American Legion Bingo Thursday

Memorial Auditorium, Third and National Avenue.
There will be bingo at 7 p.m. this Thursday at Memorial Hall, sponsored by the American Legion.
Doors open at 6:00 pm
The American Legion Honor Guard will be selling concessions.
We are asking that people not bring outside food or drink.
Submitted by
Jessica Allison

Fort Scott Gets KDOT Grant For Horton Street Improvements

Governor Laura Kelly Announces More Than $7 Million in Transportation Project Investments

~~Cost Share Program Tops $100M in Grants
for the First Time in its History~~

OLATHE – Governor Laura Kelly joined Transportation Secretary Julie Lorenz today to announce that more than $7 million will be awarded to 11 transportation construction projects through the Kansas Department of Transportation’s Cost Share Program for spring 2022. With these grants, more than $100 million has been given to Kansas communities since the Cost Share Program’s inception.

“My administration has invested more than $100 million in our roads, trails, and bridges since the start of the Cost Share program because quality infrastructure is the foundation of strong communities,” Governor Kelly said. “Congratulations to each of this year’s Cost Share awardees. Thank you for the work you’re doing to continue building a beautiful, vibrant, and safe Kansas.”

The Cost Share Program was founded in 2019 as part of the Kelly Administration’s 10-year, bipartisan Eisenhower Legacy Transportation Program, or IKE. By leveraging both state and local dollars to fund community transportation projects, Cost Share improves safety, supports job retention and growth, relieves congestion, and increases access and mobility in rural and urban areas.

Governor Kelly lauded the Cedar Creek Trail in Olathe as a prime example of how Cost Share can benefit a community. Enhancements to the city’s trail system will give residents greater access to recreational amenities, connect to regional trails, and provide hiking and biking access to nearby health care facilities.

With today’s announcement, more than $103 million in state funding, matched by more than $74 million in local funding, has been invested in Cost Share projects since the program was founded by the Kelly Administration.

“We rely on local leaders to bring us their best ideas for projects that, with a little help, can make a significant difference in a community,” Secretary Lorenz said. “Communities come to the table with a solid project plan, the support of local business and community members, and matching funds in place. State dollars help get the projects to the finish line.”

View a map of Cost Share projects here.

Spring 2022 Cost Share recipients are:

Ellis County

Cathedral Avenue reconstruction

City of Erie

4th Street improvement, phase two

City of Fort Scott

Horton Street improvements

Johnson County

I-35 and 24th Street traffic signals

Lincoln County

60th Road pavement reclamation

City of Logan

Logan Street reconstruction

City of North Newton

Sidewalk improvements

City of Olathe

Cedar Creek Trail, phase two

Pottawatomie County

Havensville Road bridge over Mound Creek

Scott County

W. Road 270 improvements

City of Valley Center

Seneca Street reconstruction

More information about KDOT’s Cost Share Program is on KDOT’s website at



The FSHS Tiger Drama Camp: The Stinky Cheese Man On May 27-28

The Annual FSHS Tiger Drama Camp presents The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales by John Glore at 7 p.m. on May 27 and at 2 p.m. on May 28 at the FSHS Auditorium. 
The play and camp are produced by the FSHS Thespian Troupe #7365 and their sponsor Angie Bin and features over 35 local youth ages 1st through 9th grades. Directors are recent graduate Christina King and junior Regen Wells. Music Directors are senior Karen Primeaux and junior Jericho Jones. All technical aspects of the play are designed and created by a team of sixteen high school Thespian members.
“Though the characters may be familiar, each of your favorite storybook fables is uproariously derailed in this adaptation of Jon Scieszka and Lane Smith’s quintessential children’s book of fractured fairy tales. Everything from ‘Chicken Little’ to ‘The Gingerbread Man’ gets a complete makeover. Fun music and witty narration accompany the likes of ineloquent giants, sassy barnyard animals, colossal cow pies, and enough stinky cheese to go around,” according to Playscripts publishing.
Tickets are $5 for reserved seats and are available at and at the door. Doors open 30 minutes prior to showtime.
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Service Notice of Patricia Howard

