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City/School 2017 Election Forum Oct. 26

Fort Scott Livestock Market is where the candidate forum will be located Oct. 26.

New council and board members are a possibility in the towns and schools in Bourbon County.

A candidate forum for the November 7 election is slated from 6-8 p.m., October 26, at Fort Scott Livestock Market, 2131 Maple Road. This forum is to let voters learn about the people who are running in the election for town and school positions.

The names of the candidates and the position for which they are candidates are as follows:

USD #234 School Board Positions: Geoff Southwell and David Stewart will vie for position four; Gary Billionis is unchallenged for position five; Jamie Armstrong is unchallenged for position six.

USD #235 School Board Positions: Brian Stewart for position four, Mike Mason for position five, and Tyler Martin for position six are all unchallenged.

Fort Scott Community College Board of Trustees: John Bartlesmeyer, Elizabeth Meyer, Tina Rockhold and Kevin Wagner are on the ballot. The three persons receiving the highest number of votes will be elected.

For the City Commission of Fort Scott, the two candidates receiving the most votes will receive a four-year term. The candidate receiving the third greatest number of votes will receive a two-year term. Those competing for the position are Cheryl  Adamson,  Carol MacArthur, JoLynne Mitchell, and Robert Nichols.

In the City of Bronson, the mayor and the two candidates for council that receives the most votes will receive a four-year term, the next three candidates for council that receives the most votes will receive a two-year term. Those running are Clearsia Botts, Geraldine Reeder, Charlotte Stewart, Kathaleen Stewart and Michael Stewart.

Alan Stewart and Lee Roy Whitcomb are running for mayor of Bronson.

For the mayor and council members of Fulton, Mapleton, and Uniontown, no candidates have filed for these positions.

When no candidates file for a position “it will be a write-in,” Bourbon County Clerk Kendall Mason said. “The most votes will win.”

In the City of Redfield, Clarence “Ed” Guss is running unopposed for mayor, while Michael Beerbower, Wilma Graham, Clarence “Ed” Guss, Kirby Martin, and Richard Smith have filed to run for council.

For the Southwind Extension District Board, Ethan Holly and Terri Williams have filed.

Patty LaRoche: The Greatest Tragedy

Thank you to all who took time to text, email, Facebook or stop me in person after reading my story of Quinton Robbins who died in the Las Vegas massacre. Quinton’s life had an incredible impact on those who knew him, and the outpouring of love brought tremendous comfort to his family and friends.

Every evening following the shooting, Quinton’s friends hung out at the Robbins’ house to share memories of how he had made them laugh, how he guilted them into paying for boat gas, even though he never gave that money to his dad (who actually filled the boat tank) and how he defended anyone being talked about behind their back.

One evening friends showed up with popcorn and an orange drink concoction because those were two of Quinton’s favorite snacks. My granddaughter, Britney, and her good friend from college purchased a wooden picture of deer antlers, signed it “Forever In Our Hearts” and had all of their friends autograph it—no messages, just names. Thirty of the closest friends organized a paper lantern send-off following the high school football team’s halftime tribute to Quinton. Nikki, my step-daughter, daily took food. One special gift was a huge basket filled with every possible snack, dips, gift cards to restaurants, and loads of Kleenex.

The theme of last week’s article was “This is a fallen world and bad things happen.” My friend texted me with a different perspective.

Was Quinton saved? Did he know Jesus as his personal Savior?

I read between her lines.

Had any of our relatives (or me) ever shared the truth of the gospel, even though it ran contrary to his family’s denominational beliefs? How did we impact Quentin’s life story?

My friend’s exact words were as follows: “Gun control may have its place, but Son control does not. Isn’t it time we stop trying to control Him and let Him be who He really is—Lord and Savior?”

She is right.

If you have time, please Google “Where Is God in the Midst of Tragedy? by Hope Church in Las Vegas,” a church which had several members impacted by the shooting. My grandson texted me after last Sunday’s service to tell me how he was touched by the sermon, so I listened on line to Pastor Vance’s message about the evil in this world. He concluded by saying that the cross of Jesus Christ is the greatest act of sin and injustice the world has ever witnessed…God clothed himself in humanity and we nailed Him on the cross.

“Yet God, in his sovereignty, has taken that moment of evil and has demonstrated love like no one has ever witnessed. In this life we may never have answers to this Las Vegas tragedy. But when we see God, we will see it differently.”

None of us are guaranteed enough breath even for today. If we know our friends’ passions for food and drink but not where they stand with Jesus, what becomes the end of their story?

And just as importantly, what becomes of ours?

