Saturday, September 23, 2017

Number 2 Baker Defeats Number 14 Benedictine in NAIA Game of the Week

Tyler Price, Assistant Director of Athletics | Communications

BALDWIN CITY, Kansas The NAIA Football Game of the Week lived up to the hype, as number two Baker defeated number 14 Benedictine, 44-37, on Saturday afternoon inside Larry Wilcox Stadium.

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With the scored tied up, 37-37, 2016 NAIA National Player of the Year Logan Brettell connected with Tywonn Moss on a six-yard touchdown reception with 50 seconds remaining to give Baker the final tally of 44-37.

Brettell went 21-of-40 for 362 yards and five touchdown passes, his counterpart Shaefer Schuetz went 27-of-43 with 266 passing yards and four TD’stouchdowns.

Baker accumulated 453 total yards of offense, while Benedictine had 430. JD Woods ran 24 times for 79 yards.

The scoring began early in the first quarter when a bad snap sailed over punter Elijah Gastelum’s head and he was tackled in the end zone for a safety, Benedictine led 2-0.

Then Baker responded on its next drive when Brettell found Clarence Clark in stride on a 75-yard touchdown pass.

Just four minutes later, Brettell again found Clark in the end zone on a 38-yard touchdown pass to give Baker the 13-2 lead, as the extra point was missed by Abram Garcia.

Marquis Stewart scored his first of two touchdowns with 1:32 to go in the first quarter on a short touchdown run.

Baker then scored three-straight touchdowns with another touchdown pass from Brettell this time to Nick Snider from 39-yards out, a 1-yard touchdown run by AJ Totta and a second TD reception to Snider from 4-yards out to give Baker the 34-9 lead.

Then Benedictine went on a run of its own with 20-straight points, Schuetz threw a TD pass to Carl Hecht right before halftime, then threw a 9-yard TD pass to Aaron Jackson, before a third touchdown pass to Jameel Kirkland to bring the score, 34-29, with 8:41 remaining.

Garcia nailed a 34-yard field goal with 10:48 to go in the game to bring the score 37-29.

Then with 5:50 to go Schuerz found Stewart again and he scored from seven-yards out and they both connected on the two-point conversion to tie the game up 37-37.

Then Bretell marched the Wildcats down the field and scored with 50 seconds remaining for Baker’s twenty-second-straight Heart of America Athletic Conference win.

The Wildcats are now 5-0 on the year and 20-14-1 all-time against the Ravens. Benedictine falls to 4-1 on the season.

Indie Allen had a big game for the Baker defense, with 16 tackles and Josh Kock led the defensive line with two sacks.

Clark finished with four catches for 125 yards, while Snider had nine catches for 124 yards.

Nate McLaurin had an interception to end the game and had 11 tackles. Baker returns home to face (RV) Peru State next Saturday, September. 30 at 1 p.m. inside Liston Stadium.

NAIA Football Box Score
Baker (Kan.)132101044
Benedictine (Kan.)9713837

High School Sports Round-Up

Area High School Sports Scores Friday Night September 22, 2017

Baldwin High wins over Spring Hill 40-20.
Ottawa High falls to Chanute 25 to 21.
Wellsville defeats Prairie View 30-6
Eudora falls to Louisburg 7-14
Paola falls to De Soto 40-14
Osawatomie wins over Anderson County 42-29

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Baker Football Still Number Two

Tyler Price, Assistant Director of Athletics | Communications

BALDWIN CITY, Kansas After a perfect 4-0 start to the season, the Baker University football team held onto its number two ranking in this week’s NAIA Football Coaches’ Top 25 poll, announced on Monday.

The Wildcats will next take on number fourteen ranked Benedictine in a showdown of the final two undefeated teams in the Heart of America Athletic Conference this Saturday, September 23 at 1 p.m. in Atchison, Kansas.

Baker enters the contest with a 21-game winning streak against the Heart, the last time BU fell to a Heart team was to Benedictine in Atchison, Kansas on September 26, 2015, by a score of 35-31.

