Mixed emotions regarding new school funding bill
USD 234 officials have mixed feelings on an equity funding bill approved Friday by the Kansas Legislature during a two-day special legislative session. Lawmakers approved a bipartisan finance equity plan -- House Bill 2001 -- at the conclusion of a special session called by Gov. ...
Commissioners deny petition to close Yale Road
The Bourbon County Commissioners on Tuesday voted unanimously to deny a petition to close a portion of Yale Road in the northeast portion of Bourbon County. The commissioners held a public hearing to consider the petition on June 14. After hearing from several property owners in the area of the road, the commissioners agreed they needed more time to consider the petition -- well, two commissioners, that is...
The Tribune has moved
The Tribune has moved it's office from 12 E. Wall St. to 22 N. Main St. The move took place Friday and Saturday. During the time, the Tribune has experienced phone and Internet issues. The staff appreciates the public's patience as we work through these details and settle into our new location...
Project personnel changes, USD 234 budget amended
The USD 234 Board of Education heard a report on a change in personnel with Nabholz Construction Services of Olathe and also approved amending the 2015-16 district budget during a special meeting Monday afternoon. USD 234 Superintendent Bob Beckham said in his report to the board that Nabholz, the construction manager for the school bond projects, has recently made a change in personnel. Greg Scholtens, manager of construction for Nabholz, was present to brief the board on the change...
Love of rodeo leads to new youth event
Stewart Gulager of Fort Scott has long had a love for rodeo. That experience drove him and his friend, Ray Holmes of Mulberry, to organize a series of eight youth rodeos called the Fort Scott Summer Series. When asked why a junior rodeo instead of an adult rodeo, Gulager said it was his experience as a kid...
Metal building bid for new jail comes in low
County officials learned Thursday the cost of the metal building portion of the Bourbon County Law Enforcement Center project is going to be $200,000 less than the estimated budget. During a progress meeting for the project, Kevin Rost, associate senior project manager with Goldberg Group Architects PC of St. Joseph, Mo., and Gary Walker, project leader with Universal Construction Company of Lenexa, updated county officials on where the project stands...
USD 234 school officials tour project from the inside
Members of the USD 234 Board of Education and other school officials this week received a closer glimpse of work taking place throughout the district on the $40.8 million school bond projects. USD 234 Superintendent Bob Beckham took some board members and others on a tour of all four district schools, where a variety of work is taking place as part of the bond projects to make district-wide improvements. Voters approved the bond issue in late 2014...
Ground broken for the Bourbon County Law Enforcement Center
A groundbreaking ceremony was held Thursday for the $6.8 million Bourbon County Law Enforcement Center. After construction begins, the project is expected to be completed in a year.
City of Fort Scott receives clean audit report
The Fort Scott City Commission heard a report of a clean audit from local CPA Terry Sercer during its Tuesday meeting. Sercer, of Diehl, Banwart and Bolton, presented highlights of the firm's audit of the city's 2015 financial statements. Sercer said the firm gave an "unqualified opinion," which is the highest level of opinion that can be given. He said the financial statement "presents fairly the aggregate cash and unencumbered cash balance for the city" as of Dec. 31, 2015...
County departments begin submitting budget requests
On Tuesday, department heads began submitting their budget requests to the Bourbon County Commissioners. So far, the requests have ranged from no changes to a slight decrease to an increase that includes additional employees and a 3-percent pay increase...
Touring the new solid waste transfer station
On Tuesday afternoon, Bourbon County Commissioners toured the new solid waste transfer station, which went into operation Monday. Pictured moving solid waste to a trailer in a pit below is Diana Ballou in the backhoe purchased this year. Watching are Public Works Director Jim Harris and Third District Commissioner Harold Coleman. The three-sided structure replaces the aged hopper system and includes a small office where staff can fill out paperwork for customers...
City commissioners vote to proceed with building demo
Fort Scott City Commissioners on Tuesday approved moving forward with demolition of a set of dilapidated properties on North National Avenue. Commissioners discussed the future of buildings at 118 and 120 N. National Ave., during their June 7 meeting. At that meeting, they elected to hold off on demolition of the properties until they saw a written plan from local business owner Kevin "Skitch" Allen regarding specific proposals for the properties, which continue to sit condemned...
