The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on May 24, 1998 · Page 19
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The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas · Page 19

Salina, Kansas
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Sunday, May 24, 1998
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THE SALINA JOURNAL MONEY 19807 The night shift Some grow to like it, but adjustment doesn't come easily By JEFFREY JACKSON Southeast Missourian CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. — An ancient fairy take tells the story of an old shoemaker who found it difficult to complete his work during the day. During the night, so the story goes, the shoemaker's workshop was visited by elves, who did the cobbling work while the shoemaker slept. Though the tale is fanciful, even magical, a depiction of the industrious elves, it is not so different than a vast contingent of workers who do labor while most people are fast asleep. For Ron Huckabee, the day begins at 1:30 a.m. when he rolls out of bed and heads for work, while most of his friends, family A and neighbors turn comfortably in their beds. Huckabee, a route salesman for Bunny Bread, arrives at work by 2 a.m. and will work till at least two in the afternoon ^. every day. On Mondays and Thursdays, his routes keep him out until 5 p.m. "The work's not that hard. The most difficult part is the hours. You beg burnout if you're not careful," he said. He begins by loading his truck, then making stops at Wal-Mart and Sam's Club. Then it's back to reload the truck before making runs through Cape Girardeau and then out in neighboring communities both in Missouri and southern Illinois. As an overnight route salesman for 25 years, Huckabee says he has missed out on a lot of his children's lives growing up. His son played football and his daughters softball. But he didn't get to see them play too much because he had to go home and get some sleep. Even now, when he goes to bed at 8 p.m., his wife will still be up "Idon't think anyone ever gets used to it." Andy Reddick newspaper carrier The Associated Press Ron Huckabee, a bread route salesman, loads bread Into his truck after sorting. He begins his workday at 2 a.m. watching TV while he sleeps. "She's got used to it. She's been doing it for 25 years," he said. Spouses meet in passing Ron Bohnert's wife still hasn't gotten used to it, even though Bohnert has been working the night shift at Schnucks for most of the nearly 11 years they have been married. When they first started dating, Bohnert said, he worked on the day shift in the produce department of Schnucks. But shortly after they were married, he was transferred to the grocery department and started working nights. His 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. shift is nearly opposite to her 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. workday. "We kind of pass each other going to and from work," he said. His job, as the night crew leader in the grocery department, is to make sure that the store's shelves are stocked and ready to go for the shoppers who come in for groceries the next day. Bohnert insists that even though he misses time he could spend with his wife, he actually prefers the night shift because there are not as many customers in the store, which allows him to get his work done. He also enjoys the time he gets to spend in the mornings by himself. "If you work 8 to 5, the day is almost gone when you get home. I feel like I have more time, more daylight when I get home," he said. He usually gets home shortly after his shift ends at 6 a.m. He stays up working around the house or going fishing until noon. Then he sleeps for eight hours, giving himself a couple hours to wake up and get ready for his shift. Only when he takes two weeks vacation does he find his body slipping back into the routine of sleeping at night and staying awake during the day. Sleep in bits and pieces The adjustment to sleeping during the day and working at night is not always an easy one. "It's difficult to adjust to it. I'm still adjusting to it. I don't think anyone ever gets used to it," said Andy Reddick, an independent newspaper carrier, who delivers the Southeast Missourian throughout Whitewater and the Bellinger County area. Reddick, who just began working nights this past year, used to be a school teacher at the alternative school in Cape Girardeau until funding ran out for the position. That's when he began delivering papers. He begins picking up the newspapers around 1:30 a.m. and, after they're loaded into one of three vehicles, he begins driving his 170-mile route. It takes him between five and five and a half hours on a good day. Bad weather can stretch that out for several hours. Still, he finds the hours difficult and finds himself only able to sleep in bits and pieces — a couple of hours in the morning, a couple in the afternoon and a couple every evening. "Time becomes meaningless when you work at night. Days run into night until you finally scratch your head trying to figure out what day it is," he said. If V RURAL TELEPHONE .Growth conies from *, ' <••<.,' : '><->;u,"Y phones, subsidiaries Rural / Firm leaves mark on area FROM PAGE B8 By The Journal Staff h; Rural Telephone Service Co. r^js a Lenora,"based cooperative pwith-1997 operating revenues of jgraore than $17 million. •"' < , , The company provides telecommunication services to pst 11,000 customers, in 29 'coinmunities and nearby/ruraK 'arenas of northwest and north^central Kansas, {jg£ Because Rural operates in a ^•sparsely-populated region — .ere are 2Va subscribers per Snile of line, the cooperative ^receives distributions from.a Universal service fund, supported by all users to ensure service. Profits generated by the cooperative are shared with its member owners, ' Jfi recent years, Rural has paid