Archive for Sunday, August 8, 2010

40 years ago: Plan to move landfill halted

August 8, 2010

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A recent move of the city’s landfill operation to its controversial new site on the North Lawrence Flood Control Levee was halted by a bureaucratic mess. The old landfill on Drag Strip Road was again being used while the city attempted to straighten out the tangle of red tape involving the State Board of Health, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and the Federal Water Pollution Control Administration.

Three young men who had been arrested in a patch of marijuana northeast of Lawrence were each sentenced to one year in jail and $1,000 in fines. The men, two aged 18 and one aged 19, were from Vermont and Connecticut and told the arresting officers that they were college students.

School for young Lawrence students was scheduled to start again on August 27 with two half-day sessions before the full-day schedule began on August 31.

The fair was winding down as 4-H and FFA members sold their prize livestock at the annual auction.

Hopeful eyes turned to the dark skies overhead as a chance of drought-ending rain, and possibly thunderstorms, appeared in the forecast. Meanwhile, the clouds were blocking out some of the 100-plus degree heat that had been plaguing northeast Kansas.

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