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Uniontown Music Students Entertain The Community

A large crowd listened to Uniontown Junior/Senior High Band and Choir students perform the annual winter concert Friday evening.

The junior high choir is under the direction of music instructor Rhonda Allen.

The sixth-grade band, junior high band, and the high school choir are under the director of music instructor Neva Rowland.

Principal Mark Calvin welcomes the crowd that filled the Uniontown High School Gymnasium Friday evening for the junior/senior high winter music concert.
The sixth-grade band played “Hot Cross Buns”, “Merrily We Roll Along” and “Good King Wenceslas”.
The sixth-grade band is directed by the teacher, Neva Rowland.
Allison Chamberlin and Skyler Coulter play the drums accompanying the junior high choir performing “Wade In The Water.”
The junior high choir sing “Rise Up, Shepherd and Follow”, under the direction and accompanied by teacher Rhonda Allen.
Junior High Choir Teacher Rhonda Allen tells the audience how proud she is of the progress of the students.
The junior/senior high choir sing “Sleigh Ride” directed by teacher Neva Rowland and accompanied by teacher Rhonda Allen.
Donavan Beerbower and Emily Vallely perform solos during the song “Sing On! Dance On!” with the high school choir.
The senior high choir sing “Benedictus” directed by teacher Neva Rowland.
The junior high band play “Theme From the 1812 Overture.”
The junior high band play “A Classical Canon.”
Music teacher Neva Rowland gave some history of each of the music selections prior to the student’s performance
The high school band performs “At Mornings First Light.”
The high school band gets ready to perform “Trails Of Glory”.

KState Extension Office to Offer Winter Programs

Submitted by Christopher Petty

Southwind Extension District farmers and ranchers have learning opportunities available this winter.

Southwind Extension District Agent for Livestock Production and Forage Management, Christopher Petty, will be offering several programs of interest to farmers and ranchers in and around Bourbon, Allen and Neosho Counties during the upcoming winter months.

On February 13, beginning at 6 p.m. the Southwind and Wildcat Extension Districts will host a Winter Ranch Management Series meeting at the community building in Helper, Kan. Topics may include heifer selection, fall burning pastures for weed control, and bud box animal handling systems. Cost to attend will be $10 payable at the door.

On March 3, beginning at 3 p.m., the new K-State Research and Extension Sheep Specialist, Dr. Allison Crane, will be at the 4-H building in Fort Scott to meet with area sheep producers. She will discuss what Kansas State University offers by way of services to sheep producers. This program will be free to the public.

On April 4, the Southwind District will host a fescue meeting. We will discuss fescue endophytes, fertilization and other management considerations. This will be an evening program with the location to be determined and will feature Southeast Area Agronomist Doug Shoup, among others.

Additional tentatively scheduled programs include a January program featuring Kansas State University Poultry Specialist, Dr. Scott Beyer. Dr. Beyer will explain what it would look like to be a contract poultry grower, should a large poultry processing facility move into Kansas.

The longstanding coffee series meetings may also continue this winter. Come enjoy a free coffee, tea or pop, and learn about current ideas and happenings in the cattle industry. This brief, informal gathering is tentatively scheduled to take place this winter at the café located in the Southeast Kansas Stockyard in Gas, Kan.

These programs are in various stages of planning. To keep up to date with the most current details of these programs including the dates, times, locations and fees, check out the livestock link on the Southwind District website located at http://www.southwind.k-state.edu.

Mother to Mother Ministry Open House Dec. 19 And 20

Amanda Gilmore, assistant and  community relations representative of Mother to Mother Ministry, and Wilma Leach, director, show an information board they take when telling others about the ministry.

Mother to Mother Ministry, 728 Heylman, is hosting a public open house from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. December 19 and 20.

The open house is to showcase what Mother to Mother Ministry (MTMM) does in the community, Amanda Gilmore, assistant and community relations representative for the ministry, said.

“Stop in for some coffee, tea, and refreshments,” Gilmore said. “It’s a come and go meeting.”

Wilma Leach has been the director of the ministry since the 1990s and her comforting friendship has helped many mothers of children.

Gatherings of mothers of children and caregivers will begin January 9  and are scheduled for the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Topics of the meetings will be related to the family, said Gilmore.

Some of the services MTMM provides is parenting classes, friendship and support and “anything related to mothering and household management,” Gilmore said.

The ministry provides donated clothing for children.

All MTMM services are free.

New contact numbers for MTMM are 620-224-0809 and 620-215-0924.

The facility is located behind, and just north of Fort Scott Manor Nursing Home on Heylman.

