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OTHER SIDE OF TAXES
December 8, 1989
Dear Editor I am writing to present a different viewpoint in the matter of reappraisal and the property tax.
DOWNTOWN MAGIC
December 8, 1989
Dear Editor: After 2,000-plus miles and 29,000-plus parking tickets, it’s time to turn the Bic pen over to someone with fresh Reeboks. I’ve confirmed a suspicion I had eight months ago when I began this marathon Yes, Dorothy, there is “big time” magic on Massachusetts Street! May this oasis be allowed to remain vital for many generations to come. Heck, just think of those meters as ruby slippers. There’s no place like home!
SALES TAX COMPLAINT
December 8, 1989
Dear Editor: I love it! Here we are trying to figure out how we are going to pay the “real estate rip-off,” and the good old county commissioners, Nancy, Mike and Louie are going to help us with a sales tax increase. Isn’t that nice? I suggest they update their resumes, they may need them!
DEPARTMENT CHAIR DONATES COLLECTION
December 8, 1989
The chairman of Kansas University’s Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures has added an important collection of 19th and 20th century Russian literature to the university’s already strong collection. Stephen J. Parker, the chairman, has donated the collection of Russian belles-lettres to honor his mother, Fan Parker, professor emeritus of the City University of New York, Brooklyn. The Slavic collection of KU’s libraries is among the best nationally and the largest in the Great Plains states, according to Gordon Anderson, library Slavic department director.
KU STUDENT IS RHODES FINALIST
December 8, 1989
A Kansas University student is a finalist in the competition for a Rhodes Scholarship, after being chosen Wednesday to represent his home state, Nebraska, at a regional Rhodes Scholars competition Saturday at Minneapolis. Robert J. Hinrichs, a KU English major from Lincoln, Neb., returned to Nebraska for the competition Wednesday. He has a 3.9 grade point average and is a musician and published songwriter who has written 11 original songs for Rock Chalk Revue performances. He played with the University Jazz Band and has played keyboards in a local rock band. He hopes to continue graduate study in English or law.
RESIDENCE HALL RATE IS BELOW AVERAGE
December 8, 1989
Even after scheduled increases in Kansas University’s residence hall rate, KU and other Kansas Board of Regents institutions will offer some of the lowest room and board rates in the country. According to the 1989 College Board annual survey, the average room and board rate for public, four-year institutions is $3,039. That is $703 higher than KU’s current charge of $2,336.
WILLIAM M. NYE
December 8, 1989
Services for William M. Nye, 93, Clay Center, were to be today at Neill-Schwensen Funeral Home, Clay Center. Burial was to be in Greenwood Cemetery, Clay Center. Mr. Nye died Wednesday at Clay Center Medicalodge. He was born Oct. 3, 1896, in Bala. His wife, Etta, preceded him in death.
CHILD CARE LOBBY SEEKS UNIFIED VOICE
December 8, 1989
Representatives from local child care associations said Thursday that they must combine forces to gain political and economic power in order to raise the standards and availability of child care in Kansas. “Instead of having splinter groups, we should get together more often, so that we can go to Topeka and lobby and be heard,” said Gail Shreders, vice president of the Douglas County Child Development Assn.
SECOND RULING ISSUED ON UTILITIES
December 8, 1989
The state Board of Tax Appeals, in a second ruling against former Property Valuation Director Terry Hamblin, today ordered the inventories of KPL Gas Service, Northern Natural Gas Co. and Colorado Interstate Gas returned to the tax rolls in Pratt and Morton counties. Pratt County has $4.44 million and Morton County $1.85 million in assessed valuation on utility inventories.
FIRMS GIVE $150,000 FOR AEROSPACE ENGINEERING
December 8, 1989
The Cessna Foundation of Wichita and General Dynamics Corp. of St. Louis have pledged $150,000 to the Kansas University Endowment Association for the benefit of the Department of Aerospace Engineering at Kansas University. The gift, consisting of $125,000 from the Cessna Foundation and $25,000 from General Dynamics, will be used for the acquisition of equipment, Carl E. Locke, dean of the KU School of Engineering, announced Thursday.
LINWOOD RESIDENTS ATTEND CABLE TV FORUM
December 8, 1989
About 50 people gathered in Linwood Thursday night to discuss the pros and cons of bringing cable television service to town. And from the looks of things, Linwood residents likely will be enjoying the extended television service.
