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TRUCK CARAVAN BEGINS LANDFILL PROJECT
February 25, 1998
If you have noticed an increase in dump trucks carrying dirt in the city, it’s not your imagination. Dozens of dump trucks began hauling thousands of pounds of dirt this week from the Lawrence Energy Center, north of town, to the city’s Wastewater Treatment Plant, 1400 E. Eighth.
TONGANOXIE CITY COUNCIL OKS SEWER EXTENSION
February 25, 1998
The Tonganoxie city council this week approved a contract for $39,201 for a sewer extension to a new industrial park. The contract, awarded to Meadows Construction of Tonganoxie, will allow for the construction of a sewer extension from County Road 5 to the Urban Hess Industrial Park. Both sites are on the northeast side of town.
THIRD SUSPECT ARRESTED IN AUGUST HOME ROBBERY
February 25, 1998
A third suspect has been arrested in an August 1997 incident in which three men reportedly broke into a house, tied residents up at gunpoint and took cash, a dog and other items. Ronnie Dominic Jones, 24, Kansas City, Mo., was arrested Tuesday afternoon on a warrant for aggravated robbery, kidnapping, aggravated assault and burglary. He was being held Tuesday night in the Douglas County Jail on 50,000 bond.
IMPORT BUSINESS TO OPEN ON MASS.
February 25, 1998
The Lawrence-based importer has outlets in Topeka and Wichita. It employs 25 people.
S TAX-BREAK REQUEST
February 25, 1998
A multinational manufacturer of transmissions will get an estimated $2.1 million tax break to build a new $30.6 million plant in Lawrence’s East Hills Business Park. Sauer-Sundstrand Co. secured an 80 percent abatement on its property taxes for the project, which is expected to be Lawrence’s largest ever in terms of investment by a new company. Lawrence city commissioners unanimously approved the abatement Tuesday night.
SHOULD THE CURRENT LITIGATION OVER THE SOUTH LAWRENCE TRAFFICWAY FAIL, CAN THE STATE AND FEDERAL GOVERNMENT SUE THE PLAINTIFFS FOR DAMAGES DUE TO NOT ONLY COMPLETE THE TRAFFICWAY BUT TO FOUR-LANE THE
February 25, 1998
Area lawyers provided this answer. But first some background. In the trafficway case, a group of American Indians and environmentalists have sued the county commission and the state and federal highway departments seeking to force the completion of the Federal Environmental Impact Statement supplement. The supplement, which reviews the impact of the proposed trafficway on the Baker-Haskell Wetland area and Haskell Indian Nations University, was left unfinished after the three agencies decided no more federal money would be used. The agencies believe the lack of federal involvement makes the supplement unnecessary.
RONALD DEAN KELLER
February 25, 1998
Services for Ronald Dean Keller, 47, Lawrence, will be at 10 a.m. Friday at Olson’s Mortuary, Canton. Burial will be at St. John’s Lutheran Cemetery, Tampa, Kan. Mr. Keller died Sunday, Feb. 22, 1998, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.
UNILATERAL CONTRACT AWAITING TEACHERS
February 25, 1998
Ottawa school board members are preparing a take-it-or-leave-it contract for the district’s teachers.
KU HALL BURGLARIES PROMPT WARNING
February 25, 1998
Kansas University police are warning students who live in residence halls to lock their doors after a handful of burglaries at Oliver Hall. In four of the five burglaries, a person was asleep in the room at the time. Sgt. Chris Keary said it appears the burglar went door to door, opening the unlocked rooms.
COUPLE ENTER PLEA IN DRUG CASE
February 25, 1998
A Lawrence couple who were arrested on drug charges in May 1996 pleaded to reduced charges on Tuesday. Russell Moore-Kirk, 33, and his wife, Deborah R. Moore-Kirk, 43, waited more than 1 1/2 years from their original arrest until being formally charged because prosecutors were waiting for lab test results from the Kansas Bureau of Investigation.
S BOYS BASKETBALL TEAM TO ITS SIXTH STRAIGHT WIN, AN 81-72 VICTORY OVER MANHATTAN.
