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Presbyterian Village Annual Auction and Dinner

Fort Scott, KS
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This Wednesday, May 13th, the Presbyterian Village is hosting their annual Good Samaritan Auction and Dinner. The Village is a wonderful, not for profit independent and assisted living community that provides excellence in service guided by Christian values.
Part of the Good Samaritan program provides assistance for seniors that have outlived their financial resources and allows them to continue to receive services at the Village. This is only made possible by generous donations and the Village’s once a year fundraiser: dinner and auction.
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Live auction begins at 5:30pm, donations appreciated ($5 / ticket or $10 for 3 tickets) for a chance to win a 4-day, 3-night vacation package to the Ozarks in Branson!Tickets may be purchased from any Presbyterian Village Board Member or at the Village office. Tickets for dinner are $8.50 in advance & $10.00 at the door. Meal provided by Chicken Annie’s- you can choose to dine-in or carry-out! Call the Village to order early to get the $8.50 price, orders need to be placed by 8:30am, Wednesday morning.
Presbyterian Village:
2401 S Horton
Fort Scott, KS 66701

National Day of Prayer at FSCC

Fort Scott, KS

Last Thursday, almost 100 city leaders and community members gather at FSCC  Ellis Fine Arts building to observe the National Day of Prayer.

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The National Day of Prayer was established in 1952 by Harry S. Truman. Since then, events like Thursday morning’s prayer breakfast has been happening around the nation ever since.

Dona Bauer, President of the Pioneer Kiwanis started the meeting followed by an opening prayer by Pastor Scott Moore, Church of the Nazarene. Sarah Mae Lamar shared special music accompanied by Jeremy Culbertson followed by a short message from Pastor Tim Woodring, Community Christian Church.

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This event was generously sponsored by: Cheney Witt Funeral Chapel, FSCC, FS Area Chamber of Commerce, FS Ministerial Alliance and FS Pioneer Kiwanis.

Fort Scott City-Wide Garage Sale

This year’s Spring Town-wide Garage Sale has over 50 participants! The map & listing are shown below, or stop by the Chamber, Bids & Dibs, the Smoke Shop, County Cupboard, Main Street Gallery & Gifts, Pete’s at 6th & National and Pete’s on Wall Street to pick up a printed copy. Maps & Listings are also available online at!

THANK YOU to everyone who registered w/the Chamber!
Additional events taking place this weekend include:
Friday & Saturday: Pioneer Harvest Swap Meet @ Fairgrounds
Friday & Saturday: 50-min. narrated tours of Fort Scott, 1oam-4pm on the hour, $5 adults, $4 children
Friday & Saturday:  Fort Scott National Historic Site open for touring,
8am-5pm, 12 buildings w/exhibits & cell phone tour, and 20-min. film
for viewing in the newly remodeled auditorium.
Friday: Dinner Theatre @ Common Ground “Rumors” by FSCC,
Dinner 6:30pm, Show 7:30pm
Friday:  Holmtown Pub presents live music by “Eastbound” featuring
Todd East on the patio, 9pm.
Saturday: Farmers’ Market, Skubitz Plaza, 8am-noon
Saturday & Sunday:  Two Girls & a Zoo open to the public
Sat. 10am-7pm, Sun. 12-6pm

Faith Christian Church Reaches Out to Guatemala

Fort Scott, KS

Faith Christian church is hosting a garage sale this Saturday starting at 8 am. Items will be sold for a donation and the funds will go to help the 10 Guatemala Mission trip team members and provide for the ministry activities on the trip.

Ministry activities will include: home visits to two impoverished families to pray and deliver food staples along with gifts, ministry to students at a local school, visit and prayers for patients at a regional hospital, and building a house for a homeless family. The sale will be held at 1201 S. National. Maybe you don’t have extra cash,  but need to clean our your garage, you can drop off your things to sell starting at 1 pm on Friday at the sale location. 

If you have further questions, please contact Matthew Wells 417-684-1714.


Top picture is Tomasa, a widow and two of her five boys during a special visit in her home last year. The second picture is the guys with a mother and daughter after making much needed repairs to their home last year. All four of those guys will be going again the year. Team members this year are: Greg, Carie, Connor, and Gibson Fess; Rhonda Myers; Matthew Wells; Paul Wilson; Kasey Eaton; Kaylee Coombs; and Brady Simpson.

