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Bids and Dibs 10th Anniversary Celebration Kick Off Dec. 8 At Chamber Coffee

Bids and Dibs will kick off its 10th anniversary celebration on Thursday December 8th at 8 AM by hosting a Fort Scott Chamber of Commerce Coffee and Open House.
There will be refreshments and a full coffee and hot cocoa bar.
“We will also have a drawing for several door prizes to be given away that morning,” owner Angela Simon said. “The celebration will continue December 8 through the 10th.”
“The first 50 customers in-store all three of those days will receive a scratch off ticket with discounts up to 30% off,” she said. “Consignors will receive an extra 10% off when they use their account credit to pay. All Customers will receive a free gift with every purchase and an entry to win a filled, giant Christmas Stocking valued at over $100!”
The shop will be open Christmas Eve day from 8 AM to noon.
“We will re-open the day after Christmas on the 26th for our annual half price sale,” Simon said. “Everything in the store is 50% off nothing is held back. That sale runs for two days the 26th through the 27th.”
“After the year end sales are finished we will close until the second week of January to implement our new consignment system,” she said. “We will start the 2023 consignment year then. Please watch for updates on our policies and procedures.”

Cocoa and Caroling Dec. 9 Downtown Fort Scott

Cocoa & Caroling!
The Fort Scott Area Chamber of Commerce announces Cocoa & Caroling Late Night Shopping Event in Downtown Fort Scott. It will be held this Friday evening, December 9th, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Retailers in the Downtown Historic District will be decked for the holidays with great gift ideas.
The event will feature several groups of carolers strolling the sidewalks of Downtown from store to store with complimentary cocoa being served by the Museum of Creativity in front of the Sunshine Boutique. This will offer locals and visitors another opportunity to shop small and support local, while enjoying some holiday cheer. Find the hidden mistletoe in stores to win Chamber bucks!
Participating stores include: Angela Dawn’s Boutique, Barbed Wire & Roses Vintage Market, Bids & Dibs, Hedgehog.INK!, Iron Star (will close at 6:30pm to attend CASA event), Main Street Gallery & Gifts, Museum of Creativity, Sunshine Boutique, and Treasure Hunt Flea Market
Thank you to our Chamber Champion members below!
Fort Scott Area Chamber of Commerce | 231 E. Wall Street, Fort Scott, KS 66701

Flags Half Staff for Pearl Harbon Remembrance Day

Governor Laura Kelly Directs Flags be Flown at Half-Staff for Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day

TOPEKA – In accordance with Executive Order 20-30, Governor Laura Kelly ordered flags throughout the State of Kansas to be flown at half-staff on all state buildings, grounds, and facilities from sunup on Wednesday, December 7, 2022, to sunset on Thursday, December 8, 2022, in recognition of National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day.

“Today marks the 81st anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor, in which over 2,400 Americans lost their lives,” Governor Kelly said.  “I encourage all Kansans to join me in remembering those killed on December 7, 1941, and in honoring all veterans and service members who have given the ultimate sacrifice while defending our country.”

To receive email alerts when the governor orders flags to half-staff, please visit .


Older Drivers Safety Awareness Week

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Older Drivers Safety Awareness Week

Keeping older adults active in their communities and maintaining safe transportation are the goals of Older Driver Safety Awareness Week, which is Dec. 5-9. Normal activity such as shopping, working, volunteering and socializing should not become safety limitations or strand seniors at home, according to the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA).

“Many seniors will experience a full lifetime of normal driving, and age alone should not be considered when evaluating driving longevity,” said Chris Bortz, Kansas Department of Transportation, Bureau of Transportation Safety Assistant Bureau Chief. “But if families have noticed changes in their older loved ones, get togethers over the holidays can be a good time to discuss senior driver health.”

According to the National Highway Safety Administration (NHTSA), in 2020, 55.7 million people, or 17% of the population, were over the age of 65. This same year, 17% of national traffic fatalities were those age 65 and older.  Seniors are considered vulnerable road users more susceptible to serious injury and death in a crash.

The normal aging process can bring changes in physical, emotional and cognitive health. NHTSA advises senior drivers to adjust driving habits or seek alternative methods of transportation if –

  • A friend or family member has expressed concern about their driving or references new small dents or dings on your vehicle.
  • They sometimes get lost while driving on routes that were once familiar.
  • They have been pulled over by a police officer and warned about their poor driving performance, even if they didn’t get a ticket.
  • They have had several moving violations, near misses or actual crashes in the last three years.
  • Their healthcare provider has advised them to restrict driving or transition to other transportation.

