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Tipton County Tribune (Newspaper) - April 28, 1990, Tipton, Indiana •r "lA -TA*:-: l brahy Hi -1 l'e:’jaT£ ave :iü AMftPOL:s ::i 46204 weather Mostly cloudy and cooler today with an 80 percent chance of thunderstorms. Highs from the lower to middle 70s. Partly cloudy and cooler tonight with a 60 percent chance of thunderstorms. Lows In the middle 50s. Partly cloudy Sunday. Highs from the lower to middle 70s. Partly sunny and mild Monday and Tuesday with a chance of thundershowers both days. Lows Monday and Tuesday morning from the middle 50s to the lower 60s; highs from the middle 70s to the middle 80s. Partly sunny and cooler Wednesday with a chance of' thunderstorms. Lows Wednesday morning from the middle 40s to the middle 50s; highs from the middle 60s to the middle 70s. Tipton County Tribune VOLUME 94 NO 101 ISSN 0746-0619 SATURDAY, APRIL 28, 1990 TIPTON, INDIANA 46072 Out in the fields Like most farmers, Alan Sottong took to the field Friday, in this case planting corn on his farm along CR 400W near Sharpsvllle. While the farmers were busy plowing, planting, applying soil supplements in virtually every corner of Tipton County, workers at various farm supply houses were busy making sure they had what was needed as wet weather was expected to put a crimp on field work this weekend. Sottong’s dog, Freckles, went along for a ride in the bucket. Photo by Curt Kalkstein) Indiana, Japan sign trade pact INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Gov. Evan Bayh signed an agreement Friday beginning an unprecedented cooperative program with Japan to promote the export of Indiana goods and services into the Japanese market. The two-yéar agreement is the first export promotion pact reached between the Japanese Ministry of Internationa' Trade and Industry and a state government, officials said. Under the accord, Japanese and Indiana officials will set up an export promotion center in the Indiana Department of Commerce to help Hoosier businesses interested in doing business with Japan. An information exchange also will be set up to help match potential Indiana exporters with possible Japanese importers. , "This is Bn historic event for Indiana,” said Bayh during a signing ceremony in his Statehouse office. "The fact that the Japanese have come to Indiana first in their efforts to encourage imports to their country is a testament to the quality and competitiveness of Indiana industries." Indiana already is a major exporter, sending more than $500 million worth of goods and services to Japan each year. Most of the exports are chemicals, pharmaceuticals, vehicles and other machinery. Bayh said the" agreement could lead to greater exports of Indiana products such as wood furniture and auto parts. "We look forward to exports from Indiana improving significantly over the years ahead,” said Bayh. A copy of the agreement signed by Minoru Masuda, chairman of the Japan External Trade Organization, was presented to Bayh by the organization’s president, Teruaki Mizunoue. "This cooperative working agreement can go a long way towárd cementing relations not only between Indiana and JERTO, but^ also between our two countries,” said Mizunoue. "We also hope that this agreement can set a good example for other U.S. states and organizations to follow." Mizunoue said the first agreement was signed with Indiana One in Ured in CBN exolosion VIRGINIA BEACH (AP) — A mail bomb exploded Friday at the Christian Broadcasting Network, injuring a security guard, a CBN spokeswoman said. A package with a North Carolina postmark was scanned in the mailroom and was thought to be suspicious, said the spokeswoman, Frankie Abourjilie. Security guard Scott Scheepers was summoned, and the bomb exploded when he opened the package just before noon, Mrs. Abourjilie said. Scheepers, 33, was taken to Sentara Norfolk General Hospital with a leg injury Pat Robertson, founder of the network, said he was called out of a meeting about 1 p.m. and went immediately to the hospital "This could be part of a pattern of attacks against evangelical Christians." said Robertson, who added that the package was addressed to him. Robertson said it was the third such incident in recent months, pointing to the letter bomb explosion at the church of the Rev. John Osteen of. Houston that injured his daughter and the apparent arson of the Anderson, Ind., offices of gospel singer Sandi Patti. A shoebox size package exptoded in the lap of Osteen's daughter, Lisa, Jan. 30. She was not seriously injured. Houston police said the package was postmarked from North Carolina. On April 17, Ms. Patti’s recording studio in Anderson, Ind., was heavily damaged by arson. An anonymous caller claiming to represent a group called the Equal Religious Coalition claimed responsibility for the blaze and said the studio was burned because Ms. Patti "put herself on the pedestal of God." Police m Anderson said they had never heard of the group but were taking the group’s claims seriously. "This is evidence of extreme hatred by some deranged individuals who want to silence the Christian voice in this country," Robertson