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Dec. 13 Friday Night Free Concert: Pioneer Sunflower Strings

On Friday night, December 13th, the Pioneer Sunflower String group will be performing at the Common Ground Coffee Shop. This is part of the Chamber of Commerce Friday evening concert series. The ladies will be performing Christmas music for the crowd.


The group consists of seven women who are lucky enough to practice weekly at this coffee shop.

The group includes Marilyn Adcock, Sandy Hemphill, Joyce Love, Diane Spencer, and Jean Strader, who are all from Fort Scott. Other members of the group are Cherry Nelson, from Columbus, KS., and Charlena Burns, from Mound City, KS. There are four dulcimer players, one fiddler, one autoharp, and a guitar in the ensemble.


Come out to the coffee shop at 7:00 on Friday, December 13th, to hear Christmas carols played by this group. You will enjoy the Christmas music with a touch of mountain dulcimers.

Ribbon Cutting for Legweak Properties Dec. 11


The Fort Scott Area Chamber of Commerce is excited to announce an After-hours and Ribbon Cutting event celebrating the new professional business space leased by Legweak Properties, LLC. Jeff and Jamie Armstrong purchased the property at 1711-1715 S. National Ave. late 2018 and have converted the building into six beautifully renovated offices.

Chamber members and guests are invited to 1713 S. National Ave. Suite C on Wednesday, December 11th from 5:15 to 6:30pm for libations, light appetizers, drawings and great networking. There will be a $2 admission for a Chamber half-and-half drawing. The remarks, ribbon cutting and drawings will take place at 5:45pm.

The offices are in a prime location at 18th St. and National Ave. and there are three units still available for lease.

Contact the Chamber at 620-223-3566 for more information or visit the events calendar on to RSVP.


Christmas Dinner Theater Dec. 14

Sending the email below on behalf of Chamber member
Historic Preservation Association of Bourbon County.
Thank you for your Chamber partnership!
HPA cordially invites you to join and celebrate their
First Annual Christmas Theatre & fundraiser auction!
If you would like to purchase tickets for this event, you are welcome to come by the Fort Scott Chamber, 231 E. Wall St.,call 620.223.3566 or
order online here and click “Register”.
Join us for this wonderful evening!
This event will take the place of the annual
Homes for the Holidays Tours this year.
We much appreciate your support!

BoCo Inter-Agency Coalition Minutes of Dec. 4

Bourbon County Inter-Agency Coalition General Membership Meeting Minutes, submitted by Chairwoman Billie Jo Drake.

