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LOCAL HIGHWAYS GET STATE FUNDS
July 2, 1992
Six road projects in Douglas County will receive state highway funds in the coming 12 months as part of the comprehensive highway improvement program, the Kansas Department of Transportation announced Wednesday. A fifth project will receive state funding in fiscal 1994.
CLIFFORD J. MOORE
July 2, 1992
Graveside services for Clifford J. Moore, 67, rural Lawrence, will be at 9 a.m. Monday at the Rock Creek Cemetery in southwest Douglas County with the Rev. Michael Scully officiating. Mr. Moore died Thursday, July 2, 1992, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.
NUGGETS LAND JAMISON
July 2, 1992
Former Kansas basketball forward Alonzo Jamison has decided to sign a free-agent contract with the Denver Nuggets. Jamison, who averaged 10.8 points and 4.6 rebounds a game last season, will report to the Nuggets’ rookie camp on July 15.
LUCY V. CRITES
July 2, 1992
Services for Lucy Virginia Crites, 79, Ottawa, will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Westminster Presbyterian Church, Ottawa, with the Rev. Henry A. Roberts Jr. officiating. Burial will be in Highland Cemetery, Ottawa. Mrs. Crites died Tuesday, June 30, 1992, in St. Luke’s Hospital, Kansas City, Mo.
CONCERNS
July 2, 1992
A consultant to the Eudora Planning Commission on Wednesday evaluated results of a community survey and recommended issues the commission should consider in formulating a long-range development plan. Eric Strauss, chairman of Kansas University’s urban planning department, said he evaluated the community’s satisfaction with aspects of the town based on responses to a questionnaire. Although the survey generally reflected a positive outlook on city services, he focused on those in need of improvement.
ESTHER M. MURPHY
July 2, 1992
Graveside services for Esther M. Murphy, 100, Frederick, Md., will be at 1 p.m. Monday at Oak Hill Cemetery in Lawrence. Mrs. Murphy died Tuesday, June 30, 1992, in a Frederick nursing home. She was a homemaker.
FLEETA M. COLE
July 2, 1992
Services for Fleeta M. Cole, 67, Hutchinson, will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Johnson & Sons Memorial Chapel in Hutchinson, with Wayne A. Pittman and Keith Shrum officiating. Burial will be in the Lerado Cemetery, Lerado. Mrs. Cole died Tuesday, June 30, 1992, at Hutchinson Hospital.
DISPLAY TALENTS MOVE DESIGNER TO TEXAS
July 2, 1992
A Lawrence resident whose innovative window displays have stopped downtown shoppers in their tracks has been hired by a Texas business to display his talents to a larger audience. Shaun Lang has been creating elaborate window displays at Easton’s Ltd., 839 Mass., for about 2 years.
MUSK THISTLE MISERIES
July 2, 1992
The area’s relatively warm winter and a rainy spring have provided near-perfect conditions this year for a particularly troublesome noxious weed the musk thistle. And a good year for musk thistles is a bad year for state and local officials charged with controlling the spiny plants with the attractive pink flowers.
ACTIVITIES PLENTIFUL FOR THE 4TH
July 2, 1992
A traditional Fourth of July, complete with a parade, live music and fireworks, is slated for Lawrence on Saturday. The United Veterans Organization of Douglas County will hold its second annual parade and concert with the theme, “An Old-fashioned 4th of July.”
NEW SCHOOL CHIEF EASES INTO JOB
July 2, 1992
The Lawrence school district’s new superintendent spent much of his first day on the job getting better acquainted with his central office staff. Al Azinger, who has come to Lawrence after working as a school district administrator in Iowa City, Iowa, for 15 years, said he began his day Wednesday by reading over some informational materials and meeting with Assistant Supt. Bob Taylor.
S REMOVAL SOUGHT
July 2, 1992
The Lawrence Traffic Safety Commission on Monday will consider whether the city should remove stop signs at an intersection where a young boy was killed while walking home from school in 1981. The commission will look at removing the stop signs on Kasold Drive at Eighth Street following a request by John Webb, a former traffic commissioner. Webb served on the commission when 7-year-old Benjamin B. Bjorge was struck by a car driving south on Kasold on Nov. 30, 1981. The boy died the next day from injuries he suffered in the accident.
ILLEGAL FIREWORKS AVAILABLE
July 2, 1992
With all of the fun and excitement surrounding the Fourth of July weekend, some Kansans may forget the risk they take when they possess, use or sell illegal fireworks, many of which are available just across the state line in Missouri. “No skyrockets, bottlerockets or moon rockets mounted on sticks or wires will be allowed, regardless of size or configuration,” according to a release from the Kansas fire marshal’s office.
