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News from El Dorado, Kansas

June 2011 Volume 5, Issue 2

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El Dorado Today

Inside this issue:

Groundbreaking for new elementary school


Gloriana headlines Frontier Western Celebration


Fishing for millions


Wildlife abounds at El Dorado Lake

Kansas Cavalry gathers in 3 El Dorado Wal-Mart gives back at Grand Re-opening


New digital communications system for County




 5 year property tax abatements offered by City of El Dorado.  $5000 grants to new residents available through Incentive Relocation program  To find out how to apply and for more information visit www.360ElDorado. com/RealEstate/ MovetoElDorado.html.

Benefits of living in a lake community highlighted in media campaign, Lake Weekend contest El Doradoans truly enjoy living “somewhere natural, quiet and exhilarating”, due to living just moments away from El Dorado Lake and State Park. Local boaters, hunters, fishermen, hikers, bikers, sailors, equestrians, campers and nature lovers alike appreciate the proximity to El Dorado of such a lovely playground. “Having momentary access to 8,000 acres of liquid fun and 4,000 acres of public land along the shoreline is what sets El Dorado apart from many other similar sized communities,” said Linda Jolly, Executive Director of El Dorado Inc.

“Whether you are a tournament fisherman or just someone who likes to walk on the City’s paved bike path, you might enjoy living in El Dorado.”

basket, and lake passes. The weekends have been scheduled for June 24, 25, July 22 and 23, August 12 and 13, and Sept. 16 and 17.

This is the theme adopted in the recent television marketing campaign launched by and El Dorado Inc. Viewers will be invited to register for one of four Lake Weekend Getaway packages by going to Packages consist of two nights in a deluxe lake cabin, stocked refrigerator, use of two bicycles, gift card to area restaurant, round of golf for two, large gift

The campaign markets El Dorado as a lake community and entices visitors to come check it out.

Coutts Museum remodel sets the stage for the PaintAmerica Top 100 national exhibit What great timing! The Coutts Museum of Art in El Dorado has completed the first step to achieving a long held dream. On Thursday, June 9, museum staff held a ribbon cutting marking the completion of the installation of an elevator and renovation of the surrounding area. This is the first phase of a three phase project which will completely renovate the museum. The first phase was financed through private donations, and

possible in the future,” said Board Past President and capital campaign chair Connie Walton.

will be the springboard in launching the subsequent campaigns. “The improvement to the museum is just remarkable. Not only does it make access possible to all three floors of the museum as never before, but it opens up the vision of what might be

The project is finished just in time for the opening of the PaintAmerica Top 100 national painting exhibition. One hundred works by some of America’s top contemporary representative artists will be on exhibit June 14 through August 13 at the museum. An artists reception is planned for July 9th. Many of the national artists are expected to attend.

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Ground breaking for new grade school marks a new era On May 20, 2011 officials gathered for the groundbreaking of the NEW Skelly Elementary School. The new school will sit on the playground of the existing Skelly Elementary school, which will then be razed.

El Dorado elementary students take part in the groundbreaking for the new school. El Dorado Times photo.

When the new school is complete (estimated August 2012), Skelly Elementary and Washington Elementary will be combined at the new building into a pre-K through 5 school. An

estimated 380 children from the two attendance areas will occupy the school. The building will be organized into four classroom wings radiating from a main axis. The hallway in each wing will serve as additional flex learning space for additional activities outside the classrooms. Other features include a full size gymnasium with wood floor, commons area with serving

kitchen, two computer labs which adjoin a media center, music and art classrooms. In addition, the pre-K and Kindergarten students will have access to a specialized play area. Traffic safety around the school will be greatly enhanced through the use of two main entrances, one for school bus riders on the west side of the building, and one for private car drop offs on the east side.

Gloriana to headline for Frontier Western Celebration El Dorado Main Street organizers are gearing up for the best small town celebration around– the Frontier Western Celebration on August 4th through 7th in downtown El Dorado.

