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Carbon Monoxide Safety Tips

Keep Your Family Safe With These Carbon Monoxide Tips

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. – Nov. 24, 2020 – November is Carbon Monoxide Awareness Month and Kansas Gas Service is sharing information to help avoid carbon monoxide exposure.

What is Carbon Monoxide?

Carbon monoxide, sometimes called “CO,” is an odorless, colorless and tasteless gas created by the incomplete or improper burning of fuel and can occur any time of year. Overexposure can lead to carbon monoxide poisoning, which can result in illness or even death

How can you reduce the probability of carbon monoxide exposure?

  • Install and maintain a carbon monoxide detector, available at most retail and hardware stores.
  • Pay attention to the color of the flame on your natural gas appliances – a yellow flame instead of a blue flame is a potential warning sign that the appliance is not operating or venting properly. If you see a yellow flame, turn off your burner and call Kansas Gas Service.
  • Never use a natural gas range or outdoor space heater to heat your home.
  • Check for proper ventilation of your appliances and chimney flues.
  • Maintenance is key! Clean or replace your furnace filters regularly and have a qualified contractor inspect your heating equipment and natural gas appliances annually.

What are the symptoms of carbon monoxide exposure?

  • Flu-like symptoms
  • Headache
  • Dizziness
  • Ringing in the ears
  • Fatigue
  • Vomiting

If you experience the symptoms mentioned above or suspect the presence of carbon monoxide, immediately leave the house or building, then call 911 to request medical assistance.

Visit or connect with Kansas Gas Service on Facebook or Twitter for more resources, information and tips.

About Kansas Gas Service

Kansas Gas Service delivers safe, clean and reliable natural gas to more than 639,000 customers in 360 communities in Kansas. We are the largest natural gas distributor in the state, in terms of customers.

We are a division of ONE Gas, Inc. (NYSE: OGS), a stand-alone, 100 percent regulated, publicly traded natural gas utility that trades on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol “OGS.” ONE Gas is included in the S&P MidCap 400 Index, and is one of the largest natural gas utilities in the United States.

Evergy’s Sustainability Plan Workshops Open To Public

The Kansas Corporation Commission schedules a workshop series to discuss the details of Evergy’s Sustainability Transformation Plan
TOPEKA – The Kansas Corporation Commission has scheduled a series of virtual workshops to learn more about Evergy’s Sustainability Transformation Plan (STP) and how it will affect electric ratepayers.  Each workshop will cover a specific set of topics related to the plan.
Evergy representatives will make a presentation at each workshop followed by questions from Commissioners and intervenors in the general investigation docket. The Commission opened the investigation to evaluate whether the STP is in the public interest.
The public is invited to view the meetings, which will be broadcast on the Commission’s YouTube Channel ( They will also be available on the site for later viewing.
The workshops schedule is as follows:
Date Time Topic
Dec. 3, 2020 10:00 AM Grid Modernization Investments
Dec. 21, 2020 10:00 AM Operational Efficiencies
Jan. 21, 2021 10:00 AM Enhanced Customer Experience
May 5, 2021 10:00 AM Evergy update presentation on STP after incorporation of feedback
The general investigation docket is available for viewing on the KCC’s website at:

Nevada Hospital Seeks Mask Mandate

“COVID-19 testing is done offsite in this portable building located on the north side of the hospital.”

NRMC Seeks Mask Mandate

As numbers of COVID-19 cases have swiftly escalated in Vernon County, Nevada Regional Medical Center (NRMC) is experiencing strains created by the pandemic.

“In recent weeks we have seen COVID-19 numbers spiked dramatically,” says NRMC Chief Executive Officer, Steve Branstetter. “Our Hospital is very busy with COVID-19 in our emergency department and our intensive care unit. Testing also is very busy and we’ve had to extend our hours this week to help with the demand.”

Larger hospitals often have no beds available, and the transfer of seriously ill patients is becoming very challenging. As all hospitals do, NRMC has planned for this type of public health emergency and taken every measure to combat its effects. However, limited resources are being pushed to capacity.

NRMC, along with several other Missouri hospitals, are seeking mandatory mask ordinances in the areas they serve. Tuesday, Branstetter sent a request to local officials to institute such an ordinance.

“We are in a public health crisis. We need the people and our leaders to come together and take the CDC guidelines seriously,” says Branstetter.

NRMC encourages the practice of frequent hand hygiene, social distancing of at least 6 feet, and mask wearing in public to reduce the spread of COVID-19.


About Nevada Regional Medical Center
Serving a six-county area since 1937, Nevada Regional Medical Center is a 71-bed acute, intensive and skilled care hospital. Nevada Regional Medical Center has earned recognition as a respected regional medical center for its comprehensive health care services, skilled and caring employees and state-of-the-art medical technology. Staff represent more than a dozen medical specialties, including family practice, women’s services, neurology, urology, psychiatry, orthopedics, wound care services, and general, vascular, thoracic and oncological surgery. Additionally, consultation clinics are held regularly by specialists in oncology, pulmonology, podiatry, ear, nose, and throat and cardiology.

Cato Historical Association Receives Grants

 Pictured is Ron Graber of Heartland Rural Electric Cooperative, presenting to Marilyn Flagg, a Cato HPA member, and Katharine Spigarelli, President of Cato HPA, a grant that was  recently approved by the Heartland Board of Directors. Ron attended the Cato meeting on the evening of Oct. 27th and made an official presentation of the “Concern for Community” grant.

