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LOAN DEFAULTERS
March 2, 1992
It was 10 years ago that a number of disturbing chickens began to come home to roost in the federal student loan program, because of the tactics of some of the participants and the tendency of some of the borrowers to default on payments. One of the less noble ploys of schemers back in the early 1980s, often with the approval or even insistence of parents, was to obtain low-interest student loans and then invest that money at the higher interest rates fueled by inflation. They never even used that first dollar of the money for education, just for profit. Thus, a lot of young people who badly needed such funds to go to school, rather than for investment, were left begging because certain funds in some regions had dried up.
FORUM FOCUSES ON AREA SCHOOL ISSUES
March 2, 1992
About 120 teachers, parents and patrons broke into groups to brainstorm on school-related issues during a public forum Saturday at DeSoto Elementary School. As groups voiced their concerns, school administrators wrote down the topics on large sheets of paper. Some issues included the feasibility of year-round school or split schedules, overcrowding in the schools, the district’s ability to pass a bond issue, parent involvement, and the use of facilities, curriculum and equipment.
ROCK CHALK DONATION REACHES RECORD
March 2, 1992
The 42nd annual Rock Chalk Revue staged its final performance Saturday night, presenting awards to the most charitable teams and donating $50,000 to the Douglas County United Way. This year’s donation to the United Way was a record from the Kansas University event, said Jerry Kenefake, Rock Chalk business manager.
ROBBERY
March 2, 1992
Lawrence police said today they are continuing to investigate leads into Thursday’s armed robbery of a Lawrence savings and loan, but they have little new information. Police Lt. Larry Loveland said today that police were “still following up leads” in the robbery, which took place at Pioneer Savings & Loan Assn., 2301 Iowa. He said he did not know if police have identified or located any suspects.
POLICE INVESTIGATE BREAK-INROBBERY
March 2, 1992
Lawrence police are searching for at least one man who today reportedly broke into a local restaurant, robbed a man who was sleeping inside and took cash and other items from inside the establishment before escaping. Police reported that shortly after 3 a.m., a 69-year-old Lawrence man who was sleeping on a couch inside the office of the Plum Tree Restaurant, 2620 Iowa, was awakened by what he believed to be two men breaking into the restaurant.
WILFRED F. FUQUA
March 2, 1992
Memorial services will be held at a later date in Grand Junction, Colo., for Wilfred F. Fuqua, 93, McLouth. He died Sunday, March 1, 1992, at Jefferson County Memorial Hospital. The body was cremated. Mr. Fuqua was born Aug. 5, 1898, in Hazzard, Mo., the son of Herbert and Elizabeth Fuqua. He attended school in Port Huron, Mich., and married Edna K. Knapp on March 3, 1921, in Kansas City. She died in September 1990.
FLORENCE MERSMAN
March 2, 1992
Services for Florence Mersman, 74, Garnett, will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at St. Boniface Catholic Church in Scipio. Burial will be in St. Boniface Cemetery. Mrs. Mersman died Saturday, Feb. 29, 1992, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.
HELEN M. GREEN
March 2, 1992
Services for Helen M. Green, 68, St. Joseph, will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at St. Francis Baptist Temple in St. Joseph. Burial will be in Memorial Park Cemetery in St. Joseph. Mrs. Green died Sunday, March 1, 1992, at a Kansas City, Mo., hospital.
RETHA A. PARSONS
March 2, 1992
Graveside services for Retha Ann McMullen Parsons, 82, Lawrence, will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Vassar Cemetery in Vassar, with the Rev. Don Miller officiating. She died Sunday, March 1, 1992, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.
COURT AT ALLEN FIELDHOUSE TO BE REPLACED NEXT SEASON
March 2, 1992
Kansas University will get a new basketball court next season, and Larry Brown and R.C. Buford are buying former players a chunk of the old one. KU will announce tonight at its game against Oklahoma State that a permanent wood basketball court will be installed in Allen Fieldhouse in time for the 1992-93 season, assistant athletic director Doug Vance said this morning.
KU TO MAKE QUICK TURNAROUND
March 2, 1992
Fatigue can’t possibly be a factor when Kansas plays Oklahoma State in basketball tonight. But Wednesday night might be another story. Kansas goes into tonight’s game amply rested after a week-long break in its schedule. Less than 48 hours later, however, the Jayhawks must play at Iowa State.
RECORD-SETTING WARMTH LAUNCHES MONTH OF MARCH
March 2, 1992
March began in record fashion with Sunday’s high temperature breaking a 25-year-old standard. The mercury climbed to 79 degrees Sunday, eclipsing the former high of 78 degrees set in 1967.
ARREST BUOYS INDIANS, BUT QUESTIONS STILL REMAIN
March 2, 1992
An arrest in the 2-year-old Christopher Bread homicide case will be a relief to Native Americans in Lawrence concerned about race relations, a Haskell Indian Junior College instructor said today. Bread was found dead in March 2, 1990, in a ditch about a mile east of Lawrence on 15th Street. He became part of a controversy sparked by a series of Native American deaths.
