Obituary of Edmond Bartlett

Edmond Bartlett, 89, of Fort Scott, Kansas, passed away on August 31, 2019 after a battle with cancer.

Ed was born on January 14, 1930 to Sheldon and Lucille Bartlett in Pleasanton, Kansas. After graduating from Pleasanton High School in 1948, he served in the Army.  He then majored in Journalism at the University of Kansas and graduated in 1954.

After graduation, he worked for Look Magazine in Des Moines, Iowa, where he met and married Ruby Kalentine.  They then moved to Minnetonka, Minnesota, where Ed worked 18 years in marketing for Fingerhut Corporation.  Ed and Ruby had four children, Steven, Suzanne, Sally, and Thomas.

Ed and his family moved to Jackson, Wyoming in 1977, and lived at the base of Jackson Hole Ski Resort.  He loved the outdoors and spent time skiing, hiking, hunting, and fishing.  Ed continued working as a freelance marketer for major corporations around the country.

After retiring several times, Ed returned to the area where he grew up and led a very active life in Fort Scott, Kansas.  He loved hiking in the countryside of Kansas with his dog Skipper, and he traveled all over the world.

Ed is predeceased by his parents and wife Ruby and is survived by children Steve, Suzanne (Larson), Sally (Phalen), and Tom; by eight grandchildren, Callie Bartlett, Michelle Rosengren, Cole Meyer, Shane Phalen, Ryan Phalen, Henry Bartlett, Lily Bartlett, and Eva Bartlett; and three great grandchildren Danielle Rosengren, Evelyn Rosengren, and Vera Rosengren.

There was cremation.

There will be a memorial visitation, Wednesday, September 4, 2019, from 3:00 – 5:00 PM at the Carriage House, 301 S. Main.

Memorial are suggested to Integrity Hospice and may be left in care of the Cheney Witt Chapel, PO Box 347, 201 S. Main St., Fort Scott, KS. 66701. Words of remembrance may be submitted to the online guest book at cheneywitt.com.

Obituary of Joan Bailey

Treasured memories are cherished by the family of Joan Evelyn Bailey.  Joan, 70, went home to her Lord and Savior on August 29, 2019.

During her time on Earth, Joan’s kind heart, generous nature, and touch of orneriness made the world a brighter place for all those around her.

An avid collector of angels, Joan’s love of the Lord made her an angel here on Earth to many. A powerful prayer warrior, Mrs. Bailey moved many mountains with her worshipful words. In this world, Joan embraced the phrase, “Cleanliness is next to Godliness,” serving as a housekeeping supervisor for Mercy Hospital for over 20 years.

Joan was born on August 11, 1949, to Homer and Bessie (Cady) West, the sixth of eight children.  In her younger years, siblings recall Joan’s ability to simultaneously behave as a complete angel and a total character.

Joan met the love of her life, Lewis Kenneth Bailey, in 1965 in Olathe, Kansas.  The soulmates wed on July 25, 1969. To this blessed union, two adored children, Timothy Allen and Kimberly Ann, were born.  Next to the Lord, Joan loved her family most of all, finding them a tremendous source of support and strength. For Joan, family was not limited to relatives, and she truly never met a stranger.  A familiar face to many, Joan and Lewis have called Fort Scott Kansas, home since the early seventies.

Joan is survived by her loving husband of fifty years, Lewis Bailey; her son Tim (Shayla) Bailey; her daughter Kim (Jess) Fletcher; and five beautiful granddaughters: Allexis, Allie, Rayna, Kandace, and Brinley.  Joan’s surviving siblings include Harold (Jolene) West, Hazel Spielman, Lessie Williams, and Cheryl West. Joan was also loved by many nephews, nieces, and cousins.

Joan was preceded in death by her parents and siblings Hester Forester, Carl West, and Roland West.

 

            Funeral services will be held at 10:00 A.M. Thursday, September 5th at the Cheney Witt Chapel.

Burial will follow in the U. S. National Cemetery.

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

Memorials are suggested to the Bethel Community Church 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.

 

What in the World Are You Talking About? by Pastor James Collins

Pastor James Collins

 

And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come.Matthew 24:14

The frying pan was held high in her right hand as she talked to me. My wife, Amanda, usually holds something in her hand when she talks to me – a rolling pin, a hairbrush, nunchucks. I think she holds something to emphasize her point. Last Tuesday night, she was holding a frying pan.

Amanda opened the dishwasher door, turned around, held up the frying pan and asked, “What in the world are you talking about?” I was sitting at the kitchen table working on my sermon for Sunday. I said again, “I am worried about my message Sunday. I think it’s going to be the worst sermon in the world.” She said, “That’s impossible. That will never happen. You preached the worst sermon in the world last week.”

As soon as Amanda finished boosting my self-confidence, she stepped back. She obviously forgot the dishwasher door was open. She tripped, threw the frying pan in the air, and fell backwards. As Amanda was falling, she reached out to grab the countertop. She missed and slammed her right thumb down on the corner of the open dishwasher door. Somehow, the dishwasher door cut a deep gash in her thumb.

Amanda grabbed her bloody hand and said something spiritual. I think she said, “Oh Lordy!” I grabbed a towel and applied pressure to get the bleeding to stop. Not long after we arrived at the emergency room.

Walking in, holding her bloody hand, Amanda said, “I need to see a doctor. I need stitches.”

The lady behind the counter looked at Amanda’s hand and said, “We just ordered queso dip and chips.”

Another lady, a nurse in the back, said, “I just love the queso from El Charro. It’s a good thing you ordered it before they closed.”