Pictured is Marilyn Flagg, Cato HPA member, holding a sign from the Community Foundation of SE Kansas saying thatCato HPA was a grant recipient of the “Future Fund Giving Circle”.

Recently, Cato Historical Preservation Association applied for two grants. Both grants were for maintenance at the 150 year old Cato rock school. Both grants were granted so as to keep up the soffits, fascia, doors, etc. The restoration of the Cato School was completed in 2011. The school was placed on the Kansas Register of Historic Places on Nov. 21, 2005 and on the National Register of Historic Places on Sept. 6, 2006.

Due to the pandemic, no hosting of  school children or the annual Cato tour was held this year. As it stands now, Cato is hoping to host the children in 2021 over a period of two days so the students who would have come this year won’t have  to miss out.

Deals For Veterans

Veterans Day deals and discounts

The American Legion

The following are some discounts for veterans and servicemembers for restaurants, retail outlets and recreational opportunities for Veterans Day, Nov. 11. While these have been verified, check your local franchise to be sure that they are honoring the discounts and for more information. These will be updated as more discounts become available.



Free coffee or Big Gulp® on Veterans Day.

Bar Louie

Bar Louie salutes all military service members active and retired. As a thank you for your service, this Veterans Day, allow us to serve you! Wednesday, Nov. 11, Louie nation is offering a free craft burger or flatbread of your choice to all active or retired military. From our crew to yours, we thank you for your service. Must show valid ID to receive offer. Dine-in only.

BJ’s Restaurant and Brewhouse

All current and former military can enjoy a free entrée up to $14.95 and a free Dr. Pepper beverage on Wednesday, Nov. 11. Not valid for take-out or delivery.

Black Angus Steakhouse

From restaurant open until close, 3-9 p.m. local time, on Veterans Day, Wednesday, Nov. 11, Black Angus Steakhouses will offer veterans the All-American Steak Plate for just $10.99. Available for restaurant dining and takeaway orders, participating guests can expect an 8 oz. Certified Angus Beef® Top Sirloin, mashed potatoes, broccoli with garlic butter and a non-alcoholic beverage (coffee, milk, tea, or soda). All military personnel who produce a valid military ID or proof of military service are eligible to receive this special offer (one day only) – offer terms do apply. Takeaway orders can be made by calling

Bob Evans

On Nov. 11, a special menu of seven homestyle favorites will be available to veterans and active duty military FREE at their local Bob Evans Restaurant.

Brick House Tavern + Tap

Veterans enjoy 20% off their meal on Veterans Day. Valid for parties up to four people with valid ID. Dine-in only.

Bubba Gump

Military personnel and their families receive 20% off on Veterans Day.

California Pizza Kitchen

Will be offering special menu on Veterans Day.

Centraarchy Restaurants…

Veterans and active military receive 50% off on Veterans Day. Honored guests are encouraged to make reservations at and bring a valid military ID or proof of service to enjoy half off any entrée from the regular dinner menu at New York Prime, California Dreaming, Chophouse New Orleans, Carolina Roadhouse, Joey D’s Oak Room, Chophouse ’47 or Gulfstream Café on Wednesday, November 11.


All veterans and active military members can get a free meal on Veterans Day Nov. 11, 2020 at all participating Chili’s Grill & Bar restaurants. Available for in-restaurant only. Please call ahead to your local Chili’s restaurant if you have any questions about your Veterans Day meals.

Country Kitchen

Free Country Scramble for active and retired military on Wednesday, Nov 11. Dine in only.

Famous Dave’s

Free Georgia Chopped Pork sandwich + side for all military personnel all day November 11.

Valid for dine-in, to go, and online ordering. Use code VETERAN at checkout at Offer valid up to $7.49. Not valid for call in orders. Must present valid proof of service.

Farmer Boys

We’re saying thanks to the brave hearts who served our country. We honor your service and dedication in the quest to keeping us all free. Visit Farmer Boys® with your valid proof of service on Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2020 and receive a FREE Big Cheese®.

Golden Corral

For the safety of our honored guests and communities, our Military Appreciation Event will look a little different this year. All active or former military members who have served in the U.S. Military can pick up a promotional card during the month of November redeemable for a FREE “Thank You” Meal!

Promotional Cards redeemable from November 1, 2020 – May 31, 2021 for dine-in only, Monday -Thursday. Limit one free meal per person while supplies last.

Green Mill Restaurant and Bar

Green Mill honors our military on Veterans Day, Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2020, with a free menu item. We’re proud to show our appreciation by serving you. Free meal offer includes any single item from our menu for dine-in only. Pizza restricted to small one-topping Deep Dish pizza. Wing Sampler not included. Active-duty military and veterans must show proof of service. Available at participating Green Mill Restaurants only. Not valid with any other discount or offer. Beverages and gratuity not included.

Hamburger Stand

Free hamburger, regular fries and small Pepsi on Wednesday, Nov. 11 for veterans and active duty military.

Houlihan’s Restaurant + Bar

Houlihan’s will honor America’s veterans, active-duty military, and our military families on Veterans Day with $10 off a $30 food purchase.

