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SUPERINTENDENT SEARCH BEGINS
January 16, 1990
The McLouth School Board has begun searching for a new superintendent to fill the vacancy created when the school district’s top executive resigned early this month. Myrtice Fuqua, board clerk, said that at a special meeting Thursday evening the board instructed her to draft an application form to be sent, along with a brochure promoting the McLouth area, to schools and organizations dealing with educators.
INTERIM PRESIDENT NAMED WU FINALIST
January 16, 1990
Washburn University Interim President Robert Burns is one of five finalists for the presidency of the university he has led since 1988. Burns, who has served as president since the death of John M. “Jack” Duggan in 1988, will now be considered for a permanent appointment, the Washburn University Board of Regents announced Monday.
AREA USERS SPARED IN TELEPHONE OUTAGE
January 16, 1990
Lawrence’s largest long-distance telephone users were spared from any significant ill effects resulting from the most widespread long-distance problem ever for American Telephone & Telegraph Co. The nine-hour outage occurred Monday and blocked about 50 percent of all long-distance phone calls made over AT&T lines nationwide, an AT&T spokesman in Kansas City, Mo., said today.
SKINNER SERVICES
January 16, 1990
Mass of the Resurrection for Barbara Frances Skinner, 76, formerly of Lawrence and Eudora, will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, with the Rev. Mike Scully officiating. Burial will follow in Mount Calvary Cemetery. Mrs. Skinner died Saturday at St. Elizabeth Hospital, Belleville, Ill.
THOMPSON PLAYS ROLE FOR COUGARS
January 16, 1990
In their sports media guides, most universities provide information about each team they play. In our office, we have three Pac-10 basketball guides Arizona, Arizona State and Stanford. Stanford’s book doesn’t list Lawrence High product Jason Thompson among Washington State’s “top newcomers.”
DRUG-TESTING BILL
January 16, 1990
A new drug testing bill, designed to encourage testing in private workplaces, is to be introduced in the U.S. Senate today. Included in the bill are standards to insure accurate tests as well as protection for private businesses wanting to test their employees. It also gives employers the flexibility to decide what action to take if a worker tests positive. It is interesting to note the increasing attention and concern drug testing is receiving at the national levels and yet Lawrence city commissioners still refuse to initiate a drug testing program for current city employees including the commissioners.
DIVIDED DEMOCRATS
January 16, 1990
If Kansas Republicans were trying to employ a divide and conquer strategy against the Democrats in this year’s gubernatorial race, it seems to be working. Two candidates already have declared they will seek the Democratic nomination, and two other hopefuls have yet to formally announce. These latter two, however, were the focus of a curious meeting in Topeka last weekend.
JOSEPHINE BERRY
January 16, 1990
Services for Josephine Berry, 75, Lawrence, will be at 2 p.m. Friday at the Ninth Street Baptist Church with the Rev. Charles Kennybrew officiating. Burial will follow in Oak Hill Cemetery. Mrs. Berry died Sunday at Colonial Manor of Lawrence nursing home.
WINTER DEFENDS SENATE TAX RELIEF EFFORT
January 16, 1990
Headlines across the state are screaming that the Kansas Senate is cool to proposals to aid small businesses beset by huge jumps in their 1989 property tax bills. Don’t the senators care about commercial property owners saddled with property tax increases in the wake of statewide reappraisal and classification?
REWARD OFFERED IN ARSON CASE
January 16, 1990
The Lawrence Fire Department, through the Kansas Bureau of Investigation, is offering a reward of up to $5,000 for anyone who can provide information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons who started an apartment fire in December. Maj. Rich Barr, fire marshal of the Lawrence Fire Department, said today that arson was the cause of a fire on Dec. 6 in a basement storage area of Cornish Square Building E of Meadowbrook Apartments.
HEAT WAVE IS ONE FOR RECORD BOOKS
January 16, 1990
Monday’s high temperature and this morning’s low temperature were record-breakers, according the Kansas Weather Service. Rob Edmiston, forecaster for the service, said Monday’s high temperature of 64 degrees broke the previous high mark for that date of 62 degrees set in 1943 and tied in 1953.
LARRY E. TUBBS
January 16, 1990
Services for Larry Earl Tubbs, 30, Lawrence, will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Warren-McElwain Mortuary chapel with the Rev. Franklin Galloway officiating. Burial will follow in Oak Hill Cemetery. Mr. Tubbs died Monday at Lawrence Memorial Hospital of natural causes.
SEARCH NEARS END FOR AUDIO-READER
January 16, 1990
The Audio-Reader Network at Kansas University should have a new director by the middle of next week, the chairman of a search committee said today. Ellen Unruh, outreach coordinator of Audio-Reader and chairman of the director’s search committee, said a director would be chosen from six finalists.
CARL W. PFLEGER
January 16, 1990
Carl W. Pfleger, 88, Glendora, Calif., died Jan. 9 at a Monrovia, Calif., hospital. Mr. Pfleger was cremated and his ashes were scattered at sea. He was born Oct. 28, 1901, in Eudora. He attended Hesper Grade School and Eudora High School.
GEOFFREY RAILING
January 16, 1990
Services for Geoffrey Railing, 18, will be at 1 p.m. Thursday at Rumsey Funeral Home. Burial will be in Oak Hill Cemetery. Mr. Railing died Sunday following a shooting at his home. A juvenile murder complaint has been filed in the death.
