United Way 2018 Campaign For Bourbon County Agencies

Gina Shelton, president of United Way of Bourbon County speaks to the Fort Scott Chamber of Commerce Thursday during its weekly coffee.

The United Way of Bourbon County kicked off its campaign at the Jan. 25 Fort Scott Chamber of Commerce weekly coffee, which was hosted by Mercy Hospital.

Gina Shelton, president of the local United Way Board, said the best way to help in the fundraising is a payroll deduction.

She said the cost of a purchased soft drink, $1 if it was payroll deducted by many people, would help the agency meet its 2018 Campaign goal of $50,000.

The agency helps these entities in the county:

Bourbon County Inter-Agency Coalition Board provides rental and utility payment assistance and provides family season passes to the Fort Scott Aquatic Center.  Telephone: 620-223-5946

Bourbon County Senior Citizens provides Meals On Wheels to the elderly, general transportation and distributes commodities. 620-223-0750

Bourbon County 4-H Fair provides the annual fair and collaborates with the Fort Scott Chamber of Commerce on special events, as well as partners with Fort Scott Community College for parking during the annual rodeo. 620-547-2571

Kansas Legal Services provides legal representation to obtain restraining orders, provides advice on custody and child support and coordinates services with Safehouse and others. 620-232-1330

Keyhole Youth Center provides youth with games, TV, pool tables, ping pong and regular parties and get-togethers. The facility is located across from the Fort Scott High School. 620-223-4700

Mother to Mother Ministries helps women build friendships across economic barriers as well as self-esteem and parenting skills. Diapers, baby supplies, and food to mothers in need are also provided. 620-224-0809 or 620-215-0924.

Fort Scott Ministerial Alliance Hospitality Fund assists transients in their travel through the area by providing gas, food, bus transportation, rooms and auto repairs, as well as meet other physical needs of Bourbon County residents. 620-223-3862

Southeast Kansas Respite Service provides people to come into the home to give caregivers a break. Also provided are cleaning services, errands, and transportation services. 620-421-6550 Ext. 1642

Tri-Valley Developmental Services provides employment and retirement services, residential services and horticultural Therapy Programs. 620-431-7401

The Cerebral Palsy Research Foundation of Kansas provides financial aid with assistive technology and medical equipment and assistance with selecting the technology, along with specialized seating systems for wheelchair users. 316-688-1888

Members of the United Way Board of Directors are Shelton, president; Dee Anne Miller, vice-president; Alene Jolly/Jodi Johnson, secretary; Devin Tally, treasurer; Jessica Werner; Vickie  Chaplin; Amanda Lancaster; Mitzi Davis; Mert Barrows: Cindy Bowman;  and  Charli Bolinger.

What’s Happening By The Fort Scott Chamber of Commerce


The Fort Scott Chamber of Commerce, 231 E. Wall

1/19 – 3/10 Stay Strong, Stay Health Strength Training Class for Older Adults at Buck Run Community Center 8:30 am  620-223-3720.
26-27 Livestock Sale, Fort Scott Livestock Market, 2131 Maple Rd., 10 am
26 FSHS FR/JV/V Basketball VS Girard  (Homecoming) 4:30pm -9:30pm
27 FSHS JV Wrestling Tournament at FS High School Gym 9:00am – 3:30pm
27 Jack & Jill Scottish Doubles Pool Tournament at Holmtown Pub
11am – 4pm. Proceeds o Care to Share
27 FSCC Hounds Women’s Basketball VS Labette 2:00 pm
27 FSCC Hounds Men’s Basketball VS Labette 4:00 pm
29 Celebrate Kansas Day with your Local Kansas owned Businesses! Visit a participating Chamber member retailer wearing a Sunflower or the word Kansas on your apparel to receive 10% off of your purchase.

