The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on February 28, 1978 · Page 8
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The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas · Page 8

Salina, Kansas
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Tuesday, February 28, 1978
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I a ea I £ 1 H We're not profligate enough Accident victim is carried to waiting Saline County ambulance by passersby, ambulance attend- Carried with care ants and a sheriff's officer. The man was one of two injured in a one-car crash about four miles south of Salina on old US-81 late Tuesday morning. (Journal Photo by Evelyn Burger) Two rural Salinans hurt in auto mishap Two Saline county men were injured, one seriously, in a one-car accident Tuesday morning on old US-81 about four miles south of Salina. Ray Winters, 23, Salina Rt. 5, was reported in serious condition in Asbury Hospital's intensive care unit Tuesday afternoon. Winters suffered injuries to his back and chest in the mishap. Admitted to Asbury for observation was Tracy Robey. 33, Salina Rt. 2. Robey suffered possible head injuries. The men were headed north when the accident occurred. Sheriff's Sgt. Don Brown said he had been unable to determine who was driving the car or what caused the accident since both men were unable to give details when interviewed at the hospital. The slick pavement was believed to be a contributing factor to the crash. The car went off the west side of the roadway, struck snow next to a ditch, was airborne across the ditch and rolled at least three times before coming to rest on its top in a field. The men apparently were thrown clear of the car. Suspects charged in big cocaine bust Charges were read Monday afternoon in District Court accusing William E. Dumas, 26, 330 Missouri, and Timothy C. Oniki, 28, 615 Charles, of possessing cocaine with intent to sell. Dumas and Oniki were arrested Sunday by Kansas Bureau of Investigation agents, who were allegedly offered 10 ounces of uncut cocaine for $15,000., Lawmen said the drug would have had ' to have been cut several times before being sold on the street, where its value would have been nearly twice that amount. The agents said they were to meet the drug sellers in a room at a west- side motel where the arrests took place, wrapping up a three-month investigation by the KBI, Saline County Sheriff's Department and the Federal Drug Enforcement Administration. Lawmen reported one of the men was carrying some $26,000 in cash. During the probe, four or five earlier drug purchases allegedly were made, with $20,000 changing hands. The money was put up by the federal agency. Dumas and Oniki were jailed in lieu of $25,000 bonds to await preliminary hearings. K-State economist raps Carter's fiscal policy Economist Ted Haggart doesn't think much of President Carter's $500 billion-plus budget, his proposed federal deficit of $62 billion, or his planned income tax cuts. Haggart, professor of economics at Kansas State University, knows a lot about federal financing because he served for several years on the staff of the Senate Budget Committee and was in on the "birthing" of Congress' first real move to exercise considerable control over federal budgets. Speaking to the Salina Rotary Club Monday, Haggart, the son of District Judge and Mrs. Raymond Haggart, 515 W. Ellsworth, said: • Carter's proposed budget could just as easily have been $5 billion less than last year's instead of $5 billion more. • The proposed deficit is a source valid concern because it will mean federal competition with private money in the marketplace. • The proposed tax cuts were not well designed. Personal tax cuts should be smaller, but, at the same time, additional small personal tax cuts should have been proposed for 1980-81 so consumers would have a certainty of some long-term relief. Bigger tax cuts should be proposed for businesses and industries to create a surge of business investments to meet the demands of the future and keep the economy strong. While he was in Washington, Haggart helped create a new system which, for the first time, gives Congress an over-all view of budgetary matters, and sets "ceilings" on spending and "floors" for federal income. WaKEENEY — The red carpet was rolled out for westbound drivers on Interstate 70 most of the day Monday. So were various other colors of carpet, much to the dismay of truck driver John Goodhall, Collinsville, Ala. The Kansas Highway Patrol said Goodhall lost control of his semi-trailer rig with its load of carpeting about 11 miles east of WaKeeney Monday morning. The truck went into the north ditch, jackknifed and turned