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Garden City Telegram (Newspaper) - September 25, 2001, Garden City, Kansas TUESDAY. September 25, 2001 City ■ Area ■ State THE GARDEN CITY TELEGRAM CCT Graham K Johnson/Telegram Rosie Luna, center, Garden City Community College freshman, rehearses her lines Monday night at the Pauline Joyce Fine Arts Center. Luna and her fellow actors Andy Musick, left, and Karina Amante, sophomore, were preparing for their play, "The Dark Lady of the Sonnets" by George Bernard Shaw. The play is one in a series of one-act plays being performed this weekend on the GCCC campus. Three one-acts debut at Studio 99 Thursday GCCC opens theater season with Shaw, Moliere plays By BRIAN SNOW Staff Writer Garden City Community College is kicking off its theatrical season Thursday with three plays rolled into one. The curtain will open at 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday in Studio 99 at the theater in the Pauline Joyce Fine Arts Building. The show. “Bernard, the Bard and M. Poquelin," consists of three short plays: “Dark Lady of the Sonnets,” “Passion, Poison and Petrification” and “The Doctor in Spite of Himself." “It will be entertaining and educational,” said Steve Thorson, director of the production. “Dark Lady of the Sonnets” and “Passion, Poison and Petrification” also known as “The Fatal Gazogene,” were written by George Bernard Shaw “The Doctor in Spite of Himself” was written by Moliere. The audience will be on the stage with the actors in Studio 99. dubbed as such because fire code lists capacity at 99. The show will be two hours long, including intermissions. The dress will be to the audience’s preference. Anyone attending can dress as they like. Seating is first come, first serve, and will begin 30 minutes before each performance. The box office will open one hour prior to the performance. The box office, located in the fine arts lobby, also is open from ll a.m. to I p.m. and 4 to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday Ticket reservations can be made by phone at 275-3244 during box office hours. The cost is $6 general admission. $5 for senior citizens and students who don't attend GCCC. GCCC students get in free with their college ID. Other shows on tap for this year are the musical, “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat,” in early November: a children's show, “Adventures of Peter Rabbit," in February; GCCC’s annual Student Directed Showcases in April; and an Agatha Christie mystery' dinner theater in May. Children getting lost in state's court system Roundup Deerfield woman killed on one-car wreck _By    The Telegram A 27-year-old Deerfield woman died in a one-car crash Monday morning north of Lakin, while two young children survived At 6:15 a.m.. Elvia Sanchez was driving a 1991 Ford pickup down Kansas Highway 25, north of U.S. Highway 50, when she left the roadway, entered a west ditch and crossed back over the roadway, going into an east ditch, Kansas Highway Patrol reported. The car rolled one and a half times, resting on the passenger side in the ditch. Sanchez was pronounced dead at the scene. Traveling with her were 6-month-old Axel Boehme and 4-year-old Lexis Boehme. They were treated at Kearny County Hospital for their injuries. No one was wearing a seat belt. Plans for Boo! at the Zoo under way The eighth annual Boo! at the Zoo will take place from 5 to 9 p.m. Oct. 27 at Lee Richardson Zoo. The Friends of Lee Richardson Zoo acts as host for the event. The cost is $2 per person. In addition to being a fund-raiser for the zoo, the evening provides an entertaining way for local businesses and organizations to support and encourage a safe manner of “trick or treating” in the community by providing treats for all the little ghosts and goblins attending. Spooky characters — along with displays and exhibits of Halloween decorations and lighting — are featured on the trail. Planning for the event is now under way, with additional exhibit and treat stop sponsors needed. Any business or organization wishing to participate is asked to call the zoo office at 276-6243. Volunteer help is also always welcome. All proceeds go toward zoo improvements. Finney County ghost town bus tour Oct. 6 The Finney County Historical Society will have its third annual “Ghost Towns of Finney County” bus trip Oct. 6, with the bus leaving the museum parking lot at 9 a.m. and touring southern Finney County before returning to Garden City by 6 p.m. Lunch will be provided at Plymell Church. Sites to be visited include the old air base, Pierceville Federated Church, Pierceville Cemetery, Point of Rocks on the Santa Fe Trail, Finney Game Refuge, Reeve Cattle Ranch, and the