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Lawrence Daily Journal World (Newspaper) - May 4, 1993, Lawrence, Kansas THE LAWRENCE DAILY JOURNALWORLD Tuesday U093JournulWorld May Kansas 48 Pages 124 50 cents AG opinion may force McElhaney to resign By PETER LUNDQUIST JW Staff Writer Louie McElhaney trains firefighters and forges county The two jobs might be incompati ble according to s t at e he an nounced at a news c o n ference Mon If the case goes to court McElhaney the jobs are found to be in McElhaney said he would step down as Douglas County com missioner rather than quit his duties as Wakarusa Township fire I want the county to be aware of he I will do whatever is required of whenever the time After receiving a request from a Douglas County Betty Jo had asked the state attorney generals office for an informal opinion about McElhaneys status under a statute which pro a person from serving in two public offices at the same In a the office respond ed We conclude that a county commissioner who holds a posi tion as fire chief in a townships fire department comes within See page 11A Do you think Louie McElhaneys duties as Wakarusa Township fire chief and county commis sioner constitute enough of a conflict of interest that he should resign one of the posts Answer todays JW Access page RECORD SNAPPED Staff photo by Richard Gwin Steve a photographer for Kansas Universitys office of university holds the longest snapping turtle ever recorded in the Looking on at the tale of the tape ceremony Monday fromDicks Tom director of ex hibits at the KU Museum of Natural Junior a Leaven worth County resi dent who caught the and Joe zoologist and editor for the Museum of Natural See page 6A for more on the recordbreaking Community nursing home plans laid By PETER LUNDQUIST JW Staff Writer As his friends moved bound for nursing homes in neighboring Alf Oleson decided to go door to door for support of a care home in his I wanted to stay at he He sold of stock in the Eudora Development which 18 years ago opened the Eudora Nursing Oleson called on community members to sit on its board of managing the home for their loved The idea of a community owned and operated nursing home such as the Eudora center is gaining support in shared the Eudora ex perience with about 50 people Monday at the Lawrence Public See page 11A Three groups interested in Valley View By PETER LUNDQUIST JW Staff Writer While community activists are building sup port for a community owned and operated nursing Douglas County commissioners are reviewing three letters of interest regarding Valley View Care Margaret executive director of Kan sans for Improvement of Nursing said building a new facility and deciding the fate of Valley View did not depend on each The future need is great enough to support both she She cited statistics from the state Division of Budget that she said indicate the county would have an additional 320 people needing nursing home care in less than seven All three commissioners attended a communi ty forum Monday about the proposed communi ty The commission voted in February to solicit proposals from private agencies interested in buying or leasing the County Administrator Craig Weinaug detailed the three letters of interest he has received con cerning Valley View Innovative would like to lease or purchase the Linda who has served as management consultant for Valley View and is president of Innovative has proposed phasing the facility into a special care unit for patients who have Alzheimers Retirement Management expressed interest in leasing Valley View while it builds a new The Evangelical Lutheran Good Samaritan Sioux is interested in leas ing or purchasing the Weinaug emphasized that the letters were not formal Commissioners will review the outfits records before deciding whether to solicit formal Student still critical INSIDE TQDAY with meningitis case By TIM CARPENTER JW Staff Writer The Kansas University student fighting a suspected life threatening illness remained in critical condition today at the KU Medical Kansas Ci KUMC officials said freshman Christopher of Morgan was in the in tensive care He was admit ted to KUMC on Doctors believe Henley may have bacterial No other cases of meningitis have been reported among KU said Charles chief of staff at KUs Watkins Health Watkins Director James Strobl said more than 100 students sought treatment And a large number of students called with questions about the Meningitis is an inflammation of membrane covering the brain and spinal The most serious form of meningitis is fatal in about half of all Survivors may be left with disabilities such as deafness and Meningitiscausing bacteria can be transmitted through con tact with respiratory droplets sneezed or coughed into the air or left on and drinking Yockey said the incubation period