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Milken Center Reopens June 4

Lowell Milken Center for Unsung Heroes Scheduled to Re-Open June 4th.

The Lowell Milken Center for Unsung Heroes plans to re-open for tours on Thursday, June 4th. We will be following the State of Kansas guidelines for our re-opening. Until then we can be reached at 620-223-1312,, as well as through social media.

Our work continues and we invite you to follow us on social media for daily inspirational stories of Unsung Heroes.

We also invite you to take our virtual tour, read about Unsung Hero projects, learn how to enter our Discovery Award and ArtEffect Project competitions, and utilize our lesson plans and Unsung Hero curriculum.

Our work as a non-profit organization depends on donors like you. Your donations are important to us as we remain committed to providing educational resources which empower students to create positive change in their communities. Thank you for your support.

We look forward to re-opening and seeing you at the Lowell Milken Center for Unsung Heroes soon!

About the Lowell Milken Center for Unsung Heroes:

The Lowell Milken Center for Unsung Heroes works with students and educators across diverse academic disciplines to develop history projects that highlight role models who demonstrate courage, compassion and respect. Through our unique project-based learning approach, students discover, develop and communicate the stories of Unsung Heroes who have made a profound and positive impact on the course of history. By championing these Unsung Heroes, students, educators and communities discover their own power and responsibility to effect positive change in the world. Visit to learn more.

Grand Opening/Ribbon Cutting for Old Fort Auto June 4

You are invited!
Grand Opening &
Ribbon Cutting for
Old Fort Auto!
Thursday, June 4th, 2020
5:15 to 6:30pm
(Remarks & Ribbon Cutting 5:30pm)
213 Scott Ave. in the
Downtown Historic District
Business partners Rich Aydelotte &
Matt Harvey will be eager
to meet everyone, and share their
business & community goals!
Featuring used cars, trucks & SUV’s!
Click here to visit them on Facebook,
Click here to visit their website!

State Farm to Host Beacon Food Drive


Now, more than ever, being a good neighbor means everything.

That’s why Kale Nelson State Farm will be hosting a Beacon Food Drive from May 25 to June 5.

In addition to collecting food, Kale Nelson State Farm will match food contributions up to $500 in a grocery donation to the Beacon.

The State Farm team encourages community members to drop off canned goods, dry goods and other non-perishable food items to the office between the hours of 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. The office is located at 1805 S. National, Fort Scott.

We have always been community-minded and, State Farm supports those efforts,” said Kale Nelson, agent said.

“The Beacon serves so many people, and I hope we can play a part in providing the much-needed support for this important entity.”

In addition to the upcoming food drive, Nelson hopes to sponsor similar activities in the coming months.

Quick Basics:

  • What: State Farm Beacon Food Drive
  • When: May 25 to June 5
  • Where: 1805 S. National
  • How: Drop off canned goods, dry goods and other non-perishable items to State Farm
  • Why: State Farm will match food contributions up to $500 for the Beacon

For more information, please contact Kale Nelson State Farm, 620-224-2828.


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:

Briggs Auto Hosts Drive-In Movie May 30

Save the Date, May 30th at Dark Thirty!
Briggs is hosting their first
The Movie will be announced next week along with final arrangements.
Attendees will need a cell phone to get the Audio for the movie playing.
Space is limited, please call Carol at 620.644.9927
to reserve your spot!

Farm Loans For Farmers

USDA Offers Farm Loans for Farmers Facing Covid-19 Related Challenges

Manhattan, Kansas, May 14, 2020 — The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) reminds producers that FSA offers farm ownership and farm operating loans to agricultural producers who may not find success obtaining loans from their traditional financial institutions because of COVID-19. Farmers who cannot obtain commercial credit from a bank can apply for FSA direct or guaranteed loans.

Farming and ranching is a capital-intensive business and FSA is committed to helping producers maintain their agricultural operations during this time of crisis,” said David Schemm, FSA State Executive Director in Kansas. “FSA loans are designed to assist beginning and historically underserved farmers and ranchers, as well as those who have suffered financial setbacks from natural disasters or economic downturns. Producers may find that an FSA loan is the best option for them if they cannot qualify for a loan with their traditional financial institutions or other financial institutions because of COVID-19.”

USDA offers a variety of loans to meet different production needs. Direct loans are made to applicants by FSA. Guaranteed loans are made by lending institutions who arrange for FSA to guarantee the loan. FSA can guarantee up to 95 percent of the loss of principal and interest on a loan. The FSA guarantee allows lenders to make agricultural credit available to producers who do not meet the lender’s normal underwriting criteria.

The direct and guaranteed loan program offers two types of loans: farm ownership loans and farm operating loans.

Farm ownership loan funds may be used to purchase or enlarge a farm or ranch; purchase easements or rights of way needed in the farm’s operation; build or improve buildings such as a dwelling or barn; promote soil and water conservation and development; and pay closing costs.

