The Hays Daily News from Hays, Kansas on January 2, 1972 · Page 11
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The Hays Daily News from Hays, Kansas · Page 11

Hays, Kansas
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Sunday, January 2, 1972
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JAITUAKT t\ltfl Most Headlines •y tame m*Y a* ftftAN A MtlfROttO Not Aimpectedly, the ever* ^Bk^^^^a* if m ^ • atanr • rtilart alfA •' "Mut* CMMMB MMM CDnNlvV fPtv* vtded more than Its share of the news in the year Jtut coa> eluded. '. • £'.'. ; *W Hays residents dug out of major snowstorms in three successive months. Almost with the New/ Year Itself, a crippling bUoard blew Into the area, depositing huge" drifts. •' February saw a three-day instant . replay of the blizzard conditions, followed up by a six- inch snow in March. Then, Just as the snow banks were taking leave of the sc^ne and area cltltent began to anticipate the . .coming of spring, a corker of a quarter-million dollar windstorm blasted western KaWas. WltK May cam* a wither* lag k^rternMrtrtch ponndli crops, BOOMS am awes le we 1 toe of nl estimated 11.75 Mil- ttenHts. • . ••••." • ,• The last bad weather of the year (lame in the form of ice storms which dotted the«months of October, November and De- cembcTt • • Othet top news stories Included the murder of Mrs. Fern Poer at a Hays motel in January. A young Colorado man, Michael G. Wilson, wss convicted of second-degree murde^ in the case. He} was arrested within a week of the shotting, as was Allen Dale Randol, who spent the year in the Ellis County Jail as his case worked its way through the court system, with trial set for Jan. 4, 1972. Oppoattton to a proposed Space Shattle to be located between Bays and Rnssen eventuBy provoked area farmers centered about their laid to the petat ef orgaali- tag a pettttM eampnlgn^aad ••tfrhfag a strug of tractors taresgB Hays' man .street. The issue apparently died out with government reports that Kansas stood little chance of enteS^ the «st century as a site for a space port. , Month by month, these were the major stories which appeared in* the pages of the Hays Daily News Lin J971. • »'( ; . ' ^^^^•^^^^•a Plt«t8cMppefS of flays was apparent km bidder for the new HeiRIi * Jphyalealh Education; Recreation Bulk** MM field of tho Board of Re- Cointy BTMNSl an! five per cent pny si f , JANUARY The Ellis County Ambulance Service began Its official operations In'the county, headed by Alfred J. Staab. A January 2 blizzard dumped •even Inches of snow over the city, paralyzing routine activities in the worst snowstorm recorded fat IS years. May! widow UN. Font Potf, manager of the West Hays Mo* tel, was shot three times during an early morning robbery at the motel Jan. 22. on Jan. 28, two Colorado Springs men, Michael G. Wilson and Allen D. Randol were arrested and charged with first-degree murder in the case. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announced plans to restudy the proposed Hays Flood Control project. • FEBRUARY The Catholic Youtn Organization, under the direction of Mrs, Leon Boor, sponsored n Prisoners of War Week beginning Feb. 14 in Hays. Hays Mayor Louis Bicker announced a new state law would require Hays and the county to do something about solid waste disposal systems before June 30, 1*74. Bieker made the announcement at a Chamber of Commerce* public forum breakfast. SBOWB CUM again. Between Feb. 21aid Ft*. 21, tke'dty received more than line tack- es of the taffy wWte olnff- effectfvely laltfng activities In Hays and BMst of the rest of the state In OM of the wont bttoards m receit history. City commissioners approved construction of a 75-unit middle- income housing project, "Epworth Village," to be built under the auspices of the firs) United Methodist Church of Hays. The complex was to be located. Just east of 27th and Vine. A ' federal penal official Lloyd B. Marshall, recommended Hlys }Wn with Ellis County to construct a new Jail to provide a more adequate place for the detention of women prison ers or juveniles. MARCH Mother Nature dumped an other six Inches of snow on the city March 1, leaving streets snow • packed and slippery •gain- County commissioners adopt ed resolutions reducing from 1 to 12 the number of townships in the county. The move wa made to economize in legal pub lication costs. 