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DEDICATION
October 5, 1996
Organizers have added several new performers for the dedication conference for the Dane and Polly Bales Organ Recital Hall.
CITY COMMISSION CANCELS
October 5, 1996
Tuesday night meeting Lawrence city commissioners will give public business the night off Tuesday.
LEADERSHIP LAWRENCE EXPANDS CLASS
October 5, 1996
Leadership Lawrence will begin its 15th year on Oct. 25 with the biggest class ever of community leaders.
MURDER MYSTERY PROVIDES LAUGHTER
October 5, 1996
Community Theatrescores with a musical mystery farce.
SATURDAY COLUMN
October 5, 1996
According to the political pundits, Sunday’s presidential debate is supposed to make or break Bob Dole’s chances in the upcoming presidential election. Most of these observers don’t give Dole much of a chance in his face-to-face confrontation with President Clinton, who may be the most skilled television performer ever to be in the White House. Clinton is a true professional in front of a television camera, and Dole is not known for an easy, friendly, comfortable presence on television.
KMART PROPOSES REDEVELOPMENT
October 5, 1996
The current Kmart store will remain open until the new store is built.
HOSPITAL REPORT
October 5, 1996
Births Carla Turner, Baldwin, a girl, Thursday.
ART LOAN PAYS DIVIDENDS FOR BAKER
October 5, 1996
Sculptures that were once part of a London cathedral find a home in Baldwin — at least for a while.
GIRL SCOUTS
October 5, 1996
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IOWA BUILDING BOOM
October 5, 1996
Petcare Superstore plans to build a new 10,200-square-foot building at 3115 S. Iowa. The new store is scheduled to open in December. Chili’s Grill & Bar is expected to open this spring at 2309 Iowa.
CANDIDATES TO ATTEND FORUM AT UNIVERSITY
October 5, 1996
Judy Hancock, the Democratic candidate for the 3rd Congressional District, will attend a candidate forum at 2 p.m. today at Kansas University’s Kansas Union. She’ll discuss issues of interest to people with disabilities. State Rep. Barbara Ballard, D-Lawrence, is also expected, and other statehouse candidates may appear. Hancock’s Republican opponent, Vince Snowbarger, will not participate.
SOUND OFF
October 5, 1996
We live on a Lecompton Township road that did not get mowed for at least a year. What is the policy for mowing township roads? “It’s township policy to mow them before they go to seed,” said Don Fuston, Lecompton Township trustee.
WALL MOVES TO TONGANOXIE
October 5, 1996
The Moving Wall will arrive in Tonganoxie, about 13 miles northeast of Lawrence, on Oct. 15 and will go on display two days later. Reusch VFW Memorial Park, created by Tonganoxie volunteers, will house the display. The park is at 900 E. First.
HAT MADNESS
October 5, 1996
Fashion and warmth are the top reasons men wear hats.
HELP FIDO BECOME BABIES BEST FRIEND
October 5, 1996
Just what happens when Fido and little Junior meet for the first time depends on how prepared mom and dad are. The American Kennel Club has important safety tips for the crucial time when a new baby is brought home to meet the family dog. It’s important to remember that a rivalry can develop when the family canine and the new baby meet, and preparation before the first encounter can help ensure a healthy relationship in the future.
SCHOOL DISTRICT WINS HIGH PRAISE
October 5, 1996
Lawrence schools were awarded a blue ribbon by a business magazine.
MARIE L. WITHERS
October 5, 1996
Religious services for Marie L. Withers, 68, Rocky Mount, will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Griswold-Kays Chapel, Eldon. Burial will be in the Greenmore Memorial Gardens, Barnett. Mrs. Withers died Thursday, Oct. 3, 1996, at Capital Regional Hospital — Southwest Campus, Jefferson City.
SOUND OFF
October 5, 1996
County Commissioner Louie McElhaney lives in the area involved in the city-county water meter controversy. I want to know why he doesn’t abstain from Horizon 2020 consideration because of conflict of interest. Douglas County Administrator Craig Weinaug said McElhaney does not have a conflict on this issue.
SOUND OFF
October 5, 1996
How many players suited up for the Lawrence High School game last week? How many players played during the game? How many on the roster live in the LHS boundary area, and how many live in Free State High School’s boundary area? Ron Commons, LHS athletic director, said that 47 suited up and 31 played. Of the 52 on the roster, 21 live north of 15th Street. In 1997, students living north of 15th will attend Free State and those south of 15th will attend LHS.
SOUND OFF
October 5, 1996
Woodlawn PTO is running a fund-raiser through Tuesday. It is for building enhancement and remodeling. It is the first time I’ve every seen them collect sales tax on items. Is this supposed to be done? Katharine Johnson, business director, said that all items that are resold are subject to sales tax. Both the district, as well as parent-teacher groups have collected it for years and submitted it to the state. Often, she said, people may not be aware that a portion of a $5 item, for example, is going toward sales tax.
