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AIRPORT TIDINESS
September 11, 1990
Once again, someone at the Lawrence Municipal Airport needs to be reminded about the importance of good housekeeping. As noted in an earlier editorial, the Lawrence airport is a handsome facility and serves as a fine “front door” or entrance to Lawrence for those arriving by private aircraft. However, sloppy housekeeping and carelessness in keeping the grounds neat and clean can destroy any favorable impressions a visitor might have when first alighting from his or her plane.
EUDORA SCHOOL SUPPORT
September 11, 1990
Editor, Journal-World: An interesting article appeared in Friday’s Journal-World concerning Eudora High School. The nine people who signed a petition forcing the delayed demolition of Eudora High School have now decided the building may have historical value. The article also stated that these people are not against the building of a new high school.
PERMIT VALUATIONS FALL OFF IN AUGUST
September 11, 1990
Although the pace of building permits issued in 1990 started out well, a sluggish summer has finally dropped it behind the 1989 pace. August building permit valuations totaled only $3.71 million, the lowest monthly valuation since January’s $2.49 million.
OSKALOOSA BOARD TO FILL VACANCIES
September 11, 1990
The Oskaloosa school board Monday night discussed the procedure for replacing a board member who resigned at the August meeting and a custodian who resigned at Monday’s meeting, Supt. Jim White said this morning. The board will advertise this week for individuals interested in replacing former board member Nancy Thompson, and will hold a special meeting Oct. 1 for interviews. White said the board will select the new member at its Oct. 8 meeting.
FLOYD BAXTER
September 11, 1990
Memorial services for Floyd “Tommy” Baxter, 41, Lawrence, will be at 3 p.m. Wednesday at Warren-McElwain Mortuary. The body was cremated and inurnment is pending. Mr. Baxter died Monday at his home of natural causes.
MENTAL HEALTH CENTER, COUNTY JOIN LICENSING PLAN OPPOSITION
September 11, 1990
Local mental health agencies should undergo reforms proposed by the Kansas Legislature, but state licensure of such agencies should not be tied to those reforms, officials from the Bert Nash Community Mental Health Center told the Douglas County Commission on Monday. The reforms passed during the last legislative session call for local mental health centers across Kansas to provide more services, said Dan Watkins, president of the Bert Nash board.
TELEPHONE OFFICIAL SAYS INDUSTRY EXPERIENCING WIRELESS REVOLUTION
September 11, 1990
There is a global revolution taking place in the wireless communications industry, a U.S. telephone executive said today at Kansas University. Phil Essman of Southwestern Bell Telephone Corp. in St. Louis told Japanese and American executives that the demand for untethered access is mind-boggling.
6 FIRMS INTERESTED IN HALL PROJECT
September 11, 1990
A pre-bid meeting at Lecompton’s Constitution Hall on Monday attracted six contractors interested in restoring the historic building and most expressed enthusiasm about vying for the work, one official said this morning. Terry Marmet, director of facilities with the State Historical Society, said the building was opened for inspection, and officials from the historical society and the state’s Architectural Services answered questions about the project.
KU GROUP TO HOST NATIONAL MEETING
September 11, 1990
Kansas University’s student enrollment is going to experience a surge this week, but the students won’t all be Jayhawks. About 830 students from across the country are expected to arrive in Lawrence for the 1990 Student Alumni Association/Student Foundation National Convention, hosted by KU’s Student Alumni Association.
COMMISSION TO CONSIDER PACT REVISIONS
September 11, 1990
The Douglas County Commission will consider proposed revisions to the interlocal agreement on the circumferential highway system at its Wednesday night meeting. The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. at the Douglas County Courthouse, 11th and Massachusetts streets.
NEW EMPLOYEE TO FOCUS ON WATER QUALITY
September 11, 1990
The Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department has hired a new sanitarian who will inspect wells, lagoons and water quality in the county. Rick Ziesenis, 34, Manhattan, was chosen from among 14 applicants and will begin work Sept 17.