I know, right?”

Do you know what else is good? Their guacamole. I could eat a gallon.”

Amanda was bleeding to death and they were talking about chips and dips.

In the same way, the world is bleeding to death, but Christians are too busy talking about unimportant things. This world is dying and going to hell, and we’ve got the Way to save them, but most Christians act like the good news of Jesus Christ is a secret.

The point is: Jesus commanded us to share the gospel with others (Matthew 28:19; Acts 1:8). He ordered us to take the gospel to the world (Matthew 24:14). He will hold us accountable for how we shared the gospel when we stand before Him (2 Corinthians 5:10).

You may be thinking, “I wouldn’t know what to say.” It’s simple. Just tell them that Jesus, the Son of God, came to earth and died to forgive your sins. Everyone who believes in Jesus is saved from the penalty of their sins and will spend eternity with Jesus in Heaven. Believing in Christ means to turn away from your sins and turn to Him. Confess Jesus as your Savior and Lord.

You could be the person that God uses to have an eternal impact in someone’s life, or you could just talk about chips and dips. 

When was the last time you shared your faith? When was the last time you told somebody about Jesus?

What in the world are you talking about?

James Collins is pastor of Fort Scott’s First Southern Baptist Church. He can be reached by email at [email protected]

Foundation Laid For Family Life Center at So. Baptist Church

Pastor James Collins. Submitted photo.

Pastor James Collins is pictured placing Bibles in the foundation of First Southern Baptist Church’s new Family Life Center.

Construction on the new addition is underway and expected to be completed this fall.

“Twelve Bibles were placed in the foundation,” Pastor Collins explained, “We are literally building on the Word of God.”

Fort Scott City Commission Minutes of Aug. 20

CITY OF FORT SCOTT

CITY COMMISSION MEETING

Minutes of August 20, 2019 Regular Meeting #15

The regular meeting of the Fort Scott City Commission was held August 20th, 2019 at 6:00 p.m. in the City Commission Room, 123 S. Main, Fort Scott, Kansas.

ROLL CALL:

Commissioners Adamson, Bartelsmeyer, Mitchell and Nichols were present with Mayor Parker presiding.

INVOCATION: Pastor Paul Rooks, Grace Baptist Tabernacle, said a prayer asking God for guidance for the City, our Government and City officials.

AUDIENCE IN ATTENDANCE: Robert Uhler, Rachel Pruitt, Darrell Parker, Traci Reed, Bobby Reed, Lindsay Watts, Shaun O’Brien, Zach Adams, Eric Jefferson, Steve Hohulin, Richard Clark, Reitha Clark, Devin Tally, Arnold Schofield, Janet Braun, Paul Ballou, Paul Rooks, Chris Anderson, Daymeion Anderson, Ryan Thomas, Alex Schafer, Dalton Carpenter, Clint Roberts, Deb McCoy, Terry Sercer, Ally Turvey, Daren Hutchison, Jacob May, Clayton Miller, Michael Miles, Max Fanning, Travis Shelton, Deb Needleman, Dave Bruner, Michael Mix, and representing the press, Jason Silvers of the Fort Scott Tribune.

PROCLAMATIONS/RECOGNITIONS: None

APPROVAL OF MINUTES AND APPROPRIATIONS/CONSENT AGENDA:

  1. Approval of minutes of the regular meeting of August 6th, 2019.

  1. Approval of Appropriation Ordinance 1244-A totaling $338,300.97.

Bartelsmeyer moved to approve the Consent Agenda. Nichols seconded. All voted aye.

APPROVED CONSENT AGENDA.

APPEARANCE/COMMENTS/PUBLIC HEARING:

  1. APPEARANCE:

  1. Terry Sercer – 2018 Audit PresentationMr. Sercer appeared before the Commission to present the 2018 Audit. He reminded the Commission that this is an unqualified opinion, but the highest level of opinion received. This financial statement presents fairly the aggregate cash and unencumbered cash balance for the City of Fort Scott as of December 31, 2018.

He said that the City did not have any violations with compliance with Kansas Statutes. He stated that the General Fund has a good solid balance. There are no federal or grant violations.

He stated that there was one cash basis violation. In the Convention and Visitor Bureau fund, the expenditures exceeded the budget. If this had been caught, the budget could have been amended before year end, but it was not.

City Manager thanked Rhonda Dunn for the relationship between Terry Sercer and her and how they work together.

Mitchell moved to approve the 2018 Audit. Nichols seconded. All voted aye.

APPROVED 2018 AUDIT.

Zach Adams – Waggoner Group Update – Mr. Adams reminded the Commission that they are a company from Jackson, Mississippi who is working with Bedco and the City to develop a strategic implementation plan to this community. Their approach is that “Great Communities Drive Economic Development”. Their scope of work is to develop a framework or strategy for implementation of the City’s priorities based on: Comprehensive Plan, Stakeholder Input, and Recent plans and studies. This includes the local side and the federal side. They started back in December of 2018 with a kickoff with City leadership and then developed an initial strategic implementation report on July 2019. They went to Washington, D.C. in March of 2019 and sent follow up letters to Senators Moran and Roberts, and Congressman Watkins. A second trip is placed the week of September 23, 2019. They used demographics, looked at top employers and employment rates, recreation and tourism opportunities, reviewed downtown Fort Scott, and held stakeholder interviews. There are nearly 3 million people within a two hour drive to Fort Scott. Their group looked at our community assets which include: Fort Scott National Historic Site, National Cemetery, Lowell Milken Center, Gordon Parks Museum, Historic downtown, Gunn Park, Lake Fort Scott, and LaRoche Baseball Complex. A Strength-Weaknesses- Opportunities-Threats Plan (SWOT) was created. They recommended the following goals: 1) Encourage business growth in infill locations; 2) Promote a vibrant downtown “Main Street” type approach; 3) Improve multi-modal connectivity and accessibility; and 4) Promote Fort Scott as a “Great Community”. A final strategic implementation report will be presented at a later date.

