The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on April 24, 2001 · Page 10
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B2 TUESDAY. APRIL 24, 2001 GREAT PLAINS THE SALINA JOURNAL H I mmmmMm fft ^mmmmmmM • SALINA CITY COMMISSION M LDDK Mlieaa city looking at credit-card plan g%M the YWCA, 651E. Prescott, or ^ M. 24 Tuesday • OPEN HOUSE: Salina Central High School art department. 6;30-8:30 p.m., Rooms 158 and 159. Enter through east door near football stadium. Free. • POETRY: Salina Arts and Humanities Commission 2001 Spring Poetry Reading Series featuring Carol Mickett. 7:30 p.m., Capers Cafe and Bakery, 109 N. Santa Fe. $2.50 at the door. 309-5770. • PROGRAM: Lecture by Edwin Meese ill, former U.S. attorney general — "Would the Founding Fathers Recognize Today's Supreme Court?" 7 p.m., Sams Chapel, Kansas Wesieyan University. Free. 827-554, Ext. 1121. • PROGRAM: Performance by the Continentals, a Christian singing and dance group, 7 p.m., Emmanuel Foursquare Gospel Church, 1325 E.Cloud. Free. • PROGRAM: Stroke Conference 2001.1-4 p.m., Senior Center, 245 N. Ninth. Free. To register, call 452-7610. • PUBLIC MEETING: Saline County Commission. 11 a.m., Room 107, City- County Building. 309-5825. • PUBLIC MEETING: Salina School Board. 5 p.m., district office, 1511 Gypsum. 826-4700. • PUBUC MEETING: Salina-Sallne County Board of Health. 4 p.m., 125 W. Elm. 826-6600. • HOXIE: Western Plains Arts Association presents SwingDance America. 7:30 p.m., Hoxie High School. $14 for adults and $7 for students. (785) 4626448. • MCPHERSON: Handbell concert with artists Kevin McChesney, iVIichael Kastner and Beth Klein. 7 p.m.. Trinity Lutheran Church, 119 N. Elm. Free. (620) 241-0424. 25 WeJnesilay • DANCE: Jolly Mixers, Classic Heart playing. 8-11 p.m.. Moose Lodge. No smoking or drinking. 8277870. • EVENT: Senior Center and R.S.V.R Recognition Social. 1:30 p.m. Senior Center, 245 N. Ninth. 827-9818. • MUSIC: Open Jam Night. King of Clubs, 1056 E. Pacific. No cover. • PUBLIC MEETING: Salina Heritage Commission. 4 p.m.. Room 107, City-County Building. • THEATER: Salina Community Theatre presents "Inherit the Wind." 7:30 p.m., 303 E. Iron. 827-3033. • HUNTER: Annual Methodist Church supper and auction. 5:30 p.m., roast beef and barbecue pork supper; 7 p.m., baked items and craft auction. Hunter Grade School. (785) 529-4137. UstinB Events Items for the Calendar of Events should be sent at least two weeks in advance to: Calendar of Events, The Salina Journal, P.O. Box 740, Salina 67402. Be sure to include name, address and telephone number. Meeting Racial awareness topic of YWCA events The YWCA National Day of Commitment to Eliminate Racism and the third annual YWCA of Salina Race Against Racism are scheduled for Friday and Saturday The National Day of Commitment will feature a racism study circle and luncheon from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday Gloria Bogans, YWCA human resource director, will lead a discussion on the topic "Why should we talk about eliminating racism?" Cost for the lunch is $5 per person. Free child care will be provided with 24-hour advance registration. The Race Against Racism, with a two-mile march and a five-mile run, starts at 8 a.m. Saturday at Bill Burke Park. Registration forms are available at the YWCA. Late registration is $17 per runner or walker and may be accepted at Ducuita the YWCA, 651 E. Prescott, or on race day at the park. All participants will receive T- shirts. For information, call Brenda Gutierrez or Sherry Martin at the YWCA, 825-4626. Education Southeast of Saline plans fashion) show ASSARIA — The 12th annual Fashion Show, conducted by Southeast of Saline High School students, is set for 7:30 p.m. May 2 at the Renaissance Cafe in Assaria. The Excitation Fashion Show is accompanied by a buffet dinner at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 for adults and $5 for children 12 and under. Tickets must be purchased by Friday by calling the school at (785) 536-4286. Safety Child safety seats to be checked Saturday Child safety seats will be checked by Salina police officers for free from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday at Trinity Lutheran Church, 702 S. Ninth. Officers will shovif parents the correct v^ay to fasten children in the seats and how to safely install the seats. No appointments are needed. The event is sponsored by the