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Friends of Tri-Valley Foundation 3rd Annual Fort Scott Golf Classic Results

The winners of 1st place A Flight Team of David Brown, Jarrod Brown, Tim Bradbury, and Tarrell Vann. Submitted photo.
2nd place A Flight Team from Labconco of Michael Harper, Shawn Marshall, Travis Schilling, and Chris Harper. Submitted photo.


Saturday, September 10th was a perfect day for the Friends of Tri-Valley Foundation to hold their 3rd Annual Fort Scott Golf Classic.  Our 2021 tournament was canceled due to a COVID outbreak, but this year we had no problem.  The Tournament was held at the beautiful Woodland Hills Golf Course in Fort Scott.  It was fantastic golfing weather; the day started in the 60’s but quickly warmed to 80’s.


Play began at 9 am with 19 teams.  Prizes were given out to 1st and 2nd places in A, B, and C Flights.  The winners were:  A Flight 1st Place went to the team of Tarrell Vann, Danny Brown, Jarod Brad, and Tim Bradbury; A Flight 2nd Place went to the team of Michael Harper, Shawn Marshall, Travis Schilling, and Chris Harper; B Flight 1st Place went to the team of Trentyn Moore, Tim Moore, Brett Scott, and Mark Bruder;  and B Flight 2nd Place went to the team of Dustin Hall, Matt Wheeler, Clint Lawrence, and Ryan; C Flight 1st Place went to the team of Wally Maples, Mike Prince, Jake Scott, and Michael Hatcher; and C Flight 2nd place went to the team of Marcus Alexander, Michael Alexander, Larry Alexander, and Landon Bennett.



Along with the two flights, prizes were handed out for the Longest Drive which went to Steve Sewell and Closest to the Pin which went to Dustin Fowler.  Players were also given the opportunity to try their chances with the “Trouble” Hole in One game on hole 11.


At the end of the tournament, door prizes were given out to several lucky golfers.  The door prizes included:  garden decor and gift bag from Heidrick’s True Value, coffee mugs and ballcaps courtesy of Kale Nelson State Farm, and Gift Certificates to G & W, Miller Feed, The Butcher Block, Sharky’s, Luther’s BBq and tickets to Grand Country Music Hall in Branson courtesy of Fort Scott Broadcasting.


Along with the door prizes, a silent auction was held for a fire pit courtesy of Niece Products of Fort Scott.


All money raised from the event goes toward the Foundation’s mission of providing quality and affordable homes for our neighbors with intellectual/developmental disabilities in the eight counties of Allen, Bourbon, Chautauqua, Elk, Greenwood, Neosho, Wilson, and Woodson.


“Without the generosity of our communities, this fun event could not have been held.  Thank you to all the golfers who participated as well as to our event sponsors: corporate, hole, and in-kind.  This tournament would not have been possible without the support of our sponsors.  Thank you to Heartland HomeCare; Ashcraft Pest Control; Atkins Insurance; Bourbon County Cars; Brigg’s Auto of Fort Scott; Cheney Witt Chapel; Don’s Spirits and Wines, LLC; Diehl, Banwart, & Bolton; H & H Agency; Heidrick True Value; Kansas Teacher’s Community Credit Union; Konantz-Cheney Chapel; John & George Masterson; Medicalodge of Fort Scott; Mertz Tax Service; Microtronics; Peerless Products; SEK Financial; Stewart Realty Co; Young’s Welding; and Wise Accounting.  It is friends like you that allow us to provide services to our neighbors with I/DD and to help them achieve the quality of life they seek.  Thank you.”  stated Special Projects Coordinator, Tricia Campbell.









Golf Disc Tourney: Sept. 17 in Gunn Park, Register by Sept. 16

A disc golf frisbee. Submitted photo.

A disc golf tournament is scheduled at Gunn Park on Sept. 17.

For those not familiar with the sport, disc golf is played much like golf, but instead of a ball and clubs, players use a flying disc or Frisbee® to aim at a basket on a pole, according the website The sport was formalized in the 1970s and the object of the game is to complete each hole with, fewest throws.

Local disc golfer Danny Craig is organizing the Gunn Park tourney, which is a Professional Disc Golf Association event.

