The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on April 4, 1998 · Page 1
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New 'Cats K-State's basketball program receives two verbal commitments/B1 the NO TV Salina girl wins bet by not watching television for one year / C1 GREAT PLAINS • SOClal Security: Americans some ideas but wouldn't try them / A3 • Lite Changes: Laura McClure goes from farmwife to activist, lawmaker / C4 INSIDE High: 56 Low: 41 Cloudy this morning, then clearing, with east winds 5to10mph /B7 WEATHER Salina Journal OArt/inri L^*ar»e>ac» oirn"»£i 1 Q71 ^^*^^ Classified/C4 Comics / B8 Deaths / A9 Great Plains / B1, Money/A7 j Religion / B6 : Sports / C1 Viewpoints / B2 INDEX ^ Serving Kansas since 1871 SATURDAY APRIL 4, 1998 SALINA, KANSAS 50 cents T WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP WRESTLING Wrestlers body slam BiCenter with sellout Tickets for May 8 showdown are gone within four hours By DAN ENGLAND The Salina Journal In the old days of the Bicentennial Center, when the arena brought the Beach Boys during the 50s revival years and Kenny Rogers during "The Gambler" years, sellouts weren't news. But they never sold out by noon. It always took at least a few days. But then World Championship Wrestling came to Salina. The 5,000-plus tickets for the May 8 WCW event went on sale at 8 a.m. and sold out within four hours Friday, making it, by far, the fastest event to ever sell out the arena. "I have never, in my 17 years, experienced anything like this," said Karen Fallis, assistant manager of the center. "The rack is empty. STING HALL LUGER Don't call and don't come in." If that sounds like a plea, that's because it is. Fallis has had phone calls all week and was roused out of bed at a quarter to 6 a.m. to let campers inside the building. After all, it was raining pretty hard, it was kind of cold, and the campers had had enough. "One of my friends came in and said 'My, you look terrible,' " she said. Oh yes. The campers. You see, a few people decided to camp out, and then a few more came, and then by Thursday night, more than a few camped. There were hundreds when Fallis arrived a little after 6 a.m. Friday. "I took my walk by the center last night," Fallis said. "It looked like this little village had been set up. But they kept their order, and no one tried to cut in line. They were honorable and fair, and I appreciated it very much." Mike Reid, 23, Culver, was first in line for the tickets. He bought 97 tickets for friends and people who wanted him to buy tickets for them. Hey, he earned them. He had been camping out since Tuesday. "I've watched it for a long time, and it never comes to Salina," Reid said. "They might not come back for a long time." The only problem, he said, was all the rain and the people who tried to cut in line at 3 a.m. The police arrived and told them it was time to stand in line. "I think I fell asleep on the way home because the car was nice and warm," Reid said. "Then I got home, and I finally got to feel some warm sheets." The current heavyweight champion, Sting, will fight Scott Hall in a title match, and Lex Luger will be involved in a tag-team match. Sting is one of the WCW's superstars and is a fan favorite. THE MESSIAH FESTIVAL KELLY PRESNELL / The Salina Journal DeVere Blomberg, Salina, will participate In his 48th performance of Handel's "Messiah" Sunday In Llndsborg. The tenor tried out as a high-school junior. Stars get attention, but year after year, 'Messiah' is brought to life by Ordinary People By DAN ENGLAND The Salina Journal E very year they come to Bethany College, the retired, the working stiffs, the students, and the alumni, and they become one. They all are a part of the Bethany Oratorio Society, and every year during Holy Week more than 300 sing Handel's "Messiah" as a part of the college's Messiah Festival. This is the 116th consecutive year the "Messiah" will be performed. The festivities begin Sunday with the 292nd performance of the "Messiah." Every year different soloists with glittering resumes are featured and highlighted by the college, and they probably should be, given that they all have sung with symphonies around the world. But it's the members of the society, the ones with family, lives and jobs, the ones who come from mostly central, north-central and western Kansas, who make the choir work, said John Pearson, archivist for Bethany College and the Messiah Festival. The choir rehearses the "Messiah" and Bach's "St. Matthew Passion" twice a week for 10 weeks before the festival begins. "That's why it's so high in quality because you've got people who do it every year," Pearson said. "There are "You could hardly wait to turn 16 so you could sing in the'Messiah.' " Marian Richardson ready for her 57th performance so many people that know it very, very well, but there are always new people. They come in carpools, and they come from all over." The veterans Marian Richardson remembers wishing for the calendar to go a bit