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Rushville Republican (Newspaper) - March 31, 1990, Rushville, Indiana Saturday. March 31, 1990 35 cents Good news Page 4 Rushville t Republican a Community newspaper serving Rush county since 1840the weather 60 percent Chance of rain saturday and a Chance of rain Early sunday. Sunday highs mid 50s to mid 60s and lows mid 40s to mid 50s. Oon tap 0 b a Community meeting for Arlington will be held Friday. April 6 at 7 . In the Arlington elementary school gym. A it to Virv by tier in Mukta. Age Index i lifestyle .5 classified.8 obituaries. .2 comic.7 sports. .6 editorial.4 to. .9 supreme court to hear arguments on Flag burning Law Mah a a i Washington up the supreme court agreed Friday to decide the constitutionality of an anti Flag burning Law enacted by Congress last year and to Issue a ruling before its summer recess. The court will hear the Case on an emergency basis a move that guarantees it will be decided in plenty of time to become an Issue in the fall congressional Clee dons. The courts action. In two cases from Washington state and the District of Columbia was announced following the court s usual Friday conference. In a three paragraph order the justices set arguments in the Case for May 14, a month after the court s regular session for Oral arguments ends. According to court officials the last time the supreme court set such a rare special session was in june 1981, when the justices heard arguments testing the legality of the Iran hostage Deal. The Bush administration had sought immediate review of the constitutionality of the Flag Protection act of 1989, which was passed in anger Over a june 1989 supreme court ruling that burning the Flag As a political protest is a constitutionally protected form of free speech. The 5-4 ruling in a Case from Texas sparked a controversy that saw president Bush push for an amendment to the Constitution. Instead. Congress passed the Flag Protection act although Balcers of the amendment warned a Law would not protect the Flag. That argument gained strength feb. 21 when a Federal judge in Washington state struck Down the new Law. That Case involved an october 1989 protest outside a Post office in Seattle that included Flag burning. On March 5, a Federal judge in the District of Columbia reached a similar decision in a Case dealing with an oct. 30. 1989. Flag burning outside the Capitol. Both Flag burnings were staged to protest the new Law. David Cole with the Center for constitutional rights in new York which is defending those charged objected to the Speed de up proceedings because a there Are very serious constitutional issues involved and also whether people will be spending a year or not in he said the administration special Case Washington up the supreme court s decision Friday to hear arguments in special session on Congress s Flag burning Law puts the Case in the company of Pivotal issues of recent decades. Holding a special session to hear a Case is a step rarely taken by the tradition bound court and one Only reserved for the most pressing of is sues often affecting the course of the nation. The last time such a step was taken was when the court heard arguments in june 1981 in a Case dealing with president Jimmy Carter s authority to make a Deal to free the hostages held in Iran. Other instances include the Pentagon papers Case in 1971. Which was argued june 26 and the Nixon tapes Case argued july 8. 1974. More recently the court granted an emergency review to the Gramm Rudman balanced budget act in 1986. But that did not require a special arguments session. Some queston whether Flag burning a crime certainly not at epidemic proportions in the land deserves such attention. David Cole a lawyer defending the Flag burning protesters said the Flag Case is ultimately an ideological Issue one of constitutional principle not one on which the very Workings of the government stand or fall. The re s no emergency v. A car fire a Dodge compact car has on its top alongside or 900 n about two Miles West of or 3 following an Accident and subsequent fire near the Harold Souder residence at approximately s pin. Friday. The Driver identified As Phillip Kendall 28, of 327 1/2 e. 9th St., Rushville suffered abrasions and was treated and released from Rush memorial Hospital where he was transported by a Raleigh Community Volunteer fire department ambulance. Rush county sheriff s department officer Randy Chandler was investigating the Accident. Details were unavailable at press time. Charles Wilson photo parents to have More Choice in schools pushed for the expedited hearing a for partisan reasons because they would like nothing better than to. Make Flag desecration a Campaign in appealing to the High court the Justice department acknowledged the Seattle protest was Quot expressive conduct normally protected by the first amendment. But they said that should not a doom the Art s by Charles Wilson editor with two schools closing their doors at the end of May. And school boundaries shifting As a result the Rushville consolidated school corporation is offering parents a new level of Choice on which schools their