Archive for Wednesday, May 20, 1998

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S MERGER SURPRISES SHOPPERS
May 20, 1998
The Jones Store will disappear as part of an acquisition announced Monday. Kansas City, Mo. (ap) — Shoppers in this metropolitan area were surprised — and in some cases, upset — at news the Jones Store Co. is about to be absorbed by Dillard’s Inc.
GUNSHOT WOUND VICTIM REFUSES TO COOPERATE
May 20, 1998
A 23-year-old Lawrence man who is recuperating from a gunshot wound to the head is refusing to talk to police. “At this point, we don’t know how he got shot,” said Lawrence Police Sgt. George Wheeler.
CAREN RUGG TO FILE FOR 10TH DISTRICT KANSAS HOUSE SEAT.
May 20, 1998
An Ottawa woman is seeking election to the 10th District Kansas House seat held by Baldwin Republican Ralph Tanner. Caren Rugg, a 37-year-old Democrat, said Tuesday that she plans to file for the office on Friday. Rugg worked as a volunteer in Bettie Sue Shumway’s unsuccessful 1996 campaign against Tanner. But, she said, she has never run for or served in elective office herself.
TRANSPORTATION PRIORITY
May 20, 1998
To the editor: Public transportation is part of the daily lives of millions of people across the United States. Whether you live in New York, California, Michigan or in most larger college towns in the Midwest, without it, many wouldn’t be able to get to work, go to school, see a doctor or visit friends and relatives.
VELMA BANKER MCKISSICK
May 20, 1998
Services for Velma Banker McKissick, 97, of Cottonwood, Ariz., will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Oak Hill Cemetery. Mrs. McKissick died Sunday, May 17, 1998, at the Rio Verde Health Care Center in Cottonwood. She was born Dec. 12, 1900, in Overbrook to Charles P. and Lockie Albin Banker.
DISTRICT COURT MARRIAGE LICENSES ISSUED
May 20, 1998
David Woodrow Nelson, 24, Lawrence, and Terri Melcher, 27, Baton Rouge, La. Chad A. Wells, 23, Lawrence, and Mary Anne Horinek, 18, Lawrence.
PARENT COUNCIL CHARTS COURSE TO BOLSTER SCHOOL COOPERATION
May 20, 1998
Parents are ready to do their part to open the lines of communication between schools, homes and the community.
KODAK, AOL FORM ALLIANCE
May 20, 1998
Photographers can have their pictures returned to them via the Internet under a program announced Tuesday by Eastman Kodak Co. and America Online Inc. The service, which teams up the world’s largest film maker and the world’s largest online service, will be available to AOL’s 12 million members when they drop film off at developers that process Kodak film.
S TIMELY BONUS
May 20, 1998
I had reason to feel smug on a recent Saturday afternoon. After spending the entire day in the garden, tilling and making furrows, I finished planting all my corn and bush beans just as it started to rain. While the day’s brief showers weren’t enough to give the ground around my freshly planted seeds a thorough soaking, the thunderstorm that passed through the following Monday night finished the job.
SCOTTISH RITE OF TOPEKA DONATES TO CLINIC
May 20, 1998
Scottish Rite of Topeka presented donations totaling $31,000 to Children’s Mercy Scottish Rite Clinic for Childhood Language Disorders in a ceremony Thursday night in Topeka. The facility is located in Overland Park and sees several hundred children with speech problems each year. The donations were the collective effort of chapters in Lawrence, Fort Scott, Fort Leavenworth, Overland Park, Salina, Topeka and Wichita.
HEADQUARTERS RECRUITING VOLUNTEER COUNSELORS
May 20, 1998
Headquarters Counseling Center, Douglas County’s 24-hour phone and walk-in counseling center, is recruiting volunteers for its next volunteer counselor training program. Because training is provided, no previous counseling experience is necessary. Headquarters, a Douglas County United Way agency, handles more than 14,000 phone and walk-in contacts each year, with concerns including suicide, drug and alcohol abuse, family and relationship difficulties, information about personal concerns, and phone-a-friend (for children).
