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Zach Ross: A Passion Turned Into A Business

Zach Ross. Submitted photo.
Zach Ross has always had a passion for animals.
“Even at a young age helping to train hunting dogs, he’s always been attuned with animals,” his wife Aubry said.
He has professional experience training dogs as well.
“Zach has over eight years of experience working and training law enforcement K9s, she said. “Our philosophy on dog ownership and training is firm, fair, and consistent and we hope that by teaching this model to our clients they will become successful, happy dog owners.”
Submitted by the Ross family.
They own Ross’ Kennels and Boarding LLC.
“We provide a variety of pet services, including overnight boarding, Doggie Daycare, training, and limited grooming services,” she said. “We are licensed and insured and have been providing the community with these services since 2019.”

They have clients from Fort Scott, Pittsburg, Louisburg, Nevada, Linn County, and Bourbon County.

“We are excited to announce full-time Doggie Daycare starting in June, which will include structured walks, social playtime, and obedience training/reinforcement,” she said. “We also plan on providing a taxi service for Fort Scott residents for pick up and drop off. We understand that the kennel being outside of town can be an inconvenience to families who work regular day hours and we want to continue to provide flexibility and convenience to our clients and their fur-friends.”
They provide clients with flexible hours and operate by appointment only. 

Ross’s Kennels and Boarding

721 240th ST Fort Scott KS, 66701


Headstone/Monument Cleaning Added to Services Provided by Influx Services

Jake Province. Submitted photo.

Jake Provice started Influx Services a little over two and a half years ago.

“We serve Fort Scott, Joplin, and the surrounding areas,” he said.
“We provide professional exterior cleaning services, and specialize in house washing, window cleaning, and gutter cleaning. We use the ‘softwash’  process…which uses low-pressure and algicides to safely clean your home, without the risk of damage that comes with traditional pressure washing.”
“At Influx Services we are excited to publicly announce our professional headstone and monument cleaning services, available in Fort Scott, Joplin, and the surrounding areas,” he said. ” We use a specially designed, national cemetery-approved product and gentle cleaning methods to clean headstones and other stone monuments safely and effectively, without the risk of damage or deterioration that can come with other cleaning techniques.”
Before and after photos of headstone cleaning by InFlux Services. Submitted photo.
“The headstone cleaning is a new service,” he said. “I’ve been doing work at Evergreen Cemetery, but this would be the first time publicly announcing it. We use a specialized cleaning product and method that is historically used to clean national cemeteries and the white house.”
“Those interested in our headstone and monument cleaning services and/or our other exterior cleaning services such as house washing, window cleaning, and gutter cleaning, please give us a call or text at (620) 407-3008, or email us at!”

He takes calls from 9 am to 9 pm seven days a week.

Nominate a Young Entrepreneur For a Feature Story on FortScott.Biz

Devlin Cole sold handmade leather crafts at a 2023 Fort Scott Farmers Market. desires to help local entrepreneurs in their business ventures and has featured many on our news service.

We are once again starting a series on young entrepreneurs. would like to feature local,  young entrepreneurs under 20 years old, who have seen a need and have started a business to meet it, or who have a talent and turned it into a business.

Hannah Vann was featured in 2019 with her car detailing business.

To nominate a young entrepreneur, email [email protected] with the name, age, email address, and/or phone number of the person, with the business they are doing.  Please include who is nominating the person and why.

Relatives, friends and recipients of the product or services are invited to nominate a young entrepreneur.

Brian Griffin was featured in 2019 and his bicycle repair shop.


Judah Whitson at the cash register at Fort Scott Farmers Market.
Judah Whitson mans the cash register at his family’s booth at the Fort Scott Farmers Market in 2023, Judah and his two brothers are all young entrepreneurs.

We also feature local entrepreneurs over 20! If you have started a new business or added a service/product,  please email [email protected] with the email address, phone number and tell a little about your business.

Ascension Via Christi Cyber Security Event On May 8

Submitted by: Scott Evans
Senior Director
External Communications

Ascension Via Christi, Wichtia

On Wednesday, May 8, Ascension Via Christi detected unusual activity on select technology network systems,due to a cyber security event.

“At this time we continue to investigate the situation. We responded immediately, initiated our investigation and activated our remediation efforts. Access to some systems have been interrupted as this process continues.

“Our care teams are trained for these kinds of disruptions and have initiated procedures to ensure patient care delivery continues to be safe and as minimally impacted as possible. There has been a disruption to clinical operations, and we continue to assess the impact and duration of the disruption.

“We have engaged Mandiant, a third party expert, to assist in the investigation and remediation process, and we have notified the appropriate authorities.  Together, we are working to fully investigate what information, if any, may have been affected by the situation. Should we determine that any sensitive information was affected, we will notify and support those individuals in accordance with all relevant regulatory and legal guidelines.

