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Tuesday, Sep. 23, 2014
Off they go into the wild blue yonder (09/23/14)
Bourbon County RC Flyers held a precision aerobatic pattern competition Saturday and Sunday in the southwest corner of the Fort Scott Airport. The club has 12 members ranging in age from 15 to 80 years old. Sixteen competitors from Kansas, Nebraska, Arkansas and Missouri attended the two-day event. ...
Jail project taking back seat to school bond issue (09/23/14)
Until voters decide in November on a bond election for USD 234, county officials will not be pushing for a new jail project. But that doesn't mean it's a dead issue. On Monday, Bourbon County Commissioners met with Bourbon County Sheriff Bill Martin and Thomas "Artie" Lucas, a representative from Goldberg Group Architects, PC of St. Joseph, Mo., which has already provided some preliminary estimates for a new jail facility...
Two from Fort Scott injured in Friday wreck with semi (09/23/14)
Two Fort Scott residents were injured in a two-vehicle accident involving a semi-trailer late Friday afternoon at the intersection of 12th Street and U.S. Highway 69. Emergency personnel responded at 4:22 p.m. Friday to the accident which involved a collision between a 1997 Peterbilt semi driven by Larry Claypool, 49, of Nevada, Mo., and a 2008 Ford Expedition driven by Heather Readinger of Fort Scott...
Michael H. Erie Sr. (09/20/14)
Michael H. Erie Sr., age 76, resident of Fort Scott, died Friday, Sept. 19, 2014, at the Joplin Mercy Hospital in Joplin, Mo. He was born May 10, 1938, in Stotesbury, Mo., the son of Henry John "Skeet" Erie and Winifred Marie Sheehy Erie. Mike married Edna Gile on May 7, 1959, in Miami, Okla. ...
Former county employee pleads guilty (09/20/14)
A former Bourbon County Clerk's Office employee pleaded guilty Friday afternoon in Bourbon County District Court to three counts she faced related to a 2013 incident involving theft from the county. Bourbon County District Judge Mark Ward presided over an arraignment and felony plea hearing concerning Angela Timi, 29, of Fort Scott, who was arrested Feb. 27 on multiple charges of criminal use of a financial card, forgery, making false information, misuse of public funds and theft by deception...
Symbols of Sacrifice Field of Honor closes (09/20/14)
Fort Scott National Historic Site employees pick up the flags from the Symbols of Sacrifice Field of Honor Friday. Volunteers had planned to help removed the Thursday, but the flags were too wet after an overnight rain. The nearly 7,000 flags, representing those who have died in the War on Terror in Iraq and Afghanistan, were on display as part of Symbols of Sacrifice, an event organized by Friends of the Fort...
Commissioners stalled on office move decision (09/20/14)
Bourbon County Commissioners discussed office shuffling but made no decisions during their Friday meeting. Register of Deeds Lora Holdridge attended the meeting to ask if commissioners had a chance to consider her wish to move her office from the second floor of the Bourbon County Courthouse to the county's old tag office on the first floor. Holdridge asked commissioners if they've had an opportunity to "check out" the first floor office for a possible move...
Car, semi collision (09/20/14)
Emergency response personnel are pictured in the north-bound lane of U.S. 69 at the 12th Street intersection where an SUV and a semi truck collided late Friday afternoon. Traffic was restricted in the area until almost 7 p.m. The Tribune will have a complete report when it is available...
Public turns out for community update (09/19/14)
About 50 people attended a community Government and Education Update held Thursday evening at the Empress Event Center in Fort Scott. A panel of nine representatives from city, county and educational entities spoke about current projects and goals. Afterward, members of the audience were given an opportunity to ask questions. See Saturday's Tribune for a report of the meeting, which was sponsored by the Fort Scott Area Chamber of Commerce Business and Resource Development Committee...
Cost for bond issue, what it pays for (09/19/14)
Editor's note: This is the first of a two-part feature regarding the proposed bond issue for USD 234. As a USD 234 bond issue heats up, questions and concerns are being raised about the $40.8 million plan to make needed district-wide improvements at all four school buildings and the district stadium...
Possibility of FSCC-PSU merger questioned (09/19/14)
Fort Scott resident and former Kansas State Senator Bob Marshall spoke during the public comments portion of the Fort Scott Community College Board of Trustees meeting Monday raising questions about the partnership with Pittsburg State University. Marshall also asked if there is a policy of not answering questions posed during the public comments section of the trustees meeting...
Traditions carry on during Pioneer Harvest Fiesta (09/19/14)
The annual Pioneer Harvest Fiesta celebration is drawing near. The 58th annual rendition, set for Sept. 26-28, will once again feature the steam, gas engine and tractor show, along with a number of other events. Allen Warren and his wife Jackie recently updated members of the Fort Scott Rotary Club on this year's show...
