The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on January 24, 1996 · Page 7
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The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas · Page 7

Salina, Kansas
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Wednesday, January 24, 1996
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^ 1 THE SAG 96 URNAL Great Plains VIEWPOINTS / B2 ALMANAC / B3 FUN / 84 B T SAUNA SCHOOL BOARD YWCA director quits .after two months The executive director of the Salina YWCA, hired just two months ago, has resigned, citing personal reasons. Theresa Pasek's resignation came as a surprise to the board, said president Jocelyn Palmer. The board learned of the resignation Friday, just two days after Pasek interviewed for a district court judgeship open in Saline and Ottawa counties. Pasek Tuesday would not comment on the reasons for her resignation or her plans for the future. Her resignation is effective Feb. 3. Pasek, 36, accepted the YWCA job after leaving her post as an attorney in Topeka with the Kansas . Department of Transportation. She interviewed Wednesday for the judgeship but was not one of the three finalists. Pasek said her resignation was not related to her application for the judge's post. Palmer said the board will begin an immediate search for a new director. Jennison won't seek Roberts' Mouse seat TOPEKA — State Rep. Robin' Jennison, R-Healy, said Tuesday he will not be a candidate for Republican nomination to Congress in the 1st District of western Kansas. His withdrawal left state Sen. Jerry Moran, R-Hays, as the only prominent contender for the GOP nomination to succeed Rep. Pat Roberts, who announced last week he will seek Republican nomination to the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Nancy Kassebaum. Lt. Gov. Sheila Frahm said last week she will not be a candidate . for the congressional seat. Moran has said that he will declare his candidacy once Roberts makes a formal declaration of his senatorial candidacy. Jennison filed Tuesday for Republican re-nomination to the Kansas House. Governor adds to reward in murder case TOPEKA — Gov. Bill Graves announced Tuesday the state is offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person who murdered a Syracuse convenience store clerk in October. The reward, which comes from the State Emergency Fund, is being offered in the Oct. 18 shooting death of Jon Lee Mayers. The company that operates the chain offered a $5,000 reward in December and townspeople of Syracuse added $1,000 to that reward. The governor's offer increases the reward to $11,000. Three people injured in two-vehicle accident WASHINGTON — A two-vehicle accident Tuesday afternoon sent three people to hospitals with injuries. The accident happened at 4 p.m. about six miles west of the intersection of K-15 and 29th Road in Washington County, a dispatcher with the Kansas Highway Patrol said. A vehicle driven by Robert Duey, 22, Haddam, and a vehicle driven by DeWayne Seachord, 41, Mahaska, collided at the intersection of 29th Road and a township road. Duey was wearing a seat belt and was not injured. Seachord and two passengers were not wearing seat belts and were thrown from the vehicle. Seachord and Bryan Seachord, 11, Mahaska, were taken to Republic County Hospital, Belleville. The second passenger, Stanley Sterba, 65, was taken to Fairbury Hospital in Fairbury, Neb. No information was available on their conditions. 100-year-old enjoys lifetime of friends OTTAWA — Daisy Gunn has made a lot of friends during her life. That's because she has had a lot of Me to live. She celebrates her 100th birthday today. She lives on her own in an apartment. She enjoys cooking her meals. Her favorite chair faces a bookshelf of pictures. "Some of these are my family," she said, pointing out her daughters and their children. "But a lot of these are just friends and old neighbors I have kept in touch with." From Staff and Wire Reports South students, too, can skip some finals Program provides, incentive •for students to keep grades up throughout the year By CAROL LICHTI The Salina Journal Salina South High School senior Keri Feyerherm was within minutes Tuesday of being able to earn her way out of one or two final semester exams. Then her chance almost slipped away. "Maybe we should wait on this," said Salina School Board member Linda Smith. But Smith was only teasing the student who stood before her. The board unanimously approved a waiver of final examinations for South students, similar to previous waivers for Salina Central High School students. Feyerherm was before the board to answer questions about the program, which will reward the school's best students by permitting them to skip one or two final examinations. She said the opportunity will have an effect on seniors. "I've.heard some seniors say they were planning to. slack off," she said. "But this will make them care, and they will want to keep their grades "up so they won't have to take as many finals." Smith said as a mother of a Central freshman, which has also allowed students to earn the right to skip an exam, she knows incentives work. "It does make a difference," Smith said. The students who qualify will also have to receive the permission of their parents and teacher to be exempt from the exam. Some teach'ers won't allow students to skip the final test, which students need to know up front, board member Jerry Lundgrin said. Adopt a school Board members also heard Bank IV president Ed Pogue issue a challenge to businesses in the community to adopt a school as Bank IV has done. Pogue was at the board meeting to accept the district's Friends of Education award because of bank employees' efforts at Hawthorne Elementary School. "I'd like to see other business step forward and do this," Pogue said. "I challenge Salina businesses to step forward." The bank provides gifts of books and supplies, but employees also volunteer. Scott Quackenbush, a volunteer at Meadowlark Ridge Elementary School, was also recognized by the board. In other business, the board: • Heard a report from Salina Area Vocational-Technical School instructor Glenda Mummert and students Scott Wegerer and Courtney Weeks. Wegerer showed the board a device he had made to repair refrigerator compressors. • Set a special meeting for 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Feb. 3 at the school district office, 1511 Gypsum, for a workshop by Blue Valley School District officials on collaborative or win-win bargaining between the board and the teacher's