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FOR THE RECORD
June 19, 1991
Law enforcement report Burglaries and thefts reported
DEADLINE IS THURSDAY TO PAY COUNTY TAXES
June 19, 1991
Douglas County taxpayers are left with one day to pay the second half of their personal property taxes. The taxes are due Thursday in the treasurer’s office at the county courthouse, 11th and Massachusetts streets.
SCOTCH RECYCLING ITS PLASTIC BAGS
June 19, 1991
Scotch dry cleaning stores want their plastic bags back. The company’s five Lawrence stores last week began collecting the bags for recycling. “Our community and our country are getting very environmentally conscious,” said Scott Shmalberg, vice president of Scotch Inc.’s Lawrence and Topeka stores. “We’ve been trying to see what we can do to contribute and were able to find an outlet to take the bags back.”
OPAL F. RAKE
June 19, 1991
Services for Opal F. Rake, 80, will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Warren-McElwain Mortuary with the Rev. William J. Hensley officiating. Burial will be in Memorial Park Cemetery. Mrs. Rake died at her home Tuesday, June 18, 1991.
DOROTHY M. ELKINTON
June 19, 1991
Services for Dorothy M. Elkinton, 76, McLouth, will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday at the United Methodist Church in Oskaloosa with the Rev. Wayne S. Feuerbacher officiating. Burial will be in Pleasant View Cemetery at Oskaloosa. Mrs. Elkinton died Tuesday, June 18, 1991, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.
MARY C. KENNEDY
June 19, 1991
A mass of Christian burial for Mary C. Kennedy, 68, Frankfort, will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at the Annunciation Catholic Church in Frankfort with the Rev. James Shaughnessy officiating. Burial will be in Mount Cavalry Catholic Cemetery in Frankfort. Mrs. Kennedy died Monday, June 17, 1991, in St. Francis Hospital in Topeka.
AUDIO-READER PLANS FUND DRIVE
June 19, 1991
The Kansas Audio-Reader Network at Kansas University will hold its annual on-air fund drive June 27, 28 and 29. The event gives Audio-Reader’s listeners a chance to contribute to the radio network, which is non-profit and relies heavily on private contributions to continue its service.
DEATH PENALTY SUPPORT
June 19, 1991
To the Editor: Thirty-six states have it, and Kansas does not. What am I talking about? I am talking about what I consider to be an effective and just means for the elimination of murderers from our state. The death penalty! That’s right, Kansas does not have the death penalty, yet, for all practical purposes it should. Obviously there are those of you who would vehemently disagree, stressing that capital punishment is racially biased, too expensive, and not a deterrent. I am here to challenge such misguided opinion.
LECOMPTON COUNCIL AT FULL STRENGTH
June 19, 1991
The city of Lecompton once again has a complete city council and an official mayor, said Susie Hackathorn, city clerk. At Monday’s meeting, Sam Smith was sworn in as mayor and the council approved the appointment of two new members, Roy Pasley and Harold Williams.
FRANCES JOHNSON
June 19, 1991
Memorial services for Frances “Frankie” Johnson, 73, Merriam, will be at 6 p.m. today at All Saints Lutheran Church in Kansas City, Kan. The Rev. Keith Klockau will officiate. She was cremated. Mrs. Johnson died Monday, June 17, 1991, at Shawnee Mission Medical Center in Merriam after a long illness.
BUSINESSES CONSIDER ESTABLISHING A VOLUNTEER COUNCIL IN LAWRENCE
June 19, 1991
About 20 local business representatives took the first steps Tuesday toward forming a volunteer organization comprised of area businesses. “We want to address various areas of the community where we can involve our employees,” said Steve Johnson, manager of the local office of KPL Gas Service, the local electric utility.
KANU STARTS FUND-RAISER
June 19, 1991
KANU-91.5 began an on-air fund-raising drive today to help recoup least part of its $63,000 loss in equipment and other items in Saturday’s Hoch Auditorium fire. The public radio station on the Kansas University campus had offices on the second floor in the southwest corner of Hoch, said Howard Hill, the director of the station. The staff lost computers, unused audio tape, production equipment, archive files and items used as premiums during fund-raising drives, such as T-shirts and compact discs.
