Frances Corinne Oskee, age 99, a former resident of Ft. Scott, Kansas and more recently of Nevada, Missouri, passed away Monday, November 28, 2022, at the Medicalodge of Nevada. She was born July 7, 1923, in Fulton, Kansas, the daughter of Henry Lawrence Bloesser and Kittie Frances Martin Bloesser. Corinne attended grade school in Stotesbury, Missouri and graduated from the Stotesbury High School with the Class of 1940. She married Albert Mark Oskee on January 21, 1951, at the West Liberty United Methodist Church. In earlier years, Corinne worked as a seamstress at Key Work Clothes. She later took a position with the Western Insurance Company where she worked in the Comp. and Liability Department for over thirty years. She was a longtime member of the West Liberty United Methodist Church. Music was always an important part of Corinne’s life. She served as church pianist for over fifty years. She also performed with the Crazy Eight Music Group which performed at many area socials and civic events. She had been active with the Fulton Eastern Star, the Stotesbury Grange, and the Hume Lions Club as well as the Old Forters Camping Club.
Corinne was preceded in death by her husband, Mark, on November 20, 2006. She was also preceded in death by her parents; three brothers, Jim, Joe and Bob Bloesser and a sister, Mary Buckles. Survivors include a niece, Nancy McCrery and a nephew, Larry Buckles; and great-nieces and great-nephews including her care giver, Crystal Bearce as well as Eric McCrery, Kim Dade and Kerry Jennings.
Pastor Don Flanner will conduct funeral services at 10:00 A.M. Monday, December 5th at the Cheney Witt Chapel. Burial will follow in the U. S. National Cemetery in Ft. Scott, Kansas. Memorials are suggested to the West Liberty United Methodist Church or to Heartland Hospice 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 cheneywitt.com.
Teresa Marie Wunderly, 55, of Fulton, Kansas, passed away Saturday, November 26, 2022, at the Girard Medical Center. She was born July 12, 1967, in Fort Scott, Kansas, the daughter of Charles Frederick Wunderly and Elizabeth Ann (Noggle) Wunderly.
Teresa worked with Ace Hardware stores for twenty-two years with five of those at Cronister’s Ace in Girard, Kansas, and seventeen at Mayco Ace in Fort Scott. She also drove a school bus for Fort Scott U234 for seventeen years, and was a member of the Fulton United Methodist Church.
Survivors include her mother, Elizabeth (Wunderly) Freeman, of Fulton, Kansas; two sisters, Brenda Wunderly and Betty Wunderly, and a brother, Hugh Wunderly, all of Fulton; a niece, a nephew, 1 great-niece, and 4 great-nephews. She was preceded in death by her father, Charles Wunderly, and an infant brother, David Wunderly.
Pastor Connie Edgerton will conduct funeral services at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, December 3, 2022, at the Konantz-Cheney Funeral Home, with burial following at the Memory Gardens of Bourbon County Cemetery. The family will receive friends Friday evening, December 2, 2022, at the funeral home from 5:00-6:00 p.m. Memorial contributions may be made to the Hammond Community Center or Fort Scott FFA and may be left in the care of the Konantz-Cheney Funeral Home, 15 W. Wall Street, P.O. Box 309, Fort Scott, Kansas, 66701. Condolences may be submitted to the online guestbook at konantz-cheney.com.
Even though we have had some rain over the last couple of weeks the river, Cedar Creek, and Rock Creek water levels are dropping to levels that is posing a problem to our city water supply.
We will have to start taking water from Lake Fort Scott starting this morning/early afternoon.
Residents of the Lake will not notice any difference in the level of the lake for a few days since we are going to take it slow and only open the valve a small portion.
We will continue to update everyone on this progress throughout so citizens will know what is happening.
Thank you for your cooperation. #togetherwecan.
Assistant City Manager/HR Director
City of Fort Scott.
The Fort Scott Area Chamber of Commerce invites members and guests to a Chamber Coffee event this Thursday, December 1st at 8 a.m. hosted by Fort Scott National Historic Site, 1 Old Fort Blvd.
The Coffee will be held in the Theater on the Fort grounds. This area is upstairs in the building just west of the main entrance and both stairs and an elevator are available.
We encourage everyone to come meet the new Fort Superintendent, Jill Jaworski, and visit with the Friends of the Fort Scott National Historic Site.
Coffee, juice, and light refreshments will be served in addition to a door prize drawing. Contact the Chamber of Commerce at (620) 223-3566 for more information.
The Fort Scott Area Chamber of Commerce is excited to announce that reservations are now being taken for the 2022 Dolly Hollyday Christmas Light Trolley Tours. The 50-minute tour is a fun outing for families, friends, or co-workers to see the most festive Christmas lights in Fort Scott.
Tours will run nightly from Friday, December 9th through Friday, December 23rd. There will be two tours each evening at 5:45 and 7pm. There will be an additional 8:15pm tour on the included Friday and Saturday nights.
The cost of tour is $8 for adults and $5 for children 12 and under or the whole trolley may be booked for $125, seating up to twenty-two passengers. Those taking the tour are invited to arrive at the Chamber early for complimentary cookies, hot cocoa, and glow necklaces for the ride.
Contact the Fort Scott Area Chamber of Commerce for more information at 620-223-3566 or visit fortscott.com.
