The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on May 25, 1998 · Page 1
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Winner's circle Eddie Cheever wins the 82nd Indianapolis 500/B1 *** Remember those who served Mgh:77 Low: 58 Mostly cloudy today with a 30 percent chance of thunderstorms / B9 Ann Landers / B9 Classified / B6 Comics /B10 Crossword/B10 Deaths/A9 Great Plains / A3 Sports /B1 Viewpoints / A4 the Salina Journal .Qorx/inn k"onooo o!nr»a 1 Q71 ^^^^ Serving Kansas since 1871 MAY 25, 1998 SALINA, KANSAS 50 cents T EXPLOSION Explosion church leaves 33 s on t|s. No one ^ died." . |"-...I* "" Betty Lawrence , who with her two daughters escaped unharmed from . the church Officials aren't sure of a cause PtjWhether the blast came from jfTslde or outside the building 8y MARTHA IRVINE 'The Associated Press >HEJANVILLE, 111. — An explosion ripped •through a church Sunday morning and injured about 33 members of the congregation, 'se'vef al of them seriously. >3Piie blast tore a hole in the side of the First SssSsmbly of God Church during a service attended by about 300 people. ,;;>The Rev. Dennis Rogers said the explosion '-rj>< was near the youth sec.^-^ <t' tion and that many of the injured are teenagers. The lights 'went out and smoke filled the building. "I couldn't see," Rogers said. "The place was completely darkened by smoke. I told the people to move as quickly and quietly as you can out of the building." The cause of the blast was not known. "I came over here, ^ and there was just people laying all over the parking lot, bleeding and everything," said Roger Moore, one of the first on the scene. A woman who lives across the street from the church said she heard the blast from her upstairs bedroom. "Honest to God, I thought it was a bomb in my garage," said Tasia Demos. "Then I saw police. I saw ambulances." The force of the explosion shattered windows up to 100 yards away. Bits of glass and twisted metal littered the street. Agents from the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms were called in from Chicago and Springfield, said agent Jerry Singer. Investigators did not know if the origin of the explosion was inside or outside the building. "It's kind of scary whatever caused it," said Linda Bolton of the local emergency management team. Singer noted that a bomb explosion on Dec. 30 damaged a church in Oakwood, about 15 miles from Danville, and killed a church volunteer. That blast is under investigation. Danville, a blue-collar town of about 34,000, is on the east-central edge of Illinois 120 miles south of Chicago. Six of the people injured Sunday were admitted to Provena United Samaritans Medical Center in Danville, where they were listed in fair or stable condition. Two teen-age girls were sent to a hospital in Urbana, where they were in serious but stable conditions with head wounds. The 25 others were treated and released from hospitals. •'Church members gathered afterward in a prayer circle to pray "that anger would not rule, that we would not ask why, that we would move on," Rogers said. "God did keep his hands on us. No one died," said Betty Lawrence, who had been in church with her two daughters. All three were unharmed. MEMORIAL DAY i DAVIS TURNER / The Salina Journal Retired Command Sgt.J/laj, Jim Trepoy, who was drafted into the Army during World War II and volunteered for the Korean and Vietnam wars, has placed a memento of the 196th Light infantry Brigade on the grave of Rodger L. Jameson In Roselawn Memorial Park every Memorial Day since 1970. The two Sallnans met briefly as Trepoy was heading out of Vietnam and Jameson was coming In. Jameson was killed four months later. Honoring the Fallen Each Memorial Day, veteran visits grave of soldier he met briefly "If we cannot do Mm honor while he's here to hear the praise, "Then at least let's give him homage at the ending of his days. "Perhaps a simple headline in the paper that might say: "Our country is in mourning, for a soldier died today." — P.M. Donahue By DAN ENGLAND The Salina Journal J ames Trepoy was ending his one-year tour in Vietnam an ribbing the cooks about finally getting a good meal in Salina when the young soldier approached him. "Where did you say you were from?" the soldier asked. "Salina," Trepoy answered. "Well, I just came from there. My name's Rodger Jameson." Jameson, a 19-year-old soldier, was nervous about facing his first tour in Vietnam. Trepoy was about to go home. The two sat down with their trays of food, and Trepoy told him what to expect. He told Jameson he would visit his parents. He told Jameson he would see