All posts by Loretta George

Bourbon County Law Enforcement Now Open

The new Bourbon County Law Enforcement Center, 293 E 20th, Fort Scott.

The Bourbon County Law Enforcement Center has moved to 293 E.  20th Street, Fort Scott from its downtown location adjacent to the courthouse.

The move took place Friday, June 8, according to a press release from Sheriff Bill Martin.

As of Saturday evening, June 9, there were 46 inmates currently housed at the new center, according to Correctional Officer Wynn.

“Inmates that have been housed or assigned in other counties are in the process of being moved to the new facility,” according to the press release from Martin.

All business of the center is now handled at the new facility.

The phone numbers remain the same: for the Sheriff’s Office it is 620-223-1440, for the law enforcement center is it 620-223-2380.


Conard To Be Honored by Polish Government June 10-11


Norm Conard, the director of the Lowell Milken Center for Unsung Heroes in Fort Scott,  will receive an award in a special ceremony in honor of the 10th anniversary of Irena Sendler’s death.

The recognition is for Conard’s work with Life in a Jar: The Irena Sendler Project, which brought Irena Sendler’s name onto the global stage, according to a press release.

The Ministry of Culture and National Heritage in Poland along with Taube Philanthropies will present a special award to Conard at the Royal Castle in Warsaw, Poland, on June 11.

The award is presented in the name of Irena Sendler to Polish citizens who ‘preserve Jewish heritage and help renew Jewish culture in Poland.’

Conard is the first non-Polish citizen to receive the award.

“This is about emphasizing the history of the Jewish people in Poland,” Conard said in an interview with “Before the war there were 3,000,000 Jews after the war there were 30,000.”

Conard said he would be attending  a dinner Sunday evening with two former presidents of Poland, in addition to the award ceremony.

Following is excerpts from Conards intended speech:

“There are many people who have impacted history, in extraordinary ways. Irena Sendler stands out because of her incredible courage and undying love for children. ‘People caring about others’ was her mantra, understanding the need to ‘repair the world,’ was her motto.

“I salute the Taube Philanthropies and the Ministry of Culture for the Country of Poland, for their wonderful desire to ‘preserve Jewish heritage and to help renew Jewish culture in Poland.’

“Many years ago there was a thriving Jewish life in this country. May that again be the case, as awards like this bring out heritage and history. The two entities involved with this ceremony both believe in the future of the Jewish people in Poland.

“Almost 20 years ago, a project began in Kansas, which would change many lives. It would also lead to a close personal relationship for my students and myself, with Irena Sendler. It was our privilege to travel to Poland and be with Irena on five occasions.

“These times with her would be filled with laughter, with tears, and with a transparency from Irena that would transform everyone in the room. She also would share many, many rich thoughts and wishes. Until her death in 2008, she constantly spoke out for those people who were downtrodden and would say again and again, that we must respect all people, regardless of race, religion or creed.

“As stated many times by Irena, her one regret in life was not being able to rescue more children. She also would want me to say, that these rescues were done by her network of over 25 people, always being humble and giving credit to them. She would always give the names of those in this brave, powerful, and passionate network, who assisted her in the rescue, hiding, and care of these children and adults from the Warsaw Ghetto and the streets of Warsaw.

“… I also stand here representing three high school students in Kansas and many other students and adults who have shared her story with the world.

“For Megan, Liz and Sabrina, I say, ‘Job well done,’ but there is much more in the process of repairing the world. To Bieta, Renata and other child survivors, I say, ‘Your love of sharing Irena’s story has made a tremendous impact on Poland and the world.’ To those presenting this award, I say, ‘Your honoring of courage and valor is so appropriate in our day and time. Her story is needed as much today, as ever before.’

“In the performance of Life in a Jar, there is a line that says, “Irena Sendler was a light, a spiritual light in the darkness. She repaired the world, one child at a time, and made a difference.”

Bids and Dibs Offers $5-A-Bag Sale June 7-8

Bids and Dibs shoppers look for bargains Thursday morning during the store’s $5-A-Bag sale.-

June 7 and 8, Bids and Dibs Consignment Store, 19 S. National Avenue is having an all-you-can-cram-into-a-bag-sale for $5.

