B2 THURSDAY, APRIL 26, 2001 GREAT PiAIMS THE SALINA JOURNAL A Look Ahead 28 Thursday • CONVOCATION: "Alpha Chi presents Promising Student Works." 11 a.m., Miller Chapel, Kansas Wesleyan University. 827-5541, Ext. 1280. • EVENT: 'The Sky's the Limit" Spring Celebration. 2-3:30 p.m., Presbyterian Manor, 2601 E. Crawford. 8251366. • MUSIC: Cora Williams sings. 11:15 a.m.. Senior Center, 245 N. Ninth. 827-9818 • MUSIC: Kansas Wesleyan Univer- , sity Chorale presents "An Evening of Folksongs and Partsongs." 7:30 p.m.,' . University United Methodist Church. 827-5541, Ext. 5214. Free. • PROGRAM: Brown-bag lunch and IGNITE discussions with Marcia MacLennan, Kansas Wesleyan University professor of religious studies. • 12:15 p.m.. The Gallery, Sams Hall of Fine Arts. 827-5541, Ext. 1127. • PROGRAM: "Best Summer Ever — What Shall We Do Today?" 7-8:30 p.m.. Central Kansas Mental Health Center, Crossroads Building., 800 Elmhurst. For reservations, call 8254493 • PUBLIC MEETING: Business Improvement District 1 Design Review Board. 4 p.m., 114A S. Seventh. 8250535. • PUBLIC MEETING: Salina Public Library board. 4 p.m., 301 W. Elm. 8254624, • THEATER: Salina High School drama department presents the musical "Godspell." 7:30 p.m., South High School. $5 for adults, $4 for senior citizens and students and $3 for students with activity tickets. 826-4766. • CdNCORDIA: Opening reception for 'The Experience of Farmers, From Ideas to Artwork" by Lora Jost. 6-8 p.m., Frank Carlson Library. (785) 5682350. • GYPSUM: Southeast of Saline Drama Department presents "Faith County." 7:30 p.m. $4. 27 Friday • MUSIC: Salina Arts and Humanities Commission presents Art a la Carte featuring vocal music by South Middle School Sensations. 12:20 p.m., Campbell Plaza, 100 block of South Santa Fe Avenue. Free. 309-5770. • MUSIC: Cheryl Johnson and Downside Up. 9:30 p.m.. King of Clubs, 1056 E. Pacific. $4, • PROGRAM: Fair housing seminar "Visibility; A New Opportunity for Neighborhoods" and "Getting Acquainted with the City of Salina Neighborhood Services." 1-5 p.m.. Bicentennial Center. Free. To register, call 309-5745. • PROGRAM: National Day of Commitment featuring Racism Study Circle and Luncheon. 11:30 a.m.-l p.m., YWCA, 651 E. Prescott. $5. For reserva- Drama Southeast of Saline to present 'Faith County' GYPSUM — The Southeast of Saline drama department will present the play "Faith County" at 7:30 p.m. today and Saturday The comedy is set "somewhere in the middle of nowhere in the South." Tickets cost $4. A fried chicken picnic dinner will be served before Saturday's show as a fund-raiser for a student trip in July to California. The dinner begins at 6:30 p.m. in the high school commons, and cost is by donation. Reservations can be made by calling (785) 536-4286. From Staff Reports Frick / Allen has replaced Comfort FROM PAGE B1 Comfort, withdrew after a conflict between Comfort and Frick. "I have all the confidence in the world in Joe Allen," Frick said. Allen also is scheduled, to defend another suspect in a trial for involuntary manslaughter scheduled for May 9 in Ottawa County Saline County Judge George Robertson is scheduled to take up Allen's motion and others from both sides at a hearing Monday Negotiations on a plea agreement reportedly are continuing between the two sides. Special prosecutor Chris Biggs, said Wednesday it would be inappropriate for him to comment about any such talks. Biggs, Geary County's prosecutor, was brought into the case after Saline County Attorney Ellen Mitchell withdrew because of a conflict of interest. Mitchell, who became county attorney in January was municipal court prosecutor at the time Frick was charged, advised law officers during the investigation and could be called as a witness. County commissioners have approved Mitchell's request for a special prosecutor; under the agreement, Biggs will be paid $75 an hour. Biggs, with 15 years of experience as a prosecutor, said he's sensitive to government cost concerns, although they cannot be a sole, determining factor in whether to prosecute a case. "If you're asking whether I'm out to milk Saline County the