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I owe each and every one of you an apology. For the last several months there has been a definite lack of news on this website about Eudora. I’ve missed the boat on some of things that truly deserved coverage in Eudora. I haven’t put the dedication, time and effort behind this news and information site like I should have. For that, I am truly sorry.

I’m not going to offer excuses or cop outs. I haven’t lived up to the expectations that have come to pass over our 4+ years of making this site the premiere news and information source about our great city. Many of you know that this is not my full time job. I work out of town and that job has consumed much of my life lately along with some personal projects and family matters I need to attend to.

I do want to thank all my advertisers who have stayed by my side and been patient with me while a lot of this has been going on. Not only have I not delivered the news, I have not been in as close contact with them as I prefer. Look at the ads located at the top of the web site and on the left and right hand sides. Frequent these places. Put your money to use here and keep Eudora thriving.

Now, it’s time to get to work. We have an election coming up and over the course of the next week, you will learn about many and hopefully all the candidates for the School Board and City Commission. We will also talk about the proposed sales tax increase and keep you fully informed on the issues surrounding that question.  We also will be doing some features on local businesses, some of which have been going for several months now and not been featured yet. Finally, we will renew our efforts to bring you the breaking news stories that affect the citizens of Eudora.

Again, you have my undying gratitude for sticking with us, with me, through this difficult time. I thank you for coming to this site and following us on Facebook and Twitter. You have my deepest and utmost respect, appreciation and apology for not living up to your expectations.

As Arsenio Hall always used to say: Let’s get busy.

John Schulz

Managaing Editor

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Wakefield-JenkinsDemocrat Margie Wakefield (left) and Rep. Lynn Jenkins (right) are the major party opponents in the race for the 2nd District U.S. of Representatives seat. 

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U.S. Representative Lynn Jenkins (R-Topeka) has challenged opponent Margie Wakefield (D-Lawrence) to a series of debates leading up to the election for the Kansas 2nd District Congressional seat.

In an open letter to the Wakefield campaign, Jenkins offered debates in Shawnee County hosted by KTWU-TV, in Eudora hosted by Eudorareporter.com and a third debate to be held in Independence with a mutually acceptable venue and sponsor.

The letter, which highlights Jenkins’ campaign platform extensively, states that she wants to use the debate series to talk about where Wakefield stands on a variety of issues.

“I am particularly interested in learning about how your support for job-killing policies like cap-and-trade, your time as a delegate for Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign, and your whole-hearted defense of Obamacare which has raised premiums on thousands of Kansans and, as we learned last month, will hurt our students by cutting the number of hours they can work on campus — will benefit the good people of eastern Kansas.”

Wakefield campaign manager Mark Sump told the Topeka-Capital Journal that debates are a necessary component to the race, but three would not be enough.

“This election needs to be a grown-up conversation about real issues facing this district’s residents, not the deception, misinformation and personal attacks that the Jenkins campaign has been resorting to from the moment she filed for this office,” Sump said.

In the interview Sump added that Jenkins was mistaken about Wakefield’s views on national energy policy and the Affordable Care Act.

Jenkins is vying for a fourth term in the House of Representatives.  Prior to running for the U.S. House, Jenkins served as State Treasurer for six years and started her political career as a Kansas House Representative.  Wakefield has never been elected to public office.  Wakefield spent time working for Sen. Bob Dole’s office in Topeka as a constituent services aide.  She has maintained a law office in Lawrence, focusing on family law, for nearly 30 years.

Chris Clemmons

Chris Clemmons (L-Shawnee) photo courtesy Clemmons campaign website

The race also features a third party candidate, Libertarian Chris Clemmons (Shawnee). Clemmons is a teacher in the Kansas City, Kansas School District. He grew up in Leavenworth, KS and graduated from Lansing High School in 2006.

Clemmons states on his campaign website that the divide in Congress and that money being a motivating factor behind decisions being made was what generated his interest in politics.

