KDOT hosts webinar on agriculture and drones

 

 

The Kansas Department of Transportation’s (KDOT) Division of Aviation will host a webinar, “Drones in Ag: Harvesting Drone Data to Improve Performance,” on Tuesday, March 26, at 10:30 a.m.

 

The webinar is co-hosted by Kansas Farm Bureau and will feature two presentations – the first from Microsoft FarmBeats hardware researcher Zerina Kapetanovic detailing the FarmBeats system and the artificial intelligence challenges associated with agriculture, and the second from Kansas State University associate professor Ignacio Ciampitti on applications of UAVs in precision agriculture. It will also include a brief overview of the Kansas Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) Integration Pilot Program (IPP) from KDOT Director of Aviation Bob Brock.

 

Individuals or teams interested in participating should RSVP at www.ippkansas.org/events. Space is limited and available on a first come, first serve basis. Participants will receive a link to the webinar upon registration.

 

The Kansas UAS IPP is led by KDOT Aviation as one of 10 national leaders conducting advanced UAS operations to guide future rule-making that will result in access to new technologies for the nation. IPP will help tackle the most significant challenges to integrating drones into the national airspace and will reduce risks to public safety and security. The Kansas team is focused on efforts in Long Line Linear Infrastructure Inspection (i.e. highways, railroads, energy distribution lines, etc.) and Precision Agriculture.

What’s Happening In Fort Scott

Care to Share (“The Sharing Bucket”) will be hosting the 5th Annual “TaTa” Ride on June 15th, 2019 and an “AR-15 Gun Raffle”. Raffle tickets are $5 each and on sale now! ATF Regulations apply. Contact Stacey Wright for tickets or more info. (See flyer below)
2019 Spring Job Fair, hosted by the Chamber of Commerce – Employers are hiring! Full-Time & Part-Time positions are available

Tues., April 2nd, from 10am-2pm at the FSCC Ellis Fine Arts Center, 2108 S. Horton

Employers may contact the Chamber to reserve a booth at 620-223-3566.

Employment candidates should be ready, bring resumes, and dress for success

Hedgehog.INK now has gardening books on the sale rack in the front of the store – These books are FREE, for a donation to Tri-Valley Horticulture Therapy Program (see flyer below for more info)

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Weekly Livestock Sale at Fort Scott Livestock Market. Starting at 10am on both Fridays & Saturdays
Fridays:  Cows, Pairs, Big Bulls
Saturdays:  Stocker & Feeder Cattle, followed by any cows & bulls that come in late Friday & Saturday. Cafe open both sale days. You don’t have to be a buyer, just to come watch the sale and visit the cafe!
22 Lenten Fish Fry hosted by Knights of Columbus – Kennedy Gym behind Mary Queen of Angels Catholic Church, 705 S. Holbrook

Each Friday from March 8th through April 12th. Doors open at 5pm and we serve until 7pm. Menu includes southern fried catfish, baked white fish, spaghetti, green beans, coleslaw, baked potatoes and french fries, grilled cheese for the kids. Free-will donation or $5 for
take-out box

23 Next of Kin performing at the Boiler Room Brewhaus – 10 S. National Ave., 7pm-9pm

Next of Kin, Country music band from SE Kansas. Tickets $10.00, available at The Boiler Room Brewhaus, the Chamber and the Visitors Center. Meet the band at the pot luck from 6pm to 7pm

25
Creating Art Celebrating Age Contest by Presbyterian Village – 2401 S. Horton
Entry Deadline: March 25th, 2019
Open to all area artists 65 and older, amateur or professional. Non juried exhibitors of all ages are welcome to display their art. Artwork may be dropped off March 18th-25th.

