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Friday, May 6, 2016
Mock crash sends message about drunk driving, seat belts (05/06/16)
Fort Scott High School students who portrayed "victims" in a mock fatal vehicle crash scenario Thursday at Frary Field had some words of advice and warning for their fellow classmates. Members of the FSHS Seat belts Are For Everyone (SAFE) team and Fort Scott Police Department School Resource Office Joe Allen organized the event for the student body and community. The goal was to show the consequences of impaired driving and raise awareness of seat belt use...
Commission approves repairs, on-call agreement for water issues (05/06/16)
The Fort Scott City Commission on Tuesday approved a contractor to make repairs to the city's primary lift station. At the request of Public Utilities Director Michael Mix, commissioners approved the low bid of $63,396 from Rodriguez Mechanical of Kansas City, Kan., for repair of a force main at the Davis Lift Station on North Hill Street...
Conservation Day: a ribbitting experience (05/04/16)
Nearly 200 fourth grade students from West Bourbon Elementary, St. Mary's Catholic School, and Eugene Ware Elementary participated in Conservation Day activities in Gunn Park. The event included multiple 15-minute stations that each covered a different area of conservation...
Bid approved for U.S. Highway 69 projects in Fort Scott (05/04/16)
Fort Scott City Commissioners on Tuesday approved a bid for a project to make access improvements off of U.S. Highway 69 into the Fort Scott Industrial Park near the LaRoche Baseball Complex. The commissioners approved the low bid of $806,295, a joint bid submitted by Heckert Construction Co., Inc., of Pittsburg, and Mission Construction Co., Inc., of St. Paul. City Manager Dave Martin said two bids were received for the project...
Wrecker owner questions authority over sheriff, towing calls (05/04/16)
Bourbon County Commissioners said Tuesday it's time to review the current agreement the county and City of Fort Scott share for using a rotation system to call towing companies. The county signed an agreement on June 9, 2015, to participate in a call rotation for wrecker services using Central Dispatch...
Uniontown High School Prom (05/03/16)
Students, guests, families and friends lined the front driveway of Uniontown High School to watch junior-senior prom attendees arrive. Kate Anderson and Zach Davis were crowned queen and king during the night's events. Approximately 70 students attended the Hollywood-themed 2016 prom...
FSHS students organize mock wreck prior to prom (05/03/16)
With end-of-school events coming up, Fort Scott Police Department School Resource Office Joe Allen and students in the Seat belts Are For Everyone (SAFE) program at Fort Scott High School have some messages to share. Allen and members of the SAFE team have coordinated a mock fatal vehicle crash to take place at 2:30 p.m. ...
Hildred Hunt (05/03/16)
Hildred Hunt, age 90, a resident of Fort Scott, Kan., went home to Heaven Sunday, May 1, 2016, at the Guest Home Estates in Fort Scott. She was born Nov. 26, 1925, in rural Dade County, Mo., the daughter of Albert Feezell and Gertrude Bennett Feezell. ...
Fort Scott projects not impacted by governor's decision (04/30/16)
Although the Kansas Department of Transportation recently announced delays in 25 major highway construction projects, Fort Scott projects receiving KDOT money should not be affected, city officials said. Construction work on a project to widen U.S. Highway 69 and make improvements to the highway's intersections with various other streets is expected to begin Monday, according to a KDOT news release...
Work is about to begin on Fulton's school building (04/30/16)
After several years of planning and hoping, progress on the repairs for the Fulton Middle and High School is about to come to a head. The school building, which was built in 1917 and officially closed its doors more than 40 years ago, has been in need of repairs for the roof, ceiling tiles, and flooring for some time, Mary "Sug" Beckford has said...
FSCC Women's Appreciation Luncheon (04/29/16)
The Fort Scott Community College sponsored its annual Women's Appreciation Luncheon Wednesday at the Danny and Willa Ellis Family Fine Arts Center. About 120 women attended the event, which ncluded a meal, door prizes, free gifts, product displays, vendors and music...
City officials react to governor's decision (04/29/16)
City officials are not pleased with recent announcements to delay several Kansas Department of Transportation projects -- including a local project involving expansion of U.S. Highway 69 to Arma. On April 20, KDOT announced that in accordance with measures outlined by State Budget Director Shawn Sullivan, the agency would delay two categories of road projects scheduled for fiscal years 2017 and 2018...
Neighborhood team accepting ideas for new projects (04/29/16)
Members of the Good Neighbor Action Team (GNAT) met Tuesday to discuss possible plans and goals for future property revitalization and rehabilitation in Fort Scott. Discussion during the public meeting, attended by some committee members and a few citizens, focused on various topics ranging from the outcome of the Wall Street property improvement blitz the GNAT organized in 2015, to possible ideas, target areas and plans for property improvement efforts later this year...
