The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on May 2, 1997 · Page 11
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FRIDAY MAY 2, 1997 •THE SALINA JOURNAL ^HPH vMPvMI ^b H B^MRJM|M| MUMP VIEWPOINTS / B2 ALMANAC / B3 FUN / B4 B T ACCESS TELEVISION Access TV renews search for executive director Salina community station has been without director since Henry left in August By SHARON MONTAGUE . Jlie Satinn Journal -' After being without an executive director for eight months, Community Access Television of Salina is seeking applications for the position for the second time. Ivan Gallion, chairman of the board of Access Television, said Thursday that applications would be accepted through May 23, and the board hopes to have a new director in place by mid-summer. Access Television's previous executive director, Mike Henry, left Aug. 15 to pursue a master's degree at the University of Kansas. Access Television is a private organization supported by a percentage of the franchise fee paid by TCI to the city of Salina. Applications were solicited for the first time in October 1996, Gallion said, and too few applications were received before the deadline. The Buske Organization in Sacramento, Calif., which consults for access television stations and municipalities, took the applications, evaluated them and was to make recommendations for top candidates. "Basically, that first time, they didn't feel, and we didn't feel, like we had a sufficient number to run the system, so we extended the application period," Gallion said. After the application period was extended, more applications were received, and The Buske Organization recommended four finalists, Gallion said. After interviewing the four, the Access Board offered the job to a woman who also was being courted by another, nonac- cess station. The woman accepted the oth- er position. The board's next choice turned down the job because she didn't want to move. Since Henry's departure, Gallion and the board's vice chairman, Pete Sias, have been filling in when possible. Gallion said neither the board nor the consulting organization could determine why the first search was unsuccessful. The requirements for successful candidates — previous access television experience and a college degree — haven't been changed for the second attempt, and neither has the salary range, which Gallion wouldn't disclose. The board hopes the time of year makes a difference. "This time of year, people are in a state of flux," Gallion said. "They have more of a tendency to relocate if they so desire." The search will be conducted nationwide, with advertisements placed locally as well as on the Internet and in publications of the Alliance of Community Media. The board also will direct mail solicitations to people involved with community access stations across the country. Gallion said he had been told that people in the industry had expressed interest in the position, and he was hopeful a new director could be found. BRIEFLY Man damages sheriff's vehicle during probe A Salina man awaiting questioning in connection with a possible domestic disturbance kicked the window out of a Saline County Sheriffs Department vehicle and ran early Thursday. Stuart Barnes, 35, 604'/ 2 E. Iron, was arrested at noon Thursday, after police were tipped that he had gone back to the scene of the disturbance. He faces charges of trespassing, obstruction of the legal process and property damage. The incident began at 2 a.m. Thursday, when a deputy was called to 7322 W. Colt, Lot 15, to investigate a possible domestic disturbance, said Sheriff Glen Kochanowski. Christie Thatcher, 24, who lives in the trailer, had been out with Barnes, but the two began arguing and she locked the door to the trailer so he couldn't get in. Kochanowski said the door frame of the trailer was damaged by someone pounding and pulling on the door. While the deputy was talking with Thatcher in the trailer, he placed Barnes, who is 6 feet tall and weighs about 200 pounds, in the back seat of his Ford Explorer sheriffs vehicle. When the deputy returned to talk to the man, he was gone and the right rear door window had been kicked out. Kochanowski said deputies searched for the man Thursday morning, but eventually halted the search in favor of requesting a warrant from the Saline County Attorney's Office. Go-carts recovered in southwest Salina Two of three go-carts taken overnight Monday from World of Wheels, 632 S. Broadway, were found Thursday morning in southwest Salina. The two-seater go-carts were found in the Dry Creek area, behind the Schwan's Enterprises Technical building, 3123 Centennial. Still