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Fort Scott American Legion Thompson-Harkey Post 25 Scuttlebutt

 

 

Post Service Officer Myra Jowers will no longer hold office hours on Tuesdays at Memorial Hall. She will meet with anyone, by appointment, who has questions about filing VA claims, who need a second set of eyes to review their claims or help understand VA documents they have received in the mail. Her service is free and is for anyone, Veteran or family member, who wish to file a claim or appeal a denied claim. She can be reached at myrajowers@ymail.com or 620.215.1286 to schedule an appointment.

 

Our Post 25 American Legion Oratorical competition is Saturday, January 26, 2019. The competition starts promptly at 9 am and will be held at the First Southern Baptist Church. All Post 25 members, their families and friends of the Legion are invited to attend. The winner of the Post Oratorical competition will move on to the District oratorical competition to be held in February in Olathe.

 

The first shuttle run for the Fort Scott/Topeka VA Medical Center is Tuesday, February 5. The shuttle will run every Tuesday morning. Any area Vet needing a ride for a medical appointment should call 785-925-0261 for more information or to reserve a seat. All Vets riding the shuttle must have medical appointments between 9 am and 1 pm. The deadline for scheduling a seat is 5 pm, Monday, February 4. 

I am proud to announce that once again Fort Scott American Legion Thompson-Harkey Post 25 leads the Department of Kansas in membership this week. Our 2019 goal was 51 members. Our current membership is at 130% and 67 members. We are 16 members over our goal. By way of comparison, Grainfield Post 301 in District 6, is in 2nd place for membership at 115%. Thanks to all members who have made Fort Scott Post 25 a highly visible and active Legion Post in the Department of Kansas.

Legion merchandise can be ordered through Emblem Sales: https://emblem.legion.org/.  Contact  if ordering a Legion cap to insure  cap has the correct lettering.

 

 Upcoming Events

 

January 26. Post 25 Oratorical competition at 9 am at the First Southern Baptist Church.

January 31. Post 25 Executive Committee meets in Memorial Hall at 6 pm. Post 25 is member driven. Please make Post 25 Executive Committee members aware of any suggestions or thoughts you may have about improving  Post 25.

February 1-3. The Mid-Winter Forum is open to all Legionnaires and offers every member, especially Post leaders and chairmen, the opportunity to learn more about The American Legion, its programs and the direction each program is expected to take if there are any changes being considered, including changes directed by National Headquarters.  In addition, the Forum provides information about how and why The American Legion functions in the manner we do as an organization. More information about the forum is available at https://ksamlegion.org/view/document/sunflower2019q1.pdf.

 

February 4. Post 25 meet and greet at 6:30 pm. Come and enjoy the fellowship of other Veterans. Bring an eligible Veteran to visit our Post.

 

February 4. Post 25 general membership meeting at 7 pm. Our membership meetings are open to all. SAL members are strongly encouraged to attend.

 

February 5. Fort Scott/Topeka VA Medical Center shuttle departs Pete’s Convenience Store, 1920 South Main Street, parking lot at 615 am. Vets needing a ride for a medical appointment must call 785-925-0261 to schedule a seat.

 

March 4. Post 25 meet and greet at 6:30 pm. Come and enjoy the fellowship of other Veterans. Bring an eligible Veteran to visit our Post.

 

March 4. Post 25 general membership meeting at 7 pm. Our membership meetings are open to all. SAL members are strongly encouraged to attend.

 

April 1. Post 25 meet and greet at 6:30 pm. Come and enjoy the fellowship of other Veterans. Bring an eligible Veteran to visit our Post.

 

April 1. Post 25 general membership meeting at 7 pm. Our membership meetings are open to all. SAL members are strongly encouraged to attend.

 

Remember to check out Post 25 on Facebook. It contains current information pertaining to Veterans and their families.

 

Carl Jowers. Commander

Fort Scott American Legion Post 25

Telephone: 620.215.1688

Email: carljowers@gmail.com

Obituary for Jack Leroy Colvin

Jack Leroy Colvin

Jack Leroy Colvin, age 82, resident of Garland, KS, died Friday, January 18, 2019, at his home. He was born January 9, 1937, in Ft. Scott, KS, the son of Gene and Maurine Carson Colvin.

