Archive for Thursday, July 24, 2003

Area briefs

July 24, 2003


Accident stalls traffic on Interstate 35

An overturned semitrailer blocked both southbound lanes of Interstate 35 Wednesday morning after an injury accident near Williamsburg.

By 2 p.m., one lane was reopened to traffic.

Eric Bortzer, 45, Pratt, was driving south on I-35 in a 2000 Kenworth semitrailer. The trailer left the roadway for an unknown reason and went into the median, according a report from the Kansas Highway Patrol. When the trailer attempted to return to the roadway, it flipped.

Bortzer was transported to Ransom Memorial Hospital in Ottawa. No information on his status was available Wednesday night.

Souvenir package of Dole coverage offered

The Journal-World is offering a souvenir package of newspapers covering the dedication of the Dole Institute of Politics.

The package includes editions of the newspaper from July 17 through Wednesday and the special section that was included in last Friday's edition.

While supplies last, the souvenir package is available for pickup at the Journal-World's offices at 609 N.H. for $5, or it can be shipped anywhere in the United States for $10.

Additional copies of the special section may be purchased for 50 cents at the newspaper's offices or shipped within the United States for $1. For more information, call the Journal-World at 843-1000.

Horse show raises $1,200 for THRIL

A fund-raising horse show raised more than $1,200 for Therapeutic Riding Instruction of Lawrence (THRIL).

Money raised from the show Saturday at the Douglas County 4-H Fairgrounds will be used for student scholarships and equipment.

The show displayed 225 entries composed of 67 exhibitors competing in 52 classes. Approximately 19 local businesses and individuals donated to the event and 40 volunteers worked.

Braxton Nottingham, Baldwin, earned five blue ribbons, more than any other competitor. Wyatt Shuman, Lecompton, Liz Gravatt, Lawrence, and Janet Diehl, Seneca, each earned three first-place ribbons.

Barbara Deaver, vice chair of the THRIL board of directors, said she was excited that the event featured nine riders in the horsemanship class for riders with disabilities.

"We feel it is significant in fulfilling our mission statement of providing high-quality equine-oriented activities for children and adults with disabilities," she said.

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