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STALLING TACTICS
June 12, 1990
What kind of games are members of the Lawrence Preservation Alliance trying to play concerning the unused church building at 1040 N.H.? For close to two years, owners of the church have been trying to get an OK to raze the structure, but various groups have used various ploys to delay destruction of the building. Now, just as city commissioners were about to review a renewed request for the demolition project after a Kansas Court of Appeals said a local district court had erred in part of its decision prohibiting the razing the LPA comes in at the last minute and asks for a 60-day deferral so engineers and architects might have a chance to examine the building to see if it is in good enough condition to restore and save.
CONSULTANCY CRAZE
June 12, 1990
A recent New York Times article on the burgeoning consulting business in America pointed out that when the head of one such company sends his “experts” into action, he gets paid $3,500 to $6,000 a week for each one of them. If five such people are on a given job, the fee could run up to $30,000 a week (presumably 40-hour weeks). “It’s not cheap,” says Schwerzler, the proprietor of an Atlanta, Ga., consulting company he founded in 1972. “But neither is brain surgery. And when you need it, you’re not going to go to a `doc in a box.”’
WELCOME TO LECOMPTON
June 12, 1990
Dear Editor: Residents have busily prepared to welcome visitors to Lecompton, the territorial capital of Kansas and the site of the 1885 David Eisenhower-Ida Stover wedding. As David Eisenhower stated when he attended the dedication of Lane University Museum, “I would not be standing here if it were not for Lecompton, the meeting place and marriage of my great-grandparents at Lane Unviersity in Lecompton,” and needless to say, the state of Kansas would not now be celebrating the 100th anniversary of the birth of Dwight D. Eisenhower.
JOURNAL REQUIRED BY EACH STUDENT.
June 12, 1990
One of the authors of Quest, Howard Kirschenbaum, was director of the national Humanistic Education Center in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., when he wrote the Quest program. He is quoted as saying that “(The Quest program) is a humanistic education curriculum… . It has lots of values clarification in it.” In the U.S. Supreme Court case, Torcaso v. Watkins, the court held that religion clauses provide absolute protection of religious belief, whether that belief is theistic or non-theistic. In a footnote, the court identified several groups Buddhists and secular humanists, among others that are widely recognized as religions, even though they profess no belief in God. Religion or not, the Encyclopedia Americana states that “The term `humanism’ is also claimed by pragmatists, existentialists and Marxists.” Do we want this type of influence in our schools experimenting with the tender minds of our children?
WILL
June 12, 1990
Wilma Miller of Lawrence bequeathed a total of $100,000 to the Kansas University Endowment Association and thousands of dollars to about 20 local charities. Miller, who died in 1988, owned the land purchased by the county for development of the East Hills Business Park along the north side of Kansas Highway 10.
FOR THE RECORD
June 12, 1990
Law enforcement report Burglaries and thefts reported
FIREFIGHTERS RESCUE TWO MEN FROM RIVER
June 12, 1990
Two Lawrence men were rescued by firefighters Monday after a series of mishaps caused the accident victims’ boat to sink beneath turbulent waters just below the dam of the Kansas River. Firefighters this morning reported that rescue crews were sent to the river at 6:34 p.m. and discovered the men partially submerged in the river when they arrived at 6:37 p.m.
REPUBLICANS FACE 4 PRIMARY CHOICES
June 12, 1990
Last-minute filings Monday morning have given local Republicans a bumper crop of candidates to choose from during the Aug. 7 primary: nine candidates have filed for three legislative seats, and two candidates have filed for a Douglas County Commission seat. Democrats will find two primary contests on their August ballots: one for a local legislative seat and another for the area’s U.S. House seat.
PROGRAM FOR PRESCHOOLERS
June 12, 1990
Now that an Early Childhood Task Force has developed its “dream” program for at-risk preschool children, the Lawrence school board wants the task force to dream up sources to fund the endeavor. The district-appointed task force, which began meeting in March, Monday night listed for the school board 14 components that task force members would like in a center for “vulnerable and at-risk” preschool children.
