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TRANSPORTATION ISSUES DISCUSSED AT FORUM
January 9, 1996
A consultant from Ames, Iowa, outlined how the bus system works there.
CURRICULUM COUNCIL TO MEET TONIGHT
January 9, 1996
Curriculum board to meet tonight
PARKING LOT CORRECTION
January 9, 1996
The number of parking spaces to be included in a new city parking lot at the southeast corner of North Second and Locust streets was incorrect in a photo caption in Saturday’s Journal-World. The lot will contain 57 spaces.
VOLLEYBALL FAN
January 9, 1996
To the editor: Thanks to Debbie Van Saun for doing what I should have done immediately; that is, to write to the Journal-World about your omission of the LHS girls’ volleyball state championship from your “Year in Review.”
January 9, 1996
While the East endured a blizzard, Oklahoma State succumbed to a drought on Monday night at Gallagher-Iba Arena. The Cowboys, trailing by two at halftime, didn’t score the first 3:40 of the second half. Meanwhile, the Jayhawks exploded for 12 unanswered points to take a commanding 44-30 lead to cause a state of emergency for the Cowboys.
PIERCE
January 9, 1996
Ah, playing in Gallagher-Iba Arena wasn’t that bad. Just ask Kansas University freshman Paul Pierce. In his first game at Oklahoma State’s basketball arena, Pierce scored 15 points in KU’s 76-61 victory on Monday night over the Cowboys that snapped O-State’s 24-game home winning streak. Two wins in that streak came against the Jayhawks.
PULLINS FITTING AT KU
January 9, 1996
Say this for Kansas University cross country runner Jerry Pullins: He’s consistent. Pullins, who placed 52nd at the NCAA’s in 1994 for powerhouse Georgetown, placed, you guessed it, 52nd for his new school — Kansas — at the 1996 NCAAs.
KAWS CRUISE THROUGH MAT MEET
January 9, 1996
Perry-Lecompton’s wrestling team cured its losing paranoia the easy way — by defeating Oskaloosa and Tonganoxie Monday night at Lobb Arena. The Kaws improved to 8-2 in duals and remain in contention for the Kaw Valley League title. Perry whipped Oskie, 66-18, and stopped Tongie, 48-23.
SOUND OFF
January 9, 1996
Will parking be a problem at Free State High School, as it is at Lawrence High? “With more than 1,000 spaces planned, parking should be adequate,” said Randy Weseman, assistant superintendent for educational programming.
LAFRENTZ DOMINATES IN PAINT
January 9, 1996
Raef LaFrentz looked mighty comfortable manning the middle of Kansas’ zone defense during the second half on Monday night. “I was the 5-man in our point zone. My job was to roam the middle. It was my role to block shots,” said LaFrentz, who skied for three blocks in the Jayhawks’ 76-61 win over Oklahoma State at Gallagher-Iba Arena.
KU-NIAGARA PREVIEW
January 9, 1996
Tonight is a big night for Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference basketball. Unranked Niagara, 6-4, takes on undefeated, No. 1-ranked Kansas at 7:05 p.m. at Allen Fieldhouse (live on channels 13 and 62), while fellow MAAC member Canisius meets Kentucky at 6:30 p.m. at Rupp Arena in Lexington, Ky.
KENNEDY ANNOUNCES BID FOR LAWRENCE CITY COMMISSION
January 9, 1996
Two candidates have announced plans to run for the Lawrence City Commission. The filing deadline is noon Jan. 21 at city hall.
S VAUGHN QUIET ON MIDDLE NAME
January 9, 1996
Try as you might, you will not get Jacque Vaughn to reveal his middle name. “The only way you’ll find out is to get a peek at my driver’s license,” Vaughn, Kansas’ senior point guard said, flashing his trademark smile while hiding his wallet from an inquiring scribe.
SOUND OFF
January 9, 1996
Why was the sixth-grade orchestra class at Southwest Junior High canceled on Dec. 2, one week before the orchestra’s concert? Lew Tilford, the Lawrence school district’s director of fine arts, said the instructor was also involved in a Lawrence High School student activity. Since a substitute could not be found, the class had to be canceled.
GRAPHICS EXPECTING BUSY YEAR
January 9, 1996
Star Signs & graphics expect big year With a proven ability to produce quality signs, work comes in from all over United States.
