Garden City Telegram from Garden City, Kansas on June 8, 1971 · Page 1
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Gee Cee Scene wirii f. b. Teeth of the Storm The clock just below the dashboard said a few minutes before 5 p.m. Up ahead on the narrow ribbon that is US50 lay the small Stafford County community of Macksville. We. were well beyond the halfway point on our, Saturday drive to Hutchinson. In the blue eastern sky, towering thunderheads boiled to perhaps 20,000 feet, spreading out at the apex like huge, white anvils. At the base of the magnificent cloud formation, a blue-gray curtain reahed to the horizon. A storm was brewing, but still it seemed many miles away, even beyond Hutchinson, we thought We felt secure because we had heard no storm warnings on the car radio. Along Mackevilto's main street, a knot of men scanned the sky, one pointing in a southeasterly direction. We drove on. The sky darkened, blotting out the sun. The air turned cooler. It began to rain. A few miles beyond Macksville, a couple of small hail stones mush- ed harmlessly against the pavements. Oncoming cars were driving with the headlights. We turned on ours. Still, there seemed no reason for concern. Suddenly, the clouds opened up, disgorging rain in torrents. Visibility dropped to a few feet and the highway ahead became an eerie gray opaque curtain. It was al* most as if we had suddenly be* come swallowed up in a murky lake. The windshield wipers strug-. gled against the downpour, but had little effect, The next 10 urinates seemed in* terminable. The worst was yet to come. If there waa shelter, it could not be seen. Hail stones, egg-size and larger, banged and thumped against th* car. It sounded as though same* one had unloaded a basket of boulders from an airplane. Th« highway waa white with hail We pulled to the side of the road. A 1 huge hail stone smashed against the windshield, cracking ;it in a perfect circle. Another struck with a sickening thud on the passenger side. Neither, penetrated the wind* shield, but we wondered about the next one. I reached for my suit bag and we pressed it against the windshield for. protection. The hail beat an ominous tatoo on the roof. We were helpless against the fury of the storm. ^ Finally we decided to drive on. Then another problem arose and our hearts' sank. The wheels whined in the mud and wet grass. We were stuck. A tow truck pulled to a stop in front of us, waited a moment or so then drove on. I did not expect anyone to get out Hail stones big enough to crack windshields, could kill a man. I tried again, first in reverse then in low gear, hoping the rocking motion would free the car!. Instead, it drifted dangerously close to a water-filled wheat field next to the grassy area along the highway. I waa ready to give up and sit it but when the tires finally gripped the grassy strip and we eased put onto the highway.; I thought we had a better chance driving out of the storm than waiting, and in a few miles; the first wisp of blue sky appeared. It was a harrowing experience. We wern't prepared for a heavenly barrage. And it was such a beautiful day when we left home. But that's Kansas. News Digest SAIGON (AP) — U.S. and South' Vietnamese forces battled North Vietnamese troops along titia demilitarized zone Monday for the third successive day, and enemy guipera bombarded allied bases just below the zone for the 18th '' ' .. . . .. ' ' .* , ' •' ' •'•.', \ '."• • garden sass The golden, age, Gus Garden Bays, is when the children are too old to need babysitters and too young to borrow the family car, Garden Telegram > Velum* 42 GARDEN CITY, KANSAS, 67846, TUESDAY, JUNE 8, 1971 (Oe a Copy 16 Pages—Two Section —No. 182 Won't Bow in Tax Fight: Docking TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Gov. Robert Docking pledged today he is "not going to bow out to pressure" in What he dasonilbed as Ms "&$& for what we believe is right for this state" in the realm of tax reform. In remarks prepared for delivery at a noon luncheon, at the 47th annual Kansas State Chamber of Commerce convention, Docking declared:' : .' ! "In the past,-this admimis- '...