WRITER: Elvyn Jones

City of Eudora encourages residents to complete survey as comprehensive plan update starts

As the city of Eudora starts updating its comprehensive plan, it's asking residents how they want their community to grow over the next 20 years. An 18-question survey on the comprehensive plan is now available on the city's website. Mayor Tim Reazin said it's important for residents to fill out the survey because the plan will provide a blueprint for the city's growth, land use and infrastructure ...

Fire extensively damages Baldwin City home, displaces family

Three people were displaced on Friday after a fire started in the chimney of their Baldwin City home and spread through the attic. Julie Koerner said she called the Baldwin City Fire Department at 11:18 a.m. after discovering smoke billowing from the roof vents of her two-story wood-frame home at 1011 High St. “It sounded like it was hailing,” she said. “I went outside to see if it was hailing on the ...

First snowfall of the year drops 2 to 3 inches over layer of ice

Lawrence received 2 to 3 inches of snow Saturday — deposited on a layer of ice from Friday's freezing rain — before the first winter storm of 2020 cleared the area. Daniel Reese, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service office in Topeka, said the weather service did not officially track snowfall amounts in Lawrence, but he estimated from social medial reports and photographs that 2 to 3 inches ...

Midland Railway has ambitious plans in wake of recent success and $750K grant

Buoyed by a successful second year of the holiday season Polar Express rides and a $750,000 state grant, Midland Railway is upgrading its passenger cars and making ambitious plans that include a possible railroad museum. Wrapped up in those plans are changes that stem from the Midland Railway Association board’s decision last year to create a wholly owned for-profit subsidiary, the Baldwin City & Southern ...

2020 to be a busy city project construction year in Baldwin City

The year ahead will be one in which the Baldwin City government is occupied overseeing the completion of projects that have been in the pipeline for one to four years. “We did a lot of planning last year,” said Baldwin City Administrator Glenn Rodden. “Now it’s time to get things completed.” Two projects planned during 2019 are either underway or slated to start, Rodden said. Work has started on the ...

First baby born at Lawrence Memorial Hospital in 2020 skips Christmas due date for New Year's birth

The first baby born at Lawrence Memorial Hospital in the new year arrived at the wrong holiday. “She was due on Christmas, actually,” said Christin Bowman, who delivered Brynne Paige Bowman at 1:35 a.m. Wednesday. “She’s a little late. We joked she’d show up on New Year’s. I think it’s better. She will have more fun in the future having her birthday on New Year’s.” Parents Christin and Sarah ...

2019 sets new record for rainfall totals at Lawrence Municipal Airport

With an annual rainfall total more than 9 inches above normal, 2019 was the wettest year in Lawrence since the National Weather Service placed a station at the local airport in 1998. Daniel Reese, a meteorologist for the National Weather Service office in Topeka, said the airport received a total of 47.69 inches of rain over the past year, including the 1.14 inches of rain that fell on Saturday. The Lawrence ...

Nottingham redevelopment foremost on Eudora City Commission's plate for 2020

The Eudora City Commission will get a jump on an issue that will be on its plate throughout 2020 when it is asked early next month to approve the sale of a lot on the former Nottingham Elementary School property. Eudora Mayor Tim Reazin said he expects the City Commission to consider selling part of the property to a chain restaurant company at its Jan. 13 meeting. He did not specify which company wants to buy ...

Jayhawk AAA reintroduces senior meal sites in Douglas County

On a recent Thursday, Dorothy Resco and Wilbur Heath enjoyed a noon meal and conversation with Rhonda Seitz at the Eudora Community Center. Seitz had delivered the meals Resco and Heath were eating through her job with Meals on Wheels of Eastern Kansas. She had time to visit with Resco and Heath because the Eudora Community Center was the last of four Douglas County sites where she delivers the meals that her ...

Baldwin City mayor appoints committee to plan town's 150th anniversary

Baldwin City officials are starting to make plans to celebrate the city’s 150th birthday. Baldwin City Mayor Casey Simoneau appointed a committee earlier this month to help plan the sesquicentennial celebration. Historic Baldwin City, about 20 miles south of Lawrence, was founded on Sept. 22, 1870. The committee is charged with developing proposals on how the community can mark the event and suggesting how ...