Danny Craig is the local organizer of the Professional Disc Golf Association Tournament at Gunn Park on Fort Scott’s west side. Submitted photo.

“This is a professional tournament, the professionals will be playing for money,” he said. “Last year there were 75 players that showed up, from states that surround Kansas. I’m not sure of the economic impact, but they buy gas and meals (in Fort Scott) and maybe even stay in the hotels.”

“Disc golf was started in Fort Scott in 1999,” he said. “The Fort Scott Kiwanis provided nine baskets.” It now has 18 holes.

Craig enjoys the game because it is good exercise, he said. “And watching others play. I started playing when I moved next door to a disc golf course and fell in love with the game.”

Disc golf participants watch the game in a prior tournament in Gunn Park. Submitted photo.

“There is something about throwing that perfect shot,” he said. “It doesn’t happen every time, but when it does, it’s magic.”

The cost for this tournament for professional disc golfers is $63, in the amateur division, $58; the intermediate and entertainment division, $53 and the junior division, which is 18 years old and younger, $53.

“There is a payout for the winners in the professional division, it’s $600 added cash above the entry fee,” Craig said. “Amateurs get prizes. Entry fees goes towards the players packets.”

A trailer with disc golf supplies will allow amateur winners to choose their prize. Submitted photo.

There will be a trailer with disc golf supplies, he said. “The amateurs can choose from this.”

Rain or shine the event will happen, he said. “Lightening delays the event one hour, if is continues, the event discontinues.”

The first round starts at 9 a.m., the other at 1 p.m.

“Hole number one is by the small rock shelter house, near the lower pond,” Craig said. “It tees off here.”

Gunn Park is a very picturesque course, with gently rolling hills and trees.

“It is one of Kansas’s hidden treasures,” Craig said.

To sign up for playing in the upcoming tournament:

“I want to thank our sponsors Hammer Insurance, 5 Corners Gas Station and the City of Fort Scott,” Craig said.

Disc golf players walk to another hole in Gunn Park at a prior tournament. Submitted photo.

About The Game

“A golf disc is thrown from a tee area to a target, which is the hole,” according to the website. “The hole can be one of a number of disc golf targets; the most common is an elevated metal basket. As a player progresses down the fairway, he or she must make each consecutive throw from the spot where the previous throw landed. The trees, shrubs, and terrain changes located in and around the fairways provide challenging obstacles for the golfer. Finally, the putt lands in the basket and the hole is completed.”

Chamber Golf Classic This Friday

The 28th Annual Chamber Golf Classic
is THIS Friday!
We have a couple of spots still open for teams and are still
accepting sponsors, and raffle items!
Click here to contact us if interested, we would appreciate your support!
Online registration included below.
4-Person Scramble
Registration 9am | Tee-off 10am
Woodland Hills Golf Course, Fort Scott
Friday, July 15th, 2022
Click hereto register online!
Click here for the printed registration form!
 Feel free to give us a call or drop by the Chamber to register a team or sponsorship!
It will be a great day of business promotion, networking, & fun!
Hope to see you there.
Thank you to our Chamber Champions for all of your support!

Walk The Yellow Brick Road: Story Stroll On Main Street

Fort Scott Public Library, 2nd Street and National Avenue.
The Fort Scott Public Library staff have created a new program, and  will begin registering participants for it today.
The following describes the program and invites readers to sign up.
Submitted by Valetta Cannon
Youth Librarian & Assistant Director
Fort Scott Public Library
Fort Scott Public Library & The Healthy Bourbon County Action Team invite you to walk the Yellow Brick Road with us! Introducing a walking contest for all ages & fitness levels.
• Record your daily step counts through the Reader Zone
• Connect with teammates & compete against other teams
• Earn a free pedometer & t-shirt just for signing up (while supplies last)
• Each member of the winning team will earn a free book & may earn coupons or gift cards from local businesses
• Reception & book club meeting after the contest ends for all participants
• A Story Stroll along Main Street, with story panels in the shop windows will provide extra motivation to walk & read
The contest begins June 15! Open to everyone & free. If you need help using the technology, come to the library for help or send an email to [email protected].
Bronson residents can sign up at Bronson Public Library and receive their t-shirt & pedometer there. Hedgehog.INK! will also provide registration forms.
Sponsors include Hare & Crow Barbershop & Mercantile and After Affect Salon. If you’re interested in sponsorship opportunities, please email Valetta Cannon at the above address.
This program is made possible in part by a dream grant from the Southeast Kansas Library System.

