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Linn County News

Published February 15, 2023


Gavonn Michaela Annette Elise Burk, age 24, resident of Fort Scott, Kan., died Sunday, Feb. 5, 2023, at Wesley Medical Center, Wichita, Kan. She was born on Jan. 5, 1999, in Olathe, Kan., the daughter of Jeff Burk and Mary McCully. She grew up in Iola, Kan.

Gavonn was a free spirit who stood for what she believed in. She enjoyed attending live concerts and spending time with family and friends. She adored her two daughters who meant everything to her.

Survivors include her daughters, Scarlett Burk and Gracelynn Jones; her mother, Mary Watson (Will), Fort Scott, Kan.; her father, Jeff Burk, Fort Scott, Kan.; seven brothers, Tripp Chapman, Prestonn Burk, Daylonn Burk, Londonn Burk, Brittonn Burk, Ethan Watson, and Tylor Watson; three sisters, Railie Zimmerman, Peytonn Burk, and Kindra Watson; grandparents Irene and Dan Rhodes, Gary Hartman, and Theresa Burk and Marvin Hartman; great-grandparents Loren and Ivana Higginbotham; as well as numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and cousins. She was preceded in death by a grandfather, Mike Burk and stepfather Billy Chapman.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 11, at the Cheney Witt Chapel. Burial will follow in Holmes Cemetery, Prescott, Kan. The family will receive friends from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday evening at the funeral home. Memorials are suggested to the Gavonn Burk Memorial Fund and may be left in care of the Cheney Witt Chapel, PO Box 347, 201 S. Main St., Fort Scott, Kan. 66701. Words of remembrance may be submitted to the online guestbook at


Robert W. VanWinkle ~ 09-08-1940 to 12-01-2023


Linn County News Published December 6, 2023   Robert W. VanWinkle, age 83, La Cygne, Kan., passed away Friday, Dec. 1, 2023.   A service to celebrate Bob’s life will be announced at a later date.  Online condolences can be left at  ... [More]

Jolene Moriconi ~ 05-24-1936 to 11-30-2023


Linn County News Published December 6, 2023   Jolene Moriconi, 87, of Lawrence, Kan., formerly of Paola, Kan., and Frontenac, Kan., passed away on Thursday, Nov. 30, 2023, at home surrounded by family. She was born May 24, 1936, in Frontenac, Kan., the daughter of... [More]

Perle David Patrick, Jr. ~ 05-07-1956 to 12-03-2023


Linn County News Published Dec. 6, 2023   Perle David Patrick Jr., age 67, Osawatomie, Kan., passed away Sunday, Dec. 3, 2023.   Funeral service will be held 2 p.m. Friday, Dec. 8, 2023, at the Schneider Funeral Home and Crematory, La Cygne Chapel. Burial... [More]

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Commissioners set parameters for P and Z to work on Section 14


During the weekly meeting of the Linn County Commissioners on Monday, Dec. 4, Rich Morrell and Charlene Sims with the Linn County Planning Commission each addressed the commissioners in regard to the moratorium and the request to create a committee to work on Section 14. ... [More]

Bond sale garners 5.03 percent rate


Linn County Clerk David Lamb presented the commissioners with documents to be signed by the commission chair during their weekly meeting on Monday, Dec. 4, in regard to the bond sale last Wednesday to refinance a portion of the original bond for the jail project.  Lamb... [More]

Burial permits reach conclusion, approval


Linn County Public Works Director Shaun West noted he had reached out to the fiber installers south of the power plant in reference to questions the commissioners had concerning undone road work. West stated he learned the connection comes into the project from the west and moves... [More]

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Pleasanton basketball splits against Kansas City Christian


The Pleasanton basketball team hosted their home opener against Kansas City Christian (KCC) on Dec. 1. The Jays split the varsity games with the girls falling in their game 20-29 and the boys winning big in their game, 78-44. The girls’ game started well as the Lady... [More]

Jayhawk cagers split tight openers


Sophomore Brea Dawson scored 12 of her game-high 18 points in the fourth quarter, paving the way for Jayhawk Linn’s girls to claim a 43-38 season-opening win at Cass-Midway, Mo., Friday night. Despite a game-high 23 points from junior Braeden Nation, the ‘Hawk boys... [More]

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