The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on October 28, 1996 · Page 3
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THE SALINA JOURNAL Great Plains MONDAY, OCTOBER 28, 1996 A3 V UTILITIES Western Resources continues takeover bid Utility extends its deadline for takeover of KCPL By PATRICE GRAVING Ttie Associated Press TOPEKA — The hostile takeover bid for Kansas City Power & Light Co. continued Sunday, as Western Resources announced it would extend the time limit for approval of its offer to KCPL stockholders. The deadline for the offer, which was Friday, has been extended to Nov. 15, said Western Resources chairman John E. Hayes Jr. He said the change was made because response to the offer "exceeded expectations." As of Friday, 27.1 million KCPL shares, or 44 percent, have been tendered to Western Resources- in response to the offer, Hayes said Sunday. "It would be our hope that Kansas City Power & Light's board would meet with us to bring about a friendly merger during the next three "All anyone has to do is look at the number of shares tendered to Western to see that a majority of KCPL shareholders have not supported a Western-KCPL combination." Drue Jennings KCPL chairman weeks, as we continue to gain support for our tender offer," Hayes said. KCPL said Sunday that it viewed differently the results of Western Resources' offer. "All anyone has to do is look at the number of shares tendered to Western to see that a clear majority of KCPL shareholders have not supported a Western-KCPL combination," said KCPL chairman Drue Jennings. "Western's offer has been open since July, and in all that time, as Western reported, only a little more than 40 percent of KCPL's shares outstanding were tendered to Western," Jennings said. "Our board has rejected Western's hostile exchange offer, and continues to recommend that shareholders not tender their shares to West- ern," Jennings said. Western Resources had said Friday it would announce before markets open today the number of shares offered by KCPL stockholders and whether the exchange offer would be extended. Western Resources, which is offering $31 worth of Western shares for each KCPL share, mounted its hostile takeover bid after KCPL announced plans early this year to merge with UtiliCorp United Inc. KCPL failed to win shareholder support for the UtiliCorp deal, which fell apart last month. Western Resources needs to receive 90 percent of KCPL shares to merge with the Kansas City utility. But Western Resources said it could take control of KCPL's board if roughly 40 percent of the shares were tendered. KCPL opened on the New York Stock Exchange Friday at $27.125. Western Resources opened at $29.750. BRIEFLY Information sought on rural arson The Saline County Sheriffs Office wants the public's help in solving an arson in a pasture near Ohio Street and Ottawa ' Road in north central Saline County. Between 3 p.m. Oct. 3 and 8 a.m. '' Oct. 4, someone set fire to a shed ; containing a 1979 Jeep CJ-7, a kayak and a fiberglass boat. Dam' age was estimated at $12,000. '' Anyone with information about 'the crime can call Crimestoppers, 825-TIPS. Callers aren't required to identify themselves and could be eligible for rewards of up to $1,000. Electricity restored to most in KC area KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Thousands of Kansas City-area resi- ' dents shivered through their a "' fifth day without electricity over 'the weekend, but utility officials •^said power was expected to be re°stored citywide by Sunday night. "'• The angry mayor of suburban Roeland Park, Kan., voiced her community's frustration Saturday, as other parts of the Kansas City area began to see the end of the blackout caused by Tuesday's storm. « "We look like a war zone," said ^Mayor Joan Wendel said. "I'm ^getting tired of living in the living room — that's where our fire:'"place is. I'm learning to put my • makeup on in the dark." : Wendel criticized Kansas City Power & Light Co., saying it didn't keep trees trimmed away from power lines. Adequate mainte- 1 nance would have prevented many of the problems from the , storm, she said. i Kids take to polls : in their own election '- WICHITA — Adults aren't the only ones headed to the polls on the first Tuesday in November. High school students throughput Kansas will vote on three spe- •Jjial questions when they cast ballots Nov. 5 as part of the Kids Voting Kansas youth education project. The Student Opinion Polls questions were developed by high school students in the school districts participating in the general -, plection voting project. " Students will vote only "yes" or 3"'ho" on whether the state should "increase state sales and "sin" tax- 'es to eliminate the personal property tax, should adopt various '-welfare reform measures and ^should encourage communities "to hold parents more responsible ;for their children in order to de- crease juvenile crime. No one wins jackpot in Powerball lottery Two tickets sold for the Power- ball game Saturday night matched all six numbers drawn, "lottery officials Sunday. I The numbers were 4,17,19, 25 •! and 37. The Powerball was 19. ~ The winning tickets were sold * in Indiana and Kentucky. The " players will share the $55.6 million jackpot. The prize goes to an estimated . $5 million for Wednesday. Tickets that match the first five * numbers, but miss the Powerball, * win $100,000 each, and there were '} 12 of those. Kansas is part of the •s multistate lottery. >(. '«*, From Staff and Wire Reports Tomorrow's Headlines 825-6OOO Category 6006 (Call alter 7:30 p.m.) KELLY PRESNELL / The Salina Journal Pizza Hut waitress Beccy Duerksen speeds off with a customer's meal Sunday night in the new, larger restaurant In Abilene. Restaurant supreme pleases patrons Abilene's new Pizza Hut is one of the largest in the state By CAROL LICHTI The Salina Journal ABILENE — Customers such as Avis Wells stop