Special Kansas Legislature Session Will Convene

Governor Kelly Announces Special Session
of the Kansas Legislature

— Today, Governor Laura Kelly announced that she will use her constitutional power under Article 1, Section 5 of the Kansas Constitution to reconvene the Kansas Legislature for a special session on Tuesday, June 18, 2024.

“I am committed to working with the Legislature to deliver responsible, sustainable tax cuts for all Kansans,” Governor Laura Kelly said. “A special session provides the opportunity for bipartisan collaboration on comprehensive tax relief that does not threaten Kansas’ solid fiscal foundation. By working together, we can swiftly come to a compromise to put more money back into Kansans’ pockets.”

Governor Kelly will issue the proclamation officially convening the Legislature for a special session in the coming days.

Obituary of Deborah Baxley

Deborah Sue Baxley, age 67, a resident of Fort Scott, Kansas, passed away Tuesday, May 28, 2024 at the Ascension Via Christie Hospital in Pittsburg, Kansas. Debbie was born March 20, 1957 in Fort Scott, the daughter of Cecil Otis Lancaster and Vivian Louse Towel Lancaster. She graduated from Fort Scott High School with the class of 1975. Debbie was employed at Mercy Hospital in Fort Scott, then she went to work for her sister Marsha at Marsha’s Great Plains Deli. At the Deli you could find Debbie out front at her table taking orders and visiting with the customers as they came in. She spent many hours at the ballpark watching her brothers play, then when the nieces and nephews started playing she would go to all their games as well. She had great pride the last several years getting to spend time with her own grandchildren and taking them out to eat and driving around.

Debbie is survived by her daughter Shelly Rowe (Dan) of Fort Scott, Kansas, two grandsons, Anthony and Christopher Rowe; two brothers Tom Lancaster (Kay) and Don Lancaster, both of Fort Scott, one sister Carolyn Washburn (Gary) of Eagle River, Alaska; and many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

She is preceded in death by her parents, Cecil and Vivian Lancaster, a sister Marsha Lancaster, and a grandson, Tucker Rowe.

A private family graveside will take place the Memory Gardens Cemetery.

There will be a celebration of life at a later date.

Memorials are suggested to Care to Share 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


Signup to Enter the Good Ol’ Days Parade Today! Lavetta Simmons Will Be the Grand Marshall

Lavetta Simmons. Submitted photo.

At the Good Ol’ Days Parade, on May 31 at 6 p.m. Lavetta Simmons will be honored as the grand marshall.

Deadline to get an entry into the parade is 1 p.m. today.

The following tribute about Simmons is from her family member Sidney Zimmerman.

Lavetta Simmons is the true meaning of doing for others before doing for yourself, according to Sidney Zimmerman.

“She dedicated 15 years to the Care Share Cancer support group, providing empathy, love, and support to cancer fighters/survivors and their families. Sometimes she was the only listening ear available.”

“Lavetta played a pivotal role in many people’s lives and has built a legacy, providing a strong foundation for Care to Share to continue growing and providing services in the community.

“If asked, Lavetta would say something along the lines of  ‘It has nothing to do me, I didn’t do it alone or I couldn’t have done it without out my family and friends’ And although she is correct, she did not do it alone, but without her relationships with family and friends and strong community presence, many tasks would have been unmanageable.

“As we honor her, she wants to thank the businesses, community members, and individuals who have made Care to Share a success.

“To those who trusted in her the first few years, as the organization grew, to our long-standing supporters- her priorities were God, Family, and  Care to Share.”

Youth Rummage and Bake Sale at First Baptist Church This Weekend

Youth Fundraiser!
Rummage & Bake Sale at First Baptist Church Youth Center
123 Scott Avenue, Fort Scott on
Friday, May 31, from  8 am-2 pm and  Saturday, June 1, 8 am-3 pm

Furniture, Outdoor Gear, Electronics,
Dishes, Home Décor, Clothing, Bedding Books, Toys,
Kitchen, Vinyl & Tapes And Much More!


The youth are raising funds for a Mission Trip with a Rummage Sale this weekend, Friday, May 31 and Saturday, June 1 in the church basement.   LOTS of items – free will donation unless marked.

