The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on May 16, 1998 · Page 19
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"* //'SATURDAY MAY 16, 1998 THE SALIVA JOURNAL Great Plains VIEWPOINTS / C2 GRADUATES / C4 CLASSIFIED / C4 c T KANSAS STORMS Storms bring power outages, downed limbs Winds up to 75 mph bring down limbs, power lines, damage hospital again By LINDA MOWERY-DENNING file Salina Journal Power lines and tree limbs took the biggest hit from storms that blew through central Kansas early Friday with wind gusts of as much as 75 mph. About a third of Russell homes were without power for 20 minutes when the first storm front, which developed in the Great Bend-Russell area soon after midnight, moved through the region. This was the storm that produced wind gusts of 75 mph. "The wind broke tree limbs, and they went down on power lines," said Don Augustine, director of electric utilities at Russell, which has its own municipal power plant. Smoky Hill Electric Co-op Association also was hit — for the second time in less than a week. Spokesman Dale Weinhold said about, nine poles were damaged, but customers reported only scattered power outages. The cooperative, which has a core service territory of Ellsworth, Russell and Lincoln -counties, had crews on the clock by 1:30 a.m. Also for the second time in less than a week, the new Ellsworth County Hospital, which has been under construction since fall, suffered wind damage. Monday night, a storm took down 750 feet of the building's metal frame. The remaining 50 feet were lost early Friday. "We're through destructing. Now we're going to start constructing," said Anne Grothusen, chairwoman of the hospital board. Phil Hysell, meteorologist with the National Weather Service at Wichita, said the second line of storms developed in southwest Kansas and moved to the northeast. Salina received .51-inch of rain, accord- ing to the weather station at the Journal. The front produced a wind gust of 85 mph at about 6 a.m. in Wichita and the worst damage. That front also produced winds of up to 85 mph in Marion County, knocking over power lines and doing some minor damage to boats and docks at the Glen Elder Marina. KGE, the regional electricity utility, reported as many as 40,000 customers in Wichita without power early Friday. Cheney County schools were closed because they didn't have lights. In nearby El Dorado and Butler, 70 mph gusts blew out v/indows and knocked over trees. One home was damaged. Power was out for a time Thursday morning in numerous cities and rural areas in the region. Administrators at El Dorado High School sent their 700 students home because there was no electricity. And there were reports of one-inch to quarter-inch hail across south-central Kansas. Hysell said both storm fronts moved rapidly through Kansas. "The first front didn't have a lot of time to drop a lot of rain, so the main thing from the storms was wind. The second line came, dropped the rain and moved out," he said. The Associated Press contributed to this report. BRIEFLY V GUITARIST CONCERTS Salina man killed in Missouri collision MARSHALL, Mo. — A Salina man was killed in a two-vehicle accident early Friday, the Missouri State Highway Patrol said. Bryan Egan, 26, died after the car he was driving struck a tractor-trailer on Interstate 70 in Saline County, Mo., about 1 a.m. He apparently fell asleep, ran off the left side of the roadway, crossed the median and hit the truck, the patrol said. Egan was pronounced dead at the scene. His wife, Shannon, 25, sustained serious injuries, while their infant son, Jarrod, received minor injuries. The driver of the truck, Fredrick Wiedle, 58, Shattuck, 111., suffered minor injuries. Smoke from Mexico fires causing haze KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Thunderstorms should blow away most of the thick haze in the Midwest that resulted this week from large fires in Mexico and Central America, the National Weather Service said. Strong thunderstorms in Kansas on Friday morning and through the day in Missouri were expected to push the smoke-smog- haze mixture east and dissipate it, said meteorologist Bill Bunting in Kansas City. It started hitting the Plains at midweek and by Friday was "pretty widespread" over Arkansas, Missouri, Iowa and Illinois, he said. Conditions were ripe for haze anyway, but it wouldn't have been as bad without the smoke, he said. Visibility at Kansas City International Airport was one and a half miles at mid-morning Friday. At Lambert International Airport in St. Louis, it was about three miles. Arkansas River flows 90 percent of time TOPEKA — For the first time in a quarter century, water flowed continuously 90 percent of the time in the Arkansas River as it meandered across southwest Kansas during the 1997 fiscal year, the U.S. Geological Survey said Friday. Between Oct. 1,1996, and