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Monday, Sep. 26, 2016
Learning about 'Life in a Jar' (09/23/16)
Megan Felt, program director at the Lowell Milken Center for Unsung Heroes, talks to students and teachers from Topeka about the center's Life in a Jar project Friday at the educational center. Felt was among a group of Uniontown students who spearheaded the project, which tells the story of Polish heroine Irena Sendler and her efforts to rescue Jewish children in World War II, in 1999. ...
Work continues on U.S. Highway 69 project (09/23/16)
Workers are in the midst of a project to make improvements to U.S. Highway 69 and the highway's intersections with South National Avenue and various other streets. Work began in May on intersection and corridor improvements. The U.S. 69 project area runs from South National to 23rd Street and includes intersections with National, 19th and 23rd streets. ...
Uniontown moves forward with grant applications (09/23/16)
Uniontown City Council members hired two new employees during a special meeting held Wednesday. Betsie Binford is now the part-time animal control officer. She will work as needed and receive $9 per hour, plus mileage. Doug Coyan is the new codes enforcement officer. He will work 10 to 15 hours per month for a total $150 per month, plus mileage...
Cemetery tours begin (09/23/16)
A historical tour of the St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery took place Thursday evening. The tour was the first of a planned series of narrated, guided historic tours of local cemeteries hosted by the Old Fort Genealogical Library. Local historian Fred Campbell will provide a tour of Evergreen Cemetery on Thursday, Sept. 29...
Changes on the horizon for My Father's House (09/23/16)
Some changes are coming down the pike for a local community assistance agency. As of Oct. 1, the My Father's House Community Outreach Center, which provides outreach and day services to rural homeless people and those in need in the Fort Scott/Bourbon County area, will be known as Fort Scott Compassionate Ministries...
Improvements planned for Fort Scott's water plant (09/23/16)
Fort Scott City Commissioners on Tuesday approved engineering services for some water production and distribution improvements and heard the results of an inspection at the wastewater treatment plant. Public Utilities Director Michael Mix informed commissioners about an annual inspection that took place May 25 at the wastewater treatment plant located at 601 N. Barbee St. Mix said there were no deficiencies or violations found that require action...
FSHS golfers compete in Chanute tourney (09/21/16)
CHANUTE -- Lauren Madison just missed out on a fourth straight meet with a medal here Monday, settling for a tie for 11th at the Chanute Invitational. Madison shot 46 on the front nine but fell back to a 59 on the back for a total of 105, finishing in a tie with three other golfers...
Fall at the Farmers Market (09/21/16)
From the trees to produce and flowers, the Farmers Market is saturated with fall colors Tuesday. The market is open from 4 to 6 p.m. Tuesdays and 8 a.m. to noon Saturdays through the end of October at Skubitz Plaza.
County signs declaration for rain-damaged roads (09/21/16)
The Bourbon County Commissioners on Tuesday signed a resolution to declare the county a disaster area due to "significantly" damaged roads during a Sept. 15 rainstorm. The declaration had to be made before the county can apply for state or federal funding for road repairs in the southwestern area of the county...
Fort Scott City manager receives extension on contract (09/21/16)
Fort Scott City Commissioners elected Tuesday to show support for City Manager Dave Martin with a pay increase and contract extension. Following a 10-minute executive session to discuss non-elected personnel, commissioners returned to open session during their regular meeting and voted unanimously to increase Martin's salary by $10,000, to $101,290 annually...
Water over the dam (09/20/16)
Even though it's been since Friday that the area has had heavy rainfall, water continues to rush over the dam on the Marmaton River at Gunn Park Monday. The remainder of the week is expected to be dry, with more summer-like temperatures returning today, with the heat index is expected to be near 100...
John Deere program could move to Bourbon County (09/20/16)
Fort Scott Community College is faced with moving its John Deere Technician Training program located in Frontenac. During the Monday meeting of the FSCC Board of Trustees, FSCC President Alysia Johnston said in recent weeks, FSCC officials learned that the college "has lost its lease" on the FSCC Agricultural Technology Campus used for the John Deere program, which trains students to become certified in servicing John Deere equipment...
Negotiation for USD 235 teachers' contracts at standstill (09/20/16)
A fact finder will be called to help with negotiations between the Uniontown School Board and the Uniontown Teachers' Association. On Monday, Sept. 12, the Uniontown USD 235 Board of Education discussed negotiations during an executive session. "As of tonight the teachers association has elected to not accept our offer," Board President Jason Sutterby said after the regular board meeting...
