Local/Kansas The Salina Journal Friday, January 31,1986 Page 3 Family's strength tested after mom, daughter fall ill By JILL CASEY Staff Writer Richard Stephens knew his wife, Lorraine, had begun to buckle under the pressures of their daughter's illness, so he didn't give much thought to the headache she suffered oh a recent Sunday. But he became concerned when she rose from bed that night with a pained "Oh" and shuffled into the living room of their home at 2334 Wesley to sit in a rocking chair. "I went and asked her what's wrong," Stephens said. "And she said, 'I've never had anything hurt this bad,' and I could see the right side of her face go... well, slack." The cerebral aneurysm that Lorraine, 46, suffered Jan. 12 has con- Lorraine Lori fined her to an Asbury Hospital bed. There she lies in a semi-coma, while her husband speaks to her for hours each day and while physical therapists exercise her limbs. Stephens and his three youngest daughters, who range in age from 10 to 15, are growing accustomed to illness. Their eldest daughter and sister, Lori, 21, has spent as much time in hospitals as out since September of 1984. ^ Lori has a rare blood disease, Bechet's Syndrome, which attacks white blood cells and leaves the victim defenseless against infections. When Lori developed a severe sore throat in December, she went to Asbury Hospital, and from there was rushed to the University of Kansas Medical Center at Kansas City, Kan. Pneumonia soon invaded her right lung, and then moved into her left lung. Richard Stephens is torn between sickbeds. His worry is compounded by the necessity to return to his trucking job that takes him away Flood meetings attract residents By GORDON D. FIEDLER Jr. Staff Writer Saline County planning and'zoning officials experienced a better reception Wednesday from county residents who attended meetings in New Cambria and Brookville on the impending Federal Flood Insurance Program. County Planner Dana Morse said 15 people turned out for the New Cambria meeting and four attended at Brookville. That contrasts to the washout experienced Tuesday at Southeast of Saline High School, where no one showed up. Morse said Wednesday night's audiences seemed to be resigned to the federal program. "They wanted to know, 'What happenstome?' "Morsesaid. ' He said they were aware the federal government is pushing the program and the county is responsible for its administration. New Cambria, which is in a flood- hazard zone, entered the Federal Flood Insurance Program late last year. Salina city commissioners are scheduled to approve its flood insurance program ordinance Monday. The county officially will enter the program Feb. 4, when county commissioners are scheduled to approve a resolution adopting the measure. The program's purpose is to reduce annual flood losses through more careful flood plain management and by making new construction more flood resistant. That in turn will reduce claims on the federal insurance program and ultimately save taxpayers and flood victims money, according to the Federal Emergency Management Agency, which administers the program. New construction in flood-prone areas will have to meet certain construction requirements, such as elevating the building site above the base-flood elevation and reinforcing basements. The county recently received a basement exemption from the government. Without the exemption, no subsurface construction could occur in certain flood-hazard zones. The exemption allows basements in new construction, but limits the depth below the base-flood elevation and requires greater reinforcing than in a basement in an area of lower flooding risk. New Cambria did not apply for the exemption. Morse said his office will assist the city in submitting an application for an exemption. Owners of homes and businesses will be directly affected by the program if their structures are substantially damaged. The government will require compliance with the program if the owners want to rebuild. That means some would have to elevate their building sites and reinforce subsurface construction. Parent sues to close Marquette classrooms By LINDA MOWERY-DENNING • Great Plains Editor McPHERSON — A hearing is planned Feb. 11 in McPherson County District Court on a lawsuit that seeks to stop the Smoky Valley School District from using its classrooms at Marquette until the town's old school is razed. The suit was filed Jan. 17 by Lauradine Sherman on behalf of her son, W. Allen Dodson, a sixth-grader at Marquette Middle School. In her suit, Sherman argues that the old Marquette school is a public nuisance and that the district should not be allowed to have classes in two attached buildings. One of the buildings combines the shop, band room and gymnasium and is used by seventh- and eighth-grade students. It's connected to the northeast corner of the old school by a hallway. Because of the hallway and a storage area not in use, the rooms are more than 12 feet from the main structure, a distance considered safe by engineers, Smoky Valley Superintendent Irvin Myers said. In her suit, however, Sherman contends that a collapse of the north wall of the old school would send it into the shop-band-gym addition. The other building, originally a special education annex, housed from Kansas City and Salina for a week at a time. "I wonder what hospital I should be at," he said. Lorraine's neurologist, Dr. Ali Manguoglu, said about 40 percent of those stricken with a