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WILLEY SERVICES
January 3, 1996
Services for Elden Elbert Willey, 69, Lawrence, will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home with the Rev. Richard Todd officiating. Private burial will be in Memorial Park Cemetery. Mr. Willey died Monday, Jan. 1, 1996, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.
SHUTDOWN LOCAL
January 3, 1996
A note taped to the door on the state’s Lawrence Job Service Center, 833 Ohio, reads “The (Kansas) Department of Human Resources is dedicated to providing equal services to everyone.” What the sign doesn’t say is that since Tuesday, unemployment benefits are available to no one, thanks to the federal government shutdown.
BALDWIN APPROVES BRICK STREET RESTORATION
January 3, 1996
A trial program to improve the city’s brick streets got the go-ahead Tuesday from City Council members. The council voted to hire a crew of part-time employees to smooth and repair the brick streets that line the city’s downtown and oldest residential neighborhoods.
LECOMPTON ANNOUNCED AS POTENTIAL SITE FOR JAIL
January 3, 1996
County officials are looking at Lecompton as a site for the new Douglas County Jail, Lecompton’s mayor announced Tuesday. Jeff Goodrick told city council members that a county representative had called him to ask whether the city’s sewer lagoon was large enough to handle waste from a new jail.
SOUND OFF
January 3, 1996
In a recent issue of The Mag, the Journal-World identified Moses Gunn by race. None of the other notable KU arts alumni were. Can you explain this policy? “On Nov. 2 in The Mag, the newspaper did indeed identify Moses Gunn as a `famous black movie and television actor,’” said Roger Verdon, Journal-World managing editor. “The newspaper has a policy of not calling attention to race except in some instances. The reference the reader cites in this case was a policy violation. An argument could be made that the race reference was inspired by Gunn’s place in breaking through the color barrier, but we’d prefer not to make such an argument.”
GILGES SERVICES
January 3, 1996
Services for Hazel I. Gilges, 77, Worden, will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Worden United Methodist Church with the Rev. Howard Johnson officiating. Burial will be in Worden Cemetery. Mrs. Gilges died Sunday, Dec. 31, 1995, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.
CRIME IN DOUGLAS COUNTY MIRRORING NATIONAL TRENDS
January 3, 1996
When Sheriff Loren Anderson looks at the 1995 statistics on crimes committed in Douglas County, he sees a similarity with national trends. “We’re down for violent crimes and up in thefts and burglaries,” he said.
WATER DRAINAGE PLAN REMAINS STANDING ISSUE
January 3, 1996
City commissioners want more public comment before approving a comprehensive drainage plan.
FURLOUGHED PRISONER SUSPECTED OF BATTERY
January 3, 1996
A Lawrence man who parlayed an eight-hour Christmas furlough into more than five days of freedom is a suspect in a reported battery during his time away from the Douglas County Jail. A 24-year-old Eudora man told Eudora Police that Russell D. Baston struck him in the jaw about 11 p.m. Thursday during an argument in a Eudora residence. The blow broke the man’s right jaw.
BARBARA M. SHAFFER
January 3, 1996
Services for Barbara M. Shaffer, 69, Topeka, will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at First Baptist Church in Topeka. She donated her body to science. Mrs. Shaffer died Tuesday, Jan. 2, 1996, at St. Francis Hospital.
BAKER STUDENTS CAMPAIGN IN N.H.
January 3, 1996
A group of Baker University students soon will get an inside look at the 1996 presidential campaign. Ten students from the college are scheduled to leave today for New Hampshire, where they’ll work on the campaigns of four candidates.
ALTA JENNIE LAWRENCE
January 3, 1996
Services for Alta Jennie Lawrence, 102, Lawrence, will be at 7 p.m. Thursday at Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home. Graveside service and burial will be at 2 p.m. Friday in Harlan Cemetery, Harlan, Iowa. Mrs. Lawrence died Tuesday, Jan. 2, 1996, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.
BLOOD BANK OPENS NEW VEIN
January 3, 1996
Administrators hope convenience will mean success for a new blood collection center in Lawrence.
CROSSING POLICY INPUT SOUGHT
January 3, 1996
Lawrence city commissioners on Tuesday returned to the Traffic Safety Commission a policy for approving signs, crosswalks and adult-crossing guards on streets near schools. Commissioners said they wanted comment on the policy from local parent-teacher organizations and other groups before taking action.
GRINCHES CATCH UP IN POST-HOLIDAY SPREE
January 3, 1996
Six Lawrence families fell victim last weekend to post-Christmas vandalism and theft of outdoor holiday decorations. Police reports indicate that in three of the incidents, outdoor lights were either stolen or vandalized. The remaining three reports described vandalism or theft to Santa Claus, snowman and reindeer yard ornaments.
MATTIE GRACE WEEKS
January 3, 1996
Services for Mattie Grace Weeks, 77, Scranton, will be at 10 a.m. Friday at United Methodist Church in Scranton, with the Rev. Mark Daniels officiating. Burial will be in Oak Hill Cemetery, Lawrence. Mrs. Weeks died Tuesday, Jan. 2, 1996, at her home near Scranton.
SPORTS SHOW HITS FAIRGROUNDS
January 3, 1996
Tired of driving to Kansas City or Topeka to look at the latest in fishing tackle, all-terrain vehicles or real tigers? You’ll be able to see all that this weekend in Lawrence.
FUND ESTABLISHED FOR UKRAINIAN
January 3, 1996
The sister of a Baldwin man who’s struggling to bring his Ukrainian wife to the U.S. has set up a fund to help him. Melissa Abbott announced Tuesday that she had established the Shultz Newlywed Reunion Fund at Baldwin State Bank for Merle and Oskana Shultz.
RADIO TOWER NOTIFICATION TOPS COUNTY MEETING
January 3, 1996
Under new regulations proposed for radio towers, more property owners will be notified whenever someone wants to build another of the lighted structures that are popping up across the Douglas County landscape. Douglas County commissioners will consider expanding the notification area for tower proposals from property owners living within a 1,000-foot radius to those within a one-mile radius. That would give more affected property owners an opportunity to comment before a tower proposal was approved.
FREE STATE PRINCIPAL SEARCH NARROWING
January 3, 1996
It’s possible a principal for Lawrence’s new high school could be chosen by mid-March. On Jan. 23, administrators will narrow the pool of about 55 people who’ve applied to be principal at Free State High School, said Randy Weseman, assistant superintendent for educational programming. Those candidates then will be interviewed by three groups: an administrative team made up of central office officials and principals; a professional staff team made up, for the most part, of high school teachers; and a parent team.
CITY EYES SPACE IN NEW COUNTY JAIL BUILDING
January 3, 1996
Another courtroom may be added to the blueprint for the new Douglas County jail.
SOUND OFF
January 3, 1996
Is there an age limit for donating organs? No. Organs are needed from donors of all ages. National organ transplant policy is established by UNOS, the United Network for Organ Sharing, headquartered in Richmond, Va. UNOS also maintains national waiting lists of people in need of transplant organs.
PETITION BLOCKS EUDORA TAX LEVY
January 3, 1996
A school-funding resolution has been put to the test by Eudora district patrons.
OFFSPRING FIND PRACTICE PERFECT
January 3, 1996
Two second-generation Lawrence dentists are practicing in their hometown.
LINWOOD PREPARES SEWER INCREASE
January 3, 1996
Residents here soon may be paying more to use the city’s sewer system. City council members agreed Tuesday to have city officials prepare an ordinance that includes a $1 increase per month.
LAW ENFORCEMENT REPORT
January 3, 1996
Burglaries and thefts reported * A Palatine, Ill., woman has told police that between 9 p.m. Dec. 20 and 3:50 p.m. Dec. 21 someone broke into her 1994 Mazda Navajo that was parked in the 3100 block of West 22nd. A police report indicates entry was made by breaking the lock on the driver’s door. Property reported stolen included men’s clothing, a clothing bag, a compact disc case and 50 compact discs. The total loss, including damage to the vehicle, was estimated at $3,183.
SOUND OFF
January 3, 1996
Why are so many people who are chosen for On the Street from out of town? Many of the On the Street questions are asked in the downtown area. Occasionally, an On the Street question will be asked in a surrounding town of Lawrence.
BUDIGS TAKES (A LIKING TOMANHATTAN
January 3, 1996
Gene Budig’s phone rang on the desk in his 18th-floor Park Avenue office. Richard Jacobs, owner of the Cleveland Indians, was calling the American League president. Wasting no time, Budig began the conversation with small talk.
SOUND OFF
January 3, 1996
Why doesn’t Sunflower Cable allow you to use your cable-ready TV without getting converter boxes? “We do allow it for all of the basic services,” said Dennis Knipfer, general manager of Sunflower Cablevision. “However, for security of the pay channels and pay-per-view, the addressable converters were selected.”