THE SALINA JOURNAL GREAT PLAINS FRIDAY, MAY 4, 2001. B3 DEATHS & FUNERALS T LEGISLATURE Jacob D. Becker HILLSBORO — Jacob D. Becker, 93, Hillsboro, died Wednesday, May 2, 2001, at Hillsboro Community Medical Center, Hillsboro. Mr Becker was born Dec. 17, 1907, at Franzthal, Russia. He was a farmer and a member of First Mennonite Church, Hillsboro. His. wife, Reola H., died in 1997. Survivors include three sons, Eugene of Stevens, Pa., David of Belton, Mo., and Curt of Hillsboro; four daughters, Geneva Becker of Hillsboro, Lois Unruh of Goessel, Norma Gossen of Corn, Okla., and Elaine Saunders of Newton; a sister, Ann Wheeler of Abilene; two stepsisters. Bertha Steinle and Emily Klassen, both of Newton; 13 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. The funeral will be at 2 p.m., today at First Mennonite Church, Hillsboro, the Rev. Ken Peterson officiating. Burial will be in Haven of Rest Cemetery, rural Hillsboro. Memorials may be made to First Mennonite Church. Hillsboro Memorial Chapel, 401 S. Washington, Hillsboro 67063, is handling arrainge- ments. Beatrice Bonar ROSSVILLE ~ Beatrice Bonar, 89, Rossville, died Thursday, May .3, 2001, at RossviUe Valley Manor. Mrs. Bonar was born Beatrice Wieland on Oct. 8, 1911, at Morrowville. She was a homemaker and a Methodist. Her husband. Merle M., died in 1988. Survivors include four daughters, Janet Beeman and Lois Brunmeier, both of Manhattan, Peggy Hamman of Topeka and Bonnie Riseling of Batlett, 111.; 10 grandchildren; and 27 great-grandchildren. The funeral will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Ward Funeral Home, Washington, the Rev. John L. Lewis officiating. Burial will be in Morrowville Cemetery A memorial fund has been established. Visitation will be from 9 to 11 a.m., Saturday at the funeral home, lis W. Second, Washington 66968. Donald Wayne Booher Donald Wayne Booher, 73, Salina, died Thursday, May 3, 2001, at Salina'Regional Health Center Mr Booher was born Jan. 14, 1928, at Hooser and was a resident of the Salina area since 1958. He had worked as a consulting engineer for Boyer, Hagedorn .and Wright Engineers and later as a mechanical engineer for Mel Jarvis Construction, both of Salina. He also was a water treatment supervisor for Tony's Pizza Service, Salina, for more than 15 years and an Army veteran of the Korean War Survivors include four sons, Mark of Bavaria, Richard of Ellsworth, Lee of Junction City andi Bruce of Salina; three brothers, Harold Booher and Delbert Booher, both of Arkansas City, and Claude Hurst of Wellington; and 12 grandchildren. The memorial service will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Ryan Mortuary 137 N. Eighth, Salina 67401, Chaplain Leah Ann Christy officiating. Inurnment will be in Crown Point Cemetery rural Culver Memorials may be made to the Rebecca A. Morrison House, in care of Salina Regional Health Center There will be no visitation. The body was cremated. Gerald Robert Dempsey MANKATO — Gerald Robert Dempsey, 89, Mankato, died Wednesday May 2, 2001, at Jewell County Hospital Long Term Care, Mankato. Mr Dempsey was born June 9, 1911, at rural Montrose. He was a retired farmer and State of Kansas Port of Entry Inspector He was a member of Harmony United Methodist Church and Masonic Lodge, both of Mankato, Isis Temple of Salina, Scottish Rite of Free Masonry and Wagon Wheelers Square Dance Club, Jewell County. Survivors include his wife, June of Mankato; three sons, Douglas of Bellvue, Colo., George Daniel of Englewood, Colo., and Michael of East Douglas, Mass.; a daughter, Cheryl Suhr of Englewood; a sister, Eleanor Noble of Fort Collins, Colo.; 13 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. The funeral will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Harmony United Methodist Church, Mankato, the Rev. Sarah Hickson de Salazar officiating. Burial will be in Mount Hope Cemetery, Mankato, with rites by Mason- Today's obiMes SALINTA Donald Wayne Booher Roy Lee Fuqua Bobby L Wilson Jr. KANSAS CONCORDIA: Frances K. "Fran" Walker GALVA: Benjamin R. "Benny" Paden GOODLAND: Paul E. Schippert HERINGTON: Charles 0. HILLSBORO: Jacob D. Becker MANKATO: Gerald Robert Dempsey ROSSVILLE: Beatrice Bonar SMITH CENTER: Janice Irene Dodd ic Lotige 