Olympian Scott Huffman left Atlanta after the Opening Ceremonies, coming back to Lawrence to train and escape "all the hubbub" in preparation for next week's high-jump competition.
Then again, he told Lawrence city commissioners Tuesday night, Huffman wouldn't mind some fanfare down the road.
"It's the realization of a lifetime dream," Huffman said. "Hopefully, when you see me in a few weeks I'll be a little more famous, and I'll have some gold hanging around my neck."
Huffman stopped by city hall to pick up a proclamation from Mayor John Nalbandian, who declared this week "1996 Lawrence and University of Kansas Olympians Week." He called upon all Lawrence citizens to recognize the dedication and excellence of three athletes:
- Huffman, a four-time All-American high jumper at KU, who will compete for the U.S. team.
- Marian Washington, KU's women's basketball coach, who is an assistant for the U.S. women's team.
- Pierre Lisk, a KU sprinter, who will compete for his home country, Sierra Leone.
City allows station
to pump beer
A new Massachusetts Street gas station can sell beer, after all.
Tuesday night, Lawrence city commissioners waived a law that would have prevented beer sales at a Texaco station, 1733 Mass. The station is within 400 feet of the Christian Science Church, 1701 Mass.
City law prevents businesses from selling alcohol within 400 feet of a church or school unless a waiver is granted.
Robert L. Burroughs, general manager for Charles R. Wood Oil Co. Inc., said his company had 22 convenience stores in northeast Kansas and northwest Missouri.
All sell alcohol -- with the take ranging from 5 to 30 percent of each store's receipts.
"We feel like it's a necessary item to sell," he said.
But Pam Peck, a spokesperson for the church, said she and other members often clean up beer bottles, cans and packages from the church parking lot -- the remnants left behind from customers using other nearby businesses.
"We just think this is going to make it worse," she said.
Commissioners voted 4-1 to grant the license. Commissioner Jo Andersen cast the dissenting vote.