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Archive for Thursday, March 18, 1999

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EMERGENCY CALLS
March 18, 1999
Lawrence-Douglas County Fire & Medical reported the following responses: Fire calls
NEGOTIATORS RECONSIDER COLLABORATION TIME
March 18, 1999
Teachers will receive a second survey on collaboration time.
DUST PROGRAM EXTENDED FOR YEAR
March 18, 1999
The Douglas County Commission Wednesday voted to continue its dust-control program this summer. The program is administered by the county and townships, but is actually paid for by land owners who want their gravel roads sprayed to control dust.
SOUND OFF
March 18, 1999
Does improving the appearance of rental property result in the county appraiser increasing the value of the property? Douglas County Appraiser Marion Johnson said it depended on what kind of improvement it was. If an improvement would change the amount a prospective buyer would be willing to pay for the property, it could change the value. A new coat of paint probably wouldn’t make a difference but extensive landscaping work might.
COUNTY APPROVES STATUS FOR ROADS
March 18, 1999
Designating roads as “minimum maintenance” actually can improve a township’s ability to maintain them, the Douglas County commissioners were told during their meeting Wednesday. Because of liability concerns, townships are hesitant to add gravel or do many substantive improvements on mud roads.
DISTRICT COURT DIVORCES GRANTED
March 18, 1999
Shelly L. Farrar, Eudora, and Kenneth M. Farrar, Topeka. Glenda Hewlett, Lawrence, and Clark Jamison, Lawrence.
NOBLE
March 18, 1999
Graveside services for Donald D. “Bunny” Noble, 52, Osage City, will be held at 2 p.m. Friday at Osage City Cemetery. Military honors will be provided by Robert Heizer Post No. 198 of the American Legion. Mr. Noble died Tuesday, March 16, 1999, at his home.
UNHAPPY CUSTOMER
March 18, 1999
To the editor: I received my water bill from the city of Lawrence, and I called their office, because I was confused about a charge. I was informed that the city commissioners of Lawrence voted to charge a two-months deposit for any account even one month late. I fell into that category, even though I have been a reliable customer for 5 years.
ANOTHER VIEW
March 18, 1999
To the editor: In a Journal-World article of March 14, Don Steele was profiled as a property owner not complying with county junkyard regulations. We have known Don Steele for years. He runs his own tree trimming and removal business. Some of the people who work for him are jail inmates taking part in a work-release program. Don works many long days as most self-employed people do; he has the added responsibility of knowing that if he hits a slow time, this affects people who are trying to turn their lives around. The junked cars in his yard, once fixed, will be traded or sold to those involved in the work-release program.
LMH NAMES NEW FINANCIAL OFFICER
March 18, 1999
Lawrence Memorial Hospital’s new chief financial officer has paid some dues, with 30 of his 53 years spent working in the health care field. Simon Scholtz started his job as the hospital’s head accountant last week, and sat through his first LMH board of trustees meeting Wednesday morning.
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March 18, 1999
Kansas University sophomore John Nelson slugged four hits in five at bats and knocked in four runs in the Jayhawks’ 10-3 baseball victory over Ottawa on Wednesday afternoon at Hoglund Ballpark. Nelson, who upped his hitting streak to 10-games, clubbed a triple, two doubles and a single as the Jayhawks (7-12) collected their fourth consecutive victory.
STUDENTS EYE TYING TUITION TO INFLATION
March 18, 1999
The Kansas University student body president said Wednesday that tuition increases for his constituents in 2000-2001 ought not outpace the projected U.S. inflation rate. Experts believe inflation will remain far below 3 percent this year, meaning students at KU and five other Kansas Board of Regents universities might see a fourth consecutive year of moderate tuition growth.
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March 18, 1999
Back in the good, old days, Lawrence would have made a big splash at Wednesday’s five-team girls swimming and diving meet in Manhattan. But times have changed, and that’s OK with Pat Grzenda.
