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READY TO TAKE CITY STAGE
March 3, 1999
From Signal Staff Reports “Nunsense,” Dan Goggin’s nationally acclaimed musical comedy featuring five habit-wearing singing and dancing local performers, will be presented the following two weekends by the Baldwin City Theatre.
IN 1899
March 3, 1999
On March 3, 1899, the Lawrence World headlined a story “The Wyness of the What” and began by noting: “There has been some complaint because the police do not arrest the demented, forlorn looking creature who has been seen in South Park several times.” The World explained that “The man is solely an object of pity, and in no sense subject to the humiliation of criminal proceedings” noting that in the early 1870s he and his recently married wife lived on Tennessee Street. After a time the wife tired of the marriage and began a flirtation with a man living on Kentucky Street. The wife fixed up a dummy and redressed it in her new lover’s clothes and when the husband was coming home she went out and began caressing the dummy. The husband seeing the scene walked away and had never come back until his recent appearance in South Park. The wife was divorced on the grounds of desertion and remarried but eventually “became a raving maniac.” The World concluded “The man came back and for two weeks now has been going around the streets and alleys like a hunted criminal. He flees when no man pursues, shrinks from contact with his fellows and in other ways, gives evidence of his ruined life. Dear reader, be you friend or foe, do you want the police to lock that man up?” — Courtesy Watkins Community Museum
MAKING TIME FOR DINNER AND MAKING IT EASIER TO PREPARE CAN GIVE FAMILIES TIME TOGETHER.
March 3, 1999
Making time for a family dinner can be a monstrous task. Somewhere between basketball practice, careers and school plays, there seems to be little time for cooking and cleaning. But dinners can be a great time for family members to catch up with one other.
(NO HEADLINE)
March 3, 1999
Following is a rundown of unofficial primary results in the area on Tuesday night; incumbent candidates denoted with an (I); candidates in bold made the cut from the primary to the general election on April 6: Baldwin:
HISTORY
March 3, 1999
Today’s front page flag is significant in many ways, but the one that leaps out at me is Volume 1, Issue 1. In all my years of publishing, that’s a first. It’s new territory; a historic start. It’s been terribly exciting to be involved with this project from the beginning, but gearing up for the stand-alone paper has been an unbelievable experience.
GIRLS FALL TO LOUISBURG, SETTLE FOR 2ND IN LEAGUE
March 3, 1999
In the end, it was turnovers and rebounding that did the Baldwin High School girls in. Louisburg took advantage for a 48-38 victory to claim the Frontier League title Friday night. It was the first time in four years that Baldwin didn’t claim the crown. But coach Mike Berg didn’t point to the Louisburg game as the reason why.
BAKER ENDS SEASON AT 20-WIN PLATEAU
March 3, 1999
Playoff action was up and down for the Baker University Wildcats last week, but when it was all over they had put together the fourth 20-win season in the school’s history. “From our standpoint, I was real pleased with the season,” coach Rick Weaver said. “We got 20 wins, which was only the fourth time since 1902 that’s happened.”
STATE
March 3, 1999
Three Baldwin High School juniors — Blake Glover, Andy Meinen and Taylor Reed — have been selected to participate in the American Legion Boys’ State program. This will mark the 62nd year for Boys’ State, which will be conducted June 6-12 at Kansas State University, Manhattan.
(NO HEADLINE)
March 3, 1999
From Signal Staff Reports The hardwoods and voting booths got somewhat of a workout Tuesday in Baldwin City.
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March 3, 1999
Reports of the demise of the Bedlam Series were greatly exaggerated. Though Oklahoma State had dominated its yearly “Bedlam” battles with archrival Oklahoma, the Sooners claimed their first-ever regular-season women’s basketball sweep this year.