B. CITIZEN COMMENTS (Concerning Items Not on Agenda – 3 minute

limit per citizen) – None

  1. PUBLIC HEARINGS:

Bartelsmeyer moved to open the Public Hearing at 6:32 p.m. Adamson seconded. All voted aye.

OPENED PUBLIC HEARING AT 6:32 P.M.

  1. 6:00 p.m. – 2020 Budget Hearing – Adoption of 2020 Budget – Rhonda Dunn, Director of Finance, updated the Commission on the process and the input into the 2020 budget. Priorities were set including: Streets; Debt Management; Maintain flat mill levy; more existing cash flow; Meet departmental needs, not wants; Economic Development; Building Maintenance; and Health Care. The 2020 budget results include a revenue of $16,518,860. This has decreased $139,000 from 2019. There is a 3% increase in utility rates; increased property valuation; decrease from Mercy ambulance payments; sales tax has not increased from 2018. Expense budget: $17,934.555: increased budget by $300,000 from 2019; street budget increased $350,000 from 2019; operational cuts of approximately $155,000. 2020 Budget results: Reducing and eliminating transfers from General Fund. Utilizing existing cash to meet priorities. The mill levy will remain the same.

She stated she had Terry Sercer, City auditor, review the State budget forms. He identified a discrepancy in the Debt Service Cash from the 2018 audit. The budget needed adjusted to include $340,000 in additional cash in debt service.

She is requesting approval to re-publish the 2020 budget in the local newspaper and to hold a budget public hearing on September 3rd, 2019 at 6:00 p.m.

Parker moved to approve to publish the 2020 budget public hearing notice and to hold a public hearing on September 3rd, 2019 at 6:00 p.m. Bartelsmeyer seconded. All voted aye.

APPROVED TO PUBLISH THE 2020 BUDGET PUBLIC HEARING NOTICE AND TO HOLD A PUBLIC HEARING ON SEPTEMBER 3rd, 2019 AT 6:00 P.M.

Mitchell moved to close the Public Hearing at 6:57 p.m. Nichols seconded. All voted aye.

CLOSED PUBLIC HEARING AT 6:57 P.M.

CONSIDERATION:

  1. Consideration of Certificate of Appropriateness – 123 S. National – Shiney Studio – Replacement of Roof – Robert Uhler, Community Development Director, informed the Commission that the Design Review Board recently met on July 24th, 2019 to review the Certificate of Appropriateness. The Design Review Board voted to not approve the Certificate of Appropriateness due to the fact that they wanted to install a metal roof on this historical building. Kansas State Historical Society Association (SHIPPO) is not in agreeance with this metal roof either. He asked for permission to work with the owners on an acceptable type of roof to install. This will go back before the Design Review Board again and then back before the City Commission as they are just a board of recommendation.

Discussion was held regarding a time frame due to the water leakage in the building.

Nichols moved to not approve the Certificate of Appropriateness for the Shiney Studio building at 123 S. National and an update be given at the next City Commission meeting on this building. Mitchell seconded. All voted aye.

RECOMMENDED NOT TO APPROVE THE CERTIFICATE OF APPROPRIATENESS FOR THE SHINEY STUDIO AT 123 S. NATIONAL AVENUE AND FOR AN UPDATE TO BE GIVEN ON THIS BUILDING AT THE NEXT MEETING.

  1. Consideration of approval to purchase Pumper Truck – Fire Dept. – Dave Bruner, Deputy Fire Chief, informed the Commission that he is seeking approval to purchase a new pumper truck for the Fire Department. The current pumper truck is 27 years old with 3,500 engine hours and 36,000 miles on it. According to NFPA Standards, any apparatus standards that are over 25 years old should be replaced. Items that are now needed is a top mounted panel which the current truck has a side mount. Also a 1,000 gallon tank is needed and the current truck has a 500 gallon tank. A full warranty is also needed. Options were looked at which included rebuilt wrecked trucks, refurbished used trucks, and a body refurbished/chassis change truck. Compared to the costs of a new truck and the fact that there is no warranty on a used truck, the new truck is the recommendation. There were three new trucks looked at which included the E-One Pumper from Springfield which cost $513,000; the Rosenbauer Pumper from Hays, Kansas which cost $491,000; and the Pierce Pumper of Olathe, Kansas which cost $465,000. Their recommendation is the Pierce Pumper truck from Olathe, Kansas in the amount of $465,000. It has the full warranty, the top mount panel, and the 1,000 gallon water tank. His recommendation is for the Pierce Pumper truck from Olathe, Kansas. The ultimate goal is to provide fire safety for this community as well as give the firefighters the best equipment they can have so they can return home to their families also.

Bartelsmeyer moved to approve the Pierce Pumper truck from Olathe, Kansas in the amount of $465,000. Parker seconded. All voted aye.

APPROVED PIERCE PUMPER TRUCK FROM OLATHE, KANSAS IN THE AMOUNT OF $465,000.

