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Kokomo Tribune (Newspaper) - December 30, 1994, Kokomo, Indiana Kokomo Ind Friday I Dec 50 cents Its official wins election Judge declares him countys next sheriff By STEVE JACKSON Tribune staff writer Nearly two months after votes were cast Jerry Marrs election as Howard Countys next sheriff was made official Thursday About 25 Marr supporters and family members burst into applause when Howard Superior Court 2 Judge Carl Van Dora ruled that the Democratic sheriff deputy was the winner of the election by a revised total of 29 votes Van Doras ruling came after a three hour hearing in which about 70 dis puted ballots from last weeks recount were examined Marr who did not venture into the courtroom until the hearing was nearly over began weeping when the announcement was made I cant put into words how I he said Now weve got the biggest job of all Weve got to prove to the people who voted for us that they did the right Marrs opponent in the election Kokomo police chief Lynn Rudolph did not attend the hear ing He did say shortly afterward that he was glad the election was finally brought to a close and offered Marr his congratulations I wish Jerry Rudolph said At least we can put this behind us While his plans have been held in limbo by the uncertain nature of his victory Marr said he will begin moving immediately to carry out his promises of putting more offi cers on the street and making the sheriff department more respon sive to community concerns Marr said he has already begun drafting plans to remove many officers from desk jobs and return them to patrol cars He is also working on revising patrol routes so that officers have greater visi bility in highpopulation areas Were going to work on that he said Also to be worked on immediate ly is developing a schedule for monthly public meetings a center piece of Marrs campaign The first such meeting in which citi zens can meet with Marr and other department officials to voice their concerns will be in January Marr also plans on quickly approaching county commission ers to work out a new contract Marr wants a pact which would give him a fixed salary Any addi tional money earned through sur plus inmate meal funds or through tax sales money which state law allows the sheriff to pocket Its freedom and Florida for pilot Hall appeared dazed by drama SEOUL South Korea pilot Bobby Hall appeared dazed by the drama surrounding his release today and officials quickly put him on a plane home after his 13day ordeal in North Korea Hall captured after his heli copter went down over North Kiuea on Dec 17 was freed after the government expressed regret for what it called a naviga tional error not a spy mission as claimed by the North The incident threatened the frag ile relations with the hardline communist state that had been improving over the past two months Wearing the green flightsuit he wore when his helicopter went down Hall looked pale as he walked to freedom in Panmunjom the border village in the Demilita rized Zone that separates the two Koreas Military officers from both North Korea and the United States were present for the brief solemn ceremony on a cold and overcast morning He seemed naturally somewhat dazed to have emerged from 13 days of captivity to see generals lined up on both sides of the DMZ waiting for him to said State Department official Thomas Hubbard who had worked out the final details of Halls release Hall showed no signs of injury Hubbard said Copilot David Hile mon was killed His body was returned last week Hall 28 was flown by helicopter to a military base in Seoul for a medical checkup First and foremost I would like to express my deepmost sympathy for Mrs Hall said in a brief statement on the tarmac at Osan Air Force Base outside Seoul He also thanked Hubbard for his speedy return back to the free Hall from Brooksville then boarded a military plane that left for McDill Air Force Base in his home state Halls case was extremely sensi tive because the United States did not want to undermine the nuclear accord signed in October between the and North Korea It was further complicated by a lack of clear information about who is in charge in North Korea There have been hints of a power struggle between civilian and mili tary officials since North Korean dictator Kim II Sung died in July His son Kim Jong II is his pre sumed successor but has not for mally assumed power In Washington officials said they believe the deal that eventual ly was struck had won Kims endorsement The and North Korean offi cials agreed on a written statement that said the helicopter inad vertently strayed into North Kore an airspace American officials said We did offer our sincere regrets for the accidental intru Hubbard said He said the countries also agreed to discuss how to prevent such incidents in the future adding this was not a new policy but part of a effort to reduce tensions with the North Pilot Bobby Hall is surrounded by North Koreans as he crosses the demarkation line photo Introducing USA Weekend On Saturdays and Sundays for the next six months the Kokomo Tribune will be testing an attractive eyecatching fea ture It is USA Weekend a col orful slick welledited news magazine We are testing our market with USA Weekend because the magazine is lively entertain ing relevant and Arden Draeger Tribune pub lisher said USA Weekend is the countrys third largest mag azine and is distributed by more newspapers than any other USA Weekend will move sampled readers week after week with color bold graphics and memorable photos by world class photographers Readers will enjoy the editorial mix which includes food trav el health entertainment and relevant issues facing us all today The coyer story in this weekends edition is alternative health Readers explore new remedies for such common ail ments as