Presbyterian Village Talent Show Entertains Community

Jeff Elliot plays a rendition of “Jesus Loves Me” on the piano during the Presbyterian Village Talent Show.

Presbyterian Village, an assisted living facility, hosted a talent show Friday afternoon.

Members of the community were invited to showcase their talent, along with some employees and residents of the facility.

A crowd filled the dining room of Presbyterian Village to enjoy the entertainment.

The following are photos from the event.

Chip Pridey sings a solo.
Jack Clark plays “Maple Leaf Rag”.
Fred Hixon left, the master of ceremony for the show introduces Marilyn  Adcock who sang several songs and played the autoharp, accompanied by her husband Lyle, on the tambourine.
Shirley Carey sings and plays the piano.
Melissa Wright sings “Pontoon”.
Adriel Koller prepares to sing “Follow Me”.
Avis Stradley reads a poem entitled “The Dinner”.  She stated she first recited it for her high school class in 1944.
Lorna Smith plays “Sweet By and By” and “Tennesee Waltz” on the accordion.
Christy Roberts entertains the Presbyterian Village guests Friday afternoon at the talent show.
Annie Brock, 14 years old, plays the piano during the talent show.
Trula Finley plays several songs on the piano.
Greg Turner sings a solo.
Rhonda Allen plays “Glowworm”.
Presbyterian Village Life Enrichment Director Anicia Robinson serves refreshments following the talent show.

Obituary for Ruth Ann Sickles

Obituary for Ruth Ann Sickles

Ruth Ann Sickles, age 55, a former resident of Ft. Scott, and more recently of LaHarpe, Kansas, passed away Tuesday, January 16, 2018, at her home in LaHarpe. She was born October 27, 1962, in Excelsior Springs, Missouri, the daughter of Ralph A. Crawford, Sr. and Hazel Ellen Webber Crawford. Ruth married Roger L. Sickles on February 14, 1983. While living in Ft. Scott, Ruth had worked as a waitress for Boone and Dauben and also the Sale Barn Café. She later did spraying work for Green Touch.

Survivors include a brother, Ralph A. Crawford, and wife, Shelly, of Excelsior Springs, Missouri; a half-sister, Candie Horton of Topeka, Kansas and Adryan and Landen Nading who affectionately called her Aunt Ruth.

Rev. Trena Cooper will conduct funeral services at 7:00 P.M. Monday, January 22 at the Cheney Witt Chapel. Following funeral services, there will be cremation. The family will receive friends Monday evening from 5:00 P.M. until service time at the chapel. Services are under the direction of the Cheney Witt Chapel, 201 S. Main, Ft. Scott, Kansas. Words of remembrance may be submitted to the online guestbook at


Obituary for Karen Marise Young

Obituary for Karen Marise Young

Karen Marise Young, age 61, a resident of Joplin, Missouri, passed away Friday, January 19, 2018, at her home in Joplin.

She was born September 24, 1956, in Ft. Scott, Kansas, the daughter of Will Henry Sharp and Alta Mae DeMoss Sharp. Karen attended Ft. Scott Schools and later went on to receive a bachelor degree in Social Work from Missouri Western. She had been employed as a correctional officer at a youth detention center in Atchison, Kansas, for twenty years. She enjoyed reading and doing crafts and will be remembered for her fun-loving personality.

Survivors include her three children; Ezell Douglas Young, of Arlington, Texas, Cypress Shawon Alexander, of San Diego, California and Wade William Young, of Tacoma, Washington and six grandchildren, Keegan Alexander, and Wade Andrew, Elisha, Benjamin, Jonathan and Marcus Young.

Also surviving are her mother, Alta Sharp Cummings of Ft. Scott; a brother, Kirk Sharp of Ft. Scott and three sisters, Margaret Holt of Joplin, Missouri, Zsa Zsa Williams of Springfield, Missouri and Debra Salami of Ft. Scott. She was preceded in death by her father.

Funeral services will be held at 1:30 P.M. Tuesday, January 23 at the Cheney Witt Chapel. Burial will follow in the Oak Grove Cemetery. Services are under the direction of the Cheney Witt Chapel, 201 S. Main, Ft. Scott, Kansas. Words of remembrance may be submitted to the online guestbook at

WIC Switching To Electronic Benefit Cards

An electric benefit card, which looks like a credit card, is coming to WIC recipients.

WIC stands for Women, Infant, Children and is a government program to provide needed services to low-income families.

Starting Feb. 7, the program will switch from special checks to a benefit card, according to Linda Timme, the nutrition service coordinator at the Crawford County Health Department (CCHD).

Linda Timme is the Crawford County Health Department Nutrition Service Coordinator.

CCHD is the service provider for WIC in Bourbon County.

“Right now we have printed checks that have food items on them, provided through the WIC program,” Timme said.

The switch to a benefit card is to simplify for both clients and program administrators, Timme said.

“It will be good for our clients, easier to use at the store,” she said. “And it will be easier for us. We’ve been talking to our clients about this change.”

WIC provides food, healthcare referrals, nutrition education, breastfeeding promotions and support to low-income pregnant, breastfeeding and postpartum women and additionally to infants and children to age five years old, who are found to be at risk nutritionally, according to the website:

There is a state WIC website to see if one will qualify for the program:

The CCHD offers weekly clinics in Fort Scott. Three times clinic services are offered at Buck Run Community Center and one clinic is offered at Mercy Hospital.

The next clinic is at Mercy.

“At clinics, they are asked to bring proof of income and residency in the county,” Timme said. “They must show an ID, and also IDs for children.”

“First we decide if they are qualified, then health screenings are given,” she said. “We have risk factors to see if they qualify. Then we issue benefits. People go home with checks to purchase food on the list.”

Foods provided are specific, Timme said. Eggs, milk, cereal, juice, fresh vegetables and fruit and whole grains.

Clients must call for an appointment, Timme said.

The number is 620.231.5411.

Fresh fruits and vegetables are offered on the WIC program.