Key to the city
Fort Scott resident Anne Emerson (right) is recognized by Fort Scott Mayor Cindy Bartelsmeyer for her accomplishments and efforts in the community over the years during Tuesday evening's Fort Scott City Commission meeting. Bartelsmeyer read a proclamation declaring April 22 as Anne Emerson Day in Fort Scott. Emerson received a key to the city and certificate in honor of the recognition. Some of Emerson's friends and family members attended the presentation...
USD 235 reports problems with state testing system
Like other districts in Kansas, Uniontown USD 235 is experiencing difficulties in administering the annual state assessment tests. "Patience is the key word for state assessments this year," West Bourbon Elementary School Prinicipal Tracy Smith said at Monday's USD 235 Board of Education meeting. "The system has been hacked into...it's kind of like Obamacare...the software is not working, but it does work at certain times."...
Martin, city firm on shutting down parking lot business
Citing problems with traffic congestion, safety and other concerns, city officials have put a halt to swapping, trading and selling merchandise in city-owned parking lots. City Manager Dave Martin informed the Fort Scott City Commission on Tuesday about his recent decision to close off city-owned parking lots to the growing buy, sell and trade community due to complaints and concerns that he has recently received from citizens...
Architects give USD 234 Board look at progress towards bond issue
A potential school bond issue came into sharper focus during Monday night's regular USD 234 Board of Education meeting. Keegan Jackson and Ed Carlson, representatives of Hollis and Miller Architects, gave the board a "snapshot" and detailed a "game plan" of where the firm currently is with bond planning and scoping for the district. ...
Eggs, candy, prizes await children at annual Easter Egg Hunt
Kiwanis Club Easter Egg Hunt Chairman Bob Eckles said about 300 children scoured parts of Gunn Park Saturday for eggs that contained candy or prizes.
County unveils hard-surface road plan
After several sessions to develop a plan for hard-surface road projects, the Bourbon County Commissioners received a final schedule Monday from Roads and Bridges Director Jim Harris. The first project on the list is a one-mile stretch on 240th Street, from Jayhawk to Kansas roads...
Individuals provide input for technology pilot project
Attendees of Friday's meeting to launch a plan to bring more broadband access to Fort Scott offered their opinions on various topics related to creating an action plan for the statewide broadband initiative. About a dozen people met at City Hall to discuss the recent selection of Fort Scott as a pilot community for the statewide broadband initiative through the Kansas Department of Commerce...
It is the middle of April, right?
Snow falls in heavy flakes in Downtown Fort Scott Monday morning. The snow melted quickly, but colder temperatures remained. The overnight low was expected to be below freezing, dipping to the mid to low-20s.
Repairing part of Fort Scott's past
Employees of Wilson Home Restoration of Pleasant Hill, Mo., finish replacing the Western Blockhouse roof with wood cedar shingles Friday afternoon. The roof was damaged during the April 2013 hailstorm. Fort Scott resident Gene Duvall said the Civil War era building was constructed in 1863. ...
County looks to gain revenue from walnut trees
Bourbon County Commissioners on Friday agreed to solicit bids for the harvest of walnut trees located at the Bourbon County Landfill. Dale Bollinger approached the commissioners Monday about logging the trees. Commissioners said they would need to get bids for the trees and asked Bollinger to mark them. ...
Fort Scott's journey in pilot project begins
Fort Scott took the first of likely several steps toward a plan for more broadband internet access during a launch meeting Friday at City Hall. A group of about a dozen city and county officials, local businesspeople and representatives of different aspects of the community met regarding Fort Scott recently being chosen as a pilot community for an action plan for the statewide broadband initiative...
Nevada teen injured in rollover accident
A Nevada, Mo., teenager was injured when she was ejected from the vehicle she was driving Thursday evening in Bourbon County. The accident occurred at about 6:30 p.m. in the area of 255th Street and Poplar Road. According to a report from the Bourbon County Sheriff's Office, the 16-year-old driver was traveling north on 255th Street when the 2000 Grand Am she was driving began to slide. ...
