Local News

Apartments still planned for old school despite owners’ failure to secure tax credits this year
November 23, 2015
Although a Lawrence company’s application for tax credits to renovate the old school on Chapel Street were not among those approved for 2015, its makeover into apartments remains the goal of its new owner.
Face to Face: Susie Martin
November 19, 2015
Face to Face is a feature in which the Signal introduces readers to those who live and work in the community. This week we meet Susie Martin.
2 downtown Baldwin City storefronts razed
November 10, 2015
Downtown Baldwin City saw its biggest change in several years with the razing last week to two buildings on High Street. On Nov. 4, the closed Title and Abstract building at 707 High St. and the old L&M Catering building next door were razed.
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.
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.
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.”
Two growing businesses find downtown Baldwin City homes
October 27, 2015
In a sign of its continuing transition from a commercial center to an office district, two growing local businesses have recently occupied downtown storefronts.
Baldwin City teen has science fiction book published
October 26, 2015
Words about his new novel are hard to coax from 13-year-old Ty Harris. “He’s shy,” his mother Sarah Harris said. “He doesn’t like to talk that much.” It’s different when putting words to paper, especially when his mind is consumed with a new plot idea.
Baldwin City Kwik Shop expansion plan approved
October 26, 2015
The Baldwin City Council approved Oct. 19 a development plan that would allow Kwik Shop to install addition gas pumps in now vacant lot to the west.
Baldwin City girl injured at Maple Leaf Festival when fire-suppressant canister activates
October 23, 2015
An 8-year-old girl who was playing in the back of a Bradley fighting vehicle at the Maple Leaf Festival Sunday received first-degree burns when at least one fire suppressant canister discharged and sprayed her, officials told the Lawrence Journal-World.
Face to Face: Danielle Engle
October 21, 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 Danielle Engle.
Cool weather ‘perfect’ for Baldwin City Maple Leaf Festival
October 17, 2015
Baldwin City — As the last marchers in the hourlong Maple Leaf Festival Parade were making the north turn at Sixth and High streets at noon Saturday, Sherry Johnson was taking a final minute of rest. “It’s coming,” she said. “Once the parade’s over, they’ll be here.”
City puts many hours into transforming Baldwin City for Maple Leaf Festival
October 15, 2015
Baldwin City Public Works employees won’t have much time the second week in October for routine maintenance tasks. The week before the Oct. 16, 17 and 18 Maple Leaf Festival the city’s public work employees will take the lead in transforming Baldwin City from a college town of about 5,000 into a destination shopping mecca that attracts from 30,000 to 40,000 visitors.
Maple Leaf Quilt Guild to give quilt to veteran at annual show
October 15, 2015
Of the Maple Leaf Festival’s many associated activities, few are as long-standing as the Maple Leaf Quilt Guild’s Quilt annual quilt show.
Baker baseball team hits Maple Leaf homerun with Cherrito’s meats
October 15, 2015
The Maple Leaf Festival offers visitors plenty of opportunities to satisfy their hunger. There are food stands offering the usual festival fair of funnel cakes, kettle corn, walking tacos, brats, barbecue, hamburgers and the always popular turkey legs from Baker University’s Kappa Sigma fraternity. The most visually striking food booth is that of the Baker University baseball team, located just east of the Baldwin City Post Office on Seventh Street.