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COMMUNITY CORRECTIONS
June 14, 1998
Douglas County Community Corrections has an average daily client population of about 120 people, three of whom were on electronic monitoring as of Friday. Electronic monitoring costs the county $6.50 per day per offender. The department expects clients to help pay for the service.
HELEN E. MORRIS
June 14, 1998
Memorial services for Helen E. Morris, 82, Joliet, Ill., were held at the Range Funeral Home in Joliet, Ill. Mrs. Morris died Saturday, May 23, 1998, at Silver Cross Hospital, Joliet, Ill.
ECONOMY
June 14, 1998
The state’s economic outlook for the rest of 1998 is looking strong, according to a new report from Kansas University.
PLACES AND FACES
June 14, 1998
The Golf Course Superintendents Association of America announced these promotions and new hires: Deena Amont has been named director of learning systems innovation and design. She had been director of education. Hannes Combest has been named senior manager of education. The Kansas University graduate had been education manager. Kim Heck has been named senior director of career development. The KU graduate had been director of career development. Dee Hoffmeier has been named conference education manager. She had been conference education administrator. Shari Koehler has been named chapter seminar manager. She had been chapter seminar administrator. Sharmion Linseisen-Kerley has been named senior manager of Internet services. She had Web manager. Kathleen Thomas was hired as senior manager of human resources. She had been director of human resources at Baker University.
CUB SCOUT CAMP SET THIS WEEK
June 14, 1998
Cub Scout Day Camp will be held Monday through Friday at the Douglas County 4-H Fairgrounds. Sessions run from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. each day. The theme for the camp is “Tropical Paradise,” and four program activities will be held each day. Parents’ Night will be from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, where the Cubs will share all the projects and activities they have participated in while at the camp. Refreshments will be served.
RE IN THE POOL? ALSO, IS THE CONCESSION STAND PLANNING TO SELL POPCORN THIS YEAR?
June 14, 1998
A large clock already is located at the west side of the center building, above the door to the class/party room, said Tom Wilkerson, the city’s assistant director of parks and recreation. Popcorn, he said, will not be sold at the center because it blows into the pool and clogs the filtration system.
HOME
June 14, 1998
The Shelter Inc. is holding an informational meeting Monday on a proposal for a home for children. The meeting will be held at 7 p.m. at Riverside School, 601 N. Iowa. Anyone interested is invited to attend.
4-H SHARPSHOOTERS TAKE AIM AT NATIONAL AIR RIFLE HONORS
June 14, 1998
A team of Douglas County high school students will travel to Arkansas this week to compete in the national finals of an air rifle shooting competition.
BUDIG HAS GROWN INTO PRESIDENCY
June 14, 1998
Goodness, it just hit me that Gene Budig has passed the three-quarter pole of his fourth season as president of the American League. It seems like only yesterday Budig was standing on the mound at Hoglund-Maupin Stadium, his suit coat and tie blowing in the late March wind, throwing the first pitch of the 1981 Kansas baseball season.
BRANDON HEATH CARPENTER
June 14, 1998
Services are pending for Brandon Heath Carpenter, 20, Oskaloosa. Mr. Carpenter died Saturday, June 13, 1998, from injuries received in an automobile accident three miles north of Lawrence on U.S. Highway 24.
BREAKING THE DEADLOCK
June 14, 1998
If the Lawrence school board wants voters to agree to issue bonds for local school improvements the first step is for board members themselves to reach agreement on what should be done. The introduction of two new plans to seek bond issues to improve local schools may help break the deadlock that has plagued the Lawrence school board.
DISMISSALS
June 14, 1998
Candice Dennis and infant daughter, Lawrence, Saturday. Births
GIRLS NATION REPRESENTATIVES CHOSEN
June 14, 1998
Sunflower Girls State named its Girls Nation senators Friday. Alicia Wilburn of Wamego and Bridgett Morris of Kansas City, Kan., will represent Kansas at the event in July just outside Washington, D.C.
ESSAY
June 14, 1998
A Democratic school board president, a GOP congressman and a Lawrence teen-ager who won, then lost, a letter-writing contest. Their story could be titled: Political Tit for Tat 101.
