Death Notice for Lelah Burgess

Lelah Marie Burgess, age 83, a former resident of Ft. Scott, Kansas, passed away Wednesday, January 16, 2019, at the Pittsburg Health & Rehab Center in Pittsburg, Kansas.  Funeral services for Lelah Burgess will be announced by the Cheney Witt Chapel, 201 S. Main, Ft. Scott, Kansas.

 

 

 

What’s Happening in Fort Scott

 

RADIO AUCTION – KOMB All Hit 103.9 FM – Starts Jan. 16 through first week of March, every Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday. Listen for details!
Moran Manor Skilled Nursing by Americare has openings for CNA’s – see flyer below
Care to Share (“The Sharing Bucket”) will be hosting the 5th Annual “TaTa” Ride on June 15th, 2019 and an “AR-15 Gun Raffle”. Raffle tickets are $5 each and on sale now! ATF Regulations apply. Contact Stacey Wright for tickets or more info. (See flyer below)

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Weekly Livestock Sale at Fort Scott Livestock Market. Starting at 10am on both Fridays & Saturdays
Fridays:  Cows, Pairs, Big Bulls
Saturdays:  Stocker & Feeder Cattle, followed by any cows & bulls that come in late Friday & Saturday. Cafe open both sale days. You don’t have to be a buyer, just to come watch the sale and visit the cafe!
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Eat Smart, Live Strong class – Fort Scott Professional Building (formerly Newman Young Clinic), each Friday in January, 10:30am-12:00pm

Enjoy fun and lively activities with other older adults! Talk about easy ways to make smart food choices and exercise more

Contact Malynda Payne, K-State Research and Extension Nutrition Assistant, mpayne@ksu.edu, or call (620)768-9459 for more information
18 Friendship Soup Lunch hosted by First United Methodist Church – Fellowship Hall, 301 S. National, lower level, 11:30am-1pm

Chili, a variety of soups, desserts, and a drink will be served for a free will donation. All are welcome!

19 4th Annual Care to Share Pool Tournament at Holmtown Pub – 206 N. National Ave., Fort Scott

Jack and Jill Scottish doubles. Double elimination, race to 3 on the winners’ side, race to 2 on the losers’ side. 16 team limit. Register at the pub. $40 pre-registration. Player auction will begin at 11am, with play to begin immediately after

19 Artist of the Month, Al Letner of Chicopee Pottery, will be at Hedgehog.INK, 16 S. Main St., 3pm

Mr. Letner will give a presentation and share techniques

21 Martin Luther King Day (Federal Holiday)
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Martin Luther King Day “Lunch and Learn” – FSCC Gordon Parks Museum in Ellis Fine Arts Center – 2108 S. Horton St.

Bring your lunch – drinks and dessert provided

21 Community Book Club meeting – location to be determined, 7pm

Book: Where The Crawdads Sing, by Delia Owens. E-mail sibs1976@yahoo.com for more info

22-23 Story Time – Fort Scott Public Library,                        201 S. National Ave., 10-11am
22 T.O.P.S Meeting – Buck Run Community Center,
3-4pm
22 Fort Scott Kiwanis Meeting – FSCC Heritage Room, 12-1pm (Hedges Administrative Building)
22 Chamber Board Meeting – Papa Don’s, 10 N. Main St., 12pm-1pm
23 Breakfast Bingo at BRCC – 735 Scott Ave., 9-10am, 2nd & 4th Wednesdays of each month

Come drink some coffee and play some bingo at Buck Run. Staff will provide bingo cards, the caller, and the coffee. Prizes provided by the Fort Scott Recreation Commission

23 Rotary Meeting – Presbyterian Church,                   308 S. Crawford St., 12-1pm
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Adult Coloring Program – Fort Scott Public Library, 201 S. National Ave., 2-4pm

Join us in the library events room for a relaxing afternoon of coloring and conversation. Library provides coloring pages, pens and pencils, and snacks. Bring your own beverage of choice (no alcohol, please)
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TAG (Teen Advisory Group) – Fort Scott Public Library, 201 S. National Ave., 4-5pm

Exclusively for middle and high school students. We have meetings weekly, including a games & snack night, a community service project, a book club meeting, and a craft night each month. Make a difference in your community while having fun at TAG! Each meeting includes food, drinks, and a good time with your fellow teens. Bring your friends!
24
Join us for the weekly Chamber Coffee of the Fort Scott Area Chamber of Commerce at 8am. This week’s Chamber Coffee will be hosted by Sharky’s Pub & Grub

