KDWPT To Offer Deer Hunters Free Chronic Wasting Disease Testing 



EMPORIA – Deer hunters across Kansas can have deer they harvest during the 2020-2021 seasons tested for Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) free of charge through the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism (KDWPT). KDWPT, in collaboration with the University of Missouri, is undertaking a research project to better understand where CWD is present in Kansas and how the disease spreads. As part of the research project, the cost of CWD testing will be covered for the next three years at a maximum of 450 samples per Deer Management Unit (DMU). Harvest location in the form of GPS coordinates, section Range-Township-Section number, or nearest intersection will be required to receive free testing.


“We’re excited to be able to cover the cost of CWD testing for hunters statewide for the next three years,” said Levi Jaster, KDWPT big game program coordinator. “Hunters will benefit immediately from cost-free test results, but they’ll also benefit long term from better information related to deer herd disease management as a result of this project.”


Hunters can benefit from cost-free CWD testing during the 2020-2021 seasons through one of several options listed below:

  • Hunters may obtain collection instructions from University of Missouri staff by calling (620) 402-4195 or emailing kscwdsurveillance@gmail.com. And, hunters in DMUs 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14 and 19 may receive direct assistance from University of Missouri staff. Simply call or email to make arrangements.
  • Hunters may utilize a manned voluntary sample collection station on Dec. 2, 4, 5, 11 and 12. See below for locations. Masks and social distancing protocols will be in place at sample stations.


Manned voluntary sample collection stations will be offered at the following locations:


Country Junction 

153 US 54 

Toronto, KS 66777 


Farmer’s Cooperative Association (parking lot) 

515 E Maple St.  

Columbus, KS 66725 


Casey’s Gas Station 

915 S. First St. 

Hiawatha, KS 66434 


Dara’s Fast Lane – Cenex 

5321 Tuttle Creek Blvd. 

Manhattan, KS 66502 


BP Gas Station and Car Wash 

2305 South Cedar St. 

Ottawa, KS 66067 


For more information on CWD in Kansas, visit https://ksoutdoors.com/Hunting/Big-Game-Information/Chronic-Wasting-Disease-CWD or www.cwdks.com.


Kansas Rural Preservation Grant



The Kansas Historical Society is announcing that applications are now available for the Kansas Rural Preservation grant program. Earlier this year, the Kansas Historical Society received a $500,000 grant from the National Park Service’s Paul Bruhn Historic Revitalization Grants Program. Those funds are now being offered through this subgrant program to the owners of historic properties for repair and rehabilitation projects.


A complete program description, application information, and application link are available online at kshs.org/20430. The application deadline is midnight on March 1, 2021. Applications must be submitted online via the weblink above.


Applicants must own a property listed in the National Register of Historic Places individually or as a contributing property in a National Register-listed historic district or have their property determined eligible for listing before the grant application is submitted. Properties determined eligible must be listed officially to the National Register during the grant period. The property must be within a community with a population of less than 30,000 according to the 2010 U.S. Census and applicants must provide justification of their rural location as part of the application. Property owners may not be the state or federal governments.


Grantees can receive between $5,000 and $50,000. The grant reimburses 90% of eligible project activities up to the award amount and grant recipients shall provide 10% of the cost of eligible project activities as match.


All rehabilitation work must comply with the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards & Guidelines for Archeology and Historic Preservation. Eligible activities include professional services (architect and engineering fees) and projects involving the preservation, rehabilitation, or restoration of an eligible property. Repairs involving building components such as walls, doors, windows, chimneys, roofing, and foundations are eligible activities. Projects involving the preservation or restoration of non-building properties such as archeological sites, parks, cemeteries, bridges, and monuments are also eligible. Because this grant is supported by funding administered by the National Park Service, projects must follow federal project requirements including competitive selection of contractors and consultants. In addition, an easement will be placed on the property following the project completion.


