Category Archives: Fort Scott

Mother to Mother Ministry Open House Dec. 19 And 20

Amanda Gilmore, assistant and  community relations representative of Mother to Mother Ministry, and Wilma Leach, director, show an information board they take when telling others about the ministry.

Mother to Mother Ministry, 728 Heylman, is hosting a public open house from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. December 19 and 20.

The open house is to showcase what Mother to Mother Ministry (MTMM) does in the community, Amanda Gilmore, assistant and community relations representative for the ministry, said.

“Stop in for some coffee, tea, and refreshments,” Gilmore said. “It’s a come and go meeting.”

Wilma Leach has been the director of the ministry since the 1990s and her comforting friendship has helped many mothers of children.

Gatherings of mothers of children and caregivers will begin January 9  and are scheduled for the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Topics of the meetings will be related to the family, said Gilmore.

Some of the services MTMM provides is parenting classes, friendship and support and “anything related to mothering and household management,” Gilmore said.

The ministry provides donated clothing for children.

All MTMM services are free.

New contact numbers for MTMM are 620-224-0809 and 620-215-0924.

The facility is located behind, and just north of Fort Scott Manor Nursing Home on Heylman.

MTMM is a United Way of Bourbon County agency and also has local supporters.

Information is posted on the door of Mother to Mother Ministry.



New “Tiny” Houses In Production

New construction is going on at the corner of 6th and Lowman Streets.

Business owner Mike Rogers is hoping his new venture is good for the community.

The venture is building four small rental houses at the corner of 6th and Lowman Streets.

The houses might not be considered tiny, but with each at 782 square feet,  they are small.

People just starting out or people at the other end of the spectrum, ” Those looking for a more efficient lifestyle,” Rory Chaplin, the coordinator with 3RK, said.

“They are not big,” Rogers said. “They are the size of an apartment. They’ll have 36-inch doors, so they are wheelchair accessible. They have no steps.”

There will be 18 feet between houses, which allows for a small yard with a privacy fence. Each house will have two designated parking spaces.

Construction began about a month ago on the project. The summer of 2018 is the expected availability dates for the rentals.

Rogers new business, 3RK, is building and managing rental houses.

He also owns R2 Concrete, which is doing all the concrete work for the project. In addition, he is sub-contracting parts of the project to Geiger Plumbing, Jeff Allen Electric, and Casper Enterprises, Rogers said.

“We may have other businesses involved, as well,” Chaplin said.

The amount of rent to be charged per unit is undetermined at this time, he said.



Official Opening of Price Chopper Today

Queen’s Price Chopper Supermarket officially opened today with a ribbon cutting by the Fort Scott Chamber of Commerce.
The Queen family at Price Chopper opening in Fort Scott at 9 a.m. Dec. 13. From left:  Jim Queen, Barry’s dad; Queen’s Price Chopper Owner Barry and wife, Kim; Jayme Queen Morris and husband Tommy Morris and their children Taryn Morris, Trenton Morris and T.J. Morris.
A large crowd welcomed Price Chopper to town on opening day.

FSHS Ensemble Spreads Christmas Cheer


Pastor Dusty Drake leads the attendees of Monday’s Community Christian Church Christmas luncheon in applause in recognition of Fort Scott High School Music Teacher Meredith Reid at the conclusion of the student’s performance.

Fort Scott High School Select Ensemble entertained guests of Community Christian Church’s annual Christmas luncheon December 11.

The ensemble is under the direction of Meredith Reid, music instructor at FSHS, and is accompanied on piano by Pat Harry, a retired music teacher.

“Mrs. Harry is the former FSHS choir director who built up the choir to immense proportion,” Reid said.

Eighteen students from sophomore to seniors were selected for this group of 18 members

The performance at the church is leading up to the music department’s  big fundraiser for the year this Sunday at 3 p.m. at the high school. Money raised goes to purchase music,  outfits, travel, and clinicians, Reid said.

Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students k-12 grade, and there will be refreshments following.

The school auditorium will be decorated by Ellen Kendrick’s art students.

Reid’s dad, Dan Duling, will be performing also during the fundraiser Sunday afternoon. He is in a band called Stone Country that includes Shana Lynette Stone, Rick Duling, Jason Richison and Jeff Culver.

“My dad’s band is doing this for free,” Reid said.

Reid said the student singers love to perform and she sees going out to the public as a way to give back to the community.

In addition, “The kids love getting out of class and today they get to eat,” Reid said with a smile.

The church provided a lunch of soups, sandwiches, appetizers, desserts, and drinks to the students and members of their congregation and invited guests.

The church sanctuary was transformed into the dining area for the annual Christmas luncheon provided by the staff.

A Christmas luncheon is an annual event where the church staff provides food for the congregation.

Members of the staff are Pastor Dusty Drake, Children’s Minister Paul Martin, Youth Pastor Ian Johnson, Pastoral Care and Women’s Minister Marcy Reynolds, and church secretaries Jamie Beckham and Jennifer Addington.


