Category Archives: Fort Scott

Walmart Remodels for Beer Sales and Online Grocery Shopping

Mike Mulrey, superintendent for JRJ Construction, Texas, watches on Monday morning as plumbers install a drain in preparation for the coolers that will be installed in Walmart for new beer coolers. A hole was dug in the floor of the area for the plumbers to install the pipes for the drain.

Customers may have noticed some bare grocery shelves at a local store.

Walmart at 2500 S. Main is reconfiguring the grocery section to “make it flow better,” said Steve, the assistant manager.

Beer Sales

A recent law has precipitated changes in the beer/liquor section of the store.

“The state law changed and effective April 1, we will carry up to six-percent beer,” Steve said. “Hopefully in the future liquor will be added.”

Former Gov. Sam Brownback signed a law in 2017 allowing the sale of higher percentage alcohol beer in grocery and convenience stores to start in 2019, according to a Wichita Eagle newspaper feature story on April 18, 2017.

It’s a significant shift in the way the state regulates alcoholic beverages, according to the Eagle story. The bill was proposed as a compromise between big stores and liquor stores in response to changes in alcohol laws in neighboring Colorado and Oklahoma.

Online Grocery Shopping

“Part of the remodel is for our online grocery that will start,” Steve said. “I don’t have an exact date right now. There is pre-work going on.”

Approximately six more employees will be hired to work in that new section, he said.

The new service will target young customers, Steve said.

“You can order groceries then when you arrive we bring it out to your vehicle. We do the shopping,” he said.

Fort Scott Walmart Employees 160-plus People

Currently, there are 160 employees at Walmart in Fort Scott.

That doesn’t include the pharmacy.

“Pharmacy is a separate entity,” Steve said. “Eyewear is staffed by the pharmacy. That’s why if somebody needs help, we can’t just send someone from the store to help.”





Presbyterian Church Seeks Office Director

The First Presbyterian Church, Fort Scott.

First Presbyterian Church seeks to hire a part-time Office Director.  This position directs the church office and handles accounting and payroll.  Successful candidates will be organized, proficient in office and computer skills as well as desktop publishing; have experience in basic accounting, and a willingness to play a role in a congregation committed to serving our local community.  Please submit a letter of interest, along with resume and references by email to

FSHS Results of Math Relay

Front row: Kirryn Sprague, Audra Montjo, Karlie Chipman, Zaria Byrd Middle row: Allie Hawkins, Sierra Wright, Alex Bukowski, Amanda Emmerson, Landon Doharty, Dryden Cosens, Shekhar Gugnani Back row: Grant Feagins, Zoe Self, Khris Patel, Bobby Kemmerer, Collin Thomas, Neil Gugnani, Elijah Self, Aidan Marcum, Caleb Trim, Dominik Bishop
Fort Scott High School sent 21 students to the Allen County College Red Devils Invitational Math Relay on March 7.
“Many of these students (marked with *)entered events at a grade level higher than their actual grade because we had so many freshmen attend that we ran out of spots in the 9th-grade competitions,” said Angie Kemmerer, the gifted teacher for the district.

Here is how the students performed:

Computational Math:
Shekhar Gugnani – 1st in 9th grade
Word Problems:
Collin Thomas – 1st in 9th grade
Dominik Bishop – 5th in 9th grade
Zaria Byrd – 5th in 10th grade*
Math Potpourri:
Shekhar Gugnani – 1st in 10th grade*
Kirryn Sprague – 2nd in 9th grade
Elijah Self – 3rd in 10th grade*
Equations & Inequalities:
Shekhar Gugnani – 1st in 11th grade*
Aiden Marcum – 4th in 9th grade
Grant Feagins – 5th in 9th grade
Neil Gugnani – 1st in 9th grade
Elijah Self – 2nd in 9th grade
Sierra Wright – 3rd in 9th grade
Algebra Relay for 9th grade only:
2nd place for the team of Dominik Bishop, Collin Thomas, Elijah Self, Kirryn Sprague
4th place for the team of Karlie Chipman, Zaria Byrd, Amanda Emmerson, Alexa Bukowski
Algebra Relay for 9th through 12th grade:
3rd place for the team of Shekhar Gugnani, Neil Gugnani, Zoe Self, Caleb Trim
Word Problem Relay for 9th through 12th grades:
3rd place for the team of Collin Thomas, Khris Patel, Bobby Kemmerer, Dryden Cosens
Students were accompanied by Morgan Felt, Kemmerer, and Karen Self.

