The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on October 1, 1997 · Page 9
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THE SAUNA JOURNAL Great Plains VIEWPOINTS / B2 ALMANAC / B3 FUN / 64 BRIEFLY I T FEDERAL EXPRESS EXPANSION Teen arrested in beating of woman An 18-year-old Salina man was arrested Monday for allegedly beating Carol Marihugh, 40, Gypsum, leaving her blind and in a Vegetative state. Jarrod Robert Hanchett, 738 N. Second, is expected to be charged with attempted first-degree murder and aggravated robbery. Marihugh was found sprawled on a concrete stoop at 700 N. Second at about 5 a.m. July 2 after neighbors heard a woman screaming for help. Marihugh's mother, Carole Anderson, said Marihugh suffered a blow to the back of her head that left her blind. Her front teeth were knocked out and her lip was slashed open. Anderson said Marihugh developed a lung infection and later suffered a stroke, leaving her with limited mobility. She is in an Abilene nursing home. Elevator manager's trial is short-lived OAKLEY — The trial of a former Oakley grain elevator manager for felony charges ended in unusual fashion Tuesday after the judge in the case ruled prosecution was barred because the statute of limitations had expired. Terry Schippers, the former manager of the elevator once owned by Salina-based Smoot Grain Co., was charged with more than 160 felony counts of billing customers for nonexistent livestock feed and cashing checks without authorization from his employer. The elevator is now owned by Collingwood Grain, Hutchinson. Schippers managed the elevator for Collingwood from the fall of 1994 to the spring of 1995, but he worked at the business longer. The crimes allegedly occurred between January 1994 and February 1995. Logan County Attorney Douglas Spencer would not comment Tuesday beyond stating the outcome of the trial, which began Monday. Both Schippers' attorney, Thomas Bath, and District Judge Glenn Schiffner, could not be reached Tuesday for comment. Wichitan pleads guilty in strangling death WICHITA — A Wichita man pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in the strangling of a 60- year-old mentally handicapped man. John Taylor, 35, had faced a felony murder charge in the killing of Cletus Schumacher last year. Taylor also pleaded guilty to aggravated burglary and misdemeanor theft. Sentencing was set for Oct. 30. Crash on K-18 kills Lincoln driver BEVERLY — A Lincoln man was killed Tuesday evening in a near head-on collision with another car on K-18 highway near Beverly, said the Kansas Highway Patrol in Salina. Matt Hair, 32, was killed in the crash at 6:25 p.m. Tuesday when he drifted into the eastbound lane of K-18 for an unknown reason and sideswiped a car driven by Lois Kepple, 70, Tescott. Hair wasn't wearing a seat belt. Kepple suffered only minor injuries. Nursing home with 53 residents to shut down WICHITA — More than 50 elderly residents will probably have to find other places to live now that their nursing home will lose Medicaid and Medicare payments. The River Park Health Care facility has had a troubled history, suffering a reputation of deplorable living conditions, sexual misconduct and other problems. The decision to cut off Medicaid and Medicare payments, announced Monday by the U.S. Health Care Finance Administration, is expected to force River Park out of business. Its 53 residents — most of them frail or disabled — will have 30 days to find other places to live. Federal Express buys land for expansion Shipper's office has been so crowded that some packages have been sorted outdoors By CHAD HAYWORTH The Saltna Journal Developers of a proposed 19,850-square- foot sorting facility for Federal Express reached agreement with the Salina Airport Authority on the sale of 2.9 acres at the Airport Industrial Center. Kansas City-based SalFed LLC will pay $44,183 for the land, located at the corner of Centennial Road and Wall Street, airport director Tim Rogers said. Airport officials have been in negotiation with the company for more than two years. "They have just flat run out of space," Rogers said. "They've been forced to do some of their sorting outside, which isn't too bad on a day like today, but last week made it difficult." Jeff Monaghan, manager of the Salina Federal Express facility, said the building at 2770 Arnold was fine when the company started its Salina operations in 1985 with four employees. "We can