The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on June 3, 1998 · Page 9
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WEDNESDAY ^teJd« THE SALlNAJOURNAL Great Plains VIEWPOINTS / B2 ALMANAC / B3 FUN / B4 B BRIEFLY T GOVERNOR'S RACE Health insurance pool can write policies again A Salina-based health insurance pool that was asked by the state insurance department to suspend new sales until it could prove it was financially sound has been cleared to resume writing policies. ': The Smoky Hill Health Insur- "ance Group provides health care insurance to several Kansas school districts. The pool had until Monday to present a plan for revised operations. .. Pool administrators met May 26 ;with representatives of the insur- ^ance commissioner's office, Tama Wagner, spokeswoman for the of- •fice, said Tuesday. Another review is set for June 12, followed by one in September, Wagner said. • The most specific change the -pool is making is having their claims administered in Kansas, "Wagner said. In the past, an administrator in California handled claims. The administrator manages claim work for the pool and sees that policyholders receive bene- fits.79p6 Stovall to run again for attorney general TOPEKA — Attorney General Carla Stovall paid a $1,162 fee Tuesday and put her name on the ballot for renomination in the Aug. 4 Republican primary. Stovall is the first candidate to file for attorney general. Elected in ; 1994, she is the first woman to hold the office. She is a former Crawford County attorney and Hensley decides not to run for governor STOVALL He's the third Democrat to decide not to run, cites labor support for incumbent Graves By JOHN HANNA The Associated Press TOPEKA — Anthony Hensley, the state Senate's minority leader, decided Tuesday not to seek the Democratic nomination for governor. Hensley made his announcement shortly after the Kansas AFL-CIO decided to endorse Republican Gov. Bill Graves for reelection. Hensley said he could not win without the full support of labor organizations. "I'm basing my decision on what's realistic," Hensley said. campai ** Hensley, 44, a Topeka teacher who has served in the Legislature for 22 years, is the third prominent Democratic legislator to decide against running for governor. The others are Sen. Janis Lee, of Kensington, and retiring Rep. Jack Wempe, of Little River. Most recent speculation is that the state Democratic Party's chairman, Dennis Langley, will run for his party's nomination. Langley, the chief executive of a natural gas company, was not available for comment Tuesday. Many Democrats privately believe Graves is unbeatable. He enters the election with high approval ratings, and a strong economy have allowed four consecutive years of tax cuts. But many conservative Republicans are dissatisfied with Graves because of his moderate stand on abortion and his veto in 1997 of a bill allowing the carrying of concealed weapons. Former state Republican Chairman David Miller is challenging Graves in the August primary. Hensley said the decision of the Kansas AFL-CIO to endorse Graves was crucial in his decision not to seek the Democratic nomination. "It would be impossible to wage a competitive campaign if the leadership of the labor movement in Kansas believes that Bill Graves has won this election before the first vote is cast," Hensley said. Labor leader Wayne Maichel said the AFL-CIO's executive committee decided to endorse Graves as a "friendly incumbent." . • Though labor organizations tend to support Democrats overwhelmingly, not all Re-; publicans are hostile. ; ' Langley's name has been mentioned because Democratic leaders do not wanj to give their party's nomination to the Rev. Fred Phelps Sr., of Topeka, by default. : Phelps is a primitive Baptist preachef known for his demonstrations against he- mosexuality. former member of the state Parole Board. She told reporters she filed for re-election "with no hesitation at all." She kicked off her re-election campaign with a series of rallies in December. "I am so proud to have had the public's trust for this term of office," she said. Also filing Tuesday were four aspiring state representatives, Jene Angel, D-Topeka; George Cannady, R-Wichita; Lynn Jenkins, R-Topeka; Jared Smith, R- Garden City, and a candidate for the State Board of Education, Walter Sharp, D-Abilene. Garage fire claims life of 4-year-old boy EL DORADO — A 4-year-old boy died Tuesday from injuries he suffered when a fire broke out in his family's garage. Dalton R. Farlow died about 9:40 a.m. at Via Christi St. Francis Regional Medical Center in Wichita, where he was taken after he was apparently caught in the garage when a one-gallon gasoline can fell over. Authorities say the spilled gas may have been ignited by a gas water heater in the garage. The fire was reported about 7:30 p.m. Monday. Fire Chief Ralph Green said the boy ran through the flames in the garage to his mother. The child was burned on about 80 percent of his body and his mother had second-degree burns on her face and arms. Damage to the garage and part of the home was estimated at between $35,000 and $40,000. Search continues for man who killed clerk WICHITA — Two days after the unprovoked shootings of two convenience store clerks, police had no suspects as the search continued for the man who killed one clerk and wounded another. Police were following immediate leads and analyzing other cases for similarities, police Capt. Paul Dotson said Tuesday. Investigators are in the process of eliminating people as possible suspects. "This is not our typical robbery," Police Chief Mike Watson said Monday. John