Obituary of Joanna Woody


Joanna Woody, age 96, a former resident of rural Bronaugh, Missouri and more recently of the Presbyterian Village in Ft. Scott, Kansas, passed away Friday, May 24, 2024, in Ft. Scott.  She was born February 29, 1928, in Vernon County, Missouri near what was Swartz, Missouri, the daughter of Willard Earl Foster and Pearlie Wilma Hawkins Foster.  Joanna attended grade school at Eureka and McGugh country schools.  She later attended Bronaugh High School through her Junior year.  Her family moved to rural Redfield, Kansas and Joanna graduated from the Uniontown High School with the Class of 1946.  Joanna married James R. “Jim” Woody on April 19, 1946, after he returned home from serving in World War II.  They settled on a farm in Vernon County.  Joanna joined the Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church in Garland where she and her family attended when she was a child.  After her husband’s conversion, they both joined and help start Pleasant View Baptist Church.  After the church disbanded, they moved their membership back to Mt. Zion where Joanna is still a member.  Over the years, she served as pianist and Sunday school teacher and also helped with Vacation Bible School.  In earlier years, Joanna served as a 4-H cooking and sewing leader when her children were members. She was also a member of TOPS for over twenty years.  She will be remembered for her homemade pies, dill pickles and pickled beets.  Joanna’s desire was to serve her Lord in any way she was able and to see her children and grandchildren accept Christ and live for Him.


Joanna is survived by her children, Linda VanSickle (Gary) of Ft. Scott, Kansas, Gloria Guzman (Frank) of Lee’s Summit, Missouri, Dr. Michael Woody (Linda) of Carthage, Missouri, Cynthia Leech of Grandview, Missouri, Dedra Woebbecke (Michael) of Shawnee, Kansas and Marty Woody (Gayle) of Bronaugh, Missouri.  Also surviving is a daughter-in-law, Muriel Woody of Webb City, Missouri; twenty-one grandchildren, and numerous great and great-great-grandchildren.

Joanna was preceded in death by her husband, Jim on January 19, 2008.  She was also preceded in death by two sons, Willard Woody and Rev. Ron Woody, a brother, Calvin Foster and two sisters, Barbara Fay Simmons and Virginia Flo Willard and a grandson.


Funeral services will be held at 11:00 A.M. Friday, May 31st 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. Thursday at the Cheney Witt Chapel.

Memorials are suggested to the Mt. Zion Mission Department or Samaritan’s Purse 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 David Troutman

David Dee Troutman, age 79, a resident of Ft. Scott, Kansas, passed away Friday, May 24, 2024, at the Research Hospital in Kansas City, Missouri.  He was born May 3, 1945, the son of Vernon Troutman and Verna Clark Troutman.  Dave grew up in Niotaze, Kansas and graduated from the Caney High School.  He then served with the U. S. Air Force during the Vietnam War where he was stationed in Japan.  Following his military service, Dave worked as a police officer in Las Vegas and also worked as a truck driver and mechanic.  Dave married Beverly Jo Duff on July 14, 1973, at Thayer, Kansas.  Together, they had three sons, Tyler, Matt, and Justin.  Dave took a job with the Social Rehabilitation Service and the family relocated to Ft. Scott.  He was a member of Community Christian Church.  He enjoyed reading and studying the Bible as well as listening to music.


Survivors include his three sons, Tyler Troutman of Independence, Kansas, Matthew Troutman (Jessica) of Independence, Missouri and Justin Troutman of Joplin, Missouri and four grandchildren, Evan, Salma, Meriam and Autumn.  Also surviving is a sister, Nancy Beyl (Frank) of Claremore, Oklahoma.

Dave was preceded in death by his wife, Beverly, on July 22, 2006.  He was also preceded in death by his parents, a brother, Richard and two sisters, Linda and Geneva.


Rev. Kevin Moyers will conduct funeral services at 11:00 A.M. Thursday, May 30th at the Cheney Witt Chapel.

Private burial will take place at the Mt. Hope Cemetery in Independence, Kansas.