February 25, 1998
Lawrence High’s 12 seniors came out smelling like a dozen roses on Senior Night in the Lions’ gym Tuesday. The Lions, trailing by four points at halftime, pulled away late in the third quarter for an 81-72 victory over Manhattan in the home finale for the LHS boys basketball team.
FORMER ENGINEERING DEAN DIES AT AGE 82 IN SWEDEN
February 25, 1998
A world-renowned researcher in fluid mechanics, John McNown, has died in Sweden.
JENNIE SISCOE
February 25, 1998
Services for Jennie C. Siscoe, 88, DeSoto, will be 10 a.m. Thursday at DeSoto United Methodist Church. Burial will be at Mt. Sidney Cemetery, Linwood. Mrs. Siscoe died Monday, Feb. 23, 1998, at Olathe Medical Center.
IRVYL LOUISE BARNES
February 25, 1998
Services for Irvyl Louise Barnes, 91, Lawrence, will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at Barnett Funeral Home, Oskaloosa. Burial will be at Underwood Cemetery, Williamstown. Mrs. Barnes died Monday, Feb. 23, 1998, at the Southwinds nursing home, Lawrence.
LAW ENFORCEMENT REPORT
February 25, 1998
Burglaries and thefts reported * A 14-carat gold diamond engagement ring valued on a police report at $4,400 was stolen between 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Jan. 31 from a residence in the 3700 block of Trail Road. The theft was reported to police Monday.
BAD RECREATION IDEA
February 25, 1998
To the editor: The proposed acquisition of the Corpus Christi church property by the city for a recreation center is a bad idea that our commissioners should abandon at once. Residents in this area, who welcome the presence of the existing church and its adjacent green space, do not want the headaches that a recreation center would bring, with its “fitness and aerobics spaces, multipurpose areas, three basketball courts and an elevated jogging track.”
POLICE TURNING TO VIDEO FOR CLUES IN BANK HEISTS
February 25, 1998
A bank robbery in Kansas City, Mo., on Monday doesn’t appear to have any connection with last week’s bank robbery in Lawrence.
LONGTIME LAWYER REMEMBERED FOR ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT EFFORTS
February 25, 1998
Richard Barber, who played an important role in recruiting manufacturing firms to Lawrence, died Tuesday.
ROBERT M. FOLKS, 24, LECOMPTON, AND JENNIFER L. KIBBEE, 25, LECOMPTON
February 25, 1998
Elbert Guy, 35, Lawrence, and Brianna N. Mercier, 22, Lawrence Charles Simpson, 30, Lawrence, and Julia Young, 28, Lawrence
CLARENCE ROTHWELL
February 25, 1998
Services for Clarence M. Rothwell, 71, Topeka, will be 11 a.m. Thursday at the Trinity Baptist Church in Topeka. His body was cremated. Mr. Rothwell died Monday, Feb. 23, 1998, at a Topeka hospital.
POLICE REPORTS
February 25, 1998
* Police on Tuesday night were investigating an incident in which someone may have intentionally poisoned a man. Police at 9:18 p.m. were called to Lawrence Memorial Hospital, where a 40-year-old Lawrence man was complaining of throat pain. The man, who is a local transient, indicated that he drank a liquid, possibly a type of cleaning fluid. Police said someone may have tried to poison the man. The substance the man drank was not immediately identified. He was being taken on emergency status by ambulance from LMH to the Kansas University Medical Center, Kansas City, Kan. Police on Tuesday night weren’t sure where the man was poisoned.
FRANCES BRADLEY
February 25, 1998
Services for Frances P. Tomlinson Bradley, 88, Lenexa, will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at the Lenexa United Methodist Church. Burial will be in Memorial Park Cemetery. Mrs. Bradley died Monday, Feb. 23, 1998, at her home.
ADVANCED PURCHASES COMPANIES
February 25, 1998
Advanced Communications Group Inc. of Salina purchased several telecommunications companies including 49 percent of KIN Network Inc. Advanced, which went public earlier this month, will provide long distance, local access Internet and other services in Kansas, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Texas and Missouri.