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March 18, 1999
Lawrence High will open its seventh girls soccer season with a home contest today against Topeka Seaman at 3:30 p.m. at YSI. “This year we’ve got more soccer players,” second-year Lawrence High coach Chris Bertrand said. “Every game is going to be a fight.
SERVICES
March 18, 1999
Lawrence Memorial Hospital has purchased a local obstetrician-gynecology group previously affiliated with a Topeka organization.
KU STUDENT EARNS CHURCHILL SCHOLARSHIP
March 18, 1999
A Kansas University student from Derby has won one of 11 Churchill Foundation Scholarships valued at $27,000 for a year of graduate study in engineering, mathematics and science. Larissa J. Lee, senior in chemical engineering, earned the scholarship offered through the Winston Churchill Foundation of the United States, established in 1959 as an expression of American admiration for Churchill.
SHOW JOURNAL WORLD-WRITER
March 18, 1999
Ryan Sturch’s weekly radio show is an outlet for his love of Jamaican music and lingo.
S LONE REMAINING REPRESENTATIVE.
March 18, 1999
Who are the most-likely candidates for glass slippers as the NCAA Tournament enters the Round of 16? Gonzaga, SW Missouri State, Miami of Ohio and … the Big 12’s very own Oklahoma.
PLANNING BRIEFS
March 18, 1999
Launching Pad drives for permit
POLICE SEEKING ID ON SUICIDE VICTIM
March 18, 1999
Lawrence Police are still trying to identify a man who shot himself in the head outside the Journal-World early Wednesday morning. “We don’t know his name or motive,” Sgt. George Wheeler said. “We know what happened. We need to know why it happened.”
ACTRESS TO CONDUCT CLASS
March 18, 1999
Actress Dee Wallace Stone is offering a film technique acting class from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at Stanford and Sons, 504 Westport Rd. The class is limited to 30 participants. There is a fee, and registration is required.
KANU RADIO PERSONALITY DOING WELL AFTER SURGERY
March 18, 1999
A local radio personality who was hospitalized last week with a brain aneurysm underwent successful surgery this week and is expected to recover, her supervisor said. Rachel Hunter, assistant program director and disc jockey at KANU, had surgery Tuesday morning at the Kansas University Medical Center, Kansas City, Kan.
KU LAW SCHOOL NAMES DISTINGUISHED PROFESSOR
March 18, 1999
A leading authority on labor and employment law has been named Paul Wilson Distinguished Professor of Law at Kansas University, officials said Tuesday. The professorship awarded to Elinor Schroeder was created by John Rounds in 1998 on behalf of Wilson, a KU distinguished professor emeritus of law. Rounds is a 1939 graduate of the school of law.
S DAY PARADE WEDNESDAY.
March 18, 1999
There were French poodles, Scottish terriers, German shorthairs, and a Welsh Corgi, but if every dog has its day, the Irish Wolfhound made the others in Wednesday’s annual Lawrence St. Patrick’s Day green with envy. Dozens of leashed dogs joined the green wave of fire trucks, cars, bagpipers, gymnasts and floats as they paraded from South Park up Massachusetts Street and across the Kansas River bridge.
STUDENTS TRY HANDS AT POETRY
March 18, 1999
These “poem sketches” were inspired by word groups which they incorporated into the poems. Firecracker
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March 18, 1999
Two-time Class 6A state cross country champion and last year’s 3,200-meter state champion Chris Williams headlines the list of returnees for Lawrence High’s track and field team. The Lions open the season today at 3 p.m. at the Topeka West Relays. The six-team meet has been moved to Topeka Seaman because of track renovations at West.
A CLASS ACT
March 18, 1999
To the editor: Losing is hard, no matter how fast you say it, or how you spell it. Record books and the scoreboard will show final score U.K. 92, KU 88, but there were no losers.
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March 18, 1999
Lawrence-Douglas County planning commissioners support Fred Clark’s plans for opening a repair shop for farm implements, provided he adheres to a few regulations, among them that: Clark have no more than four employees, including himself.
