City Commission honors quick-thinking teen

During their meeting Tuesday evening, the Fort Scott City Commission recognized student Darby Toth, who used her first aid training to perform CPR and defibrillation on an assistant debate coach when he had a heart attack while the debate team attended a clinic in August.

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“It’s always great when we can recognize one of our youth in our community,” Mayor Cindy Bartelsmeyer said.

Toth received the first aid training this summer as she served as a lifeguard and was able to put that training to good use when the need arose outside of her lifeguard duty.

“I just want to thank the city for investing time and money into us,” Toth said on behalf of other students who receive that training. “Because without the training I had at the beginning of the summer, I wouldn’t have been able to do what I did.”

Bartelsmeyer also read a proclamation declaring Oct. 2, as Fort Scott’s Manufacturing Day, honoring those workers and businesses in the city and county that provide jobs and assets to the community.

Robert Goltra of the Fort Scott Community College and Visionary Workforce Development Committee said the college will host an event at their east campus featuring booths from area businesses.

“We are inviting the community… to come out and visit,” Goltra said, encouraging the city leaders to participate.

Director of Economic Development Heather Griffith gave an update on the projects being completed through the Brownfields Assessment Coalition Grant funding, including the riverfront project, the former Western Insurance buildings downtown, the site of the 2005 downtown Fort Scott fire and other projects such as the new Dairy Queen and Norris Heating and Air.

“It’s a great program and we’re really taking advantage of it,” Griffith said of the grant, which in the near future will help pay for site assessments in the industrial park area.

The commissioners also approved granting $1,500 to the Keyhole, which will host several after-school events for local students this fall.

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