-tration has suffered some setbacks at the hands of certain interests. ,We have withstood criticism / and negativism by a few winb seek personal glory rater than public service. But I believe we are right. "...I sitliL wffl speak out on these issues and other issues of importance to all Kansams... "Despite the obstacles within itlhe" legislature, this adminis- traitlion is going to continue to fight for what we believe is right for this state." , Docking proposed to the 1971 legislature two tax changes which he called tax reform but some Republicans called tax increases. One would have dis- alowed reduction of the federal income tax on state income tax returns for corporations and financial instiituti<>ns. The other would have made the state's 3 per dent sales tax aipplfea'ble to consumables—materials used to manufacture products. Neither proposal wais given serious consideration by the legislature. Docking today outlined "three important issues" facing the 'State economically: "Industry and strengthening • the Kans>as economic baise; providing assistance to the unemployed Who have, through no fault;, of their own, lost their jobs because of national administration cutbacks, and tax reform, or tax fairness, which every Kamsan deserves." "Al these issues," the Democrat governor said, "and inter- related. Successfully handled, we can provide greater opportunities to our eiibizems for leading Ml and healthy lives." The governor said he was "most pleased to hear the Kansas State Chamber ol Commerce's study group bias suggested a broad-based committee to come to grips with the need for tax reform legislation in our state. Real tax reform is long overdue." Docking also defended his hold-the-line fiscal policies, which have drawn criticism from some who believe the state is lagging behind in development because of them. During Ms recent 'hospi- talrzation for back surgery, Docking said, "I reaffirmed in my own mind that Without amy doubt, this admiimstratiion is on the right course. "Since the beginning of this administration, fairness has been our goal. And I believe we are headed toward that goal in thi way that is right for all Kansas. "Holding 'dhe line on government spending and tax reform melaisiures means it wffl.be easier for each Kansas family to cope with the rising cost of liv- inig. "Inlsltead of 'adopting the traddltanial philosophy of state government, in that when state resources are low, Mfce the income or sales taxes, our administration has fought for tax reform measures to plug the loopholes in. the inequitable Kansas state structure. We have sought to equalize the tax structure, amid in this way ease fche burden, of the individual taxpayer." Postmaster Winlton M. Blount addressed the convenitiom--o(pein- ing banquet of the state cham- ben* Monday night, saying somebody is going to feel the eeonioimic pinch regardless of when the post office department initiates reforms involving cutbacks. DISMISSAL AT 3:45 EACH DAY Noon Hour for Elementary Schools Is Cut 15 Minutes . Telegram Photo FLAMES DEVOUR aa overstuffed chair in the frontyard of the Donald Dreiling home, 1304 E. Laurel. The chair was tossed from the home by firemen fighting the.blaze. Fire Ohief Tommy Thomas, standing at the door, directed fire fight- Ing operations. $400,OOOG The city today was assured of a start on its Neighborhood Development Project to bring more parking to downtown Garden City. The Kansas Congressional delegation, Sens. Jim 'Pearson and Bob Dole and Cong. Keith Sebelius, informed the city that the Department of Housing and Urban Development will release $400,000 for the 8th Street parking project. The amount is less than half the $1,003,716 sought by iflhe local Urban Renewal Agency for the first year of program. Yesterday, Gene Rudd, chairman of foe agency, and Assistant City Manaiger Alan Morris met in Kansas City, Kan., with HUD officials to tailor the NDP plan to meet the money available. Urban Renewal programs are funded a year at a time. The total amount sought by Garden City for urban renewal is $3,094,494. Included in the total 'project is construction of a storm sewer Irom 8th and Jones to the Arkansas. It is hoped funds will be available ne»t year to start this phase of th* project. Street and sidewalk improvements are also included in future projects. The area which will be ac-, quired for a municipal parking lot is half block on the east Bide of 8th between Laurel and Pine, except ftxp four, offices on - ''it'. -:••• .-.-.• t ' "We will do the most we can with the funds available," said Mayor Ken Minter, Attending a hastily called news conference this morning in City Manager Deane Wiley's office were Rudd, Minter and City Commissioners Jim Steward and Charles Collins. Wiley said the NDP project "hopefully will enhance and expand the central business as the trade area for Southwest .Kansas.". Both Minter and Rudd expressed appreciation. to the 'Kansas congressmen for 'their help in securing funds. The Urban Renewal Project -was approved by the city commission in May, 1969. First step will be the purchase of property in the 8th Street block. The buildings will then be razed, cleared and sold to the city for off-street parking. . Lack