Final 2014 Summer Soccer Games

Fort Scott, KS – Last Saturday was the last day of the Buck Run’s kid’s soccer league for kids ages K – 8 years old. This year there were 27 teams in the league which each team played six games over the six week game play.


Three years ago, the administrators decided to use a ‘micro-team’ design for the kid’s soccer league. Each playing field size is different depending on the age of the kids. This also makes for smaller team sizes (about 5-6 per team) in order to allow for more playing time for each player. Program Supervisor, Dave Fly, said they have seen growth every year since the micro-team design has been used.


Next kid’s program is basketball, starting this Saturday. You can still sign up, but there will be a late fee since teams have already been established. If you haven’t gotten enough soccer, there is an indoor soccer league for kids with sign-ups in January.

For more information:
Buck Run Community Center

Shead Farm Host Elementary Day at the Farm

Garland, KS — On October 15th, one hundred thirty Fort Scott Elementary kindergarten students traveled to the Shead Stead Farm in rural Garland to enjoy the beautiful fall weather and experience many farm related activities.-

All photos credit: Mark Shead
The eight classes were accompanied by their teachers and a number of parents. Four of the classes participated in the morning activities and the other four in the afternoon, crossing over with both classes being at the farm for lunch around the picnic tables.
The various activity stations were attended as each teacher rotated her students around the farm.  This gave the children opportunity to explore different aspects of farm life and fun that can be created with a little imagination.
The Indian camp with a teepee was hosted by Benjamin Shead who was dressed in full Indian attire.  Children sat on mats and wore headbands and feathers as they learned several Indian songs and rhyme.
Teachers then moved on to the animal area where each child was able to pet and feed the donkey, the pot-belly pig, the goats and pet the horse.  Chickens, guineas, ducks, cats, dogs and friendly turkeys could be observed wandering around.
A favorite to all of the students was the barn swing and hay ride.  Teachers and parents helped the students take turns swinging. Raymond Kalm, a nearby farmer, drove the hay wagon to the delight of the students.
The chicken yard story time was hosted by Katy Shead who read the story of Henny Penny and showed the students live baby chickens and guineas.  Each student was able to gather eggs from the metal nest boxes.
The apple harvest station was run by a parent and Haley Shead.  Students learned about the comparison of a bushel basket, a half bushel and a peck.  They also learned how to pick apples from the tops of the trees with an apple picker. They were able to watch how one can peel apples quickly with an electric drill, core and slice them and then sample the tasty crisp apples.
Another activity station included finding feathers in hay and then matching them with the picture of farm poultry.
Butter making was another area of interest as the students learned about how to make butter the old fashioned way and the new quicker way of doing it in the blender.  Treats of crackers with butter were shared with the students.  Teacher, Mrs. Melissa Tatro and Haley Shead helped with this activity.
During the afternoon, Fort Scott Community Rodeo Cowboys came to help the students learn to rope. Also on display were various collections of insects and bird habitats. Class pictures were taken on the old tractor.

Story submitted by farm owners, Larry and Vickie Shead.


Fort Scott, KS — Congratulations to our iPod winner, Jenni Elder! Over the last couple of days, was running a contest to give away an iPod. We have selected a winner at random and presented a new iPod to Jenni.


Jenni has lived in Fort Scott, nearly all her life – moving here when she was two.  She works locally here in Fort Scott and was very excited about winner the iPod and hopes to keep away from her kids.

Thank you all who signed up to win. We hope you continue to enjoy the articles at Fort — if you do, please encourage your friends to sign up.

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Chamber Host Kids Parade

Fort Scott, KS – Last Saturday, under a clear, blue sky and unusually warm weather, the Chamber hosted a kids parade showing off a variety of costumes down main street.


Chamber members remarked this may have been the most well attended parade in recent years. Combined with great weather, getting the word out and a community that like to come together all made for a great turnout.

Local businesses handed out candy as the kids walked main street. After the parade was over, there were drawings for prizes and a hot dog lunch for the kids.

