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June 6, 1991
Summer session enrollment on the first day of classes at Kansas University declined slightly from last year to 8,868, KU officials said today. KU opened its summer session Tuesday with two fewer students than in the summer of 1990, a 0.02 percent decline.
COLLEGIATE PRICE-FIXING
June 6, 1991
It would be fun to know how many faculty members at a group of colleges and universities in the United States have bleated long and loud about the abuses of capitalism and the evils of price-fixing, and what they are saying now. We’re told that in order to avoid expensive bidding wars, 23 colleges and universities in the Northeast have met each spring to agree on how much financial aid they will offer students who have been accepted by more than one of the schools. While officials at the institutions insist they were just trying to insure that a limited amount of aid was fairly divided among the neediest students, the Justice Department believes they were engaging in price-fixing.
ONCE JAILED, TOO MUCH JOY POPS UP IN LAWRENCE
June 6, 1991
Voltaire once proclaimed that, although he disagreed with what someone said, he would defend to the death that person’s right to say it. Too Much Joy lived that philosophy.
GOP-D AN EQUAL FOOTING
June 6, 1991
State Republican Chairman Kim Wells is taking a positive step to try to correct a situation that caused considerable controversy within the party last year. Wells has said he will urge the state party to adopt rules requiring the state GOP committee to remain neutral in primary elections. The move would prevent a repeat of the hard feelings generated when the state committee endorsed former Gov. Mike Hayden in his primary race against Nestor Weigand Jr., a Wichita real estate executive.
FOR THE RECORD
June 6, 1991
Law enforcement report Burglaries and thefts reported
AREA TEEN TO COMPETE FOR STATE PAGEANT TITLE
June 6, 1991
A 17-year-old from Perry, Serena Oshel, has been selected to compete in the 1991 Kansas Miss T.E.E.N. Pageant to be held June 29-30 in Topeka. Contestants will be judged on their scholastic achievement, volunteer service, speech or talent, personal interview and formal presentation.
SCHOLARHIP AWARDED GRADUATING LHS SENIOR
June 6, 1991
A scholarship awarded to a graduating Lawrence High senior was omitted from a list of senior awards and honors recently published in the Journal-World. Amy Ralston received this year’s Sonny Hill Chevrolet scholarship. She also was named a Kansas Honor Scholar, a Kansas State scholar and an LHS distinguished scholar.
RAIDERS RUN INTO SMNW INCOGNITO
June 6, 1991
After Shawnee Mission Northwest’s baseball team lost its first three games of the high school season, the Cougars rebounded to win 20 of their final 22 and the Class 6A state baseball title. When the Cougars changed uniforms for the summer season, it seems that momentum changed right along with them.
EUDORA MAN INJURED IN MACHINE ACCIDENT
June 6, 1991
A 20-year-old Eudora man suffered cuts to both legs when he became caught in a spring-winding machine Wednesday at The Garage Door Group Inc., 3800 Greenway Cir. Richard U. Wise was listed in fair condition today at Lawrence Memorial Hospital with what Lawrence police described as severe cuts to the left leg along with cuts to the right leg and a cut on the head.
KU GEARS UP FOR SUMMER ORIENTATION
June 6, 1991
Kansas University’s summer orientation assistants Wednesday poked fun at KU officials and others with a skit “Letting Go” based on the Oprah Winfrey Show. “What is happening in Strong Hall that will affect my education?” an audience member asked a KU administrator on the panel (played by a student assistant).
EQUIPMENT CAUSES 2-HOUR CABLE OUTAGE
June 6, 1991
The west Lawrence area near Wakarusa Drive experienced a cable television failure for about two hours Tuesday afternoon. The outage was caused by a faulty piece of power equipment, said Dennis Knipfer, general manager at Sunflower Cablevision.
TWO KU OFFICIALS TO SCOUT SITES FOR FOREIGN STUDY
June 6, 1991
Two Kansas University administrators will visit several universities in Eastern Europe this summer to scout exchange program possibilities. George Woodyard, dean of international studies and programs, and Del Brinkman, vice chancellor for academic affairs, hope to strengthen existing exchange programs and explore the possibilities of setting up new ones.
AUDIO READER EXPANDS SERVICE
June 6, 1991
Connie Bowden, an Olathe resident who is blind, received a bank statement that needed immediate attention. Connie’s husband was out of town and unable to read it to her. Fortunately, because Connie frequents a local grocery store where a fax machine is available, she was able to transmit the statement to Audio-Reader Network at Kansas University, where a volunteer called her at home within an hour and read it to her.
GROUP HEARS VIEWS ON 9TH-GRADE MOVE
June 6, 1991
Although moving ninth-graders out of junior high kept a Shawnee Mission high school from closing because of low enrollment, the real advantage of the move was that middle schools were created for grades seven and eight. That was the message Wednesday of three Shawnee Mission school officials who spoke to Lawrence’s Commission on Mid-Level and High School Education. The commission presently is discussing whether Lawrence ninth-graders should be moved from the junior high to the high school level, as was recommended by a different Lawrence school committee in 1986.
HAZEL COTE
June 6, 1991
Graveside services for Hazel Cote, 93, Ottawa, were today at Garnett Cemetery with the Rev. Phil Rhoades officiating. Mrs. Cote died Wednesday, June 5, 1991, at the Ottawa Retirement Village in Ottawa.
GOVERNOR SHUFFLES CABINET MEMBERS
June 6, 1991
Gov. Joan Finney announced today a major reshuffling of her cabinet, naming new secretaries of corrections, transportation and human resources. Mrs. Finney said Gary Stotts, currently the transportation secretary, will become corrections secretary on July 1, when Steve Davies plans to leave the corrections job.
