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Rosie’s Event Center Reopens Near Uniontown

Rosie’s Cabin and Event Center, 563 Maple Rd. is reopening for business.

Rosie’s Cabin and Event Center, 563 Maple Rd., Uniontown. There is a large lodge, seen on the right, and a small cabin, on the left, middle. Submitted photo.


At Christmas time with their extended family, Kelsey and Kaley Blythe decided to reopen Rosie’s Cabin and  Event Center.  The property is owned by Kaley’s parents, Bud and LeeBelle Blythe.

“We live here (on the property), Kelsey said. “And have such a beautiful scene. It would be crazy not to (reopen) it.”

“Kaley and I were married here in April (at the lodge at Rosie’s),” she said. “I changed jobs recently, but something was missing.”

The couple decided to take on the reopening of the event center that been purchased by the Blythe family in 2016. The Blythe’s ran the center briefly before closing it.

Kelsey and Kaley Blythe at the wedding at Rosie’s Event Center Lodge in April 2018. Submitted photo.

Kaley and Kelsey Blythe live on the property in Rosie’s cabin but plan on renting it out as needed.

“We live in Rosie’s Cabin, but we will leave it on the table (to rent), like an Airbnb,” Kelsey said. “It can be rented out for people who are renting for the weekend. We are updating the small cabin so that people can use it as a dressing room and a honeymoon suite, if desired, even for those that are renting just one day. ”

The lodge can be rented for a marriage ceremony and reception of up to 200 people, she said. There is no cutlery provided, but a refrigerator, stove, and microwave.

Rosie’s Event Center Lodge can accommodate up to 200 people. Submitted photo.

Local vendors will provide decorations, food, photography, etc.

“The location is pristine for the community,” Kelsey said. “And will help other people (vendors) make money as well.”

“I will be the manager and coordinating the events, here,” Kelsey said.

June 1 will be the first event at the center for 2019, she said.

The gazebo near the lake, just off the front porch at Rosie’s Event Center. Submitted photo.

To learn more, contact her at 620-644-2874.




I Am Rehab Replaces Health For Life At Mercy Hospital

From left: David Shank, Janet Smith, Denny Gillard, Sarah Moore, and Hugo Dahlstrom.

I Am Rehab LLC is the new business that replaces Mercy Hospital’s Health for Life at 405 Woodland Blvd as of Jan. 1.

Hugo Dahlstrom is the occupational therapist. David Shank, Denny Gillard,  and Janet Smith are the physical therapists.  Sarah Moore is the office assistant.

I Am Rehab owners are  Gillard,  Shank, and Dahlstrom.

The rehab and fitness center is located on the lower level, north side of Mercy Hospital which will transition to Community Health Center of Southeast Kansas on Jan. 31.

“The fitness center is up and running,” Dahlstrom said. “People are coming in for occupational and physical therapy.”

The fitness center portion is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week with the purchase of an individual membership of $30 per month for individuals and $40 per month for families, he said.

To get an access key to the center, one needs to come to the office between 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Rich Wallace will continue to provide personal training, but is not employed by I Am Rehab LLC, Dahlstrom said.

Eat Smart, Live Strong in the New Year

Kansas State University provides nutrition classes which help with food choices and exercise for Bourbon County residents.

Malynda Payne currently teaches both Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program classes as well as Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Education for K-State. Mary Daniels also teaches SNAP-Ed programs in the area.

Recently, FortScott.Biz interviewed Malynda Payne about the classes. Her answers are below.


What is the purpose?
“EFNEP- Our program is hands-on and teaches new skills that you can use at home every day—from planning, shopping and cooking tips to simple solutions for healthy eating and daily physical activity.  The program is designed to show families how they can prepare and eat more meals at home, bring more fruits and vegetables into their diets, make healthy drink choices, control portion sizes and many other healthy choices. These classes are provided for free. 
SNAP-Ed programs are nutrition education programs provided at no cost to Kansas families with limited resources.  Our goal is to provide nutrition education to individuals and families who receive food assistance or who are eligible to receive food assistance.”
Malynda Payne

Who is sponsoring it and who is the target population?

