Elvyn Jones

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

Recent stories

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.
House fire displaces Baldwin City residents
January 10, 2015
A Saturday afternoon fire forced two Baldwin City men from their home.
Baker senior’s love for music lands him on all-collegiate band
December 25, 2014
A visitor to John Robbs’ apartment in the rear of what was once his father’s auto parts store walks a narrow pathway through a maze of rooms filled with piano keyboards, drum sets, guitars and various kinds of sound equipment.
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.

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Recent photos

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.

John Robbs plays on one of the drum sets that with other musical instruments and sound equipment fill his apartment in a downtown storefront. The Baker University senior has be selected to be a member of an all-collegiate band that will perform in March in Nashville.

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.

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