Category Archives: Bourbon County


The big top structure is set up by workers Thursday morning in preparation for the Carson and Barnes Circus this evening (May 18).

The Carson and Barnes Circus will show its last performance this evening, May 18 at 7:30 p.m. at the Bourbon County Fairgrounds on South Horton.

Tickets at the door are $20 for adults and $12 for children under 12 years old.

The show is sponsored by The Fort Scott Chamber of Commerce

One llama watches his pen mate get a haircut, Thursday morning in preparation for the circus.
Trisa Bolden and her granddaughter Adrianna Garcia talk to the horse at the Bourbon County Fairgrounds Thursday morning.
Ashley Roozbahan holds daughter Lydia, while daughter Madelyn watches the elephants at the circus grounds Thursday morning. Also watching the elephants is Adrianna Garcia, held by her grandmother Trisa Bolden.

Uniontown School District Receives $100,000 Grant For Fitness Center

USD 235 staff and students who worked on the grant application for the fitness equipment for the district: front, from left: Betty Dennis, school nurse; Rhonda Hoener, school counselor; and Tara Gorman, teacher. Back row, from left: Vance Eden, teacher; Kolby Martinez, Zach Franklin and Cade Goodridge, students; Bret Howard, superintendent; Mark Calvin, high school principal and Tyler Jackman, elementary school principal. They are in the proposed room for the community fitness center, the junior high/high school library.

West Bourbon Elementary School Principal Tyler Jackman received an email from the Kansas Department of Education in late winter about an opportunity to provide a fitness center in the school district.

He got the green light from Superintendent Brett Howard to apply for the grant and enlisted the help of other district employees.

“The application process was simple,” Jackman said. “They wanted to know what equipment we had, what condition it was in.”

Teacher Vance Eden created a video of the need in the district and interviewed several employees.  Click below to view the video:

The grant application was due April 6, and on May 16 they received notice that the district received a $100,000 grant.

Governor Jeff Colyer and Jake Steinfeld, Chairman of the National Foundation for Governors’ Fitness Councils, announced three Kansas schools that were selected to each receive a DON’T QUIT! Fitness Center.

The multi-million-dollar physical fitness campaign named Lincoln Elementary School in Fredonia, Jardine Middle School in Topeka and Uniontown USD 235 in Uniontown as the state’s most outstanding schools for demonstrating leadership in getting and keeping their students fit.

“We are excited, this will be a great asset to our community,” Jackman said. “The community will have access.”

Tyler Jackman stands in the access door to the proposed community fitness room. The room is the former library of the junior high/high school, that is currently housing the USD 235 Board of Education. The outside access door is near the southeast corner of the room, which leads to the south parking lot of the school.

 The proposed site for the fitness center is the former school library at the junior high school, which is being underutilized, Jackman said.

Installation begins this summer and a public ribbon cutting will take place in early September, Howard said.

School starts in the district on August 30 this year, he said.

National Foundation for Governors’ Fitness Councils State of Kansas DON’T QUIT! Campaign initial requirements:

  • The school must be a public or public charter school.
  • The majority of students must be between the ages of 8-13 years old.
  • The school must have a preexisting room on the school’s property that is available for equipment installation during the summer of 2018.
  • The room must be approximately 900-1500 square feet.
  • The proposed fitness center will be in the junior high wing of USD 235 campus.

Let The Fun Begin

Riverfront Park Pavilion is open to the public.

Fort Scott Chamber of Commerce Weekly Coffee attendees joined in the ribbon cutting Thursday morning.

The Fort Scott Chamber of Commerce weekly coffee attendees were part of the ribbon cutting celebration at Riverfront Park Thursday morning.

The ribbon cutting was to officially open the new pavilion for public use.

The park is slowly but surely being improved under the leadership of the Fort Scott Bourbon County Riverfront Authority Board.

Beginning in 2005, the board became official in 2007 when Governor Sebelius created the Fort Scott Bourbon County Riverfront Authority Board to oversee the revitalization of the park.

Since then several trails have been created in the park with help from the Kansas Wildlife and Parks along with the city and county.

The trails are well used because of all the shade provided by the established trees in the park, Jerry Witt, president of the board, said.

Now the covered pavilion has been built for public use.

The pavilion has electricity and is already scheduled for a wedding in September, Jerry Witt, president of the board said.

The next improvement to the park is a lookout structure to be built at the confluence of the Marmaton River and Mill Creek, which should be completed this year, Witt said.

The Fort Scott Bourbon County Riverfront Authority Board Members from left: Allen Warren, Arnold Schofield, Danny Magee, Jerry Witt, Dean Mann and Betty Boyko. Not pictured are Penny Barnes, Bob Love and Jeff Sweetser.

Free meal and entertainment this evening (May 17)

Tonight the Riverfront Authority Board is hosting a free hot dog dinner to the public at 6 p.m.

“Price Chopper donated the hot dogs, buns and chips and everything to go along with that,” Allen Warren, a board member said.