He graduated from Uniontown high school with the class of 1954. Jack married Shirley Richmond in 1962 in Miami, OK.

Jack worked several jobs throughout his life, mostly in pest control. He was an avid sportsman, raising dogs which won several competitions. He was a big Kansas City Chiefs fan and enjoyed collecting coins. Jack could be ornery on occasion and even a little stubborn, never afraid to tell it like it was. He loved spending time with his family.

Survivors include his wife Shirley of the home; four daughters, Jacque Colvin Doty, Ft. Scott, Patrice Flanagan and husband Pat, Carthage, MO, Donna Truitt and husband David, Hutchinson, KS, and Pam Colvin Hagerman, Garland, KS; two sisters, Donna Carrington, Overland Park, KS, and Sharon Ashcraft and husband Dave, Ft. Scott; 12 grandchildren, Brooke, Brad, Brittany, Brian, Rodney, Orion, Kayla, Tabetha, Crystal, Chris, Calli, and Dalton; and 13 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by two sons, Michael and Terry Colvin; an infant sister, Karen Colvin; and his parents.

Pastor Rick Womack will conduct funeral services at 2:00 PM Friday, January 25th, at the Cheney Witt Chapel.

Burial will follow in the Clarksburg cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 6:00 until 8:00 Thursday evening at the Cheney Witt Chapel.

Memorials are suggested to the Jack Colvin Memorial Fund and may be left in 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 cheneywitt.com.

Death Notice for Lelah Burgess

Lelah Marie Burgess, age 83, a former resident of Ft. Scott, Kansas, passed away Wednesday, January 16, 2019, at the Pittsburg Health & Rehab Center in Pittsburg, Kansas.  Funeral services for Lelah Burgess will be announced by the Cheney Witt Chapel, 201 S. Main, Ft. Scott, Kansas.

 

 

 

What’s Happening in Fort Scott

 

RADIO AUCTION – KOMB All Hit 103.9 FM – Starts Jan. 16 through first week of March, every Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday. Listen for details!
Moran Manor Skilled Nursing by Americare has openings for CNA’s – see flyer below
Care to Share (“The Sharing Bucket”) will be hosting the 5th Annual “TaTa” Ride on June 15th, 2019 and an “AR-15 Gun Raffle”. Raffle tickets are $5 each and on sale now! ATF Regulations apply. Contact Stacey Wright for tickets or more info. (See flyer below)

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Weekly Livestock Sale at Fort Scott Livestock Market. Starting at 10am on both Fridays & Saturdays
Fridays:  Cows, Pairs, Big Bulls
Saturdays:  Stocker & Feeder Cattle, followed by any cows & bulls that come in late Friday & Saturday. Cafe open both sale days. You don’t have to be a buyer, just to come watch the sale and visit the cafe!
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Eat Smart, Live Strong class – Fort Scott Professional Building (formerly Newman Young Clinic), each Friday in January, 10:30am-12:00pm

Enjoy fun and lively activities with other older adults! Talk about easy ways to make smart food choices and exercise more

Contact Malynda Payne, K-State Research and Extension Nutrition Assistant, mpayne@ksu.edu, or call (620)768-9459 for more information
18 Friendship Soup Lunch hosted by First United Methodist Church – Fellowship Hall, 301 S. National, lower level, 11:30am-1pm

Chili, a variety of soups, desserts, and a drink will be served for a free will donation. All are welcome!

19 4th Annual Care to Share Pool Tournament at Holmtown Pub – 206 N. National Ave., Fort Scott

Jack and Jill Scottish doubles. Double elimination, race to 3 on the winners’ side, race to 2 on the losers’ side. 16 team limit. Register at the pub. $40 pre-registration. Player auction will begin at 11am, with play to begin immediately after

19 Artist of the Month, Al Letner of Chicopee Pottery, will be at Hedgehog.INK, 16 S. Main St., 3pm

Mr. Letner will give a presentation and share techniques

21 Martin Luther King Day (Federal Holiday)
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Martin Luther King Day “Lunch and Learn” – FSCC Gordon Parks Museum in Ellis Fine Arts Center – 2108 S. Horton St.

