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COMPUTER COMPLAINT
October 2, 1990
Editor, Journal-World: The headline in Thursday’s paper, “County saves more than $7,000 on new computers” is misleading. The idea that the county saved money is wrong, they simply bought cheaper computers that are inferior to those bid by other vendors. The computers purchased don’t come with a manufacturer’s warranty and much of the final assembly is done locally. This might be good for the experienced computer user who wishes to take a chance and save some money, but considering the important county business to be accomplished and the cost of county manpower involved in using these computers, this is not the prudent way to spend taxpayer money. Real `savings’ come from efficient, informed decisions, not just buying the cheapest thing you can find.
SCHOOL BOND QUESTIONS
October 2, 1990
Editor, Journal-World: I’m wondering if there are any other taxpayers out there who are as puzzled as I am about a lot of things concerning the upcoming school bond election.
BOARD DECISION
October 2, 1990
In recent newspaper articles, skateboarders have stated their opposition and their plans to defy an ordinance banning skateboards around Kansas University’s Wescoe Hall. The Lawrence City Commission is expected to finalize the ban at tonight’s meeting, but skateboarders say that won’t end their sport.
TENNIS CENTER READY FOR USE ON WEDNESDAY
October 2, 1990
After more than two months of renovation work, the Lawrence Tennis Center will be available for use on Wednesday. Phil Struble of Landplan Engineering, which planned the renovation, said workers today would finish painting white lines on the courts, making them ready to use as soon as nets are put up.
THREE CITIES BID ON SPORTS HALL
October 2, 1990
Proposals from three of the four cities interested in providing a new home for the Kansas Sports Hall of Fame have come in, and trustees of the hall hope to decide by Dec. 1 where the facility will be located. Max Falkenstien, trustee chairman, said Abilene, Emporia and Hutchinson remain in the running for the sports hall, which is being moved from the Elizabeth M. Watkins Community Museum in Lawrence.
BUDGET PACT ALTERS RETIREMENT RULES FOR FEDERAL WORKERS
October 2, 1990
One provision in the budget agreement reached during the weekend in Washington has Rep. Jim Slattery alerting newly retired federal employees and those eligible for retirement. Lynn Stillings, district aide to Slattery, said today that a provision of the agreement would change how retired federal employees can receive money from their Civil Service Retirement System pension.
WOMAN NAMED TO SCHOOL BOARD
October 2, 1990
The Oskaloosa School Board received only one applicant for a vacant board position Monday night, but Supt. Jim White said the board was satisfied with her qualifications. Kaye Messer, a research attorney for the chief judge of the Kansas Court of Appeals, was interviewed by board members and sworn in by the board clerk. She replaces former board member Nancy Thompson, who resigned in August.
ERWIN D. THROP
October 2, 1990
Services for Erwin Dale Throp, 81, Salina, will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at Rumsey Funeral Home. Burial will be in Vinland Cemetery in Vinland. Mr. Throp died Monday at Asbury Hospital in Salina.
RULE CHANGE TO ELIMINATE CAR TAX INEQUITY
October 2, 1990
The rule that results in Kansans whose names come at the end of the alphabet having to pay higher property taxes on their motor vehicles will be eliminated at the start of the year. A regulation proposed by the Kansas Department of Revenue to make the change was approved Monday by the State Rules and Regulations Board. It will mean a cut of 7.6 percent, or $23 million a year, in automobile property tax collections.
COUNTY TO CONSIDER MORTGAGE PROGRAM
October 2, 1990
First-time home buyers in Douglas County may be able to catch a break on their interest rate if the county participates in a mortgage revenue bond program. The Douglas County Commission will receive the first report about the program during its meeting which will begin at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Douglas County Courthouse, 11th and Massachusetts.
POLICE TARGET CLUBS FOR GREATER SCRUTINY
October 2, 1990
Private club operators in Lawrence and their patrons can look forward to increased scrutiny to ensure the clubs are following liquor laws, city officials say. City Manager Mike Wildgen said Lawrence police will be going into Class B clubs in the city, and will be checking to ensure that patrons either are club members or in the club as a guest with a member.
