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COUNTY LEADER
May 23, 1990
Nancy Hiebert’s decision not to seek re-election as a Douglas County commissioner is a loss to the commission, to Douglas County and to sound, progressive government. During her eight years as a commissioner, she and other commissioners have worked hard to bring more professionalism to this important body and to improve the relationship and respect between the county and city commissions. She has stressed the importance of looking at the long-range objectives of the commission and the county, and she has been active in numerous other projects that have resulted in better, more efficient county government.
JOSEPH M. WETTENGEL
May 23, 1990
Services for Joseph M. Wettengel, 61, Omaha, Neb., were Thursday at Holy Name Catholic Church in Omaha. Burial followed in Pleasant Hill Cemetary, Dunlap, Iowa. Mr. Wettengel died May 14 at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Omaha.
FOR THE RECORD
May 23, 1990
Law enforcement report Injury accidents
S SPITALERI HONORED
May 23, 1990
Sophomore third baseman Camille Spitaleri, who helped Kansas’ softball team to a school record-tying 44 victories this season, was named first team all-American today by the National Softball Coaches Assn. A native of Sunnyvale, Calif., Spitaleri was earlier named the most valuable player in the Big Eight Tournament, even though KU lost to Oklahoma State in the final.
RANDALL SURVIVES FIRST CUT AT TRIALS
May 23, 1990
Kansas forward Mark Randall has survived the first round of cuts at the trials for the U.S. Men’s National Basketball Team. The current 25-man roster will be pared to 15 after a minicamp on June 15-17 at Duke University.
FUND FOR TWINS MEETS ITS GOAL
May 23, 1990
Twin brothers Chester and Lester Tucker who were bludgeoned to death in McCook’s Karrer Park fashioned themselves as “prospectors” and traveled widely in their pickup truck to attend prospecting and gun-fighting events, said one woman who knew them. Meanwhile, a fund drive initiated Tuesday to cover expenses of bringing the two bodies home from Nebraska and burial met its goal just hours after its inception.
COMMENT MADE DURING DISPUTE PROMPTS SOME SCHOOL WARNINGS
May 23, 1990
A comment made during a domestic dispute Tuesday prompted some local schools to distribute fliers and issue verbal warnings about a man who allegedly said he wanted to find a young girlfriend, according to police. Police Lt. Mark Brothers said a couple was arguing when the man allegedly threatened to go out and find himself a young girlfriend. The man mentioned the name of a 15-year-old girl, Brothers said. The woman knew the girl’s mother and contacted her, he said. The parent was concerned, Brothers said, and contacted South Junior High School about the possibility of her daughter or other girls being approached by the man.
S YOUNG EAGLES MAY SOON BE FLYING
May 23, 1990
Three bald eaglets hatched at Clinton Lake three months ago are continuing to grow and appear to be doing well, a lake official said this morning. Dave Rhoades, park manager for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, said this morning that high water at the public access viewing area last week kept him and the general public from seeing the birds for several days, but said he recently had seen the birds from his boat.
LOCATION
May 23, 1990
The building at 907 Mass. that has housed Drake’s Snack Shop for 63 years will soon be the location of a new restaurant and bar. Brooks Hanson, who has been involved in a local restaurant for 4 years, confirmed today that he plans to open a restaurant and bar in the Drake’s building.
PASSAGE
May 23, 1990
There is some “quiet celebrating” going on at Independence Inc. in Lawrence. Passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act by the U.S. House of Representatives on Tuesday brought on the celebration, said Ray Petty, executive director of the agency that works with people with physical handicaps.
COMMISSION DEFERS PARKWAY DECISION
May 23, 1990
Further discussion of the eastern parkway by the Lawrence City Commission won’t come until the panel meets with its Douglas County counterparts, a split commission decided Tuesday. Commissioners voted 3-2 to defer consideration of the eastern parkway’s proposed “18 criteria” until after a June 4 city-county study session. The land-use and design criteria for the roadway, which would link downtown Lawrence with Kansas Highway 10 near the East Hills Business Park, were recommended to the city by a citizens task force.
