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TRANSPORTATION COMMITTEE SEEKS INPUT
January 16, 1992
The members of a volunteer committee on city transportation issues set their agenda and pace at a meeting Wednesday. The goal of the group, the Citizens Public Transportation Blueprint Committee, is to make sure there is as much public input as possible in an upcoming study on public transportation.
EVENTS SCHEDULED FOR KING HOLIDAY
January 16, 1992
Several local events are planned for this year’s Martin Luther King Jr. holiday, which will be observed Monday. The Rev. C.T. Vivian, Atlanta, will speak at 6:30 p.m. Saturday in the Kansas Union Ballroom, where a banquet will be held at 6 p.m. Vivian, a civil rights activist for 44 years, marched with King during the 1960s civil rights movement.
WARM HEARTS FAILS TO REACH CAMPAIGN GOAL
January 16, 1992
A local group that raises money to help people with their winter heating bills did not meet its fund-raising goal by the end of the official campaign, but will continue to accept donations, the treasurer of volunteer group said today. Warren Rhodes, treasurer of Warm Hearts, which assists Douglas County residents with heating costs, said $50,501 had been raised as of Wednesday evening. The goal of the campaign, which officially ended Wednesday, is $70,000. Rhodes said the group will continue to take donations in hopes of meeting the campaign goal.
WELLSVILLE SCHOOLS TO REFINANCE BONDS
January 16, 1992
The Wellsville school board held a special meeting Wednesday to discuss refinancing the district’s bonded indebtedness. Gwen Boone, district clerk, said the board hired Bee Croft-Cole Co. Inc., Topeka, and J.O. Davidson and Associates Inc., Wichita, to work on the refinancing.
VIDEO LOTTERY ESTIMATES QUESTIONED
January 16, 1992
Gov. Joan Finney’s plan to institute video lottery games in the state to help pay for her school finance and property tax reform proposals is causing some traditional lottery supporters to have second thoughts, a Lawrence legislator says. Rep. Betty Jo Charlton, D-Lawrence, said several traditional lottery supporters asked pointed questions Wednesday in the House Federal and State Affairs Committee about how much of a video lottery proposal is guesswork and how much is fact.
REDISTRICTING BATTLE PUTS COUNTY IN JEOPARDY OF BEING CHOPPED UP
January 16, 1992
A Lawrence legislator said Wednesday that she thinks she’s successfully prevented Douglas County from being split up into parts of seven Kansas House districts. Rep. Betty Jo Charlton, D-Lawrence, who is a member of the House Reapportionment Committee, said members of the committee still have not agreed on a map to reapportion all of the 125 House districts, using the 1990 census figures.
PEREZ TO SIT SENIOR BOWL
January 16, 1992
Former Kansas offensive lineman Chris Perez sprained a knee in last Saturday’s Hula Bowl in Honolulu and won’t participate in this Saturday’s Senior Bowl in Mobile, Ala. The 6-5, 280-pound Perez suffered the non-serious knee injury while playing in the first offensive series for the West squad. At Kansas, the Palantine, Ill., product never missed a game because of an injury. He started all 44 games during his four-year career.
CHAD A. GUTHRIE
January 16, 1992
Services for Chad Anthony Guthrie, 20, Wellsville, will be at 1:30 p.m. Friday at the Wilson and Son Funeral Home chapel in Wellsville with the Rev. Jerome Peck officiating. Burial will be in Wellsville Cemetery. Mr. Guthrie died Tuesday, Jan. 14, 1991, at his home. He had cancer.
CAPITOLA MAE VERNON
January 16, 1992
Memorial services for Capitola Mae Vernon, 86, Lawrence, will be at 10 a.m. Monday at Grace Episcopal Cathedral, Topeka, and at 10 a.m. Tuesday at the Brandon Woods Retirement Community, Lawrence. Mrs. Vernon was cremated and private inurnment will be in Grace Cathedral’s Chapel of Resurrection in Topeka.
