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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

Arby’s Canopy On S. Main

Arby’s Training Coordinator Debbie Smith, middle, and District Manager Debbie Cardwell, right, help Chelsey Mills, Fort Scott, apply for a position at the canopy on Main Street Monday morning.

Arby’s personnel have set up a canopy in front of their restaurant at 2101 S. Main to attract people who might be interested in working there.

“We don’t have access to the building yet,” said Debbie Cardwell, Arby’s District Manager from Carthage, Mo. “This gives us a  little more traffic.”

The building renovation is nearing completion, with a goal of September 24 to be opened, said Debbie Smith, Arby’s Training Coordinator from Joplin, Mo.

All crew positions are open, Cardwell said.

“We’ll be out here Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays from 8 a.m. to noon…until we have access to the building,” Cardwell said.

Interested people are invited to stop by to apply for the positions.

Debby Smith and Debbie Cardwell, Arby’s personnel from Missouri, visit with prospective employee Chelsey Mills, Fort Scott, when she stopped by the Arby’s canopy on South Main Street on Monday.

Liquor By The Drink: On The November Ballot in Bourbon County

Barbara and Bryan Ritter chat before Bryan spoke at the 2018 Candidate’s Forum July 31, about changing the liquor by the drink law in Bourbon County.

Bryan Ritter, the brewer of Boiler Room Brewhaus Microbrewery, who along with wife, Barbara, run the establishment, lobbied for a change in local law, so they won’t have to have 30 percent of their profit in food sales at the microbrewery.

The question will be put to the public on November 6 in Bourbon County.

This map shows the current counties that allow liquor by the drink in Kansas. Bourbon County is one of the medium-pink shaded counties on this map that require 30 percent of business sales must be from food. The map was provided by the Ritters to FortScott.Biz.

These are the comments Ritter made at the forum:

“As a business owner and a citizen of Bourbon County I’m here today to ask for your support and a yes vote in November,” he said. “By voting yes, you are voting in support of new business and new visitors to our great city and county.”

” My wife and I own and operate the new microbrewery in town, let me quickly tell you about two of our customers.  Jim, who has been traveling to our area for many years, has always stayed in Nevada, once he heard that there was a microbrewery in Fort Scott he now stays at the Sleep Inn.”

“Another customer drove over a 100 miles just to visit our microbrewery,” Ritter told the candidate forum audience. “He suggested that for us to comply with the dated law we should sell a hot dog with every beer. ”

“Over 30% of the counties in Kansas have already done away with this dated law and with your support so will Bourbon County.”

” Let’s change the narrative from ‘here’s your hot dog that comes with a beer’ to ‘here’s your beer would you like a hotdog’?   We make great craft beer and we don’t want to make food,  your yes vote will help support us,  Fort Scott and Bourbon County.”

Fort Scott Munitions Responsible For Loud Explosion This A.M.

The loud explosion heard this morning in Fort Scott is not a cause for alarm, according to the Fort Scott Police Department.

“What I  know is Fort Scott Munitions is testing some stuff,” Tracy Reed, FSPD Communications Manager said at 9:45 a.m.

Robbie Forester, president of Fort Scott Munitions is making a YouTube video with Hank Strange this morning, according to Steven Kalm, retail manager with FS Munitions.

“They shot about 52 pounds of tannerite,” he said. “It makes a pretty good bang.” The explosion took place southwest of Fort Scott, according to Kalm.

Strange is a YouTube personality who reviews guns.