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November 6, 1998
City officials hope to have an upgraded and expanded Wastewater Treatment Plant up and running by the end of 2002.
S LEVY GATES WERE REOPENED THURSDAY AFTERNOON AFTER KEEPING DOWNTOWN DRY.
November 6, 1998
U.S. Highway 59 was reopened at Ottawa Thursday afternoon after the bridge over the Marais des Cygnes River passed an inspection by the Kansas Department of Transportation. The bridge was closed over the weekend after flood waters began flowing over, rather than under, it.
MORAL ISSUE
November 6, 1998
To the editor: To my knowledge, no public advocate for the death penalty has said how many innocent people it is permissible to execute. That’s why I believe no public advocate for the death penalty is either morally serious or intellectually honest.
TEA TO TAKE ON HISTORICAL OVERTONES
November 6, 1998
It will be as if history came to life. The Douglas County Republican Women will host a high tea from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday at the Elizabeth M. Watkins Community Museum. To entertain the crowd, the organization is putting on “a series of historical vignettes.”
PARENTS, TEACHERS HUDDLE IN FIRST CONFERENCES OF YEAR
November 6, 1998
Conferences give parents a chance to address concerns with teachers.
November 6, 1998
Lawrence teachers are among those gaining a mention in “Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers.”
S DONATION OUTFITS BASKETBALL TEAM
November 6, 1998
Veritas Christian School students soon will be hitting the hoops thanks to a missionary from the Philippines. The missionary recently donated basketball uniforms to the school, enabling Veritas to start girl’s and boy’s junior high basketball teams.
UNDERWOOD ADDS NEW LINE
November 6, 1998
Underwood Equipment of Ottawa has been named an authorized dealer for Kubota farm equipment for Douglas and Franklin counties and surrounding areas. To celebrate, the dealership at Kansas Highway 68 and Interstate Highway 35 will have a “Ride and Drive Rodeo” today and Saturday.
STRAY ENJOYS RUN OF TOWN
November 6, 1998
Although no one here can get close to her, Baby, a mutt that runs all over town between handouts at Casey’s General Store, is the town’s adopted stray. “If we don’t have any (microwave) sandwiches that are expired, we buy her catfood,” said Elizabeth Krause, a cashier and cook at the convenience store. “She basically goes all over town. We feed her every morning and every night, and she comes up here when she’s hungry. Sometimes we have customers who will feed her.”
$30,800 RENOVATION PROJECT OF COURT OFFICES NEARLY DONE
November 6, 1998
Construction on offices for District Court judges and their assistants will be completed next week.
SOUND OFF
November 6, 1998
What kind of trees do hedge apples grow on? And do hedge apples really ward off bugs? Hedge apples grow on Osage orange trees. They do not repel bugs, according to Douglas County Extension Director Dennis Bejot.
FALLING PRICES HIT FARMLAND
November 6, 1998
From J-W Staff and Wire Reports Farmland Industries Inc. said it earned $58.8 million during its latest fiscal year, a year in which profits were restrained by lower prices for many of its agricultural products and its energy reserves.
FORUMS TO FOCUS ON DRINKING BY MOMS-TO-BE
November 6, 1998
The Douglas County Community Health Improvement Project will have three community forums next week on the issue of drinking alcohol during pregnancy. The Health Improvement Project is an organization made up of representatives from 13 health organizations and funded by a grant from the Kansas Health Foundation.
DOWNTOWN TO LOSE PEDESTRIAN SIGNALS
November 6, 1998
New signs will replace the signals that allow pedestrians to stop traffic in mid-block.
DOWNTOWN GETS NEW LIGHTS
November 6, 1998
Downtown is getting a few extra lights this Christmas. “We’re going to keep them on the trees, like they always have been,” Marcia McFarlane with Downtown Lawrence Inc. said.
PROJECTS ON TAP
November 6, 1998
Next year’s plans for major sewer upgrades in Lawrence include several projects intended to increase system capacity and improve reliability: Anderson Acres: $2.7 million to enlarge a pump station and reroute a force main to handle sewage in the growing southeastern area of Lawrence.
