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Triple murder remains an utter mystery
March 15, 1998
It was Tuesday, March 27, 1973. Hazel Avery, a petite 53-year-old nurse with light red hair and blue eyes, left Lawrence about 11 p.m. to pick up her son Steve, who was barely 19. She took her 1964 Chrysler, a blue, four-door sedan with a Douglas County tag, DGA43.
HOW LONG CAN A MOBILE TRAILER BE PARKED ON A DEAD-END STREET WITHOUT BEING MOVED?
March 15, 1998
Lawrence city ordinances prohibit any motor vehicle, whether it is a car, truck or recreational vehicle, to be parked in one spot on a public street for more than 48 consecutive hours. This provision covers all city streets, including dead end streets, City Prosecutor Tom Porter said. When did the KU men’s basketball team win its 1,000th game?
LOCAL MINISTERS PLAN NEW MISSION
March 15, 1998
Ministers in Lawrence want to put the word of God on the streets.
TRAFFIC VISION
March 15, 1998
To the editor: Several years ago I had an idea and challenged the Chamber of Commerce, the county and city officials to adopt a long-range plan for traffic flow in Douglas County and the city of Lawrence. I arranged to fly the county engineer over what I thought would be a visionary corridor for future residents.
S MT. OREAD COMPLEX ON CLINTON PARKWAY BE AFFECTED BY THE DECISION TO CLOSE THE DIAGNOSTIC CENTER?
March 15, 1998
No. The closing of the diagnostic center, at 3500 Clinton Pkwy., will not affect doctors with PromptCare, in the same building, or Mt. Oread Family Care at 3510 Clinton Pkwy. Lab work and other services done at the diagnostic center will be offered through Columbia-affiliated physicians in Lawrence.
LINK SURPASSES 200,000 MEALS
March 15, 1998
The Lawrence Interdenominational Nutrition Kitchen has reached a milestone. It has served more than 200,000 meals since opening its doors 13 years ago. During LINK’s last fiscal year, it served 215 out of 365 days, providing 88.2 meals per serving day, costing 74 cents per meal. First Christian Church provides the space to prepare and serve the meals and storage space. LINK provides the salary for one part-time coordinator, the payment of utilities and payment for upkeep of appliances and equipment, a dishwasher, food and corollary supplies.
LEGISLATIVE PAGES LEARN THE NUTS AND BOLTS OF LAWMAKING IN THE KANSAS STATEHOUSE.
March 15, 1998
Elizabeth Stuewe was on yet another errand, climbing another set of stairs, making her way back to the Kansas House floor. But the Lawrence sixth-grader had to stop quickly.
BOUNDARIES, PROPERTY TOP SCHOOL AGENDA
March 15, 1998
Lawrence school board members will again discuss elementary school boundary changes on Monday, along with the purchase of 4.23 acres of land. The district is offering to buy the land at 2201 La. for $407,000.
MASON, RUSSELL, BRANSON PLACE AT NCAA INDOOR
March 15, 1998
Three Kansas athletes — senior Candy Mason and freshmen Scott Russell and Andrea Branson — earned All-America honors Saturday at the NCAA Indoor track and field meet. Mason and Branson placed second and fifth respectively in the women’s pole vault, and Russell took second in the men’s 35-pound weight throw. Russell, a 6-foot-9, 295-pounder from Windsor, Ontario, uncorked a school-record toss of
JUNIOR LEAGUE OF TOPEKA TO HOLD ANNUAL SALE
March 15, 1998
The Junior League of Topeka will hold its annual “Next-To-New Sale” from 7 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. April 4 at the Kansas Expocentre. Admission is free, and those who shop from 7 a.m. to 8 a.m. get 10% off all merchandise. Items to be sold include furniture, electronics, household items, sporting goods, toys, clothes, and arts and crafts.
SCHOOL ACCOLADES
March 15, 1998
To the editor: Thank you for the fine feature article on the Lawrence Alternative High School in last Sunday’s paper. The school dedicated staff certainly deserve many kudos for the outstanding work they accomplish with very limited resources.
HIMKE
March 15, 1998
Private family services for Dorothy Irene Schimke, 74, Lawrence, will be held in Lawrence. Warren-McElwain Mortuary is handling arrangements. Burial will be in Sunset Memory Gardens in Leavenworth.
WHY DO DOGS WALK AROUND IN CIRCLES BEFORE LYING DOWN?
