The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on October 6, 1997 · Page 3
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Salina, Kansas
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Monday, October 6, 1997
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THE SALINA JOURNAL Great Plains MONDAY, OCTOBER 6. 1997 A3 EDUCATION Central's speech program receives honors Debate and forensics squad earns award placing it among top 1 percent of programs in the country By CAROL LICHTI The Saltna Journal High school debaters can win tournaments. Forensid competitors can take home medals. And if students from the same school do well in a debate or forensics tournament, their prize is a sweepstakes trophy. But the entire debate and forensics squad at a school can win honors, too. That's what Salina Central High School's National Forensic League Chapter has done. The national organization for high school students in debate, forensics and other speech competitions recently gave Central two awards — the leading chapter award for its district and the Societe' De 300, an award for earning 300 degrees, making the squad among the top 1 percent of NFL chapters in the nation. Gary Harmon, debate and forensics coach at Central, said the honors show the school has a large number of talented students in a program backed by the school and the community. "Debate programs rise and fall," he said. "This measures the commitment of the school and the community." Central's, leading chapter award for the Kansas Flint Hills District is described as a coveted award and the highest honor a chapter can receive. The award is based upon student participation, and a school must wait five years before being eligible for the award again. The award was given to only 101 of 2,700 schools eligible. "The long hours of teaching, practice, tournaments and fund raising have come to fruition," said James M. Copeland, national secretary for the National Forensic League, in a letter about the award to Harmon. "Your award reflects 798 members and degrees over eight years. In that time, several hundred students have been taught the vital life skills of communication, analysis, leadership, organization and fair play." The other award was for the school's success last year. Points are earned through the debate and forensics season as students win trophies and medals. In the past, Central has earned more than 200 degrees, based on points students earned during competition. But Harmon said this was the first time the school has earned more than 300, placing in the top 1 percent of schools in the nation. "The award is important because it means your program is teaching essential life skills — speaking, researching, listening, writing and organization — to a large number of students, not just a few 'stars,' " Copeland wrote about the award. It takes energy and commitment to run a large program that provides opportunities to a wide variety of students, Copeland said. Harmon said having a squad that has depth is important. "When I first started coaching, my goal was for my students to win state, the league or go to nationals," said Harmon, who has been coach at Central for 15 years. A coach can do that with a couple of really good students. "But once you've done that it becomes harder maintaining your program's competitiveness," he said. That's why he works to have a squad that is good and deep with talent. "But you don't do that by yourself," he said. It takes parents, a supportive school, dedicated students, volunteers and a caring community, he said. BRIEFLY Information sought on stolen go-cart Salina police are asking for the public's help in finding a stolen go-cart and the person or people "''Who took it. " l; The go-cart has two black cush- ; ion seats, a hand-operated throttle, large riding lawn mower tires on the back, a roll cage and a 3.5- horsepower Briggs and Stratton motor. It was taken from near a garage at 1108 N. 10th between 9:30 p.m. Sept. 6 and 9:30 a.m. Sept. 7. Anyone with information about "the theft can call Crimestoppers, *• 825-TIPS. Callers aren't required -3o identify themselves and could be eligible for rewards of up to -'"$1,000. Teen-agers suspected of multiple car thefts »'• OBERLIN — Two teen-agers "- suspected of stealing cars in Nebraska and several Kansas counties after running away from ^"Junction City authorities were captured Sunday afternoon in De- 'catur County. Michael Musgrave, 15, Oberlin, •"and James Rayton, 15, Lawrence, iiwere arrested about 4 p.m. after •'-authorities spent most of Sunday "'following leads and reports of •' ; stolen vehicles. Cars were stolen in Red Willow County, Neb., and "•• from Geary, Rawlins and Thomas " 'bounties in Kansas. '"" Involved in the search were the "'Nebraska State Patrol, Kansas Highway Patrol, Oberlin and .'Junction City police departments, ' sheriffs departments in Nebras- • i ka, Geary, Decatur, Rawlins and Thomas counties and the Kansas {"Department of Wildlife and Parks. Cheerleaders killed in wreck on way to parade * BUHLER — Two 16-year-old girls who were cheerleaders and marching band members for Buhler High School were killed Saturday on their way to a parade after their car collided with a grain truck in central Kansas, authorities said. Kristi Daniels, Buhler, and Re- •becca Radebaugh, Sterling, were on their way to march in Saturday's "Buhler Frolic" parade. The girls left Daniels' residence about 8 a.m. and drove east to a stop sign at Buhler-Haven Road, the Kansas Highway Patrol said. The car, driven by Daniels, stopped at the sign, then pulled -put in front of the grain truck, *' The truck, which carried an 80,000-pound load, slammed into $he car's driver's side and the car ("-burst into flames. The truck dri- "ver was not injured. CThree people killed in "small airplane crash . • AUBURN, Neb. — Three people .'were killed and one was hospital- «;ized after a single-engine airplane "crashed Sunday at Auburn Municipal Airport. S The plane was coming'in for a •flanding shortly after noon when fit clipped a tractor-trailer, airport Chairwoman Mary Kruger said. Pilot Fred Farington was airlifted to a hospital in Omaha. His •three passengers — whose names Shad not been released pending notification of their families — were •killed in the crash. '' The airport was holding a fly-in and Farington, the airport's man; ager, was giving rides in his four- seat airplane to those who were interested. The cause of the accident was not known. The driver of the tractor-trailer