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The Fort Scott Tribune FORT SCOTT, KANSAS 66701, WEDNESDAY, MAY 29, 2013
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Many turn out to remember the fallen By Tammy Helm Tribune Editor
SPORTS — Katren Rienbolt won her second state championship Saturday. Details on page 8.
More than 200 people gathered at the Fort Scott National Cemetery on a windy Monday to honor those who gave their lives while serving the country. The Memorial Day Service at the National Cemetery in Fort Scott featured retired U.S. Army Lt. Col. Alexander P. Fullerton, who traveled to Fort Scott from Leavenworth. Before the ceremony, he talked about the honor of being invited to speak. “It’s more than an honor. Each person looks at it differently, but it gives me cold chills when I think about it,” Fullerton said. “I think to each person his own. What I mean by that is, in our history, the people we have lost in combat, to see mentors of mine killed in combat, to see friends injured it really brings back a lot of flooded memo-
ries when you think about it. I think anybody who stops and thinks about the heroes who have given their lives, it’s got to be emotional to think about it.” For Fullerton, the day was an opportunity to honor those who place their lives on the line while doing their job. “When you think of how an American loses their life, a celebrity or anyone, immediately the country goes, ‘Oh, I gotta sue,’ and they get multimillion dollars for it,” Fullerton said. “But yet, any service member who loses their life fighting for our freedom, our country, it’s just another day. Yeah, this is a big day to me.” Fullerton has served two tours of duty during Operation Iraqi Freedom and also in Bosnia. He served as the commander of the Special Troops Battalion-Korea, and was responsible for monitoring administrative and logistical
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Visitors of the Fort Scott National Cemetery walk among the tombstones following Monday’s Memorial Day Service. support of the command and welfare, training, discipline, proficiency and professional development of more than
4,500 soldiers, civilian and Korean augmenters. During his career, he also was the executive officer for
the deputy commander Com-
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FSNHS reenactors remember the earliest soldiers By Jason E. Silvers What reason do you have to smile today? “My kids.” Laura Tucker, Fort Scott
Design review board to meet The City of Fort Scott’s Design Review Board will meet at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 30 at city hall, 123 S. Main. The meeting is open to the public.
USD 234 special meeting There will be a special meeting at noon on May 30 at the USD Board of Education office at 424 S. Main. The purpose of the meeting is an executive session to discuss personnel matters for non-elected personnel and to discuss matters relating to employer-employee negotiations, whether or not in consultation with the representative or representatives of the body or agency. The board will also consider employment.
Home repair assistance applications available Applications are now available for home repair assistance from the Bourbon County Long Term Recovery Committee. Applications are available at the Bourbon County County Clerk’s office on the second floor of the courthouse and City Hall in Fort Scott. For more information, call Bourbon County Emergency Manager Terri Lynn Coop, at 620-224-8165. Please allow two to four weeks for acknowledgement and review.
The Fort Scott Tribune Almost 500 people were able to experience life as it was on a frontier military fort in the mid-1800s during Memorial Day activities this past weekend at Fort Scott National Historic Site. Events at the site included living history programs, cooking demonstrations and artillery firings. Programs offered included a recounting of the turmoil and conflict of Bleeding Kansas and its effects locally, the dragoon soldier’s role in the westward expansion and the important role of Civil War music in the lives of soldiers. FSNHS Chief Ranger Kelley Collins said this year’s slate of activities drew a Jason E. Silvers/Tribune photo “similar attendance to last FSNHS volunteers and staff portray characters in one of four Memorial Day year.” tableau scenes Saturday at the historic site.The tableau paid tribute to fallen offi“We had about 461 people cers and soldiers at Fort Scott. This particular scene depicted the deaths of two over the three days,” she said. officers in the Battle of San Pasqual and the mourning that followed.
