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Kokomo Tribune (Newspaper) - June 3, 1994, Kokomo, Indiana 270 I KOKOMO lTRIBUNE June 50 cents Randall School Elementary pupil Corey King cleans the blackboard for the last time Dreaded day Randall Elementary closes its doors ByANNHUBBARD Tribune Peru Bureau GRISSOM AIR FORCE With boxes piled high against the textbooks stacked on desks and empty classrooms throughout the build Randall Elementary School teachers went through one last Thursday was the day many both those returning to other Maconaquah schools next year and those not returning at have dreaded since they began the school year last Randall closed Thursday because of the reduction in staff and pupils due to Grissom Air Force Bases Projections estimate Maconaquah School will lose an estimated 599 students and from the 1995 gen eral fund budget because of Gris soms No special ceremony was planned to commemorate the last day at Principal Robert Fulton said it would be just another He didnt feel it was appropriate to have a special cer emony since many of the pupils had already he With only 260 students attend ing the last day of classes out of some 550 the school has seen in past school began as nor Ruth the music read the announcements telling the students to keep a song in your heart and keep music a special part of your Denise a 15year teaching veteran at spent the morning with her class blowing bubbles on the play like several of trie teachers was dressed in a dark green sweat shirt with You never really leave a place you 1958 imprinted on Im feeling really positive about Weve had some won derful years here and I wouldnt Related photo Pupils and staff say Page trade it for the but its time to move Ulibarri said she will probably feel more melan choly when the school is Focus One was at Nead School when it I dont know if thats a she Thursday marked the begin ning of summer vacation for the but the beginning of a job search for Jan Chapter One coordinator for the second and third grade Hemmerly is one of 15 instruc tional assistants corporation wide and seven Randall teachers who are now Cor 30 teachers lost their Judy third grade teacher also affected by the reduction in shared a teary goodbye with some of her friends in the morning before pupils Its been a challenge for she In just the first six weeks of this school Deck lost five pupils whose parents were transferred out of By she had eight pupils in her She had one father who actual ly cried when he picked up his child and prepared to leave Gris Ive tried to remain strong for the she Its a sad situation losing my Deck But she said she believes that when God closes one door he opens For Julie Step Up grade transi tional when she actually closes the door of her she will be closing the door of the room where she spent much of the past 18 Thats a lot of your life to spend in one Parrish She said she got a little teary eyed during me last day but she Carol Schelbert wipes away tears as she is hugged by Beth Guth Tribune photos by Tim Bath made it This year it really is When youre saying youre really saying Parrish Thats nard to think of never seeing the pupils Parrish said she is one of about a dozen teachers who have taught at Randall for 12 or more Weve been here a long time Theres a real attachment Were a real Its really hard to think that some of the people Ive been working with 18 years I wont be seeing Im used to seeing them Parrish will teach kindergarten next year at Pipe I keep telling myself change is she Betty third grade said it hadnt really hit her until she came back from the Memorial Day holiday I thought I was going to have to go home the other day I was just so torn up over leaving after so many Thomas has taught at Randall for 29 As Thomas and her students busily moved packed through the classroom a moving van was visible as the occupants of a home on base also were preparing to I dont think Ive done any thing differently because its the last day at Its the last day Ill be with the pupils but I think they Its a real stress ful a sad Karen second grade And in a message to her Troutman wrote in big letters on the blackboard Last Day of School T Bye Crossing the line North Korean crisis intensifies South Korea AP After months of slowmotion sparring over North Koreas nuclear everything is suddenly moving In the eyes of much of the the Com munist state may have finally crossed the The atomic watchdog agency says North Korea has made it impossible to determine whether plutonium has been diverted from a small experimen tal That means theres no way to know if the reclusive Pyongyang government is trying to build nuclear The International Atomic Ener gy Agency finding was among the most dramatic developments of the 16monthold standoff over the Norths nuclear And with what had been a waitandsee situation quickly began hardening along sharper lines of confrontation The United States said it would seek and was holding consultations today with President Clinton declared the North would have only itself to blame if sanctions were North Korea had no immedi ate response to the move or the IAEA But in recent days it has warned