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January 15, 1992
After hearing more than an hour of solemn pleas from concerned neighbors and parents, Lawrence city commissioners approved a request Tuesday for a crossing guard at the crosswalk behind Kennedy School on Maple Lane. “We feel an accident involving one of the children is imminent,” said Steve Brown, who chairs the Kennedy School PTA’s safety committee. “This situation begs for some kind of action.”
WORKABLE SCHOOL PLAN
January 15, 1992
To the editor: As a parent, former teacher and taxpayer, I should like to give a few words of praise to Gary Condra’s long-range school plan, which he presented to the Commission on Mid-Level and High School Education as reported in the J-W Jan. 10. Very simply stated, Condra’s plan calls for one (11-12) senior high school, two (9-10) middle high schools, three or four (7-8) middle schools, and the current 17 (K-6) elementary schools.
FOR THE RECORD
January 15, 1992
Law enforcement report Burglaries and thefts reported
WOODLING COLUMN
January 15, 1992
Figures don’t lie, but it all depends on which figures Did you see the story that came out of the NCAA office last week about college football attendance? If you did, you may have noticed that Kansas’ 1991 Memorial Stadium crowds averaged 29,932 per game. That number surprised me because Susan Wachter, the Jayhawks’ assistant athletic director for business, had given me a different figure a few days earlier.
BOARD ICES PLANS FOR CONSTRUCTION
January 15, 1992
Uncertainty surrounding school financing for the coming year has forced the Tonganoxie school board to put plans for new construction on hold. Jacki Himpel, communications specialist for the district, said the board voted 4-2 Monday not to approve new expenditures to the Topeka architectural firm Horst, Terril and Karst until board members receive further clarification from the state about funding. Board members Jack Cronemeyer and Ron Aufdemberge opposed the motion.
COUNCIL TABS NEW MEMBER
January 15, 1992
The Tonganoxie City Council welcomed a new councilwoman this week, said Bill Crawford, city administrator. Janet Angell was appointed to a three-year term to fill the vacancy created when Steve Minton resigned at December’s meeting, he said. Angell stepped down from her position on the Tonganoxie Library Board to serve on the council, and Joyce Stevens was named to the library board.
SESSIONS SET ON DOWNTOWN PLAN
January 15, 1992
Downtown Lawrence Inc. has scheduled meetings with three Lawrence neighborhood groups to explain a new downtown proposal that calls for an expanded central business district to maintain downtown’s economic viability. Andy Ramirez, past president of DLI, said the group was attempting to schedule additional meetings with other groups to explain the plan, which has been endorsed by DLI and the Lawrence Chamber of Commerce.
TRAFFICWAY MANAGER REVEALS ALIGNMENT CHANGES
January 15, 1992
Months of concern and planning apparently paid off for a Lawrence neighborhood group Tuesday night, as it seemed pleased with a new intersection alignment along the proposed South Lawrence Trafficway. A dozen Indian Hills Neighborhood Assn. members heard John Pasley, trafficway manager, describe the new alignment where the trafficway will intersect Louisiana and 31st streets.
SHELL BUILDING LEASE STILL IN LIMBO
January 15, 1992
Local economic development officials remained locked in a holding pattern today, still awaiting word from a Kansas City, Mo., firm that a lease for the East Hills Business Park shell building had been signed. Gary Toebben, president of the Lawrence Chamber of Commerce, said the effort to lease the 81,087-square-foot building to the Kansas City company wasn’t dead.
REGENTS SET DISCUSSION ON FINANCING EDUCATION
January 15, 1992
The state Board of Regents plans to meet Thursday in Wichita with a national commission charged with making recommendations to Congress on financing postsecondary education. Board members also are expected to end months of wrangling and complete a new mission statement for the state university system. The document will guide the creation of a mission statement for each regents’ school this year.
CITY ENDORSES BAR ORDINANCE
January 15, 1992
Lawrence city commissioners on Tuesday gave preliminary approval, with only a few cosmetic changes, to a proposed ordinance regulating private clubs and drinking establishments. The ordinance would give the commission the power to revoke, suspend or place conditions on the license of a bar or club, if the commission finds that the business habitually threatens public safety or welfare.
LAURA FLESHMAN
January 15, 1992
Services are pending for Laura L. Fleshman, 94, Lawrence. Burial will be at Memorial Park Cemetery. Mrs. Fleshman died Tuesday, Jan. 14, 1992, at her home. She was born Feb. 4, 1897, in Maitland, Mo.
DAVID BLOCH AND JAMES BLOCH
January 15, 1992
Graveside services are pending for David Walter Bloch and James Gerard Bloch, twin infant sons of Scott and Cathy Bloch, Lawrence. James died Friday, Jan. 10, 1992, and David died Sunday, Jan. 12, 1992, at St. Luke’s Hospital in Kansas City, Mo., where they were born Friday.
DR. CARL E. OLSON
January 15, 1992
Services for Dr. Carl Emil Olson, 74, Lawrence, will be at 3 p.m. Friday at Warren-McElwain Mortuary in Lawrence with the Rev. Michael Poage officiating. Inurnment will be at a later date in Pagosa Springs, Colo. Dr. Olson died Tuesday, Jan. 14, 1992, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital following a long illness.
