Archive for Saturday, August 8, 1998

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WHEAT VARIETIES RELEASED FOR FALL PLANTING
August 8, 1998
Bowing to pressure from growers, researchers have opted for unrestricted public release this fall of two hard white wheat varieties that may reshape the future of Kansas wheat production. The names of the two new wheat varieties — Betty and Heyne — were revealed during Kansas State University’s Fall Cereal conference in Manhattan.
MAJOR ACHIEVEMENTS
August 8, 1998
According to the most recent survey of the Kansas University student body, the five most popular undergraduate majors at KU are: 1. Biological sciences
IF I WANTED TO SEND FAN MAIL TO THE KANSAS CITY CHIEFS, WHERE WOULD I SEND IT TO?
August 8, 1998
Send it to Kansas City Chiefs, One Arrowhead Drive, Kansas City, Mo. 64129.
COMEDY GROUP SCORES BIG LAUGHS
August 8, 1998
A full house packed the Lawrence Arts Center Friday evening to take in “Autocratic Carwash,” the latest sketch comedy show by The Matchbook Men, and was rewarded with two solid hours of hilarity from the very funny collegiate performers. The actors not only exhibited great comic timing, plus an ease and agility before the crowd, but the script exposed their chemistry as writers in the not-as-easy-as-it-looks collaborative writing process.
SCHOOL COMMUNICATION
August 8, 1998
Speak to us in English, please. A report from the Lawrence school district that was included in a recent edition of the Journal-World provides some discouraging examples of the district’s communication skills.
S LONG OVERDUE, AND IT IS DIFFICULT TO UNDERSTAND WHY IT TOOK SO LONG TO INITIATE THIS PROJECT.
August 8, 1998
The second phase is due to begin immediately after this season’s last home football game — against North Texas on Nov. 7 — and will entail a new press box and 35 suites. A new videoboard and sound system also are included in the project. The question of whether the track will be taken out, the football field lowered and approximately 10 more rows of seats added is still up in the air.
SMITH
August 8, 1998
Services for Orlin W. “Pete” Smith, 67, Ottawa, will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Westminster Presbyterian Church, Ottawa. Burial with military honors will be in Highland Cemetery, Ottawa. Mr. Smith died Saturday, Aug. 8, 1998, at Ransom Memorial Hospital in Ottawa.
NAOMI SCHELDEL
August 8, 1998
Services for Naomi Scheldel, 81, Edgerton, will be at 1 p.m. Monday at Wilson and Son Chapel, Wellsville. Burial will be at Clearfield Cemetery, rural Eudora. She died Friday, Aug. 7, 1998, at Olathe Medical Center.
LETHA M. KNIGHT
August 8, 1998
Services for Letha M. Knight, 84, Quenemo, will be at 10 a.m. Monday at Feltner Chapel, Lyndon. Burial will be at Woodlawn Cemetery, Pomona. Mrs. Knight died Thursday, Aug. 6, 1998, at Lyndon Nursing Home.
JAYCEES CONVENTION MIXES BUSINESSFUN
August 8, 1998
Building better communities and better members is what the Jaycees are all about, a national officer said Friday. Milton Kauahi, one the United States Junior Chamber of Commerce’s national vice presidents, said the group’s focus was on local communities and making a difference in them without a lot of fanfare.
RIVER RESPECT
August 8, 1998
To the editor: In his Aug. 2 J-W Outdoors column, Ned Kehde describes the Kansas River as “too perilous,” “a difficult and dangerous place (for a fishing guide) to work.” Then he invites us to conclude that trying the Kaw for flathead catfish is prohibitively expensive, by relating how in June one angler spent $1,000 on gas and bait during a five-day trip.
WILLIAM EAGLETON
August 8, 1998
Graveside services for William E. “Okie” Eagleton, 82, will be at 1:30 p.m. Monday at Bushton Cemetery. Mr. Bushton died Friday, Aug. 7, 1998, at St. Francis Medical in Wichita.
REGARDING THE WARPED TOUR, WAS THERE ANY CONSIDERATION MADE OF TRAFFIC ENTERING NEIGHBORHOODS? THE PARKING COULD HAVE BEEN CONTROLLED A LOT BETTER. ARE THERE ANY OTHER EVENTS BEING PLANNED, AND DOES T
August 8, 1998
Jeff Fortier, of Avalanche Productions, provided the following answer: “Yes, the neighborhood was taken into consideration. The event was approved by the city commission. The police department was informed prior to the event. However, the public works department is not allowed to utilize their `no parking’ signs unless it is a city-sponsored event.
