The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on May 21, 1998 · Page 9
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THURSDAY MAY 21, 1998 THE SALINA JOURNAL Great Plains VIEWPOINTS / B2 ALMANAC / B3 FUN / B4 B BRIEFLY T CHAMBER PROGRESS LUNCHEON Coffeehouse reopens as The Daily Grind The Daily Grind, a coffee shop at Fifth Street and Iron Avenue, opened Wednesday, owner Dan Beneteau said. "It's going great," he said. "We're still working on our efficiency, but you can chalk that up to first-day jitters." Beneteau — who also works for General Air, 224 S. Fourth — said his wife, Shelley, has hired two assistants to help with the shop. In addition to coffees, the Daily Grind features fresh bagels each morning and a baked potato bar and sandwiches at noon. The restaurant was supposed to. open last week, but the Beneteaus delayed when remodeling took longer than expected. All but some detail work has been completed, he said. The store is open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday, though it could stay later once weekend entertainment starts, Beneteau said. The Daily Grind's telephone number is 452-9212. Saiinan arrested after drugs found The 36-year-old Salina man apparently thought only one of the saddle bags on his motorcycle contained incriminating evidence. Patrick Goss, a Salina police offer, had pulled over the motorcyclist about 8:30 p.m. Tuesday in the 700 block of South Broadway Boulevard for failure to use a turn signal, and he asked the driver if he could search the saddle bags. Sure, the driver said, but only the right rear bag. Lt. Mike Sweeney said Goss pulled a blue gym bag from the right rear saddle bag. He pulled out some pliers. Then, he pulled out a bag of Bugler tobacco. Looking inside, he found two baggies filled with what is believed to be methamphetamine. While Raymond L. Ross Jr., 817 W. North No. 5, was being booked in on drug charges, officers searched the rest of the saddle bags. Sweeney said officers found a baggie of marijuana and another small bag of methampheta- mine. Identity sought on man suspected in beating The Saline County Sheriffs Office is asking for the public's help in identifying a man suspected of beating a Wellington man last weekend outside Randy's nightclub on West State Street Road. George McCoy, 24, suffered a broken leg in the fight. Witnesses said one of the two men who beat up McCoy used the first name Alfonse and might have left the nightclub in a white Subaru station wagon. He was described as black, in his 20s, about 5 feet, 8 inches tall, with a medium build. The man had one gold tooth. Anyone with information about the incident can call Crimestop- pers, 825-TIPS, or the Saline County Sheriffs Office, 826-6500. Callers to Crimestoppers aren't required to give their names and could be eligible for rewards of up to $1,000. Salina man arrested in blackmail case A Salina man was arrested on blackmail charges Tuesday after his former girlfriend reported threats were made to reveal embarrassing information to her employer. Derrick L. Jank, 29, 827 Cherokee, also faces charges of misdemeanor theft, attempted felony theft and phone harassment, said Lt. Mike Sweeney of the Salina Police Department. Sweeney said Jank was trying to get the woman to let him into her apartment to get things that belonged to him. Sweeney wouldn't say what information might be revealed. The other charges stem from an attempt to steal the 45-year-old woman's van, to take the keys to her van, her apartment and her mailbox and to harass her by phone. Strong leaders keep towns growing Lieutenant governor tells chamber that expansion is just as important as new firms By CHAD HAYWORTH The Salina Journal Given the health of the Kansas economy, the success or failure of a community is dependent on the quality of its leadership, Lt. Gov. Gary Sherrer said Wednesday. "We at the state can enhance, enable and assist you in your efforts," Sherrer told a crowd of more than 200 at the Salina Area Chamber of Commerce's annual Progress Luncheon. "But when it comes to a community prospering or a community dying, that is up to the leaders, the community and how bad they want to succeed." Sherrer said Salina's economic growth follows almost precisely a pattern for success. In the past five years, 3,250 jobs have been created in Salina and Saline County, ETC. Business expansion "is a very important part of the process, and it's happening almost every day." Gary Sherrer Kansas lieutenant governor many of them through expansion of local companies. "It's always nice to attract new companies to your town," he said. "But expanding companies that are already there is just as important." Last year in Salina, 151 businesses were opened, expanded or remodeled, according to statistics gathered by the chamber. Sherrer said expansions almost always occur slowly over time, with companies hiring one or two extra workers as the need arises. "When you do it that way, it doesn't make big