Presbyterian Village

Fort Scott, KS – It’s that time of year again when you are getting ready to see family and friends for the holidays and looking for fun ideas for activities and gifts. One place in town is offering both right now!

The Presbyterian Village, located at 2401 S Horton in Fort Scott is hosting a Christmas Tree decorating contest. Entries will be received from November 27th-December 7th and judging will take place on December 8th. There are cash prizes for the top three winners, first prize being $100!!


AND… if you are looking for gift ideas, the Presbyterian Village is offering gift certificates. The gift certificates are for home services such as a personal shopper, house cleaning, homemade cooking and more. You can purchase a one-time service or monthly recurring services.

Please contact the Presbyterian Village if you have questions about the Christmas Tree decorating contest or are interested in ordering a gift certificate!
2401 S Horton, Fort Scott, KS

Hundreds Come to Beacon Soup Line and Raise Thousands

Fort Scott, KS – Last Friday, November 21st, Young Professional’s League of Bourbon County sponsored the Beacon Soup Line at the St. Mary’s Kennedy Gym. Every year, the Beacon Soup line is an event that happens and all the proceeds go the Beacon food and clothes pantry.


This year hundreds of people streamed through the doors at St. Mary’s to enjoy option of vegetable or chicken noodle soup, home maid pie and drink for $5. Volunteers from area churches and organization were on hand to serve all those who came out to support the Beacon.


If you missed the event and want to support the Beacon, they are a non-profit that is supported by donations and received donations year round. They serve hundreds of family each month and need continue support to enable them to do the ministry they do.

Contact the Beacon:
525 E 6th St.
Fort Scott, KS 66701

Casey’s General Store Ribbon Cutting

Fort Scott, KS –Many people in town have been long anticipating the new Casey’s store opening. Friday morning, November 21st, was their ribbon cutting and grand opening. The ‘soft’ opening of Caseys happened a few days before, however, the Area Manager, Bekki Gibson said, “It has felt like the Grand Opening since the doors opened. We have averaged making 200 pizzas a night.”


Fort Scott Area Chamber, several city officials, staff and about 30 community members came out to support Caseys grand opening and ribbon cutting. For the grand opening, Caseys was offering free coffee and certain items at a discount. A few things including any 6” sub for $1.69, large pizza for $7.99 and $2.99 for a dozen donuts.

Circulars will be going out today for additional coupons for the next week. Until next Thursday, with the purchase of a large pizza, you will get a coupon for .25 / gal off gasoline. If you are ordering pizza, you maybe want to call ahead to get your order started.


The store is open 24 hours, including the kitchen. Caseys is currently being staffed by 24 employees and they are hoping to pick up a few more to cover night shift. Hopefully, you’ll be able to swing in and say hello sometime in the next week.

Contact information:
2216 S Main

FSCC FREE Winter Concert

Fort Scott, Kansas – Fort Scott Community College will be hosting the annual Winter Concert on Sunday, November 23rd at 3 p.m.  The band, orchestra, choir and Fortté will be performing.

The FSCC choir and orchestra are under the direction of Dr. Greg Turner.  The orchestra plans an arrangement of holiday film music with “Christmas at the Movies” followed by “It’s Christmastime,” “O Holy Night,” “An Old World Christmas” and “Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer.”

The choir will be singing holiday numbers “Christmas on Broadway;” Harry Simeone’s “Do You Hear What I Hear;” and “Look Into the Christmas Sky.”  The latter part of the show will feature the Spanish Renaissance with Thomás de Luis Victoria’s “Magi Viderunt Stellam;” then an arrangement of Nathaniel Dett’s African-American spiritual “Rise Up Shepherd and Follow;” and end with Mendelssohn’s “There Shall a Star from Jacob Come Forth.”

Fresh off the fall’s marching band season, the band will play a compilation of holiday favorites with “Swing the Songs ofChristmas.”  A sing-along is also planned with other pieces still to be determined.

Band Director and Fortté advsior, Michael Dzbenski, said, “Fortté is our new a cappella group.  The Winter Concert isn’t our first concert, but it will be a fine debut for folks in the community that haven’t gotten to hear us sing.”

Fortté will sing classic carols including God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen and Silent Night.  Other selections are still in the works, but a favorite 50’s holiday standard was much discussed.

The concert is free to the public.

Fort Scott Christmas Parade

Fort Scott, KS – The holidays are nearly upon us and many are gearing up for all the festivities. One event you need to make sure and have on your calendar is the city Christmas parade happening December 2nd, downtown. The parade starts at 6pm on Main Street and ends at the Skubitz Plaza. At the plaza will be Santa and drawings for prizes.


If you are the creative type and interested in putting a float in the parade, there is still time to get your entry submitted!! There are cash prizes for the top three entries and you can submit your entry to the Chamber.


If you have questions, contact the Fort Scott Area Chamber and Tourism Center
231 E. Wall

Bourbon County Jail Opens for Tours

Fort Scott, KS – Since the elections for Bourbon County where Bill Martin has retained his position of Sheriff, addressing the county jail is high on his list of priorities. Tuesday, November 18th the Sheriff office was giving tours of the jail from 2p-8p showing the condition of the jail.

Originally, the jail built in 1977, was made to accommodate 27 inmates. However, the average census is around 40 inmates, almost twice the original capacity. The aging facility has many issues that are not a quick fix, but would require extensive repair to satisfactorily fix the issue. A few issues are original plumbing, fixtures, wiring, cameras, electric gates, security and communication systems.

Obviously, there is much to discuss in the conversation about the best way to go about providing an adequate facility for our county jail. Undoubtedly, the conversation comes about that inmates do not need a nice place. The repairs needed at the county jail are beyond the comforts of the inmates, but are affecting the safety of the corrections officers and the energy expenditure of the aging building.

If you missed the tour, the Sheriff’s office will be offering tours again in the Spring. In the meantime, click along on the pictures below for a narration of the condition of the jail.

For further questions, contact the Sheriff’s office:
204 S National Ave
Fort Scott, KS

Soup Line to Benefit The Beacon

Fort Scott, KS – Earlier this year, ran an article highlighting the outreach and mission of The Beacon. The Beacon is a non-profit that serves those in Fort Scott, or surrounding areas, who need a little boost with food, shelter, clothing or other necessities during difficult times.


The Beacon is a non-profit, and primarily rely on the generosity of others to fund the outreach. During the holiday season, you may be wondering how you can play a part in assisting those who are experiencing hard times.


You will have an opportunity to get a good meal AND help The Beacon this Friday, November 21st. The Young Professional League of Bourbon County and area churches are sponsoring a Soup, Drink and Dessert meal for $5 (of course, you can give more if you wish). The proceeds will be used to fund activities for the Beacon.

Meals will be available 11am – 7pm on Friday at St. Mary’s Kennedy Gym (702 S. Eddy).