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May 19, 2002

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Tonganoxie fire chief replaced

Tonganoxie For the first time in 16 years, Tonganoxie has a new fire chief.

The city council approved Butch Rogers Monday after he was appointed to the job by Mayor John Franiuk. Rogers also is the city's Public Works director.

The move forced out longtime fire chief Charles Conrad. In December, several firefighters wrote a letter to Conrad asking him to resign. Conrad refused.

Another Baldwin officer alleges city wrongdoing

Another Baldwin Police officer is threatening to sue the city for which he works.

Last week Officer Chuck Hensley filed a notice with the city that he will file a lawsuit if he doesn't receive a $100,000 settlement.

Hensley claims the city violated his First and 14th Amendment rights during disciplinary action taken against him in recent months.

In March three other Baldwin officers also threatened to sue the city for similar reasons. The other officers are Cpl. Bill Dempsey, and Officers Charles Woolsencroft and Eric Garcia.

The city has 120 days from the time the notices are filed to respond. The city has taken no action to meet the officers' demands.

Congressional science group to meet at KU Medical Center

Kansas City, Kan. The U.S. House Science Committee will conduct a special hearing Monday at Kansas University Medical Center.

The committee, of which Rep. Dennis Moore, D-Kan., is a member, will discuss practical applications of space technology and remote sensing at 10:30 a.m. in room 4024 of the Varnes Center, part of the Med Center's Nursing Building.

Topics will include the use of remote sensing for weather forecasting and emergency situations.

Golf tourney to benefit Habitat for Humanity

Lawrence Habitat for Humanity will be host to its third annual Golf Fore Habitat Tournament on Monday at Lawrence Country Club. Registration begins at 11 a.m., and tee off will be at 12:30 p.m.

Coldwell Banker McGrew Real Estate sponsors the event. Last year, the event raised more than $15,000 that was used to build affordable housing in Lawrence. This year's goal is to raise $20,000.

Golf Fore Habitat features a four-person modified scramble, cart, sack lunch, bag of treats, an opportunity to purchase 'mulligans,' prizes on event holes and a chance to win a Harley Davidson Sportster. There will be prizes for the first-, second- and third-place finishers.

For more information, contact Habitat for Humanity at 832-0777.

American Business Women to elect officers at meeting

The monthly meeting of the Twilight Chapter of the American Business Women's Assn. will be at 7 p.m. Monday at the American Legion Building, 3408 W. Sixth St.

Networking will be from 6:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. The cost of the dinner is $10.

This month's program features the election of officers for 2002-2003.

The Twilight Chapter newsletter, edited by Helen Cox and Valerie Kampfer, was voted one of the top five publications at the Baton Rouge, La., conference. It is eligible to compete at the national convention Dec. 5-8 in Nashville.

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