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Paint Party at Pizza Republic This Evening

Christmas Critters Paint Party!
Jump right in the Holiday Spirit with us at Pizza Republic and paint these adorable Christmas Critters. All supplies are included and step by step instructions are given. You will take home your very own masterpiece!
Seating is limited and we fill up quickly, so reserve your spot today. $5 is all it takes to reserve your spot, with the remainder,$20, due at party time.
No outside food or drinks please. Food and drinks are available for purchase.
DJ Brown & The Bourbon County Revival this Friday night at Pizza Republic!
Come enjoy live music, great food, and a good time at Pizza Republic this Friday night, Dec. 2nd from 8-11pm.
Thank you to our Chamber Champion members below!

What’s Happening in Fort Scott

What’s Happening in Fort Scott!

November 18th Weekly Newsletter






Friday 11am, 12pm, 1pm, 2pm

Saturday 10am, 11am, 12pm, 1pm, 2pm

$6 adults, $4 children 12 & under

50-minute narrated tour of Historic Fort Scott!

Fort Scott National Historic Site

Daily Tours: 10am & 1pm

Donations being accepted for Wreaths Across America through 11/22, click here for info.

Rotary selling Krispy Kreme Doughnuts for Dictionaries thru 11/28, click here for info.

11/18 ~ Friday Fun Evening at the Museum of Creativity, 3:30-7:30pm, click here for info.

11/18 ~ Soup Fundraiser for Mary Queen of Angels Rebuild, 5-7pm, Kennedy Gym, Cream of Potato or Chicken Noodle w/homeade noodles, click here for more info.

11/18 ~ Game Night, every Friday at the Museum of Creativity, 6-10pm, click here for info.

11/19 ~ American Legion Chili Cook-off, doors open 11am, judging begins 1pm, Memorial Hall, click here for info.

11/20 ~ 27th Annual Turkey Shoot, 1-3pm, Buck Run Community Center, click here for info.

11/20 ~ Breakaway Buckle Series- Taylor Ranch Jackpot, click here for info.

11/21 ~ FSMS Fall Extravaganza Shopping Event, 5-8pm, click here for a list of vendors.

11/24 ~ Community Thanksgiving Dinner at the Elks Lodge, 11:30am-1:30pm, delivery and drive through options available, click here for info.

11/25 ~ Livestock Sale @ Fort Scott Livestock Market, starting at 7am, click here for info.

11/25 ~ Friday Fun Evening at the Museum of Creativity, 3:30pm-7:30pm, click here for info.

11/25 ~ Game Night at the Museum of Creativity, 6-7pm, click here for info.

12/1 ~ Christmas Parade, click here for entry form or to register online.


12/3 ~ Clark Street Lights presents: A visit with Santa and Friends, 753 S. Clark from 5-8pm, popcorn and cookies will be available, free will donations, see flyer below for info.

12/3-4 ~ Candlelight Tours of the Fort Scott National Historic Site, tickets now on sale by calling 620-223-0310.

12/3-4 ~ The Artificers 6th Annual Christmas Show

12/10 ~ Christmas in the Park, Gunn Park

12/9-23 ~ Christmas Light Trolley Tours, booking now! Tours each night at 5:45pm, 7pm, and 8:15pm! $8 adults, $5 kids, or book the whole trolley for $125 to tour with only your friends, family or co-workers!



Boutiques-Antiques-Flea Markets & more!

Click here for Chamber member

specialty shopping & other retail in

Downtown & other areas of the community.

Fort Scott Area
Chamber of Commerce
In This Issue

Calendar of Events

Special Event Features

THANK YOU Chamber Champion members!!

Chamber Highlights
Click here for our
Membership Directory.
We THANK our members for their support! Interested in joining the Chamber?
Click here for info.
Thinking of doing business in or relocating to Fort Scott?
Contact us for a relocation packet, information on grants & incentives, and more!
Seeking a job/career?
We post a Job of the Day daily on our Facebook page, distribute a monthly job openings flyer, and post jobs on our website.
Many opportunities available!
Housing needs?
Click here for a listing of our Chamber member realtors.
Click here for our rental listing.

Annual Schwalm Family Thanksgiving Dinner!

Fort Scott Rotary Club Doughnuts for Dictionaries!

Christmas Parade, Thursday, December 1st!

Click the image below for registration form!

Clark Street Lights Presents: A Visit with Santa and Friends!