DUCKS GIVE SKUNKS RUN FOR MONEY
June 14, 1998
Ducks — not skunks — were the main attraction Saturday at Ottawa’s Skunk Run Days.
* CONSIDER APPROVAL OF A GRANT APPLICATION FOR COMMUNITY CORRECTIONS.
June 14, 1998
* Consider changes to maintenance of North 600 Road from E 2300 to E 2400. * Consider approval of a contract for a sand/salt storage building at Kanwaka Township.
LAW ENFORCEMENT REPORT
June 14, 1998
Burglaries and thefts reported * An Alpine tuner/compact disc player and 140 compact discs were reported stolen between 6 p.m. Thursday and 6:45 a.m. Friday from a vehicle in the 900 block of Eldridge. Loss was $1,750 and damage to a window on the vehicle was $150.
COMMISSION NOTES
June 14, 1998
* Approve appointment of Scott Henderson to serve as an at-large member of the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Advisory Committee, as recommended by Mayor Marty Kennedy. * Agree to hire Spray Com Inc., for $40,477, to handle manhole rehabilitation projects.
BABY BELL FIGHTING FOR ACCESS
June 14, 1998
Southwestern Bell’s call for long-distance access keeps getting put on hold.
JOKE BOX
June 14, 1998
Got a good clean KU-K-State joke? Share it with the world by posting it on JW3, the Journal-World’s home on the World Wide Web. Point your browser to http://www. ljworld.com/forum/index-ku.html.
THE ARTIST SAYS HIS MURAL WAS INTENDED TO GET PEOPLE TALKING ABOUT THEIR HOMETOWN.
June 14, 1998
Associated Press Writer Milford, Del. — Frederick Jenkins viewed the young man’s work and liked what he saw: an artist who wasn’t afraid to make a statement, who could make people think and react.
SW KANSANS TRY TO KEEP FARM OPERATIONS FROM RUNNING OUT OF GAS
June 14, 1998
Southwest Kansas natural gas is being depleted, with ramifications for the entire state.
STUDENTS PUNISHED FOR THREATS
June 14, 1998
Vague threats directed at a Lawrence High School teacher landed three students in an in-school suspension.
SCULPTOR BRONZES AFRICAN TERMITE HILLS
June 14, 1998
As wide as 8 feet and as high as 15 feet, the insect-tower sculptures resemble sand-castle versions of Antonio Gaudi’s fanciful church in Barcelona, Spain.
AUTO THEFTS DRIVE OWNERS TO FRUSTRATION
June 14, 1998
Vehicle thefts continue to hit even the most unlikely targets in Lawrence, but the overall number of vehicle thefts are dropping.
LOCAL CLERK THWARTS ROBBERY ATTEMPT
June 14, 1998
The clerk at a local convenience store thwarted a robbery attempt when he refused to hand over cash to a woman early Thursday. Lawrence police reported that the woman at about 12:20 a.m. walked into Total Petroleum, 501 W. Ninth, and told the clerk she was there to rob the business.
S WAY: A BIT ROUGH, YET OH SO SMOOTH
June 14, 1998
I’m admittedly getting to Frank Sinatra late. Is there anybody in the “media” who hasn’t had a say about Frank. I of course am only casually of the “media.” Frank Sinatra was a thug. He also was about the best singer of popular songs in our time. Once I thought Bing Crosby was better, but I’ve had occasion to review a lot of Bing’s songs. Bing doesn’t wear well, but I think he was a nicer guy thank Frankie.
PROTECT YOUR VEHICLE
June 14, 1998
There is no way to absolutely guarantee your vehicle won’t be stolen, but there are some things you can do to make it tougher on thieves: * Never leave your car unlocked, even when it is in a garage.
JOKES ARE ONE WAY FOR KU AND K-STATE TO DO BATTLE IN THEIR ONGOING RIVALRY.
June 14, 1998
Depending on whom you talk to, Kansas-Kansas State jokes are no laughing matter. Or are a source of state pride. David Holmes, a professor of psychology at Kansas University, isn’t joking when he says humor is an “awkward topic,” particularly when it targets a particular institution, group or population.