CRASH MAY BE TIED TO MAINTENANCE
July 2, 1992
Mechanics for the Topeka Fire Department speculated Wednesday that the brakes on a Lawrence fire truck involved in a five-vehicle accident early last month were either poorly adjusted, extremely worn, or both. Battalion Chief Ralph Kinsch and Kenny Lehman, head mechanic, made that analysis after being read a Lawrence police report about a mechanic’s findings in the June 4 accident.
KU STAFF WANTS POLICY CHANGED
July 2, 1992
The executive council of the Kansas University Classified Senate unanimously approved Wednesday a statement urging equal treatment for state employees who run for state office. “We feel that the fact that classified employees are forced to resign in order to run for state office is unfair, discriminatory, and infringes upon our constitutional rights to free expression,” the statement says, calling for a uniform policy for classified and unclassified state workers.
EARLY MORNING FIRE SENDS 2 TO HOSPITAL
July 2, 1992
Tenants were evacuated and a woman and her baby were taken to the hospital after a fire broke out early today at an apartment building in southern Lawrence, Lawrence firefighters reported today. Firefighters were called at 4:12 a.m. to the blaze, which broke out in the basement of a Southridge apartment building, 1732 W. 24th. Four engines and a ladder company were sent to the scene, and firefighters brought the blaze under control at 4:44 a.m.
MANSLAUGHTER TRIAL POSTPONED
July 2, 1992
A trial originally scheduled for July 20 for a Lawrence woman accused of involuntary manslaughter in the death of her son has been rescheduled for Oct. 13. The new date was set Wednesday in the case of Wendy Brewer, 26, who was charged Feb. 13 with involuntary manslaughter in the beating death overnight Feb. 4 of her 23-month-old son, Eric.
S SCOTT PROGRESSING
July 2, 1992
Kansas basketball player Richard Scott, who underwent surgery on June 10 to repair a broken bone near his left knee, is progressing on schedule, trainer Mark Cairns reported Wednesday. “He’s doing great,” Cairns said. “His knee is in a brace and he’s on crutches. We have to let the bone heal. He’ll be in the knee brace three to four weeks. We might get him off crutches in a week or two.”
FUNDS REINSTATED TO HASKELL BUDGET
July 2, 1992
The House Appropriations Committee on Monday reinstated $1.7 million that was recommended to be cut from Haskell’s $7.1 million base budget, said Jim McLean, press secretary for U.S. Rep. Jim Slattery, R-Kan. The cut had been requested by the Bush administration, but was rejected by the committee, he said.
INCREASES IN VALUATION TO AID IN MILL LEVY BATTLE
July 2, 1992
The assessed valuation of property for Douglas County, Lawrence and the Lawrence school district each rose about 3 percent in 1992, according to figures released today by the Douglas County budget director. The three bodies will use these latest numbers as they shape their budgets for 1993, said Darlene Hill, budget director.
INDIAN GROUP PLANS POTLUCK
July 2, 1992
A new group hoping to stop discrimination of Native Americans will not rally in front of city hall Friday as planned. “We called it off, because nobody will be in city hall then,” said Ruth Kyle, spokesperson for the Lawrence Native American Support Group. City employees have Friday off in observance of the Fourth of July holiday.
HEARING SET ON CONDEMNATION
July 2, 1992
Wright’s Wallcovering will have its day in court. A district judge will hear a petition Oct. 15 from the owners of the wallcovering business challenging the city’s right to take the property, according to the court office.
PRISON TIME
July 2, 1992
Is it time for a review of our system of sentencing for various types of crimes and criminals? For example, Jean Harris, a former head mistress of a girls school, was found guilty of murdering a well-known doctor who had been her one-time lover. The 69-year-old woman was sentenced in 1981 to a term of 15 years to life. However, if she had been found guilty of manslaughter, rather than murder, and had a sentence of 8 -25 years, she would have been eligible for an earlier parole date, with a record of good behavior in prison.
BOND ISSUES RECOMMENDED, DISSENT INCLUDED
July 2, 1992
A Lawrence school commission Wednesday approved a report recommending two separate bond issues for building a fourth junior high school and a second high school. However, the report will be accompanied by at least one minority opinion and perhaps a second one when it goes before the Lawrence school board later this month.
LOCAL SOAP BOX DERBY COMPETITORS EARN TROPHIES
July 2, 1992
When 9-year-old Christopher Wheatley began building his first soap box derby car in March he had no idea how much work it was going to take, nor did he realize how successful he would be. “Building the car was a little bit boring sometimes,” said Christopher, who attends Sunset Hill Elementary School. “But I’m glad I stayed with it. It’s a lot of fun.”
