Bourbon County Adds New Alert System

Bourbon County, KS – Communication during a potential time of disaster has proven to save peoples lives. Emergency personnel are always on the look for better ways to communicate to those living in their jurisdiction more effectively.


Starting this October, Bourbon County is launching a new alert system. This alert system is named “CodeRED.” Bourbon County Emergency Manager, William Wallace is enthusiastic about the possibilities of this system. “Not only can you receive alerts about potential dangers, but the user can choose to receive notifications about county wide events and news,” Wallace said.


CodeRED is a high-speed mass notification system that can deliver alerts to your land line or texts to your cell phone or email. Registration for the alerts is free and simple.  Click here to go to the Bourbon County web page to register.  There is also an app you can download for smart phones by clicking here.


For more information or questions:
620-223-3800 or


Pioneer Harvest Fiesta!

Fort Scott, KS

This weekend’s weather was beautiful and hopefully you were able to attend a long-running Fort Scott celebration of the Pioneer days, skills and trades and, of course, tractor pulling.


Pioneer Harvest Fiesta kicked off Thursday night with a parade and ended around 3pm on Sunday. Activities were planned all weekend and certainly provided much entertainment as well as educational. On display is a strong heritage and tribute to those who work hard in our fields. Unfortunately, many of these skills are a dying craft, given over to urbanization.


Hundreds came from all around to visit the craft fair, flea market, the numerous vendors and to see those old tractors. David McCord, president of the Pioneer Harvest Fiesta, may be the Fiesta’s biggest fan, stated he’s already started working on next year’s Fiesta. Hopeful to bring in more people he’s wanting to bring in new agriculture technologies, such as greenhouses, drip irrigation and alternative power solutions, such as wind power. He also envisions capturing the younger audience with some very creative math and science competitions. The prize is something that even the adults may even want to join in the competition. However, you will have for the official announcement when the details have been worked out.

Many vendors from all around came with a wide variety of wares. Antiques, home-made items, food (including home-made peach ice cream and it was as amazing as it sounds.) Cynthia Files and Cindi Taylor were selling Feista ‘wear.’ Proceeds from those items purchased will go on to help restore the older buildings at the fairgrounds. Thanks to them both for the ‘photo op’ and thank you also for the countless volunteer hours (and many other who are unnamed) who help make the Fiesta possible.


It’s very difficult to cover all the interesting events that happened in a short blog, those of you who couldn’t make it did miss out. However, we have lots of pictures of this weekend for you to view. Make sure and put this on your calendar for next year, the last weekend of September, you won’t be disappointed.

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iPod Shuffle GIVEAWAY! is always looking for more readers to tell about the news and events going on in Fort Scott and the surrounding areas! So…….   we are giving away an iPod Shuffle to one subscriber!  To sign up, all you have to do is to subscribe!  <– Click there or you can click to the “subscribe” button on the right  –>


The contest will run until October 11th, 2014. Here are the rules:

  • You have to be subscribed to the list to enter. That means you’ll need to type in your email address and then confirm the subscription.
  • You can enter from this link or using the form on the right hand side of the page.
  • You’ll need to come to Fort Scott to claim the prize. If you live in Alaska, this might not be cost effective for you.
  • The winner will be announced and have their picture posted to the site. This probably isn’t a good contest for people in the witness protection program.
  • If you are under 18, you’ll need a guardian to accept it on your behalf.

Crawford State Park Hosts Country Music Jamboree

Crawford State Park (Farlington Lake), KS – Do you have an award winning chili recipe? Maybe it’s time to put it up to the test! This weekend, September 27th, Crawford State Park host’s Country Music Jamboree and annual Chili cook-off. This is the last big activity planned at the state park this year.


Cooking starts at 12:30 and judging starts at 4:00pm. If you are not the cook, but enjoy sampling the bounty of good cooks, tasting will take place at 4:30pm. If you think you have what it takes to compete, you can contact Kevin Smith, the chili commissioner: 620.362.3237 or The park is offering free park entrance for this event and if you decide to stay and do a little camping you can register at or visit the park office.

Also, included in the festivities, are live music and a pot-luck “end of season” dinner at 6:30pm. Bring a covered dish and join in. Live music starts at 3:30pm and includes performances by The Duling Band, Jeff Simpson, Kinley Rice, Jason Richison and more. All activities will be in the Oak Point Campground.

Crawford State Park


If you haven’t had a change to visit the lake, take some time before the winter weather comes to go and visit. The park is located 9 miles north of Girard on Hwy 7 and contains an 150 acre lake. The whole park comprises 530 acres, six campgrounds, five modern cabins (for rent), two boat ramps, a swimming beach and three bathhouses. Also, the park offers four hiking trails, a 9-hole disc golf course and a Civilian Conservation Core (CCC) Memorial Museum (when open).

You can click here to visit their website.


