60th annual Pioneer Harvest Fiesta begins
A parade kicked off the 60th annual Pioneer Harvest Fiesta Thursday evening. The steam, gas engine and tractor show, which continues through Sunday at the Bourbon County Fairgrounds. The event, which features antique farm equipment demonstrations, also offers a quilt show, entertainment, vendors and more...
County's cost savings efforts underway, more ideas discussed
The Bourbon County Courthouse is a little darker these days. On Tuesday, the day commissioners voted on a 2.955 mill levy increase in the 2017 proposed budget, custodial staff was removing half of all the fluorescent light bulbs throughout the building...
Young ailing eagle is rescued at Fort Scott business
A unique visitor of the avian variety landed in Fort Scott Tuesday night. A small gathering of people grew into a slightly larger one in the side parking lot of Family Video to observe what has been confirmed as a juvenile bald eagle that had perched atop a fence surrounding the trash dumpster in the business' parking lot...
Fort Scott Public Library is on the move
Patrons of the Fort Scott Public Library will soon have a new location to visit to check out their favorite titles and authors as a slate of improvements is on the horizon. The local library, 201 S. National Ave., is in the beginning stages of a move to a temporary smaller location in the basement of Memorial Hall, at 1 E. Third St., in a portion of the basement where the city water department used to be located...
What'll ya give for this goat?
A seller and her goat wait their turn as Auctioneer Lonnie Stripe of Humeston, Iowa, upper right, sells a goat being shown in the ring. Ron Dilley of Stillwater, Okla., upper left, was also an auctioneer for the sale. This is the first year the sale, which is in its third year under the Heartland name, has been held in Fort Scott. In past year, the sale was held in Oswego. Buyers and sellers were from Missouri, Oklahoma, Iowa and Kansas. About 105 goats were expected to go through the ring...
Weilert returns, but to a different desk
Brian Weilert is back in familiar territory. Weilert, a former debate and forensics teacher in USD 234, is the new principal at Fort Scott Middle School. Weilert and his staff are in the midst of preparations for the upcoming new school year, which starts Sept. 1...
Budget work could wrap up Tuesday for county
When Bourbon County Commissioners meet Tuesday, they might be ready to approve the fiscal year 2017 budget for publication. Commission Chair Barbara Albright and First District Commissioner Lynne Oharah said Friday the budget discussion will continue. After the budget is published, a public hearing will be held before it is officially adopted...
Enrollment underway at USD 234
Tuesday was the first day of enrollment for new student at USD 234. Physical enrollment will also be offered from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. today at the middle school.
USD 234 budget approved with no mill increase
The USD 234 Board of Education on Tuesday approved a 2016-17 budget with no mill levy increase. Board members met for a special meeting that included a budget hearing, consideration of the proposed 2016-17 budget, and a handful of employment items. In a brief presentation to the board, USD 234 Business Manager Gina Shelton outlined some highlights of the 2016-17 budget, which included mill levy and assessed valuation comparisons, as well as impact of utilities and recent state funding cuts on the budget.. ...
Options being considered to control county's mill levy
Although work on the Fiscal Year 2017 budget for Bourbon County is far from complete, preliminary information shows the budget is teetering on a 3.067 mill levy increase. That means nearly every line item is under scrutiny as commissioners continue to hold budget work sessions...
Gala meets FSCC Endowment Association's goal
It was a night of music, dancing and other entertainment, all to benefit scholarships at Fort Scott Community College. The FSCC Endowment Association hosted the second annual Black and White Gala Saturday night at the Liberty Theatre. All proceeds from the event go toward FSCC scholarships...
Report on museum, fine arts center presented, FSCC budget approved with slight increase
Jill Warford bragged about the fine art center usage during Monday's Fort Scott Community College Board of Trustees meeting at the college. The Danny and Willa Ellis Family Fine Arts Center has been an event hub in the city since its opening in 2009, Warford said...
