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The Process of Cleaning Water

Jason McReynolds releases water from a hydrant on 2nd Street Wednesday, which is part of the process of cleaning the water system. The flushing gets the chlorine into the system faster and farther, Scott Flater said.

The Marmaton River is the source of drinking water for almost all of Bourbon County, except for the most extreme western portion, which has a private reservoir.

Scott Flater is the superintendent of the City of Fort Scott Water Production Department, who is tasked with providing clean, safe water from the Marmaton River to all of Fort Scott and Consolidated Rural Water District # 2 residents.

“We make water for the city,” Flater said. “But our number one customer is Rural Water #2.”

Over two million gallons of water a day is processed and sent out to the city and the county, he said.

“Everything comes through this building,” Flater said. “We have a river intake on 5th and Short Streets.”

The rural water district then sells and distributes the water from Fort Scott to the small towns in Bourbon County.

The city’s water production employees are in the middle of a cleanout process.  It’s called burn out/flushing, and it’s an annual event.

“The water is safe during the rest of the year or during this burnout (cleaning out), it’s safe,” Flater said. “We are sending it out to our family and our community. It’s the highest quality.”

The cleaning out of the system is a maintenance practice for the distribution system, Flater said.

They started July 16, and if all goes as planned the water cleaning process should be completed by the end of next week, Flater said.

“The burnout won’t reach outside of Fort Scott until today (July 20),” Flater said.

Flater commended a small town in Bourbon County for being far-thinking in their water supply.

Flater said Uniontown, in the western part of the county, has been “pro-active to rebuild their water infrastructure” in the last few years. “They’ve done a great job.”

This computer screen is set up in the office of the water treatment plant at Ninth and Burke streets and shows the outline of the water cleaning process, so the plant operators can see what is going on in the plant.
Scott Flater shows the water samples that are tested: from left is water directly from the river, the middle is water that has been mixed with chemicals and the right is the water that has been fully processed and is ready to drink. This is so plant operators can do “right now” testing on the water, he said.
Brandon Russell, one of four plant operators, does comparative water testing in the water treatment plant Thursday.
The turquoise and blue pipe in the center of the photo is located in the lower level of the city’s water plant. The 24-inch pipe is where all the Marmaton River water is piped into the plant. It is then processed in a mixer with chemicals. The water is then transported to a settling basin. Following this step, chlorine is added to the water. It is then run through a filter and goes into a clear well from where the water proceeds to water towers then to the water distribution system.

Trees in Roadway, Power Lines Down as Result of Storm

Workers clear away a tree from a yard at 12th St. and National Avenue Friday morning, following a storm Thursday evening.

Bourbon County wide the Fort Scott Police Department had approximately 25 calls for service that were storm related, according to Cpt. Shaun T. West, Fort Scott Police Department.

Most of the calls were for trees in the roadway, power lines down or alarms due to power issues, he said.

“We did have one non injury vehicle accident in the county which may have been weather related, but I don’t enough information on it as it was worked by Kansas Highway Patrol,” West said.






Thursday at the Fair: Chamber Coffee, More Champions, Swine Show, Corn Hole

K-State Extension Agent Joy Miller speaks to the attendees of the Fort Scott Chamber of Commerce Thursday morning during their weekly coffee in the Open Class Myers Building. She summed up the fair for fair youth: hard work and determination.

Thursday at the Bourbon County Fair started with the Fort Scott Chamber of Commerce Weekly Coffee and the Open Class Swine Contest. The Bourbon County Sheriff’s Office served lunch at the Chuck Wagon eatery at the fair and in the evening was the 4-H Fashion Revue at Fort Scott Community College. There was a corn hole contest fundraiser presented by the Uniontown FFA in the arena.

Friday at the fair includes the livestock judging contest, viewing of open class exhibits, the 4-H Barnyard Olympics, the Buyer’s Appreciation Supper and the Junior Livestock Sale.

Saturday is checking out exhibits and clean-up. There will be a Missouri State Tractor Pullers Contest at the grandstand in the evening.

The Youth Conservation Corp from the Fort Scott National Historic Site were first-time visitors to the Chamber Coffee. They announced Family Day this Saturday at the Fort. Cooking, gardening, and small arms demonstrations will be in the morning session. Crafts and games will be in the afternoon session. Check out what this group planned as part of their duties at the Fort: For Families: Art Show July 28; Scavenger Hunt August 4 at The Fort

From left: Reaghn Dowell, Kaden Primm, Jesseden Kiwan and Anthea Montojo, all of Fort Scott High School, comprise the YCC.

