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July 26, 2002

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Police investigating tipping of tombstones

Eudora Vandals struck Eudora Cemetery overnight Wednesday, tipping 29 tombstones in the oldest part of the graveyard.

Only two headstones were chipped, Eudora Police Chief Bill Long said. The others were found lying on the ground but undamaged.

Bill Harlow, city superintendent, estimated it would cost $2,500 to $3,000 to hire someone to put the stones back properly. He didn't know how much it would cost to repair the damaged stones.

Harlow, who discovered the vandalism shortly after 11 a.m. Thursday during a routine check of the city-maintained cemetery, said some of the stones dated back to the 1800s.

Long said the damage was confined to a small section in the southwest corner of the cemetery, about a quarter-mile east of Eudora on East Seventh Street.

Police have no suspects in the case, which is the second in a year. Last August, a vandal upended eight tombstones there. No arrests were made.

Anyone with information about the crime is asked to call the Eudora Police Department at (785) 542-3121 or Douglas County Crime Stoppers at 843-TIPS.

Regents panel reviews president candidates

A committee of the Kansas Board of Regents met behind closed doors Thursday to review the applications of about 20 people who want to be the next president and chief executive of the regents.

The regents are looking for a replacement for Kim Wilcox, who left the job to become dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Kansas University.

The regents' transition committee met on the Wichita State University campus to review the applications.

Dick Carter, a spokesman for the regents, said he did not know when the committee would pare the list to a group of finalists for the job.

Regents members have said they would like to have a new president and chief executive in place by September.

Motorcycle pulled from Kaw near Eudora

A motorcycle recovered Thursday from the Kansas River near Eudora was reported stolen last month from Lawrence.

It was unclear Thursday exactly which agency pulled the motorcycle from the water, but Lawrence Police Lt. Steve Zarnowiec confirmed the 2000 Suzuki Haybusa was the same one reported stolen June 22 by a DeSoto man.

The 25-year-old man had left the bike at a dead-end cul-de-sac near the intersection of 15th and Connecticut streets after it broke down on June 21, Zarnowiec said. When the owner returned the next day with a trailer to pick up the bike, it was gone.

An officer from an unspecified agency spotted the bike sometime Wednesday evening in the Kansas River near the Eudora Bridge.

The investigation continues.

Congressman applauds college interns in D.C. office

Rep. Dennis Moore, D-Kan., has commended the efforts of the Washington, D.C., interns who are helping him and his staff this summer. Moore's office hired 10 interns this summer.

The interns not only help Moore and his staff, but research issues and respond to constituent concerns.

Interns from Lawrence and Kansas University include:

Kelly Docking, a KU junior from Overland Park, majoring in political science and communications.

Lindsay Gentry, a KU student from Olathe, majoring in political science.

Thomas Holland, a KU student from Lawrence, enrolled in the School of Journalism and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

Gina Kohake, a KU senior from Olathe, studying print journalism at KU.

Christopher Williams, a Duke University student from Lawrence, studying public policy studies, political science and economics.

One-car accident victim in good condition at LMH

An Ottawa man was in good condition Thursday at Lawrence Memorial Hospital after being injured Wednesday in a one-car accident on Interstate 35 in Franklin County.

About 2 p.m., Sheldon D. Schulz, 25, was driving a 1992 Subaru north on I-35 near the LeLoup exit when the car left the highway, the Kansas Highway Patrol said.

The car went through a fence and then through a field, across Utah Road and into another field, the Highway Patrol reported. The car spun around several times before coming to a stop.

No other vehicles were involved. Schulz was taken by Franklin County ambulance to LMH.

Religious leaders to congregate in Baldwin

Baldwin About 90 men are expected to participate in the United Methodist Men's Rally Saturday at Baker University.

The event is an opportunity for area men to improve their spiritual life and learn information to improve their churches' missions.

Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. at Mabee Hall. The fee is $20.

Keynote speakers are Joseph Harris, general secretary of United Methodist Men, Nashville, Tenn.; United Methodist Bishop Fritz Mutti and Deanell Tacha, chief justice of the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals

Workshop topics include spiritual journey, health issues, disaster mission, running effective ministries, scouting mission and starting a prayer hot line.

Those interested in attending can call Larry Kline, 843-4070.

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