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FOR THE RECORD
January 5, 1990
Law enforcement report Burglaries and thefts reported
HOME CONSTRUCTION FALLS OFF IN DECEMBER
January 5, 1990
Single-family housing construction in Lawrence had its slowest December in a decade, a city official said today. Gene Shaughnessy, the city’s chief building inspector, said only five permits were issued in December for single-family homes, the lowest number written in a December since 1979, when three permits were issued.
START OF THE CENTURY
January 5, 1990
Dear Editor: I feel that it is time to set the record straight on one of your articles in the Dec. 30 paper. The class of 2000 will be at the end of the 20th Century. The 21st Century begins with the year 2001. As your Associated Press article in Sunday’s paper by Sid Moody indicates “Killjoys say the millennium really is 1-1-2001 because we count from one, not zero, so 2000 is really the 10th year of the 1990s” and the end of the century. Of course, TV ads for new cars will probably have a “last good deal of the century” in 1999!
TRAFFIC PANEL TO STUDY COMPLAINT OF SPEEDING
January 5, 1990
The Lawrence Traffic Safety Commission is being asked to deal with yet another complaint regarding speeding traffic in a residential section of the city. The commission will consider a request to do something about speeding on Eighth Street between Lawrence Avenue and Kasold Drive. Several groups from throughout the city have petitioned the traffic commission recently to take steps to slow down traffic on residential streets.
DEADLINE EXTENSION REDUCES 1989 PROPERTY TAX RECEIPTS
January 5, 1990
Douglas County’s 1989 property tax receipts through December were down more than $4 million from the same period in 1988, according to County Treasurer Nancy Hempen. Mrs. Hempen said that through Dec. 29, the last working day of the year for the treasurer’s office, the county had received $20,667,205. That’s down $4.6 million from the $25,273,037 collected through December 1988, she said.
NOMINATIONS SOUGHT FOR HUMANITIES AWARD
January 5, 1990
The Kansas Committee for the Humanities recently began accepting nominations for the 1990 Public Humanities Award. The award, which recognizes outstanding contributions to public humanities programming, will be given in the categories of individual and organization achievement. Any individual, organization or institution that has made a significant contribution to the cultural life of the state through the humanities, has encouraged public appreciation for the humanities or has promoted their civic importance may be nominated.
S PARENTS HEAR SON IS SAFE
January 5, 1990
U.S. Army Pvt. Mike Scribner, one of thousands of soldiers in the Panama invasion force, came under sniper fire when he tried to call his parents in Lawrence on Christmas Day. But he finally managed to get through Wednesday night to his parents, James and Penny Scribner, 1033 Lakecrest Dr., after a brief communications gap that further delayed the call.
JOSEPHINE A. DEAL
January 5, 1990
Services for Josephine A. Deal, 80, Lawrence, will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Butler Funeral Home, 6300 Parallel, Kansas City, Kan., followed by burial in Western Highlands Cemetery. Mrs. Deal died Thursday in Kansas City, Kan. She was born March 19, 1909, in Kansas City, Kan., and married Dr. James M. Deal, a Bonner Springs chiropractor, on Nov. 30, 1929. He died earlier.
IMOGENE MCADAM
January 5, 1990
Services for Imogene McAdam, 61, Oskaloosa, will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at the United Methodist Church in Oskaloosa with the Rev. Wayne S. Feuerbacher officiating. Burial will be in Pleasant View Cemetery in Oskaloosa. Mrs. McAdam died Wednesday at a Topeka hospital. She was born April 11, 1928, at Orrick, Mo. She had lived in Oskaloosa since 1946 and formerly lived in Kansas City, Mo.
CARL S. FISHER
January 5, 1990
Services for Carl S. Fisher, 90, Topeka, will be at 9 a.m. Saturday at Penwell-Gabel Funeral Home in Topeka. Burial will be in Rochester Cemetery. Mr. Fisher died Wednesday at his home.
BERNICE H. MCCLAREN
January 5, 1990
Services are pending at Rumsey Funeral Home in Lawrence for Bernice Helen McClaren, 88, Baldwin. Mrs. McClaren died Thursday in Valley View Care Home, Lawrence.
