The Journal Times from Racine, Wisconsin on September 10, 1986 · 1
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Wednesday, September 10, 1986
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Delta buys Western. Page 6B SPORTS: Prairie School's Jenny Cook on a roll. Page 1B , : LOCAL: 2 finalists for Racine police chief.: Page 4 A Kidnapping in Lebanon. Page 2A i 1 7 4 5 - J Vf 7 a& Inn i M lull's 1 t D Thompson wins Republican nomination for governor, s prepares to face Earl in November general election Associated Press Wisconsin Assembly Minority Leader Tommy Thompson, who has groomed himself for years for governor, finally gets his shot in November against his old legislative compatriot Gov. Anthony Earl. Earl, who crushed token opposition in his bid for a second four-year term, issued a challenge to Thompson Tuesday night for a series of debates, and the new GOP standard-bearer immediately accepted. Thompson swept past four other Republicans, clearing well ahead of his two nearest rivals, Dane County Executive Jonathan Barry and Milwaukee businessman George Watts. "The issues will be taxes, spending and job creation," said Thompson, 44, a 20-year Assembly veteran and one of Earl's sharpest legislative critics. "It is incumbent on Thompson that he outline what he intends to do" if elected governor, Earl said in suggesting the two candidates meet in "three to to five debates." The two spent time in the Legislature together in the late 1960s and early 1970s when Earl was the Democratic majority leader. Finishing well back in the GOP race were Dr. Albert Wiley of Stoughton and Milwaukee barber Joseph Ortiz, formerly of Racine. Earl swept past his lone opponent, Sheboygan businessman Edmond Hou-Seye. Earl said he would center his campaign on Thompson's plans to increase tourism and school spending by the state, as well as what the governor described as the Democratic Party's far superior voting record on environmental issues. The unofficial results, with 99 percent of the vote tallied : Republican Thompson '. 152.077 (52) Barry 64.472(22) Watts.. 56.236 (19) Wiley 14.853 (5) Ortiz ...3.325 (1) Democratic Earl ...213.198 (80) Hou-Seye 52.511 (20) jjr ' I I ' ' I ,'. y-"- if'": T "" Marie Hertzbcrg, Journal Timet W. D. Gittings, president of Gold Medal Inc., chats with employees Tuesday. Gold Medal plant closing By David Pfankuchen Journal Times Citing red ink caused by price competition from imported casual furniture made in the Far East, 94-year-old Gold Medal Inc. said it will close its aging, multi-story Racine plant at 1700 Packard Ave. by the end of the year and consolidate production at its 7-year-old plant at Baxter, Tenn. Gold Medal's administrative and sales offices, with 13 employees, will remain in Racine. The production consolidation, to be completed by the end of the year, will eliminate 35 jobs here, based on present employment levels. "Overseas competition is just eating our lunch," said John B. Gittings, 59, Gold Medal's executive vice president. "So we're consolidating our two plants into one." "If there had been any way that made sense to keep production here, we'd have done it," said his . brother, William D. Gittings, 61, the company's president. Foreign price competition, particularly for Gold Medal's famous director's chair and particularly from factories in Taiwan, Singapore and Thailand, "has been severe" over the past three years, with the result that the level of activity at the Racine plant "has been reduced so greatly that we can't afford the luxury of two plants," he said. Gold Medal's total present Racine employment of about 50 compares with 115, the level the company used to reach here a few years ago when "we were real busy," he said. As a privately held company, Gold Medal does not disclose sales or profit figures. But John Gittings said the company has lost money for two consecutive fiscal years. The company's fiscal year ends Aug. 31. "Our sales levels have been pretty constant over the last couple years," he said, "But that's not the problem." (Please turn to GOLD MEDAL. Page 2A) Festival site bids submitted By Mike Hill Journal Times Apparent low bids totaling $2,077,110 for the city's festival park and park colonnade were about $12,000 over officials' previous estimates but were accepted by a city council committee Tuesday. If the bids opened Tuesday are accepted next week by the city council, the project could begin this fall and may take a year to complete, officials said. City officials had estimated festival park work would cost $1.57 million, but bids came in at $1.5 million. They estimated $490,636 for construction of the colonnade and BRIEFLY Producer jailed DETROIT (AP)-A television producer was jailed today for refusing to give a grand jury videotapes on Detroit gangs which the panel sought in connection with the killing of a state police trooper. "I've said it before and I'll say it again, I'm not going to give up the tapes, under any circumstances," Bradley Stone, of WJBK-TV in Detroit, told reporters as deputies escorted him from the courtroom of Wayne County Circuit Judge William Giovan. An appeal was filed today with the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati and another would be filed with the U.S. Supreme Court, said ' Stone's attorney, Henry Saad. Stone could be kept in the Wayne County Jail until he submits the tapes to the grand jury or until Its term expires Jan. 7. Toll now 257 MOSCOW (AP) - Divers cut into the hull of the sunken passenger ship Admiral Nakhimov, searching for more victims in the Black Sea disaster in which 257 people are now known to have died, the official Tass, news agency said. In a report Tuesday, Tass said ' divers had cut into the Admiral Nakhimov's port hull