Freedom’s Frontier NHA grant awarded to The Gordon Parks Museum

Gordon Parks. Submitted photo.

The Gordon Parks Museum received $1,000 in grant funding from Freedom’s Frontier National Heritage Area. The award will help with the museum’s technology and interactive display expansion for the purchase of a large 65-inch monitor display and mobile cart.

This purchase will help us to expand the museum, through the use of this monitor to provide slide shows of Gordon’s photographs, interviews, related films and videos along with other artist works that are inspired by Gordon’s remarkable career to fight against racism, poverty and discrimination.

The monitor will also be used as an additional monitor display for viewing, during presentations and events. This monitor can also provide promotional signage for future events and information for the museum.

“We are thrilled to be an award recipient of the Freedom’s Frontier NHA grant,” said Gordon Parks Museum Executive Director, Kirk Sharp.” We are excited to have this display installed, so to better enhance the visitor’s experience in our museum and for events.”

The goal to have the monitor and mobile cart installed and available for visitor’s use is August 1, 2024.

For more information about The Gordon Parks Museum visit



Freedom’s Frontier National Heritage Area (FFNHA) is a federally funded nonprofit organization and affiliate of the National Park Service dedicated to building awareness of the struggle for freedom along the Missouri-Kansas border. Established by Congress in 2006, its nationally significant themes are the settlement of the frontier, the Missouri-Kansas Border War and Civil War, and the enduring struggle for freedom. These diverse, interwoven, and nationally important stories grew from a unique physical and cultural landscape. FFNHA inspires respect for multiple perspectives and empowers residents to preserve and share these stories. We achieve our goals through interpretation, preservation, conservation, and education for all residents and visitors.

Obituary of Robert Hoffman

Robert Joseph Hoffman, age 77, a resident of Ft. Scott, Kansas, passed away Monday, June 17, 2024, at his home in Ft. Scott.  Bob was born April 18, 1947, in Evansville, Indiana, the son of Bernard Hoffman and Phyllis Eckhardt Hoffman.  Bob married Ann E. Stephan Gillmore on August 31, 1985, in Ft. Scott.


Survivors include his wife, Ann Gillmore-Hoffman of Ft. Scott; three children, Joanna Janger of Phoenix, Arizona, John Gillmore (Susan) of Ft. Scott and Kathy Gillmore-Dancer (Tracy) also of Ft. Scott, six grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.  Also surviving is a sister, Patricia Ann Hoffman of Glenview, Illinois.

Bob was preceded in death by a grandson.


Following cremation, private burial will take place at a later date in the U. S. National Cemetery in Ft. Scott, Kansas.  Memorials are suggested to Shirley Yeager Animal Friends 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

Chamber Coffee at Varia Resale Clothing on June 20

Join us for Chamber Coffee!

Thursday, June 20th, 8am

Hosted by Varia Resale Clothing

114 E. 23rd

Varia Resale Clothing is located at 114 E. 23rd Street behind Taco Bell.

* Varia offers a wide variety of men’s, women’s, and children’s clothing in all sizes.

*Varia stock name brands with nothing over $11.50 while offering monthly sales and promotions!

Thank you Robin Kendrick for being a Chamber Member!

Join us for coffee, juice, light refreshments and door prizes this Thursday at Varia Resale Clothing!

Click here to check out Varia Resale Clothing’s Facebook!

Contact the Chamber of Commerce at (620) 223-3566 for more information.

Thank you to our Chamber Champion members

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Fort Scott Area Chamber of Commerce

231 E. Wall St., Fort Scott, KS 66701


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Bo Co Commission Minutes of June 10

June 10, 2024                                                                        Monday, 5:30 p.m.



The Board of Bourbon County Commissioners met in open session with all three Commissioners and the County Clerk present.



