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KU MAY NOT GO PUBLIC WITH RULING
January 23, 1990
After a two-month public hearing and weeks of deliberation, the decision of a Kansas University Faculty Senate committee in the tenure-revocation case of professor Dorothy Willner may not be made public by governance officials. Donald Koster, Willner’s academic adviser and professor emeritus at Adelphi University in Garden City, N.Y., said today he was surprised by controversy over handling of the impending ruling by the Committee on Tenure and Related Problems.
PARENTS FILE SUIT OVER SCHOOL FUNDS
January 23, 1990
Five parents of children in the Turner School District of Kansas City, Kan., have filed suit asking the Kansas Supreme Court to declare the state’s School District Equalization Act, as amended by the 1989 Legislature, unconstitutional. The parents’ request, filed Friday and made public Monday, specifically challenges the enrollment categories the state uses to decide how much authority school districts have to raise budgets and how much funding they receive from the state.
LOWELL B. STERLING
January 23, 1990
Services for Lowell B. Sterling, 86, Rupert, were conducted Dec. 30 at Burley. Burial was at Gem Memorial Gardens, Burley. Mr. Sterling died Dec. 27 at the Burley Care Center.
FOR THE RECORD
January 23, 1990
Law enforcement report Burglaries and thefts reported
TO RECRUITS
January 23, 1990
It clearly wasn’t a fiber optics telephone connection and I soon discovered the source of the scratchy interference. Glen Mason was calling from a rental car tooling somewhere between Newark and Jersey City on the Pulaski Skyway. Mason never leaves Lawrence without his cellular telephone.
CONFLICTING TALES OF SHOOTING TOLD
January 23, 1990
A mystery unfolded Monday in the murder trial of a 19-year-old Blue Springs, Mo., man as the defendant’s attorney suggested to jurors that a local man was responsible for shooting and killing the victim. The defense attorney made the claim during opening statements in the trial of Christopher Mitchell, who is charged with first-degree murder in the Oct. 1 shooting death of Timothy K. Ridpath, 18, Independence, Mo.
SEARCH COMMITTEES SEEK CANDIDATES
January 23, 1990
Two Kansas University committees are conducting exhaustive nationwide searches to locate candidates to fill a couple of deanships. A committee was appointed in November to search for candidates for the position of dean of libraries. Jim Ranz, the current dean, plans to resign in July.
EULA B. MALONE
January 23, 1990
Services for Eula B. Malone, 86, Lawrence, will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at First United Methodist Church with the Rev. Virgil Brady officiating. Burial will be in Oak Hill Cemetery. Mrs. Malone died Monday at Lawrence Memorial Hospital after a long illness.
RODNEY L. NICKELL
January 23, 1990
Services for Rodney L. “Rod” Nickell, 32, Lawrence, will be at 9 a.m. Wednesday at the Warren-McElwain Mortuary chapel with the Rev. Ron Goodman officiating. Graveside services will be at 3 p.m. Wednesday at Ellsworth Cemetery, Ellsworth. Mr. Nickell died at his home Sunday.
DOROTHY L. KAPP
January 23, 1990
A celebration service for Dorothy Lane Kapp, 60, Kansas City, will be at 1:30 p.m. Saturday at Tighe Hall at Visitation Church, 5141 Main, Kansas City, Mo. Mrs. Kapp died Monday at her home. She had cancer.
STANDARDS FOR CITY JOB SPELLED OUT
January 23, 1990
The Lawrence City Commission knows what it wants in a new city manager. Now its job is to find someone to meet those standards. The commission, with the aid of executive recruiter Bob Saunders, on Monday laid out a wide range of qualifications, personality traits and other characteristics it wants from the person who will fill the Lawrence city manager’s position. The criteria were developed during a two-hour study session at city hall.
BILLY J. JOHNSON
January 23, 1990
Services for the Rev. Billy J. Johnson, 60, Topeka, will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at Calvary Baptist Church in Topeka with the Rev. W.L. Templeton officiating. Burial will be in the Mount Hope Cemetery in Topeka. The Rev. Johnson died Friday at a Topeka hospital.