Kansas Historical Society staff members will offer a free webinar with specifics for this program at 1 p.m. Thursday, December 17, 2020. Staff members will discuss the application process, approaches to writing the application, and answer questions about the program. Contact the Historic Preservation Office at 785-272-8681, ext. 240; or kshs.shpo@ks.gov to register for this workshop or to request additional information.


Submitted by

Allyson Turvey

Tourism & Community Development Manager
City of Fort Scott

123 S. Main St.
Fort Scott, KS  66701
Office: 620-223-0550

Cell: 620-238-4919


FS Public Library Holiday Countdown Dec. 1-15

Photo by Jonathan Borba on Unsplash (creative commons)
Celebrate the Holiday Season with Miss Val and your friends at Fort Scott Public Library by participating in the 15-Day Holiday Countdown!
From December 1-15, visit the Library’s Facebook page between 7 am and 11:59 pm to view a special daily video by Miss Val. Each video will feature one or more unique stories, songs, crafts, or activities the family can enjoy together. Families that post a photo or video of their child(ren) enjoying the activity or of the finished project will earn a small prize to go in their holiday prize bag. If they’d rather, parents may send the photos or videos directly to Miss Val at vcyouthlib@gmail.com. All photos and videos must be submitted by 11:59 pm on December 15 in order to be eligible. Miss Val will compile the treat bags, contact participating families, and hand the bags out through the library’s curbside service from December 17-19. 
Happy Holidays from your FSPL Staff !

Fort Scott Community College Library Receives Humanities Kansas Grant

TOPEKA – Humanities Kansas recently awarded $1,481.00 to the Fort Scott Community College Library to support a community read project. Susie Arvidson serves as project director.

This project encourages the FSCC campus community to interact with the local communities in a common book reading and discussions club. The books to be read are A Choice of Weapons by Gordon Parks and The Other Wes Moore by Wes Moore. Parks’ book was selected as this autobiography addresses the themes of racism, discrimination, and poverty and how the author chose to address and combat those issues. Moore’s book was selected as it addresses the issues of fate/choice, race, inequality, injustice, discipline, and violence culminating in the support of the theme of expressions of truth.

Readings will occur individually with a suggested reading timeline. Discussions will occur in multiple formats: live, in-person book discussions hosted on the college campus and various hosting locations throughout the community when possible, as well as in a virtual format offering participants the option to participate virtually through scheduled, synchronous meetings or asynchronously via social media. Finally, each reading and discussion will culimnnate with a guest speaker who will speak on the overall, central theme of culture and diversity.

Humanities Kansas believes that communities are strengthened through the exchange of stories and ideas,” said Julie Mulvihill, Humanities Kansas Executive Director. “This project brings the people of Fort Scott together to read, discuss, and share experiences, encouraging community connection and engagement on significant topics.”

About Humanities Kansas

Humanities Kansas is an independent nonprofit spearheading a movement of ideas to empower the people of Kansas to strengthen their communities and our democracy. Since 1972, our pioneering programming, grants, and partnerships have documented and shared stories to spark conversations and generate insights. Together with our partners and supporters, we inspire all Kansans to draw on history, literature, ethics, and culture to enrich their lives and serve the communities and state we all proudly call home. Visit humanitieskansas.org.


Girard Medical Center Offers Two Medical Information Classes In Uniontown Dec. 3

Patricia Boore, Infection Control for Girard Medical Center is planning to be in Uniontown on Thursday, December 3 at 1 pm for a class of 20 participants.

Two subjects will be discussed.

Stop the Bleed: This is a class for citizens to attend to learn about recognizing life-threatening bleeding and how to respond in an emergency.

Red File: There is a folder that contains forms that can be filled out and ready in case of an emergency. Among those forms are Advance Directives. These forms will be explained to the individuals and   questions answered they may have about the forms.


Attendance for the class will be by registration and limited to 20 people. If there is a positive response, we will schedule another class later on.


Submitted by

Patti Boore, RN,Infection Control, Girard Medical Center.

Phone: 620-724-5172

Fax: 620-724-5103

Or one can register by calling the Uniontown City Clerk at 620-756-4742.