“The two classes that I am currently starting up in Fort Scott are an Eat Smart, Move More Class.  This class is geared towards families that are wanting to learn how to cook and prepare healthy meals for their families and do this on a budget.  Also, I am starting a class called Eat Smart, Live Strong.  It is designed to improve fruit and vegetable consumption and physical activity for people 55+participating in or eligible for SNAP. 
 These classes are typically targeted for those receiving food assistance.  However, I will never turn anyone away.  As long as 50% of my audience is lower income, I can justify the class.  That means if they are on disability, social security, live in public housing, receive food assistance etc. then I can classify the class as my target. They don’t have to actually be receiving food assistance.  They only have to qualify for it and most older folks on Social Security would qualify.”
Mary Daniels

Where located:

“I have been holding my classes at the Professional Building in Fort Scott.  Most people will know it as the Newman Young Clinic building.  Mary Daniels offers a class the second Thursday of each month at the Scott View apartments at 2 p.m. and the third Thursday of each month at Calvary Crossing also at 2 p.m.”


“Eat Smart, Move More is  Each Wednesday 12:30-2 p.m.and the Eat Smart, Live Strong is each Friday morning 10:30-noon.  Both of these classes are starting fresh so everyone that comes will be new! They will both be at the Professional Building 710 W. 8th Street.”


“We offer these classes to improve the likelihood that persons eligible for SNAP will make healthy food and lifestyle choices that prevent obesity

These classes are offered FREE of charge to those wishing to participate.”

Uniontown Hires New Science Teacher

Andrew Ables stands in front of his biology room Tuesday afternoon. He was recently hired as a new science teacher at Uniontown High School.

Andrew Ables, 30, was hired at a December USD 235 Board of Education meeting as the new Uniontown High School science teacher. He will teach biology, 7th-grade science, and advanced biology.

“We were unable to find a licensed teacher first semester,” said Brett Howard, USD 235 superintendent. This, following former science teacher Sarah Sutton’s departure to teach at Fort Scott Community College starting last summer.

The science position was left open.

There is a shortage of teachers in Kansas, Howard said.

The district turned to Southeast Kansas Education Education Service Center, also known as Greenbush, to fill in the gap.

Through Greenbush Blended Learning,  school districts can provide subjects such as foreign languages, advanced mathematics, and sciences they would otherwise be unable to provide, according to its’ website

Ables hales from Norton, KS with a Bachelor of Science degree in secondary education from Fort Hays State University.
“I (taught) my first five years in Stockton, Kansas,” Ables said.
“My family situation changed,” Ables said. “I married a Fort Scott native. We couldn’t find a house in northwest Kansas. She already had a house here. There happened to be a job opening.”
He is married to  Ashlee (Phillips) Ables and has two daughters: Caroline-four years old and Harper- six weeks.
Asked what motivated him to become an educator, he replied “Having an immediate impact on lives at one of their most important stages.”
His top priority for the classes he will teach is to prepare his students for college, he said.
Teacher in-service in USD 235 starts today, Jan. 2, and classes start on Jan. 3.

Bourbon County Commission Agenda Jan. 2


Bourbon County Commission Room

1st Floor, County Courthouse

210 S. National Avenue

Fort Scott, KS 66701


Date: January 2nd, 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

10:00-10:30-Lora Holdridge and Clint Anderson-Executive Session-Non elected personnel-20 min.

11:00-12:00-Justin Meeks

Executive Session-Privileged in the attorney-client relationship-15 min.

Ambulance-EMS CLIA Application

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

1:30-Resolutions for 2019

Mercy Hospital: Clinics and Emergency Room Are Open

“The (Mercy Hospital) emergency room will operate as Mercy until Feb. 1,” said Tina Rockhold, whose last day as the communication director for Mercy Hospital Fort Scott was Dec. 28.

