Chamber Golf Classic July 27

Join us for the 2018

Chamber Golf Classic
as either a team, sponsor, or both!

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Fort Scott Area Chamber Golf Classic
Tournament Chairman:  Mark Lewis, Liberty Savings Association
Lead Sponsors:  Briggs Auto and Mercy Hospital
Lunch Sponsors:  5 Corners Mini-Mart & McDonald’s
Hole in One Contest sponsored by Briggs!
New this year!  Games by Dixon Golf
DATE: Friday, July 27, 2018
TIME: Registration, Lunch & Putting Contest starts at 11 am, Tee-off 12 pm
LOCATION: Woodland Hills Golf Course, a top-10 Kansas course!
MORE: Teams & hole sponsors may contact the Chamber
at 620-223-3566 or email

Press Release – 2018 Chamber Golf Classic

Sen. Hilderbrand Applauds Gov. Colyer’s Expansion Plans for Hwy. 69



GALENA- Senator Richard Hilderbrand (R-Galena) today issued the following statement on Governor Jeff Colyer’s announcement to expand Highway 69:

I applaud Governor Colyer’s announcement today on the critically needed four-lane expansion of Highway 69.

For too long the citizens of Southeast Kansas have been forgotten, and that is why this expansion has been a priority of mine.

Not only will this project increase safety, it will have a long-term economic impact on our region. I am extremely grateful for the hard work put in by the Highway 69 Association and everyone involved to make this happen.

While this is a good step in the right direction, our work is not finished. I will work hard in Topeka to continue infrastructure investments in Southeast Kansas to encourage growth and allow us to remain competitive throughout the state and entire nation.”

Wednesday At The Fair

The Bourbon County Fair continues until Saturday, July 21.

Here are some highlights from a stroll through the 4-H Buildings on Wednesday, featuring some of the grand champion winners work.

Tomorrow is the swine judging, Fort Scott Chamber of Commerce Weekly Coffee in the Myer’s Building and the 4-H Fashion Revue at Fort Scott Community College’s Bailey Academic Building.

Fried chicken brought a crowd into the Chuck Wagon at noon Wednesday.
Barnstormers 4-H Club families and Landmark Bank employees work in the kitchen of the Chuck Wagon Wednesday.

A sign on the entrance of the poultry and rabbit building reminds people to wash hands following petting the animals.

John and Irene Doll and their grandchildren cool off in the Merchant’s Building Wednesday. Temps were in the 90s with high humidity.


Using Solar Energy To Water Cattle

Herschel George, K-State Watershed Specialist for Southeast Kansas, finds some shade to check in on a cell phone Monday at the Bourbon County Fair. Pictured is the solar-powered watering system he is demonstrating.

In past generations, farmers used windmills to bring water to their livestock, using one of Kansas’ resources-wind. There are still a few relics around today.

Now, farmers are being encouraged to water their animals with water pumped by a solar panel, which uses another resource Kansas has much of- solar energy.

The purpose of this watering system is to keep surface water from being contaminated by animal feces, which naturally happens when animals are allowed into streams, ponds, and rivers to drink.

A sign near the solar water system tells of the possible cost share to reduce potential water contamination.

“The solar pump helps producers move livestock away from streams and ponds as their only water source,” Herschel George, Southeast Kansas Watershed Specialist for Kansas State University, said.

This week George is at the Bourbon County Fair to demonstrate the solar-powered water delivery system and visit with interested cattlemen and others about it.

“We pump out of a well or a pond into a tank,” George said Monday afternoon at the fair. “This helps keep manure out of the Marmaton River.”

A K-State sign near the solar water system tells the results of adding an alternate water source.

The Marmaton River traverses from west to east through Bourbon County towards Missouri and is the recipient of water from streams in the county.

These streams are on private property and some have animals that get their needed water from those streams.

While at the water source, animals defecate and urinate into the streams and ponds and rivers.

This system is to rectify that problem of water quality.

Herschel George checks out the solar-powered watering system, in this case with a tire tank made out of old tires from equipment on a farm.

Much of George’s time as a K-State Watershed Specialist is spent developing and installing water plans for livestock alternative water systems, according to the to

He installs concrete and tire tank livestock water supply lines to ponds full of water and solar water pumping systems. He also assists farmers in finding cost-share solutions to improving water quality, according to the website. Additionally, he assists to bring them into compliance with the Kansas Department of Health and Environment.

George can be reached on his cell phone at 913-294-6021 or via email at

George will be demonstrating at the Bourbon County Fair Wednesday through Thursday, July 18-19, located near the Merchant’s Building and also Friday through Sunday at the Four State Farm Show, south of Pittsburg in booth 280.


Bourbon County Fair Highlights For Tueday

Tuesday at the Bourbon County Fair was a day of judging animals, foods, plants, the annual bake sale for student scholarships and the draft horse pull contest.