Also ranked in the Top 25 this week from the Heart includes number eight Grand View and number 22 MidAmerica Nazarene University.

The Baker defense enters Saturday ranked number two in the NAIA in sacks with 16 and the offense is number two in the country in total points scored with 212.

They also feature the number one ranked scoring kicker in the nation in Clarence Clark with 35 points, he is also the NAIA’s all-time leading scorer with 577 career points.

Freshman JD Woods leads the country in offensive scoring with 60 points and is the nations leading rusher with 536 yards. Baker has rushed for 1,039 total yards, ranking number five in the NAIA.

Benedictine comes into the game as the nations leading rushing team with 1,212 yards and has scored 206 total points, ranking third nationally. Ejay Johnson is the Ravens leading rusher with 492 yards, ranking second only to Woods.

The Benedictine defense is just one sack shy of Baker with 15, ranking number three in the NAIA. 

 2017 NAIA Football Coaches’ Top 25 Poll – No. 2 (Sept. 18, 2017)
1 1 Saint Francis (Ind.) (16) 3-0 366
2 2 Baker (Kan.) 4-0 352
3 3 Reinhardt (Ga.) 2-0 335
4 4 Morningside (Iowa) 4-0 327
5 5 Montana Tech 3-0 310
6 6 Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) 3-0 295
7 7 Doane (Neb.) 3-0 278
8 9 Grand View (Iowa) 3-1 251
9 8 Marian (Ind.) 1-1 248
10 10 Southeastern (Fla.) 3-0 237
11 13 Saint Xavier (Ill.) 3-0 223
12 12 Arizona Christian 3-0 216
13 14 Southern Oregon 3-0 210
14 16 Benedictine (Kan.) 4-0 183
15 15 Langston (Okla.) 2-0 176
16 16 Georgetown (Ky.) 2-0 165
17 18 Tabor (Kan.) 1-1 123
18 20 Sterling (Kan.) 2-1 103
19 24 Northwestern (Iowa) 3-0 101
20 21 Dickinson State (N.D.) 2-1 88
21 RV Cumberland (Tenn.) 4-0 81
22 19 MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.) 3-1 48
23 11 Eastern Oregon 1-2 47
24 25 Kansas Wesleyan 2-1 37
T25 RV Concordia (Mich.) 3-0 35
T25 RV Hastings (Neb.) 3-0 35

Dropped from the Top 25: Dakota Wesleyan (S.D.) (No. 22); St. Ambrose (Iowa) (No. 23)

Others Receiving Votes: St. Ambrose (Iowa) 21; Dakota Wesleyan (S.D.) 18; Midland (Neb.) 8; Peru State (Neb.) 6.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Governor Brownback responds to Wichita shooting at KDOR office

Press Release

WICHITA -- Governor Sam Brownback released the following statement Tuesday after Kansas Department of Revenue tax agent Courtney Holloway suffered multiple gunshot wounds at the Wichita Twin Lakes Kansas Department Of Revenue office after having performed an asset seizure earlier that day.

“This is a state employee who was doing his job and enforcing the law. I ask everyone to join Mary and I in praying for Courtney and his family,” Governor Brownback said. “I’m thankful for Courtney’s work and thankful for the police officers who apprehended the suspect.”

The tax office at Twin Lakes where the shooting took place will be closed the rest of the week. The Twin Lakes Driver’s License office adjacent to the tax office will not be open on Wednesday but will reopen for normal operations on Thursday. 

“This is a shocking event for our KDOR family, and we ask for everyone’s prayers and understanding as we support our employees and get them the help they need to process this event,” said Revenue Secretary Sam Williams.

Counseling resources are being provided for KDOR employees.