FSHS Earns First at the Regional Rube Goldberg Competition

Students pictured are : Front Row: Dawna Hudiburg, Oliver Witt, and Elijah Self. Back Row: Ella Beth, Collin Thomas and Noah Bootle. Submitted photo.
Fort Scott High School Students participated in the Regional Rube Goldberg Competition sponsored by Black & Veatch on Saturday, March 3, 2019 at Olathe West High School.
This year’s challenge is to put money into a piggy bank.
FSHS students chose to do a theme of “Toy Story” using Andy’s bedroom as the backdrop for their machine. They had a total of 32 steps, created a Rube like cartoon and presented a skit to describe their machine to judges.
The team won both the “Peoples Choice Award” and 1st place in the high school division.
Black & Veatch gave each student two tickets to see a Sporting KC game on September 21, where they will be recognized on the field for their accomplishment.
They will be taking their Rube Goldberg Machine to the National competition in Lawrenceburg, IN on April 5-6, 2019.

“We would like to thank the Fort Scott Community Area Community Foundation for their support of partial funding for this project through the STEAM (Science Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) grant that was awarded last October,” said
Angie Kemmerer.  “A big thank you for the FSACF for their continued support of not only our schools but the community as a whole. FSACF serves to fulfill the philanthropic goals that benefit the common good and improve quality of life by providing leadership and programming that is responsive to the interest and needs of the residents of the Fort Scott area.”

Rifle Donated For American Legion Fundraiser

Carl and Myra Jowers won a Marlin 22 M1 rifle and have donated it to American Legion Post 25 as a fundraiser.
Tickets are $3 each or 2 for $5. Only 100 tickets will be sold. The drawing for the rifle will be held after all 100 tickets are sold. All proceeds from the raffle will be donated to Post 25 for their Children and Youth programs.
The rifle is new and is being held by the owner of The Bunker on behalf of the Jowers. The winner must be eligible to own a rifle in the State of Kansas. If a background check is required to claim the rifle, the winner is responsible for those costs.
Post 25 Executive Committee members have tickets for sale. Please contact one of them to purchase your tickets or provide me with your contact information, and I’ll have one of them reach out to you.
Carl Jowers. Commander
Fort Scott American Lwgion Post 25

Integrity Home Care + Hospice Opens In Fort Scott

Integrity Home Care + Hospice announces the opening of its Fort Scott location, offering quality post-acute care and hospice throughout the region. Effective March 1, the home health and hospice provider is at 902 South Horton Street, where it will provide acute rehabilitation and hospice services.

“Families with a loved one facing a serious, life-limiting illness or extensive rehabilitation will want and need to know that quality services are available,” says Amy Ford, vice president of operations for certified services at Integrity.

Integrity Home Care + Hospice is a faith-based, privately held leader in quality, post-acute health care. Committed to quality patient and family experiences wherever people call home, the healthcare provider offers a comprehensive range of compassionate, client-centered home care, hospice, and home health rehabilitation services in Missouri and Kansas.

“People in this community can feel secure knowing they have a provider who is committed to meeting their home health and hospice needs,” says Ford.

Integrity’s partners in Bourbon and Crawford counties and surrounding areas include forward-thinking regional providers which meet the needs of patients who wish to remain in their home during times of serious, life altering illness or at end of life.

Due to an aging population the knowledge that family members can get the post-acute care they need is now critically important to the region.

“Our goal is to keep patients safe. By providing quality care, we can keep them out of the hospital so they can remain wherever they call home,” she says.

Individuals who have exhausted acute treatment options may struggle with their care plan after being told there’s nothing else doctors can do. When that time comes, Integrity’s team works closely with patients and families to develop a plan of care which helps them to meet their goals.

“When it’s time to ask for help, they can receive it right here at home,” Ford says.

Working side by side with caregivers, Integrity addresses challenges in managing chronic and serious illness, facing problems head-on, and customizing solutions for issues faced by each patient in the community they serve.

“Working together, we ensure each person maintains the quality of life they want and deserve,” she says.

Integrity Home Care + Hospice is located at 902 South Horton Street. For more information on hospice, call (620) 223-1191, or to explore home health options, call (620) 223-1195.

About Integrity Home Care and Hospice

Integrity Home Care and Hospice,, is a faith-based, privately held leader in quality, post-acute health care in Missouri and Kansas. Integrity offers a comprehensive range of compassionate, client-centered home care, hospice, and home health rehabilitation services. We partner with forward-thinking regional providers to ensure the future of health care resides at home.

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.


FSHS Performs the Comedy “The Curious Savage”



A cast of colorful characters, a greedy chase for missing money, and a heartwarming message will intrigue audiences at the Fort Scott High School spring play.  The comedy, “The Curious Savage” by John Patrick, is Mar. 15 at 7 p.m. and Mar. 16 at 2 and 7 p.m. at the FSHS Auditorium.