87, AF & AM, Mankato. > Memorials may be made to Harmony United Methodist Church or Jewell County Hospital, both of Mankato. Visitation will be from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. today at Melby Mortuary 402 N. High, Mankato 66956. Janice Irene Dodd SMITH CENTER — Janice Irene Dodd, 62, Smith Center, died Thursday May 3, 2001, at her home. Simmons Mortuary Smith Center, is handling arrangements. Roy Lee Fuqua Roy Lee Fuqua, 65, Salina, died Monday April 30, 2001, at Salina Regional Health Center Mr Fuqua was born April 17, 1936, at Lyons and was a resident of Salina for eight years. He was an air traffic controller for Midwest Air Traffic Control Service for 16 years. Survivors include two 'sons, Brent of North St. Paul, Minn., and Monte of Kissimmee, Pla.; a daughter, Lisa Plowman of Los Angeles; his mother, Anna M. Fuqua of Kingman; a brother, Walter Jr of Kingman; a sister, Betty Rueb of Kingman; and five grandchildren. . Inurnment will be at a later date at Lyons. Memorials may be made to Kansas State University Foundation or Scholarship Fund for Aviation students at Kansas State University-Salina. Roselawn Mortuary, 1307 S. Santa Fe, Salina 67401, is handling arrangements. The body was cremated. Benjamin R. "Benny" Paden GALVA — Benjamin R. "Benny" Paden, 82, Galva, died Thursday May 3, 2001, at The Cedars, McPherson. Mr Paden was born Feb. 16, 1919, at Fairland, Okla., and was a resident of McPherson since 1945. He worked for National Cooperative Refinery As-. sociation from 1952 to 1984 and also worked as a plaster and drywall contractor He was an Arihy veteran of World War II and a member of Countryside Covenant Church and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2715, both 'of McPherson, and Moose Lodge and Jolly Mixers, both of Salina. Survivors include his wife, Virginia of the home; two daughters, Cheryl Stieben of McPherson and Charmaine Graham of Salina; and four grandchildren. The funeral will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Countryside Covenant Church, McPherson, the Rev Bob Bloss officiating. Burial will be in Empire Cemetery Galva. Memorials may be made to Countryside Covenant Church. Visitation will be from 3 to 8 p.m. today at Stpckham Family Funeral Home, 205 N. Chestnut, McPherson 67460, where the family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. today More information is available at www.stockhamfamily .com. Charles C. Ragsdale HERINGTON — Charles C. Ragsdale, 91, Herington, died Thursday May 3, 2001, at Salina Regional Health Center Mr Ragsdale was born Feb. 9, 1910, at Dallas and was a resident of Herington since 1993, moving from San Diego. He was a Navy veteran, serving in World War II and the Korean War and retiring as a commander in 1961. He was a member of First Christian Church and the Kiwanis Club, both of Herington. His wife, Gayl, died in 1994. Survivors include a son, MelVern of Cheyenne, Wyo.; a daughter, Susie Solomon of Herington; and three grandchildren. The funeral will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at First Christian Church, Herington, the Rev. Ruth Ann Clearhout officiating. Burial will be in Sunset Hill Cemetery with military rites by Fort Riley and an honor detail from the Navy Memorials may be made to Alzheimer's Disease Research or First Christian Church, Herington, in care of Donahue Funeral Home, 404 S. Broadway Herington 67449. Visitation will be from 2 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home and 10 a.m until the service Saturday at the church. The family will receive friends from 7 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home. Paul E. Schippert GOODLAND — Paul E. Schippert, 85, Goodland, died Wednesday May 2, 2001, at Goodland Regional Medical Center Mr Schippert was born Sept. 3, 1915, at Republic.City Neb., and was a resident of Goodland since 1946. He was an Army veteran of World War II and a (joodland city employee, retiring in 1980. He was a member of Emmanuel Lutheran Church and Veterans of Foreign Wars Lowell Coleman Post 1133. He was preceded in death by two grandchildren. Survivors include his wife, Mary of Goodland;;two daughters, Loretta Kay Swenson of Mound Valley and Pauline Warning of Castle Rock, Colo.; two