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Governor Colyer Announces Tracey Mann of Salina as Lieutenant Governor

Topeka – Governor Jeff Colyer today announced the selection of Tracey Mann to serve as Kansas Lieutenant Governor.

“I am pleased that Tracey has agreed to join our team as Lieutenant Governor”, said Colyer. “Tracey has been a leader on economic development and rural issues in Kansas for years, and I am excited to bring those skills to our team. Tracey truly knows what it means to listen, serve and lead.”

“I look forward to working with him in the weeks and months ahead to usher in a new day in Kansas politics and serve the people of this great state.”

Tracey Mann commented that he was impressed with Governor Colyer’s willingness to lead, saying “I am extremely grateful for the opportunity to serve as Lieutenant Governor for Dr. Colyer. Over the years, I’ve been impressed with his willingness to serve as a leader on the hard issues.

“Governor Colyer’s track record shows he doesn’t shy away from tackling the difficult problems. I am excited to join him in serving the people of Kansas as we focus on reform, jobs and education.”

Kansas Farm Bureau CEO, Terry Holdren, added his endorsement of Mann as the new Lt. Governor, saying “Kansas farmers and ranchers, as the backbone of the state’s economy and heritage, expect good leadership from friends in positions across government,” said Holdren, “Tracey Mann is both a good friend of Kansas agriculture and a great leader. We look forward to working with him in this new role.”

Tracey Mann is the managing director and principal of Newmark Grubb Zimmer, a full service commercial real estate company headquartered in Kansas City. Before joining Newmark Grubb Zimmer, Mann served as senior program director for the National Student Leadership Forum on Faith and Values.

Mann has previously served on the board of directors for the Kansas Agriculture and Rural Leadership (KARL) program and the Kansas Chamber of Commerce.  He is also a board member of the City Teen Center, a non-profit educational facility serving children in Salina.

Tracey Mann is a fifth-generation Kansan from Quinter, Kansas.  He regularly returns to work on the family farm. He earned a degree in Agricultural Economics from Kansas State University in 2000, where he also served as Student Body President. In 1997, Tracey served as Jerry Moran’s first intern in Washington, DC.

Tracey, his wife, Audrey and their four children live in Salina, Kansas.


Fort Scott City Offices Closed Feb. 19

The City of Fort Scott City Offices will be closed on Monday, February 19th, 2018 in observance of the President’s Day holiday. The offices will reopen on Tuesday, February 20th, 2018.

The City’s tree and brush dump site located on North Hill will also be closed on Saturday, February 17th, 2018 for the President’s Day holiday. It will be open again on Tuesday, February 20th, 2018 from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Woodland Hills Golf Course Board To Seek Fee Increase

Woodland Hills Golf Course Advisory Board, from left clockwise: Fort Scott City Clerk Diane Clay, John Leek, Kenneth Holt, Shannon O’Neil, Jon Kindlesparger, Steve Harry, Mitch Quick and Jon Garrison. The board had its quarlerly meeting Feb. 1 at the clubhouse.

The Woodland Hills Golf Course Advisory Board met Feb. 1 at the course clubhouse.

On the agenda was raising revenue for the course.

“It’s a good golf course,” Shannon O’Neil, clubhouse manager said. “Greens fees, we are 50 cents less than Girard, a couple bucks less than Four Oaks. ”

“We are trying to catch up with area courses,” Jon Kindlesparger, golf course superintendent said in a later interview.

“The season cart (rental) is the biggest discrepancy,” O’Neil said. When a large group plays they’ll all have one cart,  he noted

O’Neil said renting  a cart is a good deal for the golfers.

“It’s just like having your own cart, (but) based on availability. I can’t promise a cart in a tournament,” he said.

Currently, the golf cart season rental fee is $350 per year.

Following discussion by the board, it will seek approval from the city to raise the fee to $425.

Additional fee increases, if approved by the city commission:

Nine-hole greens fees will increase from $10 to $11, weekday; weekend fees from $12 to $15.

Single memberships will increase from  $400 to $440; family memberships (a family of four) from $550 to $595.

Staff of the golf course will attend Tuesdays Fort Scott City Commission meeting to seek approval for fee increases. Pictured are the current prices.

O’Neil said he would like to change the procedure for memberships.

“I’d like to have them due all at the same time,” he said. “If all are due at a certain date, as a business I can see if what we are doing is growing the business. It’s easier from a management perspective.  I’d like May 1 to be the (renewal) date.”

Jon Garrison, finance director for the City of Fort Scott agreed with the proposal and said it would be pro-rated the initial year.

The city owns the approximately 148- acre golf course.

O’Neil and  Kindlesparger were asked by Garrison to attend the next city commission meeting, Feb. 6 to seek approval of the fee increases.

Another item on the agenda was the new golf cart barn that is in the preliminary stage.

Agricultural Engineering Associates, Uniontown, is the firm hired to design the barn.

“I hope he gets the specs together, then we can go out to bid with it,” Garrison said.

“I hope it will be constructed this spring,” O’Neil said in a later interview.  “It will be a Morton Pole Barn. We’ll house 30 rental carts. We’ll sell 10 season cart passes a year.”

The barn will be located straight north of the clubhouse, “where the old clubhouse used to be,” O’Neil said.

Some of the statistics for the course:

There are 127 memberships.

There were 9,100 rounds of golf played on the course last year, of those, 5,100 were played by members, 4,000 were green fee rounds.

There are three full-time employees, six part-time employees during the season which runs April through October.

The new clubhouse was completed in February 2016.

There are 25 tournaments a year.

Uniontown and Fort Scott High Schools play at the course.

“We are unique here, a member of those golf teams can play here for free,” O’Neil said.

Fort Scott Community College is starting a girls golf program this year and will play at Woodland Hills, as well, he said.

The board is comprised of Steve Harry, Kenneth Holt, John Leek, Mitch Quick and Jeff Sweetser.

The board meets quarterly or as needed.

“We’ve got a good board,” Garrison said. “They use the course.”

“They are emotionally and financially invested,” O’Neil said.







Jeff Colyer Sworn In As Governor This Afternoon

Governor Jeff Colyer, M.D. was sworn in as the 47th governor of Kansas at 3 p.m. today in the Capitol rotunda in Topeka, accompanied by First Lady Ruth Colyer and their daughters, Serena and Dominique. Governor Colyer attended mass in Hays this morning with his classmates from Thomas More Prep-Marian High School. He then visited West Side Alternative School, which is also in Hays.

Governor Colyer said, “This public school is a unique partnership with the High Plains Mental Health Center that ensures special needs kids have the same opportunities for success as any other Kansan.”

When asked about his inauguration, Governor Colyer said, “Throughout my life, I’ve been blessed with the opportunity to serve in a variety of ways including as a doctor, humanitarian and lieutenant governor. I’m excited to begin serving Kansans in an even greater way today as the governor of this beautiful state.”

Dr. Colyer is a fifth-generation Kansan from Hays who is dedicated to making a difference in people’s lives on the personal, state, national and international level. Over the last 25 years, Dr. Colyer has volunteered, as a surgeon, in dangerous war zones such as Afghanistan, Iraq, the Balkans, Libya, and Africa. He was an International Medical Corps volunteer and the only surgeon in southern Rwanda during the genocide that killed 800,000 people.

Dr. Colyer also served as a White House Fellow under President Ronald Reagan and President George H.W. Bush in international affairs.