NRMC to Offer Free Colon Health Screening



Nevada Regional Medical Center (NRMC) will offer free colon health screening kits beginning on Monday, March 4th in observance of National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month.  The free kits will be available in the main lobby of NRMC from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. throughout the month while supplies last.

Colorectal cancer is one of the 5 most common cancers in men and women in the United States. It is just as common among women as men. Colorectal cancer is also one of the leading causes of cancer death in the United States. Although there are no symptoms in the beginning, colorectal cancer is highly preventable through screening. This type of cancer almost always starts with a small growth called a polyp. If the polyp is found early, doctors can remove it and stop colorectal cancer before it starts.

To help lower your chances of getting colorectal cancer:

  • Get to and stay at a healthy weight
  • Be physically active
  • Limit the amount of alcohol you drink
  • Eat a diet with a lot of fruits and vegetables, whole grains, and less red or processed meat.


The American Cancer Society recommends screening for colon cancer every year beginning at age 50 for people with no risk factors other than age.  Testing is painless, can be done in the privacy of your own home, and can save your life.  For more information or to begin with a consultation, call Nevada Regional Medical Center’s Professional Practice Clinic at (417) 448-2121.



About Nevada Regional Medical Center
Serving a six-county area since 1937, Nevada Regional Medical Center is a 71-bed acute, intensive and skilled care hospital. Nevada Regional Medical Center has earned recognition as a respected regional medical center for its comprehensive health care services, skilled and caring employees and state-of-the-art medical technology. Staff represent more than a dozen medical specialties, including family practice, women’s services, neurology, urology, psychiatry, wound care services, and general, vascular, thoracic and oncological surgery. Additionally, consultation clinics are held regularly by specialists in pulmonology, podiatry, ear, nose, and throat and cardiology.



The Bourbon County Commission Agenda for February 26

Bourbon County Courthouse

210 S. National Ave Fort Scott, KS 66701 Phone: 620-223-3800

Fax: 620-223-5832

Bourbon County, Kansas

Nelson Blythe

1st District Commissioner

Jim Harris, Chairman

2nd District Commissioner

Clifton Beth

3rd District Commissioner



Bourbon County Commission Agenda 210 S. National Ave.

Fort Scott, KS 66701


February 26, 2024 5:30 p.m.


  1. Call Meeting to Order
  2. Flag Salute
  • Approval of Consent Agenda
    1. Approval of Minutes 2/12/2024 and 2/20/2024
    2. Approval of Payroll Totaling $293,310.56
    3. Approval of Accounts Payable Totaling $327,719.27
  1. Public Comments
  2. Trevor Jacobs
  3. Department Updates
    1. Public Works
  • Matt Quick, County Appraiser- Property Evaluations
  • Healthcare Sales Tax Ballot Language
  1. Susan Walker, CFO
    1. EMS Outstanding Receivables
    2. Funding for Totaled Vehicle
  2. Jennifer Hawkins, County Clerk
    1. Appointment of Non-Lawyer Member to 6th District Judicial Nominating Commission
    2. 2023 Inventory Approval
    3. KCAMP Building Replacement Coverage
    4. Bridges out of Poverty Workshop
    5. Presidential Preference Primary Election
    6. Hay Bids
  3. Commission Comments
  • Adjourn Meeting


Executive Session Justifications:


KSA 75-4319 (b)(1) to discuss personnel matters of individual nonelected personnel to protect their privacy.

KSA 75-4319 (b)(2) for consultation with an attorney for the public body or agency which would be deemed privileged in the

attorney-client relationship.

KSA 75-4319 (b)(3) to discuss matters relating to employer/employee negotiations whether or not in consultation with the

representative(s) of               the body or agency.

KSA 75-4319 (b)(4) to discuss data relating to financial affairs or trade secrets of corporations, partnerships, trust and individual     proprietorships

KSA 75-4319 (b)(6) for the preliminary discussion of the acquisition of real property.

