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Home Inventory Services Offered

Home Photo Inventory Services now provided by
Kelsie Nelson
Insurance claims, property distribution and more!
Kelsie Nelson
is now providing photographic home and business inventory services
Depending on the size of your house and the amount of property you’d like photographed and inventoried, the process takes between 1-3 hours. The photos are then downloaded onto a flash drive and returned to you. The rate for this process is $75.
(subject to change based on time required and number
of flash drives needed)
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Trailblazer Program Offered to Community Youth

Photo submitted by NPS.

“Hey Kids,” Come Explore Fort Scott National Historic Site as a “Trailblazer”

Fort Scott Kan. – Fort Scott National Historic Site is pleased to announce the 20th year of its fun-filled Trailblazers program. This program is open to youth ages 9-12 and will be held August 6 – 10. It will begin at 8:30 am and end at noon each day and there is no charge for the day camp. Registration will open June 17. To sign-up, contact Fort Scott National Historic Site at (620) 223-0310 or email with your name and phone number.

Trailblazers is a workshop to introduce children to the National Park Service and its mission of caring for the nation’s natural and cultural heritage. They will search for treasure in a mock archaeological dig, explore the prairie, and discover how we care for the buildings and artifacts of the fort. The students will participate in living history, be trained in flag protocol, and will work on a play that they will present at the end of the week.  Also, there will be activities to teach children how to use resources wisely.

Participants must be between 9 and 12 as of the beginning day of the camp. Participants will be sent an informational packet after registration is complete. Space is limited to 12 participants so priority will be given to youth who are first time attendees.

The National Park Service protects many of America’s most valuable natural and cultural resources and tells its’ most compelling stories. Many would argue, however, that America’s most treasured resource and its best hope for the future are its children.  This summer you are invited to introduce your child to the resources and stories of Fort Scott National Historic Site.

To find out more or become involved in activities at the Fort, please contact the park at 620-223-0310.


Bourbon County Commission June 11 Agenda: Evening Hours Scheduled


Bourbon County Commission Room

1st Floor, County Courthouse

210 S. National Avenue

Fort Scott, KS 66701


Date: June 11th, 2019

1st District-Lynne Oharah Minutes: Approved: _______________

2nd District-Jeff Fischer Corrected: _______________

3rd District-Nick Ruhl Adjourned at: _______________

County Clerk-Kendell Mason

1:00-1:30-County Disaster Declaration

1:30-1:40-Health Department

1:45-2:00-Lora Holdridge-Budget Question

2:00-2:30-Jody Hoener- Tabacco Cessation-Employee Policy

2:30-3:00-Jerad Heckman

3:00-3:30-Jacqie Spradling- Attorney Budget

3:30-4:15-Justin Meeks

3:30-3:40-Executive Session-Personnel matters of individual non-elected personnel

3:40-4:15-Executive Session-Privileged in the attorney-client relationship

4:15-4:30-Clerk and Election Budget

**Evening Commission Meeting: 5:30-7:30**

5:30-6:00-Jim Harris

Justifications for Executive Session:

          Personnel matters of individual non-elected personnel

          Consultation with an attorney for the body or agency which would be deemed privileged in the attorney-client relationship

          Matters relating to employer-employee negotiations whether or not in consultation with the representative(s) of the body or agency

          Confidential data relating to financial affairs or trade secrets of corporations, partnerships, trusts and individual proprietorships

          Preliminary discussions relating to the acquisition of real property

          Matters relating to the security of a public body or agency, public building or facility or the information system of a public body or agency, if the discussion of such matters at an open meeting would jeopardize the security of such public body, agency, building, facility or information system

City Office Closed May 27

The City of Fort Scott City Administrative Offices will be closed on Monday, May 27th, 2019 in observance of the Memorial Day holiday. The offices will reopen on Tuesday, May 28th, 2019.

