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Board of Nursing Public Forum Will Be at FSCC Sept. 25-27

The Kansas State Board of Nursing (KSBN) will be visiting Fort Scott Community College (FSCC) on September 25th through the 27th to evaluate the FSCC Nursing program.

On September 26th, there will be a public forum open to the community from 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm at the Burke Street Campus, Room 101. All are welcome to attend for questions and comments.

For more information about the forum, please contact Jordan Howard at 620.768.2908 or email at

Chamber Coffee at Milken Center Sept. 6

Join us for the weekly Chamber Coffee!


Hosted by:

 Location: 1 S. Main St.
Thursday, September 6th, 8am

Click  here for Lowell Milken Center’s website.
Click here for Lowell Milken Center Facebook’s page.
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:
September 13th – Fort Scott Municipal Airport
September 20th – American Legion
September 27th – Fort Scott Family Dental

Free Band Concert Sept. 7 at Heritage Park Pavilion

The featured band this Friday night is the “Takin’ Notes Band”.

The concert is free and held at the Heritage Park Pavilion, First and Main Streets.

The band includes a variety of genre from old country, bluegrass gospel, and rock.

Terri Louk on lead vocals and guitar, Randy Maples lead guitar and vocals, Lane Steiner on drums and harmonica, David Shelby on vocals and guitar, Jeff Deal on bass, Brian Crites dulcimer, Bill Buck on mandolin and Dr. Larry Buck vocals and mandolin.

The program starts at 7 p.m. The audience is asked to bring lawn chairs, as seating is limited.

In the event of foul weather, the concert will be moved to the Common Grounds Coffee Shop, one-half block south of the pavilion.

Recommendations To Address Addiction

Substance Use Disorders Task Force Submits Recommendations

Governor Colyer receives 34 high-priority recommendations to address addiction


TOPEKA –  A task force established in March, by a Governor’s Executive Order has finalized and submitted a list of recommendations to address substance use, including opioid addiction. The recommendations were submitted to Governor Jeff Colyer ahead of the Sept. 1 deadline.


“I appreciate the time, effort and expertise the task force members brought to this important initiative,” Governor Colyer said. “The recommendations I have reviewed are clearly well thought out, thoroughly discussed and considered, and will be used going forward to shape discussions on substance use in Kansas.”


The Governor’s Task Force to Address Substance Use Disorders was led by Dr. Greg Lakin, State Medical Officer, Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE). Membership on the task force included medical professionals, Cabinet-level Secretaries and various stakeholders.


“We each have a desire and duty to promote the health and well-being of Kansans, particularly those affected by addiction. I am thankful to be part of such an important task force, involving this urgent cause,” Dr. Lakin said. “The members all worked well collectively, putting together high-impact recommendations. I also appreciate the great work of the Opiate Prescription Abuse committee that contributed to the discussion.”


To address substance use issues across the state, the group was tasked with, among other things, to utilize existing resources to identify best practices and offer recommendations for a statewide response to the opioid crisis. The group focused on five specific areas: provider education; prevention; treatment and recovery; law enforcement; and Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome.


The task force received testimony from 86 individuals and organizations as it conducted its work, which involved regular meetings between April and August, at the Kansas Health Institute, Topeka.


A complete list of the recommendations can be found on the KDHE website. For more information about substance use in Kansas, visit


As has been previously reported, the vote to recommend Medicaid expansion was not unanimous. A breakdown of how each task member voted on this issue, can be found beginning on page 39.

Bourbon County Arts Council Patio Concert Sept. 15

Join us Saturday, September 15th at the Liberty Theatre Patio to watch EN Power & Light in concert!
Tickets for this event are $10 for BCAC member and $15 for non-member.
You may purchase tickets from Terri Floyd at 224-7221, Deb Anderson at 224-8650, or Bre Martin at 644-8703. You may also call the Fort Scott Area Chamber of Commerce at 223-3566

Kansas Revenue Up

August revenue receipts exceed previous year

TOPEKA—Fiscal year tax collections exceeded previous year’s totals by $79.49 million according to data from the latest revenue report released Tuesday.


Fiscal year 2019 collections so far total $993.36 million.


August tax collections were up $33.99 million, or 7.38 percent over last year.


Individual income tax collections totaled $220.78 million which is $25.09 million or 12.82 percent above the same time last year. August sales tax collections exceeded last August’s collections by $537,427.


Governor Declares Flood Disaster Emergency


Gov. Jeff Colyer MD has issued a state of disaster emergency declaration for five Kansas counties affected by flooding over the weekend. Named in the declaration are Jewell, Kingman, Marshall, Pratt, and Riley Counties.

Damages in these counties included washed out roads, bridges, culverts and flooding to some businesses and residential properties.

“Here in Kansas we make it a priority to take care of our neighbors,” said Colyer. “Those impacted by the recent flooding have our full support and we will continue to do whatever is needed to help during this time of emergency.”

The state declaration may be amended to include any additional counties that declare due to flooding as damage assessments are conducted. The declaration authorizes the use of state resources and personnel to assist with response and recovery operations in affected counties that meet certain criteria.