A royal kiss
Fort Scott High School's Homecoming king Quinton Parsons kisses queen Peyton Quick shortly after the two were crowned Friday night. The Homecoming ceremony was held during the break between the girls' and boy's varsity basketball games. Homecoming week concludes with a dance from 8 to 11 p.m. tonight at the high school commons area...
Focus on Fort Scott's east entrance
An effort to beautify certain portions of Fort Scott, starting with properties along East Wall Street, could be getting underway this spring. The Good Neighbor Action Team (GNAT), formed under the Fort Scott Community Visioning process, is looking to undertake a property improvement "blitz" in May to address blighted or dilapidated properties on East Wall Street from the bypass at Wall Street and U.S. Highway 69 east to the Fort Scott city limits...
County rethinking its culvert policy
The Bourbon County Commissioners may be ready to reverse their decision regarding who is allowed to install culverts in county ditches. On Friday, Third District Harold Coleman said after having a conversation with an unnamed resident, he is reconsidering the county's policy...
Celebrating homecoming in PJs
The students at Fort Scott High School are celebrating homecoming this week by dressing up each day with a theme. Wednesday was pajama day at the school, with the theme, "Woke Up This Way." Today there will be a homecoming assembly at 11:29 a.m. The king and queen will be crowned immediately after the varsity girls' basketball game tonight...
Hats thrown in ring for April 7 election
The deadline to file as a candidate for the April 7 municipal election has come to an end. Terms are expiring in city commissions or councils, school boards, the Fort Scott Community College Board of Trustees and the Southwind Extension District board...
Grant to help improve sidewalks, encourage students to walk
USD 234 and city officials want to get more local youth walking or biking to school. Plans are taking shape that could help with that notion starting this spring. In November, city and USD 234 officials learned the city and school district have been awarded a Safe Routes to School grant through the Kansas Department of Transportation. The aim of the program is to increase the health and safety of youngsters and the community by encouraging children to walk or bike to school...
Meals delivered to seniors deemed safe
The Meals on Wheels program in Bourbon County keeps rolling, serving hot, fresh meals to dozens of local senior citizens every day. Representatives of the program, offered through the Bourbon County Senior Center, 26 N. Main St., said they wish to address recent news reports regarding outbreaks of illness among recipients of meals through the Meals on Wheels program in the Chanute area in Neosho County...
Road project may not be what county expected
Improvements will be made to Maple Road in the near future, but the work may not include all the Bourbon County Commissioners had hoped for. On Monday, the commissioners and Public Works Director Jim Harris discussed an email they received last week about the project from Frank Young, engineer of Agricultural Engineering Associates of Uniontown...
Short sleeve shirt shooting
Brothers Donald and Raymond Harper are enjoying a 60-degree January day playing a game of backyard basketball Monday evening.
2014 'standard' year for fire calls
Last year was a pretty normal year for the Fort Scott Fire Department, according to Fort Scott Fire Chief Paul Ballou. In terms of numbers of fire calls Fort Scott firefighters responded to in 2014, Ballou said when compared to 2013 figures, there was no large increase or decrease in number of responses in a particular incident category...
County to move gravel roads higher up on to-do list
While 2014 was the year for asphalt, Bourbon County Public Works Director Jim Harris wants 2015 to be a year for gravel. In order for that to happen, commissioners agreed to buying some used equipment. "I've mentioned to you folks, I believe in 2014, we failed our gravel roads because of our aggressive asphalt program," Harris said Friday. "It's not a bad thing, but it's not a good thing. I want to go in a different direction in 2015."...
Architect contract signed for jail project
After Bourbon County Commissioners on Friday heard a summary of a community survey regarding the support of a jail project, Bourbon County Sheriff Bill Martin encouraged the commissioners move forward by contacting state legislators and signing an architectural contract...
Attorney general speaks at SEK Inc. annual dinner
Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt hit on topics such as the operations of his office, school finance and President Barack Obama's recent visit to Lawrence during the annual Southeast Kansas, Inc., meeting and dinner Thursday at the Liberty Theatre...
Coach, rodeo team ready for new building
d Chad Cross, Fort Scott Community College rodeo coach, is hopeful the journey to a new rodeo facility will soon end. So hopeful in fact, his rodeo team currently meets at the new rodeo facility, even though there is no heat or interior walls completed yet...
City, KDOT project to improve access from U.S. 69
A project is in the works that would address what city officials have said are longtime concerns with access to the Fort Scott Industrial Park. City Manager Dave Martin informed the Fort Scott City Commission Tuesday of what he called "good news" regarding access improvements at the industrial park. ...
New county director ready to help Bourbon County farmers
Growing up, Nola Burgess had hands-on experience of living on a farm. As an adult, she gained hands-on experience working with federal government requirements. The combination of those experiences is helping her lead the Bourbon County office of the FSA/USDA...
Anita June Ayre
Anita June Ayre, 75, of Redfield, Kan., passed away Wednesday morning, Jan. 21, 2015 at Fort Scott Manor. She was born June 30, 1939 in Bronson, Kan., the daughter of Earl Kenneth and Frances Mary (McGuire) Robinson. She married Donald D. Ayre Dec. 8, 1962 in Denver, Colo., and he survives of his home...
College president search nets 16 applicants
The Fort Scott Community College Board of Trustees are narrowing down the field of applicants for the president of the college vacated last year by Clayton Tatro. At Tuesday night's monthly board meeting Interim President Richard Hedges said there were 16 applications for the position...
Fort Scott's crime figures released
me areas and down in others in Fort Scott when comparing 2014 figures with those from 2013. Fort Scott Police Chief Travis Shelton said overall, numbers are down from what they were 10 years ago. "They're higher as far as numbers but lower than what they used to be," Shelton said...
City commission OKs zoning change for apartment complex
issioners on Tuesday approved a measure that will allow a local property owner to make further developments to his properties. Commissioners approved a recommendation from the Fort Scott Planning Commission to change zoning at the Fort Scott Professional Building, located at 710 W. Eighth St., from Residential Two-Family (R-2), to Residential Multi-Family (R-3)...
Following Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s example
Those who attended the Lunch and Learn held Monday at the Gordon Parks Museum were encouraged to follow Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s example and do something for others on a regular basis. About 60 people attended the event where LaShawn Miller, a Fort Scott Community College adjunct instructor, spoke about King's life "Are We Living the Dream?"...
Grass fires place home, fire fighter in danger
As dry conditions continue in the area, Bourbon County rural firefighters continue to battle a wave of brush and grass fires. Just a few days after dealing with five separate fires in various parts of the county Friday afternoon and evening, rural fire agencies fought two more fires Monday afternoon. Three of the Friday fires were related to the burning of brush or trash...
Conservation District's annual meeting
Dr. David Gordon, biologist at Pittsburg State University, talks about bees during the Bourbon County Conservation District's 69th annual meeting and dinner Saturday night at Uniontown High School.
Program initiated to lead others out of poverty
As a result of a discussion on poverty held during the Gordon Parks Celebration in October, a new program is being organized to help bring people out of poverty. On Thursday, about 25 people attended a meeting to develop the Circles program in Bourbon County through Project 17, a regional economic development project. Heather Morgan, Project 17 executive director, facilitated the meeting...
Official charges filed in threatening email case
Official charges have been filed against a 16-year-old Bourbon County male accused of sending a threatening email message to USD 234 on Jan. 5. The Fort Scott High School student was arrested Jan. 6 at the Fort Scott Police Department on charges of conspiracy to commit aggravated criminal threat. The Tribune was unable to confirm exact charges the juvenile faces or whether additional charges have been filed in the case...