The Hays Daily News from Hays, Kansas on September 15, 2002 · Page 3
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Hays, Kansas
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SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 15,2002 REGION AND STATE THE HAYS DAILY NEWS • A3 Region Smith Center guard unit wins regional food title SMITH CENTER — The 995th Maintenance Co. of the Kansas Army National Guard has won the regional title for food service in the field. A letter from Col. Layne J. Walker, chief of the National Guard Bureau Logistics Division, listed the cooks as the regional competition winners for the best guard unit in the region that includes Kansas, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Missouri, Texas, Louisiana, Arkansas and New Mexico. Judges inspected the food service operation in a field environment near Bellaire on June 22. Competing were Sgt. 1st Class Gary Shipman, Red Cloud, Neb.; Staff Sgt. Kevin Meyer, Winfield; Staff Sgt. Sheila Dues, Kensington; Sgt. John McWilliams, Frank, Neb.; Spc. Kristina Shaw, Agra; and Spc. Patrick Johnson, Smith Center. Chief Warrant Officer James P. Wilroy, Clay Center, is the food service officer. Capt. Charles T. Lunkwitz, Admire, is the company commander and Sgt. 1st Class Stuart I. Stupka, Hays,, is the first sergeant. The 995th is now eligible to compete for the Department of Army level title for the best National Guard food service in the nation Sept. 28. County sales tax on tap for commission Monday The Ellis County Commission will meet at 8:45 a.m. Monday in the commission room at the courthouse, 1204 Fort. Items on the agenda include: • 8:45 a.m., Michelle Kippes, Northwest Kansas Planning and Development Commission, will discuss the sewer grant application for the Munjor improvement district. • 9:05 a.m., Public Works Administrator Mike Graf will discuss road and bridge, solid waste, noxious weed and environmental matters. • 9:30 a.m., Discussion of county sales tax. • 10 a.m., Health Administrator Butch Schlyer will present his monthly report. • 10:15 a.m., Information ...Technology Director Mike.Leiker.- ; will present his monthly report. • 10:30 a.m., Hays Community Development Coordinator Kent Laas will discuss the final plat of the Marvin F. Braun property and consider annexation of noncontiguous property • 10:40 a.m., County Treasurer Mike Billinger will discuss investment of idle funds and equipment purchase. • 11 a.m., County Auditor Ken Beran will present the 2001 County Audit Report. Trego commissioners to hear reports, requests WaKEENEY— The Trego County commissioners will meet at 9 a.m. Monday for their regular weekly meeting. At 10:30 a.m. the Extension council will present its monthly report, followed by a meeting with all county department heads at 11 a.m. Roger Hrabe will request a drawdown from a mi- croloan fund at 11:30 a.m. Following the commissioners' noon lunch break, Leary Johnson will discuss a road closing petition at 1:30 p.m. Dale Pfannenstiel, public works director, will talk about noxious weed and road issues from 2 to 3 p.m. At 5 p.m. Corina Cox will be present for a public hearing on a health office grant. Victoria council to review fees, park improvements VICTORIA — The Victoria City Council will meet Monday at 7:30 p.m. at the City Building, 1005 Fourth. Agenda items include vacant seats on the planning commission, ball park rental fees, condemned property, park improvements, a voting delegate for a city conference, homecoming parade participation and the city clerk attending a workshop, regional meeting and institute. Ellis council to update code, discuss pool ELLIS — The Ellis City Council will meet at 7:30 p.m. Monday at City Hall, 815 Jefferson. Agenda items include review, of water conservation plan, consider adopting ordinances updating the city code and establishing water tap fees, discussing swimming pool operation, a report by the city attorney on condemnation to acquire clear title of real estate, approve a grant application with KDCH and a request from the city clerk to attend advanced training. Students exposed to different kind of career fair By JOY LEIKER HAYS DAILY NEWS ALMENA — Career fairs aren't that uncommon on school campuses, but the brainstorm of a faculty member at Almena USD 212 put a twist on the traditional event. Actually, Monica Wilson put the idea on wheels. On Friday, more than 350 elementary and junior high students from six area schools climbed aboard and inside 32 vehicles during the school's first-ever Careers on Wheels program. Wilson, the Norton County district's student success coordinator, said at first she simply was looking for an option different than the typical career day. Having a career event for students ranging in age from kindergarten to eighth grade certainly isn't typical, but adapting the event, for vehicle-dependent jobs only made it one-of-a-kind. When she and other faculty members started assembling a list of potential participants, even she was amazed at how many careers are vehicle-dependent. "We tried to get everyone who worked out of a vehicle. We wanted to show kids that not all jobs are office jobs," she said. As she mailed invitations to