From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for Nov. 12, 1972:
- A 19-year-old Lawrence man had been charged this week with grand larceny in the theft of a barber pole. Sean Michael Birmingham had been arrested after leaving the Ninth Street Center Barber Shop, Ninth and Illinois, with the pole in his vehicle. He told police that he had wanted the item as a souvenir.
- A photograph showed a "black ribbon of asphalt that hugs the landscape from U.S. 40 south to the Clinton Reservoir dam site." The road was almost complete; although it was already carrying traffic, it was still in need of some minor tasks such as finishing the shoulders, planting grass in areas that had been disturbed by construction, and striping the road. Work on the Clinton Reservoir itself had suffered considerable delay because of wet weather. The Corps of Engineers project chief said that peak activity on the dam embankment would not begin until next spring or summer.