General Transportation still a go, but with changes
Several changes have taken place at General Public Transportation in Fort Scott. The buses are no longer parked at Bourbon County Senior Citizens in the evening and an additional phone number is available to riders of the transit, (620) 224-4702. The other number for transportation remains the same (620) 224-0360...
Scores show FSHS students ready for more education
Fort Scott High School graduates are showing they are ready for college based on the results of students who took the ACT college entrance exam in 2014. USD 234 Superintendent Bob Beckham, former principal at FSHS, said 63 students, about half of the FSHS class of 2014, took the ACT exam in 2014. ...
Street partially barricaded until repairs can be made later
City workers expect to repair a warped section of road at Wall and Judson streets sometime later this year. Barricades have been set up around a section of Judson Street at the intersection, forcing drivers to steer around them on a patch of Judson Street that has bubbled up over time, creating dips for motorists. A pothole on one half of the road is blocked off. However, the dips on the other half of the road can cause problems for drivers...
Greyhounds go unbeaten in tourney
Fort Scott Community College's volleyball team finished its home tournament without a loss as the Greyhounds swept both East Central (Mo.) and Labette in Saturday action at Arnold Arena. Fort Scott was the only team which went without a loss (4-0) while Neosho County and Pratt were both 3-1, Labette and East Central both finished 1-3 and Wentworth Military was 0-5. ...
Clearing the path
Workers were busy cutting brush back Monday morning along Third Street between U.S. Highway 69 and Eugene Ware Elementary School in preparation for the first day of school, which is Thursday. The sidewalk on the north side is used by children at the school and had become overgrown with vegetation...
County budget ready to go; public hearing set
The public will have an opportunity to discuss the county's budget during a public hearing set for 10 a.m. Monday, Sept. 8. The Bourbon County Commissioners approved the 2015 budget for publication on Monday. They had received the budget Friday, but were advised to look it at over the weekend in case any changes needed to be made. ...
Needs continue to rise as food donations slack off
The Beacon needs help. Bob Eckles, director of the non-profit helping agency in Fort Scott, told the Fort Scott Area Chamber of Commerce coffee attendees Thursday that there has been "a drain on Beacon resources." "Donations help our bottom line," he said. "Either we're going to have to give less food or get more donations," Eckles told the Tribune in an interview on Monday...
A plan for the Western Building
City officials are taking steps to transform the old Western Building on First Street into a community asset. Property developers Tony Krsnich and Alex Hodges representing Flint Hills Holdings Group, LLC, a company that purchased the long-vacated, dilapidated building in June for one dollar at a local tax sale, were introduced to Fort Scott City Commissioners during their Tuesday meeting. ...
County looking at no mill levy increase
The Bourbon County Commissioners are spending the weekend reviewing the 2015 budget before giving their official approval for publication. As of Friday, the county's budget does not have a mill levy increase. "That is remarkable you have the same mill levy. ...
School officials meet with public on bond issue
The parking lot was full, but there were still empty seats in the high school auditorium on Tuesday for the Fort Scott USD 234 School District bond issue forum. The goal of the meeting for Board of Education President Jordan Witt was to have a community conversation, he said. The hour-long meeting was divided between presentations by Witt and Superintendent Bob Beckham on the proposed $40.8 million improvement project throughout the district...
Welcome, FSCC students!
Fort Scott Community College students, faculty and staff, as well as the public, were invited to enjoy free hot dogs and drinks on the college campus as part of Welcome Week activities this week at the college.
Ordinance passed to allow condemnation proceedings, just in case
The local U.S. Highway 69 corridor project has seen a slight delay as city officials continue to negotiate for property needed for the upcoming expansion and widening project. During their Tuesday meeting, the Fort Scott City Commissioners approved an ordinance related to acquiring right-of-way interests and temporary right-of-way easements for the purpose of making improvements to U.S. Highway 69 between 18th and 23rd streets...
County's asphalt project schedule revised
The Bourbon County Commissioners on Monday received an updated schedule for this year's asphalt projects. The first eight projects have been completed and the asphalt crew currently is working on 25th Street from U.S. Highway 54 to Native Road and on Native Road from 25th to 45th streets...
