Archive for Wednesday, June 20, 2001

Area Briefs

June 20, 2001


Accident sends pedestrian, car passenger to hospital

A 35-year-old man crossing Sixth Street was struck by a car late Tuesday.

Just after 10 p.m., Rodney G. Blevins crossed Sixth Street about 200 feet east of Arkansas Street, near the entrance of Ray's Liquor, Lawrence Police Lt. Steve Zarnowiec said. Blevins was not in a crosswalk.

A passenger in the car, Lawrence resident Bria Alden, 20, and Blevins were taken to Lawrence Memorial Hospital. They were being treated late Tuesday night but their conditions were unavailable.

Police were investigating the cause of the accident.

"The roadways were wet; it was misting," Zarnowiec said. "I'm sure the wet roadways with lights as well as the pedestrian crossing not in a crosswalk were a factor, not necessarily a cause, but certainly a consideration in our investigation."

Authorities had not released the name of the driver late Tuesday.

Second-half property taxes due today at courthouse

Today is the deadline for people to pay the second half of their taxes on personal property and real estate.

Douglas County Treasurer Pat Wells said people have until 5 p.m. to pay their taxes at the courthouse, 11th and Massachusetts. Mailed statements must be postmarked today.

People also can take advantage of the satellite offices at 27th and Iowa streets, open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; 813 Eighth St., Baldwin, open until 4 p.m.; and Dillons, 3000 W. Sixth St., open 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.

There also are drop boxes in the small parking lot south of the courthouse and at the 27th Street location. Payments must be dropped off in the boxes by midnight tonight, Wells said.

After today, interest will accrue.

City band to present program of circus music

The Lawrence City Band will present "Sounds from the Circus" at 8 p.m. today in South Park, 11th and Massachusetts.

Guest conductor is Quincy Hilliard; clarinet soloist is J.D. Parr.

The program includes "Entry of the Gladiators" by Julius Fucik; the overture of "Zampa" by Ferdinand Herold; "The Circus Bee" by Henry Fillmore; selections from "Gypsy" by Julie Stine; "Mancini Magic," arranged by Jerry Brubaker; and "Rolling Thunder" by Fillmore.

Health Care Access offers class on chiropractic care

A free class on chiropractic care will be 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. today at Health Care Access, 1920 Moodie Road.

Dr. Mark Howarter, a chiropractor with The Chiropractic Experience, will focus on what chiropractic care is, how it works and how it can naturally improve health.

The class is open to the public.

Health Care Access is a nonprofit, primary care clinic serving those of low income, without coverage or without a medical home. For more information, contact Liane Larson, health education intern, at 841-5760.

Abortion protest planned

Topeka Anti-abortion advocates plan a rally here today to protest a proposed agreement between the state and Lawrence abortion doctor Kristin Neuhaus.

The rally by Kansans for Life is scheduled from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Kansas Board of Healing Arts, 235 S.W. Topeka Blvd.

Joan Hawkins, executive director of Kansans for Life, criticized a decision last week by a three-member panel of the board.

The panel recommended no punishment for Neuhaus, who had been accused of performing an abortion on a woman after the woman withdrew her consent because she didn't want a particular kind of sedative.

Neuhaus denied the allegation.

The full 15-member board will consider the pact at its August meeting.

Social service courses offered

Neosho County Community College is offering a social service designee course and activity director course beginning Thursday and ending Friday, July 20.

The class will meet for five weeks from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays at Presbyterian Manor, 1429 Kasold Drive. Completion of the course will certify the student to work as an activity director or social service designee in Kansas.

Penny Berry, a licensed social worker, is the instructor. To enroll or for more information, call (800) 729-6222, Ext. 262.

Grants locator available

The city is offering nonprofit organizations the chance to use eCivis, an online grants locator program.

Starting today, nonprofit agency representatives can use a computer in the Neighborhood Resources Department to access eCivis Grants Locator. The program will continue 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Wednesdays, on a first-come, first-served basis at the Neighborhood Resources office in the Riverfront Plaza.

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