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June 7, 1998
* Approve appointments recommended by Mayor Marty Kennedy. * Set a 2 p.m. June 30 deadline for bids to handle construction of drainage improvements in the Creekwood area of Deerfield Channel.
THE WATER DEPARTMENT IS ADDING A $35 DEPOSIT TO EVERYONE FOR THREE MONTHS. WHAT IS THAT FOR, AND WHY ARE WE HAVING TO PAY ANOTHER DEPOSIT?
June 7, 1998
Ed Mullins, the city’s finance director, acknowledged that some customers of the city’s water, sewer, sanitation and drainage services were facing additional deposits on their monthly bills. Here’s an explanation: Customers are not billed the deposit, Mullins said, unless: The customer is a tenant; the customer’s current deposit is less than an average two-month bill; and the customer has been delinquent in the last 12 months.
LAWRENCE STUDENTS PREPARE FOR JOURNEY TO JAPANESE CITY
June 7, 1998
Junior high and high school students will spend nine days visiting Lawrence’s sister city of Hiratsuka, Japan
SCHOOL BOARD ISSUES
June 7, 1998
Despite numerous action items on the agenda for Monday’s school board meeting, the main item of discussion relates to the teacher contract for the 1998-1999 school year. Under the contract, which was overwhelmingly passed by teachers last week, teachers would receive a raise of 4.2 percent. The raise includes monetary compensation as well as benefits.
MILDRED IRENE MAILEN
June 7, 1998
Services for Mildred Irene Mailen, 74, will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at Neill-Schwensen-Rook Chapel in Clay Center. Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery, Clay Center. Mrs. Mailen died Friday, June 5, 1998, at Stormont-Vail Regional Medical Center in Topeka.
KU MEDICAL STUDENTS HONORED AT GRADUATION
June 7, 1998
Several local residents received special honors as part of Kansas University’s graduation in May. From the School of Medicine, Leila Lara Reduque and Jennifer Lynn Weiford were honored. Reduque received the Kasumi Arakaqa Distinguished Professorship Award, given to a senior student for academic and clinical excellence in anesthesiology. Weiford received the Mahlon H. Delp Award for the Kansas City campus. The award goes to a senior student in internal medicine who demonstrates the qualities of integrity, compassion, and dedication to the care of patients as individuals.
JOSEPH PATRICK WHITEHEAD
June 7, 1998
Services for Joseph Patrick Whitehead, 43, were held Friday in Edmond. Burial was in Memorial Park in Edmond. Mr. Whitehead died in an auto accident on Tuesday, June 2, 1998.
RE CURIOUS ABOUT WHETHER THE POOL WILL BE OPEN THIS SUMMER?
June 7, 1998
No. The privately owned pool will not be re-opened, and the owner plans to build five houses on the site, 3103 W. Ninth. Dennis Barritt, owner of the pool, said the structure is about 35 years old and needs costly repairs.
COMMISSIONERS WILL TALK ABOUT A RECENTLY RELEASED ENGINEERING STUDY OF IMPROVEMENTS TO SIXTH STREET.
June 7, 1998
The study outlines an access management plan for the proposed $6.6 million reconstruction of a 1.25-mile section of Sixth Street, or U.S. Highway 40. It recommends rebuilding Sixth Street into four lanes with a raised median, installing five new traffic signals and posting speed limits of 45 mph between Wakarusa Drive and the South Lawrence Trafficway. The project is part of an effort to accommodate growth and development in northwest Lawrence.
THE KANSAS DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION AGREED TO KICK IN $2 MILLION FOR THE PROJECT, WITH THE CITY AND COUNTY PAYING THE REMAINDER OF THE $6.6 MILLION TOTAL COST.
June 7, 1998
During a recent discussion about transportation projects they would like to see the state tackle, commissioners said they don’t believe the city and county should have to come up with the rest of the money for the project because Sixth Street is U.S. Highway 40. If the city and county do have to fund the rest of the project, the city should pay a bigger portion than the county, commissioners said. Chairman Tom Taul likened the $2 million offer to waving candy in front of a baby.
LAW ENFORCEMENT REPORT
June 7, 1998
Burglaries and thefts reported * A black and silver 1987 Chevrolet Blazer worth $5,000 was reported stolen between 2:30 a.m. Tuesday and 8 a.m. Wednesday from the 100 block of Michigan.
