County Commission Canvasses 2018 Election Aug. 16

Agenda

Bourbon County Commission Room

2nd Floor, County Courthouse

210 S. National Avenue

Fort Scott, KS 66701

Thursday starting at 9:00

Date: August 16th, 2018

1st District-Lynne Oharah Minutes: Approved: _______________

2nd District-Jeff Fischer Corrected: _______________

3rd District-Nick Ruhl Adjourned at: _______________

County Clerk-Kendell Mason

10:00-Canvass for the 2018 Primary Election

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

Bourbon County Declared In A Drought Emergency

Drought Declarations Updated in Kansas Counties

The Governor’s Drought Team examines declining surface water conditions

 

Topeka – While there have been some recent rains, drought conditions for many areas of the state, especially eastern Kansas, continue to worsen.

 

Declining livestock water and feed supply continue to be reported. This has resulted in emergency status being added in eastern Kansas for any county with a U.S. Drought Monitor Severe Drought (D3) status, contiguous counties and reported issues. This now moves 10 counties into Emergency status from a Watch and 12 into Emergency from a Warning. Below are the counties listed in Bold indicating these changes.

 

Drought Watch counties (18): Cheyenne, Cloud, Decatur, Gove, Graham, Jewell, Logan, Mitchell, Norton, Osborne, Phillips, Rawlins, Republic, Rooks, Sheridan, Sherman, Smith, Thomas

 

Drought Warning counties (15): Allen, Chautauqua, Elk, Ellis, Greeley, Lane, Ness, Rush, Russell, Scott, Trego, Wallace, Wichita, Wilson, Woodson

 

Drought Emergency counties (72): Anderson, Atchison, Barber, Barton, Bourbon, Brown,  Butler, Chase, Cherokee, Clark, Clay, Coffey, Comanche, Cowley, Crawford, Dickinson, Doniphan, Douglas, Edwards, Ellsworth, Finney, Ford, Franklin, Geary, Grant, Gray, Greenwood, Hamilton, Harper, Harvey, Haskell, Hodgeman, Jackson, Jefferson, Johnson, Kearny, Kingman, Kiowa, LabetteLeavenworth, Lincoln, Linn, Lyon, Marion, Marshall, McPherson, Meade, Miami, Montgomery, Morris, Morton, Nemaha, Neosho, Osage, Ottawa, Pawnee, Pottawatomie, Pratt, Reno, Rice, Riley, Saline, Sedgwick, Seward, Shawnee, Stafford, Stanton, Stevens, Sumner, Wabaunsee, Washington, Wyandotte

 

Counties in emergency stage are eligible for emergency use of water from certain state fishing lakes. They also become eligible for water in some Federal reservoirs.

 

Individuals and communities need to contact the Kansas Water Office (KWO) for a water supply request prior to any withdrawals from lakes. They will in turn be referred to the appropriate office to obtain the necessary permit to withdraw the water.

 

The Governor’s Drought Response Team will continue to watch the situation closely and work to minimize the effects the drought has on Kansans.

 

For more detailed information about current conditions, see the Kansas Climate Summary and Drought Report on the KWO website at: www.kwo.ks.gov.

 

 

Note to Editor:  The Americans with Disabilities Act, (42 U.S.C. 12101), requires the Kansas Water Office to print the reasonable accommodations messages.

 

 

Free Grocery Pickup at Walmart: Not Yet

Walmart Fort Scott, 2500 S. Main.

Personal grocery shopping is coming to Fort Scott Walmart, but not anytime soon. Although communications from Walmart indicate otherwise.

Perhaps you were one who received a flyer recently from Walmart or saw the advertisement on TV, or received an email like below that said: “Free Grocery Pickup save you time and money.”

The following is the response from Walmart headquarters:

“Fort Scott will be getting Grocery Pickup, but not for some time,” Molly Blakeman, Walmart Media Relations Corporate Communications said. “The store closest to Fort Scott that currently offers the service is store number 5791 in Pittsburg KS, 30 miles away.”

