A-caroling they go
Under the direction of Mary Jo Harper, back row, third from right, the Eugene Ware Elementary School Music Men and Girls Glee sing Christmas carols for a handful of spectators Thursday evening at Common Ground Coffee Company in downtown Fort Scott. The carolers performed at various locations downtown Thursday...
City raises fees, service charges
Small hikes in water, sewer and storm sewer rates will be coming after approval Tuesday by the Fort Scott City Commission. Commissioners unanimously approved ordinances calling for 3-percent increases in water, sewer and storm sewer rates that Director of Finance Jon Garrison said will be figured into the city's 2015 budget...
Fort Scott Middle School PRIDE members help with crafts during Santa's Workshop on Saturday morning at Buck Run Community Center. The Fort Scott Recreation Program along with the PRIDE program offered crafts for children pre-school through fifth grade. ...
City's finances ending better than expected
During their last regular meeting of 2014, Fort Scott City Commissioners on Tuesday approved some amendments to the city's budget. Due to additional revenue the city brought in this year that was above what was projected, the city's 2014 budget required amendments that will allow the city to spend that money...
Commissioners change holidays for employees
A request from the public works department prompted Bourbon County Commissioners to change the days employees will be given for the holidays. Originally, county offices were scheduled to be closed Dec. 24 and 25. On Monday, Public Works Director Jim Harris asked if his employees could have Dec. 25 and 26, which he said would be more convenient for those who want to travel out of town...
Hedges looking for replacements for vacancies in FSCC's HEP program
As the semester draws to a close, Fort Scott Community College is seeing some turnover, as two employees have submitted their resignations. Stever Kramer, director of the High School Equivalency Program (HEP) since September 2013, resigned effective Dec. 12, and Bailey Shepard, recruiter and mentor in HEP resigned effective Dec. 11...
Christmas wreaths laid to honor the fallen
A solemn ceremony took place Saturday morning in commemoration of lives lost in service to our country. The ceremony was followed by placing Christmas wreaths on 873 veteran's graves at Fort Scott National Cemetery. The ceremony was part of the nation-wide Wreaths Across America program to honor fallen vets...
County receives offer to buy contaminated property
It appears a problem that has plagued the county for several years may easily be resolved. On Monday, Bourbon County Commission Chairman Allen Warren reported an individual has made an offer on a portion of the property known as Wade Aluminum. Warren provided a history of the county's involvement with the property, which is located on the north side of Noble Road...
ounty attorney chosen as judge
Gov. Sam Brownback has appointed a Bourbon County prosecutor to a judgeship on a district court in eastern Kansas. Brownback announced Thursday that the new judge is Terri Johnson of Fort Scott. She is the Bourbon County attorney and also serves as the county's lawyer in civil-court matters...
Another medal for service to country
It may have taken 70 years, but local veteran George Hudiburg can now add another medal to his collection. Last month, the 91-year-old World War II veteran and retired teacher was bestowed with the Knight of the Legion of Honor medal, a laurel the French government awards to soldiers for their military service in France. He said he received the recognition after going through what he called "a lot of paperwork."...
Post office hours, workforce reduction at Uniontown
Bourbon County Post Offices, along with others nationwide, have experienced reduction in hours and reductions in workforce that serve their respective communities. Effective Jan. 10, Uniontown Post Office's new window hours will be 7 to 11 a.m. Monday through Friday and 8 to 9 a.m. Saturday...
County commissioners to look at leaky Elm Creek Lake
The Bourbon County Commissioners have another field trip on their agenda. The last one took them to look at property they are considering for a new rock quarry. This time they are going to look at Elm Creek Lake, which has been leaking for several years...
Christmas program at WBE
Loretta George/Tribune photo West Bourbon Elementary School students performed in the annual Christmas program entitled "A Colorful Candy Cane Christmas" Tuesday night in the school gym. The concert featured kindergarten through third-grade students, along with The Singing Eagles Chorus, a group of fifth and sixth-grade students...
Work underway to create municipal court at Uniontown
The city of Uniontown is searching for some key pieces for a future municipal court. At their monthly meeting on Tuesday evening, city council members looked at codes enforcement officer duties and pay scale from other Kansas cities with a population of under 500...
FSCC rodeo program enjoying success
Rodeo is a booming and successful program at Fort Scott Community College. FSCC Coach Chad Cross gave members of the Fort Scott Rotary Club an update on the school's program. Cross has had a run of taking at least one member of his team to the nationals each year during his 18 years at the helm...
Coffee AND breakfast for chamber members
The Fort Scott Area Chamber of Commerce held its weekly coffee Thursday at the 93rd Annual Kiwanis Pancake feed held at Buck Run Community Center. Kiwanis members help locally with scholarships, academic endeavors, athletics, community service and national Kiwanis service. The 93rd annual pancake feed is the major fundraiser for the organization, said Richard Goldston, president of the local chapter...
Rockhold seeks support for bond issue at USD 235
Talking to constituents is the next step in the process of a possible bond issue to repair the roof of the junior/senior high school building and replace the heating and air conditioning in USD 235 school district, according to Superintendent Randy Rockhold. The cost of the proposed project is $2.5 million...
Mill levy increase could be less than expected
It wasn't just a report of a clean audit that had USD 234 Board of Education members and district administrators pleased during Monday night's school board meeting. Superintendent Bob Beckham thanked board members for their support and work throughout the recent campaign to pass a $40.8 million school bond issue...
Homes on display for annual tour
Four homes were on display this weekend for the annual Moonlight and Mistletoe and Homes for the Holidays tours.
District's financials get clean bill of health
The USD 234 Board of Education heard some good news Monday from a local auditor concerning the district's finances. Terry Sercer, of Diehl, Banwart and Bolton CPAs, appeared before board members to inform them a recent audit of the district's finances showed no violations of state or federal statutes. Sercer said the audit received an "unqualified opinion" from the firm, which is the "highest level of opinion you can get."...
Sentence handed down to former county employee
A district court judge sentenced a former Bourbon County Clerk's office employee to probation and 30 days in jail during a hearing Monday in Bourbon County District Court. District Court Judge Amy Harth sentenced 29-year-old Angela Timi, of Fort Scott, to serve a 30-day sentence in the Southeast Kansas Regional Correctional Center and a 12-month probationary period that begins this week. ...
Register of deeds office to implement new fees Jan. 1
The Bourbon County Register of Deeds office will be closed Wednesday to allow staff to attend training on upcoming fee changes. The fees to file mortgages will increase beginning Jan. 1 to comply with newly-passed state legislation. The staff training is being done because the office's computer system must be updated to accommodate the new fee schedule...
Providence serves role in sale of Lunt home
DeGrusons' purchase saves house from possible 'architectural salvage'
Company looks to purchase country property
Bourbon County Commissioners are considering selling a piece of county-owned property along U.S. Highway 69 north of Fort Scott. Neal Burckart representing Wall Street Properties appeared before commissioners Friday to discuss the company's interest in purchasing a strip of property - about 23.8 total acres - along U.S. ...