Archive for Wednesday, July 15, 1992

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TEACHER SALARY ISSUES
July 15, 1992
To the editor: Thanks to Brad Addington for his accurate reporting of recent teacher-school board negotiations. The issues are complicated. Brad has done a good job of clarifying the facts for school patrons.
CIVIL CASES FILED
July 15, 1992
The owners of a Lawrence furniture store have answered a lawsuit filed against them and have filed a counterclaim to the original suit. In their answer, C. Dean and Andrea Gore, owners of Thompson-Crawley Furniture Rental, 520 E. 22nd, admit they owe money on promissory notes to Richard E. Thompson, Illinois, and his mother, Joan E. Thompson, whose address is not listed. But the Gores deny they owe the $731,961 plus interest as the Thompsons contended in their original suit. The Gores purchased the store from Richard C. and Joan E. Thompson in 1986. Richard C. Thompson died in 1990, and Richard E. Thompson was designated as the trustee of the Richard C. Thompson trust, according to the original suit. In their counter-claim, the Gores contend Richard C. Thompson was retained as a consultant when they purchased the business. The Gores assert Richard C. Thompson “failed” in his duties as a consultant, which caused the business to suffer financial damages. The Gores are seeking more than $50,000 in their counterclaim.
FOR THE RECORD
July 15, 1992
Law enforcement report Injury accidents
RURAL DISTRICT DELAYS REQUEST TO BUY WATER FROM LAWRENCE
July 15, 1992
Leavenworth County Rural Water District No. 10 has decided to postpone a request to buy water from Lawrence, the business manager for the district said today. The rural water district’s proposal, which was to have been heard Tuesday at the Kansas Water Authority meeting in Great Bend, was postponed so that district officials could go over the details of the contract, said Shirley Davidson, the district’s business manager. “We wanted our lawyer and our engineer to go over the contract,” Davidson said.
UNITED WAY OFFICIAL NAMED TO PANEL
July 15, 1992
A United Way of Douglas County board member was recently selected to serve on a national United Way committee, which meets Thursday and Friday in Alexandria, Va. Marilyn Bittenbender, president-elect of the Douglas County chapter’s board of directors, will serve on the United Way of America Network Committee, whose mission is to “develop recommendations for role and structure of mechanisms to enhance local United Way professional and volunteer involvement in United Way of America.”
JURY DELIBERATING IN SHOOTING CASE
July 15, 1992
Jurors began deliberating today in the trial of a Perry man accused of shooting a 25-year-old man in the face on April Fool’s Day at a downtown bar. The defendant, Patrick E. Wiles, is charged with aggravated battery stemming from the April 1 shooting of Donnel J. Chilton at what then was called AJ’s Eighth Street Bar, 117 E. Eighth.
OUTLAWS OUTLAST TOPEKA
July 15, 1992
On an evening when pitchers like Roger Clemens and Dennis Eckersley were hurling in the major league All-Star Game, Matt Roberts turned in an all-star performance of his own for the Lawrence Outlaws. “He left his heart on the mound tonight,” Outlaws coach Mike Hill said. “I can’t say enough about the job he did tonight. He kept them off balance. He’d get in tight situations and make the pitches to get out of trouble.”
MARIE E. PEINE
July 15, 1992
Services for Marie Evelyn Peine, 84, Garnett, were Friday at Holy Angels Catholic Church in Garnett. The Rev. George Matz officiated, assisted by the Rev. Dennis Pickert. Burial was in St. Johns Catholic Cemetery in Greeley. Mrs. Peine died Wednesday, July 8, 1992, at Anderson County Hospital.
PACT
July 15, 1992
Teachers and school officials won’t see a repeat performance of last year’s negotiation process here, which took four months and the assistance of outside negotiators. The McLouth School Board on Tuesday ratified an agreement with the McLouth Education Assn., increasing the base salary from $20,425 to $21,075, according to Supt. Robert Behrens. The agreement also calls for additional pay for teachers based on advanced education and years of teaching experience, he said.
KTA PLAN WOULD STEM BRIDGE CONSTRUCTION
July 15, 1992
Douglas County Commissioners next Wednesday will study a proposal by the Kansas Turnpike Authority that would save building one bridge over the turnpike for the South Lawrence Trafficway. However, KTA’s idea calls for charging a quarter per trip for through traffic on the trafficway to use KTA’s bridge over the turnpike without using the turnpike.
WITH NEW CONTRACT
July 15, 1992
Members of the Lawrence Police Officers Assn. are “very disgruntled” after contract talks in which they feel the city did not bargain in good faith, an LPOA negotiator said. Tony Garcia, LPOA chair, told Lawrence city commissioners Tuesday that police are ready to “put the bitterness of the process behind us,” but were troubled by the city’s actions in negotiations.
EXCITEMENT IS BUILDING FOR DELEGATES
July 15, 1992
Getting Paul Tsongas’ autograph. Seeing, up close, dignitaries such as Jesse Jackson and former President Jimmy Carter. And sampling a real New York City pastrami sandwich.
COUNTY EMPLOYEE SUES OVER INJURY
July 15, 1992
A former Douglas County employee injured last year in a traffic accident while working on a county road has filed suit in District Court against the man who allegedly drove the vehicle that caused the injury and the company the driver worked for. Mylus O’Neal, Lawrence, filed the suit against Bobby G. Collins Jr., Baldwin, and Thomas R. Christian, doing business as Christian Construction Co. In the suit, O’Neal claimed he was raking asphalt on July 12, 1991, on County Road 1061 in eastern Douglas County when a truck driven by Collins struck the rake. O’Neal asserted that the force of the blow seriously injured his left arm and shoulder.
