The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on January 31, 1986 · Page 1
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"Journal Home Edition — 25 Cents Salina, Kansas FRIDAY January 31,1986 114th year —No. 31— 18 Pages Cralff REMEMBERING BY CANDLELIGHT — Carol Dixson (left), Carolyn Rhoads, Krista VanDiest and Heidi Paquin hold lighted candles while singing at a memorial Thursday evening on the lawn in front of Kansas Wesleyan's Pioneer Hall. About 70 people attended the memorial for the seven who died in the shuttle explosion. Coast Guard recovers part of fuselage Hometown mourns 'America's teacher' FRAMINGHAM, Mass. (AP) — Christa McAuliffe's parents joined 1,500 people Thursday at a memorial service for the spunky, homespun girl who overcame childhood illnesses to reach for the stars. Edward and Grace Corrigan sat in the front row of a hushed and crowded auditorium. Two of their children, Stephen and Betsy, who live in California, also attended. It was the Corrigans' first public appearance since witnessing the death of their daughter and six others when the shuttle Challenger exploded Tuesday. McAuliffe, the first ordinary citizen to be chosen for a shuttle flight, had been dubbed "America's Ed and Grace Corrigan attend memorial services. teacher." The parents wept as they sang a hymn, "Let There Be Peace On Earth," and departed silently after the service at Framingham State College. The college, near their home, was McAuliffe's alma mater. Charles Sposato, a teacher at Framingham South High who was among 11,000 applicants to become the first teacher in space, addressed the gathering. "Christa McAuliffe is infinite because she is in our hearts," Sposato said. "When trying out for the program, Christa said, 'What are we doing here?' and before I could answer she said, 'We're reaching for the stars.' "Christa reached for the stars. Her wisdom said, 'Reach for the stars and become a starholder and know you too have become infinite.'" The Rev. John Culloty cited McAuliffe's zest for life and said "she would not want us to dwell on her tragic death too long." "May our spirits soar with her spirit," said Culloty, college chaplain. Gov. Michael S. Dukakis, who sat with the Corrigans during the hour- long service, likened McAuliffe's death to the assassination of President John Kennedy. "Another child of Massachusetts, another person with the ability to inspire, has been taken from us," Dukakis said. "She was a hero, as President Reagan said." CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — A Coast Guard cutter Thursday found a large piece of debris believed to be part of the fuselage of the space shuttle Challenger and spotted what appeared to be parts of the cockpit in the Atlantic Ocean. Meanwhile, an investigating board spent the day checking television More on the disaster, Page 13 tapes of the liftoff taken from different angles. NBC News said the focus was on one of the solid rocket boosters. NBC reporter Jay Barbree said a frame-by-frame study of the film seen by the public seemed to indicate that a splice between two of the booster's four segments sprung a leak and "served like a blowtorch and burned through the tank — a 6,000-degree blowtorch." A source said the film "is one piece of evidence they are looking at it, but there is nothing conclusive." Earlier, NASA had expanded its search for shuttle debris, dispatching six Navy ships to probe the oceans. Crews recovered tons of debris, including one of the shuttle's control panels. Experts also examined a piece of bone that washed up on a beach and was found by a private citizen. At a news conference Thursday evening, Lt. Cmdr. Jim Simpson of the Coast Guard said the cutter Dallas reported finding "a large piece" of the fuselage and that there appeared to be parts of the cockpit on the surface. The fuselage is the central body portion of the shuttle. Simpson would not give the location of the sighting, but said it was far offshore. "They had multiple sonar hits indicating there is something large on the bottom," he said. A bone with blue fabric attached washed up on a beach, and medical technicians examined it to see if it belonged to one of the seven astro- Memorialset for this morning HOUSTON — The Rev. Bernard Hawley, senior pastor of Salina's First Presbyterian Church and father of astronaut Steve Hawley, has been invited to participate in a memorial service for the crew of space shuttle Challenger. The service is to begin at 11:50 this morning at the . Johnson Space Center in Houston. Hawley and his wife left Thursday morning for Houston. NASA officials in Houston were unsure of details for the memorial service, although President Reagan was slated to speak at 12:10 p.m. Steve Hawley is expected to be in Akron, Ohio, today for a memorial service for astronaut Judith Resnik, who was a member of Hawley's first space crew in 1984. NASA officials, however, could not confirm his plans. ABC, CBS, NBC and Cable News Network planned to provide live coverage of the memorial service, beginning atll:30CST. nauts killed in Tuesday's explosion. Jim Mizell, a spokesman for the Kennedy Space Center, called the area that was being searched "the missile graveyard of the world" because it contains the wreckage of scores of failed rockets and the discarded first stages of hundreds more. "It will take some real expert to take pieces and say it's not Snark, Redstone, Pershing, Atlas and on and on," he said. Snark and Redstone are two of the early missiles of the 1950s. Tons of small pieces of debris found floating on the sea were aboard ships running search patterns over 8,000 square miles, northward from Cape Canaveral to Daytona Beach. Today Inside JACK HARTMAN announces he will step down as Kansas State's basketball coach at the end of the season. See Sports, Page 9. Classified 13-16 Entertainment 18 Fun 17 Living Today 8 Local/Kansas 3,12 Markets 6 Nation/World 5 On the Record 7 Opinion 4 Sports 9-11 Weather 7 Weather KANSAS — Fair today, with highs 50 to 60 in the north and in the mid-50s to the mid-60s in the south. Increasing cloudiness tonight, with lows in the mid-20s in the northwest to around 40 in the southeast. Saturday, partly cloudy in the west and mostly cloudy in the east. Highs in the upper 40s in the northwest to the mid-50s in the south. Oberlin won't try to go about business as usual ByBRENTBATES Staff Writer OBERLIN — People in Oberlin have come up with an unusual way to attract industry: They hope to form a corporation, buy a business and move it to town. "There are so many small towns and