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June 1-August 31, 2022

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Violet the bear has awoken early from her hibernation, but she doesn’t know why. She’s called on Shelby and Watts to solve the case before her son, Theodore, is roused from his hibernation, too. With Shelby’s deductive skills and Watts’s scientific know-how, they’ll leave no stone unturned or question unanswered.
A collection of poems celebrating the playfulness of the English language.
The role of First Lady has been defined differently by each woman who’s held it, but all of them left an impact on our nation as partner of the commander in chief. Incisive poetry by Marilyn Singer and energetic art by Nancy Carpenter provide a fascinating glimpse into the lives of women–from Martha Washington to Eleanor Roosevelt to Lady Bird Johnson–who variously embraced the position and shied away from it, craved the spotlight and fiercely guarded their privacy, took controversial stands and championed for the status quo.
An unlikely friendship forms between a great white shark and a robot when they bond over a favorite book series, then stand–and dance–together against playground bullies.
Artists ask questions when they make art and viewers ask questions when they look at art. This gently provocative book provides an engaging way for young people to start asking and answering questions for themselves. Why is art full of naked people? is structured around 22 questions, each one tackled over two spreads. The opening spread explores the question and answer, inviting the reader to study a full-bleed image of an important artwork. The second spread shows a selection of work on the theme from across history, showing how art can run with an idea to hugely different ends.


In this story inspired by Jules Verne’s “20,000 Leagues Under the Sea,” Ana Dakkar, a freshman at Harding-Pencroft Academy, a five-year high school that graduates the best marine scientists, naval warriors, navigators, and underwater explorers in the world, makes astounding discoveries about her heritage and puts her leadership skills to the test against deadly enemies from a rival school.
On the first day at a Japanese high school, an irrepressible girl announces her lack of interest in “ordinary humans” and proceeds to form a club dedicated to finding aliens, time travelers, and other forms of supernatural life, with the intention of having fun with them.
The 21st century guidebook of life safety skills for teens, their parents, and other caregivers, covering physical safety, sexual consent, social media, your rights with the police, situational awareness, dating violence, smartphones, and more. Young people coming of age today face new risks, expectations, and laws that didn’t exist when their parents were young. What They Don’t Teach Teens provides teens, tweens, and young adults with up-to-date, realistic strategies to protect themselves against the pitfalls of modern adolescence.
When Amy’s father loses his job the family moves back to Earth, where she has to adapt to heavier gravity, a new school, and a strange boy with no flavor.
At nineteen, Hutchinson was struggling to find the vocabulary to understand and accept who he was and how he fit into a community in which he couldn’t see himself. Convinced that he couldn’t keep going, that he had no future, Hutchinson followed through on trying to make that a reality — an attempted suicide. Over time, he came to embrace life, and to find self-acceptance. In his deeply honest memoir, he takes readers through the journey of what brought him to the edge, and what has helped him truly believe that it does get better.


Spring, 1921. Scotland Yard sends Inspector Ian Rutledge to the sea-battered village of Walmer on the coast of Essex, where amongst the salt flats and a military airfield lies Benton Abbey, a grand manor with a storied past. The lady of the house may prove his most bewildering witness yet. She claims she saw a violent murder–but there is no body, no blood. She also insists she recognized the killer: Captain Nelson. Only it could not have been Nelson because he died during the war.
In present-day California, Eleanor Bennett’s death leaves behind a puzzling inheritance for her two children, Byron and Benny: a traditional Caribbean black cake, made from a family recipe with a long history, and a voice recording. In her message, Eleanor shares a tumultuous story about a headstrong young swimmer who escapes her island home under suspicion of murder.
The first major biography of one of our most influential but least known judicial activists that provides an eye-opening account of the twin struggles for gender equality and civil rights in the 20th Century. Born to an aspirational blue-collar family during the Great Depression, Constance Baker Motley was expected to find herself a good career as a hair dresser. Instead, she became the first black woman to argue a case in front of the Supreme Court, the first of ten she would eventually argue.
Funny Farm is an inspiring and moving memoir of the author’s turbulent life with 600 rescue animals. Laurie Zaleski never aspired to run an animal rescue; that was her mother Annie’s dream. But from girlhood, Laurie was determined to make the dream come true. Thirty years later as a successful businesswoman, she did it, buying a 15-acre farm deep in the Pinelands of South Jersey. Laurie had planned to relocate Annie and her caravan of ragtag rescues-horses and goats, dogs and cats, chickens and pigs-when Annie died, just two weeks before moving day. In her heartbreak, Laurie resolved to make her mother’s dream her own.
A celebration of cultural icon Shaquille O’Neal’s love of food, family, and fun, with 80 low-stress, comfort food meals for busy families
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U.S. Senator Jerry Moran Weekly Newsletter

