Succession planning important in rural communities

Carla Nemecek is Southwind District Director and agent.


Submitted by Carla Nemecek, Southwind Extension District Director

Kansas rural business owners, farm and ranch families continuously look at best options for feasibility and profitability– they attend educational meetings, try out new practices, assess any risks involved and talk with their neighbor or consultant. They make numerous decisions from day to day that will affect the operation both now and in the future. The holiday season is a good time to initiate those conversations with family and close friends.

Future sustainability of our local communities also depends on whether the family owned business has planned for succession. The average age of U.S. producers continues to rise and families will need to explore options for the transitional feasibility of current and future operators. Succession planning is a step-by-step process where families work together to develop a plan to incorporate the next owner and pass on knowledge and resources that will sustain the operation.

It can be challenging and difficult to begin developing a succession plan and find guidance moving forward. This is where a succession planning facilitator plays a key role.

The facilitator can help the family identify strengths, barriers and opportunities as they pass the farm business on to the next generation. They guide family members to resources and individuals who can help them find the information they need to develop an effective succession plan with help from facilitators and mediators from Kansas Agricultural Mediation Services, a program administered by K-State Research and Extension.

A facilitated meeting is described as guiding participants through shared discussions about important issues. Facilitators help families set an agenda and guide the process for planning their succession. The facilitator works to enable all voices to be heard within a respectful environment. While the facilitator remains neutral with the content of the discussion, they help everyone keep track of the substantive issues and options raised by the family as they chart their path forward.

Trained facilitators have experience working with Kansas farm and ranch families. They offer guidance and support as families cultivate options for creating a succession plan. Facilitation services can be requested by calling Kansas Agricultural Mediation Services at 800-321-3276.

Families may also visit the succession planning website and navigate through a variety of resources, such as “Transition Planning: 12 Steps to Keep the Family Farming” and more topic-focused areas such as estate planning or “FamilyTALK.” The website is available at Kansas Agricultural Mediation Services.

Kansas Agricultural Mediation Services is administered by K-State Research and Extension. The program supports Kansas producers in resolving a variety of agricultural-related concerns and maintains confidentiality during the process. Information and guidance on any ag-related issue will be provided at no cost through our toll-free hotline, 1-800-321-3276 FREE or visit our website at Kansas Agricultural Mediation Services.

Carla Nemecek
Southwind Extension District
Director & Agent
1 North Washington, Iola, KS 66749

Obituary of Rodger Quick

Rodger Morris Quick

Rodger Morris Quick, age 72, resident of Ft. Scott, KS, passed away Sunday evening, November 17, 2019, at his home after a long battle with heart disease.

He was born October 11, 1947, in Ft. Scott, the son of Morris David and Ethel Delma (VanDyke) Quick. Rodger attended Redfield grade school and graduated from Uniontown high school with the class of 1965.

He served in the U.S. Air Force from 1966-1970, stationed at Whiteman Airforce base and in the Aleutian Islands.

He enjoyed all sports; playing baseball, football, and basketball in high school and American Legion baseball during summers. He also enjoyed hunting, fishing, and camping. He loved attending grandsons’ and nephews’ activities.

One of his greatest pleasures was his family. He spent many summers coaching Redfield boy’s baseball teams. He was the number one fan of his daughters’ softball and volleyball careers.

On June 22, 1968, he married Susan Campbell at Bethel Community Church. He retired from Fort Scott National Historic Site in 2009. He was a member of the Redfield Methodist Church.

Rodger is survived by his wife, Susan of the home; 2 daughters, Becky Warfield and husband Sean, and Jodi Murrow and husband Nick; 2 grandsons, Gavin Warfield and Cooper Murrow, all of Ft. Scott; mother-in-law, Clara “Babe” Campbell; sister, Sharon Jubert; sister-in-law, Bonnie Quick; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, John and Cindy Bowman; niece, Debbie Palamaris; nephews, Mike, Mitch and Matt Quick, and Dru, Cole and Alex Bowman; and several great nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Morris and Ethel Quick; a brother, Tom Quick; and father-in-law, Gerald Campbell.

Memorial services will be held at 11:30 AM Friday, November 22nd, at the Cheney Witt Chapel.

