Archive for Tuesday, December 11, 2001

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Local Briefs
December 11, 2001
Salvation Army opens its Christmas Toy Shop The Salvation Army’s Toy Shop opens today. Above, Matt Riffel, a Kansas University student from Phillipsburg, helped set up the array of toys at the Douglas County 4-H Fairgrounds on Monday. Families who are not receiving assistance from other holiday programs can apply to the Salvation Army to get toys and food for a holiday meal through the program. They will be able to get toys donated through “Angel Trees” at Wal-mart and Baker University, as well as the Marine Corps’ Toys for Tots program. The shop is open by appointment only. All applications are screened through the Holiday Assistance Bureau to avoid duplication. The Toy Shop ends Thursday. Families seeking assistance should apply by Wednesday. Call the Salvation Army, 843-4188, for more information. ___________________________________ City government: Replacement selected for public works director Charles Soules will replace George Williams as the city’s new public works director. Soules has been the public works director and city engineer for Emporia since 1994. He has more than 14 years experience in municipal public works as well as experience writing and administering state and federal grants. He has been involved with some notable Emporia projects, including the 1997 brick street renovation and historic preservation of Berkley Street and water treatment plant improvements that received the 2000 Public Improvement Award from the American Public Works Assn. Soules begins work Feb. 4 with an annual salary of $90,000. He replaces Williams, who retires this week after more than 30 years with the city. There will be a retirement reception for Williams this afternoon at Lawrence Country Club. ___________________________________ Crime: Police seek suspects in theft of Toys for Tots donation box Lawrence Police are looking for three people who allegedly took a money collection box for the Marine’s Toys for Tots Christmas program. The box, shaped like a snowman, was on the counter of the Kwik Shop, 4841 W. Sixth St., when two men and a woman entered the store about 2:30 a.m. Thursday. One of the men took the box and all three fled, police said. They left in a gray, four-door Oldsmobile, police said. The amount of money in the box was not known, but it was said to be half full, police said. Police are studying a store video tape of the theft. If anyone has information that would help them find the suspects, they are asked to call Crime Stoppers at 843-TIPS. ___________________________________ Development: Airport consultant approves mitigating wetland area An airport consulting firm found no significant environmental effects for a 700-foot runway extension planned at the Lawrence Municipal Airport. About 10 people attended a public hearing Monday at City Hall, 6 E. Sixth St., to review the environmental assessment conducted by Denver-based Airport Development Group Inc. James Sirhall, principal planner for ADG, said runway extension would require mitigation of 2.6 acres of wetlands. Ron Renz, who represents four companies at the airport, said wetland mitigation was necessary. “Wetlands attract birds and birds and airplanes don’t mix,” he said. The environmental assessment and public comments now will go to the Federal Aviation Administration for approval, said Rick Bryant, chair of the Aviation Advisory Board. If approved, construction could begin next summer. Written comments may be submitted to James E. Sirhall, Airport Development Group, 1776 S. Jackson St., Suite 200, Denver, CO 80210, Attn: Lawrence Municipal Airport.
Marguerite L. Barlow
December 11, 2001
Frances E. Hadl Kurtz
December 11, 2001
Horoscopes
December 11, 2001
Local Briefs
December 11, 2001
Salvation Army opens its Christmas Toy Shop The Salvation Army’s Toy Shop opens today. Above, Matt Riffel, a Kansas University student from Phillipsburg, helped set up the array of toys at the Douglas County 4-H Fairgrounds on Monday. Families who are not receiving assistance from other holiday programs can apply to the Salvation Army to get toys and food for a holiday meal through the program. They will be able to get toys donated through “Angel Trees” at Wal-mart and Baker University, as well as the Marine Corps’ Toys for Tots program. The shop is open by appointment only. All applications are screened through the Holiday Assistance Bureau to avoid duplication. The Toy Shop ends Thursday. Families seeking assistance should apply by Wednesday. Call the Salvation Army, 843-4188, for more information. ___________________________________ City government: Replacement selected for public works director Charles Soules will replace George Williams as the city’s new public works director. Soules has been the public works director and city engineer for Emporia since 1994. He has more than 14 years experience in municipal public works as well as experience writing and administering state and federal grants. He has been involved with some notable Emporia projects, including the 1997 brick street renovation and historic preservation of Berkley Street and water treatment plant improvements that received the 2000 Public Improvement Award from the American Public Works Assn. Soules begins work Feb. 4 with an annual salary of $90,000. He replaces Williams, who retires this week after more than 30 years with the city. There will be a retirement reception for Williams this afternoon at Lawrence Country Club. ___________________________________ Crime: Police seek suspects in theft of Toys for Tots donation box Lawrence Police are looking for three people who allegedly took a money collection box for the Marine’s Toys for Tots Christmas program. The box, shaped like a snowman, was on the counter of the Kwik Shop, 4841 W. Sixth St., when two men and a woman entered the store about 2:30 a.m. Thursday. One of the men took the box and all three fled, police said. They left in a gray, four-door Oldsmobile, police said. The amount of money in the box was not known, but it was said to be half full, police said. Police are studying a store video tape of the theft. If anyone has information that would help them find the suspects, they are asked to call Crime Stoppers at 843-TIPS. ___________________________________ Development: Airport consultant approves mitigating wetland area An airport consulting firm found no significant environmental effects for a 700-foot runway extension planned at the Lawrence Municipal Airport. About 10 people attended a public hearing Monday at City Hall, 6 E. Sixth St., to review the environmental assessment conducted by Denver-based Airport Development Group Inc. James Sirhall, principal planner for ADG, said runway extension would require mitigation of 2.6 acres of wetlands. Ron Renz, who represents four companies at the airport, said wetland mitigation was necessary. “Wetlands attract birds and birds and airplanes don’t mix,” he said. The environmental assessment and public comments now will go to the Federal Aviation Administration for approval, said Rick Bryant, chair of the Aviation Advisory Board. If approved, construction could begin next summer. Written comments may be submitted to James E. Sirhall, Airport Development Group, 1776 S. Jackson St., Suite 200, Denver, CO 80210, Attn: Lawrence Municipal Airport.
Judy M. Baldwin
December 11, 2001
Elsie Marie O’Connell
December 11, 2001
Helen “Louise” Gibbs
December 11, 2001
Thelma Elizabeth Reed
December 11, 2001
Live and let live
December 11, 2001
Football not first
December 11, 2001
Hattie E. Wells
December 11, 2001
Dorothy L. Abel
December 11, 2001
Daily Ticker
December 11, 2001
Donald E. Martin
December 11, 2001
Driving issue
December 11, 2001
Marjorie Bristow Reece
December 11, 2001
Old home town - 25, 40 and 100 years ago today
December 11, 2001
On the record
December 11, 2001