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Beware of those who want your information Fort Scott woman dies By Loretta George The Fort Scott Tribune Derek Schmidt, Kansas Attorney General, spoke at the Fort Scott Kiwanis Club on Tuesday about the need to be vigilant in schemes that will try to get people to part with their money. His office has received 5,000 complaints about scams, he said One scam he highlighted was a case of a 92-year-old woman, who had just lost her husband. “These are difficult times. Someone, usually from out of town shows up, and befriends the person...their entire goal
is to get control of the (victim’s) finances. For example, there was a 92-year-old woman, with the onset of dementia. A guy from California shows up, he meets her and is attentive to her...runs errands, does grocery shopping. She lets him move in rent-free in an apartment in her basement. She then puts him on the title of her house...then her car....then as the durable power of attorney. The defendant is 84,” Schmidt said. The reason he told that story is for neighbors, friends and family to be vigilant to who is around them. “If you see something
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Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt talks about how to avoid becoming a victim of con artists at Tuesday’s Fort Scott Kiwanis luncheon.
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“All of the programs were well-attended. And fortunately, it didn’t rain.” Collins said artillery programs at the site are always popular with visitors. Other weekend activities included a tableau paying tribute to fallen officers and soldiers at Fort Scott, and a special Memorial Day program on Monday about the history of Memorial Day, followed by observance of the National Moment of Silence. Collins said the meaning behind Memorial Day “applies to our theme here at the park.” “I was really pleased with the volunteer turnout as well,” she said. “It makes the place seem more bustling and alive.” Collins said at least 25 volunteers - including a mix of
(troublesome), say something to a trusted friend or law enforcement,” Schmidt said. The following are ways to protect yourself from scams, according to a press release provided to the Tribune: • If something sounds too good to be true, it probably is: for example, offers for free products, claims you won a contest you didn’t enter or get-rich quick schemes. • Take time to investigate claims before giving a stranger personal or financial information. Look them up in the phonebook, or do an internet search. • Pay for expensive services, products or vacation deals with a credit card so fraudulent charges can be disputed. • Do not wire money to anyone unless it is someone known and trusted. • When selling something, be aware of anyone who wants to overpay and asks for a reimbursement of the difference. • Don’t give a check, cash or money order or give out personal account information to anyone insisting on immediate payment. • Guard credit card information, social security number, and checking account information. • Do not put any personal information on drivers licenses, checks or give it out to strangers who ask for it over the phone or at the door. • Shred all bank state-
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after falling out of Jeep By Jason E. Silvers The Fort Scott Tribune Authorities are investigating a one-vehicle accident that claimed the life of a Fort Scott woman Monday night. The Kansas Highway Patrol reported that 44-yearold Amanda Thron, of Fort Scott, died in an accident involving a 1992 Jeep Wrangler Islander 4-by-4. Thron, who was in the front passenger seat, fell out of the vehicle and was ran over, the KHP report said. The accident took place about 10 p.m. Monday in the 1700 block of 155th Street about one mile north of Prairie Road outside of Devon. The Jeep, driven by Melba Marsh, 50, of Fort Scott, was headed north on 155th Street when Thron reportedly fell out of the vehicle. None of the other occupants of the vehicle were reported as injured. KHP Technical Trooper Rick Wingate said another trooper is investigating the crash and authorities are trying to sort out leads and other information on the accident that have been provided to the patrol. Wingate said he did not have many details on the crash as the investigation is ongoing. He did say the vehicle “did not leave the road.” He also said officials were unsure exactly how Thron left the vehicle and that she
was struck by the Jeep, which has a soft top. “I do know she exited the vehicle,” he said. “She was run over by the vehicle she was in. I don’t know if she fell out. The seat did not come out of the vehicle.” The Tribune heard Tuesday of one news report on the crash that said the seat Thron was in fell out of the vehicle. Wingate said this report was not true. Wingate said hopefully more details will be provided for the investigation after an autopsy is complete. “I hope something from the autopsy will give us an idea,” he said. “We’re waiting on the results of tests and things.” Wingate said he was not sure if the Jeep had been traveling at a high rate of speed, and could not confirm whether drugs or alcohol were involved. He said testing for drugs and alcohol is “standard procedure” when investigating a vehicle crash. The KHP report said none of the other occupants were wearing seat belts at the time of the accident. Also riding in the vehicle were Dudley Colegrove, 58, and Jimmie Duren, 51, both of Fort Scott. Neither Colegrove or Duren were hurt in the incident. The KHP report said Thron was transported by
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