over as Goodhall tried to bring it back onto the highway. Troopers said it took most of the day to clear the right-of-way of the truck and its spilled cargo. Goodhall was treated for a leg bruise at Trego County Hospital and released. Damage was estimated at $25,000. * * * An adminstrative assistant to the governor was in Salina Monday afternoon, but no one came by to visit with her. Bette Jo Roberts, administrative assistant to Gov. Robert Bennett spent 75 minutes at Government Center Monday afternoon — alone in Room 209. Spelling Bee deadline is Wednesday Entries in the 1978 Saline County Spelling Bee must be in the mail by midnight Wednesday. Entry blanks should be mailed to Spelling Bee Committee, 151 Fairdale Rd., Salina 67401. The written contest for 6th, 7th and 8th graders begins at 9:30 a.m., March 11 at Roosevelt-Lincoln Junior High School. Sponsors of the competition are The • Salina Journal and the Salina Recreation Commission. The county winner advances to the state contest April 15 in Topeka. Salinans named to Kiwanis board Rudy Barta, 11% N. Santa Fe, Arnold J. Lehmann, 215 W. Wilson and Charles J. Hedges, 620 Starlight, have been chosen to serve on the 1978 board of directors of the Kansas Kiwanis Foundation. Each new board member will serve on an action commission during the year and join in a state conclave in Topeka August 25 when the annual Kansas Kiwanis District Convention is held. Salman gambling that Vegas hotel-casino can turn a profit Salinan Lou Tickel, 149 Seitz, is among a group of Midwest investors which has bought the needle-shaped Landmark Hotel-Casino in Las Vegas "from Howard Hughes' Summa Corp. ' Tickel, who returned to his Salina home Monday from Las Vegas, ,said the group plans to add a 750-room tower to the Landmark within the next year or so. The purchase price of $12.5 million included 21 acres of land and the current 30-story, 486-room structure. "It's quite a challenge and quite an operation," Tickel said. "There's a lot 'of work involved, but there's an element of excitement, too." Hughes originally bought the hotel in 1967 for an announced price of $17.3 million. The Landmark has been in financial trouble for several years, but Tickel seems confident his group can overcome that problem. . "One man owned the hotel and his Lou Tickel name was Howard Hughes," Tickel said. "When you have several billion dollars, you don't worry too much about profit on one investment." The hotel and casino did show profits in 1971 and 1972, "when they had good management," Tickel said. Hughes' Summa Corp. has been negotiating with several groups about the sale and initially announced the hotel had been sold to hotelman Frank Scott for $10 million. But a judge monitoring activities of the Hughes estate rejected the transaction because higher offers were submitted. The sale to Tickel and his group will not require the judge's approval because the $12.5 million was the highest offer received, said Perry Lieber, the Landmark's general manager. It is expected to take about 30 days to close the deal. Tickel said the buyers would apply immediately for the required state gambling license. "That's quite a process," Tickel said. Tickel, who was magistrate judge in Salina for many years, built and operated the Ramada Inn here for a number of years before selling it. He also owned some hotels in Denver but sold them recently. "I plan to be spending a lot of time in Las Vegas," Tickel said, "but I plan to maintain my home in Salina for some time." Mrs. Zula Wolfram, Toledo, Ohio, whose husband is a stockbroker, is the other major investor in Tickel's group. You goffo spend /f fo gef /f, feds warn c/fy It was one of those ironies of governmental spending. City officials complained Monday they weren't getting their share of federal funds fast enough, while the federal government accused the city of taking too long to spend the money it •already has received. Salina city officials said they would ask federal officials this week to hurry up and send the city more federal funds under the Community Development program. But only minutes before, city commissioners discussed a letter from federal officials which told the city to hurry up and spend the money it already has received or it would risk losing out on future federal grants. Slow spenders There are 32 cities in the area covered by the Kansas City, Kan., office of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), the letter said, and 29 of the 32 cities are spending their Community Development money faster than Salina. V City Manager Norris Olson criticized the HUD letter and defended the city's spending record. The city could have spent its CD funds on "brick