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CONFERENCE SET ON QUARRY PERMIT
March 21, 1991
Ash Grove Cement Co. and the Johnson County Commission will meet at a July 3 pretrial conference in Johnson County District Court. The cement company filed an appeal in January of the commission’s denial of a conditional use permit, which would allow the firm to establish an open-pit rock quarry in the Lexington Township area.
FOR THE RECORD
March 21, 1991
Law enforcement report Burglaries and thefts reported
WINTER SAYS STATEHOUSE SHIFT BEGINNING
March 21, 1991
Three decisions by the Kansas Legislature this week have raised the hopes of Sen. Wint Winter Jr. that fellow lawmakers are starting to see the light. Since before the 1991 session began, Winter and all other legislators from Douglas County have said the state cannot fund needed education and social service programs without a tax increase.
OPERA FOR YOUNG PEOPLE TO APPEAR THIS WEEKEND
March 21, 1991
Earlier this year, Lawrence audiences got to see Stephen Sondheim’s unusual take on the Little Red Riding Hood tale in the musical “Into the Woods” as a special event in the Kansas University Concert Series. Now, younger Lawrence audiences will get a another off-beat look at the folklore heroine in Seymour Barab’s opera “Little Red Riding Hood.” The opera will be performed at 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday in the West Junior High School auditorium.
CANDIDATE SAYS CAMPAIGN SIGNS WERE TARGETED
March 21, 1991
City commission candidate David Penny said Wednesday that he was the victim of “selective” campaign sign-bashing last weekend. “We put a bunch of them up in the Oread area and on Monterey Way up towards Sixth,” he said. “There were other signs up there and ours got selectively trashed.”
EX-GOP TREASURER TO PAY $1,500 FINE
March 21, 1991
The Kansas Public Disclosure Commission voted unanimously Wednesday to fine the former treasurer of the Douglas County Republican Central Committee $1,500 and ordered him to resign his post. The commission’s actions grew out of charges that Phil Bradley, the county party’s former treasurer, had missed deadlines for filing two campaign finance reports during the past year.
MARGARET SPALSBURY
March 21, 1991
Memorial services for Margaret Spalsbury, 81, Lawrence, will be at 10 a.m. Monday in the Althaus Chapel at Plymouth Congregational Church with the Rev. Jonathan Knight officiating. Inurnment will be at Memorial Park Cemetery. Miss Spalsbury died Wednesday at Heritage Manor nursing home.
MAXINE S. THOMPSON
March 21, 1991
Services for Maxine S. Thompson, 73, Russell, will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at the First Congregational Church in Russell, with the Rev. Richard Tullis officiating. Burial will be in Russell City Cemetery. Mrs. Thompson died Wednesday at a Russell hospital.
ALICE M. FIELD
March 21, 1991
Services for Alice M. Field, 88, Basehor, will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Quisenberry Chapel in Tonganoxie with the Rev. Glenn H. Weld officiating. Burial will be in Hubbel Hill Cemetery in Tonganoxie. Mrs. Field died Wednesday at Kaw Valley Manor in Bonner Springs.
BAKER PLANS NURSING DEGREE OPTIONS
March 21, 1991
Baker University will offer three new degree options this fall with the addition of a nursing program, which received accreditation earlier this week from the Kansas State Board of Nursing and the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. Baker has teamed with Stormont-Vail Regional Medical Center in Topeka to provide nursing education. Previously, the college offered a pre-nursing program through the College of Arts and Sciences which enabled students to transfer to other schools of nursing. With a hospital affiliation, Baker now can offer its own nursing degree programs.
LAW STUDENTS ADVANCE IN CONTEST
March 21, 1991
After winning the best brief award in the regional competition of the Jessup International Moot Court Competition, five Kansas University law students advanced to the international competition April 22 in Washington, D.C. In the Feb. 19 regional competition in Milwaukee, KU’s team competed against teams from Syracuse University, State University of New York-Buffalo, Ohio State University and William Mitchell College of Law, St. Paul, Minn.
SPEAKMAN SERVICES
March 21, 1991
Memorial services for Jacqueline Speakman, 64, Lawrence, will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday at Rumsey Funeral Home with Tim Hazelet officiating. She donated her body to science. Mrs. Speakman died Wednesday morning at the Kansas University Medical Center, Kansas City, Kan., following a lengthy illness.