missing is a Manco brand "Dingo 5" go-cart that is black with gold padding. The total value of the three go-carts is $2,811. KC man slain, another injured in shooting KANSAS CITY, Kan. -~ One man was shot to death and another wounded late Wednesday in an attack at a house, police said. The wounded man was taken to a hospital in critical condition, but had improved to serious condition Thursday, police said. Killed was Laron Faulks, 21. The wounded man was identified as James Earl Brand, 23. Neither man lived at the house, police said. Police had no suspects and no motive for the shootings. Man fined $8,000 in adoption-fraud case OLATHE — A man who collected expense fees by promising his daughter to three adoption agencies, then keeping the girl, was ordered to pay more than $8,000 in restitution. Daniel Lesco, 42, Johnson County, also was sentenced to two years probation Wednesday by Johnson County District Judge Peter Ruddick. Prosecutors had sought at least a 30-day jail sentence. Lesco's wife, Copper Lesco, previously pleaded guilty to a felony charge and was sentenced to probation earlier. From Staff and Wire Reports tllMt) When you neod to know. Tomorrow's Headlines 825-6OOO Category 6006 (Call alter 7:30 p.m.) Flowery house TOM DORSEY / The Salina Journal Salinan Sherri Ward (left), an employee at Grlgsby Greenhouse, 1715 E. North, fills in flats of flowers Thursday morning. Grigsby Greenhouse grows all of its flowers from seed. T HEALTH Health watchdog cautions seniors Retired physician says 'we spend billions on quack health products' By GORDON D. FIEDLER JR. The Salina Journal If a health product or procedure sounds too good to be true, it probably is. That was the diagnosis of noted health fraud watchdog Dr. John H. Renner, who spoke Thursday to Salina-area elderly at a luncheon sponsored by Salina Regional Health Center. Renner, a retired family physician who runs a health information service out of his Independence home, cautioned seniors to T KANSAS LEGISLATURE beware of outrageous health claims, 40 percent of which target people in their age group. People should question claims that are analogous to a car maker's boast that its vehicle can deliver 300 miles per gallon. Most people would demand more documentation before they'd buy such a car, he said. "But when it comes to health care we are much more likely to say, Til take it,' " Renner said. This is so, he said after the lunch, because we are conditioned to expect a quick fix. "People want to believe in a magic bullet," he said. As a result we are preyed upon by quacks whose products deliver only false hope and waste money. "We spend billions of dollars on quack health products. Some rascals have even learned how to bill our insurance companies, which means your premiums go up." Renner distinquished between quackery and ligitimate forms of alternative medicine. "There are some good things under alternative medicine, and there are real, terrible things under that rubric." He defined quackery as the deliberate marketing of "claims that can't be backed up by any kind of science." Renner said procedures with no medical validity include homeopathy, iridology (devining health through the iris in the eye), magnetic therapy and the consumption of shark cartilage by cancel- victims. "Shark cartilage is worthless at preventing cancer and worthless treating cancer," he said. "This is medical fraud, and it's being done all over the country." Some herbal products, such as garlic, do have some medicinal benefit, although in many cases the effective dosages haven't been set. Whatever people are taking, he urged them to inform their doctors. "Make the physician know, even if it angers that physician. Don't take any of these things secretly." T MISSIONARY WORK Weather won't halt mission Campers on Mission upgrading county campground near I-70 By SHARON MONTAGUE The Salina Journal When the raindrops began falling Thursday afternoon, Duane Larson knew he was in Saline County again. For the third straight year, Larson and the Kansas-Nebraska Campers on Mission, of which he is president, have come to the county to work on a campground just north of Interstate 70 and across from the Webster Conference Center. And every year, it has rained. But that won't derail the group from completing its tasks. "We've come to expect it," Larson said. The campground, owned by the Kansas-Nebraska Convention of Southern Baptists, is on the site of a former gas station, Larson said. It's operated by the Webster Conference Center, which also is owned by the Baptist organization. Larson said the nondenominational Christian group plans two missions a year — in the spring and in the fall. The spring missions have been to the Webster campground. Three years ago, he said, the group cleared the site and installed electrical and water hookups to 11 camping spots in the campground. The next spring, they returned to hook electrical and water service to the remaining 11 sites. This year, Larson said, the mission is to tap into a sewer line that was existing when the old gas station was operating and bring sewer service to each of the camping sites. But first, the septic tank had to be repaired. About 20 people arrived in 10 campers Saturday, and the group will stay through next week, Larson said. "This place has been our project for many years," Larson said. "We've donated money and we've worked. We'd just like to get it done. "It all depends on the weather." LOB panel continues to search for compromise Panel trying to craft plan that would allow school districts to keep spending authority By The Associated Press TOPEKA — An education conference committee trying to reach compromise on local-option budget legislation seemed to narrow its differences late Thursday, but its third meeting was adjourned without an agreement. The six-member panel, trying to craft a plan that would allow school districts to keep most of their LOB ., spending authority with- >; " « out losing it to voter dis- . * ,' content, agreed to meet again today before the Legislature convenes for the third day of its wrap-up session. Rep. Mike O'Neal, R-Hutchinson, chairman of the House Education Committee and a member of the conference, urged the panel to send a plan to the House for debate today. O'Neal said the committee needs to get something to the floor for debate, claiming House members are going to start go- ing home. "I'm not going to be in this building Saturday," O'Neal threatened. O'Neal wanted the conference committee to endorse a plan that would allow local school districts that have LOBs to keep them at 100 percent next year — if their boards of education readopt them by a vote of at least five of the seven board members — and then keep them without votes of the people for four years after that, but at a reduced rate. Under that plan, LOBs would drop to 95 percent in 1998-99, 90 percent in 1999-2000, 85 percent in 2000-01 and 80 percent in 2001-02, unless the extra 5 to 20 percent in spending authority was made subject to voter protest. Senate members of the conference committee, headed by Barbara Lawrence, R- Wichita, chairwoman of the Senate Education Committee, would not agree to sign a report encompassing O'Neal's plan. Instead, Lawrence adjourned the meeting until 8 a.m. today. Local-option budgets are a mechanism by which school districts can spend more money on elementary and secondary education than the state-mandated base budget amount, now at $3,670 per pupil. T ENTERTAINMENT Cosby's rescheduled concert to be Sunday in Manhattan By DAN ENGLAND The Salina Journal Pour months after his concert was canceled because of the murder of his only son, Bill Cosby is coming to Manhattan. The concert is scheduled for 3 p.m. Sunday at Kansas State University's Bramlage Coliseum, and tickets are in high demand, said Fred Tujague III, advertising and public relations manager for Kansas Cellular, 621 Westport. Tickets from the first concert, originally scheduled for Jan. 19, will be honored. The phone company is sponsoring the event as a celebration of it reaching 100,000 customers. Tujague said few tickets were returned from the first concert. Cosby's son, Ennis, was gunned down on a highway in Los Angeles a few days before the Manhattan concert was scheduled. Police have since arrested and charged a suspect with first-degree murder. COSBY Cosby show Good seats are still available for Bill Cosby's concert at Kansas State University. Reserved seats are $19 to the general public. Tickets can be ordered by calling 532-7606. "I probably could count on two hands the number of tickets we got back," Tujague said. Tujague said Cosby probably would address Ennis' death during the concert, although he said he didn't know the details. Cosby's show deals with a series of humorous narratives and observations of family life, and he draws upon the latest current events for his show. "He equates-(his conert) to preparing a soup, where you are always stirring the ingredients, even at the last moment," Tujague said. The 90-minute performance will be Cosby's first professional appearance in Kansas in almost 10 years. SUGGESTIONS? CALL BEN WEARING, DEPUTY EDITOR, AT (913) 823-6363 OR 1-800-827-6363 OR E-MAIL AT s|new8@saljournal.com

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