The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on May 19, 1995 · Page 3
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The Salina Journal LOCAL/KANSAS Friday May 19,1995 A3 BRIEFLY Bungee jumping to be demonstrated "The Bungee Boys," an internationally known bungee jumping team, will have demonstrations beginning tonight through May 27 at Marshall Motors, 801 E. Crawford. Individuals 16 and older will be allowed to bungee jump from a 135-foot tower for $25, with $5 going to the local Kiwanas Club. Those under 16 wishing to participate must have parental approval. The bungee tower is open from 4 p.m. to whenever on weekdays, 11 a.m. to whenever on Saturday, and 1 to 5 p.m. on Sunday. Murder-suicide suspected in 2 deaths WICHITA — A man and woman were found shot to death at their home in northern Wichita in an apparent murder-suicide. Police found the bodies of Jose Medina, 40, and his, Rose, 31, in a bedroom Wednesday night. It appeared Medina shot his wife and then shot himself, Wichita police Capt. Ron West said Thursday. Family members in the home heard gunshots about 6 a.m. Wednesday, but no one went into the bedroom until police arrived at 6:30 p.m. The couple had been married nine years but had separated in the last few weeks, West said. Chronister starts work as secretary of SRS TOPEKA — Rochelle Chronister began work Thursday as secretary of Social and Rehabilitation Services. Chronister served 17 years in the state House of Representatives before being appointed to the secretary's job last month by Gov. Bill Graves. Chronister promised to work to restructure SRS so that it spends less money but still provides adequate services to needy Kansans. "It is a time of tremendous change for social service programs in the United States and in Kansas," he said. Bonds for hotel are OK, Stovall says TOPEKA — The city of Wichita may issue general obligation bonds to help finance the construction of a downtown hotel, parking garage and conference center, Attorney General Carla Stovall said Thursday. Stovall issued a nonbinding legal opinion at the request of Thomas Powell, the attorney for the city who handles bond matters. The city wants to help finance the construction of a $41 million complex in its downtown. Of the cost, $19.3 million would be financed through bonds, which would be paid off over time by taxpayers. Regents blasts college heads over budget cuts TOPEKA — A member of the state Board of Regents on Thursday publicly scolded the presidents of the six state universities for not consulting the board before deciding how to make up for budget shortfalls. "We would like to be first before you give it all to the press," said Regent Karen Krepps Mailliard of Leawood. Her statement came after faculty at the University of Kansas drafted a resolution stating their opposition to a proposal to delay a 3.5 percent pay raise until January. The pay raise was supposed to be implemented June 18. The Legislature approved 3.5 percent raises for most state employees. Ex-college president gave fake degree TOPEKA — Former Pittsburg State University President Donald Wilson granted a degree the university wasn't supposed to offer to a person who wasn't enrolled, the state Board of Regents said Thursday. The granting of the degree was one of three reasons outlined by the regents in a news release for accepting Wilson's resignation on April 7. Regents Chairman Frank Sabatini said Wilson gave someone who never attended the university a doctorate of philosophy in accounting degree. The regents have not given Pittsburg State permission to offer such a degree, nor is such a degree program accredited there, Sabatini said. • From Staff and Wir* Report* TOMORROW'S HEADLINES Journal 825-6OOO • Category 6006 a Call after 7:30 p.m. Nervous Kansans see end to heavy rains It's nothing like '93 floods, says weather service expert By Th« Associated Press WICHITA — Rains that caused flooding in eastern Kansas moved out of the state Thursday, calming the nerves of people with bad memories of the 1993 floods. The weather system that hit the state cannot compare to two years ago, said a National Weather Service hydrologist. "I don't think they're remotely related whatsoever," said Jeff Reese in the service's Wichita office. "What we've been having is dwarfed by what happened in 1993." The forecast for today and Saturday includes a respite from the rain, but more moisture may be coming. Storm systems hovered over the central states for weeks in 1993, Reese said. In contrast, the storms that have swept through Kansas so far this spring have been faster moving, causing isolated flooding mostly in agricultural land and flood-prone lowlands, he said. Some creeks and rivers in eastern Kansas still were forecast to crest slightly above flood stage Thursday evening or early today, but many other flood alerts had been cancelled. "Inside the city of Manhattan, our situation is much improved," said Ron