What happened in the Midlands on this day? Here’s a sampling from the World-Herald archives.
School fund issue is evaded, exiting superintendent says
December 18, 1945: Omahans had not faced squarely the “fundamental issue” of providing adequate financing for their public schools. They must do so if Omaha children were to be assured “at least the average schooling found in cities the size of Omaha.” Superintendent of schools Hobart M. Corning so informed the Board of Education, as he formally tendered his resignation, effective April 1. Dr. Corning was leaving Omaha to accept a similar position at Washington, D.C. His resignation was accepted “with regret” by the board.
1973: The $15,000 sought by the Omaha Board of Education for expenses of its integration committee was provided by Northern Natural Gas Co. The money was for Selection Research of Lincoln. The firm was coordinating the work of the 130-member committee studying integration methods for the Omaha public schools. The firm estimated in October it would need about $15,000 for its work, expected to culminate in the committee’s report in February.
1993: The Dodge County Correctional Facility would become smoke free Jan. 2, Director of Corrections Brad Alexander said. Employees and inmates would not be allowed to smoke on the second floor of the Dodge County Judicial Center after Jan. 2. Until then, inmates were allowed to purchase as many as 10 packs of cigarettes twice a week from the jail commissary. What wasn’t smoked by Jan. 2 would be put into the inmates’ lockers and would become available upon an inmate’s release.
2001: An outdoor education group offered to pay for a tax-delinquent vacant lot so Prospect Hill residents could install a learning center and expand their north Omaha park. Outdoor Adventures Unlimited Inc., a nonprofit group, wanted to help the neighborhood move forward with plans to improve the park by removing a hurdle: The group would pay $400 to acquire a narrow strip of vacant land just west of the park at 34th and Seward Streets. The sloping, bumpy land, measuring about 40 feet by 127 feet, was not big enough by city standards to build a house. The land had been vacant since 1989.