Category Archives: Bourbon County

Finding Answers

Carla Nemecek Southwind Extension District Director & Agent 620-365-2242 1 North Washington, Iola, KS 66749

Kansas State University provides you with research-based information through many avenues. Locally, your contact is the Southwind Extension District in Erie, Ft. Scott, Yates Center and Iola. Hundreds of publications and fact sheets, written by K-State researchers and specialists, are available through the university’s Publications Library,  Another alternative is to research the information provided on the Southwind website,


However, not all of our services can be found on the internet. One of the most utilized resources is soil testing. K-State Research & Extension can test soil for $12 per sample or $10 apiece for two or more. Soil testing is recommended for gardeners, farmers, testing for lawn & turf problems, or pasture management. Feed and forage testing is also offered. The only way to know for certain the quality of the feed is to get a lab analysis of it, to take a forage test. A forage test may run from $12-24 per sample, depending on what you want the sample tested for. Other tests that are available include Radon Test Kits ($6) and Water Quality Testing resources.


Have you ever wondered what that unidentified pest or plant lurking around your home may be, or even how you can get rid of it? The Extension Office has expertise and resources available to identify pests that are common to our area and in Kansas. This includes home and crop insects, weeds, and various plants. We can also provide information on how to remove or control the pest, depending on your situation.


One of our “best kept secret” products that we offer for sale are odor neutralizers.  Ecosorb ($28) is used in numerous homes, farm and industrial/commercial applications. Most of our clients seek this product to control the odor from fuel spills, mold smell, or skunk sprays.  Neutroleum Alpha ($35) is a concentrated product utilized in a similar fashion to control strong odors. Because it is a concentrate, it can be used in a larger area.


This time of the year, we sell quite a few Farm and Family Account Books ($4.50 – $8.50). If you haven’t made the transition to computerized record keeping, this resource allows for an accurate accounting of your finances in a form that makes completing taxes easier.


Extension publications are very accessible to the public, and most are free if you pick them up in the Extension Office. The Kansas Garden Guide is a new publication that is available for only $6. If you are looking for resources on planning a garden, seeding & planting, or details about a specific crop, this publication is a must-have.  Extension offers many, many publications on home gardening so please stop by if you are looking for something specific.


Area farmers and ranchers often utilize the Kansas Performance Tests for various crops to determine which varieties will grow best in this area of the state. Next month, the 2018 Hybrid Reports for Corn, Soybeans, and Grain Sorghum will become available in the Extension Office. This is in addition to the Wheat Seed Book that is always available in late summer after wheat has been harvested and data collected.


The 2019 Chemical Weed Control Guide will be published in January and provides suggestions for chemical weed control in several major crops. It offers recommendations, and guidelines for crop specific chemicals.


If you are involved in a club or organization that requests presentations, the Southwind District offers a “Speakers Bureau” brochure, which contains the public speaking topics offered by the Extension Agents. Let us help you with your educational topics during your meetings. We try to mail this to civic and social organizations on an annual basis, but you are also welcome to pick up a copy in any of our three offices.


As a consumer, you have many options for finding the answers to your questions. By choosing to use the Extension Service, you can be sure you are getting research-based, unbiased information. We encourage you to use the Southwind Extension District Offices in Erie, Ft. Scott, Yates Center and Iola to help answer your questions. Or you can find us on the web,

Southwind District – Kansas State University

Your local Extension Office is a tremendous resource for finding the information you need. With offices located in Erie, Fort Scott, Iola, and Yates Center, KS, we are here to help answer your questions about Lawn & Gardens, 4-H & Youth Development, Crops & Livestock, and Health & Nutrition.. Have a specific horticulture problem?


