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LAW ENFORCEMENT REPORT
September 19, 1996
Burglaries and thefts reported * A green 1994 Jeep Wrangler valued on a police report at $15,000 was taken between 11 p.m. Monday and 10:30 a.m. Tuesday from a residence in the 1000 block of Tennessee, police reported.
OTTAWA COMMISSION WELCOMES LOCAL HERO
September 19, 1996
A progress report and a hero’s welcome were on the agenda at Wednesday’s Ottawa City Commission meeting. Police Chief Jeff Herrman presented an award to Richard Marvin, Ottawa, for his help in rescuing a sixth-grade boy from a swollen midtown drainage run on Aug. 16.
MCLOUTH GROCERY STORE CLOSER TO REALITY
September 19, 1996
McLouth is one step closer to having a bona fide grocery store for the first time in about two years. The city council on Tuesday night approved a building permit for the planned store, to be built on Union Street by Bill and Karen Mikijanis.
LOIS JEAN MCHARDIE
September 19, 1996
Graveside services for Lois Jean McHardie, 57, Easton, will be held at 3 p.m. Friday at Fairview Cemetery northwest of Oskaloosa. Mrs. McHardie died Tuesday, Sept. 17, 1996, at Jefferson County Memorial Hospital, Winchester.
POLICE PAYING FOR LEADS TO GUNS
September 19, 1996
Report a gun, get paid. Lawrence Police Chief Ron Olin on Wednesday announced three new police strategies for attacking gang activity in the Lawrence area: an anti-truancy program, a letter campaign to parents of at-risk youths, and Gun Stoppers.
REPAVING NEAR BRIDGES SET FOR SUNDAY
September 19, 1996
The rough road in front of city hall is scheduled for repaving Sunday night, weather permitting. Crews from LRM Industries Inc., of Lawrence, are preparing to put down 1,200 tons of fresh asphalt on sections of Sixth and New Hampshire streets: specifically, between the intersection of Seventh and New Hampshire streets and the railroad tracks between Vermont and Kentucky streets.
TONGANOXIE FIRES UP WELCOME WAGON
September 19, 1996
Members of the chamber of commerce and parent-teacher organization are planning a moving experience for new residents. The two organizations are joining forces to start a welcoming program that will provide a packet of information and promotional material to incoming residents, said Connie Torneden, chamber president.
TOPEKA TEEN INJURED IN COLLISION
September 19, 1996
The condition of Jeremiah Hurr, 18, Topeka, remained undetermined Wednesday evening after the Chevrolet Camaro Z-28 he was driving hit a cement truck at 4:18 p.m. Wednesday. The accident ocurred about nine-tenths of a mile south of U.S. 40 at the County Road 13 detour.
BUSINESS WOMEN STRUT TO RAISE FUNDS FOR STUDENTS
September 19, 1996
Members of the American Business Women’s Assn. will be strutting their stuff at the eighth annual strut relay Saturday. The ABWA Twilight Chapter sponsors the relay walking event as a fund-raiser for scholarships and other educational services.
MERLIN LEE THOMAS
September 19, 1996
Graveside services for Merlin Lee Thomas, 72, Basehor, will be held at 11 a.m. Friday in Glenwood Cemetery, Basehor, with the Rev. Wini Munson officiating. Mr. Thomas died Wednesday, Sept. 18, 1996, at his home.
SOUND OFF
September 19, 1996
Is there a problem at the tollbooths on the Turnpike with the collectors having enough change? On a recent trip between the East Lawrence and West Lawrence interchanges — because of construction — I discovered I only had a $10 bill. When I handed it to the woman at the tollbooth, she didn’t wait for my apology or explanation but jumped all over me and complained bitterly about a $10 bill for a quarter toll. Why don’t they keep adequate change? Why was it such a problem? “We would like to begin by apologizing for the discourteous treatment our customer experienced from the collector at the Lawrence toll plaza,” said Lisa Callahan, a spokesperson for the Kansas Turnpike Authority. “We certainly expect our collectors to be helpful and to treat all KTA customers in a pleasant manner.
SOUND OFF
September 19, 1996
How much taxpayer money was spent on the new butt hut at Lawrence Memorial Hospital? The city hospital spent about $12,000 to build its new smoking hut, which opened earlier this month. The 12-foot by 8-foot plastic shed, which resembles a greenhouse and is known as the butt hut, is now the only designated employee smoking area at the hospital from 6 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. At night, smoking is permitted outside the hospital’s emergency room.
SENIOR SERVICES LOOKS TO VALLEY VIEW
September 19, 1996
Douglas County commissioners can’t promise to give an agency $12,000 in 1998, but that doesn’t mean they won’t encourage it, either. Commissioners decided Wednesday night to wait until Monday to decide whether to bless a proposal for Douglas County Senior Services to move into the former Valley View Care Home, a county-owned building at 2518 Ridge Ct.
OTTAWA GEARING UP FOR HOT ROD SHOW
September 19, 1996
They’ll be chopped and blown, stripped and skirted, tricked out and tach’ed up. Get it? If so, Forest Park is the place to be this weekend, when Roger Ward and his buddies throw the 10th annual Old Marais River Run Car Show.
