The Free State High and Lawrence High debate teams won several awards at tournaments last weekend.
At St. Thomas Aquinas High School, the Free State team of Jasmin Messenger and Jen Miller placed third with five wins and no losses.
At Blue Valley North, the Free State squad placed third overall. Individual teams from Free State earning medals were Nick Reimond and Eric Dobbins and Owen Cox and Pat Krivoshia. The LHS team of Luke Lackrone and Collin Barletta also won medals.
At the Salina Central Invitational the LHS squad placed third out of 44 schools. Free State's Erin Pipkin and Matt Herbert placed third in the novice open division. From LHS, Tim Donnally and Thomas Holland placed fourth in the novice championship division; Carolina Farwell and Erin Breeden placed first in the novice open division; and Justin Schmalberg and Chris Bates placed fifth in the junior varsity division.
School board hears
tax abatement plan
Baldwin -- The Baldwin school board discussed a tax abatement plan by the Baldwin City Commission on Monday night but took no action.
The city wants to adopt a policy allowing 5-year tax abatements for business improvement costs exceeding $10,000.
The school district would have an unspecified amount of otherwise available funds delayed by the abatements, but board members agreed the policy would help spur economic development in the area, Supt. John Nuspl said.
Veterans' Day events set
A 24-hour vigil and other ceremonies are planned in conjunction with Veterans' Day, which is Wednesday.
A veterans appreciation reception will be held from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. today in the Big 12 Room of the Kansas Union at Kansas University. Decorated Vietnam veteran John Musgrave will speak at the reception.
A ceremony also will be held from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. today in front of Strong Hall at KU. Lt. Col. Anthony Gasbarre Jr., a decorated veteran of operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm, will speak at the ceremony.
A honor guard vigil will run from 4 p.m. today through 4 p.m. Wednesday, with KU Reserve Officer Training Corps cadets standing watch over a lamp at the Vietnam Memorial on Memorial Drive on campus.
On Wednesday, local veterans' groups will hold a joint service at 11:11 a.m. at the Veterans of Foreign Wars, 136 Ala.
receives flag award
Lawrence grocer Jim Lewis, owner of Checkers, 2300 La., has received a citation of appreciation from a local veteran's auxiliary for flying the flag at his store.
He was presented the award earlier this year by the American Legion Auxiliary.
Lewis flies both the American and Missing in Action flags outside his store.