The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on May 23, 1998 · Page 19
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The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas · Page 19

Salina, Kansas
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Saturday, May 23, 1998
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SATURDAY MAV23, 1998 THE SALINA JOURNAL T CAMPAIGN'98 Great Plains VIEWPOINTS / C2 GREAT PLAINS / C4 CLASSIFED / C4 So far, Democrats a no-show for '98 election But as deadline nears, local Democratic Party official says candidates will emerge By SHARON MONTAGUE The Salina Journal Looking at the slate of candidates who have filed for three state House of Representatives seats and one Saline County Commission seat, it may be presumed that no Democrats were interested in the 1998 election. But by the time the election filing deadline ends at noon on June 10, the name of a Democrat should be listed for each position, promised Allan White, Saline County's Democratic Party chairman. "We will have really good people in all of the races," White said Friday. The primary election is scheduled for Aug. 4, and the general election is set for Nov. 3. As of Friday afternoon, no one had filed in the Saline County Clerk's Office for the county commission seat now held by Mike White, a Republican. But White has announced that he intends to run for reelection. Carol Beggs and Deena Horst, both Salina Republicans, have filed for re-election to the District 71 'and District 69 House seats, according to the Kansas Secretary of State's Office. In addition, Jerry Aday, an Ellsworth Republican, has filed for the District 67 seat being vacated by Joe Kejr, R- Brookville. Kejr will not seek re-election. Randy Duncan, Saline County's Republican Party chairman, said he was surprised more people hadn't filed for Kejr's seat. "A lot of it is lack of knowledge," Duncan said. "A lot of people are not aware yet that he is not seeking re-election." Duncan and White both suggested that people might be reluctant to run for political office because of the investigation of scandals surrounding President Clinton. "People look at that and look at their names getting drug through the papers, and they don't want to be put through * A Democrat from Moscow announces his candidacy for the 1st District seat held by Hays' Jerry Moran / Page A9 that scrutiny," Duncan said. "It takes a special person to go through that, though it's not as bad at the local level." It also takes a special person, White said, to be able to leave home for three months to serve in the Kansas Legislature. Even when the Legislature is not in session, legislators tend to become preoccupied with committee meetings and legislative issues, said White, who served one term in the Kansas House. "It's a good job for retired folks, but we really need people who can relate well with young families and people just getting started," White said. "We need new, energetic people." In announcing his intention not to seek re-election, Kejr said he wanted to spend more time with his family. Despite the difficulties in recruiting candidates, Duncan said he wouldn't be sur- prised if a rural Saline County Republican threw his or her hat into the ring for Kejr's open seat within the next couple of weeks. The district includes four or five precincts in the city of Salina, all of rural Saline County and a portion of Ellsworth County. Duncan wasn't surprised to hear that no Democrats had filed for office as of Friday. "Many times, they come forward the last week," Duncan said. White said he's working with several Democratic candidates who plan to file for the House seats and for the Saline County Commission seat, but he wouldn't reveal any of the potential candidates. White predicted a good election year for Democrats. Party officials already are shopping for a party headquarters, White said, and hope to open an office and begin fund raising in early July. "We never had a really organized party apparatus in Saline County," he said. "This year, we will have a very organized machine." Candidate info Saline County Commissioner V* Salary: $22,900. v> Qualifications: Registered voter in; -' Saline County's 1st District, which* ;• "\ includes precincts 1,2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7; "C 11,15 and 16 in Salina and the Saline County townships of Cambria, Elm Creek, Glendale, Ohio, Pleasant Valley and Spring ''.,.' Creek. ' , - "- Mf Kansas House of Representatives }: Salary: About $12,000 in taxabje . salary, plus $80 a day in expenses " during the legislative session and for r interim committee meetings and 32 - - cents a mile travel reimbursement. Qualifications: Registered voter in '. the applicable House district. BRIEFLY Salina public schools to be on heat schedule Salina's public schools will be on heat schedule Tuesday through Thursday for the last week of school. Hours for elementary schools will be 8:10 a.m. to 1:35 p.m. Middle schools and high schools will be in session from 8:15 a.m. to 1:40 p.m. Kindergarten hours will be from 8:10 a.m. to 10:25 a.m. for morning classes and 11:20 a.m. to 