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Chanute to Host Regional Farmers’ Market Vendor Workshop

The Fort Scott Farmers Market is located on Skubitz Plaza from spring until fall.

The Kansas Department of Agriculture, K-State Research and Extension and the Kansas Department of Health and Environment will host a regional workshop in Chanute on Saturday, Feb. 10, 2018. This is one of five regional workshops which are being held this year to assist farmers’ market vendors and managers.

Kansas farmers’ markets not only provide a fresh food source but also stimulate the local economy. In 2017, 85 farmers’ markets were registered with KDA’s Central Registration of Farmers’ Markets.

“Farmers’ markets provide growers a chance to tell their farm’s story, with face-to-face interaction with consumers, but there are also legal, safety and financial parameters that farmers need to understand before choosing to sell at a farmers’ market,” said Londa Nwadike, consumer food safety specialist with K-State Research and Extension and the University of Missouri.

Workshop topics will include:

Marketing and Pricing Tips
Growing in High Tunnels 101
Regulations on Selling Meat, Eggs and Poultry Direct to Consumer
Double Up Food Bucks and Sales Tax for Vendors
Vendor Marketing and Communications
Morel Mushroom Identification Certification
Kansas Senior Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program Certified Farmer Training

KDA’s weights and measures program will also offer free scale testing and certification at the workshop for attendees.

The workshop will be held at Mid-West Fertilizer at the Chanute Agronomy Center, 3030 W. Santa Fe Ave. in Chanute. Onsite registration will open at 8:30 a.m. and the workshop will begin at 9:00 a.m. and conclude by 3:00 p.m.

Registration for this workshop is now open and is $20 per participant. Registration includes lunch; however, lunch will only be guaranteed to those participants who register by February 1.

Registration forms can be found at or at your local extension offices.

For more information, please contact Kathy McEwan, Southwind Extension, at 620-365-2242 or, or Krista Harding at 620-244-3826 or

KDA is committed to providing an environment that enhances and encourages economic growth of the agriculture industry and the Kansas economy. These workshops will provide support and assistance to help make Kansas businesses more successful.

Kathy S. McEwan, Family and Consumer Sciences Agent, Foods & Nutrition, SNAP-Ed Coordinator, Southwind Extension District – Iola Office, P.O. Box 845, Iola KS 66749,  telephone 620-365-2242 or email:


Downtown Uniontown To Change With Condemnation Of Buildings

These two connected buildings located on Uniontown’s city square are to be demolished by July 21. They are located on the south side of the square at 112A Second Street.

The face of Uniontown is about to be changed with two buildings on the city’s square being condemned.

At a Uniontown City Council meeting on January 8, the city held a public hearing for the structures owned by Mary Beerbower and Hartman J. Kite respectively.

Following the meeting, legal notices were published in the Fort Scott Tribune stating that the owners have until July 21, 2018, to remove the buildings and make the premises safe and secure.

The owners are cooperating with the council, Mayor Larry Jurgensen said.

“They both are in agreement they should come down,” Jurgensen said. “And they are getting it taken down themselves.”

Mary Beerbower had a business located in her building, the easternmost one, called Mary’s Cafe. The other building was vacant and the ceiling had caved in.

The structures are located on the south side of the square at 112A Second Street.

Hartman J. Kite’s building shared a wall with Mary Beerbower’s business.

Nate’s Place Named In Kansas Top Three Eateries

Nate’s Place is an eatery located in the southern mansion of Lyon’s Twin Mansions.
Shawn O’Brien, left, is the general manager, while Nate Lyons is the owner of Nate’s Place.

 In the Winter 2017 issue of Kansas Magazine, Fort Scott’s own Nate’s Place is third out of twenty Kansas favorite local eateries.

The restaurant located at the corner of Eighth Street and National Avenue was notified of the statewide contest in the fall.

“It was an online platform,” Nate Lyons, owner of the eatery, said. “We were told you could vote online and encouraged our customers to do it.”

Lyons didn’t know about the win until the publication of the magazine November 2017.

The restaurant is located in the southern mansion that is part of the Lyon’s Twin Mansions. Nate Lyons has been the owner since 2009.

General Manager Shawn O’Brien has been at Nate’s Place since August 2016.

Currently, soups are special lunch items at the restaurant.

“We make fresh soups every couple of days,” O’Brien said. “Homemade potato, vegetable beef, tortellini, fresh tomato soup… Facebook inspires me.”

“They are trying to get me to do dill pickle soup, but I’m not doing it for personal reasons,” he said with a smile.

“We are the only restaurant in town that serves breakfast all day,” O’Brien said.

The restaurant can provide fine dining experiences with reservations to groups from five to 60 people, O’Brien said.

“Groups come in to play bunco,” he said. “The Magazine Club meets here. It’s great during the summer to have a cocktail on the front porch.”