Memorials are suggested to Community Christian 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.

FS City Vacancies

The City Clerk is now accepting Letters of Interest for several vacant positions.  City Hall does appreciate the time investment advisory board commission members make; therefore, only serious candidates need submit their OWN letter.  All letters will be verified by the City Clerk and all applicants must appear before the City Commission before they are appointed.  All positions are voluntary and will not be compensated.


CITY COMMISSIONER (1) opening to finish out the remainder of a vacated seat that expires December 31, 2024. The successor to be determined by election in November 2024. DEADLINE MAY 30, 2024, AT 5:00PM.


PARKS ADVISORY BOARD – (1) opening to finish out the remainder of a vacated seat that expires December 31, 2024. The position is a (2)-year term and may be renewed after the upcoming expiration date if you wish to continue to serve on the board and the reappointment is approved. The function of the Parks Advisory Board is to provide suggestions to the City and Manager and the City Commission regarding the parks within the City of Fort Scott. Currently this board meets quarterly or on “as needed basis” for (1) hour on Thursday afternoons at City Hall. The next scheduled meeting is July 11, 2024, at 4:00PM at City Hall.  DEADLINE IS JUNE 28, 2024, AT 5:00PM.


PLANNING COMMISSION – (1) opening to finish out the remainder of a vacated seat that expires December 31, 2026.  The position is a (3)-year term and the candidate for this vacated position must be a City resident. The Planning Commission is under the authority of K.S.A. 12-744 et seq. and City Ordinance No. 3762, for the purpose of recommending and advising the Governing Body of the City on matters pertaining to the planning, zoning and subdivision administration of all legal territory and property inside the Cit limits of Fort Scott. Currently this commission meets bi-monthly (every other month) and “as needed” if necessary for timely matters requiring a decision prior to a scheduled meeting. Meetings generally last (1) hour and are currently held on Wednesday afternoons at 4:00PM at City Hall. Times and dates are amendable to meet the schedules of commission members. The next bi-monthly meeting is scheduled for July 22, 2024, at 4:00PM at City Hall.  DEADLINE IS JULY 19, 2024, AT 5:00PM.


LIBRARY BOARD – (1) opening for a (4)-year term. This board meets the second Tuesday of each month at the Fort Scott Public Library.  For further information about the Library Board, please contact the library director, Jennifer Gum-Fowler at (620) 223-2882. OPEN UNTIL FILLED.


Please submit ALL Letters of Interest to the City Clerk by the deadlines indicated either in person at City Hall, 123 S. Main Street or by email [email protected]PLEASE BE SURE TO INCLUDE CONTACT INFORMATION. All letters will be verified, and all candidates must appear before the City Commission when scheduled by agenda. If letters cannot be verified, they will not be considered. For questions, please contact Lisa Lewis, City Clerk at [email protected] or (620) 223-0550 ext. 507.







Lisa A. Lewis, City Clerk


Mi Ranchito Restaurant Opens At 17 S. Main

Mi Ranchito Restaurant, 17 S. Main, on May 23, 2024.

Mi Ranchito Restaurant, 17 S. Main, has opened this holiday weekend, according to owner, Rubler De La Torre.

They opened Sunday for family and friends and on Memorial Day to the public.

“The restaurant looks beautiful,” De La Torre said. “We are very happy with how it turned out.”

They are accepting applications for all positions: cooks, servers, hostesses and bartenders.

One can apply in the restaurant to Hernan Pineda, the restaurant’s general manager.

“You can also apply on Facebook Messenger, at Mi Ranchito Fort Scott,” he said.

The restaurant hours will tentatively be Sunday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.

“That could change, depending on the business,” De La Torre said.

Rulber De La Torre,  from the Kansas City area, is no stranger to the restaurant business. He has two restaurants in Olathe, two in Overland Park, one in Lenexa, one in Mound City, and one in Gladstone, MO.

De La Torre said restaurant favorites are street tacos and mango chicken salad. Specialties are cream cheese enchiladas,  Jalisco chimichangas, pasta and steaks.