Welcoming the 250,000th Honor Flight Veteran to Washington, D.C.

This month, the Honor Flight Network will bring the 250,000th veteran to see the memorials built in their honor. I’ve had the opportunity to welcome hundreds of veterans on Honor Flights to Washington, D.C. and have witnessed the impact these trips have on them. I’m grateful that we could stand at the World War II Memorial – that was built largely due to the tireless work of World War II veteran and Kansas Senator Bob Dole – to recognize Honor Flights and the 250,000 veterans who have embarked on their journey to our nation’s capital.



I joined Sen. Elizabeth Dole and veterans across the country on Tuesday to commemorate this milestone. Honor Flights have also made it possible for veterans like my dad, a WWII veteran, to come to Washington, D.C. and visit the WWII Memorial, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, the Korean War Memorial, and many more. These memorials serve as an important reminder to the rest of us that we owe a great deal of thanks to those who have served and sacrificed.

To our veterans and our servicemembers: We respect you; we thank you for your service, and we love you.



Welcoming Airbus to the Air Capital of the World

On Friday, I hosted Airbus Americas Chairman and CEO, Jeff Knittel, and his team in Wichita to showcase the Air Capital of the World. I’d like to thank the Kansas Aviation Museum and the Greater Wichita Partnership for hosting a community reception with local stakeholders and public officials to welcome Mr. Knittel and his team. At the reception, Mr. Knittel announced a donation from Airbus to the United Way Andover Tornado Fund. I am thankful for their aid to the Wichita community and for the time they spent touring suppliers.





Following the reception, we toured Dynamic NC, Cox Machine and Atlas Group with the Airbus CEO and procurement team. I’d like to thank Bryan Mackey, President of Dynamic NC, Jason Cox, CEO of Cox Machine and Jim McMullen, CEO of Atlas Group, for showcasing the talent and capabilities of these incredible companies.



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Bourbon County Coalition Meets May 4 at Scottview Apartments

Submitted by Billie Jo Drake

The regular Bourbon County Coalition meeting will be on Wednesday, May 4, in the Conference Room at the Scottview Apartments, 315 S. Scott, at 1:00 p.m.

Bourbon County Inter-Agency Coalition

General Membership Meeting Agenda


May 4, 2022



  1. Welcome:  Swim Pass recap



  1. Member Introductions and Announcements:



  1. Program: Gabby Gire, CHC, “Bourbon County Tackles Tobacco.”



  1. Open Forum:



  1. Adjournment:  Next General Membership meeting will be June 1, 2022, at 1:00 p.m.

Obituary of Mark Wade

Mark Stanley Wade, 64, resident of rural Redfield and more recently of the Medicalodge, passed away Monday April 11, 2022. He was born October 21,1957, the son of Oscar J. and Helen (Jackson) Wade of Rural Redfield, Kansas. He attended the Redfield school as a young child and later graduated from Uniontown High School in 1975.


As a young adult, he worked for various local farmers. He ran heavy equipment for local contractors and Bill’s Coal Company. Mark tried his hand at dairy farming and custom harvesting from Texas to Canada. He also cut rice and peanuts a time or two in Mississippi.