Vance Eden, Mike Wunderly, Bonnie Smith, Patty Ropp, Jill Franklin, Kim Sparks, Katie Casper, Mary Pemberton, Clint Walker, Rachel Walker, Roxy Gregg, Marla Sutterby, Kevin Sutterby, Pete Owenby, Jason Silvers, Josh Jones, Marty Dewitt, Deb Martin, Anne Dare, Michael Hoyt, Carol Didier, Cameron Didier, Carol Adamson, Steven Douglas Adamson, Ashley Adamson, Carl Linnenbringer, Dana McKenney, Gertrude Harper, and Brent M. Smith were present for some or all of the meeting.



Jim opened the meeting with the flag salute.



Jim stated there was a full agenda and reminded those signed up for public comments there would be a five-minute limit.



Clifton made a motion to approve the consent agenda which includes approval of minutes from 6-3-2024. Brandon seconded the motion and all approved.



Jessie Walker stated he was here last month with Lynne Oharah regarding 95th and Unique Road and asked how the county could maintain the entire section of a road for years and then decide to only maintain part of it. Jim said when he was Public Works Director, he was notified that it was not a public road and that is why they stopped maintaining it. Mr. Walker said that someone came out and placed a white flag approximately ¾ of the way down the road and Eric said that was his department as the whole road is not open only a section and the rest is a lane as was explained to him by the Register of Deeds. Mr. Walker asked why the county has maintained it before and now will not and requested minutes from previous meetings where the road was discussed. It was explained to go to the Clerk’s Office and complete a KORA request form and he could obtain any minutes he would like. Jim said he would visit with the Lora, Eric, and Legal Counsel but that he can’t go against what they say.



Vance Eden said he is here tonight as a resident who is in support of solar panels. Vance stated he has done research regarding the development of solar and that he is not a tax appraiser nor accountant but believes that about 1 mill per megawatt would be on the tax roll after the 10-year abatement. Mr. Eden said he is not representing the school, however; there is not much industry in that half of the county and this could be a stimulus across the entire county and could reduce taxes which could entice companies to come into Bourbon County. Vance stated if taxes were not lowered then the additional revenue could be used to provide more services. Mr. Eden said he could understand why neighbors could be opposed to the solar panels but he is looking at the school and tax benefits. Brandon said he is not against solar panels but feels it is our job to protect people. Brandon stated he has done some research and for solar panels to produce the same megawatts as the Burlington power plant, which is on 9600 acres, there would need to be 15,000 acres of solar panels. Brandon said if it is negotiated right, it could be a lot of money for the residents but they need to be located in the right place. Jim said he has heard that there would be 45,000 acres of solar panels in Bourbon County and stated that number is not right. Katie Casper asked if she could get a question answered and was instructed to go in the hallway and ask Vance any questions she may have.



Pete Owenby asked when the money kicks in for the windmills. Jim said there is a 10-year abatement on them. Brandon spoke of the depreciation rate of the windmills which he said was at 7 years while solar depreciates at 20% and Clifton stated the windmills last longer than solar. Pete said he did a KORA request for the attorney rebuttal that was discussed at a prior meeting and was told it was attorney client privilege. Pete asked if they spoke to the attorney as a Commissioner or citizen and if the county paid for the attorney which Jim said the county did not. Pete asked for a contact at KDHE and explained the person he spoke to would not comment on solar panels and Jim said he would give him the numbers that he has for KDHE. Pete discussed a code of conduct resolution that was passed in 2020.



Becky Johnson, Administrator and Health Officer of the Southeast Kansas Multi-County Health Department, presented an annual report to the Commissioners that outlined some of their accomplishments for the last year.  Becky discussed some of their accomplishments such as holding tetanus shot clinic during the flood, hosting a community baby shower, having a nurse who is a CPR instructor and safe sleep instructor. Becky said they were able to attend more training including the Four Corners Emergency Management Conference as well as a billing and WIC symposium. Becky said they are continuing to add programs to help the citizens of Bourbon County and requested $95,750 in funding for 2025, which is the same amount as last year. Becky expressed how grateful they are for the continued support. Clifton said we are very fortunate to have Becky in our community and said she was asked to go to Topeka to speak.



