The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on September 28, 1996 · Page 11
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SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 28, 1996 THE SALINA JOURNAL BRIEFLY $ Salina teens caught harvesting marijuana Three Salina teens were arrested after they were caught allegedly harvesting wild marijuana. Facing charges of conspiracy to distribute marijuana, possession with intent to sell marijuana, not having a tax stamp and trespassing are: Timothy J. Hartzell Jr., 15,1017 Scott; Jeremy R. Snow, i>7, 669 Viemont and Jessie W. Brewer, 15, 848 S. Ninth. ., Capt. Al Augustine of the Saline County Sheriffs Office said a deputy found the three boys while investigating a report of a suspicious vehicle parked in £he yard of a house in the 3300 block of North U.S. 81 Highway. As the deputy drove up to the car, he saw a teen-aged boy. The boy said he was looking for two friends who were camping in the area, Augustine said. •• Two more boys soon appeared, with green stains on their hands and smelling of marijuana, Augustine said. -' The deputy found about 19 pounds of freshly-picked marijuana, packaged in gallon plastic bags and stuffed in backpacks. Sheriff Darrell Wilson said the marijuana had been picked from the riverbank, where it grows wild. ;, "It's low-grade and not highly sought after in the drug trade," Wilson said. The three boys were placed in the Saline County Juvenile Detention Center. Grand jury indicts three for mail crimes Three people from central and northwest Kansas have been indicted by a federal grand jury in Wichita to stand trial for separate mail crimes. The crimes occurred in unrelated cases that happened between August 1993 and July 1996. Indicted were: - • Kevin Leon Wagoner, 36, Norton, formerly a U.S. Postal Service contract employee. He is accused of embezzling two letters on July 31, 1996. The case was investigated by the U.S. Postal Inspection Service. • Gary D. Mellor, 42, Norton. He is accused of receiving or distributing through the mail on Feb. 1, 1996, a picture of a minor engaged in sexually explicit conduct. The case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. • Debbie Jean Jackson, 37, Ellinwood. She is a former secretary at a grain elevator, owned by Garvey Grain Inc., who is accused of defrauding the company and its customers of more than $50,000. The indictment charges that she issued 76 unauthorized grain vouchers from customers' accounts, totaling $50,227. Jackson was indicted on three counts of mail fraud for allegedly mailing the grain vouchers to banks. The case was investigated by the United States Secret Service. Martin, Atkinson named Ell-Saline king, queen Nathan Martin and Marcy Atkinson were named homecoming king and queen for Ell-Saline High School Friday night. Martin and Atkinson, both seniors at Ell-Saline, were crowned during halftime of the school's game against Moundridge. Martin is the son of John and Jolene Martin, and Atkinson is the daughter of Dave and Betty Atkinson. State works with Kickapoo on violations TOPEKA — The Kansas Racing and Gaming Commission on Friday directed its staff to begin negotiating with the Kickapoo Nation to correct alleged violations of a state gaming compact with the Indian tribe. The commission was told that Golden Eagle Casino on the Kickapoo Reservation near Horton has employed people who have not been cleared by the Kansas Bureau of Investigation or been issued temporary licenses. The employees, retained as trainees, are not supposed to actually work under terms of the state- tribe compact that sets conditions for the Kickapoo to operate its reservation gambling casino. - "It is the opinion of our agency and the attorney general that this .is a complete violation of the compacts," said Natalie Haag, director of gaming for the commission. From Staff and Wire Reports Tomorrow's Headlines 825-6OOO Category 6006 (Call after 7:30 p.m.) Great Plains VIEWPOINTS / B2 MONEY / B4 RELIGION / B6 B BACK THE SADDLE Roper makes it back on a horse after car wreck paralyzed him By ALLEN SEIFERT St. Joseph News-Press F AIRVIEW — Lance Kooser had his life in order. He had just graduated from Hiawatha High School. He was planning to attend Highland Community College and ultimately to become a certified public accountant. His passion in life was rodeo, and he had become an adept team roper, working either with his dad or his sister. On July 27, 1995, that all came to a halt. In a crash at the intersection of highways 75 and 36, Kooser's automobile was struck broadside. He remembers straining to pull himself clear of the wreckage and the seemingly interminable wait until an ambulance arrived. Kooser had a broken back. His spinal cord was crushed, he said. The next five and one-half weeks were spent at St. Francis Hospital at Topeka, where Lance Kooser, rodeo rider, team roper, came face