Eudora News and

The race for Eudora School Board has begun with multiple candidates filing for one of the four available seats this spring.

Bryan Maring was the first candidate to file on January 5. Until Friday, no one else had put their name in the hat for the race. The Douglas County Courthouse must have had a long line on Friday because 4 candidates filed.  Sitting board members Joe Pyle and Mark Chrislip filed along with two new comers, Mike Howard and Kelly Holder.

We reached out to all the candidates to ask them why they were running for the Board. Everyone talked about their concerns over state financing in the future. Governor Sam Brownback has announced his intentions to seek an end to the current school funding formula and rewrite it in the wake of state budget shortfalls.

Mike Howard has lived in Eudora for nine years and has a child in both Middle School and High School.

“I want to figure out the best way to use the money we have with the funding cuts likely to come,” Howard said. “We are going to have to make tough choices as we go forward.”

Kelly Holder has some educational background. He has worked for the State Department of Education and taught post secondary education at the University of Arkansas-Fort Smith.  Holder has a daughter who is in Kindergarten at Eudora Elementary.

“Every School District is going to face some challenges with funding,” Holder said while referring to looming changes in state aid.  Holder also referred to a particular situation he saw as important.

“My daughter only has art two times a month,” Holder stated. “I’d like to see an increase in arts education.”

The two veterans of the Board who are running for another term also felt concern over possible budget woes in the future.

“We’ve done a lot of good things in the district and I’m very proud of that,” Joe Pyle said. “We are likely going to have some real challenges with funding from the state and having served for 12 years I feel my experience can contribute to the process of making those decisions.”

Mark Chrslip, the longest serving member of the board at 24 years wants to return for a seventh term.

“I really feel passionate about the good education system in Eudora,” Chrislip said. “We have had such good success and I want to continue to be a part of it.”

As we were ready to go to post on the website, we learned that Lynn Reazin has filed for the School Board race as well on Monday.  Reazin is the wife of City Commission member Tim Reazin. Her candidacy makes for six candidates for the four seats.

On the City Commission race, the exact opposite is occurring. Former Mayor and current Commission member Ruth Hughs is so far the only candidate to file for the race. Three seats are up for election in the March election.

“It has been an honor to serve our community the last 5 years as a city commissioner and I have decided to run for a second term,” Hughs told us.  “I have learned a lot about being a ‘city decision maker’ and would like to use that knowledge another 4 years.”

Hughs has served on the Commission since March, 2010. She was appointed to replace Fred Stewart who had resigned.  Hughs won her first campaign handily in the 2011 election.  She also has the distinction of being the first female Mayor in the history of Eudora.

We have reports of some interested parties but as of Monday night, no one has filed for the election. The deadline to file is Tuesday at Noon. Commission candidates must file at Eudora City Hall. School Board members file at the Douglas County Courthouse. We will do a final election update following the Noon deadline on Tuesday.



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Eudora News & Information

If you’re like most of us, you’ve got things you no longer need or use hanging around in your garage, your attic or your basement.  Now is the perfect time to sort through it and make plans to sell those gently-used items at the Eudora Parks & Recreation Multi-Family and Friends Garage/Rummage Sale on February 7.  You can also sell your art, handmade crafts and baked goods at this sale.

Anyone interested in selling items may rent 8-foot tables for just $10.00 each, but space is limited so stop in the Eudora Community Center, 1630 Elm Street, or call 542-3434 as soon as possible.  The event will be held from 9:00 a.m. until noon on Saturday, February 7, at the Eudora Community Center.

Even if you don’t have items to sell, you’re invited to come shop.  Someone else’s junk may be just the treasure you’re looking for!  Don’t miss this big sale!

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This Week in Eudora History, will take a look back at some of the people, places and events, that shaped the history of this fine community. We will look at “the week that was” from times past.


For the dates of January 25 to January 31:

January 31, 1990, 25 years ago

Eudora High will be hosting a chili supper in the cafeteria at 5p.m. This is happening before the boys’ basketball game against St. Mary’s and everyone is invited to eat homemade meals then go support the team.

January 30, 1953, 62 years ago

Mr. Texas starring Cindy Walker will be shown at the Eudora theatre Friday evening. This is said to be the first Christian Western and has been shown by churches around the nation earning excellent reviews. Go see the show free of charge but donations accepted.

January 29, 1931, 84 years ago

On Tuesday evening one of our own Ralph Greiner was severely cut on his neck. Dr. Johnson dressed and stitched the wound making Ralph able to return home the following Wednesday evening. The cut happened because Ralph tripped on a wire falling hard on a fast moving wood saw.


Compiled from the Glenn Wineinger Newspaper collection at the Eudora Area Historical Society

The Eudora Area Historical Society operates the Eudora Community Museum which is located in the former Nottingham Elementary School at 14th and Church Street. For more information about the Eudora Area Historical Society, you can find them on the City of Eudora’s website or check them out on Facebook.

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Eudora Township Fire Department

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Eudora Township Fire and Eudora City Fire Departments were called to a scene near the Kansas River on Saturday afternoon when they received a report of a car partially submerged and possibly occupied in the river.

According to Eudora Fire Chief Ken Keiter, the report turned out to be a false.

“Someone called in a report that they saw a partially submerged vehicle about 300 feet east of the bridge,” Keiter said. “Township and city crews looked all over and we couldn’t find any vehicle in the water at all.”

Keiter said that Township crews eventually headed out east into the Weaver Bottoms area and discovered a person riding a four wheeler in that area. The man, who was not identified, told fire officials that he had been out in the area where the vehicle was reported to be in the water near the time the report was received.

“It was just a case of a guy out four-wheeling and having fun,” Keiter said.

Traffic on the bridge was halted during the search efforts and caused a large backup of traffic while crews searched for the vehicle in the river.

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Congratulations to Kele Carter, Student of the Week for January 19-23!

Kele Carter

Kele is a freshman at Eudora High School and is the daughter of Christina and Jim Carter.  Here are a few things about Kele:

Favorite subject: Health

Favorite book: Divergent

Favorite food: Lasagna

Hero: My father

What are your future plans?  I would like to be a coach and physical education teacher.


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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