The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on May 13, 1997 · Page 1
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Missing mom 10-year-old left alone for months after mother vanishes/ A3 GREAT PLAINS Top'Cat Tubby Smith takes over helm of Kentucky basketball program / B1 SPORTS * Breaking the waves: Australian swims into record book with crossing / A7 * AnOflNH 1 Mill: Dow again hits record high with big surge / A6 INSIDE High: 78 Low: 47 Mostly sunny today with southwest winds 10 to 20 mph /B8 WEATHER Ann Landers / B8 Classified / B4 Comics / B7 Crossword / B7 Deaths / A9 Great Plains / A3 Sports / B1 Viewpoints / A4 INDEX Salina Journal Serving Kansas since 1871 T SALINA SCHOOL BOARD asked to let in Parents want buses from Bennington to be allowed to pick up their children By CAROL LICHTI The Salina Journal Thirty families in northern Saline County, an area that was subject of a land transfer attempt two years ago, are ask- jng the Salina School Board to open its borders to buses from Bennington. The parents want buses from neighboring school districts to be allowed to enter the Salina district to pick up their children who attend classes in Bennington. Buses from Bennington are allowed only to pick up children from families who had students going to school in Bennington before 1984, when the Salina board adopted a policy closing the district's border to buses from other school districts. "We want to be rid of the adversarial roles for both sides, and we are approaching the board in the spirit of cooperation," said Don Frye, 433 E. Shipton, chairman of the parents' group making the request. The board is scheduled to discuss the request at its 5 p.m. meeting today at the district offices, 1511 Gypsum. But the request is not scheduled for a vote. Frye said several of the parents plan to attend the meeting. He said the group is hoping the Salina board will consider an open busing policy beneficial to both the Salina and the Twin Valley School District, which includes Bennington and Tescott schools. Salina has students who live in Ottawa County, he said. About 70 to 80 students in northern Saline County attend Bennington schools. The group of families has been chartering a bus for the past three years to transport their children to Bennington. The cost has been about $600 to $700 a family. But because of regulations, the bus isn't yellow and doesn't have a stop sign. "We're concerned about the safety of our children," Frye said. "Cars don't stop for "We are approaching the board in the spirit of cooperation." Don Frye . chairman of parents' group the bus, and it's a dangerous situation." Families living in the area asked the board in 1994 to permit a Bennington bus to enter the district. That request was denied. Parents in the area organized and pur- TUESDAY MAY 13, 1997 SALINA, KANSAS 50 cents buses sued a land transfer petition with the State Board of Education to make the area part of the Twin Valley School District. But the state board denied the petition. After waiting two years since the ruling, the group could again petition the state for the land transfer if Twin Valley officials would agree. The two-year period is almost up. "We are hoping to reach a compromise," Frye said. "But if we need to we will attempt another land transfer. We would rather not have to do that. We are good parents and would rather be spending time with our kids." See BUSING, Page A8 •T COLBY Officer is honored for exam By LINDA MOWERY-DENNING The Salina Journal COLBY — Michael Baughn was as surprised as anyone when on his day off a call came into the Thomas County's Sheriffs Department asking the undersheriff 4o appear in Washington, D.C., with President Clinton and U.S. Attorney General Janet Reno. He only expected a pin and a certificate. i, "It's been a shock," said Baughn, 49, who is scheduled to ; be in the nation's capital Wednesday and Thursday. It was even more of a shock when Thomas County commissioners, during their regular meeting Monday, declared Wed- .nesday as Michael L. Baughn Day In Colby and Thomas County. ; It's all because Baughn, a full-time kw officer since 1985 and the mayor of Brewster since 1979, was one of only 90 law officers nationwide to ;pags an examination given by the private, nonprofit National Law Enforcement Credentialing Board, headquartered in Columbus, Ohio. The organization was established in 1993 to improve the professionalism of law enforcement nationwide and to identify excel- l$nce. The board's standards are jjie result of three years