to face with the fact he might never walk again, let alone ride his horse. "It was funny, but just before my wreck I had been reading a book called 'I Ain't Dead Yet,' by Randy Bird, of Quinlan, Texas," Kooser said. Bird also had been paralyzed in an accident, but returned to riding and even designed a special saddle for paraplegic riders. "I even got to meet him at Hutchinson," Kooser said of the man who would become a close friend. Family members felt it would be a lift for Kooser to have one of the saddles made The Associated Press After losing the use of his legs in a car wreck, Lance Kooser of Fairview has resumed his hobby of team roping after having a custom saddle made. by Bird, although they knew that each saddle takes about nine months to make. "It was funny, but when my dad called him about making a saddle for me, Mr. Bird just said he already had one started for me," Kooser said. "Mr. Bird's saddles are constructed according to where the victim's back is broken. It has a high back made of foam rubber. There are two straps which fasten the stirrups under the horse's belly and a belt which fastens the rider into the saddle." Kooser got his saddle March 8. The following Monday he rode his horse for the first time since the accident and the Friday after that he roped his first steer. The excitement of pursuing the steer across the arena floor and the sight of the lariat snaking around the steer's two back legs were the best medicine Kooser ever tasted. "It's like when I'm strapped in, I'm like normal again," he said excitedly. "It's like I've been given my old life back, with a chance to forget about wheelchairs and paralysis. It's given me a positive attitude. I know now that one day I will be walking again," he said. The accident has changed his role in team roping. Before the wreck, Kooser worked as a "header" who roped the front end of the fleeing steer. Now, he's a heeler, working on the two back legs. Bird has invited Kooser to come to Texas later this fall, where they will ride and do some roping together. Kooser can't wait to load "Lonesome," his 16-year-old roping horse, in the trailer and head on down the road. "I just want to show people that I'm not totally disabled. That I can still ride and rope," he says. "I'm not ready for big- time rodeo yet, but I'm getting more confident all the time." T GLASCO History gaining attention at town's 125th Cloud County town of about 500 will celebrate with day full of activities By LINDA MOWERY-DENNING The Salina Journal GLASCO — It wasn't until later that Ruth Cramer realized the significance of her family's contribution to Glasco. "I grew up in Minneapolis and my parents would bring me to Glasco. I didn't realize at the time how much Glasco's heritage involved them," she said. Cramer is the only remaining local descendent of W.R. West, the first mayor of Glasco. West was the Glasco woman's great-uncle. He was 22 years old when he took office. The story of West and other early-day Glasco leaders has received renewed attention as the Cloud County community of more than 500 nears its 125th anniversary. A celebration, to be staged in conjunction with Glasco's annual Fun Day, is planned Oct. 5 in City Park. Activities start at 9 a.m. with volleyball and basketball and end with an 8 p.m. street dance. In between will be a parade at 11 a.m., an arts and crafts fair, musical performances, pie-eating contest and other events. Glasco, which was incorporated July 18,1871, was originally called DellRay after a local resident on land granted by the federal government to an early pioneer, Isaac Biggs. The name Glasco, which was adopted by the state legislature in 1878, was a modified spelling of Glasgow, Scotland, and probably came from the community's many Scot-Irish settlers. A major blow came in 1911 with a fire that gutted part of the young town. According to a poem written by the late Sylvia Rogers, a longtime elementary teacher in Glasco: "A terrible fire swept the commu- nity "For this town there was no immunity, "It was in 1911 that Main Street blazed "The tragedy left the people dazed. "But recover they did, and the damage repaired "Rebuilding was tough, but the people cared." Cramer, who married the owner of a local hardware store, said her great-uncle was a true entrepreneur. W.R. West was a grain dealer, but he also brought an opera house to Glasco and developed what was known as the "West Block," a downtown section of businesses. He left Glasco in 1886 for Kansas City, where he operated a livestock and grain-commission company. Years later, he and a son, Joe, started the Manhattan Inter- Urban Electric Trolley Co., which included Kansas State University. W.R. West died in 1926. Glasco 125th birthday . The Cloud County Community of Giasco will celebrate its 125th birthday and annual Fun Day Oct. 5 in the town's City Park. Here is a partial schedule: 9A.M. —Volleyball, 3 r on-3 basketball and free-throw ' contest: , 10 A.M. — Booths with food and arts and crafts open. 11 A.M. — Parade starts. NOON — High-school band plays in the gazebo; beer garden opens, 12:45 P.M. •— Judging of beards and period dress. 