Archive for Sunday, October 20, 2002

Local briefs

October 20, 2002


School District: Public meetings planned to discuss facility study

Six public meetings about the Lawrence school district's facilities study have been scheduled.

Representatives of the DLR Group consulting firm and the Lawrence school district will discuss development of a 20-year master plan.

They'll also talk about details of proposals to consolidate and construct new school facilities.

Meeting times and locations:

6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday at district headquarters, 110 McDonald Drive.

6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Oct. 29, Central Junior High School, 1400 Mass.

7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Nov. 5, South Junior High School, 2734 La.

6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Nov. 7, district headquarters.

6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Nov. 12, Southwest Junior High School, 2511 Inverness Drive.

6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Nov. 14, West Junior High School, 2700 Harvard Road.

4-H: County achievement ceremony scheduled

About 400 4-H members and their families are expected to attend the 2002 Douglas County Achievement Celebration on Sunday, Oct. 27, at the Lawrence Holidome, 200 McDonald Drive.

The event will include a 1 p.m. luncheon with seating to begin at 12:30 p.m. The awards ceremony will follow.

Politics: 3rd District candidate has write-in campaign

Hoping to provide a unified means for citizens to oppose the Bush administration's position on Iraq, Denis Moynihan announced Saturday his write-in candidacy for the 3rd District seat in the U.S. House of Representatives.

The Lawrence resident said the write-in campaign would give residents a chance to vote according to their principles and not just choose the "lesser of two evils."

Moynihan will run against Republican Adam Taff and incumbent Democrat Dennis Moore, who recently voted in favor of granting President George Bush authority to use force in Iraq.

United Way: Countywide campaign at 30 percent of goal

At its half-way point, the United Way fund-raising campaign has generated about 30 percent of its overall goal.

Organizers hope to raise $1,462,600 during "A Community Challenged, A United Response," the United Way of Douglas County's annual fund drive. The official campaign began Sept. 14 and will conclude Nov. 21.

Funds raised during the initial Pacesetter Campaign, which involved 16 area organizations, increased by 20 percent over last year's pledges. Amarr Garage Doors Inc., Douglas County Bank, Emprise Bank and Stephens Real Estate each increased their pledges by more than 33 percent during last year.

Two of the 13 divisions in the campaign already have completed their portions. The City of Lawrence raised $37,943, and Douglas County government raised $28,578. Both groups exceeded their goal by raising more money than last year.

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