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
Team1234T
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)
RANK LAST TIME^ SCHOOL (1ST PLACE VOTES) 2017 RECORD TOTAL POINTS
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
TUESDAY
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
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: https://www.gameplanexperts.com/expo.html.

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 press@baldwingazette.com.

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

EDGE FEST KS 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

COME AND ENJOY OUR
COMMUNITY DINNER  & FELLOWSHIP
          TO BE HELD  AT 6:00  to?



HOST
VINLAND UNITED CHURCH
1724 N 692 RD
BALDWIN CITY, KS 6600





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

COME AND ENJOY OUR
COMMUNITY DINNER  & FELLOWSHIP
          TO BE HELD  AT 6:00  to?


HOST
VINLAND UNITED CHURCH
1724 N 692 RD
BALDWIN CITY, KS 6600


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.

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Logan Brettell Named Heart Offensive Player of the Week

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

 
BALDWIN CITY, Kansas 2016 NAIA National Player of the Year Logan Brettell earned his first Heart of America Athletic Conference Offensive Player of the Week honor of 2017, announced on Monday.

Brettell had an extremely efficient day on Saturday against Culver-Stockton with his 245 yards passing completing 10-of-13 attempts and three touchdowns.

He threw touchdown passes of 27 and 81 yards to Clarence Clark and Nick Snider for 12 yards.

The Wildcats had 781 total yards of offense in the win over CS-C, that is one yard shy of the school record for total yards in a game. As the 1980 team had 782 yards in a win over Central Methodist.

Baker is now 3-0 on the year for the fourth straight season and has won 20-straight games against the Heart of America Athletic Conference.

The ‘Cats next take on Graceland on Homecoming at 1 p.m. inside Liston Stadium. Baker has won nine-straight against the Yellowjackets.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Football Stays at Number 2 in Coaches’ Top 25 Poll

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

 
BALDWIN CITY, Kansas After starting the season 3-0 for the fourth-straight time, the Baker University football team holds onto the number two spot in this week’s NAIA Coaches’ Top 25 poll, announced on Monday.

The Wildcats have defeated then-number 23 William Penn, 31-27, then number 9 Grand View 48-41 and Culver-Stockton, 67-7 to open up the year.

Three other Heart schools are ranked including number nine Grand View, number 16 Benedictine, and number 19 MNU. Missouri Valley is receiving votes.

Baker next takes on Graceland this Saturday, September 16 on Homecoming inside Liston Stadium at 1 p.m. The Wildcats have defeated the Yellowjackets nine-straight times.

Top 25 Highlights (historical information dates back to 1999)
• The defending national champions are off to a 2-0 start this season, including a 68-23 victory against St. Francis (Ill.) in a Mid-States Football Association crossover contest. Senior quarterback Nick Ferrer threw for 301 yards and five touchdowns in the contest despite playing only in the first half. 
• Saint Francis (2-0), which has been ranked among the top 10 in 22-straight polls, puts its 11-game winning streak on the line Saturday at
number 24 St. Ambrose (Iowa) (2-0).
• Four new teams joined the Top 25 this week –
number 16 Benedictine (Kan.), number 19 MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.), number 23 Northwestern (Iowa) and number 24 St. Ambrose. Northwestern is making its first appearance in the poll since ranking number 22 on Nov. 2, 2015. The three other squads were all ranked at some point during the 2016 season. 
• Carroll (Mont.) owns the most
number 1 rankings with 58, followed by former NAIA member Sioux Falls (S.D.) (55), Georgetown (Ky.) (25), Morningside (Iowa) (20) and Saint Xavier (Ill.) (14).
number 4 Morningside holds the longest active streak with 127-straight Top 25 mentions.

