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1998-99 Free State basketball wrap-up
March 9, 1999
Free State High’s boys basketball team had hoped to improve on its 6-15 record of a year ago. While the Firebirds did fare better, finishing 7-14 in their second season, the campaign might have been disappointing to some Free State followers.
(NO HEADLINE)
March 9, 1999
On March 9, 1899, the headline read “We Should Welcome” in the Lawrence World and the accompanying story told: “The colored soldiers are due at Leavenworth today. They will shortly be mustered out and return home. What is Lawrence going to do about it? These boys went to the front when they were needed and on their return we should show them befitting honor. It is time something was done. They should be given a reception and welcome. Lawrence is proud of them and this pride should take a substantial form. We should say to the boys that we honor them and glory in their patriotism; we should say to the outside world that our colored soldiers have won honor for the town. Although not in any battle, they went down where disease and death flourish and they did their duty. They went where they were told to go.”
ANNETTA M. WRIGHT
March 9, 1999
Services for Annetta M. Wright, 77, Eudora, will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday at Eudora United Methodist Church. Burial will be in Eudora Cemetery. Mrs. Wright died Sunday, March 7, 1999, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.
TRACKINGCARCINOGEN
March 9, 1999
To make additives for everyday products such as soft drinks, meats, baking mixes and motor oils, FMC Corp. ends up with about 9 tons of arsenic a year. And those dangerous byproducts have to go somewhere. Currently, the plant ships the wastes — included in 300 tons of arsenic sulfide — for disposal in a certified hazardous waste landfill.
(NO HEADLINE)
March 9, 1999
City high school swimmers have been packing the pool at Knox Natatorium the past two weeks in preparation for today’s season-opener. A whopping 43 girls — 26 from Free State and 17 from Lawrence High — are out for swimming and diving. That’s the most swimmers coach Pat Grzenda has had since five years ago when 43 girls were on the LHS roster.
LONE STAR LAKE TO GET DESIGN WORK
March 9, 1999
The Douglas County Commission Monday approved an agreement with George Butler Associates to do the engineering work on the Lone Star Lake spillway. The firm did a full plan and design for the spillway in 1990, but the county never acted on the plan.
COUNTY PRIMED FOR FUEL BIDS
March 9, 1999
Douglas County Commission Chairman Dean Nieder is tired of gambling with the money the county spends on fuel for its vehicles. The last time it rolled the dice, the county lost, he said.
RODEO ARENA TENANTS TO RIDE ONWHEELS
March 9, 1999
The Douglas County 4-H Fairgrounds rodeo arena will play host to kart races this summer.
TO THE EDITOR:
March 9, 1999
Although I have enjoyed many programs, exhibits, and classes at the Lawrence Arts Center, I have always found the building extremely inconvenient. There are too many stairs and too few restrooms for the patrons, many of whom are very small children or senior citizens. The lighting in the basement rooms is also poor and the parking is inadequate. The proposed renovation would remedy some of these problems but parking would be more limited than it is now. I would like to propose that the Arts Center be relocated in the River Front Mall. The land there belongs to the city of Lawrence as does the extensive parking. The building itself has elevators, ground-level entrances, and excellent restrooms. It also has a lovely view of the river which should remain available to the public. Currently, some arts and drama organizations have the use of that facility. If a generous family provided space for the Arts Center perhaps it could be renamed in their honor.
VIEW
March 9, 1999
If he joins the race for the presidency, Vice President Al Gore will have to state his opinions concerning President Clinton’s personal behavior. One of these days, Vice President Al Gore is going to have to tell the American public what he thinks about Bill Clinton’s behavior in the White House and his many lies to the public, his own family, members of Congress, cabinet members and, presumably, the vice president.
HELEN L. BERG
March 9, 1999
Services for Helen L. Berg, 71, Chanute, will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at First Christian Church. Burial will be in Memorial Park Cemetery. Mrs. Berg died Sunday, March 7, 1999, at Neosho Memorial Regional Medical Center.
KU RADIO PERSONALITY HOSPITALIZED
March 9, 1999
Saturday’s performance of “The Imagination Workshop” has been postponed following the hospitalization of a co-producer and KANU disc jockey.
SOUND OFF
March 9, 1999
A child is in joint custody with the father having residential custody. The child gets sick. Who should take care of the child: the father’s girlfriend, or the mother? That depends on the individual case, said Sylvia Hallowell, a social work supervisor at the Kansas Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services in Lawrence.