Third Street Park Improvements on the Horizon

Third Street Park is just east of Hwy. 69 past the railroad overpass on the south side of the street. This is a view from Wilson Street looking up the hill.
This Saturday residents of the east side of Fort Scott are invited to give input on what they would like to improve at the park on east Third Street.
The park is a  city block that is sided by Third Street on the north, Hill Street on the east, Fourth Street on the south and Wilson Street on the west. It is a tree shaded area, one half of which is on a hill, one half is a ball diamond.
“This is the second public forum for the East Side Creative Placemaking project called Stronger Together: Building Up Our Communities,” Rachel Carpenter, Program Director  for Healthy Bourbon County Action Team said. “At our last public forum we were able to pick out common themes that will build up our community. Some of the themes were access to food, more events on the east side and park improvements.”
The event is to focus on park improvements.
“We received the Patterson Family Foundation Grant of $560,000 and there is $70,000 for this project,” Carpenter said. ” We want east side residents to be engaged in the decision making.”
The timeline for construction to be done at Third Street Park is October 2023, she said..
The basketball court is  in the foreground and some of the play equipment and pavilion is seen in the background.
“At this public forum we will engage the east side residents and ask what improvements they would like to see at Third Street Park,” she said. “Some examples would be upgrading playground equipment or fixing up the basketball court.”
The southwest corner of the park can be seen at Wilson and 4th Street.
“It is really up to them what on what we should prioritize,” Carpenter said.
The southeast corner of the park is seen at Hill and Fourth Street.
The event will be  tomorrow Saturday May 21 from 9 to 11 a.m.  at Third Street Park.
“We will be serving breakfast burritos and giving away a cooler and $40 gas vouchers to 5 Corners Convenience Store!,” she said.
From in the middle of the park, looking down on the ball diamond at Third Street Park.

New Ladies Golf League Is Starting May 18

In 2021, Fort Scott newcomer Diane Striler brought up the topic of starting a ladies golf league with  Lindsay Madison, the Fort Scott Chamber of Commerce Executive Director.
A few weeks ago the idea moved forward with local interest shown.
It was then that Fort Scott Parks Director Doug Guns approached Madison about starting a league,  saying that recently several woman had inquired about a women’s league.
Woodland Hills Golf Course is owned by the City of Fort Scott.
“Lindsay introduced me to Doug and I started planning, ” Striler said.
 She will be coordinating a new ladies golf league in Fort Scott.
“The League will be called the Par Tee Girls,” she said.  “Our sign up will be May 18th at Woodland Hills Golf Course at 5:30 p.m.
That night we will pay our $40 league fee, take a picture for our website, get paired up with a partner (if you don’t already have someone to join with) and meet the other women of the league.”
The league will begin  on May 25 and play each Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. through August 10.
“On the last night, we will have our banquet with a best ball scramble, a catered dinner and a lot of fun! ” Stiler said.
“My main goal for coordinating the league is to bring together women off all ages and skill levels to play a great game,” she said. “I have told many women over the years that if you would like to play golf, you need to set the time aside to play on a regular basis so you have a chance to improve your game. The league is very casual, and a great opportunity to learn. Our only opponents are really ourselves.”
There is an opportunity to join a competitive group for those interested in challenging themselves more, she added.
“The nice aspect of the league is that women of all skill levels can play together,” she said. “I only ask that you play ready golf to keep the pace going.”
Striler is coordinating some lessons for those women that are learning or who would like to brush up on their game.
To contact Striler, phone 248-568-7790
“Joining a women’s league is a great opportunity to meet a lot great women, develop your game and friendships, and have a lot of fun in the meantime,” she said.  “I hope the women of Fort Scott and surrounding areas will join us!”
Striler coordinated a similar ladies league in the Kansas City area for 18 years, starting the league when her youngest daughter was 4 years old.  She started it looking for an excuse to meet with friends on a regular basis.


Here are the Par Tee Girls Information and Rules, provided by Striler:

“*Everyone has a partner.