While the offer may vary in some markets, Houlihan’s restaurants located in the following markets will offer $10 off a $30 food purchase: Chicago (Naperville), Cleveland, Columbus, Dallas (Garland), Kansas City (Leawood, Overland Park and Lee’s Summit), Long Island (Farmingdale), Pittsburgh, as well as all 10 restaurants in New Jersey (Bayonne, Brick, Bridgewater, Cherry Hill, Holmdel, New Brunswick, Paramus, Parsippany, Ramsey and Secaucus).

The special Veterans Day offer is valid for in-restaurant dining or for carryout on Nov. 11, 2020. No proof of service is required for this offer. Orders made via or a third-party delivery service are not eligible for this offer, and the $10 off $30 is not valid with other discounts.

Joe’s Crab Shack

Enjoy 20% off on Veterans Day

Lamar’s Donuts & Coffee

Free donut and 12 oz. coffee for veterans and active military personnel.

Little Caesars

Veterans and active duty military receive one free $5 HOT-N-READY Lunch Combo® from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at participating Little Caesars.

Logan’s Roadhouse

This Veterans Day between 3 – 6 p.m. all veterans and military personnel will receive a free meal from our American Roadhouse Meals menu. Proof of service required, menu varied by location. Dine-in only.

Max & Erma’s

Free cheeseburger, endless fries, fountain drink and chocolate chip cookie for veterans and active military on Veterans Day at participating restaurants.

McCormick and Schmicks…

It is our sincere honor to invite veterans of the U.S. Military, National Guard, Gold Star parents and Gold Star spouses to enjoy a select half priced entrée on Sunday, November 8, 2020.

Menchie’s Frozen Yogurt

All veterans who visit our stores on Veterans Day on Wednesday, Nov. 11, will receive their first 6 oz. of froyo FREE. It’s our way of saying “thank you” for serving!

Mission BBQ

Free sandwich for veterans on Veterans Day.

Ninety Nine Restaurant & Pub

Veterans and Active Duty Military are invited to be our guest for lunch from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. on Veterans Day, Wednesday, Nov. 11. Purchase any entrée and you’ll receive a free lunch from our Veterans Day Menu.

O’Charley’s Restaurant + Bar…

O’Charley’s will offer a 10% discount all year round to our active duty servicemembers and veterans.

Quaker Steak & Lube

All veterans receive a free meal (up to $15) plus a free non-alcoholic beverage on Veterans Day, Nov. 11, at participating restaurants.

Red Lobster…

In honor of Veterans Day, and to thank veterans, active duty military and reservists for their service, Red Lobster® is offering dine-in guests a free appetizer or dessert on Wednesday, November 11. Guests only need to show a valid military ID or proof of service to redeem this offer.

Red Robin

Veterans and Active Military who are Red Robin Royalty members can redeem their FREE Tavern Double Burger with Steak Fries any time between Nov. 12 and Nov. 30 for dine-in or to-go. The offer will be automatically uploaded to your dashboard.

Rock and Brews

FREE choice of Pulled Pork Sandwich or Strawberry Fields Salad for veterans, armed forces and first responders. Dine-in only. Valid military or first responder ID. required to claim offer. One sandwich or salad per person. At participating locations. Offer may vary at location.

Rock Bottom Restaurant and Brewery

Veterans eat free on Nov. 11 from special Veterans Day menu. Menu available for all active duty service members & veterans with military ID or in uniform. One free entree per person. Dine-in only.


Shoney’s will offer FREE All You Care To Eat, freshly-prepared breakfast bar for military on Veterans Day, Wednesday, November 11 from open – 11 a.m.

Tap House Grill…

Free meal for all veterans and active military. Sam Adams pint giveaway for all while supplies last.


Veterans and active duty military receive a free chili dog, small fries and small Pepsi on Veterans Day. Present your military ID or wear your uniform on Nov. 11.

Yard House

To honor and celebrate those who have served our country, we invite veterans and active duty military to join us for a complimentary appetizer on Veterans Day.



9/11/ Memorial & Museum, New York City…

Throughout our tribute, veterans will receive free museum admission for themselves and half-price museum tickets for up to three guests. When reserving tickets, veterans will need to provide their name, email address, military branch, and years of service. Advance reservations are encouraged and can be obtained through our ticketing portal.

Join us Saturday, Nov. 7 through Saturday, Nov. 14. As part of its annual recognition of those who serve or have served in the military, the 9/11 Memorial & Museum will hosts a series of events and special programs, virtually and in person, for veterans and their families, as well as the visiting public.

Amelia River Cruises, Florida

Amelia River Cruises offers a 15% discount for active military on select cruises. Thank you for your service!

Aquarium of the Pacific, Long Beach, Calif.

In celebration of Veterans Day, the Aquarium of the Pacific honors veterans and military personnel. These men and women are invited to enjoy the aquarium with free admission on Veterans Day. Advance reservations required. Limited capacity.

Cincinnati Zoo, Cincinnati, Ohio

All members of the military — active and retired — will receive FREE admission to the zoo on Veterans Day. The offer also allows military personnel to purchase up to six (6) half-price admission tickets for members of their immediate family. Military personnel who qualify for the free admission ticket and discount offer for family members include active military, retired military, National Guard, veterans with honorable or medical discharge and Reserve Officers’ Training Corps with government issued ID.

