The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on April 12, 2001 · Page 2
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The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas · Page 2

Salina, Kansas
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Thursday, April 12, 2001
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A2 THURSDAY, APRIL 12, 2001 THE SALINA JOURNAL the ''' ( . .r-Salina Journal ?2 a'nnecttng communities with itiformatUin , (USPS 478-060) ./'_ J ' Published s&/6(\ days i ws's|<,' ^ 365 days a year« at 333 S. Fourth, P.O, Box 740, / . ' - ' - Salina,KS 67402,. ' tjy Sallna Journal Inc. • •,' . Periodical postage paid at Setrna, K6 , Postmaster '* ' . Send changes of address to; \ ' The Sallna JournSl ' I P.O. Box 740 • ' • Sallna KS 67402-0740 TOM BELL •" • editor & publisher, • I • DEPARTMENTS ; • / • ADVERTISING: KIM NORWOOD' ' . ,1 , director, ki\orwood@aaljou( . • BUSINESS: JACKIRYBA, manage/; . ,j ,' ryba @8aljournal .cortt ' • CIRCULATION: DAVID GRAHAM ' % "': director, gratiam@saljournal,com, 'I • NEWS :ScoTTSEIRER' '-^'^^KS-Pi exBcullve editor,;! • . ] ,• PRODUCTION: DAVID ATKINSON • ji " manager, 823-8868 Sallna 1-800-827-6888 Kansas SUBSCRIPTIONS E-mail: sIclrcOBOlJoumal.conn . NO PAPER?: If your paper doesn't arrive by 6:30 a.m. weekdays.: or 7 a.m. weekends and holidays, call the number above. In Sallna, If you. call by 11 a.m., your paper will be delivered that day Out-of-town subscribers will receive missed papers the following day • CIRCULATION DEPARTMENT HOURS: Open at 5:30 a.m. daily. Closes at 5:30 p.m. weekdays, 11 a.m. on weekends, 11 a.m. on hoil- * days. . • CARRIER RATES: $15.00 plus tax for one month, $42.19 plus tax for three months. • ' ; T ;. RATES BY MOTOR ROUTE: I $15.94 plus tax for one month, ; : $47.82 plus tax for three months. • RATES BY MAIL (three * ; months): in Kansas, $45.58 plus tax - for daily paper, $37.12 plus tax for • ; • Monday through Saturday, $36.06 ' - plus tax for Ivlonday through Friday f \ arid $20.21 plus tax for Sunday ; , • Outside Kansas, $54.75 for daily ." paper, $44.25 for Monday through • Saturday, $49.50 for Monday through " - Friday and $25.95 for Sunday FAX NUMBERS ALL DERAFmVIENTS 8230207 NEWS DEPARTMENT 827-6363 SPORTS 827-6060 Storms / Rip through north-central Kansas FROM PAGE A1 • Steve Kisner, warning coordination meteorologist for the National Weather Service in Hastings, Neb., toured the paths of the two tornadoes that struck Rooks County and said the county was lucky "We're very fortunate no one was injured," he said. "With nighttime tornadoes — we're extremely fortunate." He said the preliminary report will classify the tornadoes as F-1, with winds between 100 and 110 mph. Tornadoes vary in intensity from F-0 to F-5. He said one tornado hit the southwest corner of the county near Palco, then traveled north near Webster Reservoir. Several farmsteads were damaged, and power lines and trees were leveled. The other Rooks County tornado started near the Ellis County line, moved north into Plainville and turned northeast, finally dissipating near the Osborne County line. That tornado caused minor damage to 54 homes, major damage to 25 homes, and one home was destroyed. Eighteen businesses were hit, including the town's largest employer, Schult Homes, which had damage to about 20 of the manufactured homes it builds and sells, Hein said. At the town cemetery, headstones were uprooted, and trees were downed. Two churches received minor damage. There are 2,000 residents in Plainville and about 900 homes. Hein said damage assessment teams from the state's Division of Emergency Management toured the damage throughout the day Wednesday The Rooks County Chapter of the American Red Cross distributed supplies and food to victims and emergency workers, Hein said. Warehouse destroyed Plainville reported the most severe damage, but others also were affected by the storm. In Courtland, located in Re­ public County Anderson Fertilizer's 