The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on October 5, 1997 · Page 1
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KU hangs on Coach Teny Allen's Jayhawks top Oklahoma on blocked field goal/01 30 light years Salina plant has made fluorescent light bulbs for 3 decades / C1 : Governor expected to announce re-election bid on Oct. 17 / A9 4 Looking to heaven: Bei efs vary on heaven and hell / B1 High LOW. 64 Mostly sunny today with stiuth winds 20 to 25 mph; clear tonight / B7 Classified / C3 Crossword / B8 Deaths/A11 Great Plains/A3 Life/61 Money/C1 Sports/D1 Viewpoints / A4 *** Salina Journal Serving Kansas since 1871 OCTOBERS, 1997 SALINA, KANSAS $1.50 T BIG 12 FOOTBALL TOM DORSEY / The Salina Journal 5 Kelly Irvln, 17, Fort Scott, warms up on her cello Saturday before competing In the Eric Stein Young Artist Competition at Kansas Wesleyan University. a»r - ; '> Competitors in Eric Stein Young Artist Competition find wait makes them By DAN ENGLAND The Salina Journal ' While blob-like cartoons bounced on a television screen and coffee steam rose in the background of Kansas Wesleyan University's lounge area early Saturday morning, the timid students came in to register wearing their nerves on their sleeves. Only one survivor would emerge ; from the 18 students from Kansas and the Kansas City metro area battling in the Eriq Stein Young Artist Competi- • tion. So the stakes were high—the winner would receive $300 and a chance to •play with the Salina Symphony as the featured soloist in its Dec, 7 concert. Scattered notes spat from the piano and string players warming up before they were scheduled to play, trying to soothe their nerves as they fidgeted and listened to the flowing rhythms and the thousands of notes that poured from their competitors behind closed doors. "I get kinda nervous just sitting there," said Lori Dunn, 16, Winchester. "I just tell myself I've got to do the best I can." Dunn, like many of the competitors, started playing at an early age. She has played piano since she was 8. She practices two hours a day. John Davis, executive director of the Salina Symphony, said the competition is in its llth year. Students competed for $1,200 in prize money. Capturing the top prize Saturday was Rebecca Browne, a senior violinist from Independence, Mo. The youngest student in this year's competition was 10 years old, and the oldest were seniors in high school, the last year they are able to enter. The competition was s.tarted by Stein, musical director of the symphony, to encourage young students to play classical music. "There is a phenomenal amount of talent here," Davis said. "They probably aren't that far away from being professionals." The students, after hammering away on their chosen instruments and tackling music pieces that could have been lifted from a maestro's resume, emerged from the doors giggling and breathing hard, obviously relieved that their test was over. "It's like, 'ooof, you're done,' " said Jennifer Yu, 15, Leawood. "It's really exciting to get up and play for everyone, but it's really nerve racking." Yu began playing when she was 4. She remembers pretending to play a box that looked like a violin and then receiving an instrument that was half the size of the one she has now. The pressure was really on two brothers, Julius and Jonathan Abrahams, Blue Springs, Mo. The two piano players competed, but they also acted as each other's accompanists. "I get more nervous while I'm accompanying him," said Jonathan, 17. "If I screw up, it's his audition I've messed up." But Julius, 13, gets more nervous while he is competing because "you're the main attraction." Fans flock to Salina for game K-State-Nebraska game isn't on many cable services, so Salina bars get business boost By GORDON D. FIEDLER JR. Tlie Salina Journal Wichitan Terry Keller, a Kansas State University football season-ticket holder for about eight years, remembers the lean years of sparse crowds and wide- open parking lots. The team has improved since then, and how things change. Keller, wife Gretchen and son Brian were among the legion of football fans who flocked to Salina to gather around televisions small and large to watch the Wildcats play the University of Nebraska at Lincoln. Fans in Wichita and elsewhere were denied the broadcast, carried on f/X, a channel absent from many cable television lineups. The channel is carried by Salina's cable provider. "We've been to every game this year, (but) we've never done this before," Terry Keller said about the decision to drive Big 12 showdown Coverage on Page D1 T MISSING WOMAN Ifears can't ease pain ovef missing woman Haddam native was "Kidnapped 3 [years ago by aji Oklahoma - inmate By SHARON MONTAGUE The Salina Journal HADDAM — About a year ago,. Clara Cline drove to Manhattan to take a test associated with her job as a home health aide. She flunked, for the first time in her life. "It was the stress," she said. Days earlier she and her husband, Bobby, had driven to Belleville to have blood drawn. A decomposed, body had been discovered in Oklahoma, and authorities thought it might have been that of the Clines' daughter, Bobbi Parker, who'd been abducted from her home in Granite, Okla., on Aug. 30, 1994, by a prison escapee, "We had to have the blood drawn, then we had to wait three months while they did the DNA work to see if it matched," Clara Cline said. The wait to find out the body