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Baldwin ‘05 headlines reveal year that was

December 29, 2005

The Baldwin City Signal's annual Year in Review takes a look back at the headlines that brought the news every week in 2005.

January 6 -- Ice hammers Baldwin, Worst storm since 2002; New council locale doesn't change discussion topics; Interterm is interesting at BU; State court backs education; New Years was busy in Baldwin City.

January 13 -- Election is drawing luke-warm interest; Baldwin survives nasty wintry mix; School board eyes group of new topics; Making chemistry fun; Tammy Lamb returns with class; Stop signs to stay put; Court rulings leave schools still wondering; Local birders find record numbers in '04.

January 20 -- Parents As Teachers program puts kids, parents together in learning environment; Mayor delivers annual state of city address; Baldwin City is nominated for national honor; BHS musicians excel at top level.

January 27 -- Candidates finally flock to election openings; Missouri River Outfitters of the Santa Fe Trail create special honor for Katharine Kelley; Marvin Cornelius served at Eisenhower's 1953 inauguration gala; First Lt. Nathan Perry flying tsunami relief; Leroy Lenning gains conservation award for '04; Baldwin schools represented at state honor band, choir.

February 3 -- Chocolate Auction is dedicated to Alice Ann; Baldwin cases still in limbo; MSES students honored for reaching excellence; Continuing King's dream; Lammers wins Legion contest; Baker to host 7th Annual Honor Band; Graziano headed for Baker Hall of Fame.

February 10 -- City crews battle six inches of wet, heavy snowfall; Chocolate Auction a sweet success; Jail time looms for offenders; Tsunami relief from BJHS; BHS scholars finish season.

February 17 -- Pearson can't quite describe why he's made it to the century mark; School board accepts resignations from three long-time faculty members; Quilts for Soldiers keeps locals busy; Snowball suspensions a hot item for BHS; Candidates provide series of answers.

February 24 -- Baker's Inzer, Williamson to study in Budapest; Electric shock is finally good, Baldwin utility rates heading down; BJHS' Sansom casts her spell; Perry's $1 million gift establishes Baker chair; Baker sports complex plan draws interest from city.

March 3 -- Primary vote is light; Preparation starts early for state assessment tests; BTK arrest brings relief, closure; Lumberyard Arts Center gets grant; Baker's Sarna is awarded; BHS After Prom needs help; It's basket time at BJHS.

March 10 -- Utility problems are minor; Vacating streets draws ire again; Public turns out for talks on school cuts; Annual Community Wellness Festival aims for health; Budget draws crowd; Candidates offer reasons for running; Midland asks for depot lease.

March 17 -- Second grant in two years will go for preschool scholarships; District, teachers come to terms; Registration deadline nears as election looms; Annual basket auction nets $2,500.

March 24 -- City Council backs Baker sports plans; Voters to choose from entire field; City makes unique utility investment; Seaman enjoys D.C. trip; Baldwin Easter bunny will have a busy time; Streets are vacated by Baldwin council.

March 31 -- Election nears for Baldwin; School board forum turnout isn't much; KASB explains its case on school financing; Ford loves selling cars; It's 'Cabaret' time again; Brief look at candidates.

April 7 -- Baldwin voters bring four back, two ousted; Police have eyes on local offenders; Council goes on fast break; Pope's passing observed by Baldwin Catholics; Vinland views Operation Wildlife; Wellness Festival draws healthy crowd.

April 14 -- After four decades of teaching, Herpich ready for retirement; School board tangles on budget items; City-Wide Cleanup is back on track for May 7; BHS drug testing up for discussion; Family experiences 2005 inauguration; BHS students awarded at culinary competition.

April 21 -- Wreck spills cattle truck; French connection continues at BHS; Alcohol incident broadens; Council meeting short, but sweet; Matt Kirby on TV; BHS students ready to field Relay for Life teams; History comes alive for BESIC students.

