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Lions stop SMNW
LHS’s boys basketball team went to the wire again, holding off SMNW, 53-50, behind 18 points form Jim Rhodes
February 11, 1998
Maybe El Niño has infiltrated Lawrence High’s boys basketball team. Since blowing out Tulsa (Okla.) Will Rogers by 47 points 2 1/2 weeks ago, the Lions have been deluged with close games. Lawrence High’s past four contest haven’t been decided until the final possession, includeing Tuesday night’s 53-50 victory over Shawnee Mission Northwest in the LHS gym.
WARM HEARTS SEEKING HELPERS
February 11, 1998
Despite a relatively mild winter this year, a program that helps low-income people pay their winter heating bills is in need of donations. “I think people have been holding on to their heating bills hoping they can pay them later,” said Jim Henry, 1997-98 president of Warm Hearts of Douglas County Inc. “We’ve had 40 applications this week, for over $1,000.”
THIRD-QUARTER ONSLAUGHT PROPELS TONGIE TO VICTORY
February 11, 1998
A third-quarter surge helped Tonganoxie High’s boys basketball team claim a Senior Night triumph. The Chieftains defeated league rival Santa Fe Trail, 63-59, on Tuesday at Tongie’s gym.
SEALRIGHT CO. LOSES $3.5 MILLION IN `97
February 11, 1998
The company said prospects for a stronger 1998 were good as a new product line and increased efficiencies occur.
SPRING THAW ON FOR LAWRENCE BUILDERS
February 11, 1998
Spring is still more than a month away, but as far as home builders are concerned, winter’s over. And it has been for weeks. After a slow fall, home sales are picking up and Lawrence-area builders are hustling to catch up with demand.
NASA CHIEF PLANS VISIT TO LAWRENCE, STATE COSMOSPHERE
February 11, 1998
NASA’s chief administrator will be in Kansas next week to speak about the agency’s future initiatives and to visit the Hutchinson cosmosphere.
S BOYS BASKETBALL TEAM WENT TO THE WIRE AGAIN, HOLDING OFF SHAWNEE MISSION NORTHWEST, 53-50, BEHIND 18 POINTS FROM JIM RHODES.
February 11, 1998
Maybe El Nino has infiltrated Lawrence High’s boys basketball team. Since blowing out Tulsa (Okla.) Will Rogers by 47 points 2all in the third quarter. His three-pointer from the baseline with 5:12 left in the third period was his 42nd of the season, setting a school record for treys in a season. In the junior varsity contest, SM Northwest defeated LHS, 67-58. Kin Vinson and Michael Coggins combined for 34 of the Lions’ points. Vinson scored 18 points to lead LHS (4-7). The Lions will play at Shawnee Mission East on Friday. nd then. Instead of playing to win, we play to keep from losing. We have to get a bit of killer instinct.” LHS senior guard Jim Rhodes hit two free throws with seven seconds left for the last of his game-high 18 points to secure the Lions’ victory over the Cougars (2-13, 1-6). With two seconds left, Northwest’s Josko Brkic’s three-point attempt bounced off the backboard and rim. “It should have been a blowout, but it’s good to get a win,” said Rhodes, shooting 85 percent from the free-throw line for the season. “We need to put teams away. We held them off and that’s what counts.” Rhodes and teammates Todd Heitshusen and Adam Wilmes have battled the flu this week. “I think we were focused, but our minds may have been on how our legs were going to hold up,” said Rhodes, who scored seven of Lawrence High’s nine points in the fourth quarter. Trailing 51-50 with 22 seconds left, the Cougars committed a turnover in front of Northwest’s bench. LHS senior point guard Andrew Watkins tipped a pass and an official ruled that SM Northwest’s Jon Summer tipped it after Watkins did. The Lions led 49-40 after Scott Miller’s basket inside following a Rhodes’ assist. The Cougars closed within one on a 10-2 surge before Rhodes’ two free throws. “You can’t say enough about senior leadership down the stretch,” Vancuren said. “We had a lot of guys sick … not at the top of their game. Scott Miller comes up big with 11 points. We had a lot of people play and contribute. We can’t say enough about the team victory.” Heitshusen, averaging 18.6 points a game to lead LHS, scored seven points — all in the third quarter. His three-pointer from the baseline with 5:12 left in the third period was his 42nd of the season, setting a school record for treys in a season. In the junior varsity contest, SM Northwest defeated LHS, 67-58. Kin Vinson and Michael Coggins combined for 34 of the Lions’ points. Vinson scored 18 points to lead LHS (4-7). The Lions will play at Shawnee Mission East on Friday. — Steve Rottinghaus’ phone message number is 832-7152. His e-mail address is rott@ljworld.com.