PROFESSOR TO BE SUED OVER RIGHTS TO STORY
January 5, 1990
The Kansas attorney general’s office today plans to take legal action in Douglas County District Court stemming from an investigation into payments made by a Kansas University assistant English professor to a transient convicted of murder. Mary Horsch, press secretary for the attorney general’s office, said attorneys plan to file the action this afternoon in civil court. She would not release further details.
TRIAL SCHEDULED FOR BOARD MEMBER
January 5, 1990
A DeSoto School Board member pleaded not guilty Thursday in Johnson County District Court to two charges of violating the state’s conflict of interest laws. Alvin R. Knight pleaded not guilty and was ordered to stand trial on the charges at 9 a.m. Feb. 2.
SPORTS HALL BOARD TO HEAR PROPOSAL
January 5, 1990
The board of directors of the State of Kansas Sports Hall of Fame will hear an offer from a group from Abilene concerning the possibility of moving the hall from Lawrence. Now housed on the first floor of the Elizabeth M. Watkins Community Museum, the sports hall was asked to relocate this year by the Douglas County Historical Society after a report from the American Association of Museums recommended such a move to improve the museum.
SANDERS
January 5, 1990
Services for A.B. “Blackie” Sanders, 81, Lawrence, will be at 3 p.m. Tuesday at the Warren-McElwain Mortuary. Inurnment will be at Oak Hill Cemetery at a later date. Mr. Sanders died this morning at his home at 2440 Ohio. Lawrence police, who were called to the home shortly after 8 a.m. by a family member, reported that Mr. Sanders died of natural causes.
WATER PROBLEM CLOSES SCHOOLS
January 5, 1990
Eudora school district students were given an early start on the weekend today. A water line break at the Eudora Junior-Senior High School forced Supt. Dan Bloom to cancel all classes early this morning before he left town to attend a meeting.
SESSION TO FOCUS ON WEIGHT LOSS
January 5, 1990
A workshop titled “The Holistic Self-Care Approach for Permanent Weight Control” will be presented at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the visiting nurses meeting room of the Douglas County Health Department, 336 Mo. Sue Popkess-Vawter, professor of nursing at the Kansas University Medical Center, Kansas City, Kan., will present the program, which will last about two hours.
LECOMPTON TO GET 8 NEW RENTAL UNITS
January 5, 1990
Eight new apartments soon will be added to the Lecompton rental market. Gary Kroeger, owner of Kroeger Country Store near Lecompton and of Kroeger Country Meats in Lawrence, said today that he is in the process of putting eight new apartment units in a two-story complex south of his store on Douglas County Road 1029 near Lecompton.
DORM ROOMS TO GET CABLE TV
January 5, 1990
Negotiations are under way to bring cable television to thousands of Kansas University residence hall students. Ken Stoner, director of student housing, said Thursday he expects rooms to be wired for cable by this fall.
BROWN LEADS KU BOMBERS
January 5, 1990
Maybe he likes the color yellow, which is splashed all over Wichita State’s Levitt Arena. Perhaps Terry Brown simply prefers playing basketball in this part of the state. Last year, his Northeastern (Okla.) A&M junior college team won the national championship in nearby Hutchinson.
LAWRENCE GIRLS ROLL PAST SOUTH, 57-36
January 5, 1990
There’s no question in Gwen Mullens’ mind how Lawrence High’s girls basketball team defeated Shawnee Mission South Thursday night, running its record to 3-1. “Height, period,” said Mullens, a 5-9 junior guard, after the Lions tripped the Raiders, 57-36, at LHS. “I think no matter if they’re tall or short, we’re going to play inside and outside. But their tallest player was only 5-10.”
BUSINESS INCREASES
January 5, 1990
For many property owners, reappraisal has meant higher taxes. But for local real estate appraisers, it has meant more business. Property owners started calling local appraisers in earnest last spring, when the county mailed out change of value notices. Many property owners requested formal appraisals so they could present documentation to contest the new property values.
TAXES CITED IN RESTAURANT CLOSING
January 5, 1990
A double-whammy tax increase is being blamed as a factor in the closing of the newest of Lawrence Mayor Bob Schumm’s restaurants. Arthur Porters, 1511 W. 23rd, closed its doors Jan. 1 after nearly 28 months in operation. The shutdown affected about 75 restaurant employees.
KU CALMS SHOCKERS, 93-66
January 5, 1990
Silence is golden. “One of the best feelings in the world is to play in someone else’s house and have it quiet when the fans leave. Quieting people is gratifying,” said Kansas guard Kevin Pritchard.