put eight vehicles on-line at our SCHILLING :: JUMPER current building," he said. "In the new building, we will have 18, more than doubling the actual sorting space." Monaghan said that unlike most business expansions, Federal Express' move won't add more jobs. "It will be almost the opposite," he said. "Because of the tremendous growth that we have had here, we've added a tremendous amount of jobs in the last year and half. In this case, we are building a building because of the growth, not building and then growing." FedEx picked up several new customers during the recent United Parcel Service strike, Monaghan said. "But a lot of our growth is because of the gung-ho attitude of the people here in Salina about getting new business," he said. "Our volume is up 50 percent over where it was at this time last year." Federal Express services 15 routes from the Salina facility, serving an area that stretches east to Abilene, west to Hays, north to the Nebraska border and south to McPherson. Rogers said construction on the new sorting facility will begin in the coming weeks, as soon as the contractor can obtain building permits from the city. Construction is expected to be completed in April. Cost figures for the new building were not available. Salina Area Chamber of Commerce president Gerald Cook said the new construction will ensure Federal Express' presence in Salina for many years. "They have a good growth record," COOK said. "This.is the kind of business that we are looking for." Rogers said the Airport Authority contifr ues to get inquiries about available sites in the Airport Industrial Area. ^' "Through the chamber and the Kansas Department of Commerce and Housing, ttiej number of inquiries is up a few more than normal," Rogers said. "This is the secoriff project in a year to be announced in thar area." The first project, Coronado Engineer 3 ing's $1.4 million plant to build manufaS 3 turing equipment for production of vinyl siding, was unveiled in December 1996. UtU like the Coronado project, funded by $!'.& million in industrial revenue bonds, the Federal Express building will be funded ti? tally by the developer. Rogers said he hopes more projects will be completed in the same way. "The Airport Authority provides the sitej and the authority and the chamber of com/ merce partner to find a. tenant," he saida "Then we bring a developer to do a turnkejt operation for the eventual tenant." < Memphis-based Federal Express employd 150,000 people nationwide and ships about 3 million packages each day. ETC. Salinan Jeff Dary didn't make the top 10 finalists of the Coast-to- Coast Karaoke Challenge, a national contest in Florida Saturday where he sang "Just a Gigolo" to pre-recorded music. But there's always next year, the Sacred Heart Jr.-Sr. High School music teacher and director of the Sweet Adelines said. Dary appreciated the support of students, faculty and friends. From Staff and Wire Reports Ancestral KU design teacher draws on Slovene roots in work By JAN BILES The Lawrence Journal-World LAWRENCE — David Vertac- nik has a strong affinity for roots — the roots that stretch deep under the apple trees on 4us4iarm east of Lawrence and thfe roots of his Slovene heritage that has manifested itself in his sculptures. Vertacnik, an associate professor of design at the University of Kansas, has made three trips to Slovenia to learn about his ancestry. The result: a successful graft of his love of the land and his love of the Slovene culture. "My connection to the land is integral to being raised by ethnic parents," he said, proudly adding that his grandparents immigrated through Ellis Island and he is "100 percent Slovene." Slovenia, a nation of about 2 million people that borders Italy, Austria, Hungary and Croatia, was part of Yugoslavia until that nation's breakup. Vertacnik grew up on a farm west of Indianapolis and was trained as a ceramist at Indiana State University and the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University. He came to Lawrence in 1979, and he and his wife, Wendy, bought a farm in rural Douglas County. Farming is in Vertacnik's blood. His grandmother always had a large garden and a rabbit hutch or chicken run, and his father, who worked for a telephone company, maintained an orchard. Vertacnik's ties to agriculture are evident in his art works. He uses clay structures and found objects to create sculptures that whirl and tilt, are rooted