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City council eyes vicious dog control
September 3, 2003
A light agenda allowed for most of Tuesday’s Baldwin City Council meeting to be spent on a proposal for the control of vicious dogs. Douglas County has passed a resolution which outlines control measures for vicious dogs. However, Douglas County Commissioner Charles Jones explained that it wouldn’t work without the cooperation of all cities in the county. Jones also outlined the problem in general.
Deaths
September 3, 2003
Bulldog cross country teams ranked No. 1
September 3, 2003
It came as no big surprise Monday when the pre-season coaches poll was released and Baldwin High School was ranked No. 1 in Class 4A on both the boys’ and girls’ sides. “I guess we’ve got some work ahead of us,” said coach Mike Spielman in response to the poll. “A lot of times the are going off past year’s stuff and we’ve got a lot of kids coming back. They reward you for that.”
Bulldogs eye return to playoffs
September 3, 2003
After reaching the state playoffs for the first time in a decade last year, Baldwin High School football coach Mike Berg knows the Bulldogs liked that perk and will look to do it again. “I think it’s made the kids realize that that’s a goal we want to attain every year,” said Berg, who enters his sixth year at the BHS helm. “It was a neat experience to play an extra week and is something we want to continue doing.”
BHS ready for football opener
September 3, 2003
Friday’s annual Baldwin High School football scrimmage left coach Mike Berg pleased, but also aware that there’s still more work to be done and decisions to be made before the season opener against Anderson County. “We were very, very happy with the scrimmage,” said Berg. “The coaching staff saw some good things on both sides of the ball. We also saw some areas that need improvement. “Overall, it was a good scrimmage,” he said. “We got to look at some kids in a game-type atmosphere.”
Bumpy beginning for Baker
September 3, 2003
Between a computer virus, electrical blackout and subsequent loss of phone service, the first week of school at Baker University has been a little bumpy. “It was for the first week of classes, but it can only get better from here,” said Baker spokeswoman Stacy Cohen.
Walking to stop Alzheimer’s
September 3, 2003
Baldwin area resident Peg Wessel knows way too much about Alzheimer’s Disease. Wessel’s mom was diagnosed with the disabling disease in 1985, when she was 61 and Wessel was 27. By the time her mother died in 1996, Wessel went through many stages. First, her mother was moved into a senior apartment after she could no longer take care of herself at home. From there, she was moved in with the Wessel family north of Baldwin. That’s when the disease’s effects became even more apparent.
Weekend rain too much, too late
September 3, 2003
Unfortunately for Baldwin area farmers, the eight inches of rain that fell over the weekend was too much and it was way too late. “That’s exactly it,” said Bill Wood, Douglas County agriculture agent. “It poured on us and it’s not very helpful.” Farmers were just into an early harvest last week with variable corn yields being reported from 20-30 bushels to the acre to as high as 80-100 bushels. But, the steady two-day rain that filled rain gauges to overflowing didn’t do any good for the corn.
Early harvest has highs, lows
September 3, 2003
Too much heat and too little rain has combined to produce an early harvest for Baldwin City area farmers. And that’s not necessarily good. “That’s right. That would be a good assessment,” said Bill Wood, Douglas County agriculture agent. “Our corn died so fast that the stalks are dry and brittle which makes it tough to cut. If there are heavy cobs, that makes for a tough adjustment, too. “This year is just a tough year,” said. Wood. The drought-like conditions from the driest July on record were made even worse by temperatures consistently over 90 degrees and recently of 100 degrees. That left field upon field of dried up, brown corn that few thought would produce much. That’s the case for the most part, but there are some good fields, too. “We’ve talked to several farmers and some of the corn that was planted early is better than expected, with some of it producing 80 bushels to the acre,” he said. “The corn that was planted later wasn’t nearly as good. Our corn harvest this year isn’t going to be nearly as good as last year. “We hit July when the water shut off and the heat went up,” said Wood. “The corn that was planted late just couldn’t make it.”
Patience pays off with rain; what’s next?
September 3, 2003
Baldwin Briefs
September 3, 2003