Trinity parish nurse program. Tourism Explorers Olyb to tour Solorri]@Di Valley The third annual Grand Expedition on May 5 will feature the towns of Stockton, Woodston, Alton, Dov/ns, Osborne and Cawker City. The Expedition is an event of the Kansas Explorers Club, a project of the Kansas Sampler Foundation, designed to teach people hovi' to explore and see Kansas with new eyes. The group vAli meet at 8:30 a.m. May 5 at the Nova Theatre in Stockton to board a chartered bus for a trip on U.S. Highway 24 to Cawker City and back. The Solomon Valley will be used as a laboratory to learn about hawks, hedgerows, fences, silos, bluffs, reservoirs, the Solomon River, stone buildings and small towns. Cost for the tour is $40 for Explorers members and $45 for the public. The trip also will serve as the group's annual conference. A Grand Expedition warm- up tour is May 4, featuring Nicodemus, Morland and the Cottonwood Ranch at Studley. It begins at 11 a.m.. at the Nicodemus Township Hall. Fee for the warm-up tcur is $45 for Explorers and $50 for the public. The registration deadline is Friday To register, call Marci Penner, director of the Kansas Sampler Foundation, at (620) 585-2374. Fronn Staff Reports Your ' Hearing ~ Aid could be 827= 1-800 -448 -0215 MhEARJNq HealUiCai-e Associates'^ 234 S. Santa Fe, Salina I family serving families for three generations... SELECTED Indcpemlenl lUNEllAL HOMES 785-825-4242 I MORTUARY <a. CREMATORY 137 N. Eighth Street / Salina For all your Insurance Needs Dallas Dunn Symbol of Superior Service 800 E. Crawford / 825 • 1559 Commission will look in May at setting up trial payment period By NATE JENKINS The Salina journal The day Salinans can use credit cards to pay for city services that now must be paid by check or cash could be near. During a study session Monday before the Salina City Commission's regular meeting, city staff pitched the credit-card plan, which would allow residents to pay landfill, water, municipal court, finance and possibly building services department fees with the swipe of a credit card. A trial period foi' credit-card payment of water fees via the Internet also is being considered. "I would not count on this being a great savings device for us," said City Manager Dennis Kissinger, noting it would be more for convenience. Convenience, that is, for city- service users who increasingly expect more payment options, city staff said. Finance Director Rod Franz said the option of using plastic to pay bills also could increase the city's collection rate. "I think it would be largely a convenience benefit," Franz said. "But it could also mean getting payments sooner, or at all in some cases." Currently, credit cards are accepted only at the Salina Municipal Golf Course Pro Shop, the parks and recreation department and the Bicentennial Center. Commissioners will consider the issue in May, with the option of extending a contract to a card vendor. The commission also will consider implementing a trial period over several months for paying water bills through the Internet. While the city would incur some cost by allowing use of credit cards at city offices, the cost of paying via the Internet would be paid by users. "This is really a pilot project to see if we get any participation at all" through the Internet, Kissinger said. Street improvements Also Monday, commissioners approved: • A $74,200 contract with Bucher, Willis & Ratliff, 609 W. North, for engineering services needed for upcoming improvements of about $1.2 million on the stretch of Marymount Road between Crawford Street and Mariposa Drive. Construction is slated for this fall. Property owners in the area will pay about 35 percent of the project's cost. • Setting May 14 as the date for a public hearing on special assessments citizens will pay for city projects. The six projects include a variety of improvements made in 1999 and in 2000. The share of the projects expected to be paid through special assessments is $1.7 million. • A $320,800 contract with Stevens Contractors, 422 E. Avenue A, to make water-system improvements near Grace E. Stewart Elementary School, 2123 Roach; on Marc Street between Pentwood Drive and Albert Avenue; South Second Street from Republic Avenue to a point 500 feet north; Schilling Road from Centennial Road to Scanlan Avenue; Jumper Road from Arnold Avenue east to a cul-de-sac. Construction will begin in