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Archive for Friday, July 27, 2001

Tickets available for Hobbs Park benefit

July 27, 2001

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Benefit tickets are still available to raise funds for a memorial to one of Lawrence's abolitionist founders.

Tickets for Sunday's Hobbs Park Memorial dinner cost $75. The event will be at the Eldridge Hotel, 701 Mass. Cocktails will be served at 5 p.m. and dinner at 6 p.m.

U.S. Rep. Dennis Moore, D-Kan., will be the keynote speaker, and Steve Mason and Friends will play Civil War-era music.

Funds raised at the dinner will help complete the memorial in time for the Aug. 19 dedication ceremony. About $30,000 is needed for the $200,000 project that will honor abolitionist and newspaper publisher John Speer.

If not enough money is raised, organizers said they will continue seeking funds after the dedication.

For tickets, call Terry Comfort, Eldridge's director of catering, at 749-5011.

BUDGET

Court clerk reducing hours

The Douglas County District Court Clerk's office Monday will change the hours it is open to the public.

The office will open at 8 a.m. and close at 3 p.m., Court Clerk Doug Hamilton said. Employees, however, will continue to work behind closed doors until 5 p.m.

During the next several weeks, three part-time clerk positions in the office will be eliminated. The move is necessary to meet state budget restrictions set down for individual judicial districts by the Kansas Office of Judicial Administration.

Earlier this year, the Kansas Legislature's appropriation to the state judicial budget was about $2 million less than requested. The Douglas County Court had to come up with a little more than $20,000 in reductions by the end of the year.

For the remainder of this week, the clerk's office will continue to be open from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The change will not affect the offices of district court judges nor the Douglas County District Attorney's Office, which will remain open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Court schedules will not change.

POLICE

Grill, tools, bat called

into service during fight

Two men fighting with each other Tuesday night at a mobile home court used a barbecue grill, screwdriver, baseball bat and a water meter cover for weapons, Lawrence Police said.

Officers were dispatched about 9 p.m. to the disturbance at 1045 E. 23rd St., Sgt. Mike Pattrick said.

The fight began after a 19-year-old man drove a vehicle into a lot, touching another vehicle with his, Pattrick said. A 35-year-old man sitting in the parked vehicle became upset and the fight was on, Pattrick said.

When officers arrived, one of the suspects had fled. No arrests were made.

GASOLINE COSTS

Pump patrol tracks down lowest prices in Lawrence

The Journal-World has found a Lawrence-area gasoline price as low as $1.179 at Citgo, Ninth and Iowa streets, and Conoco, Sixth Street and Crestline Drive.

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 www.ljworld.com/section/gasoline to join our Pump Patrol message board.

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