and would use blowtorches and explosives to open doors on the lower decks in the search for more bodies. Rain, warm ...details page 2A INSIDE Ann Landers 3C Bridge 7C Business 6B Classified 6C Comics 3C Crossword 10C Daily record 6A Election results 3 A Going 1C Horoscope 9C Movies 4C Obituaries 6C Opinion 8A People 8B Racine County 4A Sports IB TV Listing 2C Wisconsin 7A CHUCKLE Whoever said, "Better late than never," was obviously never audited. Garvey selected by Democrats to run against Kasten in Senate Associated Press Ed- Vf'-' A Wisconsin Democrat ward Garvey, who won a tough primary battle for the U.S. Senate nomination, says party unity is essential to defeat U.S. Sen. Robert Kasten, R-Wis., in November. Garvey, 46, former executive director of the National Football League Players' Association, discussed the unity theme Tuesday night shortly after Matthew Flynn conceded defeat at the end of an often bitter primary. "I hope we can unify the party," Garvey said as he accepted congratulations from weliwishers. State Sen. Gary George and perennial candidate Roman Blenski finished far behind the pair. ' The unofficial results, with 99 percent of the vote counted: Garvay..... 126,009 (47) George ...29.178(11) Blenski 70,075 (4) Flynn, who often had lumped Garvey and Kasten together for their acceptance of political action committee (PAC) funds, said he would support Garvey and work for the defeat of Kasten. . But he wasn't retracting his statements against the use of PAC money, Flynn said. Edward Garvey Democratic nominee "I thought we accomplished a great deal" by publicizing the use of political action committee influence on campaigns, Flynn said. "I thought we highlighted an issue that was extremely important." Garvey said Flynn's charges were sour grapes, that Flynn had accepted PAC money in an unsuccessful 1978 campaign for Congress, and had sought such funding this time around without success. The nominee agreed in the campaign that public financing should replace PACs, but declared before the balloting that Flynn's attacks had made Tuesday's balloting g, "referendum on campaign tactics" rather than issues. Kasten, 44, who ousted Sen. Gaylord Nelson in 1980 when the Reagan landslide gave the GOP control of the Senate, was unopposed in Tuesday's primary and re ceived 238,314 votes. "Six years ago this country lost its conscience in the U.S. Senate with the loss of Gaylord Nelson" and several other key Democrats, Garvey told supporters. "We can offer a clear choice to Robert Kasten," he declared. Garvey, who returned to Wisconsin as deputy state attorney general for a brief stint before entering the Senate race, had Nelson's endorsement in the primary, as well as that of state Senate Majority Leader Timothy Cullen, D-JanesviUe. " But several other prominent Democrats, including former Gov. Patrick J. Lucey and Assembly Speaker Thomas Loftus, supported Flynn. U.S. Sen. William Proxmire also spoke in behalf of Flynn's candidacy. George, 32, who hoped to become the first black Democrat to win election to the U.S. Senate, rankled many Democrats when he said he supported President Reagan's air. strikes against Libya in response to terrorist activities. Gedwardt, Flynn to compete for county court clerk post bids came in at $574,108. Apparent low bidders on festival park contracts were: United Construction Corp., Racine, $522,400 for concrete-earthwork; Creative Brick and Concrete, Burlington, $38,250 for concrete block paving; Advance Mechanical Contractors, Racine, $185,900 for site plumbing; Milaeger's Garden Mart, Racine, $179,278 for landscaping; Duwe Metal Products Inc., Milwaukee, $24,988 for handrail metals; Ruud Electric Co., Sturte-vant, $125,348 for electrical work; and $325,500 for con-IPtease turn to BIDS. Page 2A) , By Marcia Nickow Journal Times County Supervisor Ruth Gedwardt and incumbent Clerk of Courts Lawrence Flynn, one-time political allies and former high school classmates, will face off in November. Flynn, a Democrat, and Gedwardt, a Republican, took early leads and handily defeated their opponents in Tuesday's primaries. Late Tuesday, Flynn, munching-on kringle while entertaining guests in his home, said he was able to "just lay back" during his race against County Board Supervisor H. John Anderson. But he said he may have to campaign hard to defeat Gedwardt and spend more than the $500 he spent on the primary. r "The Republicans do have a lot of money," said Flynn, adding, "I'm sure they would like to take over the courthouse." Gedwardt, who celebrated her victory over political newcomer Roger Pfost at GOP headquarters, said she spent about $2,300 on her primary campaign. f FT V - t I. . .. - ,; v Iff? Ruth Gedwardt Republican candidate Gedwardt said she had more than 300 signs up, ran radio ads daily since Labor Day and advertised in five newspapers. She campaigned heavily in the western part of the Lawrence Flynn Democratic candidate county, she said. Gedwardt said she was surprised at Flynn's showing. Earlier in the day, she'd specu-(Phase turn to CLERK. 2A) Complete state and regional election results on pages 3A-4A Results of majorraces in other states on Page 5B THE WINNERS U.S. SENATE Democrat: Edward Garvey GOVERNOR Republican: Tommy Thompson; Democrat: Anthony Earl LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR Democrat: Sharon Metz; Republican: Scott McCallum SECRETARY OF STATE Republican: Clifford Krueger ATTORNEY GENERAL Republican: Donald Hanaway 61st ASSEMBLY DISTRICT Republican: Norman Monson 63rd ASSEMBLY DISTRICT Democrat: Marilyn Nemeth CLERK OF CIRCUIT COURT Democrat: Lawrence Flynn; Republican: Ruth Gedwardt REGISTER OF DEEDS Democrat: Gerald Karwowskl 1

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