The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on November 1, 1996 · Page 13
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The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas · Page 13

Salina, Kansas
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Friday, November 1, 1996
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r FRIDAY NOVEMBER,-!, 1996 THE SALINA JOURNAL Great Plains VIEWPOINTS / B2 ALMANAC / B3 FUN / B4 B BRIEFLY North Carolina man convicted in drug case TOPEKA — A North Carolina man was convicted Thursday of drug possession in relation to a traffic stop in Russell County. Archie Dunn III, Durham, N.C., was convicted after a two-day jury trial of possession of marijuana with intent to distribute. He faces five to 40 years in federal prison without parole, but no sentencing date has been set. Dunn was stopped March 9 on Interstate 70 by the Kansas Highway Patrol for a routine traffic stop. During the stop, troopers discovered the rental car he was driving was overdue, and the rental company had requested that it be impounded. Troopers found about 250 pounds of marijuana in the trunk. Graves lauds state's efforts at clean water HORTON — Gov. Bill Graves Thursday praised state efforts to improve the quality of water. "Clean water is the foundation for our future," Graves said during a gathering of local and state officials at Mission Lake in Brown County. The lake provides water to Horton. In October 1995, Graves announced the Governor's Water Quality Initiative, involving five state agencies, to protect and restore the quality of water in Kansas. During the first year, efforts have been concentrated in the Kansas-Lower Republican River Basin, an area that encompasses 10,500 square miles of north-central and northeast Kansas. Indicators show strong economy MANHATTAN — The Kansas economy should continue to grow over the next six months after a third straight month of increases in indicators measured by Kansas State University. The economic index was up in September, the last month measured, university economists repotted Thursday. An increase for three straight months usually indicates a half- year of sustained growth, the economists said. The index in September was at 152.47, up from 152.43 in August. CBS films publicity for 'In Cold Blood' remake GARDEN CITY — A New York film crew representing CBS has been filming for a publicity story on the upcoming remake of the movie "In Cold Blood." Robert Winsor, director and executive producer of CBS broadcast publicity, and a free-lance crew from Houston have been interviewing people in Garden City and Holcomb about the infamous Clutter murders. Richard Hickok and Perry Smith murdered Herb and Bonnie Clutter, and two of their four children, Nancy and Kenyon, in November 1959. Two other Clutter children were not at home. The movie, a Hallmark World Classics Film, is a miniseries that will air Nov. 24 and 26 on CBS. Winsor said he was seeking opinions for, against and neutral on Truman Capote's classic novel, which inspired the movie, and also on the remake of "In Cold Blood." Hays hospital dropped as defendant in lawsuit HAYS — Hays Medical Center has been dropped as a defendant in a wrongful death lawsuit filed in connection with the death of a Stockton woman during childbirth. As a result, the only remaining defendant in the suit is Dr. William Costello, a former Hays obstetrician. Cathleen Lyn Classman, 30, died Sept. 11,1994, during a Caesarean section at the hospital. The lawsuit was filed June 5,1995. Initially, the lawsuit was filed against the hospital, Western Plains Anesthesia, Greg Mahoney, Costello and Dr. J. Richard Doss. Mahoney and Western Plains were dismissed from the case, after Classman and Mahoney agreed to an $825,000 settlement, although no liability was admitted in the case. Doss was dismissed from the case on April 8. : From Staff and Wire Reports Tomorrow's Headlines 825-6OOO Category 6006 (Call after 7:30 p.m.) TOM DORSEY / The Salina Journal Struggling to get in position for a handout of trick-or-treat candy Thursday night are Tanner Herbel (left), 7, son of Amy and Randy Herbel; Ethan Hendricks, son of Bill and Shari Hendricks; and Kiersten Clark, 7, daughter of Chris and Kathy Clark. Quite A Treat Costumed children have a sweet time on Halloween night By DAN ENGLAND The Salina Journal It was 6 p.m., and Drew Clark, 6, raced around in circles in Kathy and Chris Clark's driveway, as the group of 10 kids prepared to hit the streets Thursday. It was trick-or-treat time. When Kathy said "OK," the competitive Drew starting running from yard to yard, criss-crossing neighborhood streets and wearing a pirate's eye patch and his sternest game face. This was trick-or-treating. This was serious business. "No, wait! Come back!," Kathy said in vain. "Hey! Watch out! Wait up for the group!" Right. Drew sprinted. Seven-year-olds Kiersten Clark, Haleigh Hendricks and Kaite Pahls, dressed as the Three Blind Mice, bolted from door to door, Ethan Hendricks, 5, ran so fast that his cowboy boots tripped him up several times. "That's all right," said Bill, his father. "He's got