Mark was a “jack of all trades” and a master of some. Jobs included building fences, hauling rock, pasture clearing and snow removal. Mark took great pride in the maintenance of the watershed dams along the Mill Creek, Marmaton River, with some in Anderson and Allen County.


Mark also attended the Hope Anthem Church in Ottawa, Kansas. He also loved to square dance and was a regular at the “The Docey Dandies” in Gardner, Kansas and “The Ottawa Promenades” club in Ottawa, Kansas.


Mark is survived by two daughters, Jennifer Culler and her husband, of Pleasanton, Kansas;Sara Schellack and her husband, also of Fort Scott; granddaughter Emma; his mother Helen Wade, of Redfield, Kansas; three brothers, Steve Wade and wife Linda, of Mapleton, Kansas, David Wade and wife Deanna, also of Mapleton, Brian Wade and wife Deana, of rural Hammond, Kansas; several nieces, and a nephew.

He was preceded in death by his father Oscar Wade in 2009, and his brother Phil in 1989, along with a wealth of friends over the years.


John Durling will officiate graveside services at 11:00 a.m. Thursday, April 14, 2022, at Centerville Cemetery, under the direction of the Konantz-Cheney Funeral Home.

Family and friends will meet at Konantz-Cheney at 10:00 a.m. for a visitation prior to graveside services.

Memorial contributions may be made to the City of Fort Scott Animal Shelter and Pound and may be left in the care of the Konantz-Cheney Funeral Home, 15 W. Wall Street, P.O. Box 309, Fort Scott, Kansas, 66701. Condolences may be submitted to the online guestbook at




Marketing, Apparel and Printing Services Move Downtown

Vehicles are reflected in the window of 5 S. National Ave. This space is the temporary home of My One Stop until the space next door to the south is renovated.

Rachel French is the president of My One Stop, which has had a office in Fort Scott’s Industrial Park since 2005.

The business offers marketing print and digital services, signage, labels, apparel and embroidery printing services and more.

“We are moving downtown to because we wanted to be a part of the revitalization of downtown,” French said. “We wanted to be more accessible to businesses in Fort Scott…We can help them in gaining business and traffic.”

“We were looking for the right space and found this place was available and were excited to make the move,” she said.

The storefront at 7 S. National, just north of E3 Ranch store, is currently being renovated to meet the needs of the business, she said.

The building at 7 S. National Ave. is in the renovation process by the owner, Jennifer LaRoche. Submitted photo.

In the meantime, French and her team of employees have moved into 5 S. National, sharing space with the Lillian Rose Foundation, until the renovation is completed.

Jennifer LaRoche, who owns the building and is doing the reno, told French the reno will most likely be completed in June.

“I wanted to be close to the construction,” French said.

Her My One Stop  team is comprised of Ann Marie Buster-web and graphic designer, Rosemma Perry-sales representative, Tina Wilson-sales representative and Casie Yount-graphic design lead.

“We have hit the ground running,” French said. “Since we came, we saw the traffic downtown, and we are using our knowledge to help the downtown revitalization.”

The east side of 7 S. National Ave. looks out into the courtyard dining area of Common Ground Coffee Shop,  whose storefront is around the corner on East Wall Street. Submitted photo.

The business just recently created a downtown loyalty program, to encourage businesses in that area.

“We want to bring pride into our downtown again,” she said. “And people to be excited and have a business here.”

Included in the loyalty program is a Downtown Fort Scott Loyalty Card.

Eleven businesses have come on board and the card will provide the purchasers $55 worth of discounts for just $10.

The cards can be purchased at the Fort Scott Chamber of Commerce, 231 E. Wall; or the My One Stop office currently at 5 S. National.

Ten percent of the sale of each card will be donated to the Fort Scott Downtown Chamber Committee to be used for future projects to benefit the downtown area.

That committee is in charge of the Downtown Clean-up Day April 22. “We are donating all the t-shirts for the clean-up,” she said.

French is a member of that committee and also she partners with Fort Scott High School and Pittsburg State University in a paid internship program. She also does the mentor program at FSHS with the Chamber.

