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New COVID 19 Case In Bourbon County

Bourbon and Allen Counties both have new COVID 19 cases today, said Bourbon County Health Officer Rebecca Johnson.
“Bourbon County has a new positive COVID-19 case today,” she said. “This individual is also symptomatic and in isolation. Their family is in quarantine. The investigation is complete.”
“Allen County has a positive COVID-19 case today,” Johnson said.  “The individual is symptomatic and in isolation. Their family is in quarantine. The Allen County Public Health Department is diligently working to notify all close contacts and complete the investigation.”

Gordon Parks Museum Adds Interactive Learning

Submitted photos. Elijah Knight and Jax Armstrong use interactive technology at the Gordon Parks Museum.

A  July 2019 grant from the Community Foundation of Southeast Kansas is helping to support interactive technology for youth and young adults, at the Gordon Parks Museum.


The museum is located on the campus of Fort Scott Community College, 2108 S. Horton.


“The interactive technology tablet is up and running,” Museum Director Kirk Sharp said.


Submitted photos.


The museum purchased a tablet kiosk, a stand for the kiosk, and operational interactive software.


“It is designed to deliver content in an interactive setting for all of our visitors, especially younger audiences,” Sharp said. “This interactive software will not only provide information about Gordon Parks but will also allow the visitors to view photos, videos, interviews, review books, listen to music, create a drawing/painting, interactive trivia quiz game and much more.”



Submitted photos.


“It has been a goal of the museum board to offer an additional and more modern approach to learning, viewing and appreciating all of the collections and works of Gordon Parks,” Sharp said. “Providing interactive displays in different areas of the museum will benefit the viewer(s) by providing additional details and content to each supported exhibit. This tablet helps us achieve this goal.”


“This project helped to give us the ability to provide a more engaging way for the younger generation to learn more about our museum and keep visitors fully engaged,” Sharp said. “The interactive technology has helped make our museum more appealing to younger crowds and to encourage visitors return for future visits.”



“This project also supports our mission of using Gordon Parks’ remarkable life story to teach about artistic creativity, cultural awareness and the role diversity plays in our lives,” Sharp said.


Submitted photos.. Caleb Clay uses interactive technology at the Gordon Parks Museum.


“When the museum teaches about creativity, cultural awareness and diversity, it needs to be able to reach our visitors in creative ways, and by providing interactive technology, this will help us deliver on that objective,” Sharp said.  “We want our visitors’ experience to be engaging, educational and interactive, especially for the youth so we can help to keep the Gordon Parks legacy alive for generations to come.”



SEK COVID 19 Update June 9

SEK Multi-County Health Departments

Allen, Anderson, Bourbon, and Woodson Counties

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update

June 9, 2020

Allen County

Current Positive Cases 0
Current Recovered Cases 1
Total Positives Since Testing 1
Deaths 0

Anderson County

Current Positive Cases 0
Current Recovered Cases 1
Total Positives Since Testing 1
Deaths 0

Bourbon County

Current Positive Cases 0
Presumptive Cases 1-listed on KDHE website, tested negative
Current Recovered Cases 7-includes presumptive case
Total Positives Since Testing 7
Deaths 1

Woodson County

Current Positive Cases 0
Current Recovered Cases 6
Total Positives Since Testing 6
Deaths 0

Recovered cases are based on dates of onset of symptoms, not on day testing results are received.

Southeast Kansas Library System Newsletter June 2020

The SEKnFind Newsletter
 June 2020

This newsletter about new books is distributed to people who are registered adult users at a southeast Kansas library participating in the SEKnFind catalog. We hope you find it useful, but if you don’t wish to receive this anymore, you can click on the “Manage Subscriptions or Unsubscribe” link at the bottom.
All the books included in this newsletter are new additions in one or more SEKnFind libraries–and since the catalog is shared, that means they are available to you whether they are in your local library or not!  Just place a hold on the item(s) you want.  If you don’t know how, your librarian can show you.

New Nonfiction

The rural diaries : love, livestock, and big life lessons down on Mischief Farm
by Hilarie Burton Morgan

The actress best known for One Tree Hill chronicles her move from Los Angeles to Rhinebeck, New York where she and her husband manage a farm, raise their children, build chicken coops and make dandelion wine. 100,000 first printing.

No ordinary dog : my partner from the SEAL Teams to the Bin Laden raid
by Will Chesney

Tells the true story of a SEAL Team Operator and military dog handler, and the dog that saved his life. Illustrations.

