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Obituary of Angela Clark

Angela Jo Clark, age 50, a resident of Chanute, Kansas, passed away Tuesday, April 23, 2019, at the University of Kansas Medical Center in Kansas City, Kansas.
She was born November 25, 1968, in Ft. Scott, Kansas, the daughter of Richard Francis Pent and Janice Ilene Smith Pent.  Angela graduated from the Ft. Scott High School with the Class of 1987.
She married Kevin Clark on June 3, 2006, in Ft. Scott.  Angela worked as an insurance customer service representative for Epoch Group and then Cobalt.  She was currently employed by Cognizant.
She enjoyed spending time with her children and grandchildren and trying to beat her husband, Kevin, at Phase 10.  She also liked to read romance novels and make regular shopping trips to Wal-Mart.
Survivors include her husband, Kevin, of the home; her son, Mitchell Pent and wife, Rebecca and their daughter, Kairi, of Park City, Kansas; her two daughters, Kelsey Grubb and husband, Sam, and their child, Sammy, of Ft. Scott, Kansas; and Amber Ripple and husband, Steven, and their children, Olivia and Maverick, also of Ft. Scott; two step-sons, Jerry Schultz and wife, Lisa, and their children, Hunter, Haydon, Libby, Jessica, Jordan, Mercedes and Koltan, of Ft. Scott; Steven Schultz and his daughter, Danyelle, of Chanute and a step-daughter, Amanda Wolfe and her children, Breana, Chloe, Caleb, Tanner and Mason, of Chanute, Kansas.  Also surviving are her mother, Janice Pent, of Ft. Scott, a brother, Patrick Pent, of Gardner, Kansas and two sisters, Ronda Eastwood of Overland Park, Kansas and Tracy Jordan, of Hamilton, Ohio.
She was preceded in death by her father and a brother, Richard Pent, Jr.
Funeral services will be held at 1:00 P.M. Monday, April 29th at the Cheney Witt Chapel.
Burial will follow in the Evergreen Cemetery.
The family will receive friends from 2 to 4 P.M. Sunday afternoon at the Cheney Witt Chapel.  Memorials are suggested to the American Heart Association and may be left in care of the Cheney Witt Chapel, 201 S. Main, P.O. Box 347, Ft. Scott, KS 66701.  Words of remembrance may be submitted to the online guestbook at

Come To The Fort For Living History April 27-28

A sewing circle. NPS photo.
History re-enactors and volunteers will be portraying life during the Civil War era at Fort Scott National Historic Site this weekend, April 27-28
The Holmes Brigade, 8th Missouri State Militia Cavalry, Western Bluecoats Field Hospital, Friends of Fort Scott NHS, Inc., and Fort Scott National Historic Site volunteers  will be demonstrating cooking, sewing, period games, and other activities about life at the fort during this time period.

The artillery. NPS photo.
The times for the events:


  • 9:00 a.m.             Raising the Colors
  • 10:00 a.m.           Infantry Drill and Weapons Demonstration
  • 10:30 a.m.           Lunette Blair Block House Program
  • 10:45 a.m.           Cooking Demonstrations:  (All day)
  • 11:00 a.m.           Cavalry Drill
  • 11:30 a.m.           An Arm and a Leg: The Cost of Surgery
  • 12:00 noon          Artillery Drill and Weapons Demonstration
  • 1:00 p.m.             Ordered  To Be Shot: Civil War Courts Martial
  • 2:00 p.m.             Infantry Drill and Weapons Demonstration
  • 2:30 p.m.             An Arm and a Leg: The Cost of Surgery
  • 3:00 p.m.             Artillery Drill and Weapons Demonstration
  • 4:00 p.m.             Flag Retreat


  • 9:00 a.m.              Raising the Colors
  • 10:00 a.m.           Church Service
  • 11:00 a.m.           Cooking Demonstration
  • 11:30 a.m.           Infantry Dress Parade and Inspection
  • 12:00 noon          Artillery Drill and Weapons Demonstration
  • 1:00 p.m.             Cavalry Drill
  • 1:30 p.m.             An Arm and a Leg: The Cost of Surgery
  • 2:00 p.m.             Infantry Drill and Weapons Demonstration
  • 2:30 p.m.             Conceived in Liberty:  An Interpretive Dialog
  • 3:00 p.m.             Artillery Drill and Weapons Demonstration

The address of the fort is 1 Old Fort Blvd, Fort Scott,  at the north end of Main Street.

