Category Archives: Bourbon County

A Mark in Time for K-State Extension

Submitted by: Carla Nemecek, Southwind Extension District, Director & Agent


With the addition of Woodson County to the Southwind District, July 1, 2018, marks an important mark in time for K-State Research and Extension. The extension districting model has been in place in Kansas since 1994 when Lincoln and Mitchell Counties formed the Post Rock District, and currently contains 50 counties in 17 Districts across the State.

Increased efficiency and effectiveness were major forces when the 1991 Kansas Legislature passed the Extension District Act. The merger of county extension councils can result in increased efficiency of resources and greater effectiveness of personnel through specialization, resulting in higher quality educational programming for Kansas citizens.

Locally, the Southwind District was formed in 2010 with Allen and Neosho Counties, Bourbon County was added in 2011, and Woodson County joined our family this week. Prior to districting, all extension units operated within their own counties, most commonly with two agents in each office to represent agriculture and family & consumer sciences with shared responsibility for 4-H.

In our Southwind district model, each local office houses two agents, but job responsibilities are more focused for better specialization and agents travel throughout the district to meet the needs of local residents.

In my opinion, the district model creates an environment of teamwork and synergy that we never had as an isolated county office. Extension staff is supervised and report to the District Board, which consists of four residents from each county who are elected in the general election of odd-numbered years.

Woodson County representatives were appointed by the County Commissioners for their first term.

As District Director, I am responsible for working with our finance committee to complete the annual budget, working with the personnel committee to set goals and conduct performance reviews, and the marketing committee promotes the district through various media avenues.

We remain strongly connected to Kansas State University as it relates to funding, staffing, personnel, educational requirements, and the organizational structure of extension councils and districts. An operational agreement and memorandum of understanding were developed with the district and Kansas State University.

With the addition of Woodson County, there is a new level of energy and excitement across our staff and offices. We have high expectations for expanded opportunities for all of our programs, and we look forward to including Woodson County for years to come.

If you haven’t already, please find more information about Southwind District on our website, or our Facebook page: Southwind Extension District. Folks are welcome to contact me anytime or 620-365-2242.

The Bourbon County Sheriff’s Office Daily Reports July 3

The Bourbon County Sheriff’s Office daily reports can best be viewed on a computer. The office can be reached at (620) 223-2380.

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Bourbon County Commission Agenda July 3


Bourbon County Commission Room

2nd Floor, County Courthouse

210 S. National Avenue

Fort Scott, KS 66701

Tuesdays starting at 9:00


Date: July 3rd, 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

10:30-10:15-Gaylen Garrison-Family Heritage Insurance

10:30-11:00-Clint Anderson and Justin Meeks-Job description employment

11:00-12:00-Justin Meeks

11:00-11:15-Executive Session- Privileged in the attorney-client relationship

11:15-11:30-Executive Session-Safety and security of the Courthouse

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

1:30-2:00-Jacqie Spradling

2:00-2:15-Shane Walker-2019 IT Budget

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

Woodson County Joins K-State Southwind District

Kansas State University Southwind Extension District Agents hosted an Open House in Yates Center on Thursday, June 28 as Woodson County joins Allen, Bourbon and Neosho Counties in the Extension District.

Agents pictured include Joy Miller, Krista Harding, Carla Nemecek, Christopher Petty, Jennifer Terrell, Dale Lanham, Barbara Stockebrand and Kathy McEwan.

Bourbon County Garden Club Hosts Chamber Coffee

Bourbon County Garden Club, 2018. From left, front row: Barb McCord, Martha Scott, Priscilla Sellers and Karen Billiard. Back row: Rosemary Harris, Sheryl Bloomfield, Janet Irvin, Doris Ericson and Jim Logan.

The Bourbon County Garden Club hosted the weekly Fort Scott Chamber of Commerce coffee June 28 at the Heritage Park Pavilion on Main Street.

The club maintains the plants in Heritage Park, Skubitz Plaza, the hanging baskets on Main Street and the flower bed at the swimming pool,  Martha Scott, a member told the attendees.

They also provide a service to the community by answering gardening questions for the public.

“We are happy to make Fort Scott look pretty,” Scott said.

“We are looking for volunteers to help us weed,”  she said.

Garden club member Barb McCord told the attendees that they are looking for gardens for the annual garden tour for 2019.

There will be no weekly Chamber coffee next week.

For more information on the club: Sheryl Bloomfield, 620-215-4313, Deb Lust, email  or  Rosemary Harris, rharris@usd234. org

Below are photos of attendees during the coffee.

