Category Archives: Fort Scott

Fort Scott Area Chamber Holiday Parade

Fort Scott, KS — Tuesday night hundreds of people gathered to the Historic Downtown Fort Scott to watch the annual Holiday parade hosted by the the Fort Scott Area Chamber of Commerce. The parade started at 6pm on Main Street from 3rd Street  to Skubits Plaza.

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Following the parade, the Mayor’s Tree Lighting ceremony commenced. A few remarks were made by Cindy Bartelsmeyer in Skubits Plaza before several prizes were given away. Local businesses, Walgreens, Radio Shack and  Walmart, were kind enough to donate prizes for the drawings. The lighting of the tree wrapped up the outdoor activities.

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During the parade, everyone was able to enjoy a cup of hot chocolate provided by the Fort Scott Recreation Commission and after the Tree Ceremony, kids were welcomed by Santa at Papa Don’s. The first 200 children were given a free book donated by Greenbush. If you weren’t able to make it, here are a few pictures to tide you over until the next Fort Scott Parade!

 

Key Warehouse Sale

Note: This article is about the 2014 Key Warehouse Sale.

Fort Scott, KS —

Still looking to round out your Christmas shopping?! Make sure you carve out some time to stop by Key Industries Warehouse sale. From the looks of it, nearly something from every line they carry is on sale, so you might even pick something up for yourself while you are there.

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You won’t find these kind of prices anywhere else but at the warehouse: 400 Marble Road in Fort Scott. It takes a little winding around to find it and you’ll enter the warehouse through the North doors. Inside you will find a wide selection of highly discounted clothing items, the cheapest being pants and shirts for $4.99.

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The Warehouse Sale is going on now and will finish December 13th 2014. Hours are Monday – Friday 11am – 7pm and Saturday 7am – 3pm. You will be glad you went!

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Presbyterian Village

Fort Scott, KS – It’s that time of year again when you are getting ready to see family and friends for the holidays and looking for fun ideas for activities and gifts. One place in town is offering both right now!

The Presbyterian Village, located at 2401 S Horton in Fort Scott is hosting a Christmas Tree decorating contest. Entries will be received from November 27th-December 7th and judging will take place on December 8th. There are cash prizes for the top three winners, first prize being $100!!

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AND… if you are looking for gift ideas, the Presbyterian Village is offering gift certificates. The gift certificates are for home services such as a personal shopper, house cleaning, homemade cooking and more. You can purchase a one-time service or monthly recurring services.

Please contact the Presbyterian Village if you have questions about the Christmas Tree decorating contest or are interested in ordering a gift certificate!
Contact:
2401 S Horton, Fort Scott, KS
620.223.5550
gnance@pmma.org

Hundreds Come to Beacon Soup Line and Raise Thousands

Fort Scott, KS – Last Friday, November 21st, Young Professional’s League of Bourbon County sponsored the Beacon Soup Line at the St. Mary’s Kennedy Gym. Every year, the Beacon Soup line is an event that happens and all the proceeds go the Beacon food and clothes pantry.

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This year hundreds of people streamed through the doors at St. Mary’s to enjoy option of vegetable or chicken noodle soup, home maid pie and drink for $5. Volunteers from area churches and organization were on hand to serve all those who came out to support the Beacon.

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If you missed the event and want to support the Beacon, they are a non-profit that is supported by donations and received donations year round. They serve hundreds of family each month and need continue support to enable them to do the ministry they do.

Contact the Beacon:
525 E 6th St.
Fort Scott, KS 66701
620.223-6869
beacon1985@outlook.com

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.”

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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.

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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
620.223.2460

FSCC FREE Winter Concert

Fort Scott, Kansas – Fort Scott Community College will be hosting the annual Winter Concert on Sunday, November 23rd at 3 p.m.  The band, orchestra, choir and Fortté will be performing.

