The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on October 22, 1996 · Page 3
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THE SALINA JOURNAL Great Plains TUESDAY, OCTOBER 22, 1996 A3 BRIEFLY T RADIO MERGER Two drivers injured when trucks collide BELOIT — A Beloit man was in critical condition and a Salt Lake City man in serious condition after the trucks they were driving collided in Mitchell County Monday morning. Dorian Winters, 57, Beloit, was driving a dump truck south on a county road when the truck collided about 9:30 a.m. with a tractor-trailer driven east on U.S. 24, according to a dispatcher with the Kansas Highway Patrol in Salina. Winters, who wasn't wearing a seat belt, was taken to the Mitchell County Hospital and flown to Wesley Medical Center in Wichita, where he was in critical condition Monday night. He was thrown through the truck's windshield. The driver of the semi, Kyle Lashley, 25, Salt Lake City, was treated at the Mitchell County Hospital and transferred to Good Samaritan Hospital in Kearney, Neb., where he was in serious condition Monday night. Lashley, who was wearing a seat belt, was pinned in the wreckage. Both trucks were destroyed. Pickup crash kills Tabor College student MARION — A 24-year-old Tabor College student died early Sunday in a one-vehicle crash two miles east of Hillsboro. Jerry Jones of Golden, Colo., was thrown from the pickup truck he was riding in and died at the crash site. The crash occurred about 3:30 a.m. on a county road when the pickup left the road and hit an embankment. The pickup was driven by Timothy Hamilton, 18, Choctaw, Okla. He was treated at St. Luke Hospital in Marion. Another passenger, Trey Belaire, 18, Nedder- land, Texas, was taken to Salem Hospital in Hillsboro and transferred to the Newton Medical Center, where he was in stable condition Monday. The two also are students at Tabor. Information about whether the three were wearing seat belts was not available. The crash is under investigation by the Marion County Sheriffs Office, a spokeswoman for the office said. \ Football player had blood clots in lungs !OAKLEY — An 18-year-old football player who collapsed and died after removing himself from a game suffered from multiple blood clots in his lungs, a coroner -ruled Monday. Kevin Zimmerman, who played quarterback and defensive back for Oakley High School, took himself out of Friday night's game against Hoisington late in the fourth quarter, saying he was having trouble breathing. Zimmerman fell to the ground with minutes left in the game and was taken to the Logan County Hospital, where he was pronounced dead. An autopsy showed the blood clots in Zimmerman's lungs, said Don Marchant, the school superintendent. Dr. Eric Jacobsen, the Logan County coroner, said the condition was rare and was not necessarily caused by football contact, Marchant said. The coroner said the clots "could have happened walking to class, in his sleep, or driving a Car, and that the (football) activity was really not responsible for it," Marchant said. Zimmerman was a multisports star at Oakley, lettering in track and basketball as well as football, in which he had received all-state honorable mention at defensive back. Pre-teen robs younger boy of his bicycle A 12-year-old central Salina boy was referred to juvenile court on a robbery charge after allegedly beating a 10-year-old boy and stealing his bicycle. The victim told police he was hit on the head and his eyeglasses were thrown to the ground, said Glen Kochanowski, assistant Salina police chief. The boy did not require medical treatment. ' . The 12-year-old boy told police he needed the younger boy's bicycle, a Murray boys' bike worth about $75, so he could get home op time, Koohanowski said. From Staff and Wire Reports Wh.n you ne»d to know.. Tomorrow's Headlines 825-6OOO Category 8006 (Call after 7:30 p.m.) Steckline's stations. Empire to join KILS in Salina, stations in Oberlin, Colby to be affected by merger From Staff and Wire Reports The company owning Salina's country western radio station KILS is planning to merge in January with the company that owns 13 radio stations including Wichita's KFDI. Great Empire Broadcasting, which owns KFDI, and LESSO Broadcasting, owner of KILS, announced Monday they will consolidate their 26 stations. An additional station is under construction in Dodge City. Mike Oatman, Great Empire chief executive officer, said the company will buy LESSO for $14.8 million. Larry Steckline, chairman of LESSO, will become a stockholder and member of Great Empire's board. The proposed consolidation, which requires approval from the Federal Communications Commission, would help in competition against larger companies. The sale is expected to be approved by January. "We're the last of the local guys," Oatman said. No