Colonial Williamsburg, Williamsburg, Va.…

Active-duty military, reservists, National Guard personnel, retired military and veterans receive complimentary admission once annually for themselves and up to three direct dependents on Veterans Day weekend.

Columbus Zoo, Columbus, Ohio…

To honor our veterans and the sacrifices made to serve our country, the zoo is offering free zoo admission to all who are serving and have served our great nation, including their immediate family, on Nov. 11, 2020.

Hagley Museum, Wilmington, Del.

Free admission for current military members, veterans, and their families.

Harley-Davidson Museum, Milwaukee, Wis.…

On November 11 and 12, the Harley-Davidson Museum® will offer free Museum admission for all active Military, Veterans and their families. See website for details.

Indianapolis Zoo, Indianapolis

To honor our men and women in service, all current and former members of the military are admitted free on Veterans Day. Plus, all non-military family members receive a $2 discount on day-of, on-site ticket purchases on these holidays. The rest of the year, the Zoo offers a $2 discount to all current and former members of the military, good for the purchase of up to four day-of, on-site tickets per visit. Please bring a form of military ID with you to receive the discounts.

Montgomery Zoo, Montgomery, Ala.…

During Veteran’s Appreciation Week, November 8 – 14, all veterans, active duty military personnel, and their dependent family members receive a 50% DISCOUNT on REGULAR DAYTIME admission to the Montgomery Zoo and Mann Wildlife Learning Museum. Thank you for your service and dedication to the nation and the world.

Montpelier, Montpelier Station, Va.

Free property pass for all servicemembers and their families; free admission to one tour for service members on the weekend before Veterans Day, Nov. 7 – 8, 2020

Monticello, Charlottesville, Va.…

Monticello is proud to offer U.S. military veterans complimentary admission to Monticello for Veterans Day, Nov. 11, 2020. Admission for active-duty military personnel is free year-round.

Mount Vernon, Mount Vernon, Va.…

In honor of our nation’s veterans, Mount Vernon admits FREE all active duty, former, or retired military personnel.

The National WWI Museum and Memorial, Kansas City, Mo.

Join us in honoring veterans with special activities, free public ceremonies on the grounds and free general admission for veterans and active duty military to the Museum and Memorial, Saturday, Nov. 7 through Sunday, Nov. 15, 2020. In addition, general admission is half price for the public on Wednesday, Nov. 11.

National Parks

Free admission for EVERYONE on Veterans Day.

Pro Football Hall of Fame, Canton, Ohio…

The Pro Football Hall of Fame will provide free museum admission and parking to all veterans and active military plus a guest from Nov. 1-15, 2020. This offer is good for all United States active duty including National Guard reservists and retired military service members who show a valid military ID at the Hall’s Ticket Office. A 20% off discount in the HoF Store will also be offered to veterans and active military in November.

Throughout the rest of November and every day at the Pro Football Hall of Fame, veterans and active military receive $5 off museum admission and their spouses and dependents (under 18) receive $3 off.

San Antonio Zoo, San Antonio, Texas

This November, San Antonio Zoo is honoring active duty, retired, veteran members of the military, National Guard and Reserves with free admission to the San Antonio Zoo. Plus, up to four (4) immediate family members can receive 50% off single day tickets* on date of visit.

To qualify for discount please visit any of the zoo ticket windows and provide: Military member must show valid Military I.D. to receive complimentary admission

Additional single day tickets may be purchased for direct dependents at a discounted rate of 50%

Zoo Atlanta, Atlanta, Ga.

On Veterans Day, November 11, 2020, veteran, active duty, retired and reserve members of the U.S. Armed Forces enjoy FREE admission and $4 off general admission for up to six accompanying guests. Present a valid military I.D. at Zoo Atlanta to redeem the discount. Offer valid only on Wednesday, November 11, 2020; valid only in-person at Zoo Atlanta Admissions. Guests using this offer for free or discounted tickets do not need advance timed tickets. The discount is not valid with any other offer or promotion.



Academy Sports

All military and first responders receive 10% off in store and online through November 11.

Buybuy Baby

Receive 25% your order between November 11 – 14.

39 Dollar Glasses

All members of the military community, including veterans, can receive an additional 20% off at

California Southern University

In honor of Veterans Day/Month, California Southern University (CalSouthern), a regionally accredited, 100%-online university with an international student population, is offering free tuition for one course to veterans and active military, their spouses and dependents who enroll between Nov. 1-30, 2020 – representing a value of up to $1,400 for undergraduate courses and $1,700 for graduate courses.

Enterprise Car Sales

We’re thanking members of the U.S. military, veterans and their families with a special offer. Receive $300 off upon used vehicle purchase from Enterprise Car Sales from November 1 – 30, 2020.

Great Clips

Veterans and active military members can visit a U.S. Great Clips salon on Nov. 11 and receive either a free haircut that day or a free haircut card to use at a later date through Dec. 11, 2020.

La Quinta Hotels

Eligible military members enjoy 12% off our Best Available Rate at participating La Quinta by Wyndham hotels across the U.S. Plus, in honor of national Veterans and Military Families Month, Wyndham Rewards members receive 500 bonus points for qualified stays booked by Dec. 7 and completed by Dec. 8, 2020.


