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SA Bell Ringers Needed

Help The Salvation Army Make Beautiful Music

This Holiday Season!

Help The Salvation Army once again make beautiful music this holiday season – sign up to be a bell ringer and make a difference in our community!

The Salvation Army’s 2018 Red Kettle Campaign in Fort Scott kicks off Friday, November 23 and continues every day through December 24. This year again, we will have volunteers ringing bells at Walmart, as well as small tabletop buckets at various businesses in Fort Scott.

Salvation Army bell ringers are a cherished symbol of Christmas, the season of giving,” said Outreach Director Allen Schellack. “Volunteers are critical to the overall success of our Red Kettle Campaign. Last fiscal year, The Salvation Army provided $5072.43 in funds to Bourbon County, helping 154 local families. We encourage individuals, families and groups to sign up for a shift – it’s a fun, easy way to help those less fortunate in our community.”

The money collected during the 2018 Red Kettle Campaign will support Salvation Army programs in Bourbon County for the entire year. These programs include emergency rent and lodging, utility assistance, gasoline, prescriptions, youth and senior programs, as well as disaster response.

For those unable to visit the Red Kettles, anyone wishing to donate to The Salvation Army may do so by mail. Fort Scott Tribune will be doing a newspaper insert with envelopes, so that checks may be mailed directly to The Salvation Army at PO Box 774, Fort Scott, KS 66701. “All gifts made in our community stay in our community,” said Outreach Director, Allen Schellack.

The Salvation Army was founded in 1865 by William Booth, has spread from London, England, to many parts of the world. (153 yrs!) The first Red Kettle was a local San Francisco fundraiser that featured a single crab pot in 1891. More than 5,000 communities across the country rely heavily on the money raised during the Red Kettle Campaign to sustain year-round work.

To volunteer to be a Salvation Army bell ringer, please call Fort Scott Compassionate Ministries at 620-223-2212.


Small Business Saturday Nov. 24

Small Business Saturday
Saturday, November
24, 2018

The Fort Scott Area Chamber of Commerce encourages our community to support SMALL BUSINESS SATURDAY on November 24th!

For every $100 spent locally, $68 stays in our community. Money spent out of the area or online with non-local businesses hurts our local economy. Shoppers across the NATION are encouraged to “SHOP SMALL” and support local businesses this season.

We hope you’ll check out our small business merchants during our FORT SCOTT SMALL BUSINESS SATURDAY PASSPORT EVENT on Saturday, November 24th, from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm.

Shoppers, you can pick up a shopping passport from 10:00 am – 3:00 pm, at Iron Star Antiques at 3 N. Main Street. Collect stamps on your passport by visiting participating businesses. Collect 4 or more stamps and return your passport to Iron Star by 5:00 pm to be entered in our prize drawing for $50 in Chamber Bucks certificates.

Downtown Fort Scott businesses are encouraged to register to be included in the passport event, which draws hundreds of shoppers to Fort Scott for Small Business Saturday deals.

If you own a business in Fort Scott and you want to be included on the passport, call the Chamber at (620) 223- 3566 or email: by Tuesday, November 20th at 3:30 pm.

Another Physician Signs With CHC/SEK

The number of physicians committed to continuing health care services in Fort Scott is growing.

Dr. Larry Seals, OBGYN, has announced he will continue his prenatal and gynecology practice in Fort Scott with Community Health Center of Southeast Kansas (CHC/SEK). He has applied for privileges to deliver babies at both Nevada Regional Medical Center and Via Christi Pittsburg.

Clarification to Nov. 13 Update

Dr. Katrina Burke will continue her primary care and prenatal practice in Fort Scott with CHC/SEK and deliver babies at Via Christi in Pittsburg.

Dr. Maxwell Self will continue his primary care practice in Fort Scott with CHC/SEK as well as provide support to the home health and hospice.

Dr. P.K. Gugnani will continue his primary care practice in Fort Scott with CHC/SEK as well as provide an important role in our occupational medicine efforts.




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Death Notice of Larry Chester Elam

Larry Chester Elam, age 74, resident of Fort Scott, KS, died Thursday, November 15, 2018, at his home.

