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Kokomo Tribune (Newspaper) - February 17, 1994, Kokomo, Indiana KOKOMO Vol 143 No 165 Kokomo Ind Thursday Feb 17 1994 50 cents Horner pleads guilty to charge By MIKE PALUCK Tribune staff writer Larry W Horner former super intendent of the KokomoCenter School today pleaded guilty to one of the 11 charges pending against him in Howard Circuit Court Horner 48 1223 Gleneagles Drive confirmed that he has resigned from the school corpora tion where he had been employed for 24 12 years Under the terms of a plea bar gain filed today Horner has agreed not to teach or hold any other position of authority for any school corporation in Howard County He has also agreed not to hold a position of public trust Moments after Horner pleaded guilty to one Class D felony count of conflict of interest Prosecutor James D Andrews filed docu ments in Circuit Court which requested the dismissal of crimi nal charges against three Koko moCenter officials Patricia Hamacher Kathy Aspy and Charles Lane and former employee Susan Evans April 6 Horner was charged with two counts of conflict of interest four counts of aiding inducing or causing theft one count of conspiracy to commit theft and one count of theft receiving stolen property all Class D felonies He also was charged with three Class A misde meanor counts of official miscon duct Eight of the charges allege that in his role as superintendent Horner played a part in other school officials receiving extra nonschool boardapproved pay The charges of official misconduct and conflict of interest relate to Horners alleged purchase of a boat with school officials and rep resentatives of a computer compa ny 16 days after KokomoCenter School Board approved purchas ing million in equipment from that company in 1990 Today Horner pleaded guilty to one of the conflict of interest charges related to the June 27 1990 purchase of a 1975 Marinette boat with Lyle Mitschelen Koko moCenters director of facilities and grounds Carl Henderson who had served as the corpora tions administrator of capital pro jects and benefits and two employees of the computer firm that made the computer deal with the school corporation Appearing before Special Judge Horner Douglas B Morton Horner admit ted his role in the boat deal and that he had failed to file a conflict of interest statement with the KokomoCen ter School Board as required by law Horner had been scheduled to stand trial with another criminally charged administrator Mitsche len in Circuit Court March 15 Horners trial will not take place if Morton approves the plea bargain March 10 On Feb 2 Mitschelens attorney asked that his trial on nine theftrelated charges be moved out of Howard County That motion has been denied and Mitschelens case is still set for trial Andrews said today Horner would be required to provide truthful testimony during Mitschelens trial There is also a provision for Horners testimony during the trials of Hamacher Evans Aspy and Lane but that could be a moot point with Andrews move to dismiss those cases The plea bargain calls for the suspension of a oneyear prison term and sentencing of the con flict of interest charge as a Class A misdemeanor It also recommends that Horner serve 90 days of in home detention followed by nine months of supervised probation Morton said that he was not opposed to Horner beginning to serve the inhome detention before the plea bargain is approved The judge rejected a request by defense attorney Den nis E Zahn to proceed with sen tencing today The plea bargain requires Horner to repay which represents money that was paid to Evans Lane and Mitschelen dur ing his tenure as superintendent If the agreement is approved Andrews has agreed to dismiss the 10 other charges currently pending against Horner and not to file additional charges which occurred on or before the execu tion of this unless the alleged crime is a Class A felony Today Horner had no comment as he left Circuit Court A school official confirmed today that Horner resigned from his most recent position as an elementary school principal on Tuesday Who needs ice Seth Sexton 7 takes a spill on the sidewalk Wednesday in a plastic hockey stick and a ball Also playing was Cassie front of the home of his grandmother Rosie Sexton at 741 S Lovegrove 7 Both were playing after school Apperson Way Seth was playing hockey with inline skates Tribune photo by Brian Reynolds Walgreens plans uptown drugstore store expected to Increase competition for RX customers By DAVE PHILLIPS Tribune staff writer The first act featured a grocery war Act II included a skirmish among new and existing discount department stores Now for Act III Walgreen Co is proposing a drugstore battle Extending its march into Indi ana the giant drugstore chain is planning to open a Kokomo store at Washington and Sycamore streets by August The proposed site formerly a Scottys Sand wich Junction would provide the only drugstore in the immedi ate uptown area We dont have a signed lease but it will said Rick Marti construction manager for St Louisbased Kaplan Real Estate developer of the project Were looking at a construction start in about two months with an opening planned near the end of summer City officials who have worked with developers on the project for more than a year say the to million store will give uptown Kokomo another boost Its a fantastic opportunity to erase an eyesore and deliver a retail service that the area has missed for too said Jeff Rudolph director of urban devel opment and design for the city The store will include a conveniencegrocery department expanded pharmacy area driveup pharmacy and parking for 75 vehicles It is expected to employ 2025 people and operate 24 hours a day The site has been