Veterans, active military personnel, and their families are invited to save 10% on groceries on Wednesday, November 11, 2020.

This offer excludes prescriptions, alcohol, tobacco, gift cards, lottery tickets, postage stamps, and money services. Valid for in-store purchases only. Customer is responsible for all applicable taxes.

Please present one of the following at purchase: veteran ID card, military ID card, discharge document, or a driver’s license with veteran designation.

Sanderling Resort

It is our pleasure for the 10th year to offer our Heroes Welcome Rate available to current and former military, fire and rescue, law enforcement, healthcare and educators. Rate also includes 20% off food, spa and retail (excludes alcohol). Based on room type availability and some date restrictions. Taxes and $15 nightly resort fee additional. No other discounts apply.

Super 8

Super 8 is honored to welcome active and retired military members, veterans, and their families as our very important guests. Eligible military members can save 15% on our Best Available Rate at participating Super 8 by Wyndham hotels in the U.S. and Canada.1 Plus, for a limited time, Wyndham Rewards members receive 500 bonus points for qualified stays booked by December 7 and completed by December 8, 2020.


As part of Target’s longstanding commitment to active-duty military members, veterans and their families, Target is proud to offer a 10 percent discount off a purchase, some exclusions apply – in stores or online – between November 1-11, 2020. To receive this offer, now in its fourth year, guests must first demonstrate eligibility by registering at After eligibility has been verified, an exclusive, one-time use Target Circle offer will be available for the guest to use in-store and online.

Tohi Aronia Berry Wellness Drink

In honor of Veterans Day, and to thank veterans, active duty military and reservists for their service, Tohi will offer a free four-pack of beverages (limit, one per customer) and 20% discount on Tohi products for veterans and military personnel with valid military ID card. The new initiative begins on Wednesday, Nov. 11, and will continue indefinitely to show Tohi’s ongoing commitment to supporting those who serve our country.

TOPS Market

This Veterans Day, Wednesday, November 11, TOPS will honor an 11% discount off of a total order to all veterans and active military personnel who shop at any of our locations. We thank you for your service.


For military families, Verizon is offering 4 lines for $30/mo per line on Start Unlimited and can get $200 off on selected Samsung smartphones, when adding a line or upgrading to select Samsung smartphones.

Active military members, reservists, cadets, Gold Star families and veterans can access this offer b¬y purchasing a Samsung smartphone on a device payment agreement. This offer began October 29, 2020, and is for a limited time only


Veterans, military and their families receive 20% off eligible regular price items with card, in store only from November 11–15.

HWY 69 Expansion Work Starts This Week

Work on U.S. 69 Crawford County expansion project will start this week


The week of Nov. 2, the Kansas Department of Transportation (KDOT) plans to start a project that will expand a 5.7-mile section of U.S. 69 in Crawford County to a four-lane divided expressway.


The expansion project begins three miles north of the north city limits of Arma and continues north to the Crawford-Bourbon county line. Two lanes will be added to the existing U.S. 69 alignment. At-grade intersections will be constructed at 680th, 690th, 700th, 710th and 720th avenues.


Two-way traffic is being maintained on the existing lanes of U.S. 69 while the new lanes are under construction. Early project activity includes grading and work on box culverts off the highway. Traffic will be flagged through the area during intermittent blasting operations, with minimal delays expected. The speed limit through the project is 55 miles an hour.


KDOT awarded the $21.6 million construction contract to Bob Bergkamp Construction, Inc., of Wichita. The project is north of another U.S. 69 expansion project at Arma, which began in March. The work should complete by the summer of 2022, weather permitting.


Persons with questions may contact Darrin Petrowsky at KDOT-Iola, (620) 901-6557, or Priscilla Petersen at KDOT-Chanute, (620) 902-6433.








COVID-19 Infiltrates Moore-Few Care Center


Nevada Regional Medical Center (NRMC) has been supporting an investigation and response to an outbreak of COVID-19 at Moore-Few Care Center that began last week.

The first case was discovered through routine testing of the staff on Oct 20th. Since then 39 residents and 23 staff have tested positive. Family members of all residents have been contacted and close contacts identified and contacted as well.

The administration and staff of Moore-Few are working closely with federal and state health departments to contain the spread of the virus and are following all recommendations to protect every individual on the premises. Residents have been separated, with all COVID-19 positive cases moved to rooms in one wing of the building. Unless symptomatic, employees are being tested twice a week and residents are tested weekly. Visitation continues to be prohibited.

“This is a situation we take very seriously,” said Holly Bush, Chief Quality Officer at NRMC. “The health and well-being of our long-term care residents, and everyone in our health system, is our top priority. That is why we need everyone to follow the public health guidelines to stop the spread of COVID-19 and protect the people in our community who are vulnerable to severe illness from the virus.”


About Nevada Regional Medical Center
Serving a six-county area since 1937, Nevada Regional Medical Center is a 71-bed acute, intensive and skilled care hospital. Nevada Regional Medical Center has earned recognition as a respected regional medical center for its comprehensive health care services, skilled and caring employees and state-of-the-art medical technology. Staff represent more than a dozen medical specialties, including family practice, women’s services, neurology, urology, psychiatry, orthopedics, wound care services, and general, vascular, thoracic and oncological surgery. Additionally, consultation clinics are held regularly by specialists in oncology, pulmonology, podiatry, ear, nose, and throat and cardiology.

