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Singer-Songwriter Kelley Hunt to perform at 11th annual Gordon Parks Celebration “Blues & BBQ” event

Singer-Songwriter Kelley Hunt to perform at 11th annual Gordon Parks Celebration “Blues & BBQ” event

XSinger-Songwriter Kelley Hunt to perform at 11th annual Gordon Parks Celebration “Blues & BBQ” event

Singer-Songwriter Kelley Hunt to perform at 11th annual Gordon Parks Celebration “Blues & BBQ” event

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Fort Scott-Kelley Hunt will make her second appearance at the Gordon Parks Celebration in a concert and dinner on Thursday, October 2nd, titled “Blues and BBQ with Kelley Hunt” at the Liberty Theatre starting at 7:00 p.m. “We had Kelley here in 2005 and she gave a powerhouse performance,” said Gordon Parks Center director, Jill Warford. “This is the southeast Kansas debut of her new album, The Beautiful Bones, which is getting rave reviews. We’re glad to have her back for another concert as she has many fans in this area.”

Kelley Hunt’s new album, The Beautiful Bones, offers a dozen superbly crafted songs that blend timeless music with a contemporary. Those songs are buoyed by a performing style that balances Hunt’s virtuosity with the down-home gospel, soul and R&B that’s part of her DNA.

The title track is a perfect example of Hunt’s art, with its shimmering guitar and B-3 organ providing a gorgeously textured canvas for her haunting, soulful voice. “That song was the key to the album’s identity,” Hunt explains. “I had already written most of the songs, and felt they were about the things that are important to us all as people, but ‘The Beautiful Bones’ connected them. I was inspired by looking out my kitchen window while I was playing guitar and seeing the bare branches of a tree covered in snow, and I started to think about the layers we all have in our lives and the possibilities that come with each of them. Fifteen minutes later the song was done.”

The album repeatedly returns to pivotal moments, from the central question “what will we do with this truth and these tears” asked in “The Beautiful Bones” to, in “Gates of Eden,” the flash when a glance off the road nearly causes a cataclysmic accident to, in “Let It Rain,” the realization that — whether we know it or not — life truly does give us everything we need. “As human beings, we get so attached to the material world that we forget the most important things,” says Hunt. “The pivotal moments give us clarity. They help us understand that at the end of the day the only things we really have are our lives and our souls.”

Both heart and soul are in abundance on The Beautiful Bones, Hunt’s sixth album and an evolutionary step in her songwriting and arranging. She was born in Kansas City, Missouri, where her parents constantly played jazz, soul, R&B, blues, pop and gospel records at home and hosted jam sessions. Hunt’s grandmother sang gospel music in New Orleans and toured with a choir. Hunt absorbed all of this, and started making up songs and playing piano when she was four. Her first band experiences were in high school, where she moved rapidly from academic ensembles to teenage rock ‘n’ blues groups, playing dances for her peers.

Starting with 1994’s Kelley Hunt, she has developed a reputation as a torchbearer of authentic, straight-from-the-heart music with deep roots that transcend limitations of genre. That has been her passkey to building a fan base through both radio play and performances at clubs and at roots and pop music festivals throughout the United States,

Canada, and Europe. She has also been a guest DJ on Sirius/XM Radio’s “B.B. King’s Bluesville” and made six appearances on American Public Media’s popular A Prairie Home Companion.

Tickets to “Blues and BBQ with Kelley Hunt” are $25 and include the barbecue meal and the concert. The meal starts at 7:00 p.m. with Kelley Hunt taking the stage at 8:00 p.m. Tickets for Gordon Parks Celebration events will go on sale September 10 and will be available at the Gordon Parks Museum on the FSCC campus and downtown Fort Scott at the Country Cupboard. For orders by phone call 223-2700, ext. 5850. The entire Celebration schedule is available on the Center’s website, www.gordonparkscenter.org. For more information contact the Center by email at gordonparkscenter@fortscott.edu or by phone at 223-2700, ext. 5850.

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School of Cosmetology hosts ribbon cutting.

School of Cosmetology hosts ribbon cutting.

XSchool of Cosmetology hosts ribbon cutting.

School of Cosmetology hosts ribbon cutting.

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Fort Scott, Kansas – The Fort Scott Community College School of Cosmetology hosted an open house and ribbon cutting this morning. The open house began at 10:00 a.m. and approximately a hundred community leaders, alumni, salon owners, college faculty and staff were in attendance. The ribbon was cut by Karla Armstrong, FSCC’s Dean of Finance and Operations; Blake Flanders, Vice-President of Work Force Development for the Kansas Board of Regents; Margo Davis, FSCC’s Director of Cosmetology; and Angela Stroud, a Cosmetology faculty member.