THE SECRET ART OF DR. SEUSS, WITH INTRODUCTION BY MAURICE SENDAK
June 14, 1998
Horton the elephant first hatched his Egg sometime during my childhood. Thereafter the good Dr. Seuss enriched my life, and later my children’s childhoods and young adulthoods. The verbal and visual joys of reading aloud and seeing Seussian words and pictures created happy lifelong memories which we continue to share with each other and spouses in person, and even by fax and e-mail.
MONITORING DEVICES FOR LAWBREAKERS UNDER HOUSE ARREST ARE SYMBOLS OF TROUBLED LIVES BUT ALSO SERVE AS KEYS TO POSITIVE FUTURES FOR TWO CONVICTED FELONS.
June 14, 1998
The electronic monitoring device Lester Biggoose Jr. wore tethered to his right ankle for 88 days wouldn’t let him forget what he had become, night by night, drink by drink. Biggoose couldn’t remove the court-ordered bracelet he wore from Feb. 16 to May 14, just like he couldn’t undo the past.
DISTRICT COURT MARRIAGE LICENSES ISSUED
June 14, 1998
Carlos Huerta, 39, Fort Worth, Tex., and Janet A. Fleming, 40, Lawrence. Lance Endacott, 31, Lawrence, and Roberta S. Brubaker, 28, Lawrence.
DISABLED VETERANS VOICE CONCERNS AT CONFERENCE
June 14, 1998
Members of the state Disabled American Veterans expressed concern that Congress was cutting funding for veterans programs and allocating the funds elsewhere.
YARD
June 14, 1998
Students, teachers, parents and neighbors have given Hillcrest School a natural learning environment.
THERE IS A BRIDGE THAT IS SITTING OVER NOTHING SOUTH OF CLINTON PARKWAY AND WEST OF ATCHISON STREET, AND I WAS WONDERING WHERE IT WILL ULTIMATELY GO?
June 14, 1998
“It is to be installed on the nearby bike path,” said Terese Gorman, city engineer. Would it be possible for the swimming pool to get a clock installed on the building, so kids can know what time it is when they’re in the pool? Also, is the concession stand planning to sell popcorn this year?
TONGANOXIE DAYS TAPS INTO FUN
June 14, 1998
Thousands of people got out to enjoy sun, food and fun Saturday at Tonganoxie Days.
OUTLAWS TUMBLE IN DODGE CITY
June 14, 1998
Cory Smith had three hits and Dustin Myers two in Lawrence’s Outlaws, 8-3 American Legion baseball loss to Garden City on Saturday at the Ranger Invitational. The Outlaws, 2-3 in the tournament and 9-3 overall, also claimed a forfeit win over Guymon, Okla. The tourney continues today.
HIT, RUN VICTIM RETURNS HOME
June 14, 1998
A Lawrence man injured when a Jeep turned in front of his motorcycle has returned home from the hospital, but the suspect in the collision remained at large Saturday. Gary Boyd, 36, was released from the Kansas University Medical Center Friday night, less than one day after the accident near the Westridge Plaza Shopping Center at Sixth Street and Kasold Drive. His wife, Kathy Boyd, said he suffered short-term memory loss due to the accident, which he doesn’t remember. All of the X-rays, CAT scans and magnetic resonance imaging tests showed no problems.
CLINIC SEEKS VOLUNTEERS WITH DEPRESSION
June 14, 1998
The Menninger Clinical Research Center, Topeka, is seeking volunteers, ages 8 to 17, to participate in a drug research study. Participants must be in good physical health and have symptoms of depression that have lasted at least four weeks. Symptoms include sleep disturbances, loss of energy, feelings of worthlessness, restlessness, inability to concentrate, thoughts of death, and weight change. The study includes a psychiatric assessment, physical examinations, EKGs, laboratory tests, and investigational drug treatment.
BANDITS SWEEP OLATHE NORTH
June 14, 1998
Lawrence’s Bandits swept a doubleheader from Olathe North on Saturday at Ice Field, winning the first game by forfeit and taking the second game, 6-2. Nate Vail (1-1) and Nick Kastl combined on a five-hitter. Brian Erb went 2-for-4 with two RBIs. Skip Skahan went 2-for-3 with a double for the Bandits, 6-2. The Bandits will meet Manhattan at 6 p.m. today at Ice Field.
