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GETTING AROUND
January 9, 1991
The icy shroud that has covered Lawrence this week has slowed both drivers and pedestrians down a bit. City road crews did a good job of treating the major streets in town, which appeared almost normal by the time people headed back to work and school on Monday. The side streets are another matter, but it’s probably impossible to rid all the streets of such severe icy conditions, especially without benefit of a little sunshine.
FOR THE RECORD
January 9, 1991
District court Civil case proceedings
POLICE
January 9, 1991
Lawrence police are warning people not to buy memberships to Vi-De-Yo’s, 1410 Kasold, a video rental store that went out of business about two weeks ago. The local Consumer Affairs Assn. office says it had been contacted by nine people who bought worthless Vi-De-Yo memberships from one or more people selling them door-to-door in western Lawrence.
NAMES?
January 9, 1991
To the Editor: In the editorial of Jan. 3, we learn that America’s educational decline is reflected in the number of “foreign” (J-W’s quotation marks, not mine) names appearing on the honors lists at local schools.
WIN
January 9, 1991
Oklahoma basketball opponents don’t normally issue this warning: Beware of Ware. With good reason. Roland Ware, a 6-6 junior forward, averages 8.5 points and 4.5 rebounds a game.
ORVILLE H. CAREY
January 9, 1991
Services for Orville H. Carey, 79, Lawrence, will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Warren-McElwain Mortuary with the Revs. M. Jim Taylor and David Parker officiating. Burial will be in Memorial Park Cemetery. Mr. Carey died Tuesday in Sebastian, Tex., where he was visiting for the winter.
AUGUST P. HADL
January 9, 1991
Services for August Paul “Gus” Hadl, 86, Lawrence, will be at 1 p.m. Friday at Rumsey Funeral Home with the Rev. David Aanonson officiating. Burial will be in Memorial Park Cemetery. Mr. Hadl died Tuesday at Lawrence Memorial Hospital. He was born on May 28, 1904, in rural Eudora.
LEGISLATURE FACES TOUGH FISCAL ROAD
January 9, 1991
The announcement Tuesday that December tax receipts in Kansas were $31 million below expectations casts a pall over Monday’s opening of the 1991 Legislature, say two area lawmakers who serve on budget-writing committees. Both Sen. Wint Winter Jr., R-Lawrence, vice-chairman of the Senate Ways and Means Committee, and Rep. John Solbach, D-Lawrence, a member of the House Appropriations Committee, said that if the financial trend continued, the state could be in worse shape than previously expected.
BOARD DISCUSSES CONTRACT FOR BUSING
January 9, 1991
The McLouth school board heard a presentation on transportation at Tuesday night’s meeting, and discussed contracting with a bus company rather than providing district transportation. Supt. Robert Behrens said the board took no action on the proposal, but will continue to research its options.
S CONSTRUCTION DELAYED BY WEATHER
January 9, 1991
Cold weather apparently has delayed the start of construction on the $14.3 million Lied Center for the Performing Arts at Kansas University, a KU official said. “I haven’t inquired, because I think they would let me know if it were something else,” said Allen Wiechert, KU director of facilities planning.
LHS SWIMMING STILL UNDEFEATED
January 9, 1991
Lawrence High’s undefeated boys swim team notched another win here Tuesday, defeating Shawnee Mission Northwest, 113-70. The Lions qualified for two more events at state Jeff White in the 500 freestyle and Julio Suarez in the 200 freestyle.
KU WOMEN OPEN LEAGUE WITH SOONERS
January 9, 1991
Kansas enters the Big Eight women’s basketball season tonight with the league’s second-best non-conference record and some respect. The Jayhawks, 9-3, will open league play against Oklahoma. Tipoff is 7 tonight in Allen Fieldhouse.
KANSAS-OKLAHOMA NOTES . . .
January 9, 1991
KU forward Alonzo Jamison, who scored 10 points and grabbed four rebounds, played just under 16 minutes because of foul problems. He picked up his fourth foul with 18:28, remaining, sat down and didn’t return until 6:29 the game tied at 67. He fouled out at 3:42, called for charging into Roland Ware. At the time, KU led 73-70.
S STORES TO MERGE
January 9, 1991
Renovations to accommodate the merger of the Kinko’s Copies store near Kansas University with one in downtown Lawrence is expected to be completed in mid-March, said Kelley Coonce, the downtown store’s co-manager. Once completed, the Kinko’s store at 904 Vt. will be expanded from 750 square feet to about 3,000 square feet on the southeast corner of Ninth and Vermont, Coonce said.