The ribbon cutting celebrated the School’s move back to FSCC’s campus and the remodeling of the former industrial arts building. The School of Cosmetology was located in downtown Fort Scott for the past 25+ years. The School of Cosmetology is now located on the main campus in the former industrial arts building on the south side of campus. Their new number is (620) 223-2700 x.5220.

Before the ribbon was cut, Karla Armstrong spoke briefly on the importance of community support and vision in the completion of the project. Armstrong also thanked the remodel’s architect, Larry Perkin with Hight-Jackson; FSCC’s faculty and staff including Interim President Dick Hedges; and Board of Trustees members including those in attendance: John Bartelsmeyer, Robert Nelson, Jim Sather and former board member Anne Colum.

Armstrong went on to introduce Dr. Blake Flanders. Flanders spoke about the importance of the Career Technical Education Initiative (also known as Senate bill 155).

Flanders said, “It allows high school students to access (trades and technical studies) college credit hours tuition-free. That’s been really beneficial for our state. We had around 3,000 high school students in these program before 2013 and more than 8,000 students last year.”


The Career Technical Education Initiative funding was a primary source of revenue for the School of Cosmetology relocation and the current building’s remodeling. Under the Career Technical Education Initiative Kansas high school students can qualify for free college tuition in approved technical courses offered at Kansas technical schools and community colleges.


Fort Scott Community College currently offers Career Technical Education Initiative eligible courses in Construction Trades, Cosmetology, Health Careers, Manicuring and Welding. Interested students should contact their high school counselor or FSCC’s Judy Meister at 1-800-874-3722.

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Fair brought local businesses to students.

Fair brought local businesses to students.

XFair brought local businesses to students.

Fair brought local businesses to students.

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Fort Scott, Kansas – Fort Scott Community College hosted 24 area businesses and organizations in Bailey Hall on August 21. Students were exposed to area businesses and businesses had a chance to cultivate FSCC’s ever-changing customer base.

Businesses and organizations involved include:

Bartlesmeyer Jewelry

Big Brothers / Big Sisters

Buck Run Community Center

Community Christian Church

Family Video

First United Methodist Church

Fort Scott Chamber of Commerce

FSCC Cosmetology

Health for Life

Hibbitt Sports

Hospice Compassus

Jobs Incubator

KOMB 103.9 / KMDO 1600 AM

Mary Queen of Angles Catholic Church

Mercy Clinic / Convenient Care

Nazarene Church

Radio Shack

Safehouse Crisis Center

SEK Multi-County Health Department

Shirt Shack

The Tannery

United States Army

United States Marine Corps

Walgreens

Walmart Supercenter

Young Democrats Club


FSCC’s Student Services would also like to think the on and off campus organizations that donated goods and services to the business fair. This includes the Bookstore, the Football Office and Curtis Horton; Admissions; the Basketball Office and Mike Smith; Construction Trades and Nacoma Oehme, Davis Oehme, Kim Coates; John Deere and Matt Brown and Chauncey Pennington; Cosmetology and Margo Davis, Angela Stroud, Fawn Lallemond and Courtney Halsey; Pittsburg PEC and Santos Manrique; Walmart, Endowment and Bailey Lyons; Kiewit and Jeff Fischer; the United States Army and Great Western Dining and Dan Karczewski.

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School of Cosmetology Ribbon Cutting

School of Cosmetology Ribbon Cutting

XSchool of Cosmetology Ribbon Cutting

School of Cosmetology Ribbon Cutting

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Fort Scott, Kansas – The Fort Scott Community College School of Cosmetology will host an open house and ribbon cutting on August 22, 2014. The open house begins at 10:00 a.m. and the ribbon will be cut at 10:30 a.m.

The School of Cosmetology was located in downtown Fort Scott for the past 25+ years. The School of Cosmetology is now located on the main campus in the former industrial arts building on the south side of campus. Their new number is (620) 223-2700 x.5220.

Dr. Blake Flanders, Vice-President of Workforce Development for the Kansas Board of Regents, will be on hand to assist with the ribbon cutting. Flanders provides leadership for the statewide Career Technical Education Initiative (also known as Senate Bill 155), including curriculum and program evaluation, advocating for system funding, testifying at the state and federal level, and most recently attending a White House summit to address how to help more low-income students reach college and succeed once they get there.

The Career Technical Education Initiative funding was a primary source of revenue for the School of Cosmetology relocation and the current building’s remodeling. Under the Career Technical Education Initiative Kansas high school students can qualify for free college tuition in approved technical courses offered at Kansas technical and community colleges.

Fort Scott Community College currently offers Career Technical Education Initiative eligible courses in Construction Trades, Cosmetology, Health Careers, Manicuring and Welding. Interested students should contact their high school counselor or FSCC at 1-800-874-3722.

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FSCC Children's Theatre Production of "Into the Woods, Jr."