said of fke CBN explosion. "They should reajize that devices sent through the fnail will never reach those for whom they are intended. Their victims will be innocent men and women who have devoted their lives to serving Police storm Korean shipyard ULSAN, South Korea (AP) — Thousands of riot police firing tear gas stormed the world's largest shipyard at dawn Saturday, clashing with striking workers barricaded inside and armed with steel pipes, propane gas tanks and homemade cannons. There were no immediate reports of arrests, but at least three policemen were reported injured. An hour after the attack began at 5 40 a m. (4:40 p.m. EDT Friday), police' said they controlled the main buildings and had made their way into the shipyard itself, but that pockets of resistance remained. The three-day-old strike had shut down the Hyundai Heavy Industries Co. shipyard in this city about 200 miles southeast of Seoul and was threatening to spread to other industries. Talks to try to end the strike, which centered on worker demands to free four jailed labor leaders, had broken down hours earlier. Authorities said the strike was illegal. Police bulldozers, ripped down steel barricades the workers had erected at the gates to the sprawling shipyard, and an estimated 10,000 not police rushed in, wearing gas masks and helmets and carrying clubs and shields. They were backed up by at least 10 armored vans firing clouds of ' choking tear gas. At the same time, about 600 riot police stormed the seaside complex by boat. A company guard inside the yard said tear gas was so dense he could hardly see, and black smoke was billowing from several workers' tents which had been set afire. About 100 workers on or ardund a giant 240-foot crane erected on the docks taunted police, shouting insults and threats. Mahon schoo offers students drug amnesty MARION, Ind. (AP) - More than 300 students took advantage of Marion High School’s drug amnesty program this week to seek help for substance abuse problems, vice principal Carole Matchette said Friday. The two-day amnesty offer assured students they could confess their problems to school and community counselors without fear of prosecution or suspension. "We’re a medium-sized community but we have a lot of problems with drug and alcohol in the community," Matchette said. "With almost 2,000 students, the community’s problems and ours are all the same thing. Our hope was to bring these things to the surface so we could deal with them.” The program was offered Tuesday and Wednesday in conjunction with a 11/2-day visit by anti-drug crusader David Toma, a former New York City police officer. Toma spoke to the students Tuesday morning, encouraging them to seek help from counselors in the school library. About 40 counselors from Grant County, Indianapolis, Kokomo and Fort Wayne agreed to talk to students about drug addiction as part of Toma’s visit. More than 300 students followed Toma’s advice, Matchette said. Many of them had friends or family members with drug abuse problems. Others admitted they needed help themselves, she said. About 100 students will be tunneled into support groups that will meet throughout the summer and fall, Matchette said. "We arranged tor an amnesty program just in case the kids would come down,and ask for help but were afraid ’ they’d get in trouble with the law," Matchette said. Toma’s talk helped break through those fears, she said. "Kids have been afraid to say anything. He has helped them learn that you don't have to be ashamed of anything if you have a problem,” she said. "No matter how hard we work and no matter how good are the counselors we have, we can't always make the kids open up.” Normally, students caught with drugs at Marion High School are suspended from school for five days. On the second offense, they are expelled, Matchette said. Such incidents also are reported to prosecutors, she said. Grant County Prosecutor Stephen Johnson agreed he wouldn’t file charges against any students who admitted to drug use during the amnesty program. Students also could offer tips on drug dealers without fear that their name would be revealed, he said. GE worst Dolluter INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - General Electric Co.’s Plastics Division plant in Mount Vernon dumped 7.9 million pounds of toxic chemicals into the air in 1988, making it the state’s worst toxic air polluter, according to an environmental action group. The report, released Tuesday by the Natural Resources Defense Council in Washington, used the most recent figures from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to rank the top ten toxic air polluters in each state. because the Bayh administration was dedicated to promoting exports. The previous administration of Gov. Robert D. Orr also vigorously promoted exporting of Hoosier products. The Japanese organization will cooperate in development of the export promotion center and will dispatch a Japanese trade expert to work in the center, officials said. The center will coordinate trade promotion activities, including export seminars, trade missions, help with export financing and market research. Mizunoue