WRITER: Elvyn Jones

Eudora signs deal for company to bring mini-golf, bowling, regional entertainment complex to area

Eudora has found an anchor tenant for the Nottingham redevelopment project, which will attempt to transform the old elementary school site into a regional tourist destination. On Jan. 11, the Eudora City Commission approved the sale of about 3.5 acres of the Nottingham property to the Austin, Texas,-based family entertainment company Anchor Sports & Entertainment LLC, which is doing business in Eudora as ...

Baldwin City Council considering proposal that puts all bond funding in writing

The Baldwin City Council will take a rare third look at a measure that requires it to identify the source of funds used to retire debt when approving a bond issue. With the ordinance on the agenda for the second time at its Jan. 5 meeting, the council agreed to have its bond counsel review the measure and bring it back for final consideration on Jan. 19. The council traditionally has an up-or-down vote on ...

Topeka man in Lawrence driver's truck dies in Jefferson County accident

A Topeka man was killed in a one-vehicle accident late Friday in Jefferson County. According to a Kansas Highway Patrol online crash report, the accident occurred at 10:35 p.m. Friday on Kansas Highway 237 about 3 miles north of U.S. Highway 24. The report states that Morgan M. Kabler, 21, of Lawrence, overcorrected the southbound 1998 Chevrolet pickup she was driving after the vehicle’s right wheels ...

Lawrence finishes 2020 in moderate drought after year-end dry spell

Lawrence finished 2020 in a moderate drought after recording about 6 inches less than its normal annual rainfall, the National Weather Service reports. Jenni Pittman, meteorologist for the National Weather Service office in Topeka, said Lawrence recorded 32.63 inches of rainfall in 2020; the annual average is 38.55 inches. A four-month dry spell starting in September accounted for that shortfall and created ...

New Year's Day snowfall brings about 4 inches to Lawrence

The new year started with a recent rarity as a winter storm brought moisture to the Lawrence area in the form of snow and sleet. Jenni Pittman, meteorologist with the National Weather Service office in Topeka, said sleet began falling in the Lawrence area about 3 a.m. and switched to snow about 7 a.m. By 3:30 p.m., the National Weather Service had received reports from central Lawrence of 4 inches of snow, ...

Baldwin City Council approves unexpected request to buy new firetruck

The Baldwin City Council has approved an unexpected request to buy a new firetruck after some discussion about how the $584,657 purchase would fit into the city's budget. Although the purchase was eventually approved 5-0 at the Dec. 15 City Council meeting, members had questions about the timing of the request. Council members Julie Constantinescu and Scott Lauridsen both asked why the request for such an ...

Midland Railway's legal woes grow with Douglas County, Colorado filings seeking nearly $1 million

Legal woes continue to mount for Baldwin City's nonprofit Midland Railway and its two for-profit subsidiaries as recent lawsuits in Douglas County and Colorado seek recovery of nearly $1 million. The Baldwin City government filed suit Nov. 30 against Midland, a tourist railroad, and its subsidiaries Baldwin City & Southern Railroad and Leavenworth, Lawrence & Galveston Railroad, seeking to recover ...

Lawrence agency secures funding for affordable housing program in Baldwin City, Eudora

A Lawrence housing nonprofit will be using $400,000 in funding from the Kansas Housing Resources Corporation to help 10 homebuyers find affordable housing in Baldwin City and Eudora. Rebecca Buford, executive director of Tenants to Homeowners, said her organization usually receives funding that must be spent in Lawrence. However, it recently received a $400,000 allocation from the Kansas Housing Resources ...

Eudora City Commission to consider amending fireworks code

After receiving recommendations from a committee it appointed, the Eudora City Commission will consider at its meeting Monday tweaking its Fourth of July fireworks regulations to reduce the hours of their use and sale and ban their discharge on city property. Mayor Tim Reazin said the 11-member committee headed by City Commissioner Roberta Lehmann was appointed after the City Commission received complaints ...

With system upgrades needed, Eudora City Commission OKs water, sewer rate increases

Eudora water and sewer service rates will increase in 2021 to help fund future upgrades to the city's water and sewer plants. On Nov. 23, the Eudora City Commission approved an 8% increase to water rates and a 2% increase to sewer rates for next year. These amounts were originally decided as part of the 2021 budget process this past summer. Eudora Mayor Tim Reazin said the increases are intended to cover the ...