The following are the entries that won Grand Champion in the Open Class Department, housed in the Myers Building.

The Swine Contest was held in the arena.

A crowd filled the bleachers to watch swine and their owners in the FFA, 4-H and Open Class contests.
Blaine Pitts is the Duroc Swine Grand Champion.

More Grand Champions in the 4-H Building:

Results for the 4-H Clubs:

Uniontown FFA did a corn hole contest fundraiser:

Painting Class At Presbyterian Village July 24

Personalized DIY Barn Wood Sign Painting Class Offered at Presbyterian Village

Presbyterian Village will be hosting a barn wood sign class at Fort Scott Presbyterian Village at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, July 24.

Instructor, Jennifer Cox, will demonstrate how to create charming barn wood style signs. Her painted wood signs that she will instruct are hand-crafted by you, using reclaimed weathered wood.  The varied combination of knots, cracks, imperfections and natural blemishes of the recycled wood gives your custom-painted sign it’s own unique character and texture.  The result is a treasured piece of personalized artwork that coordinates nicely with nearly every style of home decor.

Participants will take home their creations at the end of the class.

Make plans now to join us at 6 p.m. Tuesday, July 24, in our community room at 2401 S. Horton in Fort Scott.

A donation per participant is requested to cover supplies.

Class size is limited, so please register by July 20 by contacting Becky Kellum at (620) 223-5550 or

For more information about Fort Scott Presbyterian Village, contact Becky Kellum, marketing director, at 620-223-5550 or email


Fort Scott Presbyterian Village has served Bourbon County since 1994 with independent and assisted living. Learn more at Presbyterian Manors of Mid-America is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization with 18 locations in Missouri and Kansas. Learn more at

The Beacon Seeks New Director

The Beacon, a local helping agency, is seeking a new director.

Sue Emmons, who has been the director for approximately 18 months resigned a few weeks ago, for personal reasons, Carol MacArthur, Beacon Board member said.

The resignation is effective July 31.

The board is currently searching for a new director with a deadline for applications set for July 23.

“We are looking for someone who cares and who wants to work with people who are struggling,” MacArthur said.

For more information, or to apply contact MacArthur at or 620-215-1505.

The position is for 20 hours per week, Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and pays approximately $11.50 per hour.

The Beacon ministry provides food and clothing to those struggling and in need, as well as occasional assistance with other basic needs; i.e., rent, utilities, and prescriptions, MacArthur said. It also refers individuals to other agencies who may help them with specific needs.

The job is perfect for a retiree, MacArthur said.

“A teacher would be a good fit,” she said. “We need someone who is organized, a good listener and a communicator. It’s managing the building and two other people who are paid, and representing The Beacon.”



Wednesday At The Fair

The Bourbon County Fair continues until Saturday, July 21.

Here are some highlights from a stroll through the 4-H Buildings on Wednesday, featuring some of the grand champion winners work.

Tomorrow is the swine judging, Fort Scott Chamber of Commerce Weekly Coffee in the Myer’s Building and the 4-H Fashion Revue at Fort Scott Community College’s Bailey Academic Building.

Fried chicken brought a crowd into the Chuck Wagon at noon Wednesday.
Barnstormers 4-H Club families and Landmark Bank employees work in the kitchen of the Chuck Wagon Wednesday.

A sign on the entrance of the poultry and rabbit building reminds people to wash hands following petting the animals.

John and Irene Doll and their grandchildren cool off in the Merchant’s Building Wednesday. Temps were in the 90s with high humidity.


Using Solar Energy To Water Cattle

Herschel George, K-State Watershed Specialist for Southeast Kansas, finds some shade to check in on a cell phone Monday at the Bourbon County Fair. Pictured is the solar-powered watering system he is demonstrating.

In past generations, farmers used windmills to bring water to their livestock, using one of Kansas’ resources-wind. There are still a few relics around today.

Now, farmers are being encouraged to water their animals with water pumped by a solar panel, which uses another resource Kansas has much of- solar energy.

The purpose of this watering system is to keep surface water from being contaminated by animal feces, which naturally happens when animals are allowed into streams, ponds, and rivers to drink.

A sign near the solar water system tells of the possible cost share to reduce potential water contamination.

“The solar pump helps producers move livestock away from streams and ponds as their only water source,” Herschel George, Southeast Kansas Watershed Specialist for Kansas State University, said.

