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.

Chamber Coffee At Pioneer Harvest Fiesta Oct. 18

Join us for Chamber Coffee hosted by
Pioneer Harvest Fiesta
 Location: Bourbon Co. Fairgrounds
(across the street from Fort Scott 
Community College)
Thursday, October 18, 2018

Click here for Pioneer Harvest Fiesta’s home page.
Click here for Pioneer Harvest Fiesta’s Facebook page.
Chamber members and guests are encouraged to attend for networking, community announcements, and to learn about the hosting business or organization.
Members may pay $1 to make an announcement about an upcoming event, special/sale/discount, or news of any kind.
Upcoming Coffees:
October 25th – Trinity Lutheran Church
November 1st – Fort Scott Area Community Foundation
@ Landmark Bank
November 8th – VFW
November 15th – Bourbon Co. Arts Council

Tri-Yak-Athon Tentative For Oct. 20

Frank Halsey speaks to a group of young riders in July before a mountain bike race at Gunn Park.

An annual outdoors athletic event has tentatively been rescheduled for Oct. 20.

“The Tri-Yak-AThon is rescheduled for this Saturday, weather permitting,” Frank Halsey, who is the original organizer of the event. “We are praying the forecasted rain for Thursday night and Friday morning misses us.”

The Tri-yak-a-thon is a race where participants run on Gunn Park’s beautiful trails, kayak up and down the Marmaton River, and then tackle the trails again on a bike”, according to a press release. ” The goal of the event is to have fun and raise money to support the bike share program. ”

“I can tell you there is a lot of interest again this year,” Halsey said. “We are just so dependent on weather it’s hard to tell how many will show.”

The 6th Annual Tri-Yak-A-Thon, at Gunn Park Trails, was postponed for the scheduled race on Oct. 13, due to Marmaton River flooding.  Organizers rescheduled tentatively for October 20.

The Gunn Park Trails volunteers extend an invitation to enjoy the fall weather and watch the 6th annual Tri-yak-a-thon. 

This year’s proceeds benefit the new City of Fort Scott Bike Share Program.

The competition is scheduled on October 20 at 10:00 AM in Gunn Park.

The trail run is approximately four miles, the kayak portion is 2.5 miles, and the final portion is a 7-mile mountain bike ride.

Participants may be part of a relay team or do the entire race solo.

Participants must bring their own kayak, life jacket, helmet, and mountain bike.  Riders must wear a helmet.

Onsite registration and packet pickup will be from 8:00 to 9:45 AM Oct. 20 at Shelter House 6.

You can register online at

“Whether you enter the race or just come and cheer, please join us and support our park, our trails, and our bike share program,” according to the press release.

Fort Scott started a Bike Share program June 2018,

Ten yellow bikes are available for community members and visitors to take and ride for free check out.

Nate’s Place eatery, 750 S. National Avenue is a hub for Bike-Share.

Bikes are available  from the following hub locations:
Fort Scott Area Chamber of Commerce/CVB, 231 E. Wall St., 620-223-3566
Fort Scott Community College, 2108 S. Horton St., 620-223-2700
Nate’s Place/Lyons Twin Mansions, 750 S. National Ave., 620-223-3644
Peerless Products, Inc., 2403 S. Main St., 620-223-4610

Riders must be at least 12 years of age to ride.  If under 18 a parent/guardian must sign the waiver form.
Hub location will take a copy of driver’s license upon bike check-out.
Click here to view the waiver form.

Introducing the Candidates: Trevor Jacob

This is part of a series featuring candidates in the Nov. 6 election.

State Representatives, 4th District (vote for one)

Lawrence Forbach 305 Dement Street Mound City 66056 Democratic

Trevor Jacobs 1927 Locust Rd Fort Scott 66701 Republican

Name: Trevor Jacobs

Age: 42

Candidate for the position of 4th District Kansas House of Representatives

Place of residence: Fort Scott Ks

Current occupation: BNSF Railway

Community involvement:

Preach on KMDO 1600 AM, KOMB 103.9 FM, Sunday mornings, for the radio broadcast Jesus Saves Ministries, preach at Linn County, Mound City Jail, Fort Scott Country Place, Fort Scott Guest Home Estates, Fort Scott Medical Lodge, and have a Bible outreach program, with Jesus Saves Ministries.

Party affiliation: Republican

1) What is the biggest issue, if elected, and how do you plan to address it?

To stand for our God-given rights of “Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness.” I stand to protect our constitutional freedoms. To stand for true American and Kansas traditional values that have made this nation and state great. I stand for the life of the preborn and the protection of the elderly. I stand unashamedly for Biblical morality. I stand for our God-given right to protect ourselves, our families, and our property from government intrusion.

2) Give your views on food sales tax:

I oppose sales tax on food. I voted every time to abolish the sales tax on food. This issue had been introduced and debated multiple times, in the Kansas House Chamber and was voted down everytime by the liberal fringes of both parties. If it wasn’t for partisan politics this issue would have already been resolved.

3) Give your views on legalizing marijuana:

I oppose legalizing marijuana.

4) Give your views on health care for our state, including Medicaid:

This is a very important topic and issue and when considering the future of our healthcare system, the state has put itself in obligation to provide a safety net of healthcare to the elderly, disabled, and the poor. This program is taxpayer funded. It is extremely important to maintain the mindset that there must be serious checks and balances and a degree of accountability with the healthcare programs. Healthcare is not about the quantity of recipients on a particular plan, but of the quality of healthcare that the recipients are receiving.