headaches arthritis and allergies Leading practi tioners of alternative medi cines including Dr Deepak Chopra help with their prob lems Hoosier students meet great expectations INDIANAPOLIS AP Indiana students met greater expectations in 1994 but more should be demanded of them the states superintendent of public instruc tion said today in her annual report card On her 49 visits to schools in 42 counties the past year Suellen Reed said she saw a reassuring glow of pride that Hoosiers feel for local schools teachers and admin Its no surprise that the latest Rand Corporation study took a rosier view than usual about all of Americas schools and Reed said Its true right here in The Rand report issued Dec 20 said schools have improved over the past 20 years and betteredu cated parents and smaller families are helping students learn Our states emphasis on greater expectations is a recognition that the No 1 economic issue in Indiana today is Reed wrote in the 1994 report card to Indiana residents The document is on press now for distribution in mid January In 1994 the state average SAT score improved by seven points high school graduation rates rose a notch to nearly 86 percent and attendance rates continued to rise above 95 percent Reed said Reed said there was room for improvement however We still rank fifth from last in SAT scores and we still are short of the 90 percent graduation rate in the National Goals for Education by the year Reed said But only by creating greater expecta tions can we expect greater Reed said the statewide average graduation rate has risen from percent in 198889 to percent for 199394 At the same time the number of secondary school dropouts has declined from to Reed said both improvements were accomplished after the state increased academic requirements Six years ago the class of 1988 was the first required to earn 38 credits for graduation instead of 32 The graduation rate has gone up every year since and many Indi ana schools now require even more than the minimum of she said Reed said one reason for Indi anas low national ranking in SAT scores is the fact that so many Indiana students take the test 60 percent compared with 42 percent nationally Goodfellows continue to step forward with helping hand Goodfellows is a charity spon sored by the Kokomo Tribune to help needy children at Christmas Youngsters age infant through age 13 receive new clothing at Christ mas provided through corporate sponsor Penney Donations to the charity are used to fund vouchers which are distrib uted to eligible Howard County families Donations to the charity may be mailed to the Goodfellows Kokomo Tribune Post Office Box 9014 300 N Union Kokomo Ind 469049014 Donations may also be brought to the Kokomo Tri bune and dropped off at the accounting department The Tribune encourages dona tions in memory of loved ones Memorials and donation listings will appear on Page 1 throughout the holiday season In loving memory or our parents Jim wd Emma Dockeity flpd Bob Bennett Bob and Pat Dockerty In loving memory of Donald Hosier Cart Lechner Irene and Harry Hosier and Karen Brubaker In memory of Con and Hazel Sik Northwestern Business Law Classes Auction Brad Johnson Auctioneer In memory of Richard G Cun ningham and John J MacDonald In loving memory of my dear dad William P Martain and my dear son Jay P Lowe Lanora E Lowe Main Street United Methodist Church Mission contribution Total would go into the countys general fund I think thats only he said Marr said the late confirmation of his victory will make his transi tion tight he takes office Sunday but it will not make it problem atic It kind of puts us in a he said Here it is the 29th of and I have to start up on the first But we have good peo ple and a good department and well get things going and get things moving right Marr declined to reveal who his aides will be Thursday saying he wants to speak with them before making any announcements Farming accident injures Pedigo DANVILLE Ind Longtime football coach Robert Pedigo was in serious condition this morning at Hendricks Community Hospital after being injured in a farming accident Wednesday A counselor and assistant foot ball coach at Kokomo High School and the former head coach at Haworth High School Pedigo was injured in an accident on his family farm at 808 N Road 200 West out side of Danville According to a Hendricks Coun ty Sheriff Department report Pedigo was clearing his corn fields and was preparing to empty the combines contents into a semj tractor trailer when he was hurt 1 For an unknown reason Pedigo got underneath the combine and was found by the semi driver with his clothing caught in the chain that runs the combines auger according to the report The driver tried to cut him loose and failing that contacted Danville Fire and Rescue who cut him out and transported him to the emer gency room at Hendricks Commu nity Hospital personnel said Pedi go was in serious condition in the special care unit this morning Kokomo High School Principal Harold Canady said Thursday Pedigo was on life support and hosi pital officials planned to do a scan today Canady said many staff members students and paK ents contacted the school attempt ing to determine what happened the coach Pedigo coached Haworth High Schools football team for nine years and finished with a 4248 record with the Huskies He returned to coaching in 1991 as defensive coordinator for Willard Rice In 23 years as a football coach he put together a 138862 record winning 62 cent of his games Inside Business Automakers rebounded in 1994 with hot new products record sales and profits Pan A8 Styk Removing the tumor may be a safe as a mastectomy in treating breast cancer PaM A5 Sports Indiana wins Classic 13th straight time W Also Inside Business Classified v Local Newt oi 10 Style Vol
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