Archive for Thursday, May 2, 1996

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BLOOM FEATURE
May 2, 1996
Diving across a goal line is one thing and diving across a finish line is another. Eric Bloom, junior distance runner for Eudora High, did that two weeks ago at the Cardinal Relays. Very deservedly so, he finished first in the 800.
TRUDY KAY POLEY
May 2, 1996
Services for Trudy Kay Poley, 30, Topeka, will be at 10 a.m. Friday at Parker-Price Mortuary in Topeka. Burial will be at Carbondale Cemetery. Ms. Poley died Friday, April 26, 1996, in Douglas County.
VALENTINES ENDEAR SUNFLOWER STUDENTS
May 2, 1996
Valentines that Sunflower School students made for students at their sister school in Japan have attracted a substantial amount of attention. In February, the Sunflower students sent the Valentine’s Day greetings to Nadeshiko Elementary School in Hiratsuka, Japan. Soon after they were received, a Japanese newspaper, Shonan Home Journal, ran a story. And the postmaster at a nearby post office asked to display the Sunflower students’ Valentines.
PAUL TOEPFER
May 2, 1996
Graveside services for Paul D. Toepfer, 64, Manhattan, will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday at Prairie Mound Cemetery in Solomon with Masonic and military honors. Mr. Toepfer died Tuesday, April 30, 1996, at St. Joseph Senior Community in Manhattan.
SCHOOL HONORED FOR IMPROVEMENT
May 2, 1996
New York School was honored Tuesday as one of 56 elementary and secondary schools in low-income areas nationwide that are showing success in improving student achievement. Principal Sharen Steele and intermediate teacher Margie Eaton traveled to New Orleans to receive the award, which was presented in conjunction with the annual convention of the International Reading Assn.
CITY HIRING RECYCLING SPECIALIST
May 2, 1996
City officials plan to hire a new recycling specialist within a month. Mollie Mangerich, the city’s recycling operations supervisor, will select finalists from 32 applicants for the new position of waste reduction specialist.
NAVY SHOULD SET STANDARDS, ADMIRAL SAYS
May 2, 1996
Navy officers should be held to a higher standard than other citizens, a rear admiral told Kansas University’s Navy Reserve Officers Training Corps members Wednesday. “We have the responsibility to be the best role models we can for our country,” said Rear Adm. Lewis Felton, keynote speaker at KU’s Navy ROTC awards ceremony.
NANCY AMIS
May 2, 1996
Services for Nancy Ruth Amis, 89, Topeka, will be held at a later date at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Oklahoma City. She was cremated. Ms. Amis died Monday, April 29, 1996, at Topeka Presbyterian Manor.
JUDGE SPEAKS OUT FOR CHILDREN
May 2, 1996
Local residents took part in Law Day activities held in Lawrence and in Topeka.
HONOR PUTS PROFESSOR IN TOP-NOTCH COMPANY
May 2, 1996
A KU professor will be honored in the Netherlands along with an African president and a computer king.
TEENS HAVE NO IDOLS
May 2, 1996
Today’s teens say the media’s negative spin on celebrity has made heroes hard to find.
COUNTY LEAVES R.I. LOTS ALONE
May 2, 1996
The Douglas County Commission didn’t vote on whether to allow paved lots at 11th and Rhode Island so it could revive the option if parking woes intensified.
GLADYS B. HUNTER
May 2, 1996
Services for Gladys B. Hunter, 102, Tonganoxie, will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Tonganoxie Christian Church. Burial will be at Maple Grove Cemetery, Tonganoxie. Mrs. Hunter died Tuesday, April 30, 1996, at Sterling House in Lawrence.
GEORGE KRAMER
May 2, 1996
Services for George Daniel Kramer, 88, Meriden, will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Assumption Catholic Church in Topeka. Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at St. Patrick’s Catholic Cemetery in Ogden. Mr. Kramer died Wednesday, May 1, 1996, at St. Francis Hospital, Topeka.
DOWNTOWN MERCHANTS SHARE CONCERNSISSUES
May 2, 1996
Downtown shopkeepers still are looking at ways to deal with problems some of them have with transients, skateboarders and adolescents in the shopping district. David Longhurst, president of the Downtown Lawrence Inc., said Wednesday that he’s pleased with the results of a series of meetings, including one this week, sponsored by the Lawrence Chamber of Commerce.
LAWRENCE GIRL KNOWS THE DRILL
May 2, 1996
Oak Ridge Military Academy’s girls armed drill team, led by a Lawrence 17-year-old, won a national championship last weekend. During the National High School Drill Team Championships in Daytona Beach, Fla., the 14-member North Carolina girls team captured five first-place trophies, culminating with the presentation of the national championship trophy, which stands 6-feet-4.