TIGHT BUT NOT SO HIGH
January 9, 1996
Gov. Bill Graves is justifiably proud of an overall spending reduction of 1.2 percent in his proposed state budget, but such a budget is unlikely to fill everyone’s wish list. During his election campaign, Gov. Bill Graves used his family’s trucking business to illustrate the virtues of packing cargo “high and tight.” That phrase has stuck with the Kansas governor and comes to mind again in connection with the state budget Graves unveiled Monday night.
YOUNG DOUGLASS PICKS MIZZOU
January 9, 1996
Ryan Douglass, son of former Kansas University football great Bobby Douglass, has given a verbal commitment to Missouri, one of the Jayhawks’ biggest rivals. The younger Douglass, a 6-foot-2, 180-pound quarterback at Lake Forest (Ill.) High, gave his non-binding commitment to the Tigers last week, Lake Forest coach Tom Myers said Monday.
LEGISLATORS ENCOURAGED
January 9, 1996
Gov. Bill Graves says his higher education budget is the best that can be crafted with available resources.
LMH STIRS DEEP FEELINGS
January 9, 1996
A final public hearing evoked a sense of the community’s angst since Columbia/HCA Healthcare Corp. proposed a partnership with LMH nearly a year ago.
CAMPAIGNS WILL COLOR LEGISLATION
January 9, 1996
This year’s elections will taint this year’s actions of the Kansas Legislature, say the area’s seven legislators.
WELLSVILLE APPROVES ZONING RESOLUTION
January 9, 1996
The Wellsville City Council on Wednesday night took the first step in obtaining zoning regulations for land up to three miles from the city limits. The council approved a resolution for the measure to be forwarded to the county commission.
LELAND BAIRD
January 9, 1996
Leland LaVouse Baird Leland LaVouse Baird, 52, formerly of Linwood, died Tuesday, Jan. 7, 1997, in Livingstone, Tex.
MCELHANEY TO LEAD COUNTY COMMISSION AGAIN
January 9, 1996
Louie McElhaney will chair the Douglas County Commission for the third year in a row. In a unanimous vote during Monday’s meeting, Mark Buhler also was re-elected vice chairman.
BALLARD LANDS SPOT ON BUDGET PANEL
January 9, 1996
Legislature breakout
VINCENT BILOTTA
January 9, 1996
Vincent J. Bilotta Mission — Memorial services for Vincent J. Bilotta, 61, will be held at 1:30 p.m. Jan. 18 at St. Michaels and All Angels Episcopal Church, 6630 Nall Ave., Mission.
BLOTTER
January 9, 1996
Law enforcement report Burglaries and thefts reported
T TURN FAITHFUL FANS COLD
January 9, 1996
Sunday’s season-ending defeat of the Kansas City Chiefs was the most bitter loss in recent memory, local season-ticket holders say.
LAWRENCE POLICE WARN ABOUT MAILING CAMPAIGN
January 9, 1996
Lawrence police officers are warning residents to beware of a mailing campaign that asks residents to donate $10 to a so-called international police group. The International Union of Police Associations may or may not be an actual organization, Sgt. Susan Hadl said, but Lawrence police are not aware of it and do not belong to it.
FACTS ABOUT RAIN FORESTS
January 9, 1996
Rain forests cover 6 percent of the Earth’s surface and provide 20 percent of the oxygen in the atmosphere. They are often called the “Lungs of the World.” Rain forests annually receive between 8 and 32 feet of rain.
STREAK
January 9, 1996
Oklahoma State’s 24-game homecourt winning streak is over. Kansas took care of that impressive skein on Monday night, blitzing the Cowboys, 76-61, at frenzied Gallagher-Iba Arena where OSU hadn’t lost since falling to Missouri in 1994.
BIRTHS
January 9, 1996
Eric and Dawn Broadbent, Lawrence, a boy, Tuesday. Michelle and Brad Shoemaker, Lawrence, a girl, Tuesday.
HOSPITAL REPORT
January 9, 1996
Births Barbara Barber and Walter Bugg, Lawrence, a girl, Monday.
RAIN FOREST PROVIDES WINTER RESPITE
January 9, 1996
A rain forest in winter will warm the soul of almost any gardener.
PERRY COUNCIL TAKES NO MAJOR ACTION
January 9, 1996
The Perry City Council, meeting for only a half hour on Tuesday night, took no action on any major items. The council approved the payment of bills and minutes from the previous week. Two members of the five-member council were absent.
