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June 15, 1991
The Nebraska Department of Social Services has announced it may start publishing a list of the state’s top 10 most wanted child support shirkers. Maybe that’s something a lot more states should do, considering how many people fail to meet such commitments. The Nebraska goal: To focus public attention on those who fail to pay. The current top candidate owes more than $29,000 toward the welfare of his youngsters, and perhaps a little public scrutiny might jog his memory.
SUPPORT FOR AGENCY
June 15, 1991
To the Editor: I was shocked to read in last night’s paper that a city of this size cannot or will not support a Consumer Affairs organization to help citizens who either can’t afford to obtain other help or who don’t know where to go, as I have not, from time to time. I have found them pleasant, knowledgeable and very helpful.
FIREFIGHTING FEE?
June 15, 1991
Some of the possibilities posed in a fee study given to Lawrence city commissioners this week are sure to get the attention of local residents. The study looked at fees in other cities as well as those in Lawrence to see where the city might boost the revenue it reaps from city services. The analyst preparing the study was quick to point out that his report was geared at giving commissioners the maximum number of options to consider, and many of the proposals probably have little chance of gaining city approval. Still, some of the possible fees are likely to cause some consternation among local residents.
LOEWENSTEIN NAMED
June 15, 1991
Eudora native Jeannene Loewenstein has been named athletic director and coach of volleyball and softball at St. Mary College here. Loewenstein, a Kansas University graduate, has been volleyball coach and physical education instructor at Haskell Junior College. She’s also been as assistant coach in basketball and softball at Baker University.
FOR THE RECORD
June 15, 1991
Law enforcement report District court
RENTERIA LIFTS MONARCHS TO VICTORY OVER BRAVES
June 15, 1991
Pavier Renteria, making his first appearance for the Lawrence Monarchs, drove in four runs with a double and a single and the Monarchs claimed a 9-3 five-inning semi-pro baseball victory over the Kansas City Northland Braves Friday at McDonald Field. John Lee hit an RBI double, and Renteria and Richard Breshears each laced two-run singles in a six-run first inning.
AGNES S. MCKENZIE
June 15, 1991
Services for Agnes S. McKenzie, 80, of Lawrence, will be at 10 a.m. Monday at Warren-McElwain Mortuary with the Rev. Virgil Brady officiating. Mrs. McKenzie died Friday, June 14, 1991, at St. Francis Hospital in Topeka.
DETENTION CENTER CLOSER TO REALITY
June 15, 1991
Douglas County on Friday cleared a major hurdle for state funding of a proposed regional detention center for juveniles but still has a distance to go before the project is completed. The county, along with the three other host counties, received reaffirmation of 90 percent state funding for the construction costs of the centers from the state Advisory Commission on Juvenile Offender Programs in Topeka. The decision will be forwarded to the state’s Social Rehabilitation Service for contractual approval.
CONFERENCE SPEAKER
June 15, 1991
America’s children hunger for the nurturing of parents, a Washington, D.C., businessman said Friday at a Kansas University conference. “I hear our children screaming out to us every day,” Kent Amos said. “They are telling us they need our help.”
TOO SELF-PROMOTING ALLOW ME A LITTLE PAROCHIALISMPLEASE.
June 15, 1991
Several personal experiences with television sports “reporters” have confirmed how much show business and how little nuts-and-bolts conveyance of relevant messages is done by some “throats.” Not all, but some electronic hot-dogs who clearly put form far ahead of substance. Guess it first sank home during the Big Eight postseason basketball tournament last March in Kansas City. We happened to be sitting in a part of Kemper Arena where the TV people set up for their reports to the home stations. Most of the alleged chroniclers were Nebraska guys were trying to get the latest stuff back on how the surprising Cornhuskers were doing against Kansas.
AROUND AND ABOUT
June 15, 1991
Mr. and Mrs. Dolph C. Simons III announce the birth of a daughter, Katherine Flickinger Simons, born Thursday at St. Luke’s Hospital, Kansas City, Mo. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Harry McCray, Kansas City, Mo., and Mr. and Mrs. Dolph Simons Jr., Lawrence. Great-grandmother is Mrs. Dolph Simons of Lawrence.
CIGARETTE BLAMED FOR HOUSE BLAZE
June 15, 1991
A house fire that seriously burned a Lawrence man Thursday in his home was caused when a smoldering cigarette ignited an upholstered chair, Lawrence Fire Department Maj. Rich Barr said Friday. Barr said the man, Peter Kitos, 34, 1123 Ore., was apparently asleep in his second-floor apartment when the fire started. Kitos, who suffered second- and third-degree burns on 60 percent of his body, remained in critical condition this morning in the burn unit of the Kansas University Medical Center, Kansas City, Kan.
VICTIM OF CRASH DIES IN TOPEKA
June 15, 1991
A Topeka woman died Friday of injuries she suffered in a motorcycle accident southeast of Meriden Wednesday night. Kristen L. Boggs, 24, died at St. Francis Hospital and Medical Center in Topeka. She suffered from a closed head injury and other injuries.
WHEAT HARVEST GETTING AN EARLY START
June 15, 1991
Warmer-than-usual June temperatures that followed a soggy May have put the local wheat harvest about a week ahead of schedule, say Lawrence-area farmers and grain elevator operators. With the mercury shooting up to the 90’s in recent days, muddy fields are drying up and farmers are venturing out to see how their crops survived a month of heavy rains.
HOSPITAL REPORT
June 15, 1991
Jennifer Hirrell, Lawrence, Friday; Arline Kindle, Eudora, Friday. BIRTHS Kim Pickel and Shawn Kitzman, Lawrence, a girl, Friday.
SATURDAY COLUMN
June 15, 1991
Boris Yeltsin’s precedent-shattering victory as the first popularly elected president of the republic of Russia; Yeltsin’s upcoming visit to the United States and a meeting with President Bush; and Soviet President Gorbachev’s unrelenting efforts to obtain immediate aid for his country from western nations all have helped focus increased attention on the Soviet Union. According to various knowledgeable Soviet observers, the USSR is in shambles. And, based upon what some Washington politicians are saying, the threat of a massive Soviet military attack against NATO countries has been reduced to almost zero.
TORNADO MEMORIES STILL VIVID
June 15, 1991
It struck almost without warning nearly 10 years ago today. On June 19, 1981, a tornado carved a path of destruction through Lawrence. One man died and 33 other people were injured. Damage was estimated at about $18 million.
FOR THE RECORD
June 15, 1991
Law enforcement report Injury accidents
S VIEW OF MIDEAST ROYALTY
June 15, 1991
A woman who paints official portraits for the emirs of Kuwait, Oman, Qatar and the king of Saudi Arabia says she enjoys Kansas almost as much as the Middle East. “I like it here because the people are friendly and they accept you,” said Renee Caspar, a French-born woman who has been living in the Arab world and painting portraits of its leaders for 13 years.