Elvyn Jones

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

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Fire forces family from Baldwin City home
December 16, 2014
As John Baker looked Tuesday morning at the rental home he owns at 1017 Grove St., he offered a grim assessment of the damage done by a Monday evening fire. “I haven’t been inside, but from talking just now to the fire marshal I think it’s a total loss,” he said. Baldwin City Fire Chief Allen Craig said the fire was called in to his department at 5:36 p.m. Monday, just as the weather was turning sharply colder. The department’s firefighters arrived to find the first floor of the two-story home “fully involved,” he said.
Crews fight fire at Baldwin City home
December 15, 2014
The Baldwin City Fire Department responded to a house fire at 1017 Grove St.
Baker University celebrates fall 2014 commencement
December 14, 2014
Standing early Sunday afternoon outside of the Collins Center soon after he received his bachelor’s of arts degree from Baker University, Christian Allen suddenly realized his day had another significance.
Baldwin City man looking for new challenge after completing 50-mile marathon
December 7, 2014
Justin Hoffman says people respond to his next goal as an ultra marathon runner much as they did his most recent one. “People say I’m crazy, and then they ask ‘Why?’” he said.
Grant for playground equipment step toward all-day program at Baldwin City’s Rainbow Experience Preschool
November 25, 2014
A grant awarded Rainbow Experience Preschool last week is a step toward big changes for the 51-year-old Baldwin City nonprofit. Jamie Davis, chairperson of the Rainbow Experience Preschool Board of Directors, said Rainbow received a $15,000 grant from the LiveWell Lawrence Coalition at a Friday banquet that is to be used to help pay for new playground equipment, which she said would be placed to the west of the preschool at the northwest corner of Sixth and Baker streets.
Baker swears in Murray as new president
November 21, 2014
Lynne Murray was formally sworn in today as the 29th president of Baker University in a small, by-invitation-only ceremony on the Baldwin City campus. Today’s 25-minute ceremony was attended by about 20 Baker administrators, faculty, students and Baker Board of Trustees members Pat Long, who retired as Baker president in June, was on hand to present her successor with the school’s presidential medallion before Board of Trustees Chairman Richard Howell swore in Murray.
Baker cancels president’s inauguration, mourns death of student
October 30, 2014
On the day and hour Baker University was to celebrate the inauguration of a new president, the Baldwin City school came together for mutual support after the death of a student.
Baker University professor urges listeners to be heroes
October 28, 2014
Biology professor Darcy Russell told a Baker University gathering that role models are like sewing patterns, which first provide guidance and then a jumping-off point for creativity.
Baker University set to inaugurate new president Thursday
October 26, 2014
Baker University’s Clarice Osborne Memorial Chapel sits on the east side of the Baldwin City campus, nestled between groves of trees to its north and south and behind low wall of the same limestone used in its construction.
Baldwin City, beautiful weather draw thousands to Maple Leaf Festival
October 18, 2014
With beautiful fall weather, crowds “swarmed” Saturday to the Maple Leaf Festival in Baldwin City.

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Recent photos

Baldwin City runner Justin Hoffman holds a belt buckle he earned when he realized a goal in October of finishing a 50-mile ultra marathon. He is now considering attempting a 100-mile run.

From left, cousins Ethan Welch, Ester Robart, Claire Welch, Essie Robart and A.J. Welch take a seat on the curb to eat candied almonds Saturday at the Maple Leaf Festival in Baldwin City. The cousins traveled with parents from Independence and Gladstone, Mo., to attend the festival.

Steve Hibberts says his small engine repair shop is a cover for his addiction for collecting and repairing mopeds.

Susan Lindahl, Baker University executive vice president of administrative services and chief operation officer, leans against Harter Union's new coffee bar that offers Starbucks coffee and smoothies from Jamba Juice.

For 34 years, Gene Nelson has been selling bait and tackle from his shop on U.S. Highway 56 and sharing the wisdom gained from a lifetime of fishing. Now retired after heading the Baker University biology department for 26 years and teaching at the school for 28, Nelson is at the shop from 4 to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday.

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