The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on October 21, 1996 · Page 3
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THE SALINA JOURNAL Great Plains MONDAY, OCTOBER 21, 1996 A3 T MUSIC Southern gospel music to be featured at show Four gospel groups, including one from Salina, to perform at charity event By CAROL LICHTI Tlie Salina Journal . Four Southern gospel groups, including one from Salina, will perform Saturday at the third annual Salina Southern Gospel Celebration. The celebration will start at 7 p.m. and continue until about 10 p.m. Admission is free, but audience members are asked to BRIEFLY Ellsworth man dies in one-vehicle crash ELLSWORTH — A 52-year-old Ellsworth man died in a car crash Saturday afternoon 2 Vi miles west of Ellsworth on Highway 40. Leroy Achterberg died after the van he was driving hit a tree and overturned about 4:35 p.m., according to a dispatcher with the Kansas Highway Patrol in Salina. Achterberg, who wasn't wearing a seat belt, was pinned in the Wreckage. ; "Achterberg was driving east when the van went off the right side of the highway. He over steered to get back on the highway and drove off the other side, where he hit a tree and overturned. Three people injured in wreck near Stockton STOCKTON — A Phillipsburg couple and Stockton man were injured in a two-vehicle collision Sunday north of Stockton. William W. Duncan, 65, and Gharlene J. Duncan, 62, both of Phillipsburg, were in a car that collided with a car driven by Gary S. Overley, 53, Stockton. T,he crash occurred about 9:05 ajjn. three miles north of Stockton on U.S. 183. " Both William Duncan and Gharlene Duncan were taken to the. Phillips County Hospital and transferred to the Hays Medical Center. Information about their conditions was not available Sund;ay night. Neither was wearing seat belts. ! Overley, who was wearing a seat belt, was treated at Phillips Bounty Hospital. •i The two cars collided in the intersection of the highway and the county road. Deadline to register to vote is today Today is the last day to register to vote in the Nov. 5 election. . Those wanting to vote can register at the Saline County clerk's Office in the City-County .Building, 300 W. Ash, from 8 a.m. until 9 p.m. Voters also can register at other sites in the county. For a list of the locations, call 826-6550. ; Those who need to register are those who have never voted, those who have moved since last yoting and those who changed tjieir names since they last voted. i Voters also have the option of casting their ballots in advance. 4n advance ballot can be requested by phone and mailed to the applicant. A ballot will be mailed once the application is received. No ballots will be mailed after Nov. 1. ; Voters can also apply for an advance ballot in person and vote immediately. Another party can rjequest an advanced ballot be mailed to a registered voter, who must sign the application before a ballot is mailed. Information sought on business burglary Salina police are asking for the public's help in solving a busi- ijess burglary at Hawk Vending, WOO Franklin. \ Someone forced open a rear door to the business between 5 p.m. Sept. 5'and 8:30 a.m. Sept. 6 4nd took 40 cartons of Marlboro cjigarettes. Other locked doors also were forced open and vending machines were damaged. Total damage and loss is estimated at $1,360. : Anyone with information about the burglary can call Crimestop- ners, 825-TIPS. • Callers aren't required to identify themselves and could be eligible for rewards of up to $1,000. bring a nonperishable food item. An offering will be taken during the celebration. Southern gospel, a mix between country and gospel music, is growing in popularity, said Ron Wilcome organizer of the celebration. The performers will include: • Elizabeth Griffen of Larned, who has recorded two cassette tapes. Griffen will perform to prerecorded music. • The Singing Aills Family, a Salina group of Dr. Bob Aills, his family and Wilcome. The group has been performing for four years, traveling throughout Kansas and surrounding states. • Curtis Bishop of Chapman. The 14- year-old will perform several songs to prerecorded music. Wilcome said he wanted to include Bishop in the show because of his talented voice. • The Danny and Rhonda Ledbetter Family of Wichita. Wilcome said Danny Ledbetter, an evangelist, performed for 30 years with the Singing Ledbetters. Now, with a family of his own, Danny and wife, Rhonda, travel throughout the Midwest to perform. Wilcome said the celebration continues to grow. "When I first came up with the idea and asked a few friends about it, they said I was nuts," Wilcome said. He took that to mean he should give it a try. "It's gotten bigger and better every year," he said. This year he anticipates an audience of 1,100 to 1,200. The first year, 1,000 people came and last year's crowd was about 800. Wilcome said he thought of the celebration as a way to help a local charity and showcase Southern Gospel talent in the area. "I wanted to help promote Kansas' southern gospel music because there is so much talent in the state and this would be a way to bring out new talent," Wilcome said. The celebration helps out a different charity each. This year the benefiting agency is the Emergency Aid-Food Bank. Several businesses help cover the expenses of the concert so that most of the money from the offering goes to charity. The performers are only paid for mileage and a meal. Tickets for door prizes will be available at the door or call 822-0989 to reserve a ticket. From Staff and Wire Reports Tomorrow's Headlines 825-6OOO Category 6006 (Call alter 7:30 P-m.) The Associated Press Matt Dennis created the Kansas Bigfoot Center home page after finding footprints on a hunting trip that couldn't be identified. IN SEARCH OF Skeptical Wichitan thinks beast might venture into Kansas By TRACI CARL The Associated Press •&> ICHITA — Stories of hairy, foul-smelling beasts with large feet have plagued the Northwest for decades, but a Wichita man thinks it's possible Bigfoot is roaming the prairie. Matt Dennis was hunting quail two years ago in southeast Kansas when he found a three-toed footprint. The next year, he found the same prints in the same area. He and his buddies joked that it was Bigfoot. When stats wildlife officials and Dennis couldn't find an animal with a foot that matched the print description, Dennis called Ray Crowe, director of the Western Bigfoot Society in Portland, Ore. After seeing pictures of Dennis' prints, Crowe sent him a picture that was taken in Mississippi of the same footprints. The three-toed print has been found all over the United States, Crowe said, but he does not know what could be causing it. The footprint most often associated with Bigfoot is a five-toed, human-like print, he said. Dennis, a former police officer who now works for Boeing, has collected tales of unusual prints, growls and even stories of the beasts themselves — all in eastern Kansas. Some are simply reports of hearing footsteps and guttural grunts from the bushes. But, according to a 1964 article Dennis found in the Topeka Daily Capital, one northeast Kansas bread delivery driver told St. Mary's police that he saw a 5-foot- World Wide Web site The Kansas Bigfoot Center web site can be accessed at http://www.fn.net/~mdennis/kbcho m~1.htm tall figure covered with hair and walking like a gorilla. The beast was roaming along a railroad track near Delia in northeast Kansas until the driver stopped his truck, he said. Then it disappeared into a patch of weeds. Later, a nearby farmer reported that 16 50- pound hogs had been killed by something that had bitten their necks. The earliest "sighting" Dennis found was in 1869, when the Osage City Journal Free Press reported a wild man or gorilla. The most recent was last year, when Dennis found six three-toed footprints in Greenwood County. Although he and his friends founded the Kansas Bigfoot Center, Dennis said he's not a believer. "I'm not going to be convinced until it comes up and shakes my hand," he said. The center has a small following. Dennis used to send out a biannual newsletter to about 25 people until the center created its own Internet page in May. The fuzzy picture of a stooped animal was taken in the Northwest. Dennis admits people encounter Bigfoot more often in the rugged mountain terrain, but that hasn't stopped him from looking for clues in Kansas. Jeff Meldrum, an associate professor of anatomy at Idaho State University in Pocatello, said sightings of hairy, humanoid creatures have been reported in almost every state. The idea of Bigfoot caught the public's imagination in the late 1800s, Meldrum said, when Western states were opened to logging and there were reports of strange footprints and large beasts. Meldrum started studying alleged sightings about a year ago and was surprised at the similarities between reported footprints, almost always of a five-toed foot. "If these are all hoaxes, then there's an underground manual floating around," he said. Prints that look similar to extremely large, flexible human feet have consistently surfaced for years, Meldrum said, and he's put together the anatomy of a foot that would make such a print. He cannot prove that the foot he recreated belongs to a species of large apes that have roamed North America without being documented. But he cannot disprove it either, he said. "I just try to keep an open mind," he said. As for the three-toed