KU ALUM PLEDGES $300,000
March 21, 1991
A Kansas University graduate has committed $300,000 from his estate to establish scholarship funds for African-American students in the School of Engineering and School of Fine Arts at KU. Chancellor Gene A. Budig today announced that Arthur D. Clark’s gift eventually will establish the Lillian F. Clark Fine Arts Scholarship Fund and the Arthur D. Clark Engineering Scholarship Fund.
HOSPITAL REPORT
March 21, 1991
ADMISSIONS Berdina Vann, Lawrence; April Bridges, Osage City.
CANDIDATES FAVOR NEW ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
March 21, 1991
Building a new grade school in southwest Lawrence would be an ideal way to handle elementary enrollment growth in that area, three Lawrence school board candidates said during a forum Wednesday night. About 45 people attended the forum, which was sponsored by the Prairie Meadows Homeowners Assn. and held at the Holcom Park Recreation Center. Participating were all eight school board candidates: Kevin Elliott, Andy Galyardt, Jerry Hannah, Renee Karr, Mary Loveland, Tom Murray, Raymond Poteet and Harriet Shaffer.
DA TO REVIEW CHARGE OF MEETING VIOLATION
March 21, 1991
Douglas County Dist. Atty. Jim Flory on Friday will begin reviewing a recent city commission executive session to determine whether it violated the Kansas Open Meetings Act. “I would be working in conjunction with (Kansas Atty. Gen. Bob Stephan),” Flory said Wednesday afternoon.
SENATE OKS DRINKING ESTABLISHMENT BILL
March 21, 1991
A bill aimed at providing greater state control over activity in and around nightclubs passed unanimously in the Kansas Senate Wednesday and was sent to the House. Introduced by Sen. Wint Winter Jr., R-Lawrence, the bill would allow the state to revoke or refuse to renew the licenses of private clubs and drinking establishments that violate provisions of the law.
STUDENTS FIND DISTRICT PROGRAM IMPROVES THEIR LEADERSHIP SKILLS
March 21, 1991
Riverside School sixth-graders recently spent some time scaling high walls, swinging across alligator-infested rivers and trying to safely transport some nitroglycerin. The students weren’t in Army training but rather were running a part-real, part-imaginary obstacle course designed to build teamwork. That’s also a main goal of a program developed by the Lawrence school district this spring to smooth the transition from sixth grade to junior high and from ninth grade to high school.
FRESHMAN STOVER STUNNING IN DEBUT AS LHS SWIMMER
March 21, 1991
Joy Stover offered a simple assessment of her first girls high school swimming and diving meet. “It was fun,” said Stover, a freshman on Lawrence High’s defending state champion swim team. “I had a good time.”
EX-KU LINEBACKER PLESS STRIKES GOLD
March 21, 1991
Stories on Willie Pless and pictures of the former Kansas football linebacker filled the entire front sports page of British Columbia’s daily The Province the other day. The spunky 5-10, 210-pound former Kansas University linebacker grabbed headlines after jumping from the B.C. Lions to the Edmonton Eskimos.
COUNTY TO LOBBY VOTERS ON ROAD BONDS
March 21, 1991
Seemingly forgotten in the activity surrounding the various city and school board elections throughout Douglas County is a road referendum that county officials consider crucial to the development of Lawrence’s circumferential loop system. County voters will decide April 2 whether the county should issue $493,750 in general obligation bonds to widen U.S. Highway 40 (Sixth Street) between Monterey Way and Wakarusa Drive. That amount represents 17.5 percent of the total project cost, with the city also providing $493,750 and the state contributing the remaining $1,837,500 for the project.
KATHARINA KIEFER
March 21, 1991
Services for Katharina Kiefer, 65, of Bad Kreuznach, Germany, will be held Monday in Bad Kreuznach. Mrs. Kiefer died Wednesday in Bad Kreuznach. She had been ill for about three years.
GRADUATION LOSSES
March 21, 1991
Bob Lisher will debut as head coach of Lawrence High’s boys track juggernaut Friday. But when LHS opens the season at the Topeka West Relays, it will have been largely de-juggered. “We did lose a lot of points,” Lisher said. “There’s no mistaking that.”