CHRISTINE R. THURO
June 19, 1991
Services for Christine R. Thuro, 21, Wellsville, will be at 10 a.m. Friday at Wilson and Son Funeral Home, Wellsville, with the Rev. Gary Winget officiating. Burial will be at Wellsville Cemetery. Miss Thuro died Sunday, June 16, 1991, in a canoeing accident on the Marias des Cygnes River near Pomona.
HOSPITAL REPORT
June 19, 1991
DISMISSALS Catherine Critser and baby boy, Lawrence; Shelley Gehrke and baby boy, Lawrence.
S CATLIN LEADS JUNIOR BOYS
June 19, 1991
Lawrence’s John Catlin teed off this afternoon with a sizable lead in the Kansas Junior Boys golf tournament at Hesston Golf Course. Catlin, who was medalist in the Class 6A state tournament last month, fired a four-under-par 67 in Tuesday’s opening round. That’s believed to be the lowest round in the 31-year history of the Kansas Junior Boys tourney.
STATE ADDS PAPERWORK FOR DEEDS
June 19, 1991
Starting July 1, Kansas property owners who record deeds will be required to fill out an expanded 13-question certificate of valuation questionnaire. Ron Swisher of the Kansas Department of Revenue’s County Appraised Bureau said the new form is required by law and is designed to help county appraisers validate sales and assess taxes on real estate.
FINNEY REAPPOINTS AREA WOMAN TO PANEL
June 19, 1991
Gov. Joan Finney’s office made several appointments to various boards Tuesday, including a Eudora woman who was reappointed to the Board of Healing Arts. Grace Angel Marion of Eudora, who was reappointed to the healing arts board, teaches in Lawrence public schools and at Johnson County Community College.
S FINAL ZONING APPROVAL
June 19, 1991
The Lawrence City Commission may take up the Wal-Mart rezoning issue at its meeting Tuesday but then again, it may not. When commissioners on June 11 unanimously approved Wal-Mart’s request to rezone 9.8 acres at 33rd and Iowa, the site of Wal-Mart’s proposed new store, they made their action contingent on approval of a transportation plan.
OFFICIALS CONSIDER ADDING BESANCON AS NEW SISTER CITY
June 19, 1991
Support grows to add Besancon, France, to Lawrence’s family of sister cities, but the Lawrence City Commission seemed dubious at its meeting Tuesday about entering a third relationship any time soon. Carol Shankel, who chairs the Sister City Advisory Board, said today that local support to extend sister city status to Besancon was strong but that the board wanted to move slowly to avoid overextending Lawrence’s cultural exchange programs. Besancon is located near France’s border with Switzerland, well southeast of Paris.
KU BASKETBALL DEGREES NOT RARE
June 19, 1991
It’s been the most successful six-year stretch in Kansas basketball history an average 27 wins a season, three NCAA Final Four appearances and one national title. Has Kansas basketball been equally as successful, however, in graduating its seniors during the last half-dozen seasons?
WORKSHOP FOR MATH TEACHERS PROMOTES HANDS-ON LEARNING
June 19, 1991
Elementary teachers can make math more enjoyable for students by allowing them to occasionally set aside pencil and paper and play with such things as beans, buttons, blocks and dice. That is a big message of a workshop, “Mathematics with Manipulatives K-6,” being held this week at Deerfield School for 40 elementary teachers.
REGIONAL BUREAU HOPES TO RAISE ITS LOCAL PROFILE
June 19, 1991
The Better Business Bureau of Northeast Kansas is hoping to increase its presence in Lawrence in response to increased requests for assistance from local consumers. Marilyn White, the organization’s president, said her organization, which lists its Topeka telephone number in the Lawrence directory, hopes to increase its business memberships in the community.
DONNELLY CAPTURES TITLE
June 19, 1991
Tara Donnelly needed to sink a three-foot putt to force a playoff during Tuesday’s Kansas Junior Girls golf championships at Alvamar. No sweat on her palms, Donnelly, a Lawrence High senior-to-be, tapped in for bogey.
