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Music Entertainment at Pioneer Harvest Fiesta Oct. 19-20

At the entertainment tent at Pioneer Harvest Fiesta, there will be music and events starting at 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 19 through 4 p.m.

Mike Lundeen will be on the keyboard; David Prickett, guitar and vocal, The Carlsons, guitar, bass, harmonica and vocals;The Eastsiders, Steve Fortenbury on guitar and others of the Heritage Park Pavilion performers.

Sunday’s events will commence with a 9:30 a.m. church service provided by Rev. Paul Rooks and the Grace Baptist Church.

Following the church service, there will be an open mike period for musicians to gather, until 2 p.m.

USD 234 Board of Education Minutes of Oct. 14



Members of the USD 234 Board of Education met on Monday, October 14, 2019, at the Board of Education office for their regular monthly meeting.

President David Stewart opened the meeting.  The board approved the official agenda.  The board also approved the consent agenda as follows:

A.    Minutes

B.    Bills and Claims

C.    Payroll – September 30, 2019 – $1,369,443.01

D.    Financial Report

E.     Bond Proceeds Reconciliation

F.     Activity Fund Accounts

G.    Extended Trip requests

H.    Fundraiser requests


Several patrons spoke in the public forum section.  Gary Elliott, with Benchmark, Inc., gave a roof repair update.  Stephanie George, KNEA President, presented a report.  Administrators from each building shared reports with board members.

Superintendent Ted Hessong provided information on the following items:

·       Emergency Operations Plan

·       Legislative Update

·       KASB Regional Roundtable

·       Kansans CAN

·       Administrative Council meetings

·       Special Education

·       BOLD Program


Gina Shelton, Business Manager, reported on audits for the district, open enrollment for benefits, bids, and insurance appraisals.

Martin Altieri, Winfield Scott Assistant Principal, reviewed the updated 2019-20 Emergency Operations Plan.  Board members approved the 2019-20 EOP.  Board members also approved the Benchmark, Inc. service agreement and a roof payment.  The board reviewed the September 20 enrollment count report.

Board members shared comments and then went into executive session to discuss personnel matters for nonelected personnel and returned to open meeting.

The board approved the following employment items:

A.    Adjustment in contract for Tracy Homan, high school librarian/media center teacher, to include middle school librarian/media center teacher for the 2019-20 school year

B.    Adjustment in work agreement for Moriah Dillow, Winfield Scott paraprofessional, from 7.5 hours per day to 5 hours per day for the 2019-20 school year

C.    Transfer of Randi Witt, middle school secretary, to special education secretary/Medicaid billing clerk for the 2019-20 school year

D.    Addition of a high school paraprofessional position for the 2019-20 school year

E.     Employment of Whitney Ball as a middle school secretary for the 2019-20 school year

F.     Employment of Emily Matkin as a high school teacher aide for the 2019-20 school year

G.    Employment of Ashley Rodriguez as a high school teacher aide (ISS) for the 2019-20 school year

H.    Employment of Shelley Rooks as a middle school teacher aide (vocal accompanist) for the 2019-20 school year

I.      Employment of Marie Henderson as a high school paraprofessional for the 2019-20 school year

J.      Employment of Daniel Long as a high school paraprofessional for the 2019-20 school year

K.    Employment of Codee Budd as a Winfield Scott paraprofessional for the 2019-20 school year

L.     Employment of Stacey Gingrich as a gifted paraprofessional for the 2019-20 school year

M.   Employment of Jamie Patterson as a preschool paraprofessional for the 2019-20 school year

N.    Termination of Danielle Hull as high school assistant cheerleading sponsor, effective September 27, 2019

O.    Employment of Russ Hughes as a middle school assistant track coach (fourth intramural session) for the 2019-20 school year

P.     Employment of Brooke Senkevech as a middle school third session intramural coach for the 2019-20 school year


The board adjourned.

American Legion Riders Charter Oct. 19

The chartering of Fort Scott American Legion Riders will take place at 10 am, Saturday, October 19 at Memorial Hall. Memorial Hall is located at the corner of National and 3rd Streets in downtown Fort Scott.
T0 join the American Legion Riders, you must have a motorcycle of at least 2500 cc’s OR have previously been a member of the Riders but can longer ride a motorcycle due to heath reasons.
Additionally, you must be an current member of the American Legion, American Legion Auxiliary or the Sons of the American Legion. I will be on hand to accept applications for the listed American Legion programs.
Submitted by Carl Jowers

Butcher Block Customer Appreciation Oct. 19

The Butcher Block
invites you to their
3rd Anniversary &
Customer Appreciation Event
This weekend!
Saturday, October 19th, 10am-???
SPECIALS valid through
Saturday see below!
The smokers will be going,
samples will be offered & great food available,
koozies for giveaway, drawings to enter
come join the party!
1735 S. National Ave.
Phone: (620) 644-5115
Click here for the Facebook event to add it to your calendar!
·    $1 OFF BRATS
·      $1 OFF PER LB.
Sale ends Saturday, October 19th.
Click here for their Facebook page to stay current on future sales & featured items!
for Butcher Block’s
2nd Annual Halloween Party
Thursday, October 31st, 4-9pm
Smoked Turkey Legs &
Hot Dogs for the kiddos!
They also serve lunch daily
from 11am-2pm!
Geoff & Carrie Southwell
Brian & Rebecca Williams
for your Chamber membership &
for having your small business
here in our community!

