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New Grocery Store Opens in Bronson

Kelly and Thaddeus Perry.

Kelly and Thaddeus Perry opened their store, Perry’s Pork Rinds and Country Store on July 31 in Bronson, Kansas-population 309.

The store is located right on Highway 54 that runs through the town.

Perry’s Pork Rinds and Country Store, Bronson.

The mom and pop operation has people sign a guest book when they come in. “This is for Kansas Tourism,” Kelly said. “There have been a ton of people coming in.”

“We sold over 200 pounds of (her homemade) fudge in the first three days we were open,” she said.

Kelly Perry runs the cash register at the store.

Mama K’s fudge, made by Kelly Perry on site, has the capability of making 200 flavors of fudge.

“The fudge takes two hours to make with real cream and butter,” she said. “It’s from the same company that made Ozark Land and Silver Dollar City fudge.”

“We are wholesaling fudge and doing fundraisers (for community organizations),” Kelly said.

Their best seller at the store is their pork rinds, which along with the fudge is made in the back of the store.

Thaddeus said to make the pork rinds they order from a U.S. Dept. of Agriculture site.

“Then it’s cooked until done, then seasoned, then cooled and then bagged,” he said.

“It took two-and-a-half years to get to produce rinds and fudge on site,” Thaddeus said. “People have been asking  us for six to eight months when we were going to open.”

Store items and freezer storage for milk, eggs and more,  in Perry’s Pork Rinds and Country Store.

In addition to their signature products,  “We now carry milk and eggs, that will be from local vendors,” Kelly said. “We will be getting eggs and frozen chickens from Freedom Farms ( a Bourbon County farm) and all our ground beef, brats, hot dogs and bacon are from Bronson  (Meat)  Locker.”

Fresh produce stands are front and center in the country store.

And important to locals and those passing by, is the ability to purchase local fruits and vegetables.

“The first weekend we sold 28 watermelons and 60 pounds of tomatoes,” she said.

A white board lists the meals served each week at the store. This was last week’s offerings.

A hot meal is also served everyday from 11 a.m. “until it’s gone,” she said. A list of the week’s offerings are on a whiteboard near the inside door of the store.

The Perry’s have eight employees, some part-time and some full-time.

“We just hired three new employees for the front store,” Thaddeus said.

The store is open Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., Saturday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 6 p.m.

To contact the store:  620.224.2052.

 

 

 

The Beacon Staff: Increase In Need Is Seen

Dave Gillen and Patty Mowen are the co-directors of The Beacon Food Pantry of Bourbon County. Submitted photo.
The Beacon Food Pantry of Bourbon County is seeing an increase in need.
“We have seen a uptick in new families this summer,” Dave Gillen, director of the pantry said. “New families have been the larger families. I believe with the increase in prices of everything their money does not go as far. “
The pantry is running low on a few things and  are paying more for things they must purchase for food baskets.
THE BEACON IS IN NEED OF A FEW ITEMS:
Specifically, the Beacon is in need of boxed marcaroni and cheese, Ramen noodles, boxed cereal and spaghetti noodles.
The Beacon is open Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
It is closed Thursday, Saturday and Sunday.
The phone number is (620) 223-6869.
It is located at 525 E. Sixth Street, Fort Scott.
The Beacon is  a not-for-profit organization,  a food pantry serving Bourbon County, Kansas, that also provides financial assistance.

Bo Co Dems Serve Breakfast at Farmers Market July 23

The Bourbon County Democrats will be serving breakfast and brunch at the Farmers Market on Saturday, July 23rd.
Please join them between 8 a.m. and noon for breakfast casserole, coffee cake, and fruit.  Ham sliders will also be offered after ten!

Submitted by Carol MacArthur
Chair, Bourbon Co. Democrats
620 215 1505
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Reading suggestion: They Want to Kill Americans by Malcolm Nance
History of White Supremacy and current state of it.
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Chamber After Hours July 12

Chamber After-Hours

Grand Opening & Ribbon Cutting

Geaux Loco Food Truck

Tuesday, July 12th | 5:15-6:30pm

Ribbon cutting and remarks will take place at 5:30pm

223 N. National Avenue, Fort Scott

The Fort Scott Area Chamber of Commerce invites members and guests to an After-Hours Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting event to celebrate Geaux Loco Food Truck at 5:15pm on Tuesday, July 12th, located at 223 N. National Ave. Remarks and cutting of the ribbon will be at 5:30pm.