Sept. 30,1997, there was water flowing in the river from the Colorado border west of Garden City to the Oklahoma border south of Wichita on 331. of the 365 days. The USGS called it "the most since the early 1970s." It said the gauging station at Garden City was dry during the entire year of 1992 but had water flowing through its gauge on 331 days in 1997, and the mean annual streamflow at that station was 196 cubic feet per second. That streamflow rate was higher than in any year since records began in 1923, USGS said. Subdivision will open for displaced residents KANSAS CITY, Kan. — A new 140-lot subdivision has been proposed to accommodate some of the residents that will be displaced by the Kansas International Speedway project. The city planning commission on Monday recommended to the city/county government the rezoning of 160 acres from agricultural to single family, apartment, general business and commercial districts.' Now, the Wyandotte County/Kansas City, Kan., Unified Board of Commissioners will consider it. The plan includes moving up to 75 houses to the subdivision, about two miles west the speedway site. The other 65 houses would be new construction. From Staff and Wire Reports On a Wing and a tune Former Wings lead guitarist learned about life, music business in the rock band By CHAD HAYWORTH The Salina Journal r ime was, Laurence Juber took the stage to the roar of thousands as lead guitarist for Paul McCartney and Wings, a top rock act of the 1970s. On Friday, he sat alone on a brown metal chair in windy Campbell Plaza in downtown Salina, playing for a crowd more aptly measured in the hundreds. Before a benefit concert for the Salina Symphony on Friday evening, Juber played a short noontime set downtown as part of the the Salina Arts and Humanities Commission's Art a la Carte series. Known now for his mixture of blues, rock, traditional and original finger-style arrangements, Juber said he wouldn't trade his new life for his old one. "I consider my time in Wings as part of my education," he said. "I like to say that I got my bachelor's degree from London University and my master's degree from McCartney University." Juber was working as a studio musician in London in 1978, when he was asked to audition for Wings. "I was a little scared because I didn't know any Wings' tunes," he said. "I played some Chuck Berry and a few reggae tunes and that was enough. I was offered the job the same day." He spent 1978 to 1981, the band's final year, touring and recording. He said he learned as much about life and the music business as he did about being a rock star from the McCartneys. "I watched how they managed their relationship and dealt with having kids while working in this business," he said. "I've been able to translate that in to my own lifestyle." He won a Grammy for best rock instrumental performance as part of the band. Juber said he had occasional contact with the McCartneys after Wings split up and was saddened to learn of Linda McCartney's death last month. T GREAT PLAINS TOM DORSEY/The Salina Journal Laurence Juber, former lead guitarist for Paul McCartney and Wings, performs during the lunch hour Friday at Art a la Carte in downtown Salina's Campbell Plaza. Juber also performed a benefit concert Friday evening for the Salina Symphony. "She was somewhat of a big sister to me," he said. "When you're in a band, you spend a lot of time together." After Wings, Juber spent time in New York before settling in Los Angeles. He has worked on several television and movie scores, including "Good Will Hunting," "Pocohontas," "Home Improvement" and "Roseanne." In addition to his six albums and studio work, he has spent time teaching finger-style at the behest of a couple of guitar manufacturers. "I get great satisfaction from sitting down and playing in front of a group of kids," he said. "Who knows? Maybe I can inspire someone to take it up." Juber said now is the golden age of acoustic guitars, both in the way they are constructed and the way people play them. In contrast, his first guitar — which his par- ents bought only because his school band had too many clarinetists — had a bolt-on neck and a painted wood fretboard, which chipped away as he played. By recording and touring by himself, Juber said he gets to spend more time watching his children grow. He and his wife, Hope, have two teen-age daughters. He handles most of his own management and scheduling, something he says he learned from Paul McCartney. "When I was in Wings, he was constantly getting on the phone and handling things himself," Juber said. "He told me to always take care of as much of that end as I could if I wanted to see my business grow." Before leaving Salina for a concert in Manhattan, Juber will giv$ a free workshop at 11 a.m. today aj S.M. Hanson Music, 335 S. Clark. Sylvan Grove residents work to preserve bridge Double-arch