Riding with the colors
Dawson Minor circles the arena Saturday on a four-wheeler with his sister, Sabrina Minor, holding the flag during the National Anthem to kick off the Jordan Snyder Memorial ATV Shodeo. The event was the final attraction of the Bourbon County Fair.
Blazing through history during youth program
Several local youth are braving the heat this week to learn about Fort Scott's history. The Trailblazer Youth Program, a series of workshops designed to expose young people to the mission of the National Park Service, began this week with 11 local youth participating in a variety of educational activities at the historic site...
And now it's all fun and games
After a week of serious fair competition, participants race toward a bucket filled with water and whiffle balls during a game that was part of the Barnyard Olympics Friday afternoon at the Bourbon County Fair. The game involved contestants using spoons to fish the balls out of the water, then racing back to their team with a goal of collecting the most balls for their team. The fair concludes today with the garden tractor pull at 6 p.m...
About 30 people attended the three-act dramatic play centered around the long-anticipated meeting of foes. The two generals met on April 9, 1865 at Appomattox Court House in Virginia to discuss terms of Lee's surrender, and again on April 10 to sign the documents which ended the fighting between their two armies...
Grant awarded for sidewalks
The city of Fort Scott has been awarded a grant from the Kansas Department of Commerce for an approximately $250,000 project to build new sidewalks along a portion of Wall Street. City officials learned earlier this week that the city has been awarded grant funds which will go toward installation of new sidewalks and other improvements on the south side of Wall Street from Margrave to Steen streets. ...
FSCC budgeting in 2016 for loss in revenues
Fort Scott Community College Board of Trustees on Monday saw the proposed 2016 budget, which includes a plan to compensate for a drop in revenues. Revenues at Fort Scott Community College are down 6 percent. Julie Eichenberger, dean of finance and operations, reported there is a 6 percent reduction in revenues...
At the fair
Wednesday activities at the Bourbon County Fair included a draft horse pull and a lesson on the proper way to serve and drink tea by Mrs. Simpkins, portrayed by The Tribune's cooking columnist Martha Scott.
Uniontown city leaders providing shelters
Uniontown City Council members have taken a step towards preparing for and protecting against a tornado in their town. On July 20 the council received notice of being awarded a 2015 Kansas Small Cities Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) from the Kansas Department of Commerce...
Approval given to build Internet tower on city property
The Fort Scott City Commission learned Tuesday a new Internet provider in Fort Scott is looking to expand its service area. Slayden Davis, the city's director of information technology, informed commissioners during their regular meeting that he and other city officials have been working with New Wave Communications, a new Internet provider that came into the city early this year...
City commission presented with flat budget
Fort Scott City Commissioners on Tuesday got a look at the proposed 2016 city budget which once again contains a plan by city officials to hold the mill levy flat. Commissioners heard a presentation on the budget from Director of Finance Jon Garrison during a budget work session prior to the commission's regular meeting. ...
Construction manager at-risk qualifications received
County Commissioners on Tuesday opened qualifications for construction firms wanting to serve as construction manager at-risk for the new $6.8 million jail project. Three companies responded to the county's request for qualifications: Crossland Construction of Columbus; Universal Construction of Lenexa and Loyd Builders of Ottawa...
Juco history recalled as building is razed
A piece of Fort Scott's educational history is coming down. Workers with Ark Wrecking of Tulsa, Okla., the demolition contractor for the project, have been working in recent weeks to demolish the old three-story building at Fort Scott High School, often called the Juco wing. The demolition is part of the $40.8 million USD 234 school bond issue to make district-wide improvements that voters approved in November. Eventually, a new building will go up in its place...
FSCC president reaching out to area employers
Alysia Johnston, Fort Scott Community College president, has not been sitting around eating bonbon's since her first day on the job June 1. She and her administrative team have been meeting with local businesses to meet the needs of the Fort Scott workforce, she said during the FSCC Board of Trustees monthly meeting Monday night...
