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Eudora News & Information

Eudora might not be the vacation capital of the world, but it now has a beautiful B &B for those who might need a cozy spot to spend a night or two. Sweet Acres Inn Bed & Breakfast, owned by Robert and Sue Howig, is located at 103 E. 7th (7th & Elm). Sue Howig believes the B & B will be the perfect spot for wedding parties, special anniversary celebrations, those attending events in the area or even for groups of women who want to spend a weekend scrapbooking or just hanging out.

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The eclectic house with a variety of unique decor has three rooms to rent and plenty of other space for guests to enjoy: sitting rooms, porches, a sunroom, a theater room with an amazing sound system and gardens galore. Two of the rooms are named after women who each lived in the house at one time (Clara’s Room and Nora’s Room) and the large suite is called Paschal’s Room in honor of Eudora’s founder, Paschal Fish.

The original part of the house, built in 1905, was small with just two bedrooms and little living space. Rob and his son lived in it before Sue and Rob married. Shortly after their marriage in 2003, the additions to the house began. Sue’s cousin, Gordon Fitzsimmons, helped them create the beautiful and spacious home in which the Howigs have lived since 2005.

“It was a ‘design as you go’ addition,” Sue said with a laugh. “I wanted wide staircases so we started with that. The house just got bigger and bigger.”

Each room in the house has its own personality. Each is comfortable and inviting. The Howigs, along with Sue’s daughter Katherine Overfield, shopped at antique stores and thrift stores to find interesting pieces of decor to fill the many rooms. Some of their favorite pieces were purchased at The Filling Station gift shop right in Eudora.

1382206_1498195443783371_7756920816224650008_n“We’d buy all this stuff and then we’d sit around at night trying to figure out what to do with everything,” remarked Sue.

One of the main draws of a B & B is the delicious breakfast that greets guests in the morning. Sue serves up things like Belgium waffles, pancakes and omelets in Sweet Acres’ dining room. She is spending time researching recipes for those with food allergies so that she can accommodate all her guests’ needs.

In the future Sue hopes to add a little gift shop to the B & B. And she hopes that many people will come and enjoy the peaceful setting that Sweet Acres Inn Bed and Breakfast offers.

More photos of Sweet Acres can be found on its Facebook page (Sweet Acres Inn Bed and Breakfast.) The website ( should be up and running very soon.

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Two people were injured in an early morning rollover accident on K-10 near the Church street exit. Eudora firefighters were called to the scene around 3:30 AM Sunday morning. The accident occurred on the east bound side of K-10 with the car coming to rest on it’s side in the median.

A Lawrence Journal-World report stated that the driver, a 20-year-old male and a 24-year-old female passenger, were wearing seat belts at the time of the rollover accident and were able to get out of the vehicle on their own. Both were transported to Kansas City area hospitals with serious injuries.

The Eudora Fire department described road conditions to be extremely slippery at the time.

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The Eudora Area Historical Society will have its November Program and meeting on Thursday, November 20th at 7:00pm at Eudora City Hall (4 East 7th Street)

The program will be delivered by Wichita State University Professor Donald Blakeslee. The program is titled “Kansas BC” and will look at Kansas in the era before Columbus. The prehistoric inhabitants of Kansas traveled widely, even to central Mexico; traded with the Pueblo people of the Southwest; and included people interested in such arcane subjects as meteors and meteorites and were part of a continent-wide intellectual tradition. This program is made possible by a grant from the Kansas Humanities Council, a non-profit organization promoting understanding of the history and ideas that shape our lives and strengthen our sense of community.

A short business meeting will be held prior to the program, including updates on the Trefz rehabilitation project. Elections will be held for Officers to the EAHS Board of Directors for 2015 at the business meeting as well. If you have any interest in serving on the EAHS Board for next year, especially for the position of Secretary, we would encourage you to considering joining!

This program is free and open to the public. We hope to see you there!

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Pastor Harry Patterson would like anyone in need, without family or just plain lonely to come to a free Thanksgiving dinner hosted by his church group, Christ International, Inc. It will be served at the church location, 11th & Main in Eudora, at 1:00 p.m. on Thanksgiving day.

“It will be a homestyle, home cooked meal,” said Pastor Harry. “We’ll have everything you would have at home—turkey, ham, sweet potatoes, mashed potatoes and, of course, pie.”

Holidays can be a tough time for those without family or who are in a financial crisis. Pastor Harry and his congregation would love the opportunity to provide not only a delicious meal but a time of fellowship and fun to anyone who doesn’t have other plans. It would be helpful if those who would like to attend would RSVP to 785-312-4263.

The church hopes to serve the community in other ways, too. “We’re opening a food pantry and clothing closet for the needy that we hope to have ready by the first of the year,” explained Pastor Harry. “We’ll be working with Harvesters to provide food for those in need.”

Though he’s been in Eudora since 2009, Pastor Harry spent 12 years serving Christ in India as a missionary. His goal is to start a school to train people for missions. For now he preaches the gospel at 10:30 on Sunday mornings and 7:00 on Wednesday evenings, and holds a Saturday night prayer meeting in the building that formerly housed Eudora Baptist Church.  Anyone is welcome to attend the services.

Pastor Harry and his wife Thelma have two grown children, one in Texas and one in California.

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Handcuffed Suspect

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Story by Caitlin Doornbos, courtesy The Lawrence Journal World

A 48-year-old Eudora man was arrested on suspicion of first-degree murder in connection with the suspicious death of a Lawrence man in September, Lawrence Police Department spokesman Sgt. Trent McKinley said.

Neighbors interviewed Tuesday said police investigating the case at the time asked questions about the dead man’s health care attendants.

Ronald Eugene Heskett was booked into the Douglas County Jail around noon Monday after the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office transported him from Osawatomie State Hospital, according the Douglas County Jail booking log. He is being held on a $500,000 bond.

Around 10:15 a.m. Sept. 12, Lawrence police responded to a report of a dead man in apartment D209 at Prairie Ridge Place Apartments, 2424 Melrose Lane, McKinley said. When police arrived, they found that Vance “Van” Moulton, 65, was deceased.

At first, investigators were unsure whether the death was a suicide or homicide, McKinley said. After further investigation and interviews, police submitted the case to the Douglas County District Attorney’s Office and a judge issued a warrant for Heskett’s arrest.

Last year, the Journal-World featured Moulton in a story about local organizations that help people stay independent in their own homes. Moulton, it was reported, had cerebral palsy.

Betty Carter, who lives across the hall from the apartment where Moulton’s body was discovered, said Lawrence police had lined the second floor of Prairie Ridge Place for about two days after the man died.

Carter said it was a home-care worker that initially reported Moulton’s death.

“He was dead when his worker came,” Carter said. “He had to report it to (Moulton’s home health provider), and they came back and called police.”

Carter and other neighbors said police began questioning residents about Moulton’s healthcare attendants. Carter said police were interested in two healthcare workers.

Shawn Theel, who lives next to the apartment once rented by Moulton, said Moulton rarely had visitors, and that he only saw healthcare attendants enter Moulton’s apartment.

“I talked to him every now and then,” Theel said. “He was quiet and reserved in his wheel chair.”

Because the investigation has been turned over to prosecutors, McKinley directed further questions to the District Attorney’s Office, which was closed Tuesday for Veteran’s Day.

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