Pizza Hut manager Bette Milkowart as she walks across a crowded, but spacious, dining room. They offer congratulations and share their excitement. "This is great," Wells said of Abilene's new Pizza Hut. "This is great for Abilene." Wells and her friends are regular Pizza Hut customers Milkowart thinks of as "The Salad Ladies." "It's the freshest salad anywhere in town," said Wells' dining companion Nancy Womochil. But on Sunday, Wells and Wom- ochil were raving more about their surroundings. "This is such an improvement," Womochil said. "We've needed this for a long time." Milkowart couldn't have agreed more. The new store, which opened Tuesday, seats 196, more than twice the 80-customer capacity at the old restaurant. The Abilene Pizza Hut is owned by PizzaCb., based in McPherson, which has 25 stores in Kansas. "I would not say it is the largest, but it is one of the largest", in the state, said Jo Littrell, director of operations for PizzaCo. "Abilene has been a good town, and this is something they deserve." The new store at 1703 Buckeye is three times the size of the old store, which is across the street, and almost twice the size of other Pizza Huts. Most Pizza Huts seat about 100 customers. The restaurant has a large walk- in freezer, two dishwashing stations, two ovens that need only eight minutes and 20 seconds to bake a pizza, a sandwich station and a state-of-the-art pasta warming vat. The dining room has a station where waitresses can refill drinks without having to enter the kitchen area, a party room and enough space for a lunch-time buffet. A drive-through window is available. The store is decorated with historical photos, including those showing Abilene's cowtown days. A photo of former President Dwight D. Eisenhower is near the door. Eisenhower's photo is next to that of Eugene Schroeder, who worked for Eisenhower in 1952 and later opened the Pizza Hut in Abilene as his second store. The new store has 23 new employees and will have a staff of aboul 50 to 60 people. Business was shut down for one day for the move, and business has gradually been growing ever since. "I've seen a lot of faces I haven't seen for a long time," Milkowart said. "People who were delivery or take-out customers are coming in to see the new store." T POSTAL SERVICE Business mail to be discussed Postal council to talk about mailings made by businessess By CAROL LICHTI The Salina Journal The Mid-Kansas Postal Customer Council wants to help businesses that do a lot of mailing save money. And the council is willing to provide a free meal to do it. The postal customer council, a group of postal service representatives and business mailers who offer programs and meetings to educate and better serve postal customers, will meet Wednesday in Salina. The meeting, open to the public, will begin at 6 p.m. at the Salina Area Chamber of Commerce office, 120 W. Ash. The meeting will include a panel discussion about rates, automation, regulations and ways businesses can prepare their mail to reduce mailing costs. The panel will talk about postal changes and answer questions. "If it costs less to handle the mail, the charge is less." Richard Brake Salina postmaster Those who attend are encouraged to bring questions and typical pieces of mail. Postal rates changed for business mailings in July because of automation changes and processing costs, said Salina Postmaster Richard Brake. Businesses can reduce their mail costs by having mail prepared for the automation, reducing the amount of processing the post office must do. "If it costs less to handle the mail, the charge is less," Brake said. The meeting also will include a tour of the Salina Post Office, 211 E. Ash, and new automation equipment. The tour will begin at 7:45 p.m. The meal is provided through money the council has raised from fees for seminars and programs. No government funds are used for the meal. The council, which includes Salina and north-central Kansas towns of Beloit, Abilene and McPherspn, meets four times a year. The .council with help from councils in Manhattan and Topeka has an annual seminar for business mailers. There is no admission charge for the meeting, but reservations should be made by calling Brake at (913) 827-3695 or Barry Weis at <913) 825-6789. T EDUCATION Middle school students hope to reduce violence By CAROL LICHTI The Salina Journal Students in 17 middle schools in the Salina area will be working to find ways to stop violence through a new program called Project SAVE. The launch of Project SAVE, an acronym for Students Against Violence Everywhere, is funded by a $52,060 grant received by the Smoky Hill Education Service Center, 1648 W, Magnolia, which is based in Salina and serves 13 school districts in north-central Kansas. The grant was received through the federal Safe and Drug Free Schools program. Laura Hawkins, special projects coordinator for Smoky Hill, said the grant money will be used to hire a coordinator who will work with school counselors and students from Saline, Ellsworth, Lincoln, Ot- tawa and Dickinson counties. The students and counselors will devise the program for their schools after studying research about effective methods for preventing violence. Hawkins said the program will look at ways of helping students manage anger, find alternative solutions, boost self-esteem and develop negotiating and problem-solving skills. Students having problems could be matched with mentors from the community. "For example, a student who has an interest in airplanes could be paired with someone like the local crop duster," Hawkins said. Money from the one-year grant will pay for the coordinator and other expenses of the program. Hawkins said the program will be evaluated to determine if additional grant funds should be sought. SUGGESTIONS? CALL BEN WEARING, DEPUTY EDITOR, AT (913) 823-6363 OR 1-800-827-6363

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