Sons Of American Legion Oct. 20

As a reminder, there will be an organizational meeting for a Sons of the American Legion (SAL) Squadron on Saturday, October 20 at 10 am. The meeting will be held downstairs in Fort Scott’s Memorial Hall and is open to any male descendant of an honorably discharged Veteran.  

The Sons of the American Legion Squadron is a part of the American Legion family, but it develops its own local community service programs and projects. The SAL offers an opportunity for the sons and grandsons of Veterans to honor their Veteran ancestor while giving back to the community.


Sons, grandsons and great-grandsons of honorably discharged Veterans are eligible for SAL membership.


SAL membership eligibility can be confusing as I cannot join the SAL though my own military service. My SAL eligibility is through my grandfather’s military service in World War 1. My sons and grandsons can join the SAL through my military service.


If you have any questions about joining the SAL or if you have questions about your eligibility, email me at or call me at 904.553.1848.


I look forward to you joining us on Saturday, October 20 as we charter this newest organization supporting the Veterans and citizens of Bourbon County. 

If you wish to join the SAL , but are unable to attend our organizational meeting, please contact me. God, family and work should always come before Legion activities. I will  work with you on your membership application.


Carl Jowers, Commander

Fort Scott American Legion Post 25

Downtown Halloween Parade


The Fort Scott Area Chamber of Commerce announces that the annual “Trick or Treat on Main Street” event is planned for Saturday, October 27, 2018 in Downtown Fort Scott.

There will be music by The Hull Experience, a sidewalk trick-or-treat parade and free hot dog lunch for kids in costume following the parade.

Activities will span from at 10:30 am to noon with face painting by FSHS Thespians and pictures by Walgreens. The actual parade will begin at 11am.

Participants will parade through downtown “trick or treating” local merchants along the way. Parents are welcome to walk with their children in the parade, escorted by FSHS Pride, which will follow a route down the west side of Main Street from Skubitz Plaza to 2nd Street, then down the east side of Main Street from 2nd Street to Skubitz Plaza. Youth of all ages are welcome to participate in the parade. However, children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult.

Merchants along Main Street are encouraged to pass out candy, coupons or other items to the kids as they pass by, and other businesses or organizations not located on Main Street are also welcome to set up along the route and pass out items.

Following the parade, hot dogs, healthy snack and a drink will be served to youth in costume. The free “Hallo-Wienie” lunch is being sponsored by 5 Corners Mini-Mart, Healthy Bourbon County Action Team, Landmark National Bank, and McDonald’s. The Lowell Milken Center will be offering free coloring books and candy to trick or treaters Saturday from 10 am to 4 pm.

The Fort Scott Recreation Commission and FSMS Pride will be holding Creepy Crawly Crafts from 9 to 10:30 am at Buck Run Community Center prior to the Downtown festivities. The craft-making event is for kids pre-school to 5th grade. Pre-registration is requested for only $1 at 735 Scott Ave.

For more information, contact the Fort Scott Area Chamber of Commerce at (620) 223-3566.

Candidates Forum October 22


Monday, October 22, 2018
Ellis Fine Arts Center on the Campus of FSCC

Doors Open 5:30 p.m., Forum Begins 6:00 p.m.

FORT SCOTT – The Fort Scott Area Chamber of Commerce announces a Candidates’ Forum for the 2018 General Election will be held Monday, October 22nd at the Ellis Fine Arts Center on the campus of FSCC, 2108 S. Horton. The doors will open at 5:30 pm and the forum will begin at 6 pm. Attendees are invited to arrive early to meet and greet the candidates.

Races that have been invited to the forum include Governor/Lt. Governor, U.S. House of Representatives District 2, Secretary of State, Attorney General, State Treasurer, Commissioner of Insurance, Kansas Senate District 13, Kansas House of Representatives Districts 2 and 4, State Board of Education District, Bourbon County Commissioner District 1, Bourbon County Attorney, and Bourbon County Treasurer.