and mortar" projects or street paving and easily used up its share by this time, Olson said. However, the city instead decided on other programs that entailed deferred spending plans, including projects such as Lower Indian Rock baseball diamonds, housing rehabilitation and weatherization, neighborhood centers in Centennial Park and at Carver Center and others. Need approval Some of those projects are being delayed because the city has not received official approval of its third-year amended application for $1.36 million in the five-year program. Carver Center, a Salvation Army Center expansion, improvements at the YWCA and other projects are being held up by the delay. Salina's slow-spending record could be bad news if the city decides it wants to apply for future federal grants when V the current CD program expires after next year, according to the letter from Jim Haff, director of the HUD office's division of community planning and development. "The rate at which the Community Development funds are drawn down (spent) is one indication of a grantee's progress and its ability to successfully administer its Community Development program," Haff wrote. Proposed regulations for future federal grants under the Small Cities Community Development Block Grant program will require HUD to look at-an applicant's previous spending record, Haff wrote. "These requirements could seriously jeopardize Salina's efforts if it should decide to file a preapplication for a comprehensive grant," the letter stated. If city officials were worried about Haff's warning, they didn't show it. It is unlikely that Salina will want to apply for any more grants under the Community Development program after the current version expires, Olson told the commission. v Flooding study will be delayed while other areas incorporated The results of a study of South Salina's surface flooding problems will be delayed two months. City commissioners Monday granted Wilson and Company Architects and Engineers a two-month extension on its contract. The extension will allow the firm to include the South Fourth and Cloud area and the slough near Sacred Heart High School in the study. The two areas originally were not included, but were added later. The study, now due June 16, will identify the scope of the surface flooding problem and recommend solutions. In other action Monday, commissioners: • Received bids on several vehicles, referring them to the city engineer's office for a recommendation. • Awarded recognition pins to four city employees with 25 years of service and 20 employees with 10 years of service. • Gave first-round approval to ordinances annexing eight acres in Southeast Salina's Mayfair Addition and setting special assessments in Goergetown Addition and part of Bonnie Ridge Addition. • Approved re-zoning of 121-123 S. Oakdale, where Development Consultants, Inc., intends to build a high- rise apartment complex for low-income elderly residents. • Approved the final plats of Cook Addition, located about two miles northwest of Salina, and Meadowlark Acres, located northeast of 9th and Magnolia. • Approved an amendment to city subdivision regulations deleting the requirement that developers pay. all current taxes on a subdivision when filing a plat. Attorney John Mize, who re- quested the change, argued the requirement was discriminatory because all other taxpayers are allowed to pay their real estate taxes in two portions. • Approved a "planned development district" allowing three duplexes to be constructed at 2099 Hageman, residential re-zoning of 2089 Hageman as requested by Leonard and Lorieta Loy and apartment zoning, of serveral lots in parts of Georgetown Addition requested by William Chaffee. • Denied a re-zoning request for industrial zoning of an area at Dover Drive and Cloud, filed by Joe Kroneberger. • Approved an expansion of the city's "emergency program" on a citywide basis. The program provides funds for needy homeowners who encounter emergency situations that endanger their life or property. Father charged with beating of son; infant remains critical David Campbell Corvin, 24, 830 Hancock, was charged Monday afternoon in District Court with aggravated battery of his 6-month-old son, Christopher Shane Giacoletto. The infant remained in critical condition Tuesday morning in the pediatrics intensive care unit of Wichita's Wesley Medical Center. Corvin had been caring for his son while the boy's mother, Helen Giacoletto, 21, 830 Hancock, was in the hospital. She had been admitted Friday morning for surgery and was released Saturday morning. She reportedly came home to find Christopher unconscious, unresponsive, and having difficulty breathing. Get