Magnolia Table : a collection of recipes for gathering / Volume 2 :
by Joanna Gaines

Beautifully photographed, and filled with dishes that should be shared, the author, in this second volume, gives readers abundant reasons to gather together through 145 recipes for each meal of the day. 2000K first printing. Illustrations.

Find your path : honor your body, fuel your soul, and get strong with the Fit52 life
by Carrie Underwood

The Platinum award-winning music artist outlines common-sense approaches to health and fitness that can be incorporated into a busy schedule, sharing personal meal plans, recipes and weekly workout programs for long-term results. 500,000 first printing. Tour.

Empires of the sky : zeppelins, airplanes, and two men’s epic duel to rule the world
by Alexander Rose

The Golden Age of Aviation is brought to life by the story of the giant Zeppelin airships that once roamed the sky and ended with the fiery destruction of the Hindenburg. Illustrations.

Inge’s war : a German woman’s story of family, secrets, and survival under Hitler
by Svenja O’Donnell

The award-winning Bloomberg UK political correspondent shares the long-secret story of her German grandmother, who endured the brutal Nazi regime and postwar years before the advancing Red Army separated her from the father of her baby. Illustrations. Maps.

Run to the finish : the everyday runner’s guide to avoiding injury, ignoring the clock, and loving the run
by Amanda Brooks

“In her first book, popular runner blogger Amanda Brooks lays out the path to finding greater fulfillment in running for those who consider themselves “middle of the pack runners” — they’re not trying to win Boston (or even qualify for Boston); they just want to get strong and stay injury-free so they can continue to enjoy running. Run to the Finish is not your typical running book. While it is filled with useful strategic training advice throughout, at its core, it is about embracing your place in the middle of the pack with humor and learning to love the run you’ve got without comparing yourself to other runners. Mixing practical advice like understanding the discomfort vs. pain, the mental side of running, and movements to treat the most common injuries with more playful elements such as “Favorite hilarious marathon signs” and “Weird Thoughts We all Have at the Start Line,” Brooks is the down-to-earth, inspiring guide for everyone who wants to be happier with their run”

Growing old : notes on aging with something like grace
by Elizabeth Marshall Thomas

Part memoir and part life-affirming map all of us may follow to embrace our later years with grace and dignity, this look at the social and historical traditions related to aging explores a wide range of issues connected with growing older. 50,000 first printing.

New Fiction

Have you seen me? : a novel of suspense
by Kate White

Arriving at work to discover that she has suffered a dissociative fugue and lost five years of her memory, a finance journalist examines a traumatic past event before connecting her experience to an unsolved murder. 20,000 first printing.

The crow’s call
by Wanda E. Brunstetter

When the sole providers of their Pennsylvania Amish Country family are killed in a devastating accident, Amy helps her mother take over their greenhouse business, which is being threatened by shifting family roles and a competitive rival. Original.

Family for Beginners
by Sarah Morgan

Falling in love with a widower, Flora accepts an invitation to accompany his family on an annual summer holiday to England’s Lakes District, where she struggles to bond with her boyfriend’s grieving teenage daughter. 10,000 first printing.

The great texas dance
by Mark C Jackson

“Zebadiah Creed tells a tale of the Texas Revolution, not as history, but a personal portrayal of men and the consequences of their decisions, sometimes made during the savagery of battle, most times made in quiet, their desperate acts allowing them no way out other than through loyalty and friendship, or ultimate betrayal”

A witch in time
by Constance Sayers

After discovering that her teenage daughter is involved with a married painter in 1895 Paris, a witch casts a curse that binds the pair to relive the doomed affair and die tragically over and over again. 50,000 first printing.

Mrs. Mohr goes missing
by Maryla Szymiczkowa

Planning a charity auction sponsored by her wealthy neighbors, bored professor’s wife and socialite Zofia Turbotynska investigates a suspicious death at a local nursing home only to become 1893 Cracow’s most clever amateur sleuth.

by Marina Kemp

A young live-in nurse forges an unlikely connection with her once-powerful elderly charge before the influential people of their village begin targeting the relationship with gossip and a scheme to get the nurse fired. A first novel.

Old Lovegood girls : a novel
by Gail Godwin

Separated by a devastating loss, two estranged college roommates reach out to each other years later in the face of unpredictable hardships before discovering the power of their unbreakable bond to transform their lives. Illustrations.