out more than $12.3 niil-, Jion in patronage capital. '• From the company's.head- quarters at Lenora, officials oversee a growing number of subsidiaries. They, are: •„ At Computers— Offers computer support to families, businesses and school systems. < , Showrooms at Hays, Hill City ' andWaKeeney.' s > • Ruralnet'—Offers access tp the ? internet, e-mail and other systems. • Six Lakes Directory — About 50,000 of Rural's official directories are v distributed a' year. , • .Vision Plus — This cable television subsidiary ha$ cus- ,. tomers.ln Rural's telephone territory and beyond, including southwest Nebraska, Rural's most recent acquisition was Hays-based System Solutions,, , , SSI _and its subsidiary, Computerland of Hays, have 35 employees in Hays and Dodge City and at its Salina SSI office in the Bennington State. Bank Building, 2130 S. -Ohio/ , • T , . The number of employees at Rural has grown from 27 in 1987 to 147 in 1998. An expanding presence Signs of the company can be seen across the region. A limestone marker at the corner of a Lenora park built by the company identifies the town as the home of Rural Telephone. The company's trademark blue canopy can be seen on satellite offices at Hill City and WaKeeney, the cooperative's largest community with about 2,000 citizens. At Victoria, Rural was instrumental in attracting a telemarketing firm. The company also.has contributed $10,000 for construction of a new medical clinic. Both stand along Old Highway 40. At Logan, Rural helped open an assisted living center. Money for the project came from an $840,000 revolving loan fund the company established with grants from the federal Rural Utilities Service and financial support from the board. Earlier this year, Rural Telephone received a rural development achievement award from a national trade association. "Rural Telephone has been important to this community," said Max Lowry, vice president of the Farmers National Bank of Logan. "They brought fiber optics into the community. They were instrumental in providing our schools with interactive video. Economic development is an ongoing struggle and we feel this has all been an asset to our community. You can get just as good of service here as anywhere." Rural's journey in the rapidly changing telecommunications industry has not always been easy. There are still unsettled lawsuits from the company's eventual purchase of the telephone exchange at Hill City, Bogue and Penokee Salina industrial Radiator Specializing in Radiator Rebuilding "No Job Too Big!" 204 E. Pacific (785) 825-6678 Dennis L. Bozarth,CFP Registered Principal Branch Office Manager 921 Buckeye Salina, KS 67401 (785) 823-0205 SunAmerica Securities, Inc. Member Pacific Stock Exchange, NASD, SIPC ,- Jiat SunAmerica Securities ^- -J A SunAmerica Company PERSONALS Blomquist takes post with Kansas Care Debra Blomquist has been HirSd as vice president of clinical services for Kansas Care, 712 S. Ohio. She will coordinate the clinical functions for both the Salina and Concordia offices. She previously worked for five years for a Texas home health care company. BLOMQUIST from Sprint-United of Junction City and Overland Park. Others, including a suit that charged Rural with being part of a conspiracy to stop another telephone and cable television company from doing business in northwest Kansas, were dismissed. Sevier said this company is not afraid of a future with competition, something new in an industry accustomed to operating with exclusive service territories. "It all boils down to quality of service," he said. "I can't think of anything a competitor could offer that we haven't offered our subscribers. But that doesn't mean we're going to get lazy. We're paying attention." Knupp named director of oncology group Daniel Knupp has been nam'ed director of mar- keting/communi- ty and physician relations for Central Care, 2125B E. Crawford, an oncology group. Knupp previously worked for the Hertzler Clinic, Halstead. KNUPP Gier to teach families about children's health Heartland Early Head Start, 700 Jupiter, has hired Alba Gier to: teach low-income families about health care for young children. She was formerly a nurse at „ Salina Regional Health Center.;" Carnes joins staff as corrections officer Shawn Carnes has been hired as a corrections officer for the ; ' Saline County Sheriffs Office, j : He is a graduate of Bethany College, Lindsborg. ; | •** Airfares from Salina r- Destination Price Destination Price 223 2*8 1278 &»8 218 D.C, 238 Albuquerque 198 Miami Boise ' ; ' 278 Nashville Portland 318 New York Reno 278 Philadelphia Salt Lake City 238 Tampa San Diego 278 Washington, All fares are the cheapest round-trip prices from Salina Municipal Airport gn as of the previous Thursday. Various restrictions apply. Source: Action Travel Journal Graphic CARROL HAMILTON Roofing Company Since 7962 Free Estimates, All Work Guaranteed If.800-864.4637 • 785-452-9224 we'll always be _ _ there for you. 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Htue" former lOOyran The Salina Journal welcomes these conventions and meetings to Salina: May 24 Miltonvale Class Reunion 25 people May 26-31 UMC Kansas West Conf. 900 people May 26-27 Skillpath 25 people May 27-29 Juvenile Justice Authorities 40 people May 28 SRS 50 people Kansas Cellular 30 people May 28-29 Property Valuation 30 people Kansas Internet Providers 75 people May 29 Kansas Cellular 100 people Holidome Bicentennial Center Holidome Red Coach Inn Red Coach Inn Heart of America Inn Ramada Holidome Heart of America Inn East Crawford Rec. Area May 29-30 5A State Baseball/Softball Champ. We welcome vow to alina and hope you enjoy your stay!! _/ List provided courtesy of the Salina Area Chamber of Commerce Salina Journal For convenient home deliv ery, ca or USOO-S27-MM (Kansas).

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