The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on October 18, 1996 · Page 11
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FRIDAY OCTOBER 18, 1996 THE SALINA JOURNAL Great Plains VIEWPOINTS / B2 ALMANAC / B3 FUN / B4 B T EDUCATION Students take lead to stop teen violence After attending state summit, Central and South students want to cut fights by rivals , By CAROL LICHTI • The Salina Journal , Rumors of a fight filter quickly through 9 school. Excitement builds among students, anticipating the conflict. Peer pressure adds to the tension, culminating in violence. And a student winds up in the Kospital. ;'*The scenario happens in Salina with $ie most recent example Monday when a Balina South High School student's jaw Was broken in a fight after school. K But a group of students from South and Salina Central High School are working together to stop such violence. "We want our peers to hear the message that we can get together to have fun without violence," said Raymond Perez, a junior from Central. Perez and nine other students from Central and South attended a two-day summit called "Increase the Peace" at Rock Springs Ranch near Junction City to devise a plan to reduce teen violence in their communities. The Salina students planned an event to bring their rival schools together. But they wanted the principals' approval and to finalize details before revealing their plans. The students, who plan to meet weekly, also want to work with middle-school and elementary students. "If we reach out to younger kids, we can decrease violence by a substantial amount," said Nick Charvat, a South junior. The summit Tuesday and Wednesday was organized by Kansas Attorney General Carla Stovall's office as a way to involve teens in finding a solution to teen violence. The summit gave the students a chance to talk freely about the problems at their schools, Perez said. In Salina, the problems involve fights and drugs, the students said. Small groups or cliques who aren't involved in school hang out together and create problems. Teachers are too lenient and the community isn't involved, the Salina students said. "There are not enough things for kids to do," said Rachel Hinde, another Central junior. But the summit also showed them that Salina's problems aren't as serious as some other schools. "We're very fortunate," Charvat said. "Salina is not near as bad as some places," Hinde said. "But there are some things we can work on," Charvat said. "At least, maybe we can keep the violence as low as it is," Hinde said. Besides Perez and Hinde, other Central Students who attended the summit were Ty Edwards, Anthony Hutton and Tyshawn Sample. Besides Charvat, South students were his cousin Tyler Charvat and Heather Hicks, Kati Paprota and Ben Sims. Initially the students remained grouped according to their school, but then began to interact as a group. "It no longer was South here and Central there," said Nick Charvat. "It was Salina." Salina police DARE officer Wayne Norman, and two school counselors, Mary Jo Heath from Central and Linda Benjamin from South, accompanied the students. The students said fights that occur in or after school are usually because of conflicts within the school among students of different races. Fights between students from rival schools are more rare. Oftentimes, students know about a possible fight, but don't take action. Many students actually encourage the conflict and want to watch. "Usually it's because of stupid reasons," Tyler Charvat said of what provokes the fights. After the summit, the students said they will react differently when they hear .about conflicts among students. They hope to act as leaders, encouraging classmates and younger students to resolve problems in nonviolent ways. "They should try to solve the problem before a fight occurs," Nick Charvat said. "They need to find another way to solve it." BRIEFLY Movers don't plan to move too soon , Development at the southwest corner of Schilling and Ninth streets will change the neighborhood, but customers of Al Metro Movers needn't worry yet about that business moving. Norman Riffel, who owns other moving services hi Nebraska, plans to develop the 19-acre tract just off Interstate 135. Part of his plan calls for the relocation of the moving and storage business at 207 W. Schilling. People who have household items stored in the warehouse or mini-storage units, however, won't have to worry about that for a while, said Rod Meier, general manager of Al Metro Movers. Meier emphasized that the business will remain in Salina, even after the development forces relocation. Riffel, who was not available for comment Thursday, said the land might be sold to developers of restaurants, motels, gas stations and other retailers. His development plan passed a preliminary hurdle Wednesday when the city's planning commission approved a tentative site plan as well as zoning and annexation requests. The issue will go before the Salina City Commission for final approval. Woman slightly hurt in five-car crash A Salina woman was treated at Salina Regional Health Center for injuries she suffered in a five-car crash during the noon hour Wednesday in a road construction area on South Ninth Street. Debra G. McRae, 32, 517 W. Kirwin, suffered neck strain, according to a police report. McRae was driving one of five cars that were traveling north on South Ninth Street south of Charlotte Street at 12:12 p.m. Wednesday. According to the police report, one of the cars slowed to turn left, and a series