5) Give views on abortion and Planned Parenthood:

I oppose the murder of children in the womb and I strongly believe it is contrary to the traditional values of the Founding Fathers and documents of this nation. “Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness.” God has formed and created every person for a purpose and a plan.

As for Planned Parenthood, I believe they do not deserve any taxpayer money…given the chance, I would vote to defund Planned Parenthood.

Kansas Water Conference Next Month


Registration is Open and Agenda Continues to Build


Registration is open and speakers continue to be confirmed for the seventh annual Governor’s Conference on the Future of Water in Kansas. This two-day event will be Tuesday, November 13 and Wednesday, November 14, at the Hilton Garden Inn Conference Center in Manhattan, Kansas.


The conference topics include:

  • Reservoir Management to Meet Growing Demands
  • Market Forces That Influence Conservation and Management Practices
  • Infrastructure for the Future
  • Water Technology Farms and Ogallala Aquifer Impacts
  • Kansas Water Vision Implementation
  • Why Does Navigation in Kansas Matter


To view the brochure for a current list of speakers and panelists visit:


Some day one speakers include: Tom Kula, Executive Director of North Texas Municipal Water District; Amy Larson, President of National Water Ways Conference; Jim Macy, Director of Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality; Mark Lambert, Associate Director of Quantified Ventures.


Day two will build on the water policy, funding and vision implementation discussions from the previous day with technical presentation posters and talks. Graduate and undergraduate students will also present their research. Student proposals are due October 22 and more information can be found on the website.


“We encourage anyone to attend who has an interest in our state’s water resources. Legislators, water managers, state, federal, city and county officials as well as scientists, organizations and agricultural producers are all welcome,” said Tracy Streeter Kansas Water Office Director. “Kansas must continue to prioritize our commitment to creating a future that provides safe and reliable sources of water to households, cities, industries, producers, and the list goes on. Dedication to our water resources is critical and necessary for each and every one of us.”


Registration is available online at The deadline is November 1! Conference details, brochure, speakers, sponsors and hotel information can be found online as well.


The Governor’s Conference on the Future of Water in Kansas is hosted by the KWO, K-State /Kansas Water Resource Institute. Major sponsors for the event include Black & Veatch, Burns & McDonnell and Great Lakes Dredge & Dock.


If accommodations are needed for persons with disabilities, please notify the KWO, (785) 296-3185, at least five working days prior to the meeting.


# # #


As the state’s water office, KWO conducts water planning, policy coordination and water marketing as well as facilitates public input throughout the state.

The agency prepares the KANSAS WATER PLAN, a plan for water resources development, management and conservation.


Enjoy The Music at Pioneer Harvest Fiesta: No Friday Night Concert

There will be no Friday night show this week due to the Pioneer Harvest Fiesta activities, according to Ralph Carlson, coordinator for the Friday night concert.
The public is encouraged to visit Pioneer Harvest Fiesta, located at the Bourbon County Fairgrounds on South Horton Streets on Saturday and Sunday where musicians will be entertaining the attendees.
There will be music in the entertainment tent at the festival, starting at 10 am Saturday, Carlson said.
The following is the list of music events.
10 am Mike Lundeen on the keyboard. Old time music
11:45 am Sekanaires Quartet
1 pm Leta and Mike Miller
2 pm to 4, open mike with walk-ons welcome.
9 am Rev Paul Rooks- Grace Baptist Church worship service
10:15 am Fuss and Feathers with Don and Mim Carlson and Ralph Carlson
walkons welcome and open Jam.
2 pm Marilyn Adcock
3 pm Open Mike jam with Fuss and Feathers

Diane Clay: Kansas Outstanding Clerk of the Year

Diane Clay holding her award for Kansas Outstanding Court Clerk of the Year.

Fort Scott City Clerk Diane Clay earned the Kansas Outstanding Court Clerk of the Year Award recently.

This award is selected by the Kansas Association for Court Management Past President’s Committee to a clerk who has shown outstanding service.

The award was presented to Clay by Amy Spitler, Past President of the K.A.C.M. organization on September 27.

Clay has been a part of the K.A.C.M. organization for 19 years and been Fort Scott City Clerk/Municipal Court Clerk for 19 years.

She has served as the  K.A.C.M. Ambassador Chair for many years, secretary for two years and served as a trustee on the board of directors for many years.

She has been with the City of Fort Scott for 20 years where she served as the city manager’s administrative assistant for one year.

Clay’s duties as a court clerk are to enter all new citations that are given by the Fort Scott Police Department, create a weekly docket, attend court every week and keep accurate records of fines assessed by the Municipal Court Judge, Blake Hudson. She then receives payment of fines and sends all convictions to Driver Solutions in Topeka electronically.

“I enjoy being the court clerk for the city very much,” she said. “I enjoy working with the public on a daily basis and assisting people whenever I can,” she said.

“Diane is very well versed in the workings of the court and has a tremendous amount of knowledge and understanding of the ordinances that govern the court,” Deb Needleman, Human Resource Director for the city, said. “She treats everyone with respect and serves the city well.”

Kansas Association for Court Management was formed over 30 years ago and meets twice a year at a spring conference and a fall conference. Over 300 cities in Kansas belong to this organization.

Fort Scott News

%d bloggers like this: