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July 5, 1998
* Approve licenses recommended by the Department of Administrative Services, as conditioned. * Approve appointments recommended by Mayor Marty Kennedy: Mike Urban, Dave Engstrom and Mark Grinstead to the city’s Electrical Board; and Matt Taylor to the Lawrence Humane Society’s board.
TWISTER NUMBERS ON THE RISE
July 5, 1998
An apparent increase in the number of tornadoes this year doesn’t indicate a trend, a meteorologist said.
LIBRARY HAS 100 YEARS ON THE BOOKS
July 5, 1998
The Tonganoxie Library is marking its 100th anniversary this year with several events.
DISTRICT COURT MARRIAGE LICENSES ISSUED
July 5, 1998
Daniel Kuban, 20, Baldwin, and Adrienne Cox, 18, Lawrence. John A. Greeson, 41, Topeka, and Wilona D. Decker, 40, Topeka.
ONE ARRESTED IN STABBING
July 5, 1998
A Eudora man remained in jail Saturday after allegedly stabbing a neighbor several times with an ice pick Friday night during a fight. Police arrested Charles O’Neill, 43, for aggravated battery after the fight in the 1400 block of Acorn just before 10 p.m. Friday. Doctors at Overland Park Regional Medical Center dismissed Timothy Unrein, 42, Saturday morning.
LAWRENCE TEACHER GETS COURTSIDE SEAT
July 5, 1998
Lawrence High School teacher Paul Stuewe is having a supreme summer.
HOW LARGE A DEBT HAVE LAWRENCE TAXPAYERS INCURRED BECAUSE OF THE LARGE SALES TAX PROJECTS?
July 5, 1998
Voters approved a 1-cent countywide sales tax in 1994, and the city has used proceeds from the tax to finance several large projects. City Manager Mike Wildgen provided the following information about four “debt issues” undertaken by the city, the first three to be paid off over 10 years and the fourth to be paid off in 20 years:
GRETTON NICHOLS
July 5, 1998
Services for Gretton Nichols, 87, Baldwin, will be at 2 p.m. Monday at the Lamb-Roberts-Heise Funeral Home, Baldwin. Burial will follow at Oakwood Cemetery. Mr. Nichols died Thursday, July 2, 1998, at the Baldwin Care Center.
GOVERNOR SPENDS FOURTH OF JULY ON THE RUN
July 5, 1998
Gov. Bill Graves paused briefly Saturday from a busy holiday weekend to meet supporters at the Paradise Cafe.
FIREWORKS INVOLVES MUCH PREPARATION
July 5, 1998
It was a warm summer evening. The air was slightly hazy, with the acrid tang of gunpowder. It was definitely the Fourth of July. As evening came, people started to gather at Burcham Park for the Jaycees’ fireworks display over the river. They spread out blankets on the grass, brought their coolers and settled in for the entertainment.
COUNTY COMMISSIONERS TO REVIEW COMPUTER BIDS
July 5, 1998
Douglas County received five proposals in response to its request for a court case management system, and commissioners will review the bids at their meeting Monday morning. A committee of five reviewed each proposal, and the committee invited the companies to demonstrate their software. The committee excluded BIS Computer Solutions because their bid was $826,700.
SEND SEVERAL TO HOSPITALS
July 5, 1998
A 17-year-old Tecumseh boy was in fair condition Saturday at a Topeka hospital following a Friday night accident on a gravel road near the Douglas-Shawnee county line in northwest Douglas County. Joseph White was taken to Stormont-Vail Regional Medical Center after the 10:47 p.m. accident on County Road 2190, also known as Upper River Road. The driver of the car, Brian Davis, 29, Tecumseh, was treated and released from St. Francis Hospital in Topeka. Two other passengers were also treated and released, Ryan Ard, 15, and Tyson Rapp, both of rural Topeka.
S ADVOCACY TO BENEFIT FROM RAFFLE
July 5, 1998
A Southwestern playhouse will be raffled off to raise money for Court Appointed Special Advocates.
CHIPS, BRANDS HELP PREVENT HORSE THEFT
July 5, 1998
Krys Redford had two horses stolen from a pasture near her Cowley County home. In retrospect, she said, the animals were prime targets for rustlers. The gentle horses were easy to catch and were in a pasture on a well-traveled road.
STRINGS ATTACHED
July 5, 1998
To the editor: Regarding the city commission’s apparent plans to grab $290,000 in federal transportation funds to help fund public transit, Commissioner Erv Hodges says, “It’s more service for the customer with no additional cost. If there’s a downside, I’m having a difficult time finding it.”
