Archive for Monday, January 31, 2005

City briefs

January 31, 2005


Lawrence students win chess matches

Lawrence schools earned several trophies Saturday at the Onaga High School Chess Tournament.

Southwest Junior High School finished second in the kindergarten through 12th grade division, and Wakarusa Valley School picked up a second place in the kindergarten through sixth-grade division.

Third-place trophies went to South Junior High School in kindergarten through eighth-grade division and Quail Run School in K-6.

Individual first-place finishers were South's Jessica Newman in K-8 and Quail Run's Cole Reams in K-6. Southwest's Sean Stenseng finished third in K-12.

Other Lawrence medalists in K-12 from Southwest: Thomas Clark, sixth place; Kellen Cross, ninth place; Keely Stenseng, 11th; and Thomas Reams, 15th place. Central's Roy Wedge finished seventh in K-12.

Other medalists in K-6 from Wakarusa Valley: Kenny Blevins, second; Cal Young, fifth, and Robert Newman, sixth. Cordley School's George Wedge finished eighth in K-6.

City wants comments on 23rd Street changes

City officials want to hear what motorists think of a new ordinance that limits some left turns off of 23rd Street.

The city's Public Works Department has set up a Web site at
to accept comments on the ordinance.

The ordinance prohibits left turns from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday onto the following side streets: Ohio, Tennessee, Vermont, New Hampshire and Rhode Island streets, and Learnard Avenue.

The comments city officials receive will be used in a report that will be presented to the City Commission this summer.

Public hearing tonight on contractor licensing

The Lawrence Neighborhood Resources Department will conduct a public meeting at 7 p.m. today at City Hall, Sixth and Massachusetts streets, to review a proposed contractor licensing ordinance.

City officials will accept public comment on the plan, which would require contractors who perform many types of construction work to be licensed by the city. The licensing system would require contractors to take continuing education classes each year.

A draft copy of the ordinance is available at the Neighborhood Resources Web site at or can be picked up at the Neighborhood Resources Department, 1 Riverfront Plaza, Suite 110.

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