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January 8, 2009

5 years ago


January 2004

Ever increasing property valuations caused Reps. Lee Tafanelli, R-Ozawkie, and Kenny Wilk, R-Lansing, to propose an amendment to the Kansas Constitution that would provide some relief. The proposed amendment would cap valuations at 2004 levels for single-family homes owned and occupied by Kansans 65 and older and valued at $250,000 or less. The homes of those reaching 65 years of age in future years would be capped at the year they reached that age.

Tafanelli said he and Wilk developed the proposal after hearing of too many seniors forced to sell homes because of high taxes.

12 years ago


January 1997

The Eudora City Council approved an ordinance that increased water and sewer rates by 15 percent. The minimum monthly charge for water service went from $8.60 to $9.90 for the first 1,000 gallons. The charge for water usage in excess of 1,000 gallons went from $3.90 to $4.50 per 1,000 gallons. The charge for sewer service climbed from $4.60 to $5.30.

• The Eudora Amateur Baseball Association signed a contract to be host to the 1997 13-year-old state Babe Ruth baseball tournament.

• Bill Folks was hired as the Eudora recreation director. He replaced Don Durkin, who was in the director’s position for five years.

• The Pub changed ownership Jan. 1. Darrell Kahle, of Eudora, sold the Main Street business to Greg and Gayle Daniels, Lawrence. Kahle owned The Pub for 12 years.

• After a year of planning and public discussion, the Lawrence Fire Department and the Douglas County Ambulance Service merged to become Lawrence-Douglas County Fire and Medical. It became official Jan. 1.

• Eudora Amateur Baseball Association board members were Eric Smith, president; Brenda Clark, vice president; Terri Rose, treasurer and Babe Ruth League representative; Rick Williams, member and Big 4 League representative; Danny Ruff, member and Big 4 League alternate; and Janet Campbell, member and concession stand manager.

• An 80th birthday open house and celebration took place for Byron Eisele at the Eudora United Methodist Church. More than 70 attended.

• School was canceled in Eudora for one day to allow students and teachers to attend the funeral of school librarian Ruth Bettenbrock.

36 years ago


January 1973

The nation set its clocks ahead one hour for Daylight saving time on Jan. 6 for a two-year period.

• A storm of blizzard-like conditions moved into eastern Kansas and left nine to 12 inches of snow in the area.

• An Eagle Scout court of honor took place for Eudora Junior High School eighth-grader Bill Brynds at the Eudora United Methodist Church. Brynds was the 11th Scout in 43 years of scouting in Eudora to receive the Eagle award.

• Northern napkins were 29 cents for a 160-count package at Market Basket. Chuck steak was 79 cents per pound. Hi-C assorted drinks were 3 for $1. Hy-Star sliced bacon was $1.09 per one-pound package, and three 16-ounce loaves of Hy-Klas white bread were 89 cents.

• The Kansas Highway Commission awarded contracts for seven and a half miles of Kansas Highway 10 improvements east of De Soto, but wet, cold weather and steel and fuel shortages would probably delay construction until spring.

The segment was the first of three projects that would complete the K-10 freeway from Lawrence to K-7, a 19-mile stretch at a cost of nearly $21 million.

• Major and Mrs. Calvin Weeks attended the Commander’s reception at the officers club at Richard Gebaur Air Force Base.

• Mr. and Mrs. Cecil Finley, Mr. and Mrs. Pete Haney and Mr. and Mrs. Kirby Anders enjoyed wood sawing and a wiener roast.

• Patrons of Howard’s Super Saver could buy 10 Texas Ruby Red grapefruits for 69 cents. Five six-ounce cans of Shurfine orange juice were $1. A two-roll package of Delsey Tissue was 29 cents. A bottle of 100 Bayer Aspirin was 79 cents, and a one-pound box of Keebler Zesta saltines was 49 cents.

70 years ago


January 1939

December was a dry month. The county records, which were kept by cooperative observer Walter Schwarz in Worden, showed that just .15 of an inch of precipitation fell during the entire month.

The total rainfall for 1938 at the same station was 35.66 inches as compared with 36.73, which was said to be the normal for that part of the state.

• Carl Gerstenberger lost 14 sheep when a dog or dogs got into the pen and killed them. The sheep were penned near the house, but no one heard the disturbance.

• Mrs. W.T. Courtney was hostess to the Portia Club at her home. At the request of the members, Mrs. Courtney gave a report of her trip to California in the fall.

• New Year’s Day broke all records for a New Year’s Day temperature as the mercury climbed to 68 degrees. The previous high record was recorded on New Year’s Day in 1897.

• Mr. and Mrs. Harold Reusch purchased the Green Tavern from Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Davis.

• Township residents George Votaw, John Kasberger and Raymond Brecheisen were drawn as jurymen to serve at the February term of court of the Douglas County District Court.


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