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Thursday, June 21, 2018

Summer Enters with a Bang

Kevin Surbaugh

Tree and limb damage in
Baldwin City.
Photographer Kevin Surbaugh
 The first day of summer Thursday had many Baldwin City residents cleaning up from storm damage the night before.
Late Wednesday night (June 20, 2018) a severe thunderstorm warning was issued around 10:30 p.m.Shortly thereafter the storm rolled through Baldwin City, knocking out power to a portion of the city, mostly between Ames and Orange Streets and west of Sixth Street. According to Rob Culley, the west and central feeders went down.  The west feeder was restored about midnight, but the central feeder took longer due to a tree that fell near Tenth and Grove that collapsed the main line. Power was restored to the central feeder about 3:45 a.m.
The National Weather Service in Topeka said that the wind speeds were recorded at Forbes Field with speeds up to 78 miles per hour.  In their observation, it appeared to sustain those speeds, as the storm rolled through Baldwin City.  According to the National Weather Service, there was no rotation or microbursts but were straight-line winds. Here at the offices of the Gazette, the rain gauge showed about half an inch fell due to the storms.
Half an inch fell as winds rip
down trees and limbs around
Baldwin City.
Photographer Kevin Surbaugh
Damage around town was of varying degrees, some had no damage, while others had a few limbs down. Still, others had who trees down and even some residents had structural or vehicle damage from the falling limbs.  One resident on Ninth Street had a fence that was falling over.








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Sunday, June 17, 2018

Area Happenings - Week of June 17

Here are the upcoming events that the Gazette has been made aware of as of  June 16, 2018.  To submit an item to the community events calendar, please email it to press@baldwingazette.com.




June 19, 2018

Baldwin City Council Meeting
Location: Baldwin City Library
800 7th Street
Baldwin City, KS
Time: 7 P.M.



July 4, 2018

Fourth of July Party at the Pool


  • Free Admission
  • Free Hotdogs
  • Games



Location:
Baldwin City Community Pool

Baldwin City, KS

Time: 1-4 P.M.




July 7, 2018

Time: 9 a.m.-9 p.m.

Baldwin City Car Show and Soc Hop

Visit Baldwin City the Saturday after July 4th for a car show on the bricks organized by RustyMetal CarShow, the Baldwin City Chamber of Commerce, and the City of Baldwin City, Kansas. Plenty of fun activities for the whole family all day, ending with fireworks by the Baldwin City Recreation Commission.   
Fireworks will be at the Baldwin City Ball Field Complex. 


More details to come, but put it on your calendar now!

Location: Downtown Baldwin City
Baldwin City, KS




July 11, 2018

Time: 2-4 p.m.

Senior Mix

 The annual reunion of the Baldwin City Community Senior Mix is Wednesday, July 11 from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. in Fellowship Hall of the Ives Chapel United Methodist Church at 1018 Miami Street. Sponsored by the Ives Chapel United Methodist Women, this event is open to all senior citizens in the Baldwin City/Community area - from ages 55 to 105! There will be a special speaker, fellowship and refreshments provided.

Location: Ives Chapel
                  1018 Miami Street



July 14, 2018

Time:  10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Are you or someone you know getting married soon? You should absolutely visit the Baldwin City Wedding Walk! Spend a fun day with your wedding party and come away inspired.  Enjoy treats and giveaways as you peruse vendor booths and local businesses, meeting friendly folks with personalized products and services. Plus, enter to win a grand prize basket worth over $1,000 (and still growing!).  Spend the day, or a couple of hours, and learn what Baldwin City has to offer - from sweet, intimate ceremonies to splashy-artsy fun to old-fashioned and historical. Maybe even a smaller-scale royal wedding...?  Get acquainted with local vendors in a low-key, casual setting and find out what's possible. This is a free event, so bring your wedding party and make it a fun outing!
Lumber Yard Arts Center
718 High Street
Baldwin City, KS




July 20, 2018

Third Friday Artwalk

Location:
Lumberyard Arts Center
718 High Street
Baldwin City, KS

Time: 6:30-8:30  P.M.






August 17, 2018

Third Friday Artwalk

Location:
Lumberyard Arts Center
718 High Street
Baldwin City, KS

Time: 6:30-8:30  P.M.






