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ZONING BOARD TO ALLOW TOWER AT REGENTS CENTER
March 26, 1990
The Overland Park zoning board will allow Kansas University to build a 150-foot communications tower at the site of the new $6 million KU Regents Center, an official said. Senior city planner Bob Lindeblad said the tower at 127th Street and Quivira Road in Overland Park will be 80 feet taller than is normally allowed by residential zoning rules.
55 SEEKING SCHOOL POST IN TONGANOXIE
March 26, 1990
More than 50 people have applied to be the next Tonganoxie school superintendent. Gail Drake, school board clerk, said today that as of this morning, 55 applications had arrived at the district office. The deadline to apply for the job was today.
ELLEN B. PAYNE
March 26, 1990
Services for Ellen Belle Payne, 84, 2721 Ponderosa Dr., will be at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday at Ninth Street Baptist Church, with the Rev. Charles Kennybrew officiating. Burial will be in Maple Grove Cemetery. Mrs. Payne died Sunday at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.
VELMA C. NICHOLSON
March 26, 1990
Services for Velma C. Nicholson, 74, Thomas, Okla., will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at First Congregational Church, Tonganoxie, with the Rev. Sandra Reynolds officiating. Burial will follow in Hubbel Hill Cemetery. Mrs. Nicholson died today at her home in Thomas.
NAME CHANGE HAS SUPPORT AT CENTRAL
March 26, 1990
Changing the name of Central Junior High School to Liberty Memorial Junior High School might cause some problems for office secretaries, but most people surveyed at Central this morning said they wouldn’t mind the change. “It would be a tongue-twister answering the phone,” joked Laurin Wilhelm, assistant principal of the school. But students and staff members expressed few reservations about the change, which the Lawrence school board will consider at its meeting tonight.
BALDWIN WEIGHS OFFER FOR NEW ADMINISTRATOR
March 26, 1990
Baldwin City Council members have decided which of the two finalists they want to hire for Baldwin’s first-ever city administrator job, but they’re not sure if or when they will offer that person the job. Baldwin Mayor Loren Litteer said this morning that council members have made their choice, but the candidate has scheduled another job interview this weekend and is not in a position to accept the Baldwin job if it is offered to him now.
STAUFFER PLEDGES $100,000 TO KU
March 26, 1990
Stauffer Communications Inc. of Topeka has pledged $100,000 to the Kansas University Endowment Association to benefit the William Allen White School of Journalism and Mass Communications at Kansas University, Mike Kautsch, journalism dean, announced today. The Stauffer Communications Journalism Faculty Internship Fund will supplement the expenses of faculty members who work in professional journalism jobs during the summer break.
KANSAS FOOTBALL TEAM BACK ON FIELD SUNDAY
March 26, 1990
Friday night’s snowstorm didn’t stop the Kansas football team from resuming spring drills on Sunday. After taking Saturday afternoon off while a crew from the facilities and operations department bladed the snow off the Memorial Stadium turf, the Jayhawks practiced for about 2 hours on Sunday at the stadium.
MARY M. ROWLANDS
March 26, 1990
Services for Mary M. Rowlands, 103, Lawrence, are pending at Warren-McElwain Mortuary. Mrs. Rowlands died Sunday at Lawrence Presbyterian Manor. She was born Sept. 18, 1886, in Columbus, Ohio, and moved to Lawrence in 1912.
FORMER KU GRIDDER KILLED
March 26, 1990
Stacy Henson, a former Kansas University football player, died Sunday night when his car was hit from behind at an intersection. Henson, 24, was stopped at the light at 87th and Hillcrest streets near Interstate 435 shortly after 11 p.m. when the accident occurred, police spokesman Dave Rawlings said.
SUIT
March 26, 1990
Douglas County commissioners today agreed to pay a former county employee $50,000 to settle a lawsuit involving what the former worker alleges was a forced resignation in July 1988. County commissioners in a split vote approved the settlement, ending a case that was filed June 22, 1989, by Jerry Kemberling, former operations division manager.
WORK
March 26, 1990
Two contractors may find out this week that a low bid doesn’t guarantee the job, at least as far as the city of Lawrence is concerned. The city staff, citing less-than-satisfactory experiences with the contractors, is taking the unusual step of recommending against accepting the low bids on two projects slated for completion this summer. If the staff’s recommendations are accepted by the Lawrence City Commission, the projects will cost the city an additional $20,577.
RECREATION JOB BRINGS SMILESAND AWARD
March 26, 1990
Tom Wilkerson might have been a dentist. He studied pre-dentistry at Southwest Missouri State University before deciding to follow in his father’s footsteps and enter the field of recreation. “Obviously, it (dentistry) is a good profession, but I just couldn’t see myself tied down. So, I changed in the middle of the stream,” said the assistant director of the Lawrence Parks and Recreation Department.
80S
March 26, 1990
The decade of the 1980s was a good one for Lawrence High golf. Coach Ron Commons’ Lions, who open the season by hosting the Lawrence Invitational this Friday at Alvamar, qualified for state every year, claiming one state title in that 10-year span.
HOSPITAL REPORT
March 26, 1990
DISMISSALS LaDonna Powell, Oskaloosa; Velma Rippetoe, Baldwin; Ramona Sedlak, 1500 E. 25th Ter.; Joanne Hargis and baby boy, 1618 W. 28th Ter.
CITY DRUG POLICY
March 26, 1990
Apparently it is going to take a fatal accident or some other unfortunate situation involving some city employee before city officials will adopt a realistic position on drug testing of city employees. Recognized national officials claim drug usage is growing in the United States and that every effort should be made to discourage the use of drugs. For some unexplained reason, however, Lawrence city officials, with the strong encouragement of several city commissioners and the city’s legal counsel, want to act as if Lawrence is something different and drugs are either not a problem in “River City” or that if drugs might be a problem, city employees somehow are not caught up in this national epidemic.
FOR THE RECORD
March 26, 1990
Law enforcement report Police reports
S ONE VOTE FOR AR-KANSAS
March 26, 1990
Nobody called to ask because probably they thought my phone was busy or maybe I was hanging around the coffee machine or something, but … …if Kansas can’t win the NCAA basketball championship, then I sure hope that Southwest Conference school in Fayetteville with Kansas in its name does.