LAW ENFORCEMENT REPORT POLICE REPORTS
March 3, 1999
* Police arrested a 28-year-old Lawrence man early Tuesday for peeping into the window of a 24-year-old Lawrence man. Police arrested the 28-year-old in the 1900 block of Alabama. A report said the incident occurred about 12:45 a.m. Tuesday in the 1100 block of West 20th. The man is scheduled to appear in court at 8:15 a.m. March 17. Sheriff’s reports
BAR FIGHT SETTLED BY CITY
March 3, 1999
Combatants in a neighborhood bar fight took their dispute outside before working out an agreement with Lawrence city commissioners as referees. Commissioners approved ordinances Tuesday night to set rules for operating two bars in the Oread neighborhood: Wagon Wheel Cafe, 407 W. 14th, and Jayhawk Cafe, 1340 Ohio.
DISTRICT CURRICULUM AUDIT TO BEGIN
March 3, 1999
The audit will help new Supt. Kathleen Williams get a better handle on the district’s curriculum, she says.
JOB
March 3, 1999
Baldwin City officials said the decision was based on a need to improve job performance at the city’s power generating station.
FARMERS HOPING FOR PRICE REBOUND
March 3, 1999
Despite poor grain prices in 1998, expect to see area farmers in the fields as usual this year, says Bill Woods Douglas County Extension agent for agriculture. “Most can’t afford to let that land sit idle,” Wood said. “For the most part, farmers are optimists. They normally believe that things will get better.”
BROOK CREEK LANDS 20 MPH SPEED LIMITS
March 3, 1999
Break out the brake lights. Speed limits for streets in the Brook Creek neighborhood are about to go from 30 mph to 20 mph, in response to residents’ concerns about unsafe drivers speeding though the residential area.
SEVENTH-, 8TH-GRADERS END YEAR WITH WINS
March 3, 1999
BJHS closes out basketball season with a pair of victories.
HATE-CRIME TARGET SAYS
March 3, 1999
The gravity of the vandalism didn’t strike him at first. Though he was upset, it wasn’t until a little later that a 20-year-old Kansas University fully digested that someone had burned a swastika onto the door of his Oliver Hall dormitory room.
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March 3, 1999
Effingham 60, Perry-Lecompton 52 Effingham — Perry-Lecompton finished the season with an 1-20 record after Tuesday night’s loss to Effingham.
KANSAS JOBLESS RATE UP IN JANUARY
March 3, 1999
Kansas’ unemployment rate rose seasonally in January, but still was well below what it was a year earlier, the Department of Human Resources reported Tuesday. The January jobless rate was 4.0 percent, up from 3.2 percent in December but still better than the January 1998 rate of 4.4 percent. In Lawrence, the area jobless rate was 4.2 percent in January, up from 3.2 percent in December but lower than the 4.7 percent rate of January 1998.
OVERTAXED
March 3, 1999
To the editor: Can someone help me? We are going to save Social Security by using our current taxes to pay back the money our politicians have been stealing from the Social Security Trust Fund. Obviously, we are being overtaxed, otherwise there would not be a surplus.
BHS WRESTLER FINISHES YEAR AT 30-3 LANG TAKES SILVER AT STATE
March 3, 1999
BHS’s Luke Lang couldn’t sustain a near pin-fall in the opening seconds of his title match.
GUILTY PLEA ENTERED IN CABLE-THEFT SCAM
March 3, 1999
A 29-year-old Lawrence resident who masterminded a cable theft scheme that bilked Sunflower Cablevision of at least $100,000 in lost services recently pleaded guilty to nine counts of intercepting communications services. U.S. Atty. Jackie Williams said Curtis James Hollis admitted charging a fee to install “Quick Board” pirate devices in nine Lawrence homes from May 1997 through January 1998.
(NO HEADLINE)
March 3, 1999
A management shuffle at Farmland Industries Inc. has put a Lawrence resident in charge of all the agribusiness giant’s operations. Bob Honse, who managed Farmland’s Lawrence fertilizer plant from 1976 to 1986, has been named executive vice president and chief operating officer of the Kansas City, Mo.-based cooperative. The move makes him second in command at Farmland.