of rear-end collisions resulted. Drivers of the other cars were: Lawanda E. Nicholas, 21,505 W. Cloud No. 131; Pedro G. Ronquillo, 17,1676 Beverly; Victor H. Cabre- na, 26,209 N. llth; and Nicole M. , Cannon, 20,3755 S. Valley. Ronquillo and Cannon were cited for following too closely, according to the police report. Duckwall-AIco sells 1.26 million shares ABILENE — Duckwall-AIco Stores has sold 1.26 million of its common shares at $13 a share. Proceeds will repay debts and finance the opening of 14 new stores the company bought from Indiana- based Val Corp. earlier this year. The stores are located in eastern Indiana and western Ohio. The department-store chain now owns 173 retail outlets in the central United States under the name Alco and Buckwall. The company said in a press release that 900,000 shares were offered by the company and 360,000 by certain stockholders. Piper Jaffray, Robinson-Humphrey Co. and Stifel Nicolaus & Co. were the underwriters for the offering. Duckwall filed a registration jstatement with the Securities and Exchange Commission in September to sell 1.4 million shares, pushing the number of outstanding shares to 4.9 million. From Staff Reports SWHn* Whon yw n»W to know. Tomorrow's Headlines 825-6OOO Category 6006 (Call alter 7:30 p.m.) Moving wall MIKE YODER / The Lawrence Journal-World Holly DeMaranville, 3, reaches for a name on the Moving Wall, a Vietnam War memorial, Thursday In Tonganoxie as her aunt Kelly Beach holds her hand. Beach was telling Holly about the wall's meaning as they searched for friends of Beach's father who served in the war. The wall, a half-scale replica of the Vietnam War Memorial In Washington, D.C., is in the northeastern Kansas town through Wednesday. T SALINA CITY GOVERNMENT Truck stop gets OK for gravel lot Lot irl floodway would be used only for emergency parking when bad weather closes 1-70 By CHRIS KOGER The Salina Journal A parking lot at a Salina truck stop will remain, provided that its owner proves he did not alter the elevation of the land when he dumped gravel for the lot without city approval. Chuck Bosselman Sr.'s struggle to keep the lot just south of the Bosselman Truck Plaza, 1944 N. Ninth, ended with the Salina Board of Zoning Appeals' decision Thursday to allow a variance for the lot, which is in the floodway near Mulberry Creek. The board also approved that the lot be gravel instead of paved, provided it is used only for overflow parking when Interstate 70 is closed for bad weather. The variances were granted 5-2, with Randy Sterrett and Michael Ogborn opposing. The issue-has been an emotional one. Before a Sept. 12 hearing on the issue, Bosselman ignored police and city staff requests to stop progress on the lot and was given a misdemeanor citation to appear in municipal court. He has pleaded not guilty, and a trial is set for Nov. 7. At the Sept. 12 meeting, Bosselman said he was humiliated by the city's actions and questioned why the board would listen to Mike Peterson, the city's permits and building official. Bosselman, who was represented by Salina attorney Norman Kelly at Thursday's meeting, T SALINA RETAIL was not present. Peterson asked the board to ignore past conflicts with Bosselman. "I know what a struggle it has been for me to remain objective throughout this case, and I would just ask you to try and think about the factual aspects," he said. "That may include previous actions by an owner, who you are depending on his ability to follow rules in the future. "(Try) not to think about what we all know was some inappropriate behavior when you make this decision." By approving the variances, the board requires Bosselman's engineers to prove he did not alter the elevation of the land when he illegally placed the gravel. Bucher Willis and Ratliff, 609 W. North, has told the city the gravel lot will not alter the flow of floodwater or raise the level of floodwater — provided the ground elevation is the same. Bucher Willis and Ratliff is surveying the lot, but figures weren't available Thursday. Residents in the area have opposed the lot and submitted a petition Thursday. Steven Brown, 1920 N. Fifth, has seen his lawn flood several times in the 13 years he has lived there. Among other things, Brown said the buffer the vacant land had provided for floodwater is gone, and the gravel will probably wash into Mulberry Creek after heavy rains. "I know we're not totally ignorant of the fact that water's moving," Brown said. "It's going to shove all that lime rock into the bottom of the creek. I'm not saying that's going to plug the creek up, but (Bosselman is) going to lose a massive amount of rock. On top of that, if he paves it, he's just going to speed the water up just that much more." Brown said Bosselman has shown that he's not trustworthy. "I can't help but have the feeling we're dealing with an independently wealthy man who obviously has some clout and has basically snubbed his nose at police and the city of Salina," he said. Sterrett asked Bosselman's attorney why other truck stops have to have paved lots, but not this one. Kelly of Norton, Washerman, Jones and Kelly, 215 S. Santa Fe, said this would only be used during bad weather, which would keep tractor-trailers off Ninth Street. "This is a much more desirable solution in an attempt to address the problem when the interstate is closed," Kelly said, "instead of having trucks in a willy-nilly fashion which can create greater risks." A condition of the approval of the lot is a review in June 1997, but assistant planning director Dean Andrew said it's likely the issue will go before the planning commission and city commission before that. Bosselman plans to apply for zoning that would allow him to pave the lot and use it on a full-time basis, Andrew said. "This is more or less an interim step or solution to get them through the winter for the season," he said. "The most appropriate thing to do if they want to use this for anything more than an occasional basis, is to go and (pave) a parking lot." Golden Corral scheduled to open in April Restaurant owner doesn't foresee trouble in finding good workers By ALF ABUHAJLEH The Salina Journal The new steakhouse to open at Mid-State Mall in April is hiring 150 employees, one of the restaurant's owners said Thursday. Michael Kutch, co-owner of Northglenn, Colo.