Riding for wreaths
Kevin Wagner, holding the microphone, speaks to participants prior to the Wreaths Across America ride held Saturday. The purpose of the ride was to raise funds to place holiday wreaths on veterans' graves at Fort Scott National Cemetery in December.
County budget expected to be finished today
Bourbon County Commissioners continued to struggle with creating a balanced budget during a special work session Monday morning. The expectation is to have the budget completed today in order for it to be published. The commissioners will then hold a public hearing at least 10 days after publication. The budget won't be set in stone until it is handed over to the Bourbon County Clerk...
Attorney taking down his shingle after 45 years
Dan Meara was attracted to the practice of law because he saw it as an honorable and scholarly profession, he said. Meara was influenced by a couple of events, a movie and a friend's influence, which spurred him on to begin a journey to practice law...
Man accused in infant's death bound over for trial
A preliminary hearing was held Friday in the Bourbon County Sixth Judicial District Court to determine if there was enough information to bind over Anthony M. Anderson for trial on charges related to the death of an infant. After roughly three-and-a-half hours in court, Magistrate Judge Valorie Leblanc announced there is probable cause to bind over Anderson for both counts he is charged with...
Celebrating a new beginning at USD 234
Members of the USD 234 Board of Education pose for a photo with hard hats and shovels as the Fort Scott High School Tiger football team prepares for the Red/White Scrimmage Friday evening at Frary Field. Renovating the football field, which includes new artificial turf, is part of a $40.8 million school improvement projects being funded by a bond issue. ...
Third generation teacher becomes WBE principal
Tyler Jackman, the new West Bourbon Elementary School (WBE) principal, comes from a family of educators. "There is a history of teachers in my family," Jackman said. "My mom and dad, my maternal grandparents were both teachers and several aunts and uncles. Teaching kind of fit."...
Court says man accused in 11-year-old murder case not mentally competent
The court has deemed 27-year-old Kohlby Freeze, jailed on charges connected to a 2004 murder, not mentally competent to stand trial. During a brief competency hearing Monday in Bourbon County District Court, District Chief Judge Amy Harth and attorneys in the case discussed a motion filed May 12 dealing with Freeze's competency and mental state in moving forward with the 11-year-old case. They also discussed a 2014 Kansas statute dealing with commitment of an incompetent defendant...
Local United Way changing
United Way of Bourbon County has cut its campaign goal by $20,000 for 2015-16 and have made changes in the way the organization is run. Cutting expenses to maximize the money that is given by the community was the goal of the changes, Gina Shelton, treasurer of the United Way board, said...
Enrollment for Uniontown students
Loretta George/Tribune photo Uniontown School District finishes day two of student enrollment Wednesday. Computer stations are available in West Bourbon Elementary School for parents to update information or enroll with help from school employees if needed, WBE Principal Tyler Jackman said. ...
Kickoff ceremony set for projects
USD 234 will hold a kickoff ceremony celebrating the district's $40.8 million school bond projects and campaign at 5:30 p.m. Friday at Frary Field. USD 234 Superintendent Bob Beckham said the event will include remarks from key people involved in the bond campaign in 2014, district students and representatives of companies who are continuing to help bring the bond projects to fruition...
County officials still piecing budget together
Bourbon County Commissioners will be hammering away at the 2016 budget, with the goal of having a final document by Sept. 1. Commissioners have held some work sessions on the budget and have scheduled two more -- 8 to 10 a.m. Thursday and 9 a.m. Monday...
Hedges chosen to lead USD 235
Janice Hedges of Fort Scott was hired as the superintendent, along with duties as the junior and senior high principal of USD 235 at Monday night's special meeting of the Board of Education. Doug Coyan, chairman of the search committee formed last week, said there was a long list of interested people...
Changes made at USD 234 to accommodate construction
Staff and students at Fort Scott High School will encounter some changes when the new school year begins Thursday. Recent construction inside and outside the school, as well as planned work to take place during the school year as part of the district's school bond projects, will create some changes that students, teachers and staff are not accustomed to...
