The Daily Journal from Franklin, Indiana on June 25, 1993 · Page 2
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Franklin, Indiana
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Friday, June 25, 1993
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FRIDAY, JUNE 25, 1993 DAILY JOURNAL JOHNSON COUNTY, INP. DAILY JOURNAL 20. years of smashes Fair's Demolition By Irene Shuman 11 DAILY JOUtNAl IT AM wmti Two decades of wrecks and recollections have been collected In a souvenir program that commemorates 'the Johnson County 4-H fair's 20th Demolition Derby and aids a local charity. ' The weekend of smashes and crashes begins July 23 at the Fairgrounds' grandstands. The Demolition Derby's featured competitions begin at 6 p.m. on Friday and 7 p.m. on Saturday, but fans can catch preliminary heats throughout both days. .There will also be a powder puff derby on Saturday. The White River Jaycees, who have sponsored the derby since 1973, have 'contracted a Greenwood design agency to craft the county event's history into a 12- to 15-page program. The Gaycomb Group, the creator .'of Indianapolis Colts' programs, is designing the $2 souvenir program. The Jaycees will donate proceeds to the Johnson County Child Abuse Prevention Council. ' "The Demolition Derby seems to me to be a thing that the kids really 'get a kick out of," said Ron Mason, chairman of the demolition program for the White River Jaycees. "If they are helping the derby through attend FROM PAGE ONE Saved was sitting on the couch eating a iiiece of a SweetTart candy when she umped up to talk to her mother. Suddenly, the child couldn't make a sound the piece of candy apparently lodged in her throat. "She stood up real quick and had this look on her face," Rick said. The parents tried to dislodge the piece of candy, turning their daughter upside down. When that failed to get her breathing again, Rick remembered Gifford who is a volunteer firefighter, emergency medical technician and chaplain for the Bargersville Volunteer Fire Department was just down the road at the church. The couple ran out with Elizabeth and yelled to Gifford, who was still standing in front of the church with Gyorkos. Gifford told Gyorkos to ''start the run" , meaning notify EMTs for assistance - and he ran to thehouse. " - J "That was the most anxious 100 yards I've ever crossed," Gifford said. He took the child from her mother's arms and performed a modified. 0 Orphans at 381 N. Bluff Road, near State Road 37. Donations raised from the show will help fund missionary work for impoverished children in Uganda, Kenya, Romania and Somalia. Their 70-minute show will feature traditional Christian as well as African music. "They are just incredible," said Bill Cragen, a church member who saw the group when they stopped through Greenwood three years ago. Cragen and his wife, Melody, and their two children, Michael and Carrie, are among 13 Greenwood-area families who are hosting members of the choir during their two-night stay in Johnson County. ; The children arrived at the church Thursday night, and tour coordinator Tara Rice met with the parents to discuss how to care for the children during the stay. ; Among the instructions was no hard candy, no gifts and no television. "We ask for no television, no video-. .tapes and no Nintendo games," Rice said. "We find that these three things can be extremely addictive." ' Those items are extreme luxuries in Uganda "and we don't want to make their adjustment back to their own culture any more difficult than it already is," she said. ; Host families were asked to avoid personal questions that may stir terrifying memories for the children. "These kids have come through some ;horrific experiences,'.' she said. - Under the regime of former dictator Idi Amin, more than 150,000 children were orphaned. . One child in the group, when he was 5, watched as soldiers stormed his house and killed his mother and father in front of him. An older brother was taken and brutally "cru- PAID ADVERTISEMENT i FOOD LOVERS DIET To Introduce a new approach to dieting, free samples were given to 50 people. With The Omicron Diet, one man lost 1 4 pounds in 5 days and one woman lost 18 pounds In 10 days. The average weight loss was over a pound a day for women and over 2 pounds a day for men. The Omicron Diet Is a revolutionary new concept for' unbelievably fast weight loss developed and clinically proven by National Dietary Research of Washington, D.C. This significant breakthrough in metabolic weight control was made possible by the utilization of biological information over-looked by other diet programs. With a formulation of natural enzymes along with real food, you shed unwanted pounds extremely rapidly and safely. Now flvflilablo HENDERSON'S PRESCRIPTIONS 101 E. Jefferson, Franklin 736-5631 Derby celebrates two decades ance, then why not have the derby help these young people?" Along with the roster of this