GROUP TO HELP PAY FOR FIREWORKS
January 9, 1991
The president of the Downtown Lawrence business organization said Tuesday the group would help pay for fireworks for this year’s Fourth of July. Andy Ramirez, president of the organization, said the Downtown Lawrence board of directors heard a presentation by a member of the Lawrence Jaycees, which are seeking to raise about $7,000 for the local Fourth of July fireworks show. The Jaycees have put on the show for many years.
LECOMPTON OKS RAISING TRASH COLLECTION RATE
January 9, 1991
The Lecompton City Council raised the monthly trash collection rate from $5.50 to $6.50 this week at the request of the city’s refuse service. City Clerk Susie Hackathorn said rising landfill costs triggered the decision.
LUCY R. DANIELS
January 9, 1991
Services for Lucy Rozella Daniels, 90, Lawrence, will be at 3 p.m. Friday at Rumsey Funeral Home with the Rev. Donald D. Powell officiating. Burial will be in Oak Hill Cemetery. Mrs. Daniels died Tuesday at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.
BOARD DEFINES ROLES FOR FACILITY PLANNING
January 9, 1991
The Douglas County Community Corrections Advisory Board Tuesday defined roles for itself and a subcommittee that deals with the proposed juvenile detention facility. The board unanimously approved the juvenile subcommittee to be an advising group to the advisory board, with the board retaining responsibilities for policy decisions about the operation of the facility, which is scheduled to open in 1993.
MORNING HOUSE FIRE INJURES RESIDENT
January 9, 1991
A fire this morning at a rental house at 1724 Ky. injured one person, but the blaze was extinguished quickly by firefighters. Information about the identity of the injured person, a resident of the house, was not available late this morning from the fire department or the Douglas County Ambulance Service. Bob Coleman, fire department battalion chief, referred questions about the identity to DCAS, but ambulance officials would not answer any questions about the person.
KU/OU BOX
January 9, 1991
KANSAS (82) MIN FG FT REB PF TP
CITY HOPING TO HELP MOBILE HOME PARK RESIDENTS
January 9, 1991
The Lawrence City Commission on Tuesday night offered a trickle of hope to residents of a Lawrence mobile home park who say they have been essentially without water for weeks. Although commissioners and city staff agreed that their hands were tied because few regulations govern the operation of mobile home parks in Kansas, commissioners directed city staff to research options for residents of the Green Acres Mobile Home Park, 1045 E. 23rd.
MORAL STAND IN MIDEAST
January 9, 1991
To the Editor: As war in the Middle East seems ever more likely to be our kismet, I cannot help but be enraged at the poverty of moral imagination and critical, creative thinking by the Bush administration. President Bush seems a man bent on throwing his weight around, lashing out with pubescent threats and rhetorical swagger. And all of this seems primarily borne on the wings of that great moral principle 90 cents a gallon. In one part of the world, we have, after decades of suppression and totalitarianism, peoples waiting to be born to the principles of greater exertion of democratic will and citizen participation. And what is our major ideological commitment? Preparing for a war that, in spite of protestations otherwise, I think the administration seems to have wanted from the start.
TRIO AGAIN SEEKS REHEARING IN TRAFFICWAY SUIT
January 9, 1991
Legal manuevering continued Tuesday on the part of three county residents who want a local judge to reconsider his dismissal of their lawsuit against the county over the south Lawrence trafficway bond election. On Tuesday, attorneys Don Strole and Robert Eye filed a reply to the county’s Dec. 27 response to their motion for a rehearing in Douglas County District Court. On Dec. 14, District Judge Mike Malone dismissed the lawsuit brought by county residents Leslie W. Blevins Sr., Tim Miller and Patty Boyer. In the suit, the trio charged an explanatory statement that appeared on the Nov. 6 ballot was biased in favor of approving $4 million in bonds for construction of the trafficway.
SOONERS DESERVE TO DRAW BETTER
January 9, 1991
At first I thought it was just me, but Billy Tubbs noticed it, too. This Kansas-Oklahoma basketball game at least before the tipoff seemed like just another game.
SECOND CANDIDATE SEEKS CITY HALL POST
January 9, 1991
The Lawrence City Commission needs “reasonable people making reasonable decisions,” said Bob Schulte, a candidate for city commission. Schulte, 38, vice president of Gene Fritzel Construction Co., filed as a candidate at the city clerk’s office this morning by paying a $10 fee. He joins Fred Markham as the only declared candidates for the April 2 commission election.
HOSPITAL REPORT
January 9, 1991
DISMISSALS Nancy King and baby girl, Lawrence; Kay White and baby girl, Lawrence; Velma Jahn, Eudora; Cynthia Overbaugh and baby boy, McLouth.