“The emergency room is open as usual until Jan. 31,” Reta Baker,  Mercy Hospital Administrator, said. “The clinics are available and open until January 31, then will continue as Community Health Center of Southeast Kansas.”

“Convenient Care is closed Jan. 1 (because of the New Year’s holiday) and will be open Jan 2, with the same hours and phone number,” Baker said.

The phone numbers will remain the same for the clinics, Rockhold said.

Mercy Convenient Care on National Avenue’s phone number is 620-223-8428. Mercy’s Clinic at the hospital is 223-8402. The Mercy Emergency Room can be contacted by phone through the main Mercy phone line at 223-2200.

The clinics scheduled transitions are as follows:

  • Mercy Clinic Family Medicine Linn County, located at 11155 Tucker Road, Pleasanton, Kansas, will transition to CHC/SEK effective January 1, 2019
  • Mercy Clinic Family Medicine Arma, located at 601 E. Washington Street, Arma, Kansas, will transition to CHC/SEK effective January 1, 2019
  • Mercy Clinic Fort Scott, located at 403 Woodland Hills Boulevard, Fort Scott, Kansas, will transition to CHC/SEK effective February 1, 2019
  • Mercy Convenient Care National, located at 1624 S. National Avenue, Fort Scott, Kansas, will transition to CHC/SEK effective February 1, 2019

Patients who plan to transition care the CHC are required to complete a medical release form.

 This will allow past medical records to be uploaded into the CHC/SEK electronic health records so providers can view a patient’s medical history once they are seen as CHC/SEK patients.

Parents and guardians may complete a release of medical records for those patients less than 18 years old. A durable power of attorney designation is necessary to complete a form for anyone older than 18 who is unable to sign.

An online release of medical records is available at

Filling out online takes about 10 minutes or less.

To complete a hard copy form, please contact Jessica Marsh at or call 620-223-8515. Completed forms may be mailed to Jessica Marsh; Mercy Fort Scott Medical Records; 401 Woodland Hills Blvd.; Fort Scott, KS, 66701.

New Years Eve Party at The River Room

The Buffalo Grill was purchased in May 2018 by Al Niece, the River Room Event Venue is located on the second floor.

New Year’s Eve at the River Room Event Venue consists of a cocktail party, catered dinner and live music with dancing.

The cocktail party with live music by The Gary Thompson Trio is from 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM.

The dinner, catered by Crooner’s Lounge with live music by the Gary Thompson Trio from is from 7:30 to 9:00 PM.

There will be a live concert and dancing with MultiPhonic  from 9:00 PM to 1:00 AM.

Tickets are $50.00  per person which includes dinner, live music and a champagne toast at midnight.

Seating Arrangements will be at tables accommodating eight people per table.

For more information or to purchase tickets call 620) 224-9787.

Bourbon County Is Moving Forward To Retain and Expand

Jody Hoenor, Bourbon County Economic Director.

Bourbon County Economic Director Jody Hoener is working on a strategic plan.

“The overall economic development goal is to increase the tax base and lower taxes,” Hoener said. “I’ve been looking at ways to increase the population, looking at strategic activities and programs.”

“I’ve been putting together a strategic plan for the county,” she said. “It’s a process though. I’ve had talks with business and community members.”

“We will partner with the Chamber of Commerce to complete a business retention and expansion survey,” she said.

She hopes to be able to engage and fit small, medium and large businesses in the strategic plan.

Bourbon County Collaboration To Replace Ambulance Service

Bourbon County residents were stunned when Mercy Hospital Fort Scott announced that they would be closing Dec. 31.

Since then Hoenor, along with other county and city officials, have been collaborating on the retention of an ambulance service to fill the void following the closure of the hospital.

