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40 years ago: Truck driver runs vehicle into yard to avoid hitting child

June 1, 2013

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From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for June 1, 1973:

  • A Lawrence area family was thankful this morning for the quick reflexes of a truck driver. The driver, Ray L. Boyd of Omaha, had been operating a tractor-trailer loaded with sewer pipe when the four-year-old son of the Kearns family had run into the road near his home on Monterey Way (described in 1973 as "in Western Hills near the west Lawrence city limits and south of U.S. 40"). The little boy had been running across the street to the family mailbox when he had fallen down in the street. Boyd, the driver, had quickly swerved to the right, running his vehicle into the Kearns' front yard before stopping. The family said they were "extremely thankful and happy" that the boy had not been harmed.
  • What was to be the future of Riverside and Grant Schools? Parents were left wondering about the fate of the schools after this week's school board meeting, where board members had voted to assign half-time principals to four schools in Lawrence. Some families were now fearing that Riverside and Grant, two of the schools affected by the change, were slated to be closed after a one-year grace period.
  • It was announced today that evangelist Bill Glass was to lead an eight-day event, the "Greater Lawrence Crusade for Christ," in late September in Allen Fieldhouse on the Kansas University campus. Glass was a former pro football player and seminary graduate. General chairman of the crusade Dwight W. Boring expressed happiness about the cooperation of local churches and said he was optimistic about the success of the nightly services to be held during the event.

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