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Grant spikes Baldwin City new home starts
November 10, 2015
Baldwin City is in the midst of its best year for new housing starts since the start of the recession thanks to a grant the community received earlier this year. Tina Rakes, Baldwin City codes inspector, said eight permits for the construction of new single-family homes have been issued this year in the city and construction started on two others for which permits were issued in late December 2014.
Baldwin City students find multiple benefits from martial arts class
November 10, 2015
Melinda Shoemaker is looking forward to getting a new green belt in January to replace the yellow one she wore Monday evening. In late January, Shoemaker and the other students in Tom Christian’s martial arts class will demonstrate their technique to a visiting master and square off against fellow students with the goal of improving their belt rank.
Baldwin City mayor appoints citzens’ committee to help with city administrator search
November 9, 2015
Baldwin City Mayor Marilyn Pearse has appointed a citizens’ committee to help with the selection of a new city administrator.
Wichita bishop to make case for sainthood for Kapaun
November 9, 2015
The bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Wichita is preparing to make the case that an Army chaplain from Kansas who died in a North Korean prisoner of war camp deserves to be granted sainthood.
Kansas ranks low in providing summer meals to children
November 9, 2015
Advocates of providing summer meals to children in low-income areas say Kansas must find ways to provide more meals during the summer.
Kansas battles pay-related turnover among prison staff
November 9, 2015
Employee turnover at Kansas prisons has increased over the past five years, and the state’s corrections secretary and legislators agree that officers’ pay must rise if the state hopes to end a problem that’s now seen as a threat to public safety.
Property taxes on the rise around Kansas
November 8, 2015
Patrons of most Kansas school districts will see property taxes rise this year amid an ongoing legal battle over whether public schools are underfunded, preliminary state data shows.
Kansas City Connection: Farm-fresh flavor; Floyd’s ‘Dark Side’
November 8, 2015
One of my favorite places in Kansas City for a nice lunch, dinner or cocktail is The Farmhouse, a farm-to-table, “tip-to-tail” restaurant that offers a delicious variety of entrees and sandwiches using fresh meats and vegetables from regional providers.
Kansas official seeks to save funds to treat drug offenders
November 4, 2015
With potential budget problems looming in Kansas, a state official urged legislators Tuesday to protect funding for substance-abuse treatment that keeps hundreds of drug offenders out of prison.
Baldwin High School cross country team bring home 2 more state titles
November 4, 2015
The Baldwin High School cross country team’s post-meet activities Saturday say something about the school’s rich tradition in the sport.
Kansas raises rents on agencies in state office buildings
November 4, 2015
Kansas has recently raised the rent by more than 25 percent for agencies housed in state office buildings.
4 living ex-presidents join Eisenhower Memorial Commission
November 4, 2015
The four, living ex-U.S. presidents are all now on a committee working to commemorate President Dwight D. Eisenhower.
Face to Face: Annette Pierce
November 3, 2015
Face to Face is a weekly feature in which the Signal introduces readers to those who live and work in the community. This week, we meet Annette Pierce.
Kansas prisons full; official outlines $27M expansion option
November 3, 2015
Kansas’ top corrections official Monday outlined a proposal for a $27 million expansion of the state’s maximum-security prison outside El Dorado to deal with the state’s increasing inmate population.
Ives Chapel UMC to have election day supper
November 3, 2015
The annual Ives Chapel United Methodist Church Women’s election day chicken and noodle dinner will be at 5 p.m. Nov. 3 at the church, 1018 Miami St.
Kansas Supreme Court adopts new child support guidelines
November 3, 2015
Child support payments for separated or divorced parents in Kansas are expected to increase up to 3.5 percent next year under new guidelines adopted by the state Supreme Court.
Musing from the Hill, Nov. 5, 2015
November 3, 2015
Halloween pranks of long ago from interviews of many years ago. I really got an earful! Sadly some who contributed are no longer with us, but their stories are so good they deserve repeating.
Baldwin City veteran recalls World War II experiences
November 3, 2015
Howard Jehle is one of three surviving World War II veterans in the Baldwin City community, but he doesn’t have exciting war stories to relate. “I joined the Army to see the world,” he said. “I saw Oklahoma. You went where they told you to go, or at least you did if you knew what was good for you.”
Baldwin City to make application for KDOT grant to improve safety at Eighth Street highway crossing
November 3, 2015
The Baldwin City Council on Monday asked city staff to move forward with a grant applicant that would improve safety at the Eighth Street/U.S. Highway 56 intersection.
Baldwin City Council approves bond sale for sewer upgrades
November 3, 2015
On Monday, the Baldwin City Council took final actions needed to issue $3.175 million in bonds for improvements to the city’s wastewater system.