Burial will follow in the U. S. National Cemetery.

Military honors will be provided by the Olson Frary Burkhart Post #1165 V.F.W.

The family will receive friends from 10:30 AM Friday until service time at the Cheney Witt Chapel.

Memorials are suggested to Care to Share and may be left in care of the Cheney Witt Chapel, P.O. Box 347, 201 S. Main, Ft. Scott, KS 66701. Words of remembrance may be submitted to the online guestbook at

Fort Scott City Commission Updated Agenda for November 19






NOVEMBER 19, 2019

6:00 P.M.




III. INVOCATION: Pastor Allen Schellack, Compassionate Ministries



  1. Approval of minutes of the regular meeting of November 5th, 2019.

  1. Approval of Appropriation Ordinance 1250-A totaling $295,043.24.

  1. Christmas Parade Permit Form- December 3rd, 2019.

  1. Certificate of Appropriateness – 3 W. Oak Signage

Patio Seating with gates

Addition of Outbuilding

  1. Certificate of Appropriateness – 5 East Wall Street – Sign

  1. Certificate of Appropriateness – 24 N. National – Addition to building

  1. Resolution No. 25-2019 – Notice of Hearing with Reference to alleged unsafe and dangerous structure located at 510 S Heylman Street – Public Hearing Date – 1/7/2020 at 6:15 p.m.

  1. Resolution No. 27-2019 – Notice of Hearing with Reference to alleged unsafe and dangerous structure located at 501 S. Osbun Street – Public Hearing Date – 1/7/2020 at 6:15 p.m.


  1. APPEARANCE: Seth Needham

B. CITIZEN COMMENTS (Concerning Items Not on Agenda – 3 minute limit per citizen)


6:00 p.m. Lake Sewer District Sewer Increase Public Hearing


  1. Consideration of Resolution No. 26-2019 authorizing for sale of General Obligation Temporary Notes, Series 2019-1, of the City of Fort Scott, Kansas – River Intake Project

  1. Approval of financials


  1. Director Updates: Allyson Turvey

Robert Uhler

  1. Commission:
  1. City Manager:



SESSION FOR ________________________________ IN ORDER TO

(see below justification)

DISCUSS ______________________________________. THE


MEETING TO RESUME AT ________________.

Justifications for Executive Sessions:

  • Personnel matters of 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 or representatives 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


Obituary of Austin Colwell Holeman

Austin Colwell Holeman passed away Friday, November 15, 2019, at Freeman Hospital, Joplin, MO.   Colwell was 92.

He had suffered numerous health issues in his last months and it was time for God to call him home.  Colwell was born in a farmhouse northwest of Bronson, KS and was a life-long farmer and stockman in the Bronson area.  The only time Colwell was away from the Bronson area was a tour of duty serving his country in the Korean conflict, where he served in the US Army as a corpsman and x-ray technician in a MASH unit.

Colwell loved the outdoors, and spent much of his time hunting, trapping, tending the livestock and operating one of his Allis Chalmers tractors.  He loved working harvest and assisted many friends and neighbors with haying, silage chopping and grain harvest.

After retiring from full time farming, he and Hope would travel to the Rio Grande Valley of south Texas in the cold winter months to spend time with friends and family in the more agreeable climate.

Colwell was a life-time member of the American Legion and a lifelong member of the Bronson United Methodist Church.

Colwell leaves behind his wife of 69 years, Hope Elaine (Burtch) Holeman and two sons; Robert Austin Holeman of Parsons, KS and William Burtch Holeman and wife Lora of Bronson, KS.

He also leaves behind seven grandchildren; Justin Daniel Holeman and wife Jamie, William Austin Holeman, Jessica Nicole (Holeman) Laforge and husband Jordan, Joshua Chance Holeman, Joel Austin Holeman, Andrew Olin Scott Holeman, Adrienne Hope Holeman and six great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held at 1:00 P.M. Saturday, November 23rd at the Bronson United Methodist Church.

Friends and relatives are invited to come share their remembrances of Colwell’s life.

Burial will follow in Bronson Cemetery where military honors will be provided by the American Legion Post #385 of Moran.

Arrangement are under the direction of the Cheney Witt Chapel of Ft. Scott, Kansas.

