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Obituary of Kasey Dye

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Kasey Allen Dye, age 30, a resident of Neligh, Nebraska, passed away Saturday, November 13, 2021, in Ft. Scott, Kansas where he had been working on a wind farm project.

He was born February 21, 1991, in Urbana, Illinois, the son of Paul Edward Dye and Pamela Kay Adams.

Kasey married Chelsy Grim on February 22, 2021, in Pierce, Nebraska.

Kasey was an accomplished mechanic and had worked for several years for Malta Ready Mix where he helped construct wind turbines throughout the Midwest.

He enjoyed spending time outdoors especially fishing, camping and riding four wheelers. He also loved to barbeque and spend time with his family and friends.

Survivors include his wife, Chelsy, of the home in Neligh, Nebraska; and his children, Owen and Whitley, Hudson, Austin, Riley, Cooper and Max. Also surviving are his parents, Pamela Paulding and Paul Dye (Mary), all of Illinois, brothers, Kevin Paulding, Andrew Dye, Gentury Swyear, Waylon Paulding, Jason Parks and Kevin Parks and sisters, Jessica Goberson, Val Paulding, Ashely Dye and Cheyanne Dye. He was preceded in death by his step-father, Kevin Paulding and a nephew, Clayton.

Following cremation, a celebration of life service will be held at 11:00 A.M. Friday, December 3rd at the KC Hall, 115 S. Second St., Elgin, Nebraska. A time for food and fellowship will follow the service. Private burial will take place at a later date in Illinois. Arrangements in Kansas were handled by the Cheney Witt Chapel, 201 S. Main, Ft. Scott.

Obituary of Janet Ryan

Janet K. Ryan, age 71, a resident of Iola, Kansas, died on her birthday, Friday, November 12, 2021, at the Research Medical Center in Kansas City, Missouri. She was born November 12, 1950, in Hutchinson, Kansas, the daughter of Frankie Edward Ryan and Ruth Eleanor Whitecotton Ryan.
Janet had worked as a CNA, a CMA and as an activity director for area nursing home primarily in Uniontown, Coffeyville and Hutchinson.

Survivors include three sons, Tim Ryan (Marie) of Oklahoma, and Terry Nading (Angela) and Troy Nading (Malynda) all of Ft. Scott, Kansas and eleven grandchildren, Adryan, Landon, Amber, Shyra, Nick, Clayton, Danielle, Bane, Timothy, Shelby and Zachariah. Also surviving is a sister, Kathy Ryan-Transure.

Janet was preceded in death by her husband, Charles Nading, a son, T.J. Nading and two brothers, Ronnie Lee Ryan and James Edward Ryan Sr. and her parents.

There was cremation. A celebration of life service with burial in the Fairview Cemetery, Bartlett, Kansas will take place at a later date. Memorials are suggested to the Make a Wish Foundation 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


Hedgehog INK Begins Writing Wednesdays

Hedgehog.INK, located at 16 S. Main, in historic downtown Fort Scott.

Writing Wednesdays start at Hedgehog.INK! on November 3, 10 and 17 from 1:30 to 3 p.m. to kick-off
National Novel Writing Month.

“There is no fee for the sessions and they are intended to provide encouragement and support in our writing endeavors,” Jan Hedges, owner, said. “Whether it be writing a novel, a poem, working on a memoir, cookbook, genealogy or keeping a journal, you are invited to attend. No matter your age or writing skill level, you are invited to attend. Please help us share the word with others. We will meet in the Great Room at Hedgehog.INK!”

Obituary of Dennis Quick

Dennis Lee “Denny” Quick, age 86, a resident of Ft. Scott, Kansas, passed away Sunday, August 8, 2021, at Country Place Memory Care in Ft. Scott.  He was born June 3, 1935, in Mapleton, Kansas, the son of Fred Quick and Angie Dennis Quick.  He married Eleanor Lucile Endicott on January 23, 1960, in Ft. Scott.  Denny loved spending time with his family.  He was a dedicated husband, father and grandfather.


Survivors include two sons, Phil Quick and wife, Jennifer of Ft. Scott and Rick Quick also of Ft. Scott and four grandchildren.  Zach Quick, Gabe Quick, Peyton O. Quick Gibson and Taylor Quick Brasfield and five great-grandchildren, Sidney Brasfield, Layne Quick, Oktavea Brasfield, Hayes Quick and Freya Lucile Brasfield.  Denny’s wife, Lucile, preceded him in death on April 19, 2018.  He was also preceded in death by his parents, two brothers, Lyle and Harold and two sisters, Norma Jean and Nelda.