City Council Meets Tonight

Council Meeting Agenda
Baldwin City Public Library
800 7th Street
Baldwin City, KS 66006
September 19, 2017
7:00 PM

A. Call to Order- Mayor Marilyn Pearse
B. Consent Agenda
1. Minutes of the September 5, 2017 Regular Meeting
C. Public Comment:
Members of the public are welcome to comment on items relating to City business not listed on this
Agenda. Please stand and wait to be recognized by the Mayor. As a general practice, the comments may or may not be acted upon by the Council during the meeting, or Council may refer the items to staff for follow up.
If you wish to comment on an item listed on the Agenda, a sign-up sheet is provided for you to sign in and provide your address. You will be called on when the Agenda item of interest is under discussion by the Council.
D. Special Reports or Presentations
E. Old Business - none
F. New Business - none
G. Committee and/or Commission Reports
1. Budget and Finance/Kathy Gerstner, David Simmons
2. Community Development Committee/A.J. Simmons, Tony Brown
3. Public Health and Safety Committee/David Simmons, Kathy Gerstner
4. Public Works Committee/Christi Darnell, A.J. Simmons
5. Utilities Committee/ Tony Brown, Christi Darnell
H. City Administrator and Staff comments
I. Council & Mayor Comments
J. Executive Session
1. Attorney-Client Privilege
K. Adjourn

Monday, September 18, 2017

Irma and Harvey Expose Americans’ Dangerous Lack of Preparedness

KANSAS CITY – Every year, Americans living near the Atlantic Ocean and Gulf of Mexico brace for Hurricane Season. And beginning in late May, national, state and local governments work with the media to inundate citizens with important information about preparing for dangerous storms that threaten homes and disrupt lives.
All summer, news organizations report daily on threats “in the tropics” that may bring death and destruction to the East Coast or the Gulf South. And tension mounts for residents as they watch storms track closer and closer.

Yet, the last two weeks exposed the fact that even Americans who live with the annual threats are unprepared for the disasters they know are coming.

“It was heartbreaking to watch Houstonians escape their flooded homes with only the clothes on their backs. And it was scary watching supply shortages cause Miami residents to ‘panic prep’ for any water, gas or plywood they could find,” said Shawn Tipping, co-founder of Game Plan Experts. “The desperation in both cases was avoidable.”

According to FEMA, nearly 60 percent of American adults have not practiced what to do in a disaster, and only 39 percent developed an emergency plan and have discussed it with family.

“As Kansas City residents, we’ve been victims of annual disasters, like flash floods, ice storms, blizzards, tornadoes, and we’re just as guilty of complacency,” said Bob Harris, Game Plan Experts co-founder. “That’s why we were inspired to help others by launching Game Plan Experts and the Game Plan Expo.”

Coming to the Overland Park Convention Center, October 7 and 8, the Game Plan Expo is designed to give residents a rational, common sense approach to preparing whatever emergency we face. The Expo’s goal is to help individuals, families, businesses, and organizations “Get an Emergency Game Plan.”

There will be 15 workshops from governmental agencies like FEMA, The National Weather Service, American Red Cross, and the National Storm Shelter Association. Additionally, there will be as many as 30 demonstrations/presentations. Experts will provide education on emergency preparedness for:
  • Tornadoes
  • Fire
  • Flood
  • Blackouts
  • Severe Weather
  • All Types of Personal Emergencies
  • Home Security
  • Child Safety
  • Emergency Plans for Pets
  • Vehicle Safety
  • Internet Security and Identity Theft Prevention
  • Surviving Acts of Terrorism
  • And more...
For the kids, there will be free workshops, demos, and fun activities, including emergency vehicle tours!

Attendees can expect to leave the EXPO with both the knowledge and the tools they need for developing a 72-Hour Emergency Game Plan. Having a “Game Plan” provides the peace of mind that individuals, families, businesses, and organizations are better prepared to survive unexpected emergencies and disasters of all kinds.

Tickets are $12 for adults and $6 for kids. Children 5 and under are free. For more information about the 2017 Game Plan EXPO and to purchase tickets online visit:

Located in Lenexa, Game Plan Experts is for anyone concerned about the safety of his or her family or business. It is a Kansas-based, family-owned disaster and emergency preparedness business designed to help simplify the overwhelming amount of information about preparedness. Game Plan Experts’ goal is to make emergency and disaster preparedness easy, accessible, and affordable.  Based on some basic demographic and geographical information, we can help you determine where to start, what you need, and how to prepare cost-effectively.