professionals outside the Almena area, Wilson said she thought it was a program many students would enjoy, so she extended greetings to a handful of regional school districts as well. Light ram showers during the four-hour event Friday didn't slow the pace, and Almena students were joined by their peers from Herndon, Jennings, Lenora, Logan and Alma, Neb. Some of the professional participants were obvious, Wilson said, such as the Kansas Highway Patrol as a representative of law enforcement officers. Students climbed into the driver's seat of construction equipment, fire trucks and even a camouflaged military vehicle. Others, including the porta-vet services of Dr. Steve Graf, a veterinarian, were less conventional. Graf works from his All Creatures Veterinary Clinic a few miles outside of Almena, and because of his specialty care for large animals such as cattle and horses, he has two full-sized pickups outfitted with toolbox-style medical cases to transport medical equipment from farm to farm. Nathan Martin,, a junior at Northern Valley High School in Almena, has worked for Graf the last two years, and even though Graf had a full day of appointments scheduled Friday, he trusted Martin to show the younger students his mobile medical clinic. "It's been one of the most popular spots all day," Wilson said. Most of the questions didn't stump Martin, but when a youngster pulled out a tool from the medical case and asked him to identify it, Martin hedged a bit. He asked the accompanying teacher whether he really needed to explain a castration tool to such a young audience. He opted against it. Local farmers said they probably couldn't spare a day out of the fields, but many lent their equipment to the event. Local high school agriscience students agreed to show their younger counterparts around the machines. "It's more interesting if we can have the kids work hands-on. They get more out of it that way," Wilson said. Fall test LEFT; Bernie and Irene Zerfas, Hays, dance to the Polkaneers Band Saturday during the Ellis Fall Fest. BELOW: Phoenix Jenkins, 11, flies down a big air slide at the festival. Phoenix is the son of Ken Jenkins of Ellis. STEVEN HAUSLER .•,<,i^,,-. Hays Dally News . .KiiftiqaoJ iHnnhibSTJ tliiw T-MTTP Court set to near ?.JTA gations against TOPEKA (AP) — It's a case about allegations of fraud, Internet solicitation, sadistic sexual behavior, kidnapping and murder. John E. Robinson Sr., 58, is charged with the murders of Suzette Trouten and Izabela Lewicka, whose bodies were found in barrels on land he owned in Linn County, 40 miles south of the Kansas City area. He's also charged with killing Lisa Stasi, whose body has not been found. University of Kansas law professor Tom Stacy said there is public interest in the case for many reasons, notwithstanding the salacious details. "If all that has been revealed is true, you have to put this in the category of worst of the worst," he said. The case has made news internationally. A German television crew arrived days after Robinson was arrested in June 2000 to interview neighbors. Those residents of the Santa Barbara Mobile Home Park in Olathe recalled that Robinson appeared to be a family man who loved to spend time with his grandchildren. • Starting Monday, his trial be- gins with jury selection in a small Johnson County District Courtroom after defense lawyers failed to get the entire 1,200-member jury pool rejected on grounds of pre-trial publicity It's expected to take at least a week to select the 12-member jury plus eight alternates. The trial, presided over by Judge John Anderson III, is expected to last at least four to six weeks. The evidence assembled against Robinson includes thousands of pages of documents, including DNA evidence. Prosecutors have alleged a pattern that runs the gamut from a con artist—who lured women to Johnson County with promises of a good job, world travel and a healthy income — to a man who solicited sadomasochistic sex with women. Trouten, 28, was from Newport, Mich., and authorities say she was murdered in 2000; Lewicka, 22, a' former Purdue University student who moved to the Kansas City area in June 1997, was killed in 1999. Stasi, 19, was from Johnson County and has been missing since 1985. Johnson County authorities be- gan their investigation when Trouten's parents complained about not hearing from their daughter. In March 2000, investigators placed Robinson under surveillance. Investigators went to his Linn County property and found the bodies of Trouten and Lewicka stuffed in yellow barrels near a mobile home used as a weekend getaway In Missouri, Robinson is .charged with the deaths of Sheila Faith, her daughter Debbie and Beverly Bonner. Their bodies were found in barrels a storage locker in Raymore, Mo. He faces the death penalty there. Photo courtesy of Ellis County Historical Society The Krueger Bros. Dry Goods store, also known as the Opera House, as seen in 1885 looking south across the railroad tracks at the intersection of what is how West Ninth and Fort streets in Hays. OPERA HOUSE: Built in 1877 • CONTINUED FROM PAGE Al If it is listed on the register, the group will be able to apply for grants to help finance the