The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on October 15, 1996 · Page 3
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THE SALINA JOURNAL Great Plains TUESDAY, OCTOBER 15, 1996 A3 T INDIGENT FUNERALS State cuts its burial payments for the poor Funeral expenses of $550 allowed by state By DAVID CLOUSTON The Salina Journal The poor and alone, be they in nursing homes or their own residences, are entitled to a dignified burial the same as anyone else, Bob Frobenius thinks. "The Frobenius family has always taken care of indigents. Rich man or poor man, it's only right," said Frobenius, owner of Roselawn Mortuary and Roselawn Memorial Park in Salina. Burial of the indigent has always been a small but nettlesome problem for governments and funeral directors alike. In Kansas, the rules regarding indigent burials changed Aug. 1, when the state cut its payment for funerals for indigent people and allowed funeral homes to bill families for expenses not covered. For those not eligible for state assistance, the funeral expense becomes the responsibility of the county where the deceased person had lived. Last year, the Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services spent $720,610 for 851 funerals and burials, including $19,263 spent in Saline County. Before the rule changes, SRS paid $750 for a funeral, $250 for a cemetery plot and $150 for a concrete liner that most cemeteries require. Under the new rules, the state pays $550 for the funeral and doesn't pay for either the plot or the liner. The object of the changes is to get SRS out of the business of funerals and focused on child welfare and the unemployed. The old rule covered anyone who was indigent; now it applies only to people on welfare at the time of their death. The other poor people are the county's responsibility. Salina funeral home operators and County Administrator David Criswell say the effects of the cutback won't be as significant in Saline County, which has only a few such burials each year, as in to metropolitan areas. They're also predicting the Legislature might address the issue further. At Ryan Mortuary, President Steve Ryan said the situation isn't much different than it has been. "Basically, we've been eating a percentage of the cost all along," Ryan said. "Neither the city nor the county nor the funeral directors have sat down and looked at this. We're also not sure we've heard the last from the state on the situation." In the past three years, Ryan Mortuary has handled three to four deaths where no family members could be found and the expense was covered by the state. BRIEFLY United Way donations surpass $370,000 The Salina Area United Way has raised $373,945.06 thus far in the 1996 campaign toward a goal of $1,019,000. The pledges and donations represent 36.7 percent of the goal. The money will be used to support 57 local agency programs, venture grants, initiatives and partnerships designed to strengthen the community. To help support the campaign, Dillons grocery stores and Labels for Live, a safety identification system, will donate a portion of the sales of the identification labels to the United Way. The labels can be used to identify children and individuals and their belongings in case of accidents, unconsciousness or in cases of missing persons. The cost of the personalized labels is $9.95. TCI raises $2,000 for Salina School District TCI of Kansas raised almost $2,000 for the Salina School District in TCI's fall education campaign. Customers who signed up for cable or added to their service during the campaign received a lower-priced installation, and TCI donated up to $5 for each installation and service upgrade to the school district. The total raised was $1,820.85. • This was the third year for the promotion. The 1995 campaign raised $785 in Salina and $1 million for schools nationwide. Schools will be able to apply the funds raised to educational technology grants for programs, equipment and staff training. Access to online databases offered FirstSearch, an electronic information service providing online access to popular databases, is available in the reference area of the Kansas State University- Salina Library, 2409 Scanlon. FirstSearch provides access to databases such as World Cat, the world's largest database of information about books, serials, videos, sound recordings and the libraries that own them. It is designed to make searching simple but sophisticated enough for in- depth research. FirstSearch is the fastest growing end-user services in the library community with 60 databases, full-text options, World Wide Web access and links to the Online Computer Library Center's interlibrary loan system. Beverlee Kissick, director of libraries and media services at KSU-Salina, said FirstSearch is flexible and can be easily used by those with no online search training. Two injured in crash south of Salina Two people were injured Monday night in a one-vehicle crash on Interstate 135 south of Salina. The vehicle rolled into the median, and one of the injured was trapped under the vehicle. The other victim had been thrown from the vehicle. The crash occurred about 9:30 p.m. near the Saline-McPherson county line. No other information was Available Monday night. From Staff Reports Tomorrow's Headlines 825-600O C&egory 6006 (Cell after 7:30 p.m.) Get the ball rolling The city buries the indigent at Gypsum Hill Cemetery, but eventually there won't be space available there, Ryan said. Although SRS administers the new funeral expense policy, it was passed by lawmakers and signed by Gov. Bill Graves. Under the old rules, funeral homes weren't allowed to bill family members, if they could be found, for ex.