FSCC Children's Theatre Production of "Into the Woods, Jr."

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FSCC Children's Theatre Production of "Into the Woods, Jr."

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Fort Scott, Kansas – Fort Scott Community College’s Theatre Department is pleased to announce that this year's children’s theatre summer camp will culminate in two productions of “Into the Woods, Jr.”

Shows are scheduled for Friday, July 25 and Saturday, July 26. The shows will be held at the Danny and Willa Ellis Fine Arts Center. Tickets will be $5 at the door. Curtain was originally set for 8 p.m., but a pre-show has been added to the schedule at 7:30 p.m.

“Into the Woods, Jr.” intertwines several Brothers Grimm fairy tales into a new story involving a childless baker, his wife and their quest to begin a family. Characters are drawn from “Little Red Riding Hood,” “Jack and the Beanstalk,” “Rapunzel,” “Cinderella” and other stories.

More than fifty students auditioned for FSCC's children's theatre summer camp. Every student was offered a role in the production.

Theatre connoisseurs may wish to know that Act II of Stephen Sondheim’s “Into the Woods” is not included in the "Jr." version.

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Singer-Songwriter Kelley Hunt to perform at 11th annual Gordon Parks Celebration “Blues & BBQ” event

Singer-Songwriter Kelley Hunt to perform at 11th annual Gordon Parks Celebration “Blues & BBQ” event

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Fort Scott-Kelley Hunt will make her second appearance at the Gordon Parks Celebration in a concert and dinner on Thursday, October 2nd, titled “Blues and BBQ with Kelley Hunt” at the Liberty Theatre starting at 7:00 p.m. “We had Kelley here in 2005 and she gave a powerhouse performance,” said Gordon Parks Center director, Jill Warford. “This is the southeast Kansas debut of her new album, The Beautiful Bones, which is getting rave reviews. We’re glad to have her back for another concert as she has many fans in this area.”

Kelley Hunt’s new album, The Beautiful Bones, offers a dozen superbly crafted songs that blend timeless music with a contemporary. Those songs are buoyed by a performing style that balances Hunt’s virtuosity with the down-home gospel, soul and R&B that’s part of her DNA.

The title track is a perfect example of Hunt’s art, with its shimmering guitar and B-3 organ providing a gorgeously textured canvas for her haunting, soulful voice. “That song was the key to the album’s identity,” Hunt explains. “I had already written most of the songs, and felt they were about the things that are important to us all as people, but ‘The Beautiful Bones’ connected them. I was inspired by looking out my kitchen window while I was playing guitar and seeing the bare branches of a tree covered in snow, and I started to think about the layers we all have in our lives and the possibilities that come with each of them. Fifteen minutes later the song was done.”

The album repeatedly returns to pivotal moments, from the central question “what will we do with this truth and these tears” asked in “The Beautiful Bones” to, in “Gates of Eden,” the flash when a glance off the road nearly causes a cataclysmic accident to, in “Let It Rain,” the realization that — whether we know it or not — life truly does give us everything we need. “As human beings, we get so attached to the material world that we forget the most important things,” says Hunt. “The pivotal moments give us clarity. They help us understand that at the end of the day the only things we really have are our lives and our souls.”

Both heart and soul are in abundance on The Beautiful Bones, Hunt’s sixth album and an evolutionary step in her songwriting and arranging. She was born in Kansas City, Missouri, where her parents constantly played jazz, soul, R&B, blues, pop and gospel records at home and hosted jam sessions. Hunt’s grandmother sang gospel music in New Orleans and toured with a choir. Hunt absorbed all of this, and started making up songs and playing piano when she was four. Her first band experiences were in high school, where she moved rapidly from academic ensembles to teenage rock ‘n’ blues groups, playing dances for her peers.

Starting with 1994’s Kelley Hunt, she has developed a reputation as a torchbearer of authentic, straight-from-the-heart music with deep roots that transcend limitations of genre. That has been her passkey to building a fan base through both radio play and performances at clubs and at roots and pop music festivals throughout the United States,

Canada, and Europe. She has also been a guest DJ on Sirius/XM Radio’s “B.B. King’s Bluesville” and made six appearances on American Public Media’s popular A Prairie Home Companion.

Tickets to “Blues and BBQ with Kelley Hunt” are $25 and include the barbecue meal and the concert. The meal starts at 7:00 p.m. with Kelley Hunt taking the stage at 8:00 p.m. Tickets for Gordon Parks Celebration events will go on sale September 10 and will be available at the Gordon Parks Museum on the FSCC campus and downtown Fort Scott at the Country Cupboard. For orders by phone call 223-2700, ext. 5850. The entire Celebration schedule is available on the Center’s website, www.gordonparkscenter.org. For more information contact the Center by email at gordonparkscenter@fortscott.edu or by phone at 223-2700, ext. 5850.

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