Location: 16 N. National Ave.
24
Pioneer Kiwanis Meeting – FSCC Heritage Room, 12pm
24 Thursday Card Players – Buck Run Community Center, 735 Scott Ave., 6-9pm. Free weekly event to anyone that wants to play cards, drink coffee, eat snacks, and socialize
25-26
Weekly Livestock Sale at Fort Scott Livestock Market. Starting at 10am on both Fridays & Saturdays
Fridays:  Cows, Pairs, Big Bulls
Saturdays:  Stocker & Feeder Cattle, followed by any cows & bulls that come in late Friday & Saturday. Cafe open both sale days. You don’t have to be a buyer, just to come watch the sale and visit the cafe!
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Eat Smart, Live Strong class – Fort Scott Professional Building (formerly Newman Young Clinic), each Friday in January, 10:30am-12:00pm

Enjoy fun and lively activities with other older adults! Talk about easy ways to make smart food choices and exercise more

Contact Malynda Payne, K-State Research and Extension Nutrition Assistant, mpayne@ksu.edu, or call (620)768-9459 for more information
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Meet the Author Elana A. Mugdan at Hedgehog.INK – 16 S. Main St., 4pm
Hedgehog.INK’s 1st ever in-store author event!

Meet and greet author Elana A. Mugdan. Her book, “Dragon Speaker” is Book 1 of The Shadow War Saga, and is available for purchase at the store

There will be an author talk, Q & A and book signing. Light refreshments provided (See flyer below)

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Care to Share Fundraiser Auction @ 4-H Building, 2102 S. Huntington Blvd., Fort Scott

Wonderful items have been donated for this fundraiser auction. Please plan to come! One day sale – will go quick! Lunch will be served: pulled pork, chips, drinks, pies

29-30 Story Time – Fort Scott Public Library,                        201 S. National Ave., 10-11am
29 T.O.P.S Meeting – Buck Run Community Center,
3-4pm
29 Fort Scott Kiwanis Meeting – FSCC Heritage Room, 12-1pm (Hedges Administrative Building)
30 Rotary Meeting – Presbyterian Church,                   308 S. Crawford St., 12-1pm
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Adult Coloring Program – Fort Scott Public Library, 201 S. National Ave., 2-4pm

Join us in the library events room for a relaxing afternoon of coloring and conversation. Library provides coloring pages, pens and pencils, and snacks. Bring your own beverage of choice (no alcohol, please)
30
TAG (Teen Advisory Group) – Fort Scott Public Library, 201 S. National Ave., 4-5pm

Exclusively for middle and high school students. We have meetings weekly, including a games & snack night, a community service project, a book club meeting, and a craft night each month. Make a difference in your community while having fun at TAG! Each meeting includes food, drinks, and a good time with your fellow teens. Bring your friends!
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Join us for the weekly Chamber Coffee of the Fort Scott Area Chamber of Commerce at 8am. This week’s Chamber Coffee will be hosted by Southwind Extension District

Location: 100 S. Main St.
31 Pioneer Kiwanis Meeting – FSCC Heritage Room, 12pm
31 Learning to Navigate Your Smartphone and Tablet for Seniors – Fort Scott Presbyterian Village, 2401 S. Horton, 2:30-3:30pm

Class will cover the basics: sending emails, downloading attachments, sharing photos and searching Google. Also addressed: how to use maps, and which apps to download to make your life easier. Attendees names will be placed in a drawing for a $50 gift card

Class is FREE, but space is limited. RSVP by Jan. 28th to Becky Kellum at rkellum@pmma.org or call
620-223-5550

31 Thursday Card Players – Buck Run Community Center, 735 Scott Ave., 6-9pm. Free weekly event to anyone that wants to play cards, drink coffee, eat snacks, and socialize
Save the Date:
– February 2 & 3 – Youth Basketball Tournament
– February 3 – Superbowl Sunday
– February 5 – Quarterly Downtown Meet & Greet
– February 9 – Rotary’s 2019 Dancing With Our Stars
– February 10 – 3rd Annual Farm Toy Show & Sales
Click here for full events listing on our website.

Death Notice For Penny Osborne

Penny Louise Osborne, age 63, a resident of Mound City, Kansas, passed away Wednesday, January 16, 2019, at the Denver International Airport in Denver Colorado.

At the time of her death, Penny was traveling to Arizona to visit her daughter.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 A.M. Friday, January 25th at the Pleasanton Assembly of God Church.

