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January 25, 1996
City Manager Mike Wildgen will get a 3 percent pay increase, Lawrence city commissioners decided Wednesday. During his annual evaluation at city hall, Wildgen learned he would be paid $94,708 this year. The 3 percent raise equals the same general wage increase rate afforded most other city employees for 1996.
CANADIAN SIGNS WITH KU
January 25, 1996
Canadians never come to Kansas to play football, eh? Peter Mitoulas, considered one of Canada’s top football prospects, will.
THREE MALES IDENTIFIED IN THEFT OF GRAIN TRUCK
January 25, 1996
Douglas County Sheriff’s investigators have identified three suspects in the theft earlier this month of a grain truck that was later struck by a train in Leavenworth County. Sheriff Loren Anderson said the suspects, two adult males and a juvenile male, were identified after an anonymous tip was received Jan. 16 by Crime Stoppers of Lawrence and Douglas County. The Crime Stoppers caller identified several people who allegedly were involved in the Jan. 3 theft.
WINTER BRINGS OUT COW SURVIVAL SMARTS
January 25, 1996
For the most part, farm animals in the Lawrence area are faring well this winter.
DRINKING AGE MAY DROP
January 25, 1996
Legislative wrangling on highway issues might prompt revision of the age limit on consumption of beer.
HASKELL INCREASES VIOLENCE PREVENTION EFFORTS
January 25, 1996
Disturbed by a letter in a school newspaper, students, faculty and administrators at Haskell Indian Nations University are paying more attention to campus violence.
CLINTON PROPOSAL GETS LOCAL BACKING
January 25, 1996
President Clinton’s proposal to provide $1,000 college scholarships for the top 5 percent of high school graduates won endorsement Wednesday both at Lawrence High School and Kansas University. “A thousand dollars can mean the difference for some students affording the (college) experience and some not,” said Marti Ruel, director of Kansas University’s Scholarship Center.
GUNSHOTS LEAD TO UNRELATED ARRESTS
January 25, 1996
An investigation into gunshots fired at a moving car Saturday helped authorities apprehend two suspected armed robbers. Andrew Ko, 19, 254 Pinecone Dr., was charged late Wednesday with one count of aiding and abetting in the Jan. 8 aggravated robbery of Else Retail Liquor, 315 E. Seventh. He also was charged with conspiracy to commit that robbery.
ACCIDENT INJURES LAWRENCE MAN
January 25, 1996
A Lawrence man was seriously injured Wednesday afternoon in a three-vehicle accident in the 1700 block of Massachusetts. Loren Brouhard, 62, 782 Maple, was listed in serious condition late Wednesday at the Kansas University Medical Center in Kansas City, Kan. A nursing supervisor said tests were being conducted to determine the extent of his injuries.
SOUND OFF
January 25, 1996
Have any or all of the Lawrence public schools been accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools? Do any of the schools in this district participate in the curriculum audits conducted by the American Association of School Administrators? If so, what was the outcome and where can I obtain a copy of the results? Lawrence High School is fully accredited by the North Central Assn., and you can review the findings by contacting an LHS administrator, said Bonnie Dunham, the district’s communications coordinator.
LAW ENFORCEMENT REPORT
January 25, 1996
Burglaries and thefts reported * A car stereo and compact disc player valued on a police report at $2,265 were taken from a vehicle between 6 p.m. Jan. 14 and 11 a.m. Jan. 15 from the 800 block of Massachusetts, Lawrence police reported Wednesday.
PLANNERS OK PAINTBALL FACILITY
January 25, 1996
Although some commissioners called the sport of paintball “ridiculous” and “a dumb idea,” the Lawrence-Douglas County Planning Commission voted 6-3 Wednesday night to approve a paintball facility in southern Douglas County. Robert Buchanan wants to set up the facility on his 40 acres about a half-mile west of U.S. Highway 59 and two miles north of the Douglas-Franklin county line.
COUNTY SEEKS TO LEGALIZE PRIVATE ROAD EXCEPTIONS
January 25, 1996
A proposal to grandfather officially sanctioned-but-illegal private road variances will be scrutinized by the Lawrence-Douglas County Planning Commission. On Wednesday, county commissioners sent a proposed amendment to the Lawrence-Douglas County Subdivision Regulations into the pipeline for review. Planners will make a recommendation on whether the change should be adopted but approval from the Lawrence City Commission also will be required.
BASTON STILL AT LARGE
January 25, 1996
A Lawrence man who escaped earlier this week from the Douglas County Jail remained at large Wednesday. Douglas County Sheriff Loren Anderson said authorities are still getting calls about the location of Russell D. Baston, but have been unable to catch up with him.