KSA 75-4319 (b)(12) to discuss matters relating to the security measures, if the discussion of such matters at an open meeting

would jeopardize such security measures.

Obituary of Betty White

Betty Ruth White, age 100, resident of Fort Scott, KS, formerly of Uniontown, KS, died Friday, February 23, 2024, at Guest Home Estates, Fort Scott.  Some of her final words were “I want to see Jesus.”  She was born January 7, 1924, the daughter of Charles and Rena McKinnis Smith.  Betty graduated from Uniontown High School.  She married Leonard White on January 29, 1942, in Redfield, KS.  Other than living in Atlanta and Boston when Leonard was in the service, she was a lifetime Uniontown resident.  She played piano in her early years at the Uniontown Methodist Church.  Betty joined the Grace Baptist Tabernacle when she was baptized in 1979.  She was a loving wife, mother, and friend.


Survivors include her son Gary Joe White (Judy), Uniontown, KS; 3 grandchildren, Gary White, Kansas City, Dr. Jodi Julien (Steve), St. Lucie, FL, and Alaina Navarette (John), Coral Springs, FL; 3 step grandchildren, James Stark (Johnnie), Jennifer Ballou (Simon), and Julie Buchta (Bryan); 10 great grandchildren; 8 step great grandchildren; 1 great-great grandchild; 4 step great-great grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.  She was preceded in death by her husband Leonard; a brother, Glenn Smith; and her parents.


The family wishes to give a special thank you to Guest Home Estates and Mt. Carmel Hospice for their care and compassion.


Graveside services will be held at 1:30 PM Thursday, February 29th, at the U. S. National Cemetery, Fort Scott.  Memorials are suggested to Guest Home Estates Activity 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 online at

Obituary of Kenneth Wood

Kenneth Ross Wood, 92, formerly of Fort Scott, KS, went to be with his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, on February 17, 2024, at Medicalodge in Leavenworth, KS. He joins his beloved wife, Jennie, who preceded him in death in 2021. They were married over 62 years.


Kenneth was born February 7, 1932, on an 80-acre farm near Ft. Scott, KS, the third child of Clarence and Lena (Query) Wood.

Kenneth’s family attended the Methodist Church in Hammond, and Kenneth graduated as the Fulton high school salutatorian in 1949. His primary interest in high school was sports – softball, basketball, and track (javelin), but he also sang in the chorus, played the clarinet in band, had leading roles in class plays, and was vice president of the student council.

Kenneth attended Ft. Scott Junior College, Drury College, and Pittsburg State, graduating from Pittsburg State in 1953 with a bachelor’s degree in math education. He taught school for two years in Coffeyville, KS, and two years in Leon, KS, while completing his master’s degree in math from Pittsburgh State (1957).

That same year, Ken moved to Santa Monica, CA, to become a computer programmer trainee for Systems Development Corporation.

He attended First Church of the Nazarene in Los Angeles, CA, and met Jennie Reynolds in Sunday School class. Ken and Jennie married in 1958. Ken accepted the Lord’s call to ministry in 1959 and graduated from Nazarene Theological Seminary in 1964. Together, Ken and Jennie faithfully served the Lord at Nazarene churches in Deepwater, MO, Carl Junction, MO, Brainerd, MN, and Rochester, MN. Ken was loved by his congregations, serving faithfully with wisdom, humility, and integrity.


In 1996, Ken and Jennie retired to the Wood family farm in Ft. Scott, KS, and Ken began pulpit supply followed by a pastorate at Humboldt Church of the Nazarene. From 2001 to 2005, he pastored at Fulton United Methodist Church. Ken and Jennie were members of Ft. Scott Church of the Nazarene, ministering in a variety of ways in their church and community.

Ken’s hobbies included tending a large garden and fishing. He deeply loved his family. Many memories were made with grandchildren sharing practical skills, life wisdom, a listening ear, table games, laughter, and an after-dinner devotional. His family is forever marked by his godly character, his faithful prayers, and his loving investment in their lives.


