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Presbyterian Village Earns Zero-Deficiency Rating

Fort Scott Presbyterian Village earns zero-deficiency rating
for assisted living focused infection control survey

FORT SCOTT, Kan. — Fort Scott Presbyterian Village earned a zero-deficiency survey for a focused infection control survey conducted by the Kansas Department of Aging and Disability Services (KDADS) in June.

Senior living communities are surveyed annually by their licensing agency for compliance of regulations established by KDADS. These regulations are designed to ensure a standard of care is met. By meeting this standard, senior living communities are able to renew their licenses and continue to provide care.

The Kansas Legislature and Gov. Laura Kelly directed KDADS to complete focused infection control surveys for all adult care homes in Kansas by September 30, 2020. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) directed states to perform focused infection control surveys in all skilled nursing facilities by July 31, 2020.

Every day I see our mission to provide quality senior services guided by Christian values unfold as our employees go above and beyond in the care they provide,” said Ginger Nance, executive director. “At this time, we have had no residents or employees test positive for COVID-19. Our employee screening processes and infection control practices are working to keep COVID-19 out of our campus.”

The focused infection control surveys hone in on an adult care home’s adherence Centers for Disease Control (CDC) guidance for infection control practices to prevent disease at the community. Communities are assessed on staff and resident education on hand hygiene and coughing/sneezing etiquette, cleaning, screening of employees and residents, effective transmission-based precautions, proper use/discarding of personal protective equipment and signage at entrances and resident rooms. It also examines the facility’s policies and emergency preparedness related to a pandemic or outbreak.

This recognition is tangible proof of our commitment to providing quality senior care and services based on Christian values. This survey recognizes the hard work this team has put in throughout the COVID-19 crisis,” Nance said. “We will continue to be vigilant as we work with the Bourbon County Health Department on our reopening plan.”

Fort Scott Presbyterian Village is an assisted living community, which means it is licensed by KDADS. Residents have their own private apartments, one or two bedrooms complete with all appliances, and may receive some assistance with activities of daily living.

Although the restrictions on visitors has been difficult, we have been offering many ways for residents and their family members and friends to stay connected,” Nance said, citing drive-through parades, outdoor fishing and walking paths, and exercise classes offered throughout the pandemic.

For more information about Fort Scott Presbyterian Village, contact Becky Kellum, marketing director, at 620-223-5550 or


Fort Scott Presbyterian Village, a Presbyterian Manors of Mid-America community, has been offering independent and assisted living apartments for seniors from southeast Kansas and southwest Missouri since 1994. Learn more at Presbyterian Manors of Mid-America is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization with 16 locations and 2 hospices in Kansas and Missouri. Learn more at