ATTACK RESULTS IN ARREST
July 5, 1998
A Lawrence woman reported she was attacked in a trailer home in the 2200 block of Harper Thursday night, Lawrence police reported Saturday. A 24-year-old woman alleged that a man assaulted her, holding her at knifepoint between 8:17 a.m. and 8:23 a.m. Her hand was cut in the incident.
COMMISSIONERS WILL CONSIDER DRAWING A ROAD MAP FOR LOCAL TRANSPORTATION PRIORITIES SEEKING FINANCIAL HELP FROM THE STATE.
July 5, 1998
The priorities would advise state legislators in their creation of a new statewide comprehensive transportation program. Douglas County commissioners also must approve the list. Among its major components are “priority transportation projects,” deemed to be “vital to the future economic growth and development of Lawrence and Douglas County and to the safety of its citizens.”
FOOTBALL COACH TERRY ALLEN WAS THE CELEBRITY AT A RECENT KANSAS UNIVERSITY ALUMNI MEETING IN DODGE CITY.
July 5, 1998
There are several ways to tell that Bill Bunyan cares more than most people about Kansas University. The vanity license plates on his two cars are a giveaway: “GO KU” and “JAYHAWK.” There’s the basement of his house, which is filled with KU memorabilia. And then there is the fact that for 21 consecutive years he has been president of the Dodge City area chapter of the KU Alumni Association.
LEONARD JAMES RAY SR.
July 5, 1998
Services for Leonard James Ray Sr., 91, Lawrence, will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home. Burial will be at Maple Grove Cemetery. Mr. Ray died Saturday, July 4, 1998, at Southwinds Care Center in Lawrence.
PARKING, PARKS TOP PROPOSED BUDGET FOR CITY PERRY K. ATWELL
July 5, 1998
Services for Perry K. Atwell, 72, of Kansas City, Kan., will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Underwood Cemetery, Williamstown. Mr. Atwell died Thursday, July 2, 1998, at the Kansas University Medical Center, Kansas City, Kan.
FARM ACCIDENT HOSPITALIZES BOY
July 5, 1998
A farm accident put a 14-year-old Douglas County boy in the hospital Friday. Tom Wilson, 14, was putting up hay just before 7 p.m. with his father, brothers and cousins at 681 E. 300 Road in western Douglas County when he was injured, according to a sheriff’s report. Witnesses said he was lifting a bale of hay in the wagon pulled behind the tractor when he lost his balance and fell in front of the wagon.
THE HIGHS AND LOWS OF THE AMAZON
July 5, 1998
A journey to the Amazon River and the Andes provides a glimpse into some of the world’s most unique vegetation and peoples.
LAW ENFORCEMENT REPORT
July 5, 1998
Burglaries and thefts reported * The Alpha Tau Omega house in the 1500 block of Tennessee reported two dark red leather sofas, a dark blue sofa and 16 other items totaling $17,250 stolen between 1 p.m. June 3 and 4 p.m. June 25.
WHY CAN THE MOWING COMPANIES WITH THE FLAT BED TRUCKS PARK ON THE STREET AND NOT BE TICKETED?
July 5, 1998
Because it’s not a violation of city ordinances if it’s legally parked or unless the trailer is left in one location for less than 48 hours.
MARTIN R. OLSON
July 5, 1998
Graveside memorial services for Martin R. Olson, 49, of rural Perry, are pending and will be announced by Barnett Funeral Home in Oskaloosa. Inurnment will be at the Veterans Administration National Cemetery in Leavenworth. Mr. Olson died Saturday, July 4, 1998, at the V.A. Hospital in Kansas City, Mo.
PARKING, PARKS TOP PROPOSED BUDGET FOR CITY
July 5, 1998
A growing city is picking up the bill for increases in the city budget, which is proposed to reach $79.3 million in spending next year.
NED KEHDE COLUMN
July 5, 1998
It has been told many times in this space that Terry Bivins of Wellsville is the most talented and versatile angler in these parts. Now he is in the midst of adding another notch to his belt of versatility by giving chase to the walleye.
TAX-DOLLAR DEFENDERS ARE PROCLAIMED HEROES
July 5, 1998
The Council for Citizens Against Government Waste bestowed “taxpayer hero” status on Sen. Sam Brownback and Rep. Vince Snowbarger, both Kansas Republicans.
COUNTY SOUNDS SIREN FOR UPDATED SYSTEM
July 5, 1998
Douglas County’s capital improvement plan calls for 17 new sirens and upgrades on all others.
DRIFT CAN LEAVE PLANTS IN DESPAIR
July 5, 1998
Ornamentals can sometimes suffer unintentional injury from herbicide use.