answer is no," Biggs said. "If you're asking me what it's going to cost, I can't tell you that. 1 don't have a crystal ball." Still, Biggs' time spent preparing for the trial, plus the eight days or so it's predicted to last, will add up to thousands of dollars for county taxpayers. Biggs said it's the second time he's acted as a special prosecutor. He said the case won't interfere with his duties in Geary County "We've had prosecutors do it for us in Geary County It's not an uncommon practice," he said. • Reporter David Clouston can be reached at 823-6464, Ext. 131, or by e-mail at sjdclouston@sal journal.com. Train derails on North Street By The Salina Journal Marymount Road near North Street was blocked by a train for more than an hour Wednesday afternoon because of a four-car derailment just north of Great Plains Manufacturing, 1525 E. North. Four cars carrying grain went off the track about 2 p.m. Union Pacific Railroad workers were able to clear Marymount Road about 3:15 p.m. The cause of the derailment was unknown. CpQgC»CBCBCBCBCBQBC3BCa9CBa9Ca9CBCB 8 LADIES SWIMWEAR B&K PRESCRIPTION SHOP People Helping People...Live Healthier Lives 627-4455 / 1-BOO-432-0224 601 E. Iron www .bkrx .com Salina, KS T GREENLEAF ELEVATOR EXPLOSION tions, call 825-4626. • PUBLIC MEETING: Convention and Tourism Committee. 7:30 a.m., 120 W. Ash. 827-9301. • THEATER: Salina High School Drama Department presents the musical "Godspell." 7:30 p.m.. South High •School. $5 lor adults, $4 for senior citizens and students and $3 for students with activity tickets. 826-4766. • THEATER: Kansas Wesleyan University theater department presents "Steel Magnolias." 8 p.m., Fitzpatric)< Auditorium, Sams Hall of Fine Arts. $5 for adults, $3 for students and Wesleyan students free. 827-5541, Ext. 5109. • HAYS: Hays Arts Council presents "Spring Gallery Walk 2001." 7-9 p.m., Hays Art Council, 112 E. 11th. For the other locations contact Hays Arts Council. • HAYS: 36th Annual Fort Hays State University National Intercollegiate Rodeo. 7:30 p.m.. Fort Hays State University Outdoor Arena. (785) 628-4206. • LINDSBORG: "Short Stuff" one act plays. 8 p.m., MIngenback Theater, Bethany College. (785) 241-0731. • MCPHERSON: McPherson High School Theater Department presents "The Will Rogers Follies: A Life In Re- viev\/."7:30 p.m., McPherson High School Auditorium, $5 for adults, $3 for students and $3 for senior citizens. (620)241-4510. Listing Events Items for the Calendar of Events should be sent at least two weeks in advance to: Calendar of Events, The Salina Joumal, P.O. Box 740, Salina 67402. Be sure to include name, address and telephone number. Employee caught in blast dies Friends, co-workers will always remember Hubbard's smile By TIM UNRUH The Salimi Journal GREENLEAF — Anyone lucky enough to see Max Hubbard standing on the feed mill dock at Farmers Co-op Elevator Association was in for a big wave and a smile. Jeff Otott, Washington, re- niembers the short, bearded man as warm and friendly a hard worker who would spread grace in a quiet way Hubbard, 51, died Tuesday night after an 18-day fight with critical injuries he suffered in an apparent dust explosion and flash fire April 6 at the feed mill. John Woltje, 42, who also was injured, remained in critical condition Wednesday at the University of Kansas Medical Center burn unit in Kansas City "Max could never look at you and say hello without grin ning," said Otott, whose recollections of Hubbard go .back 30 years when he worked for Johnson Feed & Grain in Washington. That business eventually was purchased by the co-op. "He made people's feed in the area for a lot of years." The father of two grown children and a grandpa, Hubbard lived on a hill near Washington, with his wife, Marsha. Marsha is the advertising director and sports editor of the Washington County News and referred to Max as "hubby" in her newspaper columns, Otott said. Hubbard, a lover of horses who bought and sold them, was a cowboy at heart. You'd often see him at Saturday horse sales in the area, said Otott, the manager of the North Central Kansas Processors, which supplied some