The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on May 6, 1997 · Page 3
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THE SALINA JOURNAL ^^"'^r^'T^s^^'fr?^^*^^ TUESDAY, MAY 6, 1997 A3 COUNTY pounty planners reject housing project Realtor will ask county ^commission to OK housing ^development north of Salina :ey SHARON MONTAGUE • The Snlinn Journal • As Jerry Fowler, director of Saline ; County Public Works, said after Monday ^night's meeting, Tim Howison's proposal for a residential development about 3Vi ; miles north of Salina was one of the best ',he's heard. ; The problem was, the development was • on North Ohio Street, and people entering 'and leaving would use Shipton Road or ; North Ohio Street, both gravel roads. \ It was for that reason, and because the • development was in an area designated on the county's comprehensive plan for agricultural use, that county planners denied two applications related to the proposed development. One application was to change the comprehensive plan map to show the area as best suited for residential development, and the second was to change the zoning on the 315 acres to residential. The county planning commission's recommendation is advisory only; the Saline County Commission has the final say on zoning matters. It is not known when commissioners will act on the planning commission recommendation. Howison, owner of Associated Real Estate Brokers in Salina, said he would appeal to county commissioners to override planning commissioners. If county commissioners deny the pro- posal, Howison said he would split the tract into four 80-acre tracts, which is allowed under agricultural zoning. . "It would make more sense to approve this," Howison said after the meeting. Howison is developing the land for Ed Streckfus of Lakin. Streckfus, who builds conservation terraces and previously owned land in Saline County, plans to buy the land from Vanier, Inc. Plans called for 35 building lots in the development, with lot prices starting at about $20,000. The average lot would have been about 6.5 acres. The development also would have included about 75 acres of common area. The property has two ponds, and another was planned. The lots were planned in such a way that each home would have had a view of a pond or wooded area, not of another house. Dena Foutch, 609 Lena, said she had been looking for more than two years for a building lot in the country but had been unsuccessful. "We saw this as our chance to do it." she said. But people who live near the proposed development spoke against the plan, saying 35 more houses would add more stress to already overstressed roads. Greg VanCoevern, 4773 N. Wasserman Way, said North Ohio Street is a "disaster area" when it rains, and some parts of the road are impassable. Howison said the additional houses would add about $80,000 to the county's tax rolls, and part of that money could be used to improve roads. But Fowler noted that the road and bridge department gets only about 10 percent of the tax money allocated to the county. After the meeting, Fowler said it would cost $300.000 to $400,000 a mile to upgrade the gravel roads to pavement. And to have a significant effect, both North Ohio Street and Shipton Road would have to be improved. The county has been buying property rights-of-way on North Ohio Street from Interstate 70 to Schippel Road, Fowler said, but there are no plans in the works to improve the road. Robert Holgerson, a planning commissioner, said the board already had rejected one housing proposal for the area because of road conditions, so couldn't approve Howison's plan. BRIEFLY Parts of Schilling, Ohio roads to close ; Parts of Ohio Street and • Schilling Road will be closed starting Wednesday so work ' can be done on Schilling Road ; arid a drainage improvement ; project. - •; .-The work in south Salina is be* ing done by the city and county to : help reduce the risk of flooding. ; The project will stop north-flow; ing water at Schilling Road and ' divert it east to the Smoky Hill I River. I Travel on two busy roads will : be disrupted for weeks. ; Ohio Street will be closed to through traffic for about 45 days - from Magnolia Road to Water " Well Road. Local traffic will be al; lowed. - -Schilling Road will be closed to all traffic for about 120 days from Ohio Street half a mile west to the ' Union Pacific railroad tracks. The established detour is on ; Magnolia, Ninth and Water Well | streets. • For more information, contact \ the city Engineering Department ! at 826-7290. : Teen says shotgun was pointed from car • A 19-year-old year old Ada man reported to Salina police that someone pointed a shotgun at him from a car early Monday morning. \ The incident allegedly occurred at about 3:10 a.m. in the 600 block of South Broadway, reported Jason Baccus. I Baccus said the gun was point- e'd at him and a friend when they got out of their car. The incident remained under investigation Tuesday, said police Lit. Mike Sweeney. Gunshots fired in Sunset Park