Introducing The Candidates: Jake LaTurner

This is part of a series featuring candidates for the November 6 election.

State Treasurer (vote for one)

Marci Francisco 1101 Ohio Lawrence 66044 Democratic

Jake LaTurner P.O. Box 67177 Topeka 66667 Republican

Name: Jake LaTurner

Age: 30

Candidate for the position of Kansas State Treasurer

Place of residence: Topeka, Kansas

Current occupation: Kansas State Treasurer

Community involvement: Various church and community-related activities.

Party affiliation: Republican

What is the biggest issue, if elected, and how do you plan to address it:

Having served as State Treasurer for the last year and a half, I am proud to say that we improved the services offered to all Kansans while saving the taxpayer’s money.

I have taken the time to analyze agency operations, allowing us to find innovative solutions, efficiencies, and streamline processes.

For example, this last fiscal year we set a record for the most unclaimed property returned to Kansans’ in a single year by more than 12%. We have put over $37 million back into the pockets of Kansans.

Our Learning Quest 529 Education Savings Accounts were ranked Top 5 in the nation by Forbes.

We also launched the ABLE savings program for individuals living with a disability and enhanced it with legislation.

Additionally, we launched a brand new, user and mobile friendly website that improves the claims process and allows for direct deposit.

All of these things have been accomplished while decreasing the square footage of the office and reducing the budget.

I list these things because not only am I running for State Treasurer, but I have a proven record of success in the office. If elected to a full-year term, I will continue to look for ways of providing a better service at the best possible cost.

Give your views on food sales-tax:

Prior to becoming State Treasurer, I was honored to represent Fort Scott in the Kanas Senate. While in the legislature, I repeatedly voted to remove and/or reduce the sales tax on food.

Give your views on legalizing marijuana:

While in the legislature, I voted against the legalization of recreational marijuana.

Give your views on healthcare – including Medicaid:

Access to quality healthcare is a critical issue to Kansans, especially in our rural areas. Costs continue to increase and many Kansans are struggling to pay their bills. This is something families across our state grapple with daily, specifically, my heart goes out to the Ft. Scott community as they cope with their recent decrease in healthcare access. I believe we can find Kansas based solutions that increase access and affordability.

Give your views on abortion and Planned Parenthood:

I am pro-life and have a 100% pro-life voting record with Kansans for Life. My wife Suzanne and I are proud members of the pro-life generation because we believe women and their unborn children deserve better than abortion.

The vast majority of Kansans do not want their hard-earned tax dollars going to subsidize abortion providers like Planned Parenthood. My voting record on this issue is clear.

Mary E. Harkins (Gladbach)

Mary E. Harkins, of Deerfield, MO, passed away on Wednesday, October 18th, 2018, at the University of Kansas Medical Center, Kansas City, Kansas.

Mary was born to James Edward and Patricia Jean Gladbach (Renicker) on September 13th, 1963, in Sedalia, MO.

After spending her developing years in Concordia, KS, she graduated from Uniontown (KS) High School, in 1981.

She attended Benedictine College in Atchison, KS.  She enjoyed competing in athletics in high school, during which she also developed an affinity for drama and singing.

She eventually developed an opera-quality voice and sang in numerous musical productions in high school, college, various community theatre troupes, and sang for countless weddings and other special events.  In her young adult years, she was a singer-performer for the Waldo-Astoria Dinner Theatre in Kansas City.

In the mid-1980s she was an invited guest performer of one of the municipal Kansas City Musical Arts organizations. It was a really big deal at the time, but now none of us can remember what or when it was, and unfortunately, she was gone before we could ask her.

She served as a choir member and cantor at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Kansas City, KS, for 16 years and worked for Walmart for 29 years in Kansas City, Oklahoma City, and Fort Scott.

From her first baby steps, Mary exhibited tons of energy, was outgoing to all, was always the center of fun, and sometimes the perpetrator of significant mischief.  She never met a stranger and could flash a smile that would give you a sunburn.

She married Frank Harkins in 1989; a union that produced five children.

Mary was preceded in death by her mother, Patricia J. Gladbach.

She is survived by her father, James E. Gladbach of Deerfield, MO; her husband Frank Harkins of Kansas City, KS; son Nathan Harkins of Provincetown, Cape Cod, MA; Teresa Harkins of Kansas City, KS; sons Jerry and Paul Harkins of Kansas City, KS; daughter Grace Harkins of Deerfield, MO; brother James P. Gladbach and wife Lucy of Deerfield, MO; sister Jeanne A. McKee and husband John of Webb City, MO; brother Paul M. Gladbach and wife Jody of Clyde, KS, and sister Julia C. Gladbach of Fort Scott, KS.


Visitation will be from 6:00 to 8:00 PM, Monday, October 22nd at the Cheney Witt Chapel, Fort Scott, with the rosary at 6:30 PM.

The Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 AM Tuesday, October 23rd, at Mary Queen of Angels Catholic Church in Fort Scott.

Father Robert Wachter will officiate.

Burial will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery.  Words of remembrance may be submitted to the online guestbook at

Obituary of Virginia Lightwine

Virginia Carol Lightwine, age 88, a resident of Fort Scott, Kansas, passed away Friday, October 19, 2018, at Guest Home Estates in Fort Scott.
She was born September 5, 1930, in Fort Scott, the daughter of Lee W. Braden and Myrtle Brock Braden.
She worked as a clerk for Western Insurance Company, American States Insurance, and she retired from Newman Young Clinic. Virginia was member of the First Christian Church, the Red Hat Society, and was a pink lady for Mercy Hospital.
Survivors include her son, Terry Lightwine and wife Sharon, of Topeka, Kansas; two brothers, Virgil Braden, of Lawrence, Kansas, and Robert G. Braden, of Cheyenne, Wyoming; six grandchildren and twelve great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by two sons, Jerry Lightwine and Garry Lightwine; a sister, Dorothy Thornbrugh, and her parents.
Rev. Reed Hartford will conduct funeral service at 10:00 AM Wednesday, October 24th, at the Cheney Witt Chapel.
Burial will follow in the Evergreen Cemetery.
Memorials are suggested to the Jerry Lightwine Scholarship fund at FSCC 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

A Little For Everyone At Pioneer Harvest

The quilt show at Pioneer Harvest Fiesta is one event for women at the annual show.

Pictured is Charlotte Hite, Fort Scott, who brought several heirloom quilts to the show. This quilt is one of her grandmother’s, who was in a quilting club in Uniontown.

Other events: arts and crafts show, gas engine exhibit, tractor exhibit, flea market, food vendors and live music.


Wheat threshing, draft horse plowing, corn husking, rock crushing, sawmill operation,  are among  the demonstrations at the event.

Because of wet arena conditions, there will be no tractor pulls, according to Allen Warren, of the PHF board.

Weekend admission is $5.


Duke Mason In Concert Oct. 28

The Fort Scott Area Chamber of Commerce Announces the Upcoming Duke Mason Concert, Sunday, October 28, 2018 at 2:00 pm!
To visit the Bourbon County Arts Council Facebook page, click here. For a printable version of the flyer, click here.
For more information on this event, contact Fort Scott Chamber of Commerce 620-224-7871.

Sons Of American Legion Oct. 20

As a reminder, there will be an organizational meeting for a Sons of the American Legion (SAL) Squadron on Saturday, October 20 at 10 am. The meeting will be held downstairs in Fort Scott’s Memorial Hall and is open to any male descendant of an honorably discharged Veteran.  

The Sons of the American Legion Squadron is a part of the American Legion family, but it develops its own local community service programs and projects. The SAL offers an opportunity for the sons and grandsons of Veterans to honor their Veteran ancestor while giving back to the community.


Sons, grandsons and great-grandsons of honorably discharged Veterans are eligible for SAL membership.


SAL membership eligibility can be confusing as I cannot join the SAL though my own military service. My SAL eligibility is through my grandfather’s military service in World War 1. My sons and grandsons can join the SAL through my military service.


If you have any questions about joining the SAL or if you have questions about your eligibility, email me at or call me at 904.553.1848.


I look forward to you joining us on Saturday, October 20 as we charter this newest organization supporting the Veterans and citizens of Bourbon County. 

If you wish to join the SAL , but are unable to attend our organizational meeting, please contact me. God, family and work should always come before Legion activities. I will  work with you on your membership application.


Carl Jowers, Commander

Fort Scott American Legion Post 25

Downtown Halloween Parade


The Fort Scott Area Chamber of Commerce announces that the annual “Trick or Treat on Main Street” event is planned for Saturday, October 27, 2018 in Downtown Fort Scott.

There will be music by The Hull Experience, a sidewalk trick-or-treat parade and free hot dog lunch for kids in costume following the parade.

Activities will span from at 10:30 am to noon with face painting by FSHS Thespians and pictures by Walgreens. The actual parade will begin at 11am.

Participants will parade through downtown “trick or treating” local merchants along the way. Parents are welcome to walk with their children in the parade, escorted by FSHS Pride, which will follow a route down the west side of Main Street from Skubitz Plaza to 2nd Street, then down the east side of Main Street from 2nd Street to Skubitz Plaza. Youth of all ages are welcome to participate in the parade. However, children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult.

Merchants along Main Street are encouraged to pass out candy, coupons or other items to the kids as they pass by, and other businesses or organizations not located on Main Street are also welcome to set up along the route and pass out items.

