Category Archives: Exercise

Improvements at the USD 235 Fitness Center Are Coming

USD 235 students use the facility in the daytime during the school year. Pictured are some students chosen to demonstrate the equipment when the fitness center opened in October 2018.

The Uniontown U235 Fitness Center that opened last year, is getting improvements through a grant.


A bathroom and shower room will be added to the fitness center from an unused storage area nearby.

“The grant was a Healthy Bourbon County Grant,” Bret Howard, superintendent at USD 235, said.  “It will cover nearly 2/3 of the total cost. The grant was for $12,500 and the total cost once completed will be $17,000. “
“We will be adding this directly to the fitness center so that we can lock the doors that enter the (Uniontown High/Jr. High) Commons Area and not allow access to the building. The shower room will allow those who work out in the morning before work to shower and leave immediately for work.”
The bathroom and shower room will be located in the northeast corner of the fitness center which is on the south side of the Uniontown Junior High School.
 “There is currently a storage room there now behind a locked door,” Howard said. “We will be creating two separate rooms and will be adding another entrance door so there are two entrances, one for the bathroom and one for the shower.”
The fitness center will be closed during  construction of the rooms.
“We do not have an exact date yet as construction projects do not always proceed as expected,” Howard said.  “We will communicate via our district social media accounts and website as soon as we
know more.”
The fitnes center is for patrons on USD 235 only.

Key cards to the fitness center are applied for through West Bourbon Elementary School Principal Vance Eden, the participants can enter the center when school is not in session.


 Eden can be reached at 
or 620-756-4335. There is a fee for the card of $10.
“We currently have 149 active accounts for the fitness center,” Eden said. “This doesn’t give an exact number of participants, but should be a fair estimate.”


Freedom 5K Race July 4

The First Annual Freedom 5K race on July 4 will begin from the entrance of Gunn Park at 8 a.m.,  with the 5k
looping around the park twice.
The 1-mile kid’s run will begin at the same point, turn back at the second pond and make a small loop around in front of Shelter 1 before heading back to the entrance of the park.
Parking for the event is available at FSCC’s Burke Street Campus parking lot.
Pre-register at Smallville Crossfit on North National Avenue or call 620-719-9602.

Sponsors Sought For Fort Games at Smallville Crossfit

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Smallville CrossFit is gearing up for our annual Fort Games
on June 22nd!
We are expecting over 50 competitors. We will be putting together Athlete Bags that will consist of t-shirts and other promo items from area businesses. We would love to showcase your business; if you have items you would like us to put in the Athlete Bags let us know, and we will come by and
pick them up.
If you would like to be a Gold Sponsor for the event let us know and we will get you added to the list! ALL sponsorship is important to us, and we greatly appreciate any kind you may have to offer!
This event has been a huge success for us; every year athletes and their families travel many miles to compete! Per usual, after the event we have very hungry people who want to know where to eat!!
We are working on a way to “showcase” our local restaurants, pubs, food places…
but in order to do this we need your help!
We would love to have something with a name, address, to-go menu, coupon, or something to offer to these athletes and their families to point them in your direction!
Sponsorships can be monetary, or prizes of any size for bags, or podium prizes.
Thank you for your consideration and we hope to hear from you soon.
Aaron & Lindsey Watts
Smallville CrossFit

Woodland Hills: One of Top Ten In Kansas

Fort Scott’s Community Development Director Robert Uhler listens as Woodland Hills Clubhouse Manager Shannon O’Neil tells of upcoming events during the weekly Chamber of Commerce Coffee May 9.

Fort Scott’s publicly owned golf course is one of the best in Kansas.

“It’s one of the top ten in the state,” Fort Scott’s Community Development Director Robert Uhler told the weekly Chamber of Commerce Coffee attendees on May 9 at Woodland Hills Golf Course.

To view others on the list of top ten golf courses in Kansas, click below.

Golf carts are lined up in front of the Woodland Hills Golf Course, ready for rental. There are 30 carts for public rental, Clubhouse Manager Shannon O’Neil said.

Woodland Hills Golf Course is busy with community events.

“The next Saturday’s are busy,” Clubhouse Manager Shannon O’Neil told the coffee attendees, “The Kiwanis Golf Tournament is May 18, there is a three-person scramble on Memorial Day weekend May 25 and a Tiger Baseball Fundraiser on June 1.” The Kiwanis fundraiser is for student scholarships and the Tiger baseball fundraiser benefits the local baseball team, he said.

O’Neil is also the head golf professional at the course.

An introductory course for beginning golfers ages 8-13 begins Tuesday, June 11, for six weeks of one-hour group lessons.

Coffee attendee, Fort Scott Community College President Alysia Johnston said the college has a great partnership with the golf course. This partnership has allowed two girls to hone their skills to excel at the sport.

“In our first year with a golf team, two girls have qualified for nationals,” she said.

City Manager Dave Martin commended  Golf Course Superintendent Jon Kindlesparger for his work on upgrading and maintaining the picturesque course.

“We hired him when the course was in disrepair,” Martin said. “Jon, with his experience has done a lot of great work out here.”