Bourbon County Commission Agenda Nov. 20


Bourbon County Commission Room

1st Floor, County Courthouse

210 S. National Avenue

Fort Scott, KS 66701

Tuesdays starting at 9:00

Date: November 20th, 2018

1st District-Lynne Oharah Minutes: Approved: _______________

2nd District-Jeff Fischer Corrected: _______________

3rd District-Nick Ruhl Adjourned at: _______________

County Clerk-Kendell Mason


10:00-10:45-Jim Harris

11:00-11:30-Terry Secer-Report on 2018 Budget

11:30-12:00-Lora Holdridge-Executive Session

12:00-1:30-Commissioners gone to lunch

1:30-2:00-Ambulance Update

2:00-2:30-Shane Walker and Justin Meeks-unused County property

Justifications for 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

SA Bell Ringers Needed

Help The Salvation Army Make Beautiful Music

This Holiday Season!

Help The Salvation Army once again make beautiful music this holiday season – sign up to be a bell ringer and make a difference in our community!

The Salvation Army’s 2018 Red Kettle Campaign in Fort Scott kicks off Friday, November 23 and continues every day through December 24. This year again, we will have volunteers ringing bells at Walmart, as well as small tabletop buckets at various businesses in Fort Scott.

Salvation Army bell ringers are a cherished symbol of Christmas, the season of giving,” said Outreach Director Allen Schellack. “Volunteers are critical to the overall success of our Red Kettle Campaign. Last fiscal year, The Salvation Army provided $5072.43 in funds to Bourbon County, helping 154 local families. We encourage individuals, families and groups to sign up for a shift – it’s a fun, easy way to help those less fortunate in our community.”

The money collected during the 2018 Red Kettle Campaign will support Salvation Army programs in Bourbon County for the entire year. These programs include emergency rent and lodging, utility assistance, gasoline, prescriptions, youth and senior programs, as well as disaster response.

For those unable to visit the Red Kettles, anyone wishing to donate to The Salvation Army may do so by mail. Fort Scott Tribune will be doing a newspaper insert with envelopes, so that checks may be mailed directly to The Salvation Army at PO Box 774, Fort Scott, KS 66701. “All gifts made in our community stay in our community,” said Outreach Director, Allen Schellack.

The Salvation Army was founded in 1865 by William Booth, has spread from London, England, to many parts of the world. (153 yrs!) The first Red Kettle was a local San Francisco fundraiser that featured a single crab pot in 1891. More than 5,000 communities across the country rely heavily on the money raised during the Red Kettle Campaign to sustain year-round work.

To volunteer to be a Salvation Army bell ringer, please call Fort Scott Compassionate Ministries at 620-223-2212.


Bad Art Good People Auction Tonight

Bourbon County Arts Council members Deb Halsey and Elaine Buerge welcomed guests of the Chamber coffee Nov. 15.

The Bad Art by Good People 2018 Art Exhibition was the feature of the Fort Scott Chamber of Commerce weekly coffee Nov. 15 at the Ellis Center.

Deb Halsey, board member of the Bourbon County Arts Council told guests the auction is this evening (Nov. 15)at 7p.m. at the Ellis Center located on the campus of Fort Scott Community College. Marty Read will be the auctioneer.

“This is the fifth year of Bad Art by Good People,” Halsey said. “It’s our number-one fundraiser. Ninety-seven people have painted for us over the years and let us auction it off.”

Chamber members look over the artwork Thursday morning.

This year’s artists are Laura Agee, Karen Billiard, Susan Carillo, Rhonda Dunn, Bob Eckles, Lucy Gladbach, Kristin Gorman, Emily Hinkle, Jody Hoener, Rebekah Houses, Linda Jackson, Casey Lewis, Laura Meeks, Susan Messer, Bryan Ritter, Addi Smith, and Clyde Wendel.

“There is a great variety of artwork,” Halsey said.

The exhibit is open for viewing at 7 p.m. this evening for voting on a favorite piece of work.  Appetizers are served.

At 7:30 p.m. the auction starts.

Kale Nelson looks at the artwork at Ellis Center.

Some of the activities of the BCAC are providing scholarships for students pursuing art, Project Art at Fort Scott Middle School, the Gordon Parks Poetry Contest, musical concerts for the community and schools, Art Walks, and a summer patio concert series at Crooner’s Lounge.

“Come out and vote on your favorite piece of art and help us to continue to promote the arts in our community,” Halsey said.