Midland Railway Donates Table to Library

Kevin Surbaugh

photograph by Kevin Surbaugh
Recently, the Midland Railway donated a train table to the Baldwin City Library. On September 13. 2017, the kids at story time got to see the table for the first time. During the presentation, a member of the Midland Railway Board of Directors, Mike Bosch, told the Gazette, that the table had been used at Midland Railway during the annual Thomas the Train events. Bosch said that Railway wanted it to have more use, and decided to donate it to the Library. After seeing all the children around the table playing with it, Bosch said,
"I think it's going to be a big success based on the past five minutes."

Area Happenings - Week of September 17, 2017

Here are the upcoming events that the Gazette has been made aware of as of  September 16, 2017.  To submit an item to the community events calendar, please email it to

September 19, 2017
Baldwin City Council Meeting
Location: Baldwin City Library
800 7th Street
Baldwin City, KS
7 P.M.

September 28, 2017
Edward Jones Ribbon Cutting
5-6:30 P.M.  
723 8th St   
5:45 P.M.  Remarks and Ribbon Cutting
Refreshments Served

September 29, 2017

Luke Bryant Concert

September 30, 2017

Bluegrass & BBQ

A party to benifit the Lumberyard Arts Center
September 30th  4:30-10 P.M.
718 High Street
Free Will Donation For Smokin' BBQ Dinner and Drinks
Beer in the Lotatorium for those 21 and older

Featuring Music by:
  • MGM  
  • Sky Smeed  
  • Betse & Clarke  The Steamboat Bandits

September 30, 2017


Come out and enjoy the fun. Spet 30th
start time is 3pm
 $5 gate fee, all money goes to the flood victims in Texas and some right here in Edgerton ks.

This is the line up,
Waiting to hear and final and agreement with Davey Suicide

confirmed line up:
The Blue Tick Hounds
King Fisher
Andy and The Outlaws
Special Forces-38 Special tribute band

This years show starts off with the start of it all the BLUES, then we move on to some Country, then we move on to some late 70 early 80 Rock, then we end the show with some of todays ROCK.

There will be food and drinks at the show, as far as beer or other that is a BYOB NO BOTTLES OR GLASS OF ANY KIND , NO WEAPONS OF ANY KIND.

October 3, 2017

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

October 10, 2017 

Symphonic Winds and Jazz Ensemble Concert

Time:       7:30-10 P.M.
Location: 408 8th St
                 Baldwin City, KS

October 11, 2017

19th Annual Baker 1-5A Marching Band Festival
Time: 1-9 P.M.
Where: Liston Stadium

October 17, 2017

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

October 21-22, 2017

Maple Leaf Festival

Downtown Baldwin City

 October 28, 2017

          TO BE HELD  AT 6:00  to?

1724 N 692 RD

November 7, 2017

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

November 21, 2017

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

December 2, 2017
 6 PM
 Festival of Lights

December 5, 2017

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

December 19, 2017

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

December 29, 2017

          TO BE HELD  AT 6:00  to?

1724 N 692 RD

Third Friday Art Walk and Farmers Market

Downtown Baldwin City

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 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!

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Largest clinical study ever reveals this app is more effective than the pill and other fertility awareness based methods

The largest prospective observational study* ever performed on the effectiveness of Fertility Awareness Based (FAB) methods (also called natural family planning) has concluded that Natural Cycles, the first app to be certified as a contraception in the EU, provides an effective alternative for women who are looking for non-hormonal options, and represents a significant improvement when compared to traditional FAB methods for contraception. This is the third study performed on Natural Cycles and is an important step towards substantiating clinical evidence around natural birth control methods.

