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FOR THE RECORD
October 25, 1989
Law enforcement report Injury accidents
DAYCARE SCHOLARSHIPS PROVIDED BY AGENCY
October 25, 1989
The Douglas County Child Development Assn. reaches out from a small room in Jan Brummell’s Lawrence home to nearly 150 families in Douglas County. The association offers financial aid in the form of daycare scholarships to low-income children in Douglas County.
OFFICIALS PLAN TO NAME INTERIM CITY MANAGER
October 25, 1989
Shocked by the death early today of City Manager Buford Watson, Lawrence city commissioners now must turn their attention to assuring the continued functioning of city hall. Watson, Lawrence’s city manager for more than 19 years, died after suffering a heart attack early today.
GRAVES ANNOUNCES NEW CENSUS RULES
October 25, 1989
Secretary of State Bill Graves today announced he has approved rules and regulations for the adjustment of the 1990 federal census, which will be used to apportion the Kansas Legislature in 1992. Critics have said state law short-shrifts cities that have a large number of students or military personnel and will result in people in those districts being under-represented in the Legislature.
PARK PLAZA SHOPPING CENTER FILLS UP
October 25, 1989
Park Plaza, the new shopping center at 27th and Iowa, is just about filled, says the local real estate broker handling the property. Out of the center’s 70,000 square feet, only two spaces, or about 6,000 square feet, have not yet been leased, said Dave Billings, commercial real estate broker for Calvin, Eddy and Kappelman.
TAYLOR SERVICES
October 25, 1989
Services for Lula M. Taylor, 99, Lawrence, were to be at 10 a.m. today at Ninth Street Baptist Church, Lawrence. Burial was to be in Maple Grove Cemetery. Mrs. Taylor died late Sunday at Heritage Manor nursing home.
SHELIA S. PARK
October 25, 1989
Services for Shelia Sue Park, 44, McPherson, will be at 2 p.m. Friday at the Church of Christ Christian, Council Grove, with the Revs. Hiram Cassel and Bill Thornton officiating. Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery, Council Grove. Mrs. Park died Tuesday at her home in McPherson of cancer. She was born in Lawrence and grew up and attended high school here. She attended the Nazarene Church in Lawrence and attended Bethany Nazarene College in Bethany, Okla.
WOLF SERVICES
October 25, 1989
Services for Dorothy Lee Wolf, 76, Eudora, will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday at the Eudora United Methodist Church, with the Rev. Bill Eisele officiating. Burial will be in the Eudora Cemetery. Mrs. Wolf died Monday at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.
RUTH W. HEDMAN
October 25, 1989
A memorial service for Ruth Wilhelmina Hedman, 90, Tucson, Ariz., will be at 4 p.m. Saturday at the Adair Funeral Home in Tucson. Mrs. Hedman died Thursday following a short illness.
HIGH COURT HEARS TRAFFICWAY LAWSUIT
October 25, 1989
Lawyers debated before the state Supreme Court today whether $4 million worth of bonds issued by Douglas County four years ago to help build a proposed traffic bypass around southwest Lawrence are legal. Donald G. Strole, a Lawrence attorney representing plaintiff Leslie W. Blevins Sr. of Lawrence, told the court the bonds were issued illegally because the county circumvented a state law that required a vote of the people to approve them.
LOCAL AGENCIES RECEIVE FUNDS FOR DISASTER RELIEF
October 25, 1989
Both the Douglas County Red Cross and the Lawrence chapter of the Salvation Army continue to receive financial help for the victims of the San Francisco Bay earthquake and Hurricane Hugo, which struck South Carolina and Puerto Rico last month. Betty Bennett, administrative assistant at the Red Cross, said Tuesday that the agency had received $7,800 in assistance for both natural disasters from local residents.
MAN PLEADS GUILTY IN DRUG CASE
October 25, 1989
A 32-year-old Lawrence man pleaded guilty Tuesday to amended drug-related charges in a plea bargain in which prosecutors agreed to dismiss charges against his wife. Gregory A. Gibler entered the plea to a felony count of possessing cocaine with the intent to sell, a Class C felony that carries a minimum prison sentence of three to 10 years and a maximum sentence of five to 20 years.
REPRESENTATIVES ELECTED TO EXTENSION COUNCIL
October 25, 1989
Twelve representatives were elected to the Douglas County Extension Council last night. Dennis Bejot, director of the county extension service, said this morning that four representatives one each for agriculture, home economics, 4-H and youth, and economic development were elected from each county commission district. The council members will serve in 1990 and 1991.