Peerless Expands to Iola

Governor Laura Kelly Announces Peerless Products Expansion to Create Over 100 Jobs in Iola

~ Peerless Expansion Represents Largest Job Announcement in Allen County Since 1994~

IOLA – Governor Laura Kelly today celebrated the announcement of Peerless Products, Inc., purchasing a 150,000-square-foot facility in Iola to expand its production capability.

Peerless estimates the expansion will create 100 to 120 new full-time jobs in Iola over the next five years, with a capital investment of $10.35 million.

“Peerless is a fantastic, homegrown Kansas company with a long history in Fort Scott. I appreciate its leadership team recognizing all that Iola and the entire Southeast Kansas region has to offer, and for choosing to expand in Allen County,” Governor Kelly said. “With our engaged team at the Kansas Department of Commerce, my administration will continue to identify new and dynamic business opportunities, build relationships, and support further economic projects in Allen County and across our state.”

Governor Kelly joined Scheduling and Purchasing Manager for Peerless Products Josh Granere, Iola Mayor Jonathan Wells, Thrive Allen County President and CEO Lisse Regher, and Secretary of Commerce David Toland for today’s ribbon-cutting ceremony.

Kansas-based Peerless produces high-performance architectural aluminum windows and doors for new construction, replacement and historical construction for high-rise and institutional buildings. The expansion of its operations will allow the company to begin to diversify its product line by moving into commercial windows.

“I’m honored to help celebrate a significant economic development win for our state—one that marks the beginning of a new chapter for Peerless Products and the workforce in Iola and Southeast Kansas,” Secretary Toland said. “Congratulations to Peerless and to our local partners on making this ambitious vision for growth a reality.”

“With our continued growth in Fort Scott, where we currently have 400 employees, we needed to find additional space for the creation and production of our new G800 product line that we believe will be a leader in commercial low-rise windows,” President of Peerless Products Coby Jones said. “We pride ourselves in being best in class, and we intend to continue and build upon that reputation in Iola.”

The State of Kansas, City of Iola and Allen County partnered to secure the Peerless expansion project, which is the largest job announcement in Allen County since 1994.

The below photos are available for media use:

All In for Kansas Kids 🌟 Weekly Update!

Update | October 24, 2020

Hello Early Childhood Partners,

New support is available for Kansas renters and landlords via the Kansas Eviction Protection Program. Find out more, including how to apply, in the email update below. And with Halloween one week away, please take a minute to share this Halloween COVID guidance from the Department of Health and Environment with your families to help them stay safe and have fun.

Stay safe and be well. 

NEW – Kansas Eviction Prevention Program!

Home has never been more important.

Our homes have always provided shelter, but in the midst of the COVID pandemic, home has become so much more. The economic impact of the pandemic has left many Kansans unemployed or underemployed, uncertain how they will pay rent. While moratoriums provide temporary protection from eviction, rent continues to accrue each month, leaving tenants unsure how they will pay arrears, and leaving landlords without monthly income to pay bills and manage maintenance and upkeep.

Kansas Housing Resources Corporation (KHRC) has worked closely with the Kelly administration, the Office of Recovery, and the Department of Children and Families to create the Kansas Eviction Prevention Program (KEPP). KEPP is designed to decrease evictions and increase housing stability by assisting landlords and tenants experiencing financial hardship due to the COVID pandemic.

Through the KEPP program:

  • Landlords and tenants apply for up to $5000 per household to pay delinquent rental payments dating as far back as April 1, 2020.
  • Payments will be made directly to the landlord, who must agree not to evict the household for nonpayment of rent for the months of KEPP assistance received.
  • Landlords must also agree to waive any late fees accrued during the months for which assistance is received.

Follow the step-by-step application guide or visit the KEPP web page for more information!

Congratulations LaToya Mothershed – Early Childhood Champion!

Congratulations to LaToya Mothershed for receiving the Kansas Children’s Champion Award at the Region VII Head Start virtual conference this week!

LaToya is the first Head Start parent to be receive this award.

This is the most recent in a long line of early childhood accomplishments for Latoya that includes: parent leader, KSHA board president-elect, and keynote speaker. The entire early childhood system is better because of the investment and energy of this amazing, trailblazing woman. Latoya, we are grateful and appreciative of your generosity and commitment to the children and families of Kansas. What a great wrap up to Head Start Awareness Month!

Register by THIS FRIDAY for the Kindergarten Readiness Summit

The Kansas Kindergarten Readiness Transition Summit will expand and support the implementation of the Head Start – public school collaboration work! The goal is to bring together teams of school districts and Head Start programs from at least 10 school districts in Kansas. This collaboration will help to sustain and improve gains children make during Head Start through building strong, effective relationships between Head Start and receiving schools.

CARES Act Funding for Technology and Remote Learning
Still Available!

Remote Learning Support – CARES Act funding is available to support programs addressing the current need for alternative care and education for families adversely impacted by remote learning situations (schools in hybrid or remote learning modes).
Click HERE for more information and to apply.