October 20-21, 2018

Maple Leaf Festival

Location:
Downtown
Baldwin City, KS

Time: All Day both days




Every 4th Thursday of the Month
10 A.M. - 11 A.M.
Mobile Food Bank
Baldwin City New Life Assembly of God
118 5th St  Baldwin City, KS
Stay in your car, line up and drive through



Every Tuesday through October  
Eudora Local Gardening Farmer’s Market
4:30 pm – 6:30 pm Tuesdays
through October 2016
1402 Church Street
Eudora, KS.
In the parking lot of Gene’s Hartland Foods.
Local, fresh produce and foods offered by local growers and producers!


Every Wednesday through October
De Soto Farmer’s Market (Fresh Promise’s Market)
4:30 pm – 6:30 pm
Wednesdays through October 2016
at The Barn at Kill Creek Farm
9200 Kill Creek Road
De Soto, KS
Local, fresh produce and foods offered by local growers and producers!


Every Thursday through October 
Cottin's Hardware Farmer's Market on Thursdays from
4:00 pm - 6:30 pm
through September
at Cottin's Hardware & Rental back parking lot
1832 Massachusetts Street
Lawrence, KS
Local vendors offer a variety of goods including produce, baked items, hot foods, meats, eggs, soaps, jams, jellies, herbs, fudge and much more!;


Every Friday through October
Perry Lecompton Farmers' Market
Fridays from 4:00 pm - 6:30 pm
at Bernie's parking lot
24 Hwy and Ferguson Road
Perry, KS

Visit the market to find fresh vegetables, fruits, homemade jams and jellies, baked goods, honey, fresh cut flowers, farm fresh eggs, handmade crafts and more!

Baldwin City Blues - June 11-16, 2018

Compiled by Kevin Surbaugh


The Baldwin City Blues are 9-3 for the season.


Monday, June 11, 2018
Team Score
Baldwin City Blues  10
Topeka Golden Giants  18

Tuesday, June 12, 2018
Team Score
Topeka Golden Giants   7
Baldwin City Blues   9

Thursday,  June 14, 2018
Team Score
Midwest A's   8
Baldwin City Blues    10

Friday,  June 15, 2018
Team Score
Midwest A's   6
Baldwin City Blues    2

Saturday,  June 16, 2018
Team Score
Midwest A's   4
Baldwin City Blues   5

Schedule:

Monday, June 11, 2018

Governor Colyer Announces Launch of KanTrack Website

Press Release


Topeka- Governor Jeff Colyer, M.D. Friday, announced the launch of the state’s new KanTrack website, which is a hub used to track performance metrics of state agencies. These metrics measure the most critical functions of their respective agencies and make that information readily available to the public at the click of a button.
“When I became governor one of my first actions was to sign a series of executive orders aimed at increasing government transparency, including through the creation of the KanTrack website” said Governor Colyer. This website will increase the public’s ability to observe the efficiency of government agencies, be informed on how we are performing and allow them to take a more active role in the governing process. The launch of this site was important to me because I believe transparency is the key to better accountability and accountability is the key to getting real results.”
In February, Governor Colyer signed Executive Order 18-07 ordering the creation of the KanTrack dashboard to make key performance measures for Kansas Executive Branch Cabinet-level agencies publicly accessible. Governor Colyer remains committed to improving the transparency, efficiency, and responsiveness of Kansas government.
The website can be viewed at https://admin.ks.gov/kpi.

From the KDHE

Press Release


KDHE Announces Recipients of Waste Tire Recycling Grants  
51 individual grants distributed to recipients across Kansas

TOPEKA –  The Kansas Department of Health and Environment’s (KDHE) Bureau of Waste Management has announced the recipients of waste tire recycling grants. These annual solid waste grants are awarded to municipalities and school districts across the state. The grants total nearly $468,000 for 2018.
The waste tire recycling grants go toward funding safe surfacing at playgrounds, running tracks, picnic tables and benches made from waste tires. This year’s 51 individual waste tire recycling grants range from $209 to $61,213.50. The grants are funded through a 25-cent tax paid on the purchase of new tires. The list of grantees can be found at http://www.kdheks.gov/waste/grants/SFY18WTGSpreadsheetFinal.pdf.
For more information on KDHE’s waste reduction grant opportunities and application procedures, visit www.kdheks.gov/waste.  