said Japanese officials also might be able to recommend minor changes in Hoosier products that would make them more marketable in Japan. Local attorneys plan Law Day programs God." Virginia Beach police spokesman Lou Thurston declined to give any details about the bomb or any leads that police might have. "There’s a lot we can't go into right now ... we don't want to jeopardize our investigation or prosecution." Thurston said. He said the explosion caused no damage but debris from the package was scattered about. Robertson said the bomb was a “crude device. If it had been a bit more sophisticated, it would have killed Scott." "I’m all right," Scheepers said from his hospital bed. He described the package as 6 inches long, 2 inches wide and 4 inches deep. It was wrapped in t iown paper. Scheepers said he was called to the mailroom by an employee. "It's one of 75 or 80 that I have opened in the past,” he said. Scheepers ran the package through an X-ray machine twice. "It appeared to be sale, it wasn’t heavy at all, in fact it was pretty light.” He took the package to a desk, unwrapped it and Td opened it about a half-inch and it just exploded. I didn’t see what was inside.” There was no one else in the mailroom and Scheepers was able to walk to the mam lobby afler the blast knocked him to the floor Dr. L I) Butt, director of the shock-trauma unit at the hospital, said five metal fragments remain in Scheeper's left thigh. Britt said one fragment was removed while the wound was cleaned. The Tipton County Bar Association in conjunction with Tipton and Northern community school corporations will address fourth-grade students as a part of its celebration of Law Day Tuesday Members of the Tipton County Bar wanted to celebrate the occasion by having teams of local lawyers speak to each fourth-grade class about the law and what it may mean to them. The fourth grade was selected, Tipton County Bar Association President Joe Watson stated in letters to teachers and administrators, simply because "a client who recently underwent some misfortune had stated he so wished, someone would have bothered to tell him a little about the law when he was 10 years old, because he fell it might have made a difference in his life.’ "We certainly don’t expect to work wonders but do feel it might be advantageous for these young people to hear a little about the law from those of us who work with it every day,’ Watson said. In addition to the school presen tation, students in each of the classes will be encouraged to write and submit an essay about the law to the Tipton County Bar Association as part of a county-wide contest. The general topic for the essay will be "Why it is Necessary to have Laws and What the Law Means to Each Person.’ Winners will be selected by the bar association from both school districts. Each will be awarded a $25 U.S. Savings Bond. The presentations at Jefferson Elementary School will take place from 11:30 a.m. to noon with Richard 0. Regnier, Judge D. Patrick Nash and David B. Quigley. The same group will provide two presentations from 1 to 1:30 p.m. and from 1:30 to 2 p.m. at Washington Elementary. At Lincoln Elementary, presentations will take place from 1:10 to 1:40 p.m., 1:40 to 2:10 p.m. and 2:20 to 2:40 p.m. with Ben B. Hobbs, Keith Kincaid and Richard Pearce. Two presentatio'ns by Watson, Mark Regnier and Thomas Lett will be presented at 12:30 and 1 p.m. at Tri-Central Elementary. County SWCD urges resource stewardship Emphasizing everyone's role in protecting soil and water resources for future generations, the Tipton County Soil and Water Conservation District urges local churches, organizations and individuals to join the nationwide observance of Soil and Water Conservation Stewardship Week. The observance is from April 29 through May 6. The local district, which works throughout the year on soil and water conservation measures,, is providing literature and spealTers that highlight the need for responsible, active stewardship of our our nation's soil and water resources. The district also provided assistance to those who conducted celebrations in conjunction with the 20th anniversary of Earth Day last Sunday. James Tebbe, chairman of the Tipton County 6WCD, said everyone needs to learn about the impact of their actions and the actions of those around us. "Recognizing that, we can commit ourselves to individual and community action,’ Tebbe said. "By using good erosion prevention practices, conserving water or simply planting a tree, we’ll each help make the world a better place for our chilren’s children. I Since 1955, the National Association of Conservation Districts has sponsored Soil and Water Stewardship Week, in cooperation with nearly 3,000 local districts nationwide, as one way to emphasize the importance of good stewardship of basic soil and water resources. Materials especially designed to convey the 1990 theme, "Citizens of All Creation,' are being distributed by the Tipton County SWCD and may be obtained by calling or visiting the district office during business hours at 118 S. Independence St. or 675-7836.

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