Archive for Wednesday, February 28, 1990

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TAX COLLECTIONS
February 28, 1990
Douglas County is right to aggressively go after people who pay their taxes with bad checks. The county commission has instructed County Treasurer Nancy Hempen to draw up an agreement with a local collection agency to try to collect more than $10,000 in bad checks that have been written to the county treasurer’s office so far this year. The collection agency would charge the taxpayer $15 per check but would charge the county nothing.
USSR FUTURE
February 28, 1990
Dear Editor: I wish to correct Sharon Lambert’s report in Monday’s Journal-World on my talk concerning the future of the USSR.
S DECISION ON TENURE LIKELY TO COME IN MID-MARCH
February 28, 1990
A Kansas University Faculty Senate committee’s written decision in the dismissal case of tenured professor Dorothy Willner will be delivered simultaneously to the principal participants, most likely sometime in mid-March. The Committee on Tenure and Related Problems, assigned the task of deciding whether KU has just cause to discipline Willner, has been working on the report since a two-month public hearing on the matter ended in December.
FOR THE RECORD
February 28, 1990
Law enforcement report Burglaries and thefts reported
DISTRICT TO SEEK NEW WATER SOURCE
February 28, 1990
The Jefferson County Rural Water District No. 10 board has decided to seek financing for its search for an alternative water source. The decision came months after the Kansas Department of Health and Environment found the district’s water to be below national drinking water standards.
WILDLIFE HEARING SET FOR OTTAWA
February 28, 1990
The second of three area public hearings conducted by the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks will be at 7 p.m. today at Ottawa Middle School, Fifth and Main streets. Marty Burke, public information and education officer for the department, said the meetings would address the state’s crappie management policies, which include creel and length limits, and populations.
LLOYD M. DAVIES
February 28, 1990
Services for Lloyd Morgan Davies, 83, will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at Marion Presbyterian Church and at 3 p.m. Thursday at First United Methodist Church in Lawrence. Burial will be in Memorial Park Cemetery in Lawrence. Mr. Davies died Monday at Marion Manor Nursing Home.
SALARIES
February 28, 1990
Lawrence School Board members voted Tuesday night to renew its contract with Mayflower Contract Services, with the option of increasing the bus drivers’ salaries. The board chose to stay with Mayflower for the 1990-91 school year because its bids were the lowest the district received. A survey by school administrators revealed that the salaries of Mayflower bus drivers were the lowest as well, so the board requested the option to raise the drivers’ salaries.
ACT DRAWS FIRE
February 28, 1990
All Kansas higher education institutions should be forced by law to disclose enrollment statistics, graduation rates and job-placement figures to prospective students, the president of a private junior college said. Gary Talley, president of Brown Mackie College’s campuses in Overland Park and Salina, testified this week before the House Education Committee in support of the “truth in education” act. The committee has taken no action on the bill.
BENEFIT SHOW TO FUND HABITAT
February 28, 1990
Lawrence Habitat for Humanity Inc. is gearing up for a benefit variety show, which organizers hope will generate between $3,000 and $5,000. The Rev. John Gingerich, president of the group, said that as of last week, $4,000 has been raised for construction of its second home in the city.
AREA MAN CONSIDERING RUN FOR ATTORNEY GENERAL
February 28, 1990
Bob Eye, a rural Tonganoxie attorney who specializes in environmental and consumer protection law, is considering entering the Democratic race for attorney general. Eye said Tuesday that he is giving the race serious thought, and would make an announcement in about a month.
BALDWIN MAN EMBRACES GOAL OF BEING ABLE TO WALK AGAIN
February 28, 1990
Five months ago, Bill Whitney couldn’t even scratch his nose. But on Saturday he raised his arm and rubbed his hand over the top of his head, and hopes soon to be able tie up his walking shoes and step out of his wheelchair for good. Although he missed his self-imposed Jan. 1 deadline, when he had hoped to walk on his own, daily rehabilitation at the Colmery-O’Neil Veterans Administration Medical Center in Topeka provides Whitney with continual motivation to overcome his paralysis.
ROBBERY SUSPECT DRAWS SENTENCE
February 28, 1990
An Oklahoma City man, who was convicted in the November 1988 robbery of a Topeka savings and loan and suspected of robbing a Lawrence bank, has been sentenced to prison, according to a Federal Bureau of Investigation agent. Scott Allen Wilson, 20, was sentenced last month in U.S. District Court to two years and nine months in prison, followed by three years probation, Special Agent Max Geiman of the FBI’s Kansas City, Mo., office said Monday. Wilson was convicted of robbing the Capitol Federal Savings and Loan on Nov. 28, 1988.