Duffy Completes One Year

Dillon Duffy enjoys helping people and following a suggestion from a friend, he started a new career as an insurance agent on November 1, 2016 in Fort Scott.

A year ago Duffy, 26,  was a para-educator at Fort Scott Middle School.

The friend, Danny Brown, told him of an opportunity to try insurance as a career at H & H Insurance. Brown teaches at the middle school and is another agent with H & H Insurance.

“He said, Lyle Adcock wants to retire,” Duffy said. “I started coming in here (the office) and enjoyed helping people with personal service.”

Duffy learned ” the ropes” from Adcock, he said.

“He (Adcock) retired in December after turning it all over to me.”

“We are an independent agency,” Duffy said. “We sell All-State, Progressive, Bremen Farmers Mutual, Travelers, Cornerstone and a few others.”

His insurance office is under the auspices of H & H Agency.

Ron and Barbara Albright own H & H Agency, which also provides real estate and property management.

Ron Albright is the real estate broker/ agent, while  Barb Albright and Crystal Mason are real estate agents.  Kaitlyn Jessip is the office manager. Diana Endicott is the accountant for the group.

Duffy is engaged and will marry Abigail Keating next June.

He can be contacted at his office at 2 Old Fort Boulevard or 620-223-5293. Duffy’s cell phone number is 417-214-4282

Essence of Fort Scott

Fort Scott High School Photography and Advanced Placement Studio Art class students who entered the “What Makes Fort Scott Special To Me” photography contest are from left, front row: Addi Labbe, Berkley Chavis, Grace Keating, Aubry Terry and Ashton Nolan; second row: Ethan Burrell, Darby Toth, Chloe Studyvin, Kayley Reyes, Gabi Griffin, Lindsay Lundberg, Daryn Wiley, Hallie Grillot, and Montana LaRoche; back row: Lizzie Thurston, Mia Perry, Dalton Womeldorf, and FSHS Art Teacher Ellen Kendrick.
The poster in the lobby of the Ellis Fine Arts Center at Fort Scott Community College Thursday, including the list of all who participated in the contest at the bottom of the poster. The contest winners were announced during the weekly Fort Scott Chamber of Commerce Coffee at the Gordon Parks Museum.
Darby Toth stands in front of her first place winning  photo “Liberty and Justice For All.”
Grace Keating stands beneath her second place photo “Friday Night Lights.”
Daryn Wiley is photographed by Fort Scott High School Teacher Ellen Kendrick in front of her photo submission. Wiley was third place winner of the photography contest with “A Local Diner.”

The “What Makes Fort Scott Special To Me” photography contest was featured with a gallery of the contest submissions Thursday morning during the Fort Scott Chamber of Commerce weekly coffee.

Contestants were to capture the essence of Fort Scott in their photograph submission.

First place winner was Fort Scott High School student, Darby Toth, with her submission of “Liberty and Justice For All.”

Second place winner was FSHS student Grace Keating with her “Friday Night Lights.”

Third place winner was FSHS student Daryn Wiley with her “A Local Diner.”

The venue for the contest was the lobby of the Ellis Fine Arts Center on the campus of Fort Scott Community College.

Following the gallery showing, the chamber coffee attendees moved into the Gordon Parks Museum, located in the center.

Chamber members each week may tell of events in the community for $1 per event, with proceeds going to the Dolly the Trolley fund.

Fort Scott City Manager Dave Martin tells about the city’s recent purchase of seven acres adjacent to Gunn Park.
Penny Pollack Barnes tells about the TriYakAthon this Saturday at Gunn Park, starting at 8 a.m.
Craig Campbell tells about the DEA drug take-back event at the Convenient Care Center on National Avenue Oct. 28 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
First place photo contest winner Darby Toth, receives her prizes during the weekly coffee.

New Coordinator For TriYakAthon

Penny Pollack Barnes with daughter, Caroline, at Gunn Park last year. Pollack is taking over coordination duties from Frank Halsey, founder of the annual TriYakAthon, a multi-sport contest. Submitted photo.

Penny Pollack Barnes commented to Frank Halsey, organizer of the annual TriYakAthon at Gunn Park, that he ought to think about getting someone to help organize the event. This comment was in July at the annual bike race that Halsey initiated, called the Marmaton Masacre.

Halsey took her up on the offer.

Since August, Pollack has been helping to get sponsors for the event and getting t-shirts orders, she said.

“Frank does so much for the trails,” Pollack said. “He’s doing the dirty work. I’m doing logistics.”

Currently, Halsey is getting the trails marked for the event that starts at 8 a.m. this Saturday, Oct. 14.

