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TRASH
December 21, 1989
Trash in Lawrence may be sitting on the curb for a few days if temperatures continue to dip below zero. The recent cold temperatures in the city may back up trash collections this week, said Max Slankard, assistant director of public works. The low temperatures, he said today, were causing problems for the city’s refuse department trucks.
YOUTHFUL CONCERN
December 21, 1989
Editor, Journal-World: Ponce de Leon never found the Fountain of Youth, but perhaps the next best thing is to live in a university city and be inspired by our youth.
FOUR CHIEFS SELECTED TO PRO BOWL
December 21, 1989
The Kansas City Chiefs will be well represented in the Pro Bowl Game on Feb. 4 in Honolulu. Four Chiefs have been named to the AFC team, and three were selected to start. Elected as starters in voting by players and coaches were running back Christian Okoye, outside linebacker Derrick Thomas and cornerback Albert Lewis. Cornerback Kevin Ross was picked as a reserve. Okoye, Thomas and Ross will be making their first Pro Bowl appearances. It’s the third selection for Lewis.
PLESS EARNS BIG EIGHT ALL-DECADE
December 21, 1989
Two Heisman and two Outland Award winners, the league’s all-time leading receiver and a versatile quarterback who hardly ever lost a game headline the Big Eight Conference all-decade football team of the 1980s. Selected by a panel of media observers who covered the Big Eight full time, the all-decade team is dominated by the same three schools who dominated most games Oklahoma, Nebraska and Oklahoma State.
PLANNING BOARD OKS 2 ADULT GROUP HOMES
December 21, 1989
The Lawrence-Douglas County Planning Commission, which in September approved five group homes for developmentally disabled adults in Lawrence, approved two additional group homes Wednesday night. The two use-permitted-upon-review requests Wednesday were made by Neighborhood Group Homes Assn., a non-profit organization that seeks to provide living opportunities outside state institutions.
JUDGE PLANS TO QUIT ADMINISTRATIVE POST
December 21, 1989
Douglas County District Judge James Paddock announced today that he will retire as administrative judge of the 7th Judicial District effective Jan. 1. Paddock, administrative judge since 1978, said he notified Kansas Chief Justice Robert Miller about his intentions last week.
MOTT SERVICES
December 21, 1989
Services for Lillian Irene Mott, 61, Eudora, will be 2 p.m. Friday at St. Paul’s United Church of Christ, Eudora. The Rev. Paul Witmer will officiate. Burial will be in Oak Hill Cemetery. Mrs. Mott died Monday at Lawrence Memorial Hospital after an illness.
PHILLIP H. MYRICK
December 21, 1989
Services for Phillip “Phil” Harmon Myrick, 72, Lawrence, will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday at the Kitch Funeral Home in Liberal, with Charles Brizendine officiating. Burial will be in Restlawn Memorial Gardens Cemetery, Liberal.
JOHN A. HESS
December 21, 1989
Services for John A. Hess, 65, rural Waverly, will be 1:30 p.m. Friday at Jones Funeral Home in Burlington. The Rev. Gerald Pringle will officiate. Burial will be in Glendale Cemetery northeast of Burlington. Mr. Hess died Monday at a Topeka hospital.
CEMETERIES STILL FACING REPAIRS
December 21, 1989
Two area cemeteries vandalized during Halloween have not been fully repaired, primarily due to lack of money and the recent cold weather. The Holy Family Catholic Church Cemetery in Eudora and the Maple Grove Cemetery in Lecompton were heavily damaged at Halloween, and it will be some time before the damage can be repaired.
FOR THE RECORD
December 21, 1989
Police reports A 46-year-old Santa Fe Railway brakeman was treated and released at Lawrence Memorial Hospital for a shoulder injury he suffered when he was attacked by a Lawrence man at 7:45 p.m. Wednesday, Lawrence police reported today. Police said the brakeman was standing along the tracks near the Santa Fe station, 413 E. Seventh, when he was approached by a shirtless man who asked him whether he wanted to fight. When the victim declined, police said, the man knocked him to the ground and began beating him. Police later arrested a 26-year-old Lawrence man on a battery charge. The man was released on bond and ordered to appear Jan. 10 in Lawrence Municipal Court.
