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SPARK Taskforce Public Dashboard Available

Governor Kelly Takes Significant Steps for Transparency, Announces New SPARK Taskforce Public Dashboard

~New dashboard is a tool designed for government transparency and accountability, allows Kansans to view all investments approved by SPARK~

TOPEKA – Today, Governor Laura Kelly announces the launch of the online investment dashboard to show how the $1.034 billion in Coronavirus Relief Funds (CRF) are being spent across Kansas.

“My administration has always prioritized transparency and accountability when it comes to serving Kansans. That’s what good governance is about,” Governor Laura Kelly said. “Kansans deserve to know how their tax dollars are being spent and this online tool makes that information easily accessible to all.”

Kansans can view the investment dashboard directly at or by visiting the Office of Recovery website: selecting the Investment Dashboard tab.

The dashboard shows the $1.034 billion in federal CARES Act investments approved by the Governor’s SPARK taskforce and State Finance Council. The dashboard allows users to view investments based on how the funds will be used or by location served. For example, users can view all the investments that have strengthened public health, or they can learn how much funding their counties have received.

Through the SPARK process, approximately $400 million was distributed to Kansans counties directly to address their local needs. The remaining funds are being administered by statewide organizations to provide Kansans programs and services. The dashboard shows how all these funds are being invested. Not all funds have been spent yet, and the dashboard will continue to be updated as more dollars are invested.

“These investments are having positive impact all across Kansas and through this dashboard Kansans can see how these dollars are being used to serve them,” Executive Director Julie Lorenz said. “Kansas is one of a few states providing this level of transparency and accountability to its citizens.”


Assistance For Unlicensed Home Childcare Centers

Southeast KANSASWORKS, in partnership with the Bourbon County Workforce and Entrepreneur Resource Center (BWERC), is offering assistance to help unlicensed home childcare centers pursue licensing through the State of Kansas.

This program provides financial assistance with application fees, fingerprinting, and other associated costs with compliance with state licensing guidelines.

Participants may also qualify for incentives to assist with the costs associated with safety and other required equipment for their homes.

In addition to the resources offered to unlicensed providers, Southeast KANSASWORKS is also committed to help currently licensed childcare providers with the costs associated with continuing education that is required for ongoing licensing requirements.

A Southeast KANSASWORKS staff will be present at the BWERC building, 17 S. Main, every Tuesday and Thursday from 9:00 am to 4:30 pm.

Staff will be able to help childcare providers navigate the licensing process, as well as the continuing education credits needed for currently licensed providers.

Additionally, staff will be able to help local job seekers and employers with the array of free services we offer.

Southeast KANSASWORKS, Inc. (SEKW) is the Local Workforce Development Board, Administrative Entity and Program Administrator for US Department of Labor Education and Training programs in Local Area V of Kansas, which includes the following counties: Allen, Anderson, Bourbon, Coffey, Chautauqua, Cherokee, Crawford, Elk, Greenwood, Labette, Linn, Lyon, Miami, Montgomery, Neosho, Wilson, and Woodson.

SEKWORKS is a proud partner of the America’s Job Center Network and KANSASWORKS.COM. For additional information on SEKWORKS please visit

