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OURNAL Great Plains VIEWPOINTS/82 ALMANAC / B3 FUN / B4 B BRIEFLY T ELL-SALINE SCHOOL DISTRICT 'Noise Fest' patrons ; get beverage warning , ... Salina police are warning concert-goers who plan to attend Sat- .urday's "Noise Fest" in Oakdale Park that 3.2 percent beer is the . only "alcohol" beverage allowed , at the event. : . .From the law's perspective, "al- cphol" means anything stronger ;' than 3.2 percent beer, which is ;l' classified as a cereal-malt bever- ;""age. "You can't have alcohol in the v park," warned Police Capt. Mike £-;Jiiarshall. £•£ "The only thing you can have is - eer. Anybody caught with al- or hard liquor will be ar," Marshall said. Teen honored for fight against crime Ell-Saline student receives award from Stovall for turning in student with drugs, knife By DAN ENGLAND The Salina Journal -Salina Inn owners pay : back taxes to county ;^;:Owners of Salina Inn, 222 E. Dit are now current on prop- taxes owed to Saline County. ike Montoya, county coun- >-3|elor, said the company that owns ;i the inn, Hammer Realty, gave the ;;>epunty a check for $150,000 on £!%iesday. That amount includes ^$100,000 in taxes owed and $50,000 i>jn interest. >i-^S Montoya said the interest mon- >-ey would go to the county's gener- •:.; al fund, and the tax payment ^•w.ould be distributed among tax- ~?ng entities according to their tax ; levies during the years in which - the property tax was not paid. Former legislator is named budget director : ;TOPEKA — A former legislator who expects to receive a master's •Ijegree soon from Harvard Univer- Sifty will become Gov. Bill Graves' budget director in August. ^'Graves selected former Rep. Duane Goossen, a native of Goessel ftrtio has been studying at Har- jard's John F. Kennedy School of ©overnment for two years. ,*.Goossen, 42, served in the Legis- ;tature for 14 years, deciding not to • Seek re-election in 1996. Like Graves, Goossen is a moderate Republican. Graves said Goossen struck him as "the kind of person I'd like to have in my administration." The current budget director, Gloria Timmer, 47, plans to leave at the end of this month to become executive director of the National Association of State Budget Officers in Washington. Gun battle in Wichita leaves man dead WICHITA — A gun battle that eventually included an agent with the U.S. Marshals Service left one man dead, police said Wednesday. Police Lt. Terry Nelson said members of the Marshals Service were on an unrelated investigation about 8 p.m. Tuesday when they noticed the occupants of one car shooting at another car. Marshals stopped to intervene, and a marshal returned fire on one of the cars. Its driver was hit in the chest, but managed to drive about three blocks before collapsing. The other occupants of that car ran away. The driver, whose name was not released, died at Via Christ! Regional Medical Center-St. Francis. Topeka man charged with rape, murder TOPEKA — A man was charged with rape and murder Wednesday in the shooting death of a woman, Shawnee County prosecutors said. Brian E. Manis, 23, Topeka, was ^charged with one count of felony • fjrst-degree murder and one cpunt of rape. ' He is accused of raping and killing Anne Katherine Elizabeth Goetz, 24. She was shot once at about 2:30 a.m. Monday and died that morning at a Topeka hospital, police Lt. Patti Kaeberle said. • Manis is being held on $250,000 bond. KC man charged with killing two teens KANSAS CITY, Mo. — An 18- year-old man was charged Wednesday with fatally shooting two other teens and wounding a third in an argument over a basketball game. Kenneth Demarrias, Kansas City, was charged in Jackson County Circuit Court with two counts of first-degree murder and one count of assault in the first degree. Demarrias remained jailed Wednesday on $250,000 bond. He is accused in Monday's killings of Patrick Copeland, 17, and Martinez Brown, 15, both of Kansas City. From Staff and Wire Reports The 14-year-old boy was terrified when he went to his father and told him about the student who had drugs and was threatening people with a pocket knife. Now, a year later, the boy, an eighth- grader at Ell-Saline Junior-Senior High School, continues to receive threats from other youths. The boy, whose parents asked that he not be named in this story, was honored at a surprise school assembly last week by Kansas Attorney General Carla Stovall for going "beyond the call of reasonable duty" to help protect his school from crime. The boy won third place in a program that recognizes students who help fight crime in their schools. He got a $50 savings bond and a certificate. The boy's situation has raised questions about the two-year-old program and whether it's OK to shine a spotlight on students who, essentially, get their peers in trouble by telling on them. The 14-year-old saw that the student had drugs and a pocket knife at a school dance and told his father about it. The father notified authorities. "He really went out on a limb," said Lola Lowen, the principal at Ell-Saline Junior- Senior High School. "He took his lumps from his peer groups, and the threat is still real, but I think it's great he finally got some positive recognition." The father admitted to being nervous about the assembly but supported it because he thought Stovall's message was important for the students to hear. 