brothers, Everett and Leo, both of Lincoln, Neb.; fiVe grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. The funeral will be at 10:30 a.m. Mountain time Saturday at Emmanuel Lutheran Church, Goodland, the Rev. Scott Grimshaw officiating. Burial will be in Goodland Cemetery In lieu of flowers, memorial may be made to Emmanuel Lutheran Church, Goodland Regional Medical Center or Hospice of Sherman County and may be left at Koons Funeral Home, 211N. Main, Goodland 67735. Frances K. "Fran" Walker CONCORDIA — Frances K. "Fran" Walker, 59, Concordia, died Tuesday, May 1,2001, south of Concordia as the result of an automobile crash. Mrs. Walker was born Frances K. Leathers on Oct. 23, 1941, at Pulaski, 111. She had worked as a missionary in Africa and later operated Walker Veterinary Clinic, Concordia, with her husband. She attended The Baptist Church, Concordia, where she directed the church choir and bell choir and played the organ and piano. She also taught theory and piano classes at Cloud County Community College and was involved in community plays, choruses and accompanied many children's solos. She was preceded in death by a stepdaughter, Melanie Walker Survivors include her husband. Dr. James C. of Concordia; a daughter, Cindy Chupp; a son, the Rev. Doug; three stepchildren, Jamie Harrison, Martha Walker and Nicole Powell; a sister, Dorothy Burklow; and 13 grandchildren. The funeral will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at The Baptist Church, the Rev. James McVicar officiating. Burial will be in Rose Hill Cemetery, Wayne. Memorials may be made to Rock Valley Chapel, Beloit. Visitation will be from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. today at Chaput-Buoy Funeral Home, 325 W. Sixth, Concordia 66901. Bobby L. Wilson Jr. Bobby L. Wilson Jr, 33, Salina, died Wednesday, May 2, 2001, at CLC of Salina. Geisendorf-Rush Smith Funeral Home, Salina, is handling arrangements. Session's extra days cost Kansas taxpayers money Each fully staffed day takes $64,000 from the state's funds By CAROL CRUPPER Harris News Service TOPEKA — Three lawmakers relinquished extra pay and another forfeited two years of mailing privileges, but as the Legislature hits its fifth day of overtime, costs are adding up. Each fully staffed day costs taxpayers $64,000, said Jeff Russell, director of Legislative Administrative Services. Today mai-ks the 95th day of a session planned to last no longer than 90 days. Secretaries were dismissed after work Tuesday, a move that cuts the daily cost to $52,000, Russell said. The budget is holding legislators hostage. House and Senate negotiators are struggling to close a $206 million gap between ex- ON THE RECORD Animal shelter • These animals were picked up May 2 at the locations listed and taken to the Salina Animal Shelter, 329 N. Second. Phone 826-6535. DOGS — Red and white male Vizsia mix, 6100 block of South Simpson Road; tricolor male beagle mix with black collar, 1500 block of North Fifth Street; white neutered male poodle mix, 700 block of North Ninth Street; white and liver male German shorthair with brown leather collar, 2000 block of Harold Avenue; liver and white male German shorthair with black leather collar, 400 block of East Beloit Avenue; black and white male husky mix, 800 block of North Ninth Street. CATS — black female shorthair, 500 block of Charles Street. pected revenues and approved spending for fiscal 2002, which begins July 1. In the meantime, other lawmakers, for the most part, must cool their heels. It's not something three legislators think taxpayers should pay for Sen. Lynn Jenkins, R-Topeka, along with Reps. .Becky Hutchins, R-Holton, and Don' Myers, R-Derby have signed waivers to forgo compensation beyond the 90 days. "In my mind, we had'90 days to get our work done and we didn't do that," Jenkins said. With Kansas facing a serious financial challenge, Jenkins said she didn't want to add to it. Hutchins, who commutes 30 miles to the Statehouse daily figures all she's out is a tank of gas plus wear and tear on her car "I don't have the expenses a lot of legislators do," she said. State lawmakers receive $161.44 a day while the Legisla ture is in session: $76.44 in salary and $85 in expenses. Russell said