(NO HEADLINE)
March 3, 1999
Former Kansas University men’s basketball coach Ted Owens has resigned as athletics director at St. Leo College, effective immediately. Owens, 69, had been AD at the NCAA Div. II school since November of 1995. He coached KU from 1964-1983.
POLICE SEEK MOTHER OF ABANDONED CHILDREN
March 3, 1999
Lawrence police are investigating an incident in which three children were left home by themselves overnight Monday and all day Tuesday. Police were called about 5 p.m. Tuesday to the 1400 block of East 21st, where a 3-year-old boy, a 4-year-old boy and 10-year-old girl had been left since Monday night.
SOCIETY DISCUSSES MEDIA SITE
March 3, 1999
From Signal Staff Reports The historic town of Media was remembered and pioneers of the Santa Fe Trail Historical Society were recognized at the society’s annual meeting earlier this month at First United Methodist Church.
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March 3, 1999
Here are some quick recipes that each take about 10 minutes to prepare and about 15 minutes cooking time. Cheesy Chicken & Broccoli Macaroni
RECREATION DIRECTOR REINSTATED
March 3, 1999
Ed Coan, director of the Baldwin City Recreation Commission, returned to work Monday following a one-month paid suspension. Coan said he was suspended while the commission’s board investigated his termination of a volunteer employee. Coan said Tuesday that he terminated the employee based on job performance, and also because the employee was arrested by the Douglas County Sheriff’s Department on charges alleging involvement with child molestation.
BALDWIN REC DIRECTOR REINSTATED
March 3, 1999
From J-W Bureau Reports The director of the Baldwin City Recreation Commission returned to work Monday following a one-month paid suspension.
RESIDENTS TO STEP FORWARD TO JOIN RELAY FOR LIFE EVENT
March 3, 1999
From Signal Staff Reports Early registrations are encouraged for Baldwin City’s Relay for Life and the Team Captain meeting will be at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday in the Harter Union Conference Room.
CITY REPAVING PROJECTS GET GREEN LIGHT
March 3, 1999
Repaving projects start next month on 18 Lawrence streets.
ARTS CENTER RULING DRAWS MIXED REACTION
March 3, 1999
The state’s top preservationist opposes the proposed $6.6 million expansion of the Lawrence Arts Center, and reaction to the ruling Tuesday was mixed.
SCIENCE FAIR STIRS CREATIVITY
March 3, 1999
Wakarusa Valley students explore science at the school’s annual fair.
S FIRST ROUND OF THE BIG 12 TOURNAMENT, 70-56.
March 3, 1999
Kansas University women’s basketball coach Marian Washington had a front-row seat as Oklahoma State set a Big 12 tournament shooting record on Tuesday night. The 11th-seeded Cowgirls hit a scorching 76.2 percent of their second-half field goal attempts in pounding No. 5 Oklahoma, 70-56, in a first-round tournament game at Municipal Auditorium.
SIGNAL OAK STANDS PROUD IN BALDWIN CITY HISTORY
March 3, 1999
The tree provided more than shade to residents as the community sprouted out of the Kansas prairie.
WALBRIDGE WITHDRAWS FROM RACE
March 3, 1999
Citing added job responsibilities, Gary Walbridge has withdrawn from the race for Baldwin City Council, narrowing the field to four candidates for three positions open on the council. Walbridge, a supervisor at FMC Corp., Lawrence, said the company eliminated about 20 positions and distributed the work to other employees.
ZILIBY J. HENDRICKSON
March 3, 1999
Services for Ziliby J. Hendrickson, 85, DeSoto, will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday at Cedar Crest Memorial Chapel, DeSoto. Burial will be in DeSoto Cemetery. Mrs. Hendrickson died Tuesday, March 2, 1999, at Brandon Woods Nursing Home, Lawrence.
PUBLIC FORUM SESSIONS
March 3, 1999
Members of the public who wish to talk to a curriculum auditor may sign up for a time slot on Monday and Tuesday. The meetings will be held at Southwest Junior High. All participants must sign up for an appointment in advance by calling Becky May at 832-5000, ext. 144.
