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Chamber Coffee at The Keyhold Thursday at 8 a.m.

Join us for the weekly Chamber Coffee!

Hosted By
Keyhole Youth Center
at Keyhole Youth Center, 1002 S. Main St.
Thursday June 7, 2018
Click here for the Keyhole Youth Center’s Facebook page.
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:
June 14th – The Lavender Patch Farm
June 21st – BEACON Food Pantry
June 28th – Skitch’s Inc.
July 5th  – No Coffee

Volkswagon Settlement Comments Needed


KDHE Posts Overview of Plan and Invites Comments for VW Settlement

Comment period runs from June 1 – July 2


TOPEKA – Beginning today, Friday, June 1, the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) will post online the Kansas Plan for the Volkswagen Environmental Mitigation Trust and will collect comments on the content through July 2. The trust was created pursuant to the 2016 U.S. Department of Justice partial consent decree to settle claims against the automaker Volkswagen. As part of the settlement, Volkswagen is required to allocate $2.7 billion toward an Environmental Mitigation Trust to fund diesel emission reduction projects.


In 2017, KDHE was designated as the lead agency to act on behalf of the trust for the state of Kansas. This includes distributing funds totaling more than $15 million, which may be used on eligible projects ranging from the replacement of older diesel-fueled equipment to the purchase and installation of electric vehicle charging stations.


To view the plan and for more information about the Volkswagen Environmental Mitigation Trust, visit To submit comments via email, send to Comments must be received by July 2.

FSCC Graduations May 18

FSCC President Alysia Johnston with Shelbie Hutchinson, Outstanding Sophomore for 2018.

FSCC Graduation Time

Fort Scott Community College will hold two graduations this Friday, May 18th.

Associate of Arts, Associate of Applied Science, and Certificate students will have their ceremony at 9:00 a.m. and Associate of General Studies and Associate of Science students will have their ceremony at  noon in the Ellis Fine Arts building.

There are approximately 200 students graduating between the two sessions.

During graduation, a few outstanding individuals will be recognized for their prestigious work over the years.

FSCC will recognize three Fort Scott natives, John M. Laflen, class of 1956, Dawn M. Reed, class of 2002, and Shelbie Hutchinson, class of 2018.

John Laflen and Dawn Reed are being recognized as this year’s Outstanding Alumni and Shelbie Hutchinson is being recognized as this year’s Outstanding Sophomore.

The banquet for Outstanding Alumni will be held between graduations at 10:30 a.m. in the Ellis Fine Arts meeting rooms.

For more information regarding graduation, please contact Courtney Metcalf at 620.223.2700 ext. 3580 or Taylor Wade at ext. 3560.

Educational Tour of Circus Grounds Offered To Local Schools

Carson and Barnes Circus would like to announce a special educational opportunity for children of all ages to experience the magic of the circus May 18 and to meet our special animal friends up close and personal. All participating schools are in for a unique circus day adventure.
Participating classes’ (students) will engage in an enchanting tour of our menagerie; plus, an educational program about our Asian Elephants. This is available to all students even if they do not have the opportunity to attend one of our performances. We believe that this is a chance to expose children to a unique culture in a world of wonder.
Your group will be greeted on the circus grounds by one of our staff members and led through our animal menagerie. What an incredible opportunity to learn about magnificent endangered creatures! We also have a special treat in store for the children; a surprise visit from some of our young entertainers who will perform a short skit. We will reveal our newest creatures at the show to all the kids who come back!
This exciting opportunity is available for all students and staff with absolutely no cost to anyone. You provide the transportation to the grounds and we provide the activities. The activities will start at 11:00 a.m. the morning the show arrives. This experience has been a huge success in the past and is always a very exciting and fun adventure for the adults and children. Schools have even brought sack lunches and had a picnic after the tour. Our portion of the event will last about 30 minutes but you are welcome to stay as long as you like and gaze upon the magnificent set up of the circus tent.
If you wish for your school (classroom) to participate in this once in a lifetime event, please provide the requested information below and fax to (580)-326-7466 or email to Once we receive your information we will contact you to confirm your reservation. If you have any question or concerns please feel free to contact our Advance Promotions Coordinator, Kelsey Winship @ 580 326-2233.
School Name: ______________________________________________________
Contact Person: ______________________________________________________
Contact Phone Number: ______________________________________________________
Approximate # of Children Attending: ______________________________________________________
Approximate # of Adults Attending: _____________________________________________________________
The City your School Resides In:

Mercy Hospital Auxiliary will host the Flash Sale (formerly known as Books are Fun Sale) on Thursday, April 26 from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Friday, April 27 from 7 a.m. – 2 p.m. in the Mercy Hospital main lobby.

The sale is the perfect opportunity to purchase gifts for special occasions, holidays and even graduation.

The two-day fundraising event will feature hundreds of books for all ages at exceptional savings. Softback, hardback, and even coffee table books are available for purchase. Also for sale are stationary, music, home décor and items for the kitchen. Visa, MasterCard, Discover, and American Express are accepted. Mercy co-workers have a payroll deduction option, too.

The Mercy Hospital Auxiliary is a volunteer organization that raises money to benefit the hospital and provides scholarships for a nursing student at Fort Scott Community College.

Over the years, Mercy Auxiliary has donated over $900,000 to Mercy Hospital for state-of-the-art equipment, supplies and upgrading of services for the patients’ benefit through vending machine sales, proceeds of sales in the Mercy Market Place gift shop, and other specialty sales. Collectively, auxiliary members volunteer the equivalent of almost 6 full-time co-workers in hours of service each year to the hospital.

Civil War Dance This Saturday

Courtesty photo by Dee Young.

The Friends of Fort Scott National Historic Site cordially invite you to the Civil War Camp Dance, during Civil War Living History Weekend at Fort Scott National Historic site, Saturday, April 21, 2018.
The Camp Dance will be held at historic Memorial Hall.1 E 3rd Street, Fort Scott, from 7 to 10 p.m.
Doors open at 6:30 p.m.
1800’s period music will be used.

Dress: Come dressed in 1860s Civil War/western/pioneer attire.
Long trains, spike heels, hobnails/heel-plates, spurs/swords/side-arms, pipes/cigars/chewing tobacco, and liquor are prohibited.

Refreshments: cookies, punch, and cold water will be served.

Tickets: $5 per person at the door

All proceeds go to the Friends of Fort Scott National Historic Site.
For Information concerning the Civil War Living History Weekend at
Fort Scott National Historic Site go to

For dance information contact Dee at 913-557-1632 or 913-269-1632  or

NOTE: This event is NOT SPONSORED by Fort Scott National Historic Site or the Volunteers of FSNHS.
Dancing was enjoyed by almost everyone in America during the Civil War –North and South, young and old, rich and poor, urban and rural, black and white, and in the camps, the soldiers danced with each other and no one thought it was strange.

In all times of adversity, you have to take a step back from your troubles.During the 1860s, dancing was one way to forget, at least for an evening, the “fiery trial” of the Civil War.
Come join us for an evening camp dance. All ages welcome.

The Bourbon County Commission Meeting Agenda April 4


Bourbon County Commission Room

2nd Floor, County Courthouse

210 S. National Avenue

Fort Scott, KS 66701

Date: April 4th, 2018

1st District-Lynne Oharah Minutes: Approved: _______________

2nd District-Jeff Fischer Corrected: _______________

3rd District-Nick Ruhl Adjourned at: _______________

County Clerk-Kendell Mason

11:00-12:00-Commissioners will be attending the Department Head Meeting

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