other session costs include salaries for secretaries, sergeants at arms and support staff. Additional expenses include printing, postage and telephone costs. Senate Ways and Means Chairman Steve Morris, R- Hugoton, the Senate's head negotiator, said extra cost for extra days wasn't his biggest concern at this point. "It's more important to do this process right," he said. Rep. Dennis McKinney, D- Greensburg, said it didn't bother him to take a few extra days to settle matters. "We decide issues here that a lot of people shoot each other over," he said. "It's a good reflection of our democracy." Going 12 extra days, the 1991 Legislature set the record for extended sessions. That year, a debate over restructuring school finance held things up. Budget? Progress made Negotiators work toward agreement; tax issues looming By JOHN MANNA The Associated Press TOPEKA — The Legislature's focus returned Thursday to the tangle of spending, tax and policy issues blocking completion of a plan to solve the state's budget problems. Dozens of issues were on the table as House and Senate conferees negotiated on how to close the $206 rnUlion gap between expected revenues and spending already approved for fiscal 2002, which starts July 1. The negotiators did not touch- the toughest issues — how to spend Kansas' share of the settlement between states and tobacco companies and whether to raise taxes on insurance and motor fuels. Still, they reported progress. "I'm not sure anyone will cheer when we score this touchdown, but we're one yard away from punching it in," said Rep. Rocky Nichols, D-Topeka. The six-member conference committee began meeting Saturday to draft the year's final budget bill. The work broke off Tuesday night, however because some senators wanted another chance at passing tax increases and raising more money for public schools. That effort collapsed Thursday, and the budget talks resumed. Senate negotiators wanted their House counterparts to consider two tax proposals supported by Gov Bill Graves. Gas tax One proposal would raise $16.5 million in the next fiscal year by raising the tax on gasoline and diesel fuel by 1 cent per gallon on July 1. The Legislature voted two-years ago to raise the tax in July 2003, as part of a 10-year transportation pro gram. The second proposal would increase taxes paid by insurance companies by $10 million. House members have said repeatedly they won't approve a tax increase, and neither proposal has been considered by the House or endorsed by the Senate Assessment and Taxation Committee. Both facts are problematic because any budget package wiU depend on their passage or the approval of similar revenue- raising ideas, said Sen. David Adkins, one of his chamber's negotiators. "It's kind of like hoping for a good performance when you haven't had a dress rehearsal," said Adkins, R-Leawood. The negotiators also still must decide how to allocate the revenue from the national tobacco settlement. Lawmakers set up a trust fund in 1999 to hold most of the money and set it aside for childreil's programs. Graves and senators want to spend $16 million of the funds on general government programs'. House members balked, saying Graves and senators were suggesting that the state break a commitment to children's programs. Collapse / More funds unlikely FROM PAGE B1 group did not feel a plan is possible this session. "Legislators haven't given up, but due to the complications of a significant hole in the budget, •we wiU have to make a stronger case next year," said Oleen, R- Manhattan. Budget negotiators halted their work Tuesday which gave the education group time for an llth-hour effort. Negotiators are trying to close a $206 million hole in the state budget for fiscal 2002. Kansas spends $2.26 billion on schools. , Senate Education Chairman Dwayne Umbarger, R-Thayer, said the group identified common concerns, which turned into a "mini omnibus" bill. The omnibus — for Omnibus Appropriations Act — is thQ state's fi nal spending biU, which touches numerous programs and agencies. "It wasn't so much because of disagreement," Umbarger said. "We couldn't figure out a plan that would get 21 and 63." It takes 21 of 40 votes in the Senate and 63 of 125 votes in the House to approve