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Kokomo Tribune (Newspaper) - November 18, 1994, Kokomo, Indiana Kokomo Ind 50 cents Gordon tacks inland hits coastline OCRACOKE AP Hur ricane Gordon a deadly and errat ic storm that confounded forecast ers by gaining strength and turning back toward shore pounded North Carolinas fragile barrier islands today The storms center was about 100 miles south of Cape Hatteras at 7 Forecasters expected Storm gobbles up Floridas veggies Prices could rise here in a week MIAMI AP Consumers nationwide are facing higher prices for produce after a violent storm wiped out million worth of crops Right now much of Americas Thanksgiving dinner is under Florida Agriculture Com missioner Bob Crawford said Thursday This is our prime win terproduction season The loss of a sizable portion of the nations winter vegetable crop has not yet affected produce prices in Kokomo supermarkets But prices could begin climbing within a week It hasnt hit here said Craig Evans assistant produce manager the Marsh Supermarket on Southway Boulevard Im sure it will soon It usually takes about a week or Rick Francis produce manager at Krogers 31 store said he has received a company memo that says price increases may be hitting shortly We did receive a memo that says theyre aware of the situation and that prices will probably start moving up he said Francis said the produce the store will receive over the next few days was likely already in transit before the storm hit Flori da where most of the nations winter vegetable crop is grown He said if prices do increase they probably will begin doing so early next week South Florida supplies about half of the countrys winter pro duce High winds from Tropical Storm Gordon shredded thou sands of acres of leafy vegetable crops like lettuce and celery and its torrential rains washed away other crops such as squash sweet corn tomatoes green beans pep pers eggplants and potatoes Wholesale vegetable prices already have shot up according to state Agriculture Department spokesman Bob Blankenship A bushel of peppers that sold for last week was going for on Thursday Crawford has asked Gov Law ton Chiles to seek a disaster decla ration from the Department of Agriculture Gordons center with its strongest winds to the east to pass near the Outer Banks this afternoon They predicted it would then head north into the Atlantic Hurricane warnings were post ed from the Virginia state line to Bogue Fnlet about 130 miles south as Gordon inched west northwest at about 8 mph Maximum sustained wind of about 80 mph was expected through the day and gusts near 90 mph were reported We didnt expect it to strength en as much as it said Bob Sheets director of the National Hurricane Center in Coral Gables Fla Its just been acomplex sys Some residents who had heard earlier that Gordon was heading out to sea were shocked by its approach Its a total said Rob Florez Because this morning it wasnt here and now if s Stacy Peele 25 the receptionist at the Ocracoke ferry office lost her home and furniture to Hurri cane Emily I have all new furni ture in my trailer Im kind of wor ried about said Peele who added that no ferries were run ning from Hatteras or Ocracoke Ferry service to Cedar Island also was suspended and schools in coastal Dare County were closed But some residents werent wor ried We have noreasters that are worse than said Jane Janicki who owns the Jolly Roger Restaurant in thecoastal town of Kill Devil Hills If we see water starting to come over well start sandbagging out Ed Stuck surveys storm damage at his home near Melbourne Thursday AP photo Hospital plans major renovations By DAVE PHILLIPS Tribune staff writer Howard Community Hospital trustees Thursday adopted a 1995 operating budget of and plan to spend million on an ambitious capital improvement program The 1995 budget calls for a percent reduction in staffing lev els through attrition schedule adjustments and possible employee cutbacks in response to continued declines in patient vol ume Howard Communitys senior management anticipates a 10 per cent drop in total patient days to next year including a 20 percent drop in acute patient days Overall hospital inpatient admissions are projected to drop 15 percent from 1994 levels to admissions next year with outpatient demand projected to increase moderately Nearly 50 percent of the hospi tals revenue is expected to come from outpatient activity next year Managed care systems and other insurance providers look favorably on zero or modest price increases so weve developed a budget that we feel is competitive while still generating a positive increase in revenue said James Bigogno president and chief exec utive officer of the hospital Bigogno said management would attempt everything to avoid but said a deci sion to undertake layoffs among the hospitals 700 employees