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Free-throw woes doom Firebirds
December 11, 1998
If Free State High’s girls basketball team shot as well from the free-throw line as it did from three-point range, the Firebirds might have won on Thursday night.
Lions battle Thunderbirds, but fall 52-38
December 11, 1998
Lawrence High’s girls basketball team grabbed Shawnee Heights’ attention Thursday night. “I don’t think Shawnee Heights was expecting this much of a battle,” LHS coach David Platt said. “They had to come back and really execute.”
Columbia Hickman buries LHS with three-pointers
December 11, 1998
The Kewpies were dolls from three-point range in the first round of the Blue Valley boys basketball tournament on Thursday night. Columbia (Mo.) Hickman, nicknamed the Kewpies, bombarded Lawrence High with 34 three-point attempts, connecting on 10, to overwhelm the Lions, 70-63.
MARGARET J. ROBERTSON
December 11, 1998
Graveside services for Margaret J. Robertson, 86, Lawrence, will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Memorial Park Cemetery, Lawrence. Mrs. Robertson died Thursday, Dec. 10, 1998, at Hickory Pointe Care and Rehabilitation Center, Oskaloosa.
END WITH EYE TO FUTURE
December 11, 1998
Panelists and residents discussed how to battle racism and discrimination at the final Lawrence Alliance “conversation.”
GOLDIE IRENE SCHLINK
December 11, 1998
Services for Goldie Irene Schlink, 78, Lawrence, will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Washington Creek Church of the Brethren, 609 E. 550 Road. Interment will follow in Overbrook Cemetery. Mrs. Schlink died Thursday, Dec. 10, 1998, at her home.
CAROLERS TO BENEFIT HABITAT FOR HUMANITY
December 11, 1998
Home Harmony, a choral group made up of about 30 Lawrence residents, is donating contributions it receives while caroling this year in downtown Lawrence to the local affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International. The group will perform traditional and pop holiday tunes from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays through the Christmas season along Massachusetts Street.
PROPOSED SRS CHANGES HIGHLIGHTED
December 11, 1998
The SRS Transition Oversight Committee on Thursday proposed more than 20 ways to improve the state’s privatized foster care system. Among them: * Creation of an independent ombudsman office to investigate complaints made by social workers, parents and others.
SOUND OFF
December 11, 1998
Why was the drop box in Dillons on 23rd Street for the Journal-World payment and cable payment closed? That’s incorrect. A branch facility was closed. The drop box has not been closed.
LAW ENFORCEMENT REPORT POLICE REPORTS
December 11, 1998
* Police are investigating a report of cruelty to animals in which a dog was allegedly left in the basement of a townhome in the 2700 block of West 24th Terrace. A neighbor on Wednesday reported that the owners of the dog weren’t cleaning up after it, and that the smell had been bothering other residents for several months, police said. A 26-year-old Lawrence man reported the problem has been going on since 1995. No arrests had been made as of Thursday night. Burglaries and thefts reported
JAKE LAWRENCE, FREE STATE CLASS: JUNIOR. SPORTWRESTLING.
December 11, 1998
The week: After Free State coaches talked him into going out for wrestling this season, Lawrence placed in a tournament for the first time, winning the 189-pound division of the Spring Hill Invitational last Saturday. Comment: “He’s got worlds of ability, probably one of the better athletes in the school,” FSHS coach Darrell Andrew said. “Jake did an excellent job at the tournament. He’s been working really hard in practice. Since he got that victory there in the championship, he’s been working twice as hard.
COUPLE BANKING ON CHESTNUTS
December 11, 1998
A Lawrence couple hopes to grow enough chestnuts to roast on an open fire next year.
NEW CHILD-WELFARE COMMISSIONER CHOSEN
December 11, 1998
Longtime political activist Joyce Allegrucci was named Thursday to head the state Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services’ Commission on Children and Family Services. SRS Secretary Rochelle Chronister made the announcement before a legislative committee that for the last several months has been studying child welfare issues.
MARKET BRINGS MEDITERRANEAN TO CITY
December 11, 1998
When Mohammed Alzaiti opened his little grocery earlier this year, he figured it would be a hit mostly with Middle-Eastern people. He was wrong.
YOUTHS IN STEP WITH THEIR HERITAGE
December 11, 1998
The New Dawn Native Dancers, who are resurrecting the culture of their ancestors, treated East Heights students to a presentation of their American Indian dance skills.
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December 11, 1998
Lawrence High’s girls basketball team grabbed Shawnee Heights’ attention Thursday night. “I don’t think Shawnee Heights was expecting this much of a battle,” LHS coach David Platt said. “They had to come back and really execute.”
