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Obituary of Jerry Dean Payne

Jerry Dean Payne, age 78, a resident of Erie, Kansas, passed away Saturday, February 9, 2019, at his home. He was born September 4, 1940, in Ft. Scott, Kansas.

He was raised by his mother, Alice May Brady Ashley and his step-father, William L. Ashley. Jerry graduated from the Herington High School. He married Wilma Winters on July 5, 1997, in Ft. Scott. Jerry worked in law enforcement for thirty-three years. He retired as Chief of Police for Erie, Kansas.

Survivors include his wife, Wilma, of the home in Erie; a daughter, Jessie Lou Wiley Payne, also of the home; two sons, Terry Lee Payne, of Abilene, Kansas and Monty Ray Payne and his wife, Patti, of Holyrood, Kansas; three step-sons, Ernest Wiley (Rubortia), Jeff Wiley and Paul Wiley. Also surviving are three grandchildren, Kelby, Kaylene and Holli Payne; two step-grandchildren, Destiny and Joanna Wiley; two great-grandchildren, Kyler and Hazley.

He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother, Larry Lynn Payne; two sons, Bobby Joe Payne and Larry Dennis Payne a step-son, Larry Dean Wiley and his former wife, Lesa Payne.

Pastor Danny Flippo will conduct funeral services at 10:30 A.M. Saturday, February 16th at the Cheney Witt Chapel.

Burial will follow in the Mapleton Cemetery at Mapleton, Kansas. The family will receive friends from 5 to 7 P.M. Friday at the Cheney Witt Chapel.

Memorials are suggested to the Jessie Payne Scholarship Fund and may be left in care of the Cheney Witt Chapel, 201 S. Main, P.O. Box 347, Ft. Scott, KS 66701. Words of remembrance may be submitted to the online guestbook at

Fort Scott Municipal Court Closed Today, Feb. 7

Due to the weather conditions, Fort Scott Municipal Court, which is held every Thursday at 3:00 p.m. will be canceled today, Feb. 7.

If you are scheduled for court today, a letter will be mailed to you giving you a new court date.

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

From Linderhof’s Kitchen . . . Martha Meinsen Scott

Photo by Martha Meinsen Scott.
Cannoli Tart


Desserts are tricky after a heavy pasta meal.     I found this recipe for cannoli tart that is a perfect Italian dessert.     The bonus, it’s very easy to make and very tasty!


¾ c. heavy cream
¾ c. powdered sugar
12 oz. Mascarpone
½ t. Vanilla
½ t. Cinnamon
Chocolate chips
Boughten graham cracker crust


Whip cream until frothy.     Add ¼ c. powdered sugar and then whip until it forms stiff peaks.    Set aside.


Combine mascarpone and ½ c. powdered sugar.     Beat until smooth (do not overbeat). Add cinnamon and vanilla and beat some more.


Fold whipped cream into the mascarpone mixture.    Pour into pie shell. Sprinkle with chocolate chips.     Refrigerate at least 3 hours before serving.
Martha Meinsen Scott is a Fort Scott foodie who creates from her home, called Linderhof.


Grief Support Luncheon

Grief Support Luncheon

Dec 5, 2018 12:00 PM

Our next scheduled grief support luncheon will be Wednesday December 5th, at 12:00 Noon.  Anyone dealing with a loss is encouraged to come and bring a friend.  Cheney Witt Chapel will provide lunch at the Carriage House, 301 S. Main.  Call us at 223-1186 if you have any questions.  We look forward to seeing you!

Kansas Businesses Enroll in Westar’s New Green Energy Program

Kansas wind resources provide affordable, green energy.

TOPEKA, Kan. – Nov. 5, 2018 – Westar’s new Renewables Direct program subscriptions reached about 90 percent with Kansas businesses and government agencies signing on for 200 megawatts of affordable Kansas wind.

Fourteen Kansas organizations enrolled in Renewables Direct and will receive all or a portion of their electricity from the Soldier Creek Wind Energy Center to be built in Nemaha County and will begin operations by the end of 2020.

“We commend these Kansas organizations for their commitment to sustainable energy solutions,” said Chuck Caisley, chief customer officer of Evergy, which operates as Westar Energy and KCP&L. “We haven’t even broken ground on the wind farm and enough customers have stepped forward to purchase most of the energy it will produce. Kansas is a national leader in wind with affordable resources that bring economic benefit both to the communities where it is produced and to the customers who value it as an affordable tool to meet sustainability goals.”