Bring your lunch – drinks and dessert provided

21 Community Book Club meeting – location to be determined, 7pm

Book: Where The Crawdads Sing, by Delia Owens. E-mail sibs1976@yahoo.com for more info

22-23 Story Time – Fort Scott Public Library,                        201 S. National Ave., 10-11am
22 T.O.P.S Meeting – Buck Run Community Center,
3-4pm
22 Fort Scott Kiwanis Meeting – FSCC Heritage Room, 12-1pm (Hedges Administrative Building)
22 Chamber Board Meeting – Papa Don’s, 10 N. Main St., 12pm-1pm
23 Breakfast Bingo at BRCC – 735 Scott Ave., 9-10am, 2nd & 4th Wednesdays of each month

Come drink some coffee and play some bingo at Buck Run. Staff will provide bingo cards, the caller, and the coffee. Prizes provided by the Fort Scott Recreation Commission

23 Rotary Meeting – Presbyterian Church,                   308 S. Crawford St., 12-1pm
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Adult Coloring Program – Fort Scott Public Library, 201 S. National Ave., 2-4pm

Join us in the library events room for a relaxing afternoon of coloring and conversation. Library provides coloring pages, pens and pencils, and snacks. Bring your own beverage of choice (no alcohol, please)
23
TAG (Teen Advisory Group) – Fort Scott Public Library, 201 S. National Ave., 4-5pm

Exclusively for middle and high school students. We have meetings weekly, including a games & snack night, a community service project, a book club meeting, and a craft night each month. Make a difference in your community while having fun at TAG! Each meeting includes food, drinks, and a good time with your fellow teens. Bring your friends!
24
Join us for the weekly Chamber Coffee of the Fort Scott Area Chamber of Commerce at 8am. This week’s Chamber Coffee will be hosted by Sharky’s Pub & Grub

Location: 16 N. National Ave.
24
Pioneer Kiwanis Meeting – FSCC Heritage Room, 12pm
24 Thursday Card Players – Buck Run Community Center, 735 Scott Ave., 6-9pm. Free weekly event to anyone that wants to play cards, drink coffee, eat snacks, and socialize
25-26
Weekly Livestock Sale at Fort Scott Livestock Market. Starting at 10am on both Fridays & Saturdays
Fridays:  Cows, Pairs, Big Bulls
Saturdays:  Stocker & Feeder Cattle, followed by any cows & bulls that come in late Friday & Saturday. Cafe open both sale days. You don’t have to be a buyer, just to come watch the sale and visit the cafe!
25
Eat Smart, Live Strong class – Fort Scott Professional Building (formerly Newman Young Clinic), each Friday in January, 10:30am-12:00pm

Enjoy fun and lively activities with other older adults! Talk about easy ways to make smart food choices and exercise more

Contact Malynda Payne, K-State Research and Extension Nutrition Assistant, mpayne@ksu.edu, or call (620)768-9459 for more information
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Meet the Author Elana A. Mugdan at Hedgehog.INK – 16 S. Main St., 4pm
Hedgehog.INK’s 1st ever in-store author event!

Meet and greet author Elana A. Mugdan. Her book, “Dragon Speaker” is Book 1 of The Shadow War Saga, and is available for purchase at the store

There will be an author talk, Q & A and book signing. Light refreshments provided (See flyer below)

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Care to Share Fundraiser Auction @ 4-H Building, 2102 S. Huntington Blvd., Fort Scott

Wonderful items have been donated for this fundraiser auction. Please plan to come! One day sale – will go quick! Lunch will be served: pulled pork, chips, drinks, pies