96 STABBING
February 25, 1998
A man who cut an acquaintance’s neck and stabbed him in the leg has been sentenced to 44 months in prison for the attempted voluntary manslaughter conviction. Lonney Ray Teichmann, 38, and another man who was staying with him had been drinking, and the victim apparently made a derogatory remark about Teichmann’s mother on Oct. 15, 1996.
IRVIN SUTTONJR.
February 25, 1998
Arrangements for Irvin B. Jesse Sutton Jr., 72, are pending and will be announced by Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home, Lawrence. Mr. Sutton died Tuesday, Feb. 24, 1998, at Brandon Woods. He was born April 24, 1925, in Tonganoxie.
LAWRENCE HABITAT GROUP TO HAVE PUBLIC MEETING
February 25, 1998
Lawrence Habitat for Humanity’s family selection committee will have a public meeting for families seeking to become Habitat homeowners. Interested persons must attend the meeting at 7 p.m. Monday at Plymouth Congregational Church, 925 Vt. Applications will only be distributed at the meeting and instructions for completing the forms will be provided.
DESOTO GIRLS STUN PERRY-LECOMPTON
February 25, 1998
DeSoto’s girls basketball team ended its home season Tuesday night with its biggest win — a surprising 56-50 Kaw Valley League triumph over Perry-Lecompton. “Everybody’s adrenaline was up tonight,” DeSoto center Tera Thom said. “We all knew it was our turn. we wanted a win on our home court and we went out and got it.”
BIRTHS
February 25, 1998
Rebecca Kessler and Edward Rockhold, Lawrence, a girl, Sunday.
SENIOR OFFERS SHELTER FOR HOMELESS
February 25, 1998
A necessary, but unofficial, service is provided by Wylma Mortell. Problem is, it may be illegal.
AMBITIOUS SCHOOL PLAN DRAWS CRITICISM
February 25, 1998
The $48 million plan to address elementary overcrowding has already drawn skeptics, but a district official says action is needed.
PUBLIC LIBRARY CLOSES FOR FUNERAL
February 25, 1998
The Lawrence Public Library will close at 2 p.m. Thursday to allow its staff to attend the funeral of Mary Paretsky. Paretsky, longtime director of the library’s children’s department who retired in 1997, died Monday at her home.
GROWING DILEMMA
February 25, 1998
Development in the rural areas of Douglas County already is growing, and city and county officials must be ready to deal with it. Growth and how to handle it seem to be the key issues facing Douglas County commissioners as they prepare to take another look at Horizon 2020, the long-range planning guide approved by the Lawrence City Commission more than a year ago.
WHO WANTS REFUND?
February 25, 1998
About a year ago, the Kansas University Athletic Corp. board met and approved a price hike for men’s basketball tickets. A BIG hike.
S SENIOR NIGHT FESTIVITIES A SMASHING SUCCESS.
February 25, 1998
Trust Roy Williams. Kansas University’s men’s basketball coach, who had a couple run-ins with photographers, really did have a good time during Monday’s Senior Night at Allen Fieldhouse.
PARETSKY SERVICES
February 25, 1998
Graveside services for Mary E. Paretsky, 76, Lawrence, will be 3 p..m. Thursday at the Beni Israel Cemetery near Eudora. Mrs. Paretsky died Monday, Feb. 23, 1998, at her home.
MISSILE TO REMAIN IN CENTENNIAL PARK
February 25, 1998
Call off the countdown. The unarmed Polaris missile will stay in Centennial Park. Commissioners decided against dismantling the missile, which has been in the park at Sixth Street and Rockledge Road since being donated by the Lawrence Navy League in 1964.
BALDWIN SWEEPS OSAWATOMIE
February 25, 1998
There were more runs in Tuesday night’s girls basketball game between Osawatomie and Baldwin High than in a spring training baseball game. After a back-and-forth first half, though, the Bulldogs (15-4) eventually prevailed, 50-41, earning their fourth straight victory and avenging a season-opening loss to the Trojans.