Bo Co Economic Development Community Goals

Submitted by Jody Hoener, Bourbon County Economic Development Director

Bourbon County Economic Development is actively working on countywide goals to enhance our economic growth, lower property tax, and address population decline. We are addressing the current business climate with strategies to increase revenue through adding value, and therefore lowering the individual tax burden.

By providing opportunity for a privately developed multi-use facility with a focus on participatory sports, such as rodeo, we will inject added value into the community which will increase opportunities for recreation and assist retail business with increased sales revenue and foot traffic.

Bourbon County community has identified business, housing, and quality of life as their top three priorities.

Data collected from County surveys and face to face interviews on current business needs indicate that property tax burden is one of the top issues business face, second only to workforce needs.

Currently, the countywide average mill levy is $180.77 per $1000 assessed valuation, ranking Bourbon County 11th highest in the State of Kansas (Kansas Department of Revenue, 2018).

We are preparing for a marathon, not a sprint, to address our current tax climate, with long term goals of becoming more regionally competitive at $158.61 per $1000 assessed valuation by the year 2030.

We are leveraging community strengths and assets to create a more business-friendly environment in a place people want to live, work and play.

Fort Scott Community College is renowned nationwide for its rodeo team and Fort Scott is located on an intersection of two major highways. A grassroots committee of former rodeo team athletes, business owners, and public sector, with support from the community college president and rodeo team coach, has formed to see a privately developed multi-use facility constructed.

Bourbon County Commission, as part of its ongoing efforts to enhance livability and quality of life for its residents and to grow our economic base and resulting job opportunities, has commissioned a feasibility study for a multi-use event facility to be located in the Fort Scott area.

Markin Consulting, a national consulting firm specializing in these types of facilities, is conducting this two-phase study.

The first phase is an intense look at the market viability of this type of facility.

We are thankful for Bourbon County stakeholder’s Jim Keller, of Keller Ranch, and Steve Buerge, of Buerge Farms and Buerge Enterprises, Inc. who have made substantial contributions toward the market demand study. By completing rigorous cost benefit analysis, we are not only showing to be good stewards of tax payor resources but we are also planning for the future.

The decisions we make on investments today will determine the productivity, wages, and quality of life for generations to come. To grow a sustainable, thriving, prosperous community, we are developing creative and dynamic strategies, fostering public/private partnerships, and encourage civic participation.

We believe the feasibility study for the multi-use event facility is very important to our business community and are asking business and residents for your help by taking time to complete a very short, on-line survey for this study process.

Here’s the link for the resident survey:

And here’s the link for the business survey:


For more information please contact:

Jody Hoener, Economic Development Director


USD234 Parent Teacher Conferences Oct. 21-22, NO School Oct. 25

Parent/Teacher conferences for the USD 234 School District will be held on Monday, October 21, and Tuesday, October 22.

Conferences will be
held at the following times:
Fort Scott Preschool Center – 4:20 to 7:50 p.m.
Winfield Scott and Eugene Ware – 4: l5 to 7:45 p.m.
Fort Scott Middle School and Fort Scott High School – 4:30 to 8:00 p.m.

There will be no school for USD 234 students on Friday, October 25.

Classes will resume on Monday, October 28.

Contact: Ted Hessong
Superintendent of Schools
USD 234
424 S. Main
Fort Scott, KS 66701

County Democrats Elect New Chairperson: Next Meeting Oct. 20

The Bourbon County Democrats met on Sunday, September 15, and elected Kate Emmett-Sweetser as their new county chairwoman.

The previous chairwoman, Kathy Dancer, had resigned in August when she accepted a job overseas.

Other officers are Vice-Chair Clint Walker, Treasurer Shirley Palmer, and Recording Secretary Jacki Prettyman. 

The Bourbon County Democrats will hold their monthly meeting on Sunday, October 20, at 2:30 pm.

The location will be at the Brewhaus on the corner of Wall and National Avenue. All Democrats, Liberals, and Progressives are welcome to attend. 

The Democrats are collecting coats and other winter garments to donate to charity. Those wishing to participate should bring their item(s) to the meeting on Sunday.