25 years ago: Kansas Republican Chairman Morris Kay of Lawrence said he was surprised that Janice Hardenburger had abandoned her bid to unseat him in a party election in two weeks but said, "I welcome her support." The withdrawal virtually assured Kay's re-election.
Lawrence School District 497 property taxes would be chopped nearly in half under a bill that was to be introduced by a Kansas legislative committee on school finance. Some saw the measure as a "futile attempt" that would never get out of committee. Gov. John Carlin already had said he would veto the bill because of its "many flaws and weaknesses."
40 years ago: The latest word was that the $348 million nuclear reactor project being sought for the region south of Eudora, might never materialize anywhere after it had undergone re-evaluation in Washington. Later, however, the project was revived and developed in the Chicago area.
Gary Condra, from Minneapolis, Kan., was chosen Eudora junior and senior high principal to replace the retiring D.E. Kerr. The long-serving Kerr had become a "legend" for Eudora's educational operation. Condra later was to become quite active in Lawrence educational activities.
100 years ago: From the Lawrence Daily World for Jan. 17, 1906: "Eugene Sayles, 8, met with a serious mishap last night. While wrestling with a little playmate, he fell in such a manner as to break his left arm. The fracture was unusually serious but he is doing better today. : Within a few weeks the work of lowering the grade on the West Warren Street hills will begin. Funds are being raised and the move should help trade here. : An examination for certificates to teach in the schools in Douglas County will be held Friday and Saturday at various locations. : The latest state treasury report says the state is out $77,428.41 from the past two governor administrations. Some say the loss is much less and that audits are in line. : A routine report of a major robbery in Chicago reminds how the Chicago papers would have played up a similar even in 'backward Kansas.' In Chicago, it happens so very often papers hardly report such events."