1AYS and .urroundlng areas with a bone to pick over tho Space Shuttle mounted 60 tractors and trooped tnrou.n the streets of the city to show their distaste orer plans to put Kansas in the "Buck Rogers A f e." A rally at the city park near the National Guard Armory capped the day's demonstration afainst the shuttle ayrtem. Weilert Furniture Store on the nation la a strike against ast Eighth twice June 2 caus- ng what Fire Chief Vic Lang Ctty commlsstoaers voted te create an airport stady committee te review ways ef Improving service to aircraft at the Hays Municipal Air- pert. Freshman coeds at Fort Hays State College began a new sys tern of "self-regulated" hours in the college residence halls. Ground-breaking ceremonies were held for the $7 million Health, Physical Education and Recreation structure and 7,500- seat fieldhouse at Fort Hays State College. Winds gusting to 115 miles per-hour whipped through Hays causing 9250,000 in damages- Including downed signs, stree markings, television antennae and tree limbs. APRIL The Kansas legislature mad budget cuts which placed Fort Hays State College in a pre carious position for the 1971-7 year, according to John Gustad president. Construction began on a eight-room addition to the Hay Junior High School. Mrs. Carolyn Sue Bans was tried OB second-degree murder charges In the death of Becky Lohnneyer, who was •track by Mrs. Bans' car oa Dec. 22 on East 13th near Vine. She was found guilty of i vehicular homicide. Hays City Commissioners gave final approval for the contraction of East Gate Estates Mobil Home Park east of Cheola Creek and south on 13th. The last scheduled Union Pacific passenger trains traveled through Hays. MAY County Commissioners voted to raise the county's financial support, for the High Plains Comprehensive Mental Health Center at the Hadley Regional third to one-half mill effective Jan. 1, 1972. A vicious hailstorm hit the city of Hays May 17 smashing hundreds of windows and caus ing extensive damage to schools, homes, automobiles and research plots at the Exper iment Station. A tornado and hailstorm riddled cabins, mobile homes, campers and boats on the south side of Cedar Bluff Reservoir. The damage reach ed an estimated $1.75 million. The board of trustees of th Hadley Regional Medical Cen ter voted to proceed.with th . first phase of Hadley's develop ment program—at a cost of $2. million. JUNE Fire swept through th declared one of the largest loss- cials es in recent history. ,. Hays Ground • breaking ceronon- es were held for The Mall, a 233,700 square foot, $3.5 million enclosed shopping center {located at 29th and Vine. Fire again broke out at Weilert's Furniture Store, this time spurting flames 70-80 feet high and destroying the remaining building. JULY Vic Wasinger was honored as the incoming president of the local Chamber of Commerce, replacing Dr. Harry Watts. Pickets took positions outside the new St. Anthony Hospital, representing bricklayers demanding higher wages. Mrs. June Reynolds became the first woman ever elected to a governing body in Hays, filling the post of president of the Hays Unified School District. A group of Chamber of Commerce officials and other area leaders were slated to journey •that firm's management. Bureau of Reclamation told and leaders Ellis the offi- from Round space age complex between Hays and Russell. SEPTEMBER Gas from a leaking petcock ignited at an empty house at Mound Dam project near Ellis 2725 Ash, demolishing the build- had become financially feasible. County officials released figures on the proposed 1972 budget, calling for spending of $2.85 million, showing large increases in welfare and juco tuition expenditures. ing as it blew window frames nd glass into nearby streets. Interested parents, teachers and students chool board to Topeka to learn more details on the proposed Space Shuttle system from an NASA delegation. . • Local employes of the Ben Telephone Company Joined 5at,tat fellow workers across AUGUST A News poll of the surrounding area on the proposed Space Shuttle showed townsfolk heavily favoring the rocket