Exhibit: March 26th – April 10th, 2019
9am – 5pm, Presbyterian Village, 2401 S. Horton, Fort Scott (Main Lobby)

Reception: April 5th, 2019
3:30pm, in the Dining Room

(See flyer below for more information)

25 Chamber Board Meeting – Papa Don’s,
10 N. Main St., 12pm
26-27 Story Time – Fort Scott Public Library,
201 S. National Ave., 10-11am
26 T.O.P.S Meeting – Buck Run Community Center,
3-4pm
26 Fort Scott Kiwanis Meeting – FSCC Heritage Room, 2108 S. Horton, 12-1pm
26 Zumba Classes at FSCC Ellis Fine Arts Center, 2108 S. Horton

Zumba classes are held every Tuesday & Thursday night from 5-6:15pm. $3 per class

Contact Kassie Fugate-Cate: 620-223-2700 for more info

26 Author Talk and Book Signing at Hedgehog.INK – 16 S. Main, 6pm

Meet and greet author Joyce Love. There will be an author talk, Q & A and book signing. Her book will be available for purchase in the bookstore. Light refreshments will be served

27 Breakfast Bingo at Buck Run Community Center, 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of each month –
735 Scott Ave. – 9am-10am

Come drink some coffee and play some bingo at Buck Run.  Staff will provide the bingo cards, the caller, and coffee.  Prizes provided by the Fort Scott Recreation Commission

27 Rotary Meeting – Presbyterian Church,
308 S. Crawford St., 12-1pm
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Adult Coloring Program – Fort Scott Public Library, 201 S. National Ave., 2-4pm

Join us in the library events room for a relaxing afternoon of coloring and conversation. Library provides coloring pages, pens and pencils, and snacks. Bring your own beverage of choice (no alcohol, please)
27
TAG (Teen Advisory Group) – Fort Scott Public Library, 201 S. National Ave., 4-5pm

Exclusively for middle and high school students. We have meetings weekly, including a games
& snack night, a community service project, a book club meeting, and a craft night each month
Make a difference in your community while having fun at TAG! Each meeting includes food, drinks, and a good time with your fellow teens. Bring your friends!
27
Adult Softball Organizational Meeting at Buck Run Community Center – 735 Scott Ave., 7pm

Summer leagues will soon be formed for Men’s & Co-ed Teams.  Games will be played on weekday evenings.  Team fees are set at $230.00 for Men’s league and $250.00 for Co-ed Leagues (includes FSRC providing the game balls) for a 12 game season

First organizational meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, March 27th.  League format, game location, rule changes, practice reservation, etc. will be covered. The second meeting will be Wednesday, April 17th

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Join us for the weekly Chamber Coffee of the Fort Scott Area Chamber of Commerce at 8am. This week’s Chamber Coffee will be hosted by County of Bourbon

Location: 210 S. National (Courthouse)
28 Pioneer Kiwanis Meeting – FSCC Heritage Room, 12pm-1pm
28 Zumba Classes at FSCC Ellis Fine Arts Center, 2108 S. Horton

Zumba classes are held every Tuesday & Thursday night from 5-6:15pm. $3 per class

Contact Kassie Fugate-Cate: 620-223-2700 for more info

28 Thursday Card Players – Buck Run Community Center, 735 Scott Ave., 6-9pm

Free weekly event to anyone that wants to play cards, drink coffee, eat snacks, and socialize

28 Bourbon County Garden Club Meeting at Hedgehog.INK – 16 S. Main, 6pm
29
Weekly Livestock Sale at Fort Scott Livestock Market. Starting at 10am on both Fridays & Saturdays
Fridays:  Cows, Pairs, Big Bulls
Saturdays:  Stocker & Feeder Cattle, followed by any cows & bulls that come in late Friday & Saturday. Cafe open both sale days. You don’t have to be a buyer, just to come watch the sale and visit the cafe!
29 Lenten Fish Fry hosted by Knights of Columbus – Kennedy Gym behind Mary Queen of Angels Catholic Church, 705 S. Holbrook

Each Friday from March 8th through April 12th. Doors open at 5pm and we serve until 7pm. Menu includes southern fried catfish, baked white fish, spaghetti, green beans, coleslaw, baked potatoes and french fries, grilled cheese for the kids. Free-will donation or $5 for
take-out box