April 28 -- Eloise ends long career; Budget axe misses; 'Refugee camp' gives students experience on Baker campus; It's time for Relay for Life; Top award goes to Linda Guss; NHS collects 55 pints of blood at BHS drive; BHS competes at PSU math relays; Tree board plants trees for Arbor Day.

May 5 -- Walbridge, Jardon take city council positions; City ball fields get 'light lift;' Rainbow Experience Preschool gains accreditation; BESIC students' work up for Web site vote; Many former students wish Herpich well.

May 12 -- Baker's Lambert to step aside; BHS drug testing is discussed; State assessment testing causes concerns; Katharine Kelley lauded by BHS alumni for 48 years in education; BHS band has three top ratings at state; Forensics team places at state; Baldwin High choir members compete at state; Comstock to leave Dean's post at Baker.

May 19 -- KDOT grants downtown Baldwin wish; Baldwin schools make state grade; Heritage theft with a hook; Commencements for BHS, Baker; Local fourth grader wins national writing contest; Rural Baldwin girl's prize-winner is one "Rosie" to be remembered; Bird watching event set for Vinland area; BHS Star Struck again.

May 26 -- Graduates advance at BHS, Baker; Pool ready to make a splash; U.S. 59 fatality; State assessments have changed education; There's lots to this librarian's legacy to fill; Midland train is back on track.

June 2 -- Legion's Memorial Day a big hit; Tragedy strikes at home; Hubbel, Weaver enjoy Harlaxton opportunity; Annual city wide garage sale is set; Ground breaking time at the junction; Gratts gains Eagle honor; Safety on bikes pushed.

June 9 -- Fire fighting trio steps down after combined 104 years; High St. plans OK'd by city; Court's decision is good for Baldwin schools; Almost 300 sign up for library's annual summer reading program; Mobile home parks at issue.

June 16 -- Survey shines light on BHS; Principals' contracts not extended; Second Planes, Trains and Automobiles features fathers' fun; BCAC's Art Walk to start it all; Wet times in Baldwin City; Scam comes to Baldwin; Frontier Farm Credit to set up at Junction; Thomas set to roll again.

June 23 -- Bigger and better, Planes, Trains and Automobiles draws crowd to Baldwin; Meeting violated the law; Full-time fireman could be on the way; BCCT play has Saturday dress rehearsal; Water, sewer rates could be going up.

June 30 -- Hotter than the Fourth of July; Willow Springs money missing; BTK finally comes clean; There is always something there to remind you; Flory to show Angus cattle; Three locals compete at junior rodeo; Braxton Nottingham qualifies for world show.

July 7 -- Baldwin Fourth was wild; Thomas toots back to town; Beth Schilds finds niche in Peace Corps; Worden United Methodist Church breaks ground; Dymacek returns from training, Henderson hired.

July 14 -- Thomas thrills tots again; School funding numbers eyed by new board; Mobile home parks still a council issue; Art Walk to be about community; A glimpse at new U.S. 59; Tree planted in honor of Gish.

July 21 -- Community arts council members share a laugh and ice cream; Thomas brings in record crowd; BU education program lauded; Hate crime is reported to officials; Teaching new Baldwin drivers.

July 28 -- Kalli Keen was born to show cattle; Trip down under was one for Baldwin duo to remember; Mill levy budgeted to jump, but likely won't; City council finds alcohol on agenda; Young Dingman learns that she's not alone; Broadway at Baker time again.

August 4 -- Vinland Fair talent is one-of-a-kind; School district enrollment shows increase; Council lands drive in fairway; School district apparently set to decrease mill levy; School board eyes capital outlay possibilities.

August 11 -- Vinland Fair version No. 98 set to unfold amid hot spell; 150 years for First United Methodist Church; Board approves survey, backs off any budget action; Judy joins Baldwin police; Baldwin police solve stolen car, vandalism case.

August 18 -- Rain can't dampen Vinland Fair fun; Council to eye Sunday liquor sales; School board opts for all 8 mills for capital outlay; Art Walk ready to roll on Friday; Armbrister succumbs to rare brain disease.