**Participating businesses will have a

sunflower placed in the front of their store and include: Bids & Dibs, Common Ground Coffee Co., Country Cupboard, Courtland Hotel & Spa, Iron Star Antiques & Such, J&W Sports Shop, Main Street Gallery & Gifts, Papa Don’s Pizza, Shirt Shack,   Ruddick’s Furniture, Sekan’s Occasion Shop, Sunshine Boutique and Trader Dave’s.
30 SEK Day on the Hill.  A breakfast with legislators from 7:30 am to 9:30 am in Topeka.
30 Westar will be at the Fort Scott Area  Chamber LIEAP (Low Income Energy Assistance Program)Application Assistance 9am-3pm
*Please bring utility account numbers, proof of income & SS# for all members of the household.
30 Kiwanis Meeting- FSCC Heritage Room- 12 pm
30  Story Time: Snow -Featuring the ever-popular cotton ball “snowball” fight – 10 am – 11:00 am – Fort Scott Public Library – Enjoy stories, songs, crafts, and snacks -Downstairs event room.
31 Story Time: Snow – Featuring the popular cotton ball “snowball” fight. 10 am – 11:00 am – Fort Scott Public Library – Enjoy stories, songs, crafts, and snacks -Downstairs event room.
31 Rotary Meeting – Presbyterian Church – 12:00pm -1:00pm
Feb 1
Chamber Coffee hosted by Liberty Theatre /Crooner’s Lounge, 117 S. Main St.

2/1 -3/31 New Face, New Neighbors – Fort Scott National Historic Site Art Exhibit.
Kids will create textile works of art that encompass the change of Fort Scott NHS throughout its history.
1 Kiwanis Pioneer Club – FSCC Heritage Room -12pm- 12:00pm -1:00pm
1 Gordon Parks Museum presents “When Freedom Changed America”
Guest speaker:  John Edgar Tidwell, Professor at KU and a member of the Kansas Humanities Council’s Speaker’s Series.  12 pm – 1 pm at the Gordon Parks Museum on FSCC campus. (This is the MLK Day program that was previously scheduled for January and rescheduled due to weather)
1 Thursday Card Players, Buck Run Community Center, 6-9pm

GNAT Seeking Volunteers To Benefit Multi-Sensory Playground

Thursday morning Chris Yoder and sons Melvin, Willard, and Joseph work on the roof of the house at 1311 S. National. The Yoder family was hired by Diana Mitchell to stabilize the structure which is being rehabilitated as a fundraiser for a multi-sensory playground.

Craig Campbell, with the Good Neighbor Action Team, is seeking volunteers to clean up a property.

The house, at 1311 S. Main, is a being totally rehabilitated, then it will be sold as a fundraiser to help provide a multi-sensory playground for the community, Campbell said.

“Groups are invited to bring shovels, buckets, gloves, hard-soled shoes and protective eyewear to pick up the debris and put it in the dumpster,” he said. “It’s loosely organized, you don’t have to schedule to put up the debris and put it in the dumpster.”

“Be careful of the roofing debris,” Campbell said.

Campbell spoke to the Fort Scott Chamber of Commerce coffee attendees during the announcement portion.

The dumpster is provided by Kevin “Skitch” Allen, Campbell said.

Allen purchased the Hester Rolloff business including the dumpsters being used, Allen said in a later interview.

Currently, the house is being stabilized and the roof being replaced, according to Chris Yoder, Devon, who along with his three sons have been working on the house the last week.

Diana Mitchell is spearheading this Youth Activities Team project, the rehabilitation of the house. The GNAT is helping with the volunteer clean-up of the project.


Obituary Of Deborah Hawkins

Deborah Lee Hawkins, age 66, a resident of Ft. Scott, Kansas, passed away early Thursday, January 25, 2018, at her home.

She was born January 7, 1952, in Lawrence, Kansas, the daughter of Roy Cameron and Dorothy Tilton Cameron. She graduated from the Ft. Scott High School with the Class of 1970. She married Gene Hawkins on June 9, 1979, at Ft. Scott.

In earlier years, she worked in the printing and insurance business. She later attended Ft. Scott Community College School of Nursing and became a Registered Nurse. She was then employed by the Nevada Regional Medical Center for several years. She loved gardening and tending to her flowers. She also enjoyed watching the wildlife around her rural home.