Upcoming Movie Schedule @ Fort Cinema

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231 E. Wall Street
Fort Scott, KS 66701
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Christmas Parade is Dec. 1, Enter Your Organization by Nov. 29

Join us for the

2022 Christmas Parade

in Fort Scott!

Thursday, December 1st, 6pm

“It’s a Gingerbread Christmas in the Fort!”

Get your parade entries in today!

Click here for printable form.

Click here to register online.

Deadline to enter is

Tuesday, November 29th at 1pm.

We’re hoping for some fun & festive Gingerbread House themed floats and other entries! Get in holiday spirit & spread some

Christmas Cheer!

The parade will start at Wall & National, in front of the radio station, go south on National to 3rd St., turn left to Main St., then proceed north on Main to Skubitz Plaza where the parade will end at the Mayor’s Christmas Tree.

Click for more details!

Thank you to our Chamber Champion

members below!

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

CASA Benefit: “Change A Child’s Story” On December 9

Sending on behalf of Chamber member
Bourbon County CASA…
You are cordially invited to a
Christmas Celebration
to benefit Bourbon County CASA
Friday, December 9th, 2022
Heavy hors d’oeuvres & full bar provided
At the Cullor Lake Home
810 195th Street
Fort Scott, Kansas
RSVP by Friday December 2nd!
Giving Levels:
Sponsor: $25 per person, $50 per couple
Guardian: $50 per person, $100 per couple
Guardian Angel: $75 per person, $150 per couple
Friend: $125 per person, $250 per couple
Benefactor: $500 and over
Mail your RSVP & giving level payment to:
Bourbon County CASA, PO Box 146, Fort Scott, KS 66701
or call Christa Horn at 620.215.2769 with any questions.
Thank you to our Chamber Champion members shown below…
Fort Scott Area Chamber of Commerce
Fort Scott Area Chamber of Commerce | 231 E. Wall Street, Fort Scott, KS 66701

Obituary of Buddy Copelin

Buddy Copelin, age 90, of Peculiar, MO, passed away Tuesday, October 18, 2022 at Methodist Mansfield Medical Center in Mansfield, TX.

He was born October 12, 1932 in Talihina, Oklahoma, the son of Elias and Etta Copelin.  He graduated from Rogers High School in Arkansas with the class of 1952.

Shortly after graduating, Buddy entered the US Army and served in Salzburg, Austria.  He married his bride, JoAnn, in May 1953 and had 69 wonderful years together.

He owned and operated Goodyear Tire stores for the majority of his life and after retirement, he worked another 20 years for O’Reilly’s Auto Parts.  Buddy enjoyed fishing, camping, gardening, and spending time with family and friends.  He was a member of the First Baptist Church of Peculiar for almost 50 years.

Buddy will be lovingly missed by his wife, JoAnn, his daughter, Debbie Taylor, and husband Steve, his grandsons, Nathan Taylor, Nick Copelin, and wife Jennie, and Zack Copelin, three great-grandchildren, Presley, Foster and Judah Copelin and many nieces, nephews, brothers and sisters-in-law and friends.

Preceded in death by his parents, four brothers; Paten, EJ, JT, Billie, 3 sisters; Nadine, Alene and Maxine and his son, Randy.

Pastor Tim Reeding, will conduct funeral services, at 11:00 A.M. Friday, October 28, 2022 at the First Baptist Church in Peculiar, Missouri.

Burial will follow on Monday, at 11:00 A.M. October 31, 2022, at the U. S. National Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 5:00 – 7:00 PM at the First Baptist Church in Peculiar, Missouri, 216 E. Broadway, Peculiar, Missouri, 64078.

Memorials are suggested to Alzheimer’s Disease Research and may be left in care of the Cheney Witt Chapel, 201 S. Main, P.O. Box 347, Ft. Scott, KS 666701. Words of remembrance may be submitted to the online guestbook at


Am. Legion National Vice Commander in Fort Scott Oct. 25

Fort Scott American Legion Post 25 will host National Vice Commander Glen Wahus of Watford City, North Dakota, on his four-day tour of Kansas with a Reception on Tuesday, 25 October, 2022 at 9:30 AM. During his tour National Vice Commander Wahus will visit eleven American Legion Posts while in the State. 