Our mission is to provide excellent healthcare with compassion as we support our communities and provide an environment where our employees and physicians can achieve personal and professional goals.

Christmas Parade Tonight At 6 p.m.

Join us TONIGHT for the
2020 Downtown
Christmas Parade
Dec 1st
Line-up at 3rd & Main St., north to Skubitz, northwest to National Ave., and back to 3rd Street!
Thank you to all who entered!
Here is the lineup below…
Click here for a printable copy of the lineup.
1)    Pick-up your parade number at the Chamber office by 5pm today, if not picked up by 5pm then numbers will be available for pickup at 3rd & Main St. (The Carriage House)
2)    The parade number goes on the passenger door – the judges will be sitting at the Heritage Pavilion.
3)    When the parade starts moving, if you are in a car/truck/float, leave a couple of car lengths between you and the entry in front of you so the parade doesn’t get bunched up and go so fast that attendees cannot enjoy the parade.
4)    When your parade entry passes the Judges/Announcers table – please drive slowly and even pause so the judges can get a look and the announcer can make the remarks provided.
5)    If your entry is in front of the high school, please do not enter at 6th street and drive down to 10th. Try to enter from the cross street you will be at.
6)    Don’t be late! Parade line-up starts any time after 5 pm. The closer you get to 6:00 pm, the more congested the street becomes.
7)    Be sure to wave big – the crowd loves it when you interact with them.
8)    Kids LOVE candy!
9)    Have fun! We are so glad you have entered the parade.
The route for this parade: Parade starts at 3rd & Main St. in front of the Carriage House, goes south on Main to Skubitz Plaza, turns northwest towards National Ave., left on National Ave. then south on National back to 3rd Street, ending at Memorial Hall.
This year the Mayor’s tree will already be lit and there will not be a formal ceremony for the lighting of the tree following the parade, no visits with Santa, crafts or prizes. We hope everyone enjoys a longer parade route this year! Santa will be at Clark Street Lights this Saturday from 5 to 8pm for visits, 753 Clark Street, and at G & W Foods on Saturday, December 12th from 12-3pm.
Join us for the parade
tonight at 6pm!
Special thanks to our parade sponsor: Briggs Auto
And, to supporting sponsor:
Mertz Tax Service

Obituary of Carol (Perry) George


Carol Jean (Perry) George, age 76, from Redfield, KS, passed away Monday, November 30, 2020, at Country Place Senior Living in Ft Scott, KS, after a long battle with Alzheimer’s disease. She was born on June 4, 1944, in Ft. Scott, KS, the daughter of William Herbert and Ruby Eileen (Heckenlaible) Perry. Carol was raised in rural Bourbon county and graduated as valedictorian from Uniontown High School Class of ‘62. She married the love of her life, Raymond Eugene “Skeet” George on March 26, 1963. They built a life of love and devotion for over 57 years.

Once married, Carol started her professional career as a stenographer for Key Industries. After that, she enjoyed years of service as executive secretary for Sister Mary Trinity as well as led public relations for Mercy Hospital in Ft Scott. After graduating from Pittsburg State University with a bachelor’s degree in graphic design; she worked for many years at SEKAN Printing in Ft Scott. Carol then earned her insurance license and spent many years helping Skeet develop a successful insurance career with Banker’s Life & Casualty.

Carol combined her professional life with work as a fulltime farmer’s wife and mother. Many an evening and weekend was spent doing chores, helping work hogs or cattle, and then cooking an evening meal for Skeet and eventually, their three children Paula Ann, Daniel Ray, and Dawna Kay. As her children grew, she went to every ball game, school activity, or music recital. Carol was a very good cook and was always nominated to bring homemade rolls to family dinners. For a time, she even made and decorated wedding cakes. Carol loved to travel with Skeet, their children, and eventually grandchildren. Many vacations were spent in Myrtle Beach, Branson, as well as around the world with trips with Skeet. She cherished time with her grandchildren, going to the zoo, drawing or painting pictures, reading stories, or watching movies. Every member of the family knew of her love and joy in time spent together.