 2017 NAIA Football Coaches’ Top 25 Poll – Number 1 (September 11, 2017)
RANK LAST TIME^ SCHOOL (1ST PLACE VOTES) 2017 RECORD TOTAL POINTS
1 1 Saint Francis (Ind.) (15) 2-0 340
2 2 Baker (Kan.) 3-0 327
3 3 Reinhardt (Ga.) 2-0 311
4 4 Morningside (Iowa) 3-0 304
5 6 Montana Tech 2-0 288
6 8 Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) 2-0 275
7 11 Doane (Neb.) 2-0 258
8 5 Marian (Ind.) 1-1 228
9 9 Grand View (Iowa) 2-1 221
10 16 Southeastern (Fla.) 2-0 206
11 7 Eastern Oregon 1-1 201
12 18 Arizona Christian 2-0 188
13 24 Saint Xavier (Ill.) 2-0 181
14 25 Southern Oregon 2-0 164
15 22 Langston (Okla.) 2-0 144
T16 RV Benedictine (Kan.) 3-0 131
T16 21 Georgetown (Ky.) 1-0 131
18 10 Tabor (Kan.) 0-1 98
19 NR MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.) 3-0 91
20 14 Sterling (Kan.) 1-1 80
21 15 Dickinson State (N.D.) 2-1 79
22 17 Dakota Wesleyan (S.D.) 2-1 60
23 RV St. Ambrose (Iowa) 2-0 49
24 NR Northwestern (Iowa) 2-0 40
25 20 Kansas Wesleyan 1-1 32

Monday, September 11, 2017

Emergency Preparedness If a disaster happened today, would you be ready?

Marty Augustine, Author and Safety /Security Consultant in Shawnee, KS

Thanks to nothing more than luck, the Kansas City area has "dodged the bullet" for a long time when it comes to disasters. Because of this, it's easy to become complacent when major disasters happen in other places like we've seen recently in Texas and Florida. Some feel a major disaster will never happen here. Unfortunately, we know 's not true. It's not a matter of if, but when a major disaster will strike in our area. We don't have to live in fear, but we should be prepared.

Living in the Midwest, we can experience many types of severe weather. Tornadoes, winter storms, floods, thunderstorms and excessive heat are just a few. There are also other threats that loom such as power outages, fires, hazardous material spills, industrial accidents or even terrorist acts.

Planning is the key to handling an emergency successfully. Disaster preparedness is very similar to planning a camping trip. It's simply a matter of determining what you'll need ahead of time. Think of what supplies you would need to be comfortable if you were going into the wilderness for an extended period of time.

Some disasters may require evacuations to keep citizens safe, but for others you may need to shelter in place. Would you be able to sustain yourself in your home for two or three days or more if needed? If you didn't have access to a grocery store, would you have the supplies you need?

There are a few basic preparedness items everyone should have at home, at work and in your vehicle. Purchase emergency supplies and develop your safety plans ahead of time. Don't wait until a disaster strikes to find out you're not prepared.

An emergency alert radio is essential. These radios provide advance warning for severe weather threats. They can be programmed for threats in your specific area. Various models are available including battery operated, wind-up and solar powered. You can even have emergency alerts sent directly to your smart phone.

You could be left in the dark without power for an extended period of time. Always have a flashlight handy with a supply of fresh batteries. You can even purchase wind-up or solar powered models for these as well.

Keep a supply of fresh drinking water. You should store at least one gallon of water, per person per day. Store water containers in a cool dry place and rotate your supply after about six months to ensure freshness. Don't forget you'll also need water for cooking, cleaning and hygiene. It's also a good idea to carry portable water bottles in your vehicle, should you become stranded somewhere.

Keep a supply of easy to prepare, non-perishable foods. These can include canned goods, crackers, granola bars and similar items. Simple foods that can be eaten without a cooking source are best.

If you require medications, always be sure you have adequate supply on hand.

Have a first aid kit and know how to use it. Emergency response personnel may be delayed or unable to respond during a major disaster. Being able to help someone in an emergency is a great skill to have, not just for disasters but in everyday life also. Encourage those not familiar with first aid or CPR to take a class to learn these valuable skills.

Just as kids practice drills at school for fire and tornadoes, adults should be doing the same. Always have an escape plan or a "safe" room at home and work. Be sure you know the emergency procedures for your workplace. Having a plan at home is critical. Be sure you share your plan with your loved ones. Would they know what to do if you weren't there to assist?

Be sure everyone understands what is expected of them in an emergency. Designate a third party contact in case you are separated from your loved ones and cannot communicate directly. Arrange a meeting place for your family in the event you become separated. Keep copies of important documents such as ID's, insurance policies and medical records in a safe place.

We often plan for emergencies at home, but would you be ready if an emergency happened while you were at work or away on vacation? A disaster could strike anywhere, at any time. Always have a plan when you're away from home.

Always let someone know where you're going and when you'll be back. Be sure to carry a cell phone and make sure it's charged. Keep your vehicle fueled. Consider the special needs of individuals such as the handicapped, the elderly, children, babies and pets.

