WRITER: Elvyn Jones

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.

Baldwin City makes new water purchase agreement with Lawrence

Baldwin City has made a new agreement to purchase water from the City of Lawrence and will soon stop buying raw Clinton Lake water directly from the state. The new contract sets the Baldwin City wholesale purchase price for treated water at $3.81 per 1,000 gallons starting Jan. 1, 2020. That is a 15-cent increase from what Baldwin City currently pays Lawrence for treating the Clinton water that it buys from the ...

Baldwin City Council approves senior housing project, new rules for mobile home parks

The Baldwin City Council has approved the final plat for a development that will add 26 new senior housing units in the community. The final plat for phase 6A of the Firetree subdivision was approved at the council's Nov. 19 meeting. Plans call for the addition of 13 duplex units to a 5.2-acre site north of Ridge Lane and south of North 400 Road. Jeff Hill, representing the developer Baldwin Land Company Inc., ...

Baldwin City Chamber director leaving for Lumberyard Arts Center position

Jeannette Blackmar is returning to her old office home at the Lumberyard Arts Center in a new capacity. Blackmar, who has served as Baldwin City Chamber of Commerce director for the past four years, is leaving that position to become executive director of the Lumberyard Arts Center. Blackmar and the Chamber were housed in the Lumberyard before moving two years ago to a separate office across the street at 720 ...

Fundraising campaign allows Lawrence Community Shelter to increase its overnight capacity

The Lawrence Community Shelter has successfully raised $75,000 this month, which has allowed the shelter for the time being to increase its diminished overnight capacity by about 25 people. The fundraising success was highlighted Saturday afternoon at a community conversation on homelessness that was hosted at the Lawrence Public Library. Renee Kuhl, executive director of the Lawrence Community Shelter, told ...

New Baldwin City Library director wants to collaborate with downtown businesses, organizations

The new director of the Baldwin City Library hopes she can build stronger bridges with other institutions in the community — including her former employer, the Lumberyard Arts Center. Wendy Conover started as library director last month. She replaces Cheryl Sylvester, who left the Baldwin City position to become director of the Oskaloosa Public Library. Conover is no stranger to the Baldwin City Library. She ...

Hundreds turn out to honor vets at Lawrence Veterans Day Parade

Antique military vehicles and veterans in uniform made their way down Massachusetts Street Saturday for Lawrence's Veterans Day Parade — a fitting tribute, spectators said, to those who answered their country’s call to service. After opening ceremonies at the intersection of Seventh and Massachusetts streets, more than 50 entries traveled south along the parade route to South Park. Hundreds of spectators ...

3 new members elected to Baldwin City Council; 1 newcomer to join two incumbents on Eudora City Commission

Baldwin City voters ousted the only incumbent on the ballot Tuesday in electing three first-time candidates to the City Council, while two incumbent Eudora city commissioners easily won reelection. Winning four-year seats to the Baldwin City Council were Cory Venable with 445 votes, Julie Constantinescu with 412 votes and Scott Lauridsen with 398. All three easily outdistanced the rest of the field of Sean ...

Douglas County yields said to be better than average as fall harvest hits full swing

The local fall harvest got into full swing the past 10 days with an extended period of dry weather. Steve Wilson, owner of Baldwin Feed Company, said local farmers hauling to his elevator have in the last week mostly switched from harvesting corn to soybeans. He estimated that as of Friday, more than half of the soybean crop of southern Douglas County and northern Franklin County remains in the field. Wilson ...

Police seek suspect in 2 armed robberies reported in southern Lawrence

The Lawrence Police Department is looking for a suspect in connection with two armed robberies reported late Friday at southern Lawrence apartment complexes. Sgt. Amy Rhoads, public affairs officer, wrote in an email that police responded at about 11 p.m. Friday to a reported armed robbery in the parking lot of an apartment complex in the 2500 block of West 31st Street. The reporting party told police he was ...

