Local News

Wellsville woman’s handcrafted Santas a regular at Maple Leaf
October 8, 2014
When she first started making her Santa Claus figures, Olive Buehler was looking to make a bit of money at craft shows before the holidays. “I thought I’d make enough to buy Christmas presents for the grandkids,” the Wellsville woman said of the origins of the figures she sells at the Maple Leaf Festival and three other shows each fall. “It kind of got out of hand.”
Festival weekend big for local businesses
October 8, 2014
When those from outside of the Baldwin City community think of the Maple Leaf Festival, images of arts and craft booths lining the city’s brick streets under beautiful fall foliage probably come to mind. Local business owners have a different vision. For them, the festival that annually draws from 30,000 to 40,000 visitors to Baldwin City in the third full weekend of October is a busy and important time.
Festival visitors encouraged to use park-and-ride sites
October 8, 2014
As in a number of recent years, Lawrence visitors to this year’s Maple Leaf Festival need to keep in mind a construction detour in planning the trip to Baldwin City.
City administrator to speak at Baldwin Chamber of Commerce monthly meeting Wednesday
October 7, 2014
Baldwin City Administrator Chris Lowe be the presenter at Wednesday’s October luncheon of the Baldwin City Chamber of Commerce
Baldwin City Council agrees to help fund salary of chamber director
October 7, 2014
The Baldwin City Council agreed Monday to help the Baldwin City Chamber of Commerce realize a longtime goal with an agreement to help fund the salary of a full-time chamber director.
Baldwin City 4-H’ers bring home American Royal beef
October 7, 2014
Two Baldwin 4-H’ers said their football background helped them bring home the beef from the American Royal. Baldwin High School sophomore Justin Christie and freshman Andrew Kite both wrestled calves to the ground, haltered them and led them to the middle of the American Royale arena to earn $1,250 vouchers for purchase of heifers.
Baldwin City breast cancer survivor spreads awareness message through annual walk/run
October 5, 2014
Debra McCullough will once again take her message of breast cancer awareness to the streets of Baldwin City.
Face to Face: Donna Curran
October 2, 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 Donna Curran.
Voter registration deadline nears, on-site advance voting to be available at Baldwin City Fire Station
September 30, 2014
With the voter deadline for the Nov. 4 election fast approaching, the Douglas County Clerk’s Office is urging unregistered voters to fill out registration forms as soon as possible.
Vesecky family to share poultry expertize with Kaw Valley Farm Tour visitors
September 28, 2014
Poultry knowledge runs deep in the extended Vesecky family, as a conversation with 15-year-old Alison Davids proves. “I can look at four chickens and tell you in about five minutes which one has been laying eggs the longest,” she said. “I don’t even have to touch the bird.”
Douglas County 2015 Relay for Life kickoff set for Tuesday
September 23, 2014
Douglas County Relay for Life kick-off set for Tuesday The Relay for Life of Douglas County Planning Committee invites area residents to the 2015 relay kick-off from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Lawrence Public Library.
Canstruction’ focus of Baldwin City’s 2014 United Way campaign
September 22, 2014
Baldwin City residents are being invited to get artistic with canned goods as part of the annual local United Way fundraising campaign. Becky Thomas, this year’s Baldwin City United Way drive chair with her husband, John, said letters would be going out soon to donors from a year ago and others with information on the local “canstruction” competiton that would be the fundraising focus of this year’s local campaign.
United Way seeks to douple number of Douglas County donors in 2014 campaign
September 17, 2014
United Way of Douglas County kicked off its 2014 fundraising campaign at an appropriate location Tuesday morning: the soon-to-open Sports Pavilion Lawrence at Rock Chalk Park. Improving the health of the community is one of United Way’s three major goals, and the new, 181,000-square-foot recreation center offers numerous fitness opportunities — from workout equipment to basketball hoops to pickleball courts — free of charge for Douglas County residents.
Baldwin City 4-H’er wins grand championship at state fair dog show
September 17, 2014
Normally a gray streak of boundless energy, 3-year-old poodle Pepin rested calmly Monday evening in the arms of Jade Slavin. “See how calm he gets when she has him,” said Jade’s father Tim Slavin. “I might be his second-favorite person, but I’m nothing compared to her.”