Category Archives: Area News

Kansas Female Veterans Sought

The United States was plunged into World War II on December 7, 1941 when the Japanese Imperial Navy bombed Pearl Harbor. Thousands of Kansas patriots were among the millions who left their civilian jobs and joined the military in response to a presidential call to arms.

Heroic Kansas women were among those sixteen million females who answered the call to work on assembly lines, farms, in shipyards, airplane factories, and other institutions in support of the military overseas.

Rosie the Riveter became the iconic image of World War II’s working women. She was the star of a campaign to recruit females to work in defense industries. American Legion Auxiliary President Karen Hasting announced an initiative to honor their service and share their stories with future generations of Americans.

“The Auxiliary wants to recognize its Kansas Rosies for their inspiring patriotism and service to Kansas and the United States,” Hasting said. “The Department of Kansas American Legion Auxiliary will honor its known Rosie the Riveters during the American Legion’s Mid-winter Forum.

Auxiliary Vice-president Paula Sellens is spearheading the effort to identify Rosies.

“The Auxiliary is issuing a call for Rosies,” Sellens said. “Our known Rosies will be honored in a ceremony in Dodge City, Kansas on February 1, 2019. We’re asking that everyone that knows of a Kansas Rosie, living or deceased, to call me at 620-255-9339 or send information by email to:”

Gordman’s Job Fair-Fort Scott: Feb. 19

Apparel and home décor retailer Gordmans, a division of Stage Stores, is coming to Fort Scott and surrounding regions this March.


Gordmans is currently hiring for a variety of full-time and part-time positions and encourages interested candidates to apply online at and then attend the job fair at the following new location:


Fort Scott Gordmans

Tuesday, Feb. 19
11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
2400 S. Main Street
Fort Scott, Kansas         


Pittsburg Gordmans
Thursday, Feb. 7
11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
202 E. Centennial Drive
Pittsburg, Kansas         


Carthage Gordmans

Wednesday, Feb. 20
11 a.m. to 7 p.m.       

2410 S Grand Avenue
Carthage, Missouri     

New Indoor Track and Field Meet in Pittsburg Jan. 12


PITTSBURG, Kan. – A new event is coming to the Robert W. Plaster Center on Saturday, January 12. The Missouri Valley Border War Championship is open to all youths who participate in track and field. Even though it’s the first time the event will be held, it is expected to bring in 250 to 300 competitors. Locals are invited as well.

“All are eligible and welcome to participate,” said Dion Lewis, Youth Chair of the USA Track & Field Missouri Valley Association. “This meet is not age specific, it is open to all youth, open, and master level athletes. An athlete from any state can participate. Athletes can be unattached or with a track club.”

Mr. Lewis said the idea for the Border War came up during last year’s 2018 USATF Regional Championships, and Pittsburg’s indoor facility provided an ideal location.

“Pitt State University has a great venue and is a prime central location for most of the athletes who will be participating,” Lewis said. “We’ve hosted track meets at PSU in the past and we look forward to hosting many more in the future.”

“It’s always a great time to stay active and compete against the best of the best, sharpening your skills as the outdoor season quickly approaches,” Lewis said. “Track and Field is the fundamental to all sports, therefore; competing will help athletes with speed/agility during offseason competition for other sports.”

“There are a lot of appealing things to track and field. For one, it is the foundation of all athletic components (i.e. running, jumping, and throwing). Secondly, track and field has something for everyone. With the right attitude, anyone can excel in track and field. Lastly, track and field offers the most athletic scholarship opportunity. There are many other appealing factors but these are just a few.”

Registration is due Thursday, January 10 and is $24 for three (3) events, including relays. To register, visit, and click on “Missouri Valley Border War Championships” in the list of Upcoming Events.

First Day Hike at Crawford State Park

Begin the New Year connecting with the outdoors by taking a healthy hike at Crawford State Park.

Meet January 1 at 10 a.m. at the Beach Shelter.