“We think it’s important for youth to see what businesses do on a daily basis and see what Fort Scott has available,” she said.

French is looking forward to the move into 7 S. National, she said.

“Then you’ll be able to have a custom-designed t-shirt before you leave,” she said. “We would love to do more t-shirts for organizations. and businesses.”

Rachel French. Submitted photo.


Bourbon County Commission Agenda for April 5

Bourbon County Commission Room

1st Floor, County Courthouse

210 S. National Avenue

Fort Scott, KS 66701

Tuesdays starting at 9:00

Date: April 5, 2022

1st DistrictLynne Oharah Minutes: Approved: _______________

2nd DistrictJim Harris Corrected: _______________________

3rd DistrictClifton Beth Adjourned at: _______________

County ClerkAshley Shelton


Call to Order

Flag Salute

Approval of Minutes from previous meeting

Eric Bailey Road and Bridge Report

Opening Hays Bids

County Counselor Comment

Susan Bancroft, Finance Director Comment

o Executive Session KSA 754319(b)(1) to discuss personnel matters of individual
nonelected personnel to protect their privacy

o Contract Renewal for I AM REHAB & FITNESS at the Medical Building

Public Comment

Elected Officials Comment

Commission Comment

Legislative Update Wk 10 Session 2022 by Kansas Senator Caryn Tyson

Caryn Tyson

March 18, 2022


Wrapping up committee work was our main goal last week. While that means the end of regular meetings for most committees, it does not mean that the work is finished. The final days of session will be floor debate, and no or minimal committee work.


Election Security is critical.  During debate last week on the Senate floor, a compelling argument was given by a Senator, former county commissioner, that he would not certify an election because the vote count could not be reconciled.  The other two commissioners did certify the election, so the issue was dropped at that time.  (There should have been a complete investigation.)  Senate Bill (SB) 389 and SB 390 should help prevent that situation from occurring again.  SB 389 would require a distinctive watermark for paper ballots and a sample hand-count audit of paper ballots that are counted with electronic tabulating equipment.  The bill would also prohibit use of poll books that do not require a hand-written voter signature.  The bill passed 27 to 11.  SB 390 would require each person working with ballots to sign an affidavit in the tracking of ballots handled.  It passed 27 to 10.  I voted Yes on both measures.


Out-of-control spending continues in this year’s budget, SB 444.  As with most budget bills, there was some good and some bad.  Paying down debt and long overdue pay increases are some of the good.  Increased spending on programs that are not being held accountable or proven effective is some of the bad.  The budget also “puts away” $600 million in a rainy-day fund and has a $360 million ending balance.  That $600 million could be used to remove sales tax on food, not socked away for government to spend at a later date.  The bill passed the Senate 23 to 14.  I voted No in defense of the taxpayer and slowing government growth.


Senate redistricting map passed on a vote of 28 to 8.  I did not support the map.  It would take the city of Ottawa and Bourbon County out of the 12th Senate district and include Coffee, Woodson, and Wilson Counties.  The 12th district could have easily increased population in Miami County and kept all of Franklin in the 12th district.


We also worked on the following:

  • Energy Independence is the strong message the Kansas Senate sent to the President of the United States. STOP importing oil and gas from Russia and RESTORE energy independence in the United States.  SCR 1623 passed unanimously.
  • Non-driver identification cards could be renewed online if SB 529 becomes law.  It passed the Senate unanimously.
  • Gold Star families could be recognized and honored on the State Capitol grounds.  Gold Star families are families who have lost family member in the line of military service.  House Bill 2540 passed the Senate unanimously.

It is an honor and a privilege to serve as your 12th District State Senator.




Victory over Drug Addiction


Fort Scott Aglow Lighthouse welcomes Benton Cavaness who will share his story.

After a 20-year drug addiction, Benton is free! “God miraculously gave me complete victory over addiction and I have experienced more miracles and blessings in the last year than most people ever get to witness!”