NO COMPARISON
March 3, 1999
To the editor: Spending seven nights in the Arlington, Va., hospital and then, after a four-day hiatus, spending seven more nights in the Lawrence Memorial Hospital afforded me a unique opportunity to make a comparison. From emergency room to my release at LMH, the services and facilities (22 by my count) were far superior in many instances and were at least equal in all instances to those in the approximately twice-as-large Virginia hospital.
SOUND OFF
March 3, 1999
Regarding the Big 12 Conference men’s basketball tournament this week at Kemper Arena: Can you buy individual tickets to different sessions and not every game? Single-game tickets and single-session tickets are not available. Tickets are on sale only for all six sessions — two on Thursday, two on Friday, one on Saturday and one on Sunday.
S KEYON DOOLING FOR THE ASSOCIATED PRESS BIG 12 FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR AWARD IN BALLOTING ANNOUNCED TUESDAY.
March 3, 1999
Jeff Boschee, the winner, and Keyon Dooling, the runnerup for Big 12 men’s basketball freshman of the year honors, figure to have many memorable battles during their college careers. “He can do unbelievable things with the ball,” Boschee, Kansas’ point guard, said Tuesday after edging Missouri’s Dooling in balloting released Tuesday. Boschee collected 14 votes from a panel of media members to Dooling’s 10.
CITY PRIMARY RESULTS
March 3, 1999
The top six finishers in Tuesday’s primary won spots on the ballot for the April 6 general election, at which time three candidates will be elected to the Lawrence City Commission: 1. Brenda McFadden, 2,904
BALDWIN ATHLETES OFFRUNNING
March 3, 1999
Coming hand in hand with the arrival of the warm weather this week, spring sports began at Baldwin High School. Golf, boys tennis and track all started practices this week. Each team returns after impressive seasons, and team members are optimistic for continued success.
COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT AND SERVICE KEY FOR CARE CENTER, ADMINISTRATOR SAYS
March 3, 1999
Baldwin Care Center News Community involvement and service is important to any business. Being a health-care facility, our involvement is even more vital, according to David Mercier, Baldwin Care Center administrator.
S 51-32 VICTORY OVER BONNER SPRINGS.
March 3, 1999
The only thing as simple as Eudora’s sub-state game Tuesday is its season motto — WIN. Actually, the acronym stands for “What’s Important Now,” and at this juncture it’s the Class 4A girls’ sub-state basketball tournament. The Cardinals won their first-round game, 51-32, over Bonner Springs in the EHS gym.
JOAN A. GENTRY
March 3, 1999
Services for Joan A. Gentry, 72, Topeka, are pending and will be announced by Davidson Funeral Home, Topeka. Burial will be at Memorial Park Cemetery, Oklahoma City. Ms. Gentry died Tuesday, March 2, 1999, at a Topeka nursing home.
PORNOGRAPHER TURNS CAMERA-SHY
March 3, 1999
A child pornographer admits touching and photographing a 5-year-old girl but says he didn’t do so for his own arousal or sexual gratification.
MORE INFORMATION ON SHOOTING NEEDED
March 3, 1999
Lawrence Police Department detectives plan to continue their interviews with Kansas University football player Michael Chandler, who was shot early Saturday in the groin. Police have not released a motive for the shooting, nor have they made any arrests.
REPORTER GETTING ACQUAINTED WITH PEOPLE, PLACES OF TOWN
March 3, 1999
Wow — a short word that appropriately describes my time here so far. In less than two weeks, I have dived head first into the community, right into the midst of the school board, city council, candidates to both groups, and other intriguing features of this small, but growing (as I have heard so many times) town.
(NO HEADLINE)
March 3, 1999
Ten players scored as defending state champion Santa Fe Trail defeated Spring Hill, 49-22, in a Class 4A sub-state girls contest in the Chargers’ gym. Trudy Carter scored 10 points for SFT (19-2). The Broncos fell to 3-18.
RESIDENCY
March 3, 1999
The city clerk will carry an “acting” title until a change is made in city code regarding residency.
