Greyhounds' streak stretches to seven
Fort Scott Community College's men never trailed Saturday afternoon as the Greyhounds defeated Brown Mackie, 96-83, in a Region VI contest at Arnold Arena. The 'Hounds avenged an overtime loss to the Lions in Salina on December 13. It was the seventh consecutive win for the Greyhounds (6-1 Region VI, 11-13 overall), who are on their longest winning streak since the 1999-2000 team won nine straight in a year they finished 19-12...
Conversation at the conservation dinner, meeting
The Bourbon County Conservation District held its 70th annual Conservation Awards Banquet Saturday evening at the Fort Scott Middle School. The event included a dinner, short business meeting, presentation of various contest winners and the conservation award winners, as well as presentation of the district's annual report and 70-year history, and the annual report on the Natural Resource Conservation Service...
USD 234 gifted program activities outlined to board
The USD 234 Board of Education got a glimpse at activities in the district's gifted program during its Monday meeting. Angie Kemmerer, K-12 gifted education teacher in the district, updated board members on the gifted program, which she said currently consists of 42 students district-wide, 22 of whom are in an "enrichment" program and not yet in the gifted program. ...
Man injured in hit-and-run accident looking for answers
A reward is being offered in the case of a Fort Scott man who was the victim in a reported hit-and-run accident involving a bicycle the morning of Jan. 28 on Jayhawk Road south of Fort Scott. Kirk Hart, 61, who was involved in the accident, told the Tribune Monday he is offering a $500 reward "for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the individual(s) responsible in the hit-and-run accident of a bicyclist on Jan. 28 on Jayhawk Road."...
Construction progressing on National Avenue
ay through a nearly $4 million project to make several improvements along National Avenue from Sixth to 13th streets. Portions of National and some side streets have been closed to through traffic, and drivers have had to navigate orange cones in some areas along a divided National since the project began in summer 2015. Crews are addressing the project in sections, and motorists can expect more road closings and detours in the future as work progresses...
Preparing Maple Road for improvement project
Bourbon County road workers cut trees and brush to increase visibility on Maple Road, just west of the Fort Scott Livestock Market, Friday morning. Road work will include repaving, widening shoulders, striping, installing signage and drainage to the area, Bourbon County Public Works Director Jim Harris said. The project is being funded with a $350,000 High Risk Rural Roads grant administered by the Kansas Department of Transportation...
Queen, stand-in king crowned at UHS
Tynce Joles gives queen Taylor Cooper a thumbs up after his son, Tommy Joles, and Taylor were named Uniontown High School Homecoming king and queen Friday night at West Bourbon Elementary. Tynce Joles stood-in for his son during the ceremony as Tommy Joles competed in a wrestling match at Burlington...
Eugene Ware Elementary parking altered to make way for future construction
As construction is set to begin at Eugene Ware Elementary School as part of the USD 234 bond projects, school officials have issued some plans for parking, traffic and student pick-up and drop-off. Eugene Ware Principal Dave Elliott provided the school's plan to the Tribune on Friday...
Republicans, Democrats caucus in different ways
With Super Tuesday coming soon to Bourbon and Linn counties, registered voters need to be prepared for and understand caucus proceedings. The caucuses will take place Saturday, March 5 in Mound City and Cherokee. A caucus is a party meeting of registered voters who gather to discuss and pick who they want the next president of the United States to be...
Tiger, 'Hound players pick new schools
Wednesday was the first day that high school football players were allowed to sign with the colleges of their choice and the first day junior college players could sign with their new four-year schools. Two Fort Scott High players signed to play at Butler Community College in El Dorado. Running back/defensive back Marcus Stepps and lineman Austin Cook both signed to play for the Grizzlies, a Jayhawk Conference and national power...
Commissioners hear students' proposals
Fort Scott High School students have some ideas for improvements in Fort Scott and they shared some proposals Tuesday with the Fort Scott City Commission. During the commission's regular meeting, two groups of FSHS students presented the results of projects students worked on throughout the semester. Amber Toth, debate and forensics teacher at FSHS, appeared with students who made the presentations...
Teachers working to engage students in complex thinking
Bourbon County Coalition members learned of a recent teaching initiative in Fort Scott Wednesday at the monthly meeting. Literacy First is a USD 234 district-wide teaching initiative implemented in the 2013-14 school year, according to Melissa Tatro, district instructional coach...