HOSPITAL REPORT
July 15, 1992
DISMISSALS Terrie Summers and baby girl, Lawrence.
BOARD TO RECEIVE RECOMMENDATIONS FOR NEW SCHOOLS
July 15, 1992
A Lawrence school committee’s recommendations for new secondary schools will be accompanied by two minority reports when they are presented to the Lawrence school board Thursday night. The board also is scheduled to receive facilities recommendations Thursday from an elementary school task force as well as approve the district’s 1992-93 budget for publication. The board will meet at 7 p.m. at the district’s Service Center, 3705 Clinton Pkwy.
OFFENSIVE FLIER PROMPTS COMPLAINT
July 15, 1992
A local woman contacted police Tuesday after a delivery driver gave her a racially offensive flier he said had been placed on his windshield in downtown Lawrence. Becky Price, the woman, said the driver told her that someone had placed the fliers on a number of cars parked near his truck in the 800 block of Massachusetts.
ON ROAD PROJECTS PROPOSED FOR CITY
July 15, 1992
Lawrence City Commissioner Bob Schumm prescribed “strong medicine” Tuesday to ensure that construction of portions of a circumferential loop around Lawrence won’t damage downtown. Schumm said he wants city and Douglas County commissioners to agree that pursuing funds for the Eastern Parkway should be their only priority if the first two lanes of the South Lawrence Trafficway are funded.
CONTROVERSIAL CLUB CLOSES ITS DOORS
July 15, 1992
A Lawrence club that has been the site of trouble in recent years closed its doors for the last time Sunday night, and today is auctioning off equipment until 8 p.m. Don and Jon Schmidt of DJ’s of Hays Inc., owners of the Power Plant, said they did not renew their lease on the building at 901 Miss. that has been their dance club for four years.
LMH TRUSTEES HEAR REPORT ON REVENUES
July 15, 1992
Lawrence Memorial Hospital did not meet anticipated revenues in June due to a drop in demand for inpatient and emergency services, Robert Ohlen, LMH executive director, told the LMH board of trustees at its meeting this morning. However, Ohlen said, the hospital’s net income for June of $225,000 actually exceeded budget requirements by $43,000 for the month, in part because of a Medicare payment dispute that was resolved.
OVERLOADED OUTLET BLAMED FOR FIRE
July 15, 1992
An overloaded electrical outlet is being blamed for a fire late Tuesday that heavily damaged a mobile home in south Lawrence. Firefighters were called at 11:42 p.m. Tuesday to the mobile home at Gaslight Village mobile home park, 1900 W. 31st. Firefighters reported that when they arrived, they saw flames inside the trailer.
VISION QUEST WAGON TRAIN TRIP LEADS YOUTH ON ROAD TO RECOVERY
July 15, 1992
The Vision Quest wagon train rolled Monday morning into McLouth for a two-day hiatus from traveling, setting up camp on the grounds of the annual steam engine show and threshing bee. The impressive entourage features 13 covered wagons, 90 mules and horses, buses, trucks, trailers, tepees, a chuckwagon, a plethora of equipment and 115 adults and teen-age boys.
S TAXI LICENSE
July 15, 1992
Lawrence city commissioners faced off Tuesday with the owner of A-1 City Cab and his attorney when they considered approving a taxicab license for the Lawrence Bus Company. David Berkowitz, attorney for A-1’s owner Paul Shackelford, said Shackelford deserved a public hearing to prove that Lawrence does not need another cab company.
CITY DENIES PROPERTY DOWNZONING
July 15, 1992
West Lawrence residents trying to block a proposed 56-unit apartment complex in their neighborhood reached the end of their rope Wednesday. Lawrence city commissioners turned down their request to change the zoning of the complex property, ending a months-long fight against the complex.
S STATS SHOW WOOD MAKES DIFFERENCE
July 15, 1992
There’s a difference between aluminum and wood beyond the fact that the former is now used in beer kegs and the latter used to be. Just ask David Meyer and Darryl Monroe.
EUDORA GEARS UP FOR FESTIVAL
July 15, 1992
Eudora’s annual CPA picnic is scheduled for Thursday through Saturday in the Eudora City Park. Although the Cattlemen Protective Assn. no longer works to prevent cattle theft, the group still sponsors the annual picnic, which has grown into a major celebration since its inception in 1904, according to Jerry Trober, a member of the CPA.
PRO-LIFE RESPONSE
July 15, 1992
To the editor: In her July 8 letter, a member of the pro-choice coalition made three allegations about my June 23 letter to which I would like to respond.
COTTONWOOD PUSHES FOR EXPANSION
July 15, 1992
With a growing client base and increasing demands for services, Cottonwood Inc. plans a major renovation and expansion of its operations in southwest Lawrence in the next 12 months. Cottonwood, which serves adult clients with developmental disabilities from Douglas and Jefferson counties, is awaiting final approval from the Douglas County Commission for $700,000 in Industrial Revenue Bonds for the project. Commissioners will address the IRBs issue next Wednesday following a public hearing. Commissioners are expected to approve the bonds.