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Friday, Jan. 20, 2017
Bourbon County dodges the big one (01/18/17)
Bourbon County dodged a major winter weather bullet last weekend, officials said. Local officials said Tuesday the city and county were fortunate the severe ice storm predicted to hit the area over the weekend was not as bad as anticipated. The area did receive some freezing rain, but warmer temperatures that arrived Sunday melted off much of the ice after it formed...
Commissioners tour jail site, concrete expected this week (01/18/17)
Bourbon County Commissioners received an update Tuesday on construction of the new Bourbon County Law Enforcement Center. Commissioners visited the construction site located at 323 E. 20th St., during their regular meeting and later returned to the commission room at the courthouse for the afternoon portion of their meeting...
Progress on the USD 234 bond projects (01/13/17)
Portions of the USD 234 bond projects are nearing completion.
Martin explains role of codes manager (01/13/17)
On Tuesday, Bourbon County Treasurer Rhonda Dunn announced she would resign her position to take a job as the city of Fort Scott codes manager. Dunn, who began her second term as treasurer on Oct. 1, has not set a date for her resignation as she still upcoming deadlines to meet for the state...
Wind spreads grass fire to three structures at Redfield (01/13/17)
Bourbon County rural firefighters battled a fire that burned down three structures Wednesday in Redfield. Several rural fire departments responded to a fire that broke out about 4 p.m. in structures on Spruce and Cedar streets. Bourbon County Fire District No. 3 Chief Delwin Mumbower said Thursday said the initial call came in as a grass fire. Windy conditions then helped the fire spread to the buildings...
ONLINE FIRST: FSCC reschedules for Monday; Tigers' make-up set for Jan. 24 (01/12/17)
Fort Scott Community College's basketball versus Labette, originally scheduled for Saturday, has been moved to Monday and will now be a Martin Luther King Jr. Day matinee at Arnold Arena. Greyhound teams were scheduled to resume their season with a Jayhawk Conference-Division II doubleheader but the threatened accumulation of up to a half inch of ice forced the postponement of this and other events...
Be prepared for winter storm (01/12/17)
According to a statement issued Thursday afternoon on social media, Bourbon County Emergency Management personnel concluded a conference call with the National Weather Service office in Springfield regarding the winter storm that will be affecting the area from late tonight through the weekend...
County's elected officials take oath of office (01/11/17)
New Bourbon County Commissioners and several other county elected officials were officially sworn into office Monday afternoon at the Bourbon County Courthouse. Sworn in by Bourbon County District Judge Mark Ward were new commissioners Jeff Fischer, who defeated former Second District Commissioner Barbara Albright in the August primary, and Nick Ruhl, who defeated former Third district Commissioner Harold Coleman in the November general election. ...
Dunn announces she will resign as county treasurer (01/11/17)
A day after being sworn in, Bourbon County Treasurer Rhonda Dunn announced she will be taking a new job with the city of Fort Scott. During Tuesday's Bourbon County Commission meeting, Dunn said she will become the city codes manager for codes enforcement...
Intramural sports program 'alive and well' at FSMS (01/11/17)
The USD 234 Board of Education on Monday received an overview of the intramural program at Fort Scott Middle School. During the regular monthly board meeting, Leah Carter, intramural coordinator and teacher, and Dakota Hall, intramural coach, provided the board with an outline of the program, which is available to sixth through eighth grades and offers a variety of games and activities...
Commission approves rezoning (01/04/17)
Concerns about the possible location of a dirt race track in Fort Scott were voiced during a Tuesday evening meeting of the Fort Scott Planning Commission. Several local residents filled the commission meeting room at City Hall to hear details on a proposal by a local company to locate a dirt race track on land south of Jayhawk and Liberty Bell Roads. ...
Commissioners hear year-end reports (01/04/17)
The Bourbon County Commission had a light agenda for its first meeting of 2017 as they discussed some end-of-year reports and conducted other routine business. Southeast Regional Correctional Center Major Bobby Reed provided commissioners with a year-end report that included figures on bookings for 2016...
Bond projects, construction part of 2016 history (12/30/16)
The Tribune continues its look back at some of the more noteworthy stories of 2016 Work continued throughout 2016 on the $40.8 million USD 234 school bond projects voters approved in late 2014. Hundreds of workers worked over the summer on projects at all four district schools. ...
Transition of county commission chair completed (12/30/16)
"Transition" seems to be a word heard a lot lately as one president prepares to leave the White House and another takes office in January. Bourbon County had its own transition Thursday as one Bourbon County Commission chairperson made room for another. It all happened quickly -- within a half an hour -- and quietly -- except once when several papers from a desk drawer crashed to the floor...
Recap of events that shaped Bourbon County (12/28/16)
The Tribune begins its look back at some of the most noteworthy stories of 2016. In September, Anthony M. Anderson was sentenced to life in prison with no possibility of parole for at least 25 years for his involvement in the April 2015 death of 6-month-old Aiden J. Osborn...
Agricultural land valuations changing statewide (12/28/16)
During a meeting held Wednesday, Dec. 20, to discuss how agricultural land valuations are determined, about 60 residents also learned how Bourbon County compares to statewide valuations. The meeting was held after several local agricultural landowners questioned the amount of increase they have seen with their property taxes. Bourbon County Appraiser Clinton Anderson organized the meeting at the Bourbon County 4-H Building...
House on Barbee Street damaged by Tuesday morning fir (12/28/16)
Fort Scott Fire Department officials are looking into the cause of a house fire Tuesday morning on North Barbee Street. Fort Scott Fire Chief Paul Ballou said firefighters responded about 8 a.m. to a report of a structure fire at a residence at 101 N. Barbee St. He said the fire was "mostly smoke" and the one-and-a-half-story house was "pretty heavily damaged."...
Meeting held to explain ag land valuation (12/23/16)
Because several agricultural landowners have questioned why their property taxes have increased, Bourbon County Appraiser Clinton Anderson organized a meeting Wednesday evening at the Bourbon County 4-H Building with representatives from the Kansas Department of Revenue Division of Property Valuation...
Five-year plan approved for airport improvements (12/23/16)
City Commissioners on Tuesday approved a five-year plan for short-term and long-term improvements at the Fort Scott Municipal Airport. Airport Director Kenny Howard presented the plan to commissioners and said it will be submitted to the Federal Aviation Administration for approval. The report highlights long-range needs at the airport as well as costs associated with the projects. The plan runs through 2027...