BODY FAT DISTRIBUTION SAYS A LOT ABOUT LONG-TERM HEALTH
March 3, 1999
Does location of body fat make a difference in relation to your risk for chronic diseases? Research suggests that the location of body fat is an important factor in health risks for adults. Excess fat in the abdomen (stomach area) is a greater health risk than excess fat in the hips and thighs. Extra fat in the abdomen is linked to high blood pressure, diabetes, early heart disease and certain types of cancer.
TAX DECISION RAISES SKYBOX CONTROVERSY
March 3, 1999
A tax dispute about contracts for skyboxes at college football stadiums surfaces just as KU attempts to market 36 luxury suites.
AFTER-PROM PARTY MEETING SET TUESDAY
March 3, 1999
An organizational meeting of parents of junior and senior high school students or other interested individuals will be at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Baldwin High School lunch room. Plans are being made for the ninth annual after-prom party for BHS students on May 1. The purpose of the party is to provide alternative activities to discourage the use of illegal drugs and alcohol.
FIRST-TIME CANDIDATES FOR LAWRENCE CITY COMMISSION SPENT THEIR TUESDAY NIGHT WONDERING IF THE PUBLIC WOULD VALIDATE THEIR MONTHS OF WORK.
March 3, 1999
Shaky hands. Calm nerves. Muted frustration. Unexpected support. Welcome to election day for the candidates, who agreed to put their names, reputations and egos up for ultimate judgment by their fellow Lawrence residents.
SOUND OFF
March 3, 1999
My dad loved to talk about Wilt Chamberlain scoring 100 points in an NBA game. Could you refresh my memory about Wilt’s achievement? Chamberlain, who played collegiately for the Kansas Jayhawks, joined with his Philadelphia Warriors for the historic game in 1962 against the New York Knicks in Hershey, Pa. He scored the 100th point with 46 seconds remaining in the game. His scoring by quarter: 23, 18, 28, 31. By the way, the Warriors were victorious — 169-147.
BULLDOGS WIN, ADVANCE IN SUBSTATE BHS BOYS NOT DONE YET
March 3, 1999
A rematch with Louisburg is likely as the Baldwin boys advance in substate tournament play.
JUNIOR CRYSTAL TUTSCHULTE SCORED 22 POINTS TO BOOST BALDWIN TO A SUB-STATE VICTORY OVER OTTAWA.
March 3, 1999
Things really do even out in sports. Sometimes. Case in point: Baldwin’s 49-43 triumph over Ottawa in a Class 4A girls sub-state basketball game on Tuesday night.
CANDIDATES OUTLINE ELECTION ISSUES
March 3, 1999
The general election is April 6, and candidate shared their platforms at a forum last week.
NEW DRAINAGE PROJECTS TO SOAK UP SAVINGS
March 3, 1999
The $900,000 left over from two previous drainage-improvement projects — one to reduce flooding in the area of Second and Michigan streets and another along Carolina Street south of 21st Street — will be reallocated for use on six other projects, Lawrence city commissioners decided. They are: * Ninth Street, from Vermont to New Hampshire streets;
LMH BALL NETS MORE THAN $70,000
March 3, 1999
A black-tie fund-raiser for a planned renovation of a radiology room at Lawrence Memorial Hospital raised more than double the initial goal. After tabulating funds on Tuesday, organizers of the Hearts of Gold Ball announced that the event raised between $70,000 and $75,000, more than double the goal of $35,000.
S 54-44 VICTORY OVER VALLEY FALLS.
March 3, 1999
Valley Falls’ game plan was working fine until Oskaloosa’s George Guerra shot a 27-point hole right through the middle of it. The Dragons focused their defensive effort on stopping Jon Raney, who averages a team-high 18 points.
BIRTHS
March 3, 1999
Bill and Dani Housworth, Lawrence, a boy, Saturday. Darren and Janet Moore, Lawrence, a boy, Monday.
BIRTH
March 3, 1999
Frank Reeb and Renee Williams-Reeb, Lawrence, a girl, Tuesday.
