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Elvyn Jones

Elvyn Jones is the community reporter for the Baldwin City Signal.

Recent stories

Baldwin district having sale at Vinland school on Saturday
10:45 a.m., March 27, 2015 Updated 09:35 p.m.
Those looking for a small desk or a “cute” little chair are invited to shop Saturday morning at the old Vinland Elementary School.
Construction to close CR 1055 on March 23 north of Baldwin City
March 8, 2015
Some, and at times all, of the popular route to Lawrence through Vinland will be closed for much of the coming construction season as Douglas County Public Works undertakes a three-phase improvement of the road.
Wetlands fans anticipate Baker discovery center opening
February 22, 2015
A feathered visitor to the Baker Wetlands had Roger Boyd puzzled last week. The newcomer glided among trees and shrubs, ignoring a kestrel’s feigned attacks and cries. As he watched, Boyd, director of natural areas for Baker University and a lifelong birdwatcher, was much more thrilled about the unidentified raptor’s presence than was the upset kestrel. “I don’t know what it is, and that disturbs me,” Boyd said. “It’s black. It’s not a red tail. I need to get my binoculars out and see.” Right now, wetlands visits are pretty much limited to wildlife. But later this year, the 11,000-square-foot Baker University Wetlands Discovery Center will open. By Elvyn Jones
Marijuana refugee returns to Baldwin City
February 22, 2015
For Ryan Reed, a smile makes his family’s move to Colorado worthwhile. It’s a smile he wishes he could share with members of the Kansas Legislature this week when he testifies before a House committee about the benefits of the medical marijuana his 3-year-old son has been taking daily since the family moved to Colorado in May 2014. However, under current Kansas law, it’s not possible for him to bring his son with him on the visit to his hometown of Baldwin City. By Elvyn Jones
Marijuana refugee returns to Baldwin City to advocate for limited use of drug
February 20, 2015
For Ryan Reed, a smile makes his family’s move to Colorado worthwhile. It’s a smile he wishes he could share with members of the Kansas Legislature this week when he testifies before a House committee about the benefits of the medical marijuana his 3-year-old son has been taking daily since the family moved to Colorado in May 2014.
Baldwin City quilters come together for veterans
February 15, 2015
They didn’t have to send a dress code memo to the members of Baldwin City’s newest quilting club on what to wear to its first meeting Sunday. It was understood the four Quilters of Valor members, Liz Granberg, Karen Kohn, Jo Cornelius and Donna Thomas, would wear red, white and blue or some form of patriotic dress. The four women started the local Quilts of Valor with the goal of duplicating the efforts of other chapters across the nation of making quilts to give to hometown veterans. By Elvyn Jones
Hank Booth ready to embrace Baldwin City as new chamber director
February 7, 2015
Baldwin City residents may not know the community’s first-ever Chamber of Commerce executive director, but they’ve probably heard his voice. “That’s what I’ve been telling people,” Hank Booth said Friday. “I’ve done the radio show “According to the Record” since getting out of the Army in 1972.” By Elvyn Jones
Baldwin City Council supports plan to convert old school into apartments
February 3, 2015
The Baldwin City Council voted unanimously Monday to support a plan to redevelop the former junior high school on Chapel Street into 30 apartments. Flint Hills Holdings Group LLC asked the city to support the plan as it prepares application for historical preservation tax credits from the Kansas Housing Resources Corporation.
Hank Booth named new Baldwin City Chamber director
07:02 p.m., January 30, 2015 Updated 08:09 p.m.
The Baldwin City Chamber of Commerce has announced the hiring of Hank Booth as the chamber’s first executive director. He will begin Monday.
Quick-thinking school bus driver saves Baldwin City home from flames
January 29, 2015
School bus drivers are often asked to take on the duties of nurses, confidants and disciplinarians in the course of driving their routes. Thursday morning, Tammy Ritter, a bus driver with the Baldwin City school district, took on another role — that of firefighter.

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Liz Granberg, left, looks on as Quilts of Valor club members Karen Kohn, with granddaughter Audrey Kohn, and Jo Carnelius piece together blocks for a quilt, such as the one displayed on the table, to be given to a local veteran. The group will meet at 1 p.m. the second Sunday of each month at Quliter's Paradise in downtown Baldwin City.

Liz Granberg, left, and Donna Thomas hold a quilt with a red, white and blue color scheme that will be donated to a local veteran. The two women on members of the local chapter of Quilts of Valor, which had its first meeting Feb. 8. The club will meet at 1 p.m. the second Sunday of each month as it works to complete quilts of all local World War II vets in time for Veterans Day.

Hank Booth, longtime Lawrence radio personality and former Lawrence Chamber of commerce vice president, recently was named the first-ever executive director of the Baldwin City Chamber of Commerce.

A rural Baldwin City couple credits Baldwin school bus driver Tammy Ritter with saving their home after a doghouse caught on fire Thursday morning on their front porch.

An investigator with the Kansas State Fire Marshal's Office carefully climbs the charred back deck steps as he begins his investigation of a home at 216 Fifth St. in Baldwin City. The Baldwin City Fire Department extinquished a fire at the site Saturday afternoon.

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