CHARGES DROPPED IN FATAL ACCIDENT
February 28, 1990
Prosecutors have dismissed a vehicular homicide case filed nearly a year ago in Douglas County District Court against a 27-year-old Topeka man. James McKay III was charged April 5, 1989, with a felony count of aggravated vehicular homicide stemming from the Nov. 1, 1988, death of Shelia L. DeGroat, 37, Topeka.
FIREFIGHTERS SEEK REVIEW OF RULING
February 28, 1990
Lawrence firefighters are asking the Kansas Court of Appeals to overturn a Douglas County district judge’s ruling against them in a labor dispute with the city. John Frieden, the Topeka attorney representing International Association of Firefighters Local 1596, on Tuesday filed a notice of appeal in Douglas County District Court. A representative in the appeals court in Topeka said this morning that the request has not yet reached that court.
CITY APPROVES TAX ABATEMENT FOR PACKER PLASTICS
February 28, 1990
The Lawrence City Commission on Tuesday granted a tax abatement request for Packer Plastics. Packer’s request entails a 50 percent, 10-year abatement of property taxes due on machinery and equipment stemming from a $3 million industrial revenue bond issue.
SATANIC CRIMES, OCCULT RITUALS ARE INCREASING, DECTECTIVE SAYS
February 28, 1990
Satanic crimes and rituals of the occult are on the rise in Kansas and Missouri, and should be taken seriously by parents and law enforcement officials, according to a Kansas City, Kan., police detective who spoke Tuesday night in Lawrence. What began as a relatively straightforward presentation by the detective ended in a heated exchange between the speaker and members of the audience.
NOBLE QUALIFIES AS SNAKE PITTOO
February 28, 1990
A mile or so north of Noble Arena on the Oklahoma University campus sits Owen Stadium, the original “Snake Pit.” OU’s football facility acquired that nickname during the glory years of Bud Wilkinson and retained it through the Barry Switzer era.
MESSAGE TO EXXON
February 28, 1990
The five-count criminal indictment filed Tuesday against Exxon Corp. sends a strong message that oil shippers should take every step to make sure their operations don’t damage the environment. The indictment was filed in response to the Exxon Valdez oil spill that fouled miles of Alaska’s coast nearly a year ago. Officials said that if Exxon is convicted on all counts brought by a federal grand jury in Anchorage it could face criminal fines of as much as $1.6 million. The government also could seek as much as $700 million more in penalties under a separate federal statute that allows recovery of twice the amount of proven losses caused by the spill.
CLINTON LAKE RATED FOR POTENTIAL RESORT
February 28, 1990
The Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks is studying the possibility of allowing private companies to build convention centers and resorts on state park land, and a preliminary report indicates that Clinton State Park west of Lawrence is the most likely spot for the first such venture. Sen. Wint Winter, R-Lawrence, said Tuesday that the Senate Ways and Means Committee kept money in the department’s budget for further study of allowing such development.
YOUTH, 17, PLEADS IN MURDER CASE
February 28, 1990
A murder case involving a local teen-ager who shot and killed his roommate ended abruptly Tuesday afternoon when prosecutors abandoned attempts to try the boy as an adult and the teen pleaded no contest to juvenile offenses. Nathan Shaman Dey, 17, Tuesday pleaded to juvenile offenses more serious than the original offenses filed against him in the Jan. 14 shooting death of his roommate, Geoffrey Railing, 18. In return for Dey’s no-contest plea, prosecutors dropped a motion asking that Dey be charged as an adult with second-degree murder.
CEMETERY BILL BACKED BY EUDORA RESIDENTS
February 28, 1990
After hearing testimony from four Eudora residents and an assistant Douglas County district attorney Wednesday, the Senate Judiciary Committee voted unanimously to recommend stiffer penalties for extensive cemetery vandalism. Members of the Holy Family Catholic Church in Eudora testified that a Kansas statute which limits the penalty for cemetery vandalism to a misdemeanor, even if the amount of damage exceeds $500, should be changed.
5 MANAGER APPLICANTS SLATED FOR INTERVIEWS
February 28, 1990
Five candidates for the city manager’s post will be interviewed by the Lawrence City Commission over a three-day period in mid-March, Mayor Bob Schumm confirmed today. The commission announced on Feb. 13 that it would conduct interviews for the city manager’s opening on March 12, 13 and 14, but did not announce the number of applicants it was interested in interviewing.
SOONERS, FANS WHOOP IT UP
February 28, 1990
First, Skeeter Henry charged Oklahoma’s student section, slapping palms with fanatics seated in the front row of sold-out Noble Arena. After running out the exit toward the OU locker room, the Sooners’ 6-7 senior guard returned to center court and took a few bows with teammate Tony Martin.