Following the parade, hot dogs, healthy snack and a drink will be served to youth in costume. The free “Hallo-Wienie” lunch is being sponsored by 5 Corners Mini-Mart, Healthy Bourbon County Action Team, Landmark National Bank, and McDonald’s. The Lowell Milken Center will be offering free coloring books and candy to trick or treaters Saturday from 10 am to 4 pm.

The Fort Scott Recreation Commission and FSMS Pride will be holding Creepy Crawly Crafts from 9 to 10:30 am at Buck Run Community Center prior to the Downtown festivities. The craft-making event is for kids pre-school to 5th grade. Pre-registration is requested for only $1 at 735 Scott Ave.

For more information, contact the Fort Scott Area Chamber of Commerce at (620) 223-3566.

Candidates Forum October 22


Monday, October 22, 2018
Ellis Fine Arts Center on the Campus of FSCC

Doors Open 5:30 p.m., Forum Begins 6:00 p.m.

FORT SCOTT – The Fort Scott Area Chamber of Commerce announces a Candidates’ Forum for the 2018 General Election will be held Monday, October 22nd at the Ellis Fine Arts Center on the campus of FSCC, 2108 S. Horton. The doors will open at 5:30 pm and the forum will begin at 6 pm. Attendees are invited to arrive early to meet and greet the candidates.

Races that have been invited to the forum include Governor/Lt. Governor, U.S. House of Representatives District 2, Secretary of State, Attorney General, State Treasurer, Commissioner of Insurance, Kansas Senate District 13, Kansas House of Representatives Districts 2 and 4, State Board of Education District, Bourbon County Commissioner District 1, Bourbon County Attorney, and Bourbon County Treasurer.

The general public may submit questions to the Chamber prior to the event by submitting them via email to or dropping them off at the Chamber, 231 E. Wall Street, by 12:00 p.m., Monday, October 22nd. There will also be information presented at the forum on the “Liquor by the Drink” local issue that will be on the ballot for Bourbon County.

The forum will run in the hierarchy of offices from the federal, state, then local level. Candidates will have the opportunity to make a one-minute opening statement and two-minute closing statement. Three questions will be asked of each candidate, with each candidate being allowed one minute to respond. Individuals representing candidates, not in attendance will be given an opportunity to make up to a three-minute statement.

For more information please contact the Fort Scott Area Chamber of Commerce at (620) 223-3566.

Win As Many As Possible by Patty LaRoche

A few months ago, a former classmate and I ran into each other downtown and began discussing our upcoming high school reunion, a conversation that somehow turned into how little we knew about each other’s families, even though we had attended school together for twelve years. She remembered that my father had died when I was young (eight-months old), but not how he died. My knowledge of her family was not much better, for even though we had been best friends in grade school, all I remembered about her dad was that he worked for the railroad and had no sense of smell. “We were so into ourselves,” she said. And I agreed.

Two weeks ago, my high school graduating class celebrated its 50th reunion–which makes no sense, considering I am only 30 years old. (I’m funny.) Anyway, because this was such a special event, a committee of us locals spent several weeks preparing for the celebration, and with our Class of ’68 graduating survivors nearing 165, we counted on large numbers.

Save the Date” postcards were mailed months in advance, but by the registration deadline, only 23 graduates had responded that they would come. Ten of those were on the committee. This was not what we expected. A second email was sent, followed by personal phone calls. A total of 55 registered. A few classmates had health problems that prevented them from attending, but our committee was saddened by those who said that high school was not a good experience, and they had no intention of reliving those years.

Again, not what we expected.

At one of our organizational meetings, we questioned the “Why’s” of such responses. Our committee members had run in different crowds and been involved in various activities during our school years. Two had boyfriends, their primary focus. Still, high school held fond memories for all of us. At one point in our conversation, we questioned if we could have done more to help others have the same kind of experience. I mean, none of us had been unfriendly, but had we been selfishly focused on ourselves?

The answer was obvious.

So, here it is, decades later, and several former classmates still carry the wounds of those years. And even though we cannot turn back the clock and soothe their hurts, we can—and should—learn from this so that today, whatever our circumstance, we become aware of those we encounter who need a kind word or an invitation for a cup of coffee or an opportunity to be valued. Instead of surrounding ourselves with those with whom we are comfortable, maybe it’s time to meet that neighbor who keeps to himself or the cashier at the local convenience store or even an old classmate with whom we have lost contact.

Paul’s words in 1 Corinthians 9:19 are a fresh reminder of what our daily objective should be. “Though I am free, I make myself a slave to everyone, to win as many as possible.” In Paul’s early years, he was all about himself. Unlike our committee, his primary focus was to intentionally hurt the Christian community, but once he met Jesus, he cared only about others.

One day, a Heavenly reunion will be held. We Christians carry the invitations for neighbors and pew-mates and random encounters to “Save the Date” as well as the responsibility to follow up with reminders of its importance. None of us want to be the reason someone rejects this eternal opportunity.

What to do?

The answer is obvious.