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Archive for Saturday, July 22, 2000

Area Briefs

July 22, 2000

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Congressman to attend Sunflower State Games

U.S. Rep. Jim Ryun, R-Kan., will meet with Sunflower State Games athletes and parents about drug-free competition today during the games.

Ryun will be at the Healthy Competition Campaign booth at the Family Fun Fest activities of the games, which runs from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on the Allen Fieldhouse lawn at Kansas University.

The statewide Healthy Competition Campaign, sponsored by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas, focuses on making student athletes and their parents aware of the dangers of performance-enhancing drugs, and urges all athletes to compete drug-free.

City grappling with growth

Several annexation requests coming before the Lawrence City Commission Tuesday will force commissioners to grapple with a few growing pains, particularly the need for sewer, water and street improvements to serve them.

Westwood Hills is a 132-acre residential and commercial development southeast of East 1000 Road and North 1700 Road.

Bishop Seabury Academy is asking for annexation and rezoning of 10 acres northwest of Sixth Street and East 1000 Road for a planned new home for the private school. Graycliff Holdings is asking for residential zoning of 20 acres in the same area.

Both of the developments would require coordination of city and county resources to serve them with infrastructure, said Linda Finger, city-county planning director.

She said the city has been anticipating the areas being developed.

"I wouldn't say it is really sooner that we expected," Finger said. "It may be a larger parcel than we expected."

Better Business Bureau warns of phone scam

Kansas residents are being targeted by Canadian telemarketers for a telephone scam, according to the Better Business Bureau.

The telemarketers attempt to convince targets to send money in response to advance fee loan offers, prize pitches, lottery promotions, credit card protection schemes and fake precious gem pitches.

The BBB urges Kansans to not pay for processing, shipping or other fees on prizes won, and suggests hanging up on any telemarketer making such an offer or calling the BBB to check the validity of the phone call.

Two Lawrence teens participating in camp

Emily Hamilton and Anne Stella will take part in the production of "Cabaret" at 2:30 p.m. Sunday in Rice Auditorium on the Baker University Campus.

Hamilton, a West Junior High student, and Stella, a Free State High School student, are participating in the second session of the Broadway at Baker theater camp this summer.

The annual camps are divided into three one-week sessions, with each group of teens putting on a different production.

Tickets for "Cabaret" are $4 and can be purchased at the door.

Linwood Lions to have chicken dinner

The Linwood Lions Club will have its annual chicken feed from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. today in the lot three blocks south of Stout's Corner.

The purpose of the dinner is to support the club's activities, including eye care for students in need, health screenings, assisting with field trips for elementary schools and other community needs.

Tickets are $5 in advance and $6 the day of the dinner.

For more information, contact Stuart Sweeney at (913) 301-3316.

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