1:35 p.m. for afternoon classes. Junction City man faces rape charges A 22-year-old Junction City man was arrested early Friday for allegedly raping a woman behind Randy's nightclub, 1604 W. State. Uleesees Joseph Burgess was in the Saline County Jail facing charges of rape and aggravated sodomy. A 21-year-old Hutchinson woman told sheriff's deputies she had danced several times with a man at Rumors nightclub, 1676 W. State. Between 1 and 1:30 a.m. Friday, the man she had danced with suggested they go outside to talk and to cool off, said Sheriff Glen Kochanowski. The man allegedly walked behind nearby Randy's nightclub and motioned for the woman to follow. Kochanowski said the woman told deputies that the man then grabbed her, pulled off her clothing and raped her. The woman reported the rape to her friends, along with a description of the man and the car he was driving. Her friends called the sheriffs office. Shortly after the rape was reported, a Salina police officer stopped a car at the intersection of Seventh and Pacific streets and arrested Burgess. 2-year-old girl injured when struck by pickup A 2-year-old Salina girl suffered an eye injury Thursday morning when she has hit by a pickup truck in the back yard of her home at 625 N. Ninth, according to a police report. Lt. Mike Sweeney said Timothy Robinson, 42, 625 N. Ninth, was driving his pickup truck through the back yard of the house toward an alley and didn't see his girlfriend's daughter, Robin Dickey, 2, 625 N. Ninth, who was struck by the passenger side of the pickup. Sweeney said Dickey was taken by private vehicle to Salina Regional Health Center, where she was reported to be in stable condition Friday. McPherson College gets $1.75 million grant McPHERSON — McPherson College has received a challenge grant of $1.75 million from the Mabee Foundation of Tulsa, Okla. The foundation grant is contingent on the college raising about $2.6 million by April 15,1999. T LAW ENFORCEMENT MEMORIAL The Associated Press Deputies Greg Pollock (left) and Chuck Rivas of the Sedgwlck County Sheriff's Department salute the Topeka Police Department color guard Friday at the Statehouse in Topeka during a ceremony honoring law enforcement officers who have died in the line of duty. State pays tribute to fallen officers By The Associated Press TOPEKA — The state honored its fallen law enforcement officers Friday under the thick clouds of a gray sky and the dark shadows of recent national events. A ceremony marked the addition of two new names to the Law Enforcement Memorial on the Capitol grounds. Kenneth E. Snider, a Sedgwick County sheriff's sergeant, died last year. A.W. Balfour, an Edwards County undersheriff, died in 1892. Clearly on the minds of many of the 300 participants were this week's events, particularly a school shooting in Springfield, Ore., and the killing of three law enforcement offi- cers in Tampa, Fla. Lee Martin, the Topeka Police Department's chaplain, began the observance with a prayer of anger and frustration, in which he asked divine forgiveness for what he said was the nation's lack of moral direction. He said popular culture glorifies "evil and lawlessness." "It's no wonder we have so many die in the line of duty," he said. Gov. Bill Graves echoed those remarks, mentioning the school shooting in Oregon and one earlier this year in Jonesboro, Ark. "All of us need to think about committing ourselves or recommitting ourselves to ending the senseless violence that is occurring across this nation," he said. Later, he told reporters, "Somewhere, we're falling down on the job" in presenting the right messages to young people about violence. He added, "I don't think the crux of the problem is any special law or ordinance." Attorney General Carla Stovall led the crowd in a moment of silence to honor the two police officers and Florida state trooper who died Tuesday. The two officers had taken the killer into custody to question him about the death of his young stepson. With the two latest additions, the stone Law Enforcement Memorial now has 212 names. V HEALTH Rubella not seen in county Eight cases of disease have been confirmed in southwest Kansas By The Journal Staff Eight confirmed cases of rubella (German measles and three-day measles) in two southwest Kansas counties and suspected cases in two others have prompted the Salina- Saline County Health Department to encourage anyone experiencing a rash to contact their physician. There have been no cases reported in Saline County, according to Del Meier, health educator for the department at 125 W. Elm. Rubella is characterized by a rash, mild fever, swollen neck glands, headache and a runny nose. The sunburn-like rash typically starts on the face and lasts about three days. It can be itchy. Persons born before 1956 most likely have had rubella in childhood. Those born after 1957 were probably vaccinated, but some still may be at risk. Two doses of mumps, measles and rubella (MMR) at least a month apart after age 1 are recommended. The health department offers a free MMR vaccine to all Saline County residents from birth through high school age. Out-of- county clients are charged $5. Adults in Saline County can receive vaccinations for $7 ($12 for non-Saline Countians) from the health department if they never have received the vaccine and never had rubella, or who had received the vaccine between 1963 and 1967 who may have gotten inactivated vaccine. All other adults wanting vaccinated will be charged $32 per doge. For information, contact the department at 826-6602. T GREAT PLAINS Collections help Glasco man tool with time ETC. The eighth annual Jonathan Gary Cossette Jr. Memorial Golf Tournament on May 8 raised more than $18,000 for leukemia research. Jonathan Gary died from leukemia, which is the leading killer disease of children. The tournament was sponsored by J.C.'s Bar and Grill and Eagle Country 99.9. 