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January 1, 1999
Where can I write to Regis and Kathie Lee? Send letters in care of the show to “Live! With Regis & Kathie Lee,” 7 Lincoln Square, Fifth Floor, New York, N.Y. 10023. To request tickets for the show, send a self-addressed stamped envelope to “Live! With Regis & Kathie Lee” tickets, Box 777, Ansonia Station, New York, N.Y. 10023-0777. There’s a limit of four tickets per request, which may take several months to fulfill. The show also has a special address for entries to its daily trivia contest. Send these on postcards to “Live! With Regis & Kathie Lee” Trivia Contest, Box 108, Ansonia Station, New York, N.Y. 10023.
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January 1, 1999
On Jan. 1, 1899, the Lawrence World reviewed 1898 characterizing it as “one of the most prosperous in the history of the city.” The World commented: “Of course education has been recognized as our long suit. Our institutions have done much to make the town a desirable place in which to live. The schools have been the magnet and neighborliness for which Lawrence is famous has operated to incline the people to tarry when their educational mission is over. Too much credit cannot be given to the schools of this town. We are blessed in our public schools with efficient teachers, we have careful guardians of the educational interests of our children and we have made an honest effort to get the most out of our advantages. The State University is of course THE thing of the town. On it we have come to depend and it has no more failed us than it has failed the state in the purpose for which it was started.”
CORRECTION
January 1, 1999
The Seem-To-Be Players will not be performing “Sacagawea” as part of a dinner theater presentation Tuesday night at the Eldridge Hotel. The program will solely be comprised of Jeanne Averill’s one-woman show, “Shame the Devil: an Audience with Fanny Kemble.” The dinner will be at 7 p.m.; the show starts at 8 p.m. *
LAW ENFORCEMENT REPORT POLICE REPORTS
January 1, 1999
* Lawrence police arrested Johnathan Lee West, 21, Grandview, Mo., Thursday on charges of possession of crack cocaine with intent to sell first offense, possession of marijuana with intent to sell first offense and not having a drug tax stamp. He also was wanted on seven warrants — three warrants for failure to appear, a warrant for possession of cocaine first offense, a warrant for possession of marijuana first offense, a warrant for possession of drug paraphernalia and an Shawnee County warrant. He was booked at 3:18 p.m. Thursday into Douglas County Jail. Bail had not been set Thursday night. * Lawrence police arrested Terrance Edward Connelly, 28, Lawrence, Thursday on a charge of aggravated battery. The charge stemmed a domestic dispute Wednesday. He was booked at 5:51 p.m. Thursday into the Douglas County Jail. Bail had not yet been set.
COUNTY CORRECTIONS BOARD PLANS MEETING
January 1, 1999
The Douglas County Community Corrections Advisory Board will meet at 4 p.m. Tuesday. The meeting, normally at the Douglas County Courthouse, will be in the Judicial and Law Enforcement Center, basement level meeting room A, at 111 E. 11th.
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January 1, 1999
What is the status of the investigation of the fire in the 1600 block of Tennessee that was being managed by First Management? Fire investigators haven’t received analysis reports from the Kansas Bureau of Investigation, which is testing samples taken from the house at 1605 Tenn. A dog trained to detect flammable substances used to start fires “hit” on several areas of the century-old house.
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January 1, 1999
* A minimum of 45 percent of the total lottery revenue is returned to players through the prize fund. The rest is used for the State Gaming Revenues Fund, operational costs and Kansas Lottery retailers. * Players who win $599 or less can collect their prize money at the retailers where they purchased their winning tickets. Prizes with values of more than $599 must be claimed at the Kansas Lottery office in Topeka.
FEBRUARY
January 1, 1999
The highlight of February was a reunion of 300 KU basketball coaches, players and managers in Lawrence. The celebration, honoring a century of KU basketball, helped young and old recall the rich hoops history on Mount Oread. Brian “Chip” Anderson moved to the head of the class. On Feb. 2, the Central Junior High math teacher was named the Lawrence school district’s master teacher.
LAWRENCE C. BROWN
January 1, 1999
Services for Lawrence C. Brown, 89, Valley Falls, will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, at the Valley Falls United Methodist Church. Burial will be in Valley Falls Cemetery. Mr. Brown died Thursday, Dec. 31, 1998, at a Topeka hospital.
LEGACY
January 1, 1999
The Kansas African-American Affairs Commission will sponsor the Governor’s Martin Luther King Day Celebration, “Come Share the Dream,” from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Jan. 15 in the Regency Ballroom of the Ramada Inn, 420 SE Sixth St., Topeka. The luncheon is to honor King’s life and work and will feature keynote speaker James Boyer. He will speak on the legacy of social justice and nonviolence left by King.
KGS TO BEGIN TESTING WELLS
January 1, 1999
Kansas Geological Survey water specialists are inviting western and central Kansas landowners to be good neighbors early this month. Crews from the Geological Survey, based at Kansas University, will begin conducting tests Sunday for an annual program that monitors ground water levels in 47 Kansas counties. The operation goes smoother with cooperation of local landowners.
S EVE FIRE.
January 1, 1999
The Tornedens are starting the New Year with nothing. Ovyd Torneden was burned Thursday afternoon as he escaped his burning home on N. 1200 Road. He managed to get out with one of his dogs, Samson, a poodle.
EVERETT EUGENE PONTON
January 1, 1999
Services for Everett Eugene Ponton, 73, Tonganoxie, will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Fowler Cemetery. Mr. Ponton died Thursday, Dec. 31, 1998, at the Tonganoxie Nursing Center.
FAIRGROUNDS BUILDING EXPECTED TO COST UP TO $600,000
January 1, 1999
Estimates — and they are only estimates, a Douglas County official stresses — are in for a new multifunctional building at the fairgrounds, and the cost is pegged from $550,000 to $600,000. Administrative services director Pam Madl said Thursday the estimates were based on “just asking around. They are general estimates. They are by no means the final figures.”
CITY GIRDS FOR SNOW
January 1, 1999
If Lawrence wakes up this morning suffocating under a blanket of snow, Tom Orzulak wants everyone to relax. The city’s street crews have it covered.
GRANT TO HELP DISABLED GET JOBS
January 1, 1999
There are more than 75 JobLink clients working at more than 50 Lawrence businesses in Lawrence.
OCTOBER
January 1, 1999
The month started out with rains heavy enough to later qualify Douglas County for federal disaster relief. Oct. 15 brought the wrap-up of a temporary complaint department created by state Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services to gauge discontent among child welfare professionals. The special telephone hotline, operated by Kansas University’s Beach Center, responded to criticisms of state foster-care services.
MED-BED CUTLINE
January 1, 1999
Earl Richardson/Journal-World Photo The developer of the Med-Bed Medical Rescue Unit, Bud Newell, poses Monday on a Med-Bed in his Big Springs’ shop. The Med-Bed is an attachment for a John Deere Gator tractor designed to transport injured athletes at sporting events. The Med-Bed appears twice in Oliver Stone’s professional football epic, “Any Given Sunday.”
SMITH SERVICES
January 1, 1999
Services for Virgil Smith, 65, Lawrence, will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home. Graveside services will be at 11 a.m. Monday at Memorial Park Cemetery, Columbia, Mo. Mr. Smith died Wednesday, Dec. 30, 1998, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.
BLOOD DRIVE OFFERS PINT-FOR-PINT DEAL
January 1, 1999
Kansas Blood Services is sponsoring a blood drive from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday at 535 Gateway Dr. All donors will receive a coupon for a pint of ice cream from Baskin-Robbins. Kansas Blood Services supplies blood to nine hospitals in northeast Kansas. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 843-5383.
SEPTEMBER
January 1, 1999
The month began with U.S. Customs Service agents busting a worldwide pornography ring called the “Wonderland Club” and officials confiscating computer equipment from a Lawrence home on Sept. 1. The raids — spanning 22 states, Australia and several European countries — resulted in the indictment of a 34-year-old Lawrence man, William E. Martin Jr., who pleaded guilty in November to one count of receiving and distributing child pornography.
MAY
January 1, 1999
May signifies the start of summer as children eagerly await the final bell on the last day of classes. That bell came early and tumultuously for some area students this year. More than 600 McLouth students started their vacations early when district officials, reacting to rumors of violence, canceled classes three days before the scheduled end of the school year. The decision came a week after a Springfield, Ore., student opened fire, killing two classmates and wounding 22 others. Then, at the end of May, a 13-year-old Tonganoxie student was handcuffed and detained after allegedly threatening to kill other students.
APRIL
January 1, 1999
The fourth month of 1998 featured a potpourri of city and court news, including goals outlined by the Lawrence City Commission for the year. Those goals included maintaining the long-term viability of downtown, becoming more customer-friendly, increasing efficiency, continuing maintenance of existing infrastructure and enhancing the historic-review process for historic structures.
LUCILLE EVANS OXANDALE
January 1, 1999
Services for Lucille Evans Oxandale, 97, Lawrence, are pending and will be announced by Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home. Mrs. Oxandale died Thursday, Dec. 31, 1998, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.
A NEW YEAR
January 1, 1999
As much as we would like to shut the door on parts of 1998, some of the most troubling issues will follow us into the new year. There are some years you’d just as soon close the door on.
CLOTHING COLLECTIONS AID DAV, THIRD WORLD
January 1, 1999
Tons of cast-off Lawrence clothes find their way to poor in foreign countries.
PLOWING PRIORITIES
January 1, 1999
City crews need about five hours to reach all 275 miles of streets in Lawrence. Here’s a rundown of the priority list: Primary: Four-lane roads such as Haskell Avenue, Wakarusa Drive and Iowa, Sixth and 23rd streets.
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January 1, 1999
Rarely did the scope of Kirk Hinrich’s early years extend beyond the hallowed halls of Sioux City West High School. West was where his father coached basketball, and West was where Hinrich was reared.
MARCH
January 1, 1999
As winter gave way to spring in Lawrence, so turned the fates of several local employees, personalities, businesses and teams. A rundown:
T ALWAYS PARTY FOR POLICE
January 1, 1999
While people party to welcome in the new year, police are making sure everyone behaves.
PAUL F. MILLER
January 1, 1999
Services for Paul F. Miller, 76, Lawrence, are pending and will be announced by Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home. Mr. Miller died Friday, Jan. 1, 1999, at the Lawrence Memorial Hospital.
JULY
January 1, 1999
In July, the Lawrence school district hired a new superintendent, the stained-glass window at Smith Hall was vandalized twice and the city opened a new golf course. Kathleen Williams accepted the position of superintendent of the school district, replacing outgoing superintendent Al Azinger. The assistant superintendent, from Schaumburg, Ill., was offered the job after a three-month search that looked at 30 candidates.
NEWSMAKERS BUSY IN KANSAS IN 1998
January 1, 1999
A chronology of the top news events in 1998 in Kansas: January
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January 1, 1999
1-1-98 Chuck Woodling column Happy Y2K Minus One. Who knows what will happen in ‘99, but here are some of the things I’d like to see happen before the beginning of the new millennium.
DISMISSALS
January 1, 1999
Sarah Haley and baby girl, Lawrence. Births
M ON SATURDAY NIGHT.
January 1, 1999
Throughout the 1990s, Kansas has been known as a men’s basketball team that “outworks” the opposition. “Nobody has ever played harder than we have — ever,” Roy Williams, KU’s 11th-year coach, said Thursday.
NOVEMBER
January 1, 1999
In a slow election year, Lawrence voters went to the polls and overwhelmingly passed a $16.16 million bond issue for Lawrence Public Schools. The result will be the construction of a new elementary school west of Wakarusa and other improvements to schools in the Lawrence district. Voters also elected Democrat Dennis Moore to the 3rd Kansas Congressional District, previously represented by incumbent candidate Vince Snowbarger. It was the first time a Democrat had been elected to the post since the district was established in 1962.
DECEMBER
January 1, 1999
State regulators ordered Douglas County to develop a plan for repairing the spillway at Lone Star Lake after inspections revealed the structure had eroded enough to create concern for public safety. County officials estimated the cost of fixing the spillway at $1 million. A construction worker was fatally injured after falling more than 15 feet from a scaffold to a concrete floor at Bracker Ceramics north of Lawrence.
IN HONOR OF COUNTRY GROUP
January 1, 1999
Mayor Marty Kennedy is ready to proclaim Monday through Friday as “BR5-49 Week” in Lawrence “in recognition of hometown talent becoming successful in the world of country music.”
PROGRAM ASSISTS PARENTS OF DISABLED
January 1, 1999
Increased contact with veteran parents of children with special needs leads to increased satisfaction among parents for whom such a child is a new challenge, researchers found.
PAUL F. MILLER
January 1, 1999
Services for Paul F. Miller, 76, Lawrence, are pending and will be announced by Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home. Mr. Miller died Friday, Jan. 1, 1999, at the Lawrence Memorial Hospital.
January 1, 1999
The lucky winner’s wife will soon have some new wheels. The Wilsons also are planning to pay some bills with the winnings and to save some for their daughters’ future college expenses.
BINGES AND BOOZING
January 1, 1999
A Michigan “contract” system may not be the answer, but something has to be done to lessen the growing impact of drinking by college students. How serious is the drinking problem among American college students?
LAW ENFORCEMENT REPORT POLICE REPORTS
January 1, 1999
* Lawrence police arrested Johnathan Lee West, 21, Grandview, Mo., Thursday on charges of possession of crack cocaine with intent to sell first offense, possession of marijuana with intent to sell first offense and not having a drug tax stamp. He also was wanted on seven warrants — three warrants for failure to appear, a warrant for possession of cocaine first offense, a warrant for possession of marijuana first offense, a warrant for possession of drug paraphernalia and an Shawnee County warrant. He was booked at 3:18 p.m. Thursday into Douglas County Jail. Bail had not been set Thursday night. * Lawrence police arrested Terrance Edward Connelly, 28, Lawrence, Thursday on a charge of aggravated battery. The charge stemmed a domestic dispute Wednesday. He was booked at 5:51 p.m. Thursday into the Douglas County Jail. Bail had not yet been set.
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January 1, 1999
The waterline that transports drinking water from Lawrence to Baldwin carries about 100 million gallons of water a year. The amount was reported incorrectly in Thursday’s Lawrence Journal-World.
MAILBOX VANDALS DUMP STOLEN ITEMS
January 1, 1999
A Lawrence man received a special delivery Thursday morning, but the U.S. Postal Service had nothing to do with it. The man, who lives in the 900 block of Chalk Hill Court, found six mailboxes, some of them dented, on his front lawn. Included in the jumble was his own mailbox, which was pried from its perch in front of his house sometime Wednesday night or early Thursday morning.
JUNE
January 1, 1999
June was an eventful month for Baldwin residents in particular. The city experienced the firing of a city clerk and the hiring of a city administrator.
LUMBER LOSS DELAYS GIFT OF HORSE STALLS
January 1, 1999
A family is looking for lumber that was going to build a Christmas present but fell off the truck on its way home.