everybody wants an industry," said Bob Finkbiner, Oberlin city administrator. "You really don't get too far (with conventional methods). We thought buying a company and bringing it in would be the best approach—and the fastest." The community hopes to buy Transit Bus Manufacturing, a Fort Worth, Texas, company that makes medium- and small-sized buses. The owner, John Edwards, is hi Oberlin today to negotiate a sale price. If everything goes smoothly, they could be building buses hi Oberlin within 90 days, according to Verdie Nelson, local businessman and member of a steering committee formed' for the project. State economic development officials say it is not unusual for communities to form corporations to attract industry. But it is rare, especially in Kansas, for a community actually to buy a business and move it in. "They're really helping themselves up by their bootstraps," said Ed Bruske, president of the Kansas Association of Commerce and Industry. "With the small number of companies (looking for a place to locate), odds are communities are going to have to do something like that. It shows real initiative.'' It was Nelson who came up with the idea of bringing the bus company to Oberlin. Nelson said he was thinking about starting a company to build customized motor homes, and was driving to Wichita one day when a bus caught his eye. Nelson said he canvassed the country to find the firm that made the bus. His search led him to Transit Bus hi Fort Worth, where he learned the company was for sale. To generate enough cash—officials estimate it will take $3.5 million to bring the company to Oberlin — the steering committee hopes to sell shares of stock hi the corporation. The goal is to raise $1 million, Finkbiner said. The corporation also would seek about $1 million hi industrial revenue bonds and $400,000 from a state Community Development Block Grant for economic development. Officials say the plan in its first year could bring 40 jobs and a $650,000 payroll to Oberlin — a community hard-hit by a struggling farm economy and oil industry. That number could grow to 80 within three years, some believe. "We had seven banks hi a 30-mile radius, and four have failed. I wouldn't say (the economy) is too good," said Barb Winger, secretary for the Decatur County Area Chamber of Commerce. "But the people have that attitude that if they're going to fall, they'll fall forward." Residents say people hi Oberlin always have banded together in business ventures. The community owns its own carnival, and large groups have started a cattle f eedlot and a dairy near town. Only the dairy has failed. Transit Bus, which builds bus bodies over chassis and engines, has several models of medium to small buses, Finkbiner said. Some of its most popular models are used for airport shuttle buses. "It's a real good operation," said Don Fredrickson, a steering committee member who toured the Fort Worth plant recently with Finkbiner and Nelson. "It's got a terrific design, and it's real marketable. Being in business for 38 years, with good management there's no reason we can't have real good success." Backers hope to locate the plant in the vacant West Central Manufacturing building on the northeast side of Oberlin. If the deal goes through, Edwards might serve as a consultant for up to one year and some of the company's key people^hiight be hired, committee members said. FmHA reeling under delinquent farm loans WASHINGTON (AP) - The government's $28 billion last-resort lending program for farmers is hi serious jeopardy because of increased losses, and some 37,000 borrowers owing nearly $5 billion are likely to fail, congressional investigators said Thursday. Brian P. Crowley, a senior investigator for Congress' General Accounting Office, said a study of Farmers Home Administration loans found the average borrower had a debt-to-asset ratio of 83 percent, a level defined as indicating "extreme financial problems.'' Some 20 percent of the borrowers studied — believed to be a representative sample of the system's 270,000 customers — actually had ratios of more than 100 percent, meaning they owed more than they had in assets, Crowley said. Despite the poor financial conditions, FmHA has continued to make loans to some of those farmers, who have little chance of ever repaying them, he added. In the first six months of 1985, the agency issued $763 million hi new loans to borrowers who already were technically insolvent, the GAO's report showed. Another $1.2 billion went to farmers hi extreme distress, it found. "The financial condition of FmHA's loan portfolio and its borrowers is not a very pretty picture," Crowley told the Senate Agriculture Committee. He said some 37,000 of the agency's borrowers had made no payments on (See Loans, Page 7) Senate approves bills to exempt transient merchants from taxes TOPEKA (AP) — The Kansas Senate Thursday passed a pair of bills that would allow some transient merchants to sell their goods without a state license and exempt them from local property taxes and inventory taxes on goods they bring into the state. The bills, which passed 39-0, amend a law passed last session. That law requires transient merchants to prove that they paid then- taxes and that they own an operator's license. The bill covers conventioneers, trade show sponsors and merchants j who sell goods from the back of a truck or from motel rooms. The 1985 law triggered the use of a rarely enforced law that required transient merchants to pay a full year's worth of property taxes when they enter the state. The statute was aimed at "fly-by-night" merchants Vidricksen who set up shop on street corners or in deserted storefronts and make a quick buck without paying sales or property taxes. Owners of permanent businesses complained the transient merchants were syphoning off customers from their establishments. State Sen. Ben Vidricksen, R-Salina, said the 1985 law damaged the state's image. "We're the only state that taxes inventories of trade shows and conventions and we've lost 20 or 30 conventions because of this law," Vidricksen said. "Our image has been scarred over this law.'' Vidricksen said Salina lost an antique show because of the law and other cities alsq lost business. He said the bills passed Thursday would exempt from licensing and tax provisions all trade shows, expositions, conventions; sales by non-profit groups such as religious and charitable organizations; agricultural pro ducts; athletic tournaments; and antiques and other collectibles shows,

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