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November 6, 1998
Baldwin High and Ottawa brought home plenty of hardware from the Class 4A state cross country meet held on Saturday in Wamego. The Baldwin boys placed first, the Ottawa girls won their third consecutive state title and the BHS girls finished third. The Bulldog boys needed a tiebreaker to nip Ulyssess for the team title, the school’s first since 1993.
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November 6, 1998
Oskaloosa senior middle blocker Angela McKonkey was selected to the all-Delaware Valley League volleyball team by league coaches. McLouth junior setter Penny Kitterman received honorable mention.
ADAIR T. EDMONDS
November 6, 1998
Services for Adair T. Edmonds, 94, Oskaloosa, will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at Oskaloosa United Methodist Church. Burial will be at McLouth Cemetery. Mr. Edmonds died Wednesday, Nov. 4, 1998, at Jefferson County Memorial Hospital, Winchester.
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November 6, 1998
John Tibbetts, assistant professor of theater and film at Kansas University, will be the keynote speaker at the annual meeting of the Douglas County Historical Society. The meeting will be held Thursday at the Lawrence Country Club, 400 County Club Ter.
UNDERTAKING
November 6, 1998
St. John School’s 15th annual benefit will be Nov. 21 and feature big band music as well as live and silent auctions.
KU STUDENTS GO HOMELESS FOR WEEKEND
November 6, 1998
A dozen or more Kansas University students will sleep outside this weekend, panhandle and eat in soup kitchens. KU Concerned, Aware, and Active Students (CAAS), part of the Center for Community Outreach, is sponsoring activities for Hunger and Homeless Awareness Month on campus, including an urban plunge — a chance to spend 48 hours on the street, homeless.
LAW ENFORCEMENT REPORT
November 6, 1998
Burglaries and thefts reported * A 1994 dark green Ford Thunderbird valued on a police report at $8,800 was stolen between 8:30 p.m. Tuesday and 7:15 a.m. Wednesday from the 1200 block of East 23rd.
IN 1898
November 6, 1998
On Nov. 6, 1898, the Lawrence World reported that a familiar business had changed hands stating: “E.T. Arnold who has been a resident of Douglas County for years has purchased the Kasold grocery corner of Indiana and Pinckney (now 6th) streets (547 Indiana) and will continue to run a first class place where good goods can be bought at very low prices.” — Courtesy Watkins Community Museum
OTTAWA GETS ITS BRIDGE BACK
November 6, 1998
The city’s levee gates were reopened Thursday afternoon after keeping the downtown area dry during recent flooding.
TAX DEALS FOR FIRMS DEBATED
November 6, 1998
Panelists debated whether tax abatements bring valuable businesses to the community or if the cost is too high Thursday night. The Lawrence-Douglas County League of Women Voters sponsored an informational meeting on tax abatements at the Douglas County Senior Services Center, with Allen Ford and Bill Martin presenting two sides of the issue.
SOUND OFF
November 6, 1998
I live in proximity of Central Junior High School and have become increasing concerned about students running throughout the surrounding neighborhoods. Since the school does not have a track for the kids to run on, are there plans to build a track for Central Junior High students to safely run on? “The district does not currently own enough property for a track at the CJHS site,” said Craig Fiegel, assistant superintendent for administrative services. “We are still exploring ways to address that issue at Central.”
CRIME INCORPORATED
November 6, 1998
Want to be tracked if you are kidnapped? You can do it for a mere $7,500. How severe is the fear of crime and violence in our society?
SOUND OFF
November 6, 1998
Where can I write to Olympic soccer player Mia Hamm? Write to Mariel Margaret “Mia” Hamm in care of U.S. Soccer House, 1801 S. Prairie Ave., Chicago, Ill. 60616. Hamm, 26, was U.S. Soccer’s female athlete of the year four times in a row beginning in 1994. Since joining the national team in 1987 at age 15, Hamm has scored more than 100 goals in international matches.