Memorials are suggested to the American Legion Post #385 and may be left in care of the Cheney Witt Chapel, 201 S. Main, P.O.Box 347, Ft. Scott, KS 66701.  Words of remembrance may be submitted to the online guestbook at

Bourbon County Commission Agenda for Nov. 19


Bourbon County Commission Room

1st Floor, County Courthouse

210 S. National Avenue

Fort Scott, KS 66701

Tuesdays starting at 9:00

Date: November 19, 2019

1st District-Lynne Oharah Minutes: Approved: _______________

2nd District-Jeff Fischer Corrected: _______________

3rd District-Nick Ruhl Adjourned at: _______________

County Clerk-Kendell Mason

9:00-9:45 – Jim Harris

9:45-10:00 – Patty Love – Executive Session – Non-elected

10:00-10:30 – Jody Hoener – Property Tax & NRP

10:30-11:00 – David Neville – Elevator Repair

11:00-11:15 – Justin Meeks – Executive Session

Free Luncheon For Local Entrepreneurs Nov. 19

Calling all local entrepreneurs &
aspiring entrepreneurs!
You are invited to a
in celebration of
Global Entrepreneurship Week!
Tuesday, November 19, 2019
12 to 1pm
Empress Event Center
Downtown Fort Scott, 7 N. Main St.
(parking in both front & back)
Click here to RSVP for lunch.
Agenda will feature:
Erin Vann & Trisha Newton
Local entrepreneurs
with remarks on experience
with e-commerce business Highway3
In addition to:
Several FSHS Students
in the Business/Entrepreneurship Class
sharing their YEC Projects they are working on in preparation for a March contest hosted by the
Bourbon County E-Community.
With time for networking and questions.
We hope you will join us!
For more info. on GEW, click here.
For info. on YEC, click here.
Event hosted by:
Bourbon County E-Community
A program of the
Fort Scott Area Chamber of Commerce
In partnership with Network Kansas

New Bike Routes

New signs will highlight U.S. Bicycle

Routes 76, 66 across Kansas


Highway signs that will help show the way for U.S. Bicycle Routes (USBR) 76 and 66 throughout Kansas were unveiled today at an event along Historic Route 66 in Riverton as part of the sign initiative currently underway.


“Signage is beneficial because it provides wayfinding for cyclists and it alerts motorists to diligently be aware of and respectful to cyclists sharing the road,” said Kansas Department of Transportation Planning and Development Director Chris Herrick. Other speakers included Bourbon County Economic Development Director Jody Hoener, Cherokee County Sheriff Groves and Joplin Convention and Visitors Bureau Director Patrick Tuttle.


More than 900 new road/highway signs will be placed across Kansas marking the two bicycle routes. These routes in Kansas were approved by the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO), as a result of collaborative efforts between KDOT and the Adventure Cycling Association (ACA), beginning in 2015. The USBR system connects bicycle routes across the country for safer, long-distance cycling.


USBR 76 is also known as the TransAmerica Bicycle Trail. It extends more than 480 miles and runs from Greely County on the Colorado border to Crawford County on the Missouri border. The Kansas stretch of USBR 66 is 13 miles long and runs through the southeast corner of the state.


“Thousands of cyclists ride these routes through Kansas every year offering great tourist opportunities for the over 30 communities they pass through, especially rural towns,” said KDOT Bicycle and Pedestrian Coordinator Jenny Kramer. “Many towns take advantage of this opportunity for economic growth and development by making their towns more bicycle-friendly and creating attractive resting and overnight spots for travelers.”


Sign installation will begin in spring 2020 and should all be placed by June. KDOT has developed signing plans to assist with installation along the state and local systems. In addition, KDOT plans to release the 2020-21 Kansas Bicycle Map by next summer.


For more information on KDOT’s Bicycle and Pedestrian Program and resources on cycling in Kansas, go to:


Website Being Developed to Aid Renting Houses/Apts. in Fort Scott

Frank Adamson. Submitted photo.
Over the last year, local businessman Frank Adamson has been developing a rental property website called GrowFortScott.
He is currently accepting landlords and local businesses to the website and joining is free.
“The platform was designed to gather the local rental market and renters, to one place, to fulfill their combined needs,” Adamson said.
“We understood that endless calls between landlords and potential renters seemed a bit outdated.”
Click below to view the site:

“Inspiration for the site came from Ryan Sparks in Iola,” he said. “He has However, there have been many people involved with the development of the (GrowFortScott) project. Local landlords and business owners have contributed. And most importantly Isaac Robinson, formally from Uniontown,  facilitated the website construction.”