Dave Nickelson will conduct funeral services at 10:00 A.M. Thursday, August 12th at the Cheney Witt Chapel.  Burial with military honors will follow in the U. S. National Cemetery.  The family will receive friends from 5 to 7 P.M. Wednesday evening at the Cheney Witt Chapel.  Memorials are suggested to the Alzheimer’s Association 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

Friday Night Free Concert: Cherry Grove Baptist Church Trio

Ralph Carlson introduces the Friday Night Concert musicians May 2019.

Friday Night Concert

This week’s Friday Night Concert will be presented by Marilyn Adcock, Melissa Brown, and Sherry Payne Sisney, all members of Cherry Grove Baptist Church. The vocal and instrumental performance will feature a variety of folk tunes and gospel favorites. Marilyn plays autoharp, Melissa plays the trumpet, and Sherry plays keyboard.

These three ladies will delight the crowd with their instruments, vocal solos, and great harmonies as a trio,” concert series organizer Ralph Carlson said. “Come out and join us for a special opportunity to see friends and support the gift of music in our area. We are pleased to welcome Marilyn, Melissa, and Sherry to the park pavilion.“

The concert begins at 7 p.m. at the Heritage Park Pavilion at First and Main streets. The shows, sponsored by the Fort Scott Area Chamber of Commerce, are free and open to the public. Dave Oas of Parsons serves as sound technician each week. Due to limited seating, attendees are encouraged to bring lawn chairs.

In the event of inclement weather, the concert will be moved to the Common Ground Coffee Co., 12 E. Wall Street.

FSCC Agenda For July 19

July 19, 2021
Board of Trustees
Fort Scott Community College
2108 S. Horton
Fort Scott, KS 66701
The Board of Trustees of Fort Scott Community College will meet in regular session on Monday, July 19, 2021. The meeting will be held in Cleaver-Burris-Boileau Hall at Fort Scott Community College.
5:30 p.m. Dinner at 5:00 followed by regular board meeting at 5:30 p.m.
5:30 ROLL CALL, 3
A. Comments from the Chair, 4
A. Approval of Agenda, 5
B. Approval of Minutes of previous Regular Board Meeting conducted on June 21, 2021, 6
C. Approval of Bills, and Claims, 8
D. Approval of Personnel Actions, 5
A. Approval of Culinary Memorandum of Understanding between SEKESC (Greenbush) and
FSCC, 22
B. Consideration of Kansas State Department of Education (KSDE) Migrant Education
Project State Level Activities 2021-22, 24
C. Discussion of Fort Lincoln School Rock Fossils, 25
D. Consideration of Firm to Audit Financial Statements for June 30, 2021, 26
E. Consideration of Athletic Insurance and Catastrophic Injury Insurance, 35
F. Approval of Hound Pound Renovation Bids, 36
G. Consideration of Garrison Apartments Names, 43
A. Administrative Updates, 46
• July 19, 2021: Board Meeting
• August 9-11, 2021: In-Service
• August 12, 2021: Fall Semester Begins
• August 23, 2021: Board Meeting
• September 6, 2021: Labor Day, Campus Closed
• September 13, 2021: Board Meeting
• October 18, 2021: Board Meeting
• October 18, 2021: Math Relays
• November 15, 2021: Board Meeting
• November 22 – 26, 2021: Thanksgiving Break, Campus Closed
• November 30, 2021: Graduate Assessment Exam
• December 7 – 10, 2021: Finals
• December 13, 2021: Board Meeting
• December 17, 2021 – January 4, 2022 Christmas Break, Campus Closed
• January 7, 2022: In-Service
• January 12, 2022: Spring Semester Begins
• January 17, 2022: Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Campus Closed
• January 24, 2022: Board Meeting
• February 21, 2022: Board Meeting
• March 14 – 18, 2022: Spring Break, Campus Closed
• March 21, 2022: Board Meeting
• March 25, 2022: Aggie Day
• April 15, 2022: Good Friday, Campus Closed
• April 18, 2022: Board Meeting
• May 10 – 13, 2022: Finals
• May 14, 2022: Graduation
• May 16, 2022: Board Meeting
• May 30, 2022: Memorial Day, Campus Closed
• June 20, 2022: Board Meeting
John Bartelsmeyer, Chair
Alysia Johnston, President
FSCC’s vision for the future is to support “Students First, Community Always” through a
central focus on teaching and learning; advancing strong, innovative programs and
departments; maximizing and leveraging opportunities; initiating efficient and effective
processes; and developing the region’s workforce.
_____ John Bartelsmeyer
_____ Jim Fewins
_____ Dave Elliott
_____ Kirk Hart
_____ Bill Meyer
_____ Robert Nelson
1) Attached are the minutes of the Regular Board Meeting conducted on June 21,
Attached are the Bills and Claims Report. An additional list of bills and claims for
approval will be provided the night of the meeting.
1) Additions
a) Ben Keifer, Assistant Baseball Coach, effective June 1, 2021
b) Sean Davidson, Assistant Football Coach, effective July 1, 2021
c) Jeremiah Taylor, Assistant Football Coach, effective July 1, 2021
d) Sandra Tirri, Accounting Clerk/Cashier, effective July 12, 2021
e) Rachel Stauffer, Biology Instructor, effective July 26, 2021
f) Ashley Page, Communications Instructor, effective August 9, 2021
2) Separations
a) Jake Harvey, Assistant Baseball Coach, effective June 30, 2021
b) Justin Amstutz, Assistant Football Coach, effective June 30, 2021
c) Cam Robinson, Assistant Football Coach, effective June 30, 2021

