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Comprehensive plan is drawing interest
November 29, 2007
Shaping what Baldwin City will look like in 30 years is the basis behind a new comprehensive plan that has been developed. It anticipates that the city’s population in 2033 will be around 5,000. City officials got their first look at the plan on Nov. 13 when the consultants who created it presented it to the Planning Commission. A public hearing is scheduled for 7 p.m. Dec. 13 at the commission’s next meeting. The Baldwin City Council is expected to approve it, with any changes made from the hearing, in January.
Baldwin Briefs
November 29, 2007
District administrators discuss retirement plans
November 29, 2007
Since the age of retirement is approaching for several Baldwin School District administrators, the principals have asked for a policy to help them financially for their years of service in the district. No official proposal was given, but the district principals discussed the idea with the Baldwin School Board at a special meeting Monday night. Both sides had positive things to say about the idea of a retirement policy, but nothing was decided.
Lightweights look to lead BHS wrestlers
November 29, 2007
The leaves are falling off the trees and Baldwin High School wrestlers are getting on to the mats. The Bulldogs are preparing for their first meet on Saturday at Gardner-Edgerton High School. It will begin at 9 a.m. “I’m excited to get started,” coach Kit Harris said. “As always, there are a lot of question marks with who will be at what weight, but we’re working those things out. All I know for sure is we’re working darn hard in practice.”
BHS girls hope speed will compensate for lack of size
November 29, 2007
Height might be a problem for the Baldwin High School girls basketball team this season. However, the players and coach Bob Martin aren’t going to let their lack of size deter them from having a good season. The Bulldogs are coming off a 16-6 season from a year ago. They were defeated in the semifinal round of the Class 4A sub-state last winter. This year, the Bulldogs plan to make up for their lack of size by using their quickness.
Balanced line up to benefit Bulldogs
November 29, 2007
If Tuesday night’s scrimmage is any sign of the basketball season, Eric Toot believes his team will have another successful campaign. Toot watched his Baldwin High School boys’ varsity basketball team scrimmage in front of family and friends on Tuesday. The second-year coach liked what he saw from his team. “It was good to put on the uniforms and get out and run a bit,” Toot said. “It’s always exciting for the kids. The first and second quarters were pretty solid, but then fatigue set in during the third quarter. It got kind of sloppy. We had already practiced today.”
Cocaine is lost? Police have it to be claimed
November 29, 2007
If anyone’s missing a small bag of cocaine, the Baldwin City police have it. “We’ve got it here at the police department if they want it,” said Police Chief Mike McKenna. “They’re more than welcome to come in and claim it.”
Additional custodial help is wanted by principals
November 29, 2007
Connie Wright wasn’t the only principal that wants another evening custodian hired. This topic came up during a discussion on building rentals Monday night when the Baldwin School Board met with the district principals. The other topic of the night was negotiation communications. However, during the building rentals discussion, Wright, Baldwin Junior High School principal, suggested the idea that another custodian be hired to help maintain her building during nights and weekends.
Carbondale man will stand trial
November 29, 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. The girl, who said her name was “Amanda,” actually was an undercover Baldwin City police officer, according to testimony last Tuesday in Douglas County District Court.
Holiday changes abound
November 29, 2007
Now that Thanksgiving has come and gone, it’s Christmas time in Baldwin City. Although Christmas Day is 26 days away, there will be activities happening around town, but there are some changes to the usual events. The annual Light Parade was moved from the first Sunday in December to Dec. 8. Another change was the second-annual scavenger hunt. Last year it began on the same night as the parade, but this year it has already started.
Sending Greensburg warmth
November 29, 2007
When Judy Johanning heard about the tornado that ravaged Greensburg, she donated money to help. But the Baldwin City resident wanted to do more. “I just wanted to do something for the people,” she said. Johanning, a quilter, got to work assembling and sewing quilts for the residents of Greensburg, the town of about 1,400 that is rebuilding after the May 4 tornado reduced much of the community to ruins. Johanning spread the word to friends, family and fellow quilters. And now, after months of work, she has created and collected more than 40 quilts. The quilts will soon make their way to Greensburg. “I just hope that people will find comfort in these quilts and know that other people care about their loss,” she said.
Letters to the Editor
November 29, 2007