The Hays Daily News from Hays, Kansas on June 16, 2006 · Page 1
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Angelic ending PageBl, THE VOICE OF THE HIGH PLAINS Friday June 16,2006 Hays, Kansas 000 Panel sets August date for justice's hearing By CHRIS GREEN HARRIS NEWS SERVICR Nuss TOPEKA — A state judicial panel will begin hearing testimony and evidence in August to determine whether a sitting Kansas Supreme Court justice broke ethics rules during a lunchtime chat earlier this year with two state senators. Justice Lawton Nuss, a fof mer Salina attorney, is accused of violating conduct standards for judges, the state's first high court justice to formally face such a complaint. During a conference Thursday at the state's judicial center, attorneys in the case and an official from the state Commission on Judicial Qualifications set the hearing for 9 a.m. Aug. 10 in Topeka. Nuss did not appear in person at Thursday's session but will be present at the August hearing. Overland Park lawyer J. Nick Badgerow represented Nuss at the conference. The justice is accused of discussing education-funding legislation during a March 1 lunch with Senate President Steve Morris, R- Hugoton, and Sen. Pete Brungardt, R-Salina, even though a high-profile school finance lawsuit remained before the court. In April, the justice removed himself from further proceedings in the case after a reporter asked about contacts between the court and legislators. The August proceeding is expected to last a single day, and Nuss will be called to testify, along with Morris and Brungardt. Other individuals that Morris told about his contact with the court won't be called, attorneys in the case told Judge J. Patrick Brazil, a commission member who oversaw Thursday's conference. SEE NUSS, PAGE A8 Long-time professor bids FHSU farewell Heil has taught for more than four decades By MICAH MERTES HAYS DAILY NEWS More than 40 years of memories at Fort Hays State University, those Richard Heil will take, those he recollects with clarity and occasional sentiment. But 40 years-plus of term papers, grades, files and all the other miscellania a faculty member accumulates in that time, that stuff can't be pitched soon enough. "The past couple of weeks, I've just been cleaning out my office," Heil said. "I've been cleaning out files from all the courses I took as a student, all of them I taught, all those notes. I found a box full of my dissertation. I got rid of all of it." Hejl presented a plastic ijejt.* .,. cup teeming with the hundreds of paper clips pulled during the process. He pointed to the bare walls of his office. He told of the 30 blue-recycling barrels he filled by the time the last file was thrown out. "What do you do with all that stuff, take it home?" he asked. Saturday is Hell's last day as a faculty member of FHSU. This day will be 43 years after he graduated from the university with a bachelor of arts degree in political science. It's 41 years since he began as an instructor and nine since he became the third chairman in the political science and justice studies department's history. He's served under four of the eight FHSU presidents, and he wonders just how many students have taken class- Heil es from hiiru "I've taught big sections of American Government for a lot of years, as well as small little seminars with no more than five students," he said. "I've taught ,,,.,,(4ass.es jaboiittjie grefldjjicy^. Congress, Kansas politics," the Constitution, so many," SEE HEIL, PAGE A8 Summer cinema FRED HUNT / Hays Dally News Mall 8 Cinema employee Sarah Turner looks on as assistant manager James Gerstner changes the marquee letters Thursday evening in front of The Mall In Hays. Family farmer JAMIE ROPER / Hays Daily News Gary Sack eyes his wheat as he unloads his combine Wednesday about 3 miles west of Hays. Sack's son, Jeff, and 4-year-old grandson, Jacob, helped him bring in the harvest this year. Small town dealing with loss of post office By STACIE R. SANDALL HAYS DAILY NEWS PENOKEE — Penokee and Graham County residents are having to foot the bill to prepare for a significant change. Penokee inhabitants no longer will be able to get their mail at the local post office after June 23. A notice was sent out to residents June 6 that Postmaster Gail Brandyberry was leaving. The next day, they got notice that they were losing their post office altogether. "They said they couldn't find anyone to take it," said Dorothy Taylor, a Penokee resident since 1966. "They cut their hours back and everything and couldn't find anyone to take it for that many hours." The post office hours are from 9 to 10:30 a.m. Monday through Friday, and one nearly-random hour Saturday. Taylor said the 40-plus residents of Penokee hated to hear about the closure, but no one blames the postmaster for leaving. She got a full-time job with benefits, according to Taylor. "To me, it's real sad," Taylor said. "As long as you have a post office, you're somebody. Once you lose your post office, you're nobody." SEE LOSS, PAGE A8 IN THE NEVUS U.S.wirriedalMitNirttiKirean lug-range missilo tost WASHINGTON (AP) — North Korea Is accelerating preparations for testing a missile that has the potential to strike the United States, a U.S. government official said today. A test of the Taepodong-2 long-range missile might be imminent, the offlfital saw- The official agreed to speak but only on the condition of anonymity because of the sarAaitiYttygf the Information, thp plal said the Bush • admlnlitfalien l|¥e,ry concerned about acllvitiee that point toward a test, but de- clined to elaborate. Japanese and South Korean officials also have expressed concern In recent days about the reported North Korean missile launch activities. Kyodo News agency in Japan reported that an additional rocket section had arrived at a North Korean launch sjte within the past two, days,. In Tokyo, the Japanese government responded to news reports about a possible step would jeopardize the LIGHTER SIDE WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) —A woman who dashed Into an International rugby match wearing a skimpy bikini was fined for disorderly behavior — but her online auction of the garment already had drawn a bid more than 10 times the fine. Lisa Lewis ran onto the field during a rugby match between New Zealand and Ireland last weekend before being escorted away by security guards. When her case was called In the Hamilton Magistrate's Court today, Lewis was convicted of disorderly behavior and fined $206. "I'm happy, eh, I thpught It was go- Ing to be a lot more," she told Netloiv al Radio, adding "if I was |n court, I would have given the judge a hug." Earlier this week, Lewis began an online auction of the bikini to help pay the fine, and just hsun b*fore it was due to close today, bids for the gar- ( mrt has! reached $2,496. COMING SUNDAY A profile of the officers of Northwest Kansas Community Corrections. INSIDE this & that A2 Kansas A3 Faith AS Opinion A6 National A7 Obituaries A8 Financial A8 Sports B1 Scoreboard B2 Classifieds 04 Comics 07 Annie's Mailbox 87 OUTSIDE LOCAL FORECAST Tonight, thunderstorms. Some thunderstorms might be severe with heavy rainfall. Lows in the lower 60s. Southeast winds 10 to 15 mph, Expanded weather, page B8. 3 sections, 38 pages CONTACT us: PHONE: (785) 628-1081 on (800) 867-W17 FAX: (78$) 828-8189

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