Just Food introduces mobile pantry to serve rural Douglas County, south Lawrence

Just Food is now going on the road to feed the hungry in Douglas County. Aundrea Shafer, Just Food program director, said the food pantry rolled out its Cruising Cupboard with an Oct. 1 trip to Lecompton. It has since had an Oct. 15 distribution in Lyons Park in North Lawrence. Food was distributed to 47 people in Lecompton and 14 people in Lawrence, she said. The Cruising Cupboard is a converted passenger ...

Voters Guide: Baldwin City, Eudora voters to decide membership on governing bodies

Voters in Baldwin City and Eudora will decide the makeup of their governing bodies as they cast ballots in the general election on Nov. 5. Two incumbents, Tony Brown and A.J. Stevens, opted not to seek reelection to the Baldwin City Council, and Troy Squire chose not to seek another four years on the Eudora City Commission. Running for the three Baldwin City Council seats on the ballot are Julie ...

Crowds flock to Baldwin City for 2019 Maple Leaf Festival

A Maple Leaf Festival regular, Sheryl Cleverley shouted sound advice at about 11 a.m. to the still-spotty crowd in downtown Baldwin City. “Get your funnel cakes now while there’s no line,” she yelled from the Baldwin City Lions Club concession trailer, parked as always near the Eighth and High street intersection for the festival. “If you wait until after the parade, you’ll have to stand in ...

Baldwin City to host 62nd annual Maple Leaf Festival this weekend

Baldwin City has spent the last week putting on its festival face. Crews have been placing orange “no parking” placards along downtown streets, as well as portable toilets and ready-to-assemble barricades at key intersections. They've marked off the sites for the hundreds of vendors whose wares will be for sale to the more than 30,000 expected visitors Saturday and Sunday to the annual Maple Leaf Festival. ...

3 killed in crash on U.S. Highway 59 south of Lawrence

Two women and an 8-month-old boy were killed early Friday evening in a crash on U.S. Highway 59 that shut down lanes of traffic south of Lawrence for more than five hours. The crash occurred around 5:40 p.m. Friday near mile marker 151.1, about 2.5 miles south of Lawrence, according to a crash report from the Kansas Highway Patrol. The KHP determined that a 2004 Chevy Classic sedan was traveling southbound ...

Lawrence City Commission candidates mostly agree on environmental issues, Parks and Rec at forum

At a forum Saturday, candidates for the three open Lawrence City Commission seats were in broad agreement on a slate of questions about environmental issues and the Lawrence Parks and Recreation Department. The forum, hosted by the Lawrence chapter of the NAACP, drew an audience of about 25 people to the Watkins Museum of History. Lois Orth-Lopez, assistant secretary of the NAACP chapter, moderated the event. ...

Baldwin City seeking bids for construction of new police station

A year and half after the Baldwin City Council bought a closed restaurant to convert into a new police station, it is taking the first step toward tearing down the building to make room for the new facility. Baldwin City Administrator Glenn Rodden said a bid invitation was released Friday for work that would include razing the old restaurant and constructing a 5,200-square-foot building specifically designed to ...

Lawrence school board candidates air views on SROs, district challenges at forum

The five candidates running for the four Lawrence school board positions on the Nov. 5 ballot shared their differing views on the challenges facing the school district, including the role that school resource officers should play, on Saturday at a forum sponsored by the Lawrence chapter of the NAACP. The five candidates at the forum, which drew about 50 people to the Watkins Museum of History, included Carole ...

Eudora City Commission awards contract to raze vacant Nottingham School; reaches deal to sell property to Casey's General Store

Two recent actions reflect the Eudora City Commission’s decision to take a more active role in the redevelopment of the Nottingham School property on the city’s gateway, Eudora City Manager Barack Matite said. At its Sept. 23 meeting, the City Commission awarded a $151,000 contract to Remco Demolition to remove the old school on Church Street just north of the city’s primary Kansas Highway 10 interchange. ...

Baldwin City to ask KDOT to help with multiuse trail on Midland Railway easement

After purchasing a multiuse easement along the length of Midland Railway in April 2018, Baldwin City will soon apply for a Kansas Department of Transportation grant to help install a concrete trail on the section of the easement within the city limits. Baldwin City Administrator Glenn Rodden said the city would apply in October for a KDOT transportation enhancement grant that would provide 80% of the ...