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Area briefs

January 24, 2001

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ABC agents cite 36 in city for underage drinking

Kansas Alcoholic Beverage Control agents were on the prowl in Lawrence last weekend, issuing 36 citations for alleged underage drinking offenses.

Thirty-five people were busted in Manhattan the previous weekend for a total of 71 citations, all issued to people between the ages of 17 to 24 years old.

The operations in both cities took place to enforce underage drinking laws and to ensure liquor licensees were complying with state liquor laws. In both cities, agents made stops at bars and worked with local liquor stores to arrest minors attempting to buy alcohol with their "Cops-in-Shops" program.

In Lawrence, 28 people were cited for being in possession of alcoholic liquor. Six were cited for furnishing alcohol to minors and two for using false identification.

Additionally, five licensees were issued administrative citations for various liquor law violations.




Award winner to speak to Kansas Green Party

The Kansas Green Party will hear about the state of the environment and agriculture in Kansas and the world from the founder of the Land Institute at the organization's meeting this month.

Wes Jackson, who also won the 2000 Right Livelihood Award, also will discuss ecology as an organizing principle to address problems in agriculture, energy, the environment and social justice.

The meeting will be from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday at Ecumenical Christian Ministries, 1204 Oread. For more information contact Richard Morantz at (785) 594-7411.

Jackson also will speak from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. Monday at Washburn University, in the Kansas Room of Memorial Union. For more information call William Wagnon at (785) 231-1010, ext. 1316.

The Kaw Valley chapter of Kansas Green Party will have a meeting at 7 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 11, at ECM.




LMH offers workshop to keep resolutions

With the new year under way, Lawrence Memorial Hospital is offering a free workshop for anyone having problems keeping their New Year's resolutions.

"Revive Your Resolutions" will feature health professionals presenting nutritional and cardiovascular information and a motivational plan to help individuals stick to their resolutions.

The workshop will be from 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday and Feb. 1 at Kreider Rehabilitation Services on the second floor of the hospital, 325 Maine.

For more information or to enroll, call ConnectCare at 749-5800.




VA health system sponsors essay contest

The VA Eastern Kansas Health Care System is sponsoring an essay contest for eighth-graders in honor of National Salute to Hospitalized Veterans.

Essays must fit this year's theme, "What Freedom Means to Me," and not exceed two pages typed or hand-written, double-spaced on 8.5x11-inch white paper.

A cover sheet must be stapled to the essay and include the student's name, parents' name, address, phone number and school name.

There will be two first-place winners one each from the Leavenworth and Topeka VA medical centers who will each receive a $500 savings bond. The second- and third-place finishers will receive a $200 and $100 savings bond, respectively.

The salute to veterans will be during the week of Valentine's Day.

The deadline for the contest is Feb. 1. For more information, including where to send essays, call (785) 350-4323 in Topeka or (913) 682-2000 in Leavenworth.




FEMA names KC's acting regional director

Arthur Freeman has been named the acting regional director for the Federal Emergency Management Agency's Region VII in Kansas City, Mo.

Freeman will serve as acting director until President Bush nominates a replacement.

Freeman has served as the region's deputy regional director since October 1997. Before joining FEMA, he headed the Ohio Minority Business Development Division.

Freeman replaces Beth Freeman, a political appointee of former President Clinton. Beth Freeman returned to her previous staff position with Iowa Sen. Tom Harkin in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.




Senator offers plan to reduce hunger

Sen. Pat Roberts, R-Kan., helped introduce legislation Monday to encourage agriculture producers, restaurants and small businesses to donate food to food banks.

Sen. Roberts joined Senate Agriculture Chairman Richard Lugar, R-Ind., in introducing The Hunger Relief Tax Incentive Act.

Under current tax laws, corporations donating food to a food bank are eligible for a "special rule" deduction. This rule does not apply to farmers, ranchers, small businesses or restaurant owners, which would be changed under the proposed legislation.

Other changes would include an enhanced deduction for food donations, and codifying the Lucky Stores decision. This would apply a tax court ruling in Lucky Stores Inc. vs. IRS, in which the court found that taxpayers should determine fair market value of donated products based on recent sales.




Elwood in line to receive $2 million in sewer funds

The city of Elwood will receive almost $2 million in grants and loans to upgrade its sewer system.

The money will pay for 49,000 feet of sewer lines, a new pump station and other improvements for the wastewater system, which has had many problems since the area flooded in 1993.

The sewer project includes an $831,000 grant and $707,000 loan from the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Rural Development program and a $400,000 community development block grant from the Kansas Department of Commerce and Housing.

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