COMPLETION
October 2, 1990
Thousands of people have visited Washington National Cathedral since its construction began over 80 years ago, but a Lawrence couple were on hand last weekend to see the structure’s historic completion. “I think it had to be one of the greatest moments of our entire lives,” said Sandra Wiechert, who on Saturday witnessed the event with her husband, Allen. “It was a great sense of satisfaction that a goal had been reached.”
NEW 4-H AGENT EAGER TO START PROGRAMS
October 2, 1990
On Monday, her first day as Douglas County’s 4-H Extension Agent, Barbara Lilyhorn encountered a towering stack of mail and a calendar filled with meetings and engagements. “They saved the mail for me,” she said with a smile. Despite the paperwork to dredge through, Lilyhorn seemed quite content in her new job.
ISOLATED INCIDENT
October 2, 1990
Editor, Journal-World: I would like to congratulate the city commission of Lawrence on the action taken for the proposed skateboard ban on the KU campus. They have proposed to ban skateboards on the basis of one isolated incident when in fact far more accidents have occurred concerning bikes, buses and pedestrians. As far as I know, no action has been taken to ban these “menaces.” I hope that this ban will set a precedent in which the benevolent council will protect students, as well as the rest of the city population, from other menaces such as bikes on roads, cars on streets, pedestrians in crosswalks, planes in skies…
KU STUDENTS JOIN FORCES FOR PROTESTS
October 2, 1990
A group of Kansas University students protesting discrimination in various forms today called on the KU administration to quickly respond to their concerns. About 50 protesters met outside Watson Library at 11 a.m., drawing a crowd of about 100 student and faculty onlookers. The protesters, representing several student organizations, said discrimination can no longer be tolerated on the KU campus.
BUDIG SPEAKS OUT ON DISCRIMINATION
October 2, 1990
In an open letter to the Kansas University community Monday, Chancellor Gene Budig said he will not tolerate discrimination on the KU campus. The letter came after several student protests regarding a recent University Senate vote to continue granting credit for Reserve Officers Training Corps classes. University Council earlier recommended withholding credit from ROTC courses beginning in 1995 if the DOD had not changed its policy.
BAXTER SAYS LATEST EFFORT IS BEST YET
October 2, 1990
Tim Baxter’s not convinced of the Heartland Park jinx. “This was our third time here,” said Baxter, a longtime Lawrence resident, of his participation in the weekend’s National Hot Rod Assn.’s Heartland Nationals at the Topeka track. “The first two were bad trips.”
COMMISSION RACE GETS 1ST CANDIDATE
October 2, 1990
Saying he will be a voice for all city residents, including the poor and minorities, Fred Markham today became the first candidate to file for election to the Lawrence City Commission. Markham submitted petitions to the city clerk’s office at 10:07 a.m. today, declaring his intent to run for one of the three posts that will be up for election in 1991.
T FASTEN SEAT BELTS
October 2, 1990
Rules, shmules and other high school notes and quotes … Ron Weber and Gary Hammer, Lawrence High’s boys and girls basketball coaches respectively, will be stuck in six-foot wooden boxes next season thanks to new legislation by the Kansas State High School Activities Assn.
SPECIAL TEAMS ALWAYS LOOMING
October 2, 1990
If only they’d known, Lawrence High officials could have billed the Lions’ 35-0 football win over Shawnee Mission East like a movie sequel. “Coming Friday to SM South District Stadium The Return of the Return,” the posters could have read.
HOSPITAL REPORT
October 2, 1990
ADMISSIONS Bernard Ware, Lawrence; John Rice, Lawrence.
LIONS PREVAIL, 5-1, IMPROVE TO 5-6-1
October 2, 1990
Lawrence High’s soccer team won its second straight game and closed in on .500 with a 5-1 victory over Kansas City Washington here Monday. Keith Nelson and Daron Copp scored two goals apiece and Dan Low added another as the Lions improved to 5-6-1. Todd Sliski, Travis Lippert and John Mier had assists.