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Sedalia Democrat (Newspaper) - June 3, 1990, Sedalia, Missouri Thed Fri nor at sunday sunday partly sunny and Windy. High in the mid-70s. Sunday night Clear. Low near 55. Monday sunny and Cool. High in the Low 70s. Tuesday Chance of thunderstorms. Sedalia mo., sunday june 3,1990 too pages a $1 world leaders reflect on the year of change or this is Home Sto Estle Avery s ancestors were slaves but he still Calls the Tebo area Home. Page in variety Junior legion manager Frank Bishop will try to Mold a team of players from seven towns. Page 1b Camp David my. A president Bush and soviet Leader Mikhail Gorbachev took the Opportunity saturday a to lean Back and reflect on a year of dramatic political upheaval. Bush a spokesman said the leaders skirted two of the toughest issues that Divide them Germany and Lithuania. The final full Day of their Summit moved from the formal splendor of the White House to the rustic Mountainside where the presidents took off their ties for relaxed talks. The first ladies Riding together in their own helicopter joined the presidents at the 143-acre presidential compound. On a Brilliant sunny Day Gorbachev and his wife strolled around the paths that lace the compound and stopped to pitch horseshoes. After several Days of debate on questions involving arms economics Europe and the Baltic secession drives the Bush Gorbachev Agenda involved discussion of less contentious regional issues including Nicaragua Afghanistan Cambodia Cuba Al Salvador India Pakistan and the Middle East. Bush told Gorbachev that cuban president Fidel Castro was swimming against the tide of democracy according to spokesman Marlin Fitzwater. Gorbachev a spokesman Arkady Maslennikov said there were a not any formal agreements on the regional issues. A the two presidents discussed the problems of anti semitism and agreed to speak out against prejudice and any trends toward anti semitism a said Fitzwater. Growing incidents of anti semitism have cropped up across the world and raised fears in the soviet Union and Europe. Fitzwater said the leaders had decided that the German question should be pursued by their top diplomatic aides in talks next week. He said it was not anticipated it would be discussed further by Bush and Gorbachev a though it was sure to come up in a concluding news conference late sunday morning. The spokesman said their Friday talks on Germany produced a a better understanding of their positions and that they Are closer than they were before they started that Progress has been made that will Lead them to be Able see Summit Page 2gorby visit to . Farm mind boggling Moscow a when Mikhail s. Gorbachev visits the Brand family farm in Minnesota on sunday the soviet Leader will see a picture perfect 240-acre operation profitably run by four people a an utterly alien concept at Home. By contrast the Dze Rohinsky collective farm on the outskirts of Moscow has 140 acres and a staff of 1,300. As a vegetable farm with greenhouses for Winter crops the Dze Rohinsky operation could be expected to have a few More workers than the brands who raise Alfalfa Corn soybeans and 75 Dairy cows on their spread in Farmington. But the soviet farm also has its own stores in Moscow its own Drivers and trucks to haul produce to the stores its own construction workers to build farm buildings and housing for the staff. Gorbachev a reforms allowed it to sell one third of its crop at Market prices last year so the farm spent the profits on its own fully staffed Hospital. Under the communist system of bureaucratic distribution it is difficult to obtain nearly everything a from building supplies to the services of a skilled Stonemason. There is no such thing As renting a spare tractor or running Down to the local feed store for a few supplies. So state businesses have evolved into huge self contained communities hoarding scarce resources like trucks and construction workers so they will be available when needed. The result is massive inefficiency. Soviet farms employ More than eight times As Many people As american farms. And they produce far less food even using the production statistics that soviets now admit Are inflated. Many soviet farms resort to old fashioned barter to obtain needed materials. Pravda the communist party newspaper reported saturday that one collective farm traded 30 tons of see farming Page 2 Knob Noster celebrates founding i of years ago by Neal Goulet Ped All Over the country for about a decade after staff writer the civil War. Knob Noster Russell Kendrick is glad that Union Pacific Railroad did no to build its shops in Knob Noster. He fears that the town would have grown too big. A a in a glad it did no to but Knob Noster could have been a City just like Sedalia