FS City Commission Special Meeting Agenda for Dec. 29


December 29, 2022
5:00 P.M.


J. Jones T. Van Hoecke M. Wells E. Woellhof K. Harrington


1. Approval to Purchase Road Machinery

2. Approval of Public Dance Licenses

a. Elks Lodge #579 – 111 W. 19th

b. Sharky’s Pub & Grub – 16 N. National

c. Liberty Theatre – 113 S. Main

d. Holmtown Pub – 206 N. National

e. Buck Run Community Center – 735 Scott Ave.

f. Memorial Hall Auditorium – 1 E. Third St.

3. Approval of Renewal of Drinking Establishment Permit

a. Holmtown Pub – 206 N. National

4. Approval of CMB License Renewal-Consumption on the Premises

a. M’axe Throw House – 212 E. 1 st Street

III. Adjournment:

NRMC Earns Swing Bed Accreditation

NEVADA, MO December 28, 2022 Nevada Regional Medical Center has been surveyed by the Center for Improvement in Healthcare Quality (CIHQ) and has successfully met the
requirements to be accredited for a Hospital Swing Bed Program.
In meeting the requirements, NRMC demonstrated compliance with all CIHQ Standards and the Conditions of Participation by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. This recognition reflects NRMC’s continuous commitment to safety and quality patient care.

Nevada Regional Medical Center was subjected to a rigorous, unannounced assessment on December 13, 2022. The CIHQ team toured the hospital, reviewed medical records, observed
care practices, and interviewed staff.

“CIHQ’s goal is to partner with hospitals to improve the care provided in our communities,” states Richard Curtis, Chief Executive Officer of CIHQ. “CIHQ is proud to recognize Nevada Regional Medical Center for achieving swing bed accreditation.”

Jason Anglin, NRMC’s CEO stated: “We are so excited to add this service to NRMC. This will help us better serve our community as patients will no longer have to travel to other facilities for
skilled care. Our doctors, nurses and rehabilitation staff will help patients stay close to home and move forward in their recovery process. To prepare for this survey, our leadership team prepared
policies and educated our clinical staff on how to care for and rehabilitate patients after their acute care stay. We are so proud of this accomplishment.”

For more information about our Swing Bed program, please visit
www.nrmchealth.com/swingbed or call 4174483682.
Reyna Blakely Community Relations & Foundation Manager

Fort Scott’s CHC Receives Federal Money: Completion Date March 2023

CHC originally projected the Price Chopper building would be completed by the end of 2022, it is currently now March 2023..

“There is a Santa Claus,”  Krista Postai, CEO of Community Health Center of Southeast Kansas said.

U.S. Senator Moran called Postai last Friday to let her know some good news for CHC/SEK.

Krista Postai. Submitted.

“Senator Jerry Moran contacted CHC/SEK on December 23 to notify us that our request for $5 million to offset the cost of renovating and equipping a comprehensive full-service medical facility (the former Price Chopper building) in Ft. Scott, was approved,” Postai said. “Total cost of the project has been estimated at approximately $10 million including the installation of a CT Scanner.”

CHC’s request was included in Moran’s Congressionally Directed Spending appropriations approved in the Fiscal 2023 Omnibus spending package, Postai said.

“The $1.7 trillion bill to fund the U.S. Government was signed by President Joe Biden shortly after it was approved by the Senate (on Thursday) and the House on December 23,” she said. “Also contributing to the cost of our new facility is the Kansas Department of Health and Environment, through the Community Care Network of Kansas’ Capital Investment Grant which awarded us $40,000 to help equip the wellness section of the facility; funding for diagnostics is coming through the American Rescue Plan approved by Congress in 2021. The balance of the cost will be covered directly by CHC/SEK offset partially by the sale of its buildings at 902 Horton Street and 1624 S. National Ave.”

Completion of the new clinic is now expected in March due to supply chain delays and unanticipated construction issues.

“The primary supply chain issues were the heating/cooling system and doors and flooring. They were delayed,” she said. “We also had to fill in the underground tunnels we found throughout the building with concrete. Apparently they were there to support the utilities necessary for the store’s refrigeration system…. renovation always bring surprises.”






U.S. Senator Jerry Moran Newsletter

Wishing Kansans a Merry Christmas
Robba and I wish you and your loved ones a Merry Christmas and very happy holiday season. May this be a time filled with special moments and creating memories that will last for years to come.