Bourbon County Coalition Minutes of Oct. 7

Bourbon County Inter-Agency Coalition

General Membership Meeting Minutes

October 7, 2020

  1.  Welcome and Board update:  Five members representing five agencies attended this first face-to-face meeting since March 4, 2020.  Billie Jo noted the following board highlights:
  • There was no swim pass program for 2020 because the City of Fort Scott did not issue any passes due to COVID.
  • The Coalition Board has received $2,500.00 from the SEK Community Foundation, $1,600.00 from the Fort Scott Area Foundation, and $1,000.00 from the T. B. Baker Foundation for the 2020-2021 budget.
  • The average amount of assistance for rent or utilities has increased to $188.00 for the first nine months of 2020.
  • Opioid information consisting of brochures, drug disposal packets, and magnets were distributed.
  • Pictures were taken to submit to the SEK Community Foundation for the virtual grant celebration.
  • Billie Jo noted that she had begun sending the agenda through google docs.  Apparently, several did not receive notice of the meeting; she will work to rectify the situation.
  1.  Member introductions and announcements:
  • Nancy Van Etten noted that she was doing CASA cases by Zoom and virtual Red Cross.  She also announced that the Red Cross Blood Drive will be held at Buck Run Community Center on October 15 and 16.
  • David Gillen gave an update on the remodeling recently completed at The Beacon.  He also shared that Beacon Food Pantry sign up for 2021 has begun and must be completed by October 30.  Clients must call to make an appointment to complete applications.  They will also be doing sign up for the Adopt-a-Child and the Elks food baskets during this time.  
  • Amanda Keller, TFI, announced that the agency is in need of foster families, especially for teens and LGBT.  Interested persons can get information by calling 1-800-7FOSTER or online at  
  • Sandy Haggard, RSVP, shared that COVID has made the senior volunteers very creative.  They have sent notes to nursing home residents and have a new program “Seniors calling seniors.”
  1.  Program:  We will not be having programs until January 2021 at the earliest.
  1. Open Forum:  Billie Jo shared that the First Baptist Church was not having anything in their building other than one Sunday morning worship service until January at the earliest.  Therefore, we will definitely meet in the conference room at the High Rise for November and December.  Thank you to Patty Simpson for making this space available for us!
  1.  Adjournment:  Next meeting will be November 4, 2020.

Bourbon County Coalition Agenda Nov. 4

Bourbon County Inter-Agency Coalition

General Membership Meeting Agenda

November 4, 2020

  1. Welcome:
  1. Member Introductions and Announcements:
  1. Program (no programs until January, 2021, at the earliest):
  1. Open Forum:
  1. Adjournment: Next General Membership meeting will be December 2, 2020.

SPARK Projects in Bourbon County Are Varied

Bourbon County, KS

Recently a whole slate of Bourbon County businesses, organizations, school districts, churches and other categories of entities received grants to help with COVID-19 expenses.

The Strengthening People and Revitalizing Kansas (SPARK) taskforce plan is to lead Kansas forward in recovery from the far-reaching effects of COVID-19, according to its’ website,

SPARK is responsible for the statewide distribution of the U.S. Coronavirus Relief Fund.

The total amount of grants disbursed in Bourbon County:

The following received Bourbon County SPARK Funds on October 21, 2020, according to Bourbon County Economic Director Jody Hoener.

Listed below are the names of the businesses, the category they are under and the amount received from SPARK.

4 State Sanitation, Small Business, $3,500.00
5 Corners Mini Mart, Small Business, $4,250.00

Ascension Via Christi Pittsburg Inc., Health Care, $203,150.00

Baja Management Corp, Collaborative, $450,000.00
Bartelsmeyer Jewelry, Small Business, $3,750.00
Beacon Incorporated, Small Business, $1,500.00
Bids and Dibs, Small Business, $4,000.00
BN Hunting, Small Business, $1,250.00
Bourbon County, Preapproved, $263,684.65
Bourbon County 4-H Council, Small Business, $2,000.00
Bourbon County District Court, Preapproved, $3,457.00
Bourbon County Information Technology Economic Development, $51,250.00
Bourbon County Kansas Health Care, $91,000.00

