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Grand Opening For Quality Mechanics & Sound March 1

The Fort Scott Chamber of Commerce, 231 E. Wall.

The Fort Scott Area Chamber of Commerce announces a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony to celebrate the grand opening of Quality Mechanics & Sound, LLC. – Opening at 501 S. National.

Quality Mechanics & Sound, owned by Lisa Thurston, Alan Ornstein, and Erin Thurston will offer a variety of services such as vehicle repair and maintenance, installation of car audio systems, keyless entry, remote start, and auto detailing.

Their business also includes Midwest Interlock, ignition interlock, and home monitoring services.

All Chamber members and their guests are encouraged to attend.

The event will take place on Thursday, March 1 from 12 pm to 2 pm with the ribbon cutting starting at 12:15 pm.

Attendees will be invited to stay following the ceremony for a cookout and drawings and to learn more about the business and the services they to offer.


New Arby’s Coming To Fort Scott

The old Kentucky Fried Chicken restaurant will be remodeled to make way for a new Arby’s Restaurant.

U.S. Beef Corporation, Tulsa, OK has purchased the old Kentucky Fried Chicken restaurant at 2101 S. Main to be transformed into an Arby’s Restaurant.

The restaurant is scheduled to be opened in late summer, 2018, according to Rachel Pruitt, Fort Scott Economic Director.

U.S. Beef Corporation is a franchisee of Arby’s Restaurant.

They are currently searching for a manager for the restaurant.

Check out this link to apply:


Or view the City of Fort Scott Facebook page.

Small Shopping Center Coming To South Horton Street

The new apartment complex will be located on Huntington Street, to the east of the Horton Street parcel of land.

The old trailer park property that was on South Horton Street will see some revitalization in the future.

Tuesday the property at 1907 S. Horton, north of Community Christian Church, was rezoned.

“Along Horton, there will be a small shopping center service, a strip mall, for residents and (Fort Scott Community College) students,” Rhonda Dunn, Community Development Director for the City of Fort Scott said.

Rhonda Dunn,  Community Development Director with the City of Fort Scott.

Along Huntington St. on the east side of the Horton parcel of land, there will be apartments or duplexes built, she said.

Patrick Wood and Jake Gross, with Two Dogs Barking Real Estate, are the owners of the property and have cleared it for development.

The business also owns Garrison Apartments at 1729 S. Horton and will be building similar apartments or duplexes at the site.

The Garrison Apartments on South Horton Street. The new complexes will be similar, according to Fort Scott Community Development Director Rhonda Dunn.

“They will be a higher end finish for young professionals,” Dunn said of the proposed apartments.

“The key is, it will not be mobile homes there,” Dunn said. “I keep strict regulations on mobile homes to make sure it’s the best quality we can get. The mobile homes in our town are ‘grandfathered in’. No one needs to worry I am going to get their mobile home.”

The house and outbuildings currently on the site will be sold and removed, she said.

The house and outbuildings to be removed. The small shopping center will be located here.

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.
If interested in the position email:
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

Nominations Please

Fort Scott Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Lindsay Madison speaks during a prior awards dinner.


Thursday, March 15, 2018
Liberty Theatre
Fort Scott Chamber of Commerce award nominations are being requested.
It is a great honor to recognize deserving businesses, individuals, and organizations each year at the
Chamber Annual Dinner & Awards Celebration.
This year it is at the Liberty Theater, Thursday, March 15.
The  public’s input is highly valued as those
recipients are selected.
Please click the survey link below to make nominations for any or all of the following categories:
Business of the Year
New Business of the Year
Agri-Business of the Year
Business Person of the Year
Young Professional of the Year
Community Spirit Award
Please mark your calendars to attend the event
Thursday, March 15.
Guest speaker will be Marci Penner of the
Kansas Sampler Foundation.
If preferred,  print the survey and mail or drop off the nominations to the Chamber.  Click here for a printable copy.  You may also email your nominations directly to the Chamber at
Please call the Chamber with any questions at (620) 223-3566.

Lt. Governor Mann Visits Ft. Scott Munitions

Fort Scott Munitions President Robbie Forester, left, along with City of Fort Scott Community Development Director Rhonda Dunn greet Lt. Governor Tracey Mann Thursday morning in front of the business.. In the background from left is Office of the Governor’s Communication and Policy Specialist Daniel Seitz, and Kansas Director of Legislative Affairs Tim Shallenger. Behind Mann is David Soffer, special assistant to the Governor.

Lt. Governor Tracey Mann began his day in Fort Scott Thursday morning.

The newly appointed Kansas Lt. Governor went on a statewide tour, including two stops in Southeast Kansas.

Mann met with employees of Fort Scott Munitions, 523 E. Wall, for a tour of the business.

Fort Scott Munitions President Robbie Forester told FortScott.Biz the governor’s office requested the meeting with the business.

Fort Scott city officials Dave Martin,  Rhonda Dunn, and Rachel Pruitt came to greet the lt. governor’s entourage.

To the employees of the business and the city officials, Mann said the focus of the newly formed team of Governor Jeff Colyer is “reform, jobs, and education.”

Communication and Policy Specialist Daniel Seitz said the tour is to visit small businesses and some community colleges to talk about Governor Colyer’s vision for Kansas’ future.

Following a short tour of the business, the entourage headed south to Columbus to view Crossland Construction Co.