vacant for many years In addition to the former Scottys restaurant Marti said several buildings along Superior Street will be demolished for the new store We landscape the stores exten sively and hire local said Marti I think the city is going to be real proud of the way we will improve that To ease traffic congestion near the said the city plans to add by yearend another southbound lane to Washington Street between Sycamore Street and Wildcat Creek and another eastbound lane to Sycamore Street near the project Like newcomers WalMart and Cub Foods have done Walgreen founded in 1901 is expected to further intensify the battle for pre scription drug customers here They are an aggressive player with a neighborhoodoriented approach to said Grant Monahan president of the Indi ana Retail Council We tailor ourselves to the sub urban and urban markets with biggerthanusual said Michael Polzin a spokesman for the company Based in Deerfield Wal green operates stores in 30 states and Puerto Rico For the 12 months ended Aug 31 1993 it reported net income of mil lion on revenues of billion The chain has made a major push into Indiana over the last 18 months opening stores in Indi anapolis Gary Fort Wayne Elkhart and Beech Grove The chain operates 90 stores in the state Company officials plan to open another 175 stores nation wide this year including units in Logansport Mishawaka Indi anapolis and Clarksville An inside look of the Family Worship Center Theres charisma in this church Editors note This is the last of a fivepart series on church expansion in Howard County By KEVIN MARONEY Tribune assistant local area edi tor Associate Pastor Patrick Bousum walks across the church stage in Kokomos Family Wor ship Center stopping at the preachers podium His peacefulness at the micro phone interrupts the whispers in the largest and most expensive church built in Kokomo in at least seven years Then the unexpected happens Praise the Lord and welcome to the house of the Lord Bousum shouts In a flash overhead flood lights come on the curtains are pulled back and the full band and seven singers begin a concertstyle song that praises the Lord The drums electric guitar and bass and keyboard jar the first time church visitor Instantly reti cent churchgoers snap to life and are transformed into exuberant worshipers Some clap their hands Others sing from lyrics which are cast on a wall by an opaque projector In the exuberance a woman jin gles a tambourine with the beat of the song Others are dancing in the aisles Smiles are almost everywhere as the focus is on praising and worshipping God We want to exalt you Lord shouts another Before long those in the pews raise their hands close their eyes and begin to sway Some people who visit our church are taken aback by our aggressive loud jubilant worship A lot of joy is said Bousum who also plays electric guitar in the church band James Bradley who pastors the church says the worship style is biblical Singing dancing and complimenting God during the church service are essential to praising God It must be public visible and obvious he said When you lift up your hands in the sanctuary you bless the Lord Were lifting Him Bradley said We do not resist the spirit of God Something happens when we get together in the name of Jesus Family feeling On this Sunday morning few escaped the greeters at the entrance to the church at 1149 E Center Road Greeters shake the hands of strangers look them in the eye and say Were glad you re They give the same warm welcome to those wearing jeans arid cowboy boots as they do to those with fancy clothes An aura of family emanates from the wel coming gestures This feeling of family is exactly the atmosphere that Pastor James Bradley wants the church to have He talks about the church being a community center which enrich es lives and strengthens families Its also a church for those whp believe that everyone is guilty of offenses before a perfect God the Building tor Heavens Sake Related story and photos Pastor James Bradley attribut es part of the Family Worships Centers growth to its televi sion ministry Page 4 creator and ruler of the universe Further they believe God want ed to correct everyones guilt when he sent Jesus Christ into the world about years ago Christs death was planned so that everyone can be right with God And those who believe Gods plan forgetting right with Him become part of Gods family and have access to His gifts and rewards 7hence thename Fami ly Worship Center Bradley said Ministering to the family whether its for the single person pr the family of four is a focus of the church Bradley tries to make every sermon applicable to the Bob Nelson left and Joe Weimer monitor the sanctuary sound from the control booth during a service at the Family Worship Center Tribune photo by Anne Farrgr family he said As part of the family ministry Bradley offers pastoral counseling to those who want it Marriage counseling is included And for issues hes not qualified to handle he refers people to a Christian clinical psychologist from Indi anapolis The church also offers Bible study classes for people of all ages Bradley says he is especially interested in outcasts bitter peo ple and those who dont like preachers We want them to come and I want to see God restore Bradley said I hope we would be able to be a refuge for hurting wounded people a place where they would feel About the church to the wounded is one reason for the churchs growth during the past few years Bradley said In February 1990 a group from the Word of Life Church on Goyer Road left that congregation to form the Family Worship Center The departure is attributed to dif ferences in church government according to Bradley This philosophy of reaching out Please see Art inside P8 ;