immediate changes in stations' formats or staff were planned, Oatman said. Great Empire owns 13 radio stations in Kansas, Oklahoma, Missouri and Nebraska, and LESSO owns 13 stations across Kansas. The Wichita-based companies plan to file the proposal with the FCC this week, Oatman said. Clarke Sanders, general manger of KILS, was in Wichita to hear the announcement. He said no format changes are expected. "The majority of the stations Great Empire owns are country," he said. The merger will mean a new, bigger company with more assets, Sanders said. "We look forward to being more competitive than every before," he said. That is good news for the station which is now competing with two other country western stations in Salina, KY 94 and Eagle Country 99.9. The planned sale also follows an- In a Council Grove studio, an artist carves into history to honor A Native Son By CARRIE MILLER The Manhattan Mercury OUNCIL GROVE — j An eight-foot bronze Indian is carving itself • out of the imagination I of sculptor Mark Sampsel. Waiting to be cast, the noble Kaw warrior looms large in the artist's Council Grove studio. His figure is fashioned of twisted metal and Styrofoam covered with intricately shaved wax. But more than any of those things, Sampsel's Kaw warrior is fashioned from history and born of conscience. The statue will be erected in Council Grove as a tribute to the native people of Kansas. Their tradition forms the framework, and their history, painstakingly researched, is applied in the details by the hand of the sculptor. The warrior*appears as he would have looked when he roamed from about 1750 to 1850. He has a traditional "roach style" haircut with two braids emerging from the base of the roach, or mohawk, and descending over each shoulder. He is wearing a buffalo robe around his waist, an indication that he is a spokesperson for the tribe. He holds a peace pipe to symbolize his honest intentions and good will toward his listeners. The blanket over his left shoulder communicates to his tribe that he was unable-to get his point across. Four folds in his robe reflect the four wind directions, a significant symbolic element of the Kaw, who were also known as the "Wind People." Seven focal points of the statue reflect the seven major clans that existed at the time the Kaw were displaced, as well as the stars in the Big Dipper, thought to be significant in Kaw ceremonies. When the statue is placed, its back will be to Manhattan, symbolic of the Kaw's journey from their traditional lands here. The first reservation treaty promised them was 30 miles by 300 miles, and extended west into Colorado, according to Sampsel, with the next moving them south of Council Grove and the next even further south, into Oklahoma. The three linked rings in the Kaw warrior's ears are symbolic of the three broken promises The Associated Press Artist Mark Sampsel works on a wax model of an eight-foot-tall statue of a Kaw warrior in his studio. The statue, costing about $35,000, will be a tribute to native people of Kansas. they heard. An Ohio native, Sampsel once took art classes at Council Grove High School, later studying sculpture under the Elden Tefft at the University of Kansas. He also attended the Kansas City Art Institute. After he returned to Council Grove with his two children and wife, Linda, Sampsel pursued various projects. If you've driven into Council Grove, you may have seen some of them, metal figures silhouetted against the prairie.. ' The bronze warrior started like the others. A Chamber of Commerce committee had asked Sampsel to work up a plan for a covered wagon statue to sit opposite the Madonna of the Trail statue at Union and Main in Council Grove. But when Sampsel first stood on the site — he'd volunteered to remove some temporary signs — something re- markable happened. "I felt this presence," Sampsel said, "like someone was watching me." With the chamber's permission and the blessing of the Kaw people, who are now in Oklahoma, he began to research their history, and fashion it into a statue. Sampsel said the statue has broad popular support, but he is still seeking funding for the estimated $35,000 to cast it. other proposed sale of Salina radio stations KSAL and KYEZ to John Vanier, owner of Eagle Broadcasting. That sale is also pending FCC approval. The recent activities in radio sales is because of the Telecom Bill passed earlier this year to eliminate restrictions of how many radio stations a company could own. KILS started broadcasting in the Salina area in February 1993. The station has always been owned by the Streckline family. Larry Steckline's company also owns KFNF-FM in Oberlin, KXXX- AM and KWLS-FM in Colby and KZLS-FM in Great Bend. T COURTS Ex-coach guilty of Dattery Former Ell-Saline teacher avoided trial by pleading guilty