CORRECTION
January 25, 1996
An article in Tuesday’s Journal-World incorrectly identified a Lawrence native honored by the Caldecott committee. Stephen T. Johnson, who now lives in New York, originated and illustrated the children’s book “Alphabet City.”
CITY MANAGER APPROVES RECLASSIFICATION
January 25, 1996
Lawrence firefighters have lost another round in their effort to reverse a position reclassification.
2 JAIL SITES
January 25, 1996
The search for a jail site has zeroed in on Kansas Highway 10 east of Lawrence.
LAW ENFORCEMENT REPORT
January 25, 1996
Burglaries and thefts reported * Lynn Electric, 811 E. 1259 Rd., reported that between 5 p.m. Jan. 17 and 9 a.m. Jan. 18 someone broke into a construction trailer that was parked in the 2200 block of Harper and stole power tools valued at $1,255. Items taken included three drills and a saw.
GLENN E. TRAPP
January 25, 1996
Graveside services for Glenn E. Trapp, 77, Lawrence, will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Oak Hill Cemetery. Mr. Trapp died Wednesday, Jan. 24, 1996, at Lawrence Presbyterian Manor.
SOUND OFF
January 25, 1996
How can we write to Jennifer Anniston of “Friends”? Here’s where to address your letters to the popular TV star: Jennifer Anniston, c/o “Friends,” NBC, 30 Rockefeller Plaza, New York, N.Y. 10112. Letters to any other “Friends” cast member also can be sent there.
GERTRUDE E. ABERNATHY
January 25, 1996
Services for Gertrude E. Abernathy, 83, Lawrence, are pending and will be announced by Brenner Mortuary, Pittsburg. Ms. Abernathy died Wednesday, Jan. 24, 1996, at Brandon Woods Retirement Center.
SOUND OFF
January 25, 1996
Will they ever have ALF the alien on again? I just loved him dearly. Your wait is over. “ALF” returns in the form of a two-hour TV movie, co-starring Martin Sheen, Feb. 17 on ABC.
HOSPITAL REPORT
January 25, 1996
Births Timothy and Ashley Riling, Lawrence, a girl, Wednesday.
ARMED ROBBER STRIKES LIQUOR STORE
January 25, 1996
Lawrence police were investigating an armed robbery of a local liquor store on Wednesday night. A man armed with a 4-inch, double-edged knife entered Edmondson-Berger Retail Liquor, 600 Lawrence Ave., at 9:55 p.m. and demanded money from a clerk, police said.
PLANNERS APPROVE SIGNAL ON S. IOWA
January 25, 1996
The local planning commission gave the green light Wednesday night to a traffic signal at 34th and Iowa streets. That will help move along a major commercial development project on the west side of Iowa Street between 33rd and 35th streets that had been stalled since September.
COATES SERVICES
January 25, 1996
Memorial services for Wilna Mae Hill Coates, 87, Lawrence, will be at 1:30 p.m. today at Warren-McElwain Mortuary with the Rev. Vivian Huber officiating. Cremation is planned and inurnment will be at a later date at Maple Grove Cemetery. Mrs. Coates died Tuesday, Jan. 23, 1996, at Brandon Woods South Retirement Community.
SOUND OFF
January 25, 1996
Why hasn’t Wilt Chamberlain’s number been retired by the KU Jayhawks? KU officials are eager to add Chamberlain’s jersey to the place of honor in the south end of Allen Fieldhouse but won’t do so until he agrees to return to Lawrence for the ceremony, said Journal-World sports editor Chuck Woodling. Efforts to lure Chamberlain have been unsuccessful.
OLATHE CHRISTIAN TOO MUCH FOR TONGIE
January 25, 1996
The scoreboard never blinked, the horn always sounded and the popcorn machine popped away. Yet electricity seemed to be missing when Tonganoxie played Olathe Christian in the championship game of the Tonganoxie Invitational boys basketball tournament on Tuesday night.
BUTLER SHINES IN FIRST YEAR AT BROWN
January 25, 1996
The recent release from Brown University’s sports information office referred to Lawrence High product Aaron Butler as a freshman sensation. For the first week of January, Butler was sensational. He scored 15 points in a 60-56 victory over Northwestern on Jan. 2. Two days later, he scored a career-high 26 points on nine-of-15 shooting in a 97-89 victory over Holy Cross to earn Ivy League basketball player of the week honors.
WILLIAMS BOASTS WINNING RECORD
January 25, 1996
Roy Williams suffered from an inner ear infection the day he was introduced as Kansas’ basketball coach in July of 1988. “I was sick as a dog,” Williams said, recalling his first of many press conferences.