year's' competitors, the color program will feature 20 years of derby photos, a history of women drivers and retrospective articles, including one anecdote about a police officer who won the derby in a stolen car. In 1978, Ken York who recently retired from the Indiana State Police outlasted his competitors in a car he purchased for the derby. After the derbyauthorities discovered the car had been stolen. Among the careers chronicled by the program are achievements of derby drivers such as Rick Shipp, who holds so many trophies that he is "not real sure how many times I've won." Shipp, a Johnson County deputy sheriff, has brought home a trophy . every year since 1973. "I've always been interested in cars and how much abuse they can take," he said. "Once you try it, it kind of hooks you." " The 38-year-old Whiteland man drag races and drives in 10 to 15 derbies a year, but he started his hobby on a whim shortly after graduating high school. Shipp said he decided to Earticipate in the county's first demotion derby out of curiosity. Heimlich maneuver. When that failed to dislodge the candy, Gifford swept the child's mouth with his finger to see if he could find the object. Elizabeth bit Gifford's finger. Then he performed the Heimlich again, and she began coughing, which meant air was getting through. In a moment, she coughed up the piece of candy. A minute later, the medics arrived, but by then Elizabeth was safe. . "She was shaken for about 20 minutes, but then she was playing like normal just like a kid,'' Rick said. Although he has been on many rescue runs, the experience was unnerving for Gifford. "We help people all the time, but when it's a little one - especially someone dedicated as a member of our church - it was frightening," he said. "But if you really talk about the incident, it was Rick who came to my door to let me know what the kids were doing at the church," he said. "We wouldn't have been there if it wasn't for that." cified" burned alive outside the home, Rice said. The choir was founded in 1984 by the Rev. Ray Barnett, who went to Uganda to investigate human rights abuses. The group is sponsored by the Friends of the West, a mission started by Barnett, a minister from Canada. The donations raised by the yearlong tour the ninth since the mission started have helped fund education programs and orphanages for 700 children in Uganda and Kenya. "In Uganda, you have to pay for public education, but college is free," Rice said. "So it's a trap that keeps the poor very poor." By providing education to youngsters, the mission hopes to develop a group of well-educated, Christian future leaders of Uganda. For the children on the tour, the experience makes them realize a huge world outside their Ugandan homes, Rice said. The children are in their fourth month of their tour, and have traveled through Canada, plus western and southern states in the United States. The tour will continue through Europe. , The children, most of whom are bilingual, have classes on the road. They stay with about four host families like the Cragens for a week. On Thursday, two giggling choir members 10-year-old Maria Na-mata and 12-year-old Juliet Nassali went home with the Cragens. "It's very nice to meet you," Na-' mata said when she met BUI Cragen. The Cragens' children, Michael and Carrie, quickly struck up conversations with their guests. "They are Just so thoughtful, every . little thing they thank us for," Melody Cragen said this morning. "And their laughter is contagious." "Back then I just went out and bought a car," he said. "But it's come a long way since then. Today you've got to have a good general knowledge of cars and you've got to go over every part of your car and set it up real well." Twenty years and scores of derbies later, Shipp said he and his brother Randy are "the ones to beat" "We've got a lot of fans that come out for us and a lot of fans that go to see us get beat," Rick Shipp said. "We've had one woman following us for 15 of our 20 years. She sits right in the same spot with her kids and she always makes us a banner. That makes us feel real good." He said demolition derbies have risen from obscurity and grow each year in number and in popularity. Of all the places he has competed, Shipp said that Johnson County's derby remains the best. "This is the biggest derby, and the fans here are just incredible," he said. "They sell out every night." Ken Tearman, the director of the county Fair Board, said the derby is the fair's largest grandstand attraction. Between 3,000 and 3,500 fans pack the grandstands each night. Based on past attendance, Mason said he hopes to raise at least $5,000 for the Johnson County Child Abuse PET OF THE WEEK This adult male cat and many 'other pets, are available for adoption at the Johnson County Animal. Shelter. Hours are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and on Saturday from 8 a.m. to noon. The shelter is