The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on April 7, 2001 · Page 9
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The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas · Page 9

Salina, Kansas
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Saturday, April 7, 2001
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SATURDAY APRIL 7, 2001 •THE SAUNA JOURNAL Great Plains A LOOK AHEAD / B2 DEATHS / B3 MONEY / B5 BRIEFLY Man arrested for allegedly setting fires • Salina police arrested a man Friday morning for allegedly setting three small fires in his mobile home at 446 Moon. James Hotz, 45, was arrested on suspicion of arson and damage to property a short time after Saliria firefighters arrived and quickly extinguished the blazes. Hotz lives at the home with Juanita Webster, Salina Police Deputy Chief Barry Plunkett said. No one was inside when firefighters arrived about 7 a.m., interim Salina Fire Chief Steve Moody said. The fires, which appeared to have been set using lamp oil, caused an estimated $3,500 damage to the structure and contents. KSU-Salina receives gift for scholarship • Kansas State University- Salina has received $12,000 of a $50,000 gift to the university from Brungardt Honomichl and Co., Overland Park. The money will be used to establish a civil engineering scholarship at the university's College of Technology and Aviation in Salina. Brungardt Honomichl and Co. also contributed to the Engineering College Enhancement Fund and the Civil Engineering Enhancement Fund. Dennis Kuhlman, dean of K- State-Salina, said the demand for civil engineering technology majors continues to increase, and the scholarship money will help students meet those needs. Results don't change in post-election tally Saline County election officials completed their post­ election vote canvass Friday with no changes in the outcome of Tuesday's vote. Salinans elected three members each to the Salina School Board and the Salina City Commission.. Saline County Clerk Don Merriman said the final vote tally included both provisional ballots from Salinans who moved within the city and advance ballots cast before the election. Totals for the city commission show incumbent Alan Jilka finishing first, followed by incumbent Monte Shadwick and newcomer Deborah Divine. In the school board race, newcomers Mary Anne Trickle and Gary Denning came in first and second, respectively, with incumbent Richard Brake, third. The vote totals: ' Salina City Commission: . Alan Jilka — 4,317 • Monte Shadwick — 4,025 • Deborah Divine — 2,833 • Gary Wickersham —1,471 • Dane Britton — 1,390 • Erin Robertson — 768 Salina School Board: • Mary Anne Trickle — 3,441 • Gary Denning — 3,299 • Richard Brake — 2,914 • Rod Bonilla — 2,231 • • Larry G. Michel — 2,072 • John E. Fedele Jr — 895 Washington County crash leaves 1 dead Kent Dockendorf, 42, Springfield, S.D., was killed Thursday afternoon in Washington County when his truck collided with a tractor-trailer driven by Dennis Harris, 49, Homer, Neb. According to the Kansas Highway Patrol office in Salina, Dockendorf's truck crossed the center line on Kansas High- Way 15, about five miles south of the Kansas-Nebraska state line, and struck Harris' vehicle. The patrol said both were taken to the Washington County Hospital in Washington, which had no record of the men being there. Dockendorf wasn't wearing a seat belt, but Harris was, the patrol said. The accident occurred about 6:40. From Staff Reports CORRECTIOMS ••••• The Journal wants to set the record straight. Advise us of errors by calling the Journal at (785) 823-6363. or toll free at 1-800827-6363. Corrections will run in this space as soon as possible. T SCHOOL FINANCE House OKs local option measure Bill would allow districts at 25 percent limit to raise the LOB to 30 percent By The Associated Press TOPEKA — A bill giving school districts more leeway to raise property taxes to supplement state aid won narrow House approval Friday By a 65-59 vote, the House sent the Senate a bill allowing school boards to raise their local option budgets above the cap now set at 25 percent of a district's total state aid. "The current LOB cap is forcing local districts toward mediocrity," said House Education Chairman Ralph Tanner, R-Baldwin City "If a district wants to provide for excellence in education, the state should not stand in its way" However, some legislators said the bill represents a tax increase and will harm many rural districts. Rep. Ted Powers, R-Mulvane, said it would only allow the rich to get richer and poor get poorer. "This is a bad deal," he said. Currently, districts may increase their budgets by a maximum 25 percent through local property taxes, and district residents can force a vote. The House bill would allow more than 20 districts at the 25 percent limit to raise the LOB to a maximum of 30 percent, subject to voter approval. House Majority Leader Shari Weber, R-Herington, said raising the LOB limit would give districts more control over funding and curriculum. However, raising the cap on LOBs puts the state at risk of losing $10 million in federal aid for school districts. The aid is contingent upon the difference between the highest and lowest district budgets being no more than 25 percent. As an example. Rep. Bill Reardon, D- Kansas City, said, as soon as the Shawnee Mission district in Johnson County — one of the wealthiest in the state — raises its LOB, the gap between high and low budgets will exceed the federal limit. 