of parking in the downtown area has been a problem and several larger chain stores have considered moving to fringe areas where parking would be available. Elementary students attending schools in Garden City next year wll have a l&minute shorter school day. Action approved Monday night by Unatied School District 457'a board of education shaved 15 minutes off the present one-hour long noon hair. The new school day wM still laist six (hours, beginning a 9 a.m. and running until 3:45 p m. The noon hour will start at 12 wdlh classes resuming ait 12:45 p.m. Presently, Kibe school day for tlemenitairy students in the city begins at 9 a.m. and gets out at Fire Takes Everything ; "It took everything, Peg," Donald Dredlng told boa wife as she arrived at" the eoene of their burning home, 1304 E. Laurel, early today. The couple^was away when-* neighbor beard a rear window in the DreiMnig home expJode aibout 9:20 a.m. and looked out to see dense smoke pouring from the structure. • Garden City firemen brought (the blaze under control and' bad it exitinguislhed witihin a matter of minutes after arriving at the scene with three fire trucks. But the fire .and intense heat bad a strong start and inflicted major damage to .the home and its contents. Fire Chief Tommy Thomas told the couple the blaze apparently started in a overstuffed living room chair. The Dreilings said they left the home about 8 a.m. when Mrs. Dreiling drove her (husband to work at Grassland Brothers. She, and the couple's only child, Laurie, IVi years, bad ^stopped on the way borne to do some shopping. "Everything we had in our whole life was in there," Mrs. Dreiling sobbed to a relative moments alter arriving at the scene. The couple had moved into the home several months ago, Dreiling said they had no insurance coverage. The home, owned by Cy Wasinger, was insured. 4 p.m. with a 12 to 1 noon hour. School officials had recommended to tlhe board that 30 minutes be staved off the school day by stantmig 15 minutes earlier 'in the mornfag and 15 ^min- Utes earlier during the noon hour. That would have started school at 8:45 a.m. with the day ending at 3:30 p.m., including the adopted 12 to 12:45 noon hour. Reasons for . the (suggested changes weire varied. The earlier starting times would alleviate, the large numbers ol students -arriving early at the schools. dosing the schools at 3:30 p.m. would moire nearly coincide With school bus schedules and would give tine students moffte alter 'school playtime. In otther business, the board: -^Adopted teacher evaluation recommendatiioins suggested by the 17 teachers, ladmaniistoaitors end school board members who (took part in a special area worn- shop earlier this year. Basically, the evaluation method will be observation of teachers in classroom environments plus an interview wMi each teacher during the school year. —Welcomed Hairry Nicholson' as the new rural advisor from Theoni. He replaces Edwin Boots who iuais been 'elected to the regular school board. —Transferred end of^budgtejt year surplus funds into two accounts. Total oaary over funds amount to about $63,000 of which nearly $14,OCO was transferred into the activity fund to erase a defi'cdlt in that account Another $25,000 was transferred into tlhe school bus purchase fund for next year. —Heiaid a report from Dr. Horace J. Good, district superintendent of schools, that although a Title III project requested by the district to hire elementary couraselorg had been approved, no funds were 'available <at the present to finance (foe project. —Approved eight hew or re- vised 'school board policies in a continuing effort to upgrade all sudh policies,. Policies acted upon Monday night covered: nepoltasm, compulsory attendance, assignment of pupils to classes, release time for students, 'Student transfers to other sdhootlis, school parties, school visitors, and politbioal activities of staff. —Approved five applications by local residents to attend various vocational schools around the state. The 'school district must pay out of district tuition for each student. -rOfcaiyed studied proposed salary recommendations and early drafts of ia proposed budget for the district for the coming year. The session ended with a called executive session. Board members had preceded the meeitong with amoHbetr special meeting and ddnnier. The Weather Tonight, chanc* for showers. Lows 55 to 60. Wednesday/part, up cloudy and mild. Highs 85 to W. Sunrise 6:22 Sunset 9:04 Max. Min. Prec. Dodge City ........ 85 56 Empoiria 87 67 GARDEN CITY . 