Betty Boyko drinks coffee while looking over the artwork.

Bourbon County Arts Council Members are Deb Anderson, Tedene Tucker, Dan Magee, Ray Streets, Terri Floyd, Steve Floyd, Elaine Buerge, Rob Shaw, Laura Meeks, Breann Martin, Chris Woods, and Halsey.



American Legion Post 25 Upcoming Events


 REVISED. There is not a color guard meeting on November 27. 

November 15. Thursday. Post 25 Color Guard meets at 7 pm in Memorial Hall. Any Post 25 Legionnaire or SAL member can join the Post 25 Color Guard. This will be the only Color Guard meeting this month.


November 20. Tuesday. American Legion Post 25 Commander Carl Jowers has office hours at Memorial Hall from 9 – 11 am. Carl is available to discuss any suggestions or concerns you may have about Post 25, Veterans issues in general or just to help solve world problems. Carl will meet with you at other times by emailing him at or calling him at 620-215-1688 to schedule an appointment.


November 20. Tuesday. American Legion Service Officer Myra Jowers is at Memorial Hall from 9 – 11 am. Myra is available to assist you with questions about your VA claims or paperwork. This free service is for ANY Veteran or family member who may have questions about starting a VA claim or have questions about next steps. Please share this information with any Veteran you may know who might need assistance in dealing with their VA paperwork.


November 20. Tuesday. Veterans Service Officer at Buck Run starting at 10 am. No appointment necessary. First come. First served.


November 22. Thursday. Happy Thanksgiving t0 our Legion family and its community supporters.


November 27. Tuesday. American Legion Service Officer Myra Jowers is at Memorial Hall from 9 – 11 am. Myra is available to assist you with questions about your VA claims or paperwork. This free service is for ANY Veteran or family member who may have questions about starting a VA claim or have questions about next steps. Please share this information with any Veteran you may know who might need assistance in dealing with their VA paperwork.


November 27. Tuesday. American Legion Post 25 Commander Carl Jowers has office hours at Memorial Hall from 9 – 11 am. Carl is available to discuss any suggestions or concerns you may have about Post 25, Veterans issues in general or just to help solve world problems. Carl will meet with you at other times by emailing him at or calling him at 620-215-1688 to schedule an appointment.


November 29. Thursday. Post 25 Executive Committee meets at 7 pm in Memorial Hall.


Other items:


Post 25 is collecting gently used jackets and coats for the Fort Scott High School Seniors. Bring coats and jackets to the membership meeting on Monday, November 5, to Memorial Hall on Tuesday, November 6 during Commander’s office hours or call the Commander at 620-215-1688 to arrange local pickup. Coats and jackets may also be taken to Fort Scott High School offices.


Program Chairs needed.


  • Boys/Girls State.


  • Oratorical


  • Baseball.


The only requirements to be a program chair is to be a Legionnaire and a desire to work with our young people. There are plenty of mentors to help you host a successful program.




Carl Jowers, Commander

Fort Scott American Legion Post 25


Flags Subscription Project Underway

Volunteers place a flag in front of the Daughters of the American Revolution office as part of the Friends of FSNHS, Inc. U.S. Flag Project.


The Friends of Fort Scott National Historic Site Inc. kicked off a new fundraising project by posting U.S. flags at 57 locations around the city this past Veteran’s Day.

The U.S. Flag project is a subscription service where the Friends of FSNHS will place a flag at your residence or business on five holidays throughout the year for a fee of $35.

The holidays include: Memorial Day, Flag Day, 4th of July, Labor Day, and Veteran’s Day.

It is not too late to get your flag for the 2019 season. Applications can be obtained at the Fort Scott Area Chamber Office or by e-mailing

Gift subscriptions are also available and include a gift card perfect for holidays or birthdays. Please allow a week for processing and delivery of gift cards.

All proceeds are used to support and promote programs at the Fort Scott National Historic Site.