LOUISE JOHNSON
February 11, 1998
Memorial services for Louise Elizabeth Dutcher Johnson, 89, Boulder, Colo., will be at 3 p.m. Saturday at Frasier Meadows Manor, Boulder. Mrs. Johnson died Friday, Feb. 6, 1998, in Boulder.
HELP DEFRAY THE COST OF NEW WATER AND SEWER LINES, BUT NOT AS MUCH AS CITY OFFICIALS HAD EXPECTED.
February 11, 1998
So-called “impact fees” assessed on new homes and businesses hooking into the city’s water and sewer systems actually are having little or no financial impact on the city’s bottom line, Lawrence city commissioners learned Tuesday night. The fees, assessed for new connections to the systems, poured only $175,000 into city coffers in 1997, or about 12.5 percent less than expected. The money was used to defray costs on $10.6 million in major construction projects.
HEART TALK
February 11, 1998
Can we talk? Eight new sayings are among the tried and true quips featured on the more than 8 billion Sweethearts Conversation Hearts produced to satisfy the sweet tooths of lovers everywhere this Valentine’s Day.
SAKE
February 11, 1998
What a refreshing story the healthy attitude of Olympic speed skater Kristin Holum is. One is inclined to admire one young American speed skater not only for her achievements in athletics but for her perspective about life after sports.
COMEDIAN TO SPEAK AT LIED CENTER
February 11, 1998
Al Franken, the comedian turned author perhaps best known for his portrayal of Stuart Smalley on “Saturday Night Live,” will be speaking at 8 p.m. today at the Kansas University Lied Center. The event is open to the public with a voucher from the KU Student Union Activities office.
DELBERT EICHINGER
February 11, 1998
Memorial services for Delbert Ray Eichinger, 61, Pomona, will be at 7 p.m. Thursday at Dengel & Son Mortuary, Ottawa. Burial will be at Woodlawn Cemetery, Pomona. Mr. Eichinger died Monday, Feb. 9, 1998, at his home.
MAXINE GIVENS DENDURENT
February 11, 1998
Services for Maxine Givens Dendurent, 84, Wamego, will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at United Methodist Church of Wamego. Burial will be at Wamego City Cemetery. Mrs. Dendurent died Tuesday, Feb. 10, 1998, at Mercy Health Center, Manhattan.
TOO MANY TROUBLES
February 11, 1998
To the editor: The problem with Lewinsky Gate is that it’s just the tip of the iceberg. Let me see, there’s FBI Filegate, Whitewater Gate, Foster suicide Gate, White House Travel Gate, Jennifer Flowers Gate, Paula Jones Gate, Hillary’s Commodities Gate, did not inhale marijuana Gate, Draft Dodge Gate, Protest in England Gate, I’m the reason for the good economy Gate, Asian democratic campaign fund Gate and others I can’t remember at the moment.
S EDGE, CBS SIGN DEAL
February 11, 1998
The Coach’s Edge of Lawrence said Tuesday it signed a three-year contract with CBS Sports to provide animations and analysis for CBS coverage of NCAA basketball. CBS and Coach’s Edge pioneered the use of animations for sports during the 1995-96 basketball season. The new contract expands that relationship into a multiple-year deal.
POLICE, AMBULANCE, FIRE AND COURT REPORTS
February 11, 1998
Law enforcement report Burglaries and thefts reported
JOHN O. BRYAN
February 11, 1998
Services for John O. Bryan, 96, Burlingame, will be at 10 a.m. today at Burlingame Federated Church. Burial will be in Scranton Cemetery. Mr. Bryan died Saturday, Feb. 7, 1998, at Samta Fe Trail Nursing Center, Burlingame.