Kenneth is survived by three children – Stan Wood (Denise) of Easton, Kansas, Melody Richardson (Lonnie) of Louisburg, Kansas, and Joy Parke (Phil) of Raymore, Missouri; a son-in-law, Charles Hornby, of Nevada, MO; eleven grandchildren – Briana Wood, Nathan (Natalie) Parke, Reagan Wood, Jaron (Brooke) Parke, Graham Wood, Carter (Meredith) Richardson, Ross Parke, Alexandra (Brice) Kudej, Annelise Parke, Davis Richardson, and Sawyer Richardson; four great-grandchildren – Noah, Hope, and Zoe Parke (Nathan and Natalie), Adalyn Parke (Jaron and Brooke, with a great-grandson due in May); a brother, C. Byrne Wood; a sister and brother-in-law, Loreta and Larry Jent; and a sister-in-law, Georgia Wood.


Kenneth was preceded in death by his wife, Jennie; parents, Clarence and Lena Wood; daughter, Suella Hornby; brother and sister-in-law, Leland and Wanda Wood; brother, Walter Wood; and sister-in-law, Rosalie Wood.


A funeral service will be held Friday, March 1st, 2024, 2:00 pm, at the Fort Scott Church of the Nazarene, 1728 Horton St, Fort Scott, KS 66701, with visitation and viewing from 12:00 to 2:00 pm, and burial following at Maple Grove Cemetery.

Viewing is also available on Thursday, Feb. 29, at the Konantz-Cheney Funeral Home, 15 W. Wall St., Fort Scott, KS, 66701, during normal business hours.


The service will be live-streamed via the church’s Facebook page. Memorial contributions may be made to the Fort Scott Church of the Nazarene and left in the care of the Konantz-Cheney Funeral Home. Condolences may be submitted to the online guestbook at


AD: Key Apparel Is Hiring for Director of Operations and Operations Coordinator

KEY Apparel is a clothing company located in Fort Scott, Kansas, focused on manufacturing and selling high quality work, industrial and outdoor related apparel. Key is searching for a Director of Operations and an Operations Coordinator. See details of each position below.

Director of Operations

Key is searching for a Director of Operations to manage and execute the procurement strategy of the company by analyzing the product and inventory needs of the company to meet sales and budgetary goals, to monitor and maintain the production process, including the identification, development and oversight of factory partners and the timely receipt of inventory that meet or exceed Key’s quality standards at competitive prices.

Primary Responsibilities Include

Strategic Planning

  • Coordinate with Finance and Sales Departments to assess the business strategy of the Company to enhance the Company’s competitive position and promote sales, profitability and growth in a sustainable manner that will meet future objectives;
    • Identify new areas of production opportunity for short and long-term change to improve profitability;
    • Take ownership of the company’s operational and supply chain strategy;

Contractor Management

  • Overall responsibility for the Contractor Management function and contractor relationships;
    • Responsible for the designation of factories for appropriate product placement;
    • Responsible for the costing process for each product;
    • Maintain and routinely update Key Vendor Manual to ensure best practices.

Forecasting / Planning

  • Responsible for ensuring the appropriate amount of inventory is always on hand to meet budgetary requirements.

Quality Assurance

  • Responsible for ensuring that incoming inventory receipts meet or exceed Key’s quality standards utilizing a mix of internal staff and external quality assurance vendors.


  • Develop and communicate training programs to help subordinates meet their job expectations and to grow professionally within the company through training and ongoing feedback;
  • Conduct annual (or more frequently if necessary) performance evaluations of subordinates.