   Free Grocery Pickup save you time & money.
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Use code WOWFRESH at checkout.
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New FSHS Language Arts Teacher: Erica Clark

Erica Clark

This is part of a series of profiles of new teachers in our community.

Erica Clark is the new Fort Scott High School English Language Arts Teacher.
Name: Erica Clark
Title of position: English Language Arts
Education: Bachelor of Science in English Education, Pittsburg State University, May 2018
Experience: 1st-year teacher.  She interned and student taught in Nevada, MO,  from August 2017-May18.
Age: 29
Family: Husband, Drew Clark,  a sales manager at  Win-Vent, Fort Scott. They have a set of twins, Bryson and Laurali,  8-years-old in July. “They are excited to begin third grade at Eugene Ware this year.”
Affiliations:
“I worked as an eye technician at Quinlan Eye Center for 7 years. The last four of those years, my employer worked around my school schedule as I pursued a degree in English Education.”
Why did you choose education as a career?
“I have always loved all things literary – writing is a passion of mine. Ever since I was a child, I have wanted to become an educator. My heart has always been set on inspiring students to become the best version of themselves. It wasn’t until about five years ago when I decided to pursue this dream. I was able to mix my passions of reading and writing with my desire to help lead tomorrow’s leaders and become an English teacher – nothing is better than that!”
What is the first on your list of priorities for the position?
“I am excited to become a part of this community. My priorities right now include developing positive relationships with my students, their families, and my colleagues. I am so excited to start this new journey at Fort Scott High School. “

New FSHS Spanish Teacher: Jennifer Michaud

Jennifer Michaud
This is one of a series of profiles of new teachers in our community.
Jennifer Michaud is the new Fort Scott High School Spanish Teacher.
Name:  Jennifer Michaud
Title of position:  Spanish
Education:  B.S. from Kansas State University; Beginning work on her Master’s Degree this fall.
Experience:
“I started teaching upon graduation in January 2000.  I have eight years of formal classroom experience at the middle and high school levels…eight years of early childhood education.  I have also taught religious education since 2002.”
Age:  42
Family:  Married to Bill, two children:  Alec, a senior, and Alaenah, a Freshman.
Affiliations:  Kansas World Languages Association, Office of Faith Formation Advisory Council for the Diocese of Wichita, Catechesis of the Good Shepherd
Why did you choose education as a career?
“I have always loved to learn, and I feel that we should never stop learning.  I wanted to pass on that enthusiasm for education to others.”
What is the first on your list of priorities for the position?

“My first priority is to get to know my students.  Once I know more about who they are and what they like, then I’ll be able to design lessons that speak to their interests.”

New First-Grade Teacher at Winfield Scott: Lindsey Davis

 

This is part of a series of features on new teachers in our community.

Lindsey Davis is a new first-grade teacher at Winfield Scott Elementary School.

Name: Lindsey Davis
Title: 1st Grade Teacher at Winfield Scott
Education: Graduated from Pitt State with a BS in elementary education.
Experience: First-year teacher.
Age: 25 years old.
Family:  Married to husband, Cal, for two weeks.
Why did you choose education as a career?
“I love to see students learn, change and grow and I want to be a part of it.
I want to make an impact on my students and help them enjoy life and give them a chance to dream about life. “
What is the first on your list of priorities for the position?

“To be a good educator by making a difference in my student’s lives. And to make learning a fun enjoyable experience for each and every student that I get the opportunity to teach.”

Mercy Kids Health Fair and Teddy Bear Clinic

Sven, Lathan Seabolt’s moose, was in excellent hands while Mercy’s MRI technologist Tina Easter took a chest x-ray during Mercy’s Teddy Bear Clinic on Saturday, Aug. 11.

FORT SCOTT, Kan. (Aug. 13, 2018) – Raising healthy kids is important, that’s why Mercy Clinic Fort Scott hosted the seventh annual Mercy Kids Health Fair and Teddy Bear Clinic on Saturday, August 11.