Lowell Milken Center to expand (09/17/14)
Citing the need for further expansion, Lowell Milken Center officials are looking to construct a new building designed to house the center's growing number of exhibits. On Tuesday, the Fort Scott City Commission heard from representatives of the center regarding their plans to construct a new 6,000-square-foot exhibit hall on a plot of land in the grassy area at Wall and Main streets, directly across from where the center is located at 4 S. ...
FSCC ranked ninth best community college (09/17/14)
Mark McCoy, president of Fort Scott Community College, did a little bragging Monday evening at the monthly board of trustees meeting. "After looking at 700 community colleges in order to find the best of the best, FSCC got ninth place." McCoy said. "When you do the job you are asked to do, that the community asks you to do...these are wonderful results."...
Commissioners work towards scheduled tax sales (09/17/14)
Bourbon County Commissioners are hoping to establish a better schedule for holding tax sales. On Monday, they met with Bourbon County Treasurer Rhonda Dunn and attorney Dan Meara, who assists the county with the sales. Meara is hoping a sale can be held in October. He said the notice of sheriff's sale will be published soon and the sale can be held at least 30 days after the first date of publication. He said that would put the sale at mid to late October...
FSCC Trustees select Meyer as board member (09/16/14)
The Fort Scott Community College Board of Trustees voted Liz Meyer into their body at Monday's monthly meeting. Following presentations from four candidates, Meyer received the majority of three out of five votes to win the contest. Meyer replaces Dick Hedges, who is currently serving as interim president of the college, following the mutually agreed upon separation of former college president Clayton Tatro. ...
Weekend events honor those who sacrificed all (09/16/14)
Cool temperatures and clear September skies greeted those who took part in a variety of patriotic activities this weekend in Fort Scott. Symbols of Sacrifice ceremony The main afternoon ceremony as part of the Symbols of Sacrifice event Saturday at the Fort Scott National Historic Site drew about 135 people to the fort grounds. The remembrance service included comments from various speakers regarding the American flag and remembrance of the nation's fallen heroes...
Community update to be given Thursday (09/16/14)
Anyone interested in learning more about city and county government and public education will have an opportunity to do so this week. The Fort Scott Area Chamber of Commerce is hosting a public forum Thursday from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Empress Event Center, located at 7 N. Main St...
Let's take it from the top: filming Fort Scott (09/13/14)
The promotion of Fort Scott will soon be heading to video. The City of Fort Scott and the Fort Scott Area Chamber of Commerce are partnering for the launch of a new program - a series of community videos that officials said could be used as a recruitment and promotional tool for Fort Scott...
County's finances fare well in annual audit report (09/13/14)
The Bourbon County Commissioners continue to discuss budget issues, even though the 2015 budget has been approved. On Friday, commissioners met with Terry Sercer of Diehl, Banwart and Bolton CPAs, to review some budget procedure changes and also the FY13 audit...
Uniontown Students celebrate the 'Star Spangled Banner' (09/13/14)
"The Star Spangled Banner" is a tricky song to remember and sing well. Remember Christina Aguilar's performance at the opening of Super Bowl XLV, stumbling over words? Helping young children become familiar with the national anthem of the U.S. is a goal of Uniontown Music Teacher Rhonda Allen...
Fort Scottians remember victims of 9/11 (09/11/14)
A crowd gathered in front of the visitors center at Fort Scott National Historic Site noon Thursday to commemorate the anniversary of September 11, 2001. Speakers for the event were Betty Boyko, superintendent of FSNHS, Kansas Senator Caryn Tyson, Dana McKenney of Veterans Outreach Clinic of Fort Scott, Anne Emerson and Jim Scott, organizers of the event, and Pastor Jared Witt of the Presbyterian Church...
Bikers welcome to join Ride for the Wreath Saturday (09/11/14)
The annual Ride for the Wreath in Fort Scott is Saturday, Sept. 13. Proceeds will go to purchase wreaths for veterans' graves at Fort Scott National Cemetery No. 1. The ride will begin near Skubitz Plaza in the parking lot just off of National Avenue and West Oak Street behind the Nu Grille restaurant and Sharky's Pub and Grub in Fort Scott...
Uniontown's water system improvement project nearly complete (09/11/14)
The Uniontown water system improvement project is coming to an end. City Clerk Sally Johnson said the city had received $45,000 from the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Rural Development Grant to pay one-half of what is due Lathrop Construction of Nevada, Mo. for the final month of work on the project. The last day the construction company was in town was Aug. 13. The project began in February...
Speed limit hours extended in school zones (09/10/14)
Motorists may want to take note of school zone changes currently being put in place by the Fort Scott Police Department. The FSPD is changing the afternoon hours when officers monitor school speed zones on roads throughout the city. The previously posted hours, which were 2:45 to 4 p.m., will change to run from 3:15 to 4:30 p.m. due to the school day running longer than in the past...