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GEORGIA M. HAMER
January 2, 1991
Services for Georgia Mae “Dot” Hamer, 70, Lawrence, will be at 10 a.m. Friday at Warren-McElwain Mortuary with the Rev. Rachel Counts-Casson officiating. Graveside services will follow at Mount Tabor Cemetery near Odessa, Mo. Mrs. Hamer died Tuesday at her home.
FOR THE RECORD
January 2, 1991
Law enforcement report Burglaries and thefts reported
DWI
January 2, 1991
It’s questionable whether drinking and driving is still a popular New Year’s Eve pasttime. But there’s no doubt that getting caught for drinking and driving is highly unusual these days.
LINDENBERG SERVICES
January 2, 1991
Graveside services for Elizabeth W. Lindenberg, 82, Eudora, will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at Eudora Cemetery, Eudora. Mrs. Lindenberg died Sunday at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.
HOUSWORTH SERVICES
January 2, 1991
Graveside services for Gayle D. Housworth, 52, Lawrence, will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday at Oak Hill Cemetery. Mr. Housworth died of natural causes Tuesday at Lawrence Memorial Hospital. He was born May 29, 1938, in Jefferson County. He had lived in Lawrence most of his life.
GASOLINE PRICES RETREAT TO LEVEL BEFORE GULF CRISIS
January 2, 1991
If your gasoline gauge is pushing empty, now may be the time to take advantage of pump prices that are at their lowest point since shortly after Iraq invaded Kuwait Aug. 2. A Journal-World check of gasoline prices around town this morning found that several service stations and convenience stores have dropped their prices for unleaded regular to just above $1 a gallon.
CHAMBER FORMS PANELON EASTERN PARKWAY
January 2, 1991
The Lawrence Chamber of Commerce is forming an Eastern Parkway task force. The task force, which will be chaired by outgoing Douglas County Commissioner Nancy Hiebert, has a goal of securing $6.5 million in funding for the proposed road, which would link Kansas 10 Highway and downtown Lawrence.
DECEMBER MOISTURE PUTS 1990 ON BOOKS AS WETTER THAN USUAL
January 2, 1991
December was fairly dry in Douglas County, but the area did receive enough moisture to push Lawrence beyond its annual precipitation average. The .70 of an inch of rain and snow that fell last month gave the city 37.31 inches of precipitation for 1990. That amount exceeded the annual average of 36.81 inches by half an inch. The average amount of precipitation for December is 1.44 inches.
91 ARRIVES
January 2, 1991
Going to Lawrence Memorial Hospital early this morning was not a new experience for Stephanie McGrath, the mother of the first baby born in Lawrence in 1991. Mrs. McGrath, a nurse on the postpartum floor, gave birth to a 7-pound, 19-inch boy at 3:38 a.m. today. As of late this morning, the McGraths hadn’t decided on a name for their second child.
SALVATION ARMY
January 2, 1991
The Salvation Army is $21,000 short of its fund-raising goal, the corps administrator said today. According to a news release, $94,000 has been raised toward the Salvation’s Army goal of $115,000. John Churchill, corps administrator, said the bell-ringing campaign, which ended New Year’s Eve, raised $43,000, a 33 percent increase from last year. Mail-in donations have brought in $51,000, a 20 percent decrease from last year.
HILDA KIDD
January 2, 1991
Hilda Kidd, 90, Prospect, Ky., died Saturday at a Louisville hospital. Cremation was planned and no services were scheduled. Mrs. Kidd was born June 18, 1900, in Eudora, Kan., and graduated from Eudora High School.
WILLIAM LUGINBILL
January 2, 1991
Services for William H. “Bill” Luginbill, 80, Seneca, will be 10 a.m. Friday at Lauer Funeral Home. Burial will be in Seneca City Cemetery. Mr. Luginbill died Monday at Country View Estates Nursing Home, where he had lived since June.
HENRY BEERS
January 2, 1991
Services for Henry Edgar Beers, 77, Lawrence, will be 1:30 p.m. Friday at Warren-McElwain Mortuary. Burial will be in Memorial Park Cemetery. Mr. Beers died Tuesday at his home.
MORGAN W. SMITH
January 2, 1991
Graveside services for Morgan William Smith, 81, Piedmont, Mo., will be at 10 a.m. Friday at Oak Hill Cemetery. Mr. Smith died Monday at Doctors Regional Hospital in Poplar Bluff, Mo.
