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A 78-year-old Eudora woman is in critical condition following a two-vehicle crash along Kansas Highway 10.

Deputies from the Douglas County Sheriff’s Department responded to the accident at the intersection of Kansas Highway 10 and Noria Road at about 11:45 a.m., according to Lt. Steve Lewis, a sheriff’s office spokesman.

Lewis said a westbound Mazda, driven by 19-year-old Precious Jacob, of Lawrence, struck a Dodge Caravan as it turned north from the highway onto Noria Road. Patricia Smith was sitting in the front seat of the Caravan and was airlifted to Overland Park Regional Medical Center.

Chris Hamele, a spokesperson for Overland Park Regional, said Monday evening that Smith is in critical but stable condition.

The driver of the caravan, Ronnie Smith, 76, of Eudora, was taken to Lawrence Memorial Hospital, where he was treated and released. Jacob was treated and released at the scene of the accident.

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Story by Caitlin Doornbos, courtesy The Lawrence Journal-World

A 20-year-old Eudora man pleaded no contest Thursday to two counts of aggravated battery in connection with the abuse of two children under the age of 1.

Michael Radice poured “extremely hot water” on a child’s head and face on the morning of Nov. 8, 2013, Assistant District Attorney Mark Simpson said in court Thursday. The child was admitted to Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City, Mo., for treatment, Simpson said.

Radice’s then-girlfriend was babysitting the child in Eudora that morning. Radice had taken over supervision of the child at the time of the abuse, Simpson said.

The second charge stems from a July 10 incident in which a seven-week-old child under Radice’s care suffered a fractured femur and chips to both anklebones, Simpson said.

The victim’s mother and grandmother said they took the child to the emergency room after discovering the injuries. Simpson said the hospital determined the injuries to be “very certain signs of child abuse.”

Douglas County District Judge Paula Martin denied Radice’s request to be released on his own recognizance.

“Until this matter can be dealt with at sentencing, Mr. Radice should not be around children,” Martin said.

Radice is being held in the Douglas County Jail on a $50,000 bond. His sentencing is set Sept. 23.

The charges against him call for a presumptive sentence of probation.

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Lions_Club_EAHS_Check_PresentationBob Slapar , a member of the Eudora Lions Club chapter and several other members presented a check to EAHS President Steven Neis during a ceremony at the future home of the EAHS museum in downtown Thursday (photo by Eudorareporter.com Managing Editor John Schulz)

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Story by John Schulz and Ben Terwilliger

The Eudora Lions Club presented a $5,000 check to the Eudora Area Historical Society Thursday evening.  The ceremony took place at the future home of the Eudora Community Museum at 720 Main Street in Downtown Eudora.

“The money came from a gift the Lion’s Club had received many years ago,” long-time Lions Club member Bob Slapar said. “We decided it was time to put that gift to good use and put it to the building.”

The EAHS museum will move from the old Nottingham School building to the downtown location by October 1. Nottingham was sold earlier this summer by the Eudora School District to developer Mike Flory who intends to raze the old Nottingham school and begin the process of constructing a mixed use development project at the site.

“(This gift) means everything to us,” EAHS President Steven Neis said following the presentation. “This will go towards paying for the concrete floor we had to lay in the building this past week and other building improvements that need to be completed so we can move in.”

720 Main Street was in a state of disrepair for over twenty years before the EAHS commenced rehabilitation efforts in 2013.   After thousands of hours of mostly volunteer labor, the building’s condition has dramatically improved. The museum relocation would not be possible without the support of volunteers and generous organizations like the Eudora Lions Club.

The EAHS plans to be in the building by the start of October and be ready to show exhibits and hold tours beginning in early 2015.

The Lions Club International (founded in 1917) has over 1.3 million members and is dedicated to meeting the needs of communities on a local and global scale.  The Eudora Lions Club has served the Eudora community since it was established in 1951. In the late 1950s, the Eudora Lions Club developed the city street marker system and numbering system for city houses.

“It’s important to us that a group like the Lion’s Club can offer this help and that the community cares about the Historical  Society and our new building,” Neis said. He also added that the Historical Society could definitely can use more assistance in both labor and financial assistance as the rehabilitation of the new building moves forward.

 

Any business or organization donation to the EAHS is tax deductible. The EAHS will advertise any business donation over $100 at their new museum. For information, contact Ben Terwilliger, Executive Director of the EAHS at 785-690-7900 or EudoraHistory@gmail.com.