August 25 -- Storm sends crowd, barn flying; Bullying at BHS off to start; Budget hearing set for school district; Smooth start for schools; BHS pommers bring home first place; Baker numbers are up; BHS offers on-line education opportunities.

September 1 -- Police Lawsuits lose at appeals, too; Flowing flower pots offer city's welcome; Bullying is back at BHS again; School board OKs contract with teachers.

September 8 -- Baldwin swings back at Katrina; Barbara Riley finally hangs up keys to school bus; Council meeting draws big crowd; Pearson home gains historic designation; Traffic is school concern; Baker effort aims at Katrina.

September 15 -- Hurricane relief effort gains steam; School district is lauded; School board talks bullying; Art Walk finale set for Friday; City meetings expected to draw interest; McKenna to stay as chief; BU convocation speaker involved with 9/11 probe; Martha Smith has approached century simply; After school program is a big hit.

September 22 -- Martha Smith tops century mark; Council OKs Sunday alcohol sales in city; Downtown project meeting draws crowd.

September 29 -- Baldwin's Kelley will be missed; Kean blasts Congress' failures; Emergency plans for Baldwin City will be tweaked; Blues & BBQ ready for second play; District raises $14,352 for Katrina aid; Getting a handle on 'Everyday Mathematics;' BHS students enjoy community service.

October 6 -- Roach is proud to serve country; Baker enrollment at all-time high; A bank boost for the arts; Recreation goes online, council told; Baldwin High band performs at state; Baldwin High's Brown takes title at state fair.

October 13 -- Twombly returns from year in Kuwait; Maple tree planted in honor of Kelley; Bond issue discussion includes a new school; It's Maple Leaf Festival time for the 48th straight year; Craig, Musgrave crowned homecoming king and queen.

October 20 -- Weather helps bring huge crowd to Maple Leaf Festival; City, school district, Baker to discuss shared needs; Bullying expert addresses many district patrons; Festival activities are designed for children of all ages.

October 27 -- Boom time in Baldwin; Shared thoughts on shared needs; Halloween thrills, chills abound in Baldwin; It's Baldwin vs. Eudora for United Way; BHS' National Honor Society involved in blood drive.

November 3 -- BHS boys, girls take cross country titles; Promotion, new hire for Baldwin police; Second session brings slower pace for center; Full speed ahead on Baker sports complex's phase 3; Seeking help with MLF committee; City, district, Baker to meet again; Maple Leaves are baffling with change.

November 10 -- BHS, Baker graduate Tony Rider glad to serve; Emergency plan passes its first real test; Living history unfolds at Vinland Elementary; Baker will celebrate week of International Education.

November 17 -- Cash crops better than expected; White set to retire from helm; Survey shines on district highlights; Chanute account doesn't add up; MSES salutes area veterans.

November 23 -- Protest petition forces alcohol election; Council joins forces for joint project; School district gives nod, too; Film crew invades Baldwin for "Rigged;" Lake's plug is pulled; Friends, family honor memory of Schmitz.

December 1 -- Holiday activities will abound; Wife enters guilty plea in area case; December election will be an odd one; Work continues at Black Jack park; Hurricane relief group finds someone to help; Seven hurt in U.S. 59 wreck.

December 8 -- Vespers, parade usher in Christmas; Electricity news isn't shocking; Holiday ballots are a rarity; Holiday Homes Tour features a new twist; Weatherman comes calling for MSES crowd.

December 15 -- Alcohol vote ballots to be counted here; Schools only snow victim; School board meets new SRO at meeting; Friday finds a taste of CSI Baldwin City; BHS students take part in Quest program; 30th Living Nativity is set; Kansas' oldest Christmas Bird Count set for Sunday morning; Baker to hold winter commencements; Baker woods restored by Boyd, students.

December 22 -- Baldwin voters to decide Sunday alcohol sales; Search for superintendent to include new description; Baker graduates more than 700; Council changes meeting dates; Living Nativity on display at Vinland; School board eyes facilities; Scouts hold Court of Honor; Ballad changes locale.

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