for meningitis varies from three to 10 He advised that anyone with sudden stiff loss of nausea or vomiting contact a All students who live with Henley on the third floor of Mc Collum Hall and other people who came in close contact with him were to be placed on a two day antibiotic No other precautions have See page 11A NCAAs Schultz may lose his job NCAA executive director Dick Schultz may lose his job as early as this week because of violations that occurred at the University of Virginia while he was athletic PAGE 1B The weather partly Low around partly 30 percent chance for afternoon Index points to subdued economy WASHINGTON AP The governments chief economic forecasting gauge plunged 1 per cent in the worst decline since the middle of the recession more than two years the Commerce Department said to The slightly steeper than predicted by was a sign of the dramatic slowdown that has gripped the economy this compared with a brief period of robust growth late last The decrease was the worst since November In at the end of the economys strongest quarter in five the Index of Leading Indicators had leapt the best in a President Clinton said he plan ned no new initiatives in light of the new but I wouldnt rule anything out down the The best thing we can do for the economy this year clearly is to pass a deficit reduction plan because of what it will do to interest he told We need to pass keep the interest rates and see what The index is designed to predict economic activity six to nine months in Three Index of leading indicators Seasonally adjusted 156 152 1HL AMJJASONOJFM 1M2 1883 92 93 93 Source ot Commerce AP consecutive declines are a although far from sign of a recession Were in a very subdued Theres nothing very buoyant going said economist Laurence a Louisbased Packaging firm to build in DeSoto Plant would be 1st in business park By SHARON DICKINSON JW Staff Writer An Overland Parkbased com pany has announced plans to build a million manufactur ing plant in DeSotos Corridor 10 Commerce Sealright said Monday that it plans to build a squarefoot facility house its central which includes manufac turing and warehouse opera It will replace a 60year old facility in the Fairfax district of Kansas where the company makes paperboard packaging for food and dairy The company holds a contract to purchase 58 acres in the business located near Kan sas Highway 10 and Lexington This would be the first business to locate in the Officials wont disclose the terms of the which is contingent on several details such as an environmental evaluation of the land and fun ding for construction of a railroad spur that will serve the whole ed the site review process for said he expects the re maining steps in the process to flow smoothly and groundbreak ing is set for Com pletion of the new facility is plan ned for late and the com pany will take up to six months to transfer inventory and opera tions from the Kansas He said Sealright initially con sidered remodeling and enlarg ing the Fairfax but studies showed a new facility would be more economical and would im1 prove the working The site search included land on both sides of the state line in the Kansas City metropolitan When we considered all the especially the interests our the DeSoto location stood Lindley We still have some technical details to but at this point the K10 site is our first THE CENTRAL division facility employes about 350 peo ple on a million Lindley said Sealright doesnt plan to increase the size of its DAVID who head See page 11A PAGE2A Cult children tell of abuse Children who left the Branch Davidian cult compound said David Konesh gave girls as young as 11 plastic Stars of David that signified they were ready to have sex with PAGE 2A Index Access 12A Area Sound QUOTABLE If the White House wants to play hard Im ready to suit Bob on an accusation that he sought million in pork barrel money for a Wichita Recent rains give area farmers time away from fields By SHARON DICKINSON JW Staff Writer Its hard to look on the bright side when the sun rarely pokes out from behind the But for what its farmers say their equipment pro bably is in the best shape in farm ponds are full and pastures are lush Soggy fields have hampered efforts to work the ground and prepare for so farmers have spent many hours this spring praying for sunshine and tuning up their machinery in hopes theyll soon put it to Garry agriculture agent with the Douglas County Extension said theres no way to pinpoint a deadline for planting It depends on the variety of corn and the number of days the hybrid requires to rain has delayed planting almost beyond the safe date for fullseason which takes the most time to he Although Douglas County farmers usually have completed corn planting by this time of See page 11A
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