-based Tri-Golden Management, which will operate Golden Corral Steaks, Buffet & Bakery, said the restaurant will begin hiring staff by early 1997. "As I understand it, the Salina labor market is very tight right now, and that might mean that we will have some trouble finding workers," Kutch said. "But the community is growing, and I think that by the time we open the restaurant, the (labor) market will meet our demand." In August, fewer than 840 people were actively looking for work in Salina, according to the Kansas Department of Human Resources. Last year, Tri-Golden bought the franchise rights to Golden Corral in Kansas, Nebraska and Iowa. Kutch said the Salina restaurant will be the first of seven in Kansas. The company has plans to open another restaurant in Junction City in April. Stephen Fortlouis, a spokesman for Raleigh, N.C.- based Golden Corral Inc., said there are 450 Golden Corral restaurants in the United States and Mexico. About half of those are franchises. Fortlouis didn't disclose any same-store sales numbers, but said the company had total sales of $600 million last year. Tri-Golden chose to build the restaurant in south Salina because of the new exit ramp off Interstate 135 at Magnolia Road, the heavy traffic'on Ninth Street and the proximity to Mid-State Mall, Kutch said. "The future of Salina is being made here in the southern part of town and we are right in the middle of it," he said. Frank Construction Company at 262 S. Broadway won the bid to build the 9,611-square-foot restaurant with a bid of $744,000. Construction is expected to begin in about two weeks, and the opening date is set for April 10. V CAMPAIGN '96 Senator criticized in ads Vidricksen says foe is misrepresenting role in tobacco amendment By DAVID CLOUSTON The Salina Journal A fracas that arose in the Legislature this spring has boiled up again in the Kansas Senate race between Republican incumbent Ben Vidricksen and Democrat challenger Allan White. White is destroying himself with distorted and negative campaigning, Vidricksen said. Vidricksen is in the pocket of the tobacco, gambling and alcohol lobbies.White alleged. What set off the sparring is a radio advertisement by White that began running Monday. In it, White accuses Vidricksen of voting with tobacco proponents regarding teens.buying cigarettes. "When the tobacco, alcohol and gambling people ask Vidricksen for something he does it. It's time we had a state senator that was ours, not theirs. Vote for Allan White, responsive to you, not the special interests," the ad states. What the ad refers to is an amendment offered by Vidricksen to a bill making it tougher for minors to buy cigarettes. The amendment, backed by the tobacco industry, would have allowed only the state to regulate cigarette sales and marketing, superseding local ordinances that in some cases are more restrictive than the state law. The amendment was defeated. Vidricksen later said he had been misinformed abouf its effects and apologized for sponsoring it. Vidricksen said he offered the amendment at the request of convenience store operators, such as Coastal Mart, who wanted a uniform statewide law so the companies could provide uniform training to all their employees. "I goofed up on that," Vidrick- sen told the Kansas City Star after the amendment failed. "I didn't realize it preempted things already on the books. I thought it applied only to new stuff." But more than a third of Vidricksen's campaign contributions come from tobacco interests, White said. "If you're not friendly with the tobacco interests, four or five tobacco lobbyists aren't going to come to you," White said. "The thing that galled me about the whole deal is the guy is standing there and he didn't even know what the amendment would do." White is also critical that Vidricksen displayed a gambling machine in his statehouse office during the session. Vidricksen said the pull-tab dispenser would be administered by the Kansas Lottery. Vidricksen spearheaded an effort to place the machines at Kansas pari-mutuel racetracks and also led an effort, that failed, to put a proposal for slot machines at the tracks to a statewide public vote. Vidricksen made no apologies for the activities, saying he did so in support the greyhound industry, which has a large presence in Dickinson County. As far as campaign money, Vidricksen said he has received one check from Wichita Greyhound Park. He also accepts contributions from conglomerates like Philip Morris, which manufactures cigarettes. But the company also includes Kraft foods, a company Vidricksen once worked for. SUGGESTIONS? CALL BEN WEARING, DEPUTY EDITOR, AT (913) 823-6363 OR 1-800-827-6363

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