NEW WJHS PARENT GROUP TO HAVE MEETING
February 11, 1998
West Junior High School’s new parent group, Warhawk Parent Connection, will meet at 7 p.m. Feb. 24 in the school library. The meeting will include a review of volunteer activities and opportunities, planning a meeting for discussion of whether ninth-graders should move to high school, sharing ideas and plans for new seventh-graders and their parents, and discussing a proposal for a week-long community open house next year.
EDWARD LEROY MCKELVEY
February 11, 1998
Services for Edward LeRoy McKelvey, 60, Lawrence, will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Warren-McElwain Mortuary. Burial will be at Rossville Cemetery in Rossville. Mr. McKelvey died Monday, Feb. 9, 1998, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.
BELLY DANCERS-QUICK FACTS
February 11, 1998
A whole lot of shakin’ You can see the belly dancers highlighted in this story presenting a variety of dance styles and learn some Middle Eastern rhythms at a Belly Dance Jam and Drum Circle from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. Feb. 19 at Jesters, 1105 Mass. Call 841-EATS for additional information.
PRESERVATION GROUP TO HOLD DINNER
February 11, 1998
The Douglas County Preservation Alliance will hold its Vinland Dinner at 6 p.m. Feb. 22 at the Vinland Methodist Church. Reservations are $10 and may be made by calling Sandy McCoy at 841-5827.
FREE STATE BOYS LOSE
February 11, 1998
Shawnee Mission West would have made Leif Ericson proud Tuesday night. The No. 4-ranked Vikings pillaged Free State High’s boys basketball team like their namesakes did years ago, bombarding the Firebirds, 84-55, at SM West gym.
S GAME AT NEBRASKA.
February 11, 1998
Sometime during the women’s college basketball preseason, a thought dawned on Kansas University coach Marian Washington: The Jayhawks might not make the NCAA Tournament field this season. Kansas has danced in six straight Big Dances, but graduation decimated the Jayhawks and threatened to snap the streak this year — or so Washington feared.
HIGHER ED REFORM PANEL SEEKS TO QUIET SKEPTICS
February 11, 1998
A House panel will travel to 16 cities this week, including Lawrence, to sell universities and community colleges on its plan to restructure higher education in Kansas.
BASEHOR-LINWOOD USED AN 11-3 THIRD-QUARTER RUN TO OVERCOME PERRY-LECOMPTON.
February 11, 1998
Basehor-Linwood’s girls basketball team has learned how to win on the road. The Bobcats won their second straight road game Tuesday night, bagging a 58-46 victory over Perry-Lecompton at the Kaws’ gym.
KGA OPENS SITE FOR `NET BROWSERS
February 11, 1998
Lawrence-based Kansas Golf Association has opened a web site aimed at providing members with information about KGA activities. Located at www.kansasgolf.org, the site will feature tournament schedules, pairings and results. It will also include a state golf course directory.
S BOYS BASKETBALL TEAM FELL TO 2-5 IN THE SUNFLOWER LEAGUE AFTER NO. 4-RANKED SHAWNEE MISSION WEST HAMMERED THE FIREBIRDS, 84-55.
February 11, 1998
Shawnee Mission West would have made Leif Ericson proud Tuesday night. The No. 4-ranked Vikings pillaged Free State High’s boys basketball team like their namesakes did years ago, bombarding the Firebirds, 84-55, at SM West gym.
EX-JAYHAWK IMPRISONED AS SON SHINES
February 11, 1998
Brian Cook is on center stage a quarter century after his dad Norm played basketball at Lincoln High. However, Norm, a 6-foot-9-inch Kansas University All-American, has never seen his 6-10, 210-pound son play a varsity game. Norm Cook is a victim of mental illness and imprisoned a mile from Lincoln High.
COMMITTEE FORMED FOR ALCOHOL TAXES
February 11, 1998
A new committee will help Lawrence city commissioners who get some of the estimated $330,000 intended to help fight alcohol and drug problems in town. Commissioners unanimously agreed to form a new Drug and Alcohol Review Committee. The committee would have five members with no ties to groups requesting use of the money, which comes from taxes assessed on sales of alcohol.
S GLEE CLUB WARMING UP
February 11, 1998
The all-male ensemble will kick off its performance schedule Sunday at a concert with other Kansas University singing groups.
