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TAX RELIEF
July 25, 1998
It never seems like enough, but a decline in local property taxes this year is a step in the right direction. It CAN happen.
S SYSTEM OF HIGHER EDUCATION MAKES IT CLEAR THIS TOPIC WILL BE ONE OF THE MAJOR ISSUES IN THE 1999 KANSAS LEGISLATIVE SESSION.
July 25, 1998
Efforts were made during the last legislative session to do away with the Kansas Board of Regents, bring community colleges, vocational schools and regents schools under one administrative body, admit Washburn University into the state system and offer a sizable financial package to community colleges in exchange for their support of the plan. The Legislature’s proposal also promised the current regents schools some special added funding. Education is a political hot potato, and it is understandable that Graves and some legislative leaders preferred to postpone any major debate on the state’s higher education system until after the upcoming November elections.
RICHARD PAUL BESSER
July 25, 1998
Services for Richard Paul Besser, 69, Eudora, will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Elm Grove Baptist Church, Bonner Springs. Burial will be at Rochester Cemetery, Topeka. Mr. Besser died Thursday, July 23, 1998, at his home.
REPAVING PROJECTS READY TO ROLL
July 25, 1998
Repaving crews and their equipment soon could be coming to a neighborhood street near you. Beginning Monday, crews from LRM Industries Inc. are scheduled to attack repaving in the following areas:
GIMBLET JR.
July 25, 1998
Services for Noah A. “Bus” Gimblet Jr., 79, North Little Rock, were held Tuesday, July 7, 1998, at Edgewood Memorial Park Cemetery. Mr. Gimblet died July 2, 1998.
HOMOSEXUAL SWITCH
July 25, 1998
To the editor: I am writing in response to Cal Thomas’s July 21 column, “Homosexuals can change ways.” LJW readers might be interested in research data on this topic.
MERCANTILE SELECTS NEW PRESIDENTCEO
July 25, 1998
Mercantile Bank of Kansas City will get a new president and chief executive officer in Ron Barnes, who has been promoted from Mercantile’s commercial banking operation in Illinois. He succeeds Richard C. King, who will remain chairman of Mercantile in Kansas City.
LEONA B. BABCOCK
July 25, 1998
Services for Leona B. Babcock, 99, Tonganoxie, will be held at 10 a.m. Monday at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Tonganoxie. Burial will be in the Sacred Heart Cemetery. Mrs. Babcock died Thursday, July 23, 1998, at Tonganoxie Nursing Center.
ERS MAKE FASHION STATEMENT
July 25, 1998
In attire ranging from cowboy boots to swim suits, the models in the Douglas County Public Fashion Review lined up, ready to strut their stuff to country tunes. The review, held Friday night at the Douglas County 4-H Fairgrounds, had 87 participants from among the 127 4-H’ers who entered this year’s Douglas County Fair clothing competitions.
S DEADLINE TO REGISTER TO VOTE OR CHANGE PARTY AFFILIATIONS, 54,670 PEOPLE HAVE REGISTERED TO VOTE IN DOUGLAS COUNTY. OF THOSE, 19,759 ARE REPUBLICAN, 18,538 ARE UNAFFILIATED, 15,675 ARE DEMOCRAT, 650
July 25, 1998
That compares to April’s numbers of 19,043 Republicans, 18,071 unaffiliated, 15,828 Democrats, 651 Libertarian and 50 Reformed. And as of Aug. 1, there were 18,819 registered Republicans, 17,603 unaffiliated, 15,783 Democrats, 668 Libertarians and 48 Reformed.
THEFT OF AIR CONDITIONER LEAVES RESIDENTS STEAMED
July 25, 1998
This is one air conditioner that is hot. A Rheem central air-conditioning unit outside a house in the 300 block of West 14th was stolen last week, leaving three residents of two apartments without cool air on Sunday and Monday, when temperatures hit 99 and 101 degrees.
REPORTS
July 25, 1998
* Douglas County Sheriff’s personnel arrested Dustin Monette Sullivan, 25, of Lawrence, on a warrant for criminal damage to property greater than $500 on Friday. She was booked into Douglas County Jail at 8:45 a.m. and released at 10:58 a.m. on a $1,000 bail. Emergency calls
EMERGENCY CALLS
July 25, 1998
Lawrence-Douglas County Fire & Medical reported the following responses: Fire calls
MARTHA T. COX
July 25, 1998
Graveside services for Martha T. Cox, 97, Lawrence, will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Memorial Park Cemetery, Lawrence. Mrs. Cox died Saturday, July 25, 1998, at the Southwinds Care Center, Lawrence.
COMMERCE PRESIDENT TO FOCUS ON SERVICE
July 25, 1998
Mark Gonzales plans to make Commerce more accessible and convenient, and to increase its community involvement.
IDA SMITH
July 25, 1998
Services for Ida Smith, 76, Lenexa, will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Amos Family South Funeral Home, Lenexa. Cremation is planned, with private inurnment. Mrs. Smith died Tuesday, July 21, 1998, at St. Joseph’s Health Center.
IN 1898
July 25, 1998
On July 25, 1898, the Lawrence World told of “A Red Hot Day. Yesterday was the hottest day of the season. The mercury spread its wings and soared clear out of the top of the tub, ran down the sides and half way up again before its agency was spent. The heat came down mercilessly and the terrors of future punishment were reviewed with horror. The citizens of Lawrence rich and poor reached a common level and stretched their sizzling frames under the patches of shade to be found here and there in the yards…. Today the town is full of people thoroughly tired out, who are hoping and praying for rain or something that will take the edge off the atmosphere. It was 102 in the shade.” — Courtesy Watkins Community Museum
HUO QUAN MA
July 25, 1998
Services for Huo Quan Ma, 39, Lawrence, will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home, Lawrence. Burial will be in Memorial Park Cemetery, Topeka. Mr. Ma died Friday, July 17, 1998, following an automobile accident west of Lawrence.