*We will play from the red tees.

*Please play ready golf – hit when you can if another golfer is not ready.

*Take only 6 strokes before green.  If you are not on the green by the 6th shot,                                                

(5th on par 3s) pick up your ball and move to the green so you can count your putts.

*We will have one game each night.  The winner receives half the putt money.  The rest

will go toward the banquet.

*Turn in one scorecard with all 4 players on it. (I do not record everyone’s weekly score,

so if you want to keep track, you can fill out an extra card to keep)

*When scoring, write down your total score for the hole, and then the number of putts you have for the hole. 

Do the same for your total score

This way you can calculate what you need to add to the kitty.

*If you hit a ball out of bounds or into the water, drop a ball near where it went out, and take a one stroke penalty.

*Free lift – If your ball lands on a man-made pathway, sprinkler, etc., bring the ball out two club lengths back away from the hole.

*Keep up with the pace of play.  You should be able to complete a hole in less than 15 minutes. That way the tee times don’t get backed up.

*Most of all, relax, play with new people and have fun !!!”

About Striler

Diane Striler. Submitted photo.
Diane Colgan Striler is a realtor for Front Door Realty in Fort Scott.

She grew up in the Kansas City area and discovered Fort Scott around eight years ago when husband, Dean, and she were looking for a lake house. Friends had recently purchased a home at Lake Fort Scott and suggested that they come look.

The community has been very welcoming, she said, and the couple “fell in love with Fort Scott.”

Striler’s original plan was to fix up some houses and sell them because of a need for housing in the community. She enjoys working with  hand tools,  has a background in sales and a marketing degree.

She decided to get a real estate license.

After visiting with Jared Leek, owner of Front Door Realty, things fell into place.

“I started working as a realtor with Front Door Real Estate and we (she and Dean) purchased the Ren-nett Studio Building at 6 N. Main,” she said. She now has a Kansas and Missouri license.

She works to get unoccupied homes back on the market, she said.

“It ends up being a win win situation for everyone: back taxes get paid, the past owner is relieved of the burden and a new person finds a home,” she said.






Prayer Walk Next Thursday Eve at Riverfront Park

Pioneer Kiwanis, taken from its’ Facebook page.

Fort Scott Pioneers Kiwanis  Club will host a prayer walk for the National Day of Prayer on May 5 at  Riverfront Park on North National Avenue near the Marmaton River.

The tall deciduous trees give shade to walkers on the Belltown Trail in Riverfront Park.

“It worked so well last year during (the) COVID-19 (Pandemic),” said Marlene Braker, treasurer for the group. “When COVID hit we couldn’t host the annual breakfast event (which is held) at Fort Scott Community Collge.”

This year when they began planning the event, there were still COVID constraints, so they decided to do the prayer walk again, which allows for small groups in the open air.

The walk will take place between 4:30 – 6 p.m. The public is invited to stroll the loop and stop at each of four designated reflection points to pray.

“It’s a nice level path, with benches to sit and pray,” Braker said.

Unless there are storm warnings out, the event will take place, she said.

Parking near the trailhead is limited but overflow parking is available at Twister Trailers across the street.


Graphic taken from the National Day of Prayer website.

The theme for the 2022 National Day of Prayer is a call to praise in prayer:


“This theme is set against the backdrop of an inspiring painting created exclusively for the National Day of Prayer by renowned Christian artist, Ron DiCianni. The image illustrates God’s people joining His angels in EXALTING Him as we pray, because He is God Almighty. We have bold access to His throne and passionate confidence as we pray – because HE HAS ESTABLISHED US in this nation and is working in the heavenlies to accomplish all that He has purposed – as we PRAY FOR AMERICA!, according to the National Day of Prayer website.

On May 5th, Americans from all walks of life will unite to lift up our country in prayer for the National Day of Prayer. Our nation has endured tragedy and pain, but we know prayer has carried us through these days and the hand of God will move us into a brighter future”.

About Pioneer Kiwanis

The Fort Scott Pioneer Kiwanis is a service organization helping the children of Bourbon County

The group meets on Thursdays at noon at the First United Methodist Church,Third Street and National Avenue, in fellowship hall.


