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KC BAT COMPANY HITS BIG LEAGUES WITH ITS PRODUCTS
December 10, 1998
“All we want are crumbs off the table,” the company’s president said.
NATALIE J. SILVEY
December 10, 1998
Services for Natalie J. Silvey, 68, Ottawa, will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Dengel & Son Mortuary. Burial will be in Highland Cemetery, Ottawa. Mrs. Silvey died Tuesday, Dec. 8, 1998, in Ottawa.
SOUND OFF
December 10, 1998
Douglas County Development Inc. started building a building in East Hills Business Park before they owned the land. The county commission asked them how they can do this and they avoided the question. Can you tell us what occurred here? How can people start building when they don’t own the land? First things first. Douglas County Development Inc. is not building a building at the park. It merely purchased the 10.081 acres from Douglas County for sale to ProSoCo.
TREE AUCTION PROCEEDS TOP $30,000 FOR AGENCY
December 10, 1998
There was a tree for everyone. At least for 50 people. Fifty trees were auctioned off at the 12th annual Festival of Trees fund-raiser for The Shelter Inc. Wednesday night at Liberty Hall.
GSA GOING SLOW ON SUNFLOWER LAND DISPERSAL
December 10, 1998
The federal government’s effort to divest the almost-10,000 acre Sunflower Army Ammunition Plant continues. But no new major development in the slow-moving process is expected until sometime next month, when a draft version of the environmental cleanup plan for the site will be made public, an agency official said Wednesday.
BIRTHS
December 10, 1998
George and Nicole Davis, Lawrence, girl, Wednesday. Boyd and Christy Lund, Baldwin, a girl, Wednesday.
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December 10, 1998
The Time to Talk about College By Ken Sieg
BALLET COMPANY CHANGES NAME TO REPRESENT REGION
December 10, 1998
About 30 young dancers with Kansas Regional Ballet are rehearsing for a performance this weekend.
S CHARACTERS WANT TO REVISE CHRISTMAS STORY
December 10, 1998
The Seem-To-Be Players Children’s Theatre is bringing back a familiar holiday play.
TERRA NOVA HALL OFFERS OPEN MIKE NIGHT
December 10, 1998
The performance space above Milton’s restaurant will feature musicians as well as visual artists.
DOWNTOWN BREWERY TAPS SIMPLIFIED MENU
December 10, 1998
Despite a new menu, the Brown Bear’s strong point remains its fresh-brewed beer.
IN 1898
December 10, 1998
On Dec. 10, 1898, the Lawrence Journal told of the papers delivered at the sanitary convention meeting in the city. The Journal reported: “Dr. Lindsay of Topeka spoke on `the danger to the nervous system in modern education.’ He spoke of some of the methods which tend to unfit our young people for the best results, and the bad effects of over study on the offspring. Our grandfathers who violated all laws of health were stronger and better physically than the present generation who attend to all laws of health. Why is this? Are we degenerating or shall we say it is the effect on an overtaxed nervous system. Over application of study should be discouraged rather than encouraged.” — Courtesy Watkins Community Museum
FREE STATE HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT MAGAN PEARSON WINS A NATIONAL COMPETITION FOR HER SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH.
December 10, 1998
Free State High School senior Magan Pearson can talk about cortical neurons and cerebellar granule cells all day. In fact, her discussion of the pharmacology and toxicology topics led her to a national competition in San Diego, where she won the National Abstract Competition held by The Minority Trainee Research Forum. The competition was sponsored by Johnson & Johnson.
STUDENT HELPS CRAFT JUVENILE JUSTICE PROGRAMS
December 10, 1998
A Lawrence student is going to Washington, D.C., to serve as a youth representative to a national conference that will address juvenile issues.
T COMPUTE WITH KU SERVICE
December 10, 1998
All KU computer dial-in accounts must be renewed by individual account holders by Jan. 31 by filling out a form online.
ALLIEDSIGNAL WINS CONTRACT
December 10, 1998
AlliedSignal Inc. said Wednesday that British Airways Plc agreed to equip its newly ordered Airbus A319 and A320 aircraft with AlliedSignal aircraft gear valued up to $800 million. AlliedSignal, which employs about 500 people at an avionics plant in Lawrence, said the agreement has an estimated value of $225 million, with another $575 million in potential long-term value over the operating life of the aircraft.
BLOCK OF ART
December 10, 1998
To the editor: I was driving through “beautiful” downtown Lawrence recently and I tried to envision how an addition to the Arts Center wedged onto the corner without additional parking would look. I struggled with this considering how strong Lawrence supports the arts. I would like to challenge citizens, government and business leaders to re-consider current plans and brainstorm about possibilities that will take us into the more distant future. Please consider the following alternative.