Care to Share Cancer Support, Small Business, $500.00
Cheney Witt Chapel, Inc., Small Business, $2,500.00
Chicken Shak, Small Business, $2,500.00
City of Bronson Economic Development, $111.32
City of Bronson Health Care, $1,200.00
City of Fort Scott Economic Development, $142,000.00
City of Fort Scott Economic Development, $9,974.78
City of Uniontown Economic Development, $39,041.00
City of Uniontown Economic Development, $225.33
Clayton’s Inc DBA Union Station Economic Development, $20,000.00
Clifton’s Chiropractic LLC, Small Business, $2,000.00
Community Christian Church, Small Business, $4,500.00
Community Health Center of Southeast Kansas, Inc,. Health Care, $19,985.00
Compass Counseling Services, Small Business, $1,000.00
Crawford Dental LLC, Health Care, $15,000.00
Crossroads Camping & Cabins/Yellow Brick Road Invest., Small Business $2,000.00

Dairy Queen, Small Business, $5,000.00
Diamonds in the Marketplace Small Business $2,750.00

Findley Auto & Body, Small Business, $3,000.00
Fort Cinema, Small Business, $4,250.00
Fort Scott Area Chamber of Commerce, Small Business, $3,250.00
Fort Scott Broadcasting Co, Economic Development, $50,000.00
Fort Scott Christian Heights, Education, $4,199.00
Fort Scott Community Closet, Small Business,$2,000.00
Fort Scott Community College, Education, $287,760.78
Fort Scott Family Medicine, Health Care, $5,150.00
Fort Scott Hospitality Co., Small Business, $2,250.00
Fort Scott Motors LLC, Small Business, $3,250.00
Fort Scott Nazarene, Small Business ,$2,250.00
Fort Scott Presbyterian Village, Health Care, $84,520.00

HairBow Center, Small Business, $5,000.00
HB Salon, LLC Small Business $2,500.00
Hedgehog.Ink! Small Business $3,250.00
Holmtown Pub Small Business $5,000.00
Hot Wok Inc Small Business $4,500.00

I Am Rehab and Fitness Small Business $4,500.00
Imagination Station LLC Education $17,500.00

J&W Sport Shop Small Business $2,500.00
Jamie’s Beauty Shop Small Business $2,500.00

KANROCKS Recreation Small Business $5,000.00
Kenny Felt Photography Small Business $2,750.00
Khris & Karina LLC Small Business $1,000.00
Kings Way Inn Small Business $1,750.00
KW Cattle Company dba Reprologix Small Business $5,000.00

Lana’s Daycare Education $2,000.00
Leah’s Daycare Education $2,000.00
Liberty Theater Inc Small Business $4,500.00
Lowell Milken Center for Unsung Heroes Small Business $5,000.00
Luther’s BBQ Small Business $5,000.00

Mayco Ace Hardware Small Business $4,750.00
Momentum Indoor Training Small Business $2,500.00
New Generation, Inc. Education $17,500.00
Niece Equipment Products of Kansas Inc. Small Business $5,000.00
Norvell Company, Inc. Small Business $5,000.00

O’Brien Cattle Co., Inc. Small Business $2,500.00
Opie’s Inc. Small Business $2,500.00

Papa Don’s Small Business $4,000.00
Peerless Products Economic Development $50,247.00
Pioneer Harvest Fiesta, Inc. Small Business $500.00
Ponderosa Farm Collaborative $10,000.00

Re:freshed Aesthetics Small Business $2,500.00
Re:new with Julie Small Business $2,500.00
Rejuvenate with Kayla Small Business $2,500.00
RH Ventures LLC Small Business $2,000.00
RII Concrete Small Business $5,000.00
RockBallet Small Business $2,500.00

Santana’s LLC Small Business $4,500.00
SASS Inc, Hillside Guest Home Health Care $12,600.00
Sawyer Automotive Small Business $1,500.00
SEK Multi-County Health Department Health Care $7,500.00
SEKAN Printing Company, Inc. Small Business $5,000.00
Sharky’s Pub & Grub Small Business $5,000.00
Sleep Inn and Suites – Fort Scott Small Business $5,000.00
Southeast Kansas Mental Health Center Health Care $122,458.00
Spoiled Brat Small Business $2,500.00
St Mary’s School Education $80,000.00
Structure Small Business $2,500.00
Sunbeam Christian Preschool Education $10,000.00