The current officers and board of directors are as follows:

Elizabeth Schafer, President
Diane Spencer, Immediate Past President
Millie Karleskint, President Elect
Kelley Collins, Secretary
Marlene Braker, Treasurer
Cheryl Basore, Director
Vickie Chaplin, Director
Nancy Hart, Director
Gayle Sackett, Director
Judy Wallis, Director

Other members include:
Marlene Arndt
Dee Ann Davis
Sally Eckles
Tammy Helm
Bernita Hill
Carol Clyde Gallagher
Aileen Pollock
Gina Staudinger
Sylvia Trujillo

“In 1952, President Harry Truman signed a bill into law establishing a National Day of Prayer, ” Collins said. “It is a day set aside for prayer and meditation and recognizes the role of religion in our country.”
“The Kiwanis Pioneers have held a public activity on the National Day of Prayer for over 25 years.,” Collins said.

Recently in honor of a Joyce True, a friendship swing was installed at Gunn Park by the group.

To learn more about the swing for the community:

Friendship Swing Dedication During Chamber Coffee April 28

On Thursday the Fort Scott Pioneers Kiwanis Club presented a friendship swing at Gunn Park to the community. Marlene Braker and Judy Wallis are standing, and Vickie Chaplin and Dee Ann Davis are in the swing. Taken from the organization’s Facebook page.


Friendship Swing Dedication During Chamber Coffee April 28

The new swing provided for handicapped individuals by Fort Scott Kiwanis Club of the Pioneers as seen during construction in November 2021.
Thursday, April 28, the Fort Scott Chamber Coffee will be hosted by the Pioneer Kiwanis. The event attendees will meet at 8 am at Shelter #3 in Gunn Park.
The Pioneer Kiwanis are dedicating a Friendship Swing in honor of past member Joyce True. Funds have been collected for several years.
Members of her family have been invited.
 A summary of the way funds were collected:
$435 – Memorial Donation from Joyce True family
$1200 – Fundraising
$400 – Kansas Kiwanis Foundation
$195 – Breakfast on the Bricks
$73 – Summer Bourbon County Fair Winnings from Members
$2000 – Fort Scott Community Foundation

Uniontown School Reopens Fitness Center

Uniontown High School.
The USD 235 School District reopened Uniontown Fitness Center to the public. The fitness center is located on the southeast corner of the junior/senior high school, and has its’ own door with a key entry.
It re-opened to the public April 13.
The fitness center was closed to the public by the administration in November 2021, because of the COVID-19 Pandemic.
It  also was closed from November 2021 through March 2022 for the junior high, high school, and Kids Club Wrestling season.  They previously had used the fitness center as a practice room, Superintendent Bret Howard said. The room was the former library room.
The center is open before and after school.

“The fitness center is available to our physical education classes,” he said. “Our junior high and high school classes really don’t use it as they have the weight room. Our elementary PE classes used it on Friday’s before COVID. That hasn’t resumed post-Covid at this time.”

The Uniontown Fitness Center has a separate door to the district’s building, on the southeast side of the building.
Bret Howard, Superintendent of USD 235. Submitted. photo.

A keycard is sold to USD235 District residents for $10, a one time fee, unless the card is lost.

“For those of you who have a keycard, those should still work,”  Howard said. “To obtain a key card to access the fitness center you will need to contact Mr. Vance Eden, Principal at West Bourbon Elementary School.”
For any additional questions, contact  Eden at (620) 756-4335 or Howard at (620) 756-4302.

“You will be required to sign a sheet acknowledging you will agree to follow the rules and regulations for the Uniontown Fitness Center,” he said.  “You will also need to pay a one-time fee of $10. Once you have done those two things, you will be given a keycard and may begin using the Uniontown Fitness Center.”

Hours of availability to the public: Monday – Friday from 5 to 7 AM and 5:30 to 9:30 PM.  Saturday and Sunday from 6 AM to 7 PM.
Picture of the Rules and Regulations to the USD 235 Uniontown Fitness Center
The fitness center first opened in 2018 following the receiving of a grant.
U235 Students were trained how to use the equipment in this 2018 photo. Four students from each grade, 4th through 12th, were randomly selected to be student fitness ambassadors. They were given prior training in the weeks leading up to the official ribbon cutting.Submitted.
To learn more about the history of the center: