Archive for Friday, January 1, 1999


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.

Jefferson County sheriff's officers and the Kansas Bureau of Investigation with a bomb sniffing dog searched McLouth schools Dec. 1, after a threatening note found in a wastebasket prompted school officials to evacuate classrooms. No bomb was found.

Gasoline prices continued to drop. AAA Kansas reported the state average price per gallon was 96 cents. But at some Lawrence gas stations the fuel dipped as low as 77 cents a gallon.

Thousands of spectators flocked to downtown Lawrence to watch the Eldridge Hotel Old Fashioned Christmas Parade, which featured almost 100 horse-drawn wagons, surreys and other antique conveyances

Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home reported brisk business for its new crematory, the only one in Lawrence.

A worker was hurt when caught in a paper-baling machine at the Hallmark Cards plant.

Sale of the Lawrence Riverfront Plaza Factory Outlets mall was announced. Riverfront LLC gave an undisclosed sum for the three-level retail center.

The U.S. House of Representatives delivered two articles of impeachment against President Bill Clinton, but most Lawrence residents showed little interest in the televised proceedings. Tubes in most public gathering spots such as bars and waiting rooms were tuned elsewhere.

Former Kansas Sen. Bob Dole cautioned against impeaching the president, but the four Kansas congressmen, Republicans all, were among those voting to impeach.

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