S DAY DANCE PARTY HOPES TO RAISE $3,500.
February 11, 1998
When red hearts and cupids start showing up in downtown windows, party-goers know it’s time for Kelley Hunt and the Douglas County AIDS Project to set their sights on their annual fund-raising bash. “A Celebration of Life,” a Valentine’s Day party to raise money for the Douglas County AIDS Project, will begin at 7 p.m. Saturday at Liberty Hall, 644. DJ Z will open the night, followed by a concert by the Kelley Hunt Band at 9 p.m.
LIONS EDGE SM NORTHWEST
February 11, 1998
Maybe El Nino has infiltrated Lawrence High’s boys basketball team. Since blowing out Tulsa (Okla.) Will Rogers by 47 points 2 out and truly help us make music the great healing force.” Collas is grateful for Hunt’s support. “Kelley Hunt is one of the best musicians around,” she said. “We are proud to have her as the highlight of the evening.” Hunt, a Lawrence resident, is a singer-songwriter-pianist who tours throughout the country, performing at blues festivals and other venues. She is known for her bluesy vocals and boogie-woogie piano playing. Organizers of the benefit hope to raise $3,500. April Ramos, executive director of Douglas County AIDS Project, said the proceeds will go into the agency’s general operating fund and then be used to pay for client services, educatior guard Jim Rhodes hit two free throws with seven seconds left for the last of his game-high 18 points to secure the Lions’ victory over the Cougars (2-13, 1-6). With two seconds left, Northwest’s Josko Brkic’s three-point attempt bounced off the backboard and rim. “It should have been a blowout, but it’s good to get a win,” said Rhodes, shooting 85 percent from the free-throw line for the season. “We need to put teams away. We held them off and that’s what counts.” Rhodes and teammates Todd Heitshusen and Adam Wilmes have battled the flu this week. “I think we were focused, but our minds may have been on how our legs were going to hold up,” said Rhodes, who scored seven of Lawrence High’s nine points in the fourth quarter. Trailing 51-50 with 22 seconds left, the Cougars committed a turnover in front of Northwest’s bench. LHS senior point guard Andrew Watkins tipped a pass and an official ruled that SM Northwest’s Jon Summer tipped it after Watkins did. The Lions led 49-40 after Scott Miller’s basket inside following a Rhodes’ assist. The Cougars closed within one on a 10-2 surge before Rhodes’ two free throws. “You can’t say enough about senior leadership down the stretch,” Vancuren said. “We had a lot of guys sick … not at the top of their game. Scott Miller comes up big with 11 points. We had a lot of people play and contribute. We can’t say enough about the team victory.” Heitshusen, averaging 18.6 points a game to lead LHS, scored seven points — all in the third quarter. His three-pointer from the baseline with 5:12 left in the third period was his 42nd of the season, setting a school record for treys in a season. In the junior varsity contest, SM Northwest defeated LHS, 67-58. Kin Vinson and Michael Coggins combined for 34 of the Lions’ points. Vinson scored 18 points to lead LHS (4-7). The Lions will play at Shawnee Mission East on Friday.
EX-JAYHAWK COOK IMPRISONED
February 11, 1998
Brian Cook is on center stage a quarter century after his dad Norm played basketball at Lincoln High. However, Norm, a 6-foot-9-inch Kansas University All-American, has never seen his 6-10, 210-pound son play a varsity game. Norm Cook is a victim of mental illness and imprisoned a mile from Lincoln High.
LESTER WANTS TO RUN TRACK
February 11, 1998
Olympic Fever has hit Kansas University men’s basketball forward Lester Earl. “I still want to run in the Olympics. I think I could do that. It’s always in the back of my head. I want to do it at KU,” said Earl, a former Baton Rouge, La., prep basketball and track standout, who has designs on becoming a two-sport athlete at Kansas.
ON BENDED KNEE: GARDEN WORK TAKES ITS TOLL
February 11, 1998
I had the nasty realization the other day that the onset of middle age is leaving its mark on my plans for this year’s vegetable garden. It was a horrifying moment when I understood that, for the first time, I was considering my physical comfort in deciding what to plant. The beans tipped me off. More on that in a minute.
