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EXCLUSIVE ENCLAVES
March 13, 1990
Dear Editor: Recently Americans have been celebrating hard-won victories of democratic principles in Eastern Europe and South Africa, and basking in praise of the U.S. as the role model for freedom and equality. Yet, much factual evidence shows increasing class division in our country, especially the growing economic gap between rich and poor.
POSTAL SERVICES
March 13, 1990
The U.S. Postal Service may not be pricing itself out of the market yet, but it seems to be heading in that direction. In an age where electronic communication is becoming more affordable and alternate forms of letter delivery more efficient, the postal service’s plan to further increase its rates may hasten its own demise.
ECONOMIC WORKSHOPS PLANNED
March 13, 1990
Seven southeast Kansas cities have signed up for a Kansas University workshop to tackle economic growth strategies for their communities. Representatives from Fort Scott, Parsons, Chanute, Independence, Coffeyville, Baxter Springs and Iola will attend a Strategic Planning Workshop March 23 in Parsons, sponsored by the KU Center for Community Economic Development.
SENATORS GAIN TIME FOR BUDGET STRATEGY
March 13, 1990
The Kansas Senate planned to spend the afternoon today crafting a new version of next fiscal year’s budget for the seven educational institutions in the Board of Regents system. By delaying debate until Wednesday, however, senators gain time to plot strategy before tackling the $900 million budget package, permeated with volatile issues.
FOR THE RECORD
March 13, 1990
Law enforcement report Police reports
89 TAXES DUE NEXT WEEK
March 13, 1990
Another tax payment deadline is looming for some Douglas County residents. Next Tuesday is the last day to pay the second quarter of 1989 property taxes. The deadline applies to the more than 700 residents who submitted a quarter-payment with their tax protest in January, County Treasurer Nancy Hempen said today.
WILLIAMS
March 13, 1990
Roy Williams, a self-proclaimed basketball fanatic as well as a coach, admits his blood starts pumping furiously this time of year. “I love the NCAA tournament the way it is. When they pull the 64 names out, all 64 think they have a chance. I love it,” says Kansas’ basketball coach.
VIOLENT CRIME RISES 9% IN CITYCOUNTY
March 13, 1990
Violent crime in Lawrence and Douglas County followed statewide trends, increasing 9 percent from 1988 to 1989, according to statistics released recently by the Kansas Bureau of Investigation. The statistics showed that 235 violent crimes were committed locally in 1988, while 256 were committed last year. Statewide, violent crime rose 13.3 percent, from 8,920 in 1988 to 10,110 last year.
MARY ANN BILLARD
March 13, 1990
Funeral arrangements for Mary Ann Billard, 94, Lawrence, are pending at Rumsey Funeral Home. Mrs. Billard died this morning at Sunset Manor Nursing Home in Waverly.
EDWARD D. POOLE
March 13, 1990
Private memorial services for Edward D. Poole, 70, Carpinteria, Calif., were to be held today at Carpinteria Cemetery. Mr. Poole died Sunday at a Santa Barbara, Calif. hospital.
JOHNSON SERVICES
March 13, 1990
Services for Myrtle Johnson, 96, Lawrence, will be at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday at Memorial Park Cemetery in Lawrence. Mrs. Johnson died last Tuesday at Heritage Manor.
S FRIEND TESTIFIES AT TRIAL
March 13, 1990
A friend of Randall Lane Malbrough testified in Jefferson County District Court on Monday that Malbrough pleaded for his life before he was shot to death in October. According to a court representative, Janet King, 32, McLouth, testified that she was with Malbrough the night he died outside the Leavenworth County Co-op mill just north of Oskaloosa.
CITY MANAGER CANDIDATES INTERVIEWED
March 13, 1990
The city administrator in Fort Smith, Ark., was one of two candidates interviewed Monday for the Lawrence city manager’s post, the Journal-World has learned. Strib Boynton, who has been city administrator in Fort Smith since 1986, was identified as the first candidate to be interviewed by the Lawrence City Commission. Boynton was seen with commissioners as they headed to a room in the Eldridge Hotel, where the interview was held. Sources in Fort Smith told the Southwest Times Record in Fort Smith that Boynton was in Lawrence for an interview.
LOCAL TEACHERS PLANNING TO LOBBY STATE LEGISLATORS
March 13, 1990
Several teachers from the Lawrence school district are planning a trip to the Kansas Capitol on Friday to lobby for more state aid for public schools. The lobbying will be in conjunction with the “$upport Our $chools” rally sponsored by the Kansas-National Education Assn. (K-NEA). More than 700 participants from across the state are expected to participate in the day’s events.
STATE TO GIVE MONEY TO CITY FOR ROAD WORK
March 13, 1990
A resurfacing project for portions of Iowa Street, with costs split between the city and the state, has been approved for funding by the Kansas Department of Transportation, according to Acting City Manager Mike Wildgen. A $100,000 grant from the state’s connecting link program along with a $144,000 subsidy from the city will allow milling, patching and overlay of two sections of Iowa Street: from 25th Street north to 23rd Street and from Ninth Street north to Sixth Street. Work will begin in summer of 1991.
