The Bradenton Herald from Bradenton, Florida on February 12, 1989 · 13
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The Bradenton Herald from Bradenton, Florida · 13

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Sunday, February 12, 1989
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r FLORIDA NEWS D Ship captain blames Cubans B-8 D Killer’s resentencing moved B-9 The Bradenton Herald Sunday February 12 1989 SECTION i ' Gus Ellis Manatee County administrator Professional: Manatee County administrator since June 20 1988 Previously was Escambia County administrator from April 1985 until June 1988 and Manatee County assistant administrator from November 1982 until April 1985 Retired US Army colonel specialized in deciphering codes ' Educational: Bachelor’s and master’s degrees in political science from University of South Florida Master's and doctoral degrees in public administration from Nova University Personal: Born in Chattanooga Tenn Age: 64 He and his wife Jacqueline live in southern Manatee County They have no children Interests: Reading non-fiction particularly about successful people Tennis Quote: “Once you've made a decision make it happen” Despite problems Ellis lands praise Manatee County commissioners lauded County Administrator Gus Ellis for his diligence and work ethic NICK MASON Herald Senior Writer Despite a rough 10 days Manatee County Administrator Gus Ellis will get high marks Tuesday when county commissioners pus out their first report card Commissioners said Ellis deserves an A for effort and good grades for recognizing prob-' lems in his extended eight-month honeymoon period as the county’s top employee Ellis was coasting toward a healthy raise — perhaps $5000 — until commissioners were embarrassed to learn Feb 3 that 5246 home-owners and businesses in unincorporated Manatee County might lose flood insurance Ellis knew the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) threatened to suspend insurance coverage because of widespread illegal construction in flood-hazard zones but he didn’t tell his five bosses They learned of it from citizens He accepted the blame Saturday for commissioners being caught off guard The administrator is responsible for everything the county does or does not do” Ellis said "I am responsible for all the activities under me It’s nothing unique That is the responsibility of being a manager or administrator” Flli hopes to convince FEMA to withdraw threatened sanctions by proving that some are not violations correcting those that are violations and charting better enforcement of coastal construction regulations That’s how he approaches all problems “You get your information the facts You do an evaluation You determine what you can do and what you should do You do it And you report what you’ve done” Ellis said "Once you've made a decision' make it happen” he said The car jloesn't move until you turn the key and hit the gas Make if happen That’s what makes Gus Ellis tick and why he does what he does” - Commissioners said last week that Ellis still deserves a raise despite the uncharacler- istic mistake but they said they don’t know how much Ellis 64 now gets $70350 per year include ing a $67000 base salary and $3350 deferred compensation he will collect upon retirement “He’s not perfect- by any means but he’s a much better administrator than we've had” Commissioner Kent Chetlain said “He's had his hands on- the problems I’m going to rate him very highly" Commissioner Maxine Hooper gave Ellis ELLIS ToB-2 Health care ’ w draws focus National program seen as possible cure for ailing US system ! BART GREENWALD Herald Stall Writer A 49-year-old Bradenton woman - re- Avenue East just a block from her home? - The driver of ' the -1972 GMO tnidtr’ mumed in critical condition Saturday night Brooks was taken to Manatee Memorial year-old Helen-W Folds' 1218 at a local hospital after her car was hit hospital along with h“ -“ — ’ broadside by a truck leaving her trapped i old Roseanne Brooks inside her vehicle VI T - as driving the car-“I Fire and rescue personnel worked for half ' V She was listed in fai an hour to cut away the roof of the car v Seven-year-old Jacari Archey a passen- - Iliefore they could remove Gladys Brooks ger in the 1978 Lincoln Versailles - was - 82 £ Jane Lawrence is a 64-year-old Sarasota woman In April 1987 she was diagnosed as having a condition that could lead to cancer She needed surgery immediately But Lawrence is one of more than 35 million people in this country who do not have insur- ance and And it nearly impossible to get anyone to take care of them She could not get insurance because she did not have enough : money but could not rely on Medicare' or Medicaid because she was not poor enough and her condition was not critical : “I was not blind pregnant or over 65” Lawrence told a crowd of national health care advocates Saturday morning ' ’ The group of about 200 Manatee and Sarasota county residents banded together at University' of South Florida’s Sarasota campus to send a message that the US government needs to establish a national health care system Lawrence told the crowd that she believes a national health care system would have helped her Six months after being diagnosed with the condition — six months of “running in circles” trying to And a doctor and a hos-‘ pital that would help — Jane was told she had cancer ? Surgery was performed ' mostly paid for by a grant — but Lawrence still is undergoing radi-‘ ation treatment The time has come” said Jack Conway the forum's moderator ' and a national expert on health care The debate has started' Let’s make sure this country is- educated on the need for a com-: prehensive health care system” During the three-hour seminar sponsored by the Gray Panthers of Sarasota and Manatee counties seven “witnesses” spoke of their trials with local health care Three experts from the US and Canada recommended solutions “What will the world be like in 50 years?” bellowed Dr Jay Wolf-son acting chairman of the USFTampa public health college “Will it be better or worse? I’ve asked myself ‘What can I do to help?’ 1 “We need to talk about social change” he told the group of mostly elderly people “In 1950 how many of you would have contributed to a national health program instead of national defense?" " HEALTH To B-lff World War II shipmates renew ties Sixteen Navy veterans who served together in the Pacific theater jcaught up qn 43 years Saturday ELLEN MOSES Hmald Stall Wiitm When they gathered at Bradenton Beach on Saturday it was the Arst time in nearly 43 years that most of these World- War II veterans hud seen each other After weathering several decades and adding a few extra pounds the 16 Navy veterans who served together in the Pacific theater still had their sense of humor "Look at that kid there Can yttu believe that was me?” said Bradenton Beach resident John Bacon as he pointed to himself in a 1945 group picture “I was the smallest kid on the ship” he recalled A youngster of 18 when he was drafted Bacon weighed in at 107 pounds He's tipping the scales at 200 pounds these days rounding his 5-foot 6-inch frame 1 Bacon his former shipmates and their spouses gathered at the Silver Surf Motel to : reminisce and 1 remember the 1 common thread thut had once bound them All had served on the LSMR 196 one of the US' Navy's Arst REUNION Palmetto bomb scare ends up a false alarm ELLEN MOSES Herald Staff Writer TED SCHULTZ Bradenton Herald A Manatee County sheriff’s deputy prepares to check out the suspected bomb It wasn’t a bomb after all But when Manatee County sheriffs deputies saw the alran-duned car in east Palmetto on Saturday afternoon — doors ajar lights flashing and with an aluminum tulie on the driver's floor-board — they knew to call in the county’s Hazardous Materials and Explosives Unit “You have to take into consideration the circumstances surrounding the abandoned car” said Lt George Harris of the explosives unit “There was a very good chance someone could have booby trapped the car and left it" The car was abandoned on a dirt lane in a neighborhood that Harris said is “a block-and-a-half from a major “crack”-cocaine area” At the end of the dirt lane is Mount Raymond Missionary Baptist Church 2410 4th Ave E The Rev SD Pollard and his family were shopping when the church maintenance man saw the car and called the sheriffs department at 3:15 pm BOMB ToB-3 Burnside’s ‘vanishing act’ baffling a year after the fact How suspected murderer James Burnside slipped away in a noonday crowd at a shopping center still confounds police KATE MURPHY Herald Stall Writer To B-3 A woman is stabbed to death in broad daylight outside a crowded shopping center Tier co-worker is seriously wounded The suspect in the attack the woman's estranged husband is the object of an intensive manhunt j A year later James Burnside still is at large The stabbing death of Annette Burnside on Feb 17 1988 outside a waterbed store at the DeSoto Center gave rise to a prob lem that has confounded authorities — the fast escape of her husband How Burnside slipped away blending in with the noonday crowd at the shopping center is a question not easily answered Scores of law enforcement officials including Manatee County Sheriff Charlie Wells combed the county for Burnside They went to the Ashing village of Cortez where at one time he kept a 28-foot sail-1 boat he built himself They’ trekked to Snead Island following a lead The day after his wife was stabbed to death James Burnside’s cash card for an automated bank machine was used at a Bradenton bank according to a friend of his wife’s family 1 ESCAPE To B-10 Contributions of blacks a highlighted this month CHRIS DOWNEY f Herald Stall Wntaf They built an Afri-1 McRae can hut in' the middle 'of Daughlrey Elementary School and adorned the hallway walls with con- ' struction pape'r chains and pictures ofN v famous black Americans - Students at Manatee Elementary 1 School learned that black men invented ? the traffic light and the fountain pen from Johncyna McRae' wife of former Kansas City' Royals baseball star Hal- McRae ‘ February is Black History month pn4 schools all over Manatee County are throwing the spotlight on the contribu- tions of black - Americans often over-looked in history book “The sad thing is why do they only give us one month?” said Betlye Mad- i dox a fifth grade teacher at Daughtrey : “It’s sad all this good information can't be put into the books” Maddox has bought picture cards profiling 40 prominent black Americans and other black history materials out of -hfer pocket to help expose her students to positive role models -In the morning a student reads a profile of a famous black American over ' the public ’ address - system' Maddox ' HISTORY To B-6 A 1 ' r 1

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