AN EXISTING RESIDENCE IS LOCATED AT 641 ILL., AND A VACANT LOT TO THE NORTH IS TARGETED FOR ANOTHER HOME. THE CITY ALREADY HAS GRANTED A BUILDING PERMIT FOR THE PROJECT, AND THE LOT HAS BEEN RAISED SE
June 7, 1998
A drainage pipe built 40 to 50 years ago traverses the property, in place of a drainage creek bed, Corliss said. The city has no recorded easement on the property. The pipe still functions, Corliss said, and is in serviceable condition. The area was not included in the city’s priority lists for drainage upgrades, as judged by the city’s Stormwater Master Plan.
A PUBLIC DRAINAGE PIPE BENEATH A VACANT LOT TARGETED FOR A NEW HOME HAS COLLECTED PLENTY OF CONTROVERSY IN THE OLD WEST LAWRENCE NEIGHBORHOOD, AND NOW COMMISSIONERS WILL TRY TO SORT IT ALL OUT.
June 7, 1998
Commissioners are scheduled to review a report concerning a construction project at 641 Ill. The issue: City officials already have granted a building permit for the new home, which would be built atop a buried storm sewer pipe that is not protected by a public easement.
* CONSIDER APPROVAL OF A SITE PLAN FOR CONSTRUCTION OF A RETAIL/WAREHOUSE BUILDING AT 1831 E. 1450 ROAD FOR CREATIVE ENDEAVORS.
June 7, 1998
* Consider approval of a private road request from Vernon and Judy Cheek to serve three parcels of land. The approximate address of the private road would be North 855 Road, Baldwin. * Consider fueling options for the Public Works Department.
WHAT HAPPENED TO THE JOURNAL-WORLD FEATURE 18 AND UNDER THAT NORMALLY RUNS ON THURSDAYS?
June 7, 1998
“A few weeks ago the Journal-World began running the Business section on the front of the Living section (D section) on Tuesdays and Thursdays,” said Bill Snead, J-W deputy editor. “On those days we run what would normally be on the front of the section inside or on the back page of the D section. Yesterday, for example, 18 and Under ran on the back page. It sounds involved, but our purpose is to give the J-W’s coverage of the business community more prominence, which is the reason we recently added a Business page to our Saturday paper.”
IN 1898
June 7, 1998
On June 7, 1898, the Lawrence Journal had the following headlines referring to the previous evening’s city council meeting: “ROUTINE BUSINESS - The City Council Hears a Number of Matters of Importance Discussed - Action Generally Deferred - Mr. Shaw Replied to Criticisms of the Management of the Affairs of the City - The details of the June Council Meeting.” Among the items, the Journal reported, was “The report of the fire department chief for the last year showed that there had been 30 fires in Lawrence during the past year; that the amount paid the fire department was $2,160; that the loss outside of the university fire was $15,220.” — Courtesy Watkins Community Museum
WEB SITES OFFER GUIDANCE TO TIPPERS
June 7, 1998
You’re getting your hair cut by a woman who’s friendly, courteous and quite handy with a dryer and a pair of scissors. How much, if anything, do you leave behind? You’re on a cruise ship, and a curt but helpful cabin steward named Ted shows you to your room. Do you slip him $5, $10?
CHRONIC PHONE SCAM RETURNS
June 7, 1998
An old telephone scam affecting business customers has resurfaced in Kansas, and victims may not be aware they are paying for long-distance calls they didn’t make. It could be costing companies big bucks. It’s called the “9-0-phone scam” and here’s how it works:
TOUR HIGHLIGHTS GREAT U.S. CITIES
June 7, 1998
We’re recently back from a trip to Chicago, to visit our daughter and her husband. Chicago never fails us. It was a bit murky the day we arrived, but things cooled off, the lake was beautiful and flowers were blooming. We spent an afternoon at the Lincoln Park Zoo, and the best sight there was a mother tiger and her three babies. There was a koala, and the zebras stood close to the fence, and it was a setting different from the vast areas at the zoo in Swope Park. Chicago is my favorite big city in America. Kathy and Greg always take us to delightful restaurants, usually so we can eat outside. I guess Chicago will always be a city of my younger days, when I was a student there. My, how the place is different from what it was 50 years ago.
NEW OWNERS HAVE BIG PLANS FOR TINY CTBI BUSINESS SCHOOL
June 7, 1998
The business school’s new owners plan to increase enrollment to 300 or more from the current 25, add new classes and move to a new building.
RECYCLING LAWN CLIPPINGS MAKES SENSE ON A LOT OF FRONTS.
June 7, 1998
An average lawn generates about 1,500 pounds of grass clippings per year. Clippings are often bagged because people mistakenly believe they cause thatch. Thatch is made of decay-resistant surface roots, runners and stems found close to the soil surface. Grass clippings are beneficial to the turf and do not cause thatch. The best way to recycle grass clippings is to let them fall back to the turf. The primary consideration in returning clippings to the turf is the height of the grass. Remove no more than a third of the height of the grass. If the grass has grown tall and more than a third of the height is removed, the clippings should be bagged. The key factor is not letting the grass grow tall between mowings.