'Ote's Old Tool Shed' houses implements from his decades of farming in Cloud County GLASCO — Most afternoons, especially on those days when the sun shines, the door of the old building a block west of the Glasco Post Office frames 86-year-old Otis Hensley, a lifetime resident of this Cloud County town of about 500. From his lawn chair, Hensley watches the comings and goings on his small section of Glasco's main street. "Anytime I can sit in this doorway when it's warm enough, I'm here," Hensley said. "It passes the time. I've got a little left." He also thinks about the past, something that surrounds him in his doorway. Several years ago, Hensley gathered his tools from many decades of farming LINDA MOWERY- DENNING The Salina Journal and cleaned them for display in the old building that at one time housed a blacksmith's shop. Neatly stored on the walls are dozens of hatchets, saws, braces and other pieces. In shallow, narrow bins that Hensley built along the side of the building are dozens of From Staff Reports wrenches. "It used to be that when they sold an implement to a farmer, they'd give him a wrench that fit every bolt on it," Hensley said. He has them all. Along with collections of cameras he bought, often for $1 at auctions, he has cherry pitters and meat grinders. "All of a sudden I noticed I had a bunch of them so I put them together. I don't know why," said Hensley, a slight man who walks with the aid of a wooden cane. "I'm just a pack rat. I hate to throw anything away." Outside the building are larger farm implements, most of them from the days when horses tilled the land of north-central Kansas. Hensley used horses until 1936, the year he purchased his first tractor. "When I have the chance, I buy old horse- drawn implements. Probably 95 percent of them have been cut up for old iron," he said. "I'm not buying for investment, I'm trying to preserve them. But there again, what am I going to do with this mess?" Hensley said there are two pieces of equipment he'd especially like for his collection. They are Asters or plows manufactured by John Deere and Western Belle. Then there is the building itself, which is about the same age as its owner. The outside has a layer of tin. The inside features a floor of wooden planks coated in layers of dirt and grease and the remains Tools of the trade of a blacksmith's forge. Hardly any two windows in the building are alike. There is a sign advertising the place as "Ote's Old Tool Shed." Also written there is "buy, sell or trade." In this case, a visitor can't believe the printed word. "There's nothing to sell," Hensley said. "If I started selling things, there wouldn't be anything left." Missing from his personal museum are items related to the retired farmer's work as a pilot. He was an early-day aviator, a contemporary of Concordia's late Charlie Blosser, who before his death several years ago was the oldest licensed pilot in the United States. Hensley took his first night in the 1928 Lincoln-Page biplane that Blosser eventu- ally purchased. The plane, which was • owned by Herb Haley, who worked for •. Blosser, now hangs in the Cloud County Museum at Concordia. "Herb Haley was a bush pilot who was- killed in Alaska. You put a motor on a barn door and he could fly it. He was the old boy who showed me how to fly. He didn't teach me, he showed me." Hensley, who has owned 14 planes since his first flight in 1936, was called to service during World War II to train pilots. He worked at Fort Scott and at Pratt, teaching cross county and night flying. Then it was back to the farm and the homemade landing strip that was too short to handle larger planes. "Nothing compares to flying. That was when I was the happiest," said Hensley, who this day had his head of thinning white hair covered by a navy blue cap with "Flying Farmers" emblazoned across the front. He hasn't piloted a plane in about a decade. Instead, he is content to sit in his doorway, surrounded by memories, and watch life in Glasco. "What I've got in here isn't worth five cents to you or anyone else, but I appreciate it," Hensley said. Linda Mowery-Denning writes about north-central and northwest Kansas. She can be reached at 1-800-827-6363 or by e-mail at SUGGESTIONS? CALL BEN WEARING, DEPUTY EDITOR, AT (785) 823-6363 OR 1-800-827-6363 OR E-MAIL AT

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