Car from childhood is basis for sculptor's work (09/17/16)
A childhood memory of Paula Blincoe Collins has taken physical form. Collins, a potter and sculptor who is from Bourbon County and now living in Texas, returned home briefly Thursday with her creation -- a full-scale sculpted replica of the 1940 Pontiac from her childhood...
Homecoming royalty at Uniontown (09/17/16)
The Uniontown Homecoming King and Queen were crowned Friday night in the high school gym because of the threat of continued rain. Haley O'Neal is the queen and Cale Coyan is the king.
BREAKING: Kickoff time changes for Tigers-Comets (09/16/16)
Fort Scott High School's home football game versus Chanute will kick off tonight at 6 p.m. at Frary Field, one hour earlier than normal, due to concerns about the weather. Should lightning be seen nearby during the game, KSHSAA regulations require a 30-minute stoppage of play, which resets with each new sighting. The move of kickoff up an hour is an effort to keep the game from ending at an extremely-late hour should lightning invade the area...
A county treasure-trove faces money challenges (09/16/16)
In a section of the basement of Memorial Hall at Third Street and National Avenue sits what Ken Lyon said is a "valuable asset" to the community. But as expenses continue to increase, the "asset's" future may not be so bright. Lyon is president of the Old Fort Genealogical Society, a nonprofit organization with a mission to "collect, preserve and disseminate knowledge and information with reference to genealogical and related historical, biographical and heraldic data," according to submitted information.. ...
Search for new Uniontown superintendent/principal to resume (09/16/16)
The Uniontown USD 235 Board of Education is expected to resume its search for a new superintendent/junior, senior high school principal in the near future. Following a 45-minute executive session to discuss negotiations and non-elected personnel Monday, the board accepted the resignation of Jan Hedges as junior and senior high school principal and superintendent. Her resignation becomes effective June 30...
Changes at the Fort Scott Public Library (09/14/16)
Fort Scott Public Library staff have moved operations and several materials temporarily to the basement of Memorial Hall while the library building at 201 S. National Ave. undergoes renovations. The library is open at its temporary location from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Public computers are available with a 30-minute time limit. Free wireless is available for use inside and outside the building. Story time is at 10 a.m. on Tuesdays...
Guaranteed price for jail project approved Area construction boom blamed for cost exceeding estimate (09/14/16)
The Bourbon County Commissioners signed an agreement Tuesday which will set the guaranteed construction price for the Bourbon County Law Enforcement at $6.9 million instead of $6.85 million. Even though bids have not been received for all components of the project, commissioners learned the demand on construction contractors is driving up the cost...
Symbols of Sacrifice: A tribute to the fallen (09/13/16)
The Fort Scott National Historic Site is the location of Symbols of Sacrifice and the Field of Honor, where nearly 7,000 flags are placed. Each flag represents an individual who has given their life during the Global War on Terrorism. The Field of Honor is open during daylight hours until noon Thursday...
Board hears report from Nabholz (09/13/16)
Much of the discussion at Monday's meeting of the USD 234 Board of Education was centered around the status of continuing school bond projects. Robby Manthei, project manager for Nabholz Construction Services of Olathe, construction manager for the bond projects, shared a variety of news with board members, including updates on progress at all four schools, as well as timelines...
Students place flags for week-long recognition (09/09/16)
A group of Uniontown junior high students got a little closer to the meanings of freedom and sacrifice Friday at the Fort Scott National Historic Site. Forty-one seventh graders from Uniontown Junior Senior High School who turned out with some school staff had a mission -- to place several U.S. flags on the fort grounds as part of the annual Symbols of Sacrifice event which began Friday...
Gunn Park Trails Signage project nears completion (09/09/16)
Those using the Gunn Park trails will be able to find their way more easily, thanks to a Sunflower Foundation grant and work from Frank Halsey, trail enthusiast. The grant provides funding for directional and mile markers signs along the trails. While the signs help visitors know where they are in the park, they also will be helpful in the event emergency response personnel are called to assist an injured bicyclist or hiker...
Gunn Park Trails Signage project nears completion (09/09/16)
Those using the Gunn Park trails will be able to find their way more easily, thanks to a Sunflower Foundation grant and work from Frank Halsey, trail enthusiast. The grant provides funding for directional and mile markers signs along the trails. While the signs help visitors know where they are in the park, they also will be helpful in the event emergency response personnel are called to assist an injured bicyclist or hiker...