The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on May 18, 1997 · Page 3
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THE SALINA JOURNAL Great Plains SUNDAY, MAY 18, 1997 A3 i ^ BRIEFLY T GENE REVELS: 1928-1997 South baseball player released from hospital A 15-year-old Salina South High School junior varsity baseball player suffered a concussion when he took a line drive off the side of his head in practice Thursday, South baseball coach Tim Puvogel. Paul Cooper, son of Mike and Lori Cooper, was released Saturday from Salina Regional Health Center. "It knocked him pretty much back, and he was dazed and fell back on some concrete, causing him to hit the back of his head, too," Puvogel said. Beaten Salina man found lying in ditch A Salina man was beaten and apparently robbed early Saturday morning by four men he was riding with on his way home from Randy's Club, 1604 State St., said Sgt. Mark Malick of the Saline County Sheriffs Office. Delbert Penrod, 37, was treated at Salina Regional Health Center for cuts and a broken right eye socket. A motorist found Penrod lying in the ditch about 2:35 a.m. near the intersection of K-140 and West Crawford Street. Penrod told authorities that his wallet and a small amount of cash was taken, but authorities weren't able to confirm that, Malick said. The three white men and one black man traveling with Penrod were riding in a two-door, white Chevy with a black stripe or black molding on the side. The incident is under investigation. Would-be robber flees with nothing to show A man in his early 20s attempted to rob a Salina man with a knife Friday night, but the would- be robber was forced to flee and got away with nothing, said a Salina Police Department spokesman. A short, black man with a thin build confronted Rod G. Barnes at 10:15 p.m. Friday in the 300 block of South Santa Fe Avenue and asked for his wallet. Barnes refused to give it to him. The suspect asked again for the wallet, and Barnes again refused. The suspect -fled on foot before police arrived. Barnes wasn't injured, and police still are searching for the suspect. Some farmers can tear up CRP cover in July Farmers with land in the final year of the 10-year federal Conservation Reserve Program can begin destroying their CRP cover July 1 without permission if they plan to plant a fall wheat crop. Grain producers who live in a designated "arid area" west of a line that runs north to south through Republic, Cloud, Ottawa, Saline, McPherson, Harvey, Sedgwick and Sumner counties can destroy their cover before July 1 to prepare for fall planting, but they must visit their local Farm Service Agency office and complete a request for "Early Land Preparation." Written permission is required for the early destruction. Saline County farmers can call their local service agency, 8258269, for information. Golf-ball-sized hail pelts Salina area Once again, Saline County was pelted by marble- to golf-ball- sized hail that fell during a brief storm about 5:30 p.m. Saturday. No major property damage or injuries were reported to authorities as a result of the storm. Sgt. Mark Malick of the Saline County Sheriffs Department said the Gypsum area, in particular, received golf-ball sized hail and some that was larger. "Roofs and cars in that area suffered," he said. The storm itself was scattered, leaving some locations dry, while others "received a pretty good downpour," Malick said. Revels remembered for his sense of humor ETC. A jackknifed tractor-trailer kept both northbound lanes of Interstate 135 closed from about noon to 1:20 p.m. Saturday near the junction of 1-135 and Interstate 70 in Saline County. A Kansas Highway Patrol dispatcher said the truck tipped as it was making a turn. No one was injured. From Staff and Wire Reports as SI Illn Wtwn you need lo know. Tomorrow's Headlines 825-6OOO Category 6006 (Call after 7:30 p.m.) Hundreds attend memorial service for Salina caterer and politician By DAVID CLOUSTON The Snltnn Journal The Rev. Reuben Eckels smiled broadly as he glanced around the sanctuary at Salina's First United Methodist Church, 122 N. Eighth. What would Gene Revels, owner of Revels Catering Service and operator of the Board of Trade Lounge, 1700 E. Iron, have said about the REVELS many friends and acquaintances who gathered Saturday at the church for a memorial service in his honor? "I'm sure he'd say we should have come together like this a long time ago, so he could have catered this event," Eckels said, drawing a chuckle from those