KOREA HONORS KU PROFESSOR
July 25, 1998
Kansas University professor H. George Frederickson was given the Order of Diplomatic Service Medal by the Republic of Korea. The medal was given on July 13 in Seoul, South Korea. The order was signed by South Korean President Kim Dae-jung.
S THE MINIMUM YOU HAVE TO BUY TO INVEST?
July 25, 1998
According to Dale Rohr, the Royals’ vice president-finance, stock shares in the American League club have never been available to the general public. The Royals, a privately held corporation, are currently owned by the Great Kansas City Community Foundation.
HOW COME SUNFLOWER CABLEVISION DOES NOT ADD THE COUNTRY MUSIC TV (CMT) PROGRAM? THEY HAVE ALL THE OTHER MUSIC PROGRAMS, BUT NOT THIS ONE YET.
July 25, 1998
Sunflower recently announced the addition of six channels to its lineup for Lawrence and Eudora area customers. Those decisions were made based on existing channels, recent subscriber polls and the popularity of the channels in similar markets. Sunflower continues to evaluate its offerings and welcomes suggestions. Said Dan McGough, general manager at Sunflower: “We receive daily requests for additional programming and every request is read and placed in our programming file. Almost every request since I have been with Sunflower has been responded to via either a phone call and/or a postcard to thank our customers. Specifically, on this request CMT just missed the cut as their ranking in June 1998, placed them in the No. 32 position of most popular watched channels throughout the nation. (The cutoff was Animal Planet at No. 27.)”
WENDELL KASSON
July 25, 1998
Services for Wendell Kasson, Topeka, are pending and will be announced by Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home, Lawrence. Mr. Kasson died Saturday, July 25, 1998, at his home.
HEARING OPENS FOR TRIO CHARGED IN ROBBERYDEATH
July 25, 1998
Witnesses have received immunity for their testimony in a hearing for three men on robbery and homicide charges.
MUNSON
July 25, 1998
Services for Marvin R. “Rusty” Munson, 39, McLouth, are pending and will be announced by Barnett Funeral Home, Oskaloosa. Burial will be in McLouth Cemetery. Mr. Munson died Thursday, July 23, 1998, following an industrial accident in Albuquerque, N.M.
DRIVER REPORTEDLY KIDNAPPEDROBBED
July 25, 1998
A Lawrence man was held at gunpoint and forced to drive his car to another part of town Thursday by three men who then robbed him, Lawrence police said Friday. Police arrested one of the men, but prosecutors didn’t file charges on Friday.
COULD YOU GIVE ME THE ADDRESS OF JEROME BETTIS OF THE PITTSBURGH STEELERS?
July 25, 1998
You can reach Bettis in care of the Steelers at 300 Stadium Cir., Pittsburgh, Pa. 15212
ARTS CENTER MALL?
July 25, 1998
To the editor: As I read your editorial on July 16 (“Optimum arts place?”) I remembered a letter to the editor (written some time ago) suggesting the Riverfront Mall as a desirable locale for the Lawrence Arts Center. If financially feasible, I think location; space; available parking; etc. make it a good choice. Besides it has an “artistic air” and would provide a great setting for dance, dinner, music and art. Add a small “eatery” — what more is needed?
NEW GUIDELINES IN ANIMAL CRUELTY CASES SOUGHT
July 25, 1998
The executive director of the Lawrence Humane Society is hoping a resolution Douglas County commissioners are considering Monday will help the shelter cope with cruelty cases. The resolution outlines procedures for the handling and euthanization of animals picked up due to cruelty or neglect. Commissioners will review two versions of the resolution. One would require the humane society to acquire commission approval before filing a petition in District Court to determine whether the animal may be placed for adoption for euthanized, and the other would allow the shelter to initiate the process without going to the commission.
BIRTHS
July 25, 1998
Kenna Brouhard and Ron Robinson, a boy, Lawrence, Thursday. Charly and Jodie Pine, a girl, Lawrence, Friday.
LAW ENFORCEMENT REPORT
July 25, 1998
Burglaries and thefts reported * An Alpine stereo, two speakers and 45 compact discs were reported stolen from a residence in the 1400 block of West Seventh between 11 p.m. Wednesday and 6:55 a.m. Thursday; the items were valued at $1,600.
OFFENDERS CLEAN THE WRITING ON THE WALL
July 25, 1998
A community service program targets graffiti removal in downtown Lawrence.
VISION
July 25, 1998
President Truman’s integration of the military 50 years ago permitted people such as Colin Powell a realistic chance of taking their rightful place as a national leader.
PEN CELEBRATES ISRAEL AT 50
July 25, 1998
A limited edition fountain pen that celebrates the 50th anniversary of Israel is the brainchild of a Lawrence resident.
MARILYN MARIE JAHR
July 25, 1998
Services for Marilyn Marie Jahr, 62, Lawrence, are pending and will be announced by Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home, Lawrence. Mrs. Jahr died Saturday, July 25, 1998, at her home.
COMMISSIONER TO FLOAT 50-METER POOL PLAN
July 25, 1998
A 50-meter competitive pool could be included in the city’s proposed indoor aquatic center, provided its total cost doesn’t splash over $8.5 million.
PARTY
July 25, 1998
Democrats’ practice of changing teams to vote in primaries seems “dishonest”’ to Republicans.