The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on May 28, 1998 · Page 7
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The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas · Page 7

Salina, Kansas
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Thursday, May 28, 1998
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THE SALlNfe! JOURNAL Great Plains VIEWPOINTS / B2 ALMANAC / B3 FUN / B4 T TEACHING AWARD Ist-grade science teacher wins national honor Study of butterflies involved art •and music as j well as hands-on research By CAROL LIGHT! The Salina Journal Nancy Harman gets a reward every day when she sees the "lights come on" in her students' eyes. But the Hays science teacher at the Kathryn O'Loughlin McCarthy Elementary School is willing to accept another award in June when she travels to Washington, B.C., to receive the 1998 Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching. Harman, who has been teaching for 16 years, will be among four Kansas teachers receiving the award from the National Science Foundation. Harman leaves June 13 and will spend a week in the Washington area. Along with the honor, Barman's school will receive a $7,500 grant. "That will provide for staff development and the purchase of educational materials to enhance science and math," Harman said. She also will have a chance to meet and share ideas with other teachers who have won the award. Four teachers from each state are receiving the honor — an elementary and secondary teacher for math and an elementary and secondary teacher for science. Harman and the other three Kansas teachers were selected from among 12 state finalists. Others from north-central and northwest Kansas among the 12 were Salina Central High School science teacher John Wachholz; Clifton-Clyde Junior High mathematics teacher Connie Winter; WaKeeney Grade School science teacher Cora Brown; and Hays' Washington Elementary School mathematics teacher Wendy Beougher. Harman is teaching kindergarteners this year who next year she will have as first- graders. At the school, teachers stay with the same students for two years. She is being hon- ored as an elementary science teacher for her work with first-graders in 1996-1997. That year the students studied the metamorphosis and migration of the monarch butterfly. "In the fall, the monarchs migrate right over the students' playground," Harman said. Besides their firsthand observations, the students also research monarchs on the Internet, hatch their own butterflies in the classroom, study the geographical migration of the monarchs and climate differences between Hays, Mexico and Antarctica, whose penguin they study. Students also make typography maps of the migration area, using Play Dough. Art and music are incorporated. Dr. John Cody of Hays, who draws and paints moths, visited the students, and they went to see an exhibit of his work. The first-graders also wrote a play about butterflies and presented it for their parents. "There are a lot of hands-on activities," Har- BRIEFLY man said. ; While thrilled to get the award, Harman . said she now joins three other teachers at the school who have received the national honor. Harman not only likes to teach youngsters, but teachers, too. She will be working with ' teachers across the state on ideas for incorjpcK rating physics into the primary grades. ; r Learning new ideas is important for teacl> \ ers, she said. ' ' "In education, if you are not growing you're ; falling backwards," she said. ' ''•' And students are never too young to be learning science, she said. They are fascinated with living,' real things such as bugs, spiders and snakes. "I believe children in the primary grades are scientists in their own right," she said. "They' " have curiosity and have their own scientific ; ' concepts, whether they're correct or not." ' ; But she is there to help them see and prove J to themselves what is actually true. ; ' Clothes on furnace ignite, damage home Clothes draped over a furnace to dry ignited late Tuesday night and caused about $11,000 damage to a house at 1100 W. State. No one was home at the time, and there were no injuries. ; "The air conditioners was set ' on such a (low) temperature that we theorize it.caused the furnace to come on," said Salina Fire Department inspector Jerry Scott. Heat from the furnace in turn burned the clothes. The house is owned by Clair Curtiss and was occupied by Jesus Castro. Salinan arrested in fight at night spot '• Alphonse Baham, 20, 663 i Viemont, was arrested Tuesday : on suspicion of aggravated battery in connection with an incident May 17 in which a man's leg was broken in a fight at a Saline County night spot. George McCoy, 24, Wellington, received two fractures of his leg below the knee in the fight involving