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Baldwin school board agrees to sell Vinland for high bid of $301,000
January 20, 2015
After opening four sealed bids, the Baldwin school board voted unanimously Tuesday to sell the closed Vinland Elementary School to Darren Flory for $301,000.
Brownback wants to cut lower airfares program
January 20, 2015
A program that brings lower airfares to Wichita and Garden City might be grounded in the near future.
Kansas program to help pay utility bills offered
January 20, 2015
A government program that helps people pay winter utility bills will begin taking applications this week.
Face to Face: Marian Constantinescu
January 20, 2015
Face to Face is a weekly feature of the Signal in which we introduce those who live or work in the community to readers. This week the Signal features Marian Constantinescu
Lumberyard class encourages students to explore creative sides
January 20, 2015
As she looked around the Lumberyard Arts Center classroom Monday evening, Christy Carlisle was pleased. The class is billed as an adult drawing and painting class, but for instructor Carlisle the real goal is creativity.
Kansas bills on body cameras get support, raise questions
January 20, 2015
An effort to require Kansas law enforcement officers to be equipped with body cameras has gained some bipartisan support in the Legislature, but questions about costs at a time when the state is facing a budget crisis threaten to bring that momentum to a halt.
Community workday tradition for Baldwin City church on MLK Day
January 20, 2015
Standing in the basement Monday of Baldwin First United Methodist Church, Riley Smith, Gabby Huntoon, Kate Welch and Dylan and Abby Patterson said they associated Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday with giving back to the community.
Gravel grinder brings more than 100 cyclists to Baldiwn City
January 19, 2015
Although Don Martin finished Saturday’s 28-mile Mullet Ride of gravel roads near Baldwin City, he didn’t do them all from the seat of his bicycle. The Olathe man is a dedicated enough biker to have completed extended rides of from 10 to 30 miles on his mountain bike since the start of the year, but he still found the rural Douglas County roads around Baldwin City a challenge.
Early morning quakes reported in south-central Kansas
January 19, 2015
Two earthquakes were felt in south-central Kansas early Monday. No major damage was reported from either quake.
Kansas governor reorganizing Medicaid, foster care units
January 19, 2015
Gov. Sam Brownback is trying to reorganize the licensing of foster care homes and the state workers who determine whether people are eligible for Medicaid.
Kansas payday lending operation agrees to $21M settlement
January 18, 2015
Two payday lending companies with ties to race car driver Scott Tucker have agreed to pay $21 million and waive $285 million in unpaid fines and loans assessed to consumers in order to settle federal claims that they misled borrowers.
Kansas City Connection: A slice, a symphony and opera singing
January 18, 2015
Last week, this column previewed KC Restaurant Week, which began Friday and lasts through Jan. 25. Sometimes you just want to keep it simple, though, and just order a pizza. Also, mezzo-soprano superstar Joyce DiDonato and tenor Juan Diego Florez will headline the pinnacle event of the Harriman-Jewell series’ 50th season.
Sign-ups to begin for annual trans-Atlantic pancake race
January 18, 2015
Sign-ups get underway next weekend in southwest Kansas for an annual trans-Atlantic pancake race.
Baldwin USD 348 agenda for Tuesday, Jan. 20
January 16, 2015
Meeting moved to Tuesday for MLK Jr. Day
School efficiency panel suggests forming 2 new committees
January 15, 2015
A Kansas task force that spent half a year looking for ways to spend school funding more efficiently on Wednesday proposed legislation that would create two new commissions to take up the subject.
19 Baldwin City area students named to Baker dean’s list
January 15, 2015
Nineteen local students were among those named to the Baldwin University Dean’s List from the College of Arts and Sciences and the School of Education for fall 2014 semester. To earn the honors, a student had to have a 3.5 grade-point average for the semester.
Lesser prairie-chicken conservation plan receives windfall
January 15, 2015
Kansas fish and wildlife officials are saying that the plan to protect the endangered lesser prairie-chicken has raised nearly double the expected revenue in its first year.
Kobach seeks straight-party voting, power to prosecute fraud
January 15, 2015
Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach alerted lawmakers this week that he will again seek the power to prosecute voter fraud, and also is proposing two other voter bills.
Kansas revenues take major hit from plummeting oil prices
January 14, 2015
Kansas lawmakers looking for a bright spot in the state’s financial picture were told on Tuesday that even though falling gas prices are greatly reducing the amount of oil severance taxes the state is collecting, more money is going into the pockets of residents that can be spent on other things.
Kansans buy more lottery tickets, spend less at 2 casinos
January 14, 2015
Kansans spent more than a million dollars more last year to buy lottery tickets than they did the previous year.