Farm operating loan funds may be used to purchase livestock, poultry, farm equipment, fertilizer, and other materials necessary to operate a farm. Operating loan funds can also be used for family living expenses; refinancing debts under certain conditions; paying salaries for hired farm laborers; installing or improving water systems for home, livestock or irrigation use; and other similar improvements.

Repayment terms for direct operating loans are scheduled from one to seven years. Financing for direct farm ownership loans cannot exceed 40 years. Interest rates for direct loans are set periodically according to the government’s cost of borrowing. Guaranteed loan terms and interest rates are set by the lender.

For more information on FSA’s farm loan programs, please contact your local FSA office or visit


USDA is an equal opportunity provider, employer, and lender.

What’s Happening in Fort Scott May 15

What’s Happening

May 15, 2020

15 – Fort Cinema serving Curbside Concessions Cruise Night concessions from 5 to 7pm, click here for Facebook event.
16 – Fort Scott Farmers’ Market on Skubitz Plaza in front of the Fort, 8am to noon.  See below for vendors & offerings.
16 – Fort Scott Livestock Market, sale starting at 9am, expecting 2000 head: Consigned: 40 cows, 20 w/calves, balance springers, mostly blk, running ages; 60 blk hfrs 750-800#, replacement kind, no implants; 3 loads hfrs 750-800#; 4 loads strs 900#; 70 blk strs & hfrs 500-700#, several nice bunches of calves.
16 – Perry’s Pork Rinds & Blue Spoon Pop-up, Tractor Supply parking lot, 10am-7pm, click here for Facebook event.
16 – FSHS Senior Cruise Night, 7pm, see below for info. or click here for Facebook event.
17 – Team Trivia at Boiler Room Brewhaus w/social distancing, 5-7pm, teams of up to 4.
19 – Virtual Storytime by Fort Scott Library, 10-11am, click here for Facebook event.  Flight Zoom Edition!
June 12-13 – Town-wide Garage Sale, register your sale online here for only $10!  Business ad spaces also available for $25/$35, call us at 620.223.3566 for more info!
July 24 – Chamber Golf Classic 4-Person Scramble
Fort Scott Area
Chamber of Commerce
In This Issue
Calendar of Events
Cruise Night
Farmers’ Market
Sunshine Boutique Expands
THANK YOU Booster Members!
Join Our Mailing List!
Chamber Highlights
Click here for our
Membership Directory.
We THANK our members for their support!  Interested in joining the Chamber?  Click here for info.

Thinking of doing business in or relocating to Fort Scott?

Contact us for a relocation packet, information on grants & incentives, and more!

Seeking a job/career?  

We post a Job of the Day daily on our Facebook page, distribute a monthly job openings flyer, and post jobs on our website.

Many opportunities available!

Housing needs?

Click here for a listing of our Chamber member realtors.

Click here for our rental listing.

Join Our Mailing List!


Saturday, May 16th
Starting at 7pm
Seniors will follow a route that will be led by School Resource Officer Mike Trim.
Senior students are asked to arrive at the
high school by 6:45 p.m.

The line up will be starting in the southwest corner of the FSHS front parking lot, and the line will proceed to the east, on the south side of the high school, and will weave into the east parking lot.


Farmers’ Market Current Offerings
Saturdays 8am to noon, Tuesdays 4 to 6pm
Skubitz Plaza in front of the Fort
Vendor: R and B Produce (Ronnie & Beverly Brown)
  • Nuts
  • Nut Breads (pumpkin, banana, poppy seed, apple nut)
  • Caramel Rolls
  • Jelly
  • Salsa
Vendor: Ponderosa Farm (Chet & Linda Bower)
  • Lettuce
  • Broccoli
  • Kale
  • Radishes
Vendor: Locust Hill Lamanchas (Sue Reinecke & Family)
  • Goat’s Milk Products
    • Soap
    • Lotion & Body Cream
    • All-Natural Deodorant
    • Candles
Vendor: Micki’s Crafts (Micki Kraft)
  • Fabric Facemasks, 3 sizes children-adult, $3 each
  • Aprons, Kitchen Towels & Hot Pads
  • Kid’s Aprons w/Crayolas
  • Kitchen Scissors w/Holder
  • Dish Rags w/Scrubber Built-in
  • Microwave Potato Bags
And, more vendors not mentioned!


Chamber Member Perry’s Pork Rinds
@ Tractor Supply Parking Lot
Saturday, May 16th, 10am-7pm or until sold out!
Click here for message from Kelly Perry!
With festivals being cancelled small businesses have to stick together we absolutely love the blue spoon and the blue spoon loves us so what could be better than BOTH!!!!

$8 each or 4/$30
All 9 flavors of rinds available. First come first serve. We are so thankful for all of you and cant wait to see you!

Now is as good of time as any to start working out as fitness centers reopen in Fort Scott! Options to choose from include Buck Run Community CenterI AM Rehab + FitnessSmallville CrossFit, and Up Dog Yoga Studio! Group classes are being offered virtually in most cases for now, but facilities are beginning to reopen for
individual health & wellness.
Visit their Chamber member listings here on our website.