Applications are now open with proposals accepted on a rolling basis. Grants must be awarded AND expended by December 30, 2020. Find out more information about all funding available through the CARES Act for early childhood by visiting

Technology for Families Program – CARES Act funding to support connectivity, equipment, and devices to support virtual access for families receiving home visiting services. If you partner with a state agency to deliver one of  seven home visiting models  – you are eligible!

Click HERE to apply before October 30th! 

If you have already received funding, and have enrolled new families with need since your initial award, you are eligible to submit an additional request. If you have any questions, technical assistance is available at

Grants and Consulting Help for Child Care Providers

Child Care Aware of Kansas is teaming up with the Kansas Department of Health and Environment to offer Child Care Health Consultants (CCHC). These consultants are available to help child care programs analyze the results of a Self-Assessment and identify ways to reduce the spread of illnesses within the program. Participating child care programs may then be eligible for a health and safety grant. Check out the Child Care Health Consultation Pathway for an overview of the program.
Eligibility: Child care programs who are licensed by and in good standing with the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) to participate in the Child Care Health Consultant Network.

To get started, follow these steps:

  • Step One: Child Care Programs are asked to complete, to the extent possible, a Self-Assessment before scheduling a consultation with a Child Care Health Consultant.
  • Step Two: To schedule a coaching consultation, call or send an email to CCAKS.
  • Step Three: Child care programs that complete a Self-Assessment and receive a coaching consultation from a Child Care Health Consultant are eligible to apply for a health & safety grant.
  • Step Four: You will receive notification of grant decision from CCAKS.
For more information, please visit the Child Care Health Consultant Network website.

Early Childhood Resources 

Farm to Child Nutrition Program Sub Grants Available
Bringing the bounty of America’s farms into Child Nutrition Programs as a part of breakfast and lunch is one of the best ways we can ensure children are receiving nutritious and delicious meals at school or child care! 2020-2021 Farm to Child Nutrition Program Sub-Grant Applications are at, Farm to School, What’s New.  Child Nutrition sponsors can apply now to improve access to local foods in Child Nutrition Programs and increase agricultural education opportunities.  Sub Grant applications are due on or before December 1, 2020.  Contact Barb Depew at or 786-296-0062 if you have questions.

Childhood lead poisoning prevention is a priority for KDHE. Even at low levels, lead can cause irreversible damage to hearing, growth and development. View resources in Spanish and English on the KDHE website.

2021-2022 AmeriCorps Kansas funding
AmeriCorps Kansas assists programs to recruit, train and supervise AmeriCorps members meeting critical community needs. Grant applicants must design service activities for a team of members serving full- or part-time throughout the year or during the summer. Initial grant applications are due on December 4, 2020, and final applications are due on January 29, 2021. Visit for more information.

Kansas Breastfeeding Coalition
90% of Kansas families choose to breastfeed. The KBC has helped many child care providers achieve the “Breastfeeding Friendly Child Care Provider” designation from Child Care Aware of Kansas. For evidence-based breastfeeding resources, visit the KBC’s Child Care page. For local help, click HERE for a directory of local breastfeeding coalitions. For general assistance, including grant ideas, budgets, data and more, contact Brenda Bandy, IBCLC.

Join us for our next Kansas Early Childhood
Systems-Building Webinar on Wednesday, November 4th, at 12pm.
Click to Register

Red Cross Volunteers Sought

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New Grant Will Help Local Businesses With Internet Presence: Application Deadline Oct. 31

Kress Building, 17 S. Main, August 2020.

A local business resource center was brought to fruition because of the COVID-19 Pandemic.

“The idea of a business resource center being needed became abundantly clear around March or April,” Jody Hoener, Bourbon County Economic Director said.  “Businesses were scrambling, trying to maintain or adapt as required, trying to keep their heads above water, all while attempting to navigate the very complex financial relief offered by the (U.S.)Small Business Administration and others.  Just raising awareness of the opportunities and making critical connections to financial institutions for relief became a full-time job, let alone helping owners fill out applications.”

Jody Hoener, Bourbon County Economic Development Director. Submitted photo.

B-WERC Formed

The local program, called the Bourbon County Workforce and Entrepreneur Resource Center (B-WERC),  was funded through Kansas’ Strengthening People and Revitalizing Kansas program, which was from money dispursed through the U.S. Cares Act Relief, all of these COVID-19 related measures by the layers of government.

Its purpose is to address current and immediate COVID-19 Pandemic related needs to assist business, encourage economic activity, and address unemployment, according to Hoener.

“I realized that the solution of throwing money at the problem was a very short term fix,” Hoener said. ” Businesses need customers for long term sustainability. The value in an increased online presence was highlighted more than ever during this pandemic. Restaurants were developing online solutions for curbside or delivery services as they were forced to close down. Other retailers were developing online solutions to get their products in the hands of customers. Distance learning, telework, or telehealth became a forced reality.”


“Other partnerships and resources are available through the Fort Scott Area Chamber of Commerce and the Fort Scott Community College,” she said. “The chamber will assist the county in coordinating and promoting. Fort Scott Community College will be offering community classes in B-WERC on social media and other skills. Classes will be hands-on with available laptops for each participant. Telework and distance learning stations will be available for community members who need access to high-speed internet.”

Fort Scott Community College.


“We will provide 20 qualified businesses free website building with expert assistance in value propositions and messaging critical to branding,” Hoener said.


