The Downtown Lawrence Assn. presented a letter to the city commission backing two proposals for retail developments downtown. The merchants group backed the Town Center Venture Corp.’s efforts to develop a 300,000-square-foot regional mall downtown and encouraged the commission to grant “a long-term renewal” of the firm’s contract as developer of record. Also, the group supported the efforts of Steve Clark, a local developer who wanted to build a 170,000-square-foot mall with sipecial shops along the riverfront.
What once was a trip across town for a telephone shaped up now as a long-distance trip after the closing of the AT&T; Phone Center at 2008 W. 23rd. The local store and four others in the state were being phased out and the nearest site for the previous kinds of services here was in Topeka.
Gerald Gipp, president of Haskell Indian Junior College, was named national educator of the year by the National Indian Education Assn. He had been at Haskell since 1981.