This holiday season, let each of us also remember our military men and women, first responders and law enforcement officers who are away from their families over Christmas. I am grateful to each of them for their selfless dedication and service, and I wish them a very Merry Christmas.


Continue reading U.S. Senator Jerry Moran Newsletter

Corrected Time for Special FS City Commission Meeting on Dec. 29

December 28th, 2022

The City Commission will have a special meeting Thursday,
December 29th, 2022, at 5:00 PM at City Hall, 123 S. Main, Fort Scott,
Kansas to discuss the purchase of road equipment discussed

at the December 20th, 2022, regular City Commission Meeting.

This meeting is open to the public. This meeting will also be
made available via the City’s YouTube channel at

City of Fort Scott.


Obituary of John Enos


John F. Enos, age 58, resident of Fort Scott, KS, died Sunday, December 25, 2022, in Fort Scott. There was cremation. Memorial services will be announced later. Memorials are suggested to the John Enos Memorial Fund 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 guestbook at cheneywitt.com.

A Special Meeting of the CITY OF FORT SCOTT Commission will be Dec. 29

December 27th, 2022

The City Commission will have a special meeting Thursday,
December 29th, 2022, at City Hall, 123 S. Main, Fort Scott,
Kansas to discuss the purchase of road equipment discussed at the December 20th, 2022, regular City Commission Meeting.

This meeting is open to the public. This meeting will also be
made available via the City’s YouTube channel at

City of Fort Scott.


Wreaths Matching Funds Campaign


Fort Scott National Cemetery


National “Wreaths Across America” has notified local location coordinator Diann Tucker that following the 2022 successful wreath laying and remembrance at Fort Scott National Cemetery, we have matching funds sponsorship to begin the 2023 wreath funding.  This is an opportunity to kick off a great start to 2023.  Starting immediately and running through January 13, 2023, all wreaths sponsored through the local registered group will be matched for placement next December.   This means when you sponsor a wreath through the local sponsorship group during this time frame, your sponsorship will be matched.


The mission of Wreaths Across America at Fort Scott National Cemetery continues to grow and has been successful because of the generosity and awareness of others.  Wreath prices remain at $15.00 each.  You can mail a contribution payable to Wreaths Across America, c/o Diann Tucker, 746 215th St. Fort Scott, KS  66701, or bring your donation to the office of Stewart Realty, 1707 S. National, Fort Scott.  We can also take your debit or credit card information by telephone (620-223-6700).  Please share your blessings as we make plans for the 2023 laying of remembrance wreaths at Fort Scott National Cemetery.  We must continue to REMEMER, HONOR AND TEACH.



Obituary of Murrel Phillips

Murrel Edward Phillips, age 95, a resident of St. Mary’s, Kansas, passed away Saturday, December 24, 2022, in St. Mary’s.  He was born October 3, 1927, in Arcadia, Kansas, the son of J.C. Phillips  and Gracie Koppa Phillips.  Murrel attended Ft. Scott High School and graduated with the Class of 1945.

Soon after graduating, he joined the United States Navy where he served in the Pacific Theater until the end of World War II.

Following his service with the Navy, Murrel married Lucile M. Crystal on March 6, 1949, at the Cherry Grove Baptist Church south of Ft. Scott.  Murrel and Lucile had two children, Linda and Ronald.  In earlier years, Murrel was an active member of the Cherry Grove Baptist Church.  The family later moved to Kansas City where Murrel was employed by General Motors for thirty years.  While in Kansas City, he was a member of the Haven Baptist Church.

Following his retirement from General Motors, Murrel and Lucile returned to Ft. Scott where he worked for area farmers.  In 1992, they relocated to Baldwin City, Kansas and later to Wamego, Kansas, in 2017,  to be near their family.

Murrel thoroughly enjoyed spending time with his grand kids and watching them participate in their various sports and activities.  He will be greatly missed by friends and family.


Survivors include his wife, Lucile; and his two children, Linda Sledd (Lynn) of Wamego, Kansas and Ronald Phillips (Pamela) of Hiawatha, Kansas; four grandchildren, Jamie Sledd, Shawn Phillips, Kyle Phillips and Kim Sledd Hall and their spouses.  Also surviving are fourteen great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, J.C. and Gracie Phillips and siblings, Clarence, Fredrick, Darrel, Mary Alice, Alpha, Wanda and Dee.


Graveside services will be held at 2:30 P.M. Friday, December 30th at the Large Cemetery south of Ft. Scott.