BUILDING MAKES NATIONAL REGISTER
May 20, 1998
A township building is the 38th structure in Douglas County to be listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
TOY STORE EYES SUMMER OPENING
May 20, 1998
The longtime downtown toy and novelty store could reopen by July, the owner’s agent said.
FREE STATE HIGH SCHOOL HONORS ACADEMIC STANDOUTS
May 20, 1998
Local scholarships and Free State Student Awards are listed in italics. Melanie Bartlett: Free State High School Booster Club and Commerce Bank Scholarship
FINDLEY FILES FOR A THIRD TERM
May 20, 1998
The Democrat incumbent in the 46th District wants to represent Lawrence in the Kansas House another two years.
KU ENGINEERING SCHOOL RECEIVES GIFT
May 20, 1998
A Kansas University alumnus living in England wanted to help students the same way he was helped a half century ago. So Erwin David gave $100,000 to the KU school of engineering to establish a scholarship fund for engineering students who are not U.S. citizens.
ELISABETH PLAMBECK
May 20, 1998
Memorial services for Elisabeth Plambeck, 81, Baldwin, will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday at St. John’s United Church of Christ, one mile north of Worden. She died Friday, April 24, 1998, at the Baldwin Care Center.
HISTORIC BLACK CEMETERY AWAITING REDEDICATION
May 20, 1998
Several politicians and historical officials will be on hand for the rededication of a black cemetery in northern Douglas County on Sunday.
T LEGISLATE MANNERS
May 20, 1998
Kansas is a long way from New York City, geographically and culturally, so it is rare that I would spend much time on a topic emanating from the great metropolis. However, recently, proposed New York laws and their consequences have made the national news. The laws, proposed by New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani, are designed to improve cab drivers’ behavior. It has led to a strike by New York cab drivers. The problem, as the mayor sees it, is that taking a taxicab in New York City has become a dangerous business. Cab drivers are the cause of thousands of traffic accidents each year. In addition, in recent years the number of complaints by passengers that they have been verbally abused or otherwise ill-treated by cab drivers in New York City has apparently risen. I confess, the last time I visited New York City and took a taxicab, I swore that I would never do so again. The cab driver insisted on smoking, playing very loud music and driving through the streets at breakneck speed and with a lack of care not even safe on the most open stretches of western Kansas highways.
IN 1898
May 20, 1998
On May 20, 1898, the end of government-only post cards and the beginning of private post cards was announced in the Lawrence World. The newspaper and printing office stated: “It is announced that the postal card will soon be a thing of the past as the government has decided to quit issuing them. Under the present plan anyone can send a card through the mail by placing a one cent stamp on it, and as postal cards cost one cent the authorities do not believe it will inconvenience the public to withdraw the postal card from circulation. In this connection it may not be out of place to state that any printing office can furnish cards, blank or printed, answering every purpose of a postal card, at a nominal price.” — Courtesy Watkins Community Museum
DIANN CELESTE KUEBLER
May 20, 1998
Memorial services for Diann Celeste Kuebler, 43, Anchorage, will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday at Unity Church of Anchorage. Graveside services will be held at a later date at Memorial Park Cemetery, Lawrence. Miss Kuebler died Sunday, May 17, 1998, at her home.
S WASTEWATER TREATMENT PLANT IS TARGETED FOR A $43.5 MILLION UPGRADE AND EXPANSION LARGE ENOUGH TO HANDLE SEWAGE THROUGH THE YEAR 2020.
May 20, 1998
If spending $43.5 million to bolster, upgrade and expand the city’s sewage treatment plant isn’t your idea of fun, Commissioner Bonnie Augustine’s got news for you. “Consider the alternative,” she said.
S TENNIS MEET.