CITY FILES SUIT TO COLLECT BID FEES
December 8, 1989
The city of Lawrence, attempting to close the books on the now-defunct business improvement district, has begun filing lawsuits against businesses delinquent in paying their final BID assessments. The BID, formed in late 1987, assessed mandatory fees on downtown business owners. The fees were used for general promotions and improvements in the downtown through a program administered by the Downtown Lawrence organization.
REQUESTS
December 8, 1989
Expansion plans at First Christian Church are on line after a pair of decisions Thursday by the Lawrence Board of Zoning Appeals. City Planner David Guntert said the BZA approved two requests for variances relating to expansion at the church at 10th and Kentucky. The church’s requests were the only items on an abbreviated agenda Thursday for the BZA.
AUDIO-READER PLANS EXPANDED SERVICE
December 8, 1989
Audio-Reader Network, a Kansas radio network for the visually and physically handicapped, will expand its service to Clay Center in December. Based at Kansas University since 1971, Audio-Reader is a closed-circuit radio reading network. With the help of about 170 volunteers, Audio-Reader produces daily broadcasts of newspapers, magazines and current books.
BIA OFFICIAL SEEKS CHANGE AT HASKELL
December 8, 1989
After six months as head of the trouble-plagued U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs, Eddie Brown says he can vouch for the accuracy of at least one entry in a book that outlines the 100 toughest jobs in Washington, D.C. Brown, named by President Bush to oversee a bureau that has been the subject of sharp congressional criticism, was in Lawrence Thursday to tour Haskell Indian Junior College, a BIA school.
DESPITE EARLY WOES, BAKER BOUNCES AVILA, 76-73
December 8, 1989
Christmas came early for Baker and basketball coach Rick Weaver Thursday night, but that wasn’t good news. “I think we started Christmas vacation a little bit early. We didn’t really get much effort in the first half,” Weaver said. “Avila shot the ball well and I thought they played really well in the first 20 minutes. Even at the end, every time we got a little cushion they came back.”
WORDEN MAN WINS TERM ON LOCAL ASCS COMMITTEE
December 8, 1989
Gilbert Gilges from Worden emerged the winner of the Agricultural Stabilization and Conservation Service mail-ballot election that ended Thursday. Brian Morray, executive director of the service, said this morning that Gilges now will serve a three-year term on the Douglas County Agricultural Stabilization and Conservation Service Committee.
POLICE SAY 2 TRIED TO STEAL MASCOT
December 8, 1989
Lawrence police early today arrested two Lawrence men who attempted to steal a fiberglass mascot valued at $2,000 from a defunct fast-food restaurant. Lt. Mark Brothers said police were called to a building at 740 Iowa that used to house JB’s Big Boy restaurant after a witness reported that the men were breaking into the building.
FOR THE RECORD
December 8, 1989
Law enforcement report Burglaries and thefts reported
TROLLEY SERVICE RETURNS TO CITY AGENDA
December 8, 1989
Trolleys and tax abatements will be among the major topics at Tuesday’s meeting of the Lawrence City Commission. Commissioners will discuss the city’s options, including using a replica trolley, for providing a transportation link between various points in downtown Lawrence and the Riverfront Plaza. In addition, the commission will be asked by E&E Specialties for a property tax abatement on an expansion project.
COUNTY LOSES TRAFFICWAY CASE
December 8, 1989
The Kansas Supreme Court ruled today that the Douglas County Commission exceeded its home rule power in issuing $4 million in bonds for the proposed South Lawrence Trafficway without a public vote. The attorney for a Lawrence man who has been fighting construction of the South Lawrence Trafficway in the courts for more two years was elated by the court’s unanimous decision.
VISITING PROFESSOR SEES EFFECTS OF PERESTROIKA
December 8, 1989
Languages and customs may differ between countries, but bureaucracies are basically the same slow, frustrating and sometimes absurd. In the Soviet Union, perestroika, or restructuring, is making an assault on unproductive bureaucratic tangles for scientists, according to Kansas University visiting professor Sergei Shandarin.
HENRY J. SMITH
December 8, 1989
Services for Henry J. Smith, 78, Lawrence, will be at 11 a.m. Monday at the Warren-McElwain Mortuary chapel. Burial will be in Oak Hill Cemetery. Mr. Smith died Thursday at Colonial Manor Nursing Home.
HOSPITAL REPORT
December 8, 1989
DISMISSALS Pamela Landon and baby girl, Eudora; Raymond Smith, 321 Arrowhead Dr.
