Preparing for the wrecking ball
Progress is being made on school bond projects that will soon give different looks to Fort Scott High School and Frary Field. Work to prepare the school's old three-story Juco wing for demolition, which began this week, continues, with plans to start actual demolition work on Monday, district officials said. The projects are part of the $40.8 million school bond issue approved by voters in November to make district-wide improvements...
Retirement expected to be anything but quiet for Wallis
At the end of the day Tuesday, Bourbon County Appraiser Judy Wallis walked out of her office and into the life of retirement. But that doesn't mean she's going to be spending her time kicked back in a rocking chair with a glass of iced tea on a shaded porch this summer...
Salary survey may not be comparing apples to apples
It's budget time for Bourbon County and that means county department heads are beginning to submit their budget requests to the county commissioners. Before hearing those requests Tuesday, commissioners heard comments from Treasurer Rhonda Dunn about data from a salary survey the county recently received...
Hospital property considered for jail site
Bourbon County Commissioners on Tuesday said they are looking at property near the Mercy Hospital Fort Scott entrance as the site for a new jail. Commissioners met with Larry Goldberg of Goldberg Group Architects PC of St. Joseph, Mo., Sheriff Bill Martin, Southeast Kansas Regional Correction Center Jail Administrator Bobby Reed, Bourbon County Undersheriff Ben Cole and County Attorney Justin Meeks...
Preliminary hearing set in infant death case
been set in the case of a Fort Scott man facing charges of felony murder and child abuse. According to Bourbon County District Court documents, a preliminary hearing for Anthony M. Anderson, 21, who faces charges for his alleged involvement in the death of a 6-month-old boy in late April, has been set to take place from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, Aug. 28 and from 9 a.m. to noon Tuesday, Sept. 8 in Bourbon County District Court...
Superintendents react to court ruling on block grant
Local school districts are playing the waiting game following a June 26 ruling by a three-judge panel that the state's new block grant school finance law is unconstitutional. Senate Bill 7, which was approved in March by the Kansas Legislature and Gov. ...
Remembering their school years
Clara Pigg Schwartz, 94, and Esther Anne Weeks Sewell, 92, are members of the oldest classes represented at the Fort Scott High School Alumni Reunion this weekend. They are from the class of 1938 and 1939 respectively, according to Diana Endicott, president of the alumni association...
Celebrating the Fourth on the third
Uniontown will celebrate the 10th annual Independence Day Bash, always held on July 3, beginning at 7 p.m. Friday at the city park. "This event was started by the Park Improvement Committee in, I think, 2005," Kenny Holt, Union State Bank president said. It started as the result of a citizen who felt the beautiful city park on the town's square wasn't used enough...
Rocketing away in Redfield
Audree Hicks waves as she rides in a rocket in the Redfield Independence Celebration parade Saturday. The parade kicked off the celebration for the community. Games for kids and adults followed, including horseshoe pitching and a cakewalk. A free ham and beans dinner was served at noon...
A class celebration
The Fort Scott High School All-School Reunion kicked off Friday with a parade.
Settling in at FSCC helm
Alysia Johnston, 56, assumed the position of the president of Fort Scott Community College on June 1, following 29 years at Coffeyville Community College. A native of Edna she received an undergraduate degree from Kansas State University in animal science and industry. She and her husband Chuck graduated from K-State in 1981 and moved back to Labette County where he started farming...
Bollinger appeal denied by Kan. Supreme Court
The Kansas Supreme Court has upheld the felony murder conviction of a Fort Scott man whose wife died in a 2011 arson fire. In an opinion released Friday, the court rejected arguments made by Brent Bollinger in an appeal of his life sentence for the death of his wife, Brenna Nicole Bollinger, who died in a fire at the couple's home in October 2011. Brenna had filed for divorce but still lived at the house, the Associated Press reported...
A time for catching up
Registration for the Fort Scott High School Reunion got underway Friday and continues from 9 to 11 a.m. today at the Fort Scott Middle School. Other activities include a tour of the LaRoche Baseball Complex at 10:30 a.m. Alumni are also invited to the Retired Teacher's Reception from 4 to 5 p.m., a chicken dinner from 5 to 6:30 p.m. and the Welcome Home Assembly, all at the Fort Scott Middle School...