faster while growing up in Lindsborg. "You could hardly wait to turn 16 so you could sing in the 'Messiah,' " Richardson said. "It was just something you did at that time." Richardson had to wait 16 years, so she certainly isn't going to give it up now. The fact that this will be her 57th concert doesn't faze her. In a group of veterans, many who have performed in 10 or more concerts, Richardson has done the most. "I wasn't trying to see how long I could "You get goosebumps when they start singing the Hallelujah chorus." Bryce Griffith student, ready for his first performance sing," she said. "I just enjoy it and like it. DeVere Blomberg, 216 W. Bond, isn't too far behind Richardson. He's done it for 47 years. He was a junior at Falun High School when he tried out. The Oratorio is always looking for tenors. "I guess that's how I got in," Blomberg said and laughed. Blomberg, who retired in 1990 as an elementary school teacher with the Salina School District, said he feels rejuvenated after every performance. "You're a little tired after everything is done with," Blomberg said. "But by January, you kind of get anxious for it. It brings your spirits up. The rehearsals are fun. If it was a chore, I don't think all the people would take the time to do it." Blomberg said he would like to at least perform until his 50th show. "Not too many of us are making it farther than that," he said. "But I still feel good enough to keep going." You can come home again Ruth Trued has been around the country. Heck, she even spent a number of years as a missionary in Africa. But Lindsborg is her home. Trued is one of several singers who go to Bethany — she graduated in the 1950s — leave and then move to back to Lindsborg and the "Messiah." "Once you have sung the 'Messiah,' you feel like you are a part of it," Trued said. "It was just an automatic that as soon as we moved back to Lindsborg that I was going to be singing in the 'Messiah.' " This will be Trued's 15th year. She taught music education in New Jersey, Illinois and Kansas and spent time in Africa when her husband became a pastor. She sang all four years as a Bethany College student before coming back in 1985. "As a student, we were required to do it," Trued said. "But it only took that one year of being required to do it. It's an experience that grows on you. It never left me." See MESSIAH, Page AS To Bonder NotToBond T he Salina School District is hoping to build community support for a massive school construction program that would be funded by a bond issue. Under consideration are not only building plans, but also fundamental changes in local educa- tion. Various proposals have been explained by district officials at a series of community meetings, which continue for the next two weeks. What is the gist of the changes? Where do you stand on the is- sues? A worksheet and survey in today's edition will help you sort out the answers. Try it. And return the survey to us; we'll compile information for use in future news stories. The worksheet is on Page A4. T KANSAS REVENUE Kansas revels in revenue State's money situation just keeps getting better, governor says By LEW FERGUSON The Associated Press TOPEKA — Gov. Bill Graves admits that every time he thinks the state's financial condition can't get any better, it does. "The good news is just occurring over and over, then it turns around and gets remarkably better," Graves said. Indeed, the financial news was much better than expected on Friday: The Consensus Estimating Group raised its projection of how much money the state can ex- GRAVES [° llln 9 ' n ' Page C 1 Hawaii - s - nav j. a " s . pect to take in struggling/ over the next 15 Pa§ e **7 months by nearly $190 million above the previous estimate made five months ago. : " "This takes to another level the consensus group's sense of where the economy is going," the governor said. "These are some of the largest numbers we've ever seen in state government. These are very, very strong numbers." And what it means, Graves told a news conference shortly after Budget Director Gloria Timmer released the group's new revenue forecast, is that the Legislature can cut taxes even more than it's been talking, plus there will be money for program enhancements, especially for public education. "We're going to pass the largest tax cut in the history of Kansas, and it's going to be the fourth year in a row to do it," Graves said. He said he couldn't yet put a figure on how much more the tax cut package would be than the $190 million range that had been pretty much settled on by House and Senate negotiators, or how much more money would be spent on education and other state programs. Graves and the Legislature expected coming into the session last January to have more than $300 million for discretionary spending. Now that figure is approaching $500 million. Spring forward andwatchM Be sure to set your clocks forward one hour at 2 a.m., Sunday April 5.

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