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shelter article new 2 sept===Flashback: Headlines from Sept. 11 & 12 ,2001===

 

 

 

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Below: In the midst of putting together today's paper, some Southwest Daily Times employees gather around the TV i n the newsroom for the latest on this morning's terrorist attacks. It was a scene that was likely common in many other businesses and homes across the nation.

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Officials beef up local, area air security

By: Nancy Kletecka - Southwest Daily Times

Law enforcement across the country, including local officals, are taking steps to ensure safety following this morning's terrorist attacks.

Liberal airport manager Debbie Giskie said it is her understanding that all flights have been grounded. At least three rerouted flights have landed at the Garden City Airport, but none have been sent here yet.

"They have discontinued or grounded all flights," Giske said. We have more than 19 passenger planes and have security measures in place now -- we will continue to follow that. I understand they do have planes landing in Garden City, (but) since we don't have the tower like Garden City ... unless they can't take any more planes there, I doubt that we will get anything here. We do have a long enough runway to take them and we would be willing to take them if that's what they want." People needed to house displaced passengers

The Garden City Airport is dealing with around 900 extra people, and the Red Cross in Liberal is taking names and numbers of people here who are willing to house people who need a place to go. Call 624-8411 if you can help.

The Red Cross is also sponsoring a blood drive in Garden City. One is not going on in Liberal at this time, as there are inadequate personnel to man all areas, but organizers hope to set up one here soon.

Giskie reiterated that all security measures will be taken and law enforcement will be in place at the airport, something Lt. Terry Lewis of the Liberal Police Department confirmed.

"We are sending additional personnel out to the airport as a precautionary measure, in case some planes do land here," Lewis said. "They do have some commercial flights that have been unable to get into major airports... They

have had three land in Garden City and there might be some here. We will be there strictly to protect the airport -- we don't see any problems at this time we just want to be there as a precaution."

Otherwise, no additional security mesures have been put in place at the local airport yet, Giske said.

"We are going to continue to follow the security measures given to us prior to this time," she said.

Giske added that she has not been advised of any new rulings in light of the terrorist attack. "I haven't received any phone calls from the FAA at this point... I do plan on checking on that and see if there is anything new that we need to be doing."

Giskie said again that until she is notified in writing by the FAA no additional steps other than additional personnel will be taken.

"Until I get something in writing we will follow security measures given up to this point -- that's just to watch everything carefully," Giskie said. "We always have a police officer in the area to have his presence be known. We make sure all luggage is in the passenger's possession at all times and we screen all passengers."

Authorities in Garden City are also responding to the airport there and have also said no rulings have been handed down for their procedures that are already in place.

"There has been nothing official come down to us, but right now we are just assisting and waiting to see what comes," said a spokesman for the Kansas Highway Patrol, who said that troopers were responding to the airport in Garden City.

The Oklahoma Highway Patrol is also being alerted -- just in case.

"We're just making sure that everybody is aware (of what's) happened right now," said a spokesman for the OHP.

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Area sporting events cancelled

By: Ben Shain - Southwest Daily Times

The blow from Tuesday's terrorist attacks in New York City and Washington is affecting sporting events in Liberal.

The seventh and eighth grade football teams of West Middle School had their game in Garden City against Kenneth Henderson cancelled due to the lack of transportation. All flights were canceled at the Garden City airport, and the

Kenneth Henderson school busses were used to transport those people to various locations.

The eighth grade game has been postponed to Sept. 25. No date has been set for the seventh grade game.

Volleyball action between Seward County Community College and Cloud County was postponed this morning, and will be rescheduled.

All activities at the Liberal High School and South Middle School will continue as planned.

Fear of gas shortage causes run on stations

By: Larry Phillips - Southwest Daily Times

Above: Cars wait in line to get gas at the Conoco at Eighth and Kansas around 6 p.m. Tuesday. Most gas stations in town had lines, as people reacted to rumors that gas prices would skyrocket The line at the Conoco at 6 p.m. was six cars deep on Kansas Avenue and five cars deep on Eighth Street, not counting the cars gassing up.

reed scottArea gasoline retailers who may be tempted to raise prices should be aware they will have the State Attorney General's office breathing down their necks.

According to a press release late Tuesday afternoon, Attorney General Carla J. Stovall warned gasoline retailers throughout the state that her office will begin an immediate investigation of alleged price gouging of retail gasoline which has been reported by consumers.

Stovall said that under the Kansas Consumer Protection Act, it is unconscionable to grossly exceed the price at at which similar property or services are readily available.

