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LOCAL LEADER
June 25, 1998
A former chamber of commerce leader did much to get Lawrence on the right track after World War II. E.R. “Bus” Zook was an excellent manager of the Lawrence Chamber of Commerce, perhaps one of the best.
I HAVE A QUESTION ABOUT THE JULY 4TH HOLIDAY WEEKEND. HOW CAN THE CITY HAVE ADULT SPORTS LEAGUES PLAYING GAMES ON FRIDAY NIGHT, JULY 3, WHEN CITY OFFICES WILL BE CLOSED THAT DAY FOR THE INDEPENDENCE D
June 25, 1998
“When city-observed holidays fall on Saturday, full-time employees receive the vacation day on Friday,” said Bob Stanclift, the city’s adult sports supervisor. “League games are not scheduled on the actual holiday, which is Saturday, July 4. It is not uncommon for Lawrence Parks and Recreation … facilities and programs to be available to the public in such situations. “Sports officials are part-time employees that do not accrue vacation time, sick leave or overtime pay. They are only scheduled to work on days that they indicate they are available to work, which they provide to our office.”
WANDA MAE ROBB
June 25, 1998
Services for Wanda Mae Robb, 74, Tonganoxie, will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at Tonganoxie Friends Church. Burial will be in Hubbel Hill Cemetery, Tonganoxie. Mrs. Robb died Tuesday, June 23, 1998, at St. Luke’s Hospital, Kansas City, Mo.
COUNTY GIVES OK TO TRADE IN VAN
June 25, 1998
It’s the story of the van that nobody wants, but everybody needs. Douglas County Community Corrections plans to trade in an unreliable 1989 Ford Aerostar van toward a new Ford Taurus, and the county’s youth services department is going shopping for a new Ford Expedition.
AN ARMY OFFICIAL SAID IT WILL COST $60 MILLION TO CLEAN THE SUNFLOWER ARMY AMMUNITION PLANT TO INDUSTRIAL STANDARDS. IT COULD COST MUCH MORE TO CLEAN AREAS FOR SAFE RESIDENTIAL USE.
June 25, 1998
A Johnson County commissioner who’s been active in future uses of the Sunflower Army Ammunition Plant said Wednesday she wasn’t surprised that the Army won’t clean the plant to meet safe residential standards. “Some of the areas would not cost any more to make them safe for residential use,” said Johnson County Commissioner Johanna Linge. “Until we get more information of what sites we’re talking about … it’s really up in the air.”
SEALRIGHT INVESTORS TO DISCUSS SALE OFFER
June 25, 1998
If approved, the deal would create a new company called JPS Packaging Co.
JUVENILE JUSTICE SYSTEM DISCUSSED AT FORUM
June 25, 1998
A local group studying juvenile crime and how to deal with it in Douglas County will kick off its campaign today. The Douglas County Community Planning Team will meet with the public at 4 p.m. today at Lawrence City Hall. Albert Murray, commissioner of the Juvenile Justice Authority in Topeka, will talk about recent statewide efforts to reform the juvenile justice system. A panel of local officials will be on hand to answer questions or hear concerns about at-risk youth.
DOES PERRY HAVE A TORNADO WARNING SYSTEM?
June 25, 1998
Yes, Perry has a siren that is activated through Jefferson County Emergency Preparedness Director Don Haynes. Bill Conser, a Jefferson County dispatcher, said Haynes bases the decision to blow the siren on observations by weather spotters from each fire district and information from the National Weather Service. A neighbor of mine in a subdivision in the county is making a used car lot of his yard, and I was wondering if there’s anything that can be done about it?