The restaurant also does murder mystery parties.

“The game is free and involves eight characters,” Lyon’s said. “They pay for the dinner, we provide the three-course meal.”

“For less than $50 per person you get entertainment and a three-course meal,” Lyon said. “There is special pricing for overnight stays.”

The Lyon’s Twin Mansions are a well-known local bed and breakfast.

The eatery is open Tuesday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, and Sunday from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., and is closed on Monday.

The Lounge at Nate’s Place is open Thursday through Saturday from 5 to 8 p.m., with happy hour from 5-6 p.m.

“We offer a heavy appetizer menu,” O’Brien said. “And liquor and wine for $5 each and beer $1 off.”

Carol and Marvin Creager, rural Fort Scott wait for their lunch Friday at Nate’s Place.

On Friday, lunch customer Carol Creager said “I like breakfast here. It’s such a nice atmosphere and the waitress Mary Ann is very friendly and accommodating.”


Fort Scott Debate Team Brings Home Another State Trophy

The Fort Scott High School Debate Team. Front row from left: Sara Al-Shawish, Tayton Majors, Zoe Self, Elizabeth Ngatia, Brooklyn Lyons, Madi Toth, Mark Adams, Joe Adams.  Back row from left:t Dalton Womeldorff, Kaden Kiwan, Darby Toth, Rebekah Sweyko, Isabella Provence, Ashtyn Dowell.
This weekend the Fort Scott High School Debate team traveled to Coffeyville, Kansas for Kansas State Debate contest. The regional championship team is comprised of Darby Toth, Rebekah Sweyko, Joe Adams, and Isabella Provence.
The alternates on the team were Kaden Kiwan and Ashtyn Dowell. This team took fourth place following KC Piper High School which took first place, Bishop Meige H.S. took second, and Louisburg H.S. third. In the four-speaker division, one half of the team goes affirmative the entire tournament and the other half goes negative. Then the records of both teams are combined.
In the two-speaker division, FSHS took the maximum amount of teams allowed for a school, four.  In order to qualify for two-speaker state, the team must have a 50 percent win-loss record over four tournaments above the novice level.
The teams attending were Madison Toth/Mark Adams, Zoe  Self/Elizabeth Ngatia, Brooklyn Lyons/Dalton Womeldorff, and Tayton Majors/Sara Al-Shawish. There were 60 teams in the tournament. All four teams broke to Double Octofinals. Madison and Mark dropped to Nickerson in Double Octofinals. Brooklyn And Dalton drop to Louisburg. Tayton and Sarah make it to Quarter Finals and end up fourth, after dropping to Topeka Hayden.
And finally, novice, Zoe Self and 2nd-year debater, Elizabeth Ngatia,   drop in finals to Wichita Collegiate and bring home the 2nd place trophy. Fort Scott Debate has been state champions or state runner-ups four of the last five years.

Fort Scott High School will be hosting the state debate event next year.


Drake-Abati Engagement Announced

Drake-Abati Engagement Announced

Amy and Dusty Drake, Fort Scott, along with Sandra and Willey Abati, Redfield, announce the engagement of Sarah Delynn Drake to Antonio Joseph Abati.

The marriage will take place June 9, 2018, at Community Christian Church.

The bride is a 2011 Fort Scott High School graduate, attended Ozark Christian College, Joplin, Mo. and graduated from Regency Beauty Institute, Olathe. She is a cosmetologist at The Courtland Spa Salon, Fort Scott.

The groom graduated from Girard High School in 2005, Fort Scott Community College in 2007 and Middle Tennessee State University, Murfreesboro, Tenn. in 2013 with a Bachelor of Science degree in mass communication. He is currently news director at Double K Country Radio, Nevada, Mo.

Obituary Of John David McTheeney

John David Mc Theeney, age 67, a resident of Fort Scott, passed away Thursday, January 11, 2018, at Mercy Hospital Fort Scott, Kansas.
He was born on November 21, 1950, in Neelyville, Missouri, the son of Andrew Washington Mc Theeney and Elise Mae Curtis Mc Theeney.
John married Aletha Kyle on May 28, 1988, in Garnett, Kansas. 
He worked as an over the road trucker, enjoyed working on cars and restoring buildings. He especially loved spending time with his family and had a way that made each one of them feel like they were his favorite. 
He is survived by his wife, Aletha of the home, two sons, David Andrew Mc Theeney of Mound City, Kansas, and Herbert Mc Theeney of Fort Scott, Kansas, three daughters, Tanya Mae Kilgore and husband Mitchell, Brenda Mc Theeney, and Lisa May Mc Theeney, all of Fort Scott, Kansas, two brothers Ernie Roberson and Carlene of Joliet, Illinois, and William Roberson, of Seguin, Texas, six grandchildren, Tyler Roberson, Patients Roberson, Madison Roberson, Natalie Roberson, Kimberly Mc Boone, and Kyrain Logan, and one great grandchild.  He was preceded in death by his parents, a son, Rob Roberson, a brother Johnny Roberson, and three sisters, Fay Nickelson, Annie Favorite, and Connie Shelton. 
Rev. Chuck Russell will conduct funeral services at 2:00 pm Monday, January 15, 2018, at the Cheney Witt Chapel. 
Cremation will follow with private family burial at a later date. 
The family will receive friends from 1:00 to 3:00 pm Sunday at the Cheney Witt Chapel. 
Contributions are suggested to the Sharing Bucket and may be left in the care of the Cheney Witt Chapel, PO Box 347 Fort Scott, Kansas 66701.  Words of remembrance may be submitted to the online guestbook at