TFI Family Services Education $50,000.00
The After Affect Salon Small Business $2,500.00
The Boiler Room Brewhaus Small Business $3,250.00
The Christian Learning Center Foundation Education $8,199.00
Two Sisters Cleaning Service Small Business $2,250.00

Unified School District 234 Education $306,000.00
USD 235 Uniontown Collaborative $88,000.00
USD 235 Uniontown Education $102,000.00

Velocity Manufacturing Small Business $5,000.00

Wise Tax and Accounting Small Business $1,750.00

Total amount of grants:

County Commission Meetings Now On Youtube

The Bourbon County Commission room, September 2018.

Bourbon County provides a service for those who wish to be in the know about the weekly commission meetings but do not wish to come in person due to the COVID-19 Pandemic.

A YouTube channel was set up by Shane Walker, the information technology director.

YouTube is a  video-sharing website on the internet.

“The (Bourbon County) YouTube channel is for nothing more than to broadcast the commission meetings during the pandemic,” Walker said.  “We have a small area for meetings.  It made sense to set it up so that citizens could view meetings without risk.”

” We are working hard to keep people safe and still allow us to do business for everyone and this is just another part of that effort,” he said.

YouTube will not be used election night because the system had to be taken down so that the Bourbon County Clerk could use the commission room for voting and election duties, he said.

“All Bourbon County employees have access, and can edit our web page and also our Facebook page,” Walker said.  “All of our department heads have this ability to put information out to the public.”

The unofficial November 3, 2020 General  Election results will be posted on the county website that evening when they have them, according to Kendell Mason, Bourbon County Clerk.



About the Bourbon County  Information Technology Department. taken from its’ website:

Walker is the Director of Information Technology

The office is located in the Bourbon County Courthouse, 210 S National Ave., Office 12, Fort Scott, KS 66701

Contact: 620-223-3800 X127 or email at

The Bourbon County Information Technology Department provides services to county departments to aid in the effective delivery of IT services that support the business needs of the county. County information technology is a vital part of the organization, providing faster and better ways for our employees to do their jobs and for our residents to access our services. They continue to keep technology current and to work with members and management of all departments to provide the computing capabilities that are needed.

The vision is to enable each county department to better serve the public through the best and highest use of appropriate technology, using creative, progressive, and economical IT solutions with uncompromising quality, reliability, and efficiency.

To provide organizational and individual leadership in IT by researching, evaluating, planning, implementing, and supporting appropriate technologies, designed to assist county departments in accomplishing their visions and missions and to apply technology and best practices that make the delivery of government services affordable, efficient, accessible, and responsive to the citizens of Bourbon County.

Flags At Half Mast for COVID 19 Deaths in Kansas

Governor Kelly Directs Flags be Flown at Half-staff to Honor 1,007 Kansans Who Lost their Lives to COVID-19

TOPEKA – Kansas surpassed 1,000 Kansas deaths due to COVID-19. In honor of the lives lost and the families they left behind, Governor Laura Kelly has directed that flags be lowered to half-staff throughout the state effective immediately to sundown, Friday, October 30, 2020.

“It is with deep sadness that I announce the passing of 1,007 Kansans who lost their lives to COVID-19,” Governor Laura Kelly said. “One of the many terrible impacts of this virus has been that families are unable to hold in-person services to mourn the passing of their loved ones. Each one of these Kansans was someone’s child, parent, or grandparent. They were part of a community. Today, I’m directing that flags be lowered to half-staff, so that we may honor and remember them.”

To receive email alerts when the governor orders flags to half-staff, please visit

City Of Bronson Receives SPARK Grant

Bronson City Hall. Submitted photo.

The City of Bronson received grant funds to better serve its’ community safely during the COVID-19 Pandemic.

In mid-October, City Clerk Ellen Harper received a SPARK Grant in the amount of $1,200 for providing help to safely serve the town, located in western Bourbon County.