PANEL VICE CHAIR CALLS FOR COMPROMISES
January 16, 1992
Some people want Lawrence to be forever a one-high school town. Others think a third high school should not be far down the road. But if people are truly interested in meeting the needs of Lawrence secondary students, they are going to have seek a middle ground. That was one message of Tom Murray, vice chairman of the Commission on Mid-Level and High School Education, when he spoke this morning at the Lawrence Chamber of Commerce’s “Good Morning, Lawrence” series. About 90 people attended the program at the Lawrence Holidome, where Murray spoke about the progress of the school commission.
MCLOUTH SCHOOL BOARD APPOINTS NEW MEMBER
January 16, 1992
The McLouth school board appointed a new board member during this week’s meeting, said Supt. Robert Behrens. Tim Mitts was appointed to serve on the board, replacing longtime board member Carolyn Lasher, who resigned in December.
LMH NURSERY PROVIDES SPECIAL CARE FOR NEWBORNS
January 16, 1992
The first baby of the new year born at Lawrence Memorial Hospital was cared for in the Level 2 nursery, where babies who aren’t healthy enough for the regular nursery but aren’t sick enough to be transported to a regional medical center stay. Suzanne McGinn, clinical coordinator for the hospital’s Mother-Baby Unit and Level 2 nursery, said an average of four babies stay in the Level 2 nursery each month. There, they gain weight, receive needed oxygen or finish a regimen of antibiotics.
KU WOMEN FALL IN BIG EIGHT OPENER
January 16, 1992
Stacy Williams scored 18 points and Ericka Fields chipped in 17 as Missouri edged Kansas, the Big Eight’s top-ranked women’s basketball team, 57-56, on Wednesday night at the Hearnes Center. Kansas is ranked No. 24 in this week’s Associated Press poll, but the Jayhawks, now 11-3, have now lost three of their last four games after winning their first 10.
FAMILY PRACTICE BILL CRITICIZED BY KUMC
January 16, 1992
A bill introduced in the Kansas Senate on Wednesday that would penalize the Kansas University Medical Center if not enough students enter family practice is the wrong way to get more doctors for rural areas, a KUMC official said today. “We believe sincerely in focusing attention of students in the specialty of family practice,” said D. Kay Clawson, KU executive vice chancellor for the medical center. “Our disappointment is that there is no way that penalizing the institution as a whole will actually address the problem.”
FAMILY HOSPITALIZED AFTER INHALING FUMES
January 16, 1992
Members of a Lawrence family were taken to Lawrence Memorial Hospital about 5:30 p.m. Wednesday after they became sick in their east Lawrence mobile home from inhaling carbon monoxide. Charlene Robinson, 26, 1908 E. 19th, and her three children, Tiffany, 7, Joyce, 6, and Rosa, 5, were taken by ambulance to the hospital. A Douglas County Ambulance Service spokesman today said Willie Robinson, 29, was not transported to the hospital by ambulance. But LMH officials said he was admitted to the hospital. Family members were treated for carbon monoxide overdose and were released this morning, the spokeswoman said.
CITY FAILS TO BLOCK LIQUOR LICENSE
January 16, 1992
Despite protests from Lawrence city officials, the state Alcoholic Beverage Control division has approved a new liquor license for Los Amigos Saloon. City officials asked the ABC to reject the club’s Class B license application at a hearing Oct. 16, citing persistent crime problems with Los Amigos patrons and employees.
REGENTS, NATIONAL PANEL DECRY COLLEGE STUDENT PREPARATION
January 16, 1992
Inadequate preparation is the greatest obstacle American students must overcome to get a college degree, the head of a national commission on higher education said today. “Number one is the lack of ability to pass tests to get in because K through 12 is so deficient,” said former U.S. Sen. Paula Hawkins, who chairs the National Commission on Responsibilities for Financing Postsecondary Education.
SLATTERY DISCUSSES HEALTH-CARE ISSUES
January 16, 1992
U.S. Rep. Jim Slattery, D-Kan., said Wednesday at a Lawrence town meeting that the country’s health-care system is in cardiac arrest and demands emergency attention. “This is an issue that many, many people in this country are concerned about,” he told about 300 people at Kansas University. “What do you want your government to do about health care? How is it going to be paid for?”
