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BUSINESSES TURNING TO CHECKLESS SYSTEM
December 26, 1998
By converting paper checks into electronic deposits, merchants say they’re cutting down on the hassle and expense of bad checks.
BIRTHS
December 26, 1998
Vernon and Connie Richardson, Lawrence, a boy, Thursday. Agnes Givens, Lawrence, a girl, Friday.
WEAVER SERVICES
December 26, 1998
A memorial service for Wilma Kempe Weaver, 86, Overland Park and formerly of Lawrence, will be held next month in Lawrence. Mrs. Weaver died Thursday, Dec. 24, 1998, in Overland Park.
COMMISSIONER-ELECT REFLECTS ON UPCOMING COUNTY BUSINESS
December 26, 1998
A Douglas County commissioner-elect says he’s ready to start the new year tackling growth and planning issues.
S FAMILY IS MAKING IN A SUIT AGAINST POLICE, THE FAMILY ATTORNEY SAYS.
December 26, 1998
An autopsy report on the death of a 13-year-old boy shot by police last month showed he died of “multiple gunshot wounds of indeterminate range.” The Kansas City Star used the state’s Sunshine Law to obtain the report on the autopsy of Timothy Wilson, released Thursday by the Jackson County prosecutor’s office. The boy’s family has filed a lawsuit over the death, and the FBI is conducting a civil rights investigation.
ANNA MAE REBMAN
December 26, 1998
Services for Anna Mae Rebman, 60, Independence, Mo., will be 11 a.m. Monday at Ives Chapel United Methodist Church. Burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery. Mrs. Rebman, formerly of the Baldwin area, died Thursday, Dec. 24, 1998, at Independence Regional Medical Center.
DECLINING HOG PRICES HIT HOME
December 26, 1998
Record low hog prices are taking their toll on one Douglas County farmer, but he doesn’t intend to give up the business.
(NO HEADLINE)
December 26, 1998
Is there any way the coming year will top the past 12 months for political bombshells or other major news events? Chances are, the answer is “no,” particularly in the area of politics. There have been only two presidential impeachment actions in the history of this nation, and even though Bill Clinton has provided one shocker after another, it is difficult to imagine anything, other than a resignation, that would top the impeachment story.
(NO HEADLINE)
December 26, 1998
How can I write to Paul Hogan and Linda Kozlowski, who were in the movie “Crocodile Dundee”? You can write to Hogan at 55 Lavendar Place, Milson’s Point, Sydney NSW 2060 Australia.
(NO HEADLINE)
December 26, 1998
12-26-98Chuck Woodling column Enough of November and December. Enough of the preseason cupcakes, cream puffs and manufactured Classics.
(NO HEADLINE)
December 26, 1998
Is the city planning to review its long-term plans for utilities? Lawrence-Douglas County planning commissioners are scheduled to meet with officials from the city’s utilities department during the commission’s “mid-month” meeting in January. Officials from the Lawrence school district also are scheduled to meet with commissioners.
STRUGGLING OUTLET CENTER TO GET NEW TENANTS TANGER MAY GET NEW LEASE(S) ON LIFE
December 26, 1998
The North Lawrence outlet mall could get a boost from a couple of new stores to be announced soon.
(NO HEADLINE)
December 26, 1998
What are the guidelines for common law marriages? Topeka attorney Alan Alderson said Kansas laws outline three standards to determine if a couple is common-law married:
GERBER SERVICES
December 26, 1998
Services for Kathryn E. Gerber, 94, will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at Ozawkie United Methodist Church. Inurnment will follow at Ozawkie Cemetery. Mrs. Gerber died Sunday, Nov. 22, 1998, at a Derby care center.
December 26, 1998
To the editor: Concerned churches, other organizations, and individuals in Lawrence view with great dismay and sadness last week’s military attacks against the people of Iraq. For both ethical and pragmatic reasons, we condemn this use of violence. We urge that, in the coming months, the United States and the broader international community continues to search diligently for alternative ways to address concerns about the current Iraqi regime and not give in to the temptation of an apparently easy but ultimately flawed “solution.”
T BEAT GOING HOME FOR CHRISTMAS, KANSAS FORWARD T.J. PUGH SAID PRIOR TO HEADING TO OMAHA, NEB., TO SPEND TIME WITH HIS FAMILY.
December 26, 1998
Last year, Kansas basketball player T.J. Pugh lounged on Hawaii’s Waikiki Beach on Christmas Day. He spent Christmas 1995 taking pictures of the Eiffel Tower and sampling some fine cuisine during KU’s three-game exhibition junket to France.
NEW FARM FIX
December 26, 1998
Even the federal secretary of agriculture admits that the 1996 “Freedom to Farm” bill needs some work. Plummeting crop and livestock prices and the possibility of a new financial crisis on America’s farms makes is apparent that the federal government must revisit its “Freedom to Farm” strategy.
CHECKLESS CHECKS
December 26, 1998
The Salvation Army thrift store, 7th Heaven music store, Diane’s Liquor, Spirit Party Shop and Liquor and Jet Lag Lounge are using TeleCheck’s new Electronic Check Acceptance system. Here’s how it works: The consumer writes a check as usual. The store voids it. The shopper signs a statement authorizing electronic transfer of the funds from the account.
