The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on May 12, 1997 · Page 3
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Salina, Kansas
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Monday, May 12, 1997
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THE SALINA JOURNAL Great Plains MONDAY, MAY 12, 1997 A3 T RADIO Radio swap shows are popular with callers Listeners buy, sell and bargain for items over the airwaves By J.L GRIFFIN The Joplln Globe JOPLIN, Mo. — Suddenly, the woman is fed up with the fact that she can no longer touch her toes. So she calls Dan Willis. Willis isn't a physical therapist, he's a radio personality at Pittsburg, Kan.'s KKOW-AM. "She wanted someone to come to her home and give her a pedicure," explains Lance Sayler, KKOW's general manager. "That was one of the most unusual calls I've ever received." In the 32 years Willis has worked the Trading Post at KKOW, he's sold cars, washers, dryers, farm animals and baby clothes. He's even helped find a few lost dogs. "We have a lot of cars," Willis says. "Heck, I sell more cars than Hi Dollar Joe Burtrum." The story is pretty much the same at Carthage's KDMO-AM, where Curt Campbell does the moderating at the Swap Shop. That show has been on the air in various incarnations since 1986. From right around 9 to 10 a.m. every morning except Sunday, listeners can buy, sell or trade just about anything they want to over the airwaves on either station. There are just three things you can't sell on the radio shows — real estate, firearms and mattresses. "If they announce the mattress as a complete set, we can get around the law," says Campbell. That funny little kink in the law is just one of the many quirks in the shows. Both shows have regular callers, both shows make plenty of money for the stations and both shows have an avid following. "I've had real good luck with Swap Shop," says Ruth Yeager, of Carthage. "I've never been hung with what I've wanted to get rid of. I just got through swapping some banties for some eggs." Other listeners are a fixture, like the hosts. "I know two or three people who tell me they listen to see what I got," says KMDO listener Jobe Welton. "Oh gosh, I've been listening for a long time. It's probably been however long they've been on. I've gone through three announcers, I know that." She often sells things for herself as well as others. She once sold some items for friends because "they need the money to get their boy's teeth fixed." Welton is one of a few people Campbell knows just by the sound of their voices. At KKOW, Andy Ritchey, an 82-year-old from Mulberry, Kan., is the same way for Willis. Ritchey makes no bones about why he calls the Trade Show. "I get a bargain out of it because I'm an invalid and I get to talk to a lot of people," he says. "I love that talking." Ritchey admits he sells just about anything he can get his hands on now, but at one time he says he was known on the Trading Post as the go-to guy for lawn mowers. "I'd get lawn mowers and fix them up and sell them," he says. "I'd get them chuggin' along like an old Model T. A lot of people call me because I've been honest with them." The radio programs are similar to classified advertising in newspapers. But listeners say they get better results over the air. "It's a lot cheaper. I had advertised in newspapers, but didn't get response from it," Welton said. "I did on Swap Shop. I get rid of the stuff and make some money." BRIEFLY Man with knife robs • convenience store Police were searching Sunday for a man who robbed a Salina convenience store and filling sta- • tion with a knife. The Klepper Korner Store, 1700 S. Ninth, was robbed about 3:20 p.m. The amount of money taken was not released. The suspect was described as a black male, about 5-foot-9, thin build, wearing a Fila ball cap and shoes and dark sunglasses. Police were searching for a silver or grey minivan. No suspect had been arrested Sunday night. Anyone with information about > the robbery should call the Salina • Police Department, 826-7210, or ' Crimestoppers at 825-8477. Information sought on car vandalism Salina-Saline County Crimestoppers has chosen acts of vandalism in Salina as the crimes of the week. During the month of April, the Salina Police Department received 22 reports of vehicle windows being damaged throughout the city. A total of 51 vehicles , were vandalized by someone either shooting the windows with a pellet gun or breaking them by other means. Total estimated damage was $9,225. Anyone with information about these crimes can call Crimestop- pers at 825-TIPS. Callers may receive a cash reward of up to $1,000 and are not required to give their names. Days after beating, LaCrosse man dies LaCROSSE — A west-central Kansas man who was beaten and left unconscious by his attacker has died, turning the case into a ; homicide investigation, officials ' said. ! ! Marvin E. Foos, 67, never regained consciousness after the beating more than a week ago at his LaCrosse home. He died Saturday afternoon at a hospital. Authorities said Foos was apparently hit in the head with a blunt object sometime late April 31 or early May 1, when he was discovered by his mother and later rushed to a hospital. Authorities have no suspects. The Kansas Bureau of Investigation is assisting the Rush County sheriffs office in the case and has not completed evidence tests. No one wins jackpot in Powerball lottery None of the tickets sold for the Powerball game Saturday night matched all six numbers drawn, •; lottery officials Sunday. «< The numbers were 5, 9,14,16 ' and 24. The Powerball was 35. Players matching all five numbers and the Powerball would ! have won or shared the $5 million jackpot. The prize goes to an estimated $8 million for Wednesday. : Tickets that match the first five ; numbers, but miss the Powerball, • win $100,000 each, and there were six of those, two sold in Arizona and one each in Connecticut, Iowa, Minnesota and Rhode Island. Kansas is part of the multistate lottery. From Staff and Wire Reports Tomorrow's Headlines 825-60OO Category 6006 (Call after 7:30 p.m.) Kickin' up his heel TOM DORSEY / The Salina Journal James Bonamy performs Sunday night at the Bicentennial Center. He was one of the opening acts for country singer Clay