Garden City Telegram from Garden City, Kansas on April 18, 1979 · Page 3
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Garden City Telegram from Garden City, Kansas · Page 3

Garden City, Kansas
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Wednesday, April 18, 1979
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Carlin ...Signs Utility Tax Measure TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Saying he was pleased the state treasury permitted him to carry through on a campaign pledge, Gov. John Carlin signed into law Tuesday the bill removing the state's 3 percent sales tax from residential utility bills. With reporters watching him sign the bill at a news conference, Carlin said it moves Kansas "closer to addressing our energy problems in a meaningful and coherent fashion." Taking the sales tax off will mean an estimated $22 million in tax relief to Kansans who pay their own electric, natural gas, water and telephone bills. If bills from the four utility services totals $100 a month, it will mean a $3 tax break. If those four bills add up to $200 a month, the tax relief will be $6. The law goes into effect July 1. Mike Lennen, special assistant to the secretary in the state Revenue Department, said no decisions have been made on the technicalities of precisely when the tax will be taken oft. But he said he believes it will apply to all utility services purchased after July 1. Lennen said the Revenue Department will meet with the utilities to determine the exact procedure, but he assumes persons on staggered billing schedules likely would have the tax prorated on the bills they receive in July, which include some services delivered in June. Carlin said in a prepared statement; "This bill signifies an awareness by both the governor and the Legislature that our energy problems, specifically the high cost of energy, will be with us for a long time and that we must take whatever actions we can to alleviate the economic burden felt by energy consumers." It marked the fulfillment of a pledge the Democratic governor made during his successful election campaign last year, a pledge Republicans accused Carlin of breaking when he declined at the outset of the 1979 legislative session to recommend the sales tax removal from utility bills. Carlin said last January he wasn't convinced the state treasury could stand to lose the $22 million. He later changed that position, however, as greater-than-anticipated revenues poured in. He agreed in March the state could afford it. Carlin said he has no regrets he didn't recommend the sales tax removal in his January message to the Legislature. "Obviously, we carried out our commitment as soon as it was practical," he said. "Fortunatly, we were able to follow through." The bill met scant resistance in the Legislature once Carlin gave it his blessing, and went to the governor on April 7, the day the Legislature reached first adjournment. The lawmakers return to Topeka next week to finish up the session. ...Plans Liquor Action Friday TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Gov. John Carlin will make known at a news conference Friday afternoon whether he is signing the bill permitting the state's almost 1,000 private clubs to eliminate their liquor pools, thus bringing liquor by the drink to Kansas. Carlin did not reveal at a news conference Tuesday what his decision will 'be, but he is expected to allow the liquor bill to become law. He has a policy of signing or vetoing every measure presented to him, although Kansas law allows the governor the option of letting bills become law without his signature. Carlin said he has received "some lobbying" on behalf of the bill, adding, "Some individuals are looking forward toil." He said the Rev. Richard E. Taylor Jr., president of Kansans for Life at Its Best, the state's dry organization, has not launched a campaign against the bill "that I am aware of." Taylor confirmed that his organization has not attempted to influence Carlin's decision. The bill is the result of an attorney general's opinion which said the liquor pools are unnecessary under a 1978 state Supreme Court ruling affecting private clubs. On another subject, the governor said his only involvement in Sunday's rock concert disturbance in Wichita was to authorize the Kansas National Guard to provide supplies of tear gas to Wichita police if it had been needed. He said he didn't know if any of the guard's tear gas actually was used. The request for the tear gas, Carlin said, came from Wichita police through the Kansas Highway Patrol. He received it about 7 p.m., a time when the disturbance had been largely quelled. Carlin said he hopes to receive a report on the incident but at this time considers it a local matter to be in- vestigated by Wichita officials and not by the state. He did not rule out a state inquiry later, however. On other matters, the governor said: —He will present to the Legislature when it returns next week his recommendations for a tax relief package. He did not say what would be in it. He would be "greatly concerned" if the Legislature adjourns without