Curator Aggie Keeling (right) and friend Dorothy

We will do a more complete story on the historical activity of the CCC in a future article. The lake was constructed in the 1930’s by the CCC and shortly after, the hatchery was built. The Museum contains many artifacts retrieved from the CCC camp which was located were the park sits today. The museum is curated by Aggie Keeling and her friend Dorothy, both who are actively involved in the “Friends of Crawford State Park.” The two of them are diligently working to preserve the history and legacy of the men who built the park.  They are also working hard to enhance the experience of visitors today, including raising fund to install storm shelters for park campers. There is an outdoor exhibit as you enter the park, make sure you take some time to observe the memorial and learn some of the history of this park.

Crawford State Park
1 Lake Rd.
Farlington, KS 66734
(620) 362-3671

Produce Auction in Barton County


Lamar, MO – If you are looking for fresh produce in larger than farmer’s market quantities and up for a nice drive, the Barton County Produce Auction is the place for you. Located in Lamar, MO off NW 30th Ln, has auctions April through October on Tuesdays and Thursdays starting at 10am. To see the online calendar schedule, click here.

The auction is primarily for farmer’s market vendors or grocery stores, but individuals are welcome to attend as well. This auction is primarily designed to bring local growers and buyers together to sell large quantities of produces for re-sell or consumption.

Of course, the selection is seasonal, currently pumpkins, mums and fall decorations fill the sale bill. Buyers and sellers are both welcome to participate, however, BCPA has a few requirements like growers must be within 100 mile radius, some package restrictions and no minimum bid requirements.


If you are interesting in selling or have further questions, you can reach the Auction Manager, Daniel Yoder at 417-681-0123

Barton County Produce Auction
669-A NW 30th LN
Lamar, MO 64759
417-884-2232 (Auction phone, day of auction only)

Pioneer Harvest Fiesta – September 26, 27, 28


Fort Scott, KS – This weekend’s weather report calls for mostly sunny skies with highs in the low 80’s, this to tell you why you have no excuses to come and visit the Pioneer Harvest Fiesta. The Fiesta is celebrating 58 years this upcoming weekend. If you head on out this weekend, you won’t be disappointed in all the activity.

The Fiesta kicks off with a parade on Thursday, starting at 6pm. Bob Russell will be the Grand Marshall along with the Sharing Bucket, raising funds for those battling with cancer. The parade will feature antique farm implements and more, on the normal parade route through downtown.

*courtesy of Pioneer Harvest Fiesta

Throughout the event, there will be numerous events, exhibitions and demonstrations. Some of these include rock crushing, horse & tractor pull, wheat thrashing, blacksmith, tractor pull and live music. Also, on the artsy side of life, there will be a quilt show in the Meyers Building, hand-made arts and crafts show and the world famous flea market. All three days are alive with Steam Engines, Blacksmiths, Food and Flea Market Vendors, Drag Saw Demonstrations, Tractors & Gas Engines on Display, Baker Fan Demonstrations. For a complete downloadable schedule, click here.

The $5 admission fee is a small price to pay for the free dinner on Friday night, the collector’s button and to show your support for the local vendors and business. Kids under 12 are free (but they don’t get the cool button).

*courtesy of Pioneer Harvest Fiesta

The organizers are very grateful for the support from their sponsors: Advantage Metals, Atkins Insurance Agency, Bartlesmeyer Jewelry, Big Sugar Lumber, Billiard Hammer Hartman Insurance Inc, Cheney Witt Memorial Chapel, Chicken Annies-Girard, Landmark National Bank, Diehl Banwart Bolton CPAs PA, Fort Scott Livestock, Fort Scott Tribune, Key Industries Inc, KOMB-FM All-Hit 103.9, McDonald’s Restaurant, Medicalodges, Fort Scott, Norris Heating and Air-Conditioning, Rogers Body Shop & Alignment Services, Sekan Printing Company, SGT Group, Shepherd Team Auto Plaza, Sonic Drive-In, Tractor Supply, Union State Bank, Ward/Kraft Inc, WCA.

We hope to see you all out there!

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Fort Scott Community College Ranks Top Ten in the Nation


Fort Scott, KS Living in a community for a long number of years, can make it easy to take for granted some of the components that make a community great. Fort Scott Community College is something we should be proud of because it’s in our backyard, but also because it ranks highly in national standards compared to other community colleges.

Recently, FSCC was ranked among 700 other community colleges and landed in top ten. Historically speaking, FSCC is also the oldest community college in the state of Kansas. But just because you are the oldest, doesn’t simply earn you the right to place among the top 10 schools in the nation.

Three categories were taken into account when comparing the 700 schools. SmartAsset, who aggregated all the data, looked a primarily three categories in the comparison study. These areas where: low-cost education, good return on investment and high success rate (measured by graduation and transfer rate).


“For FSCC to rank the third in graduation rate among the top 10 community colleges in the nation, and to be listed among the top 10 community colleges in the nation with an overall score that takes into account high success rates, high return on investment and low cost of education, for this I would say a celebration and an acknowledgement of the faculty’s sincere and hard efforts is warranted,” said Elie Riachi, Faculty at FSCC.

To read the full story, you can click here. Certainly this is a high achievement and something the community of Fort Scott should be very proud to have a school of this caliber. Great job faculty and staff – keep up the good work!