City commissioners were reviewing a site plan for a Dillon “super store” proposed at Sixth Street and Lawrence Avenue. Plans called for a 24-hour store offering a pharmacy, flower shop, seafood shop, deli, bakery, salad bar and a video rental center. Area neighbors had sent letters requesting more screening between the proposed store and their homes on the north side of the property.
A glowing orange sunrise was overwhelmed by a thick layer of thunderclouds rolling over Lawrence early in the morning. The monthly rainfall amount, already well above average, was increased by another .40 inch during the early morning storm, which also dropped some pea-sized hail. The lawns of Lawrence, usually crispy by mid-August, were lush and green, and residents were having a little trouble keeping their lawns mowed between rains.
Employees at Hardee’s restaurant, six miles east of Lawrence on the Kansas Turnpike, reported a car on fire in their parking lot, right next to their building. After alerting the KTA dispatcher to send a fire truck, the employees used six fire extinguishers and a garden hose to keep the fire under control.