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Friday, July 29, 2016
Grants received for next phases of park development (07/29/16)
Plans are underway to add amenities to Riverfront Park, thanks to two grants that have recently been awarded. Two pavilions are slated for construction at Riverfront Park in 2017, according to Jerry Witt, chairman of the Fort Scott Bourbon County Riverfront Authority. The park is located on north National Avenue at the confluence of Mill Creek and the Marmaton River...
Push underway to prepare USD 234 buildings for new year (07/29/16)
USD 234 and Nabholz Construction Services are in the midst of an effort to get school buildings ready for the upcoming school year. Summer work on the district's two-year $40.8 million school bond projects includes HVAC, plumbing and electrical, as well as classroom remodels and construction of high-wind shelters at all four schools. ...
Candidates share views on county issues (07/27/16)
Candidates for local, state and federal offices weighed in on a variety of issues during a public forum for primary election candidates Monday night at the Danny and Willa Ellis Family Fine Arts Center. Candidates running opposed for local offices such as Bourbon County Sheriff and two seats on the Bourbon County Commission, as well as those running for various state and federal legislative spots, provided information about themselves and answered questions on various topics such as taxes, spending and roads during the Fort Scott Area Chamber of Commerce-sponsored forum.. ...
Commissioners receive recommendation for landfill (07/27/16)
Commissioners received a formal recommendation Monday to maintain the landfill as a service to Bourbon County residents. No action was taken on the recommendation. "We have spent nine months to almost a year on this project," Bourbon County Counselor Justin Meeks said. "We've had multiple meetings, done our due diligence."...
Candidate forum (07/26/16)
Jeff Fischer, right, a Republican candidate for Bourbon County Commission District 2 seat, answers a question during a public forum for primary election candidates Monday night at the Danny and Willa Ellis Family Fine Arts Center on the Fort Scott Community College campus. Other Republican candidates for that seat, from left, Robert Query, Josh Jones, incumbent Barbara Albright, and Hazel Swarts wait their turn to address the question...
Jail project bids under scrutiny as plans finalized (07/26/16)
Bourbon County commissioners learned Monday some bids are coming in below expectations and work is being done to keep other bids as low as possible for the new Bourbon County Law Enforcement Center. A meeting was held Monday to allow all three commissioners an opportunity to hear first-hand how the project is progressing...
Cause of Friday night house fire under investigation (07/26/16)
The Fort Scott Fire Department is still investigating a fire that broke out Friday night at a vacant house in the 400 block of South Crawford St. Fort Scott firefighters responded about 9:30 p.m. to a report of a building fire at 416 S. Crawford St. Fort Scott Fire Chief Paul Ballou said Monday the fire began in the upstairs portion of the house and "got into the attic a little."...
Evelyn Euleta Garman (07/26/16)
Evelyn Euleta Garman, age 87, resident of Bronson, Kan., died Monday, July 25, 2016, at Mercy Hospital, Fort Scott, Kan. She was born Aug. 13, 1928, in Bronson, the daughter of Lester and Nora Tackkett Garman. She graduated from Bronson High School with the class of 1946. Evelyn managed the Red Ram Motel in Fort Scott for 33 years...
A cooler time at the fair (07/23/16)
Bourbon County 4-H'ers participate in a water game during the Barnyard Olympics Friday afternoon at the Bourbon County Fairgrounds. Participants on one side of a line had to squirt water into cups held by participants on the other side in an attempt to fill the cups. ...
Making the hall grand again (07/23/16)
The Grand Hall at Fort Scott National Historic Site is painted Tuesday by several fort employees. Park Ranger Galen Ewing said the painting is part of routine maintenance done on the fort's buildings.
County budget requests continue to roll in (07/23/16)
Bourbon County Commissioners continue to gather numbers for the 2017 budget. On Tuesday, July 19, commissioners received budget requests from the sheriff's office, Southeast Kansas Regional Correctional Center, Southeast Kansas Area Agency for Aging, and the Bourbon County Fair Board...
Businessman encourages city's vigilance on road project (07/22/16)
Fort Scott City Commissioners on Tuesday heard concerns from a local businessman regarding a U.S. Highway 69 widening and intersection improvement project. Mark McCoy, co-owner of McDonald's restaurant in Fort Scott, appeared before commissioners to voice some concerns with a construction project currently underway to make improvements to the highway's intersections with South National Avenue and other streets, as well as an eventual widening and resurfacing of the highway...