BIKE-FRIENDLINESS
December 11, 1998
Consultants and the city’s Bicycle Advisory Committee will welcome public comments during a meeting at 6 p.m. Tuesday at the South Park Recreation Center, 1141 Mass.
JULY FIGHT AT STRIP CLUB MAY BRING DISCIPLINARY ACTION FIREFIGHTERS FACE COURT CHARGES
December 11, 1998
Three firefighters with Lawrence-Douglas County Fire & Medical appeared in court Thursday, five months after their alleged involvement in a brawl at a strip club. Sean Sawyer, 36, Richard Bull, 26, and Miguel Armenta, 29, are charged with disorderly conduct for the July 11 fight at the Paradise Saloon, near the Leavenworth County line on U.S. Highway 24-40. Prosecutors also charged Sawyer with battery. All of the charges are misdemeanors.
FAVOR TURNS HARMFUL
December 11, 1998
It was almost lights out for a 23-year-old man who says he helped a stranger change a headlight in his car. The good Samaritan told police he helped another man change the headlight about 12:10 a.m. Saturday in the 600 block of Maine.
ALLEN SUPPORTERS
December 11, 1998
To the editor: Many of my friends and I are very upset with Chuck Woodling’s very, very negative report on Coach Terry Allen’s activities these past few days.
SOUTH, SOUTHWEST READY TO CLASH IN MARTIN FINALS
December 11, 1998
Mandy Amyx scored 31 points as South stopped Central, 59-50, in a semifinal game of the Brandy Martin Memorial junior high girls basketball tournament on Thursday. Stephanie Heider scored 14 points and Ashley Ferrington added 13 as Southwest edged West, 49-46, in the other semi to set up a South-Southwest championship game. Mallory Richardson led Central with 18 points. Katy Vormehr scored 20 for West (7-8).
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December 11, 1998
Kenneth L. “Pete” Stadler Kansas City, Mo. — Graveside services for Kenneth L. “Pete” Stadler, 66, Independence, Mo., will be held at 10 a.m. today at Floral Hills Cemetery.
CONCERT TICKETS GO ON SALE SATURDAY
December 11, 1998
Tickets for three concerts by major singing stars will go on sale Saturday. The concerts are Lauryn Hill, with special guest Outkast, 7:30 p.m. Feb. 25, Midland Theatre, 1228 Main, Kansas City, Mo.; Celine Dion, 8 p.m. March 29, Kemper Arena, 1800 Gennesse, Kansas City, Mo.; and `N Sync, 7:30 p.m. May 2, Civic Auditorium, 1804 Capitol Ave., Omaha, Neb.
POLICE ARREST SUSPECT IN HIT-AND-RUN ACCIDENT
December 11, 1998
A police officer was in the right place at the right time Thursday morning when a suspect in a nearby hit-and-run accident drove by him. Police Sgt. George Wheeler said Brent Lee Watson, 24, hit a car containing two people at 24th and Ousdahl, and then drove north by the officer at 23rd and Ousdahl.
HELEN S. LINDBERG
December 11, 1998
Services for Helen S. Lindberg, 88, Belen, N.M., will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday at the First United Methodist Church of Belen. Graveside services will be held at 1 p.m. Friday at Mount Moriah Cemetery, Kansas City, Mo. Mrs. Lindberg died Wednesday, Dec. 9, 1998, at the Valley Norte Caring Center, Albuquerque, N.M.
JASON FENDER, LAWRENCE HIGH CLASS: JUNIOR. SPORTWRESTLING.
December 11, 1998
The week: Fender, a 160-pound wrestler, has compiled a 6-1 record through two meets. He went 4-1 at the season-opening Shawnee Mission East Invitational. On Tuesday, he pinned one opponent and won on a 12-6 decision. Comment: “He’s wrestling really well and keeps moving, staying after guys and he’s starting to get his technique down,” Lawrence High coach Jeff Tummons said.
S CHARITY WORK KEEPS CYCLISTS PEDALING ALL OVER TOWN
December 11, 1998
A KU professor of engineering takes pleasure in restoring discarded bicycles for donation to charity.
LAWRENCE WOMAN AMONG MODERATES PICKED TO LEAD GOP
December 11, 1998
Alice Ann Johnston was elected Republican Party vice chair for the 3rd Congressional District and will be asked to help mend a rift that split the party into conservative and moderate factions.