“We are reaching out to our business partners to ensure they are aware of the situation so they can take  appropriate steps to safeguard their systems.  We encourage all business partners to coordinate with the Ascension Technology partners to address any specific questions.

“This is an ongoing situation and we will provide updates as we learn more.  For the most recent information please visit:”


New Pet Service Opens By Newcomers From California

Devin and Jalaine Davis. Submitted photo.

Devin and Jalaine Davis moved to Fort Scott from Rancho Murieta, California at the end of April 2024.

“I’m from the Midwest and missed my roots and we wanted to be more central to being able to drive to family,” she said. “We have a military friend from Fort Scott which is what keyed us in to consider this our new home and we love it so far.”
Jalaine is a Navy veteran and her husband is a Marine veteran
She started her pet care service business in California and continues it at their new home. She does pet-sitting, dog walking, and drop-in services available for all pet owner’s needs.

“I started my business in California because I love animals and was tired of being inside all day behind a desk and felt I could serve a better purpose by serving my local community through pet services needs and the business flourished in no time. I left 150 clients to move here and am looking forward to helping others in Fort Scott now.”
“I will be transferring my LLC to Kansas very soon,” she said. “A unique thing about my services is that this is an official, licensed business, unlike other local dog walkers and I provide other services, such as putting out your trash bins while you are away, and returning them the following day, picking up your mail, watering plants, etc.  I take my business seriously and do everything I can to accommodate you and your pet(s)! Another unique thing about my dog walking services is that it’s one on one with your pet(s).”
“I DO NOT mix other people’s dog(s) into the walk with yours; allowing your pet to get full attention from me,” she said. “I’m also a runner, so if your pet needs to run instead of walk, I can do it!  Send me a text or call to schedule a meet and greet at (916) 753-4733.”
She also takes care of livestock and farm animals.
Her references are available upon request.
Instagram: @jalainespetservices
Her electronic business card at:


Jalaine has a  Master of Business Administration with an emphasis in Healthcare Management degree.

Submitted graphic.



The Fort Scott Area Chamber of Commerce invites members to a Chamber After-hours & Ribbon Cutting Event to celebrate the opening of Blissful Aesthetic & Wellness! The event will take place on Thursday, May 23rd from 5:15pm-6:30pm with the remarks and ribbon cutting starting at 5:30pm. After the Ribbon cutting and remarks, everyone is invited to come and go to see the business, enter the drawings, and enjoy refreshments.


Blissful Aesthetics and Wellness opened it’s doors in May 2023 giving clients a holistic approach on wellness and beauty that prioritizes your individual goals.


Blissful Aesthetics & Wellness offers services such as Aesthetics, IV Infusion & Vitamin Injections, Labs, Weight loss, Dermatology, and Wellness Consultations.


Contact the Fort Scott Area Chamber of Commerce for more information at 620-223-3566 or [email protected].



Chamber Coffee hosted by Hedgehog.INK! Bookstore On May 9


The Fort Scott Area Chamber of Commerce invites members and guests to a Chamber Coffee hosted by Hedgehog.INK! Bookstore on Thursday, May 9th at 8am. Crooked Cactus Coffee, juice, and refreshments will be served, and attendees may register to win a special drawing.

Jordan and Randi Witt, new owners of Hedgehog.INK!, took ownership in February 2024. Hedgehog.INK! is your family-owned bookstore located in the historic downtown Fort Scott. With over 25 sections of new and used books, including a local authors section, you can find books in great condition at an affordable price and something for everyone! Hedgehog.INK! also carries products from several local vendors and offers freshly roasted Nutty Bavarian nuts.

Contact the Chamber of Commerce at (620) 223-3566 for more information. Visit the Events Calendar and category of Chamber Coffees on for upcoming locations.



Working Past Health Issues, Spurgeon Builds a Cottage Business

Bree Spurgeon. Submitted photo.

Bree Spurgeon started her cottage industry of specialty cookies in 2017.

A cottage industry is a small business in which people work in their own homes, according to Cambridge Dictionary.

The first business was named The Cookie MOMster, from a suggestion by her daughter.

“I started The Cookie MOMster in 2017 after taking Financial Peace University at the Nazarene church,” Spurgeon said.

She said she is domestic and crafty and thought she’d make some cookies for Valentine’s Day and advertise on Facebook.

“Next thing I know, I’m taking orders, making sheet cakes, cupcakes, and cookies,” she said.

Spurgeon is disabled with Cystic Fibrosis,  which was diagnosed at three months of age.