Roxy Gregg, with the Pike Lake Group, presented 68 landowner petitions signed by homeowners who are against the Pike Lake Project. Roxy said she knows the bill has been said to be dead in the water but explained it could be brought back in 2025. Roxy asked the Commissioners if they were for or against the project. Brandon said he is against  the project and explained he did not think it would be good for Bourbon County where they are proposing it. Jim stated he does not support imminent domain; however, he is for an alternate water supply but in a different area of the county. Clifton said he was against the project from day one. It was questioned if the Commissioners would sign a resolution like they did in Cowley County and Clifton explained the resolution in Cowley County says no development by private individuals and that if this project were to happen it would not be private individuals doing the development. Jim thanked the group for all their hard work.



Kevin Davidson, Undersheriff, stated the Sheriff’s department is retiring a K9 and explained they received it free from Labette County and were able to use the dog for a while.  An agreement was presented for signature that outlines the retirement of the dog who will go to Deputy Penland. Brandon made a motion to retire the dog who will go to Deputy Penland. Clifton seconded the motion with discussion and added to allow Chairman Harris to sign the agreement. All approved the motion.



Jennifer Hawkins, County Clerk, stated she received a public notice from KDHE for the issuance of a new permit for Mike Rogers. Jim said he was told the permit was no longer needed. Jennifer presented an audit agreement with Jarred, Gilmore, and Phillips, PA for the fiscal year 2024 audit. Clifton made a motion to allow Chairman Harris to sign the audit scope for the fiscal year 2024 audit. Brandon seconded the motion and all approved. Jennifer reminded residents that the final day to turn in an interest letter to be considered for the solar panel committee is June 12th. Jennifer presented Resolution 07-24 which outlines the salaries for elected officials and explained we are signing it now at the request of the auditors. Clifton made a motion to approve Resolution 07-24. Brandon seconded the motion and all approved. Jennifer asked to amend the agenda to add fireworks permits for two companies. Clifton made a motion to amend the agenda to allow discussion of fireworks permits. Brandon seconded the motion and all approved. Jennifer presented two permits for Jake’s Fireworks one for the corner of Wall and Goodlander Streets and another for 2221 S. Main Street. Clifton made a motion for Jim to sign the two permits for Jake’s Fireworks. Brandon seconded the motion and all approved. A permit for Hale’s Fireworks at 2523 S. Main Street. Clifton made a motion for Jim to sign the permit for Hale’s Fireworks. Brandon seconded the motion and all approved.



Jim discussed Neighborhood Revitalization Program errors and stated many distributions were long or short which results in approximately $33,000 that needs to be refunded to participants of the program. There are two choices for funding the refunds which would be to use the Appraiser’s 2024 fund or to go after the Appraiser’s bond. Jim thanked Jennifer, Susan, and Patty for putting safeguards in place to ensure that an error such as this does not happen moving forward. Jim said as just one Commissioner he does not want to go against the bond and suggested to use the Appraiser’s fund. Brandon said if we owe the money to the residents, we need to pay them and he agrees on not activating the bond and Clifton agreed. Brandon made a motion to use the Appraiser’s fund to issue refunds for the NRP errors. Clifton seconded the motion and all approved.



Brandon asked for a timeline for the ER so residents can be informed. Jim said Clifton will be discussing that during his comments section. Brandon said during his very first executive session Baker Tilly was discussed and he was unaware that you could discuss what was mentioned in executive session. Brandon explained that someone who was not in the executive session posted things online that was only mentioned during the executive session. Brandon asked how the individual got the information. Jim said he didn’t know. Brandon said he has made calls to KDHE and is waiting on a call back and that he has a call scheduled Wednesday with a solar company.