'Not good public policy' In such a case, the effect will be a loss of about $21 per pupil for 300 of the 304 districts, Reardon said. The only ones to get the federal aid will be the districts with a high percentage of military personnel. Reardon said the net effect is a tax increase that is likely to bring about a court ruling stating the school finance formula is unconstitutional because it is inequitable. "It's not good public policy" Reardon said. Republicans said it was too early to speculate how the courts or federal gov­ ernment would rule on the state system. In addition, they noted the state already faces a federal lawsuit that will be heard later this year. The Salina and Dodge City districts filed the lawsuit, alleging the school finance law denies minority and disabled students their fair share of funds. Meanwhile, the Senate Education Committee met twice Friday to whittle down its priorities for a new school finance package. On Wednesday, a two- year, $263 million plan, which raised taxes on sales, liquor, tobacco and soft ' drinks was sent back to the committee. Revised state revenue estimates have cast doubts on any substantial increase for schools being approved this session. However, Senate Majority Leader Lana Oleen, R-Manhattan and Education Committee member, said the $185 million hole in the state budget does not change the committee's responsibility to draft an education plan. LAMER'S MARKET Market value Howard Lamer and his wife, Judy, have sold their neighborhood market to another couple. The Lamers plan to help the new owners get acquainted with the customers for about a month. Neighborhood market owned by couple for 25 years is changing hands By TANA THOMSON The Salina fournal Howard Lamer reached into his cash register, pulled out a few dollars in change and plunked it down on the counter, where a man quickly picked it up, mumbled a thanks and headed out into the darkening day Rain was already thumping onto the pavement. Lamer turned to the phone and caUed a cab. "Sarge needs a ride," he said. Lamer explained that "Sarge," a U.S. Army veteran and loyal customer at Lamer's Market, needed a ride home. It wouldn't do to have the 60-year-old man walking home in the rain. "He has bad legs," said Lamer, owner of Lamer's Market, 145 N. Phillips. Sarge and other Lamer's customers aren't just customers, they're friends. "We've got the best people in the world that come here," Lamer said. "I'm just so used to seeing 'em every day" Lamer, 62, a man who likes to stay in the background, this day is surrounded by tokens from his customers and friends — bouquets of flowers, thank- you cards, pictures — aU meant to show appreciation as he and his wife, Judy bid farewell to the small neighborhood store they've owned for a quarter century Today is their last day behind the coimter of Lamer's Howard Lamer is reflected In a convex mirror as he wail^s through his store. Photos by JEFF COOPER / The Salina Journal Market. "It's time to give it over to another generation," Judy Lamer said. "I can't put my whole self into it like I used to." She had a heart attack about a year ago and has been unable to help at the store as much as she once did. Howard Lamer said his legs "won't let me miss it." They've sold their market to a Salina couple. Jay and Lori Wiesendanger, and soon a new sign — J and L's Mar­ ket — will be out front. The last 'little guy' Howard Lamer has been in the grocery business for 51 years, getting his start at age 12 by helping his father. The Lamer family's first grocery was on East North Street; the business was moved to 145 N. Phillips in 1970. The elder Lamer retired in the late 1970s, leaving Howard and Jody Lamer and their children to tend the business. See MARKET, Page B3 1 I STATE / usee X Lamer's Market, 145 N. Phillips, has been sold. • FATAL CRASH SCHILLING / \ \ WATER WELL! } )(Van FARRELLY on Mentor allegedly ran a stop sign and collided with a car traveling north on Old OLD HIGHWAY 81 _ Highway 81. Driver of the car was killed. MENTOR r wreckage van "»••••• ' ! car Two are injured, one killed in van-car crash By The Salina Journal One person was killed and two others were injured Friday afternoon when a van and a car collided at the intersection of Old Highway 81 and Mentor Road, just south of Salina. The names of the victims were not available Friday evening. The driver of the car was killed and a child who was a passenger in that vehicle was listed in serious condition at Salina Regional Health Center. The driver of the van was in critical condition at the hospital. Saline County Sheriff's Deputy Rick Heinrich said witnesses reported the van was traveling east on Mentor Road and struck the car after failing to stop at the stop sign at Old Highway 81. The car was traveling north on the highway The impact appeard to have pushed both vehicles off the road at the northeast corner of the intersection, and the car landed on its top. JUSTIN HAYWORTH / The Salina Journal Paramedics and firefighters prepare one of the victims of a fatal two-car crash for transport to the hospital after a minlvan allegedly ran a stop sign Friday at Kansas Highway 81 and Mentor Road. SUGGESTIONS? CALL BEN WEARING, DEPUTY EDITOR, AT 823-6363 OR 1-800-827-6363 OR E-MAIL AT

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