a said Kendrick who has lived in the town since 1917. A i like Knob Noster As it is. Old fashioned i guess you a Call so Kendrick was pleased with the old fashioned flavor of the Parade and other activities saturday afternoon that helped kick off the towns Centennial Celebration. Tony Sahlfeld is newer to Knob Noster than Kendrick a he arrived in 1980 a but research has helped him fill in some of the pieces of history. Dressed in clothing reminiscent of the Gay 1890s, As Many of the participants were Sahlfeld chronicled the years leading up to Knob Noster a incorporation As a town. A Knob Noster by 1869 was. Pretty much like it is he said. Its first growth coincided with the arrival of the Railroad in the 1850s. Then came Coal which Knob Noster mined and ship agriculture provided a third Boom with Corn flax and wheat shipped across the country. Knob Noster a Economy since 1942 primarily has been buoyed by Whiteman air Force base. In that Span the towns non base population More than tripled to about 2,000 people. Plenty of legend surrounds Knob Noster a Early years too. Although no proof exists Sahlfeld said outlaw Jesse James May have robbed a Knob Noster Bank and buried the Money somewhere in the town. A so if you find any of that Money let me know. Id be glad to share it with you a Sahlfeld quipped. Even the towns name is a part of local lore. Sahlfeld said a a Knob might be a reference to the Hilly land and Noster could be latin for thus a your or he said it could be a a working Over of an Indian name. The areas water game and apparent immunity to Tornado probably made it attractive to indians. Other Centennial activities Are planned for later in the summer culminating with the Knob Noster fall festival in september. Shannon Bradley 12, and Chris Parrott 8, struggle As they pull calves in the Knob Noster Centennial Parade saturday afternoon top. Pat Lindsey holds his granddaughter Michelle Denney 4, before they line up for the Parade. Enterprising Flap economic development Agency backs the City in Flap Over enter Pise zone. Page 5c increase in local Cable television rates average according to study by Larry Archer staff writer the Cost of Basic Cable television service in Sedalia has increased 64 percent since Federal deregulation of the Cable Industry took effect in december 1986. With the most recent increase which went into effect Friday the rate for Basic Cable service in Sedalia has increased from $11.50 at the time of deregulation to the current rate of $18.88 a an increase of $7.38. Surprisingly an increase of that size is about average for cities in Missouri according to a study by the United states Telephone association Usta Washington d c.,-based group that is lobbying for changes in the Law that would allow Small phone companies into the Cable television business. In the Missouri study the group looked at rate increases in Ballwin Cape Girardeau Columbia Hannibal Independence Jefferson City Joplin Kansas City Poplar Bluff Springfield St. Joseph and St. Louis Between 1986 and late 1989. Increases in those cities ranged from 21 percent in Independence to 229 percent in Poplar the same period which would not have included the most recent increase local Cable rates increased 46.7 percent. Compared to other cities in the study Sedalia a increase was higher than Independence and Kansas City 31 percent and lower than Poplar Bluff Jefferson City 136 percent Cape Giradeau 129 percen Ballwin 80 with the most recent increase which went into effect Friday the rate for Basic Cable service in Sedalia has increased from $11.50 at the time of deregulation to the current rate of $18.88 a an increase of $7.38. Percents. Louis 69 percen Columbia 65 percent and Hannibal 61 percent. The local increase was most comparable to increases in Springfield 43 percents. Joseph 47 percent and Joplin 55 percent. Cities chosen for the study were those that met the Federal communications commissions guidelines for having a effective Competition a according to Paul Rogoski director of Public relations for the Usta. Although the Price has increased so has Cable to service. At the time of deregulation Basic customers were offered 24 channels for their $11.50, an average of 48 cents per Channel. Now they receive 33 channels for $18 88, an average of 57 cents per Channel. Cable operators have said such increases were necessary due to the offering of More channels increases in programming fees and the Cost of rebuilding million Dollar Cable systems Many of which were installed in the mid-1960s. Rain sets records causes headaches for area Farmer by Jonathan Groves staff writer raindrops kept falling on Seda lians Heads last month disrupting this years planting season according to farm experts. The City received 11.86 inches of rain