Glenn Wahus is a member of American Legion Carl E Rogen Post 29 in Watford City, North Dakota, and is a U.S. Navy veteran (1983-87).  Wahus served as Department of North Dakota Commander (2018-2019), and has served on several Post, Department and National committees, including the National Veterans Affairs & Rehabilitation Commission (2015-2022).   Most recently he has served as the North Dakota Veterans Affairs & Rehabilitation chairman.  He was instrumental in bringing back the “courage carries on” suicide awareness and prevention program to veterans and youth in North Dakota.  Wahus was picked by Governor Doug Burgum to serve on North Dakota’s Administrative Committee on Veterans Affairs. 

Wahus and his wife Tina have two sons. He is retired from the oil industry.

FSCC Board of Trustees Agenda for Oct. 17

October 17, 2022
Board of Trustees

Fort Scott Community College

2108 S. Horton

Fort Scott, KS 66701

The Board of Trustees of Fort Scott Community College will meet in regular session on Monday, October 17, 2022. The meeting will be held in Cleaver-Burris-Boileau Hall at Fort Scott Community College.

5:00 p.m. Dinner in Cleaver-Burris-Boileau Hall at Regular board meeting begins at 5:30 p.m.



5:30 ROLL CALL, 3



A. Comments from the Chair, 4

B. Comments from the Public, 4

C. New Employee Introductions, 4

D. Assessment Update, 4


A. Approval of Agenda, 5
B. Approval of Minutes of previous Regular Board Meeting conducted on September 19,
2022, 6
C. Approval of Treasurer’s Report, Bills, and Claims, 7
D. Approval of Personnel Actions, 5


A. Consideration of Esthetics Program, 61
B. Consideration of Arnold Arena HVAC Bids, 62
C. Consideration of Large-Scale Network Switch Purchase, 78
D. Appointment of Bourbon County REDI Representative, 90

A. Administrative Updates, 93

October 17, 2022: Board Meeting

October 29, 2022: President’s Cup Foundation Golf Tournament

November 21, 2022: Board Meeting

November 23-25, 2022: Thanksgiving Break, Campus Closed

December 12, 2022: Board Meeting

December 15, 2022 – January 4, 2023: Christmas Break, Campus Closed

January 16, 2023: Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Campus Closed

January 23, 2023: Board Meeting

February 20, 2023: Board Meeting

March 13 – 17, 2023: Spring Break, Campus Closed

March 20, 2023: Board Meeting

March 24, 2023: Aggie Day

April 7, 2023: Good Friday, Campus Closed

April 17, 2023: Board Meeting

May 13, 2023: Graduation

May 15, 2023: Board Meeting

June 19, 2023: Board Meeting


John Bartelsmeyer, Chair

Alysia Johnston, President

_____ John Bartelsmeyer

_____ Jim Fewins

_____ Dave Elliott

_____ Kirk Hart

_____ Bryan Holt

_____ Robert Nelson







1) Attached are the minutes of the Regular Board Meeting conducted on September 19, 2022.


Attached are the Treasurer’s Report and the Bills and Claims Report.


1) Transfers

a) Hollie Souza, from Nursing Administrative Assistant to HEP Database Manager, effective November 3, 2022

RECOMMENDATION: It is recommended that the Consent Agenda items be approved as



VOTE: Bartelsmeyer Elliott Fewins

Hart Holt Nelson

Underage and No Headlights by Carolyn Tucker

Keys to the Kingdom By Carolyn Tucker

Underage and No Headlights


I like to drive and I get that honest from my Dad (whose life was as colorful as a big box of crayons.) More than once, Dad told me about his childhood experience of driving in California in the 1930s. Just a kid, he would sneak (push) his parents’ car out of the garage and go for joy rides by himself. He was so little, he had to sit on a pillow to drive. The cops were getting used to seeing him drive around; once in awhile they’d pull him over and talk to him, but they’d just let him go (times were different back then). One time he stayed out longer than he planned and it was dark when he got back home.  So a little distance from the house, he killed the engine and turned off the lights so he could coast the car into the garage. Well, he couldn’t see and he ran into the side of the garage door with a big bang! The only option was to start it up, turn on the lights, back up, and then properly park it in the garage. Feeling terrible, he walked into the house and handed the keys over to his father. Neither one said a word. And that was the end of the joy rides.


The fact Dad couldn’t see in the dark is what abruptly concluded his driving excursions. It‘s not that he was a bad driver, he just needed to use his headlights. “Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path” (Psalm 119:105 NKJV). I’ve memorized this  scripture and it comes out of my mouth almost daily. Actually, I was stumped as to why believers would need a lamp for our feet and a light on our path. I began to think of driving instead of walking. The lamp could be compared to headlights on a vehicle and the light could be compared to street lights. Living in a world of chaos and darkness, we need all the help we can get. The headlights are great, but when streetlights are added, it’s even better.