March 15, 1998
The usual explanation is that in the wild dogs would circle to trample down an area among tall grass or brush to make a suitable bed. Some dog experts also believe that circling is a way for a dog to spread its proprietary scent around its nesting site. Mother dogs also circle many times before lying down to let their sightless, deaf newborns suckle; by circling, she spreads her scent, indicating to the puppies precisely where she is and how far they have to go to reach her.
EVENTS PLANNED FOR AG WEEK
March 15, 1998
The Douglas County Farm Bureau will visit Pinckney School at 8:30 a.m. Monday to promote National Agriculture Week. The group will visit several elementary classes and will sponsor an ag trivia contest with KLWN radio. Hank Booth, KLWN, will be giving ag facts all week and listeners can phone in with answers to win prizes. The grand prize is a ShopSmart shopping trip where the winner fills a grocery basket based on the food pyramid.
REPAVING LIST
March 15, 1998
Here’s a list of major streets scheduled for repaving this summer, beginning in early June and being finished by the end of July: Lakeview Road, from North Iowa Street to Kasold Drive.
NORTH LAWRENCE PROPERTY ONCE OCCUPIED BY A BAR IS UP FOR REZONING TO HELP FACILITATE UNSPECIFIED REDEVELOPMENT PLANS.
March 15, 1998
Planning commissioners will consider a request to rezone about an acre of land along the north side of Maple Lane, between North Third and Fourth streets. The property is owned by Clyde Sherve. The area does not include two lots at the northwest corner of Fourth and Maple, which are owned by Randall and Bonnie Wilkens, who chose not to include their land in the rezoning request.
T ASKED TO ENTER LAWRENCE ARE ABOUT TO ARRIVE WITHIN THE CITY LIMITS ANYWAY.
March 15, 1998
Tuesday night, commissioners are scheduled to conduct public hearings and decide whether to annex two properties that currently are considered part of the unincorporated area of Douglas County. The properties and their owners:
BAKER ESTABLISHES FACULTY AWARD
March 15, 1998
Baker University is turning a $100,000 gift from a Kansas City man into a $5,000 annual cash award to an outstanding Baker University faculty member. Full time faculty at Baker’s three campuses are eligible to receive the award.
S PROPERTY ALSO INCLUDES THREE HOUSES.
March 15, 1998
The city eventually ordered the demolition of the bar because it was determined to be 83 percent damaged. City inspectors had determined that the structure was “unsafe and dangerous.” Sherve had fought the demolition order.
COMMISSIONERS INITIATED THE ANNEXATIONS LAST YEAR, AT THE REQUEST OF CITY STAFFERS.
March 15, 1998
Lawrence-Douglas County planning commissioners recommended approval of the annexations Feb. 25. The properties are in two different areas. The Wrights’ property is located in the heart of one of the city’s fastest-growing commercial areas, South Iowa Street. The area has a SuperTarget, Payless Cashways, Wal-Mart and other shops. An existing Kmart is about to be redeveloped into a more up-to-date store, and several other retailers — including a Kohl’s department store — are preparing to locate on adjacent land.
CASSIE HAGEN
March 15, 1998
Services for Cassie Elizabeth Pangle Hagen, 50, Blue Springs, Mo., will be 10 a.m. Saturday at the Cedar Grove Methodist Church. Burial will be in the Georges Creek Cemetery, Yellville, Ark. Mrs. Hagen died Tuesday, March 10, 1998.
BAD BOSSES CAN MAKE LIFE MISERABLE, IF YOU LET THEM
March 15, 1998
The situation leads many workers to mistakenly leave careers they otherwise love.
JACK H. THOMAS
March 15, 1998
Private family services for Jack H. Thomas, 89, Lawrence, were held Saturday at Warren-McElwain Mortuary, Lawrence. Mr. Thomas died Friday, March 13, 1998, at Colonial Manor, Lawrence.
BR5-49 GETS TOP SLOT AT SOUTH BY SOUTHWEST
March 15, 1998
Keep your eyes peeled for the latest from Austin’s annual South by Southwest music festival.
PLAY BY LAWRENCE RESIDENT TO BE READ
March 15, 1998
“The Second Tree,” an original drama by Lawrence playwright Preston Ransone, will receive its first reading Monday night in Kansas City, Mo. The reading will start at 7 p.m. at The Writers Place, 3607 Pa.
