The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on April 12, 2001 · Page 9
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THURSbAY APRIL ,12, 2001 THE SAUNA JOURNAL Great Plains A LOOK AHEAD / B2 DEATHS / B3 ALMANAC / B5 BRIEFLY Kruse final winner in Greenleaf race GREENLEAF — After a vote count, coin flip and recount, Douglas Kruse has been declared the winner of a.sefit on the Greenleaf City Council. Incumbent Rita LeDuc was the loser. It was the coin flip that decided the race. A recount Wednesday, requested by LeDuc, found the vote tally unchanged at 74 for each candidate. On election day last week, it appeared that LeDuc was the winner by a single vote, 74-73. But when the votes were canvassed Friday, an additional vote was found for Kruse, creating the tie. Kruse won his victory Monday in a draw of cards. He drew an ace; LeDuc drew a jack. LeDuc responded by seeking a recount. County Clerk Lou Kern said both candidates were on hand Wednesday morning to witness the hand recount, which reaffirmed the tie vote. Eievator explosion victims still critical GREENLEAF — Two men burned Friday in an explosion here at a grain elevator remained in critical condition Wednesday at the University of Kansas Medical Center's burn center in Kansas City, Kan. What caused the explosion and flash fire at Farmers Co-op Elevator Association has not been released by the State Fire Marshal's office in Topeka. Employees John Woltje, 42, and Max Hubbard, 52, were inside the feed mill when the blast occurred. They were taken to Washington County Hospital in Washington before being taken to the burn center. Pat Breeding, the co-op spokesman who on Monday wUl become the Greenleaf facility's general manager, said he couldn't speculate on the cause. Suggestions for memorial sought The Salina Rental Property Providers is seeking suggestions for a memorial to honor Bill Nelson, past president of the group and a strong supporter and leader of north Salina. Nelson died about a year ago. "Since Bill passed away, we've been finding out Bill was doing as many as five and six peoples' jobs," said Ben Frick, president of the property providers association. "A lot of us were taking what Bill did for granted." Those with suggestions for a memorial should call Frick at 823-1622. Widespread power outages reported Wind gusts of up to 48 miles an hour Wednesday afternoon knocked down power poles and slammed power lines together, causing power outages throughout north-central Kansas. KPL utility spokesman Tom Sydow said nine power poles were down in the company's Salina and Abilene divisions. "Some were blown over. They were on the ground or leaning," he said. Power was knocked out about 3:45 p.m. in a good portion of northwest Salina, Sydow said. "There are three circuits locked out," Sydow said. "They're troubleshooting now." Nearly 1,300 customers were affected north of South Street and west of 11th Street. About 1,700 customers were without power between Cloud and Franklin streets west of Sheridan Street as were another 850 customers between Crawford and Walnut streets west of College Street. Problems also were reported in Lehigh, which is south of Salina and east of McPherson, and in the Lost Springs area in Marion County "There are scattered outages all over," Sydow said. From Staff Reports CORRECTIOMS Salina Central High School triple jumper Jessica Jones was misidentified in a story in Tuesday's edition. She won the triple jump in the Junction City Invitational track meet with a leap of 34 feet, 8 inches. ••••• The Journal wants to set the record straight. Advise us of errors by calling the Journal at (785) 8236363, or toll free at 1-800-827-6363. Corrections will run in this space as soon as possible: WEATHER Western Kansas gets blizzard blast While Colorado gets foot of snow, Kansas receives rain, sleet, snow and high winds By TIM UNRUH The Salina Journal GOODLAND — Hotels and motels began filling up with stalled westbound motorists Wednesday morning in Goodland as northwest Kansas geared for a treacherous, last gasp from winter. The storm plastered Denver with more than a foot of snow. Farther east, in Burlington, Colo., Interstate High­ way 70 was closed early Wednesday to westbound traffic. Later in the day, westbound traffic was stopped at Goodland, and by 5 p.m. vehicles were stopped in Colby By 5:30, the Colby Ramada Inn had 30 of 117 rooms left, said Jennifer Stockton, a clerk at the hotel. "We're getting pretty close (to filling)," she said, judging from the steady flow of people into the lobby "Most of them can't believe the wind is this bad." Afternoon temperatures dipped to 35 degrees as the weather turned wintry in northwest Kansas. The National Weather Service imposed a blizzard warning until 9 p.m. Wednesday "They're talking about 4 inches of snow, which is not a great deal," said Lynn Swayne, a matron at the Sherman County Sheriff's Office, "but with the wind blowing, visibility is going to deteriorate, and it's going to be really bad." She said Goodland received less than • half an inch of rain Wednesday morning. It turned to sleet, and there were some snowflakes. There were constant winds of 35 miles an hour, with gusts beyond that. The Goodland Comfort Inn Motel had been full since 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, said Lance Post, a desk clerk. Some gusts reached as high as 60 mph in the Brewster area, farmer Ray Crumbaker said. There was "very little snow" with about a quarter-inch of rain. Low temperatures were expected in the middle 20s, but he wasn't concerned for his wheat crop, because its progress was behind schedule. "I don't think we're in trouble there," Crumbaker said. "For us to get a lot of damage, we'll have to be in the tdens. The ground is wet, and we'll get some insulating effect as well." • Reporter Tim Unruh can be reached at 823-6464, Ext. 137, or by e-mail at sj tunruh@saljournal.com. BETHANY COLLEGE TOM DORSEY / The Salina Journal Paul Formo answers questions Wednesday afternoon after it was announced he lias become Bethany College's 12th president. Formo is leaving his position as provost and dean of Dana College in Blair, Neb., to come to Lindsborg. Bethany president named Challenges include fund-raising, student enrollment, retention By TANA THOMSON The Salina Journal LINDSBORG — The new Bethany College president was welcomed as the college's new leader with a standing ovation from Lintisborg community members, Bethany