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Kokomo Tribune (Newspaper) - September 2, 1994, Kokomo, Indiana Vol 143 No 355 KOKOMO Kokomo Ind Friday Sept 50 cents A taste of Kokomo Some new restaurant signs will dot Kokomos landscape soon Tribune photo by Tim Bath Another option to tax hike Chains tickle our tastebuds City residents visitors facing delicious dilemma By DAVE PHILLIPS Tribune staff writer Restaurant fever has spread to epidemic proportions with three more national chains announcing plans to build restaurants here Several chains are adding more local outlets and addition al restaurant operators are look ing at the city including White Castle Applebees a Kansas City based operator of bar and grill restaurants has committed to building a restaurant in South way Plaza near Southway Blvd and 31 according to Wayne OHara of Tucker Co Rocky Rococo a pizza chain which closed more than five years ago will be demolished to make room for the foot restaurant OHara said Ruby Tuesday a division of Mobile Morrison Restaurants plans a 200 seat bar and restaurant at the southwest corner of Southway Blvd and 31 The site formerly housed the Kings Crown Inn The restaurant will be the chains fourth in Indiana fol lowing Clarksville Indianapolis and Merrillville The Olive Garden chain of Italian restaurants based in Orlando is planning a Kokomo restaurant but no final site has been selected said Cathie Weinberg a company spokesperson The chain is concentrating its search on the citys southside Indianapolisbased Consoli dated Product Steak n Shake unit has begun construc tion on a second Kokomo restaurant near Carter St and 31 It is expected to open by the end of November Hardees Family Restaurants Inc is planning another Koko mo fastfood outlet near Morgan St and 31 and Arbys Inc has begun construction on another unit near Arrow Street and 31 on the southside Indianapolisbased Norris Food Service Inc closed the Hardees franchise at 214 N Dixon Road in Dixon Square this week because of low profits The McDonalds effect feeds expansion here In addition to the areas healthy economy industry observers say several factors are fueling the citys restaurant boom The restaurant industry is becoming dominated by franchis es and national and regional chains that are easily recognized from community to community and provide cost efficiencies such as centralized marketing and administrative functions Nationwide restaurant chains have saturated major metro politan areas and view smaller secondtier cities as a natural extension of those said John Livengood executive vice president of the Indiana Restaurant Association Its the McDonalds Kokomo seems to have missed the recent restaurant growth yet the citys economy continues to grow with expanded employment said OHara Restaurants also tend to follow major retailers into a market Livengood Whats good for WalMart is often good for Olive he said Over the past several years nearly squarefeet of retail space has been added in the city with the opening of Sams Club WalMart Cub Foods Lowes and other stores The new restaurants Livengood suggested may come at the expense of smaller independent restaurants Its now an extremely competitive market with thin profit margins often less than 5 percent of gross restaurant said Livengood Everyone is not going to make ByJEFFPARROTT Tribune staff writer Howard Countys top welfare official said there may be a way for the county to meet nis expand ed budget request for next year without raising taxes or making cuts elsewhere If the next circuit court judge agrees the monthly youth mainte nance payments the county Fami ly ana Child Services division makes to the Robert J Kinsey Youth Center could be eliminated Those payments next year would add up to about PCS Director James McClean said Thats equal to the size of an addi tional property tax needed to fund McCleans 1995 budget if its approved and no other depart ments are cut Qircuit Judge Richard Sand who is filling in for the suspended R Alan Brubaker has agreed not to charge the financially strapped county PCS for about worth of bills owed for the rest of this year Instead the county will be billed directly Sand an outsider to Howard County said the roundrobin system here for funding the main tenance of troubled youths is wasteful The Kinsey Center which is operated with county tax dollars charges the PCS also tax payerfunded to maintain youths sentenced to the center by the court The Kinsey Center charges more than it costs to house the youths and returns its profits to the county general fund The facility houses youths from Tribal justice offers an alternative Tlingit elders consider banishing teens to remote islands KLAWOCK Alaska AP A panel of Tlingit elders began a hearing Thursday to decide whether two Indian teenagers should be banished to uninhabit ed islands for severely beating and robbing a pizza deliveryman in Washington state last year Cousins Adrian Guthrie and Simon Roberts both 17 pleaded guilty to robbery in May for attacking Tim Whittlesey of Everett with a