T GO AWAY
December 8, 1989
Andy Warhol, the late pop artist, claimed that sooner or later everyone will emerge from obscurity and become famous for 15 minutes. If that’s true, then the Kansas basketball team is on overtime in the fame game. The Jayhawks came from nowhere in November, snatched national attention and haven’t relinquished it…even though many college basketball observers expect Kansas to slide back into the faceless morass any day now.
HOUSE OKS DELAY IN TAX DEADLINE
December 8, 1989
The Kansas House today passed a bill, 117-8, that would extend the deadline for people to pay the first half of their property taxes from Dec. 20 to Jan. 16. The measure would legalize what Gov. Mike Hayden attempted to do by executive order last month. The bill went to the Senate.
RESIDENTS AGAIN ASK CITY FOR STOP SIGNS
December 8, 1989
Residents in the area of 16th and Vermont streets are back for another attempt at talking the Lawrence Traffic Safety Commission into installing stop signs at the intersection. The TSC will hear the request when it meets at 7:30 p.m. Monday in the first floor meeting room at city hall, Sixth and Massachusetts.
DESOTO OFFICIALS PONDER OPTIONS FOR SALES TAX
December 8, 1989
City officials do not yet know how they will respond to a recent defeat of a proposed increase in the city sales tax. The proposal called for a half-cent sales tax increase that would raise about $30,000 for the city. In one of the lowest voter turnouts recorded in Johnson County, the proposal was defeated Tuesday, 108-78.
CORRECTION
December 8, 1989
Due to a reporter’s error, Douglas County Commissioner Louie McElhaney’s position on property classification was misstated in Thursday’s Journal-World. McElhaney said that while he thinks the Legislature might need to make some adjustments in classification, he does not favor returning business inventories to the tax rolls.
FIRST, CALL FOR HELP
December 8, 1989
The dangers of being a Good Samaritan have grown drastically through the years, and the recent tragedy which claimed the lives of three older Topeka citizens further confirms this sad development. The result is that helpful things which once could be allowed to come quite naturally now must be pondered more carefully.
BLACK STUDENTS ASK FOR HIGHER NUMBERS
December 8, 1989
A group of black students was scheduled to meet today with Kansas University administrators to discuss their concerns about falling minority enrollment. The group, called the Black Men of Today, organized a noontime protest Wednesday in front of Strong Hall. About 80 people participated in the protest while about the same number of people watched.
LIONS WHIP STATE CHAMP SME IN DUAL
December 8, 1989
Lawrence High’s boys swim team has dethroned the defending state champions. Not officially, of course, since Thursday’s 100-71 victory over Shawnee Mission South came in a dual meet, not the state extravaganza.
A MAIL BALLOT
December 8, 1989
By rejecting the possibility of a mail ballot for a school bond vote next year, school board members have rejected a balloting method almost guaranteed to provide higher voter participation in the election. At the suggestion of County Clerk Patty Jaimes, the board discussed Monday the possibility of a mail ballot for the election. Board members questioned whether the balloting might be skewed by Kansas University students who may or may not pay local property taxes. They also expressed the opinion that the election should be decided by voters who cared enough one way or the other to go to the polls rather than mark a ballot in their homes.
BLACK STUDENT UNION SPONSORING PAGEANT
December 8, 1989
On Saturday night, a new Ms. Essence and Mr. Ebony will be crowned at Kansas University. But the pageant is more than just a few hours in the limelight for a handful of black students at KU. The pageant and the party that follows mark the end of Black Student Union Week on campus. The pageant also will raise money for Black History Month and help send KU students to a Big Eight Conference gathering in Ames, Iowa. Both events will be held next semester.
SNOWFALL ADDS LITTLE TO MOISTURE LEVEL
December 8, 1989
It takes a heap of snow to measure up to significant moisture, meaning the Lawrence area would need some major snowfalls to rescue it from the current dry state of affairs. The Lawrence area received no measurable rain for the entire month of November and has received only a trace of rain on one occasion so far this month. That, basically, adds up to nothing.
TOPEKA TEEN CHARGED IN TRIPLE HOMICIDE
December 8, 1989
Douglas County officials Thursday filed murder charges and other felony counts against a 19-year-old Topeka man arrested along with a teen-age woman Tuesday in connection with the deaths of three elderly Topeka residents. Tyrone Baker, 19, Topeka, was charged Thursday afternoon in Douglas County District Court with two counts of first-degree murder, two alternative counts of felony murder, two felony counts of aggravated kidnapping and one count of aggravated assault.