MAN INDICTED ON FIREARMS CHARGES
January 16, 1992
A Lawrence man has been indicted for unlawful possession of a Colt AR-15 machine gun, a federal crime punishible by up to 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine, the U.S. attorney’s office announced Wednesday. John B. Holt, 24, was indicted on the charge Wednesday afternoon by a federal grand jury in Topeka.
T BE PLAYING FOR KU
January 16, 1992
No one on the Kansas basketball team has known Sean Tunstall longer than Macolm Nash, and no one was more disappointed about Tunstall’s ineligibility. “It was a surprise because I was looking forward to him coming back,” said Nash, a 6-7 senior who was also Tunstall’s teammate at Vashon High in St. Louis. “It’s a big disappointment.”
LAURA L. FLESHMAN
January 16, 1992
Services for Laura Luella Fleshman, 94, Lawrence, will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Rumsey Funeral Home with the Rev. Bill Atchley officiating. Mrs. Fleshman died Tuesday, Jan. 14, 1992, at her home.
BAKER ENCOURAGES STAFF TO EXERCISE FOR HEALTH
January 16, 1992
If Baker University faculty and staff members seem more fit and energetic than the typical eight-to-five employee, it’s because they are. Baker’s wellness program, started in January 1989, features incentives and programs aimed at helping employees develop a healthier lifestyle.
FORMER MAYOR ANGINO SUFFERS HEART ATTACK
January 16, 1992
Former Lawrence mayor Ernie Angino was reported in fair condition this morning at Lawrence Memorial Hospital after suffering a mild heart attack Wednesday morning. Angino, 59, a professor of geology and civil engineering at Kansas University, was admitted at 7:33 a.m. Wednesday, a hospital spokesman said.
HASKELL SPONSORING EXHIBIT, FORUM ON BOARDING SCHOOLS
January 16, 1992
Five Haskell Indian Junior College faculty and staff members will speak about their boarding school experiences during a forum next week in conjunction with an exhibit about a Santa Fe, N.M., boarding school. “One House, One Voice, One Heart,” a photographic and oral history about the Santa Fe Indian School, founded in 1890, currently is on display at Haskell’s Academic Support Center.
COUNTY OKS PLAN FOR LOCAL CHURCH
January 16, 1992
They didn’t get everything they wanted, but members of a local church did leave the Douglas County Commission meeting Wednesday night with approval to build a new church west of Lawrence. The commission’s approval of the final plat and site plan allows the Community Bible Church to build on 5.18 acres about a mile west of Lawrence, just east of County Road 13 on County Road 1500N, also known as Yankee Tank Overlook.
SCHOOL PANEL HOPES TO KEEP OPTIONS LOCAL
January 16, 1992
Now that a Lawrence school commission has spent more than a year working toward a recommendation on secondary school facilities, some local school officials are concerned that proposals to restructure state financing of schools could make it difficult to get anything built in Lawrence. Rather than having individual school districts continue to levy their own property taxes, Gov. Joan Finney has proposed a statewide property tax of 45 mills to finance public schools. A mill is $1 of property taxes for every $1,000 in assessed valuation.
ADVOCATES FOR HOMELESS SEEK COMMUNITY SUPPORT
January 16, 1992
Lawrence residents must work together to solve local homelessness, a speaker at a Lawrence-Douglas County Coalition for the Homeless meeting said Wednesday evening. Stephanie Coleman-Marks, house manager for Women’s Transitional Care Services, an agency that provides 24-hour services for battered and homeless women and their children, said she doesn’t believe the argument that some people choose to be homeless.
PARADE PROCEEDS TO AID PLAYGROUND
January 16, 1992
Proceeds from the fifth annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade this March will go toward the Ryan Gray Playground for All Children for the second year in a row, organizers announced during a press conference at city hall this morning. Last year’s parade and affiliated events generated $12,000 for the playground effort, said Chris Mulvenon, parade committee spokesman. Three other organizations had hoped to be the recipient of the proceeds, but committee members felt the need to further contribute to the playground fund in hopes that construction could get started as soon as possible, Mulvenon said.