that sanctions would bring devastating conse It said they would amount to an act of South Korea said today it would participate in any punitive steps agreed to by the United South Koreas deputy prime minister Lee after a meeting of top security related cited a new and more serious crisis surrounding the Norths nuclear whose western regions North Koreas nuclear facilities As North Korea continues its secretive work with leaders say they will defy any sanctions the United Nations places on the The believes North Korea is building a powerful weapons Nuclear facilities Uranium mirjihg Nuclear bower plant Source Arms Control Association are believed to lie within reach of North Koreas Rodong ballistic expressed deep concern over the latest Spokesman Hiroshi Kumagai said today that Tokyo would weigh what action to take in close con cert with the countries which said hours before the IAEA announcement that it still opposes fielded new appeals to lend its The latest call reportedly came from South where Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Tang Jianxuan held talks today with Seoul As a permanent member of the Security China could veto any sanctions Anderson gears up to run ponies INDIANAPOLIS AP In just three it looks like theyll be Ponies that is those at Indi anas first parimutuel horse track in And that prospect is keeping Anderson officials busy and has given the city a new spir We are having to look at a number of different Anderson Mayor Mark Lawler said Not only to plan for the influx of people coming into our community and the prop er planning but also for the new Lawler said those new business es are Realtors in our with some have had options placed on property with out people seeing he Were just a real hot community and theres a lot of attention on the Dust is swirling at Hoosier Park as construction crews rush to complete the track compound by when the betting booths and starting gates are scheduled to Getting the horses running has been a hard course since the General Assembly legalized pari mutuel racing in but race day is finally around the Were all Were doubly excited for the because these people have invested inter est in Some of them have been waiting decades for this said Joe executive secretary of the Indiana Horse Racing Progress on the racing com pound impressed Gorajec on a visit to the site this Ditto for There was all that frustration the management people the horsemen and the city and finally were getting relief know ing fully that on we will have a fine race track Lawler Where is he Lakeberg is missing AP Authorities in northwest Indiana are searching for Kenneth Lake who borrowed a friends car ancfnasnt been seen The Jasper County Sheriffs Department has issued a bulletin for police to keep an eye out for a rustcolored Olds Firenza that the father of or twins borrowed from a James Weyler said Lakeberg asked to borrow the car to collect money a friend owed When the car was not returned by Wednesday Weyler called the Im real said who has known Lakeberg for 10 If I could get ahold of him right Id strangle the son of a Friends dont do friends like Inside Local Rochester police officer and Fulton County jailer face charges in Page Sports Kokomo head for Saturdays Kokomo Baseball Sectional Page Classified Local News of 7 Omaha Beach the final assault DDay vets returning to shed tears on a once deadly shoreline OMAHA France AP Gray but standing D Day veterans are pouring into Normandy for a final bittersweet laying wreaths for com rades and engaging in some fes tive Their tears mixing with the Lloyd Bailey and other vets set the ring of yellow and orange flowers Thursday at the torno of the unknown soldier at the American cemetery overlooking Omaha DDays bloodiest battle Theres a number of them who say that this is the last time theyll be said a retired diesel parts distributor from Jef Special DDay edition In Sundays KT Monday is the 50th anniversary of the historic Allied sion at Normandy which provedto be a turning point pf Wprl4 War Sundays Kokomo Tribune will feature a speeiaj edition Jnchjd ing local and Associated Press articles and photos ing that Of any one who is here will try to come but a lot of people have health Solemn ceremonies are planned throughout Normandy this week and in the days after the 50th anniversary of the Allied invasion on June that breached Hitlers Atlantic But the atmosphere is festive as Thousands of vets and war dressed in military fatigues along with the rest of the are driving around the towns and beaches in World War Hvintage jeeps and They roll down streets lined with Allied flags fluttering in the while shop cars and city buses have stickers with multiple flags saying We wel come our At light arrangements in the shape of parachutes glow from light posts like treelamps at Some shops are talcing the occasion for shameless self like the beauty parlor that hung a dummy paratrooper from the secondfloor made up as a woman but with a mustache painted More than including President Clinton and other heads of are Monday in Normandy to fill the 50mile chunk of coastline the f Allies
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