CORA E. HART
January 15, 1992
Services for Cora E. Hart, 89, Perry, will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Perry United Methodist Church, with the Rev. Barbara Moore officiating. Burial will be in Oak Ridge Cemetery, Perry. Mrs. Hart died Monday, Jan. 13, 1992, at a Topeka nursing home.
KSU EYES TWO PROJECTS
January 15, 1992
Kansas State athletic officials plan to ask the Board of Regents here Thursday for approval to begin private fund-raising for a new football indoor practice facility and a new press box at KSU Stadium. The press box would cost $3,625,000; the indoor facility $2,975,000. Private funds would pay for both projects. The press box would contain sky boxes that would sell at a premium and help pay for the construction costs.
S ADDRESS NO PROBLEM FOR LOCAL COURT REPORTER
January 15, 1992
Many people who heard Gov. Joan Finney’s budget address Tuesday had opinions about what she said. But Candy Braksick, an area stenographer, was paying more attention to how the governor said it.
ARCTIC BLAST SENDS AREA INTO DEEP FREEZE
January 15, 1992
Old Man Winter paid a rude wake-up call to the area today, knocking temperatures to the lowest reading of the season. The blustery cold front blew into Lawrence shortly after midnight, dropping temperatures from 34 degrees to 20 degrees by 2 a.m. The temperature continued to fall throughout the morning hours, bottoming out at 5 degrees at 7 a.m. An unforgiving 25 to 35 mph northwest wind yielded wind chills in the minus 30 range.
LOCAL OFFICIALS SEEKING INSIGHTS ON GANG ACTIVITY
January 15, 1992
Gang activity in Lawrence doesn’t compare with such activity in the big cities, but efforts to prevent gang problems should begin now, say local officials who have been invited to a national conference on gangs. Ten Lawrence residents are planning to attend “Safe Policy: Gangs, Drugs and Managing Juvenile Operations,” which will be held Feb. 3 to Feb. 7 in Jekyll Island, Ga. The conference is being sponsored by the federal Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention in conjunction with the National Center for State and Local Law Enforcement Training.
S ROAD PLANS PLEASE CITYCOUNTY
January 15, 1992
Local city and county officials today said they were pleased that Gov. Joan Finney has decided to give her full support to the state highway program enacted three years ago. The big local project riding on the highway program is the South Lawrence Trafficway $27 million of the estimated $42 million cost for the project’s first two lanes comes from the state highway program.
BRUTAL TEMPERATURES BAD NEWS FOR PLANTS
January 15, 1992
The winter weather that blew into Lawrence Tuesday night was a serious shock for plants that have been fooled by unseasonably mild January weather. Dennis Bejot, director of the Douglas County Extension Office and horticulture agent, said the warm temperatures of recent weeks have lured some plants into sprouting early, and bulbs planted last fall that have started growing probably will suffer or die as a result of the cold.
HOSPITAL REPORT
January 15, 1992
DISMISSALS Gary Dome, Lawrence; Bonnie Robb, Lawrence; Julie Liggett and baby girl, Eudora.
GAMBLING WITH EDUCATION
January 15, 1992
Gov. Joan Finney wants to take a pretty big gamble with education in Kansas. In her budget proposals, Finney plans to use income from increased gambling opportunities in the state to finance public schools and make lower local property taxes possible. Lowering property taxes is a noble goal, but making schools funding dependent on gambling funds seems like a risky business.
LMH PLANS SEARCH TO RECRUIT SPECIALIST
January 15, 1992
Lawrence Memorial Hospital trustees today approved recruiting a cytologist to the area. Robert Trepinski, LMH associate executive director, said the cytologist at Lawrence Clinical Lab, a professional group of pathologists, will retire by July 1. LCL has agreed to turn over cytological services to the hospital if LMH can recruit a new cytologist.
BALDWIN SCHOOL BOARD OKS NEW HEATING SYSTEM
January 15, 1992
Students and staff at Baldwin High School won’t have to dress for the elements when they return to school this fall. The Baldwin school board decided this week to replace the 27-year-old heating and cooling system in the school, said Supt. John Nuspl. The board hired Peak Street Energy, a Baldwin consulting firm, to draft plans for a new system and call for bids to replace the five roof units that control the school’s temperature. The existing system never has worked properly and has cost the district thousands of dollars for maintenance every year, he said.
LEGISLATORS
January 15, 1992
Area legislators saw two keys in Gov. Joan Finney’s budget message Tuesday: no new taxes and property tax relief. But the governor mentioned some other issues that are important to the Lawrence community, legislators said.
KU SURVIVED FOUL WOES
January 15, 1992
Asked by a reporter what he thought about all the fouls, Alonzo Jamison broke into a smile. “What are you trying to make me say?” the Kansas senior said after the Jayhawks’ 92-80 overtime victory over Missouri on Monday night in MU’s Hearnes Center.
MINISTER RETURNS TO ALMA MATER FOR ASSIGNMENT
January 15, 1992
The Rev. Ira DeSpain can’t seem to get enough of Baker University. He was born in Baldwin, where his parents both were Baker students. He later followed their lead and graduated from Baker in 1970. Now, he’s returned as the new university minister.
CITY ENDORSES BAR ORDINANCE
January 15, 1992
Lawrence city commissioners on Tuesday gave preliminary approval, with only a few cosmetic changes, to a proposed ordinance regulating private clubs and drinking establishments. The ordinance would give the commission the power to revoke, suspend or place conditions on the license of a bar or club, if the commission finds that the business habitually threatens public safety or welfare.