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Kokomo Tribune (Newspaper) - May 22, 1994, Kokomo, Indiana KHS golfers runnerup to No 1 Richmohll Vol 143 No 259 Kokomo Ind TRIBUNE Sunday May GJowning around Miss Sparkle the Clown autographs a coloring book for 6 Smith right at the Kokomo Mall Saturday The Allan CwHills Great American Circus from Sarasota capers death exhibitions magic fire eating balancing acts and much more during the two shows Saturday The event was sponsored by the Koko mo Mall Merchants v Tribune photo by payeHess 200 show support for Garner Teachercoach praised Clintons to attend service SACRAMENTO Calif AP President Clinton and Hillary Rodham Clinton will attend burial services Monday in Arlington National Cemetery for Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Mrs Clinton also will attend the funeral in New York earlier same day the White House said Mrs Clinton will return to Washington with members of Mrs Onassis family and other mourners on the chartered plane that will carry the former first ladys remains said Ginny Terzano deputy White House press secretary The president will not attend the New York services but will meet his wife and other members of the funeral party at National Airport on Monday afternoon and accom pany them to the cemetery Clinton will speak at the grave side ceremony But Terzano has not been decided whether his remarks will be made available for broadcast Whether the ceremony at Arlington is to be completely pri vate hasnt been decided But well respect the wishes of the Terzano said A viewing was being held at Mrs Onassis Fifth Avenue apart ment Funeral services are planned at 10 Monday at St Ignatius of Loyola Roman Catholic Church in Manhattan Terzano said both Clintons were invited to the funeral services but President Clinton decided against going believing his attendance could conflict with the wishes of the family to keep it The White House has offered to assist the family in any way possi ble By LISA FIPPS Tribune Tipton Bureau The Indiana State Teachers Association office could not hold the crowd that turned out Satur day in support of TriCentral Ele mentary teacher and coach Don ald W Garner Nor could the lobby of the Southway Centre building 217 Southway Boulevard East that houses the ISTA office Instead more than 200 of Gar ners colleagues friends and fami ly carpeted the lawn in front of the building In December 1993 four female students accused Garner of hav ing inappropriate contact with them However in February a grand jury returned a no bill of indictment against Garner which means Garner was not criminally charged in connection with those allegations Then in March the attorneys for the parents of two of the girls filed a notice of a potential tort claim against Northern Commu nity Schools which means a civil suit may be filed at a later date Saturdays press conference was called Friday afternoon by Indi ana State Teachers Association UniServ Director William Gist who represents Garner who is a member of the ISTA Gist and sev eral others who spoke to the crowd called Garner a profes sional capable and good friend who is not being treated fairly Garner did not attend the press rally Gist said he advised Garner not to attend Gist said those who are accusing Garner have painted a very nega tive picture of Garner So he said he called the press conference to show the media and the commu nity there is another Garner has not been arrested Gist said And Garner has not been charged Gist said Yet he said there are parents out there accusing Garner and trying to ruin his career One of the deepest darkest fears for teacher is to be accused of abusing a child and an even dark er fear is to be accused of sexually abusing a child Gist said The accusations raised against Garner dont just impact Garner Gist said they impact all teachers in this part of the state Garners pastor the Rev Carl Roudebush of Windfall Christian Church agreed and said the accu sations made against Garner put up a roadblock in the classroom that says do not touch Do not handle Do not Gist said Garner is a quiet good Christian man who tends to turn the other However Gist said Garner has asked the ISTA to investigate resent events that are maligning Garners good ISTA attorneys are investigat ing Gist said He said were pre pared as an organization to sup port Garner in the measure even if that means going to court At least 30 girls who have played on teams Garner coached or have been students in his class room sat in the front applauding when others praised Garner as a teacher and a coach A few of the girls stood in front of the crowd and stood up for Garner Please see 200 PA8 County residents ire rises with the water Area plagued with drainage problems By JEFF PARROTT Tribune staff writer Linda Hechts spirits turn a little gloomier than most when she hears weather forecasters calling for rain It means she must rearrange her home and pull any valuables out of her basement level family room to make way for a few inch es of standing water Hecht who owns a split level home at 3566 N Road 150 West said she could live with standing water in her yard But when it reaches the height of electric wall sockets next to her entertainment center its a different story Its gotten to the point where its just too said Hecht the single mother of a 24yearold son and teenage daughter Hecht said shes sought help from the county surveyor highway department and commissioners but has been repeatedly sloughed Her drainage problems arent particular to her neighborhood or to Clay Township At the opposite end of the county in the Ivy Hills subdivision near the intersection of Ind26 and 31 lawns also become unwanted ponds when it rains County council member Dwight Singer an Ivy Hills resident said water drains from a farm field south of Ind 26 and into the neighborhoods tiles Over the years this has created more pres sure than the tiles can handle and has created standing water sink holes and gushing water spouts in the middle of lawns He said the county commission ers who also act as the county drainage board should either reconstruct the neighborhood tile with a maintenance fund paid into by residents or make the farmer somehow send his runoff else where The commissioners acknowl edge drainage problems exist throughout the county Commis sioner Jim Shearer attributed much of them to the countys largely flat clay surface At last weeks meeting commis sioners discussed what if any thing the county can do abvout drainage complaints The commis sioners directed County Attorney Larry Murrell to look into whether the countys general drainage fund can be used to hire a deputy surveyor County Sur veyor Carl Raquet simply have the time to attend to all the drainage problems on his own some of which date back more than 20 years they said Until recently Raquet had a substantial amount of help from Wayne Moore of the Soil and Conser vation Service But Moore was forced to retire in a federal down scaling commissioners said Raquet admitted he hasnt con ducted a countywide drainage survey for at least 15 years He said a survey would classify all county legal drains as in need of maintenance reconstruction or abandonment Raquet said hes willing to do that but doesnt think it will solve many problems Drains are classified whenever a complaint arises anyway he said Commissioner David Griffey suggested compiling a list of prob lem areas and presenting them to the county council which by law must approve the spending of drainage and all county funds Homeowners who pay regular ditch maintenance fees deserve some help from the county Grif fey admitted But the question of how much help is a point of some confusion Theres a general feeling among homeowners that the county auto matically must do something when a family finds a pool of water in their yard Raquet said But the county is only responsible for maintaining its legally estab lished drains How the homeown ers access those drains is their responsibility he said Bob and Barbara Brant Hechts neighbors said they feel they deserve some county assistance The couple has lived in their split level ranch since 1963 and said their yard and finished basement began having serious flooding problems about three years ago The Brants said they and neigh bors had a private tile installed in the mid1960s but think its been shut off somehow Barbara Brant Sjjid she plans to organize her neighbors and approach the cqun ty for help Please see Setting sail FORT LAUDERDALE Fla The Galicia 93 Prescanova embarks off the coast of Fort Lauderdale to begin the last leg of the Whitebread Round the World Race on Saturday The 14 yachts will sail to Southampton England AP photo Inside todays Kokomo Tribune Local Howard County residents participate in sesquicentennial events at the fairground Page Cl World Trie extremist Hutu militias of Rwanda were trained and armed as a final solution to ancient ethnic animosities PageA2 Nation Amtrak President Thomas M DoWns believes last weeks fatal train derailment was just bad luck Page A3 Also inside Business Classified Local News of