fork-like to the earth and stretch toward the sky. Certain images return in the forms: the cycle of the seasons and its reference to the cycle of birth, death and rebirth of humankind; tools, implying man's labor with and for the land; and house and home, or man's dwelling in the natural world. Another recurring image is a room with a linear design, which caught the attention of Marc Greenberg, an associate professor of Slavic languages and literatures at Kansas. Greenberg told Vertacnik that the roof resembled a hay rack that is indigenous to Slovenia. Vertacnik, who went to Slovenia in October 1993, said the connection between his sculptures and the hay racks was "uncanny." "It's an affirmation of where I came from, and why you do the things the way you do. There's a reason," he said. Vertacnik also met a cousin in Slovenia who worked for the telephone company and grew apples on his farm. After Vertacnik returned to Lawrence, Slovenia remained on his mind. He subscribed to a magazine and later read an article about a Slovene artists' colony. He returned in June 1996 and was one of 10 people, from various countries but all with an ethnic connection to Slovenia, at the colony. The artists stayed in the village of Most na Soci, on the turquoise-colored Soci River. During his stay, Vertacnik worked in a steel factory and The Associated Press David Vertacnik, a University of Kansas associate professor of design, stands with one of his sculptures. Influenced by his Slovene heritage, he creates sculptures that whirl and tilt toward the sky. fabricated two sculptures. When he left Slovenia, he was asked to return. Vertacnik received a research grant and returned to Slovenia this summer. Four of Vertacnik's works were included in an art exhibition in the Slovenia's capital, and he was invited to a celebra- tion marking the birthday of the United States. He wants to go back. "It's a part of me," he said, "and it's a part of us now." V FOOTBALL Wichitans may flock to Salina to watch game K-State-Nebraska game will be aired on Salina cable, but Wichita cable doesn't have FX By DAN ENGLAND The Salina Journal TCI of Salina is giddy because of an exclusive of sorts, and local motels and restaurants may be just as excited this weekend. Saturday's K-State/Nebraska football game, a former laugher that now is a heated border battle between two bowl-bound Big 12 rivals, is being shown exclusively on the FX Network (Salina cable 28). That means the Wichita area won't be seeing that game because no cable systems there carry FX, said Rick Christy, general man- K-8tate v*. 6 p.m. Saturday FX Network, Salina cable 28 ager of TCI of Salina. But it will be showing in Salina. Kickoff is 6 p.m. "We have gotten calls from people who use surrounding cable systems in Wichita," Christy said. "They are inquiring where they can stay in Salina just to drive up and catch the game." The FX channel is included on TCI of Salina's cheaper basic cable service and shows a mix of shows in syndication and movies as well as some live programming. The station also shows sporting events and will show a college football game every Saturday in October. It is run by the Fox Network. Satellite services also won't get the K-State/Nebraska showdown, played in Nebraska this year, because FX doesn't sell to satellite services, Christy said. Christy said he didn't know how many people from Wichita planned to make the trip to Salina. "It will bring a lot of people," he said. "I've spoken with several who definitely plan on coming up and seeing it in a motel. This is a biggie for our area." The game was carried by ABC Sports last year. Figures on how many Salina-area viewers watched last year's game, won by Nebraska 39-3, weren't available. Managers of local motels said they hadn't received any phone calls yet, but they also said Tuesday might be a little early for some to make weekend plans. "I haven't heard of anyone coming down from Wichita, unfortunately," said Jeff Pina, front desk manager of the Holiday Inn Holidome, 1616 W. Crawford. Linda Dickson, manager of the Red Coach Inn, 2110 W. Crawford, said she.hadn't taken any reservations either. "But we're within seven rooms of being full anyway," Dickson said. "So there probably won't be any calls on that." SUGGESTIONS? CALL BEN WEARING, DEPUTY EDITOR, AT (785) 823-6363 OR 1-800-827-6363 OR E-MAIL AT sjbwearing©saljournal.com

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