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January 16, 1992
Gary Steffan has mixed feelings about his No. 1 wrestling ranking. Steffan, a Eudora High junior and defending state champion, is currently the top-ranked 145-pound wrestler in class 3-2-1A in the Kansas Wrestling Coaches Assn. poll.
FOR THE RECORD
January 16, 1992
Law enforcement report Burglaries and thefts reported Silverware, coins and a diamond necklace valued together on a police report at $1,319 were taken between 4:45 p.m. and 7:15 p.m. Wednesday from a residence in the 900 block of Crestline Drive.
SHORT CIRCUIT BLAMED FOR MORNING HOUSE FIRE
January 16, 1992
Lawrence firefighters extinguished a fire early today in the attic and second floor of a residence at 2000 R.I. No one was injured. According to fire department reports, wiring in the attic short-circuited and started a fire about 4:30 a.m. today. The fire spread to the second floor of the house, causing $10,000 damage. No further information was available.
BASKETBALL AWAY
January 16, 1992
Kansas’ No. 6-rated basketball team travels to Colorado this weekend. The Jayhawks, in the midst of a schedule that puts them on the road for four of five games, won’t compete at home again until a week from Saturday.
YOUNG MUSICIANS FIND HONOR IN HOME TOWN
January 16, 1992
It’s Honor Recital time again at the Lawrence Arts Center, and this time a professional musician will honor Lawrence with a benefit concert for the program. David Perry, the young concertmaster of the Wichita Symphony Orchestra, will play the violin at 7:30 p.m. Friday at the Arts Center, Ninth and Vermont. His program will include the Sonata in A major by Vivaldi; the Sonata in D minor by Brahms; the Ballade for Unaccompanied Violin by Eugene Ysaye and the Polonaise de Concert by Henri Wieniawski.
FAMILIES RECALL THEIR WAR FEARS
January 16, 1992
A year ago, Lawrence resident Harold Piehler was a worried father. His daughter, Rachel, was serving with U.S. forces in the gulf when U.S.-led airstrikes were launched against Iraq.
WINTER OPPOSES KANSAS CASINOS
January 16, 1992
Sen. Wint Winter Jr., R-Lawrence, said Wednesday that casino-style gambling shouldn’t be in the cards for Kansas. But Gov. Joan Finney insists she’ll trump any legislative moves to prevent the operation of casinos on Indian reservations in the state.
S JAYHAWKS GENEROUS
January 16, 1992
Another of Phog Allen’s 30-year All-Americans has resurfaced again in dramatic fashion to the surprise of nobody who “knew him when.” That would be Bill Hougland, the former Kansas and Olympic basketball star. Bill and wife Carolie recently committed more than $1.2 million to benefit the KU athletic department, school of business, alumni association and Spencer Museum of Art.
WATER COOPERATION?
January 16, 1992
Lawrence residents should hope those living upstream on the Kansas River never will adopt a policy of “turnabout is fair play” concerning tampering with the river flow and the agreements and understanding of Kansas River water compact participants. Last week, Stephen Hill, on behalf of the owners of the Bowersock Mills and Power Co., which dams the river just east of the Massachusetts Street bridge, asked the state’s Division of Water Resources to release more water from upstream reservoirs so he could generate more electricity at the Bowersock Dam.
WRIGHT AS FINEST HE COACHED
January 16, 1992
Buffalo Bills nose tackle Jeff Wright was not only a standout football player at Lawrence High. “A lot of people forget Jeff was a state champion shot putter his senior year,” said Ottawa High football coach Ron Mann. “Jeff won state with a sprained ankle. He threw 57 feet.”
GULF VETS RECALL EMOTIONS OF THE CALL TO ARMS
January 16, 1992
Vincent Knowlton was walking in the sand on guard duty a year ago today. He remembers it well. “We knew something was going on when the planes flew over,” he said. “There were about 20 of them and they flew right over about treetop level … on their way to Baghdad.”