This week George is at the Bourbon County Fair to demonstrate the solar-powered water delivery system and visit with interested cattlemen and others about it.

“We pump out of a well or a pond into a tank,” George said Monday afternoon at the fair. “This helps keep manure out of the Marmaton River.”

A K-State sign near the solar water system tells the results of adding an alternate water source.

The Marmaton River traverses from west to east through Bourbon County towards Missouri and is the recipient of water from streams in the county.

These streams are on private property and some have animals that get their needed water from those streams.

While at the water source, animals defecate and urinate into the streams and ponds and rivers.

This system is to rectify that problem of water quality.

Herschel George checks out the solar-powered watering system, in this case with a tire tank made out of old tires from equipment on a farm.

Much of George’s time as a K-State Watershed Specialist is spent developing and installing water plans for livestock alternative water systems, according to the to

He installs concrete and tire tank livestock water supply lines to ponds full of water and solar water pumping systems. He also assists farmers in finding cost-share solutions to improving water quality, according to the website. Additionally, he assists to bring them into compliance with the Kansas Department of Health and Environment.

George can be reached on his cell phone at 913-294-6021 or via email at

George will be demonstrating at the Bourbon County Fair Wednesday through Thursday, July 18-19, located near the Merchant’s Building and also Friday through Sunday at the Four State Farm Show, south of Pittsburg in booth 280.


Bourbon County Fair Highlights For Tueday

Tuesday at the Bourbon County Fair was a day of judging animals, foods, plants, the annual bake sale for student scholarships and the draft horse pull contest.

Wednesday’s highlights are more judging of animals and plants, presentations of public interest by local Family and Consumer Education clubs, followed by the Eastern Kansas Timed Event Circuit at the grandstand at 6:30 p.m.

The following are highlights of Tuesday evening at the fair.

Clay Brillhart with his reserve grand champion meat goat Tuesday evening.
Calvin Walker shows off his Lego creation that won reserve grand champion in the miscellaneous self-determined department of the 4-H Contests.

The 4-H Chuck Wagon offers up good food, at affordable prices as a fundraiser each year for 4-H.


Uniontown 4-H Club had their turn in running the Chuck Wagon eatery Tuesday evening. From left Angela Nading, Chris Maycumber, Deidre Maycumber and Charity Walker work the kitchen.
Uniontown 4-H Club family members run the cash register. From left Tim Endicott and Dale Griffith.

A line of customers waits to order their supper Tuesday evening.
Brooklyn Pruitt washes her cow, Penny, in preparation for the market calf show Wednesday.
Family and friends visit the animal stalls at the fair Tuesday evening.
Families enjoy looking at the swine on Tuesday evening at the fair.
Brooklyn Pruitt washes her calf, Penny, in preparation for the market calf show Wednesday.
Genesis Walker pets goats as she makes her way through the Joe Chambers Building Tuesday evening.

The Draft Horse Pull contest has several rounds with the first being the one where the team of two horses pulls the total pounds of their weight in a sled of concrete bricks. Each successive round adds 1000 pounds of weight to the sled, eliminating pull teams until a winner is declared.

The contest had the following results:

First place: Jason Ellis team from Iola; second place: Fred Robinson team from Galesburg, third place: Steve Williams team from Redfield; fourth place: Cody Zook team from Columbus; fifth place: Justin Woolery team from Thayer; sixth place: Lloyd Wiley from Fort Scott; seventh place: Rusty Moore team from Columbus.


A crowd watches as horses pull heavy loads in the draft horse contest at the grandstand Tuesday evening at the Bourbon County Fair.
Lloyd Wiley pulls his team of horses.
Cody Zook gets ready to have his horses pull the sled of bricks.
Steve Williams team pulls the sled away from the starting point.

Families play ball in the campground of the Bourbon County Fairgrounds at sunset Tuesday.

Dr. Crawford Set To Move Downtown

Dr. Tim Crawford, the owner of Fort Scott Family Dental, 1115 S. Main, has a contract pending on his current building in preparation for the move of the dental office to Wall and Main streets.

In two to three months, Dr. Tim Crawford, a local dentist, hopes to be in the renovated building he has been working on this past year.

“We have no firm timeline,” Crawford said. “The end of summer or beginning of fall. We are super excited to see this come to fruition.”

The historic three-story building at the corner of Wall and Main streets, Fort Scott, known as the Marble Building; has at points in time been a theater, bank, retail store, tanning bed business and will be the dentist’s office when completed.