STILL NO CLUES TO CAUSE OF SEPT. 1 EUDORA FIRE
September 11, 1990
Investigators are still digging, but haven’t uncovered any clues that might indicate the cause of the Sept. 1 fire that heavily damaged the Eudora Lumber Co. Kenny Massey, acting Eudora police chief, said officers from the Eudora Police Department will continue to conduct follow-up interviews although a special task force, which included police and fire officials from Lawrence and Eudora, disbanded Monday.
POLICE SEARCHING FOR ESCAPED TEEN
September 11, 1990
Officials are still searching for a teen-ager who was detained Friday on charges stemming from an attempted purse-snatching in Lawrence but who escaped from a Douglas County sheriff’s officer later that day. Police reported that officers detained the suspect, a 15-year-old boy, on a juvenile warrant issued Aug. 30 and containing counts of aggravated robbery.
EDNA K. FUQUA
September 11, 1990
Services are pending for Edna K. Fuqua, 94, McLouth, at Butler Funeral Home in Kansas City, Kan. Services and burial will be in Grand Junction, Colo. Mrs. Fuqua died Wednesday in McLouth.
BOARD LOWERS BOND PROPOSAL TO $31 MILLION FOR NEW SCHOOL
September 11, 1990
The Lawrence school board Monday night reduced by $800,000 the district’s proposed bond issue for building a second high school and making improvements to other school facilities. Board members earlier had proposed a bond issue of $31.8 million, but Monday night they shaved that figure to a round $31 million. The board then set that figure in stone by approving the final resolution for the bond issue referendum.
LAWRENCE WINS GYM OPENER
September 11, 1990
Bob Manning tries to keep his coaching philosophy simple. “Routines start with a value of 9.4 until you prove difficulty,” said Manning, Lawrence High’s boys gymnastics coach. “Of that 9.4, 1.6 points are for requirements, 3.4 points are for difficulty and 4.4 points are for technique and form.
SENSE OF HUMOR HELPS TRIATHLETES
September 11, 1990
Kent Dobbins was filling out the biography form for the Bud Light Ironman Triathlon not too long ago when he came to these words: “In a few words, please tell us why you have entered the Ironman.” Dobbins, a Lawrence optometrist, thought for a minute, then penned something about accepting the challenge, that he wanted to be able to say he’d finished the incredibly grueling event.
THE MORE YOU KNOW
September 11, 1990
Reading IS fundamental not only in school but in life as well. One of Barbara Bush’s top priorities as first lady is the promotion of literacy in America. Her most recent project is a book she ghost-wrote for her dog, Millie, telling about life in the White House. Proceeds from the book will go toward fighting illiteracy.
FOR THE RECORD
September 11, 1990
Law enforcement report Burglaries and thefts reported
HASKELL REPORT UPDATES ALUMNILEADERS
September 11, 1990
Haskell Indian Junior College’s annual report for 1989-90 has hit the mail, updating alumni across the nation about Haskell’s progress and its student life. The report also was sent to tribal leaders and congressmen, said Bob Martin, the college’s president. About 4,000 reports were distributed.
AFTER A BLAZING START, DONNELLY RUNNERUP AT LCC
September 11, 1990
Tara Donnelly birdied holes No. 1 and 2 Monday at Lawrence Country Club. “I made two long putts, about 10 feet each,” said the Lawrence High junior golfer. “I was feeling good, but I got under a tree the next hole and bogeyed. Then I started chipping so bad. I was skulling them right across the green.”
LHS NETTERS THIRD IN HOME OPENER
September 11, 1990
Dick Wedel, Lawrence High’s girls tennis coach, says his team is beginning to feel homeless. That’s because the Lions, accustomed to playing and practicing at the Lawrence Tennis Center, are spending their time at Alvamar and Kansas University.
PLAY PEAKED WHEN EAGLES TIRED
September 11, 1990
When Olathe North ran out of gas, Lawrence High ran the Eagles out of Friday’s Sunflower League football game. The Lions had a one-touchdown lead at halftime, but it wasn’t until the third quarter that they took command on their way to a 28-7 win.
INMATES SAY RAPE IN JAIL AVOIDABLE
September 11, 1990
Two Douglas County Jail inmates say the rape of a fellow inmate could have been avoided if administrators hadn’t placed the victim in the same cell as the suspect, whom jailors knew to be violent and a security risk. In letters to the Journal-World, jail inmates Richard Small and Mark Creamer wrote that administrators disregarded a warning from inmates to be careful about who they placed in the suspect’s cell.
