This digitally-produced illustration is a mock-up of the mural that
is being completed at the Van Go Mobile Arts Center, 712 N.J. The
Lawrence Arts Commission on Thursday gave approval for completion
of the mural.
In a newly refurbished living room, Chi Omega members Dana
McJunkin, left, and Michelle Guerry talk about the remodeled
atmosphere. Their sorority and Theis Doolittle Associates received
the Award for Excellence from the Kansas Preservation Alliance for
the rehabilitation of the house.
The Kansas Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services is
pushing a program that can help low-income parents who remain in
the work force pay for day-care expenses. Thursday, 8-month-old
Emma Pravecek stretches her face with a yawn at the Children's
Learning Center, 205 N. Mich.
Helmut Tweer, a graduate teaching assistant in Kansas University's
German language department, talks about the importance of GTAs and
how they are compensated during a lunch hour rally Thursday on
Wescoe Beach. The GTAs are in the process of negotiating their
second contract since they unionized in 1995.
A recent study found that tattoos from commercial parlors caused
about 40 percent of the cases of hepatitis C. Jason Cleveland,
Joplin, Mo., gets a tattoo from artist Paul Booth, New York City,
last summer during the Tattoo the Earth tour in Lawrence.
A state increase for school funding is in jeopardy after revenue
experts told Gov. Bill Graves and lawmakers Wednesday that their
current spending plans are about $185.5 million too high. Thursday
at New York School students participate in a mixed-grade Discovery
Lab with teachers Janet Swalm, seated at left, and Kristin Schmaus,
standing at right.
Free State High pitcher Eric Peterson delivers. Peterson left with
no decision in the first game of the Firebirds' doubleheader split
with Olathe East on Thursday at FSHS.
Free State's Amy Vormehr, left, hops for a pop fly as Olathe
North's Tara Smethers heads for second base. The Firebirds lost
both ends of a doubleheader on Thursday at FSHS.
Chris DiMarco hits from a bunker on the 17th hole during the first
round of the Masters. DiMarco shot an opening-round 65 Thursday at
Augusta National Golf Club for a one-stroke lead.
Kay Sanders, a clinical associate nurse at Lawrence Memorial
Hospital, takes a break from her duties to look over the renovated
pediatrics unit at the hospital.
David Cade started as a volunteer at the Pelathe Community Resource
Center in 1993. He became interim director in 1996, and soon after
was named permanent director. Pelathe serves about 3,500 people of
all races, and gets support from many more, Cade said.
a bulldozer operator continues laying some new phone and electrical
lines between the Douglas County Courthouse and the Douglas County
Judicial & Law Enforcement Center, 111 E. 11th St. Champion
Builders of Topeka is the general contractor for the center's
Shelby Palmer, 22, looks over one of the glass plate negatives in
the Reinhart Collection at Haskell Indian Nations University. A
cultural center and museum will be built soon to house the
collection and other historical items from the university.
Jane Fortun works on a landscape painting near her southern
Jefferson County home.
Irish singer Aoife Clancy, left, get attendees of a West Side Folk
event an early start on St. Patrick's Day with a concert at
Ecumenical Christian Ministries, 1204 Oread Ave.
The Off-leash dog park planned near Eagle Bend Golf Course wasn't
open in mid-January when Courtney Skeeba walked her dogs Magnus,
left, and Usul, right.
Fred DeVictor, left, head of the Parks and Recreation Department,
talks about a possible park planned for 38.4 acres northwest of
Lawrence, just west of Martin Park.
South Park, above, and its infamous gazebo are part of 3,209 acres
under the management and control of the city's Parks and Recreation
Members of the University Dance Company perform last spring on the
Lied Center stage. Next year, Kansas University's dance program
will grant a professional degree that focuses on technique and
Kansas University graduate and opera singer Lillian Sengpiehl belts
out the national anthem before the Kansas-Missouri basketball game
on March 4 in Allen Fieldhouse.
Studies at the Experimental Joint Biomechanicals Research Lab at
Kansas University are examining how body structures work. Subjects
are wired and monitored in controlled "loss of balance scenarios"
to determine response.
Cathy Barfield, right, helps her children from left, Betsy, Amy and
Megan work on their homework assignments. The Barfields are part of
a growing number of Douglas County families who are opting to teach
their children at home.
Mike Eltschinger, director of instructional computing for Lawrence
Schools, works on a laptop computer as Karen Patterson-Crump of
Gateway, right, demonstrates some new technology during a meeting
of the district's technology committee at Hillcrest School.