DERBY A SMASHING SUCCESS
August 8, 1998
Say what you will about the steer exhibit, but the biggest show of muscle at the Douglas County Free Fair is the demolition derby. The mix of mud and mangled metal coupled with huge doses of testosterone and road rage is one of the fair’s biggest draws, with an estimated 4,000 people turning out Friday evening despite an increase in ticket prices.
CANVASSERS ELECT TO TOSS SOME VOTES
August 8, 1998
The county’s Republican Party chairman challenged some decisions of the board of canvassers.
LAWRENCE HIGH PARKING STICKERS GO ON SALE
August 8, 1998
Lawrence High School students planning to purchase parking stickers for the 1998-1999 school year can do so Tuesday in the Lawrence High School Commons Area. Seniors can purchase stickers at 7 p.m.; juniors at 7:30 p.m. All students must have registration and car insurance. Cost for the stickers is $10.
DOUGLAS COUNTY ON HIGH-RISK LIST FOR DISASTERS
August 8, 1998
Douglas County carries a high risk for disaster, the director of emergency management says. The dense population, coupled with risks such as tornadoes, chemical manufacturing and the proximity to major highway corridors as well as the Kansas River and Clinton Dam, give the area a high risk rating, Paula Phillips says in a letter to commissioners.
LOADING UP
August 8, 1998
With traffic expected to keep increasing at 15th and Iowa streets, officials are mulling plans to add turn lanes. Here are daily projections for traffic at the intersection in the year 2020, and the percentage increase since 1994: 15th (west of Iowa): 24,043, up 23.4 percent.
DISTRICT BEGINS SAFETY DRIVE
August 8, 1998
Lawrence schools start another blue-ribbon campaign in hopes of raising safety awareness.
LAW ENFORCEMENT REPORT
August 8, 1998
Burglaries and thefts reported * A 13-foot, 6-inch enclosed trailer was reported stolen from Pur-O-Zone at 345 N. Iowa between 5 p.m. June 26 and 8 a.m. June 29, Lawrence Police reported Friday. It was valued at $4,850.
LAW ENFORCEMENT REPORT
August 8, 1998
Burglaries and thefts reported * A 13-foot, 6-inch fully-enclosed trailer was reported stolen from Pur-O-Zone at 345 N. Iowa between 5 p.m. June 26 and 8 a.m. June 29. It was valued at $4,850.
IN 1898
August 8, 1998
On Aug. 8, 1898, the Lawrence Journal noted newspaper difficulties with the Wyandotte Tribune and stated: “Kansas City, Kansas is a disgrace to the state of Kansas. It ought to be annexed to Missouri, and given over with its dishonesty, its corruption, its meanness and its pusillanimity (cowardice) to the state it worships….Wyandotte is the cesspool of Kansas. In it may be found the scum and riff-raff of the whole state. It is the combined Sodom and Gormorrah of Kansas. But it will be saved….may the time come soon when Kansas people shall not be compelled to hold their noses when they pass Wyandotte.” — Courtesy Watkins Community Museum
HARVEST OF ARTS NEEDS VOLUNTEERS
August 8, 1998
Volunteers are needed to help with the ninth annual Harvest of Arts, which will be held Sept. 22 to Oct. 4 at various locations around Lawrence. Events planned this year include a film festival, singer/songwriter showcase and dance performances. The festival needs volunteers, Mary L. Gray said. People interested can attend a “schmooze event,” at 7 p.m. today at Free State Brewery.
INDEPENDENCE INC. SEEKING VOLUNTEERS
August 8, 1998
Independence Inc. is currently taking applications for Volunteer Peer Counselors. The resource center is looking for persons with disabilities to serve as advocates, mentors and friends for other people with disabilities. Peer counselors are supervised and have ample opportunities for networking with other peer counselors.
LET THE GAMES BEGIN
August 8, 1998
IBM’s decision to shed sponsorship of the Olympics has set off a race by other major computer companies to take over. New York (ap) — A decision by International Business Machines Corp. to sever its 38-year marketing relationship as a sponsor of the Olympic Games is sparking a competition by about a dozen major computer companies to fill Big Blue’s shoes.