headlines, and the governor doesn't fly in to take part," he said. "But it is a very important part of the process, and it's happening almost every day." Pete Peterson, president of the chamber's board of directors, said the organization is committed to bringing another 3,500 jobs to the county in the next five years. Talking politics If Sherrer knows his political future, he isn't saying. Gov. Bill Graves has yet to announce his intentions on a running mate for the upcoming primary election. "I did see where the governor said the other day that he had made his decision and would announce it soon," said Sherrer, who also is secretary of Commerce and Housing. "I think I'll leave any announcements to him." Sherrer took over the office after then-Lt. Gov. Sheila Frahm was appointed by Graves to serve out Bob Dole's vacated U.S. Senate seat. She later lost a primary election to Sen. Sam Brownback. Sherrer said people still marvel that he is the only lieutenant governor ever appointed to officia in state history. ! > "I tell them that maybe this governor was the first to ever notice that one was gone 1 ," he said. "'' Jeff Wagaman, a spokesman for the Graves' campaign, said no date for an 'announcement has been set, though he expects something in the next couple of weeks. Graves has until June 10 to file for re-election. The filing must include a candidate for lieutenant governor. Dousing a hot spot KELLY PRESNELL / The Salina Journal Salina firefighter Jeff Rittel cools off with a fire hose Wednesday afternoon after responding to a fire call at 445-449 S. Eighth. Smoldering trash in an incinerator in the basement of the apartment house caused minor smoke damage about 2:45 p.m. Division Chief Keith Teasley said Investigators believed the flue was plugged, causing the smoke to escape the incinerator. No Injuries or damage were reported. Temperatures In the mid-80s combined with high humidity made fighting the fire a hot proposition. T CAMPAIGN '98: GOVERNOR Graves wants to push highway plan Governor pledges to be 'a lot more aggressive' in pushing agenda if he wins re-election By The Associated Press TOPEKA — If he is re-elected this fall, developing a new state highway program will be a top priority in his second term, Gov. Bill Graves says. After playing "defense a lot" during his first four years in office, Graves told the editorial board of The Topeka Capital-Journal, he plans to be "a lot more aggressive" starting in the 1999 legislative session — if voters give him a second four-year term. . He said he would be more proactive, starting with pushing for another highway improvement program and maybe a plan for overhauling management pf higher education in Kansas. T SALINA MUNICIPAL AIRPORT While he has not developed any specifics, Graves said there should be about $1.6 billion available for a new highway program — including some $320 million from the federal government. With that money, the governor told the newspaper Tuesday, the state should be able to provide money for airport and railroad safety improvements as well as road construction and improved maintenance. Under former Gov. Mike Hayden, the state embarked in 1989 on an eight-year, $3.2 billion highway reconstruction program. All of those projects are let to bid and will be concluded by sometime next year. Graves said he plans to name a transportation task force soon to develop a proposal for the 1999 Legislature to consider. Higher education study The governor also said he will name a higher education task force to try to develop a new initiative for restructuring the state's post-secondary education system. Graves was criticized during the recently concluded session for not becoming involved in the effort by the House to revamp higher education governance and funding. But he said that plan lacked support in the Senate, which felt left out of the process, and that doomed it. He said he strongly supports bringing Washburn University of Topeka into the state university system. Graves faces potentially strong opposition in the Aug. 4 Republican primary election even though his popularity with Kansans generally remains very high. Former state GOP Chairman David G. Miller announced two weeks ago that he will challenge Graves for the party's nomination, hoping to capitalize on Graves' unpopularity among social conservatives because of his stances on abortion, gun control and government spending. Miller claims Graves has not pushed for enough in tax cuts during his four years in office, although they have been reduced each of his four years in office and cumulatively total some $3.7 billion — a big chunk of it in a moratorium on collection of unemployment taxes paid by employers. Used-plane business planned at airport The National Association of Letter Carriers in Salina collected 14,500 pounds of food during its food drive May 9. The food was weighed at the Salina Post Office and taken to the Project Salina collection site, where it was sorted and