DISTRICT COURT MARRIAGE LICENSES ISSUED
June 14, 1998
Jeffrey A. Cunningham, 21, Neodesha, and Amy Allen, age unavailable, St. John. Shaun Adam Hickock, 18, Lawrence, and Tabitha J. Babboni, 17, Eudora.
JOHN FREDERICK WEBER
June 14, 1998
There will be no services for John Frederick Weber, 68, Oskaloosa. Cremation is planned. Mr. Weber died Friday, June 12, 1998, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.
JAMES EDGAR DYKES
June 14, 1998
Private services for James Edgar Dykes, 78, Panama City Beach, will be held in Panama City. Mr. Dykes died Friday, June 12, 1998, in Shreveport, La.
GASOLINE SPILL BLAMED IN APARTMENT FIRE
June 14, 1998
A can of gasoline stored in an apartment’s utility room spilled, starting a fire that damaged three apartments near Centennial Park Saturday morning. The fire at the Rockledge Apartments, 711 Rockledge Rd., started about 10:30 a.m. when gas seeped down pipes in a second-floor room and ignited. Lawrence-Douglas County Fire & Medical Battalion Chief Bill Stark said hot water heaters and furnaces for the six apartments of the three-story building are in the center of the building.
THE YOUTH SERVICES DEPARTMENT HAS EXPERIENCED PROBLEMS WITH ITS TELEPHONE SYSTEM SINCE THE DETENTION CENTER OPENED IN 1995, DIRECTOR PAM WEIGAND TOLD COMMISSIONERS IN THE MEMO.
June 14, 1998
“At that time, the (telephone) key system installed for the telephones was selected because it was low bid,” she said. “We had problems immediately, had an upgrade installed but continued to experience problems not only with the equipment but with service as well.” Stressing “communications is an integral part of the program at youth services,” Weigand said it’s important staff be able to communicate via the intercom, not only to transmit information but also to ensure staff safety.
COMMISSIONERS WILL TALK ABOUT PURCHASING NEW TELEPHONE EQUIPMENT FOR DOUGLAS COUNTY YOUTH SERVICES, WHICH HAS BEEN PLAGUED BY SYSTEM PROBLEMS, ITS DIRECTOR SAYS.
June 14, 1998
The department hopes to buy a new telephone key system called Legend from Southwestern Bell. It will provide youth services staff members with voice mail and transfer, intercom, paging and private call capabilities as well as other features. Southwestern Bell has agreed to refund the full amount youth services recently spent on phones and apply it to the cost of the system. After disassembling its old telephone key system, youth services learned that the department was too big to use telephone sets without a key system, director Pam Weigand told commissioners in a memo.
BOOTH SPACE AVAILABLE AT BLUEGRASS FESTIVAL
June 14, 1998
Applications for arts and crafts booths at Serenata Farms’ annual bluegrass festival on Aug. 22 must be in by June 20. The festival will provide a chance for the display and sale of quality original art and crafts, including fine jewelry, paintings, drawings, pottery, leatherwork, wood carving, clothing, photography and cabin crafts.
S LOOKING TO SELL SOME OF ITS LAND, AND THE WORLD CO. IS WILLING TO PAY AN ABOVE-APPRAISAL PRICE FOR IT.
June 14, 1998
Commissioners will consider selling a 2.79-acre tract of city property at the northwest corner of Sixth Street and Wakarusa Drive. After opening the sale to the public in recent weeks, two formal bids emerged:
CRASH KILLS OSKALOOSA MAN
June 14, 1998
A 20-year-old Oskaloosa man died Saturday morning when the truck he was driving crossed lanes and slammed head-on into another truck north of Lawrence. Brandon Heath Carpenter was westbound on U.S. Highway 24 about half a mile west of Midland Junction when he entered the eastbound lane while coming out of a curve.