Only Birds Tested June 29 Will Be Allowed to Exhibit at Bourbon County Fair

Poultry Testing for the Bourbon County Fair

There is a change to the procedure if you want to exhibit poultry at the 2018 Bourbon County Fair.

This change affects both 4-H and Open Class participants. All poultry animals (excluding waterfowl and pigeons which may be potentially shown either in 4-H or open class, must be pullorum disease tested prior to the fair. Testing will take place on Friday, June 29 from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Bourbon County Fairgrounds.

Only birds tested at this event will be allowed to exhibit at the Bourbon County Fair.

Pullorum disease is a somewhat rare disease, caused by bacteria, but easily spread from one bird to another.

The testing procedure itself is not new, but the testing date and time, (now prior to the fair) is. This change is due to the high cost and limited availability of the testing antigen.

A federal veterinarian will be on hand to test birds free of charge at this event.

You will receive paperwork at this testing event which must be brought back to the Bourbon County fair after 4:00 p.m. Monday, July 16, when you bring your poultry animals for exhibition.

If you have any questions about these changes contact Southwind Extension District Agent Christopher Petty at 620-223-3720 or by e-mail at cgp@k

County Road And Courthouse Improvements

Bourbon County Road Crews completed the new asphalt on Maple Road just east of 95th Road recently.

Bourbon County Road Crews have been busy this spring and summer laying asphalt on prioritized road, filling in the potholes and otherimprovements to the county’s roads.

“We took a new approach on how to repair roads,” Bourbon County District 1 Commissioner Lynne Oharah said. “It’s a leveling course, 1.5-inch asphalt. If you have a decent base, then you go back and do a chip and seal a few years later.”

“We get 6.5 miles, about $30,000 a mile using this technique as opposed to a 3.5-inch overlay, which costs between $80,000 to $95,000 per mile to overlay,” Oharah said. “I’m excited the way it’s turned out. We’ve come up with a new tactic to save money on roads and cover more miles.”

The new leveling course tactic was used three years ago in Oharah’s district, in the area just west of Uniontown on Maple Road to 85th Road. The asphalt has now been put on Maple Road all the way to Fort Scott, a road that runs parallel to U.S. Hwy. 54.

Next year, if all goes according to his plan, Maple Road to 85th will be chipped and sealed, Oharah said.

“If money permits, we’ll do more,” Oharah said.

Other recent completed asphalt projects have been the west side of Lake Fort Scott, which was completed yesterday, he said.

Then a short piece of 205th Road off of U.S. 54 Hwy.  to Native Road will be completed today with asphalt overlay.

One and one-fourth miles on Eagle Road completed a few weeks ago, was given a 3.5-inch overlay, he said.

“Before that Native Road past the landfill a mile and a quarter, a 2-inch overlay was done on that, completed in April,” Oharah said.

The next big project that Oharah hopes to accomplish is 125th Road south of Mapleton for three to six miles, he said.

“Then I’ll start doing chip and seal on 125th between Hwy. 54 and Maple Road and also west of Uniontown to 85th,” Oharah said.

In addition, the county road crews will start working on low water crossings that near repair.

Three low water crossings have been closed in Bourbon County:

  • Range Road at 265th Road. “We’re going to have to replace that,” Oharah said.
  • Northeast of 65 Hwy., on 75th. “We are going to fill in the void under the crossing with rock and concrete,” Oharah said.
  • North of Unity Road on 95th. “We’ll repair it by pouring more concrete, boxing at the end of the culvert,” Oharah said.

Another low water crossing is in need of repair on  115th Road north of Range Road, he said.

Work will begin on these crossings in July, Oharah said.

Changes in the courthouse

The commissioners will soon be moving their workspace and public meeting room in the Bourbon County Courthouse, to make it more accessible to the public.

“I’m really excited about moving forward with moving everything on the second floor…to the first floor”, Oharah said.

The move is a result of the new law enforcement center completion and then the sheriff’s department and jail vacating the north side of the courthouse.

He said the move looks like it will be “very affordable.”

“We are working to have it done by the last part of September,” Oharah said.

“People have trouble getting to the second floor, this will make it convenient for them,” he said.

The county clerk, treasurer, and the commission room, every office on the second floor, will all be moved from the second to the first floor. He is hoping the driver’s license bureau will also be moved to the first floor, he said.

The second floor will then be the county attorney’s office.

“That increases the security of the second and third floors,” Oharah said.