What happened in the Midlands on this day? Here’s a sampling from the World-Herald archives.
Leahy: orpheum could be arts site
Feb. 18, 1972: The city was looking into the possibility of converting the old Orpheum Theater into a center for the performing arts, Mayor Eugene A. Leahy said. The mayor said he had met with representatives of Downtown Omaha Inc. and the Orpheum owners to discuss whether the conversion was economically feasible. Last month, owners of the theater at 16th and Harney Streets said they would be willing to lease the building to the city or a civic group for a nominal fee, such as $1 a year, if the theater could be put to a use that would benefit the city. “I don’t want it to become a parking lot if we can make it into a music hall,” Leahy said.
1939: After the longest meeting of the session to date, the Legislature abandoned a proposal to investigate the State Insurance Department. A motion by State Sen. Charles Tvrdik to kill a resolution by Sen. A.L. Miller as twice amended was approved, 19-16. Miller told his colleagues, “You are condoning what is being done. ... I can’t feel you are doing the right thing by the people of Nebraska.”
1990: The Alliance City Council voted 3-1 to remove Carhenge from its zoning jurisdiction, a move that would put the area under state zoning laws. The Planning Commission advised the move, which must go through two or three City Council readings before it was finalized. Dave Burnett, director of an organization that favors keeping the group of junked cars designed to look like England’s Stonehenge, said he hoped to have a mobile tourist information center at Carhenge to provide information and sell souvenirs.
2002: Gov. Mike Johanns said that he would not turn to state sales and income taxes to fill an expected $150 million hole in the current state budget. Over the weekend, Johanns said, he “went over the state budget line by line. ... We have to start out with the proposition that we have to look at everything.” During a campaign appearance in Omaha before the Benson Women’s Republican Club, Johanns repeatedly told the 50 people in the church basement that he would call on them and all Nebraskans to sacrifice to deal with the state’s financial problems.