What happened in the Midlands on this day? Here’s a sampling from the World-Herald archives.
‘City renewal board needed immediately,’ planners tell council
January 10, 1963: The Omaha Planning Board recommended by unanimous vote that the City Council immediately create an urban renewal authority. With that surprise more, the urban renewal controversy and speculation of years seemed headed for a climax. Mayor James Dworak repeated that he would veto any Council action creating an authority without a prior vote of the people. It appeared that at least four Council votes could be mustered for the creation of an authority.
1945: The Omaha School Board’s proposal for legislation to permit use of a surplus in its bond redemption fund for school operation ran into some objections in a conference between board representatives and Omaha legislators in Lincoln. Some of the senators objected on the grounds that when Omaha citizens approved a mill levy increase a few years ago they were told that the increase would be temporary and that when the bond redemption peak had been passed the levy would be decreased.
1997: The arrival of three military-surplus helicopters in Omaha within the next month would double the size of the police helicopter unit but probably wouldn’t increase the number of aircraft that fly patrols. “We’re going to use them in some fashion, but we don’t necessarily intend on flying all six,” Deputy Police Chief Martin Crowley said. Two of the six helicopters would be repainted and used during the first year of the program, he said.
2006: An estimated 100 Bellevue East students staged a protest in the school’s commons area, upset about what they called sudden enforcement of a districtwide dress code banning torn or ragged clothing. The uproar started when students returned from winter break. Those wearing ripped jeans were asked to change. Earlier administrators told 100 students that their pants violated the policy outlined in the Student/Parent Handbook. Students gathered near the school’s flagpole before moving their protest inside to the seniors’ commons area.