grounds of Sunflower Electric’s Holcomb Station. Other sites include the home and farm of Fielding and Jean Hands during corn harvest; Josie’s General Store; Brookover Ranch Feedyard; and the Southwind Development and Country Club. Seating is limited to 42 and reservations are required. Fee for the day trip is $30 for Finney County Historical Society members and $35 for non-mem hers. For details, call 272-3664. Construction at Ninth, Fulton intersection t Reconstruction of Ninth Street near the Law Enforcement Center is continuing. Beginning Wednesday, construction will include the Ninth and Fulton streets intersection. Westbound Fulton Street traffic will be detoured while eastbound traffic will run through the intersection. The Finney County Administrative Center and LEC still are accessible from the north on Ninth Street. Access to the Salvation Army parking lot should be reopened by Monday. Georgia Matthews, raises money for equipment Georgia Matthews Elementary School is inviting everyone to go to the Burger King on Taylor Avenue from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday. Georgia Matthews will receive 20 percent of the profits to fund playground equipment. I I Testimony begins in case of boy dragged to death KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP)-Christy Robel cried on the stand Monday as she recounted her struggle to free her 6-year-old son ; from his seat belt before he was dragged several miles to his death. • “I tried to get him out,” Robel said during questioning by I Jackson County Prosecutor Bob I Beaird. “I was just frantic. I was just screaming and hollering to ! stop so I could get him out.” By SARAH KESSINGER Harris News Service TOPEKA Children who face abuse or neglect at home often end up in court, where judges decide how they will spend the next part of their lives. It can be a terrifying time. But even worse, said Kansas House Majority Leader Shari Weber, is when children go to court represented by attorneys who have met them and read their cases just minutes prior to stepping before a judge. The Herington Republican fears that happens too often. “That’s the child’s first experience with someone who advocates for them," Weber said. “That attorney’s role is crucial in determining what happens to that child.” A state committee has advised the state that the system is failing children and that pay for attorneys representing abused youngsters should be boosted. But some argue it’s more than money that it is about attorneys’ dedication in cases where a judge appoints them as “guardian ad Uterus,” or legal guardians of a By DIANE LEWIS Staff Writer Local businessmen and women will be serving up a variety of food at the fifth annual Look Who’s Cooking fund-raiser Friday for the March of Dimes. Carlene Schweer, March of Dimes regional director, said she’s lined up 14 cooks for Friday night’s event. “We invite the public to come out and see how good our volunteer cooks really are," Schweer said. For $15, people can sample the food at the 4-H Building at the Finney County Fairgrounds beginning at 6:30 p.m. Schweer said she’s sold IO corporate tables for $150 each. The tables seat eight people and can include decorations promoting the business. There will be live and silent auctions. About 50 local merchants have donated items for auction. The local chefs agree to donate the food and time, so all of the mon- child in the courtroom. Critics acknowledge Kansas has some outstanding attorneys who work well with their young charges. But Weber said her concern intensified when she became a CASA volunteer. CASA stands for Court Appointed Special Advocate. Judges appoint the advocates to help children who are usually neglected and abused and are having their case heard in court. Through her observations, Weber said, the system lacks understanding of children. “For a child, a half hour in court is a huge deal,” Weber said. Motivated by concerns about the disparity, legal experts and elected officials have begun to mobilize for change in guardian ad litem cases. Earlier this year, the Legislature requested a judicial branch committee study the issue. The committee, formed by judges, attorneys, legislators and others involved in child welfare, concluded that attorneys who accept guardian ad litem cases are often overworked and underpaid. Many see their work as nearly pro bono, or a donation to charity. Pay is, on average, $50 an hour. But ey goes to the March of Dimes. While the March of Dimes Walk in the spring raises 75 percent of Garden City’s donations, Look Who’s Cooking raised about $5,000 last year. Schweer said she’d like to see more money come in this year. The two events account for the March of