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Prime Martial Arts along with Westerhouse Heating and Cooling and Amanda’s Dance Academy is sponsoring a Trunk or Treat on Friday night.  The event is free and all ages are welcome.

The event is scheduled from 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM which will get you out in time for the football game against Baldwin or trick or treating around Eudora. The event is designed to be a safe environment for kids of all ages.

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Daniel DickersonDr. Daniel Dickerson (photo courtesy Lawrence Memorial Hospital)

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Dr. Daniel Dickerson has resigned from Eudora Family Care effective at the end of 2014.  According to Belinda Rehmer, a spokesperson for Lawrence Memorial Hospital which owns Eudora Family Care, Dickerson will be leaving to do research.  There was no word on where or what type of research he will be doing.

Rehmer stated that Dr. Joe Hawkins will be joining the practice as a replacement to Dickerson, but as of this time, a start date for Hawkins has not been determined.  Rehmer said that, depending on when Hawkins’ starts, Dr. Elizabeth Stamper or a physician from the LMH system will likely fill in serving Dickerson’s patients during any interim period.

“LMH cares a lot about the Eudora community and has invested a lot in the Eudora community,” Rehmer said. “We intend to continue to provide excellent healthcare in the Eudora community.”

Dickerson declined to be interviewed for this story, but it is believed that Dickerson will continue his role on the Eudora School Board.  Dickerson has been in Eudora since 2001.

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Eudora High School

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Eudora School District Superintendent Steve Splichal released a letter to Eudora Schools families on Tuesday stating the school district learned on Monday that a Eudora High School student was on a cruise ship recently with a medical worker who could have come into contact with the Ebola virus.

“Let me be clear: There has been no exposure of any Eudora Schools student or employee to the Ebola virus,” Splichal said in the letter. “Because discussion of Ebola can be upsetting to many people, I wanted to make you aware of this incident. However, let me stress again that at no time has anyone in our schools ever been at risk for Ebola or been in harm’s way.”

Splichal went on to say that the medical worker was quarantined on the ship and never showed any symptoms of the virus during or after the cruise. The medical worker has continued to test negative for Ebola and is past the 21-day incubation period.  He also added later on in his letter that if there was any chance of exposure in the future, the School District has a plan in place based on information from the Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department and the Centers for Disease Control.

“Thank you for your support of our schools, and for doing whatever you can to help keep our school community calm and focused on learning,” Splichal said in his conclusion of the note.

We asked School District Communications Director Kristin Magette about the plan mentioned in the letter.  She said that the plan for any infectious disease, in a nutshell, is to:

1. Assess the situation and risk in partnership with the Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department (KDHE and CDC if needed)
2. Follow protocols designated by public health agencies
3. Communicate to our employees and families

She said this plan would be followed continuously repeating until the situation is resolved.

“I should point out that, all year long, our awesome team of school nurses is working with the partners above to make sure we understand whatever public health risk may be present at any point in time. Enterovirus, MRSA, pandemic flu, pertussis… now Ebola,” Magette said.

The name of the student from Eudora High School who was on the cruise ship was not released.

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102From dark to bright: 720 Main Street went from one of the darkest buildings in downtown Eudora at night to one of the brightest.

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Eudora electricians Aaron Thakker (BT Electric) and Brad Hemel (Super Electric) have spent a good portion of their free time in the last couple of months helping to electrify the future site of the Eudora Community Museum at 720 Main Street. The historic property at 720 Main Street sat vacant and without any functioning electrical features for decades until Thakker and Hemel volunteered to help. Thakker and Hemel first spent hours selecting the necessary electrical components for the property and finding the lowest rates available. Following the selection of the items, they installed the items for no charge. Their generosity saved the Eudora Area Historical Society (EAHS) thousands of dollars. “I am happy to help the community and give back” Thakker said regarding his work.

All electrical features have now been installed on the lower floor. Most notably, track lighting was installed to help direct light onto specific exhibits and artifacts that will be housed in the property. “We are incredibly grateful for the generosity of Aaron and Brad, their donation has made a huge difference for us,” EAHS Executive Director Ben Terwilliger said upon reflection of Thakker and Hemel’s work. Terwilliger added: “Furthermore, we are thrilled with the quality of their work. You won’t find any better electricians in Eudora than Aaron and Brad.” The Eudora Community Museum will open to the public at 720 Main Street in early 2015.


 Track-lighting installed at 720 Main Street.

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Handcuffed Suspect

Story by Elliot Hughes, courtesy The Lawrence Journal-World

Two Eudora men were booked into Douglas County jail Monday on suspicion of several firearm- and drug-related charges after one of them was allegedly seen waving a gun around in North Lawrence.

Johnathan David Bichelmeyer, 23, and James Lester Rocha DeGraffenreid, 22, sit in jail on suspicion of eight felonies. Their bonds are set at $23,000 and $28,500, respectively.

According to Sgt. Trent McKinley of the Lawrence Police Department, officers were initially called to the 100 block of Perry Street at 9:40 a.m. Monday for a disturbance with weapons. A suspect allegedly waved a gun around in public.

A short time later, McKinley said, officers located the suspect inside a vehicle along the 200 block of Locust Street with another individual. McKinley said police were present at the scene for “quite some time” because “the people were armed and we took people out of the car very slowly and carefully.”

They later conducted a search of the car, McKinley said. Nobody was injured.

Bichelmeyer was arrested on suspicion of felony criminal possession of a firearm, felony cultivation or distribution of a controlled substance, felony criminal possession of a firearm while using a controlled substance and possession of stolen property.

DeGraffenreid was arrested on suspicion of felony cultivation or distribution of a controlled substance and felony obstruction of legal process. Prior to the incident, he already had an outstanding arrest warrant for no proof of liability insurance, felony cultivation or distribution of a controlled substance, felony possession of drug paraphernalia and misdemeanor possession of a controlled substance.

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