Crawford State Park is located at 1 West Lake Road
Farlington, Kansas, just over the Bourbon County line off Highway 7 in Crawford County.
Crawford State Park can be reached at  620-362-3671.

Event website

The trail is moderate difficulty. Pets must be on a leash. Wear weather appropriate clothing, including water-resistant boots.

Contact/cancellation info: 620-362-3671. Tag #FirstDayHikes and #NoPlaceLikeKS.

I-70 closed between Colby and WaKeeney



I-70 between Colby and WaKeeney has just closed this morning in both directions because of winter weather conditions. Several other highways in western Kansas are closed as well.


For up-to-date information on road closures and road conditions, check travel information online at, or call 511 in Kansas or 866-511-5368 outside Kansas.

Red Cross Blood Drive Dec. 26-27

The American Red Cross is having a Fort Scott Community Blood Drive at Buck Run Community Center, 735 Scott, following the holidays.

Wednesday, Dec. 26 from 1 to 7 p.m. and Thursday, Dec. 27 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. donors are encouraged to donate.

Please call 620-223-5946 to schedule an appointment.

Fort Scott National Historic Site Accessible to Public During Shutdown



Fort Scott KS – During the shutdown of the federal government due to the lapse of appropriations, national parks will remain as accessible as possible while still following all applicable laws and procedures. Park grounds at Fort Scott National Historic Site will remain accessible to visitors, but emergency and rescue services will be limited.

There will be no NPS-provided visitor services at Fort Scott National Historic Site, including public information, restrooms, trash collection, and facilities and roads maintenance (including plowing and snow removal if applicable).

Because of the federal government shutdown, NPS social media and websites are not being monitored or updated and may not reflect current conditions. All park programs have been canceled, including: Fort Guided Tours.

Please visit for park information and and select “Find a Park” for additional information about access to other parks and sites.

For updates on the shutdown, please visit



Fort Scott KS –  The Fort Scott National Historic Site’s Visitor Center and fort buildings will be closed and no programs will be offered on Christmas day and New Year’s day (December 25, 2018 and January 1, 2019) to allow staff to celebrate the holidays with their families. Regular winter hours are 8:30 am to 4:30 pm daily.

Please visit our website for pictures and information about the fort, as well as its role in U.S. history and the shaping of the west. Information on visiting can be found on the Plan Your Visit page of our website (, by calling 620-223-0310, or by emailing us.

KDOT requesting comments on Transportation Improvement Program Amendment


The Kansas Department of Transportation (KDOT) requests comments on an amendment to the FFY 2019-2022 Statewide Transportation Improvement Program (STIP) document.

The STIP is a project specific publication that lists all KDOT administered projects, regardless of funding source, and includes projects for counties and cities as well as projects on the State Highway System. The list of projects being amended to the STIP can be viewed at

The approval of the STIP amendment requires a public comment period, which concludes Jan. 2, 2019. To make comments on the amendment, contact KDOT’s Bureau of Program and Project Management at (785) 296-2252.

This information is available in alternative accessible formats. To obtain an alternative format, contact the KDOT Office of Public Affairs, (785) 296-3585 (Voice/Hearing Impaired-711).

Fort Scott Presbyterian Village honored for achievements

The Fort Scott Presbyterian Village team, with Ginger Nance, center, are surrounded by members of the Presbyterian Manors of Mid-America board of trustees, senior leadership and regional support team following the presentation of the PMMA Emerald Award. This is Fort Scott’s first Emerald Award.

WICHITA, Kan. — Fort Scott Presbyterian Village was recognized with an Emerald Award from Presbyterian Manors of Mid-America for reaching goals in fiscal year 2018, July 1, 2017, through June 30, 2018.

The recognition came through PMMA’s Emerald Awards Program, designed to encourage its 17 locations and two hospices to achieve high levels of resident and employee satisfaction, meet financial goals, build philanthropic support for the organization’s mission and meet marketing goals. There are 11 areas measured for the Emerald Awards.

