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DETENTION CENTER CONCERN
June 10, 1992
To the editor: Residents of East Lawrence and customers of the Livestock Sale Barn were not surprised by the Journal-World headline on June 4 announcing that the sale barn site is being considered as one of the prime locations of the juvenile detention center. Mr. Barnett, owner of the sale barn, has been free with information that his land is for sale for this purpose for months. Residents should also be aware that several of the other proposed sites are in or border on (surprise!) East Lawrence. One wonders what it is that our county commissioners are trying to save us from by keeping this information secret perhaps from organizing to resist something that nobody wants?
WILDCARE MOVES OUT OF KU OFFICE
June 10, 1992
Area residents should continue to notify the Kansas University animal rehabilitation program of sick or injured wildlife during its transition to an independent organization, the program’s director said today. WILDCARE, which will break ties with the university next Wednesday, has pledged to staff the program’s office in Malott Hall from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. to receive requests for information or animal care.
FOR THE RECORD
June 10, 1992
Law enforcement report Burglaries and thefts reported
TONGANOXIE PLANS WEEKEND FESTIVAL
June 10, 1992
Tonganoxie Days, the first of many summer festivals scheduled in Lawrence-area towns, will get under way Saturday at the Leavenworth County Fairgrounds in Tonganoxie. The Friends of the Tonganoxie Library is sponsoring a fun run starting at 8 a.m. The race will feature 10-kilometer and 5-kilometer runs, a 5-kilometer walk and a “tot trot.”
EX-COMMISSIONER SEEKS POST AGAIN
June 10, 1992
A former Douglas County Commissioner today filed for the 3rd District commission seat he once held. I.J. Stoneback, Rt. 6, Lawrence, paid the $150 filing fee to run as a Democrat. He will oppose Louie McElhaney, a Republican who defeated him for the seat in 1988. Stoneback served as county commissioner from 1973 to 1977.
STARTING SALARIES LOW
June 10, 1992
A look at teacher salaries throughout the state shows that while the Lawrence school district does a good job of compensating its seasoned teachers, the starting salary in Lawrence is relatively low. Lawrence School Supt. Dan Neuenswander said that among the 304 school districts in the state, Lawrence ranks 242nd with its base salary of $17,924, which provides a starting teacher salary of $19,358.
REPUBLICAN FILES FOR COUNTY SEAT
June 10, 1992
A Lawrence Republican on Tuesday officially entered the race for the 2nd District Douglas County Commission by filing a petition with 169 signatures with the county clerk’s office. Paul Shivel, 60, filed for the seat being vacated by Mike Amyx, D-Lawrence.
NEARLY 1 INCH OF RAIN FALLS ON CITY OVERNIGHT
June 10, 1992
Overnight showers dumped 0.85 of an inch of rain on Lawrence as June continues to live up to its billing as the wettest month of the year. The rainfall brought Lawrence’s total for the month to 2.02 inches of precipitation and a total of 13.77 inches of moisture for the year. June’s average rainfall is 5.49 inches. The year-to-date norm through the end of the month is 17.84 inches.
LAWSUIT AGAINST QUAKER OATS SETTLED
June 10, 1992
An out-of-court settlement has been reached in a case in which a Douglas County woman sued a Lawrence company that hired her and then discharged her before she actually went to work. In the settlement, Quaker Oats Co., an international corporation that operates an office at 727 N. Iowa, agreed to reinstate Cheryl A. Roberts to the position of process operator. The company will pay Roberts $5,862 as back wages and granted her seniority credit from March 9, her initial hire date.
WALKS, ERRORS HARMFUL AS OTTAWA TIPS OUTLAWS
June 10, 1992
There is an old adage that pitching and defense win baseball games. The Lawrence Outlaws would have a hard time arguing after their 6-5 loss to Ottawa on Tuesday night at Ice Field.
ELLEN P. GENTRY
June 10, 1992
Graveside services for Ellen Putnam Gentry, 73, Lawrence, will be 11 a.m. Friday at Oak Hill Cemetery with the Rev. Tom Folds officiating. Mrs. Gentry died Tuesday, June 9, 1992, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.
MCLOUTH ELEMENTARY TO BE AIR-CONDITIONED
June 10, 1992
McLouth Elementary School children will find it’s cool to return to school this fall. The McLouth School Board Tuesday approved a bid from Universal Mechanical & Electrical Inc., a Topeka company, to install an air-conditioning system in the grade school, according to Supt. Robert Behrens.
S HUTCHENS SHARES LEAD IN KC GOLF
June 10, 1992
Suzanne Hutchens of Lawrence was tied for first place going into today’s final 18 holes of the Kansas City Women’s Golf Assn. tournament. Hutchens fired an 82 on Tuesday at Meadowbrook Country Club to go with her 83 on Monday and shared the top spot with Jennifer Mantz at 165. Levon Devers was two strokes back in third place at 167.