Fehr, acting city manager. "The river levels have gone down." Precautionary sandbagging that was started Wednesday was stopped, he said. Pat Collins, emergency preparedness director for Riley County, said two rural homes were evacuated Wednesday. A shelter was opened but nobody used it, he said. Forecasters said today should be partly cloudy in the west to sunny in the east with highs in the low to mid-70s. A chance of thunderstorms statewide was back in the Saturday forecast. Some of the few residents who were evacuated from low-lying areas Wednesday quipped about their predicament. "We've got our own lakefront property," said Chad Blow, 17, of Wakarusa. About 20 people were evacuated from the southern Shawnee County town. "Wakarusa always floods like that. Whenever we get rain like this you can bet on Wakarusa flooding ..." Shawnee County Sheriff Dave Meneley said. In western Kansas, efforts continued to repair damage from storms earlier in the week. The Garden City Airport suffered more than $100,000 damage, according to Bob Halloran, city manager. Almost all of the roofs at the airport were affected, along with several windows and lights. Hangers had structural damage. Buffalo Dunes Municipal Golf Course was also severely damaged, Halloran said. Repairs will probably cost about $25,000. Finney County Sheriff Grover Craig said a grain bin just south of Garden City was destroyed during a Tuesday storm. Damage was estimated at $40,000. Craig said there were also a number of reports of broken windows and damaged The Associated Press Ivan Lierz (left) and Daniel Schumacher of Manhattan help Doug Myers sandbag his home on Hunter's Island near Manhattan Wednesday. vehicles because of hail the size of golf or tennis balls. The Scott City-based Wheatland Electric lost about 180 power poles during the two nights. Eating out of his hand Gaylord's Statue of Liberty to be repaired Workers to repair vandalism next week By LINDA MOWERY-DENNING Th» Salina Journal GAYLORD — A reproduction of the Statue of Liberty has stood guard over the Solomon Valley between Gaylord and Harlan for more than four decades. In mid-April, however, the lady fell on hard times. Vandals used a flag pole to damage her chin and neck. A rope dangled from her arm where the vandals apparently tried to pull down her torch. Her metal body was riddled with bullets. The statue had been damaged before — but never this badly. "She's been targeted several times," said Edith McClain, who with her husband, Jack, farms near the small "Statue of Liberty" park along U.S. 281. "Several years ago she was taken down and redone." In the next few days, Smith County residents will again repair their Miss Liberty. In the past few weeks, several hundred dollars have been donated to save the prairie landmark. McClain said workers hope to begin the job by next week. Greg Jones, a local welder, will restore Lady Liberty's face, and Stu Conaway of Smith Center has been hired to paint her. McClain said the project is expected to cost between $300 and $500, depending on the amount of work needed. Wednesday, McClain planned a trip to the library to find old pictures of the statue for guidance. "I'd really like to have her back up as quickly as we can. So many people are stopping to see her, and I'd rather they see Saving the Lady Donations can be sent to Save the Lady Account in care of the Farmers National Bank, Box 626, Gaylord 67636 her the real way — the way she should be," McClain said. The statue was erected in 1951 by C.A. Kaldfleisch, a Canadian who lived in Gaylord, and was dedicated to the Boy Scouts. Kaldfleisch chose the spot for the marker, which is surrounded by evergreens and picnic tables. The small park is edged by pastureland and the highway. "It's kind of a special little spot. It's so peaceful up there," McClain said. She said the park is the responsibility of the Osborne County Highway Department, but she and her husband stop there on trips to her mother's house in Osborne. "We went by one day several years ago and there was trash by the trash can. We stopped, and we've been x doing it ever since. The highway department can't get here on a weekly basis," McClain said. Donations have come from across Smith County and beyond. Many former residents also have sent money, including a man who helped erect the statue in the 1950s. "We have gotten so many letters from people who used to live here," McClain said. "When they saw her, they knew they were home." McClain said the effort has grown since the vandalism. Besides restoring the statue, Smith County residents hope to collect enough money to buy a new flag pole and install a security light in the park. They also plan a major cleanup of the park while Miss Liberty is gone for repairs. KSU-Salina receives OK to add degree programs Tom Dorsey/Salina Journal "It made my day," Greg Siemers said after a squirrel ate out of his hand Thursday afternoon. Siemers, Glasco, had gone