Formation of Safe Families Organization Nov. 13

There will  be an informational meeting, to form a new helping organization starting in Bourbon County, at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 13 at the Senior Citizens Center site, 26 N. Main.

Allen Schellack, Compassionate Care Pastor with the Fort Scott Church of the Nazarene and director of the Fort Scott Compassionate Ministries Outreach Center, is coordinating the event.

The outreach center is located above the Senior Citizens Center at 26 N. Main.

Schellack can be reached at 620-223-2212.

Bourbon County Senior Citizens Center, 26 N. Main.

“Tina Westbay, SE Kansas Coordinator for Safe Families will be leading the meeting and answering questions,” Schellack said. “This is the grassroots meeting for Bourbon County and we hope to recruit families, churches, and the general public.”

“Our goal is to provide ‘a circle of support for families’,” Schellack said. ” Safe Families is working with CarePortal and is launching in five southeast Kansas counties, Topeka and Kansas City metro area.”

“This started in Chicago approximately 15 years ago and is in 30 states of the US, the UK, and Canada, and has proven beneficial in providing families with children with support services before they get to a point where legal interaction is needed,” he said.

Allen Schellack

Training will be provided at a later time depending on interest, he said.

Linderhof’s Chocolate Chip Cookies

There are so many chocolate chip cookies out there including the one on the Nestle’s Toll House Semi-Sweet Morsels package.  And they are a classic cookie.
But the one that we use at Linderhof has a “secret ingredient” and makes, in my opinion, the best chocolate chip cookie in the world!      You can add nuts if you’d like (I’d do about a cup) and sprinkle with sea salt if you’d like, but we prefer them with just the chocolate chips.



1 c. butter, at room temperature
¾ c. brown sugar
¼ c. sugar
3.4 oz. package vanilla instant pudding
2 large eggs
1 t. Vanilla
2 ¼ c. flour
1 small package semi sweet chocolate chips
1 t. Soda
½ t. Salt


Preheat oven to 350.


Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone mat.


Beat together the butter and sugars until creamy.    Add in pudding mix, eggs and vanilla. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda and salt.     Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and mix until just combined. Stir in the chocolate chips (and nuts if you use them).


Drop cookie dough by rounded tablespoons onto a prepared baking sheet.  (and if you’d like to top with sea salt — sprinkle it on before you put them in the oven.)    Bake for 10 to 12 minutes or until slightly golden and set. Remove cookies from oven and let cool on baking sheet for two minutes.     Transfer to a cooling rack and cool completely.


Martha Meinsen Scott is a Fort Scott foodie who creates from her home, called Linderhof.

WBE Students In Stacking Competition

5th Grader Shaiden Kober building a Jumbo Cup Tower.

West Bourbon students and staff, 262 total, participated in the 2018 Stack Up Event on Thursday, November 8.

The event is held each year to try and break the Guinness World Record of MOST PEOPLE SPORT STACKING AT MULTIPLE LOCATIONS ON ONE DAY.

Second graders Brayden Russell and Owen Brown are competing in BattleStack.

The number to beat this year is 622, 809 as of Sunday evening.

513, 706 stackers have been verified from around the world.

Second Grade students Braelyn Marlow (kneeling) and MaKinlee Bloesser (standing) are concentrating building their cup towers.

It usually takes about a week to get all information verified. WBE students enjoyed a variety of stacking activities during their PE time….BattleStack, building cup towers and stacking at the timing mats to name a few.

A good time was had by ALL.

Stackers at West Bourbon Elementary School. 3rd grader Allis DeMott is having fun at the timing mat.

Submitted by Jackie Hall


Veteran’s Day Celebrations Nov. 9-12

Banners of local veterans line Main Street in downtown Fort Scott. Call the Fort Scott Visitors and Convention Office at  620.670.2750 for more information.

Veterans Day festivities take place November 9-12, throughout the county. All veterans are invited.

Area schools have been providing Veteran’s Day Assemblies to honor those who have served their county for several years, and continue in 2018.

On Friday, November 9 at 9 a.m. Winfield Scott Elementary School will have a Veteran’s Day Program in the gym.

