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CENTER IS SAFE
January 22, 1991
To the Editor: In reference to the article of Jan. 15 concerning the fate of the old hospital building, I need to clarify remarks concerning deterioration of the building. The two levels that Children’s Learning Center, Inc. occupies are environmentally safe as witnessed by the Department of Health and Environment inspections. Our children are not endangered by deterioration on upper levels. ECKAN, a social service agency, was located on the second floor for approximately 4 years. The city of Lawrence is responsibly looking at the entire structure in order to determine the future of the building.
VIEW FROM LINCOLN
January 22, 1991
To the Editor: Our daughter is now a senior at KU and lives in the Sigma Kappa house on West Campus Road. As we are frequent visitors to Lawrence, which has become one of my favorite cities anywhere, I often wondered why the nearby Jayhawk Bookstore was restrained from using their building more efficiently.
GULF ILLUSIONS
January 22, 1991
To the Editor: Your headline of Jan. 17, “U.S. determined to finish gulf job,” sums it up well, however, it also shows America is still operating under several illusions, including: 1. That the “gulf job” will ever be finished; 2. That we will be able to maintain a presence there until it is finished, and; 3. That we should be in the gulf area at all.
NEW SYMBOL?
January 22, 1991
To the Editor: A copy of a letter prepared on the letterhead of the Lawrence Arts Commission has just been handed to me. The first paragraph reads as follows:
SAN FRANCISCO
January 22, 1991
San Francisco used to be one of this country’s most attractive cities. Songs were written about the “city by the bay” and travel brochures featuring this country’s most attractive, inviting, picturesque cities usually would have pictures of San Francisco, the Golden Gate Bridge, Chinatown or other well-known landmarks. One has to wonder, however, if the city continues to hold the same attraction, affection and pride by the majority of Americans.
TOPEKAN INJURED IN TURNPIKE CRASH
January 22, 1991
A Topeka truck driver suffered a severe head injury when he was thrown from his cab after his rig crashed through a concrete barrier and flipped over Monday afternoon near Lawrence on the Kansas Turnpike. James F. Barkley, 47, the driver, was listed in critical condition this morning at the Kansas University Medical Center, Kansas City, Kan., where he was taken by Life Flight helicopter after the accident.
STANLEY SERVICES
January 22, 1991
Services for E. Keith Stanley, 67, Lawrence, will be 1:30 p.m. Thursday at Plymouth Congregational Church with the Rev. Jonathan Knight officiating. Burial will be in Oak Hill Cemetery. Mr. Stanley died Monday at Lawrence Memorial Hospital after an apparent heart attack.
ROOMS FILLING UP FOR KU GRADUATION
January 22, 1991
Those looking to stay in Lawrence during Kansas University’s graduation weekend are probably out of luck. There is no room at most of the inns. Many local hotels and motels filled up about a year ago for KU’s 1991 graduation ceremony, which is May 19.
CHILI SUPPER WILL BENEFIT FIRE VICTIMS
January 22, 1991
The Grant Community Club and the Jayhawk 4-H Club are sponsoring a chili supper at 6:30 p.m. Friday in the Grant Elementary School gymnasium to raise money for a family that lost their home to fire this week. Gregory and Melissa Frost and their three children, ages 3, 8 and 10, were living in the 127-year-old house that burned to the ground early Monday morning. The house was northeast of Lawrence Municipal Airport.
T PLAN TO REBUILD NOW
January 22, 1991
Owners of downtown lots left vacant by a Christmas Eve fire said Monday they have no immediate plans for rebuilding. “The only thing I’m planning on doing is buying some grass seed and growing grass there for awhile,” said Bob Schumm, owner of 815-817 Vt.
BALDWIN SCHOOL BOARD HEARS BUILDING REPORT
January 22, 1991
A report on the structural soundness of Vinland Elementary School revealed no surprises to the Baldwin School Board Monday night. Supt. Bert Hitchcock said the board heard a presentation from Richard Wilson, a structural engineer with the Kansas City engineering firm Bob D. Campbell and Co., which was hired to evaluate the school’s structural condition.