Walker. The concert was attended by 3,603 fans. T STATE GOVERNMENT Democrat: Coalition government runs state Moderate Republicans and Democrats are key to getting bills passed, lawmaker says "The session was the beginning of the end of the Republican Party as we know it." By MATT TRUELL The Associated Press TOPEKA — Senate Minority Leader Anthony Hensley offered a prediction after the 1997 Legislature adjourned. "The session was the beginning of the end of the Republican Party as we know it," he said. "While on the surface it ap- ' ' pears this was a productive session, the reality is there are troubling times ahead within the Republican majority." Hensley, a Topeka Democrat, and House Minority Leader Tom Sawyer, D-Wichita, said Democrats watched during the session as Republicans fought among themselves and tried to embarrass a Republican governor. "Without Democrats, Governor (Bill) Graves would have been forced to use his veto pen much more than he did," Hensley Anthony Hensley Senate minority leader LEGISLATURE said. The only bill Graves vetoed was one that was strongly supported by GOP lawmakers. The bill would have allowed licensed Kansans to carry concealed handguns, That the Republican Party is divided is no secret. Social conservatives dominate the House and have considerable influence in the Senate. Throughout the session there were tensions within the GOP, tensions that Hensley said will change the way the Legislature operates. "We operated this session, and from now on, under coalition government," he said. That means temporary alliances will spring up among the three political factions at the Statehouse: moderate Republicans, socially conservative Republicans and Democrats. Not all Republicans agree that GOP differences are irreconcilable, however. "On most issues we're pretty close," said House Speaker Tim Shallenburger, R-Baxter Springs. "The only issue that there is really still a large disagreement is abortion." The House passed a bill that would have restricted most late-term abortions. The Senate rejected it. The House adopted an amendment that would have prohibited the University of Kansas Medical Center hospital from performing abortions, a measure the Senate would not accept. "The House has, over the past year, actually become more pro-life," Shallenburger said. "The only big differences is the house is solidly pro-life and the Senate is not." Hensley said he was approached by House Republicans during the wrap-up session which ended a week ago to persuade Democrats to vote for an abortion bill in exchange for GOP support of bills the Democrats sought — primarily a pension increase for state retirees. "They seemed focused on that one partic- ular issue," he said. "That's very dangerous for the people of Kansas if we focus on one issue as opposed to trying to look at what we need to do in the best interests of the state." Graves scoffed at the notion the session was the beginning of end for the GOP. He said he is willing to work with anyone. "This administration believes that we've done our best in working with everyone in building coalitions that accomplish things that need to be accomplished," Graves said. "On any given day, I'm willing to work with anyone willing to work with me." He said everyone is elected to do a job, regardless of the politics at the Statehouse. "We really don't have choices about how comfortable the politics of this building might be," he said. "It's sort of a hair suit we all get to wear. It might get uncomfortable, but it's not an excuse for us not to do our job." Democrats say that some Republicans, especially in the House, were trying to embarrass the governor throughout the session. Shallenburger said Graves' veto of the concealed handgun bill increased the likelihood of primary opposition if Graves runs for re-election in 1998. Graves said that does not worry him. "It leads to the assumption that I make decisions as governor that are purely driven by politics, and I don't," he said. V BUSINESS New restaurant provides tiny Kansas town with gathering place .. ... ... , _. _* i ,,.,j «,,t fKn when tho ctnrn nnpneri mis- a child of havine an eatery ot her By The Associated Press PLEVNA — Residents of this tiny central Kansas town thought they were doomed when the general store burned down in January- The store, which opened in 1912, was on the state and national historic registers. It was the soul of the town, giving residents a venue to air the local gossip. "It was like losing a friend," said Candi Wilson, a teller at the Plevna branch of the State Bank of Alden. "It was that devastating to the community." All seemed lost — until last week. On Tuesday, Gina Taylor opened the Plevna Livery Stables restaurant in a small white house next to the bank. If things work out, Gina and her husband, Eric, plan to move a huge, 80-year-old barn to the corner where the gen- eral store stood and put the restaurant in the barn. "The more we look at this, the more it seems like it's meant to happen," said Eric, 31, standing in the 52-by-92-foot barn built in 1917 from a Sears and Roebuck store kit. Mayor Martha Horton said residents wondered what would keep the town just west of Hutchinson together after the general store burned down. She thinks the restaurant might be the answer. When the store opened, customers sat in the living room at one of the four wooden tables Eric had finished making the day before. They slowly read the lunch special written on a chalkboard: fried chicken, mashed potatoes, corn on the cob and a homemade roll for $4.50. Slices of homemade apple, cherry and raisin cream pies cost extra. Gina, 29, grew up in the restaurant business and had dreamed as a child of having an eatery of her own. She never imagined her first restaurant would be in a small house in a small town in what they say can pass for the middle of nowhere. The place was a hit. The first morning, the breakfast crowd was so large that the restaurant ran out of gravy for the biscuits. Then it was time to fret over lunch. "I cooked enough chicken for 20 specials," Gina said. BBS^gjgliBKi8^Hffi?"?* s ^tff5miffi^fr7Wrai?'i^^ SUGGESTIONS? CALL BEN WEARING, DEPUTY EDITOR, AT (913) 823-6363 OR 1-800-827-6363 OR E-MAIL AT

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