Dimes fund-raisers in Garden City each year. The cooks are from Standard Beverage, Plaza Medical, Southwest Cattlewomen, High Plains Public Radio and other local businesses. The menu includes such items coffee, chili, brisket, oysters, potatoes, vegetables and cake. Golden Plains Credit Union is the major sponsor this year, Schweer said. The March of Dimes is dedicated to preventing birth defects and emphasizes the importance of prenatal care. Mexican-American Ministries received a $10,000 grant in 2000-2001 from the March of Dimes to provide early prenatal care. that varies greatly across judicial districts. “Guardian ad litems with extremely high caseloads cannot be expected to stay in contact with so many clients,” the report stated. Some attorneys in Kansas’ most populated counties have taken as many as 400 cases at once, Snyder said. “There’s no way, even if you worked every day, that you could meet with every child," she said. The committee recommended that two pilot projects be started in Kansas. Those are being planned and will provide enhanced funding for guardian ad litems in two counties. The aim is to pay better and reduce caseloads by attracting more attorneys to share the load. It will then test whether children’s situations and safety improve after they pass through a better-funded court program. Another recommendation was to improve education on how to handle children’s cases. Finally, the committee suggested that a child have a greater voice in his own case. If his opinion differs from his guardian ad litem’s recommendation to the court, the judge could appoint an attorney as the child’s advocate. Abilene attorney Autumn Fox disagrees that the system's main problem is overworked attorneys. She sees some dedicated attorneys who spend the time to make a difference for each child case they take. But much worse, she said, are lawyers who make recommendations on a child’s life they have not studied. Lawmakers attending hearings on the state’s foster care system have heard concerns about the guardian ad litem program. “It’s very much a patchwork system right now,’’ said Senate Majority Leader Lana Oleen, R-Manhattan. Pay and caseload for attorneys vary by judicial district. “Some counties are offering adequate and appropriate services, some are not,” Oleen said. House Judiciary Chairman Mike O'Neal, R-Hutchinson, said he has seen a range in the quality of attorneys who agree to take on appointments of children’s welfare cases. “If I did it (as a judge) I’d have my list of those whom I could really trust to do the job,” he said. A3 HOLCOMB NEWS Housing deal on hold Cambridge Subdivision delayed while J developer, city talk By DIANE LEWIS Staff Writer _ Plans for approval of the Cambridge Subdivision layout might be set back another two weeks because the developer and the city have no developer’s agreement. The Holcomb City Council will review the preliminary and final plat drawings for the subdivision at its Wednesday night meeting. But the developer’s agreement must be finished for council consideration at the same time the final plat for the subdivision is approved. A developer's agreement establishes areas of responsibility for items such as streets, drainage and extending electric, water and sewer utilities. In addition, a request for a setback at IOO Kristi Lane means the plat has to go back to the Finney County/Garden City Area Planning Commission for approval. Put off until this meeting was a discussion on how the city might control trash. Councilman Dennis Lauer said during the Holcomh City Council meeting two weeks ago he was appalled at the trash he saw in alleys and yards around town. Mayor Jannelle Robins-Gaede suggested the council put the issue on this meeting’s agenda. One option, she said, is to participate with the Great Garden City/Holcomb Cleanup, which is Oct. 6 and being sponsored by the Garden City Area Chamber of Commerce. Also on the council’s agenda is renewing the city’s contract for auditing sendees for the years 2001, 2002 and 2003 with Lewis, Hooper & Dick, the city’s current auditor. Replacement cost for the fire station building floor is set for the council’s review, and it looks like it will run somewhere between about $5,000 and $13,000. The meeting is set for 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Holcomb Fire Station, 200 N. Lynch St. ■ ; A r-w J - J Graham K. JohnsorvTelegram n .    Don Henry, Garden City, runs around his neighborhood at Southwind Kunnmg mon Monday afternoon. Monday's cool autumn weather provided the perfect climate for runners. March of Dimes cooking up fund-raiser Friday Holcomb City Council Time: 7 p.m. When: Wednesday Where: Holcomb Fire Station, 200 N. Lynch St. ;