two men outside Randy's club on West State Street Road. McCoy told authorities that earlier in evening one of the men allegedly touched his girlfriend. As the couple left the club, they were confronted by the assailants. The Saline County Sheriffs Department received a Crimestoppers tip that led investigators to Baham. The department is searching for the other suspect. Inmate tries to flee on way to see doctor MINNEAPOLIS — An inmate who escaped from the Ottawa County Detention Center early Wednesday morning was captured soon after. The escapee was a Sedgwick County inmate being held on misdemeanor charges. The inmate's name wasn't being released by the Ottawa County Attorney's Office. The inmate reported that he had cut his head on his bunk and was being taken to the Ottawa County Health Center when the inmate, who was handcuffed, ran from the officer. The inmate was apprehended soon after his escape at 1:26 a.m. The matter was referred to the county attorney for prosecution. 5 counties receive Huck Boyd mini-grants MANHATTAN — The Huck Boyd Foundation has awarded leadership mini-grants of $200 to five Kansas counties, including Norton and Trego counties. "The grants are designed to help foster grassroots leaders such as Huck Boyd," said Ron Wilson, director of the Boyd National Institute for Rural Development at Kansas State University. McDill "Huck" Boyd was a long-time Kansas newspaper publisher at Phillipsburg, a state and national leader and an advocate for rural America. Other grant winners were Lane, Scott and Hodgeman counties. Jury can't reach verdict in murder case WICHITA — A mistrial was declared in the murder trial of a man who said he confessed to killing his neighbor last year so a DNA test would prove that he was innocent. The DNA test was inconclusive. A jury worked eight hours over two days before deciding Tuesday it could not reach a verdict. Bryan G. Kirkpatrick, 38, was charged in the May 1997 death of Deanna Law, 53. From Staff and Wire Reports School work TOM DORSEY / The Salina Journal Matt Fry, 18,332 S. Ohio, a summer employee of the Salina Parks and Recreation Department, trims grass Wednesday morning along the road in Indian Rock Park. Fry will attend Fort Hays State University this fall. "That's why I got this summer job," he said, "so I could earn money for college." T SPELLING BEE T costs Salina's top speller shot at title By DAN ENGLAND The Salina Journal Salina won't have a national spelling champion this year. Gen Gillespie, an eighth- grader at South Middle School and the son of Gerald and Mineko Gillespie, 409 E. Minneapolis, was tripped up Wednesday by the word "putative" in the second round of the national spelling bee championship in Washington, D.C. He missed the adjective, which means generally regarded as such, by one letter: He spelled it "puti- tive." But his principal won't give him an F. "I'm glad that he made it into the second round, and I think it's really neat that we have a representative in Washington at all," said Ray Tucker, principal of South Middle School. "I'm sure he feels a great sense of accomplishment, even with not getting a championship, just to be involved." Gillespie was the first Saline County representative to go to the national bee because he was Saline County's first state spelling bee champ. Eloise Lynch, coordinator of the Saline County bee, offered comforting words. "I didn't know those words either," she said. Gillespie competed with 250 spellers across the country. Kansas is one of six states that has only one representative to go to the national bee. As long as a newspaper sponsors a spelling bee in a state, that representative can go to the national championship. So some states sent several representatives. "I think that's probably the best system that Kansas has," Lynch said. T SALINE COUNTY COMMISSION County may give sheriff more Recommendation of Kochanowski's panel gets OK for now from officials By SHARON MONTAGUE The Salina Journal A committee studying the budget for the Saline County Sheriffs Office and Saline County Jail got what it wanted Wednesday — at least tentatively. County commissioners agreed to a 1999 spending target of about 6 percent, or $171,940, more than was budgeted for 1998. If spending targets for all departments hold true, Saline County's spending for 1999 could be $18,076,309 in 1999, which is about $1 million higher than this year's spending of $17,006,650. That's assuming that commissioners again levy 2 mills in property tax for bridge improvements; the same amount is budgeted for equipment purchases as was budgeted this year; and that allocations for special alcohol and parks and recreation programs and for vegetation management remain the same. Tentative 1999 budget figures include $5,942,077 for salaries, an increase of