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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.

American Legion Post 25 Upcoming Events

 

 REVISED. There is not a color guard meeting on November 27. 

November 15. Thursday. Post 25 Color Guard meets at 7 pm in Memorial Hall. Any Post 25 Legionnaire or SAL member can join the Post 25 Color Guard. This will be the only Color Guard meeting this month.

 

November 20. Tuesday. American Legion Post 25 Commander Carl Jowers has office hours at Memorial Hall from 9 – 11 am. Carl is available to discuss any suggestions or concerns you may have about Post 25, Veterans issues in general or just to help solve world problems. Carl will meet with you at other times by emailing him at carljowers@yahoo.com or calling him at 620-215-1688 to schedule an appointment.

 

November 20. Tuesday. American Legion Service Officer Myra Jowers is at Memorial Hall from 9 – 11 am. Myra is available to assist you with questions about your VA claims or paperwork. This free service is for ANY Veteran or family member who may have questions about starting a VA claim or have questions about next steps. Please share this information with any Veteran you may know who might need assistance in dealing with their VA paperwork.

 

November 20. Tuesday. Veterans Service Officer at Buck Run starting at 10 am. No appointment necessary. First come. First served.

 

November 22. Thursday. Happy Thanksgiving t0 our Legion family and its community supporters.

 

November 27. Tuesday. American Legion Service Officer Myra Jowers is at Memorial Hall from 9 – 11 am. Myra is available to assist you with questions about your VA claims or paperwork. This free service is for ANY Veteran or family member who may have questions about starting a VA claim or have questions about next steps. Please share this information with any Veteran you may know who might need assistance in dealing with their VA paperwork.

 

November 27. Tuesday. American Legion Post 25 Commander Carl Jowers has office hours at Memorial Hall from 9 – 11 am. Carl is available to discuss any suggestions or concerns you may have about Post 25, Veterans issues in general or just to help solve world problems. Carl will meet with you at other times by emailing him at carljowers@yahoo.com or calling him at 620-215-1688 to schedule an appointment.

 

November 29. Thursday. Post 25 Executive Committee meets at 7 pm in Memorial Hall.

 

Other items:

 

Post 25 is collecting gently used jackets and coats for the Fort Scott High School Seniors. Bring coats and jackets to the membership meeting on Monday, November 5, to Memorial Hall on Tuesday, November 6 during Commander’s office hours or call the Commander at 620-215-1688 to arrange local pickup. Coats and jackets may also be taken to Fort Scott High School offices.

 

Program Chairs needed.

 

  • Boys/Girls State.

 

  • Oratorical

 

  • Baseball.

 

The only requirements to be a program chair is to be a Legionnaire and a desire to work with our young people. There are plenty of mentors to help you host a successful program.

 

 

 

Carl Jowers, Commander

Fort Scott American Legion Post 25

 

Landmark Receives Grant For Worksite Wellness

Landmark National Bank employees across Kansas will soon benefit from Worksite Wellness efforts in Fort Scott.

Since 2017, the Fort Scott Landmark National Branch has been working with WorkWell KS and The Healthy Bourbon County Action Team to implement sustainable worksite wellness policy, benefits, programs and environmental supports. With the implementation of a comprehensive worksite wellness plan, Landmark National Bank was awarded $12,500 through the BCBS KS Pathways to Healthy Kansas Grant to purchase environmental supports.

Employee health is a critical piece of any business strategy. Investing in a comprehensive worksite wellness plan can increase productivity, decrease absenteeism, injuries and presenteeism, improve employee morale, and enhance recruitment and retention efforts.

Recognizing the many benefits to health in the workplace, leaders formed a wellness committee and signed a BCBS Pathways to Healthy Worksite Pledge in March of 2017, demonstrating a commitment to employee wellness. Since that time, employees have participated in the WorkWell KS Building the Foundation, Physical Activity, and Healthy Food and Beverage Workshops.

The wellness committee collected information and analyzed data within the organization to develop a vision, consistent message, programs, benefits, policy, and environmental supports that will encourage employees to increase levels of physical activity.

