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Kokomo Tribune (Newspaper) - July 6, 1994, Kokomo, Indiana Vol 143 No 296 Wednesday July On cue Ed Dunlap competes in the Seniors Pool Tournment at the County Sesquicentennial Celebration which continues Duplicate Bridge Tournaments Bingo is also planned for Kokomo Senior Citizens Center 721 W Sycamore Tues through July 10 with various historical activities Continuing Thursday For more on the Sesquicentennial celebration see day afternoon The tournament is part of the KokomoHoward activities for seniors include Progressive Euchre and Strified Page A3 Tribune photo by Tim Commissioners twist festivals tail NO for food tents ByLISAFIPPS Tribune Tipton Bureau TIPTON Ind The Tipton County commissioners meeting was anything but boating Tues day as they discussed whether or not to let the Pork Festival put up a food tent on the newly paved parking lot south of the Court house The decision was unanimous The three commissioners said no The county recently spent more than to pave the lot In June less than a week before a twoday celebration the commis sioners denied the Sesquicentenni al committees request to put up a food The Sesquicentennial committee had planned on featuring a fobd tent similar to the Pork Festivals which draws thousands Each year choplicking pork is cooked in the tent and plus peo ple from across Indiana and sur rounding states attend and The commissioners said they did not want the sesquicentenni als tent stakes pound into the pavement They said they didnt want the grease from the cookers tracked into the Courthouse And they said odors linger for weeks after the food tent is taken down Pork Festival plannersguessed1 the commissioners would deny i i their request to use the lot too But they wanted more than a few days notice The Pork Festival is slated annually for the Thursday Friday and Saturday after Labor The festival has been a Tipton County tradition for 25 years and each year the food tent has been on lot south of me Courthouse So Pork Festival planners sent the a letter Friday outlining their proposal The Pork Festival committee agreed to erect three smaller tents using sand bags to anchor them instead of stakes They agreed to repair any damage to the lot caused by the tents or the cooking operation They agreed to post a performance bond to ensure r v repairs were made satisfactorily At Tuesday the rime Pork Festival Manager Randy Byal had requested to be on the commis sioners agenda Commissioner Carl Colbert said it was the con sensus of the board that the lot not be made available to the Pork Fes tival committee Colbert polled the board so each commissioner could express his view Jeane Boyer did not want the tent on the parking lot He said of all the people hed talked with only two wanted the the parking lot And Boyer said a number of people mentioned that since the commissioners did not allow the Sesquicentennial com mittee to use the lot for a food tent during that twoday celebration they shouldnt allow the Pork Fes tival to use it I have to vote Commis sioner Max Crouch said Although the commissioners dont want the food tent on the newly paved parking lot Colbert said Wed like to express to you that we are 100 percent behind the festival We want it uptown We want it to continue We would like to go to an alternative The commissioners offered to allow the Pork use the county Courthouses overflow parking lot That lot a few feet east of the parking lot Pork Festi val planners wanted to use is cur rently mostly gravel The festival committee had con sidered that as an alternative but dismissed theidea Since its grav el and therefore uneven they wouldnt be able to set up iabies and folding chairs However Colbert suggested the county may be able to pave part of the lot The commissionefs last month secured a addition al appropriation to complete rerio vations to the lot Colbert said the commissioners would need to know how big of a space the Pork Festival needed for the tent and for the cookers and he asked if the Pork Festival com mittee could use the vacant build ing on the lot for storage Lets work from now on to make this lot available to you probably on a longterm Colbert said He noted they could do a little bit of work each year on the lot as money allowed Please see Commissioners PA12 BB shot claims 12yearolds life CAMDEN Ind A 12year old Camden boy shot in the eye by accident with a BB died at Tuesday at St Elizabeth Hos pital in Lafayette Camden Town Marshal Steve Jones said hospital officials noti fied him of Cole Smiths death at Tuesday Jones said a BB fired from a Daisy rifletype gun by Smiths best friend went through Smiths right eye and into his brain Mon day evening We believe it was totally acci Jones said Tippecanoe County Coroner Dr William Sholty said Smiths cause of death was severe brain damage from a BB gunshot wound to the head Carroll County Sheriff Depart ment officials were called to a Washington Street residence the home of the boy who fired the shot at Monday The name of that boy was not released by Jones Inside Business Classified Local News of Big telephone companies suing to get off the hook In goes a card out come 2 burglars GULFPORT Miss AP A vacationing couple from Norway put a card in a cash machine ana two bank