reaching compromise on a school finance bill, at least to put more money into the formula to hold down property taxes. His original recommendation was not to change the formula but to pump in more state aid to hold the line on local taxes. —He has received no recommendations from Corrections Secretary Patrick McManus to seek additional personnel to man the state's maximum security prison at Lansing. A prison guard beaten last week has been quoted as saying the prison is understaffed. Garden City Telegram Wednesday, April 18,1979 p age 3 THE FIRE REMAINS...owners hope to have site cleared soon. Court Story Corrected Two errors were made in Tuesday's Telegram story concerning district court action that day. First, the name of the man who was placed on five years' probation after pleading guilty to a charge of taking indecent liberties with a child is Jay Billy Claussen, not Ralph as was staled in the story. .Claussen, 21, 903 N. nth, entered the guilty plea to that charge. Also, Ralph Pyle, 31, Hillcrest Trailer Park, was not convicted of criminal damage to property as the story said. He was charged with shooting holes in a city water tower late last year, but was placed on a two-year diversion program, with the understanding that if he makes restitution for the damages and does not again violate the law in that lime, the charges will be dropped. To Remove Fire Debris 'As Soon as Possible' Markets (Quotations Listed Here Are Noontime Prices) deaths Wheat Milo Corn $2.90 down .04 $3.35unchg. $2.28 unchg. DOW JONES AVERAGE Dow Jones average of 30 industrials at 1 p.m. was up 4.33 at 862.26. ''Am. Cyn Am Motors.... Am. Brands Anaconda AT&T Beech Airc . ...26" 7 :l . . . 58' . . . 63 : ' ...61' . . . 26' BethStl 23' Boeing 42' Chrysler 9 s Cities Sv 61' Colo Inter 21' Dillons 29 1 Du Pont 136 EastKod 63'» El Paso IMG 18 Ford 45 GenKlcul 48U (Jen Motors 58'» Halliburton 66' IIP 49" IBM 313» Int.Ilarv I 40' Int I'ap 45 s KNB 19" Mar Cor • 19 NCK 6B NiitUist 21" Nor Nat 43' PbilPet 35' ProcKJam 79' UVE BEEF FUTURES Apr. June Aug. Oct. High 80.30 78.77 76.35 73.30 Low 79.40 77.50 75.25 72.35 Stand 79.40 77.50 75.25 72.35 Historical Society Salutes GC's 100th Members of the Finney' County Historical Society saluted Garden City's 100th birthday Tuesday at their annual' meeting. Chants uf the happy birthday 'song echoed through the Methodist Fellowship Hall as members sang to the city. Music was provided by the Garden City senior citizens band. Featured soloist was Eva Stevens, who performed a whistling version of "Oh, You Beautiful Doll." Fourth graders from Buffalo Jones Elementary presented "This is your life—Buffalo Jones." Eleven persons were nominated for two-year terms on the society's board of directors. Nominees are Arthur Stone, Gertrude Evans, Lena Vaughn, Helen Harp, Harry Lightner, Jim Carroll, Caldwell Hicks, Katherine Powell, Roy King, Lena Carl and Norma Nichols. The society's 22 directors serve two-year staggered terms. Newly nominated directors will serve until April, 1981. The other 11 directors will serve until April, 1980. Directors will meet next week to elect officers. This year, Julia Roenfeldt was president, Barbara Oringderff, vice-president, and Starr Smith, secretary. Other board members' are Clifford Hope Jr., Mike Etrick, Charles Drew, Roberta Renick, Bill Saunders, Carolyn Patterson, Lloyd Joyce and Irene Garcia. Raymond Gressley HUGOTON — Raymond John Gressley, 66, died Tuesday at the Stevens County Hospital here. Born on Oct. 10, 1912, at Bucklin, he married Julia Maria Lynch on June 17,1934, at Hugoton. She died on Aug. 5, 1977. He was a retired farmer and had lived here most of his life. Mr. Gressley was a member of the First Christian Church, Hugoton. Survivors include a daughter, Ila Simpson, Satanta, and three grandchildren. Funeral will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at the church, the Rev. Bill Linton officiating. Burial will be in Hugoton Cemetery. Friends may call until service time Thursday at the Phillips Funeral Home, Hugoton. Family suggests memorials to the Stevens County Hospital. Alva D. Tedlock CIMARRON—Alva D. Tedlock, 92, died Monday in Dodge City Regional Hospital. A retired farmer, he was born on Nov. 30, 1886, at St. Clair, Mo. He married Elsie Dersham on March 30,1910 at Columbus. She died in September of 1970. Mr. Tedlock was a member of the First United Methodist Church, Cimarron. Funeral will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday at the church, the Rev. David Chinn officiating. Burial will be in Cimarron Cemetery. Family suggests memorials to the church. Burkhart Gray County Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Hazen S. Adamson SCOTT CITY-Hazen S. Adamson, 81, died Tuesday at Park Lane Resthome, Scott City. Born on Feb. 15, 1898, at Newton, he married Helen Barbour on Dec. 24, 1921, at Dighton. He was a retired employee of the Missouri Pacific Railroad and had lived here since 1906. Mr. Adamson was a member of the First Christian Church, Scott City. Survivors include his wife, of the home; a daughter, Mrs. Cleo Buntin, Stillwater, Okla.; a sister, Mrs. Ruby