so much padding underneath that cowboy outfit." The padding was supposed to protect Ethan from bitter temperatures in Salina, but it was only cold and clear, dropping to 37 degrees by 6:30 p.m. "I'm so glad the weather was good," Kathy said. "I saw it was supposed to rain tonight and I was like 'nooooooo!' " The children also wore a different type of protection: A green glowing stick that looked like the nuclear power plant souvenir Homer Simpson plucks from his back during the introduction to "The Simpons." A car scooted by and something splattered on the sidewalk. The Clarks, or Kathy's shoes, to be more exact, were the victims of a drive-by-egging. "Jerks," Kathy sputtered. Tanner Herbel, 7, had the most original costume of the night: He was dressed as a Federal Express delivery man. His mother, Amy, works for the company, but the costume was Tanner's choice. "I told him, 'You don't really want to be a Federal Express boy, do you?" Amy said and laughed. "But he did." Amazingly, the children picked up intensity as the night went on. They bull-rushed the houses, rang the doorbells, then jockeyed for position under the treat bowl. A treater, James Rutledge, 608 Carl, struggled to keep up with the group, holding a piece of candy in his mouth as he grabbed for the packages and shoved them into the children's bags. The parents were content to walk behind and compare pumpkins that dotted the porches. Now it was 6:45 p.m., and the cold and running around finally started to wear the children down. They worked their way back to the Clarks, where their oldest son, Travis, 12, had to spend his first Halloween at home handing out candy. A family rule prevents any child past the sixth grade from trick-or-treating. "I kind of wanted to go out for one more year, but ... oh, well," Travis said while sucking on a lollipop. "I'm not too mad, not too sad, but I'm not too happy either." It was time for the group to spilt up. Some of the kids climbed into cars, ready to show relatives their costumes, while others began to walk home. It was 7 p.m., and the streets were quiet except for a few, deeper-voiced demands for candy, as the older children prepared to claim their territory. V PHONE BOOK Hospitals' old phone numbers show up Phone directory error lists hospitals' numbers before they merged By ALF ABUHAJLEH The Salina Imirnal Southwestern Bell has erred in this year's Salina-Gypsum area telephone book by reprinting the telephone numbers of two former Salina hospitals. When Asbury-Salina Regional Medical Center and St. John's Regional Health Center merged into Salina Regional Health Center a year ago, the phone numbers changed, too. To ease the transition for customers of the former hospitals, Salina Regional Health Center had their names printed in last year's phone directory but with the hospital's new phone number. Things seemed to work just fine. People referred to the two hospital campuses as Salina Regional. They even memorized the new telephone number, said Jill Giele, a spokeswoman for the hospital. Then, a public-relations disaster struck. In this year's phone directory, Southwestern Bell has listed Asbury and St. John's as two separate hospitals with their old phone numbers. But there isn't a reference to Salina Regional Health Center at the entries for Asbury and St. John's. Larry Psautsch, a spokesman for Southwestern Bell, said the phone company made a temporary change in the computerized phone directory last year when the hospital requested the new phone number be printed under Asbury and St. John's. The company failed to change the information in the permanent directory, Psautsch said. Judges' numbers Two Saline County District Court Judges have also had trouble with the new phone book. Judge George Robertson, who took office in August 1995, and Judge Jerome Hellmer, who took office in April, both were left out of the phone directory. Their predecessors Judge Gene Penland and Judge David were listed instead. T DEBATE Students in charge of Central's debate tourney 200 teams expected this weekend for state's largest tournament By CAROL LICHTI The Salina Journal For the past month, high school students Monica Balser and Sara Martin have taken on what basically has been a full-time job — directing what is expected to be the largest debate tournament in the state. "I have not stopped working on this since I started," said Balser, 18, a senior at Salina Central High School. "I have spent about 40 hours a week on it." Balser and Martin, 17, also a senior at Central, are co-directors of the tournament, which starts at 3:30 p.m. today at Central, Roosevelt-Lincoln Middle School and Kansas Wesleyan University. The tournament continues Saturday at Central, 650 E. Crawford, with elimination rounds starting at 3 p.m. The biggest worries, Martin said, are scheduling more than 200 teams of debaters from 43 schools for the two-day tournament and finding 600 judges. The 70 students enrolled in Central's debate program have job assignments for the tournament. Central debate coach Gary Harmon referred to Balser and Martin as the chief executive officers of the tournament. They were elected