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Fairfield Ledger (Newspaper) - February 2, 1983, Fairfield, Iowa The Fairfield Ledger Fairfield Iowa 52556 pric 25c no. 27 wednesday february 2,1983 Fairfield Iowa 52556 amp pric 25c a part of Fairfield Haritage Tine i Southeast Iowa finally socked by Winter storm Winter finally came to Southeast Iowa tuesday dumping about 5vt inches of ice and Snow on Fairfield and the surrounding area by noon today. The storm which showed Little intention of subsiding by late morning buried the entire state. Two Central Iowa motorists died in weather related traffic accidents. Local Drivers were apparently ready for the storm however As officials at the Jefferson county Law Center reported no traffic accidents As of about 9 . Today. Unofficial Fairfield weather records show that there was More precipitation Here in one 24-hour period than for the entire month of january when 3.67 inches of Snow and rain were recorded. One thing the storm did no to bring however was sub Zero cold a something that Fairfield has escaped All Winter. January slow was seven degrees on the 19th. The storm brought out state county and City Snow removal equipment last night and Early this morning and caused school cancellations throughout the state. Area schools closed by the storm include Fairfield Cardinal Van Buren Harmony and Davis county. Classes were in session in the Pekin District at to . Today. School officials said weather conditions would determine if they remained in class for the full Day. Classes were to be dismissed if the Snow started to Drift. Classes at Pekin were not scheduled to begin today until 9 30 . Since the Day was designated the monthly in service Day for teachers. Buses began their routes an hour later and reports said All buses had arrived at their destination with Little delay. It was reported one had some minor trouble. The storm began tuesday afternoon with Light Snow turning to freezing drizzle and sleet creating a thin coat of ice on streets highways and sidewalks. State department of transportation Crews began sanding Hills curves and Stop sign approaches about mid afternoon and continued on the Job until Midnight. They returned to work at 4 . With Snow removal equipment to combat the heavy Snow that began falling during the night. County Crews began sanding operations at 4 30 . Tuesday continuing until 8 30 . They returned to work an hour Early this morning removing Snow which was accumulating quite rapidly. Charles Holmes county Engineer said today is the first time the county has had Snow removal equipment in operation this Winter. He said if it does no to Drift later today he can foresee no serious problems. City Crews followed about the same schedule As the county and state. They began sanding streets tuesday afternoon and returned to work Early this morning with Snow removal equipment. Clifford Drummey at the waterworks weather reporting station said he estimated the snowfall to be Between three and four inches by mid morning but had taken no official measurement at that time. By Early today Snow was reported from five to nine inches deep in an area that stretched from the Southwest Corner of Iowa Northeast across the Centra and into Northeast sections. In the Southeast ice covered Road is were common. The National weather service issued a Winter storm warning for the Eastern two thirds of the state. The Iowa Highway patrol said David j. Henry 35, of Ames died when the car he was driving was hit by a gasoline truck about 7 . Tuesday. The patrol said the truck Driver Henri Mosby 31, was southbound on interstate 35 when he lost control of his truck just North of the Ankeny exit. Mosby struck crossed the median onto the northbound lanes where it collided with Henry a car. The patrol said Glenn v. Bigney 75, of Newton was killed tuesday afternoon when his car Slid sideways on icy interstate 80 near Newton and was struck in the Side by a semitrailer truck. Minor traffic accidents were reported Over much of the state tuesday with the largest number in Central sections. A a we had maybe 175 to 200 vehicles in the City involved in something a either running off the Road or into each other a said Leon Butler a Des Moines police dispatcher. Police said most of the traffic accidents were minor and fell under the fender Bender header. But two pedestrians were taken to hospitals after they suffered possible broken Bones after slipping on icy pavement. An 11-year-old Clive girl received a broken wrist and broken ribs when she was struck by a car while sledding in a Street about 5 ., police said the Iowa state patrol reported most roads and interstates to be from 50 to too percent Snow covered. There were countless minor accidents statewide including Many cars and trucks off the roads. The snowstorm delayed the departure of the Iowa state cyclones for their game with the Kansas Jay Hawks in Lawrence tonight. The team was to leave Ames last night but the Airport there was closed. The runway was expected to be cleared by mid morning to permit them to Fly to Topeka. They were to land in Lawrence but the Airport there was closed. Arrangements were made to travel the 20 Miles to Lawrence by car. January Revenue gives Iowa Treasury a boost Des Moines Iowa apr january Revenue has Given the Iowa Treasury a shot in the but officials though elated at the news said today its too Early to Tell if the state has finally started an economic rebound. A it was much stronger than anticipated a said comptroller Bon Mosher. A but there Are some very Rocky roads a a that a very Good news a said gov. Terry Branstad in an associated press interview. A but we should not interpret it As a signal for More spending a he said. All together the state collected almost $31 million More in january than the same month last year bringing Overall state Revenue growth to 4.8 percent for the first seven months of the fiscal year. Mosher has estimated the growth would be Only 1.9 percent but he said ifs much too soon to say he has guessed too Low. A one month does not make a trend a he said. Branstad said the unexpected Revenue should not be interpreted to be a Windfall. A a we re paying school Aid Way behind schedule a he said. A in february we Hope to get it Back on track. Any added Revenue must be kept not spent a he said. Sen. Jack Nystrom a Boone said he was delighted by the news. Revenues from january he said Are a substantially better than in any recent year. A but no ones betting that it the Economy is really that Good a Nystrom said adding that he wants to see what Revenue looks like in february and March