Measles Outbreak Declared Over

TOPEKA – Nearly three months after the initial outbreak of measles at a Johnson County day care, the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) declares the outbreak over. The conclusion of the outbreak was made official on May 28, after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention provided final specimen testing results. A measles outbreak is considered over when no additional cases have been identified, and two incubation periods (42 days) have passed. Counties affected by the outbreak included Johnson, Linn, and Miami.

“We are happy and relieved that this outbreak has concluded,” said KDHE State Epidemiologist Dr. Farah Ahmed. “Because of the unfortunate circumstance of this starting in a daycare environment where many children were too young to be vaccinated, we and local health departments were challenged to track those infected and make sure the public took appropriate precautions. Most people followed instructions, and we were able to contain the outbreak without major health complications,” Dr. Ahmed said.

KDHE emphasizes that the best way to prevent measles and many other diseases is through vaccinations. KDHE provides vaccines through a network of local public and private providers across the state, through the Vaccines for Children (VFC) program. VFC is a federally-funded program that provides vaccines at no cost to children who might not otherwise be vaccinated because of inability to pay. A child is eligible for the VFC program if he/she is younger than 19 years of age and is one of the following:
·         Medicaid-eligible
·         Uninsured
·         Underinsured (has insurance that does not cover vaccines, does not cover a particular vaccine or has a dollar cap on vaccines and that cap has been reached)
·         American Indian or Alaska Native

There is no cost for the vaccine; however, there may be an office visit charge or an administration fee. For a list of Kansas VFC providers, visit http://www.kdheks.gov/immunize/vfc_program.html.
Uninsured adults may find vaccines available at Federally Qualified Health Centers or Rural Health Centers and at some local health departments. Many private providers and pharmacies provide vaccine for insured people. HealthMap Vaccine Finder is a resource for locating vaccines in communities https://vaccinefinder.org/



KDHE Posts Overview of Plan and Invites Comments for VW Settlement  
Comment period runs from June 1 – July 2


TOPEKA – Beginning, Friday, June 1, the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) will post online the Kansas Plan for the Volkswagen Environmental Mitigation Trust and will collect comments on the content through July 2. The trust was created pursuant to the 2016 U.S. Department of Justice partial consent decree to settle claims against the automaker Volkswagen. As part of the settlement, Volkswagen is required to allocate $2.7 billion toward an Environmental Mitigation Trust to fund diesel emission reduction projects.

In 2017, KDHE was designated as the lead agency to act on behalf of the trust for the state of Kansas. This includes distributing funds totaling more than $15 million, which may be used on eligible projects ranging from the replacement of older diesel-fueled equipment to the purchase and installation of electric vehicle charging stations.

To view the plan and for more information about the Volkswagen Environmental Mitigation Trust, visit www.kdheks.gov/bar/air-monitor/dieselgrant/dieselvw.html. To submit comments via email, send to kdhe.ksvwsettlement@ks.gov. Comments must be received by July 2.

Area Happenings - Week of June 10

Here are the upcoming events that the Gazette has been made aware of as of  June 9, 2018.  To submit an item to the community events calendar, please email it to press@baldwingazette.com.


June 11, 2018


For the Adults:
Author Event
Location:
Baldwin City Library
800 7th Street
Baldwin City, KS

Time: ?? P.M.




June 15, 2018

5-9 P.M.
Wine Fest

718 High St
Lotatorium
Baldwin City, KS


Don't miss out! This summer, Winefest returns to Baldwin City with...
Wine. Food. Music.
...and the Lumberyard Art Center's 3rd Friday Artwork and shopping.

Tickets: $20 in advance, or $25 at the door. Online purchases will be $21.83 with fees.  Online or in the Chamber office at 718 High Street. Ticket price includes entry to the event, plus 2 samples from each winery present.

Save the date now, and more information on vendors and tickets will be available soon!




June 15, 2018

Third Friday Artwalk

Location:
Lumberyard Arts Center
718 High Street
Baldwin City, KS

Time: 6:30-8:30  P.M.