MRSCIENCE
January 5, 1990
Here’s one for all of you trivia buffs. Ever wonder why January is typically the coldest month of the year even though it is the time when the sun is closest to Earth?
COUNTY QUALIFIES FOR DROUGHT RELIEF
January 5, 1990
Douglas County has been declared a disaster area because of the 1989 drought, but local agriculture officials have not been told what that will mean to area farmers. Gov. Mike Hayden announced Thursday that Douglas was one of 71 Kansas counties designated as disaster areas. The designations were made by U.S. Agriculture Secretary Clayton Yeutter.
KU WOMEN ROUT OCU
January 5, 1990
Kansas’ women’s basketball team completed an impressive trip to Oklahoma here Thursday night with a 117-53 romp over Oklahoma City University. It was the second straight night the Jayhawks went over the 100-point mark. On Wednesday, they routed Oral Roberts, 108-52.
STATE LISTS COUNTY ROAD PROJECTS
January 5, 1990
Five Douglas County projects are included in the $1.7 billion highway improvement program announced Wednesday by the Kansas Department of Transportation. Secretary Horace Edwards said the work would be authorized during the first five years of the eight-year $2.6 billion program passed last year by the Legislature.
CITY TO CONSIDER OPTIONS FOR MEMORIAL TO WATSON
January 5, 1990
Lawrence residents soon might be driving on Watson Parkway instead of Clinton Parkway or attending a public meeting at Watson Government Center instead of at city hall. The name changes are included on a list of several options for recognizing the accomplishments and efforts of longtime Lawrence City Manager Buford Watson, who died unexpectedly in October.
TRANSPORTATION ISSUES TOP CITY AGENDA
January 5, 1990
A pair of transportation issues will take center stage before the Lawrence City Commission next week. The commission will discuss possible dates and cost for holding a bond election for the proposed south Lawrence trafficway, and it again will discuss its options in purchasing or leasing a trolley car to provide rides between downtown Lawrence and the soon-to-open Lawrence Riverfront Plaza.
FREDERICK FAVORS FROSH INELIGIBILITY
January 5, 1990
The Knight Foundation has nothing to do with Bob Knight. Or with King Arthur’s sword-swinging round-tablers. Or with the repair of leaky basements, either. The Knight Foundation, based in Akron, Ohio, has $600 million in assets and supports causes usually where Knight-Ridder Inc. publishes newspapers.
KU MEDICAL CENTER TO RECOVER $2.2 MILLION
January 5, 1990
Kansas University Medical Center won’t have to repay millions of dollars it received from Medicare to cover nursing education and other costs, officials said. A new federal law prohibits Medicare from recovering overpayments made since Fiscal Year 1986, said Eugene Staples, vice chancellor for hospital administration.
January 5, 1990
During the 13 years since Lawrence police officials wrote their original general orders, the department has gone through a lot of changes. This year, the orders most likely will change, too.
HOOVER QUALIFIES, LIONS CAPTURE QUAD
January 5, 1990
For a team of question marks, Lawrence High’s swimmers fared just fine, thanks. The Lions, fresh off their holiday break and missing their top swimmer, won a quadrangular meet Thursday at the LHS pool. Lawrence totaled 362 points, Shawnee Mission North 311, Topeka High 267 and Topeka Hayden 96.
COHEN SAYS KU DESERVES TOP RANKING
January 5, 1990
Add the name of one more college basketball coach to the Kansas Admiration Society. “That’s a very, very good basketball team,” Wichita State’s Mike Cohen said after the Jayhawks shell-shocked the Shockers, 93-66, here Thursday night. “I said all along they’re No. 1 and I haven’t changed my mind.”
IRAN AND ADULTHOOD
January 5, 1990
Little wonder it’s difficult to take any comment too seriously when it originates with the government in Tehran. The automatic policy of blaming anyone or anything except Iranians for some happening is childish and irresponsible, and as predictable as ever during the Khomeini and post-Khomeini regimes. A defective Iranian supertanker recently spewed millions of gallons of oil into the Atlantic Ocean off the Moroccan coast. The spill was nearly double the 11 million gallons of crude oil dumped into Alaska’s Prince William Sound by the Exxon Valdez, and there was great danger for coastal areas and fishing grounds. Climate and conditions made it much easier to avert disaster in this case than in Alaska.