Obituary: Patricia E. Garrison

Submitted by Cheney Witt Funeral Home

Patricia E. Garrison, age 75, a resident of Fort Scott, Kan., died Saturday, November 11, 2017, at Presbyterian Village in Fort Scott.

She was born on August 22, 1942, in Fort Scott, the daughter of Joseph and Elizabeth Keating Sheehy. She graduated from Hume High School. She was a dedicated homemaker who also worked through the years for Sears in Iola and Fort Scott and Security State Bank in Fort Scott. She was a volunteer for the hospital and the church. She was an awesome mother, step-mother, grandmother and aunt. Her grandchildren and great grandchildren were her pride and joy. Patricia was an active member of Mary Queen of Angels Catholic Church.

Survivors include her son Jeff Locke and wife Michelle, Satanta, Kan.; three step-sons, James Garrison, Phoenix, Ariz., Jon Garrison and wife Marianne, Fort Scott, and Jeff Garrison and wife Barbara, DeSoto, Kan.; a sister, Mary Kay Johnson and husband Charlie, Prescott, Kan.; a sister-in-law, Mary Beth Sheehy, Fort Scott; nine grandchildren, Megan Underwood, Matthew Locke, Morgan Locke, Mason Locke, Joseph Garrison, Christina Adams, Jacob Garrison, Joshua Garrison and Cole Oberg; seven great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death her husband, Jim Garrison; three brothers, twin Patrick Sheehy, John Sheehy, and Bill Sheehy; a sister, Elizabeth Alt; and twin infant siblings Mary and Joseph Sheehy.

Father Robert Wachter will conduct services at 10 a.m. Thursday, November 16, at the Mary Queen of Angels Catholic Church. Burial will follow in the St. Michael’s Cemetery, Fulton, Kan. The Rosary will be prayed at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday evening at the Cheney Witt Chapel. The family will receive friends following from 6 until 8. Memorials are suggested to St. Mary’s Catholic School and may be left in care of the Cheney Witt Chapel, PO Box 347, 201 S. Main, Fort Scott, KS 66701. Words of remembrance may be submitted to the online guestbook at cheneywitt.com.

Obituary: Calvin Lewis Pitts

Submitted by Cheney Witt Funeral Home

Calvin Lewis Pitts, age 90, a resident of Fort Scott, died Saturday, November 11, 2017, at the Franklin House.

He was born November 15, 1926, in Pawnee, Kan., the son of Harry Pitts and Nola Elizabeth Inman. He married Grace Wiggans, March 7, 1953, they later divorced. He then married Mary Louise Whitlock, May 28, 1971. She preceded him in death on November 12, 2008. He loved fishing, hunting, gardening and scrapping junk. He was a past member of the Olson Frary Burkhart Post #1165. Calvin liked to ask people “How old do you think I am?” or “I’m older than I Look.”

Calvin is survived by his children; son, Ed Pitts and wife Luanne, daughter, Nola Smith and husband Richard, both of Redfield, and a step-son, Carl Hall, of Pittsburg; six grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; as well as many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife; parents; five brothers, Jim, John, Harold, Eldon and Kenneth “Pete” Pitts; five sisters, Helen Hood, Grace Buford, Josephine Michaels, Juanita Schroder, and Rowena Hines; and two stepbrothers Ed and Dave Lusk.

Rev. Chuck Russell will conduct funeral services at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, November 15, 2017, at the Cheney Witt Chapel. Burial will follow in the U. S. National Cemetery, with military honors provided by the Olson Frary Burkhart Post #1165 V. F. W. The Family will receive friends from 5:30 to 7 p.m.Tuesday at the Cheney Witt Chapel.  Memorials are suggested to the V.F.W. or Care to Share and may be left in care of the Cheney Witt Chapel, PO Box 347, Fort Scott, KS 66701.  Words of remembrance may be submitted to the online guestbook at cheneywitt.com.

 

Walmart Pick Up Sign

The word Pickup can be seen on the southeast corner of Wal-Mart at 2500 S. Main Street.

The white word “Pickup” stands out on the orange wall of Wal-Mart on South Main Street.

“This is to let people know we have pickup now,” Joyce Earp, a manager at Wal-Mart, said. “You can order online and come in and pick it up the same day, if it’s in the store.”

The pickup location is in the back of the store with a “Site to Store” sign, she said.

Some Wal-Mart stores have the ability for customers to order online and Wal-Mart will deliver,  but the Fort Scott store doesn’t yet, Earp said.

Bourbon County Commission To Attend Jail Project Meeting

The Bourbon County Courthouse, 210 S. National Avenue.

The agenda for the Bourbon County Commission November 17.

The commission meets on the 2nd floor of the county courthouse, 210 S. National Avenue.

Tuesdays starting at 9:00

Date: November 17th, 2017

1st District-Lynne Oharah Minutes: Approved: _______________

2nd District-Jeff Fischer Corrected: _______________

3rd District-Nick Ruhl Adjourned at: _______________

County Clerk-Kendell Mason

10:00-Commissioners will attend a jail project meeting.