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Mitchell BallockMitchell Ballock heads down the court during the State Championship Tournament (photo by Eudorareporter.com photojournalist Julie Stewart)

Story by Gary Bedore, courtesy The Lawrence-Journal World

Eudora High sophomore combo guard Mitchell Ballock, who led the Cardinals to the Class 4A-II state championship last March and starred at this summer’s Stephen Curry camp in California, has been offered a scholarship to play basketball at Kansas University.

“Very excited,” the 6-foot-4 Ballock told the Journal-World on Monday night after receiving the offer on his parents’ 30th wedding anniversary.

He added that he has “no time frame. I have a long time (to make decision on a school).”

Ballock, a left-handed sharpshooter, has received offers from KU, Creighton and Iowa State. It’s expected that before long he will be offered by all the major colleges in the country.

“I kind of knew it was coming, but I was surprised when it (KU offer) happened,” he told JayhawkSlant.com.

Ballock won a three-point shooting contest from the NBA line and was recognized with the “best shooter” award at the end of the Curry camp, which was for 20 of the top high school guards in the country and a couple from overseas. It was invitation-only.

He averaged more than 20 points a game for state champ Eudora High last season.

“Kansas fans, I hate to get you too excited,” ESPN basketball analyst Fran Fraschilla tweeted from the Curry camp, “but … Eudora soph, Mitch (Ballock) put on a shooting show at @StephenCurry30 Select Camp. NBA range.”

His 16th birthday was the final day of the camp.

“That was a good way to spend it (birthday),” Ballock, a member of the KCRunGMC program, told the Journal-World recently. “It was cool. … It was different for me. A lot of good talent, a lot of players. You don’t get a lot of opportunities like that every day.”

Mitchell, who scored 40 points in his first high school game, totaled 20 points, while his brother, Andrew, scored 19 in Eudora’s 71-58 state-title victory over Scott City in March in Park City. It was the first state hoops title in Eudora history. Andrew, a senior on last year’s team, is a freshman scholarship player at Missouri Southern, where he will play for former KU players Jeff Boschee (head coach) and Nick Bradford (assistant).

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Amanda's Dance AcademyEudora News and Infromationwww.eudorareporter.com

Amanda’s Dance Academy has been sold to Rachel Weitekamp.  She has been an assistant teacher at the Academy and took over the studio on August 1.

“This opportunity fell into my lap,” Weitekamp said. “Being able to own a successful dance studio doesn’t come along very often and I’m really attached to the girls hear already so it is a perfect fit.”

Weitekamp who will graduate from KU in the spring with a Psychology Degree with a minor in dancing, is looking forward to the challenge of being a business owner.

“This is all pretty surreal at the moment,” she told us during her first week as owner. “I never expected to have this chance at this point in my life. This a very unexpected blessing.”

Rachel Weitekamp is the new owner of Amanda's Dance Academy (photo courtesy Amanda's Dance Academy)

Rachel Weitekamp is the new owner of Amanda’s Dance Academy (photo courtesy Amanda’s Dance Academy)

Weitekamp has been dancing since the age of three-years-old. She began as a student in her hometown of Springfield, IL where she was classically trained at a dance art studio.

“Miss Grace always said I was destined to be a teacher,”  Weitekamp said about her mentor Grace Nanavati. “She was my biggest inspiration. ”

Weitekamp plans to keep things at the studio the same for now.  She said she wants to focus on the performing company and their technique to not only equal but surpass the standards Amanda Herrmann set during her ownership.

“I hope to bring new artistic creativity and empower the students with confidence while doing the most important thing with dance: have fun,” Weitekamp said. “Jeff and Amanda will continue to help on occasion as their schedule permits as well. I couldn’t be able to be at this point without their hard work over the years and everything they have done for all the girls who have come to the Academy.”

Amanda Herrmann announced the sale of the Academy to Weitekamp a couple of weeks ago. We attempted to reach Hermann for comment  on the sale, but she was unavailable to talk.

Weitekamp says that for the time being, the name will stay Amanda’s Dance Academy and she has no immediate plans for major changes.  She said a name change could possible happen eventually but right now was concerned with, as she put it, “getting her feet wet” as a business owner.

Amanda’s Dance Academy is holding an open house on Friday August 15, from 5:00 P.M.  to 7:00 P.M. and on Saturday afternoon from 2:00 P.M. – 4:00 P.M.  Classes will begin on August 18th.  Amanda’s Dance Academy is located at 104 W. 20th Street, just south of K-10 and west of Church Street.  For more information, you can check out their website at: http://www.amandadanceacademy.com/

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