Burial will follow in the U. S. National Cemetery.

Memorials are suggested to the American Diabetes Association 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.

 

 

Death Notice for Kenneth Oakleaf

Kenneth Dean Oakleaf, age 81, a resident of Ft. Scott, Kansas, passed away Wednesday, January 16, 2019, at the Country Place Senior Living facility in Ft. Scott.  Funeral services for Kenneth Oakleaf will be announced by the Cheney Witt Chapel, 201 S. Main, Ft. Scott, Kansas.

 

 

 

Bourbon County Commission Agenda Jan. 22

Agenda

Bourbon County Commission Room

1st Floor, County Courthouse

210 S. National Avenue

Fort Scott, KS 66701

Tuesdays starting at 9:00

Date: January 22nd, 2019

1st District-Lynne Oharah Minutes: Approved: _______________

2nd District-Jeff Fischer Corrected: _______________

3rd District-Nick Ruhl Adjourned at: _______________

County Clerk-Kendell Mason

9:00-9:45-Jim Harris

11:00-12:00-Justin Meeks

12:00-1:30-Commissioners gone to lunch

1:30-3:00-CEO of Community Health

Executive Session-15 min.

Obituary of Glen Defebaugh

Dr. Glen Albert Defebaugh, age 77, resident of Nevada, MO, formerly of Ft. Scott, KS, passed away Thursday morning, January 17, 2019, at his home, following a courageous battle with cancer.

He was born September 27, 1941, in Nevada, MO, the son of Charles Albert and Mary Mildred Vetter Defebaugh. He graduated from Nevada high school with the class of 1959. He then graduated from Fort Scott Junior College in 1961.

He married Linda Leonard on September 3, 1961, in Fort Scott. Glen received his Doctor of Chiropractic degree from Palmer College in 1964. He served the community of Ft. Scott for nearly 40 years as a Chiropractor. He donated his services as team physician for FSCC football through the 1970’s and traveled with the team.

Glen had a great sense of humor. He enjoyed traveling and vacationing with his family. There were many fishing trips with the boys and skiing trips with the girls. He and Linda wintered in South Texas for many years. He liked to fish, golf, and play guitar. He loved attending all the kids and grandkids sporting events and activities through the years.

Survivors include his wife Linda of the home; two daughters, Teresa Ivey and husband John, Wichita, KS, and Cheryl Eason and husband Curt, El Dorado Springs, MO; three sons, Brian Defebaugh and wife Shelby, David Defebaugh and wife Michelle, and Douglas Defebaugh and wife Tonya, all of Ft. Scott; 16 grandchildren; and 23 great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents.

There was cremation. Rev. Dr. Jared Witt will conduct memorial services at 10:00 A.M. Monday, January 21st, at the Cheney Witt Chapel.

Burial will follow in the Deerfield, MO Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 1:00 until 3:00 Sunday afternoon at the Cheney Witt Chapel.

Memorials are suggested to either Shriner’s Hospital or St. Jude’s Hospital and may be left in care of the Cheney Witt Chapel, PO Box 347, 201 S. Main, Ft. Scott, KS 66701. Words of remembrance may be submitted to the online guestbook at cheneywitt.com.

Obituary of Deryl Layton

Deryl Lee Layton, age 74, a resident of Ft. Scott, Kansas, passed away Monday, January 14, 2019, at the Medicalodge of Ft. Scott.

  He was born June 18, 1944, in Wichita, Kansas, the son of Orville Layton and Clestine Mayfield.

  Deryl graduated from the Ft. Scott High School with the Class of 1962.  He later graduated from Pittsburg State University in 1966 with a degree in accounting.  Deryl had worked in various restaurants in both Ft. Scott and Olathe.

In later years, he volunteered with the Beacon.  Deryl enjoyed gardening and tending his flowers.  He also liked cars and reading.

Survivors include a half-sister, Susan Thurman, of Girard, Kansas and a half-brother, Kent Layton, of Kansas City, Kansas.  Also surviving are several nieces, nephews and cousins.  He was preceded in death by his parents and his step-mother, Pat Layton.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00 P.M. Monday, January 21st at the Cheney Witt Chapel.

Private burial will follow in the Clarksburg Cemetery.

The family will receive friends on Monday from 1:30 P.M. until service time at the Cheney Witt Chapel.

  Arrangements 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 cheneywitt.com.

USD 234: Redesigning Future Education?