An ensemble cast of eleven students have worked for the past six weeks to embody the interesting characters in this show.  They include senior Mary Gladbach playing the lead role of Mrs. Savage who is left ten million dollars by her late husband; and junior Dominic Cannon as Titus Savage, senior Daniela Belcuore as Lily Belle Savage, and senior Kaden Kiwan as Samuel Savage, the greedy children who when their mother won’t spoil them with the inheritance, decide to commit her to a group home.  In the Cloisters group home, we find characters with a multitude of different personality disorders including senior Hunter Adamson as Fairy May, and  juniors Jo Goodbody as Hannibal, Mesa Jones as Florence, and Addy Labbe as Mrs. Paddy; and sophomore Sage Hill as Jeffrey.  Dr. Emmett, played by senior Karina Kantilal and Miss Wilhelmina played by senior Alyx Brooks are part of the caring staff who run the Cloisters.


“The dominant mood is high comedy, and the audience is left with a feeling that the neglected virtues of kindness and affection have not been entirely lost in a world that seems motivated at times only by greed and dishonesty,” according to Dramatists Play Service.


“This show features an outstanding cast of upper-classmen who are committed to theatre arts. It has been such a joy to see these students, especially our seniors, grow and improve over the past four years,” Bin said.  “The cast members worked to create backgrounds for their characters and explore the varying aspects of these characters’ personalities. I am so proud of their heart-warming and poignant performance.”


Many other high school students are assisting with the technical aspects of this 1950s era show including the areas of stage manager and crew, costumes, makeup, hair, lighting, sound, set construction, set design, publicity, house management, props, and poster design.  The show is directed by drama teacher Angie Bin and assistant directors juniors Wendy Monahan and Mark Adams.


Tickets for “The Curious Savage” are $7 for adults and $5 for children.  Tickets are available from the high school office, 1005 S. Main; at Common Ground, 116 S. Main; or at the door.


American Legion Post 25 Meets March 4

March 4. Post 25 meet and greet at 6:30 pm in Memorial Hall. Come and enjoy the fellowship of other Veterans. Bring an eligible Veteran to visit our Post.


March 4. Post 25 general membership meeting at 7 pm in Memorial Hall. Our membership meetings are open to all. SAL members are strongly encouraged to attend. 

1st nominations for Post 25 Officers for the 2019 – 2020 Legion year will be at our March meeting. Any Post 25 Legionnaire who is current on their dues can be nominated for any office. Please give thought to stepping up and being nominated for an office or encourage other members to step up and help guide Post 25’s growth for another year.

If you wish to be nominated for a position and cannot attend the meeting, please email Post 25 Adjutant Ken Lyon and let him know of your desire to stand for office. Ken can be reached at We will have a second and final round of nominations at our April meeting.

You can turn in new membership applications before our meeting tomorrow evening. Remember that for each new member you turn in, you’ll be entered in a $500 drawing at Department in May. The new member, the recruiter and the Post each receive $500. If you recruit a new member and cannot make the meeting, contact me. I’ll pick up the application from you and turn it in listing you as the recruiter. As one of our members stated, “You have a better chance to win the $500 from the American Legion than to win the Kansas lottery.’

Carl Jowers. Commander.

Fort Scott American Legion Post 25

Minutes From the Feb. 19 Fort Scott City Commission Meeting



Minutes of February 19, 2019 Regular Meeting #3

The regular meeting of the Fort Scott City Commission was held February 19th, 2019 at 6:00 p.m. in the City Commission Room, 123 S. Main, Fort Scott, Kansas.


Commissioners Adamson, Bartelsmeyer, Mitchell and Nichols were present with Mayor Parker presiding.

INVOCATION: Pastor Paul Rooks, Grace Baptist Tabernacle, said a prayer asking God for guidance for the City, our Government and City officials.

AUDIENCE IN ATTENDANCE: Jason Pickert, Rhonda Dunn, Darrell Parker, Michael Mix, Paul Ballou, Deb Needleman, Robert Uhler, Michelle Wooldridge, Jara Martin, Nick Ruhl, Josh Jones, Darren Crays, Bobby Duncan, Alex Swank, Chalia Swank, Deb McCoy, Jeff Fischer, Larry Gazaway, Dave Bruner, Brian Allen, Paul Rooks, Rod Hughes, Michael Miles, Shawn Goans, Max Fanning, Kevin Allen, Jason Gorman, Patrick J. Wood, Stuart Gulager, Rachel Pruitt, Clayton Miller, and representing the press, Jason Silvers with the Fort Scott Tribune and Sarah Jane Tribble representing Kaiser Health News.