HEALTH INSURANCE INCENTIVES BILL REVIEWED FAVORABLY IN TESTIMONY
March 13, 1990
Testimony before the House Insurance Committee Monday showed strong support for a bill aimed at making health insurance available to thousands of Kansans who now go without it. The bill would create incentives for companies with 25 or fewer employees to provide health care insurance benefits through group plans.
MEMORIAL FUND TO HONOR DUVER
March 13, 1990
Friends of the late Wilbur “Nanny” Duver, who coached sports in the Lawrence school district for 35 years, are leading a fund-raising drive for the newly formed Duver Memorial Fund. According to John Saunders, an organizer of the drive, the interest-bearing memorial fund will be used to establish scholarships for students and athletes in Lawrence.
VOTES
March 13, 1990
Rep. Betty Jo Charlton, D-Lawrence, wasn’t blowing smoke Monday when she promised to vote for an increase in the state tobacco tax to support higher education. “Well, I’m a smoker,” Charlton said in an interview. “And as a smoker, I’ve always felt morally obligated to vote for increases in the cigarette tax.”
OVERLAND PARK OKS PLANS FOR KU CENTER
March 13, 1990
The Overland Park City Planning Commission on Monday unanimously approved preliminary plans for the $6 million Kansas University Regents Center. Bob Lindeblad, senior planner with the city, said plans were approved on a 7-0 vote. KU officials were present, but made no formal presentation.
SIXTH-GRADE CLASS ADDED
March 13, 1990
The Baldwin School Board on Monday approved a new sixth-grade teaching position at Baldwin Junior High School. Supt. Bert Hitchcock said that the position was created in anticipation of a boom in sixth-grade enrollments.
CITY COUNCIL NARROWING LIST OF ADMINISTRATOR APPLICANTS
March 13, 1990
The Baldwin City Council on Monday began narrowing the list of applicants for its new city administrator job to two or three to be invited back to town for more interviews. Baldwin Mayor Loren Litteer said those invited back to Baldwin also will be given a tour of the town, its city hall and the various entities it oversees, such as the city power plant, industrial park and nursing home.
OTTAWA FIRM SEEKS PERMITS
March 13, 1990
Killough Inc., Ottawa, will go before the Douglas County Commission on Wednesday to request temporary business permits for asphalt and concrete plants near Globe and Eudora. John Young, deputy public works director, said regulations don’t set a specific time period for the permits, leaving that up to the commission’s discretion. However, he said Killough will request two years, the same period as the old permits.
OFFICIALS CALL MEETING ABOUT RECENT DEATHS
March 13, 1990
City government officials met with Lawrence Police Chief Ron Olin and Douglas County Sheriff Loren Anderson this morning to discuss concerns among the local Native American community about the recent deaths of three Native American men. During a 45-minute meeting in Olin’s office, Mayor Bob Schumm and Acting City Manager Mike Wildgen questioned the law enforcement officials about investigation techniques and the status of the investigations.
KEEP THE SPORTS HALL
March 13, 1990
Local officials and business leaders should try their best to keep the Kansas Sports Hall of Fame located in Lawrence. The hall currently is in the basement level of the Elizabeth M. Watkins Community Museum, but due to demands for more museum space, the sports hall must be moved to another location. According to a sports hall of fame spokesman, no one in Lawrence has proposed an alternate local site for the hall, and letters have been set to officials in all Kansas cities of more than 2,000 population asking for proposals or ideas for housing the hall.
LEGISLATORS SUPPORT MENTAL HEALTH PLAN
March 13, 1990
A bill designed to increase the use of community mental health centers and decrease the use of state hospitals for the treatment of the mentally ill in Kansas has the strong support of three Lawrence Democrats. Reps. Jessie Branson, John Solbach and Betty Jo Charlton each said that although the bill now being debated on the House floor will cost some money initially, it will eventually save money for the state.
RAIDERS DESERVE TO RECEIVE TROPHY
March 13, 1990
There are two constants at any big athletic event: Crowds aren’t known for their powers of restraint, and administrators are known for their dislike of unrestrained crowds. Oil met water again last Saturday in Emporia when junior Greg Gurley hit a three-pointer with two seconds left to give Shawnee Mission South the Class 6A boys state basketball championship. As often happens, fans rushed onto court. Efforts to stem the flow were washed away.
TORNADO TEARS ACROSS MCLOUTH
March 13, 1990
Tornados and high winds swept across portions of Douglas, Jefferson and Shawnee counties overnight, causing damage in McLouth and Big Springs and leaving more than 1,000 Lawrence residents temporarily without power. No one was injured at any of the reported locations, according to law enforcement agencies.
SCHOOL DISTRICT SELLS ITS ONLY BUS
March 13, 1990
New guidelines for school bus drivers in the state of Kansas caused a shortage of drivers and forced the Tonganoxie School Board on Monday to sell its only school bus. Supt. Stephen McClure said this morning that the board sold the district’s only bus to Westhaven Baptist Church of Tonganoxie for $1,000. The church was the high bidder on the 48-passenger bus, McClure said.
HOSPITAL REPORT
March 13, 1990
DISMISSALS Karyn Davis and baby boy, 1005 College Blvd.; Tracie Jamison and baby boy, 717 Lake; Charron Andrews and baby boy, 440 Rock Fence Ct.