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Archive for Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Top five area stories of 2008

December 17, 2008

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We're counting down the top five stories on various topics today as part of an annual recap of the top stories of the year we'll do later this month. Join the conversation by letting us know what we missed or what stories you think are important by posting a comment, below.

5. After some delay, new water park opens in Tonganoxie

The new Tonganoxie Water Park required extensive planning and created much city-wide anticipation in advance of its opening.

4. Renovations begin for Eudora schools

Eudora voters passed a $45 million dollar bond issue in 2007 allowingfor construction and renovation within the Eudora School District to begin this year.

3. Construction projects begin in Basehor

Basehor Town Center construction begins with the new Basehor Elementary School despite early opposition to the project.

2. Shooting in Tonganoxie prompts search

A Tonganoxie shooting sparks an area manhunt for a black male. Johnathan Wilkerson, 24, later pleaded no contest to making a false police report after it was discovered he shot himself.

1. Eudora High recognized for excellence

Eudora High School awarded bronze medal from U.S. News and World Reports, the school was recognized as one of the top high schools in the country.

Comments

smitty 5 years, 3 months ago

I don't want to exagerate and say four years until the calendar flips over in a couple of days but the LPD is behind another scamming situation. Sure didn't look like a scam until time went passed and all those charges dropped and no movement forward in this case. I am aware that our city commission, police chief, and officers are involved in allowing a drug criminal go to rehab and not press any charges against him(Mike McAtee). The locals could not have achieved excusng this criminal activity without the co-operation and silence of the feds. McAtee were to be prosecuted there are several federal drug cases that would not hold up in court and be dismissed. Much like when Peck was framed by Olin and fired. McAtee and Peck were working the same cases but it is McAtee that is to witness for the feds. So it was Peck that had to go. This is two get out of jail free cards for McAtee thanks to our local and federal governments.local couple have charges dropped in the case of the largest fencing operation in the history of Lawrence:http://www2.ljworld.com/news/2007/may/09/charge_dropped_against_yellow_house_owners/video:http://www2.ljworld.com/videos/2007/nov/20/16108/on and on:http://www2.ljworld.com/news/2005/dec/30/investigation_continues_yellow_house_sales/Dec of '05:http://www2.ljworld.com/news/2005/dec...

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bndairdundat 5 years, 4 months ago

Sigmund - speaking of little jakey deckert, I see that according to Douglas County Sheriff's Dept web sight, he is now serving his fourteen days. Maybe he will be out in time to spend Christmas with family and New Years eve getting wasted with his buddies.

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Kyle Reed 5 years, 4 months ago

I believe that's where the problem lies. The wording of the headline. I didn't take that to mean anywhere in the area but Lawrence. I live in Lawrence and certainly consider myself as living in this area.

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llmccorkill 5 years, 4 months ago

I could be wrong, but I took the headline that reads, "Top 5 area stories of 2008" to mean that these stories refer to other towns in the area - not Lawrence. I understand there will be several Top 5 topics for stories coming up in subsequent stories.

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snowsleep 5 years, 4 months ago

I think KU won some sports events of some sort that were a big deal.And there was that terrible car incident where a woman deliberately hit a number of workers on 59 Hwy. and then later found guilty.Didn't the Last Call close in 2008? That was a fairly important event in our area.And fires, and the state budget, and construction up on campus.

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Sigmund 5 years, 4 months ago

  1. Lawrence voters approve a 1% sales tax increase largely for roads and the empTy instead of requiring the city to reprioritize Lawrence's existing budget.4. KU wins the national championship and Downtown Lawrence, Inc demands they throw a parade at KU and taxpayer expense.3. Two people are killed by drunk drivers who flee the scene and after they are caught receive less than four months in jail combined.2. Despite obvious signs that both sales and real estate taxes are about to decline substantially, the City Commission and Manager have buried their heads in the sand refusing to cut department budgets and reduce staff.1. Sue Hack still mayor.
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geniusmannumber1 5 years, 4 months ago

regina--1. Nobody brings it up except for those poor, put upon, pure as the driven snow martyrs. Everyone else is sick of the nonsense.2. That would be a story about Lawrence, so logically, it would not fit in this category.

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reginaflangie1 5 years, 4 months ago

I think the lj-world is hoping no one will bring up the 4-yr. investigation, because then they would have to hide the story.Please no names mentioned, because that only brings out the police lovers.

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geniusmannumber1 5 years, 4 months ago

Okay, if you want to be pedantic about it, I'll throw in Eudora, Baldwin, Basehor, Ottawa, Lecompton, Oskaloosa -- good enough?

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Kyle Reed 5 years, 4 months ago

Did I miss the part where this story was only referring to Tonganoxie news?

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geniusmannumber1 5 years, 4 months ago

Well, since you apparently keep up on the Tonganoxie news more than the rest of us, would you care to try?

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Maxwell Butterfield 5 years, 4 months ago

Really?Come on, we can do better than that.

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