After being postponed a week because of recent heavy rains, the 4th Annual Tryakathon at Gunn Park was almost delayed again because of wet conditions on the trails. But the night before the Saturday event, organizer Frank Halsey decided it was safe for the participants and the event continued.
“It’s been hectic,” Halsey said of the planning over the last couple weeks, which forced organizers to keep a close eye on the trail and river conditions.
Participants had to face muddy trails as well as a tree downed in the river, but individual competitors and teams still came out to compete in the event that covered 4 miles of running, 2.5 miles of kayaking and 6.5 miles of bike trails.
Because the event was delayed a week, the event lost some participants as well as gained some, but overall the numbers remained lower than previous years because of the conditions. Halsey said there was still a larger number of competitors than they expected.
Local volunteers such as from Fort Scott Community College also helped put on the event.
After being a part of Fort Scott since 2000, the Woods Supermarket is scheduled to close its doors the first week of November.
The grocery store announced the news to the community Wednesday and is now holding a closeout sale in order to get rid of as many items as they can prior to their November 5, closing date.
Woods began in 1947 in Long Lane, Mo., with the purchase of a small country general store by Don and Bertha Woods, but has since expanded to include about 12 locations, with Fort Scott being the only one in Kansas while the others are located in Missouri.
Members of the Young Professionals League invested their time and efforts into downtown Fort Scott Tuesday evening by washing windows and sweeping the sidewalks in order to make the vacant storefronts more presentable.
YPL executive board member Jessica Schenkel said she had recently come across records of the YPL doing a similar downtown event in 2008, and decided that would be a good way for the young professionals to get more involved in the community.
“We’re trying to do some more events to get the YPL out into the public eye,” Schenkel said, saying they want to encourage other young professionals to get involved in the organization as well as make sure the rest of the community knows they exist.
The YPL also helps with other community events throughout the year, such as through the high school job fair and a soup kitchen to raise money for the Beacon, this year switching to an enchilada meal for that same goal. On Saturday, a team of YPL members participated in the kickball tournament to help raise money for a new 3D mammogram machine for Mercy Hospital.
The organization’s members also gather for monthly social events as well as hold a meeting the first Friday of each month. This Sunday, members and their families and prospective members are invited to the Fort Wise Pumpkin Patch at 2 p.m. at a discount price.
Throughout the year, YPL members are encouraged to turn in hours of community service they complete in order to keep a record of some of the impact the members have on the city.
During their homecoming event Friday evening, Fort Scott High School crowned the 2016 homecoming king and queen while the football team protected their field against the Coffeyville Golden Tornadoes.
Taylor Engstrom was named the homecoming king while Lauren Hurd was crowned the queen. Other king candidates included Noah Daly, Wyatt DeHaven, Grant Goldston and Mayson Lane. Queen candidates were Alex King, Taylor Krokroskia, Makayla Robertson and Karlee Stanley.
The Fort Scott Tigers then held on for a 35-20 victory over the Golden Tornadoes, scoring 16 points in the third quarter after trailing Coffeyville by one at halftime. A Tigers’ defense that had three interceptions and four sacks held the Tornadoes to just over 200 yards of offense while their own surpassed 400 yards.
The Tigers continue their season with a district game on the road against the Louisburg Wildcats Friday.
Once again, the local no-kill, animal shelter is again preparing for a fall festival for the community that also serves as a fundraiser to raise the money needed to keep Lee’s Paws & Claws serving the community.
On Saturday, October 15, the shelter will hold their third annual Pet-toberfest event from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m., providing a variety of events such as a blessing of the animals at 11 a.m., dog agility run demonstrations, a pet costume contest, bake sale, silent auction as well as pet adoptions and micro-chipping. Grand prizes, face-painting, bounce houses and concessions will also be available.
The shelter, located at 721 240th Street, accepts dogs and cats from Bourbon County as well as some from Linn County, providing shelter for them at their current facility that was donated to them, allowing them to be debt-free. But while they own the structure and 20 acres of property, there are still fees to keep the shelter running each year.
“It’s a beautiful facility,” board member Marti Wells-Smith said. “People are really trying to help us keep it going.”
The facility includes a play yard, heating and air, indoor areas for the cats and dogs to play and other amenities and services provided by volunteers and generous donors.
Other fundraisers held during the year included the Dancing with Our Stars and the town-wide garage sale.