In July, Westar announced the new program, which is designed to provide large customers a path toward their sustainability goals with Kansas’ abundant, affordable renewable energy. Participating customers are able to claim a portion of the energy generated by the wind farm as their own, retain all of the renewable attributes and lock in a portion of their electricity prices for up to 20 years. The program is structured to add projects in the future to keep up with the growing appetite for renewable sources of our customers.

Customers signing up for the initial program introduction include: Ardent Mills, Newton and Wichita; Benedictine College, Atchison; Bunge Milling, Atchison and Emporia; Cargill, Cummings, Emporia, Hutchinson, Topeka and Wichita; Cox Communications, multiple Kansas locations; Evcon, Wichita; Kansas State University, Manhattan; Landoll Corp., Marysville; Sedgwick County Zoo, Wichita; Sisters of Charity, Leavenworth; Textron Aviation, Independence and Wichita; University of Kansas, Lawrence; Veteran’s Affairs Medical Centers in Leavenworth, Topeka and Wichita; and Washburn University, Topeka.

The 300 MW Soldier Creek Wind Energy Center, which will be developed northeast of Manhattan, is expected to bring about 250 construction jobs and 15 to 20 permanent green energy jobs to Nemaha County. During the first 30 years of the project, landowners will receive more than $50 million in land-rights payments. The wind farm will be owned and operated by an affiliate of NextEra Energy Resources, Inc. Construction of the wind farm is scheduled to begin early 2019.

Veteran’s Day Parade Entries Sought

Entries are being sought for the 2018 Veteran’s Day Parade at 5 p.m. on Saturday, November 10.

Marching bands, floats, automobiles, tractors, horses are envisioned as part of the parade honoring veterans.

The oldest Bourbon County veterans will be featured in the parade.

Please pick up an entry form at 231 E. Wall, the Fort Scott Convention and Visitors Bureau or visit

Inspire Kids To Do

Jennifer K. Terrell District Extension Agent 4-H Youth Development Southwind District – Erie Office 620-244-3826

This country was built by doers. For more than 100 years, 4-H has been a part of that growth, always empowering youth to speak through action. And by doing so, helping kids to develop their skills and the communities around them.

But what if across our country we could apply this idea to all youth by growing a culture and generation of doers?

What if we can help kids grow the life skills they need by creating the life experiences that inspire them to Do: To do well, do good, do over, do amazing, do STEM, do healthy, do differently.

What if you can spark change and impact for millions of kids, support your community and create value for your company by inspiring a Movement with just one phrase.

INSPIRE Kids to Do.

Become a part of this great organization today! Contact Jennifer K. Terrell, District 4-H Youth Development Agent for K-State Research and Extension – Southwind District by calling 620-244-3826 or emailing The Southwind District covers the counties of Allen, Bourbon, Neosho, and Woodson.

Naturalization Ceremony Change of Venue For Sept. 21

The Naturalization Ceremony has been moved from the Fort Scott National Historic Site to Memorial Hall for today’s proceedings.

Change of Venue for Special Naturalization Ceremony in Fort Scott, Kansas

The special naturalization ceremony planned at the Fort Scott National Historic Site is being moved to Memorial Hall (1 E 3rd St) in historic downtown Fort Scott Kansas.

The United States District Court for the District of Kansas will hold a special naturalization ceremony in Fort Scott, Kansas on Friday, September 21, 2018, at 10:30 a.m.

The Honorable Teresa J. James, United States Magistrate Judge for the District of Kansas, will preside over the ceremony.

The ceremony features musical performances from the Fort Scott High School orchestra and choir, and an address from Robert L. Farmer, Attorney at Law.

The Pittsburg State University Army ROTC will present the colors.

Approximately 100 applicants will be naturalized at the ceremony, which is open to the public.

Fort Scott Chamber Coffee at City Airport Sept. 13


Join us for the weekly Chamber Coffee!

Hosted by:
City of Fort Scott
at the Fort Scott Municipal Airport
 Location: 932 187th Terrace
Coffee will take place inside the terminal.
Thursday, September 13th, 8am


Click here for Airport’s page on the City website.

Chamber members and guests are encouraged to attend for networking, community announcements, and to learn about the hosting business or organization.
Members may pay $1 to make an announcement about an upcoming event, special/sale/discount, or news of any kind.
Upcoming Coffees:
September 20th – American Legion
September 27th – Fort Scott Family Dental
October 4th – Gordon Parks Museum
October 11th – Labconco 20th Anniversary