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THE VOICE OF THE HIGH PLAINS Monday June 19,2006 Hays, Kansas 500 Shirley Gaston, left, and her mother, Ruth Bollnger, both are retired and living In Hays. Both widows, they spend a lot of time together, including the past couple of weeks at Hays Medical Center's rehabilitation center, where Bolinger Is recovering from a broken pelvis. DIANE GASPER- O'BRIEN Hays Dally News TAKING CARE OF EACH OTHER Mother, daughter savor time together, no matter where By DIANE GASPER-O'BRIEN HAYS DAILY NEWS Sometimes they are mistaken for sisters rather than mother and daughter. And It's not because Shirley Gaston looks years past her age of 66. Instead, her mother, Ruth Bolinger, looks and acts years younger than 94. Gaston, an only child, and Bolinger have spent a big share of their lives together, even after Gaston married, had a family of her own and moved around to several cities in Kansas. Their visits to each other became more frequent when Bolinger's husband and Gaston's father, Wayne Bolinger, died in 1982. Just six years later, Gaston's husband, Doug Gaston, died of a heart attack at age 53 after moving his family to Hays just three years earlier. Each Monday, "At Random" will feature a story about a person or people In northwest Kansas. The subjects are chosen at random trom the telephone book. Mother and daughter can remember only one or two Christmases that they haven't spent together. Now, they can visit each other daily if they wish after Bolinger moved to Hays in 2004 from Wichita, where she had lived for more than 70 years. Gaston had planned to eventually move back to Wichita after her husband died. "I put the house up for sale and started looking for jobs," she said. "I thought whichever happened first." Hays was in a recession in the late 1980s, and houses weren't moving very fast. Before Gaston could get much of a nibble on her house, she found a job — one she ended up liking, a lot. She worked for about 14 years in the personnel office at Fort Hays State University before retiring in 2003. Visits back and forth between Hays and Wichita continued for Gaston and Bolinger, who still drives her own car, before Bolinger moved to Hays the nejct year. It was a move that was totally Bolinger's decision. "I was down there one weekend, and she just told me she was moving to Hays," Gaston said. "Yard work was getting more difficult," Bolinger said of her Wichita home. "I didn't want Shirley to have the responsibility of feeling guilty to make me move. I decided it was time." Bolinger is glad she did. At her apartment in Wyndam Place in Hays, she is active, taking part in many of the activities it offers. "You get to know them pretty well," she said of other elderly people in the building. "They get to be like family." SEE RANDOM, PAGE A6 Officials say school plot not serious School employees in Riverton don't believe shooting plan was in place RIVERTON (AP) — Riverton High School officials who initially questioned some students later accused in a shooting plot found nothing to indicate the teenagers planned anything serious, the principal said during a court hearing earlier this month. Principal Todd Berry said school officials interviewed four of the five students days before their arrest April 20. Berry's comments were made during a June 6 bond hearing in Parsons for James Tillman, 16. The Joplin, Mo., Globe obtained a transcript and published a story Sunday "At that point, based on the information we had, we felt that we had handled the situation," Berry said, according to the transcript. Tillman is charged in juvenile court with one count of incitement to riot, one count of making a criminal threat and one count of solicitation to commit first-degree murder. At the June 6 hearing, Labette County District Judge Robert Fleming ordered Tillman to be held without bond until a July 10 hearing to determine if he will be prosecuted as an adult. Andrew Jaeger, 15; Robby Hunt, 17; Caleb Byrd, 16; and Charles "Coy" New, 18, are charged with incitement to riot and making a criminal threat. A preliminary hearing for New, who is charged as an adult, is scheduled for Aug. 9. The others are scheduled to be in court Tuesday on a motion to prosecute them as adults. At Tillman's bond hearing, Berry said he questioned New after a school-resource officer found a message on New's MySpace.com site that said students should wear bulletproof vests to school April 20. But after questioning New, Berry determined there was no specific threat. Berry and assistant principal Cory White testified that the MySpace message was shown to Scott Fagan, a deputy with the Cherokee County Sheriff's Department, while he was at the school on routine business, but they did not request the Sheriff's Department's assistance. However, they both acknowledged