FS Commission Agenda For July 6



JULY 6, 2021
5:15 P.M

  1. K. Allen P. Allen R. Nichols L. Watts J. Jones

II. Flag Salute:

  1. Invocation: Led by: (To be Announced)

  2. Approval of Agenda:

  3. Proclamations/Recognitions:

  4. Consent Agenda:

A. Approval of minutes of the regular meeting of June 15th, 2021, special meeting of June 17th, 2021 and special meeting of June 22nd, 2021.

B. Approval of Appropriation Ordinance 1291-A totaling $555,302.20.

C. Request to Pay – ProSeal, Inc – $36,476.00 – Rejuvenator Application – National Avenue

D. Request to Pay – ProSeal, Inc – $24,684.00 – Crack Sealing – National Avenue

  1. Public Comment:

(Sign up required. Comments on any topic not on agenda and limited to five (5) minutes per person, at Commission discretion)

  1. City Manager Reports and Comments

  1. Engineering Firm Update

  1. Old Business:

  1. Public Hearing: 6:15 p.m. Vacation of Durkee Street and Approval of Utility Easement for the North 50’ of Lots 2, 4, 6, 8, 10, 12, 14, 16, 18, 20, 22, 24, 26 & 28, Block 4, Durkee & Stout Addition

  1. Appearances:

Jody Hoener – Bottle Filling Stations Presentation

Rob Harrington, Bedco Presentation

  1. New Business:

  1. Discussion and Approval of St. Martin’s Sewer Agreement

  2. Cooper Street Right-of-Way Easements

  3. Request approval to bid out Directional Drilling of Water Pipe

  4. Request approval to bid out Sanitary/Storm Sewer Line Deep Repairs

  5. Request approval to bid out Cooper Street project (Plans available at City Hall – link:

  1. Request approval to bid out Union Block Alley

  2. Request to bid out Horton Street 6th to 8th – (mill and overlay)

  3. Discussion of sale of First Source Building

  4. Discussion of sale of lake lots (deed restrictions, covenants, etc.)

  5. Discussion of moving City Hall to Bourbon County Courthouse building

  6. Discussion of potential City/County shared services for Information Technology and Human Resources

  7. Discussion and request approval to bid overlay of 13th to 17th on National Avenue

  8. Discussion of feasibility study – hospital building

  9. Approval of purchase of Sewer Camera for Utilities Department

  10. Discussion of future Lake Fort Scott repairs/upkeep

  11. Consideration of Pay Requests – Skitch’s Hauling & Excavation – Port-a-Potties

April 2021 $2,267.20

May 2021 $2,536.00

June 2021 $2,640.00

  1. Discussion of Golf Course Ordinance

XII. Reports and Comments:

B. Commissioners Reports and Comments:

C. City Attorney Reports and Comments:

XIII. Executive Session – If requested, (please follow script in all motions for Executive Sessions)

XIV. Adjournment:

Kay Wright to Speak at Aglow on July 8

What are some things God is doing in Washington, D.C.?

Fort Scott Aglow Lighthouse welcomes guest speaker, Kay Wright, Thursday, July 8th, 2021.

