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Garden City Telegram (Newspaper) - March 17, 1990, Garden City, Kansas The Garden City weather tonight Cloudy Low in 30s. Sunday Cloudy High in 50s.telegram saturday March 17,1990 vol. 61 no. 117 18 pages phone 275-7105 Garden City Kansas 67846 35 copy dateline. Southwest Kansas information for the items in this column is from weekly newspapers in the area. Tickle grass travels Tribune a in All his years in Western Kansas Otto Epp editor of the Greeley county Republican does no to remember when he a seen As much tickle grass As there was last fall. Much of it is still hanging around he said. A this dried Weed is so Light it can make trips Back and Forth to the White woman Creek supposedly for water and not lose a bit of its essential form a Epp reported. Annual banquet Back Syracuse a the chamber of Commerce is reinstating its annual banquet which has been missing for several years. Harland Priddle Kansas Secretary of Commerce will be the speaker at the event on april to. Remodelling talked Dighton a a second hearing will be set up for a Community development Block Grant application. Costs for elevator construction and remodelling for Public Access at the courthouse will be determined. Built in Barbados Lakin a three area men were members of a Wesleyan Church construction team that helped construct the $650,000 Kew Wesleyan holiness Church at Tudor Bridge St. Michael Barbados in the West indies. The men Are Marvin Moberly pastor of Lakin Wesleyan Church Calvin Mueller Kendall Farmer and member of the Lakin Church and Bernarr Penick Gas company welder and member of the Syracuse Wesleyan Church. Chimes in Ulysses Ulysses a Chimes now ring out Over this town from cast Bronze Bells in the Tower of the first United methodist Church. The Westminster Chimes Are a memorial to four outstanding men of the Community a Hart Dey Preston tumor Lyle Morris and George Wolf. The chime master Carillon system is a product of digital laser compact disc drive technology. A hymn appropriate for the season is played following the tolling of the Bells at 9 a.m., noon and 5 . John Heim resigns Leoti a John Heim superintendent of us 467 of Wichita county has resigned effective june 30 to accept the superintendents position at Al Dorado. The resignation was accepted by the Board at a special session on monday. No skeletons Here Dighton a the recent revelation that 20 skeletons discovered in a Kinsley business building were property of the defunct knights of pythias Lodge set Ellen May Stanley local historian to digging around in her files. Not for skeletons but for the Story of the k. Of p. Chapter begun in Dighton in 1887. A in what building the Dighton k. Of p. Met and whether the Lodge owned a Skeleton and when the chapter disbanded Are unknown facts a she wrote in the Dighton Herald. A but undoubtedly no Skeleton will be found currently in Dighton buildings because Dighto mans conscious of the value of Antiques have searched All storage areas capable of hiding a Skeleton or related items years Quot let s murder Marsha Ulysses the Grant county Community theater will present a a let a murder marshal on March 30 and 31 and again on april 6. The March 30 Date will include dinner. More dateline Page 2 Index deaths.2 hospital.2 weather.2 opinion.4 business.6 Oil and gas.7 markets.8 sports.9-12 classified.13-15 crossword.16 comics.16 Bridge.17 to log.17 a quip in the hand. Page 4. Thornburgh called to court. Page 5 Effort to save Short line. Page 5. Wholesale prices steady. Page 6. Normal Pace for housing. Page 6. Tips for gaining weight. Page 16. Soap opera summary. Page 17. An offspring for Champion tree by Jane Neufeld staff writer Garden City a state championship Elm tree could be declared its own distinctive Breed of tree similar to the Way an american Beauty Rose is a special Breed. The tree is a lace bark Elm and is located behind the education Center at Lee Richardson zoo. Planted around 1930, the Elm tree was declared the state Champion of its kind in 1982 by judging teams from Kansas state University. Now a research Center has received cuttings of the tree in an Effort to establish its offspring. City commissioners Learned of this program during their meeting this week while they were discussing planned Arbor Day activities. They were somewhat bemused. A a they re Breeding it a asked commissioner George Hopkins. A Only at night Quot commissioner Dennis Mesa responded. But it is a Breeding program of sorts. Alan Geier Park and zoo groundskeeper and a member of the City a tree Board said efforts to get seeds from the tree to sprout failed. A if you want to get into the sex of the tree it seems to be sterile Quot he said. Actually that is a desirable characteristic. That Means there wont be unwanted seedlings sprouting up around the tree said Dan Banta Park and zoo director. So cuttings of the tree or Cultivar were sent to Kansas states horticulture research station in Wichita. Banta defined a Cultivar As a Breed of a particular species of tree. With time enough Cultivar May be grown to establish Garden City a Elm tree As the Parent of a Breed. Geier said the cuttings sent in the Spring Are sprouting now. They Are hiking sent to Experiment stations around the state to grow. Geier said that in three to five years As the cuttings grow it May be possible to declare Garden City a tree the arboreal equivalent of an american Beauty Rose with its own set of genetic characteristics. If that happens Garden City will get to name the tree. Geier said the tree Board Hadnot made any decision but had kicked around some names. One was a Garden Banta suggested the possibility of a contest to name the tree. Whatever they Are hoping to see the championship tree gain still More recognition. A your tree boards definitely excited a Geier said. He said various kinds of Trees throughout the state Are named championship Trees based on a Point system that takes into account their height diameter and Dennis Rosalie Gerstner and her grandsons Finnup Park Friday. They Are from Ness Andrew Stenzel 4, and Nick Gerstner 5, City. Stroll beneath the City s Champion tree at the size of their Crown. No ones quite certain of the dimensions of the tree Here because they were updated