God has equipped believers with everything we need to live victoriously in a dark world surrounded by silliness and sin. God’s Word lights our path and we have access to this Light, but we have to make the effort to use this power. If your only Bible has an on/off switch, then that’s just sad. And if your Bible sits on the coffee table with dust on it, that’s sad too. It’s like starving to death with a pantry full of food because we’re too busy to eat it.


“God sent a man, John the Baptist, to tell about the Light so that everyone might believe because of his testimony. John himself was not the Light; he was simply a witness to tell about the Light. The One who is the true Light, who gives light to everyone, was coming into the world. He came into the very world He created, but the world didn’t recognize Him. …But to all who believed Him and accepted Him, He gave the right to become children of God” (John 1:6-10,12 NLT).


When Jesus began his ministry, He fulfilled what God said through the prophet Isaiah: “The people who sat in darkness have seen a great light. And for those who lived in the land where death casts its shadow, a light has shined” (Matthew 4:16 NLT). When I sleep in the dark, my physical body is restored and rejuvenated. But I don’t want to live in the dark. I want Jesus to light my world, to guide me and teach me. “Jesus spoke to the people once more and said, ‘I am the light of the world. If you follow Me, you won’t have to walk in darkness, because you will have the light that leads to life’” (John 8:12 NLT).


The Key: As a child of God, you have the right to turn on all the light switches.

Gordon Parks Museum receives Irby Endowment Award

With the Dr. Pratt and Pauline Irby Endowment Fund Award courtesy of Janet Braun, Bob Irby and Mary Rio, all siblings of the benefactors Gordon Parks Museum officials were able to purchase a 43inch touchscreen display and tablet kiosks with stands and software, available for use by visitors of any age.

“We are very thankful to receive this very kind donation and award from the Irby family in honor of Dr. Pratt and Pauline Irby,” said museum executive director Kirk Sharp. “The touchscreen displays with the large viewing screen help the museum to engage visitors in different ways. This helps give visitors of the museum a more modern approach to learning, viewing and appreciating the collection and works of Gordon Parks.”

The interactive display, which allows visitors to view photos, videos, interviews, music and more, Sharp said, will be available for use in the meeting room/lobby area of the Danny and Willa Ellis Family Fine Arts Center during the annual Gordon Parks celebration Oct. 68.

Museum visits and tours can be scheduled for a later date by calling (620) 2232700, ext. 5850, or by sending an email to
[email protected].

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Kansas Health Champion Awards Nominations Being Accepted

Nominations Now Being Accepted for Kansas Health Champion Awards Exceptional efforts to promote health and fitness in Kansas to be recognized\

TOPEKA – The Governor’s Council on Fitness is now accepting nominations for its annual Kansas Health Champion Awards. Awards are given to one outstanding individual and two outstanding organization, that make an exceptional effort to model, encourage and promote health and fitness in Kansas. Award recipients will be recognized at the Community Health Promotion Summit on January 26, 2023. The deadline for nominations is Sept. 30.

“The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) is proud to play a part in this important initiative that works to improve the health and wellness of Kansans,” said KDHE Secretary Janet Stanek, “Many people and organizations throughout the state are making healthy living a priority, and it’s important that we recognize their efforts and the impacts it has on individuals, families and communities.”

Nominees would be expected to have demonstrated:

  • Work that goes beyond what is expected to model, encourage and promote a healthy lifestyle.
  • Work that overcomes health inequities that lead to sedentary lifestyles and/or undernourishment.
  • Far-reaching impact
  • Sustainable influence or activity

“In addition to promoting effective models for increasing physical activity, nutrition and tobacco-free living for replication by organizations and communities around the state, the awards also allow us the opportunity to honor the outstanding work of one individual and one organization this year,” said Jody Hoener, Awards Committee Chair, Governor’s Council on Fitness. Eligible nominees might include an outstanding volunteer, a school, a local community, a newspaper or individual reporter, a local or State policy maker, or an employer, among others.

For more information and to submit a nomination, go to, and click on the nomination form link. If you have questions about the nomination process, contact Jody Hoener at [email protected]

The Governor’s Council on Fitness advises the Governor and others on ways to enhance the health of all Kansans through promotion of physical activity, good dietary choices and prevention of tobacco use