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Kokomo Tribune (Newspaper) - April 22, 1994, Kokomo, Indiana K Vol 143 No 229 OKOMO Kokomo Ind Friday April 22 1994 50 cents Pork barrel may be empty Congressional delegation hits bumpy road By DAVID HAWKINGS Thomson News Service WASHINGTON It is no sur prise that northern Indianas con gressional delegation has united to seek more federal money for the Hoosier Heartland corridor But after two rounds of plead ings on Capitol Hill delegation members have yet to agree on let alone announce how much they want Their vagueness again Thursday clearly surprised a key holder of the federal purse strings Rep Bob Carr DMich As chairman of the House Appropriations subcom mittee on transportation Carr told his three House colleagues from Indiana they had better come up with a number quickly if they want any mention of the Hoosier Heartland corridor in his draft of next years federal highway spending bill Republicans Steve Buyer and John T Myers and Democrat Jill L Long said they will soon pre sent the panel with both an ambi tious ana a barebones request They have not already done so they said because there is such a big gap between what they want and what is feasible The highway project is designed to boost economic development and auto safety in northern Indi ana with a fourlane road connect ing Lafayette and Fort Wayne Almost million has been spent 80 percent of it federal and most on design and acquisition The Indiana Transportation Department says it wants to award contracts on million worth of work next year one third of it between Logansport and Peru and the rest between Wabash and Huntington But Congress has less than million to spend nationwide next year on special highway projects and all agree it is pointless for the Hoosier Heartland corridor to lay claim to onequarter of the money This year million is being spent none of it on the project The era of the pork barrel is dying which is Buyer said But that also means and end to the era of sending your congress man off and he comes back with all the money for Myers Long and Buyer were among three dozen lawmakers who made pitches for projects during a hearing before Carrs subcommittee Carr remained noncommittal to most of them As in the past the sum of requests from lawmakers are at least triple what Congress has to spend and the lions share has gone to states with members on the spending panels Up there Kylie Hinkle 6 left reacts after her Howard Elementary School kindergarten schoolmate Jamie Nichols 6 points to the gym wall where the overhead projector showed a drawing by Commander Mark of the Public Television series The Secret Mark Kistler who has been teaching millions of children to draw in 3D on his television show conducted workshops on drawing at Northwestern School Corp this week For another photo see Page 2 Tribune photo by Brian Reynolds I UK offers Elliott House as visitors center By CATHARINE FERNANDO Tribune staff writer Indiana UniversityKokomo has offered the lease of Elliott House adjoining the Seiberling Mansion to the Howard Coun ty Convention Visitors Commission for use as a visitors center Tourism commissioners heard the gist of the proposal still in its early stages from Tourism Director Peggy Ragland Last year the university had called for proposals on the lease of the Elliott House and the tourism commission had been one of those organizations that had regis tered interest Subsequently early this week Ragland said shed talked to the IUK vice chancellor for administration and finance Ray Bonhomme who said the tourism commission could probably have the building on a 10year lease of a a year However the building requires major renovations before it caff be The threestory building has a total gross area of square feet Bon homme sdid It has been vacant for less than a year since it was used as a juvenile intake center One of our concerns is that the build ing has historical significance and we had to think about what would happen if we were to sell Bonhomme said So we thought we would offer it to any organi zation or a notforprofit group that would restore the property to its original historical condition The C V was inter ested in it and we thought they would be Since the Seiberling Mansion also owned now leased to County Historical Museum and the Carriage Manor within the grounds is undergoing renovation for a car museum it seemed appropriate that the visitors commission should locate in the Elliot House and set up a visitors cen ter there Bonhomme said However Bonhomme cautioned the talks were still at the early stages and he would have to discuss the matter with Chancellor Emita Hill before meeting the tourism director next week The chancellors concern is that we keep it but at the same time it cant be a burden on the Bonhomme said The tourism commissioners concern was that the cost of renovation could be prohibitive Plus there was the cost of outfitting the office with equipment Bonhomme said various figures had been tossed around that ranged to a quarter of a million dollars Renova tion of the building would also have to meet the standards required by the Amer icans With Disabilities Act Commissioner Dave Goodnight said I dont think that with the level of