Commissioners receive request for fire district
Bourbon County Commissioners on Tuesday took a step in the process of getting answers for trustees of two townships. After a motion by Commissioner Nick Ruhl, commissioners unanimously voted in favor of requesting a financial audit of Garland Fire District No. 2, with Scott and Drywood Townships to be responsible for the cost of the audit...
Large number on water meter a mystery
UNIONTOWN -- Uniontown City officials are checking into an issue City Clerk Sally Johnson said is an "unusual" circumstance concerning a water meter reading. During their Feb. 14 meeting, city council members learned one meter reading showed a residence had a higher than normal water usage -- 70,780 gallons. The Jan. 19 reading was for a residence at 302 Sherman St...
Annual spelling bee
The 35th annual Fort Scott Recreation Commission Spelling Bee was held Saturday at Buck Run Community Center.
Fort Scott's tourism to undergo city review
Fort Scott city officials plan to soon look into the matter of tourism in the city. Following a recommendation from City Commissioner Jim Adams, city commissioners on Tuesday approved Adams' motion for city staff to research an idea to bring tourism back under the umbrella of the city. Commissioners discussed the issue briefly before voting to approve the motion...
Decision on additional jail cells on hold
A change order to add 16 cells to the Bourbon County Law Enforcement Center has been drawn up and ready for a signature, according to Bourbon County Commission Chair Lynne Oharah. The commissioners agreed to continue discussing the additional cells at 10:45 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 28...
Sheriff wants to add more cells now instead of later; Jail project progressing on schedule, within guaranteed construction budget
Bourbon County Sheriff Bill Martin has asked the county commissioners to include 16 additional beds in the new Bourbon County Law Enforcement Center, which would add another $385,000 to the project, according to one construction official. The Bourbon County Law Enforcement Center currently is on schedule and within the guaranteed construction price of $6.25 million, according to Gary Walker, project leader with Universal Construction Company of Lenexa...
Contracts approved, minus longtime administrator
The USD 234 Board of Education on Monday approved several early retirement requests and other employment items, including the non-renewal of one school principal and longtime educator. After spending a total of 80 minutes in executive session, board members returned to open meeting and approved several employment matters, including a list of district directors and administrators for the 2017-18 school year. ...
Transition between principals underway at Winfield Scott
Longtime educator and administrator Marianna Daugherty plans to retire after the current school year, but she feels she's leaving the job in good hands. Daugherty, 65, principal at Winfield Scott School, is currently in her 38th year in education. In late 2016, she announced her plans to retire at the end of the 2016-17 school year. The USD 234 Board of Education later approved her request and has hired Joy McGhee, kindergarten teacher at Winfield Scott, as her replacement...
Ten teams, 55 dancers compete in Dancing With Our Stars
Rotary's Seventh Annual Dancing with our Stars was held Saturday evening at the Danny and Willa Ellis Family Fine Arts Center on the Fort Scott Community College campus. This year's theme was "Battle for the Fort. Ten teams, with a total of 55 dancers, raised a total of $11,084 for local charities...
USD 234 officials watching legislative action on funding
USD 234 officials are watching the current legislative session and actions that could affect school funding. During Monday's USD 234 Board of Education meeting, Superintendent Bob Beckham and Business Manager Gina Shelton reported they have had recent discussions with area lawmakers who are in the midst of hashing out plans to balance the state budget. The legislative session began in January...
FFA blood drive
The Fort Scott High School FFA hosted a Blood Mobile Monday afternoon.
The blood mobile was set up on the south side of the high school behind the agriculture shop and was open to the public.
New historians emerging at FSHS
The next generation of Fort Scott and Bourbon County historians could be sitting in a classroom at Fort Scott High School. The history club at the high school consists of a group of students who meet once a month to focus on the historical aspects of Fort Scott and Bourbon County. ...
City to negotiate proposal for Memorial Hall sale
City officials are looking into the future of Memorial Hall. At Tuesday's meeting of the Fort Scott City Commission, commissioners voted to allow City Manager Dave Martin permission to negotiate a possible proposal to sell the building, which is more than 90 years old, to Last Farmhouse Films, Inc., a nonprofit company based in the Kansas City area, which has approached the city with an interest in converting the building into an event center...
