Obituary of Irma Hughes

Irma A. Hughes, age 83, a resident of Fort Scott, KS, passed away on April 26, 2019, due to injuries sustained in an automobile accident.  She was born September 17, 1935, in Swart, Missouri, the daughter of James and Iris (Wilson) Endicott.


Irma enjoyed crafts, quilting, rummage sales, sewing, and puzzles.  She was always more than happy to patch up some clothes for her grandchildren or make curtains for her daughters. She enjoyed spending time with friends and family, traveling, and stopping by the occasional casino.  Her favorite vacation destination was Hawaii, where she loved to watch the ocean and enjoyed the warm weather.


Irma is survived by daughters Rhonda Lee and Regina and husband Rick Cruse of Fort Scott, KS; six grandchildren, Brent and Kenda Lee, Keifer, Skyler, Raifen and Jentry Cruse; and siblings Alice Fink, Marilyn Ward, James Endicott, Robert Endicott, and J.W. (Jingles) Endicott.

She was preceded in death by her parents and siblings Lavern Harrison, Mary Lee Heathman, Carol Ybarra, Leona Endicott, Wayne Endicott, and Lucille Quick.


She will be greatly missed and remembered by her loved ones always.


Rev. Chuck Russell will conduct funeral services at 10:00 AM Thursday, May 2nd, at the Cheney Witt Chapel.

Burial will follow in the Clarksburg Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 5:30 until 7:00 PM on Wednesday, May 1st, at the Cheney Witt Chapel.

Memorials are suggested to the Alzheimer’s Association in the memory of Irma’s sisters and may be left in the care of the Cheney Witt Chapel, PO Box 347, 201 S. Main, Fort Scott, KS 66701. Words of remembrance may be submitted to the online guestbook at


KDOT announces Kansas airport improvement projects


Topeka – Forty-one projects totaling a combined award of $5 million have been granted for the Kansas Airport Improvement Program (KAIP) funding for planning, constructing or rehabilitating public use general aviation airports.

The aviation industry represents $20.6 billion economic impact and employs more than 92,000 Kansans. In addition, 94 percent of the state’s population is within 30 minutes of air ambulance operations.

“We are proud of the collaboration between our department and airport sponsors to increase safety, enhance economic development and support the transportation needs of Kansans,” said Secretary of Transportation Julie Lorenz.

The KAIP program requires airport sponsors to share in project costs by paying a portion of the total project. The KDOT Division of Aviation, which manages the program, considered 119 project applications this year with a combined total value of more than $29 million.

“KAIP has not only funded key improvements at local airports, it has helped create a statewide aviation network that enhances both the health and economic wellbeing of the entire state,” said Bob Brock, KDOT Director of Aviation.

Communities selected for funding and the amount requested include:

Anthony – Airports Geographic Information Systems (AGIS) survey and flight check – $52,250

Atchison – Surface seal of runway – $56,925

Atwood – Update fuel card reader – $17,000

Augusta – Reconstruct apron access to community hangar – $76,500

Beloit – Airfield maintenance equipment – $16,250

Benton – 17/35 runway preservation – $321,867

Elkhart – Airports Geographic Information Systems (AGIS) Study – $76,000

Emporia – 1/19 runway sealcoat and preservation –$411,500

Fort Scott – Airports Geographic Information Systems (AGIS) updates and runway extension design – $152,000

Gardner – 8/26 runway/apron/taxilane pavement preservation – $90,000

Garnett – 1/19 runway seal and repair high severity cracks – $40,500

Hiawatha – 10/28 runway edge lighting design – $19,000; 17/35 runway edge lighting design – $19,000; taxilane renovation design and construction – $61,890

Hoxie – Phase II: runway rehab – $303,440

Independence – South apron runup area renovation – $721,500; fuel systems – $36,335

Kingman – Precision approach path indicator (PAPI) replacement – $182,963

Kinsley – construct tiedowns – $10,949

La Crosse – Operations support equipment – $45,000

Lakin – Automated Weather Observing System (AWOS) III – $176,250; 14/32 runway mill and overlay design and construction – $303,250

Liberal – Runway marking removal and replacement – $248,500

Oberlin – Height and hazard survey – $38,000

Ottawa – Pavement preservation on parallel and connection taxiway system – $173,250

Pittsburg –Replace Automated Weather Observing System (AWOS) ceilometer –$43,200; remove obstructing trees – $18,000

Quinter – Install Automated Weather Observing System (AWOS) III – $135,000

Rose Hill – Crack seal– $16,200; upgrade fuel credit card terminal – $14,875; mill and overlay runway 17/35 – $174,600

Salina – Phase II: ramp reconstruction – $720,000

St. Francis – Extend SE taxiway – $133,200

Obituary Of Earnest Ryan Phillips

Earnest Ryan Phillips, age 64, a resident of Fort Scott, KS, and more recently of Lake Frances, Redfield, KS, died Monday, April 29, 2019, at Mercy Hospital in Joplin, MO.