“I am the main developer of the site functionality and concept. I have spent many hours making sure that all of the functions were “User-Friendly” before launching the platform to the community,” he said.

There are three core components to the service: rentals and renters, local businesses and local job openings.


“We have been developing relationships with local landlords and businesses to find out what some of their needs and wants would be,” he said. “We identified the biggest needs and have developed around them.”
When fully functional, the website will consolidate rental properties, from multiple landlords, that are available now.
“You can search for rent, bedrooms, bathrooms and if it is pet-friendly,” he said. “View multiple photos and read the description of the rental. All from the comfort of wherever you may be. Then once you have determined what rental you would like to inquire about, you fill out an on-line application to the landlord. They will receive it, review it and respond to you. You will then be able to schedule a time to meet at the rental and finalize the renting of the property.”
“Access to local businesses and local jobs just fit as an intricate part of the community,” Adamson said. “We have made it simple for the local businesses to join and provide simple access to their business location, basic information, and potential job openings they may have.”
Frank and his wife, Cheryl Adamson are the owners of the Courtland Hotel and Spa.

FSCC Volleyball Nationals Send-off 3:15 p.m. today, Nov. 18

Join us for the first-ever Fort Scott Community College Volleyball Nationals send-off Monday, Nov. 18th at 3:15 p.m. in front of Arnold Arena!

FSCC Volleyball has never made it this far in program history, so join us in celebrating this momentous occasion!

After hosting and winning the 1st District Championship in school history, the volleyball team departs after practice today for the NJCAA Division II National Championship in Charleston, West Virginia.

Though the team is ranked 3rd in the Nation in the last NJCAA poll, the lady Greyhounds are the #4 seed at the National Championship.

The volleyball team heads into Nationals with a record of 30-4 and they square off Thursday at 3:00 pm EST vs 13 seeded Waubonsee Community College.

If they win that match, they will play again at 7:30 pm EST Thursday night. The tournament begins this Thursday, Nov. 21 and ends with the National Championship match on Saturday, Nov. 23rd.

More information on how to watch and follow the volleyball team will be sent out in the next couple of days via the Greyhound Athletics Twitter account and various school social media accounts.

Additionally, the team has already earned multiple postseason honors among the players and their coach:

Freshman outside hitter Juliana Squire earned the Jayhawk Conference Freshman of the Year, First Team All-Conference and First Team All-District.

Sophomore setter Sophie Mader earned Second Team All-Conference and First Team All-District honors.

Freshman Bailee Swanson earned Second Team All-Conference and Second Team All-District honors.

Sophomore libero Abbie Casper earned Honorable Mention All-Conference and Second Team All-District honors.

Freshman middle blocker Abigail Borough earned Honorable Mention All-Conference honors.

Lastly, Head Coach Lindsay Hill was named the Conference Coach of the Year, her first such honor after amassing a record of 233-94 (72% winning percentage) in her 9 seasons at Fort Scott CC and 309-174 overall as a collegiate Head Coach.

Please help us in wishing congratulations and best of luck to the coaches and student-athletes of the volleyball program today in front of Arnold Arena at 3:15, come help us send off the team!

GO Hounds!!!

Talking Tigers Take 2nd

FSHS Talking Tigers competed at Independence High School Saturday, November 16.
The Talking Tigers placed 2nd overall.
In the open division Mark Adams and Hannah Vann placed 8th with a 3-2 Record, Elizabeth Ngatia and Zoe Self placed 4th a 3-2 record and Jorden Willard and Jessden Kiwan placed 3rd with a 4-1record.
In the JV division Landon Doherty and Thade Yates placed 3rd with a 4-1 record.
In the novice division Gavin Warfield and Isaiah Self placed 3rd with a 5-0 record.
Congratulations on your success Tigers!
Submitted by Angella Curran