union. • Gave initial review to a policy for student access to the Internet and E-mail. • Sent back for revisions proposed policies involving the admission of students from nonaccredited schools and home schools and a policy for school volunteers. lilte Whan you need to know. Tomorrow's Headlines 825-6OOO Category 6006 (Call after 7:30 p.m.) Corn cranken KELLY PRESNELL/The Salina Journal Shyr Hewitt, a Sunset Elementary School fourth-grader, strips corn kernels from an ear the old-fashioned way Tuesday during Kansas Day demonstrations at the Smoky Hill Museum. During a weeklong look at state history, children are getting a feel for the way their ancestors made quilts, yarn and butter as well. T WEATHER AND CROPS Cold wind may have caused damage LINDA MOWERY-DENNING The Salina Journal The harsh winds and brutally cold temperatures of a week ago further damaged a winter wheat crop suffering from months of dry weather. Tom Maxwell, Saline County Extension agent, said Tuesday that the wind, which gusted to 50 miles an hour and more across much of the state, was the crop's worst enemy. T SALINE COUNTY COMMISSION As he drove near Magnolia and Water Well roads after the storm, he noticed silt in the ditches. Silt also covered some wheat plants. "There was soil blowing, and that can have a sandblast effect on the leaf of the plant. The leaf dries out and eventually dies," Maxwell said. "There was some wind damage, particularly where the wheat was small, the late- planted wheat." He said there is still a question about the sub-zero temperatures. Their effect on the wheat depends on how far soil temperatures fell. "Only time will tell," Maxwell said. Jim Shroyer, a crop production specialist at Kansas State University, said he was concerned about winterkill. "Damage probably won't be widespread, but we're likely to have some loss," he said. "When soil temperatures at the one-inch depth get down into the low teens, we start to worry about damage to the crowns of the wheat plants. T CAMPAIGN '96 Register of deeds seeks re-election Weber wants to continue effort to computerize land and title records By SHARON MONTAGUE The Salina Journal Marilyn Weber started computerization of the county's Register of Deeds Office in 1995, and she'd like to see the process continue. That's one reason why the 64-year-old Republican filed Tuesday for re-election as register of deeds. She was the first to file for the position, which pays $30,000 a year. Register of deeds is one of several county offices up for election in November. Other offices to be filled in- \MCDCD . , . . __ . WEDCn elude sheriff, two county commission seats, county clerk, county treasurer and county attorney. The deadline for filing is June 10. Weber, 2210 Melrose, was first elected to the office in 1988 and was re-elected in 1992. A native Salinan, she worked for 32 years for Mjd-Kansas Title Co., 217 N. Santa Fe, before seeking public office. Weber attended Kansas Wesleyan University and Kansas State University, studying English and education. One of her first actions as register of deeds was to upgrade the office equipment, replacing typewriters and expanding the storage area for microfilm, Weber said. Computer software for tracking and indexing was added to the office in January 1995, making it easier for office staff to enter data. The office staff has been working on the two computers nearly full-time, leaving little computer access to the public. Weber said that will be alleviated soon, when two public-access computer terminals will be added to the office. In the coming years, Weber would like to see personal property tax lien records computerized as well. "Computerization makes things so much easier," Weber said. "You can search by grantee or grantor, and it's easier to search for a particular name." Weber said she has enjoyed her work in the office, and hopes to continue. County to petition for land Parcels needed to complete improvements to Water Well Road southwest of Salina By SHARON MONTAGUE The Salina Journal Saline County is going to court to get the last tracts of landed needed to improve Water Well Road. County commissioners unanimously agreed Tuesday to ask that the court condemn about three acres of land on the north side of Water Well Road between Halstead and Burma roads owned by Arvin Martin. Jerry Fowler, county public works director, said the land — a strip about 29.5 feet wide and three-quarters of a mile long — is nepded to improve Water Well Road. The improvements to Water Well Road are planned between Centennial and Burma roads, southwest of Salina. The road is to be widened, have paved shoulders and larger ditches, and have a stronger base to better withstand the heavy truck traffic going to and from the Salina Landfill. The road has been unproved between Ninth Street and Centennial Road. Fowler said the county spent a year and a half negotiating prices with landowners on the north and south sides of Water Well. The county paid $29,608 for 17 tracts totaling 23.64 acres, Fowler said. One tract was owned by the city of Salina and two by the Salina Airport Authority, and those entities donated the land, Fowler said. Martin was the only landowner who could not reach agreement with the county. Martin owns 80 acres at the corner of Water Well and Halstead roads, and another 160 acres west of that. Martin could not be reached Tuesday for comment. Because the county and Martin couldn't agree on a price, the county will petition the district court to have the land condemned under eminent domain proceedings. County counselor Mike Montoya said if a judge determines the county should have a land, three appraisers will be named to determine an appropriate price. Montoya said if Martin decides not to accept the appraisal' arrived at by the court- appointed appraisers, he could appeal the decision in district court. Fowler said he hopes to let bids on the Water Well Road project in April, after a replacement is constructed for a. city water line that runs under the road. The road improvements are expected ,to cost $1.5 million and will be funded by bonds, Fowler said. The bonds will be paid off using proceeds from landfill fees. Gas fire Firefighters watch as a wall of flames erupts at Fuel- tech, a propane gas company in Hutchinson, after explosions occurred Tuesday. Two employees were taken to Via Christ) Medical Center In Wichita for treatment of burns. The Associated Press SUGGESTIONS? CALL BEN WEARING, DEPUTY EDITOR, AT (91'3) 823-6363 OR 1-800-827-6363

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