Fort Scott Public Library Youth Summer Reading News

Summer reading is in full-swing, but if you have not signed up for it yet, there’s still time! Just register here and call 620-223-2882 or email Miss Val to arrange pick up of your welcome packet. Specify how many children or teens and what grades you need packets for, when you call or email. 
The library hands out packets filled with prizes (earned by reading or completing challenges), along with crafts and activities (for all participants), weekly. Participants should call or email the library every week to schedule a Friday pickup. This week, due to the Independence Day holiday weekend, the library will begin Friday pickups early, starting Thursday, July 2, at 9 am. Call 620-223-2882 or email Miss Val to schedule your pickups. If you need to catch up from past weeks, be sure to let the library staff know.
Letters to the Elderly
The library is partnering with Medicalodges, Fort Scott, in a project designed to connect summer reading families with elderly residents in care at Medicalodge. The library will send out letter stationery, envelopes, and instructions in this week’s craft and activity packets, and will collect the letters throughout the month of July. After quarantining the letters, Miss Val will deliver them to Medicalodges, Fort Scott, for distribution to their residents. Letters should be returned to the library by August 1, and Miss Val hopes to deliver them by August 3It is the wish of library staff that the project provides comfort, entertainment, and a measure of joy to the residents, and that some of them will write back to the families, perhaps even establishing a connection that will outlast the project.
Free Books & Prizes
The library allows patrons to browse its tubs full of free books, placed on the library lawn outside the north entrance, during curbside pickup hours on days with a clear weather forecast. Youth summer reading participants may also earn books, both pre-owned and new, as prizes for completing weekly reading goals. Other prizes include toys, coupons or gift cards for free food or drinks, craft kits, snacks, dress up accessories, and summer items. The library has already distributed gift cards (as prizes for meeting weekly reading goals) purchased by the library, as well as gift cards and/or coupons donated by the following local business sponsors: Casey’s General Stores, Daylight Donuts, Domino’s Pizza, G & W Cash Saver, Marsha’s Great Plains Deli, Sonic Drive-In, Taco Bell, and Wendy’s. Pete’s Convenience Stores has also pledged a donation, which is expected to arrive soon.
Storyteller Will Stuck
From 8 am, July 18 through late night, July 23, Fort Scott Public Library will offer two video performances by Storyteller Will Stuck, provided as a part of the library’s summer reading program. Will Stuck has created one performance for preschoolers and another for elementary-aged children, inspired by this year’s summer reading theme. You may access the videos through the library’s Facebook page, showing on this playlist from July 18 – 23.
Will Stuck Publicity Photo.jpg
Community Members Read & Craft for Summer Reading
On this playlist, you will find local retired and current teachers, parents, librarians, and other professionals, who have already read stories or demonstrated crafts for this year’s summer reading program. The videos will remain online through the last day of summer reading, August 5. 
Upcoming Programs:
July 7 – 10 am: Mixed-Up Tales Preschool Stories with educator Alexandra VanSickle (Zoom)
11 am: Mythological Villains Elementary Stories with educator Alexandra VanSickle (Zoom)
2 pm – Pre-recorded Preschool stories; 2:15 pm – Pre-recorded Elementary stories on Facebook & YouTube
3 pm – Pre-recorded craft demonstrations with FSCC Librarian Susie Arvidson on Facebook & YouTube
July 8 – 4 pm: Virtual Teen Summer Reading: Magnets & Book Club (Zoom) 4:45 pm: Teen Games on the House Party App
To access Zoom meetings, message the library or email Miss Val for the password and use the link embedded above. 
July 14 – 10 am: Legendary Humanoids Preschool Stories with Stacy Picht (Zoom)
11 am: Mythological Villains Elementary Stories with Stacy Picht (Zoom)
2 pm – Pre-recorded Preschool stories; 2:15 pm – Pre-recorded Elementary stories on Facebook & YouTube
3 pm – Pre-recorded craft demonstrations with Vicki Wright on Facebook & YouTube
July 15 – 4 pm: Virtual Teen Summer Reading (Zoom)
July 21 – 10 am: Flying Creatures Preschool Stories with educator Beckie Woellhof (Zoom)
11 am: Flying Creatures Elementary Stories with educator Beckie Woellhof (Zoom)
2 pm – Pre-recorded Preschool stories; 2:15 pm – Pre-recorded Elementary stories on Facebook & YouTube
3 pm – Pre-recorded craft demonstrations with Melinda Seaver on Facebook & YouTube
July 22 – 4 pm: Virtual Teen Summer Reading (Zoom)
July 28 – 10 am: Swimming Creatures Preschool Stories with Mona Keippel (Zoom)
11 am: Swimming Creatures Elementary Stories with Alison Leach (Zoom)
2 pm – Pre-recorded Preschool stories; 2:15 pm – Pre-recorded Elementary stories on Facebook & YouTube
3 pm – Pre-recorded craft demonstrations with Breann Eden on Facebook & YouTube
July 29 – 4 pm: Virtual Teen Summer Reading (Zoom)
August 4 – 10 am: Be a Storyteller Preschool Stories with educator Jeff Pommier (Zoom)
11 am: Imagine Your Own Stories Elementary Stories with educator Angie Bin (Zoom)
2 pm – Pre-recorded Preschool stories; 2:15 pm – Pre-recorded Elementary stories on Facebook & YouTube
3 pm – Pre-recorded craft demonstrations with Ciera Smith on Facebook & YouTube
August 5 – 4 pm: Virtual Teen Summer Reading (Zoom)
Book Bags
In addition to regular programs, the library also offers curated grab bags filled with children’s books as part of its curbside pickup service. In order to get one, patrons must have an active library card with a non-restricted account in the Southeast Kansas Library system, or with Fort Scott. Miss Val is also creating book bags that go with the summer reading weekly themes. Each book bag features 10 books chosen by Miss Val, along with a few special goodies such as stickers or bookmarks. Bags are arranged both by topic and age group, from Birth – 1st Grade or 2nd – 5th Grades. Current topics are:  Boys’ or Girls’ General Interest, Classics, Community Helpers, Dinosaurs, Disney Stories, Fairy Tale Villains, Fantasy, Fantasy Creatures, Farm, Giants & Tiny People, Independence Day, LEGO, Silly Stories, Sports, Star Wars, Summer, Superheroes, Swimming, Unicorns, Vehicles, and Zoo Animals. To order a book bag, call 223-2882 or message the library or email Miss Val. There is no limit on how many bags you may order at one time.