MARGIN FUNDING A PRIORITY ITEM IN FINNEY BUDGET
January 22, 1991
Gov. Joan Finney set the tone for higher education for the 1991 legislative session today by urging legislators to appropriate $978 million for Kansas Board of Regents schools. In her first State of the State address, Finney made financing for the third year of the university system’s Margin of Excellence program a priority recommendation in her fiscal 1992 budget.
SCHOOL FINANCE PLAN GETS PRAISE LOCALLY
January 22, 1991
If they were handing out grades, local legislators and a Lawrence school district official today would give Gov. Joan Finney high marks for her bold plan to increase state aid for school districts while lowering property taxes. If enacted as submitted to the Legislature, the fiscal 1992 budget proposal would pump $251.7 million more into state aid to local public school districts next school year and reduce property taxes by $215 million statewide.
WORK LIES AHEAD FOR GTA FEE WAIVER PLAN
January 22, 1991
Rep. Betty Jo Charlton knows how tough life can be as a Kansas University graduate teaching assistant struggling to attend classes, pay the bills and work part time. “I’m a former GTA myself,” said Charlton, D-Lawrence, who was elated that Gov. Joan Finney recommended today that the Legislature approve a 100 percent GTA fee waiver. Currently, graduate teaching assistants at state universities receive a fee waiver of 75 percent.
EXECUTIVE ENTERS SCHOOL BOARD RACE
January 22, 1991
Raymond Poteet, an executive with a Lawrence financial services firm, has filed as a candidate in this spring’s Lawrence school board elections. “The community has benefited me tremendously, and so it’s time to be personally involved instead of just financially involved,” Poteet said. “I don’t think anything is more important than our children.”
FIELDS SET FOR CITY, SCHOOL BOARD RACES
January 22, 1991
The one thing nearly all candidates for Lawrence City Commission agree on is that directing Lawrence’s growth will be the biggest issue in upcoming city elections. Meanwhile, candidates for the Lawrence school board say they’re interested in finding ways to increase the space available for classrooms. The candidates plan to consider the recommendations of the Commission on Mid-level and High School Education, which was formed after voters in November defeated a proposed bond issue to build a second high school.
ARCHITECTURAL FIRM CITES COSTS ON AREA SCHOOL BUILDING PLANS
January 22, 1991
The architectural firm Hollis & Miller, which was hired to draw up plans for DeSoto’s April school bond election, put price tags on three preliminary building ideas at Monday night’s board meeting. Architects had presented the plans at the Jan. 7 meeting, but were unable to give costs at that time.
CENTRON OWNER
January 22, 1991
Although Kansas University has received approval to accept a donation to finance the purchase of building that houses Centron Corp., the building’s owner said they have not yet reached an agreement. “There have been talks. There is no purchase contract,” said Bob Kohl, president of Centron, a video and film production company which is at 1921 W. Ninth. “We are not that far along.”
ELIA BOARD OFFICIAL FILES FOR CITY RACE
January 22, 1991
Deitre “Dee” Weismiller, a member of the board of directors of the East Lawrence Improvement Assn. and a saleswoman for Topeka Party Sales, this morning filed as a candidate for the Lawrence City Commission. She said her belief that minorities, middle- and lower-income residents were not being represented by the commission played a part in her decision to run in the field of 14 candidates vying for three open seats.
LIONS PERSEVERED IN LOSERS BRACKET
January 22, 1991
You know that Community Chest card in Monopoly that tells you to take $45 because you’ve captured second prize in a beauty contest? Have you ever drawn it really late in the game when there are hotels on every property and $45 isn’t enough to fuel your little one-seat car for one trip down the Baltic-Income Tax-Vermont side of the board?