S FOP HEINRICH 13-YEAR-OLD BASEBALL TEAM PLACED SECOND IN THE TRIPLE CROWN BASEBALL SERIES TOURNAMENT IN MILLER, MO. THE TEAM QUALIFIED FOR THE TRIPLE CROWN WORLD SERIES AUG. 6-9 IN STEAMBOAT SPRINGS,
June 25, 1998
Pitchers Kyle McManness, Ben Bieker and Taylor Martin earned pitching victories. Ryan Rowland hit a home run. Other team members: Matt Berner, Spence Chaney, Cody Cowser, Austin Engling, Dominick Harrell, Kyle Unruh and Adam Washington. Coaches: Richard Chaney, Darrell McManness and Jim Unruh.
PIONEERING YOUTHS TO RETRACE ROUTE OF OREGON TRAIL
June 25, 1998
A group of blind youngsters is preparing to travel the Oregon Trail.
A TERN STIRS UP A SHOWER OF JEWEL-LIKE WATER DROPLETS AFTER IT NABS A FISH DURING A HUNTING TRIP INTO A LAKE. A TRIO OF LANGUR MONKEYS FROLIC IN VERDANT FOREST FOLIAGE. AND A GIANT GROUPER LOLLS IN A
June 25, 1998
These images are among the winning photographs in the British Gas Wildlife Photographer of the Year Competition that are on display at Kansas University’s Natural History Museum. The show, organized by BBC Wildlife Magazine and the Natural History Museum in London, runs through Sept. 6.
WHITE IS HOW FASHION IS BEING ROMANTIC THESE DAYS.
June 25, 1998
The Dallas Morning News This is the season for anyone who has ever complained about fashion’s obsession with black.
WHAT: CHEZ PANISSE, BERKELEY, CALIF., (510) 548-5525.
June 25, 1998
Reservations: The upstairs cafe offers a limited number of same-day reservations for lunch and dinner. A la carte dinner entrees range from $15 to $23. A fixed-price menu including salad, entree and dessert is available for $26.50. The more formal downstairs restaurant accepts reservations no sooner than one calendar month in advance, and slots fill quickly. Fixed-price menus range from $38 on Mondays to $68 on Fridays and Saturdays. Chez Panisse is closed Sundays. Specialties: Local, seasonal vegetables and fruits; fresh seafood, meat and poultry; and a world-class wine list.
BEDORE COLUMN
June 25, 1998
A 10-ton weight has been lifted off Chicago St. Joseph’s prep basketball guard Marlon London’s shoulders. “That’s exactly what I told my mother. Everything has been lifted off me. I can settle down now, enjoy the rest of the summer and get ready for four years at Kansas,” said London, a 6-foot-4 Kansas basketball signee from Chicago.
JAMES ROBERT MCCONNELL
June 25, 1998
Services for James Robert McConnell, 31, Nortonville, will be held at 10 a.m. Friday at the McLouth First Baptist Church. Burial will be at McLouth Cemetery. Mr. McConnell died Tuesday, June 23, 1998, at his parents’ home in Nortonville.
J. THOMAS BROWN
June 25, 1998
Services for J. Thomas Brown, 48, Terre Haute, Ind., will be at 5 p.m. today at Memorial United Methodist Church, Terre Haute, Ind. Mr. Brown died Saturday, June 20, 1998, at Indiana University Medical Center, Indianapolis.
BOLEN SERVICES
June 25, 1998
Graveside services for Erma Bolen, 89, Burlington, the mother of former Lawrence High School football coach Bill Freeman, were held June 17 at Graceland Cemetery in Burlington. Mrs. Bolen died Monday, June 15, 1998, at the Life Care Center, Burlington. She was a homemaker.
WOODLAWN EVALUATING DISCIPLINE PROGRAM
June 25, 1998
Ten Kansas schools, including Woodlawn, are testing a new process for disciplining students in a pilot program.
BIRCH TELECOM PLANS EXPANSION
June 25, 1998
Birch Telecom, which recently began offering local telephone service in Lawrence, said Wednesday it plans to double in size by the end of next year. The company has raised $115 million through the private sale of securities and will use the funds to extend the company’s reach to 21 Kansas markets by late 1999.