June 19, 2018

Baldwin City Council Meeting
Location: Baldwin City Library
800 7th Street
Baldwin City, KS
Time: 7 P.M.



July 7, 2018

Time: 9 a.m.-9 p.m.

Baldwin City Car Show and Soc Hop

Visit Baldwin City the Saturday after July 4th for a car show on the bricks organized by RustyMetal CarShow, the Baldwin City Chamber of Commerce, and the City of Baldwin City, Kansas. Plenty of fun activities for the whole family all day, ending with fireworks by the Baldwin City Recreation Commission. More details to come, but put it on your calendar now!

Location: Downtown Baldwin City
Baldwin City, KS




July 11, 2018

Time: 2-4 p.m.

Senior Mix

 The annual reunion of the Baldwin City Community Senior Mix is Wednesday, July 11 from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. in Fellowship Hall of the Ives Chapel United Methodist Church at 1018 Miami Street. Sponsored by the Ives Chapel United Methodist Women, this event is open to all senior citizens in the Baldwin City/Community area - from ages 55 to 105! There will be a special speaker, fellowship and refreshments provided.

Location: Ives Chapel
                  1018 Miami Street



July 14, 2018

Time:  10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Are you or someone you know getting married soon? You should absolutely visit the Baldwin City Wedding Walk! Spend a fun day with your wedding party and come away inspired.  Enjoy treats and giveaways as you peruse vendor booths and local businesses, meeting friendly folks with personalized products and services. Plus, enter to win a grand prize basket worth over $1,000 (and still growing!).  Spend the day, or a couple of hours, and learn what Baldwin City has to offer - from sweet, intimate ceremonies to splashy-artsy fun to old-fashioned and historical. Maybe even a smaller-scale royal wedding...?  Get acquainted with local vendors in a low-key, casual setting and find out what's possible. This is a free event, so bring your wedding party and make it a fun outing!
Lumber Yard Arts Center
718 High Street
Baldwin City, KS




July 20, 2018

Third Friday Artwalk

Location:
Lumberyard Arts Center
718 High Street
Baldwin City, KS

Time: 6:30-8:30  P.M.






August 17, 2018

Third Friday Artwalk

Location:
Lumberyard Arts Center
718 High Street
Baldwin City, KS

Time: 6:30-8:30  P.M.






October 20-21, 2018

Maple Leaf Festival

Location:
Downtown
Baldwin City, KS

Time: All Day both days




Every 4th Thursday of the Month
10 A.M. - 11 A.M.
Mobile Food Bank
Baldwin City New Life Assembly of God
118 5th St  Baldwin City, KS
Stay in your car, line up and drive through



Every Tuesday through October  
Eudora Local Gardening Farmer’s Market
4:30 pm – 6:30 pm Tuesdays
through October 2016
1402 Church Street
Eudora, KS.
In the parking lot of Gene’s Hartland Foods.
Local, fresh produce and foods offered by local growers and producers!


Every Wednesday through October
De Soto Farmer’s Market (Fresh Promise’s Market)
4:30 pm – 6:30 pm
Wednesdays through October 2016
at The Barn at Kill Creek Farm
9200 Kill Creek Road
De Soto, KS
Local, fresh produce and foods offered by local growers and producers!


Every Thursday through October 
Cottin's Hardware Farmer's Market on Thursdays from
4:00 pm - 6:30 pm
through September
at Cottin's Hardware & Rental back parking lot
1832 Massachusetts Street
Lawrence, KS
Local vendors offer a variety of goods including produce, baked items, hot foods, meats, eggs, soaps, jams, jellies, herbs, fudge and much more!;


Every Friday through October
Perry Lecompton Farmers' Market
Fridays from 4:00 pm - 6:30 pm
at Bernie's parking lot
24 Hwy and Ferguson Road
Perry, KS

Visit the market to find fresh vegetables, fruits, homemade jams and jellies, baked goods, honey, fresh cut flowers, farm fresh eggs, handmade crafts and more!