NOVEL
March 15, 1998
Cosm Gregory Benford
CASA TO SPONSOR SATELLITE CONFERENCE
March 15, 1998
Douglas County Court Appointed Special Advocates is sponsoring a satellite conference on “Community Involvement in Court Improvement” from 1:30 to 3:15 p.m. March 31 at the Lawrence Memorial Hospital Auditorium. The National Court Appointed Special Advocate Association, the ABA Center on Children and the Law, in conjunction with the Community College Satellite Network and the National Association for Human Development will present the national conference.
COUNTY TO LOOK AT DUST ISSUE
March 15, 1998
Douglas County commissioners will take a look Monday at ways to curb the dust on gravel roads in the county. The commission will consider a “User-Fee Dust Palliative Program,” in which property owners along a roadway would pay for the road to receive a treatment to keep the dust down.
DISHING THE DIRT
March 15, 1998
Our corner of the world isn’t endowed with the best soil. That problem can be fixed, though. A good healthy soil is about 45 percent mineral, 25 percent air, 25 percent water and 5 percent organic. If your soil is heavily clay, don’t attempt to enrich it by adding sand. You’ll end up with soil akin to concrete.
HEAD START TAKING APPLICATIONS FOR FALL
March 15, 1998
Head Start is taking applications for classes this fall. The program currently serves 78 low-income children by providing a free comprehensive child development program. Services include education, kindergarten preparation, meals and nutritional services, comprehensive health services, social services and works with the entire family.
LELAND LEO STEWART
March 15, 1998
Services for Leland Leo Stewart, 93, Lawrence, will be at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday at Warren-McElwain Mortuary in Lawrence. Burial will be in Memorial Park Cemetery, Lawrence. Mr. Stewart died Saturday, March 14, 1998, at the Eudora Nursing Center. He was a longtime resident of Lawrence.
DAY CALLS ATTENTION TO CHILD SAFETY
March 15, 1998
Child Safety Day, scheduled for 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 4, is an effort to educate parents on child-safety issues. The event will be held at Jack Ellena Honda, 2957 Fourwheel Drive.
S CLASS 4A STATE CHAMPIONSHIP GAME.
March 15, 1998
MC hammered it inside and Santa Fe Trail’s girls basketball team nailed its first state championship. Megan Carter, SFT’s 6-foot-3 senior center, scored a game-high 25 points and the Chargers dodged a late rush by Marysville for a 62-56 victory Saturday at the Bicentennial Center in the Class 4A state final.
LHS IS FOURTH IN QUIZ BOWL
March 15, 1998
Lawrence High School was awarded the fourth place trophy for the Pioneer Quiz Bowl, held Feb. 21 on the Saint Mary College campus in Leavenworth. First place went to North Kansas City High School, second place to Pembroke Hill High School, and third place to Saint Thomas Aquinas High School.
KU FANS: BRING ON RAMS
March 15, 1998
Kansas University faithful braved chilly, gray weather Saturday to soak up the Oklahoma City St. Patrick’s Day Parade, biding time before this afternoon’s contest with Rhode Island. Matt Gowen
SALVATION ARMY SEEKS ASSISTANCE TO DEFRAY COSTS
March 15, 1998
The cold weather is putting a strain on the Salvation Army’s budget. The funds are used to pay shelter staff as well as provide a safe and warm place to sleep, a warm meal at night and breakfast in the morning.
S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN FLOTSAM AND JETSAM?
March 15, 1998
Flotsam and jetsam are two different types of debris originally associated with ships. As set in English common law, flotsam referred specifically to the cargo or parts of a wrecked ship that float on the sea. Jetsam referred to goods purposely thrown overboard in order to lighten the ship or to keep the goods from perishing if the ship did go under. The old distinctions once dictated who got the remains. Flotsam
WHO IS THE CHANCELLOR OF OKLAHOMA STATE UNIVERSITY?
March 15, 1998
Dr. James Halligan.
52 CONTRIBUTION
March 15, 1998
A Kansas basketball game is winding down and the Jayhawks are in control, no chance of losing. Coach Roy Williams makes it a point to insert marginal players like Terry Nooner and Chris Martin because he knows full well how much it might mean down the line to see their names in the box score. Sad thing is, one of the most celebrated guys in Jayhawk court history still is being shortchanged because of an oversight at the scorer’s table at Seattle in 1952. Ever hear of Dean Smith?
