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January 24, 2008

7 years ago


January 2001

Ron Conner threw his name in the hat for the mayoral race in Eudora. He planned to run against Fred Stewart. Conner served three terms on the Eudora City Council from 1987 to 1999. He said he decided to run for mayor at the request of the public after a two-year absence from the council.

¢ The Eudora Board of Education heard a presentation from the Overland Park architectural firm, DLR Group, on how the district could better cope with overcrowding at the middle and high schools.

DLR offered seven options, which the board narrowed down to three. The options provided for 3-percent growth over the next 20 years. Each proposal included a first phase from 2001-2003 and a second phase from 2009-2010.

Option one proposed a new 600-student high school, with an estimated cost of $20.25 million. It also included additions to the current high school that would provide resource rooms, a teachers' planning center and a technology lab. The option also provided for an addition to the gymnasium and commons area at a cost of $2.9 million in the first phase.

The second phase would build a 300-student, $6 million elementary school and a four-classroom addition to the existing high school. The $1.08 million addition would increase the high school's capacity to 450 students.

Total cost for the 20-year plan would be $30.2 million.

A second option would build a $9.8 million 450-student middle school housing sixth through eighth grades. A seven-classroom addition to the high school with improvements to the commons area, special education room and the gymnasium would carry a price tag of $3.6 million.

The second phase included a $6 million, 30-student elementary school, housing kindergarten through fifth grades.

The 20-year cost for option two would be $19.38 million.

A final $9.79 million option included a 450-student middle school for sixth through eighth grades. A seven-classroom high school addition and improvements to the commons area, special education and the gymnasium was included for $3.59 million.

The third option's second phase would build a $6 million, kindergarten through fifth-grade elementary school. The school would not be built until 2020.

¢ Sonic manager Harold Stewart was named the Eudora Chamber of Commerce Citizen of the Year for his contributions of food and supplies for community events.

¢ The Eudora Cardinals boys basketball team claimed the title at the Tonganoxie Invitational Tournament. Eudora defeated Van Horn 49-42 in overtime to claim first place for the first time ever.

30 years ago


January 1978

The last segment of new Kansas Highway 10 from east of Eudora to K-285, south of De Soto, opened for travel Jan. 18. The section of highway, which started in Douglas County about one mile west of the Johnson County line, stretched east to K-285 in Johnson County and was just over four miles long.

The added segment made K-10 Highway open from Lawrence to K-7.

¢ Miss Roberta Nottingham, a resident of Presbyterian Manor in Lawrence, the former teacher for whom the Eudora Nottingham Elementary School was named, received about 400 handmade cards from students at the elementary school Jan. 20 in honor of her birthday.

¢ A 1977 two-door Oldsmobile Cutlass, owned by Elwood Burns, was reported stolen in Eudora.

The vehicle was apparently parked in front of the Burns residence when the theft occurred. The car was reportedly unlocked and the keys were in the ignition.

Eudora Police Chief Bill Long said the vehicle had been recovered and the investigation continued.

¢ Stokely yellow cling peaches were two cans for $1 at Howard's Super Saver. Parkay margarine was 49 cents for a 16-ounce package. Round steak was $1.09 a pound. Fab detergent was 99 cents for a 49-ounce box.

69 years ago


January 1939

"Farmers were pleased with the snows that fell last week and this week. They consider it just what was needed for the wheat. The snows have all soaked into the earth and moistened the surface sufficiently. It is generally believed the wheat is in fine condition in these parts."

¢ The Missionary Society of the Friends Church had its regular meeting at the home of Mrs. C.A. Gordon and Mrs. Eldon Gordon.

The ladies spent the day quilting an autograph quilt, given to Mr. and Mrs. Eldon Gordon, by the Young People's class of their Sunday school at the time of their marriage.

¢ The Mr. and Mrs. A.J. Smith planned to move from the Louise Lawson upstairs rooms over the Kazmaier grocery to the Carl Lotz cottage on C Street.

¢ "In looking over the Eudora township treasurer's report, published last week, it shows a balance of $922.71 in the three funds road fund, general fund and bindweed fund. With the recession following the depression, this is a mighty fine showing, despite the number of miles of roads that have been rocked the past year."±

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