1 P,M. — Mr. Historee, a storyteller, performs. 1:30 P.M. — The Bohemian Band from near Glasco performs in the gazebo, 2 P.M. — Black powder shoot and demonstration. 3 P,M, — Youth %-mile fun run and block run; 1-mile run followed by 1-mile walk. 5 P.M, — Good News Gospel 'Singers from Concordia performs at gazebo. 6 P,M. — Community barbecue. 7 P,M, — Baby show. 8 P.M, *- Street dance with RTA Band. Glasco woman doesn't make a good spectator After more than 30 years in cities, she returns with ideas and dreams for her hometown GLASCO — Mary Williamson-Lavy isn't the kind of person to sit on the sidelines. Consider her past few months in Glasco: chair- A woman of the steering committee for the town's 125th birthday and annual Fun Day celebration, leader of an effort to re-establish a free university and potential organizer of a local 4-H club. "I'm not a good spectator. I have to be an active part of my environment," Williamson-Lavy said. That has been true since she returned to her hometown in January after living in Kansas City and other larger cities for more than three decades. She had been divorced for 10 years, her five children were on their own — Williamson-Lavy was ready for the qui- LINDA MOWERY- DENNING The Salina Journal * et of a small town. She settled on Glasco, a Cloud County community of more than 500. She was graduated from the town's high school in 1960 and has returned often over the years to visit family and friends. "I'm tired of the city. I'm not doing any more city time for anybody. This is my hometown. Why should I break in another small town when this one was already here?" Williamson-Lavy asked. To support herself, she operates a home- care service. But her interests are many, and for years Williamson-Lavy has also been an artist and crafter. She paints landscapes, teaches folk art and also spins and weaves fabric and makes candles. "I'm interested in not only the old crafts, but their history and the two go together," she said. Williamson-Lavy has conducted classes, including one session where her students arrive with a blank canvas and leave three hours later with a finished painting. These are the kinds of things she wants to incorporate into a free university, which draws on the skills and talents of local residents to teach classes. Glasco had a free university, but it disbanded several years ago. Williamson-Lavy hopes to revive it after the first of the year. "The whole project is exciting to me. It's the kind of thing we really need to bring into our small community," she said. "We have such a range of families who can fit together in that structure of teaching and learning." Williamson-Lavy also has been active in the reorganization of Glasco's Chamber of Commerce and PRIDE, a state program aimed at the improvement of small communities. She remembers the Glasco of her youth: groceries, hardware stores — all the businesses that used to line both sides of Main Street. Many of those are gone and, as a result, chamber membership has declined. "We cannot afford to have two organizations working independently of each other in a small community," Williamson-Lavy said. "This fall they will combine. I think that's a wonderful expansion into what the community needs and not what it used to be." She also has talked with some of the town's younger residents about the establishment of a 4-H club. However, her priority right now is the town's birthday and Fun Day celebration Oct. 5 in City Park. As with other things she has done, Williamson-Lavy has tried to lay the foundation for an even bigger Fun Day celebration in 1997. New this year will be a storyteller, black powder shoot and demonstration and a greased pig contest. Returning will be old favorites such as the 11 a.m. parade, a one-mile run and walk and an arts and crafts fair. Also planned is a free barbecue and dance. Williamson-Lavy said the attraction of Glasco is that so many residents are involved in making their town a good place to live. "I sound like a busy person, but I'm not. There are so many other people who help with these things and there is so much cooperation," she said. She thinks her presence offers a fresh perspective. People who have lived in Glasco all their lives tend to take for granted the friendliness, security and sense of community Williamson-Lavy has come to value. In one way, her involvement in town projects is simply repayment of a debt. "Other people used to do these things for me, and now it's my turn to do for my community," she said. SUGGESTIONS? CALL BEN WEARING, DEPUTY EDITOR, AT (913) 823-6363 OR 1-800-827-6363

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