Patricia Ann Howard, age 67, a resident of Ft. Scott, Kansas, passed away Monday, May 23, 2022, at the Overland Park Regional Medical Center.
Following cremation, Father Yancey Burgess will conduct Mass of Christian Burial at 11:30 A.M. Friday, May 27th at the Mary Queen of Angels Catholic Church.
The family will receive friends from 5 to 7 P.M. Thursday at the Mary Queen of Angels Catholic Church where the Rosary will be recited at 6:30 P.M.  Memorials are suggested to Always and Furever Midwest Animal Sanctuary 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 Ida McReynolds

Ida Luella McReynolds, age 80, a longtime resident of Weir, Kansas, passed away Friday, May 20, 2022.  She was born September 9, 1941, in Radley, Kansas, the daughter of Alonzo Mayberry and Ida Irena McVey Mayberry.  Ida married Melvin Eugene McReynolds, on November 16, 1957, at Miami, Oklahoma.  He preceded her in death on January 26, 2008.  Ida had worked as a housekeeper at area nursing homes, hospitals and private homes.  She enjoyed spending time with her family.


Survivors include two sons, Chet McReynolds (Jill), of Beverly Hills, Florida and Herb McReynolds (Karen), of Weir, Kansas and a daughter, Jewel McReynolds of Overland Park, Kansas. and several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.  Also surviving are three sisters, Lori Marconi and Rita Woods, both of Pittsburg, Kansas and Diana Lynn Meyers, of Carl Junction, Missouri and a brother, Wilburn “Bud” Mayberry, of Pittsburg, Kansas.

In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by two sons, Melvin McReynolds and Jack McReynolds, a daughter, Linda McReynolds, a sister, Barbara Geier and a brother, James Mayberry.


Funeral services will be held at 10:30 A.M. Friday, May 27th at the Cheney Witt Chapel.

Burial will follow in the Marmaton Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 5 to 7 P.M. Thursday evening at the Cheney Witt Chapel, 201 S. Main, Ft. Scott, KS 66701. Memorials a suggested to a charity of the donors choice.  Words of remembrance may be submitted to the online guestbook at


U.S. Senator Jerry Moran Newsletter May 23



Reaching an Agreement on Historic Legislation for Veterans

For far too long, veterans exposed to toxic substances while serving our nation have been denied access to health care and benefits through the VA. This includes many of the 3.5 million post-9/11 veterans who have potentially encountered toxic exposures from burn pits – areas near military bases used to burn chemicals, rubber, medical waste, plastics, and other waste that would emit toxic smoke. As leaders of the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee, Senator Jon Tester and I are committed to passing legislation to provide these veterans – and future generations of veterans – with the health care and benefits they deserve.

This past week, Sen. Tester and I reached a bipartisan agreement for the most comprehensive toxic exposure package the Senate has ever delivered to veterans in this country’s history. For months I worked with Sen. Tester, the VA and veteran service organizations to craft legislation to provide relief to all generations of veterans exposed to toxic substances during their service. Together, we will continue working until Congress delivers on its commitment to passing long-lasting solutions and comprehensive toxic exposure reforms for those who served our country.

Read more about the impact of the legislation in the Military Times.


Demanding Answers from FDA on the Baby Formula Shortage

As Kansas parents continue to struggle to find baby formula in stores, I joined several of my Senate colleagues in asking Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Commissioner Robert Califf about the agency’s plans to address the shortage. The shortage comes in the aftermath of Abbott Nutrition’s voluntary recall of formula possibly connected to infant death and sickness, prompting an FDA safety investigation that temporarily closed Abbott’s Michigan formula manufacturing plant. The FDA is only now allowing Abbott’s plant to restart production of formula. Both the voluntary recall and the FDA investigation exasperated the shortage. I am awaiting Commissioner Califf’s response on the FDA’s failure to mitigate the nationwide baby formula shortage and the steps available to limit the harmful impact on families and their newborns.

Read the full letter to the FDA here.

