WRITER: Elvyn Jones

Reading, midday lunches remain on summer schedule for Baldwin City, Eudora children

School doors may be closed for the summer, but books and midday lunches will continue to be routine for Baldwin City and Eudora schoolchildren during summer vacation months. Both the Baldwin City and Eudora public libraries are offering summer reading programs with the outer space theme “Universe of Reading.” Montana Frehe, Eudora Public Library children’s librarian, said Eudora had its “blast off” ...

Worst of rain misses Lawrence; Corps starts discharge at Perry Lake

Lawrence missed the worst of Saturday evening's and Sunday morning’s rainfall, which produced as much as 1.5 unwelcome inches of rain in neighboring counties. Jenifer Prieto, meteorologist with the National Weather Service office in Topeka, said 0.33 inches of rain were recorded overnight at Lawrence Municipal Airport, which was close to the 0.3 inches reported the night before. The Saturday evening/Sunday ...

More rain in forecast before weather pattern starts to change next week

The welcome sunshine that Lawrence residents woke to Saturday morning will return sporadically through the Memorial Day weekend, but so will the rains that have visited northeast Kansas throughout May. The latest storm that moved through the area Friday evening and early Saturday morning produced widely varying amounts of rainfall, said Chad Omitt, meteorologist for the National Weather Service office in ...

Baldwin City Council race draws several candidates as filing deadline nears

The race for three Baldwin City Council seats has drawn several contenders as the candidate filing deadline nears for this year's local government and school board elections. As of Friday, three candidates have filed for the three Baldwin City Council seats that are on this year’s ballots. They are incumbent Dave Simmons and first-time candidates Nicholas Goodman and Jerry Smith. The four-year terms of Tony ...

Free State High School graduates special in many ways, speakers say

As he lined up Wednesday with his Free State High School classmates minutes before their commencement procession in Allen Fieldhouse, Oliver Kapfer was momentarily stumped when asked what made the school’s class of 2019 special. “Me,” he finally answered. “It’s special to me because this is my class.” Kapfer, who plans to attend Johnson County Community College next fall, added that his friends, ...

Baker University Class of 2019 urged to continue serving others

Members of the Baker University Class of 2019 were sent off Sunday with the message that they continue to provide service to others as they did as undergraduates. The university handed out bachelor’s degrees to 128 seniors at its Baldwin City campus. After the seniors for the school’s College of Arts and Sciences and schools of Education and Nursing were seated in the Collins Event Center at the conclusion ...

Lawrence gets more than an inch of rain Saturday; 2 to 3 more inches forecast for early next week

Story updated at 9:31 p.m. Saturday, May 18, 2019: Lawrence received more than an inch of rain Saturday, and another round of storms early next week is expected to dump another two to three inches on the area. According to the National Weather Service, 1.12 inches of rain fell on Lawrence on Saturday. Most of that fell during the morning — Brandon Drake, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service ...

Driver arrested after Sunday chase in southwest Lawrence

An individual was arrested early Sunday afternoon after reportedly leading law enforcement officers on a chase through southwest Lawrence. Sgt. Rob Murry of the Lawrence Police Department said a driver was arrested at the end of a pursuit that ended shortly after noon in the 2700 block of Grand Circle, in a neighborhood just south of Holcom Sports Complex. The driver was the only person arrested in the ...

Man killed in motorcycle wreck near Eudora

Updated story - May 6 — Sheriff’s office identifies man killed in motorcycle crash near Eudora The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office continues to investigate a fatal motorcycle accident that occurred Saturday afternoon near Eudora. In an email sent shortly after 11 a.m. Sunday, Sgt. Kristen Channel, spokeswoman for the sheriff’s office, said the name of the man killed in the accident is being ...

New Baldwin City barbershop's furnishings turn back the clock

There are very few concessions to the 20th century, much less the 21st, in the Baldwin City barbershop David Laskowski opened two months ago. “The TV, scissors and clippers are new but everything else is 100 years old,” Laskowski said as he leaned against one of three restored barber chairs that grace his business. “These old chairs are usually found only in someone’s man cave, but I thought I’d put ...

Antique auto swap meet draws thousands to fairgrounds to shop, sell and socialize

Mason Montee returned Saturday to the auto swap meet at the Douglas County Fairgrounds for the second straight year, but with a different agenda. “I was a seller last year,” said Montee, of Peculiar, Mo., as he looked over parts for sale at the Lawrence Region Antique Automobile Club of America’s 56th annual swap meet. “This year, I’m a buyer. I cleared out the shop last year. Now, I’m going to fill ...

Habitat for Humanity marks milestone with dedication of new home for single mom, 5 children

Kindness provided the motivation to pound the nails and write the checks that made possible the milestone Habitat for Humanity home she will soon move into, a single mother said Saturday. In her remarks during the dedication of the house that will be the new home of her and her five children in the 200 block of North Eighth Street, Autumn Hale, an administrative assistant at Sunset Hill Elementary School, ...

2nd developer ends involvement with city of Eudora in redevelopment of old elementary school property

The city of Eudora will continue attempts to redevelop a former elementary school property on the community’s Kansas Highway 10 gateway after a second private developer pulled out of the project. Eudora City Manager Barack Matite said the local developer Alcove Development has informed the city that it is no longer attempting to develop the 15-acre Nottingham property. In June 2018, the Eudora City Commission ...

Fiorina tells Dole Institute audience American politics need return of Dole-like leadership

Politicians need to return to the qualities of true leadership that former U.S. Sen. Bob Dole personified if Washington is to solve problems, former Hewlett-Packard CEO and 2016 presidential candidate Carly Fiorina told an audience Sunday at the University of Kansas' Robert J. Dole Institute of Politics. In her 2019 Dole Institute lecture, Fiorina addressed the audience through responses to a series of ...

Eudora city, school district agree to add 2nd police officer to school beat

The Eudora City Commission and school district have agreed to address the top safety concern of parents of Eudora students. Eudora Mayor Tim Reazin said that district parents identified the need for a greater police presence in Eudora schools as their top safety concern in meetings the district conducted in spring of 2018. Currently, Eudora elementary, middle and high schools share the one police officer the ...

Nurse, education advocate is 1st candidate to file for school board, city posts in Baldwin City or Eudora

A Eudora activist for education is the first candidate from Baldwin City or Eudora to file for any of the city government or school board contests to be held this year. Becky Plate filed April 1 for one of four at-large seats on the Eudora school board that expire this year. Plate, a 39-year-old registered nurse, said she has advocated in Topeka in recent years for education funding and has regularly attended ...