Candidates discuss sheriff's office needs
Issues facing Bourbon County such as property taxes, repairs to the jail and Bourbon County Courthouse or construction of a new jail facility were tackled during a candidates forum hosted by the Fort Scott Area Chamber of Commerce Tuesday evening. During the event, which took place in the Danny and Willa Ellis Family Fine Arts Center on the Fort Scott Community College campus, candidates for local, state and federal offices had a chance to provide their stances on important issues. ...
Fort Scott group expresses concern for slow progress towards improved Internet service
Members of a committee working with a state pilot program to bring faster Internet service to Fort Scott voiced their concerns that, perhaps like the Internet service, the process is moving slowly. The committee has been formed to work under a pilot program funded through federal grant money to the Kansas Department of Commerce. ...
Trustees take no action after lengthy closed session
After two-and-half hours of discussion during an executive session Tuesday, the Fort Scott Community College Board of Trustees emerged with no action and no explanation for the more than 50 people who had waited outside the closed doors. The trustees called the special meeting for the purpose of going into an executive session to discuss non-elected personnel...
Eagles (Scouts) land in Fort Scott
Ten Eagle Scouts on a cycling journey of a lifetime cross the bridge on north National Avenue Tuesday afternoon. The group spent the night in Fort Scott before heading out today to complete their 3,800 mile journey to the Atlantic Coast, having started on the Pacific Coast...
A good day for fishing
Forty youth took part in the fishing derby held on a mild day.
USD 234 officials pleased with new budget
USD 234 officials are pleased with the proposed budget for the 2014-15 year. During a special meeting Monday, USD 234 Business Manager Susan Brown provided members of the Board of Education with a glimpse of the planned budget and discussed with them such items as mill levies, increased expenditures and various differences in this year's budget from last year's budget...
County to soon begin looking at future asphalt projects
The condition of some county roads and the plan to upgrade them continues to be the topic of discussion at Bourbon County Commission meetings. On Monday, Jerry Simmons attended the meeting to ask if the commissioners could create a two-year plan and to asphalt Limestone Road...
Local farmer involved in new Agricultural Act, supported conservation
Local farmer Ronnie Brown of rural Fort Scott has been to the nation's capital several times a year for the last several years. His has been to be involved in the process of enacting the newest agriculture bill that the U.S. Congress created to ensure that American farmers have the tools needed to produce abundant and affordable food and fiber...
Friday afternoon was reserved for a little fun competition for exhibitors, who teamed up with local "celebrities" for the annual Barnyard Olympics.
More added to election budget, clerk budget stable
The Bourbon County Commissioners accepted requests Friday for the clerk and election budgets. County Clerk Kendell Mason presented the clerk's budget first, stating she has estimated $86,100, which is the same for 2015 as it is for 2014. She said she did not include any funds for postage, as no other departments have included postage in their budget requests...
Family, friends gather for reunion
Guests at the Friends and Family Reunion gather for dinner at the Danny and Willa Ellis Fine Arts Center at Fort Scott Community College last night. The reunion is a homecoming for Fort Scottians of all cultural backgrounds, as well as those who attended the E.J. ...
Go get 'em, cowboy!
Tripp Mathes of Iola dismounts from his horse, Rocket, during the goat tying competition of the Southeast Kansas Timed Event Circuit held Thursday evening at the Bourbon County Fair.
School bond issue going on Nov. 4 ballot
A public vote on a $40.8 million USD 234 school bond issue will take place during the Nov. 4 general election. Board members unanimously approved the measure during Monday night's regular Board of Education meeting. During a special board meeting on June 24, the board approved by a vote of 6-1, a $42.2 million school bond issue package to be voted on by Bourbon County citizens. ...
Newest Fort Scott (honorary) firefighter sworn in
Kayden Samyn, 8, of Mound City, saw firetrucks on display at the annual Care to Share fundraiser at Gunn Park in May and he was fascinated. And the firefighters were just as impressed with him. That's why on Wednesday, they made Kayden an honorary firefighter...
And the judges judge
Judging at the Bourbon County Fair continued Tuesday in the Myers Building, the Yeager Poultry/Rabbit Barn and the livestock arena.
City receives clean bill of financial health
The city of Fort Scott has received a clean audit regarding the city's finances for 2013. Terry Sercer, of Diehl, Banwart and Bolton CPAs, appeared before the Fort Scott City Commissioners Tuesday to inform them of the firm's recent examination of the city's financial statements and that the city has received a clean audit for 2013. There were no violations of state or federal statutes found during the audit, Sercer said...
Teachers' contract gives salary increase, due process
The USD 234 teachers' contract was unanimously approved Monday night by the Board of Eduction. Fort Scott teachers will meet later this month for possible ratification of the contract to make it official. According to information provided by the board office, if ratified by KNEA, the teachers' 2014-15 contract will include the following:...
USD 235 board wonders if community supports wrestling program
Seven district patrons came to the USD 235 Board of Education meeting Monday evening to further discuss adding a wrestling program to the district's athletic offerings. Jim Mason, activity director for the district, presented a survey of potential wrestling athletes in grades six through11. Nineteen students have expressed an interest in the sport, and Mason gave the board an outline of the proposed program...
It's fair time!
The Bourbon County Fair is underway. The week-long fair got underway Saturday with the dog show in the morning and ATV Shodeo in the evening. The horse show was held Sunday night and on Monday, market animals were weighed in. Food, arts and crafts will be judged today in the Myers Building. Rabbits and poultry will be shown this morning. Sheep will be judged at 2:30 p.m., followed by meat goats at 5 p.m...
Baseball complex agreement still not signed
memorandum of understanding between the USD 234 School District and the city of Fort Scott pertaining to the future LaRoche Baseball Complex was not voted on during Monday's regular board meeting. The memorandum of understanding was on the board's agenda Monday night for possible action...
Elks, FSPD team up for kids' fishing derby, bike safety event
The Fort Scott Elks Lodge No. 579 is partnering with the Fort Scott Police Department to offer some bicycle safety events as part of the lodge's annual fishing derby this weekend. An event presented by the Elks Lodge and the FSPD scheduled to take place Saturday at the lake on the Fort Scott Community College campus, 2108 S. Horton St., will include the lodge's annual fishing derby geared toward youth of all ages, as well as a bicycle safety demonstration and registration offered by the FSPD...
USD 234 board to look at proposed teacher agreement
A tentative agreement was reached Friday morning between teachers and the USD 234 School District regarding teacher contract negotiations. "We finally agreed... on virtually every aspect," USD 234 Superintendent Bob Beckham told The Tribune Friday afternoon...
Daryl Adams and Jeff Tinsley, Fort Scott Community College Maintenance Department employees, move items from the FSCC Cosmetology Department located at 7 S. National Avenue to the campus on Friday. Cosmetology instructors Margo Davis and Angela Stroud boxed up items, while the maintenance department moved equipment. ...
Tour for U.S. Rep. Jenkins includes downtown
Editor's note: This is the third in a series of three stories profiling U.S. Rep. Lynn Jenkins' visit to Fort Scott. Congresswoman Lynn Jenkins spent a sizeable part of her day in Fort Scott recently, visiting with business owners and managers, speaking to the Rotary club, and touring a local industry...
Uniontown City Council approves personnel changes
Two new faces will be a part of the City of Uniontown personnel. At the monthly meeting Tuesday, the council swore in a new treasurer, accepted the resignation of a newly hired maintenance worker and started the process to replace the worker. Christine Middleton was sworn in as treasurer to replace Larry Neville...