for ignoring the problem, especially at the national level.

Do I blame the politicians? No. They are acting at the impulse of the voters. We want free things. We want beautiful amenities. We want it all now! After all, this is how many of us run our home finances.

The economic development of an area is significantly impacted by these invisible factors. Site selectors and outsiders examine these factors when determining where to locate. Residents get tired of paying higher taxes and receiving less in services, and they move away.

We have to start playing the long game in our Bourbon County communities by repairing, then maintaining, all that is broken with our streets, sewers, etc. I am too old to sell my truck and buy a horse in order to get around.

Let’s work together to formulate a plan to make these invisible investments at home, and in our local governments. As voters, let’s quit rewarding politicians whose focus is instant gratification at all levels of government. Our future economic viability depends on it.

Fort Scott Public Library Newsletter Summer 2021

Fort Scott Public Library Newsletter
Summer 2021


 We hope you enjoy the Fort Scott Public Library newsletter. You are receiving it because you provided us with your email address for library notifications. If you don’t want to receive future editions, you can unsubscribe using the link in this newsletter, or email the library, and we will remove your address from the list.

Programs and information for Adults

Adult Summer Reading Challenge
June 1-August 31, 2021
  • People of any age are welcome to join us for our Adult Summer Reading Challenge.
  • Read one book.
  • Tell us the author and title of what you read using the online form on our webpage: or click here to go directly to the form: Adult Summer Reading Entry
  • While supplies last you will receive some reading-themed goodies.
  • We encourage you to read more than one book this summer, but you only need to tell us that you’ve read one.

Digital Resources

Download ebooks, audiobooks, comics, TV episodes, movies, music, and more. All you need is your library card login and a valid email address. Ask us if you need assistance.

Download ebooks and audiobooks. All you need is your library card login. Ask us if you need assistance.

Download ebooks and audiobooks from the State Library of Kansas. All you need is a Kansas Library eCard. Ask us if you need assistance.

Summer Reading Kids’ Programs

Summer Reading for Ages Birth –
5th Grade
Virtual Story & Craft Videos – In-Person Craft & Prize Pickup
Enjoy stories, make crafts, and read all summer long with Miss Val and community volunteers! This year’s theme is Tails and Tales – all about animals. We offer curbside or in-library pickup of craft materials, special activities, and prizes. Story & craft videos air on Tuesdays at 2 pm. 
Join our FSPL Families Group on Facebook to view story videos, Singalongs, and LEGO Club videos, and keep up with news, updates, polls, and more.
Read AWESOME books that go great with the theme!

 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten
Join our free early literacy program and steer your baby or preschooler toward academic success! Studies show that children who are read to from an early age develop better vocabulary, make more connections in their brains, and form the needed skills to read by themselves much quicker than their average peers who are not read to. Sign up by emailing Miss Val at During the pandemic, we are asking parents to log their reading on paper or through the Reader Zone app (We’ll give new registrants the code), and then report reading via email to Miss Val. A sticker and prize book are offered for curbside pickup at each 100-book milestone. Take a look at our awesome readers here.

Teen Summer Reading & Gaming Programs

Summer Reading for 6th-12th grades meets live online on
Wednesdays at 4 pm. To register, click HERE.
Upcoming Activities:
Corner Bookmark Origami, Minotaur Virtual Escape Room, Pictionary & Charades, Trivia & Magazine Strip Art, and Summer Wrap-Up Party.
Discord Gaming Program for Teens
13-18 year-olds, come game with us! Southeast Kansas youth librarians, including Miss Val, lead this cooperative program to introduce teens from our libraries to one another in a safe, virtual space within our Discord server. We share a variety of games and activities during our weekly meetings – every Thursday night from 6:30-8:30. We also host ongoing discussions and activities within the Discord server. Sign up HERE to get started.

New books–Adult Fiction

An Irish hostage
by Charles Todd

British World War I nurse Bess Crawford travels to Ireland for her best friend’s wedding and unravels a dark, deceptive plot when the bridegroom goes missing in the latest addition to the series following A Cruel Deception. 75,000 first printing.

Black ice : a thriller
by Brad Thor

When a man he killed years ago shows up in Norway, Scot Harvath, America’s top spy, is tested in ways he has never imagined as he races against time to stop one of world’s most dangerous actors from taking down the United States and its allies. 500,000 first printing.

Blush : a novel
by Jamie Brenner

Returning with her mother to her parents’ North Fork Long Island winery, college-age Sadie discovers that her Grandma Vivian once ran a “trashy” book club and decides to reinstate it as a way to reconnect the family.