HASKELL SUMMER ENROLLMENT GROWS
June 10, 1992
The growth in summer school enrollment at Haskell Indian Junior College not only affirms the strength of the 3-year-old program, but also lends a hand to students completing their degrees at a faster pace, a Haskell spokeswoman said Tuesday. “It does help expedite their degree requirements,” said Hannes Combest, an assistant to Haskell President Bob Martin.
T MOVE MURDER TRIAL
June 10, 1992
A trial scheduled to begin Monday in Douglas County District Court in the beating death of a 23-month-old Lawrence boy will not be moved to another city. Douglas County District Judge Mike Malone today denied a motion for a change of venue filed by the attorney for Donald E. Bruce, 29, Lawrence, who is charged with first-degree murder and a felony count of child abuse stemming from the death of Eric Brewer.
OFFICER FALLS ASLEEP, TOTALS PATROL CAR
June 10, 1992
Lawrence police will have one less patrol car cruising the streets of Lawrence today after an officer apparently fell asleep at the wheel and hit a utility pole early this morning. The accident, the third involving a police car in a little more than a month, occurred when officer James M. Schneider fell asleep and his car hit a utility pole near Fifth Street while heading east on Locust Street about 6:30 a.m. today, Sgt. Mark Warren said.
CANCER CHARITY
June 10, 1992
If the Cancer Fund of America asks you to donate funds, be wary, warns a local hospice organization and Atty. Gen. Bob Stephan. The organization is not the same as the American Cancer Society, which is starting its local fund drive this month.
COUPLE GIVE TO GEOPHYSICS SCHOLARSHIP FUND AT KU
June 10, 1992
Richard M. and Barbara Werbe Meek of Sugar Land, Tex., have committed to a series of gifts for geophysics scholarships at Kansas University. Gifts to date have qualified for matching grants from the Exxon Education Foundation and, subject to the availability and level of future matching grants, the gifts and grants could total $100,000 in support of the James and Rowena Peoples Scholarship in Geophysics Fund at the KU Endowment Association.
JOHN H. HUTTON
June 10, 1992
John H. Hutton, 84, Garden City, died Tuesday, June 9, 1992, at his home in Garden City. His body is being donated to the Kansas University Medical Center, Kansas City, Kan., and no services are planned. Mr. Hutton was born June 19, 1907, in Indianapolis to William W. and Marietta May Hutton.
MEDIATOR TALKS TO OFFICERSCITY
June 10, 1992
Negotiators for the city and the Lawrence Police Officers Assn. met separately with a federal mediator this morning to outline their positions on a new work agreement for police. Buford Thompson, a mediator from the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Commission, Kansas City, Mo., met with the six members of the city’s negotiating team for about an hour.
CITY TURNS DOWN 9TH STREET REQUEST
June 10, 1992
A bucket of paint and a little less concrete for a few hundred feet. Hillcrest neighborhood residents said Tuesday the changes they propose to Ninth Street boiled down to those two items. But Lawrence city commissioners put up a roadblock.
DISTRICT, TEACHERS EDGE CLOSER ON SALARY FIGURES
June 10, 1992
Representatives of the Lawrence school board and the Lawrence Education Assn. remained divided on the issue of teacher salaries after more than three hours of negotiations Tuesday night. The board negotiating team proposed a 6.37 percent increase in the amount of money put into teacher salaries and fringe benefits, and the LEA team proposed a 13.75 percent increase in the amount of money spent in those areas.
GOP PRIMARY SET IN COMMISSION RACE
June 10, 1992
A Democratic candidate for Douglas County Commission emerged, but there were no other surprises today as the deadline fell at noon for candidates to file for county offices. As a result, there will be only one primary for Douglas County’s courthouse positions a two-way Republican battle for the 2nd District commission seat being vacated by Democrat Mike Amyx.
ENVIRONMENTAL RECORD
June 10, 1992
To the editor: The Journal-World editorial of June 4 accuses Prof. Luckey and myself of imbalanced views and of talking about things that have not happened yet. We merely answered the good questions of your reporter, questions far more sophisticated than this editorial. We offered facts aplenty to buttress our views. The editorial offers not a single fact about anything we addressed.
WATER IN 8 HOMES TESTS HIGH FOR LEAD
June 10, 1992
Samples of tap water recently taken from eight Lawrence homes contain levels of lead higher than federal limits, said Roger Coffey, the city’s director of utilities. Results from the Kansas Department of Health and Environment reveal that samples from eight of 60 homes tested showed lead levels over 15 parts per billion, a new federal standard.
COMMITTEE SEEKS PLAN TO STREAMLINE FEDERAL STUDENT AID
June 10, 1992
Congress is expected to simplify the application process for college students requesting federal financial aid and expand a loan program serving 4 million students, the chair of a congressional advisory committee said Tuesday. “You can imagine the level of the bureaucracy with this kind of government aid,” said Stanley Koplik, chair of the Advisory Committee on Student Financial Assistance.
KC BAKERY OWNER RUNS IN 3RD DISTRICT
June 10, 1992
Gary Adams says he entered the Republican primary for the 3rd Congressional District seat because he’s worried about the world his 2-year-old son will inherit. “I think it’s real frightening,” Adams said. “I think we’re headed for a two-class the have and the have-not society… . The haves live very well and the have-nots look on with resentment.”