'Kids needed a message' "We didn't want to stir things up," the father said. "But we thought that if the rest of his peers saw Carla Stovall up there, it would help because she's a pretty important person. The kids needed a message coming from her that it was a good thing to prevent crime even if it meant telling on your peers. I think it was received very positively by the kids." The father said Stovall was nervous about presenting the award until the family reassured her that the assembly was something that they wanted. The student found with drugs and a knife pleaded guilty to the crime and no longer attends the school. But his friends continue to threaten the boy Stovall honored every once in awhile. Mary Horsch, spokesperson for Stovall's office, said that before such an award is given publicly the student's family is contacted. "We haven't encountered something like this before," she said. "But if the child is in danger, that would prevail over any award. We could do it quietly." The students are nominated by authorities, usually DARE officers, and are selected by the Crime and Violence prevention committee in the attorney general's office. The whole point, Horsch said, is to encourage students to help fight crime. "They see a lot that adults may not see," she said. ". The Associated Press Doyle Conrad rewinds the film in the projection booth of the Twilight Theatre in Greensburg. Since 1989, Conrad and his wife, Carol, have managed the 82-year-old theater, which Doyle fondly refers to as "the old girl." 'Old girl' a treasure Couple keep watch over Greensburg's 82-year-old theater By ERIC SWANSON Dodge City Daily Globe GREENSBURG — There's no dazzling marquee in front of the Twilight Theatre to lure people in. The only signs of Hollywood-style flash are a pair of movie posters —one for "Krippendorf s Tribe," and one for "The Man in the Iron Mask" — in cloudy glass cases that flank the main entrance, plus a sign announcing the theater's hours. The lobby is equally plain, until someone turns on the neon lights that spell the word "Twilight" on the ticket booth. With the flick of a switch, the lobby becomes a portal into a world of delight. The Twilight Theatre has been offering audiences a passport into that world since 1916, when Charles Spainhour first began showing silent movies there. It remained in the Spainhour family until 1989, when Conrad Spainhour sold it to a nonprofit organization known as Twilight Theater. Shortly after purchasing the theater, TTI hired Doyle and Carol Conrad as managers. Eight and one-half years later, the Conrads are still running the theater as if it were their own. Doyle books the films and takes care of the business part — he can run the projector and has frequently cut weekend vacations short so he could return to Greensburg in time for the Sunday show. Carol oversees the concessions stand. "Doyle always refers to it as 'the old girl,' " said John Janssen, treasurer of TTI's board of directors. "It's his old girl. It's a labor of love for him, and we appreciate it." A community's commitment The theater may be Doyle's "old girl," but it belongs to the community, too. The community helped TTI purchase the building and start renovations in 1989, Janssen said, and continues to support it through fund-raising drives and memberships. For $100 apiece, members get to cast one vote each at TTI's annual meeting and enjoy a family movie that day. It's proven to be an attractive deal so far — the organization now has about 100 members. "The Twilight Theatre is an asset not on- ly to the city, but to the whole county," the article said. "It would be a very sad day for the community if the theater were to close and leave another empty place on Main Street." There has been some discussion about making the theater suitable for live stage productions. That would require a retractable screen, sound system modifications and additional lighting. "We have enough repair projects around to eat up a lot of money," Janssen said. "We've gotten to the dismantling part; we haven't gotten to the remodeling part." Despite these obstacles, the Conrads and Janssen seem undaunted. Their delight in their "old girl" is contagious as they take visitors on a guided tour of the theater, including the projection room. It doesn't take much effort to persuade Doyle Conrad to demonstrate the projection system. With the ease born of long practice, he threads a length of film through the projector and turns it on. Within seconds, an ad for GM Motors fills the screen. The Twilight Theatre has come alive again. T WALKING FOR RHINOS Refuge pledges to help rhinos Parks in Indonesia, Africa will benefit from event at Salina refuge By GORDON D. FIEDLER JR. The Salina Journal Persons with a soft spot for rhinoceroses can raise money for their