CITY MANAGER BUFORD WATSON DIES AT AGE 59
October 25, 1989
Buford Watson, who helped guide Lawrence’s steady growth in his 19 years as city manager, died early this morning after suffering a heart attack. The Douglas County Ambulance Service was called to Watson’s home at 11:27 p.m. Tuesday, minutes after Watson arrived home after the Lawrence City Commission meeting. Watson, 59, was rushed shortly after midnight to Lawrence Memorial Hospital, where he was admitted to the cardiac care unit.
CENTER CORRECTS BUDGET SHORTFALL
October 25, 1989
The Bert Nash Community Mental Health Center should finish 1989 in the black, according to the third-quarter financial report released this week. The report was welcome news for the center’s board of directors, which had to dip into the reserve fund last year to cover a budget deficit, said Pat Houston Davis, Bert Nash director of development and community relations.
INMATE PLEADS GUILTY TO THREE FELONY CHARGES
October 25, 1989
A 22-year-old Kansas State Penitentiary inmate who walked away from the State Meat Processing Plant west of here during a work detail last spring pleaded guilty Tuesday to three felony charges stemming from the escape. A Jefferson County District Court spokesman said James Lee Parker, 22, waived his preliminary hearing, which was scheduled for Tuesday, and pleaded guilty to charges of aggravated escape from custody, burglary and theft. Parker was charged with the crimes Sept. 7.
APPLICATION DEADLINE NEARS FOR BELL FOUNDATION GRANTS
October 25, 1989
Organizations seeking financial assistance for economic development projects have until Nov. 1 to submit applications for a second round of Kansas Economic Excellence grants. Southwestern Bell Foundation, sponsor of the $200,000, two-year grant program, awarded 13 grants in July from a field of 99 applicants.
FREEZE PROMPTS WINTER PREPARATIONS
October 25, 1989
Freezing fall temperatures are bound to be hot on the trail of recent summerlike weather conditions, prompting local horticulture and water officials to issue helpful tips on preparing for the season change. Dennis Bejot, Douglas County extension agent, said Monday that it’s about time for people to begin pre-freeze preparations such as draining and storing garden hoses, giving trees and shrubs a final drink before they enter their winter phase, fertilizing the yard and cleaning up the yard and garden.
MAYOR TAKES HEAT FOR ADJOURNMENT
October 25, 1989
How strained was communication between Lawrence city commissioners at the end of Tuesday night’s commission meeting? They couldn’t even decide to adjourn. Commissioners, who were grappling with concerns about accepting the Western Development Plan, passed over their required 10:30 p.m. adjournment. Four times the commissioners voted on motions to extend their meeting, but all four times the motions failed to get the “super-majority” of four votes required to go into overtime.
IS KU AFTER HELT YES, NO OR MAYBE
October 25, 1989
It would seem logical that the Kansas football staff has approached Jamie Helt, one of best players on Olathe South’s powerhouse. So I asked R.D. Helt, his older brother, if the Jayhawks are after the 5-10, 180-pound wide receiver-defensive back who also punts for the Falcons.
DRUG USE HAPPENS EARLY, PARENTS TOLD
October 25, 1989
Parents of Central Junior High students who attended a forum on substance abuse Tuesday were told that students try drugs as early as grade school. The parents also learned that the percentage of students who use drugs takes its biggest jump during the middle school and junior high school years.
CORRECTION
October 25, 1989
Because of a reporter’s error, one reference to the status of Baldwin Police Chief Robert Mason in Tuesday’s edition of the Journal-World was incorrect. Mason has been suspended with pay.
STUDENT ALL-SPORT TICKET SALES DOWN
October 25, 1989
The student section at Allen Fieldhouse will shrink this season, and Kansas athletic director Bob Frederick is not happy about it. Frederick reported Tuesday at a regular meeting of the KU Athletic Corp. board that only 5,826 student all-sports tickets had been sold. By Nov. 1 last year, 6,928 had been purchased. To make up for the disparity, some of the remaining 800 to 1,000 tickets are being offered to the general public and to KU staff and faculty.
CODY WAYNE BURGEN
October 25, 1989
Graveside services for Cody Wayne Burgen, 13 days, Fort Gordon, Ga., will be 10 a.m. Friday in Leavenworth National Cemetery, Leavenworth. Cody died Sunday in a Fort Gordon hospital.
COX SERVICES
October 25, 1989
Services for Alice Catherine Cox, 104, Lawrence, will be at 2 p.m. Friday at the Hesper Friends Church southeast of Eudora with the Rev. Jerry Mercer officiating. Burial will be in Prairie Center Cemetery in Johnson County. Mrs. Cox died Sunday at an Olathe nursing home. She was born Sept. 23, 1885.