Gloriana will be performing Friday, August 5th at the Frontier Western Celebration in El Dorado.

Big news this year is the headliner group Gloriana, performing Friday evening , August 5th after the Extreme Bull Blowout. In 2010 the group won the Academy of Country Music’s award fior Top New Vocal Group, and has performed as the opening act for artists such as Taylor

Swift, Jason Aldean, Alan Jackson, and the Zac Brown Band. A Frontier Western Celebration armband is required to watch the concert. The group’s hits include “Wild at Heart” and “Wanna Take You Home.”

Mud Volley Ball Tourney, Can Chaser Classic and another musical concert on Saturday. Sunday brings Cowboy Church, more mud volley ball, Cowboy Mounted Shooting, and Ranch Rodeo.

Highlights of other featured events are the Miss Frontier Pageant and Ice Cream Social on Thursday night; Mutton Bustin, Heartland Twisters and Extreme Bull Blowout on Friday night; Smoke on the Prairie BBQ Contest, Hog Waller

An armband allows festival goers to attend all of the weekend events. The cost is $20 for adults and $5 for children 5-11. Children 4 and under are free. For more information visit AttractionsandEntertainment or www.frontierwesterncelebration.c om

Eight Kansas lakes included in “Wanna Go Fishing for Millions” contest

Large mouth bass one of the species tagged for prizes.

One of eight lakes in Kansas could contain a tagged fish worth up to $2.2million in Cabela’s Wanna Go Fishing for Millions program. Kansas has the most lakes of any of the 19 states participating in the program. El Dorado Lake is one of the eight Kansas lakes participating. Approximately 15 fish were tagged at each Kansas lake. Fishermen have until July 14 to

catch the tagged fish, and must be registered before fishing to be eligible. Largemouth, smallmouth, striped bass, walleye, and trout are the species that received tags nationwide. According to Michael Pearce’s Kansas Outdoors blog, anglers using equipment made by Cabela’s and other sponsors are awarded the highest prizes. The fish with the best tag is

directly worth $1 million but the prize could go up to $2.2 million if the angler used the right kinds of gear and is wearing the proper kind of sunglasses when the fish is hooked. Read more: oors/2011/05/13/cheney-eldorado-lakes-could-have-2-2milllionfish/#ixzz1PMcuGAcN

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Kansas Cavalry gathers in El Dorado The Kansas Cavalry, an organization of volunteer business, education and economic development professionals who promote Kansas as an attractive location for business in collaboration with the Kansas Department of Commerce, will hold their annual Encampment in El Dorado. The event will take place at the Hubbard Welcome Center on the El Dorado campus of Butler Community College on June 29.

Governor Sam Brownback will be on hand as the organization presents awards for the Kansas Cavalry Mission Ribbons, Kansas Business Hall of Fame, Kansas Governor’s Exporter of the Year, Kansas Cavalry Silver Stirrup, and Kansas Governor’s Award of Excellence. Nominees from El Dorado for the Governor’s Business Appreciation Award were:


Frontier Refining– El Dorado  Freddy’s Frozen Custard  Numana All are Merit Award winners. Two El Doradoans serve on the Kansas Cavalry Board of Directors. Stephen Waite is the Immediate Past Commanding General, and John Prather with Groendyke Transport, Inc. is the Regional Commander for Region 6.

Frontier Refining– El Dorado a Merit Award winner in this year’s Business Appreciation Awards.