CDC Report: Kansas ranks 19th in Sucide Rates, experiencing dramatic increase

Press Release


TOPEKA – Suicide is a tragic reality in our state and throughout the rest of the country. Thursday, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) released its latest Vital Signs series, which addresses a single, important public health topic each month. This month’s edition looks at suicide rates across the United States. The report details a dramatic increase in incidents of suicide in Kansas, particularly among females. The state ranked 19th overall, and fifth for an overall change. The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) also tracks this cause of death through its division of Vital Statistics. This information is shared with our federal partners for reports such as this.
“Many of us have been personally impacted by this unfortunate reality,” said Dr. Greg Lakin, KDHE Chief Medical Officer. “It’s important that everyone, whether it’s a medical professional, family, friends or co-workers, take an active role in offering help before it’s too late.”
The CDC report indicates the following:
In 2016, nearly 45,000 suicides occurred in the U.S. among people 10 years and older. From 1999-2016, suicide rates increased in nearly every state, with 25 states experiencing increases of more than 30 percent each.
Data from 27 states participating in the National Violent Death Reporting System in 2015 indicate that more than half of people who died by suicide did not have a known mental health condition.
A range of factors contributes to suicide beyond mental health conditions alone, including relationship, substance use, physical health, job, financial and legal problems.
The Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services (KDADS) offers programs and services to address suicide. It also heads the Governor’s Behavioral Health Services Planning Council, that produced the Kansas Suicide Prevention Subcommittee 2017 Annual Report, which outlines steps the State is taking to regarding this issue.
“Too many Kansans are lost to suicide each year,” said KDADS Secretary Tim Keck. “It’s imperative that we continue to make suicide prevention a top priority, by promoting public awareness of the issue, evaluating risk factors and encouraging appropriate treatments and interventions.”
  • Suicide warning signs include the following:
  • Feeling like a burden
  • Being isolated
  • Increased anxiety
  • Feeling trapped or in unbearable pain
  • Increased substance use
  • Looking for a way to access lethal means
  • Increased anger or rage
  • Extreme mood swings
  • Expressing hopelessness
  • Sleeping too little or too much
  • Talking or posting about wanting to die
  • Making plans for suicide

Suicide has risk and protective factors similar to other behavioral health issues. Kansas has many resources available, ranging from prevention and behavioral health promotion strategies to guidance in responding effectively to suicidal thoughts, plans, and actions. Learn more about how to support friends, family, and neighbors after a suicide attempt. To learn more, visit the Kansas Suicide Prevention Resource Center. You can also call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline for Kansas at 785-841-2345, or 800-273-8255. Free and confidential crisis counseling is available 24/7. Other resources include Kansas chat, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday, and Lifeline Chat.
For behavioral health, mental health or medical resources in your area, please visit the Local Resources page of KansasSuicidePrevention.org or dial 211. KDADS also offers training regarding suicide prevention. 

Sunday, June 10, 2018

Baker Announces Head Golf Coach Karen Exon Retirement, Hires New Head Coach

Compiled from Press Release by Tyler Price, Assistant Director of Athletics | Communications



BALDWIN CITY, Kansas – Longtime Baker University head golf coach Karen Exon announced her retirement from the profession after 21 years as women’s golf coach (she started that program in 1997) and 13 years as the men’s golf coach. Her retirement will be effective on June 30, 2018.  

Along the way, Exon produced more than 40 Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athletes from the two golf programs, five NAIA Women’s Golf All-Americans, Baker Golf’s first-ever CoSIDA Academic All-American, and one Baker University Athletics Women’s Golf Hall of Fame winner.  Under Exon five Baker Women’s Golf teams qualified to compete in NAIA Women’s Golf National Championships 2000, 2002, 2013, 2014 and 2015.

Golf Coach Karen Exon will retire June 30.
Meghan Lewis-Houtsma qualified for the NAIA Women’s Golf National Championship four-straight years from 1999-2002 and was a three-time NAIA Women’s Golf All-American.  Sarah Payne was also an NAIA Golf All-American in 2000 finishing 13th and 2002 finishing 4th at those Women’s National Championships. Meghan Lewis-Houtsma won the 1999, 2000 and 2002 Heart Athletic Conference Championship individual crowns and went on to become a three-time NAIA Women’s Golf All-American. Both the 2000 and 2002 Baker University Women’s Golf teams with Lewis-Houtsma playing number one and Sarah Payne playing number two qualified for the NAIA National Championship, with team finishes of eighth and sixth respectively. Lewis-Houtsma was the 2000 NAIA Women’s Golf Championship individual runner-up; and finished twelfth in 2001 and tenth in 2002.

