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Area briefs

September 28, 2000

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Personnel

Clinton Lake to get new operations manager

A new operations manager has been appointed to Clinton Lake.

Lew Ruona officially becomes the new manager at Clinton on Oct. 1, according to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. He replaces Vic Counts, who retired last spring as Clinton manager.

Ruona also will be the manager at Hillsdale Lake near Paola.

Ruona previously had been the manager of Pomona Lake. David Green will move from manager at Hillsdale to Pomona.

Des Goyal, chief of the District Operations Division for the corps in Kansas City, Mo., said the move is designed to reduce costs and improve efficiencies.

He said there will be no changes in services offered at any of the lakes because of the moves.

Law Enforcement

Sheriff Anderson receives community service award

Outgoing Douglas County Sheriff Loren Anderson was honored Wednesday night by Lawrence's Masons.

"We feel he has done an outstanding job for Lawrence and Douglas County for the last 35 years and some recognition is due him," said John Golden, a member of the "Valley of Lawrence" chapter of the Masons.

Anderson is retiring from office after the November election. He was elected sheriff in 1988 and has spent his entire career in law enforcement.

He went to the Masons' banquet Wednesday expecting to be a featured speaker. Instead, he received the group's community service award.

Golden said Anderson served the county well, running a clean organization and overseeing construction of the new Douglas County Jail.

"I think he's an honest, upright man," Golden said. "I think he's tried to have a good department."

The award is the first the Lawrence Masons have given, Golden said. The group hopes to turn it into an annual event.

CITY

Lawrence living wage forum will be tonight at LMH

The League of Women Voters of Lawrence and Douglas County will serve as hosts for a symposium tonight on the pros and cons of enacting a living wage ordinance in Lawrence.

Featured presenters include:

Bill Sepic, Lawrence Chamber of Commerce president and chief executive officer.

Mike Rundle, Lawrence City Commissioner.

David Burress, economist with KU's Policy Research Institute.

Doug Houston, Kansas University business professor.

The speakers will discuss whether a living wage ordinance should be applied to city employees, contractors and subcontractors as well as businesses receiving tax abatements.

The symposium, which is open to the public, begins at 7:30 p.m. at the Lawrence Memorial Hospital auditorium, 325 Maine.

Tourism

Kansas Sampler Festival will try to disprove myths

More than 150 Kansas towns are out to prove that the Sunflower State has a lot more to boast than agriculture.

Representatives from across the state will gather in Ottawa Oct. 7 and 8 for the Kansas Sampler Festival. The festival aims to showcase the tourist attractions, history and entertainment Kansas towns and regions have to offer.

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