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Telegraph, The (Newspaper) - March 30, 1999, Alton, Illinois SERVING THE RIVER BEND SINCE 1836 Railroad safety IDOT testing dragnet device Upset UConn stuns Duke 7774 PageBl The outlook Mostly sunny and warmer high near 73 low near 51 PagelW Vol 164 No 74 50 cents Tuesday March Making history Dow closes over for the first time PageDl Siren plans may be modified By LINDA N WELLER Telegraph staff writer ALTON Plans for a citywide tornado warning system likely will be modified this fiscal year to installing sirens in some city parks golf cours es and at a trailer park The budget item which Mayor Don Sandidge had recom mended was to be the first of six Conflicting amendments put warning systems future in question yearly payments for a torna do warning system At a budget hearing Monday night however aldermen proposed two con flicting amendments One would delete the line item entirely the other amendment would have the devices installed at Gordon Moore Park Riverfront Park the Robert P Wadlow Municipal Golf Course Rock Spring Park and near the Storeyland trailer park Aldermen will vote on the amend ments and the overall proposed bud get Wednesday after they discuss police and fire department budgets and donation requests That budget hearing will be held at 7 in City Council chambers The proposed budget totals million Alderman Charles Brake Ward 5 first proposed that the sirens be deleted from the budget Alderman Everett Loy Ward 7 said he wanted a system to warn the thousands of people who attend events at Gordon Moore and Riverfront parks of impending tornados Its time we do Loy said Im going to oppose taking it out We need to start Brake then said he had no problem with the city putting the sirens in the park but did not withdraw his amend ment which alderman Phil I See SIREN Page A7 The SMITH An employee of the Blue Moon Music Co looks over a guitar damaged when a truck drove through a wall of the business on Sunday Man uses semi to crash for cash By LINDA N WELLER Telegraph staff writer An Alton man allegedly used a semi truck early Sunday to break down the doors of three area businesses so he could burglarize them Authorities said the 26yearold suspect allegedly rammed the truck into the side of Blue Moon Music 324 W Bethalto around The truck heavily damaged the shop and some of its stock of musical instru ments inside The man then entered the business and stole some cash Police said the suspect proceeded on to Alton Sports Tap 3812 College then MAB Paints 3100 E Homer Adams Parkway at around 6 At those two businesses the truck dri ver allegedly used his vehicle to bust down doors to gain entrance and steal more cash Alton police said a surveillance camera at the Sports Tap recorded the breakin The man whom Alton police arrested at noon Sunday had not been formally charged Monday His name is not being released Dennis Dorris owner of Blue Moon said Monday that he did not have a dam age total for his badly damaged shop and ruined merchandise Its very very said Dorris Theres a hole big enough to drive a truck through It is Ive never seen anything like Dorris said he was disheartened that someone would damage a business by which he was trying to earn a living See CRASH Page A7 Oil companies keeping a lid on possible buyout Clark may be looking to merge with or buyout Wood River Refining Co By DARRYL HOWLETT Telegraph staff writer ROXANA Officials with Clark Refining Marketing Inc and Wood River Refining Co are continuing their efforts to downplay talk of a possible merger or buyout by Clark OPIS an oilbased industry newsletter out of New Jersey first reported that a buyout by Clark was Twas told the more than 70 Adeal WSS gas stations to i 1 concentrate its and that it WOUld be announced ness within the next its the COUpie Of companys poli cy that we dont comment on issues per taining to mergers or said Refining also would not confirm any talks Its a she said Its the same one floating CondonTullier however said that Bloomberg News Services has contacted the company trying to obtain information on a possible merger Ben Brockwell of OPIS originally wrote the article con eerning the two companies and continues to stand behind sources within the oil I was told the done and that it would be Suzanne Miller company spokeswoman for Clark Unless something is put out by our company we cant comment I wish we could comment but if you comment on dne rumor then you have to comment on them tara CondonTullier spokeswoman for Wood River Ben Brockwell announced wrote OPIS article within the next couple of he said You cant get officials with Clark or Wood River Refining Co to comment so you talk to the people that run barrels through the refineries The money from selling the Clark gasoline stations will probably be used to finance the I See OIL Page A7 Good Morning Bulletin Board A6 D5 Business D1 Atkins Boswell Cox Gardner Generally Gilleland Hackett Kinder Shipping Langley Ozee Roark Waterman Company community relationships thrive despite lack of revenue EDITORS NOTE This is the last of a threepart series about the economic impact of industries particularly oil refineries on area commu nities By DARRYL HOWLETT Telegraph staff writer Despite area towns receiv ing less revenues from compa nies the relationship continues to grow In some cases those relationships are better than ever before Clark Refining and Marketing Wood River Refining the Olin Corp and Amoco BP have donated both time and millions of dol lars to local projects We have a great working relationship with the village of East Alton and Mayor Fred said Olin Corp spokeswoman Monica Bristow Evidence of the relationship can be seen upon entering the village of East Alton as Olins signs boast about residing in East Alton Forrest Lauher refinery manager at Clark Refining and Marketing said the refinery has formed a partner ship with residents in Hartford We think its a real good Lauher said We have a community advi sory panel made up of 12 to 15 members who meet once a month The great part about I See INDUSTRY Page A7 The SMITH The new visitors center at the Melvin Price Lock and Dam is expected to draw tourists to the area Several area communities hope tourism dollars help replace losses from the decline of several local industries tRUCKLOAD CARPET SALE RETAILWHOLESALE ANP COMMERCIAL CARPETING OVER 700 ROLLS IN STOCK PRICES STARTING AT JUST DISCOUNT CARPET 3475 HUMBERT RD ALTON 4652622
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