29-30 Story Time – Fort Scott Public Library,                        201 S. National Ave., 10-11am
29 T.O.P.S Meeting – Buck Run Community Center,
3-4pm
29 Fort Scott Kiwanis Meeting – FSCC Heritage Room, 12-1pm (Hedges Administrative Building)
30 Rotary Meeting – Presbyterian Church,                   308 S. Crawford St., 12-1pm
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Adult Coloring Program – Fort Scott Public Library, 201 S. National Ave., 2-4pm

Join us in the library events room for a relaxing afternoon of coloring and conversation. Library provides coloring pages, pens and pencils, and snacks. Bring your own beverage of choice (no alcohol, please)
30
TAG (Teen Advisory Group) – Fort Scott Public Library, 201 S. National Ave., 4-5pm

Exclusively for middle and high school students. We have meetings weekly, including a games & snack night, a community service project, a book club meeting, and a craft night each month. Make a difference in your community while having fun at TAG! Each meeting includes food, drinks, and a good time with your fellow teens. Bring your friends!
31
Join us for the weekly Chamber Coffee of the Fort Scott Area Chamber of Commerce at 8am. This week’s Chamber Coffee will be hosted by Southwind Extension District

Location: 100 S. Main St.
31 Pioneer Kiwanis Meeting – FSCC Heritage Room, 12pm
31 Learning to Navigate Your Smartphone and Tablet for Seniors – Fort Scott Presbyterian Village, 2401 S. Horton, 2:30-3:30pm

Class will cover the basics: sending emails, downloading attachments, sharing photos and searching Google. Also addressed: how to use maps, and which apps to download to make your life easier. Attendees names will be placed in a drawing for a $50 gift card

Class is FREE, but space is limited. RSVP by Jan. 28th to Becky Kellum at rkellum@pmma.org or call
620-223-5550

31 Thursday Card Players – Buck Run Community Center, 735 Scott Ave., 6-9pm. Free weekly event to anyone that wants to play cards, drink coffee, eat snacks, and socialize
Save the Date:
– February 2 & 3 – Youth Basketball Tournament
– February 3 – Superbowl Sunday
– February 5 – Quarterly Downtown Meet & Greet
– February 9 – Rotary’s 2019 Dancing With Our Stars
– February 10 – 3rd Annual Farm Toy Show & Sales
Click here for full events listing on our website.

Death Notice For Penny Osborne

Penny Louise Osborne, age 63, a resident of Mound City, Kansas, passed away Wednesday, January 16, 2019, at the Denver International Airport in Denver Colorado.

At the time of her death, Penny was traveling to Arizona to visit her daughter.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 A.M. Friday, January 25th at the Pleasanton Assembly of God Church.

Burial will follow in the U. S. National Cemetery.

Memorials are suggested to the American Diabetes 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 cheneywitt.com.

 

 

Death Notice for Kenneth Oakleaf

Kenneth Dean Oakleaf, age 81, a resident of Ft. Scott, Kansas, passed away Wednesday, January 16, 2019, at the Country Place Senior Living facility in Ft. Scott.  Funeral services for Kenneth Oakleaf will be announced by the Cheney Witt Chapel, 201 S. Main, Ft. Scott, Kansas.

 

 

 

Bourbon County Commission Agenda Jan. 22

Agenda

Bourbon County Commission Room

1st Floor, County Courthouse

210 S. National Avenue

Fort Scott, KS 66701

Tuesdays starting at 9:00

Date: January 22nd, 2019

1st District-Lynne Oharah Minutes: Approved: _______________

2nd District-Jeff Fischer Corrected: _______________

3rd District-Nick Ruhl Adjourned at: _______________

County Clerk-Kendell Mason

9:00-9:45-Jim Harris

11:00-12:00-Justin Meeks

12:00-1:30-Commissioners gone to lunch

1:30-3:00-CEO of Community Health

Executive Session-15 min.

Obituary of Glen Defebaugh

Dr. Glen Albert Defebaugh, age 77, resident of Nevada, MO, formerly of Ft. Scott, KS, passed away Thursday morning, January 17, 2019, at his home, following a courageous battle with cancer.

He was born September 27, 1941, in Nevada, MO, the son of Charles Albert and Mary Mildred Vetter Defebaugh. He graduated from Nevada high school with the class of 1959. He then graduated from Fort Scott Junior College in 1961.

