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Saturday, Apr. 25, 2015
Search for missing woman ends in Anderson County (04/24/15)
The Bourbon County Sheriff's Office is investigating a missing person from Bourbon County. The missing person is 20-year-old Loretta L. Franks from the Redfield area. Franks, a single woman, is described as being 5'04" 1481bs with brown eyes and brown hair. It is unknown what Franks was wearing at the time of her disappearance...
Weather delays completion of street project (04/24/15)
A project to resurface Second Street from Lowman to Heylman streets is on hold due to weather. Chad Brown, the city's street and traffic supervisor, said Friday the project, which began earlier this month, has been delayed due to rain and cooler temperatures in recent weeks. The approximately two-week project involves milling and asphalt overlay on that portion of Second Street...
Uniontown council looks to provide more shelter (04/24/15)
Tornado season is here and Uniontown residents have a shelter if needed. The community storm shelter is at West Bourbon Elementary School gym lockers and entrance must be made on the east side of the building, according to Uniontown City Clerk Sally Johnson...
Woman thrown from motorcycle in wreck (04/24/15)
A two-vehicle accident late Thursday afternoon sent a Fort Scott woman to the hospital. Local emergency personnel responded just before 5 p.m. to a two-vehicle wreck involving a 2001 Harley-Davidson motorcycle driven by Grace Milburn of Fort Scott and a 2003 Chevy Impala driven by Sherry Cook, also of Fort Scott. The two vehicles collided in the area of Wall and Margrave streets...
Tigers post pair of shutouts (04/24/15)
INDEPENDENCE -- Fort Scott High School's baseball team routed Independence in both games of a Southeast Kansas League doubleheader here Tuesday, winning the opener 12-0 and the nightcap 13-0. The Tigers (4-2 SEK, 6-2 overall), ranked No. 7 in Class 4A-Division I in the latest Kansas Association of Baseball Coaches poll, bashed out 32 hits in the twin bill, 8 of them for extra bases...
Worn welcome signs must wait for funds (04/24/15)
Some discussion by city leaders during Tuesday's Fort Scott City Commission meeting centered around the condition of road signs at entrances into Fort Scott and the ongoing issue of train noise. Commissioners and city officials discussed entrance signs and funding for other Fort Scott Area Chamber of Commerce projects. ...
Earth Day cleaning (04/24/15)
Winfield Scott teacher Linda Rogers helps students in her second grade class look through bags of trash they collected on the school grounds in observance of Earth Day on Wednesday. During the project, students with plastic bags broke into groups and then reported back to Rogers with their findings...
Honoring Hawk: longtime friend of the Fort (04/24/15)
e Fort Scott National Historic Site (FFSNHS) and guests attended the fifth annual Friends Fest April 21 at the Liberty Theater. Honored during the event was Kansas artist Gary Hawk of Iola. Betty Boyko, superintendent of Fort Scott National Historic Site, thanked Hawk for his contributions to the fort...
Commission members kick off new terms (04/22/15)
A former commissioner was welcomed back and a current commissioner was chosen once again to serve as mayor during Tuesday's meeting of the Fort Scott City Commission. The commission conducted its annual reorganization, which included election of mayor, commission president, representative for the Bourbon County Economic Development Council, and delegate for the Fort Scott Housing Authority...
Friends of the Fort Fest (04/22/15)
Matt and Katie Wells dance the Crystal Schottische to entertain the Friends of the National Historic Site Tuesday night. The night also included remarks from Reed Hartford, president; Betty Boyko, superintendent of FSNHS; Jim Loach, associate regional director of operations and education for the National Park Service; Gary Hawk, the guest of honor; and members of the audience in support of Hawk...
New salt bin, vehicles approved for county departments (04/22/15)
The Bourbon County Commissioners on Tuesday authorized the purchases of a new storage building and replacement vehicles for two departments. Public Works Director Jim Harris reminded commissioners he spoke with them a year ago about erecting a salt storage bin in order to buy larger quantity, earlier in the year or in increments when there would be a good price break. ...
Contract approved for new FSCC president (04/21/15)
Following a 10-minute executive session, the Fort Scott Community College Board of Trustees adopted a contract with Alysia Johnston as the new president of the college at Monday night's monthly meeting. Johnston was named president during a special board of trustees meeting on March 12...
Soldiers trudged on during rainy encampment (04/21/15)
The rains fell this weekend, but the Civil War-era show went on at the Fort Scott National Historic Site. On Saturday and Sunday, staff and volunteers at the historic site commemorated the 150th anniversary of the end of the Civil War, and honored the sacrifice of soldiers and civilians from 1861 to 1865, during the site's annual Civil War Encampment. Visitors could also learn more about Fort Scott's role during the Civil War...
