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Faith Christian Church Reaches Out to Guatemala

Fort Scott, KS

Faith Christian church is hosting a garage sale this Saturday starting at 8 am. Items will be sold for a donation and the funds will go to help the 10 Guatemala Mission trip team members and provide for the ministry activities on the trip.

Ministry activities will include: home visits to two impoverished families to pray and deliver food staples along with gifts, ministry to students at a local school, visit and prayers for patients at a regional hospital, and building a house for a homeless family. The sale will be held at 1201 S. National. Maybe you don’t have extra cash,  but need to clean our your garage, you can drop off your things to sell starting at 1 pm on Friday at the sale location. 

If you have further questions, please contact Matthew Wells 417-684-1714.

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Top picture is Tomasa, a widow and two of her five boys during a special visit in her home last year. The second picture is the guys with a mother and daughter after making much needed repairs to their home last year. All four of those guys will be going again the year. Team members this year are: Greg, Carie, Connor, and Gibson Fess; Rhonda Myers; Matthew Wells; Paul Wilson; Kasey Eaton; Kaylee Coombs; and Brady Simpson.

Bourbon County Arts Council Host Exhibit

Fort Scott, Ks –
The Bourbon County Art Council is hosting their annual art exhibit and sale. This year marks the 23rd year the exhibit has been on display. Yesterday morning community members gathered in the Ellis Fine Arts building to participate in the exhibit and the Chamber coffee.

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Over 35 artists contributed to the exhibit this year. Artist ranged in age from 16-82 years old, including various types of media, from 19 cities across the region. Winners have been selected and the prizes have been provided by area businesses who support the arts including: H&H Realty, Landmark Bank, City State Bank, McDonald’s, Union State Bank, H&R Block, The Liberty Theatre, Fort Scott Broadcasting, Ward Kraft and individual donors.

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If you haven’t made it out to see the exhibit, today is the last day the art display will be open, Friday, March 13th from noon to 7pm.

FSCC Hosts 2015 Spring Rodeo

Fort Scott, KS

Fort Scott Community College has had a rodeo program for nearly 40 years. Through those years, many students have been educated in many aspects of not only rodeo, but teamwork and many aspects of livestock, not to mention a few bumps and bruises.

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The rodeo can bring upwards of 3,000 visitors to our community which provides many economical benefits. The rodeo kicked off last Friday with events lasting through Sunday. Many events included: calf roping, breakaway, saddle bronc, goat tying, steer wrestling, team roping, barrel racing and bull riding are a few of the highlights.

If you missed this years rodeo, you’ll want to come and participate in the event. 2014-15 Rodeo Team consists of: Dillon Adolf, Cooper Belt, Austin Bond, Jaice Cross, Hunter Deckard, Colton Delgado, Dakota Eagleburger, Alex Edmonds, Brenton Esslinger, Enzo Ferretti, Sandro Ferretti, Nick Franchett, Amanda Garrett, Trey Gates, Wyatt Gewinner, Colton Goad, Austin Graham, Lane Hamm, Wyatt Hoggatt, Heather Humphrey, Colton Jennings, Matthew Jordan, Cody Kendall, Alex Lee, Wyatt Maines, Boyd Miller, Ryan Myers, Dylan Schulenberg, Katelin Silovsky, Dillon Sondereggor, Ty Swiler, Timothy Tippman, Colton Wagoner, Jennifer Wisniewski, Breanna Wortman. Coached by Chad Cross and Assistant Coach Cali Griffin

Bella Roma, New Italian Restaurant

Fort Scott, KS – Have you been looking for a new Italian restaurant that serve authentic Italian dishes in Fort Scott? You need to make sure and stop in for a meal at Bella Roma. Bella Roma was started by Giovanni and Eddie Elezi. The brothers have several other successful restaurants in the South Eastern part of the state. After some consideration, they decided it was time to establish a restaurant in Fort Scott.

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Bella’s has been open almost two months now. Those who have discovered the restaurant already will find Fridays and Saturdays are full and may even end up on a waiting list. Giovanni, one of the Chef’s preparing the fare is from Palmera, Italy and their family has been making food for over 30 years.

Located at 302 East 1st street, they have transformed the space into a cozy Italian dining experience. The wait staff are friendly and enthusiastic about the restaurant and the vision the owners have for the new space.

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This weekend, they are offering a “Lover’s Special” Valentine’s Meal. This includes salad, entrée, drinks and cheesecake dessert for two for $39.95. Make sure and give them a call for all the details!!

Bella Roma
HOURS: 11am – 9:30pm

302 East 1st Street
Fort Scott, KS 66701
620-223-2633

Twice as Nice Variety Store, Arma

Arma, KS — If you are shopping on a budget, you are familiar with the thrift store. Everybody loves a good deal, right? In the middle of Arma, KS, Twice as Nice is going on two years at their current location, 301 N West Street, Arma.

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Betty Dehn, (pronounced deen) travels often with her husband and frequents thrift stores and antique malls. Two years ago, she decided it was time to start her own store. Being familiar with a piece of property that once had been a restaurant, made arrangements to move in.

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She started in the front two rooms and continues to expand as work get completed on the building. She has quite an inventory that is changing all the time.

Being a grandmother with over 15 grandchildren, she knows how expensive providing basic items and gifts can be for all the children. She really feels this is a ministry to provide very affordable home wares and clothing to those who may not be able to afford necessary home items.

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Currently, she is only open 10-4pm on Friday and Saturdays. Donations are welcome during those times as well. The best way to keep up with what is going on is to join their Facebook group page.  But if you want to take a peek inside hurry in before the end of the year because she will be closed January and February to catch up with all her grand kids!

Arcadia Sponsors Christmas for the Kids

Arcadia, KS — For many years, a devout few in the city of Arcadia decided that not one child in the city limits would experience a Christmas without gifts. “Six girls and a guy” seem to be the horse-power behind the event that provides the dinner and the gifts.

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Of course, there are many who participate and donate to the cause through various ways. The event costs about $3,000 which is raised throughout the year with bake sales, community concerts, contributions from “Our Gang,” “Autumn Leaves” and anonymous donations.

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December 13th, almost 200 people gathered at the community center to have dinner, meet Santa and every child that signed up at City Hall received as much was possible on their wish list. The organizers even made sure to have plenty of extra gifts for kids who came who weren’t on the sign-up list.

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Fundraising efforts go on through the year, so if you are interesting in helping the kids out next year, contact Arcadia City Hall for more information: 620.639.4344.