85 66 Goodland 83 56 .06 Hill City 82 B7 Russell S3 59 Saltoa S3 64 Topeka 89 66 Wichita 86 65 .54 Group "A" Jurors Need Not'Report on Friday Group "A" of Finney County District Court jurors need not report Friday, dark Rose Mur- xiay said. The case to be beard has been continued. M jurors, "A" .and "B", wM report to the courthouse at 10 a.m. Junta 14, she added. Probe Starts on 'Discrimination' John Dohogne Elected State Chamber Director A Garden City businessman was elected to the board of directors of the Kansas State Chamber of Commerce today. John Dohogne, 1505 Willow Lane, was elected during the business session of the 47th Staite convention in Topeka, Robert J, Fegan, Junction City, wais elected president, succeeding J. H. "Ham" Abrahams, Topeka. TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) - The Kansas Commission on Civil Rights has started • an investigation into alleged discrimination against migrant workers and Mexican-American residents in western Kansas, Troy Soroggins, executive director, disclosed. Scroggins said he and three stalff members will conduct the probe — centering on the cities of Goodland, Garden City, Leoti, Ulysses, Scdtt City and John- sion. Scragging said he plans to spend about three days a week himself in the investigation. The director said the commission has received 26 informal complaints from Mexican- Americans in the area, but none of the complaints have been filed formally. The commission can initiate complaints in cases of housing discrimination itself, but can only process complaints filed by individuals in other areas of alleged discrimination: — such as job dscrimination. Scroggins said the probe could' take three or more weeks. A special committee created by the 1971 legislature is soon to go to western Kansas to investigate first-hand conditions for migrant and low-income workers in the area. Rep. Ervin Grant, El Dorado,-is chairman. Crisis Eases: Another Hits NEW YORK (AP) — Supervisors worked •through 'the night and reopened seven of 25 drawbridges into Manhattan, easting massive traffic tieups today. ' But the city faced a new crisis as 1,500 sewage treatment workers'walked off the. job in an expanded strike action by 'municipal employes. Another 300 employes at city inoineraaies were reported out on strike, a movie that city oM- «cials said could lead to a critical problem of disposal of gar- Artfaur Lewis; an executive assistant in the Department of Sanitation, ciald 11 of the ciity'g 13 sewage treatment plants were closed as of 9 a.m. He said it could mean ibbat raw sewage would (have to be emptied directly into area rivera. Mayor John V. v > Lindsay toured the city by helicopter during the morning rush hour and reported that traffic condi- (ionis were "much better than yesterday" when striking municipal -employes left 25 drawbridges locked r Jn an open position. Of the seven bridges reopened, five spanned the Harlem River from Manhattan to the Bronx. That was the area hardest hat by Monday's surprise .walkout in protest of tha state \ legislature's refusal to approve the union's new pension plan. Traffic today was reported heavy but moving. Police remained assigned to key points in the city's waiter system to forestall any attempt by the unlion workers to shut off the supply to offlkte complexes in midtovm and lower Manhattan. Union leadens met tftw an hour Monday night with Lindsay, who threatened to ask for a oaJlup of the National Guaxdi. He said they ''listened respectfully" as be told them the strike was "an outrage to the public" but that they refused to say whether tlbe, stoppage would escalate as threatened. The walkout caught commuters by surprise Monday and created mammoth traffic ja>ms that lelt both the autos and (ihsir occupanibs steaming on the hottest day of the year. Unofficial estimates were that more than a million persons were atflfeoted by the walkout that fumeled the heavy rush hour fflow of traffic from high spaed expressways to side street bottlenecks. The city's itruck-dependent coimmePoe was 'slowed as \vell, witlh shipm«nibs of everyitihiinig from concrete to pretaels to re- frigeraftjed meat staled in tihe Janus. Ood driver weairily re- ported he had been 2V& hours trying to make what is normally a 10-minute trip. A tonlic-drinik mianufiaioturer bad to hold up production because he never received a truckload of bottf.es. He finally teatmed police had ordered the driver to turn around and go back, so bad was the jam. In Albany the state Senate leadership reacted angrily to the tieup by killing pension bills at the current session. Gov. Nelson A. Rockefeller said he \ had been in touch with Lindsay and stood neady to call out the Guaird when necessary. However, he added, "we air* not tot pofat ye*," '

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