Congratulations to Mike McClaskey, Student of the Week for September 29-October 3!

Mike McClaskey

Mike, the son of Jon and Jacque McClaskey, is a sophomore in the Animal Science program at the Eudora De Soto Technical Education Center.  Here are a few things about Mike:

Favorite subject: Math

Favorite book: To Kill a Mockingbird

Favorite food: Steak

Hero: Batman

What are your future plans?  I would like to be a vet.


The student of the week is sponsored by State Farm Agent Keith Nowland. Contact Keith for your Insurance and Financial Planning Service needs. 785-542-3276.

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Downing_Griffith_Wellsville_2014_09_26Austin Downing escapes tacklers as he heads down field with Senior Seth Griffith looking to block in Eudora’s win over Wellsville Friday night (photo by photojournalist Joe Pelzel)

Eudora News and

It may have not been pretty, but style points don’t figure into putting one in the win column.  The Cardinals outlasted the Wellsville Eagles Friday night at Eudora District Stadium 19-16 to get up to .500 on the season.

Eudora did not get the win by looking good, but the defense came up big when they needed to, stopping Wellsville near the goal line many times.  Eudora got on the scoreboard midway through the first quarter when QB Austin Downing scored on a 13 yard run. The Cards went for the extra point, but a mishandled snap on the attempt left them with a 6-0 lead.

The teams went back and forth down the field in the remainder of the first half with the only highlight being Grant Elston making a short appearance at QB and punter.  Elston was injured two weeks ago in the loss to Louisburg. Elston handed the ball off several times in his return and appeared to be in the game for evaluation purposes to see how his ankle is healing.

“He’s making progress,” Head Coach Jess Owen said following the game. “We wanted to give him a couple of series.  He could have played some more, but we’re glad to have him back.”


Travis Neis and Skyler Manley help wrap up a win over Wellsville Friday night (Photo by Photojournalist Joe Pelzel)

The Second half started off with some excitement. The Cardinals received the opening kickoff and took the ball to their own 39. The very first offensive play following the return, Downing took off and scored a 61 yard rushing touchdown.  Eudora went for the two point conversion and couldn’t run it in giving them a 12-0 lead.

The teams went back forth in a game that saw so many yellow flags on the ground, you would have thought Dorothy and Toto were going to have a yellow road to stroll down. The unofficial count for penalties was 19 with Eudora accounting for 13 of them.

In the fourth quarter, Eudora again scored early when Downing broke off another long run, this time for 79 yards. Eudora hit the extra poitn kick and took a 19-0 lead. Wellsville then finally got into the game. Wellsville Senior Brett Osbern scored on a 21 yard run with 10:48 left. The extra point kick cut the Eudora lead to 11.  Wellsville again found the end zone when QB Cole Silsby hit Osbern with a 46 yard pass. The successful two-point conversion cut Eudora’s lead to 3 with 5:29 left.  On the ensuing drive Downing fumbled the ball right at the 50 yard line giving Wellsville hope of taking the lead, but Wellsville could not get any offense going and the Cards won by the 19-16 final.

Eudora’s defense made some key stops near the end zone on long Wellsville drives during the entire game.  The defense seemed to have a bend but don’t break style of play.

“As a whole, we obviously improved from a week ago, but we have a lot of room for improvement,” Owen said.  “We still had some bad pursuit angles, we still are dropping our heads a lot and we had just way to many missed tackles.”

Eudora will celebrate their Homecoming game next Friday night when Basehor-Linwood comes to town.  The Bobcats are 3-1 on the season with wins over Baldwin, Lansing and Turner High School. Their sole loss came against Bonner Springs, a team Eudora beat in the season opener.

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The 18th Annual Eudorafest gets underway this Saturday (October 4) with a multitude of events.

Most events for Eudorafest will be centered on the intersection of Main Street and 8th Street in downtown Eudora. The festivities will start at 9:00am when the vendor area opens and other activities will also commence. For a detailed list of all the activities and festivities planned for Eudorafest, visit their Facebook page:, or their page on the City of Eudora website:

All day long from 9:00am until Eudorafest closes at 5:00pm, you will have the chance to stroll up and down Main Street listening to musicians and wondering through the various vendor tents finding many locally made products and many of the Downtown businesses will also have their doors open to welcome visitors.

Very close to all the Eudorafest festivities will be the Open House at 720 Main Street, the future site of the Eudora Community Museum. The Open House will be the first opportunity the public has to tour the interior of this historic property, commonly referred to as the Trefz building. The Eudora Area Historical Society (EAHS) has been in the process of rehabilitating the 130+ year old property on the Kansas Register of Historic Places in order to house their museum. The rehabilitation work on the property is not yet complete, but much progress has been made. The beautifully restored original limestone walls and other restored features will be available to view by the public.

The EAHS will host a craft sale inside the property at 720 Main Street. Historic books, and craft items (including rustic birdhouses) will be for sale. All proceeds generated will fund future rehabilitation work at the 720 Main Street property. The Open House and Craft Sale at 720 Main Street will be from 9:00am to 5:00pm on Saturday October 4th.




720 Main Street, site of Museum Open House



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Eudora News and is proud to announce that Meet the Candidates 2014 will be held in the Eudora Middle School auditorium on Sunday, Sept. 28. The forum is being sponsored by and the Knights of Columbus Eudora Council #12932  in partnership with the Eudora School District.

Meet the Candidates 2014 will feature a debate between the three candidates for the United States 2nd Congressional District in Kansas and the candidates for the 42nd Kansas House of Representatives.

Rep. Lynn Jenkins (R), Margie Wakefield (D) and Chris Clemmons (L) will square off answering questions on a variety of topics. The topics and questions will be put together by a panel of editors from with the assistance of the Government Studies class at Eudora High School.  The debate will begin promptly at 2:00 P.M.


Following the U.S House of Representatives debate, we will feature Rep. Connie O’Brien and Austin Lee Harris who are vying for the 42nd Kansas House District. was selected as one of only three hosts for debates between the U.S. Congressional candidates during the election season.  This debate will be the first time the candidates for Congress and the Kansas House face each other.

We encourage everyone to come out and hear from the candidates themselves where they stand on a variety of issues so voters can make an informed decision in November.





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Congratulations to Michaela Safford, Student of the Week for September 22-26!

Michaela Safford

Michaela, a sixth grader at Eudora Middle School, is the daughter of Brenda O’Keefe.  Here are a few things about Michaela:

Favorite subject: Social Studies, reading, math and band

Favorite book: Smile, Sisters and Drama

Favorite food: Chinese lo mein noodles

Hero: My mom

What are your future plans? I want to be a kindergarten teacher at EES and in the summer I want to be a lifeguard at the Eudora pool.


The student of the week is sponsored by State Farm Agent Keith Nowland. Contact Keith for your Insurance and Financial Planning Service needs. 785-542-3276.

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