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Archive for Friday, July 6, 2001

Area briefs

July 6, 2001

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Gunshots interrupt group's lake outing

Gunshots from a target practice session disrupted an outing Tuesday on Douglas County State Lake for a group of people, the Douglas County Sheriff's Office said.

About 4:30 p.m. a deputy patrolling the east side of the lake north of Baldwin was flagged down by the group, sheriff's spokeswoman Lt. Kathy Tate said. The group said it had heard gunshots and bullets hitting the water in front of it.

The deputy drove to an area on the other side of the lake, where he learned that someone had been shooting at a target. He contacted that person and confiscated a 9 mm Ruger pistol and a wooden yard ornament, Tate said.

No arrests were made and information in the case will be turned over to the Douglas County District Attorney's Office, Tate said.

Congressman to speak today at chamber event

U.S. Rep. Jim Ryun is scheduled to speak today at the Legislative Update Luncheon at Hereford House, 4931 W. Sixth St.

Ryun, R-Kan., will talk about the recent federal tax cut, energy issues, the federal minimum wage and congressional redistricting. He also will answer questions.

The noon luncheon is $15. It is co-sponsored by Bank of America and the Lawrence Chamber of Commerce.

SBA to loan funds to disaster victims

The U.S. Small Business Administration will begin disbursing loan funds to disaster victims today in Leavenworth and surrounding areas.

Raymond Chatham, director of the organization's disaster office, said that residents and businesses affected by the storms and flooding in Leavenworth County still have until Aug. 27 to apply for assistance at the SBA Disaster Loan Workshop, Easton City Hall, 300 W. Riley. The deadline to apply for economic injury is March 26, 2002.

The SBA makes low-interest loans to repair homes, replace personal property and restore businesses damaged or destroyed by disasters. The loans cover uninsured and underinsured disaster losses.

Applications may be returned to the SBA at either the Disaster Loan Workshop or by mail to U.S. Small Business Administration, 4400 Amon Carter Blvd. Suite 102, Fort Worth, Tex. 76155.

For more information, call the SBA at (800) 366-6303 or TDD (817) 267-4688 or visit www.sba.gov/DISASTER.

Baldwin road project to close intersection

A major road construction project in Baldwin continues to make advances.

Although Sixth Street is still closed, the Douglas County Public Works Department said this week that the intersections of High and Chapel streets with Sixth Street are both open to cross traffic. Now, however, the intersection of Dearborn and Sixth streets is closed.

The county and city of Baldwin are splitting the $950,000 cost. The project is slated to finish in October.

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