MTMM is a United Way of Bourbon County agency and also has local supporters.

Information is posted on the door of Mother to Mother Ministry.



Patty LaRoche: The “Almost” Lifestyle

Several years ago, The Ad Council, the world’s leading producer of public service advertisements, produced a series of commercials for their “Don’t Almost Give” campaign. One such ad shows a homeless man curled up in a ball on a pile of rags. One ratty bed sheet shields him from the cold.

The narrator says, “This is Jack Thomas. Today someone almost brought Jack something to eat. Someone almost brought him to a shelter. And someone else almost brought him a warm blanket.” After a brief pause, the narrator continues: “And Jack Thomas? Well, he almost made it through the night.”


Does your vocabulary contain a few “Almosts”? Mine certainly does.

I “Almost” chose a celery stick over potato salad at last night’s potluck.

I “Almost” called my hurting friend, but didn’t because she’d irritate me by gabbing on for hours.

I “Almost” didn’t fold my arms and mumble when the lady in the grocery store express lane insisted the clerk take her 40 items instead of the 20 allowed.

I “Almost” complimented my pipe-cleaner-look-alike friend on her weight loss.

I “Almost” helped my husband clean out the garage yesterday.

Almost. Almost. Almost.

Unfortunately, not all Almosts are inconsequential. Some of you know what I mean.

You “Almost” read to your child at bedtime.

You “Almost” went an evening without a drink.

You “Almost” kept your promise to pray fervently.

You “Almost” rejected the porn sight on the computer last night.

You “Almost” stopped before sending an ugly text.

You “Almost” made Jesus the Lord of your life.

Socrates and Aristotle developed a word to describe this type of behavior: Akrasia.

Akrasia is the state of acting against your better judgment. It is when you do one thing even though you know you should do something else. From Genesis to Revelation, we learn of characters that were guilty. Adam and Eve. Noah. Moses. Abraham. Saul. David. Rarely do we meet a Biblical character who isn’t an “Almost” type guy.

Perhaps during this Christmas season, we all should be intentional not to demonstrate Akrasiastic behavior and instead, turn our “almosts” into actions.

Next week I will post some ways we can do that very thing, to honor Christ as central to our life story, to bless others and, in return, receive the greatest blessing of all.

New “Tiny” Houses In Production

New construction is going on at the corner of 6th and Lowman Streets.

Business owner Mike Rogers is hoping his new venture is good for the community.

The venture is building four small rental houses at the corner of 6th and Lowman Streets.

The houses might not be considered tiny, but with each at 782 square feet,  they are small.

People just starting out or people at the other end of the spectrum, ” Those looking for a more efficient lifestyle,” Rory Chaplin, the coordinator with 3RK, said.

“They are not big,” Rogers said. “They are the size of an apartment. They’ll have 36-inch doors, so they are wheelchair accessible. They have no steps.”

There will be 18 feet between houses, which allows for a small yard with a privacy fence. Each house will have two designated parking spaces.

Construction began about a month ago on the project. The summer of 2018 is the expected availability dates for the rentals.

Rogers new business, 3RK, is building and managing rental houses.

He also owns R2 Concrete, which is doing all the concrete work for the project. In addition, he is sub-contracting parts of the project to Geiger Plumbing, Jeff Allen Electric, and Casper Enterprises, Rogers said.

“We may have other businesses involved, as well,” Chaplin said.

The amount of rent to be charged per unit is undetermined at this time, he said.



FSHS Ensemble Spreads Christmas Cheer


Pastor Dusty Drake leads the attendees of Monday’s Community Christian Church Christmas luncheon in applause in recognition of Fort Scott High School Music Teacher Meredith Reid at the conclusion of the student’s performance.

Fort Scott High School Select Ensemble entertained guests of Community Christian Church’s annual Christmas luncheon December 11.

The ensemble is under the direction of Meredith Reid, music instructor at FSHS, and is accompanied on piano by Pat Harry, a retired music teacher.

“Mrs. Harry is the former FSHS choir director who built up the choir to immense proportion,” Reid said.

Eighteen students from sophomore to seniors were selected for this group of 18 members

The performance at the church is leading up to the music department’s  big fundraiser for the year this Sunday at 3 p.m. at the high school. Money raised goes to purchase music,  outfits, travel, and clinicians, Reid said.

Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students k-12 grade, and there will be refreshments following.

The school auditorium will be decorated by Ellen Kendrick’s art students.

Reid’s dad, Dan Duling, will be performing also during the fundraiser Sunday afternoon. He is in a band called Stone Country that includes Shana Lynette Stone, Rick Duling, Jason Richison and Jeff Culver.

