The Parsons Sun from Parsons, Kansas on January 17, 1981 · 3
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3 Murder Trial Scheduled in Fort Scott Wtoarf£lh©f SEK NEWS FORECAST — Rain is predicted along the coast of California and alonq the Texas Mexico border Snow is expected in Texas New Mexico and New England (A P Wirephoto) Slight Warming Is Indicated A slight warming through the weekend was indicated for Parsons and the area but no mention was made of any moisture The National Weather Service said in an area forecast late Friday that prospects were good for lower 30s readings today a low tonight of about 20 and high Sunday in the low to mid-40s By contrast Thursday’s overnight low here was 14 and the mercury had risen no higher than 27 at 1 pm The Parsons reading at 10:30 pm Friday was 20 Winds were indicated southerly at 5-15 mph today Supreme Court Considers Discipline of Reno Judge TOPEKA Kan (AP) - The Kansas Supreme Court in a judicial discipline case heard pleas Friday from an attorney for Reno County District Judge Richard Rome asking them not to remove him from office The appeal stems from a recommendation by the state Judicial Qualifications Commission in June that Associate Judge Rome of Hutchinson be removed from the bench because of violations of canons of ethics If the state Supreme Court accepts the recommendation Rome will become the first judge removed from office in modem Kansas history ‘‘Removal is too severe” said the Rome’s attorney Lane Cronhardt of Hutchinson "This man has blessed Reno County will conscientious honest sincere judicial wisdom since he has been on the bench” The seven-member high court heard oral arguments for more than an hour from Cronhardt and Edward G Collister Jr a Lawrence attorney and examiner for the qualifications board The court then took the case under advisement and KU Enrollment Sets Record LAWRENCE Kan (AP) - A record spring preliminary enrollment of 23492 students was set Thursday at the University of Kansas breaking last spring’s record by 212 The preliminary enrollment accounted for students attending classes on the first day at the Lawrence campus and the University of Kansas Medical Center at Kansas City Gil Dyck dean of admissions and SUNDAY TURKEY $33° j a SPAGHETTI DINNER 1 k With Spaoial MEAT SAUCE V I i Townsman Restaurant ! I South Highway 59 Parsons J NAIIONAi WIA1HIV MKv'l NO A A U i I) M I a decision should be issued in several months The court can agree to removal or take other actions including dismissal of the case suspension reprimand or censure The commission accused the 46-year-old Rome who has served eight years in his post of conduct detrimental to public confidence in the judiciary The counts against Rome as reviewed by Collister charge that: —The judge refused to release a woman convicted of driving while intoxicated in 1978 because her attorney supported the non-partisan selection of judges which was then on the ballot in Reno County Rome opposed changing the system of electing judges —Some Hutchinson lawyers who supported the non-partisan selection system and appeared in Rome’s court were “treated differently” —In denying a work release to an inmate Rome not only expounded on his views about poor conditions in the Reno County jail but also prejudiced cases before him by stating allegations as fact records reported an increase of 87 students at the Lawrence campus for a preliminary total of 21460 At the Medical Center 2092 students attended classes the first day 125 more than attended last spring Final enrollment figures will be computed Feb 11 the 20th day of classes Dyck predicted the final total would be close to last spring’s total of 25173 SPECIAL! DINNER I FORT SCOTT - The trial of Charles Sexton Arma charged with first-degree murder was scheduled for March 23 by District Judge Charles Warren Sexton is charged in connection with the July 26 death of Gerald Newman at the Bourbon County Fairgrounds Sexton and Newman both worked for Toby’s Amusement company which provided the carnival at the Bourbon County Fair Sexton’s attorney Richard Heins of Erie asked that the trial be moved from Fort Scott He said reporting of the case in various news media was not objective Judge Warren said the case should start March 23 whether it is heard in Bourbon County District Court or another court The 180-day period Kay Surprised by Withdrawal of Opponent TOPEKA Kan (AP) - State Republican Chairman Morris Kay said Friday he was surprised that Janice Hardenburger had abandoned her bid to unseat him in a party election two weeks from Saturday but said “I welcome her support” Kay commented by telephone from Washington where he is attending national GOP meetings this weekend and attending events connected with the inauguration of Ronald Reagan as president Tuesday Mrs Hardenburger Reagan’s