The City’s tree and brush dump site located on North Hill will also be closed on Saturday, May 25th, 2019 for the Memorial Day holiday. It will be open again on Tuesday, May 28th, 2019 from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Post 25 Update

In the attached photo from L-R isMarvin Taylor, Executive Committee.Marri Krupco, 2nd District CommanderJake Campbell. Sergeant at ArmsMarilyn Gilmore, AdjutantJames Collins. ChaplainMyra Jowers. Service Officer/Judge Advocate.Earl Adams. Vice Commander.Carl Jowers. Commander.Roger “Skipper” Brown. Executive CommitteeDarrell Spencer. Finance Officer.Ken Lyon. Historian.

At the American Legion Post 25 General Membership meeting on Monday, May 6, 2019, three new members were read in:

  • Laverl Turley, USAF Veteran.
  • Vincent “Scott” Dorsey, USMC Veteran
  • Leslie Montee, USAF Veteran.

There were 27 members and guests in attendance at our General Membership meeting. This is a record attendance in my two years at Post 25.

The winner of the Marlin M1 was Chris Jones of WardKraft. The winning ticket was pulled by Chaplain James Collins.

May 9. Thursday. 6 pm. Post 25 Color Guard meets at Memorial Hall. Any Post 25 Legionnaires or SAL member can join the Post 25 Color Guard.

May 9. Thursday. 7 pm. Baseball meeting of all interested students, parents and Legion members. Five more players are needed to form the Fort Scott Post 25 American Legion Baseball team. Players must be between 15 and 19 and live in Fort Scott.

The installation of your Post 25 2019-20 Officers on May 7 was conducted by 2nd District Commander Marri Krupco.

The female Legionnaires receiving a license plate frame are (L-R)Myra Jowers. USAF, Deb Lust. Army, Marilyn Gilmore. USAF, Leslie Montee. USAF, Amanda Collins. Army, Jennifer Johnson. Army, Marri Krupco. Navy.


Post Commander Carl Jowers gave each female Legionnaire a customized license plate frame that showed their branch of service and the words “Women are Veterans Too.”  Commander Jowers believes that in today’s Legion, no Post can be successful if they do not recruit and retain female Veterans as members.



A close-up of the army vets frame.

There are three other female Legionnaires who could not attend last’s night’s meeting. They are Patsy Ferrell, Navy, Jessica Allison, Army and Faye Brown, Army. They will each receive a female Veterans license frame at a time and location convenient for them


Governor to honor fallen Kansas law enforcement officers


Governor directs flags to be lowered, will sign official proclamation


In recognition of the 37th annual Kansas Law Enforcement Memorial Ceremony on Friday, May 3 and National Peace Officers Memorial Day on Wednesday, May 15, Governor Laura Kelly has ordered flags throughout the State of Kansas to be flown at half-staff from sunup to sundown on both May 3 and May 15.


“Each year we recognize law enforcement officers for putting service above self to protect fellow Kansans,” Kelly said. “I have a deep appreciation for these officers and their families – and on behalf of the State of Kansas, thank them for their commitment.”


On Friday, Kelly will sign an official proclamation declaring May 3 as “Kansas Law Enforcement Memorial Day.” In addition, H.J. Res. 730, P.L. 87-726 designates May 15 of each year as National Peace Officers Memorial Day in honor of federal, state and local officers killed or disabled in the line of duty.


Fort Coordinates Prescribed Fire

Nearly Five Acres Successfully Treated with Prescribed Fire at Fort Scott National Historic Site


Fort Scott Kan. – Yesterday, Park managers at Fort Scott National Historic Site, in coordination with Fire Managers at the US Fish and Wildlife Service from Marais des Cygnes National Wildlife Refuge, successfully treated five acres with prescribed (Rx) fire in the park’s restored tallgrass prairie.

“We are pleased with the outcome and professional manner in which the Rx burn was conducted,” said Betty Boyko, Superintendent, Fort Scott National Historic Site. “These prescribed fires, reduce the fuel load, suppress the invasive woody plants and cool season grasses, and stimulate native plants.”