SM West hammers Free State, 84-55
February 11, 1998
Shawnee Mission West would have made Leif Ericson proud Tuesday night. The No. 4-ranked Vikings pillaged Free State High’s boys basketball team like their namesakes did years ago, bombarding the Firebirds, 84-55, at SM West gym.
FOR THE RECORD: POLICE, FIRE, AMBULANCE AND COURT REPORTS
February 11, 1998
Law enforcement report Burglaries and thefts reported
SPARKLING WATERS OFTEN LOADED WITH EXTRA CALORIES
February 11, 1998
My teen-ager is drinking a lot of the sparkling water beverages. How many calories do they contain? Unlike many no-cal drinks, such as seltzers or bottled waters, many new sparkling waters are sweetening the pot. To jazz up the taste of bottled waters, manufacturers started out by adding natural fruit flavors. But now, many of the “waters” aren’t much different from soda pop.
A RECENT SHOW IN KANSAS CITY, MO., WAS VINTAGE MERLE HAGGARD.
February 11, 1998
The word is spreading like wildfire on the street, and it’s true. The Sin City Disciples are reuniting for several shows this spring. Not only is the incendiary band fronted by big boy Ernie Locke (former Tenderloin head honcho) at a few shows, but they also will have cassettes available from a previous gig way back when.
LAWRENCE WOMAN REPORTS RAPE IN CITY
February 11, 1998
A 24-year-old Lawrence woman reported she was raped at a party during the weekend. The woman told police she was with friends Friday night at a local bar. Afterwards, the group went to an acquaintance’s house in the 1900 block of West 31st, where the suspect and some other people were.
TECHNOLOGY PAYS OFF FOR U.S. IN `97
February 11, 1998
All those computers, car phones and other efficiency-enhancing gizmos are finally paying off. U.S. productivity grew robustly in 1997 for the second consecutive year. The 1.7 percent advance in output per hour of work at nonfarm businesses, on top of a 1.9 percent increase in 1996, explains why Americans were able to have their economic cake and eat it too, enjoying fast growth with declining inflation.
IN 1898
February 11, 1998
On Feb. 11, 1898, the Lawrence Journal under its Bismarck items commented regarding the area east of North Lawrence: “People out here are solicitous that the tented saloon under the old railroad bridge will start anew to keep the consumers in town where they can be found near home in place of going over in Leavenworth County for the same article. Despite prohibition of liquor being in place since 1881, liquor continued to be consumed in this area. — Courtesy Watkins Community Museum
DISPUTE OVER FENCE LEADS TO ARREST
February 11, 1998
A Lawrence man was arrested after using a gun to show his objection to where city officials are placing a fence in his back yard.
S BASKETBALL FORWARD LESTER EARL, WHO WON THE LOUISIANA STATE HIGH SCHOOL TRIPLE JUMP CHAMPIONSHIP THREE YEARS AGO, WANTS TO PARTICIPATE IN TRACK AT KANSAS, AND ULTIMATELY, THE OLYMPIC GAMES.
February 11, 1998
Olympic Fever has hit Kansas University men’s basketball forward Lester Earl. “I still want to run in the Olympics. I think I could do that. It’s always in the back of my head. I want to do it at KU,” said Earl, a former Baton Rouge, La., prep basketball and track standout, who has designs on becoming a two-sport athlete at Kansas.
BOOSTERS SEEK FUNDS FOR POSTPROM PARTY
February 11, 1998
The Wellsville Booster Club is raising money for an after-prom party to be held in May. The party will be from 12:30 a.m.-5 a.m. on May 2.
OTTAWA CONSIDERS SHIFT SCHOOL YEAR
February 11, 1998
Ottawa school board discusses calendar
THE DEATH OF ROMEO-QUICK FACTS
February 11, 1998
What: “The Death of Romeo,” a one-act play written by Chris Nelson and produced by Rubber Egg Productions. When: 8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
DILLONS POSTPONES DECISION ON PLAN WITH ITS TRUCKERS
February 11, 1998
Meanwhile, the company released information about the severance package it would offer its union truckers. Hutchinson (AP) — Dillons Stores said Tuesday it would delay a decision on contracting out its transportation services to give union truck drivers a chance to make a counterproposal.