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Archive for Monday, July 29, 1991

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TRAVS ADVANCE INTO TITLE GAME
July 29, 1991
Vengeance already belongs to Lawrence’s Maupintour Travellers, but they have the opportunity for more. The Travellers avenged their only loss of the season Sunday, tripping Athletes in Action of Denver, 6-4, in the losers bracket semifinals of the NBC regional baseball tournament.
10-HOUR CITY LOT GETS MORE USE
July 29, 1991
Lengthening the time limit for free parking in a city lot in the 1000 block of Vermont Street appears to be achieving its goal of increasing the lot’s use. City Commissioner Bob Schumm jokes that he made a shrewd political move when he asked City Manager Mike Wildgen to change parking restrictions to allow 10-hour free parking in the lot. Schumm had suggested increasing the lot’s 2-hour parking limit several times before, but no action had been taken.
MARGARET CLEAVINGER
July 29, 1991
Services for Margaret S. Cleavinger, 70, Baldwin, will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at Lamb-Roberts Funeral Home in Baldwin with the Rev. Kirby Hayes officiating. Burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery in Baldwin. Mrs. Cleavinger died Saturday, July 27, 1991, at Stormont-Vail Regional Medical Center in Topeka.
YELLOWJACKETS FUSE THEIR WAY TO KANSAS CITY
July 29, 1991
The surging new edition of the Yellowjackets, the popular jazz-fusion group from Los Angeles, will light up the stage at 4:45 p.m. today at the Kansas City Blues and Jazz Festival in Penn Valley Park at the Liberty Memorial in Kansas City, Mo. In the midst of an extended tour that started in mid-April, the Yellowjackets are traveling throughout the States, Europe and Japan in support of “Greenhouse,” their hot new album for GRP.
HOSPITAL REPORT
July 29, 1991
DISMISSALS Debra Freed and baby boy, Lawrence; Jill MacLaughlin and baby boy, Lawrence.
GEOGRAPHY DEPARTMENT ADDS 2 KEY RESEARCHERS
July 29, 1991
The chairman of Kansas University’s geography department said recently that the department has hired two highly respected researchers as assistant professors. Curt Sorenson, chairman of the KU department, said he was “proud of what’s going on around here these days.” The new tenure-track faculty members will begin in the fall.
OFFICE RENOVATION SLOWS OTHER WORK AT LOCAL SCHOOLS
July 29, 1991
Work on the Lawrence school district’s new administration center has slowed progress on summer renovation and repairs for school buildings in the district, a Lawrence school official said this morning. However, those delays will not greatly affect the classroom learning environment for students returning to school this fall, said Craig Fiegel, the district’s director of business and facilities.
COUNTY ATTAINS NO-TAX-INCREASE GOAL
July 29, 1991
Douglas County commissioners today achieved their goal of not increasing the county’s mill levy by cutting $157,500 from four departmental budget requests. With the cuts, the county’s proposed mill levy tentatively stands at 27.236 mills, a reduction of 0.004 of a mill from the current levy of 27.24 mills. A mill is $1 of tax for every $1,000 in assessed property valuations.
S BUTTON COLLECTION FINDS HOME AT AREA MUSEUM
July 29, 1991
Button, button, who’s got the button? Lane University in Lecompton has hundreds. The historical museum recently received an extensive button collection from the family of Nellie May Neal Banks, who died in 1962. Her grandchildren, Betty Banks Howe, Rita Banks and John William Banks, donated the buttons in May.
GROUPS ANNOUNCE RUSH PLANS AT KU
July 29, 1991
Students still have time to register for Kansas University’s fraternity and sorority rush week, which begins Aug. 13 for men and Aug. 15 for women. Registration ends Aug. 1 for both men and women. Sorority rush will be Aug. 15 to 21. Nearly 900 women are expected to take part. Grade-point average recommendations for entering freshmen who wish to participate vary from 2.7 to 3.0 on a 4.0 scale, for sophomores from 2.4 to 3.0.