High school homecomings
Homecoming was celebrated Friday at Uniontown and Fort Scott high schools. Royalty was crowned between the girls' and boys' games at both schools.
Something to crow about
A rooster appears to be crowing about a parking space he has occupied at the Bourbon County Courthouse on a sunny Tuesday morning. For several weeks, visitors of the Bourbon County Courthouse have been greeted by a free-range rooster, which is believed to belong to a nearby resident...
City commission voices support for new apartment project
The Fort Scott City Commission on Tuesday took an early step toward rehabilitating a set of blighted downtown buildings. Commissioners unanimously approved a letter of support and contributing city funds toward the Fort Scott Lofts project, which would involve redevelopment of the Union buildings at 18, 20 and 22 S. Main St., into 27 loft-style apartments...
County to offer free waste tire disposal program for residents
Bourbon County residents will have an opportunity to discard their old tires at no charge thanks to a Kansas Department of Health and Environment grant-funded program sponsored by the county. Bourbon County Commissioners on Tuesday agreed to proceed with the program, which is being organized by Eric Bailey, environmental services coordinator. He and Public Works Director Jim Harris are working together to coordinate the drop-off at the landfill...
Putting on their game faces
Participants, from left, James Humble, Fort Scott Community College student, Davis Goodbody, Elizabeth Staton-Johnson, FSCC student, Kady Laporte and Darrian Hall, FSCC students, play a trivia game during a game night Thursday in the Fort Scott Community College library. ...
Renovation of public library nearly complete
Patrons of the Fort Scott Public Library will have a surprise in store this spring. Although not yet complete, renovations at the library, located at 201 S. National Ave., are progressing. Plans are for work to be complete and to move the library from its temporary location in the basement of Memorial Hall by March, Lisa Walther, library director, said Friday. The renovation project began in the fall...
USD 235 installs new fire, smoke alarm systems with grant funds
UNIONTOWN -- Students, teachers and staff at West Bourbon Elementary School, as well as community members, can feel a little safer in the halls and classrooms now thanks to a grant from the Walmart Foundation. In 2016, USD 235 in collaboration with the Center for Learning Tree Institute received a state giving grant from the Walmart Foundation. Grant funds provided for the purchase and installation of a new fire alarm system and smoke alarms throughout the elementary school...
Tammy Helm/Tribune photo Elise Herman of Fort Scott takes advantage of 56-degree weather Tuesday afternoon to walk at Gunn Park. She and her 5-month-old son Judge Herman are accompanied by their dog, K.C. The forecast calls for a high temperature of 48 today and mostly sunny weather through Ground Hog's Day. A chance of rain is expected Saturday...
Effectiveness of one rural fire department is questioned
Some discussion at Thursday's meeting of the Bourbon County Commission centered around concerns some county officials have with the response rate of a rural fire department in 2016. At the request of commissioners, Bourbon County Emergency Manager William Wallis had previously given commissioners a list of fire calls in 2016 that he obtained from the county dispatch center, and calls that were responded to...
Celebrating Kansas Day
Retired educator Shirley Palmer shows first grade students from Winfield Scott Elementary School a lunch pail that would have been used by students in the late 1800s during a Kansas Day activity Friday at the one-room Fort Lincoln School. The school was established in 1870. ...
New superintendent chosen to lead USD 235
Beginning July 1, Uniontown USD 235 will have a permanent superintendent. Board of Education members voted Wednesday night to issue a contract to Brett Howard. The vote to hire Howard was unanimous. Howard's two-year contract comes with a $90,000 annual salary...
Congresswoman Jenkins annnounces plans to retire
Kan. Rep. Lynn Jenkins, a Republican and five-term veteran of the Kansas House, has announced she will not seek re-election in 2018. In a news release issued by Jenkins' office Wednesday, the congresswoman said she plans to retire from Congress and pursue opportunities in the private sector...