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July 26, 2000

Clerk's office open late for voters
The Leavenworth County clerk's office in the courthouse will be open late tonight and Thursday to allow voters an opportunity to cast ballots early.

The primary election is next Tuesday, and polls are open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

But voters can take advantage of early balloting.

Linda Scheer, county clerk, stressed that all voters must first complete an application form requesting to vote by advance ballot. Applications are available at the clerk's office in the Leavenworth County Courthouse or at the county annex in Tonganoxie. Applications also can be mailed, Scheer said.

The deadline for the clerk to mail voting ballots is 5 p.m. Friday. And advance ballots must be returned to the clerk's office by 7 p.m. on Election Day, which is next Tuesday.

The county clerk's office at the courthouse will be open until 8 p.m. today and Thursday to accommodate voters who want to vote an advance ballot. The deadline for voting at the clerk's office is noon Monday.

Lawrence city band sets final concert
The Lawrence City Band will close its weekly concert series tonight.

On tap are "1812 Overture" and "The Stars and Stripes Forever."

The concert will begin at 8 p.m. at South Park, under the direction of Bob Foster.

The band concerts are sponsored by the city of Lawrence Parks and Recreation Department, with assistance from the Rice Foundation.

State laws govern placement of signs
It's a sign of the times campaigning to support your favorite candidate. However, if your plans involve placing a political sign for the upcoming primary election, the Kansas Department of Transportation advises the public to make sure it's not on highway right of way.

By law, all right of way on state highways is to be used exclusively for public highway purposes. Only uniform-marking guides and warning signs for identifying routes are allowed on the state highway system. KDOT has jurisdiction over all Interstate, Kansas and U.S. routes on the state's 9,600-mile system.

When KDOT maintenance crews find political advertising on state right of way, the signs will be removed immediately without notice. Signs then will be taken to the closest KDOT sub-area office where they can be picked up by the owner with the agreement they will not be placed on state right of way again. All signs not picked up will be disposed of after the election.

Political campaign advertising is allowed on private property bordering state right of way.

Representative to help veterans
A representative from the Kansas Commission on Veterans' Affairs on Aug. 10 will be available in three area towns to help veterans and their dependents with service work.

The representative will be in Atchison at 9 a.m. at the Atchison Senior Center, 504 Kansas Ave.; in Leavenworth at 1 p.m. at the Job Service Office, 600 S. Fifth; and in Oskaloosa at 3 p.m. at the Jefferson County Courthouse.

Anyone unable to contact the representative on Aug. 10 may get in touch with the Kansas Commission on Veterans' Affairs, 745 Vermont, Suite 2, Lawrence, 66044-2371, (785) 843-5233.

St. Vincent Clinic given $15,000 grant
St. Vincent Clinic has received a $15,000 grant from the Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth Health System Mission Fund.

The grant will provide partial funding to hire a patient advocate/referral specialist. The Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth Health System consists of 10 hospitals and four clinics in four states.

Caritas Clinics Inc., at 511 S. Fifth St. in Leavenworth, consists of St. Vincent Clinic, Duchesne Clinic in Kansas City, Kan., and the Mobile Clinic, which serves Leavenworth County and Wyandotte County.

"There are many person in Leavenworth County who are in need of the services that are provided by St. Vincent Clinic as well as those services provided by many other social service entities," said Sister Ann McGuire, executive director of Caritas Clinics Inc.

"Patients definitely need an advocate to refer them to needed services and to navigate the sometimes-intricate waters of the various systems."

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