Obituary Of William Andrew Heckman

William Andrew “Bill” Heckman, age 85, a resident of Bronson, Kansas passed away Thursday, January 11, 2018, at his home in Bronson. 
He was born January 17, 1932, in Hepler, Kansas, the son of Andrew Joseph Heckman and Mamie Leah Dunbar Heckman.  He married Pat Judd on August 17, 1972. 
Bill constantly kept busy.  He did farm work as well as mechanic work for many years.  He also mowed yards. 
Survivors include his wife, Pat, of the home; a son, Dustin Heckman of Lansing, Kansas and a daughter, Stacy Moore and husband, Rex, of Redfield, Kansas; five grandchildren, Alisa, Tyler, Dalton, Shelby and Hannah and a great-granddaughter, Kendall.  Also surviving are two brothers, Ether Spencer, and wife, Marsha, of Girard, Kansas and James Heckman and his wife, of California; two sisters, Frances Tewell, of Girard and Thelma Koons of Huntington Beach, California. He was preceded in death by an infant son, William Heckman, Jr., two brothers, Newton Spencer and Albert Heckman and a sister, Elizabeth Judd.
Rev. Marty Dewitt will conduct funeral services at 10:30 A.M. Wednesday, January 17 at the Cheney Witt Chapel in Ft. Scott.  Burial will follow in the Paint Creek Cemetery.  The family will receive friends from 5 to 7 P.M. Tuesday at the Cheney Witt Chapel, 201 S. Main, Ft. Scott, Kansas.  Words of remembrance may be submitted to the online guestbook at

Obituary Of Rebecca Marie Murray

Rebecca Marie Murray

Rebecca Marie Murray, 66, of Fort Scott, passed away Wednesday, January 10, 2018, at the Olathe Medical Center.

She was born April 5, 1951, in Coffeyville, Kansas, the daughter of John F. and Madilyn Louise (Slater) Troutman. She married Wayne Murray July 10, 1982, in Fort Scott, and he preceded her in death July 3, 1999.

Rebecca worked for Fort Scott Community College for twenty-five years, and for Five Corners Mini Mart for the last fifteen years. She had a bachelor’s degree in English.

Survivors include her daughter, Amy L. Murray of Pittsburg, Kansas, her son Geoffery A. Murray of Fort Scott, Kansas; step-daughter Julie Workman of Girard, Kansas; her granddaughter, Stephanie Eastwood; a nephew, Jason Sack, and Kevin Taliaferro, who was like a son to her. In addition to her husband Wayne, she was preceded in death by her parents, and a sister, Kathryn Sack.

Bishop Walter Simpson will conduct funeral services 11:00 a.m. Friday, January 19, 2018, at the Konantz-Cheney Funeral Home with burial following at the Fort Scott National Cemetery. The family will receive friends Thursday evening, January 18, 2018, from 6:00 until 7:00 p.m. at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to the FSCC Endowed Scholarship 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

Bourbon County Law Enforcement Center Update

Bourbon County Sheriff Bill Martin. Submitted photo.

The kitchen refrigerator and cooler didn’t fit in the new law enforcement center. Twice.

“The first two that came in would not fit,” Bourbon County Sheriff Bill Martin said. “There was some miscommunication between the architect, the construction company or the company building the fridge and cooler.”

The refrigerator and cooler are custom built and have to meet certain requirements, he said.

The good news is, the custom-built refrigeration system has arrived and is being installed, Martin said.

Following installation, there will be a final inspection by the state fire marshall.

“It was delayed until everything is in place in the kitchen,” Martin said.

“We have some additional training once that is met, ” he said. “We should be able to open the door and have inmates the end of January to the middle of February.”

The new law enforcement center is located at 293 East 20th Street.

Sheriff Bill Martin in the command center of the Bourbon County Law Enforcement Center, October 2017.
Bourbon County Law Enforcement Center, October 2017