PLANS
January 23, 1990
The Lawrence-Douglas County Planning Commission on Wednesday will consider a rezoning request that would allow a local company to move its hot-mix asphalt plant from North Lawrence to just south of East Hills Business Park. LRM Industries Inc., 600 Lincoln, is requesting that 49.3 acres on the south side of Kansas Highway 10, directly across the highway from East Hills, be rezoned from agricultural to heavy industrial.
HOSPITAL REPORT
January 23, 1990
DISMISSALS D.W. Gwinn, 2445 Jasu; Ruth Drake, 2719 Freedom Hill Ct.; Stanley House, 1738 Barker Ave.; Linda Moore and baby girl, Rt. 3
KU INSTITUTE GETS $5,000 GRANT
January 23, 1990
The Institute for Public Policy and Business Research at Kansas University has been awarded a $5,000 Kansas Economic Development grant by the Southwestern Bell Foundation. The IPPBR will use the grant to sponsor community strategic planning workshops in Lawrence and in Parsons during 1990. The workshops are designed to help representatives of non-metropolitan communities make plans for economic development.
PAROLE BOARD SETS COMMENT SESSIONS
January 23, 1990
The Kansas Parole Board recently announced the schedule of public comment sessions to be held in February regarding inmates who will have parole hearings in March. Public comment sessions are held so citizens can provide information on the inmates who will be considered for parole.
CORRECTION
January 23, 1990
Misleading information was published in Friday’s Journal-World. An item in the “On the record” column about the alleged molestation of a young girl should have indicated that the incident was reported by a counselor at the St. Lawrence Catholic Campus Center.
OFFICIALS LOBBY FOR EDUCATION
January 23, 1990
Kansas University Chancellor Gene Budig and Stanley Koplik, executive director of the Kansas Board of Regents, knew before arriving at the Statehouse to request additional funds for higher education that they would be playing to a tough crowd. Neither official was disappointed Monday by the House Appropriations Committee, led by Chairman Bill Bunten, R-Topeka. Committee members demanded to know why and how university funding should be increased in light of the state’s severe budget crunch.
REPORT TO SCHOOL BOARD DEFENDS USES FOR PLASTIC FOAM PRODUCTS
January 23, 1990
Two months after a group of Hillcrest students convinced the school’s cafeteria to stop using plastic foam products, the Lawrence School Board heard a report Monday night claiming that plastic foam has received “undue criticism.” The report was prepared by Jeanette Armstrong, the district’s food service coordinator, in response to a letter and petition that the Hillcrest’s Youth-in-Action (YIA) group submitted to the school board in November.
JOB
January 23, 1990
The Baldwin City Council on Monday approved a resolution outlining the job description and its expectations for the city’s first administrator. The council approved a resolution creating the position at its December meeting. The new position became officially vacant Jan. 1.
SLAVATION ARMY
January 23, 1990
The Salvation Army of Lawrence honored members of the community for work in the annual bellringing campaign at its Annual Civic Dinner at the Eldridge Hotel on Monday. The organization recognized outstanding bellringers, including those from Hallmark, the Altrusa Club of Lawrence, the First Christian Church and Kappa Alpha Thi sorority. These organizations won first place in their category for amount of money collected by bellringers from the company or organization.
PARK DEVELOPERS SEEK BENEFIT DISTRICT
January 23, 1990
With a state loan on hold, developers of East Hills Business Park are looking to form a special benefit district to help finance construction of a railroad spur into the park. Douglas County commissioners are scheduled Wednesday to discuss and consider action on the special benefit district request by Douglas County Development Inc., which operates the industrial park on the city’s eastern fringe. DCDI will ask the county commission to petition the city of Lawrence to form a special benefit district.
STAFF
January 23, 1990
A former prosecutor for Wyandotte County and the city of Olathe started work Monday as the newest member of the Douglas County district attorney’s staff. Peggy Carr, Kansas City, Kan., joined six other assistants on Dist. Atty. Jim Flory’s staff and will be assigned to cases involving juvenile offenders and children in need of care, as well as some adults charged with misdemeanor offenses.
