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Flags will adorn Baldwin City lawns Thursday

Krystal did have a fantastic idea to put those flags out for many years. Thanks to her for that service. One correction, though. She didn't own or sell Hedges Real Estate. She was the broker there for Hedges during that time.

July 5, 2013 at 2:48 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Thieves entering unlocked garages in rash of burglaries across city, police say

Some are talking about leaving their garage doors open and setting a trap or waiting with their defensive weapon of choice for those who might wander in at night. That might make burglars think twice about who or what might be waiting for them inside the next "easy target" open garage!

June 21, 2013 at 10:14 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Business-oriented political action committee gets big donations, endorses Chestnut, Farmer, Riordan in City Commission race

Seems to me I saw a lot of LRM trucks building city streets back when the owner's wife was the city engineer. I had Penny's pour my new driveway a few years ago and I'm very happy with it. I highly recommend their option of adding granite gravel instead of limestone. That helps prevent weather related popping and cracking of concrete. Penny's doesn't do the labor, they deliver the material, so make sure your contractor doesn't add too much water.

March 19, 2013 at 3:35 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

County likely to OK sand pit permit

Due to US Farmers producing too many crops, the US Government paid land owners over $1 Billion to not farm their land!

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/...

February 28, 2013 at 9:09 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

County likely to OK sand pit permit

For those who don't want to disturb "bottomlands" for sand, please tell the authorities where to find sand on land you deem appropriate for finding sand. Highlands?

It cost $ to truck in sand from outside the area so every construction project in town will have higher costs without local sand. Do we want to pay local people to work on this sand project or pay people from out of town to haul their sand here. When you get a bid to fix your sidewalk or driveway, ask the contractor how expensive it is to haul in their materials from out of town.

Like a previous post mentioned, many area landowners get paid to not grow crops on their land due to the abundance of crops and higher yields.

February 28, 2013 at 8:54 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Planning commissions recommend denial of sand permit

This sand operation should be approved. It will keep local jobs and help keep construction costs more affordable.

If commissioners feel that sandy area between Lawrence and Eudora is such precious farmland, they should buy the land for fair market value and preserve it. Otherwise, it is not right to tell a landowner that he must only farm his land because a few want to preserve farmland. The farmers who once owned this land already sold it to Penny. The farmers got paid and moved on so let's not shed too many tears for farmers needing more farmland. Yields are high and our government still takes your tax dollars and pays farmers to not farm their land due to over production. The Dust Bowl happened when we felt the need to farm the entire state of Kansas. We need more businesses that keep jobs local. We need to stop sending companies away from our area in the name of "saving farmland".

A prior news article revealed that Penny's is moving their sand operations off the river to this site if approved. This seems like a logical step. Penny's already owns the land and they are not asking to use public land or public funding. Penny's is the only locally owned concrete company here. Allowing them to use sand from their own local land makes sense. Otherwise, it has to be trucked in from out of state which causes local dollars to go out of state and increases the local costs of our roads, driveways, foundations, and sidewalks that need sand to build.

Bill Penny is a great guy and a longtime local business owner. The Penny family lives In the Lawrence area and this is an opportunity to keep some of their operations and jobs in the Lawrence and Eudora area. Let's not force yet another company to relocate elsewhere while trying to protect dirt. I noticed the permit ultimately calls for the sand pit to be turned into a lake perhaps like the one you see next to the turnpike near Lawrence. That sounds like a great solution.

Let's hope other commissioners re-think this application and approve Bill Penny's sand permit.

February 2, 2013 at 9:28 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Editorial: Rental oversight

What should be illegal is when the Journal World hangs stuff on doors of homes and apartments and throws unwanted newspapers in people's driveways!!!!

People take great care to make sure their home doesn't appear vacant when they are out of town and then the darn Journal World hangs something on the door and throws the unwanted advertising section in the driveway to alert all criminals that the owner hasn't been home lately.

Let's move toward regular inspections of the Journal World's activities such as these. There should be an inspection fee paid per marketing piece or unwanted newspaper in each driveway in order to pay for these inspections!

November 16, 2012 at 8:28 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Letter: Sand pit plan

For those who don't want to disturb "bottomlands" for sand, please tell the authorities where to find sand on land you deem appropriate for finding sand. Highlands?

It cost $ to truck in sand from outside the area so every construction project in town will have higher costs without local sand. Do we want to pay local people to work on this sand project or pay people from out of town to haul their sand here. When you get a bid to fix your sidewalk or driveway, ask the contractor how expensive it is to haul in their materials from out of town.

Like a previous post mentioned, many area landowners get paid to not grow crops on their land due to the abundance of crops and higher yields.

October 20, 2012 at 4:04 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Letter: Sand pit plan

We need local sand for many things such as concrete. Each of our homes required concrete for at least the foundation and perhaps the driveway and patio. Penny's is a good local grown company. Let them build it so Lawrence doesn't have to buy sand from Missouri or Manhattan where MCM is based. There is plenty of great farmland available elsewhere. If you want to control farmland, buy it and preserve it with your own money if you believe it to be that valuable.

October 19, 2012 at 7:26 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Haskell students build rocket for competition

Does this mean that the U.S. government will impose sanctions and cancel food aid to Haskell? :)

April 16, 2012 at 2:44 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

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