before deciding what trends there might be. A a we re a Little Gushy right now a he said. Mosher explained that part of the growth was due to one time windfalls caused by changes in the Way taxes Are collected but even so the growth was above expectations. The Good news came just As lawmakers were hoping to Rush to passage a Bill increasing the sales tax. Mosher said the tax boost is still needed and he cautioned about making too much out of one months Revenue. Weather Fairfield area forecast wednesday night Snow continuing. Total Snow accumulations of around 4 inches. Windy and cold. Northwest winds 15 to 30 Mph causing blowing and Drifting of Snow. Thursday Cloudy and cold with occasional flurries. High around 20. Gardner celebrates his 80th birthday with Mellow music by Joyce Gabbert there was hugging and laughing and and drinking. And Best of All there was and Loving for a Silver haired Guy playing his old trombone at his 80th birthday party. Not Only was it an unforgettable night for trombonist a. R. Slim Gardner it was a doubly memorable evening for his family his friends and his fellow musicians who came to the third floor of the elks club saturday night. Remembering and recreating Gardner a music career spanning almost a lifetime was what it was All about. Forming the nucleus of saturday nights Jam was the Dixieland band with members Merle Bates Banjo Larry Hanshaw Des Moines Drums Bob Riggs Des Moines piano Bob Harrison trumpet and Art Peck Bass. The daddy of Mem All slim Gardner plays a Mellow tune on his trombone at his 80th birthday party saturday night at the Fairfield elks club. Gardner has been playing the trombone since he was 16. He even whipped off a vocal or two with the Dixieland band and other fellow Ledger photo the first real snowstorm of the Winter of 1983 Snow. It also made walking a Little Tough. Above. Mar was pretty but it also kept Snow removal Crews Here out Jorie attender leaves a Trail of footprints As she Heads for late tuesday and got them out of the sack Early this her Job at Jefferson county morning Clearing roads of an estimated 5v4 inches of photo by Larry Johnson Oil Price cuts May lower gasoline costs coming from Fairfield Bay ark., to play with his old teacher was Gordon Ruhe trombone. Also sitting in during the evening were others who had played with slim Over the years Don Hartman Drums Charlie Danielson Flugel Hom Earl Wilson Burlington Bass guitar and Jim Dunlevy trombone. Adding a talented vocalist touch was Bob Riggs wife Char. The music Library was indelibly etched in the minds and hearts of the players. Not a written bar was in sight. The Climax of the evening of sentiment nostalgia and rhythm Wasny to Happy birthday nor even slims Solo a a in a getting sentimental Over the Pinnacle in three hours of excellent music had to be the Trio of Ruhe Gardner and Dunlevy on a mood indigo.,�?� slims wife sue assisted by daughter Julie Joannie Turner and Jan Espy provided a Buffet of sumptuous snacks and hours do oeuvres birthday cake punch and Coffee for the 200 guests. All six of the Good looking successful Gardner children were there Rose and her husband Bruce Abbey Boone Jerry and wife Colleen and their son Brian Ames or. Jim and his wife Lynn Alecia Katy Steven and Peter of Iowa City Barbara Lawson Des Moines Richard and his wife Nancy of Des Moines and their children David and Debbie and Chris Ames and Becky of Des Moines and Julie of Fairfield. The Gardners have 15 grandchildren and one great grandchild. Gardner a avocation As a professional musician did not take precedent Over his occupation As a postal officer. He served the local Post office for Over 38 years retiring in March 1963 As assistant postmaster. Most of his life he worked at two or three jobs. Slim was born in Fairfield Jan. 27, 1903. He was the youngest of la children of Albert Royalton and Mary Loring Gardner. The family was musical. Slim recalls his Mother always Sang hymns As she worked. When slim was a Small child the continued on Page 5 by the associated press a Price Cut of i a barrel is spreading through the american Oil Industry and four open members have threatened to slash their crude by $4 a barrel unless the Cartel settles a dispute Over production and prices the reductions along with decreased demand for fuel could mean that gasoline prices at the will continue dropping along with the Cost of heating Oil analysts say. Eight major . Refiners reduced the Price they pay for Domestic crude on tuesday to $31 a barrel and sources said the soviet Union dropped its Price by $2.15 to $2.35 a barrel on a Long term contract with an italian Oil company. The official Kuwait news Agency reported that saudi Arabia Kuwait Qatar and the United Arab emirates a All members of the organization of Petroleum exporting countries a would Cut their prices by $4 a barrel a within one week unless the Cartel settles its dispute. A a warm Winter has tended to develop an oversupply not Only of gasoline but of heating Oil a said Industry analyst Dan Lundberg publisher of the Southern California based Lundberg letter. A with there being plentiful heating Oil and soft prices throughout the whole Range of Petroleum products the falling crude prices can Only cause a continuation of this decline he estimated tuesday that Gas prices would fall 5 to 7 cents a gallon by april i. In Oregon for example a Price War escalated tuesday when port land area service stations began offering regular gasoline for 88.9 cents a gallon. Lundberg said that was the lowest Price he knew of anywhere. The collapse of an emergency open meeting last monday in Geneva Switzerland triggered speculation that persian Gulf producers have decided they must Cut their Price to regain lost sales in the glutted world Market an unconfirmed report by the iraqi news Agency said open would hold another meeting in Vienna Austria next week the belief has become widespread in the Oil Industry that saudi Arabia and its allies on the arabian Peninsula Are striving for an orderly reduction in prices. The current open reference Price of $34 a barrel was reaffirmed by All 13 ministers last december and was not changed in the Geneva meeting Jan. 23-24. T Boone Pickens jr., chairman of Mesa Petroleum co. In Amarillo Texas said he did not expect . Prices to fall As much As $4 a barrel. A if we Start talking about $4 and $5 cuts then things Are going to get serious a he said adding that Domestic Oil producers a can handle a $1 reduction. Temperatures tuesdays High 32, Low 20. Snow .5 of an Inch by 6 today at noon 27. 1 a

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