Sewer Mapping For Fort Scott Starts This Month

The City of Fort Scott has hired Midland GIS Solutions to survey and map the City’s sanitary sewer collection network. This generally consists of locating utility features with global positioning system (GPS) equipment.

This work will be ongoing during the months of July-September of 2020.

You may notice employees of Midland GIS Solutions working in your neighborhood. They will occasionally need access into and through private property. The City has easements to perform this type of work and Midland GIS will be as respectful and unobtrusive as possible while completing this project.

As with any major project, there will be some inconveniences at times,but no service will be interrupted while this project is taking place.

If you have any questions or concerns you may contact Midland GIS Solutions at (660) 562-0050 or contact Michael Mix at {620) 215-6319.

Buck Run Open As of Today

Even though Buck Run Community Center is open again today with some limitations because of Covid 19 restrictions, there are other walking, running, playing, and fishing opportunities in Fort Scott.

Here is the framework of what has taken place the last few months at Buck Run Community Center, according to Tom Robertson, manager.

“May 18th – BRCC Fitness and Racquetball opened by appointment only, (Limited to 10 in each room)
May 22nd – Opened BRCC lobby to take FSRC Summer Programs registrations. (no appointments needed for fitness and/or racquetball but still limited to 10)
June 22nd – Completely opened BRCC and begin Youth Baseball/Softball Leagues
June 24th – Closed BRCC & cancelled FSRC programs and leagues for 1 week
July 1st – Reopened BRCC but limited to 45 and under in building with social distancing. Canceled FSRC summer camps and programs with the exception of youth and adult baseball/softball leagues that has been postponed until July 9th. Orders will be evaluated around July 6th or 7th.”


“The fitness room and two gymnasiums are open for usage,” said Tom Robertson,  manager.  “We are not allowing rentals until the restrictions are lifted to avoid going over the 45+(people allowed in the building) restrictions.

“We opened today with a restriction of 45 (people) and under including staff at any given time while practicing social distancing,” Robertson said.

“Youth baseball/softball is on hold right now with the 45 and under restriction. We will try to resume games if and when the restrictions are lifted.”

“The decision to postpone games was made by the Fort Scott Recreation Commission Board based on the orders by our Bourbon County Health Department,” he said.

The meeting was held on Monday of this week.

“Buck Run Community Center will practice social distancing at all times,” Robertson said.  “Once the governor presents guidelines on mask-wearing, signs and direction will be given to BRCC users as they enter the building.”

Buck Run Community Center is located at 735 State.

For questions or concerns, email Tom Robertson @ or by calling 620-223-0386/ 620-224-7707.


There are other options for exercise in the city.

The following is edited information from the Buck Run Community Center website:




 Golf Course Information/Events

Rate Type Mon – Thurs Fri – Sun Annually
9 Holes Golf $11 $13
18 Holes Golf $13 $15
9 Holes + Cart $14 $14
18 Holes + Cart $24 $24
9 Hole Trail Fees $5 $5
18 Hole Trail Fees $10 $10

Single Membership $440
Youth Membership $100
Family Membership (Family of 4) $25. for each additional. $595
Trail Fees $150
Cart Shed Rental – Includes trail Fee

Annual Cart Pass – Unlimited use of Woodland Hills Carts



To host a tournament call 620-223-5060



Gunn Park

Located at Park Avenue 2

Lakes, Fishing, Shelter Houses, Tent & RV Camping, Bathrooms, Picnic Tables, Disc Golf and Playground Area. For Rental Information Contact City Hall at 620-223– 0550.


Lake Fort Scott

Located at Rt. 5 South of Fort Scott

Boating, Fishing, Swimming, Shelter Houses, Picnic Tables. For Information contact City Hall at 620-223-0550.


