What happened in the Midlands on this day? Here’s a sampling from the World-Herald archives.
Checks to state schools stir more confusion
November 18, 1977: Many Nebraska schools learned that the amount of state aid they would receive between now and next pring differed sharply from the amount received the previous year. But the pattern was less clear than officials earlier predicted, when it was assumed that big urban school districts would receive higher payments and small rural ones would suffer. The pattern was illustrated by the receipts of schools in the Douglas-Sarpy County area. Among districts that were receiving increases were Elkhorn, Millard, Bennington, Bellevue, Papillion, Gretna and Springfield. But cutbacks were being felt by OPS, District 66, Waterloo, Valley and Ralston.
1944: Summons for juvenile traffic violators were running two to one over the previous year in Omaha, traffic officials said after lecturing 43 youngsters at the weekly class. “Bicycle violations are getting really serious,” said Traffic Chief Robert Munch, who recently was made a member of the committee of the Bicycle Safety Legion of America, headquarters at Chicago. Double-riding remained the worst offense.
1990: A grant of $300,000 was awarded to Creighton University researchers to study hereditary forms of breast and colon cancer. Dr. Henry T. Lynch, president of Creighton’s Hereditary Cancer Institute, said the three-year study would target patients who, because of hereditary and environmental factors, are considered at high risk. The study was financed by the Council for Tobacco Research USA.
2005: The Omaha Public Schools would shrink and the other 10 school districts in Douglas and Sarpy Counties would be redrawn in 10 years under a plan State Sen. Ron Raikes would present to the Legislature. None of the resulting districts would have more than 25,000 students. They would share financial resources for school operations and building construction and improvements. Tackling the school boundary issue in the coming session is critical, said Raikes, chairman of the Legislature’s Education Committee. “The situation is a big drag on public schools and, in fact, on all issues of living in the metro area,” he told members of the Nebraska Association of School Boards at the group’s annual convention in Omaha.