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U.N. SHOULD STAND FIRM
April 3, 1991
The United Nations may finally be putting some muscle behind its rhetoric. In a resolution approved Wednesday, the U.N. Security Council is calling for the destruction of Iraq’s chemical, germ and nuclear warfare capabilities in return for a permanent cease-fire in the Persian Gulf.
NEED FOR SHELTER
April 3, 1991
To the Editor: We are writing to express our deep concern that homeless people in Lawrence may suffer the loss of the city’s only shelter.
ELECTION CHANGES
April 3, 1991
Some new faces will be appearing on the local school board and city commission as a result of Tuesday’s elections. In the Lawrence City Commission race, voters rejected one incumbent and re-elected another, but only to a two-year term. Both of the four-year commission terms, which go to the two top vote-getters, were won by newcomers to city politics. Bob Schulte, a local construction company vice president, topped the city ballot, and John Nalbandian, a Kansas University associate professor of public administration was second.
VOTE TALLY GOES SMOOTHLY AT COURTHOUSE
April 3, 1991
A slightly higher-than-expected voter turnout failed to slow the vote counting Tuesday night at the Douglas County Courthouse. The final, unofficial turnout of 12,628 county voters, or 38.5 percent of those registered, didn’t extend the counting process of County Clerk Patty Jaimes and other election workers. The counting was completed at 8:35 p.m., an hour and 35 minutes after polls closed.
20 GROUPS ENTER PARADE TO HONOR BASKETBALL TEAM
April 3, 1991
The Jayhawks will be honored again Saturday with a parade sponsored by Downtown Lawrence Inc. and the Lawrence Chamber of Commerce. Peggy Johnson, parade organizer, said today that 20 groups have made arrangements to have entries in the parade, which is scheduled for 10 a.m. Saturday.
COUNTY APPROVES WIDENING U.S. 40
April 3, 1991
Douglas County voters on Tuesday gave a green light to widening a road that is a key part of Lawrence’s circumferential loop. A referendum on a bond issue to widen U.S. Highway 40 (Sixth Street) from Monterey Way to Wakarusa Drive received county approval, with 7,305 yes votes, or 61.8 percent, against 4,514 no votes, or 38.2 percent.
THRONG GREETS KANSAS PLAYERS
April 3, 1991
Kansas’ basketball team is No. 1 in the hearts of its fans if not in the NCAA Tournament. That was obvious as the Jayhawks received a hero’s welcome at a rally Tuesday afternoon at Memorial Stadium.
TOPEKANS PLEDGE $25,000 TO KUMC
April 3, 1991
A Topeka couple have pledged $25,000 to the Kansas University Endowment Association, D. Kay Clawson, executive vice chancellor for the KU Medical Center, announced today. The Distinguished Medical Teaching Funds for Clinical Education and for Basic Sciences at the Medical Center will benefit from the pledge from Dr. Millard C. and Polly Spencer. The gift commitment has been developed through Millard C. Spencer’s estate and will provide equally for the two funds.
HANNAH TOPS TALLY IN SCHOOL ELECTION
April 3, 1991
Following a Lawrence school board race that stressed the importance of community input, the top vote-getter in Tuesday’s Lawrence school board election said he plans to create a group that will foster community discussion of school issues. Jerry Hannah, who led the field with 4,705 of the votes, won’t begin serving on the board for another three months. However, Hannah said Tuesday night that he plans to announce within 30 days the creation of a “Lawrence Educational Round Table,” which will involve parents, school personnel and others in the community.
CORRECTION
April 3, 1991
Because of a reporter’s error, Tuesday’s Journal-World incorrectly identified a witness in a trial held Monday in Douglas County District Court. The witness was Chad A. Edwards, 19, Lawrence.
COUNTY OFFICIALS WAITING TO HEAR FROM ATTORNEY GENERAL ON CIRCUS
April 3, 1991
Douglas County officials have adopted a “wait-and-see” approach before allowing a circus to use the county’s 4-H Fairgrounds for a performance. County Administrator Chris McKenzie said the county is awaiting word from Kansas Atty. Gen. Bob Stephan before giving permission to the Jordan International Circus for use of the fairgrounds on April 12. Circus representatives will discuss alleged problems with the circus’ fund-raising efforts with Stephan on Tuesday.