What is that? (07/20/16)
This week, Youth dig for buried treasure, explore the creatures and plants of the prairie, and work on park-inspired art in a workshop along with other age appropriate activities. The youth are participating in the first week of the Fort Scott National Historic Site Trailblazer program...
City to consider adding UTVs to golf cart ordinance (07/20/16)
Fort Scott City Commissioners plan to look at a proposal to add a certain type of four-wheel drive vehicle to the city's current ordinance regarding golf carts on city roads. Local resident and business owner Eric Shoemaker approached commissioners during their Tuesday meeting with a request to add UTVs, or utility task vehicles, to the city's ordinance that allows golf carts on city streets...
Mutual aid agreement between squabbling fire districts reviewed (07/20/16)
Bourbon County Commissioners on Tuesday agreed their main concern is public safety in regards to the response -- or lack of -- in the areas covered by the Garland and Scott Township fire districts. Commissioners agreed County Counselor Justin Meeks should review and clarify the meaning of the existing mutual aid agreement between the two district departments...
Fair time! (07/19/16)
The Bourbon County Fair got underway Saturday with a dog show in the morning, an ATV shodeo in the evening and a horse show on Sunday. Today's schedule includes judging of entries in the 4-H and Myers buildings, rabbits, poultry, sheep and meat goats...
Intersection work underway along U.S. 69 (07/19/16)
National Avenue from Sixth to 13th streets is not the only local road getting a facelift. Work also continues on a project to make improvements to U.S. Highway 69's intersections with South National Avenue and other streets, as well as an eventual widening and resurfacing of the highway...
Phone game players storming the fort (07/16/16)
The fort is being invaded this week. It's not a massive invasion. The "troops" are trickling in a few at a time -- as couples, families and individuals. Some are coming by foot, others on bicycles, and they have one common characteristic -- their heads are bent over their cell phones. Their mission? To find the little Pokémon monsters...
Asphalt marks final phase of National Ave. project (07/16/16)
The final phase of the National Avenue improvement project is underway. Work began this week to lay asphalt along a portion of National Avenue from Sixth to 13th streets. It is the last phase of an approximately $3.8 million project to make various improvements in that area...
City Commissioners get a preview of 2017 budget Publication to be considered during Tuesday's regular meeting (07/15/16)
The proposed 2017 city of Fort Scott budget does not include a property tax increase, city officials said. The Fort Scott City Commission and other city officials and staff met Monday at City Hall for a special meeting of the commission. The purpose of the meeting was to hold a first discussion on the city's budget before the budget has to be published in August...
Bid approved for Uniontown storm shelter, bids to be taken for pond (07/15/16)
The Uniontown City Council approved a partial bid for improvements around the storm shelter project at its regular monthly meeting held on Tuesday evening. The council approved $18,240 to be used for a concrete parking slab, and a concrete curb and gutter for the island near the new city storm shelter...
Bid approved for Uniontown storm shelter, bids to be taken for pond (07/15/16)
The Uniontown City Council approved a partial bid for improvements around the storm shelter project at its regular monthly meeting held on Tuesday evening. The council approved $18,240 to be used for a concrete parking slab, and a concrete curb and gutter for the island near the new city storm shelter...
4-H Fashion Revue: first event of the Bourbon County Fair (07/13/16)
A quiet hush filled the large cavernous rooms while area 4-H youth waited to model their clothing. The first event of Bourbon County Fair 2016 took place Tuesday morning at Fort Scott Community College's Ellis Fine Arts Center in partitioned rooms in the lobby of the center...
Schools announce enrollment procedures Fort Scott parents encouraged to go online, Uniontown to offer physical enrollment only (07/13/16)
With summer half over, local school districts are planning for enrollment and the start of another school year in September. USD 234 Business Manager Gina Shelton said online enrollment for the district "goes live" on Friday. Online enrollment can be completed through PowerSchool, an online student information system available to parents...
Board accepts bid for new security features for its buildings (07/13/16)
The Uniontown School Board took a big step toward increased security during its monthly meeting held Monday evening. West Bourbon Elementary School Principal Tyler Jackman presented three bids to the board for safety and communication equipment to be installed in the district. This equipment will include security cameras, security doors with keycard entry, and a new intercom system...