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Olathe North defeats Free State girls, 42-34
January 15, 1999
Olathe North tripped Free State High’s girls basketball team, 42-34, on Thursday night at the Eagles’ gym. Free State cut into a 15-point halftime deficit, but came up short in falling to 3-5 overall.
CLASS: SENIOR SPORT: BOYS BASKETBALL
January 15, 1999
The week: Kin Vinson scored a career-high 30 points, including 11 in the first quarter, on 10-for-22 shooting from the field and 7-for-8 effort from the free-throw line in a 67-61 loss to Kansas City Wyandotte. Vinson has led the Lions in scoring in seven of eight games. Comment: “With the help of our team’s defensive pressure, Kin was able to score the first seven points of the ball game and we were able to put together a good first half,” LHS coach Mark Vancuren said. “It was unfortunate we were unable to nail down the win.”
(NO HEADLINE)
January 15, 1999
Why aren’t the so-called “smart lights” working at 23rd and Naismith? They haven’t been working for about a month. “A portion of this intersection is currently being reconstructed by private contract through the Kansas Department of Transportation,” said David Woosley, the city’s traffic engineer. “The project is not yet complete; it is anticipated that construction will not be finalized until early spring, depending upon the weather.”
(NO HEADLINE)
January 15, 1999
Olathe North tripped Free State High’s girls basketball team, 42-34, on Thursday night at the Eagles’ gym. Free State cut into a 15-point halftime deficit, but came up short in falling to 3-5 overall.
REGENTS PRESS CASE FOR FACULTY PAY HIKE
January 15, 1999
Members of the Kansas Board of Regents haven’t thrown in the towel on their plan to secure a 7.6 percent raise for state university faculty.
TRAFFIC LIGHTS LOCKED UP FOR 45 MINUTES
January 15, 1999
Lawrence police officers directed traffic for almost an hour Thursday afternoon at Sixth and Vermont and Sixth and Massachusetts. Police said that the traffic lights locked up around 4:54 p.m. as if a train were crossing on the railroad spur to the Journal-World, though there was no incoming train. After 45 minutes, before maintenance crews could arrive to fix the problem, the lights began operating again.
TRANSPORTATION KEY
January 15, 1999
To the editor: The recent proposal (J-W, 1/7/99) to spend $18 million on one block of New Hampshire Street provides a good occasion for reflecting on the past and future of downtown Lawrence.
WEATHER PUTTING RINK ON THIN ICE
January 15, 1999
For what it’s worth, the city’s newest outdoor ice-skating rink is finally solid enough to support human use. Now, if Mother Nature would just do her part …
DOCTOR PERSEVERES VS. GUNMAN, KEEPS PURSE
January 15, 1999
An Oklahoma woman caught up in an armed robbery attempt in Lawrence had been in a similar situation more than 20 years ago.
PROGRAM TAKES AIM AT LIFE STRUGGLES
January 15, 1999
PeaceWays program gives people a chance to learn about themselves in small, Christian groups.
SOUND OFF
January 15, 1999
Did Lou Gehrig ever appear in a western? Yes, he did — “Rawhide” from 1938. Although it’s a western, Gehrig played a fictionalized version of himself in the movie. A plot summary on the Internet Movie Database indicates that he played one of several ranch owners threatened by a gang of bandits.
LHS STUDENTS END SEMESTER BY HAVING LITERARY BREAKFAST
January 15, 1999
Edgar Allen Poe sat down to breakfast with a Lawrence High School sophomore English class. Robert Burns and e. e. cummings and a host of other well-known authors joined in. Sophomores in the advanced class celebrated the end of the semester by holding a literary breakfast on Thursday, complete with doughnuts, conversation and special guests.
HARRISON SERVICES
January 15, 1999
Memorial services for Pauline Gill Harrison, 86, Lawrence, will be at 3 p.m. Saturday at Plymouth Congregational Church. Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Oak Hill Cemetery. Mrs. Harrison died Tuesday, Jan. 12, 1999, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.
SADDAM PLOY
January 15, 1999
To the editor: Defiance is Saddam’s apparent strategy, as he goads the US, British, and French forces into action in the “no fly” zones. But his violations into those zones are a decoy, a distraction. Every day he learns more about our weaknesses. He plays us for a fool as he studies our probable reaction and ineffective response to his artless war games.
SETS SIGHTS ON SCHOOL BOARD
January 15, 1999
Sue Morgan wants to put the school board’s focus on curriculum issues if elected this spring.
GRATEFUL PARENT
January 15, 1999
To the editor: Chris Koger wrote an article about my daughter and the search for an unknown dog that bit her on New Year’s Day. Thanks to his help (great writing — accurate and informative) the dog was found, and after the observation period, we were able to stop any further rabies shots. That article generated eight calls; two led to identifying the dog.
