FSCC Construction Trades and Masonry take on SkillsUSA Nationals
Fort Scott, Ks.—Fort Scott Community College Construction Trades and Masonry students head out to Louisville, Ky. to compete in the 54th annual SkillsUSA National competition held on June 25th-29th. Students who placed first at the state level competition earned the chance to take on nationals. FSCC took 13 carpentry students, 3 HVAC students, and 3 masonry students to state and 4 students came out on top; Alex Garcia and Coltin Oehme for masonry, Dylan Giager and Wil Jameson for carpentry.
FSCC sophomore Siarra Clark, who came in second at state, but only by a couple points, says “I was raised around concrete and construction so the program at FSCC was fitting. The competition was a great experience and I hope to compete in something like this in the future.” Siarra took 1st in the hands-on portion of the state competition and 2nd in the written portion, making it 2nd overall.
Pittsburg High School (PHS) senior and now FSCC certified mason Coltin Oehme came in 1st overall at the state level, so he will go on to compete at nationals. Oehme not only came in 1st but was the first one done even with making multiple corrections. “If the design isn’t correct and perfect, it’s an automatic loss,” says Oehme. FSCC Masonry instructor, Nacoma Oehme, Coltin’s cousin, says “Coltin did great at state and we’re looking forward to seeing what he does at nationals…he takes a lot of pride in his work, especially since it’s in the family. We come from a long line of masons. Coltin inspires others to look into masonry as a career choice.”
FSCC carpentry students Dylan Giager (FSCC) and Wil Jameson (PHS) will compete on the carpentry side of SkillsUSA. This is FSCC carpentry’s 7th year to nationals under the supervision of instructor Kim Coates. “You never know who is going to bring who,” says Coates, “Wil Jameson is the first high school sophomore to win gold and go to nationals…I was surprised and very excited.” Brady Newman, FSCC student barely came in 2nd behind Dylan Giager by only 2%, winning him a silver medal. Right behind him was Thomas Mayfield with a bronze medal.
Due to the Good Ol’ Days celebration, the City’s brush/leaf dump site located on North Hill will be closed this Saturday, June 2nd, 2018. It will reopen on Tuesday, June 5th, 2018 from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m.
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for link to schedule shown below.
See below for more events hosted by the
Fort Scott National Historic Site and
Fort Scott Munitions
Fort Scott National Historic Site
And the Great Outdoors, Good Ol’ Days 2018
SATURDAY, JUNE 2
10:00 am – 4:00 pm: Buddy the Bison
10:00 am – 4:00 pm: Canoeing/ Kayaking
10:00 am – 4:00 pm: Youth Archery Instruction Session
10:00 am – 4:00 pm: Broad-axe/ Hewing Carpenters Demonstration
10:00 am – 3:00 pm: “Birds of Prey” – (Live Raptors) Operation Wildlife INC.
10:00 am – 2:00 pm: Story Time – Tales of the Past
10:00 am – 4:00 pm: Ticks – Did you know?
11:00am – 1:00 pm: Old Fashion Picnic- Please bring your lunch and a blanket
12:00 pm -12:30 pm: Old Fashion Mattress Race – with prizes
Fort Scott Munitions 2nd Annual
Customer Appreciation Day
On June 2nd, 2018 Benghazi Survivors
Tanto and Boon will be in Fort Scott to sign books, ammo, and meet/greet anyone who shows up. Eric Hadley owner of Got Your Six Coffee will be in attendance as well as Megan and Patrick O’Grady of Blue Line Bears. Join us at 8pm at East Wall for insane deals, free coffee, lunch with Traeger Grills, up to $5,000 in prizes and more.
There will be a Car and Motorcycle show, Saturday, 8am-5pm, as well that will be FREE.
If you are interested in being in the Car/Motorcycle Show
At noon, Friday, June 1 is the filing deadline for candidates interested in serving as a candidate in the upcoming primary election.
Additionally, no switching of political parties is allowed for a period of time starting tomorrow, June 1.
A law passed in 2014 by the Kansas Legislature prohibits Republican and Democratic party members from switching parties during the period of June 1 (at noon) through the August primary (following certification of election results), according to a public election notice posted by Bourbon County Clerk Kendell Mason.
” You can’t switch from a Republican to a Democrat or vice versa after noon June 1st,” Mason said. “If someone wants to switch parties they need to do this before noon on June 1st or wait until after the August primary.”
