WRITER: Elvyn Jones

Village Green community area approved for Eudora Nottingham development

The latest project approved for the Nottingham redevelopment site in Eudora won’t add a new business to the city but will help establish the site as a focal point of community activity. On July 12, the Eudora City Commission approved the final development plan for a 1.62 acre Village Green for the Nottingham site. The plan provides for open green space, about 1,000 square feet for a canopied farmers market, a ...

COVID-19 vaccinations to be offered at county fair

To help boost Douglas County's vaccination rate, the Douglas County Fair Board, the local health department and the Douglas County Community Foundation will be sponsoring a COVID-19 vaccination clinic at the county fair later this month. Margaret Kalb, Douglas County Fair Board executive secretary, said the clinic would be held July 26, 27 and 28 in the Dreher Building at the Douglas County Fairgrounds, 2120 ...

4-H'ers show off cats, pet menagerie to open county fair

While waiting his turn to show his cat, Opie, at the Douglas County 4-H Fair pet show on Saturday, 15-year-old Blake Wohler scoffed when asked if he had trained his cat for the event. “You really can’t train a cat,” the Meadowlark 4-H Club member said. “I guess you can, but it would take a long time.” His sister Brenna Wohler, 8, made it clear how indifferent Opie can be at the show: “Opie jumped ...

Douglas County Fair organizers expect record crowds

The public’s pent-up desire to get out and enjoy traditional community events will help fuel attendance at this year’s Douglas County Fair, organizers of the annual event predict. Mike Kelso, a longtime Douglas County Fair Board member, said he has already witnessed the public’s response to the relaxing of COVID-19 pandemic restrictions. “I worked concessions last month at the (Eudora) CPA Picnic,” ...

Heat wave in Pacific Northwest responsible for milder than usual temperatures, rain in Douglas County

The weather pattern that has produced a heat wave in the Pacific Northwest has brought cooler temperatures and rain to northeast Kansas. Adam Jones, meteorologist for the National Weather Service office in Topeka, said the dome of high pressure over the Western states that is responsible for that area's heat wave has also allowed cooler, drier air to sweep into the Midwest. “That’s exactly what’s causing ...

Baldwin City to celebrate July 4th a day early with country music, food and fireworks

Baldwin City will celebrate Independence Day and the waning of the COVID-19 pandemic with a slate of activities Saturday at the Municipal Golf Course, 1500 South St., before a concluding fireworks show. The celebration will be the first large community gathering in Baldwin City since the start of the pandemic. It will also be the first community fireworks show in two years after thunderstorms led to the ...

Artist creates 'eye' pavilion for Lawrence police headquarters, seeks public involvement in design details

The artist commissioned to create the art that will stand outside the new Lawrence police headquarters told the public Saturday that his work would invite viewers to look through the eyes of others. The artist, Joe O'Connell, of Tucson, Ariz., was selected two years ago from more than 40 artists to create the art at the new headquarters, 5100 Overland Drive. He is expected to complete the $325,000 project this ...

City Commission candidates sound off on city's form of government, downtown plan and more

The eight candidates running for Lawrence City Commission shared their views Saturday on affordable housing, a possible restructuring of the city's form of government and the future of downtown. All eight candidates were at the Lawrence Arts Center for a forum sponsored by the Douglas County Democratic Party. The slate includes two incumbents, Stuart Boley and Lisa Larsen, and six newcomers: Chris Flowers, ...

Baldwin City Council looks to ban private water wells in city

The Baldwin City Council is moving forward with an ordinance to ban private water wells in the city, but the action may come too late to prevent the first active well from being dug. At its June 15 meeting, the City Council considered the first reading of an ordinance, which would ban the digging of private water wells. The ordinance had the support of City Administrator Glenn Rodden, City Attorney Blake Glover ...

New sports bar expected to open in August in old Baldwin City police station

When Niki Manbeck opens her new sports bar this summer in the old downtown Baldwin City police station, she plans to serve up a taste of Kauffman Stadium and other major-league ballparks. Manbeck, who owns The Nook — a combination bookstore, coffee shop and bar at 703 Eighth St. in Baldwin City — said she is working on remodeling the old police station into the Bullpen sports bar. She said she expected it ...