limestone bridge was near Pawnee trail, site of Emancipation Celebration SYLVAN GROVE — This quiet patch along the South Fork of Spillman Creek in northwest Lincoln County is a place of history. Longtime area resident Duane Vonada can trace three ethnic groups to this branch of the creek: the Pawnee, who followed the buffalo; the Europeans, who helped settle this prairie country and the blacks, who came to Kansas after the Civil War in search of a new way of life. Vonada hopes someday to erect signs to tell their stories. The signs will join the one planted this summer to mark this spot in north-central Kansas as the location of a spectacular double- arch limestone bridge. The bridge was built in about 1908 with stone quarried from nearby hills. The contractor was Ed Beverly, a brother to the late Jack Beverly, who operated a meat plant in Salina for many years. The bridge, built in the days of horse and buggy travel, was a single lane until 1946, when the Kansas Department of Transportation built a concrete double- lane deck over the bridge, an addition that effectively hid it from the view of mo- LINDA MOWERY- DENNING The Salina journal torists on Kansas Highway 181, about nine miles north of Sylvan Grove. About five years ago, state workers moved the highway and built a new bridge. The old limestone bridge, carved from the post rock that defines this region of the state, now stands alone, the road it supports going nowhere. That could change if Vonada and the Sylvan Historical Society are successful. An effort is under way to raise $17,000 in matching money so the society can claim a $71,000 state grant to stabilize the bridge. Local preservationists hope to turn the site into an attraction for visitors to north-central Kansas. "Is that worth saving?" Vonada asked one day recently as he showed a visitor the bridge. He then answered his question with another question. "Why should we lose that? People ask me how we're going to take care of this. I'm going to save this for future generations and not worry about it. Somebody will take care of it." The bridge has been an issue with Vonada since he picked up a newspaper several years ago and saw an announcement from the state transportation department that the agency planned to demolish the bridge near his Lincoln County farm and stone quarry. Vonada, working with Raymond Shaffstall, then the county commissioner, and Gene Kramer, former county engineer, convinced the transportation department to leave the old bridge and provide the grant. However, the money — which A bridge to the past * Sylvan Grove LINCOLN was to be partly matched by county commissioners — came in 1993, a year floods washed away many roads and bridges in Lincoln County. Officials had more pressing needs than a old limestone bridge that no longer was used. But for Vonada, whose family has called Lincoln County home for five generations, it was a monument to the past. One summer, representatives from Kansas State University mapped an old Indian trail, which probably brought the Pawnee south from Waconda Springs in Mitchell County. Vonada said there are plans to bury the remains of an American Indian, accidentally unearthed several years ago by county work crews in a sand pit west of Sylvan Grove, south of the bridge under the large trees that grow near the banks of Spillman Creek. There is also evidence that the bridge is near the grove where blacks from Lincoln, Osborne, Mitchell and Russell counties gathered for an annual Emancipation Celebration. An advertisement from 1896 tellsiS of horse races, baseball games and an ad-^' dress by the Rev. J.W. Welton of Nicode- > mus, an all-black settlement in northwest * Kansas. Vonada said northwest Lincoln County no longer has any black residents. "The blacks who homesteaded in this I area didn't leave. They died here. It was their kids who left," he said. Helping Vonada and the historical society are various groups, including four Lincoln County 4-H clubs and one from nearby Hunter in Mitchell County. Letters have been sent to the county's more than 3,500 residents and 4-H members plan to go door to door, if necessary. "The grant is so old, but much to my surprise, it's still available," Vonada said. Sylvan Grove students, offering their ideas for the bridge and surrounding land, suggested a park with picnic tables, a walkway to view the bridge and other improvements. Vonada has similar dreams. "A lot of people are dumbfounded when they see this bridge. They didn't know what was supporting the cement deck," he said. "This is such a neat place. And it's right along the highway. It's accessible." Linda Mowery-Denning writes about north-central and northwest Kansas. She can be reached at 1-800-827-6363 or by e-mail atsjlindam@saljournal.com. 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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