The infantry. NPS photo.
Submitted by:
Carl Brenner
Chief of Interpretation and Resource Management
Fort Scott National Historic Site (
Cell – 785-521-5371
Office – 620-223-0310

Kansas Gov. Kelly’s First 100 Days

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Governor Kelly’s first 100 days rebuilding Kansas
Outlines accomplishments, addresses the unfinished business of Medicaid Expansion

One hundred days into her tenure as the 48th Governor of Kansas, Laura Kelly is reflecting on her accomplishments, highlighting successes and addressing the unfinished business of passing Medicaid expansion.

“When I gave my inaugural address on January 14, I stood in front of three banners with the words: equality, education and opportunity,” Kelly said. “These are the principles that have guided my first 100 days in office. And they are the principles that will guide us as we work to invest in our future and grow our economy. ”

In addition to the accomplishments outlined below, Kelly followed through on her promise to appoint a highly-qualified, bipartisan cabinet of Kansas leaders focused on rebuilding state agencies decimated by previous administrations.


“I was elected to rebuild Kansas and we’re already making progress,” Kelly said. “My team has increased transparency and accountability in our government and restored responsible, commonsense leadership that addresses the priorities of Kansas families.”

Kelly has taken significant steps towards stabilizing the state’s budget and investing in key priorities, like schools and roads. However, one critical issue is left unfinished: Medicaid expansion. In her fifteenth consecutive Kansan to Kansan weekly video, shared on Facebook earlier today, she called on Senate leadership to stop blocking progress on Medicaid expansion.

“We’re halfway there – but that’s not good enough. When the legislature returns on May 1st, they need to vote on Medicaid expansion,” Kelly said. “Over 77 percent of Kansans want expansion to happen. The Senate President and Majority Leader need to stop playing games with taxpayers’ health care and get it done. Two of my biggest town halls were in their districts and the response was overwhelming and undeniably in favor of expansion. Kansans are counting on us.”

100 days rebuilding Kansas

Day 1:
On her first full day in office, Governor Kelly signed Executive Order 19-02, reinstating protections to state employees who are gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender.

Day 4:
Kelly submitted a balanced budget to the Kansas Legislature nearly three weeks ahead of schedule; a budget that paid down debt, invested in key priorities like schools, highways and Medicaid expansion, and provided the state with the largest ending balance in twenty years – all without a tax increase.

Day 15:
Kelly introduced a bipartisan plan to expand Medicaid on Kansas Day.

Day 32:
Kelly joined Secretary of Transportation Julie Lorenz in announcing plans to invest $160 million in Kansas’ transportation system, as part of the Governor’s FY 2020 budget. This included four new projects from the T-Works program.

Day 39:
Lt. Governor Lynn Rogers launched the Rural Healthcare Tour, as part of building the Office of Rural Prosperity. As of today, he has visited seventeen communities across Kansas: Emporia, Marysville, Garden City, Hutchinson, McPherson, Dodge City, Hays, Russell, Ottawa, El Dorado, Council Grove, Goodland, Abilene, Leavenworth, Junction City, Chanute and Pittsburg.

Day 42:
Kelly announced new transparency initiatives at the Department for Children and Families, designed to improve the agency’s efforts to locate children who are absent or have run away.

Day 53:
Kelly signs Senate Bill 9 which repaid $115 million debt to our state retirement system.

Day 82:
Kelly squarely established herself as the ‘education governor’ by signing a bipartisan school funding plan into law. The education plan, if approved by the Kansas Supreme Court, could bring an end to decades of legislative debates and legal challenges surrounding education funding. This followed the signing of Executive Order 19-03 in January, establishing the Governor’s Council on Education and the restoration of the previous administration’s cuts to the Children’s Initiatives Fund.

Day 85:
Kelly completed four town hall discussions during the 2019 legislative session. In total, over 15,000 Kansans attended these town halls in-person or online via Facebook live.

Day 99:
Kelly signed Executive Order 19-07, establishing the Kansas Complete Count Committee, in support of a statewide strategy that ensures every Kansan is counted in the upcoming census. The data collected in the census will inform how the federal government distributed much-needed funding for Kansas roads, schools, hospitals, emergency services and much more.