He married Linda Leonard on September 3, 1961, in Fort Scott. Glen received his Doctor of Chiropractic degree from Palmer College in 1964. He served the community of Ft. Scott for nearly 40 years as a Chiropractor. He donated his services as team physician for FSCC football through the 1970’s and traveled with the team.

Glen had a great sense of humor. He enjoyed traveling and vacationing with his family. There were many fishing trips with the boys and skiing trips with the girls. He and Linda wintered in South Texas for many years. He liked to fish, golf, and play guitar. He loved attending all the kids and grandkids sporting events and activities through the years.

Survivors include his wife Linda of the home; two daughters, Teresa Ivey and husband John, Wichita, KS, and Cheryl Eason and husband Curt, El Dorado Springs, MO; three sons, Brian Defebaugh and wife Shelby, David Defebaugh and wife Michelle, and Douglas Defebaugh and wife Tonya, all of Ft. Scott; 16 grandchildren; and 23 great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents.

There was cremation. Rev. Dr. Jared Witt will conduct memorial services at 10:00 A.M. Monday, January 21st, at the Cheney Witt Chapel.

Burial will follow in the Deerfield, MO Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 1:00 until 3:00 Sunday afternoon at the Cheney Witt Chapel.

Memorials are suggested to either Shriner’s Hospital or St. Jude’s Hospital and may be left in 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 cheneywitt.com.

Obituary of Deryl Layton

Deryl Lee Layton, age 74, a resident of Ft. Scott, Kansas, passed away Monday, January 14, 2019, at the Medicalodge of Ft. Scott.

  He was born June 18, 1944, in Wichita, Kansas, the son of Orville Layton and Clestine Mayfield.

  Deryl graduated from the Ft. Scott High School with the Class of 1962.  He later graduated from Pittsburg State University in 1966 with a degree in accounting.  Deryl had worked in various restaurants in both Ft. Scott and Olathe.

In later years, he volunteered with the Beacon.  Deryl enjoyed gardening and tending his flowers.  He also liked cars and reading.

Survivors include a half-sister, Susan Thurman, of Girard, Kansas and a half-brother, Kent Layton, of Kansas City, Kansas.  Also surviving are several nieces, nephews and cousins.  He was preceded in death by his parents and his step-mother, Pat Layton.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00 P.M. Monday, January 21st at the Cheney Witt Chapel.

Private burial will follow in the Clarksburg Cemetery.

The family will receive friends on Monday from 1:30 P.M. until service time at the Cheney Witt Chapel.

  Arrangements 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 cheneywitt.com.

New Wildlife, Parks and Tourism Leader

Kansas Wildlife, Parks and Tourism Welcomes New Leader

 

Topeka, Kansas – Governor Laura Kelly has named Brad Loveless to be Secretary of the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism (KDWPT). His appointment was effective January 14, 2019.

 

Loveless is familiar to many Kansans and to KDWPT staff as a leader in conservation and environmental programs. He comes to the department from a 34-year career with Westar Energy where he was most recently the senior director of environmental conservation and sustainability. Prior to that position, he was director of biology and conservation programs and earlier held environmental management positions at Wolf Creek Nuclear Operating Corporation. He is perhaps most well-known as one of the leaders of Westar’s Green Team, an active volunteer group of employees and retirees that has been helping with habitat improvement, environmental access and education, and enhancement of sensitive species for 30 years.

 

“During my career, I have had the pleasure of working closely with KDWPT staff on many occasions,” Loveless said. “They are dedicated and hard-working, and I look forward to helping them manage the state’s natural resources and promote all the wonderful outdoor and travel experiences that Kansas offers.”

 

In 2013, Loveless was awarded the Kansas State Forester’s Award for Community Forestry.  In 2009, he was recognized by the Kansas Wildlife Federation as Wildlife Conservationist of the Year and by the Kansas Association for Conservation and Environmental Education as their Strickler Award winner for Environmental Education. He is an avid hunter, angler and beekeeper.