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40 years ago: Commissioners consider change to city election ordinance
December 16, 2014
The current law required persons running for city commission be 25 years of age and residents of the city for three years.
25 years ago: Sub-zero temps keeping plumbers busy
December 16, 2014
Bitterly cold weather continued to break records in the Lawrence area this week.
100 years ago: Sledding ordinance altered; Indiana Street approved as legal coasting hill
December 15, 2014
“Indiana is the ideal street of the whole town for coasting and the young people have been coasting on it in spite of the ordinance which forbids coasting there.”
40 years ago: Students file discrimination complaint against KU
December 15, 2014
The complaint stemmed from recent appointments to the posts of associate and assistant vice chancellor.
25 years ago: Storm brings snow, plunging temperatures
December 15, 2014
All Lawrence public schools were conducting classes today in spite of the severe cold, but a number of other area schools had opted to close.
100 years ago: Temps drop below zero, raising heating fuel concerns
December 14, 2014
“‘Necessity is the mother of invention,’ the old saying goes, and the people will find a way to keep warm.”
40 years ago: McLouth high school damaged in daytime blaze
December 14, 2014
The fire had begun in a locked, unoccupied classroom where students had earlier been making candles.
25 years ago: SWB negotiating for state contract for relay service
December 14, 2014
Southwestern Bell officials said If the company were to win the contract, it would locate the headquarters for the service in Lawrence, creating about 50 new jobs for the community.
100 years ago: High school boys fined for violating street-sledding ordinance
December 13, 2014
“The dangers of coasting while hacks and street cars were running has been demonstrated by fatal accidents several times….”
40 years ago: KU Athletic Board offers assistant AD job to Fambrough
December 13, 2014
The new job would not be a figurehead position, according to board chair John Eberhardt.
25 years ago: Local fire chiefs oppose KTA plan for hazardous materials emergencies
December 13, 2014
If KTA officials were to bypass an overall county plan, McSwain said, confusion could result during an emergency.
100 years ago: Season’s first heavy snowfall brings call for shoes
December 12, 2014
“Now, whatever suffering there is in Lawrence for anything in the shape of wearing apparel is needless…. There are enough shoes in Lawrence for everybody, but they are not properly distributed.”
40 years ago: Downtown street fight results in three arrests
December 12, 2014
The fight outside the Free State Opera House, 644 Massachusetts, had involved 200 persons.
25 years ago: Firefighters battle house fire in sub-zero temps
December 12, 2014
The blaze gutted the one-story frame house at 1113 New York.
100 years ago: Salvation Army to provide Christmas dinner baskets for ‘deserving families’
December 11, 2014
“The baskets will vary in size according to the size of the family.”