P. Brewer, 24, died of multiple gunshot wounds during the robbery at a 7-Eleven store about 6 a.m. Sunday. Christy L. Lewis, 29, also shot multiple times, remained in fair condition Tuesday at Wesley Medical Center. Police were able to talk to her at the scene and at the hospital. Police said the armed, masked robber took cash from the register and then ordered the two employees to the back of the store, where he shot them with a medium-caliber handgun. From Wire Service Reports KELLY PRESNELL / The Salina Journal Mary Maley spent eight years compiling a book containing a comprehensive listing of Saline County war veterans dating from the Civil War to the Persian Gulf War. Military history, by the book About the book "Military Records of Saline County" is sold at the offices of the .Smoky Valley Genealogical Society and Library, located on the second floor of the Smoky Hill Museum building, or by mail. The cost is $20 with an additional $2 charge if purchased by mail. The address is 211 W. Iron, Suite 205, Salina, KS 67401 Book on Saline County veterans draws on records, diaries and personal letters By DAN ENGLAND The Salina Journal Veterans fight to preserve the memories of those who died in the many wars of the past two centuries. Mary Maley wants to preserve the records that contain some of those memories. Maley, a Salinan, spent eight years compiling the military records of residents of Saline County from the Civil War to the Gulf War and has put them in a book, the "Military Records of Saline County 18611991." "We know that it's not complete," Maley said. "But it gives families a background." The book includes diary excerpts, letters and clippings from newspapers scattered among the records of discharges, registrations and casualties. Maley began the project in 1990 after being contacted to research documents for a war memorial. Maley kept the records, and she began to dig. "When I saw something interesting, I just stuffed it in a box," she said. "I started digging and we found all kinds of records." Those records include documents from the Saline County courthouse, tombstone inscriptions and organizational minutes and membership rolls. Maley even visited the homes of a few veterans. Maley knew where to go to visit those records because of her interest with the Smoky Valley Genealogical Society and Library. The society is printing the book. Maley was once the editor of the society's quarterly magazine, The Tree Climber. The project took off once she got help from Salinan Vonnie Jones, who typed the society's magazine for Maley. "I just noticed that more and more military records were getting slipped in with the things for our publication," Jones said and laughed. "I finally said to her, 'What have we got here? A book'? And she said, 'I think so.' " Maley's husband served in World War II and the Korean War, and she has two sons who served in the Vietnam War. "Eat I'm not sure that played a part in this," she said. "I'm just interested in preserving records." When asked what her next project is, Maley rolls her eyes. "That society will probably do other things," she said. "But we don't have anything going right now." T ROAD WORK Construction to tie up I-135 for next few years 10 miles near Salina have deteriorated over 30 years since road was built By GORDON D. FIEDLER JR. The Salina Journal Motorists who regularly travel Interstate 135 around Salina can look forward to a smoother ride by 2001. Until then, however, drivers will dance the "Orange Barrel Polka" while the north and south lanes between Mentor Road and Interstate 70, a distance of almost 10 miles, undergo a complete overhaul. In addition, all of the bridges, more than a dozen, will experience varying degrees of reconstruction. The $36.3 million project is expected to be completed by 2000 at the earliest, but likely won't be finished until early 2001. Construction won't start in earnest until 1999. This summer, though, workers will begin building the "crossovers" that will shunt traffic back and forth between the north and south lanes. Donald Drickey, district engineer for the Kansas Department of Transportation, said the north lanes will be tackled next year, with the southbound lanes to follow in 2000. The work is necessary because of the road's deteriorating condition. That portion of 1-135 was built in the 1960s. Most pavement has a 30- year life expectancy, Drickey said. Also, traffic has increased in the past 30 years, and so have truck weights. The new concrete surface will be 11 inches thick, two inches more than the present roadway. Drickey and other highway officials conducted a pre-construction conference with the contractors Tuesday in Salina. The meetings are routine for every state highway project and help synchronize the various companies before construction starts. The contractors plan to meet again this winter. Beginning in 1999, traffic on and off 1-135 at the Crawford Street, K- 140 and 1-70 interchanges will be restricted. Back-yard traffic TOM DORSEY / The Salina Journal Salina Fire Department personnel work Tuesday to free Salinan Margery Gent from her car after it ended up In the back yard of the Clyde Klckhaefer home, 2076 Harold. Gent drove off Interstate 135 about 3:20 p.m. Tuesday after colliding with a tractor-trailer, went through a chain- link fence and Into the yard near the Magnolia Road Interchange, according to the Kansas Highway Patrol. She was treated at Salina Regional Health Center. SUGGESTIONS? CALL BEN WEARING, DEPUTY EDITOR, AT (785) 823-6363 OR 1-800-827-6363 OR E-MAIL AT slbwearing@saljournal.com

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