“Our constitutional rights are secretly being stripped away, our environment is in ever increasing jeopardy, and our farmers are being run over by big corporations.  With all that’s happening in the world, I’m ready to take a stand and represent my state so that we can build a better future for the coming generations of Americans,” the page goes on to say.

The date and location of Meet The Candidates 2014, our election debate forum, will be determined and released soon. Eudorareporter.com is proud to be selected as one of the media outlets to host a debate between the candidates.

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Eudorareporter.com along with Cutter’s Smokehouse and Catering and Cricket Wireless Amphitheater want you to enjoy a party on them.

The Rock and Roll Dream Concert presented by 101.1 The Fox will be in Bonner Springs at the Cricket Wireless Amphitheater on Saturday July 12.  The show starts at 7:00 and features tributes to the Eagles, Eric Clapton, Bob Seger and Queen.

Now, the best part: FREE TICKETS!

All you have to do is stop by Cutter’s Smokehouse and Catering during normal business hours and pick up your tickets. The staff there will be glad to send you to a concert for free.  Cutter’s is located at 218 E. 20th Street, just west of Church Street and south of K-10.  They open up at 6:30 AM for breakfast and serve great food throughout the day.

All tickets are general admission so the earlier you get there, the better your seats will be. You can enjoy the spacious lawn area or sit right down front. It’s first come, first served.

The tickets for this evening under the stars comes to us courtesy new City Manager Gary Ortiz and his friends at Cricket Wireless.

Get your friends together, get a group or maybe even a few strangers together and enjoy a night out and great rock and roll all for free from your friends at City Hall, Cutter’s Smokehouse and Eudorareporter.com.

HURRY over to Cutter’s Smokehouse to get your tickets NOW!

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Thanksgiving Day

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On behalf of all the staff of Eudorareporter.com, we would like to extend our best wishes to all on this Thanksgiving Day.

A little over three years ago, we began this site with the intention of having a nice little site where we report on the major events and happenings around town.  Little did we know, how large and popular this site would grow.  In our wildest dreams, we never thought we would grow in popularity as we have.  While the numbers may not put us on the top listing of web sites in the world, reaching between 5% and 10% of the city’s population every day, is something we are extremely proud of.  We are extremely grateful to each one of you that read Eudorareporter.com on a regular basis. We are here to serve you, the public, trying to keep you up to date on news and events happening in our fair city.

This is our annual column where we take time to thank many of the individuals that make this site possible.  Without any and all of these people, we could not do what we do here.  This is our opportunity to spend a moment and give tribute to those that, in one way or another, keep our city running:

Thanks to City Manager Mike Press, Mayor Ruth Hughs, Vice Mayor John Fiore and City Commission members Jolene Born, Kenny Massey and Tim Reazin.  A special thanks to the City staff that help us bring the news to you:  Police Chief Bill Edwards, Fire Chief Ken Keiter, Public Works Director Mike Hutto, City Clerk Pam Schmeck, Assistant to the City Manager Barack Matite and the entire staff of the City of Eudora.  We do want to thank some of those that served Eudora in 2013 and moved on.  That includes City Administrator John Harrenstein, Mayor Scott Hopson, Councilman Bill Whitten and Economic Development Director Collin Bielser.  A special thanks goes to all the police officers and volunteer firefighters that do the great work they do and risking life and limb to do it.

We would like to thank Eudora School District Superintendent Don Grosdidier, Board members Mark Chrislip, Dr. Daniel Dickerson, Joe Hurla, Mike Kelso, Joe Pyle, Belinda Rehmer, and Eric Votaw. We also wish to commend the staff, teachers and support personnel of USD 491 for their help in educating the young citizens of the city. Thanks also to Kristin Magette, Communications Director and several key district personnel who assist in making sure that we keep you up to date on all the happenings in and around the Eudora School District.

