Eagles coming home after falling in first round
EMPORIA -- Haley Felt's reaction to the final strike call of Thursday's Class 2-1A State Softball Tournament first-round game at Trusler Sports Complex here Thursday wasn't a shrug and a "That's the way things go" reaction. It was one of passion. She wanted that outside call. She and her teammates wanted this game...
Fallen soldiers to be honored during annual ceremony
Tribute will be paid to the memory of fallen soldiers who served their country during Memorial Day services planned for Monday morning at the Fort Scott National Cemetery. Services will begin at 9:30 a.m. with a prayer on the steps of the Bourbon County Courthouse, 210 S. National Ave., in honor of all American war veterans. The prayer will be led by the Rev. Kenton Van, pastor of First United Methodist Church...
Hidden treasures wait for teams in fundraiser race
Treasure hunting enthusiasts or maybe people who are just seeking a little fun, exercise and teamwork can lace up their shoes for an event Saturday sponsored by the Scottish Rite Temple and Buck Run Community Center. Organizers of the "Race for the Hidden Treasures of Fort Scott," set to begin at 11 a.m. ...
Salvation Army helps those in need, sends kids to camp
If you noticed the envelope in yesterday's Tribune, you might have wondered, 'What does the Salvation Army do in Fort Scott?' The short answer is, the Salvation Army (SA) provides emergency assistance to local families and allows children whose parents have a limited income to go to summer camp. The Salvation Army has launched a fundraising effort to continue to provide those services. Money raised through the envelope campaign will replenish SA resources that were drained last year...
Business owners organize tornado relief effort
The devastation left behind by the disastrous EF5 tornado that struck the city of Moore, Okla., on Monday afternoon has spurred two local business owners into action to help. Dave and Tina Lipe, co-owners of Sharky's Pub and Grub, were among many other people who watched news reports of the twister's destruction on television following the disaster. ...
Donating items is good, but money is better
Disaster relief officials say there is one simple way to help the victims of Tuesday's EF-5 tornado that ripped through Moore, Okla. -- send money. "We at Red Cross and Salvation Army and all of the larger organizations say the best thing to do is send monetary donations," Pam Gilchrist, service center manager for the American Red Cross, Crawford County said...
Lunch and Learn looks at historic FDR program
Local educator and historian Fred Campbell, Jr. brought a little history to life on Tuesday during a "Lunch and Learn" with a presentation on President Franklin D. Roosevelt's Civilian Conservation Corps at Fort Scott Community College's Gordon Parks Museum...
City seeks prices on protecting staff during tornadoes
It's tornado season, and city officials want to make sure all city personnel are safe should a devastating twister strike the area. On Tuesday, the Fort Scott City Commission approved a motion to seek bids for a small, reinforced steel tornado shelter that could be used by dispatchers and other personnel at the Hawkins Public Safety Facility located at 1604 S. National Ave...
FSCC trustees taking time to decide on allowing firearms on campus
The Fort Scott Community College Board of Trustees wants more time to study recently-enacted state legislation that allows conceal-carry licensees to carry their guns into public buildings. During their regular monthly meeting on Monday, trustees unanimously approved a resolution to House Bill 2052. The resolution allows the college to maintain its current policy of not allowing firearms on the campus while trustees study the law and also the feasibility of implementing security measures...
Longtime Representative retiring after session ends
On Friday, May 10, Rep. Bob Grant D-Frontenac stood on the floor of the Kansas House, clad in a tuxedo, to announce he will be resigning at the end of the current session on Dec. 10. Those who know Grant for being his own man surely appreciate his choice of attire for the occasion. Grant has been known for years as his own man, but May 10 was his chance to show respect to the colleagues he has worked with over the past two decades...
Commissioners address personnel matters, sheriff's vehicle requests
Bourbon County Commissioners addressed a number of personnel issues heading into the summer months, including approving a motion to hire four temporary employees - three for mowing county property and one to be used as a utility person wherever they are needed. ...
Two injured in weekend accidents
Three people were injured in two separate accidents this past weekend on area roads. According to a Kansas Highway Patrol report, 15-year-old Emily Ann Hicks, of Irving, Texas, was hurt when the 1998 Honda Civic she was driving east on Kansas Highway 7 crashed on K-7 just south of U.S. Highway 69 or about three miles south of Fort Scott. The accident took place about 11:30 a.m. Sunday...