Kay Wright and other regional Aglow leaders just recently returned from a trip to intercede for our nation in Washington, D.C. She will give highlights of this trip to our Nation’s Capital!


Kay Wright resides in Girard, KS, and has been associated with Aglow International for over 35 years. She has served in many capacities locally as well as statewide.

Currently, Kay is serving as the Kansas State Aglow South Area Board President overseeing the Aglow Lighthouses across the state.


Kay’s goal in life is to please the Son, the Holy Spirit, and her Father God through worship and in intimate communion. Her purpose is also to intercede for her family, state, and her beloved Nation. She is on the board of her growing church and serves as prayer coordinator. She believes worship, Bible study, and being obedient to the Spirit of God are vital for a successful Christian life.


Joan Waters, resident of Pittsburg, KS, who also serves on the Kansas Aglow State Board, will share her insights she received on this D.C. trip as well… a powerful intercessor’s point of view! She will put “the icing on the cake” as she comes to share with us!


Come and worship the King! You shall be blessed.


Guests are welcome to visit our Lighthouse monthly gathering at 6:30 p.m., Thursday July 8th in the conference room of Fort Scott Inn, 101 State Street.


This is an interdenominational ministry opportunity for women, men and youth to worship, pray, fellowship and grow in unity. The goal of Aglow International is: Every nation touched, every heart changed.


Our Lighthouse desires the body of Christ to come together to meet the needs of those that cannot speak for themselves in Bourbon County.  For more information contact Amanda Gilmore at (620) 215-0418.


Vaccinations Prevent New COVID Variants From Spreading

Governor Laura Kelly Encourages Vaccinations to Protect Kansans from Rapidly Spreading Delta Variant

TOPEKA – Today, Governor Laura Kelly encouraged all Kansans to get the COVID-19 vaccine to protect themselves and their communities from the rapidly spreading Delta variant.

“The Delta variant is rapidly spreading in neighboring states, and the best way to protect yourself, your community, and finally get our state back to normal is by getting vaccinated,” said Governor Laura Kelly. “Kansas is moving in the right direction, but we can’t let our guard down now. Visit today to find a vaccination site near you.”

According to the CDC, the Delta variant is 60% more transmissible than the B. 117 variant, which was previously the dominant strain. The new variant appears to be spreading most quickly in communities that have the lowest vaccination rates.

“The rapid increase of the Delta variant throughout the U.S. and in Kansas is of great concern to us,” Dr. Lee Norman, KDHE Secretary, said. “Vaccination continues to be the best defense in combating variants.”

Kansans are encouraged to take precautions to keep themselves and their loved ones safe, including getting vaccinated, following CDC mask recommendations, practicing physical distancing, good hygiene, getting tested if exposed to someone with COVID-19 or if experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, and staying home if ill.

The Delta variant first originated in India and has been found in more the 90 countries. A newly identified variant, Delta plus, has been recently identified in India and appears to be less responsive to monoclonal antibody treatment. High vaccination rates not only prevent the spread of COVID-19, they also prevent new variants from developing.

To find a vaccine near you, visit Testing is available and free for all Kansans.

Bourbon County Commission Minutes of June 1


June 1, 2021                                                                    Tuesday 9:00 am


The Bourbon County Commission met in open session with all three Commissioners, the County Counselor and the County Clerk present.


Also present were the following, (some were present for a portion of the meeting and some were present for the entire meeting), Susan Bancroft, Bill Martin, Ben Cole, Mr. & Mrs. Clint Walker and Mark McCoy.


Clifton made a motion to approve the minutes from the May 25th & May 27th Commission meeting, Jim seconded and all approved and signed the minutes.


Road & Bridge supervisor Eric Bailey met with the Commissioners, he reported they did some ditching and opened the tubes at 195th & Hackberry.


Eric reminded the Commissioners of the MSHAW training from Wednesday – Friday this week.


Eric said they pulled the shoulders near 250th & Arrowhead.


Eric said the F750 truck they are purchasing is ready and they will be picking it up next week.


Eric said the a/c is out of the Mack truck, but is still under warranty.  The Freightliner is at Inland for repairs for the bushings.  Eric said all the tractors are operating and mowing the sides of the roads.


Eric said he and Susan Bancroft had met with Don George and the paperwork had been sent off regarding the CFAP grant for possible dam repairs at Elm Creek Lake.  Lynne said they can use the Federal money for the matching portion of the grant to fix the dam.