RETAIL CHAIN ON VERGE OF FOLDING
April 3, 1991
The Kansas Public Employees Retirement System’s efforts to cut back on risky investments is putting the Duckwall-Alco Stores Inc. retail chain on the verge of liquidation. The Abilene-based retail chain, which employs about 5,000 people in 12 states, needed a $2 millon cash infusion from KPERS by Tuesday to pull out of federal bankruptcy proceedings and remain in business, according to Kenneth H. Koger, president of Reimer & Koger Associates Inc. Reimer & Koger is managing investments for KPERS.
LOCAL LAWMAKERS
April 3, 1991
Before the Kansas Legislature began its 1991 session, local lawmakers said they must find some way of increasing state revenues to provide property tax relief and fund state programs at current levels. Today, with less than two weeks left in the regular session, the House approved a plan that includes part of that wish list, say Reps. John Solbach and Betty Jo Charlton, both D-Lawrence, and Sandy Praeger, R-Lawrence.
HOME
April 3, 1991
Lawrence firefighters this morning were searching for the cause of a Tuesday afternoon fire that heavily damaged the home of a local minister. The fire started about 3:40 p.m. in a bedroom closet at the home of Bill Bradford, 2525 Jasu, firefighters said.
KANSAS TIPS SMSU, 5-4
April 3, 1991
Gerry Camara went three-for-four with a home run and three RBI to lead Kansas to a 5-4 win over Southwest Missouri State in college baseball here Tuesday. Camara’s homer, a two-run shot in the third inning, staked the Jayhawks to a 4-1 lead.
HIGH SCHOOL TRACK, ADDITIONAL MATERIAL
April 3, 1991
Tuesday at Lawrence High BOYS LAWRENCE 106, LEAVENWORTH 31
VIOLA REUSCH
April 3, 1991
Services for Viola Lois “Vi” Reusch, 75, Ottawa, will be at 2 p.m. Friday at First United Methodist Church, Ottawa, with the Rev. Jerrald Harnden officiating. Burial will follow in Highland Cemetery, Ottawa. Mrs. Reusch, the first woman mayor of Ottawa, died Tuesday at her home.
MILDRED STEWART
April 3, 1991
Services for Mildred Estelle Stewart, 88, St. Petersburg, Fla., will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Ives Chapel United Methodist Church, Baldwin. The Rev. Rachel Counts Casson will officiate. Burial will follow at Oakwood Cemetery, Baldwin. Mrs. Stewart, formerly of Baldwin, died Sunday at Palms of Pasadena Hospital in St. Petersburg.
BOND ISSUE, TAX QUESTIONS DECIDED
April 3, 1991
Baldwin will get a new library and U.S. Highway 24-40 will get a facelift, but Wellsville won’t have a sales tax increase and Jefferson County will have to make do with the existing jail, area voters decided at Tuesday’s general election. Baldwin patrons approved a $350,000 bond issue and a half-cent sales tax increase to generate funds for paying off the bonds, which will finance a new 6,000-square-foot library.
BRUNO BAGS FIRST PLACE IN DIVING
April 3, 1991
Brandy Bruno follows a simple strategy when competing for Lawrence High’s girls swimming and diving team. “I just try to go out and do the hard dives first,” said Bruno, an LHS junior. “Then I can kinda relax. Well, it’s not really the hard dives just the ones I don’t like. Then I can enjoy the rest of the meet.”
S OPPONENTS SEEK PUBLIC VOTE
April 3, 1991
With 10 minutes to spare before Tuesday’s filing deadline, a petition calling for a county election on the Douglas County Natural Areas program was filed with the county clerk’s office by a Lawrence man. Dwane Schaake, Rt. 2, turned in 113 pages of a petition that requests a county vote on the program that was approved by the county commission on Jan. 16. County Clerk Patty Jaimes told Schaake that it probably would take her office until Friday before the validity check of the petition would be completed. Schaake needs the signatures of 1,638 registered voters in Douglas County for the petition to be valid.