BUFFS OF A FEATHER COUNT TOGETHER
January 15, 1999
The Federal Highway Administration hopes to soon figure out what it’s going to take to complete a supplemental environmental impact statement (SEIS) for the eastern leg of the South Lawrence Trafficway. And it has agreed to be the lead agency for the project.
HADL NOTFINALIST
January 15, 1999
John Hadl was not among the 15 finalists announced Thursday for the Pro Football Hall of Fame because he was not among the 76 nominees. Hadl, a former Kansas University All-American who played 17 years of pro football, can only be nominated by the seniors committee because his pro career ended in 1977.
KUMC TO OPEN NEW BURN UNIT
January 15, 1999
The Kansas University Medical Center burn unit is getting bigger quarters. The grand opening of the KUMC Burnett Burn Center will be Thursday, and will include the unveiling of a stainless steel sculpture, “Full Length,” by Arkansas City artist Gary Kahle, who was treated for severe burns at the center in 1977, and a parade of fire engines around the KUMC campus. The dedication will begin at 5:30 p.m., with a ribbon-cutting ceremony including Kansas first lady Linda Graves, KU Hospital President Irene Cumming and Dr. Anne Cramer, the burn center director.
CHURCHES UNITE FOR KING EVENTS
January 15, 1999
Events are planned Saturday, Sunday and Monday for the local Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration.
RESTAURANT EMPLOYEES ROBBED AT GUNPOINT
January 15, 1999
Lawrence police were investigating an alleged armed robbery Thursday night on the city’s northwest side. Two employees, a man and a woman, at Taco Grande, 534 Frontier, reported to police that a man armed with a gun came into the restaurant around 9:30 p.m. and demanded money.
A HERO TO ADMIRE
January 15, 1999
The Michael Jordan farewell was not overkill but an example of the kind of citizenship many would do well to copy. Almost certainly, many Americans were wondering why in the world a news conference with national coverage should be set up for the retirement announcement of an athlete, even one as superlative as basketball superstar Michael Jordan. With so many events of far more importance to the nation and the world, why should so much attention be focused on an ultra-rich man simply because he is leaving a field from which he personally benefitted so much. Isn’t this a bit much?
LAW ENFORCEMENT REPORT
January 15, 1999
Burglaries and thefts reported * A suspect who stole a check from a Jefferson County resident forged a check on the account on Aug. 12 at O’Reilly Auto Parts, 906 N. Second. The check was for $1,086.
(NO HEADLINE)
January 15, 1999
Is it true that a pit bull recently attacked a child in the 600 block of Illinois and the dog was not confiscated by the city. If so, why was the dog not confiscated by the city? Police were called at 1:56 p.m. Jan. 6 to investigate the attack, but found no child or witnesses to corroborate the report. Since then, no one has contacted police to file a written report on the incident, said Sgt. George Wheeler.
CLASS: SENIOR SPORT: BOYS BASKETBALL
January 15, 1999
The week: In the Firebirds’ only game during the past week, Demby scored a game-high 23 points in Free State’s 73-58 win over Lawrence High on Friday night. The senior point guard was 8-of-11 shooting from the floor — including 5-of-7 three-point shooting — and 2-of-2 from the free throw line. Comment: “He’s a great shooter,” FSHS coach Jack Schreiner said, “and against a team like (Lawrence High) that plays off you and allows you to do some things, he can take advantage. How can you not be excited about a kid who scores 23 points?”
SUSPECT IN STRUGGLE REMAINS HOSPITALIZED
January 15, 1999
A Lawrence man remained in fair condition Thursday at a Topeka hospital, recuperating from a gunshot wound to the chest he received during a struggle with a Topeka police officer. Markham B. Austin, 39, was taken to Stormont-Vail Regional Health Center after the Wednesday morning incident. Lt. Patti Kaeberle of the Topeka police said Austin was arrested on charges of battery on a law enforcement officer and auto theft.
S TRAILER TOWED
January 15, 1999
David McKinzey, a candidate for Lawrence City Commission, is no longer living at 430 Maple, now that city officials ordered his trailer towed away.
POLICE REPORTS
January 15, 1999
* Police confiscated a $10 counterfeit bill that was given to the Kansas Turnpike Authority between midnight Sunday and 4 p.m. Monday at a West Lawrence Interchange toll booth, police reported Thursday.
BUFFS OF A FEATHER COUNT TOGETHER
January 15, 1999
Area residents are seeing, and counting, a variety of species — from cardinals to woodpeckers — while participating in an annual bird count.
BEATING
January 15, 1999
A preliminary hearing for a man charged in the alleged beating of a 15-month-old boy has been scheduled for next week.