Continue reading U.S. Senator Jerry Moran Newsletter May 23

Sports Training Available

Momentum Indoor Training Summer Offerings:

Sports Performance Training – Training designed specifically for an individual to increase general and sport specialized sports performance.  It is crucial to improving an athlete’s ability to master the skills of their chosen sport, reduce the risk of injury, and gain a competitive edge.  Scheduled individually or in small groups each athlete has training designed specifically to teach proper movement patterns that will improve their speed, power, agility, and more.  Athletes from any and all sports benefit from Sports Performance Training.


Sports Performance Training is scheduled on an individual or small group basis Tuesdays to Fridays.


Pricing –

7 to 11 years old – $50 for 12 sessions (2 sessions per week for 6 weeks)


12 years old and older – $75 for 12 sessions (2 sessions per week for 6 weeks)


Monthly pricing is available after the first 12 sessions



Skills Room Access


Volleyball – Utilize the Sports Attack Volleyball Skillz Attack machine.  This machine can Serve, Pass, Set, and Hit.  It allows any player to train any and all the positions by themselves anytime they want or need to.  The Skillz Attack can also be used in small groups.  Volleyball will be set-up for scheduling on Wednesdays.


Softball/Baseball – Train like an elite athlete with the Hack Attack Softball and Baseball pitching machine.  Both machines can pitch multiple pitches and simulate a live pitcher by throwing balls around the strike zone instead of just straight pitches.  20 minutes against the machine will allow an athlete to see an average of 75 pitches.  The Softball/Baseball machines will be set-up for scheduling on Tuesdays and Thursday for individuals and groups of less than 5 players.



All training is by appointment and on a first come first serve basis and will be the following:

Tuesdays – Softball/Baseball

Wednesdays – Volleyball

Thursdays – Softball/Baseball

Sundays, Mondays, Fridays, and Saturdays – Skills Room is closed to all scheduling


Skills Room Pricing

30 minutes – $25

1 hour – $40

A loyalty program will be in place for those who qualify

All previously purchased packages will continue to be honored



Emelia Whiteaker, MS, ATC, PES – Owner/Operator/Trainer

A native of Fort Scott, she received her Bachelor’s of Science in Athletic Training from Washburn University and a Master’s of Science in Health Promotion with an emphasis in Sports Performance and Injury Prevention from California University of Pennsylvania.  Emelia holds certifications from the Board of Certification in Athletic Training and the National Academy of Sports Medicine as a Performance Enhancement Specialist.  Over a 15 year career she has trained athletes ranging in age from 6 years old to the professional levels and sports that include: Football, Distance Running, Softball/Baseball, Volleyball, Track and Field, Basketball, Soccer, Golf, Rodeo, Hockey and more.  Many of Emelia’s athletes have gone on to be individual and team state champions and compete as elite athletes.  It is her belief that every child that has the heart to be an athletes has the potential to be an athlete and it is her job to help them get there.


Momentum Indoor Training can be reached by Call or Text at (620) 224-8442, e-mail: [email protected] or message the Facebook page: @mitrainingfs.




Ascension Via Christi Emergency Department in Fort Scott receives Geriatric Accreditation

The Ascension Via Christi Emergency Department in Fort Scott has received a Level 3 accreditation by the American College of Emergency Physicians’ Geriatric Emergency Department Accreditation program (GEDA), which along with the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine, Emergency Nurses Association and American Geriatrics Society developed and released geriatric ED guidelines.

“This accreditation is very exciting for us and has allowed us to focus on improving the quality of care for one of our largest patient populations,” says Jessica Cobb, Emergency Department director. “Becoming a geriatric emergency department allows us to integrate best practices and standardized approaches to care for the older citizens in our community.”

Fort Scott’s full-service ER is staffed by physicians 24/7 and includes CT scans, ultrasounds and a new, fully remodeled radiology department with six exam rooms and additional treatment
spaces. As part of their geriatric certification, a nurse and physician on staff completed specific geriatric training and serve as clinical champions for geriatric care in the ED.