SCHULTE, NALBANDIAN TOP CITY VOTE
April 3, 1991
In what the winning candidates agreed was a show of support for downtown and a municipal golf course, Lawrence voters Tuesday elected two new city commissioners and re-elected one incumbent. First-time candidates Bob Schulte and John Nalbandian received the strongest voter support and will be sworn in to four-year terms before Tuesday’s commission meeting.
APPROVAL
April 3, 1991
A historic building on Lawrence’s riverfront is on its way toward being renovated for a sculpture garden and arts center. The Lawrence City Commission on Tuesday afternoon approved two motions directing city staff to finalize agreements among the city, the company that holds the lease on the 99-year-old Consolidated Barbed Wire Co. building, and two local men who want to renovate it. The building is located near Sixth and New Hampshire streets, between the Lawrence Riverfront Plaza and city hall.
FRANCES W. SMITH
April 3, 1991
Services for Frances W. Smith, 91, Tonganoxie, will be at 10 a.m. Friday at Quisenberry Chapel, Tonganoxie. Burial will be in Maple Grove Cemetery in Tonganoxie. Mrs. Smith died today at Tonganoxie Nursing Center. She was born March 4, 1900, in Hartford, Ala.
EUDORA VOTERS ELECT 4 TO SCHOOL BOARD
April 3, 1991
Eudora voters elected a diverse group of representatives to the school board at Tuesday’s election. The future of school facilities was the key issue throughout the campaign and the four top vote-getters have different views on dealing with the problem. Unofficial election results show Norbert Grosdidier, Mark Chrislip, Alvie Guy and Marjorie Gronniger as the new members on the board. They will assume the seats currently held by Robert Henrickson, Joanne Peterson, Richard Williams and Bob Rice. Rice was the only board member who ran for re-election.
OFFICIAL URGES TRIBES TO PLAY ROLE IN FUTURE
April 3, 1991
Native American people should be in control of their own destiny, a former Department of Interior official said Tuesday at Haskell Indian Junior College. Ross Swimmer, who served as assistant secretary for Indian affairs from December 1985 to February 1989, said the federal government has almost “helped Native Americans to death” by not allowing them to control their own future.
ERRORS
April 3, 1991
Pat Grzenda coaches Lawrence High to two consecutive girls state swimming championships and they go and change the rules on her. The first impression you form is that she’s worried.
LAW ENFORCEMENT REPORT
April 3, 1991
Burglaries and thefts reported A gold ring valued at $1,000 was taken between 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. Monday from a car parked in the 2400 block of West 25th Street.
S NEW BUILDING
April 3, 1991
The Lawrence City Commission on Tuesday afternoon unanimously approved giving $6,500 to the Lawrence Indian Center to help with moving and capital improvement costs for the center’s proposed new facility. In a letter to commissioners, Dan Wildcat, president of the center’s board of directors, said the center has secured a loan to buy a building at 15th and Haskell streets from the East Heights Baptist Church.
GOLF COURSE AND DOWNTOWN
April 3, 1991
Observers have differing opinions as to what may have given the winning candidates an edge over their challengers in Tuesday’s city commission election. One theory is that the winning candidates were strong in their support of the “downtown” being the city’s primary retail center and that they favored a municipal golf course. This may or may not be the case.
VOTERS DECIDE CITY, SCHOOL RACES
April 3, 1991
Voters in area communities went to the polls Tuesday and, in most cases, cast ballots for both school board and city council representatives. Following are the results of Tuesday’s general election in area communities:
HOUSE APPROVES INCOME TAX HIKE
April 3, 1991
One half of a package designed to raise money for property tax relief won House approval today after members had rejected the second half by a significant margin on Tuesday. On a 64-61 vote, representatives sent to the Senate a bill to increase income taxes by $119.6 million and distribute the money to the state’s 304 school districts in hopes that the extra funds will allow them to avoid increasing their property tax mill levies.
HOSPITAL REPORT
April 3, 1991
DISMISSALS Kathy Monahan and baby boy, Tonganoxie.