Fort Scott Chamber of Commerce
231 East Wall Street
Fort Scott, KS 66701
FAX 620-223-3574

Sleep Inn & Suites Hosts Chamber Coffee

Fort Scott, KS – Thursday morning, the Chamber coffee was hosted by Bill and Jennifer Michaud in the new Sleep Inn & Suites hotel that will be soon opening their doors. The coffee was to show off the new lobby and hotel, complemented by a nice breakfast, that will be available for guests staying in the hotel.

Bill and Jennifer Michaud, owners Sleep Inn and Suites

The official grand opening and ribbon cutting is November 5th at 11am. However, if you need a place to stay, they will be able to make accommodations for you and family that maybe coming in this weekend. Reservations will be available online November 1st through Choice Hotels.

They are finishing up some small details and putting all the final touches on the hotel. There are 59 rooms (combo of doubles & king suites), fitness center, pool, small meeting room, wireless internet and breakfast.

Contact information:
Sleep Inn and Suites
302 E Wall St.
Fort Scott, KS 66701

Cato Days Celebrates the Past

Cato, KS – This past weekend, Cato held their annual Cato Days celebration. The event is hosted by the Cato Historical Preservation Association. The Association was established in 2005 to ensure the preservation of the Cato School, a one-room schoolhouse in Cato, Kansas.


This year’s celebration marks the 100th anniversary of the Cato Christian Church. Cato has a rich history which you can read in depth on their webpage. Cato was the first town in Bourbon County (then it was Crawford), established by John Rogers in 1854.

The Church has been restored and is on the National Register of Historic Places and is the central figure in the Cato Days celebration. Many local volunteers and families work hard to maintain this area and preserve the history of this church and the city. Former ministers at Cato Christian were in attendance: Leon Weece, Roger Tribble, Tim Fritch and the Vernon brothers.

On Friday, area school kids were able to come out and participate in activities. Saturday, also has a fun schedule of events starting with music and presentations. Also, throughout the day historical booths and presentations were happening on the grounds. Music and a wiener roast around the campfire served up lunch and wagon rides to historical sites rounded out the day.

You can also check out more information on their facebook page.

FSCC presents, The Addams Family, The Musical

Fort Scott, KS – Fort Scott Community College (FSCC) is presenting the Addams Family, a charming story about how one Wednesday Addams wants to marry a boy who is … normal. Of course, this becomes a problem for the Addams family. Based on the original characters of the original Addams Family, the characters wonderfully come to life by the FSCC theatre department.


Performances are this weekend, starting on Thursday evening at 7:30pm. There will be a total of five performances to accommodate everyone’s schedule. The performances are Thursday – Saturday at 7:30pm. Also, there will be a 2pm performance on Saturday and Sunday. This will be performed at the Danny and Willa Ellis Family Fine Arts Center, 2108 S Horton, Fort Scott. Tickets for adults are $8, Students, Seniors, FSCC Faculty and Staff – $5. You can pick up tickets at Common Ground Coffee Shot and Country Cupboard and at the door.

The Addams Family is directed by Sarah Mae Lamar, her second year at FSCC and a long list of accomplishments on and off the stage. Musical Director is Michael A. Dzbenski, his third performance with FSCC. The rest of the production staff includes Christina Fulton, Choreographer, Alexis Richling, Assistant Director, Danielle Cliffman, Stage Manager and Kaja Anderson, Assistant Stage Manager.

Principle Student Performers: Chris Herman, Gomez Addams. Kristina Parsons, Morticia Addams. T.J. Chaffin, Uncle Fester. Amanda Longpine, Grandma. Claira Hollingshead, Wednesday Addams. Michael Peterson, Pugsley Addams. Alyx Thompson, Lurch. Caleb Gazaway, Mal Beineke. Jaley Hoyt, Alice Beineke. Josh Woolsey, Lucas Beineke.

Click on the gallery to see pictures from the dress rehearsal, but more importantly, make plans to go see the show this weekend!! For more information:

Fort Scott Community College
FSCC Theatre Facebook Page