I HAVE HEARD ABOUT THESE TRANSFER ON DEATH DEEDS. I STILL OWE A MORTGAGE ON MY HOUSE. CAN I STILL USE A TRANSFER ON DEATH DEED? WILL MY CHILDREN INHERIT THE HOUSE WITHOUT HAVING TO PAY THE MORTGAGE?
June 7, 1998
Yes, you can still use the transfer on death deed even if you have a mortgage. The mortgage, however, as well as any other liability attached to the property, will follow the property when you die. Should the mortgage be unpaid at your death, your heirs would need to satisfy the mortgage to have clear title to the property. The transfer on death deed is not a means to avoid the mortgage, property taxes, assessments, liens, Medicaid claims or any other liability attached to your property. For more information, contact the Kansas Elder Law Hotline toll free at (888) 353-5337.
FREDERICK TIMMS WANTS TO WALK 62 MILES ON HIS 62ND BIRTHDAY.
June 7, 1998
The Lawrence man said he’ll start just after midnight on Feb. 18 in Lone Elm, which is south of Ottawa on Highway 59, and walk to Lawrence, weather permitting. He’s in training right now.
THE CANDIDATES
June 7, 1998
Vince Snowbarger, 49, Republican, currently the state’s 3rd District representative in the U.S. House, was a member of the Kansas House for 12 years, resides in Olathe, and has a law degree from Kansas University. Dennis Moore, 52, Democrat, currently a partner in the Kansas law firm of Erker & Moore, was Johnson County district attorney for 12 years, resides in Lenexa, and has a law degree from Washburn University.
TWO ARRESTED FOR FORGERY
June 7, 1998
Two Kansas City, Mo., women were arrested for forgery on Saturday. According to police, the women, Rhonda Elaine Veal, 19, and Monisha Danelle Smith, 21, allegedly cashed a forged check for $3,180 Saturday at the Douglas County Bank at 1444 Kasold. They allegedly attempted to cash another forged check at the Douglas County Bank at 3101 Iowa soon after, but bank workers called the police.
WOODLING COLUMN
June 7, 1998
Everything you wanted to know about the NBA Finals, but were too caught up in the Royals-Angels scrumming and slumming to ask … Q. I was watching the first game between the Jazz and Bulls with my wife the other night and she asked me who the commentators were. I said Bob Costas and … well, I was stumped. Who are the other two?
MAYER COLUMN
June 7, 1998
Included in the flood of popular anecdotes during the various 100th anniversary celebrations of Kansas University basketball was the Phog Allen-B.H. Born gargle incident at halftime of the 1953 NCAA title game in Kansas City. You couldn’t make up something more bizarre and amusing. Several people have tried to recount this comedy of errors in various publications. So far none have told it quite as it happened. Even Born, the all-time Jayhawk great whose jersey No. 23 hangs in Allen Fieldhouse, isn’t sure about everything. He was suffering from a horrible cold and was caught up in the emotion of a critical game.
DISMISSALS
June 7, 1998
Angel Coulter and baby boy, McLouth. Births
ASKING FOR HELP
June 7, 1998
Lawrence city commissioners have asked the Kansas Department of Transportation to review five Lawrence intersections, to see if making changes could reduce accidents. If approved, the intersections would share in $3 million worth of state grants available for making safety improvements in 2000 and 2001.
SEVERAL BLOOD DRIVES SCHEDULED AROUND CITY
June 7, 1998
Several blood drives have been set at various locations around the city. They are: * 1:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday at Colonial Manor, 3015 W. 31st. Call Teresa Webb at 842-7282 for an appointment.
WATER, SUN AND FUN
June 7, 1998
Sun, shade and water do wonders for any garden, but in the Ballard garden the combination is powerful magic.
CITY SEEKS FUNDING TO IMPROVE TRAFFIC SAFETY
June 7, 1998
The state plans to pour about $3 million into safety improvements for accident-prone intersections at the turn of the century, and Lawrence city officials have proposed five intersections for the program.
MONEY TEARS KOCH FAMILY AT ITS ROOTS
June 7, 1998
Even as they enter the courthouse — through separate entrances — the discord among the brothers is evident.
KU GRADUATE WINS MISS KANSAS
June 7, 1998
Miss Greater Kansas City was crowned Miss Kansas Saturday night, giving her the chance to represent the state in the Miss America pageant. Jennifer Vannatta, 24, of Leawood, will take over for the reigning Miss Kansas, Lesley Moss, of Hoxie. Vannatta graduated from Kansas University.