early May The Salina School District will pay $103,000 for improvements near Stewart; the city will pay $74,000. • Partnering with Salina Regional Health Center, 400 S. Santa Fe, to make improvements to the stretch of Santa Fe Avenue from South Street to Prescott Avenue. Work will include removing parallel parking stalls adjacent to Santa Fe, as well as landscaping, curb and sidewalk improvements. The city's share of the project will be about $21,200. • Entering into a contract with Sprint to provide Internet access service. Currently Internet service for the city and county are provided through a wireless connection with a Salina vendor. Access is shared with businesses, causing variance in performance. A three-year contract with Sprint for $1,072 a month will improve performance. Currently, the city-pays about $250 a month for Internet service. • Reporter Nate Jenkins can be reached at 823-6464, Ext. 139, or by e-mail at sjnjenkins@sal journal.com. • CRIME Clerks caught selling cigarettes to minors Local authorities conduct own sting on convenience stores By The Salina Journal Two 16-year-olds reportedly bought cigarettes from eight of 37 convenience store clerks they approached Saturday afternoon during a sting operation by local authorities. "We were pleased it was such a low number but would like to have no stores sell," said Salina Police Lt. Mike Sweeney Saline County Undersheriff Carl Kiltz agreed. "It's a simple law to follow," he said. Under state law, no tobacco products are to be sold to youths under age 18. The sting, the first by local law enforcement, will be paid for with funding from the $500,000 grant Saline County received from the state's share of a landmark lawsuit filed by Kansas and other states against tobacco companies. Saline County is targeting children with the grant funds, because 95 percent of all smokers in America start before age 18. The stores that reportedly sold to the underage teens: Casey's General Store, 500 N. Ohio; Mr. G's, 1605 W. Schilling; Sinclair, 680 S. Phillips; Kwik Shop, 1727 W. Crawford; Otta Shop, 4124 N. Hedville; Bosselman's, 1944 N. Ninth; Corner Store, 842 N. Santa Fe; and Texaco, 100 N. Broadway The clerks who sold the cigarettes received tickets for illegal sales and must appear in front of a judge. If convicted, the minimum fine for sale of tobacco products to a minor is $200. The cases will be referred to the state's alcohol beverage control division. The division has done similar undercover stings in the past in Salina, Sweeney said. Woman involved in fire gets probation By The Salina Journal A Salina woman was sentenced Monday for drug possession stemming from her arrest at a motel, just days after a fire at her home killed a 3-year-old boy Charity Flores, 23, was placed on intensive supervised probation by District Judge Daniel Hebert. Hebert suspended Flores' sentence of 13 months in prison for possession of methamphetamine. The charge carries with it a presumption of probation. "You had best make use of this opportunity to get off the wrong railroad and get on the right one," Hebert said to Flores, who declined to make a statement before sentencing. Flores was baby-sitting Poncho Garcia, 3, on Dec. 13 when the boy started a fire upstairs in the two-story home while playing with a cigarette lighter. Garcia's 5-year-old brother, Roque, and Flores' 4-year-old daughter survived the blaze, which occurred after Flores fell asleep downstairs. Flores and a man were arrested Dec. 18 following a disturbance at a Salina hotel room, furnished to them through disaster relief aid through the local Red Cross. Police found methampheta­ mine and drug paraphernalia in the room. The man was charged, but the charges were dropped by the Saline County Attorney's Office. Hebert ordered Flores to obtain a substance abuse and mental health evaluation, complete 40 hours of community service, maintain employment and reimburse the state $400 for her defense and $150 to the Kansas Bureau of Investigation for laboratory evidence testing. We've Moved!!! Come See us At Our New Location At 3450 S. Ninth, Salina 3450 S. Ninth, Salina • 823-2237 • 800-874-6316 SI f 1 ^ |(plus tax) You get: • Chicken Fried Steak with white gravy • Individual mashed potatoes and gravy • Individual cole slaw • Biscuit I Dine Inl I Carry Out! I Drive Tlnrul 430 S. 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