Jon Kindlesparger, Woodland Hills Golf Course Superintendent.
The board at the Woodland Hills Clubhouse lists all the fees.

Aging With Attitude

Expo attendees moved around to the vendor’s tables before the first whole group educational panel discussion on the opioid crisis.

Aging with Attitude Regional Expo filled the gym of Community Christian Church on Friday to hear breakout speakers on the opioid crisis, scams against senior citizens, life with partial sight, veteran’s benefits, gardening, farm families in tough times, and getting beyond superficial conversations.

Aaron and Lindsay Watts, Smallville Crossfit owners, facing the camera, lead the group in exercises.

Aaron and Lindsay Watts, owners of Smallville Crossfit, Fort Scott, demonstrated exercises that can even be done from a chair.

Patty LaRoche gave an inspirational speech on “What Matters Most.”

There are four components of aging to find contentment, she said, which include physical, mental, emotional and spiritual issues. She listed humorous and contemplative examples of each component.

Patty LaRoche

And door prizes galore were handed to attendees by vendors, businesses and organizations.

Resource fair vendors were Girard Medical Center, K-State Extension, Hometown Health Care, Moore-Few Care Center, Arrowood Lane Residential Care, Kansas Agricultural Medication Services, Heritage Health Care, Medicalodges Fort Scott, Southeast Kansas Library System, Integrity Home Care and Hospice, Presbyterian Village, Resource Center for Independent Living, State Farm Insurance, Harry Hynes Memorial Hospice, Community Health Center of Southeast Kansas, Southeast Kansas Area Agency on Aging, Angels Care Home Health, Ascension Via Christi, SKIL Resource Center and Kansas AgrAbility.

A panel session on the opioid crisis was composed of,  from left facing camera: Bourbon County Sheriff Bill Martin, Pharmacist Craig Campbell, Community Health Center Peer Mentor Heather Burns, Community Health Center Addiction Treatment Amy Phillips, and Fort Scott Police Department Chief Travis Shelton. Moderator is K-State Extension Agent Joy Miller at right.
Ginger Nance and Becky Kellum, Presbyterian Village personnel, visit with a person at their booth.
State Farm Insurance Agent Kale Nelson visits with an attendee.
Denise Groene, director of Wichita Better Business Bureau, leads the session entitled “Scams Against Seniors.”
LaShawn Noel, a social worker with Integrity Home Care and Hospice, leads a session on “Getting Beyond ‘I’m Fine'”.
“Helping You and Your Family Through a Tough Farm Economy,” was a session led by Char Henton, Forrest Buhler and Gary Kepka from Kansas Agricultural Medication Services.
Veteran Services Representative Ryon Knop leads the session “Veteran’s Benefits for Spouse and Dependents.”
“Living a Full Life with Partial Sight” was a session led by Southeast Kansas Library Special Needs Consultant Melissa Frantz and Certified Orientation and Mobility Specialist Amanda Smith.
K-State Horticulture Agent Krista Harding leads the session “Garden At Any Age.”
Pharmacist Craig Campbell leads an expanded session on the opioid crisis.

Additional support for the expo was provided by Community Christian Church, Dale and Betty Johnson, Cheney Witt Funeral Home.

Helping with introducing the speakers were 15 Fort Scott Community College Ambassadors, with help serving the meal provided by Fort Scott Community College Volleyball Students.

A grant from the Community Foundation of Southeast Kansas helped support this expo event.



Riverfront Park: Lighting Is Coming

Riverfront Park, North National Avenue past the orange bridge over the Marmaton River.

The east side of the Belltown Walking Trail in Riverfront Park is a shady place to enjoy a walk, but at times it is too dark.

“We’ve had some ladies that said at dusk, it gets pretty dark,” Jerry Witt, president of the Fort Scott Bourbon County Riverfront Authority Board, said. “So we purchased 14 poles and downlights and bases.”

The tall deciduous trees give shade to walkers on the Belltown Trail in Riverfront Park.

“The lighting will be installed in the next few weeks on the east side of the walking trail, where it is darker, it’s close to the lookout,” Witt said. “We would like for (the lighting) to go over to the Mercy Hospice Memorial part. We will add more lights later, this is what we can afford now.”

The lights will be LED downlights, he said, “that will shine on the trail.”

An electrician will install them, with the City of Fort Scott providing the concrete bases for the lights.

There was grant money left following the building of the pavilion and the overlook boardwalk which were completed last year, Witt said. This leftover grant money will fund the lighting segment.

2018 Was a Busy Year For Improvements in Riverfront Park

Two projects in the park were completed last year.

The pavilion was built near the park entrance and has electricity, with a parking lot nearby.

For more information, click below:

Riverfront Park Pavilion Nearly Ready For The Public

The wooden overlook boardwalk was built near the confluence of the Marmaton River and Mill Creek and has seating along the perimeter.

For more information, click below:

Overlook of the Marmaton River in Place at Riverfront Park

The long-range plan is a walking bridge across the river and trails south of the Marmaton River on River Road, he said.

