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Tipton County Tribune (Newspaper) - April 21, 1990, Tipton, Indiana •m r.*u 'TaT:* I i ■ Cl < i ^ “ID riftPOL-S .M 4bnoA Weather Cloudy early today with a éO percent chance of morning showera, then becoming partly tunny toward evening. Highe from the middle to upper 60a. Mostly clear and cooler tonight. Lows from the upper 40s to about 50. Mostly sunny and warmer Sunday. Highs from the lower to middle 70s. After a wet start, skies will clear over Indiana today as the state enters the first day of a warming trend which is expected to boost temperatures Into the 80s by early next week. By early Sunday, high pressure will bring clear skies and warmer temperatures to all of the state. Highs will range from the upper 60s in the north to the middle 70s in the south. Tipton County Tribune VOLUME 94 NO 95 ISSN 0746*0619 SATURDAY, APRIL 21, 19^ UPTON, INDIANA 46072 Four Tipton County businesses have contributed a total of $3,250 to the Tipton County Economic Development Corp. for its Indiana National Bank Economic Develop-/ ment study. The total was announced at Wednesday’s TCEDC board of director's meeting, fhe study will cost $5,000. The study is to review the community through the eyes of prospective businesses and will suggest ways to make changes to improve the prospects of Tipton and Tipton County for attracting new business and industry. The plan includes surveys of city and county officials, businesses, and industries and should take approximately^ two months to complete. The four firms to contribute to the INB study include Pioneer Hi-Bred International — $500, the Tipton Telephone Co. — $500, Public Service Indiana — $1,000 and the Tipton Utility Service Board — $1,250. Economic Development Director Jim Brannon indicated in his report to the board that at least two prospects have made contacts within the area. At a recent Economic Development Institute in Indianapolis, Brannon also reported he had talked with a representative of the Ball State University architecture and planning department about the possibility of a project that would include drawing downtown buildings as if they had been refurbished. Board members, however, noted ^ they thought such drawings had been completed in the past couple of years, but no one had been able to located them at the TCEDC office. Since the TCEDC meeting, Brannon has called the College Architecture and Planning at BSU. An official there said he would check the department's files for the drawings. The board also learned that the preliminary application made by the TCEDC for a Community Focus Fund grant through the state had been approved. Brannon indicated • that the full application is due May 9, and the funds are expected to be awarded in June. The CFF money is to be used to replace curbs and sidewalks in Tipton’s business district and to replace streetlights in that same area with replicas of those that were in place in the 1950s. Several letters and telephone calls supporting the plan have been received by the TCEDC from the downtown merchants. The board also received an update on the proposed federally subsidized elderly housing at the site of Tipton's old landfill, learning that test borings must be made to determine whether there are any contaminants in that area. A report on the TCEDC’s fundraising efforts, which included sending 300 letters to area businesses and industries in March, shows receipts of $2,605 from Jan. 1 through April 11. TCEDC members who comprise the Economic Development Income Tax committee, are continuing their work in developing uses for the revenue that is expected from the tax. Auditor Debbie Ploughe explained the EDIT tax is 0.1 percent of an individual's gross tax income, or 10 cents for every hundred dollars of income from all sources. The new tax took effect July 1, 1989, and Ploughe said half of the 1990 revenues from it are expected to become available in June. She said the estimated revenue from the tax for all of 1990 is $179,000. EA!5TH DAY CO II «.Alivie TIFFANY’S DRAWING, WASHINGTON SCHOOL Earth Day — in our county, too By LOU ANN MILLETT Tribune Correspondent Tiptonites will celebrate Earth Day pn April 22 in both short-term and long-term projects. A short-term project in Jayne Kesler’s middle school literature class involved student research of endangered species and posters showing animals in the food chain. Kesler's class has also been reading environmental literature. One project involved reading Dr. Seuss' THE LORAX and sharing it with various groups through a reader's theater. Allen^DarneH’s third-, fourth-, and fifth-grade art classes have been drawing posters with the theme “Caring About Clean Air". One local church has asked its members to bring a recyclable item Toons battle drugs with 3 networks as a "ticket’ for its v^rship service. In a long-term project, the city of Tipton has been promoting the recycling of glass, tin, aluminum, and plastic since last August. The Tipton High School Science Qub has been recycling paper for/the county residents for many years. Looking to the future, Tipton has scheduled two special days for beautification and recycling of rummage:' • Beautification .Week wH be observed May 7-11. During that time all extra trash will be hauled away at half price. • It has been said, “One man’s trash is another man’s treasure.