  1. Consideration to secure financing for the Pumper Truck – Rhonda Dunn asked for approval to look for sources for funding for this pumper truck. She will contact local banks and other establishments and look for the lowest financing available and bring this back before them at the next meeting. No general obligation bonds will be used.

Mitchell moved to approve to securing financing options for the pumper truck. Adamson seconded. All voted aye.

APPROVED TO SECURE FINANCING OPTIONS FOR THE PUMPER TRUCK AND BRING BACK BEFORE THE COMMISSION AT THEIR NEXT MEETING.

  1. Consideration of street closing – Wreath Ride – August 24th – Allyson Turvey, Tourism Manager, informed the Commission that she was appearing on behalf of Kevin Wagner who had a previous commitment tonight for the Wreath Ride. The ride will be held on Saturday, August 24th. Last year the group raised enough funds to place a wreath on every grave at the National Cemetery which amounted to about 7,000 graves. This year CFI Transports will be bringing 13 semi-trucks to the event along with about 200 motorcycles. They want to move from Buck Run parking lot to Main Street. She asked for approval to close Main Street from 1st to 3rd Street to allow the semi-trucks to park there and all the motorcycles. They will arrive at 8:30 a.m. and depart at 11:30 a.m. for the ride. They will utilitze Memorial Hall also for their luncheon that day. She asked for approval to close Main Street on Saturday, August 24th from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m.

Mitchell moved to close Main Street on Saturday, August 24th from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. for the Wreath Ride. Bartelsmeyer seconded. All voted aye.

Approved to close Main Street on Saturday, August 24th from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. for the Wreath Ride.

  1. Consideration of approval to rebid Water Treatment Plant clarifier – painting and sand blasting – Michael Mix, Water Utilities Director, informed the Commission that at the last meeting the Commission voted to reject the two bids that were received due to the cost. He is asking approval to rebid this project.

Parker moved to approve to rebid the Water Treatment Plant clarifier painting and sand blasting bid. Adamson seconded. All voted aye.

approved to rebid the Water Treatment Plant clarifier painting and sand blasting bid.

  1. Consideration of Resolution of Intent – Purpose of Financing or Refinancing the acquisition, construction, improvement and equipping senior living – Presbyterian Manors, Inc. – Rhonda Dunn informed the Commission that this resolution is part of the City of Wichita and a cooperation agreement relating to the Presbyterian Manors. They are issuing Health Care Revenue Bonds at a cost not to exceed $53,000,000 to finance improvements to the Presbyterian Manors facilities. The City can either approve and agree to it, reject it, or take no action. If you take no action, approval is assumed. Her recommendation is to take no action.

COMMISSION/STAFF:

  1. Director Updates: None

  1. City Commission:

Bartelsmeyer Remarked that we did some really great things tonight. She is excited about the economic development opportunities.

Mitchell Remarked that she was approached by someone asking to see if golf carts with lights could be used at night.

City Manager said that he and Travis Shelton will look into this.

Nichols Remarked that it was a good meeting.

Adamson – Said that she agrees with Cindy about the excitement with the Waggoner group.

Parker – Remarked that it is the Commission’s intent to move this town forward.

  1. City Manager:

  1. Lake Fort Scott Advisory Committee – City Manager said that the creation of the Lake Advisory Committee ordinance will come before them at their next meeting. JoLynne Mitchell will be the City’s representative and Jeff Fischer will be the County’s representative. There are people opposed to the proposed condos and people that are not opposed to it. Letters of interest will be accepted after the adoption of the ordinance. Some of the questions that he has heard are about zoning. The County will not do any zoning at the Lake.

ADJOURNMENT:

Bartelsmeyer moved to adjourn the meeting at 7:41 p.m. Adamson seconded. All voted aye.

ADJOURNED MEETING AT 7:41 P.M.

The next regularly scheduled meeting is to be held on September 3rd, 2019 at 6:00 p.m.

RECORDED BY:

DIANE K. CLAY

CITY CLERK

Fort Scott City Commission Agenda for Sept. 3

AGENDA

FORT SCOTT CITY COMMISSION

FORT SCOTT CITY HALL

COMMISSION ROOM

123 SOUTH MAIN

SEPTEMBER 3, 2019

6:00

I. ROLL CALL:

ADAMSON BARTELSMEYER MITCHELL NICHOLS PARKER

II. FLAG SALUTE:

III. INVOCATION: Pastor Ian Johnson, Community Christian Church

IV. PROCLAMATIONS/RECOGNITIONS:

V. CONSENT AGENDA:

  1. Approval of minutes of the regular meeting of August 20th, 2019.

  1. Approval of Appropriation Ordinance 1245-A totaling $178,037.95.

VI. APPEARANCE/COMMENTS/PUBLIC HEARING:

  1. APPEARANCE:

B. CITIZEN COMMENTS (Concerning Items Not on Agenda – 3 minute limit per citizen)

C. PUBLIC HEARINGS/COMMENTS:

6:00 p.m. – 2020 Budget Hearing – Adoption of 2020 Budget

6:15 p.m. – Resolution 16-2019 Notice of Hearing with Reference to Alleged Unsafe and Dangerous Structure located at 505 S. Ransom Street

6:15 p.m. – Resolution 17-2019 Notice of Hearing with Reference to Alleged Unsafe and Dangerous Structure located at 1012 S. Crawford Street

6:15 p.m. – Resolution 18-2019 Notice of Hearing with Reference to Alleged Unsafe and Dangerous Structure and Accessory Structure located at 517 S. Clark Street

6:15 p.m. – Resolution 19-2019 Notice of Hearing with Reference to Alleged Unsafe and Dangerous Structure and Accessory Structure located at 706 S. Clark Street

