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Tuesday, Mar. 31, 2015
The Bunnies are everywhere! (03/31/15)
Two Easter events were held in Fort Scott Saturday. Children made Easter crafts during the Eggstravaganza Crafts event held at Buck Run Community Center, then could hunt for eggs during the annual Kiwanis Easter Egg Hunt held at Gunn Park.
Public meets school board candidates (03/31/15)
Voters got to know candidates running for spots on local city and school boards during an election candidate's forum Monday night at the Danny and Willa Ellis Family Fine Arts Center on the Fort Scott Community College campus. The forum, hosted by the Fort Scott Area Chamber of Commerce and moderated by local broadcaster Larry Gazaway, featured candidates for seats on panels such as the Fort Scott City Commission, FSCC Board of Trustees, USD 234 Board of Education, and Uniontown City Council...
Cost of USD 234 improvement projects could be less than expected (03/31/15)
This is the second of a two-part series. USD 234 Superintendent Bob Beckham addressed plans and details for moving forward with the $40.8 million school bond issue voters approved in November 2014. Beckham said the district has brought in three companies; Terracon, for asbestos abatement, Fellers Fixtures as a food service consultant for planning of kitchen equipment replacement, and Peerbolte Creative, a theatrical consultant, for planning of the auditorium renovation at Fort Scott High School. ...
Design work begins for improvements USD 234 in third of five steps of two-year project (03/28/15)
Note: This is the first of a two-part series. Construction nears for USD 234 bond projects as the district is currently in the third step of a five-step design process. USD 234 Superintendent Bob Beckham said Friday the district is in the schematic design phase of an approximately two-year project to make district-wide improvements at all four district schools and the district stadium. ...
Yes, it's still spring (03/28/15)
Loretta George/Tribune photo The tulip tree at the corner of Fourth and National Avenue has been in full display this week, even though temperatures dropped to near freezing Thursday night, nipping at newly bloomed flowers. Spring-like weather is expected to return soon, as temperatures are forecast for the upper 50s today...
Report of average agricultural land value shows increase (03/28/15)
The average valuation of farm ground in Bourbon County has increased, but that doesn't mean every landowner will see the same increase. Appraiser Judy Wallis attended Friday's Bourbon County Commission meeting and provided a report from the Ag Use Property Valuation Division Kansas Department of Revenue for the average value of agricultural land in Bourbon County...
Public forum held to explain jail bond issue (03/27/15)
Outdated, overpopulated, and unsafe - that is the condition of the current Bourbon County jail built in 1977, said Bourbon County Sheriff Bill Martin at apublic forum in Uniontown High School Tuesday evening. The $6,850,000 jail bond issue will be decided by county residents in the April 7 election...
From Fort Scott to Boston: Parks' forgotten photos on display (03/27/15)
Jill Warford, director of the Gordon Parks Museum/Center for Culture and Diversity at Fort Scott Community College, and local historian Arnold Schofield recently had a unique opportunity to view a collection of photographs taken by late Fort Scott native Gordon Parks...
And the award goes to... (03/27/15)
Jason E. Silvers/Tribune photo Local businessman Steve Buerge, left, and his wife Elaine, accept the 2015 Keystone Award from Fort Scott Area Chamber of Commerce board member Reta Baker and FSACC Executive Director Lindsay Madison during the chamber's annual dinner and awards celebration Thursday night at the Liberty Theatre. ...
Public forum for jail bond issue (03/25/15)
About a dozen area residents came to hear about the proposed jail bond issue during a public forum held Tuesday night at Uniontown. Voters will decide whether the county will build a new jail during the April 7 election. Bourbon County Sheriff Bill Martin, center left, finishes his presentation inviting the public to an open house from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m Thursday at the jail. A report of Tuesday's forum will appear in Friday's edition of The Tribune...
Local KDOT projects safe, even with state budget (03/25/15)
As state legislators hammer out a new budget for Fiscal Year 2016, some Kansas Department of Transportation staff are holding their breath before committing to many projects. Darrin Petrowsky, KDOT Iola area engineer, met with Bourbon County Commissioners Monday to provide a status on several projects as they relate to possible state funding cuts...
Fort Scott teens found to be in compliance with seat belt law (03/25/15)
The local results of a seat belt enforcement initiative recently conducted by law enforcement agencies across the state were positive. Fort Scott Police Department School Resource Officer Joe Allen said Friday that only one teen seat belt citation was issued during a seat belt enforcement campaign conducted Feb. 23 through March 6 around area high schools...
Candidates to speak during Monday forum (03/25/15)
hamber of Commerce will host an election candidates' forum Monday, March 30 in the meeting room area at the Danny and Willa Ellis Family Fine Arts Center on the campus of Fort Scott Community College, 2108 S. Horton St. The general public is welcome and encouraged to attend. Doors will open at 5:30 p.m. and the forum will begin at 6 p.m...