Wednesday’s highlights are more judging of animals and plants, presentations of public interest by local Family and Consumer Education clubs, followed by the Eastern Kansas Timed Event Circuit at the grandstand at 6:30 p.m.

The following are highlights of Tuesday evening at the fair.

Clay Brillhart with his reserve grand champion meat goat Tuesday evening.
Calvin Walker shows off his Lego creation that won reserve grand champion in the miscellaneous self-determined department of the 4-H Contests.

The 4-H Chuck Wagon offers up good food, at affordable prices as a fundraiser each year for 4-H.


Uniontown 4-H Club had their turn in running the Chuck Wagon eatery Tuesday evening. From left Angela Nading, Chris Maycumber, Deidre Maycumber and Charity Walker work the kitchen.
Uniontown 4-H Club family members run the cash register. From left Tim Endicott and Dale Griffith.

A line of customers waits to order their supper Tuesday evening.
Brooklyn Pruitt washes her cow, Penny, in preparation for the market calf show Wednesday.
Family and friends visit the animal stalls at the fair Tuesday evening.
Families enjoy looking at the swine on Tuesday evening at the fair.
Brooklyn Pruitt washes her calf, Penny, in preparation for the market calf show Wednesday.
Genesis Walker pets goats as she makes her way through the Joe Chambers Building Tuesday evening.

The Draft Horse Pull contest has several rounds with the first being the one where the team of two horses pulls the total pounds of their weight in a sled of concrete bricks. Each successive round adds 1000 pounds of weight to the sled, eliminating pull teams until a winner is declared.

The contest had the following results:

First place: Jason Ellis team from Iola; second place: Fred Robinson team from Galesburg, third place: Steve Williams team from Redfield; fourth place: Cody Zook team from Columbus; fifth place: Justin Woolery team from Thayer; sixth place: Lloyd Wiley from Fort Scott; seventh place: Rusty Moore team from Columbus.


A crowd watches as horses pull heavy loads in the draft horse contest at the grandstand Tuesday evening at the Bourbon County Fair.
Lloyd Wiley pulls his team of horses.
Cody Zook gets ready to have his horses pull the sled of bricks.
Steve Williams team pulls the sled away from the starting point.

Families play ball in the campground of the Bourbon County Fairgrounds at sunset Tuesday.

Mercy’s New Home Health and Hospice Partnership

Mercy and Integrity to join forces to coordinate home care and hospice across the region

 Not all healthcare happens in a hospital or a doctor’s office. Patients who head home after a surgery or serious illness often require some time to continue healing at home, and chronically-ill patients must manage their conditions at home daily.

For patients in either situation, having quality health care in their home can be the key to living their best life.

To provide that crucial service, Mercy and Integrity Home Care + Hospice are joining forces to more closely monitor and assist patients and their families throughout their healthcare journey.

Integrity serves many patients throughout the region,” said Jon Swope, president of Mercy Springfield Communities and president of Mercy’s central region. “We plan to integrate Integrity with our electronic health record, so our doctors and clinical teams will be able to monitor and respond to even more home care patients’ conditions. That kind of coordinated care will reduce unnecessary emergency room visits and hospital readmissions because we can intervene more quickly.”

To create this fully integrated home care system, Integrity will merge Mercy Home Health & Hospice into its operations throughout southwest Missouri and southeastern Kansas. As a partner, Mercy will become a shareholder of Integrity and a member of the board of directors. While the company’s name will remain Integrity Home Care + Hospice, the logo will include information about its partnership with Mercy. Together, the two systems will become an even stronger home care and hospice team to serve the region.

We help patients and their families navigate the challenging path of chronic illness, aging and end of life care in their homes, with an emphasis on their quality of life,” said Cliff Stepp, president of Integrity Home Care + Hospice. “Our goals include keeping chronically ill patients out of the hospital by monitoring their overall health and intervening before changes become serious. With skilled care, integrated medication management, and personal care services provided by an outstanding team of clinicians and caregivers, we’ll also closely support patients who choose us after they’re discharged from Mercy to home.”

As part of this new partnership, Mercy Home Health & Hospice co-workers in southwest Missouri and southeast Kansas will become a part of the larger Integrity team. Integrity Home Care + Hospice is headquartered in Springfield with offices in Joplin, Lebanon, Kansas City, Columbia, and St. Louis.

This partnership makes great sense,” Swope said. “Along with their great quality scores, Integrity shares our faith-based mission and core values and puts patients at the center of making decisions about their own care. Our caregivers do the same and I know they will be valuable members of this new organization.”

A transition team is in place, with plans to complete the work this fall.

