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TAMPERING WITH TRADITION
December 6, 1989
Once again, area residents are provided an example of how overconcern by some not to offend anyone can end up offending far greater numbers of other people. However, those in this latter category usually have the good manners, common sense and understanding not to make a fuss out of the situation. The case in point at this time is the upcoming Vespers program at Kansas University.
CABLE PROVIDER TO MEET WITH LINWOOD RESIDENTS
December 6, 1989
People interested in cable television services will have a chance to express their views at a town meeting Thursday night. The city council Tuesday night considered an ordinance establishing an agreement between the city and a Lawrence man who would provide the television service.
FOR THE RECORD
December 6, 1989
Law enforcement report Burglaries and thefts reported
WATER WOES PERSIST NEAR PERRY
December 6, 1989
Customers of Jefferson County Rural Water District No. 10 are still being asked to give special handling to their water before drinking or cooking in it. Pat McCool, district engineer for the Kansas Department of Health and Environment, said this morning that a precautionary set of water-use restructions issued by his department Nov. 21 will remain in effect until officials can bring the water district’s treatment plant up to standards.
TIRE FIRE NEAR LINWOOD CONTINUES TO SMOLDER
December 6, 1989
A fire that burned about 1,000 tires one mile south of Linwood Monday continued to smolder this morning, but a cause of the fire had not yet been determined. Chuck Magaha, coordinator of Leavenworth County Emergency Preparedness, said this morning that he expected the fire to smolder until the end of the week.
CHALLENGE
December 6, 1989
Dick Reamon issued a challenge to his Lawrence High swimmers at last year’s awards banquet. “I challenged the kids in front of their parents to stop talking about potential, to get on schedule to make their marks, to come back as real swimmers,” said the Lions’ coach, whose squad opens with a dual meet Thursday at defending state champion Shawnee Mission South.
MURDERS HIT WOMAN CLOSE TO HOME
December 6, 1989
For Sally Wright, the kidnapping and murder of three Topeka residents hit close to home. Mrs. Wright knew one of the victims, and the bodies were found Tuesday and early today near the Wright home on Douglas County Road 2190N in the northwest part of the county.
KEITH L. PATTON
December 6, 1989
Services for Keith L. Patton, 57, Edgerton, will be at 1:30 p.m. Thursday at Wilson and Son Funeral Home in Wellsville. Burial will be in Wellsville Cemetery. Mr. Patton died Monday at an Olathe hospital after suffering a heart attack.
STUDENTS PLAN FUND-RAISER FOR AGENCY
December 6, 1989
Some Kansas University students who volunteer at First Step House, a local agency that assists women who are recovering from various addictions, are planning a fund-raiser for the agency. Colleen Carpenter and Bob Carey, both psychology majors who are enrolled this semester in a child psychology course taught by Kathleen McCluskey-Fawcett, are spearheading the project. The professor is requiring her students to either do a research project or volunteer at various agencies around town.
A FEW DESOTO VOTERS REJECT TAX INCREASE
December 6, 1989
Only a handful of voters went to the polls Tuesday to vote on a proposed half-cent city sales tax, which failed by a margin of 108-78. Elgia Stevenson, Johnson County election commissioner, said this morning that the DeSoto election was one of the lowest turnouts she had seen in her three years in office.
FAMILIES AWAIT HELP FOR HOLIDAY
December 6, 1989
So far during this holiday season, 737 local families have applied to the Lawrence Holiday Bureau, and 319 of them have been “adopted” for Christmas, according to Sherri Cannon, director of Ballard Center. “We really need people to call and adopt a family,” Cannon said.
BOARD SCHEDULES PAROLE HEARINGS
December 6, 1989
The Kansas Parole Board recently released the schedule of public comment sessions regarding inmates who will be eligible for parole hearings in January. The purpose of the hearings is to allow members of the public to comment about whether they believe inmates should receive parole.
DISABILITIES SEMINAR GETS STARTED TODAY
December 6, 1989
The statewide Governor’s Conference on the Prevention of Childhood Disabilities began today and will continue through Friday at the Lawrence Holidome. At the conference, experts on child abuse prevention, parent education, substance abuse, injury prevention, AIDS, teen pregnancy and mental retardation will discuss ways that childhood disabilities can be prevented.