“You can still see the dome for the chandelier in the attic space,” referring to its’ grand past, Crawford said.

The lobby is being restored, including the stained glass windows, the rest will be new construction.

The top floor is six apartments that have recently been renovated, Crawford said.

“The middle level needs some remodeling,” Crawford said. MCM Restoration occupies most of the second floor.

The main floor of the building he purchased, where his office will be, is also the office of Crain Insurance on the Wall Street side.

The move from 1115 S. Main to the new location for the dentist office will increase the size of the office almost four times.

“We are looking at over 5,000 square feet, and right now (at the current location) we have 1,300 to 1,400 square feet,” Crawford said.

Currently, Crawford has two receptionists, one hygienist, and two dental assistants, he said.

“We’ll probably have to add one more employee,” following the move to the new office, Crawford said.

JT Contracting, RL Construction and Peerless Products, all local businesses have been involved in the reno process, Crawford said.

Jayce Simons and Nick Leighty, with JT Contracting, Fort Scott, work on the masonry front door of the building at Wall and Main streets.
An old dental chair sits next to a commercial vacuum cleaner in the lobby area of the new Fort Scott Family Dental office. The office is being renovated, including some original stained glass windows.
The operating rooms are new construction in the new Fort Scott Family Dentist office, at Wall and Main streets.


Highlights Of Bourbon County Fair

Monday afternoon activity at the Bourbon County Fair included checking in entries in the open class division, entering 4-H Exhibits, conference judging of 4-H photography, weigh-in of animals, in addition to setting up the Chuck Wagon Restaurant. Entering into open class exhibits continues this evening, Monday, July 16, until 8 p.m.

Tomorrow, July 17, judging begins with rabbits, foods, fiber and visual arts,  plant science, poultry, sheep and meat goats.  The bake sale for Open Class foods will be at noon with proceeds going to scholarships for Bourbon County students. There will be a draft horse pull in the evening.


Below are some highlights of Monday afternoon.

Northwest Scott 4-H members and family put together their entry into the hay bale decorating contest Monday afternoon at the Bourbon County Fair. From left: Amanda, Abigail Collins, Kaitlyn Hanks,  John and Timothy Collins and Kaitlyn Hanks, mom, Darla Hanks (not pictured).
Ann Ludlum and Linda Walker check-in art and photography entries in open class Monday afternoon in the Myer’s Building.
Pam Korinek enters her plants in the horticulture department in the open class at the Bourbon County Fair.
Jackie Warren helps to check in quilts Monday afternoon.
Wilma Graham enters art and craft entries from Medicalodge residents Monday at the Bourbon County Fair.
Jackie Warren checks in her cinnamon bread entry into the King Arthur Flour Check-In area, with Joyce Gobl taking the information.


Karen Peery enters antiques in the Bourbon County Fair Monday afternoon.
An entry into the preserved food department.
Antiques entered in the Bourbon County Fair.
-Audree Hick’s entry into the arts and crafts department at the fair. Hicks is 5 years-old.

Joyce Gobl shows the giveaway item for this year’s King Arthur Baking Contest: chocolate cookie mix to the first 300 people who request it.

Starlite FCE’s entry into the scarecrow contest at the fair.

Bourbon County Commission Agenda July 17


Bourbon County Commission Room

2nd Floor, County Courthouse

210 S. National Avenue

Fort Scott, KS 66701

Tuesdays starting at 9:00

Date: July 17th, 2018

1st District-Lynne Oharah Minutes: Approved: _______________

2nd District-Jeff Fischer Corrected: _______________

3rd District-Nick Ruhl Adjourned at: _______________

County Clerk-Kendell Mason

9:00-9:45-Jim Harris

9:45-10:00-David Duffy-Road in Woods Cemetery

11:00-12:00-Justin Meeks

11:00-NRP Update

11:15-Executive Session-Personnel matters of individual non-elected personnel

11:30-Executive Session-Privileged in the attorney-client relationship

11:45-Walking Trial Update

11:50-Handbook Update

12:00-1:30-Commissioners gone to lunch

1:30-1:45-P1 Group

Justifications for Executive Session:

          Personnel matters of individual non-elected personnel

          Consultation with an attorney for the body or agency which would be deemed privileged in the attorney-client relationship

          Matters relating to employer-employee negotiations whether or not in consultation with the representative(s) of the body or agency

          Confidential data relating to financial affairs or trade secrets of corporations, partnerships, trusts and individual proprietorships

          Preliminary discussions relating to the acquisition of real property

          Matters relating to the security of a public body or agency, public building or facility or the information system of a public body or agency, if the discussion of such matters at an open meeting would jeopardize the security of such public body, agency, building, facility or information system

Who Is On The Ballot? Who Can Vote?