last month a the most for May in at least the last 20 years according to City filtration Plant officials. The recent rain broke 1981 is record of 8.35 inches and surpassed May s average rainfall of 5.23 inches by nearly 7 inches. The total rainfall to Date is 25.58 inches. Average annual rainfall for this area is 33.9 inches. Farmers Are keeping close tabs on the excessive rainfall. It already has hampered Corn planting and farm spokesmen said they expect it to affect the wheat Harvest As Well. Only 50 percent of the states Corn crop has been planted said Don utlaut farm management specialist for the local University Extension. The Best time for planting Corn is May 15-20, so Farmers must decide whether to accept the lower yield caused by planting late or change their crop he said. A the longer we re delayed the More potential yield decreases a utlaut said. The rain also has dampened Missouri a expected Winter wheat crop yield. Although the crop was planted on time the Damp soil May Hurt the yield he said. Farmers usually Start harvesting wheat about the third week in june according to Dick Dalton of the local . Agriculture stabilization and conservation office. But that might be a problem this year if the soil does no to dry up he said. A it takes a Long time to dry out a planted Field a Dalton said. A a it a through growing so it does no to use the mature wheat blocks the wind and shades the ground from the Sun a two elements needed to dry the soil he added. Even if the weather returns to a Normal Cycle of Sunshine and rainfall the schedule for wheat class size important in the Early year by Neal Goulet staff writer Joann Albright knows full Well the Yeoman a task of teaching a class of rambunctious kindergarten students a Twenty nine 5-year-Olds is a bit overwhelming a says Albright who has taught in the Sedalia school District the past 14 years and currently is at Heber Hunt elementary school. Class size is an important Factor in the Way she teaches. A the Small classroom is definitely better Quot she says. A i Don t think there s any comparison Between teaching 20 children and 30 children.�?�. Research seems to conclude that it s in the Early years a Between kindergarten and grades two or three a that class size is of considerable importance to children. Superintendent of schools Frank Mckinzie agrees. A those Are the years you want students to get off on the right foot a he says. Mckinzie several weeks ago gave school Board members a copy of a recent study that pulls together scores of research about the affects of class size the study a author Glen e Robinson concludes that the most positive effects of Small classes on learning occur in grades k-3 in Reading and mathematics particularly in classes of 22 or fewer students. But Mckinzie notes that other changes have to accompany the move to smaller classes. A it is often said a Well if i can reduce from 28 students for example to 25, things will be a lot better in my classroom. But if you Divide that into the number of minutes difference. The More time that you have for one student than before. Is insignificant a he says. A a if you do not change your. Strategies. Your gains Are not going to be. Warranted in an economic some of those new strategies Are Tak ing shape in the District. Vera Menefee and her fellow second Grade teachers at Heber Hunt elementary school this past year taught the Success program in Reading and writing. Unlike the basal method of teaching which adheres to Standard texts and workbooks Success affords teachers considerable latitude in How they instruct. A you have All different Levels and harvesting will be tight. Dalton said it will take at least two weeks of Normal weather to dry out the soil for harvesting. If Farmers can to Harvest on time the wheat May shatter which causes the seed to fall from the Plant into the Field Dalton said. If it does no to shatter the stalk May fall rendering the Grain useless. A it in t going to do you much Good if its lying Flat a he said. In farming Dalton said its hard to redid the future of a crop. Although e said it looks like May s rain will adversely affect Missouri a crops he remained optimistic. A i done to like to look into a Crystal Ball before it happens a he said. A a it a conceivable that it could dry other areas across the state also broke May records for total rainfall. Whiteman air Force base reported 10.81 inches for the month a the most it has received in May since 1943. The National weather service in Columbia showed 10.51 inches in that area last month. A spokesman said it was the fourth wettest May in More than too Brief weather Page 2a daily record Page 4a sports Page in editorial Page 6b living today. A agric see ratios Page 2

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