Facing camera: Luke Martin, Gunnar Brown, Aaron Emery, Tyson Bolden,  and Micah Self singing “Mary Sat A-Rockin'” by Greg Gilpin, under the direction of music instructor Meredith Reid.
Morgan Rohr and Micah Self singing “Baby It’s Cold Outside”.
Marissa Allen, Katie Button, Missie Woolsey, Miriam Mix, and Aztreia Milton singing “Frosty the Snowman”, under the direction of Meredith Reid.
Marissa Allen, Katie Button, Aztreia Milton, Miriam Mix, Missie Woolsey, Morgan Rohr, Addy Labbe, Lane Bohlken, and Sam Racy singing “Let It Snow.”
Sam Racy and Lane Bohlken singing “Mary Did You Know” arranged by Pat Harry.
Pastor Dusty Drake, center left, speaks to the attendees of the annual church open house Monday prior to the ensemble performance. From left: Levi Bin, Luke Martin, John Gauthier, Greg Lorenz, Gunnar Brown, Aaron Emery, Tyson Bolden, Micah Self and Meredith Reid, the ensemble director.
John Gauthier, Levi Bin, and Greg Lorenz singing “We Three Kings” arranged by Pat Harry.
Levi Bin, Luke Martin, John Gauthier, Greg Lorenz, Gunnar Brown, Aaron Emery, Tyson Bolden, and Micah Self singing “The Virgin Mary Had a Baby Boy” arranged by Pat Harry, under the direction of music instructor Meredith Reid.
From left (back row) Miriam Mix, Aztreia Milton, Morgan Rohr, Addy Labbe (front row) Marissa Allen, Lane Bohlken, Sam Racy (boys L to R) Levi Bin, Luke Martin, Greg Lorenz, Aaron Emery, Tyson Bolden, and Micah Self singing “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” arranged by Mac Huff, under the direction of music instructor Meredith Reid.
Students and teacher watch fellow ensemble members perform from the side of the stage at Community Christian Church.
The Fort Scott High School Select Ensemble entertain Community Christian Church members and guests.


Werling Tells Story Of Why Reinhardt Cried

Cathy Werling reads the story of unsung hero Ken Reinhardt Saturday at the Lowell Milken Center for Unsung Heroes.

Cathy Werling read her story entitled “Why Did Grandpa Cry” to an audience of children and adults December 9 at the Lowell Milken Center.

The public reading and signing of books was an event to showcase the first in a series of children’s books that Werling will write, highlighting unsung heroes in history.

Werling said the first story is about black students who tried to go to a white school and were treated badly, except by two white students.

The story is told through the eyes of the granddaughter of one of the white students, decades later.

Following the reading by Werling, she signed books for those who purchased them and a drawing for prizes took place.

Cathy Werling signs Macie Stephan’s copy of “Why Did Grandpa Cry?”

Werling’s book tells the story of Ken Reinhardt, during the U.S. Civil Rights Movement in the 1950s on a level that children can understand.

Reinhardt is an unsung hero whose story is featured at the Lowell Milken Center for Unsung Heroes in downtown Fort Scott.

Pictured are, from left Mayla, Davina, Ansley, and Tabor Foster, the children of David Foster. They are standing in front of the display of the unfolding story of unsung hero Reinhardt at the Lowell Milken Center.  David Foster is the farthest right in the upper photo.

Attending the event were the children of David Foster, one of the Uniontown High School history students who discovered the story of Reinhardt for a class project. They sat quietly, intently listening to Werling tell the story.

“Why Did Grandpa Cry” is the first of 12 children’s books about unsung heroes that will come through the Lowell Milken Center.

“The next story is about a dog named Stubby,” Werling told the audience. “A soldier took care of Stubby, then Stubby became a hero.”




The Grinch at Fort Scott High School

Area children from kindergarten through eighth grade, under the tutelage of Fort Scott High School Thespians, entertained the audience at the high school auditorium Saturday afternoon, Saturday evening and Sunday afternoon.
From left: Cindy Lou Who is portrayed by Gianna Gorman, the Grinch portrayed by Remy Witt and Max, the dog is portrayed by Matthew Eaton.
The Fort Scott High School Auditorium filled up Saturday afternoon prior to the first showing of How The Grinch Stole Christmas.

Fort Scott High School Thespians along with local children from kindergarten to eighth grade provided an enjoyable rendition of “How The Grinch Stole Christmas” Saturday and Sunday in the high school auditorium.

Forty-four children and youth presented the play to a large crowd on Saturday afternoon.

There were nine scenes and three songs performed under the direction of Angie Bin.

Student directors were Darrick Green, Kaitlyn Hanks, and Hunter Adamson. Acting coaches were Ivy Bailey, Katie Button, Alex Gorman, Karina Kentilal, Grant Coffman and Mackenzie Peoples.

Music directors were Mary Gladbach and Katie Button.

