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Council sets meeting on electricity, water
April 3, 2002
The Baldwin City Council has not forgotten about the city’s electric and water problems. At Monday’s city council meeting, the council set a committee of the whole meeting for 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 18 at the Baldwin City Public Works office to take a closer look at the electric and water utility issues and concerns facing Baldwin. The meeting is open to the general public.
Baldwin briefs
April 3, 2002
Baldwin’s Abel wins state wrestling title
April 3, 2002
It didn’t take long for Chase Abel to become the Baldwin City Wrestling Club’s first ever state champion. It took just 25 seconds for Abel to pin Winfield’s Grant Heithaus in the finals as he made Baldwin wrestling history and set off a loud roar of cheers from the Baldwin contingent in the stands. Heithaus shot in with a leg attack and Abel countered with one of his best moves, the “Tornado,” and took Heithaus to his back for the quick pin. “Once I threw him over I just hoped he wouldn’t get off his back and then the ref called a pin. I was excited,” Abel explained. “I give credit to Tracy (Potter) and Brian (Mason) and the coaches for their help.”
Baker sports roundup
April 3, 2002
WOMENS TRACK & FIELD Baker University’s Renee Sudduth, senior from Harveyville, broke her own school record and finished first in the hammer throw at the Truman State Open on March 30 in Kirksville, Mo. Sudduth’s best mark of 156-10 (47.81 meters) broke her previous record by 4-3. She is provisionally qualified for the national championship.
No verdict in Meeker shooting trial
April 3, 2002
It has lasted a week and testimony has still not concluded in the trial for a man charged in the October shooting in Baldwin. Testimony will continue today in the trial for Stephen Meeker, 35, a former Baldwin resident, who is accused of shooting and wounding Steven Swafford, 31, Lawrence. Continue to check the Signal’s Web site for the verdict. Meeker is being tried on charges of aggravated assault, aggravated battery and attempted aggravated battery stemming from a shooting that took place the night of Oct. 14 in the 1200 block of Bison Court in west Baldwin.
BHS baseball swings into history
April 3, 2002
After a history making case of first-game jitters, the Baldwin High School baseball team bounced back Thursday to show the Bulldogs can, indeed, play the game mapped out on a diamond. To record history, the Bulldogs were easily dispatched 13-1 by the Ottawa Cyclones in their first game ever. But, it was a different story in the doubleheader nightcap, as BHS had the tying run on third base with just one out in the last inning before falling 8-7. “It was two different games,” said Brian Ash, BHS baseball coach. “The first game was jitters and nervousness. They bounced back in the second game and focused better. I was proud of that.”
BHS tracksters first, second at BIT
April 3, 2002
There was a one-two finish to open the track season for Baldwin High at the 37th Baldwin Invitational Tournament Thursday. The BHS girls finished first, while the boys were second. “We were pretty excited about winning the first meet of the year and our freshmen through seniors competed well,” said BHS girls coach Ted Zuzzio. “I wasn’t anticipating that. I still haven’t figured it out yet. “We know we’re just at a starting spot,” said Zuzzio. “With Paola here, I thought we’d have to settle for second or third.”
Police officer’s complaints could be resolved
April 3, 2002
Dennis Hawver, the attorney for the four Baldwin City Police Officers who are contemplating lawsuits against the city, believes that litigation can be avoided. Hawver said Tuesday afternoon that his clients Cpl. Bill Dempsey and officers Chuck Woolsencroft, Eric Garcia and Chuck Hensley have felt like “political shuttlecocks,” caught in the middle of a game of badminton over whether Police Chief Steve Butell should remain in his position. The officers want out of the middle and want a return to normalcy, he said.
Deaths
April 3, 2002