Harman, address unknown; one 1 grandchild and three great- grandchildren. Funeral will beat 10:30a.m. Thursday at the Weinman- Price Funeral Home, Scott City, the Rev. William 0. Haney officiating. Burial will be in Scott County Cemetery. Friends may call until service time at the funeral home. Family suggests memorials to the Park Lane Resthome. Mrs. Clyde Wren SCOTT CITY—Mrs. Sarah Ethel Wren, 76, a former Scott City resident, died Monday at the La Junta, Colo., Medical Center. Born on Feb. 19, 1903, in Clay County, W. Va., she married Clyde Russell Wren on Feb. 5,1922, atOaklev. Mrs. Wren was a member of the Assembly of God Church, Ordway, Colo. Survivors include her husband, of the home in Ordway, Colo.; seven sons, Leo and Gene, both of Scott City, Bob, La Junta, Don, Rocky Ford, Colo., Jerry, Pueblo, Colo., George, La Habra, Calif., and Ivan, Nyland, Calif.; five daughters, Mrs. Eleanor Buehler and Mrs. Edith Wells, both of Scott City, Mrs. Joyce Hathaway, Mirada, Calif., Mrs. Rita Weiss, Ordway, Colo.; 44 grandchildren and 32 grcat- grnadchildren. Funeral will be at 10 a.m. (MST) Thursday, at the church in Ordway, with graveside services at 4:30 p.m. (CST) Thursday at the Scott County Cemetery. The remains of the Stanion Electric building, 210 Evans, will be removed as soon as possible, according to the building's owner. Mrs. Vivian Rintoul, 1011 Fleming, who owns the building with her husband, Merle, said Wednesday that they had contracted with a local company to remove the remains of the building that burned on Feb. 27. "Merle's doing his best to gel someone in there to clean it up," Mrs. Rintoul said. "It's worrying him, too." She said they first made a contract with a company in Wichita, but when no one from that firm showed up, they gave the job to Red Devil Excavating, Garden City. Red Devil knocked down the one wall that was still standing last Friday, she said, and Conditions of Two Unchanged Conditions of two Garden Citians hospitalized with traffic accidents injuries Monday remained unchanged Wednesday. Kyle Weber, 2(i, 407 Chestnut, is hospitalized in (he St. Catherine intensive care unit. Hospital officials reported he is in fair condition. Benjamin Velasquez, 211. 1304 N. 8th, is in good condition. Weber was northbound in the 1500 block of N. 3rd at 4:45 p.m. Monday when the pickup truck he was driving struck a parked pickup truck, police said. That truck was owned by Thomas I. Weaver, Eminence Rt. Weaver's son, Nathan, Hi was sitting in the truck at the time. He was treated and released at St. Catherine- Monday. Velasquez suffered a broken foot when the bike he was riding struck a parked truck near the intersection .of Pine and Washington !! p.m. Monday. was due in to clean up the rest this week. City manager .Dean Wiley said he sent Rintoul a formal notice last week saying the site must bo cleaned up,' and that he had responded that they were in the process of doing so. Wiley said there is a city ordinance that will allow the city to clean up the site and charge the owners for it if the work is not done in 20 days from the date of the notice. He said he did not think that would he necessary, as Rintoul has contracted to have the job done. "You can't blame the neighbors for fussing about it," Mrs. Rintoul said, "but we've done all we can." She said the area has been roped ,off and "no trespassing" signs posted. Pothole, Pickup ...Three Injured Three persons were treated and released at St. Catherine Hospital Tuesday following an accident involving a pickup truck and a pothole. The accident occurred at about 0:30 p.m. at the 4lh Street crossing of the Santa Fe Railroad tracks. Police Capt. Jimmy Grcnz said Ernest Atkinson, 39, Rt. 2 reported he was driving the truck south on 4th and had crossed the first sets of tracks when he noticed a large pothole at the southern-most track. Grenz said Atkinson told police he tried to stop before hitting the pothole but could not. Atkinson and two of his children, Dorian, 14, and Cory, 9, were thrown against the windshield. The police report incidated that none of the persons in the truck were wearing seatbelLs at the time. Assistant City Manager Bob Halloran said the potholes in the railroad roadbed are the responsibility of the railroad. Local Santa Fe officials could, not be reached for comment. Water Is Meeting Topic Water conditions in Northwest Finney County will be the topic of an informational meeting at I) p.m. Friday at (he Science Hall of Garden City Community College. A hydrologic analyses will be presented by I he U.S. Geological Survey. Representatives from the Division'of; Water Resources and Southwest Kansas Groundwater Management District No. 3 also will be present to discuss what measures possibly .could be taken to slow declining groundwater levels in the county. Much of the evening will be spent gathering public input. All interested persons arc encouraged to attend. Smorgasbord at Lakin LAKIN — Methodist Lord's Acre spring smorgasbord will be Saturday at the Lakin Grade School gymnasium. This year's theme is "The International Festival," and gourmet foods will