CRIME TOUCHES CITY OFFICIAL
May 2, 1996
Assistant City Manager Rod Bremby had something in common with those he mingled with at a fair and rally Saturday afternoon at a North Lawrence church. He, too, was a crime victim.
CHAMBER EXPLORES LOCATING IN OFFICE
May 2, 1996
Chamber of Commerce officials are trying to make it easier for out-of-towners to find Kansas’ oldest university and other attractions in the city. The chamber is working to establish a permanent office at Eighth and High streets, said Kent Reeves, chamber president.
S PLANS ON HOLD
May 2, 1996
If Kansas legislators do not restore the 35-mill school property tax levy this year, the Lawrence school district will lose $6.5 million. That’s a tremendous hit, representing a cut of about 15 percent of its total revenues.
SUSPECTED ARSONIST CITES ABUSE
May 2, 1996
A Lawrence woman accused of setting a fire that destroyed her apartment and damaged two others earlier this week allegedly was pushed and slapped by her husband shortly before the fire started. Rhonda Smith, 35, who has been charged with aggravated arson in connection with Monday’s fire at 2011 Riverridge Rd., told police she was the victim of abuse.
TEENS LIKE JOCKS
May 2, 1996
Not surprisingly, high-profile athletes have the stuff of which contemporary heroes are made.
FRANCES ROCKHOLD
May 2, 1996
Services for Frances Rockhold, 93, Baldwin, will be at 10 a.m. today at Worden United Methodist Church. Burial will follow at Union Cemetery, near Centropolis. Mrs. Rockhold died Tuesday, April 30, 1996, at Ransom Memorial Hospital, Ottawa.
SUNFLOWER CABLEVISION WINS CABLEACE AWARD
May 2, 1996
A Lawrence newscast earns one of the cable television industry’s highest honors.
JOHNSTON SUPPLIES STICK FOR LIONS
May 2, 1996
Like the main character in “The Natural,” Lawrence High senior first baseman Andy Johnston constructed his own bat. Unlike Roy Hobbs’ bat, Johnston’s was a fungo bat formed from white ash found at a Kansas City lumberyard. LHS head coach Lynn Harrod has used the bat for pregame infield drills since late last season.
COMMISSION STALLS PRIVATE ROAD CONSIDERATION
May 2, 1996
Douglas County commissioners decided Wednesday to delay their consideration of amendments to subdivision regulations governing private roads. Commissioner Jim Chappell asked for time to confer with planning officials about the proposed amendments, which would require notification of nearby landowners and a public hearing when someone wants to build a new private road.
SUSPECTS SOUGHT IN LHS CAR VANDALISM
May 2, 1996
Lawrence police are seeking the public’s help in finding the person or people who damaged three cars recently in the Lawrence High School parking lot. The vandalism occurred between 1 p.m. and 1:27 p.m. April 17 in the school’s parking lot. One or more people walked on three cars owned by LHS teachers, causing an estimated $1,200 damage.
Z-BAR PARK PLAN CLOSER TO REALITY
May 2, 1996
Efforts are moving forward to create a tallgrass prairie preserve in Kansas.
GAGEN SERVICES
May 2, 1996
Services for Jean Gagen, Lawrence, will be at 10 a.m. Saturday in the Chapel of the Holy Trinity at the Trinity Episcopal Church with the Rev. George Wiley officiating. Ms. Gagen died March 10, 1996, in Lawrence.
S FAMILY ANGRY OVER HANDLING OF CASE
May 2, 1996
A Davenport, Iowa, man is upset at the way local authorities handled remains believed to be those of his son.
MCELHANEY TO RESIGN COMMISSION POST
May 2, 1996
The senior member of the Douglas County Commission will step down at the end of his term so that he can remain Wakarusa Township Fire Chief.
SIDEWALK PROJECTS FUNDING CRUMBLES
May 2, 1996
Property owners should fix their own sidewalks, a city committee recommended.
DOG DOO BAD AT SCHOOL
May 2, 1996
In the springtime on the playground at Cordley School, there is a problem for kids. People let their dogs come and play on the playground, people walk their dogs on the playground, and sometimes people play basketball or just visit and bring their dogs with them to run loose.
KU DOWNS CAMERON
May 2, 1996
Kansas University’s baseball team didn’t get the convincing victory it wanted, but at least it picked up the victory it desperately needed. A day after being throttled by tiny Emporia State, the Jayhawks snapped a five-game losing streak with a 10-3 victory over NCAA Div. II Cameron University on Wednesday afternoon at sparsely populated Hoglund-Maupin Stadium.
MABLE H. DONNAN
May 2, 1996
Services for Mable H. Donnan, 88, Lawrence, are pending at Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home. Ms. Donnan died Tuesday, April 30, 1996, at Colonial Manor Nursing Center.