Cowboys, cowgirls ready for competition
Cowboys and cowgirls prepare for the steer-roping round at the fifth Fort Scott Summer Series Junior Rodeo Tuesday night. The rodeo is a series of eight youth rodeos held each Tuesday night through July 12 at the Bourbon County Fairgrounds. There are about 215 entries each week with contestants from Kansas, Missouri, Arkansas and Oklahoma. A story about the rodeo will appear in a future edition of The Tribune...
Renewing tags to cost more beginning July 1
Beginning July 1, Kansas residents will pay a little more money to renew their vehicle tags. Bourbon County Treasurer Rhonda Dunn said a new fee of $3.25 law enforcement fee will be added, but none of that money will remain in Bourbon County. Kansas legislators passed two Senate bills which allows for the increase. The bills were combined into House Bill 2696, which was signed by Gov. Sam Brownback on May 12...
Mary Lou Heiser Hardy
Mary Lou Heiser Hardy, 88, of Fort Scott, passed away Monday, June 20, 2016 at her home. She was born Nov. 26, 1927 in Garland, Kan., the daughter of Clarence S. and Fern D. (Boone) Snow. She married Robert G. Heiser Nov. 23, 1949 in Fort Scott, Kan., and he preceded her in death May 25, 1984. She later married William O. Hardy, and he preceded her in death July 23, 2010...
Echoes of the Trail organizers recognized
Echoes of the Trail celebrated its 20th and final year Friday and Saturday as an event in Fort Scott. This year's event began with a cowboy dance on Friday night, with music by Kinley Taylor Rice and Crossfire and concluded with performances by Johnny Kendrick and the Branchy Boys, Geff and Dawn Dawson, and Del Shields...
Relay for Life
The Bourbon County Relay for Life event, honoring cancer victims and survivors as well as raising money for cancer research, took place Saturday night on the campus of Fort Scott Community College. Events and activities included a survivor lap and caregiver lap, a cannon firing to kick off the event, inflatables and games for children, and a DJ providing entertainment throughout the night...
Cause of house fire still unknown
Fort Scott firefighters battled the heat and a house fire Friday evening on East Wall Street. Fort Scott Fire Chief Paul Ballou said Monday local fire investigators are looking into the cause of a blaze that started in a residence in the 1200 block of East Wall Street about 5 p.m...
Plans submitted for Maple Road project
Public Works Director Jim Harris on June 14 reported Shafer, Kline & Warren of Lenexa, engineers for the project have recently submitted a plan for road repairs, water runoff, and other aspects of the project to the Kansas Department of Transportation's review...
Dance opens Echoes of the Trail
Marion and Judy Keener dance to the sounds of Kinley Taylor Rice and Crossfire. The cowboy dance was held Friday night at the Danny and Willa Ellis Family Fine Arts Center at Fort Scott Community College. The dance kicked off the 20th annual and final Echoes of the Trail Cowboy Gathering, which continues today at Bailey Hall on the FSCC campus. ...
Teachers' negotiated agreement includes additional step
The recently-approved negotiated agreement in USD 234 has differing effects on the district's teachers. On Monday, the USD 234 Board of Education approved ratification of the agreement with teachers in the Fort Scott chapter of the Kansas National Education Association for the 2016-17 school year. Both bargaining teams reached an agreement in May, sooner than both sides expected, officials said...
Firefighters battle blaze at house on Wall Street Friday
Firefighters from Fort Scott Fire Department battle a blaze in the 100 block of east Wall Street Friday. The initial page, which was shortly before 5 p.m., stated the front of the house was engulfed. Traffic was detoured while the firefighters worked...
Trees, power lines damaged during storm
A thunderstorm that brought high winds and lightning caused scattered damages throughout the county early Thursday morning. Bourbon County Emergency Management officials said Thursday the storm brought down some trees and power lines in various parts of the county...
Uniontown council members learn about washed out culvert
Uniontown council members discussed a washed out culvert and a financial audit during their monthly council meeting held Tuesday night. Superintendent Bobby Rich showed the council a picture of the riprap between the railroad culvert and Union Street culvert. The picture showed a small amount of concrete that was added to the east side of the riprap is all that's holding it in place...
Beating the heat
With temperatures in the 90s Tuesday afternoon, area youngsters took advantage of cool water at the Fort Scott Aquatic Center. Temperatures are expected to continue to hover in the 90s with the heat index higher the rest of the week. The Aquatic Center is located at 735 Scott Ave. and is open from 1 to 7 p.m.,Monday through Saturday and 1 to 6 p.m. Sunday. Closing time on Wednesdays vary because of swim meets. For more information contact the center at (620) 223-8142...