KU ASSOCIATE DEAN TAKES NEW YORK POST
June 12, 1990
Sharon Brehm, associate dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Kansas University, will become dean at a Binghamton, N.Y., university. Brehm, 45, will be dean of the School of Arts and Sciences and of Harpur College at State University of New York in Binghamton. She begins her new duties July 15.
GEORGIA L. HALDERMAN
June 12, 1990
Services for Georgia L. Halderman, 84, Lawrence, are pending at Rumsey Funeral Home. Mrs. Halderman died today at a Lawrence nursing home.
2 LOCAL PRINCIPALS TAKING ON NEW DUTIES
June 12, 1990
Two Lawrence school principals will take on bigger roles in the district next year when they fill positions created as part of an administrative restructuring. The Lawrence school board announced Monday night that P. Kay Duncan, principal at South Junior High School, next year will become the district’s division director for curriculum. The board also announced that Sandra Holloway, principal at Kennedy School, will become division director for student services.
BALDWIN CITY OFFICIALS SEEK TO CONDEMN FOUR PROPERTIES
June 12, 1990
Baldwin city officials will begin condemnation proceedings against four properties in town. Baldwin Mayor Loren Litteer said this morning that city council members voted during their regular meeting Monday night to condemn four houses in town that they consider dangerous.
SCHOOLTEACHERS
June 12, 1990
Salary negotiations between Baldwin school district officials and its teachers stalled May 25, the deadline for state districts to agree on salaries for the coming year. Supt. Bert Hitchcock said today that school board members and the district’s teachers failed to reach an agreement on the salary issue by the deadline, forcing the district to declare impasse.
OFFICERS INVESTIGATE POSSIBLE DROWNING
June 12, 1990
Douglas County Sheriff’s officers this morning were called to Clinton Lake to investigate a possible drowning. Sheriff’s Capt. Marilyn Malson said officials were notified about the possible drowning about 12:50 p.m.
ARTS CENTER DIRECTOR WANTS TO DISCUSS PROTEST OF EXHIBIT
June 12, 1990
The director of the Lawrence Arts Center said she’d like to talk to the anonymous protester or protesters who have complained about an exhibit now on display at the center. The protester or protesters placed two signs on the arts center lawn Monday, both saying that local artists had been “cheated” out of a place to show their works.
COUNTY COMMISSION TO GET PLAN REVIEW
June 12, 1990
Douglas County commissioners are taking a break from the budget. After spending an hour or two at every meeting for the last three weeks reviewing 1991 budget proposals, commissioners have lined up a light agenda for Wednesday night.
VIOLET SPIELMAN
June 12, 1990
Services for Violet Spielman, 91, Ozawkie, will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at the United Methodist Church in Ozawkie with the Rev. Larry Fry officiating. Burial will be in Pleasant View Cemetery in Oskaloosa. Mrs. Spielman died Monday at a Winchester nursing home. She was born July 18, 1898, in Topeka.
CANDIDATE TAKES PRO-CONSTITUTION STAND
June 12, 1990
Walter Myers, who farms in rural Baldwin, says that if elected to the Kansas House of Representatives in the 45th District, he will work to educate fellow lawmakers to what he considers the “dismantling” of the U.S. Constitution. Myers filed late last week as a Republican for the seat currently held by John Solbach, D-Lawrence, who has held the post for 11 years and does not face opposition in the primary.
FIRE AT ABANDONED RESTAURANT WAS ARSON, OFFICIALS CONCLUDE
June 12, 1990
State and local authorities have determined that a fire that gutted an abandoned restaurant north of Perry June 2 was arson. Authorities now are looking for at least two men seen driving away from the burning building.
HOSPITAL REPORT
June 12, 1990
ADMISSIONS Ladene Black, Eudora; Dorothy Davis, 3323 Iowa.