The general public may submit questions to the Chamber prior to the event by submitting them via email to or dropping them off at the Chamber, 231 E. Wall Street, by 12:00 p.m., Monday, October 22nd. There will also be information presented at the forum on the “Liquor by the Drink” local issue that will be on the ballot for Bourbon County.

The forum will run in the hierarchy of offices from the federal, state, then local level. Candidates will have the opportunity to make a one-minute opening statement and two-minute closing statement. Three questions will be asked of each candidate, with each candidate being allowed one minute to respond. Individuals representing candidates, not in attendance will be given an opportunity to make up to a three-minute statement.

For more information please contact the Fort Scott Area Chamber of Commerce at (620) 223-3566.

Win As Many As Possible by Patty LaRoche

A few months ago, a former classmate and I ran into each other downtown and began discussing our upcoming high school reunion, a conversation that somehow turned into how little we knew about each other’s families, even though we had attended school together for twelve years. She remembered that my father had died when I was young (eight-months old), but not how he died. My knowledge of her family was not much better, for even though we had been best friends in grade school, all I remembered about her dad was that he worked for the railroad and had no sense of smell. “We were so into ourselves,” she said. And I agreed.

Two weeks ago, my high school graduating class celebrated its 50th reunion–which makes no sense, considering I am only 30 years old. (I’m funny.) Anyway, because this was such a special event, a committee of us locals spent several weeks preparing for the celebration, and with our Class of ’68 graduating survivors nearing 165, we counted on large numbers.

Save the Date” postcards were mailed months in advance, but by the registration deadline, only 23 graduates had responded that they would come. Ten of those were on the committee. This was not what we expected. A second email was sent, followed by personal phone calls. A total of 55 registered. A few classmates had health problems that prevented them from attending, but our committee was saddened by those who said that high school was not a good experience, and they had no intention of reliving those years.

Again, not what we expected.

At one of our organizational meetings, we questioned the “Why’s” of such responses. Our committee members had run in different crowds and been involved in various activities during our school years. Two had boyfriends, their primary focus. Still, high school held fond memories for all of us. At one point in our conversation, we questioned if we could have done more to help others have the same kind of experience. I mean, none of us had been unfriendly, but had we been selfishly focused on ourselves?

The answer was obvious.

So, here it is, decades later, and several former classmates still carry the wounds of those years. And even though we cannot turn back the clock and soothe their hurts, we can—and should—learn from this so that today, whatever our circumstance, we become aware of those we encounter who need a kind word or an invitation for a cup of coffee or an opportunity to be valued. Instead of surrounding ourselves with those with whom we are comfortable, maybe it’s time to meet that neighbor who keeps to himself or the cashier at the local convenience store or even an old classmate with whom we have lost contact.

Paul’s words in 1 Corinthians 9:19 are a fresh reminder of what our daily objective should be. “Though I am free, I make myself a slave to everyone, to win as many as possible.” In Paul’s early years, he was all about himself. Unlike our committee, his primary focus was to intentionally hurt the Christian community, but once he met Jesus, he cared only about others.

One day, a Heavenly reunion will be held. We Christians carry the invitations for neighbors and pew-mates and random encounters to “Save the Date” as well as the responsibility to follow up with reminders of its importance. None of us want to be the reason someone rejects this eternal opportunity.

What to do?

The answer is obvious.

Obituary of Mildred Irene Shelton

Mildred Irene Shelton

Mildred Irene Shelton, age 91, a resident of Ft. Scott, Kansas, passed away early Thursday, October 18, 2018, at the Guest Home Estates in Ft. Scott.

She was born December 31, 1926, in Stotesbury, Missouri, the daughter of Lee Dryer and Eleanora Stuart Dryer.

Mildred graduated from the Stotesbury High School with the Class of 1945. She married Everett Frank Shelton on June 27, 1946, in Nevada, Missouri. He preceded her in death on August 9, 2000.

Mildred was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother who always put the needs of her family above her own. She will be remembered for her quiet but loving personality and her love for children.