S BASKETBALL TEAM WIN ITS 1,000TH GAME?
March 15, 1998
The team reached that historic mark on Feb. 3, 1969, by trouncing Oklahoma State 64-48. Ted Owens was the Jayhawks’ coach at the time.
LAW ENFORCEMENT REPORT
March 15, 1998
Burglaries and thefts reported * A theft of $16,000 from a Mercantile Bank account for Jerry Donnelly Property Management was reported March 10. The theft occurred on Feb. 18, according to the report, which was released Saturday.
TOP PRIORITY
March 15, 1998
Conducting a professional, comprehensive search for a new school superintendent is the most important task currently facing the Lawrence school board. There may be no more important job in Lawrence today than that of superintendent of schools.
TRIPLE MURDER REMAINS AN UTTER MYSTERY 25 YEARS LATER
March 15, 1998
Twenty-five years after the triple murder near Ottawa, the crime remains unsolved, although officials are reviewing the possibility of applying modern forensic technology to old evidence in the hope of finding new clues.
WOMEN WILL FACE HOST IOWA IN AN NCAA SECOND-ROUND SHOWDOWN TONIGHT AT CARVER-HAWKEYE ARENA. TIPOFF IS 6:30 P.M.
March 15, 1998
The Iowa and Kansas women’s basketball teams first caught a glimpse of each other back in November, when they played in the Prairie Lights-Hawkeye Invitational. The expected Iowa/KU championship-game matchup never developed, but they’ll meet today for bigger stakes.
S BASKETBALL PLAYERS TOOK AN HOUR-LONG TOUR OF THE OKLAHOMA CITY ZOO ON AN OVERCAST, DRIZZLY SATURDAY.
March 15, 1998
The zoo drew rave reviews from the Jayhawks. “We saw some fantastic things,” KU senior shooting guard Billy Thomas said. It, in fact, was his idea the Jayhawks visit the zoo before an hour-long afternoon practice at The Myriad, site of today’s 3:50 p.m. NCAA Midwest Regional second-round battle against Rhode Island.
WHO WAS NAPOLEON BOONE?
March 15, 1998
He was the son of Daniel Boone and was the first white male child born in Kansas.
WOODLING COLUMN
March 15, 1998
Not far from the NCAA media hotel in downtown Oklahoma City, I found a store that had a kiosk full of tourist information. So I picked out a pamphlet entitled: “Oklahoma City! Map & Guide to Everything You Want to See and Do.” Ah, I figured, now I’ll be able to find the site of the Murrah Federal Building that was so heinously bombed and almost completely destroyed by those two cowardly men you know all about.
KU FINAL EXAMS SET
March 15, 1998
Final examinations at Kansas University include: Wang Dong, history, “The Making of China’s Equality, 1919-1928,” 2 p.m. Tuesday, Kansas Union, Alcove A.
HEART ASSOCIATION SETS CARDIAC ARREST
March 15, 1998
The American Heart Assn. will hold a Cardiac Arrest on Thursday at the Lawrence Visitor’s Center in the old Union Pacific Depot in North Lawrence. The Cardiac Arrest is a mock courtroom where the presiding judge finds willing participants guilty of mock charges. Last year, several people were charged with being a tightwad, unwanted and a scumbucket, just to name a few.
LAWMAKERS DEBATE HIGHER-ED BILL
March 15, 1998
A higher education reform bill should provide more accountability for community colleges, say area legislators.
KANSAS (35-3)
March 15, 1998
F — Raef LaFrentz (6-11) F — Paul Pierce (6-7)
S ADDITION, A ONE-LOT COMMERCIAL PLAT COVERING 15,790 SQUARE FEET ALONG THE EAST SIDE OF IOWA STREET, SOUTH OF FURRS CAFETERIA. REQUESTED BY MARVIN S. ROBINSON, PROPERTY OWNER OF RECORD.
March 15, 1998
* Approve a final plat for Kappa Sigma Addition, a one-lot residential subdivision covering 1.73 acres. The property is commonly known as the existing Kappa Sigma fraternity and adjacent parking lot, 1045 Emery Rd. Requested by Gamma Omicron Inc., property owner of record. * Consider approving a final plat for Cracker Barrel Addition, a three-lot area covering 16.81 acres southwest of the intersection of North Third Street and the Kansas Turnpike’s East Lawrence interchange. A public hearing is scheduled to consider a request to allow creation of a landlocked lot with access easements. Requested by Tanger Properties Limited Partnership, property owner of record.
