WRITER: Elvyn Jones

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 ...

Baldwin City Council to consider plans this month for new police station, park

Architectural designs for a new police station and plans for a park in the 700 block of High Street are expected to come before the Baldwin City Council later this month. Baldwin City Administrator Glenn Rodden said he anticipated that the final designs for the two long-discussed projects, which the city expects will cost $1.65 million to build, will be presented at the City Council’s April 16 meeting. ...

Armed man surrenders after lengthy standoff near Johnson County line

Story updated: 7:42 p.m. Sunday, March 31, 2019. An armed man has surrendered to Douglas County Sheriff’s Deputies after engaging in more than a 12-hour standoff in a field south of Eudora. Sgt. Kristen Channel, sheriff's office spokeswoman, said the man surrendered to deputies unharmed shortly after 7 p.m. Deputies were first dispatched at about 7 a.m. to an area near the intersection of North 900 and East ...

Lawmakers doubt Kansas Senate will act on Medicaid expansion

Two Douglas County Democratic legislators said Sunday that a Medicaid expansion bill that passed the House will have a difficult time gaining Senate approval despite enjoying the support of the majority of lawmakers in the upper chamber. Sen. Tom Holland, of Baldwin City, and Eileen Horn, of Lawrence, told about 20 constituents Sunday at a legislative forum at the Baldwin City Lumberyard Arts Center that 21 ...

Retired Baldwin City coach to receive national honor for her trailblazing career in women's sports

Retired high school coach and teacher Ginny Honomichl knows from experience that not everyone was happy with the growth of women’s sports in the late 1960s and early 1970s. One person who was upset with the new opportunities for women, she said, was former Kansas State University men’s basketball coach Jack Hartman. Honomichl, who was a member of the Wildcat team when women’s basketball was introduced at ...

Justice Matters spent $34,000 in successful fight against Proposition 1, report shows

Justice Matters has officially closed the books on last spring’s Proposition 1 referendum by filing a campaign spending report that shows that the group spent $34,555 in its campaign against the ballot measure. On Feb. 18, the faith-based group filed an accounting of the money it raised and spent to fight the measure that would have authorized a half-cent sales tax to fund a $44 million expansion of the ...

Lawrence eighth-grader takes 3rd place in state spelling bee

Asher Wolfe, an eighth-grader at Raintree Montessori School, finished third in the Sunflower State Spelling Bee, which took place Saturday in Wichita. All of the first-place winners of countywide spelling bees in the state's 105 counties were eligible to compete in the state bee on the campus of Newman University, said Emily Bradbury, executive director of the Kansas Press Association, which sponsored the ...

Lawmakers considering bill to remove transportation spending from tax lid

A joint legislative task force report on transportation has a lot of promising recommendations for the county, the director of Douglas County Public Works says. The report released in January made recommendations to guide development of a new state transportation plan and reflected findings from a series of hearings the Joint Legislative Transportation Vision Task Force conducted last fall and summer. The task ...

Workweek to start with bitter cold temperatures

Lawrence and Douglas County are in store for bitter cold temperatures following the latest in a series of winter storms to visit the area this season. Shawn Byrne, of the National Weather Service Office in Topeka, said about four inches of snow fell in Lawrence from about 2 to 8 a.m. Sunday. The snow is the last moisture the area will see until at least late Wednesday or early Thursday, but the frigid ...

Bill would give board of Eudora Public Library taxing authority, allow bond referendum for new library

A bill working its way through the Kansas Legislature would give the Eudora Public Library board the authority to raise money through property taxes, which the library's board president said would help keep finances stable as fundraising efforts for a new library continue. Senate Bill 59 would also allow the board to put a bond issue referendum before voters to help fund the new library, board president Eric ...

150 volcanoes to erupt on concluding day of annual KU Engineering and Science Expo

Julia Velasco had an appreciative audience with whom to share her interest in astronomy Sunday at the annual University of Kansas Engineering and Science Expo. A family day crowd filed past the Cordley Elementary School fifth-grader’s science fair project and the 10 others set up on a long table on the first floor of Learned Hall. Velasco’s exhibit sought to answer the question of whether there is another ...