May 20, 1998
The Sell family will be well represented at the NCAA women’s tennis championships. Kris Sell is a junior at Kansas; her sister Kathy a freshman at Duke. Both KU and Duke have qualified for the NCAAs, set for Thursday through Sunday in South Bend, Ind.
JOHN JOSEPH SOMER
May 20, 1998
Mass of Christian Burial for John Joseph Somer, 32, Olathe, will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Emporia. Burial will be in Memorial Lawn Cemetery, Emporia. Mr. Somer died Monday, May 18, 1998, at his parents’ home in Emporia.
I READ THAT DOUGLAS COUNTY PUBLIC WORKS DIRECTOR FRANK HEMPEN JR. IS HEADING TO WELD COUNTY, COLO. WHERE IS THAT?
May 20, 1998
Weld County is in the north-central part of the state in an area east of the Rocky Mountains often referred to as the Front Range. Its largest city is Greeley. How is the ERA average figured for baseball pitchers?
WOODLING COLUMN
May 20, 1998
Notes and quotes while wondering if that new movie “The Horse Whisperer” is about potential Triple Crown winner Real Quiet. … Now that the NBA has conducted its made-for-television draft lottery, we absolutely, positively know that we still don’t have the slightest idea where Paul Pierce and Raef LaFrentz will go in the June 24 draft. …
LIBERTARIAN LABEL
May 20, 1998
To the editor: In his recent profile (perhaps better, expose) of me, “Old Friends…Politics,” in his Sunday Seniors column, my long-time, cherished friend, Calder Pickett revealed (among other things) that in my latter years on the Hill I was something of a rarity — a conservative. What he wrote was largely correct with one important exception of omission. Yes, I changed from being a “flaming liberal” when I first climbed the Hill to being a conservative in political persuasion. The omission is that, then and now, the libertarian label is also applicable to my persona.
FREE STATE HIGH SCHOOL HANDS OUT SENIOR AWARDS.
May 20, 1998
It wasn’t the largest awards ceremony, but it was the first. The Senior Recognition Ceremony held at Free State High School Tuesday was the inaugural event for seniors who picked up accolades for sports, academics, fine arts and citizenship.
LAW ENFORCEMENT REPORT
May 20, 1998
Burglaries and thefts reported * A spray-paint rig belonging to Gene Fritzel Construction was reported stolen between 5 p.m. May 12 and 7 a.m. May 13 from the 3000 block of Peterson; loss was $2,850.
OFFICIALS SORT OUT DETAILS OF GOLF COURSE VANDALISM
May 20, 1998
Authorities are considering charges against five men who are suspected of damaging four golf carts at the Baldwin Golf Course.
NOT A JUDGMENT CALL
May 20, 1998
A “zero tolerance” policy may be easier to enforce, but it also can lead to overreaction. A Kansas school district calls its policy on materials it considers racially offensive “zero tolerance,” but to many observers, it may seem more like “zero judgment.”
HOW IS THE ERA AVERAGE FIGURED FOR BASEBALL PITCHERS?
May 20, 1998
Multiply the number of runs allowed by nine, then divide by number of innings pitched. Example: If a pitcher has hurled seven innings and surrendered four earned runs, multiply four by nine (36) and divide by seven, and the pitcher’s ERA is 5.14.
CITY TO HONOR POLICE OFFICER KILLED IN LINE OF DUTY 97 YEARS AGO
May 20, 1998
Three Lawrence police officers have been killed in the line of duty, and one of them will be honored Friday.
FOSTER CARE
May 20, 1998
To the editor: In the May 1998 issue of Reader’s Digest, Suzanne Chavin reported on the failure of the foster care system in the U.S. The article concluded with several recommendations for improving the current system, one of them citing the virtues of privatizing foster care and adoption services, as Kansas has done. As reported in two recent Journal-World articles, the Kansas privatization initiative is far from providing positive outcomes for many of the children in the care of the state. Despite Kansas Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services reports to the contrary, results thus far vary greatly by region and service provider.