would be made during the first quarter of 1995 If s going to be nip and said Bigogno To operate effi ciently and remain Cost competi tive a decrease in patient days requires a reduction in staffing levels since staffing varies with patient The hospital earned million on revenues of million in 1993 and is projected to earn million on revenues of mil lion this year The 1995 budget includes salary increases of 4 percent a 2 percent increase in revenues no increase in supply costs and a percent increase in pharmaceutical prices The million capital budget one of the most ambitious build ing plans in Howard Community history includes replacement of the hospitals linear accelerator for million a million renova tion of the hospitals clinical labo ratories and a previously announced plan to build a group home for mentally ill patients Nearly 75 percent of the planned capital spending budget is earmarked for replacement equipment and facilities In todays health care environ ment organizations cannot com pete with equipment that is either outofdate or technologically said Bigogno Capital budget also Includes in other new and replacement medical equipment including a radiology room for emergency room proce dures A renovation of the hospitals cafeteria Installation of a hos pitalwide telephone system Hospital officials said the reno vations and new equipment capi tal will be funded using cash As of October the hospital had million in cash and mar ketable securities up from million in December 1993 Plan would pour billions into Bosnia Aim is to help Muslims fight Serbs WASHINGTON AP The United States would provide the Muslimled Bosnian government with military trainers and up to billion in weapons and aid under a classified option presented to congressional leaders this week according to sources Even as the Clinton administra tion prepares under congression al pressure to defy its allies and take sides in the Balkan conflict officials are warning lawmakers that the move could severely strain the Atlantic alliance The package of assistance pre sented by Pentagon and State Department officials to key con gressional leaders is preliminary and subject to debate and change within the administration and on Charity Armstrong toft and Michelle Wagner attend NIE auction Tribune photo by Stephen Shaner Auction brings in bucks for education project Bidders spent nearly at the 1994 Newspaper in Education Public Auction Thursday at the Kokomo Mall with the money going to place newspapers in area classrooms as an educational tool Kay Plew the Kokomo Tribunes Newspaper in Education coordinator said the exact amount raised was More than 80 businesses organizations and indi viduals donated items for the auction ranging from furniture to gift certificates to decorative items Herman McCombs served as the auctioneer for the event One big hit during the auction was the sale of cup cakes which contained 25 gemstones donated by Strickler Jewelers Through Newspaper in Education sponsored by the Tribune area schools may order newspapers for use in their classrooms The Tribune pages are used in spelling history English reading and mam lessons and can even be used in art projects For more information about how to participate in Newspaper in Education contact Plew at 4593121 Ext 274 Inside todays Tribune Bueinefls market A89 B711 Comics 012 A7 Dr jj Entertainment Local Vol 144 No 76 Capitol Hill Two sources familiar with a classified briefing to congressional leaders earlier this week said Thursday that Pentagon and State Department officials presented heavy and light options for aiding the Bosnian government once the United States decides to openly defy the international arms embargo For now the Pentagon is doing nothing in Bosnia to assist ian government forces against the Bosnian Serbs despite media reports to the contrary cials said No military training or intelligence information such as spy satellite photos have been provided by the Pentagon Its wild out there Fortuneteller loses her head BALTIMORE AP A man accused of beheading a fortune teller was arrested after trying to commit suicide by diving in front of a train and when that failed diving under a truck driven by the officers chasing him police say Douglas Thomas Clark 28 fered only minor injuries He was charged with firstdegree murder and ordered held without bail Clark is accused of decapitaijng Deborah Myra Stevens a6J yearold fortune teller he had been seeing for advice Police said Clark visited her about two hours before her body and head were found in her home He was cap tured after an apparent suicide attempt Amtrak police said Jse threw himself into the path ut a train but was not seriously hurt When officers chased him one on foot one driving a four wheel drive vehicle Clark tried to dive under the truck twice
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