Eudora News and Information – www.eudorareporter.com

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

Two 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.  300 to 400 unique visitors read our site each and every day. The numbers significantly increase when a major event breaks or something big is going on in town. 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, and 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 Administrator John Harrenstein, Mayor Scott Hopson, City Council members John Fiore, Ruth Hughs, Kenny Massey, Tim Reazin and Bill Whitten. A special thanks to the City staff that help us bring the news to you:  Interim Police Chief Dave Burger, Interim Fire Chief Pete Feyerbend, Public Works Director Mike Hutto and Economic Development Director Collin Bielser.  Thanks also to City Clerk Pam Schmeck and all the office support staff and employees of the City of Eudora.  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 pastors Rev. Kevin Wood and Rev. Jeff Ingle, Rev. Michael Tomson-DeGreeff 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, St. Paul United Church of Christ pastor Rev. Rodney Nitz and Rev. Gordon Duzan of the Yokefellow Baptist Church. 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, American Heritage Construction, Black Cat Cafe, Byrne’s Pharmacy, Cutter’s Smokehouse, DCCCA Inc. and Teenthink.org, Edward Jones Investments, Eudora Auto Parts, The Eudora Chamber of Commerce, Eudora Family Care, Eudora Lions Club, Free State Gun and Tactical Weapons, Gene’s Heartland Foods, Heads or Nails Family Salon,  The Independent Order of Oddfellows, Kansas Public Radio, Lawrence Memorial Hospital, Mateo Chiropractic, Medicalodges Eudora, Miller Agency Insurance,  Pennie Annie’s Sweet Shoppe, Reece & Nichols Real Estate Agent Susie Brown, Rock Family Chiropractic, State Farm Agent Keith Knowland, Sydney the Wonder Dog and WilLaDrew Photography.

 The list of sponsors grows every year and that 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.

I would like to thank those who worked for EudoraReporter.com in the last year.  That includes Ben Terwilliger and the interns from the Eudora Historical Society who help put together our This Week in Eudora History Feature, sports photographers Julie Stewart and Joe Pelzel, our newest staff member.

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
www.eudorareporter.com

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