Matt Merkel-Hess

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Extra activities spice college life
May 30, 2002
By Matt Merkel-Hess Being involved in a club or organization isn’t just a way to have fun. It’s a way to put your education to work, said Jonathan Ng, Leawood senior and student body president at Kansas University.
Free State High School ceremony honors seniors
May 14, 2002
By Matt Merkel-Hess More than 150 Free State High School students were honored Monday night during the Senior Recognition Ceremony. About 400 people attended the event in the school auditorium, which recognized academic, athletic, scholarship and citizenship awards.
Legislation draws mixed reviews from area farmers
May 14, 2002
By Matt Merkel-Hess The farm bill signed Monday by President Bush received mixed reactions in the Lawrence area. Ron Rice, president of the Douglas County Farm Bureau and a farmer southwest of Lawrence, said he hadn’t seen all the details but was happy something was signed.
Families celebrate Mother’s Day at pool
May 13, 2002
By Matt Merkel-Hess Mother’s Day was celebrated with a splash Sunday at the Lawrence Indoor Aquatic Center. Offering free admission to all mothers accompanied by their families, the pool gave moms a chance to let their worries float away. Shortly after opening at 1:30 p.m., the pool filled with families celebrating the holiday.
Recent storms don’t ease dryness
May 12, 2002
By Matt Merkel-Hess and Mindie Paget Recent storms have brought no relief to drought conditions in western Kansas. Isolated rain fell Saturday but was not substantial, said Steve Kays, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Topeka.
Barbecue cook-off offers good eats for a good cause
May 12, 2002
By Matt Merkel-Hess There’s not really a secret to making succulent pork ribs or tender beef brisket. All you need is an attention to detail, said Tom Roberts, Leawood. “It’s not one secret,” he said. “It’s just doing a lot of things well.”
Hospital’s financial health highlight of annual report
May 7, 2002
By Matt Merkel-Hess Lawrence might not agree on everything for example, the South Lawrence Trafficway or Home Depot but it does agree on one thing, Mayor Sue Hack said. “I know we all agree on one important thing, and that is Lawrence, Kansas, is very proud of its community hospital,” she said.
Hazing incidents reported
District suspends students for taking senior pranks too far
May 7, 2002
By Tim Carpenter and Matt Merkel-Hess Senior pranks that might be defined as kidnapping and assault are no laughing matters to Lawrence public school district administrators. Supt. Randy Weseman said Monday that students had been suspended, with more suspensions possible pending further investigation of alleged hazing by students at Free State High School and Lawrence High School.
Flying disc competition goes to the dogs
Canine event, art festival draw crowd
May 6, 2002
By Matt Merkel-Hess Cheyenne keeps a busy schedule. The 3-year-old border-collie mix is a therapy dog, attends agility classes and on Sunday, snagged the most points in a flying disc-catching competition at South Park.
Annual auto swap meet draws crowds to Lawrence
May 5, 2002
By Matt Merkel-Hess John and Sharon Schrag have turned a joy of repairing old cars into a paying hobby. Specializing in “nothing in particular,” the Moundridge couple laid out tables of old car parts such as wheels, odometers and tail lights Saturday at the 39th annual swap meet, sponsored by the Lawrence Region Antique Auto Club of America.

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