The Bourbon County Courthouse, where the votes are tabulated.

Tuesday, July 17 is the last day to register to vote in the clerk’s office for the Kansas primary election August 7, 2018.

This registration is for first-time voters or to update if there is an address or name change, according to an election official.

“Primaries in Kansas are partisan elections,” Whitney Ball, Bourbon County Election Deputy said. “People have to be registered either as a Republican or Democrat.”

“If a person is an unaffiliated voter, you can’t vote in the primary election, ” she said. “But if you want to, you can affiliate.”

In the general election, Nov. 6, 2018, anyone can vote.

The Bourbon County Clerk’ office is on the second floor of the courthouse and is open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

There will be a candidate forum July 31 at Fort Scott High School Auditorium, 1005 S. Main, for the public, from 6 to 8 p.m. Questions to the candidates are requested prior to the event by contacting the Fort Scott Chamber of Commerce, 223-3566.

The following is the State of Kansas Official Primary Election roster for national, state, county and precinct  offices to be voted on  in the primary election.

There are several positions with multiple candidates.

All the Democrat Party candidates are listed first, followed by the Republican Party candidates in the second list.

These are the Democratic Party candidates:
For United States House of Representatives, 2nd District
Paul Davis, Lawrence,


For Governor/Lieutenant Governor

Arden Andersen/Dale Cowsert ,Olathe/Overland Park;
Jack Bergeson/Alexander Cline, Wichita/Wichita,
Carl Brewer/Chris Morrow, Wichita/Gardner,
Laura Kelly/Lynn Rogers, Topeka/Wichita,;
Joshua Svaty/Katrina Gier Lewison,Topeka/Manhattan

For Secretary of State

Brian “BAM” McClendon, Lawrence

For Attorney General

Sarah G. Swain. Lawrence

For State Treasurer

Marci Francisco, Lawrence

For Commissioner of Insurance

Nathaniel McLaughlin, Kansas City

For Kansas House of Representatives, 4th District

Lawrence Forbach, Mound City

For Member, State Board of Education, District 9


For County Commissioner District 1

Clinton L. Walker, Mapleton

For County Treasurer
(Unexpired Term)

For County Attorney
(Unexpired Term)

For Precinct Committeeman
1st Ward



For United States House of Representatives, 2nd District

Steve Fitzgerald,Leavenworth
Kevin Jones, Wellsville
Doug Mays,Topeka
Dennis Pyle, Hiawatha
Caryn Tyson, Parker
Steve Watkins, Topeka
Vernon J. Fields, Basehor

For Governor/Lieutenant Governor

Jim Barnett/Rosie Hansen, Topeka/Topeka
Jeff Colyer/Tracey Mann, Overland Park/Salina
Kris Kobach/Wink Hartman, Lecompton/Rose Hill
Patrick “PK”Kucera/Patricia Reitz, Overland Park/Shawnee
Tyler Ruzich/Dominic Scavuzzo Prairie Village/Leawood
Ken Selzer/Jen Sanderson, Leawood/Goodland
Joseph Tutera Jr./Phillip Clemente, Mission Hills/Mission Woods

For Secretary of State

Randy Duncan, Salina
Keith Esau, Olathe
Craig McCullah, Topeka
Scott Schwab, Olathe

Dennis Taylor, Topeka

For Attorney General

Derek Schmidt, Independence

For State Treasurer

Jake LaTurner, Topeka

For Commissioner of Insurance

Vicki Schmidt, Topeka
Clark Shultz, Lindsborg

For State Senator, 13th District
(Unexpired Term)

Richard Hilderbrand, Galena

For Kansas House of Representatives, 4th District

Trevor Jacobs, Fort Scott

Jim Porter, Fredonia


For County Commissioner
District 1
Lynne D. Oharah, Uniontown
Robert Query, Fort Scott
Matthew J. Crystal, Fort Scott

For County Treasurer
(Unexpired Term)

Patricia S. Love, Fort Scott

For County Attorney
(Unexpired Term)

Jacqie Spradling, Spring Hill

For Precinct Committeeman
1st Ward