of work with officers, chiefs, community leaders and business leaders. "Their purpose is to enhance the quality of law enforcement and provide us with a professional development program," Baughn said. , To be accepted, he went to Wichita to be tested in several areas, '.including ethics and constitutional law. He also was required to list 'his community service activities. Baughn said a news conference and luncheon are planned Wednesday. Thursday's pinning ceremony will start at 1 p.m. with remarks by Clinton. Reno is to award the pins beginning at 2 p.m. "••' C-SPAN might carry parts of the ceremony, but a network spokes- 'man said a decision will not be made until soon before the ceremony. Another Kansas law officer, Mark Summey of Emporia, was recognized by the credentialing board. A tornado moves through downtown Miami Monday after touching down southwest of the city. Several buildings were damaged, trees were uprooted and minor injuries were reported. The Associated Press Tornado blows through Miami Funnel frightens residents with its whirlwind tour of city By DAVID ROYSE The Associated Press i IAMI — A tornado steamed past Mia- Imi's high-rise condominiums in the {middle of the day Monday, smashing I windows and sending terrified city_ J dwellers in the path of the funnel cloud scrambling for cover. Numerous minor injuries were reported. "I could have been killed," said Luis Jaramillo, who had a close call with a 4-by-6 piece of wood. "I guess it wasn't my time to go." The storm uprooted trees, hurled branches and other debris and shattered the glass facades of several structures, including a new three-story building downtown. Several local television stations captured spectacular footage of the funnel cloud as it blew through downtown and then tracked the shore past condo towers and across the causeways on Biscayne Bay. The tornado touched down on the MacArthur Causeway and brought midday traffic to a halt. "We thought it was going to hit us," said Joseph McCrea, a toll collector at the Venetian Causeway, which leads to Miami Beach. Anna Varela, who lives on Belle Isle, the island closest to Miami Beach on the Venetian Causeway, first saw the funnel cloud on television. "And then it came through like a whirlpool," she said. The storm touched down along Miami's Coral Way and went east five or six miles toward the Miami Arena "until it got smaller and suddenly it was gone out over the bay," said police spokesman Delrish Moss. The city's biggest problem was expected to be accidents caused by lost traffic signs. An American Airlines jet flying into Miami International Airport hit severe turbulence because of by the tornado, injuring three passengers and a flight attendant. "It bounced so hard I thought we hit another plane or something," said passenger Claude Remy, whose wife Noemie sustained neck and shoulder injuries. The plane landed safely. Restaurant coHMon The Associated Press Streamwood, ill., firefighters confer Monday about how to remove a mlnlvan that crashed Into a McDonald's restaurant. A woman In the building was killed. T MOUNTAIN CLIMBING Seven die on Mount Everest Climbers caught in blizzard 650 feet from the summit of the world's highest mountain By The Associated KATMANDU, Nepal — Seven climbers caught in a blizzard near the summit of Mount Everest became the latest victims of the world's tallest mountain, mountaineers said Monday. Two other climbers have died this year on the 29,028-foot peak. High winds last week shut down most attempts to reach the summit. The seven climbers did not return from the north face of Everest, and they were believed dead about 650 feet from the summit, said Sue Kelly, a spokeswoman for a New Zealand expedition now on the mountain. The missing climbers included three Russians from a Kazak expedition, one German and a Sherpa guide. Todd Burleson, writing to the Mountain Zone Internet site from a base camp on Everest, said one of the other lost climbers was South Korean, and named the German climber as Peter Kuwalzik from International Mountain Climbing. The nationality of the seventh climber was not known. An Indonesian soldier who turned back close to the summit because of the worsening weather saw the German climber and the three Russians fight their way up the peak Thursday. "I was disappointed I could not go there, but if I had done that I would never have come back," said Sgt. Sunardi, 29, a member of the Indonesian Army Expedition, after he returned to Katmandu. V

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