Category Archives: Bourbon County

Signs, Signs Everywhere Signs

New kiosks have two maps—one of the City of Fort Scott trails locations and one of the specific map of the trail at the location. Pictured is the Bell Town Trail kiosk at Riverfront Park.

Area parks have had some improvements over the winter, with the placement of wayfaring signs.

There are nine signs total: Ellis Park Trail, Bell Town Trail, Riverfront Loop Trail, Fort Scott Community College Trail, three (including a new trail) at Gunn Park, Uniontown Trail, and the future Industrial Park Trail, according to  Jody Hoener, chair of the Healthy Bourbon County Action Team, that is coordinating the project.

Ellis Park Trail on Twelfth Street and Bell Town Trail in Riverfront Park have completed kiosks.

The next signs to go up will be the Riverfront Loop Trail and the Fort Scott Community College Trail.

It’s been a collaborative effort.

The Wayfinding Signs and Kiosks Project is funded by an American Planning Association-Kansas Chapter and Blue Cross Blue Shield Pathways to Healthy Kansas Grant.

Fort Scott High School carpentry classes have constructed the kiosks.

Trail maps were designed by Simon Ballou. Darren Crays, Designing Edge Graphics, is printing and installing the maps.

The City of Fort Scott is providing the installation of the kiosks.

Wayfinding signs and kiosks are part of creating a system of non-motorized transportation in the area, according to Hoener.  Ensuring consistent signage design and graphics across all signs is best practice to make trails easily identifiable, she said.

The Healthy Bourbon County Action Team consists of Jerry Witt (Fort Scott Bourbon County Riverfront Authority), Frank Halsey (Gunn Park Trails Volunteers), Lindsay Madison (Fort Scott Chamber of Commerce), Todd Farrell (City of Fort Scott) and Jody Hoener ((Mercy Hospital).




Lowell Milken Center Seeks Employees

Position available at the Lowell Milken Center for a Full-time and a Part-time employee!
Part-time position opening at the Lowell Milken Center for Unsung Heroes-
The Lowell Milken Center is seeking an individual who has computer and organizational skills. The hours are flexible for the employee.
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Full-time position opening at the Lowell Milken Center for Unsung Heroes-
The Lowell Milken Center is seeking a dynamic individual with a college degree who wants to change the world. The individual must be a people person who interacts well with the public while having tremendous organizational skills. The individual will also provide tours to visitors, lead group tours, plan events and fundraisers, write grants, and have the ability to adjust to new tasks easily. The job, description, and title will develop as the strengths of the hired individual is discovered.
To begin the application process, email a resume to

CPRF Provides Assistance To Those With Disabilities

Daniel Jenkins, CPRF Wheelchair and Posture Seating Clinic Technician, adjusts the positioning of a joystick on a customized wheelchair.

The Cerebral Palsy Research Foundation (CPRF) of Kansas is a United Way of Bourbon County agency.

FortScott.Biz is providing a series featuring each agency in the coming weeks.

United Way is primarily funded through donations from local businesses when employees agree to donate an amount through payroll deductions.

Gina Shelton, president of United Way of Bourbon County said the cost of a purchased soft drink, one dollar if it was payroll deducted by many people, would help the agency meet its 2018 Campaign goal of $50,000.

The following is from an interview with Kacee Shuler, director of public relations with Cerebral Palsy Research Foundation of Kansas.

The contact person is Shuler, who can be reached at 316-688-1888 or 

What service do you provide for our community?

“We provide customized wheelchair and posture seating services, financial aid for assistive technology and medical equipment, and accessible living opportunities. All CPRF programs are designed to promote quality of life and independence for individuals with disabilities.”

When are you open? Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Local address?

“We do not have an office in Bourbon County. Our Wichita address is 5111 E 21st St N | Wichita, KS 67208.”

What percentage of your budget is the United Way grant?

“On average, our allocation is about 50 percent of our budget in Bourbon County.”

The following link lists current board members: CPRF Board of Directors Updated 2018


Click here for the previous United Way of Bourbon County  story:

United Way 2018 Campaign For Bourbon County Agencies




CCC Celebrates 45 Years

Community Christian Church Pastor Dusty Drake speaks at the Fort Scott Chamber of Commerce weekly coffee on Thursday.

Community Christian Church hosted the Fort Scott Chamber of Commerce weekly coffee Thursday.

The church is celebrating 45 years in Fort Scott.

Pastor Dusty Drake told the Fort Scott Chamber of Commerce weekly coffee attendees “the most important treasure of the church is our people.”

