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Chanute to Host Regional Farmers’ Market Vendor Workshop

The Fort Scott Farmers Market is located on Skubitz Plaza from spring until fall.

The Kansas Department of Agriculture, K-State Research and Extension and the Kansas Department of Health and Environment will host a regional workshop in Chanute on Saturday, Feb. 10, 2018. This is one of five regional workshops which are being held this year to assist farmers’ market vendors and managers.

Kansas farmers’ markets not only provide a fresh food source but also stimulate the local economy. In 2017, 85 farmers’ markets were registered with KDA’s Central Registration of Farmers’ Markets.

“Farmers’ markets provide growers a chance to tell their farm’s story, with face-to-face interaction with consumers, but there are also legal, safety and financial parameters that farmers need to understand before choosing to sell at a farmers’ market,” said Londa Nwadike, consumer food safety specialist with K-State Research and Extension and the University of Missouri.

Workshop topics will include:

Marketing and Pricing Tips
Growing in High Tunnels 101
Regulations on Selling Meat, Eggs and Poultry Direct to Consumer
Double Up Food Bucks and Sales Tax for Vendors
Vendor Marketing and Communications
Morel Mushroom Identification Certification
Kansas Senior Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program Certified Farmer Training

KDA’s weights and measures program will also offer free scale testing and certification at the workshop for attendees.

The workshop will be held at Mid-West Fertilizer at the Chanute Agronomy Center, 3030 W. Santa Fe Ave. in Chanute. Onsite registration will open at 8:30 a.m. and the workshop will begin at 9:00 a.m. and conclude by 3:00 p.m.

Registration for this workshop is now open and is $20 per participant. Registration includes lunch; however, lunch will only be guaranteed to those participants who register by February 1.

Registration forms can be found at or at your local extension offices.

For more information, please contact Kathy McEwan, Southwind Extension, at 620-365-2242 or, or Krista Harding at 620-244-3826 or

KDA is committed to providing an environment that enhances and encourages economic growth of the agriculture industry and the Kansas economy. These workshops will provide support and assistance to help make Kansas businesses more successful.

Kathy S. McEwan, Family and Consumer Sciences Agent, Foods & Nutrition, SNAP-Ed Coordinator, Southwind Extension District – Iola Office, P.O. Box 845, Iola KS 66749,  telephone 620-365-2242 or email:


Cold Or Flu?

Cold vs. Flu

Can you tell the difference?

 A runny nose. Muscle aches. Fever. Is it a cold or the flu?

Dr. Katrina Burke, family medicine physician at Mercy Clinic Fort Scott offers these tips to help you distinguish the difference between a cold and the flu.

Flu is usually a sudden onset,” Burke explains. “Headaches, muscle aches, tiredness/weakness and exhaustion are common and often severe with the flu.”

A fever is possible with both colds and the flu, but a temperature of 102 or above in children and adults that last 3 to 4 days is common with the flu,” she adds.

A cold typically worsens over a day or two. Adults seldom have a fever with a cold. Infants and young children may have a fever with a cold but the fever usually subsides within a couple days.”

The best way to prevent the flu is good hand hygiene and getting the flu vaccine. If you become sick, stay at home, use over-the-counter medication for a fever and drink lots of water.

If you have questions visit your Mercy provider or Mercy Convenient Care located at 1624 S. National in Fort Scott.


FSCC Will Offer Women’s Golf, Track And Field In Fall

Tom Havron, Fort Scott Community College Athletic Director and Dean of Students.

New opportunities for students to attend Fort Scott Community College on an athletic scholarship are here.

Woman’s golf and also men’s and women’s track and field programs will be offered in Fall 2018, according to Tom Havron, athletic director and dean of students, said.

“This is an opportunity for us to add to the student body and give students academic opportunities,” Havron said.

Ryan Pulsifer was hired as the new track and field coach.

“This is near and dear to my heart….I was a track and field coach for Neosho County Community College, Chanute,” Havron said.

“There is a possibility of using local talent on our team,” Havron said.
“Fort Scott High School has tremendous cross country and track teams. The local talent is  high.”

Track has potential to add 50 to 90 students to the student body, and up to 15 for golf, Havron said.

Jeff Tadtman, current head women’s basketball coach, is the new women’s golf coach.

“Tadtman has had some experience coaching golf in a previous position,” Havron said.

FSCC has already signed two high school students for this team and is aiming for eight, he said.

For college, women’s golf is played during  fall and spring semesters, Havron said.

“We were looking to add a woman’s sport,” Havron said. “Because of Title 9, it’s important to have things equal, to give opportunities to females.”

Havron said in addition to staff recruitment, people can apply for the athletic scholarships.

In addition to academics and sports, FSCC allows students opportunities to serve the community.

Havron said the athletic department prides itself on “producing a culture of community service.”

He cited such service as helping the middle school with several fundraisers, Beacon Adopt-A-Child, Angel Tree, reading programs at the elementary schools, line judges at the high school volleyball games, Upward Bound referees and shoe donations to a third-world country.

“We get multiple calls every month, people who need help,” Havron said. “The coaches are great to get this going.”





Bourbon County Commission Meets Jan. 9

Following is the agenda for the Bourbon County Commission, Tuesday, Jan.9, starting at 9 a.m. The commission is located on the second floor of the courthouse at 210 S. National.

9-9:45 a.m.     Jim Harris

9:30                    Disposal of wreaths at the national cemetery

9:45-10:15     Commissioners consider and take action on any and all questions regarding the law enforcement project

10:30-11         Ben Cole-Sheriffs Dept. Wages

11-12                Justin Meeks

Noon-1:30       Commissioners gone to lunch

2-2:30              Ed Guss-City of Redfield/Fire Department

2:30                    Employee handbook

 Justifications for an executive session:

          Personnel matters of individual non-elected personnel

          Consultation with an attorney for the body or agency which would be deemed privileged in the attorney-client relationship

          Matters relating to employer-employee negotiations whether or not in consultation with the representative(s) of the body or agency

          Confidential data relating to financial affairs or trade secrets of corporations, partnerships, trusts and individual proprietorships

          Preliminary discussions relating to the acquisition of real property

          Matters relating to the security of a public body or agency, public building or facility or the information system of a public body or agency, if the discussion of such matters at an open meeting would jeopardize the security of such public body, agency, building, facility or information system