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Linn County News

Published August 3 , 2022


Kenneth Earl Norbury, age 90 of Fort Scott, Kan., passed away on Sunday, July 24, 2022 at Via Christi Hospital in Pittsburg, Kan. Mr. Norbury was born on June 5, 1932, in Prescott, Kan., to Lillie Norbury. Kenneth's first job was for Johnny Jacob in the sawmill at Foster, Mo.

Private/Corporal Norbury served in the Army from 1946 to 1952, in the Korean War, Co. B 17th Infantry. Kenneth worked as a farmhand for Junior Payne in Amoret, Mo., Mac Rodman of Foster, Mo., Elroy Tourtillott in Rich Hill, Mo., and Bob Laughlin in Foster, Mo.

Kenneth was united in marriage on Aug. 16, 1961, to Norma Church Phillips. Kenneth was preceded in death by his wife, Norma; mother, Lillie; and grandparents, Sidney and Dessie Clapp Norbury. 

Kenneth is survived by a daughter, Kathy Rost; ex son-in-law, Bill Rost; both of Fort Scott, step-daughters, Donna (Robert) Newsome of Moundville, Mo.; Nora (Larry) Smalley of Butler, Mo.; three granddaughters, Katrina (Daniel) Routh of Springfield, Mo., Ryan Rost (John Hawkins) and Kandice Rost of Fort Scott, Kan.; two grandsons, Daniel Routh and Zane Hawkins; six step-grandkids, Steve (Tammy) Newsome of Houston, Texas, Robin (Bob) Benn, Stacy Newsome all of Nevada, Mo., Ronnie (Kammie) Smalley, Terry (Sheila) Smalley, Meloday (Rusty) Roach all of Butler, Mo.; sixteen step-great-grandkids and fifteen step-great-great-grandkids.

A Graveside service will be held at 3 p.m., Saturday, July 30, 2022, at the Salem Cemetery in Foster, Mo.

Memorial Contribution may be made to your Charity of Choice and may be sent in care of Schneider Funeral Home P.O. Box 525 Pleasanton, KS 66075. Online condolences may be left at


Merle A. Beckman ~ 10-05-1935 to 08-03-2022


Linn County News Published Aug. 10, 2022 Merle A. Beckman, age 86, Mound  City, Kan., passed away Wednesday, Aug. 3, 2022. He was born in rural La Cygne, Kan., on Oct. 5, 1935, the son of Charles and Neeva (Neal) Beckman. He graduated from La Cygne Rural High School... [More]

Mary Jo Spencer ~ 11-13-1938 to 08-06-2022


Linn County News Published Aug. 10, 2022 Mary Jo Spencer, age 83, of Mound City, Kan., passed away on Aug. 6, 2022, at Louisburg Healthcare, Louisburg, Kan. She was born Nov. 13, 1938, in Terrell, Texas, to James Downing and Claudie Flower. Mary Jo moved to Lubbock, Texas,... [More]

Larry Sumners ~ 08-16-1953 to 08-01-2022


  Linn County News Published Aug. 10, 2022   Larry Sumners, age 68, of Centerville, Kan., passed away on Monday, Aug. 1, 2022, at the Overland Park Regional Medical Center in Overland Park, Kan. Laurence A. Sumners was born on Aug. 16, 1953, at McPherson,... [More]

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STARS technical academy ribbon cutting Friday


What was a dream a year ago has come to fruition with a ribbon cutting and open house scheduled for Friday, Aug. 12 at 10 a.m. The Southeastern Technical Academy for Rural Students (STARS) is now a reality located in the former Cox Motor Company building at Laurel and 17th Streets... [More]

Staff, advisors excited for opportunities STARS Academy offers students


With the ribbon cutting and open house of the new STARS Technical Academy in Pleasanton slated for Friday, Aug. 12, the staff and instructors at the school opened up recently about their roles and what the program means to them. Phil Mitchell, who will be teaching Construction... [More]

County real estate taxes still under state value


After sending the Linn County Commissioners an email explaining county real estate compliance with state values, the commissioners visited with Linn County Appraiser Kathy Bridges Monday. After initial conversation on the 2021 final ratio study concerning commercial and residential... [More]

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Demo Derby starts off Linn County Fair and Rodeo week


The Linn County Fair and Rodeo started this past week with the traditional demolition derby. There were two nights of demo derby action as team derby, modified and figure eight races took place on Aug. 5 while the compact, semi-modified and bone stock took place on the evening... [More]

Total Effect Softball ready for action


Linn County has a new competitive softball team, Total Effect Softball, which will be based out of Mound City. Jayhawk-Linn head softball coach Kris Holt started the team and will be the head coach of Total Effect. Holt had multiple reasons on why he wanted to start a competitive... [More]

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