Touring the Fort by candlelight
Volunteer re-enactors, from left, Brett Dawson, Arnold Schofield and Steve Weldon, prepare for a scene Friday night that is part of the 35th annual Candlelight Tour at the Fort Scott National Historic Site. The scene, geared toward the National Park Service Centennial, features a reunion of the Sixth Kansas Cavalry in 1916, the year the NPS was organized...
Students' project focuses on spirit of giving
Two Pittsburg State University students from Fort Scott are making sure the young and the elderly receive help this Christmas season. Kelli Davis and Janderon Harrison, both social work students at PSU, are nearing completion of class projects to provide assistance during the holidays. Davis' goal in her project is to help elderly in the area and Harrison's project is designed to help area youth...
County officials reviewing policy on vicious dogs
The Bourbon County Commission plans to take another look at the county's policy concerning vicious dogs. During the commission's Tuesday meeting, County Couselor Justin Meeks said he was contacted Monday about the county's vicious dog policy. Meeks said the term of "vicious dog" may need to be defined more specifically as officials look at possibly updating the policy...
Meeting might be organized to discuss ag land property tax increases
The rising costs of property taxes on agricultural land has at least some county residents concerned. Some county landowners appeared before the Bourbon County Commission Tuesday to voice some of their concerns. Commissioners called on County Appraiser Clint Anderson to help answer questions during the discussion...
Plans set for annual Christmas events
Upcoming Fort Scott Area Chamber of Commerce activities should have residents in the Christmas spirit. The chamber's annual holiday Christmas parade and tree lighting ceremony will take place starting at 6 p.m. Tuesday in downtown Fort Scott. The parade route will start at Third and Main streets, proceed north on Main to Skubitz Plaza and then exit northwest toward National Avenue...
Harold Dean Brewer
Harold Dean Brewer, 87, formerly of Metz, Mo., passed away on Thursday, Nov. 24, 2016 at Barone Alzheimer's Care Center in Nevada following a brief illness. Harold was born on Aug. 3, 1929 in Deerfield, Mo., the only child of Roy L. Brewer and Iva (Hyder) Brewer. He married June Ann Handly on Dec. 21, 1951 in Harrison, Ark., and she preceded him in death on Aug. 25, 2014...
Construction begins for new county jail
Construction is underway on the new Bourbon County Law Enforcement Center located at 323 E. 20th Street. The guaranteed maximum price for construction has been set at $6.25 million. Other expenses, totaling a little more than $2.6 million, includes land acquisition, jail pods, professional fees and other miscellaneous expenses. ...
Land acquisition process begins for U.S. 69 project
Before construction begins, a project to expand a portion of U.S. Highway 69 south of Fort Scott is in the local court system. According to Bourbon County District Court records, an eminent domain petition regarding condemnation of land and acquisition of real property for state highway purposes was filed in September...
Center reaches out to the community for help
A local assistance agency is looking for a new home. Allen Schellack, director of Fort Scott Compassionate Ministries and Outreach Center, formerly My Father's House Community Outreach Center, said he is looking for a new facility as the lease for the current facility located at 1610 E. First St., is ending. The lease is through the Fort Scott Housing Authority, which owns the building...
Commissioners decide to pay salaried staff overtime; U.S. judge in Texas later blocks overtime rule
Bourbon County Commissioners were asked Tuesday to make a decision on how the salaries of two employees will be paid after Dec. 1. That's when a presidential executive order was expected to go into effect, making some salaried employees eligible for overtime...
Commissioners support preserving old bridge
Bourbon County Commissioners on Tuesday gave their blessing on an application to have an old bridge placed on the National Register of Historic Places. The application for the Indian Creek Bridge, located on Yale Road between 255th and 265th Streets, is being written by Barbara Peine, a resident who lives near the bridge. ...
City continues codes review, but already clamping down on violators
City officials are looking at some proposed changes in city codes after recent discussions on codes and trash issues in the city. During the city commission meeting Tuesday, City Manager Dave Martin reported current ordinances for city codes are being reviewed and proposals should come before them at the Dec. 13 meeting. Fort Scott Fire Chief Paul Ballou then spoke to commissioners about the proposals...
Finalizing the election
The Bourbon County Commissioners signed off on the final election results Tuesday. The results did not change after ballots were canvassed Monday.
Issues being handled as USD 234 bond projects continue
The USD 234 Board of Education received another update Monday on timelines for completion of school bond projects still underway at all district schools. Robby Manthei, project manager for Nabholz Construction Services of Olathe, shared information on when certain areas are planned to be turned over to the schools, as well as some issues workers have run into on the projects...
FSCC trustees to put conceal carry policy in place as exemption ends
The Fort Scott Community College Board of Trustees is grappling with a policy that will comply with the state conceal and carry law, but at the same time, protect students, faculty and staff. Trustees learned during their meeting Monday FSCC President Alysia Johnston is continuing to work on a policy in relation to residence halls and other campus buildings...
Bourbon Countians salute the veterans
Veterans were honored through words and music Friday at the Fort Scott National Cemetery. The cemetery hosted a Veterans Day Memorial Service that included musical performances, reading of poetry and remarks on the sacrifice and service of all U.S. military veterans...
Commissioners accept overpass evaluation proposal
On Thursday, the Bourbon County Commissioners voted to proceed with an evaluation to determine the future of the railroad overpass on 215th Street near Fulton. Commissioners signed a contract not to exceed $9,400 with Schwab Eaton, a Manhattan civil engineering and architect firm which performs inspections on the county's bridges every other year...
Martin keeps his job, Ruhl joins commission
Bourbon County voters re-elected the sheriff and put a new face on the county commission, according to unofficial election results late Tuesday. Bourbon County Sheriff Bill Martin, a Republican, won nearly 60 percent of the vote, drawing 3,552 total votes to 2,352 total votes for his Democratic challenger, Mike Feagins...
Investigation underway in Monday house fire in Fort Scott
Fort Scott Fire Department investigators are looking into the cause of a blaze in a one-story house in the 300 block of South Lowman Street Monday afternoon. Firefighters responded about 1 p.m. to a report of a structure fire at 309 S. Lowman St. The call came in of a rear deck on fire and a large amount of smoke, according to police scanner reports...
Filmmaker, professor found inspiration in Gordon's Parks' works
The late Gordon Parks was an inspiration to filmmaker and educator Kevin Wilmott, this year's recipient of the Gordon Parks Choice of Weapons Award. Wilmott, a filmmaker and professor of film at the University of Kansas, was honored with the award Friday night at the Danny and Willa Ellis Family Fine Arts Center. The event was part of the 2016 Gordon Parks Celebration...
Actress shares memories of filming with Parks in Fort Scott
Actress Karole Graham, who co-starred in the 1969 Gordon Parks-directed film "The Learning Tree," shared some of her memories of working with the late Fort Scott native Friday at Fort Scott Community College. Graham, who played the part of Big Mabel in "The Learning Tree," was interviewed by filmmaker and professor Kevin Wilmott, this year's recipient of the Gordon Parks Choice of Weapons Award during a segment titled "Interviewing Gordon" inside the Danny and Willa Ellis Family Fine Arts Center on the FSCC campus.. ...