The Strengthening People and Revitalizing Kansas (SPARK) program is charged with leading Kansas forward in recovery from the far-reaching effects of COVID-19, according to its’ website.

SPARK Committees are distributing money from the U.S. Coronavirus Relief Fund.

The City of Bronson will use it to provide masks, sanitizers and cleaning products to mitigate the spread of the virus at city hall.

“We put a shield up in our office for when we interact with customers,” Harper said.  “And we sanitize.”

In addition, the city is recommending wearing masks and social distancing as part of the plan.

“This is for employees, city council members, or anybody that comes in and wants to use it for council meetings,” Harper said.

As in the rest of America, the way meetings are organized, or if held at all, have changed.

Bronson has already cancelled its annual town-wide event, Bronson Day, because of the virus and will probably cancell the annual Christmas fundraiser as well, Harper said.


Adelay Martin. Submitted photo.

Submitted by Adelay Martin, UHS Student Sports Reporter

The Lady Eagle Volleyball season came to an end Saturday at the 2A Sub-State Tournament hosted at Uniontown.

In the first round, Uniontown defeated Pleasanton 25-19 and 25-15. Bri Stokes had 10 points and 10 assists. Danielle Howard was 14/18 on attacks with 7 kills and 5 solo blocks. Paige Mason was 11/11 on attacks with 2 kills.

The second round saw Erie defeat Uniontown 26-24 and 25-10. Bri Stokes had 5 points and 4 assists. Karleigh Schoenberger was 12/14 on attacks with one kill and Danielle Howard was 9/10 on attacks with 3 kills. Gwen Fry had 3 solo blocks.

“The team played hard,” Coach Hall says. “We just couldn’t shut down Erie’s middle hitter when she got to the front row, and she was on fire. I’m so proud of this team. The six seniors have shown great leadership throughout their career and this challenging season. I wish them the best in their future plans and look forward to the 2021 season.”

The Varsity squad finished the season with an overall record of 12-4 and were Co-Champions of the Three Rivers League, tied with St.Paul and Chetopa.

On Friday, the Varsity football team faced Lyndon and lost 41-0. Treden Buckman had 14 rushes for 61 yards, and Drew Perry had 20 rushes for 103 yards. Perry also completed 4/5 passes for 12 yards. and had 3 unassisted tackles. Jake Harvey had 5 assists and received two passes, and Luke Perry had 1 interception.

The first round of playoffs is Friday, October 30th at Uniontown, so let’s run down some cumulative stats…

Hunter Schaaf, SR – 111 carries, 532 yards, 4.79 ypc, 8 TDs (6 games)

Drew Perry, SR – 143 carries, 696 yards, 4.87 ypc, 5 TDs (8 games)

Treden Buckman, SO – 93 carries, 490 yards, 5.27 ypc, 4 TDs (8 games)

Hunter Schaaf, LB, SR – 68 tackles (6 games)

Jake Harvey, LB, SR – 57 tackles, 1 INT (8 games)

Drew Perry, DB, SR – 42 tackles (8 games)

Zach Franklin, DE, SR – 40 tackles (8 games)

Luke Perry, DB, JR – 30 tackles, 2 INTs (8 games)

Korbin Miller, DT, JR – 29 tackles, 2 sacks (8 games)

Bring a warm coat, some blankets, and hot cocoa, and come support your Uniontown Eagles in the playoffs on Friday, October 30!

American Legion Fort Scott Post 25 Updates

Submitted by Carl Jowers


It is my sad duty to inform our Legion family that Post 25 Legionnaire Richard Marshall has transferred to post Everlasting. “Mr. Dean” as I knew him was a WW2 Army Veteran and one of only two World War 2 Vets who are members of Post 25.


Monday. November 2. American Legion Post 25 meet and greet starts at 6:30 pm in Fort Scott’s Memorial Hall. The meet and greet is open to members and guests and prospective members who are eligible to join the American Legion.