DISTRICT COURT MARRIAGE LICENSES ISSUED
August 8, 1998
Dennis William Vigna, 28, Lawrence, and Rachelle Ann James, 28, Lawrence Jason Bishop, 24, Lawrence, and Elisabeth Ehling, 23, Lawrence
TIEBREAKERS
August 8, 1998
The Douglas County Board of Canvassers reviewed provisional — or challenged votes — Friday, allowing some and throwing others out. The board’s decisions broke three ties for precinct committee positions. In Precinct 3, Ward 1, the county declared Mary Corman the Republican committeewoman. In Precinct 4, Ward 3, the board declared Tennyson Bland the Republican committeewoman. In Precinct 3, Ward 4, it declared Louise M. Silber the Democratic committeewoman.
PHYLLIS MAE ADAMSON
August 8, 1998
Mass of Christian Burial for Phyllis Mae Adamson, 59, Olathe, will be at 10 a.m. Monday at St. Paul’s Catholic Church, Olathe. Burial will follow at Mount Calvary Cemetery, Olathe. Mrs. Adamson died Friday, Aug. 7, 1998, at the Olathe Medical Center.
WHAT STARTED AS A KANSAS UNIVERSITY NOVELTY HAS EXPANDED.
August 8, 1998
Judy Brzoska has not defected: She’s still a Jayhawk fan. Her license plate — JHKKUKI, for Jayhawk Cookies — proves it.
S MAJOR ATTRACTION
August 8, 1998
Biological science was once again top of the hill among undergraduate majors at Kansas University.
ACCIDENT INJURIES RESULT IN DEATH
August 8, 1998
A man injured in a rollover accident Tuesday just outside Lawrence died Friday. Larry Williams, 23, Overland Park, was taken off life support Friday afternoon in the Overland Park Regional Medical Center intensive care unit, according to the hospital. He was pronounced dead at 6:15 p.m.
BIRTHS
August 8, 1998
Lori Firestone and Dustin Chambers, a girl, Ottawa, Thursday. Leslie Elkins and Michael Neugebauer, a boy, Wellsville, Friday.
HOOPSTERS SCORE TRIP TO AAU FINALS
August 8, 1998
The Lawrence Hoopsters 10-and-under team leaves today for Florida to play in the national AAU basketball tournament.
OPPORTUNITY LOST
August 8, 1998
The primary election defeat of a local retired educator makes it far more likely the state board of education’s 5-5 stalemate will be maintained. Dan Neuenswander’s defeat in Tuesday’s Republican primary race for the state school board was disappointing not only because Neuenswander was well-qualified for the post but also because it, along with other primary results, probably portends a continuation of the 5-5 stalemate on the board.
KEITH MCINNIS
August 8, 1998
Services for Keith Allen McInnis, 33, Lawrence, are pending and will be announced by Warren-McElwain Mortuary. McInnis died Thursday at Kansas University Medical Center, Kansas City, Kan., from injuries suffered in an automobile accident.
THE LEARNING NETWORK MAKES READING MORE ACCESSIBLE FOR STUDENTS.
August 8, 1998
A group of Lawrence teachers and administrators are preparing to bring a new way of thinking into the classroom. The 33 educators just returned from the Literacy Learning Institute in Aurora, Colo., where they picked up tips on making reading and writing more accessible to students.
DOUGLAS COUNTY IS AT HIGH RISK BECAUSE OF THE FOLLOWING FACTORS, ACCORDING TO PAULA PHILLIPS, THE DIRECTOR OF EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT:
August 8, 1998
* Tornadoes * Proximity to major highway corridors
CAROLYN G. STARKEY
August 8, 1998
Services for Carolyn G. Starkey are pending and will be announced by Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home. She died Friday, Aug. 7, 1998, in Everton, Mo.
POLICE ENFORCE CURFEW
August 8, 1998
Police picked up two Kansas City-area teen-agers Friday morning for breaking Lawrence’s curfew ordinance, and found a gun in their car. The 17-year-olds, one from Kansas City, Kan., and the other from Roeland Park, were parked at 2:20 a.m. in a handicapped space in front of Kwik Shop, 1611 E. 23rd. A police officer checked their IDs, and took them to juvenile intake. One was released to his parents; the other was taken to the Youth Services Center in North Lawrence because his parents weren’t immediately available.
IOWA CHANGES
August 8, 1998
Engineers figure it will cost $2 million to ease traffic congestion at the busy intersection.