CONDITION REPORTS
December 10, 1998
* Lauren Patterson, 42, Lawrence, remained in serious condition Wednesday at Kansas University Medical Center, Kansas City, Kan. He was caught in a paper-baling machine Dec. 3 at the Hallmark Cards Inc. plant in Lawrence. * Dorothy “Sally” Kay, 19, remained in fair condition Wednesday at KUMC. Kay was hit by a vehicle while walking home Nov. 29 at 11th and Kentucky.
HOUSING AUTHORITIES RECEIVE GRANT MONEY
December 10, 1998
The Lawrence Housing Authority received a boost of more than $29,000 in federal money to help low-income families find safe and affordable rental housing. The grant is one of eight across the state from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, and will go to Section 8 Family Self-Sufficiency program coordinators.
LAWRENCE TEAMS WIN AT TOURNEY
December 10, 1998
Lawrence teams went undefeated in first-round games Wednesday at the Brandy Martin Memorial Junior High girls basketball tournament at South. Southwest beat Blue Valley Northwest, 51-17, behind Becca Phipps’ 24 points.
KU TRADE WEB SITE HONORED
December 10, 1998
The international trade resource Web site developed by the International Business Resource Center, a business outreach program of the Center for International Business within the School of Business at Kansas University, has been named the “Trade Web Site of the Week” by Cyber Commerce World. Cyber Commerce World, located in South Korea, is an international resource for worldwide importers, exporters and manufacturers that want to promote their business and develop trading opportunities with Korea.
KCK GOVERNMENT GETTING ETHICS AID
December 10, 1998
An ethics outfit created by Kansas University will help Wyandotte County and Kansas City, Kan., government workers and politicians abide by a uniform code of conduct.
I. CARTER ANDERSON
December 10, 1998
Services for I. Carter Anderson, 90, Lawrence, will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Clinton Presbyterian Church. Burial will be in Clinton Cemetery. Mr. Anderson died Tuesday, Dec. 8, 1998, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.
GRAVES EYEING FUTURE CABINET
December 10, 1998
Gov. Bill Graves, heading into his second, four-year term, soon might replace some of his top-level appointees, including some holding Cabinet rank, an administration spokesman said Wednesday. “The governor is using this period for a systemwide review of government agencies,” said spokesman Mike Matson. “He’s indicated that all high-level government jobs are subject to review and there well could be some replacements.”
FORMER TITLE COMPANY EMPLOYEE AGREES TO REPAY EMBEZZLED FUNDS
December 10, 1998
A former employee of the Douglas County Title Company accused of stealing more than $26,000 from the company has agreed to repay the amount over the next three years. Renee M. Proffitt, 39, signed a diversion agreement to repay the missing money last week, and the district attorney’s office has dropped four felony forgery and three felony theft charges.
BRIDGE WORK AHEAD OF SCHEDULE
December 10, 1998
Thanks to unseasonably fair weather the last few weeks, work on the Seventh and 10th street bridges probably will finish ahead of the previously scheduled April completion dates, a city official said Wednesday. “They’re replacing the small box culverts, making them much larger so we’ll have water flow and prevent any backup and damage upstream,” Eudora City Councilman David Darken said. “A lot of people will be glad to see that, especially those along Acorn Court.”
MAYOR JOAN WAGNON SAID.
December 10, 1998
A Denver-based company that handles customer service calls for larger companies is opening a Topeka operation that is expected to bring 725 jobs and a $25 million payroll to the city. TeleTech Holdings Inc. said it would spend $10 million remodeling a former drugstore into a call center, expected to begin operation in March.
BUILDING SLIGHTLY OFF RECORD PACE, STILL STRONG
December 10, 1998
It looks like 1998 is going to have to settle for No. 3. According to a new report from city hall, the value of construction started in Lawrence this year is probably going to wind up slightly below last year’s pace of $127.42 million. It also will finish well below the record pace of 1996, when construction valued at $167.5 million was started in the city.
CHURCH BRINGS ST. NICK TO LIFE
December 10, 1998
Ever wonder why Santa Claus is sometimes referred to as “St. Nick?” Members of a Lawrence church offered an answer of their own on Wednesday: Santa is based on a real person.
CAROL A. DUCKWORTH
December 10, 1998
Services for Carol A. Duckworth, 59, Lawrence, will be at 1:30 p.m. Friday at Warren-McElwain Mortuary. Graveside services are pending at Mt. Olivet Cemetery in Parkersburg, W. Va. Ms. Duckworth died Tuesday, Dec. 8, 1998, at Stormont Vail Regional Medical Center, Topeka.
(NO HEADLINE)
December 10, 1998
Did you hear the joke about two traveling salesmen who … ? This is no joke but we thought it was funny enough to share.