Day 100:
As of this day, Kelly has signed over 100 proclamations and her constituent services team has opened nearly 2,000 cases on behalf of hardworking Kansans. Of those opened cases, 1,800 have been closed.


Chamber Coffee at Peerless April 25

Join us for Chamber Coffee
Hosted by:

Peerless Products, Inc.

2403 S. Main St.
Thursday, April 25th, 2019
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by clicking 

Chamber members and guests are encouraged to attend for networking, community announcements, and to learn about the hosting business or organization.
Members may pay $1 to make an announcement about an upcoming event, special/sale/discount, or news of any kind.
Upcoming Coffees:
May 2 – National Day of Prayer Breakfast (Pioneer Kiwanis and
Cheney Witt)
May 9 – Woodland Hills Golf Course (City of Fort Scott)
May 16 – Fort Scott Paws & Claws

Older Worker, Disabilities/Discouraged, Ex Offenders Job Focus Groups April 24: Get $ To Attend

Job Seeker Focus Groups Participants Wanted
TOMORROW, April 24th at
Fort Scott Community College
Hosted by Wichita State University’s Public Policy and Management Center, in coordination with
Wichita State University’s Public Policy and Management Center will host
Job Seeker Focus Groups
at Fort Scott Community College on
April 24th.
These sessions are in coordination with Southeast KANSASWORKS. The purpose of the focus groups is to gain feedback from individuals seeking employment who have barriers in finding a job or changing/advancing in their career.
There will be three sessions targeting the following audiences:
  • older workers
  • individuals with disabilities or those who are discouraged in their job search
  • ex-offenders
We are interested in learning about the participants’ job search, both successes and challenges. The focus groups will last approximately 90 minutes.
Focus group discussion will center on searching for a job, improving computer skills, using technology, interviewing with employers, dealing with challenges in getting to work, training at work, and more!
Refreshments will be served, and attendees will receive a $25 gift card for participating.
Seating is limited!
8:30am- Older Workers
10:30am- Job Seekers with Disabilities and those who are Discouraged
2:00pm- Ex Offenders
Fort Scott Community College
Administration Building- Greyhound Room
2108 South Horton
Fort Scott, Kansas 66701
Please call 316-978-6419
for more information

2020 Census is Important

Governor Kelly highlights importance of accurate 2020 Census
Creates Kansas Complete Count Committee, appoints co-chairs

This morning, through Executive Order 19-07, Governor Laura Kelly launched an initiative to make every Kansan count. She established the Kansas Complete Count Committee (CCC) to ensure that every Kansan is represented in the 2020 Census.

A CCC is a volunteer committee established by tribal, state and local governments and community leaders or organizations to increase awareness and motivate residents to respond to the 2020 Census.

“As Governor, I’m committed to ensuring the data we collect is as accurate as possible,” Kelly said. “The data collected in the Census informs how the federal government distributes funds to our state – through 55 different federal programs. And it’s these funds that help to pay for roads, schools, hospitals, emergency services and much more.”

Getting an accurate count in the Census is paramount. Census population totals determine the number of seats each state has in the United States House of Representatives. State totals are also used to redraw legislative and school districts.

For every person not counted in the Census, Kansas stands to lose $1,539 in federal funds per year for 10 years.

“The Census matters because it impacts everything from school lunches to libraries to wastewater systems,” Secretary of Commerce David Toland said. “It’s vital to Kansas businesses and communities that we have a full and accurate count in 2020, and Commerce is honored to work hand in hand with the Committee and local partners to make sure that happens.”

Brian McClendon of Lawrence and Joyce Warshaw of Dodge City will serve as co-chairs of the Kansas Complete Count Committee. McClendon is a professor at the University of Kansas and the former Vice President of Google and Uber. Warshaw serves on the Board of Directors for the Kansas League of Municipalities and is a Dodge City Commissioner.

CCCs already are operating in Sedgwick, Johnson, and Wyandotte counties, with others being formed across Kansas. Additional members of the Kansas CCC will be announced at a later date.

“Next year, on April 1, I encourage Kansans to respond to the Census, and be sure to count everyone living in your household,” Kelly said. “That includes children and newborn babies. Everyone needs to be counted.”

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