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ATTRACTIVE PLAN
February 15, 1990
Lawrence residents should be eagerly awaiting further details of a plan by two local artists to restore the former barbed wire factory building east of city hall into an attractive riverfront addition. Mike Elwell and Ron Miller envision turning the building into an gathering place that would complement the factory outlet shopping center nearing completion just to the east. Plans are to spruce up the exterior of the historic building and install an indoor sculpture garden, which would be the focal point of the project. Areas for games like pool and darts, a row of artisans’ shops and a stage for live performances also are envisioned, along with some food and beverage service.
RELIGIOUS VOWS
February 15, 1990
Editor, Journal-World: I see the number of Catholic seminarians has shrunk from nearly 50,000 in 1966 to around 7,000 today. And I hear that all of the ex-priests and ex-nuns who got their “undies in a bundle” over their freely chosen (but now rejected) celibacy are going to demonstrate in February against the Church. They must think that repudiating their freely taken vows (of marriage to Christ) qualifies them to tell the rest of us how to keep our (marriage) vows. If this is the kind of person these seminaries produce, thank God they’re almost empty.
MARGIN RESPONSE
February 15, 1990
Editor, Journal-World: I am responding to a letter that appeared in the Public Forum Feb. 9, concerning support for the Margin of Excellence. The letter, written by Allen Pickert, stated that Gov. Hayden and the Kansas Legislature provided 83 percent of the funds requested for the Margin of Excellence in its first year, and 100 percent in its second year. He further stated that $8 million of the second appropriation for the Margin of Excellence is being taken back and the third year not funded at all. I believe those statements are misleading.
CURIOUS LABEL
February 15, 1990
Editor, Journal-World: In your first article in the series about Dwight Eisenhower, one statement reads: “Every evening the family gathered in Mennonite fashion, while the father read from the Bible.” As one who currently not only associates with Mennonites but who pastors the local Mennonite congregation, as one who is also the mother of a family, I am curious to know the meaning of the phrase “the family gathered in Mennonite fashion.” Sometimes Mennonites themselves have great difficulty defining what the historical label actually means! And how a family gathers in “Mennonite fashion” as opposed to some other manner (Catholic fashion? Hispanic fashion?) is beyond me.
CITY MOVES FORWARD ON DRUG LAW
February 15, 1990
Wellsville City Council members Wednesday directed the city attorney to draw up an ordinance authorizing the council to test city employees for drugs. The drug-testing issue first arose at the council’s January meeting. Since then, City Atty. Scott Ryburn requested and received several sample drug-testing ordinances from the Kansas League of Municipalities.
FOR THE RECORD
February 15, 1990
Law enforcement report Police reports
ALMA A. BRYANT
February 15, 1990
Services for Alma Ann Bryant, 52, Lawrence, will be at 10 a.m. Monday at the Rumsey Funeral Home. Burial will be in Memorial Park Cemetery. Mrs. Bryant died Wednesday at the Colonial Manor of Lawrence nursing home after a lengthy illness.
S OFFICIALS DEFEND USE OF TESTS
February 15, 1990
A proposal by Lawrence school officials to base high school graduation eligibility on minimum competency tests goes against a recent recommendation by a national education group, but local administrators still hope to use the tests at Lawrence High School. The American Association of School Administrators (AASA) published a report last month called “Testing: Where We Stand,” which states the association’s position on a number of crucial testing issues.
DETROIT PREP CHOOSES KU OVER HUSKERS
February 15, 1990
Not often does a high school football recruit pick Kansas over Nebraska. That’s what happened, though, in the case of Sylvester Wright, a 6-4, 240-pound outside linebacker from Mackenzie High in Detroit, Mich., who penned a scholarship agreement with KU on Wednesday.
COUNTY SALES TAX COLLECTIONS RISE
February 15, 1990
Douglas County’s collection of the state’s 4.25 percent sales tax rose in December compared with revenues collected in both November and December 1988. The county took in state sales tax totaling $1.702 million in December 1989, compared with $1.673 million the previous month, according to Kansas Department of Revenue figures.