Dolly's young fan donates to replacement fund
Dolly the Trolley may be broken down, but that doesn't mean she isn't loved. One young Fort Scottian is doing his best to make sure Fort Scott gets a replacement trolley. Alex and Lydia Santiago and son, Jonah, moved to Fort Scott about the same time as the annual Good 'Ol Days was taking place in early June...
The work has begun
Russell Cornett uses a trackhoe excavator to lower a 12-inch waterline into a dug hole on 12th and National Avenue Friday afternoon. Gene Brown, center, makes sure the pipe aligns correctly as Mark Miller watches. The workers are from Amino Brothers Company, Inc., of Kansas City, Kan...
New campaign underway to discourage impaired driving
Local law enforcement agencies are participating in an enhanced impaired driving enforcement that began Thursday and runs through Sept. 7. The Fort Scott Police Department, Bourbon County Sheriff's Office and the Bronson Police Department are among almost 150 other agencies across the state participating in a crackdown aimed at removing impaired drivers from roadways...
Codes staff gives commissioners status updates on various projects
Fort Scott City Commissioners heard updates on codes issues and improvement projects taking place in the city during their Tuesday meeting. Fort Scott Fire Chief Paul Ballou and Deputy Fire Chief Dave Bruner, who are currently helping to oversee the city codes department, provided information on completed projects and plans and projects that are currently in the works...
FSCC students welcomed with renovated areas
Fort Scott Community College students who like to bounce ideas off one another while studying have a new place to gather. The Student Union in Bailey Hall has been partitioned off and the east side is reserved for groups of students who wish to study together. The site is named Student Success Center (SSC) Tutoring Center, and is adjacent to the SSC Research and Technology area. The research area has computer stations available...
Rockhold resigns from USD 235
Randy Rockhold, superintendent and junior and senior high principal at USD 235, Uniontown, resigned effective immediately Monday night. Rockhold has been superintendent since July 1, 2002. The meeting had been called to approve the 2015-16 budget, but board members amended the agenda to include an executive sessions to discuss non-elected personnel...
New Fort Scott city codes manager hired
The city of Fort Scott has a new codes manager. During their Tuesday meeting, Fort Scott City Commissioners were introduced to Stephen Euler, who has been chosen to fill the codes manager position city officials have been trying to fill in recent months...
Plans underway to create museum inside courthouse
When the Bourbon County Commissioners meet today, they will be continuing a discussion begun on Aug. 11 about the establishment of historic displays in the courthouse. Historic Preservation Association (HPA) of Bourbon County members on Aug. 11 asked county commissioners for the blessings on moving forward with creating pocket museums in the courthouse...
Rose Good sings "When the Saints Go Marching In," a Del Potter favorite at the Del Potter Music Festival Sunday at St. John's Methodist Church. There was a full house Sunday for the annual festival. Other performances were given by the Wood family, the Whitehead family, Lori Walker, the Dzbenski family, Elliecia Hall, Joshua Woolsey, Sarah Mae Lamar, James Beltz, the Harrison family, Robert Nelson, Ralph Carlson, Randy Glessner and Don Parsons. ...
Fire quickly extinguished at rural residence Sunday
Multiple agencies responded to a house fire Sunday evening south of Fort Scott. Delwin Mumbower, coordinator for Bourbon County Fire District No. 3, said fire departments responded just after 5:30 p.m. to a report of a structure fire in the 2100 area of Grand Road. Fire officials said the fire was electrical in nature and confined to an electric box inside the house...
Fort Scott moving forward, thanks to construction projects, company growth
Several economic development projects have the Fort Scott moving forward, city officials said. Projects ranging from new construction and development, to road and building improvements and internet upgrades, are either underway or planned for the near future...
New citizen returns to work in Fort Scott
Mercy Chepleting was given a unique opportunity and now she's taking advantage of it. Chepleting, 27, who is currently finishing a month-long rotation as a University of Kansas pharmacy intern at Mercy Hospital Fort Scott, is from Kenya and is currently living in Fort Scott while working her way through pharmacy school...