BETTY LEE WALKER
June 25, 1998
Services for Betty Lee Walker, 75, Quenemo, will be at 10 a.m. Friday at Feltner Chapel, Lyndon. Burial will be at East View Cemetery, north of Quenemo. Mrs. Walker died Monday, June 22, 1998, in Overland Park.
IN 1898
June 25, 1998
On June 25, 1898, the Lawrence Journal had a letter to the editor by A.H. Griesa regarding the advantages of paved streets. Mr. Griesa noted another problem besides the present condition of city roads: “The fact is that we have 3 times too much shade. A city paved could not keep streets in good order with such a forest of large trees as we now have them. In Washington D.C. 50 feet apart is the distance that trees are planted, then for this reason our east and west streets are an example of what sun and air can do for a muddy street, which rapidly improves in favorable weather; while north and south streets are impassable. If sufficient work could be done and trees (if necessary) forcibly cut away, the present property owner would admit that enough were left. ” — Courtesy Watkins Community Museum
DISMISSALS
June 25, 1998
Christina Howard and baby boy, Lawrence. Mary Anne Walker and baby boy, Lawrence.
HEALTH DEPARTMENT OFFERS BLOOD PRESSURE CHECK
June 25, 1998
Free blood pressure checks will be offered by the Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at C & S Market in Eudora. Educational materials on the American Heart Assn. will be provided.
HISTORICAL SOCIETY TO HAVE POTLUCK SUPPER
June 25, 1998
Santa Fe Trail Historical Society of South Douglas County Inc. will have its annual potluck supper at 6 p.m. Sunday at the Black Jack Log Cabin. The cabin is 3 1/2 miles east of Baldwin on U.S. Highway 56. Attendees should bring table service, lawn chairs, a covered dish, family and friends. Meat, drinks and entertainment, The Alfred Packer Memorial String Band, will be provided.
WILDFIRES THREATEN FLORIDA HOMES
June 25, 1998
Dozens of other fires continued to burn throughout Florida. In many cases, as soon as firefighters beat down one blaze, another flares nearby. Deland, Fla. (ap) — Crews tried Wednesday to stop wildfires threatening homes in densely wooded areas and investigators suspected arsonists set some of the blazes.
FURNITURE ARTISTS SHOWING HAND-CRAFTED WORKS
June 25, 1998
The pieces in the Kaw Valley Furniture Assn. exhibit focus on exotic combinations of woods. The newly formed Kaw Valley Furniture Assn. is holding its first official exhibit through July 11 at Blue Heron Contemporary Home Furnishings, 921 Mass.
S RAP HERITAGE.
June 25, 1998
Associated Press Writer New York — In a car heading down Broadway, Chuck D, the often serious and unsmiling frontman of Public Enemy, was in a good mood.
TRIO PLANS TO RESUSCITATE KC JAZZ
June 25, 1998
A grassroots organization is bringing some of the best jazz musicians to Kansas City for a two-day festival.
LAW ENFORCEMENT REPORT
June 25, 1998
Burglaries and thefts reported * Eight $100 bills belonging to a 41-year-old Lawrence woman were stolen from a dresser drawer between June 1 and Monday in the 4600 block of West Sixth.
DEVELOPER SEEKS ROAD RULES
June 25, 1998
As more housing is built in the county, the rules could become a major issue.
TIGHTER BUDGET FORECAST FOR CITY
June 25, 1998
It’s numbers-crunching time for city administrators and Lawrence city commissioners, who are compiling the city’s 1999 budget.
LHS DIPLOMAS READY TO BE PICKED UP
June 25, 1998
Members of the Lawrence High School class of 1998 can pick up their diplomas at the LHS front office between 7:30 a.m. and noon and between 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.
