Garden City Telegram from Garden City, Kansas on July 20, 1976 · Page 1
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If II News In Brief Pizza Bandits Arraigned I WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Two men were | arraigned Monday in Sedgwick County | Court of Common Pleas as the alleged | "pizza bandits" who robbed a series of j; pizza restaurants in Wichita. •; Kornell McGhee, 25, and Larry D. ;! Jackson, 28, were were ordered held in ji lieu of $50,000 bond. ji McGhee was charged with four counts j; of aggravated robbery and three counts •; of kidnaping in the pizza robberies and ji Jackson was charged with one count of j aggravated robbery and one count of \ aggravated kidnaping. j Yolanda Burleson, 22, was charged • with one count of aggravated robbery and j released on $2,500 bond. j 'The kidnaping charges were filed i because some employes of the pizza i restaurants were allegedly forced into ! walk-in refrigerators during the rob- i beries, authorities said. ; Judge Daniel Dwyer set July 28 for i preliminary hearings on the charges. i Egypt Boycotts Olympics MONTREAL (AP) — Egypt pulled out of the Olympic Games today and 2,500 people waited in vain at the Etienne Desmarteau Arena as the Egyptian basketball team failed to show up for a game against Italy. Egypt's decision brought the number of nations involved in the boycott to 29. . A spokesman at the Egyptian delegation headquarters at Olympic Village said the team had withdrawn from the Games and was preparing to leave for home. At the basketball arena, the Italian team took the court as scheduled and the crowd waited expectantly. But 30 minutes before the scheduled 11 a.m. start officials received a phone call informing them the Egyptians were not coming. Tot Shoots Sister WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Police say a 2- year-old girl shot her 3-year-old sister to death after picking up a loaded and cocked pistol from a coffee table. Shantel Owens was shot in the head and died just before noon Monday, said Capt. Ed Lester, a detective in the juvenile division. The parents were reportedly at home at the time. Lester said it apparently was an accidental shooting but the incident was being investigated. Mexico Clean-up Starts MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico began cleaning up Monday after the worst rains in memory caused floods that in which at 'least 120 persons were reported killed, 50 were missing and 200,000 homeless. Flooding was reported in 11 of Mexico's 31 states. Thousands of animals were drowned, and roads, bridges, railways and crops were washed out. A government emergency commission and the army were flying supplies to stricken areas as emergency teams worked to clear debris, reopen roads and restore communications. A Viking Lands on Mars A Search for Life on Red Planet Begins Flood of Tips In Kidnap Case CHOWCHILLA, Calif. (AP) — Authorities investigating the mass kidnaping of a busload of 26 school children say they are being flooded with tips and hope to have names and photographs of the three abductors by today. "We've got so many leads, I can't say which one will lead to the breaking of this case," Alameda County Sheriff Tom Houchins said Monday. Asked.if the investigation was progressing satisfactorily, Madera County Sheriff Ed Bates said, "You'd better believe it." Authorities said they were using computers to check many of the leads, including the descriptions of possible suspects and vehicles. "There's a lot of brainstorming going on," said Alameda County Sheriff's Lt. Clayton Paxton. "Most of the work is being done over the telephones and with computers." Two fresh leads came to'in- vestigators Monday. Authorities also reported they had located some clothing taken from the victims by the kidnapers beside a highway near Saratoga, ISO miles northwest of this small farming community where the 27 were abducted. The masked trio hijacked the bus Thursday, left the 26 school children and the bus driver in an underground bunker in a gravel quarry at Livermore, 95 miles north of Chowchilla. The victims dug their way out and escaped Friday evening. One new lead came from an unidentified former inmate at San Quentin prison who told Tuolumne County Sheriff Jack Litteral "that while he was in the joint he knew of three or four guys who talked incessantly about a kidnap operation they intended to pull when they got out, in which they would use a group of children for hostages." Investigators also checked on a report that a man tried to get an unlicensed van painted in Oakland on Monday, but "took off" when a suspicious shop worker asked the driver for the vehicle's serial number. Alameda County Sheriff's Lt. Edward Volpe said the paint shop owner gave a description of the man which closely resembled descriptions of one of the suspects. PASADENA, Calif. (AP) America's Viking 1 spacecraft landed today on a dusty plain of Mars to search for life on the red planet. In a spectacular space achievement, Viking began sending back razor-sharp photos of the planet's surface. The pictures arrived dramatically, appearing line-by-line on television monitors after traveling 213 million miles at the speed of light. The failure of two earlier Soviet Mars landing crafts had heightened the tension in the project laboratory. "The details are just incredible," said Dr. Thomas Mutch, head of the lander imaging team. " It just couldn't be better," he said as the first