Fort Scott City Manager Dave Martin, right, walks with Lt. Governor Tracey Mann into Fort Scott Munitions Thursday morning.
Lt. Governor Tracey Mann listens to Ryan Kraft during a tour of Fort Scott Munitions Thursday morning. Kraft created the business.

To learn more about Fort Scott Munitions:

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About Mann

Mann was selected Feb. 13 to be Kansas Governor Jeff Colyer’s Lt. Governor.

Tracey Mann is the managing director and principal of Newmark Grubb Zimmer, a commercial real estate company headquartered in Kansas City. Prior to this, Mann served as senior program director for the National Student Leadership Forum on Faith and Values, according to a press release.

Mann has previously served on the board of directors for the Kansas Agriculture and Rural Leadership (KARL) program and the Kansas Chamber of Commerce.  He is also a board member of the City Teen Center, a non-profit educational facility serving children in Salina.

Tracey Mann is a fifth-generation Kansan from Quinter, Kansas.  He regularly returns to work on the family farm.

He earned a degree in Agricultural Economics from Kansas State University in 2000, where he also served as Student Body President. In 1997, Tracey served as Jerry Moran’s first intern in Washington, DC.

Tracey, his wife, Audrey and their four children live in Salina, Kansas.

Crooner’s And Liberty Are An Entertainment Hub

Jared Leek speaks to the Chamber Coffee attendees at Crooner’s Lounge.

Jared Leek, the owner of Crooner’s Lounge and the Liberty Theater, hosted the Fort Scott Chamber of Commerce Coffee Feb.1.

Crooner’s Lounge is located at 117 S. Main and is open Wednesday through Saturday from 5-9 p.m.

He said a full-service bar is offered along with steak, seafood, chicken, pasta and fresh oysters.

E-3 Meats, produced by Adam and Jennifer LaRoche are featured at the restaurant.

The theater is next door north, and Leek also owns the building south of Crooner’s, which houses office space for businesses.

Upcoming events:

February 9-10 there is a Catholic Symposium at the Liberty Theater.

Sunday, February 11, from 2 to 4 p.m. at Crooner’s Lounge, there will be Valentine Cupcake Decorating Event, Leek said.

Each guest will decorate one-dozen cupcakes, pre-baked by Crooner’s Cakery. Frosting, frosting tips, candies and edible decorations will be provided. Cost is $30/person.Reservations required. Limited availability. Purchase tickets using the link to Brown Paper Tickets.

February 14, the Gary Thompson Band will be performing at a special Valentines Dinner at Crooner’s,  reservations required.

February 16 En Power and Light and Flagship Romance will be performing, with reservations required.

The Baloney Ponyz will perform March 10, and on March 17 the theater is hosting St. Patty’s on the Patio starting at 5 p.m.

Leek said the theater is booked consistently in May and June for weddings.

Theater season tickets are sold for $100 per person, typically sold as a table of four, for $400.

Contact Jared Leek to make reservations by calling (620) 224-9787.




Diabetes Prevention Program Begins At Peerless

Mercy Hospital Fort Scott and Peerless Products Inc. are collaborating to tackle diabetes in our community.

Approximately 15 employees are taking advantage of the pilot program at Peerless presented by Mercy employees, with meetings set each Friday for one hour.

Peerless management gives the employees the time to attend during their workday and pays the fee of those who choose to participate in the diabetes prevention program, according to Cindy Davis, Director of Health and Wellness at Peerless.

The pilot program runs for one year. Classes meet for one hour, once a week, for the first six months, and then decreases in frequency to monthly maintenance sessions, according to a press release from Jody Hoener, Mercy Clinic Quality and Community Benefit Liaison.

“We welcome the program and support our employees attending, with that health issue,” Davis said, who has been at her job for approximately one month.

The diabetes prevention program, led by Hoener, and Mercy’s Registered Dietician Sherise Beckham, uses an evidence-based approach proven to motivate and support individuals in making practical, real-life, lasting change.

The prevention program is not a diet and is not a well-intended, short-lived weight loss program, it’s a lifestyle change, according to Beckham in the press release.

“We want Peerless Products to be the employer of choice,” Coby Jones, Peerless Products owner said. “We are creating a worksite environment where Peerless is a place where living healthier lifestyles is easier to do,” according to the press release.

The Mercy Diabetes Prevention Program, a new service provided by Mercy Hospital, is funded through a Pathways to a Healthy Kansas  grant from Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas. It is part of the Center for Disease Control National Diabetes Prevention Program.

The American Medical Association reports the burden of Type 2 Diabetes as substantial with $69 billion in lost productivity and $176 billion in direct medical costs, according to the Mercy press release.

Typically, one in three employees has prediabetes, and it is a reversible condition.

Working outside of hospital walls, Mercy is taking steps to improve the culture of health and wellness through The Healthy Bourbon County Action Team, with grant funds provided by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas through its Pathways to a Healthy Kansas initiative, according to the press release.

Bourbon County was selected as one of the first eight Pathways communities in 2016, according to the press release.

Mercy is building relationships with many community stakeholders through the Pathways to a Healthy Kansas initiative.

The Mercy Diabetes Prevention Program is part of the community-wide initiative to implement policy and environmental change in order to improve the quality of life, encourage economic development, increase awareness and community engagement in leading healthy lifestyles, and support tobacco-free living.