'Mr. Lecompton' honored with Governor's Tourism Award

The striking contemporary design of the newest item on view at Lecompton’s Territorial Capital Museum is at odds with the antique furnishings that fill the first-floor room in which it is displayed. The translucent piece sits on a wooden base with brass plate identifying it as the Governor’s Tourism Award. Below that is a line reading “Paul Bahnmaier" and another reading “Lecompton.” The award was ...

Numerous accidents reported Sunday as first of 2 winter storm systems moves into Lawrence

Story updated at 3:53 p.m. Sunday: Local law enforcement reported numerous vehicle accidents Sunday from the first of the snow that is predicted to continue through Monday evening. Kevin Skow, meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Topeka, said the office had received social media messages reporting from 3 to 4 inches of snow had accumulated as of 3 p.m. Sunday in Lawrence. He predicted 4 to 6 ...

New transportation services will serve seniors in Eudora, Lecompton

The Senior Resource Center for Douglas County is introducing transportation services in Eudora and Lecompton and is seeking volunteers to help with some of them. Megan Poindexter, executive director of the Senior Resource Center, said the agency has made a van available in Eudora to provide rides for seniors there. In addition, the agency will introduce a once-a-month shopping excursion bus for seniors in ...

Former football pro Darrell Stuckey tells O'Connell Youth Ranch residents to reject 'single-story' identities

A former University of Kansas and professional football player told the residents of the O’Connell Youth Ranch not to let society tell a single story about them. Darrell Stuckey, who played safety for KU from 2006 to 2009 before starting a seven-year NFL career with the San Diego Chargers, was the guest speaker Sunday at the annual O’Connell Christmas party. Since 1976, O’Connell, located on North 1320 ...

Baldwin City Council approves $1.35M bid to build new police station

The Baldwin City Council has approved a $1.35 million contract to construct a new police station that Mayor Casey Simoneau said will serve the community for half a century. At its Dec. 3 meeting, the Baldwin City Council approved a bid from Lloyd Builders, of Ottawa, to tear down the former restaurant on city-owned property at 203 First St. off U.S. Highway 56 and construct a new 5,330-square-foot police ...

Eudora leaders again working to build new retail center along K-10 highway

Eudora leaders once again are taking steps to build a new retail center along Kansas Highway 10 that they hope will cut down on the amount of shopping that Eudora residents do in Lawrence. “We want things that are a good fit for Eudora and that will benefit the community for 20 or 30 years,” Eudora Mayor Tim Reazin said. “We want things that keep folks happy and keep them in town so we don’t lose ...

Holiday Happenings 2019: Baldwin City to greet the holiday season with Festival of Lights

The annual Festival of Lights Parade will be the highlight of a full day of activities Dec. 7 as Baldwin City greets the holiday season. Baldwin City Chamber of Commerce executive director Jeannette Blackmar said the parade will once again begin at 6 p.m. The parade route will start on Eighth Street along the west side of the Baker University campus and then turn east on High Street. As always, she said, ...

Holiday Happenings 2019: See hundreds of crèche sets at Festival of Nativities

A staple of the Lawrence holiday season, the Festival of Nativities will return soon to Centenary United Methodist Church. By the time this year’s festival opens on Dec. 7, the church at 245 N. Fourth St. will have transformed into a softly lit metropolis of more than 300 crèche sets made of varying materials in different shapes and sizes. The nativity sets come from every continent on Earth except ...

Holiday Happenings 2019: Vespers, stage shows and more festive performances on tap

This holiday season will feature plenty of musical performances in Lawrence — from local favorites like the University of Kansas' Holiday Vespers to a live stage show based on a classic Christmas special. Here's a selection of the shows coming up this season: Romero Lubambo concert 7:30 p.m. Dec. 2 and 3, Lied Center, 1600 Stewart Drive Guitarist Romero Lubambo will bring his Brazilian-influenced jazz ...

Holiday Happenings 2019: Christmas Candlelight Vespers return to Baker University

A Baker University tradition will return Dec. 8 with the Baker Music Department's annual Christmas Candlelight Vespers. For the 89th year, students and faculty from the department will perform a variety of popular and classical pieces. The performances will be at 2 and 5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 8, at Rice Auditorium on the school's Baldwin City campus. Admission is free.