30 Bi-Annual Gardener’s Christmas Auction at Tri-Valley Developmental Services – 4305 Campbell Dr. (in the Industrial Park), 9:30am

Join the fun at Tri-Valley Developmental Services’ Bi-Annual Gardeners’ Christmas Auction, which will feature a silent auction and plant sale. Annuals, garden tools, silk bouquets, and home/garden items will be available. Doors open at 9:30am, auction from 10am-noon

Free gift for each guest!!  (See flyer below for more info)

31 Historic Preservation Association of Bourbon County Annual Meeting – Old Congregational Church, 502 S. National Ave., 6-8pm

The meeting will feature guest, Bat Masterson impersonator Jerry Eastman

Apr. 2-3 Story Time – Fort Scott Public Library,  201 S. National Ave., 10-11am
2 Fort Scott Middle School Pizza Hut Nights Fundraiser – Fort Scott Pizza Hut, 1810 S. Main

The middle school fundraiser is always the 1st Tuesday of each month that school is in session. Please plan to eat at Pizza Hut sometime that day and use the FSMS voucher

2 Quarterly Downtown Meet & Greet hosted by the Chamber of Commerce – at City State Bank, 202 Scott Ave., 8am

The Chamber of Commerce hosts Quarterly Downtown Meet & Greets at a different location for Downtown business owners or representatives, or anyone in the community with an interest in Downtown to attend and share thoughts and ideas related to Downtown, and to stay current on new happenings

2 Job Fair Spring 2019 hosted by the Chamber of Commerce – FSCC Ellis Fine Arts Center, 2018 S. Horton, 10am-2pm

Job seekers are encouraged to dress for success, bring copies of a resume, and be prepared to connect with employers. Attendees may enter a drawing for a door prize of $50 in Chamber Bucks that may be used at over 50 Chamber member businesses

KANSASWORKS will have a booth on employer and job seeker resources and Fort Scott Community College Phi Theta Kappa will be offering soft skills tips on interviewing, resume writing, and more

Employers may reserve a booth by calling the Chamber: 620-223-3566  (See flyer below for more info)

2 T.O.P.S Meeting – Buck Run Community Center,
3-4pm
2 Fort Scott Kiwanis Meeting – FSCC Heritage Room, 2108 S. Horton, 12-1pm
2 Zumba Classes at FSCC Ellis Fine Arts Center, 2108 S. Horton

Zumba classes are held every Tuesday & Thursday night from 5-6:15pm. $3 per class

Contact Kassie Fugate-Cate: 620-223-2700 for more info

2 City Commission Meeting – City Hall, 123 S. Main, 6-7pm
3 Rotary Meeting – Presbyterian Church,
308 S. Crawford St., 12-1pm
3 Monthly Grief Support Luncheon hosted by Cheney Witt Chapel – All are welcome! – At the Carriage House, 301 S. Main, 12-1pm

A Grief Support Luncheon is hosted by Cheney Witt Chapel the first Wednesday of each month at noon. Anyone dealing with a loss is encouraged to come and bring a friend

Cheney Witt Chapel will provide lunch at the Carriage House. Call 620-223-1186 for more info

3 Bourbon County Coalition Monthly Meeting – Public Welcome! – In the basement of the First Baptist Church, 123 Scott Ave., 12pm-1pm
3
Adult Coloring Program – Fort Scott Public Library, 201 S. National Ave., 2-4pm

Join us in the library events room for a relaxing afternoon of coloring and conversation. Library provides coloring pages, pens and pencils, and snacks. Bring your own beverage of choice (no alcohol, please)
3
TAG (Teen Advisory Group) – Fort Scott Public Library, 201 S. National Ave., 4-5pm

Exclusively for middle and high school students. We have meetings weekly, including a games & snack night, a community service project, a book club meeting, and a craft night each month
Make a difference in your community while having fun at TAG! Each meeting includes food, drinks, and a good time with your fellow teens. Bring your friends!
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Join us for the weekly Chamber Coffee of the Fort Scott Area Chamber of Commerce at 8am. This week’s Chamber Coffee will be hosted by KOMB FM Home Show
Location: FSCC Arnold Arena, 2108 S. Horton
4 Pioneer Kiwanis Meeting – FSCC Heritage Room, 12pm-1pm
4 Author Talk and Book Signing at Hedgehog.INK – 16 S. Main, 1pm