Ryan was born July 2, 1954, in Wellington, KS, the son of Ernest Phillips and Hazel Lemon Phillips. He graduated from Wichita State University with a bachelor’s degree.

He married Shannon Petty on May 31, 1980. She preceded him in death on July 8, 2004. He married Kathleen Miller Hermreck on June 28, 2008.

Ryan was career military having served 21 years in the Air Force and Marine Corp.

He was a member of the Community Christian Church. He loved to fish, hunt and follow Cardinal baseball. His passion was to witness about Jesus to anyone around him especially children and grandchildren.

Survivors include his wife, Kate, of the home; a son, James Ryan Phillips, Tulsa, OK; two daughters, Sarah Schilling, Broomfield, CO, and Laura Fraley, Lenexa, KS; three step-sons, Gene Hermreck, Levi Hermreck and John Hermreck; two step-daughters, Jessica Zillner and Amy Sitler. Also surviving are three sisters, Norma Jean Martin, Arkansas City, KS, Vicky Hernandez, Wichita, KS and Carolyn Hain, Wellington, KS; 24 grandchildren and 1 great-granddaughter.

In addition to his first wife, he was preceded in death by a son, Joshua Phillips.

Rev. Kevin Moyers assisted by Tim Woodring will conduct funeral services at 11:30 A.M. Friday in the Community Christian Church.

Burial will follow in U. S. National Cemetery with Military Honors.

The family will receive friends from 5:00 P.M. to 7:00 P.M. Thursday at the Cheney Witt Chapel.

Memorials are suggested to the Community Christian Church and may be sent to Cheney Witt Chapel, P.O. Box 347, 201 S. Main, Fort Scott, Kansas 66701. Words of remembrance may be submitted to the online guestbook at

Hedgehog.INK Upcoming Events

May 2019 – Newsletter

Upcoming Events

May 7, 6:00

Poetry Contest Reception

Winners Announced / Poetry Read

Light Refreshments served

Pirates Ahoy! May 11

2nd Saturday Storytime

10:30 a.m. presented by

FSHS Thespians

Notes from the typewriter:

  • As a child I would sit and watch my mother type on a Remington like this one, at 125 words per minute. The words would just appear on the page so fast, and she could watch her other 5 kids at the same time. Good memories. – Don Flanner
  • Spring Time – The wind is blowing & the suns showing, time for shorts & sunglasses ice tea in my hand, the flowers grow away baseball games only

begun life is good…

  • I love reading so much

I love hedgehog ink

it is very cool abby

  • i am the hedgehog queen. i love hedgehogs more than anything they are awesome. emma
  • The three best things are …Dogs, books, and coffee – Wendy
  • this moment is all that is. make it yours.
  • books can take you to a whole new world
  • I have always LOVED to hear the clack of the keys striking the paper. My high school typig teacher covered keys with blank caps an from that time on my timed typings were in the RED. This is a lost art…..

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We can special order books for you.

May 23, 2019 – 6:00 p.m.

Author Talk and Book Signing

Carol Russell – Writer/Speaker

Back in Time Series

-Brianna Meets Miss Addie

May 23, 2019 – 6:00 p.m.

Author Talk and Book Signing

Carol Russell – Writer/Speaker

Back in Time Series

-Brianna Meets Miss Addie

-Brianna Meets Lemonade Lucy

-Brianna Meets Sybil

Introducing her newest book: Jackson’s Run – 13 year old Jackson and his 6-year old sister, run from the plantation heading for Canada. Learn more about Jackson and Carol’s other books on May 23, 2019.

Donation Cart:

A cart of sale books is placed in front of the store each day we are open. During the month of April, donations for garden books on the rack were made to the Tri-Valley Horticulture program.

During May, the donations will go to FSHS Thespians to help raise funds for their summer state and international competitions. Congratulations Thespians!

Celebrating Mother’s Day:

Bring in an apron, yours, your mother’s, grandmother’s or one you bought at a garage sale. Be sure you label it in some way with your name.

Aprons will be on display May 1- May 15. All cookbooks will be on sale–50% off.

Thank you for sharing your aprons with others in the community.