ROSE TO COMPETE AT STATE MEET
November 6, 1998
Lawrence High junior Amanda Rose will be the city’s lone representative at Saturday’s state gymnastics meet at Shawnee Mission East. Rose qualified for state by placing third at regional in the uneven bars. The meet will start at noon. Southwest rolls, 42-33
SLT COUNSEL TO SPEAK TO NEIGHBORHOOD GROUP
November 6, 1998
Bob Eye, co-counsel for the plaintiffs in the South Lawrence Trafficway litigation, will give a presentation and answer questions about the roadway at the fall meeting of the University Place Neighborhood Assn. (UPNA) at 7 p.m. Monday in the Lawrence High School commons/cafeteria area. Eye has been involved with the debate about the SLT for more than a decade. He will speak after a short business meeting and election of 1999 officers.
VILLAGES SPONSORING FAMILIES FOR CHRISTMAS
November 6, 1998
The Villages Inc. is taking requests from individuals, families, businesses, civic groups and others interested in providing Christmas gifts for Villages’ children and homes. Each child has made a wish list that will be available to the individual or group who is interested in adopting a child, children or home for Christmas. The house parents have also prepared a list of needs that will benefit the entire household.
November 6, 1998
Dear Lee: I can’t determine who is more demented: the people committing incest or the people excusing such behavior by placing the blame on the devil. The people who committed the criminal act of incest have to accept their own responsibility for the deed and not excuse such behavior on mythical spirits. It is not Satan causing the trouble in the world; it is people. If we accept the pathetic excuse that Satan is the cause of our problems, then there is little we can do about such problems. We might as well let the criminal go free and tell him, “We know it wasn’t your fault; it was Satan’s.”
KELLY SERVICES
November 6, 1998
Memorial services for William L. Kelly, 78, Lawrence, will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday at Plymouth Congregational Church. Private inurment will be held at Pioneer Cemetery on the Kansas University campus. An additional memorial service will be held Nov. 14 in McCook, Neb.
SOUND OFF
November 6, 1998
Does Bob Barker have pets of his own? Barker, who ends every broadcast of “The Price is Right” by reminding viewers to have their pets spayed or neutered, owns a dog named Federico and a cat named Dulce. You can write to Barker in care of The Price is Right, Price Productions, 5757 Wilshire Blvd., No. 206, Los Angeles, Calif. 90036.
LHS MATH TEAM TAKES FIRST AT WASHBURN
November 6, 1998
The Lawrence High School math team won first place in the Class 5A-6A division of the annual Washburn University Math Day Contest in Topeka. LHS team members who participated are Bill Kinnersley, Michael Bateman, Joe Espinosa, Wei Fu, Cynthia Belcher, Steve Davis, Arundhati Pal, Brian Trent, James Un and Sihao Xia.
S EXHIBITION TILT AGAINST THE CALIFORNIA ALL-STARS IS 7:05 P.M. AT ALLEN FIELDHOUSE.
November 6, 1998
Allen Fieldhouse continues to resemble a hospital ward during Kansas men’s basketball practices. “What’s that Michael Jackson video with all those dead people walking around real slow — `Thriller’?” KU coach Roy Williams joked Thursday. “You look at our practices, you’ve got dead people walking around.”
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November 6, 1998
He walked into Lawrence with a 50-pound backpack, a walking stick, $7 and several blisters. “Today would have been my dad’s 71st birthday,” Jim Hickey, 37, Livingston, N.J., said Thursday. His father, Lawrence Hickey, died in 1995 of prostate cancer. Six months later, Jim Hickey’s brother was diagnosed with the disease.
DISTRICT COURT MARRIAGE LICENSES ISSUED
November 6, 1998
Charles Robert Sanford, 27, Lawrence, and Adrienne Therese Boyd, 28, Lawrence. Anthony Paul Case, 25, Lawrence, and Sossina Negash, 25, Lawrence.