located in Franklin behind the Johnson County Sheriff's Department. For information, call 736-3924. COUNTY Greenwood Board of Public Works and Safety On Thursday, the board: e Gave final approval and released a letter of credit for sanitary sewer work in Willow Lakes Section 1. e Postponed to July 8 acceptance of improvements, storm sewers and subsurface drainage in Stoneybrook Grove Section II. e Approved an inspection and testing agreement with developer Dennis Copenhaver for a land alteration per PRESTIGE 50 MEMBERS TIME IS RUNNING OUT! Call Cindy before June 30th at 887-6688 to make reservations Branson ' Missouri America's Music Show Capital. August 15-18 CitizensfksnZ: of Central Indiana and crashes at TV This photo shows cars competing in the 1990 Demolition Derby at the Fairgrounds. This year is Prevention Council from program sales. Charleen Doughty, chief of investigations for the Franklin police and chairman of the council, said much of the money would be used to start a Parents Anonymous support group for troubled parents in Johnson County. T ITIVI H1AUT MINUTES mit in Foxmoor Section n. Accepted sidewalks in three lots of Timber Village Section I. Postponed to July 8 acceptance of off-site drainage modifications at Greenwood Commons Section VIII. Approved construction plans and 15-year law agreements from Ott Engineering for a 10-inch sewer line to be installed from the Brentridge subdivision to Center Grove school property south of Stones Crossing Road. The sewer line will allow the school corporation to hook into the city's sanitary sewers. E tm mm STAFF PHOTO XS' The idea for the philanthropy was conceived by the Jaycees three years ago, but Mason said his group has been unable to orchestrate it until this year. The programs will be sold at booths at the Fairgrounds through- -out the week and during the Demolition Derby. Fans can also order POLICE FIRE Franklin Theft e Franklin Office Supply, 77 E. Province St.: An employee totd police someone took a bottle of liquid paper from the store between 10:15 a.m. and 10:20 a.m. Thursday; loss estimated at $1 .77. Greenwood ' Property-damage accident e 12:44 p.m Thursday State Road 135 and Main Street: Jake Neace, 65, Greenwood, was turning north onto State Road 135 and collided with a car northbound on State Road 135 driven by Christina Maris, 16, Greenwood. e 3:49 a m. Thursday Emerson Avenue near Alpine factory: Brian P. Marsh, 20, Greenwood, was traveling south on Emerson and slid off the road, sideswip-hig a utility pole. Johnson County Criminal mischief e Unknown location, possibly Johnson Memorial Hospital parking lot, 1125 W. Jefferson St.: Evelyn Braner of Green- , wood told sheriff's deputies someone damaged the trunk and gtovecdfnprp' ment of her car between 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Wednesday; no damage estimate . given. ? Jail bookings The following people recently were booked Into the Johnson County Jail: Reginald Marino Staley, 46, Indianapolis; arrested by Johnson County sheriff's deputies on a Johnson Circuit Court warrant for failure to appear; held without bond. Gary Steven Prattler, 38, Indianapolis; arrested by Johnson County sheriff's deputies on a probation violation; held without bond. Karen Jene Day, 36, Clifford; arrested by Franklin police on a charge of invasion of privacy; released on $500 bond. Michael Joseph. Harris, 27, 180 N. U.S. 31, Whiteland; arrested by Franklin police on a charge of public intoxication; held on $500 bond. . :j.-i.m.; - -vr CM pmmie; CYPRESS 6 BAGS A OPEN 4 SATURDAY 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. ratfjta mm urn I HaVtMOnCW II M IsMsrCM ta I tranw f lonm CaftJ II jlptcawttrajslowjei Jl derby ... ..3 . PMI PMOTO the 20th anniversary of the Demolition Derby, an annual event at the Johnson County 4-H fair. programs by calling the White River. Jaycees at 535-9789. "I foresee the program to be an an-' nual project," Mason said. "It will hopefully get bigger and better each year, just as the derby has progressed." Open house scheduled for literacy tutors Daily Journal staff report The volunteer literacy tutors and the Johnson County Literacy Coalition will be honored at an open house from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday at the Greenwood Senior Citizens Center. Also being honored are the tutors who volunteer in the English as a Second Language programs at Cen tral Nine Vocational Technical School Remarks will be made at 6 p.m. The public is invited, along with any past and present students. Anyone interested in becoming a tutor, volunteering their services, or in becoming a student is invited to attend the open house to learn about the program. ,, DAILY JOURNAL Published dolly except Sunday and S major tWWayr 257S N. Morton St., Franklin, Indiana 46131. Phone 736-7)01. OHke alto at 1389 N. Madison, Graanwood, 46142. Phona 687-0620. 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