Happy Thanksgiving

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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 a year 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 a short time.  Hundreds of visitors read our site each and every day.  In our wildest dreams, we never thought we would grow this quickly in a small town population such as ours.  We are extremely grateful to each and every 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:  Police Chief Grady Walker, Fire Chief Chris Moore, 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.

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, BDay Parties, Black Cat Cafe, Susie Brown-Reece & Nichols, Byrne’s Pharmacy, Curbcheck Recycling, Cutter’s Smokehouse, DaySpring Electric, Edward Jones Investments, Eudora Auto Parts, Eudora Family Care, Hair Nail and Tanning Company,  Heads or Nails Family Salon, Holiday Hill Christmas Trees, The Independent Order of Oddfellows, Kansas Public Radio, Mateo Chiropractic, Medicalodges Eudora, Miller Agency Insurance,  Past and Present Treasures,  Rock Family Chiropractic, State Farm Agent Keith Knowland, Sydney the Wonder Dog and last but not least, WilLaDrew Photography.

 I looked at the list of sponsors from last year and was totally amazed and pleased of all our new friends that have stepped up to help keep this site running. Thank you to each and every one of you. While we especially encourage you to support the businesses listed above, make sure to frequent all of Eudora’s local businesses.  They all help make this community shine.

I would like to thank those who worked for EudoraReporter.com in the last year. Those include Megan Helm, Mike Means, Derek Ogan and Susie Pryor.  I’d also like to thank our newest writers, Christine Inman and Ben Terwilliger from the Eudora Historical Society who help put together our This Week in Eudora History Feature, our new sports photographer Julie Stewart and Diane Elmer who will be putting together our soon to be announced feature Around Town.

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.  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 in your individual ways.

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

John Schulz
Managing Editor