40 years ago: Sunflower Army Ammunition Plant cuts back its workforce

The Sunflower Army Ammunition Plant announced that they were cutting back on their work force by 147 employees. Lt. Col. Joseph Mallia told the Journal-World that the plant was not producing as much rocket propellant fuel as previously, as the need for it in Vietnam appeared to be declining.

George Kimball, 26, Rt. 5, had on the previous day filed as a Democratic candidate for Douglas County Sheriff. He earlier had announced that he would run as an independent by obtaining 913 names on petitions; however, he would now run unopposed in the Democratic primary. Kimball paid his $100.05 filing fee just 90 minutes prior to the noon deadline.

Advance tickets were available for sale for 35 cents in grocery stores and drug stores for the annual Fourth of July fireworks to be displayed from Kansas University’s Memorial Stadium. The show, sponsored by the Lawrence Jaycees, would feature the theme of “Liberty and Union, Now and Forever.” Tickets would also be available at the gate for 50 cents.