From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for June 17, 1988:
- It had been nearly two years since Kansas voters had approved changing the state constitution to allow liquor by the drink on a county-option basis. The measure had been approved in Douglas County but only with a provision limiting it to establishments that made at least 30 percent of their gross income from food. However, legislators had worked out a compromise whereby every two years a county would have the option of eliminating the food provision and allowing "full" liquor by the drink. (Alternatively, a county could also choose to revert to its former private-club system.) A group of Lawrence bar owners was now starting a petition drive to place a question on the November ballot to ask voters whether to remove the 30 percent food provision.
- New signs were to be installed in the area this coming weekend. About a decade after Congress had passed the National Scenic and Historic Trails Act, signs marking the Oregon Trail's route through Lawrence were to be dedicated. The Kansas signs were being distributed by the state Department of Transportation, with cities and counties taking the responsibility for putting them up. There were to be 51 signs marking the trail's route through Lawrence, with another 31 to be placed on Douglas County roads.