CLASSICAL CONCERT
December 10, 1998
What: “Elegant … Exhilarating,” featuring the Lawrence Chamber Orchestra. When: 2 p.m. Sunday.
A CLASSIC HOLIDAY TALE
December 10, 1998
What: “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever,” presented by Seem-To-Be Players Children’s Theatre. When: 7 p.m. Dec. 17-18 and 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Dec. 19.
A YULETIDE TRADITION
December 10, 1998
What: “The Goodtime Radio Revue,” a variety show hosted by Rachel Hunter. Featured acts: Meli Melomane, a group of Haitian singers now in residence at Kansas University performing medieval and Renaissance music; Judith Simundson, who sings and tells stories about Norway and immigrants to the Great Plains; Eldar Djangirov, an 11-year-old jazz pianist from Kyrgyzstan; and Bluestem, a band that blends cowboy songs and stories.
COUNTRY MEETS ROCK
December 10, 1998
Who: Lucinda Williams, with opener Jim Lauderdale. When: 9 p.m. Friday.
BLUES AND BREWS
December 10, 1998
Restaurant: The Brown Bear Brewing Co., 729 Mass. Hours: From 4 p.m. to 2 a.m. Mondays-Fridays and 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. Saturdays-Sundays.
SW BELL TIGHTENS CRAMMING NOOSE
December 10, 1998
Cramming and slamming have affected thousands of Kansans, and a new survey found more than half are concerned about falling victim to the illegal practices.
SIMUNDSON SINGS SONGS OF NORWAY
December 10, 1998
A singer-storyteller from Iowa will perform Christmas-related selections at two concerts this weekend in Lawrence.
SUCCESS STILL SURPRISES LUCINDA WILLIAMS
December 10, 1998
The singer’s latest album, “Car Wheels on a Gravel Road,” is full of her melody-driven roots rock.
CHAMBER ORCHESTRA TACKLES CLASSICAL COMPOSITIONS
December 10, 1998
The orchestra’s winter concert will include selections by Vivaldi, Haydn, Corelli and Mozart.
OMAHA THEATER TROUPE PRESENTS HOLIDAY DELIGHT
December 10, 1998
No scrooges survived the performance of “A Christmas Carol” Wednesday night at the Lied Center. Anyone who walked in with an ounce of humbugginess was quickly cured by the entertaining Nebraska Theatre Caravan production of the Charles Dickens classic. The Lied Center was packed to the rafters with youngsters from 4 to 64, who watched the crotchety Ebenezer Scrooge transform himself into a man embodying the spirit of Christmas.
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December 10, 1998
These poems were written by students in Joy Clumsky’s creative writing class at Lawrence High School. The writers were challenged to select a work of art that “spoke” to them on an imaginative/emotional level and to interpret that art via free-verse or rhymed poetry. These poems demonstrate how creativity in one form may generate creativity in another form and that springboards to the imagination are everywhere and are ours for the taking. Dying Dreams
DRIVE NETS FOOD FOR SALVATION ARMY
December 10, 1998
A food drive at a local chiropractor’s office last weekend has netted about 300 sacks of food, which will be donated to the local Salvation Army later this week. The drive was held Saturday at Advanced Chiropractic Services, 3300 W. 15th.
S GROUP TO DISCUSS STRESS
December 10, 1998
The Lawrence Parkinson Support Group will meet Tuesday to discuss how to cope with holiday-related stress. Mary Cordaro, a local pastoral counselor with Parkinson’s Disease, will lead the group in exploring ways of dealing with the holiday.
(NO HEADLINE)
December 10, 1998
Here’s a summary of regional economic conditions before Dec. 1, compiled by the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City: “The economy grew moderately … but signs of easing are still present. Retail sales rebounded, and automobile sales enjoyed a good month. Construction activity also remained fairly solid. … Manufacturing activity was flat, and expectations about the future are substantially lower. The energy sector slipped back into decline, as oil prices began falling again.”
OMAHA TROUPE DELIVERS SPIRIT TO HOLIDAY CROWD
December 10, 1998
No scrooges survived the performance of “A Christmas Carol” Wednesday night at the Lied Center. Anyone who walked in with an ounce of humbugginess was quickly cured by the entertaining Nebraska Theatre Caravan production of the Charles Dickens classic. The Lied Center was packed to the rafters with youngsters from 4 to 64, who watched the crotchety Ebenezer Scrooge transform himself into a man embodying the spirit of Christmas.
(NO HEADLINE)
December 10, 1998
Back to the drawing board? If plans to expand the Lawrence Arts Center just aren’t coming together, the principals shouldn’t be afraid to backtrack and consider new options.