53RD ANNUAL BOYS STATE GETS UNDER WAY SUNDAY
May 23, 1990
About 750 young men from across the state will arrive in Lawrence Sunday for the 53rd annual session of the American Legion Boys’ State of Kansas. The “learning-by-doing” government project runs from Sunday through June 2 at three residence halls at Kansas University. Lewis, Templin and Hashinger Halls will house the participants, who will set up and run their own city, county and state governments.
KANSAS OPEN ADDS TO PURSE
May 23, 1990
The Kansas Open golf tournament will boast a record purse of $55,000 this year, tournament director Jerry Waugh announced Tuesday. Last year’s purse was $50,000.
MURDER PROBE IS CONTINUING
May 23, 1990
Authorities said today that their investigation into the death of a 25-year-old Lawrence woman continues to progress, but offered no other new information about the homicide. Lt. Mike Hall, head of the Lawrence Police Department’s detective division, said investigators still are following leads in the death of Tamara C. Baker, who was last seen alive Oct. 31.
BU SIGNS MCHARDIE
May 23, 1990
Eric McHardie, a Perry-Lecompton High product who spent the last two seasons at Dodge City Community College, has signed a football letter of intent with Baker University. McHardie, a 6-3, 250-pound defensive tackle, chose Baker over Fort Hays State, Missouri Western and Bethany.
GIFT EARMARKED FOR RESEARCH AT MED CENTER
May 23, 1990
A bequest of more than $82,000 from the estate of the late Mary E. Stewart, Auburn, will benefit the Kansas University Medical Center, Dr. D. Kay Clawson, executive vice chancellor for the medical center, announced today. “The generosity of Mary E. Stewart and the Stewart family has become an important source of funds for biomedical research here at the KU medical center. Advancement in biomedical research, which benefits all of us, depends upon the individual gifts we see represented in this donation,” Clawson said.
TELEVISION BILL
May 23, 1990
Dear Editor: We are the hearing-impared group from Pinckney Elementary School, and we are all in favor of the Television Decoder Circuitry Act of 1990. This bill mandates that decoder chips be built into every TV, 13 inches or larger, sold in the U.S. after 1992.
TRIP TO SKYDOME HELPED PATTIN
May 23, 1990
Jeff Pattin visited the Toronto Blue Jays’ SkyDome shortly after it opened last year. Pattin’s father Marty, currently an instructor in the Blue Jays’ farm system, was on the major league coaching staff at the time. “I went there a week to stay with him,” Jeff said Tuesday. “I got to take grounders in the Dome and hit batting practice. My dad pitched to me. I had the whole field to myself. It was a thrill, kind of a dream come true.”
GRANDPARENTS HELP CHILDREN GET ON WITH LIFE AFTER TRAGEDY
May 23, 1990
It’s hard to believe that anything good could come of the tragic event in October that left James and Heather Hawley’s parents dead. But Ruth Richards, the children’s grandmother and legal guardian, believes the children now can lead more normal lives. No longer will the children have to cope with the constant battles sometimes violent battles between their divorced parents.
DRUG TESTING
May 23, 1990
Dear Editor: At the May 15 city commission meeting, a discussion arose concerning methods of funding proposed increases in police and fire department staffing. City Manager Mike Wildgen noted that the money could come from either an increase in property taxes or a -cent increase in the city sales tax. In response, Commissioner Bob Schumm indicated he was inclined toward the sales tax increase. The sales tax increase “makes sense,” he claimed.
JONATHAN DAVID SEITZ
May 23, 1990
Graveside services for Jonathan David Seitz, infant son of David and Joan Seitz, Kansas City, Mo., formerly of Lawrence, were to be this morning at St. Joseph Cemetery in Shawnee with the Rev. William Dolan officiating. Jonathan died Monday after a sudden illness. He was born May 2.
HOSPITAL REPORT
May 23, 1990
ADMISSIONS Carol Wrench, 2116 Ky.
PENNY QUESTIONS HUMAN RIGHTS OFFICE
May 23, 1990
The 15-minute recess during Tuesday night’s meeting of the Lawrence City Commission was hardly a break for Commissioner David Penny. Just prior to the recess, Penny had voted against an ordinance designed to correct legal problems with the city’s human rights ordinance, which the Douglas County District Court recently declared unconstitutional. The other four commissioners voted in favor of the emergency passage of the ordinance.