Monday. November 2. American Legion Post 25 meets at 7 pm in Fort Scott’s Memorial Hall. The meeting is open to members and guests and prospective members who are eligible to join the American Legion. Call American Legion Fort Scott Post 25 Commander Carl Jowers at 620.215.1688 for more information about joining the American Legion.


Sons of the American Legion Squadron 25 is concurrently meeting with Post 25 at this time.


Wednesday. November 11. Veterans Day. Veterans Day in Fort Scott is normally hosted by VFW Post 1165. I will provide details on their planned activities as they are announced.


Thursday. November 12. American Legion Auxiliary Unit 25 meets at 6 pm in Fort Scott’s Memorial Hall. The meeting is open to members and guests and prospective members who are eligible to join the American Legion Auxiliary.  Call American Legion Fort Scott Unit 25 President Sylvia Norris at 620.215.1688 for more information about joining the American Legion Auxiliary.


Thursday. November 12. American Legion Post 25 Color Guard meets at 7:15 pm in Fort Scott’s Memorial Hall. The meeting is open to members and guests and prospective members who are eligible to join the American Legion, American Legion Auxiliary or Sons of the American Legion.  Call Color Guard Commander Darrell Spencer at 620-224-6720 for more information about joining the American Legion Post 25 Color Guard.


Saturday. November 14. The Fort Scott Chamber is hosting the 3rd annual Veteran’s Day parade this year on Saturday November 14th, 2020 at 3:00pm. Post 25 will have a trailer for the parade and is inviting all area Veterans and Legion family members to join us.


Saturday. November 28. American Legion Riders Chapter 25 meets at 10 am in Memorial Hall. Any motorcycle enthusiast who is a member of any of the American Legion family organization and owns a motorcycle of at least 250 cc can join the American Legion Riders.


All members, prospective members and guests are invited to any American Legion meetings.


Any female who has or had a family member in military service can join the American Legion Auxiliary. This includes those parents, grandparents, siblings, children, and stepchildren of those who served our nation.


Any DIRECT male descendant of a Veteran can join the Sons of the American Legion.


All American Legion family organizations support Veterans and their families. Joining the American Legion family is one way to recognize and honor your Veteran’s service.


At the recently concluded Second District Homecoming honoring Second District Commander Myra Jowers, Second District Auxiliary President Betty Wright, and SAL Squadron Commander Chris Hicks. Five Post 25 members were in attendance: Michael Call, Mike Hansen, Jennifer Johnson, Carl Jowers and Myra Jowers. Karen Hansen represents the Unit 25 Auxiliary.


The Hansen’s presented the colors at the opening ceremony and Michael Call won the 50/50 and donated his winnings to the Post 25 Color Guard.


Attached are three photographs from the Second District Homecoming.

See the Fort Scott Post 25 Facebook page for additional information on American Legion activities.

Bourbon County Commission Agenda for Oct. 28


Bourbon County Commission Room

1st Floor, County Courthouse

210 S. National Avenue

Fort Scott, KS 66701

Tuesdays starting at 9:00

Date: October 28, 2020

1st District-Lynne Oharah Minutes: Approved: _______________

2nd District-Jeff Fischer Corrected: _______________

3rd District-Clifton Beth Adjourned at: _______________

County Clerk-Kendell Mason



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9:00 AM – Bill Martin, COVID19 Leave Pay

Wreaths Across America

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For Fort Scott National Cemetery

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Places a Wreath on a Veteran’s Grave for the Christmas Season

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For questions please call 620-224-7054 or 620-223-6700

Sponsor a Wreath Today!
For Fort Scott National Cemetery

Your $15 Donation *made payable to
“Wreaths Across America”

Places a Wreath on a Veteran’s Grave for the Christmas Season

*Your $15 Donation is fully tax deductible as allowed by law