From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for Dec. 22, 1985:
- Based on an admittedly unscientific survey conducted on the streets of Lawrence, the youngest residents of Lawrence were going to be giving their parents many hand-made gifts which had been constructed in their schools’ arts-and-crafts classes. Some of the children questioned also responded with gift ideas ranging from socks and billfolds to “a bicycle for grandpa.”
- Barbara Lown was celebrating her fifth anniversary as the switchboard operator for the city of Lawrence. She had been answering some 550 incoming calls per day on average; on a very busy day, such as in August 1982 during the filming of “The Day After,” she reported more than 1,000 calls coming in to City Hall.
- Area legislators were divided on the issue of funding for building a proposed $12.5 million medium-security prison at Ellsworth. Sen. Wint Winter Jr. said that the state already had a tight budget and other areas of greater need, while Rep. David Miller said that the trend toward a growing inmate population made the new prison a necessity.