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Monday, Nov. 24, 2014
Schwalm now taking Thanksgiving orders (11/21/14)
About a week ago, the onslaught of phone calls began for Marjorie Schwalm. Schwalm is in her 17th year of coordinating the annual Thanksgiving dinner at the Elks Lodge, which provides Thanksgiving meals to hundreds of area residents each year. Calls for delivered meals started last week as Schwalm and her family were beginning to prepare for the annual feast...
Employee steps up to assist with quarry testing (11/21/14)
Bourbon County Commissioners are planning a field trip Monday to look at a potential site for a new rock quarry in the southern portion of the county. The purpose of the trip is to help settle questions commissioners have on whether there is a need to perform core testing at the location. On Friday, another person was added to the list of those who will view the site...
Jail officials pleased with open house response (11/21/14)
This is the second part of a series on the Southeast Kansas Regional Correctional Center open House held Tuesday. Officials from the Bourbon County Sheriff's Office and Southeast Kansas Regional Correctional Center are pleased with the turnout for the first open house held Tuesday at the jail facility...
Public experiences sight, smell of SEKRCC (11/21/14)
Editor's note: This is the first of a two-part series. Sometimes the people touring the Southeast Kansas Regional Correctional Center appeared to be amazed at the outdated equipment. Sometimes they appeared to be disgusted from the odor. Whatever their reaction, Sheriff Bill Martin hopes the tour gave the 100 people who attended the open house Tuesday a clear picture of why the county needs a new jail...
No serious injuries in four-vehicle domino effect crash (11/21/14)
Law enforcement officials are investigating a four-vehicle crash that took place about 1:30 p.m. Thursday at the corner of Wall Street and National Ave. Several emergency response agencies responded to the incident, which involved a 1998 Dodge 1500 pickup driven by Dylan Peterson of Mound City slamming into a van parked along National between Wall and First streets, as well as a utility pole on that block. ...
City looking to make water, wastewater systems improvements (11/21/14)
Fort Scott City Commissioners on Tuesday approved taking steps to make improvements at the city's water and wastewater treatment plants. Water Treatment Plant Supervisor Michael Mix came before the commissioners to request they review the engineer's recommendation for upgrades to the system control and data acquisition (SCADA) system, probable costs and to approve moving forward with a bid package, plans and specifications prepared by the engineer, Mid America Consultants of Overland Park...
Jail opens for public tours (11/19/14)
Sheriff Bill Martin and jail staff opened the facility for tours Tuesday to educate the public on the need for a new jail. One hundred people toured the jail. Martin said a second open house will be held in the future. Because not all inmates were moved from the facility, visitors had to go through security before entering. The tour did not include any populated sections...
Tech ed is happening at FSCC -- without building (11/19/14)
During its meeting Monday, Fort Scott Community College (FSCC) Board of Trustees heard from citizen Bob Marshall about Crawford County's technical education progress. Marshall presented the board with a Pittsburg Morning Sun article dated Oct. 31 that stated the Pittsburg Education Foundation purchased the Vinylplex building for $890,000. The building houses FSCC's carpentry, masonry and woodworking courses...
City completes grant process for Empress Event Center (11/19/14)
ssion gave a final stamp of approval Tuesday to a project that rehabilitated a once-blighted downtown building. During a public hearing, Susan Galemore of the Southeast Kansas Regional Planning Commission appeared before commissioners to discuss with them the commercial rehabilitation grant through the U.S. Small Cities Community Development Block Program the city received in 2013 to rehab the retail structure located at 7 N. Main St...
Not exactly like the Ziegfeld Follies, but... (11/18/14)
Ten contestants competed for the title of "Miss-ter Bourbon County" during a fundraising event held Saturday night at the Danny and Willa Ellis Family Fine Arts Center on the Fort Scott Community College campus. Each of the contestants competed in honor of a cancer survivor, with all proceeds from the event benefiting the Care to Share/The Sharing Bucket cancer support organization...
To take core samples or not, that's the question (11/18/14)
The Bourbon County Commissioners are still discussing whether to spend money to obtain geological samples from the site of a proposed new rock quarry. On Nov. 7, Public Works Director Jim Harris presented the commissioners a proposed agreement with Terracon of Kansas City to do three core samples at the Bailey farm, where commissioners are considering developing a new rock quarry. ...
Plants confused by weather (11/18/14)
Green plants are a concern for gardeners, with the first snowfall landing on trees and shrubs that have not yet lost leaves. The region experienced a warm October, with trees turning fall colors past the Oct. 15 frost date for the area. In fact some trees are just beginning to turn...