to Sunset Park to eat lunch when a squirrel appeared on the picnic table he was eating at. Soon the squirrel was eating Siemers' lunch. "I didn't know they were that friendly," Siemers said. Siemers thought he would be eating his lunch in the park more often now. BY GARY DEMUTH Th« Salina Journal '' x Kansas State University-Salina has a perfect record in its bid for two new degree programs. At its. Thursday meeting, The Kansas Board of Regents approved two bachelor degree programs submitted by KSU-Sali- na — in air science and technology management. Both programs become effective this fall. According to Jack Henry, dean of KSU- Salina, this will offer more opportunities for students to continue their education, and encourage alumni to return to school to complete their bachelor degrees. "This is especially good for people who have been working for a number of years," Henry said. "A lot of people may have associate's degrees but are afraid of giving up their jobs to start over in school. With the technology degree program, they are given credit for time spent working, "This is especially good for people who have been working for a number of years." Jack Henry, KSU-Salina dean and are able to obtain their bachelor's in only two years." This also will give KSU-Salina a better opportunity to work hand in hand with Kansas Wesley an University. "We don't offer upper level liberal arts courses," Henry said. "This will give us more of a chance to work with Kansas Wesleyan in the humanities area. "I think both schools will see a significant increase in enrollment when these programs are implemented." United Way to switch its name Change will reflect agency's service area By LILLIAN ZIER The Salina Journal As a way to recognize the breadth of its service area, the United Way of Salina is undergoing a name change. Henceforth, it will be known as the Salina Area United Way. Ruth Ascher, executive director of the United Way, said the agency's board voted on the change at its last meeting in late April. The former name implied that the agencies under the United Way's fund-raising umbrella served only Salina and Saline County, she said. "The services of the agencies we serve go beyond those areas," Ascher said. "The people who use those services and donate live and work outside Salina." "It's not a change in service area. It's a recognition of our service' area." — Ruth Ascher, United Way executive director The change is being phased in, she said. The organization will use up its existing letterhead and materials, and as it orders new materials, the change is being made. Because of this, the change won't cost the agency, she said. The new name doesn't mean the agency is expanding its area, Ascher said. "It's not a change in service area. It's a recognition of our/ service area," Ascher said. However, if approached by an agency outside Saline County, the United Way would consider offering its help, she said. The United Way has discussed the idea of changing its name for years, she said. "We've become more aware we needed to reflect reality," she said. The United Way is a community fund-raising organization. It supports 19 agencies in Salina. Some of those agencies — such as the Red Cross, the Domestic Violence Association of Central Kansas and the Scouting groups — provide services in several counties, Ascher said. In addition, contributors to the United Way come from beyond Saline County, she said. Many people drive in from surrounding communities to work in Salina and contribute through payroll deductions. Opponents dislike homes in Centennial >• FROM PAGE Al They were demolished but the driveways and sidewalks remain. The city would work with lenders and a builder to keep the prices down, in an effort to help alleviate a shortage of lower- priced homes. The housing project would take up about 2.3 acres of the 7.5 acre park. But those 2.3 acres are used more than people think, the residents said after dropping off a petition bearing the names of more than 100 opponents. "I live at the end of the park, so I see everything," said Mark Hoover. "I see people walking their dogs, I see kids playing who-knows-what all the time. It gets used a lot. "The city is growing. I know we need housing, but we also need facilities to stretch our legs, so to say." Val Gamage said the housing project wasn't needed to help low-income families. "If you want to buy a house, there's a way," she said. "If you have a will, there's a way." Roy Dudark, director of planning and development, said the project was put in place to help Salina's housing shortage. "It's tough to find housing," he said. "You can't even find land to put the housing on." He'also said the area needed to be developed to its full potential. The board's vote acts as a recommendation to the Salina City Commission. Dudark said he didn't know when the project would come before the commission.

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