about $700,000. The sheriffs office will receive the largest increase of any department. Members of an advisory committee appointed by Sheriff Glen Kochanows- ki to study his department and its spending recommended the increase. At a meeting with county staff and Commission Chairman Deane Allen before the targets were approved, Larry Dunlap, a member of the committee, said he used spending patterns for the past several years to calculate the budget. Between 1997 and 1998, Dunlap said, the sheriffs office didn't receive an increase in its operating budget. So the 6 percent increase, he contended, was for two years. The committee's goal was to develop a realistic budget, Dunlap said. When given a spending target for 1998 that was the same as the 1997 budget — which was overspent — Dunlap said sheriffs office employees didn't even make the effort to try to realign lines within the budget to make them fit the allocation. "I don't think the sheriff felt it was worth the effort to adjust those line items, knowing the overall budget was going to come up short anyway," said Dana Morse, former Saline County administrator and a member of the advisory committee. The budget Dunlap developed shows some jail expenses — such as travel, training and maintenance — decreasing, while other expenses — such as supplies, prisoner meals and vehicle maintenance — increase. Dunlap noted that if the budget in- T WEEPING STATUE Plaque's blood matches owner DNA tests show blood on Virgin Mary plaque is most likely that of its owner By The Associated Press DODGE CITY — DNA tests show that blood that supposedly came from a weeping Virgin Mary plaque in a southwest Kansas woman's home is likely that of the woman herself, Catholic leaders said. Thousands had traveled to the town in Lewis, after hearing of the weeping Virgin Mary plaque. Samples taken from Margarita Holguin Cazares and from the plaque in her home showed that the two are virtually identical, according to DNA test results from the Analytical Genetic Testing Center in Denver. "If Margarita Cazares is not the donor, then less than 1 in 795 million U.S. Americans could be the donor," the report states. The 6-inch replica of the Virgin Mary was first reported to have wept blood in Cazares' home in Lewis in December 1996. Believers say Cazares later began exhibiting stigmata — spots of blood seeping from her forehead, hands and feet, as if she had been wearing a crown of thorns and had been crucified. Reports of the plaque weeping blood continue to this day and have attracted more than 10,000 people from around the country and other nations to Lewis, a town of just over 400 about 120 miles west of Wichita. The Diocese of Dodge City, which oversees Catholic parishes in southwest Kansas, had the plaque examined last fall by a radiologist using a CAT scan. Samples of the fluid on the plaque and samples of Cazares' blood were analyzed by a pathologist. Based on the test results, church officials cannot make a judgment one way or another on Cazares' claims, said Sister Pat McGreeve of the diocese. "Since Margarita prefers no further interference in her life and since the plaque has already been examined by a CAT scan, the local church can proceed no further in its official investigation of the alleged visionary with the alleged stigmata," she said Wednesday. crease weren't granted, the department would overspend again. And the public, Dunlap said, hasn't expressed dissatisfaction with the sheriffs office. In approving the spending targets later Wednesday, commissioners didn't discuss the target for the sheriff's office after Criswell explained that he used Dunlap's figures. Criswell told commissioners at that meeting that if they believed any of the targets were too high, they should say so, before the targets were given to department heads later this week. Commissioners made no comments, other than to say they wanted to study further a proposal from Saline County Extension to raise salaries in 1999. Department heads who feel their spending targets are too low can appeal to commissioners, Criswell said. Other spending increases: • Legal services, increased by $20,000 in case more money is needed for legal fees. • Building maintenance, increased by $25,000. • The administrator's office, which received increases of $85,000 for computer hardware, $65,000 for computer software and about $6,000 for a contract with Salina for computer services. • Aging services, which was increased by about $9,000 to provide salary increases. This photo of a plaque of Our Lady of Guadalupe has reportedly wept tears at the home of Margarita Holguin Cazares, Lewis. AP file photo SUGGESTIONS? CALL BEN WEARING, DEPUTY EDITOR, AT (785) 823-6363 OR 1-800-827-6363 OR E-MAIL AT s]

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