 

Owners Hanna and daughter Curline Melveaux are excited to announce the opening of their food truck and their menu which includes flavors from Bayou to Central America with American favorites. They are now selling The Ice Cream Factory ice cream by the scoop. The After-Hours Chamber Event will feature ice cream and food samples.

Chamber members and guests are invited to Chamber events to network, make announcements, hear about happenings in the community as well as learn about the business or organization hosting. Contact the Chamber of Commerce at (620) 223-3566 for more information. Visit the Events Calendar and category of Chamber Coffees on fortscott.com for upcoming locations.

Visit Geaux Loco’s Facebook here.

Thank you to our Chamber Champions for all of your support!

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Fort Scott Area Chamber of Commerce | 231 E. Wall Street, Fort Scott, KS 66701

Bourbon County Dems Summer Social is July 17

Bourbon County Democrats will hold their Summer Social on Sunday, July 17th, from 2 – 4 p.m., in the Buck Run Community Center’s Little Gym.
Provided will be cool refreshments, music by the Hemphills, drawings, and a silent auction.
Guest speakers will be Jeanna Repass, who is running for Kansas Secretary of State, and Reverend Mark Holland, who is running for the U.S. Senate.

Join them for an entertaining and informative afternoon. Anyone in the community is invited to join, as this is a social event.

Submitted by Carol MacArthur
Chair, Bourbon Co. Democrats
620 215 1505
Please like them on Facebook
Reading suggestion: They Want to Kill Americans by Malcolm Nance
History of White Supremacy and current state of it.
“Serving Bourbon County’s Registered Democrats”

Brian Lancaster Assumes Ownership of Marsha’s Deli

Marsha Lancaster. Submitted photo.
Marsha’s Deli, a sandwich shop, is located at 6 W. 18th Street in Fort Scott.
Brian Lancaster is the new owner of Marsha’s Deli.

Marsha Lancaster can’t be replaced.

But her nephew, Brian Lancaster, purchased her business, Marsha’s Deli, and with the help of long-time employees Carla Hambric and  Lisa Bradley, will continue her legacy.

“Marsha can’t be replaced,” Lancaster said. “Marsha had established a truly wonderful business and we were lucky enough to be a part of it. My wife, Amanda, and I were interested in continuing the legacy.”

Marsha died in September 2021, and Brian and Amanda became the owners on July 1, 2022. Brian is the full-time manager and his wife maintains her job as a partner at Diehl, Banwart and Bolton, CPA.

“It will be the same food,” Lancaster said. “Carla and Lisa have helped with the recipes.”

Carla Hambric worked with Marsha for over 30 years and Lisa Bradley, over 20.

“The recipes weren’t written down,” he said. But he is working with the two long-time employees to learn them and write them down for future reference.

“Having good help is part of it,” Brian said. “It couldn’t have happened without their help.”

There are eight employees currently, including high school and college student employees who work on the weekends .

The hours of operation for Marsha’s Deli is 10:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday. The delivery service is 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Marsha’s Deli menu, taken from its Facebook page.

 

Chamber After Hours is July 12

After Hours Chamber Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting Event for Geaux Loco Food Truck.

The Fort Scott Area Chamber of Commerce invites members and guests to an After-Hours Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting event to celebrate Geaux Loco Food Truck at 5:15pm on Tuesday, July 12th, located at 223 N. National Ave. Remarks and cutting of the ribbon will be at 5:30 pm.

Owners Hanna and daughter Curline Melveaux are excited to announce the opening of their food truck and their menu which includes flavors from Bayou to Central America with American favorites. They are now selling The Ice Cream Factory ice cream by the scoop. The After-Hours Chamber Event will feature ice cream and food samples.

Chamber members and guests are invited to Chamber events to network, make announcements, hear about happenings in the community as well as learn about the business or organization hosting.  Contact the Chamber of Commerce at (620) 223-3566 for more information.  Visit the Events Calendar and category of Chamber Coffees on fortscott.com for upcoming locations.