Over the last several years, Halsey mapped out, then built the trails and continually maintains them. He is an avid mountain biker.

Pollack is a runner and has been involved with some of the events that Halsey has organized on the trails.

“I like the multi-sport aspect of the TriYakAthon,” Pollack said. “It’s a lot of fun.”

Registration starts at 8 a.m. for the 5th Annual TriYakAthon and the contest start time is 10 a.m.

There are 4 miles of running, 2.5 miles of Marmaton River kayaking, and 6.5 miles of cross-country mountain biking in the TriYakAthon.

Competitors can go solo for $35 or be part of a relay team for $60. Online registration deadline is Thursday, Oct. 12 at 5 p.m. To register, check out their Facebook page.

This year the proceeds from the event will go to a multi-sensory playground at Ellis Park, 1182 E. 12th Street, south of the middle school.

“It will be a special park that kids with disabilities will be able to use,” Pollack said.

The multi-sport event for the TriYakAthon involves running, kayaking and mountain biking. Photo taken from the event Facebook page.

Vienna Boys Choir to perform at Fort Scott Community College on November 12

Submitted by Fort Scott Community College

The famed Vienna Boys Choir will perform on Sunday, November 12, at 3 p.m. at the Danny and Willa Ellis Family Fine Arts Center on the campus of Fort Scott Community College.

Copyright: Lukas Beck

The performance is sponsored by the Key Charitable Trust, the Bourbon County Arts Council, Cheney-Witt Chapel, and Landmark Bank. Ticket prices are $15 for adults and $5 for students K-12.

VIP seating, the first five rows of the center section, has a ticket price of $25. All seats are reserved. Tickets will go on sale starting Monday, October 16.

No group of child musicians has won more renown than the incomparable Wiener Sängerknaben, founded by Emperor Maximilian I in 1498. Six centuries later, the famed Vienna Boys Choir continue to delight music-lovers across the globe with their purity of tone, distinctive charm and a diverse, crowd-pleasing repertoire that encompasses Austrian folk songs and waltzes, classical masterpieces, beloved pop songs, holiday favorites and medieval chant. Gifted musicians with voices of unforgettable beauty, they carry on the Vienna Boys Choir’s illustrious tradition as the world’s preeminent boy choir.

The Vienna Boys Choir is a world-class ensemble that is wildly popular. The Choir gives 80 concerts a year in North America, over half at near capacity or sold out. The Vienna Boys Choir presents timeless music with a universal popular appeal. With its broad repertoire of sacred, folk and popular music, a Vienna Boys Choir performance is a musical event that will draw in music lovers from all walks of life.

“This is a group of young performers who appeal to all ages,” said concert coordinator Jill Warford. “We hosted them in 2011 and they were very popular. We feel extremely grateful to our sponsors who provided enough funding so that we can offer affordable ticket prices to our community.”

Tickets will go on sale on Monday, October 16, at the Fort Scott Area Chamber of Commerce, 231 E. Wall, Fort Scott. For more information or to purchase tickets by phone call 223-3566.

Local Author, Local Story

Recently, Joyce Love has published a novella about life in the Fort Scott area at the turn of the last century.  But writing is nothing new to her.

In her years as the librarian at Eugene Ware Elementary School,  Love wrote skits and short stories for the library students, using puppets to act the stories out, she said.

She also wrote articles for the Fort Scott Tribune magazines “She” and “Ageless” and for her church denomination (Church of God) magazine, “The Gem.”

This summer, Love finished her first historical fiction novella, “A Kansas Sunset,” and will have a book signing from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Friday, Oct. 13 at Fort Scott Public Library.

The book is the story of a 17-year-old girl, circa 1901, who comes from Chicago and stays in Fort Scott before heading to Pawnee Station, southwest of Fort Scott. Scenes for the story were taken from newspaper articles she found during her research in the Genealogical Society library in the basement of Memorial Hall.

Some photos in the book were loaned to her by local historian Don Miller.

The book cover is a photo of a Kansas sunset she took and features her granddaughter, Adriana Love, daughter of Jason and Kelly Love.

Love and her husband, Bob, live on a farm near the site of the fictional story.

Love is also the author of a children’s  book completed this year, “The Three Little Pigs, Retold by Joyce Love.” That book will be featured in a children’s story time at the Fort Scott Public Library in the future.

Publishing books

Many aspiring book writers wonder about publishing their work.

Love chose to publish her books through Create Space, owned by Amazon.

“They print on demand,” she said. “I had an editor who formatted the book and I submitted it through Create Space. It’s available on Amazon and Kindle.”