faculty and staff, students and Rep. Jerry Moran. Paul Formo, 53, provost and dean of Dana College in Blair, Neb., since 1993, will take his position in July as the 12th president of Bethany College. He was introduced at Presser HaU on Bethany's campus Wednesday afternoon. Formo succeeds Christopher Thomforde, who left Bethany in December to become president of St. Olaf CoUege in Northfield, Minn. Formo faces several challenges, including kicking off a multimillion-dollar "I think there is room for creative thinking, (with) ideas that are from my own head and others' around here." Paul Formo new Bethany College president fund-raising campaign and increasing student enrollment and retention at the private, Lutheran-affiliated college with about 500 students. "I think there is room for creative thinking," Formo said of improvements that can be made at Bethany, "(with) ideas that are from my own head and others' around here." Formo said Bethany was about as good a fit as he could get. "I'm a life-long Lutheran," he said. Formo said he will try to use some of the student recruitment strategies that have been successful at Dana College, which is similar in size and also affiliat­ ed with the Lutheran Church. The presidential idea The new president said, "I never planned to be a president in the long run." While the current president of Dana CoUege, Myrvin Christopherson, struggled with thyroid cancer and later a heart attack, Formo, in the second seat, said he was forced to think about the possibility that he might have to take the reins. After that, his desire to pursue a position leading a college was "a gut instinct." He also said it was partly due to the "arrogance" of thinking he could do a better job than some college presidents he's run across. Christopherson, who has headed Dana for 15 years, said he has encouraged Formo to pursue the idea for a long time. "We need strong presidents at our Lutheran colleges," Christopherson said. "... Not that I wanted to get rid of him. I would much prefer that he stay here to provide strength for us." Formo's background is in music. He holds a doctorate degree in conducting and a master's degree in music from the University of Iowa, Iowa City, and a bachelor's degree in music from Luther CoUege in Decorah, Iowa. He has served as professor and dean of the conservatory of music at Capital University in Columbus, Ohio, and in a variety of musical positions at universities in New Mexico, Texas and Iowa. • Reporter Tana Thomson can be reached at 823-6464, Ext. 173, or by e-mail at sjt thomson@saljournal.com. T EDUCATION Study short on hope Kansas loses 30 percent of teachers after 2 years on job By CAROL CRUPPER Harris News Service TOPEKA — Kansans are taking little comfort in a new study that ranks teachers fairly high in occupational stability It means little to the thousands of Kansas children who arrived at school this year to find more than 500 teaching vacancies. Or to districts that see nearly 50 percent of their teachers nearing retirement age. Last week, the National Center for Education Statistics reported that teachers rank among the least likely of new college graduates to switch occupations. Of 1993 college graduates who were teaching in 1994, 82 percent were still teaching three years later But Martha Gage, teacher education leader at the Kansas Department of Education, sees little comfort in that, saying the statistic means 18 percent of the investment nationally in teacher education is lost. Kansas fares worse. "We lose 30 percent after two years," Gage said. To combat that loss, many districts are developing mentoring programs to ease new teachers into the system. And Gage sees promise in a number of training options being developed in the state's education schools. Taking the plunge At Wichita State University Bob Lane coordinates two programs that address teacher retention. One trains new teachers by' immersing them in an urban high school. The other offers alternative certification for professionals in other fields who would like to become teachers. In the first, students spend two "hands-on" years at Wichita North High School, one of the most diverse schools in Kansas. They study their own area of interest and spend time with administrators, in technology labs and in special education. They visit elementary and middle schools and volunteer 150 hours helping parents, teachers and students. See TEACHERS, Page B2 T COURT Salina man to stand trial for alleged baby shaking By The Salina Journal A Salinan accused of shaking his infant son, causing the child to have a brain hemorrhage and seven broken ribs, was ordered to stand trial Wednesday after a preliminary hearing in Saline County District Court. Anthony McNeal, 24, told Salina police investigator Scott Simpson he knew he had grabbed his son, Dante, too hard when lifting him from his crib to feed him, Simpson testified Wednesday McNeal had watched the baby while Dante's mother, Rachel Holt, was at work. Dante McNeal was 7 weeks old when he was hurt Jan. 16. His injuries were consistent with a baby who had been shaken, a pediatrician who examined the boy testified Wednesday The child was hospitalized in Wichita and recovered, but he stiU suffers seizures as a result of his injuries. Saline County Attorney EUen MitcheU said. Simpson testified Anthony McNeal said he picked up the baby hard and fast enough that the child's head flopped back and forth. Initially he didn't believe he had grabbed the child hard enough to break Dante's ribs but later said he believed he had. District Judge Dan Boyer scheduled McNeal's trial to begin July 24. • KANSAS LEGISLATURE House proposal would strip AG of some control Sunflower directors would be picked by governor, speaker, Senate president By JOHN HANNA The Associated Press TOPEKA — House members are trying to strip Attorney General Carla Stovall of control over a health care foundation she created with $75 million from a legal settlement with Blue Cross-Blue Shield of Kansas. Stovall established the nonprofit Sunflower Foundation: Health Care for Kansans in August and appointed eight of its directors with the ninth appointed by Blue Cross. Some legislators are Stovall created Sun- STOVALL unhappy that flower without consulting them first. See SUNFLOWER, Page B2 SUGGESTIONS? CALL BEN WEARING, DEPUTY EDITOR, AT 823-6363 OR 1-800-827-6363 OR E-MAIL AT sjbwearlng@8aljournal.com

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