Manufacturing Summit coming to Wichita


TOPEKA – Wichita is the site of the second annual Kansas Manufacturing Summit, a forum providing those in the manufacturing sector the opportunity to network, learn about business match options, and gain insight into workforce development. The event will be held September 18 at the National Center for Aviation Training in Wichita.

The Kansas Manufacturing Summit, hosted by Kansas Department of Commerce and Kansas Chamber of Commerce’s Manufacturing Council, in conjunction with Wichita State University, will cover a range of topics aimed at improving business operations and productivity with Kansas manufacturers.

Conference sessions include:

  • Emerging (3D) Technologies
  • Automation and Additive Manufacturing
  • Sustainability and Efficiencies in Manufacturing Workforce
  • Workforce Development and Integration
  • Block Chain Management
  • Cyber Security
  • Digital Transformation


“A highlight of this year’s conference will be a panel discussion giving manufacturers insights and opportunities available to help grow and develop the workforce,” said Susan NeuPoth Cadoret, Director of Business Development at the Kansas Department of Commerce.

The cost to register for the Summit is $35 through August 28, after which the cost will increase to $50. Guests will be able to attend the reception held at the end of the Summit for only $20. Registration can be completed online at The website will also include the full conference schedule, speaker biographies and hotel information as they become available.


Boer Goats: Good For 4-H and FFA Kids

The Boer Goats are coming! The Boer Goats are coming!

And due to a happenstance, they have been coming annually to Fort Scott for three years.

“This will be the third year ( the Heartland Showcase Boer Goat Sale)  will be held in Fort Scott as we are in the middle of the area of people raising Boer Goats,” Allen Warren, with the Bourbon County Fairgrounds Board, said.

What is a Boer Goat?

“The development of the Boer goat in the early 1900’s can be traced to the Dutch farmers of South Africa. Boer is a Dutch word meaning farmer.  With meat production setting the selection criteria, the Dutch farmers developed the Boer goat as a unique breed of livestock. The Boer goat has a rapid growth rate, excellent carcass qualities and is highly adapted to different environments,” according to

“They (the Heartland Showcase Boer Goat Sale organizers) originally held their first sale in Columbus,” Warren said.

There was a lack of hotels and restaurants in Columbus, according to Warren.

“As some of the officers were on their way home to Nebraska, they drove through Fort Scott  and decided to see what kind of a Fairground  and facility we had to offer,” Warren said. “The next day they called the K-State Extension Office and got my telephone number.  This developed into the relationship we have today.  They feel our facilities and our community has a lot of what they were looking for.”

“We heard that they were a good location, centrally located. Fort Scott seemed to be the perfect fit,” Lisa Stripe, co-owner of the sale, said. “We generally have 12 different farms bringing their goats into the sale. Usually the crowd draws 100-150 people.”

The Stripes are from Humeston, Iowa.

“We personally got started because as a kid Ithought it would be fun to have some. Later, I bought some behind my husband’s back.”

“They are good animals  for kids in 4-H or FFA because they are gentle, the kids are less likely to get hurt versus a cow or calf.”

“I  would like to thank the businesses , the motels the fairgrounds,” Stripe said. “We couldn’t ask for a better place to have the sale.”


Viewing of the animals is from 4-6 p.m. Saturday, August 18 and again Sunday August 19. The sale will be Sunday at noon at the fairgrounds.
You may contact Lisa Stripe at 402-759-5497 or Jill Lanham at 402-984-8344 for more information about this event


Effective Stillbirth Prevention Campaign Launches in Kansas


“Count the Kicks” goal is to save 60 Kansas babies every year, reduce stillbirth rate by 26 percent


TOPEKA – The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) announced today that it has partnered with Count the Kicks, a proven stillbirth prevention public health campaign. Kansas vital statistics show that 232 stillborn babies are born each year in our state. The introduction of Count the Kicks in Kansas has the potential to save 60 babies every year if Kansas’ stillbirth rate decreases by 26 percent, as has happened in neighboring Iowa where the campaign began.


Count the Kicks teaches the method for and importance of tracking fetal movement in the third trimester of pregnancy. Scientific studies show that expectant moms should track their baby’s movements once a day in the third trimester and learn how long it normally takes their baby to get to 10 movements. Moms will start to notice a pattern, a normal amount of time it takes their baby to get to 10. If “normal” changes during the third trimester, this could be a sign of potential problems and an indication to call their provider.


“We are excited to provide physicians, partners and pregnant women across the state full access to Count the Kicks materials,” said Rachel Sisson, KDHE Bureau of Family Health Director. “KDHE’s Bureau of Family Health remains committed to collaborative efforts to support the healthiest outcome for mothers and infants.”


Through KDHE, maternal health providers, birthing hospitals and social service agencies throughout Kansas can order FREE Count the Kicks educational materials at to start using these materials in their practices right away. Moms everywhere can download the FREE Count the Kicks app, which is available in the Google Play and iTunes online stores. The app, available in English and Spanish, allows expectant moms to monitor their baby’s movement, record the history, set a daily reminder, count for single babies and twins. The app already helped save seven Iowa babies in the past year.


