Category Archives: Fort Scott

Dr. Parris Retires

Dr. Roger Parris Retires from Mercy after 37 Years

 The public is invited to a retirement reception for Roger Parris, M.D., from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, July 28, in the Mercy Hospital cafeteria.

Dr. Parris earned this medical degree from the University of Missouri – Columbia and completed his family medicine residency at Wesley Medical Center in Wichita. He specializes in family medicine and emergency medicine. Dr. Parris is board certified by the American Board of Family Medicine.

In May, Dr. Parris was awarded the coveted 5-Star Award by ranking in PRC’s top 10 percent nationally for “excellent” responses in patient satisfaction surveys. He is also a fabulous vocalist and has performed in many musicals.

Mercy, named one of the top five large U.S. health systems in 2018, 2017 and 2016 by IBM Watson Health, serves millions annually. Mercy includes more than 40 acute care and specialty (heart, children’s, orthopedic and rehab) hospitals, 800 physician practices and outpatient facilities, 44,000 co-workers and 2,100 Mercy Clinic physicians in Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri, and Oklahoma. Mercy also has clinics, outpatient services and outreach ministries in Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas. In addition, Mercy’s IT division, Mercy Technology Services, supply chain organization, ROi, and Mercy Virtual commercially serve providers and patients in more than 20 states coast to coast.

supply chain organization, ROi, and Mercy Virtual commercially serve providers and patients in more than 20 states coast to coast.

Airport Receives Two Grants To Update

Fort Scott Airport runway.

In June, the Fort Scott City Commission approved a Kansas Department of Transportation grant in the amount of $109,600 for the Automated Weather Observation Station upgrades at the airport with the city match of $12,118.

Fort Scott Economic Development Director Rachel Pruitt, along with Fort Scott Airport Director Kenny Howard informed the commission that the city received this and another grant from K.D.O.T.

Howard stated that the A.W.O.S. upgrade is badly needed at the Airport as the current system is about 19 years old, according to the meeting minutes.

“The A.W.O.S. is the on-field reporter of weather, visibility, etc.,” Howard said.

Fort Scott Airport Office.

The other grant received from K.D.O.T. is for lighting the runway, Howard said.

The PAPI (Precision Approach Path Indicators) and REIL (Runway End Identifier Lights) Grant from KDOT is for runway lighting at the airport in the amount of $177,462. The city match for the grant is $19,718.

The commission discussed the airport 2,100-foot runway extension and how this lighting would be affected, according to the minutes.

Kenny stated that the grant can be delayed if the runway extension occurs within the next two years.

“We are waiting for more grant money for the extension,” Howard said.”The design for the runway extension is not completed yet.”

Pruitt stated that she is applying for another grant for the extension July.

The office and pilots lounge of the Fort Scott Airport.

Chamber Downtown Business Meet and Greet July 10

Join the Fort Scott Chamber of Commerce this Tuesday, July 10th
for the Quarterly Downtown Meet & Greet at Papa Don’s 10 N. Main from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m.

The Quarterly Downtown Meet & Greet is hosted by the Chamber for downtown business owners, representatives and any community members to attend to network and share ideas on events, promotions and anything related to downtown!
Coffee, juice and light refreshments will be served.
Contact the Chamber at 620-223-3566 with questions
or for more information.
See you there!
Special thanks to Brita Rygmyr, Tom Rygmyr & staff for hosting!

The Fort Scott Police Department Daily Reports July 3-5

The Fort Scott Police Department daily reports can best be viewed on a computer.
The FSPD is located at 1604 S. National, Fort Scott, KS 66701 and can be reached at 620-223-1700.

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7-3-18 to 7-5-18

Burke Street Parade

A large crowd attended the annual 4th of July Burke Street Parade.

“We had a huge crowd,” Deb Halsey, a resident on the street said.

Deb and husband Frank Halsey hosted the cookie reception that always follows the parade each year. The reception is hosted by a different family each year.

The following are submitted photos.

Uncle Sam is portrayed by Merle Humphrey in the July 4th Burke Street Parade.

A miniature white convertible is driven by Ella Walker and Olive Ellis.

Susan Foster, Margaret Humphrey, and two young girls walk Burke Street in the 4th of July Parade.
A synchronized mowing team was in the parade consisting of Ralph Hall, Chad Cosens, Tom Gorman, Jason Gorman and Frank Halsey. Together the team mowed Ralph Hall’s property.



One Extraordinary Neighborhood Party

The Burke Street residents know how to throw a good party.

Following their annual 4th of July Parade, the group offers cookies and drinks to the visitors, then later they pull together a potluck for their neighborhood and friends.

Deb Halsey, who with husband, Frank, hosted the Burke Street Parade reception, hands out drinks along with cookies from a tent set up on their front lawn.
The Frank Carlson family remain in their parade viewing seats following the parade and converse with passersby on Burke Street.
Bob Masters, left, waits for a hot dog to be served by Shane Walker, right and John Kerr, background facing away. Hot dogs and brats plus a potluck meal were served to residents and friends following the 4th of July Burke Street Parade.
Kendra and Heather Bahr give rides on their horses following the parade. The two girls were in the Burke Street 4th of July Parade.
Youngsters enjoy the empty Burke Street following the parade on July 4th.

July 7: Family Fun at Gunn Park

Fort Scottians are invited to join in the fun and entertainment Saturday, July 7 for a local mountain bike race, that this year includes the Kansas championship race and live music in the evening.