in attendance. About 450 people attended the service for the longtime businessman and former Saline County commissioner. Revels, 68, died Tuesday at Riverside Hospital, Wichita, following a heart attack May 11. Presiding at the service with Eckels was the Rev. T. Ray McJunkins, Salina, and Rev. Arthur Carter, Topeka. Eckels called upon those gathered to celebrate Revels' life, and to remember all he touched and "the smiles he put on our faces." Revels worked with numerous "We hope that our brother who ran around on Earth runs around in heaven." The Rev. Reuben Eckels officiant at Gene Revels' funeral charities over his lifetime in Salina, and for 25 years provided free-of- charge the annual senior citizen community Christmas dinner sponsored by the Salvation Army. Revels' nickname was "rabbit," appropriately enough, because he always seemed to be on the move, Eck- els said. There is no way of knowing why God allows certain events to occur at any given moment and no way to predict the swift transitions that occur in everyone's life, Eckels said. He urged Revels' family to take solace in Revels' accomplishments, and to know that he was without pain and enjoying his heavenly reward. "We hope that our brother who ran around on Earth runs around in heaven," Eckels said. "We hope that heaven has gotten a little heavenlier." Inurnment at Roselawn Memorial Park followed the memorial service, which was followed by a dinner in Revel's memory at the Salvation Army Community Center, 1137 N. Santa Fe. More than a hundred people gathered in Salina to pay tribute to esus The interdenominational March for Jesus took place Saturday morning on Santa Fe Avenue in downtown Salina, going from the old Sears Center near Prescott Avenue north to a rally at the Salvation Army Community Center, 1137 N. Santa Fe. The March for Jesus originated in London. Last year, between 10 million and 12 million people in 170 nations participated. RIGHT: Marilyn Wiedow, Salina, brings up the rear of the March for Jesus as it heads north on Santa Fe Avenue. BELOW: Janice Krause, Bennington, leads marchers in song as the March for Jesus moves through downtown Salina Saturday. More than 100 supporters began the March for Jesus at the old Sears Center on Santa Fe Avenue. The march ended at the Salvation Army Community Center. T LEGISLATURE Singles get tax break they've been waiting for Graves signs bill putting the amount singles pay in line with what married couples pay By MATT TRUELL The Associated I'rtss TOPEKA— Single Kansans will get a tax break, but that might not keep the state out of the U.S. Supreme Court. Gov. Bill Graves has signed a bill that will bring the tax rates single people pay in line with those that married couples pay. But Eric Peden, whose lawsuit might have prompted the bill to reduce the tax rates for singles, does not plan to drop his appeal to the nation's highest court. In his class- action suit, he is seeking refunds for single taxpayers from 1988, when the r.k ,L,, ZM different rates took affect. "I think at a minimum they should have changed the rates immediately, rather than phasing them inj » Peden gaid Friday The new law will bring the tax rates for single people down to those for married couples over four years. Graves proposed that changes be phased in over three years, but supporters of the law say equalizing the tax rates that soon would have cost the state too much money. "Looking at it realistically, it's a political solution, but we still think it's unconstitutional," said Peden, a Kansas City.Mo., attorney who lived in Johnson County when he filed the lawsuit. Graves proposed equalizing the tax rates for single and married taxpayers after the Kansas Supreme Court ruled that taxing married and single Kansans at different rates is constitutional. Shawnee County District Judge Matthew Dowd had said the different rates violated the equal protection clause of the federal and state constitutions. The state Supreme Court in its ruling said the separate tax rates fulfill a valid state interest of encouraging marriage. Peden said that reasoning was ridiculous and appealed the ruling to the U.S. Supreme Court, which has made no decision on whether to accept the case. Peden said that, if nothing else, his lawsuit brought the public's attention to the situation. "I'm glad about that," he said. SUGGESTIONS? CALL BEN WEARING, DEPUTY EDITOR, AT (913) 823-6363 OR 1-800-827-6363 OR E-MAIL AT sjnews®8aljournal.com

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