Kids take part in weekend events
Rebekah Houser/Tribune photo Events held Saturday in Bourbon County gave kids an opportunity to have some fun. At Gunn Park in Fort Scott, a mountain bike skills workshop was held in conjunction with Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day. The annual Care to Share, Relay for Life of Bourbon County Fall Festival also was held, giving kids and their families the opportunity to participate in several fall activities in rural Bourbon County...
Commission to hear fiber optic proposal tonight
s Fiber Network to lay fiber optic cable through Fort Scott is one of several items on a packed agenda for tonight's Fort Scott City Commission meeting. During the meeting, scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. in the Commission Room at City Hall, 123 S. Main St., commissioners are slated to hear from representatives of the Kansas Fiber Network regarding a possible franchise agreement between the company and the city of Fort Scott...
Arrest made hours after high-speed chase called off
The Bourbon County Sheriff's Office has apprehended a Nevada, Mo., man following a high-speed chase on Sunday. About 1:43 a.m., sheriff deputies patrolling in the 1200 block of 240th street attempted a traffic stop that ultimately led to a pursuit into Vernon County, Bourbon County Sheriff Bill Martin said Monday...
Working the night shift
A portion of Sixth Street near National Avenue was closed while city crews made some minor repairs to a water main.
Fort Scottians travel to see Pope Francis
Fort Scottians JoAnn Thomas and her grandson, Lucas Snyder got to see Pope Francis on Sept. 22 through the generosity of Jennifer Jackman. Jackman is a Gold Star mother, one who has lost a child while serving in the military. She was given tickets to attend the welcoming ceremony on the White House South Lawn but was unable to attend...
Shoppers begin paying for new jail Thursday
Even though the location for the new county jail has not been determined, shoppers are already beginning to pay for the project. Beginning Thursday, the sales tax rate increased in Bourbon County as part of the $6.8 million bond issue to fund a new county jail...
USD 235 budget adjusted for error, mill levy unchanged
cial meeting Monday night, the USD 235 Board of Education approved its republished budget. There was no public comment. "When our budget was originally published, a revenue source was misplaced in the bond and interest fund," Interim Superintendent Jan Hedges said. "That source is approved for the Local Option Budget fund. We republished to correct the error."...
Economic development director awarded scholarship for program
Fort Scott Director of Economic Development Heather Griffith has been selected as a 2015 recipient of the annual Bob Ady Scholarship. Griffith, economic development director for Fort Scott since 2013, is one of eight recipients recently selected by the Mid-America Economic Development Council for the annual Bob Ady Scholarship Program...
Search for jail site resumes Commissioners vote to back out of agreement to purchase property near school
Thirty people crammed into the Bourbon County Commissioner meeting room Tuesday to voice their concern about locating a new county jail near the Christian Learning Center. But their voices had already been heard. Commissioners voted to reverse their decision to buy 13.7 acres along Jayhawk and Liberty Bell roads...
Shelton hired as new USD 234 business manager
USD 234 is moving forward with a new business manager after action taken Tuesday by the USD 234 Board of Education. During a three-minute special meeting Tuesday, the board unanimously approved hiring Gina Shelton, currently a CPA working with a local firm, as business manager and board clerk for the remainder of the 2015-16 school year...
Trustees hear about good things happening at FSCC
Fort Scott Community College President Alysia Johnston spoke of positive things happening at the college during the board of trustees meeting Monday evening. "We are first in the nation of community colleges through an organization called Smart Asset," Johnston said. "We are very proud...(and) are going to celebrate that accomplishment Oct. 14."...
Westhoff second at Rim Rock Farm
RURAL JEFFERSON COUNTY -- Fort Scott High senior Cassidy Westhoff finished second in the Girls' Blue Division race at an event hosted by the University of Kansas at Rim Rock Farm here Saturday. The Blue Division is for top programs in Kansas classes 4A on down or the equivalent classes in other states. There were 256 competitors in the girls' race and 271 in the boys' race, which included Fort Scott junior Devin Brooks...
Board votes to extend financing for Ellis Center
The Fort Scott Community College Board of Trustees took action Monday that FSCC President Alysia Johnston said will improve the college's cash flow. The board voted to structure the refinancing of the Ellis Fine Arts Center at Fort Scott Community College...
