Category Archives: Business

Casey’s General Store Ribbon Cutting

Fort Scott, KS –Many people in town have been long anticipating the new Casey’s store opening. Friday morning, November 21st, was their ribbon cutting and grand opening. The ‘soft’ opening of Caseys happened a few days before, however, the Area Manager, Bekki Gibson said, “It has felt like the Grand Opening since the doors opened. We have averaged making 200 pizzas a night.”


Fort Scott Area Chamber, several city officials, staff and about 30 community members came out to support Caseys grand opening and ribbon cutting. For the grand opening, Caseys was offering free coffee and certain items at a discount. A few things including any 6” sub for $1.69, large pizza for $7.99 and $2.99 for a dozen donuts.

Circulars will be going out today for additional coupons for the next week. Until next Thursday, with the purchase of a large pizza, you will get a coupon for .25 / gal off gasoline. If you are ordering pizza, you maybe want to call ahead to get your order started.


The store is open 24 hours, including the kitchen. Caseys is currently being staffed by 24 employees and they are hoping to pick up a few more to cover night shift. Hopefully, you’ll be able to swing in and say hello sometime in the next week.

Contact information:
2216 S Main

Sleep Inn & Suites Grand Opening

Fort Scott, KS — On November 5th, about 70 community members showed their support for the newly opened Sleep Inn & Suites in Fort Scott.

The Chamber held a ribbon cutting ceremony and many of Fort Scott and Bourbon County officials were present and a few made brief remarks and congratulations to Bill and Jennifer Machaud.


“The sign is going up today and looking forward to open doors and serving Fort Scott, ” Bill Machaud commented as he addressed the crowd and covering the amenities the hotel has to offer. These include 59 rooms, wi-fi, full complementary breakfast, indoor pool and weight room. Doors are open and they will be happy to take your reservations for the upcoming holiday season.

For more information or reservations:
Sleep Inn &  Suites
302 E Wall St.
Fort Scott, KS, 66701
(800) 424-6423

Mercy Marketplace Christmas Show

Fort Scott, Ks – Mercy Hospital is hosting their annual fund-raiser November 5th, 6th and 7th. This annual fundraiser has an emphasis in provided funds for additional equipment for the hospital and also helps provide scholarships for the nursing program at Fort Scott Community College.


Alice Allen, Mercy Auxiliary President said, “We have had very good traffic so far. We have many people we come especially to see the show and some even schedule their appointments around these dates so they can be sure to support these efforts.”


The Christmas show will run for three days and will be open 7am – 6pm in the McAuley Center. Ornaments, jewelry, scarves, purses and home décor are some of the items available for purchase.

Sleep Inn & Suites Grand Opening today at 11am

Fort Scott, KS – Sleep Inn & Suites will be the first chain hotel to open it’s doors in Fort Scott. Many community members, business owners and supporters gathered will gather 11am for the ribbon cutting and grand opening of the hotel. Everyone is welcome to attend.



Come by and join us today!

302 E Wall St.
Fort Scott, KS, US


Fort Scott, KS — Congratulations to our iPod winner, Jenni Elder! Over the last couple of days, was running a contest to give away an iPod. We have selected a winner at random and presented a new iPod to Jenni.


Jenni has lived in Fort Scott, nearly all her life – moving here when she was two.  She works locally here in Fort Scott and was very excited about winner the iPod and hopes to keep away from her kids.

Thank you all who signed up to win. We hope you continue to enjoy the articles at Fort — if you do, please encourage your friends to sign up.

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Bronson Locker, A Look Inside

Bronson, KS – Have you ever had the conversation with your kids about where your beef comes from? It’s can be quite an interesting conversation explaining where are food comes from and how it’s processed. There are some really great documentaries on food processing and production, but if you are looking for a local beef, pork, venison processing business, you don’t even have to leave the county.


Bronson Locker has been in operation for a long, long time. The current owners, Chubb and Helen Bolling, have been slicing and dicing since 1966. When they bought the locker they had about 700 square feet to work with. Now, they have expanded into 3 storefronts and have custom made their entire processing facility.

From start to finish, the Bolling family has processing down. Click on the gallery to see a pictorial tour of the facility.

The Bolling family was great to visit with while they gave the tour. The whole facility was very clean and remarkably free from smells you might associate with a processing business.

If you are  looking for a local place to handle your processing needs, the Bronson Locker can take care of your needs. Being in the middle of deer season, there are lots of ways you can process that venison and Bronson Locker has mastered probably all of them from jerky to summer sausage, they can do it.

Make sure to call ahead if you are planning on dropping off an animal for processing and for any other questions you might have. For contact info and questions:

Bronson Locker

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Project 17 and Kansas Leadership Center Offer FREE Workshops

Fort Scott, KS – Have you been looking for a way to make a real impact on your community on multiple levels? If so, you might want to do learn more about Project 17. Project 17 was born out of a large community meeting to address socio-economic, health care and industry in 17 counties in South East Kansas.

The mission statement is to improve the economic opportunities and qualities of life of those who live, work, and play in the 17 counties of South East Kansas. One of the key indicators of low performance is the lack of high impact civic leadership. Towards this goal of increasing networking and leadership, Project 17 has joined with Kansas Leadership Center and is putting together one day (FREE) leadership conferences in area counties to address these issues.

During the conferences, there will be actions points where leaders can get involved as well as discussion topics such as: Diagnosis Situation, Intervene Skillfully, Energize Others and Manage Self. These conferences are focused on developing leadership skill in the civic leaders in the area. Registration deadline is October 15, click here to register. Here are the dates of conferences in the area:

October 28:
Fort Scott Community College, Ellis Family Fine Arts Center (2108 S. Horton, Fort Scott, KS 66701)

October 29:
Neosho County Community College, Ottawa Campus(900 East Logan St., Ottawa, KS 66067)

October 30:
Independence Community College West, Woods Family Community Center (2615 West Main St., Independence, KS 67301)

Another conference in conjunction with Project 17 is the “UnConference” that will be hosted at Pittsburg State University, Thursday, October 16th, 9-4pm. “Topics will include things like how to support existing business and entrepreneurship, economic development, health education and how to improve the regions workforce,” Project 17’s Executive Director, Heather Morgan commented. Ken Brock and Joe Bisogno will be speaking and will further the discussion of how we can make Project 17 counties more economically productive. Click here for more information and to register (deadline today).

For more information about Project 17
Heather Morgan
Project 17
Executive Director