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SOUND OFF
December 20, 1998
Why did the district decide to pay custodians for the 31st of December, but not the food service workers? There are a lot of food service workers extremely upset with this decision and want to know how it came about. “Only 12-month employees get paid for that day,” Marcia Bone, Lawrence school district director of human resources, said. “Employees who were not regularly scheduled for that day do not get paid.”
WORK ON 30TH HABITAT HOUSE STARTS
December 20, 1998
Betsy and Katlin each drove a nail into the frame of their new house on Saturday. Betsy’s nail went straight in; Katlin’s swing wasn’t quite as practiced — she bent hers.
RUTH N. PETERS
December 20, 1998
Services for Ruth N. Peters, 88, of Tonganoxie will be at 1 p.m. Tuesday at First Congregational Church, Tonganoxie. Burial will be in Hubbel Hill Cemetery, Tonganoxie. Mrs. Peters died Friday, Dec. 18, 1998, at Stormont-Vail Regional Medical Center in Topeka.
CAROL COMPLETED
December 20, 1998
To the editor: I was disappointed in the Journal-World’s “Caroling Songbook” supplement (Dec. 17), as one of my favorite “old familiar carols” was not the song I remembered.
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December 20, 1998
A new product line to be added at Amarr Garage Doors by mid-1999 will add 31 full-time jobs at its Lawrence plant. The company has re-engineered its hinge and joint design to make pinch-resistant doors, and the new line will build them. Eventually, all of the company’s products will be pinch-resistant, said Tom Welsh, vice president and chief operating officer.
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December 20, 1998
Browning said the quality of the pavement marking is “excellent,” but he noted that the final average thickness for yellow and white paint were 20 mils and 21 mils, respectively, although payment was based on a 15-mil thickness. Browning, who took over as public works director earlier this year, has recommended that bids for pavement marking should be opened in April rather than later in the year.
SOUND OFF
December 20, 1998
Can you find out the number of visitor days last year at Lone Star Lake and divide that into the cost of those dam improvements to find out what the cost per visitor is compared to the rest of taxpayers in the county? At this point that’s an impossible calculation. The Douglas County Public Works Department has not yet updated the cost estimates from a 1989 study outlining repair options to the damaged spillway.
S DEPUTIES INVESTIGATING DEATH
December 20, 1998
Douglas County Sheriff’s deputies are investigating the death of a 54-year-old man who was found in Lecompton Saturday afternoon. Emergency crews received a report of an “unresponsive subject” at 2:09 p.m., said dispatcher Marge Hedden.
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December 20, 1998
Kansas didn’t exactly overwhelm Tennessee-Martin in a 68-56 women’s basketball victory on Saturday at the Husky Classic. The Jayhawks hit 40.3 percent of their shots while holding UT-Martin to a miserable 30.2 percent outing.
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December 20, 1998
Point guards don’t grow on trees. Point guards don’t come in boxes of Cracker Jack. And you can’t win a point guard in the lottery. So Illinois men’s basketball coach Lon Kruger will just have to manufacture one.
EMERGENCY CALLS
December 20, 1998
Lawrence-Douglas County Fire & Medical reported the following responses: Fire calls
BAD WATER BLUES
December 20, 1998
For $25, the Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department tests water wells. The department suggests homeowners who rely on a well for drinking and cooking water have their supply tested at least annually. In the case of Richard Hibner’s well, which is contaminated with fecal coliform bacteria, “the first thing we suggest is that they should perform a shock chlorination procedure, basically adding common household bleach, which has a chlorine content, to disinfect the water similar to the way they treat city drinking water supplies or swimming pools,” said Richard Ziesenis, director of environmental health.
1,200 YOUTHS ENJOY POSTHUMOUS GIFT FROM BENEFACTOR
December 20, 1998
Alfred Bromelsick left money for an annual Christmas party for local youngsters.
LAW ENFORCEMENT REPORT
December 20, 1998
Burglaries and thefts reported * An employee of Wheatfield Bakery, 904 Vt., reported the theft of $1,550 in cash between 9 p.m. Dec. 2 and 8 a.m. Dec. 3.
IN 1898
December 20, 1998
On Dec. 20, 1898, the Lawrence Journal, regarding Kansas University, observed: “The report of Chancellor Snow shows that while 40 per cent of the students of the State University are sons and daughters of farmers, only 4 per cent are sons and daughters of bankers or capitalists. This will serve to prove the falsity of the oft-repeated declaration to the effect that the state university is a `school for the rich.’ It also proves that the wealthy people of the state send their children out of Kansas to be educated.” — Courtesy Watkins Community Museum
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December 20, 1998
Board members will consider approval for a change order for a $11,656 overrun on pavement marking. Twin Traffic Marking has completed pavement marking for the county’s road system. The county’s contract with the firm was for $145,480, but the total amount of completed work came in at $157,136. The county previously did pavement marking internally but opted this year to outsource the work because of the cost of obtaining and maintaining equipment used on an infrequent basis.
