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October 25, 2001
Oskaloosan keeps firm grip on national corn-husking title Donna Fairbanks, 58, of rural Oskaloosa continues her reign as the national champion hand corn husker in the “Ladies, 50 and over” division. For at least the fifth year in a row, Fairbanks, left, bested the nation’s best. This time at a husking showdown, the National Hand Corn Husking Contest, at Gilfillan Farm near Morgan, Minn. The contest required huskers do the best they could grabbing and shucking ears from a cornfield for 20 minutes. They were docked points for leaving ears behind in the field. Fairbanks said she can’t explain her abilities. “I have no idea,” she said. “I don’t practice. I didn’t practice any at all this year. I just went out and did it.” She didn’t husk corn as a child, though she still lives on a farm. She took up competition about 20 years ago because her parents were doing it. There are no cash prizes. Winners get trophies or plaques. “I’ve got boxes full of them,” she said. “You get quite a few of them over the years.” __________________________ Private meeting: Governor mum on talk with Oz park attorney Gov. Bill Graves met for an hour and 15 minutes Wednesday with John Petersen, a lawyer representing the developers of the proposed World of Oz theme park and resort. Afterward, Graves declined comment on the meeting. “The governor has chosen not to make a statement on what was discussed,” said Graves spokesman Don Brown. “The meeting occurred, it’s over, that’s pretty much it.” Brown said he could neither confirm nor deny whether the discussions focused on Oz. Petersen, a longtime Graves supporter and former deputy chief counsel for U.S. Sen. Bob Dole, could not be reached for comment. Earlier this month, the Johnson County Commission voted 3-1 to drop its consideration of Oz Entertainment Company’s controversial plan to convert the former Sunflower Ammunition Plant near DeSoto to a theme park and resort. Without the county’s support, the $861 million project will not have access to crucial tax incentives and financial aid. __________________________ Safety: Gun locks to be distributed at KU-KSU football game About 10,000 gun locks will be distributed at Saturday’s football game between Kansas University and Kansas State in Manhattan. The gun locks will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis and will be split between gate M, at the southeast corner of the stadium, and gate H, at the southwest corner. The supply is limited to two locks per person. Lt. Gov. Gary Sherrer and the Kansas Highway Patrol will distribute the locks, which are being provided by Project HomeSafe. Project HomeSafe is a nationwide program that promotes safe firearms handling and storage practices. The program is funded by the National Shooting Sports Foundation and a grant from the Bureau of Justice Assistance, U.S. Department of Justice. __________________________ Gasoline: Pump Patrol tracks down lowest prices in town The Journal-World has found a gasoline price as low as $1.079 per gallon at several locations throughout Lawrence and the surrounding area. 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.
THE MAG: Movie Listings
October 25, 2001
Our Town Sports
October 25, 2001
Athletes of the week
October 25, 2001
On the record
October 25, 2001
THE MAG: Parting shot
October 25, 2001
THE MAG: Letters
October 25, 2001
Daily ticker
October 25, 2001
Passive fans
October 25, 2001
Population awareness
October 25, 2001
Museum advice
October 25, 2001
Old home town - 25 and 100 years ago today
October 25, 2001
Mary E. Curry
October 25, 2001
Friends and neighbors
October 25, 2001
THE MAG: TOP MOVIES
October 25, 2001
THE MAG: TOP MUSIC
October 25, 2001
Horoscopes
October 25, 2001
Marriage licenses
October 25, 2001