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25 years ago: Hundreds turn out for Lone Star flood benefit dinner

July 23, 2013

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From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for July 23, 1988:

  • An estimated 600 people had turned out on a recent Friday night at the Douglas County 4-H Fairgrounds to partake in a dinner benefiting the victims of the Lone Star flood. As described in today's Journal-World, Lone Star was a "tiny unincorporated village" whose population was "far less than the number of people who came to the dinner." More than $4,500 was raised at the event to aid residents whose homes and businesses had been damaged by the waters from Washington Creek, which had overflowed and flooded the town during a 12-inch rainstorm on the night of June 29.
  • On the same Friday evening as the Lone Star benefit, nearly 400 people had attended the grand opening and open house at the new Holcom Recreation Center. The city's new $1.3 million facility had been made possible through both public and private funds.
  • Kansas City International Airport reported today that it was being hit hard by recent cuts at Eastern Airlines. The Miami-based airline had eliminated 140 flights nationwide, cutting 4,000 jobs. Locally, KCI said that it had been forced to drop all but six of its 53 daily Eastern departures effective August 31. Five of the remaining fights were scheduled for Atlanta and the sixth for Miami. Eastern president Phil Bakes said today that the airline hoped to find other jobs for about half of the 350 displaced Kansas City employees.

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