legislation. The education group consisted of Hensley, Oleen, Umbarger, House Minority Leader Jim Garner. D-Coffeyville, Rep. Lisa Benlon, R-Shawnee and Rep. Bill Reardon, D-Kansas City "Unfortunately there weren't enough progressive-minded Republicans in the House chamber to address the needs of schools this year" Garner said. He said it is sad that the House never held a serious debate over school finance other than two hastily assembled votes to kill an earlier Senate proposal and a $110 million package offered by Gov. Bill Graves. Later Thursday Umbarger, Hensley and Sen. John Vratil walked out of negotiations with a House conference committee over a difference of opinion on renewal of the statewide mill levy for schools. . The tension came after Rep. Ralph Tanner, R-Baldwin City said the House position is to leave the mill levy to a taxation conference committee. However, it is the senators' opinion that the mill levy — 20 mills with a $20,000 exemption for residential property — was agreed upon when they met Saturday The levy raises about $380 million for public education. Tanner disagreed and said the House is still sticking by a $30,000 exemption and lowering the levy to 18 mills in 2003. School / Decisions await FROM PAGE 81 might be able to give them some assistance later" Evans, the school superintendent, said adjusters for the district's insurance carrier still are trying to determine the cost of repairing buildings and replacing equipment. The high school, which was in the path of the tornado, was the most severely damaged, with the auditorium roof collapsed and a classroom wall gone. A storage building, a vocational building and equipment, a metal band building, a garage, concession stands, a press box and a storage building also were destroyed. But Evans said two engineers declared the building structurally sound. Four other school buildings had minimal damage. "There's probably a handful of broken windows total in all of the buildings, and there's mmm %mmm TODAY'S SCRIPTURE THURSDAY'S DBAWIHG DAILY PICK 3 3-8-8 Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. — Deuteronomy 6:5 (NIV) roof damage," Evans said. Evans said one building appeared to have no damage, but when workers climbed up to inspect the roof, they found a 2-by- 4 sticking out. "I've come to the conclusion that tornadoes are a strange phenomenon," Evans said. Damage to the elementary and middle schools can be repaired relatively quickly and easily, Evans said. But damage to the high school was so extensive, Evans said it might be more cost-effective to simply add the insurance settlement to the bond proceeds and build a new high school. Evans said the bond issue was to pay for construction of a new high school cafeteria and two science laboratories and for improvements to the air conditioning, heating and plumbing systems. Instead of making those improvements, the portion of the bond issue dedicated to the high school could go for new construction adjacent to the activity center The district several months ago purchased land for the activity center about half a mile north of the existing high school. If the high school was adja cent to the activity center, Evans said, there would be no need for construction of a high school gym or auditorium. "We could just use the activity center," Evans said. "We wouldn't be duplicating our efforts." Because construction would take a couple of years, Evans said a portion of the insurance settlement would have to be used to make enough repairs to the existing building that classes could be conducted. .Evans said only the academic wing, which sustained the least damage, would be repaired; the badly damaged auditorium probably would be left. The district's architect, Horst, Terrill and Karst, is working up a preliminary estimate on the cost of a new high school, Evans said, and that figure should be available for Monday's board meeting. But Evans said it could be some time before insurance adjusters tell the district how much it will receive for the tornado-damaged buildings. Until that figure is available, he said, board members won't be able to make a final decision on whether to make repairs or build a new school.
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