of the Farmers Co-op Elevator Association's soybean meal that was mixed into feed rations for livestock. "As far as an employee of that company, he was very accommo dating," Otott said. "We were in contact with Max three or four times a week. I did the swathing and baling of his hay for his horses." Hubbard hauled the bales out of the field in the back of a pickup truck, he said. Marsha drove, and he loaded and stacked. "I never heard Max whine or complain," Otott said. "He'll be missed." Bryce Sawin said it was common to encounter Hubbard at the feed mill. The agriculture science teacher at Washington High School bought feed for his livestock from the co-op in Greenleaf. "He would always stand there and visit with you," Sawin said. "He would always make sure your feed was done on time." Hubbard was mixing feed when the explosion and flash fire damaged the concrete mill and steel warehouse that adjoins it. Woltje was loading a truck with the feed that was to be hauled to a farm. The State Fire Marshal's Office in Topeka has yet to release any information from its investigation into the cause. The feed mill has not operated since the blast. "All of our thoughts and prayers are with Max's family" Pat Breeding, general manager of the Farmers Co-op Elevator Association, said Wednesday morning, "and with John and his family for his recovery" .The co-op is matching any contribution to the John Woltje and Max Hubbard fund at Citizens National Bank in Greenleaf The ordeal has affected the town of 375, about 10 miles south of Washington, said resident Jane Miller "The community has been devastated from the day of the explosion," she said, "and has offered prayers continuously for both men." Ward Funeral Home, Washington, is in charge of arrangements. • Reporter Tim Unruh can be reached at 823-6464. Ext. 137, or by e-mail at sJtunruh@saljour nal.com. Help / Volunteers find work difficult FROM PAGE B1 Volunteers were asked to separate debris into burnable wood, shingles and other materials, but Svaty said the tornado had twisted metal around wood, making their task nearly impossible. "There were times when you felt totally frustrated, like you weren't accomplishing anything," she said. Ron Svaty an Ellsworth attorney and Pat's husband, said about 30 volunteers worked together on the two houses, and still it took nearly all day to clear the debris. "It's just overwhelming," he said. "It's a daunting task." The destruction was a brutish demonstration of the power of a tornado that packed winds of about 200 mph. Ron Svaty said he saw a piece of wood that had been woven into the side of a school bus, as thread is woven into fabric. "It's scary seeing what it does," he said. Ben Anesi, a St. John's Military School student from Durango, Colo., said the damage was considerably worse than the downed tree limbs and torn-off shingles he had expected. "This tore apart brick homes," he said. "It looked like a combat zone, like it had been bombed." He said it was easy to see why volunteers were needed. "They need all the help they can get," Anesi said. "Their homes were just taken out, their belongings were scattered all over." He talked to one man whose mother had no insurance to cover the loss of her house. "There were a lot of people like that," he said. Karl Christenson, a St. John's student from Hutchinson, said it felt good to help someone else and to see how community members helped one another "We learned how people come together after a disaster," he said. "When one family was done cleaning, they moved on and helped someone else. "One family had piled furniture behind their house so they could give it to other people when they started to rebuild." • Reporter Sharon Montague can be'reached at 823-6464, Ext. 129, or by e-mail at sjsmon email@example.com. Options for volunteering Those vi/ho want to help victims of Saturday's tornado in Hoisirigton have several options, including; • Helping with cleanup: Take work gloves, rakes and shovels and report to the Red Cross headquarters in the VFW Hall in Hoisington, in the 200 block of South Main Street. Volunteers may call (620) 