If seniors are having any issues driving, they should –

  • Be aware of physical limitations and how they may impact driving.
  • Listen to what people tell them who care about them most.
  • Discuss driving with your healthcare provider – he or she can evaluate the interactions and any side effects of medications.
  • Refresh their knowledge of current safe driving practices.
  • Begin planning for alternative ways of meeting transportation needs and learn about transportation options in the community.

For more information and resources on senior driving and transportation, visit Driving Safely While Aging Gracefully | NHTSA  Older Driver Safety Awareness Week (#ODSAW) | AOTA .


Teens Challenge: Create Video On Road Safety

Safe Kids Kansas Announces new Take it from a Teen Video Challenge

Kansas teens will have an opportunity to win $100 and help spread awareness about road safety

TOPEKA – Safe Kids Kansas, the Kansas Department of Health and Environment and program sponsor State Farm announce an opportunity for Kansas high schoolers to share their knowledge on safe driving and passenger practices. The Take It from a Teen video challenge is a unique way to hear from teenagers on how to reach teens with important road safety information that can prevent injuries and save lives. Each winning applicant/team will receive $100.

“The video challenge will be a great way for high schoolers in Kansas to use their creativity while spreading a positive message that could help save lives,” said Cherie Sage, Safe Kids Kansas State Director. “We look forward to seeing what interesting, fun and humorous videos Kansas teens can create!”

Students can create a 45-60 second video that answers one of the following questions:

  • How would you tell your friends to slow down while driving?
  • How would you tell your friends to buckle up?
  • How would you tell your friends not to text and drive?
  • How would you tell your friends not to drive under the influence?
  • How would you tell your friends not to drive with too many teens and not enough seatbelts in the vehicle?

Videos must be submitted to Safe Kids Kansas via email by Friday, January 20, 2023. Submissions must include age, address and the county of the participant. The videos will be judged based on the relevancy of the content, creativity, adherence to the time limit and contest rules. Six winners will be chosen and notified by email, and presentation of the check will be worked out Winning videos be shared on Safe Kids social media in the coming weeks.


About Safe Kids Kansas

Safe Kids Kansas is a non-profit coalition of partners and local coalitions across the state dedicated to prevention of unintentional childhood injuries. The Kansas Department of Health and Environment serves as lead agency of the coalition. Safe Kids Kansas is part of Safe Kids Worldwide network. For more information, visit or follow @safekidskansas on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

CHC/SEK Fort Scott Walk-In Mammogram Event TODAY

CHC/SEK Fort Scott to host walk-in mammogram event

FORT SCOTT — Community Health Center of Southeast Kansas is making it easy for women to maximize their health insurance benefits before the end of the year by getting an annual mammogram. 

It is recommended that all women age 50 to 74 years of age have a screening mammogram at least every two years. For women who choose to begin screening at age 40 years, it is recommended that they have a screening mammogram every one to two years.

Walk-in mammograms will be available between 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 6. at the Fort Scott main clinic located at 401 Woodland Hills Blvd. No appointment or doctor’s referral required. 

Screening mammography is used to detect breast changes in women who have no signs or symptoms or new breast abnormalities. The goal is to detect cancer before clinical signs are noticeable. 

“If you are having symptoms, or you are at an increased risk of breast cancer, it is best to be seen by a health care provider for an exam and to ensure the correct testing is performed,” said CHC/SEK Chief Medical Officer Dr. Linda Bean, DO. 

December is a crucial time to plan for health care costs: 1) deductibles will reset in January and 2) it’s your last chance to use any money you’ve put in a Flexible Spending Account (FSA).

CHC/SEK participates in the Early Detection Works which is a breast and cervical cancer screening program for Kansas women and the clinic offers other financial assistance programs ensuring every woman who needs a mammogram will receive one regardless of income or insurance status.  

Women in Southeast Kansas rank far below state and national averages in receiving this life-saving screening, and having the service available within the clinic helps remove barriers many women have in receiving timely breast cancer screenings. Likewise, the walk-in event will give patients an option on when they can arrive. 

CHC/SEK uses the Hologic Genius system that screens the breast in 4 seconds for a much less compression time, with less radiation exposure than many conventional mammography machines. The Genius exam is also superior for denser breasts, that can hide early signs of cancer in a traditional mammogram. 

In addition, the Hologic Genius scans potentially reduce patient callback by up to 40 percent compared to 2D, sparing the emotional and economic toll of additional testing, including biopsies when there could be nothing wrong. 

For more information people can call 620-223-8484.