LINWOOD PUSHES BACK STORM SEWER PROJECT
September 19, 1996
Construction on a $308,000 storm sewer project has been delayed by 21 rain-out days this summer, the city council was told this week. “Who would have imagined that we would have had so much rain in the summer?” said Linwood Mayor Arlene Pritchard.
LECOMPTON COUNCIL DISCUSSES CANOE RAMP
September 19, 1996
Lecompton City Council members met Monday evening to discuss a new canoe ramp on the Kansa River and how the city can control its water runoff problems. Council member David Hubbel said the council discussed where the best location would be for the Kansas Fish and Game Department to install the ramp site.
MYRTLE C. JANSEN
September 19, 1996
Services for Myrtle C. Jansen, 67, Gladstone, will be held at 1 p.m. Friday at Mount Moriah Terrace Park Funeral Home Chapel, Kansas City. Burial will follow at the Mount Moriah Terrace Park Cemetery. Mrs. Jansen died Monday, Sept. 16, 1996, at the North Kansas City Hospital.
EMU FACTS
September 19, 1996
The emu is the world’s second largest bird after the ostrich. Most live to be about 30 years old.
DOLLS REFLECT RAINBOW OF CULTURES
September 19, 1996
When the preschool children at the United Child Development Center play, they can pick dolls from a rainbow of cultures. And they can also play with dolls that might have a disability.
September 19, 1996
A Lawrence junior high school auditorium overflowed Wednesday afternoon and evening with residents concerned about local gang activity.
WIN NO. 800 COULD ARRIVE TODAY FOR LHS
September 19, 1996
Another volleyball season, another milestone within reach for Lawrence High. The Lions, 3-0 and ranked No. 1 in Class 6A, are three matches shy of win No. 800 heading into tonight’s home quadrangular against Blue Valley Northwest, Olathe North and Shawnee Mission South.
AFTER PRODUCTIVE SUMMER
September 19, 1996
Darryl Monroe hopes he breathed new life into his professional baseball career this summer. Released by the Detroit Tigers organization last spring, Monroe played for Abilene in the independent Texas-Louisiana League this summer.
CORRECTION
September 19, 1996
A photo caption incorrectly identified a grocery store in Perry. The store’s correct name is Bill’s IGA.
ART WALK ADDS NEW EVENTS
September 19, 1996
Some special events are planned for Friday’s Art Walk Night from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. in downtown Baldwin. The Ottawa Brass will perform at the corner of Eighth and High streets. The quintet, led by Ed Lammers, has a repertoire ranging from classical to jazz.
HOSPITAL REPORT
September 19, 1996
Dismissals: Kristin Dunn and baby girl, Lawrence, Wednesday.
DOUGHERTY WITHDRAWS FROM E. MICHIGAN LIST
September 19, 1996
Kansas University assistant basketball coach Neil Dougherty has withdrawn his name as a candidate for the head coaching position at Eastern Michigan University. A source at the university and a Detroit newspaper said Dougherty withdrew on Wednesday after meeting with school officials. The vacancy was created last week when Ben Braun left the Ypsilanti, Mich., school for the same position at the University of California-Berkeley.
LMH TRUSTEES MEET IN CLOSED SESSION
September 19, 1996
Hospital officials aren’t discussing what went on behind closed doors Wednesday.
HOW EX-JAYHAWKS FARED IN MINOR LEAGUES
September 19, 1996
* Jeff Berblinger, 2B, Arkansas, Class AA. Hit .288 with 32 doubles and 23 stolen bases in second straight season with Cardinals’ Double-A farm club. Earned All-Texas League honors as utililty player. Turns 26 in November. * Isaac Byrd, OF, Johnson City, Tenn., Rookie. Batted .277 in just 24 games with Cardinals’ low-rung farm club after signing late and leaving before season ended to rejoin Kansas football team.
ARRIVAL
September 19, 1996
Baldwin’s “first responder” emergency medical service arrived in time to bring Dakota James Lynch-Adams into the world.
SOUND OFF
September 19, 1996
Who’s in charge of taking care of the chain-link fence in front of Holcom Park, where the soccer fields were built? And who’s in charge of cleaning the sidewalk? The adjacent property owners are responsible for the maintenance, said Fred DeVictor, the city’s director of parks and recreation.
CHEATING YOURSELF
September 19, 1996
Despite the temptations, most students agree that cheating is wrong.
HORIZON 2020 FACING COUNTDOWN
September 19, 1996
It’s T-minus 104 days and counting until Horizon 2020 must be approved, unless the Douglas County Commission wants to scrub the launch and deal with a new crew.
S HILL COMMITS TO KU FOOTBALL
September 19, 1996
Harrison Hill, one of the state’s most highly-sought wide receivers and, according to one recruiting service, one of the nation’s best, has given a verbal commitment to Kansas University. Hill, a 5-foot-11, 175-pound two-sport standout from Wichita Collegiate High, picked KU over Kansas State, Notre Dame, Nebraska, Oklahoma and Wichita State.