The family will receive friends on Friday from 1:30 P.M. until leaving for the cemetery at 2:15 P.M. at the Cheney Witt Chapel.

Memorials are suggested to the Cherry Grove Baptist 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

Obituary of Lonny Reasoner

Lonny Ray Reasoner, age 69, resident of Wichita, KS, died Sunday, December 25, 2022, at Loving Hearts Home Plus in Wichita.  He was born November 9, 1953, in Ft. Scott.  He attended schools in Moran, Bronson, and Uniontown, KS.  As a young man, he helped on the family farm.  Lonny also worked as a cook at the NuGrille restaurant, Tower Metal, and Bruce Marble Works.

He also served his country in the U. S. Navy.

After that, he spent many years working in salvage, as a tow truck operator, and a mechanic for used car dealerships.


Survivors include siblings Bill Clendinning, Salina, KS, Donna (Reasoner) Jurado, Pleasanton, TX, Tom Reasoner, Carthage, MO, Randy Reasoner (Sue), Fort Scott, KS, Connie (Reasoner) Hawkins (Paul) Carterville, MO, Sandy Reasoner, Eddie Swor (Janet) Pittsburg, KS, and Kelly Swor, Pittsburg, KS.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Edna, father Donald Lee Reasoner, stepmother Dorothy Reasoner, his mother Barbara (Mills) Duren, and 2 sisters, Sandra Clendinning, and Cheri Swor.


Funeral services will be held at 11:30 AM Friday, December 30th, at the Cheney Witt Chapel.

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

The family will receive friends from 10:30 until 11:30 prior to the service at the funeral home.

Memorials are suggested to the Lonny Reasoner Memorial Fund and may be left in care of the Cheney Witt Chapel, PO Box 347, 201 S. Main St., Fort Scott, KS.  Words of remembrance may be submitted to the online guestbook at cheneywitt.com



New Staff at Common Ground Coffee Shop

Common Ground Coffee Shop, 12 E.Wall.

Common Ground Coffee Shop is a place to sit a spell, have a cuppa and relax. The shop’s specialty is coffee, baked goods, breakfast and lunch.

They sell special order cookie trays as well.

It has been a community gathering place since its inception in 2013 by the Fort Scott Church of the Nazarene.

To view the first story on the business by fortscott.biz:

Common Ground Coffee Co. offers community a gathering place

Common Ground employees are from left to right: Dawson Korinke, Barista; Brightin Eads, Barista;, Lauren Ogran, Barista; Chandler Endicott, Barista; Michelle Keyes, Cook; Heidi Dixon, Manager, Samantha Racy, Asst Manager and Hannah Dunn, Bookkeeper. Submitted photo.
 Not in the picture: Payton Atwood, Barista; Ella Maher, Barista;  Skylar Mohler, Barista
and Hannah Keyes, Barista.

New Staff

Heidi Dixon, 52, started as the new manager of Common Ground Coffee Shop on Dec. 19.

Dixon grew up in Fort Scott, moved away and moved back.

She has been a general manager for Fort Scott Taco Tico, operations manager for Dave and Buster’s Restaurant in Kansas City and worked at several other restaurants through the years.

The Fort Scott Church of the Nazarene board oversees the coffee shop and selected Dixon as the new manager.

Hired as assistant manager is Samantha Racy, 22.

“I volunteered for about a week,” Samantha said. “There was a period the coffee shop was struggling. Others from the church helped. My whole family volunteered.”

Samantha Racy is an esthetician at Healing Hands Therapeutic Massage and Salon and also works at the coffee shop.

In addition, several high school students work there.

The business is searching for an additional cook.

“There is an assistant manager and a manager to take a load off of one person,” said Stacy Racy.

Racy has taken on the scheduling of the Loading Dock, the big rental room, in the rear of the shop.


The Loading Dock

Stacy Racy is hoping to have an event in the Loading Dock at least once a month, she said. Stacy is Samantha’s mother.

In December they had two events: a 1940s Christmas Concert on Dec. 16 and a Photo With The Grinch event on Dec. 17.

The Loading Dock has a stage area and an outside patio area.

To rent the event center costs $60 for four hours during business hours, eight hours will cost $100. To rent the space during in off- business hours is $150 for six hours, she said.

For small groups there is a conference room with a large table in a private area, and it is free, she said.

Hours of operation are Monday through Friday 7 a.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Closed Sunday.

To contact the Common Ground Coffee Shop, call 620.223.2499.

Visit the shop’s Facebook page and webpage to see the shop’s latest news.