him in Salina when he got home after his tour. After returning home, Trepoy was shocked to open The Salina Journal in August 1969 and see that Jameson had been killed. "We had just sat down to breakfast — it was a Sunday morning — and I was just so stunned," Trepoy said. Trepoy, 77, a career Army soldier who served in World War II, the Korean War and Vietnam, only spent a few hours with Jameson before leaving for Salina. Now he travels to Roselawn Memorial Park and spends a few moments with him every once in a while at his grave. And each Memorial Day, Trepoy visits Jameson's grave. "I just want him to know that we are still aware of him even though he's passed away," Trepoy said. "It's just something I feel I should do out of respect for him and his family." Trepoy joined the Army in 1942 and retired in 1970. He had visited Jame- son's parents several times while Jameson was serving, and so when he read of Jameson's death after serving about four months, he went to their home. Jameson's mother requested that Tre- poy sit with the family at his grave during the funeral. "They were very upset and bitter against the military, which I could understand," he said. "They were just devastated." Trepoy said he tried not to get too close to the soldiers. It was impersonal for a reason. "You'd go crazy if you worried about the men all the time," Trepoy said. "But I kind of sit and think about things." Trepoy said he might forget some names but never the nicknames. Trepoy said he would visit the graves of other soldiers more often if they were located in Salina. Visiting Jameson's grave is a way for Trepoy to be with all of those who died. Visiting the grave helps him think about a saying that all Army soldiers carry with them throughout their lives: "We take care of our own." Memorial Day observances • CEMETERY VISITS: Veterans organizations will meet at 10 a.m. today at Memorial Bridge on East Iron Avenue to travel to Salina's cemeteries to honor Memorial r Day. .-./'•'•*'• • WAR MEMORIAL: The veterans will be at the Salina-Saline County War Memorial in Sunset Park at 11:30 a.m. for ceremonies there before eating lunch at the American Legion. TTie events are open to the public. T EDUCATION Students steal show at graduation Graduating seniors offer humorous advice and try to get on Mom's good side By CAROL LICHTI The Salina Journal ; DAVIS TURNER /The Salina Journal Sallpa Central High School Class of 1998 officers (from left) Shusten Turnqulst, Rachel Hlnde and Sydney Moshler are moved to tears and laughter as class President Jennifer Mlze talks Sunday at commencement In the Bicentennial Center. Ramon Perez was a little bit nervous Sunday afternoon. No wonder. The Salina Central High School graduate-to-be stood before several thousand people in the Bicentennial Center dressed in a long maroon gown and a mortarboard. "First I want to get a bit more comfortable," he said, taking off the traditional graduate headgear. He put on a baseball cap — backwards, of course. His classmates seated before him went wild. "I promised myself last year when the class chose me, I would not make this long or boring," Central's senior class president said. "I'm going to tell you like it is. We spent four years of our lives at Central, and we should be grateful for it. We could have gone to South." Perez and about 180 Central classmates, along with a group of 235 grateful graduates of Salina South High School, received their diplomas Sunday afternoon in separate ceremonies at the Bicentennial Center. Commencement ceremonies for graduates of the Salina Area Vocational-Technical School were Sunday evening. The graduation speaker for Central was Anthony C. Walker, president of Interactive Group, a human resource consulting firm who has worked with several Fortune 500 firms such as Ford Motor Co. and the Secret Service. He also is the uncle of Central graduate Sydney Moshier. South's speaker was Lt. Gov. Gary Sherrer, who taught speech and debate at Salina High School in the 1960s and 1970s. Advice and humor But as usual, the student speakers stole the show. At South's graduation, senior vice president John Henningsen gave his peers advice for college. Among his words of wisdom: "Don't use your own money when you can use your parents.' " Class President Scott McFall tried to make up to his mother, who was upset that he hadn't invited anyone to a reception at his house. "So I'd like to invite you all to come to our house at 2046 Lewis for my reception," he said. "I'd like to humor her today." See VISIONS OF THE FUTURE, Page A3

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