CITY TO FORM COMMITTEE ON DRUG USE
December 6, 1989
The Lawrence City Commission is forming a committee to advise commissioners on the severity of illegal drug use locally and to focus public attention on drug-related issues. The commission, at its Tuesday meeting, decided to reactivate a citizen’s group that was formed in late 1986 and rename it the Mayor’s Advisory Committee on Drug Abuse.
DRUG CHARGE TRIALS POSTPONED
December 6, 1989
Trial dates for two Jefferson County men facing drug charges have been continued for the second time since they were arrested. David L. Anderson Jr., 26, Winchester, and John Hewitt Jr., 28,, rural Valley Falls, are now scheduled to appear in Jefferson County District Court at 1 p.m. Dec. 21 to face the charges.
WATER LINE REPLACEMENT UNDER WAY IN LECOMPTON
December 6, 1989
The Lecompton City Council on Monday discussed work on a $450,000 water line project that recently got under way. City Clerk Susie Hackathorn said this morning that Miles Excavating of Basehor, the company hired to do the work, began hauling in new water lines Monday and started boring under roads Tuesday to replace existing pipes.
CITY OPPOSES TAX PROPOSAL
December 6, 1989
City officials want state legislators to know the consequences facing the city and ultimately local taxpayers if certain property tax relief measures are enacted. The Kansas Legislature will meet in special session beginning Friday to consider a number of plans for providing relief to property owners who are seeing their tax bills skyrocket following reappraisal and tax classification.
LHS BOXES
December 6, 1989
South 60, Lawrence 49 SM SOUTH (60)
LAWRENCE HITS THE AIRWAVES SATURDAY
December 6, 1989
Lawrence will be the featured “town of the week” during a nationally broadcast radio comedy/quiz show to air live on Saturday. The show, “Whad’ Ya Know,” will be broadcast on KCUR-FM (89.3) in Kansas City, Mo., from 10 a.m. to noon. Lawrence will be featured for about 15 minutues during the last hour of the show, said Jim Packard, who announces for the show.
DEPART DENVER NOT LIKELYNCAA
December 6, 1989
Not that Kansas will necessarily wind up in the Final Four next spring although it’s certainly possible but I was surprised to learn the NCAA considered ditching Denver’s McNichols Arena a couple of weeks ago. Move the Final Four? At this late date? No way, I thought. And I was right. It’d be easy to move the Rocky Mountains to western Kansas and turn the Goodland-Garden City corridor into the Front Range as it would to bail out of the Mile High City at this time.
TWO ARRESTED IN TRIPLE HOMICIDE
December 6, 1989
A man and a woman are in custody today in connection with the deaths of three elderly Topeka residents whose bodies were discovered in northwestern Douglas County. Early today, authorities found the body of Ida Dougherty, 72, Topeka, about a mile east of the Douglas County-Shawnee County line along County Road 2190N, which is also known as the River Road. The site is about five miles northwest of Lecompton.
LIONS PROVE TOUGH FOR SM SOUTH BUT RAIDERS PREVAIL, 60-49
December 6, 1989
Ron Weber was dressed for success, and, by golly if he didn’t achieve a measure of it Tuesday night. Really, it was Lawrence High’s basketball players who succeeded, making tuxedo-clad coach Weber proud before falling to No. 3-ranked Shawnee Mission South, 60-49, at the LHS gym in their season opener and his debut as LHS head man.
KU WOMEN WANT TO KEEP IT GOING AGAINST WSU
December 6, 1989
Wichita State usually brings out the best in Kansas’ women’s basketball teams. Apparently, that’s by design.
CITY GETS ROLLING ON LOAN FOR RAIL SPUR
December 6, 1989
The Lawrence City Commission is all aboard the movement to bring a railroad spur into East Hills Business Park. The commission, in a 4-0 vote at its Tuesday meeting, agreed to submit an application from the city seeking a loan of $300,000 from the Kansas Partnership Fund to help construct the spur. Commissioner Mike Rundle was not at the meeting because of the death of his mother earlier in the day.