WISH
January 9, 1991
The Lawrence chapter of the Dream Factory has fulfilled the wish of its first recipient, and the gift sounded pretty good to Chris Albert. “This is really a blessing,” said Suzanne Roberts, Chris’ sixth-grade teacher at Baldwin Junior High School, “We’ve had experiences with handicapped children before, but I don’t think they’ve ever been as rewarding as with Chris.”
MONEY MATTERS
January 9, 1991
Just in case Gov.-elect Joan Finney and members of the 1991 Kansas Legislature weren’t convinced that they would face difficult fiscal problems in the state this year, revenue figures released Tuesday should remove all doubt from their minds. According to the state’s monthly report, revenue collected in December fell $31 million short of estimated income for the month. To put that in perspective, officials had been fairly pleased when November receipts were just $2.5 million ahead of the estimates. A $31 million shortfall is no small number. Over the two months, the state had expected to take in $384.3 million; actual receipts totaled just $355.6 million.
OU OVERTAKES KANSAS, 88-82
January 9, 1991
If it’s any consolation, unranked Kansas wasn’t steamrolled by No. 12-rated Oklahoma here Tuesday night. “It’s not as embarrassing as the past couple years,” said KU forward Mike Maddox, who scored 15 points and totaled nine rebounds and a career-high eight assists in KU’s 88-82 loss at Noble Arena.
BURNED BUILDING HAD HISTORY OF PROBLEMS
January 9, 1991
Firefighters uncovered an electrical hazard during their last inspection of a downtown antique store where a Christmas Eve fire started, Lawrence Fire Department records show. But it’s unclear whether the hazard had anything to do with the fire, which broke out at The Chapman, 819 Vt., and destroyed three other businesses before it was extinguished.
PLASTICS COMPANY CONSIDERING SITE IN BUSINESS PARK
January 9, 1991
An Illinois-based plastics firm that said it would bring 56 jobs and a $700,000 annual payroll to Lawrence by August got on track with the Lawrence City Commission on Tuesday. For the second time in 13 months, the commission unanimously agreed to submit an application for a state loan to construct a railroad spur into East Hills Business Park to entice a plastics company to the park.
LOCAL OFFICIALS GET BAD NEWS ON STATE AID
January 9, 1991
Area legislators told a contingent of local officials this morning that their wish lists could go partially unfulfilled because of difficult budget choices facing the state this year. “Folks, the dollars aren’t there,” Sen. Jim Allen, R-Ottawa, told a gathering of city, county, Lawrence school district and Lawrence Chamber of Commerce officials at the Adams Alumni Center.
VETERAN AREA SPORTS ANNOUNCER GIVES UP HIS MIKE AFTER 25 YEARS
January 9, 1991
Don Huebner planned to serve as announcer for Tonganoxie High School only until somebody else was found. That was 25 years ago, and he’s still the man behind the microphone. However, starting with next year’s basketball season, Huebner will be found among the high school’s cheering section instead of at the announcer’s table.
CRIME AND GUNS
January 9, 1991
To the Editor: When the issue is crime control, the media seem collectively able to sing only one tune gun control. And Sunday’s J-W editorial continues this absurd party line, despite the myriad facts indicating the presumption to be false. Crime patterns in this country are linked to a number of sociological things and are quite unrelated to gun control laws, as witness the rampant crime rates in Massachusetts, New York City and Washington, D.C., all of which have long had truly draconian gun laws which are strictly enforced! The FBI annual Uniform Crime Reports track and comment upon these patterns, a fact traditionally overlooked by a press which prefers to whip up public emotion with pedantic drivel on the subject. Ironically, on the same sheet of newsprint as Sunday’s editorial, the J-W presented an interesting article on some of these non-gun related crime patterns.
GERTIE F. STEFFEN
January 9, 1991
Services are pending for Gertie Faye Steffen, 91, rural Lawrence, who died Tuesday at Lawrence Memorial Hospital. She was born May 22, 1899, south of Eudora in Douglas County, and was a lifelong resident.
AREA BRACES FOR ANOTHER BLAST
January 9, 1991
The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm watch for eastern and south-central Kansas, which includes Lawrence and surrounding areas. Phillip Bills, an NWS forecaster in Topeka, this morning said freezing rain, snow and sleet are expected to strike about midnight and continue through much of Thursday.
TONGANOXIE TRIPS PIPER
January 9, 1991
Scott Magner scored 29 points to lead Tonganoxie to a 63-51 high school basketball win over Kansas City Piper at Piper’s gym Tuesday night. Tongie coach Ken Diskin wasn’t overly impressed.