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December 10, 1998
12-10-98Chuck Woodling column Everything was jake with Jacob Jaackes late Tuesday night in Allen Fieldhouse.
A 60-YEAR-OLD DANCE CRAZE IS MAKINGCOMEBACK.
December 10, 1998
For starters, I think I set the bar too high. When Krista, my bride, mentioned swing dance classes, I immediately thought of the gyrating, khaki-wearing and — perhaps most insulting of all — smiling young people on The Gap commercial.
December 10, 1998
“Backyard Visionaries” touts the inventiveness and originality of self-taught “makers” in the Midwest.
LOSS TO IOWA ON TUESDAY NIGHT.
December 10, 1998
Kansas University’s men’s basketball team let an 18-point lead slip away in Tuesday’s 85-81 loss to Iowa at Allen Fieldhouse. The Jayhawks missed 12 of 23 free throws, including six of their first nine tries the second half. What’s more, they were outrebounded by the Hawkeyes, 24-12, the final 20 minutes.
LAW ENFORCEMENT REPORT
December 10, 1998
Burglaries and thefts reported * A 58-year-old Topeka woman reported she left a suitcase full of merchandise on a loading dock, and it was stolen. The theft happened between 10 a.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday at the Antique Mall of Lawrence, 830 Mass. The suitcase contained leather goods, jewelry and other items worth $5,844.
S HOLIDAY SHOWS WILL OFFER A VARIETY OF STYLES AND MEDIA.
December 10, 1998
Marion Dyer and Lori Hinrichsen have collaborated for a holiday open house this weekend that will showcase their works in fabric and handmade paper. The festive sale, at 1205 Pa., begins with an artists’ reception from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday and continues from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday.
THE NCAA BASEBALL RULES COMMITTEE HAS RECOMMENDED THAT ALUMINUM BATS BE BANNED BY THE 1999 POSTSEASON.
December 10, 1998
The crack of the bat well could replace the accustomed ping when Kansas University’s baseball team takes the field in February. By 2000, all NCAA schools will have to comply with restrictions on high-performance — that is, aluminum — bats, and the NCAA Div. I Baseball Rules Committee has recommended that timetable be moved up to the 1999 postseason.
GARY VINYARD
December 10, 1998
Services for Gary Vinyard, 49, Reno, Nev., are pending. Mr. Vinyard died early Wednesday, Dec. 9, 1998, at a Reno, Nev. hospital.
S TEAM SUFFERED A 98-72 SETBACK AGAINST KEMPER MILITARY.
December 10, 1998
Two university teams shooting the basketball successfully is a lot like a close friend having bronchitis. It’s not contagious.
NORTH LAWRENCE GROUP TO DISCUSS MARKET
December 10, 1998
The North Lawrence Improvement Assn. will hold a meeting at 7 p.m. Monday at IOOF Hall, Sixth and Lincoln. There will be a discussion of the holidays and of the closing of Chris’s Fresh Market and the reasons behind it.
DEATH
December 10, 1998
State health inspectors had received complaints about a local day-care provider before a 6-month-old baby died on her watch.
YOUNG DANCERS
December 10, 1998
What: “Through the Looking Glass,” featuring the Kansas Regional Ballet. When: 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday.
(NO HEADLINE)
December 10, 1998
Concerning a problem with my brakes, I’ve had my car looked at by three different places and have received three extremely different answers. Why is that? There could be a number of reasons, but without more information, the probable answer is that different shops have different policies, said Bill Fleischer, fleet coordinator for the AAA of Kansas.
NORTH LAWRENCE GROUP TO DISCUSS MARKET
December 10, 1998
The North Lawrence Improvement Assn. will hold a meeting at 7 p.m. Monday at IOOF Hall, Sixth and Lincoln. There will be a discussion of the holidays and of the closing of Chris’s Fresh Market and the reasons behind it.
DESERVES CHEERS
December 10, 1998
A Kansas native is stirring up some cinematic dust with his black comedy.
WILLIAM ELMER GRAY
December 10, 1998
Services for William Elmer Gray, 83, Harrison, will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Coffman Chapel. Burial will be at East Lawn in Marshall. Mr. Gray died Wednesday, Dec. 9, 1998, in Harrison.
OUR TOWN
December 10, 1998
Flames Earn Third: Lawrence Flames sixth grade basketball team finished third in the Plaza Lights tourney in Kansas City, Mo. Team members are Rachel Amyx, Jennifer Baker, Drew DeBiasse, Chloe Hall, Drew Huff, Megan Klingler, Erin Kramer, Jamie Stanclift, Shannon Worley and Megan Wyatt. Coaches are Jeff Wyatt, Darrell Huff and Brad Baker. *