Justifications for Executive Session:

· Personnel matters of individual non-elected personnel

· Consultation with an attorney for the body or agency which would be deemed privileged in the attorney-client relationship

· Matters relating to employer-employee negotiations whether or not in consultation with the representative(s) of the body or agency

· Confidential data relating to financial affairs or trade secrets of corporations, partnerships, trusts and individual proprietorships

· Preliminary discussions relating to the acquisition of real property

· Matters relating to the security of a public body or agency, public building or facility or the information system of a public body or agency, if the discussion of such matters at an open meeting would jeopardize the security of such public body, agency, building, facility or information system

Bourbon County Commission Agenda Nov. 16

The Bourbon County Commission meets on the 2nd floor of the courthouse, 210 S. National Ave. at 9 a.m. Nov. 16.

The following is the agenda for today provided by the county clerk’s office.

 

1st District-Lynne Oharah Minutes: Approved: _______________

2nd District-Jeff Fischer Corrected: _______________

3rd District-Nick Ruhl Adjourned at: _______________

County Clerk-Kendell Mason

9:00-9:45-Jim Harris

9:45-10:15-Commissioners consider and take action on any and all questions or issues which may arise regarding the law enforcement project.

10:30-Solid Waste Resolution

11:00-12:00-Justin Meeks

12:00-1:30-Commissioner are gone to lunch

1:30-Clint Anderson

2:30-Employee Handbook

Justifications for Executive Session:

· Personnel matters of individual non-elected personnel

· Consultation with an attorney for the body or agency which would be deemed privileged in the attorney-client relationship

· Matters relating to employer-employee negotiations whether or not in consultation with the representative(s) of the body or agency

· Confidential data relating to financial affairs or trade secrets of corporations, partnerships, trusts and individual proprietorships

· Preliminary discussions relating to the acquisition of real property

· Matters relating to the security of a public body or agency, public building or facility or the information system of a public body or agency, if the discussion of such matters at an open meeting would jeopardize the security of such public body, agency, building, facility or information system

Mercy Fort Scott Receives ‘A’ Grade for Keeping Patients Safe

FORT SCOTT, Kan. (November 1, 2017) – Fall report cards are in and Mercy Hospital Fort Scott earned a grade A for keeping patients safe.

The Leapfrog Group just released its fall 2017 Hospital Safety Grades, which score hospitals on how safe they keep their patients from errors, injuries, accidents, and infections. More than 2,600 U.S. general acute-care hospitals were assigned scores and only 832 received an A (32 percent of those surveyed).

Providing safe care for our community is a high priority for the co-workers at Mercy Hospital Fort Scott,” said President Reta Baker. “The attention to careful hand washing and processes compliance has led our facility into its second year of having a zero percent C-Difficile (C-diff) infection rate. C-diff is an infection often associated with hospital stays. Use of the bar-coding system for medication administration has facilitated a remarkably low error rate.”

Additionally, the electronic health record has been key to accurate and clear communication across the continuum of care resulting in excellent quality outcomes for our patients. Full credit for our Leapfrog ‘A’ rating goes to the physicians and co-workers who have any part in providing care to our patients.”

We’re always focused on providing the highest quality care to our patients,” said Dr. Keith Starke, Mercy chief quality officer. “The work done by our co-workers to earn top grades for quality is critical to our patients and noticed by organizations such as Leapfrog that rank hospitals across the country.”

The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade is calculated by top patient safety experts, peer-reviewed, fully transparent and free to the public. It is updated every six months, once in the fall and once in the spring.

Using 30 evidence-based measures of patient safety, The Leapfrog Group calculated a numerical score for all eligible hospitals in the U.S. The numerical score was then converted into one of five letter grades: A, B, C, D or F. Read more about Leapfrog scoring here.

Agricultural Lease Date Approaching

Submitted by Carla Nemecek, Southwind Extension District

A critical date is quickly approaching for landowners who wish to terminate their leases with their tenants.

According to the Kansas Farm Lease Law, notice to terminate a farm lease must be given in writing at least 30 days prior to March 1, and must fix the termination date of the tenancy of March 1. This applies to both pasture and crop leases.

If there is a fall seeded crop, such as wheat currently planted, the lease is terminated the day harvest is completed or August 1, whichever comes first. This only applies to the portion of the land that has been seeded to a fall crop. Notice must still be made 30 days prior to March 1, stating the termination date as March 1, on land seeded to fall crops.

The same is true if a tenant has either worked the ground or prepared it with normal farming practices, but has not yet planted a fall crop before receiving notice. But, if the landlord gives notice before the tenant prepares the ground for the planting of a fall crop, the lease ends on March 1.

The best way to serve a notice of termination is by registered mail as the tenant must sign a receipt for the notice. If the notice is given by mail, it must be done by certified or registered mail. When service is by registered mail, it is important that the landowner keep the return receipt for proof of notice of termination.

Death of a landowner or sale of the land does not terminate an oral lease; the new owners must follow the terms of the lease.

The only exception to the deadline of 30 days prior to March 1, is written leases signed by both parties which state that the termination date is otherwise; in this case, a notice of tenancy termination is not required. In the case of a written lease, the landlord and tenant can set any start and termination date they want.

If you would like more information concerning the Kansas Farm Lease Law please contact any of the Southwind Extension District Offices, or visit www.agmanager.info.