In April 2018 Landmark National Bank Board of Directors passed the Physical Activity Policy encouraging all employees to develop a routine to increase daily physical activity.

“This policy impacts 30 banks in 23 communities and approximately 300 employees,” said Gregg Motley, Senior Vice President of Commercial Banking and SEK Regional Manager. “The employee participation we have seen in our wellness competitions across the region has been outstanding.”

For more information contact: Jody Hoener 620-215-5725 jhoener@bourboncountyks.org

 

Broadband Test Results In Kansas: Challenging The FCC

Governor’s Office Challenges FCC Mobility Fund Phase II Eligibility Map


Test Results Could Mean More Funding for LTE Service Buildout in Kansas

 

Governor Jeff Colyer, M.D. announced that his office has successfully challenged the Federal Communication Commission’s Mobility Fund Phase II (MF-II) Eligibility Map, which the Commission will soon use to determine areas that will be eligible for funding for mobile LTE broadband service buildout in unserved areas.  Unlike surrounding states, Kansas was originally slated to receive almost no funding from the MF-II program unless the initial eligibility map could be challenged.  The map below indicates the areas that were initially deemed eligible for MF-II support (shaded in blue), based on coverage data reported by the nation’s mobile service providers.

Thanks to a $225,000 grant from the Information Network of Kansas (“INK”) Board of Directors, the Governor’s Office was able to partner with non-profit Connected Nation to conduct professional drive testing of mobile network coverage across the state.  Between the months of June and September, Connected Nation staff covered 15,620 road miles to conduct tests across parts of 56 Kansas counties (Allen, Anderson, Barber, Barton, Bourbon, Brown, Butler, Chase, Clark, Comanche, Crawford, Decatur, Ellsworth, Ford, Geary, Graham, Grant, Greeley, Hamilton, Harper, Jackson, Jewell, Johnson, Kearny, Kingman, Kiowa, Linn, Logan, Marion, Marshall, McPherson, Mitchell, Morton, Nemaha, Neosho, Norton, Osborne, Phillips, Pottawatomie, Pratt, Rawlins, Republic, Riley, Rooks, Russell, Saline, Seward, Shawnee, Sheridan, Sherman, Smith, Stanton, Stevens, Thomas, Wallace, and Wichita).  The areas tested were chosen based on analysis of areas that were reported to be served by no more than two mobile carriers—areas deemed most likely to be unserved.

 

Of the 187,397 tests that were conducted, 119,994 failed (64.03%)—meaning that the tests indicated less than 5 Mbps of mobile data service, or no service at all, in areas that the carriers had reported to be served.  The Governor’s Office was then able to use the testing data to challenge 13,158.63 square kilometers of the MF-II Eligibility Map—or 5,080.58 square miles—an area slightly smaller than the state of Connecticut.  While the challenge data submitted is still subject to review and adjudication by the FCC, it is now possible that a significant portion of the state of Kansas will be opened up for MF-II funding support—meaning many rural Kansans could finally see their mobile services improve.

 

The map below shows individual speed tests conducted in Jewell County. Red dots indicate failed tests, while green dots show passing tests.

“Mobile broadband service has become an essential tool in the daily lives of all Kansans, regardless of where they live, and it is quickly becoming a necessary resource for agriculture as well,” said Governor Colyer.  “I have driven all across this state, and I know how poor mobile coverage can be in some areas.  That’s why I was shocked to see that the FCC’s Mobility Fund Phase II eligibility map showed almost zero eligibility for funding in Kansas.  I knew we had to do something.  With support from the INK Board and our partners at Connected Nation, we did—and now there is a great chance that we’ll see large swaths of service buildout in rural parts of the state.”

 

The map below indicates all of the one square kilometer grid cells that were challenged within Kansas:

 

 

 

It is important to note that the Governor’s Office’s MF-II challenge will be supplemented by testing conducted by Kansas Farm Bureau, which received a waiver from the FCC to file its own challenge.  Kansas Farm Bureau has been working aggressively over the same period in collaboration with its membership to conduct thousands of mobile speed tests across the state—the results of which will be announced later this month.  To participate, or to learn more about Kansas Farm Bureau’s efforts, visit www.kfb.org/connectingkansas.  All MF-II challenge data must be submitted no later than November 26.