The park will begin rotating the burn cycle between seasons to maintain plant diversity as this more closely approximates the natural fire regime in Eastern Kansas where lightning-ignited fires occurred most frequently during the dry summer months (July and August) and Native Americans burned most extensively in the late fall, particularly October.

Prescribed fires play on important role in the ecosystem. However, spot treatments and manual pulling are still necessary. To find out more on how to become involved, please contact the park at 620-223-0310.

Effort To Create Labor Market

The State of Kansas Joins The Skillful State Network


Topeka, Kan. – Kansas has joined The Skillful State Network, a Markle Foundation initiative.

Governor Laura Kelly, along with the governors of California, Connecticut, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, and Pennsylvania have joined the founding states in the Network’s efforts to create a labor market in which skills learned anywhere are valued and people can rapidly and affordably access the information and training needed for good jobs in the digital economy. Entering its second year, the Skillful State Network fosters collaboration among innovative governors from states large and small, coast to coast and across the political spectrum. The governors in the Skillful State Network have made workforce development a state priority and are committed to acting on proven practices that enable their residents and employers to thrive.

“This is important moment of change for the Kansas economy,” Governor Kelly said. “We must work together to ensure workers have the skills they need to compete in a modern, digital economy. I look forward to collaborating with the Skillful State Network and partner states to transform our labor market and grow our economy.”

“The Skillful State Network acts on the urgent need for leadership to bring the talent of Americans into the rapidly changing digital economy. Governors are joining together to break down the barriers keeping too many people from finding good careers,” said Zoë Baird, CEO and President of the Markle Foundation. “With bipartisan gubernatorial leadership from 26 states across the country, we are giving people greater power in the labor market to pursue rewarding careers.”

The Skillful State Network launched in 2018 to drive transition to labor markets in which skills are valued as well as degrees, and people can access the tools and build the skills necessary to thrive in today’s digital economy. Members share innovative ideas and proven practices each can adopt to achieve workforce goals and growth, for example, effectively aligning education with industry; providing robust data on skills needed to jobseekers; and training employers on skills-based practices to find talent from other sectors or with informal training. The Network is enabling a systems-level change in the labor market.


Skillful State Network Members
Arkansas Gov. Hutchinson
California Gov. Newsom
Colorado Gov. Polis
Connecticut Gov. Lamont
Delaware Gov. Carney
Illinois Gov. Pritzker
Indiana Gov. Holcomb
Kansas Gov. Kelly
Kentucky Gov. Bevins
Massachusetts Gov. Baker
Michigan Gov. Whitmer
Minnesota Gov. Walz
Missouri Gov. Parson
Montana Gov. Bullock
New Jersey Gov. Murphy
North Carolina Gov. Cooper
North Dakota Gov. Burgum
Ohio Gov. DeWine
Pennsylvania Gov. Wolf
Rhode Island Gov. Raimondo
Tennessee Gov. Lee
Utah Gov. Herbert
Vermont Gov. Scott
Virginia Gov. Northam
Washington Gov. Inslee
Wisconsin Gov. Evers
For more information about member state
involvement, quotes from the
governors and examples of workforce
initiatives, please visit here.


The Network is grounded in Skillful’s work in Colorado and Indiana, where Skillful works directly to align the efforts of the state, employers, educators, and local workforce boards behind a mutually reinforcing strategy. Drawing on its on-the-ground operations, Skillful produced the Skillful State Playbook, a step-by-step guide to help states build a skills-based labor market, which includes tools and resources for implementation. One signature initiative currently operating in Colorado and Indiana, the Skillful Coaching Corps (SCC), is an upskilling program for career coaches. Applying tools and training from the Corps, coaches are better equipped to help job seekers and incumbent workers learn what skills are in demand and how to demonstrate or obtain those skills. The Skillful State Network continues to draw key learnings and practices from Skillful Colorado and Skillful Indiana, and supports transformation at a scale and pace not possible through individual state actions alone.