This project is supported by KDHE with funding through the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), under grant number #B04MC31488 and title Maternal and Child Health Services.

Fort Scott Town-Wide Garage Sale Sept. 15-16

The Fall Town-Wide Garage Sale is coming up next month, September 14th and 15th.

The Fort Scott Area Chamber of Commerce encourages residents of Fort Scott and Bourbon County to have a sale and start their fall cleaning or make room for something new.

Sales may be registered through the Chamber by 1 pm, Wednesday, September 13th for only $10. The registration fee lists your sale on the official garage sale map and enables the Chamber to advertise the sale throughout the region on the radio, newspaper, social media and the Chamber website.

In addition to the garage sale registration, the Chamber of Commerce is selling twelve advertising spots on the map to businesses and organizations, $25 for a small block and one larger block is available for $40. These blocks of advertisement are a great way for businesses and organizations to promote an upcoming event, discount or offer a coupon to garage sale shoppers.

Garage sale listings and block advertisements may be placed in person at the Chamber office, 8am-5pm Monday through Friday at 231 E. Wall Street or by phone using debit or credit card by calling (620) 223-3566.

New FSCC Harley-Davidson Teacher: Alex Mason

This is part of a series of new teachers in our community.

Alex Mason is a new Harley-Davidson Motorcycle Technician Training and Development Program instructor at Fort Scott Community College.

Name: Alex Mason

Title of position: Harley-Davidson Instructor

Education: AAS FSCC Harley-Davidson

Experience: Technician at Gail’s Harley-Davidson, Grandview MO

Age: 28

Family: Wife is Holli Mason, a daughter, Lucy.  Parents are Steve and Kendell Mason.

Why did you choose education as a career?

“This is an opportunity for me to apply my skill set closer to home, so I may spend more time with my family.”

What is the first on your list of priorities for the position?

“Implementing my experience at an H-D dealership in order to help create better-prepared technicians for the field.”

New Eugene Ware Elementary School 5th-Grade Teacher: Abby Stepps

The is one of a series of profiles of new teachers in our community.

Abby Stepps is a new Fifth Grade Teacher at  Eugene Ware Elementary School.

Name: Abby Stepps
Title: 5th Grade Elementary Teacher
Education: Fort Scott Community College and at Pittsburg State University, with a Bachelor’s of Science in Elementary Education.

Experience: She began teaching in 2009 in Nevada, MO. Taught in Fort Scott in 2012 one year, then Nevada in 2013 until the present.

Family: Husband, Trent Stepps, a Fort Scott Alumni and has two “beautiful daughters.”

Why did you become an educator?

“I once had a teacher make me feel as though I could conquer the world. She made me feel important and a part of something bigger than I was. Inside her classroom, I could be myself and at the same time anyone/anything I wanted to be, she IS the reason I chose education as my career, Mrs. Scott, 4th grade, in Neosho, Missouri.”

What is first on your list of priorities for the position?

“I hope to bring a feeling of newness and rigor to the 5th-grade crew at Eugene Ware. I am very excited to be working with such great teachers! This year will be wonderful!”

Kale Nelson Handing Out $1 For Each Random Driver Who Is Buckled Up

Bucks Rewarded to Drivers Who Buckle Up

Safe Kids Kansas, State Farm and KDOT Partner for Safety Message

TOPEKA, Kan. – Thousands of vehicles will be traveling the Kansas roadways during the Labor Day weekend. Many families will head out on one last camping trip or getaway as the school year begins.  The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) Safe Kids Kansas, State Farm and the Kansas Department of Transportation (KDOT) want to encourage families to buckle up and drive safely to protect their most valuable asset, their families.

From Aug. 26 through Sept. 9, a safety belt awareness campaign called “Bucks for Buckles” is being held in 56 cities across Kansas. One dollar bills are being distributed by local volunteers to drivers who have all occupants buckled up securely in their vehicle. Those riding unrestrained will receive educational materials about the effectiveness of seat belts and child safety seats in saving lives and reducing injuries.

“No one can predict when they will be involved in a motor vehicle crash, yet almost all of us will be involved in an automobile crash in our lifetime. Last year, 382 people lost their lives on Kansas roadways and 50 percent of them were unbuckled,” said Cherie Sage, State Director for Safe Kids Kansas. “The single most effective means of protecting the lives of you and your passengers are wearing seat belts and using appropriate child restraints every time you ride in the vehicle – even short distances.”

Local Agent Kale Nelson with State Farm Insurance will be participating in this program to promote wearing seatbelts, in both Fort Scott and Uniontown.

Exact dates will not be announced.

One dollar bills are being distributed by local volunteers to drivers who have all occupants buckled up securely in their vehicle.



Chamber Coffee At Scott Township Fire Department on Thursday

Join us for the weekly Chamber Coffee!