STELLA A. ZIMMER
June 12, 1990
Graveside services for Stella A. Zimmer, 75, Lawrence, will be 1:30 p.m. Thursday at Memorial Park Cemetery. The Rev. R. Dean Dixon will officiate. Mrs. Zimmer died Monday at Brandon Woods Retirement Community.
BOYDSTON LEAVING LION FOOTBALL STAFF
June 12, 1990
High school notes and quotes … Ben Boydston, a Lion football assistant for the past 20 years, will not join new head coach Dick Purdy’s staff. Boydston will stay at LHS and continue to teach American History.
HOUSE CANDIDATE WANTS TO BE ACTIVE
June 12, 1990
Sean Williams says that if elected he would be an active representative for Lawrence, “not just someone who talks about the way things should be.” Williams, a third-generation Lawrence native, filed Monday as a Republican for the Kansas House of Representatives in the 46th District. He will face Terry O’Malley, a Kansas University law student, and Ervin Steele, a retired farmer from Lawrence, in the Aug. 7 primary.
UNDER PROGRAM, CITY TO GET LEAVES, GRASS DESTINED FOR LANDFILL
June 12, 1990
If Patricia Marvin gets her way, the local landfill won’t be filling up with as much leaves and grass clippings as in the past. Marvin, the city’s recycling coordinator, on Monday unveiled a new program aimed at reducing the amount of grass clippings and leaves that wind up in the Douglas-Jefferson County Landfill. Yard wastes, according to a 1989 city task force report, account for approximately 18 percent of residential solid waste that Lawrence sends to the landfill.
KU PROF ENVISIONS INTERNATIONAL PARK
June 12, 1990
A Kansas University law professor thinks the United States and Soviet Union can put aside political differences and eventually agree on a plan for an international park. George Coggins, Frank E. Tyler distinguished professor of law, represents the United States on an international delegation of environmental lawyers and scientists. The delegation met in Fairbanks, Alaska, last week to discuss the joint U.S.-Soviet international park, which Coggins said would be the first of its kind in human history.
RUSTY ZEPHYRS POST 6-5, 8-0 VICTORIES
June 12, 1990
Jay Belcher, quoting the hit song by mop-haired Milli Vanilli, explained why Lawrence’s Breakfast Optimists Zephyrs might not be as sharp as they’d like entering this week’s tournament in Pueblo, Colo. “Blame it on the rain,” Belcher said.
OLATHE MAN FILES FOR RACE IN 43RD DISTRICT
June 12, 1990
Jay Lang, vice president of AJ Lang Associates Inc. Realtors in Olathe, says he knows first-hand the concerns of rural residents and can be an effective voice for them in the Kansas Legislature. Lang, 37, has filed as a Republican for the Kansas House of Representatives in the 43rd District. He will face Eudora businessman Tom Pyle and DeSoto attorney Robert Watchous in the Aug. 7 primary.
RENKO, EXPOS NEGOTIATING
June 12, 1990
Steve Renko realizes he has little to no leverage in contract negotiations with the Montreal Expos. After all, the former Kansas University right-handed pitcher, tabbed by Montreal in the 23rd round of last week’s draft, has used up all his collegiate eligibility.
LAW STUDENT JOINS HOUSE CAMPAIGN
June 12, 1990
Lawrence’s 46th District needs a stronger voice in the Kansas Legislature, says Terry O’Malley, a third-year law student at Kansas University who filed for the office Monday. “I think it’s a prime time for a zealous advocate for the 46th District,” he said.
COMMISSIONERS BALK AT ARTS REQUEST
June 12, 1990
Lawrence City Commissioner Bob Walters sat back and proclaimed, “bingo!” when one of the Lawrence Arts Commission’s budget requests came up for discussion during a study session Monday afternoon. Despite Walters’ pronouncement, the arts commission apparently won’t be hitting the jackpot it had hoped for under the city’s “percent for art” policy.