children attend. The policy change was formalized at the school Board s March i meeting when the Board voted to approve a new Transfer policy aimed at better meshing students school lives with their private ones. School superintendent Don Smith said that some parents had expressed interest in trans Ferring their children to other districts closer to their workplaces or babysitters. Under the new policy school principals would be Able to hold open a certain number of classroom slots for students transferring from other schools each fall. If the number of Transfer requests exceeded the number of open slots in a class a lottery would be held to determine which students actually were allowed to Transfer. The policy is worded so that Quot students having Legal settlement within the Rushville consolidated school corporation have Freedom of Choice to the extent practicable to attend the school within the Rushville consolidated school corporation which in the opinion of the students and parents Best meets the educational needs of the however students who choose to attend a school other than that in whose District their residence Falls May not necessarily be provided transportation to and from school by the corporation. Transportation will be provided if the student can be picked up along an existing bus route otherwise getting to and from school will be the responsibility of the student and his or her parents. In order to make the Transfer parents must Complete a Transfer request form available from the schools or the administrative office at 8th and Jackson in Rushville before March 15 of a Given school year. This year the school Board approved an Extension of that deadline until april 15. In line with the new policy and prime time guidelines the school system has established an enrolment Quot Cap Quot for various Grade Levels. For kindergarten and 1st Grade the limit is 18 students per class for grades 2-3, it is 20 students and for grades 4-6, it s 26 students. If classroom space is available after resident students have been accommodated transfers will be accepted. Students who transferred the year before will also get priority Over first time Transfer requests. Priority also will be Given to students requesting Transfer from overcrowded classrooms or to special Educa Tion students entering mainstream classrooms. The principal of the school to which a student requests Transfer is to notify the student s parents and the principal of the school from which he is transferring that he or she has been accepted during the first week of May. Principals Are to meet at the end of the first week of see Transfer Page 2vandals victimize Willkie Park again Merv Bostic surveys the damage. By Jeff Decker staff writer in 1988, downtown Rushville merchants the City government and interested citizens pulled together in a successful Effort to have a memorial to native son Wendell l. Willkie built. But during the Short life of the Wendell l. Willkie memorial Park downtown on main Street the Park and its Gazebo have been defaced littered upon and vandalized. The lattice around the Gazebo built by Rushville contractor Tom Miller was damaged sometime Between thursday morning and Friday morning according to Rushville Parks director Merv Bostic. He cleans and inspects the Park and the City s other Parks on a daily basis. Bostic usually visits the Willkie Park at about 6-6 30 . Each morning he said. The damage was reported to the Rushville police department. Which is conducting an investigation Bostic said. See Gazebo Page 2 Driver cited after colliding with police car by Charles Wilson editor a local woman was arrested after police found she had no Driver s License following a collision with a City police Cruiser. Kathleen d. Ray 20. 801 e. Lith St. Rushville was cited for having no operator s License after investigation of an Accident that occurred in the 500 Block of East 10th Street 110 feet West of North George Street at 1 52 . Thursday according to a Rushville police department re port released late Friday. Investigating officer Carlos we Ber s report said that Ray was westbound in the 300 Block of East loth in a 1980 Oldsmobile Cutlass registered to Martha Rah Ston of Greenfield at the same time an red police car driven by officer Rex Ratekin was heading see wreck Page 2 Man faces 66 counts of child molesting Liberty a Brownsville Man was in the Union county jail Friday under $700,000 Bond on 66 counts of child Molesta Tion. Brian s. Mahan. 24, is being held after his arrest wednesday. He is accused of molesting four children two boys and two girls Ages six to nine years numerous times from october 1988 until this month. The investigation has been Active since november 1988. Indiana state police trooper Rick Shoemaker said the Chil Dren were threatened with beatings or a knife on several Occa Sions during the sexual assaults. Charges against Mahan in dude 26 counts of class a felony child molesting and 36 counts of class c felony child molesting. In addition four class a counts were filed against Mahan last week. There will be additional see molest Page 2

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