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Kokomo Tribune (Newspaper) - May 2, 1994, Kokomo, Indiana MO TRIBUNE May 50 cents Neighbor rescues man from blaze A man who does not have use of his legs was saved from a burning garage by a neighbor near here Sunday a fire official Dan 1861 Road 600 sustained secbnd and thirddegree burns in the which was sparked as he fueled a garden He was dragged from the burning build ing by Phillip 5663 Road 250 who stayed the man until rescue units according to a Howard County Sheriff Department news Thank God the neighbor saw the fire and came to the said Jim Greentown Fire Department assistant Harris said the fire was report ed about 8 and crews arrived to find the twocar engulfed in But Burton had pulled Countryman into the front yard of the The blaze began when gas on the outside of the fuel can Coun tryman had been using to fill his tractor touched a battery connec tor on the Countryman had left his wheelchair and was seated on the tractor when the fire was the assistant chief Firefighters work at the scene of a Sunday night blaze that destroyed a garage and sent the owner to the hospital with burns Tribune photo by Tim Bath Destroyed were a van and car as well as fertilizer and herbicide Countryman had been storing for the business he Country Plant Garden Harris The roof of a two story house about 10 the garage sustained minor Loss is estimated at Countryman in stable con dition today at Saint Joseph Hos pital Health Center in where he was being treated for burns to his legs and He lives alone in the which he Firefighters were on the scene more than four Harris said and were assisted by sheriff the Howard County Emergency Management Agency and Indian Heights and Harrison Township fire County to get new personnel handbook ByJEFFPARROTT Tribune staff writer M Howard the finishing touches on a sweeping revision of the countys personnel The detailed 56page document will replace a vague 9page pamphlet in use since Its most changes include new job classifications boost pay at some positions and sections tbi comply with federal guidelines on sexual family leave and Americans with Disabilities A committee of county department supervisors and commissioners col laborated irt drafting most of the But the committee last met in early Febru according to Auditor Marilyn Since then the commissioners have final ized the language and made some tions on their she The legality of the handbook has been open to speculation Officeholders have expressed their disdain for being told by the commis sioners how to run their while the commissioners have cited their duty to run the county at their As an of said she has the authority to set her own personnel policy regardless of what the handbook For she she wont adhere to one of the handbooks new rules that cuts the amount of sick days allowed 12 to eight per Because of the large number of young mothers that work for her who some times must stay home with their sick chil dren Cook said shell continue to allow one sick day per states that these policies and apply to all tjpunty new mantlal includes sections on vacatjpri daily work retiree relatives and 1 Griffey said the biggest change lies in a newj fourtiered employee classification sys Positions will be labeled as either Machine Operator Technicians COMOT Protective Officers and Law Enforce ment POLE Trades and Crafts LTC logical PAT Being able to place employees in a certain group will allow the county to justify rais ing pay rates for some Griffey crisis situation has evolved in which the county is losing employees to higher wages in the private he County Clerk Sue Metcalf said job classi ficatinnsis 1 six deputies and six fourth All do the same work but the higher ranked deputies are paid which isnt Metcalf Griffey said the wage rates for each class will be determined by the Howard County Council later this year when it prepares next years The handbook is about 99 and one half percent Griffey County Attorney Larry still need to fine tune some language before it is official ly he said Victory near for Mandela Black majority awaits end of rule by whites South Africa AP The African National Con gress expected to declare victory late today in the countrys first all race but new violence and frustration over slow counting dampened By midday six days after the election opened only onethird of an estimated million paper ballots had been Nelson Mandelas planned appearance at an ANC victory party was limbo for a second straight night while the black majority awaited the official end of white The ANC appeared certain to win a majority in the new but it was expected to fall short of a twothirds majority that would allow it to write a per postapartheid constitu tion In a bid for national reconcilia the ANC suggested Sunday night that white conservatives and Zulu nationalists could join in the new Police reporteda resurgence of political saying at least 23 people had been slain since Fri day in the eastern province of The region has long been the center of fighting between supporters of the ANC and the Zulu nationalist Inkatha Freedom but violence had unexpectedly dropped off during the voting last People have been preoccupied with the With ness and violence something to said Inkathas campaign Arthur With percent of the ballots the ANC had 59 percent of the followed by President de Klerks National Party at Mangosuthu Buthelezis Inkatha was a distant third at by the proapartheid white Freedom Front at The Independent Electoral Com which organized the vote and said final results might not be available until Tues Japanese claim Americas trade report is full of holes They say accusations not supported by facts TOKYO AP In a sharp rebuttal to a report on Japanese trade the trade ministry said it was based on faulty ambiguous reasoning and The Ministry of International Trade and Industry said accusations that Japanese markets are more closed than others are not supported by An objective standard is not clear in the Sozaburo MITI minister for interna told The released March 31 by the Trade Representatives accused Japan of erecting barriers to a wide range of American products It could be a first step toward tions on MITI did not accept any of the The ministrys comments followed a sharp rise in the Japanese yen on currency The yen closed in Tokyo at per its highest clos ing in more than eight Traders believe that if Japan does not take action on its Washington may want a high yen which hurts Japanese exporters as a means of reducing Japan s billion annual trade surplus with the United MITI insisted that Japans trade surpluses do not prove that its markets are Not only dpes this argument lack theoretical but such assertion itself cannot be supported by the it It pointed to nations such as Hong Kong and Sin gapore that have low trade barriers but also enjoy trade The ministry said Japans average tariff rate on manufactured and mining products is compared to percent in the United States and percent for the European Inside Local Up With People Kokp Page Also Inside markets NATQ warplane chases Serbs away from weapons BosniaHerzegov ina AP A NATO warplane buzzed a weapons depot near here and chased away Bosnian Serbs trying to retrieve their heavy officials said spokesman Eric Chaperon said 10 to 15 Serbs approached the arms collection point guarded by French peace keepers Sunday demanding to take a 122mm artillery A fourhour standoff ended around midnight when the plane requested By peacekeepers buzzed the depot and the Serbs It was a said Guy spokesman for troops who patrol United Nations troops have had heavy weapons under guard at various pointy around Sarajevo since a NATO ultimatum in Feb ruary for the Serbs to remove weapons from a 12mile radius around Sarajevo or turn them over to There were about 30 pieces of weaponry at the col lection guarded by about two dozen French Spokesmen also reported fight ing between Serbs and Bosnian government forces near the boundary of the twomile radius arpund the eastern enclave of from which the Serbs are supposed to have Delco Electronics Janice Sullivan clowns around during stuffing project Tribune photo by Tim Bath Delco employees volunteer to stuff Festival Parade bags Delco Electronics employees got into the assembly line mode by volunteering to stuff Delco Electronics 500 Festival Parade Each ticketholder to the parade receives one of the which contains several props inserts sunglasses and The 500 Festival parade is believed to be the only interactive parade in the United The novelty items come into play as a parade unit passes For when the race car drivers go parade goers take out their race flags when the Indi anapolis 500 Queen and princesses the audi ence dons More than 250 Delco employees volunteered Saturday and Sunday to stuff the bags at Joan of Arc School some adopting their own miniature time trials to get the job The parade is May 28 in downtown It includes the 33 qualified 500 national marching bands and helium bal It is the second year Delco has sponsored the parade
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