December 4, 2019

  1. Welcome and Board update: Twenty-three members representing twenty-one agencies attended. Billie Jo announced that Nancy Van Etten will be filling the vacancy on the Coalition Board; Nancy will be replacing DeAnn Cambers who has relocated to Crawford County.
  1. Member introductions and announcements:
  • Billie Jo shared information provided by Kerry Pommier, Eugene Ware Counselor, regarding the Community Conversation on the effects of childhood trauma to be held at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, December 17, at Fort Scott High School. Guest speaker will be Monica Murnan, a member of the Kansas Legislature and Director of Student Support Services at Greenbush. For more information, call 620-223-3380 or email .
  • Michelle Stevenson, Fort Scott Pre-School Program, shared that the finance simulation organized by Lewis Dunkeson, FSHS, went very well.
  • Shannon Stancer, TFI Family Services, announced that they are in need of drivers.
  • Jean Tucker, Feeding Families, stated that the program is continuing to feed 135 – 200 meals every Wednesday evening.
  • Allen Schellack, Salvation Army, still needs volunteers to ring bells during the Christmas season. Last year over $7,000 was raised for use in Bourbon County; this year’s goal is $10,000.
  • Gary Murrell, Beacon, shared changes in Beacon hours for the holiday season: December 24 hours will be changed from the usual evening hours to 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Beacon will be closed on December 25, 26, 27, 30, 31, and January 1. Beacon will reopen with regular hours on January 2. Gary also reminded members that Beacon clients must be signed up in order to receive food in January. The only date left for sign-up is December 10 during the evening hours.
  • Caleb Smith, Kansas Appleseed, announced that he is planning a Hunger Action Summit on January 17 at the Pittsburg Library.
  • Steve Jameson, SEK-CAP, noted that he is working on guidelines to help adults with mental health issues.
  • Nancy Van Etten, American Red Cross, provided information on the upcoming blood drive: December 17 and 18 at Buck Run Community Center. They still need volunteers to help with escorting; call 215-9749 if you could help.
  • Jennifer Graber and Christine Abbott, Kansas Works, shared that the Annual Job Fair (all ages) and Youth Summit (16-24 year olds) will be April 2 at the Pittsburg Memorial Hall. Christine also shared copies of their new flyer.
  • Michelle Lyon, DCF, reminded members that LIEAP applications will be open January 21, the day after Martin Luther King Day, and will be open until March 31. She encouraged those that receive a denial to follow-up and provide what was missing in the original application. Many times making the corrections will result in an approval.
  • Sandra Haggard, RSVP, stated that she will be doing another Opioid Safety Seminar in the spring. Currently, Sandy has senior volunteers helping at the Beacon and with the veterans activities.
  • Robin Griffin, Thrive Allen County, is working on bike share programs, bicycle trail systems, and opioid prevention.
  • Barbara Longhofer, Kansas Guardianship Program, provided brochures about her program; she now has four volunteers working in the Fort Scott area.
  1. Program: Gary Miller, Angels Home Care Health. Angels Care Home Health provides services to seniors who are fifty-five (55) and older. Gary shared flyers listing all the services they can provide. He noted that they are beginning to see three generational homes and seniors who need assistance with rent and utilities. They do work closely with CHC; their program is covered 100% by Medicare. For those seniors who do not qualify for Medicare, Angels Care will work with their insurance or assist to find another home health facility that is affordable to the client. Further information can be found at or 620-232-2922.
  1. February program will be presented by MeagThe han Russell, USD 235. Meaghan will tell us about their Teammates program. Barbara Longhofer, Kansas Guardianship Program, will present the March program.
  1. Open Forum: Billie Jo reminded members that there will be no General Membership meeting in January due to the first Wednesday being January 1.
  1. Adjournment: Next meeting will be February 5, 2020.

Backwoods Holiday Shopping Dec. 7

Backwoods Holiday Shopping event is Saturday Dec. 7.

Admission is a free-will donation of non-perishable food for Uniontown First Missionary Baptist Church,  whose Pastor  is Marty Dewitt.

The event host is  Perry’s Pork Rinds LLC.

 Rosie’s Cabin is the venue, located at 563 Maple Road Uniontown, just 20 minutes from downtown Fort Scott.
Vendors will be selling from 9 am-4 pm on  Dec. 7.
Free photos will be taken by  Erika George Photography from 10 a.m. to noon.
Wine sales/samples will be  from noon-4 p.m.
Online Give Away/Door Prizes- prize pick up during the event from 9-1.
The paid sponsors are:Kelly Hall – Tupperware, Misty Miles- Smart Coffee, (Sales Partners) Danny Becker and Angela Foust – Country Roads Wood Specialties and Angela’s Hometown Boutique.

Tiger Baseball Fundraiser: Hats For Sale

Fort Scott Tiger Baseball
is having a hat sale fundraiser
just in time for the perfect
Christmas gift!
Click here to order.
These hats are a new, top quality style with a leather
Tiger Baseball emblem.
These styles & more included
on the link above.
Orders received on or before Monday, Dec. 9 are guaranteed to arrive in time for Christmas.
Tiger Baseball
THANKS you in advance
for your support!
Coach Josh Regan & Team
Click here to email Josh with
questions or for more info.

Red Cross Blood Drive Dec. 17

The Red Cross will conduct a blood drive Tuesday, December 17 from 1 PM to 7 PM and Wednesday, December 18 from 9 AM to 1 PM at Buckrun Community Center, 735 Scott Ave, in Fort Scott.

People wanting to donate may walk in during the hours listed, however according to drive chairwoman Ruth Waring, it is better to call and make an appointment so that you can start the blood donation procedure right away when you arrive.

The phone number to call to schedule an appointment is 620–2 23–5946.