T START WITH COACHES
March 21, 1991
Don’t expect Roy Williams and Bob Knight to put up their dukes after tonight’s NCAA Southeast Regional basketball semifinal. Don’t be surprised, though, if they kiss and hug … at least if Wednesday’s pregame press conference at The Charlotte Coliseum is an indicator.
HOUSE APPROVES COLLEGE BUDGETS
March 21, 1991
The House today sent the Senate a budget for state universities that sets the tone for the rest of the session and pulls the Legislature closer to a showdown on the issue of tax increases, some legislators said. The amended Board of Regents’ budget for the fiscal year that begins July 1 would allow total general fund spending of $404.1 million. From the state general fund, the bill would appropriate $98.2 million to Kansas University and $65.5 million to the KU Medical Center in Kansas City, Kan.
SALES MAY SOAR WITH JAYHAWK SUCCESS
March 21, 1991
As fans’ hopes for a Final Four appearance by the Kansas University basketball team soar, retailers’ and suppliers’ hopes for a surge in Jayhawk-related memorabilia sales also are taking wing. And while Jayhawk T-shirts, caps, banners and flags are not yet flying out of stores, retailers still are bracing for the memorabilia mania that’s likely if the Jayhawks continue their winning ways in the NCAA basketball tournament.
TOWNSHIP TOLD TO MAINTAIN ROAD
March 21, 1991
Although he lost a round with the Douglas County Commission on Wednesday night, Wakarusa Township trustee Dean Harvey may have won townships some input into the road standards the county can make them accept. The commission voted unanimously to classify the 3,000 feet of road in the new Southgate Subdivision, south of County Road 458 and east of Clinton Lake, as a township road. The vote means that maintaining the road is now the responsibility of Wakarusa Township.
SCHOOL PANEL HEARS GROWTH ESTIMATES
March 21, 1991
A Lawrence school commission Wednesday was told a second time that Lawrence definitely will continue to grow, but this time the commission was given more conservative estimates for the rate of that growth. Gary Toebben, president of the Lawrence Chamber of Commerce, told the Commission on Mid-Level and High School Education that a conservative estimate for annual population growth would be 1 percent. That would bring the city’s population in the year 2000 to around 72,300.
LL NEVER KNOW
March 21, 1991
To the Editor: Didn’t Sen. Dole learn in law school that you can’t prove anything from a counter-factual? We cannot possibly know “categorically” or any other way that sanctions would have been ineffective. There is no way to determine that a Saddam, who handled the war so stupidly, would have effectively built up his forces while guns weren’t firing.
STUDENTS CONSIDER STUDYING IN ENGLAND
March 21, 1991
The prospect of spending a semester studying in England attracted more than 50 Baker University students to a study abroad forum at the college’s newly renovated Parmenter Hall on Wednesday. Earl Kirk, study abroad coordinator and chairman of the foreign language department, said Baker has sent a group of students and one teacher to Harlaxton College each fall semester for the last two years.
STUDENT SENATE URGES KU TO ADD MULTICULTURAL STUDIES
March 21, 1991
After lengthy discussion, members of Kansas University’s Student Senate voted Wednesday evening to support a proposal calling for changes in KU’s Western Civilization program. The recommended changes were submitted by the senate’s minority affairs curriculum subcommittee and cover the general structure and goals of the program, the texts and supplemental readings of the course and training for the program’s instructors.
REGENTS APPROVE BAN ON NEW PROGRAMS
March 21, 1991
Members of the Kansas Board of Regents today approved a ban on considering new academic degree programs until 1992 to send a message that they are responding to public concern about duplicated programs at state universities. The board approved the moratorium at the request of Stanley Koplik, regents executive director, without much comment. The issue arose, in part, because 10 degree programs were up for action at today’s meeting, including two at Kansas University.
U.S., SOVIET SCIENTISTS WORKING TO SOLVE GROUND WATER PROBLEMS
March 21, 1991
Glasnost is running deeper as it progresses, with the latest Soviet-American project reaching into the Earth. The pressing problem of ground water pollution has linked scientists from the Soviet Union and United States in Lawrence this week to begin joint research in search of solutions.