baseball bat Whittleseys hearing and eye sight were permanently damaged Rather than sending the teens to prison a Washington state judge agreed to send them north to face the Kuyedi Kuiu Kwaan Tribal Court The youths could still get prison time later Rudy James a tribal elder who proposed the alternative at the behest of the youths parents says the punishment probably will be banishment for up to two years to separate isolated islands in Alaskas vast Alexander Archipel ago The hearing in this southeast Alaska fishing village may last through Friday The tribal elders held court in the Alaska Native Brotherhood Alaska Native Sisterhood hall a singlestory building used for weddings funerals town meet ings and bingo games It was the first time the Klawpck court was convened to determine a sentenc Howard and surrounding coun ties Sand said he has no problem with profiting off youths from other counties but doesnt see the point in doing so from Howard County residents It strikes me as kind of silly to take money from one pocket hi order to make a profit for your other Sand said The Kinsey Center reports about in profits each month County Council President Richard Miller said at a meeting earlier this week Jan Weaver director of the Kin sey Center said she can see both sides of the argument but thinks the PCS should continue to be billed for county youths because it is best able to Keep track of child welfare costs There has to be proper accounting or you wouldnt know what your welfare costs Weaver said If they werent pay ing this facility theyd have to pay some other facility and theyd still be incurring those Sand has agreed to serve as judge until Dec 22 after which the state Supreme Court will have to appoint another replacement for Brubaker Sand is helping pre sent the 1995 circuit court budget which includes operation of the Kinsey Center to the county council next week But the judge said its not his place to make changes when he wont be here to see them through This has got to be solved on a permanent basis but since Im a temporary caretaker I cant do Sand said Parimutuel racing breaks into a gallop Fans pack tracks grandstand ing referred from a state court About 75 people attended Thursdays hearing which lasted two and a half hours and was scheduled to resume thismorning No one hall until cleansed with branches of devils club a thorny plant native to the region Everyone entering the room submitted to purification by being brushed with a cedar bough and wiping their feet at the door was allowed into the it had been ritually ANDERSON Ind AP A nurse from Alexandria and an Indiana horse were guaranteed winners in Indianas first pari mutuel horse race at the newly opened Hoosier Park The nurse Paula Garrett bet to win on each of the 10 horses entered in the inaugural race What Im going to do is bet em all so I have a she said B K Bentley driven by Gregg Haston owned by Penny and Ron Krodel of Indianapolis and Nancy and Henry Blackwell of Zionsville won Hoosier Parks first race in and paid to win on a ticket Fans who jammed the seats in the grandstand and nearly 500 more who sat at reserved clubhouse tables joined by sever al thousand others wagered on the first race The 1994 racing season contin ues through Nov 13 with evening racing starting at 7 Wednesday through Saturday and starts on Sundays holi Opening night at a glance ANDERSON Ind AP A glance at the opening night of parimutuel harness racing Thursday at Hoosier Park Attendance Races 10 Amount bet Money won Total purse Fast time mile Oakley Bilmac 9th race High payoff to win Lowest payoff Big payoff on a trifecta ticket days and special programs The track will be closed on Mon days except for Labor Day and on Tuesdays Inside Local Police release composite sketches in robberies A2 Sports IU opens its 1994 football season at home against Cincinnati Saturday A7 Also inside Business Classified Local may ppen door to Cuban immigration Parole power could be the key WASHINGTON AP strategy for dealing with Fidel Castro is to offer a sharp expan sion of Cuban immigration through the littleknown ana curi ously named parole power of the attorney general Justice Department officials say Because the United States refus es to discuss the economic embar go that most rankles Castro negotiators at the midlevel talks with Cuba taking place in New York have little else to offer But with economic hardship this year generating the first riots of Castros 35 years in power the chance more dissidents leave the island nation may appeal to the Cuban leader This parole has nothing to do with people getting out of prisons It refers to the attorney generals power under immigration law to parole or grant entry to aliens otherwise legally inadmissible It is an emergency power designed to serve the public such as bringing in a trial witness or to meet humanitarian concerns like preventing harm or anguish or getting a patient to an organ A Cuban refugee yells libertad libertad at the media from behind a barbed wire fence at Guantanamo Naval Base in Cuba Thursday AP photo