6 EDUCATORS FROM KANSAS TO RECEIVE HONORS TONIGHT
February 28, 1990
Six Kansas educators will be honored tonight at Kansas University during an annual awards banquet sponsored by the Center for Black Leadership Development and Research. “We hope this will inspire young people to go into that field,” said Jacob Gordon, center director and associate professor of African and African-American studies. “There’s a great shortage of black teachers in public schools. These educators demonstrate that there are blacks who have reached the heights of excellence, who can be role models to younger people to encourage them to pursue careers in education.”
EQUAL PLAY SOUGHT FOR 2 HIGH SCHOOLS
February 28, 1990
A top-notch, state-of-the-art sports complex for Lawrence’s proposed second high school was not among recommendations made to the Lawrence school board Tuesday night by a sports facilities committee. Instead, equitable outdoor sports facilities at Lawrence High School and the proposed second high school appeared to be the prime objective.
DOGS DUMP CARDS, GEAR UP FOR HAYDEN
February 28, 1990
Bob Martin wanted a rematch, and that’s just what he’s going to get. Martin and his Baldwin High basketball team suffered a 78-48 road loss to Topeka Hayden last week. On Tuesday, his Bulldogs defeated visiting Eudora, 67-43, in a first-round substate game. Their second-round opponent is no surprise third-ranked Hayden. The Wildcats defeated Jefferson West, 78-46, Tuesday night.
RAILROAD PURCHASES LAND RIGHTS FROM CITY
February 28, 1990
The Lawrence City Commission found 20,001 reasons Tuesday to give up the city’s purchase option on about 12 acres in East Lawrence. One important reason, city commissioners said, was promoting the planned expansion of several businesses in that area.
APPEAL OF EAGLES RULING TO BE
February 28, 1990
A local environmental group will ask a federal appeals court in April to order restoration of a habitat for bald eagles on the Kansas River bank in Lawrence. The environmental group, POETs (Protect Our Eagles’ Trees), is appealing a decision made a year ago by U.S. District Judge Dale Saffels, whose ruling allowed developers of the Lawrence Riverfront Plaza to remove a stand of about 15 cottonwood trees from the banks of the Kansas River. The trees had been identified as perches for bald eagles, a federally protected endangered species.
HOSPITAL REPORT
February 28, 1990
ADMISSIONS Patricia Tangkiatrungseree, 2622 W. 24th Ter.; Dena Naquin, Garnett; and Delores Bryant, 865 Lyon.
OU HAMMERS KANSAS, 100-78
February 28, 1990
Too bad, figured Roy Williams, Kansas and Oklahoma weren’t playing a basketball doubleheader here Tuesday night. “I’d like to play ‘em over again right now,” Williams said after OU walloped the Jayhawks, 100-78. “But maybe I’m stupid.”
MCLOUTH MUNCHED
February 28, 1990
Larry Stice thinks his McLouth boys basketball team was beaten in every phase of the game Tuesday night. For proof, there’s the final score. The Bulldogs fell to host Central Heights, 100-61, in first-round high school boys substate action Tuesday.
REGENT ENCOURAGES MENTORING PLAN
February 28, 1990
When Linwood Sexton was growing up, he was the only black player on his football team. He is now the only black Board of Regents member, and he says that it is time for change.
BODS STONE COLD, WINS HOME OPENER 10-0
February 28, 1990
A sophomore from Rapid City, S.D., Eric Stonecipher has seen nearby Mount Rushmore many times. Come to think of it, the Kansas right-hander probably felt right at home pitching against Washburn on Tuesday. After all, most of the swings Washburn hitters took weren’t much better than the ones the carved figures on the monument presidents Washington, Lincoln, Jefferson and Theodore Roosevelt could have expected to get.
COUNCIL TO HOLD JOB INTERVIEWS
February 28, 1990
A Baldwin City Council committee has chosen five people to interview for the post of city administrator and will bring those applicants to town next week for the first phase of the screening process. Marilyn Pearse, committee member, said today that the list of more than 50 applicants was pared during a Tuesday morning meeting. Pearse said the five applicants who will be brought to Baldwin are not finalists for the job, but are the first five people to go through the screening process.
February 28, 1990
Ned Nixon, director of this year’s Rock Chalk Revue, hasn’t had much sleep lately. He and about 800 other people have been preparing for “Standing Room Only,” which opens Thursday at Kansas University. He’s been working day and night to pull off the 41st revue.
ANTIQUE VENDORS TO OCCUPY BUILDING
February 28, 1990
The former Litwin’s building in downtown Lawrence was leased today to an area family that hopes to turn it into one of the largest antique malls in Kansas. The building, located at 830 Mass., will house The Antique Mall, which will open with about 60 vendors of antique glassware, furniture, dolls, jewelry and other collectibles, one of the partners of the new business said today.