FLOYD WOODS
July 2, 1992
Services for Floyd E. “Woody” Woods, 66, Oskaloosa, will be at 2 p.m. Monday at Hampton-Barrett Funeral Home in Oskaloosa with the Rev. Jon Boyd officiating. The Ozawkie American Legion, the Meriden VFW and the Oskaloosa American Legion’s Larner-Segraves Post No. 36 will conduct graveside services at Pleasant View Cemetery in Oskaloosa. Mr. Woods died Tuesday, June 30, 1992, at the Veteran’s Administration hospital in Topeka. He was born Jan. 6, 1926, in St. Louis, the son of Oral W. and Cora Leonard Woods. He lived in Oskaloosa for 26 years after living in Lawrence for nine years.
NEVILLE BROTHERS BLEND STYLES INTO ONE
July 2, 1992
Face it the Neville Brothers are in a family groove. Not just “Family Groove,” their latest album, but in a family groove that’s unusual to the extreme. “The fact that we make music together and perform together is one thing we can see as evidence of our spiritual bonding,” said Charles Neville, one member of the famous fraternal foursome. “Also, something special happens when we play together as well. We each have different musical influences, but we come together as one thing, and that’s really unique.”
BACON LEAVING TRAVELLERS
July 2, 1992
Joel Bacon was unhittable on Wednesday night. Now the Maupintour Travellers’ pitcher is leaving town. Bacon pitched two innings and did not allow a hit or a walk in saving a 3-2 semi-pro baseball win for starter Jeff Andruss (4-0) against the Wichita Broncos at Hoglund-Maupin Stadium.
MISSOURI FIRM TO ACQUIRE 1ST NATIONAL
July 2, 1992
Thanks to Kansas’ new banking law, First National Bank of Lawrence is getting new, out-of-state owners. Mercantile Bancorporation Inc. of St. Louis announced plans Wednesday to merge with MidAmerican Corp. and Johnson County Bankshares Inc., both based in Johnson County, in a stock transaction valued at $129 million.
WIMBLEDON LOSER A MAINLINE WINNER
July 2, 1992
Keith Evans played one qualifying match at Wimbledon last week. He lost.
TAYLOR M. GLOVER
July 2, 1992
Graveside services for Taylor McKenzie Glover, infant son of Charles William and Leisa Rene Prather Glover, were scheduled for 1:30 p.m. today at Oak Hill Cemetery with the Rev. Lynn Witters officiating. He died soon after birth Wednesday, July 1, 1992, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.
COUNTY TO HOLD PUBLIC HEARING ON LIQUOR REQUEST
July 2, 1992
The Douglas County Commission on Wednesday decided to hold a public hearing on a request from a Lawrence nightclub co-owner who is seeking a countywide vote on liquor by the drink. Commissioners approved the public hearing for July 22 after a 20-minute request from Reed Brinton, a partner in Benchwarmers Sports Bar & Grill, 1601 W. 23rd. Commissioners also instructed County Administrator Craig Weinaug to invite officials from the Alcohol Beverage Control division of the Kansas Department of Revenue to the hearing.
HOSPITAL REPORT
July 2, 1992
BIRTHS Gwo-Jean Chen and Shu-Chih Ma, Lawrence, a girl, Wednesday.
THE CATHOLIC PRIESTHOOD
July 2, 1992
The Vatican-anchored Catholic Church continues to be hit with scandals, including a growing number of charges about sexual abuse of both males and females by male priests. All the while, even the most devoted and dedicated Catholic officials will, if only in private, admit that recruiting priests and nuns is getting more difficult by the day. The ranks of both callings are shrinking, and finding replacements in some instances appears hopeless.
CONSISTENCY KEY TO IMPROVED STATS FOR MONTGOMERY
July 2, 1992
Jeff Montgomery doesn’t have Lee Smith’s heat or Bobby Thigpen’s single-season save record. Montgomery doesn’t have Jeff Reardon’s career save record or his beard for that matter or Rob Dibble’s penchant for throwing at fans.
HASKELL PROGRAM REWORKS CURRICULUM
July 2, 1992
Many Native American students will have a new math and science curriculum as the result of a recent workshop at Haskell Indian Junior College. Thirty elementary school teachers have created a new style of curriculum they hope will change the way Native American students are taught.
FOR THE RECORD
July 2, 1992
Law enforcement report Burglaries and thefts reported