Create a "go-bag" for emergency supplies. This is a bag with a change of clothes, snacks, personal hygiene items and other essentials that you'll need if you're away from home. Keep it in your car, or have your bag ready to go should you get evacuated or stranded somewhere.

You'll be able to handle whatever comes your way with a little preparation. While others panic, you'll have the peace of mind knowing you're safe and ready.


Marty Augustine is a nationally known safety educator and disaster preparedness expert. For more information, visit: www.MartyAugustine.com

Kansas Communities Responding to Hurricane Irma

Press Release

Nine Kansas Communities respond to
Hurricane Irma
Electric crews from Kansas municipal utilities are heading to Florida to help restore threatened storm damages to city-owned utilities in the path of Hurricane Irma. The electric crews from nine Kansas cities left Thursday afternoon to provide mutual aid assistance to the City of Orlando through the Kansas Mutual Aid Program for Utilities (KSMAP). Utilities across Florida are expecting the worst and are preparing their response by pre-staging electric crews in advance of the hurricane.
Crews from nine Kansas communities are responding to Florida including Kansas City Board of Public Utilities, Baldwin City, Chanute, Clay Center Public Utilities, Coffeyville, Gardner, Moundridge, Pratt, and Wellington with 12 crews formed of 30 electric linemen. These crews will help Orlando restore damages from Hurricane Irma to the city-owned electric utility system.
The Kansas utilities coordinated by Kansas Municipal Utilities will team up with the municipal electric crews responding from Missouri through the Missouri Public Utilities Association to assist Orlando. Crews are being dispatched to Florida from as far away as Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Ohio as part of a coordinated national response with the American Public Power Association.
“Kansas has a strong tradition of neighbor helping neighbor in time of disaster,” said Colin Hansen, KMU Executive Director. “Mutual aid is an important program for cities needing help in an emergency or disaster situation. We are pleased to have a committed group of cities that are willing to respond to get resources where they are needed and when they are needed.”
KSMAP is designed to provide mutual aid to participating city-owned utilities that own and operate their own electric, natural gas, water and wastewater systems.
Formed in 1928, Kansas Municipal Utilities is the statewide association representing cities in Kansas operating municipally-owned electric, natural gas, water and wastewater utilities.

AFP-Kansas Launches Accountability Campaign


Press  Release


Topeka, KS - Americans for Prosperity (AFP) - Kansas today launched a six-figure accountability effort to educate Kansans on legislators who voted to enact the historic, retroactive $1.2 billion tax hike. The campaign, which is slated to continue through 2018, will consist of mailers, digital ads, and other grassroots activities.
The record tax hike emerged in response to the growing budget deficit after the legislature failed to keep spending in check following the 2012 tax cuts. A veto override in both legislative chambers enacted the billion-dollar tax hike.
"The goal of this accountability effort is to make sure Kansans know which legislators thought it was a better idea to cut the Kansas family budget than the Kansas government budget," said AFP-Kansas State Director Jeff Glendening. "For years, big-government legislators in Topeka negligently ignored the growing budget. When the deficit approached a tipping point, they took the easy way out and approved a retroactive $1.2 billion tax increase."
Glendening continued: "Despite early signs that the 2012 tax cuts were working, legislators failed to complete the other half of the equation by making corresponding budget cuts. If you look at states like North Carolina and Wisconsin, their economies are growing because they cut spending to go along with tax cuts. Had legislators in Topeka kept spending in check, taxpayers wouldn't be in the position of footing the largest hike in state history." 

Strong Chicken Demand Prompts Tyson Foods to Expand Production

Press Release

Tonganoxie, Kan. – In response to strong consumer demand for chicken, Tyson Foods, Inc. (NYSE: TSN) today announced plans to build a $320 million poultry complex in eastern Kansas.
 
The company will construct a processing plant, hatchery and feed mill near the city of Tonganoxie, in Leavenworth County, which will employ approximately 1,600 people and contract with northeast Kansas farmers and ranchers to raise chickens. The operation, currently scheduled to begin production in mid-2019, will produce pre-packaged trays of fresh chicken for retail grocery stores nationwide. 
 
“More people want fresh food and as one of the world’s leading protein companies, we’re well-positioned to provide it,” said Tom Hayes, president and CEO of Tyson Foods. “We believe this new operation, which will incorporate the latest production technology, will enable us to meet the sustained growth in consumer demand for fresh chicken.”
 