campaign coordinator in Kansas last year announced to statehouse reporters Friday that she was withdrawing as a contender for the GOP chairmanship She said her challenge of Kay’s leadership was leading to dishar Carlin Defends His Severance Tax TOPEKA Kan ( AP) - Gov John Carlin confirmed Friday that a modest part of his proposed 8 percent severance tax on oil gas and coal could be passed on to Kansas consumers of natural gas but strongly denied a claim that it could lead to higher gasoline prices too Senate President Ross Doyen has claimed that farmers and other state consumers might face gasoline and diesel fuel price hikes of eight to 10 cents a gallon if Carlin’s proposal were enacted "That absolutely is not true” the governor told his weekly news conference “There is just simply no pass-through of the tax on oil" The reason Carlin said is the way crude oil is priced and the fact that the crude produced in Kansas gets so mixed in with that imported into the state level that the price becomes a blend of all the oil at the refining level “They’ve got to be competitive Kansan of the TOPEKA Kan (AP) - Former Congressman Keith G Sebelius Norton is the 1981 Kansan of the Year and former Gov Robert B Docking Arkansas City is the Distinguished Kansan of the Year the Native Sons and Daughters of Kansas announced Friday Sebelius and Docking wiU be honored at the organizations’ annual dinner here Jan 30 Traditionally selections have not been announced until the evening of the dinner But John CDicus of Topeka Native Sons president and Mrs John Blythe Manhattan Native Daughters president said that because of the distinguished careers of the two men early an- GRAND OPENING SUNDAY JANUARY 18th 11 am ROAST BEEF FRIED CHICKEN Includes trip through Salad Bar potatoes vegetables hot rolls butter and coffee or tea EVERYDAY LOW PRICES HARVEST HOUSE Gone and Betty Woods Owners Mon -Sat 7 am to 9 pm— Sunday II am - 3 pm ERIE 244 5213 permitted between arraignment and trial will end April 3 MORAN — Ron Call of Moran teacher and coach at Marmaton Valley High School the past six years has become magistrate judge for Woodson County He wiU fill a vacancy left by Robert Ward of Yates Center who resigned in December Call was named by a judicial nominating committee headed by Justice Richard W Homes of the Kansas Supreme Court Call a native of Iola holds a master’s degree in education from Northwestern Oklahoma State University FREDON1A — A 1980 model mony in the party and said her loyalty to the party was too great to let that happen “It came as a surprise to me” Kay said "I would hope that Janice would continue to be a good hard worker for the party "Sure we’re still friends At least I would hope that we are” Kay said Mrs Hardenburger’s criticism of the job he has done as chairman while she was a candidate for the position was part of being chairman "I’m in a position to be criticized” he said “I accept the criticism” “I don’t think it will adversely affect our goals for winning the 1982 elections” Kay added “I’m going to do everything I can to keep the party in a strong position” Asked if he thought he would have won the job for a second two-year and the price can’t be based on where they get the last load of oil” the governor told newsmen “They (oilmen) admit and revenue confirms that they’ve just got to eat that because of the way oil pricing is set” Natural gas is different Carlin said because of it is delivered to distributors under specific contracts While those contracts vary the Kansas Corporation Commission state Energy Office and state Revenue Department have confirmed that a small portion of the gas severance tax could be passed on to Kansas consumers he said The governor said the latest available information from those three agencies indicates that 84 percent of the severance tax on natural gas would be paid by out-of-state producers and 42 percent of the tax on oil would be paid by non-Kansas producers Based on calculations by the three state agencies Carlin also said only Year Named nouncement seemed most appropriate “In the past many Kansans have expressed an interest in being in Topeka 0 pay their respects to the recipients” said Dicus and Mrs Blythe "Today’s early announcement will help to accommodate those wishes” Sebelius served six years in the Kansas Senate and for 12 years in Congress represented the nation’s largest wheat producing district He did not seek re-election last year and is now practicing law in Norton He is a native of Almena Kan Docking served an unprecedented four terms as governor NOW OPENED UNDER NEW MANAGEMENT to 3 pm $323 $280 pickup truck and a camper were hauled from a quarry west of Buffalo by Wilson County sheriff’s officers and divers from Chanute The vehicles were stolen in Wichita from Lois J Long Someone apparently backed the camper into