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Southpaw Preachers In Concert Saturday At Liberty Theater

The Southpaw Preachers
of Dallas, Texas
in concert
Liberty Theatre
Downtown Fort Scott

This Saturday night, 8:30pm

Purchase tickets online here,

or call 620-224-9787.
Tickets are $35 floor, $25 upstairs.
This powerhouse band draws their inspiration from hard-hitting funk, soul, R&B, and rock. Southpaw blends both original music and covers into their diverse sets and are known for folding a uniquely asymmetrical sound into well-loved songs.
Click here for music video.
Click here for Southpaw Preachers Facebook page.
Click here for Liberty Theatre’s Facebook page.
Click here for Liberty Theatre’s website.
Make reservations for dinner before the show
at Crooner’s Lounge!
Click here for Crooner’s Facebook page.
Call or text 620-224-9787 for reservations.

Governor Colyer Unveils Child Support Evaders Initiative

TOPEKA – Governor Jeff Colyer is pleased to announce a new initiative to increase child support collections for Kansas families and children.

On Thursday, Gov. Colyer, along with Kansas Department for Children and Families (DCF) Secretary Gina Meier-Hummel and others unveiled the Child Support Evaders webpage. The webpage features nearly a dozen individuals who owe back child support in excess of $5,000 each.

“Child support is a key component to a families’ economic stability,” said Governor Colyer. “Far too many families in our state are left to rely on public assistance when the other parent should be supporting their children financially and emotionally. I am hopeful that this program encourages those who are behind on child support payments to work with us and take advantage of the services we offer to help them meet their commitments, including fatherhood grants, arrears programs, electronic payments and access to GED and career training.”

The evader webpage is housed on the DCF website, where the public can view the photos of some evaders, along with the number of children for whom support is court ordered, and the total amount of back child support owed per evader. Evaders listed will be updated on a quarterly basis. Kansas joins other states such as Texas and Arizona in implementing child support evader initiatives.

“We are here to help Kansas families obtain the child support that is owed them,” said DCF Secretary Gina Meier-Hummel. “We are also here to encourage non-custodial parents to get involved, because we know that parents who support their children financially are also more involved in their children’s lives in other ways, leading to better outcomes.”

DCF’s Child Support Services (CSS) is charged with establishing and enforcing child support obligations for 140,000 cases. Over the last decade, the caseload has increased by 7 percent. Last federal fiscal year, CSS collected $205.7 million. However, in that same time period, $840 million remained owed to Kansas families. For every $1 spent on the child support program, $5.90 is collected for child support.

To report the whereabouts of a child support evader, log onto You can also call 1-888-7-KS-CHILD (1-888-757-2445). Tips can be submitted unanimously.

Obituary Of John Rankin

John Wesley Rankin, age 56, a lifetime resident of Ft. Scott, KS, died Monday, April 9, 2018, at his home.

He was born February 22, 1962, in Ft. Scott, the son of Marvin and Marilee Wiley Rankin. He graduated from Ft. Scott High School. John enjoyed playing computer games, collecting model cars, shooting pool, and spending time with his dog Matilda.

Surviving is his sister, Jane Rankin, Ft. Scott. He was preceded in death by his parents.

There was cremation.

A memorial service will be held at 2:00 Tuesday afternoon, April 17, at the Cheney Witt Chapel, 201 S. Main, Ft. Scott.

Private burial will take place in the West Liberty Cemetery. Donations are suggested to the John Rankin 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

Obituary Of Harold Cagle

Harold G. Cagle, age 77, a resident of rural Ft. Scott, Kansas, passed away Monday, April 9, 2018, at his home.
He was born June 6, 1940, in Stidham, Oklahoma, the son of Charles Cagle and Alicia Davis Cagle.  Harold served in the United States Army from 1957 to 1959.
He married Debra Newton on July 8, 1977, at Enid, Oklahoma.
In earlier years, Harold worked as a truck driver.  He later owned and operated the Gold Nugget which later became the Fifth Wheel for many years.  Harold enjoyed fishing, playing pool and playing cards.  He was also an avid Elvis fan.
Survivors include his wife, Debbie, of the home; seven children, Alicia Cagle, Debbie Cagle and Teresa Guzman, all of California; Chris Holt, of Ft. Scott, Natacha Dial, and husband, Bruce, of Halltown, Missouri, Harold Lee Cagle, of Ft. Scott and Jodi Cagle-Kirby, and husband, Terry, of Uniontown, Kansas.  Also surviving are several grandchildren including Charles Anthony Lee Cagel, Joseph Aaron Cagle, Aubri Ann Cagle, Jadien Holt and Lillian Holt who make there home with Harold and Debbie, as well as several great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.  He was preceded in death by his father, Charles Cagle and his mother, Alicia Trexler.
There was cremation.
A graveside memorial service will be held at 12:30 P.M. Friday, April 13
at the U.S. National Cemetery.  Military Honors will be provided by the Olson Frary Burkhart Post #1165 Veterans of Foreign Wars.  Friends and family will meet at the cemetery.

The family will receive friends Thursday evening from 5 to 7 P.M. at the Cheney Witt Chapel.  Memorials are suggested to the Alzheimer’s Association and may be left in the 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