Another warm thank you goes to all the pastors of the area churches in town.  Rev Glenn H. Weld from Assembly of God, Rev. Lane Bailey of Clearfield United Methodist Church, Eudora Baptist Church minister Rev. Jeff Ingle, Rev. Lyle Seager of the Eudora United Methodist Church, Rev. Phillip Scott from Family of Faith Fellowship, Hesper Friends Church pastor Rev. Darin Kearns, Holy Family Catholic Church’s Fr. Pat Riley and St. Paul United Church of Christ pastor Rev. Rodney Nitz. Without the spiritual guidance all of these fine individuals bring to us, Eudora would not be the great city it is.

We would like to thank all the businesses of Eudora. Many of them could have better opportunities in bigger communities and they chose to locate here in Eudora. We would like to especially thank the fine sponsors of Eudorareporter.com:

Amanda’s Dance Academy, Black Cat Cafe, Byrne’s Pharmacy, Cutter’s Smokehouse, Edward Jones Investments, Eudora Family Care, Free State Gun and Tactical Weapons, Gene’s Heartland Foods, Heads or Nails Family Salon,  The Independent Order of Oddfellows, Kansas Public Radio, Kaw Valley State Bank, Lawrence Memorial Hospital, Mateo Chiropractic, Medicalodges Eudora, Miller Agency Insurance, Reece & Nichols Real Estate Agent Susie Brown, Rock Family Chiropractic, State Farm Agent Keith Knowland, Sydney the Wonder Dog and WilLaDrew Photography.

The sponsors is what keeps this site going.  Thanks to all of you. While we especially encourage you to support the businesses listed above, make sure to frequent all of Eudora’s local businesses and Shop Eudora First.  They all help make this community shine.   Make sure to remember this Saturday is “Small Business Saturday”. The day where you shop local and support the Mom and Pop businesses out there.

I would like to thank those who worked for EudoraReporter.com in the last year.  That includes Ben Terwilliger, Steven Neis and all those involved from the Eudora Historical Society who help put together our This Week in Eudora History Feature.  Also, sports photographers Julie Stewart and Joe Pelzel who did wonderful work this season through a variety of weather conditions.  I also want to thank our newest staff member Diane Chrislip. Her help and great work has been indispensable.  All these people help me out greatly and I appreciate their hard work.

I also want to thank all of those that took the time to submit news items and information for stories of interest over the last year.  While not being able to list a litany of great people that took time to let us know about things going on and stories out there, your help has been invaluable and I could not do this without your wonderful assistance.

Finally, and most importantly, I would like to thank my wife, Madalyn for her kind support and help with making Eudorareporter.com possible.  She is an editor when the tougher story comes along.  She helps in numerous ways, keeping me on track and she also puts up with me when I have a meeting or an interview to go do and it comes before many other things that should be taken care of first.  Thank you dear for your love and support.

Again, thanks to all the citizens of Eudora. Each and every one of you make Eudora such a special town to be a part of.

May God bless all of you on this day of giving thanks.

John Schulz
Managing Editor


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Diane ChrislipDiane Chrislip

We are proud to announce the addition of Diane Chrislip  to the staff of Eudorareporter.com

Chrislip, a long time resident of the Eudora area, returns to her journalism roots as she wrote for The Eudora News for several years.  She also spent seven years as editor of her church newsletter.

Chrislip has also served in a variety of capacities in and around Eudora. She volunteered as a cook and server for meals for the retired and has served as the librarian for the nursing home. Diane now spends her days with, as she put it,  the most adorable grandchildren on the planet and as an exercise instructor for a group of rowdy women at the Eudora Rec Center.

Diane will be covering the human interest side of Eudora. She will be talking to the people that make up the great city of Eudora and the surrounding area.  You will have the opportunity to learn more about your fellow citizens in a non news environment.  She will also be doing some features from time to time abut the activities at the Rec Center and various places that make up a village.

To read Diane’s full bio you can go to the following link: Diane Chrislip

If you have story ideas for Diane, you can reach her via email at: dchrislip@eudorareporter.com or use our Contact form on the website.  Look for her to start appearing soon here on Eudorareporter.com

Welcome to the family Diane!


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