The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on November 15, 1981 · Page 8
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The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas · Page 8

Salina, Kansas
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Sunday, November 15, 1981
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Page 8 The Salina Journal — Sunday, November 15,1961 For Sa//na's Jerry Simpson HUD post requires role-reversal By DALE GOTER Staff Writer It is highly unlikely that Jerry Simpsdh will join the list of Reagan Administration political appointees who have had to answer to the President because they said the wrong thing at the wrong time. The Salina Republican, whose appointment as a regional administrator of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) was announced last week, is playing it close to the vest as he prepares to cross over into that much maligned maze of the federal bureaucracy. In an interview with The Journal, Simpson pledged to follow the Reagan administration's lead on strategies and policies for dealing with housing problems in the region's four-state area covering Kansas, Nebraska, Iowa and Missouri. "I generally support the policies of the administration," he says. "In this job (as HUD administrator), you have to be compatible with the goals and objectives of the administration." The appointment of the former Salina bank vice president (he ended his employment with First Bank and Trust on Friday) takes him full circle on the bureaucractic pipeline. As a Salina city commissioner, Simpson served as an ex officio member of the Salina Housing Authority, helping to oversee the administration of HUD programs on the local level. As one of 10 regional administrators reporting directly to HUD Secretary Samuel R. Pierce Jr., he will see the process from a loftier vantage point. The appointment to the $50,112-a-year position has other role-reversal overtones for the 45-year- old Salinan. As a city commissioner and later as a state representative, he has been active in the process of making rules and regulations. Now he will be charged with carrying out the rules that others have made. Experience valuable His experience as a lawmaker should be valuable in making the transition, Simpson says. "It's helpful to have some perspective about the formulation of those laws and rules and regulations," he says. The first major task facing him when he steps into his new job will be familiarizing himself with the 640-employee department under his direction. "I would hesitate to make any new recommendations without further study," he says. "I don't know what the philosophy of the Reagan adminis- tration is at this point in time. I'm just going to have to get on board and review the active programs and policies." Simpson says he does expect the department to be more "rigorous" regarding the collection of delinquent payments due the federal government, and generally foresees a lessening of federal control over housing programs. f "I think in light of the administration's overall policy, there will be more direction by local units of government and the state government," he says. One drawback of the new politically-appointive position la a lack of Job security, he acknowledges. "I serve at the pleasure of the administration and I'll serve as long as they desire I do so," he says. His appointment was supported by the Kansas congressional delegation and the Republican Party in Kansas. Although the appointment takes him out of the political picture as an elective officeholder, "it wouldn't close the door" on any future plans for political office, he says. Local- State The Salina Journal Charter ordinance highlights agenda No one ever said a life of crime was easy. Not only are there burglar alarms and police to worry about, but a person can work up quite an appetite kicking down doors and rifling desks and the like. That apparently was the case with a couple of thieves early Thursday who broke into Oakdale Elementary School, 811 E. Iron. First they broke two large, plate glass windows, then rummaged through a desk and took two money bags. Then they headed for the break room where they pried open a soft drink vending machine and took the change. They also took the time to gulp down a couple of bottles of pop. Next they brewed two cups of coffee. Then, feeling the need for something to go. with the coffee, they helped themselves to four donuts. The cash loss was $65. Police estimated total damage to the building and contents at $200. An evening of music Monday at the Mid State Mall, sponsored by the Salina National Education Association, will kick off American Education Week. Musicians from Salina schools will perform from 6:30 to 9 p.m. They will include sixth grade string students from Heusner, the Central High orchestra and band, and a barbershop quartet from South High. WICHITA - A Gypsum cowboy ran his earnings to a record $10,746.34 in bull riding while participating in the Central States Finals Rodeo at Wichita. Jimmy Crowther