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Kokomo Tribune (Newspaper) - January 6, 1994, Kokomo, Indiana Vol 143 No 123 KOKOMO Kokomo Ind Thursday Jan 50 cents Love Elvis true Airlines offer Elvis faresfor birthday bash EAGAN Minn AP Like the Elvis Presley song says North west Airlines thinks it has a deal passengers Cant Help Falling in Love with on Saturday Presleys birthday Northwest is offering special roundtrip Elvis fares to Memphis from 31 in the South including Presleys birthplace of Tupelo Miss The fares range from to roundtrip but are good only this Saturday Presleys 59th birthday Flights leave early in the morn ing and return later in the day Northwest Airlines was not alone in capitalizing on Presleys birthday Texasbased American Airlines announced roundtrip fares from selected cities to Memphis on Saturday but with an extra twist American will give a refund for the many imperson ators expected to jiimp on the Elvis Northwest which bills itself the official airline of Graceland also has a special deal for the King himself There are two free firstclass tickets to Memphis at every Northwest location waiting for Presley and a companion to pick them up Northwest spokesman Jon Austin If Elvis Aron Presley shows up and does a credible rendition of Blue Suede well show him Austin said The other cities where thespe cial fares apply are Atlanta Austin Texas Birmingham Huntsyille and Baton Shreveport Chattanooga Knoxville and Nashville Tenn Also Chicago Dallas Detroit Fayetteville Gulfport Fort Myers Fort Walton Beach and Tampa Houston Kansas City Louisville and Paducah Milwaukee Minneapolis Orleans Oklahoma City Omaha St Louis Tiilsa and Washington Hftw Hpwie Nichols of Marion holding a fishing rod and watching another had little luck while ice fishing this week in Greentown Tribune photo by Brian Reynolds Cold snap lures fishermen Belowfreezing temperatures expected today and Friday The latest cold front has been a blessing for winter fishermen According to John Martino the Kokomo Tribune outdoor writer many areas now have safe ice for ice fishing Ice fishing can be fun but should be done with caution With newly formed ice it is a good idea to drill a few test holes before you step on the ice to measure me thickness Marti no said The ice is safe when it is about 3 inches or more in thick ness The more people on the ice the thicker it should be Martino advises Martino also warns there are many variables when dealing with frozen bodies of water such as springs currents thermal hot spots and sun exposure on the north banks Martino said there have been good catches of bluegills saugeyes catfish and crappie made through this ice at the Kokomo Reservoir and in several local ponds during the past few weeks Belowfreezing temperatures are expected today and Friday according to Bob Wise local weather observer He has predicted a low of 5 degrees Friday night and a wind chill of minus 15 degrees More snow is possible tonight with winds from the northwest at 20 to 30 mph Wise added Hospital struggling with flu bug By LISA FIPPS Tribune Tipton Bureau TIPTON Ind are usually the place to go when youre sick but Tipton County Memorial Hospital wants anyone exhibiting flulike symptoms to stay home if you just plan on that is According to Linda hospi tal public relations director were wanting anyone who has any symptoms and plans on visit ing loved ones who are in the hos pital to please stay home Weve been hearing reports that this flus going to be bad and obviously it has been Its getting extreme Thats evident she saiq because the hospitals 40 beds are full thats atypical for this time of she said Those who are recuperating from various illnesses and dents do need the love and sup port of visitors Hull said Howev er she said if people who dont feel well come to visit the various flulike viruses will just continue spreading Not only are those with flulike symptoms discouraged from visit ing friends and loved ones Hull said but hospital officials would likethe overall number of visitors to decrease so those visitors arent infected by patients Hull suggest ed telephoning friends and loved ones who are in the hospital The hospiitaj is not alone in try ing to keep patients and visitors from giving getting the flu Millers Merry Manor a nursing home on 4H Road has a sign posted on the front door of the facility which asks the patients relatives and friends with flulike symptoms to phone their loved ones instead of visit ing according to Administrator Sue Decatur Its a friendly sign Were cer tainly not locking people out Its a reminder Everybody feels like they have an obligation to visit ana dont think about spreading germs I think it the sign is working Ive watched people come to the door read the sign and get back in their Miserable viruses hitting Kokomo also Influenza season is In full swing and HowardCommunity tal and Saint Joseph Hospital Health Center emergency rooms have been overrun night after night Ellen Anderson community relations officer at Howard Com munity said they have no static tics Dr Louis Hahn Saint said last weekend about JQQ peo ple were filling the emergency rooms where on an average week end they would have about 60 Half of them had the flu he said One been positively identified with A Beijing influenza However it is expensive to run tests and there may be more Hahn said other viruses with the same symptoms are often passed off as influenza Anderson said this year Ameri cans were administered the vac cine that would guard against Type A Type A Beijing and Type B Panama strains of the influenza virus A person is most miserable within 24 tp 48 hours Hahn said Although antibiotics does not pffer 9 cure it prevents a sec opdajy dpse of infection such as bronchitis and pneumonia from developing he said The only ones that help if taken in the early stages are amantadine and riman tadine Hahn said Sleep rest drinking fluids and keeping a vaporizer by the bed side will help alleviate the misery both Hahn and Anderson advised Adults could take ibuprofin and an aspirinfree medica tion Other than that they will just have to ride it out Hahnsaid If they are coughing up a lot of phlegm or the fever is not con they should see a physi cian Inside Business Classified Local News of County gains money control Discretionary budgets must clear council ByTERRI HUGHESLAZZELL