At 6:30 p.m. local musicians Jason Richison and Kinley Rice, along with a country western band will perform at the pavilion.

Residents are asked to bring lawn chairs.

Parking will be at the  Twister Trailer  parking lot across the street from the park on North National Avenue, just past the red bridge.

Handicapped individuals may park in Riverfront Park.

For more information, click here:

Riverfront Park Pavillion Coming Spring 2018


FSCC Graduations May 18

FSCC President Alysia Johnston with Shelbie Hutchinson, Outstanding Sophomore for 2018.

FSCC Graduation Time

Fort Scott Community College will hold two graduations this Friday, May 18th.

Associate of Arts, Associate of Applied Science, and Certificate students will have their ceremony at 9:00 a.m. and Associate of General Studies and Associate of Science students will have their ceremony at  noon in the Ellis Fine Arts building.

There are approximately 200 students graduating between the two sessions.

During graduation, a few outstanding individuals will be recognized for their prestigious work over the years.

FSCC will recognize three Fort Scott natives, John M. Laflen, class of 1956, Dawn M. Reed, class of 2002, and Shelbie Hutchinson, class of 2018.

John Laflen and Dawn Reed are being recognized as this year’s Outstanding Alumni and Shelbie Hutchinson is being recognized as this year’s Outstanding Sophomore.

The banquet for Outstanding Alumni will be held between graduations at 10:30 a.m. in the Ellis Fine Arts meeting rooms.

For more information regarding graduation, please contact Courtney Metcalf at 620.223.2700 ext. 3580 or Taylor Wade at ext. 3560.

New Pathway

David Goodyear points to the acres of corn recently planted as part of the AgPath ministry. Goodyear is the coordinator of the project.

“Remember not the former things, nor consider the things of old. Behold, I am doing a new thing;  does not it spring forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a pathway in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.”             Isaiah 43:18-19 from the Holy Bible.

This is the key verse that members of Fort Scott Church of the Nazarene (FSCN) chose to begin a new ministry.

The ministry is called Pathways and it is a partnership with other churches and individuals within Bourbon County to reach those who want out of self-destructive life choices.

It started when FSCN members Mike Watson and Jimmie Jones were conversing about the Celebrate Recovery, a group that meets at the church.

“We get these folks in jail, some are ready for something else,” David Goodyear, coordinator of Pathways said. “We’ve tried to help them but they get out unannounced and go back to where they came from. We felt like we were letting them go through the gaps.”

That’s when Pathways was birthed.

“We started last fall…with a vision statement,” Goodyear said. “The church board endorsed it. I became the coordinator.”

The Pathways ministry collaborates with Next Steps, a Local Connections to Success Program that is facilitated weekly by community volunteers, that meets on Monday evenings at the First United Methodist Church.

One of the strategies of Pathways is a work program called AgPath. AgPath is an agricultural project where participants will plant, grow, harvest and market vegetables. It is being developed to help hone teamwork skills and provide some earnings for participants.

They had the vision, they needed the means.

Then God stepped in.

“I went to Jody (Hoener) to ask her to help us write a grant for the program,” Goodyear said. “She said there was a grant out there waiting for an idea. She had us apply. (Then) I went to the committee meeting of the Healthy Bourbon County Action Team.”

The Pathways AgPath group received $20,000 to help the program get started.

David Goodyear received a grant from Pathways AgPath May 3 from Blue Cross/Blue Shield Pathway to A Healthier Bourbon County.  In the center is Virginia Barnes of BCBS and Jody Hoener of Healthy Bourbon County Action Team.

“We got a new All Terrain Vehicle, planter, tiller, spreader, fertilizer, seed, irrigation equipment and still got a few more (items)to get,” Goodyear said.

“The profit will be shared with others,” Goodyear said. “The Beacon and Feeding Families In His Name.”

Goodyear has started the planting of the acreage, located just off Hwy. 54 near the KOA Campground, with the help of a part-time employee, Malachi Schmidt, Deerfield, Mo.

Malachi Schmidt takes a break while putting up wire in preparation for the tomato planting.

Corn has been planted on the donated acreage on Hwy. 54. Next will be tomatoes, peppers, green beans and squash, he said.

Two to four people from the Next Steps program will help in the process along with volunteers from the community comprised of William James and Francy Schafer, Kevin and Kerry Wunderly,  and Gretchen and David Goodyear.

“We want to work into their lives, to develop kinship,” Goodyear said. “The whole point is to build community.”





Bourbon County Commission Agenda May 15


Bourbon County Commission Room

2nd Floor, County Courthouse

210 S. National Avenue

Fort Scott, KS 66701

Tuesdays starting at 9:00

Date: May 15th, 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

9:45-11:00-Cutler and Coyan fence viewing

11:00-12:00-Justin Meeks

Executive Session-Privileged in the Attorney/Client relationship

Executive Session-Matters relating to the security of a public building

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

1:30-2:00-Update on NRP/Meeting times/Letters/Maps

2:00-2:15-Clerk/Election 2019 Budget

2:30-Employee Handbook

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