Archive for Thursday, August 23, 2007

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August 23, 2007

7 years ago


August 2000

After two work sessions consuming eight hours, Johnson County Commissioners listened to a wide a range of opinions on Oz Entertainment Co.'s proposed redevelopment plan for the Sunflower Army Ammunition Plant.

The four commissioners who must decide if the county would approve Oz's redevelopment plan for Sunflower heard the proposed transfer praised as a landmark public-private effort that put blighted land back in production and dismissed as corporate welfare that would bring glitzy California-type development to Johnson County.

  • About 30 people, including U. S Rep. Dennis Moore, D-Kan., stood on the bank of the Kansas River northwest of Eudora, where the river was threatening farmland. John Pendleton, whose family farmed the quickly disappearing ground on the north bank, explained that since 1993, he'd lost 25 acres because of erosion.

Plans called for a series of dikes to stabilize the north bank of the river and to prevent the channel from changing course. The priced tag was set at at least $1.6 million.

  • Eudora resident Neil Wright's idea for a Pluggers cartoon "The plugger power lunch" was printed in the Aug. 6 edition of the Lawrence Journal-World and landed in the comic pages of several newspapers across the nation.

15 years ago


August 1992

School board members looked over the final plans for the fourth- through sixth-grade elementary facility at their regular meeting.

Architects Dale Glenn and Craig Penzler of PKG Design Group in Lawrence said that few major changes had been made in the plans since the board last reviewed them. Glenn said the plans had been refined and after talking with mechanical engineers, the kitchen and mechanical areas had been enlarged.

The refined size of the building, without the two classrooms on the north end was 31,962 square feet and with those two rooms it was 34,220 square feet.

  • The junior division girls softball team took second in the Kaw Valley League and fifth in the league tournament. Team members were Brie Dardis, Sarah Hinman, Sara Josling, Lea Marcum, Grace Chrislip, Jenny Tyler, Kelli Wright, Natasha Lawrence, Jenny Hime, Jamie Grant, Michelle Bartlett, Katie Miller and Kyli Wright. Coaches of the team were Cindy Baethke, Crystal Hinman and Patty Dardis.
  • Eudora resident Dorothy Westerhouse, president of the Kansas Auxiliary of the National Rural Letter Carriers' Association, attended the national organization's 88th convention in Tulsa.
  • Michael McNulty, who was going to be a sophomore at Eudora High School, attended the Junior Olympic Shooting Program Training Camp in Abilene.

He won the advanced air rifle division by a large margin. The second place finisher was another Eudoran, Bryan Marcum.

By winning the competition, McNulty earned a trip to the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs.

28 years ago


August 1979

The 1980 city budget of $1,349,979 was an 11 percent increase from the 1979 budget.

The 1980 school district budget of $1,479,033 was a 15 percent increase from the 1979 budget.

The 1980 city mill levy was 17.46, a decrease from the 1979 levy of 20.93.

The school district mill levy was 57.47, an increase from the 1979 levy of 56.29.

Eudora's 1980 valuation was $3,817,038, a $174,126 increase from 1979.

  • Fire completely destroyed a chicken house owned by Charles Hart of rural Eudora.

Hart noticed smoke coming from the house and notified Douglas County authorities, but by the time they and the Eudora Fire Department arrived, the house was completely destroyed.

  • Two sheep belonging to Eric Johnson, rural Eudora, were run down and killed by dogs.

The pregnant sheep, a 3-year-old and a 5-year-old, were valued at about $70, according to Johnson. He had purchased the sheep only two weeks before.

The 1980 fiscal year city and school district budgets were passed after respective public hearings brought no objections.

  • Architects' resumes were distributed for study by board members at a regular meeting of the Eudora School Board.

The study was in conjunction with a resolution passed in July to pursue possibilities for the construction of new high school facilities.

The board hoped to make its final choice of an architect at the September meeting.

In other business, the board approved close to $18,000 in Title I funding for a full-time remedial reading teacher and a part-time remedial mathematics teacher.

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