Sleep Inn Give-a-Way

It’s time for another give a way here at In appreciation to our readers, we have partnered with Sleep Inn & Suites to offer one free night stay (valid only in Fort Scott). is always looking for more readers to tell about the news and events going on in Fort Scott and the surrounding areas! So…….   we are giving away another prize to one subscriber!  To sign up, all you have to do is to subscribe!  <– Click there or you can click to the “subscribe” button on the right  –>

The contest begins today and we will choose a random winner on Monday, November 24th. Just in time for family coming into town for Thanksgiving. Here are the rules:

  • You have to be subscribed to the list to enter. That means you’ll need to type in your email address and then confirm the subscription.
  • You can enter from this link or using the form on the right hand side of the page.
  • You’ll need to come to Fort Scott to claim the prize. If you live in Alaska, this might not be cost effective for you.
  • The winner will be announced and have their picture posted to the site. This probably isn’t a good contest for people in the witness protection program.
  • If you are under 18, you’ll need a guardian to accept it on your behalf.

Sleep Inn & Suites Grand Opening

Fort Scott, KS — On November 5th, about 70 community members showed their support for the newly opened Sleep Inn & Suites in Fort Scott.

The Chamber held a ribbon cutting ceremony and many of Fort Scott and Bourbon County officials were present and a few made brief remarks and congratulations to Bill and Jennifer Machaud.


“The sign is going up today and looking forward to open doors and serving Fort Scott, ” Bill Machaud commented as he addressed the crowd and covering the amenities the hotel has to offer. These include 59 rooms, wi-fi, full complementary breakfast, indoor pool and weight room. Doors are open and they will be happy to take your reservations for the upcoming holiday season.

For more information or reservations:
Sleep Inn &  Suites
302 E Wall St.
Fort Scott, KS, 66701
(800) 424-6423

Mercy Marketplace Christmas Show

Fort Scott, Ks – Mercy Hospital is hosting their annual fund-raiser November 5th, 6th and 7th. This annual fundraiser has an emphasis in provided funds for additional equipment for the hospital and also helps provide scholarships for the nursing program at Fort Scott Community College.


Alice Allen, Mercy Auxiliary President said, “We have had very good traffic so far. We have many people we come especially to see the show and some even schedule their appointments around these dates so they can be sure to support these efforts.”


The Christmas show will run for three days and will be open 7am – 6pm in the McAuley Center. Ornaments, jewelry, scarves, purses and home décor are some of the items available for purchase.

Sleep Inn & Suites Grand Opening today at 11am

Fort Scott, KS – Sleep Inn & Suites will be the first chain hotel to open it’s doors in Fort Scott. Many community members, business owners and supporters gathered will gather 11am for the ribbon cutting and grand opening of the hotel. Everyone is welcome to attend.



Come by and join us today!

302 E Wall St.
Fort Scott, KS, US

Bourbon County & State Election Results

Residents gather at Bourbon County courthouse to watch election results

The end of elections in Bourbon County is coming quickly to an end. There are some very interesting races happening in the county and our state. Throughout the evening will be at the courthouse posting results as they come in.

Updated: 12:27am


US Senate
Pat Roberts, R 53%
Greg Orman, I 43%
Randall Batson, L 4%

US HOUSE, District 2
Lynn Jenkins, R 57%
Margie Wakefield, D 39%
Christopher Clemmons, L 4%

