The state’s new toll-free hotline for financially troubled farmers had been operating since the first of July. Since then, the line had had over 900 requests for assistance. The average caller was 49 years old and had been farming for 25 years. He had a crop and livestock operation on about 1,000 acres in the northeast or south-central part of Kansas and was seeking financial or legal help. The hotline provided counseling on financial, legal and personal matters, linking farmers with appropriate help in their own communities.
Lawrence’s Sunset Hill grade school was celebrating its 30th birthday. The school, the city’s seventh at the time of its opening, had had an original enrollment of 83 pupils.
A $120,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities was expected to help Kansas University faculty make major changes in the Western Civilization program. The grant would enable KU to hire six part-time faculty members who would team-teach lectures, which students would be required to attend in addition to the existing discussion groups taught by graduate teaching assistants.