Donor gives $1,000 to breast cancer victim
A fund benefiting a Lawrence woman who is struggling to complete her breast cancer treatments before her health insurance runs out received a $1,000 contribution.
"When I found out about it, I almost started crying," Vicci Erwin said Tuesday. A story about her plight appeared in Monday's Journal-World.
Erwin doesn't know the donor's identity. "The way the fund is set up, I don't get to know where the money comes from. It's all done with account numbers," she said.
"So when all this is over with, I'm going to put another ad in the paper, thanking everybody for all they've done for me. I don't what else to do."
Erwin expects her chemotherapy and plastic surgery to last until April. Her $200-a-month insurance premiums end in March, after which they're expected to rise to between $600 and $800 a month.
Appropriations bill to finance KU, Bert Nash projects
Projects at Kansas University and the Bert Nash Community Mental Health Center will receive funding in the federal government's omnibus appropriations bill that passed Congress last week.
KU will receive more than $1.275 million for a biodiversity information technology initiative from the Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education in the U.S. Department of Education.
Bert Nash will receive $803,000 from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, according to Rep. Dennis Moore, D-Kan., whose 3rd District includes Lawrence.
The money will be used primarily for expansion of a program called Working to Recognize Alternative Possibilities, or W.R.A.P. The program works with schools to identify and provide services to at-risk students, including those using alcohol and drugs. It also works with schools to reduce or eliminate truancy.
Moore will visit Bert Nash at 2:30 p.m. today.
Blood shortages spur two Lawrence drives
Blood shortages in Kansas have prompted two Lawrence blood drives in a desperate call for donors.
Kansas Blood Services and the American Red Cross will conduct blood drives in attempts to cure shortages, caused by the recent inclement weather.
Red Cross officials said more than 400 donors are needed each day. Blood Services officials said they have received about 1,000 pints less than needed for December.
The Kansas Blood Service drive titled "The Miracle of Giving" will be from noon to 7 p.m. Thursday at the Lawrence Donation Center, 535 Gateway Drive. All donors will receive a T-shirt. Great Harvest Bread Co. has donated cookies for the drive.
The American Red Cross drive will be from 12:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday at St. John The Evangelist Catholic Church basement, 1234 Ky.
Last-minute rush expected as property taxes come due
For procrastinators who haven't paid their property taxes yet, the rush is on. Today is the deadline to make first-half payments before interest on the payments starts accruing.
Douglas County Treasurer Pat Wells said people have until 5 p.m. to pay half or all of their personal property and real estate taxes at the courthouse, 11th and Massachusetts. People also can pay at the treasurer's two satellite offices at 27th and Iowa streets and 813 Eighth St., Baldwin.
Payment also is possible at drop boxes in the small parking lot south of the courthouse; Dillons, 3000 W. Sixth St.; or online at www.douglas-county.com.
Payments can be made by mail, but they must be postmarked with today's date.
This year, the total property tax mill levy is 101.506 mills compared to 104.993 last year, a 3 percent drop. A mill is $1 tax for every $1,000 in assessed property value.