LAWRENCE HIGH AND THIRD-RANKED OLATHE NORTH WILL MEET IN THE PLAYOFFS FOR THE FIRST TIME SINCE 1995 TONIGHT AT OLATHE DISTRICT ACTIVITIES CENTER.
November 6, 1998
Lawrence High’s football team won’t leave home without it. The Lions plan to pack their lucky turtle for tonight’s Class 6A state quarterfinal against Olathe North at Olathe District Activities Center. Kickoff is 7 p.m.
VANDALS STRIKE CEMETERY
November 6, 1998
Until the ground dries out, city workers won’t be able to use a backhoe to return cemetery monuments to their original positions.
SURVEY PANEL STARTS SEARCH
November 6, 1998
The Kansas Geological Survey is regarded nationwide as one of the top programs in the country, an official asserts.
MARION GILBERT
November 6, 1998
Services for Marion Gilbert, 80, Lawrence, will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home. Burial will be in Hubbel Hill Cemetery. Mrs. Gilbert died Thursday, Nov. 5, 1998, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.
KU LOSES SUPPORTER IN TRAGEDY
November 6, 1998
Authorities believe Les Nesmith, an avid supporter of Kansas University athletics, was killed in a small plane crash Wednesday night. From Staff and Wire Reports
BATTLE FOR AMP WILL DRAG ON KNIGHT RIDDER NEWSPAPERS
November 6, 1998
AlliedSignal, one of Lawrence’s largest employers, is confident it will eventually win the troubled company.
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November 6, 1998
Kansas University’s men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams will open the season against Texas A&M today at Robinson Natatorium. Texas A&M’s men are ranked 15th; Kansas is listed 25th in Speedo America’s preseason polls.
POTHOLE PROGRESS
November 6, 1998
To the editor: Three cheers for the Mr. and Mrs. pothole crew.
NOT ENOUGH ANGELS
November 6, 1998
Some mindless bicyclists make it difficult to get the proper respect that law-abiding pedalers deserve. Just about the time a person is inclined to sympathize with bicyclists who contend they need better protection and more definitive pedaling routes, along comes a fool to weaken the cause.
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November 6, 1998
The following are teachers from Lawrence listed in the 1998-99 “Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers”: * Brian Anderson, Central Junior High School
PANEL RETOOLS BLUEPRINT FOR HIGHER ED
November 6, 1998
As the plan stands, a new coordinating council would have oversight on budgets at regents institutions, but not at community colleges, which would remain in the hands of local trustees. From Staff and Wire Reports
SOPHOMORE CENTER BOB SCHMIDT WILL MAKE HIS FIRST START FOR THE JAYHAWKS WHEN THEY PLAY HOST TO NORTH TEXAS ON SATURDAY AT MEMORIAL STADIUM. KICKOFF ISP.M.
November 6, 1998
Nobody recruited all-state football player Bob Schmidt during his senior season at Olathe North High School in 1995. Bad grades? Nope. Too small? No way. Bad attitude? Hardly.
LAW ENFORCEMENT REPORT
November 6, 1998
Burglaries and thefts reported * A JVC car stereo, cellular phone, 40 compact discs, a wallet and other items were stolen between 12 a.m. and 1:05 a.m. Thursday from a pickup truck parked in the 2500 block of West Sixth. Damage to a window and door of the truck was $400.
S BASKETBALL BENCH ON WEDNESDAY NIGHT.
November 6, 1998
A Kansas University legend is considering a career change. Lynette Woodard, the all-time leading scorer in women’s college basketball and current member of the WNBA’s Detroit Shock, returned to KU’s bench on Wednesday as Kansas defeated Myjava Slovakia, 76-64, in the Jayhawks’ exhibition opener.
DISMISSALS
November 6, 1998
Jeanne Smith and baby girl, Eudora. Emma Martin and baby boy, Lawrence.
S TEAM THAT FINISHED 18-7 LAST YEAR.
November 6, 1998
Women’s basketball may have been the most successful sport at Haskell Indian Nations University last year. Women’s basketball may be even better this season.