Let the season begin!
Fort Scott is beginning to look a little more like Christmas every day, as preparations are underway for special holiday events. The annual Christmas parade and Mayor's Christmas Tree lighting will be held Tuesday and the annual Homes for the Holidays Tour is set for Dec. 4-6...
City sticking to tried, true method of snow removal
City of Fort Scott street crews are ready for whatever the winter season has in store. Street and Traffic Supervisor Chad Brown said his seven-man crew and equipment have already begun preparing for winter and are ready for any type of winter weather event...
FSNHS collecting stories about the fort, Goodlander Home
Fort Scott, located at the north end of the city's Main Street, was established in 1842 and has morphed several times until becoming a part of the America's National Park Service (NPS) in 1979. Although people who lived at the fort in its beginning are gone, there might be people alive who have an interesting story about the fort that they would be willing to share publicly...
Bring on the ice, snow -- county crews ready
With winter weather quickly approaching, the Bourbon County Public Works Department has already begun preparations for a safer winter season. "We start October 1," said Public Works Director Jim Harris. "We get our trucks ready, we get our spreader boxes on, we get our snow plows on and make sure everything is operational."...
Sheads share farm with family, their friends each Thanksgiving
Thanksgiving has ancient roots. Sukkot, a Jewish holiday, has been celebrated for over 3,300 years in Isreal and was a time of remembering what God has done, reaffirming faith in God and thanking Him for harvest of food, according to jewishpress.com...
Go ahead given to finish first floor painting
Members of the Historic Preservation Association of Bourbon County were given permission Tuesday to proceed with painting the first floor of the courthouse lobby. HPA President Rhonda Dunn and members Lora Holdridge and Shane Walker met with commissioners to report on work that has already been completed and what remains to be done...
Man injured after pickup crashes into cemetery
A Uniontown man was life flighted following a one-vehicle injury accident Monday about one mile south of Fort Scott. A Kansas Highway Patrol crash log said 22-year-old Brandon Weyant was injured in a wreck that took place just after 5:30 p.m. on 215th Street at Irish Road...
USD 235 board hashes out details for superintendent's job Position remains combination, qualifications, application, interview timeline set
USD 235 Board of Education members held a special meeting Monday evening with the superintendent search advisory committee they have hired. Jan Hedges, interim superintendent, said the district is paying the advisory group $3,000 to assist in the superintendent search...
Daddies, daughters dance for a cause
Dads dance the Hokey Pokey with their daughters at the Daddy-Daughter Dance held Saturday evening at Uniontown High School. About 60 dad's with their daughters or granddaughters enjoyed an evening of snacks and dancing in support of Send Off Seniors, an after graduation party in the spring...
Bid deadline for USD 234 projects adjusted
Dates for final bids to be reviewed for an upcoming slate of USD 234 school bond projects have been moved back, USD 234 Superintendent Bob Beckham said. Previous plans were to have final bids in by Nov. 19 and Nov. 24 for all interior and exterior work to be started soon at all four district schools, with a possible start date of early to mid-December...
Representatives of area Ruritan Clubs are recognized Saturday evening at the 2015 Middle America Ruritan District Convention held at the Bronson Community Center. The awards received by the clubs were for public service, citizenship and patriotism, environment, social development along with business and professions...
Good people sell their bad art
About 75 people gathered Thursday evening in the Danny and Willa Ellis Family Fine Arts Center for the Bad Art by Good People exhibit and auction. The event was hosted by the Bourbon County Arts Council.
Local teen races his way to USRA national championship
Local teen Andy Bryant's 2015 racing season ended with a United States Racing Association national championship. The 16-year-old Fort Scott High School sophomore finished a 2015 campaign with 17 wins combined with 39 top five and 45 top 10 finishes, crowning him the USRA National Champion in the B-Mod division. Bryant started a total of 66 races this season and finished with a total of 4,543 points, just shy of a 100-point lead over the second place finisher in the B-Mod division...
County law enforcement employees raise concerns Cite manpower shortage, old technology, low pay, lack of vacation carryover
When the Bourbon County Commissioners returned from their lunch break Tuesday, they faced nearly all of the sheriff's office and jail employees. The employees shared issues they say are hampering their work -- low wages, the vacation policy, lack of technology and shortage of manpower...
Board gets homework assignment for superintendent search
USD 235 Board of Education members have homework due Monday. The board met in a preliminary meeting Tuesday with an external search advisory group to begin the first step in the search for a superintendent. Board President Matt Wood asked fellow board members to meet again Monday to bring ideas for a community focus group. That group will contribute input for the new superintendent search, Wood said...
Surveys, tests outlined for jail site contingencies
There is some preliminary work that needs to be done before a closing date is set for property the county is considering purchasing for the new county jail. On Tuesday, county commissioners met with Kevin Rost, senior project leader from Goldberg Group Architects PC of St. ...
City extends Neighborhood Revitalization Program
mmission on Tuesday approved continuation of the Neighborhood Revitalization Program. During a public hearing, Director of Economic Development Heather Smith requested approval of the NRP, a program that provides incentives, in the form of tax rebates, to property owners who improve their properties or to developers who develop new commercial and residential property. The purpose of the program is to encourage the rehabilitation and development of residential and commercial property...
Razing the Western Building tower
Industrial Wrecking Co., Inc., of Kansas City, Mo., has been working in recent months to demolish the tower located near the corner of First Street and National Avenue. The site will become a parking lot for a future senior living apartment complex to be built in the older structure of the Western Insurance Building...
FSCC Trustees recognize winning judging teams
Fort Scott Community College celebrated a national award in an intercollegiate championship at the FSCC Board of Trustees meeting Monday night. The FSCC Meat Judging Team and Livestock Judging Team won first place in their respective competitions at the American Royal, according to meat judging coach, Jenilee Martin in introducing the meats judging team...
Annual Kiwanis Pioneer chili feed
The Kiwanis Pioneer Club held its annual chili feed Thursday. The biggest fundraiser of the year, proceeds help the Kiwanis assist other community organizations and children's programs throughout the year.
Search for USD 235 superintendent to begin
The search for a permanent superintendent will soon get underway at USD 235 Uniontown School District. USD 235 Board of Education President Matt Wood told board members during Monday's meeting they need to "get the ball rolling on a superintendent search."...
District improvement projects going out to bid
Almost a year after voters passed a $40.8 million school bond issue to make district-wide improvements at USD 234, bids are expected to be coming in soon for the first phase of projects at all district schools. The USD 234 Board of Education heard information on timelines and the bid process regarding upcoming school bond projects during its Monday meeting. ...
Winfield Scott Elementary second graders raise their arms and letters spelling out "America" while singing to a crowd of about 400 people Wednesday during their Veterans Day Program. Other programs recognizing veterans were held at Uniontown High School, Eugene Ware Elementary, St. Mary's Catholic School, Fort Scott Middle School and the U.S. National Cemetery in Fort Scott...
Commissioners chose another jail site
After getting off to what turned out to be a false start, Bourbon County Commissioners on Thursday announced a site has been located for the new Bourbon County Law Enforcement Center. A vote to proceed with the purchase of about six acres at 323 W. 20th Street was made after commissioners held two executive sessions to discuss the acquisition of real property. ...
Gusting winds fuel grass fires
Bourbon County rural firefighters spent a windy Veterans Day dealing with high winds and grass fires throughout parts of the county. A major grass fire that started about 2 p.m. Wednesday burned a large portion of grassland near Hammond. Two other smaller grass fires in various locations were extinguished quickly, Bourbon County Fire District No. 3 Chief Delwin Mumbower said Thursday...