Kansas Water Authority Membership Drive

Kansas Water Authority Regional Advisory Committee Membership Drive

Be a Vital Voice for Kansas Water Resources


For more than 30 years, citizen advisors have been a vital voice for water resource issues in Kansas. The Kansas Water Office is currently accepting applications from those who would like to participate as a member of one of the 14 Regional Advisory Committees (RACs) which are established by the Kansas Water Authority (KWA).


These committees play a key role in advising the KWA on implementation of each region’s water supply priorities as part of the Kansas Water Vision and the Kansas water planning process as a whole. Regional advisory members will have the opportunity to evaluate the past five years of the Vision implementation and provide input and advice to the KWA for previously identified regional water resource-related goals and associated action plans.


In addition, members help identify and provide input on other emerging water resource related issues and concerns. They serve as important local links to the public in their regions through interactions with various groups and individuals as well as communicate information on concerns and issues to citizens in their respective regions. The KWA, through the committee selection process, works to establish RACs which represent diverse groups of water users and interests within regions are represented.


Kansans can have a definite lasting impact on the future of water resources through RAC membership. Interested persons can apply at The application deadline is May 31, 2019.



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


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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.



Katie Patterson-Ingels
Communications Director
Kansas Water Office


900 SW Jackson Street, Ste. 404

Topeka, KS 66612

Obituary of Mike Naccarato

Mike Naccarato, age 90 passed away peacefully surrounded by loved ones on Friday, March 8, 2019 in Conroe, Texas.

Mike was born March 20, 1928 in Carona, Kansas to Gaetano and Antonetta Ferraro Naccarato.

He is survived by his children, Bettiann Barnard of Montgomery, Texas and Steven Naccarato and wife Suzanne of Wimberley, Texas, five grandchildren-Adam Barnard, Emily Barfield and husband, Steve, Mike Naccarato, Sam Naccarato and wife Karli and Thom Naccarato. Other survivors include his companion Mary Jo Hampton, sister in-laws Angie Naccarato and Mary Gleason and many nieces, nephews and other family members.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 53 years, Betty Smith Naccarato, his parents, Tom and Anna and siblings-Frank (Nora), Mary (Glen) Haskell, Edith (Joe) Embesi, Sibio (Shirley) and Vic.

He attended Fort Scott Jr. College in Fort Scott, Kansas where he received his degree in engineering and where he excelled in basketball and football.

Mike served in the United States Army Survey Control 13th Field Artillery Battalion of the 24th Division Korea Duty.

His love for his work included 35 years of experience in the surface coal mining industry. He worked for Pittsburg & Midway Coal Mining Company from 1947-1970. He also worked for Consolidated Coal Company, Peabody Coal Company and Morrison-Knudsen residing in Kansas, Arkansas, Missouri, Kentucky, Illinois, Arizona, Montana, Wyoming, Idaho, Colorado and Texas.

He was an amazing gardener and enjoyed sharing his fruits and vegetables with family and friends. Other talents included excelling in basketball and football throughout his school years, being a great dance partner to his wife and others and in recent years enjoying his trips to Coushatta playing blackjack and socializing.

He leaves the legacy of love, hard work and love for his family. Anyone who knew him enjoyed his humor, friendly smile and generous heart and he will be missed by all.

Mike’s funeral service will be held at 10:00 a.m. Friday, May 3, 2019 at the Cheney Witt Chapel, 201 S. Main Street Fort Scott, Kansas.

Internment with Military Full Honors will follow at 11:00 a.m. where he will be joined with his wife, Betty at Fort Scott National Cemetery 900 East National Avenue Fort Scott, Kansas.

Family and friends are invited back to the Carriage House 301 Main Street following the cemetery service.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made by check or on-line in his name to: (check) Honor Flight, Inc. 175 South Tuttle Road Springfield, Ohio 45505 or (on-line) email:

Town-Wide Garage Sale Benefits Many

The Fort Scott Chamber of Commerce organizes a town-wide garage sale annually, this year it is May 10-11.
“It’s to bring people to town and provide a fun event for the community,” Lindsay Madison, executive director said. “When people visit Fort Scott for the sale they typically also eat lunch here, get gas and patronize other businesses. The event allows those who have a sale to make money, then go out and purchase more from local retailers and restaurants.”
Lindsay Madison is the Fort Scott Chamber of Commerce Executive Director.
 “People are just beginning to sign up.  We hope to have at least 30 sales participating so we encourage people to register!  It is a quick and easy way to clean out your closets, garage or storage shed and make some extra cash.
Maps will be available starting Thursday, May 9th at 10 am at the following locations: Bids & Dibs, Casey’s, Don’s Smoke Shop, 5 Corners, and all Pete’s  Convenience Store locations.
 The $10 registration to list each garage sale contributes to the budget for the Chamber to advertise the sale across the region and to print hundreds of copies of the listing and map for the distribution locations.
  Advertising includes radio, newspaper, and paid social media. 
The more sales that are listed the more budget there is to advertise to make the overall sale more successful. 
The Chamber also sells blocks of advertising to businesses and organizations for $25 each which also funds marketing of the sale. 
Businesses and organizations are invited to place an ad along with a coupon if desired.”
The Spring Town-wide Garage Sale is usually planned in conjunction with the Pioneer Harvest Swap Meet at the Bourbon County Fairgrounds which is typically the second weekend in May.