not Long ago. Geier said the tree was re measured in the fall when a tree in Hutchinson challenged it for status of championship Elm. Garden City a tree beat the challenger. He said a lace bark Elm is a True chinese Elm. What most people Call chinese elms actually Are siberian elms. Banta said the tree is especially remarkable because half of it was destroyed by wind during the 1967 Tornado Here in terms of tree time it has made a Swift recovery he said. A the scar is still there but ifs Healing rapidly a he said. He Isnit sure of the reason for the Trees Success. One possibility is that Monkey Island used to be near it and it could have drawn water from the Moat. But Banta said Monkey Island was closed in 1961 and the tree has continued to thrive. He said the tree probably was planted by Claude Owens and Benoit r h. Do Allemand. Owens was a City employee who supervised much of the growth of the zoo. Do aumand who once served As a Forest supervisor for the Federal government planted Trees throughout Garden City. Banta estimated the two men planted 2,500 Trees. At one time when the City a budget was tight Owens was Laid off work but he still carried buckets of water to the Trees he had planted Banta said. During their meeting this week City commissioners officially designated March 30 As Arbor Day. The Elm tree has a Small plaque noting that it is a Champion tree and plans Are to get it a larger one for Arbor Day City manager Bob a Loran said. 6 in car drown in Creek Florala Ala. Apr a car ran off a Back Road and plunged into a rain swollen Creek where a Bridge had washed out killing the six people aboard authorities said today. The Driver apparently did not realize the Bridge on the county Road Between Florala and Samson was gone and drove into the Creek Between 10 30 . And la . Friday said Coroner Norman Hobson. A there was a Small Barrier there but nobody knows whether it was put up before or after the wreck a he said. Hobson identified the dead As a Man and wife their 14-year-old child and three other people who apparently were not related. He declined to release the victims names pending notification of relatives. The six had left South Carolina earlier Friday for their Homes near Florala about too Miles due South of Montgomery near the Florida state line he said. A undoubtedly they did no to realize How bad the weather was a Hobson said. A Man who lives near the Bridge saw the cards rear lights sticking out of the water and notified police. Thunderstorms that began thursday had dumped up to a foot of rain in Southern Alabama washing out roads and Bridges and causing flooding in Low lying areas. Bomb rips Dea office fort Myers Fla. A a drug enforcement administration office in fort Myers was gutted Early today by a Large firebomb a Dea spokesman said. No injuries were reported. A somebody bombed the Dea office by throwing a pipe bomb through a windows at about 2 30 a m., said Frank Shultz spokesman for the Federal Agency. A fall Dea personnel Are accounted for Quot he added. A second explosion was reported during the night in a residential area in South Central fort Myers said Sheri Peterson a spokeswoman for the Lee county sheriffs office. She did not have any details on the incident. She said there were no injuries in either incident and she would not say whether the two fort Myers bombings were related. Fort Myers is in southwestern Florida on the Gulf coast. The fire gutted the one Story building which the Dea leases he said adding the Dea was the Only tenant in the building. There was no immediate estimate of damage. Educators say they re tired of waiting Topeka apr educators saying they Are tired of waiting for adequate financing for schools and teachers salaries rallied Friday at the statehouse to voice their demands. About 300 people including teachers parents and school Board members from around the state marched around the Capitol to the music of the Topeka High school marching band. They carried signs saying a caring is not enough a our schools need Money and a teachers at the Bottom of the barrel in salaries. A they followed up the marching with speech making on the South Steps of the Capitol then had lunch at the Kansas exp Centre with legislators. Earlier in the Day participants met with legislators to lobby for increased state financing for elementary and secondary education As a Means of reducing Reliance on property taxes. They also expressed opposition to what they see As Quick fix answers to education financing such a tax lids and gov. Mike Hayden so proposition 13�?� property tax Rollback proposal. One of the sponsors of the event Chuck Tilman president of Kansas National education association told the crowd on the statehouse Steps that educators Are told too often to wait until next year for More Money. A frankly in a. Tired of waiting for next year a Tilman said. A education has been Good for Kansas. Its time that Kansas was Good for education. A Tilman spoke against the governors proposed 20 percent Rollback in property taxes saying it did no to include replacement Revenue for schools which depend on property taxes to finance the majority of their budgets. Hayden Calls the plan a proposition 13,�?� after a California referendum that put a lid on property taxes Tilman called for More diversity in school financing sources increased state financing and Freedom for schools to increase their budgets according to the 5 percent rate of inflation also speaking to the group was Larry Mccully president of the Kansas association of school boards he called for action now to a avoid the deterioration of one of the finest educational systems in the Mccully said legislators must be convinced they will not suffer politically if they address the school financing crisis Max Heim superintendent of Junction City schools called pattern Tion to teachers Low salaries a we As a profession want Ade quate salaries a Heim said a i done to think we ought to apologize for Ernie Goerend president of the state Parent teacher association noted that schools Are being asked to meet More societal needs with less Money. Our it in x Hhd Al Laker photo teachers students parents and school Board members rallied in the capital City Friday

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