Archive for Sunday, June 26, 2005

Area briefs

June 26, 2005


Article to feature Lawrence conference

New York Times reporter Timothy O'Brien spent three days in Lawrence last week covering the CLIK online journalism workshop conducted by the Journal-World's Web site, He also interviewed several Lawrence residents.

O'Brien's story is scheduled to appear in today's New York Times business section. The Times Web site can be found at

Kansas City, Kan.

Missourian sentenced for role in death at speedway

A northwest Missouri man was sentenced to three years in prison in the death of a man he hit on the head with a flashlight.

Robert D. Moore, 53, of Savannah, Mo., was convicted in March of involuntary manslaughter in the death of John Ekberg, 31, of Grandview, Mo.

On Friday, Wyandotte County District Judge J. Dexter Burdette sentenced Moore to three years in prison and three years of probation.

Authorities have said that Ekberg was leaving Lakeside Speedway after races in May 2004 when he was hit by a truck driven by Moore.

As Ekberg got up and began walking toward the truck, Moore took a metal flashlight and hit Ekberg in the head. He died at a hospital the following day.

Moore told the judge he was sorry.

"I don't know where to start," Moore said. "It seems like a bad dream."


Friends of public library present volunteer award

Jerry Nossaman was named the recipient of the 2005 Mary Dalton Murphy Volunteer Award at the Friends of the Lawrence Public Library's annual meeting this spring.

Nossaman began volunteering with the organization in the mid-1990s as a cashier at library tent sales. Soon, he was helping set up and tear down the tent at each sale, and even helped install lighting in the cold and rain.

The award is given to a person who has offered his or her support to the library in many ways over a period of time. Murphy was the head of the reference section at the library and a volunteer with the Friends of the Lawrence Public Library.

Agency on Aging plans public hearing

The Jayhawk Area Agency on Aging will conduct a public hearing Tuesday on its budget and the services it provides.

Services include providing congregate and home-delivered meals, transportation, in-home care, legal services and caregiver services.

The hearing begins at 1:30 p.m. at the agency office, 1720 SW Topeka Blvd., Topeka.

For more information, call Marsha Ridinger, 785-235-1367 or 800-798-1366.

Jayhawk Area Agency on Aging Inc. helps senior citizens live independent lives in Douglas, Shawnee and Jefferson counties.


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