Clifton stated there would be a healthcare announcement made on Thursday at 10:00 at the hospital building. Clifton made a motion that all three Commissioners could be present and no Bourbon County business will be conducted. Brandon seconded the motion and all approved.



Jim said he might have been rude earlier but he doesn’t think people should intrude on other people’s personal lives.



Clifton made a motion to adjourn the meeting at 6:38. Brandon seconded the motion and all approved.






___________________, Chairman


ATTEST:                                                                                                    ___________________, Commissioner


Jennifer Hawkins, Bourbon County Clerk

6-17-2024                               Approved Date



NRMC Community Events 

NRMC Community Events 

July, 2024

Thank you for sharing these events with our community!


Farmers Market

Enjoy fresh produce, baked goods, local honey and more!  Vendors set up in the grass lot just north of the Primary Care Clinic each Tuesday afternoon.

3:00 – 6:00 p.m. – Tuesdays


Birth and Beyond: Saturday Class

A class which covers childbirth, breastfeeding and infant care for women in their last trimester.

Includes a tour of the NRMC OB when available.  Meets in the NRMC Mezzanine Conference Room.  $15 registration fee.  Fee may be waived if cost is prohibitive.

8:30 A.M. – 12:30 P.M. • Saturday, July 13th – NRMC Mezzanine     REGISTER ONLINE HERE  You may also register by calling 417-448-3710


Community Blood Drive at NRMC

Join us for our community-wide blood drive in the Mezzanine Conference Room.  Blood collected through our hospital drives remains in our local area to assist patients in need.  To register for a specific appointment time, just visit and click on the donate blood button.  Walk-ins are also welcome!

12:00 – 6:00 p.m. – Thursday, July 25th – Hospital Mezzanine







The Artificers Newsletter for July

The Artificers In July!

Check out the calendar below for all events happening this month!

Art Opening and Reception!

July 5th, 2024 @ 6pm, Artist Talk @ 7pm

Christine’s Master Artist Classes!

Alla Prima Oil Painting Workshop

Have you always wanted to learn how to paint with oils but they have intimidated you?

Are you self taught and could use some guidance? Do you love oils but want to become

more efficient in your process? If you have answered yes to any of these questions this

workshop is for you!

Learn a more intentional approach to creating artwork using an all at once method

called Alla Prima.

Christine will break down a step-by-step process of paint application

in a simplistic and understandable way. Take the guesswork out of oil paints, I will

explain the concepts behind the methods so that you fully understand “why do oils

behave that way when I do….”

Whether you are a beginner or more advanced there is definitely something for you

because students will work on individual ideas and references.

Students will:

– Discover tricks to planning and figuring out a great composition

– Understand color mixing and paint application

– Learn open and close grisaille to create solid value groupings

– Create one final 6×8 alla prima piece incorporating everything you’ve learned

Adult age 14+ • July 6th •10am-1pm & 2-5pm

July Classes

Come into the studio from 12pm-4pm July 27th,

and Glaze all of your pre-made pieces!

Don’t Forget us For your Parties!

Arson Suspected on New Playground at Third Street Park

On June 15th at approximately 6:30 pm Officers with the Fort Scott Police Department observed smoke coming from the area of the playground located near 3rd and Wilson. Officers observed a piece of playground equipment fully engulfed in flames and requested the Fort Scott Fire Department respond to the scene. This incident is being investigated as an arson. There are no suspects currently. The playground equipment is valued at $1000.


Submitted by

Chief Jason Pickert

Fort Scott Police Department

Nurse Practitioner Residency applications open


PITTSBURG — Applications for the PSU Nurse Practitioner Residency Program are open. The program is a partnership between Pittsburg State University and the Community Health Center of Southeast Kansas, providing a guided transition into a practitioner role.

To apply for the 2024-2025 nurse practitioner residency, visit CHC/SEK’s careers page at

During the residency, participants will receive a full salary and benefits while receiving shoulder-to-shoulder training from CHC/SEK’s nurse practitioners and physician preceptors. Qualifications include a Kansas APRN license, Family Nurse Practitioner National Certification from AANP or ANCC, and a primary care NP Graduate from an accredited nursing program.

