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Agenda For Today’s Bourbon County Commission

The agenda for today’s Bourbon County Commission meeting at 9 a.m. at the courthouse, 210 S. National is below.

9:00-9:45-Jim Harris

9:45-10:15- Commissioners consider and take action on any and all question regarding the law enforcement project

11:00-11:15-Justin Meeks

11:15-1:30-Jail Update Meeting in Commissioners Room

1:30-Jail Project balance

2:30-Employee Handbook

 Justifications for Executive Session:

          Personnel matters of individual non-elected personnel

          Consultation with an attorney for the body or agency which would be deemed privileged in the attorney-client relationship

          Matters relating to employer-employee negotiations whether or not in consultation with the representative(s) of the body or agency

          Confidential data relating to financial affairs or trade secrets of corporations, partnerships, trusts and individual proprietorships

          Preliminary discussions relating to the acquisition of real property

          Matters relating to the security of a public body or agency, public building or facility or the information system of a public body or agency, if the discussion of such matters at an open meeting would jeopardize the security of such public body, agency, building, facility or information system

1st District Commissioner  is Lynne Oharah; 2nd District-Jeff Fischer; 3rd District-Nick Ruhl; County Clerk-Kendell Mason


Obituary Of Hattie Homan

Hattie Lela Homan, 99, of Uniontown, Kansas passed away Friday evening, January 19, 2018, at the Medicalodge Nursing Home. She was born December 17, 1918, in Rolla, Kansas, the daughter of LeRoy Johnathan and Lena Effie (Saul) McMillan.

She married Leslie Otto Homan September 28, 1944, in Lawrence, Illinois. He preceded her in death March 2, 1982.

Hattie was a member of the First Missionary Baptist Church of Uniontown.

She played the guitar and the banjo with the Kansas Old Time Fiddlers, and also the Pickers & Singers.

Hattie is survived by her two sons, Leslie Marvin Homan and wife Rachel, of Manteca, California, and Henry O. Homan and wife Patty, of Redfield, Kansas; a sister, Velma Hittle of Hugoton, Kansas; six grandchildren; thirteen great-grandchildren, and four great-great-grandchildren.

In addition to her husband, Hattie was also preceded in death by her parents; twin infant daughters; a grandson, Christopher Homan; a daughter-in-law, Mary Homan. She was also preceded in death by two brothers, Isaac, who died when he was just three years old. Her other brother, Marvin, died when his submarine, the Sugar Deuce 8 (S-28), went down during WWII.

Rev. Marty DeWitt and Steve Hittle will conduct funeral services for Hattie at 10:00 a.m., Thursday, January 25, 2018, at the Konantz-Cheney Funeral Home with burial following at the Fort Scott National Cemetery. The family will receive friends Wednesday evening January 24, 2018, from 6:00-7:00 p.m. at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to the Uniontown Missionary Baptist Church Building Fund and left in the care of the Konantz-Cheney Funeral Home, 15 W. Wall Street, PO Box 309, Fort Scott, KS 66701. Condolences may be submitted to the online guestbook at


K-State’s Winter Ranch Management Series Set For February

Kansas State University will host a series of meetings to help beef producers focus on management and profit strategies for the new year.

Bob Weaber, a K-State Research and Extension cow-calf specialist, said this year’s Winter Ranch Management series is titled ‘Corrals, calcium, costs and cows: management and profit strategies for 2018.’  The meetings will be held at four sites in Kansas and will feature presentations and comments by extension educators on profit-enhancing strategies.

The meetings will also feature a popular ‘town-hall’ style question-and-answer session between Kansas’ cattle producers and extension specialists. Weaber sid the series has a history of being a successful stretch of meetings.

Weaber, along with other state, district and local extension staff, will take part in the series to help answer producers’ questions. The specialists will answer a wide range of questions on beef cattle issues including animal health, nutrition, management, genetics and reproduction.

“Over the past few months we’ve received quite a few questions from producers looking for profit tips and tools,” Weaber said. “The Winter Ranch Management series provides another great opportunity for state and local specialists to take our expertise out in the country for a series of impactful face-to-face meetings.

“During the last few years producers have experienced price volatility and increased costs. We believe that producer profit margins will continue to narrow over the next couple of years. Our extension team is here to help with reliable information.”

Meeting topics include facility improvements and bud box cattle processing systems; mineral supplementation strategies; cost; production and profit benchmarking; and optimizing the cow herd through female selection. The Hepler location will feature a talk by Kansas State University rangeland specialist KC Olson on late season burning as a method to aid in the control of sericea lespedeza.

“Early in the year is a great time for producers, to think and plan for the coming year,” Weaber said. “Certainly, it is a good time of year to think about opportunities to reduce costs and enhance revenue streams.”

The Hepler, Kansas meeting will take place on Tuesday, February 13 frpm  5:30 – 8:30 p.m. at the Community Building located on the south end of Hepler, Kansas. This meeting is sponsored by Merck Animal Health. A $10 fee payable at the door will cover meals and materials. please RSVP by February 6, 2018, to Chris Petty, Southwind Extension District, 620-223-3720 or or Keith Martin, Wildcat Extension District, 620-784-5337 or

More information on the meetings is available at