picture, a portion of the surface directly under one leg of the lander appeared on television monitors at Jet Propulsion Laboratory. It was of the Chryse Planitia, the Gold Plain of Mars — the smoothest place on a planet marked by volcanic peaks and deep valleys and craters. Later, the unmanned three-legged lander will make life-detection and soil sampling tests. For more than 100 years scientists have thought Mars might harbor some form of life. Scientists cheered and hugged each other as the 1,300-pound craft radioed that it touched down on Mars at 4:53 a.m. PDT. The signal took 19 minutes to reach earth. For many, the achieveme.nt was a childhood dream come true — a Mars landing. President Ford telephoned his congratulations to the project headquarters, calling the mission a "wonderful and most remarkable success." He said, "I think it's amazing that in the span of a single lifetime, the exploration of space has grown from the dreams of very, very few individuals to such a massive cooperative reality." Science fiction writer Ray Bradbury was at JPL for the touchdown, his dreams racing ahead of the Viking mission. "I know in the next 20 years we'll have a manned landing on Mars — eventually we'll have colonized and taken over the planet," Bradbury said. The first picture showed an area of soil strewn with what seemed to be chunks of rock of varying sizes. Mutch said it looked as though some of the rocks had tails of dirt formed by the rushing of strong Martian winds across the surface. Scientists had expected the landing site, a low plain where streams may once have run, would be covered by a blanket of material deposited by the water. Although the pictures showed a rocky surface, the landej apparently avoided any geologic hazards that project officials had feared might imperil the touchdown. In the corner of the first picture could be seen one of Viking's round metal landing footpads. The rivets on the footpad were visible and the footpad casb an oval shadow in the late af- ternoon sun as it rested on the soil among the rocks, which Mutch described as "a beautiful collection of boulders." The second picture was to be a panoramic view of the Martian landscape, made by a camera on the lander with the ability to sweep a long path across the horizon. As the lander's panoramic picture came through, oohs and aahs reverberated through the center. "I think it's great," said Mission Director Thomas Young, viewing the Martian horizon. "It has exceeded all our expectations. The landing was O.K., there were no problems, and it's as scientifically interesting as we had hoped." Asked if the panorama shots of the Martian surface revealed the desert scientists had expected, project chief Jim Martin said, "It's certainly very close. We don't see a lot of big rocks. It looks like there might be some hills out there." The Soviet news agency Tass reported the Viking landing in one paragraph. Vol.47 Garden City GARDEN CITY, KANSAS, TUESDAY, JULY 20,1976 12 Pages -No. 220 15c a Copy Telegram City Okays New Refuse Pickup System Park Artist There's no getting away from someone looking over your shoulder, even while drawing at the park, as Jennifer David Williams Garnand, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Bob Garnand, 206 E. Pine, discovered during a Civic Center painting and drawing class. Garden City Commissioners approved spending of $591,010 in a recessed session Monday. Largest expenditure approved was $362,800 for purchase of a new refuse pickup system from Emco Corp. of Plainview, Tex. The new system is expected to save the city about $100,000 a year in operating expenses for the city-wide trash pick-up system, according to Assistant City Manager Bob. Halloran. It is an automated truck pick-up system with which one man and one truck can do the same job which two trucks and six men are doing under the present refuse pick-up system. Emco demonstrated the new system here early in June and has since made a proposal to the city. While the commissioners voted to accept the proposal, they don't know for sure where the money for it will come from. USD Budget: Spending Down, Levy Up If the proposed budget is approved, total expenditures for Unified School District 457 will be down next year, but the mill levy will be up. A 1976-1977 budget of $8,281,194.54 was approved for publication last night by the Unified School District 457 Board of Education. Mill levy is set at 35.914. Ad valorum taxes are figured at a rate of 30 per cent of a property's estimated value. Thus, a home valued at $30,000 is taxed at $10,000. With this budget the owner would pay $359.10 in 1976-1977 for school taxes. Publication of the budget in the Telegram is scheduled for Wednesday, and a public hearing is slated for 8 p.m. Monday, Aug. 2. That meeting is for the purpose of hearing objections and answering questions of taxpayers relating to the budget and proposed tax levy and for considering any proposed amendments. Last year's total expenditures amounted to $8,485,405.60, with a mill levy of 33.92. This year's budget calls for a decreased expenditure of $204,211,06 with a mill levy increase of 1.994. Major decrease in ex- Garden Sass Flattery is okay, Gus Garden says, just so you don't inhale too much of it. penditures this' year comes in the area of capital outlay. That would be reduced from $1,576,307.94 to $355,371.09. With the exception of bond and interest payments, expenditures in other areas are up. If approved, general