S DAY GIFTS
March 18, 1999
It’s a way to thank your mom, in more ways than one. Mother to Mother, an interdenominational organization that pairs low-income and adequate-income mothers for friendship and support, is offering public recognition of mothers just in time for Mother’s Day.
ORATORICAL CONTEST SET FOR SATURDAY
March 18, 1999
The 1999 Oratorical Contest for junior high youths up to age 16 will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Lawrence Public Library, 707 Vt. The contest is sponsored by the Lawrence Breakfast Optimist Club. The theme for the four- to five-minute speech is “Optimism in My Life.” Students may advance from this local level to the zone, regional and state levels. The winning boy and girl at the state level will receive a $1,500 college scholarship. The state competition will be held April 24 at Friends University, Wichita.
SOUND OFF
March 18, 1999
Whom can I contact to report an illegal stop by a Eudora police officer? I was pulled over the other night for no reason whatsoever. I was ticketed for failure to dim my lights — my car doesn’t even have bright lights and hasn’t for a couple of years. Eudora Police Chief Bill Long said he was familiar with the incident.
LATEST GIG FOR LAWRENCE ACTRESS
March 18, 1999
Kirsten Paludan’s latest acting venture put her into a prime-time soap opera.
THE SOUNDS OF JAMAICA
March 18, 1999
What: “Roots Ryan and the Serious Sturch Signal,” a radio show featuring Ryan Sturch. When: From 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Saturdays.
CONSTRUCTION COMPANIES
March 18, 1999
to join forces on project Two companies will probably oversee the construction of an ambulatory surgery center at Sixth and Maine streets, following a vote by Lawrence Memorial Hospital trustees Wednesday.
SOME LAWRENCE RESIDENTS TELL US WHO THEY BELIEVE SHOULD WIN THE OSCARS.
March 18, 1999
Sunday night, this year’s Oscar winners will be announced during the 71st annual Academy Awards telecast, beginning at 7:30 p.m. on ABC. And the Journal-World is continuing its tradition of asking some of your neighbors to predict who will win the highest honors doled out by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Unlike last year, 1998 had no phenomenal hits like “Titanic” that predictors could rally around. So it’s anybody’s guess who will win this year.
BUSINESSMAN EYES FARM REPAIR OPERATION PLANNERS OK SHOP PERMIT
March 18, 1999
Clark Repair, a one-man maintenance crew for farm implements, is preparing to open shop between Lawrence and Baldwin.
OUR TOWN
March 18, 1999
Perry Girl Third: Shannon Wilson of Perry placed third in the Knights of Columbus state free throw shooting contest. Wilson made 20 of 25 free throws. *
Trafficway paperwork moves along
March 18, 1999
By Kendrick Blackwood Proponents of the South Lawrence Trafficway are taking another step toward the completion of a federally mandated study that must precede any construction.
NOW IS TIME FOR FINAL CUT OF COLLEGES SPECIAL TO THE JOURNAL-WORLD
March 18, 1999
Making the final choice of college requires some introspection and responsibilities.
AWARD-WINNING ACTORS PLY TALENTS AT KU
March 18, 1999
Two distinguished actors — Anthony Zerbe and Roscoe Lee Browne — offered a Lawrence audience a show that merged poetry and drama.
HASKELL WOMEN MAKING NAME FOR PROGRAM AT NATIONAL LEVEL
March 18, 1999
Playing in the national tournament is a new experience for the Haskell players and coaches, but one they are willing to learn from.
S NJCAA NATIONAL TOURNAMENT DESPITE THE FACT THEY ARE PARTICIPATING FOR THE FIRST TIME.
March 18, 1999
Hagerstown, Md. — The Haskell Indian Nations University women’s basketball team isn’t content just to be playing in nationals. Darned if the Fightin’ Indians don’t want to win the thing.
RISING COSTS TRIM STATE FARM INCOME
March 18, 1999
The average farm in 1997 netted just $27,956, down 2 percent from the previous year in a decade marked by roller-coaster farm income.
JAZZ GUITARIST OFFERS WORKSHOP
March 18, 1999
Steven King, a finger-style jazz guitarist, will conduct an acoustic guitar workshop at 7 p.m. Monday at Guitar World, 7200 W. 106th. His workshops cover material for beginning, intermediate and advanced players, with emphasis on the basics of jazz improvisation.
FACILITIES, RATIOS HIGHLIGHT FORUM
March 18, 1999
Candidates shared their opinions at an event organized by South Junior High and Broken Arrow schools.
COUNTY YOUTHS MAKE GRADE
March 18, 1999
Although Douglas County made improvements in 11 of 20 categories measuring child well-being, more juveniles were in court and fewer were pursuing higher education.
FAMILY, FAITH INSPIRE ARTIST
March 18, 1999
Julie Hammer, a Lawrence watercolorist, sells her work to customers nationwide.
SOUND OFF
March 18, 1999
Do you have any information on T-ball leagues in the Lawrence area? What are the age requirements and when is registration? The city Parks and Recreation Department youth sports division can supply all the information you need. The phone number is 832-7940.
ECONOMY CONTINUES TO GAIN, FED SAYS
March 18, 1999
The Federal Reserve said Wednesday that the U.S. economy was still gaining strength as 1999 began, but also noted that wage demands were on the rise in strained labor markets. In the Kansas City region, the Fed called growth “moderate,” squeezed by a tight labor pool and declining demand for energy. The economy’s strong points — consumer spending and construction — are gaining still more and even long-beleaguered manufacturing industries are showing modest improvement this year, the Fed said.
COVERAGE CRITICIZED
March 18, 1999
To the editor: This letter is in response to an article that appeared in the March 4 edition of the Lawrence Journal-World. The article concerned the untimely passing of a 10-year old Sunset Hill School student. As friends and family of the child’s grieving parents, we are writing to express our distaste for the callus and insensitive manner in which you depicted this tragic event.
DRYWALL SHORTAGE HINDERS HOME BUILDERS
March 18, 1999
The nation’s building boom is blamed for the shortage of the paper-covered plasterboard used in nearly all interior construction.
IN 1899
March 18, 1999
On March 18, 1899, the Lawrence World reported: “There is much alarm felt in this city because of the report that the wire mill will shut down this evening. The opinion is wide spread that it will be mighty hard to start the mill up again after it is once stopped.” A few months before Albert Henley, long-time wire mill operator, had sold the factory to American Steel and Wire company due to its stranglehold over the needed raw material and this sale gave rise to fears in Lawrence that the Consolidated Barb Wire business would be closed. — Courtesy Watkins Community Museum
COMMISSIONER FIGHTS INTERNAL INFECTION
March 18, 1999
Commissioner Bonnie Augustine wasn’t feeling well all weekend, so she decided to shake it off Monday afternoon by Rollerblading. For an hour and a half.
LONGEVITY
March 18, 1999
The Reyes family has owned El Matador Cafe since 1959. The neighborhood restaurant offers Mexican cuisine and has a rich family history.
TRAFFICWAY PAPERWORK MOVES ALONG
March 18, 1999
Proponents of the South Lawrence Trafficway are taking another step toward the completion of a federally mandated study that must precede any construction.
LAWRENCE BANDS HEAD SOUTH FOR FESTIVAL
March 18, 1999
The nation’s biggest music blowout kicked off Wednesday in Austin, Tex.
A FAMILY BUSINESS
March 18, 1999
Restaurant: Rey and Betty’s El Matador Cafe, 446 Locust, 841-3837. Specialty: Traditional Mexican cuisine.
PICK ONLY THE BEST
March 18, 1999
Where they received post-secondary degrees shouldn’t be a qualification for potential members of the Kansas Board of Regents. The nomination and selection of members of the Kansas Board of Regents should be based on the individuals’ talent, ability, wisdom, enthusiasm and commitment to higher education, not on where they attended college.