Days Gone By
The new school year brought another enrollment increase in the Eudora district. Figures from Sept. 20 showed the district’s headcount had increased by about 35 students — 1,987 in 1997-1998 compared to 1,052 the previous year.
• Eudora High School homecoming queen candidates were seniors Sherry Smith, Jennifer Ayler and Jill Becker. King candidates were seniors Jay Fisher, Bryan Hermreck and Mark Durkin.
• Francis Born produced sweet potatoes that were 15 inches and 16 inches long. Danny and John Abel allowed Born to have a corner of their melon patch to raise his sweet potatoes. The tubers grew on two separate plants on the ground. Each one weighed between five and seven pounds.
• Chris Casagrande began his duties at the beginning of September as the fifth full-time police officer for the city of Eudora. He filled the position left vacant when Jaych Rhea moved out of state in June.
• Jim O’Berg reported the largest pumpkin he had grown so far for the season was 200 pounds. He planted 10 acres of pumpkins on his farm and sold them to area grocery stores and vendors.
• The Eudora City Council had two rezoning requests to consider.
Both applications, one made by the FCM Corporation and the other by Michael Nuffer, gained the planning commission’s recommendation for approval earlier in the month. The city council sent the FCM request back to the planners for further review after the council meeting in August.
The FCM application requested that about 2.53 acres of land situated to the south of 14th Street and to the east of Greenway Addition be rezoned from agriculture to duplex.
If the zoning gained the city council’s approval, FCM planned to sell the property to another developer, who planned to build approximately 10 three-bedroom duplexes on the property.
Nuffer’s application was for a piece of land between 12th and 13th streets and between Birch and Ash. The application asked the zoning for the property be changed from single-family to duplex. If the request was approved, Nuffer planned to construct 14 duplexes on the property.
From the Eudora News
Eudora was the featured Kansas town on KTKA-TV Channel 49, broadcast from Topeka. Eudora’s businesses and other scenes from around the community were presented all week.
• Kirsten Rice, daughter of Bob and Alandra Rice, was crowned Homecoming queen during halftime of the football game against Central Heights. The Cardinals lost to the Vikings 28-24.
Mike Jerome tallied 35 carries for 128 yards in the game against the Vikings.
• Eudora High School Booster Club had a poster contest during Homecoming week. Junior David Shockley took first place and Nathan Hofer, a freshman, took second place at the secondary school. Sixth-grader Bryan Cribbs placed first at the elementary school, and Rochelle Procter, a second-grader, took second. First-place winners each received $20 each while second-place winners took home $10 each.
• Lois Neis provided a special service to Eudora Nursing Center residents. Neis read The Eudora News into a tape recorder for those residents who were unable to read.
• Twelve high school students traveled to Washington, D.C. for the Close Up trip.
Those who attended were Kandee Fulks, Jody Deshazer, Stephanie Coon, Titus Staples, Michaela Longacre, Theresa Seiwald, Lisa Johnson, Angel Witt, Cheryl Ott, Stephanie Neis, Melanie Dean and Rebekah Freeland.
The sponsor of the Close Up Club was Don Grosdidier.
From the Eudora News
Eudora graduates Ron Conner and David Altenbernd were members of the “Pride of Wildcat Land Marching Band” at Kansas State University.
• Eudora High School senior class officers were Joanne Born, president; Greg Dardis, vice president; Joni Holloway, secretary; Glenn Jackson, treasurer; and Debbie Burchett and Randy Davis, Student Council representatives.
Junior class officers were Pam Hopkins, president; Pam Russell, vice president; Terry Graves, secretary; Donna Bagby, treasurer; and Dean Johnson and Julie Shepard, Student Council representatives.
Sophomore class officers were Bryan Scott, president; Connie Russell, vice president; Don Born, secretary; Jay Ravins, treasurer; and Ronda Fulks and Greg Holloway, Student Council representatives.
Freshmen class officers were Scot Hamlin, president; Jeannene Loewenstein, vice president; Bruce Wright, secretary; Maureen Gronniger, treasurer; and Mark Brecheisen, Student Council representative.
From the Eudora Enterprise
Paul Sommer filled the vacant spot left by Curtis Diedrich in the Eudora Post Office. Diedrich, who had worked at the post office for 10 years, took a position as assistant in the Kaw Valley State Bank, taking the place of Kenneth Rash, who returned to his home in Thayer because of his father’s death.
• Billy Weidensaul sprained his left ankle while practicing football. He was getting around with the help of crutches.
From the Eudora Weekly News