staffing we have and our concern with a civic cen ter study I dont see how we can also take on a visitors center Looking at our charter I dont see that it fits into our mission statement of pro moting tourism I dont think its feasi Ragland said the university would also agree to part of the building being sub leased to another organization which would help defray costs The tourism commission presently rents its premises from the KokomoHoward County Chamber of Commerce The commissioners agreed that Ragland should look into the costs of the renova tion from a company such as Hayes Brothers that is known for its restoration of historical buildings Ragland will meet with Bonhomme next week for further details and report back to the visitors commission A Tucson police officer comforts a relative at a macabre murder scene AP photo Police discover horror in home By The Associated Press TUCSON Ariz Police discovered the bodies of a man his wife and two children in their home here Thursday afternoon Nicholas Ryding was found in the home with a selfinflicted shot gun wound His wife Janice Ryding was found dead on a bunk bed in one of the bedrooms A son Nicholas 3 was found in a tub filled with water A daughter 18monthold Alexis was found floating in the familys backyard pool Pima County sheriffs deputies went to the home after one of the occupants called 911 Sgt Dave Thomas said Forget that stuff about Roseanne She wants her beloved hubby back LOS ANGELES AP That bit about Roseanne and Tom Arnold getting a divorce Abuse allega tions Extramarital affairs Forget about that stuff That was before All the way back to Monday The Arnolds want to reunite Mrs Arnold announced Thurs day that she no longer wants that divorce she filed for Please forgive me to everyone I love I just lost it completely and found myself camping in the she said referring to the California national park I am off for a muchneeded rest to attempt to put my marriage and my head back She even offered an olive branch to her assistant Kim Silva whose relationship with Tom Arnold was the subject of much gossip I must apologize to my hus band Tom and to my dear friend Kim Silva for letting outsiders nasty gossip and lies finally break me down and leave me she said Kevin Campbell a spokesman for Mrs Arnold said the divorce action is being dropped And because it takes two to tango Tom Arnold released his own mushy comment on the rela tionships aboutface This is a great first step toward a healthy and loving resolution of the he said Mrs Arnold didnt retract the allegations of abuse she had made against her husband in a restrain ing order request that accompa nied her divorce petition Howev er she said she snares some of the blame for the couples problems Inside todays Tribune Local Ron Wilson resigns at Maconaquah School Corp to take a superintendents position at Western School Corp Page A3 Style Kennedys a designing woman Page Bl Sports The Pacers are hoping hot streak continues into the play offs Page B3 Also inside Business Classified Dr Coming Sunday Primary 94 Sundays Metro section will feature profiles of candi dates with opposition in the May 3 primary A list of polling places for Howard and Tipton counties and a list of unopposed candidates will be provided Local News of iwmri INK PHMTED1 SOYINKl Serbs plunge deeper into Gorazde NATO diplomats mulling over Clintons military proposals today SARAJEVO BosniaHerzegovina AP Bosnian Serb tank shells slammed into a building in central Gorazde today causing no injuries but signaling that the Serbs were mov ing deeper into the Muslim city A Gorazdebound convoy with 100 troops and 41 medics turned back toward Sarajevo after it had been blocked overnight nortn of the city by about 60 Serb women protesting the detention of Serbs in Gorazde Doctors fought a losing battle to tend the wounded in Gorazdes halfdestroyed hospi tal There were reports of houseto house fight ing as Serb infantry entered the city but aid workers could not confirm that Greetings from a city where only the dead air power to pro are aid workers reported this morning from the town The message was received at the Geneva headquarters of the High Commissioner for Refugees NATO diplomats gathered today in Brussels to consider and likely endorse President Clintons proposals for usin tect Gorazde and five ot safe areas in Bosnia In Belgrade the Yugoslav capital top and Serbian officials met to try to revive cease fire talks Numerous previous ceasefires have failed including three agreed to by the Serbs for Gorazde in the past week The Serb push against Gorazde 32 miles southeast of Sarajevo has continued in defi ance of world condemnation and of their own ceasefire agreements Capture of the enclave would enable the Serbs to link their holdings in eastern and southwestern Bosnia In Sarajevo aid spokesman Kris Janowski said 97 civilians were killed Thurs day in Gorazde the highest daily toll since the onset of the 3weekold Serb offensive Twentyeight people were killed when shells hit a building near the hospital used to house an overflow of patients Ten more died at 3 downtown water well near the building hous ing local staff Bosnian government radio reported intense attacks on Gorazde this morning and Serb tanks were advancing ;