15,000-square-foot warehouse and office space "was completely destroyed," said Tom Naasz, chemical manager and safety director for Bottcher Enterprises, which has owned the facility since it was erected in 1963. "After the storm, just a few of the walls were left standing, and 90 percent of the roof was gone," Naasz said. Workers spent Wednesday tearing down the rest of the unsalvageable building. "The only thing left now is the foundation," he said. He said Anderson Fertilizer — in the midst of its busy season — will remain in operation. He said alternate storage sites, such as a tractor-trailer, were being used to house fertilizer and chemicals. Ten volunteers from the North Central Kansas Chapter of the American Red Cross, based in Salina, aided in damage assessment, care and family service in Republic and four other counties, said John Degand, volunteer disaster chairman. Degand said in Republic County there were reports of damage to three businesses and six homes, one of which had major damage. Cleaning up in Jewell Co. West of Courtland at his farm two miles south of Formoso in Jewell County Mark Fleming spent Wednesday cleaning up after a tornado swept through at about 1:30 a.m. "After the storm, just a few of the walls were left standing, and 90 percent of thereof was gone." Tom Naasz Bottcher Enterprises safety director Fleming, his wife, Karla, and their three children were asleep when the weather radio sounded a warning. "We were watching the , weather to see if we needed to go to the shelter, when all of a sudden things started to change," Fleming said. "There was a really loud noise, wind and hail — it hit so fast." The family huddled under the stairs listening to the roaring outside. "It was over in about 20 seconds," Fleming said. "There was a lightning bolt, and I could see the equipment in my shed." His 30-by-60-foot shed was gone, leaving his combine, tractor and other equipment exposed. Along with the shed, his other outbuildings, including a chicken coop and grain bins, also were gone. The chickens and the family's two dogs were OK, Fleming said. "They're pretty shook up," he said. "I don't think the chickens will be laying eggs for awhile." Also in Jewell County, the Dispatch Church BmCQRlSEBmCESfNC. Water Well Drilling Services •Reslde'rltial Supply < •Lawn&'Garden - •Livestock •Pump Sales & Installation -Geothermal Heat Pump Wells -Professional Geological Services 785-826-1616 Sallna. KS parsonage's roof was damaged. Counties report damage Other counties with preliminary reports of damage included: • Osborne County: Eight farmstead outbuildings and two homes were damaged. Four miles north of Osborne, an above-ground gas tank was found 1 Vi miles away and a combine was overturned. • Mitchell County: Two rural homes and six grain bins belonging to Thierholf Grain Co. were damaged. • Smith County: Damage stretched from the south to the northeast corner of the county with six biiildings damaged, including a home in Gaylord and one in Smith Center. • Clay County: Harold Mugler's hay shed "left the ground," he said, shredding other buildings and equipment. • Washington County: A roof was torn off a building and a cable television tower was sheared off at its base. • Reporter Kara Rhodes can be reached at 823-6464, Ext. 167, or by e-mail at sjkrhodes OMAHA STEAK SINCE 1917 Old Country Store Purveyor of Gourmet Foods & Unique Gifts South of 1-70 on Ninth St. in front of the Best Western Mid-America Inn Easter Gift Items (now reduced) We now have Kosher beef, steaks, briskets, roasts and more. Imported Cheeses & Pasta Smoky HiU Bison Company Hours: Tuesday - Saturday 10 am - 6 pm Sunday 1 pm - 5 pm - Closed Mondays 785-823-2670 SPRING HANDBAG PRICE BREAK! LIZ CLAIBORNE • NINE WEST For Your Convenience We Accept Your Dillard's, Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover, Carte Blanche, Or Diner's Club Card.. SHOP TODAY 10 A.M. - 9 P.M. .-,1 •

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