WRITER: Elvyn Jones

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” ...

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 ...