County officials agree to widen Soldier Road (04/27/16)
As was promised, answers to questions Nicki Traul has about the width and traffic count for Soldier Road were available Tuesday. On April 19, Traul asked Bourbon County Commissioners why there is no plan to make Soldier Road a hard-surface road again and why the road appears to be getting narrow...
Kindergarten Roundup (04/27/16)
Kelli Woodring, kindergarten teacher at Winfield Scott Elementary, and preschooler Lincoln Kincheloe balance on one foot Tuesday during the Kindergarten Roundup at WSE. This exercise, as well as numerous others, are used to help determine a child's readiness for school. The Roundup also included physicals and hearing and vision tests...
Old golf course clubhouse razed (04/26/16)
A long-term city project has taken a major step towards completion recently. Crews have been working at the city-owned Woodland Hills Golf Course, formerly known as the Fort Scott Country Club, to tear down the more than century-old clubhouse. A ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new clubhouse is Thursday morning at the golf course, 2414 Horton St., following the 8 a.m. weekly Fort Scott Area Chamber of Commerce coffee...
Events held in conjuction with National Park Week (04/26/16)
The Fort Scott National Historic Site recently concluded a week of events and activities that included a proclamation issued by Gov. Sam Brownback. The historic site celebrated National Park Week last week with several events and activities. Holly Baker, chief of interpretation and resource management, said FSNHS staff were "thrilled" to see a declaration from Brownback recognizing April 16-24 as National Park Week in Kansas...
Exhibits coming together (04/22/16)
Displays were being set up Wednesday and Thursday inside the newly construction Lowell Milken Center for Unsung Heroes located at 1 S. Main St. Ground was broken for the new building in October 2014 and construction was completed in December 2015. The center will have a grand opening on May 24. LMC will also continue using its original site at 4 S. Main St...
Brownback pushes U.S. Highway 69 expansion back (04/22/16)
Due to continued state fiscal issues, the Kansas Department of Transportation has announced plans to delay 25 major highway projects - including some area expansion projects - set to begin before July 2018. In accordance with measures outlined by State Budget Director Shawn Sullivan on Wednesday, KDOT will delay two categories of road projects scheduled for fiscal years 2017 and 2018, a KDOT news release said...
Commissioners quizzed on plan for Soldier Road (04/20/16)
Between now and April 26, research on Soldier Road between 215th Street to 245th Street will be conducted to determine the traffic count and road width. Vickie Traul attended Tuesday's Bourbon County Commission meeting to ask about the future of Soldier Road west of 215th Street. Traul said when she purchased her house in 2006, Soldier Road was paved, but since then, the road has been taken from asphalt to gravel...
City commission approves purchase of new trolley (04/20/16)
Dolly the Trolley's replacement could be rolling into town in the near future. Fort Scott City Commissioners on Tuesday unanimously approved a recommendation from the Transient Guest Tax committee to purchase a new 2015 trolley for the purposes of tourism and marketing the city. The approval followed comments from Reta Baker representing the TGT committee...
Preparing for battle (04/19/16)
The Civil War came to life Saturday and Sunday when the Fort Scott National Historic Site hosted the 34th annual Civil War Encampment. About 700 visitors toured the fort Saturday. Reenactors camped at the site, conducted artillery and fire arms exercises. Various programs were held throughout the weekend, including a Civil War soldiers' reunion Saturday night...
Remembering the Bourbon County tornado of 1916 (04/19/16)
Exactly 100 years ago today an F-4 tornado ripped through Bourbon County, destroying many homes and properties, leaving behind four injured and three dead. According to a Tribune story written April 20, 1916, the infant son of Mr. and Mrs. Thompson Hodson, who lived near the Bethel School, was killed in the tornado. Jack Balls was struck by lightening and also killed. He lived in the Poplar Grove neighborhood, the article says...
Legislators talk about taxes, funding during Saturday coffee (04/19/16)
Local residents had taxes and education funding on their minds during a Legislative Coffee hosted Saturday by the Fort Scott Area Chamber of Commerce at Mercy Hospital Fort Scott. Kansas Sens. Caryn Tyson and Jake LaTurner, as well as Reps. Marty Read and Adam Lusker were present to answer questions from members of the community...
In honor of the national champs (04/16/16)
Chase Gleason of Uniontown left, talks about the choice he made to attend a college close to home, which has been ranked number one academically in the nation. Also pictured are his Fort Scott Community College livestock judging teammate Callahan Grund of Sharon Springs and coach Ryan Page. A reception to honor the team, which has completed the year as national champions, was held Friday after on the FSCC East Campus...