Soft Opening for Perry’s Country Store in Bronson This Weekend

The Perry’s Pork Rinds Country Store will have a soft opening following the Bronson Day event on Saturday and Sunday. The store is in the background, left and sits on Hwy. 54 that runs through Bronson.
Kelly and Thaddeus Perry have been pursuing a building purchase to manufacture their food products for several years.
Yesterday, they received final state approval for a manufacture license to make fudge and a retail license for the new building store front in Bronson. They will be having a soft opening of the business this weekend, following Bronson Day, a community event in this small town in western Bourbon County.
“We received our manufacture license for our fudge and our retail license for the front portion of the country store…(and) we will have a open house on Saturday and Sunday this weekend. We are planning for a grand opening on July 30.”
The store open house will have limited items this Saturday from 3 to 9 p.m. and  Sunday from noon to 9 p.m.  and Monday 5-9 p.m.
History of the Business
The Perry’s started making pork rinds at the Hume Fair in 2017 and discovered the demand and profit, Kelly said. “So it made sense to push forward. However, because pork rinds are technically a meat product we cannot wholesale or go on any store shelf until we physically built a USDA inspected meat processing facility. Although we do not slaughter any animals, we still have to follow all safety and federal rules regarding meat so we decided to put every penny into building a facility.”
During the COVID 19 Pandemic, the Perry’s discovered something.
“As we came closer to that reality, we realized, through the pandemic, what a food desert we really have on the western side of the county and felt we could change this! We decided to not only build a pork rind meat production plant but a retail store front for our biggest supporters, our community!”
Perry’s Pork Rinds Country Store on Hwy. 54 in Bronson has a soft opening on July 9 and 10
The store will be open following the  vendors leaving town on Saturday.
“Once the Bronson Day vendors close at 3 p.m., we will then open our store,” Kelly said. “We will not be fully stocked, but we will have bags of ice, coffee, tea, lemonade, fountain soda, canned soda, ready-to-eat foods and snacks foods.”
“We should have all of our items available for sale for our grand opening celebration on July 30,” she said.
Perry’s Pork Rinds & Country Store on Hwy. 54 which is also known as792 Pine Street in Bronson.
Contact info: the store phone 620.224-2052 or email [email protected]
Financing Their New Business
The Perry’s saved money for the down payment for their business and borrowed the rest from Iola Community National Bank.
“They worked with us and believed in our business plan from the beginning,” she said.” We also used another loan through the Ft. Scott Chamber of Commerce E-Community loan to help us finish the project and have enough capital to fill the store front upon opening. Out of the second loan we were granted $9,000 in loan forgiveness through the Patterson Family Foundation (through the Healthy Bourbon County Action Team).
They currently have six employees and anticipate substantial growth, she said. They will soon go from two production days to five and offer wholesale pork rinds and fudge nationwide.
On the Horizon
“We will not be stopping with just the store front,” she said.  “We are already working on phase two for our property, which is a full hook up RV park for travelers.  This will utilize the large property we have as well as bring revenue to the city with utilities.”

Weekly Food Distribution Offered Through Assembly of God Church Plant

Fort Cinema,224 W 18th St, Fort Scott is the distribution site for free food for children under 18 years old, until August 18.

A new Assembly of God Church plant is receiving food to distribute to Fort Scott children under 18 years of age, until school starts in August. The food will be distributed at the Fort Scott Cinema.

Family Life Assembly of God volunteers will be distributing the food, with Grady Proffitt the facilitator here in Fort Scott.

“We have started a distribution that partners with Life 360 Church out of Springfield, MO,” said  Proffitt, who is planting a new church called Family Life Assembly of God in Fort Scott. “They have received government funding that is able to feed kids in communities that are ages 18 and under. They are serving the Southeast Kansas area places like: Baxter Springs, Galena, Girard, Garnett, Ottawa, Humboldt, Pittsburg, and Fort Scott. There might be more, but I know those cities for sure!”

“This partnership is not FLAG Church this is Life360 Church reaching out to our churches in our different communities,” he said.

“For us here in Fort Scott, they serve us every Thursday from 11am-12:30pm in the Fort Cinema parking lot. This will go until school starts with the last Thursday, August 18,” Proffitt said.