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Join Kansas Youth Connect

Kansas Youth Connect is a brand new youth leadership group of about 15-20 youth from across Kansas. It is a youth-created, youth-led umbrella organization designed to support the efforts of youth prevention and leadership groups across the state.

The goal of KYC is to connect youth across Kansas in an effort to bring about positive change.

KYC youth will be able to collaborate with other youth, grow their leadership skills, and provide their perspective on important uses related to substance misuse prevention, mental health and wellness, community engagement, and more!

The application deadline is June 12th. Middle, high school, and college youth are encouraged to apply.


Here’s the link to the application:


For questions, contact Gabriela Hernandez at


Submitted by


Lydia Fuqua

Kansas Prevention Specialist


Prevention Services

3312 Clinton Parkway

Lawrence, KS 66047




Section of K-31 Section Closes May 8 in Linn County

Section of K-31 to close for pipe replacement project


The Kansas Department of Transportation (KDOT) will close a section of K-31 in Linn County to replace two crossroad pipes on Monday, June 8, weather permitting.


K-31 will be closed approximately three miles east of Blue Mound, between Flint and Gorman roads. The closure will start after 8 a.m. and remain in effect until late Monday. Traffic should use alternate routes.


Persons with questions may contact KDOT Area Engineer Donna Schmit, (785) 433-6107, or Public Affairs Manager Priscilla Petersen, (620) 902-6433.


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Drive Through Job Fair May 27 in Pittsburg

Southeast KansasWorks is hosting a drive-through job fair on May 27 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Pittsburg.



ATTN: Employers Who Are Hiring
Here is how you can submit your
information for the Job Fair!
Please complete the form linked here and get your job opening information to Southeast KANSASWORKS – see contact info. below.
Southeast KANSASWORKS will be hosting a “Drive-Thru Job Fair” from 10am to 2pm on Wednesday, May 27th and we’re inviting you to participate! This particular Drive-Thru Job Fair will be held at the Workforce Center in Pittsburg (address below). The Chamber will be assessing in the near future whether to hold a similar drive-thru format here locally, or an actual Job Fair when feasible to do so.
During the May 27th event, Southeast KANSASWORKS staff will distribute packets filled with information containing job applications and job orders as well as additional information about community resources to job seekers looking for immediate employment. This will be a “no-touch” event meaning that all packets will be assembled by staff who are wearing masks/gloves with one staff member handling the packets during the event as customers remain in their cars.
To have your job openings/applications included in the packets, please fill out the attached form completely and return no later than close of business on Friday, May 22nd. If you have a paper application, return that with the completed form and we will make additional copies to distribute.
We understand this is different from your typical job fair but feel like this could be an excellent opportunity for your business to recruit the employees needed to maintain normal operation, as much as possible, during this time.
Click here for the printed flyer you may hang in your business. As always, make sure to share the event and flyer on your Facebook pages, let your employees know you are hiring and will be participating in the event. KANSASWORKS will hang flyers around the community, share throughout social media platforms, submit a newspaper press release, run PSA’s on the radio and promote the event as much as possible.
Send the completed job form, and a printed application if you have one, to Jolene Ray with Southeast KANSASWORKS:
Fax: 620-222-0218
Mail: 216 N. Broadway, Pittsburg, KS 66762
You may also send the forms to the Chamber and we can forward them to Jolene.
Fax: 620-223-3574
Get Prepared for your next JOB FAIR with help from KANSASWORKS!
click HERE!
Remote Services Available
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Southeast KANSASWORKS Workforce Centers will be providing remote services until further notice. We apologize for the inconvenience. For additional assistance, please visit to access the chat function or call 620-231-4250 for general questions.
Unemployment Insurance Benefits
If you are not working or working reduced hours due to COVID-19, you may be eligible for Unemployment Insurance benefits. Visit: or call (800) 292-6333 to learn more.
Work Experience, Try-out Employment, Work-based Learning, & Classroom Training Participants – If you have questions or concerns please contact:
Regan Rose at 620-687-0462– Adult, Dislocated Worker, & Kansas Health Profession Opportunity Programs
Christine Abbott at 620-779-3727 – Youth Program
Reemployment Services and Eligibility Assessment (RESEA)
If you have questions or concerns about your appointment, please contact:
Debbie Cherry at 620-238-8506
If your business is forced to temporarily lay off employees due to COVID-19, you can assist your employees by filing an application for Unemployment Benefits on their behalf. Visit: to get started.
If your business needs assistance posting a job order on KANSASWORKS please contact:
Jolene Ray – 620-238-8783
For additional resources and up-to-date information visit:

Child Abuse Prevention Training Online

The month of April has shaped up to be a unique one: we’re observing Child Abuse Prevention Month mostly from the comfort of our own homes. As our communities continue to press pause and participate in social distancing, we’re encouraging you to take things One Day at a Time. While the current COVID-19 has dramatically impacted life as we know it, protecting kids doesn’t have to be an overwhelming process—in fact, there are protective measures we can take that can come as easy as taking a deep breath.