In the study, 22,785 women, with an average age of 29 years, who use Natural Cycles for contraception, were observed to establish how many became pregnant within a year. The study analysed 224,563 menstrual cycles to calculate the Pearl Index for perfect and typical use of the application. The Pearl Index is a rate that summarizes how many women out of 100 may experience an unintended pregnancy within 1 year of using a contraceptive method.

Under perfect use, the app is 99% effective. Under typical use, the app is 93% effective - more effective than traditional FAB methods (with 75% effectiveness) and comparable to the contraceptive pill (with 91% effectiveness).

Natural Cycles, which is currently used by over 380,000 women worldwide,  works by recording the daily temperature under your tongue and inputting details about your menstrual cycle as well as data on urine luteal hormone, sexual activity and pregnancy. The advanced algorithm then pinpoints whether you are fertile on that day so you accurately know if and when to have protected intercourse (as such, the app is recommended for couples in a stable relationship where you are sure your partner is free from any STIs). The algorithm makes use of this data to detect ovulation and to predict future ovulation, and these predictions improve with time as users add more data.

Kristina Gemzell Danielsson, Professor, MD, PhD at the leading medical university Karolinska Institutet and Karolinska University Hospital in Sweden says "Since more and more women are choosing natural contraception as an option, we welcome that there is a certified app with solid clinical evidence."

James Trussell,  PhD,Professor emeritus at Princeton University and co-author of that publication says "This is the first study to provide typical- and perfect-use estimates of effectiveness of an app and shows the app is effective."

Dr Raoul Scherwitzl, co-founder of Natural Cycles says "The real life evidence collected in the largest study ever conducted on this method not only confirms the effectiveness of Natural Cycles but allows us to study how it is used in real life. It's a modern and innovative way of doing research that the industry wants to see more of."

Future research will be focused on studying acceptability among women by observing the impact of factors such as age, country of origin, social stratification, irregular menstrual cycles and dedication to the method.

Natural Cycles is available for download in the  App Store and Google Play Store. 

Number 2 Baker Earns Homecoming Win over Graceland, 66-14

Press Release

BALDWIN CITY, Kansas The number two ranked Baker University football team earned a 66-14 Homecoming victory on Saturday over Graceland in a game that featured a lightning delay that lasted over an hour.

This marks the Wildcats’ 21st-straight win over a Heart of America Athletic Conference opponent and 10th-straight win over Graceland.

The Wildcats are now 4-0 on the season, while Graceland falls to 0-4. Logan Brettell had another stellar game, as he went 13-of-18 passing for 241 yards and three touchdowns.

Brettell is Baker’s all-time leader in total offensive yards with 8,360 yards, he broke Mack Brown’s previous record of 8,273.

JD Woods had a huge first half with 12 carries for 112 yards and three touchdowns, he also had 2 catches for 19 yards and a TD.

Graceland’s wide receiver Caleb Thomas broke a NAIA record with 27 receptions. He had 197 yards receiving and two touchdowns as well.

Quarterback Preston Compton was 49-of-86 for 370 yards and two touchdowns and three interceptions.

Kegan Schumann, Clay Drouillard, and Nate McLaurin each had an interception and Ryan Workman led the ‘Cats in total tackles with 10.

The Wildcats also had nine sacks in the contest with two from Indie Allen, Josh Kock, and Jack Taylor.

Kock now has 25 sacks on his career and he recovered a fumble and took it for a TD in the second quarter.

BU racked up 634 total yards and allowed just 47 rushing yards. Abram Garcia nailed a 45-yard field goal in the first quarter.

Clarence Clark scored his 37th career TD reception in the 2nd quarter and Nick Snider took a 33-yard pass from Brettell for the final offensive score of the first half.

Brandon Mueller came in and started the second half at QB, he ran for 75 yards in the game including a 50-yard TD scamper in the third quarter and Justin Howard scored the final tally for the ‘Cats with a 2-yard run with 7:04 to go in the game.

Baker will next take on rival number 16 Benedictine on Saturday, September 23 at 1 p.m. in Atchison, Kansas.