Sharing stories of 'The Cherokee Nation in the Civil War' (03/24/15)
Bill Fischer, left, acting chief of interpretation and resource management and historian at the Fort Scott National Historic Site, speaks to a small group of attendees prior to leading a free guided reading and discussion Saturday in the historic site's Grand Hall. The Shared Stories presentation was titled "The Cherokee Nation in the Civil War" and involved a group of volunteers reading first-person accounts of the Cherokee's trials during the mid-1800s...
Process of choosing Maple Road contractor begins (03/24/15)
Some contractors on a list provided by the Kansas Department of Transportation (KDOT) will be receiving a request for qualifications (RFQ) from Bourbon County in regards to the Maple Road project. The county will be embarking on a project to do an asphalt overlay and other improvements on Maple Road between 205th and the Fort Scott city limits...
FSCC trustees work on new president's contract (03/24/15)
The Fort Scott Community College Board of Trustees on Monday held an hour-long executive session to "hash out" the contract to be offered to Alysia Johnston. She has been selected to be the next president of the college. Interim president Dick Hedges said following work done during the closed-door session, the contract would be sent to lawyers, then proceed from there...
Former county attorney, woman killed in wreck (03/24/15)
A former Bourbon County attorney and a Nevada, Mo., woman were killed in a two-vehicle crash Monday morning on U.S. Highway 54 in Vernon County. According to a Missouri State Highway Patrol crash report, the wreck involved a 1991 Toyota Celica driven by Ashley Schnedler, 36, of Nevada, and a 1993 Lincoln Town Car driven by 74-year-old John Swarts of Fort Scott. The accident took place 11 miles west of Nevada...
Man injured when motorcycle hit head-on (03/24/15)
A Fort Scott man was injured in a two-vehicle accident Saturday afternoon on East Wall Street. Local emergency personnel responded just before 1 p.m. to a crash that involved a 2004 Ford Explorer SUV driven by Jennifer Houston, 28, of Fort Scott, and a 2001 Honda motorcycle driven by 50-year-old Harold Page, also of Fort Scott. Fort Scott Police Chief Travis Shelton said police received the call about 12:52 p.m. for a vehicle accident in the area of Wall and Caldwell streets...
County works out revisions in culvert policy (03/20/15)
The Bourbon County Commissioners expect to have a draft copy of a revised policy for its culvert installation and its permit fees for utility companies by Monday. On Friday the commissioners met with Holly Powers, engineer with Schafer, Kline and Warren, the firm the county has contracted to assist in writing its regulations...
Second phase of Riverfront project underway (03/20/15)
Work has started on the next phase of the planned Riverfront Park project. Workers with Amino Brothers Construction Co., Inc., of Kansas City, Kan., recently began removing and clearing trees for the eventual construction of phase two of the Riverfront development project, which will include the loop road through the park and various parking areas inside the park. The entrance to the park road will be on North National Avenue, just south of the Marmaton River Bridge...
Junior pair brings back most experience to Tiger tennis (03/20/15)
Boys' tennis will be the first spring sport to get its season underway at Fort Scott High School when the Tiger varsity squad travels to Independence on Tuesday. The Tigers have 12 players out this season for head coach Lynn Barr. Eight of them are sophomores and freshmen and both seniors are just second-year players. It's juniors Alex Combs and Rafen Cruise who have the most experience in the program, each being third-year players...
Officials still working on hospital's future (03/20/15)
The future of Mercy Hospital Fort Scott and local health care has still not been determined as Mercy officials continue to discuss options. The Mercy Hospital Fort Scott Discernment Task Force met Tuesday to hear an update from Mercy Health System leadership regarding progress on solutions including partnership with other hospital systems, a Mercy news release said. ...
Grant awarded for industrial park improvement (03/20/15)
The city of Fort Scott has been awarded a $1.2 million grant from the Kansas Department of Transportation for a project to make access improvements at the Fort Scott Industrial Park. City Manager Dave Martin told Fort Scott City Commissioners during their Tuesday meeting the grant will fund construction costs for a project to make entrance improvements at the industrial park. The city's portion of the project is $168,990 to pay for design and engineering costs...
Out-of-control controlled burns at steady pace (03/18/15)
The start of spring usually brings with it the start of another season of fighting grass fires for area rural fire departments. Dry, windy conditions of late have led to a rash of grass fires that started as controlled burns by property owners to burn sections of grassland or pasture land and then got out of control, burning additional acres and sometimes structures and other property. ...
No More seeks to educate on domestic violence, sexual assault (03/18/15)
This is the final report in a three-part series on sexual abuse. NO MORE Week was March 8-14. It's a national effort to engage every individual, organization, or corporation to say NO MORE to domestic violence and sexual assault and to make domestic violence and sexual assault awareness and prevention a priority year-round...