Fort Scott Middle and High School students will have their program in the high school gym from 1:45 to 2:30 p.m. the same day. Guest speaker is Nick Trim, an Air Force Veteran.

St. Mary’s Catholic School will have a Veteran’s Day program at 1 p.m. on Nov. 9 at the Veteran’s Memorial on Skubitz Plaza in front of Fort Scott National Historic Site, weather permitting.

A new Bourbon County School, St. Martin’s Academy, will present a public faculty lecture on Friday, November 9 at 7:30 p.m. at the Boiler Room Brewhaus, located at National and Wall Street.
Patrick Whelan, the headmaster at the boy’s Catholic school, will be giving the lecture, entitled  Warfare in Epic Poetry. Whelan is a Marine veteran and still serves as an officer in the Marine Reserves in addition to pursuing a Ph.D. in combat trauma in literature.
The presentation event starts with a mixer /cocktail hour at 7:30 p.m.  Whelan will speak at 8:30 p.m. and allow time for questions.

On Monday, November 12, Eugene Ware Elementary School will have a vet’s program at 9 a.m. in the gym, while USD 235 will also have their program at 9 a.m. in the high school gym on Nov. 12.

Fort Scott Community College is offering free haircuts to veterans Nov. 9-12. The haircuts are provided by the cosmetology department. Call this number for an appointment: 620-223-2700 Ext. 5220.

The First Annual Veteran’s Day Celebration spearheaded by the Fort Scott Convention and Visitors Bureau includes the following, taken from its’ website:

Friday, November 9th

5 pm – 8 pm: Opening Reception “In Honor of Company ‘G’” @ Boiler Room Brewhaus, presented by Peerless Products. Finger foods and your first drink of the evening are free. All veterans that register will also receive a free goody bag with a special gift and information.

Saturday, November 10th

10 am: Special Veterans Day Program @ Fort Scott’s Memorial Hall – speakers include 12th District Kansas Senator Caryn Tyson, Gold Star Mother Jennifer Jackman, Carl Jowers of Thomas-Harkey Post 25 American Legion, and Commander of the American Legion Department of Kansas Dan Wiley. Special music will be provided by the Fort Scott High School Orchestra.

Noon – 4 pm: Hospitality Room @ VFW Post 1165 Olson-Frary-Burkhart

2 pm: Performance of “Bright Star” @ Fort Scott High School. Adults $7  Kids $5. Veterans will be recognized during the performance.

5 pm: Live Local Bourbon County presents the Veterans Day Parade through Downtown Fort Scott. TFO will provide trailers and rides for all veterans who can not, or do not want to, walk the parade route. Live Local BB will be serving up a hot dog meal beginning at 3:30 pm at the pavilion downtown! The staging area is located at Fort Scott High School, 1005 S. Main, Fort Scott, KS.

Fort Scott City Clerk Diane Clay decorates the exterior of city hall, 123 S. Main on Wednesday afternoon in preparation for the Veteran’s Day Celebrations this weekend.

7 pm: 1800’s Remembrance Grand Ball @ Fort Scott’s Memorial Hall, presented by The “Friends” of Fort Scott National Historic Site.

Sunday, November 11th

9 am: Church Services @ Community Christian Church, 1919 S. Horton

11 am: Services @ US National Cemetery #1 with 12th District Kansas Senator Caryn Tyson. Organized by VFW Post 1165 Olson-Frary-Burkhart

Noon: Lunch @ VFW Post 1165 Olson-Frary-Burkhart for Free Will Donation.

While in Fort Scott for the Veterans Day Celebration, don’t forget to purchase your “Buddy” Poppy and “Wear it proudly.”

Liquor By the Drink Passes in Bourbon County

Voters at the Bourbon County Clerk’s Office.

Voters said yes to the question submitted on the Nov. 6, 2018 ballot.

There were 2,949 yes votes to 1,725 no votes to the question:

Shall the sale of alcoholic liquor by the individual drink in Bourbon County be allowed in public places without a requirement that any portion of their gross receipts be from sales of food?