LRM TO MOVE PLANT NEAR EAST HILLS
January 16, 1990
The farmland around the East Hills Business Park is attracting commercial interest. LRM Industries Inc., 600 Lincoln, plans to move its hot-mix asphalt plant from North Lawrence to a location just south of the new East Hills Business Park, a company spokesman said Monday.
HOSPITAL BOARD TO REVIEW REPORT
January 16, 1990
Lawrence Memorial Hospital’s self-insurance fund rebounded strongly last year, a report to the LMH board of trustees indicates. The board of trustees will review the financial report at its meeting, scheduled for 9 a.m. Wednesday in the Jayhawk/Sunflower room at the hospital, 325 Maine.
PLANNERS LOOK AT LIED BIDS
January 16, 1990
Architects and planners will work in the next few weeks to bring construction bids down for Kansas University’s Lied Center for the performing arts, officials said today. All construction bids opened Friday were above the $13.1 million budgeted for the 2,160-seat performing arts center to be built at 15th and Iowa streets, said officials at KU and the KU Endowment Association.
LILLIAN Z. GABRIEL
January 16, 1990
Services for Lillian Z. Gabriel, 84, lifelong resident of Eudora, will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday at the Eudora United Methodist Church with the Rev. Glen Amend officiating. Burial will be in the Eudora Cemetery. Mrs. Gabriel died Monday at Presbyterian Manor in Lawrence.
EUDORA TEACHERS APPROVE 4% PAY INCREASE PACKAGE
January 16, 1990
Teachers in Eudora’s school district on Monday approved a salary package for the 1990-91 school year calling for raises of about 4 percent. Ruth Bettenbrock, spokeswoman for the teachers’ negotiation team, said today that the contracts, which call for base salary increases of $500, were approved by ballot on Friday and Monday.
LHS STUDENTS FEEL EFFECTS OF SHOOTING
January 16, 1990
Few Lawrence High School students knew Geoffrey Railing or know Nathan Dey personally. But less than 24 hours after the shooting involving the two teen-agers, several students had approached school counselors in an effort to cope with the incident. The shooting death of Railing, 18, and the subsequent detention of Dey, 17, occurred late Sunday afternoon, but word of the incident already had spread among many students by the time they got to school Monday morning.
KU GETS FELLOWSHIPS FOR PROJECT ON AGING
January 16, 1990
Kansas University researchers will be awarded four postdoctoral fellowships this year as the beginning of a new business-university project to focus on health care of the aging. Officials from KU, the University of Missouri-Kansas City and Merrell Marion Dow Inc., a Kansas City-based pharmaceutical company, formally announced Monday the creation of a regional center on aging and MMD’s commitment of up to $10 million to help finance the center’s research.
PARKS GROUP TO AUCTION SCRIPT
January 16, 1990
The Baldwin City Volunteers for the Parks will auction a script of “Where Pigeons Go to Die,” autographed by actor Michael Landon, to help raise money for new playground equipment for the city park. The auction will be conducted through sealed bids, which will be accepted beginning Jan. 17. The deadline to submit bids is Jan. 27. The highest bidder will be notified Jan. 29, the day the movie is scheduled to air on television.
NURSES FLY 400 MILES TO AID MED CENTER
January 16, 1990
It’s as if a dozen nurses at Bob Wilson Memorial Hospital in Ulysses read about the odyssey of legendary Greek hero Ulysses and decided to embark on an adventure of their own. Nurses from the southwest Kansas community volunteered to fly to Kansas City on a rotating basis to relieve the beleaguered Kansas University Medical Center nursing staff.
COUNTY TO CONSIDER ROAD MAINTENANCE
January 16, 1990
Rural Douglas County residents could soon be seeing more “minimum maintenance” roads. On Wednesday, Douglas County commissioners will receive reports on requests by four townships Clinton, Kanwaka, Wakarusa and Willow Springs to have certain township roads be declared minimum maintenance roads.
ENROLLMENTS EXPECTED TO RISE
January 16, 1990
Tonganoxie school district officials are keeping an eye on swelling enrollments at district schools. Supt. Stephen McClure said this morning that the Tonganoxie Facilities Planning Task Force met Monday night to discuss the district’s future enrollment based on projections compiled by McClure.
$50,000 AWARDED TO PUBLIC LIBRARY
January 16, 1990
The Lawrence Public Library recently received a grant for $50,000 from the Kansas State Library for remodeling and expansion of the library’s adult services area. The award was part of a matching grant from funds provided by the Library Services and Construction Act, a federal program for library development.
OFFICER SAYS DARE LED TO DEATH
January 16, 1990
An 18-year-old man dared one teen-ager to shoot him and then was killed by another teen who accepted the challenge, a Lawrence police detective testified Monday during a court hearing. Det. David Davis give the testimony while recounting an interview he conducted with Nathan Shaman Dey, 17, who was detained after the shooting Sunday afternoon.
EAST LAWRENCE GROUP ELECTS NEW OFFICERS
January 16, 1990
Members of the East Lawrence Improvement Assn. elected new officers during a quarterly meeting of the group Monday at New York School. Elected as ELIA president was Jolene Andersen, who will take over from out-going president John Swift.
BALDWIN BAGS OPENING WIN IN OWN MEET
January 16, 1990
Eight minutes into Monday’s first-round basketball game in the Baldwin Invitational, the host team needed a remedy for its passive resistance. “We started picking them up full court. I thought that was the key,” Bulldog coach Bob Martin. “We came out kind of clay-footed. That got our feet moving and it frustrated them.”