The 12-month rural NP Residency will begin September 9, 2024. The residents will expand their clinical knowledge and skills to become proficient in primary care services as they develop their own rural patient panel and transition to NP practice.

Opportunities for didactic and clinical experiences in primary care and specialty rotations will be available. Residents will have the required components and the ability to customize their residency.

Upon completion, residents will receive recognition from the PSU Irene Ransom Bradley School of Nursing and receive a certificate.

To learn more about the residency and qualifications, visit PSU’s Rural Nurse Practitioner Residency webpage:


Community Health Center of Southeast Kansas

Community Health Center of Southeast Kansas (CHC/SEK) is a mission-focused, patient-owned, federally qualified health center (FQHC), Kansas not-for-profit corporation, and a recognized 501(c)(3) public charity. CHC/SEK provides quality, affordable, and accessible healthcare for everyone, regardless of income or insurance status. CHC/SEK has 39 registered sites in Kansas and Oklahoma, providing approximately 60 services, including walk-in care, primary care, women’s health, mammography and prenatal care, pediatrics, school-based health services, vaccinations, dental care, behavioral health and addiction treatment, and chronic disease management. To learn more, visit





Community Foundation of Southeast Kansas Grant Applications Are Being Accepted Until June 30

This is a story about one of the Community  Foundation of Southeast Kansas grantees from last year’s General Funds Grant cycle.
This year’s General Funds application is open until June 30th.

CFSEK Grantee Story Series:

Cherry Street Youth Center, the “Hidden Gem” of Chanute

The Community Foundation of Southeast Kansas (CFSEK) is excited to continue our series of articles highlighting the great work done by some of our grantees in Southeast Kansas communities. Our next grantee to highlight is Cherry Street Youth Center in Chanute.

In a time when childcare at an affordable cost is, in a word, lacking, it might be strange to hear of an after-school program that cares for 125 children daily and is completely free. Cherry Street Youth Center in Chanute, Kansas, is a Christian outreach ministry where children are encouraged to learn about gardening, cooperation, and 3D printing while growing closer to God. Founded in 1995 out of a small house, Cherry Street has expanded operations to three locations in Chanute, where different ministries take place for children from kindergarten to middle school.

“Our goal as a Christian ministry is to help bring children closer to God,” said Jennifer Shields, executive director, “but we also want to help our kiddos be the best versions of themselves!”

Cherry Street is not a daycare, but rather a place for students to go after school and continue their education in a fun environment.

“We like to say that we are the ‘best kept secret’ in SEK,” Shields said. “We are so unique in what we do, and our goal is always to provide this free service to our community. We can’t do what we do without our community and their support! Grants and donations are how we make purchases for our classes and programming. We bought 3D printers so our kids could learn about programming and design! That would not be possible without donations and grants from the Community Foundation!”

Shields told the story of a little girl who came to the playground at Cherry Street one day to play with her friends during program hours. She was not a student of Cherry Street, due to policies and safety guidelines, only registered children can be on campus during program hours. Shields had to ask the girl to return home until 5:30, when the program ended.  Before sending the girl off, Shields asked her if she was interested in becoming a part of Cherry Street, and the little girl responded that her parents could not afford to send her there. “My heart broke, but I was so excited to tell her, ‘Sweetie, we are absolutely free! Let me send you home with some paperwork!’ She is now in 4th grade, and I see her almost daily,” Shields said.

Cherry Street serves not just as a place for fun but also as a place to encourage academic success for all children. Realizing many of the children attending the after-school program were not reading on grade level, Shields reached out to the elementary school principal to see how best to help. Cherry Street received site word lists for every grade level from the elementary school to practice with the children. “We are all about our community, both in Chanute and Southeast Kansas as a whole! We just want people to know what we do and the positive impact we are making.”

