The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on April 22, 2001 · Page 30
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The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas · Page 30

Salina, Kansas
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Sunday, April 22, 2001
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E2 SUNDAY. APRIL 22. 2001 THE SALINA JOURNAL BRIEFLY Bar owner offers free transportation Drunk driving law enforcement was making barliopping an unpopular pastime in Salina, so Randy Leister came up with an alternative — The Bar Room Express. The red, 12-passenger van takes people from their homes, hotels, motels and truckstops to his bars and returns them at the end of the evening. There is no charge. "It's safer for people to go out, and it gets more people out at night," Leister said. The bus makes stops at Tail- gators, 141 N. Santa Fe, and Outlaws, 115 W. South. It also stops at Rumors, 1676 W. State, and the next-door club. Randy's Club. It runs from 6 p.m. to 3 a.m. Fridays and Saturdays. Leister said the bus will pay for itself if 50 to 60 people use it each night. He's been seeing new faces at his bars since the bus started rolling a month : ago. The number to call for Bar Room Express is 452-8008. Concrete Magic opens in Salina Concrete Magic, which installs and distributes decorative concrete products, has opened in Salina. Don Whiteley, president of Concrete Magic, 1015A W. North, said the business is the only one of its kind in the Kansas area. Concrete Magic creates decorative floors and walls at resi­ dences or businesses, using concrete that can be stained and stamped to resemble stone, bricks or wood. Or it can be poured as an ornate design. Concrete Magic also distributes Increte Systems products, which make the materials that create the walls and flooring. Whiteley Solomon, along with partners Jay Penry Salina, and Tory Hagen, Solomon, decided to open the business three months ago. Concrete Magic employs six people. Ride manufacturer files for banlcruptcy WICHITA — Chance Industries, the nation's largest manufacturer of amusement park rides, has filed for bankruptcy protection from its creditors. Dick Chance, company president and chief executive officer, said the firm wiU stay in business as it tries to endure a tough market. "We've never had to face anything quite this challenging," he said. "But we will adapt to the marketplace and continue our growth." Chance Industries makes amusement park rides such as the Inventor, the Big Dipper, Tin Lizzies and the Aviator from its Wichita plant. The 41-year-old company employed more than 260 workers at one time but in the past two years has cut its work force in half as sales declined. A slowing economy has especially hurt the company in recent months. Chance said. From Staff and Wire Reports Cards / Keep budgets in mind BUILDING PERMITS Salina Commercial — 517 Diamond, Roger Sanborn, install fire door, $2,500. 155A N. Seventh, The Mortgage Company, interior partitions for office, $40,000. 2100J S. Ninth, Jim and Kristi Copas, tenant finish, $50,000. 2100A S. Ninth, Jim and Kristi Copas, tenant finish, $65,000. 129 N. Seventh, Green Lantern, construct new building, $720,00. 650 E. Crawford, Salina School District, interior and exterior renovations, $10,000,000. Residential and miscellaneous — 2070 Quincy Larry and Jean Darrow, construct deck, $1,000. 405 Anderson, Carlos Espinoza, construct storage, $1,500. 114 E. Parkway, Bernice Chumley, interior alterations, $1,700. 1450 Austin Circle, Norman Mann, interior remodeling, $3,000. 434 Mercury, Bryan and Margaret Hone, install above- ground pool, $3,144. 1312 Stapler, Jack Elmore, basement wall renovations, $4,090. 405 Pine Ridge, Barry Bohn, finish bathroom and family room in basement, $4,600. 1220 W. North, Riddhish Bhakta, convert carport/ garage into family room, $5,000. 2515 Rockhurst, Donald and Georgia Merriman, finish bathroom in basement, $7,000. 844 Martin, Judy Granfield, home addition, $9,000. 125 S. Skyline, Ryan Huffaker, remodel basement, $12,000. 1251 Estates Terrace, Russ and Barb Peters, finish basement, $15,000. 2632 Quail Hollow, Charles and Patricia Morrison, add conservatory $27,900. Single-family housing — 734 N. Fifth, Salina Habitat for Humanity $60,000. 