Page 10 The Salina Journal - Friday, November 20,1981 ARK LOST NO MORE Leader of Winfield expedition says prayer led to discovery of religious treasure in Jordan WINFIELD, Kan. (UPI) — A four-man religious expedition claims the power of prayer enabled them to find the lost Ark of the Covenant in a honeycombed cave in Jordan. Tom Crotser, leader of the Institute for Restoring Ancient History International, said his expedition to the Middle East found the Ark in a cave where the biblical treasure has remained untouched for 2,000 years. Crotser said scripture and religious writings found in a Turkish cave helped guide him to the Ark which, according to the Book of Exodus, is a gold-covered receptacle containing the Ten Commandments that Moses brought down from Mount Sinai. Jim Bolinger, a member of the expedition that returned a week ago, said the Ark was found inside a sealed passageway inside a cave in honeycombed Mount Pisgah, east of Jerusalem and about 35 miles southwest of Amman, Jordan. Bolinger said prayer was the only way the group could have found the Ark in a mountain honeycombed with hundreds of caves and passageways. "The night before we went in, Tom prayed to God to ask for help," Bolinger said. "In the dream, he was shown the way to go and he wrote it down. We knew the direction to go all the time." "The Ark is there. We have pictures of it... It's very large, and looks Just like I pictured it would." The gold-covered chest that the group found is four feet wide, five feet long and four feet high, with two nine-foot tall golden "wings of cherubim" on either side of a "mercy seat." Bolinger said members of the group, after using a pickaxe to break through a cement-like seal over the passageway, were breathless when they found the artifact. "There was an awe and a respect of God — a wonderment," Bolinger said. "I can't compare what it would be like seeing. There was an awe and respect. "This was an artifact that was commissioned by God to hold the commandments and the rod of Arum, along with the Golden Pot of Manna and Golden Sceptre." CHRISTMAS BASKET TOYS - Tom Moffitt (left), 8, and his sister, Christina, 6, children of Salvation Army Capt. and Mrs. David Moffitt, 1607 Lincoln, are shown with some of the toys entered in SUNFLOWER'S Second Birthday Toy Contest. Journal Photo by J«H Britogam The toys will be distributed by the Salvation Army in Christmas baskets to needy Salina families. Toy contest winners are pictured in this week's SUNFLOWER. Railroad's restoration of Rock track almost done KANSAS CITY, Mo. (UPI) - Completion of a $97 million rehabilitation project of former Rock Island rail line will again make Southern Pacific a viable competitor for rail traffic between the Midwest and Southern California, the company's chairman said Thursday. The rebuilding of 545 miles of line between Tucumcari, N.M., and Topeka, Kan. — one of the largest rehabilitation projects in national railroad history — is near completion, chairman Benjamin F. Biaggini told reporters. Thursday marked the first time the Southern Pacific board of directors met in Kansas City. The site was selected more than a year ago to coincide with the rehabilitation completion. Southern Pacific purchased the old Rock Island line between Santa Rosa, N.M., and St. Louis for $57 million. Rehabilitation west of Kansas City is just about complete, Biaggini said, with installation of centralized traffic control between Topeka and Herington, Kan., yet to be finished. "The users of rail transportation will be the primary beneficiaries," Biaggini said. "We are a competitive alternative to western points and Mexico." Biaggini said two to three trains travel the lines now, but that number would increase when the company purchases trackage rights from either Missouri Pacific or Norfolk Western to close the gap between Kansas City and St. Louis. "As soon as that's done, you're looking at another five or six trains per day," said Biaggini, who declined to estimate when the trackage rights would be obtained. Rehabilitation by 700 workers began in October 1980 and included installation of over one million crossties, over one-and-a-half million tons of ballast, 50 miles of new continuous welded rail, rehabilitation of the automatic block signal system and complete reconstruction of 825 highway and roadway grade crossings. Judge grants injunction in railroad tax battle TOPEKA, Kan. (UPI) -The railroads fighting a battle over property taxes in Kansas will be allowed to pay to a federal court 60 percent of their 1981 taxes, thus keeping the dollars from Kansas counties. U.S. District Judge Richard Rogers granted a preliminary injunction Thursday that was another step taken in the railroads' legal battle over property taxes paid to Kansas counties. The 60 percent figure is in dispute in federal court because railroads claim they are paying more than their fair snare of property taxes. They contend they owe about 40 percent of what they are taxed. Rogers said the prelimary injunction, which applies to the first half of taxes to be paid in 1981, is similar to an injunction he granted earlier allowing railroads to put 60 percent of all 1980 property taxes in a federal court escrow account. "The court finds that plaintiffs have shown a substantial likelihood of success on the merits of this action," Rogers wrote. "For the purpose of plaintiffs' motion for preliminary injunction, the court determines that the state of Kansas is discriminating against the railroads in the assessment of property taxes." Last year, the railroads filed a suit claiming that the Railroad Revitalization and Regulatory Reform Act of 1976 called for railroad property to be assessed at the same value as other commercial and industrial property, or 12.6 percent rather than 30 percent. The railroads named Kansas' 105 counties, Revenue Secretary Michael Lennen, Director of the Division of Property Valuation Phil Martin and the Department of Revenue as defendants in the case. However, Rogers dismissed the counties from the lawsuit July 8. The senior class of the Enterprise Academy, Enterprise, will sell apples Sunday at 321 S. Broadway. Sales of the 36-pound boxes of Red Delicious apples will begin at 10 a.m. *r if -tr The Minute Women, a club for the wives of the National Guardsmen of Salina, are holding a bake sale at Alco Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. 