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MAIL WOES
March 12, 1992
Could some better advance planning have prevented some of the problems currently being experienced by the Lawrence post office? Lawrence Postmaster Bill Reynolds said Tuesday that postal workers had almost caught up with a five-day backlog of bulk mail. The backlog was created by changes in local mail routes that were designed to prepare the local post office for full automation by 1995. The main result most mail patrons have noticed, however, is slower, less efficient mail delivery.
SUCCESSFUL SEASON
March 12, 1992
It’s been a stellar year for the Kansas University basketball team, and local fans hope the Jayhawks will continue their winning ways in this weekend’s Big Eight tournament. Regardless of the tournament’s outcome, however, the Jayhawks and their supporters have many reasons to be proud.
SOCCER SUPPORT
March 12, 1992
To the editor: As a firm supporter of Lawrence High School athletics across the board, I write to voice my concern about the future of the soccer program. Lawrence has had recreational youth soccer for more than 10 years, serving thousands of local youngsters. We have also had varsity soccer in the high school for several years now and have passed the initial hurdle of establishing a presence in the conference and the region. Shaun Trenholm has retired after several years of faithful service as head coach, so the LHS soccer program is at a critical juncture.
KU EMPLOYEE SEEKS SEAT IN LEGISLATURE
March 12, 1992
Citing the need for “more vigorous” leadership in the Kansas Legislature, a Kansas University classified employee announced today she will seek the Republican nomination for the Kansas House 46th District seat. Neva Entrikin, office supervisor for KU’s Spencer Art Museum and a member of the Kansas Public Employees Retirement System’s board of trustees, today picked up forms from the Douglas County clerk’s office to begin gathering signatures to file by petition.
LEAVENWORTH COUNTY OFFICIALS OK WASTE MANAGEMENT PLAN
March 12, 1992
The Leavenworth County Commission approved a countywide solid waste management plan following a public hearing Wednesday 20 years after the Kansas Department of Health and Environment asked counties to do so. A 19-member committee has met since October to research options for solid waste management and formulate the plan, which was needed to meet KDHE and Environmental Protection Agency requirements.
KU FUND HONORS ENGINEERING GRAD
March 12, 1992
Nancy Lindsey Helmstadter of Lawrence has committed $250,000 for a scholarship fund to benefit Kansas University engineering students and to honor her father, Adrian Lindsey, a 1919 KU engineering graduate. The commitment to the KU Endowment Association is being developed through life insurance and will establish the Adrian H. Lindsey Memorial Scholarship Fund, KU officials said this morning. While at KU, Lindsey was a member of the football, basketball and baseball teams. He served as captain of the 1916 football squad.
MILD WINTER CAUSES FEES TO TAKE FALL
March 12, 1992
As Lawrence residents clean up on cheap natural gas bills during the warm winter, the decrease in gas company revenues could cause the city to take a bath for $40,000, said Ed Mullins, city finance director. As natural gas bills have dropped this winter, so has the cut the city takes in revenues from Kansas Public Service. The cut is called a “franchise fee.”
ELAINE ALDEN
March 12, 1992
Services for Elaine Johnson Alden, 67, Lawrence, will be at 10 a.m. Monday at Warren-McElwain Mortuary with the Rev. Jonathan Knight officiating. Burial will be in the Highland Park Cemetery in Kansas City, Kan. Mrs. Alden died Wednesday, March 11, 1992, at Shawnee Mission Medical Center.
SHAW SERVICES
March 12, 1992
Memorial services for Helen E. Shaw, 93, Lawrence, will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at the Lawrence Presbyterian Manor Chapel with the Rev. Ron Goodman officiating. Cremation is planned. Ms. Shaw died Tuesday, March 10, 1992, at Lawrence Presbyterian Manor.
MILDRED C. ROSS
March 12, 1992
Graveside services for Mildred Christine Ross, 88, Baldwin, will be 11 a.m. Friday at Worden Cemetery in southwest Douglas County. The Rev. Kirby C. Hayes will officiate. Mrs. Ross died Tuesday, March 10, 1992, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.
NCAA PANEL TO CONSIDER REFORMS
March 12, 1992
The NCAA, under pressure from the Kansas Legislature, has promised to form a special committee to study its penalty system and seek reforms to protect innocent athletes and educational programs, Sen. Wint Winter Jr., R-Lawrence, said today. The negotiated compromise, likely to be adopted by the House Federal and State Affairs Committee, means a bill sponsored by Winter to impose reforms on the National Collegiate Athletic Assn. would be shelved until at least the 1993 session.
PARADE MARSHAL BOASTS EXPERIENCE
March 12, 1992
The grand marshal of the fifth annual Lawrence St. Patrick’s Day Parade next week will bring firsthand experience about Ireland to the job. “I’ve kissed the Blarney Stone in Ireland, so I should be ready,” said Don McDow, who this week was named grand marshal.