robbers popped out police say Popped out of the bank that is Police said the unidentified cou ple in their early 20s went to get money Sunday night When the machine ate their card they used the international technique for dealing with recalcitrant equip ment They pounded on it The banging triggered an alarm that summoned ponce Arriving at the bank and seeing no signs of forced entry police called bank managers and Thats when two men burst out of the bank through a window and tried to flee Both were caught and charged with burglary Dean Lindsay 33 of Arlington Texas and Billy Bryant 40 of Centerville were being held Tuesday on bail each Bryant was treated at a hos pital for cuts Police said the burglars must have jimmied a lock to get in The Norwegians meanwhile went on their way WASHINGTON AP Unsure that Congress will come to their aid four of the nations largest telephone companies are asking a federal court to abolish legal restrictions on products and ser vices they may provide A lawsuit scheduled to be filed in District Court in Washing ton today challenges continuation of a consent decree that broke up the Bell System in 1984 The decree bars the regional Bell Shone companies that emerged om the old from engaging in a number of businesses includ ing longdistance service and the manufacture of telecommunica tions equipment Were putting the finishing touches on the Bell Atlantic Corp spokeswoman Shannon Fio ravanti said Tuesday Other parties in the suit are BellSouth Nynex Corp and Southwestern Bell phone company executives said The regional Bells have been try ing to get Congress to do away with the restrictions for years While major telecommunications reform legislation is pending pas sage this year is not certain The crux of the companies argument is that technology and the telecommunications market place have changed dramatically since 1984 so the consent decree is no longer necessary The suit cites opinions from academics who claim the consent decree is discouraging rather than encouraging competition in the telecommunications market lobbyist Thomas Tauke said The academics say con sumers have paid between bil lion and billion more than they should have for longdis tance service over the past decade due to lack of competition and longdistance carriers inefficien cies which long has opposed Bell companies efforts for greater telecommunication freedoms unless it is given the same lati tude said it was not surprised by the suit In fact said a local phone monopoly is still entrenched Last week a pair of telecommu nications reform bills easily passed the House One would let the phone companies enter the longdistance and manufacturing businesses But the leading telecommunica tions reform measure in the Sen ate is not as generous to the Bells The final product of both cham bers may not be either The suit comes as telephone and cable companies are racing to build advanced telecommunica tions networks that will carry voice video and data at the same time in two directions The phone companies want to provide a variety of services over these networks that they cant do now because of legal and regula tory barriers As a result most have filed lawsuits seeking to pro vide cable television services in their phone territories And some such as Ameritech already are seeking relief from the consent decree in District Court Hot dog Dashing dachshunds arent couch potatoes Lynn Niebur watches her racing wiener dogs shoot out of practice gate AP photo PORTLAND Ore AP Their faces reflect fierce determi nation as they break out of the starting box Their ears flap like Dumbos Their bellies almost scrape the ground They are the dashing dachs hunds of America and this week end theyll be running in the Wiener Dog Summer Nationals at the Multnomah Greyhound Park in suburban Portland The crowd will go said Larry Sorenson president of the Dachshund Club of America Novice and experienced racers will run Saturday The 32 begin ners were chosen at random from some Northwest dog own ers who wanted their pets to com pete for the grand prize of a years supply of dog food The biggest question is whether they can be coaxed down the 100 yard main straightaway We have one of his favorite females that were going to try and put at the end of the finish line said Kathleen Ayres whose dog Otto will make his racing debut The experienced racers wont have to be coaxed They are trained to chase a plastic bag hooked to a wire on the ground and they do so with absolute enthusiasm The dogs put so much heart into Sorenson said Theyre kind of comical when they run but theyre dead serious about it They have that long back and they coil it like an Some of the fastest wiener dogs in the West will be on hand for Saturdays exhibition run The field includes Frankie and Max the top two finishers among the 50 or 60 who dashed through the Hyatt grand ballroom in Palo Alto during the clubs con vention in May One of Maxs owners David Niebur of Portland was glad for the opportunity to show that dachshunds arent just lap dogs A lot of people think a dachs hund is more or less a couch Niebur said Thaf s not really true Theyre excellent hunting dogs Theyre bred They get to run their little hearts out and be cheered on for said Nieburs wife Lynn It is their moment of glory ;