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Voters Guide: Baldwin City, Eudora voters to decide membership on governing bodies

Voters in Baldwin City and Eudora will decide the makeup of their governing bodies as they cast ballots in the general election on Nov. 5. Two incumbents, Tony Brown and A.J. Stevens, opted not to seek reelection to the Baldwin City Council, and Troy Squire chose not to seek another four years on the Eudora City Commission. Running for the three Baldwin City Council seats on the ballot are Julie ...

Crowds flock to Baldwin City for 2019 Maple Leaf Festival

A Maple Leaf Festival regular, Sheryl Cleverley shouted sound advice at about 11 a.m. to the still-spotty crowd in downtown Baldwin City. “Get your funnel cakes now while there’s no line,” she yelled from the Baldwin City Lions Club concession trailer, parked as always near the Eighth and High street intersection for the festival. “If you wait until after the parade, you’ll have to stand in ...

Baldwin City to host 62nd annual Maple Leaf Festival this weekend

Baldwin City has spent the last week putting on its festival face. Crews have been placing orange “no parking” placards along downtown streets, as well as portable toilets and ready-to-assemble barricades at key intersections. They've marked off the sites for the hundreds of vendors whose wares will be for sale to the more than 30,000 expected visitors Saturday and Sunday to the annual Maple Leaf Festival. ...

3 killed in crash on U.S. Highway 59 south of Lawrence

Two women and an 8-month-old boy were killed early Friday evening in a crash on U.S. Highway 59 that shut down lanes of traffic south of Lawrence for more than five hours. The crash occurred around 5:40 p.m. Friday near mile marker 151.1, about 2.5 miles south of Lawrence, according to a crash report from the Kansas Highway Patrol. The KHP determined that a 2004 Chevy Classic sedan was traveling southbound ...

Lawrence City Commission candidates mostly agree on environmental issues, Parks and Rec at forum

At a forum Saturday, candidates for the three open Lawrence City Commission seats were in broad agreement on a slate of questions about environmental issues and the Lawrence Parks and Recreation Department. The forum, hosted by the Lawrence chapter of the NAACP, drew an audience of about 25 people to the Watkins Museum of History. Lois Orth-Lopez, assistant secretary of the NAACP chapter, moderated the event. ...

Baldwin City seeking bids for construction of new police station

A year and half after the Baldwin City Council bought a closed restaurant to convert into a new police station, it is taking the first step toward tearing down the building to make room for the new facility. Baldwin City Administrator Glenn Rodden said a bid invitation was released Friday for work that would include razing the old restaurant and constructing a 5,200-square-foot building specifically designed to ...

Lawrence school board candidates air views on SROs, district challenges at forum

The five candidates running for the four Lawrence school board positions on the Nov. 5 ballot shared their differing views on the challenges facing the school district, including the role that school resource officers should play, on Saturday at a forum sponsored by the Lawrence chapter of the NAACP. The five candidates at the forum, which drew about 50 people to the Watkins Museum of History, included Carole ...

Eudora City Commission awards contract to raze vacant Nottingham School; reaches deal to sell property to Casey's General Store

Two recent actions reflect the Eudora City Commission’s decision to take a more active role in the redevelopment of the Nottingham School property on the city’s gateway, Eudora City Manager Barack Matite said. At its Sept. 23 meeting, the City Commission awarded a $151,000 contract to Remco Demolition to remove the old school on Church Street just north of the city’s primary Kansas Highway 10 interchange. ...

Baldwin City to ask KDOT to help with multiuse trail on Midland Railway easement

After purchasing a multiuse easement along the length of Midland Railway in April 2018, Baldwin City will soon apply for a Kansas Department of Transportation grant to help install a concrete trail on the section of the easement within the city limits. Baldwin City Administrator Glenn Rodden said the city would apply in October for a KDOT transportation enhancement grant that would provide 80% of the ...

Heavy rainfall expected to give way to mild temperatures late next week

Fall temperatures will arrive in northeast Kansas late next week, but first the area will have to endure another round of heavy rainfall on Tuesday and Wednesday. Lawrence already received a drenching of rain on Friday and Saturday. Bryan Baerg, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Topeka, said the weather station at Lawrence Municipal Airport had recorded 0.74 inches of rain from 8 p.m. Friday ...