cerebral aneurysm survive. Quick clipping of the clot is crucial so it can't burst and flood the brain with blood. Manguoglu believes she will come out of her coma, although she might then have to relearn speech and motor skills through rehabilitation, as do many stroke victims. Stephen is thankful his daughter's fiance, Dave Cross, and family have been able to be with Lori much of the time. Cross' mother, Deana, has known Lorraine since they were high school students. "All of us feel so bad about this," Deana Cross said recently. "And, of course, all this medical care doesn't come cheap." The Cross family and Lori's fellow employees at Dillon's Southgate supermarket, as well as Lorraine's former co-workers at Southwestern Bell Telephone Co., have begun efforts to raise money for the family. Lorraine's former co-workers are planning a bake sale Saturday at the Mid-State Mall. Susan DeMars, organizer, said donated baked goods are sought. "Since (telephone) operators were phased out in Salina, Lorraine had decided to stay at home," DeMars said. "She babysat some of our kids while the rest of us continued working. We love her; the kids love her." Lori's co-workers have planned a benefit dance Feb. 9 at the Sale Barn, said Boyd Waite, a Dillon's coworker. "We wanted to do something," Waite said, "and we came up with this." Richard Stephens has grasped for positive straws during the ordeal. He said he prays a lot and is becoming more appreciative of how much Lorraine did for the family. "Last week I wanted to cry," he said. "But I feel better this week. I know we're all going to have to be strong. All these people helping have helped me be strong." Man charged with indecent liberties fifth-and sixth-grade students until this month, when they were moved to a Marquette church. The transfer was made after an engineer noticed possible deterioration in the condition of the old building. Myers said safety concerns over the two buildings were raised earlier, but the district, with the approval of engineers, continued to use the classrooms. The condition of the old school was monitored weekly, however. The old building, which housed all 12 grades, was condemned in 1984 by the state fire marshal. The three- story brick school is slated for demolition at the end of this school year, Myers said. Bids on the project are to be taken in March. Marquette lost its high school in May. A bond issue, approved by district patrons in April, provides for the eventual construction of a kindergarten-through-eighth grade building in the town. The town's elementary students now are housed in community churches. Myers said they will be joined by seventh- and eighth-grade students if the Sherman lawsuit is successful. He said the main problem is that students no longer would have access to a band room or gymnasium. OSBORNE — An Osborne man has been charged with seven counts of indecent liberties with a child or children, aggravated sexual battery, and aggravated incest. Ronald Jean, 35, was arrested Wednesday and held in the Osborne County Jail on $50,000 bond. Jean was charged in Osborne County District Court and released Thursday afternoon. A preliminary hearing has been set for Feb. 12. The investigation was conducted by the Kansas Bureau of Investigation and the Osborne County sheriff's and police departments. Parsons State Hospital aide fired PARSONS (HNS) — Tim Worrall, an aide at the Parsons State Hospital and Training Center, was fired for allegedly making sexual contact with three female residents at the state hospital in 1984, Worrall's attorney confirmed this week. rnOTO4 fcy CfwQ UMnowT Znohuang Chen, from China, rehearses with students Thursday in preparation for the Strings 'n Things concert. Conductor directs universal language By DAVID CLOUSTON Staff Writer The guest conductor at the Strings 'n Things concert Thursday at Salina Central High School didn't resemble your average Kansan. With his head cocked to the side as he motioned with his baton, Zuohuang Chen seemed enveloped in the music created by the 50-plus high school string musicians during morning rehearsals. Only when he detected a clinker would he pause to flash a smile and urge the group to try again. And again. And again. Chen is the first conductor from China to study music in the United States. For four years he studied at the University of Michigan, earning both master's and doctorate degrees. Last fall he became an associate professor of conducting at the University of Kansas, where he also is director of the University Symphony Orchestra. It was Central High alumni in the KU orchestra program who suggested to Central High's orchestra director, Susan Higbee, that she try and get Chen for a guest conductor. "They just love him," Higbee said of Chen's KU students. "He's so popular there's a waiting list of people trying to get into the orchestra program." About 75 students from both Salina public high schools performed in the Thursday night concert, an annual event that promotes the district's stringed instrument program. At a lunch break following a morning of rehearsals, Chen said he was well satisfied with the skill shown by Salina students. "Sometimes it's hard to hold their attention but I'm very pleased," he said. Conducting orchestras has been Chen's life work. This summer, when he returns to China, he will become conductor of the Central Philharmonic Society, the national symphony orchestra of the People's Republic of China. It will be the