STUDENTS FIND ARTWORK SERVES AS SPRINGBOARD TO GREATER EXPRESSION
June 25, 1998
These poems were inspired by the student-writers’ response to a work of art. The writers were challenged to select a work of art that “spoke” to them on an imaginative/emotional level and to interpret that art via free-verse or rhymed poetry. These poems demonstrate how creativity in one form may generate creativity in another form and that springboards to the imagination are everywhere and are ours for the taking. They were written by students in Joy Clumsky’s creative writing class at Lawrence High School. “Bleh”
JUVENILE JUSTICE SYSTEM TO BE DISCUSSED AT FORUM
June 25, 1998
A local group studying juvenile crime and how to deal with it in Douglas County will kick off its campaign today. The Douglas County Community Planning Team will meet with the public at 4 p.m. today at Lawrence City Hall. Albert Murray, commissioner of the Juvenile Justice Authority in Topeka, will talk about recent statewide efforts to reform the juvenile justice system. A panel of local officials will be on hand to answer questions or hear concerns about at-risk youth.
S ANYTHING THAT CAN BE DONE ABOUT IT?
June 25, 1998
It’s a violation of zoning regulations to have a car lot in a subdivision, said Keith Dabney, director of zoning for Douglas County. To make a complaint, or to contact Dabney for other information about zoning issues, call 832-5104.
KOCH TRIAL SLOW GRIND FOR JURORS
June 25, 1998
A working mother from McLouth had the fortune — or misfortune, judging from your perspective — to spend quality time with the Koch brothers in Topeka.
AREA FARMERS ENJOY HISTORIC TRAIL CROSSING
June 25, 1998
Just south of Kansas Highway 10, below County Road 1057, lies an almost forgotten passageway across the Wakarusa River. Covered wagons, mounted soldiers and settlers, picnickers and travelers frequented it in years past. Immigrants on the Oregon Trail and many others came to this spot to cross the steep-banked Wakarusa because here, unlike any other stretch along the river, erosion has provided a solid footing under the wheels of wagons, and significantly shallower than the reaches to the north and south. Here, too, in the early days of the trail, came Charles Bluejacket.
LAW ENFORCEMENT REPORT
June 25, 1998
Burglaries and thefts reported * Police are investigating the theft of $3,000 cash that occurred between 2 p.m. June 17 and 1 p.m. June 18 from Aldi’s grocery store, 3025 Iowa. An employee is a suspect in the theft, police reported.
June 25, 1998
Those wanting to purchase tickets for Baldwin Community Theatre’s outdoor production of “The King and I” can call (785) 594-2745. The show will be presented at 8:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday in downtown Baldwin.
COUNTY, ATTORNEY SQUABBLE OVER SLT
June 25, 1998
Peppered with back-and-forth quips, the commission meeting turns into discussion of legal boundaries of South Lawrence Trafficway case.
COMPROMISE TIME
June 25, 1998
To the editor: I would like to thank Leni Salkind and Maley Wilkins for their bond issue proposal. I was pleased with their recommendation of over $200,000 in non-detrimental budget cuts to allow for operating funds for a new school and was very pleased to hear their request to fellow board members to find the other $103,000 needed. This initial bond issue did not merge schools; only after fellow board members failed to identify an additional $103,000 was a motion made to merge Woodlawn and Grant. It is truly unfortunate that board members who are opposed to school mergers were not able to identify an additional $103,000.
PLANNERS APPROVE EASING DOWNTOWN PARKING REGULATIONS
June 25, 1998
The planning commission delayed action on a zoning request for 50 acres near Sixth Street and Wakarusa Drive.
I COMMUTE BETWEEN LAWRENCE AND KANSAS CITY, AND I WAS WONDERING IF THERE ARE PLANS TO MOVE THE FARMLAND PLANT?
June 25, 1998
Plant Manager Dick Lind had a simple answer: “No. There are no plans to move the plant.”
ZOOK SERVICES
June 25, 1998
Memorial services for Everett Ronald Zook, 85, Lawrence, will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home. Burial will be in Oak Hill Cemetery. Mr. Zook died Tuesday, June 23, 1998.