Update on 15 S. Crawford

VII. CONSIDERATION:

  1. Selection of Voting and Alternate Delegates for League of Kansas Municipalities Annual Voting Meeting – 3 voting – 3 alternate

  1. Lake Fort Scott Advisory Board Committee – Creation of Ordinance No. 3550

VIII. COMMENTS:

  1. Director Updates: Rachel Pruitt
  1. Commission:
  1. City Manager:

EXECUTIVE SESSION:

I MOVE THAT THE CITY COMMISSION RECESS INTO EXECUTIVE

SESSION FOR ________________________________ IN ORDER TO

(see below justification)

DISCUSS ______________________________________. THE

EXECUTIVE SESSION WILL BE ___________ MINUTES AND THE OPEN

MEETING TO RESUME AT ________________.

Justifications for Executive Sessions:

  • Personnel matters of 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 or representatives 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

X. MOTION FOR ADJOURNMENT: ROLL CALL

What’s Happening in Fort Scott Aug. 30 by the Chamber of Commerce

Mark your calendars for the Fall Town-wide Garage Sale on Friday and Saturday, September 13th and 14th.  Now is the time to get your garage sale on the map!! (SEE FLYER BELOW)

The Fort Scott Area Chamber of Commerce encourages residents in Fort Scott to do your fall cleaning and make room for something new.  Garage sales may be registered through the Chamber by 1 pm, Wednesday, September 11th for only $10. The registration fee lists your sale on the official garage sale map and enables the Chamber to advertise the sale throughout the region on the radio, newspaper, social media and the Chamber website

Garage sales may be registered in person at the Chamber office, 8am-5pm Mon-Fri, located at
231 E. Wall Street or by phone using debit or credit card by calling (620) 223-3566

Horticulture Services in Fort Scott – Krista Harding, Horticulture Agent for the Southwind Extension District, has office hours at the Extension office inside the Bourbon County Courthouse every Thursday
In an effort to better serve residents of Fort Scott and the surrounding communities, Krista is there weekly to answer questions and offer advice on lawn and gardens, trees and shrubs, flowers and insect. Bring your spotted leaves, strange looking insects or wilted flowers and let her help you! This a free service and is available to all community members. Questions? Call 620-223-3720 (See flyer below)
Save the Date: 2019 Friends of Tri-Valley Foundation Fall Golf Classic
4-Person Scramble – Saturday, September 14th at Woodland Hills Golf Course, 2414 S. Horton in Fort Scott (See flyer below)
$200 per team includes green fees, cart & lunch. Deadline to enter is September 6th

This fundraiser will help the Friends of Tri-Valley Foundation to support programs for our neighbors with intellectual/developmental disabilities in Allen, Bourbon, Neosho, and Woodson counties

For more information, contact Tricia at 620-431-7401, ext. 230 or [email protected]

Aug.
30-Sept. 2
114th Annual Annual Old Settlers Picnic in Uniontown, KS (just 20 miles west of Fort Scott) (See flyer below for details)

Labor Day Weekend Celebration in Uniontown – 114th Annual Old Settlers Picnic

Live music, rodeo, parades, talent show and more! For calendar of events, visit:  https://www.facebook.com/pg/UniontownOldSettlersPicnic/posts/?ref=page_internal

30-31
Weekly Livestock Sale at Fort Scott Livestock Market. Starting at 10am on both Fridays & Saturdays
Fridays:  Cows, Pairs, Big Bulls
Saturdays:  Stocker & Feeder Cattle, followed by any cows
& bulls that come in late Friday & Saturday. Cafe open both sale days. You don’t have to be a buyer, just to come watch the sale and visit the cafe!
30 Friday Night Concert in the Park – Heritage Park Pavilion, 1st & Main, 7pm

Friday Night Concert in the Park – Sponsored by the Fort Scott Area Chamber of Commerce

This week’s concert features The Mike Miller Band – country, classic and gospel. Come early and bring a lawn chair as seating is limited.  In the event of bad weather we will move to The Common Grounds Coffee Shop

The concerts are organized by Ralph Carlson. If you or someone you know is interested in performing, contact Ralph at [email protected]

31
Farmer’s Market – Skubitz Plaza (in front of the historic fort)

Saturday Mornings, 8:00am – 12:00pm
Fort Scott Farmers’ Market is a farmer driven and run market. The farmers work hard to produce the very finest produce available. We also provide a great venue for community organizations to promote their mission and raise funds

We are focused on fresh locally produce farm products
31 9th Annual Co-ed Softball Tournament for Care to Share Cancer Support Group/The Sharing Bucket – Ellis Park, 1182-1246 E. 12th St. in Fort Scott, 8am

Hosted by Nicole and Jason Hicks: 620-768-9739

$125 per team – sign up now! USSSA rules. 7 guys
& 3 girls. Concession stands open. Chances for donated items. Champion shirts to the winners!