A survey of area stations Tuesday and this morning showed a some local price increases of close to 20 cents a gallon, but several retailers seemed to be holding prices at Monday's rates.

If consumers report gouging locally, the information will be forwarded to the State, according to Seward County Attorney Don Scott.

"We would refer (the complaints) to the Attorney General's office," Scott said. "We're not equipped to deal with those kind of consumer fraud or consumer protection cases. Stovall has attorneys in her office that handle just that."

Price gouging on gas will not be tolerated, and this is not the time to be trying to profit from Tuesday's events, according to Liberal Mayor Dale Reed.

"Because of the regulations against gouging, I don't think (retailers) want to get in that boat," Reed said. "This is one of those times when the nation is asking for blood, and I don't know why anyone in the world that's selling gas would decide this is a time to punish citizens.

"They should be making it available for what it was before," he continued. "It would be hard

for me to believe this would be the time someone would want to make a buck."

Liberal resident Charlotte Hill McDonald made her feelings known Tuesday afternoon.

"The price gouging is just so wrong, especially today with what has happened in the nation. For them to take advantage of that situation... they have not paid any more for the fuel that they have underground that they are pumping out into tanks," McDonald said. "They have not gotten any new shipments in and just because it is (maybe) going to go up later, they are taking advantage of the people now and I think it is sick."

The state's Attorney General was more succinct.

"Charging exorbitant amounts for gasoline that retailers have already paid for is a shameful attempt to make an immoral profit from a national tragedy," Stovall said.

Though gouging may not be an extreme problem locally, when compared to rumors and reports of $3 to $7 a gallon in other areas across the country, area gas stations experienced a run on fuel Tuesday. Reed said he did not quite understand why there were long lines of waiting vehicles all across the city.

"I think that's a result of the day -- the day was so devastating in terms of what happened," Reed said. "I think they hear this or that is going to happen, and I think it's an overreaction."

The long lines at gas stations may just be a way for people to feel they are doing something that they can control, Reed said, adding calm should be the order of the day.

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"I honestly believe it's been a knee-jerk reaction across the country to what happened to the nation," he said. "This is absolutely tragic, but we must remain reasonable. Calm may not be the right word, but reasonable is.

"I think it's going to take a while for everyone to realize the magnitude of what's happened," Reed said. "We just need to think things through."

Some residents turn to prayer

By: Nancy Kletecka - Southwest Daily Times

Churches in Liberal opened their doors so local residents could join the nation in prayer following the tragedy which unfolded in Manhattan and Washington Tuesday morning.

When four commercial flights were hijacked, and then flown into the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and near Pittsburgh -- the world watched in horror.

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"I think (my reaction) was much like everyone else's -- I was horrified at first. It was somewhat unbelievable," said the Rev. Bill Prater of Fellowship Baptist Church in Liberal. "I, of course, wasn't around at Pearl Harbor, so I can only imagine the horror that was there. But, I don't think it is anything that can compare with anything I've seen on television today."

Fellowship Baptist Church was one of the churches to open its doors Tuesday for people to pray, along with Faith Trinity, First Southern Baptist Church, St. Andrews Episcopal Church and others.

Keith Bryant, senior minister at First Southern Baptist, said their doors were expected to be opened for the community until at least 10 p.m. Tuesday.

"We also have the See You at the Pole prayer at the school tonight at 8 p.m.," Bryant said. "This is the national event for parents and

adults to pray for the kids and now it's also a good time to pray for our country."

Bryant's first reaction to the news about what had transpired was "complete shock," he said.

"And sadness," he added. "As it unfolded, my thoughts obviously tended to be biblical and saying, 'God what's going on? Is this part of some of the things that You predicted for the future?' So I'm trying (to) look at scripture that deals with prophecy and those kinds of things and even though I can't pinpoint this specifically, I really believe it is a sign of our day and our age and where we are at. It's always a sign to wake us up to God."

Bryant said he feels God was not surprised by what had happened.

"He knew it was going to happen, and what we have to understand is that while He's not pleased with it, He certainly wants us to know that He is a mighty God and desires to be glorified," Bryant said. " My heart really goes out to all of those folks in Manhattan and Washington and I've been checking around. We do have a church family who has family up there and they are safe -- the ones that do live there -- we do have that word and that's good. It's just a sick feeling that our world has come to this -- it's a tough thing."

* Check with local churches for prayer times. Another prayer session is set for 8 tonight around the flagpole at Liberal High School.

Leaders offer reaction

By: Nancy Kletecka - Southwest Daily Times

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