last year, Balser as debate director and Martin as vice president, giving them the responsibility of directing the tournament. Under their direction are supervisors for each building and managers for each floor. "We have a lot of bureaucracy," Balser said. The tournament has four divisions: championship, open, junior varsity and championship novice. Each division is run as a separate tourney. This year, Abilene High School is helping out by organizing a novice tournament for about 80 teams in their first season of debate competition. "We needed help," Harmon said. "We were having over 300 teams every year and we wanted to knock that back to 200 or under." Even with Abilene's tournament, Salina will have 220 teams. "We will still be the largest tournament in the state," Harmon said. The public can watch the debates as long as the teams agree. Harmon suggested that those who want to watch go to the semifinals and finals starting at 3 p.m. Saturday at Central. Balser said more judges are needed. To volunteer, call Central at 826-4751 and ask for the debate room. As the tournament nears, the students are feeling the stress. And Balser was already thinking about Saturday night. "I'm looking forward to being able to go home and go to sleep," she said. T RETAIL STORE Clothing store closes in Abilene Offical: Discount stores, changes in shopping habits led to closing By DAVID CLOUSTON The Salina Journal ABILENE — The women's clothing store Hamburg's, a fixture of downtown for decades, will close at the end of November, ending 59 years in business. Large discount stores have lured away customers and the store was losing money, said Richard Walters, company president. "We've been considering it for a while, yes," Walters said Thursday. "It's getting harder and harder to generate volume in a small community." Walters heads the company, WACO Inc., owned by Bob and Betty Anderson and Walters and his wife, Elaine. WACO stands for Women's Apparel Co. It's the second time in two years the company has closed a store. In November 1995, the 108-year-old Bon Marche clothing store in Concordia locked its doors for the last time. The company's remaining store, the Plaza Style Shop in Salina's Sunset Plaza, will remain open. Hamburg's was run for 35 years under the ownership of J.C. Hamburg and Fred and Betty Dexter. The Andersons and Walters have owned it for 24 years. Beginning today, Hamburg's will conduct a store closing sale, beginning with a 20 percent discount on everything in the store. The sale will end Nov. 30, the store's last scheduled day of business. Walters said factors in the decision to close the store included more than just competition from bigger discount stores. Customer shopping habits have changed over the years as well, he said. Shopping is entertainment, and when they have the time, people like to drive to bigger cities to shop, he said. At the same time, there is less time to devote to shopping, especially by working women, and catalog companies seem to be doing well. "That definitely cuts into local business," Walters said. At one time, Hamburg's was part of a large chain that included apparel stores in Marysville, Sabetha and Beloit, Walters said. Fred Dexter started the store in Abilene for J.C. Hamburg. The Dexters later became part owner and eventually sold the business to WACO: Walters, 66, said a desire for retirement was not the reason the store is closing. "The bottom line is what I go by," Walters said. "When something becomes not the return on our investment we feel we should have, maybe it's time to do something else. "We have had a lot of good, loyal customers and a lot of friends and I will miss seeing them on a regular basis." T EDUCATION Wefald says he plans to stay at Kansas State By DAN ENGLAND The Salina Journal MANHATTAN — President Jon Wefald of Kansas State University confirmed Thursday night that he has decided to stay a Wildcat. In doing so, Wefald ends speculation that he might return to Minnesota for the president's post. His name had been listed since August as one of the top two or three candidates for the University of Minnesota presidency. Wefald said his family had grown to love K-State and didn't want to leave. "We've been here for a number of years," he said. "We've got a great team and superb faculty. Things are going well academically and athletically." Wefald, who just came back from "Fright Night," a pep rally for the men's and women's basketball teams, said he was excited about the school spirit on campus. "I'm very optimistic about the future," he said. "We think the operations are excellent." Wefald had a lengthy career with Minnesota universities before coming to K-State. He was chancellor of seven state universities in the Minnesota State University System. His career also includes five years as president of Southwest State University in Marshall, Minn., and Minnesota Commissioner of Agriculture from 1971 to 1977. Wefald became the 12th president of Kansas State University in July 1986. SUGGESTIONS? CALL BEN WEARING, DEPUTY EDITOR, AT (913) 823-6363 OR 1-800-827-6363

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