The Bourbon County Emergency Medical Services ambulances will be stationed where they currently are: one station at the Fort Scott Fire Department downtown and one station at the Mercy location south of town, Hoenor said.  Mercy donated four ambulance trucks.

“The idea is and the current understanding is that the current employees (will keep their job),” she said.

Mercy will be running the EMS until April 1, when the branding and signage will change, Hoener said.

“It’s been pretty fast, everybody understands the strong urgency to it,” she said.

Hoener’s office is located in the Bourbon County Courthouse, 210 S. National Avenue and  she can be reached at 620-223-3800 or mobile 620-215-5725 or



Sock Hop at the Brewhaus For New Years Eve

A vintage photo of The Boiler Room Brewhaus, 2. S. National. It was once the home of the Downtowner Motel.

The Boiler Room Brewhaus, 2 S. National, is having a sock hop to bring in the new year.

The New Years Eve Party, December 31, starts and 8 p.m. and ends at 1 a.m.

“People can dress in 50s style, it’s optional, but more fun,” Barbara Ritter, who along with husband Bryan, are the owners.

“We are having a food share, where everyone brings something,” she said.

“People will have to pay for the drinks,” Barbara said. “But the food portion is free.  Free soft drinks for designated drivers”.

Be prepared to do the Hoola Hoop and the Limbo, both 1950s favorites, Ritter said, with a smile.

For more information, contact the brewhaus at 620-644-5032.


State of the City of Fort Scott

Dave Martin, Fort Scott City Manager

Fort Scott City Manager Dave Martin gave the attendees of the Chamber of Commerce weekly coffee an update on the 2018 happenings in the city on Dec. 20.

“We got a lot accomplished in 2018,” Martin said. “We had some things thrown at us, but I think we stepped up to the plate.”

The following, provided by Martin, are the completed projects that were a high priority:



The city welcomed more than 5,500 visitors to the new tourism office at the office shared with the Chamber of Commerce, 445 visitor tours on Dolly the Trolley since July, a new lavender festival event, a new Boos and Brews Event,  a new Veteran’s Weekend Celebration, the assumption of operations at the La Roche Complex and a Division 1 World Series proposal, the county law change on 30 percent food requirements allowed for the local microbrewery business.

Emergency services:

The city installed the Nex Gen Att and Hosted ITI at the police and fire department, signed a contract with the county to collaborate on Emergency Medical Services and will provide the Human Resource assistance with the services,  and added a police K-9 unit with no impact to the budget.

Human Resources:

As of December 2018, there are 97 full-time and 29 part-time employees of the City of Fort Scott. There are monthly KMU training sessions and continued education for all departments. The city is working with Craw-Kan Telephone on a phased upgrade to the IT infrastructure.  The city provided a physical activity initiative for its employees and also updated the employee handbook. The city provided an FSA vendor administration transition.

There are four city personnel retirements: Jon Garrison on Sept. 9, Kenny Howard on Dec. 28, Johnny Keating on Jan. 3. 2019, and Shaun West on Dec. 20. There will be a reception for Howard on Dec. 28 at 2 p.m. at city hall and reception for Keating on Jan 3 at 2 p.m. at the fire station.

Promotions this year: Rhonda Dunn to Director of Finance, Jerry Morgan to Streets Supervisor, Jason Pickert to Police Captain, Jacob May and Clint Roberts to Fire Dept. Captain, Alex Schafer, and Clint Lawrence to FSFD Lieutenant Reserves to full-time.

Dav Mohler and Cody McGehee graduated from the Kansas Law Enforcement Training Center.

New employees are Robert Uhler, Director of Community Development; Seth Simpson, airport manager; Bill Rost, WWC maintenance.

Those who have taken the Certified Public Manager designation, a program to prepare managers for careers in government: 2001-Dave Martin, 2014-Paul Ballou, 2015-Travis Shelton, 2016-Dave Bruner, and Traci Reed, 2017-Jason Pickert, 2018-Chad Brown and Larry Gazaway, 2019-Robert Uhler and Michael Mix.

