County sanitation codes issue rears its head
An issue with sanitation codes in the county not being followed, which began in 2012, is resurfacing again with the Bourbon County Commission. On Friday, Tom McNeil, along with sanitation contractors in the county, came to address the commission. McNeil is a former Bourbon County sanitation director. Also attending with him were Sid Shadden, Larry Allen and Ken Clary...
Public hears from third FSCC president applicant
ville had the opportunity Friday to tell her story and explain why she wants to be the next Fort Scott Community College president. She spoke as one of four finalists for the job to a group of community members, FSCC faculty and others during a public meeting as part of the interview process...
Residents give input to Wall Street Blitz
Organizers of a planned property improvement blitz along East Wall Street received some ideas Tuesday night from some Wall Street residents on the current state and possible future of the corridor. City and county officials, as well as about 20 Wall Street residents and property owners attended a public meeting Tuesday night at the fire station on the east side of the city...
'Hounds drop 3 in series
OVERLAND PARK -- Fort Scott Community College's baseball team played four games in two days here Tuesday and Wednesday in an effort with opponent Johnson County to avoid having their first two Jayhawk Conference-Eastern Division doubleheaders of the season affected by the forecasted inclement weather predicted for the weekend. The teams agreed to play both doubleheaders here. They were originally scheduled to be held here Thursday and at Lions Field Saturday...
Round two of FSCC applicants' visits: Sara Harris
The second of four applicants for the Fort Scott Community College president's job visited Fort Scott Thursday. As part of her interview process, Sara Harris of Independence spoke to community members during an afternoon session at the Danny and Willa Ellis Family Fine Arts Center...
Preparing for the Wall Street Blitz
Jason E. Silvers/Tribune photo Fort Scott City Manager Dave Martin, right, speaks during a public meeting Tuesday night at the fire station on the east side of the city. The purpose of the meeting was to gather input from residents and property owners along East Wall Street regarding a planned property improvement blitz in May organized by the Good Neighbor Action Team. Craig Campbell, left, GNAT volunteer leader, and Bourbon County Treasurer Rhonda Dunn, right, listen in...
Legislators to update public during coffee
Residents of Fort Scott, Bourbon County and the area are invited to a Legislative Update Coffee hosted by the Fort Scott Area Chamber of Commerce. The event will take place on Saturday, February 28, 2015 from 8:30 to 10 a.m. at Catherine's Café on the lower level of Mercy Hospital...
Bruner chosen for regional emergency group
Fort Scott Deputy Fire Chief Dave Bruner has a new opportunity to put his expertise to use coming his way. Bruner, who has spent 21 years with the Fort Scott Fire Department, learned earlier this month he has been appointed to the MERGe EMS team to represent Region 6 in Kansas. MERGe is a statewide mutual aid group that supports EMS agencies across the state with disasters and emergencies...
Girls just having some fun
Temperatures were a little warmer Tuesday than they had been on Sunday or Monday, and are expected to remain warmer through most of the week.
All for a good cause, of course
Fort Scott Middle School Principal Jim Howard and his dancing partner Fort Scott Community College Theatre Director and Teacher Sarah Mae Lamar perform "Mash-Up Mix," a medley of dances to fit this year's Dancing With Our Stars them: Dancing Through the Decades." They were one of 10 couples who raised about $4,000 for area charities Saturday at the Danny and Willa Ellis Family Fine Arts Center on the FSCC campus. ...
FSCC president candidate No. 1 visits Fort Scott
About 30 people gathered Monday in the Danny and Willa Ellis Family Fine Arts Center to meet with the first of four Fort Scott Community College president applicants who will be visiting Fort Scott during the next week. Slade Griffiths, and his wife Abi, of Arkansas City, spent the day in Fort Scott touring the campus, meeting with college officials, the public and eventually the board of trustees...
Commissioners considering giving away old unused bridge
Bourbon County Commissioners are considering not selling, but giving away an old unused bridge. They received a letter from Allen County Public Works Director Bill King to ask for a bridge in northwest Bourbon County to be donated to Thrive Allen County for use on a hiking and biking trail south of Iola...
