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November 26, 2008

5 years ago

FROM THE EUDORA NEWS

November 2008

The new Eudora High School was celebrated during a dedication ceremony. Student Council President Jesse Montgomery gave a speech and quoted his peers, who sang the praises of a school that was less crowded and, in the words of one student, more “fancy-schmancy” than the former building.

Throughout the 45-minute dedication ceremony, leaders like Eudora Mayor Ron Conner and USD 491 Superintendent Marty Kobza reminded the students whom they had to thank for the $16 million school — the taxpayers of Eudora, who were represented in the audience by parents, school patrons and community members.

“You need to thank the people in this community, who provided you with such a special building,” Kobza said.

Kobza, a former social studies teacher, told the students that like Egypt’s pyramids and Rome’s colosseum, the new high school building also had something to say about the culture that built it.

“When you talk about the culture of Eudora, you’re looking back on a history of education that has reached 100 years this year,” Kobza said, referring to the first Eudora High School, which began on the top floor of a brick school building in 1903. “We know this community sets education as its top priority.”

• The Eudora City Council voted to zone land abutting the existing Pinecrest apartments for senior housing.

Although the developer, Commercial Group, initially sought to build apartments for Eudorans of all ages, Vice President Don Cooper said they wouldn’t object to zoning the land exclusively for seniors. Commercial Group twice failed to garner a recommendation for general occupancy apartments from the Eudora Planning Commission.

12 years ago

FROM THE EUDORA NEWS

November 1996

Although Eudorans expressed their joy at having a new and larger grocery store in town, they also mourned losing a major business on Main Street when C&S Market moved to its new location on Church Street.

The building at the corner of Eighth and Main streets wasn’t the only building left vacant. There were seven other businesses along Main Street that were unoccupied.

Mayor Jim Hoover thought the problem needed attention from both the Eudora City Council and the Eudora Chamber of Commerce.

Community members shared their ideas for revitalizing the downtown areas. Ideas included an antique mall, a grocery store, another restaurant, a coffee shop, an art gallery, community craft center, second-hand book store or clothing store, a furniture store, a downtown daycare and a building to house a museum by the Eudora Historical Society.

• Eudora sophomore Jessa Stein took 15th at the second annual tri-state all-star cross country meet in Fayetteville, Ark.

The meet featured the top 25 boys and 25 girls from Kansas against the top runners from Arkansas and Oklahoma. The Kansas team won both divisions.

• Nick Warren and Jeremy Roubison earned first team all-Frontier League honors for the 1996 football season.

Warren was selection at tight end. Roubison was selected at defensive back. He also received an honorable mention selection as punter.

Other Cardinals gaining league honorable mention awards were Bryce Vermillion at receiver; Matt Self at center; Matt Spring at offensive tackle; Jason Coppedge at defensive line; and Darrin Bretthauer and Joe Miller, linebackers.

72 years ago

FROM THE EUDORA WEEKLY NEWS

November 1936

It cost the taxpayers of Douglas County $2,993.93 for the Nov. 3 election, according to information complied by U.S. G. Plank, county clerk. A total of 14,324 votes were cast. Most of the expense was for labor.

The election cost was composed of the following items: Judges and clerks, $1,901.80; supplies, $543.80; ballots, $473.40; general expense including postage, mileage, etc., $74.83.

The judges and clerks in Wakarusa township worked the longest of any group and got the most money. They got $16.27 each for their work. The low salary was $3.43.

• The Eudora Hardware Company made delivery of three International tractors to Hallenbeck Bros., Linwood, F-20 rubber equipped; Earl Ross, W-30, rubber equipped; Ed Zimmerman, a 10-20.

• Mr. and Mrs. George Warmker, who recently purchased the William Deck property, were adding two rooms and an upstairs to the home.

• Two homes were completely destroyed by fire. One was on the farm belonging to the C.F. Richards estate and occupied by Mr. and Mrs. Charles Oshel. Neither was at home when the fire broke out. The couple lost all their household goods. The origin of the fire was unknown.

The other fire occurred the next morning on the property known as the Ves Alcorn place. The home was occupied by Mr. and Mrs. Herbert Gordon. The fire was discovered in time to save all the household goods. The origin of the fire was also unknown. The farm was owned by a man in Kansas City.

100 years ago

FROM THE EUDORA WEEKLY NEWS

November 1908

Mrs. Charles Kelly and Mrs. George Everley, both of whom underwent operations at the University Hospital in Kansas City a few weeks before, were getting along nicely and were expected home in a few days.

• Joe Brueggen, who had been the News compositor, left for Raton, N.M., where he entered the employ of the Santa Fe as machinist apprentice.

• Joseph Borer was quite sick with heart trouble.

• Eudora High School’s basketball team defeated the Lawrence Business College 34-17. The playing of Getker and Eisele was the feature of the game.

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