The hours of the shop are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Red Ram Motel Gets Repurposed

The Red Ram Motel on North National Avenue near U.S. Hwy. 54.

Fort Scott Community College closed on the purchase of the Red Ram Motel, 701 N. National Avenue, on May 30, 2018, for $90,000.

“The Patel’s (the former owners of the motel) donated $20,000 to the  FSCC Endowment Fund,”  FSCC President Alysia Johnston said.

The FSCC plan is to repurpose and clean up the property to be used for student housing for the college, according to Johnston. The property will become a part of the campus and therefore tax exempt.

When complete, the new student housing will be called the Greyhound Lodge.

“We are getting a code footprint on it by Ag Engineering (Uniontown), when that is done we will send it to the state and the city,” Johnston said.

Currently, the college is taking bids for cleaning the property of trees and other unwanted items, she said.

“We had at least three people interested in the Red Ram Motel sign,” Johnston said. “Rhonda Dunn (Fort Scott’s Community Development Director) suggested using it for a fundraiser.

There are 21 units at the lodge, with the possibility of 42 students.

Each room will have a small refrigerator and microwave oven.

Students can still purchase a modified meal plan if they will be eating on campus, which is across town to the south of the lodge property.

A two-bedroom apartment on the property will be remodeled for an assistant coach to live in for security and supervision duties, she said.

The current lobby area will be turned into a computer lab.

Behind the lab will be a student laundry facility and behind that will be a student lounge with adjacent student kitchen.

The old swimming pool area will be converted into an outdoor eating area complete with grills, a gazebo, and picnic tables, Johnston said.

“The cost to students will be $300 per month,  which includes everything except food,” Johnston said.

The lodge is expected to be ready for students in mid-August, Johnston said.

“It’s been fun to start the transformation,” Johnston said. “We hope to have a ribbon cutting at some point.”

Chamber Coffee at The Keyhold Thursday at 8 a.m.

Join us for the weekly Chamber Coffee!

Hosted By
Keyhole Youth Center
at Keyhole Youth Center, 1002 S. Main St.
Thursday June 7, 2018
Click here for the Keyhole Youth Center’s Facebook page.
Chamber members and guests are encouraged to attend for networking, community announcements, and to learn about the hosting business or organization.
Members may pay $1 to make an announcement about an upcoming event, special/sale/discount, or news of any kind.
Upcoming Coffees:
June 14th – The Lavender Patch Farm
June 21st – BEACON Food Pantry
June 28th – Skitch’s Inc.
July 5th  – No Coffee

Cornerstone Bible Church Purchases New Property

Pastor Ben Workman and family stand in front of the newly purchased property of Cornerstone Bible Church, at Lowman and 6th streets in Fort Scott.

Since March 2018 there has been new activity at the long-vacant building at 6th and Lowman streets.

The old medical office building is being transformed into a house of worship by a Southern Baptist Church Plant, Cornerstone Bible Church.

The church is a Southern Baptist Cooperating Church, a part of the Southern Baptist Convention.

“From what I gather, it was a church plant to reach those without a church,” Pastor Ben Workman said.

The church plant was started about eight years ago.

Workman has been the pastor for five years.

“I came here as a single man, got married and have two kids now,” Workman said.

“They took a chance with a young seminary guy.”

The people met in a home for a period, then rented the Old Congregational Church at 502 National Avenue for a few years, he said.

“We loved working with the HPA (Historial Preservation Association) but couldn’t do anything in the building (to modify it) and we had to work around the events they have,” Pastor Workman said.

Presently the church has 16  adult members, average attendance is 25, Workman said.

The church body is in the process of renovating the former office building at 524 S. Lowman into a worship center with the help of the Oklahoma Baptist Association.

“They are doing a mission trip to come here providing labor and some materials for the renovation,” Workman said.

Members of the church will provide meals, hospitality and provide some labor for the reno project, he said.

The project will be June 18-22 at the church site.

The church is having a garage sale Friday, June 8 and Saturday, June 9 to help raise funds for materials for the renovation.

On Saturday, the church will be selling biscuits and gravy for breakfast and a hot dog and chili lunch to help raise funds as well.

The church is having a garage sale to help with renovations to the property on June 8 and 9. They will also be providing a  breakfast and lunch on June 9 as a fundraiser.