Board members set sights on the future
The USD 234 Board of Education took a look back and a glimpse into the future during a special meeting Wednesday at the Carriage House. Although it was not a business meeting and board members took no action on any items, the planning session gave them a chance to review the district's accomplishments over the last couple of years and look at future items impacting education. Board members also had opportunities to ask questions throughout the four-hour session...
USD 235 patrons to see FY17 mill levy increase
A generous grant received for the past 12 years has run out for USD 235. That is just one factor in an increase of the school district's mill levy by 2.9 mills, Superintendent Jan Hedges told the Tribune. The William L. Abernathy 2003 Charitable Trust has provided an average of $73,380 a year to the district, with a total amount of $939,950 through the years, Hedges said...
Grant awarded to help Bourbon Countians get healthy
A sizable grant will help a local coalition in its efforts to promote healthy lifestyles. Bourbon County is one of eight Kansas communities recently chosen as a grantee in the largest community grant program ever funded by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Kansas. The county has been selected as a Pathways to Healthy Kansas community...
Uniontown's dock project gets put on hold for a year
Fishing at Uniontown City Pond will be handicapped accessible, but not for at least another year. The Uniontown City Council fishing dock will likely come in 2017, instead of this year. The council made the decision Tuesday during its monthly meeting to start the new city pond dock project next year. The pond is adjacent to Uniontown Junior High School...
Crew of 600 working on USD 234 projects
The USD 234 Board of Education heard an update Monday on progress on the district's $40.8 million school bond projects and preparing schools for the start of school Sept. 1. Robby Manthei, project manager for Nabholz Construction Services of Olathe, the construction manager for the projects, gave the board a brief update on progress at all four schools, as well as planned timelines for work. Manthei said he plans to continue to provide project updates for board members...
Uniontown's school projects nearly complete
The USD 235 Board of Education learned from Superintendent Jan Hedges that the $2.5 million school improvement project is nearing completion. Voters said yes to the project in April 2015 for heating/air conditioning improvements and a new roof for the junior/senior high school building...
Provisional ballots canvassed, same outcome
The official canvass of the provisional ballots for the Aug. 2 primary election does not change the results of the election. With no Democrats in the running, Jeff Fischer will become the new second district commissioner in January after unseating Barbara Albright 321-307 in the primary election...
Scavenging for clues at the Fort Scott National Historic Site
The first scavenger hunt held at the Fort Scott National Historic Site brought out several families to look for clues around the fort, in spite of inclement weather Saturday. Holly Baker, chief of interpretation and resource management, declared the Old Fort Quest a success...
Clearing the way
A Quonset hut is being removed from property at 323 E. 20th St., where the new Bourbon County Law Enforcement Center will be constructed. Leon Hester was awarded the bid to remove the structure. Inmates from the Southeast Kansas Regional Correctional Center have removed a fence and Bourbon County Public Works has assisted the previous owner, Cullor, Inc., in removing some older items from the property. ...
Resolution is near for response, radio communication issues
Emergency response officials are looking at a plan to consolidate communication with all fire departments to ensure mutual aid is automatically being provided to a rural fire department that is understaffed. A plan was discussed with Bourbon County Commissioners on Thursday...
Trailblazers participate in art workshop; artwork to be on display
Youth who attended the Fort Scott National Historic Site Trailblazer Program this year also had the opportunity to participate in a n art workshop. Independence Artist Cristine Sundquist has assisted youth during the art workshops. The workshops are funded by a Fort Scott Area Community Foundation grant. The youths' artwork will be on display today beginning at 11 a.m. at the fort. At that time, youth will also perform a Trailblazer close out play...
Republicans cast most votes in primary election
The unofficial results of the Bourbon County election saw Republican Barbara Albright unseated from the County Commission District 2 chair, with Republican Jeff Fischer the apparent winner. The votes will be canvassed and provisional ballots counted at 10 a.m. Monday during a special county commission meeting...
Second district commission race ends with a close primary election
There will be at least one new Bourbon County Commissioner following the general election in November. Jeff Fischer, Republican candidate for the second district commission seat unofficially won the primary election by 14 votes over incumbent Barbara Albright. Fischer received 317 votes and Albright received 303...