KANSAS PROTESTS IRISH MOVE, DROPS HOME-AND-HOME SET
February 15, 1990
Kansas has dropped its scheduled home-and-home basketball series with Notre Dame in 1992 and 1993. KU athletic director Bob Frederick said the cancellation was in response to Notre Dame’s recent decision to sign a singular football television contract with NBC.
FAMILIES APPLY FOR HABITAT HOME
February 15, 1990
A selection committee is evaluating 17 applications from families who want to help build and then own the second Lawrence Habitat for Humanity home. Rev. John Gingerich, president of the agency that builds homes for the working poor using volunteer labor, said the committee is expected to make a selection by the April 5. The group is not accepting any more applications for its second home in Lawrence.
KU MICROBIOLOGIST WINS RESEARCH GRANT
February 15, 1990
A Kansas University Medical Center microbiologist recently was awarded a five-year renewal grant for research of endotoxins, which are poisonous substances produced by the breakdown of bacteria. David Morrison, chairman of KU’s department of microbiology, molecular genetics and immunology, received a MERIT Award from the National Institutes of Health. The five-year grant, which can be given a five-year extension without competing against other proposals, totals more than $1 million.
PAROLE BOARD DIRECTOR RELEASES RESULTS FROM RECENT HEARINGS
February 15, 1990
Kansas Parole Board Director Micah Ross today announced the results of parole hearings during the past two months for inmates convicted in local courts. The following is a list of inmates convicted in local courts, their place of incarceration in December and January, the charges of which they were convicted and the outcome of their parole hearings:
MEETING SCHEDULED ON TRAFFICWAY PLAN
February 15, 1990
A public meeting to discuss concerns with the recently released environmental impact statement for the proposed south Lawrence trafficway will be at 7:30 p.m. Monday. The meeting, at the Ecumenical Christian Ministries building, 1204 Oread, is being held for people to hear and voice concerns about the EIS. The meeting is being sponsored by the Jayhawk Audubon Society and Kansas Area Watershed Council.
REGENTS CONSIDER HONORARY DEGREES
February 15, 1990
Kansas University Chancellor Gene Budig said today that it doesn’t concern him too much that the Kansas Board of Regents might soon lift its one-year-old moratorium on the awarding of honorary degrees by state universities. “We have no plan to award honorary degrees,” Budig said in an interview before regents took up the issue at their monthly meeting. “KU has never awarded honorary degrees in the history of the institution.”
DEERFIELD TEACHER RECEIVES LOCAL HONOR
February 15, 1990
Tom Christie, a teacher at Deerfield School, has been selected as the school district’s Master Teacher. Christie now will compete with teachers across the state for the honor of Kansas State Master Teacher, an annual award presented by Emporia State University. The award will be presented in April at ESU.
COMMISSIONERS SUPPORT HIGHER AMBULANCE RATES
February 15, 1990
Douglas County commissioners Wednesday generally agreed to a 13 percent increase in ambulance service rates and asked the staff to draw up a resolution the commission can consider next week. Commissioners Nancy Hiebert and Louie McElhaney both said they support the 13 percent increase recommended by Ted McFarlane, county director of Emergency Medical Services and Emergency Preparedness. That would raise the average emergency service charge from $176 to $201. Commissioners have approved rate increases the last few years to make the ambulance service less reliant on property taxes.
BERT NASH SETS AWARDS EVENT
February 15, 1990
Five local residents will be honored by the Bert Nash Community Mental Health Center during the center’s fifth annual Pioneer Awards Ceremony at 2 p.m. Feb. 25 in the courtyard of the Helen Foresman Spencer Museum of Art at Kansas University. The Pioneer Award, the highest award given by the Bert Nash Center Governing Board of Directors, honors people who have made outstanding contributions to mental health care in Douglas County.
BOARD SETS SPECIAL MEETINGS
February 15, 1990
The McLouth School Board has rescheduled a regular meeting because of a conflict and scheduled two special meetings to review the applications of those who are interested in the superintendent’s job. During its regular monthly meeting this week, the board voted to move next month’s meeting from 7:30 p.m. March 13 to 7 p.m. March 19 because of the district’s spring break schedule, said Supt. Jack Bittner.
