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 The Fort Scott Area Chamber of Commerce announces a Re-Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting Ceremony will be held at McDonald’s on Friday, December 14th, 2018 at 2224 S. Main Street in Fort Scott.

The event will begin at 8:00 a.m. with remarks and the ribbon cutting ceremony starting at 8:15 a.m. Chamber of Commerce members will be invited to stay for refreshments and two drawings following the ceremony.

Owners Mark and Mo McCoy are re-opening McDonald’s after major refurbishment. With this significant construction investment of the NEW McDonald’s of Fort Scott, the transformed restaurant will feature: 

A modernized dining room with globally and locally inspired décor, new furniture and refreshed exterior designs

An enhanced customer experience, with digital self-order kiosks that make ordering and paying for a meal easier. The kiosks will empower guests to browse the menu, find options and tailor their meal just the way they want 

A remodeled counter that allows for new table service, offering guests the opportunity to relax while their food is being made

Bright and easy to read digital menu boards inside and at the drive-thru

New designated parking spots for curbside pick-up through mobile order and pay

Expanded McCafé counters and larger display cases

For more information contact the Fort Scott Area Chamber of Commerce at 620-223-3566.

DelBrenna Trunkshow Dec. 6 At Crooner’s

Ciao! We are thrilled to announce our 2018 Holiday Trunk Show date for one of our favorite venues: Crooner’s Lounge!

Whether this will be your first time attending one of our treasured shows, or even if you’ve been to many (as many of you have!), please join us! These wildly entertaining events featuring our beautiful and timeless one-of-a-kind jewelry, shoes and accessories are truly an indulgent experience! Besides, selfishly, it allows us to see all of you, our new, inspiring and enduring friends!

6th December 2018:

DelBrenna will be the lucky guests of Terri Floyd & Jared Leek at another favorite and unique venue, Crooner’s, in Ft. Scott, Kansas. A particularly special place, as it’s Megan’s hometown!

Finally, we are still putting the final touches on our 2019 Trunk Show schedule, if we haven’t connected with you yet and you’d like to see us, please drop us a line. Heck, drop us a line anyway!
We hope to see you in coming weeks!


Megan and Sebastian

Free Rack of Coats Outside At Bid and Dibs

Angela Simon, the owner of Bids and Dibs, 19 S. National, puts out a rack of free coats and bedding Monday afternoon.

Simons said since the Beacon is no longer distributing clothing and bedding, she knows there is a need in the cold weather for such items.

Some people leave a coat, and take one, she said.

I Am Rehab Replaces Mercy Therapy And Fitness Center

From left to right: Hugo Dahlstrom, Occupational Therapist; David Shank, Physical Therapist; Denny Gillard, Physical Therapist. Not pictured: Janet Smith, Physical Therapist, and Sarah Moore, Office Assistant.
Mercy Therapy Services will get a new name Dec. 31, 2018, when Mercy Hospital Fort Scott closes.

“I Am Rehab LLC is the official name of our business,” Hugo Dahlstrom, occupational therapist, said. “I Am Rehab & Fitness will be on our logo and signage. It is comprised of David Shank, Denny Gillard, and I.”


“We have not signed a lease agreement yet so we do not have an official start date, but we plan to be open immediately after Mercy closes on January 1,” Dahlstrom said.

“We will continue to provide physical therapy, occupational therapy, fitness center memberships, personal training, and pre-work screens,” he said.

The fitness center will still be available to the community.

“We will offer memberships at the same rates as Health For Life,” Dahlstrom said.

Christmas At The Empress Dec. 4

A sample of items that will be sold at Christmas At The Empress.

A group of local craftsmen/women will be downtown during Fort Scott’s Christmas Parade on Dec. 4 to sell their wares.

“We were told by multiple people that the Stocking Stuffer had been canceled and that they relied on it for last minute shopping,” Julie Norris, a vendor, said.  “Vendors really enjoyed it as well.  We had the idea of running something while the parade was downtown so we would have traffic already there for the vendors.”
Christmas candies will be for sale at the event.
The vendors will set up shop at The Empress Event Center, 7 N Main,  across the street from Papa Don’s Restaurant.
The parade is at 6 p.m. on December 4. The vendors will be open from 5-8 p.m.

“We have several local vendors that will be present.  The list that we currently have confirmed: Nikki Carpenter with Chalk Couture, Hannah Gander with Mama’s Mugs , Dee Regina with Paparazzi Jewelry , Elise Herman with Usborne Books, Julie Norris & Chris Ames with ColorStreet, Amber Kelly with Tupperware, Angela Carpenter with Homemade Holiday Crafts, Alison Milburn with Bows by Ali Rose, Micki Craft with Home Sewn Crafts, Kelly Gander with Kelly’s Creations ,our children-Kallie and Bryton will be selling treats and hot apple cider, Jackie Harvey with Jackie’s Leather Earrings.  And Jeff Tinsley will have his homemade pecan and peanut brittles,” she said.

