Archive for Thursday, April 13, 2006

Days Gone By

April 13, 2006

7 years ago
April 1999
Eudora High School teacher Dave Durkin and many parents and local resident volunteers were organizing the school's 10th annual all-night after prom party.
¢ Future Business Leaders of America sponsor Jane Clinton, and members Michael Cribbs, Jason Griffin and Estelle Montgomery were recognized at the FBLA conference in Emporia.
Cribbs won second in keyboarding applications. Montgomery took second in sales demonstration. Griffin won an airline ticket to the national convention in Chicago and Clinton was recognized for 20 years as the adviser for the local FBLA Chapter.

15 years ago
April 1991
The Kansas Press Association presented The Eudora News with three awards after final judging of the 1991 Awards of Excellence journalism competition for Division One Kansas Weeklies.
The News received a first-place award for editorial writing, a second place to Stacie Neis for news reporting and a third place in the general excellence category.
It was the first year the local newspaper had entered the contest.
¢ Bill Hadl, Eudora, and his sister, Lorie Pretzer, Ottawa, traveled to Waynoka, Okla., for the 45th annual snake hunt.
The duo bagged their first snake, a 38-inch diamond back rattler with eight rattles.
Each year, Oklahoma farmers gladly opened up their farms to hunters who tried to rid their land of the snakes.

28 years ago
April 1978
Eudora School District Superintendent Charles Hill announced he was taking a district superintendent position at West Elk Unified School District, located about 60 miles south of Emporia. His contract would begin July 1.
Hill, who had served as Eudora's school superintendent for the past 10 years, submitted his resignation at the January school board meeting.
¢ Eudora High School cheerleaders were chosen for the next school year.
Cheering for boys sports were junior Karen Long; sophomore Kim Black; and freshmen Michelle Long, Debbie Russell, Ginny Whitten and Julie Laws.
Wrestling cheerleaders were sophomores Jenny King and Joan Dalton and freshmen April Shepard and Judy Jerome.
The girls sports squad consisted of sophomore Kathy Vick, freshman Tammy Robson and eighth-graders Deana Burns and Janette Slifer.
¢ Eudora seventh-grader Michael Mason, took first place at the Junction City U.S. Kids Wrestling Federation Qualifying District No. 1 Tournament in the 12-year-old heavyweight division. He advanced to the state meet in Hays.
Eudora had offered wrestling competition at the junior high level for three years.
It was Mason's first year of wrestling competition. George Abel was his school coach, but Eudora High school sophomore Scott Hopson coached him at the tournaments.

30 years ago
April 1976
Construction of the new four-lane highway No. 10 from Lawrence to Kansas City was progressing along.
¢ Teacher negotiations were not finalized and both board and teacher teams had firm positions.
The board had previously approved Jayhawk League passes and teacher duty hours, but several points as well as salary were to be discussed at a meeting the next day by the teacher-board negotiation teams.
The board had offered to give an 11-percent increase or $8,000, which would account for a $958 pay increase per teacher, on average, while the teachers negotiated for an $8,500 base with no benefits; an $8,200 base with a full single membership in Blue Cross-Blue Shield and 90 days of sick leave accumulation; or an $8,400 base with 90 days sick leave accumulation.
¢ Bob Slapar, upon recommendation of Mayor James Hoover, was unanimously approved as a member to the Eudora City Council, replacing the seat left vacant by Hoover when he assumed duties as the mayor.
Tom Pyle was unanimously elected president of the council replacing the office held by Hoover when he assumed the mayoral duties.
¢ The Hesper Grade School building was being razed. The lumber, however, was recycled. The building, which was once used as a public school and a community center, was no longer in use so the community made a decision to have it removed.

79 years ago
April 1927
At the annual meeting of the patrons of the Rural High School district, Homer A. White was re-elected clerk of the board by a unanimous vote.
It was also voted by all present to purchase grounds (preferably the Blechel block) for an athletic field for the high school. The decision was left to the best judgment of the board.
¢ Eudora High School was accepted as a member of the North Central Association and placed on the list of unqualifiedly recommended high schools.

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