  • Oversee the embellishment (print and embroidery) operations and staff

Key offers competitive compensation including a highly competitive benefits package. Interested candidates please send resume with references via e-mail [email protected] or by mail to Key Industries, Inc., Attn: Human Resources, 400 Marble Road, Fort Scott, KS 66701. For more information about Key, please visit our web-site at

Operations Coordinator

Key is searching for an Operations Coordinator to organize and communicate operational information between various KEY departments, including Operations, Accounting, Sales, Customer Service, and the Distribution Center and to be a central point of contact with internal and external Quality Assurance teams and our factories regarding all necessary information to create and receive high quality apparel. This role is responsible for all aspects of the purchase order process from creation to receipt, including closing-out, extending, and communicating changes to all relevant parties.

Primary responsibilities include:

  • Input, evaluate, and execute purchase orders with suppliers (forecast planning is not required – the purchase plan will be provided);
  • Establish and maintain supplier relationships by serving as a primary point of contact between KEY and its manufacturing partners;
  • Manage record keeping for all contractor correspondence and documentation;
  • Manage Work-in-Process (WIP) report weekly to ensure the timely delivery of products, timely communicate discrepancies or issues within the WIP report, propose resolutions to WIP report discrepancies;
  • Coordinate with the Quality Assurance Team – internal, independent 3rd parties, and factory personnel – to ensure that each Purchase Order has received an audit by both the factory (prior to shipment) and by either an independent 3rd party or an internal KEY Apparel audit;
  • Provide Purchase Order-related issue resolution, both internally and externally;
  • Monitor and complete Purchase Order close-out, extension, or renewal, as appropriate;
  • Coordinate freight / shipments between suppliers and freight forwarders;
  • Communicate Purchase Order related information to all stakeholders;
  • Create / set up new items within KEY’s ERP system;
  • Maintain all tech packs and insure all information is current (requires coordination with external vendors); and
  • Manage the Pre-production Check Run (PCR) process for new item creation.

This job profile is not meant to be all inclusive of the responsibilities of this position and this position may require the performance of other duties as necessary.

Key offers competitive compensation including a highly competitive benefits package.

Interested candidates please send resume with references via e-mail [email protected] or by mail to Key Industries, Inc., Attn: Human Resources, 400 Marble Road, Fort Scott, KS 66701. For more information about Key, please visit our web-site at

Splashpad Bash: May 18 at the New Downtown Pavilion

The Hello Summer Luau is May 18 at the new pavilion on North National Avenue. Submitted graphic.

The City of Fort is sponsoring a community event at the new Fort Scott Pavilion on North National Avenue, next to the new splash pad, on Saturday, May 18.

“The purpose of the event is to promote drug and alcohol (prevention) awareness while kicking off the summer for the grand opening of the Pavilion and the Splash Pad- which will be open the day of the event,” said Mary Wyatt, Planning, Housing, and Community Development Director  for the City of Fort Scott.

“The City of Fort Scott is sponsoring the event and is using the Drug and Alcohol Tax Fund which goes to spread awareness to the youth (and adults) to pay for the expenses, plus there are local businesses handing out free stuff and selling their items at the event,” said City Manager Brad Matkin.

“We are in the beginning stages of the project, and currently putting together a committee for the event,” Wyatt said. “After the committee’s first meeting, we will have more details and specifics confirmed that we can share, and will start reaching out to vendors (mostly, if not all, local) to determine their availability. It is the City of Fort Scott’s goal to help provide a safe and fun family-friendly event to start off the summer together as a community.”
There will be live music, vendors, and free activities for the kids Matkin said.

“The vendors will be starting at 3 pm with the bands starting at 6:30 pm,” said Matkin.


The northern end of the Gathering Place is seen from National Avenue and Stanton Street. The splash pad is behind the pavilion to the left in this photo.

“The plan is to have the splash pad open,” for this bash, Bailey Lyons, one of the committee members of the splash pad said.

The Gathering Place is the venue of the new pavilion and splash pad on North National Avenue at Old Fort Boulevard. Here are the rules for the splash pad.

“The Hello Summer bash will feature Beach Boys tunes under the pavilion from the live tribute band, Surfin’ USA,” Matkin said.