RENTERS
July 29, 1991
Homeowners know all too well how much it costs them to maintain their homes and pay property taxes on them, but apartment dwellers tend to hand over their rent checks without giving much thought to exactly what they’re paying for. But in Lawrence, upkeep, debt payments, rising property values and tax increases translate into a $10 to $20 increase in monthly rent rates each year for most renters.
FOR THE RECORD
July 29, 1991
Law enforcement report Burglaries and thefts reported Household items and jewelry valued at $3,311 were taken between 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. Saturday from a residence in the 400 block of West 18th.
PHARMACY STUDENTS RECOGNIZED FOR WORK
July 29, 1991
A spring 1991 graduate of the Kansas University School of Pharmacy, Debra Ann Abbott of Marion, received three of 13 student awards offered this spring by the school during its annual senior recognition program. Abbott was among 10 graduating seniors recognized for outstanding academic achievement in the School of Pharmacy.
GATHER AT KC CONVENTION TO GET FIX ON STARS
July 29, 1991
Hundreds of “trekkies” this weekend beamed down to the Park Plaza Hotel here for one of several Star Trek conventions being held at various locations around the nation this summer. The convention, which included vendors, information on regional Star Trek clubs and showings of episode videos, featured an appearance by actor Jonathan Frakes.
RUNNERUP FINISH BOTHERS ENDRES
July 29, 1991
Chris Endres didn’t react well under pressure during the final round of the Kansas Open. That fact, perhaps more than anything else, left the Peoria, Ariz., golfer most discouraged after his runnerup finish Saturday at Alvamar.
KANSAS OPEN HAS CLASSY ACT INTACT
July 29, 1991
Golf, to me, is like artwork. I don’t know beans about what constitutes art, but I know what I like, and I like the Kansas Open golf tournament. It’s first-class, folks.
CARE REFERRAL SERVICE HITS 1-YEAR MARK
July 29, 1991
The coordinator of the Kansas University Dependent Care Referral Service said she couldn’t have asked for a better job. “I love children, and I love elders. It’s perfect for me,” said Betty Peterson, who is celebrating her first year of providing Douglas County residents with information about child and elder care.
STATE CENSUS CUTS 12,000 IN COUNTY
July 29, 1991
The state has finished counting heads in Douglas County, and 12,000 people included in the 1990 federal census won’t be part of the state’s total. Adjustment of the county’s population is significant because legislative districts will be redrawn this year based on the state’s calculations, which greatly reduce the number of students counted as permanent county residents.
THRESHING BEE OPENS FRIDAY
July 29, 1991
When Herman “Slim” Watson and his wife, Myrta, invited steam engine and threshing machine enthusiasts to their farm for a show in 1957, they surely had no idea the annual festival would someday attract more than 20,000 visitors. That’s how many guests are expected to descend on the small town of McLouth, located 15 miles north of Lawrence on Kansas Highway 92, for the 34th annual Steam Engine Show and Threshing Bee Friday through Sunday.
KU PROFESSOR WORKS TO HELP NEEDY CHILDREN
July 29, 1991
Christopher Petr doesn’t mince words when it comes to the needs of children. “Society in general isn’t doing enough for children,” said Petr, a Kansas University assistant professor of social welfare. “Their status of health and well-being isn’t very good.”
OFFICIALS SEEK HELP IN FINDING MARIJUANA
July 29, 1991
Local law officers are hunting for marijuana, and they’re willing to strike a deal for it. The Lawrence-Douglas County Drug Enforcement Unit and the Kansas Bureau of Investigation have asked the Douglas County sheriff’s office and county residents to help identify where wild marijuana is growing. The county then will spray a weed-killing herbicide on the plants, free of charge.
July 29, 1991
Two modeling agencies have decided that a Tonganoxie teen has the “Look of the Year.” Earlier this month, Danielle Boatwright, 16, won the crown in the regional “Look of the Year” competition, sponsored by the John Casablanca agency in Kansas City and the Elite Agency of New York. She competed in an opening number, interview, modeling ramp routine and swimsuit event.