To receive an emerald, a community has to meet its goals in all 11 areas. Team members from the community attended PMMA’s annual Emerald Award Banquet Dec. 6 at the Broadview Hotel in Wichita to accept the award.

We are pleased to present Fort Scott Presbyterian Village with its first Emerald Award. This recognition is a visible sign of the Fort Scott team’s commitment to the mission of PMMA of providing quality senior services guided by Christian values,” said Bruce Shogren, chief executive officer for PMMA.

Presbyterian Manors of Mid-America has been providing quality senior services guided by Christian values in Kansas and Missouri for nearly 70 years.

For more information about Fort Scott Presbyterian Village, contact Marketing Director Becky Kellum at 620-223-5550 or

Fort Scott Presbyterian Village has been offering independent and assisted living apartments for seniors from southeast Kansas and southwest Missouri since 1994. Learn more at It is a member of the nonprofit Presbyterian Manors of Mid-America network of 17 communities and 2 hospices in Kansas and Missouri. Learn more about PMMA at

Warning To Westar Customers

KCP&L and Westar Energy warn customers of imposters

Callers use threat of disconnection to get immediate payment.

KANSAS CITY, Mo., and TOPEKA, Kan. – Dec. 17, 2018 – KCP&L and Westar Energy are alerting customers that imposters claiming to work for the companies are threatening to disconnect service and asking for prepaid cards as payment. In some cases, the caller is using a prerecorded voice. Several customers have called to report receiving suspicious phone calls.

Some imposters are very convincing. They may use websites that allow them to manipulate caller ID, making the call appear to come from KCP&L or Westar. They may use a prerecorded message. They speak with authority. When the targeted customer calls the phone numbers provided, the person who answers sounds like they work for KCP&L or Westar. In some cases, callers may even provide information like amount due that makes them sound credible.

Scammers create a sense of urgency to get customers to act quickly rather than allowing them time to check their account,” Gina Penzig, manager, media communications, said. “We will never require a pre-paid card for payment. Also, we notify customers multiple times in advance if service may be interrupted for non-payment.”

Before acting on one of these calls, check your records to see if a recent payment has been made. If you are still unsure, check your account online or call the Westar Energy Customer Relations Center, 1-800-383-1183, or the KCP&L Customer Contact Center, 1-888-471-5275, and check your account status. More about identifying scams: or

If a customer receives a suspicious visit from an individual, he or she should also report it to their local law enforcement agency.

About KCP&L and Westar Energy:

Serving approximately 1.5 million customers in Kansas and Missouri, Kansas City Power & Light Company (KCP&L), KCP&L Greater Missouri Operations Company and Westar Energy are the electric utilities of Evergy, Inc. (NYSE: EVRG). Together we generate nearly half the power we provide to homes and businesses with emission-free sources. We support our local communities where we live and work, and strive to meet the needs of customers through energy savings and innovative solutions.

Contacts – Media:

Gina Penzig

Manager, media communications


Media line: 888-613-0003

Cricket Wireless Moves to Nevada

Cricket Wireless, formerly at Third and State Streets, has moved to Nevada, MO.

Cricket Wireless, a cell phone company/service, moved to Nevada, MO late last week.

“The Cricket store is independently owned by Donald Vance, Optimal Wireless LLC, Boerne, TX,” Cricket Store Manager Melissa Goff said.

The store was moved Dec. 13 Goff said, adding she found out about the move a few days before.

“The market wasn’t moving in Fort Scott,” Goff said. “It seems that Nevada has more of a growing market, a bigger market.”

The new store is located at 111 E. Austin and can be reached at 417-448-6293.

Hours: Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Saturday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Sunday Noon to 5 p.m.

They have four employees: Goff, Danny Roberts and Corbin Davis all from Fort Scott, a new employee is being hired in Nevada, Goff said.

The Fort Scott Cricket Wireless was located at 205 West Third.