fund will go from $4,272,461 to $4,721,500. The district has increased expenditures to the limit the state allows — 10.5 per cent. John Dickerson, assistant superintendent of schools, describes this year's budget as "austere." Added personnel and programs and salary increases have added to district costs this year, he said. USD 457 has developed a curriculum coordinating * * council, two additional instructors have been added at Gertrude Walker Elementary School, additional coaching assignments have been approved, a merit salary plan will be implemented for principals, and extra costs will be absorbed by the district in career and vocational education programs as federal money is phased out. One area that drew questions from board members last night was a reduction in expenditures for maintenance. Additional money was allotted this past year to bring some buildings up in condition, and several board members expressed the opinion that those conditions * 197)*-1975 should be maintained at a high level. That item will be reviewed before the budget's final adoption. District valuation is up this year — $104,185,227 compared to last year's $93,056,470. That helps the mill levy, but it decreases the amount of state aid, said Dickerson. These are the general fund budget figures for the 19761977 school year with the 19751976 figures in parentheses: Administration—$195,413, 4.1 per cent of the budget ($176,307; 4.1 per cent). Instruction—$3,273,658, 69.4 per cent ($3,004,891, 70.3 per cent). Attendance—$4,500, .1 per cent ($4,500; .1 per cent). Health—$33,096, .7 per cent * 1 1975-1976 ($29,137, .7 per cent). Operation—$550,958, 11.8 per cent ($471,531, 11 per cent). Maintenance—$133,840,2.8 per cent ($177,590, 4.2 per cent). Fixed charges—$214,646, 4.5 per cent ($118,727, 2.8 per cent). Community service— $6,600, .1 per cent ($6,650, .2 per cent). Student activities— $33,509, .7 per cent ($26,720, .6 per cent). Transfers— $275,280, 5.8 per cent ($256,407, 6 per cent). Teacher salaries have been increased by about 10 per cent, said Dickerson, but several salaries have been moved out of the general fund and into the vocational fund. Also, medical insurance for teachers is included in fixed charges, he said. r * 1976-1977 Tax Rates Expenditures General 25.60 $3,715,202 Social Security 2.62 Capital Outlay .10 Vocational Education Transportation' Special Education Co-op Special Education Driver-! Training Pood Service Bond and Interest 1*57 2.9l* 199,553 95 3,961* 39,61*2 215,127 115,768 735.1*08 16,61*3 ,353 "Nina Adv. Kicci" only at Hoovers. - Vote Michael Quint for Associate District Judge. Paid (or by M. Quint.— Pal. Adv. Bond end Interest 1 Total 3.93 372, 219 151* ,531* ,195 Tax Rates 21 3 3 3 3 .61* .10 .00 .12 .06 Expenditures £1*,272 186 1,576 1*7 252 139 991 17 1*93 359 11*9 ,1*61 , , , , , , , , , , 055 307 737 11*1* 708 201). 563 661 1*1*6 116 Tax Rates 23 2 1 1 1 3 2 .373 .237 t .700 .U*9 .1*31* .213 .508 Expenditure a 31*. 721, 263, 355, 202 283 11*9 1,253 23 518 362 11*6 , , , , , , , 5oo 931* 371 6 3 2 725 925 278 280 765 61*0 tll*3 City staff will research two methods of funding for the system—general obligation bonds and revenue bonds. Halloran said today that if the commission decides to finance the new system through revenue bonds, it would be in operation by the first of the year. But if the general obligation bonds is the route, the system wouldn't be in operation before March or April of 1977. The time difference, Halloran' said, would be mainly in the fact that the revenue bonds could be prepared and the equipment ordered by sometime in August, while general obligation bonds would have to be voted on by the people of the city in the November general election. Delivery and set-up would take another two- three months, he said. Under the new system, I 1 /*, and three cubic yard trash containers would be placed in alleys throughout the city with four families using the same container. The new trucks would then automatically pick up more trash at a time, and without having to have men lift the cans and dump them into the trucks. Four of the new trucks and 1,560 of the containers would be purchased. ' The city now has 10 trash pick-up trucks, two of which will be kept. Halloran said the two trucks would be kept to accomodate the residential areas of the city which have curb-side trash pick-up, as well as most of the commercial trash pick-up in town. Rest of the city's present fleet would be sold. Spending of another $228,210 was approved by the commission to purchase water line to be installed in the new developing parts of the city; That is for 54,000 feet of pipe ranging from six to 12 inches in diameter. Lowest bidder on the pipe was McWane Co. of Birmingham, Ala. The commission approved spending of up to $350,000 in general obligation bonds earlier for purchase of the water pipe. Weather Sunrise 6:38 Sunset 9:01 Chance of thundershowers this evening continuing into Wednesday. Low tonight mid 60s. High Wednesday mid to upper 80s. Winds northerly this evening and diminishing tonight. Probability of measurable precipitation 30 per cent tonight and Wednesday. Temperatures for the 24-hour period ending at 6 a.m. Tuesday. 35.71 $6,71*2,898 33.92 $8,1*85,1^5 35.911* $8.281,191* Dodge City Emporia GARDEN CITY Goodfand Hill City Russell Salina Topeka Wichita Max. 97 90 96 97 101 99 95 90 91 Min. 41 70 70 67 72 72 74 73 71 Free.

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