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Column: Be proud of football season
November 21, 2007
Hold your head up, hold your head high” like the Argent song says. That message goes out to the Baldwin High School football team. Hold your head up, fellas, because you have nothing to hang your heads about.
Fall athletes report to winter practices
November 21, 2007
Fall sports are now finished and no one might be happier than Eric Toot. Although Toot was excited to watch the Baldwin High School football team advance deep into the state playoffs, he was more excited to have his entire team at practice Monday afternoon. Toot, BHS boys’ basketball coach, said the beginning of practice will be a difficult adjustment for the football players, but he hopes their fall success will carry over onto the hardcourt.
BCPD to be Secret Santa again this year
November 21, 2007
Baldwin City police are ready to do their Secret Santa effort again. Police officers gathered gifts for those in need for the first time last year and the program was a big success, said Police Chief Mike McKenna.
City gains $206,630 grant for Safe Routes to School
November 21, 2007
Routes to school in Baldwin City will be $206,630 safer after the city secured a grant from the Kansas Department of Transportation. KDOT announced Friday the communities that had been awarded grants in its Safe Routes to School program. Baldwin City’s wasn’t the biggest award as six cities were given the maximum amount of $250,000. But, City Administrator Jeff Dingman was still pleased with the grant and said it will be used for a variety of ways to create safer access to schools.
Dighans advances in poster contest
November 21, 2007
Audrey Dighans, an eighth grade student at Baldwin Junior High School, has taken the first step to becoming an internationally recognized artist by winning a local competition sponsored by the Baldwin City Lions Club. Dighans’ poster was among more than 350,000 entries submitted worldwide in the 20th annual Lions International Peace Poster Contest. Lions Club International is sponsoring the contest to emphasize the importance of world peace to young people everywhere. “I picked a sunset as the background for my poster because it is the most peaceful time of day and used colorful flags from large and small countries.” Dighans said.
Council briefed on intermodal
November 21, 2007
Skip Kalb thinks the Gardner Intermodal can mean growth for Baldwin City in whatever way the community wants, but he doesn’t think it will mean a huge increase in truck traffic on U.S. Highway 56. Kalb, a native of Baldwin City who works for BNSF Railroad, is in charge of the massive intermodal complex that will be built southwest of Gardner and is expected to be open in 2009. He’s often questioned about what the 1,800 trucks that will be leaving the railway yard everyday will mean to traffic here. “We don’t see a flood of trucks coming this way,” Kalb told the Baldwin City Council at its Monday meeting where he’d been asked to give an update on the project. “We just don’t see it.”
Bulldogs fall short of revenge
November 21, 2007
LOUISBURG — No vengeance for Baldwin High. It started out so promising for the Bulldogs, but ended in tears and sadness as their season ended here Friday night. Baldwin (10-3) fell to Louisburg (13-0) for the second time this season. Friday’s 21-14 loss hurt more as the Bulldogs’ season came to a halt in the Class 4A sub-state playoff round. “I am hurting so badly for our whole team, especially our seniors,” Baldwin coach Mike Berg said. “They are such special people. They gave us everything they had. We got beat by a very good team tonight.”
Intermodal interest
November 21, 2007
Community rallies around Bulldogs
November 21, 2007
Despite several other events in and around Baldwin City on Thursday night, the community came out to support its local football team. During its Thursday mixer, the Baldwin City Chamber of Commerce held a 25-minute pep rally for the Baldwin High School football team. The Bulldogs played Louisburg in the Class 4A sub-state playoffs Friday.
Baldwin Briefs
November 21, 2007
Carbondale man ordered to trial on sex charge
November 21, 2007
A man who allegedly solicited sex over the Internet with a 13-year-old girl will be tried on sex crime charges, a Douglas County judge ruled on Wednesday.
Girl’ being solicited for sex on Web was officer
November 21, 2007
A Carbondale man, calling himself KsTaz2000 on an Internet chat site earlier this month, offered to pay a 13-year-old girl and her friend for sex.
Letters to the Editor
November 21, 2007
Council handles a variety of business items
November 21, 2007
Baldwin City Council members approved an agreement for improvements on Sixth Street and to extend the golf course lease, annexed the Santa Fe Trail well into the city limits and bought a new mower at Monday’s meeting. The Sixth Street improvement agreement is with Douglas County because the street is also County Road 1055. The city and county are sharing the cost to reconstruct the street from Indiana Street to the city limits. The city has budgeted $500,000 for the project.