MERGERS ATTRACT SCRUTINY
March 15, 1998
Critics, especially those with money to lose, wonder if antitrust officials aren’t gunning for too many mergers.
THUMB YOUR WAY THROUGH THE GARDEN
March 15, 1998
Get those green thumbs in shape with a review of the rules of the game.
AWARDS AND HONORS
March 15, 1998
Joel Fritzel Construction Co. and Michael Treanor Architects were honored by the Kansas Chapter of the American Concrete Institute for their work on the Microtech Computers facility recently completed in Lawrence. *
MEN SUIT UP FOR FRIDAYS
March 15, 1998
Men are becoming more conscious of fashion, and while traditional suit colors are still in, earth tones are gaining popularity.
SOME MUSINGS ABOUT THE NEWS
March 15, 1998
Some random comments drafted as I sit in my reclining chair with an ice pack against my leg: Will the Starr hearings ever end? I’d bet that, unless something develops right away, Ken Starr will find something to investigate about the Clintons right up to Jan. 20, 2001. He hasn’t even touched the high school years yet.
LAWRENCE YOUTH SYMPHONY SCHEDULES SPRING CONCERT
March 15, 1998
The Lawrence Youth Symphony will perform works by Tchaikovsky, Brahms, Sousa and Purcell during their spring concert at 2 p.m. today at the Central Junior High School auditorium. Admission is free.
WOULD BE THE SECOND PIECE OF CITY-OWNED ART IN LAWRENCE CREATED BY LOCAL ARTIST JON HAVENER.
March 15, 1998
Havener’s “Improvisation” sculpture, located at the northwest corner of 23rd and Massachusetts streets, also was financed through the city’s “Percent for Art” program.
IMPROVEMENT GROUP RESCHEDULES MEETING
March 15, 1998
The North Lawrence Improvement Assn. rescheduled its March 9 meeting for 7 p.m. Monday at IOOF Hall, Sixth and Lincoln. The guest speaker is the Lawrence Police Department.
ROY WILLIAMS VERSUS JIM HARRICK
March 15, 1998
Jim Harrick remembers fondly — and clearly — UCLA’s stunning win over Kansas in the 1990 NCAA Tournament.
CITY TO ADD NEW PROJECT TO ART COLLECTION
March 15, 1998
A $30,000 contract for “Equisetum,” the Lawrence Arts Commission’s choice for public art outside the yet-to-be-built Prairie Park Nature Center, is up for approval Tuesday night at city hall.
March 15, 1998
* Agree to buy Pentium-II Systems, for $81,268, from Microtech Computers. * Set a 2 p.m. April 7 deadline for bids to handle the first phase of the city’s overlay program for 1998. The program typically handles repaving of major streets in Lawrence.
BIRTHS
March 15, 1998
Kristy and Lee Jennings, Perry, a boy, Saturday.
DRESSING FOR THE SEASON
March 15, 1998
Retailers are starting to shift their inventories to more closely match seasonal changes.
March 15, 1998
This term was first applied to the royalty of Spain during the Renaissance. The job of royalty, back then, was to loll around the palace, attempting never to lift a finger for any reason. Because of their total lack of exertion, their blood was cool, lacking the oxygen induced by exercise. As a result, their veins actually showed through their skin, so it appeared that their blood was pale blue.
COOL COLORS ARE THE KEY TO WARM WEATHER.
March 15, 1998
ever mind the ice scrapers, coats and gloves still at hand. Spring is in the air and on the way; in fact it’s already arrived in window displays and on racks in local stores.
DEVICE HELPS STEER DRIVERS TO SAFETY
March 15, 1998
A new detector can sense when a vehicle has crossed the center line, and sound a warning to alert the driver.
BUSY STREETS TO GET FACELIFT
March 15, 1998
Sections of major streets in Lawrence will be getting new coats of asphalt this summer.
COURT SHAKES UP CREDIT UNIONS
March 15, 1998
Is your credit-union membership in danger? Not likely, despite a Supreme Court ruling last month. The court decided — in a case brought by banks — that federal credit unions (CUs) have been signing up millions of members illegally. Ever since 1982, they’ve expanded beyond what the law allowed.