LAW ENFORCEMENT REPORT
February 25, 1998
Burglaries and thefts reported * A 14-carat gold diamond engagement ring valued on a police report at $4,400 was stolen between 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Jan. 31 from a residence in the 3700 block of Trail Road. The theft was reported to police Monday.
TRIAL SET FOR DUO IN KIDNAPPINGS
February 25, 1998
David Cox and Kipling Johnson will face kidnapping and aggravated burglary charges in May for a January hostage standoff south of Lawrence.
RESIDENT OPENS ARMS TO HOMELESS
February 25, 1998
A Lawrence woman who has worked with the homeless for a number of years now provides shelter for the homeless in her basement.
CITY OFFICIALS WILL CONTINUE MULLING THE POSSIBILITY OF BUYING CORPUS CHRISTI CATHOLIC CHURCH FOR CONVERSION AND USE AS A NEIGHBORHOOD RECREATION CENTER.
February 25, 1998
Lawrence city commissioners want to schedule a personal walk-through before deciding whether to buy Corpus Christi Catholic Church for $1.5 million. After hearing pointed opposition from more than a dozen people who live near the site, commissioners agreed Tuesday night to meet April 1 at the church, 1100 Kasold, to see for themselves whether the 7-acre site might be a good place for a neighborhood recreation center, senior center or anything else.
T RUSH SPRING
February 25, 1998
I’m running a bit behind schedule — about 10 days — but one of my chores this week is to start the first of my vegetable seeds, which can be transplanted into the garden late next month. I start my seeds in waves, with the first being the cole crops. In this climate, broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, kohlrabi and Brussels sprouts need to spend their first four weeks indoors or sheltered in a greenhouse.
T THRILLED KANSAS TURNED IN THE GATORS FOR ALLEGED RECRUITING VIOLATIONS. A FLORIDA OFFICIAL SAYS THE SCHOOL HAS BEEN CLEARED OF WRONGDOING.
February 25, 1998
Roy Williams is not a popular fellow in Florida today. Late last fall, Williams, Kansas University’s men’s basketball coach, reportedly called the NCAA and accused the University of Florida program of violations concerning the recruitment of Mitchell, S.D., prep forward Mike Miller.
BOEING GETS CONTRACT TO BUILD SPACE VEHICLE
February 25, 1998
The Air Force has awarded Boeing Co. a $48-million contract to develop a sun-powered space vehicle. The Solar Orbit Transfer Vehicle would be used to move payloads from one orbit to another and produce electric power once in orbit, Boeing said Tuesday.
OPINIONS
February 25, 1998
What do you think about the American Automobile Assn. starting a new campaign against “road rage?” Forrest Budd,
Heitshusen leads LHS to victory over Manhattan
Senior scores 27 points in 81-72 victory
February 25, 1998
Lawrence High’s 12 seniors came out smelling like a dozen roses on Senior Night in the Lions’ gym Tuesday. The Lions, trailing by four points at halftime, pulled away late in the third quarter for an 81-72 victory over Manhattan in the home finale for the LHS boys basketball team.
IN 1898
February 25, 1998
On Feb. 25, 1898, the Lawrence Journal editorialized: “Speaking of patriotism, the Journal, ventures that there is not one man in 50 in this country who knows the words to ‘The Star Spangled Banner,’ and it is willing to bet that not one man in a 100 who does know the words can carry the air.” — Courtesy Watkins Community Museum
RESEARCH REQUEST ON SEXUALITY TOPICS CAUSES STIR AT KU
February 25, 1998
An anonymous research request from the Legislature seeking courses that discuss homosexuality or bisexuality raises concerns about academic freedom.
PERRY-LECOMPTON BOYS PIN DESOTO
February 25, 1998
Nobody would have blamed the Perry-Lecompton boys’ basketball team if they faltered Tuesday night in their in Kaw Valley League game against DeSoto. P-L was riding a seven-game losing streak, and to make it worse they were on the short end of a 42-33 score with under a minute left in the third quarter.