A partnership with the Small Business Development Center at Pittsburg State University will assist businesses to obtain needed capital and provide business planning assistance for sustainability, Hoener said.

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Pittsburg State University.


“These incredibly valuable services, in addition to marketing or industry reports, will be readily available,” she said.  “This unique assistance will give businesses the needed help to build sustainable models.”


“Many times communities who experience high unemployment rate will in turn see high entrepreneurship rates,” Hoener said. “For those  (who are) unemployed and have great ideas to start their own business, this will give them the tools and know-how to move forward successfully.”


“A job seeking service will also be available onsite through another partner, KansasWorks, two times a week,” she said.

Childcare, An Important Component

“Childcare centers and daycares have high standards to maintain licensures.  One requirement is to meet continuing education requirements. Although continued education for staff is clearly a need, it can create a burden on the facilities in scheduling, costs, and human resources.  It is estimated there are approximately 15 illegal daycare providers in our county.  Through our partner KansasWorks, B-WERC will be implementing a program that will offer to work with the childcare centers and daycares to meet credentialing requirements of continuing education hours.  A program will be implemented to incentivize illegal care to become legal.  Childcare is critical to keep our workforce working.” Hoener said.

The B-WERC office will be located on the second floor of the old Kress building at 17 S. Main in downtown Fort Scott. The office is expected to be open Nov. 2, according to Hoener.

The street-level floor of the building will house a grocery store.

The store owner, BAJA Investments, LLC, was also a recipient of the SPARK grant program. To see the story on that, click below:

New Grocery Store In Downtown Fort Scott Is Coming

Bourbon County Website Building and Marketing Grants Program Parameters

The grants will be scored and consequently awarded on a first come first serve basis to those that are eligible, according to Hoener. Applications will remain open until October 31, 2020. The grant will be awarded until 20 qualified businesses have been awarded.

Who Is Eligible

  • For businesses located within Bourbon County, priority will be given to those businesses with a physical location.
  • The business must currently have minimal (basic) to no online or website presence.
  • Grants are for businesses who have experienced business disruptions as a result of the COVID 19 pandemic and will benefit from an increased online presence through any or all of the following:
    • Increased foot traffic
    • Encouraging tourism activities
    • Enhance or enable online scheduling (i.e. curbside, delivery, hair appointments)
    • Enhance or enable online sales
    • Raise awareness of critical structures in the community (i.e. Food Access, Child Care, etc.)
  • The applicant must be willing to spend a minimum of 5-10 hours over the next several months working with The Bureau of Small Projects staff.
  • Non-profits are not eligible under this program
  • The County reserves the right to request additional documentation

How to Apply

Applications are online at

Contact info:

Jody Hoener, Economic Development Director


210 South National

Fort Scott, KS 66701

Once an application is submitted, Fort Scott Area Chamber of Commerce President, Lindsay Madison, and Bourbon County Economic Development Director will review, Hoener said. The application will be scored to determine if the application meets minimum standards to qualify. A follow-up email will be sent to the applicant’s business.

Lindsay Madison, Fort Scott Chamber of Commerce Executive Director. Submitted photo.

An application will only be considered once it is fully completed with all requested documentation required to support the requested funding.


  • Grants applications will be open until October 31st.
  • Grants are awarded on a first come first serve basis to those who are eligible.
  • Grant Scoring Algorithm:

Grant Purpose: Website Building and Marketing Services for Business Impacted by the COVID 19 Pandemic


Current Online Presence


Facebook Only


No Facebook or Website


A basic, static, webpage only


A dynamic web page currently exists


How Would an Online Presence Benefit the Applicant? (Check all that apply)


Increased foot traffic


Encourage tourism activities


Enhance or enable online scheduling


Enhance or enable online sales


Raise awareness of a public need such as food or childcare


Business Activities and Impact (Check all the Apply)


The business is a childcare center or daycare


Business sales a product that can be legally sold online


The business provides a service that scheduling can be done online


The business is located in Downtown Historic District


The Business encourages overnight stays


***Minimum score of 5 from each of the three categories is required to be determined eligible  


  • A complete application must be submitted online.
  • Additional Information may be requested for clarification.
  • Economic Development Director and Chamber President will score the application and make the final determination of eligibility.
  • Economic Development Director will send congratulatory and introductory emails to The Bureau of Small Projects and the business contact.

Bourbon County: 14 Active COVID-19 Cases

SEK Multi-County Health Departments

Allen, Anderson, Bourbon, and Woodson Counties

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update

October 5, 2020

Please call your local health department if you would like a further breakdown of cases.

Allen County

Current Active Cases 25
Total Hospitalizations 5-0 in hospital
Current Recovered Cases 71
Total Cases Since Testing 97
Deaths 1

Anderson County

Current Active Cases 3
Total Hospitalizations 2-0 in hospital
Current Recovered Cases 83
Total Cases Since Testing 86
Deaths 0

Bourbon County

Current Active Cases 14
Total Hospitalizations 10- 0 in hospital
Current Recovered Cases 195
Total Cases Since Testing 212
Deaths 3

Woodson County

Current Active Cases 3
Total Hospitalizations 2-0 in hospital
Current Recovered Cases 21
Total Cases Since Testing 24
Deaths 0

Fort Scott News

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