STUDENTS TAKE ON WEIGHTY ROLES IN KU SERIES
February 15, 1990
The contrast is stark. “‘Night, Mother,” a play by Marsha Norman, examines a middle-age woman thinking of killing herself. But the students and director presenting “‘Night, Mother” are young, with their careers and their lives before them.
PROF TELLS OF AFFECTION FOR PRESERVATION
February 15, 1990
In the middle of Valentine’s Day, Kansas University associate dean of architecture Dennis Domer, launched into a University Forum lecture on a controversial subject close to his heart. The topic “Historic Preservation in a Throwaway Society” focused on the “long love affair between me and buildings … and people who appreciate this kind of material culture,” he said.
February 15, 1990
Steve Harvey made the efficient decision and signed a national football letter of intent with Kansas on Wednesday. Harvey, a 6-4, 215-pound linebacker from Leavenworth, chose KU over Iowa, Tennessee and UCLA.
CLEANUP IS GLOBAL ISSUE, OFFICIAL SAYS
February 15, 1990
Environmentalists heard the other side of the story Wednesday night when S. Ahmed Meer, a U.S. Department of State official, outlined the federal government’s role in environmental reform. Meer was the second speaker in Kansas University’s five-part “Environment in Crisis” series, which began Feb. 6 with a lecture by Chris Childs, national spokesperson for Greenpeace. Meer’s position that the U.S. leads the world in environmental cleanup, contrasted significantly with that of Childs, who called for more U.S. intervention.
FREEMAN REMAINS HUMBLE
February 15, 1990
In announcing his resignation a week ago, Lawrence High football coach Bill Freeman credited players, assistant coaches, school administrators and even blind luck as reasons for his success. Abiding by the motto “Modesty is the Best Policy,” he downplayed his own contributions.
ICE STORM SLOWS AREA TOCRAWL
February 15, 1990
A crippling storm that hit the area overnight closed area schools, sent city street crews scurrying, canceled events and generated a stack of accident reports to be worked this morning by local law enforcement agencies. However, the thick coating of ice that covered Lawrence overnight is expected to melt away, allowing more favorable conditions by Friday.
HOSPITAL REPORT
February 15, 1990
ADMISSIONS Lila Conner, Ottawa.
KU CORRALS 21
February 15, 1990
With a bundle of Bowens expected in the Kansas football camp this fall, will Glen Mason become a barrister? “I should open a law firm of Bowen, Bowen, Bowen and Mason,” the Kansas head football coach quipped.
PROGRAM TO ATTRACT STUDENTS PROPOSED
February 15, 1990
A Kansas Board of Regents task force finished an eight-month study of tuition policy by proposing a program to attract brilliant out-of-state students and strategies to help Kansans attend state universities. The report, ratified by Kansas University Chancellor Gene Budig and other task force members Wednesday, will be forwarded to regents in March. Elements may become part of the regents’ 1991 legislative agenda.
KU WOMEN TOP TIGERS AT BUZZER
February 15, 1990
Michelle Arnold’s 10-foot jump shot with one second left gave Kansas a 60-59 win over league-leading Missouri Wednesday night and handed coach Marian Washington her 300th career coaching win. “This win will be a very memorable one,” said Washington, who has compiled a 300-195 record in 16-plus years at KU. “Probably one day I will be able to sit back and look at the big picture, but for now I’m just glad that we’re 18-7. I’m pleased the 300th win is finally here and we can go on.”
DEBATE RAGES ON ASPHALT PLANT REZONING
February 15, 1990
After listening to 2 hours of debate over rezoning for a proposed asphalt plant just east of Lawrence, Douglas County commissioners decided Wednesday night that they needed more time to make a decision. The rezoning request for LRM Industries Inc.’s proposed plant will return to the commission agenda next Wednesday night. The firm plans to build on a 49.3-acre tract south of East Hills Business Park.