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.
On Feb. 4, commercial interests made inroads into Kansas University. Commerce Bank of Lawrence and CyberMark of Tallahassee, Fla., agreed to provide all KU students and faculty and staff members with "smart cards." These computer-chipped cards replaced older, dumb IDs.
Lawrence police were led on a 45-minute car and foot chase Feb. 4 by Joshua Lange, 19, and Tyrone Alexander, 24, both of Lawrence. The men were being sought for the August 1997 robbery of Wood Oil Co., 920 N. Second.
City officials reported Feb. 9 that Lawrence residents and businesses recycled more than 37 million pounds of materials in 1997, a 45 percent increase over the previous year.
On Feb. 12, KU basketball coach Roy Williams said he no longer was recruiting JaRon Rush of Kansas City, Mo. Rush had verbally committed to KU in November 1997 but ended up enrolling at UCLA.
Eric Southard, an eighth-grader at Central Junior High, won the Douglas County Spelling Bee on Feb. 14 by correctly spelling "rigorous."
Proving that it's never too late for romance, Hazel Stanley, 76, and Edwin Stellmacher, 80, married Feb. 15 at Plymouth Congregational Church.
The city decided Feb. 17 to locate a new facility for skateboarders, inline skaters and roller hockey players in Centennial Park, Sixth Street and Rockledge Road.
Spring semester enrollment at KU was the highest since 1994. There were 23,848 students, an increase of 543 over spring 1997.
On Feb. 21, special education and city management programs at KU were ranked No. 1 in the nation among public and private universities.
Two Lawrence school board members, Austin Turney and James Hilliard, on Feb. 23 unveiled a $48 million long-range plan for constructing and renovating buildings.
On Feb. 26, Sunflower Outdoor and Bike Shop reopened one year after a fire destroyed the store at 802 Mass.