Recently we have been hearing from local realtors that people are choosing to move to Fort Scott from states near and far ~ there’s just something about Bourbon County and this community! We’ve heard Kansas City, New York, Colorado & more!
Here are a couple of quotes shared from local realtors:
“Roots grow deep”–I have a young couple with 3 children returning to Fort Scott from Florida after being gone from here for 6 years. They left for job opportunities, but now both of them have companies who do “remote work from home” with only occasional flights to the home office. They ask employees to be within 2 hours of an airport. Said they want to get back to a simpler life and smaller school system for their children. Anxious to welcome them home when they close on their new purchase in a few weeks.
Retired man moving to Fort Scott later this month from Illinois. His daughter attended FSCC, rodeo department, several years ago. When he visited for college rodeos, etc., said he was always impressed by how friendly people in Fort Scott are. In retirement he wants an affordable property with small acreage for his horses. We found it for him!
Check out our Chamber member realtors on here.
View local properties for sale on

Sunshine Boutique expanded and now
offers apparel & accessories!
Come check it out, corner of Wall & Main St.,
Downtown Fort Scott.

   Since we don’t have our bi-monthly Table Tents out yet due to ever changing event schedules & restrictions, we would like to recognize our advertisers here for May & June!
La Hacienda, celebrating 10 years!
Paint Creek Realty
Bill Martin, Bourbon County Sheriff
K-State Research & Extension, Krista Harding, Horticulture



What’s Happening In Fort Scott By The Chamber of Commerce




8 – Corona Cruise Night – cruise National Ave. with your family starting at 7pm! Cruise runs back and forth between 6th and 18th Streets. Click here for Facebook event.

8 – Fort Cinema serving Cruise Night concessions from 5 to 8pm, click here for Facebook event.

9 – Fort Scott Farmers’ Market on Skubitz Plaza in front of the Fort, 8am to noon. Bourbon County Master Gardener’s will also be having their annual plant sale.

9 – Iron Star Antiques & Such special on the popular Myra bags, treat your mother with a Myra purse or bag of all sizes and different designs with a special of 10% off.

9 – Live music at the Boiler Room Brewhaus, corner of Wall & National, 7 to 9pm. Enjoy Wade D. Brown while enjoying some craft beer, or other alcoholic or non-alcoholic beverages, snacks available, or have your own food delivered! No cover charge, tips encouraged. Due to the virus only a limited number will be allowed in, so come early for a seat.

10 – Country Place Living on Horton invites you to a Mother’s Day Drive-thru Parade from 10 – 10:30am, see below for more info.

10 – Boiler Room Brewhaus brings back Trivia night for teams of 2 to 6 people, $5 entry per team, 5-7pm

THIS WEEKEND – Courtland Hotel & Spa invites you to treat your Mother, or maybe yourself, to a gift card for some personal service specials. See below for more details!


12 – 1/2 Price Plant Sale at Tri-Valley Developmental Services, see more info. below.

16 – Perry’s Pork Rinds & Blue Spoon Pop-up Shop at Tractor’s Supply, 10am-7pm, click here for Facebook event.

16 – FSHS 2020 Graduates Parade, 7pm, more info. to come!

Fort Scott Farmer’s Market Continues on Saturdays and Tuesdays

The Fort Scott Farmer’s Market will continue on Saturdays from 8 a.m. to noon and Tuesdays from 4-6 p.m. at Skubitz Plaza, directly in front of the Fort Scott National Historic Site.

This farmer run market provides a friendly, safe, and fair local market of fresh locally produced items for the community, according to its’ Facebook page.

Linda Bower and husband Chet, have been involved in the market for 25 years she said.

Things will be a little different in 2020 with the pandemic in that social distancing will be maintained, Bower said.

“The public health nurse, Becky Johnson, has OK’d the farmer’s market,” she said. “We have to do social distancing. Masks are optional. Hand sanitizers will be available.”

The Bowers will be bringing spring harvested food produce.

“We will be bringing broccoli, onions, lettuce, spinach, and radishes,” she said.

The Fort Scott Garden Club will have their annual plant sale this Saturday, May 9.

Other vendors are:

R and B Produce, owners Ronnie and Beverly Brown, will be selling nuts and nut bread: (pumpkin, banana, poppy seed, apple nut),  caramel rolls, jelly, and salsa.

Locust Hill Lamanchas, owner Sue Reinecke and family, will be selling goat’s milk products: soap, lotion, body cream, all-natural deodorant, and candles.


Sue Reinecke sells goats milk products at the Fort Scott Farmer’s Market.

Micki Kraft will be bringing fabric facemasks in three sizes-$3 each. and also aprons (kids and adults), kitchen towels, hot pads, dish rags, and microwave potato bags.

Leta Herboldsherimer will be selling baked goods, pot holders, and dish rags.

Some Amish families will be selling plants and a new vendor will be selling glassware yard decor, Bower said.

To learn more about becoming a vendor, please click the application and guidelines here: