Enraptured by the raptor
Loretta George/Tribune photo Winfield Scott Elementary School kindergartners watch Harriet, the Harris Hawk, during a presentation of the Pittsburg State University Nature Reach Program Wednesday in the school cafeteria. Delia Lister carries Harriet on her arm and allows the children to view the hawk closely by walking through the aisles. ...
Is the county prepared for Ebola?
The 2014 Ebola epidemic may leave local residents wondering if Bourbon County is prepared should there be an outbreak of the virus in the area. Local health and emergency officials said this week the county has a plan and is prepared for an Ebola outbreak, should one occur...
County agrees to in-kind contribution for ballpark
After lengthy discussion and debate, the Bourbon County Commissioners voted Friday to waive permit fees and provide an in-kind contribution to the City of Fort Scott for culvert work at the LaRoche Baseball Complex under construction at the industrial park southeast of Fort Scott...
Last bond issue forum before election
The final public forum on a proposed $40.8 million school bond issue drew further discussion on the tax impact and purpose behind the planned district-wide improvement projects. About 10 people turned out for the final forum on the school bond issue, which will go before voters on the Nov. ...
New pet ordinance passed at Uniontown
During Tuesday's regular monthly meeting, the Uniontown City Council approved an ordinance that will effect every dog and cat owner in the city limits, starting Jan. 1. Ordinance 169 provides public safety by requiring all dogs and cats kept within the city limits to be registered with the city and vaccinated for rabies, at annual cost of $5 for each spayed or neutered animal and $7 for each that haven't been spayed or neutered...
Learning fire safety
Debbie Karnes' Winfield Scott Elementary second-grade class practice a safe fire route during a simulation of a building fire Wednesday as part of Fire Prevention Education Month. Fort Scott fire fighters used a fire safety house simulator to teach students about fire safety...
FSCC inducts newest hall of famers
The newest members of the FSCC Athletics' Hall of Fame were inducted on Saturday, Oct. 11. The 1972 National Runner-up FSCC Football team earned its way into the Hall of Fame as the only entrant in the Class of 2014. "It was a great morning with a fantastic buffet breakfast; where the 'Hounds enjoyed visiting with coaches, teammates, family, and friends prior to the induction ceremony," noted a press release from the school...
Candidates speak on taxes, testing for drug addicts
Candidates for the Kansas House of Representatives 4th District seat fielded questions on topics ranging from raising taxes to support of drug testing for pregnant mothers during a candidate forum Monday evening at Fort Scott High School. Present to discuss the issues were Democratic candidate Lucas Cosens, a local chiropractor and Fort Scott City Commissioner who is challenging Republican incumbent Marty Read, a local auctioneer and business owner who currently represents the Fourth District in the Kansas House of Representatives.. ...
Fall Foliage in its Finest
According to the U.S. Forestry Service website, trees are changing colors across the nation, making this the peak fall color season.
Mild temperatures have made fall viewing ideal in Bourbon County.
PSU, Crawford County pushing for by-pass, not KDOT
Fort Scottians need not worry about a by-pass around the city any time soon. According to City Administrator Dave Martin, the Kansas Department of Transportation will not consider such a project for at least another 20 years. Martin discussed the issue during Tuesday's city commission meeting...
Sheriff, commission candidates face off
Candidates for local county offices sounded off on issues ranging from a new jail facility and fighting drugs, to plans for economic development during a public forum Monday night. The Fort Scott Area Chamber of Commerce hosted the forum, which took place inside the commons area of Fort Scott High School. ...
FSCC trustees have a good news, not-so-good news kind of meeting
Fort Scott Community College Interim President Dick Hedges told the board of trustees Monday evening, "There is some good stuff and not-so-good stuff." The "good stuff" is there were 325 students on campus for a math contest Thursday, Hedges said. "You get 325 people to come to your campus and spend some time, you are reaching out to the right people," Hedges said. ...
'Give drugs the boot' day
Hunter Hawley, 13, an eighth-grader at Fort Scott Middle School participated in wearing boots on Monday for Red Ribbon Week at the school. Monday was "Give drugs the boot" day, when students were encouraged to wear boots. Other themes are: today, "Team up against drugs!" favorite team shirt; Wednesday, "Like, drugs are so not cool" 80s clothing; Thursday, "Say good-night to drugs!" favorite school-appropriate pajama pants; and Friday, "I pinkie-promise not to use drugs!" pink in support of breast cancer awareness, or black to black out drugs. ...
Commissioners OK truck purchase
Bourbon County Commissioners on Monday gave Public Works Director Jim Harris permission to sell three dump trucks and possibly buy one replacement. Harris will list the three older trucks, purchased from the state, on an online auction service. One has 525,000 miles on it, and two have 450,000 miles on them. Two of the trucks do not run, and the third has water in the oil and is not expected to last much longer, Harris said...
It's fall, let the soup lunches begin!
When the weather starts cooling down in the fall, the soup begins heating up at the First United Methodist Church. Starting in October, community members can come together for some food, faith and fellowship during the Friendship Soup Lunches, which take place from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the church's basement on the third Friday of each month through March. The meals are sponsored by one of the organizations within the church...
Jenkins speaks to Rotarians about Ebola
U.S. Rep. Lynn Jenkins gave members of the Fort Scott Rotary Club a federal government update during her visit to town Wednesday. Jenkins, who toured Tri-Valley Developmental Services in Fort Scott prior to the meeting, talked to Rotarians in July, focusing on the economy, the federal budget and the national debt...
Sentencing rescheduled for former county employee
Sentencing has been rescheduled for a former Bourbon County Clerk's office employee who pleaded guilty last month to three counts she faced stemming from a 2012 incident involving theft from the county. According to information from the Bourbon County District Court Clerk's office, sentencing for Angela Timi, 29, of Fort Scott, has been moved from 10:15 a.m. Nov. 19 to 10:30 a.m. Nov. 10 in Bourbon County District Court...
Come on in for a free meal and a smile
Each third Thursday of the month, the United Mission Baptist Church, located at 16 N. Ransom serves a free family meal. The meal is served from 5:30 to 7 p.m.
Help available for domestic violence victims
Victims of domestic violence in Bourbon County have a way out. That was the message of Angela Meyer, president of the board for the Safehouse Crisis Center, and Vicky Polen, a victim's advocate at Safehouse. They presented the program at a recent Fort Scott Rotary meeting...
More than students are learning this year at USD 234
taught over the years, new USD 234 Superintendent Bob Beckham is learning. Beckham, 54, who took over as the district's new superintendent in July, replaced former superintendent Diane Gross, who resigned the position in April to take the superintendent's position in Clearwater USD 264...
Forum: New construction vs. projects
A few new questions popped up and a few more citizens turned out for a community forum Tuesday on a proposed $40.8 million school bond issue. About 20 people attended the third in a series of four public forums on the bond issue. The discussion took place Tuesday night in the Fort Scott Middle School media center. It was facilitated by USD 234 Superintendent Bob Beckham and USD 234 Board of Education President Jordan Witt. Members of the bond committee were also in attendance...
USD 234 board weighs in on school bond issue
With only about three weeks until voters will decide upon a $40.8 million USD 234 bond issue, USD 234 Board of Education members weighed in on the matter during their regular meeting Monday night. Voters who head to the polls during the Nov. 4 election will vote on the bond issue, which includes several district-wide improvements to all school buildings and the district stadium...
Testing completed in Reading Roadmap program
USD 235 Board of Education members heard a Reading Roadmap update for the school year on Monday evening at the regular monthly meeting. "Everybody in the (West Bourbon Elementary School) building has been tested with DIBELS," WBE Principal Tracy Smith said. "There are three assessments during the year, one at the beginning, one in December and the end test in April. DIBELS benchmark exams are...required by the Kansas Reading Roadmap for data collection."...
Pet-tober Fest for the animals
Community members had the chance to support Lee's Paws and Claws Animal Shelter during its first-ever Pet-tober Fest Saturday at the walking trail on the Fort Scott Community College campus. The fundraiser was held to help raise money for a new, larger fenced yard for dogs at the shelter to play and exercise. ...
Winfield Scott students to receive new technology
Winfield Scott Elementary School recently received some assistance in getting newer technology in the hands of its students. During the USD 234 Board of Education meeting Monday night, Winfield Scott Principal Marianna Daugherty and Ryan Stainbrook, a district sales manager for the Monsanto Company, presented information to the board about a $10,000 grant the school received which will fund the purchase of iPads and training for teachers at the kindergarten-through-second grade school...