Children took part in free health screenings, fitness fun, and learned tips to help make good choices for healthy living.

Dolls and a variety of stuffed animals received checkups, x-rays and vaccinations from Mercy Clinic providers at the Teddy Bear Clinic. Mercy general surgeon Dr. Wan-Lin Horng was able to mend minor scrapes and cuts, too.

At Mercy, we make it a priority to give parents and guardians the tools necessary to lead kids down the path of long-term health,” said Amy Budy, Mercy Clinic administrative assistant and organizer of the event. “At the Mercy Kids Health Fair, we bring together numerous resources from within Mercy and the community to educate our most prized asset – children. We are grateful to the many agencies and organizations for participating and making the fair a huge success.”

To learn more about primary care or to establish a physician, call Mercy Clinic at 620-223-8040.

Mercy, named one of the top five large U.S. health systems in 2018, 2017 and 2016 by IBM Watson Health, serves millions annually. 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.

supply chain organization, ROi, and Mercy Virtual commercially serve providers and patients in more than 20 states coast to coast.

The Bourbon County Commission Agenda for August 14

Agenda

Bourbon County Commission Room

2nd Floor, County Courthouse

210 S. National Avenue

Fort Scott, KS 66701

Tuesdays starting at 9:00

Date: August 14th, 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

Consideration of agreement between BNSF Railway Company

Report on Inspection and Analysis of Off System and RS Bridges

10:00-11:00-Commissioners to discuss County Health Insurance

11:00-11:15-Executive Session-Privileged in the attorney-client relationship

11:15-Handbook

11:20-NRP

11:00-12:00-Commissioner to work on 2019 Budget

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

1:30-Lora Holdridge-Executive Session-Justin and the Commissioners

2:00-2:15-Bobby Reed-Parking on north side of Courthouse

2:15-4:30-Commissioners to work on 2019 Budget

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

Greyhound Lodge Nearing Completion

The Greyhound Lodge, August 8. Jim Woods is part of the maintenance crew at Fort Scott Community College who helped in the renovation of the Red Ram Motel into student housing.

The Red Ram Motel property has been cleaned up from the overgrown trees and shrubs which abounded on the property,  given new paint, doors, and floors in the individual rooms and it is almost ready for the transformation to student housing for Fort Scott Community College.

A peek at the inside of one room at the Greyhound Lodge on August 8. New paint and new floors have been completed. Furniture is next to be moved in.

Greyhound Lodge, as it is now known,  will be part of the FSCC housing options.

“We are excited to see the transformation and having it done,” FSCC President Alysia Johnston said on Wednesday. “I think the students will like it.”

All the remodeling of the building was done by maintenance staff or the construction trades class, she said.

“Kim Coates (construction trade instructor) and a couple of kids have been on it,” Johnston said. “Lane Cutler cleaned up the property. Jim Woods is a member of the maintenance team.  All the remodel has been in-house, except the floors.”

Johnny Walker was the high bidder for the Red Ram Motel sign.

The Red Ram Motel sign is gone now, purchased by Johnny Walker. Work is in the final stages before students move in, August 18-19, Fort Scott Community College President Alysia Johnston said Wednesday.

Each room will have bunkable beds. “The kids can decide whether to bunk them or not,” she said. “Each room will have beds, a small fridge, microwave, dresser.”

“It’s affordable, $300 per month per student,” Johnston said. “It’s also appropriate, supervised student housing.”

A member of  FSCC staff will be living in an apartment at Greyhound Lodge, for security and supervision duties.

A computer lab, a student lounge with a pool table, washer and dryer and kitchen will be available for students use.

Greyhound Lodge is on the north side of town, near the intersection of Hwy. 54 and Hwy. 69. The FSCC main campus is on the south side of town. Students will be moving in the weekend of  August 18-19, Johnston said.

“The students who live there can purchase a meal plan,” Johnston said. “We now have a 10-meal-plan or a 7-meal-plan, if they want to purchase it.”

 

 

 

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