Getting a kick from their photos in old West Junior High yearbooks
are, from left, Mick Lowe, West principal; Randy Weseman,
superintendent; and West ninth-graders Brett Shoffner, Nathan
Billings and Mark Case.
State Rep. Barbara Ballard, D-Lawrence, talks in January with
students at East Heights School about having a long-range plan when
Deerfield School third-graders in Susan Niedenthal's class work on
their reading skills on a Wednesday afternoon in late February.
Earlier this year, House Speaker Kent Glasscock proposed that all
Kansas third-graders be required to take a reading test.
East Heights School kindergartner Lacoya Cloud enjoys her weekly
reading session with volunteer Lawrence Penny, a member of the
Lawrence Breakfast Optimists. Penny and other readers visit the
same children every Tuesday to read to them during lunch.
Dale Kring, Lawrence, was among several concerned home owners at a
December city commission meeting who voiced concern at the growing
number of rental properties near single-family dwellings.
Tava Serpah, left, and Linda Journeys, right, equity members in the
Delaware Street Commons project, provide information to a group of
interested people at a January meeting. Delaware Street Commons
will consist of 20 to 30 households formed around the desire for
Dave Corliss says his role as one of two assistant city managers
for Lawrence "is to provide sound advice and implement the policy
directions of the (city) commission."
Work continues downtown on the new Lawrence Arts Center,
foreground, and a four-story parking garage in the 900 block of New
Melinda Henderson attends nearly every city commission meeting.
Last spring, she helped lead the fight to prevent tax abatements
for American Eagle Outfitters, and has remained active since.
Wakarusa Corporate Centre, marketed by Phil DiVilbiss of The
Bristol Groupe, is a professional-office complex going up at 18th
Street and Wakarusa Drive. The project's first building at 55,000
square feet should be complete in September.
Oread Inc., a one-time contract-pharmaceutical powerhouse,
announced in February that it would close under the pressure of
overwhelming debt. On the day of the announcement, unidentified
workers left the main location at 1501 Wakarusa Drive.
Allen Fieldhouse was full of Jayhawks in early February, but not
for a basketball game. Students and employers gathered for the KU
Job and Career Fair. Judith Fernandez, a human resources associate
for General Electric, left, discusses potential jobs with Casey
Korte, right, a December 2000 graduate in business administration.
Raoul's Velvet Room owner Jeff Singer, shown here in November, has
converted the former Dos Hombres at 815 N.H. into a swanky martini
bar and restaurant.
Philomena Lopez of the Community Mercantile, 901 Miss., refills
bins in the bulk foods room last December. The Merc will have more
room when it moves later this year to the former Alvin's IGA store
near Ninth and Iowa Streets.
After 10 years as a free-lance makeup artist, Babette Crowder has
opened a shop of her own Babette at 924 1/2 Mass. in downtown
Lawrence. She started the business with the help of a $100,000 loan
from the U.S. Small Business Administration, and a long list of
contacts from her years in the cosmetic business.
Sisters-in-laws, from left, Diane and Dru Fritzel are co-owners of
interiors, 738 Mass., a store that specializes in upscale home
furnishings and interior design services.
Letting the sparks fly, an employee at Back to the Garden finishes
up a custom art piece.
Kelvin Schartz, owner of Back to the Garden art & gallery, 619
N. Second St., offers his customers a wide array of "funktional"
yard art made from recycled steel.
Although Borders a book world stalwart moved to town in 1997,
independent store owners say there's plenty of room for everybody
in a market that is hungry for books. The Borders store is located
on the southeast corner of Seventh and Massachusetts streets.
Shannon Baxter, bookseller, pets "Alice," the Dusty Bookshelf's
house cat. Baxter said although large chain bookstores in Lawrence
have effected business, she doesn't feel too threatened by their
Arizona Trading Company clothing buyers Jenny Noyce, left, and
Jessica McCullough fold springtime apparel.
Keeping in style is not a problem at Sugartown Traders, 918 Mass.
Employee Christy Douglas, 19, puts clothes back in order so that
customers have an easier time finding the perfect fashions.
Enjoying coffee drinks at The Bourgeois Pig, 6 E. Ninth St., are,
from left, Adam Coch, Carmen Anello and Ann Turner.
