New president sworn in at Ottawa University
Ottawa University alumni, students and staff Friday celebrated the inauguration of the school's 17th president.
John Neal was sworn in at OU's Chapel and honored with a day of activities. In August, OU's board of trustees named Neal president-designate after Harold Germer announced his plans to retire as president after eight years of service to the college.
For the last three years, Neal has served as vice president for adult and professional studies, working with OU's campuses throughout the world, which serve about 8,000 students.
Neal, a native of New Castle, Ind., received a doctorate in higher education administration from Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tenn. He earned a master's degree from Middle Tennessee State University and a bachelor's degree from Free Will Baptist College of Tennessee.
Douglas County: Damage tab from fire near Baldwin: $280,000
Douglas County Sheriff's authorities on Friday said the home and contents destroyed in a fire a day earlier along U.S. Highway 56 were valued at $280,000.
The fire broke out just before noon Thursday at a home about 1.5 miles west of Baldwin. The cause of the blaze is still under investigation, but firefighters on Thursday suspected an electrical origin.
Mark and Toni Hebenstriet lived in the home. No one was injured in the fire.
Crime: Police make two arrests in armed robbery at hotel
Two arrests were made Friday in connection with a robbery Thursday at a Lawrence hotel.
Trisha L. Shopbell, 31, was charged Friday in Douglas County District Court with aggravated robbery, conspiracy to commit aggravated robbery, theft of a handgun and an aggravated weapons violation.
Shopbell, being held on $50,000 bond, is suspected in the Thursday morning robbery at Westminster Inn, 2525 W. Sixth St. Police said a suspect entered the business, put her hand inside a coat as if to indicate she had a weapon, and demanded cash from the hotel clerk.
A man was arrested later Friday during the robbery investigation. The 36-year-old was booked into Douglas County Jail for aiding and abetting aggravated robbery and conspiracy to commit aggravated robbery. He hadn't been charged but was being held on $50,000 bond.
A stolen handgun had been used in the robbery and was recovered, police said, but it wasn't clear when or from whom the handgun was stolen. Police wouldn't disclose the relationship between the two suspects.
Lawrence day-care center becomes a role model
One of Lawrence's longtime day-care centers will be used as a model for child-care programs in Denver.
Staff from the Montessori Children's Academy, Littleton, Colo., spent Friday observing and touring the Sunshine Acres Montessori Preschool & Child Care Center, 2141 Maple Lane. The group will continue its stay today with a daylong workshop on the day care's Christian education programs.
Several months ago, Sunshine director Susan Mozykowski said Lee Blum, director of children education programs at Denver Rescue Mission, contacted her about using the Lawrence day care as a model for the mission's programs. The Littleton day care is one of the mission's many programs.
Mozykowski, who founded the Lawrence day care in 1970, said Blum selected the Lawrence program because Christian education is an integrated component.
"When you teach the whole child that includes the values, morals and spiritual development of the child, in addition to the education and social development," she said.