DAY-CARE DILEMMA
March 2, 1992
Life for Doris Farrier and other parents who work in Eudora would be a lot easier if finding child care weren’t such a headache. Farrier, who works for M-Pact Corp., a plaster cast products company in Eudora’s Intech Business Park, is a member of a child-care committee at M-Pact that has been exploring options for making day care available for employees’ children.
COUNTY OKS 2 CONTRACTS FOR CENTER
March 2, 1992
The Douglas County Commission today approved two contracts relating to the regional juvenile detention center. The county approved a contract with the state Department of Social Rehabilitation Services that will provide 90 percent of the $1.5 million construction costs for the detention center. The county also approved a contract with Abend Singleton, a consulting firm that will design the center, for an estimated $97,473.
2-YEAR-OLD PROBE LEADS TO ARREST IN DEATH OF NATIVE AMERICAN
March 2, 1992
New information about the death of a local Native American man two years ago gave Douglas County authorities the break they needed to make an arrest Sunday, just hours before the statute of limitations on the crime would have expired. Douglas County sheriff’s officers arrested Marvin J. Schaal, 19, at his Lawrence home at 5:10 p.m. Sunday on a felony charge of aggravated vehicular homicide and a misdemeanor count of leaving the scene of an accident. The vehicular homicide was classified as “aggravated” because it is linked to another violation driving while intoxicated.
KANSAS COMPLETES SWEEP OF INDIANS
March 2, 1992
Kansas’ baseball players ran a series of wind sprints after Sunday’s 14-1 rout of Southeast Missouri State at Hoglund-Maupin Stadium. It may have been the only time the Jayhawks broke a sweat all weekend.
LAWMAKERS GIVE UPDATE ON ISSUES
March 2, 1992
The issue of school finance dominated the discussion during a meeting with legislators Saturday at Jim-N-I’s Restaurant in Baldwin. About 25 people met at 7:30 a.m. for coffee and an update from area lawmakers on various issues facing the Kansas Legislature this session. Legislators attending were Sen. Dave Webb, R-Stilwell; Rep. Walker Hendrix, R-Ottawa; and Rep. John Solbach, D-Lawrence.
92 VOTE
March 2, 1992
Kansas University students don’t have to wait until the fall to support their favorite presidential and local candidates. Nor do they have to leave campus. The Young Democrats and College Republicans, two student organizations that enable students to take an active role in campaigning for their favorite candidates, are holding organizational meetings to prepare for the November general election.
HOSPITAL REPORT
March 2, 1992
DISMISSALS Baby boy Holladay, Lawrence; Lynette Shuck and baby girl, Baldwin; Lena Scruggs and baby girl, Baldwin; and Norma Goodrick and baby boy, Meriden.
RURAL LIMESTONE HOUSE ADDED TO NATIONAL HISTORIC REGISTER
March 2, 1992
A limestone Italian Villa style house built north of Lawrence in the 1860s has been added to the National Register of Historical Places. The Grant Township house, which later was the home of a prominent Lawrence cigar manufacturer, was accepted for the national register in January. Known as the Vermilya-Boener House, the structure now is owned by Lawrence attorney Lance Burr and is on Douglas County Road 1900N, about a mile north of U.S. Highway 24 and west of U.S. Highway 59.
GROUPS TAKE UP ADOPT-A-PARK CHALLENGE
March 2, 1992
In less than three weeks, the Lawrence Parks and Recreation Department has lined up about 20 local groups to help beautify city parks and public areas under its new “Adopt-A-Park” program. “I think it’s a great turnout,” said Fred DeVictor, director of the department. “I’m very delighted we’d have this much interest in volunteering.
RECORDING HISTORY
March 2, 1992
By JOHN TAYLOR Associate News Editor A century ago, when he published his first edition of the Lawrence Daily World, W.C. Simons couldn’t have imagined scores of photographers assisting him with his newspaper.
FOR THE RECORD
March 2, 1992
Law enforcement report Burglaries and thefts reported
S AWARDS TIME
March 2, 1992
With one week remaining in the Big Eight basketball’s regular season, the envelope, please… All-Southpaw Team Rex Walters, Kansas; Anthony Peeler, Missouri; Julius Michalik, Iowa State; Randy Robinson, Colorado; James Hunter, Colorado.
FAST CLIPPERS
March 2, 1992
After spending about 3,000 hours clipping, sorting and stamping coupons last year for Douglas County Senior Services, Kenneth and Cecil Herschell know when to call it quits occasionally. “Here awhile back I got to a place where I slowed up. I was seeing them in my sleep,” said Mr. Herschell while clipping some (what else?) coupons. “Then I cut off a few days, and I haven’t had it happen since.”