For some, lazy days of summer are over
First and second graders concentrate on reading in Kelly Love's class Tuesday afternoon at Christian Learning Center. The school's first day of classes was Monday. Other school start dates are: Fort Scott Christian Heights School, Monday, Aug. 25;...
Parking on Broadway Street changing
adway Street will be coming in the near future. After hearing concerns from several residents who live on Broadway, the Fort Scott City Commission on Tuesday approved changes to be made in parking on Broadway to address safety concerns that city officials have fielded in recent years...
Bond issue discussed at public forum
Interested community members partially filled the Fort Scott High School auditorium Tuesday evening to learn about details of the proposed $42.2 million school bond package. Following a 30-minute presentation, Beckham and Jordan Witt, USD 234 Board of Education president, fielded 17 questions or comments from the audience. ...
KDHE issues boil water advisory for Uniontown
TOPEKA -- The Kansas Department of Health and Environment has issued a boil water advisory for the public water supply located in the city of Uniontown. KDHE officials issued the advisory because of a loss of pressure in the system. Failure to maintain adequate pressure may result in a loss of chorine residuals and bacterial contamination, a KDHE news release said...
Having an ag field day
Loretta George/Tribune photo
A large crowd of farmers and ranchers came to the Lafe Wilson farm south of Uniontown on Monday afternoon to hear presentations on fescue use, a heifer replacement program and options for stock water development.
From music to furniture; Ruddick's endures
Not every local business survives for three quarters of a century. Ruddick's, Inc., a local furniture store located at 117 S. National Ave., has done just that and is celebrating 75 years of business in Fort Scott this year. Store owner Terry Davenport said the business first operated as a music store in the early 1920s and was located at the corner of Wall and Main streets. The building where the current furniture store is located was built in the early 1940s...
Commissioners combing through individual budgets
As the deadline for publishing the county budget draws near, Bourbon County Commissioners continue to scrutinize department budgets. On Friday, the commissioners met with Terry Sercer of Diehl, Banwart and Bolton CPAs, who has been working with the county's budget, and Valorie LeBlanc, assistant county attorney, who also has been working closely with the commissioners on the budget...
Attitude makes Cross NIRA Coach of the Year
Years of following his own advice has paid off for Chad Cross. Cross, who has spent the last 17 years as head rodeo coach at FSCC, was recognized in June by his peers and the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association as the 2014 National Rodeo Coach of the Year for his many accomplishments...
Spotlight was on youth during FSHS drama camp
Area youngsters had their acting hats and dance shoes on for a Tiger Drama Camp that took place this week at Fort Scott High School. The FSHS Thespian troupe hosted the drama camp, which ran Monday through Friday at the high school. FSHS Drama Director Angie Bin and a group of FSHS thespians provided instruction and active participation in basic acting techniques such as improvisation, characterization, movement, vocalization and pantomime...
Plans for an A.B.A.T.E. event allowed to move forward
Bourbon County Commissioners met with Wally Maples, caretaker at Elm Creek Lake, Bill Martin, sheriff, and Bill Cooper, district representative from A.B.A.T.E. of Kansas Friday to discuss the possibility of an A.B.A.T.E. family event at Elm Creek Lake...
Blood drawn at friendly competition
Fort Scott Police Department Capt. Shaun West, left, and FSPD Chief Travis Shelton chat while preparing for blood donation Thursday during the annual Battle of the Badges Blood Drive for the American Red Cross at Buck Run Community Center. The event pits local law enforcement agencies against local fire departments in a friendly competition to see who can donate the most blood...
College releases redacted agreement with Tatro
A recently released document from Fort Scott Community College officials sheds a little more light on the agreement ending Clayton Tatro's employment as college president. However, much of the document has been redacted. On July 28, FSCC Board of Trustees voted to accept the agreement to end Tatro's employment and then Board Chairman Robert Nelson announced that no details would be made public and officials would not confirm or deny that Tatro had resigned...