525 Pine Ridge, Vern Weis Construction, $190,000. Saiine County Residential and miscellaneous — 3736 E. Country Club, Brad Hanson, construct storage, $20,500. FROM PAGE El "Our director is noticing more people in their 20s coming in for credit counseling," Denholm said. "It's easy to get credit, and they're not planning ahead to pay it off" SIcy's not the iimit At a recent workshop in Junction City Denholm said he heard a story of two college students who competed to see who could get the most credit. Each had credit cards with limits totaling $15,000 to $20,000. Then one of the two decided to apply for a car loan. The student was denied — not because he had large charge bills, but because he had such a large amount of available credit. "He could go out the next day and charge up to that limit and not be able to pay off the car loan," Denholm said. "Creditors look at that." That's why it's important that before people accept credit, they make sure it's going to fit within their budgets. Klucas' son, who is in his 20s and lives in Dallas, told her that every few months, when he pays off the balance on his credit card, the company increases his credit limit. That's something people should watch out for. As in the case of the college students, your available credit could be too high, and you could be rejected for other loans. Denholm recommended canceling credit cards that are never used to lower the available credit. Pay off monthiy Cardholders also should be careful what they charge. It's best to pay off credit cards at T ELECTRiCITY RATES How to get Off Hsts the three major credit reporting agencies . Experlan, TransUnion and Equifax — often provide mailing lists to companies that provide credit cards. You can request that your name be removed from mailing lists provided by those companies for two years or permanently, or ask that your name again be placed on mailing lists, by calling 1-888-567-8688 the end of every month, Denholm said. If a balance is carried, there should be a plan to pay off that balance within two to four months. "Most people who get in trouble do so because they don't plan," Denholm said. "They could have too many cards, or they could be charging too much. They need to plan the payments. Twenty dollars doesn't sound like a big payment, but if you have several $20 payments and some $25 payments, it can add up. "Some people have the income to handle that. If they don't and something happens, a bad problemcould get worse." Klucas said she carries only a few cards — a Discover card and a Visa for emergencies and a few store cards. Most are paid off. And she doesn't use the cards for everyday expenses. Denholm said he tells people if they're using credit to pay for living expenses such as groceries and aren't paying off the balance every month, they Credit counsenog I Consumer Credit ^ ' i Counseling in Salina offers ' monthly woi1<shops on 'j i budgeting arid on how to use credit wisely. Counselors will put on .\ workshops in other t idommunities, if requested;* < for a $50 fee plus mileage. ; For information on times and dates or to Schedule a > workshop, call (785) 8276731 or visit the Web site at' www.salhelp. org/cccs have a problem. "If they're able to pay it off every month, it's not a problem," he said. "You need to look at your financial condition and what you can afford." Opening a line of credit Klucas made sure her children had credit cards when they went to out-of-state colleges, but she also counsels them to pay off the balances monthly Each child has a department store card and a Visa or Mastercard. Even though the teen-agers had received credit-card solicitations in the mail beginning about age 15, Klucas said she had to cosign their credit applications. Denholm explained those "preapproved" solicitations that arrive in the mail don't mean credit will be extended automatically; they simply mean the recipient was "pre- approved" to receive the credit card offer. It doesn't mean they can afford to accept the offer "People need to read those things carefully and consider their budgets," Denholm said. Shred the applications The preapproved applications also must be handled with care. "They should be shredded, and if they're not shredded, they should be torn into a million pieces," Saline County Sheriff Glen Kochanowski said. "Don't throw them away whole." The applications contain a considerable amount of information about the people to whom they are sent, Kochanowski said. A criminal could fiU out the application and request credit in your name, charging items you could be required to pay for. Credit companies often send checks through the mail, and those also could cause problems if they get into the wrong hands, Kochanowski said. Klucas bought a personal shredder just for that reason. "I shred those checks as soon as I get them," she said. "I don't want someone finding one and cashing it." As for that bag of credit card offers — she plans to send each one back to the sender, after cutting off personal information. The applications, which won't be filled out, will be mailed in postage-paid envelopes provided by the senders. "If they get tired of getting them back blank, maybe they'll quit sending them to people," Klucas said. "I'm telling my friends to do the same thing." • Reporter Sharon Montague can be reached at 823-6464, Ext. 129, or by e-mail at sjsmontague © New Mexico utility monitoring rate case PERSONALS Kansas Highway Patrol Mas^ter Trooper Dennis Gassman, Minneapolis, has been promoted to second lieutenant and assigned to the patrol's training