At Love Garden Sounds, 936 1/2 Mass., fans of cats and used CDs can
get what they want. Gathered around the store's original cat, Jack,
are, employees, from back left, Debby Vanderwall, Kelly Corcoran
and Emily Hadley. At right is owner Kory Willis.
Brad Ziegler shows off one of the new dishes at his latest
restaurant, Marisco's. The restaurant, located near the southeast
corner of Sixth Street and Wakarusa Drive, features
southwestern-style food with a seafood theme.
Tom King came to Lawrence from Santa Cruz, Calif., last year to
take a job as executive chef at Prairiefire: An American Bistro,
John Harper, sous chef at Prairiefire restaurant, 724 Mass.,
hustles a dish to the prep line for garnishing.
What began last year under an umbrella at the corner of Eighth and
Massachusetts streets has blossomed into a downtown storefront for
Cherie Yvette and her business, Cherie Yvette Fresh Cut Flowers for
Everyday, 7 E. Seventh St. Stems of vibrant flowers are available
by the stem or in bunches, including Oriental and calla lilies,
gerbera daisies, orchids and gladiolus.
The principals of The Bleujacket are, from left, Dan Almanza,
co-owner; Steve Berger, general manager; Jean-Michel Chelain, chef;
and Chris Hanna, co-owner. Almanza and Hanna of Lawrence opened the
French restaurant on Dec. 15.
Computer Specialist Ollie McBride, who works for Douglas County's
information services department, reworks the county's Web page and
keeps it up to date.
Kay Kent has served as the director of the Lawrence-Douglas County
Health Department, 200 Maine, since 1973. In her post, she has seen
more children receive immunizations and the elderly receive
services through programs she helped implement.
Lawrence police detectives, left, Mike Viebrock and John Lewis will
retire soon from the Lawrence Police Department. They are part of
the original staff who worked out of the former station house at
Eighth and Vermont streets.
One of Lawrence's most famous structures, the Eldridge Hotel was
built in 1856 by S.W. Eldridge. The hotel was destroyed in 1863 by
William C. Quantrill and his pro-slavery guerrillas in an Aug. 21
raid that also killed 160 people.
Lawrence's historic thoroughfare Massachusetts Street, shown here
in the 1970s has served as the city's "Main Street" since the
town's founding in 1854. That year, settlers arrived and christened
the city "Lawrence" to honor Amos Lawrence, a Free-Stater and major
supporter of the New England Emigrant Aid Society which had
sponsored the migration to Kansas.
In 1930, Pippert's Gas Station, 801 R.I., was a one-stop automotive
center gas for 13 cents a gallon, "Super Gas" ethyl for 16 cents a
gallon and tires repaired for 38 cents.
As long as there's been a downtown, there's been an issue with
parking whether it was horses, buggies or, later, cars. Workers in
the early 1970s pour concrete to form the "saw-tooth" parking
spaces that line Massachusetts Street.
The Kansas River's influence on Lawrence goes back to the city's
founding and to 1879 when the Douglas County Mills were at the
height of operation. Today, the Bowersock Mills and Power Co. and
city hall are located on the mill grounds, along the river's south
The Lawrence National Bank looms over the corner of Seventh and
Massachusetts streets in downtown circa 1930. The building, which
has since been razed and replaced with a building that now houses
retail stores, also was home to the Lawrence Business College, the
Gorrill Law Office and other professional offices.
Signs gleaming downtown at night, Gallagher Motors circa 1950
advertises one of its new displays the DeSoto. The dealership,
owned by the late Buddy Gallagher, was located at 634 Mass., where
Kring's Interiors is today.
Douglas County undersheriff Bill Shepard began his career in public
service with the U.S. Marines in 1962. Shepard joined the sheriff's
department in 1982.
US Bancorp is making its way back into the Lawrence market in a big
way. The banking giant is taking over Firstar, which has five
branches and a drive-through operation here, including the main
location at Ninth and Massachusetts streets.
Peoples, 4831 W. Sixth St., is a financial center a prototype
full-service bank with corporate offices, insurance sales,
brokerage services, a bookstore, coffee shop, community gallery,
three television sets and a Sony PlayStation equipped with games.
Angela Cheslic, a receptionist and greeter at Peoples, is ready to
offer fresh-based cookies and coffee to customers.
Expansion plans for the Lawrence Public Library call for an updated
and more user-friendly reference section and an easier-to-access
Library director Bruce Flanders says that instead of building a new
location downtown, the library will lease and renovate small,
storefront spaces for satellite libraries.
