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SPEAKER GIVES LAWRENCE FACULTY PEP TALK
August 20, 1996
A college professor spoke words of encouragement to Lawrence teachers, a day before classes get under way.
KU FILLS HONORS, STUDY ABROAD SLOTS
August 20, 1996
KU hired two women to fill top vacancies in the honors and study abroad programs.
POLICE FOLLOW LEADS IN MURDER
August 20, 1996
More than 60 leads are being pursued by police in their investigation into the shooting death last week of a Topeka man.
LECOMPTON COUNCIL REVIEWS DRAINAGE WOES
August 20, 1996
Drainage problems are causing more than water levels to rise in Lecompton. The addition of more ditches for better drainage during periods of heavy rain is something that may be inevitable considering that the water flow problem is more than 20 years old in Lecompton, city council members said at their meeting Monday.
T TOO ANXIOUS
August 20, 1996
New KU students said they weren’t too worried about not knowing many people or studying for classes.
JO ANN WARD
August 20, 1996
Services for Jo Ann Ward, 73, Lawrence, will be at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Warren-McElwain Mortuary. Burial will be in Hardy Oak Cemetery in Jefferson County. Mrs. Ward died Monday, Aug. 19, 1996, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.
TOPEKA BANK HAS INTEREST RATE OFFER
August 20, 1996
A 1-year-old Topeka bank is paying between 4 percent and 5 percent on savings accounts, almost 2 percent higher than any bank in the area. “We’re a new bank with a new perspective,” said Kent McKinney, president of Community National Bank, 5431 SW 29th.
S RULING PUTS ALLOWS PROSECUTORS TO USE A KEY PIECE OF EVIDENCE IN THE TRIAL OF MARCUS F. KNIGHT.
August 20, 1996
A Topeka man accused of shooting at a carload of Lawrence residents in May testified Monday that he was intoxicated and was forced to give a statement that incriminated himself. A judge disagreed.
RAINY WEATHER CONTINUES ACROSS REGION
August 20, 1996
A line of thunderstorms moving through the area on Monday night had more bark than bite. The storms, which were expected to produce two hours of heavy rain and wind gusts of up to 35 mph, dropped .37 inches of rain on Lawrence by 11:30 p.m., said National Weather Service meteorologist Kyle Weisser.
KANSAS PUTS 3 IN CFL
August 20, 1996
Three former Kansas University football players are currently competing in the Canadian Football League — linebacker Willie Pless with Edmonton, halfback Robert Mimbs with Saskatchewan and offensive tackle Chris Perez with Toronto. The 5-foot-11, 210-pound Pless is the CFL’s career tackles leader with 838. He has averaged 5.58 tackles per game since joining the league. The 11-year CFL veteran is in his sixth year with the Eskimos.
BEERS TO RETURN FOR TRIAL
August 20, 1996
A three-time jail escapee is on his way back to Lawrence.
BALDWIN WILL HAVE TO SWALLOW STORM WATER DRAINAGE COSTS
August 20, 1996
The news culverts will improve storm water drainage.
POLICE INVESTIGATE ATTEMPTED ROBBERY
August 20, 1996
Lawrence police late Monday night were investigating an attempted robbery at an East Lawrence coin-operated laundry. Police were called to the Laundry Center at 19th and Haskell about 10:55 p.m., where two men attempted to rob two people who were inside the business cleaning, police said.
LONGTIME GOP SUPPORTER LOSES CONTEST BY COIN FLIP
August 20, 1996
Political fortunes can rise and fall on pure luck. That truism was illustrated Monday morning with a tie-breaking coin toss, which ended Bernice Todd’s long-time reign as Republican committeewoman in her East Lawrence precinct.
FRANGOULIS TAKES OVER AT BAKER
August 20, 1996
John Frangoulis can see evidence of Baker University’s glorious football past at every turn. Baker’s stadium is named for Emil Liston, a 21-year BU football coach and the founder of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics.
LAW ENFORCEMENT REPORT
August 20, 1996
Police reports * A 1991 Acura Integra was dented and keyed causing $3,000 in damage, police reported. The vandalism occurred between 10:45 p.m. and 11:15 p.m. Thursday in the 2100 block of West 29th Terrace, police reported.
SOUND OFF
August 20, 1996
Near the new Prairie Park Addition that’s just west of E. 1600 Road there are big drainage tubes. It looks as if they’re going to send their stormwater into the county ditches, which would flood all the farmland below there. Who authorized this? Lawrence City Engineer Terese Gorman said the road in question, also known as O’Connell Youth Ranch Road, is partly in the city and partly in the county.