Sunday Salina police responded late Sunday to a report of gunshots tigard in Sunset Park in west Salina, but the shooter wasn't found. - Investigators did recover six 9 mm handgun shell casings from . the area of the curve on Sunset ; Drive in the park, police Lt. Mike ; Sweeney said. The shooting hap- »pened between 9:10 and 9:13 p.m. " Sunday. .', Sweeney said police were not I able to find any witnesses to the ; shooting. Salina teen receives : probation in break-ins ;; A 17-year-old Salinan drew a 63; month prison sentence but was ; granted probation for 48 months * for burglarizing two Salina busi- ii nesses and the Salina Elks Club. :->; Michael Rae Hensley, living at ; 15.05 Cheyenne at the time of his -"arrest, was ordered to serve 30 • days in jail as a condition of probation through community cor- ! rections. ;. Hensley was convicted of bur; glaries at Sears Service Center, 1809 S. Broadway, and Putt Putt r Golf Course, 1600 S. Broadway, in ; June 1996. He was also convicted ; of two separate burglaries at the ; Elk's Country Club, 1800 S. Marymount road, in summer 1996. Damage at the Elks Club in! eluded damage to golf carts. Hens." ley said previously he and a ; friend played bumper cars with the carts. From Staff Reports ( lin* [ WKen xou no*) to know. - Tomorrow's Headlines 825-6OOO Category 6006 (Call alter 7:30 p.m.) Rural rollover DAVIS TURNER / The Salina Journal Saline County sheriff's Deputy Glenn Gathers measures the distance from a truck to K-140 in an alcohol-related rollover wreck on Monday afternoon east of Miles Road. The truck was eastbound when it left the road, rolled three times in a wheatfield and the driver was thrown out. V STATE SPEECH TOURNAMENT Speech champions hail from Salina South High's champs dig for gold in tornado, tell of juggling for God By CAROL LICHTI The $alina Journal Michelle Vignery has dug for gold with a spoon during a tornado — well not literally, but she did a fine job of acting like it, according to judges at Saturday's Class 5A State Speech Championship in Salina. The judges awarded Vignery, a Salina South High School senior, and her partner John Henningsen, a South junior, first place in improvised duet acting. The two weren't the only state speech champions from South — Kristina Von Fange, a sophomore, won first in prose. And Salina Central High's Laura Beth Hyberger won second in Lincoln-Douglas debate in the state tournament at Central. After four years of giving up Saturdays for forensics tourna- T CENTRAL CITY VIGNERY HENNINGSEN VON FANGE ments, Vignery was pleased with her top state finish. "We have to be on the bus at 5 a.m., and Saturday is the only day you can sleep in," the 18-year-old said. "But you learn to deal with it." In improvised duet acting, a pair of students draw slips of paper for three characters, three situations and three places to pick from for a seven-minute skit. The students have 30 minutes to plan their scene. For their final round, Henningsen and Vignery portrayed a debate nerd and a beauty pageant contestant who were digging for gold with a spoon during a tornado. "It's something different every round," the 17- year-old Henningsen said. He and Vignery use their half-hour preparation time to exchange ideas and outline how they expect the scene to go. "We usually plan the introduction as we're walking to the room," Henningsen said. Vignery is the daughter of Susan and Harold Vignery, 1001 Russell, and Henningsen is the son of Steve and Linda Henningsen, 2077 Norton. The two qualified along with Von Fange for state by placing among the top contenders in other forensic tournaments. In her prose competition, Von Fange read "The Clown of God," a tale by Tommie De Paola about a juggling clown who grows old to find no one will watch him juggle anymore. He dies after juggling in a church for a statue of Jesus he thinks is real and watching him. The story ends by revealing Jesus' face has turned into a smile. Von Fange started performing the piece after South's forensic coach Kate Lindsay suggested it when the squad needed another entry for a tournament earlier this year. Von Fange stuck with the story and Monday credited Lindsay for her success. "She kept pushing me, making sure I was practicing," Von Fange said. As a sophomore, Von Fange was a bit surprised to find herself the last student on the Central stage when winners for her category were announced. "I was shocked," Von Fange said. "I was dumbfounded. I didn't think I was the person who would get first." But she was. To avoid nervousness, she hadn't watched any of her competitors. "It makes me too self-conscious," Von Fange said. "I put all my faith in God and if I win it's because of Him." Kinsley ready for fame in Time magazine Quiet town halfway between both coasts will be featured as magazine drives across U.S. By The Associated Press KINSLEY — For nearly six decades, folks in Kinsley have taken pride in one unique fact of life in southwest Kansas: This quiet town of 2,000 inhabitants is located exactly halfway