academy in Salina. Gassman will coordinate the recruit troopers. Gassman, who joined the patrol in 1985, worked in Russell County before being transferred to Ottawa County •••• Everett Campbell of San Diego has accepted the position of director of degree completion programs at Central Christian College, McPherson. Campbell received his Ph.D. in economics from Temple University, Philadelphia. Campbell has more than 35 years of teaching experience at the university level and has founded two adult education programs. KGE, KPL may be targets for sale if rate request is approved By KATRINA HULL The Associated Press TOPEKA — A New Mexico utility is keeping close watch on the progress of Westei'n Resources' efforts to raise its electric rates by $151 million. Western Resources, the state's largest electric company, announced plans last year to sell its KGE and KPL electric subsidiaries to Albuquerque- based Public Service Company of New Mexico. If the Kansas Corporation Commission grants Western's rate request, the company's profit on its electric operations would rise to 12.75 percent from the current 11.1 percent. And that increase could PATIO Furniture MADE IN USA make KPL and KGE attractive targets for a sale, according to the Citizens' Utility Ratepayer Board, which represents the interests of residential and small business consumers in Kansas. "This rate case is a prelude to a merger with Public Service Company of New Mexico," Walker Hendrix, CURB 'S chief counsel, said last week at the commission's first public hearing on the rate request. Public hearings before the KCC occurred this past week across the state, including Tuesday in Salina. The agency's staff has recommended that instead of granting the higher rates, the KCC cut Western's rates by almost $92 million, which would decrease its profit on electric operations to 10.4 percent. Public Service Company of New Mexico is monitoring the KCC hearings, spokeswoman Crystal McClernon said Wednesday She said Western's return on equity is one of the SUNFLOWER, . 623-7512 E. Crawford GASSiVIAN training of Airfares from Salina Destination Price Destination Price $318 290 288 314 316 Washington, D.C,238 Albuquerque $288 Miami Boise 288 NasMie Portland 288 New York Reno 288 Pililadelphia Salt ljl<e City 288 Tampa San Diego 288 All fares are the cheapest round-trip prices from Salina Municipal Airport as of the pre vious Thursday. Various restrictions apply. Source: Action Travel Journal Graphic For complete stock listings go to Salina Journal Connecting communities with irtfmvuUion When Image Counts XJERDK. DocuCoIor 2006 Printer/Copier The Xerox DocuColor 2006 printer/copier gives you top quality prints and copies in a single, high- performance solution. You can print and copy at speeds of 6 ppm color and 26 ppm black, at 600x600 ^i resolution enhanced by 8-bit color depth per pixel. Extensive media flexibility allows you to print and copy project in-house, on up to 13x18 media. 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She is a member of Christ Vict^ory Assembly Youth Group, "Vbuth Choir and our;%uth«Grou|)giv^^ Christmas gifts to needy childrenfthat aire often forgotten. Fai plali|iio be a surgeon and go to Africa to help the p,eople who needimedidal attention. She hopes to get her degree from Harvard or Yale. k f Daughter of Fred and Leona Beal SALINA HIGH SCHOOL SOUTH Erica Dechant is a Senior at South where she carries a 3.7 GPA. She is captain of both soccer and basketball. She attends St. Mary's Church every week. She enjoys sports because they help relieve stress for a while so you can tackle your homework. Erica is receiving a basketball scholarship to attend Hill College in Hillsboro Texas. Daughter of Ken and Judy Dechant SOUTH MIDDLE SCHOOL • Lee Ann Stone is au'eighth graderat South Middle where she carries a 4.0 GPA. She participates,in band where she plays flute and she in on the track team wher^ she throws shot>put She also helps write the school new8paper^|ih(|idepign the yearbook-^ She is a member of the St. Mary's ^stl 'h^lic.'^Ghurch where shevisan the process of getting confinned. §1)^ al|0llielps out at the Mooae Lodge for member activities. Lee Ann^WiOiddlike to be a Forensic Scieijitist, a teacher or a corporate lawyer. -{-.: Daughter of Claire Toll and Jeff Stone ROOSEVELT-LINCOLN MIDDLE SCHOOL Travis Whisler is a seventh grader at Roosevelt where he carries a 3.41 GPA. He is a member of SAS and Peer Mediation. He has done a lot of cool things in j |AS and hasn't done any mediations yet but he hopes to soon. Travis pljEmB?to be a writer or musician. Son of Brad and Becky Whisler, Becky and Lyman Lyne Sponsored by '^Salina Journal Connecting amitnuniltes ivilA infomalion *The Renaissance program is a partnership between business and education to recognize and reward academic excellence, i^pntinuous improvement, and citizenship. |^

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