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Story Courtesy The Lawrence Journal-World

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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Handcuffed Suspect

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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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:

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City Council Chamber

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The Eudora City Commission will meet on Monday evening to take up a rather light agenda.

On the agenda:

- A Public Hearing on the 2015 City budget

- Approve the 2015 City budget

- Consider the 2014 2nd Quarter Eudora Chamber of Commerce Report

The city budget will be interesting. There is a proposed tax increase of 1.236 mills. We will be discussing the 2015 mill levy rate for Eudora later this week. The School board is looking at a significant drop. More details to come on that.

The Eudora City Commission meets in the Commission Chambers at City Hall, 4 East 7th Street in downtown Eudora. The meetings begin at 7:00 P.M. The public is invited.

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Eudora News and Information –

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 August 10 to August 16:

August 16, 1934, 80 years ago

The Eudora “Wimpy Club” met at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Oscar Lothholz for their regular meeting. All twelve members were present.


August 14, 1974, 40 years ago

Thirty-eight Eudora 4-H Club members had 161 entries in the Douglas County Fair. Eudora 4-H’ers ended up with 16 top blue awards and seven award recognitions.


August 10, 1994, 20 years ago

Eric Votaw of Eudora competed in the Sunflower Games and captured a gold medal in the high jump with a jump of 6 feet. Votaw also took third in the long jump with a distance of 15 feet 4 inches.

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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