Meet and greet author Sally Freeman Jadlow. There will be an author talk, Q & A and booksigning. Her book will be available for purchase in the bookstore. Light refreshments will be served

4 Zumba Classes at FSCC Ellis Fine Arts Center, 2108 S. Horton

Zumba classes are held every Tuesday & Thursday night from 5-6:15pm. $3 per class

Contact Kassie Fugate-Cate: 620-223-2700 for more info

4 Thursday Card Players – Buck Run Community Center, 735 Scott Ave., 6-9pm

Free weekly event to anyone that wants to play cards, drink coffee, eat snacks, and socialize

Save the Date:
– April 4-5 – KOMB FM’s Home, Sport, Farm & Garden Show
– April 9 – 2019 Friends of the Fort Fest
– April 15 – FSHS Prom at the River Room
Click here for full events listing on our website.
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The Fort Scott National Historic Site 2019 Schedule of Activities.

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Kansas Rocks Recreation Park

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2019 Schedule of events.

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Governor Applauds Medicaid Expansion

Governor Laura Kelly applauds the passage of Medicaid expansion in the Kansas House

 

The following statement is from Governor Laura Kelly regarding the passage of Medicaid expansion by the Kansas House of Representatives:

 

“Today a bipartisan coalition in the Kansas House put politics aside and came together to pass Medicaid expansion. I’m proud of their work – and the work of so many advocates and citizens who worked tirelessly to make their voices heard on this issue.

 

“Medicaid expansion is one of the most critical issues impacting our state’s future. It will allow up to 150,000 more Kansans access to affordable healthcare, support local hospitals and clinics, and impact our economy for the better.

 

“Over 70 percent of Kansans support Medicaid expansion. I encourage the Kansas Senate to join me, this bipartisan coalition, business leaders and the overwhelming majority of Kansans in support of Medicaid expansion. The time for blocking progress has long since passed. Now is the time to expand Medicaid.”

Governor Tours Kansas Flood Areas

Governor Kelly tours flood-affected areas with the Kansas National Guard, the Kansas Department of Emergency Management and the Kansas Water Office

Governor Laura Kelly today toured counties damaged by flooding in Kansas and Nebraska with Maj. General Lee Tafanelli from the Kansas National Guard, Deputy Director Angee Morgan from the Kansas Department of Emergency Management and Acting Director Earl Lewis from the Kansas Water Office. They flew by helicopter to Leavenworth and then up the Missouri River Basin surveying the damage and relief efforts.

Kelly signed an executive order yesterday easing motor carrier regulations to expedite emergency relief and restoration. Last week, the governor issued a state of disaster emergency declaration for several counties affected by flooding. Local, state and federal partners will continue to work together to address the needs of communities and rural areas.

Excellence by Patty LaRoche

Patty LaRoche

Train up a child in the way he should go; and when he is old, he will not depart from it. (Prov. 22:6)

Last week, I wrote about cheating.

No sooner had I sent my article to my editors than came the news flash that parents had jumped through some pretty expensive—not to mention, illegal—hoops to cheat their kids’ way into college. Coaches accepted bribes to add “athletes” to their rosters, “athletes” who never had played a day of the sport.

Meanwhile, teens who actually had dedicated their lives to the activity—and had much better grades– but could not afford the pay-out, were denied.

This morning, Dave, my husband, forwarded me an email he received from the Florida Marlins’ upper management. Motivational articles are sent daily to the coaches, and this one, written by Jon Gordon, compared success with excellence. His take? Stop comparing and start pursuing, advice these cheating parents and students probably wish they had heeded.

Dave has coached professional baseball for over 30 years, and more times than he can count he has counseled players who question why someone else is promoted when they are not.