Jayhawk Wind update:  Eric said they are battling moisture due the recent rains.  They ditched an area at 60th & Birch where water had been standing.  Weather permitting, Jayhawk Wind will be trenching this week on private property.  Jim Harris said it might be possible for Jayhawk Wind to put excess dirt north of the Laroche Ballpark.


Rebecca Johnson with SEK Multi County Health Department met with the Commissioners to present the 2022 budget; she requested $90,750 (the same amount as was granted for the 2021 budget).  Along with their normal duties, they have been dealing with COVID-19 issues, such as case investigations, contact tracing, COVID phone calls, quarantine letters, provided COVID public guidance, provided COVID recovery, mask education & distribution, distributed hand sanitizer, assisted with long term care and school reopening, provided COVID vaccines, as well as much more.


Bourbon County Clerk & Election Officer, Kendell Mason met with the Commissioners to present her 2022 budget requests; $111,917 was requested for the Clerk’s office and $86,900 for the Election office, both are the same as was granted for the 2021 budget.


Lynne made a motion to amend the agenda to hold an executive session for non-elected personnel, Clifton seconded and all approved.


Lynne made a motion to have a 7-minute executive session for KSA 75-4319(b) (1) to discuss personnel matters of individual non-elected personnel to protect their privacy regarding three specific employees, their titles and their job functions, the Commissioners will hold the session in the Commission room and will return to open session in the Commission room at 9:24, Clifton seconded and all approved, (the session included the Commissioners, Justin Meeks and Susan Bancroft).  At 9:26, Lynne made a motion to come out of executive session, Jim seconded and all approved.


Elected official Comments:  Bill Martin and Ben Cole met with the Commissioners, Bill said last week the US Marshalls, KBI, Homeland Security, the Sheriff’s department, Police department and the Correctional Center did a sweep of registered sexual offenders.  The US Marshall will be paying for the overtime for the Sheriff and Police department, they will offset expenses for supplies and the Sheriffs office was able to buy a computer, scanner, printer and camera and the US Marshall will reimburse the County for these items.  Bill said this was a successful event.  The met with 58 sex offenders to make sure they were in compliance.  Ben said they needed approval from the Commissioners to pay the overtime rate which will be reimbursed, Lynne said that payroll needed the information from the Sheriffs office for the hours.


Justin Meeks discussed the tax sale; he said anything received back by the end of this week will be part of the 1st tax sale which might be in August and there will be a second sale in December.  Justin said he had a couple of meetings regarding Windfarm issues and will bring those issues to the Commissioners at a later date.  Justin briefly discussed the KDOT road (near the Laroche Ballpark), Justin said he assumed that if the County takes over this road, then the County would take care of this road (maintenance) in the future.  Justin said he and Susan Bancroft would be working on EMS issues.


Susan Bancroft had nothing to report to the Commissioners.


Public Comment:  Mark McCoy (regarding the Highway 69 Corridor Plan) said he believed eventually there would be four lanes from KC to I44.  Mark said he had read Facebook comments regarding the BEDCO funds and the grant process for these funds; he said when Rob Herrington met with the Commissioners, he said those funds would be used throughout the County.  The applications for requested funds will be turned into Rob and said the Commissioners discussed doing a 50/50 grant.  He said there was a comment about the Marmaton Massacre event at Gunn Park being moved to a later date, Mark said this was moved to September due to the heat.  Mark said what is on the radio and in the newspaper may not be 100% accurate and said Facebook and Twitter is opinion.  Mark suggested anyone with questions or concerns or wanting clarification on what the funds could be used for regarding the BEDCO grant listen to the Commission meeting when Rob Herrington met with the Commissioners.  Mark said he felt that sharing services with all the cities and BEDCO is the right thing to do.  Mark discussed the new activities/businesses in or coming to this area, such as roller skating, ax throwing and the new barbershop.  Lynne said Uniontown had two new businesses and said the Bronson Meat Locker was talking about expanding.


Clint Walker asked if the PILOT money from the Windfarm had been received and asked how much the County is scheduled to receive; Lynne said the County has received $405,000 for this year and will receive $365,000 for the next 9 years.


At 9:45, Clifton made a motion to adjourn, Jim seconded and all approved.




(ss) Lynne Oharah, Chairman

(ss) Jim Harris, Commissioner

(ss) Clifton Beth, Commissioner



Kendell Mason, Bourbon County Clerk

June 8, 2021, Approved Date