MINNIE H. FEAGANS
August 20, 1996
There are no services for Minnie H. Feagans, 97, Tonganoxie. The family will receive friends from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Quisenberry Funeral Home, Tonganoxie. Burial will be in Highland Cemetery, Junction City. Mrs. Feagans died Monday, Aug. 19, 1996, at Providence Medical Center, Kansas City, Kan.
MUSEUM EXTENDS HOURS FOR CIVIL WAR DAYS
August 20, 1996
The Watkins Community Museum of History will be open evenings today and Wednesday as part of Civil War Days this week. The museum will be open from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. The museum closes at 4 p.m. It will reopen during the evening hours today and Wednesday.
COUNTY DELAYS VOTE ON 911 FEE INCREASE
August 20, 1996
Douglas County telephone customers will have to wait a week to find out whether they will pay 25 cents more per month for emergency 911 service. On Monday county commissioners deferred a decision on a request to increase the E911 tax from 50 cents to 75 cents. Sheriff Loren Anderson and Ambulance Director Ted McFarlane told commissioners the money would be used to buy new equipment or retire debt.
OTTAWA RESIDENT WINS $10,000 PRIZE
August 20, 1996
Peggy Lear knows what “scratch and win” means. The Ottawa resident won a $10,000 prize Saturday on the Kansas Lottery’s new Wild Bingo game.
SLT SOUND OFF
August 20, 1996
Why was the bridge built over Iowa for the South Lawrence Trafficway, even though the route for the eastern leg hasn’t been decided? “That was part of the contract,” said John Pasley, Douglas County’s trafficway project manager. “It can be used if we go on 31st Street, 38th Street or even south of the Wakarusa River.”
GOP WILL MEND ITSELF IN FALL, PARTY LEADERS SAY THE CONSERVATIVE-MODERATE SPLIT IN THE REPUBLICAN PARTY WILL FADE AS FALL ELECTION NEARS, GOP LEADERS SAY.
August 20, 1996
Moderates picked up some seats, but control of Republican Party precinct posts in Douglas County remained with conservatives. Party leaders have decided to take a “silence is golden” stand — they aren’t saying how many of the 126 precinct seats are still in the hands of conservatives. There were primary races contested Aug. 6 for 69 of those seats.
FANTASYLAND SHIFTS TO ANTIQUES
August 20, 1996
A Lawrence native shows off her love for antiques in the new antique mall.
LHS VOLLEYBALL DRAWS 43
August 20, 1996
Setter Heidi Kerbel and outside hitter Sarah LeGresley, returning letter-winners from Lawrence High’s unbeaten state championship volleyball team last year, headline this season’s squad, which opened practice on Monday. Forty-three players, including five seniors, reported the first day. The varsity-junior varsity squads will be trimmed to 18 players later this week. The two sophomore teams will be cut to 14 to 18 players.
KANSAS GOP USES CONVENTION TO MEND RIFTS
August 20, 1996
Republican leaders say last week’s GOP National Convention provided the tonic to help heal the party’s divisiveness.
S CRIMES HAVE TOPEKA CONNECTIONS
August 20, 1996
Half of the last six murders in Lawrence have involved Topekans.
SOUND OFF
August 20, 1996
What is the address for “The Rosie O’Donnell Show”? Write to Rosie O’Donnell at 30 Rockefeller Plaza, Suite 800 E, New York, N.Y. 10112.
INSURANCE MAY DICTATE PHARMACIST CHOICE
August 20, 1996
Where you obtain your medications and what pharmacist you use is one of the most important decisions you’ll make for yourself and your family.
KAUTSCH TO RESIGN POST AS KU DEAN
August 20, 1996
KU’s journalism dean is stepping down after the 1996-97 academic year.
VANN WAITS HIS TURN
August 20, 1996
When first we saw Eric Vann, he was scampering 15 yards for a touchdown the first time he touched the football. When last we checked in with Vann, he was going 67 yards for a TD against UCLA in the Aloha Bowl.
SOUND OFF
August 20, 1996
Is there a central telephone number to have your name and telephone number removed from lists for telephone solicitations? And how do you keep your name off such lists? Send a letter requesting removal to Direct Marketing Assn., P.O. Box 9014 Farmingdale, N.Y. 11735-9014. Include your name, address and telephone number on the request.
LHS FOOTBALL GETS UNDER WAY
August 20, 1996
Temperatures in the low 90s and high humidity greeted Lawrence High’s football players on Monday, their first day of two-a-day practices. Cooler temperatures in recent weeks likely didn’t help players make the transition to two-a-days.
HOSPITAL REPORT
August 20, 1996
Births Jerry and Stacey Dressler, Baldwin, a girl, Friday.