The poultry plant will be capable of processing 1.25 million birds per week, increasing Tyson Foods’ overall production capacity. The payroll and payments to farmers from the new operation, along with its purchase of grain and utilities, is expected to generate an annual economic benefit to the state of Kansas of $150 million.
 
“Kansas will be an outstanding home for this Tyson complex,” said Governor Sam Brownback. “Growing Kansas means we must grow the food and agriculture sector which accounts for nearly 45 percent of the state’s economy. The far-reaching impact of this development will be felt by farmers, ranchers, agribusinesses and communities throughout eastern Kansas. This is a step in the right direction to further diversify and grow our state’s economy.”
 
The Governor emphasized the importance of local-level support for economic development. “Kansas is known throughout the world for our commitment to animal agriculture and for our communities which offer an exceptional place for companies of this quality to find a talented workforce in a business-friendly environment.”
 
“Tonganoxie is looking forward to a successful partnership with Tyson Foods,” said Tonganoxie Mayor Jason Ward. “We have planned for a development of this type for many years by making strategic investments in public infrastructure targeted to support future industrial growth. This project will bring much anticipated opportunities for local residents to enjoy the quality of life benefit of working close to home. Tyson has a long history of support for small towns and local markets. They will be a great fit for our community.”
 
“The Leavenworth County Board of Commissioners is excited that Tyson Foods will be opening a state-of-the-art poultry processing facility in southern Leavenworth County,” said Mark Loughry, Leavenworth County administrator. “This represents a significant investment by Tyson and creates new jobs at the plant for our citizens. More than that, it provides an opportunity for area ag producers that was previously unheard of in Kansas.”
 
“We believe eastern Kansas is the right location because of the availability of grain and labor, as well as access to our nationwide customer base that is accessible through the state’s top-notch transportation network,” said Doug Ramsey, group president of Poultry for Tyson Foods. “We’re grateful for the tremendous support we’ve received for this project from Governor Brownback, as well as leaders from the City of Tonganoxie, Leavenworth County, the Leavenworth County Development Corporation, and a host of other city, county and state officials.”
 
Tyson Foods anticipates purchasing about 300 acres of property south of Tonganoxie and currently plans to break ground sometime this fall. The company will work with outside contractors to build the plant, hatchery, feed mill and related infrastructure and expects the construction project to involve hundreds of workers. Farmers and ranchers who have interest in raising chickens for the new poultry complex are encouraged to go to www.growwithtyson.com for more information.
 
Earlier this year, Tyson Foods announced it was moving to No Antibiotics Ever (NAE) in its Tyson® branded retail chicken products, making it the world’s largest producer of NAE. The Tonganoxie plant will be part of the continued expansion of the company’s NAE offerings.
 
Tyson Foods currently operates facilities in six Kansas communities, employing about 5,700 in the state with an annual payroll of more than $210 million. In its 2016 fiscal year, Tyson Foods paid Kansas cattle suppliers more than $2 billion and hog suppliers more than $1.3 million. The company estimates its total statewide annual impact for fiscal 2016, including grain purchases, utilities, property taxes and charitable contributions to be more than $2.4 billion.

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Area Happenings - Week of September 10, 2017

Here are the upcoming events that the Gazette has been made aware of as of  September 9, 2017.  To submit an item to the community events calendar, please email it to press@baldwingazette.com.

September 5, 2017

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

September 13, 2017

The Library Board, the Friends of the Library, and the Library staff will be hosting a Celebration for Kathy Johnston to recognize her many years of service to the Library.
When: Wednesday, September 13th 
Time: 4 P.M - 6 P.M. 
Where: Baldwin City Library


September 15, 2017
Third Friday Artwalk
Location: 718 High Street
 6:30-8:30 P.M.


September 16-17, 2017

2017 Kansas Capital Quilt Show

 This year's Kansas Capital Quilt Show theme is Comfort, Warmth, Beauty, and Love.  Select a favorite in our Silent Auction. Come to shop, learn and be inspired by new patterns, techniques, and fabrics.

Time: Saturday, September 16 at 10 AM - 5 PM
           Sunday,  September 17 at Noon - 5 PM
Admission: $6

Location: The Women's Guild of Topeka
5221 SW West Drive (just northwest of 9th and Fairlawn)
Topeka, Kansas 66606

More Information:
(785) 640-2480


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

EDGE FEST KS 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 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 21-22, 2017

Maple Leaf Festival



Downtown Baldwin City



 October 28, 2017

COME AND ENJOY OUR
COMMUNITY DINNER  & FELLOWSHIP
          TO BE HELD  AT 6:00  to?