LAST EGGS AND ISSUES FORUM SCHEDULED
March 9, 1999
The second Eggs and Issues forum will be held from 8 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. Saturday at the Lawrence Holidome, 200 McDonald Dr. State Sens. Sandy Praeger, R-Lawrence, Anthony Hensley, D-Topeka, and state Reps. Barbara Ballard, D-Lawrence, Tom Sloan, R-Lawrence, Troy Findley, D-Lawrence, and Ralph Tanner, R-Baldwin, are set to attend.
INJURED PROFESSOR BACK HOME
March 9, 1999
An 89-year-old professor emeritus who was stranded overnight in a Kansas University nature preserve north of Lawrence has been released from an area hospital and is recovering, his wife said. “He’s able to get around OK,” said Virginia Fitch, wife of Henry Fitch, who spent the Friday night in a ravine after falling and injuring his right leg.
KU TO CO-SPONSOR EMPLOYER FAIR
March 9, 1999
Kansas University will be one of 16 Midwestern colleges and universities co-sponsoring an employer fair from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 31 at the University of Missouri-Kansas City Swinney Recreation Center. The Fifth Annual Heart of America Employer Fair will feature representatives from more than 100 companies and organizations in a variety of fields. Admission is free for students and alumni of the participating colleges and universities, and $10 for the public.
ROCK CHALK REVUE A HOT TICKET
March 9, 1999
People wanting to see the 1999 Rock Chalk Revue variety show will have to settle for Thursday night’s performance; both Friday’s and Saturday’s shows are sold out. “We’ve had a lot of past performers in the show who have shown interest,” said John Laing, promotions coordinator for the annual show.
SOUND OFF
March 9, 1999
Has anyone totaled the number of student parking permits sold for Kansas University parking lots? Why didn’t they just buy a bus pass that is intended for them? Donna Hultine, assistant director of KU Parking Services, said the university’s housing department issued 3,095 parking permits to students. In addition, KU sold 6,613 yellow permits to student commuters.
S TORNADO READINESS TO BE TESTED
March 9, 1999
Tornado sirens will be activated twice today — once in the morning and once in the evening — as part of an annual, statewide tornado drill. Sirens will be sounded at 10 a.m. to give schools and businesses a chance to practice severe weather drills, and again at 6:26 p.m. to give families an opportunity to practice.
TO THE EDITOR:
March 9, 1999
In reply to your editorial of March 3, yes, I trust the president. I think he has tried to keep his promises as well as any of our past presidents. He can be credited with many positive accomplishments. His unfortunate personal misbehavior has been well publicized, hashed and rehashed to the point of overkill. I believe the penalty is adequate, so please stop the cutesy degrade-Clinton cartoons and the hate-Clinton editorials. The media could better serve the people of this country by focusing on the positive to bring people together rather than alienating us further by continuing to revel in the president’s past indiscretions. M. Trefz,
PROPERTY VALUATIONS AVAILABLE VIA WEB SITE
March 9, 1999
Douglas County property owners who want to find out how their property tax valuations compare to others can do so quickly on the Internet. For the third year, the Lawrence Journal-World will be offering the Douglas County property valuations through its online computer service.
TAX FILING
March 9, 1999
More Kansas taxpayers are filing returns electronically this year than ever before. Revenue Secretary Karla Pierce said Monday that the number of “paperless” tax returns was up 22 percent over last year’s rate.
BALDWIN STUDENT PAPER GETS BOOST FROM BOARD
March 9, 1999
The Baldwin school board on Monday night approved the submission of a grant application for funds that would assist with a high school student newspaper. The grant application to the Newspaper Association of America foundation, written by Gwyn Mellinger, Baker University assistant professor of journalism, is for $2,500.
DISMISSALS
March 9, 1999
Shannon Marie Ballinger and baby boy, Lawrence. Births
S KU-EVANSVILLE GAME WILL BE 6:50 P.M. AT THE LOUISIANA SUPERDOME IN NEW ORLEANS.
March 9, 1999
The 1999 NCAA men’s basketball tournament has been dubbed the “Blue Devil Invitational.” That’s in honor of Duke (32-1), entering as one of the most prohibitive favorites in tourney history.
LOCAL MOCK-TRIAL TEAMS ADVANCE TO STATE EVENT
March 9, 1999
Mock-trial teams from Lawrence High School and Free State High School participated in regional competition last weekend. Two LHS teams and one FSHS team qualified for state competition. The state competition will be held April 9-10 in Lawrence.
TICKETS NOT A PROBLEM FOR BIG EASY-BOUND KU FANS
March 9, 1999
Plenty of tickets remain for KU’s game against Evansville, scheduled for 6:50 p.m. Friday in New Orleans; those who stay at home can watch on channels 5 and 13.
