Archive for Sunday, August 5, 2001

Local briefs

August 5, 2001


Girls club washes up $95 to benefit Humane Society

A dog wash raised $95 for the Lawrence Humane Society.

Saturday's fund-raiser, sponsored by the International Order of the Rainbow for Girls, took place at Petco, 3115 Iowa.

"The girls had a lot of fun," said Christine Wolgast, 17, Lawrence. "They want to do something like this again."

Laura Devlin, above with a dog named Bell Blot, was among those who participated.

Eight members of the club, one sponsor and three employees of the Humane Society participated in the wash. They used a children's swimming pool as a portable tub.

Kansas university: KANU wins national awards for news series, essay

Kansas University's public radio station, KANU, received two prizes in a recent national competition.

The series, "Kansas Kids: A Prescription for Change," received a second-place award for Best Public Radio News Series. The weekly series, on air since April 2000, reports on health trends and challenges for the children of Kansas.

KU writer and researcher Roger Martin received a second-place award in the Best Commentary Category for an essay on happiness titled "In the Flow."

Vehicle accident: Emporia woman killed in highway fatality

A Saturday morning roll-over accident on Interstate 35 north of Williamsburg claimed the life of a 28-year-old Emporia woman.

Eleven people were northbound on the interstate in a 1999 Chevrolet van when the rear tire blew out, causing the driver to lose control, a Kansas Highway Patrol accident report said. The van slid into the south ditch and rolled an unknown number of times.

The accident occurred at 9:13 a.m.

Three occupants Rosa Esparza, 35; Jime Esparza, 17, and Diana Sandoval, 28 were thrown from the van, the report said.

Sandoval was transported by Lifestar helicopter to Overland Park Regional Medical Center, where she later died.

All other van occupants who ranged in age from 9 months to 38 years old were taken by ambulance to Ransom Memorial Hospital in Ottawa.

Gasoline costs: Pump patrol track down lowest prices in town

The Lawrence Journal-World has found a gasoline price as low as $1.229 at Jayhawk Food Mart, 701 W. Ninth St.

If you find a lower price, please call us at 832-7154. Be prepared to leave the name and address of the business and the price. Or go to to join our Pump Patrol message board.

Electrical fire breaks out in restaurant, disrupts power

An electrical fire Saturday night at El Mezcal II, 804 Iowa, closed the restaurant and temporarily knocked out power to neighboring houses.

The Lawrence-Douglas County Fire and Medical received a call about the fire at 7:16 p.m., Battalion Chief Dan Morrow said. No one was injured and the fire did not spread to the dining area, he said.

The fire, which started in an electrical panel at the rear of the building, also spread to the attic, and was extinguished by 7:40 p.m., Morrow said. Initial damage was $20,000.

An investigation determined the cause to be faulty electrical wiring at the main panel.

Manager Felipe Avila and nine other employees watched as firefighters cleared wet debris from the inside of the building and a KP&L; employee cut off power to the building.

The restaurant could reopen within one to two weeks, Avila said.

Topeka foundation's grants assist area agencies

Two organizations that serve Douglas County residents have received grants from the Topeka Community Foundation.

The grant given to The Jayhawk Area Agency on Aging is intended to help with expenses related to the senior services agency's recent office relocation in Topeka.

The Capper Foundation's award will go toward technology to serve children with disabilities.

The Topeka Community Foundation is composed of more than 200 charitable funds created by individuals, families, businesses, civic organizations and not-for-profit organizations. Its mission is to improve the quality of life in the region by connecting donors with philanthropies.

Funding proposals for the foundation's next grant cycle are being accepted. Contact Kristine Meyer, program director, at (785) 272-4804 for more information.

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