100,000 tons of wheat to Soviets WASHINGTON (UPI) - The USDA said Thursday that the USSR has purchased 100,000 tons of U.S. wheat for delivery during the 1981-82 marketing year and the one-year extension of the U.S.-USSR grains agreement. The USDA said that to date, the USSR has purchased 10,403,600 tons of U.S. grain for the one-year extension. Of that total, according to the USDA, 5,414,000 tons is wheat and 4,989,600 tons is corn. Salmons victorious in KU senate races Four Salinans and a former Salinan were successful candidates in the recent student elections at the University of Kansas in Lawrence. Winning seats for the first time on the student senate were Lynne Williams 20, a Junior, daughter of Maralyn Williams, 804 S. Tenth St.; Sarah Owens, 20, a junior, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Dean Owens, 2126 Melroae; and Sarah Beatty, 19, a freshman, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Mike Beatty. Winning her third election to the student senate was Sarah Duckers, 20, a junior and daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Keith Duckers, St. John's Military School. The newly elected student body president is 20-year-old junior David Adkins, who formerly attended school in Salina. He now lives in Topeka. The elections were conducted Wednesday and Thursday. If it keeps out of the pot Some lobsters live to be 50 years old. The group did not move the Ark — Bolinger said his first instinct was "not to touch it" — but will leave that up to Jewish banker David Rothschild. Bolinger said the group will not release pictures of the Ark until they are shown to Rothschild. "We feel that he has the power to help us deal with the Jordanian government and the Vatican," Bolinger said. The group had waited a week to tell of its discovery, Bolinger said, because it has been working to develop its photographs. Crotser's group claims to have already discovered the true site of the Tower of Babel and the resting place of Noah's Ark, which was featured in the 1974 Sunn Classic film "In Search of Noah's Ark." Crotser, 49, a Denton, Texas, native and former ordained minister in Disciples of Christ. He now heads a mission of about 150 believers with communities in Winfield; Frankston, Texas; Pauline, S.C.; and Glenbuck, Scotland. About 50 followers live with him on a 210-acre tract north of Winfield. Bolinger said he fully expected criticism that his group had not really found the Ark of the Covenant. "Sure. It happened when we photographed Noah's Ark," he said. "But most of the scholars we run into who 'poo- poo' such things have not even been there. The people who have said we didn't find Noah's Ark have never been to Mount Ararat. "I'm not afraid to stand before the world and say I've seen the Ark (of the Covenant.)" Bolinger said Crotser would be contacting Jordan's Department of Antiquities and the Vatican on plans to excavate the Ark sometime soon. Crotser said before leaving on his two-week expedition that finding the Ark is part of the grand plan set up in the Book of Revelation. He said the Ark would help restore the Temple of Jerusalem so that all may be in order for the Second Coming of Christ, whfch he predicts will occur in September or October of 1988. Local-State The Salina Journal SW Bell to make $80.5 million call on corporation commission TOPEKA, Kan. (UPI) - A battle over the biggest utility rate increase in Kansas history is set to begin Monday with hearings for Southwestern Bell Telephone Co.'s requested $80.5 million rate hike. Among issues to be debated are what Bell terms "affiliated interest costs." In the past, Kansas Corporation Commission staff members have said such costs, partly picked up by ratepayers, actually paid for such items as stockholders' meetings, executive portraits and corporate neckties with the company insignia on them. The three-member regulatory KCC has paid close attention to Bell's affiliated interest costs in the past. Under license contracts, Southwestern Bell must pay AT&T and Bell Labs for advice, research and systems engineering and patent use rights. Tom Taylor, KCC public information director, said in a recent statement that the KCC had refused in four rate cases and three appeals to permit Bell to pass on the entire cost of the affiliation to Kansas ratepayers. "In case after case, the KCC staff has presented evidence to the commission on attempts by Bell to bill Kansas ratepayers for window displays at AT&T's New York City headquarters, AT&T's annual meeting of stockholders, AT&T's executive portraits program and educational 'games' that the Bell System provides public schools regarding the value of free enterprise," Taylor said. "In one case, Bell wanted to pass along $50,000 in expenses to cover standardized instructions for employees on how to use fire extinguishers," he said. "Another expense involved corporate neckties with the company insignia on them." Pay phone hike requested Other issues in the case include Bell's request to increase pay phone rates from 10 cents to 25 cents and to increase directory assistance charges from 10 cents to 20 cents for each call past the five-call allowance. Bell also is proposing a trial period for an Optional Local Measured Calling Plan, which would allow a reduced rate for customers who make only a few local calls. The charge