crowning achievement for the former pianist who, as an artist, was censured under China's Cultural Revolution. He learned conducting in secrecy. Chen, 38, had just graduated from the high school division of the Central Conservatory in Beijing, formerly Peking, when the Cultural Revolution under Chairman Mao Tse-tung began in 1966. Pianos and other instruments were destroyed, along with most musical scores. From 1970 to 1974, Chen worked at an army farm, a measure designed to "purify" his mind from anti-communist thoughts. "The so-called Cultural Revolu- Marvena Roe, Central High School sophomore, tunes her violin. tion was actually a killer of culture," he said. "It was disastrous for the whole nation. "I was very glad to see the policies change." Chen studied conducting in secret with Zhen Xiaoyin, music director of the Central Opera House. He memorized music by Franz Schubert, Beethoven and other composers so he could perform the motions with his baton without playing the music. Chen said the works of the masters were frowned upon by party leaders, who feared that the music would "poison" the spirituality of China's people. "I had copied some scores," Chen said. "You could borrow some survived textbooks from professors if they trusted you." Things changed after Mao's death in 1976. In 1977, Chen reentered the Central Conservatory to study conducting and composition. In 1980, he passed China's national examination in music and was selected by the Ministry of Culture to become the first Chinese conductor to study music in the United States. At the invitation of Gustav Meier, professor of music at the University of Michigan, Chen entered the school of music there in 1981. Music is a universal language to Chen. "I believe music is the best way to build a bridge between countries — you don't need an interpreter," he said. "They (musical works) are the treasures of each nation's history. They should be shared by all the world." Rolfs to introduce state income tax overhaul Although criminal charges against him were dismissed last year, Worrall was fired after the hospital investigated allegations that he fondled the breasts and touched the genital area of three residents, according to Mike Brewer, Worrall's attorney. ByDALEGOTER Harris News Service TOPEKA — The chairman of the Kansas House tax committee says he will introduce a bill next week overhauling the state income tax system, a move that could bring in as much as $150 million from taxpayers who itemize deductions. The income tax bill, presented as an alternative to Gov. John Carlin's sales tax proposal, would bring the state income tax system into conformity with the federal income tax system, said Rep. Ed Rolfs, R-Junction City, chairman of the House Assessment and Taxation Committee. That change, along with the disallowance of federal income tax payments as a state tax deduction, would allow a 30 percent reduction in state income tax rates and still raise as much as $150 million, Rolfs said. Carlin's sales tax increase of 1 cent on the dollar would raise about $190 million. Although the income tax bill will be introduced formally next week by Rolfs' committee, it will not be brought up in committee until after a vote on Carlin's sales tax proposal, Rolfs said. "We'll still run the governor's plan first," Rolfs said. The tax committee earlier this month tabled action on Carlin's plan, pending discussion of the state's revenue needs. If the committee endorses Carlin's sales tax increase, the income tax bill would not be brought up, Rolfs said. However, Rolfs acknowledged that the income tax bill could influence committee members who agree that the state needs more tax revenue but aren't too excited about Carlin's sales tax plan. Rolfs also said the income tax bill is his idea and does not have the official endorsement of House Speaker Mike Hayden, R-Atwood, or other Republican leaders. Rolfs said he is introducing the income tax bill because he believes the state needs additional revenue, but sees three major flaws in Carlin's sales tax idea. The sales tax is a regressive tax, placing a greater burden on lower income groups, Rolfs said. The sales tax increase also should be reserved for later this decade, when the state faces a major revision of the school finance act. That move likely will result in greater state funding of local education, he said. Finally, the sales tax traditionally has been used as an alternative to higher local property taxes, he said. Rolfs said his income tax bill would have the greatest effect on taxpayers who itemize deductions. Under his bill, they generally would have fewer deductions. He said a couple of other revenue measures also will be introduced as alternatives to the Carlin sales tax plan. One would cut back on the number of sales tax exemptions, a move that could raise from $5 million to $500 million, depending on how many exemptions are eliminated, Rolfs said. Another alternative is to increase the tax rate on upper-income taxpayers, a move that would raise about $29 million. That measure would compare to the so-called "booster tax" successfully proposed by Carlin two years ago. The booster tax raised upper-income taxes by reducing certain tax deductions. The measure expired last year and was not renewed. This year's versions would affect the same taxpayer group, but would change the actual rate of taxation rather than reducing deductions, he said.
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