653-2569. Overnight stays are not encouraged. • The Seventh Day Adventisfs, who are working with the Red Cross, are accepting donations of cleaning supplies, nonperishable food items, personal hygiene products and paper goods at the Specially Machine Shop, across the street from the VFW Hall in Hoisington. No used clothing or used toys will be accepted. Call (785)826-7988. • Dillon grocery stores shoppers may add cash donations as they pay for their groceries. Their grocery receipts will act as receipts for the tax-deductible donations. The Salvation Army is helping sponsor this; • In Salina, Office Depot, 1820 S. Ninth, is accepting nonperishable food items, bottled water, toiletry items and cleaning supplies. The items will be taken Saturday to Hoisington. • Cash contributions can be made to the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund by calling 800-HELPNOW, or 800-257-7575, for Spanish-speaking donors; at the Salina Red Cross office at 145 8. Santa Fe, 67401; or on the Internet by credit card at www, redcross.org. Hoisington residents, make that phone call The Red Cross issued a plea Wednesday asking Hoisington residents to get in touch yvith friends and relatives outside the city. The city of Hoisington, the Red Cross and others have been inundated with calls from people around the country wanting to know if relatives and loved ones in town are OK. KANSAS STATE UNIVERSITY-SALINA KSU team ready for mini-baja event 100 other teams from across country and Canada to compete By TANA THOMSON 77it' Siiliiui JoiirnnI Greg Spaulding wouldn't be surprised if his Kansas State University-Salina mini-baja team comes home with a trophy from a regional competition this weekend. "I'm real confident," said Spaulding, assistant professor and department head of mechanical engineering technology at KSU-Salina. "I'm expecting a top-10 finish for these guys, which is pretty exciting." KSU-Salina's team will compete against about 100 other teams from around the country and Canada today through Saturday at the Mini-Baja West competition at the K-State cam pus in Manhattan. The baja car is like a small dune buggy, or an "overgrown go-cart," Spaulding said. Although this is only the Salina team's second year in the competition, the students believe they've come a long way from 2000's 36th-place finish. The team has improved its communication skills and the design of the car, said Darik BoUig, 21, WaKeeney, president of the mini-baja team and a me- chanical'engineering technology student. KSU-Salina's team started work on the project in September. Team niembers had to solicit donations, do research, design the car and brochures and come up with formal presentations. The team will be judged for their engineering skills, research on cost analysis, sales presentation and design evaluation. The physical competition begins Friday with the quarter- mile sprint, a maneuverability course and a hill climb. The final event is a four-hour endurance race at the School Creek Off-Road Vehicle Area on Saturday The rough course will test the cars' handling in sand, rocks, mud and gully- crossings. The car that completes the most laps in four hours wins the final event. Spaulding said only about 40 cars completed the competition in 2000. "It's a really rough track that chews up the cars," Spaulding said. This year's model cost about $7,000. The amount of money put into the car also is part of the competition; a car must be designed so it can be built for under $3,000, if made 4,000 units at a time. Spaulding said the car could be made for $2,500 at quantity pricing. More than 70 Salina businesses contributed to the project, donating cash, materials and time and giving the team discounts on materials. The team raised $15,000 from businesses and the KSU-Salina student government. The money left over will be used for next year's car. Biiciine Gas Grills 823-7512 ,1125E. Crawford •^Salina Journal Ynot Come On Over! We'll Buy Out Any Competitors Contract! YNOT CELUULAte Dealer Doug WIRELESS STORE HOURS: Mon.-Fri. 9 - 6, Sat. 9 -1 128 N. 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