won $666 to finish first in the all-around and set his bull riding record. Crowther is coach of the Kansas Wranglers, Wichita's championship team of Professional Team Rodeo. Brian Base, Brookville, finished second in the bareback bronc riding to run his winnings to $4,975.42. Santa letters COA's new van dedicated Four major items, and possibly a fifth, will confront city commissioners when they convene for their weekly 4 p.m. Monday meeting. The only item under administration business is the final reading of a charter ordinance that would exempt the city from a state law covering the licensing of pawn brokers and precious metal dealers The city could then add its own provisions governing the occupations. The commission also is slated to consider a petition filed by W.C. Chaffee 'for a sanitary sewer and pavement on Fairdale Road from Fairdale Court to Etherington Court and the paving of Etherington Court. Kenneth Bieberly is scheduled to present two petitions, one for the vacation of an alley between llth and 10th Streets north of Ash and the other seeking vacation of the west 10 feet of the 10th Street right-of-way from Ash north for about a half-block. Commissioners may also rewrite the ending to their action last week on an ordinance that died because it lacked majority support. The ordinance would have eliminated certain housing construction requirements for planned development districts (PDDs). It was approved on first reading three weeks ago and was up for final action last week. But it failed on a 2-2 vote (such matters need at least a 3-2 vote to pass). Commissioner Keith Duckers, one of the affirmative votes after the first reading, was absent last week. Voting with him during the first round were Commissioners Merle Hodges and Charles Roth. Any of the commissioners may bring the matter up again Monday. More than 70 persons witnessed Friday the official dedication of the new 10-passenger van purchased by the Saline County Commission on Aging (COA). The vehicle is equipped with a wheelchair lift and will provide transportation to Saline County residents aged 60 _ or over for non-emergency trips to doctors or for other health-related services. "The (COA's) wheelchair van project is a response to the need of older handicapped citizens, particularly lower income, for transportation for vital health services," Barry Gruver, COA director, said. The bus will carry 10 ambulatory passengers or eight ambulatory and two wheelchair passengers. No such county-wide service exists. Family, friends or neighbors now are providing the service "under difficult circumstances," Gruver said. The $19,000 van, an OmniBus sold purchased through Long-McArthur Inc., 340 N. Santa Fe, and manufactured by a Hutchinson firm, was bought with a $13,500 grant from the Flint Hills Area Agency on Aging in Manhattan and $5,500 from the COA. The Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP), under the directon of Nancy Klostermeyer, will provide operational responsibility, while the COA will assume financial responsibility, guidelines and procedures. Persons reserving seats on the bus should call RSVP at 823-3128 from 9 a.m. to noon and from 1 to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday at least 24 hours in advance. Nine volunteer drivers have signed up: Harry Robinson, Bob Lindsley, Ralph Winslow, Bob Miller, Harold Dunham, Dick Courier, Bob McDowell, Frank Wadsworth and Roger Fellers. Fellers also will serve as the project's coordinator. Prior to the bus dedication, the COA discussed proposed renovation of the old courthouse, 245 N. 9th, Parole hearings are set TOPEKA — Public hearings on prison inmates being considered for parole in December have been scheduled by the Kansas Adult Authority. The hearings will begin at 9:30 a.m. Nov. 30 in three locations — the Topeka Public Library, the Wichita Public Library and the Wyandotte County Courthouse in Kansas City. The KAA will accept written or oral comment from the public concerning inmates being considered for parole. Listed below are persons convicted in North-Central or Northwest Kansas. Counties named are the place of conviction, not necessarily the offender's home county. More than one area county — Danny J. Davis, burglary, worthless check (Dickinson and Saline counties). Dennis D. Neff, two counts burglary, grand theft, possession of narcotics, aggravated escape (McPherson, Rice, Saline and Shawnee counties). Cloud County — Ernest L. Green, aggravated incest. Mark H. Swiderski, second-degree murder. EUii County — Jeffery L- Moore, burglary, grand theft. Gove County — Marion M. Morton, burglary, grand theft (some in Riley County). • Phillips County — Terry Cooper, aggravated arson. Saline County — Marvin L. Andrews, grand theft. Leslie R. Zuspann, habitual worthless checks. Sherman County — John C. Bryant, burglary. Thomas County — Charles W. Price Jr., two counts burglary (some in Wyandotte County). Nebraskan bound over for trial in aggravated battery case UPLIFTING EXPERIENCE Ralph Austin, 400 S. 9th, tries out the wheelchair