“My dad’s band is doing this for free,” Reid said.

Reid said the student singers love to perform and she sees going out to the public as a way to give back to the community.

In addition, “The kids love getting out of class and today they get to eat,” Reid said with a smile.

The church provided a lunch of soups, sandwiches, appetizers, desserts, and drinks to the students and members of their congregation and invited guests.

The church sanctuary was transformed into the dining area for the annual Christmas luncheon provided by the staff.

A Christmas luncheon is an annual event where the church staff provides food for the congregation.

Members of the staff are Pastor Dusty Drake, Children’s Minister Paul Martin, Youth Pastor Ian Johnson, Pastoral Care and Women’s Minister Marcy Reynolds, and church secretaries Jamie Beckham and Jennifer Addington.


Facing camera: Luke Martin, Gunnar Brown, Aaron Emery, Tyson Bolden,  and Micah Self singing “Mary Sat A-Rockin'” by Greg Gilpin, under the direction of music instructor Meredith Reid.
Morgan Rohr and Micah Self singing “Baby It’s Cold Outside”.
Marissa Allen, Katie Button, Missie Woolsey, Miriam Mix, and Aztreia Milton singing “Frosty the Snowman”, under the direction of Meredith Reid.
Marissa Allen, Katie Button, Aztreia Milton, Miriam Mix, Missie Woolsey, Morgan Rohr, Addy Labbe, Lane Bohlken, and Sam Racy singing “Let It Snow.”
Sam Racy and Lane Bohlken singing “Mary Did You Know” arranged by Pat Harry.
Pastor Dusty Drake, center left, speaks to the attendees of the annual church open house Monday prior to the ensemble performance. From left: Levi Bin, Luke Martin, John Gauthier, Greg Lorenz, Gunnar Brown, Aaron Emery, Tyson Bolden, Micah Self and Meredith Reid, the ensemble director.
John Gauthier, Levi Bin, and Greg Lorenz singing “We Three Kings” arranged by Pat Harry.
Levi Bin, Luke Martin, John Gauthier, Greg Lorenz, Gunnar Brown, Aaron Emery, Tyson Bolden, and Micah Self singing “The Virgin Mary Had a Baby Boy” arranged by Pat Harry, under the direction of music instructor Meredith Reid.
From left (back row) Miriam Mix, Aztreia Milton, Morgan Rohr, Addy Labbe (front row) Marissa Allen, Lane Bohlken, Sam Racy (boys L to R) Levi Bin, Luke Martin, Greg Lorenz, Aaron Emery, Tyson Bolden, and Micah Self singing “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” arranged by Mac Huff, under the direction of music instructor Meredith Reid.
Students and teacher watch fellow ensemble members perform from the side of the stage at Community Christian Church.
The Fort Scott High School Select Ensemble entertain Community Christian Church members and guests.


Werling Tells Story Of Why Reinhardt Cried

Cathy Werling reads the story of unsung hero Ken Reinhardt Saturday at the Lowell Milken Center for Unsung Heroes.

Cathy Werling read her story entitled “Why Did Grandpa Cry” to an audience of children and adults December 9 at the Lowell Milken Center.

The public reading and signing of books was an event to showcase the first in a series of children’s books that Werling will write, highlighting unsung heroes in history.

Werling said the first story is about black students who tried to go to a white school and were treated badly, except by two white students.

The story is told through the eyes of the granddaughter of one of the white students, decades later.

Following the reading by Werling, she signed books for those who purchased them and a drawing for prizes took place.

Cathy Werling signs Macie Stephan’s copy of “Why Did Grandpa Cry?”

Werling’s book tells the story of Ken Reinhardt, during the U.S. Civil Rights Movement in the 1950s on a level that children can understand.

Reinhardt is an unsung hero whose story is featured at the Lowell Milken Center for Unsung Heroes in downtown Fort Scott.

Pictured are, from left Mayla, Davina, Ansley, and Tabor Foster, the children of David Foster. They are standing in front of the display of the unfolding story of unsung hero Reinhardt at the Lowell Milken Center.  David Foster is the farthest right in the upper photo.

Attending the event were the children of David Foster, one of the Uniontown High School history students who discovered the story of Reinhardt for a class project. They sat quietly, intently listening to Werling tell the story.

“Why Did Grandpa Cry” is the first of 12 children’s books about unsung heroes that will come through the Lowell Milken Center.

“The next story is about a dog named Stubby,” Werling told the audience. “A soldier took care of Stubby, then Stubby became a hero.”