“We are thrilled to welcome the eight new member states to the Skillful State Network, as well as the newly elected governors from founding member states Colorado, Ohio, Tennessee, Illinois, and Wisconsin. The importance of this issue and the value of the Network transcends changes in administration and even party,” said Beth Cobert, CEO of Skillful. “Workforce development is a nonpartisan issue as every state confronts helping workers transition to digital economy jobs. These new voices will strengthen this already forward-thinking group in this our second year.”

Network members will continue to share assets, foster partnerships, and hone methods of engagement within their labor markets. The free and public availability of the Skillful State Playbook supports the open sharing of key learnings and practices. Skillful State Network members may draw from and contribute tools to the Playbook.

All interested states are invited to join the Network by contacting Skillful CEO Beth Cobert at, (212) 713-7633.

Download the Skillful State Playbook here.

Find more information about Skillful here.


About Skillful

Skillful, a non-profit initiative of the Markle Foundation, is dedicated to enabling all Americans – particularly those without a four-year college degree – to secure good jobs in a changing economy. Skillful, in partnership with Microsoft, is developing skills-based training and employment practices in collaboration with state governments, local employers, educators and workforce development organizations. With its partners, Skillful is working to create a labor market in which skills are valued, and people can more easily access the information and education they need to keep pace with technology’s impact on work. Skillful currently operates in two states, Skillful Colorado and Skillful Indiana, bringing investment, training, tools and innovative methods to augment local workforce development efforts. It formed and facilitates the Skillful State Network, a collaboration among 26 state governors to accelerate the development and deployment of effective skills-based practices to transform their labor markets. Skillful is grateful for support provided by Lumina Foundation and Walmart, and its partnerships with the states of Colorado and Indiana, Purdue University and Purdue Extensions and many great local organizations committed to strengthening their local workforce and creating better opportunities for all.

About The Markle Foundation

The Markle Foundation works to realize the potential of technology to achieve breakthroughs in addressing some of the nation’s most pressing issues. Markle challenges itself and diverse partners to deploy their varied expertise to identify solutions and achieve systemic change. Today as advanced technology and automation change the very nature of work, Markle’s priority is advancing solutions toward a skills-based labor market that will enable Americans to transition to the opportunities of the digital economy. Markle’s workforce initiatives include Skillful and the Rework America Task Force. They follow Markle’s success in creating policy and technology architecture that has enabled improvements in healthcare, national security and access to the Internet. For more information, visit, follow @MarkleFdn and @ReworkAmerica on Twitter, and read our book, America’s Moment.



Ryan Brinker

Public Information Officer


Kansas Department of Commerce

1000 SW Jackson St. Ste. 100

Topeka, KS 66612-1354

Phone: 785-296-4931

Cell: 785-276-9723

Fort Scott High School National Forensic Qualifiers

2018-2019 National Qualifiers to compete in Dallas, Texas in June!

Hunter Adamson and Zoe Self – 1st in DUO
Zoe Self – 1st in International Extemp
Mark Adams – 1st in Lincoln Douglas Debate and 
Mark Adams – 2nd in United States Extemp
Elizabeth Ngatia – 1st in Program Oral Interp
Madi Toth – 1st in Program Oral Interp
Neil Gugnani and Shekhar Gugnani – 2nd in Public Forum Debate
Rebekah Sweyko – 1st in United States Extemp
Jonie Antonio – Student Congress Representative

We also had many students who made it to finals round!
Those competitors are:
Jade Russell and Jorden Willard placed 4th in Public Forum Debate
Audra McFarland and Karina Kantilal placed 4th in DUO
Shekhar Gugnani placed 4th in International Extemp
Jade Russell place 6th place in International Extemp
Landon Doherty placed 4th in Lincoln Douglas Debate
Karina Kantilal placed 5th in Program Oral Interp

The students who made it to semi-finals in addition to those listed above are:
Takia Page in United States Extemp
Reaghn Dowell in International Extemp

Way to go TIGERS!!!
2 parts down, 1 to go!