A registered voter who is not affiliated with either the Democrats or Republicans may choose to align with either party at three times: during this period, or when requesting an advance ballot through the Bourbon County Clerk’s Office or when voting at their polling site during the primary election, according to the public notice.
” An unaffiliated voter can affiliate at any point including on election day, but they will need to fill out a new voter registration card to affiliate,” Mason said. “They will remain the party they affiliated with until they fill out a new voter registration card.”
Boiler Room Brewhaus is expanding. The microbrewery is moving from 102 S. National Avenue to 10 S. National Avenue, the historic Downtowner Hotel.
“We ran out of space,” Ritter said. “Bryan (her husband and the brewer for the business)…didn’t have enough space. (He) couldn’t make it in advance to not run out.”
There are additional advantages to the location at the corner of National Avenue and Wall Street, “Two of the busiest streets in Fort Scott,” she said.
“It’s all on one level, more patrons will have easier access, it has handicapped accessible restrooms, visibility is pretty significant and there is a lot more room for cold storage, like a bigger refrigerator. We will now have a refrigerated room to put kegs in…trucks can come up to deliver grain, and more storage,” Ritter said.
“We’ll be able to make more of our own stuff,” she said. “We’ll have the ability to serve from four more taps. Although, it will take us a while to catch up, because of the move.”
Future plans also include an outside patio area for customers, under the carport on the south portion of the building.
The Ritters, she and her sister-in-law Peggy Ritters are the owners, will have a “soft” opening at the new location Friday, June 1 at 4 p.m. “to celebrate with people and say thanks for all your help and support,” she said.
Ritter also wanted to thank Bobby and Denise Duncan for letting them start their business in their building, Ritter said.
Josh Jones, the owner of the Downtowner building has been repairing and updating the new site for them.
“He’s done all the painting, replaced glass, changed locks, plumbing and took up all the carpet and sanded the floor,” Ritter said.
Saturday, June 2 is the public ribbon cutting at 1:45 p.m. just before they open at 2.
Hours for the microbrewery remain Thursday-Friday from 4-10 p.m.
Saturdays from 2 to 10 p.m. and Sundays from 2 to 7 p.m.
Contact them at 620-644-5032.
The Ritters lobbied for a change in local law, so they won’t have to have 30 percent of their profit in food sales at the microbrewery.
As of January 2017, 66 counties (shaded in medium pink above) in Kansas require there be 30 percent of profits in food sales on the premises to be able to sell liquor, 33 (light pink) counties don’t have that requirement and six counties (dark pink) are “dry” counties, and have no liquor by the drink.
Currently, Bourbon County requires 30 percent food sales in a business that sells liquor.
“It has been approved to put it on the November 2018 ballot to say you do not need to have 30 percent food sales to sell alcohol,” Ritter said.
Douglas Duane “Big Doug” Bower, age 47, a resident of rural Deerfield, Missouri, left this earth for a better place on the other side, Saturday, May 26, 2018, at the University of Kansas Medical Center in Kansas City, Kansas.
He was born November 5, 1970, in Ft. Scott, Kansas, the son of John Henry Bower and Amelia Elizabeth Jones Bower. Doug graduated from Nevada High School. He had been employed by Ward-Kraft and later for the Deerfield Conoco Station. Doug enjoyed nature. He liked hiking and camping and spending time with his family and friends.
Survivors include his parents, John and Amelia Bower, of Deerfield; a sister, Jill Love and husband, Ron, of Deerfield; three brothers, Rick Jones, of Ft. Scott, Jason Bower and wife, Thabena, of Deerfield, and Tony Bower of Clarksville, Tennessee. Also surviving are nieces, Jessica Bower, of Fresno, California, Rebecca Bower, of Clarksville, Tennessee, Alyson Love, of Deerfield, Micala and Preslee Bower, also of Deerfield, Kendria Brown and husband, Jerome, of Norcross, Georgia and Haley Jones of Ft. Scott; and nephews, Josh Jones and wife, Karen, of Ft. Scott, Dustin Jones and wife, Tabitha of Jacksonville, Florida and Quentin, Gavin and Evan Love of Deerfield; six great-nieces, four great-nephews and several aunts, uncles and cousins. Also surviving are his beloved dogs, Dapper Dan and Pete who were like his children.
Following cremation, the family will receive friends from 5 to 7 P.M. Thursday at the Cheney Witt Chapel.
Private burial will follow at a later date.
Memorials are suggested to Lee’s Paws & Claws and may be left in 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.