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Mercy Hospital Auxiliary will host the Flash Sale (formerly known as Books are Fun Sale) on Thursday, April 26 from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Friday, April 27 from 7 a.m. – 2 p.m. in the Mercy Hospital main lobby.

The sale is the perfect opportunity to purchase gifts for special occasions, holidays and even graduation.

The two-day fundraising event will feature hundreds of books for all ages at exceptional savings. Softback, hardback, and even coffee table books are available for purchase. Also for sale are stationary, music, home décor and items for the kitchen. Visa, MasterCard, Discover, and American Express are accepted. Mercy co-workers have a payroll deduction option, too.

The Mercy Hospital Auxiliary is a volunteer organization that raises money to benefit the hospital and provides scholarships for a nursing student at Fort Scott Community College.

Over the years, Mercy Auxiliary has donated over $900,000 to Mercy Hospital for state-of-the-art equipment, supplies and upgrading of services for the patients’ benefit through vending machine sales, proceeds of sales in the Mercy Market Place gift shop, and other specialty sales. Collectively, auxiliary members volunteer the equivalent of almost 6 full-time co-workers in hours of service each year to the hospital.

Obituary Of Ronald Button

Ronald “Ronnie” Button, age 80, a resident of Ft. Scott, KS, died Friday, April 20, 2018, at his home.

He was born June 2, 1937, in Ft. Scott, the son of Merle and Mable Dunham Button.

He married Betty Jean Kutina on January 17, 1955, in Ft. Scott. Ronnie jointly owned and operated Button’s Salvage Yard for over 30 years. He also worked at Wal-Mart for 10 years. He could always be located by listening for his whistle.

In their younger years, Ronnie and Betty like to bowl. He collected antiques and pictures of people and places in Ft. Scott and Belltown. He also liked to visit the casinos. He loved spending time with family, especially the grandkids who called him “Poppy”.

Survivors include his wife Betty of the home; three children, Johnny Button of the home, Teresa Vanderpool and husband John, Uniontown, KS, and Cheryl Russell and husband Larry, Ft. Scott; seven grandchildren, Michael, Justin, and Nick Russell, Josh and Cody Vanderpool, Menda Candido, and Kayla Bunnel; eight  great- grandchildren; siblings Ralph “Pewee” Button and wife Charlotte, Ft. Scott, Merlene Button, Ft. Scott, Mary Button, Ft. Scott, Donnie Ray Button, Ft. Scott, and Judy Snow and husband Larry, Mapleton, KS; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by a brother, Bobbie Button; five sisters, infant Patsy Button, Tammy Meriman, Shirley Armstrong, Bonnie Phillips and Patty Smith; granddaughter, Melissa Lynn Russell; and his parents.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00 PM Wednesday, April 25th, at the Cheney Witt Chapel. Burial will follow in the Memory Gardens Cemetery. The family will receive friends from1:00 until service time Wednesday prior to the service. Memorials are suggested to the Ronnie Button Memorial Fund and may be left in the care of the Cheney Witt Chapel, PO Box 347, 201 S. Main, Ft. Scott, KS 66701. Words of remembrance may be submitted to the online guestbook at

Efforts To Improve Child Welfare

DCF Secretary to Announce Efforts to Improve Child Welfare System

Policy, procedure, training changes and new foster care contracts

TOPEKA – Since her appointment as Kansas Department for Children and Families (DCF) Secretary, Gina Meier-Hummel has spent the last four months carefully reviewing the child welfare system and exploring ways to improve foster care services, licensing, training, family preservation services, adoption support and more.

Although her top-to-bottom review continues, with the assistance of national experts, she is pleased to announce an exciting move forward, with new foster care contracts for Kansas’ privatized child welfare system.

The new contracts will be designed to, among other things, streamline services, promote safety and permanency, increase accountability and prioritize keeping families safely together.

As the Request for Proposal is prepared to solicit bids, the Secretary is seeking the public’s suggestions for improvement that should be included in the new contracts. A Request for Information (RFI) process begins today.

For one week, DCF will offer the public the ability to provide suggestions for the new contracts through an online submission form, available at

A public comment meeting is also planned, from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday, April 24, at the DCF Administration Building, 555 S. Kansas Ave.

Further details, along with information about recent improvements to the child welfare system, will be announced during a news conference on Monday, April 23, in Topeka.

Obituary Of Joan Dickson

Joan M. Dickson, age 88, a resident of Easton, Maryland., passed away on Oct. 25, 2017, at the University of Maryland Shore Medical Center in Easton.
She was preceded in death by her husband, James “Jim” Dickson; her parents, Dr. Charles and Wilma Mosley; and her sister, Helen Louise Dix.
Joan is survived by her nephew, Steven Dix (Nancy); and her cousins, Marjorie Midili and Conrad Mowrey (Jean).
Joan worked for the U.S. government until her retirement. She loved all animals, especially cats. Two of her favorite ones, Harry and Mia, also preceded her in death, and she dearly missed them. Joan knew that animals if treated fairly, would only return love and loyalty a lesson she wished all would better learn.
Joan was a Master Gardener and was frequently consulted for her advice on gardens, flowers, trees, and grasses. If she didn’t know the answer, she would research it and quickly get back to you.
Joan fought through a number of adversities throughout her life, never complaining about any and always rising above them. Even various cancers found an especially formidable opponent in Joan. She was a strong woman. Bitterness and anger were never part of Joan’s life, rather she presented kindness, a caring way, dependability and fairness combined with an interesting sense of humor.
A graveside service will be held at 11:00 A.M. Thursday, April 26th at the Evergreen Cemetery in Ft Scott, Kansas.  Family and friends will meet at the cemetery.  Services are under the direction of the Cheney Witt Chapel, 201 S. Main, Ft. Scott, Kansas.  Words of remembrance may be submitted to the online guestbook at

New Kansas Website For Posting of Meetings

Governor Colyer announces the launch of Kansas Public Square

TOPEKA _ Gov. Jeff Colyer, MD., announced Friday the launch of Kansas Public Square, the state’s new website for posting meetings and minutes, adding a new layer of transparency in state government.

“The framers of our Kansas Constitution had it right when they stated that ‘all political power is inherent to the people,’” Colyer said. “Through the development of Kansas Public Square, we are ensuring our citizens are informed about their government and have the opportunity to speak up and be heard.”

Governor Colyer ordered the creation of a public meeting website with the signing of Executive Order 18-08. All Cabinet agencies, boards, and commissions under the authority of the Governor are required to post notification of all meetings subject to the Kansas Open Meetings Act. The order was one of several signed by Governor Colyer during his first days in office, aimed at improving government transparency and accountability.

Kansas Public Square was developed by the Department of Administration and the Office of Information Technology Services. The site allows for users to see meetings on a daily, weekly and monthly format, searching by the agency, board or commission. Users have the option to download the meeting notice directly to their Outlook, iCal and Google calendars.

The new site is also responsive to users whether on a PC, tablet or mobile device.

“We developed Public Square with the user in mind, incorporating features that will make it easier for citizens and others to be informed about when their government is conducting business,” said John Milburn, Director of Legislative and Public Affairs for the Department of Administration. “The site is intended to complement existing practices for notifying the public about meetings.”

The site can be found at