This accreditation allows the Emergency Department to continue to provide high standards of close-to-home care to our community.
For more information about Ascension Via Christi Emergency Department in Fort Scott go to
About Ascension Via Christi
In Kansas, Ascension Via Christi operates seven hospitals and 75 other sites of care and employs nearly 6,400 associates. Across the state, Ascension Via Christi provided nearly $89 million in community benefit and care of persons living in poverty in fiscal year 2021. Serving Kansas for more than 135 years, Ascension is a faith-based healthcare organization committed to delivering compassionate, personalized care to all, with special attention to
persons living in poverty and those most vulnerable. Ascension is the leading non-profit and Catholic health system in
the U.S., operating more than 2,600 sites of care – including 145 hospitals and more than 40 senior living facilities – in 19 states and the District of Columbia. Visit

Obituary of Sharon Manahan

Sharon Kay Manahan, age 64, resident of Ft. Scott, KS, died Saturday, May 21, 2022, at her home.  She was born August 3, 1957, in Ft. Scott, the daughter of Leo James Karleskint and Alwilla Boyd Karleskint.

graduated from Ft. Scott High School with the class of 1975.  She married Glen Manahan on November 21, 1975, in Ft. Scott.

Sharon began working for Mid-Western Distribution a week after graduation in 1975 and continued until the 1990’s.  She then worked for Great West Insurance Company, Ruddick’s Furniture, and finally Firstsource from 2011 until 2021.

Sharon enjoyed old black and white movies, reading mystery novels, cake decorating, and ceramics in her earlier years.

She helped Glen remodel their first and only home in Ft. Scott.


Survivors include her husband Glen of the home; siblings Mark Karleskint and wife Mary Jo, Barbara Marchant, and Marilyn Miller, all of Ft. Scott; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, longtime co-workers from Mid-Western Distribution, and special friend, Cindy Lashly.

She was preceded in death by two brothers, Howard and Dan Karleskint, her parents, and her dog Anthony.

There was cremation.

Hospice Chaplain Dennis Uchtman will speak briefly following a visitation from 1:00 PM until 3:00 PM Saturday, June 11th, at the Cheney Witt Chapel.

Memorials are suggested to either Integrity Hospice or St. Mary’s Catholic School and may be left in care of the Cheney Witt Chapel, 201 S. Main St., Ft. Scott, KS 66701.  Words of remembrance may be submitted to the online guestbook at

Friday Night Free Concert: Prairie Sunflower Strings

Ralph Carlson introduces the Friday Night Concert musicians May 2019.

The Prairie Sunflower Strings will be the featured entertainment at this week’s Friday Night Concert. The musical group, consisting of eight musicians, play traditional folk music on  dulcimers, guitar, violin, and autoharp. A few newer songs will also be added into the mix.


“These talented musicians and vocalists have been playing together for four years,“  concert-series organizer Ralph Carlson said. “Members of The Prairie Sunflower Strings are Cherry Nelson, Joyce Love, Barbara Ray, and Jean Strader on mountain dulcimers, Charlena Burns on bowed dulcimer, Marilyn Adcock on autoharp and vocals, Sandy Hemphill on guitar, violin, and vocals, and Jack Hemphill on guitar. We are pleased to welcome this fine group back to the park pavilion. Come out and join us for a fun opportunity to see friends and enjoy some great music.“


The concert begins at 7 p.m. at the Heritage Park Pavilion at First and Main streets. The shows, sponsored by the Fort Scott Area Chamber of Commerce, are free and open to the public. Dave Oas and Jim Butler provide the sound each week. Due to limited seating, attendees are encouraged to bring lawn chairs.


In the event of inclement weather, the show will be moved to The Loading Dock at  Common Ground Coffee Co., 12 E. Wall

AD: Farm Service Agency Seeks Program Technician

The Bourbon County Farm Service Agency has a permanent full-time Program Technician position available.  Salary ranges from $32,570 to $58,158 (CO-3 to CO-7), depending on experience/education.

Benefits include health, life, retirement, annual and sick leave.

Must be a US citizen.

High school graduate or GED.

See full vacancy announcement at: (type Farm Service Agency in the “what” box and Kansas in the “where” box) for details and instructions to apply on-line or by fax.

Complete application packages must be submitted online or fax by 11:59 pm EDT, June 1, 2022.


Person selected will be subject to background investigation.

For questions, please call the Bourbon County FSA Office at 620-223-1880.

USDA is an Equal Opportunity Provider,

Employer, and Lender.

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