lift on a new van dedicated Friday by the where the Leisure Years Center is located. Salina architect Lyle Lightfoot is working on a final plan for the first and second floors of the building and may have it completed in time for the commission to advertise for bids at their December meeting. The commission has budgeted Journal Photo by Tom Dorsey Commission on Aging. Roger Fellers (left), 1008 Mellinger, is at the controls. Looking on at right is Eph Jantz, 800 N. 3rd. around $47,000 for the work, but a major problem has been the $15,000 to $20,000 extra which is needed for purchase and installation of an elevator. The group also elected commissioners to replace Stan Rogge and James Martin, both of whom resigned. New members are Roger Fellers, 1008 Mellinger, and Althea Tucker, 359 Sunset. Robert Branting, 24, North Platte, Neb., was bound over Friday for trial in District Court for the aggravated battery that led to the death of Eugene Tappendick, 39, 504 W. Ellsworth. Branting appeared for a scheduled preliminary hearing before Associate Judge Gene Penland. In an Aug. 7 incident at the Sale Barn private club, Highway K-140, Branting allegedly rolled or threw Tap- pendick down a steep flight of steps from the club's balcony level to the main floor. The incident immediately followed a scuffle between Tappendick and Loren Lee Odell, 21, Dodge City in which Odell punched Tappendick and knocked him to the floor near the top of the steps. Odell had turned away from Tappendick when Branting allegedly lifted the victim's feet and rolled him down the stairs. Odell has pleaded guilty to misdemeanor battery for punching Tap- pendick and is awaiting sentencing. Tappendick suffered head injuries which resulted in his death Sept. 10 af-. ter being hospitalized more than a month at Wesley Medical Center, Wichita. Branting remains free on $10,000 bond. He is scheduled for arraignment Monday in District Court. Santa's surrogate at The Salina Journal — a merry, slightly rotund elf on loan from the North Pole Workshop — acknowledges receipt of Santa's mail from Melissa Eiler, 901 Albert; Kathy Jo and Keven Kindlesparger, 521 Franklin, and David Crook, 215 N. Chicago. The letters have been forwarded post haste. But the surrogate wants to note certain matters. First, Melissa, be assured Santa will find your house even though you have moved. The bearded one is absolutely unqanny when it comes to up-to-date addresses. K;athy Jo, there is some confusion abqut your request for "a bolt for your trike ... and a bike." How many vehicles can you ride at once? Finally, David, it is comforting to hear you have been "pretty good the las( couple of months." However, it might be wise to upgrade that conduct from "pretty good" to "excellent" and extend the duration of acceptable behavior from a "couple of months" to "always." (fcditor's note — Don't worry, David, Santa recognizes impeccable behavior on-the part of 8-year-old boys would majie life much less interesting and the world a dull place, indeed.) HELLO, CLOWN! - A wears a big smile as he Salina youngster shakes hands with one of the many Isis Shrine clowns who participated in the Fall Ceremonial parade Sat- Journol Pholo by J«H Irltegom urday through downtown Salina. Shriners fete Fall festival with parade, Ladies day A full slate of events greeted participants Saturday in the Isis Shrine's annual Fall Ceremonial and Ladies Day, made most visible by an afternoon parade down Santa Fe. Other events included rituals training, a brunch for the ladies at the Salina Country Club, a luncheon at the Isis Temple, a Camel Herders reception for 40 new novices and their wives at the Heart of America Inn, and the awarding of five 50-year pins and life- member certificates. They are L.O. Austin, 728 Highland; William Grosser, 733 S. Santa Fe; Clarence Hutchins, Scott City; Delmar Weightman, Las Vegas, Nov., and Dr. Clarence Welker, Concordia. Capping the evening was a dance at the Bicentennial Center featuring The Glenn Miller Orchestra directed by Larry O'Brien. The novices that became nobles after the day-long ceremony include: A. John Houptll, 100 Overhill; Richard Blecha, Mahaska; Marion Brown, Abilene: John Buck, Atwood; Kurt Chrysler, Topeka; Melvin Collier, Smith Center; Michael Cooper. Atwood. Edgar Easterly Jr., Hoisington; Kenneth Folsom, Hays; Ricky Froelich, Hill City; R. Max Froelich, Enterprise; Raymond Gaffney, Topeka; Eugene Honks; Glade; Harry Hicks, Manhattan: Barry Hoffman Norton: Barney Horton, Atwood; Glen Jackson, Enterprise: Choi ley laman. Ames; Cecil Lewis, Great Bend; Charles lower, Topeko: Roy Lumpkin: Smith Center; Elvin Mullln, Lyons; Ralph Parme ley. Fort Riley: Larry Paulson. Abilene: Ronald Phillips, Junction City: Douglas Pierce Derby Donald Riffel. Stockton; Rodney Rogers, Phillipsburg; John Rpcaback, Lindsborg; Morris Ruiz, Enterprise; Harold Schmidt. Sterling; Carl Selbel Oakley; Glen Shahan, Topeka; Edgar Thompson' Rock; Warren Trimmer, Hays, and Garry Wittenberg, McPherson.

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