WRITER: Elvyn Jones

Gov. Kelly to visit Eudora on Tuesday for ceremonial signing of library bill

Gov. Laura Kelly will make a visit to Eudora for an event that was postponed because of the May 27 tornado. The governor will make an 11:30 a.m. Tuesday visit to the Eudora Public Library, 14 E. Ninth St., for a ceremonial signing of legislation that is important to the library’s future. The legislation authorizes the Eudora City Commission and Eudora Township Board of Trustees to pass a joint resolution ...

Santa Fe Trail post office on Baker campus being restored with help of grants

Baker University will be richer for preserving the 162-year-old post office from the long-gone Santa Fe Trail settlement of Palmyra, the university’s archivist says. The historic post office, which was also a general store, is getting a much-needed restoration, thanks to a $65,000 Douglas County Natural and Cultural Heritage Grant awarded in 2018, plus $7,500 from the Douglas County chapter of the Santa Fe ...

Baldwin City mayor proposes using sales tax to fund recreation center

Baldwin City's mayor is restarting discussion about building a recreation center, and he wants to ask the city's voters to authorize a sales tax to fund it. At Tuesday's Baldwin City Council meeting, Mayor Casey Simoneau said many residents had told him they wanted a recreation center, and that it was something the commission should have on its radar. “I continue to hear from people, so I have to bring it ...

Fire destroys vacant North Lawrence mobile home

A Sunday morning fire destroyed an unoccupied mobile home in a North Lawrence trailer park. Capt. Mark Hummel, of Lawrence-Douglas County Fire Medical, said firefighters arrived at about 10:45 a.m. at 100 Maple St., Lot 4, to find the mobile home engulfed in fire. Firefighters extinguished the fire in about 15 minutes, he said. No one was living in the mobile home, which Hummel said was destroyed by the fire. ...

Cities around Lawrence announce fireworks hours and quiet times

Although their use is banned in Lawrence, fireworks are allowed elsewhere in Douglas County, with restrictions meant to provide overnight quiet time. Firework stands are open for business in Baldwin City, Eudora and the unincorporated areas of the county, and they can continue doing business through Thursday. Baldwin City allows fireworks to be sold and discharged from June 29 through July 4. The sale and ...

Eudora housing starts slow as lots become scarce

The city of Eudora has had just six housing starts thus far in 2019, despite city officials regularly fielding calls from individuals interested in building homes. “The demand is there,” said Eudora City Manager Barack Matite. “Our planning department is getting calls from interested home builders all the time. We just don’t have the lots.” This year’s new housing starts seem destined to fall far ...

Adult in canoe rescued from west Lawrence pond

Emergency responders on Sunday morning rescued an individual in a west Lawrence pond who was trapped from the suction of an outlet drain. Shawn Gross, of the Lawrence Police Department, wrote in an email that emergency personnel responded at about 8:45 a.m. Sunday to a report of an adult trapped under a canoe in a pond in the 4000 block of West 14th Street. The person also was caught in the suction from the ...

Thunderstorms to give way to hot, dry weather in Lawrence

After three days of storms dropped more than 5 inches of rain on Lawrence, the first full week of summer will be hot and dry. Bill Gargan, meteorologist with the National Weather Service office in Topeka, said the moist Gulf air that settled Friday over Lawrence triggered a train of storms Saturday night and Sunday morning that produced 2.83 inches of rain locally. That brought the total amount of rainfall ...

More strong storms forecast for this weekend; Douglas County under severe thunderstorm watch

More rain and two chances for severe weather are forecast for the Lawrence area for the first full weekend of summer. John Woynick, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Topeka, said a series of storms will fire up Saturday afternoon and Sunday as fronts move from the Rocky Mountains into the warm, moist Gulf air that settled Friday morning over northeast Kansas. Storms will first develop in the ...

After bids exceed estimates, Baldwin City looking to reduce cost of planned outdoor community center

A project to build an outdoor community center in downtown Baldwin City, once expected to start this month, has been delayed after construction bids came in more than $400,000 over what was expected. Baldwin City Councilman David Simmons said the city opened bids last month for the outdoor community center project, which would occupy the empty city-owned lot in the 700 block of High Street known as the ...

In first forum, City Commission candidates share their views on budget, sidewalks, recreation facility fees

All of the candidates in this year's Lawrence City Commission race except for incumbent Stuart Boley expressed opposition to recreation center entrance fees and the city's current sidewalk repair ordinance at a forum on Saturday. The forum, hosted at the Lawrence Arts Center and organized by the Douglas County Democrats, attracted all six of the candidates running for the three open City Commission seats: ...

2 injured in motorcycle accident near Eudora

Two people were taken to Overland Park Regional Medical Center after suffering injuries in a motorcycle crash Saturday near Eudora. According to the Kansas Highway Patrol online crash logs, Jason A. Reynolds, 45, of Olathe, was westbound at about 5 p.m. in the 2300 block of North 1400 Road with passenger Bobbi J. Jobe, 44, Eudora, when the accident happened. The report states that both rider and passenger were ...

Candidates fill slates for Baldwin City, Eudora city government and school board elections

There will be no primaries anywhere in the county for this year’s city government and school board elections, but there will be a number of contested Baldwin City and Eudora elections in November. After the June 3 candidate filing and withdrawal deadline, contested races are assured for the Baldwin City Council and Eudora City Commission. Just one candidate filed for each of the five Baldwin City school ...

Baldwin City exploring partnership with family of late city councilman to renovate old gym as community center

Baldwin City has started exploring a public/private partnership with the family of a deceased former City Council member to renovate a local landmark into a community center. Baldwin City Mayor Casey Simoneau said the city is in discussion with the family of the late Stephen and Alison Bauer on an agreement to renovate the 1920s-era gymnasium at the corner of Eighth and Chapel streets. The school district ...

Fire Medical chief finalists say recruitment will be big challenge for department

Recruiting firefighters and paramedics will be a big challenge for the next chief of Lawrence-Douglas County Fire Medical, the three candidates for the vacant chief position told those attending a question-and-answer session Saturday at the Lawrence Public Library. The forum, which drew about 25 people, was part of a busy two days for the three finalists vying to succeed the previous chief, Mark Bradford, who ...

Coordination site provides structure as volunteers pitch in with tornado cleanup

Hollie Tapley was as close to her Topeka home this week as she has been since the severe weather season started in the late winter. “I’ve been on the road since March 14,” she said. “My team (has) been all over Kansas and Nebraska.” Tapley is the disaster relief coordinator for the United Methodist Church Great Plains Conference of Kansas and Nebraska. Her job takes her and her team of volunteers to ...

Severe weather possible for Tuesday evening as rainy weather pattern breaks down

A persistent weather pattern that soaked Lawrence and northeast Kansas over the past six weeks is expected to break down late Tuesday, albeit in a way that will bring one more chance of severe weather to the area. Kris Craven, meteorologist for the National Weather Service office in Topeka, said the low pressure that has been parked over the Rocky Mountains the past six weeks will move east across the Plains on ...

Gov. Kelly will visit Eudora to sign bill authorizing new library district

Gov. Laura Kelly will visit the Eudora Public Library on Thursday to sign legislation important to the library’s future. Carol Wohlford, director of the Eudora Public Library, said the legislation authorizes the Eudora City Commission and Eudora Township Board of Trustees to pass a joint resolution creating the Eudora Community Library District. The library district will include the city of Eudora and all of ...

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” ...