Aug. 31-Sept. 2
Labor Day Weekend activities at the Fort Scott National Historic Site –

Explore the Labors that Created Fort Scott this Labor Day Weekend!
Saturday, August 31 through Monday, September 2, 2019, Fort Scott National Historic Site will take you on an exploration of the Labors leading to the creation of the “Crack Post on the Frontier”. Labor Day weekend activities include Native American dancing, artillery demonstrations, small arms drills, living history demonstrations and a variety of interpretive programs. All programs are free

For full schedule of events, click HERE
Sept.
1
Team Trivia at the Boiler Room Brewhaus –
10 S. National, 3-5pm

Exciting, fun and challenging team trivia. Put your team together (maximum of 8 teams, maximum of 5 members on a team)

$5 per person. Cash prizes for winning team.
Pre-register at the tap room

3 Fort Scott Middle School Pizza Hut Nights Fundraiser – 1st Tuesday of each month while school is in session

Please plan to eat at Pizza Hut sometime and use the FSMS voucher

3-4
Story Time, hosted by the Fort Scott Public Library –
201 S. National, 10-11am

Join Miss Val and other local families for a themed story time, featuring
2-3 books read aloud, songs or fingerplays, craft, and snack, along with a play table for before and after the stories. All story times welcome any age children and teens
Some themes are based around seasons, holidays, and annual events, while others are chosen by regular attendees
For more information, visit fortscott.mykansaslibrary.org or see our Facebook events page by clicking  HERE
Enjoy stories, songs, crafts, and snacks related to our theme in the downstairs event room. Hope you can come. Tell your friends!
3 T.O.P.S Meetings held weekly on Tuesdays at Buck Run Community Center, 735 Scott Ave., 10:30am
3 Fort Scott Kiwanis Meeting – FSCC Heritage Room,
2108 S. Horton, 12-1pm
3 Fort Scott Varsity Girls 18-hole match at Woodland Hills G.C. –
2414 S. Horton, 3pm shotgun start
3 Farmer’s Market – Skubitz Plaza (in front of the historic fort)

Tuesday evenings, 4-6pm

Fort Scott Farmers’ Market is a farmer driven and run market. The farmers work hard to produce the very finest produce available. We also provide a great venue for community organizations to promote their mission and raise funds. We are focused on fresh locally produce farm products

3 Community Bingo Night – Fort Scott Middle School Fundraiser –
1105 E. 12th St., 5:30pm

Community BINGO Night at FSMS Commons – 50/50 GRAND PRIZE!! All community members are invited to participate!

Event includes:
– buy 10 BINGO cards & one raffle entry for $5
– purchase additional BINGO cards for $1 each
– daubers will be available for purchase for $2 each
– each winner gets a candy prize and a raffle ticket for the 50/50 prize
– free popcorn at the door
– concessions will be available for purchase

3 City Commission Meeting – City Hall, 123 S. Main, 6pm
4 Rotary Meeting – Presbyterian Church,  308 S. Crawford St., 12-1pm
4
Monthly Grief Support Luncheon hosted by Cheney Witt Chapel – at the Carriage House, 301 S. Main, 12pm

First Wednesday of each month. Anyone dealing with a loss is encouraged to come and bring a friend. Cheney Witt Chapel will provide lunch. Call 620-223-1186 for more info

4 Bourbon County Coalition Monthly Meeting – Basement of the First Baptist Church, 123 Scott Ave., 12pm
4
Adult Coloring Program – Fort Scott Public Library, 201 S. National Ave.,
2-4pm
Join us in the library events room for a relaxing afternoon of coloring and conversation. Library provides coloring pages, pens and pencils, and snacks. Bring your own beverage of choice (no alcohol, please)
4
TAG – Teen Advisory Group – Fort Scott Public Library – 201 S. National, 4:15-5:15pm
Join Teen Advisory Group members in the library events room. This event is exclusively for middle and high school students. We have meetings weekly, including a games & snacks night, community service project, book club meeting, and craft night each month. Members can help the library develop programs, displays, and book collections that better serve teens! Make a difference in your community while having fun at TAG! Each meeting includes food, drinks, and a good time with your fellow teens. See you at TAG, and bring your friends!
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Join us for the weekly Chamber Coffee of the Fort Scott Area Chamber of Commerce at 8am with a ribbon cutting ceremony to follow immediately after. This week’s Chamber Coffee is being hosted by SEK Multi County Health Department
Location:  524 S. Lowman
5 Horticultural services at the Bourbon County Courthouse every Thursday – 210 S. National, 9am-3:30pm (See flyer below)

Krista Harding, Horticulture Agent for the Southwind Extension District, has office hours at the Extension office inside the Bourbon County Courthouse every Thursday. In an effort to better serve residents of Fort Scott and the surrounding communities, Krista is there weekly to answer questions and offer advice on lawn and gardens, trees and shrubs, flowers and insect. Bring your spotted leaves, strange looking insects or wilted flowers and let her help you! This a free service and is available to all community members. Questions? Call 620-223-3720

5 Pioneer Kiwanis Meeting – FSCC Heritage Room,
12pm-1pm
5 Thursday Card Players – Buck Run Community Center,
735 Scott Ave., 6-9pm

Free weekly event to anyone that wants to play cards, drink coffee, eat snacks, and socialize

5 A Star is Born, or Died – Boiler Room Brewhaus,
2 S. National Ave., 7-9pm

Join Boiler Room Brewhaus on Thursday evenings from
7-9pm for karaoke fun. Cheer on your favorite local star!

