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TRIAL OPENS IN LOCAL MURDER
February 3, 1992
Jury selection began today in the murder trial of Kenneth Lee Morris, a 29-year-old transient who is charged with first-degree murder and aggravated burglary in connection with the beating death of a Lawrence man in August. From a pool of 86 potential jurors, a 12-member jury with two alternates will be selected.
S MVP RECORD-SETTING TAILBACK
February 3, 1992
Tony Sands was named the most valuable player on the Kansas football team at the Jayhawks’ annual awards banquet on Sunday night at the Adams Center. Sands, who set NCAA records for carries (58) and yards (396) in his final KU game against Missouri, was also named the club’s offensive MVP.
OSKALOOSA ENROLLMENT TAKES OFF
February 3, 1992
When the Oskaloosa school superintendent said last year that classroom space was meeting the district’s needs, he didn’t foresee the enrollment increases that have occurred in the 1991-92 school year. “We’ve been averaging one new student about every two weeks,” Supt. Jim White said today. “We had been averaging a growth of 15 to 17 students per year, which was a 2 to 3 percent increase. This year, we took a huge jump to a 12 to 13 percent increase.”
JOHNNIE M. NORMAN
February 3, 1992
Services for Johnnie M. Norman, 93, Lawrence, will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at Warren-McElwain Mortuary with the Rev. Ron Goodman officiating. Burial will be at 11 a.m. Friday in the Fairview Cemetery, Shawnee, Okla. Mrs. Norman died Sunday, Feb. 2, 1992, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.
KU, KANSAS STATE CLASH TONIGHT
February 3, 1992
Kansas State finished dead last in the Big Eight last year. Second-year coach Dana Altman’s Wildcats reside in seventh place after four games this season. Considering the Wildcats’ current plight 1-3 in the league and 11-6 overall one might wonder whether 16-1, 4-0 Kansas will overlook its in-state rival tonight.
VETERAN SCORERS SORT OUT KU GAMES
February 3, 1992
After nearly 30 years on the sideline, Doug Beene is confident about his ability to keep track of the frenzied action during Kansas basketball games. “Even when I’m wrong, I’m right,” the official scorer quipped. “Actually, I’ve got an eraser on the end of my pencil.”
T A DONE DEAL
February 3, 1992
When Bob Harrison began selling real estate in 1941, Lawrence bore little resemblance to the city it is today. With a population of only about 12,000, Lawrence extended west to Arkansas Street and east to Haskell Avenue. The city had a jagged southern boundary, with everything south of 19th and west of Louisiana still suburban.
HIGH COUNTY STANDARD
February 3, 1992
Douglas County commissioners face a difficult and challenging task in replacing County Administrator Chris McKenzie. The 40-year-old county executive announced Friday he will become executive director of the League of Kansas Municipalities and will leave his Douglas County office on March 4. McKenzie was the first person to serve as county administrator, and he has done a first-class job. Douglas County affairs are in better shape today than they were when he began his executive job in 1985. This is not criticism of the manner in which county government was run prior to McKenzie’s arrival but rather a recognition of the wisdom county commissioners showed in placing a full-time professional in charge of the day-to-day operation of the county.
AYCOCK ERUPTS FOR CAREER BEST VERSUS KSU
February 3, 1992
Beating Kansas State does wonders for any Kansas coach, particularly Marian Washington, who has been part of the rivalry the past 19 years. “Anytime you can get a win against Kansas State, particularly in Manhattan, it’s a wonderful point in the season,” Washington said after the Jayhawks’ 82-52 rout of the Wildcats on Sunday at Bramlage Coliseum.
COUNTY STARTS SEARCH FOR NEW ADMINISTRATOR
February 3, 1992
Douglas County commissioners today decided that March 4 will be County Administrator Chris McKenzie’s last day on the job. McKenzie, 40, announced Friday that he is resigning to become director of the League of Kansas Municipalities, based in Topeka. McKenzie joined the county as a combined administrator-counselor-personnel director in 1985. He became the administrator on a full-time basis in 1986.
GY, A COORDINATOR OF THE PROJECT ANNOUNCED TODAY.
February 3, 1992
Gene Ramp, executive director of Educational Systems, a Kansas University-based education research group, said a $202,000 federal grant will be used to transform the school with the help of teachers and parents. Educational Systems was awarded the two-year grant in October. One reason Hillcrest was chosen over Grant School, the other finalist for the project, was because its size is closer to the district average, Ramp said. Hillcrest has about 340 students and two classrooms per grade level. Grant has about 66 students in grades one through six, with students divided into three classrooms.
OPERA OR HOOPS? KU FAITHFUL FACE CHOICE
February 3, 1992
Patrons of both the arts and sports will need to choose between singing and dribbling on March 2. To accommodate a television broadcast, the Kansas University men’s basketball game against Oklahoma State University has been rescheduled from Feb. 29 to the evening of March 2. The new date is in direct conflict with the New York City Opera National Company’s production of “Tosca,” presented by the KU Concert Series at the Topeka Performing Arts Center.
BY KURT CAYWOOD J-W SPORTS WRITER
February 3, 1992
Tournament week ended nine days ago for Lawrence High’s boys. Rivalry week is now under way. The third-ranked Lions travel to Topeka High on Tuesday for a game against their biggest non-Sunflower League rival.
AIMS
February 3, 1992
Like the corporate executive who liked the razor so much that he bought the company, Lisa Blair and her family enjoyed a visit to Lawrence so much they decided to move here. On Nov. 1, Mrs. Blair took her love of Lawrence a step further and became downtown administrator for Downtown Lawrence Inc.
OFFICIALS AIMING TO KEEP GANGS OUT
February 3, 1992
Douglas County District Judge Jean Shepherd sees juvenile offenders walk into her courtroom whose attire suggests gang involvement. “It used to be they’d wear certain colors of shoes: big, heavy, high-top red shoes,” Shepherd said. “At one point there was a fingernail that was painted, or one part of the hair would be bleached.”
CLOCK
February 3, 1992
How do you like Big Eight basketball on Big Monday so far? For me, I must confess, it poses a dilemma. It makes me choose between watching the Big Eight game on ESPN or tuning in “Northern Exposure,” one of my guilty pleasures, on CBS.
FOR THE RECORD
February 3, 1992
Law enforcement report Burglaries and thefts reported
SORORITY CHAPTER REOPENING AT KU
February 3, 1992
Alpha Xi Delta sorority representatives and 134 pledges recolonized the Chi chapter on the Kansas University campus Saturday. The pledging ceremony, which took place in the Bruckmiller Room of the Kansas University Alumni Center, crowned a weeklong recruitment process.
HOSPITAL REPORT
February 3, 1992
ADMISSIONS Joseph Kennedy, Lawrence; Krystal Williams, Baldwin.
February 3, 1992
Mayor Bob Walters said today that a 2 -day forum on city design he attended over the weekend in Minnesota opened his eyes like no other conference he has attended. “It was powerful,” he said. “It opened my eyes, it opened my mind. I gave me a little different perspective than I had on Wednesday before I left.”