Archive for Thursday, May 23, 1991

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DOWNTOWN LAWRENCE GROUP MOVES OFFICE TO NEW LOCATION
May 23, 1991
The headquarters for Downtown Lawrence is on the move again. Moving was to start today from the volunteer organization’s office at 733 Mass. to its new location in the suite of offices housing the Lawrence Chamber of Commerce, 734 Vt.
LOCAL SHOE OUTLET WINS TOP HONORS
May 23, 1991
The Bass Shoe Factory Outlet, located in the Lawrence Riverfront Plaza, has been named 1990 Store of the Year by G.H. Bass and Co., a retail shoe chain based in Portland, Maine, with 235 outlets in 40 states. Teresa Prochaska, manager, said the local store recently received a plaque from the company and she will be given a Caribbean cruise as part of the honors.
BOARD OKS SCHOOL RENOVATION, REVISES KINDERGARTEN SCHEDULE
May 23, 1991
The Wellsville School Board this week approved a $79,000 renovation project that will remodel five classrooms in the elementary school. The district’s architectural firm, PKG Design Group, of Lawrence, will handle most of the work.
KU POLICE SAY TREE THIEF HITTING CAMPUS
May 23, 1991
As if damage caused to campus trees during this spring’s postgame Final Four celebrations wasn’t enough, a tree thief now appears to be roaming Mount Oread. According to Kansas University police, eight trees, mostly “goldenrains,” have been stolen this month in two separate incidents. Most of the trees have been stolen from islands on Naismith Drive south of Sunnyside Avenue and in the grassy area between Robinson Gym and Naismith Hall.
GLADYS F. HALL
May 23, 1991
Services for Gladys Fay Hall, 75, Lawrence, will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Rumsey Funeral Home with the Rev. Craig Lewis officiating. Burial will be in Memorial Park Cemetery. Mrs. Hall died Wednesday, May 22, 1991, at her home.
KU NETTER POSTS WIN AT NCAAS
May 23, 1991
Kansas senior Craig Wildey defeated Daniel Courcol of Mississippi State, 6-7, 7-5 and 6-3, on Wednesday in the first round of the NCAA tennis championships. “I’m just very excited for Craig,” KU coach Scott Perelman said. “I didn’t think he played particularly well today, but his opponent was very difficult to play against.”
POLICE REPORT INCIDENTS OF TEENS OFFERING RIDES
May 23, 1991
The Lawrence Police Department has received at least two reports this month of high school-aged drivers offering rides to elementary school pedestrians. Lawrence Police Sgt. Kevin Harmon said that while the incidents aren’t cause for alarm, parents might want to remind their children not to accept rides from strangers.
RUDOLF DIETZ
May 23, 1991
Services for Rudolf Dietz, 96, Lawrence, will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Rumsey Funeral Home with the Rev. J. Edward Nelson officiating. Burial will be in Memorial Park Cemetery. Mr. Dietz died Wednesday, May 22, 1991, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.
CHARGES DISMISSED IN SHOOTING INCIDENT
May 23, 1991
Felony charges were dismissed Wednesday in the cases of two Phi Gamma Delta fraternity members who had been accused earlier this month of shooting at two people who were walking by the fraternity house at 1540 La. Todd Cleveland and Seth Rupp, both 22, each were charged May 10 with two felony counts of aggravated assault. They allegedly fired a BB gun out a window of the fraternity house in the vicinity of the passers-by.
COMMISSION HEARS INQUEST QUESTIONS
May 23, 1991
A Lawrence woman concerned about the coroner’s inquest in the shooting death of a 22-year-old Native American man aired her complaints to the Douglas County Commission on Wednesday night. Cynthia Butler, who protested the findings of the coroner’s inquest in the death of Gregory Sevier by standing outside the county courthouse on Sunday and Monday, took her concerns inside with a 25-minute discussion with the commission.
COSTLY CALIFORNIA
May 23, 1991
California, the Golden State, isn’t exactly a land of opportunity for home buyers. In a report issued by the National Association of Home Builders for the first quarter of 1991, 13 California cities topped the list of the least-affordable housing markets in the country. Sixteen of the top 25 least-affordable areas were in California.
COUNTY ACCEPTS SEWER WORK BID
May 23, 1991
Sewer service to Yankee Tank Sewer District No. 3 is two steps closer to reality after the Douglas County Commission on Wednesday accepted a low bid for construction and approved issuing temporary notes for the project. The low construction bid of $1,009,724 was submitted by R.A. Pohl Construction Co. of Kansas City, Mo. The commission approved a total of $1,760,000 to finance the construction of the main trunk line. Most of the difference between the bid and temporary note amount is due to the county refinancing another temporary note for the project, said County Administrator Chris McKenzie.
IOWA PLANS ON HOLD
May 23, 1991
The Lawrence-Douglas County Planning Commission decided against establishing a precedent to grant “conditional zoning” to a developer who wants to build offices on the southeast corner of Sixth and Iowa streets. Planners, by a 6-3 vote, on Wednesday night turned down a request to rezone 4.22 acres from multiple-family residence to residence-office use, despite a condition that would have mandated a “freeze” on the number of housing or office units that could be developed.
SUPERVISOR TO RETIRE AFTER 23 YEARS WITH CITY
May 23, 1991
Richard Demby, a 23-year veteran of the Parks and Recreation Department, will retire June 1. As supervisor of the grounds maintenance department, Demby has been responsible for training and supervision of employees who mow and otherwise maintain the grounds of all city property. He also is responsible for purchasing and maintaining equipment and other duties.
GOD AND GOVERNMENT
May 23, 1991
To the Editor: I think most Americans would agree that our founding fathers were among the most brilliant political thinkers this earth has ever seen. The Constitution they prepared and enacted for our benefit is political genius.