“Surfin’ USA features seven musicians from the Kansas City area. Their collective dedication to quality musicianship and soaring harmonies will be on full display as they are committed to accurately recreating the music of The Beach Boys,” according to

Before Sufin’ USA, Vinyl Revival will be playing at 6:30 p.m. at the pavilion.

“Comprised of six professional musicians near the Kansas City area, members of Vinyl Revival have opened for artists such as: Little River Band, Doobie Brothers, Eddie Money, Atlanta Rhythm Section, Firefall, Badfinger, The Guess Who, Joe Bonamassa, Blood Sweat & Tears, Ozark Mountain Daredevils, Edgar Winter, Pure Prairie League, The Romantics, and Peter Frampton,” according to


To view prior articles on the two new additions to downtown Fort Scott:

A new Downton Pavilion Is In the Works For Fort Scott

Construction of the Downtown Splash Pad Is Moving Forward


Looking northeast from National Avenue and Old Fort Boulevard.  The splash pad is in back of the pavilion.

Commerce Grants Available for Rural Mural and Public Art Projects


TOPEKA – The Kansas Department of Commerce today announced a total of $75,000 is available for a new round of Rural Mural and Public Art program funding. The program helps rural communities design engaging new art that improves the local aesthetic – making the community more appealing not only for those who live there but for potential new businesses and residents as well.

Grants up to $7,500 are available for eligible communities, which also is the total amount any one county can receive. The Office of Rural Prosperity program requires a 1:1 match, with 25% being a cash match unless the community has fewer than 1,000 residents. For those communities, matching support can be 100% in-kind services, including volunteer labor, materials and supplies, equipment, etc.

“Murals and creative projects invite new businesses and residents to celebrate Kansas as their home,” Lieutenant Governor and Secretary of Commerce David Toland said. “Our holistic approach to economic development includes dedicating resources that enhance the physical attractiveness of communities, which helps encourage new investment.”

Awards will be given to communities across the state with less than 15,000 population. Murals can beautify community gathering spaces, elevate tourist attractions, and offer a welcoming message for visitors. Communities are encouraged to utilize the 11-week application period to complete community engagement conversations about what the art should reflect.

“Over the past three years, we have supported the creation of more than 75 murals and public art pieces in rural communities across Kansas,” Office of Rural Prosperity Director Trisha Purdon said. “These art pieces support economic growth, instill pride and create community excitement for residents and visitors who have viewed the murals throughout the state.”

Applicant communities should identify their muralist, art location and design concept by May 10, 2024, the application due date. Murals and public art must be completed by December 31, 2024. Click here for more details. There also will be a webinar at 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, February 28. To register, click here.

About the Kansas Department of Commerce:

As the state’s lead economic development agency, the Kansas Department of Commerce strives to empower individuals, businesses and communities to achieve prosperity in Kansas. Commerce accomplishes its mission by developing relationships with corporations, site location consultants and stakeholders in Kansas, the nation and world. Our strong partnerships allow us to help create an environment for existing Kansas businesses to grow and foster an innovative, competitive landscape for new businesses. Through Commerce’s project successes, Kansas was awarded Area Development Magazine’s prestigious Gold Shovel award in 2021, 2022 and 2023, and was awarded the 2021 and 2022 Governor’s Cup by Site Selection Magazine.


Portrait of Gordon Parks: An Evening of Interpretive Jazz Event

Beach Museum of Art Specialist and Musician Nate McClendon will be at the Danny and Willa Ellis Family Fine Arts Center Theater on Thursday, March 21, 2024, to present his portrait of Gordon Parks in music and narration with a jazz band.

The performance starts at 7:30 p.m. and doors open at 7 p.m.