“The 5th Annual Marmaton Massacre Festival / Kansas State Mountain Bike Championship starts Saturday at noon with our Marathon Race, a 4-hour endurance event,” Frank Halsey, who originated the race several years ago, said. ” At about 6:30 pm, the Kid’s Race is free and open to kids 10 and under.  This race is not on the trails, rather we cut a trail out in the open field, to avoid the exposure of wooded trail riding.”

The volunteers at Gunn Park Trails, as part of the Marmaton Massacre Festival, would like to invite the public to the shade of Gunn Park on Saturday, July 7, for the evening of free entertainment, according to a press release from the volunteers.

The 10 years of age under Kid’s Mountain Bike Race will begin about 6:30 pm, followed by a  performance of balance and agility, by Ryan Braxton and Ed Schilling on their trials bike.

“A free concert will follow by Paul and Leslie from En Power & Light. They’re really good!” according to the release.

Bring your lawn chairs and coolers and take advantage of this relaxing evening in the park.

“It’s free, and we’d love to see you there!”

Zoning Change Considered For Residence in Central Business District

The Fort Scott Planning Commission will meet on Thursday, July 12th, 2018 at 4:00 p.m. at City Hall, 123 S. Main Street, Fort Scott, Kansas. This meeting will be held to consider a change to the zoning ordinance regarding residential living in the Central Business and Commercial Districts. This meeting is open to the public.

New Trucks Being Considered For Fort Scott Fire Department

Firefighter Travis Mewhinney stands next to the ladder truck that is to be replaced in 2019 if the city commission approves it this month.

The 1993 model ladder truck the Fort Scott Fire Department has is in need of replacement.

“We have to worry about the liability of that truck,” Fire Chief Paul Ballou said. “It’s past 25 years old…The ladder truck passed its’ certification, but it’s past its’ 25 years life…We are trying to get everything out of them that we can.”

Ballou expressed concerns about getting replacement parts for vehicles that old.

Newer models have longer ladders and more seats for firefighters

“This (ladder) is 75 feet,” Firefighter Travis Mewhinney said. “The one we are looking at (for replacement) is around 100 feet.”

“It seats three firefighters and a driver,” Mewhinney said. “The new one seats five firefighters and a driver.”

The ladder truck has been used to assist with training and fires with multi-story buildings.

“Like Victorian homes,” Ballou said. “Where you can’t get a ground ladder up to the roof.”

“It was used on the downtown fire (in 2005), and has been used in Nevada and Pleasanton in mutual aid (to their firefighters),” Mehinney said.

While the ladder truck is used less, the pumper truck is used virtually every day.

“The E1 pumper truck, a 1997, is used all the time,” Mewhinney said.

Jon Garrison, Fort Scott Director of Finance gave a preliminary budget update for the 2019 budget at the city commission meeting June 19, according to the unapproved city minutes.

Garrison stated there are two big projects coming up for consideration: the River Intake Structure which will cost approximately $5,000,000 and the purchase of two fire trucks – a  ladder truck and a pumper truck which will amount to approximately $1,500,000, according to the unapproved minutes.

“A ladder truck averages close to $800,000 to $1 million,” Chief Ballou said. “A pumper truck is $305,000 to $450,000.”

Garrison desires to have a budget work session before the July 17 city commission meeting, with the 2019 budget being approved at the August 7 meeting, according to the unapproved minutes.

Fort Scott Fire Department’s E1  pumper truck, used virtually every day, is also in need of replacement.

The Fort Scott Police Department Daily Reports July 2

The Fort Scott Police Department daily reports can best be viewed on a computer.
The FSPD is located at 1604 S. National, Fort Scott, KS 66701
and can be reached at 620-223-1700.

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Skilled Nursing: Transition From Acute Care to Home

Mercy’s Skilled Nursing Services Help Patients Transition Between Acute Care and Home

 Patients who have a need for short-stay rehabilitation or IV medications after being discharged from acute care may find the skilled nursing services at Mercy Hospital Fort Scott tremendously beneficial. Skilled nursing services are for patients meeting certain criteria as determined by their insurance or Medicare.

Skilled nursing is a short-term stay which helps a patient transition between acute care to home or other long-term living arrangements. The length of stay is determined by the patient’s diagnosis, medical needs and rate of progress.

Benefits to skilled nursing services at Mercy:

  • Patients are closer to home and loved ones so they recover faster
  • Timely admission process
  • 24-hour physician and nursing support plus readily available lab and diagnostics
  • Low patient-to-nurse ratio offers more individualized care for skilled nursing patients
  • Pastoral Care available
  • A consistent therapy team which customizes physical, occupational, and speech therapy based on the patient needs
  • A well-equipped rehabilitation gym and outdoor therapy courtyard
  • Private rooms and individual bathrooms
  • Onsite pharmacy staff
  • In-house registered dietitian and meals that are customized to the patient’s dietary needs
  • Wound care support
  • Social services available to assist with the transition to home care and other support services
  • Robust, multi-disciplinary discharge planning team which involves the family in the process
  • Zero facility-acquired infections
  • Friendly and local providers who care for you like you’re one of the family

Patients needing the following types of care may qualify for Mercy skilled nursing services:

  • Skilled nursing
  • IV medications
  • Pain control (IV or Intramuscular medications)
  • Wound care
  • Medication management
  • New diabetic teaching
  • New colostomy teaching
  • Physical therapy
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Speech therapy

For more information about Mercy Hospital Fort Scott skilled nursing services, contact Carol Sinn, RN, at

The Fort Scott Police Department Daily Reports June 28 to July 1

The Fort Scott Police Department daily reports can best be viewed on a computer.
The FSPD is located at 1604 S. National, Fort Scott, KS 66701 and can be reached at 620-223-1700.

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6-28-18 to 7-1-18