Drake said the mission of the church is still to take people to the next step with Jesus Christ.

An upcoming Easter series will be accentuated by the congregation reading the book “Imagine Heaven”, by John Burke, Drake said.

“It explores the near-death experiences of 100s of people and puts together a picture of what happens when clinically dead,” he said.

The experiences line up with what scripture says about life after death, Drake said and Easter is the celebration of Jesus’ resurrection from the dead.

Church staff was introduced by Drake.

The staff includes Drake as the teaching and service pastor, Paul Martin as children’s and administrative pastor, Ian Johnson as the youth pastor, Marcy Reynolds adult ministry and pastoral care pastor.

Jamie Beckham is the administrative director and Jennifer Addington is the office receptionist, along with Stacey Atkins.

He welcomed those attending to the 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. services each Sunday.

Announcements for the week from Chamber attendees:

  • “Waterways-Past, Present and Future, the Marmaton River, Mill Creek and Buck Run” will be from Feb. 24 to April 8 at the Beaux Arts Center, 102 S. National Ave.
  • A bloodmobile will be located at Ellis Fine Art Center on the campus of Fort Scott Community College Monday, Feb. 26 from 1 to 7 p.m. and Tues. Feb. 27 from 1 to 9 p.m.
  • Nicki Traul, representing USD 234 told of the upcoming expansion of the preschool program in the district.
  • The Knights of Columbus annual Lenten Fish Fry will be every Friday evening from 5 to 7 p.m. at Mary Queen of Angels Catholic Church in the gym.
  • Smallville Crossfit will start a beginners class March 5. Check them out on Facebook.
  • Rotary Dancing With Our Stars is an annual event for fundraising for local charities and Rotary. The date this year is Feb. 17 at 7 p.m.
  • Bourbon County Arts Council show featuring En Power and Light and Flagship Romance date is Feb. 16 at 8 p.m.
  • Nominations are being sought for recognition of business people and others for the annual Chamber Awards Dinner, March 15. Contact the Chamber for more information.





Bourbon County Commission Agenda For Feb. 20

The following is the agenda for the Bourbon County Commission 9 a.m. Feb. 20.


Bourbon County Commission Room

2nd Floor, County Courthouse

210 S. National Avenue

Fort Scott, KS 66701

Tuesdays starting at 9:00

Date: February 20, 2018

1st District-Lynne Oharah Minutes: Approved: ____________

2nd District-Jeff Fischer Corrected: _______________

3rd District-Nick Ruhl Adjourned at: _______________

County Clerk-Kendell Mason

9:00-9:45-Jim Harris

9:15Culvert request at 625 Maple Road

9:30 AT & T 225th & Locust

9:45 -Waiver & release from Liability/ Drywood

10:00- Fire District petition

10:15- Meeting to learn about Mills/Vision Meeting

10:30- 10:45- Executive Session Attorney- Client Relationship

11:00- 12:00- Revitalization Program –Agricultural, Commercial & Residential

12:00- 1:00 -Commissioners gone to Lunch

1:15- 1:30 -Smoking Policy

1:30- 1:45- Budget & AG Opinions

2:30- Employee Handbook

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

Correction On Joe Banker Case

Officials met yesterday to redo a sentencing that brought it into compliance with the law.

Lawyers and Judge Amy Harth met in the small courtroom of the Bourbon County Courthouse Thursday morning to correct a sentencing error in the case of the State of Kansas VS Joseph  Banker.

Bourbon County Attorney Jackie Spradling and Defense Attorney Chris Meek met with Judge Harth via teleconference, with defendentJoseph Banker also present in the courtroom.

At the earlier sentencing on Feb. 2,   all parties gave statements regarding the sexual exploitation of a child charges against Banker, Harth said.

“Everything everyone said was taken into account,” Harth said. “It was compelling.”

At that time Judge Harth sentenced Banker to 60 months probation.

Meek, Spradling, and Harth have been corresponding via email since the sentencing, Meek said.

“Judge Harth gave the wrong probation during the sentencing (Feb.2),” Meek said in an interview earlier this week. “It should have been 36 months for probation and the post-release supervision is 60 months.”

Spradling agreed that Judge Harth inadvertently put 60 months probation, and the sentence should have been 36 months.

“I realized within five minutes of the mistake that day,” Judge Harth told the two attorneys Thursday. “The previous order was void. I am correcting it. ”

To view prior stories:

Banker Sentenced To 36 Months Probation

Court Hears From Mental Health Professionals in Banker Case

Banker Pleads No Contest