Remembering her parents
Margie McBride places a basket of flowers at the gravesite of her parents, Charles Patrick Brown and Mary Brown, Friday at Fort Scott National Cemetery. McBride said she and her husband recently moved back to Fort Scott from Texas and decided to place the flowers Friday in anticipation of rain, which is in the forecast this weekend...
Local veteran to march in Memorial Day Parade
This year is the 25th anniversary of Operation Desert Storm. During that war, Lila Sise Spurgeon, a Uniontown High School graduate, was stationed at Lajes Field in the Azorean Islands, Portugal. "I was a radio operator, high frequency communication," Spurgeon told the Tribune...
Restraining order should not affect emergency responders
Concerns that a lawsuit filed against Drywood and Scott Township trustees should prevent any agency from responding to emergencies in the District 2 Garland Fire District are unfounded, according to the attorney representing District 2. In the days that followed a May 17 Bourbon County Commission meeting, Charles Gentry, attorney for District 2, was unavailable for comment on statements and questions raised by emergency personnel concerning Scott Township fire fighters' lack of response to District 2 Garland Fire Department.. ...
Anderson guilty of murder, child abuse
A jury found the defendant in a felony murder and child abuse case guilty on both charges late Thursday afternoon in Bourbon County District Court. After returning from deliberations that lasted about two-and-a-half hours, Bourbon County District Judge Mark Ward read the verdicts issued by the jury, which found Anthony M. Anderson, for his involvement in the death of 6-month-old Aiden J. Osborn in April 2015, guilty on one count of first-degree felony murder and one count of abuse of a child...
Anderson takes the stand
The defendant in a felony murder and child abuse case was among other witnesses to take the stand Wednesday as a jury trial continued in Bourbon County District Court. Anthony M. Anderson, who faced charges of first-degree felony murder and child abuse for his alleged involvement in the April 2015 death of 6-month-old Aiden J. Osborn, was the first witness called to testify by defense attorney Robert Myers after the state rested late Wednesday morning...
Rain fails to dampen Grand Opening
Rain may have changed the venue for the day, but it did not dampen the spirit of those who came to celebrate the grand opening of the Lowell Milken Center for Unsung Heroes at 1 S. Main. The lightning and heavy rain Tuesday morning changed the venue to the Liberty Theater...
Trial continues with family, police, medical testimony
A jury trial in a local felony murder and child abuse case continued Tuesday with testimony from law enforcement and medical personnel, as well as some family members involved in the case. Bourbon County District Judge Mark Ward is presiding over the case of Anthony M. Anderson, who faces charges of first-degree felony murder and child abuse for his alleged involvement in the April 2015 death of 6-month-old Aiden J. Osborn...
Tribute to 'Little Rock 9' highlights first day
The grand opening celebration of the new Lowell Milken Center for Unsung Heroes continued Monday night. Under the direction of LMC Fellow Stephanie Bishop, "Walk with Me" was performed at Liberty Theatre. Bishop is an award-winning theatre arts teacher at Prince George High School in eastern Virginia. ...
Presentations emphasize purpose of new center
Two days of celebration for the grand opening of Lowell Milken Center for Unsung Heroes Exhibition Hall at 1 S. Main, began Monday morning at the Liberty Theater, downtown Fort Scott. In addition to Irena Sendler's holocaust heroine story that helped found the LMC, there were other presentations throughout the day about unsung heroes Adam and Gene Shoemaker, Lt. Colonel Tran Ngoc Hue, Ken Reinhardt, Ann Williams Wedaman, Therese Frare, and Alice Seely Harris...
Trial begins for man accused in infant death
A jury trial in the case of a local man facing charges of felony murder and child abuse began Monday with jury selection and testimony from two witnesses. Most of the day was taken up by the jury selection process as attorneys in the case of Anthony M. Anderson whittled a jury pool down to the 13 needed for the case. The jury consists of 12 jurors - six men and six women - and one female alternate...
Tow company for seized cars to remain the same
The Bourbon County Sheriff's Office will continue using Pearson Towing of Fort Scott any time there is a vehicle that has to be seized and impounded. On Tuesday, Sheriff Bill Martin presented bids he received for the county's towing service for seized vehicles...
