The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on May 15, 1995 · Page 1
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the Salina Journal Carwinn l^onooo oins>/N ^ O*74 ^*"^^ MONDAY 81 HIGH Serving Kansas since 1871 Salina, Kansas May 15,1995 Riding tiu> & Rails Photos by LOURIE ZIPF / Salina Journal IQJ£: Zone Mathis, 3, Fort Riley, shakes hands with Brakeman Ken Book while the train stops in Enterprise Sunday afternoon. ABOVE; George Green of Haysville and his granddaughter. Drew, 5, Edmond, Okla., listen as the Rev. Richard Taylor delivers a sermon Sunday aboard the excursion train to Enterprise. Crowds climb on excursion train By Th» Journal Staff ABILENE — The Abilene and Smoky Valley Railroad celebrated its grand opening Saturday. On Sunday, opening festivities continued with the Rev. Richard Taylor of Topeka on board, delivering "Life is Like a Mountain Railroad," a sermon based on an old gospel hymn. The train offers rides on Saturdays at 10 a.m., 2 and 4 p.m., and Sundays at 1, 3 and 5 p.m. until Memorial Day. After that, the train will run seven days a week until Labor Day. Cost is $7 for adults and $5 for children under 12. The 12-mile round trip between Abilene and Enterprise takes 1 to 1 1 A hours and can carry 90 passengers. The train includes a 1945 engine, 1890s wood diner, open gondola observation car and a caboose. Aaron Anders, 6, (middle) and his brother Austin, 8, Chapman, look out of the excursion train while — r~7 ~ ~ their brother Augustus sleeps. The three brothers were taking the six-mile trip from Enterprise to More phOtOS On Page AS Abilene Sunday afternoon. Indiana couple die in Sunday storm Tornadoes, winds, rain rush through Ohio Valley By RICK CALLAHAN The Associated Pr«n LINNSBURG, Ind. — Gary Heimbach and Linda Kelp were home when the storm hit Sunday. It tossed their trailer 200 yards and left their bodies in a field. The suspected tornado destroyed the family's barn, workshop, garage and silo and did severe damage to Heimbach's parents' house. "There was no warning — just some hail and then a whoosh," said Heimbach's fa- ther, Edward. "And I shouted 'move, move' and then the chimney fell in." He was not injured. It was one sample of a blast of violent springtime thunderstorms that stretched from Arkansas up the Ohio Valley, including a dozen or more tornadoes in central Illinois. Three inches of rain fell in two to three hours Sunday in southeastern Ohio's Meigs County, causing flooding that forced at least 80 people from their homes. Tornadoes touched, down in at least six Indiana counties, said Alden Taylor, a spokesman for the state Emergency Management Agency. A tornado touched down on Indianapolis' northeast side. Heimbach, 42, ran the family farm just south of Linnsburg, a town of about 500 people 40 miles west of Indianapolis. He and Kelp, 36, had planned to marry, Heimbach's mother said Sunday. "They were talking about this summer, sometime in the summer," said Jean Heimbach, who was hit on the head by a brick from the falling chimney but not seriously injured. Kelp's 11-year-old daughter from a previous marriage was staying with her father for the weekend, she said. At least 10 other houses in the same county suffered extensive damage or were destroyed. Warden's goal is not popularity By DAVID CLOUSTON The Salina Journal ELLSWORTH — Almost a decade ago, L.E. Bruce remembers, he was with Steve Davies and Gary Rayl discussing the Kansas corrections system and how it could be improved. "They said, 'No one's going to believe it, but we're going to make changes. And Sarge, you're going to be in on it whether you want to or not because we need you, we need your business ••»»• sense,' " Bruce says he was told. You want Bruce on your side, but not on your case, employees and prison inmates at the Ellsworth Correctional Facility will tell you. When warden Bruce walks the prison grounds, greetings by passers-by sometimes bounce off without a word or nod of reply. What passes for rudeness is more often deep thought. "My brain is connected to my feet, and when I have a problem I get out and walk," Bruce said. "And when I'm thinking and walking I don't see anyone and I don't hear them. I'm thinking a problem through." A tough childhood that's still the two-fisted tough kid growing up in Connersville', Ind., who skipped school to hang out with his older buddies, sneak beers and smoke cigarettes. The gang was his family. He has bitter memories of his home life. His father beat him with a razor strap for making noise, for coming home late — for any and every little thing. He and Bruce's stepmother called Bruce a knucklehead, dumb, f f. " All inmatei are not necetsarUy bad people; they've Juit done bad thingi." — L.E.Bruce prison warden worthless. This was life in the 1950s in small-town Indiana, "the 'American Graffiti' years," Bruce said. Today, the tough kid who could have let the system beat him has risen to become one of its leaders. He is forceful. He is direct. Among those who know him in Norton, where he formerly served, and in Ellsworth, he has the reputation for being stern, for being aloof. There's a part of Bruce >• See ELLSWORTH, Page A3 Colleges aim to aid students via cooperation KSU, Wesleyan students could trade classes By LILLIAN ZIER Th* Salina Journal Ray Brown's vision for Salina is to create an educational community where students would have a "smorgasbord" of services from which to choose. A technology student who plays the violin could attend classes in his major at one college while taking music lessons at the other. A flight student at one institution could participate in a play at the other college. A music major at one school could take computer drafting courses at the other. Cooperation between Brown's college, Kansas Wesleyan University, and Kansas State University- Salina could create such an environment, he said. "People would come to Salina for the variety of educational services they could choose from," said. Brown, the academic dean at Wesleyan. "They would have a smorgasbord to choose from. I think that's the. vision we need for education." When Kansas State University-Salina merged with K-State in Manhattan in 1991, officials promised the merger would benefit Wesleyan. But for several semesters that didn't happen. There was little interaction between the campuses. What little there was benefited KSU-Salina. Total enrollment by Wesleyan students at KSU-Salina amounted to an average of 14 hours a semester. In return, KSU-Sali- na enrollment at Wesleyan averaged about six credit hours a semester. >v S.o STUDENTS, Pag. AS INDEX The Associated Press Diane Johnson (from left), Don Fredrickson and Angie Dunn clean out what's left of the kitchen Sunday at the Raritan, III., home of John and Bev Livermore. Almanac B5 Classified B6 Encore Friday Lottery numbers A5 Scoreboard B2 Includes events, movie listings, Comics B4 Lifesports Thursday Money Sunday-Saturday Sports B1 horoscopes, TV log, weather and Crossword B4 Lifestyles A6 Obituaries A5 TV Week Saturday Sunday crossword Editorials A4 Local/Kansas A3 Religion Saturday USA Weekend Sunday EMS WEEK INCLUDES FOCUS ON PREVENTION ... PAGE A3 CALIFORNIA SHUTS DOWN ROYALS 8-1 ... PAGE 81 \

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