The FSCC choir and orchestra are under the direction of Dr. Greg Turner.  The orchestra plans an arrangement of holiday film music with “Christmas at the Movies” followed by “It’s Christmastime,” “O Holy Night,” “An Old World Christmas” and “Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer.”

The choir will be singing holiday numbers “Christmas on Broadway;” Harry Simeone’s “Do You Hear What I Hear;” and “Look Into the Christmas Sky.”  The latter part of the show will feature the Spanish Renaissance with Thomás de Luis Victoria’s “Magi Viderunt Stellam;” then an arrangement of Nathaniel Dett’s African-American spiritual “Rise Up Shepherd and Follow;” and end with Mendelssohn’s “There Shall a Star from Jacob Come Forth.”

Fresh off the fall’s marching band season, the band will play a compilation of holiday favorites with “Swing the Songs ofChristmas.”  A sing-along is also planned with other pieces still to be determined.

Band Director and Fortté advsior, Michael Dzbenski, said, “Fortté is our new a cappella group.  The Winter Concert isn’t our first concert, but it will be a fine debut for folks in the community that haven’t gotten to hear us sing.”

Fortté will sing classic carols including God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen and Silent Night.  Other selections are still in the works, but a favorite 50’s holiday standard was much discussed.

The concert is free to the public.

Fort Scott Christmas Parade

Fort Scott, KS – The holidays are nearly upon us and many are gearing up for all the festivities. One event you need to make sure and have on your calendar is the city Christmas parade happening December 2nd, downtown. The parade starts at 6pm on Main Street and ends at the Skubitz Plaza. At the plaza will be Santa and drawings for prizes.

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If you are the creative type and interested in putting a float in the parade, there is still time to get your entry submitted!! There are cash prizes for the top three entries and you can submit your entry to the Chamber.

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If you have questions, contact the Fort Scott Area Chamber and Tourism Center
231 E. Wall
620.223.3566
visitorcenter@fortscott.com

Bourbon County Jail Opens for Tours

Fort Scott, KS – Since the elections for Bourbon County where Bill Martin has retained his position of Sheriff, addressing the county jail is high on his list of priorities. Tuesday, November 18th the Sheriff office was giving tours of the jail from 2p-8p showing the condition of the jail.

Originally, the jail built in 1977, was made to accommodate 27 inmates. However, the average census is around 40 inmates, almost twice the original capacity. The aging facility has many issues that are not a quick fix, but would require extensive repair to satisfactorily fix the issue. A few issues are original plumbing, fixtures, wiring, cameras, electric gates, security and communication systems.

Obviously, there is much to discuss in the conversation about the best way to go about providing an adequate facility for our county jail. Undoubtedly, the conversation comes about that inmates do not need a nice place. The repairs needed at the county jail are beyond the comforts of the inmates, but are affecting the safety of the corrections officers and the energy expenditure of the aging building.

If you missed the tour, the Sheriff’s office will be offering tours again in the Spring. In the meantime, click along on the pictures below for a narration of the condition of the jail.

For further questions, contact the Sheriff’s office:
204 S National Ave
Fort Scott, KS
620.223.1440

Soup Line to Benefit The Beacon

Fort Scott, KS – Earlier this year, FortScott.biz ran an article highlighting the outreach and mission of The Beacon. The Beacon is a non-profit that serves those in Fort Scott, or surrounding areas, who need a little boost with food, shelter, clothing or other necessities during difficult times.

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The Beacon is a non-profit, and primarily rely on the generosity of others to fund the outreach. During the holiday season, you may be wondering how you can play a part in assisting those who are experiencing hard times.

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You will have an opportunity to get a good meal AND help The Beacon this Friday, November 21st. The Young Professional League of Bourbon County and area churches are sponsoring a Soup, Drink and Dessert meal for $5 (of course, you can give more if you wish). The proceeds will be used to fund activities for the Beacon.

Meals will be available 11am – 7pm on Friday at St. Mary’s Kennedy Gym (702 S. Eddy).