LAWRENCE MAN DIES IN 1-VEHICLE CRASH
September 11, 1990
A 35-year-old Lawrence man died Monday evening in a one-vehicle accident that may have occurred after he tried to avoid a deer, authorities and a sister of the victim said today. The man, Larry D. Hood, was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash, which occurred at 6:04 p.m. Monday on Douglas County Road 458 two-tenths of a mile east of County Road 1450E. The accident was about three miles south of Lawrence.
ETHICAL CONFLICT
September 11, 1990
Editor, Journal-World: Kansas University’s policy, according to Allan Hanson’s recent letter to the editor, is that “no one may be excluded from university-sanctioned activities because of sexual preference (among other things).” The Pentagon’s policy, in contrast, “is that homosexuality is incompatible with military service.” Mr. Hanson considers the conflict between some of the university community and ROTC a “serious issue.” He believes the proposal to bar the ROTC commissioning ceremonies from the campus to be reasonable. Further, he asks that there be debate through the Journal-World on the question of ROTC’s legitimate place on campus.
BOARD HIRES FIRM TO OVERSEE CONSTRUCTION OF HIGH SCHOOL
September 11, 1990
The Lawrence school board Monday night adopted a new approach to facilities expansion by hiring a construction management firm to oversee the development of the proposed second high school. The board heard presentations by J.E. Dunn Construction Co. of Kansas City and by Harris Construction Co. of Lawrence. The board then selected the services of Harris Construction.
OFFICIALS TENTATIVELY IDENTIFY CHEMICAL CAUSING EVACUATION
September 11, 1990
An onion-smelling odor on the Kansas University campus baffled police and fire department officials until about 5 p.m. Monday, when a possible source of the odor 1-Methyl-1-Propanethiol was identified. Officials believe that the non-corrosive chemical was somehow flushed into the campus’ drain system. Three campus buildings, Malott, Haworth and the Computer Center, were evacuated after employees at the Computer Center reported a strong chemical smell to KU Police at 11:34 a.m. The buildings are linked by a sewer system.
COACH CRITICIZES COMEBACK STORY
September 11, 1990
Kansas basketball coach Roy Williams said Monday that the media have shamefully sensationalized the comeback story of Chris Lindley, a KU freshman who lost a foot. Lindley, a Raytown, Mo., high school star, lost his right foot in a train accident in January. He had signed to play basketball for the Jayhawks.
NEIGHBORHOOD GROUP SEEKS POND FOR PARK
September 11, 1990
Watson Park, which separates Old West Lawrence from the city’s downtown area, would be the site of a pond under a plan presented Monday to the Lawrence City Commission. Gathering at the Watson Park gazebo, the commission met in a Monday afternoon study session with a group of Old West Lawrence residents who promoted the pond.
OLD CHURCH OPENS DOORS TO HELP SOLVE LEGAL BATTLE
September 11, 1990
The last time the faithful gathered in Lawrence’s Old English Lutheran Church it was 1988, but when the church was opened Monday it didn’t take long for supporters and opponents of the church’s demolition to seek converts to their respective causes. About 50 people, including Kansas Atty. Gen. Robert Stephan, the five Lawrence city commissioners and local preservationists, signed a liability waiver and toured the 120-year-old church. An early example of the work of famed Lawrence architect John G. Haskell, the church, located at 1040 N.H., has been the focal point of a two-year legal battle over its proposed demolition.
HOSPITAL REPORT
September 11, 1990
ADMISSIONS Suzanne Nicolet, Lawrence.
COMMISSION SUPPORTS LOCATING NEW JUVENILE FACILITY IN COUNTY
September 11, 1990
The Douglas County Commission on Monday supported the idea of having a regional juvenile detention center in the county, but commissioners said they would want to make sure other counties using the facility would do their part to cover operating costs. The commission unanimously passed a resolution declaring Douglas County’s intention to be the home of the proposed Northeast Kansas Regional Juvenile Detention Facility. The construction of such a facility has been authorized by the Kansas Advisory Commission on Juvenile Offenders.