to crimes By DAVID CLOUSTON The Salina Journal A former Ell-Saline Junior-Senior High School teacher and coach charged with sexual misconduct with students pleaded guilty Monday to reduced charges, thus avoiding a trial that was to begin today. Barry Cairns pleaded guilty to four counts of misdemeanor battery. "He's convicted for crimes against the students and, bottom line, that's what I wanted," said Saline County Attorney Julie McKenna. Cairns had been charged with two counts of aggravated indecent liberties with a child, one count of solicitation of a child and one count of battery. McKenna said she agreed to the plea bargain to spare the four female students from the rigors of testifying at trial. "In this case I believe the tactic would have been to scrutinize the reporting victims," she said. "I didn't want to see those girls put on trial." Three of the girls testified about the incidents during Cairn's preliminary hearing. A 15-year-old girl said Cairns asked her to rub a "pulled groin muscle." Another 15-year-old said Cairns had chased her and pinned her against a table during a journalism class. A 17- year-old girl said Cairns had asked if she would make out with him and said he briefly slid his hand on her leg, inside her shorts. Cairns' attorney, Jim Sweet, argued the incidents were not of a clearly offensive sexual nature, as required by the law or. lewd fondling or touching, and more kin to horseplay. He said the charges brought by McKenna did not fit the accusations. Cairns' sentencing before District Judge Dan Boyer was set for Nov. 7. Under state guidelines he is to receive probation for the offenses. McKenna said officials with the state Board of Education are conducting proceedings into possible revocation of Cairns' teaching license. Cairns was fired from his job with Ell-Saline after teaching seven years. Cairns was the former boy's basketball coach. His team compiled a record of 17-5 in 1995-96, nearly doubling its victory total from a year earlier. Cairns was honored as coach of the year for the Salina Journal's All-County Boys Basketball team. T SALINA SCHOOL BOARD Grant may speed revamping of curriculum Many students need more technical training instead of college prep By CAROL LIGHT! The Salina Journal Revamping high school curriculum to educate students for a career as well as preparing students for college will take training and a lot of work. But the Salina School District is committed to making it happen in three years. To help with the process, the district hopes to receive $122,650 in federal funds to retrain teachers and pay teachers for work to revamp the curriculum. The Salina School Board, which meets today, is expected to approve the grant proposal. The board meets at 5 p.m. at the district offices, 1511 Gypsum. The grant is a competitive grant awarded by the state tVom federal funds of the Educate America Act, the new name for the federal Goals 2000 program. The grant would not require any local matching funds. The work is needed because only about 25 percent of students eventually graduate from college, according to Marilyn Green, the district's director of curriculum and instruction. The other 75 percent need more technical training and a higher level of skills and knowledge when they leave high school. A group of teachers and community representatives are working on developing a school-to-career program for the district's high schools. Green said the schools would offer "academies" in several specific job skills and careers. An example would be a health services academy. Students who complete the health services academy could with a few months of additional training be nurses' aides or dental hygienists. Or the students could go on to college to become nurses and doctors, Green said. The board Tuesday will also consider joining the city's application for a community block grant. Through that grant the district hopes to receive $109,765 for a computer learning laboratory and software for a performance-based diploma program. The district has already received a $90,860 grant from the state to develop such a program. But the additional grant funds would allow the district to have a lab at both Salina Central and Salina South High School. The progi'am would enable students who are planning to drop out of school to complete their diploma through computerized instruction, working with mentors and vocational training. City commissioners Monday heard about the grant proposal, which includes requests for housing, street improvements and work force training programs. The proposal seeks grants totaling $2,390,845 from the Kansas Department of Commerce and Housing for the Salina area. SUGGESTIONS? CALL BEN WEARING, DEPUTY EDITOR, AT (913) 823-6363 OR 1-800-827-6363

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