EX-BAKER LEADER SEEKS COUNTY SEAT
June 10, 1992
Ralph M. Tanner, the retired president of Baker University, today filed for the 2nd District seat on the Douglas County Commission. Tanner, a Baldwin Republican, filed a petition with 171 signatures. He is running for the seat being vacated by Mike Amyx, D-Lawrence.
S CRIME STATISTICS
June 10, 1992
A crack house that was operating in Lawrence during the first three months of this year is being blamed for an increase in burglaries that stoked a 9.1 percent rise in the city’s crime rate. According to crime statistics released Tuesday by the Kansas Bureau of Investigation, the number of reported Part I crimes in Lawrence rose from 1,029 in the last quarter of 1991 to 1,123 during the first quarter of this year. Part I crimes are murder, rape, robbery, aggravated assault, burglary, theft and motor vehicle theft.
COURSE FINANCING PROSPECTS TROUBLE CITY
June 10, 1992
Lawrence city commissioners gave golf course developer Jeff Gazaway eight weeks to produce some proof of finacing for a course he is planning east of Lawrence or else? “Obviously, I can build this course whenever I want to,” Gazaway said. “And you guys can elect to build a city course, and that’s the way it is.”
SCHOOL SPENDING
June 10, 1992
It now appears almost certain that the Lawrence school district will be adding a local property tax to the 32-mill levy that will be collected by the state to support public schools. The local district estimates that the funding it will receive from the state levy will allow it to increase its spending by $1,052,400 for next year. On Monday, school board members went through a list of recommended spending increases, approving almost every item. They agreed to a total of $1,046,650 in additional spending for next year, only $6,000 short of the entire amount of the expected state increase.
INVESTIGATION QUESTIONS
June 10, 1992
To the editor: I am writing on behalf of the Freedom Coalition to express our concern about the results of a recent trial of Marvin Schaal. Affiliated with the Lawrence Alliance, the coalition is a local organization working for civil rights for lesbians, gays and bisexuals.
KU FOOTBALL CAMP ENROLLMENT BUCKS BIG EIGHT TREND
June 10, 1992
Enrollment declines are the norm around the Big Eight, but Glen Mason’s Kansas football camp is a bull in a bear market. Missouri cancelled its camp this week for lack of interest. Numbers are down at Colorado and Iowa State. Kansas State and Nebraska are hoping to sign as many campers as they had last year.
TOUR KICKS OFF CONSERVATION PROGRAM
June 10, 1992
About 80 farmers, government employees and area residents on Tuesday visited farms in and around Douglas County to kick off the Soil Conservation Service’s first Neighbor-to-Neighbor program. The daylong excursion highlighted 12 farmers and eight conservation practices. Farmers explained the conservation method they use and answered questions from the crowd.
HOSPITAL REPORT
June 10, 1992
DISMISSALS Tina Robbins and baby girl, Lawrence.
BUSINESSMAN SEEKS COMMISSION SEAT
June 10, 1992
James I. Chappell filed Tuesday as a Democratic candidate for the 2nd District Douglas County Commission seat, which is being vacated by Mike Amyx. Chappell, a Lawrence attorney and businessman, paid the $362.75 filing fee.
WALTERS POSES FOR PLAYBOY PHOTO
June 10, 1992
Modeling for Playboy Magazine isn’t always risque business. But the parents of Kansas basketball guard Rex Walters weren’t so sure after their son was invited to last week’s preseason All-America photo shoot in Chicago.
ARNOLD KUHLMANN
June 10, 1992
Graveside services with military honors for Arnold Kuhlmann, 75, Port St. Joe, Fla., will be at 2 p.m. Thursday near Roper, Kan. Mr. Kuhlmann died Friday in Port St. Joe. He was born Feb. 22, 1917, in Smith County, Kan. He graduated from Fort Hays State College and the University of Missouri School of Law.
KANSAS GOLFER QUALIFIES
June 10, 1992
Kansas golfer Matt Gogel has qualified for next week’s U.S. Open at Pebble Beach. Gogel, a KU junior-to-be from Tulsa, Okla., qualified Tuesday at Farmington Country Club in suburban Memphis, Tenn. Gogel shot 69-71140. That was the cutoff score. He and three other entrants won extra-hole playoffs.
S TUXEDO HEADED FOR HALL
June 10, 1992
The College Football Hall of Fame in Kings Island, Ohio, already has the game ball from KU’s 1991 season-ending win over Missouri. That’s the pigskin Tony Sands lugged 58 times for 396 yards, both NCAA records.
COMMERCIAL REALTY ACTIVITY REVIVES
June 10, 1992
As the economy gathers steam this year, Lawrence could see a revival in commercial construction, which has been flat since the late 1980s, a local business official says. “I think this year we have more potential for projects coming on line than we have for several years,” said Gary Toebben, president of the Lawrence Chamber of Commerce.