building's restoration, and certain guidelines will have to be followed to restore the property. Preliminary engineering and architectural studies indicate that the exterior is relatively well preserved under the brick facade and the changes are reversible, "The structure is sound, and there's nothing that can't be fixed," Hansen said. The Opera House, built to 1877 by Henry Krueger, is the only remaining example of rural Second Empire design to the Ellis County area. All other freestanding examples were burned to the devastating downtown Hays fire of 1895 or have been torn down, according to a press release issued by the Liberty Group. Krueger .operated a grocery and general store on the first floor, and the opera house, which featured Shakespearian plays and operas by local talent as well as traveling musicians, was on the second floor. The third floor served as the Ellis County Courthouse from 1896 to 1898 after a fire destroyed the courthouse, to 1909, the Essex Club, an elite social organization, bought the building to use as a clubhouse, Midwest Tobacco and Candy Co/moved into the building to 1954 and added the brick facade and a warehouse on the south side. The third-floor dormers and cornice brackets also were removed at that time. The company used the facility as a distribution center until 1986. It's been vacant since, The structure is characterized by .its distinctive straight-line Mansard roof, but other architec- tural details such as roof cornices, eave brackets, pediment dormers, arched windows, beveled-face stone and paired entry doors have been removed or covered by the brick. However, many of the features were saved. Unlike the exterior, the interior is relatively unchanged and retains its Italianate influence. Though several ideas have been discussed, there aren't any definite plans yet for the interior, Hansen said. Liberty Group's preliminary plans for a variety of buildings to the downtown district can be seen on, its Web site at www.chestnut- Its first project involves the restoration of buildings to the 100 block of'East llth, A micrpbreW' ery, called Liquid Bread, is sched-, uled to open to the spring, as is an updated version of the diner. NOVEL: Fort Hays, Civil War history her passion CONTINUED FROM PAGE Al "They couldn't get rid of him. He was fine during the week, but every weekend he would get hold of a bottle somehow and get drunk," she said. After getting rowdy, Joe would be thrown in the guardhouse. Every Sunday morning, one of the officers' wives would make pancakes for the prisoners. •"Joe loved pancakes, so he got the name Pancake Joe," she said. Another favorite story came from a picture of Chief Powder- face, also a Native American who lived in the area. His portrait hung in the Fort Hays State University library, when McAfee was 3 student there. One day while studying in the library, curiosity got the best of her, so she found a book about him. Chief Powderface was a warrior who fell deeply in love. He didn't want his love to have to do any work, so he did it for her. She would often sit in her buffalo robe while he worked like the other women. No one dared laugh or make fun of him, she said.' The working title for the Fort Hays novel was "Pierre Prideaux's Lost Gold," but people would wonder who Pierre'Prideaux was, and they would have to care that he lost his gold. A riddle implies a mystery, and people like mysteries, she said. The story has two settings, 100 years apart, in 1867 and1967, "Theihistory in the bpoji is accurate, hut the story is fiction," McAfee said as she' narrated a slide show'featuring the places mentioned to the novel, , "I read as much as I can, but I don't read what's written now. I go back to what was written at the tune, books and newspapers of the tune. They have the facts. . "My dad was a history major to college. I guess his interest rubbed off on me. My real area of interest is the Civil War," she said. Not surprisingly, she has written a novel set in Chattanooga, Tenn., about that historical event as well. Because they are tied to the two historical subjects of interest to her, .Fort Hays and the Civil War, McAfee also is a student of the lives of Gen. George Custer and his wife, Elizabeth, also known as Libby As part of her presentation about the couple, she showed a slide of the tree where Libby set up a camp,that included a porch overlooking Big Creek. , Despite his arrogance, Custer "had enormous courage and an ability to lead men to a time of crisis," McAfee said. . Custer died ; at the -age of ,37, and his wife spent the rest of her life making sure he wouldn't be forgotten to history. , '{ ' McAtee likes writing historical novels for young people to keep them "interested to ongoing history, so theywon't forget^' but adults enjoy the "Riddle," too, she said.;?. ' She .also t h,as written two chilr dren's bqbks'and completed-a s^ guel to.the Eprt Hays novel, butjit hasn't been-pubJishedyet't;. c tf jti, Historic Fort Hays p»$f,- to'its,20tliuyear, include^ $|mp|^ : teundress^djiljzs^^vwwvj™ we^'as^iljtrfdllplayl?^'-^^ ', . . v J' 1 ,;-, ' i ' -i <<•' ' , M,; '"i , '^',o;,T,vA''/.•,-' ' *;^','

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