Choose me
by Tess Gerritsen

Detective Frankie Loomis uncovers a cache of sordid secrets while investigating the death of a brilliant, young woman who plunged off her apartment’s balcony while having a secret affair with an English professor who seems to be hiding information.

Dog eat dog
by David Rosenfelt

A lawyer who founded a dog rescue agrees to defend a passerby who intervened when he saw a man mistreating his pug, despite the man being wanted for murder in the latest novel of the series following Silent Bite.

Everyone knows your mother is a witch
by Rivka Galchen

An illiterate widow in 1618 Germany is accused of being a witch by a nasty neighbor and turns to her scientist son for help in the new novel from the author of Atmospheric Disturbances. 50,000 first printing.

False witness
by Karin Slaughter

Defense attorney Leigh Collier is taken aback when she discovers her new, high profile case will be defending her childhood abuser in the new novel from the New York Times best-selling author of Pieces of Her. 250,000 first printing.

Island queen : a novel
by Vanessa Riley

A former slave rises above the harsh realities of being owned and colonialism on Montserrat working hard to buy freedom for herself her mother and her sister and becoming an entrepreneur, merchant, hotelier and planter. 100,000 first printing.

It’s better this way : a novel
by Debbie Macomber

Embracing her new life after a messy divorce, former interior designer Julia Jones moves to a condominium complex where she finds unexpected friendship and then love with another new resident and fellow divorcé until a dramatic revelation threatens their happiness.

Nine lives : a novel
by Danielle Steel

On her own and feeling a sense of adventure for the first time, Maggie Kelly, facing her fears, embarks on a whirlwind trip around the globe that brings her face-to-face with the very same irresistible, thrill-seeking man she’s spent 30 years trying to forget. Simultaneous.

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The Bourbon County Commission Agenda for July 27


Bourbon County Commission Room 

1st Floor, County Courthouse 

210 S. National Avenue 

Fort Scott, KS 66701 

Tuesdays starting at 9:00 


Date: July 27, 2021 

1st District-Lynne Oharah                                                                Minutes: Approved: _______________ 

2nd District-Jim Harris                                                                      Corrected: _______________________ 

3rd District-Clifton Beth                                                                              Adjourned at: _______________ 

County Clerk-Kendell Mason 






Call to Order 


  • Flag Salute 
  • Approval of Minutes from previous meeting 
  • Eric Bailey – Road and Bridge Report 
  • Matt Quick – Resolution to Appointment an Interim Appraiser 
  • Lynne Oharah – KCAMP 
  • Michael Braim – Lynn Oharah’s Outburst at Anne Dare at the Last Meeting 
  • Tiana McElroy – Personnel 
  • Elected Officials Comment 
  • County Counselor Comment 
  • Susan Bancroft, Finance Director Comment 
  • Public Comment 
  • Commission Comment 


1:00pm 2022 Budget Work Session 

















Justifications for Executive Session: 

          KSA 75-4319(b)(1) To discuss personnel matters of individual nonelected personnel to protect their privacy 

          KSA 75-4319(b)(2) For consultation with an attorney for the public body or agency which would be deemed privileged in the attorney-client relationship 

          KSA 75-4319(b)(3) To discuss matters relating to employer-employee negotiations whether or not in consultation with the representative(s) of the body or agency 

          KSA 75-4319(b)(4) To discuss data relating to financial affairs or trade secrets of corporations, partnerships, trust, and individual proprietorships 

          KSA 75-4319(b)(6) For the preliminary discussion of the acquisition of real property 

          KSA 75-4319(b)(12) To discuss matters relating to security measures, if the discussion of such matters at an open meeting would jeopardize such security

Obituary of Shirley Hutchins

Shirley Jean Hutchins, 90, of Scammon, Kansas, passed away at her home Monday afternoon, July 19, 2021. She was born in Uniontown, Kansas, the daughter of Edmond Riley and Deloris Joan (McGuire) Brown. She married James Keith Hutchins on October 9, 1948, in Mound City, Kansas. He preceded her in death on April 24, 2002.

Shirley graduated from Fort Scott High School with the Class of 1948, and continued education in Oklahoma City and Joplin, Missouri. She was an artist, writer, and musician, and lived in a variety of places, including Uniontown, Redfield, Leavenworth, and Scammon, Kansas, Joplin, Missouri, and Truth or Consequences, New Mexico.

Shirley is survived by her children, Rilea Moyer (Rex) of Spearfish, South Dakota, Paul Hutchins (Cynthia) of Scammon, Kansas, and Kathleen Ragsdale (Fred) of Albuquerque, New Mexico; thirteen grandchildren, thirty-three great-grandchildren, and three great-great-grandchildren. In addition to her husband James, Shirley was also preceded in death by her parents, a son, Stephen Hutchins, and two daughters, Kathryn and Jeanie D., and four babies at birth.