Amid pandemic, community Thanksgiving dinner perseveres with outdoor dining, home deliveries

Jennifer Pellegrini said there was a smile under her face mask as she prepared to enjoy a Thanksgiving dinner provided by the Lawrence Interdenominational Nutrition Kitchen. “I’m happy,” she said Thursday afternoon. “This is a feast.” The meals Pellegrini, her partner, Matt Chambers, and his son, Alex Chambers, had before them included turkey, dressing, mashed potatoes and other holiday trimmings. It ...

Baldwin City's Lumberyard Arts Center opens store for local artists

For 10 years, the Lumberyard Arts Center has offered Baldwin City residents a venue to view or make art. Now it has expanded their opportunity to buy the creative output of local artists. Lucy’s Corner art boutique opened Sept. 21 at the Lumberyard, occupying the southwest corner of 718 High St. Jeannette Blackmar, Lumberyard executive director, said its shelves and walls feature the drawings, paintings, ...

With new duplex development, Baldwin City is having best year of housing starts in over a decade, officials say

Baldwin City is experiencing its best year of housing starts in well over a decade despite the COVID-19 pandemic and the economic downturn it spawned, city officials said. “We’re having the best year since the early 2000s,” said Ed Courton, Baldwin City's community development director. “COVID isn’t having any impact. Interest rates are so attractive, people are willing to step up.” So far this ...

With an eye toward future improvements on the Kansas River, Friends of the Kaw group cleans up sandbar

A small group of nature lovers spent Saturday morning cleaning up a sandbar in the Kansas River in hopes that more people can enjoy the river's natural beauty in the future. Kansas Riverkeeper Dawn Buehler, who leads the Friends of the Kaw advocacy group, said about 10 members of the group turned out to clean junk and scrap metal from a sandbar just below the Bowersock Dam. Buehler said a lot of the metal they ...

Construction to start this week on Eudora's Nottingham retail development site

Work will start this week to prepare the old Nottingham Elementary School site for commercial development, five years after the city of Eudora bought the 15-acre property with the vision of expanding the community’s retail tax base. That vision received a boost in September when the Eudora City Commission finalized the sale of a second lot in Nottingham’s four-lot first development phase. The agreement ...

Biden's supporters in Lawrence celebrate his victory, end of election anxiety

Local supporters of Joe Biden took to the streets on Saturday to celebrate his election as the 46th president of the United States, staging an impromptu parade on Massachusetts Street with blaring horns, American flags and campaign signs. At about 11:45 a.m., an hour or so after major news agencies called the presidential race, vehicles began honking horns as they cruised through downtown Lawrence. And in the ...

Eudora, county enter agreement designed to give city developmental control of growth areas

Eudora has entered into an agreement with Douglas County designed to give the city control over development of unincorporated areas on its fringe. The Eudora City Commission approved the interlocal agreement on Oct. 26, which establishes an urban growth area in unincorporated areas adjacent to the city. The Douglas County Commission approved the agreement on Oct. 21. Eudora City Manager Barack Matite said such ...

Leavenworth County deputy killed in crash involving school bus

A Leavenworth County sheriff’s deputy was killed while on duty Friday afternoon when his unmarked vehicle collided with a school bus about seven miles north of Tonganoxie. The deputy, 59-year-old Daniel R. Abramovitz of Leavenworth, was driving westbound on McIntyre Road at about 4 p.m. Friday when a northbound school bus failed to yield at McIntyre Road's intersection with 211th Street, according to the ...

With help from artists and a church, East Lawrence gets some new bus stop benches

Thanks to some help from a church and two local artists, those waiting for buses at Muncipal Stadium in East Lawrence now have a place to sit. On Saturday, Lawrence Transit celebrated the installation of two benches at the southwest and northeast corners of 11th and Delaware streets. Transit director Adam Weigel said the benches at the Municipal Stadium intersection were among seven that the city is placing ...

Above-average fall harvest moving quickly in northeast Kansas as fields stay dry

Relatively dry weather is helping northeast Kansas farmers make rapid progress this year in what is reportedly a very good fall harvest, area grain elevator operators told the Journal-World. Steve Wilson, owner of the Baldwin Feed Company elevator, and Clark Wenger, general manager of Ottawa Cooperative Association, said 2020 has been a rare year, in which combines have been able to roll in fields continuously ...