Harper returns to State in two events
LYNDON -- Uniontown junior Shalina Harper will be the only Uniontown athlete at this year's State Track and Field Championships in Wichita as she qualified for two events out of Friday's Lyndon Class 2A Regional Meet. Harper will be going to State for the third consecutive season. She was also the lone Eagle at State in 2014, when she finished 11th in javelin. She qualified in two events last season, the same ones in which she will participate this season...
Moving to make way for construction
School may be out for the year but that doesn't mean work on the USD 234 school bond projects will be letting up. In fact, work is slated to pick up at all four district schools over the summer months. On Wednesday, a day after school let out for the year, work began to remove items from school buildings in preparation for removal of any asbestos and other improvements slated as part of the $40.8 million school bond projects. ...
Officials say dispute beginning to impact EMS calls
A Mercy EMS official said until now, he has avoided involvement with the dispute between Fire District 2 Garland and Scott and Drywood Townships. But after fire fighters from those entities did not respond to a recent EMS call, Kenny Wunderly, RN and EMS supervisor, said that stance has changed...
Work on Uniontown storm shelters begins
Uniontown residents will soon have a place of refuge during tornadic weather. Ground work has begun on community storm shelters. In July 2015 the City of Uniontown received notice of being awarded a $110,000 Kansas Small Cities Community Development Block Grant from the Kansas Department of Commerce, according to an earlier Tribune report. The project includes installing two pre-cast storm shelters purchased from Protection Shelters of Wichita...
Date for quiet zone implementation pushed back
The effective date for establishment of the quiet zone at the Wall Street railroad crossing has changed, Fort Scott City Commissioners learned Tuesday. The quiet zone would prohibit train horns at a distance within a quarter mile before and after the Wall Street railroad crossing...
Unemployment declining, assessed valuation up
Director of Economic Development Heather Smith shared some news regarding the local labor force and economic development with the Fort Scott City Commission on Tuesday. Smith provided commissioners with some employment data obtained through the Kansas Department of Labor and an update on labor force numbers. ...
County attorney wants to save for technology upgrade
Although he asked for no action Tuesday, Bourbon County Attorney Justin Meeks spoke to county commissioners about establishing a reserve fund for his office as a way to plan for the future. Meeks said the Bourbon County District Court is going paperless, meaning all work -- filing of any documents -- will be done on the computer...
LaRoche's message to seniors: stay firm in faith
The high school careers of more than 100 Fort Scott High School seniors came to an end Saturday night at Frary Field. Friends and family of the seniors packed the football stadium for a commencement ceremony for the FSHS Class of 2016. The event included remarks from FSHS Principal Shawn Thomas, students, and Adam LaRoche, Fort Scott native and 1998 graduate of FSHS...
Lease contract amended for FSCC's scoreboard
The Fort Scott Community College Board of Trustees on Monday approved an amendment to a lease purchase agreement for a new baseball scoreboard at Lions Field. During the board's regular meeting, FSCC Director of Finance and Operations Julie Eichenberger said the five-year lease agreement was reviewed by the college's attorney, Zack Reynolds, and the main change is an amendment that allows the college, as a public institution, to terminate the lease agreement if funds are not appropriated in future years.. ...
Celebrating five years of serving
A faith-based initiative that continues to serve free meals to the community celebrated its fifth birthday on Wednesday. To celebrate the occasion, volunteers who help with the weekly Feeding Families in His Name program were recognized prior to meals being served Wednesday at the First United Methodist Church. Attendees sang "Happy Birthday" and celebrated with birthday cake for dessert. And, as usual, the prayer before the meal...
Investigation underway of fire that destroyed garage on Little Street
Fort Scott firefighters doused a fire that burned a garage to the ground Friday afternoon. Local emergency responders, including the Fort Scott Fire Department, received a call just after noon for a structure fire at a residence in the 700 block of South Little Street...
A day of exercise at Winfield Scott
Winfield Scott Elementary kindergarteners participate in exercises and games Tuesday at the school's courtyard during the annual TEAM events.
Council's decision addresses capped natural gas lines
After several discussions and careful consideration during Tuesday's Uniontown City Council meeting, the council approved a policy to help cover the costs of removing a natural gas service line currently in the system. The policy is in regards to service lines that have been capped below ground and cannot be seen from above...
Bond project work schedule changes
There has been a change of plans with some work on the USD 234 school bond projects. Superintendent Bob Beckham informed the USD 234 Board of Education on Monday that pre-cast concrete wall panels initially scheduled to be set in place at Eugene Ware School has been set back about a week, resulting in a change in the planned schedule for project work...