* This adage is certainly true for the city-wide rummage sale wh'ch will be June 9 and 10. Tipton seeks Community Focus Funds to replicate streetlights of a bygone era. —Page 3 Colts sign Jeff George for $15 bills —Page 3 Church bars AIDS child CHICAGO (AP) - A church barred a 5-year-old boy with AIDS from Sunday school, then reversed itself Friday after an uproar. "We love (him) and we want (him) back in our Sunday school and (he) will be back in our Sunday school," the Rev. Erwin Lutzer, senior pastor of the Moody Church, said at a hastily called news conference. But Lutzer said other parents would be notified that a child with AIDS would be attending Bible class, "and they will have the freedom to keep their children from Sunday school." "Our position and our concerns have not changed,” Lutzer said. "We have decided to shift the burden of responsibility from us as a church." The church had drawn fire when its decision to bar the boy became public, a few weeks after the death of young AIDS victim Ryan White. "I’m pleased that they reversed themselves. ... I don’t feel any bitterness," the Chicago boy’s foster mother, Terry Rucker, said in a telephone inten/iew Friday afternoon. Mrs. Rucker said she had not decided whether to return to the church on Sunday. Soviets divert Lithuanian food VILNIUS, U.S.S.R. (AP) -Moscow on Friday expanded its energy embargo on Lithuania to include certain shipments of food, metal and industrial parts in its continuing effort to crush the republic's independence drive, Lithuanians said. Dozens of Soviet soldiers also stormed a printing plant and beat civilian guards and a local legislator Friday, witnesses said. The Kremlin "is seeking to stop the plants, put the workers on the streets, and encourage social unrest,” Lithuanian President Vytautas Landsbergis charged at a news conference Friday night. Thus far in the 5-week-old standoff, no such unrest has occurred. Despite military and economic pressure, Lithuanians have refused to back off their March 11 decla'ation of independence from the Soviet Union, as demanded by Soviet President Mikhail S. Gorbachev, and have solicited Western material and political support. "i'll have to sacrifice,” said Aviea Kishnevskaya, a Jewish mother in her 30s interviewed in Vilnius, the capital. She said that requiring her 7-year-okJ daughter to share those sacrifices will be the hardest part. The city was calm Friday, and traffic was quieter than usual. Vilnius radio said the Presidium of the Lithuanian parliament messaged Gorbachev reiterating Lithuania’s readiness to negotiate with Moscow. It said Landbergis revealed details Friday night and quoted the message as reading in part, "All countries big and small ... can and must find a solution worthy of civilized societies to any complication if these countries are guided by the principles of humanity. And it is only political dialogue that must underlie the search for the wisest solution." The message also said, "We have no 'doubt that bmtal assault and battery of ordinary'people, like the one ... launched by units of the Soviet armed forces in Vilnius today, will call forth your condemnation and that those guilty ... will be punished accordingly.” In Birmingham, Ala., where President Bush spoke at a political rally, spokesman Marlin Fitzwater said the White House is "increasingly concerned" by reports of the Soviet economic crackdown on Lithuania and that Bush will be ready to brief Congress early next week on possible retaliation. Lithuania was forcibly annexed by the Soviet Union in 1940. Lithuania produces more meat and milk than it consumes, and is in no danger of starving. , Library to sport special banner A 30- by four-foot banner to commemorate National Library Week (April 23 through 28) will be placed in front of the Tipton County Public Library this weekend. The banner was painted by Nancy Bayer, a worker at the library. In addition to the large canvas banner, which will be used in succeeding years, the library is sponsoring a drawing for a hand-crafted nylon kite, which currently is hanging below the skylight in the library. The kite was constructed by library board president Bill Vogus, a kite aficionado of sorts. Entries in the drawing can be submitted at the library. Bayer said that other undisclosed prizes also will be given away at the library during National Library Week. In conjunction with the observance of library week, artists in Tipton County were invited to display their works at the library during the month of April. Some 67 artworks from 27 county artists are on display, and the library has placed a ballot box next to the display area for patrons to cast votes for their favorite pieces. The winner will be announced at the end of the month, Bayer said. SPACE SHUTTLE SEED — Sycamore seeds from a Purdue University experiment that flew on the Space Shuttle Atlantis Dec. 2 through Dec. 6,1988, were gem^lnated at Purdue’s forestry department after their 1.8 million mile trip. One of the saplings was distributed from the Cooperative Extension Service as a gift to Tipton County. Shown here planting the tree in conjunction with Earth Day and Arbor Day are 4-H Extension Agent Jim Woolf, Commissioner Marvin Wittkamper and Agricultural Extension Agent Fred Kramer. The experiment was the brainchild of Atlantis astronaut Lt. Col. Jerry Ross, an Indiana 4-H alumnus. (Photo by Lisa Rogers)

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