- penses beyond what the state paid. Now the funeral homes can bill for up to $1,450 in uncovered expenses. For $2,000, Geisendorf Rush Smith Funeral Home is able to provide a graveside service and a minimum casket, said Kyle West, manager. In the past year, Geisendorf handled two indigents. "It's a hardship on counties who have a lot of them," West said. "I don't think they (legislators) really know what to do." T U.S. SENATE Brownback, Docking talk philosophies Candidates tell voters they each have the better ideas for the country as a whole The Associated Press Dwarfed by a giant ball, third-grade students Chris Ojiaka, Ben Terwilleger and Emilie Beckum use teamwork to blindly roll the ball to waiting classmates during a physical education class Monday at Tomahawk Elementary School in Olathe. By SCOTT BEKKER The Associated Press CAMPAIGN •HPMMM 36 OVERLAND PARK — Sam Brownback and Jill Docking had no trouble outlining their positions on business issues for several chambers of commerce groups at a forum Monday in the race for the U.S. Senate. But each clearly preferred to talk about why his or her political philosophy was better for the country, overall, as they vie for the seat vacated by Republican presidential candidate Bob Dole. Brownback, a member of the GOP's 1994 freshman class in the U.S. House, and Docking, a Wichita stockbroker and a Democrat, spoke at a luncheon sponsored by several Johnson County businesses. The affluent and growing county, adjacent to Kansas City, Mo., represents critical territory in the race. "The biggest thing I fear is a complete change in leadership if my opponent is elected," Brownback said. "My biggest fear is , we're going to go back to the era of big government." Brownback repeatedly invoked the names of Massachusetts Sen. Edward Kennedy and 1988 presidential candidate Michael Dukakis, both northeastern liberals who are presumably bad names in the Republican heartland. He said people like Kennedy would retake the reins of the Senate if Kansans elect Docking, implying that Kansans will not only choose who represents the Sunflower State but also have a say in the balance of partisan power in the Senate. "You have a big decision on November 5th, because as Kansas goes, so goes the nation," he said. Docking, who has tried to frame the race as a moderate-to-conservative Democrat running against an extremist Republican, closed the debate Monday with this counterpunch: "You're not looking at a national race. You are either voting for Jill Docking or Sam Brownback." T FUND RAISER NAACP hopes to raise $10,000 Money to be used to reinstate programs that have been dropped By CAROL LICHTI The Salina Journal Cora L. Williams hopes the Salina branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People can give youths the "little push" they need. "We can give them a little help, a little push or shove that will be the incentive for them to go forward," said Williams, president of the Salina NAACP. The association wants to regenerate its programs in Salina for tutoring, counseling and scholarships to give children of all races the incentive to succeed. The local branch hopes to raise $10,000 by Dec. 13 for such programs. The fund drive is the first such effort, Williams said. Usually, the Salina NAACP has a block party in the fall to raise money. Williams said the party, a popular and successful event, could be revived in the future. But this year conflicts occurred with church activities and other community events so the fund drive How to help To donate to the NAACP mail contributions to: The Salina Branch NAACP P.O. Box 1702 Salina 67402-1702 was planned instead. "We are at a critical juncture," Williams said. "With what is going on in government, funds are being cut back. We are going to be losing a lot of federal funding and we need for somebody or some organization to be there to help those people who fall through the cracks." How extensive the association's programs will be depends on how much money is raised. But Williams said the programs would involve tutors and counselors working closely with the schools. Teachers, social workers, other professionals and volunteers were on a list of names Williams had of people willing to work with the programs. "Memberships are fine," Williams said. "But if you don't have the bodies to implement the plans you have, you are left hanging." That's why she is also soliciting for support beyond the financial gifts. "We want more people to come to our meetings," she said. The Salina NAACP meets every fourth Sunday of the month at 3 p.m. at the Quayle United Methodist Church, 725 Comanche. Williams said attending meetings "would be the best way to get involved." The Salina branch, which was founded in 1931, has about 200 members. At one time, Salina had one of the largest branches in the state. Membership has declined since the years of the civil rights movement. "People become complacent," Williams said. "They have got all these rights someone else fought, died, was burned and hung for. Some do not see that the struggle needs to continue to maintain them." For more information, call 8276955. T NEW BUSINESS Auto part chain to open two Salina stores in '97 By ALF ABUHAJLEH The Salina Journal Autozone, a Tennessee-based auto part retail store chain, is opening two stores in Salina next year, a company official said Monday. Thomas Heigle, an Autozone project architect who supervises the Salina expansion from the Memphis headquarters, said one store will open at 570 S. Ohio on Feb. 5. The company will hire seven full-time and seven part-time employees in December to staff that store. A second store is expected to open in south Salina by mid- 1997, Heigle said. Both stores will be 7,700 square feet and cost about $350,000 to build. Autozone, which has 1,400 stores in 27 states, reported average same-store sales of $32,000 a week last year. Heigle said Autozone has seven stores in Kansas but plans to double that number within the next year. The company sells only auto WESTCHESTER -il PIZZA HUT PRESCOTT CRAWFORD AUTOZONE 570 S. Ohio parts and doesn't repair or service automobiles. Heigle said Autozone picked Salina because it has a population exceeding 20,000, a substantial amount of car owners with automobiles made before 1986 and a high "pull factor," which measures how much money people from neighboring communities spend on retail in Salina. "We think that Salina has the right type of customer base," he said. SUGGESTIONS? CALL BEN WEARING, DEPUTY EDITOR, AT (913) 988*869 OR 1-800-827-6363

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