News briefs for Nov. 24
Welding accident victim dies
A rural Leavenworth County man, who family members say was welding a gasoline tank to a truck, died from injuries he suffered last week in an explosion and ensuing fire four miles east of Tonganoxie.
Elmer "Bill" Lee, 39, was working Nov. 16 in a barn behind the home of his parents-in-law at 18275 182nd St. when the explosion occurred.
Lee died about noon Thursday at University of Kansas Hospital, according to Sgt. Charlie Yates of the Leavenworth County Sheriff's Office.
Delegation visits Arbor Day Farm
Members of the Lansing Tree Board and Parks and Recreation Department, looking for ideas for displaying information to park visitors, on Friday toured the Arbor Day Farm in Nebraska City, Neb.
John Bennett, a Lansing Tree Board member, said many ideas that were brought back can be expected to be seen soon in Lansing parks, particularly the new Kelly Park on the south side of town.
Those attending from Lansing were Jason Crum, Cody Burnett, Christina Sanderson, Kevin Gardner and Bennett.
Lions Club preps for wood raffle
The Lansing Lions Club is selling tickets for its annual wood raffle fund-raiser.
Club members over the weekend cut and split firewood for the raffle at the farm of Chris Foley. The winner of the raffle will receive in December what's described as a generous cord of wood; the runner-up will receive a half cord.
Tickets are available from any Lions Club member or by calling 727-6500.
The Lansing Community Library's winter reading program is under way and will last until Feb. 12, 2005. The program is open to readers and pre-readers from young children to adults. Those interested in participating must register at the library to receive a reading log. In the log, participants record the titles of books from the library and number of pages read. Reading logs must be turned in by Feb. 12, and books and prizes will be awarded Feb. 16.