Survivors include her husband, Gene, of the home and two daughters, Amanda Hawkins (Steve Copsey), of Nevada, Missouri and Jennifer Hawkins, of Ft. Scott and two grandchildren, Ethan and Kinley. Also, surviving are two brothers, Mark Cameron of Kansas City, Missouri and Garry Cameron of Great Falls, Montana. She was preceded in death by her parents; two sisters, Joan Higgins and Ann Greenway and a brother, Charles Cameron.

Funeral services will be held at 10:00 A.M. Tuesday, January 30 at the Cheney Witt Chapel. Burial will follow in the Chapel Grove Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 5 to 7 P.M. Monday evening at the Cheney Witt Chapel. Memorials are suggested to Care to Share 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 cheneywitt.com.

Oops! Moment

Have you ever had an “OOPS!” moment? You know, when things don’t go exactly as planned? My husband and I had a few of those on our recent six-day drive into the heart of Mexico. Howard and Joyce, our Mazatlan friends, invited Dave and me to join them for a sight-seeing, shopping 1000-mile loop. Howard would drive. Dave would be on alert for road signs (frequently hidden behind trees or appearing only when rounding a sharp curve), warn Howard of topes (large, unmarked speed bumps) and pray. All of that came in handy. Without it, I fear this might be my obituary and not my weekly article.

The OOPS! road detours caused multiple delays and directional guessing games to find our hotels. More than once, we were back where we had started, all the while looking for a gas station when the warning light came on in Howard’s car. OOPS!

We were to spend nights in Tlaquepaque, Guanajuato and Zacatecas. Guanajuato, known for its underground roadways created from the old gold and silver mines. was a special thrill. Upon entering the city, Howard pulled to the side of the road and picked up Moises, a Mexican “guide” who navigated us through the archaic tunnels, pointing in the direction we needed to drive. Without him, we would be in Nicaragua. We tipped him well after he carried our heavier suitcases the two blocks from the parking lot up the cobblestone streets to our hotel.

Our rooms were ultra-contemporary, and the city beamed with entertainment. With its traveling minstrels, an orchestra performing in the nearby park, five Mariachi bands and performers doubling as statues, there was no end to the talent we saw.

The following day, per my request, we headed to Leon where over 100 leather stores boasted of their hand-made wares. Soon I found the eight-dollar wallet I wanted and we were on our way to Zacatecas where, according to Howard, the tourist attractions were unrivaled.

With no signs to the “Cuota” (toll road), we ended up on the Libre, the free, winding-until-you -throw-up, traffic-jammed, two-way road. Big OOPS! Our three-hour trip to Zacatecas took six. Once we arrived at our hotel, a converted bull ring, it was too late to tour. We would need to cram more in the next day, but OOPS! Not so fast. We learned that a bridge had been damaged by an overturned semi-truck, so we needed to cut our trip short and return the way we had come instead of completing our loop. We had traveled all day NOT to tour this city.

I’ve decided that our journey last week was kind of like life, except our OOPS! had no lasting effects. Many do. We plan our daily-weekly-monthly-yearly schedules and have our lives pretty well figured out until we are derailed by the unexpected. The OOPS! moments that change our directions: unfulfilled dreams; investments that go South; illness; divorce; a friend’s betrayal; a natural disaster; death.

Luke 12:16-21 is a parable about a rich man who had a plan. With no place to store his abundant crops, he tore down his barns and built bigger ones for his surplus grain. Pick it up in verse 18. “And I’ll say to myself, ‘You have plenty of grain laid up for many years. Take life easy; eat, drink and be merry.’

 But God said to him, ‘You fool! This very night your life will be demanded from you. Then who will get what you have prepared for yourself? This is how it will be with whoever stores up things for themselves but is not rich toward God.’”

In reality, my OOPS! moments were just “oops” moments, temporary detours which meant nothing in the scheme of life. Missing God, however? Now, that’s an OOPS! decision none of us can afford to make.