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Weekly Livestock Sale at Fort Scott Livestock Market. Starting at 10am on both Fridays & Saturdays
Fridays:  Cows, Pairs, Big Bulls
Saturdays:  Stocker & Feeder Cattle, followed by any cows
& bulls that come in late Friday & Saturday. Cafe open both sale days. You don’t have to be a buyer, just to come watch the sale and visit the cafe!
6 Children’s Miracle Network Pulled Pork Sandwich Dinner Fundraiser – Buck Run Community Center, 735 Scott St., 10am-8pm

Children’s Miracle Network Pulled Pork Sandwich Dinner on Friday, September 6th at Buck Run Community Center. Free delivery to workplace or come in and eat all day! Dinner comes with pulled pork sandwich, bbq beans, potato chips, and dessert for just $5.00
You may call Chris Chaplin at 620-215-4903 or Kristie Maycumber at Walmart at 620-223-2867 and ask for Claims to schedule delivery time and how many meals ordered. All proceeds go to CMN!
6 YPL First Friday Luncheon (Young Professional’s League) – Papa Don’s Pizza, 10 N. Main St., 12-1pm

Join us for the YPL First Friday Luncheon, open to YPL members or anyone interested in the organization

6 Friday Night Concert in the Park – Heritage Park Pavilion, 1st & Main, 7pm

Friday Night Concert in the Park – Sponsored by the Fort Scott Area Chamber of Commerce

This week’s concert features Dr. Buck and Band – Classic country & gospel. Come early and bring a lawn chair as seating is limited.  In the event of bad weather we will move to The Common Grounds Coffee Shop

The concerts are organized by Ralph Carlson. If you or someone you know is interested in performing, contact Ralph at [email protected]

6 The Boiler Room Brewhaus presents Deliberate Kin live in concert. Friday, September 6th from 7-9pm, 10 S. National Ave.

Tickets ($10) available at the Brewhaus, the Visitors Center and the Chamber of Commerce, 231 E. Wall St.

Visit www.boileroombrewhaus.com

View a Deliberate Kin video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nDPhtOWdQKU

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FSHS Tiger Softball Co-Ed Softball Tournament

Saturday, September 7th. $125 per team (payment expected before first game of the day). Cash prize for 1st & 2nd place teams. Teams provide balls. 3 game guarantee. 7 guys, 3 girls. Visitors will start with half a run

Home run rule: 1 home run per player per game. After that, the homerun will be a single. Unlimited homerun wristbands can be purchased for $15 per person

Run rule: 15 after 3 innings, 10 after 5 innings

To sign up your team, call or text 620-719-6943 or register online at http://forms.gle/UKCNQDDUKTUSNPE87

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Farmer’s Market – Skubitz Plaza (in front of the historic fort)

Saturday Mornings, 8:00am – 12:00pm
Fort Scott Farmers’ Market is a farmer driven and run market. The farmers work hard to produce the very finest produce available. We also provide a great venue for community organizations to promote their mission and raise funds

We are focused on fresh locally produce farm products
7  Fort Scott Soccer Shoot – Kiwanis Soccer Field, 10am

Ages 4-16, boys and girls division. First place in each division advances to district soccer shoot held in Fort Scott on Sunday, September 15th at pm. For more information, contact Bryan: 620-719-0836

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Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for Fort Scott Washateria – 501 S. National Ave. 10am

The Fort Scott Area Chamber of Commerce is excited to announce the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony celebrating the opening of the new Fort Scott Washateria at 501 S. National Avenue. The event will take place Saturday, September 7th, 10:00 a.m. with remarks and ribbon cutting at 10:15 a.m. Free hot dogs, chips, sodas, sno cones, popcorn and homemade ice cream! Music provided by local radio station KOMB FM 103.9 from
10am-12pm. There will be giveaways, and specials on wash/dry/fold subscriptions. ALL WASHES AND DRIES ARE FREE FROM SEPTEMBER
7th-14th (1 load per visit, does not include soap or softener)!!

Fort Scott Washateria is owned and managed by Lori Lovelace. The following services will be available:
– Downloadable “Spiderwash” app (and a loyalty card) that tells you what machines are available and how long your load has until it’s done
– Wash/dry/fold services- Starching & pressing
– Alterations- Delivery in Fort Scott- Soaker sinks
– Vending machines with detergent, softener, etc.
– Kids section with movies & blackboard wall
– Free coffee & tea

Washateria features state-of-the-art machines, including:
– Eight 22 lb. washers, two 40 lb. washers, two 60 lb. washers, one 80 lb. washer, eight 30 lb. dryers, four 40 lb. dryers, one 75 lb. dryer

The Washateria will be open from 8am-8pm, 7 days per week (Note: the Washateria will be unattended from 8am-12pm on Sundays.)
Lori Lovelace also has the Fort Scott Community Clothes Closet on the site, which is a 501c3 non-profit. The clothes closet will be run by volunteers. If you would like to volunteer or would like to be a Board member, there is an organizational meeting August 15th at 6pm at Washateria.

Contact Lori Lovelace at: 620-644-9834 for more info

7 Kansas Appleseed Bi-Partisan “Voter-to-Voter” workshop on getting out the vote – Boiler Room Brewhaus, 2 S. National Ave., 3-5pm
7 Wayward Bettys performing at LIberty Theatre (final 2019 Patio Concert) – 113 S. Main St., 8-10pm (See flyer below)

The Bourbon County Arts Council presents The Wayward Bettys, performing live at Liberty Theatre, 113 S. Main St., Saturday, September 7th from 8-10pm. This is the final 2019 Patio Concert of the series

Tickets are $10 for BCAC members, $15 for non-BCAC members. Tickets may be purchased by calling:
– Terri Floyd: 620-224-7221
– Deb Anderson: 620-224-8650
– The Chamber: 620-223-3566

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Back to School Bash at Holmtown Pub – 206 N. National Ave., 9pm-1pm

DJ Ray Ray will be spinning tunes on the patio

Fort Scott Dialysis Center to Close Sept. 30

Fresenius Medical Center, 2526 S. Main, Fort Scott.