City, county to partner on road projects
City and county officials have agreed to work together on two local road projects. City Manager Dave Martin appeared before the Bourbon County Commission Tuesday to discuss a deal involving cooperation between the city and county to address work on a Maple Road project for the county and a road that will be part of entrance improvements at the Fort Scott Industrial Park...
Board OKs bid for track renovation
The USD 234 Board of Education approved a handful of items, one of which was a bid to replace the track at Frary Field, during a brief special meeting Thursday afternoon. Board members approved a $94,837 bid from Track Renovations, Inc., for renovation of the track at Frary Field. School officials said the bid was the only one the district received for the project, which is separate from the district's approved school bond projects...
Parade entry brings back memories for one alum
For Pete Allen, driving the World War II era military truck in the Fort Scott High School Alumni Parade tonight will bring memories. "In 1958, five of my classmates and I joined the National Guard while still in high school," Allen said. "The five of us went into active duty and did basic training at Fort Leonard Wood. We drove these trucks every summer we went to summer camp at Camp Ripley in Minnesota while in the National Guard."...
Survey compares county employee salaries
Bourbon County Commissioners learned Tuesday through the results of a recent data comparison that Bourbon County is lagging behind several other Kansas counties in terms of county employee salaries. During their Tuesday meeting, commissioners heard a report from The Austin Peters Group Inc., of Overland Park, which conducted the survey...
A tip of the cowboy hat to Hawk
Echoes of the Trails co-founders Johnny Kendrick, left, and Arnold Schofield, right, present Gary Hawk, center with a plaque Saturday during the cowboy poetry portion of the two-day event. The plaque was given in appreciation of Hawk's support throughout the 19 years the Echoes of the Trail Cowboy Gathering has been held. ...
No second on motion to change FSCC alcohol policy
Alysia Johnston's first board meeting as president of Fort Scott Community College was a long one Monday night -- almost three hours. Most of the debate was on the policy that allows outside groups to serve alcohol on the FSCC campus. In an April special meeting the trustees agreed to allow two wedding receptions, one in June and one in August, to go on as planned, complete with alcoholic beverages as reported in an earlier Tribune story...
Bathed in pink
An area of Don and Beverly Malone's backyard is awash in shades of pink. Part of the backyard garden feature is this birdbath which serves as a planter. Their garden was one of four featured in the Bourbon County Garden Club Secret Tour held Saturday...
Man injured in motorcycle wreck
A Fort Scott man was air-lifted following a one-vehicle motorcycle accident Sunday night near Fort Scott Lake. According to a Kansas Highway Patrol crash log, 46-year-old Johnny Speer, Jr., was injured in an accident that took place about 7:30 p.m. on 190th Road about 400 feet south of Indian Road at the west entrance of the lake...
Kutey member of State soccer champs
TOPEKA -- Jamie Kutey, daughter of Greg and Jan Kutey and granddaughter of George and Pat Kutey of Fort Scott and Gary and Gloria Schaefer of Fort Myers, Fla., is a member of the Class 5A state champion soccer team at St. Thomas Aquinas in Overland Park...
Latest Mercy layoffs won't impact Fort Scott
Another round of layoffs in the Mercy Health system won't have a direct impact on Fort Scott, according to a Mercy spokesperson. Mercy has announced a reduction of between 300 and 350 positions -- the majority being "leadership roles" -- in Kansas, Missouri, Oklahoma and Arkansas. But only one position in Fort Scott will be eliminated. That position, a director of rehab, has been vacant for nearly a year, according to Tina Rockhold, regional marketing and communication manager...
Almost 400 collective years of June marriages
June is the most popular month to marry, according to Old Farmer's Almanac. Perhaps because of the mild weather, perhaps because of the abundance of flowers, there appears no definitive answer. Several long-term married couples in the Fort Scott area tied the knot on a June day decades ago, and while June flowers may fade, their marriages have not...
Cowboy singers, poets gather
The 19th annual Echoes of the Trail Cowboy Gathering poetry contest continues at 10 a.m. today. Activities include a western trade show and silent auction, kids' poetry contest winners recitation, pie contest and auction, western tales and music. There will be a chuck wagon feed at noon and the cowboy poetry contest, which begins at 7 p.m...