boxed by United Way volunteers. From Staff Reports Salina Aircraft Sales will move into hangar formerly used by FedEx By CHAD HAYWORTH The Salina Journal If you buy a used airplane from Salina Aircraft Sales, don't expect a salesman in a cheap suit and bad toupee to try to pressure you into a plane that he swears was flown only by a little old lady on Sundays. "It won't be anything like that," owner Doug Bradley said. "While we will have a few aircraft that we purchase and then resell, most of what we do will be consignment- type deals." Bradley, who also owns Doug Bradley Trucking, 575 Graves, said he hopes to have the business up and running June 1 in a hangar at 2770A Hein at the Salina Municipal Airport. He is awaiting approval from the Federal Aviation Administration for an aircraft dealer certificate. On Wednesday, the Salina Airport Authority approved a two- year lease on the building, which formerly housed Salina's FedEx operation. FedEx recently moved to larger quarters at Centennial and Wall streets in the Airport Industrial Center. Bradley said he will deal mostly in single-engine aircraft, although he could get into some small multiengine airplanes. "There is a very strong market for used aircraft, not only in Salina but across the country," he said. "I do quite a bit of flying myself, and this is something I've wanted to do for a long time." Airport executive director Tim Rogers said he is excited that the building, which sits adjacent to the main runway, will be used for an aviation-related business. Unlike used cars, many used single-engine piston aircraft increase in value as they age. "When the industry dried up in the 1980s, it increased the demand for the planes built prior to that," Rogers said. "The challenge is to find a plane that has a low number of hours on the airframe and the engine. A Cessna 172 built in 1979 with low hours on it is worth nearly twice as much as it cost new." Bradley said he has no plans to abandon his trucking business and will operate Salina Aircraft Sales part time on a by-appointment basis. "We've got some good people working for us in the trucking business," he said. "This is something I can do." MILLER T CAMPAIGN '98: GOVERNOR Miller : brings iri! big guns;: Conservatives Keyes, Dobson to attend rally at Kansas Coliseum By The Associated Press TOPEKA — David G. Miller is bringing two leading figures from the Republican Party's social conservative wing to Kansas next month for two reasons, he said Wednesday. One is to raise money for his campaign to wrest the GOP gubernatorial nomination away from incumbent moderate Republican Bill Graves, and the other is to solidify his base in the state party's religious right. Miller announced details of appearances June 6 by 1996 presidential contender Alan Keyes and Focus on the Family founder James Dobson at a fundraiser and political rally. The rally will begin at 4 p.m. in the Kansas Coliseum north of Wichita. Miller said a reception for "our large contributors" will precede the rally, which will be free although he will ask for donations. The two-hour public event, which will include speeches by Keyes and Dobson and a musical program, was touted by Miller as the "Restoring Kansas Values Rally." Asked if campaign aides would pass the hat during the rally, Miller quipped, "We hope we need a bucket, actually." "I think it will help energize some people to get involved," Miller said of his other goal in staging the rally. He said he believes it will draw attention to the anti-abortion, anti-taxes, "pro-family values" campaign he plans to wage against Graves. Miller, a Eudora insurance agent, resigned as Republican state chairman two weeks ago after announcing he was running against Graves. He has clashed repeatedly with the governor over party policy and a platform developed by conservatives who took control of the GOP State Committee in 1995 and elected him chairman. Graves favors the state's present abortion regulation law and opposes allowing citizens to carry concealed handguns. Asked why he wanted Dobson to come to Kansas and endorse his candidacy, Miller said, "I think he is well recognized as an individual who has clearly spoken out on issues that are of concern to conservatives, and has used his position to try to help push the conservative agenda ... I've said I thought that was good." Asked also if bringing in Dobson and Keyes might label him as the party's "extreme right-wing candidate," Miller replied, "We don't use the 'E' word. (But) when I announced I said I was not afraid to talk about moral values and was certainly not afraid to talk specifically about the issue of human abortion. "I've been identified as a conservative ... and I don't think that label has ever been very far from David Miller, and I'm very comfortable with it." SUGGESTIONS? CALL BEN WEARING, DEPUTY EDITOR, AT (785) 823-6363 OR 1-800-827-6363 OR E-MAIL AT sjbwearing@sal]ournal.com

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