Local News

Friends team up to open downtown Baldwin City photography studio
July 28, 2014
The co-owners of downtown’s newest business say asking “Why Baldwin City?” is the wrong question. The question became “Why not Baldwin City?” as she and her partner Tisha Voigts searched for a place to open a photography studio, Michelle Beas said.
Meals on Wheels program feeds more than 300 a day
July 25, 2014
Lawrence — Kristie Bowen started volunteering for Douglas County Senior Meals a few months back, driving hot meals to local homebound residents. She says she loves socializing with the senior citizens on her route. “It’s rewarding to know that, in addition to providing their meal, I may be providing some sincere interaction as well,” said Bowen, a 38-year-old Lawrence fitness instructor.
Area group offers support for seniors
July 24, 2014
“Hey, hey, hey,” Barbara Kelly said, signaling that she was ready to eat. Her husband, Chuck, tucked a napkin into the neck of her shirt. He mixed her some chocolate milk. After a nurse brought over a plate of pureed carrots and potatoes, he started spooning them into her mouth. “Doesn’t that look appetizing?” he said. “Mmm.”
Face to Face: Tom Farmer
July 24, 2014
Face to Face is a weekly feature highlighting those who live or work in Baldwin City. Each week the Signal will pick one person to highlight in the community. This week we meet former Baldwin City Councilman Tom Farmer.
KDOT agrees traffic study needed for Baldwin City Wal-Mart Express
July 16, 2014
Baldwin City has a powerful partner in its demand that Wal-Mart Inc. submit a traffic study with its development plan for a Wal-Mart Express on U.S. Highway 56. Baldwin City Administrator Chris Lowe said Kansas Department of Transportation officials told him Tuesday the department agreed a traffic study was needed with the development plan for the store.
Rural Baldwin City teens have nose for business
July 15, 2014
Brothers Kyson and Kendrick Gardner were looking for a business opportunity recently when they caught a whiff of their family’s garbage can. It wasn’t a pretty smell. So the teens from rural Douglas County asked their dad if he thought anyone would pay to have their trash containers cleaned. Their
Face to Face: Steve Rottinghaus
July 14, 2014
Face to Face is a weekly feature highlighting those who live or work in Baldwin City. Each week the Signal will pick one person to highlight in the community. This week we meet Baker University director of public relations Steve Rottinghaus.
Face to Face: Jim Hart
July 10, 2014
Face to Face is a weekly feature highlighting those who live or work in Baldwin City. Each week the Signal will pick one person to highlight in the community. This week we meet Baldwin City Market employee and BESIC janitor Jim Hart.
Baldwin City Planning Commission tables Wal-Mart Express development plan
July 9, 2014
The Baldwin City Planning Commission voted Tuesday to table Wal-Mart Inc.’s development plan for a Wal-Mart Express on U.S. Highway 56 pending the submission of a traffic study and the Baldwin City Council’s review of the plan for compatibility with the city’s comprehensive plan
Residents turn out to oppose Wal-Mart Express at Baldwin City Council meeting
July 8, 2014
Although there was nothing related to a possible Wal-Mart Express on the agenda, the Baldwin City Council got a taste of what residents think about the proposed store during the public comment period of Monday’s council meeting. Thirteen speakers went to the podium to go on record in opposition to the proposal during public comment time near the end of the meeting.
Comic book passion to be shared at downtown Baldwin City store
July 8, 2014
Gabriel Dorsey said his early excitement for comic books was matched with a youthful discovery that there were shops devoted to them. “I’ve enjoyed comic books since I was about 8 years old,” he said. “My dad got me into them when we lived in California. I got them off racks at grocery stores at first. Once I found out there were stores dedicated to comic books, I was pretty excited.”
Appeals court considering case of Baldwin City mom who hosted teen drinking party
July 7, 2014
Story: Link Italics Bold Bulleted list Numbered list Block quote Heading Create inline: A Baldwin City mom admitted in court documents to letting her teenage daughter and underage friends party at her home one night last summer as she drank along with them. Yet Sherry Haskell was not found guilty of unlawfully hosting minors consuming alcohol.
Baldwin City opposition quick to develop against Wal-Mart Express
July 3, 2014
Soon after signing a petition Thursday opposing the opening of a Wal-Mart Express in Baldwin City, Janice Craig started to explain her opposition. But before she could speak, Craig was interrupted by a man firmly stating his stance. Wal-Mart’s presence would “ruin the town” by closing existing businesses and ultimately shrinking the tax base, the man said
Baldwin City Planning Commission to consider development plan for Wal-Mart Express
July 3, 2014
The Baldwin City Planning Commission will consider on Tuesday a development plan for a Wal-Mart Express on a recently re-platted property on U.S. Highway 56. Baldwin City Administrator Chris Lowe said the planning commission would consider the development plan at a 7 p.m. meeting Tuesday at the Baldwin City American Legion Post, 803 High St.
Trolley now offering historic tours of Baldwin City
July 1, 2014
Clara and David Smith stepped off the community’s new tour trolley bus Saturday knowing much more about Baldwin City’s history. “We knew the basic details, but we got a lot more information, especially at Black Jack,” Clara Smith said. “The next time our grandkids come for a visit, we’re going to get them to take the tour.”

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