S NO LIMIT
June 19, 1991
A recent Journal-World editorial on the fast-rising cost of health care in the United States prompted one local citizen to share through a letter his stunning experience with medical costs. The man’s wife had spent 16 days in a Topeka hospital, and the bills received to date have topped $38,000.
AMATEUR JAPANESE THEATER GROUP PUTS EMPHASIS ON WESTERN PLAYS
June 19, 1991
In the world of Japanese realistic theater, sometimes the line between the amateur and the professional blur, the head of a leading Japanese community theater said Tuesday. Professionals tend to end up following older forms of Japanese theater, such as kabuki, leaving Western styles to dedicated laypeople.
CITY COMMISSION LACKS 4TH VOTE TO RAISE QUORUM
June 19, 1991
She reasoned, argued and finally pleaded, but Lawrence City Commissioner Shirley Martin-Smith couldn’t change the mind of either Mayor Bob Walters or Commissioner Bob Schumm. The commission’s third attempt in nine years to increase its quorum from three to four stalled with only three of the necessary four commissioners in favor of the change.
LMH BOARD OKS NEW INCINERATOR
June 19, 1991
A new waste incinerator, which will require a building addition on the northwest side of Lawrence Memorial Hospital, was unanimously approved this morning by the hospital’s board of trustees. The incinerator and the 5,000-square-foot building that will house it will cost no more than $500,000, Robert Ohlen, executive director, told the board.
STATE INTERVENTION AVAILABLE IN INSURANCE SQUABBLES
June 19, 1991
Policy holders dissatisfied with their insurance company on hail damage claims can contact the Kansas Insurance Department for intervention, a state official said. “If it’s a problem they can’t work out with the company … people can certainly write to us, and then we’d contact the company and look into the matter and see if the position the company is taking is justified,” said Bruce McAlister, supervisor of the consumer assistance division of the state insurance department.
AIRPORT IMPROVEMENTS HIT FUNDING SNAG
June 19, 1991
Improvements at the Lawrence Municipal Airport are at the mercy of the Federal Aviation Administration, Assistant City Manager Rod Bremby told the Lawrence City Commission at its weekly meeting Tuesday. The FAA last fall awarded the airport a $1.1 million grant to install an instrument landing system. The city pledged a 10 percent match.
SUMMER PROGRAMS KEEPING AREA YOUNGSTERS BUSY
June 19, 1991
Children notoriously look forward to the last day of school, only to complain of boredom just a few days into the summer. However, youngsters in Lawrence area communities have little time for such concerns. From school-sponsored enrichment programs to swimming to special library activities to summer ball, their biggest problem is finding time to do it all. Following is a list of area towns and how the children there are keeping busy over the summer months.
CHANGES AT ANNAPOLIS
June 19, 1991
Some old-timers will howl and traditionalists will charge that the folks at Annapolis are going soft. But maybe it’s time for some changes. Life’s a lot more complicated than it was even 10 years ago. The U.S. Naval Academy says it has streamlined its curriculum to ease the strain on midshipmen overburdened by tough academic requirements, professional training and extracurricular activities. Prompted by complaints from students, especially first-year plebes, military and civilian faculty members have decided to drop some courses and change others from requirements to electives.
S TO YOU, MYRA B. HOBBS
June 19, 1991
It occurred to me one night not too long ago as I toed the slab in a slow-pitch game at Hobbs Park that I didn’t know who Hobbs was or is or whatever. Was the park in East Lawrence named after Roy Hobbs, the mystical slugger played by Robert Redford in “The Natural”, or perhaps after former Kansas baseball player Monty Hobbs, now a Lawrence businessman?
WORKERS AIM AT STABILIZING HOCH
June 19, 1991
A Lenexa company set up a wrecking ball today and was to begin dismantling unstable sections of the south and west brick walls of Hoch Auditorium at Kansas University. The crew with Midland Wrecking Co. arrived on campus at 10 a.m. to chip away at the fire-damaged walls. Just enough wall will be removed to stabilize Hoch’s shell.