Fort Scott welcomes newest citizens
On Friday, 91 people began their new lives as U.S. citizens. The new citizens, representing about 40 different countries and a variety of careers, took the Oath of Citizenship pledge during U.S. District Court for the District of Kansas naturalization proceedings Friday morning at the Fort Scott National Historic Site. The applicants for citizenship also learned of their rights and responsibilities as new U.S. citizens...
Portion of Case tractor collection displayed at Pioneer Harvest Fiesta
Arthur Closs, 51, has a passion. He collects Case tractors. He has approximately 100 tractors that run, about 300 tractors altogether. It is a passion his dad, Frederick Closs Jr., had and one Arthur Closs is passing on to his 20-year-old daughter, Caitlin...
Coffee klatsch going strong after 50-plus years
For over half a century, intermingled with the chaos of raising families and living life, a small group of women have continually met like clockwork to get together to talk and drink coffee. "We originally probably started close to 1960, 61 or 62," Shirley Culbertson, one of the two original members, said Wednesday as the group gathered in her apartment...
Mercy Hospital Fort Scott stays
Wednesday was "a happy day" at Mercy Hospital Fort Scott. Within five minutes, word spread among the employees that Mercy Hospital services would continue in Fort Scott. The Mercy Ministry Board in St. Louis met Wednesday to discuss the outcome of the Mercy Fort Scott discernment process that began in the spring of 2014...
Gorman is a National Merit Scholarship finalist
Fort Scott High School Senior Clare Gorman, 17, has realized a goal she set for herself early in her school years. She is a semifinalist in the National Merit Scholarship Program. The National Merit Scholarship Program (NMSP) is an academic competition for recognition and scholarships that began in 1955. ...
Pioneer Harvest Fiesta to feature 100-year-old engine
The 59th annual Pioneer Harvest Fiesta is in full swing from now until Sunday at the Bourbon County Fairgrounds in Fort Scott. Featured each year are two machines, a tractor and an engine, which is usually a stationary engine. "Our featured tractor is the steam engine" said David McCord, Pioneer Harvest Fiesta Club's President...
Spraying season means planes flying low
Area residents who look to the skies may have noticed some low-flying planes making the rounds above Bourbon County. The planes residents might be seeing are spray planes that regularly take care of farmers' lands and fields by spraying to control pests and noxious weeds when farmers and ranchers aren't able to do so. The pilots make use of Fort Scott Municipal Airport and airports in other communities when doing their jobs...
Resident disputes county right-of-way
Bourbon County Commissioners agreed Tuesday to ask Frank Young, engineer with Agricultural Engineering of Uniontown, to meet with a landowner who claims part of his property is now in a county road. Mike Younggren and Bryan Slone, an attorney, attended the meeting to discuss the issue of the county road cutting through a corner of Younggren's property located on 115th Street near Indian Road. ...
Trustees revise 2016 budget
Four Fort Scott Community College Board of Trustees voted to adopt the revised 2015-16 year budget for the college. A special meeting, held via a conference call with board members, was held Tuesday evening to revise the budget. "The revision is the result of an additional assessment coming through late, after we were given our budgets and submitted our budgets," Julie Eichenberger, FSCC dean of finance and operations said. ...
Eagles 2-1 vs. larger schools
RIVERTON -- Uniontown High School's volleyball team won two of three matches in a non-league quad here Thursday. The Eagles topped Columbus and Galena but fell to Riverton. "I was very pleased with our play," Uniontown head coach Jackie Hall said. "These are 3A and 4A schools and it is always good to see how you can compete outside the (Three Rivers League) and against larger schools."...
Getting pretty before showtime
Becky the elephant seems to enjoy her shower supplied by the Fort Scott Fire Department with trainer Armando Loyal supervising Monday afternoon. Becky is part of the Carson and Barnes Circus of Hugo, Okla., which performed at the Bourbon County Fairgrounds. Parents and children came to watch the elephants being bathed before the first performance at 4:30 p.m...
More volunteers needed for rural fire departments
Rural fire department officials are doing what they can to address a need for volunteer firefighters in Bourbon County. Officials said four individuals who have expressed interest in becoming a rural volunteer firefighter learned more about serving on fire departments, how fire departments are organized and the training involved during a volunteer firefighter recruiting meeting Saturday afternoon at the Uniontown Fire Station...