 

Fresenius Medical Care of Fort Scott, the only dialysis clinic in the community, is closing September 30.

Shirley Irvin, a representative of Fresenius, did verify that the center will close on September 30. A formal statement from the company was not available at publishing time.

“I have talked to Fresenius,” Fort Scott City Manager Dave Martin, said. “They haven’t made money to the point of, they can’t stay open.”

“We are reaching out to see where we are able to help,” Martin said. “CHC (Community Health Center, who has a medical clinic in Fort Scott) and Via Christi ( who has an emergency department in Fort Scott) can’t provide the service, but they are helping me look at options.”

The closing will impact patients and their families that have been served at the center in Fort Scott.

Several family members were waiting on their loved ones at the center on Friday afternoon.

One young lady helped her father-in-law in a wheelchair into their car.

She stated that the family lives in Moran and now will have to drive to Chanute, Pittsburg or Nevada, MO for dialysis.

Another woman was waiting in the waiting room for her husband, whom she said just started dialysis last week.

She stated that her husband will, hopefully, be finished with his dialysis by the end of the month. His treatment was in response to an infection. They live in Missouri.

 

The following is a quote from a KOAM News segment on July 24, 2019:

“An executive order from President Trump gives the secretary of health and human services a number of deadlines to deal with kidney disease patients.

“In thirty days after July 10th, 2019, he is to pick payment models for kidney care providers to increase treatments for at-risk patients, home dialysis, and transplants.

“In ninety days to propose regulation to enhance procurement and utilization of organs; revise rules for procuring and using organs and to remove financial barriers to donation.

“And in 120 days to start an awareness initiative.

“Then in 180 days to expedite kidney matching and reduce the organ discard rate.”

Click below the recent KOAM News story on the subject:

https://www.koamnewsnow.com/news/home-dialysis-encouraged-in-trump-executive-order/1099450079

See President Trump’s executive order on  advancing kidney health:

https://www.whitehouse.gov/presidential-actions/executive-order-advancing-american-kidney-health/

An excerpt from Trump’s order:

“Kidney disease was the ninth-leading cause of death in the United States in 2017. Approximately 37 million Americans have chronic kidney disease and more than 726,000 have ESRD. More than 100,000 Americans begin dialysis each year to treat ESRD. Twenty percent die within a year; fifty percent die within 5 years. Currently, nearly 100,000 Americans are on the waiting list to receive a kidney transplant.”

New FS Student Success Center Teacher: Bo Graham

Bo Graham. Submitted photo.

Bo Graham, 36, is the new Fort Scott High School Student Success Center Teacher.

“I became an educator because I had coaches and teachers that made a huge impact on my life,” he said. “I hope to do the same for the students and athletes I come in contact with! Bob Campbell was the main person who inspired me to teach. But I also had many others who played a role in that.”

Graham has been in education for 15 years, having graduated from Pittsburg State  University with a masters of arts degree in education.

“The best part of teaching for me has been having students or athletes come back seven, eight or nine years later letting me know the impact I had on them. It makes every second worth it,” he said.

For Graham one of the challenges in education is technology.

“The greatest challenge I see in education is probably technology, and that being good and bad,” he said.  “The technology you use to run school changes yearly. And with the use of computers, tablets, and cell phones good and not-so-good things can happen.”

Fort Scott is Graham’s hometown.

He has been married to Jamie for six years and has a 3-year-old daughter named Blakely.

In his spare time, Graham likes spending time with family, golfing, and watching Duke basketball.

Gary Sinise Foundation by Patty LaRoche

While biking in our subdivision the other day, I came across this construction site. A group of donors are making it possible for Sgt. Stefan Leroy and his wife to have a new home. I later Googled Sgt. Leroy and found this article posted on the Gary Sinese Foundation website:

On June 7, 2012 while deployed in Afghanistan, Stefan and his platoon were clearing improvised explosive devices (IEDs). Suddenly, two IEDs detonated and Stefan rushed to aid those injured by the blasts. While carrying an injured soldier to a Medevac helicopter, Stefan was struck by a third explosion. He lost both of his legs immediately.

Stefan was transported to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center where he spent over a month in the hospital. He spent two years learning to adapt to his prosthetics, drawing strength from his friends and the other amputees at the hospital. Sixteen months after his last surgery in September 2014, he ran the Boston Marathon. “Stefan’s current living situation does not accommodate his wheelchair, causing him stress in his day-to-day activities. The Gary Sinise Foundation looks forward to providing Stefan with a specially adapted smart home to ease his daily challenges.” Actor Gary Sinese, most known for his performance in “Forrest Gump,” started this foundation to make dreams come true for our defenders, veterans, first responders and their families. His website claims that over 1,000,000 soldiers have returned from Iraq and Afghanistan “bearing the mental and physical wounds of war.” Thanks to donations to his foundation, fifty-seven homes are completed, and twenty more are under construction. I rode back to the site to talk to some of the workers. Everything in this house will be wheelchair-friendly, from wider doors to lower sinks. The painters praised the efforts of Mr. Sinese who used his public platform to help those in need. When I got home, I looked further into what drove this incredible man to give so sacrificially. I was excited by what I found. Speaking at a Knights’ of Columbus dinner, an organization with which he has partnered, Sinese said this: “When I think about the life and sufferings of Christ, when I think about the stories of the extreme hardships and heavy burdens that our military men and women and their families were willing to, and continue to bare, I can’t help but think about this verse: ‘For greater love hath no man than this, that he lay down his life for his friends.’” If there is a better motive for sacrificial giving, I don’t know what it is.