Debrah Barr

Scott Keltner pcitured with the wind turbine at EHS that he spearheaded (photo courtesy Eudoraschools.org)

Eudora High School Math Teacher and leader of the project to bring a wind turbine to Eudora High School was named Eudora Citizen of the Year at the annual Chamber of Commerce banquet Friday evening.

Keltner was responsible for bringing this project to life and spent numerous hours not only getting all the necessary approvals from the city, but coming up with funding sources for the project.

“This whole project was a pretty unique opportunity,” Keltner said. “With as many people involved in the project the recognition about the project in incredible.”

Keltner, who went to the dinner under the guise of giving a presentation about the turbine to the Chamber, was shocked to learn he was named the citizen of the year.

“I cannot thank everyone enough”, Keltner told the Chamber members. “This is truly an honor.”

Debrah Barr of Byrne’s Pharmacy

The Chamber of Commerce also awarded it 2012 Business of the Year Award to Debrah Barr, owner of Byrne’s Pharmacy.

Barr who has owned the Pharmacy since 2007 was also in total shock being named Business of the Year.

“It’s a tremendous honor,” Barr stated. “I hope to be able to continue to live up to the really high standards of being named Business of the Year.”

Byrne’s Pharmacy, which last year moved to the Eudora Medical Plaza located just south of K-10, has been a Eudora institution for 41 years.

“We continue to strive every day to do good things for good people,” Barr said. “It’s just truly an honor to be here in Eudora.”

The Chamber of Commerce also held a silent auction in conjunction with the banquet and raised enough to fund the Scholarship the Chamber awards each year to a Eudora High School Student.

Chamber President Susie Pryor also outlined several initiatives the Chamber will be working on during the coming year including a marketing and branding campaign to highlight the City of Eudora to not only new businesses, but to try to attract people to come visit and shop in Eudora.

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Pictured (l to r) Judy Keller, Dr. Liz Stamper, Dr. Daniel Dickerson, Bennett Stamper (with the big scissors), Jaye Cole , Stan Byrne, Debrah Barr and Gene Meyer

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Officials from Lawrence Memorial Hospital, Eudora Family Care and Byrne’s Pharmacy held an official ribbon cutting ceremony on Monday to celebrate the opening of the new medical facility in Eudora.

“We made the decision in 2006 to invest in this property” LMH President Gene Meyer said. “We and the board think it was a tremendous decision for both LMH and, in turn, the community.”

Mayor Scott Hopson in his remarks was excited about the new facility opening.

“This project serves as a symbol to the region that Eudora is open for business and economic progress is happening in our community” Hopson said. “We look forward to more businesses locating in the area around this facility and the positive future it represents for Eudora.”

Dr. Daniel Dickerson is extremely happy with the new facility. “It’s wonderful here.

It’s definitely a change and it’s been a long process to get to this point, but the additional space and new technology are so great.  This new facility will allow us to serve the community with even better quality health care”  Dickerson said.

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Sgt. Tom Willis, Eudora Police Department

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On Saturday April 30, the Eudora Police Department, in cooperation with Byrne’s Pharmacy, held a “Take Back Drugs Day” event. This event is held  in cooperation with National and State Drug Enforcement Agencies and police departments throughout the United States.

According to Sgt. Tom Willis, the Eudora Police Department collected nearly 50 lbs. of outdated medications at this event.

Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are alarmingly high—more Americans currently abuse prescription drugs than the number of those using cocaine, hallucinogens, and heroin combined, according to the 2009 National Survey on Drug Use and Health. Studies show that teens who abuse prescription drugs often obtain them from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet. In addition, many Americans do not know how to properly dispose of their unused medicine, often flushing them down the toilet or throwing them away – both potential safety and health hazards.

Debrah Barr of Byrne’s Pharmacy stated the Kansas DEA was so pleased with the results of the event statewide, that another event is now being planned for September.  Barr added that if there is a more immediate need of citizens to dispose of medications, you can contact Byrne’s Pharmacy to get assistance.

Once the date of the September “Take Back Drugs Day” event is announced, we will make sure to pass along that information.

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In case you see moving vans in the area of 10th & Maple today and tomorrow, don’t be alarmed. Eudora Family Care and Byrne’s Pharmacy are moving to their new location over the weekend and both will be open for business Monday morning at the new building just south of K-10 and east of Church St.

Crews have finished paving White Dog Road which will be the main access point from Church Street to the new facility.

Debrah Barr, owner of Byrne’s Pharmacy is looking forward to the new location. “This will allow us more space to better serve our customers.” She added “The new offices also look wonderful and I can’t wait to be opening up at our new place on Monday.”

Eudora Family Care is closed on Friday and Saturday because of the move and Byrne’s Pharmacy will be closed Saturday and Sunday.

Barr said that the building “was constructed with the mission of providing Eudora and Douglas County with the best possible medical care available anywhere today.”

Barr is starting a “RX Car-side to go” service and will have a twice daily delivery service at the new location to give customers even more convenience.

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