What happened in the Midlands on this day? Here’s a sampling from the World-Herald archives.
AMPHITHEATER PARK FEATURE
May 20, 1946: An outdoor theater with a capacity of 12,000 people would be one of the most useful features of the World War II Memorial Park. The stage, measuring 150 feet wide and 60 feet deep, would be able to accommodate a large symphony orchestra. It would be a garden-theater type of stage with floor of grass at the outset. The bowl-like theater site was graded into the west slope of the park hill.
1975: Top officials of the Omaha School District reacted with expected criticism of the Legislature’s action that would require school board members to be elected by district. The Legislature overrode, on a 30-16 vote, Gov. J. J. Exon’s veto, setting the stage for election-by-district for the 1976 elections. Five Omaha School Board members would face re-election then. District 66 was not affected.
1986: A three-month investigation into the loss of more than $3,000 from the Lancaster County Court Clerk’s Office ended without any arrests but with changes in bookkeeping procedures, officials said. The police department’s white collar crime unit began investigating in early February after receipts for Jan. 31 totaling $2,000 were reported missing. All but about $300 of the receipts were in checks written for court costs by law firms, said Judge Jack Lindner, presiding county judge. He said the firms were notified immediately and none of the checks were cashed. Police also discovered nearly $1,600 seized in a gambling raid was missing, as were smaller amounts of bond money and other money paid daily to the court clerk’s office during the past two to three years.
1998: A shortage of lifeguards won’t water down the swim season at Omaha city pools. The city had to delay the opening of some pools in 1995 and 1996 because it was unable to attract enough lifeguards. In 1997, an adequate number of lifeguards signed up for work in time for the season to start on schedule, and city parks officials say that would be true again in 1998.