I get it.

Actually, this is the week of spring training when players are told they don’t quite measure up and are released or are designated to the minor leagues. How does one not compare? Gordon calls it “a trap” and writes that it happens when we focus on someone else’s gifts, talents and purpose versus our own. He says our greatest competition is not someone else, but ourselves, advice Dave has given on multiple occasions.

Jack Nicklaus is one of Gordon’s examples. “He simply focused on playing the best he could play against the course he was playing. While others were competing against Jack, he was competing against the course and himself.”

The author then addresses Apple’s approach with the iPod, iPhone and iPad: “When they created these products they didn’t focus on the competition. Instead they focused on creating the best product they could create. As a result, rather than measuring themselves against others, they have become the measuring stick.”

Gordon ends his article with this: “We have a choice as individuals, organizations and teams. We can focus on success and spend our life looking around to see how our competition is doing or we can look straight ahead towards the vision of greatness we have for ourselves and our teams. We can look at competition as the standard or as an indicator of our progress towards our own higher standards. We can chase success or we can pursue excellence and focus 100% of our energy to become our best… and let success find us.”

The public shame accompanying the college cheating scandal has the potential to define the character of all involved. What a sad legacy! But what are we to learn from it?

Hopefully, a lesson in misplaced priorities. Hopefully, a lesson in entitlement. Hopefully, a lesson in envy. Hopefully…(the list is endless).

The all-too-common outcome of overbearing parenting would reverse if fathers and mothers used Proverbs 22:6 as their guiding principle. “Train up a child in the way he should go…” To understand that life can be tough. To be grateful for the gifts God has given him. To think of others before herself. To celebrate others’ blessings. To love God above all else.

Then again, perhaps it is the parents who need to learn these lessons first.

Governor Eases Regs To Assist Flood Relief

Governor signs Executive Order easing motor carrier regulations to assist with flood relief

 

To expedite emergency relief and restoration efforts associated with recent flooding in Kansas and neighboring states, Governor Laura Kelly has issued an executive order.

The order temporarily exempts commercial motor carriers and operators from Parts 390 through 399 of the Federal Motor Carriers Safety Regulations while traveling in Kansas and directly participating in disaster operations.

 

“Yesterday, I signed an executive order waiving fees and easing regulation on motor carriers to assist with transporting relief to flood affected areas,” Kelly said. “I’m grateful for the work of our emergency management team and the Kansas National Guard during this critical time. It’s important communities in both states receive the aide they need immediately.”

 

The regulation exemptions include licensing, certification and permitting; fuel tax permits, and other rules that will allow motor carriers to more quickly bring in necessary supplies and equipment to aid in relief efforts.

 

Heavy rains and spring snow melts are causing moderate flood conditions along the Missouri River in several states, including Kansas, and is expected to increase to major flooding in the next few days. Doniphan, Marshall and Jefferson Counties have issued local disaster declarations and Gov. Kelly signed a state declaration for Doniphan County on March 15. Currently, potential flooding in the state would primarily affect farmland and not residential areas.

 

The State Emergency Operations Center in Topeka has been activated to a 24/7 level to monitor weather conditions and support local emergency management operations. The governor will tour the area impacted by flooding today with the Kansas National Guard, the Kansas Department of Emergency Management, and the Kansas Water Office.

 

The LEAD Bourbon County Class of 2019 Seeking Donations for Park Benches

The LEAD Bourbon County Class of 2019 Needs Your Help!
Your donations are needed to complete our group project which will beautify our community
The LEAD Bourbon County Class of 2019 needs your help!
Each year the LEAD class chooses a group project that will benefit the community. This year we’ve chosen to put our efforts towards installing some new park benches.
We already have so many beautiful walking trails in our community, so our class would love to see some new benches along these existing routes.
To donate to our project, and for more information, please visit our GoFundMe page by clicking here.
Checks made out to the Chamber of Commerce can also be sent to:
231 E. Wall St.
Fort Scott, KS 66701
All donations must be received by March 22nd, 2019.