From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for May 8, 1972:
- For the first time in its 11-year history, the Art in the Park show had been forced indoors by rain. Despite the bad weather, more than 9,000 people had visited the Community Building in South Park for the annual show, sending sales past $4,000. The Lawrence Art Guild, determined to have a show in the park this year, had rescheduled a second exhibit for the following Sunday.
- Rains were also affecting area streams and rivers. However, although the Wakarusa and other local waterways were rising considerably from their usual levels, they were not yet in danger of flooding their banks.
- The Lawrence High School orchestra had received a national honor. The group had been one of 10 high school music ensembles chosen from throughout the U.S. to perform at a music clinic in Chicago next December. Pending approval from the school board and the raising of about $7,000 for the trip, the orchestra, directed by Larry Williams, was to perform at the Midwest National Band and Orchestra Clinic for thousands of music directors from across the country.