INDEPENDENCE MARKS NEIGHBORHOOD FEST
July 5, 1998
A northwest Lawrence neighborhood celebrated Independence Day with flags, food, a parade and the pursuit of happiness.
SURE TO DELIGHT YOUNG READERS
July 5, 1998
Some light and airy reading has a boy pondering what happens to the wind once it’s blown past him. What if the world, all its people and things, were connected together with a breeze that had a mind of its own?
FARM FACTORS
July 5, 1998
Giving farmers more freedom to make planting decisions may not help much if the federal government takes away some of their marketing options. The “freedom to farm” bill may not be working for American farmers.
HORSE THEFT DERAILS LONGTIME DREAM
July 5, 1998
The theft of a skilled horse teaches a Kansas cowboy hard lessons well-known to Americans who relied heavily on horses during the 1800s.
CITY GETS TO WORK ON PLAYGROUND UPGRADES
July 5, 1998
Playgrounds in city parks are getting a $70,000 facelift, and it’s only the beginning.
MAYER COLUMN
July 5, 1998
What’s all this weeping, wailing and gnashing of teeth over Paul Pierce’s going as “low” as 10th in the NBA draft? Can’t help thinking it resulted from bruised egos of media people who projected the Kansas star to be picked in the top five. Sadly, a poker-faced Paul went along with these bleeding hearts, indicating he was upset he wasn’t higher on the chart. It was as though he acted that way because he figured he was supposed to.
IN 1898
July 5, 1998
On July 5, 1898, the Lawrence World noted regarding the growth of American holdings as result of the Spanish-American War: “There is no use pulling back. We have come to a policy of territorial aggrandizement and it cannot be helped. However we may question the wisdom of the policy we have drifted into it and the best has to be made of it.” — Courtesy Watkins Community Museum
BUDGET PROPOSAL
July 5, 1998
Lawrence city commissioners are scheduled to review City Manager Mike Wildgen’s proposed $79.3 million budget for 1999 during a study session set for 9 a.m. Wednesday at city hall, Sixth and Massachusetts. Commissioners plan to conduct public hearings on the budget during the coming weeks. They don’t expect to approve the budget until August.
FACES AND PLACES
July 5, 1998
Kelly P. Doherty has joined the dental practice of John Wulfkuhle and Thomas Rainbolt as a registered dental hygienist. The North Carolina native has been a Lawrence resident since 1992. *
WHAT DIRECTION IS YOUR CEILING FAN SUPPOSED TO TURN IN THE SUMMER, AND WHAT DIRECTION IS IT SUPPOSED TO GO IN THE WINTER?
July 5, 1998
In the summer, the air is supposed to move down, so the fan should turn counterclockwise. In the winter, it is supposed to move up, so the fans should turn clockwise.
ALSO INCLUDED IN THE RESOLUTION:
July 5, 1998
* Nonmotorized capital improvements. The resolution calls for bicycle-pedestrian paths in three areas: along the remainder of the South Lawrence Trafficway; along U.S. Highway 59, to connect with the Prairie Sprint System; and along Kansas Highway 10, from Noria Road to a system in Johnson County. * Maintenance. “Existing resources are inadequate to maintain the growing number of streets and roads under the care and responsibility of the city … and Douglas County,” the resolution says. “The failure to provide adequate resources to maintain existing roads and bridges will harm the economic well-being of our community and state in the years to come.”
PLAYGROUND UPGRADES
July 5, 1998
First round of playground equipment upgrades in city parks: Replace swing sets: Ludlam, Deerfield, Burcham, Parnell, Veterans, Walnut, Clinton Outlet, South Park (two) and Kansas parks.
BIRTHS
July 5, 1998
Justin Courtney and Jodi Spurlock, a boy, Lawrence, Saturday. Joel and Cyndi Phillips, a boy, Baldwin, Saturday.
CONCERT
July 5, 1998
The Lawrence City Band will perform its annual children’s concert at 8 p.m. Wednesday in the gazebo at South Park, 11th and Massachusetts. The program includes “Liberty Bell,” by John Philip Sousa; “Walt Disney Overture,” by Frank Erickson; “Canterbury Regatta,” by David Holsinger; “An Ellington Portrait,” by Duke Ellington; “Them Basses,” by G.H. Huffine; “The Whistler and His Dog,” by Arthur Pryor; “The Irish Washerwoman,” arranged by Leroy Anderson; “The Lion King,” arranged by John Higgins; “Children’s March,” by Edwin Franko Goldman; and “King Cotton,” by Sousa.