Get Rid of Unwanted Meds, Safely, at Walgreens

Walgreens,  2229 S. Main, Fort Scott.

Bourbon County residents now have access to disposing of unwanted medications in Fort Scott during the local Walgreen Store hours.

This is thanks to a new partnership between Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas and Walgreens.

“Having access to this kiosk (in Walgreen) is a great way for those living in Fort Scott to safely dispose of their unwanted, unused or expired medications — prescription or over-the-counter,” Mary Beth Chamber, Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Kansas Corporate Communications Manager said in a press release. ” Properly disposing of medications can lower the incidence of misuse, abuse and accidental poisonings. This is especially important as we face a growing opioid epidemic in Kansas.”

There is no cost for the disposal.

The kiosk in Walgreens Fort Scott is located in the northeast section of the store, near the pharmacy window.

Walgreens Manager Vincent Ratliff shows how to deposit unwanted medicines in the recently installed kiosk at the store.

Accepted items for the kiosk: prescriptions, inhalers, liquids, lotions, pet medications, prescription patches, over-the-counter ointments, creams, aerosol cans, medications, and vitamins.

Instructions on what can be deposited in the unwanted medicine kiosk at Walgreens.

Not accepted are hydrogen peroxide, illicit drugs, needles, and thermometers.

The store hours are 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Sunday.

Hours of the Fort Scott Walgreen’s store on U.S. Hwy. 69.

In addition to Fort Scott Walgreen, the kiosks are available in  Walgreen stores in the following communities: Derby, Dodge City, Hays, Hutchinson, Lawrence, Leavenworth, Manhattan, and Ottawa.

Since 2016 more than 270 tons of unwanted medications have been collected in the program, according to the press release.

Scenes From Good Ol’ Days June 2

A street fair view of North Main Saturday morning during the Good Ol’Days, the annual festival for Fort Scott.

A rain overnight cooled things down a little for Saturday’s Good Ol’Days events. The event is in its 37th year.

A street fair stretched from Third Street to Skubitz Plaza, a petting zoo, pony rides, motorcycle, tractor and automobile displays, a baby contest,  the Red Garter Show, a carnival, a turkey calling contest, and lots of other entertainment was offered for the public’s enjoyment.

Boys ages 19 to 24 months strut their stuff in their age division at the annual baby contest held at Memorial Hall Saturday morning.
Maddox and his dad, Matt Glades, enjoy the pony rides.
Even grown-ups enjoyed the petting zoo.
A broad ax demonstration at Fort Scott National Historic Site.
A family enjoys the birds of prey demonstration at the Fort.
Ticks were the subject of a station at the Fort.
Storyteller Steve Otto entertains a group at the Fort Saturday morning.
Two young archers get lessons from the Kansas Dept. of Wildlife, Parks, and Tourism employees at the Fort Saturday morning.
Fort Scott Munitions had a marketplace of its own on East Wall at the store location.
A long line waited to enter Fort Scott Munitions store Saturday morning.
A car show was held at the Fort Scott Munitions location Saturday morning.


Scenes From Good Ol’Days June 1

The Good Ol’Days kicked off Thursday evening with the talent competition and was in full-swing Friday evening.

With temperatures in the 90s and humidity high, the weather did not keep people from the annual event.

Following are photos from theTom Davis Dragoon Run, the parade, the Red Garter Saloon, the marketplace on North Main, the carnival, chicken dinner, and entertainment on Skubitz Plaza.

Have a look to see if you know anyone!

Children get paint tattoos from a vendor on North Main.
Vendors line North Main street Friday from 5-10 p.m.
Chicken Mary’s Chicken was enjoyed by people who had purchased tickets.
Two runners in the Tom Davis Dragoon Run with kids in tow.

The Good Ol’Days parade had over 90 entrants.

The Red Garter Saloon show at the Liberty Theater was a place to cool off and relax following the parade.
Cyrus Barr enjoys a carnival ride at Good Ol’Days Friday evening.
Shades of Blue, a Kansas City band, entertain at Skubitz Plaza Friday evening.

Good Ol’Days continues Saturday with a full day starting at 8 a.m. with the Fort Scott Farmer’s Market at Wall and State streets and continues until the Brent Giddens Band entertains Saturday evening at Skubitz Plaza.