THIRD SUSPECT ARRESTED
October 5, 1996
Ten months after a North Lawrence motel was robbed, the third suspect in the robbery has been arrested. Nkomo Kwame Thomas, 19, 3519 W. Seventh Ct., was in jail Friday after being arrested on a warrant for the January robbery of the Jayhawk Motel, 1004 N. Third.
WORK NEARS END OF ROAD
October 5, 1996
There’s a green light waiting at the end of the repaving, road-construction and curb-installation rainbow for this year. “We’re essentially done after this week, except for Haskell and 11th, which will remain closed well beyond the first of the year,” said Terese Gorman, city engineer.
SQUAD CAR DEMANDED
October 5, 1996
A Lawrence man who refused to walk to jail increased his charges from possession of marijuana to battery on a law enforcement officer. Jeffrey D. Clark, 36, 3323 Iowa, was in jail Friday after allegedly trying to sell marijuana cigarettes to patrons of a bar in the 900 block of Massachusetts, then kicking his arresting officer in the knee.
MAN PLEADS GUILTY TO CRACK CHARGE
October 5, 1996
A 25-year-old man pleaded guilty in federal court this week to conspiring to distribute crack cocaine in Lawrence, Ottawa, Emporia, Olathe and Osawatomie. Edward Tyrone Merritt, home town not available, entered the plea to conspiring to distribute more than 50 grams, or about two ounces, of crack cocaine.
LAW ENFORCEMENT REPORT
October 5, 1996
Burglaries and thefts reported * A 1987 Pontiac was burglarized between 1:30 a.m. and 8:30 a.m. Thursday in the 1300 block of Kentucky, Lawrence police reported Friday. Damage to a side window and items lost — including a bass drum — were valued together on a police report at $1,615.
CITY TO WELCOME GERMAN FIREFIGHTERS
October 5, 1996
German firefighters will fire up the grill, hit the streets and check out local fire-suppression equipment this weekend as part of Lawrence’s ongoing sister city program. The 45 visitors from Eutin, Germany — firefighters, their families and friends — are scheduled to barbecue with local officials, sightsee and shop in the region and tour fire stations in Lawrence and Overland Park as part of their visit, which ends Wednesday.
S BEST FRIEND
October 5, 1996
Just what happens when Fido and little Junior meet for the first time depends on how prepared mom and dad are. The American Kennel Club has important safety tips for the crucial time when a new baby is brought home to meet the family dog. It’s important to remember that a rivalry can develop when the family canine and the new baby meet, and preparation before the first encounter can help ensure a healthy relationship in the future.
READING FOR FUN STILL POPULAR
October 5, 1996
Now that most families are settled into the school and homework routine they’re noticing that some students consider reading to be a chore. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution has asked parents to take heart. According to a recent poll, the newspaper found that most adults get a lot of pleasure from reading — 8 of 10 adults have said so.
LENA L. MACFARLANE
October 5, 1996
Memorial services are pending for Lena L. MacFarlane, 89, Lawrence. Mrs. MacFarlane died Friday, Oct. 4, 1996, at Sterling House. She moved to Lawrence in 1994 from Sedan, where she had been the city librarian for 18 years.
KICK
October 5, 1996
The Lawrence Jaycees will host an NFL Gatorade Punt, Pass & Kick Competition Saturday. The competition begins at 9 a.m. at Lawrence High School’s South 21st Street practice field, rain or shine, and is free and open to both boys and girls, ages 8 to 15.
STORYTELLERS REPRESENT DIFFERENT CULTURES
October 5, 1996
Storytellers will be performing from 1:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. today at the gazebo in Buford M. Watson Jr. Park, Seventh and Kentucky. The event is part of this weekend’s Harvest of Arts/Celebration of Cultures. Storytellers Mike Rundle, Dorotha Douglas, Jacob Bohanon, Trudy Bohanon and Deo Tajub will be telling tales representative of Ugandan, Choctaw and American cultures.
JEHAN SADAT TO SPEAK AT BREAST CANCER EVENT
October 5, 1996
The widow of Egyptian President Anwar Sadat will participate in an October educational program on breast cancer in Kansas City, Mo. Jehan Sadat’s speech, “Overcoming Breast Cancer for Women Around the World,” is scheduled for 5 p.m. Sunday at Barstow School Auditorium, 11511 State Line.
TEACHER FINDS THRILLS HELPING OTHERS
October 5, 1996
As a volunteer CPR and first-aid instructor for the Douglas County chapter of the American Red Cross, Janet Kelly enjoys hearing and telling stories with a happy ending. She is especially thrilled whenever she hears a story about a former students using the skills they learned in class to save someone’s life. “There is no better feeling in the world to know that they’ve come through our classes and can help someone,” Kelly said. “That’s my goal. Each person that comes through, when they leave, I know that those people have the skills to save someone’s life.”