Bell-ringers collecting donations for fund-raiser
The Salvation Army's annual "Red Kettle" fund-raiser officially begins Friday, but bell-ringers are already on the street accepting donations.
The church's goal is to raise $150,000 by Christmas, to fund the costs of providing a seasonal homeless shelter, food programs and youth basketball activities.
Bell-ringers are stationed at 18 sites throughout Lawrence. The official kickoff is 11 a.m. Friday at Firstar Bank, Ninth and Massachusetts streets.
Charity: Salvation Army requests 50 washable blankets
The Salvation Army needs blankets to warm the homeless persons who stay at its overnight shelter.
Capt. Carolyn Schuetz said the shelter is housing more people than ever more than 40 nightly, compared to 27 nightly last winter. That's put a strain on the blanket supply.
"We've given away lots of blankets this year," she said. "I gave out many blankets before it was cold, and now it's cold."
Schuetz said 50 washable blankets are needed. To contribute, call The Salvation Army at 843-4188 or take the blankets to the shelter at 946 N.H.
Transportation: Transit offers free bus rides on Saturdays until Dec. 22
The Lawrence Transit System will offer free rides on all T routes on Saturdays from Nov. 24 through Dec. 22.
All buses, except Route 5, stop downtown at Ninth and Massachusetts streets. T routes pass by area grocery stores, major shopping areas, medical centers, both universities and high schools, many recreational facilities and principal employment areas.
Saturday hours of operation are from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. For bus maps and schedules, phone 312-7054 or check the T's Web site, www.lawrenceks.org/tran/guide/
Leavenworth County: Authorities investigate body discovered near Tonganoxie
Leavenworth County Sheriff's officers are investigating the discovery of a body Monday northwest of Tonganoxie.
The Sheriff's Office is saying little about the discovery. No specific street or other location was released other than it was in a wooded area off of Kansas Highway 16. An autopsy was to be conducted Tuesday, a sheriff's spokesman said.
The body was described only as a white male. No identification or cause of death had been determined.
An officer investigating an unrelated call discovered the body about 6:30 p.m. Monday, the spokesman said.
Christmas lights: Ceremony on Friday will light up Ottawa
Ottawa Mayor Gene Ramsey Friday will follow a tradition of his predecessors.
Ramsey will take part in the Christmas Downtown Lighting Ceremony at 6:30 p.m. Friday at Haley Park. The Mayor's Christmas tree and the downtown lights will be turned on at 7 p.m.