TAXPAYER RIGHTS
January 23, 1990
Editor, Journal-World: The time has come for the county commission to say to the taxpayer/voters of Douglas County, “I’m at your service.”
CIVILIZED DEATH PENALTY
January 23, 1990
Editor, Journal-World: The revolutionary leaders in Romania say they want to “join the civilized countries” and do away with the death penalty. This is with the hated security police yet to be tried for their heinous crimes.
GOLF COURSE BACKERS REQUEST PUBLIC VOTE
January 23, 1990
Backers of a municipal golf course, undaunted by the Lawrence City Commission’s thumbs down posture three months ago, now are asking for the issue to be put to a public vote. Members of the Lawrence Municipal Golf Course Committee, in a letter dated Monday, asked commissioners to consider holding a referendum in April to gauge the public’s support for a municipal golf course.
FEDERAL LOANS TO OFFSET DROUGHT LOSS
January 23, 1990
Area farmers who lost income because of the 1989 drought may qualify for assistance through the local branch office of a federal agency. The assistance comes under a newly created federal program and is available in those counties recently declared disaster areas because of the drought.
DELMAR A. SPITZLI
January 23, 1990
Services for Delmar A. Spitzli, 72, rural Eudora, are pending at Warren-McElwain Mortuary. Mr. Spitzli died Monday at his home. He was born Dec. 11, 1917, in Eudora, where he had lived most of his life.
JOHN OELCKERS
January 23, 1990
Services for John Oelckers, 83, La Mesa, were Thursday at St. Luke’s Lutheran Church, La Mesa, with burial at Greenwood Park Cemetery. Mr. Oelckers died Jan. 15 after an extended illness.
HIGHER ENROLLMENTS STRETCH KU RESOURCES
January 23, 1990
Ann Weick, dean of the School of Social Welfare at Kansas University, wasn’t surprised to find that first-day spring enrollment figures for her school showed a decrease of 51 students. Slowing down enrollment has been part of the school’s plan.
S BASKETBALL STAFF ON ROAD AGAIN
January 23, 1990
Kansas basketball coach Roy Williams and his staff didn’t spend any time brooding after Saturday afternoon’s loss at Missouri. They were too busy recruiting.
AFTER-SCHOOL HOURS
January 23, 1990
Where do the children go? First, they go to school. Then where?
CHIEFTAINS FALL, 70-62
January 23, 1990
It wasn’t Silver Lake’s game plan that beat Tonganoxie on Monday night. Rather its players downed the Chieftains, 70-62, in the championship game of the Tonganoxie Invitational.
CHEMCHECK SIGNS FIRST TESTING CLIENT
January 23, 1990
ChemCheck, a division of Hall-Kimbrell Environmental Services Inc., has announced the signing of the Smitty’s Super Valu chain of stores in Phoenix, Ariz., as the first retail client for its new pesticide residue testing program. Smitty’s launched the program in its area stores during the third week of January. ChemCheck’s other residue testing programs include grower/shipper programs and a food processor program.
JANET A. DAVIDSON
January 23, 1990
Services for Janet Ann Davidson, 43, Lawrence, are pending with Rumsey Funeral Home. She died this morning at her home after a lengthy illness.
ADVISORY PANEL APPROVES FORM OF DESOTO SURVEY
January 23, 1990
An advisory panel helping the DeSoto school district prepare for its next bond issue election has approved a survey form to be sent to registered voters in the district. Supt. Harold Vestal said this morning that the panel approved the form only and that the survey did not yet address specific dollar amounts being considered for the next bond issue election.
CITY STUDIES PLANS TO ALTER 19TH STREET
January 23, 1990
Plans continue to take shape for upgrading intersections on 19th Street between Massachusetts and Iowa streets. The Lawrence City Commission met Monday for an hour with consulting engineers to look over cost estimates and preliminary design for improvements on 19th at Iowa, Ousdahl, Naismith, Louisiana, Kentucky and Tennessee streets. At the end of the meeting, the commissioners indicated that the city should continue at full speed toward realizing the improvements.