USD 234 Superintendent Ted Hessong addressing the Fort Scott Chamber of Commerce weekly coffee attendees at Fort Scott High School Thursday morning.

USD 234 Superintendent Ted Hessong spoke to the Fort Scott Chamber of Commerce Thursday, during the weekly coffee, about the need to match what’s is needed in a society with what schools teach.

To get the community involved in the school district’s education redesign, USD 234 is sponsoring what is being called Community Conversations.

Community Conversations dates and locations:

• January 22 –Fort Scott High School

• January 24 –Eugene Ware Elementary

• January 29 –Fort Scott Middle School

• January 30 –Winfield Scott Elementary

All times starting at 6:00 PM.

“Businesses need skilled talent and those are the hardest jobs to fill,” he said.

“We need to make education fit us,” Hessong said. “We need to make changes in education, do something we’ve never done.”

From statistics Hessong presented to the attendees, the top skills that high school graduates lack are: work ethic-professionalism, teamwork-collaboration, verbal communication, ethics-social responsibility, critical thinking-problem solving,  and information technology application, among others.

Some of the school redesign principles that Hessong presented were:

  • an integrated approach to develop student socio-emotional learning.
  • teachers support students to have a choice over their time, place, pace and path.
  • family, business and community partnerships based on mutually beneficial relationships and collaboration.
  • project-based learning, internships, and civil engagement to make learning relevant.

At the Community Conversations, USD 234 is seeking feedback from parents, guardians, business, and community members in these areas:

• Emergency Operations Plan

• USD 234 Mission and Vision

• USD 234 School Board’s Areas of Focus

• What is the role of USD 234’s Preschool –12th-grade educational system in developing an independent, responsible, and productive adults?

 

 

New Wildlife, Parks and Tourism Leader

Kansas Wildlife, Parks and Tourism Welcomes New Leader

 

Topeka, Kansas – Governor Laura Kelly has named Brad Loveless to be Secretary of the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism (KDWPT). His appointment was effective January 14, 2019.

 

Loveless is familiar to many Kansans and to KDWPT staff as a leader in conservation and environmental programs. He comes to the department from a 34-year career with Westar Energy where he was most recently the senior director of environmental conservation and sustainability. Prior to that position, he was director of biology and conservation programs and earlier held environmental management positions at Wolf Creek Nuclear Operating Corporation. He is perhaps most well-known as one of the leaders of Westar’s Green Team, an active volunteer group of employees and retirees that has been helping with habitat improvement, environmental access and education, and enhancement of sensitive species for 30 years.

 

“During my career, I have had the pleasure of working closely with KDWPT staff on many occasions,” Loveless said. “They are dedicated and hard-working, and I look forward to helping them manage the state’s natural resources and promote all the wonderful outdoor and travel experiences that Kansas offers.”

 

In 2013, Loveless was awarded the Kansas State Forester’s Award for Community Forestry.  In 2009, he was recognized by the Kansas Wildlife Federation as Wildlife Conservationist of the Year and by the Kansas Association for Conservation and Environmental Education as their Strickler Award winner for Environmental Education. He is an avid hunter, angler and beekeeper.

 

Nominate Exporter of the Year

Nominations for Governor’s Exporter of the Year Award: Deadline January 25

 

Topeka, Kan. – The Kansas Department of Commerce is still accepting nominations for the Governor’s Exporter of the Year Award through the 25th of January.

 

Kansas businesses are a global force, with goods and services being sought from Kansas internationally.  The annual Kansas Governor’s Exporter of the Year Award proudly celebrates the outstanding Kansas companies that excel in exporting and building relationships with companies around the world. We encourage you to nominate a successful Kansas business for the year 2019’s awards program.

 

Qualifications considered include:

Number and/or percentage increase in jobs due to international activities

Innovations in global marketing

Number of export destinations

Effective use of international distributors

Long-term international strategies and prospects for future growth

Commitment to the state and local community

Foreign language promotional material and general promotional activities

Trade shows and/or international expositions

 

 

Benefits of this award include:

All finalists will be invited to attend the Team Kansas Awards Banquet where top businesses from across the state are recognized and the award-winning company will receive the trophy

The Governor will make a site visit to the award-winning company to honor its management and workforce team

The award-winning company will receive a membership in Kansas International Trade Coordinating Council (KITCC) that selects the award finalists and winner

Recognition of export achievement which can be incorporated into marketing/advertising campaigns

Extended networking opportunities

 

The Nomination Process:

Any Kansas company engaged in exporting is eligible to be nominated for the 2019 Kansas Governor’s Exporter of the Year Award. Please visit http://kansascommerce.gov/GovernorsExporteroftheYear to nominate a business. Self-nomination is also welcomed. All nominations must be received no later than 5:00 p.m. on January 25, 2019.