FSCC Presents Urinetown, the Musical

Fort Scott, KS
Starting Thursday night, FSCC Theatre is presenting their Spring Musical. The cast and crew have been working hard for nearly two months to get this show ready.
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Urinetown, the musical is this Thursday-Saturday 7:30, Friday noon and Sunday at 2pm! Tickets are only $5! The show challenges and pokes fun at: capitalism, corrupt government, bureaucracy and even musical theatre itself!!
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Producer Sarah Mae Lamar, commented, “this show is student directed by: Miss Carly Hyer, student choreographed by: Miss Natalie Pellow and student costumed by: Miss Amanda Longpine and Miss Krista Hightower! I am extremely proud of our FSCC Theatre department and their ability to take initiative to lead this production!”
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Cast and Crew:
•    Bobby Strong: Caleb Gazaway
•    Caldwell B. Caldwell: Chris Herman
•    Hope Cladwell: Taylor Schilling
•    Officer Lockstock: Alyx Thompson
•    Little Sally: Jaley Hoyt
•    Penelope Pennywise: Lori Hixon
•    Piano: Janderon Harrison
•    Trombone/Conductor: Michael Dzbenski
•    Alto/Soprano Saxophone: Ryan Goldberg
•    Soprano/Bass Clarinet: Bailey Seetin
•    Bass: Carson Felt
•    Musical Director: Michael Dzbenski
•    Choreographer: Natalie Pellow
•    Stage Manager: Amy Eisele
•    Assistant Stage Manager: Joshua Schellack
•    ASM2: Claira Hollingsead
•    Producer: Sarah Mae Lamar
•    Light Design: Linden Little
•    Light Board Operator: Grace Thomas
•    Sound Board Operator: Brenden Wood & Clayton Whitson
•    Set Design: Brenden & Nick Russell

Fort Scott Area Chamber of Commerce Host Annual Awards Celebration

Fort Scott, KS

Last Thursday, March 26th, the Fort Scott Area Chamber of Commerce celebrated 135 years and held their Annual Dinner and Awards Celebration at the Liberty Theater in downtown Fort Scott. There were plenty of activities throughout the evening.

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Kicking off with a silent auction and social kept the hundreds of guests busy while dinner was being prepared and served. After dinner, outstanding community members were  presented awards for their leadership and contributions to the community:

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  1. Agri-Business of the Year: Miller Feed & Oil Inc.
  2. Business Person of the Year: Dave Martin
  3. Young Professional of the Year: Heather Griffith
  4. Business of the Year: Firstsource Solutions USA
  5. New Business of the Year: Common Ground Coffee Co.
  6. Community Spirit Award: Craig Campbell
  7. Not an award – but recognized Outgoing chairman of the board, Barb Albright
  8. Mayor’s Award – Beth Nuss
  9. Keystone Award – Steve & Elaine Buerge (selected by the Chamber Board of Directors)

This wouldn’t have been possible without generous support of the community sponsors. Please click here to see the full program and sponsors. Following the awards, the evening was concluded with a live auction.

For more information about Fort Scott Area Chamber of Commerce:

231 East Wall Street
Fort Scott, KS 66701
FAX 620-223-3574

Fort Scott Community College presents Spring Musical

Fort Scott, KS –

Fort Scott Community College presents Urinetown, the Musical. Not fond of the title? Neither is the show. Within the first five minutes, the dialogue addresses the glaring problem. On April 9-12, you will have a chance to see for yourself what all the drama is about.

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Producer, Sarah Mae Lamar and Student Director Carly Hyer are enthusiastic about the production. The show is a musical satire, making fun of corrupt government, capitalism and even musical theatre. Lamar says this show stands out from other FSCC performances because, “this show starts to speak to things much deeper than what we have touched on thus far, like: corruption, lies, loss, radical ideas, and all veiled in a “happy musical”. It is much more demanding on our actors for the simple fact, the music and choreography is more demanding than previous shows! It is also a challenge for them to connect to these very real characters with real issues, while keeping the intention light hearted and comedic! This show is much more intellectually challenging for actor, audience and production team!”

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Lamar is also excited about the numerous ‘larger’ roles this production has to offer. “The students get to dig into characters that have to wrestle with societal implications and complex character development.” There are many themes the audience will be able to relate to: love, loss, taxes, governmental power and capitalism.

Student Director, Carly Hyer comments, “One of my favorite things about directing this show is seeing the growth of the actors. The cast has been amazing to be handed such a challenging show and to commit so fully in a direction that they’re not comfortable with. To see them learn is why I go home happy each night.”

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Producer: Sarah Mae Lamar
Student Director: Carly Hyer
Student Choreographer: Natalie Pellow
Student Costumers: Amanda Longpine and Krista Hightower
Student Pianist: Janderon Harrison
Musical Director: Michael Dzbenski

Dates and Times:
April 9-12
Thursday through Saturday at 7:30
Friday at Noon (student show)
Sunday at 2pm
All tickets are $5