PARENTS OF DISABLED TALK OF DREAMSNEEDS
October 25, 1989
Parents of children with disabilities came to Kansas University this week and talked about their dreams, their wish lists and their ways of coping. In a session that was one part of a two-day meeting of the advisory board that oversees Kansas University’s Beach Center on Families and Disability, the parents also were asked about their ideas for research.
CITY GIVES GREEN LIGHT TO STOP SIGN
October 25, 1989
Ed Laut says he hopes he can stop counting accidents outside his house, now that the Lawrence City Commission gave its approval to placing a stop sign at the intersection of 22nd and Ohio streets. Commissioners, at their meeting Tuesday, unanimously concurred with a recommendation of the Traffic Safety Commission to install stop signs on Ohio at 22nd.
Friends, associates remember Watson
October 25, 1989
Commitment, dedication and leadership were words used today as friends and professional associates reflected on the career of City Manager Buford Watson, who died early this morning. Watson, city manager in Lawrence since 1970 and only the fourth city manager in Lawrence’s history, died after suffering a heart attack.
QUAKE HITS HOME FOR SCIENTIST
October 25, 1989
Don Steeples has never experienced his area of expertise so closely. At 5:04 p.m. Pacific Daylight Time on Oct. 17, Steeples watched trees moving in ways he had never seen before.
MAN, 26, ARRESTED ON MURDER CHARGES
October 25, 1989
A rural Valley Falls man this morning surrendered to Jefferson County authorities in connection with the weekend shooting death of an Oskaloosa man. Jefferson County Sheriff Roy G. Dunnaway said this morning that Gale W. Hewitt, 26, was arrested at 8:03 a.m. today after entering the sheriff’s department with his attorney and surrendering. A warrant for Hewitt’s arrest had been issued shortly before midnight Tuesday, Dunnaway said.
WRIGHT SERVICES
October 25, 1989
Services for Mildred Wright, 82, Lawrence will be at 2 p.m. Thursday in the chapel at the Lawrence Presbyterian Manor with the Rev. Rod Hinkle officiating. Mrs. Wright died Saturday at a local retirement home.
ALUMNI GROUP IS UNDER POSTAL INVESTIGATION
October 25, 1989
The Kansas University Alumni Association is among several alumni organizations nationwide that could be billed for back postage if it is determined that it misused its non-profit mailing status. KU and the other alumni groups, including the University of Missouri, are being audited by the U.S. Postal Inspection Service. The inspectors are investigating whether the groups sent mail that advertised special trips and merchandise at a lower rate reserved for non-profit organizations.
HOSPITAL REPORT
October 25, 1989
ADMISSION Helen Bialek, 2125 Clinton Pkwy.
S FRIENDS AND ASSOCIATES PRAISE HIS DEDICATIONLEADERSHIP
October 25, 1989
Commitment, dedication and leadership were words used today as friends and professional associates reflected on the career of City Manager Buford Watson, who died early this morning. Watson, city manager in Lawrence since 1970 and only the fourth city manager in Lawrence’s history, died after suffering a heart attack.
S BODY RECOVERED FROM RIVER
October 25, 1989
A body discovered Tuesday floating in the Kansas River was identified this morning as that of a 21-year-old Lawrence man who had been missing since Oct. 15. Dr. Carol Moddrell, Douglas County coroner, said she determined from medical records that the man was Cecil Dawes Jr. Moddrell announced the identity after completing an autopsy at noon today.
LAWRENCE WELCOMES EUTIN DELEGATION
October 25, 1989
Lawrence is opening its arms to visitors from its soon-to-be sister city. Six visitors from Eutin, West Germany, faced a hectic schedule of activities Tuesday, their first full day in Lawrence. The delegation, including Eutin’s mayor, a pair of educators and the preservation society president, toured downtown Lawrence, ate lunch with Lawrence city officials, visited Lawrence High School and made a brief appearance during Tuesday night’s meeting of the Lawrence City Commisison.
DISTRICT ESTIMATES COST OF OPERATING A SECOND HIGH SCHOOL
October 25, 1989
As the Lawrence school district moves toward asking local voters to approve a $20 million to $25 million bond issue that would finance construction of a second high school, one question has popped up frequently: “How much will it cost to run two high schools?” District administrators estimate it will cost about $847,750 more to run three junior highs and two high schools in 1992-93 than it would cost to operate three junior highs and just one high school during the same school year.