Submitted by Angella Curran

Hedgehog.INK Happenings For April

April 1, 2019

Dont be a fool.

Do be cool!

Kick off National

Poetry Month,

Stop by the bookstore to pick up an entry for the

Hedgehog poetry contest.

(National poetry month takes place each April and was introduced in 1996. Learn more by going to


April 4 1:00 p.m.

Author Talk and Book Signing

Learn more about Sally and her different styles of writing (including poetry).


April 13, 2019

Second Saturday Storytime

10:30 a.m.

With FSCC students


April 13, 2019

Author Talk and Book Signing

Pastor George Proctor

You read his column every Saturday in the Fort Scott Tribune.

See him in person at

Hedgehog.INK! on Saturday, April 13 at 2:00 p.m.

A community of books for the community

April 18, 2019

Pocket Poem Day

Bring a poem in your pocket and share

with Hedgehog.INK! It can be an original or one you have always loved.

(We will post the poems in our window. Must be suitable for all ages.)

25% off Poetry, Classics and Literature – all day

April 27-28

Civil War Weekend at Fort Scott National Historic Site

Check out our Civil War section with a number of recently added books.


April 30

Poetry contest entries due by 5:00 p.m.


May 7 6:00

Poetry Contest Reception

Winners Announced

Light Refreshments served

K-State Southwind District Selling Stock in Team

Carla Nemecek is Southwind District Director and agent.
Virginia Crossland-Macha, President of the Kansas State Fair Board, recognizes the importance of supporting youth agriculture education by making a donation to the Livestock Judging Team. She is pictured with Southwind District 4-H members Brody Nemecek, Jillian Keller, Macha , Clay Brillhart, and Haydon Schaff.

Submitted by: Carla Nemecek, Southwind Extension District Director


I have the privilege to coach the Southwind District 4-H Livestock Teams – Skillathon, Quiz Bowl, Meats and Livestock Judging. Working with youth who are the future of our agriculture community, and teaching basic livestock knowledge is often challenging and time-consuming. Well, the time-consuming part just got a little bigger (probably more than I am prepared for) and these kids are taking me on an adventure that requires a passport to travel over the “Big Pond.”

As you know, the Southwind Extension District 4-H Livestock Judging Team of Jillian Keller (Piqua), Brody Nemecek (Iola), Haydon Schaaf (Uniontown), and Clay Brillhart (Fort Scott) were named Reserve National Champions in January 2019 at the National Western 4-H Livestock Judging Contest in Denver, Colorado. In recognition as a winning team, they were awarded an invitation to compete internally at the Royal Highland Show in Scotland and at the Charleville Show in the Republic of Ireland, June 19-July 3, 2019. The contests are only a small piece of the international educational trip that will include agriculture seminars, tours and opportunities to enhance leadership skills and education through interaction with the citizens of the UK and Ireland.

In an effort to cover educational expenses, the Southwind team is selling “stock” in the livestock judging team. Individuals and businesses have the opportunity to invest in this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity by purchasing these shares from team members. Shares are being sold for $100 and investors will be invited to a shareholders meeting where they will enjoy dinner and see firsthand the return on their investments as the Southwind District 4-H Livestock Judging Team members share their travel experiences. Stock can be purchased for $100/share.

Giving options for the Southwind 4-H Livestock Judging Team

Sponsorship levels

  • 1 share
    • Invitation to Shareholders Meeting
    • Invitation to Shareholders Meeting & name/logo printed at Shareholders Meeting
    • Membership to the “Charleville Club” table at Shareholders Meeting & name/logo printed on the brochure at Shareholders Meeting
    • Membership to the “Royal Highland Club” table at Shareholders Meeting, name/logo printed on the brochure and team travel suppl

If you have questions about 4-H or would like to help our livestock judging team, please give me a call at 620-365-2242. The team and their parents would love to see you at our shareholders meeting in August!