wasn't that of their daughter was a long one, Clara Cline said. But then, the months have dragged ever since that day three years ago, when Bobbi, then 32, called her mother for the last time. Tell my daughters good night "The phone rang at about eight in the evening, and I was home alone," Clara Cline said. Bobbi asked her mother to call her two daughters, Brandi and Robbi, then ages 8 and 10, and tell them good night and that she'd see them soon. "I knew something was wrong," Clara Cline said. "She would have called her girls herself." She questioned her daughter, but Bobbi said both she and her husband, Randy Parker, deputy warden at the Oklahoma State Reformatory in Granite, Okla., were all right. She told her mother she loved her and hung up the phone. In Oklahoma, Randy was worried. Bobbi had planned to take her monthly shopping trip that day, but v usually she was home by the time the girls returned from school. And she definitely should be home by 7 p.m. See MISSING, Page A10 family's feo miles to attend a game — via TV. "We assumed it would be the game of the week (on ABC)," he said. They'd planned to flee Wichita two weeks ago when they learned it wouldn't be on network TV, but didn't decide on Salina until a few days before game time. The Kellers also were watching for their other f/X-less children, including a daughter in Chicago and a son in New Orleans who had hectored Dad several times by phone Saturday not to miss the game, "It's six hours till game time. It's four hours till game time," Terry Keller of his son's frequent reminders. The Kellers had set up a command post in a booth at Shooter's Bar & Grill downtown. On the table among the mugs of beer, packs of cigarettes and a box of Don Tomas Petit Corona cigars lay a cell phone, through which Terry Keller would relay updates of the game to son Larry in New Orleans. At JC's Bar & Grill on South Ohio, the preparations of Brian and Shawn Blessie, El Dorado, were less intricate. No phones, no desperate family members in distant cities. Just beer, cigarettes and The Game, which presented a different kind of tension. Brian and his brother R.J. are native Nebraskans. Brian's wife, although a Wichita State University graduate, is a native Kansan and naturally is partial to the Wildcats. They made the decision to drive to Salina on Wednesday, after having their hopes dashed that the night game would be carried by their local cable company. "We looked at a map of the places that get f/X," Shawn said. "Salina was the closest." Did they expect sour dispositions from the sea of purple that was, 45 minutes before game time, quickly filling JC's patio? Shawn jumped in: "We all agreed to keep our mouths shut." Bar owners who catered to the sports exodus with additional screens may want to keep the units plugged in for a while. "If (the cable company) keeps shutting Kansas State games out of Wichita, we'll do this again," Terry Keller said. T PROMISE KEEPERS RALLY Reverent men flood the capital for rally The Associated Press With the Washington Monument In the background. Promise Keepers pray Saturday during the "Stand In the Cap" rally. Up to 1 million men join in prayer during Promise Keepers rally By MICHAEL. ROMANO Scripps Howard News Service WASHINGTON, D C. -r- A reverent crowd of as many as 1 million men, drawn by a spiritual promise of redemption and revival, gathered on the National Mall Saturday in one of the largest religious rallies in U.S. history. Gathered elbow to elbow, signaling their faith with outstretched arms, the huge throng of believers spread for 1.5 miles. They flowed like a sea of humanity from a huge stage erected two blocks west of the Capitol Building to the Lin- * Rally could mark turning point for religious movement / Page A11 coin Memorial, For six hours, the crowd — overflowing onto side streets, steps and adjoining parks — shared prayer, forgiveness and reconciliation during a Christian spectacle of message and music sponsored by the Promise Keepers. "Thank you Jesus!" declared New York native Andy Shapiro, a Messianic Jew and born-again Christian as a gospel choir sang "Amazing Grace. "I'm here because I love Jesus — I'm here to praise the Lord. To share this glorious day with all of my brothers." Spawned by former University of Colorado football coach Bill Mc- Cartney, the group's chief executive officer, the evangelical Christian organization hoped to attract at least 1 million men to a rally that was billed as "Stand in the Gap: A Sacred Assembly of God." "Every guy here has God's spirit in him," McCartney, the keynote speaker and a born-again Christian since 1974, cried out to the crowd. "That's what got us together. We're on the same team. And we'll spend all of eternity together." No one is certain about the actual attendance figure — the U.S. Park Police, stung by criticism over crowd estimates at previous rallies, including the 1995 Million Man March, decided not to provide any numbers. Promise Keepers also declined to cite projections. What they promise in their simplest form, these are the seven promises that the Promise Keepers encourage, men to keep; 1. Trust In Christ. 2. Form a few close male friendships. 3. Practice moral and sexual purity. 4. Love your wife and Children, 5. Support your local church. 6. Overcome racial and denominational prejudice. 7. encourage other men to do likewise-

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