the Sheriff's Department's subsequent investigation was more thorough than their own. Tillman's attorney, Sam Marsh, said his client has been singled out with the additional charge of solicitation to commit first-degree murder. "The school, who's closest to this situation, with the knowledge that they had, did not feel that these young men were a threat and, specifically, that James Tillman was a threat," Marsh said. SEE PLOT, PAGE A6 MICAH MERTES / Hays Dally News Dave Lehmann, left, and David Bielser, both of Hays, prepare their entry of pulled pork at the Smokin' in Hell Creek Barbecue competition Saturday at Lake Wilson. A smokin'good time Fun, food for Hays barbecue team grilled to perfection at Lake Wilson during weekend By WILL MANLY HAYS DAILY NEWS LAKE WILSON — One man stirred the sizzling pork. Another tended the meat still over the fire. A third served steaming peach cobbler to anxious eaters from a Dutch oven. Dirty Dave's Smokin' Crew finished llth out of 15 teams, but that didn't ruin their fun. "It wouldn't matter if we were the only ones here," said Cliff Norton, Hays. "We'd still be having a good time." Norton was one of seven assistant cooks on the team, captained by Dave Lehmann, Hays. They made chicken, spare ribs, beef brisket, pulled pork and peach cobbler — all cooked over wood or charcoal — for the first annual Smokin' in Hell Creek barbecue competition Saturday. They won third place in the pulled-pork category. The Kansas City Barbeque Society — a nationwide organization that oversees barbecue contests from Nashua, N.H., to Aloha, Ore. — sanctioned this contest and provided the rules and some judges. The Smokin' in Hell Creek contest was sponsored by the Wilson Lake Area Association and by the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks. The grand championship — and the $1,000 cash prize — went to Pellet Envy, a team from Leawood. There were professional cooks at the contest, and there were backyard barbecuers like Lehmann. He built his trailer-mounted barbecue unit about two years ago. He and his "crew" use the grill about twice a month; it sees the most action during football season. Smokin' in Hell Creek was the first competition that Lehmann has entered. SEE BBQ, PAGE A6 Supreme Ciurtadils second ay»rtiofl case te docket WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court said today it will consider a second Bush administration appeal that seeks to reinstate a federal ban on what opponents call partial-birth abortion. Justices already had said they would decide this fall whether the law Is unconstitutional. The court will review a pair of cases from lower courts that struck down the law. Those courts are the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals In St. Louis and the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals In San Francliso. Congress had voted In 2003 to prohibit the type of abortion, generally carried out in the second or third trimester. The law was challenged on behalf of physicians who could be sentenced to up to two years in prison for violating the law. •Justice Samuel Alito Is expected to be a key vote In the case, because the court had split 5-4 in 2000 jn striking clown a state law barring the same procedure because It lacked an exception to protect the health of the mother. Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, who was the tie- breaking vote, retired In January and was replaced by Alito. LIGHTER SIDE BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A larger- than-life statue of Meriwether Lewis' pet dog now stands watch over the Missouri River. The Lewis and Clark Fort Mandan Foundation dedicated the 6-foot-high, 1,400-pound steel statue of Seaman on Sunday, with about 20 friendly New- foundlands in attendance from across the country. Dave Borlaug, president of the foundation, said Ifs the only stand-alone statue of its kind honoring the dog that accompanied members of the Lewis and Clark expedition two centuries ago, providing companionship and fetching game, Members of the Newfoundland Club of America snowed up from six states for the dedication. Borlaug said Seaman never left Lewis' side- "When Lewis died In W9, some historians believe he pined away at his graveside and never left," Bortaug said. PLAY BAIL The Hays Larks wrap up a long home stand with a game against Dodge City, this & that A2 Kansas A3 Opinion A4 Community AS Obituaries A6 Financial A6 National A7 Sports B1 Scoreboard B2 Classifieds B5 Comics B7 Annie's Mailbox B7 HAYS OUTSBDf Tonight, partly cloudy then becoming mostly clear. Lows around 70. South winds 10 to 20 mph. Gusts up to 30 mph until early morning. Expanded weather, page B8. 2 sections, 16 pages CONTACT us: PHONE: (70S) 628-1091 on (800) 9574017 FAX: (78$) 628-8186

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