Toy Soldiers Painting Contest: Entries Due Nov. 30

The Fort Scott Area Chamber of Commerce Announces Its Toy Soldier Decorating Contest – Deadline to Submit Entries is November 30th
Pick up your precut (life-size) wooden soldier at the Chamber now, then let your creativity fly. Return your painted masterpiece back to the Chamber by Friday, November 30th at 5pm. 1st Place prize winner will be awarded $50.00 in Chamber Bucks certificates!
Toy soldiers entered in the contest will be on display on the light poles of Main Street, in Downtown Fort Scott.
After the holidays you may take your toy soldier home, or donate it for next year’s display! $10.00 entrance fee.
Soldiers can be picked up at the Chamber: 231 E. Wall St., Fort Scott. For more information, call (620)223-3566.

Obituary of Gregory Heathman

Gregory Dean Heathman, 52, Nevada, MO, passed away on Thursday, November 1, 2018 at Medicalodges of Nevada.

Greg was born November 17, 1965 in Nevada to Bert Allen and Ida Pauline (Hogan) Heathman.

Greg was raised in Lansing, KS then came to Ft. Scott with his family where he graduated from High School in 1985. Greg worked for various restaurants including Pizza Hut in Ft. Scott and Nevada, becoming manager in Nevada. He also worked at Woods Supermarket in the Deli, at Walmart Radio Grill, and later in the meat department at Walmart where he was manager until retiring due to poor health.

Throughout his life Greg was a Christian.

Survivors include a sister, Rhonda Pottorff, Nevada; brothers, Glen “Allen” Heathman, Nevada, and an adopted brother, David Cagle and his wife Abby, Nevada; niece, Angela Witt and her husband Adam, Sheboygan, WI; sons, Nick Cagle, Nevada, Tyler Cagle, Nevada; daughter, Katie Cagle, Ft. Scott, KS; four grandchildren, Kayden, Bentley, Laylah, Analaya; several aunts, uncles, and cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents, and one sister, Ruby Heathman.

Memorial services will be held at 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, November 15, 2018 at Ferry Funeral Home in Nevada with Pastor David Rorabaugh officiating. Friends may call now and until the hour of service at the funeral home.

Memorials are suggested to the Family in c/o Ferry Funeral Home.

Obituary for Mary Frances Townsend

Mary Frances Townsend, age 88, a resident of Ft. Scott, Kansas, passed away Monday, November 12, 2018, at the Mercy Hospital in Ft. Scott.

She was born January 10, 1930, in Ft. Scott, the daughter of Dewey E. McFadden and Virginia Crick McFadden.

She graduated from the Ft. Scott High School with the Class of 1947. She married Howard Eugene Townsend in 1950, at Blytheville, Arkansas.

Mary graduated from the Mercy School of Nursing and became a registered nurse. She was employed by both Mercy Hospital and Newman Young Clinic and retired in 1991. She was a long-time member of St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church and later St. Francis Anglican Church. She enjoyed traveling and genealogy and especially working in her yard and tending her flowers.

Survivors include her children, Debra Ramsey of Uniontown, Kansas and Mike Townsend (Tammy), of Ft. Scott; four grandchildren, Lisa Stich (Aaron) of Springfield, Missouri, Michael P. Townsend of Collinsville, Oklahoma, Brandon Boyd of Ft. Scott and Steve Ramsey (Courtney), of Colorado Springs, Colorado and five great-grandchildren, Alden, Lake, Landree, Aiden and Denton. She was preceded in death by her husband and a brother, Ernest McFadden.

Father David Lewis-Dix will conduct a Requiem Mass at 10:00 A.M. Friday, November 16th at the Cheney Witt Chapel.

Burial will follow in the U. S. National Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to the COPD Foundation 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.