Fort Scott Brick Company building burns
An early Tuesday morning fire gutted an old brick building on North Hill Street that once operated as part of a brick plant. Fort Scott city firefighters were called out just after 1 a.m. after receiving a report from a Bourbon County Sheriff's Office deputy that a building in an area on North Hill Street was on fire, Fort Scott Deputy Fire Chief Dave Bruner said...
Riverfront Authority requests county assistance in bridge project
The Bourbon County/Fort Scott Riverfront Authority is asking the county to assist in a project that will bring a historical bridge to the Riverfront Park. But getting the bridge from there to Fort Scott is going to require a lot of time and work. On Tuesday, Jerry Witt and Arnold Schofield, representatives of the Riverfront Authority, asked commissioners for assistance in removing trees from the bridge and the approaches to the bridge...
'A thunderous commotion'
Local family was at Florida airport when shooter opened fire
Class prepares storm spotters
vere weather preparedness during a storm spotter class Wednesday evening at Fort Scott Community College. Representatives of Bourbon County Emergency Management, city and rural fire departments and other first responders attended the class, which took place in the Danny and Willa Ellis Family Fine Arts Center on the FSCC campus. Steve Runnels with the National Weather Service office in Springfield, Mo., led the class...
Student alleged to have brought handgun to school
The Fort Scott Police Department and USD 234 officials dealt with an incident Wednesday in which a student allegedly brought a handgun to school. According to a news release issued about 4:30 p.m. by the FSPD, Fort Scott School Resource Officer Joe Allen responded about 7:47 a.m. to Eugene Ware School, 900 E. Third St., to meet with school administrators. Upon arrival, it was discovered a 10-year-old boy had brought an unloaded handgun to school...
Groundbreaking heralds U.S. Highway 69 expansion
After decades of waiting, work to make U.S. Highway 69 four lanes south of Fort Scott to the Crawford County line is expected to begin this week. A groundbreaking ceremony to mark the occasion was held Monday at Cherry Grove Church located at the intersection of U.S. 69 and Cavalry Road...
Yes, it's still winter
The snow on these blooming daffodils Tuesday says it all -- yes, it's still winter, in spite of budding trees and the stormy spring-like weather Bourbon Countians experienced during the past two weeks. After all, spring doesn't officially arrive until March 20. Temperatures are expected to raise to the mid 60s by Saturday...
Proposed ambulance contract with county includes increase
Bourbon County officials are looking at a possible increase in the cost of emergency medical services provided by Mercy Hospital Fort Scott. During their Tuesday meeting, county commissioners heard from Christi Keating, chief nursing officer at Mercy Hospital, and Danny Hall, Mercy EMS manager, who discussed with the commission a potential 2.5 percent increase per year to the county's ambulance contract with Mercy...
Thanks for all you do
Dick and Jan Hedges accept the Keystone Award from Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Lindsay Madison. The Hedgeses received the award for their years of service to the community. The award was presented during the Chamber's Annual Dinner and Awards Celebration held Thursday evening at Liberty Threatre. Madison said attendance was at a record high of 206 people. See more photos in next week's Tribune...
City takes over tourism
After a lengthy discussion Tuesday night, the Fort Scott City Commission approved a proposal to move tourism under the city's direction. Commissioners heard comments both for and against the proposal, which came about at the commission's Feb. 21. At that meeting, commissioners approved a recommendation from Commissioner Jim Adams to have city staff research an idea to bring tourism, currently under the direction of the Fort Scott Area Chamber of Commerce, under the city's umbrella...
Board stands firm; Unanimous vote to not renew Elliott's contract
The USD 234 Board of Education on Friday stuck by its decision to not renew the contract of Eugene Ware Principal Dave Elliott for the 2017-18 school year. Board members met for a special meeting for an agenda that only included an executive session to discuss personnel matters for non-elected personnel and employment action...
Storm scatters roofs, snaps trees, poles
A storm that roared through Bourbon County Monday evening left broken and uprooted trees, carports in tangles and roofs scattered on the ground. Bourbon County Emergency Manager William Wallis said one family has been displaced from their home along Maple Road in the Redfield area, but no injuries were reported...
Patrons ask board to reconsider Elliott's contract
Some members of the public voiced their support for a longtime educator and school administrator at Monday night's USD 234 Board of Education meeting. The board heard comments from some citizens regarding the decision of the school board and Superintendent Bob Beckham in February to not renew the contract of Eugene Ware Principal Dave Elliott for the 2017-18 school year...
Annual FSCC Spring Rodeo underway at Arnold Arena
Jason E. Silvers/Tribune photo A competitor is focused with rope in hand as she prepares for a calf-tying event Friday morning in Arnold Arena on the Fort Scott Community College campus. The 36th annual Spring College Rodeo at FSCC continues at 8 a.m., 1 and 7 p.m. today, with final rounds at 1 p.m. Sunday...
County escapes major damage during Tuesday night storm
Storm sirens blared throughout Bourbon County as a portion of the county was under tornado and severe thunderstorm warnings for several hours late Tuesday night and early Wednesday. The area was hit with gusty winds, rain and hail at different points during a storm system that moved in Tuesday night...
Statement issued by Mercy Hospital Fort Scott
Mercy Hospital Fort Scott officials issued the following press release Thursday: Today's health care environment is changing rapidly, and hospitals in rural areas are especially challenged by utilization trends, payment reductions from insurers and government payers, and rising operational costs. In response to these factors, Mercy in Fort Scott continues to evaluate opportunities to improve how we operate and reduce expenses while preserving quality, safety and service...
KanCare expansion key to small rural hospitals
This is the second of a two-part series. During the Legislative Update Coffee held Saturday, Feb. 25, Mercy Fort Scott Hospital President Reta Baker talked to legislators about the importance of expanding KanCare to small rural hospitals. District 2 Rep. Adam Lusker said Kansas hospitals have missed out on federal money because the state did not expand Medicaid under the Health Care Reform Act...
Commissioners say no to additional jail cells
Bourbon County Commissioners on Tuesday voted unanimously to not add 16 beds to the Bourbon County Law Enforcement Center project. The decision was made after hearing comments from Sheriff Bill Martin, his staff, members of the public and receiving financial information from County Treasurer Rhonda Dunn...
FSCC trustees take first step in moving John Deere program
The Fort Scott Community College Board of Trustees on Monday voted to move forward with the next step in a plan that would bring the John Deere Technician Training program, currently located in Frontenac, to Bourbon County. FSCC officials have discussed moving the program in recent months, after learning in late 2016 the college had lost its lease on the building used for the John Deere program, which trains students to become certified in servicing John Deere equipment...
Commissioners receive request for fire district
Bourbon County Commissioners on Tuesday took a step in the process of getting answers for trustees of two townships. After a motion by Commissioner Nick Ruhl, commissioners unanimously voted in favor of requesting a financial audit of Garland Fire District No. 2, with Scott and Drywood Townships to be responsible for the cost of the audit...
Large number on water meter a mystery
UNIONTOWN -- Uniontown City officials are checking into an issue City Clerk Sally Johnson said is an "unusual" circumstance concerning a water meter reading. During their Feb. 14 meeting, city council members learned one meter reading showed a residence had a higher than normal water usage -- 70,780 gallons. The Jan. 19 reading was for a residence at 302 Sherman St...