be featured from all nations. Tables will be open from 5 to It p.m. MST. Tickets are $3.25 for adults, $1.50 for children, pre-schoolers free. Coffee Break at Cleaver's How about a coffee break? Garden City Area Chamber of Commerce is inviting the public to coffee 9:30-10:30 Thursday at Cleaver Cleaners, KOI N. Main. Dighton Market Saturday DIGHTON — Homemade. Homegrown, llomeproduced. That's the feature of an open air market Saturday in Dighton, 9:30a.m. to 1:30p.m. Persons interested in selling in the market should contact Kalhy Edrnundson, 397-5052, to reserve a space.. Ideas for marketable items? Sponsors suggest vegetable and flower starts, fresh vegetables, fruit, baked goods, fresh eggs, dairy produce, jellies, art work, leather work, pottery, handmade toys, cut flowers, house plants, all flea market items. Rolla 'Show' Monday KOLLA — Rolla High School speech students will present their annual evening of entertainment for the public H p.m. Monday, in the high school gymnasium. Individual numbers as well as the one act play, "The Wilton Waterproof," will be featured. There will be no charge. School Settlement: TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — On the eve of the silver anniversary of the landmark Brown vs. Topeka Board of Education decision which wiped out the "separate but equal" racial policy in U.S. school systems, the Topeka board faces the potential of another legal onslaught. Such a prospect looms large in the wake of this week's revelation that the board agreed last December to a $19,500 out-of-court settlement of a case brought on behalf of a black girl contending she received an inferior education because she attended a'predominately black neighborhood school. That suit, filed more than five years ago on behalf of Evelyn Rene Johnson, now 16, alleged that the Topeka public school system has > maintained de facto segregation because of its housing patterns. It said nothing has been done since Brown to improve substantially the quality of education in the inner city schools where enrollments are heavily minority. The school board's attorney insisted Tuesday that the settlement given Miss Johnson will be the only one made for alleged discrimination in quality of education. However, the lawyer for the girl, Fred W. Phelps, Topeka, indicated he will file another class action suit on the same grounds as the.first suit. It began as a class action but federal district and appeals court judges would not honor it as a class action. The girl's aunt and guardian, Marlene Miller, supported Phelps' contention that the situation has not changed much in the last five years, justifying additional lawsuits. She said the Topeka system, which has no busing program to achieve racial balance in the schools, has not met the mandate of the 1954 Topeka Board Faces Potential of Legal Onslaught decision outlawing segregation in public schools. That case was brought on behalf of Linda Brown, a black woman who still lives here and now has the married last name of Smith. The decision in her case was handed down on May 17, 1954. Charles N. Henson, school board attorney, said the board and -its insurance carrier will "vigorously" fight-any future lawsuits. The school board agreed last December with the insurance company's decision to settle the case without a judicial judgment on its merit. That decision was based on the cost of prolonged litigation and not on merits of the lawsuit, said James Gray, superintendent of schools. "The insurance company has indicated there will be no further settlements," said Henson, adding that he does not expect any more suits being filed, simply because there are no grounds for the suits in his opinion. Henson said there was some concern on the part of the carrier, Insurance Co. of North America, at the time of the December settlement that a rash of lawsuits might follow it. Because of this concern, Henson said, attorneys representing the insurance carrier requested that the records be sealed, not the board of education. When no one objected, the records were sealed. U.S. District Court Judge George Templar, who heard the suit, ordered the records in the case made public Tuesday, after substantial publicity was drawn to the case. Phelps, Miss Johnson's attorney, said he "probably" will file a class action suit for other persons who may have been victims of discrimination because of alleged continuing de facto segregation in Topeka's public schools. However, Phelps stressed in talking with a reporter Tuesday that his plans were not complete. He doesn't known when he will file the suit. "Some of the preparation is done," Phelps said. Phelps received more than $12,400 from the settlement for his fee and expenses, while more than $7,000 went into a trust fund for Miss Johnson. Phelps would not predict a proliferation of individual suits similar to the one brought on behalf of Miss Johnson. Gray said the school district admitted nothing in settling the case, and especially did not concede "that Evelyn Johnson had been offered less than a quality education." / j

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