S TRAFFICWAY BONDS
December 21, 1989
It appears the county’s bond election for the south Lawrence trafficway won’t be held until the August primary. Although the Douglas County Commission didn’t reach a firm decision Wednesday night, two of the commissioners said they favored holding the bond vote in conjunction with the primary election.
Transient sentenced to life in prison
December 21, 1989
A transient convicted of first-degree murder in the July 1988 slaying of a Lawrence boy was sentenced this morning to life imprisonment despite his claims that he is innocent of the crime.
ICE SKATING
December 21, 1989
The skating area in Central Park is ready for ice skaters earlier than ever before, but a city official isn’t advocating the rink’s use just yet. “We flooded the ice rink on Monday, and I’m sure the ice is ready to go,” Lawrence Parks and Recreation Director Fred DeVictor said today. “With this weather, of course, we don’t encourage people to get out there though.”
TRANSIENT SENTENCED TO LIFE IMPRISONMENT
December 21, 1989
A transient convicted of first-degree murder in the July 1988 slaying of a Lawrence boy was sentenced this morning to life imprisonment despite his claims that he is innocent of the crime. Before he was sentenced, John William, 28, told Douglas County District Judge James Paddock that he did not murder the boy, Richard Settlemyre, and that law enforcement officers fabricated evidence that was used against him in court.
NEVA F. GUSTAFSON
December 21, 1989
Services for Neva F. Gustafson, 81, Lawrence, are pending at Warren-McElwain Mortuary. Mrs. Gustafson died Wednesday in Oakton, Va. She was born Feb. 10, 1908, in Alfalfa County, Okla.
BOARD SAYS PART-TIME NURSES CAN JOIN KUMC BARGAINING UNIT
December 21, 1989
Kansas University Medical Center nurses trying to broaden membership in a proposed union learned of a ruling today that put most of them in a festive holiday mood. A Public Employee Relations Board officer ruled that 115 part-time nurses can join the union, but excluded 10 clinical nurse specialists not in the state’s classified employee system.
UTILITIES SEEK TO LOCATE PEOPLE WITHOUT HEAT
December 21, 1989
There’s no reason for anyone in Lawrence to go without heat during subzero temperatures this week or any time. Officials at Kansas Public Service and KPL Gas Service are making efforts to be sure no one goes cold. Despite advertisements, however, neither service has received calls about individuals or families without heat.
HOSPITAL REPORT
December 21, 1989
DISMISSALS Mary Schulenborg, 2105 R.I.; Jonalyn Rockhold and baby girl, Ottawa. BIRTHS
THIS ELVIS ALIVE, WELL IN SAN DIEGO
December 21, 1989
Elvis lives. He’s alive and well in San Diego, his football career reborn when the Chargers acquired his rights in 1987.
COLD WEATHER GIVES SCHOOLS LONG HOLIDAY
December 21, 1989
Supt. Dan Neuenswander was about the most popular guy in town today at least with the approximately 8,500 students in the Lawrence Public Schools. Because he anticipated that students might have a dangerously long wait for school buses in this morning’s and Friday morning’s subzero weather, the superintendent canceled school for those two days.
STATION TO EXPAND AUDIOVISION SERVICE
December 21, 1989
KCUR-FM 89.3, the public radio service of the University of Missouri-Kansas City, is cooperating with the Kansas University Audio-Reader Network to expand KCUR’s AudioVision offerings beginning Jan. 1. AudioVision is KCUR’s radio reading service for the blind, elderly and disabled who face barriers to reading. The KU network will provide programming services for AudioVision.
MERCURY HEADS SOUTH DURING COLD BLAST
December 21, 1989
Bitterly cold arctic air closed local schools today and Friday and is expected to shatter low temperatures records tonight while gusty winds drive wind chills down to levels more common to the Yukon. Although the area has experienced piercing winter conditions for about two weeks, today is the first official day of winter.
S FIRST TEST
December 21, 1989
Lawrence snow-removal crews and their machinery passed their first test of the season with little incident, an official with the city’s street department said. Butch Silvers, street maintenance manager, said city crews continued working today in residential areas east of Iowa street. The crews were blading off snow and slush from the five-inch accumulation that came earlier in the week.