the quarry in an effort to get rid of it and it pulled the truck into the water When the truck was removed it was found that the ignition and lights were turned on and the shift was in drive Black marks on the rocks at the edge of the quarry indicated the driver had tried to get the truck back to level ground but was pulled into the water by the camper Divers had to break ice to go down term over Mrs Hardenburger had it gone to a vote of the Republican State Committee which meets in Topeka Jan 31 Kay replied: “I would have hoped that I had a majority of the votes in the districts But that would be speculation and I perfer not to speculate on those things” Kay now is unopposed for re-election ‘‘The challenges for 1982 are crucial for our state and we must have a strong united organization Therefore I am announcing on Jan 16 that I am not a candidate for state chairman of the Kansas Republican Party” Mrs Hardenburger said in her terse prepared statement Answering reporters questions the Haddam farm wife said she knows some people will assume she felt she didn’t have enough votes to about $18 million of the estimated $200 million revenue the 8 percent severance tax would generate could be passed on to Kansas consumers — even if all the natural gas contracts allowed for full pass-through of the tax to the customers The KCC believes only 50 percent to 60 percent of the contracts would permit such a pass-on Of the $18 million in gas severance tax which potentially could be passed on to consumers Carlin said his experts estimate only $5 million to $6 million would be paid by residential consumers That figures out to about a $7 to $8 increase in the average annual natural gas bill of residential customers Carlin said About $1 million of the tax which would come from Kansas coal but Carlin said his administration has not calculated how much of that could or might be passed on to consumers within the state Carlin said he was very pleased with reaction so far to his proposal "I don’t expect a proposal of this kind especially after only one week’s time to be digested and supported by everyone” he said “The reception is far more en Dr Scott A Null CHIROPRACTOR announces (he reopening of tlie office of Dr JH Bruso for the practice of SPECIFIC CHIROPRACTIC January 5 p m OFFICE HOURS 10 Am - 12 a m Ip Mon Wed Fri By Appointment Delicious FRIED CHICKEN lh 12-Pc Tub 419 1 24-Pc Tub to the vehicles -q Q RIVERTON — The Riverton 7 board of education approved an ar- § chitect’s plan for a new school com- t 1 s plex c The project wiU include drilling a ? well for use in a ground-water-to-heat temperature control system j? School officials said the Empire District Electric Company’s special tu rate for the power required would make an all-electric system feasi- c ble q Voters in the Riverton district last year approved a $35 million bond issue to finance the new school at Seidler Owsley and Associates of c Pittsburg drew the architectural 2 plans Construction bids will be opened in late February wrest the chairmanship from Kay so she pulled out “The truth is I feel like I’m letting a lot of people down because a lot of people urged me to run” she replied “I had strong support aU over the state I just felt the race might lead to dissension in the party I don’t feel I can lend harmony to the party by staying in the race “First of all I’m a Republican I feel very strongly about my party allegiance” She said she has not "made any deals” with Kay or anyone else but said just campaigning on a theme that the state Republican Party needs to expand its base and let more people have a role in its leadership will help alleviate what she regards as the major problems the party has Proposal couraging that 1 ever thought it would be “As legislators and citizens have a chance to see it in the context of the alternatives there certainly is a growing recognition that it is the right way to go” Asked if he was ready to compromise to win passage Carlin replied: “Quite to the contrary Given the support for the proposal at this point certainly not I’ve been around here long enough to know you don't compromise when you've got the support on your side” Asked what compromises if any he might eventually accept if he had to Carlin said the only bargaining he could foresee might be over the percentage of the tax “If they want to raise it to 9 percent I’m sure we can work out some additional programs of tax relief” the governor said He said he will not consider making the severance tax in lieu of property taxes oil gas and coal producers pay — because that would only add opposition from county city and school officials who greatly fear removal of their property tax bases in the 89 counties which have the minerals 19 1981 1724 Broadway Paraona KS 421-4730

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