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Chili Feed Today – United Methodist Church

Fort Scott, KS — If you are wondering what to do for lunch today, the United Methodist Women will sponsor the “Friendship Soup Lunch” in the church’s fellowship hall from 11:30a – 1:30p.  The menu will include Chili, Potato Soup, Hamburger Soup, a variety of pies and a drink! There’s no charge, but you are welcome to make a donation! They will also be having a bake sale starting at 11am.

Also, next weekend (November 22), First UMC is sponsoring a concert at FSCC in the Ellis Fine Arts Center at 7pm. No charge for the concert, but there will be a offering to help cover expenses. Two bands will be playing, Among the Lost and Greater than Fables will be performing.

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Check out their Facebook page here. 

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You can keep up with all that’s happening at First UMC at their website here or you can ‘like’ their Facebook page here

Contact:
Address: 301 S National Ave, Fort Scott, KS 66701
Phone:(620) 223-1950

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Tedesco Skatepark – Further Expansion Made Possible!

Fort Scott, KS – If you are a skateboarder or know someone who is, something very exciting is happening to the James B. Tedesco Memorial Skate Park, located at 4th and Scott St. The Tedesco Skate Park has plans to expand and the Fort Scott City Commission approved those plans at their November 4th commissioner’s meeting.

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Expansion has been in the works for a while, but would not have been possible without another generous donation of Steve Tedesco. Tedesco’s $50,000 donation will cover the next phase construction costs and may also include lights. Mr. Tedesco is a business man from Colorado that has business connections in the Fort Scott area. The park is named after Steve Tedesco’s late brother, James B. Tedesco. The park was first opened in April 2012.

Construction for the expansion should begin soon, depending on weather and be completed by the end of year. Of course, there are many costs associated with building and maintenance. Any one interested can donate funds through an account at the city, who owns the skate park. You can check out the skatepark’s Facebook page here.

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Fort Scott High School presents “Anything Goes”

Fort Scott High School Performs the Comedy Musical “Anything Goes” Tickets are now on sale to the comedy musical “Anything Goes” at Fort Scott High School.  Show dates are Nov. 11, 13, and 15 at 7 p.m. and Nov. 16 at 2 p.m.  Tickets are $6 for adults and $4 for children and are available at the FSHS office and Country Cupboard.  Get tickets soon as seating is limited and shows tend to sell out.

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Publisher Tams Witmark describes the 1962 version of “Anything Goes” as, “The age-old tale of Boy-Meets-Girl and the complications which ensue….  Terrific Cole Porter songs…include It’s De-Lovely, Friendship, I Get A Kick Out Of You, All Through The Night, Anything Goes, You’re The Top and Blow, Gabriel, Blow.  In addition the 1962 version includes Take Me Back To Manhattan and Let’s Misbehave.”

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Nearly fifty Fort Scott High School students are involved the creative process for the show from singing, acting, and dancing to operating the lights and working as backstage hands.  The show features several lead roles including seniors Maddy Martin as Reno Sweeney, Tyler Parker as Billy Crocker, Emily Martin as Hope Harcourt, Tim Higgins as Sir Evelyn Oakley, Stephanie Rice as Bonnie, Jon Carpenter as Moonface Martin, and Makenna Robinson as Mrs. Harcourt.  The show also has many tap routines featuring dancers: senior Peyton O. Quick, and juniors Jensen Nielson, Karleigh Arndt, and Emmah Reeves, and choreography by FSCC Band Director Michael Dzbenski.

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The show is directed by FSHS Drama Director Angie Bin, Music Director Meredith Reid, Assistant Director Don Parsons and Orchestra Director Carson Felt.  The orchestra features local musicians Jara Martin on piano, Steve Harry on trumpet, Jane Williams on bass, Sandy Hemphill on sax, Michael Dzbenski on trombone, and David Lee with percussion.