The year’s top news stories in Eudora for 2009: stories six through 10
Businesses leave Eudora:
After a campaign to beautify downtown in 2008, Curves, Cutter’s Smokehouse,Coffee Talk and Madame Hatter’s Tea Room left the district in 2009.
The owners of Black Lodge Recording Studio, which sits on the western corner of Seventh and Main streets also are selling the building.
Then, in October, Durkin’s Hardware announced it was going out of business.
The businesses left for reasons ranging from lack of revenue to better business opportunities.
However, some of the commercial space was filled during the final quarter of the year.
Amy Durkin’s law office now is located in the space occupied by Madame Hatter’s; special occasion boutique Nancy Jane’s is where Coffee Talk had been; diner Black Cat Bistro will be located in the space Cutter’s vacated; and Cutter’s will open in early 2010 using half of the building that housed Durkin’s Hardware.
Eudora wins Vanum suit:
In June, the city of Eudora announced this week it won its lawsuit with Vanum Construction.
Eudora was awarded $54,500 in liquidated damages and another $33,000 for Vanum’s poor workmanship during the construction of the Eudora Community Center.
Vanum sued Eudora in October 2008, alleging it was owed $120,845.18 by the city for work done on the facility in 2007.
The city filed a counter suit in December for damages related to the roof, HVAC system and failure of the gymnasium floor.
Eudora churches celebrate anniversaries, openings:
Holy Family Catholic Church celebrated its 150th anniversary in October.
The church celebrated with a display of various photos and historical artifacts at both of its buildings.
Holy Family is one of 19 of the 121 parishes in northeast Kansas to have been in existence 150 years.
In early November, the Eudora Baptist Church celebrated its first Sunday in its new building.
Construction for the new building began in late May and moved quickly with the help of about 900 volunteers with Baptist Builders for Christ, a nationwide group of amateur builders who volunteer to build Baptist churches.
The new sanctuary is five times as big as the church’s previous sanctuary, which only had room for about 200 people.
EHS again receives award from national publication:
Eudora High School received national recognition this week when the magazine U.S. News and World Report chose it as one of the top high schools in the country.
The magazine considered 21,786 schools and just 1,750, or 8 percent of those analyzed, received an award.
EHS received a bronze and was one of 43 schools in the state to make the list. It was the only school in Douglas and Johnson counties to be ranked.
It was the second consecutive year EHS has been given the honor.
The award was especially meaningful to EHS Principal Dale Sample, who announced his retirement during the same week the honor was announced.
Fire Chief Randy Ates resigns:
Eudora Fire Chief Randy Ates has resigned, effective Jan. 15.
Ates had been with the city since August 2006.
Ates said he thought the timing of his departure would have the least impact on the department and city.