: WILDNESS HAS BEEN LOST
June 25, 1998
Ten essays and poems consider what should be left alone, and how best to do it. “There can be no understanding of wild trout without an understanding of what has been lost, and how,” writes Nick Lyons in his introduction to “In Praise of Wild Trout” (The Lyons Press, $20). And the difference between stocked and wild fish, Lyons concludes, “is the touchstone to it all.”
ELLROY TO MAKE STOP IN LAWRENCE
June 25, 1998
Best-selling crime fiction writer James Ellroy will give a reading from “My Dark Places,” his nonfiction book about his mother’s 1958 murder, at 7:30 p.m. July 9 at the Lawrence Public Library, 707 Vt. Ellroy has written 13 books, all of them crime novels. “My Dark Places” focuses on the search he undertook with Los Angeles detective Bill Stoner to find his mother’s killer.
-COMMUNICATING DELIGHT
June 25, 1998
Movie: “The X-Files,” starring David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson and Martin Landau. Now playing at Southwind Twelve, 3433 Iowa.
S CHANCELLOR FACES FULL PLATE AS CHAIRMAN OF BIG 12 BOARD
June 25, 1998
Elected last week as chairman of the Big 12 board of directors, KU Chancellor Robert Hemenway hopes to foster feelings of a conference united.
ROTTINGHAUS COLUMN
June 25, 1998
Chris Williams’ summer track season is over. Williams, the defending Class 6A state boys cross country and 3,200-meter champion, is sidelined for six weeks because of stress fractures in both feet.
RAEF LAFRENTZ WAS PICKED THIRD BY DENVER WHILE FORMER TEAMMATE PAUL PIERCE TUMBLED TO 10TH TO THE BOSTON CELTICS.
June 25, 1998
Vancouver, British Columbia — Raef LaFrentz shook a few hands, flashed some smiles, and answered a bevy of questions before slowly making his way through the media horde gathered in the bowels of GM Place. But LaFrentz, tabbed minutes earlier by the Denver Nuggets with the third overall pick in Wednesday night’s NBA Draft, had a question of his own before exiting the room:
THEMES NEVER AGE
June 25, 1998
Summer Youth Theatre will bring the popular Broadway musical to life on the Lawrence Arts Center stage.
ACTORS SEEM BORED IN BIG-SCREEN VERSION
June 25, 1998
“The X-Files” proves that, no matter how confused and paranoid you want to keep your viewers, less is not always more. There’s a funny scene early on in the movie version of “The X-Files” during which David Duchovny, a.k.a. Agent Fox Mulder, tells Gillian Anderson, a.k.a. Agent Dana Scully, how to gauge when he’s panicked about something — be it bombs, aliens, whatever.
TIMELY THEATER
June 25, 1998
What: “West Side Story,” a musical performed by Summer Youth Theatre. When: 7:30 p.m. today and Friday, 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday.
LAWRENCE WILL PLAY TULSA (OKLA.) MEMORIAL AT 8 TONIGHT IN THE FIRST ROUND OF THE AL ICE INVTATIONAL BASEBALL TOURNAMENT.
June 25, 1998
Lawrence’s Raiders have ruled the Al Ice Invitational in recent years. The Raiders have posted a 12-1 record in the American Legion baseball tournament the past three years and won the title in 1996. Tiebreaker formulas in `95 and last year prevented the Raiders from advancing past pool play.
SULTRY WEATHER BOOSTS HEALTH RISK
June 25, 1998
The National Weather Service has issued heat advisories for today and Friday, and residents should avoid outdoor activities to guard against heat-related illnesses.
NEW BAND CONJURES UP UNIQUE SHOW
June 25, 1998
Split Lip Rayfield, a post-Scroat Belly bluegrass band, has a new record and is preparing to go on tour.