for each call would be based on when the customer calls and how long he talks. If Bell receives the entire requested rate increase, residential and business customers with one phone and a flat rate would pay a $3.70-per-month increase in basic service rates. But rates now vary in different Kansas areas. In the more populated areas, Bell has proposed these increases for basic monthly rates for residential customers: from $8.45 to $12.15 in Kansas City, from $7.40 to $11.10 in Wichita, and from $7.10 to $10.80 in Topeka. Business rates would increase from the monthly $21.65 to $25.35 in Kansas City, from $17.85 to $21.55 in Wichita, and from $16.85 to $20.55 in Topeka. Bell will be asking for a rate of return of 11.42 percent, rather than KCC's authorized 9.68 percent, and a return on equity of 17.1 percent rather than the current 13.6 percent. John Hayes, vice president of Bell's Kansas operations, said in profiled testimony that Bell needed the $80.5 million increase because of expensive operating costs and a low level of earnings. Bell serves 760,000 customers in Kansas, with more than 1.6 million telephones in businesses and homes across the state. Testimony and evidence in the case is expected to be so extensive that hearings will be in November, December and January, rather than a typical schedule of several consecutive days. Public hearings also have been-set for Jan. 12 in Kansas City, Kan., Jan. 14 in Topeka and Jan. 22 in Wichita. Play Review 'The Uninvited' an inviting chiller By MARILYN HINES AmuaemenU Editor Beware of buying a house that is a "real bargain" — if it hasn't sold after a long time there must be something wrong with it. Pam and Roddy Fitzgerald suspected the rundown English country home they were looking at might have a few problems — poor plumbing, faulty wiring — the usual things associated with an older home. But one thing they didn't bargain for were things that go bump in the night. In no time at all the pair (a brother and his aifter) realize their newly purchased home is haunted by gbotta. "The Uninvited," which opened at Kansas Wesleyan Thursday night, is a puzzling and suspenseful mystery with a serpentine plot that leads the audience down a continuing corridor of false leads. The play's author, Dorothy McCardle, establishes the fact that there has been a murder and that ghosts haunt the house, but she fakes you out for two acts trying to figure out why the unseen spirits aren't at rest. It won't give the plot away to reveal that the play is set in a home near Bristol, England, occupied by the Fitzgeralds. The former occupants, a husband and wife (the Meredith's) and the husband's mistress died tragically. The mystery hangs on why the Meredith's daughter, Stella, is so drawn to the house. The play provides a mixed bag of characters who try to unravel the convoluted plot. It also has flickering lights and strange sounds such as "Exorcist" type music and unseen people weeping. And then there are the mysterious blasts of cold air which inexplicably sweep down and envelop the actors. All these touches keep the audience alert and eager to solve the puzzle. Some of KW's cast may have had opening night jitters. Kay Quinn who played Pam Fitzgerald had a machine gun style of delivering lines that made her difficult to understand. Russell Macomber who played the curmudgeon Commander Brooke bellowed his lines and seemed much too forceful for an elderly man. Keith Burns, who has a great speaking voice, played Rod Fitzgerald with a calm air — something you'd expec^ from a skeptic. Monica McNee was excellent as Wendy, the actress, and Kay Palmer and Ann Loder brought humor to their roles as Lizzie the housekeeper and Mrs. Jessup, a gossipy neighbor. Vickie Smith did well as Stella, as did Russell Crane as Max, Mike Luttig, Dr. Scott, and Rinda Patrick as Miss Holloway. Mary Al Titus didn't say a word but was moat effective as the uninvited. The production will continue at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday in KW's Fitzpatrick Auditorium. Ott enters race for 71st District seat Bob E. Ott, 44, 205 Greenway, is the sixth candidate for the vacant 71st District seat in the Kansas Legisature. Ott announced his candidacy Friday morning, joining the race with Selma Steele, George Rickey Robertson, Randall Duncan, Don Tasker and Liz Duckers. The winner, to be selected by a special 71st District convention Sunday afternoon, will fill the vacancy created by the resignation of Jerry Simpson, who stepped down to take an administrative job with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. A native of Cherryvale, Ott is the president of Ott Oil Co., Inc., moving to Sauna in 1968 as a partner with R.V. Broman in the Phillips distributorship. He became sole owner of the firm in 1971. Bob E. Ott He is past president of the Kansas Oil Marketers Association, a past board member of the Salina YMCA and Salina Area Chamber of Commerce, finance chairman of the Asbury Hospital board of directors, stewardship chairman of University United Methodist Church and a member of the Downtown Lions Club and Salina Motel-Hotel Bed Tax Committee. r Married and the father of two daughters, he served as campaign treasurer for state Sen. Ben Vidricksen's campaign during the 1980 election. "I have had a keen interest in state government for many years and feel it is time to offer my service and enthusiasm to continue the past excellence in representing the people of the 71st District in Topeka," Ott said. "I consider myself a family man first and a business man second, with 21 years experience of marriage and with 13 years experience of operating a business in Salina." Do you need another employe? Hundreds of readers are looking through the classified ads every day. Phone 8234363 and an ad-taker will help you.
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