Mercy, which services millions annually, and was named one of the top five large U.S. health systems in 2018, 2017 and 2016 by IBM Watson Health. Mercy includes more than 40 acute care and specialty (heart, children’s, orthopedic and rehab) hospitals, 800 physician practices and outpatient facilities, 44,000 co-workers and 2,100 Mercy Clinic physicians in Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri, and Oklahoma. Mercy also has clinics, outpatient services and outreach ministries in Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas. In addition, Mercy’s IT division, Mercy Technology Services, supply chain organization, ROi, and Mercy Virtual commercially serve providers and patients in more than 20 states coast to coast.

Workforce Innovation Conference Oct. 8-9 in Wichita

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The Kansas Department of Commerce, KANSASWORKS, Kansas Department for Children and Families, and the Kansas Board of Regents are currently planning the first annual Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Conference in Kansas. This conference will aim to enhance and improve workforce development solutions in the state. The conference is scheduled for October 8-9, 2018 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Wichita.

This engaging and interactive conference will afford an opportunity for employers, educators, economic development professionals, and community leaders to come together with state and local officials to discuss the unique challenges of meeting the growing workforce needs in the state.

The keynote speaker for the 2018 conference will be Dr. Michael Wooten, Acting Assistant Secretary & Deputy Assistant Secretary for Community Colleges with the U.S. Department of Education – Office of Career, Technical and Adult Education. Dr. Wooten provides leadership, direction, and management for over $2 billion in initiatives supporting career and technical education, adult education, correctional and re-entry education and community colleges.

The conference will be organized into four unique tracks:

  • Developing the Future Workforce
  • Developing a Talent Pipeline
  • Engaging Business Resources
  • Enhancing Career Pathways

Session topics including Recruiting and Retaining Talent, Future Workforce Skills, The Gig Economy, Generations in the Workplace, and many more.

“Our Kansas economy is very diverse and ever-evolving, requiring our state and education leaders to consider how best to develop a workforce with the skills required by employers,” said Mike Beene, Director of Employment Services at the Kansas Department of Commerce. “The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Conference will not only be a great opportunity to hear from national and state thought-leaders on how workforce needs are being addressed across the country and state, but also participate in a constructive dialogue among Kansans on how to successfully overcome talent recruitment and development challenges.”

The cost to register for the two-day conference is $100 and can be completed online at The website will also include the full conference schedule, speaker biographies, and hotel information as they become available.

Author of Life In A Jar at Liberty Theater July 28

Lowell Milken Center to present Life in a Jar with author Jack Mayer at Liberty Theatre Event Free to the Public

The Lowell Milken Center for Unsung Heroes will host the award-winning Life in a Jar: the Irena Sendler Project author Jack Mayer on Saturday, July 28 in the Liberty Theatre at 10 AM for a presentation followed by a performance of Life in a Jar at 2 PM.

These events happen in conjunction with the 2018 Poland Reunion and are free to the public.

Visitors from around the country and abroad will be in attendance to reconnect with those who traveled to Poland in 2017 to explore the story of Holocaust hero Irena Sendler, brought to light
by Kansas teens as part of a History Day Project.

The cornerstone project of the Lowell Milken Center for Unsung Heroes, Life in a Jar has gained worldwide attention with over 350 presentations of the play, international media coverage, Hallmark Hall of Fame motion pictures, and award-winning book.

The public is invited to join in the following events:

10 AM – Life in a Jar: the Irena Sendler Project author Jack Mayer speaking at Liberty Theatre.

Q&A to follow.

2 PM – Life in a Jar performance at Liberty Theatre

5 PM – Wine and cheese social at the Lowell Milken Center for Unsung Heroes

For more information regarding these events please call the Lowell Milken Center at 620-223-1312 or email Norm Conard (

About the Lowell Milken Center for Unsung Heroes:
The Lowell Milken Center for Unsung Heroes works with students and educators across diverse academic disciplines to develop history projects that highlight role models who demonstrate
courage, compassion, and respect. Through our unique project-based learning approach, students discover, develop and communicate the stories of Unsung Heroes who have made a profound and positive impact on the course of history. By championing these Unsung Heroes, students, educators, and communities discover their own power and responsibility

The Bourbon County Sheriff’s Office Report July 17

The Bourbon County Sheriff’s Office daily reports can best be viewed on a computer.

The office can be reached at  (620) 223-2380.

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Bourbon County Commission Meeting July 18 At New Jail


Bourbon County Commission

Fort Scott, KS 66701

 9:00 a.m.

Date: July 18th, 2018

1st District-Lynne Oharah Minutes: Approved: _______________

2nd District-Jeff Fischer Corrected: _______________

3rd District-Nick Ruhl Adjourned at: _______________

County Clerk-Kendell Mason

10:00-Commissioners attend meeting at the new jail.

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

          Matters relating to the security of a public body or agency, public building or facility or the information system of a public body or agency, if the discussion of such matters at an open meeting would jeopardize the security of such public body, agency, building, facility or information system