BIRTHS
May 20, 1998
Susan Egan and Eric Elsinghorst, Lawrence, a girl, Tuesday.
CONDITION REPORTS
May 20, 1998
* James W. Graham, 41, Lawrence, was listed in fair condition Tuesday night at the Kansas University Medical Center after he was injured in a car-motorcycle accident about 12:30 a.m. Saturday near 20th and Barker.
SEASON CAME TO AN END TUESDAY AS THE THUNDERBIRDS SCORED THREE UNEARNED RUNS TO PREVAIL AT REGIONAL, 3-0.
May 20, 1998
Free State High’s regional softball game Tuesday begged the question: Who was bringing more heat, the opposing pitcher or Mother Nature? Shawnee Heights junior Erin Widmer allowed just two hits while tossing a complete-game shutout as the Thunderbirds defeated the Firebirds, 3-0, in their Class 5A regional game at Topeka Seaman.
SCOT AND MINDY POLLARD RECENTLY MOVED INTO A WEST LAWRENCE HOME WITH THEIR DOGOTIS.
May 20, 1998
Newlyweds in new surroundings, Scot and Mindy Pollard decided they needed a pet after moving to Detroit following last summer’s NBA Draft. “I don’t like dogs. I didn’t want any dogs at all. I’m a cat person,” said Scot, the Pistons’ No. 1 pick a year ago.
FED HOLDS STEADY ON INTEREST RATES
May 20, 1998
With Asia’s economy still unsettled and American growth appearing to moderate, the Federal Reserve once again opted for no change in short-term interest rates. The central bank’s monetary policy panel — the Federal Open Market Committee on overnight loans between banks at 5.5 percent.
DOUGLAS WAHL, 40, LAWRENCE, AND DIANNE T. BUIG, 30, LAWRENCE.
May 20, 1998
Christiann William Wilmans, 29, Johannesburg, South Africa, and Carol Wiswell, 58, Shawnee. Burke Griggs, 29, Denver, and Emily Hill, 30, Lawrence.
DESOTO ELIMINATES PERRY-LECOMPTON, 6-2
May 20, 1998
DeSoto scored five runs in the sixth inning to beat Perry-Lecompton, 6-2, in a Class 4A regional semifinal Tuesday and advance to the 4A state softball tournament next week in Manhattan. Erin Erickson had six strikeouts and a triple in the loss. Jessica Cooper and Denae Grimmett also had a hit. The Kaws scored both their runs in the seventh.
PRICINGPROJECT
May 20, 1998
While nearly 300 miles of sanitary sewer lines flow into a single place — the Wastewater Treatment Plant — the plant’s own $43.5 million worth of needs can be divided into three areas, as determined by Black & Veatch, the city’s sewage consultants and engineers: Meet city growth needs: $24 million, or 55 percent.
PROJECT ACCEPTANCE LANDS CDBG MONEY
May 20, 1998
A partnership of two organizations serving homeless people won endorsement Tuesday night from Lawrence city commissioners. Commissioners agreed to give a $128,000 grant to Project Acceptance and the Community Drop-In Center Inc., to help the struggling agencies find a permanent home.
POWERBALL FEVER STRIKES LAWRENCE
May 20, 1998
Hundreds, perhaps thousands, of local residents are hoping to beat the odds by buying a winning ticket in the record-setting Powerball jackpot.
OTTAWA SPEAKERS TO DISCUSS AGING
May 20, 1998
Two Ottawa women will be guest speakers at a public forum Thursday at Baldwin Public Library. Bettie Sue Shumway and Caren Rugg will discuss the 1998 legislative session and the status of legislation dealing with issues of the aging. The forum, from 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m., is sponsored by South Douglas County Democrats. The organization will hold a business meeting prior to the forum beginning at 7 p.m.