During this month it is important, now more than ever, to help people understand that safe, stable, and nurturing relationships and environments are necessary to ensure that children thrive. Everybody plays a part in preventing child abuse and neglect – everyone can make great childhoods happen. Small discreet actions can make a big difference in a child’s life—and a parent’s as well.

Kansas Children’s Service League (KCSL) is pleased to announce the Darkness to Light Stewards of Children child sexual abuse prevention training is now available online, for Kansas residents, through a grant administered by the Office of the Kansas Attorney General. This is a free 2.0 hour training.


Registration spaces are first-come-first-serve. You are encouraged to forward this opportunity to other PARENTS, EDUCATION and CHILD CARE professionals, and COMMUNITY VOLUNTEERS who work with children, churches, school staff, and area agencies.

Contact KCSL ( with any questions or for directions on how to access the training opportunity.

We look forward to discussing steps we can take together to help keep kids safe!

Need local resources? Call any day, any time for FREE. We’re here to connect you to resources, answer any questions or just be a listening ear.

American Legion Impact Report

The American Legion’s success depends entirely on active membership, participation and volunteerism. The following monthly reports provide a summary of membership, participation and volunteerism making an impact in the lives of veterans, families and communities.

American Legion Posts can share the many ways Legionnaires are making a difference in their communities.  To view the impact American Legion posts made throughout the year, please read the attached March 2020 membership impact report.


Please keep me posted as to any area Veterans who may be in need during these shut downs and business closures.

Carl Jowers. Post 25 Commander.

Kansas Youth Community Change Conference Online April 20

For those of you who might have teenagers at home or know families who do, there is a virtual opportunity for teens that is coming up!

The Kansas Youth Community Change Conference (KYC3) is going virtual! It is totally free and sessions will take place from April 20th through May 21st.


Here’s how it works:

  • Everyone who plans to attend must register for virtual KYC3 here:
  • When you register, you’ll pick each session you are interested in participating in.
  • Teens who participate in the sessions will receive prizes!
  • Every teen who registers will receive a KYC3 t-shirt.
  • Our keynote speaker Javier Sanchez from Youth to Youth International will be facilitating his sessions on Friday, April 24th at 10:00 AM and 3:00 PM. You won’t want to miss it!!


We’re offering over 20 different sessions for teens to attend, you can view the full agenda here:


We’ve also developed a list of FAQs, which you can view here:


Please share this with any teens you know who might be interested and/or adults who work with teens. It will be a fun, interactive few weeks and we’re looking for to continuing the conference this way!


Medical Workers Urge The Public To Stay Home

Open letter to the American public: Physicians, nurses and our entire medical community are urging all people to stay at home.

We are honored to serve and put our lives on the front line to protect and save as many lives as possible. But we need your help.

Physical distancing and staying at home are the key to slowing the spread of 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19) to give physicians, nurses and everyone on the front lines a fighting chance at having the equipment, time and resources necessary to take on this immense challenge.

Those contracting COVID-19 are your family, friends, and loved ones.

That’s why we’re urging the public to #StayHome as we reach the critical stages of our national response to COVID-19.

Of course, those with urgent medical needs, including pregnant women, should seek care as needed.

Everyone else should #StayHome. Millions of you are already leading this effort – and we thank you. You’re still connecting with friends and loved ones through video chats, social media or just over the telephone – proving that meaningful social connections can happen at a safe distance.

Millions more must join this effort, which is why we’re calling for all-hands-on-deck to confront this public health battle against COVID-19.

Staying at home in this urgent moment is our best defense to turn the tide against COVID-19. Physicians, nurses and health care workers are at work for you, please stay home for us.

Your partners in health, American Hospital Association American Medical Association American Nurses Association.

Submitted by Nancy Van Patten