Carol served the Lord Jesus Christ and was an active member of the United Methodist Church and the United Methodist Women (UMW) in Uniontown. She enjoyed serving as a Lay Minister for the church and took her children on numerous mission trips to spread the gospel. For many years community children looked forward to the “Pirate Cave” at the annual Good ‘Ol Days. She also always worked the “Chicken Booth” at the Labor Day Picnic in Uniontown to help the church. Carol supported her children and grandchildren and helped with many a 4H project cooking, sewing, art, or photography.

Carol is survived by her husband, Skeet; children and their spouses and grandchildren: Paula and Tim Ulrich and children Logan his wife Amanda, Rebecca, and Micah; Dan and Bernadette George and their children Benjamin Ray and Luke William; and Dawna and Chris Huhman and their children Alex, Madelyn, Olivia Carol, and Maxwell Skeet; siblings Pauline (Perry) Hartman, and Bill Perry; and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by their infant daughter, Kimberly Carol; her mother and father; and infant brothers Rex and Phillip.

Graveside services will be held Saturday, December 5th, at 2:00 pm in the Uniontown Cemetery.

Memorials are suggested to the Uniontown United Methodist Church and may be left in care of the Cheney Witt Chapel, 201 South Main St., P.O. Box 347, Ft Scott, KS 66701. Words of remembrance may be submitted to the online guestbook at cheneywitt.com.

Virtual Panel On Wind/Solar Energy For Local Communities Dec. 3

Local Leaders Discuss Local Impact of Renewable Energy Projects in Kansas
Panel will discuss economic benefits of wind and solar energy projects for local communities
Hutchinson, KS – On Thursday, Boost Kansas will host a panel discussion focusing on the benefits provided to local communities by the development and operation of renewable energy projects. The virtual event, “Boosting the Local Economy through Renewable Energy,” will feature local leaders and industry experts who will share how the growth of Kansas’ wind and solar energy sectors are boosting local economies, creating good-paying jobs across the state, and providing economic opportunity in hard-hit communities, especially as the nation looks to rebuild during post-COVID-19 recovery efforts.
In Kansas, wind now supports 6,000 jobs, $36 million in annual land lease payments, and provides $29 million in revenue for state and local governments, providing funding for schools and courthouses, roads and bridges, and emergency services. More than $11.4 billion in capital financing has been invested in the state, providing unparalleled opportunities for workforce expansion and economic growth as a result of wind energy. Renewable energy – and the manufacturing, infrastructure, and technology that goes with it – is and will continue to be an essential driver of American industry, Kansas’ workforce, and economic recovery.
However, the future growth of in-state renewable energy relies on an expanded and modernized Midwest electricity grid. Expanding and upgrading transmission lines will allow more low-cost wind and solar projects to come online and create additional opportunities for the state.
What: Boosting the Local Economy through Renewable Energy
Date: Thursday, December 3, 2020
Time: 2:00 PM CT
Location:Register for the live broadcast via Zoom (a link and a phone number will be generated for you to watch/listen)
  • Steve Sloan, CEO, Midwest Minerals
  • Casey Harbour, Kansas Sales Manager, Watco
  • Jeff Martin, Vice President of Customer and Community Operations, Evergy
  • Representative from Apex
Moderator: Riley Scott, Boost Kansas
To set up an interview with a panelist or speak with a Boost Kansas representative, please contact Riley Scott at riley@scottconsultingks.com or (785) 766-3885.
About Boost Kansas
Boost Kansas, an initiative of the American Wind Energy Association, is a statewide coalition of civic and business leaders supporting innovative policies that expand renewable and wind energy investment in the state. With commonsense federal and state policies, Kansas can continue to be a national leader in harnessing the power of wind and renewable energy development. Learn more at BoostKansas.com
About the American Council on Renewable Energy
Founded in 2001, the American Council on Renewable Energy (ACORE) is the nation’s premier pan-renewable organization uniting finance, policy and technology to accelerate the transition to a renewable energy economy. For more information, please visit www.acore.org.
The Solar Energy Industries Association® (SEIA) is leading the transformation to a clean energy economy, creating the framework for solar to achieve 20% of U.S. electricity generation by 2030. SEIA works with its 1,000 member companies and other strategic partners to fight for policies that create jobs in every community and shape fair market rules that promote competition and the growth of reliable, low-cost solar power. Founded in 1974, SEIA is a national trade association building a comprehensive vision for the Solar+ Decade through research, education and advocacy. Visit SEIA online at www.seia.org.
AWEA is the national trade association for the U.S. wind industry, the largest source of renewable energy in the country. We represent 1,000 member companies, 120,000 jobs in the U.S. economy, and a nationwide workforce located across all 50 states. AWEA serves as a powerful voice for how wind works for America. Members include global leaders in wind power and energy development, turbine manufacturing, and component and service suppliers. They gather each year at the Western Hemisphere’s most efficient and targeted event for utility-scale renewable companies, the AWEA CLEANPOWER Conference & Exhibition, next in Indianapolis, June 7-10, 2021. An outgrowth of the AWEA WINDPOWER Conference & Exhibition, CLEANPOWER is the first trade show focused exclusively on the utility-scale renewable power sector, bringing together all the major developers, utilities, OEMs, suppliers, and buyers under one roof. Visit AWEA’s website to learn more about the enormous economic benefits wind power brings to America and be sure to follow us on FacebookTwitter, and LinkedIn.