(NO HEADLINE)
March 9, 1999
Free State High’s boys basketball team had hoped to improve on its 6-15 record of a year ago. While the Firebirds did fare better, finishing 7-14 in their second season, the campaign might have been disappointing to some Free State followers.
(NO HEADLINE)
March 9, 1999
After losing 12 seniors from a 16-6 team, Lawrence High basketball coach Mark Vancuren knew it would take time for the 1998-99 Lions to come around. They did. The Lions opened with 11 losses before going 5-5 to end at 5-16.
(NO HEADLINE)
March 9, 1999
What are substitute teachers paid? All substitute teachers in the Lawrence public schools earn $78 per day.
BEEF PRICING OPPONENTS SPEAK OUT
March 9, 1999
Meatpackers, though they would be directly affected by the proposed rules, have been absent from the debate.
LAW ENFORCEMENT REPORT
March 9, 1999
Burglaries and thefts reported * Two power trowels and other equipment valued on a police report at $7,595 were stolen between 5:30 p.m. Saturday and 7:15 a.m. Sunday from Comet-Standard Construction Inc., 800 Comet Ln.
KU RADIO PERSONALITY HOSPITALIZED
March 9, 1999
James L. Doue Mass of Christian Burial for James L. Doue, 58, Lawrence, will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church. Burial will be in Mt. Cavalry Catholic Cemetery.
LYNN PRIDE WILL BE THE BEST ALL-AROUND PLAYER THE GOLDEN EAGLES WILL HAVE FACED.
March 9, 1999
It doesn’t take much for Marquette women’s basketball coach Terri Mitchell to summarize Kansas University’s women’s basketball team. “Lynn Pride,” Mitchell said. “No, we know we’re playing a team with a lot of tradition and history. They know how to win and have proven they can win in the tournament.”
SCHOOLS, BUSINESSES CELEBRATE PARTNERSHIPS
March 9, 1999
Businesses have contributed everything from laundry services to judges for science fairs and high school engineering projects.
CAPITOL EXPENDITURES
March 9, 1999
Five city officials made the trip Saturday to a National League of Cities meeting in Washington, D.C., and snow kept them from returning as scheduled Tuesday evening. The municipal bill so far:
S FIRST TOURNEY BID SINCE 1993.
March 9, 1999
Evansville’s basketball players gathered at an assistant’s coach house on Sunday to watch the NCAA Tournament selection show on CBS. Players and coaches alike had no idea if they’d be celebrating the Purple Aces’ first berth in the NCAA Tournament since 1993 or consoling each other following a snub by the selection committee.
SUSPECTS IN SHOOTING DEATH OF TEEN TURN THEMSELVES IN
March 9, 1999
Two men likely will make first appearances in court today on involuntary manslaughter charges in the shooting death of a 16-year-old girl.
KU GOLFERS 10TH
March 9, 1999
Kansas was in a tie for 10th after the first round of the Louisiana Classics Golf Invitational on Monday. The Jayhawks totaled 601 strokes after two rounds, 31 strokes behind leader SW Louisiana. Chris Thompson shot rounds of 75 and 73 and is tied for 24th after the first day. Louisiana Classics
DEON HALE FACES SENTENCING FOR 1997 SLAYING OF ROBERT BALDWIN MURDER SUSPECT ENTERS PLEA, AVOIDS JURY TRIAL
March 9, 1999
A 25-year-old man whose jury trial was to start Monday has pleaded no contest to second-degree murder for the slaying of a Lawrence man. Prosecutors and an attorney for Deon Hale reached an agreement in which Hale pleaded no contest to charges stemming from the 1997 murder of Robert Baldwin, 32.
1998-99 LHS basketball wrap-up
March 9, 1999
After losing 12 seniors from a 16-6 team, Lawrence High basketball coach Mark Vancuren knew it would take time for the 1998-99 Lions to come around. They did. The Lions opened with 11 losses before going 5-5 to end at 5-16.
BALDWIN STUDENT PAPER GETS BOOST FROM BOARD
March 9, 1999
The Baldwin school board on Monday night approved the submission of a grant application for funds that would assist with a high school student newspaper. The grant application to the Newspaper Association of America foundation, written by Baker University assistant professor of journalism Gwyn Mellinger, is for $2,500.
FIRM PLANS TO MITIGATE ARSENIC FLOW
March 9, 1999
FMC Corp. is making plans to clean up arsenic-contaminated groundwater draining into the Kansas River.