EUDORA STUDENT WINS BAKER AWARD
June 6, 1991
Chris Votaw of Eudora has been awarded the Departmental Scholarship for Economics from Baker University. Each year the university awards departmental scholarships based on scholastic competition, academic accomplishments, activities, leadership, letters of recommendation and interviews. More than 160 students from nine states participated in this year’s competition. The renewable departmental scholarships include a $3,500 yearly stipend.
SCHOOL OF FINE ARTS AWARDED NEA GRANT
June 6, 1991
The School of Fine Arts at Kansas University has been awarded a $20,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. According to a news release from NEA, the grant will support artists’ fees, administrative and promotional expenses and travel costs associated with the events in the 1991-92 Concert, Chamber Music and New Directions Series.
VALLEYVIEW SEEKS NO COUNTY FUNDING
June 6, 1991
A county agency provided Douglas County commissioners with a rare treat during budget hearings Wednesday it didn’t ask for any money. Valleyview Care Home officials told the commission that they did not require any county funding for 1992 because of higher than expected revenues and a carryover from this year’s county funding. Valleyview is receiving $476,984 from the county this year.
COUNTY EXPECTING JUDGE TO RULE SOON ON CENSUS LAWSUIT
June 6, 1991
Douglas County officials are expecting a decision soon on their lawsuit challenging the 1988 state census, which is pending in Shawnee County District Court in Topeka. Bob Fairchild, Douglas County counselor, said today that Shawnee County District Judge James McNish soon would decide the matter, which has been on his desk for about seven months.
T STOP SCHOOL RAZING
June 6, 1991
With demolition equipment scheduled to roll in to Eudora this afternoon, two school board members-elect have made one last effort to save the 1918 section of Eudora High School by seeking help from Gov. Joan Finney. Finney’s office today told them she can’t help.
MODDRELL MAKES CUT
June 6, 1991
Lawrence’s Mike Moddrell made the cut after the first 36 holes of the NJCAA golf championships here Wednesday. Moddrell, competing for Coffeyville CC, shot 81-74155, and made the cut by four strokes. Moddrell was 16 strokes out of the lead.
FUNDING WOES FORCE AGENCY TO CUT HOURS, SIZE OF STAFF
June 6, 1991
The local Consumer Affairs office, 700 Mass., has cut operating hours and is reducing services because of funding problems. And unless short-term funding sources are found by July 10, the local office may close on Sept. 1.
$2.4 MILLION GRANT AIDS AGING STUDIES
June 6, 1991
The Kansas University Medical Center has received a $2.4 million grant from Marion Merrell Dow Inc. to help build a Center for Excellence on Aging Studies. The grant will establish an endowed chair for a distinguished professorship at the medical center and also be used for support staff, faculty colleagues, research fellows and assistants.
PERRY CONTINUES SEARCH FOR NEW POLICE CHIEF
June 6, 1991
The Perry City Council voted Wednesday night to continue the search for a full-time police chief, City Clerk Roger Hodson said. Larry Eberle, the city’s current part-time chief, was appointed in May after Ramon Gonzalez, chief for the past eight years, resigned. However, Mayor Matt Willkomm hopes to restructure the police force to include a full-time chief and one part-time officer.
REPUBLICANS PICK WELLS AS NEW DA
June 6, 1991
After vowing to win the 1992 general election and keep the district attorney’s office in Republican hands, Jerry Wells on Wednesday was picked by Douglas County GOP central committee members as the county’s new chief prosecutor. Wells defeated Lawrence attorney James Rumsey in the special party election, which was held at the Lawrence Holidome, 200 McDonald Dr.
HOSPITAL REPORT
June 6, 1991
DISMISSALS Michelle Johnson and baby boy, Lawrence; Anna Park and baby boy, Lawrence.
T SET QUOTAS
June 6, 1991
The civil rights bill passed Wednesday by the U.S. House of Representatives and sent to the Senate today has raised the issue of hiring quotas. But local civil rights leaders say quotas have no place in an argument about the bill. President Bush has thrown the quota question into the debate to gain support for his own version of the bill, Andy Ramirez, a Lawrence attorney who chairs the Kansas Commission on Civil Rights, said today.
S SHARE OF MARKET
June 6, 1991
Encouraged by the success of its full-service branches in two local Dillon stores, The Bank of Kansas/Lawrence is scouting opportunities for more branches in non-traditional settings. Humbert Tinsman Jr., the bank’s chairman, declined to discuss specific details of the bank’s tentative plans but said two local grocery store branches have performed well enough that he is exploring options for installing in-store branches in Johnson County and other locations.
HARVEY REBOUNDS FROM LIGAMENT RIP
June 6, 1991
Sometimes Steve Harvey wishes he were still a senior at dear, ol’ Leavenworth High. “I miss it in a way. I felt like I was a big star there. I’m at the bottom now, you might say,” said Harvey, a Kansas football linebacker.
LOCAL RESERVIST READY TO MARCH IN D.C. PARADE
June 6, 1991
A Lawrence Army reservist will be among thousands of veterans of Desert Shield and Desert Storm who will march in a national victory parade for the Persian Gulf War. The three-mile parade on Saturday will begin near the Capitol and run down Constitution Avenue and across the Potomac River to the Pentagon.
Board leader favors closing rural schools
June 6, 1991
The president of the Lawrence school board said Wednesday she would like to see the board vote next week to close Grant School and Kaw Valley School, two elementary schools with enrollments under 100. Meanwhile, some members of the Grant community say the board is using a $2.6 million drop in state aid as an excuse for closing the school even though the cost savings from the closing would not be that great.