Choreographers were Addy Labbe and Mesa Jones.

The set designer was Mary Gladbach.

Lighting director was Alyx Brooks, lighting assistant was Lexi Bailey.

Sound designer was Dominic Cannon, the sound tech was Levi Bin.

Costume, make-up and hair designers were Ally Heenan and Haley Dugan.

Costume, make-up and hair crew was Carlee Studyvin.

The Grinch logo designer was Grant Coffman.

The Grinch was portrayed by Remy Witt;  Max, the dog-Matthew Eaton; Cindy Lou Who-Gianna Gorman; Lou Who-Zachary Cox; Betty Lou Who-Lillian Collins; Mayor of Whoville-Jericho Jones; Assistant to Mayor Raywho Rose-Bareigh Farr; Clerk Vanessa Raywho-Tina Rameriz; Shopper Zoe Spagawiggle-Zoe Newman; Sue Who-Annabelle Gorman; Drew Who-Payton Bowling; Policeman-Casey Gomez.

The story was narrated by Harley Button-Emma Bin, Claywho Winkle-Connor Davenport, Kinsley Button-Kinsley Davis, Piper Schmockendocker-Piper Fulton, Abigail Winkle- Tuesday Glessner, Mook Jazzleberry-Courtney Shelton, Jenna Schmockendocker-Cadence Tuck, Emmersyn Jazzbleberry-Lydia Witt, Jessica Winkle-Berkley Wood.

The Whos were portrayed by Toni Jazzleberry-Maddison Buckman, Tanny Jazzleberry-Raidan Buckman, Zaria Spagawiggle-Zaria Byrd, Brynn Winkle-Brynn Casper, Ella Winkle-Kodi Casper, Melissa Boo Button-Mesa Casper, Lucas Button-Kaiden Clary, Pettywigsnatcher Winkle-Megan Connor, Gaby Winkle-Macey Conner, Lily Button,-Breena Cox, Paisley Schmockendocker-Bryn Crisler, Window Schmockendocker-Peighton Head, Willow Schmockendocker- Lexi Hill, Annabelle Schmockendocker-Anna Laugenstein, Sammy Jazzleberry-Kaitlyn Leavell, Abi Winkle-Avery Marsh, Christy Spagawiggle-Chrislen Newman, Mila Spagawiggle-Mila Newman, Ajax Schmockendocker-Khris Patel, Mary-o-berry Button-Allie Thomas.



The Watts Of Smallville Are Superman “Nerds”

Submitted photo. Aaron and Lindsey Watts, owners of Smallville Crossfit Fort Scott.

Aaron and Lindsey Watts are Superman “nerds”.

That’s why they named their business Smallville Crossfit Fort Scott.

“Smallville is a small town in Kansas, where Superman grew up,” Lindsey said.  Aaron was called Clark Kent/Superman while serving in the army, she said. Lindsey was from Fort Scott, Aaron lived in Fort Scott for a while when younger.

In December 2016, Aaron was honorably discharged from the army, following seven years of military service. He was stationed at Ft. Bragg, N.C. and also Fort Campbell, Kentucky and served in Kuwait, Iraq, and Jordan.

“At Fort Campbell, we found Crossfit,” Lindsey said.

Lindsey had been diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis and fibromyalgia in the seventh grade.

“Doctors told me all the activities you weren’t supposed to do,” she said. “I was taking 5 to 10 pills, two to three times a day. Nothing was helping.”

“I would sleep all the time.”

When Aaron and Lindsey got married eight years ago, they started “putting on weight,” she said. Aaron then started fitness training and together they started doing bodybuilding-type workouts.

“I found when I put stress on my body I felt better, less pain, less fatigue,” she said. “That intrigued Aaron. He learned about things to do in fitness. We’d go to the gym four to five times a week.”

Lindsey’s health improved.

That inspired Aaron to be a fitness coach in thinking about a job following his army career.

Lindsay always wanted to own a business, someday.

On June 1, 2017, they purchased the fitness business at 13 S. National Avenue. Lindsey is the business manager, Aaron writes the fitness programs and is the gym manager, with both husband and wife coaching the Crossfit members.

There are over 100 members currently.

CrossFit packages are $90 for unlimited contracts, $80 for student unlimited and a 10 class punch card for children for $80.

Two beginners classes will be offered in January. A beginner class is $50 for a one week class.

“We go over nine foundational movements and diagnose our athletes and find restrictions and teach them the movements they are capable of,” Lindsey said.

New hours for the business as of December 1: Monday, Wednesday, Friday classes start at 5 a.m. with the last class at 6 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday have fewer classes offered. Saturday is open gym from 8 to 11 a.m. most Saturdays. Fit Kids is offered Tuesday and Thursday at 5:30 p.m.

Aaron writes programming and training for the volleyball and baseball teams at Fort Scott Community College, as well.

For more information contact the Watts at 620-719-9602 or check them out on their Facebook page Smallville Crossfit.