Lawrence aluminum can recycling group has now donated more than $250,000 to local nonprofits

As a founding member of Cans for the Community, Linda Klinker knows that aluminum cans can add up to big cash. The Lawrence group, which collects aluminum cans, recycles them and donates the proceeds from the recycling to local nonprofits, celebrated its 16th anniversary in May. It also reached another milestone recently: It's now donated more than $250,000 to local nonprofits. Klinker said Cans for the ...

Baldwin City, Eudora leaders want to use some federal COVID-19 relief money on water, sewer projects

Baldwin City and Eudora are each slated to receive hundreds of thousands of dollars in federal COVID-19 aid soon, and leaders in both cities want to spend some of the money on improvements to their water and wastewater systems. On Wednesday, Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly announced that more than 600 Kansas municipalities with populations of less than 50,000 would receive federal funds from the American Rescue Plan ...

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Fundraiser nears $7,000 to replace pickup that was stolen from Just Food

Just Food has raised about $7,000 of the $25,000 it needs to replace a pickup that was stolen and ruined late last month. Ryan Bowersox, outreach director for Just Food, said that as of Monday morning a fund drive for a replacement pickup had raised $6,694. Those wishing to donate can visit Just Food's Facebook page or its website at justfoodks.org. The stolen 1992 Dodge pickup was recovered and returned to ...

Baldwin City Council developing policy to guide the sale, leasing of city-owned properties

Baldwin City is developing procedures to guide the sale or leasing of city-owned properties on coveted sites along its main thoroughfare and near downtown. On June 1, the Baldwin City Council gave first-round approval to a set of guidelines for real estate deals involving city-owned properties. The measure will be considered for final approval at the council’s June 15 meeting. Under the new policy, if the ...

Baldwin City Councilman steps into mayoral race

Voters will have a lot of decisions to make as a flurry of filings in the last week for city government and school board positions set up competitive races in Baldwin City and Eudora, including a top of the ticket race in Baldwin City. Current Baldwin City Councilman Brian Cramer filed Thursday to run for mayor, setting up a contest with incumbent Mayor Casey Simoneau, who filed in April for another four-year ...

May has been almost twice as rainy as normal in Lawrence this year; more showers expected for Memorial Day weekend

This May, Lawrence has seen almost twice the amount of rain it normally receives, and more showers are expected to dampen the last two days of the Memorial Day weekend. Shawn Byrne, meteorologist with the National Weather Service office in Topeka, said rain is expected to start Sunday evening and continue through Monday morning and early afternoon. He said the Lawrence area could see another 1 to 1.5 inches of ...

KU classes of 2020, 2021 'persevered' through pandemic to earn degrees

For Lauren Klapper, the highlight of Sunday’s University of Kansas combined 2020 and 2021 commencement ceremony was its opening act. “Walking down the hill,” the 2020 graduate from Kansas City, Kan., said of the traditional walk from the Campanile down to David Booth Kansas Memorial Stadium. “It’s such a unique tradition at KU. I wanted to experience it.” Although a common theme from speakers was ...

Eudora buys 12-acre site for new water plant for $300,000

The Eudora City Commission has made its first investment in the construction of a new water treatment plant with the purchase of property on which it intends to build the facility. At their May 10 meeting, commissioners approved purchase of about 12 acres at 2216 N. 1420 Road owned by a Goodger family trust for $300,000. There is currently a house on the property with the rest of the land primarily used for ...

Mural already becoming new Lecompton landmark

Over the last month, a new attraction has taken shape on the wall of a building near Lecompton's Territorial Capital Museum — a 60-foot-wide mural of an eagle, the Kansas River and some local landmarks past and present. The mural on the wall of an old gymnasium is the work of Rick Wright, a former resident of Lecompton and the current art director of Lawrence arts-based social service agency Van Go. He's ...

Filings sparse for Baldwin City, Eudora school board races; 1 incumbent has filed in each community

With three weeks remaining until the filing deadline, candidate filings have been sparse for city government and school board positions in Baldwin City and Eudora. The Baldwin City and Eudora school boards have each had an incumbent board member file for reelection, and the mayors of the two communities filed last month, as the Journal-World previously reported. On the Baldwin City school board, Chris Perry is ...