Celebrating This Season of Giving Thanks
Wishing You a Happy Thanksgiving
Robba and I hope everyone had a happy Thanksgiving and that the holiday was a blessed one spent with your friends, family and loved ones.
We also want to express our gratitude for the servicemembers, law enforcement, first responders and many others who are serving their country and community this holiday season. We are grateful for their sacrifices and are praying for their safety.
Serving Thanksgiving Meals to Fort Riley Soldiers
This week, I had the honor of serving Thanksgiving meals to Fort Riley soldiers and their families. I am thankful for the men and women at Fort Riley and throughout our armed forces who are serving and sacrificing to protect our nation at home and abroad.
Special thanks to First Infantry Division Deputy Commanding General Niave Knell for inviting me to join her for this special occasion and thanks to chef leader SSG Rodrigo Espana who helped coordinate the Thanksgiving meal for 1,000 soldiers, families and community members.
Read more in the Manhattan Mercury here.
Helping Process Food Donations at Hays Community Center
On Wednesday, I had the opportunity to help process food donations at the Hays Community Assistance Center. I appreciate Kansans who generously give groceries to food banks and community centers around the state to help make certain families had a meal on Thanksgiving Day. Thank you to all the volunteers, donors and Director Theresa Hill for giving back to the Hays community.
Thanking Volunteers Packaging Food at Northern Rice County Food Bank
On Tuesday, I had the opportunity to thank volunteers helping package food at the Northern Rice County Food Bank in Lyons. The days before Thanksgiving are the busiest time of year for this food bank as they work hard to provide groceries and meals to families across the region.
I was encouraged and humbled by the people who gave their time and donated food to help feed their neighbors. Thank you to Director Robert Johnson for the work he does to organize the food bank and feed Kansas families.
Visiting Horse Solider Monument and 9/11 Memorial
Earlier this week, I visited the Mark Nutsch Horse Soldier Monument and 9/11 Memorial in downtown Washington to honor those who courageously risked their lives serving our country as a part of the Special Forces team known as the “Horse Soldiers” that fought alongside Afghanistan’s Northern Alliance. The newly-added monument recognizes the heroism of Washington native Mark Nutsch. Captain Nutsch was chosen to lead the first unit to go into Afghanistan in response to 9/11 – known as the Task Force Dagger mission.
Growing up on a cattle ranch in Kansas, Captain Mark Nutsch may have never expected he would use the skill of horseback riding during his time serving as a Green Beret in the United States military. However, on October 19, 2001, as part of a mission following the September 11 terrorist attacks, Nutsch and his team of 11 with the 5th Special Forces Group’s Operational Detachment Alpha 595 were ordered into Afghanistan to liberate the region from the Taliban. In this mission, they did not have tanks or trucks – only horses. Each of these soldiers embodied true courage, service and selflessness, playing a critical role in the fight against terrorism.
I want to thank everyone from the Washington area who joined me for this visit. Special thanks to organizer Ron Nutz for his work to coordinate this moving tribute to one of Washington’s finest and the team who rode with him.
Giving Keynote Address at Washington Rotary Club
While in Washington, I also visited the Rotary Club to give the keynote address for their meeting. I appreciated the opportunity to discuss a number of issues and to hear from local residents and community leaders. Civic organizations like the Washington Rotary Club play a vital role in maintaining thriving local communities, and I always enjoy the chance to visit these groups.
I want to thank Club President Ron Nutz for inviting me and for his leadership in these important efforts for the Washington Rotary Club. Thanks as well to all of the local residents from Washington who joined during the holiday week.
Visiting Linn High School
This week, I visited Linn High School to hear from students and faculty members about the opportunities this school provides and the resources offered to make certain young Kansans have a bright future.
The students I met with impressed me with their knowledge, talent and plans after graduation. Thank you to Principal Jeff Edwards for arranging this visit and to each of these students for an excellent tour.
Touring Textron eAviation in Wichita
On Tuesday, I was in Wichita to visit Textron’s recently created eAviation division which focuses on sustainable aircraft for urban air mobility, general aviation, cargo and special mission roles. I appreciated the opportunity to learn how Textron is utilizing assets across its aerospace and defense businesses to develop new opportunities and take advantage of its fixed-wing and rotorcraft expertise in emerging technologies.
As co-chair of the Senate Aerospace Caucus and a member of the Commerce Committee which oversees civil aviation, I will work to make certain that Wichita and Kansas remain leaders in sustainable air mobility. Thanks to Textron eAviation Chief Executive Officer Rob Scholl and his team for an informative tour and conversation. Special thanks to Textron Chairman Scott Donnelly for bringing this important company mission to Wichita.
The Courthouse will be closed tomorrow, November 30th from 11 am to 1 pm for the annual Bourbon County Employee Holiday luncheon.
In collaboration with USD 234 & USD 235, Bourbon County officially declared the week of November 28th as Bourbon County Reads to Preschoolers Week during the County Commission meeting on Tuesday, November 15, 2022.
This proclamation coincides with Kansas Reads to Preschoolers Month, which is an annual event celebrated in November to promote reading to children under the age of five.
USD 234 & USD 235 encourage the reading of books to students of all ages but stress the importance of reading as a part of early childhood development. Early childhood education is critical to a student’s future success in school.
“This week we will be celebrating reading to preschoolers,”
“Grab those books and help a kiddo on their educational journey.”