May 23, 1990
Local authorities will join officials from across the state next week for the annual Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics, which will cross through Lawrence on Tuesday afternoon. Don Gardner, Lawrence police crime prevention officer, said a group of 20 to 25 Douglas County runners will participate in the event this year.
EUDORA HIGH SENIOR WINS SCHOLARSHIP
May 23, 1990
Theodore Trzos, a Eudora High School senior and former Journal-World newspaper carrier, received a Journal-World scholarship this morning. Keith Foutz, Journal-World circulation manager, awarded the $690 scholarship to Trzos during an awards banquet this morning at the Eudora Junior-Senior High School.
BUHLER ENTERS RACE FOR COUNTY OFFICE
May 23, 1990
Mark Buhler, a partner and vice president of Stephens Real Estate in Lawrence, formally announced his candidacy today for the Douglas County Commission. With his announcement, there are now two Republicans vying for the 1st District seat on the county commission. The other Republican is Ellis Hayden, a coin shop owner who filed for office Monday. As of this morning no Democrats had entered the race.
KU WOMEN ADD MUNCY
May 23, 1990
Ericka Muncy, a 5-6 point guard from Lexington, Ky., has signed a national basketball letter of intent with Kansas, coach Marian Washington announced Tuesday. Muncy averaged 18.7 points and eight assists a game at Lexington Bryan Station High last season. She was a first-team all-state selection. Muncy also lettered in track, running the 100 meters in 11.9 seconds.
CITY TRIMS FUNDS TO SOCIAL SERVICE AGENCIES
May 23, 1990
Social service agencies that receive funding through the Lawrence Community Development Block Grant program will get a smaller piece of the pie than they originally expected. The Lawrence City Commission, after a lengthy, sometimes contentious, sometimes confusing debate, decided Tuesday to cut 9.2 percent from originally recommended outlays to 13 social service agencies. The recommendations came from the CDBG Advisory Board.
POLICY SWITCH ON ROTC TO BE REVIEWED
May 23, 1990
A Kansas University governance body next month will review a decision to end the practice of allowing credit hours earned in reserve officer training courses to count toward fulfillment of graduation requirements. The University Senate, a body made up of faculty members and the KU Student Senate, will take up the issue in a special session in June, said Frances Ingemann, chair of the University Senate Executive Committee.
LL DIG DEEP
May 23, 1990
How much money Digger Phelps received for speaking at that banquet here the other night is his business. Clearly, though, the Notre Dame basketball coach didn’t come to Lawrence for a steak dinner and a handshake. A coach-celebrity like Phelps chooses his speaking engagements carefully from countless requests.
PAROLE BOARD ANNOUNCES RESULTS FOR AREA INMATES
May 23, 1990
Kansas Parole Board Director Micah Ross today announced the results of parole hearings held during February for inmates convicted in local courts. The following is a list of inmates convicted in Douglas County or nearby counties, their place of incarceration in April, the charges of which they were convicted and the outcome of their parole hearings:
SRS FUNDING WOES AFFECT LOCAL CHILDREN
May 23, 1990
There will be more “latch-key” children in Lawrence and Douglas County this summer than there were in 1989, according to a local day care provider. The increase in the number of children who must look after themselves while their parents work is one expected byproduct of the financial troubles that face the Kansas Department of Social and Rehabilitation Service.
CITY EXPANDS BICYCLE REGISTRATION
May 23, 1990
Bicycle owners will have an easier time registering their two-wheelers with the city under a program developed by the Lawrence Police Department and local bicycle shops. The program won the approval of the Lawrence City Commission, which on Tuesday directed the city to draw up the paperwork necessary for implementation.
CHAMBER OKS LEASE FOR NEW HEADQUARTERS
May 23, 1990
The Lawrence Chamber of Commerce, which has been located at 209 W. Eighth for 5 years, will move its headquarters Jan. 1 across the corner, to the first floor of the Southwestern Bell building, 734 Vt., a chamber official said today. Gary Toebben, the chamber’s president, said the organization’s board of directors voted today to finalize a lease contract with Southwestern Bell.