“This is for students and children ages 18 under,” he reiterated. “Supplies include lunches and dinners for each child. Milk, dry foods, canned foods, and some frozen meals. The only criteria is that each child must be in the vehicle to receive meal packages while supplies last.”

“This is not FLAG Church, this is Life360 Church out of Springfield, MO that is partnering with local churches to bless communities in the Southeast Kansas area. We are grateful for this opportunity to add to the needs of so many here in Fort Scott!”

Grady Proffit, is the Fort Scott Campus Pastor of Family Life Assembly of God.

To learn more about the church:

New Church Plant Starting in Fort Scott In September

For more information:

www.flagchurch.com

(620) 232-FLAG

Grady Proffitt is the Fort Scott Campus Pastor for Family Life Assembly of God. Pictured is his wife, Jacque and son. Submitted photo.

Bronson Day Has Been Re-energized

Bronson Day, a local community event of this small town in western Bourbon County, has been revamped.

Bronson Day has typically been held yearly in the spring and led by the Bronson Ruritan, said Kelly Perry.

Perry is part of a new organization in Bronson.

The town held an open town meeting seeking volunteers for the new organization, called the Bronson Pride Committee.

“In the past, we had a larger Ruritan group and several locals realized this was a big task to put on just one or two people in the Ruritan,” Perry said. “After speaking to Terry Johnston, head of the Bronson Ruritan we agreed to all work together to help promote the event.”

Elected to head the organization are Kayla Greenway-president, Michael Stewart-vice president, Danielle Minor-treasurer and Perry as secretary.
The event, moved from the spring to the summer, starts as 9 a.m. with a horseshoe tournament hosted by Terry Johnson.
“Bronson is the home of the first world horseshoe tournament,” she said. “This event is free.”

“We have a huge day of events planned, from free bounce houses to a mini horse pull,  a parade, a color run,  Kale Nelson’s State Farm Car Show, a three-on-three basketball tournament,a horseshoe tournament, a cornhole tournament, kids games, over 25 vendors, several food trucks, a street dance,  a live DJ, a beer garden and of course our fireworks display,” she said.

“This year we created a bit more buzz by creating not only the committee, but allowing food trucks, doubling the fireworks budget, and bringing back the street dance,” Perry said. “Board members and volunteers were able to get sponsors and received a grant from Bourbon County Regional Economic Development Inc. The funds are not all spent on one single event but are going to be used for overall community improvement and morale which includes The Bronson Day Celebration.”

“Bronson Day is just part of the vision the entire board has for the Bronson Pride Committee,” she said. “In the future, we will continue to meet and grow and make this yearly event better and bigger. We want to unify our community through ideas, efforts, and solving problems and needs. If we can motivate others we can change the community morale and continue to thrive together,” she said.

Kayla Greenway has lived in Bronson for many years and raised her four children here.

“I’ve helped with Bronson days in the past, but this year‘s planning has been ramped up by our new Bronson Pride Committee,” Greenway said. “It’s a committee we started to help clean our town up, bring awareness to community development, and come together in unity with the same goal of helping one another in our town.”

“Teamwork makes the dream work,” Greenway said. “I am excited to see what our future holds.  We are always accepting new members and our next meeting is July 6 at 5 p.m. at the city park.”

Learn more: https://www.facebook.com/BronsonPride

 

 

 

Register for the Bourbon County Fair Baking Contest

King Arthur Flour has been sponsoring a baking contest for the open class at the Bourbon County Fair for several years.

This year the adults will be making Cranberry-orange Italian Biscotti and the youth (under 12) will be making simple sugar cookies.

To enter into the contest you will need to fill out the entry form found in the fair paper and mail to Jackie Warren by July 1st, or call her to register.

Jackie’s address is 1906 Maple Road, Fort Scott, KS 66701 and her phone number is 620-224-8161.

The recipes and King Arthur flour will be available to pick-up July 2nd at the Yeager Building on the fairgrounds from 9:00 – 11:00 am Saturday morning.

King Arthur flour will provide winners with gift certificates for their products.

Items can be entered at the fair on Monday July 18th from 2:00 -6:00 pm at the Meyers building.

Judging will by on the 19th.

The King Arthur Flour baking contest has been a popular class, so don’t miss out, register soon.