BLOOD DONORS IN LINE FOR GIFTS
December 26, 1998
A Topeka blood bank is offering a gift of a Blood Buddy Beanie Toy in exchange for some of the red stuff. All donors will receive a “Blood Buddy” toy on Monday and Tuesday. Kansas Blood Services will be open from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Monday and from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday.
LAW ENFORCEMENT REPORT CONDITION REPORTS
December 26, 1998
* Lauren Patterson, 42, Lawrence, was in fair condition Friday night at Kansas University Medical Center, Kansas City, Kan. He was caught in a paper-baling machine Dec. 3 at Hallmark Cards. * Dorothy “Sally” Kay, 19, was in fair condition Friday night at KUMC. Kay was hit by a vehicle while walking home Nov. 29 at 11th and Kentucky.
CHURCH, VOLUNTEERS OFFER FOODCOMPANIONSHIP
December 26, 1998
About 550 people came to the annual Community Christmas Dinner, or had meals delivered to them, an event organizer said.
DOROTHY ALICE COURTER
December 26, 1998
Services for Dorothy Alice Courter of rural Perry will be at 2 p.m. Monday at Barnett Funeral Home in Oskaloosa. Burial will be at Buster Cemetery northeast of Perry. Mrs. Courter, 72, died Friday, Dec. 25, 1998, at her home.
HOLIDAY SHIFT NOT ALL BUSINESS AT FIRE HALLS
December 26, 1998
Members of the Lawrence-Douglas County Fire & Medical agency do what they can to make working on Christmas enjoyable.
SRS OFFERS SERVICE TO TAF RECIPIENTS
December 26, 1998
International Black Student Alliance Inc., a Topeka-based community organization, is providing voice mailbox service to recipients receiving Temporary Assistance for Family (TAF) from the Lawrence Area Office of Social and Rehabilitation Services. The service is made available for those without home phones or viable answering services to use during their employment search.
KU MUSEUM EYES EXPANSION
December 26, 1998
Expansion plans at KU’s Natural History Museum include an exhibition hall and specimen storage facility with a combined price tag of at least $25 million.
LEONARD C. MCHARDIE
December 26, 1998
Services for Leonard C. McHardie will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Barnett Funeral Home in Oskaloosa. Burial will be at Fairview Cemetery northwest of Oskaloosa. McHardie, 84, died Friday, Dec. 25, 1998, at the Rossville Manor in Rossville after an extended illness.
MAKES LAST-MINUTE DELIVERIES
December 26, 1998
Veteran postal employee Bill McTaggart decided to take an extra step on Christmas Day while delivering Express Mail packages. McTaggart donned a red-and-white suit, delivering an added surprise along with the packages to area residents on Friday.
S DEPUTIES ARREST CRIME STOPPERS SUSPECT
December 26, 1998
Douglas County Sheriff’s deputies on Friday arrested a 19-year-old Lawrence man on a warrant for aggravated robbery. Terrance James Beers was booked into the Douglas County Jail at 4:58 a.m. Friday on the warrant, along with another warrant for failing to appear in court.
(NO HEADLINE)
December 26, 1998
A convicted rapist who the state wanted to keep confined as a sexual predator after he served his prison sentence was released from jail on Christmas Eve. The Kansas Supreme Court ruled in October that Emery Joe Ingram could not be detained further because the state filed its sexual predator petition against him 13 days too late.
IN 1898
December 26, 1998
On Dec. 26, 1898, the Lawrence Journal editorialized: “Yesterday was the day when, as a man sat down to a bountiful board and felt that it was good to live and have a being, he felt like going into the world and asking all nations and all men to be at peace. And today was the day when, after eating the cold things left over from yesterday; he wanted to go out and urge everybody to get into one great universal scrap.” — Courtesy Watkins Community Museum
COMBS
December 26, 1998
Services for Rosa “Maxine” Combs, 76, Berryton, will be at 10 a.m. Monday at Stull United Methodist Church. Burial will be in Zion Cemetery, Tecumseh. Mrs. Combs died Thursday, Dec. 24, 1998, at Brookside Manor, Overbrook.
(NO HEADLINE)
December 26, 1998
How does the school district propose to pay for maintenance for the new school that will be built by the bond issue? “The operating costs, custodial maintenance, secretarial and additional support staff will be part of the general fund operating expenditures of the district,” assistant superintendent Craig Fiegel said.
TERRENCE KNOLL
December 26, 1998
Services for Terrence James Knoll, 54, Hays, were held Thursday in Victoria. Burial was in St. Fidelis Cemetery, Victoria. Mr. Knoll died Sunday, Dec. 20, 1998, in an automobile accident in Russell County.
DISTRICT COURT MARRIAGE LICENSES ISSUED
December 26, 1998
Staci M. Hoisington, 24, Naperville, Ill., and Jeremy Brian Root, 23, Arlington, Va. Neil A. Thakkar, 18, Eudora, and Shawna Crockett, 16, Lawrence.
WILLIAMS NAMES NEW CEO
December 26, 1998
Knight Ridder Newspapers The Williams Companies has named Steven Malcolm president and chief executive officer of its Tulsa-based energy services group.