Paul Davis, D 46%
Sam Brownback, R 50%
Keen Umbehr, L 4%

Secretary of State
Jean Schodorf, D 41%
Kris Kobach, R 59%

Attorney General
Derek Schmidt, R 67%
A.J. Kotich, D 33%

State Treasurer
Ron Estes, R 68%
Carmen Alldritt, D 33%

Commissioner of Insurance
Ken Selzer, R 61%
Dennis Anderson, D 39%

State House, 4th District
Lucas Cosens, D 32%
Marty Read, R 68%

Allow Charitable Gaming
Yes 75%
No 25%

Ballots counted: 5,012, all precincts reporting

Mike Feagins, D  — 28%
Bill Martin, R –77%

County Commissioner, 1st District
Lynne Oharah, R — 73%
Clinton Walker, D — 26%

USD 234 – School Bond
Yes – 56%
No – 43%




Voting at Grace Baptist Tabernacle

Lowell Milken Center Groundbreaking

Fort Scott, Ks – Last Thursday the Lowell Milken Center for unsung heroes had their groundbreaking ceremony at 6th and Wall Street. Back in September, Fort Scott city commissioners voted 5-0 to transfer the land at the corner of Main and Wall to build a 6,000 square foot venue to honor, display, promote, engage and further the message of the unsung heroes.

Exterior Rendering – Courtesy Lowell Milken Center
Interior Rendering – Courtesy Lowell Milken Center

According to Heather Griffith, Director of Economic Development, “The Lowell Milken Center for Unsung Heroes is truly one of the great assets of Fort Scott and enriches our entire community.” The Lowell Milken Center is an educational non-profit, the Lowell Milken Center for Unsung Heroes discovers, develops and communicates the stories of Unsung Heroes.


The LMC locally has hosted over 25,000 visitors from every state in the country and has impacted over 1,000,000 students through their various programs. The LMC was established in 2007 and did not want to limit its reach nationally, also has international programs and visitors from 68 countries have visited the LMC in Fort Scott.

Due to growth and rising demand for its services, LMC was in need of a new headquarters. The construction of the new 6,000 square foot building will serve for the international headquarters and exhibit space. Construction is expected to be completed in the summer of 2015. You can visit their web page here and for current events and announcements, check out their facebook page here.

For more information you can contact:

Heather Griffith, Director of Economic Development
City of Fort Scott

Fort Scott Area Chamber of Commerce

Lowell Milken Center

Final 2014 Summer Soccer Games

Fort Scott, KS – Last Saturday was the last day of the Buck Run’s kid’s soccer league for kids ages K – 8 years old. This year there were 27 teams in the league which each team played six games over the six week game play.


Three years ago, the administrators decided to use a ‘micro-team’ design for the kid’s soccer league. Each playing field size is different depending on the age of the kids. This also makes for smaller team sizes (about 5-6 per team) in order to allow for more playing time for each player. Program Supervisor, Dave Fly, said they have seen growth every year since the micro-team design has been used.


Next kid’s program is basketball, starting this Saturday. You can still sign up, but there will be a late fee since teams have already been established. If you haven’t gotten enough soccer, there is an indoor soccer league for kids with sign-ups in January.

For more information:
Buck Run Community Center

Shead Farm Host Elementary Day at the Farm

Garland, KS — On October 15th, one hundred thirty Fort Scott Elementary kindergarten students traveled to the Shead Stead Farm in rural Garland to enjoy the beautiful fall weather and experience many farm related activities.-

All photos credit: Mark Shead
The eight classes were accompanied by their teachers and a number of parents. Four of the classes participated in the morning activities and the other four in the afternoon, crossing over with both classes being at the farm for lunch around the picnic tables.
The various activity stations were attended as each teacher rotated her students around the farm.  This gave the children opportunity to explore different aspects of farm life and fun that can be created with a little imagination.
The Indian camp with a teepee was hosted by Benjamin Shead who was dressed in full Indian attire.  Children sat on mats and wore headbands and feathers as they learned several Indian songs and rhyme.
Teachers then moved on to the animal area where each child was able to pet and feed the donkey, the pot-belly pig, the goats and pet the horse.  Chickens, guineas, ducks, cats, dogs and friendly turkeys could be observed wandering around.
A favorite to all of the students was the barn swing and hay ride.  Teachers and parents helped the students take turns swinging. Raymond Kalm, a nearby farmer, drove the hay wagon to the delight of the students.
The chicken yard story time was hosted by Katy Shead who read the story of Henny Penny and showed the students live baby chickens and guineas.  Each student was able to gather eggs from the metal nest boxes.
The apple harvest station was run by a parent and Haley Shead.  Students learned about the comparison of a bushel basket, a half bushel and a peck.  They also learned how to pick apples from the tops of the trees with an apple picker. They were able to watch how one can peel apples quickly with an electric drill, core and slice them and then sample the tasty crisp apples.
Another activity station included finding feathers in hay and then matching them with the picture of farm poultry.
Butter making was another area of interest as the students learned about how to make butter the old fashioned way and the new quicker way of doing it in the blender.  Treats of crackers with butter were shared with the students.  Teacher, Mrs. Melissa Tatro and Haley Shead helped with this activity.
During the afternoon, Fort Scott Community Rodeo Cowboys came to help the students learn to rope. Also on display were various collections of insects and bird habitats. Class pictures were taken on the old tractor.