Walmart gives back at grand re-opening Regular customers stepping into the El Dorado Wal-Mart Supercenter may feel they have entered an alternate universe– a bright, new colorful one. The store has received a total makeover during the months of April and May. 25,000 additional items have been added to inventory. Some key areas, such as electronics and celebrations have increased square footage. The checkout area has been completely

remodeled including the installation of all new equipment. The store is sporting a new color scheme, and both bathrooms have been completely renovated. El Dorado management took the opportunity during the grand re-opening ceremony in May to announce corporate donations to various groups within the community. A total of $8000 in funds was distributed through the Wal-

Mart Good Works community involvement program as follows: 

USD 490 received $5,000


Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Butler County received $1000


Butler Community College Adult Education received $1000


K-9 Unit of Butler County received $1000

County nearing completion on radios In November of 2009, Butler County voters approved a quarter cent sales tax for a public safety communication system. The county will use the $1.5 million generated annually by the sales tax to 

Build a new county-wide digital communications system which meets new standards mandated by the FCC, while improving the audio quality of all radio communications used by police, fire and EMS across

Butler County 


Provide an integrated mobile data option, making data on special medical needs, dangerous criminals and stolen vehicles immediately available to units in the field. Convert the current paging system from analog to digital, ensuring that responders who depend on pagers to get vital information and that weather warning devices are activated properly.

As of March 2011, the radio infrastructure is complete. Most Butler County community police departments, EMS, Butler County Sheriff and all volunteer fire departments dispatched by Butler County have now joined the system. The new six-site simulcast paging system is now operational. The special sales tax will be used to pay off the $12.9 million communications system, after which the tax will sunset.

Butler County’s new county-wide digital communications system will improve radio, mobile and paging communications for police, sheriff, fire, and EMS.

News from El Dorado, Kansas

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El Dorado Inc. is a public/private partnership with the City of El Dorado whose mission is to further the economic development of the El Dorado area and its environs. The primary objectives of El Dorado Inc. shall be to benefit the community as measured by increased employment, payroll, business volume, housing starts and similar factors. For El Dorado Inc. membership information, contact Linda Jolly at 321-1485 or

El Dorado, Kansas—Where we enjoy the fine art of living well!

Calendar– For complete information on these and other events, visit June 1- November 30 Kansas 150 Exhibit Butler Co. History Center/ Kansas Oil Museum

June 1- November 30 Kansas 150 Exhibit Butler Co. History Center/ Kansas Oil Museum

July 7 & 14 El Dorado Municipal Band Concert Forest Park Band Shell

September 16 American Tenors El Dorado Community Concert Association

June 11 Storm the Dam Trail Run @ El Dorado State Park YMCA

July 1 - July 31 Rolla Clymer Month Butler Co. History Center/ Kansas Oil Museum

July 16 1st Annual Coutts National Art Sale & Auction Coutts Museum of Art

September 17 El Dorado open car, truck, and bike show Downtown El Dorado

June 14- August 13 Paint America Top 100 Coutts Museum of Art

July 1 - July 31 “Currents” Art Exhibit Art Room 114

August 4-7 Frontier Western Celebration El Dorado Main Street

June 21 Brown Bag Lunch Program Coutts Museum of Art

July 2 Broncos vs. Kansas Cannons and Fireworks El Dorado Broncos

June 25 Cruise-a-Thong El Dorado Main Street Bronco’s baseball begins in June-Don’t forget to check out their 2011 season schedule on! July 1 - August 13 Paint America Top 100 Coutts Museum of Art

August 5 Gloriana in concert! Frontier Western Celebration

July 4 August 16 – October 15 13th Annual 4th Celebration Brim Down…Cowboy and Forest Park, by City of Historical Figures by Johne El Dorado Rec Dept Richardson Coutts Memorial Museum of July 4 Art Fireworks Central & Haverhill, by City September 3 of El Dorado Dodge Charger Car Show Downtown El Dorado

September 28 Carson and Barnes Circus Sponsored by El Dorado Chamber of Commerce October 21 Creepy Crawly Tours at Butler County History Center November 5 WWII Reenactment and Beetle Bailey Festival Butler County History Center/Kansas Oil Museum

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Feature Articles: Benefits of living near the lake, Coutts "PaintAmerica Top 100" exhibit, "Gloriana" to be at Frontier Western Celebration....