Volkswagon Settlement Comments Needed


KDHE Posts Overview of Plan and Invites Comments for VW Settlement

Comment period runs from June 1 – July 2


TOPEKA – Beginning today, Friday, June 1, the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) will post online the Kansas Plan for the Volkswagen Environmental Mitigation Trust and will collect comments on the content through July 2. The trust was created pursuant to the 2016 U.S. Department of Justice partial consent decree to settle claims against the automaker Volkswagen. As part of the settlement, Volkswagen is required to allocate $2.7 billion toward an Environmental Mitigation Trust to fund diesel emission reduction projects.


In 2017, KDHE was designated as the lead agency to act on behalf of the trust for the state of Kansas. This includes distributing funds totaling more than $15 million, which may be used on eligible projects ranging from the replacement of older diesel-fueled equipment to the purchase and installation of electric vehicle charging stations.


To view the plan and for more information about the Volkswagen Environmental Mitigation Trust, visit To submit comments via email, send to Comments must be received by July 2.

Fort Scott Talent Extravaganza May 31 Results

The list of contestants of the Fort Scott Talent Extravaganza 2018 posted at Memorial Hall Thursday afternoon.
Morgan Eaton, 16 years old, Fort Scott, rehearses her performance Thursday afternoon for the Fort Scott Talent Extravaganza later in the evening.
Contestants were judged on talent, entertaining and appearance for the Fort Scott Talent Extravaganza Thursday evening at Memorial Hall. Pictured is the judges tally sheet.


The final results of the competition are:  First Place, Kenna Miles  who won $300; Second Place, Christina Ramirez, who won$200;
Third Place, Jakob Slinkard and Jorden Willard, who won $100.


Kids Summer Food Programs in Bourbon County Begin

Children of all ages came to the Keyhole Wednesday for the free sack lunch.

Communities in Bourbon County have taken advantage of the government’s opportunities to feed children and youth for free this summer.

Fort Scott

The Kansas Food Bank Federal Summer Meal Program provides free shelf-stable food for area youngsters up to 18 years old at the Keyhole Youth Center, 1002 S. Main, across from Fort Scott High School.

The program started May 29 and serves lunch from noon to 1 p.m. and will continue until July 29.

A look at what is inside the free sack lunch offering at the Keyhole Youth Center.
Fresh fruits are provided with the free sack lunch by The Beacon.
On Wednesday, May 30, Diana Spencer and Joyce Gobl helped serve the free sack lunches at the Keyhole.

Community groups volunteer their time to help serve the meals: Mondays the First Methodist Church serves, Tuesday-Fort Scott Church of the Nazarene, Wednesday-Pioneer Kiwanis, Thursday-City of Fort Scott, Friday-First Presbyterian Church and Community Christian Church.

On May 29, the first day of the food program there were 28 children who were served, according to Bethany Hartford, Keyhole director.

Hartford coordinates the meal program with Dona Bauer.


Uniontown’s Food Service Director Michelle DeMott is facilitating the Summer Food Service Program for USD 235. It is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

The food is free to children birth to 18 years old, DeMott said.

“It is no cost, regardless of any financial standard,” she said.

Their program offers cooked breakfasts and lunches Monday through Friday and starts next Monday, June 4.

Breakfast is from 8:30 to 9 a.m. and includes such menu items as biscuits and gravy, breakfast pizza, waffles, cereals, donuts, cheese, and yogurt, plus milk and juice. Each day features a different menu.

Lunch is from 11:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. and includes the standard American diet offerings of hot dogs, spaghetti, tacos, hamburgers, and sandwiches.

The school has a summer school program, of which the food service is a part. But other children in the community may come for the food at breakfast and lunch, she said.

Additionally, the Uniontown High School weight-lift program and the volleyball practice students come to the meals, DeMott said.

The meals are provided at West Bourbon Elementary School, located at 602 Fifth Street.

Bronson and Redfield

Bronson and Redfield communities will also have meals available at the same time at the Bronson Community Center, 503 Clay, and the Marmaton Community Church, 102 Cedar in Redfield.

“We will have activities for the kids between breakfast and lunch at these sites,” DeMott said. “For those who would like to stay”

Community members volunteer to facilitate activities for the youth in these communities, she said.

“Some had parents not at home and who didn’t want to go home,” DeMott said.