SNOW CATCHES FORECASTERS BY SURPRISE
January 9, 1996
Forecasters didn’t know the Wednesday evening snow was coming until Wednesday afternoon.
LAWRENCE MAN PLEADS GUILTY TO RAPE
January 9, 1996
A 22-year-old Lawrence man accused of raping a 17-year-old Lawrence girl at her home and of trying to rape a Lawrence woman in a downtown parking lot pleaded guilty Wednesday to multiple felony charges. Ruben R. Lucero pleaded guilty to rape, attempted rape and aggravated burglary in an agreement with the Douglas County district attorney’s office. Two aggravated burglary charges and one charge of aggravated battery were dropped, Dist. Atty. Christine Kenney Tonkovich said.
OUR TOWN
January 9, 1996
Monroe Wins Two Tourneys: Nicholas Monroe, who attended the Mike Wolf Tennis Academy and Southwest Junior High last year, captured the age-group singles at both the Fiesta Bowl and Copper Bowl tournaments. Monroe, now a ninth grader at Pembroke-Hill in Kansas City, Mo., won the boys 14 competition in Phoenix and the boys 16 tourney in Tucson. Monroe, who will turn 15 in April, is coached by his father Ben Monroe and Lawrence sports psychologist Jorge Valverde. *
SOUND OFF
January 9, 1996
Sunset Hill recently has decided to eliminate recess. Have any other schools done that? What’s the reason for this? Principal Ken Rigdon said all students at the school still have at least one recess and younger students still have two recesses. However, in order to address parent complaints about too-short lunch periods, he said the schedule was modified to provide 30 minutes instead of 20 minutes to eat. The new schedule, which went into effect on Jan. 2, includes eliminating a noon recess which only amounted to about five minutes by the time students got ready to go outside during winter. Students now bring books to the cafeteria and are encouraged to read if they get through the lunch line and finish eating early. Rigdon said it was his understanding that some other schools also have adopted similar schedules.
EDWARD H. FARRIS
January 9, 1996
Funeral services for Edward H. Farris, 81, Lawrence, will be at 2 p.m. Friday at First Southern Baptist Church, Eudora. Burial will be in Eudora Cemetery, Eudora. Mr. Farris died Tuesday, Jan. 7, 1997, at Sterling Heights nursing home.
COUNTY RECEIVES JUVENILE DETENTION GRANT FUNDING
January 9, 1996
County receives $25,000 for juvenile detention
BR5-49 GETS GRAMMY NOMINATION
January 9, 1996
A couple of Lawrence musicians have hit the big-time.
FOR THE RECORD
January 9, 1996
Law enforcement report Ambulance report
FITCH TO OPEN AUG. 1.
January 9, 1996
An agreement has been reached and it’s official: Abercrombie & Fitch is coming to Lawrence. It’s expected to open Aug. 1 next to The Gap at 647 Mass. The property is owned by Gene Fritzel Construction.
BURNED
January 9, 1996
A court-appointed trustee will take over two troubled breweries, including Sports Page Brewery in Lawrence.
S KU PLANS DELAYED
January 9, 1996
The most prolific passer in the history of Kansas high school football won’t be coming to Kansas University after all. At least, not until next fall.
SOUND OFF
January 9, 1996
Who will chose the design for the Free State High School mascot, the Firebird? Principal Joe Snyder said no final decision has been made about the design of the Firebird. There have been many suggestions for the mascot design. Some suggestions have been presented to a district-wide committee consisting of parents, students and teachers. In addition, other parents and district staff members have made suggestions. Different people are working on some of the designs with the aim to share two or three final designs with Lawrence Free State students for their input.
LAW ENFORCEMENT REPORT
January 9, 1996
Sheriff’s reports * Firefighters from Kanwaka and Lecompton townships were called about 9 p.m. Wednesday night to a fire in the trailer of a tractor-trailer that was on the Kansas Turnpike about four miles west of Lawrence. The trailer reportedly was filled with seat cushions. The fire, which may have been sparked by brakes on the truck, consumed the trailer. It took firefighters more than an hour to put out the fire. There were no injuries. A damage estimate was not available Wednesday night.
INTERNET FIRM FORFEITS ASSETS
January 9, 1996
After repeated complaints from customers, a local Internet company, DATABANK, filed for bankruptcy.