Pioneer Harvest Fiesta Swap Meet

 is May 10-11 at the Bourbon County Fairgrounds, west off Hwy. 69 on 23rd St.

Click below for its website:

“The Pioneer Harvest committee mails out several thousand postcards advertising both the swap meet and the town-wide garage sale, so it is a good partnership between the Chamber and that organization,” Madison said.
“The Swap Meet gates will open at 8 a.m. both Friday and Saturday the 10th and 11th and will have something for everyone including antique gas engines, antique auto parts, farm tractors and parts, farm equipment and accessories, and general garage sale items.”

Warrior Convoy May 1

Please join the
E3 Foundation
Combat Warriors, Inc.
in honoring our veterans during the
2nd Annual
Warrior Convoy
through Fort Scott on May 1st!
On Wednesday, May 1st we will have our
2nd Annual Warrior Convoy
through Fort Scott. The overwhelming support our town showed these soldiers last year meant more to them than you will ever know.
We would love your help again by simply standing by the street somewhere along the route from Fort Scott Municipal Airport to the E3 Ranch.
(Route- We’ll start east on Lake Road, north on 69 Highway, left on National through town, right onto Old Fort Blvd, left on Wall street, traveling east all the way out of town.)
Feel free to make a sign, wave a flag, salute or just simply wave as we honor these brave men and women. The convoy will start at 1:30pm on Wednesday, May 1st. Keep an eye on @e3foundation Facebook page for up to date convoy information.
The E3 Foundation is proud to partner again with Combat Warriors Inc. Together we are dedicated to assisting our veterans from all branches of the Armed Forces from injuries sustained in combat.
The E3 Foundation has the privilege of hosting multiple outdoor adventures for our combat warriors every year here in southeast Kansas. These hunts are our way of saying “Thank You” and to serve those who have spent their lives serving us. Our mission is to promote family values, friendship, fellowship, and the love of our country with our heroes.

Fort Coordinates Prescribed Fire

Nearly Five Acres Successfully Treated with Prescribed Fire at Fort Scott National Historic Site


Fort Scott Kan. – Yesterday, Park managers at Fort Scott National Historic Site, in coordination with Fire Managers at the US Fish and Wildlife Service from Marais des Cygnes National Wildlife Refuge, successfully treated five acres with prescribed (Rx) fire in the park’s restored tallgrass prairie.

“We are pleased with the outcome and professional manner in which the Rx burn was conducted,” said Betty Boyko, Superintendent, Fort Scott National Historic Site. “These prescribed fires, reduce the fuel load, suppress the invasive woody plants and cool season grasses, and stimulate native plants.”

The park will begin rotating the burn cycle between seasons to maintain plant diversity as this more closely approximates the natural fire regime in Eastern Kansas where lightning-ignited fires occurred most frequently during the dry summer months (July and August) and Native Americans burned most extensively in the late fall, particularly October.

Prescribed fires play on important role in the ecosystem. However, spot treatments and manual pulling are still necessary. To find out more on how to become involved, please contact the park at 620-223-0310.

Bourbon County Commission Agenda April 30


Bourbon County Commission Room

1st Floor, County Courthouse

210 S. National Avenue

Fort Scott, KS 66701

Tuesdays starting at 9:00

Date: April 30th, 2019

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

9:30-10:00-Executive Session-Attorney Client Privilege with Shane Walker, Jim Harris, Jerad Heckman, Lora Holdridge and Jody Hoener

10:00-10:15-Don George- Contract-KDWP

10:45-11:00-Cathy Cooper-6th Judicial District

11:00-12:00-Justin Meeks

11:00-11:20-Executive Session-Attorney Client Privilege

11:20-11:25-Executive Session-Personnel matters of individual non-elected personnel

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

1:30-2:00-Carla Nemecek-Southwind Extension update

2:00-3:00-Clint Anderson