protection June 7 at the Rolling Hills Refuge Wildlife Conservation Center, 625 N. Hedville. The 90-acre refuge, under construction northwest of Salina, is participating in the annual Walking For Rhinos, which is a project of the American Association of Zoo Keepers. All of the proceeds from all associations will finance fence construction, relocation efforts and other protective measures at a rhino park in Africa and two in Indonesia. Participants secure pledges from sponsors for walking a one and one-fourth mile route through the refuge. The cost to walkers is $12, which includes a wildlife print and a meal catered by the Brookville Hotel. The registration deadline is May 22. Applications are available at Green Lantern Convenience Stores at Iron and Ohio streets and at Ninth and Crawford streets, at Petro II at Interstate 70 and Ninth Street and at the Brookville Hotel in Brookville. Those raising $50 in pledges receive a Walking for Rhinos T- shirt. The refuge has set no fund goal. "Any amount would be great," said animal keeper Brenda Gunder. "We want to get the community involved with us and to get to know the staff. This facility is for the community," she said. Grand opening in '99 The event also will provide an opportunity to see the inside of the park before Sept. 1, when it will close to tours in preparation of its grand opening next summer. "We want to focus our energies and personnel on getting ready for the opening," Gunder said. The refuge is an educational nonprofit foundation dedicated to the conservation and propagation of rare and endangered species. T SALINA REGIONAL HEALTH FOUNDATION $600,000 grant to be boost for Smoky Hill clinic Foundation's grant will help increase staffing at clinic established in '91 By GORDON D. FIEDLER JR. The Salina Journal The bond between the Smoky Hill Family Practice Center and the Salina Cares Health Clinic just got stronger. Beginning July 1, a three-year, $600,000 grant from the Salina Regional Health Foundation will add a physician to Smoky Hill's faculty, who will further develop the residency program's community medicine curriculum. The money also will help finance staffing of the health clinic, established in 1991 to provide medical care to low-income resi- dents of Saline County. The new physician will become the medical director of the clinic. Smoky Hill's third-year residents — family practitioners who ultimately will serve rural areas of Kansas — will rotate staffing duties. Presently the residency program cares for the clinic's obstetrics patients and staffs the clinic once a month. In addition to providing more staffing during the two nights a week the clinic is open, the grant will allow Smoky Hill to care for clinic patients admitted to the hospital. Those patients now are served by whomever is on call among the county's medical community. The grant award drew praise from the clinic. "We're happy our relationship will be expanded," said Anne Jung, director of the health clinic, located in a part of the Salina- Saline County Health Department, 125 W. Elm. The clinic won't be taken over by the family practice center, which has offices at 501 S. Santa Fe. Drs. Mark Bell and Elaine Ferguson, who now share medical director duties, serve on the health clinic board and volunteer their time at the clinic, are expected to continue volunteering their services, Jung said. "I'm sure they will maintain an active involvement in the clinic," she said. Dr. Charles Allred, director of Smoky Hill, applauded the work of Ferguson, Bell and Jung, as well as the approximately 150 volun- teers who make the clinic run. "Mark Bell, Elaine Ferguson and Anne Jung deserve medals and stars and accolades for what they've done over the last six or seven years. They've carried it," he said. They have been assisted by 90 percent of the local doctors, who accept referrals from the clinic, Allred said. The clinic is vital to so many people, Jung said. "We have a number of patients for whom we are the primary care provider," she said. "We are their family physician." The clinic sees about 20 patients each Monday and Thursday nights. It has 3,000 patient files, although not all are still active, Jung said. In 1997, the clinic saw 1,017 individuals. The grant is the largest award bestowed by the Salina Regional Health Foundation since the Community Health Investment Program started in 1994. The program receives an annual contribution from Salina Regional Health center to, among other things, improve access to health services. Besides enhancing the operation of the health clinic, the grant will help Smoky Hill improve its community medicine component. "Community medicine tends to be that part of medicine that deals with communitywide issues," Allred said. Such diverse health issues as teen pregnancy, domestic violence and hog farms are community medicine topics. "There are so many things that go into this," he said. SUGGESTIONS? CALL BEN WEARING, DEPUTY EDITOR, AT (785) 823-6363 OR 1-800-827-6363 OR E-MAIL AT sjbwearing@saljournal.com

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