OTTAWA ATTACKER CONVICTED
January 15, 1999
A Lyon County man has been convicted of rape, aggravated kidnapping and battery in an attack that paralyzed an Ottawa woman.
(NO HEADLINE)
January 15, 1999
If you expect an Oskaloosa boys basketball player to consistently score in the 20s, forget it. The Bears (5-2 overall, 2-1 in the Delaware Valley League) have too much balance to allow someone to break loose.
S NATIONAL JUNIOR COLLEGE FOOTBALL CHAMPIONSHIP, HAS COMMITTED TO KANSAS UNIVERSITY.
January 15, 1999
A multidimensional Floridian from national junior college football champion Butler County Community College plans to make his next home at Kansas University. Carl Nesmith, a 6-foot-3, 215-pound wide receiver-kick returner, has given the Jayhawks a nonbinding verbal commitment.
MENTAL HEALTH COVERAGE ADVANCES
January 15, 1999
Brenda McFadden entered the race for Lawrence City Commission, ensuring that a primary election will be conducted March 2.
KU SOPHOMORE KENNY GREGORY IS HOPING TO BUST OUT OF A THREE-GAME SCORING SLUMP SATURDAY AGAINST UMASS. TIPOFF IS 12:05 P.M. AT MULLINS CENTER IN AMHERSTMASS.
January 15, 1999
Kenny Gregory hasn’t been flashing his contagious, toothy smile much these days. Gregory, Kansas University’s sophomore guard/forward from Columbus, Ohio, is mired in what he calls “a little slump.”
LHS girls can’t overcome 28 turnovers
January 15, 1999
Leading scorer Somer Easterwood sprained her left ankle, the team turned the ball over 28 times and the players had just completed finals. Together, that was too much for Lawrence High, as the Lions fell, 40-35, to Shawnee Mission North on Thursday night in Sunflower League girls basketball at the LHS gym.
T OVERCOME 28 TURNOVERS AS ITS GIRLS BASKETBALL RECORD DIPPED TO 4-5 OVERALL, 3-2 IN THE SUNFLOWER LEAGUE.
January 15, 1999
Leading scorer Somer Easterwood sprained her left ankle, the team turned the ball over 28 times and the players had just completed finals. Together, that was too much for Lawrence High, as the Lions fell, 40-35, to Shawnee Mission North on Thursday night in Sunflower League girls basketball at the LHS gym.
SCHOOL DISTRICT LOSING VETERAN OFFICIAL
January 15, 1999
Craig Fiegel is leaving the Lawrence district after nine years.
IN 1899
January 15, 1999
On Jan. 15, 1899, the Lawrence World reported the view of a local businessman, George Innes, on the importance of good roads. The World stated: “Mr. Innes presented a thought that may be new to many. It is this, that while taxes are high in comparison with the loss to business that on account of poor roads they are as nothing. The embargo of business that is put on by a few days of bad weather cost merchants more than his percent of taxes enough to pave all of the roads. What effects the merchants and business effects the entire city.” — Courtesy Watkins Community Museum
FREE STATE TO MEET T-WEST IN TOURNEY
January 15, 1999
Free State (4-4) will play host Topeka West (3-4) next Thursday in the first round of the Topeka Invitational boys basketball tournament. Tipoff is 6:30 p.m. in West’s gym. The Free State-West winner will play the Highland Park-Tulsa Will Rogers winner at 8 p.m. Friday. The Free State-West loser will play the Highland Park-Will Rogers loser at 5 p.m. Friday.
MENTAL HEALTH COVERAGE ADVANCES
January 15, 1999
Mental-health advocates say an insurance change for state employees this month marks a milestone with ramifications for all Kansans.
PEOPLES UNVEILS BANK INNOVATION FOR SOUTHEAST SITE
January 15, 1999
The bank will open the city’s first convenience store branch in southeast Lawrence by May 1.
REGENTS OK $44 MILLION FOR CONSTRUCTION AT KU
January 15, 1999
The Kansas Board of Regents on Thursday encouraged KU to proceed with millions of dollars in campus construction projects.
DOG RETURNS HOME
January 15, 1999
The tale of the mystery dog has come to an end, and Tara Laird is thankful she doesn’t have to continue rabies vaccinations.
RECYCLED COMPUTERS
January 15, 1999
To the editor: I read with interest the AP article (“Old computers can be tapped for new life”) you ran Jan. 6 about Wichita schools and churches accepting donations of used computers. I wanted to remind Lawrence-area residents that Independence, Inc. Computer Learning Center also accepts donations of used computers.
DISMISSALS
January 15, 1999
Jennifer Campbell and baby girl, Lawrence. Births
STAFF MEETINGS, MAGAZINE SALES AMONG SJHS EVENTS
January 15, 1999
The following events were reported by the staff at South Junior High. *