NEWSPAPER GETS ITS OWN IDENTITY: THE SIGNAL
March 3, 1999
Baldwin City once again has a newspaper that the community can call its own.
WILLIAM W. SCOTT
March 3, 1999
Services for William W. Scott, 63, Baldwin, will be held at 1 p.m. Friday at Lighthouse Baptist Temple, Baldwin. Burial will follow in Oakwood Cemetery, Baldwin. Mr. Scott died Monday, March 1, 1999, at his home.
LMH BALL NETS MORE THAN $70,000
March 3, 1999
A black-tie fund-raiser for a planned renovation of a radiology room at Lawrence Memorial Hospital raised more than double the initial goal. After tabulating funds on Tuesday, organizers of the Hearts of Gold Ball announced that the event raised between $70,000 and $75,000, more than double the goal of $35,000.
S RECENT RAPID GROWTH APPEARS LIKELY TO DECLINE IN COMING MONTHS.
March 3, 1999
Rising stock prices and an increase in orders at the nation’s factories carried a key gauge of future economic activity higher in January, signaling that the U.S. economy will continue to thrive through at least the middle of this year. But while the gain in the Index of Leading Economic Indicators and a separate government report of robust home sales showed that the economy remains very healthy, some analysts warned that its rate of growth may slow in the coming months.
S PRIDE TO MEET TODAY
March 3, 1999
The Lawrence High School booster group Lion’s Pride will hold a meeting at 6 p.m. today in the Lawrence High School cafeteria. Any parents of LHS students, future students or interested community members may attend.
BAKER ROOMMATES SHARE PASSION FOR SAVING LIVES
March 3, 1999
The students are gaining valuable experiences as they prepare for careers as emergency medical technicians.
WRIGHT CONTINUES FREE-THROW MAGIC
March 3, 1999
Baldwin’s Jeremy Wright continues to advance in the Knights of Columbus free-throw shooting competition. Wright won the local event, advanced to Osawatomie for district and won there, then went to regionals at Chanute. At regionals he wound up in a three-way tie by hitting 20 of 25 free throws. He hit five of five in a shoot-off to advance. The next stop for Wright will be state competition in Salina.
GROWTH
March 3, 1999
Lawrence city commissioners could decide by month’s end whether to go ahead with plans to expand the Lawrence Arts Center, 200 W. Ninth.
SISTERS FIRMLY ROOTED IN CITY
March 3, 1999
Three sisters have made their home in Baldwin City; they have added to education, art and the population.
CAN YOU TRUST HIM?
March 3, 1999
It’s a terrible question to have to ask about the president of the United States. “Can you believe or trust the president?”
MCFADDEN LEADS CITY RACE
March 3, 1999
With sparse voter turnout, Tuesday’s primary for Lawrence City Commission left a tight race heading toward the April 6 general election.
(NO HEADLINE)
March 3, 1999
How old is the barbed wire building where the Lawrence Memorial Hospital Endowment Assn. dance was held on Saturday? The Consolidated Barb Wire Co. Drawing Mill, between the Bowersock Mills & Power Co. and the Lawrence Riverfront Plaza Factory Outlets, was built in 1892. In its first year of operation, the company made more than 150 tons of barbed wire, to meet demands for a market stretching past the Rocky Mountains. Retired district judge Mike Elwell is renovating the building, and plans to open a retail plaza there.
SUGGESTIONS BOX
March 3, 1999
The state’s top preservationists offered four “recommendations” for making the planned expansion of the Lawrence Arts Center accommodate its historic location: 1. Construct the addition to the north and retain the residential scale buildings to the west and existing alley route.
VIRGINIA GATCH MARKHAM
March 3, 1999
Services for Virginia Gatch Markham, 100, Topeka, will be held at 2:30 p.m. Friday at Beeks Chapel in First United Methodist Church, Baldwin City. Private inurnment will be held at Oakwood Cemetery. Ms. Markham died Saturday, Feb. 27, 1999, at the United Methodist Home in Topeka.