Jewelry will be offered for sale at the event.
“We are hoping to provide a nice variety of shopping for the community with our local vendors in one stop,” Norris said.
“Some items will include handmade Christmas decor, wreaths, reusable chalk decor, tumblers, personalized vinyl, kitchen towels, aprons, security blankets, cosmetic bags, Christmas candies, hair accessories,  jewelry, children’s books, affordable manicures, cosmetics, acrylic keychains, and more,” she said.


New Real Estate Business: Paint Creek Realty

Linda Wilson began a career in real estate in 2005 when she and her husband, Lafe, returned to Bourbon County after spending 15 years in the rural McPherson, Kansas area.
Last month, Wilson started her own real estate business.
“Paint Creek Realty is broker owned and exclusively run by myself, ” Wilson said. “I started on October 1, 2018. Only a name change as I have been working for sellers and buyers since 2005.”
“Helping Dreams Become Reality has always been my motto and still is today,” she said. “I specialize in agriculture listings, however, I have sold many residential properties in towns and cities within five counties in Southeast Kansas. Born and raised in rural Bourbon County helps me realize how important it is to nurture everything around you.”
“The name I chose for my real estate company business comes from a small creek that runs through our property. My Dad, Keith Daniels, always referred to it as ‘A Little Piece of Paradise.'”
Wilson provides the following: professional client support,
finance assistance, free comprehensive market analysis,
free unlimited marketing, drone aerial photos and views,
exclusive listings.
“None too large or too small,” she said.
Wilson said rural property values have increased in Bourbon County.
“The last couple years have seen rural property values in Bourbon County on an increase,” she said.  However, they have seemed to have leveled off a bit, but are steady. Homes with small rural acreages are always in demand, with few to be had. There is an ample home property supply in Fort Scott, a buyers choice.”
Linda Wilson is the owner/broker of Paint Creek Realty.
Linda Wilson can be reached at her cell phone number:
620-654-7413 or email:
Her fax number is 620 756 4388.
Her address: Paint Creek Realty,924 Jayhawk Rd.,
Uniontown, Ks. 66779.
“Also or on Facebook – PaintCreekRealty,” she said.

Small Business Saturday in Fort Scott

Small Business Saturday is Coming – Shop Local TOMORROW, November 24th!
The Fort Scott Area Chamber of Commerce encourages our community to support SMALL BUSINESS SATURDAY November 24th!
We hope you’ll check out our downtown merchants during our FORT SCOTT SMALL BUSINESS SATURDAY PASSPORT EVENT tomorrow from 10:00 am – 4:00 pm.
Pick up your shopping passport from 10:00 am–3:00 pm, at Iron Star Antiques & Such, 3 N. Main St. Collect stamps on your passport by visiting participating businesses. Collect 4 or more stamps and return your passport to Iron Star by 5:00 pm to be entered in our prize drawing for $50 in Chamber Bucks certificates.
Small businesses are encouraged to sign up to be included on the passport, which will draw shoppers to Fort Scott for Small Business Saturday deals.
If you own a business in Fort Scott and you want to be included on the passport, call the Chamber: (620) 223- 3566 or email:
For every $100 spent locally, $68 stays in our community. Money spent out of the area or online with non-local businesses hurts our local economy. Shoppers across the NATION are encouraged to “SHOP SMALL” and support local businesses this

Athletic Training at Momentum Begins

Emelia Whitaker.

Momentum Indoor Training opened at 2420 S. Main, Suite 900 in Fort Scott on November 5, 2018.

Emelia Whiteaker, owner and native of Fort Scott, has over 10 years of experience training athletes of all ages, sports, and performance levels.

She received her Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training from Washburn University in Topeka, KS and a Master of Health Promotion with an emphasis in Sports Performance and Injury Prevention from California University of Pennsylvania in California, PA.

Whiteaker is a Certified Performance Enhancement Specialist through the National Academy of Sports Medicine and spent over five years training athletes at Nevada Regional Medical Center’s, Show-Me Acceleration until it was closed due to budget cuts.

While working at Show-Me Acceleration she trained almost 300 athletes from Southeast Kansas and Southwest Missouri including Lamar, Joplin, Fort Scott, Nevada, and Bolivar, many of these athletes went on to earn both team and individual state championships.

Momentum Indoor Training offers integrated sports performance training programs for athletes aged 8 and older.

The integrated programs work to improve flexibility, balance, core strength, speed, agility, plyometric and multi-plane movements while following a specific exercise progression tailored to each individual athlete and their sport.

Batting Tunnels that feature the Hack Attack pitching machine are available for baseball and softball players aged 10 and older.

There is also a non-machine area available for throwing and tee work that is for any aged athlete.