REZONING PLANS UPSET SCHUMM
December 6, 1989
Commercial rezoning is heading out of control at the intersection of Sixth Street and Wakarusa Drive while the Lawrence City Commission sits back and watches, Mayor Bob Schumm said today. Schumm’s comments came in the wake of three votes linked to rezoning issues at the intersection during Tuesday night’s commission meeting.
HOSPITAL REPORT
December 6, 1989
ADMISSIONS LoAnne Robinson, 1600 Haskell; and Vicki Karr, 313 Tall Grass Ct.
LEGISLATORS PUSH FOR MARGIN
December 6, 1989
In only two years the Margin of Excellence, the brainchild of the Kansas Board of Regents, entered the vernacular of educators and politicians and came to represent the state’s renewed commitment to improving the caliber of higher education at the seven regents institutions. In Fiscal Year 1989 and FY 1990, which began July 1, the Kansas Legislature and Gov. Mike Hayden increased support for salaries and academic programs at regents institutions, including Kansas University, by $12 million and $16 million, respectively, in accordance with the initial phases of the three-year plan.
KU WILDLIFE SPECIALISTS BATTLE TO SAVE WOUNDED BALD EAGLE
December 6, 1989
Wildlife rehabilitation specialists at Kansas University have been fighting to save the wing of a wounded bald eagle. But they have lost their fight. A 9-pound, 1- to 2-year-old bald eagle was to have between a third and half its wing amputated today at Wildcare, a division of KU’s Animal Care Unit. The wing was shattered by a bullet on Lookout Mountain in White Cloud about three weeks ago.
WHAT A SPECIAL SESSION
December 6, 1989
Kansas legislators will gather in Topeka Friday in a special session aimed at unraveling the state’s property tax tangle. It seems unlikely, however, that a one- or two-day special session can solve problems created by the Legislature over the last several years.
KANSAS HOPING WEST BACK TO NORMAL
December 6, 1989
Mike Maddox’s misfortune may have been a boon for Freeman West. Only time will tell, however. With Maddox sidelined by a thigh injury, West became Kansas’ sixth man and performed admirably in the Jayhawks’ 103-48 rout of Tennessee-Martin on Monday night.
FOLEY SERVICES
December 6, 1989
Services for Joe Foley, 76, Lecompton, will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Rumsey Funeral Home. Burial will be in Hubbel Hill Cemetery in Tonganoxie. Mr. Foley died Monday at Lawrence Memorial Hospital. He was a contractor with List and Clark Construction before he bought a farm in Douglas County and began soil and conservation work in 1940.
POLITICAL TIMING
December 6, 1989
Timing may not be everything, but the Lawrence school board and the Lawrence arts center apparently think it’s a very important part of a successful bond election. On Monday, the school board decided to put off for about six months a bond election for a proposed second high school in Lawrence. The same day, arts center officials asked city commissioners to delay indefinitely action on funding a $3.5 million expansion for the center. Both groups cited the property tax shock brought on by reappraisal as prime concerns. Both apparently believed that voters would be unwilling to approve projects that would require tax increases before they have a chance to fully assess the effects of property reappraisal and whatever action the Kansas Legislature takes to ease those effects.
LAWYERS HANDLING PROPERTY DISPUTE
December 6, 1989
The dispute about whether an option agreement allows a local developer to move dirt around on the property at the southeast corner of Sixth and Iowa streets is now in the hands of attorneys. Meanwhile, there is still no word as to what developer Duane Schwada wants to do with the seven-acre tract, which is zoned to allow retail shops, apartments and a hotel.
AWAITS LION GIRLS
December 6, 1989
Larry Zientara thinks his Lawrence High girls basketball team will ultimately benefit from a difficult schedule. “We have an absolutely killer schedule,” Zientara said. “One reason for that is when the Olathe schools came into the league, the Mission schools, with the exception of Shawnee Mission East, dropped us. They were very quick to drop us, so we had to go out and pick up some other teams.”