Bridal Veil Park

Located at West 2nd Street

Shelter House, Picnic Tables, Soccer Field, and Playground Area.



Lincoln School Walking Trail

Located at West 18th Street

Walking, Running, Fishing, Picnic Tables.




Betty Ruth Willard Fields/Ty Cullor Field

Located at 2108 Horton

Bathrooms, Picnic Tables and Playground Area.




Ellis Park

Located at 12th & Williams

Sand Volleyball, Basketball Court, Walking Trail, Shelter House, Picnic Tables and Bathrooms.


3rd Street Park

Located at 3rd & Hill

Shelter House, Bathrooms, Picnic Tables, Outdoor Basketball Court and Playground Area.


Nelson Park

Located at the corner of Grant & Elm Street
Playground Area and Walking Trail.



James B. Tedesco Memorial Skate Park

Located at 4th & Scott Street Skate Park


The park is a public use, and is well suited for use by skateboarders, roller blades, scooters and more. Helmets are not required but suggested and benches and trashcans are provided for anyone who would like to enjoy watching the skaters perform.



FS Zoning Board Meets July 6

The Board of Zoning Appeals will meet on Monday, July 6th, 2020 at 4:00 p.m. in the City Commission Meeting Room at City Hall, 123 S. Main. This meeting is to consider a variance for residential property to allow the replacement of a garage with additional square footage for the property at 216 S. Eddy Street.

Please call the City Clerk at 620-223-0550 or email Diane Clay at to sign up to speak under the public comment section.

The meetings are still limited to 45 total in number due to the COVID-19 pandemic, however the room will only hold 14 due to the 6’ social distancing rules. Patrons will be let in one at a time at their scheduled time to ensure the public health orders are followed.

The City Commission meeting will still be available on the City’s YouTube channel.

FS Commission Meetings Open To Public July 7

The City of Fort Scott City Commission meetings will begin to be opened to the public starting July 7th, 2020. If you are wanting to appear before the Commission and speak during the Public Comment section, it is imperative that you sign up beforehand and you will be given a specific time to speak.

Please call the City Clerk at 620-223-0550 or email Diane Clay at to sign up to speak under the public comment section.

The meetings are still limited to 45 total in number due to the COVID-19 pandemic, however the room will only hold 14 due to the 6’ social distancing rules. Patrons will be let in one at a time at their scheduled time to ensure the public health orders are followed.

The City Commission meeting will still be available on the City’s YouTube channel.

International Thespian Festival Attended Virtually By FSHS Students

Film and theatre star Tina Fey, assisted by International Thespian Officer Anna Hastings from Olathe, and interpreter Jeffrey Johnson speaks with Thespians at the International Thespian Festival. Submitted photo.

Fort Scott High School Thespians got the opportunity to attend an entire week of theatre performances, workshops, and livestream events at the first-ever Virtual International Thespian Festival.


The annual festival was held June 22-26, 2020. The students from FSHS who qualified to compete nationally in individual events attended this year’s event along with FSHS Thespian Director Angie Bin.

2020 senior Mesa Jones and sophomore Jenna Stockstill competed in Musical Solo and junior Ashanti Green competed in Monologues. Each student received an “Excellent” rating on her performance. They qualified for the Festival by receiving a “Superior” rating at the KS Thespian Festival in January.

International Thespian Festival qualifiers Ashanti Green, Jenna Stockstill, and Mesa Jones. Submitted photo.


Green said, “I loved how so many people were able to come together virtually even if we couldn’t be together in person!”


Although students missed being able to travel across the country and spend a week with fellow thespians, this year’s festival had unique benefits. All workshops were recorded throughout the week and all attendees will have access to all videos, performances, and interviews with theatre professionals for the next three months.


“ITF was great because even though it was online, we still got to do many workshops and listen to many stars talk, which is something that wouldn’t have happened if we didn’t have it online,” Jones said.


The festival included more than 2,400 Thespians from many countries. Guest speakers included Tina Fey, Dolly Parton, Stephen Swartz, Andrew Lloyd Webber and many other Tony, Oscar, and Emmy award winners and Broadway stars.


Swimming Pool Reopens July 1 With Modifications Due to COVID 19

The Aquatic Center will resume normal business hours beginning July 1st, 2020 at 1:00 p.m. There will be more restraints and guidelines to follow:

Only 30 people will be allowed in the pool at any given time.