Kanwaka Fire Department Volunteers Bob Rombach, left, and Fire
Chief Chris Lesser survey the scene during a recent call for a
standby unit at a medical helicopter landing in western Douglas
County. Township fire departments rely almost completely on
volunteers to provide protection in the county.
Winters may be getting more frigid, but Timmia Heard Feldman, 11,
her sister Zoey, 7, and Cypress Frankenfeld, 9, didn't mind. The
three romped through the snow with umbrellas in tow on a snowy day
Dee Ketchum, tribal chairman of the Delaware Indian Tribe, speaks
to the Leavenworth County Commission during a preliminary
discussion at an early February meeting. Ketchum explained how the
Delawares wanted to build an Indian casino in Leavenworth County.
Preliminary plans for the airport, along the north side of U.S.
Highway 24-40 north of Lawrence, call for dividing about 16 acres
at the airport into 16 lots for future light-industrial
Figures from the 2000 census show that Douglas County's headcount
fell 38 people short of the 100,000 plateau. In January, citizens
of the third-fastest-growing county joined hands to sing "We Shall
Overcome" at the Martin Luther King Jr. banquet at the Kansas
Morland High School students sing during vocal music class while
their instructor, Becky Ellis, plays the piano in late March at
Morland. The school, with 19 students, will close at the end of the
school year due to low enrollment.
Covered by snow, an old tractor sits in North Lawrence during a
late February snow storm. Researchers say new census figures may
force the Kansas Legislature to determine whether it should target
economic development programs, or accept the population and
economic decline in rural areas and not intervene.
Studies of the state's population trends by two Kansas University
professors detail the rapid movement of people from rural to urban
areas. Census figures show that younger generations are leaving
small towns in droves.
Lawrence developer J. Stewart said he longs for homes nestled among
sprawling parks and neighborhood shopping centers, all focused
around a town square. His plans call for as many as 2,000 new homes
and apartments on land southeast of Lecompton.
Victor Frost, left, director of Kansas University's Information
& Telecommuni-cation Technology Center, gives a tour of KU
laboratories to Russian telecommunications entrepreneurs.
David Cavender loads cardboard into a bottom lock machine at the
Lawrence Paper Co., 2801 Lakeview Road. Founded in 1882, the
company's employees produce about 50 million square feet of
corrugated paper each month.
Oread Laboratories, 1501 Wakarusa Drive, was founded in 1994, and
quickly grew into one of the world's largest
contract-pharmaceutical companies. Two years ago, it had 835
employees and 1998 revenues of $83 million.
Lou Atherton, president and chief executive officer of the Ottawa
Area Chamber of Commerce, stands near the site where American Eagle
Outfitters Inc. will open a $31.5 million warehouse and
Terry Tolar, owner of Tolar Cabinets, says his business is
outgrowing its current space, so he is expanding the carpentry shop
to 14,000 square feet at 23rd Street and Haskell Avenue.
The USDA passed regulations recently that require organic farmers
to meet certain standards to carry an "organic" label. In January
at the Community Mercantile Co-op, 901 Miss., produce assistant
Bridget Meier stocks organically grown apples.
Joan and Jim Vibert own and operate Windwalker Farm, and are
blazing a trail for organic, eco-friendly agriculture a few miles
southwest of Ottawa.
Richard Postma, right, 1012 N. 600 Road in Baldwin, listens to
bankruptcy attorneys talk about the status of the Farmers
Cooperative Assn. at a January meeting.
Business continues at Farmers Cooperative Assn.'s south elevator in
Lawrence as the spring season looms.
The Farmers Cooperative Assn.'s Midland Elevator north of Lawrence
is included in a possible purchase deal. FCA, the state's largest
agricultural cooperative, has been mired in uncertainty since
September, when it filed for bankruptcy protection.
After a colder-than-usual winter, Steve Wintermantel, left, and his
brother Mike walk across a field that received a welcomed amount of
moisture after a dry 2000.
While weather extremes claimed other crops this year, corn
surprised local farmers. The best corn crops grew north of the
river, with fields producing about 140 bushels per acre.
Mike Wintermantel, right, and his brother Steve feed several head
of beef cattle in a southwest Douglas County pasture near Mike's
farm on East 1100 Road. The Wintermantels, like a lot of local
farmers, say that if the weather doesn't give them a hard time the
prices they're paid for their crops will.