WORDEN 4-H CLUB TO HOLD BLOOD DRIVE
June 14, 1998
The Worden Workers 4-H club is sponsoring a community blood drive from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday in Buildings 1 and 2 at the Douglas County 4-H Fairgrounds. To schedule an appointment, contact chairwoman Joyce Tallman at 843-0225. All donors will receive a coupon from Subway for a free sandwich. Kansas Blood Services supplies blood to 10 hospitals in northeast Kansas. New donors are always needed to help meet patients’ demands. If you would like more information about giving blood, or would like to schedule an appointment, please call 843-5383.
SEAVER PAINTINGS EXHIBITED IN ITALY
June 14, 1998
Forty paintings by Lawrence native Robert Seaver are winding up their stay at Villa Pisani in Stra, Italy. The exhibition, “Robert Seaver Pinxit,” features portraits, still lifes and painted canvasses inside old frames. The show opened May 15 and will end today.
WHAT EXACTLY IS IT?
June 14, 1998
Assisted living is one of the newest and fastest growing concepts in senior housing, which offers residents independence while addressing a full range of day-to-day needs. Assisted living facilities provide, in addition to housing and meals, a significant amount of personal care and supervision, allowing independence with assistance close at hand when needed. This often includes assistance with managing medications, or perhaps help with bathing, dressing and grooming.
BARBARA BALLARD NAMED ASSISTANT VICE CHANCELLOR
June 14, 1998
Barbara Ballard, associate dean of student life at Kansas University and a state representative, has been named assistant vice chancellor, KU officials said Thursday.
COMPANY SETS SIGHTS ON GROWTH
June 14, 1998
Southwestern Bell is anything but a sleepy little outfit stuck in the backwaters of the local exchange telephone business. One of the largest subsidiaries of San Antonio-based SBC Communications Inc., Southwestern Bell provides local exchange services over about 16 million access lines in Kansas, Texas, Missouri, Oklahoma and Arkansas. SBC’s other large subsidiaries are PacBell, with 17 million access lines, and Nevada Bell, with about 300,000 access lines.
WATER CONSERVATION IS GOOD FOR LAWNPLANET
June 14, 1998
Water conservation is an important issue in our world today and mismanaged home lawns are a big use of water. Trying to maintain a lawn at the peak of perfection at all times, especially during the summer, is not only a waste of water but bad for the grass and increases pest problems. Through efficient use, water consumption can be reduced by 50 percent, with only a 10 percent reduction in turf quality. Positive effects include less mowing, minimal weeds, fewer insects and reduced disease. Here are the “do’s and don’ts” of water conservation for lawns:
EMERGENCY CALLS
June 14, 1998
Lawrence-Douglas County Fire & Medical reported the following responses: Fire calls
COLLABORATION
June 14, 1998
To the editor: I was elated to read in Tuesday’s J-W that the school board had voted to support teacher collaboration time. I’ve felt the recent debate was somewhat disheartening although totally understandable. Opposition seemed to focus less on the need for collaboration time and more on the implementation of such a plan. The three recurrent concerns I noted were: A. a loss of instructional time; B. a lack of input opportunities; and C. a loss of supervised care.
IN 1898
June 14, 1998
On June 14, 1898, street improvements in Lawrence were being debated. The Lawrence Journal observed: “Even those who are opposed to improvements acknowledge that something should be done with the money we pay toward street work that will do good. As it is, the money is spent raking and scraping up the dirt this year, and raking and scraping it down again next year. There is one corner in town where the grade has been changed 3 times in 3 years, and immense quantities hauled in one year, to be as carefully hauled out the next. This is worse than child’s play, for child’s play doesn’t cost anything.” — Courtesy Watkins Community Museum
MOTORCYCLIST INJURED IN HIT-AND-RUN
June 14, 1998
A motorcyclist suffered head injuries and was helicoptered late Thursday to the Kansas University Medical Center after he was struck in a hit-and-run accident west of Sixth and Kasold. Witnesses said a dark-colored Jeep Cherokee exiting the Westridge Shopping Center struck the motorcycle, which was traveling east on Sixth. The Cherokee left the scene, drove around the back of the strip mall, and was seen exiting on Kasold.