To view the menu: Menu MC & FS (3)(1)

Rubler De La Torre (In the hat) and family. Submitted photo.

The Historic Downtown Fort Scott building at 17 S. Main has seen many different businesses but is known by long-time residents as the Kress Building.

This new restaurant follows the Pizza Republic Restaurant which closed in January 2024.

Robert and Kim Coon, doing business as Coon Rentals LLC, are owners of the building,




Learn About the ‘Good Ol’ Days’ at Fort Scott National Historic Site 

Photo credit: NPS


Fort Scott, Kan. – Join a ranger for a walk back in time to the “Good’ Ol’ Days” Saturday, June 1, 2024. Programs and living history activities will be ongoing from 9:30 am – 3 pm. All activities are free and open to the public. To find out more, please contact the park at 620-223-0310.



9:30 a.m. – Artillery Demonstration/Discussion

10 a.m. – Ranger Guided Tour of the Fort

10 a.m. – Windy Hollow Folk Music (10-2)

11 a.m. – Artillery Demonstration/Discussion

1 p.m. – Ranger Guided Tour of the Fort

2 p.m. – Oklahoma Fancy Dancers (Native American Cultural Presentation)


Fort Scott National Historic Site, a unit of the National Park Service, exhibit areas and visitor center are currently open Friday through Tuesday from 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Park grounds are open daily from a half hour before sunrise until a half hour after sunset. To find out more or become involved in activities at the Fort, please contact the park at 620-223-0310 or visit our website at www.nps.gov/fosc.




Good Ol’ Days Committee Host Chamber Coffee on May 30

Join us for Chamber Coffee!

Thursday, May 30th, 8am

Hosted by Good Ol’ Days Committee

Skubtiz Plaza, Downtown Fort Scott

The Fort Scott Area Chamber of Commerce invites members and guests to a Chamber Coffee hosted by the Fort Scott Good Ol’ Days Committee, Thursday, May 30th at 8 a.m. on Skubitz Plaza, Downtown Fort Scott. Coffee, juice, and light refreshments will be served along with door prizes.


Shawn O’Brien, Chairman, and the Good Ol’ Days committee are excited to celebrate the 43rd Annual Good Ol’ Days festival with the theme of Where Our History Comes to Life.

Tickets are on sale at the Chamber of Commerce for the Good Ol’ Chicken Dinner with a deadline of Friday, May 31st at 12pm. Meal pick up will be behind the Lowell Milken Center on Friday the 31st from 4:30pm-6pm. The $10 ticket includes 2 pieces of chicken, 2 sides, bread, and a bottle of water. The Chamber is also taking entries for the Good Ol’ Days Parade planned for 6pm Friday, May 31st. The full schedule of events may be found on the festival website fortscottgoodoldays.com.

Chamber members and guests are invited to Chamber Coffee events each Thursday at 8 a.m. to network, make announcements, hear about happenings in the community as well as learn about the host business or organization.

Click here for their Facebook Page!

Click here for their website to see their schedule of events!

Thank you to our Chamber Champion members

shown below…

Fort Scott Area Chamber of Commerce

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




Memorial Hall Entryway Needs Repair: Baby Contest Will Be Accessible Through The North and South Doors

Memorial Hall steps are cordoned off.

People may have noticed the warning tape on the steps at Memorial Hall, located at Third Street and National Avenue.

The tape was put up last Tuesday, May 21, when city personnel noticed some of the mortar above the steps was coming off and felt it was unsafe for citizens to use the steps, according to Fort Scott City Manager Brad Matkin.

“The problem with Memorial Hall is the mortar on the top of the entryway is crumbling and pieces of it have been falling onto the stairway,” Matkin said.  “There is nothing wrong with the stairs, we roped it off believing we do not want citizens to go into those entry doors and have something fall on them. It is strictly for the safety of our citizens.”

“We are going out for bids to get the area fixed,” he said.

The Good Ol’ Days Baby Contest WILL take place in Memorial Hall on Saturday, June 1. Citizens are asked to NOT use the front steps, but instead the doors on the north and south of the building, according to Shaw O’Brien, chairman of the steering committee.