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June 26, 2000

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LHS class of '55 to hold reunion

The Lawrence High School class of 1955 will celebrate its 45th reunion Friday and Saturday at the Lawrence Holidome, 200 McDonald Drive.

All graduates of Lawrence and Liberty Memorial High Schools are invited to a reception from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Friday.

At 10 a.m. Saturday, a bus touring Lawrence will leave the Holidome, returning at 11:30 p.m. Golf competition begins at 11 a.m. at Eagle Bend Golf Course. A mixer begins at 5:45 p.m., followed by food and festivities at 7 p.m.

For information or to make reservations, Call Rhetta Jo Noever at 843-3904.

McLouth education panel to meet

The McLouth board of education will meet at 5 p.m. today at the board office in McLouth. The board will finish updating the 1999-2000 budget and have an executive session to discuss personnel issues.

County budget discussions continue

The Douglas County Commission will meet at 8:30 a.m. today to continue discussion of the 2001 budget.

The commissioners will hear budget requests from the Douglas County District Court, the Kansas State University Extension Service and Sheriff Loren Anderson.

Anderson is requesting an additional $200,000 in his budget to hire additional officers and for new computer equipment. If approved, the sheriff's budget would increase from $2.4 million this year to $2.6 million. Also, he has requested nearly $700,000 to pay for various costs at the new jail. If approved, the jail budget would increase from $2.3 million to $2.9 million.

During budget hearings last week, commissioners agreed that they do not want to increase the mill levy at all for next year. The current mill levy is at 24.5 mills.

At the end of the meeting, commissioners will have an executive session to discuss a workers compensation claim.

Commissioners may meet at 9 a.m. Tuesday to continue discuss the 2001 budget and their Capital Improvement Plan.

Oskaloosa plans school board meeting

The Oskaloosa board of education will meet at 7 p.m. today at the board office in Oskaloosa. The board will discuss a policy regarding the middle school promotion procedure.

Miss Sunflower pageant seeking contestants

The Miss Sunflower Summer 2000 Pageant will be Sunday, July 30, at Spears Restaurant, Augusta.

Debbi Wilson, pageant director, is seeking Douglas County contestants, 0-19 years old, to compete for the various Miss Sunflower titles. The deadline to enter is July 15.

For entry forms and more information, call Debbi Wilson at (316) 775-0794.

BBB warns against telemarketing scam

Telemarketers who say they work for a company called National Labels Co. have tried to scam Lawrence area businesses, the Better Business Bureau said Friday.

Community Mercantile, 901 Miss., has received several phone calls directed toward a specific employee, in which the caller asks the employee for another business form order. Community Mercantile buys its business forms from local suppliers, so the telemarketer failed to convince the store to order any forms.

The Bureau said another Douglas County business had been hit by the same telemarketer, who claimed that an employee ordered office supplies from an East Coast firm.

The Douglas County company, which the Bureau did not name, has been receiving statements for merchandise not ordered and not received by the business.

The Bureau said it urged employers to warn employees about the phone scam by placing a notice by the telephone, reminding them not to discuss orders with telemarketers and to refer all calls to a designated employee.

Med Center signs deal with Children's Mercy

The Kansas University Medical Center and Children's Mercy Hospitals reached agreement Thursday on a plan to collaborate on pediatric research, education and patient care.

"We see this as a tremendous opportunity to draw on the strengths and resources of both organizations," Donald Hagen, KU Med Center executive vice chancellor, said.

The agreement called Alliance for Children was made possible by a $5 million pledge to the collaboration from the Hall Family Foundation.

The agreement came after a year of discussions between the two institutions.

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