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Quad-City Times from Davenport, Iowa • Page 12

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2 I I t. QUAD-CITY TIMES Tuesday, Sept 30, 1086 SMOKING DES MOINES (AP) Ample supplies and increased competition have cut into natural gas costs for Iowa consumers, but there are huge fluctuations in the amount of savings around the state, a study released Monday said. The study shows that the average savings over the past year range from $4 to $145 per customer, though all utilities surveyed reported lowered natural gas costs. Regulators said part of the reason for the savings was pressure on utilities to be more aggressive in seeking bargain gas rates when they make energy purchases, and part comes from a national over-supply of gas. "We have been trying to encourage our Iowa utilities, through rules and comments, to be aggressive in seeking new opportunities," said Christine Hansen, a member of the Iowa Utilities Board. "The rules of the game have changed and, like it or not, so must we." The survey compared natural gas costs in September of 1985 with the same costs in September of 1986. The survey reflected only the cost of purchasing the gas. Customers of Iowa-Illinois Gas and Electric which serves the Quad-City area, enjoyed ranging from $8 to $72. 22 MINUTES 9TH YEAR On yur wnrica guirantM Bv individual apootntmsnt Painlu-no drugs no nwdlw Stop coughing, have more norgy 140 full price CALL NOW 322-5650 Tornado victims: We saw jg iTf" fig) IN JohnBtak Certified HypnothetJisf A Ml I YOU'LL I ster destroy our home A I BANWORTH UDELH0VEN Visit The Quad Cities First and Only THOMASVILLE GALLERY BAA Iowa (Ar) bulldozers ana tractors grumbled Monday as farmers sorted through debris left by a tornado which swept through central Iowa, leveling farm homes and uprooting trees. "It just kind of rained and the wall shuddered frand it just tumbled and then it was gone," said 1 Donna Cross, 72, whose 100-year-old farm home and a dozen other buildings were destroyed. I "You could hear it kind of hissing and then you Ifelt it in your ears," said her husband, Wade. "Then the house was gone." I On Monday, Cross, his wife and 50 friends and neighbors picked through the debris. A bulldozer pued up wreckage. "It just started blowing and that's all there was," said' a neigh Farm show threatened ALLEMAN, Iowa (AP) The first two days of the Farm Progress Show, a huge three-day event scheduled to begin Tuesday, have been canceled and organizers are scrambling to see what can be salvaged, officials said Monday. Organizers said torrential rains, coupled with hail and wind damage Sunday night, made it impossible to get the site in shape for the opening. Wind, hail and water damaged dozens of tents and left as much as a foot of water standing in some sections of the show's site. On Sunday, organizers announced they were canceling the first day of the event, and on Monday they said they couldn't be ready in time for Wednesday's activities either. "The main problem is the parking lots, whether they're going to be solid enough," said Mark Wilson, a spokesman for organizers of the show, which had been expected to draw 250,000 people. A mainstay of the show is field demonstrations of equipment and techniques, but Wilson said those may not be held even if the show opens. "It doesn't look good for the field demonstrations," he said. "We'll have to wait until a little closer to the time." So nice to come home lo. GALLERY OPEN HOUSE SUNDAYS 12-5 Gallery Location Phone 391-1775 3211W.KImberlyRd6 Dale I bor, Smith, "When started 38. it blow- HOURS: EVERY WEEKDAY 9-9 SATURDAYS 9-5 Phone 764-1421 3727 23rd Ave. Moline, Illinois 1 don't know what I'll do. Clean up and go from there, I Dale Smith Davenport, Iowa ing, I got out of here." Smith also was sifting through the Fall harvest lagging SEPTEMBER 26TH THRU OCTOBER 11TH SPECIAL GROUP Calico Crawdads Avenues Also, come in and register for $30 GIFT CERTIFICATE 5 Gift certificates will be given away, Drawing will be October 13th, No purchase necessary. Need not be present to win. All certificates Expire November 986. Hurry in and help us celebrate! 1 rubble of his home that was flattened by the tornado. "I don't know what I'll do," Smith said. "Clean up and go from there, I reckon." The Cross family and several relatives had a harrowing escape. The group of seven had fled to the basement of the home when weather turned sour, but retreated even further to a reinforced concrete coal bin in the basement. When the tornado struck, it leveled the house around the bin, leaving the seven huddled inside. "Without it, we wouldn't have made it," Mrs. Cross said. "There was an air vent in the top and we could see out. We could look out when we were down there and see the house flying around." She said the bin was added to the house in the 1920s. Cleanup crews were trying to salvage whatever could be found, as workers picked through debris and some reached into trees to retrieve kitchen utensils and other items which were left high in their remaining branches. Near the home, an aluminum canoe was bent double around a tree. Mrs. Cross said the storm was eerie because family members could see stormy weather nearing, and then things fell silent. "We were right in the eye of it, there was no sound," she said. "You could see right through it," her husband said. As Mrs. Cross surveyed the rubble, she was surprisingly upbeat. "I guess it hasn't hit me yet," she said. "It had been in the family for more than 100 years." $1S A Pair DES MOINES (AP) Heavy continued rains have slowed the start of Iowa's harvest, a report said Monday, raising concerns of extra drying expenses and losses for financially struggling farmers. "I think the key thing is, we don't have real serious problems yet, but they're starting to loom," said Iowa State University extension spokesman Garren Benson. "I am concerned." The Iowa Agricultural Statistics office, in its weekly crop report, said farmers are lagging in harvesting both corn and soybeans. Only 4 percent of the state's corn crop had been harvested by the end of last week, compared to last year's 6 percent and the normal 11 percent for this point in the harvest season. For soybeans, farmers had harvested only 1 percent of crop, behind the 5 percent at this time last year and the normal 15 percent. The problem facing farmers is two-fold, Benson said. 'They first face the difficulty of getting into soggy fields to harvest their crops, and the resultant prob! i is of field losses. "The longer it stays there, the greater your field losses," he said. "It's impossible to say just what they'll be. values up to M0.00 HOME OWNED LADIES FINE FOOTWEAR MM QUALITY MERCHANDISE 214 Main Street Downtown Davenport Phone 324-1535 3 fsm SbomI 'Mil presents: JoinUs iimhii "innnii RACOUETBALL For a Club Sandwich it's a great way to lose weight! Rather than going out for a "burger fat" lunch, why not head to the club for a You'll burn up more calories maybe meet a friend or two and surely you'll have a bunch of fun! You can always pick up a snack later. Join us today for a Club Sandwich a great way to kill a lunch hour, or any hour for that matter. 386-7610 WHIRLPOOL SAUNA STEAM 11 M3 I RUNNING TRACK frtday, Octob i mm mm 8:00 Ar3 86 Fall Fitness Membership Special: JOIN MOW SAVE your one time Initiation Fee 'heat er Ticket- Him flvTrr- If? 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