Midland Railway receives federal agency's approval to haul freight

Midland Railway can now carry more than tourists on its 12 miles of line from Baldwin City to Ottawa. Since its founding in 1987, the Midland Railway Historical Association has provided tourist excursion rides along the old Santa Fe Railroad line from Baldwin City to Ottawa. That could soon change, said A.J. Stevens, CEO of Midland Railway. The organization earlier this month received an exemption to become a ...

Baldwin City Council accepts donation of historic gym despite questions about future use, cost of renovations

The Baldwin City Council has agreed to accept the donation of a historic gymnasium, but questions remain about what the building will be used for and how much it will cost to make it functional. At a Sept. 17 meeting, the City Council agreed to accept the donation of the gym at Eighth and Chapel streets, which was built in 1942. The gym was donated by the family of Stephen and Alison Bauer, a former city ...

Vehicle theft suspect in custody after eluding arrest in Lawrence

Story updated 11:02 a.m. Monday A 26-year-old Lawrence man is now in custody after eluding arrest late Saturday in connection with a suspected vehicle theft, Lawrence police said. Patrick Compton, spokesperson for the Lawrence Police Department, said police investigators located a reported stolen vehicle at about 10:30 p.m. Saturday in the 3300 block of Iowa Street. Officers then witnessed a man and a woman ...

Domestic battery suspect apprehended on I-70 after Sunday morning chase

A Lawrence man allegedly fleeing the scene of a domestic incident led Lawrence Police Department and Kansas Highway Patrol officers on a high-speed chase Sunday before being apprehended on Interstate 70. Patrick Compton, spokesman for the Lawrence Police Department, wrote in an email that the incident started when officers responded to a reported domestic violence incident at about 11 a.m. Sunday in the 200 ...

New school resource officer in Eudora says job is a good fit with family life

When the city of Eudora and the Eudora school district agreed this spring to jointly fund a second school resource officer, Fred Ramirez had two good reasons to seek the position. Ramirez, a three-year officer with the Eudora Police Department and a 12-year law enforcement veteran, said the position offered an opportunity to be more involved with the daily activities of his 9-year-old daughter and 13-year-old ...

Baldwin City couple's new pizzeria will aim for authentic Italian atmosphere

When Jessica and Brad Tyler made plans in March to open a new pizza parlor in Baldwin City, they first decided to learn from the source. Shortly after they decided to start their own pizzeria, the couple took a two-week trip to Italy, where they attended an Italian pizza school; got a refresher on such Mediterranean staples as olive oil and wine; and visited restaurants in Florence, Rome, Venice and Verona. ...

Eudora High School program partners with developer to provide hands-on home construction training

Seven Eudora High School students installed a fence Friday along the property line of a newly constructed house in Eudora’s Shadow Ridge subdivision, talking about the task at hand above the noise of earth-moving equipment across the street. The seven students are enrolled in this year’s afternoon session of the Eudora-De Soto Technical Education Center’s construction program. The newly constructed ...

Haskell's Alaskan students share unifying traditions at school's Welcome Back Indian Art Market

Alaska is a big place, and the home of many different Inuit and Indian nations, but there are three things that unify the diverse peoples, said Susan Hawkins, a Haskell Indian Nations University junior. “I would say our food, songs and dances,” she said. Unifying the Haskell students from the state is the school’s Alaska Club. As they do every year, Alaska Club members shared their cultural heritage at ...

Baldwin City Council to consider nearly 59% hike in water rates

There is agreement among Baldwin City Council members that the city needs to raise water rates, but how much is a matter of debate. In August, the City Council discussed the need to pass on to water customers any cost increases the city of Lawrence charges Baldwin City for water and to adjust the rates annually to account for inflation. However, City Councilmen David Simmons and Tony Brown insisted further rate ...

Baldwin City set to add solar to its renewable power sources through agreement with Westar

On sunny days, Baldwin City will soon be using electricity generated from a solar panel array in its public works yard. The solar power array, which Westar Energy built on a gently sloping southward hill near the city’s electrical power generating plant, is set to come online within days, said Rob Culley, Baldwin City's electrical production director. The city and Westar will mark the occasion with a ribbon ...