HOST
VINLAND UNITED CHURCH
1724 N 692 RD
BALDWIN CITY, KS 6600




 December 2, 2017
 6 PM
 Festival of Lights


 December 29, 2017

COME AND ENJOY OUR
COMMUNITY DINNER  & FELLOWSHIP
          TO BE HELD  AT 6:00  to?


HOST
VINLAND UNITED CHURCH
1724 N 692 RD
BALDWIN CITY, KS 6600


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!



Number 2 Baker Moves to 3-0, Brettell Becomes BU’s All-Time Yards Leader

Tyler Price,  Assistant Director of Athletics | Communications

BALDWIN CITY, Kansas The Baker University football team continued its winning ways against the Heart of America Athletic Conference on Saturday, as it won its 20-striaght game in the Heart in a 67-7 win over Culver-Stockton in a game that was broadcast worldwide on the Watch ESPN App and locally on KSMO-TV.

Baker moves to 3-0 on the year, while the CS-C Wildcats fall to 0-3. This marks the fourth-straight year Baker has started a season, 4-0.

Baker had 781 yards of total offense on 74 plays, good for 10.6 yards per play. That is just one yard shy from tying Baker’s all-time record for total yards in a game, the ‘Cats had 782 yards against Central Methodist in 1980.

In the victory, Logan Brettell became Baker’s all-time leader in total offensive yards, the senior from Overland Park, Kansas broke Mack Brown’s previous record, as Brettell now has 8,116 yards with 7,469 passing and 647 rushing.

Baker led 23-0 at the end of the first quarter and 51-7 at halftime. In that first quarter reigning Heart Offensive Player of the Week JD Woods took the first snap from scrimmage 36-yards for a TD.

Then Josh Kock sacked quarterback Jalen Jones in the end zone for a safety, to give Baker the 9-0 lead in the first minute of the game.

Then just 12 seconds later NAIA’s all-time leading scorer Clarence Clark scored on an 81-yard TD pass from Brettell. On the ‘Cats next possession, Clark scored again on a 27-yard TD pass from Brettell.

Juan King scored CSC’s only touchdown with 14:26 to go in the third quarter on a 18-yard TD reception from Jones.

Then Baker scored 34 unanswered points, as Nate Pauly scored on back-to-back TD runs of 8-yards and 24-yards.

Woods scored again from 54 yards out, then Nick Snider scored his first TD as a Wildcat on a 12-yard pass from Brettell. Brettell went 10-of-13 for 245 yards and three TD’s.

In the second half, Clark nailed a 39-yard field goal, to put Baker up 54-7. Then Lee Andrews received a pass from Brandon Mueller and scored from 21-yards out and Ronald Allen finished off the game with a 63-yard TD run to make the final score 67-7.

Allen ran 19 times for 139 yards, while Woods went 133 on eight carries.

Defensively, Indie Allen led the team in tackles with 11 and Kock and Brennen Kellogg each had a sack. Clay Drouillard also had an interception for Baker in the second half.

The BU defense held CS-C to just 142 rushing yards and 147 passing yards, good for 289 total yards. Jones was 10-of-28 for 106 yards for Culver-Stockton.

The Wildcats return home next Saturday for Homecoming, as they host Graceland at Liston Stadium at 1 p.m.

NAIA Football Box Score
Team1234T
Baker (Kan.)232810667
Culver-Stockton (Mo.)07007




 2017 Heart of America Standings



NorthOverall

WLPCTPFPAWLPCTPFPA
Benedictine (Kan.)101.00072.014.0301.00050.313.7
Grand View (Iowa)0.0000.0000.000210.66745.724.0
Peru State (Neb.)0.0000.0000.000210.66730.018.3
William Penn (Iowa)0.0000.0000.000120.33322.027.7
Culver-Stockton (Mo.)0.0000.0000.000030.0006.750.0
Graceland (Iowa)0.0000.0000.000030.00019.045.7

SouthOverall

WLPCTPFPAWLPCTPFPA
MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.)0.0000.0000.000301.00043.716.7
Baker (Kan.)0.0000.0000.000301.00048.725.0
Missouri Valley0.0000.0000.000120.33327.727.3
Evangel (Mo.)0.0000.0000.000120.33316.031.0
Central Methodist (Mo.)0.0000.0000.000120.33319.333.0
Avila (Mo.)010.00014.072.0120.33324.040.7