New floodplain map will impact some residents
A new updated floodplain map of the Fort Scott area has been made with the latest technology. As a result of the floodplain map, some residents will now have to buy flood insurance and some that previously were required to, won't have to, depending on where their home or business lies on the map...
Clerk submits ballot with bond issue question to state
Bourbon County Clerk Kendell Mason sent the April 7 ballots to the Secretary of State's Office Friday. Among the names of city and school board candidates, the ballot also contains a $6.7 million bond issue question for a new county jail facility. But Mason and the county commissioners had a little scare Friday morning when Commission Chair Barbara Albright reported on an email she received regarding the official ballot question...
County still in search of ideal quarry site
The search for the ideal location for a third rock quarry in Bourbon County continues. On Friday, Public Works Director Jim Harris reported to the Bourbon County Commission that two sites where core samples were taken will suit the county's needs. The goal was to open a third quarry in the southern area to save money on transporting rock to roads in that area...
Town meeting planned for Wall Street Blitz
Craig Campbell, volunteer leader for the Good Neighbor Action Team (GNAT), attended the Fort Scott City Commission meeting Tuesday to garner support for the upcoming neighborhood improvement blitz being offered to those living or doing business on east Wall Street...
Police department to beef up seatbelt enforcement near schools
The Fort Scott Police Department will join the Kansas Highway Patrol and other law enforcement agencies across the state for a seatbelt enforcement initiative next week around area high schools. The enforcement, which starts Monday and runs through March 6, is an effort by KHP troopers and other officers to monitor compliance of teen drivers with state seatbelt laws. ...
Final four applicants for FSCC president's job to start arriving Monday
The four candidates for the Fort Scott Community College president position will be in Fort Scott beginning next week. FSCC received more than 20 applications for the position. The list was narrowed to four applicants: Slade Griffiths of Arkansas City, Sara Harris of Independence, Alysia Johnston of Edna and James Genandt of Chanute...
Give me a little bass
Damien Patrick, left, and Oliver Witt, center, Fort Scott Middle School sixth grade students, play their bass instruments during the Middle School Mass Orchestra Festival held Thursday at FSMS. Other middle schools participating in the festival were Independence, Iola, Parsons and Riverton. Besides bass, the students played cello, viola, violins and some percussion for the event...
Honoring a winner
Fort Scott Community College head volleyball coach Lindsay Hill speaks as she is honored for becoming the school's all-time leader in victories at a reception in the Dick Hedges Administration Building Tuesday afternoon.
Commission approves additional Internet provider
Fort Scott citizens and businesses will have another option for cellular service by mid-year. Harry Lee, manager of communications for New Wave Communications, presented a broadband plan for the city's consideration during Tuesday night's Fort Scott City Commission meeting...
FSCC ready to launch new, improved website
Fort Scott Community College is planning to soon roll out a remodeled version of the college website. On Monday, the FSCC Board of Trustees heard information on the proposed new website from FSCC Director of Public Relations Jason Hogue and webmaster Tommy Hoyt, who discussed development of the new site and its potential use as a marketing tool for the college...
Just enough snow
Jason E. Silvers/Tribune photo Alan Ornstein and his son, Tavian Ornstein, 3, of Fort Scott, trudge up for another go-around down the hill at Third Street Park Monday. Ornstein and his sons Tavian and 7-year-old Terrian took advantage of the inservice day for USD 234 and snow that fell overnight Sunday by sledding at the park...
Trustees approve emergency plan
Fort Scott Community College is developing a plan designed with safety of students, faculty and staff in mind. Dale Cathey, EMS instructor/coordinator at FSCC and chairman of the college's Crisis Management Committee, attended the FSCC Board of Trustees regular monthly meeting Monday to update trustees on the continued development of the college's Emergency Action Plan...
Is low pay connected to slow case work at county attorney's office?
A concern about the amount of time it takes for cases to come to fruition at the Bourbon County Attorney's Office was expressed during Friday's county commission meeting. But Interim County Attorney Justin Meeks said the issue should be resolved soon...