print that first interested Dennis, Meldrum said he hasn't studied anything similar. Most of the prints that he uses come from the Northwest and have five toes. The three-toed print still stumps Dennis. "I've been hunting down there since I was 7, and I've never seen anything like this," Dennis said. T GOVERNOR'S HOUSE Mansion repairs to be costly Architect estimates that renovating Cedar Crest will cost $1.5 million By LEW FERGUSON The Associated Press TOPEKA — Cedar Crest, the governor's residence in northwest Topeka, is a dilapidated, unsafe mess that needs nearly $1.5 million worth of renovation and repair work, the state architect says. "Because it is private living quarters and continually occupied, major maintenance and replacement of plumbing, heating, air conditioning and electrical systems have been delayed for many years," said architect Thaine Hoffman in a report to the Legislature's State Building Construction Committee. "Many of the systems are nearly 70 years old and all need to be replaced. Recently, the ornate dining room ceiling was damaged due to a plumbing leak." Last week, the committee took no action on the report but agreed that the problems should be addressed quickly. Hoffman said the heating and air-conditioning systems are "an inefficient and ineffective hodgepodge of various systems added over the years." "The electrical system is not properly grounded, causing both a safety and a fire hazard," he said. Besides all of that, Hoffman said, the large home situated on a picturesque 242 acres of land on a bluff overlooking the Kansas River has asbestos and lead piping that need to be removed for safety reasons. And Cedar Crest needs to be made accessible to the handicapped and to have toilet facilities expanded if it is to continue to be used for public functions. ' The total price tag: $1.463 million. Cedar Crest was donated to the state 35 years ago by Madge MacLennan, wife of a wealthy Topekan, with the stipulation that it be used as the governor's residence. If the state were to stop using it as the governor's home, it would go to Washburn University under terms of the bequeath. A repair-renovation price list submitted by Hoffman to the committee during a Statehouse meeting included $986,400 for fixing the plumbing, heating, ventilation, air conditioning and electrical; systems; doing preliminary work : for a fire alarm and security sys-' tern; interior architectural re-, pairs, window replacement; lead: pipe and asbestos remediation; and exterior repairs. "Considering the safety issues with the electrical wiring and the hazardous materials in the home, these conditions should be rectified as soon as possible," Hoffman said. Interior remodeling work would be financed by the Friends of Cedar Crest, a nonprofit group, after the basic repair work is completed. V STANDING BEAR STATUE Chief's statue to be dedicated in cross-cultural gesture By The Associated Press PONCA CITY, Okla. — American Indians took offense at local boosters' 1993 attempt to mark Ponca City heritage with a cowboy statue named "This Land is Mine." Such commemoration of a claim-staking white man was insulting and racist, the Indian leaders complained. Why not pay tribute, they asked, to the tribes that predated the Sooners in Oklahoma? Their request gets answered Saturday when Ponca City, just south of the Kansas border, unveils a 22-foot tall statue of Ponca Chief Standing Bear, a civil rights pioneer for his 1879 lawsuit against the U.S. government. Organizers of the event say Standing Bear is an American hero who left a landmark legal legacy. The organizers geared Saturday's festivities to hold Standing Bear up as a role model and important figure in history. They also hope the $1.2 million statue and its 63-acre memorial park will chip away at ignorance and stereotypes by creating more cross-cultural goodwill. "What people don't understand, they don't relate to. As people learn and understand, they get along better," said Betty Durkee, project director. This north-central Oklahoma town has about 28,000 residents and several other prominent statues, including the Pioneer Woman and one of former Gov. E.W. Mar- land. The "This Land is Mine" cowboy was renamed Centennial Monument. A parachute from Tinker Air Force Base has veiled the 3,900-pound bronze Standing Bear since its arrival last week aboard a flatbed trailer. A miniature of the statue depicts Standing Bear wearing a feather in his hair, bear claws around his neck, a blanket around his body and moccasins on his feet. One arm extends in a gesture of thanks for the victory in court. SUGGESTIONS? CALL BEN WEARING, DEPUTY EDITOR, AT (913) 823-6363 OR 1-800-827-6363

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