Streets and streets:

The city spent $200,000 on streets in 2018.

The 2018 Sidewalk, Curb and Gutter Program approved six grants in the amount of $12,000 with  owner investment of $24,595.

Water utility:

The city maintained 220 miles of water and sewer lines, including 3,100 water connections, rebuilt pump no. 1 and the Fort Scott Community College booster update,  added pickleball court lighting, generator load bank, and valve leash, PACP Certification, Vactor training from Key Equipment, added GIS map update, announced refusal to accept grease loads, and provided multiple repairs to the sanitary sewer system.

Community Amenities:

There was a new public golf cart shed constructed, expansion of Craw-Kan Telephone Cooperative fiber network and updates at Lake Fort Scott.


There were 309 building permits issued for revenue of $8,340.

The number of codes cases resulting in a letter or ticket was 473. There were 27 demolition projects: nine were torn down by the city at a cost of $31,043; ten were torn down by the owner which saved $35,000; four were owner repaired;  four are in process.

The three officers and director have achieved Kansas Certified  Code Enforcement Officer status.

Community Development:

A Fort Scott Landbank was established.

A new direction is being taken by the Food Alliance, with the possibility of a community food bank.

A healthcare task force was formed between the city and Bourbon County.

Economic Development:

Business assistance for relocation, expansion and new businesses was provided by Bourbon County Economic Develpment Council.

A City of Fort Scott Five-Year Comprehensive Plan was approved.

The city reapplied for Kansas Housing Tax Credits to support redevelopment of the Union Building, downtown. This project will add much-needed housing for the workforce.

The city approved nine Downtown Building Improvement Grants totaling $38,904 with an owner investment of $54,898.

The airport revenue increased 75-percent in jet fuel sales from 2017 to 2018.  The airport received $286,522 in Kansas Dept. of Transportation Aviation Grants from the Ks. Airport Improvement Program. Grants were completed for future airport expansion.








Free Use of Momentum Indoor Training Dec. 28

Emelia Whiteaker, owner and trainer of Momentum Indoor Training. Submitted photo.

Momentum Indoor Training, 2420 S. Main, Suite 900,  is offering a free day to use the new facility during Christmas break.

The athletic performance trainer and owner of the business, Emelia Whiteaker, recently opened the training facility, which is located behind Tractor Supply Company.

“I am doing the free day as something for parents to do to get their kids active during the winter break,” said  Whitaker. “Anyone can come try the pitching machines or throwing lanes for the day.

The event will be from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, December 28.

“The batting tunnels will be open for use at no charge. All participants must have a signed waiver by a parent/legal guardian,” Whiteaker said. “Anyone 13 years of age or younger must be accompanied by an adult. Call or e-mail to reserve your time or send us a Facebook message: @mitrainingfs.”

Whiteaker can be reached at 620-223-1803 or


A Way to Support The Beacon: AmazonSmile

The Beacon, located at 525 E. 6th, Fort Scott.

Helping The Beacon, a local food pantry and helping agency, just got a little easier.

For those who shop at, if one goes to and names The Beacon as the organization to help, the agency will receive a percentage of the cost of the order.

“Amazon sent a letter to The Beacon inviting the organization to register to receive five percent of a customer’s order,” Carol MacArthur, Beacon Board President said. “It’s a small way to generate funds, but we are happy to be registered.”

From the AmazonSmile website:

“AmazonSmile is a website operated by Amazon with the same products, prices, and shopping features as The difference is that when you shop on AmazonSmile, the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the purchase price of eligible products to the charitable organization of your choice.

Every item available for purchase on is also available on AmazonSmile ( at the same price. You will see eligible products marked “Eligible for AmazonSmile donation” on their product detail pages.

If you represent a charitable organization and you would like to learn more about registering your organization to receive AmazonSmile donations, go to .

For more information about the AmazonSmile program, go to”