between the Atlantic and Pacific oceans. A geographical circumstance discovered in 1939 put Kinsley precisely 1,561 miles between San Francisco and New York City on U.S. 50. The town is 35 miles northeast of Dodge City. Fifty-eight years later, Kinsley will serve as the midway point for a group of journalists: Time magazine's cross-country, 3,200-mile bus tour on U.S. 50 that was scheduled to begin today in Maryland. The junket will explore the so-called backbone of America along the historic transcontinental route that ends at San Francisco, said Time's managing editor Walter Isaacson. "Sometimes, editors fly to foreign capitals to interview prime ministers," Isaacson said. "When I became editor last year, I thought, 'Why not drive around America and listen to Americans instead?' " A dozen Time reporters and photographers planned to head west on the 2V 2 -week trip, which is expected to result in a June "Backbone of America Tour" issue of the magazine. Time's staffers will travel aboard a commercial-model Greyhound bus modified to include a galley and lounge facilities. The Time tour is expected to reach Kansas May 14, with an overnight stop at Hutchinson, about 60 miles east of Kinsley on U.S. 50, Isaacson said. "In Hutchinson, we're going to take six or eight people and farm them out to private homes and spend the night with local families," he said. "Then in the morning we'll all go have coffee at several community coffee klatches around town." The Time bus is expected to pass through Kinsley on the morning of May 15. Kinsley City Manager Marsha Bagby said she intends to tell Time's reporters that down- home American values are alive and well in towns like Kinsley. The Time tour ends in San Francisco on May 21. T HOME GIVEAWAY Four take a stand for free home Winner will stay on feet the longest with hand on future mobile home By DAVID CLOUSTON The Salina Journal With one hand plastered against the side of the 14-by-70- foot mobile home and the other clutching a cigarette, 20-year-old Stephanie Morton needed an item at her feet. Without taking her hand from the trailer, she asked Jenel Serocki, 27, to hold the cigarette and Serocki, her hand also touching the home, used her free hand to take it. "Teamwork is the key to this one-hand thing," Morton said, smiling. For the second year in a row, Wholesale Homes, 1731 N. Ninth, is sponsoring a contest that offers a $7,500 mobile home to the last person standing with their hand touching the home. The competition got under way at 9 a.m. Saturday with 22 contestants. By about 3 p.m. Monday, only five contestants were on hand under a blue sky with the temperature approaching 80 degrees. By late Monday night, it was down to four. Last year's winner was declared after 54 hours of trailer holding, and the five contestants Monday appeared to be on their way to setting a new record by the time they took an afternoon break. Under contest rules, those standing get a 15-minute break every three hours. The home they seek is a 1979 single-wide model. For the contest, the company takes a home it has received as a trade-in and refurbishes it, manager Steve Collie said. There's nothing fun about standing under a warm sun or through a cold night trying to be the winner, the five finalists said Monday. A desperate need and desire for their own home, especially a free home, was their motivation. Mike Unrein, 1437 Arapahoe, a truck driver, rents the residence where he, his wife and 2-year-old son live. He said if he wins he plans to use the home as a trade- in on a newer model. He entered last year but didn't last long. This time his boss gave him the week off and told him to go win the home, Unrein said. He said Monday afternoon he still felt good. But earlier, feeling a little dazed, he looked out at the parking lot "and the whole thing looked like it was carpeted," he said. Standing nearby was Tony Riffel, Clay Center, who finished fourth last year. Riffel gave up last year just seven hours shy of the finish, figuring the contest would hang on a couple of more days. Riffel is a self-employed remodeler who is remodeling the house he lives in now for a break on the rent. Jeff Scheele, 28, 6264 B. Old Highway 81, was standing in place to ; win the home for his in-laws, Gina and Jeff Easum of Topeka. They married last month and are living! with Gina's mother, but they have a lot in the country where the home could go, Scheele said. "It's tougher than 1 thought it would be. But I'm too far into it to give up now," he said. Morton and her boyfriend have a 6-month old child, but they both have continued to live with their mothers because they can't afford a place of their own. "No household is big enough for two families," Morton said. Serocki, 27, is in a similar situation. She, her husband and two children live with his mother. jjfllljgijIiiljiStSj))^^ SUGGESTIONS? CALL BEN WEARING, DEPUTY EDITOR, AT (913) 823-6363 OR 1-800-827-6363 OR E-MAIL AT sjnews@saljournal.com

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