GROUP SEEKS HALL NOMINEES
December 11, 1998
The Kansas Teachers’ Hall of Fame in Dodge City is accepting nominations for the class of 1999. Any K-12 or technical-vocational teacher or administrator who has contributed to education in Kansas for at least 25 years is eligible. Anyone may nominate a teacher for Hall of Fame consideration. Nomination forms are available by contacting the Kansas Teachers’ Hall of Fame, 603 Fifth Ave., Dodge City 67801, or Dr. Sharol Little, superintendent of schools, USD 443, P.O. Box 460, Dodge City 67801.
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December 11, 1998
The Lucinda Williams concert will begin at 8 p.m. today at Liberty Hall. A story in Thursday’s Mag gave an incorrect starting time. *
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December 11, 1998
A barber shop was misidentified in a story Thursday about interest in Lawrence on the televised impeachment hearings. The correct barber shop was the Downtown Barber Shop, 824 Mass.
IN 1898
December 11, 1998
On Dec. 11, 1898, the Lawrence Journal stated: “The ice on the river is between 6 and 7 inches thick, and is expected harvesting will commence …” — Courtesy Watkins Community Museum
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December 11, 1998
Regarding the new pool at Free State High School: Why are they planning to put the sun deck on the north side where it won’t get much sun? The architects have assumed that no one will be out “sunning” themselves in the winter, Lawrence City Manager Mike Wildgen said. During the summer the sun is far enough north that there will be plenty of exposure to the sun with the design they have presented.
PANEL: GIVE FOSTER CARE MORE FUNDS
December 11, 1998
A legislative panel has concluded that money is the root of problems with the state’s foster care system.
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December 11, 1998
SANTA CLAUS IS Coming BACK TO TOWN
LORI L. SMOTHERS
December 11, 1998
Services for Lori L. Smothers, 33, Ottawa, will be held at 1 p.m. Sunday at Penwell-Gabel Mid-Town Funeral Home. Cremation will follow with private inurnment services to be held later at Mt. Hope Cemetery. Mrs. Smothers died Wednesday, Dec. 9, 1998, at her home.
FARMERS MARKET TO HOLD HOLIDAY MARKET
December 11, 1998
The Lawrence Farmers Market will hold its annual Holiday Market from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at Building 21 at the Douglas County 4-H Fairgrounds, 2200 Harper. Vendors from the summer market will offer a variety of homegrown and homemade items for sale, including holiday breads, goat cheeses, wooden toys, dried flower wreaths and bird feed.
CORRECTION
December 11, 1998
The Lucinda Williams concert will begin at 8 p.m. today at Liberty Hall. A story in Thursday’s Mag gave an incorrect starting time.
ATTENTIONSHOPPERS
December 11, 1998
To the editor: On Dec. 10, a short Asociated Press story in the “Business Briefcase” caught my attention. One could read that “Germans used to high prices, rude sales clerks and long lines at the checkout are about to get a break: Wal-Mart is arriving with an American-style shopper-friendly experience.” Thank God for Wal-Mart?
FARMERS MARKET TO HOLD HOLIDAY MARKET
December 11, 1998
The Lawrence Farmers Market will hold its annual Holiday Market from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at Building 21 at the Douglas County 4-H Fairgrounds, 2200 Harper. Vendors from the summer market will offer a variety of homegrown and homemade items for sale, including holiday breads, goat cheeses, wooden toys, dried flower wreaths and bird feed.
HANUKKAH, AN EIGHT-DAY FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS, CELEBRATES JEWISH PRIDE.
December 11, 1998
Rabbi Judith Beiner says she isn’t offended when people wish her a Merry Christmas. But after the 20th time, it does begin to grate on her nerves.
S MAJOR RELIGIOUS OBSERVANCES. KNIGHT RIDDER NEWS SERVICE
December 11, 1998
Think you know all about the major religious observances in the month of December? Well, then, which religion observes Dec. 26 as the death of its prophet? And which one considers Dec. 21 the start of its new year? Here’s a test to see how much you really know — or don’t know.
SENIOR DIJON DILLON LED THE FIREBIRDS IN SCORING FOR THE SECOND GAME IN A ROW AS FREE STATE DEFEATED INDEPENDENCE, 67-57, IN THE FIRST ROUND OF THE EMPORIA TIPOFF CLASSIC.
December 11, 1998
It wasn’t a typical Firebirds victory, but No. 10 Free State certainly will take Thursday’s 67-57 win over Independence in the first-round of the Emporia Tipoff Classic. “We came out and jumped on them from the start this game,” said Free State senior center Dijon Dillon, who scored a game-high 17 points. “Usually with Free State it’s a close game, come-from-behind type thing. We didn’t let it really turn into that this game. We took control of it from the start and controlled the game throughout.”