Tribune staff writer Money that in the past has been spent at the discretion of office holders without input from the Howard County Council must now be put into a budget for council review and approval Thats the word from the State Board of Accounts according to Howard County Auditor Marilyn Cook Although the official report from the state is yet to come Cook said shes been told budgets for discretionary money must be pre sented and any salaries to be paid from those funds must be put into a salary ordinance Both must be approved by the county council she said Cook has contacted offices with discretionary money that havent presented budgets in the past to convey the message She is antici pating most budgets and salary ordinances to be presented at Tuesdays council meeting Prosecuting Attorney James Andrews said he will resubmit a breakdown of spending from dis cretionary funds and Title IVD incentive funds that he gave to the council in September The spending plan includes salary supplements for depart ment employees victims assis tance expenses computer expens es car lease reimbursements and other expenses These are similar to the way the funds have been spent in the past In 1992 more than Was raised in the pretrial diversion fund and more than in the IVD incentive fund Figures for 1993 are not yet available The state is not requiring a bud get for the IVD incentive funds The council reviewed the spend ing plan Andrews presented in September but took no action since it had been told in the past it had no control over the funds The council passed an ordinance in 1989 giving Andrews the authority to spend pretrial diver sion funds above what is required to operate the program The coun cil has criticized some of the spending but has said it has no control But Council President Richard Miller R4th will be glad to get some of that control back He believes the council will be happy to act on this and all other discre tionary fund budgets to be pre sented since it has been the con tention of the council that all funds should go through the fiscal body Council has thought this was necessary since discretionary funds have been in place but has gotten no backing from the Miller said Its curious to me why this is happening In a telephone interview on May 6 1993 Andrews said state law gives the officeholder permission to spend the fundsat his discre tion There is a statement that they shall be used by the officeholder at his discretion and do not require the consent of the county Andrews said Rep Brad Bayliff RRussiaville who has been fighting for a requirement to have all discre tionary fund spending to be approved by fiscal bodies is happy with the reported changes In a conversation with Charles Johnson of the State Board of I Accounts Bayliff said he learned that other counties have been required to present budgets for these funds in the past and that one concern is supplementing the salaries of deputy prosecutors and investigators without a salary Ordinance Indiana Code 331472 requires these salaries to be approved by the council Johnson wouldnt release any information directly to the Koko mo Tribune until the report is released later this month Cook said she was told these budgets were needed after the State Board of Accounts complet ed the 1993 yearend audit for Howard County Andrews said he hasnt heard directly from the state only the county auditor so he is doing what she asked The same is true of the Sheriffs Departments Drug Abuse Resis tance Education money and pro ject income from the corrections program Maj Phil Templin said the Com munity Corrections Advisory Board has already approved salary increases and a 1993 budget for that program so that will just be taken council Tuesday night as well as spending of DARE program money Weve never been asked to do this Templin said Whatever they request we have no problem Bayliff said this is exactly why very few accounts should be exempted from council approval Separate rules and standards for these few accounts lead to confu Bayliff said Budgets for 1993 also will be sought for the surveyors comer perpetuation fund the countys Drug Task Force Court Appoint ed Special Advocate health maintenance from the Howard County Board of Health highway fund and adult and juvenile pro bation user fees The council meets at Tuesday at the county courthouse Americans search old Vietnam battlefields HANOI Vietnam AP teams fanned out across old bat tlefields in Vietnam today in search of remains of Americans missing in action the biggest such operation since the end of the war Their efforts took on added sig nificance as the United States con siders relaxing or even lifting the 19year trade embargo on its for mer enemy President Clinton has indicated his decision hinges on progress in getting from Hanoi the fullest pos sible accounting of the remaining MIAs Five separate congressional delegations and the highestrank ing military officer to visit Vietnam since the war ended in 1975 are arriving over the next 10 days to assess MIA progress and potential trade relations with Viet nam Western diplomats and busi nessmen point to recent develop ments as indicators that the Clin ton administration will take some action on the trade embargo this year A dozen companies already have registered to bid for about million in internation ally financed highway projects Troops hit the beach Combat engineers land in Colombia JUANCHACO Colombia AP American soldiers hit the beaches of Colombia to the bewil derment of local residents and swimsuitclad vacationers in this rustic Pacific getaway The growl of Army heavy machinery intruded on the laid back atmosphere of Juanchacos bars and restaurants Wednesday as the vehicles rolled down the blacksand beach A gaggle of tourists joined a few locals to watch the show leaning against canoes or taking shelter from the sun in a gazebo About 135 American soldiers are rebuilding a road and corir structing a school and clinic here Most are combat engineers from Fort Rucker the rest are sta tioned in Panama The exercise has been criticized by Colombian congressmen who say President Cesar Gaviria invit ed the gringos without their authorization Many suspect its actually aimed at pressuring drug traffickers and leftist rebels in the region Juanchaco is 45 miles west of Cali home to the worlds largest cocaine cartel i ;