Momentum Indoor Training is also pleased to offer a Prep Class on Tuesdays and Thursdays to any child 5- 7 years of age. This class focuses on teaching running and jumping mechanics while developing flexibility and balance to help prevent issues that may arise as a child grows.

A Women’s Conditioning class is also offered on Tuesdays and Thursdays. The Women’s Conditioning class features exercises that utilize the individuals own body weight to increase overall physical health.

The goal of Momentum Indoor Training is to add indoor training tools for as many sports as possible including golf, soccer, running and swimming.

Momentum Indoor Training is open Monday through Saturday. More information about Momentum Indoor Training can be found on Facebook: @mitrainingfs, by calling (620) 223-1803, or e-mailing

Holiday Shopping: Artists At Boiler Room Brewhaus This Weekend

Bobbi Kemna, event organizer and host, visits with attendees on the porch of her pottery workshop at the Art in the Yard festival in September.

Boiler Room Brewhaus is hosting an artist sale Nov. 23-25.

Local potter Bobbi Kemna has organized the event, after seeing the response of the community to her initial Art In The Yard in September.

” Barbara Ritter (owner of the Boiler Room Brewhaus) said ‘Bobbi, you nailed Art in the Yard, would you put together an art show at the brewery,'”Kemna said.

So she did, just in time for holiday shopping.

“Local artists and a couple from Canada will help you with your holiday shopping on Friday, Saturday and Sunday at the local brewery located at the corner of National and Wall Street in Fort Scott,” Kemna said.

The artist sale event will be Friday, Nov. 23 at noon until 10 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 24, noon until 10 p.m. and Sunday, Nov. 25, from 2 to 7 p.m.

“Fiber art, photography, laser metal, swags made with fresh greenery (no fake stuff) pottery, handbags (Mary Eastwood originals) lamps created from unusual items, goat soaps, even a Nick MaGee original painting. ”

“The artists are coming together to wow you with their creativity,” she said.

“Nothing says made in China at this event,” Kemna said. “Even the beer is brewed on location. Sit and visit, play some board games, enjoy your town and the artists that create.”

For more information call Kemna at 620-224-7480.

The LaRoche Buildings Restoration Begins

Mid-Continental Restoration Inc. employees work on the exterior of the LaRoche buildings, formerly the old Tribune buildings on Wall Street at National Avenue, on Nov. 7. From left on the ground is Pat Shelton, equipment maintenance with MCR and Chris Fountain, foreman.

Work began on two historic side-by-side downtown buildings owned by Jennifer LaRoche on Nov. 5.

Stones on the facade of the buildings on Wall Street at National Avenue are being removed and examined to get structural issues repaired, according to Pat Shelton, Mid-Contenintal Restoration Inc., Fort Scott.

“We are doing restoration on the north side of the exterior,” Chase Halsey,  MCR  project manager, said. “We are taking down the stone, then rebuilding the wall and relaying the existing stones if they are in good shape.”

Some of the stones on the century-old buildings are missing or have deteriorated, he said.

“I don’t know the exact date the building was built, over one-hundred years ago, I would guess,” Halsey said.

Beau Casper is shoring up the roof trusses,  Halsey said. Casper is a separately contracted with LaRoche, he said.

“That is so that when we reattach the stone veneer, it will be more stable than right now,” he said.

New stones will be made by Phoenix Marble Stone, Springfield, Mo., Halsey said.

“We are going to try to have it done by the end of the year,” Halsey said. “We are at the mercy of when the new stones are on site….and we are at the mercy of the weather as well.”

“The snow on the scaffolding makes us unable to work,” he said.

No interior work is being done at this time, Halsey said.



Small Business Saturday Nov. 24

Small Business Saturday
Saturday, November
24, 2018

The Fort Scott Area Chamber of Commerce encourages our community to support SMALL BUSINESS SATURDAY on November 24th!

For every $100 spent locally, $68 stays in our community. Money spent out of the area or online with non-local businesses hurts our local economy. Shoppers across the NATION are encouraged to “SHOP SMALL” and support local businesses this season.

We hope you’ll check out our small business merchants during our FORT SCOTT SMALL BUSINESS SATURDAY PASSPORT EVENT on Saturday, November 24th, from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm.

Shoppers, you can pick up a shopping passport from 10:00 am – 3:00 pm, at Iron Star Antiques at 3 N. Main Street. Collect stamps on your passport by visiting participating businesses. Collect 4 or more stamps and return your passport to Iron Star by 5:00 pm to be entered in our prize drawing for $50 in Chamber Bucks certificates.

Downtown Fort Scott businesses are encouraged to register to be included in the passport event, which draws hundreds of shoppers to Fort Scott for Small Business Saturday deals.

If you own a business in Fort Scott and you want to be included on the passport, call the Chamber at (620) 223- 3566 or email: by Tuesday, November 20th at 3:30 pm.