Officials hope to prepare Baldwin for tornadoes
The Douglas County Emergency Management is conducting a tornado preparedness exercise with Baldwin city and area officials today.
Starting at 9 a.m., Haysville Mayor Tim Norton will talk about the tornado that tore through the small town near Wichita this year. Other emergency officials also will make presentations at Baker University's Collins Sports Complex.
In the afternoon, starting at 1 p.m., attendees will go through a practice drill of what steps must be taken to restore power and communication and how to survive the aftermath.
After completing the drill, Baldwin City Administrator Larry Paine said he hopes the city's staff will be prepared in case of a real tornado.
Lawrence teen awarded as young entrepreneur
A 16-year-old Lawrence girl received the Kansas Young Entrepreneur of the Year 2000 award Tuesday during a luncheon in Emporia.
Lt. Gov. Gary Sherrer presented the award to Alyssa Buecker on behalf of the Kansas Department of Commerce and Housing.
Alyssa was recognized for her work as a young movie producer with her own production company, Milbo Productions. She has made several videotapes with her pet guinea pigs as the stars. Some of those tapes have appeared on HBO, Nickelodeon, and the Family Channel.
Alyssa will be selling copies of her tape, "Carrot Wars" during appearances at the Harvest of Arts Festival Saturday in Centennial Park and Sunday in Burcham Park.
KU professor named to humanities post
Donald Fixico, director of the Kansas University Indigenous Nations Studies Program and a history professor, has been nominated as a member of the National Council on the Humanities.
President Clinton announced the nomination last week. It must be confirmed by a Senate committee, likely in November.
"The council serves an important role in the growth and development of humanities programs throughout the nation," said Fixico, who is an American Indian of the Sac and Fox, Shawnee, Creek and Seminole tribes. "It's an honor to be selected."
Fixico joined the KU faculty in 1999 and guided the Indigenous Nations Studies Program through its inaugural year.
Hospital endowment receives $568,000 gift
The estate of a former medical transcriptionist is providing the Lawrence Memorial Hospital Endowment Assn. its largest gift ever.
The bequest of $568,040 comes from the Emma Schalbar estate and will be used to purchase more hospital equipment, services and community health programs, said Kathy Clausing, the endowment association's chief development officer.
Schalbar died Sept. 29, 1999, at age 88.
The association received word after Schalbar's death that it was mentioned in her will, but it wasn't until the check was received that officials found out how much.