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Sedalia Sunday Democrat (Newspaper) - November 1, 1998, Sedalia, Missouri SUNDAY I Nov. i, 1998 I "Jus" I INSIDE TODAY: I OPINION: Arson 4A I LOTTERY: Are you a winner? 8A I TWrSUFE No eows allowed IB ^ SPORTS: La Monte to state IC m Goal: $355,000 Total:$220,l07 OF GOAL Trust Inn repair offer rejected Sedalia group disappointed with owner's reaction BY RON JENNINGS I'm Si DM u DI.mik KM A group of Sedalia business people hoping to save the Sedalia Trust Inn washed their hands of owner Yuri Ives Friday. The preservation group had a plan to put a roof on the building to save it from deterioration over the winter but Mr. Ives refused to accept it "I've always believed in the philosophy that beggars can't be choosers," said Sedalia architect George Esser who has been involved in the negotiations from the beginning. "He was offered an opportunity and he chose to impose his own rules on it," Mr. Esser continued. "Basically, we're done now. It's up to him, now. It's his building and his problem." The group would have paid Sedalia contractor Bob Wolf, president of ACI Construction Co. $75,000 to construct, at cost only, a roof on the downtown landmark, which was heavily damaged by fire in September 1997. The offer stipulated that the group would be deemed the first party to be paid fi-om the proceeds of any insurance settlement Mr Ives received. Among other things, Mr. Ives demanded that the building's loft should not be touched — a request which, if followed, would have substantially increased the cost of the roof project. It is imperative that a roof be erected before winter to prevent further deterioration, Mr. Esser said. In June, Mr. Ives' insurance company. United Fire and Casualty, rejected his claim of more than $1 million. Among the reasons cited were that there is no coverage for fire intentionally caused by or at the direction of Mr. Ives; that Mr. Ives didn't cooperate during the investigation; and that the claim submitted by Mr. Ives cont^ed material omissions or misrepresentations. Mr. Ives denies the insurance company's allegations. According to the Missouri Department of Insurance, Mr. Ives has not filed suit against the insurance company for payment Businessman David Curry said he felt "disappointment for the city and our citizens" that an agreement couldn't be reached. Another member of the group, David Furnell, said he is disap- i pointed but is satisfied that the ~ group had done all it could. "We gave it our very best shot," REPAIRS, see/»Off« ¿4 ► The Halloween Carnival at Convention Hall was the place for Idds to see and to be seen on Halloween night. Ryan Amos, 16 months, right, makes his Halloween debut in a bumblebee costume while Emily Comstock, 2, came dressed as a happy pumpkin. Children put on variety of outfits BY LISA MEYER i MK Sl DM lA 1)1 MIK UAI angels of all ages, camouflaged hims and hers, wicked witches and Barbies abounded. Dolly Parton even put in an appearance. Halloween havoc hit the Convention Hall at liberty Park Saturday night. Sedalia car dealers and the Sedalia Parks and Recreation Departinent hosted a Halloween Carnival in tiie hall, complete with costume contests, games and even a haunted house. Among those attending were Lee and Tracy Grotzlnger and their chihuahua Cocoa, who was enjoying her first Halloween. Other first-timers included five-month old Patiick Bever-Chritton, who made an adorable Dalmatian. So did Josie Raps, who turned 2 in September Best original costume for ages 1 to 3 was Jordan Dove, 2\ of Green Ridge, who came as a Hershey's kiss. The costume was made by a fiiend of Jordan's grandmotiier. Megan Miller, 2\ enjoyed the festivities witii her mother Tatiya. "You're supposed to dress up as something you aren't for Halloween," said Tanya. "So we dressed up as an angel." Megan's cousin, Ramon Jamerson, 2, aka "The Hamburgler," played musical pumpkins, while 8-month old Lyza dozed peacefully, look- HÄLLÖWEEN,7ee'/«?ir7 &4"" .......... The Sedalia Democrat places first in newspaper design contest DEMOCRAT STAFF KANSAS Cny — 'ITie Sedalia Democrat's design was judged the best of Missouri's larger papers in the Missouri Press Association's Better Newspaper Contest. ITie Democrat won five other honors in the annual competition, whose winners were announced Saturday at the MPA's annual convention here. The Democrat, competing in Class 2 with the largest newspapers in Missouri, won first place in newspaper design. The St. Joseph News-Press placed second and the Joplin Globe third. The Democrat was redesigned April 6, the day the paper began morning publication. The Democrat received an hon- Î orable mention in the competition for best front page, which was won by the St. Ixiuis Post-Dispatch. 