Survivors include her children, Linda Evans and husband, Sam; Dale Shelton and wife, Shelly and Lana Beerbower and husband, Gil, all of Ft. Scott; her daughter-in-law, Sue Shelton, of Redfield, Kansas and her seven grandchildren, Sherri Shelton, Kelly Eastwood, Scott Shelton, Katie Casper, Ryan Beerbower, Austin Beerbower and Braden Shelton and eleven great-grandchildren. Also surviving is a brother, Charles Dryer of Grants Pass, Oregon and a sister, Lora Mason, of Ft. Scott.

In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her son, Dennis Shelton, a granddaughter, Stephanie Shelton and two sisters, Iva Lee Scantlin and Alidene Brewer.

Graveside services will be held at 1:30 P.M. Monday, October 22nd at the U. S. National Cemetery.

The family will receive friends on Monday from 12:30 P.M. until leaving for the cemetery at the Cheney Witt Chapel.

Memorials are suggested to the Guest Home Estates Activity Fund 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

Obituary Of Edith Allene Hawkins

Edith Allene Hawkins

Edith Allene Hawkins, age 74, a resident of Ft. Scott, Kansas, passed away Tuesday, October 16, 2018, in Ft. Scott.

She was born July 3, 1944, in Mapleton, Kansas, the daughter of Clyde Willard and Mildred Harris Willard.

Edith had worked for over thirty years as a machine operator for Key Industries. She later did housekeeping for T & C Wildlife. Edith enjoyed sewing and cooking as well as spending time with her family. She was a member of the Mt. Olive Church of God in Christ.

Survivors include a son, Marlon Hawkins, of Ft. Smith, Arkansas; nine grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Also surviving are two sisters, Minnie Wrenn and Mary Etta Willard both of Ft. Scott as well as several nieces, nephews and cousins and a special friend, James Davis.

She was preceded in death by a son, Paul Hawkins, a daughter, Vicki Hawkins and three brothers, Robert, Carl and Melvin Willard.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00 P.M. Monday, October 22nd at the Cheney Witt Chapel.

Burial will follow in the Evergreen Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 3 to 5 P.M. Sunday at the Cheney Witt Chapel.

Memorials are suggested to the Edith Hawkins Memorial Fund 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 Meeting Oct. 18


Bourbon County Commission Room

1st Floor, County Courthouse

210 S. National Avenue

Fort Scott, KS 66701

Regular meetings are Tuesdays starting at 9:00

Date: October 18th, 2018

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

10:00-10:30-Jacqie Spradling

10:45-11:00-Christi Keating-Mercy EMS and Mercy closing

11:00-12:00-Justin Meeks

Executive Session-Privileged in the attorney-client relationship-30 min.

Executive Session-Personnel matters of non-elected personnel-30 min.

12:00-1:30-Commissioners gone to lunch

1:30-2:00-Joe and Barbara Peine-Memorial for Harold Coleman

2:00-2:15-Bill Martin-purchase of fence

2:15-2:25-Future of Bourbon County Health Care Update

2:25-2:40-Executive Session-Preliminary discussion relating to the acquisition of real property

2:40-3:00-Executive Session-Data relating to the financial affairs or trade secrets of corporations, partnerships, trusts, and individual proprietorship

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

Woman’s Body Found in Marmaton River

On October 16, 2018, at 1:05 p.m. Fort Scott Police Department officers were dispatched to 402 S. Clark in reference to a missing person report.

Upon arrival, it was learned that Edith Hawkins, 72, had left her residence earlier in the day at approximately 10 a.m. and had not been seen since.

Family members reported that Hawkins suffered from Alzheimer’s Disease.

Members of the Fort Scott Police and Fire Departments,  Bourbon County Sheriff’s Office, Mercy Emergency Medical Services and three rural fire departments began a search for the woman in and around Fort Scott.

At approximately 3:01 p.m. a deceased body believed to be Hawkins was found in the water of the Marmaton River between Second Street Bridge and the North National Bridge.

The body was sent to Frontier Forensics in Kansas City to assist in the investigation.