LAWRENCE AREA WEATHERED ELEMENTS IN 1990
January 2, 1991
Jack Frost waited longer than usual in 1990 to pay a visit to Lawrence, but the rest of the year wasn’t too far off the mark weatherwise. The early months experienced heavy rain, which slacked off later in the year and brought the total amount of precipitation near normal, according to Kansas University Weather Service statistics.
AP VOTERS FACED GROWING PRESSURE
January 2, 1991
Over the years I’ve been a voter in the Associated Press football and basketball polls so many times I’ve lost count. Basically, I perform the task every other year. For instance, I was asked to be an AP basketball poll participant in 1988 the Jayhawks’ national championship season and I cast ballots in the AP football poll in ‘86.
JAYHAWKS SEEK MORE THAN SUNTAN ON TRIP
January 2, 1991
While Kansas was in Hawaii last week getting sunburned, Pepperdine was in Tucson, Ariz., just plain getting burned. After a closer-than-it-looked 80-66 college basketball loss to Arizona in the first round of the Fiesta Bowl Classic last Friday, the Waves were singed, 56-55, by Temple in Sunday’s consolation game on Mark Macon’s buzzer-beating jumper.
COUNTY BUYS LAND AS OPTION FOR A NEW JAIL
January 2, 1991
The Jefferson County Commission signed a contract this week for the purchase of a tract of land, in hopes the site will soon feature a new law enforcement center. Commissioners agreed to pay $57,000 to Vincent Edmonds of Oskaloosa for about 18 acres located on the west side of U.S. Highway 59 at the southern edge of Oskaloosa,. The same site was included on a $3.5 million jail bond issue, which was defeated by county voters in November’s general election.
GULF SERVICE A FAMILY AFFAIR FOR BROTHERS FROM EUDORA
January 2, 1991
Two Eudora brothers serving together in the U.S. Navy are helping to keep afloat the growing armada of U.S. ships in the Persian Gulf. Mike and Duane Beerbower, both graduates of Eudora High School, are sailors aboard the USS Acadia, which provides an array of mobile repair and personal services for other ships.
AUTHORITIES REPORT FEWER FATAL ACCIDENTS IN 1990
January 2, 1991
The number of fatal accidents in Lawrence and Douglas County in 1990 was down from the total in 1989, police and sheriff’s officers report. Nine people lost their lives in eight automobile accidents on county roads in 1990, compared to 11 fatalities in 1989.
SOFTWARE PRESENTS DILEMMA FOR COUNTY
January 2, 1991
An expensive software maintenance contract continues to place Douglas County between a rock and a hard place. But a lack of alternatives forced the county commission last week to give its conditional approval to a one-year extension of the contract. The agreement with Cole-Layer-Trumble costs $11,000 a year and calls for the company to maintain the computer-assisted mass appraisal system it developed for the county.
Stress aside, Wildgen settles into job
January 2, 1991
Mike Wildgen says one of the toughest parts of becoming city manager was giving up the ways of his old job as assistant city manager.
STRESS ASIDE, WILDGEN SETTLES INTO JOB
January 2, 1991
Mike Wildgen says one of the toughest parts of becoming city manager was giving up the ways of his old job as assistant city manager. “I spent 15 years doing the detail work,” he says. “I have had to winnow myself away from that. That’s what I used to do.”
HARDER TELLS GROUP ABOUT SRS PLANS
January 2, 1991
Robert Harder, who will become acting secretary of the Kansas Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services under Gov.-elect Joan Finney in two weeks, told a roomful of people in Lawrence today that he will recommend changes in the way the agency’s central office operates. But Harder also said the SRS transition team he has headed will not recommend that the agency be split, as some have advocated.
STORE OFFERS ASSORTED PRODUCTS FOR THE ENVIRONMENTALLY AWARE
January 2, 1991
In a bygone era, frontier pioneers got most everything they needed from flour to dresses to buggywhips from a general store. Today’s “green pioneers” those committed to minimize their own impact on the Earth now have another place to shop in downtown Lawrence.
PETITION SEEKS WATER LINE IMPROVEMENTS
January 2, 1991
A petition signed by owners of 21 mobile homes seeking a remedy to continuing water problems at a local mobile home park was to be delivered to the park’s owner today, said three residents who signed the petition. Mobile homes in the park at 1045 E. 23rd either have been completely without water or have had only a trickle of water from their faucets since Dec. 20, said Elizabeth Regan, a park resident.
HOSPITAL REPORT
January 2, 1991
DISMISSALS Barbara Burkart and baby boy, Lawrence; Katherine Burk, Lawrence; Margaret Burk, Lawrence; Lori Clark and baby boy, Lawrence; Tanya Pinnenger and baby boy, Lawrence.