Adding challenges, improvements to Gunn Park trails (04/21/15)
Frank Halsey's pastime is benefiting the community of Fort Scott. Halsey is an avid mountain biker who has spearheaded the creation of Gunn Park Trails in the city's biggest park. His team of volunteers have recently completed a new challenging loop to the bike/hike trails...
County commission meeting days changing (04/18/15)
Because of health issues for a Bourbon County Commissioner, a decision was made Friday to change the regular commissioner meetings to once a week. The change will begin Tuesday. First District Commissioner Lynne Oharah was absent from the meeting, but spoke with Commission Chair Barbara Albright and Third District Commissioner Harold Coleman as the meeting got underway. Albright said they were going to consider a new meeting schedule and would notify him of the decision...
Tourist season is underway (04/18/15)
Group tours bringing visitors to Fort Scott are beginning to swing into town. Fort Scott Area Chamber of Commerce staff are looking to ramp up the number of tour groups coming into the city. One of the city's and chamber's goals for 2015 is to boost tourism and attract more people to town...
Inmates will be working outside jail facility (04/18/15)
A Southeast Kansas Regional Correctional Center program that was abandoned because of lack of staffing is being revived. Beginning Tuesday, inmates from the jail facility will be providing supervised service to the communities in the county. "This helps us get the inmates out," Jail Administrator Bobby Reed said. "It gives the a chance to pay back to the community. This is by no means work release or community service."...
Tallgrass, tall flames at the Fort (04/17/15)
The Fort Scott National Historic Site conducted a prescribed fire for the site's restored tallgrass prairie Thursday afternoon. About five acres of restored tallgrass prairie were burned under the supervision of U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and National Park Service wildland fire personnel with assistance from the Fort Scott Fire Department...
Artistic friend of Fort to be honored (04/17/15)
An Evening with Gary Hawk, Kansas artist, will be presented by Friends of Fort Scott National Historic Site at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Liberty Theatre, 113 S. Main St. Hawk, 82, painted works of art to be used as a fundraiser shortly after the fort was designated a national historic site...
Extended hours, remote locations to pay taxes (04/17/15)
The Bourbon County Treasurer's Office is giving taxpayers options on where and when to pay the second half of their taxes. The deadline to have the second half of taxes paid is May 11. The treasurer's office, located on the second floor of the county courthouse, 210 S. National Ave., will have extended hours, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. beginning April 27...
Residents invited to discuss issues with controlled burns (04/17/15)
Ranchers, farmers and other interested in sharing their ideas on how to resolve the issue of out of control burning are invited to attend a meeting at 6 p.m. Monday at the Bourbon County 4-H Building at the fairgrounds in Fort Scott. Personnel from Bourbon County Emergency Management and fire departments will be available to listen to concerns and ideas...
No, it's not a ticket (04/14/15)
Bourbon County Undersheriff Ben Cole hands a coupon pack to motorists Tuesday morning at the Wall Street railroad crossing as Kansas Highway Patrol Master Trooper Jeff Scott watches traffic. The Fort Scott Police Department and Bourbon County Sheriff's Office joined the KHP Tuesday in an effort to promote safety at railroad crossings...
Contracts approved for USD 235 teachers, staff (04/14/15)
USD 235 Board of Education approved the negotiated agreement with the Uniontown Teachers' Association Monday night following a 25-minute executive session. "There is no increase to the base salary but all teachers will get to move on the salary schedule," Superintendent Randy Rockhold said. "This will result in a $600 increase for each staff member. Supplemental salaries will increase two percent, and we will contribute $96 more per year for insurance."...
Drive underway to complete golf course clubhouse (04/14/15)
e city-owned Woodland Hills Golf Course is slowly beginning to take shape. Since late 2014, a group of Fort Scott Community College Construction Trades students and their instructor, Kim Coates, have been working on an approximately 2,000-square-foot clubhouse that would eventually replace the current old clubhouse. The construction project is being funded through fundraisers and donations...
Jail bond issue still passes after final count (04/14/15)
The number of votes changed slightly, but the outcome of the election deciding a $6.8 million bond issue to fund a new county jail remained the same after the county commissioners canvassed and considered provisional ballots Monday. The final tally of the votes is 1,031 in favor and 1,015 against implementing a .4 percent countywide retail sales tax in October...