HAS FINALLY ARRIVED
December 20, 1998
After delaying longer than most could have hoped for, wintry weather arrived in the Lawrence area with a whoosh Saturday. And it looks to stay on.
BIRTHS
December 20, 1998
Mr. and Mrs. Travis Wright, Baldwin, a girl, Friday. Jamie and Dave Long, DeSoto, a girl, Friday.
KENNY GREGORY STRUGGLED MIGHTILY, BUT KU EDGED ILLINOIS THANKS TO ERIC CHENOWITH AND RYAN ROBERTSON, WHO COMBINED TO SCORE 36 POINTS.
December 20, 1998
Where have you gone, Kenny Gregory? For the last three games, Gregory — Kansas University’s high-flying sophomore swingman — had been in a wicked sort of groove. He scored 65 points and hit nearly 70 percent of his field goals in that span.
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December 20, 1998
Throughout this strange fall, there have been about as many trucks and trailers from Kansas parked at the Gravois Mills’ boat ramp at the Lake of the Ozarks as ones from Missouri. Among the cadre of Kansans who periodically journey to the Ozarks are Lawrence bass fishermen Charles Bowen, Kevin Davis and Mike Smith.
S IMPEACHMENT OF CLINTON GUARANTEES CHRISTMAS FOR AGES
December 20, 1998
As Christmastime approached I dug into my files and memories and came up with some historical things that suggest the yuletide is not just Santa Claus, stockings, jingling bells on bobsleds, poinsettias and occasional reminders of what the holiday should be about. And this year we have that nice present the Republicans have given the Clinton family and some other Americans, something we’ll always have about Christmas 1998. I start with the Rev. Phillips Brooks, riding horseback in the hills of the Holy Land in 1865. Brooks was moved by the beauty of the night, the wind off the hills, the little town of Bethlehem below him. Three years later he wrote a poem for his Sunday School classes in Philadelphia, and the words were set to music by his organist. And a choir of teachers and children sang the now greatly loved “O little town of Bethlehem, how still we see thee lie.”
33 PERCENTBUT THE JAYHAWKS DID GUT OUT A 65-55 VICTORY OVER THE ILLINI ON SATURDAY AT KEMPER ARENA.
December 20, 1998
If you like missed shots, you loved Kansas’ methodical 65-55 men’s basketball victory over Illinois on Saturday afternoon at Kemper Arena. “My guess is the Basketball Hall of Fame will not ask for that tape. It was an ugly game,” KU coach Roy Williams surmised.
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December 20, 1998
Lester Earl made his Kansas men’s basketball debut at last year’s Sprint Shootout. “I remember, I remember,” Earl said longingly after KU’s 65-55 Sprint Shootout victory over Illinois on Saturday at Kemper Arena. “It’s kind of frustrating I can’t be out on the court again for my year anniversary.”
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December 20, 1998
* Authorize township notices for cereal malt beverage licenses. * Consider approval of request for $1,000 from Ecumenical Fellowship Inc. for speaker honorarium and travel expenses for the 1999 Martin Luther King Jr. programs.
RESIDENTS MULL CANDIDACY OPTIONS
December 20, 1998
The deadline for filing as a candidate for Lawrence City Commission is five weeks away, with the general election set for April 6.
FIRMS URGED TO FUND FACELIFT
December 20, 1998
Business owners and the city are moving toward an $860,000 downtown revitalization project in Tonganoxie.
OLDER HOMES GET NEW LEASES ON LIFE
December 20, 1998
Neighborhood activists and city officials alike are hoping the growing number of apartments in the city will eventually benefit Lawrence neighborhoods.
SINKING STANDARDS
December 20, 1998
The impeachment of President Clinton should prove once and for all that character does count. When is the country going to understand that character does count, that character is important?
PROGRAM HELPING STUDENTS WRAP UP TROUBLES
December 20, 1998
Bert Nash Community Mental Health Center employees are lending an ear to high school students faced with problems.
S INLAND SEA, THE PRAIRIE SPECIAL TO THE JOURNAL-WORLD
December 20, 1998
Gulls are no stranger to Kansas. They often use the state’s wetlands as a stopover during migratory flight.
December 20, 1998
A high-tech communications infrastructure is coming down Kansas Highway 10 and interstate routes in the state.
SOUND OFF
December 20, 1998
Can you provide the address for the Kidney Foundation? The National Kidney Foundation address is National Kidney Foundation, 30 East 33rd Street, New York, NY, 10016. They can be called at 1-800-622-9010.
LL CALL
December 20, 1998
Holiday phone calls should get through, and, with a few safe driving tips, so should holiday travelers.
FACES AND PLACES
December 20, 1998
Warren D. Clark of Kaw Valley Homes recently participated in the Manufactured Housing Educational Institute’s Professional Housing Consultant Program. Clark was awarded the Professional Housing Consultant designation for successful completion of the training. *
CHILDREN REVEAL THEIR SPECIAL WISH LISTS, AND A LITTLE ABOUT THEMSELVES, IN WISH-LIST LETTERS TO SANTA.
December 20, 1998
The envelopes come in all sizes and colors. About half carry a postage stamp.
KNOWLEDGE MASTER TEAM BRINGS HONOR TO CENTRAL
December 20, 1998
Central Junior High’s Knowledge Master team recently won first place in the state and ninth in national competition. The team includes Andrew Bailey, Kristen Blosser, Ashley Crowder, Lia DeRoin, Ely Fair, Dawn Filkins, Ginny Heider, Tally Heilke, Kevin Adkins-Heljeson, Brooke McLane-Higginson, Zachary King, Ben Kopsa, Erin Larive, Benet Magnuson (co-captain), Jesse Dutton-Miller, Kate Naramore, Hugh Naughtin, Silvy Perkins, Madeline Rake, Michelle Ratcliff, Sarah Richardson, Avery Richards-Perason, Katie Schwyhart, Eric Southhard (co-captain), Joseph Vella and Kellyn Young. *
AIRLINES CURTAILING EXCESS CARRY-ON BAGGAGE
December 20, 1998
Policy changes by the airlines have put limits on how many items air travelers can carry on a plane and how big those items can be.
NEW NAME, BIG PLANS
December 20, 1998
The company will be known as Amarr Garage Doors, and its president promises there’s more growth in the works. By Richard Brack
CHRISTMAS CACTI NEED DARKNESS TO BLOOM AGAIN
December 20, 1998
One of the many joys this time of year is seeing the blooms of Christmas cacti. So how do we keep these beautiful plants, from deep in the jungles of South America, growing and blooming year after year in Kansas? Our common household temperatures are fine, and the plants prefer indirect sunlight. Too much sun can result in yellow leaves. The soil should be kept constantly moist, but not waterlogged. Give cacti a light fertilization every other week and they will normally bloom until late winter or early spring.
DILLON SELECTED FOR SHRINE BOWL
December 20, 1998
Free State High senior defensive lineman Dijon Dillon became the first Firebird in school history selected to the Kansas Shrine Bowl football roster, which was released on Saturday. Dillon, 6-foot-5, 285-pounds, has verbally committed to play football at Kansas. He was named to the East squad.
NEW BOOKS INCLUDE A LOOK AT BROOKLYN BOTANICAL GARDENS, 300 OF THE BEST PUBLIC GARDENS IN NORTH AMERICA AND SOME FAVORITE PLANTS.
December 20, 1998
I have a genuine appreciation for gardening books. I like them all. To be sure, those with the glossy photos of fantastic gardens are among my favorite. My personal library is filled with them, many arriving on my shelf at the onset of my gardening ventures. As a novice gardener those were the books I looked through, in awe of the wondrous sights within and imagined my own garden looking like the ones captured on every page. Years later, the shiny pages of these books remain unblemished — so careful have I been with them.
(NO HEADLINE)
December 20, 1998
Pat Deaver agreed with the House’s vote. “I’m for it,” she said. “I think he go what he deserved.”
MAKING THE RUN
December 20, 1998
Anyone interested in making a run for Lawrence City Commission may pick up an election packet at city hall, Sixth and Massachusetts, or contact the city clerk’s office, 832-3200. To file, a candidate either must pay a $10 filing fee or turn in a petition signed by at least 50 people who were registered to vote in the last general election. A $30 state fee also is required.
AMARR GARAGE DOORS FOUNDED: 1951
December 20, 1998
Headquarters: Winston-Salem, N.C. Manufacturing plant: Lawrence
D.C. DRAMA ADDS INTRIGUE TO HOLIDAY
December 20, 1998
The news events of Saturday didn’t keep people from their holiday shopping, but they did give them something extra to think about while checking off their lists.