Graveside services will be held at 1:30 PM Tuesday, November 20th, at the U. S. National Cemetery, Fort Scott.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Cheney Witt Chapel, 201 S. Main.

Obituary of Harriett Reeves

Harriett Louise Carr Reeves, 80, passed away on Thursday, November 14, 2018 at her home in Fort Scott, Kansas.

Harriett was born on July 9, 1938 in Fort Scott to Charles Fulton and Dorothy Elizabeth (Swope) Carr.

After graduating from Fort Scott High School, she attended William Woods College in Fulton, Missouri for two years then transferred to Kansas State University in Manhattan, Kansas where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Home Economics.

Following college graduation, Harriett worked for the Gas Service Company of Kansas City as a home economist for several years before accepting a job in the Department of Home Economics at the National Livestock and Meat Board in Chicago, Illinois. In her position at the Meat Board, she traveled to schools and businesses throughout the Midwest to educate about the storage, handling, and preparation of meat and also appeared on local television programs to demonstrate techniques to cook tasty and economical meat recipes.

During a weekend visiting friends in Kansas City in 1963, Harriett was involved in a minor traffic accident and also met her future husband. After the accident, she was taken to the University of Kansas emergency room where senior medical student Charles Stewart Reeves treated her injuries. They were married in Fort Scott 2 years later on June 5, 1965.

Harriett had a lively spirit, bright smile, and an infectious laugh. She was a passionate and accomplished cook who created countless meals that her family and friends will never forget.

She enjoyed reading, holiday decorating, and traveling with Stewart to many cities around the country and abroad. Above all, she loved entertaining and spending time with her family and many friends and was commonly known as “Mrs. Clean.”

Harriett is survived by her husband, Charles Stewart Reeves; daughter, Catherine Carr Reeves and her husband Joe Kilanoski; daughter-in-law, Tally Reeves Madison and her husband Tom Madison; four grandchildren, Hannah, Emmah, Hunter and Hollis Reeves; uncle, Gerald Swope; and many cousins.

Harriett was preceded in death by her parents, Charles Fulton and Dorothy Elizabeth Swope Carr; son, Charles Hunter Reeves; uncles, Donald L. Swope and Eldon Swope; and aunt, Cleo Leterle.

Following cremation, Rev. Dr. Jared Witt will conduct memorial services at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, November 17, 2018, at the Konantz-Cheney Funeral Home. Interment will be at a later date at the Fort Scott National Cemetery. Condolences may be submitted to the online guestbook at

The family would appreciate contributions in Harriett’s memory to the Richard & Annette Bloch Family Foundation.

Memorial contributions may be left in the care of the Konantz-Cheney Funeral Home, 15 W. Wall Street, PO Box 309, Fort Scott, KS 66701.

Hawkeye Investments Hosting Open House Nov. 16-17

New Chamber Member Hawkeye Investments, LLC is Hosting an Open House This Friday and Saturday at 835 Scott Street!
Hawkeye Investments, LLC buys properties to provide primarily residential rentals; we also buy properties for remodel and resale.
835 Scott Avenue is a residence we purchased and have totally remodeled over the past 7 months. It is listed with JR Stewart of Stewart Realty. This is one of several houses we have purchased over the past year; most are rented, and this is our first house for resale.
  • This bungalow style house, originally built in 1900, has been completely transformed into a modern house that still has that cozy bungalow feel.
  • The house has been rebuilt from the inside out, with all new mechanical systems and a new, more desirable modern layout
  • The master bedroom and bath are at the rear of the house, with 2 additional bedrooms at the front; the main bath and laundry are off of the kitchen, which is the centerpiece of the house.
  • This house is located perfectly with Buck Run Community Center; the pool is 1/2 block north and the high school is 1/2 block south.
Please join us at our open house Friday, November 16th, 11am-4pm or Saturday, November 17th 11am-4pm. We are serving hot cider, appetizers and sandwiches, and would love to show you our house.
For more information on the Open House or on this property, contact Lori Lovelace at (620) 215-1314 or JR Stewart at (620) 223-6700.