Additionally, signage was installed in the park and other parts throughout Bourbon County. Click below for more information.

Signs, Signs Everywhere Signs

The Belltown Trail information kiosk at Riverfront Park.

“When we can receive money to do it, we will do it,”  Witt said.

The Fort Scott Bourbon County Riverfront Authority Board meets whenever Witt calls a meeting, “Once a month or every six weeks.” he said.

On the board in addition to Witt are Betty Boyko, Penny Pollack Barnes,  Bob Love, Danny McGee,  Arnold Scholfield, Jeff Sweetser and Allen Warren.

The Belltown Trail is part of the City of Fort Scott walking trail system.



Gunn Park Trail Volunteers Needed For Trail Clean-up

Volunteers are needed this Saturday morning for clean up of the bike/walk trails at Fort Scott’s Gunn Park Trails.

“We need to clean flood debris from the trails,” said Frank Halsey, who spearheads the trail volunteers.

“This is a post-winter clean-up,” he said.

Community members are encouraged to help with this volunteer program to keep the trails in top shape.

“We will meet at 9 a.m. at the main gate,” Halsey said. “The clean-up won’t go past noon.”

“Even if people can come for an hour, that is helpful,” he said.

Trail clean-up volunteers are encouraged to bring rakes, gloves, and boots.

The trails are for bicyclists and walkers.

“No horses, they are hard on trails,” Halsey said.

The volunteers have built an eight-mile trail in Fort Scott’s largest park, Gunn Park.

There are seven different trailheads for trail users to enter or exit onto the trail that parallels the Marmaton River in sections.



Walk Kansas 2019

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Gather your team of six people
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K-State encourages you to start your journey toward a healthier life by gathering your team of six people
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March 17th through May 11th!
Earn 4 Health Quest credits towards State of Kansas health insurance for participating in the program!
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or by contacting Joy Miller:
620-223-3720 /

Yoga Classes Offered On Tuesday Evenings

Denise Duncan saw a need for a Yoga class in Fort Scott and is filling that need.
“Since the Shiney Yoga Studio shut down, I saw a great need,” she said. “There is one with private classes but I wanted a place where everyone could come do yoga.”

Duncan has secured a Yoga instructor, Rachel Henderson of Iola.

“I met this couple from Iola and she was teaching (Yoga)  and I asked if she would teach a class in Fort Scott,” Duncan said.

Duncan is the owner of the Beaux Art Center and is using a part of the building for the Yoga class.

“We meet at our loft apartment upstairs, 102 S. National Ave,” she said.

Beaux Art Cente, 102 S. National Avenue.

The classes are held on Tuesdays at 6 p.m.

The cost is $10 per class.

“It is for young/old, chubby/skinny, beginner/pro,” Duncan said. “You can go at your own pace.”
Participants should wear loose clothing or yoga pants,  and bring their own Yoga/exerecise mat, she said.


Putting Green and Driving/Slicing Mats added to Momentum Indoor Training


To welcome 2019, Momentum Indoor Training is expanding the services offered.

” I am really excited that Momentum Indoor Training now has equipment that allows golfers to work on their game even when the weather is not favorable to be on the course,” said owner Emelia S. Whiteaker, MS, PES.

In addition to the softball and baseball pitching machines and sports performance training. Momentum Indoor Training now has a 4 ft. by 18 ft. putting green, and driving/chipping mat with nets. The putting green is made of an aerated foam technology that mimics the roll and spongy feel of a natural putting green, she said.

A variety of breaks can be easily made using the numerous shims. The roll of the green can be sped up or slowed down using a broom.

One can also practice hitting specific shots by filling one or more of the 6 holes in the green and using the side standing mat which allows you to be on the same level as the putting green.

Golfers can work on their drives and chips by using the mat to hit into the 2 different nets in the facility. There are three different sizes of rubber tees for the mat including one that allows for the use of wood/plastic tees.

Pricing for the use of the golf training aids is:

20 minutes – $7.00

40 minutes – $12.00

60 minutes – $16.00

200 minutes – $50.00

600 minutes – $125.00

“All golfers must bring in their own clubs so they can train as they play,” Whiteaker said. “To schedule, your training times call (620) 223-1803 or send them a message on Facebook: @mitrainingfs . Training times can be any time during the day but times before 3 pm must be scheduled. Momentum Indoor Training is located at 2420 S. Main St., Suite 900 (drive around to the parking area behind Tractor Supply).”

First Day Hike at Crawford State Park

Begin the New Year connecting with the outdoors by taking a healthy hike at Crawford State Park.

Meet January 1 at 10 a.m. at the Beach Shelter.

Crawford State Park is located at 1 West Lake Road
Farlington, Kansas, just over the Bourbon County line off Highway 7 in Crawford County.
Crawford State Park can be reached at  620-362-3671.

Event website

The trail is moderate difficulty. Pets must be on a leash. Wear weather appropriate clothing, including water-resistant boots.

Contact/cancellation info: 620-362-3671. Tag #FirstDayHikes and #NoPlaceLikeKS.