HEALTH CARE HASSLE
March 12, 1992
To the editor: It happened again yesterday. I received a notice from the insurance company denying to pay the hospital for laboratory work my doctor had prescribed for me. The insurance company’s computer form stated “Your contract was not in effect for the date(s) of service submitted, therefore benefits are not available (E240).”
ALL-SUNFLOWER HAS TWO LIONS
March 12, 1992
Lawrence High’s Michael Cosey and Maurice Trotter have been named to the all-Sunflower League boys basketball team. Two other Lawrence players Brandon Hamm and Jeff Miller received honorable mention.
LOCAL OFFICIALS LIKE SCHOOL FINANCE PLAN
March 12, 1992
Several local school officials this morning gave high marks to a school finance plan passed by the Kansas House, saying the plan lowers the tax burden on property owners and leaves local school boards with funding options. “In my opinion, the plan does a lot of things for us, both statewide and in Lawrence,” School Supt. Dan Neuenswander said. “It provides equity in effort on the part of the taxpayers across the state, and it provides ample provisions for local options.”
DETENTION CENTER DIRECTOR
March 12, 1992
Two candidates still are in the running for the director’s job for the new regional juvenile detention center in Douglas County. The county commission Wednesday eliminated one candidate from consideration. Commission Chairman Mark Buhler said the commission will check the references of the two candidates and make a job offer within the next two weeks.
SKINS
March 12, 1992
If the Fates were kind in smiling on Lawrence High’s girls basketball team on Friday, they certainly changed their expression on Wednesday. On Friday, the second-ranked Lions upset top-ranked and previously undefeated Olathe South for their first trip to state in seven years.
TRAFFICWAY PLAN GOES BACK TO STATE
March 12, 1992
Douglas County commissioners agreed Wednesday night to ask state officials to reconsider a decision about how the South Lawrence Trafficway will connect with the Kansas Turnpike west of Lawrence. County commissioners, faced with complaints from area residents, will ask the Kansas Department of Transportation to reconsider its decision about how the trafficway connects with the Kansas Turnpike and Douglas County Road 438, also known as the Farmers’ Turnpike.
RECESSION CITED AS REASON BEHIND PET ABANDONMENT
March 12, 1992
The bond between people and their pets may have become yet another victim of the recession, the manager of the Lawrence Humane Society shelter says. In January and February this year, the shelter, 1805 E. 19th, has taken in about 30 percent more dogs than it did during the first two months of 1991, said Roma Tesch, who manages the shelter.
HOOPSTERS
March 12, 1992
Basketball junkies have moved outdoors this winter. Unusually mild weather has drawn players to courts throughout Lawrence for some leisurely slamming, jamming, practicing sometimes-lazy defense and always disputing the score. Although the nice weather has meant a decline in action inside local community centers, Ernie Shaw, superintendent of facilities and maintenance for the Lawrence Parks and Recreation Department, doesn’t seem to mind.
HOSPITAL REPORT
March 12, 1992
ADMISSIONS Mary Blessington, Overbrook.
S WILLIAMS DESERVES AWARD
March 12, 1992
Sports items and comments… ITEM: Roy Williams has been tabbed the Big Eight’s coach of the year.
FOR THE RECORD
March 12, 1992
Law enforcement report Burglaries and thefts reported
RIGHTS GROUP LOOKS AT CAMPUS TENSIONS
March 12, 1992
Fans at a Kansas State University basketball game chanted the name “Buckwheat,” which had racial overtones toward players from a visiting team. A Kansas University student found a note on her door that read, “Hello again JAP (Jewish American Princess), I want to kill you and make your skin into a lamp shade.”
WORKER SAYS WOES CONTINUING AT POST OFFICE
March 12, 1992
A postal employee said today that mail is stacking up at the local post office. And compounding the problem, some clerks called in sick today. Lawrence Postmaster Bill Reynolds this morning confirmed that “we have had some illness.” Asked whether he thought employees were calling in sick as a way to protest recent changes in their workload and delivery procedures, Reynolds said, “I don’t have any indication that that would be the case.” Reynolds would not discuss how many employees called in sick today.
NORTON KNOCKS EUDORA GIRLS OUT OF 3A TOURNAMENT
March 12, 1992
That the Eudora High girls’ first trip to the state basketball tournament ended in a first-round loss Wednesday was bad enough. That the Cardinals squandered a nine-point second-quarter lead made their 40-35 loss to Norton in the Class 3A tournament at the Hutchinson Sports Arena even worse.
March 12, 1992
Evidence is strong that a lot of spies aren’t ready, willing or able to recognize that the Cold War is about to die, if it hasn’t already. Some of the so-called experts in espionage for nations such as the United States and the former Soviet Union may simply be trying to save their jobs. After all, where does a one-time spy fit into today’s picture, unless it’s to steal secrets for industry? At any rate, U.S. and former Soviet officials say each continues to spy on the other. Perhaps the data to be gained is different, and economic rather than military secrets are the quarry. But as one analyst said, “Old habits like this die hard, and there are some people who just refuse to give up a lifestyle they have come to enjoy to the hilt.”