  1. Approval of minutes of the regular meeting of February 5th, 2019.

  1. Approval of Appropriation Ordinance 1232-A totaling $505,644.58.

Bartelsmeyer moved the Consent Agenda. Adamson seconded. All voted aye.




B. CITIZEN COMMENTS (Concerning Items Not on Agenda – 3 minute

limit per citizen) –

Michelle Wooldridge – She stated that she lives in the 400 block of Crawford and there is a water drain issue there. She said she had called City Hall and reported it. She walked the street and it is coming from an organization’s yard from a drain that is a block and a half away.

City Manager asked her for her phone number and he will get her an answer tomorrow on this.

Bobby Duncan – He stated that in May of 2017 the City updated to the 2012 IBC Code. He said that Dave Bruner, Deputy Fire Chief, recommended the update of the code and to stay current with the Kansas State Fire Marshal’s Office. He said that the Kansas State Fire Marshal’s Office still has the 2006 IBC Code. He said Mr. Bruner’s statement is incorrect. He also stated that he believes the purchase of the fire trucks should go to the voters in November. He stated figures given by the former Director of Finance, Jon Garrison, regarding expenditures and carryover of funds for 2019. He stated that we will be spending more money than bringing in. He said that the current commissioners have proved that they do not possess the kind of integrity that is derived from good judgement.

Mayor Parker thanked them for their comments.


Mitchell moved to open the Public Hearing at 6:07 p.m. Bartelsmeyer seconded. All voted aye.


6:00 p.m. Final Closeout Public Hearing – 124 E Wall – CDBG Grant – Approval for Mayor to sign closing documents – Rhonda Dunn, Director of Finance, informed the Commission that this public hearing is being held to close out the CDBG grant for 124 E. Wall. Susan Galemore, with Southeast Kansas Regional Planning Commission, was unable to attend due to the weather conditions. She asked if there were any comments from the public regarding this project. Seeing none, she asked the Commission to approve for the Mayor to sign the final closing documents on this project.

Bartlesmeyer moved to approve for the Mayor to sign the final closing documents on the CDBG grant for 124 E. Wall. Nichols seconded. All voted aye.


Nichols moved to close the Public Hearing at 6:09 p.m. Adamson seconded. All voted aye.



  1. Discussion on Fire Trucks – Paul Ballou, Fire Chief, appeared to give the Commission and the public further information on the Fire Department’s need for two new fire trucks. He said that the department currently has five trucks in its fleet. Two of the trucks have reached the 25 year mark in their service. According to the National Fire Protection Agency standards, when vehicles reach that age they should be replaced. He said that there is an option to refurbish, but it is not recommended by the NFPA. He said that due to the age of the trucks, it is difficult to find parts when repairs are needed. One of the trucks is a 1992 pumper truck and the other is the 1993 ladder truck. The pumper truck has nearly 40,000 miles on it. If the purchase of the trucks goes through, he would like to find another fire department for the pumper truck, but it would depend on liability.

City Attorney said that given the liability issue, he didn’t recommend doing that.

Chief Ballou said that the ladder truck has been a great truck and seen a lot of use. The truck is showing its age and wear. In 2012, the department did apply for a grant to refurbish the ladder truck and discovered the cost would be about $370,000 plus an additional $100,000 to rehabilitate the engine. He said that the fire trucks would be purchased from Conrad Fire Equipment from Olathe, Kansas. He recommended upgrading to the ladder truck with the 100’ ladder. Their current ladder has a 75’ ladder.

Mayor Parker expressed that this is much needed equipment even though it has caused some tension. This is very critical and we also need to think about the fire fighters, putting their lives in danger for us, and the equipment that they need.

City Manager stated that the City is not increasing taxes to fund the fire trucks.

Rhonda Dunn, Director of Finance, shared a calendar regarding the steps to issue General Obligation Temporary Notes. On February 5th, 2019, the City Commission approved the Resolution authorizing the Notice of Intent to purchase two fire trucks. It was published in the local newspaper on February 9th and February 16th. On February 17th, the 60 day protest period began. On April 5th, the protest period will end. No action can take place until that protest period ends. The total costs of General Obligation Temporary Notes will not exceed $1,915,000. Proceeds from the bonds would be used to fund the purchase and money from sales tax for utility debt would be used to pay down the purchase over time. It will be funded out of our existing budget.

Commissioners thanked all of them for the additional information.

