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December 11, 2008

5 years ago

FROM THE EUDORA NEWS

December 2003

Neighbors from Shadow Ridge who had gathered for a public hearing at a city council meeting regarding a benefit district to improve a half-mile stretch of 28th Street got some good news: Developers rescinded their request for a benefit district.

The Council read a letter from developers John McGrew and Dwight Perry that asked the city disregard their request to develop a benefit district and instead to finance the improvements to 28th Street — as far as a half-mile west of Church Street — with their own funds.

Although Council minutes and records showed plans to upgrade 28th Street through a benefit district, Mayor Ron Conner wrote in a letter read to the Council that the city should discontinue plans for a benefit district because of concern from the community.

• In a preliminary ruling, Shawnee County District Judge Terry Bullock found the state’s 1992 school-finance formula unconstitutional and gave the Legislature and Gov. Kathleen Sebelius until July 1 of next year to fix it.

Bullock dismissed claims that funding wasn’t connected to classroom achievement and found the current formula fell short by $1 billion a year.

Eudora Superintendent Marty Kobza said the ruling wasn’t so much an indictment of the school finance formula as it was the Legislature’s failure to adequately fund it. The ruling reinforced his conclusion that “no formula will work without adequate funding.”

“I think it means to the Eudora School District is just what we’ve been saying all along: that we are not being funded at a suitable level,” Kobza said.

12 years ago

FROM THE EUDORA NEWS

December 1996

Eudora Middle School eighth-grade earth science teacher Dan Kuhlman was selected as the recipient of the 1996 Excellence in Kansas Earth Science Education Award.

The $1,000 award and plaque were presented by the Kansas Geological Foundation in conjunction with the Kansas Earth Science Teachers Association.

• The Eudora High School girls basketball team opened its season with a 64-28 win over Paola. Sophomores Allison Rose and Jamie Grant led the way for the Cardinals. Rose chipped in 16 points, and Grant finished with 12.

Jessa Stein paced the junior varsity team with 19 points in a 50-37 win over Paola. Stein also had seven rebounds on the night.

• Basketball cheerleaders were Sarah Hunt, Krista Kraus, Tiffany Taylor, Krystal Wiggins, Aubry Jamison and Kristin Grosdidier. Wrestling cheerleaders were Jenny Hime, Julie Lee, Autumn Newman and Amber Donahue.

• Ron Abel began his first season as the head wrestling coach for Eudora High School. He was a three-time state qualifier for the Cards when he was in high school and placed third at state in the 126-pound division as a senior in 1979.

• The Eudora City Commission recommended approval of a rezoning application brought by FCM, the corporation that owned Annabelle’s. The local businessmen wanted to open a recreation vehicle and boat sales and storage business on the east end of 15th Street, which the city had recently annexed.

• The high school boys basketball team opened its season with a 52-44 loss to Paola. Bryce Vermillion led the Cardinals with 20 points on a three-of-five night from the three-point stripe and five-of-eight shooting from two-point land. Senior Nick Warren added 11 points.

72 years ago

FROM THE EUDORA WEEKLY NEWS

December 1936

A cold blast from the northwest made its way to town after an all-day Saturday rain, causing the thermometer to slump to eight above zero by Sunday morning with a biting northwest wind blowing most of the day. The thermometer reading Monday was 11 degrees above zero, and by noon the wind switched to the south. By Tuesday morning, the mercury stood at 24 above and in the afternoon climbed to the 40 degree mark.

• Officers of the Ladies Altar Society of Holy Family Church were Helen Schopper, president; Martha Seiwald, vice president; Edna Zillner, secretary; and Bertha Peschel, treasurer.

• High school freshman Margaret Forsythe had her right cheek grazed by a bullet as she and Eileen Breithaupt and Leone Parker were walking home from school one afternoon. Two young boys in the Fiegenbaum pasture, just across the road from the Curtis Diedrich home, fired the shot. One shot grazed the coat sleeve of Breithaupt and several more shots splattered against the Diedrich home, making slight indentations.

It was said the boys were shooting to scare the girls. The gun was a .410 shotgun.

• B.C. Day, of the Sibley area, reported to Sheriff Bogler that thieves had stolen about 150 Barred Rock chickens from his henhouse.

• Mr. and Mrs. Will Reetz and daughters, Katherine and Loren, of near Fall Leaf, visited one Sunday afternoon with Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Ott.

• Bing Crosby was starring in the movie “Pennies from Heaven” at the Dickinson in Lawrence. The movie also featured Made Evan, Edith Fellows and Louie Armstrong and his swing band.

109 years ago

FROM THE EUDORA WEEKLY NEWS

December 1899

Eggs were 16 cents a dozen.

• Henry White did some plastering for John Kindred of Weaver.

• W.J. Getker was appointed agent of the Santa Fe and L.K.&W. at Valley Falls in Jefferson County.

• Mrs. J.F. Wolfe, wife of the Santa Fe agent, was a Kansas City visitor.

• Delta Pipes, who had been quite sick, was doing better.

• Ida Freund of Edgerton visited her sister, Mrs. C.F. Richards.

• Henry Schuette and Charles Schroeder were still confined to the house.

• “Dear Santa Claus: I want a blackboard for Christmas. Aileen wants a doll dress for Christmas and I want a doll dress for Christmas to and some dominoes and some candy mamma wants a pocket book to papa wants a pocket book to and a little boy. — Leoti Richards.”

• Mr. and Mrs. Jack Butts returned to Ingalls. Mr. Butts secured a change and was to be the relief agent with headquarters in Pueblo, Colo.

• Mr. Martin of Yates Center purchased the interests of the Jewetts in the mill here and would arrive with his family about the first of the year.

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