The Community Foundation of Southeast Kansas is proud to have supported Cherry Street Youth Center as a 2023 General Funds Grant recipient for their 3D printer project. Through granting, CFSEK has also supported other projects at Cherry Street over the past five years. If you wish to donate to Cherry Street, you can visit

The 2024 General Funds Grant applications are available until June 30th at midnight. Applications are available at

The Community Foundation of Southeast Kansas awarded over $2 million in grants from all foundation funds in 2023 and has facilitated over $23 million in total granting to Southeast Kansas since its inception in 2001. CFSEK serves the region by providing donors with various charitable interests and encouraging charitable giving, which addresses present and future needs in our area. More information about CFSEK is available at





FORT SCOTT:  – Local restaurant Brickstreet BBQ will be hosting a visit from America’s Best Restaurants (ABR) in early July 2024.


America’s Best Restaurants, a national media and marketing company focusing on bringing attention to local, independently-owned restaurants, will bring its ABR Roadshow to the restaurant on July 1st.  Popular dishes will be highlighted, along with an extensive on-camera interview with owners Alex and Carissa Bowman about the restaurant’s special place in the community. The episode will be aired extensively on social media channels at a later date.

The Bowmans opened Brickstreet BBQ in 2023, offering hickory-smoked meats, sides, salads and sandwiches in a welcoming, unique environment.


The idea for offering barbecue to the Fort Scott community stemmed not only from a lack of that particular cuisine in the area, but also a desire to “do something” with the historic building it is located in.


Known as the H.L. Stout building and built in 1911, the brick building with a two-story vestibule has been the home of everything from a patent medicine manufacturer to car dealerships to a cafeteria, with a skating rink on the second floor and a bowling alley in the basement, according to a 2009 article in the Fort Scott Tribune.

“It was kind of like  – we need to do something with that building,” Carissa says.  “It really was just kind of a gut feeling. We didn’t even know we wanted to do barbecue at that time. We just knew something needed to happen here.”

Popular menu items that may be featured on the episode include the burnt ends (“They are to die for” notes Carissa), ribs, and  the Brickstreet tacos, a choice of meat topped with fiesta corn, pico di gallo and apple slaw.

“They’re a good one that everybody loves because it’s just a lot of different flavors that are very unique but work together,” explains Carissa.


One aspect of running the business that the Bowmans are most proud of is the family that they’ve created within the four walls.

“We’ve been really working hard, coaching our staff and employees on just encouraging them to be their best selves,” Alex notes, adding that they want their employees to network, gain skills, and connect with customers. “This isn’t just a job. This is an opportunity to grow.”

America’s Best Restaurants will be filming on location on Monday July 1st from 9 am to noon CST. The press is invited to attend. The restaurant’s finished episode premiere date will be announced on their Facebook page and will be featured on America’s Best Restaurants’ website.


Restaurants featured on the ABR Roadshow are selected based on their customer reviews, menu items, social media presence, and level of involvement with their community. They are found through customer nominations, internal vetting or by a restaurant applying to be featured at


About Brickstreet BBQ: Open Tuesday through Sunday, Brickstreet BBQ is located at 3 W Oak St, Fort Scott KS 66701. Telephone is (620) 224-2425.  For more information visit ‘Brickstreet BBQ’ on Facebook.


About ABR: With offices in Florence, KY and Las Vegas, America’s Best Restaurants is a national media and restaurant marketing company that travels the country telling the stories and highlighting the unique food of locally owned independent restaurants as part of their ABR Roadshow. Restaurants are featured not only on ABR’s Restaurant Network of social media channels and website, but also each individual establishment’s Facebook page. With over 1300 episodes filmed, America’s Best Restaurants is the premier marketing agency for restaurant owners and operators to have their story broadcast coast-to-coast. Visit to learn more and to view the episodes and profiles of hundreds of America’s Best Restaurants!

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