Drivers slip, slide during season's first snowfall (11/18/14)
Local law enforcement personnel dealt with a number of vehicle accidents due to slick roads caused by freezing temperatures and the season's first snow over the weekend. Fort Scott Police Department Capt. Shaun West said police responded to three weather-related vehicle accidents inside the city limits on Saturday. West said the three incidents were "fender-benders" with only minor damage and no injuries reported...
Jail open house is Tuesday (11/15/14)
There will be an open house at the Southeast Kansas Regional Correctional Center from 2 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 18. The jail is located at the Bourbon County Courthouse, northwest entrance.
Come see what life is like inside the jail (11/15/14)
All residents in Bourbon County will have the opportunity to spend some time in the Southeast Kansas Regional Correction Center during an open house from 2 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 18. Bourbon County Sheriff Bill Martin and SEKRCC Jail Administrator Bobby Reed are hosting the open house as a way to educate the public on the condition of the facility, working conditions for the officers and the need for a new facility...
Students, staff have something to celebrate (11/15/14)
Emotions ran high Thursday as West Bourbon Elementary School students and staff celebrated the school receiving a National Blue Ribbon School 2014 designation recently. There was dancing in the gym, blue wristbands given out, a National Blue Ribbon School flag raising at the school's flag pole, a balloon release and ice cream to celebrate the recognition...
Treasurer adds online payment option for taxpayers (11/15/14)
While paying property taxes may not be the most enjoyable thing to do, this year the Bourbon County Treasurer has made it a little easier. Bourbon County property owners can pay their taxes online or pay at one of the five remote locations. "To provide good customer service, the county has to provide multiple ways for the taxpayers to pay their taxes," Rhonda Dunn, Bourbon County Treasurer said. ...
Doing a happy dance (11/14/14)
West Bourbon Elementary School students and staff dance in celebration of being named a National Blue Ribbon school for 2014 by the U.S. Department of Education. Principal Tracy Smith lead the dancing during a celebration held Thursday at the school. See Saturday's Tribune for a complete report on the celebration...
USD 235 board considering bond issue (11/14/14)
The Uniontown USD 235 Board of Education will be asked to consider a bond issue to pay for future building renovations. During the regular board meeting held Monday, the board heard from contractors regarding the renovations. "We have a roof that leaks and air conditioners that don't work properly," Superintendent Randy Rockhold said...
When the historical walls come tumblin', tumblin' (11/14/14)
A piece of Fort Scott's building history came down Thursday. Local property owner Greg Schick, owner of the old Key building located at 520 E. Wall St., and his small crew worked to tear down the long-vacated, dilapidated building. Fort Scott Fire Chief Paul Ballou, Fort Scott Codes Assistant Audra Young and others watched the demolition process safely from Wall Street...
Veterans Day (11/12/14)
Veterans Day programs and ceremonies were held throughout Bourbon County, beginning Monday at Medicalodges. Tuesday's events began at 8:30 a.m. at Winfield Scott Elementary School, then at 9 a.m. at Uniontown High School, 11 a.m. at the U.S. National Cemetery, 1 p.m. at St. Mary's Catholic School, 2:45 p.m. at Fort Scott Middle School and Eugene Ware Elementary School...
Ballot canvass makes election results final (11/12/14)
The Nov. 4 General Election officially ended Monday when the last of the ballots were canvassed and counted. The canvassing was held during the Bourbon County Commission meeting. Sitting on the canvass board were Second District Commissioner Barbara Albright, Third District Commissioner Harold Coleman and Bourbon County Treasurer Rhonda Dunn, sitting in for Commission Chairman Allen Warren, who recused himself from the canvass...
Former county employee's sentence postponed (11/12/14)
Sentencing has once again been rescheduled in the case of Angela Timi, a former Bourbon County Clerk's office employee who pleaded guilty in September to three counts she faced stemming from a 2012 incident involving theft from the county. During an arraignment and plea hearing Sept. ...
Colorful day for a color run (11/12/14)
About 235 people signed up for the Tigers on the Move Color Run held Saturday. Runners and walkers are seen making their way up and down Main Street, from Frary Field to Skubitz Plaza amid fall colored trees. The event was sponsored by USD 234 physical education teachers, who received a grant from Team Nutrition, Kansas State Department of Education to promote a healthy food activity. Donations also were accepted for The Beacon...
Normandy, Battle of the Bulge, Fort Scott (11/08/14)
Leonard Carnes has seen a little bit of everything throughout the course of his military career. The 92-year-old local veteran, currently a resident at Fort Scott Manor, recently shared some of his World War II experiences as a soldier with the U.S. Army 87th infantry during the 1940s. Carnes said he was involved in both the "D-Day" invasion of Normandy and the Battle of the Bulge, a major German offensive campaign, in 1944...