'ITie Democrat also received an honorable mention for best news content. The Democrat placed first for best young people's coverage. Photographer Todd Weddle, After a devastating fire almost 14 months ago, efforts to restore the Koppen Trust Building remain on hold. Weeds and debris accumulate behind the safety barricade erected on the south side of the downtown landmark. Polls: Nixon closes on Bond Boats in moats favored ASSOCIATED PRESS ST. LOUIS — A new media poU indicates Democrat Jay Nixon, who spent most of his advertising budget on television attack ads, eating into Republican Sen. Christopher Bontj's large lead. The poll also showed Democrat Claire McCaskiD ahead but in a tight race with Republican Chuck Pierce in tile state auditor's race, and tiiat voters surveyed favored legalizing slot machines on casinos tiiat float in artificial moats. The poll, commissioned by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch and television station KMOV, found that among 600 likely voters statewide, 46.5 percent supported Bond and 35.5 percent said they backed Nixon. The poll's margin of error is plus or minus 4 percentage points. The poll, conducted Thursday and Friday by Zogby hiternational of Utica, N.Y., found that Nbcon had slashed in half Bond's lead of almost 23 percentage points in an earlier survey "In 70 percent of the cases, incumbents lose if tiiey (go into the final weekend with) the support of less than 50 percent of tiie voters and tiieir lead is less than 10 percentage points," said pollster John Zogby "Bond's lead is 11." Nixon can win Tuesday, Zogby said, if he captures most of the nearly 18 percent of voters surveyed who remained undecided. Such voters usually lean toward tile challenger, Zogby said. That's particularly striking in this case, he added, beirause most of tiie undecided voters said they were Democrats or independents. Bond holds a narrower lead over Nbcon in the SL Louis area, 43.5 percent to 36.1 percent, while holding a wider edge elsewhere, 4ÍÍ.3 percent to 35.2 percent. Nbcon garnered Üie support of almost 72 percent of tiie Democrats polled, compared witii Bond's support fi-om 58 percent of Republicans. That's a dramatic improvement for Nbcon, and a sharp decline for Bond. In the earlier poll, Nbcon had the support of 54 percent of the Democrats while Bond had the backing of 83 percent of the Republicans. Zogby credited tiie pro-gambling side's success in convincing voters tiiat jobs will be lost and taxes will increase if the proposal fails. That's in line witii tiie earlier poll, he said, which noted that voters were split on tiie "boats in moats" proposd — but shifted dramatically when the issue was presented in the context of jobs and taxes. who has since moved to the St. Joseph News-Press, won first place for best photo package for his essay portraying the final months of the life of Brian Schad of Versailles, who succumbed to cancer shortly after graduating fi-om high school. The Democrat received an honorable mention for best special section for its 1997 fiall football preview. United Way's final goal not too far out of sight Agency has raised $220,107 DEMOCRAT STAFF 'Die Sedalia-Pettis County United Way has raised 62 percent of its goal for its 1999 fund-raising campaign. As of Oct. 30, the agency had raised $220,107. The goal is $355,000. Industrial division So far, the industrial division has brought in $146,196. Waterloo reported total donations of $61,236. Fantasia Multi-Foods had a total amount of $31,880. Gardner Denver contributed $24,914. Hayes Leninierz, Tyson Foods, Broderick and Bascom, Payless and Duke are all in the middle of their campaigns iuid will report within the next two weeks, according to United Way officials. Other donations include J. A. Umy at $1,783 and Zephyr Manufacturing, witii $1,332. Business division (lokl Awards for companies donating $1,000 or more went to J. C. Penney's, which contributed $4,289; Third National Bank. $3,928; and Southwestern B-ll, $2,742. Other pledges include Sutherland Lumber, $1,138; Computerland, $1,027; State I'iirm Claims Office, $850; and Bryant Motors, $648. At this time, the business division has contributed $33,797. UNITED, iw M'c HA G VOL. 130, NO. 301, 32 PAGES © 1998 Sedalia Democrat ti
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