 

Nominations can be emailed to April Chiang at april.chiang@ks.gov

 

Nominations can also be mailed or faxed to:

Kansas International Trade Coordinating Council

c/o Kansas Department of Commerce, April Chiang

1000 S.W. Jackson St., Suite 100

Topeka, KS 66612-1354

Tel:  (785) 296-5473

Fax: (785) 296-3490

 

Information on Kansas Exporting:

Kansas exports totaled $11.25 billion in 2017. Compared with last year’s data, exports increased by $1.07 billion, representing a 10.5 percent surge. A similar trend can be observed on the national level where U.S. exports experienced a 6.6 percent growth.

 

 

Ryan Brinker

Public Information Officer

ryan.brinker@ks.gov

 

Kansas Department of Commerce

1000 SW Jackson St. Ste. 100

Topeka, KS 66612-1354

Phone: 785-296-4931

Cell: 785-276-9723

God Provides by Patty LaRoche

We would move to Jupiter, Florida, for a year. Dave would work as the rehabilitation coach for the injured Miami Marlins’ pitchers. We would rent a lovely, furnished, two-bedroom condominium near the ballpark, buy two bikes, swim, play tennis and find a church on fire for Jesus. That was the plan…which wasn’t quite as do-able as it sounded.

Apparently New Yorkers migrate to Jupiter during the winter months, booking their rentals a year in advance. (Who stays behind and shovels Buffalo’s sidewalks is what I want to know.) Unless we spend Dave’s entire paycheck (not to mention, I would need to get a waitressing job), we were out of luck. We were going to have to settle…for Plan B.

Asking for a covered parking spot? Perhaps a shady tree would do.

A washer and dryer in the unit? Laundromats are fun places to witness about Jesus…you know, captive audience and all that.

Furniture? For $1,100 a month, we could rent the “middle” package… the one with cardboard cones supporting the coffee table.

A pool and tennis court? Hahahahaha

Maybe we could buy something small. Like a fixer-upper. And not fixer-upper it.

On one apartment-seeking drive, we saw an older beach home with a “For Rent” sign in its front yard. I immediately called the realtor’s number and was told it had just rented…for $20,000 a month. I started laughing. “Did you say $20,000 a MONTH?”

I know,” he answered. “But it is on the beach, and it has a 100’ pier.”

Is that pier plated with gold?” I asked. Dave told me to hang up.

My husband noticed an “Open House” sign at a trailer park and pulled into its entrance. The owner was a sweet little lady who carried a bottle of Pine Sol around as she proudly showed us her home. At least it would be clean, I told myself. It was furnished, had a carport and a washer and dryer. Never mind there was no pool or tennis court or workout room OR that it wasn’t even for rent, and for $220,000, we could move in at the beginning of February.

One realtor offered us a furnished unit that apparently had been decorated by someone on a very tight budget—like, oh say, $100.00. It did, however, have a pool and a workout room and a tennis court. Oops! Check that. The tennis court was filled with construction materials because each unit was being rebuilt due to water damage from poorly-designed roofs. Ours already had been rebuilt, we were told. This was to be good news. Dave said we had no choice.

Yes, we did. We could jump off a gold-plated pier.

This morning, right before Dave accepted the contract on that unit, I had this crazy idea to phone the church Dave and I attended last Sunday and asked if they knew of anyone who might help us. They did. Her name is Rhonda; she is a church volunteer and also a realtor. She contacted me, I explained our predicament, and the first thing she said was, “May I pray with you?” And pray she did! She called on the name of Jesus and let loose! I was driving at the time, but had our truck had a sunroof, I would have been transported to Heaven. It was glorious!

And guess what! Within 24 hours we were signing the lease on a cozy duplex with not just a single garage but a double one. In our latest email correspondence, I wrote this to Rhonda: “How does God do it? Amazing.” Her response? “RIGHT! He always blows me away. I have been especially on fire since we prayed! Honored to be a witness of His Grace.”

Me too, Rhonda. Me too.

Ephesians 3:20-21– Now to Him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to His power that is at work within us, to Him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen. (Emphasis: mine)