Benton is from Thayer, KS. His interests now are God, church, family, farming, cattle, horses and staying free!

Guests welcome Thursday, March 10th at 6:30 pm.

They will gather in the conference room of Fort Scott Inn, 101 State Street.

Aglow International is an interdenominational ministry for women and men. The goal is: Every nation touched, every heart changed.

Obituary of Kasey Dye

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Kasey Allen Dye, age 30, a resident of Neligh, Nebraska, passed away Saturday, November 13, 2021, in Ft. Scott, Kansas where he had been working on a wind farm project.

He was born February 21, 1991, in Urbana, Illinois, the son of Paul Edward Dye and Pamela Kay Adams.

Kasey married Chelsy Grim on February 22, 2021, in Pierce, Nebraska.

Kasey was an accomplished mechanic and had worked for several years for Malta Ready Mix where he helped construct wind turbines throughout the Midwest.

He enjoyed spending time outdoors especially fishing, camping and riding four wheelers. He also loved to barbeque and spend time with his family and friends.

Survivors include his wife, Chelsy, of the home in Neligh, Nebraska; and his children, Owen and Whitley, Hudson, Austin, Riley, Cooper and Max. Also surviving are his parents, Pamela Paulding and Paul Dye (Mary), all of Illinois, brothers, Kevin Paulding, Andrew Dye, Gentury Swyear, Waylon Paulding, Jason Parks and Kevin Parks and sisters, Jessica Goberson, Val Paulding, Ashely Dye and Cheyanne Dye. He was preceded in death by his step-father, Kevin Paulding and a nephew, Clayton.

Following cremation, a celebration of life service will be held at 11:00 A.M. Friday, December 3rd at the KC Hall, 115 S. Second St., Elgin, Nebraska. A time for food and fellowship will follow the service. Private burial will take place at a later date in Illinois. Arrangements in Kansas were handled by the Cheney Witt Chapel, 201 S. Main, Ft. Scott.

Obituary of Janet Ryan

Janet K. Ryan, age 71, a resident of Iola, Kansas, died on her birthday, Friday, November 12, 2021, at the Research Medical Center in Kansas City, Missouri. She was born November 12, 1950, in Hutchinson, Kansas, the daughter of Frankie Edward Ryan and Ruth Eleanor Whitecotton Ryan.
Janet had worked as a CNA, a CMA and as an activity director for area nursing home primarily in Uniontown, Coffeyville and Hutchinson.

Survivors include three sons, Tim Ryan (Marie) of Oklahoma, and Terry Nading (Angela) and Troy Nading (Malynda) all of Ft. Scott, Kansas and eleven grandchildren, Adryan, Landon, Amber, Shyra, Nick, Clayton, Danielle, Bane, Timothy, Shelby and Zachariah. Also surviving is a sister, Kathy Ryan-Transure.

Janet was preceded in death by her husband, Charles Nading, a son, T.J. Nading and two brothers, Ronnie Lee Ryan and James Edward Ryan Sr. and her parents.

There was cremation. A celebration of life service with burial in the Fairview Cemetery, Bartlett, Kansas will take place at a later date. Memorials are suggested to the Make a Wish Foundation and may be left in care of the Cheney Witt Chapel, 201 S. Main, P.O. Box 347, Ft. Scott, KS 66701. Words of remembrance may be submitted to the online guestbook at


Hedgehog INK Begins Writing Wednesdays

Hedgehog.INK, located at 16 S. Main, in historic downtown Fort Scott.

Writing Wednesdays start at Hedgehog.INK! on November 3, 10 and 17 from 1:30 to 3 p.m. to kick-off
National Novel Writing Month.

“There is no fee for the sessions and they are intended to provide encouragement and support in our writing endeavors,” Jan Hedges, owner, said. “Whether it be writing a novel, a poem, working on a memoir, cookbook, genealogy or keeping a journal, you are invited to attend. No matter your age or writing skill level, you are invited to attend. Please help us share the word with others. We will meet in the Great Room at Hedgehog.INK!”