Following cremation, graveside services for Shirley will take place at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, July 26, 2021, at the Fort Scott National Cemetery, under the direction of the Konantz-Cheney Funeral Home. Condolences may be submitted to the online guestbook at

Francis Chan by Patty LaRoche

Patty LaRoche

After years of watching Francis Chan’s sermons on line and following his transformation from leading a mega-church to evangelizing in China to starting living room churches, I recently had a chance to meet him. Between speaking engagements in the Kansas City area, he, a few missionaries, and their families were at my son Adam’s ranch, enjoying the peace and quiet of Midwest country life. Since my Zoom Bible study for the past 22 weeks had dealt with his book Crazy Love, I couldn’t wait to share how much he impacted our group. Our conversation was light and fun, centering around his wife and children, some details of his ministry and the experience he and his team were having in K.C. Somehow the conversation turned to my trials in raising three sons, and the group of adults seemed amazed that a teenager as challenging as Adam could turn out to be so kind and gracious. (Only by the grace of God.)

That’s when Adam told Francis that I had been in the Bible study based on his book. He questioned who led it. I told him. He brought out his phone and asked how to spell the leader’s name. Strange, I thought, but I spelled “Frank Guidara” and added, “He’s the one who organized the Zoom call.” Francis checked his phone and said that he didn’t have that name in his accounts. “Is there another name the study could have registered under?” I was becoming alarmed. “Dale somebody led it. I don’t know his last name.” Alarm was morphing to panic. “Most are Vietnam vets and their wives,” I added, trying to give some credibility to our little group. Surely he wouldn’t charge a fee to a group of retired, military heroes!

No one in my group had mentioned paying a registration fee to use Crazy Love for a Bible study. I was throwing a whole group of Christians under the bus, the longer I talked. “I’m just kidding. We never had a Bible study,” I said, trying to add some humor to this ridiculously awkward situation. Everyone laughed, but then Francis continued. “That’s just so strange that there doesn’t seem to be any registration for your group.” All eyes were on me, and although I usually appreciate it when that happens, this was different. It was then that Lisa, his wife, turned to her husband. “Since when do people have to register to use your book?”

Francis started cracking up. “I’m just messing with Patty. Of course, no one has to register to do a Bible study!”

He had me. Everyone—even Francis’ close friends—started laughing. And so did I. The evangelist said that if I could raise Adam and find delight in his antics, I must have a good sense of humor. Somehow, he understood me, and I loved it. And I loved his realness. The same man who once confronted his congregation, expressing his fear that the majority of them were lukewarm Christians who would never make it to Heaven, could have turned this time into a stern sermon, or at least could have asked for my take on his thought-provoking book. Instead, he brought levity into the conversation.

I need to learn from Francis. Everything doesn’t have to be a “Heaven or Hell” lecture or have a spiritual message. Sometimes we just need to bring joy into our exchanges so that others will want to hang with us which, in turn, will reveal the reality of who Christ is in us. No doubt, that is a huge part of Francis Chan’s ministerial success.


FSCC announces Spring 2021 Honor Roll

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Fort Scott Community College is pleased to announce the Spring 2021 Honor Roll students. Spring was completely different from the years past with all sporting events taking place, but the Hounds knocked it out of the park. At the end of the Spring 2021 semester, FSCC had 225 students on the honor roll list.


The honor roll system has three main levels:

  • Honor Roll (3.5-3.74) 71 students
  • Vice President’s Honor Roll (3.75-3.99) 43 students
  • President’s Honor Roll (4.0+) 111 students surprise


Great job Greyhounds! wink


For a complete list of students and their success, please click the link below.


Spring 2021 Honor Roll List

Kansas Gas Service Virtual Career Fair July 28

Kansas Gas Service is hosting a virtual career fair to
help potential candidates find jobs with the company.