“I wasn’t able to hold down a full-time job, with my lungs, at that time, because of the previous infections that have damaged my lungs,” she said. “Medication came out in 2019 that changed my health for the better. Now I have a second chance at life without a lung transplant.  I can pretty much live a normal life, without gasping for air. I got my life back.”

But carpal tunnel syndrome began in her hands.

Symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome usually start gradually and include tingling, numbness and weakness in her hands.

“It was excruciating enough to make me think of quitting, and I was experiencing burnout,” Spurgeon said.

She shifted gears and began to work at Bids and Dibs consignment store in the downtown area of Fort Scott.

“So I went to work at Bids and Dibs and eventually got over my burnout,” she said.

She began massage therapy for the carpal tunnel and started to get excited about making cookies again.

Submitted photos of B-Licious creations.

She started thinking about getting licensure for her cookie-making business.

“My daughter originally named me The Cookie MOMster, but since someone in Kansas has that name already, I’m not able to have it,” she said.

A month of agonizing over a name began.

Then one of her best friends sent the name B-Licious Cookies, for her to consider.

It combines the word delicious, which helped describe her cookies.

“My name starts with a B, I thought, that’s it, that’s my business name!” she said.

Spurgeon self-taught herself cookie baking.

“As I watched countless videos on Facebook, Instagram and YouTube, I discovered royal icing and I fell in love,” she said. Royal icing is a type of icing composed of sugar, egg whites, and sometimes flavoring or coloring that dries to a hard glaze and is used for decorating baked goods, according to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary.

She began to focus on royal icing,

“I stopped doing buttercream, cakes, and cupcakes and focused on royal icing,” she said. “I look back on those days when I first started royal icing and they were so terrible, but everyone was so encouraging and you have to start somewhere. Plus, it was so much easier with carpal tunnel.”

“Fast forward to 2024, I fully own my own business and Healthy Bourbon County Action Team helped me gain my LLC wings,” she said. “The process was super easy and fast and they gave me all the information I needed to continue moving forward at the beginning of April.”

“I do not need a license because I do not use cream cheese and my final product doesn’t need refrigerated. I operate under the cottage law. I do everything at home and only make sugar cookies with royal icing.”

She has been honing her cookie decorating skills and now uses a cookie projector to download clipart about a particular theme onto a flash drive, put it into the projector and the image projects onto the cookie, then she traces it with icing.

The cookies before decorating. Submitted photo.

“I also use an airbrush and sometimes and I use cookie stencils as a background before I put the image on the cookie,” she said.

She advertises through Facebook only.

Cookies are priced $25 – $35 per dozen “depending on the difficulty of the theme.”

Spurgeon can be contacted at 620-215-6141.


Lawrence Looks to Expand His Business: 4C Lawn Care Company


Clint Lawrence, owner of 4C Lawn Care, Fort Scott. Submitted photo.

Clint Lawrence started mowing lawns at age 15 for extra gas money during high school.  He is a  2008 Fort Scott High School graduate and a Fort Scott Community College graduate.

Lawrence owns and operates 4C Lawn Care company.

“I offer all of your lawn needs, mowing, weed eating, edging, leaf and limb removal,” he said.

“Family means everything to me so I  branded my company name after our family as all of our names begin with C,” he said. “My wife is Chelsea; son is Cole, 8 years old; and son, Chase, 7 years old.”

“After college, I joined the Fort Scott Fire Department,” he said. “Given the shift schedule, I always juggled multiple part-time jobs alongside running my business.”

“This year, I’ve decided to focus solely on expanding my business to spend more time with my wife and kids,” he said.

Clint Lawrence, owner of 4C Lawn Care. Submitted photo.


“With 13 years of experience, I’ve served a wide range of clients in various counties, including commercial, residential, city, and county entities,” he said. “After three previous years of a busy schedule, this year I’m looking to expand my client base.”


“My goal is to grow my business into a reputable company known for exceptional service,” Lawrence said. “I am fully insured and no job is too big or too small. Feel free to reach out to me by phone or text at 620-215-4045 or find me on Facebook at 4C Lawn Care”








The Artificers Newsletter for May 2024

The Artificers in May!

Check out the calendar below for all events happening this month!

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Jill Williams: Watercolorist!

Thursday, May 9th, 2024 Two exciting Classes!

Watercolor Landscape

Watercolor Landscape Clinic

For experienced beginners and intermediate watercolorists, Jill will lead you step by step into the anatomy of a landscape, establishing a strong composition, and using value & visual textures to create depth, space, and emotive impact. You’ll also learn to capitalize on the characteristics of your pigments and to serve your painting by maintaining loose, fresh brushwork. Join Jill for this half day workshop to develop new techniques and skills while creating 2 beautiful landscapes. Supplies are included!

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