SB 434 becomes part of House Bill 2506 First meeting of local legislative feasibility committee meeting canceled as HB 2506 passes
A Senate Bill which could have greatly impacted Fort Scott Community College became part of a House Bill which will give all higher education more money. Senate Bill 434, the SUCCESS Act, which was submitted in early March, would have allowed community colleges in Kansas to reduce a portion of their mill levy in exchange for state dollars...
Man hurt in car-motorcycle wreck
A Devon man was hurt in a two-vehicle motorcycle accident Wednesday afternoon west of Fort Scott. Emergency personnel responded between 1:30 and 2 p.m. Wednesday to a two-vehicle accident involving a motorcycle and passenger car that took place near the junction of U.S. Highway 54 and Kansas Highway 7 about four miles west of Fort Scott...
Uniontown's treasurer resigns, council gets project update
Citing health concerns, longtime City of Uniontown Treasurer Larry Neville told the council on Tuesday night that the council would need to find a replacement for him, Neville said. "I can't say enough about Sally (Johnson, the city clerk). I've pushed a lot onto her. She is a good student and picks it up quickly, but you need a treasurer. The first of May, we (he and his wife Linda) will be close to moving."...
District wants input on facilities, tech needs
In order to determine whether the USD 234 school district will pursue a bond issue later this year, members of the community are asked to complete a facility and technology needs survey. The survey, which is available online until April 17, also ties in with the recently completed district-wide facilities assessment...
Memories in the Making
Submitted photo Laney Covey looks at a painting created by her great-grandmother, Hattie Homan. A reception was held Sunday as part of the opening of the Memories in the Making Alzheimer's Association Art Show now being held at the Danny and Willa Ellis Family fine Arts Center on the Fort Scott Community College campus. The show is open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. through Sunday...
Trolley's mechanical ills puts Chamber in quandary
Dolly the Trolley is no spring chicken and isn't getting around like she used to. In fact, the ol' gal is in some serious trouble. The vehicle used to give tours to Fort Scott visitors currently is out of commission, which is causing an issue for the City of Fort Scott...
Spring is in the air
A white flowering tree frames Old Glory against a clear blue sky Monday at Fort Scott Community College. Spring has arrived in Bourbon County, with numerous trees in bloom. This week's weather also is expected to be spring-like, with high temperatures peaking in the lower 70s and plenty of sunshine...
Commissioners agree to walnut tree harvest
Walnut trees growing at the Bourbon County Landfill will be available for logging after commissioners decide on bid specifications for the project. On Monday, the commissioners met with Dale Bollinger who asked if he could cut the trees for logs. "There's about 15 trees out there. I was just wondering if you'd be interested in selling those," he said...
Care to share/Sharing Bucket fundraiser
Kinley Rice was the special musical guest during a Gospel concert Saturday evening at Memorial Hall on 1 E. 3rd St. The event included skits which featured the cast of Kelly's Kountry Junction TV show. In addition, the First Church of the Nazarene Worship Band performed...
Much still up in air after court ruling
A recent Kansas Supreme Court decision addressing school funding and inequities among districts may have an impact on Fort Scott schools, according to USD 234 Superintendent Diane Gross. In early March, the court ruled that current public school funding levels are unconstitutional and that districts must be repaid for past cuts by July 1...
Prescribed burn planned at FSNHS
The Fort Scott National Historic Site plans to conduct a prescribed burn in the park sometime this month. FSNHS Superintendent Betty Boyko announced Friday that a prescribed fire is scheduled to be conducted in the park sometime between now and April 30, according to a National Park Service news release...
County opens bids on new grader
With a fleet of road equipment and in order to maintain the county's 155 miles of hard surface roads, the Bourbon County Commissioners work to replace older equipment every year. At Friday's commission meeting, Commission Chairman Allen Warren opened bids from three local banks to finance a new 12 M Caterpillar motor grader for road maintenance. The cost for the grader is $122,875...