BREAD STORE WILL RISE SOON
January 9, 1996
After 11 years of managing a Great Harvest Bread Co. store in Boulder, Colo., Bob Garrett has decided to open his own franchise in Lawrence. Bob and his wife, JoAnn, a Kansas University graduate, moved to Lawrence several months ago and plan to open the store in early April at 807 Vt.
LEO DITMARS
January 9, 1996
Leo Warren Ditmars Wellsville — Services for Leo Warren Ditmars, 95, Wellsville, will be at 10:30 a.m. today at the Wilson and Son Chapel, Wellsville. Graveside services will be held at 1:30 p.m. today at Memorial Cemetery, Chanute.
PRESCHOOL PROGRAM WINS TENTATIVE SCHOOL BOARD APPROVAL
January 9, 1996
A pilot preschool gets the nod from school board members, but they are worried about the future costs.
OTTAWA SCHOOLS SHORT ON SPACE
January 9, 1996
Space problems that were supposed to be solved with a 1995 bond issue haven’t gone away. Ottawa Supt. Don Duncan delivered that message Monday to school board members, who asked him last month for an update on the district’s elementary school space needs.
OSKALOOSA CRITICIZES SCHOOL LUNCH SYSTEM
January 9, 1996
The accounting system used in the school lunch program drew criticism from a parent, board members and administrators at the school board meeting here Monday night. Paul Reed told the board that although he had paid his children’s lunch tab last Thursday, his son was denied lunch at the high school on Monday because a computer indicated that he still had an overdue account.
REVENGE REROUTED BY REGRET
January 9, 1996
It’s the stuff movies are made of. The main characters — a woman who thinks her neighbor is breaking up her marriage, the neighbor and Lawrence police.
BALDWIN APPROVES LOB FOR AIR CONDITIONING
January 9, 1996
School would be a little cooler next year in Baldwin thanks to a school board decision on Monday. On a 6-0 vote, board members approved a 2.5 percent, three-year local option budget designed to raise $436,000 to air-condition two schools and a shop area.
TRUCK OWNERSHIP FIRES HOT DEBATE
January 9, 1996
Harold Mallonee doesn’t want to spend 10 years and up to $15,000 fixing a fire engine that isn’t his.
SPRING HILL CLIPS CARDS
January 9, 1996
Spring Hill’s stingy defense denied Eudora a home basketball victory Monday night. Spring Hill held the Cardinals to just 27 points in the first half on the way to a 60-47 victory The Broncos also forced 21 turnovers.
CORRECTION
January 9, 1996
Due to incorrect information supplied to the Journal-World, the amount of time a person’s driver’s license may be suspended for failing an alcohol breath test was reported incorrectly in Saturday’s paper. A first-time offender who fails an alcohol breath test will have his driver’s license suspended for 30 days and then restricted for 330 days. Ken Clark, public services administrator for the Kansas Division of Motor Vehicles, said the restriction would enable the person to drive only to and from his place of employment.
POLICE INVESTIGATE BREAK-IN
January 9, 1996
Lawrence police are investigating an incident in which two people allegedly broke into a residence, threatened two other people inside with at least one automatic handgun and took various items. The incident occurred Dec. 15 in the 1400 block of Haskell, but a police report was not made public on it until Monday night. The incident reportedly was drug-related.
DIES AT 85
January 9, 1996
Wayne Bly, a director of the Lawrence Parks and Recreation Department for 22 years, who died Monday was described as “one of the pioneers” and “a visionary” in parks and recreation for the state. “There were a lot of things done in parks and recreation when he was here,” said Fred DeVictor, current parks and recreation director who served as assistant to Mr. Bly.
THOMAS BAME
January 9, 1996
Thomas Maynard Bame Overbrook — Services for Thomas Maynard Bame, 91, Tecumseh, will be at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday at Overbrook United Methodist Church. Burial will be in Pleasant Hill Cemetery, Richland.
SOUND OFF
January 9, 1996
When and how will teachers be hired for Free State High School? Randy Weseman, assistant superintendent for educational programming, provided this answer:
PRINCIPAL PUSHES FOR CHANGE IN SUMMER SCHOOL SCHEDULE
January 9, 1996
A principal is pushing for a change in the summer school schedule at his elementary school.