Making a big splash
Charlee Harper of Fort Scott enjoys the kiddies' swim pool slide Friday afternoon at the Fort Scott Aquatic Center. The pool is open from 1 to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday and from 1 to 6 p.m. Sundays. There is an adult only swim from 5:30 to 6:16 p.m. Monday through Friday. The pool closes for inclement weather or when the air temperature is below 70 degrees...
Ensuring USD 234 buses are ready to roll
Fort Scott USD 234 school buses and other district vehicles are ready for the roads when the school year begins. Kansas Highway Patrol troopers were in Fort Scott Friday to inspect district buses and other vehicles in preparation for the upcoming 2015-16 school year, which begins Aug. 27. KHP Master Trooper Jeff Scott said more than 50 district vehicles inspected Friday passed the patrol's inspections...
Grant, donations, volunteers made emergency exercise possible
In October 2014, Bourbon County Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC) was awarded with a Hazardous Materials Emergency Preparedness (HMEP) Grant in the amount of $8,000. The grant's purpose is to provide funding for preparedness simulations. Such is the case with the emergency exercise held Saturday, July 11 at the railroad yard in Fort Scott. The exercise had different stations located around the downtown Fort Scott area...
Work on National Avenue means some detours
Motorists traveling along portions of National Avenue may be wondering what's going on with construction and detours that have been popping up throughout the summer. City officials said this week preparatory work continues for a project that will make improvements on National Avenue from Sixth to 13th streets. Those improvements will be new asphalt paving, new curbs and gutters, new sidewalks, and installation of a new 12-inch water line and the addition of storm sewer pipes and inlets...
Uniontown City Council rearranges project to-do list
Several ongoing projects in Uniontown are in the waiting stage, but overflowing city ditches are top on the City of Uniontown's to-do list. The council decided Tuesday at its monthly meeting to replace culverts on Madison Street on the Jenny Covey and Jeff Feagins properties. Both properties have standing water in the ditches following recent rains...
Too much rain blamed for keeping up with road maintenance
Just as storm clouds were brewing outside the Bourbon County Courthouse Tuesday morning, the discussion inside the Bourbon County Commissioners' room was about the difficulty of keeping roads maintained because of heavy rains. "We are extremely behind getting our roads back into shape with 75 days of rain," Public Works Director Jim Harris said...
Uniontown district stays with its financial plan
In spite of the challenges of shifting resources, the USD 235 Board of Education is moving forward with a five-year plan. "The current five-year plan will result in cash balances of $324,718 at the end of the 2020 school year," Superintendent Randy Rockhold told the board at its regular meeting Monday. "This is primarily due to the fact that our carry-over at the end of the 2015 school year was $46,767 more than anticipated. This district is very solid. We have $100,000, even five years out."...
USD 234 board hears update on school bond issue projects
Superintendent Bob Beckham provided USD 234 Board of Education members with an update on various continuing summer school bond projects during their Monday meeting. Beckham said cleanup of asbestos at Fort Scott High School "went exactly as planned" and "soft demolition" at the high school's old three-story Juco wing, which began last week, is nearly complete. Construction crews have opened each floor of the Juco wing on the west side in order to drop soft materials out and haul them off...
An exercise for preparedness
More than 40 emergency responders from area fire and police departments, as well as EMS from Mercy Hospital Fort Scott, are stationed at the train yard on Wall Street during an emergency response exercise held Saturday. Responders were also located in other areas in Fort Scott during the exercise, which involved the simulation of a tanker truck carrying hazardous material colliding with a train. The exercise was coordinated by Bourbon County Emergency Management...
USD 234 budget being built around block grant
USD 234 officials face some challenges and uncertainties as they plan the district's budget for the 2015-16 school year. During the USD 234 Board of Education meeting Monday, Superintendent Bob Beckham informed board members about a recent budget workshop given by representatives of the Kansas State Department of Education. ...
Bronson City Council hears update on grant application
Bronson City Clerk Ellen Harper and a representative from the Southeast Kansas Regional Planning Commission have been preparing an application for a Housing Rehabilitation Grant for the city of Bronson. "We went around and took pictures of the houses that had submitted pre-applications," Harper said. "Which (SEK Regional Planning) had to do to put in the grant, and...look over what might need done on them."...