Kansas Gas Service Hosts Inclusion and Diversity Virtual Job Fair


OVERLAND PARK, KS – Dec. 1, 2020 – Kansas Gas Service and its parent company ONE Gas are hosting a virtual Inclusion and Diversity career fair to help applicants understand the company and its culture and speak to recruiters about open positions.

From 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. on December 2, the public will have an opportunity to learn about ONE Gas and its divisions: Kansas Gas Service, Oklahoma Natural Gas and Texas Gas Service.

“We know this has been a trying year for many, and we are pleased to offer this career fair to meet interested applicants,” said Seth Smiley-Humphries, Inclusion and Diversity Director, ONE Gas. “We are committed to hiring a diverse workforce and advancing our inclusive culture. Applicant resumes will be used to fill open positions.”

Interested candidates can visit CareerFair.onegas.com to complete the following steps:

  • Register for the December 2 event and submit a resume.
  • The scheduling page will provide a list of available one-hour information sessions on the company and an Inclusion and Diversity presentation. Click on a department of interest, then choose a 15-minute session to speak with a recruiter. The Teams links will be available on the website 15 minutes prior to the actual session.
  • You can also see a list of current job openings at onegas.jobs.
  • Candidates will need a device with internet access, a front-facing camera and a microphone for these one-on-one department sessions.

“We want to encourage those seeking jobs to join our virtual career fair,” says Smiley-Humphries. “We are working to find innovative and creative ways to reach potential employees. We know there are great candidates out there and we want to meet them.”

You can also watch our video for more information on the Virtual Job Fair.

For more information on careers at ONE Gas and its distribution companies, visit onegas.jobs and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and YouTube.


About Kansas Gas Service

Kansas Gas Service delivers safe, clean and reliable natural gas to more than 639,000 customers in 360 communities in Kansas. We are the largest natural gas distributor in the state, in terms of customers.

We are a division of ONE Gas, Inc. (NYSE: OGS), a stand-alone, 100 percent regulated, publicly traded 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.

FS Area Community Foundation Newsletter

News from the
Fort Scott Area Community Foundation
Please find our Special Edition Newsletter below.
Click here for a printable PDF copy.
Thank you for reading our November 2020
Special Edition Newsletter!
Contact us with questions or for more information:
Board President Carla Farmer: 620-224-6500
Website: www.fsacf.com
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