911 CALL COMES TOO LATE TO SAVE KU STUDENT
December 11, 1998
Michael Conley kept to himself but loved to play in the park with his dog, neighbors say.
S DREAMING OF A LIGHT CHRISTMAS
December 11, 1998
Santa Claus urges girls and boys to prioritize when putting together their Christmas lists.
MARIAN L. MCCORKILL
December 11, 1998
Services for Marian L. McCorkill, 66, Lawrence, are pending and will be announced by Warren-McElwain Mortuary. Ms. McCorkill died Thursday, Dec. 10, 1998, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.
NO. 10 KANSAS WILL PLAY HOST TO 6-0 USC AT 7:05 P.M. SATURDAY.
December 11, 1998
Kansas senior Ryan Robertson has yet to forget Tuesday’s stunning 85-81 home loss to Iowa. The agony of defeat — KU’s first men’s basketball setback in Allen Fieldhouse in 63 games — may sting a long time.
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December 11, 1998
The Kewpies were dolls from three-point range in the first round of the Blue Valley boys basketball tournament on Thursday night. Columbia (Mo.) Hickman, nicknamed the Kewpies, bombarded Lawrence High with 34 three-point attempts, connecting on 10, to overwhelm the Lions, 70-63.
SISTERS COLLABORATE WITH BOOK, NEW MUSIC
December 11, 1998
An inspiration three years ago in Tulsa, Okla., has led to a children’s book and companion tape, recorded by one of the choirs at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church in Lawrence. The music from the tape will be featured as part of a Celebration Singers concert at 1:30 p.m. Sunday at St. John. The book and tape will be available for purchase at the concert.
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December 11, 1998
If Free State High’s girls basketball team shot as well from the free-throw line as it did from three-point range, the Firebirds might have won on Thursday night. Instead, Free State made just seven of 19 free throws — compared to a perfect 2-of-2 from three-point territory — and was defeated by Garden City, 43-33, in the first game of the round-robin Emporia Tournament.
CRYSTAL TUTSCHULTE, BALDWIN CLASS: JUNIOR. SPORTBASKETBALL.
December 11, 1998
The week: In three victories for Baldwin, Tutschulte has averaged 23 points. She scored 27 points and hit 11 of 12 free throws on Tuesday in a 65-56 overtime victory over Ottawa, sending the Bulldogs into tonight’s final of the Iola tournament. Comment: “We’re running a new offense with her at the wing and posting up inside,” BHS coach Mike Berg said. “She’s a small post and we have her more on the perimeter. She’s an all-around player, a rebounder and great outside shooter.”
Free State boys win opener in Emporia
December 11, 1998
It wasn’t a typical Firebirds victory, but No. 10 Free State certainly will take Thursday’s 67-57 win over Independence in the first-round of the Emporia Tipoff Classic.
KANSAN TO VOTE FOR IMPEACHMENT
December 11, 1998
Rep. Todd Tiahrt on Thursday became the first member of the Kansas delegation to declare he will vote for impeachment articles. “It’s apparent from all the facts, and even the rebuttals that have been presented, that the president definitely lied to the grand jury, the American public, his staff and his family,” Tiahrt, R-Kan., said.
BALLOTSBOXES
December 11, 1998
Questionnaires and collection boxes are available at eight locations: Community Mercantile Co-op, 901 Miss.; Checkers Foods, 2300 La.; Cycle Works, 1601 W. 23rd; The Bike Shop, 818 Mass.; Sunflower Outdoor & Bike Shop, 802 Mass.; Kansas Union, Jayhawk Boulevard; Lawrence Public Library, 707 Vt.; and city hall, Sixth and Massachusetts.
POLICE REPORTS
December 11, 1998
* Police are investigating a report of cruelty to animals in which a dog was allegedly left in the basement of a townhome in the 2700 block of West 24th Terrace. A neighbor on Wednesday reported that the owners of the dog weren’t cleaning up after it, and that the smell had been bothering other residents for several months, police said. A 26-year-old Lawrence man reported the problem has been going on since 1995. No arrests had been made as of Thursday night.
SPECIAL BENEFIT
December 11, 1998
If maintaining property values at Lone Star Lake is a major reason to repair the lake’s spillway, perhaps owners of property surrounding the lake should share in the expense. A comment this week from a Douglas County commissioner raises an interesting question about the county’s responsibilities for Lone Star Lake.