City increases electric company's franchise fee Increase to be passed on to Westar Energy customers' monthly bills
The Fort Scott City Commission approved a new franchise agreement - which comes with an increase - with Westar Energy during its Tuesday meeting. City Manager Dave Martin and Westar Energy Business Manager Kari West explained the 10-year agreement to commissioners. Martin said he had previously met with West to discuss an increase in the city's franchise fee with the company...
Superintendents watching state proposal on 'realignment'
A legislative proposal that would realign school districts in Kansas is not popular with local district superintendents. Under House Bill 2504, a proposal currently in the House Education Committee, the number of school districts in Kansas would be cut by more than half --from 286 to 132 -- as many districts would be absorbed into others...
Commissioners give nod to proceed with geological survey
Bourbon County Commissioners on Tuesday agreed to move forward with preliminary work for the new jail construction. Meeting Thursday to discuss the status of the project were First District Commissioner Lynne Oharah; Kevin Rost, associate senior project manager with Goldberg Group Architects of St. ...
Life goes on in the midst of construction
Despite changes and adjustments due to construction at USD 234 schools, the consensus among school leaders is that it's business as usual, with thus far no major hitches along the way. Schools have been dealing with temporary construction fences put in place earlier this month at district schools as safety measures for construction related to the district's $40.8 million school bond projects...
Bourbon County Sheriff's Office investigating weekend chases
The Bourbon County Sheriff's Office made arrests following two separate vehicle pursuits that took place this weekend. A high-speed chase late Friday night led to the arrest of 22-year-old Dakota Dean Demeritt. A brief pursuit Sunday night resulted in the arrest of 49-year-old Lacy Wayne Bealer...
Excess revenue could be used for some jail project costs
A meeting held Thursday to provide a progress report on the jail project was also an opportunity for the project manager to clarify an earlier statement that the project might go over budget. In April, voters barely approved a .4 percent retail sales tax increase to fund the $6.8 million project...
Out of control burn
A firefighter works to extinguish a vehicle on fire Friday afternoon, near Garland. Eleven firefighters from Garland, Hiatville, Devon fire departments and Scott Township Fire Department responded to a fire at 2:49 p.m. at 2598 Calvary Road, according to Delbert Mumbower, chief of Fire District No.3. ...
Coffee, conversation with the congresswoman
In an effort to make government more accessible on a local level, Lynn Jenkins, the U.S. Representative for Kansas' second congressional district, hosted a Coffee with Your Congresswoman Thursday morning at Fort Scott City Hall. Jenkins is a member of the Republican Party and has been in office since 2009...
Missouri principal injured while bicycling on highway
The Bourbon County Sheriff's Office is investigating a reported hit-and-run injury accident that took place early Thursday morning on Jayhawk Road south of Fort Scott. The incident involved an unknown vehicle striking a man on a bicycle and then fleeing the scene, according to a news release from the BCSO. Bourbon County Sheriff Bill Martin said emergency responders received a call on the incident about 5:40 a.m. Thursday...
Icy conditions send Uniontown's storm shelter project in skid
Icy conditions are forcing the City of Uniontown to re-bid its community storm shelter project. Some contractors from Fort Scott and Humboldt had packets in hand to come to the bid opening Jan. 19, but the dangerous road conditions prevented them getting to Uniontown City Hall...
Work begins on other portions of bond project
Work has begun on a nearly $25 million portion of the $40.8 million USD 234 school bond projects. Temporary construction fences have been put up at district schools to separate students, teachers and staff from areas where construction and site work will be taking place as part of the bond projects...
County commissioners look at year-to-date numbers
Bourbon County Commissioners on Tuesday reviewed a report of the county's end-of-year cash balance. There will have to be some juggling done before the books are finally closed on 2015 so that no fund has a deficit. "Right now we know we're going to move the employee benefits out of the general fund," Bourbon County Treasurer Rhonda Dunn said. "And we know we're going to have to fill road and bridge out of special machinery."...
Firefighters battle blaze at rural residence
Multiple emergency agencies respond to a house fire about 5:30 p.m. Tuesday in the 1700 area of 215th Street. No one was home at the time of the fire. More information will be published as it becomes available.