not injured in the accident. Life Chain rally Elizabeth Llnd- gren of Salina participates In the National Life Chain as her son Benjl, 2, naps on her shoulder Sunday afternoon. This Is the seventh year for the event In Salina. Participants met at the Intersection of Ninth and Cloud streets from 2 to 3 p.m. to pray for an end to abortions. TOMDORSEY/ The Salina Journal V LEGISLATURE Legislature looks for way to be on public TV Committee to hear proposal about having weekly show during legislative session By MIKE SHIELDS Harris News Service TOPEKA — Efforts to televise the 1998 Kansas Legislature remain alive despite disappointment with the experimental 1997 show, best remembered at the Statehouse for its bed lighting, generally poor broadcast quality, and weak audience. Gavel-to-gavel coverage of House floor action for the first time ever was carried this year on many Kansas cable systems, usually in daily two-hour increments on the local-access channel. The show, called TVK, was produced for $85,000 taken from the Legislature's operations budget. In May, TVK producer Bill Arnel told the House Broadcast Committee, which is overseeing the TV experiment, that it would take more than $1 million to correct the show's technical problems and do it right in 1998. The committee, startled by his estimate, decided to study other options. Arnel left town soon after to pursue other ventures. Last month, after a summer-long meeting hiatus, the broadcast committee heard T AIRPLANE "If the purpose is to inform and educate the public, I'm not sure that (unedited) gavel-to-gavel coverage is any more informative than an edited show." Rep. Richard Alldrltt Harper Democrat a proposal from Dale Goter, public affairs director at KPTS, the Wichita public broadcasting station. Instead of gavel-to-gavel legislative coverage, which hardly anyone watched, Goter said, why not let the state's PBS stations jointly produce a weekly, half- hour legislative highlights show with occasional full coverage of special events such as the governor's annual state-of-the-state speech? It could be done, he said, if $350,000 were added by the Legislature to its annual appropriation for public broadcasting. The highlights show would be in a format suitable for public television and radio. Most committee members said they liked that idea. "If the purpose is to inform and educate the public," said Rep. Richard Alldritt, a Harper Democrat, "I'm not sure that (unedited) gavel-to-gavel coverage is any more informative than an edited show." Goter was asked if the production costs could be trimmed. He is to bring an answer when the committee next meets Tuesday. But committee members weren't ready to abandon a legislative show for local-access cable produced either by state employees or hired contractors. Instead, they said, they would prefer two shows: One as proposed by Goter and a second very much' like the 1997 TVK show but shorter and better produced. They discussed the possibility of a cable show edited so that each day's House action would fit in a single one- or two-hour daily program. Because House debates with other parliamentary procedure can fill six to eight hours daily, it sometimes took three or more days to air a single day's action of the 1997 House as recorded by TVK. Mike Meacham, a lobbyist for the cable industry, said viewers were confused when one legislative day was divided into three or more broadcast days. The 1997 TVK show in some cable areas continued for weeks after the Legislature had adjourned for the year, he said. Kandace Schultz of Hammer Production Studios in Topeka asked that her company be considered for the job of producing a new, improved cable legislative show. "I'm here to wave the flag for free enterprise," she said, Schultz was asked to have a proposal for the next meeting. Rep. Susan Wagle, a Wichita Republican and chairman of the committee, said it is up to the House to perfect the TV experiment because neither the Senate nor the governor have shown interest. "It appears we will have to be the entity that gets this up and running before the Senate and the governor and the state courts want to be added to the network," she said. "State government is probably the least covered arm of government by the broadcast media. You have a lot of federal government news and lots about cities and counties. We want to make state government available to the people." Beech plane celebrates 50 years of spoiling pilots £ From Staff and Wire Report* Company has sold more than 17,000 Beech Bonanzas to those looking for luxury By The Aiioclited Prw WICHITA — When Raytheon's single-engine Beech Bonanza plane first rolled off the assembly lines here in 1947, it quickly took up space in the hearts of pilots looking for luxury in the sky. Fifty years and more than 17,000 Bonanzas later, few things have changed, pilots say. This week, the American Bonanza Society meets in Wichita, where San Diego physician Mark Sajjadi will get the keys to the designated 50th anniversary model, a turbo-charged A-36. Sajjadi will likely end up paying a smidgen over $590,000 for the plane. "A number of things make a Bonanza a Bonanza," said Blair Sullivan, manager of Raytheon's turboprop and piston products marketing division. The Bonanza's sleek lines, plush appointments and high speeds have been appreci- ated — and paid handsomely for — by those who buy the plane, mostly wealthy business people and professionals. Sajjadi's model will let him climb to 25,000 feet to overcome any weather and take advantage of upper-level winds. The plane's heating system is large enough to warm things, even at 25,000 feet where the temperature can often dip below zero. The craft also lets a pilot more easily fly from high-altitude airports, which is why "we sell turbos mostly out west," Sullivan said. Turbo-charging also is popular in the Northeast, where harsh winters can play havoc on a plane. The six-seat A-36 was introduced in 1968. Raytheon now builds two models: a non- turbo charged version that cruises near 200 mph and the turbo-charged model that can go about 40 mph faster. The craft carries 102 gallons of fuel. The turbo-charged model would let a pilot fly the plane from west to east across the country with one fuel stop. An east-to-west trip would require more stops because the plane is flying into prevailing west winds. SUGGESTIONS? CALL BEN WEARING, DEPUTY EDITOR, AT (785) 823-6363 OR 1-800-827-6363 OR E-MAIL AT

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