  1. Consideration to solicit RFP’s for new life insurance benefit offering – Deb Needleman, Human Resource Director, asked the Commission for approval to send out a Request for Proposal (RFP) for life insurance benefit offering. This life insurance product would be available for the employee to take with them when they leave City employment without conversion to a higher premium rate. It would be no cost to the City and include a guarantee issue for the employee, their spouse, children, and grandchildren. She would send out the RFP and come back to them for final approval.

Adamson moved to approve to solicit RFP’s for new life insurance benefit offering. Bartelsmeyer seconded. All voted aye.



  1. Director Updates:

Ambulance Update: Dave Bruner – Mr. Bruner introduced Sarah Jane Tribble with Kaiser Health News. She is working on the closure of Mercy and how the City is dealing with the future.

In February, there were 96 calls with 56 transfers. This was during the 18 day closure with no emergency room. Those transfers went to Pittsburg, Nevada, Girard, and Iola. He said that they anticipated the worse but didn’t have the worse time. They did add a fourth ambulance but are now back to three crews. Last week two new transfer vehicles were donated to the Bourbon County EMS with one donation from Timken and the other from Mercy Health Foundation. These will be utilized for long distance transfers but can also be utilized on calls.

Consideration of Bids – 16 Self Contained Breathing Apparatus – Dave said that bids were taken for 16 SCBA’s. A grant was received for this purchase in the amount of $99,524. Four bids were received with one company submitting a no bid. Casco Industries, Inc. of Oklahoma City submitted a bid in the amount of $94,185; Weis Fire & Safety Equipment of Salina, Kansas submitted a bid in the amount of $100,102.26; and Conrad Fire Equipment of Olathe, Kansas in the amount of $104,112.23. He asked for approval for the low bid from Casco Industries of Oklahoma City in the amount of $94,185.00.

Parker moved to approve the low bid from Casco Industries, Inc. of Oklahoma City in the amount of $94,185.00. Bartelsmeyer seconded. All voted aye.

approved the low bid from Casco Industries, Inc. of Oklahoma City in the amount of $94,185.00 for purchase of 16 self contained breathing apparatuses.

Health Care Update: Dave Martin – Dave stated that Sarah Jane Tribble is doing a great job chronicalizing all the steps the City has taken since the announcement of the closure of Mercy.

Dave stated that this started with the announcement of the closure of Mercy on October 1st. They formed a task force and have met with a lot of people. They relied on Via Christi and CHC to assist us. He met with Randy Casen of Ascension Via Christi last week. He is convinced that Via Christi has very high hopes to provide health care in our community and partnering with CHC will be a part of that. The task force is still in place and we have to make sure that what happens in 2021 is what Fort Scott needs. He invited Dave, Rachel and Robert to a Chamber coffee that was held at Via Christi last week. They have a vision for rural health care. Senator Moran was in Fort Scott today. His office helped assist Via Christi meet guidelines to get the emergency room operating quickly here. Dave said that we would not be here if the doctors hadn’t signed contracts with CHC.

Rachel thanked the medical community for staying here in this community to work.

Finance Update: Rhonda Dunn – Rhonda passed out the quarterly report that will be published in tomorrow’s paper. The quarter ending in September will also be published. She said that the books are balanced every day by Marlene Braker to Landmark Bank. Sales tax is looking very favorable right now.

Legislative Update: Robert Uhler – Robert gave the Commission a quick update on the legislative issues going on in Topeka. In Kansas, so far, there are 585 bills filed. The City is tracking about 120 of those bills. The total for the year there will be over 1,000 bills that are filed. In the end, there will be only about 80 or 90 bills that are passed. There have been lots of meetings with the new Governor and new Secretary’s and bringing them up to date on happenings in Fort Scott. He has also been in contact with Senator Moran’s office in keeping the federal level updated also.

Commissioner Nichols asked if there were any major bills he was tracking.

Robert said the 911 bill, utility issues, and some public service wire issues are major bills he has been tracking. He testified on the ROZ which is the Rural Opportunity Zone in support for Senator Hildabrand and is also working with KDOT on Highway 69 to get the rest of the four lane constructed.

  1. City Commission:

Bartelsmeyer Thanked all the people who reported tonight. It was good information to have.

Adamson – Said she has heard really great things about our ER and that people are really happy it is open again. She said if anyone in the community has questions about the fire trucks to seek them out and they will try to answer them the best they can.

Nichols He echoed Commissioner Adamson’s comments.

Mitchell Nothing to report.

Parker – Nothing to report.

C. City Attorney: Nothing to report.

  1. City Manager: Nothing to report.


Mitchell moved to adjourn the meeting at 6:59 p.m. Bartelsmeyer seconded. All voted aye.


The next regularly scheduled meeting is to be held on March 5th, 2019 at 6:00 p.m.