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School board talks budget
April 12, 2007
Whether the topic was this year or next, budget was the primary item at Monday’s Baldwin Board of Education meeting. Supt. Paul Dorathy and the board members discussed the special education coop budget, capital outlay items, the budget committee and the district’s status for the remainder of the year.
Column: Spring-like weather just around the corner?
April 12, 2007
Can someone please tell Mother Nature that it’s now April? I think the e-mail or message must have gotten misplaced, because this weather reminds me of January or February. It’s time for spring sports, not more basketball and wrestling.
Basketball before running
April 12, 2007
Baldwin High School senior Kelsey Verhaeghe has spent the last few months debating her college future and whether she wanted to continue her athletic career. She could have chosen cross country, track, basketball or nothing at all. The decision seemed difficult … or maybe not. “I didn’t know if I really wanted to do a sport or not in college,” Verhaeghe said.
Callahan claims national championship
April 12, 2007
He might be out of season and out of wrestling conditioning, but that didn’t stop Alan Callahan from achieving a goal of his, last weekend. The Baldwin High School sophomore was one of seven wrestlers that traveled from Baldwin City to the KCI Expo Center in Kansas City, Mo., for the Brute Nationals tournament. Callahan set a personal goal for himself at the meet.
Wildcat signs with Whitecaps
April 12, 2007
Local connections through his coach Alan Koch have landed Baker University senior Marty Johnston in Vancouver, British Columbia. Koch, Baker’s men’s soccer coach, played for Simon Frazier University, which is located in Vancouver, has believed Johnston could play professional soccer since he took over the Wildcats last season. “Pretty much every time he stepped on the field, he showed that he was capable of playing at the next level,” Koch said. “I contacted the Whitecaps and had no problem recommending him.” Koch was correct. Johnston signed a one-year contract to play professionally for the Vancouver Whitecaps of the United Soccer Leagues. The announcement was made Monday afternoon at a small press conference at Baker’s Collins House. “I would like to thank everyone for coming,” Johnston said at the press conference.
Chautauqua Days set for June run
April 12, 2007
History will be coming alive in Baldwin City once again. Last summer, the Battle of Black Jack celebrated its sesquicentennial east of town, but this year Baldwin will be hosting a different historical festival. In June, the Kansas Chautauqua will be rolling into town for its week-long experience.
Voters go with status quo
April 12, 2007
Evidently, Baldwin City voters are pleased with the status quo as far as the Baldwin City Council and Baldwin School Board are concerned. In last week’s election, voters returned five of six incumbents to the governing bodies and returned a former member of the council for another four-year stint.
Weather can’t spoil annual Easter event
April 12, 2007
Even without grass or warm temperatures outside, Rainbow Experience Preschool’s annual Easter Egg Hunt drew hundreds of children to Baker University’s campus Saturday. Gusty winds and temperatures in the 30-40 degree range forced Rainbow to move the event inside the Collins Center late last week.
Last kiss for this city icon
April 12, 2007
Monday was the end of any smooching on the “Kissing Bridge.” City crews kissed the long-time bridge off, cutting the remaining suspension cable and cutting the wooden structure into pieces. The bridge — and the one it replaced — had been fixtures in northwest Baldwin City for decades. Recent damage to it forced the city to tear it down because of liability issues, said City Administrator Jeff Dingman. Legend has it that Baker University students used the bridge as a place to go kiss, safely away from the campus. That led to something else. “A lot of marriage proposals were made on that bridge,” said Becky McMillen, who lives near the bridge on 11th Street. “It was a tradition. “It’s just one of those things that make Baldwin special,” said McMillen. “It’s too bad it couldn’t be fixed.” The reason for that? Money. The kiss of death, so to speak.
Don Jansen
April 12, 2007
Lloyd Alvin Beeghley
April 12, 2007
Letters to the Editor
April 12, 2007
Board eyes hiring demographer
April 12, 2007
It looks as if the Baldwin Board of Education will be hiring a demographer to assist with the planning of its bond issue. On Monday night, Supt. Paul Dorathy presented a packet of information from RSP Associates, a professional planning and educational consulting firm out of Olathe. This firm works with the DLR Group, the architectural firm the board hired in February.
Baldwin Briefs
April 12, 2007