ERS NAMED DELEGATES TO NATIONAL CITIZENSHIP MEETING
May 23, 1991
A group of Douglas County 4-H youth have received one of the organization’s highest honors selection as delegates to 1991 Citizenship Washington Focus. Six youngsters and two adult sponsors will travel to Washington, D.C., on June 2 for a week of educational activities. While in the nation’s capital, the group will stay at the National 4-H Center. Their itinerary includes visits to the National Cathedral, Arlington Cemetery, Iwo Jima Memorial, Vietnam Memorial and Mount Vernon.
LECOMPTON MAYOR, COUNCILMAN RESIGN
May 23, 1991
The Lecompton City Council has dwindled down to two members following resignations this week from Leo Pollard and Mayor Bill Reynolds. City Clerk Susie Hackathorn said Sam Smith, council president, automatically became acting mayor, leaving two vacancies on the council.
LAW-BREAKING BUREAUCRACY
May 23, 1991
Under a bill tentatively passed by the Texas House of Representatives, Texans would be allowed to purchase the coupons which would automatically keep speeding tickets off their records. The bill says speeders who drive up to 70 miles per hour on most major interstate highways could get off for a $5 fine issued for wasting energy not for speeding. To save time and court costs, the bill allows motorists to purchase a book of five coupons from the Texas Department of Public Safety and hand the certificate to a pursuing law enforcement officer.
HELMSTADTER SERVICES
May 23, 1991
Memorial services for George A. Helmstadter, 59, Rt. 4, Lawrence, will be at 10 a.m. Friday at the Trinity Episcopal Church with the Rev. Grant Clowers officiating. Burial will be at a later date in Oak Hill Cemetery. Mr. Helmstadter died of an apparent heart attack while on a fishing trip in Ontario, Canada, on May 14, 1991.
TONGANOXIE TEEN WINS SCHOLARSHIP
May 23, 1991
A Tonganoxie High School senior has been offered a National Merit Scholarship to attend Kansas State University. Robert C. “Bob” Albert, son of Wilma Albert of Tonganoxie and Dean Albert of Wichita, plans to major in mechanical engineering at KSU.
ELDERHOSTEL
May 23, 1991
For the 60 people attending the Elderhostel program hosted by Kansas University this week, lesson No. 1 is that learning has no boundaries. A national program for senior citizens, Elderhostel is offering a week-long seminar on “A Kansas Homeland: Prairie and People.”
May 23, 1991
One of the first things you notice about “Thelma and Louise” is the lighting. Ridley Scott, the director, bathes stars Geena Davis and Susan Sarandon in a golden, almost mystical light. Too bad it has absolutely nothing to do with anything in the movie; in fact it creates a mood completely counter to the weak screenplay.
FOR THE RECORD
May 23, 1991
Law enforcement report Injury accidents
POLICE
May 23, 1991
The three rapes reported to Kansas University police this year were reported weeks and months after the assaults occurred, which a KU police spokesman said impairs the department’s ability to gather evidence. Two rapes were reported to the department during the spring semester. One occurred in July 1990 and was reported in March, and the other occurred in mid-January and was reported later that month. And on Monday, a 22-year-old woman told police she was raped April 21.
INDIA SEARCHING FOR A NEW IDENTITY, PROF SAYS
May 23, 1991
The assassination of Rajiv Gandhi was a tragedy that will help India forge an identity under new leadership, a Kansas University professor said today. “In the present uncertainty lies the possibility of a renewed beginning of a stable democracy in India,” said T.P. Srinivasan, professor of math.
SYSTEM
May 23, 1991
Why did the Royals fire John Wathan? Let me count the ways. 1) Because Terry Shumpert and Nelson Liriano can’t.
COUPLE FILE LAWSUIT ALLEGING HARASSMENT
May 23, 1991
A Lawrence couple have filed a suit seeking damages in excess of $250,000 from three of their neighbors, a local mobile home park where they currently reside and an employee of the park. In their lawsuit, which was filed in Douglas County District Court, Radford and Brenda Rawline claim they were assaulted and that the Defendants in the suit are James Quinter Brown and Tina Brown; James Maxwell; Gaslight Village mobile home park, 1900 W. 31st.; and an employee of the park, Gary Disque.
PLANNERS APPROVE GOLFING COMPLEX
May 23, 1991
Plans for a golfing facility, which would be located between Lawrence and Eudora and would comprise a driving range, putting green and miniature golf course received approval Wednesday night from the Lawrence-Douglas County and Eudora planning commissions. The local planning commission voted 6-3 and the Eudora Planning Commission voted 4-2 to approve a conditional use permit for the facility, despite recommendations from both planning staffs that the request be denied.
HOSPITAL REPORT
May 23, 1991
DISMISSALS Robert Overbaugh, Tonganoxie; Kristen Parker and baby boy, Lawrence. BIRTHS
MISPLACED MIRACLES
May 23, 1991
To the Editor: I suppose Bill Mayer was trying to be funny when in his writing (J-W May 18) he says “the retention of Wathan might supplant Lazarus’ survival, the healing of the lame and halt, the three-day tomb rental and the proliferation of the loaves and fishes.”
SCHOOL GROUP REVIEWS 9TH-GRADE IN OTHER DISTRICTS
May 23, 1991
Two of Kansas’ largest school districts one where ninth-graders are at the high school level, the other with ninth-graders in junior high were the focus of discussion Wednesday for the Commission on Mid-Level and High School Education. Ron Wimmer, assistant superintendent of the Olathe school district, and Tom Erb, an associate professor of education at Kansas University who has studied the Shawnee Mission school district, spoke to the group.