On July 28, applicants will have an opportunity to learn about ONE Gas and its divisions:
Kansas Gas Service, Oklahoma Natural Gas and Texas Gas Service and apply for open positions.
“As a company, we have adapted to the new virtual environment with everything we do,
including our recruiting efforts,” said Adam Mellor, Talent Acquisition supervisor for ONE Gas,
parent company of Kansas Gas Service. “With our virtual career fairs, we’re actively looking for
individuals who are eager to join an exciting industry focused on safety and service.”
• Interested candidates can visit to register and submit a resume.
• Candidates can pick their department of interest and choose a 20-minute session to
speak with a recruiter. (The Microsoft Teams links will be available 15 minutes prior to
the actual session).
• A list of current job openings can be viewed at
• Candidates will need a device with internet access, a front-facing camera and a
microphone for the sessions.
Visit for more information on careers at Kansas Gas Service and ONE Gas.
About Kansas Gas Service
Kansas Gas Service provides a reliable and affordable energy choice to more than 645,000 customers in Kansas and
is the largest natural gas distributor in the state, in terms of customers.
Headquartered in Overland Park, Kansas Gas Service is a division of ONE Gas, Inc. (NYSE: OGS), a 100-percent
regulated natural gas utility that trades on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol “OGS.” ONE Gas is
included in the S&P MidCap 400 Index and is one of the largest natural gas utilities in the United States.
For more information and the latest news about Kansas Gas Service, visit and follow its
social channels: @KansasGas, Facebook, Nextdoor, LinkedIn and YouTube.

Public Health Advisories for Kansas Lakes Due to Blue-Green Algae


TOPEKA – The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) and the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks (KDWP) has issued several public health advisories for Kansas lakes due to blue-green algae.

Active Advisories


Gathering Pond at Milford, Geary County

Milford Lake Zone C, Geary County

Harvey County East Lake, Harvey County

Altamont City Lake “Idle Hour” Main Lake, Labette County

Big Hill Lake, Labette County

Parsons Lake, Labette County (new)

Marion County Lake, Marion County (upgraded 7/22)

Melvern Outlet Pond, Osage County (upgraded 7/22)

Webster Reservoir, Rooks County

Jerry Ivey Pond, Saline County

Hargis Lake, Sumner County (new)

Big Eleven Lake, Wyandotte County



Brown State Fishing Lake, Brown County

Mission Lake Horton, Brown County

Milford Lake Zones A and B, Geary County

South Lake, Johnson County

Altamont City Lake “Idle Hour” North Lake, Labette County

Marion Reservoir, Marion County (downgraded 7/22)

Overbook City Lake, Osage County

Agra City Lake, Phillips County

Atwood Township Lake, Rawlins County


Advisories Lifted 7/22/21

Herington Reservoir (New City Lake), Dickinson County

Herington City Lake (Old Lake), Dickinson County

Geary State Fishing Lake, Geary County

Horsethief Reservoir, Hodgeman County

Linn Valley Lake, Linn County

River Pond below Tuttle Reservoir, Riley County


When a warning is issued, KDHE recommends the following precautions be taken:

  • Lake water is not safe to drink for pets or livestock.
  • Lake water, regardless of blue-green algae status, should never be consumed by humans.
  • Water contact should be avoided.
  • Fish may be eaten if they are rinsed with clean water and only the fillet portion is consumed, while all other parts are discarded.
  • Do not allow pets to eat dried algae.
  • If lake water contacts skin, wash with clean water as soon as possible.
  • Avoid areas of visible algae accumulation.


A watch means that blue-green algae have been detected and a harmful algal bloom is present or likely to develop. People are encouraged to avoid areas of algae accumulation and keep pets and livestock away from the water.


During the watch status, KDHE recommends the following precautions be taken:

  • Signage will be posted at all public access locations.
  • Water may be unsafe for humans/animals.
  • Avoid areas of algae accumulation and do not let people/pets eat dried algae or drink contaminated water.
  • Swimming, wading, skiing and jet skiing are discouraged near visible blooms.
  • Boating and fishing are safe. However, inhalation of the spray may affect some individuals. Avoid

direct contact with water, and wash with clean water after any contact.

  • Clean fish well with potable water and eat fillet portion only.


KDHE investigates publicly-accessible bodies of water for blue-green algae when the agency receives reports of potential algae blooms in Kansas lakes. Based on credible field observation and sampling results, KDHE reports on potentially harmful conditions.


Signs of a possible bloom include if there is scum, a paint-like surface or the water is bright green, avoid contact and keep pets away. These are indications that a harmful bloom may be present. Pet owners should be aware that animals that swim in or drink water affected by a harmful algal bloom or eat dried algae along the shore may become seriously ill or die.


For information on blue-green algae and reporting potential harmful algal blooms, please visit




Special Bourbon County Commission Meeting Agenda For July 23


Bourbon County Commission Room 

1st Floor, County Courthouse 

210 S. National Avenue 

Fort Scott, KS 66701 

Tuesdays starting at 9:00 


Date: July 23, 2021 

1st District-Lynne Oharah                                                                Minutes: Approved: _______________ 

2nd District-Jim Harris                                                                      Corrected: _______________________ 

3rd District-Clifton Beth                                                                              Adjourned at: _______________ 

County Clerk-Kendell Mason 






Call to Order 


  • Flag Salute 
  • Wire Transfer to Noble Health 



Fort Scott News

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