At the top of each hour 30 new patrons will be allowed in the pool and the previous 30 will be asked to leave.

Cash only will be taken due to an issue with the credit card system.

They will take the first 30 people at the beginning of each hour. If patrons leave before their hour time has expired, we will NOT allow the next person in. This is so we can stay on the hourly change of patrons as a whole and allow us to clean all areas at the conclusion of each session.

The fees will remain the same as posted.

These guidelines will be reevaluated on July 8th, 2020 when the Public Health Officer’s order ends.

We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. Please call City Hall at 223-0550 if you have questions.

Downtown Meet and Greet July 7

Join us for the Quarterly Downtown Meet & Greet, Tuesday, July 7, 2020!
8:30 am to 9:30 am
hosted by the Chamber at Courtland Hotel & Spa
Rita Schroeder, Administrative Assistant
Lindsay Madison, President & CEO
These informal, quarterly meetings are hosted by the Chamber for downtown business owners, representatives and community members to network and share ideas on events, promotions and anything related to downtown. Coffee, juice and light refreshments will be served.
Special Note from the Chamber Board:
Following KS state safety recommendations & health practices ~subject to Bourbon County’s continued advancement through the reopening phasing plans.
You may wear a mask at your own discretion.

Buck Run Opens July 1, Limited to 45 People

Buck Run Community Center will be open to the public beginning on July 1st, 2020. The hours for Buck Run will be 5:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Saturdays, and 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Sundays.

The facility will be limited to a gathering of 45 individuals or less including Buck Run staff. Individuals are reminded to social distance when using this facility.

This will be reevaluated on July 8th, 2020 when the Public Health Officer’s order ends.

We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. Please call City Hall at 223-0550 if you have questions.

New Community Development Manager: Allyson Turvey

Allyson Turvey. Submitted photo.

Allyson Turvey, 30,  is the new Fort Scott Community Development Manager, as of May 26, 2020.

Her office is in city hall, phone number 620-223-0550.

She was already performing duties as the Fort Scott Tourism Manager, and when Robert Uhler resigned as Community Development Manager at the end of May, Turvey was given then the additional role.

” My duties will be pretty widespread now that I’ve taken on community development as an additional role,” Turvey said.

“I will be responsible for working with the (Fort Scott)Tourism Advisory Board, Design Review Board, Planning Commission, and Zoning Board. I am also now a member of the Healthy Bourbon County Action Team. I’m now responsible for the LaRoche Complex and Memorial Hall. This includes oversight of each facility, assisting in booking of events, and continuing to market LaRoche (baseball stadium).”

“From a tourism standpoint, I will continue to market Fort Scott as a destination,” she said.  “As well as continuing to attend trade shows in an effort to bring group tours, conventions, and meetings to our community. This doesn’t cover all of my duties, but the ultimate goals of the department are to bring more tourists to town in an effort to create an economic impact, and increase Tourism Guest Tax revenues.”

“From a Community Development standpoint, I will work to create a better community for our residents, which will ideally entice new residents along the way,” she said.  “This is achieved through widespread collaboration, and continued research for funding opportunities.”

“While I have a wide array of open projects, my major project currently is the Smart Growth America planning and implementation,” Turvey said. “The Smart Growth team visited Fort Scott for a community workshop in February, and recently provided a next steps memo including short, and long term goals and action steps to create progress within our community.”

“Both positions require me to represent the city on a local, regional, statewide, and federal level in an effort to better collaborate, and ideally increase funding opportunities for our community, ” she said.

Turvey has been with the city for just over three years, she said.


” I started as an administrative assistant, where I worked between Fort ScottTourism, Community Development, and Economic Development,” Turvey said.  “Last August I was promoted to tourism manager, and have continued to be heavily involved with other city departments, and projects.”


“I have also spent the last year representing the city on a local, regional, statewide, and federal level from both a tourism and community standpoint,” she said. “I’ve been working on alongside the community and economic development departments to meet Smart Growth objectives.


Turvey is originally from Tulsa, Oklahoma, but has been living in Kansas for nearly eight years.


Her community involvement includes being the current president of the Young Professionals League and was invited to join PEO just before the start of the pandemic.


“I hope to be initiated as a member once meeting activities resume,” she said.


Allyson Turvey can be reached at  620-238-4919 or

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