Lindsey Mateer helped lead the BU women’s golf program to three Heart of America Athletic Conference Championships from 2013-2015. Mateer earned the program’s first-ever CoSIDA Academic All-America award for her contributions as a citizen, in the classroom and on the golf course.

Exon became Baker University Head Men’s Golf Coach in 2005. She led the 2009, 2013 and 2014 Men’s Golf teams to second place finishes in the Heart of America Athletic Conference.

“It has been my honor and privilege to serve and work these last 29 years with Baker University students and student-athletes,” said Exon. “Baker University’s institutional goals and aspirations have been congruent with my own goals and aspirations--commitment to liberal arts education with an emphasis on critical thinking and communication where students and student-athletes are expected to excel in our concentric communities as good citizens, life-long learners, and effectively prepared professionals. Only in such an intentional intellectual community can students and professors learn together and from one another as we seek to make a positive difference.”

Coach Exon came to Baker in 1989 as a one-year “Visiting Assistant Professor” of History and Political Science while finishing her Doctorate from the University of Kansas in the winter of 1989. That same winter she was hired by Baker University to serve as a tenure-track Assistant Professor.  Exon earned Associate Professor rank and academic tenure in 1995. She was awarded full Professor rank in 2000. Exon served as Department Chair of History, Political Science & Sociology from 1995 to 2005 and as the University Pre-Law Advisor from 1991 to 2010. She retired from academic service at Baker University in 2010 but continued her athletics service.

Exon was awarded Heart of America Athletic Conference Women’s Golf Coach-of-the-Year four times (2006, 2013, 2014 and 2015). She served the Heart of America Athletic Conference as Women’s Golf Rater for over 10 years and as Conference Chair of Men’s and Women’s Golf from 2011 to 2018.  Exon served as Tournament Committee Chair of the, 2010, 2011 and 2012 NAIA Women’s Golf National Championships.

Baker University students and administration recognized Exon for her academic performance with the 1993 Most Outstanding Professor awarded by the Baker University Student Senate, 1998 inaugural Kopke Distinguished University Teaching Award, and 2001 Distinguished Faculty Award for Excellence in Teaching.  

“Karen Exon has been a champion of the student-athlete at Baker University,” said Baker Director of Athletics, Nate Houser. "She made very purposeful choices when recruiting the athletes and always had high standards for her student-athletes on and off the golf course. She helped to mold them into successful graduates and leaders after their time in the golf program.”  

Coach Exon has also served Golf initiatives in Kansas, regionally and nationally.  She served the Kansas Women’s Golf Association (KWGA) for over 20 years as a one-term Vice President, four terms as President, two terms as Publications Director, one year as Competitions Director, and for many years as a Golf competitions rules referee. She currently serves the Kansas Golf Association (KGA) as a Director, Chair of Women’s Competitions Committee, and rules referee. Exon has served the United State Golf Association (USGA) as Regional Affairs Committee member since 2014 and as a rules referee. And she will serve as a rules referee for the 2018 World Amateur Team Championships (WATC) early this fall in Ireland (she refereed at the 2016 WATC in Mexico).  

Exon will serve as a volunteer Assistant Coach for the Wildcat Golf programs for the 2018-19 season. Baker University will announce the new Men’s and Women’s Golf Head Coach in the near future.

 Baker University later announced its new head women’s and men’s golf coach, would be Golf Assistant-Coach Andy Kelley who will take over both programs, replacing Exon after she leaves June 30. 
Golf Assistant-Coach Andy Kelley will be
the new head Golf Coach.

Kelley, a 2014 Baker graduate, played four years for the Baker golf team from 2010-2014 and was a three-time All-Heart selection.

He was a team captain in 2013 and 2014 and helped lead the Wildcats to back-to-back Heart of America Athletic Conference Tournament Runner-Up finishes.

The Wildcats won five-straight tournaments his senior season and he finished individually in the Top 5 in over 15 tournaments in his four-years with the program.

This past 2017-18 golf season, Kelley served as assistant golf coach alongside coach Exon.

