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Alton Telegraph (Newspaper) - March 30, 1999, Alton, Illinois SERVING THE RIVER BEND SINCE 1836 THE ’ TELEGRAPH Upset UConn ; stuns Duke I 77-74 PageB-l j Mostly sunny and wanner; high near 73, low near 51 Page IMI .Do Join Vol. 164, No. 74 — 50 cents Tuesday, March 30,1999 Making history Dow closes over 10,000 for the first time Page IM www.thetelegraph.com 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 courses and at a trailer park. The $77,000 budget item, which Mayor Don Sandidge had recommended, was to be the first of six Conflicting amendments put warning system’s future in question of yearly payments for a $397,000 tornado warning system. At a budget hearing Monday night, however, aldermen proposed two conflicting 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 amendments and the overall proposed budget Wednesday after they discuss police and fire department budgets and donation requests. That budget hearing will be held at 7 p.m. in City Council chambers. The proposed budget totals $18.3 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 impending tornados “Ifs time we do something," Loy said, “Pm going to oppose taking it out. We need to start somewhere.” Brake then said he had no problem with the city putting the sirens in the park but did not withdraw his amendment, which alderman Phil ■ See SIREN. Page A-7 By LINDA N. WELLER Telegraph staff writer An Alton man allegedly used a semitruck early Sunday to break down the doors of three area businesses so he could burglarize them. Authorities said the 26-year-old suspect allegedly rammed the truck into the side of Blue Moon Music Co., 324 W. Bethalto Blvd., around 5:30 a.m. The truck heavily damaged the shop and some of its stock of musical instruments inside. The man then entered the business and stole some cash. Police said the suspect proceeded on to Alton Sports Tap, 3812 College Ave., then MAB Paints, 3100 E. Homer Adams Parkway, at around 6 a.m. At those two businesses, the truck driver 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 break-in. 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 damage total for his badly damaged shop and ruined merchandise. “It’s very, very substantial,” said Dorris. “There’s a hole big enough to drive a truck through. It is unbelievable.; I’ve never seen anything like it.” Dorris said he was disheartened that someone would damage a business by which he was trying to earn a living. ■ See CRASH, Page A-7 Oil companies keeping a lid on possible buy-out Clark may be looking to merge with or buy-out 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 buy-out by Clark. OP1S, an oil-based industry newsletter out of New Jersey, first reported that a buy-out by Clark was ..................... looming. Clark recently sold “I more than 7o ideal was done concentrate its and that it would refinery 0 bus^ be announced ness within the next company's poi 0 couple of weeks.” cy that we don’t comment on issues pertaining to mergers or buy-outs,” said Suzanne Miller, company spokeswoman for Clark. “Unless something is put out by our company, we can’t comment. I wish we could comment, but if you comment on one rumor then you have to comment on them all.” Tara Condon-Tullier, spokeswoman for Wood River Refining Co , also would not confirm any talks. “It’s a rumor,-” she said. “It’s the same one floating around.” Condon-Tullier, 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 concerning the two companies and continues to stand behind sources within the oil industry. “I was told the deal was done and that it would be announced was told the Ben Brockwell wrote OPIS article within the next couple of _ weeks,” he said. “You can’t 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 deal.” See OIL, Page A-7 The Telegraph/RUSS 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 r retail-wholesale and commercial CARPETING ~ 50 ft 700 ROLLS IN STOCK! ES STARTING AT JUST 33 Area/Illinois.......A-3 Bulletin Board .A-6, D-5 Business ......D-1 Classifieds........C-6 Editorial..........A-4 Nation/World......C-6 Obituaries ........A-5 Atkins, Boswell, Cox, Gardner, Generally, Gilleland, Hackett, Hoffman, Kinder, Knipping, Langley, Lenglet, Ozee, Roark, Tanney, Waterman. Scoreboard B-2 Company, community relationships thrive despite lack of revenue EDITOR’S NOTE: This is the last of a three-part series about the economic impact of industries — particularly oil refineries — on area communities. By DARRYL HOWLETT Telegraph staff writer Despite area towns receiving less revenues from companies, the relationship continues to grow. In some cases, those relationships are better than ever before. Clark Refining and Marketing Inc., Wood River Refining Co., the Olin Corp. and Amoco BP have donated both time and millions of dollars to local projects. “We have a great working relationship with the village of East Alton and Mayor Fred Bright,” said Olin Corp. spokeswoman Monica Bristow. Evidence of the relationship can be seen upon entering the village of East Alton, as Olin’s signs boast about residing in East Alton. Forrest Lauher, refinery manager at Clark Refining and Marketing Inc., said the refinery has formed a partnership with residents in Hartford. “We think ifs a real good relationship,” Lauher said. “We have a community advisory panel made up of 12 to 15 members who meet once a month. The great part about ■ See INDUSTRY, Page A-7 The Telegraph/RUSS SMITH The new visitor’s 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. 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