Archive for Wednesday, January 20, 1999


January 20, 1999


"Oil Memorabilia" will be presented at 2 p.m. today at the Watkins Community Museum of History, 1047 Mass. The program will be given by Bert Hitchcock and Harold Jehle.

Curry Foundation

pledges $50,000 to KU

A former prominent Kansas City attorney helped develop a $50,000 donation for a foreign language computer teaching classroom at Kansas University.

Charles and Charlotte Curry of Salem, S.C., and Key Largo, Fla., made a $10,000 gift to the KU Endowment Association for establishment of a fund in honor of Frank Bangs, one of Mr. Curry's former fraternity brothers.

The Curry Foundation -- Mr. Curry serves as chairman, while Mrs. Curry serves as president -- pledged $40,000 for the language laboratory.

Charles Curry graduated from KU in 1940 and spent much of his career in banking. He was treasurer of the Democratic National Committee in the 1980s.

Mercury spill

prompts response

A hazardous materials team with the Lawrence-Douglas County Fire & Medical was called to a doctor's office Tuesday morning after a nurse dropped a thermometer.

The minor mercury spill at Robert Carnahan's office at 10:47 a.m. at the Lawrence Medical Plaza, 1112 W. Sixth, happened when a nurse was shaking a thermometer for a patient, said office manager Jo Dena Burgen. Although the spill was minor, Burgen said, regulations call for the mercury to be disposed of properly.

Burgen said a few members of the hazardous materials team responded to the call, scooped the mercury into a container, placed it into a bag and threw it away.

The spill didn't disrupt business at the doctor's office.

Baldwin mayor outlines

state of the city

In the first address of its kind for Baldwin, the mayor on Tuesday night gave a "state of the city" address at the city council meeting.

"We have survived a very turbulent year, with half of the year without a city administrator and nearly that long without a city clerk," said Baldwin Mayor Stan Krysztof.

Krysztof said that while the city is still recovering from the embezzlement of city funds by its former clerk, several projects have been planned for the upcoming year.

Those include: economic development studies, a utility capacity plan and a new water source.

The city also may look into providing cable television, Internet service and long-distance telephone service, the mayor said.

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