“I am incredibly excited to take over the program that meant so much to me during my undergraduate time here at Baker,” said Kelley. “During my four years as a player we experienced a lot of success on both men’s and women’s teams. And I look forward to continuing to build on the accomplished program that Coach Exon built over her 21 years as coach. I was fortunate to be a part of an incredible three year run on staff as an assistant with the women’s basketball team here at Baker and I look forward to transitioning what I learned from that time and combine it with my knowledge and passion for the sport of golf.” 

Kelley also served an integral role in the success of the BU women’s basketball program from 2014-17, as he served as a graduate assistant under head coach Ben Lister for two seasons and then in his final season as an assistant coach.

The Wildcats had unprecedented success in those three seasons, as they posted a 79-24 record with two trips to the NAIA National Quarterfinals and the programs first-ever appearance in the NAIA National Championship game in 2016.

Baker was honored with several individual awards as well on the hardwood, including four NAIA All-Americans, ten Heart All-Conference award winners, as well as Heart Defensive Player of the Year and Heart Player of the Year.

“We are very excited to welcome Andy as a head coach,” said Baker Director of Athletics Nate Houser. “His tireless work as an assistant, his knowledge of Baker and his passion as a coach make him the perfect fit for our head men's and women's golf programs. Andy will bring an new energy to the program and athletic department as he puts his stamp on Baker golf!”

Kelley will officially take over as head coach on July 1, 2018.

Bakdwin City Blues Weekly Wrap-Up - June 3-9

Compiled by Kevin Surbaugh


The Baldwin City Blues are 6-1 for the season.


Monday, June 4, 2018
Team Score
Baldwin City Blues 8
Sabetha Lobos 0

Thursday, June 7, 2018
Team Score
Liberty Monarchs 2
Baldwin City Blues 3

Friday, June 8, 2018
Team Score
Liberty Monarchs 2
Baldwin City Blues 6

Saturday, June 9, 2018
Team Score
Liberty Monarchs 2
Baldwin City Blues 15


Schedule:

Governor Colyer Expresses Support for Senate Farm Bill

Press Release


Governor Jeff Colyer, M.D. expressed his support for Senate Agriculture Committee’s bipartisan farm bill upon its release Friday. 
“We appreciate the leadership of Senator Pat Roberts in developing a farm bill that provides predictability and certainty to the farmers, ranchers and agribusinesses of Kansas,” said the Governor. “I am particularly glad to see so many of the provisions made across many of the titles that will be beneficial to Kansas agriculture.”
Support for enhanced and strong risk management tools are critical parts of the farm bill. A new dairy risk management program is offered, and a proposal to develop insurance policies for limited irrigation, irrigated sorghum and irrigation efficiencies reflects the efforts being made in Kansas to prioritize water conservation. In addition, the acreage cap on Conservation Reserve Program acres has been increased to 25 million acres, and the Senate draft proposes to expand the use of haying and grazing during a state of emergency upon a governor’s emergency declaration.
Funding for trade promotion, development and assistance is included through several programs, and funding has been earmarked for research in many areas, including crop health, specialty crops and veterinary services.
“Increased investment in research and trade is critical to growing agriculture,” said Kansas Secretary of Agriculture Jackie McClaskey. “Funding for specific research initiatives like biosecurity preparedness, animal health research and veterinary services will directly benefit Kansas agriculture. When we see the farm bill making it a priority to recruit young people to veterinary medicine and also fund veterinary services for food animal practices, it is clear the committee understands veterinary service needs in rural communities.”
As NBAF construction continues in Kansas, the Senate farm bill will elevate the prominence of homeland security within USDA as the agency prepares for management of NBAF. This strategic move further signifies that NBAF, as well as food and agriculture defense, are top priorities. Foreign animal disease and emergency preparedness is key to the Kansas livestock industry, and the creation of a National Animal Disease Preparedness, Response and Recovery Program and a National Animal Vaccine and Veterinary Countermeasures Bank are critical to protecting not only the Kansas livestock industry but the state’s economy.
“From the first Farm Bill hearing here in Kansas in February 2017, it has been clear that Senator Roberts and members of the Senate Agriculture Committee have listened to what agriculture in Kansas and across the U.S. needs from this farm bill,” said Governor Colyer. “The Senate bill released today reflects the commitment to addressing those needs.”