Story submitted by farm owners, Larry and Vickie Shead.


Fort Scott, KS — Congratulations to our iPod winner, Jenni Elder! Over the last couple of days, was running a contest to give away an iPod. We have selected a winner at random and presented a new iPod to Jenni.


Jenni has lived in Fort Scott, nearly all her life – moving here when she was two.  She works locally here in Fort Scott and was very excited about winner the iPod and hopes to keep away from her kids.

Thank you all who signed up to win. We hope you continue to enjoy the articles at Fort — if you do, please encourage your friends to sign up.

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Chamber Host Kids Parade

Fort Scott, KS – Last Saturday, under a clear, blue sky and unusually warm weather, the Chamber hosted a kids parade showing off a variety of costumes down main street.


Chamber members remarked this may have been the most well attended parade in recent years. Combined with great weather, getting the word out and a community that like to come together all made for a great turnout.

Local businesses handed out candy as the kids walked main street. After the parade was over, there were drawings for prizes and a hot dog lunch for the kids.

Fort Scott Chamber of Commerce
231 East Wall Street
Fort Scott, KS 66701
FAX 620-223-3574

Sleep Inn & Suites Hosts Chamber Coffee

Fort Scott, KS – Thursday morning, the Chamber coffee was hosted by Bill and Jennifer Michaud in the new Sleep Inn & Suites hotel that will be soon opening their doors. The coffee was to show off the new lobby and hotel, complemented by a nice breakfast, that will be available for guests staying in the hotel.

Bill and Jennifer Michaud, owners Sleep Inn and Suites

The official grand opening and ribbon cutting is November 5th at 11am. However, if you need a place to stay, they will be able to make accommodations for you and family that maybe coming in this weekend. Reservations will be available online November 1st through Choice Hotels.

They are finishing up some small details and putting all the final touches on the hotel. There are 59 rooms (combo of doubles & king suites), fitness center, pool, small meeting room, wireless internet and breakfast.

Contact information:
Sleep Inn and Suites
302 E Wall St.
Fort Scott, KS 66701

Cato Days Celebrates the Past

Cato, KS – This past weekend, Cato held their annual Cato Days celebration. The event is hosted by the Cato Historical Preservation Association. The Association was established in 2005 to ensure the preservation of the Cato School, a one-room schoolhouse in Cato, Kansas.


This year’s celebration marks the 100th anniversary of the Cato Christian Church. Cato has a rich history which you can read in depth on their webpage. Cato was the first town in Bourbon County (then it was Crawford), established by John Rogers in 1854.

The Church has been restored and is on the National Register of Historic Places and is the central figure in the Cato Days celebration. Many local volunteers and families work hard to maintain this area and preserve the history of this church and the city. Former ministers at Cato Christian were in attendance: Leon Weece, Roger Tribble, Tim Fritch and the Vernon brothers.

On Friday, area school kids were able to come out and participate in activities. Saturday, also has a fun schedule of events starting with music and presentations. Also, throughout the day historical booths and presentations were happening on the grounds. Music and a wiener roast around the campfire served up lunch and wagon rides to historical sites rounded out the day.

You can also check out more information on their facebook page.