NED KEHDE COLUMN
June 7, 1998
Among channel catfishermen around the nation, the late Toad Smith is a legend. Beginning the 1980s, Doug Stange’s accounts of Smith’s adventures appeared in In-Fisherman’s magazine, television program, videos and other publications.
SPIRIT OF DR. SEUSS SHINES THROUGH IN SKETCHESVERSES
June 7, 1998
Three cheers for Dr. Seuss: His legacy lives on. Hooray for Diffendoofer Day and hooray for another work from Dr. Seuss.
ASPIRING FILMMAKERS LEARN THE REEL STORY
June 7, 1998
The producer of a movie being made about Helen Keller for CBS was the featured speaker at the seventh annual KAN Film Festival.
HOUSE RACE DRAWING NATIONAL INTEREST
June 7, 1998
The congressional race in the 3rd District, which includes Lawrence, may shape up to be the state’s most compelling political skirmish.
GREAT RACE BRAVES ELEMENTS
June 7, 1998
Through rain and sleet and hail, dozens of vintage car, truck and motorcycle drivers have conquered the Rocky Mountains and are making their way across the Plains.
S ANNUAL EVENT SAID THE SAUCE AND COOKING TIME CAN DETERMINE THE OUTCOME.
June 7, 1998
You can’t blame Burnt Offerings for having a beef with The Fat Boys. The two McLouth groups competed heavily for People’s Choice Award at the seventh annual McLouth BBQ Blowout Saturday. Although the honor of cooking the best meat was enough, having hometown bragging rights sweetened the deal.
S ANNUAL EVENT SAID THE SAUCE AND COOKING TIME CAN DETERMINE THE OUTCOME.
June 7, 1998
You can’t blame Burnt Offerings for having a beef with The Fat Boys. The two McLouth groups competed heavily for People’s Choice award Saturday at the seventh annual McLouth BBQ Blowout. Although the honor of cooking the best meat was enough, having hometown bragging rights sweetened the deal.
KU FOCUSED ON NEUTRINO RESEARCH
June 7, 1998
A recent finding by a team of scientists in Japan doesn’t negate a similar experiment being conducted at Kansas University, and it may even help scientists here focus their efforts.
LOCAL SERVERS AND RESTAURATEURS SAY THE PRACTICE OF TIPPING IS BY NO MEANS A LOST ART, BUT SOME PATRONS ARE MORE GENEROUS THAN OTHERS.
June 7, 1998
In the movie “It Could Happen to You,” waitress Bridget Fonda gets a $2 million dollar tip from an honest, lottery-winning cop played by Nicolas Cage. The premise, based on a true story, is a fantasy to most who juggle trays, time, complicated orders and customers of varying dispositions to earn a living. As far as they’re concerned, it couldn’t happen to them.
IS IT POSSIBLE TO GET THIS?
June 7, 1998
The crew of Z-shift at Station One of Douglas County Fire and Medical uses three dozen scrambled eggs, usually a teaspoon to teaspoon and a half or sugar, whatever sauteed vegetables desired, and a dash of shredded cheddar cheese on top, according to Chris King. The vegetables are sauteed first. The egg are mixed with milk and sugar, and then scrambled on the grill. The vegetables are scrambled in toward the end of cooking. Top with shredded cheese and serve.
SMITH 8TH IN TRIPLE JUMP
June 7, 1998
Kansas University junior Lester Smith earned All-America honors Saturday when he placed eighth in the men’s triple jump at the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field The top eight performers receive All-America status.
PLACES AND FACES
June 7, 1998
Bird Physical Therapy has opened at 3220 Mesa Way, Suite A. Kevin Bird, M.S., P.T., will offer outpatient rehabilitation, pain management, infant and toddler services, workers compensation, job site analysis and sport-specific movement analysis. Bird is a graduate of the Kansas University School of Physical Therapy. *
COMMISSION TO DECIDE FUTURE OF APARTMENTS IN HISTORIC AREA
June 7, 1998
Tennessee Apartments would feature two dozen apartments in five buildings between a historic mansion and the Alpha Tau Omega fraternity house along Tennessee Street.
IT COULD LEAD TO A WORLD IN WHICH THE MALL WILL GREET YOU BY NAME AND ALERT YOU TO A SALE ON THOSE SHOES YOU TRIED ON LAST WEEK.
June 7, 1998
Orange County Register Someday soon your clothes could make you smarter, not just look smart.
Girl power sweeps state
June 7, 1998
Hundreds of high school girls are gathering in Lawrence to learn about government in the American Legion Auxiliary’s Sunflower Girls State.