S BLOOD-ALCOHOL LEVEL
January 9, 1996
The blood-alcohol level of a Eudora police officer who died Dec. 28 in an automobile accident was nearly three times the legal limit, the Shawnee County coroner said. Dr. George Thomas said blood tests showed Doug Hunsinger II’s blood-alcohol level was 0.22 percent. Under Kansas law, a driver is considered intoxicated if his or her blood-alcohol level is 0.08 percent or above.
TOTAL MORTGAGE VALUE SETS RECORD
January 9, 1996
The value of Douglas County real estate mortgaged during 1996 hit at an all-time high.
MINNIE MOORE OBITUARY
January 9, 1996
Minnie Moore Overbrook- Services for Minnie Moore, 85, Carbondale, will be at 10 a.m. Friday at United Methodist Church in Overbrook. Burial will be at Pleasant Hill Cemetery, west of Richland.
JAMES L. MCGOLDRICK OBITUARY
January 9, 1996
James L. McGoldrick DeSoto- Services for James L. McGoldrick, 46, Linwood, are at 2 p.m. Friday at Cedar Crest Memorial Chapel, DeSoto. Burial will be at Linwood Cemetery, Linwood.
January 9, 1996
A group of advocates for the homeless are looking for a house or other shelter where people can go during a time gap when no shelter is open. “We really, really need a place where people can go during the day,” said Lani Oglesby, a local homeless advocate who met with about 30 people this week to discuss finding a new shelter.
RESIDENTS SHOW SUPPORT FOR GRANT SCHOOL
January 9, 1996
An estimated 275 to 325 people turned out for a spaghetti dinner Wednesday night at Grant school, 1853 E. 1600 Rd., to show support for the school. Grant, located northeast of Lawrence, is one of four schools that may be closed by the Lawrence school board.
ROSA GARCIA
January 9, 1996
Services for Rosa Garcia, 91, Lawrence, will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery, Lawrence. Mrs. Garcia died Tuesday, Jan. 7, 1997, at her home in Lawrence.
SEXUAL ABUSE OF FORMER LAWRENCE BOYS SPANNED 18 MONTHS
January 9, 1996
The alleged sexual abuse of a former Lawrence resident’s sons began three years ago and ended in August of 1995, about the time the family moved to Colorado. The mother did not become aware of the abuse until this week. One of the two suspects was a relative.
SENIOR FUNDING
January 9, 1996
To the editor: Thank you for your informative series of articles about the state budget focusing on the example of the Department on Aging.
VERA PATTIN
January 9, 1996
Vera Ann Pattin Services for Vera Ann Replogle Pattin, 52, Lawrence, will be at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday at Plymouth Congregational Church with the Rev. Peter Luckey officiating and at 1 p.m. Friday at the Immanuel Lutheran Church, Charleston, Ill. Burial will be in Resthaven Cemetery, Mattoon, Ill.
TONGANOXIE PANEL DECIDES 80-ACRE SITE IS BUILDABLE
January 9, 1996
Keep the 80 acres — it’s buildable. That was the recommendation given Monday night to Tonganoxie’s school board by a committee studying an 80-acre site bordered by 12th and Pleasant streets.
PERRY-LECOMPTON OKS ELECTRONIC SCOREBOARDS
January 9, 1996
Electronic scoreboards for baseball and softball may be constructed soon in Perry, Lecompton and Grantville, following approval of a proposal Monday night by the area’s school board. The Perry-Lecompton school board approved a measure in which baseball/softball associations in each community would be allowed to advertise on the signs.
FLOYD BAIR
January 9, 1996
Floyd Earl Bair Services for Floyd Earl Bair, 88, Lawrence, will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at Warren-McElwain Mortuary. Burial will be in Memorial Park Cemetery.
SOUND OFF
January 9, 1996
On the sports page of the Journal-World was the KU-Cornell basketball game picture of a person in a wheelchair. Isn’t this a dangerous situation for the disabled individual and the basketball players? In Allen Fieldhouse, built before the Americans with Disabilities Act, the only wheelchair-accessible area is the floor.
EUNICE SWAIN
January 9, 1996
Services for Eunice McArthur Swain, 90, Lawrence, will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the Church and Son Chapel. Burial will be in Clarkesville Memorial Cemetery. Mrs. Swain died Monday, Jan. 8, 1996, at Presbyterian Manor in Lawrence.