base, while rural citizens stood firmly against it. The first of a storm of petitions against the Space Shuttle began to circulate through Hays and surrounding towns. Charging they were fading a "stacked deck." area i**m ers met to organize opposition to possible Space Shuttle plans. Twelve-year old Richard Schartz fell'to his death from the KAYS television tower a he attempted to retrieve a peac Hag flying from the structure A line of 60 farm tractors pi took part discussion in a which Allen Date ttandot, charged with murdering a motelkeepet In January, was found competent to stand trial after evaluation at the state hospital at Lamed. OCTOBER An engineering firm working through a city contract told Hays officials a sanitary landfill appears to be the only workable method of dealing with the local garbage problem. A fall ice storm rambled through Hays, dropping power lines and causing the usual outbreak of fender-benders among local motorists. Hays Ctty CommlssloMra okayed a contract for a sew $M7,tft water tower te be constructed northeast of the city. As a result of the new ruling on voting ages, several 18 and 19-year-old citizens were seated on juries for upcoming Ellis County District Court cases. NOVEMBER A Hays United Fund official noted that if the goal of over 147,000 for this year's drive is not reached, Ellis County might well see the agency dissolved. Reports of a possible change of the name of Vine Street to John F. Kennedy Boulevard spurred a flood of "letters to the editor" from irate citizens. A proposal to rework the oW St. Anthony Hospital Into a higt school annex was submitted U the board of education. DECEMBER Hays Chamber of Commerce Manager Roy Davis resigned from that post after 4% years service with the organization. Fort'Hays State head football coach Tom Stromgren submitted his resignation to college officials, concluding a three-year stint as the top gridiron mentor there. County officials indicated they would seek almost $15,000 in no- fund warrants to pay an overrun in out-district juco tuition bills before discovering loted by Space Shuttle foes mov ed down Main Street Aug. 9, protesting efforts to locate the ended with the drafting of ; a more lenient dress code. Opposing forces to the Spa Jhuttle charged that the Cham bers of Commerce of Hays an« Russell had attempted to "sol sell" the area on the space por question by releasing a map o the land, to be vacated which was allegedly was purposely enough money drawn undersized. City Commissioners were advised that strict new airport regulations could force closing of the municipal airport unless amended. Hays Chamber of Commerce officials announced a drive to gather funds to offset a financial crisis faced by the local organization. Two Hays teen-agers were seriously injured when the car in which they were riding rammed into the rear of a sheriff's off ice. car and a Highway in the general budgets, to co- Patrol vehicle. All three autos erupted into a fiery blaze following the crash. and ambulance ver the costs. Members of the Army Corps of Engineers outlined an $8 million dollar flood control plan for Hays which would cost local axpayers around ^2.5 million. Christmas tragedy struck two area families when 16-year old Glen Gottschalk of Ellis was killed by an accidental shotgui blast and six-year old Timothy Engel died of injuries received when he was ran over by a cai in a Hays parking lot. Hoy Davis was selected to head the industrial development ann of the Kansas Department of Economic Development. • ?. * '?**> % ' L <* \f .*-.'.% (•;m&&£ftwwW *< '^M*».^* i ! 4 «*'A. " ;r,%i^f ! <. •J 1 *',' i, sX H- ^ ,v - vy^^Mt^i l$> > ' f <:\,.' ^4^*-/>^f^ •^^^^^'2^^^^^^ ktt&'£*^<&& ^i; / V ^ ** V *' *." ;* H -^ >^H of three iireo reared threufh Weilewl'o fumitiir* ttor* here, finally levelmf the Mruc. ture. In tfcif tcene, me«her« a| &• Hejfa Fiw Departameja eaapUy HM «ni»'f «u»rkle truck at ope* m«rt m* WRECKER TRUCKS, tow chains and booster c»Wea became the rule of the ilay i» February when Hayo townfolks found themselves stalled by the year'* second good old*f«thi«M4l UilMrd. Tau Ml aitk iU nortrayed the predicament many titiitM faced.

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