continuance of murder case MARION — Preliminary hearings for Joseph W. Brigman, 21, Fort Riley, and Michael L. Keffeler, 27, Marietta, Okla., both of whom face charges of first-degree murder, have been continued to March 13 in Marion County District Court. Their hearings had been scheduled for Monday. Each is charged with the Aug. 29, 1977, murders of Dennis Armstrong, 31, Tampa, and his wife, Evelyn, 28. Two other suspects in the case, Terry Allen, 30, and his wife, Carol, 30, both of Boulder, Colo., are under arrest in Colorado and are fighting extradition. School of Prayer set at Roselawn Believing personal prayer not only can be learned, but is a force that actually changes history, World Literature Crusade of Los Angeles will sponsor a "Change the World School of Prayer" Friday and Saturday at Roselawn Mortuary, 1920 E. Crawford. The Salina Concerned Citizens group is sponsoring the seminar. Sessions will be from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Friday and from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday. There's a $25 fee. More information is available from David Frost or Rex Miller at McCoy Christian Supply, 827-9613. He was taken to Asbury hospital and later transferred to Wesley. He had been severely beaten, police said. Officers said his body had eight fingertip-size bruises on the chest, two on the right side of his neck, one behind his right ear, another on his left jaw, three on his tongue, and a 6-inch bruise in the middle of his back. A Wesley spokesman added Tuesday that he also had suffered head injuries and still was unconscious. The oaby was on life-support systems to make treatment easier and keep his condition stable, the hospital said. Police said Corvin gave a statement saying he had been playing with Christopher late Friday evening, which may have caused some of the bruises. The baby also had been crying that evening, but reportedly stopped and went to sleep after Corvin put him to bed. Thieves' tastes varied Thieves continue to keep Salina police detectives busy, with damage and losses totaling well over $600 from five major larcenies reported Monday. Officers listed these details: • Rita Kay Mikulecky, 241 V z N. llth, is missing a $286 Stenograph shorthand machine, apparently taken Feb. 21 from a hallway at Brown Mackie College, 126 S. Santa Fe. Police said Miss Mikulecky initially thought the machine might have been picked up inadvertently, but reported the case as a theft when she was unable to locate it. • Alisa June Coon, 813 W. Prescott, told officers someone had taken a wedding ring valued at $100 and $48 in cash from her purse at a night club west of the city Friday night. • Jamie C. Schnoebelen, Marymount College, discovered someone had stolen a $100 CB radio from her car, which she had left parked at a friend's home at 448 Hazel Court while . she was out of town for the weekend. • Someone broke through a garage- door window and took $69 worth of tools and cigarettes from the Klepper Service Station, 100 W. Pacific. Damage was estimated at $16. • And losses were still being assessed in a break-in at East Iron Market, 927 E. Iron, where store employees discovered some meat, cigarettes, bread and candy missing. Officers said entry was apparently gained through a basement window. Hobbies and clubs The Current Affairs Study Group of the American Association of University Women will meet at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday at the home of Betty Lindeman, 219 Fairdale. Peggy Null will present a program on "Parliamentary Procedure." Preparing for parenthood is focus of new high-school class A new course on parental education will be offered next fall at Salina's two public high schools. "Dimensions for Living" will be open to juniors and seniors. The one- semester course will focus on marriage and preparation for parenthood, development of the child, family relationships and care and guidance of children. Teachers in the schools' home economics departments will lead the classes. Topics include foster care, child abuse, adoption, single parents, working parents, exceptional children, voca- tional guidance and the community's role. The latter will include exploring the role of community services such as child care facilities, mental health centers, churches and schools. A committee of local people and teachers developed the course outline. •They included mental health counselors, a minister, a PTA representative and a child care center director. Betty Rassette, Central High home economics teacher, said development of the course was prompted by a statewide emphasis on parental education.

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