This performance was inspired by the exhibition Homeward to the Prairie I Come: Photographs by Gordon Parks from the Beach Museum of Art at Kansas State University organized by the Beach Museum with support from Art Bridges, a philanthropic organization dedicated to expanding access to American art.\

This music and narration event is free and open to the public of all ages courtesy of Art Bridges. It is part of the Gordon Parks
Convening at the Ellis Fine Arts Center, March 20 – 22, a collaboration with the Beach Museum of Art and the
Gordon Parks Museum funded by Art Bridges. The convening will have over twelve museum professionals from across the nation at Fort Scott learning more about Gordon Parks and his works.

For information on the Portrait of Gordon Parks: Interpretive Jazz event, contact Kirk Sharp, executive director,
620) 223-2700, ext. 5850, or at [email protected].

Newly Formed Bourbon County Community Theatre Plans An Adult Prom on March 16

A group of residents organized last summer to form a non-profit corporation that will be bringing education, community, and culture to Southeast Kansas through theatre productions, called Bourbon County Community Theatre.

“BCCT was formed in late June and has been working since then to get up and running so that the people of Bourbon County can soon have the opportunity to participate in and enjoy community theatre again,” said Delynn Abati, public relations person for the group.

The group’s first event is March 16 and is a prom for adults to fund future events and performances.

“We are hoping this prom for adults will become an annual night of fun, dancing, and community support,” she said.

This formal dance is for anyone age 21 and up and will be held in The Legacy Center on the lower level of the old Mercy Hospital building at 401 Woodland Hills Blvd.

“We will have a promenade beginning at 7:45 pm and the dance will run from 8-11 pm,” she said in a press release. “In addition to dancing, we will have non-alcoholic drinks, a charcuterie board, and a chocolate fondue bar included in the ticket price, as well as alcoholic beverages available for purchase from the bar, provided by Sharky’s.”

“We’re hoping to add to the fun (and success) of the night with some lighthearted music dueling,” she said. “Attendees can pay $1 to request and/or dedicate a song, $5 to request a song NOT be played for an hour, or $10 for a song to be banned for the night.”

Tickets can be purchased at (QR code provided below) or at the door on March 16.

Online tickets are $50 per couple or $30 for a single ticket. Tickets purchased at the door will go up in price to $75 per couple or $40 for a single ticket.

“Our BCCT board is so excited to be offering this event to the people of Fort Scott and surrounding areas and hopes that it will be a success for years to come,” she said.

The BCCT is accepting members.

“If you’d like to be a part of bringing community theatre back to Bourbon County, visit our Facebook page;  and fill out the Community Theatre Interest Form,” said.

Additionally, on the horizon is a Night of Living History performance.

“The Bourbon County Community Theatre is looking for people who would like to be involved in a committee for a Night of Living History performance,” said Abati.  “This will be a play (or similar event) telling some of the history of Fort Scott and its surrounding areas.”

The BCCT Board is comprised of:

Matthew Wells, President

Melissa Guns, Vice President

Recording Secretary, Sandra Abati

Correspondence Secretary, Katie Wells

Treasurer, Whitley Chesney

Production Coordinator, Tyler Parker

Public Relations, Delynn Abati

Rene Ludeman

Angie Bin

Alex Chesney

Danette Popp


Need a Job? Today Is Bourbon County Job Fair at the Legacy Building, 401 Woodland Hills

Fort Scott – Bourbon County


Hosted by KANSASWORKS with co-sponsors

Bourbon County REDI, Fort Scott Area Chamber, & HBCAT

The event will take place

Thursday, February 22nd from 2:30-5pm.

Early Access for Veteran’s at 2:00pm

The Legacy Building

401 Woodland Hills Blvd

ALL job seekers welcome ~ ALL types of jobs available!

KANSASWORKS will be onsite at the Job Fair to provide resources and any assistance to employers or job seekers!

The deadline to register for an employer booth is

February 19th.

Over 40 booths ranging from employers, recruiters, and community resources.

See flyer below for a complete listing.

Contact the Chamber for more info. or any questions:

620-223-3566 or [email protected]

Thank you to our Chamber Champion members below!
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