Co-hosted by:

Location: 2060 Hwy. 54
 ( 1.5 miles west of the Hwy. 54/69 junction,
on the south side of the highway)

Thursday, August 16th, 8am

Click here for Scott Township Rural Fire Department’s
Facebook page.
Chamber members and guests are encouraged to attend for networking, community announcements, and to learn about the hosting business or organization.
Members may pay $1 to make an announcement about an upcoming event, special/sale/discount, or news of any kind.
Upcoming Coffees:
August 23rd – Available – contact Chamber to reserve your spot
August 30th – Avaliable – contact Chamber to reserve your spot
September 6th – Lowell Milken Center
September 13th – Airport OR Water Treatment Plant


Submitted by: Carla Nemecek, Southwind Extension District Director & Agent

From the Kansas State University website, “K-State Research and Extension is a partnership between Kansas State University and the federal, state, and county governments. Research completed is used by extension agents and others to help solve community issues.” Although the word “trust” isn’t in our mission statement, it is a vital part of the extension relationship on a local level. It is also a word that I personally value, and certainly a topic worthy of further discussion.

There are two parts to trust: an intangible, “feeling” part and a performance record that confirms this trust. An active feeling of trust is confidence in leadership, indicated in ability and integrity. Trust is also expressed by the absence of worry or suspicion. Productive relationships are already based on trust, sometimes unrecognized and frequently taken for granted. The track record is a confirmation of well-placed trust.

Trust is a vital ingredient in all relationships. If you find it hard to trust someone, you are less likely to talk to that person. But, a relationship built on mutual trust is marked by open communication and fewer arguments. It’s the feeling of safety you have with another human being.

Many scholars have created lists of the characteristics of leaders. Trust always makes the list. Trust develops as the cumulative effect of one-on-one, day-to-day relationships. Trust is won or lost by how well you know yourself, how open you are to letting others see your real self, and how well you show your interest in others. These personal actions depend on you, regardless of the organization, committee, or other group.

Think of trust as an emotional bank account. If you make deposits with another person through courtesy, kindness, honesty, and promise-keeping, you build up a reserve. That person’s trust toward you becomes higher, and you can call on that trust when needed. When the account is high, communication is easy, instant, and effective. But, if you show discourtesy, disrespect, threats, or just do not listen, your emotional bank account will become overdrawn. Trust needs continuing deposits. Furthermore, it takes more deposits to outweigh a negative balance or withdrawal. One guideline suggests that every negative encounter requires six positive encounters to restore the original level.

You can show you are trustworthy by being responsible. Being open and honest with people is essential. In any relationship, it takes time and effort to develop trust, and trust and commitment are closely related. If you trust more, you are willing to commit more. Each person must accept some responsibility.

Trust is a relevant topic to the Southwind District because we recently added Woodson County to our Extension District Family. Folks in the Yates Center area will now have access to our Agents who specialize in a variety of areas – including Family Resource Management, Horticulture, Healthy Living Initiatives, 4-H activities and expanded SNAP-Ed programming in the schools. It is an exciting time of change, and we look forward to creating new partnerships across the 4-county District.

K-State Research & Extension in the Southwind District strives every day to be a trusted and reliable source of factual information for families – both urban and rural. If you would like to know more about us, please check out our website,

Obituary Of James Eastwood

James Lewis Eastwood, age 81, a resident of rural Ft. Scott, Kansas, passed away early Tuesday, August 14, 2018, at the Mercy Hospital Emergency Room.
He was born March 27, 1937, in Fort Scott, the son of Harold Lewis Eastwood and Verda Leola Thomas Eastwood.  Jim graduated from the Fort Scott High School with the Class of 1955.  He married Patricia Ann Hoggatt on February 10, 1957, at Fort Scott.
In earlier years, Jim had been employed by various Ft. Scott Grocery Stores including, Gunsolles Grocery, Foodtown, and Safeway.  In 1963, Jim began a career with Peerless Product and worked there until he retired as a supervisor.  He later worked as a part-time custodian for the Bourbon County Courthouse.  Jim enjoyed hunting, fishing, and camping.
He was a member of the Community Christian Church as well as the Ft. Scott Masonic Lodge, the Mirza Shrine, and the Scottish Rite.
Survivors include his wife, Pat, of the home; a son, James Eastwood, and wife, Paula and two daughters, Susan Carnes and husband, Mike and Shelly Brennon and husband, Kenny, all of Ft. Scott as well as nine grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.  Also surviving are a brother, Kenneth Melvin Eastwood, and wife, Carolyn, of Fulton, Kansas and a sister-in-law, Mary Eastwood, of Ft. Scott.
  He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother, Marion Eastwood, a sister, Phyllis McLain and a great-grandson, Weston Brennon. 
Funeral services will be held at 10:00 A.M. Saturday, August 18th at the Cheney Witt Chapel.
Burial will follow in the Clarksburg Cemetery.  The family will receive friends from 9:00 A.M. until service time on Saturday at the Cheney Witt Chapel.
Memorials are suggested to the American Diabetes Association and may be left in the 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

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