S MOTHER FALLS DURING LAWRENCE VISIT
January 22, 1991
Chancellor Gene Budig’s mother fell and broke her hip while she was visiting the Budig family this weekend. Budig said today that his mother, Angela Budig, Ogallala, Neb., broke her hip Saturday and was taken to the Lawrence Memorial Hospital emergency room. She was transferred to KU’s Medical Center in Kansas City, Kan., where she was operated on Sunday morning.
EUDORA TEACHERS OK NEW CONTRACT
January 22, 1991
The final votes were tallied Monday afternoon showing overwhelming support by Eudora teachers for a new contract that the school board approved last week. Judy Niebaum, Chapter I teacher and negotiating team member, said this morning that the Eudora chapter of the National Education Assn. approved the contract, which will increase the base salary for teachers from $22,000 to $23,000.
SCHUMM FILES FOR RE-ELECTION TO CITY SEAT
January 22, 1991
Lawrence City Commissioner Bob Schumm ended weeks of speculation today by announcing that he will run for another term on the commission. Reading from a prepared statement, the 44-year-old Schumm said his goal was to keep Lawrence a nice place to live.
60S ROCK BAND
January 22, 1991
Once they could draw up to 5,000 fans to dances and concerts around the Midwest. Now they draw only themselves, their old promoters and a few friends to a reunion at the Eldridge Hotel. They were The Fabulous Flippers, a Lawrence-based rock ‘n’ roll band that packed the house when they played the Red Dog Inn, now Liberty Hall.
Local get-together reunites ‘60s rock band
January 22, 1991
Once they could draw up to 5,000 fans to dances and concerts around the Midwest. Now they draw only themselves, their old promoters and a few friends to a reunion at the Eldridge Hotel.
PLANNERS TO CONSIDER CHANGES IN SITE PLANS FOR NEIGHBORHOOD
January 22, 1991
The Lawrence-Douglas County Metropolitan Planning Commission Wednesday night will consider amendments to the city code pertaining to trash storage sites, air-conditioning units and lighting in Oread Neighborhood. The amendments would be included in site plan requirements for Oread if the commission approves them. The amendments were recommended by the commission’s ad hoc committee after residents raised concerns about the standards.
FOLLOW EXAMPLE SET BY KING, DETROIT MINISTER URGES CROWD
January 22, 1991
In a wide-ranging speech commemorating the unfulfilled dreams of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., a Detroit minister said Monday that people must work together for change while meeting the challenge of discovering themselves. The remarks of the Rev. Frederick G. Sampson came in an address to a jam-packed Ninth Street Missionary Baptist Church crowd of approximately 230 people. His speech concluded three days of local observances of the 62nd birthday of the slain civil rights leader.
CORRECTION
January 22, 1991
Because of a reporter’s error, the last name of a Lawrence couple who attend Good Shepherd Lutheran Church was misspelled in Monday’s Journal-World. The couple are Helen and James DaVatz.
HOSPITAL REPORT
January 22, 1991
DISMISSALS Renee Roper and baby girl, Eudora; and Krystal Williams, Baldwin. BIRTHS
PROPERTY MANAGER FILES IN SCHOOL RACE
January 22, 1991
Andy Galyardt, a local certified property manager, filed today as a candidate for this spring’s Lawrence school board election. “I’ve really always wanted to be a giver and not a taker,” Galyardt, 58, said in an interview today.
T SOLD ON SERVICE SALES TAX
January 22, 1991
A tax increase by any other name is still a tax increase. That was the reaction from Lawrence businesses that would have to add a 4.25 percent sales tax to the cost of their services under a budget plan unveiled today by Gov. Joan Finney.
S BUDGET PROPOSAL
January 22, 1991
Rep. Betty Jo Charlton, D-Lawrence, let out a little “wow” when told of the size of Gov. Joan Finney’s proposed increase in state sales tax revenues. But Charlton, who along with other local lawmakers was contacted Monday following a press briefing on Finney’s budget proposal, quickly added, “We need it.”