Community, contractors help others make storm repairs
It appears as though several contractors are stepping up to help those in need after an early April hailstorm pelted Fort Scott, causing high-dollar damage throughout the city. During Friday's regular county commission meeting, Bourbon County Emergency Manager Terri Coop updated commissioners on progress with the newly-formed recovery committee and also informed them what private contractors are doing to reach out and help...
Students learn about safety from trained professionals
Fort Scott Middle School students got a chance to get out of the school building for some fun and hopefully, according to organizers, learn some valuable safety lessons from public safety personnel Friday afternoon at the school. Whether it was a car from the Fort Scott Police Department, a truck from the Fort Scott Fire Department, or even a Mercy Medflight helicopter, groups of FSMS students came outside in intervals to visit various stations and learn from law enforcement, fire and other emergency response personnel representing various agencies about such things as the equipment they use and what their job entails.. ...
Singing for a friend
Several attended a benefit Friday to help a friend. The Branchy Boys, a family bluegrass band, perform Friday during a benefit for Laura Hyer of Fort Scott, who is being treated for a rare form of cancer. Pictured are, from left, Samuel, Jackson and John Kendrick. Also appearing was the improvisational comedy troupe of Fort Scott High School students who entertained Hyer's family and friends...
Uniontown Eagles going to state
Uniontown High School's softball team poses with the Regional championship plaque after beating Yates Center in the finals, 10-4, at Uniontown Thursday night, earning the program's first trip to the State Tournament. Members of the team are (from left): Front: Taylor Cooper, Haley Felt, manager Hathaway, Jamie Dawson (holding the plaque), Lakyn Coyan, Amber Bartlett, and Jackie Duvall; Back: Brittany Tanner, head coach Paula Coyan, Mandie Ridge, Torrie Hathaway, Emily Shinn, coach Willie Hathaway, Brit Stokes, and Taylor Wade.. ...
City getting pool ready for opening on May 27
Warmer weather starting to make its way into the area is one sign that summer is approaching and with that, the opening of the Fort Scott Aquatic Center. City workers began cleaning and filling the pool this week and lifeguards have recently gone through training in preparation for its planned opening day, which is Monday, May 27...
'Day of Dance' features a little dancing, a little learning
Local women got a chance Thursday night to enjoy various dance performances as well as learn a little more about specific health problems for women of all ages during Mercy Hospital's "Day of Dance" at Fort Scott Middle School. The Day of Dance, which was sponsored by Mercy's Spirit of Women program, featured the talents of local dance performers, including Fort Scott High School dancers Karleigh Arndt, Bailie Brown, Jensen Nielson, Katie Gorman and Peyton Quick, who performed dance routines from the 1920s and also led the audience in an interactive routine to the popular 70s song "YMCA.". ...
Uniontown city resignations filled 24-hours later
The Uniontown City Council took no time in filling two staff vacancies that they hadn't expected. City Clerk Sara Roufs and City Superintendent Steve Geiger submitted their resignations during the council's regular meeting. Twenty-four hours later, the council had their replacements chosen during a special executive session Wednesday night...
Head down, follow through
Local golfer Channing Nielson watches his ball take flight as he gets some practice shots in with some friends Wednesday afternoon at Woodland Hills Golf Course.
Uniontown looking to fill two city positions
Following several executive sessions on Tuesday night, Uniontown City Council accepted the resignation of City Maintenance Supervisor Steve Geiger and City Clerk Sara Roufs. Both resignations were unexpected. A special meeting was called Wednesday evening to form a plan to fill the positions, Mayor Larry Jurgensen said in a later interview...
Summertime fun in Fort Scott
From street festivals and county fairs to a gathering of cowboy poets, the summer months are packed with events and activities for people of all ages and interests. Slated to kick off the summer event season in Fort Scott is the 32nd annual Good Ol' Days festival, a popular downtown street fair that runs from May 30 to June 1. Entertainment is scheduled to take place the evenings of May 30-31 and run all day June 1. Admission to the festival is free but some events will require an admission fee...
Students hammin' it up to help friend in need
It's an evening sure to be full of laughs - and a lot of love. On Friday, members of the Fort Scott High School improvisational comedy troupe will take the stage to raise money for cancer patient Laura Hyer, the mother of Carly Hyer, former FSHS Speech and Drama student...